Okay people, just like last episode. If you get the Blu-Ray or DVD this screen is replaced with
Sailor Venus from behind.
So as you can see, Queen Beryl's bewbs are freaking out that there is in
fact, a fifth Sailor Guardian. I don't see how she doesn't know considering
that V-Chan has been at this for the last year by this point, and if you
follow the Codename Sailor V manga has already defeated several of Beryl's
Dark Kingdom Youma, but I digress. She clearly doesn't keep up with her own
staff, so this is a bit of a shock to her.
Sailor Mars notes that the costume is WAY different, so V-Chan admits she's
never taken off the mask in public like this before.
By the way, I am pointing this out. V-Chan has NO POCKETS. It's a vagina, not
a pocketbook you freak!!
Artemis gets offended by Sailor Moon calling her V-Chan (oh, my bad too) and
announces that Sailor V is the Moon Princess, Princess Serenity. Now for
those of you throwing a fit, let me explain. He did this in the manga too.
This was his idea to trick the Dark Kingdom into thinking that Venus was the
Moon princess, so they'd leave the actual princess alone. Since both are
blonde, he didn't think they'd notice. And well… he's kinda right on that.
Well after the opening theme song, Sailor Moon is thinking she was right all
along, V-Chan is the princess, but all of a sudden, her tiara starts to
In a THIS SHOULD HAVE TOTALLY BLOWN ARTEMIS'S PLAN TO HELL moment, her tiara becomes
a giant, heavy, stapled on moon. And literally, nobody notices except for
her. HOW?? Her forehead lit up and started burning!!
She has a flash of the Moon Kingdom while her forehead is still sizzling.
V watches Zoicite start to get up, and it pisses her off so badly that her
bow changes colors. Again, they turned it blue on the DVD and Blu-Ray as it
should be. I just had fun seeing Codename Sailor Venus for a split second
between this and her wearing the goggles. A ton of you just hate that. Rather
than see the humor in Codename Sailor Venus, a few of you complained to high
heaven about it. So you know what? It's animated gif time.
And yeah. Hulu is keeping it.
They even put it on the dub, which uses the corrected Blu-Ray transfers. Know
what that means? It means that Hulu on purpose decided to piss you guys off
so badly, that they put the wrong image from an older copy of the episode on
the preview for the version you all wanted to see the most.
Well this is pissing Zoicite off so
bad he turned into Jadeite.
You know who else got pissed? Tuxedo Mask. He's so pissed right now, he is
running his little ass back home.
He thinks about how he didn't save Sailor Moon this time, and how it took another
14 year old little girl to save the day, and he races home, kicking the
sparkles out of his ass, one foot at a time.
Don't worry, they fixed this on the DVD.
Sailor Moon has a girl crush moment as Sailor Venus thanks her for all of her
Venus and Artemis admit that they were trying to train the other girls via
the video game, just as Usagi said. You would think everyone would quit
doubting Usagi after this, right? But nooooo.
Madam, your crotch is beeping.
Realizing that Luna is trying to contact Usagi, Venus states that she will be
joining Luna in the Command Center soon. Then proceeds to get naked for no
Everyone stares as if to say they could have lived another 1000 years without
ever seeing this random stranger naked.
Now in her school uniform, Venus announces herself as Minako Aino.
Back at the Command Center, Minako notes she has been here before, and
proceeds to tell everyone that she found Artemis long before finding everyone
She tells them that there is an evil shadow controlling the Dark Kingdom, and
that this shadow wants the Silver Crystal so she can take over the world, and
that she feeds off of innocent human energy. She tells them that this shadow
(Metallia BTW) destroyed the Silver Millennium's Moon Kingdom, and that she
will need to be sealed away again if the we don't want the same thing
happening to Earth.
She claims she does know where the Silver Crystal is, but refuses to tell
anybody for fear of their safety. Luna is the only person clearly not buying
this entire story.
Once away from everyone, Minako tells Artemis that the seal on the other
girls' memories will be broken soon. She insists on taking down the Dark
Kingdom quickly before that happens. Artemis protests, but Minako won't
listen. He's gotten her pretty well trained, don't you think?
After the commercial break, Usagi is having a nightmare about the Moon
Kingdom, where the castle is on fire and Endymion is slashing people while
calling her Princess Serenity. IF THIS IS NOT A GIANT, FREAKING SPOILER, TELL
ME WHAT IS.
After contemplating what it all means and what Minako may be hiding, Usagi
and Luna find Mamoru wearing glasses and reading books about crystals in the
He apologizes for not saving her, while she legit wonders what the Silver
Crystal is. (It's a very shiny rock, Usa-ko.) She tries to give him back his
broken watch, and he tells her to hang onto it until he can give her back
what she left at his apartment. (The hanky.) She smile, having a good mood.
Luna gets butthurt over their new romance, but Artemis pops out of nowhere to
tell her that their relationship is fine, stopping her from cock blocking
Usagi again. He tells Luna that she was always supposed to nurture the
Guardians, and that part of her memory was sealed off to ease her burden. But
he decides to tell her everything.
Meanwhile, Queen Metallia is of the mind that Princess Serenity will kill her
and turn Earth into her new kingdom. We're getting ahead of ourselves in spoilerville today, aren't we, folks? So she asks Queen
Beryl to lure the princess out and see if she knows where the crystal is.
Kunzite offers his services and kisses her hand.
Kunzite uses a weird form of telepathy to tell Minako to come alone to Tokyo
Tower with the crystal, or everyone dies.
Artemis hears it and tells her it's a trap, but she tries to run ahead. The
other girls try to take her to dinner, but she runs away.
Just to be a dick, Kunzite shuts down the city's electricity. And he does it
in such a fab little bubble too.
The other girls discover that the blackout is draining everyone's energy as
Usagi starts to think about Mamoru (because screw these people, right?) and
he suddenly has a dream of Princess OBVIOUSLY FREAKING USAGI Serenity
screaming at him, calling him Endymion.
Okay time out. What the hell time is it when 17 year old Mamoru is already
asleep in bed?? HE'S 17 AND ALREADY IN BED AND YOU GUYS ARE NOT??? Either
this guy's bedtime is 8:30 or you have missed curfew.
What kind of job does he have where he can afford this Ikea setup at age 17?
Realizing the blackout is not normal, he spots Kunzite's fuzzy little ass
from a distance.
Minako transforms silently at the bottom of Tokyo Tower, hoping nobody is
Sailor Venus appears to challenge Kunzite. She refuses to tell him anything
about the crystal. By the way, I want to make this absolutely clear. Even
though this is clearly SAILOR VENUS and the planet VENUS appears behind her,
for the rest of this episode, everyone insists on calling her Sailor V. We
won't actually get her full name as VENUS until next episode.
She fires a crescent boomerang, which he deflects, then he zaps her with a
green lightning attack.
Sailor V starts to try and get him to remember his true self, taking him by
surprise, but Beryl interrupts.
Beryl orders Kunzite to strike Sailor V again, but the other Sailor Guardians
appear via a Sailor Teleport.
Sailor Moon cuts her speech short today, because she's really pissed.
After teaching Minako about friendship, they each attack Kunzite, sending
Sailor Moon behind him for a sneak attack.
He survives Moon Healing Escalation, then darts behind her and slams her with
an energy blast.
Sailor Jupiter saves Sailor V, and the four Inners watch as Sailor Moon falls
off the tower.
Yeah, OOPS. And Mercury, Mars? Nice hand holding BTW.
Tuxedo Mask saves her, just as she was about to become street pizza.
You know, considering his bad luck in the 1992 anime, I reeeeeally
wish she had said this sooner.
Sailor Moon kisses Tuxedo Mask, then smiles and darts off.
Even guys make this face.
He contemplates why she's so strong and what kind of girl she really is.
She leaps into the sky to protect her friends, just as Kunzite readies
But Tuxedo Mask gets in the way…
Did you notice Minako's pen?
First of all, you can
actually see the tip of a useable pen inside of it, and second, this is her
original pen from the manga. She got it a year before meeting everyone, and
it can turn her into either Codename Sailor V or Sailor Venus depending upon
what she chooses. She never actually gets rid of it, which is why she can
become Codename Sailor V in some of the short stories long after becoming
Super Sailor Venus. In the 90's anime, they just gave her a similar pen to
Mercury, Mars and Jupiter, but for the manga and for Crystal, she gets to be
Another note is on Minako's
eye color. In preliminary and promotional art, Toei originally gave her
purple eyes in contrast to Sailor Moon's blue eyes, and the first half of
this episode has her with the wrong eye color. But as the episode moves
forward, they gradually go from being dark purple to manga-correct blue. Off
and on, even through season three, Minako's eyes will change from purple to
blue to grey, the latter likely a tribute to Kunzite.
One more thing about Minako
before we move on, it seems that Toei may have originally wanted there to be
a sequence where Codename Sailor V becomes Sailor Venus. Whatever the
original plan was, these screenshots are all that remains of Sailor
V/Codename Sailor Venus with the red bow and the behind shots being taken out
of the DVD and Blu-Ray. The corrected version is manga accurate, so it all
(HEY!! All manga scans on
this page are from Miss Dream. They belong to her. Go
Parts of this episode were re-written entirely,
probably due to time constraints, standards and practices (I'll get to them)
and just to keep the story flowing. But these segments I really wish had been
left in. For starters, right after Usagi wakes up, she comes downstairs and
bumps into Kenji, who freaks out over her being up at six in the morning. She
tells him "You're right, I'm not myself. Truth is… I am a champion of
justice, I am Sailor Moon!" Luna freaks out, but Kenji blows her off and
thinks she's making this all up. I was laughing my ass off, thinking she was
just gonna cut the crap and transform, but he cares so little about his kid
that he totally poo poo's it.
Another scene deleted shows
Minako hanging out with everyone and Rei picking on Usagi. Since they already
gave Minako and Artemis this secretive "we're our own heroes" kind
of vibe, I can see why they chopped this out. Also, Rei is not a bitch this
season, and actually won't start picking on Usagi until season three, so
since this Rei is more aligned with the 1992 Rei rather than the 2014 Rei, I guess
I can let this go.
Now this one second segment
didn't need to be left out. Makoto reacts when the electricity goes out.
Since she's in tune with electricity and it is her power, I was hoping they'd
leave this in. We do get to see her in tune with power in season two, but
this didn't have to be chopped out.
And this segment was a
standards and practices change. In Crystal, the victims have had their energy
drained, but their exact status of living or dead is debatable. But in the
manga, Kunzite outright murders them by zap frying them once the power is
out. Kinda gruesome, but that's what makes this Shoujo manga so different.
Also, Artemis is supposed to
be with Luna, not Minako. But again, we're telling one, streamlined story
here, so that's why this was changed.
Oh, and this just looks