SO LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT HOW FUCKING GREAT THIS MOMENT WAS.
Saphir blames everything on Usagi existing and that’s something that Usagi actually does struggle with sometimes, that the Silver Crystal’s existence causes all this war and fighting and people getting hurt because of her. Of course it strikes a nerve with her, because she sometimes feels like this is her fault, that being this special, super powerful person just attracts all this danger and, if it weren’t for her, they could have led peaceful lives.
Her tears and her confusion in that moment, when Saphir tries to kill her, make me love her more, because it’s absolutely understandable.
But let’s also remember how the Silver Crystal works: When your heart is in turmoil, then it won’t work. When your heart is firmed up and you believe in yourself, that’s when Usagi is at her most powerful.
We can see the sparks being given off by her compact, we see the warm glow around her stopping Saphir in his tracks, we see her just light that room the fuck up with her power.
Because her heart is strong and solid and she fucking knows what she’s about in that moment: This is not her fucking fault, this is not the Silver Crystal’s fault, it’s not bad, and fuck you for trying to make her think that it was.
She’s here to protect people, the Silver Crystal is a good thing, it helps people and lets her save lives. And Saphir can go fuck himself to trying to make her doubt her own self-worth, she’s come a long way to get where she is and she now has the strength to stand firm under this kind of pressure, when crunch time hits, Usagi’s stronger than she could have ever realized at the start.
Director: Naoyuki Ito Writer: Mutsumi Ito Animation Director: Miho Tanaka
Plot: A new enemy arrives at Rei’s school to recruit members for the Black Moon Clan.
The opening sequence was altered to include the Crystal Star, Chibiusa, Luna P, Sailor Pluto, and the Black Moon Clan.
In the manga chapter that this episode was based on, Koan killed a child that witnessed her arrival. The human casualty was changed to an adult male in Crystal.
Sailor Moon was still wearing her tiara even though she had just thrown it at Koan. The tiara remained on Sailor Moon’s forehead as Tuxedo Mask knocked the ricocheted object aside.
While Sailor Moon was performing Moon Princess Halation, the ribbons on her chest bow briefly disappeared.
Wiseman, Prince Dimande, Rubeus, Saphir, Esmeraude, the Ayakashi Sisters, the droids, Kotono Sarashina, and Ittou Asanuma were all introduced.
The new Henshin Pens (referred to as the Star Power Sticks in the previous anime), the new communicators, the Cutie Moon Rod (called the Moon Rod here), Mercury Star Power Make Up, Mars Star Power Make Up, Jupiter Star Power Make Up, Venus Star Power Make Up, Moon Princess Halation, Shine Aqua Illusion, and Burning Mandala were all first seen here.
The Sailor Senshi visited Fruit Parlor Crown for the first time.
This was Naoyuki Ito’s first episode as a director.
This was Koan’s only appearance as she died in this episode.