I think they had to alter Beryl‘s death because Act 12 (manga) is very graphic: we have (1) Venus stabbing Beryl … and (2) Usagi stabbing Mamoru… and then (3) herself.
Crystal and Eternal have been causing disagreements since day 1:
I really disliked season 3’s character designs when I first saw them…
but I watched season 3 and loved it and assumed that everybody else had loved it, too, because the animation was better—people had been complaining about the animation since day 1—and the story was amazing (personal opinion, of course).
Anyhow, I accessed the forum to read what everyone thought and I remember people saying they preferred the character designs of s1 & s2 and absolutely hated season 3’s character designs.
And then there was “Eternal…”
And, apparently, the problem with “Eternal” was the story. But I don’t understand how the story can be a problem if we all knew beforehand that the film would be a strict 1:1 adaptation of the manga.
Anyhow, I have fond memories of 2014, staying awake until midnight to catch the episodes and binge-watching all the episodes in 2020.
This experience has been a nice journey. Even with TOEI making so many changes, I enjoyed the journey and discovered that I actually prefer the manga over the 90’s anime.
Bring “Cosmos,“ I say.