no one ever says that Rome needed help from aliens to build their empire
#l laughed for days when i found out that #ancient egyptians used water to reduce friction and move blocks for distances #and that this was literally DEPICTED ON THEIR HIEROGLYPHICS #but ~western archaeologists~ #thought that the pouring of water depicted ~superstitious rituals~ #jfc
I just saw a poll on Sailor Moon Forums asking whether people like Crystal Rei or 90s Rei better, and 70% already say Crystal Rei better. Most Sailor Moon fans on the web don't seem to care much for Original Anime Rei, but like her undeveloped versions more. As someone who considers 90s Anime Rei his favorite Sailor Moon character, why do you think it is so many fans prefer current or Manga Rei? Style over substance? Misunderstanding the character? Plain difference of opinion from us?
Well I’d start by saying I wouldn’t put a whole lot of weight on a poll, if it’s something that’s bugging you. Beyond anything else to be said about the accuracy of Internet polls, people not agreeing with what you prefer is okay. I know what I feel, and I’m going to guess you’re pretty confident in how you feel too. Those feelings aren’t so fragile that a contrary opinion is going to shake them into nonexistence, you know? Rei Hino (original anime flavour) had been one of my favourite fictional characters for nearly twenty years, and that’s just not going anywhere.
Plus, you know, I’m not those people. I can guess and infer, but really, you’ll probably better learn by asking those who voted why they do over asking me to theorize why they don’t.
Still, from what I’ve seen come up repeatedly over the years in discussion about Rei’s character, I do have a few possible factors I can guess at.
Original anime Rei is an incredibly complicated character, and she’s got a lot of barbs and rough edges to get past. Some just can’t get beyond those rouge edges to understand her. They see her as unjustifiably mean and go no further. There’s a lot of what I would call mischaracterization that goes hand in hand with this, but it’s their view, and they’re entitled to have it.
Along those same lines, some people are highly influenced by the original English dub. They confused Raye for Rei, and can’t ever really separate the two.
Some people, in my view, dramatically twist the Rei and Mamoru dating subplot to the point where they view Rei as trying to “steal” Mamoru from Usagi. They’re never able to overcome this view and never forgive her.
Some seem to dislike her just out of principle because she has some of the more obvious changes from her manga counterpart. (How fair I feel this viewpoint is, I can’t fully say until I’ve read the manga.)
Crystal Rei has significantly upped the angst factor, and that’s a character trait that really calls out to some people.
And of course, once again, there are a thousand personal reasons that could range from individual to individual, up to and including just their preference without a thousand justifications, and which is completely okay.
Basically, Rei is just an extremely complicated character, always has been, and when you have a character like that, you’re going to have divisive opinions about her. Don’t worry about it. You love her, and that’s enough. Who cares what other people think?
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