Why didn't Queen Serenity reincarnate on Earth like the rest of the Silver Millennium?

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Seira Hazuki

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One of the biggest recurring motifs of the Sailor Moon franchise is the idea of an endless cycle of reincarnation. From the very first arc, when Usagi and the others are revealed to be the reborn Princess Serenity and her court, to characters like Sailor Pluto and Sailor Saturn sacrificing themselves, only to turn up later in the story. And in the manga, it all culminates with the reveal of the Galaxy Cauldron, which essentially promises that anyone who has a special star seed will be reborn countless times. In fact, when you look at it, every major character in the Sailor Moon has died at least twice in the series.

Yet, despite this, one character has never risen from the grave. Princess Serenity's mother, Queen Serenity.

Now the reason for her never showing up in the original '90s anime is a bit clearer. By using the Legendary Silver Crystal, Queen Serenity sacrificed her own life, but before dying she makes a wish on the Silver Crystal that her daughter and the rest of the Silver Millennium could be reborn on Earth. One could make an argument that she herself never wished to be reborn. Of course, if characters like Sailor Pluto can be inexplicably resurrected, it makes little sense why Queen Serenity couldn't, but at least there's more of a potential explanation why in the '90s anime.

In the manga, we are told that Queen Serenity sealed away Queen Metalia and that she similarly wished for Princess Serenity and the others to be reborn on Earth, but there is absolutely no real reason why Queen Serenity wasn't reborn either. There is no explanation as to what happened to Queen Serenity either since she presumably survived the battle against the Silver Millennium. After all, the manga's Silver Crystal never kills it user the way it seems to in the original anime. She is also a long lived being. Did she simply return to the Galaxy Cauldron as the Stars arc implied? Did she refuse to be reborn or "start a new history of the stars?"

It's clear that Naoko didn't simply forget about her either, since unlike the original anime, she has made short cameo appearances in flashbacks. I'm wondering what everyone else thinks?
 
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Yamoon

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Well it more or less said at the end of the manga than once a new child / star is born from a strong one, the strong one lost most of his power (same thing happened to Neo Queen serenity when Chiusa was born).

So regarding the Queen maybe she was not enough strong specially after the battle to resurrect more than few persons... and she’s just died after it from exhaustion or just decide that her time was done with the end of the millenium.
 
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One of the biggest recurring motifs of the Sailor Moon franchise is the idea of an endless cycle of reincarnation. From the very first arc, when Usagi and the others are revealed to be the reborn Princess Serenity and her court, to characters like Sailor Pluto and Sailor Saturn sacrificing themselves, only to turn up later in the story. And in the manga, it all culminates with the reveal of the Galaxy Cauldron, which essentially promises that anyone who has a special star seed will be reborn countless times. In fact, when you look at it, every major character in the Sailor Moon has died at least twice in the series.

Yet, despite this, one character has never risen from the grave. Princess Serenity's mother, Queen Serenity.

Now the reason for her never showing up in the original '90s anime is a bit clearer. By using the Legendary Silver Crystal, Queen Serenity sacrificed her own life, but before dying she makes a wish on the Silver Crystal that her daughter and the rest of the Silver Millennium could be reborn on Earth. One could make an argument that she herself never wished to be reborn. Of course, if characters like Sailor Pluto can be inexplicably resurrected, it makes little sense why Queen Serenity couldn't, but at least there's more of a potential explanation why in the '90s anime.

In the manga, we are told that Queen Serenity sealed away Queen Metalia and that she similarly wished for Princess Serenity and the others to be reborn on Earth, but there is absolutely no real reason why Queen Serenity wasn't reborn either. There is no explanation as to what happened to Queen Serenity either since she presumably survived the battle against the Silver Millennium. After all, the manga's Silver Crystal never kills it user the way it seems to in the original anime. She is also a long lived being. Did she simply return to the Galaxy Cauldron as the Stars arc implied? Did she refuse to be reborn or "start a new history of the stars?"

It's clear that Naoko didn't simply forget about her either, since unlike the original anime, she has made short cameo appearances in flashbacks. I'm wondering what everyone else thinks?
At the end of the manga, she decided her time had come. She could reincarnate but chose another path. And thus allowed her daughter to be reborn and with her, the silver crystal.

Just like Neo Queen Serenity, when her time comes she will have to give up her place to her daughter.
 
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She used the power of the Silver Crystal to its fullest extent and that may have consumed her—history had to be re-written from the very beginning again.

It is also possible that she didn’t reincarnate because that was simply not her wish. Princess Serenity loved Earth and the Queen’s wish was that her daughter would be reborn on Earth, along with the cats, Endymion, and the appointed senshi to protect the Princess in case evil returned.
 

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I guess Queen Serenity is bound by whatever rules precluded the Four Generals from being reborn or reincarnated after the DK arc. Just like they seem fated to exist for the rest of time as pebble spirits, Queen Serenity I guess is just content to remain a hologram.
 
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In my headcanon since she used the full extent of the Silver Crystal she basically gave up the ability to be reincarnated fully. Kind of like Pluto breaking time rules and having to die for it, Queen Serenity did something similar with the crystal.

Shouldve just waited for Saturn to end everything and start the cycle over (which I know, Queen Serenity was trying to bypass for TDK).
 

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Its all very hazy and unclear. For example we know Usagi in 20th and 30th century can ressurect people and even terrain with ease (see Black Moon and Infinity final chapters) so why Queen Serenity didnt use that power to resurrect the Moon people and the Moon Kingdom after she defeated Metalia? It seemed so simple even if Serenity was devastated by her daughters death. It almost seems like she felt it was over for the Silver Millenium and that her daughter would be happier by living on earth.

I also wonder if Queen Serenity really died. Think about Sailor Cosmos...who is she anyway? Is she really Usagi from far far future? If so why there was no issues such as Usagi vanishing in second arc after she was too long in 30th century? Heck Sailor Cosmos even kissed Usagi and previously Pluto died to prevent two Crystals from two timelines to touch. Not to mention King Endymion said Serenity lost her senshi powers when she became the Queen. But here she's a sailor senshi again, an odd one too. Queen Serenity losing her power in favour of Usagi...it just doesnt convince me. Neo Queen Serenity still has some power despite, apparently, losing senshi powers when Chibusa is around. Plus even if Old queen really would lose the power at some point that doesnt explain her death. Even if we believe that Cosmos is Usagi from far future it would mean she got her senshi powers back. What's with Chibusa then?


Or...Naoko just didnt think this through :lol:
 
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I guess Queen Serenity is bound by whatever rules precluded the Four Generals from being reborn or reincarnated after the DK arc. Just like they seem fated to exist for the rest of time as pebble spirits, Queen Serenity I guess is just content to remain a hologram.
I wouldnt put them in the same boat as QS. They made it to modern day and when killed were outside of the peerview of the Silver Crystals reincarnation powers. They'd essentially have to wait for the next full rebirth cycle to come around before they'd be able to be reborn and reverted back to their more pure state.
 
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I also wonder if Queen Serenity really died. Think about Sailor Cosmos...who is she anyway? Is she really Usagi from far far future? If so why there was no issues such as Usagi vanishing in second arc after she was too long in 30th century? Heck Sailor Cosmos even kissed Usagi and previously Pluto died to prevent two Crystals from two timelines to touch. Not to mention King Endymion said Serenity lost her senshi powers when she became the Queen. But here she's a sailor senshi again, an odd one too. Queen Serenity losing her power in favour of Usagi...it just doesnt convince me. Neo Queen Serenity still has some power despite, apparently, losing senshi powers when Chibusa is around. Plus even if Old queen really would lose the power at some point that doesnt explain her death. Even if we believe that Cosmos is Usagi from far future it would mean she got her senshi powers back. What's with Chibusa then?
For Sailor Cosmos, I think it's quite simply: a new entity. The soul of Serenity is there but the power no longer depends on the silver crystal or even the Moon. But from the entire Cosmos and of Lambda power.
 
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Its all very hazy and unclear. For example we know Usagi in 20th and 30th century can ressurect people and even terrain with ease (see Black Moon and Infinity final chapters) so why Queen Serenity didnt use that power to resurrect the Moon people and the Moon Kingdom after she defeated Metalia? It seemed so simple even if Serenity was devastated by her daughters death. It almost seems like she felt it was over for the Silver Millenium and that her daughter would be happier by living on earth.

I also wonder if Queen Serenity really died. Think about Sailor Cosmos...who is she anyway? Is she really Usagi from far far future? If so why there was no issues such as Usagi vanishing in second arc after she was too long in 30th century? Heck Sailor Cosmos even kissed Usagi and previously Pluto died to prevent two Crystals from two timelines to touch. Not to mention King Endymion said Serenity lost her senshi powers when she became the Queen. But here she's a sailor senshi again, an odd one too. Queen Serenity losing her power in favour of Usagi...it just doesnt convince me. Neo Queen Serenity still has some power despite, apparently, losing senshi powers when Chibusa is around. Plus even if Old queen really would lose the power at some point that doesnt explain her death. Even if we believe that Cosmos is Usagi from far future it would mean she got her senshi powers back. What's with Chibusa then?


Or...Naoko just didnt think this through :lol:
Id think that since Queen Serenity wasnt at full strength she wouldnt be able to do what NQS did with apparent ease.

I would much rather have Sailor Cosmos be Queen Serenity then NQS. NQS had her time, has had enough forms...she dont need another. And it'd fit with Queen Serenity essentially having to give up her "humanity" and happiness that comes with being Sailor Cosmos (from the looks of it).
 

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She didn't really die, she went permanent God Mode. That's why she can appear to Usagi (as in the Doom Tree Arc.) Metallia thought she struck her down, but she actually became more powerful when no longer tethered to her physical form.
 

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In my headcanon sailor cosmos is a descendant of usagi in a far future like 10 generations ahead or so
for me too. Not really the SM that we know, but some kind of reincarnation.
 
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I think Queen Serenity just chose not to be reincarnated similar to how ghosts work in Harry Potter, some people choose to be ghosts because they haven't accepted their demise or are still attached to the world they once lived while others simply moved on.
 
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For the anime, it's pretty simple; Queen Serenity's mass reincarnation was clearly a one-time deal and she probably had to opt out of reincarnation in exchange to keep the flow of souls open. Plus, she might have done this on purpose because if she did reincarnate, she would lose her memories, too. If she's going to to be a backup option, she can't be on Earth with a new life unaware of her identity. I headcanon that Queen Serenity's soul is linked to the Crystal; no it's not residing within it, but it allows her spirit to communicate with her reincarnated daughter, something she could not do if she were living..

For the manga, it's not as clear, since IIRC, she didn't "send" our crew to the future as much as it seems they naturally reincarnated. It's very possible she did reincarnate, but was just reborn in some other part of the world and just never reawakened. There's also the issue that she passed the Silver Crystal down to Princess Serenity; since that's her starseed, then the reincarnation ability left Queen Serenity with that Crystal.

But if you want to speculate, it is possible Queen Serenity did reincarnate...into Chibi-Usa. :-P
 
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Because if we think a lot about it we find out most of it doesn't make any sense...

Just kidding. Or maybe she did get reincarnated and ended up working for Galaxia as a Star Seed Secretary....mwhahhaha!

Actually, wouldn't it be traumatic if she did reincarnate but in Stars we later find out that Galaxia took her star seed and revealed it to Usagi like she did with Mamoru.
 
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Going by manga canon here since it's clear in the 90's anime (and presumably PGSM?) reincarnation is a one-time deal and not an inherent cycle for all Sailor Crystal holders. (So in that universe, Queen Serenity was simply too drained to be able to reincarnate herself)

Anyways I always assumed that the reason she didn't reincarnate is because she's not a Senshi, and is just an "ordinary Star Seed holder." For the manga-verse I always headcanoned that only Senshi/Sailor Crystal holders have the ability to reincarnate over and over again, while for regular Star Seed holders, it's just a one and done deal. (Would explain Galaxia's belief that the human body is worthless and only one's Sailor Crystal is worth anything, I think even other characters make references throughout the manga that it's because they're Sailor Crystal holders that they can never truly die and will just keep reincarnating over and over again?)

Queen Serenity not being a Senshi ties into my greater headcanon of her not having birthed Princess Serenity the normal way, rather I like to imagine that she found the Star Seed/Sailor Crystal of the Moon (The Silver Crystal) while wandering through space and that's when she brought it back to the Galaxy Cauldron to fashion itself in her image, thereby creating her daughter. Being a literal alien to our Solar System, the Silver Crystal was never Queen Serenity's to begin with, rather she was entrusted watching over it for safe keeping until Princess Serenity herself would finally awaken as Sailor Moon.

Now that's not to say I think Queen Serenity had a completely normal Star Seed, I do think it was "special" in the same way the Cats, Helios's and Phoebus and Deimos's star seeds are said to be, a more powerful than average Star Seed but still not a Senshi/Sailor Crystal one.