i feel crystal is (at least at present) far more interested in the former

so I have a lot of problems with the recent SMC episode

and it primarily has to do with senshi x shitennou and the only canon evidence we got is one artwork and a  few scenes in the sailor v manga (I can’t deny that Venus and Kunzite had some sort of attraction but tbh I am one of the people that highly doubts that Venus would neglect her duty for that)

but other than that, there was no evidence besides jadeite saying Rei was pretty, and Nephrite/Jupiter and Zoisite/Mercury come out of NOWHERE

the often cited quote is that Takeuchi originally planned to do this and since she’s the creator, her word should be considered canon

but it is also canon that she chose NOT to do this

she could have easily done it, but she stopped paying attention to the shitennou completely after the moon kingdom arc and I think brought them back one time for mamo-related purposes only

we should consider ‘why should they end up together?’

well…really….why should they

the shitennou have a complete lack of characterization and there is no evidence that they would even match with the senshi at all other than

'here’s 4 girls, here’s 4 guys, let’s pair them up! and why? BECAUSE DESTINY’

this is miracle romance x5 and a huge part of the fandom is tired seeing even more miracle romance

it’s like shipping a blank piece of paper with a well developed can of confetti that comes in all colours, shapes and sizes and then say 'THEY’RE PERFECT LOOK AT THEM’  

and let’s not forget that Mars vowed chastity in her past life

let’s not forget that Minako is MARRIED TO HER JOB

(and lbr here the reason senshi x shitennou is actually considered a valid ship is bc het couple)

now from a narrative POV

the senshi in crystal are underdeveloped, and yet we spend THE ENTIRE SECOND HALF of the episode on their LEGENDARY LOVE WITH THE SHITENNOU that ends with the Senshi letting the shitennou hurt them?

we could’ve easily taken those minutes and idk, added something that developed the characters as individual personalities

actually what I’m saying is that this is massive non-canon shipping fanservice that I conclude has SOMETHING to do with one of the producers being into SxS

/ I have no problems with the flashback scene that is purely for the shitennou and shows them as Endymions knights I actually liked that one/

and now for the manga comparism or rather, where they added unnecessary, shitty het romance as fanservice and completely butchered the senshi in the process

this happens in the manga 

to make it easier I will just present the following manga pages 

INSTANT SAILOR PLANET ATTACK

NO HESITATION

NO SHITTY MIRACLE ROMANCE 

THEY KILLED THE SHITENNOU IN 2 PAGES

now let’s compare it to the FUCKING LONG POINTLESS FLASHBACK THAT WE GET

this is where we start off before we venture into bad fanfiction territory

(I won’t post all the pics mostly bc then this post would be too long)

firstoff, the senshi get to fight the shitennou, 

Mars vs Jadeite, Jupiter vs Nephrite, Mercry vs Zoisite and Venus vs Kunzite

ok so far

but then

THEY ARE TRYING TO KILL YOUR PRINCESS AND THE VENUS I KNOW WOULD CRESCENT BEAM HIM INTO OBLIVION REGARDLESS OF HER OWN FEELINGS BECAUSE VENUS IS ONLY DEVOTED TO HER PRINCESS AND THIS IS CANON AND OFTEN MENTIONED IN THE MANGA 

(Same, jupiter)

Well Crystal!Venus, they are trying to kill your senshi and your princess idk what your definition of enemy is but I think they could be considered as one

and then

-INSERT TERRIBLE LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT SCREENSHOT HERE-

YOU WERE ON EARTH FOR ONE DAY

(Jupiter is me ok)

AND THEN THIS IS THE BIGGEST BULLSHIT OF THE ENTIRE EPISODE

THE SENSHI JUST COMPLETELY STOP FIGHTING BC THEIR FORMER SELVES WERE APPARENTLY IN LOVE WITH THEM AND IT DOESN’T MATTER THAT THEY ARE EVIL THE SENSHI CAN’T HURT THEM

THIS IS THE MOST OOC THING I HAVE EVER SEEN THEM DOING

THE SENSHI ARE DEVOTED TO THEIR PRINCESS THEY WOULD DO EVERYTHING TO KEEP HER SAFE

MINAKO KILLED ONE OF HER LOVE INTERESTS IN SAILOR V BECAUSE IT WAS HER DUTY

THE SENSHI ARE ABLE TO KILL THEIR ENEMIES WITHOUT HESITATION WHEN THEY THREATHEN THEIR PRINCESS

THEIR LOYALTY TO THEIR PRINCESS IS THEIR PRIMARY CHARACTERISTICA

AND THEN THIS ONE SCENE TAKES A MASSIVE DUMP ON EVERYTHING

just to remind you

THIS IS WHAT THE ORIGINAL SENSHI WOULD THINK OF THIS 

well at least then they unleash a sailor planet attack but the shitennou do not die so I fear we have not seen the last of senshi x SHITNO 

but do you know what we could’ve gotten if they didn’t add the shitty MIRAKURU ROMANCU x 5?

THIS HERE

MAKO MAKING A PUN 

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