airyairyquitecontrary replied to your post: HA HA HA IT’S FUNNY IT’S FUNNY HOW USA…
I do get the impression that the writers have a memory reset, apart from the basic scenario, between seasons. Like I would be AMAZED if any of them remembered Dimand’s assault on her back in R, or saw a parallel.
I’d be amazed if anyone responsible for this moment did any thinking whatsoever.
But you know, for as awful as it is (SO SO AWFUL), it’s actually a kind of perfect microcosm of everything fucked up in how the creators have been handling the Usagi and Seiya relationship.
I’ve talked a hell of a lot about this already (see here for the latest example) but the creators are so entirely invested in Seiya’s viewpoint that nothing else matters at all. The narrative is emphatically, repeatedly, showing that any resistance on Usagi’s part is foolish and wrong. WHENEVER she puts her foot down and says no, something in the story comes back to refute her. Seiya themselves saying she’s being unduly harsh and cold and getting the last word on that always. Her friends getting upset with her for being mean to Seiya. Side characters giving tacit approval for Seiya’s quest (which is codified as “make Usagi yours”). Now this entire scenario being just a huge hilarious misunderstanding on Usagi’s part.
They are working so hard to force Seiya’s case, and it’s at the expense of exactly that case.
I really do think this season is exceptionally well done EXCEPT FOR THIS. This is such a colossal fuck up in every possible way, it’s almost perplexing how much of a fuck up it is. Even in the small details, this season is actually kind of awesome. I was just lauding how it’s treating Usagi’s separation from Mamoru, and I stand by that; I think it’s doing it in a delightfully complicated but very realistic way. Last episode I was applauding how clever I felt it was with prolonging the conflict in a way that’s natural and character-driven, which can sometimes be a struggle for the show due to its formula. It’s been amazingly on-point time and time and time again with characters in both large and small ways. It’s had fuck ups besides just how it’s handling Seiya, of course (LOOKING AT YOU EPISODE 178), but by and large, it’s been amazing, and I’m not even counting the Nehellenia arc, which might just be Sailor Moon at its very best.
But then THIS, and just don’t know why.
They’re pushing this relationship so hard that despite what I said in my opening statement, I can’t believe no one realizes how dramatically they’re wrecking it. And it’s not even endgame, it failed before it even began, and they KNOW this. So they’re shoving this broken thing at everyone, breaking it more in the process, when they know it’s doomed to go nowhere.
I just don’t get anything about that. Yet there it is.