It kind of unnerves me that NQS has so little of Usagi actually in her character. Like manga!usagi can't hold a candle to anime!usagi imo but like. Even in the anime NQS gave me such a bad vibe and that made me feel rotten since I adore Usagi but I just find it hard to think Usagi would be a neglectful of Chibs, maybe not the most observant parent at times i'd buy into, but neglectful to the point Chibs is so starved of affection? Like at that point, is there any shred of Usagi left in NQS??
Let me kick off by saying that I hear you. I’m actually upset about m!Usagi to a ridiculous degree. It was easy to dismiss Crystal, but it’s less easy somehow with the manga, which means there’s an Usagi I don’t like, and this is not a situation I REMOTELY enjoy.
But man, everything about Neo-Queen Serenity’s characterization makes NO SENSE to me. Let’s set aside for the moment everything we know and can infer about her from Chibi-Usa, and focus instead on what we directly SEE.
And from that, what’s the actual difference between NQS and Usagi? I’ll be damned if I can find one. I mean she literally was like “Fuck the consequences and all the lives sacrificed in this bloody brutal war that killed millions including one of my loyal Senshi, I’MMA GO SAY HELLO.” Does that sound like an unthinking emotion-driven act by a fourteen year old, or a woman who’s lived and ruled for a thousand years?
For me, both are such extremes (CONTRADICTORY extremes, at that), that it actually makes me cranky. But if you’re looking to do more than just say “fuck everything about this” like say ME, there’s plenty of evidence of Usagi in NQS by virtue of being functionally identical. So long as you don’t think too hard about how she hasn’t hugged her daughter in nearly a millennia.