My issue, and I guess the consensus, is that the original anime shined with amazing comedy, and making you care for the girls and their relationships. Of course, that didn't need 50 episodes per season to be accomplished, but those were the times, as well as the manga being written at the same time, and the show catching up and having to fill in time (Sailor Moon R). I get and support the move towards a more succinct anime, but just barely animating the manga 1:1 without thinking what works best for tv and storytelling in general, reeks of cheapness. Never mind the monstrosity of some of the first two seasons animation-wise. It felt a bit lifeless, and empty, things moved at break-neck speed, with little impact. Season 3 was much better because the manga is at its best, and the animation improved. Imagine if they had actually set aside resources and planned to merge the best of the original anime (character development, comedy) and manga (stronger mythology, no filler), and added some modern things (the senshi actually battling and action sequences). Maybe for the 50th anniversary.