[LTTP] [WIW] Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (The live-action series)

Nerik the Red

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The green-eyed monster doth raise its head…
(not actually talking about Jadeite).

大阪さんをたすけなきゃ! (Act 16 - I Must Save Miss Osaka!)
Episode Number: 16
Director: Nobuhiro Suzumura
Writer: Yasuko Kobayashi
Air Date: January 24, 2004
Equivalent Manga Act: ?
Equivalent Anime Episode: err… most of them?
(Data taken from wikimoon)

Usagi gives the re-cap, this time with a heart-shaped inset!
Usagi: “...Mamoru Chiba might be all right after all.”
<shakes head>
Usagi: “The one I like is Tuxedo Mask!”
Usagi: “by the way, where is everybody?”

Cut to ANT-LION BERET sink-holing Mako!
Rei and Ami accelerated split-screen transform!
Sailor Mercury grabs Mako while Sailor Mars fireballs the youma.
ANT-LION BERET dodges the fire by ducking into its burrow and vanishing.
(It occurs to me that if the youma ever bothered to report back, the Sailor’s cover would be blown.)
The two Sailors drag Mako out of the sinkhole, which then fills in and vanishes.
Sailor Mars: “I no longer sense its presence.”
Mako: “I think we’ve found out what happened to the missing people.”
Sailor Mercury nods.

OPENING CREDITS

At the Crown Karaoke Centre, Rei updates Usagi on what’s been going on.
Mako: “...now what’s been happening with you, Usagi.”
Usagi: “err...”
Usagi (thinks): “I can’t tell them I was with Mamoru.”
OOC: Me: “Why not?”
Usagi: “Because they’ll tease me!.

Usagi makes up a tale woven from half-truths about how she was with Naru and the others when a Youma attacked.
Mako sneezes, she’s apparently caught a cold.
Mako: “I blame the youma.”
Ami (coming back to Usagi’s story): “Is Naru ok?”
Usagi: “She’s fine.”
Ami: “oh. thank. goodness.”
Usagi: “You were worrying about the others!”
Ami smiles – it doesn’t reach her eyes.

Later that night…
Usagi lies in bed, she just cannot stop thinking about Mamoru.
...not matter how much she tries!

Next morning, walking to school.
Usagi: “I ended up dreaming about him.”
Usagi: “Maybe I keep thinking about him because it’s my fault he was injured.”
Usagi: “That’s just good manners to worry.”

Usagi doesn’t notice Ami walking behind her…
Ami, OTOH, notices Usagi, smiles, and hurries to catch up…
Ninja Naru out of nowhere!
Naru, of course, wants to know how Usagi’s date with Mamoru went.
Ami just stops, her smile fading.
Usagi and Naru argue, playfully.
Then Usagi spots Ami, and runs to drag her into the group.
Naru… does not look happy.
(Flashback to her confrontation with Ami two episodes ago).

At which point Usagi gets tangled up in her own web of lies.
Usagi: “Naru, Ami was worried about you.”
Naru: “Why would she be worried about me?”
Usagi: “oops.”
Usagi drags Naru off to perform urgent damage control, leaving Ami alone.

In school, English lessons, with Miss Haruna (whom we haven’t seen for a while).

(Ok, that looks reasonably harmless)
The class exercise is for the pupils to pair up and act out the conversation (in English).

Ami looks towards Usagi.
(Was Naru watching Ami, she was definitely looking that way)
Naru turns to Usagi and suggests they pair up.
Usagi suggests a group of three, including Ami.
Ami points out that the conversation is for two, she’ll join with whoever is left over.
Naru: “Can I talk honestly.”
Naru: “You want to be in Usagi’s group.”
Ami: “But you asked first.”
Naru: “Do you have to use such a self-sacrificing tone?”
Naru: “It makes me look like a bad person.”
Ami: “It’s not like that.”
Usagi jumps in to act as peacemaker.
Usagi: “Ami’s a good person.”
Naru: “Why are you always taking her side nowadays?”
Usagi: “Err..”
At which point Miss Haruna steps in.
Haruna: “’Allo, ‘allo, whats all this then?”
Haruna puts her foot down, and assigns pairs.
Naru with Kaname.
Ami with Momoko.
Usagi with Hikoemon Yamamoto (who has a really deep voice).

Haruna: “You may complain (and knowing you lot, you will), but after this we’re having a quick test.”
Whole class: “WHAT?!”
Usagi, who’s grasp of English is about as bad as ever, breaks off to reassure Ami about Naru.
OOC: A!Usagi: “She sounded perfectly fine to me!”
M!Usagi: “Me too.”
A!Mina, A!Rei, M!Mina and M!Rei collectively facepalm.

Naru, however, saw the exchange…

We cut from this to…. THE DARK KINGDOM!
While Miss Haruna is having to manage unruly bickering schoolchildren,
...Queen Beryl is having to manage unruly bickering heavenly kings.
Nephrite is grovelling over his latest failure, and Kunzite is rubbing it in with the success of his energy farm.
Queen Beryl: “Energy farm? Explain!”
Kunzite: “It’s quite simple, instead of the inefficiency of farming free-range humans, I’ve gone for a battery-farming approach.”
Kunzite: “Humans are captured, and placed in a controlled enviroment, where they live out their normal, hum-drum lives while we slow extract their energy at a renewable rate.”

(Scene of people wandering through a shopping mal in a zombie-like state).
Streams of pink life energy are extracted from the prisoners, and sucked into the ventilation system.
...where ANT-LION BERET directs the flow.

...to the THE DARK KINGDOM!

Kunzite looks suitable please with himself.
Kunzite: “I could use Nephrite as a servant.”
Nephrite :mad:: “Kunzite! Just try going further.”
Kunzite (reaching for his sword): “Any time!”
Queen Beryl: (rolleyes)
Queen Beryl: “Kunzite, proceed with your plan.”
Queen Beryl: “BUT Nephrite is NOT your subordinate.”
Queen Beryl: “He serves me
Queen Beryl: “You are both equal in my sight.”
Queen Beryl: “remember your place.
Nephrite salutes.
Kunzite (reluctantly) salutes.

Cut to… Ami walking.
She spots Naru coming the other way!
Ami (thinking): “What do I do?”
Suddenly…
...a sinkhole opens in front of Naru.
(Nerik takes a pause to find ‘Naru in danger’ counter, gets distracted re-reading the whole thread)
Naru is targeted: 4
Ami desperately tries to grab Naru’s hand…
...but she’s too late! Naru is dragged into the pit!
...the sinkhole closes up.
...leaving just Ami.

ADVERT BUMPER

We continue where we left off…
Usagi and Rei run up (probably alerted by Rei’s youma-sense).
Usagi collapses to her knees.
Usagi: “Naru!”
Ami… just watches her.
Rei… watches Ami.
(I think Rei might have some idea what’s going on with Ami.)

Then… their Lunaphones ring!
Luna: “I’ve found where the missing people are!”

They run to a shopping mall (or whatever that place is), meeting up with Luna.
Rei… senses something…
...there’s a barrier here.
They spot Naru wandering, zombie like, at the top of an escalator.
Ami and Usagi run to her.
Rei: “Watch out!”
Usagi runs head first into the barrier!
Usagi: “Owie!”

Luna explains the situation.
Ami: “How cruel.”
Luna suggests that if they all three combine their power, maybe they can break the barrier.

Triple split-screen transformation!

They try a combined power attack…
On three...

(This reminds me of the various ‘Sailor Power Attack/Sailor Planet Power Attack’s combined attacks they used in both the manga and the anime.)

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work, and all three are sent flying.
Sailor Mercury: “We need to keep trying!”
They try again, and again the backblast sends them all flying.
Sailor Mercury just keeps trying.
Sailor Mars: “What’s wrong, you’re letting this get to you!”
Sailor Mercury: “I have to save Miss Osaka!
Sailor Moon: “Ami… you’re amazing… Even after that fight, you’re still trying your very hardest...”
Sailor Moon: “I don’t know what I’d do if it were me...”
Sailor Moon: “Wait a minute… I’ve got a great idea!”
Sailor Moon runs off.

Leaving Sailor Mars and Sailor Mercury to have a heart-to-heart.
Ami’s feeling guilty for letting Naru get captured in the first place.
(Although I don’t think there’s anything she could have done really, it all happened rather fast).
...also, she’s been feeling rather jealous of Naru’s friendship with Usagi.
(Which, I think, explains some of what’s been going on with her over previous episodes).
...and now she’s suffering guilt…
...at some level, she wanted Naru to disappear.
Sailor Mercury: “I didn’t know that I was such a horrible human being.”
Sailor Mercury: “Even if Usagi think’s I’m kind...”
Cut to… Sailor Moon running through the streets.
Sailor Mercury: “...I’m the worst!”
Sailor Mars put her foot down (literally)
Sailor Mars: “That’s it?”
Sailor Mars: “That’s nothing!”
Sailor Mars: “Everyone has a dark side.”
Sailor Mars: “Myself included.”
Sailor Mars: “What’s wrong with a little jealousy.”
Sailor Mars: “It’s not your fault that you couldn’t save Naru.”
Sailor Mars: “As it’s you, I guarantee it!”
Rei’s pretty much running at maximum intensity here.
Sailor Moon returns, with Sailor Jupiter.
Sailor Jupiter: “You should have called me in at the beginning.”
Sailor Mars: “It’s OK to turn your back on Usagi’s idealism.”
Sailor Moon: ?
Sailor Mercury (smiling): “Nothing.”
Sailor Mars (turning): “Everyone, look.”

Sailor Moon: “Let’s finish this with one shot!”
Sailor Mars: “One!”
Sailor Jupiter: “Two!”
Sailor Mercury: “Three!”

(Hey, we’ve got four Sailors in one scene!)

Unfortunately, with the barrier broken, the energy drain goes out of control!
Drained, all of the trapped prisoners collapse!
...including Naru!
The Sailors run off in search of the youma.

ADVERT BUMPER

Unfortunately, the youma finds them.
Attacking from behind, the youma runs in…
Punches Sailor Jupiter in the face!
Punches Sailor Mars in the face!
Kicks Sailor Moon in the face!
...all three stricken Sailors go down…
...leaving Sailor Mercury.

(Yeah, that expression and pose clearly say ‘bring it’)
OOC: Sailor Mercury: “I have just come to terms with the fact that I have issues...”
Sailor Mercury: “Which I’m going to have to work out...”
Sailor Mercury: “on your hide.”

Sailor Mercury dodges the youma’s attacks…
...there is an exchange of blows…
...then Sailor Mercury leaps over the youma, giving it an en-passent boot to the head.
...then obliterates it with Mercury Utility Fog Aqua Mist.

The other three Sailors stagger to their feet.
Sailors Moon and Mars: “You did it!”
Sailor Jupiter sneezes.
(Looks like Sailor transformations don’t cure illness in this version).
Sailor Moon: “Are you all right.”
Sailor Jupiter: “I’m done.” <starts laughing>
...which sets off Sailors Moon and Mercury.
Sailor Mars watches Sailor Mercury laughing, and smiles.

Luna: “Before you all start celebrating, we’ve got a whole lot of energy drain victims here!”
Sailor Moon pulls out the Moon Stick…
...and basically casts Mass Restoration

The various victims recover, getting to their feet and looking confused.
Naru recovers, getting to her feet and looking confused.
Naru: “What am I doing here?”

(You might think that the episode would end here… but no...)

Later at school…
...cooking lessons.
...making cookies (this should be a popular lesson)
The students are instructed to get into groups of two.
Usagi: “What?! Again!”
Usagi: “What should I do about Naru and Ami?”
(Which shows that she’d noticed something of what was going on with those two… or Rei told her.)
Ami, however, has her own idea.
Ami: “Miss Osaka… I don’t want to fight… But I don’t want to hand over Usagi as a group partner to you.”
Ami: “You see, I’m not that kind.”
The two girls lock gazes…


Naru: “heh, well, I’m the same way.”
Naru smiles.
Naru: “Shall we.”
The two start baking cookies together.
Usagi stares, then similes, then she realises…
Usagi: “Who can I partner with?”
Teacher: “Me.”
Usagi: “What!... ok.”

Later, with the cookies backed, the girls are labelling them to give to others.
Ami (and I had to look this up) is giving hers to her mother.
Naru teases Usagi that she is giving hers to her boyfriend.

...maybe (although Usagi denies it).
Usagi: “It’s just a ‘thank you’, for the other day.”
Naru and Usagi playfully fight over the left over cookies…
...but outside, lightning flashes, ominously.

...and that is not the only place ominous lighting is striking!

(That place is underground! Where is the lightning even coming from?!)

Queen Beryl, noticeably perturbed: “What’s going on?”
Nephrite likewise is looking anxious.
Kunzite (wearing a cheese-eating grin): “Is it not obvious?”
Kunzite: “It is a sign or resurrection.”
Kunzite: “From the Great Evil.”
Kunzite: “QUEEN METALIA!
(I think this is the first time the Great Evil has been named).
(Also, looks like Kunzite's scheme did deliver results)
OOC: Nephrite: "Oh, marvellous, he's going to be even more insufferable now."


THE DARK KINGDOM! is racked by an earthquake!
Nephrite rushes to Queen Beryl’s aid…
The scene is illuminated by a pulsing purple glow…
...and, in time with the pulsing, unearthly moans are heard.



Queen Beryl (uncertainly): “Queen Metalia?”

Elsewhere in THE DARK KINGDOM!,

There stands a shrine of rough-cut stone…
...or maybe a grave.



Within two of the niches lie stones.



The stone in the glowing niche falls out, glows, and expands into a statue of a kneeling man.

A wave of colour washes over, as stone turns to flesh and cloth.



Jadeite is back!

(Ending here? Still no.)

The lightning continues to strike, transitioning to Usagi, carrying a bag of cookies to Mamoru’s place (address provided by Naru last episode).

Mamoru lives in a tower block.



Usagi: “Wow! I wonder if his parents are rich?”

Usagi’s heart: “ba-dump”

Usagi: “Why?”
Usagi: “The one I like is Tuxedo Mask.”

She then spots Mamoru…
...arm in arm with an unknown girl.



Mamoru spots Usagi, and starts…
...then he and his companion walk on.

Usagi (thinking): “I see. He has a girlfriend. Well, it’s not like we were seeing each other or anything.”

A cold wind starts to blow.
(Oh, I’m sure that’s not symbolic of anything).

Usagi heads home, looking… less than happy.

END CREDITS

Next Episode…

Sailor Mars: “Run! You can’t take it on!”
Minako: “Watch me.”

Well, that (sort of) answers the question of what’s eating Ami…
...and I don’t think the situation re. Her and Naru is resolved, just out in the open (-ish).
Does Mamoru’s mystery girlfriend have anything to the promise he mentioned on the phone in the previous episode?

But… Queen Metalia is, if not awake, definitely stirring in her sleep.
The Dark Kingdoms numbers are back up to 3 (out of 4) Heavenly Kings, which is as high as it’s ever been.
...oh, and we might well have a ‘new and improved’ Jadeite.
(Also, is anyone else getting the impression that Kunzite knows more about what’s going on than anyone else in the Dark Kingdom?)
 

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Whew, yeah, now I think the show's starting to deliver the layers of drama I remember it for! I'm not sure that I ever did fully grasp Kunzite's motivations, honestly. I do recall one blogger using the Mars/Mercury conversation in this episode as an example of how much Miss Dream mangled the translations sometimes.
 

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Whew, yeah, now I think the show's starting to deliver the layers of drama I remember it for!
You are not kidding…

Usagi is conflicted…
…and Minako continues to be unimpressed.

...also, questions of a religious nature.

(Warning, many feels ahead!)

レイのめのまえで美奈子が変身! (Act 17 - Minako Transforms in Front of Rei's Eyes!)
Episode Number: 17
Director: Takemitsu Sato
Writer: Yasuko Kobayashi
Air Date: January 31, 2004
Equivalent Manga Act: nope.
Equivalent Animé Episode: 26 – but I’m seriously reaching there
(Data taken from wikimoon)

Luna gives the re-cap.
Luna: “Ia! Ia! Metalia fhtagn!”
Luna: “Oh, and Usagi’s been distracted by a boy, or something.”

<sad music plays a lot this episode>

Mystery Girl: “Do you know that girl, it looks like she’d come to see you.”
Mamoru: “If she had, she wouldn’t have left without saying anything, right?”
Mystery Girl: “True.”
Mamoru (thinking): “She came to see me? No way.”

They drive off on Mamoru’s motorbike…
...past Usagi.
...the scene repeats twice…
...in slo-mo…
Go on show, rub it in!

Usagi wanders the streets, unhappy.
Usagi (thinking): “He means nothing to me, nothing.”
She starts eating the cookies.

Her disconsolate reverie is interrupted by a news flash!

Minako Aino is missing!

Not to worry, Mina fans, she’s just recharging in preparation for her new album.



Later that evening, at a hotel, somewhere

Minako is having a drink of water, while Artemis monitors the news.



Artemis: “Looks like we’ve given them the slip.”
Artemis: “Minako… are you alright?”
Minako: “I’m all...”
She clutches her head and collapses on the sofa.

(Ok, that is worrying)
(Do Sailor powers have unfortunate side effects in this time-line?)

OPENING CREDITS
In THE DARK KINGDOM!
Kunzite: “We are one step closer to resurrecting Queen Metalia!
Queen Beryl: “Well, keep on doing what you’re doing.”
Kunzite: “I don’t need to follow your orders.”
Kunzite: “But I will, but only for Queen Metalia’s sake.”
Queen Beryl: …
Nephrite: “You scoundrel! Do you say you’re not working for Queen Beryl?!”
Kunzite: “She has you, doesn’t she. Why don’t you do something a little bit useful for her?”
Before a fight breaks out, all three are interrupted by…
Jadeite: “Queen Beryl! I apologise for being dead my long absence.”
Queen Beryl smiles.
Queen Beryl: “Your timing is impeccable.”
Queen Beryl: “You are working for my sake.”
Jadeite: “Even if it costs me my life again.”

Meanwhile, at school, the class is split, one half is to make a one-piece dress, the other half, (which includes Naru and Usagi) is to knit a scarf.
Teacher: “...try and think who you will give it to.”
Naru: “Usagi will give it to that Chiba guy, of course.”
<flashback, Mamoru and mystery girl>

Cut to… Sailor Command Centre.
Usagi is looking unhappy.
Ami is making a red scarf for her (yet to be seen) mother.
Ami: “It’s her favourite colour.”
(We now know more about Ami’s mum than in any other version of the show)
Mako: “Usagi, who are you making yours for?”
Usagi: :(
Usagi thinks of Mamoru.
Suddenly, her face lights up with a huge grin.
Usagi: “Tuxedo Mask, of course.”
Usagi proceeds to go hyper.


(Sailor Storage Lockers)

Usagi rushes out.
Mako: “What was that all about?”
Ami: “Dunno.”
Mako decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Usagi.
Ami reveals that Rei isn’t coming in today, as it’s the anniversary of her Mother’s death.
...so Rei’s at church.


(The gravestone reads ‘RISA HINO 1963~1995’)
(Which gives us Mama Hino’s name, and the fact that she died aged 32. Had she lived, she’d be about a year older than I am.)

Rei lays a bouquet of white flowers on the grave.



A priest offers his condolences.
Then critically fails his diplomacy check.



(Ok, that definitely looks like a Roman Catholic priest – which raises questions).
(The last like I experienced this level of theological dissonance was the Masaki family (and guests) saying grace).

Rei’s predictably angry response is that her father only had time for work even when her mother was dying.)
(Dammit, she looks like she’s near to tears).
The priest, perhaps realising his goof, pats her reassuringly on the shoulder and beats a hasty retreat.

The church bells ring.

While, in the church, another girl kneels in prayer.



...Minako Aino.

As Minako prays, she is being discussed elsewhere…
In THE DARK KINGDOM!, Nephrite and Jadeite have apparently put aside their rivalry to present a united front against their true enemy…
...Kunzite.
Nephrite is bringing Jadeite up to speed.
Nephrite: “Ok, Sailor V is the Princess and she has the Illusionary Silver Crystal.”
Jadeite: “If we had that, we could resurrect Queen Metalia immediately.”
Nephrite: “Unfortunately, we’ve lost her trail.”
Nephrite: “With the result that Kunzite acts so smug.”
Nephrite opines that maybe Kunzite seeks to take Queen Metalia’s power for himself.
Jadeite: “This shall not be!”
Jadeite: “I will continue to gather energy, Queen Metalia exists for Queen Beryl alone!”

I'm not sure that I ever did fully grasp Kunzite's motivations, honestly.
Well, Nephrite thinks he might be angling for some sort of coup, but frankly, he’s a bit too open in his contempt for the rest of team Dark Kingdom. Another possibility, which matches his observed behaviour so far, is that he is a true believer, who’s only interest is in resurrecting Queen Metalia, without regards for whatever plans the rest of the Dark Kingdom has.
Now, I wonder, what does Queen Metalia think of all this?

Mako manages to catch up with Usagi, but is not making any headway in convincing her.
Mako: “Tuxedo Mask is an enemy.”
Usagi: “So, why does he keep saving us?”
(If you ask me, Usagi’s grin is… just a little bit forced?)
Usagi goes shopping for wool, imagining giving Tuxedo Mask a scarf made in each colour.
Pink… nope
Light blue… nope
Yellow… nope
Mako: “Rei says she has a bad feeling about him, and thieves are no good.”
Usagi: “Yes, this is no good, let’s go somewhere else.”
Mako: “Are you listening?”
Usagi: “I’m listening”
(She’s just not taking any notice).
Usagi finally decides on white wool for the scarf.
Mako: “You’ll just be sad in the end.”
Usagi: “Foood!”

Back at the church.

Minako finishes praying, and leaves…
...walking straight past Rei.
The priest calls for aid, Mina goes to assist, Rei, overhearing him, joins them.
The priest has found abandoned dog.


(Doggy!)
(I do hope the doggy doesn’t turn out to be a youma… The Thing style.)

Minako and Rei rush to assist.
...at which point, Minako recognises Rei.
Minako (thinking): “Sailor Mars?! What’s she doing here?”
Rei (thinking): “Why is this girl looking at me like that?”

ADVERT BUMPER

They bring the dog indoors and try and warm it up.
The priest gets called away by a nun, the two girls volunteer to looks after the doggy.
Mina strokes the dog.
Rei watches Mina.

Cut to… pigeons!
(Mako, don’t feed the pigeons!)
(Usagi, please don’t choke on your sweet potato.)
Mako: “Are you ok.”
Usagi: “YesPleaseShowMeHowToKnitIListenedButIDidn’tGetItAtAll!”
Mako: “Ok, but not for Tuxedo Mask, it’s for the school assignment.”
Mako: “Do you really like Tuxedo Mask… you… didn’t seem certain, earlier.”
Usagi starts having Mamoru flashbacks.
Usagi: “YES! LETS GO TO THE CROWN AND SING SONGS!”
Usagi rushes off, scattering the pigeons.
Mako: “What’s gotten into her?”
Mako: “She even forgot her wool! Usagi, are you even motivated to do this?!”

Back at the church.

While caring for the doggy, Rei notices something.
She looks at a magazine, then looks at Minako.
Rei: “I’ve finally worked it out.”
She picks up the magazine, on the cover is a picture of Minako.
Rei: “...I was sure I’d seen you before.”
Minako giggles
Minako: “This is the first time I’ve met a girl who doesn’t know me.”
Rei: “I don’t watch much TV.”
Rei: “But one of my friends is a huge fan, she even got your autograph in hospital.”
Minako: “I remember.”
OOC: I can’t help but think that Minako’s probably thinking ‘couldn’t you guys keep her slightly better focused?’.


Cut to Sailor Command Centre, where Usagi is belting out C’est La Vie at maximum volume.
Watched by a slightly concerned Mako and Ami.

Back at church…

Minako continues to stroke the doggy.
Rei: “I suppose even performers come to church alone.”
Minako: “It gives me time to think about various things.”
Rei: “Various things?”
Minako: “Various things.”
Minako looks pensive, Rei watches Minako, intently.
The doggy’s stomach rumbles.
Rei: “I think he’ll be alright.”
The two girls share some throat lozenges Minako found in her pocket.

Outside, the priest gets jumps by a youma.



(Well, at least I was wrong about the doggy.)
Youma Incident: 13
Tentative Nomenclature: Well, it ain’t Boxey. Zorrina, perhaps?
DarkWatch Reporting Name: MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER
Capabilities: Light-rapier, Lasers, Rapier Missile.
Rei senses something amiss, and rushes outside to investigate.
Rei (as she leaves): “Just a moment...”
OOC: I just need some air, and totally am not going to transform and fight a supernatural gribbly.

Minako, of course, figures out what’s likely going on immediately.

Rei finds MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER standing over the unconscious priest, and transforms.
...and promptly chucks a fireball at her.
MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER dodges, and runs off.
Sailor Mars pursues it.
Minako runs after both of them.
Artemis: “Minako, You shouldn’t fight right now!”
(Ok, why not?)
Minako: “But...”

ADVERT BUMPER

Usagi, Ami and Mako are out walking.
Usagi boasts that this scarf will be ideal for Tuxedo Mask.
Mako points out that’s she’s barely started it.
...when all their lunaphones ring.
Luna: “Alerts and alarums! Youma sited! Sailor Mars is engaging! Near the Church!”


(Serious mode engaged.)

The three rush off towards the church.

Usagi out-paces the other two (even Mako)…
...turns to call to them to hurry up…
...and ploughs (predictably) into Mamoru.
...who is still with Mystery Girl (I do hope we get a name for her).

...at which point, everything grinds to a halt.

Usagi looks at Mamoru
Usagi looks (distinctly unfriendly) at Mystery Girl
Mystery Girl looks at Usagi


(Mystery Girl)

Ami and Mako look at all three of them.

Mystery Girl suddenly spots that Usagi’s dropped her knitting.
...picks it up and hands it back to Usagi!
Mystery Girl: “I’m sorry, it must be important to you.”
Usagi looks at Mamoru…
...looks at Mystery Girl

Ami and Mako continue to look at the three of them.

Usagi grabs the knitting, blurts out ‘I’m sorry.”
and runs off.

Ami and Mako run after her.

Mako: “We’re in a bit of a hurry.”

Mako: “Usagi! you’re running the wrong way!

Ami gives up the chase with a forlorn ‘Usagi’.

Mako finally catches up to Usagi.

Usagi: “His girlfriend… she seems really nice…”
Usagi: “I tried… but I can’t keep him out of my mind.”
Usagi (thinking): “The one that I like...”
<image of Mamoru, looking baffled>

Back in the Church, Sailor Mars chases MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER onto the stage, and into the hall.
MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER draws a rapier, and battle is joined.
Sailor Mars throws another fireball, which MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER again dodges (fortunately, the FX budget does not cover destructible terrain, or the Church would now be on fire).
Battle is joined, kicks vs. sword.
MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER’s sword carves lines of glowing purple in the air.
Then MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER lunges…

...and fires a frikkin’ LASER BEAM!
Sailor Mars is down!

Minako arrives on the stage, taking in the situation in an instant.
Artemis: “Wait, Minako! You can’t...Minako!
Minako: “Stop. Right. There!”
Sailor Mars: “You can’t take it on! Fly you fool!”
Minako: “VENUS POWER… MAKE UP!”
...ok, that’s the fanciest transformation sequence yet.
Lots of gymnastic moves and effects!

Sailor Mars: 8o

Sailor Venus: “The Illusionary Silver Crystal is over here!”

Sailor Venus: “If you want it, come and get it.”

Sailor Mars: “It can’t be…”

As the two Sailor engage MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER in battle the show decides that it is the perfect time to cut to Usagi and Mako.

The Church bells ring.
Usagi gloomily looks at her knitting.

Ok, enough of that, back to the action.

The two Sailors circle round MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER, who is mostly keeping her attention on Sailor Venus.
Sailor Venus attacks with her crescent cutter, which MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER parries.


(Interesting, that effect resembles the Moon Tiara Action attack from the animé. It looked rather better in motion.)

Cut to…

Usagi walks sadly down a road.
...also, night has fallen.
(How long is this fight going on?)

...back to the fight!


(Hang on, who’s that in the background? I didn’t even notice him the first time I watched this!)

Jadeite: “What an unexpected catch… I’ve found the Princess.”

Sailor Venus nimbly leaps over MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER, blows her a kiss…



...then blasts her with a Crescent Beam!

MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER is staggered, then throws her rapier at Sailor Venus.
The rapier glows purple, misses and embeds itself in the wall behind her…
...then it explodes.

Sailor Venus is sent flying.

MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER runs for it.

Sailor Mars runs to her aid.

Sailor Venus: “Follow the Youma.”
Sailor Mars: “But what about you, are you ok.”
Sailor Venus (angrily): “What are you doing? You’re letting the Youma get away.
Sailor Venus gets to her feet, imperiously.
Sailor Venus: “I’m disappointed. You haven’t grown as a Guardian at all!”
Sailor Mars looks shocked…
...then defiant.


(Sailor Stare-off)

END CREDITS

Next episode…
Five Sailors vs. Two Heavenly Kings (and a Youma)
Minako: “Half a year left?”
...that’s ominous.

Ok, as I mentioned, so many feels.

The Usagi and Mamoru situation is now just a bit messy.

Rei and Minako are clashing head on - and I don't see either of them backing down.

And what is wrong with Mina? simple exhaustion due to her double life of pop idol and superhero?

Jadeite is back! And he and Nephrite have decided to bury the hatchet (preferably in Kunzite).

And, in the background, Queen Metalia stirs...

OOC: L!Sailor Mars: “We were given priority orders to protect you.”
L!Sailor Venus: “Well, maybe you should have been instructed to obey me!”
L!Sailor Mars: “Well, you’re definitely royalty of some sort.”
L!Queen Beryl: “I’m glad I’m not the oily one with bickering subordinates.”
L!Kunzite: “...about that ‘subordinate’ thing.”

And, in a universe next door.
OOC: a!Haruka: “Well, at least we weren’t that bad, were we?”
a!Ami, a!Mako, a!Rei, a!Mina: “Yes, yes you were.”
a!Haruka: “When.”
a!Mako: “Jigsaw cat-thing daimon? you left us out to dry!
a!Michiru: “But you handled that fine.”
a!Rei: “The only way we survived was Sailor Moon pulling yet another power upgrade out of her Décolletage.”
a!Haruka: “See, you were fine.”
a!Rei: “WE CAN’T RELY ON THAT HAPPENING EVERY TIME.”
a!Ami: “And that was only episode 2.”
a!ChibiUsa: “And you tried to kill Hotaru!”
a!Haruka: “Ok, you’re annoyed, how can we make it up to you.”
a!ChibiUsa: “I’ll probably never forgive you.”
a!Mina: “Helicopter rides! LOTS of helicopter rides!”
a!ChibiUsa: “...but that would be a start.”
a!Usagi: “What’s a Décolletage?”
 
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Mars & Venus continue to butt heads…
and we get two disturbing developments…

...the clocks are ticking.

(Also, we finally get a name for Mamoru’s mystery girlfriend).

ついにそろった5人のセーラー戦士 (Act 18 - At Last, All Five Sailor Senshi are Together)
Episode Number: 18
Director: Takemitsu Sato
Writer: Yasuko Kobayashi
Air Date: February 7, 2004
Equivalent Manga Act: 8 – but I’m stretching
Equivalent Animé Episode: 33 – but only in the broadest sense
(Data taken from wikimoon)

No real re-cap, just a reprise of the battle at the end of Episode 17.

OPENING CREDITS

...and the argument continues.

Sailor Venus: “That youma’s going to cause more damage – and you let it get away!”
Sailor Venus: “If you’d shown better judgement...”
Sailor Mars: “You say that, but what about you?”
Sailor Venus: “As you are now, you can not win.”
Sailor Mars: “Well, maybe if you’d fought a little better...”
Sailor Mars: “We were ordered to protect you...”
Sailor Mars: “...but I didn’t hear anything about babysitting.”
Sailor Venus: “I do not intend to be protected by you lot.”
Sailor Venus leaves in a huff.

Later, in a taxi, Artemis talks with Minako.
As she had been keeping her true identity a secret from the Sailors, why did she reveal it now?
Minako: “I messed up.”
Minako: “...and Sailor Mars is really irritating!”

Suddenly, her vision goes blurry as she clutches her head.
Artemis: “Minako? Minako!”

While, in THE DARK KINGDOM!

Kunzite continues to be a jerk…

Kunzite: “Jadeite… you were supposed to gather energy.”
Jadeite: “I’m not done yet.”
Jadeite: “I’m planning to gather energy gradually.”
Nephrite: “Also, we’ve found the Princess!”
Nephrite: “...and the Illusionary Silver Crystal she carries!”
Nephrite: “For Queen Beryl.”
Queen Beryl: “I’m trembling with anticipation.”
Queen Beryl: “If you two work together, you cannot lose.”
Kunzite (dismissively): “Honour-less weaklings flock together.”
Queen Beryl: “Kunzite… shut your mouth!

While at school…

Teacher: “Miss Tsukino… that’s more a handkerchief than a scarf.”
Naru senses something is wrong.
Naru: “Aren’t you going to give that to that Chiba guy?”
Usagi: “No… he has a girlfriend.”
Naru: “no way!”

Later, at Sailor Command…

Mamoru continues to be a subject of discussion, this time with Ami and Makoto.

Usagi admits that, all along, she’d be knitting the scarf for Mamoru.

(Imagine scene of Usagi giving Mamoru a rather larger scarf than the one she’s knitted so far.)

Usagi: “So, whenever I tried knitting, I’d end up thinking of him, get sad, and not knit.”
Mako: “I thought you hated him.”
Usagi: “So did I.”
Usagi: “Then I realised...”
Mako: “...and then you found out he had a girlfriend.”
Usagi: “...and she’s pretty and kind!
Makoto tries to convince Usagi not to give up, and Mamoru is a much better boyfriend candidate than that Tuxedo Mask person.
...if only she knew.
Makoto declares her intention to dig up some information of Mamoru’s girlfriend, and cannot be dissuaded.

Cut to… St. Juban’s Church.
Rei arrives by bike, with a large sack of dog food.
A taxi pulls up.
Minako gets out.
Minako and Rei exchange a glare.
Minako notices the sack of dog food.
Minako gets back in the taxi.
The taxi drives off.

Rei vs. Minako: 1 point to Rei.

Rei feeds the doggy (who she calls Tarou), who continues not being a shape-shifting monstrosity.
The priest is grateful as well.

Minako arrives burdened with four large boxes of canned dog food!
...high grade stuff!
The priest thanks her in English

Rei vs. Minako: 1 point to Minako.

Minako calls the dog Ricky.

The priest mentions that they still need to find the doggy an owner, he’s planning to make an announcement during morning Mass.
(Which confirms that the Church is Catholic.)

Rei has an idea, she’ll make some posters.

Priest: “Good idea!”

Rei vs. Minako: 1 point to Rei.

Later, outside St. Juban's.

Rei: “For a princess, you’re a bit childish, acting so competitive...”
(Pot… meet Kettle).
Minako: “I hate to lose.”
Minako: “Any sign of that Youma.”
Rei: “I don’t know, I couldn’t find it.”

Rei: “Why wont you work with us?”
Rei: “We kept searching for you because we didn’t know your identity.”
(I get the impression that Rei has not shared her discovery with the other Sailors.)
Minako: “It was necessary.”
Rei: “In that case, why don’t you just hide somewhere, leave the Youma to us.”
Minako: “I wish I could leave it to you...”
Minako leaves, Rei glaring after her.

Rei vs. Minako: 1 point to Minako.

And, atop a skyscraper, MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER paces menacingly!

Mako’s method for digging up into on Mamoru…
...pump Motoki.

...turns out Mamoru’s mystery girlfriend is named Hina, and she’s from a very prestigious family.

Motoki: “You just asked me out to pump me for information, didn’t you.”
He sits down, dejected.
Mako tries to make it up to him by offering him a large tray of buns.
He isn’t interested.
...and some high-grade turtle food.
He perks up immediately.
Verily, the way to a man’s heart is through his turtle.

Motoki jumps to a conclusion.
Motoki: “You don’t have a thing for Mamoru, do you?”
Mako: “No! I’m just doing a friend a favour (whether or not she wants me to).”
Motoki: “I’d suggest you tell your friend to give up. They’re engaged.”
Mako: :oops:

Later that night, we cut to the couple under discussion.

Hina wants Mamoru to take her to Mass.
She’s been past that Church many times, and she want to get Married there.
Hina: “When we were kids, we always played make-believe that we were married.”

Cute flashback; Mamoru and Hina as children.

Mamoru seems… conflicted.

Mamoru (thinking): “I cannot betray Hina.”

Meanwhile, Usagi (in her pyjamas) is knitting.

Flashback; several of her encounters with Mamoru.
Usagi: “Why do I like that guy?”

Elsewhere, in a hotel room, Minako is working on a huge doggy poster.

Artemis: “Aren’t you having rather a lot of contact with Sailor Mars?”
Minako: “I’m not making friends with her! The opposite in fact!”
Artemis: “I think you might be getting a bit carried away.”
Minako suddenly realises something…
Minako: “...why did the youma attack that priest?”
Artemis: “Could have been just a random youma attack.”
She looks at the poster, where she had written, in large, friendly letters, the word ‘Mass’.
It was then that she realised...

ADVERT BUMPER

Sunday morning, St. Juban’s Church.

The worshippers arrive, Mamoru and Hina among them.

Rei is putting up ‘have you seen this doggy’ posters.



Luna: “We couldn’t find that youma at all.”
Rei: “It’s probably lying low for a while.”
Then she notices…
Rei: “Hey!”



Minako putting up a much bigger poster.

Rei vs. Minako: 1 point to Minako.

Minako goes straight to the point.

Minako: “Why did the youma attack the priest?”

She taps the word ‘Mass’.

Rei gets the point immediately…
...so does Luna.

(Well, it looks like Rei did tell Luna about Sailor Venus’ ID – or maybe Luna already knew?)

Rei: “Luna – call the others!”

The worshippers file into church.

Mamoru and Hina are sitting at the back.

Hina: “This place has a great atmosphere!”

At Sailor Command, Mako discusses the Hina and Mamoru situation with Ami, and is wondering how she’ll break the news to Usagi.

Usagi is lying in bed, listening to the beat of her heart and thinking of Mamoru.
Hang on, that’s not a heartbeat, that’s her lunaphone!
Luna: “All points Sailor bulletin! St. Juban’s Church! Emergency!”
Mako and Ami also get the call.

At St. Juban’s Church, the priest is giving the sermon...

Priest: “Come, let us prey.”
No… that’s not a typo.
The priest’s eyes flash purple...



MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER manifests, the priest slumps to the floor, and MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER starts draining energy from the congregation.



Mamoru recognises the danger, manages to wake Hina, and they run for it.
...with MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER in pursuit.

Usagi runs pell-mell towards the church, meeting up with Ami, Mako and Rei…
...then she sees this:



The four Sailors transform on the run...

While, in the church, MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER corners Mamoru and Hina on the stage.

The youma fells them both with a swipe of its rapier.

Hina is out cold, while Mamoru, still conscious, glares at the youma with a hate-filled grimace!



...which turns to surprise as the four Sailors rush in.

Sailor Moon is shocked to see him.

Mamoru passes out.

Sailor Jupiter blasts MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER with a Flower Hurricane

MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER manages to deflect the attack.

Jadeite: “Do not interfere!”



His attack sends all four Sailors flying.

Jadeite: “I was revived in order to defeat you.”

Then they notice he is not alone.

Nephrite: “The princess should be with you.”

MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER joins the two heavenly kings.

Battle is joined – it is not going well for the Sailors.

(Remember, when they last fought him, Jadeite was winning in a 1v2 fight, and was only stopped buy an unexpected heart attack, while Nephrite could hold his own in a 1v2 battle, and now they have a youma back-up).

The Sailors are on the floor, with Jadeite and Nephrite advancing menacingly, when…

Sailor Venus: “Stop right there!”

The opening music plays as everyone looks at her.

Sailor Mars: “Why?”

Nephrite: “Princess! we’ve been looking for you!”

Sailor Venus jumps down, exchanges a meaningful look with Sailor Mars, and a less meaningful look with the other Sailors, and the five form up.



Battle is joined.

After the Sailors dodge the Heavenly King’s blasts, Sailor Venus runs for the door, with MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER in hot pursuit.

Sailor Mars: “You three take care of the rest.”

Sailor Mars runs off after Sailor Venus and the youma.

Jadeite and Nephrite attempt to pursue Sailor Venus, but their way is suddenly blocked by Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Mercury.
Sailor Jupiter: “You aren’t going anywhere.”
Nephrite: “Curse you meddling kids!”

ADVERT BUMPER

Sailor Venus runs into the Church Nave, MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER close behind…
...the is an exchange of energy blasts.
Sailor Venus is hit, she goes down!
Sailor Mars arrives, and distracts the youma long enough for Sailor Venus to regain her feet.
Sailor Mars: “Princess, we should co-ordinate our attacks.”
Sailor Venus just nods.
She then somersaults over the youma.



Sailor Mars winks at her.
Sailor Venus returns the wink.

Simultaneously blasted by fire and whipped by a ‘Love-Me Chain’…



MASQUED SWASHBUCKLER is obliterated.

Back in the hall…

...the other three Sailors are not doing to well.

Nephrite: “The likes of you are no match for us.”

Sailor Mercury: “If we concentrate all our power in one place.”

The three try a combined triple attack…
Nephrite shrugs it off.

Sailor Jupiter: “Where were you aiming.”
Sailor Mercury gestures (left shoulder)
Sailor Jupiter gestures (left shoulder)
Sailor Moon: “I thought you meant...” gestures right forehead.
Sailor Jupiter: “Lets try that again, without the oops.”

Combined triple split-screen attack!

Nephrite goes down.

Jadeite suddenly realises the odds are no longer quite so much in his favour.

Nephrite (who’s still alive): “Damn you...”
Jadeite decides that discretion is the better part of valour.
Jadeite: “Never mind them, we’ve got the energy.”
With a swirl of his cape, the two vanish.

Sailor Moon turns towards the stage.

Back in the Nave...

Sailor Mars: “Didn’t I tell you not to come. We will protect you.”
Sailor Venus: “I said that wasn’t necessary.”
Sailor Mars: “If I hadn’t come, you could have been in danger.”
Sailor Venus: “Irrelevant. You are not to be apart from Sailor Moon and the others at any time.”
Sailor Venus: “That is my order as Princess.”
(Interesting how she specifically mentions Sailor Moon there).
Sailor Venus: “Got it?”
Sailor Mars gets it, but she’s not happy about it.:mad:

Back in the hall, Mamoru and Hina lie unconscious on the stage, holding hands.

Sailor Jupiter (hesitantly): “Usagi… you should see this.”
Sailor Moon smiles, sadly.
Sailor Moon: “How sweet.”
Sailor Moon: “Falling in love… It’s a great thing, isn’t it.”

She kneels, and heals the two with a golden glow.



(That’s not her usual power colour.)

Mamoru slowly regains consciousness…
...the first thing he does is check on Hina…
...when he turns back, the stage is empty.

The Church bells ring.

Mamoru and Hina rush into the nave, where the congregation are coming round.

(The priest may be wondering where he can find a good exorcist.)

Later that night, it seems that doggy has found a home, and is being collected by a father and child.
Rei thinks on her order from Sailor Venus.
Rei (thinking): “If she’s the Princess, then why is she acting so conspicuously?”
Rei (continuing to think): “It’s as if she’s a decoy.”:unsure:

(Yes, isn’t it.)

The subject of her ponderings is, again, changing hotel rooms.
...staying one step ahead of THE DARK KINGDOM!
Artemis is finding it tough.
Minako: “But seeing Sailor Moon… it might not be like this much longer.”
Artemis: “I hope so...”
Minako: “When that time comes, I’m so looking forward to Mars’ reaction.”

Then… Artemis drops the bomb...

Artemis: “Minako… The reason you don’t get close to other people...”
Artemis: “...isn’t the mission.”
Artemis: “It’s so nobody will be sad...”
Minako: “Half a year left?”

(Is Mina implying… what I think she’s implying?!):eek:

With that shocking revelation, we cut to Usagi, who’s knitting the scarf, which has now reached quite respectable proportions. (She’s now likely to keep going and we’ll and up with something like the fourth Doctor’s scarf, but in white.)
She smiles a sad smile.

While, in THE DARK KINGDOM!, there is an ominous rumbling…
...and a sound, like listening to a sea-shell, but… off.

Queen Beryl: “I can feel it!”
Queen Beryl: “The power of Queen Metalia!”

Behind her throne, this appears!





Kunzite: “The Gate of Darkness?”
Queen Beryl: “This is surely… the Gate that leads to Queen Metalia!”

END CREDITS

Next episode: Valentines Day.
(Let us hope there is not a massacre).

Ok, looks like there’s a reason for Minako keeping herself aloof.
Rei may have figured out part of what Minako’s up to.
...and Queen Metalia is waking up.
...and there are 30-odd episodes still to go!
 

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Yes, I might have planned to watch episode 8 of Sailor Moon Crystal in between episodes 17 and 18 of this! Eh...

So Sailor Moon's romantic rival is not Hino but Hina, yet could the "hi" refer to the sun either way?

...Now who has more points between Rei and Minako?

Rei: “For a princess, you’re a bit childish, acting so competitive...”
(Pot… meet Kettle).
Minako: “I hate to lose.”
 
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