I’m getting a bit troubled at all the rants about Senshi/Shitennou every time a new episode comes out, saying like “the only interaction they ever had was in one colour spread that Naoko drew back in 1993!”
Here’s the thing: Senshi/Shitennou has been around since 1993, in various media and multiple forms. IT. HAS. BEEN. EXPLORED. WITH. It’s not just one colour spread.
1993, manga - The colour spread yada yada Naoko wanted to explore a bit more on their relationships yada yada. Rei/Jadeite and Venus/Kunzite scene in the SM manga happens.
The *same year* in 1993, SeraMyu: The first Sailormoon musical came out, called Gaiden Kingdom Dark Fukkatsu Hen. Senshi/Shitennou were explored in there, most notably Venus/Kunzite.
1993, a few months after the first SeraMyu, Sailor V manga: Naoko decided she liked the Minako/Kunzite interaction in the musical and added the subplot about Saitou (who resembles Kunzite) into the Sailor V manga.
1995-ish, Sailormoon manga: Casablanca Memory, a sidestory about Rei was published. In there included a blink-and-miss reference to Jadeite.
1995, RPG game: In the Sailormoon RPG ‘Another Story’, they expanded the Senshi/Shitennou relationship in the Silver Milennium by having a plot where the girls search for the Shitennou’s stones in order to heal Mamoru. Once again, Venus/Kunzite and Mars/Jadeite had the biggest hints in the game.
1997, Sailor V manga: In the last chapter of the Sailor V manga, Naoko once again included another Venus/Kunzite hint. Note that this scene was written after Sailormoon ended, so obviously Naoko was still interested in the Senshi/Shitennou pairing somewhat.
2003, PGSM series: The Senshi/Shitennou romance was lightly touched upon here (and even with the Shitennou playing an active role here, they still didn’t end up with the Senshi). Naoko was heavily involved in the series, hence she must have influenced some of the creative decisions.
2013, SeraMyu: La Reconquista SeraMyu once again flirted with the idea of a Senshi/Shitennou relationship, however this time only Mercury/Zoisite was given any importance. Same thing, Naoko was heavily involved in this musical.
Another thing I’d like to stress upon is that Senshi/Shitennou happening in SMC is NOT going to invalidate any of the old!anime couples like Kunzite/Zoisite, Nephrite/Naru, etc. Just like some versions of Sailormoon does not have Senshi/Shitennou, there will some versions which will have it. SMC just happens to be ONE version which have Sen/Shi. That’s it.
I know that some people aren’t fond of the idea of Sen/Shi – their concerns are totally legit! I totally understand! But I’m trying to explain where the Sen/Shi shippers are coming from, and that they’re not shipping something out of thin air, like how people are claiming it to be.