The Labyrinth of Water! Ami the Targeted

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Episode Data
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Ami as her Pure Heart Crystal is removed
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): 水のラピリンス! ねらわれた亜美
Name (Romaji): Mizu no Rabirinsu! Nerawareta Ami
Name (Translated): The Labyrinth of Water! Ami the Targeted
Name (Viz Dub): The Labyrinth of Water: Ami Targeted
Episode Number: 97
Director: Junichi Satou
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Katsumi Tamegai
Air Date: May 21, 1994
Previous Episode: Cold Hearted Uranus? Makoto in Trouble
Next Episode: Save Friends! Moon and Uranus Join Forces
English Dub Episode
Name: Damp Spirits
Number: 90
Company: Cloverway
Air Date: June 21, 2000
Previous Episode: Lita Borrows Trouble
Next Episode: Friendly Foes

Ami's desire to avoid competition leads to her offending Michiru during a swimming race. Meanwhile, a Daimon selects Ami as her target.

Summary[edit]

The vice-principal finds Ami in the hallway of the school and returns a book that she'd left behind in a classroom. He wonders if something is on her mind, since it's not like her to leave books behind, and mentions that entrance exams are coming up soon. He says that he'd heard Ami was helping out the bad students, and suggests that she not let them drag her down academically. Ami tells the vice-principal that he shouldn't say such things. Usagi overhears the conversation and becomes distressed to think that she's keeping Ami from doing well. As she's sitting there, depressed, Naru arrives and demands that Usagi treat her to pizza like she had promised, then drags her off. After the vice-principal leaves, Ami is left feeling sad because the only thing she seems to have is academics.

As Ami sits on the steps at Azabu-Juuban Park Mamoru sees her and comes up to join her. She asks him what she would have left if academics were taken away. At Mamoru's confused look she explains that she'd always had a dream of becoming a doctor like her mother, and that was why she studied so hard, but now she's starting to think that she doesn't have a dream at all. She says that people with real dreams shine brighter, like Usagi, and she can't be a good doctor just because she's good at studying. Mamoru encourages her, and feeling cheered up, Ami heads off to go swimming before her study group starts. As Mamoru watches her leave, he observes that she shines brightly enough as she is.

Kaolinite watches Ami from above, thinking that a genius girl like that must have a pure heart.

Ami gets into the water at the pool, thinking that there isn't anyone else there and begins to swim. As she swims, however, she sees Michiru, and they admire each other's swimming. Michiru says that Ami must have lived in a world of water in her past life, but Ami says she doesn't know. Michiru suggests that they race to the other side of the pool, and Haruka's voice can be heard counting down for them to start. Ami deliberately slows down her pace so that the race ends in a tie, but Michiru realizes what she did and is angry. Ami apologizes and runs away. From her perch up on one of the diving boards, Haruka tells Michiru that Ami just wanted to be friends, and tried to avoid a confrontation. Michiru says that she feels sorry for Ami.

Ami goes to the Hikawa Shrine to meet with her friends who are studying. The girls immediately swarm Ami and ask questions about what they're studying, but Usagi stops them and says that Ami has to focus on her own studies so she can become a doctor. Ami thanks her, then claims she forgot something and turns to go, but as she does Usagi sees she has tears in her eyes. The other girls are stunned to see this, but as Rei suggests that they get back to studying before Usagi's enthusiasm for it fades, she also claims to have forgotten something and runs after Ami.

Usagi tries to find Ami, wondering what she'd said wrong. In the meantime Ami stands on a bridge and stares at the water, thinking to herself that even Usagi is only worried about her studies, but she doesn't have anything else. Haruka arrives on her motorcycle and tells Ami that Michiru wanted a rematch. She offers Ami a ride to the sports center, but Ami refuses and says she will walk. Luna and Artemis see her walking and wonder why she's not studying with the others.

In his lab Professor Tomoe creates a new Daimon Egg and sends it off in search of a pure heart.

Ami arrives at the pool and finds Michiru waiting for her. She says she is sorry for what happened earlier, and asks if Michiru is mocking her. Michiru replies that she only wants a good race.

Artemis finds Usagi and tells her that Ami went to the sports center and Luna is keeping an eye on her, and the two of them rush off. In the meantime, Luna paces by the door to the building and worries about Ami.

Ami and Michiru get on the starting blocks, and Haruka snaps her fingers to start the race. As they swim, Ami thinks that she's never raced against someone as fast as Michiru before, and that she might actually lose. She wonders why she's trying so hard to win, and realizes that if she gave up now she'd just be running away, and she doesn't want to do that because it's important that she do her best. This time the race ends in a real tie, and Michiru suggests that the two of them swim together again some time, before she and Haruka leave.

After they go Ami decides that she wants to swim some more, but as she steps into the pool the Daimon Egg arrives and hatches into the Daimon Doburin, who attacks Ami to extract her Pure Heart Crystal. Usagi arrives just in time and transforms into Sailor Moon, interrupting Doburin's attack and causing the Daimon to turn on her. Kaolinite takes Ami's Pure Heart Crystal, and Sailor Moon begs her to give it back because Ami is kind and smart and her very dear friend. Kaolinite realizes that the Crystal isn't a Talisman and becomes angry, but Tuxedo Mask throws a rose that makes her drop the Crystal. Kaolinite leaves, telling the Daimon to deal with them. Tuxedo Mask attacks the Daimon with the help of Luna and Artemis, and Sailor Moon finishes it off with Moon Spiral Heart Attack.

Sailor Moon returns the Pure Heart Crystal to Ami, not noticing Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune watching them. Sailor Neptune observes that it wasn't a Talisman this time, and Sailor Uranus says she's probably pleased about that.

Sailor Moon apologizes to Ami and asks if she said something wrong. Ami says it wasn't her fault; she was just a little depressed and now thanks to Sailor Moon she is better. Sailor Moon doesn't understand, but Tuxedo Mask says he is pleased that she's feeling better. Ami says that she realized she has to do her best without stopping. Sailor Moon looks between the two of them and reminds Ami that Tuxedo Mask is her boyfriend. Ami teases Usagi about it until she finally declares that they need to go back and study.

Episode trivia[edit]

  • This episode revealed the fact that Mamoru was afraid of needles.
  • When the girls were asking Ami all their study questions, Makoto's pencil had a Luna P decoration on the end.
  • The Kimi-chan statue that Ami and Mamoru sat in front of is a real statue in the real Azabu-Juuban district in Japan. The story of Kimi-chan was that her mother gave her up for adoption to a missionary couple so that she would go to America for a better life. It was later discovered that the real-life Kimi-chan became ill before sailing to America and had to go to an orphanage in Azabu-Juuban where she died. Her story has come to represent sacrifices made by a parent for the good of their child, making this an appropriate place for Ami to sit and think, as her mother wanted the best for Ami even though it involved sacrifices to their family life.
  • The closing credits incorrectly credited Tamari Maru as playing Doburin instead of Mari Maruta.

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