I am excited about Jadeite being alive might mean that Crystal plans to do more with the Shitennou, like, maybe we’ll get more on them being Endymion’s stolen Generals? Maybe we’ll get to see them live, in some form or other, besides just in stones? (I’m not holding out hope for that one, though. You’d have to have them stick around and that doesn’t seem likely.)
But, at the same time, I’m kind of a little disappointed at the way they’re being shown to be at each others’ throats here. It seems like something that came from the first anime, where they were more antagonistic towards each other, but it was okay with me, because they had more time for character relationships between them (the Kunzite/Zoisite relationship, the Nephrite/Naru relationship, etc.), so they still had depth. You still cared about them.
If you’re going to keep them alive, I want more reasons to care about them and to… well, these are Endymion’s Generals, you know? Every time I think about them, I can’t help but comparing them to Usagi’s Sailor Senshi, how tragic it would have been if they’d been stolen away from her, if they’d been taken by Beryl and Metallia and corrupted into evil, and they died before she could save them, that she never got to know them again in this life, she never got to live out her life with them. That’s what they are to Mamoru, they’re his lost Generals, and so taking away the depth and reasons to care about them just kind of sits funny with me.
At the same time, it’s hard to complain because the thing that so attracts me to Sailor Moon is the varied stories about women, that’s what I spend most of my time talking about! Give me a choice between showing the Shitennou and the Sailor Senshi and I’m going with the Sailor Senshi, of course. But I’d like a little focus on the tragedy of these characters, rather than just having them be random bad guys, especially since it seemed like Nephrite genuinely cared about Jadeite, that all the Generals genuinely cared about each other (Zoisite was shocked/dismayed when Jadeite died, too).
Also, I can’t lie, I miss the nightmare fuel of Jadeite’s death and glass coffin from the manga.