Sailor Moon: Jumped the Shark too soon.
For those who don't know, Sailor Moon
had five seasons, each one being loosely adapted from one of the manga's story arcs. The way I see it, the original first season of the show is the best. It had the best pacing, characters developing in a way that they never wore out their welcome or became annoying, excellent villains (Jadeite, Nephrite, Zoisite, Kunzite, and Queen Beryl remain memorable), and one hell of a finale. It had it's flaws, sure, but they were few and far between, and it remains a classic in the Shojo Magical Girl
The second season, Sailor Moon R
, began decently enough with a short, enjoyable filler arc, but things began to go downhill from there. Director Junichi Sato left and was replaced by Kunihiko Ikuhara of Utena
fame. Right in the second
episode of the main arc, Ikuhara made his opinion of Mamoru clear
, and poor Mamoru never recovered since. The pacing also suffers, with the conflict between Rubeus and the 4 Sisters taking up half the story, with the other half shovelling in everything else.
Sailor Moon S
, while praised by fans for being Darker And Edgier
, is riddled with problems. The characters officially undergo mass Flanderization
and become annoying, with conflicts for them to deal with each episode often being ridiculously asspulled. The arc's pacing falls apart when the Witches 5 are introduced, and we spend seven episodes dealing with Eudial, seven with Mimete, and then just one each with Tellu, Viluy, and Cyprine/Pitriol respectively before rushing into the finale. Overall, a decent but highly overrated season.
By Sailor Moon Super S
, the original show writers had left and were replaced by new ones, and Ikuhara went all out in his fairy tale imagery, subtexts, and favoritism toward Chibiusa.
The annoying flanderization of the characters continued, and not even this season's highly entertaining villains could prevent the Monster Of The Week
formula from running stale. Ikuhara finally left and was replaced by Takuya Igarashi for the final season, Stars
, but sadly, that didn't help matters at all; in fact, Stars
was the worst yet. It's so bad, I'd need a seperate review for it!
So basically, Sailor Moon is a once-great series that just kept falling further from grace with each new renaming.