There's a large disparity in the votes and the comments. I'm glad I'm not alone in liking this arc, though. I will address some of the dissenting opinions about it.
It was a fine sub while they waited for the manga. Though they couldve used it as a chance to focus more on the Inners.
It seemed the Inners got more relative screen time here than they did in any other arc (heck, Sailor Jupiter got two "focus" episodes), even Classic or the second half of R. Each of them got an episode focusing on her new attack, and they worked together in the finale as individuals, instead of them all coming together just to support Sailor Moon.
Atleast the threat contrasted pretty nicely to the first season. Namely, that the enemies aren't trying to take over anything (Something pretty much all the others in the series do) but just trying to stay alive. Making it seem all the more stupid that the dub kept referring to them as the Dark Ki... Negaverse. Even if it were a clever reference to chaos, the aliens weren't part of THAT either.
Well, they weren't part of it in the original version, but I see what the dub tried to do. It implied that the Negaforce caused the aliens' situation in the first place by influencing Alan and Ann's people to fight each other over the power. By the time Alan and Ann were grown, the tree had been itself corrupted to point where it really had little control over itself. So they had been inducted into the Negaverse. And if you think about how in the rest of R, there was a chaotic figure who manipulated and brainwashed people to do just the same thing that the mysterious "voice" did in the dub. Thematically, I thought it was a beneficial change, as this also served as a warning of what would happen if the Negaverse ever did "win" on Earth...as well as provide a nice bridge from the goals of energy collection to human conversion.
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Usagi's selfishness was disgusting in this part of R. She was sad that she could no longer be an ordinary girl. She felt a little bad for that happening to her friends. Despite this, she never once thought of leaving Mamoru alone to let him live a normal life without her.
I see what you're getting at, but there are three big contributing factors you're overlooking.
1. Serena is 13-14, and an optimist who is full of hope. Darien is her first and only love. It's quite natural that she would want him to remember given her mindset.
2. She has not only memories of what she had been through from being Sailor Moon, but from her past life as the Moon Princess, so she has two lifetimes of feelings to sort through.
3. She may have thought that like her friends, he'd want
to be his "old" self. I don't think she knew at this point, if ever
, that Darien never chose to become Tuxedo Mask in the same way that she chose to become Sailor Moon. If she had been aware of this and then tried to force it on him anyway, it would be a slightly selfish act. She didn't know, though, and she thought it was genuinely for his benefit. Awakening his memories might have been in her self-interest, but it was also for the greater good.
Given that Serena got her friends back, I can understand why she would hold out hope for Darien. Also from a storytelling perspective, Serena has
to chase after Darien. Imagine if she had stopped and started falling for Alan...it would have "rewarded" the villain and then brought a tragic element to the inevitable confrontation to a relatively light-hearted arc (since as mentioned, this was filler and the aliens had to leave
). It's better if she's in love with Darien so that when he did remember (another inevitability), those lovers could reunite easily.
Still, this is inspiring me to think what would have happened had things not been so "pat."
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It boggles the mind she repeats this process when Mamoru breaks up with her later. WTF! He's not that into you. Jeez!
In my opinion, if he suddenly regained his memories only to break up with her a few weeks later, that should make her more suspicious and determined to go after him. Don't get me wrong. Sometimes a sunk cost means that it's something to walk away from, but in this case, there was a mountain of evidence in the past of more return on the romantic investment by pursuing it.