After reading this article I question how familiar you really are with the series, characters, or when was the last time you read the manga. Yes Usagi starts off clumsy and a cry baby. But she’s also only in middle school. But as the series progresses Takeuichi emphasizes how she is gradually maturing and becoming more confident and stronger. In essence she shows her growing up. I don’t see anything wrong with that. And Usagi’s aspirations don’t only include getting married and having children. She tells Mamoru countless of times how she will protect him and create a better and safer world for him. There are times in the series where Tuxedo Mask is literally helpless and Sailor Moon fights vigorously to save him. Even Chibi Moon is seen trying to save Helios and protect him. These girls obviously don’t need rescuing. The old anime may not have shown that very well but the manga did. And Tuxedo mask is much more than a beef cake in the manga. He is actually very smart and focused on his studies. That’s why he got a scholarship to study abroad in America.
Also Sailor Moon is not the only senshi who can be seen as a role model. All the girls have very different personalities and dreams. Ami wants to become a doctor, Makoto wants to own her own business, and Michiru wants to be a musician. And the best part about all of this is that they are all super supportive of their friends dreams and aspirations. And there is no shame in Usagi wanting to become a wife and mom. Feminism is about a woman’s right to choose and lead her own life. And if that’s the life Usagi chooses then so be it. It’s not like all the girls are like that. In fact in Codename Sailor V Ace tells Minako that she will never settle down because she will always let her duty come first and she says she’s okay with that. Venus is actually the real leader of the senshi and she is portrayed as that in the manga. She even calls herself a warrior and has a giant stone sword called the Holy Blade that she uses to take down Queen Beryl all by herself.
As for being leggier, they are trying to update the art and make it slightly closer to Takeuchi’s style. She draws all of her charcters long and lanky. But in the manga you can see she does in fact make them all different heights and look different. Takeuchi actually got a lot of flak from her editor for not making one of the charcters chubby or less attractive because that was considered the norm in sentai groups at that time, like Voltron, Gatchaman, or Ronin Warriors. So by not doing that she was actually stepping outside of the box and doing something new and different.
And we aren’t missing the LGBT charcters. Sailor Neptune and Uranus don’t come into the series until the third act so it makes senes that we haven’t seen them in the only two episodes of Crystal that have aired so far. Not to mention Crystal has only been confirmed for one season as of right now. As for the transgender characters, like the Sailor Starlights, we most likely won’t be seeing them, at least not the same way as we did in the old anime. Only girls can be sailor senshi and the Stralights are just girls dressed as boys, not boys who transform into girls. This is made very apperant in the manga and Takeuchi was actually upset with how they were portrayed in the old anime. However there are still other fabulous LGBT charcters like Fisheye who is pretty much a drag queen.
The thing I think Sailor Moon really tries to represent is friendship. That these girls stand together, they fight together, and they even fall together. They are there for one another through thick and thin and become an unstoppable force. And I think that’s a message that women and girls of all ages can enjoy.”