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[SPECIAL] The Return of Haruka and Michiru! The Ghostly Puppet Show.

Series: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS

Kana: はるかみちる再び! 亡霊人形劇
Romaji: Haruka Michiru Futatabi! Bourei Ningyougeki

Original Air Date: April 8, 1995

Director: Kounosuke Uda
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Taichi Nakamura

Plot: While on vacation, Haruka and Michiru encounter a minion of the Dead Moon Circus.

TRIVIA

  • This episode featured Haruka and Michiru’s only appearance during the televised portion of SuperS. However, the events here did not have any major impact on the overall story. The duo later returned for the SuperS movie.
  • Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune were the only Sailor Senshi to appear in this segment. However, Usagi announced the title at the beginning.

PLACES

  • Seaside hotel
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[EPISODE] 159. Chibiusa’s Little Rhapsody of Love.

Series: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS

Kana: ちびうさの小さな恋のラプソディ
Romaji: Chibiusa no Chiisana Koi no Rapusodi

Original Air Date: January 13, 1996

Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Ikuko Ito

Plot: Usagi and the others are intent on finding out the identity of Chibiusa’s recent crush.

TRIVIA

  • When she wore her princess gown, Chibiusa did not have a crescent moon symbol on her forehead.
  • The koi fish were part of a visual play on a word in the episode title: “koi” both means “carp” (鯉) and “love” (恋).
  • One of PallaPalla’s toys resembled Daruma from episode 105.

OTHER VERSIONS

  • Cloverway’s English dub (titled “Rini’s Lovely Rhapsody”):

    As with the previous episode, the English translation of the first SuperS ending theme “Watashitachi ni Naritakute” played in the Japanese version’s place.

PLACES

  • The Tsukino Residence
  • Elysion
  • Fruit Parlor Crown
  • Queen Nehelenia’s lair
  • The Dead Moon Circus
  • Crepe stand
  • Thirty-Two Ice Cleam
  • Restaurant
  • Koi pond
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[EPISODE] 97. The Labyrinth of Water! Ami the Targeted.

Series: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S

Kana: 水のラピリンス! ねらわれた亜美
Romaji: Mizu no Rabirinsu! Nerawareta Ami

Original Air Date: May 21, 1994

Director: Junichi Satou
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Katsumi Tamegai

Plot: Usagi worries that she and the others are distracting Ami from her own studies. Meanwhile, Ami offends Michiru when she refuses to swim to her full potential during a race.

TRIVIA

  • Like Chibiusa, Mamoru fears needles.
  • The statue that Ami and Mamoru sat by actually exists. It is modeled after Kimi Iwasaki (born in 1902), a young girl whose mother gave her up for adoption. Two Americans adopted Kimi, but they could not bring her back to America since the girl was sick with tuberculosis. Kimi stayed behind and died at the age of nine in an Azabu orphanage. Kimi’s mother assumed that her daughter had moved to America.
  • This episode included Naru’s last appearance in S.
  • The decorative end of Makoto’s pencil looked like Luna P.
  • Haruka also wears a Sasaki helmet. Mamoru wore his in episode 94. The name was inspired by one of the show’s episode directors, Noriyo Sasaki.

PLACES

  • Juuban Municipal Junior High School
  • Juuban Park
  • Sports Club L
  • Hikawa Shrine
  • The Death Busters’ laboratory
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[EPISODE] 108. Usagi Dancing to the Waltz.

Series: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S

Kana: うさぎのダンスはワルツに乗って
Romaji: Usagi no Dansu wa Warutsu ni Notte

Original Air Date: September 17, 1994

Director: Harume Kosaka
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Masahiro Ando

Plot: Mamoru and the girls are invited to a party at an affluent Englishman’s home.

TRIVIA

  • This episode featured the second instance where Usagi accidentally consumed an alcoholic beverage. The first was in episode 22.

OTHER VERSIONS

  • Cloverway’s English dub (titled “Everything’s Coming Up Rosey”):

    The language conflict was changed from English/Japanese to English/French.

    While Usagi was drunk in the original version, Serena simply became ill after drinking too much juice.

PLACES

  • Mamoru Chiba’s residence
  • The Death Busters’ laboratory
  • Edwards’ residence
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[EPISODE] 152. Burning Passion! The Furious Deadly Attack of Mars.

Series: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS

Kana: 炎の情熱! マーズ怒りの超必殺技
Romaji: Honoo no Jounetsu! Maazu Ikari no Chou Hissatsu Waza

Original Air Date: November 11, 1995

Director: Harume Kosaka
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Ikuko Ito

Plot: After being featured in a magazine, Rei attracts a devoted fan.

TRIVIA

  • A periodical called “RanRan” appeared in this episode. Its name may have been inspired by the now defunct manga magazine RunRun.
  • Sailor Jupiter’s tiara antenna did not extend when she performed Sparkling Wide Pressure.
  • Although this episode aired in November of 1995, the magazine with Nanako on the cover was published on October 30th.

FIRSTS

  • Mars Crystal Power Make Up and Mars Flame Sniper were both first seen here.

LASTS

  • Burning Mandala was shown for the last time.
  • This episode included the final use of Sparkling Wide Pressure in the television series.

OTHER VERSIONS

  • Cloverway’s English dub (titled “Dreams of Her Own”):

    During Cartoon Network’s initial run, this episode was skipped.

    Mars Flame Sniper was renamed “Mars Flame Shooter.”

  • The original Korean dub:

    Due to most of the story taking place at the Hikawa Shrine, this episode was omitted.

PLACES

  • Juuban Book Mart
  • The Dead Moon Circus
  • Hikawa Shrine
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[EPISODE] 99. A Man’s Kindness! Yuuichirou Heartbroken by Rei?

Series: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S

Kana: 男の優しさ! 雄一郎レイに失恋?
Romaji: Otoko no Yasashisa! Yuuichirou Rei ni Shitsuren?

Original Air Date: June 18, 1994

Director: Harume Kosaka
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Shinya Hasegawa

Plot: After Yuuichirou’s jealousy gets the best of him, he decides to leave the Hikawa Shrine.

TRIVIA

  • This was the only S episode to feature Yuuichirou and Rei’s grandfather.
  • Usagi mentioned Kusatsu as she spoke to Yuuichirou. This is a town in the Gunma Prefecture, and it is considered to be one of the most famous hot springs resorts in Japan.
  • As Usagi slapped Yuuichirou on the back, a sign that read “Toden Bank” could be seen in the background. This episode’s daimon was called Toden.
  • Before Usagi, Ami, Makoto, and Minako went to speak to Yuuichirou, they were shown wearing casual clothes. Yet when they actually met up with Yuuichirou in the next scene, the girls were wearing their school uniforms.
  • The song that played as Yuuichirou left the shrine was Karyudo’s “Azusa Nigou” (Azusa Number 2). The title was inspired by the express train Azusa, which takes its name from the Azusa River. According to the band’s Japanese wikipedia page, Yuuichirou’s voice actor (Bin Shimada) performed the rendition heard in the episode.
  • Mars Star Power Make Up now had personalized background music.
  • A sign with “Kosaka Books” was visible as Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune stood on a building’s rooftop. This is a reference to the episode’s director, Harume Kosaka.

OTHER VERSIONS

  • Cloverway’s English dub (titled “Mixed Emotions”):

    The flirtation between Rei/Raye and Haruka/Amara was removed. Instead, Amara gave Raye advice about getting more rest, and then she offered her a ride on her motorcycle. Chad thought that Amara and Michiru/Michelle were up to no good, and he did not want Raye to “get sneaked on.” While Yuuichirou glossed over Haruka and Michiru’s conversation about the Talismans in the Japanese version, Chad seemed more aware of the pair’s “mumbo jumbo,” and he did not want Raye to get involved.

    The word “celestial” was dropped from "Mars Celestial Fire Surround.”

PLACES

  • Hikawa Shrine
  • The Death Busters’ laboratory
  • Juuban Hommachi
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[EPISODE] 142. The Secret Mansion! A Menu of Love for You.

Series: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS

Kana: 秘密の館! 愛のメニューを貴方に
Romaji: Himitsu no Yakata! Ai no Menyuu o Anata ni

Original Air Date: July 15, 1995

Director: Yuji Endo
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Katsumi Tamegai

Plot: Chibiusa and Diana learn of the true nature of a reclusive woman named Mayoko.

TRIVIA

  • The reason why Mayoko and Usagi both reacted so strongly to Mamoru’s chivalrous act was because of an old Japanese custom known as “ai ai gasa” (相合傘) or “share an umbrella.” It originated from a time in Japan when it was deemed inappropriate for an unmarried woman to be seen in public with a man. However, it was acceptable if the man offered his umbrella to her during rainy weather. While the taboo is outdated, some Japanese couples still consider the tradition of sharing an umbrella to be a romantic expression.
  • Chibiusa stated that after a while, Mayoko’s mansion was turned into a restaurant. Once the business opened, Usagi and the others were seen among the group of customers. Everyone was coincidentally wearing the same exact clothes that they had on earlier in the episode.

OTHER VERSIONS

  • The original Korean dub:

    All episodes with the Amazon Trio were omitted.

PLACES

  • Juuban Supermarket
  • Fruit Parlor Crown
  • The Dead Moon Circus
  • The Tsukino Residence
  • Mayoko’s residence/Rokuten Restaurant
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[EPISODE] 146. Juuban Holiday! The Carefree Princess.

Series: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS

Kana: 十番街の休日! 無邪気な王女様
Romaji: Juubangai no Kyuujitsu! Mujaki na Oujosama

Original Air Date: August 26, 1995

Director: Junichi Satou
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Miho Shimogasa

Plot: Usagi and Chibiusa unknowingly accompany a princess to the Azabu-Juuban Festival.

TRIVIA

  • Much like the Diamond Kingdom mentioned in episode 22, the Amethyst Kingdom is fictional. Both places have embassies in Japan, too.
  • Ami, Rei, Makoto, and Minako did not appear in this episode.
  • The previous Azabu-Juuban Festival was seen in episode 103, establishing that a year has passed since then.
  • Princess Rubina’s appearance was reminiscent of Princess Diana.
  • The pictures on the cotton candy packages resembled the following characters: Sailor V, Shinnosuke Nohara of Crayon Shin-chan, Anpanman, Akaranger of Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, and Doraemon.

FIRSTS

  • This was Miho Shimogasa’s first episode as an animation director.

OTHER VERSIONS

  • Cloverway’s English dub (titled “The Duchess’s Day Off”):

    Rubina’s title was changed from Princess to Duchess.
  • The original Korean dub:

    All episodes with the Amazon Trio were omitted.

PLACES

  • Amethyst Kingdom Embassy
  • The Dead Moon Circus
  • The Tsukino Residence
  • Azabu-Juuban Festival
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[EPISODE] 84. Wiseman’s Evil Hand! Chibiusa Disappears.

Series: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R

Kana: ワイズマンの魔手! ちびうさ消滅
Romaji: Waizuman no Mashu! Chibiusa Shoumetsu

Original Air Date: February 5, 1994

Director: Yuji Endo
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Katsumi Tamegai

Plot: Wiseman preys on Chibiusa, whose secret guilt leaves her open to evil’s influence.

TRIVIA

  • The dragon’s roar was originally used for the flying monster Rodan in the Godzilla franchise.

LASTS

  • Esmeraude made her final appearance in this episode.

OTHER VERSIONS

  • DiC’s English dub (titled “Jealousy’s Just Rewards”):

    The first scene at the enemy’s castle was removed.

PLACES

  • Crystal Tokyo
  • Crystal Palace
  • Nemesis
  • Black Moon Castle
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[EPISODE] 40. The Legendary Lake Youkai! Usagi’s Family Ties.

Series: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

Kana: 湖の伝説妖怪! うさぎ家族のきずな
Romaji: Mizuumi no Densetsu Youkai! Usagi Kazoku no Kizuna

Original Air Date: January 16, 1993

Director: Harume Kosaka
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Masahiro Ando

Plot: During a visit to a hot springs resort, Usagi and her family are attacked by a vengeful lake spirit.

TRIVIA

  • Kenji was driving a red Volkswagen hatchback here. The license plate number was 02-03. In previous episodes, the car parked outside the Tsukino house was purple or another dark color.
  • Sailor Mars claimed that fighting youkai was her job. This is because miko (priestess) are known for exorcising such creatures.

OTHER VERSIONS

  • DiC’s English dub (titled “Last Resort”):

    While speaking to Usagi/Serena, Prince Endymion/Darien claimed that he had never heard the name “Darien” before. Yet his modern day and past life names were one and the same.

    The scenes with Luna, and Usagi and Shingo fighting in the car were both removed.

  • The Korean dub:

    This episode was omitted.

PLACES

  • The Tsukino Residence
  • The Dark Kingdom
  • Hot Spring Steam Inn
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[EPISODE] 65. Dispute Over Love! Minako and Makoto Face Off.

Series: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R

Kana: 恋の論争! 美奈子とまことが対立
Romaji: Koi no Ronsou! Minako to Makoto ga Tairitsu

Original Air Date: August 14, 1993

Director: Takuya Igarashi
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Masahiro Ando

Plot: After Makoto and Minako have a big argument, they cross paths with Petz and Calaveras at a charms shop.

TRIVIA

  • This was one of two episodes (the other being episode 154) that focused on Makoto and Minako’s simultaneous power advancements.
  • Allan was mentioned again.

FIRSTS

  • Jupiter Star Power Make Up, Venus Star Power Make Up, Sparkling Wide Pressure, Venus Love Me Chain, Dark Thunder (unnamed), and the Dark Beaut were all first seen here.

OTHER VERSIONS

  • DiC’s English dub (titled “A Charmed Life”):

    The scene where Jamanen/Jellax looked at her victims in the back room was cut. This was likely due to the women being nude.

    Other removed scenes: Usagi/Serena spitting in Rei/Raye’s face, and the upskirt shot during Calaveras/Avery’s fight with Sailor Venus.

    Jupiter Star Power Make Up, Venus Star Power Make Up, Sparkling Wide Pressure, Venus Love Me Chain were respectively renamed “Jupiter Star Power,” “Venus Star Power,” “Jupiter Thunderclap Zap,” and “Venus Love Chain Encircle.”

    Parts of Sailor Venus and Sailor Jupiter’s previous transformation sequences were mixed in with the new ones. This was done to avoid showing body lines, and to save the video editors from having to censor the new footage.

PLACES

  • UFO
  • Omazinai House
  • Pizza Coffee