As someone that has a strong distaste for Sailor Moon
with some small amount of fascination, this series seemed perfect for me. What better way to let off frustration with the original than to watch a total mockery? Unfortunately, much like the source, it leaves one just wondering what could have been...
Most of the problem is that the characters are one-note. Serena is fat! Raye is a masochist! Lina is a transvestite! Most of the humor comes from just repeating these notes over and over and over and over... and over again. I get it: the original characters are shallow. That doesn't mean one should make them even more
shallow. Why not explore why
the original characters are so shallow than just making cheap caricatures?
Still, there are moments of cleverness. The villains are generally better written and more self-aware. They still sometimes fall into screamy fits, but everybody on this show does. The hateful attitude the characters hold to each other generally works, but it feels very arbitrary at times; as though the creators can't really think of any other way to approach the humor.
I think the biggest cardinal sin the series commits is starting believing in the original's drama. One can't start with a total brutalization of a series and then decide partway through "oh, it's alright". No. Either go all the way or limit the scope from the beginning. It is a total whiplash to go from "this series was terrible" to "this part worked".
Still, there are funny parts. Throw enough at the wall and some of it will stick. Raye was funny at first and pointing out the moral dissonance is a plus. I'm not sure I can really recommend this series, though. There is a metric crapton of bullshit surrounding the occasional good joke and after a while, one just starts to feel this strong animosity towards the characters. It's probably not a good sign that they took characters I mostly just found extremely boring and made them intensely unlikable.
Then again, maybe I'm missing something due to having watched the original Japanese series rather than the dub...