It seems that both Ikuhara and Igarashi wanted to retcon Manga! Rei in Sailor Stars which includes an Expy of her manga Grandpa, her hatred of men, and her parents in the Anime but that did not materialize, although we ended up with Anthy in Utena who is similar to Manga! Rei and Ibuki in Sailor Stars as consolation.
Manga! Rei x Usagi, Chibiusa x Hotaru, and Michiru x Haruka seem to be the ship of Ikuhara.