Why do people NEED to see Pharaoh 90 so badly? They kept it hidden from the screen on purpose to make it threatening, but mysterious like visions of the silence were. The fight between Saturn and it would have been like a boring animated RPG fight. Hit, slice, hit, slice. She was building up to her final attack when Sailor Moon got in and finished it off/stopped her from using all of her power. It was the emotional turmoil that Usagi, Haruka, and Michiru went through that had the potential to be more entertaining. Not another final boss fight that went exactly the same way as the other ones did.
Plus, the manga ending to the Infinity arc is short of a joke. They all decide to let Saturn kill everything so the overpowered manga Sailor Moon can bring everyone back with a snap of her fingers. What ever happened to her dying if she uses that sort of miraculous power? It only happened at the end of the first season, and ever since, she's been bringing back the dead and blowing baddies up like it's nobody's business. There isn't much at stake if you can just bring someone back if they die.
Don't get me wrong, I love the manga. I just got really annoyed by Usagi's godlike powers she could use with no consequence.
I'm going to have to disagree. Pharoh 90 is the big bad. I wanted to see something, and that something certaintly wasn't Saturn doing a somersault into a a ball of flame and having their struggle visually depcited as nothing more than a flickering fire. I mean come on, that was terrible imo. I just don't see why you would build up the silence and Saturn, and then basically have none of it happen at all.
And based purely on the manga, this battle could have been different than the others where Sailor Moon just holds up her silver crystal and shoots a laser at the enemy from everyone's combined power. That would have been lame. But having Saturns DRR attack hurt Pharoh 90 as Pluto closed the time door on both of them could have been very powerful, as it was in the manga. But they got rid of Pluto.
Again, Sailor Moon's emotional transformation was excellent, but it didn't save this episode imo. Someone mentioned the anime didn't know the plots for the manga so they couldn't plan accordingly, so I guess that played a role. But I don't see why N. Takeuchi wouldn't give them some kind of outline of how the story was going to end so they could plan better. But I don't really know the relationship she had with the anime makers.
And for some reason I HATED that when an exhausted Sailor Moon emerged with baby Hotaru from doing whatever to Pharoh 90, Uranus and Neptune just took her from her arms and ran off. Sooo rude! At least in the manga they found Hotaru alone and had a bit of dialogue with the other Sailors first.