It manifested worst in '90s anime fandom, where the canon was often extremely difficult to get a hold of. Nowadays, of course, that particular problem has been nuked, but you still get writers who only know it through other fanfics.Ah, fandom.
This IWIW series has been particularly interesting to me -- I'm one of those people whose only exposure to Sailor Moon has been fan fiction, assorted wikis, a few YouTube clips, and the first few manga chapters. I'm sure it's no substitute for the actual series, but I still feel like I have a much better grip on the real thing. Plus there's been some pretty interesting plot-related stuff I've learned -- for instance, I had no idea that Puu
Which raises the question of whether anyone really has a "natural" state. (The fact that this reminds me of how Pastel Defender Heliotrope did the "purification" thing -- the target lost her memory and regressed to an infant's mental state -- doesn't help.) We could get into all the arguments over subjective morality and how people are defined by their experiences and all that, but there's no real point.Well, obviously it's just a restoration to their natural state. She hit REFRESH.
Maybe it'd be best to think of it as being like magnetizing a piece of steel -- refocusing the conscious and subconscious mind on the Good Stuff, which is pretty dang hard on your own even if you want to.
Reincarnation always brings up these questions, along with the question of just what the heck a soul is. I'm ten chapters into the fanfic Sailor Moon 4200, in which this matter screws over one of the characters in pretty much the worst way possible.It's interesting to consider the dance of reincarnation in this setting. I've taken some of Luna's comments in the first season to mean that Usagi is a different person than Serenity… although she is also the same person. (Is this contradictory or not? Mu.)
Funnily enough, aside from the last part, this is a lot like the heroine of Princess Tutu (aka "Cardcaptor Sakura meets Swan Lake by way of Revolutionary Girl Utena and The Neverending Story, as written by Neil Gaiman") and her opposite number. And even the last bit has something similar, but in the "is Clark Kent or Superman the real one" format.Young Beryl, the—whatever she was. Peasant maiden? Lady-in-waiting? Apprentice witch? And Usagi the schoolgirl. Both in love with the same guy. Both wishing they were a Princess so they could have him. But the key motivations. Beryl who will do anything to have him, or keep others from having him: selfishness. Usagi, who realizes the responsibility of being a princess, and would do anything to save him: selflessness. Beryl, born common, took a Queen's crown; Usagi/Serenity, born royal, wants to escape it.
Wasn't Nodoka Saotome secretly Beryl in the mega-crossover "Insertion?"(I have an ongoing fanfic where Beryl has brainwashed Ranma to think he (in girl form) is Beryl's daughter...)
I can't really see Beryl as Precia. The Morganite plotbunny reminds me more of the Malfoys in Harry Potter, which has a similar focus on the Power of Love. Bullies, bigots, members of a terrorist group, and just plain jerks, but still redeemed by the fact that they do love each other....But I suspect "Morganite" would end up becoming a more energetic Fate Testarossa.