Neon Genesis wrote:
I think one of my other disappointment which is something that doesn't seem to be talked about much is that it seems like the Silver Crystal sort of became less important later on in the 90s anime even though it's Usagi's most powerful weapon. The 90s anime made such a huge deal about the Silver Crystal in the first two seasons with all the bad guys wanting it's power. The early episodes of S seemed to hint at the Silver Crystal still being an important plot point with it suddenly losing it's power and Usagi unable to transform with it. But then after Usagi gets her new brooch, it's like the 90s anime completely forgets about the Silver Crystal. By SuperS Usagi's powers should have returned to normal at that point, so there's no excuse for her not to use it, but she doesn't even think about using it against Nehelenia, when the Silver Crystal could have easily wiped out the Dead Moon Circus in an instant. The bad guys also seem to just not care about it anymore. Even when Usagi's Star Seed becomes an important plot point in Stars, the Silver Crystal itself is kind of an afterthought. And once again, no one seems to think about using the Silver Crystal against Galaxia for some reason and Galaxia also seems to be uninterested in the Crystal. It's made even more weird by how Usagi actually does use the Silver Crystal one more time in the S movie and she has no real major side effects from using it then other than briefly getting dizzy or something. But I'm pretty sure the S movie is the last time the Silver Crystal ever actually gets used as a weapon in the 90s anime.
They really downplay both Sailor Moon's power and the power of the Silver Crystal in the 90's anime. To be fair, it wouldn't be entertaining if the hero could easily wipe out the villains in a single stroke. And, the Silver Crystal being used as a plot device can get a little stale being used as such every time. But it is weird it is not really mentioned again late in the series.