considering the manga review and your point about the story takeuchi tells us she's telling, it makes me wonder how many hardcore manga fans binge-read it, and how many read it in chunks so that by the time they get to the next part they don't clearly remember all the details so the retcons seem legit? because ever since you started this i can't help but wonder *why* the manga gets so much devotion from certain people, and that seems plausible.
As always, I have to say up front that people love what they love, and whether or not I also love that thing is irrelevant. I love the anime with all my heart, and that’s true with all of its NUMEROUS flaws, and ways it’s hashtag problematic and thin as fucking rice paper sometimes. I may not get the devotion to the manga, but then, I don’t have to. More power to them.
TO THE COMMENT
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen “I BLOTTED THAT OUT” or “THAT WASN’T HOW I REMEMBER IT” or something similar while going through the manga. I think when we love something, we have a tendency to focus on the positive over the negative, and so it can distort our memories. Things shine a little brighter, taste a little sweeter, than might be completely true.
I think as well that there are so many iterations of Sailor Moon that it can be difficult sometimes to remember what goes where. I venture to say that each and every one of us with any particular love for this franchise have more of a hand-selected assortment of pieces from across all the official versions, filled and seasoned with our own preferences and focus and fanon and headcanon. Fuck, even the ACTUAL CANON ITSELF isn’t “pure”. The anime was influenced by the manga, the manga was influenced by the anime, the musicals are a slurry of both along with their own crazy gay vampire disco ideas, and from what I’ve seen of it, PGSM picked pretty much the choicest bits from everything and rebuilt it its own way from the ground up.
THERE’S NOTHING PURE IN THIS FANDOM
WHICH WOULD ONLY PLEASE MINAKO
So yeah, I think it’s a million reasons, some personal, some universal. I doubt there’ll ever be one answer to that question. JUST LOVE IT YOUR WAY AND LEAVE THE REST I THINK