Mansion of Secrets! The Menu of Love to You

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Mayako is kind towards Chibiusa and Diana
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): 秘密の館! 愛のメニューを貴方に
Name (Romaji): Himitsu no Yakata! Ai no Menyuu wo Anata ni
Name (Translated): Mansion of Secrets! The Menu of Love to You
Name (Viz Dub): The Secret Mansion: A Menu of Love for You
Episode Number: 142
Director: Yuji Endo
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Katsumi Tamegai
Air Date: July 15, 1995
Previous Episode: Storm of Love! Minako's Grand Two-Timing Plan
Next Episode: Time to Believe the Pegasus! The Super Transformations of the Sailor Senshi
First English Dub Episode
Name: Recipe for Danger
Number: 135
Company: Cloverway
Air Date: October 16, 2000
Previous Episode: Double Trouble
Next Episode: Kickin' into High Gear

The girls become interested in an apparently antisocial old woman after she takes Diana into her home.


Usagi and Chibiusa are food shopping when they overhear an old woman demanding a discount from a cashier, despite the fact that the time for the discount's has expired. When the cashier gives in, the old woman goes back for another of the same item, much to Usagi and Chibiusa's disbelief and the cashier's dismay. Shortly afterwards, Mamoru offers the same woman his umbrella at a pedestrian crossing, only to be accused of being kind to her only to get something in return. Mamoru is so startled by this that he is almost run over by a truck.

Diana is annoyed at the old woman for treating Mamoru so rudely, and announces that she is going to tell her off, then follows her, alarming Luna and Artemis. Diana trips and falls against the woman's feet, and the woman spots the kitten and takes her inside. She washes Diana and gives her some stew, and Diana notes that she is acting very kindly and that everything in the house is set for two people even though the woman seems to live alone.

Mamoru and the girls meet up in Fruits Parlor Crown where Usagi is upset that he offered his umbrella to another woman. Mamoru tries to explain he was only trying to be kind, and the others wonder why the old woman was so mean to him. Rei says the woman is famous for acting that way, and that rumour has it she suspects everyone who tries to get close to her of being a gold-digger after property.

Makoto spots someone sitting few tables away who she thinks is Ichirou Ohno, the world famous chef and French Cuisine master; she then decides it couldn't be him as she wouldn't expect someone of his fame being a customer of the Parlor. In the Dead Moon Circus bar the Amazon Trio are looking over photographs of people with beautiful dreams. Hawk's Eye picks out a photograph of the old woman, who both Tiger's Eye and Fisheye find unattractive, but Hawk Eye belittles them for this.

Chibiusa tells Pegasus about the woman, finding her suspicious, but Pegasus says she is probably just setting the house up for two people because she is waiting for someone who is very important to her to visit. Chibiusa decides to check out the house the next day anyway, as she still finds it peculiar. While doing so she sees the man Makoto spotted the day before looking longingly at the house. She asks him if he is a famous chef and he answers that he is not: he is only a lonely traveller who has had his heart muddled by a past love, and is too old to do anything about it. She reassures him that peoples' hearts don't change with age, and he thanks her for such kind words, calling her "Little Mademoiselle" as he leaves. Chibiusa then turns to inspect the house herself, and the woman walks up the street and sternly confronts her. Diana mews and the woman's sternness disappears.

Once inside the house, the old woman is much kinder, and serves Chibiusa some tea. She asks her how she knew Diana had come to the house previously and Chibiusa makes a hurried excuse, muffling Diana with her hands to stop her from speaking. Chibiusa asks the woman if she lives alone, and the woman replies that she does, but she had bought the house with the intention of having many guests. She begins to tell Chibiusa why she never has these guests but the doorbell rings.

In the meantime, Usagi visits the house with Artemis and Luna as she wants to see what the woman looks like, because she is still upset with Mamoru about the other day. They notice a ruckus outside the mansion gates, which turns out to be a group of thuggish looking men who having been trying to bully the woman into selling her house. When she refuses, they make a thinly veiled threat, but are confronted by a disguised Hawk's Eye. The thugs try to attack him, but he overpowers them and they drive off, frightened. Once again the woman spurns the act of apparent kindness, saying that Hawk's Eye must want something in return, and he could be part of a set-up by the thugs. She goes back into the house, but Hawk's Eye doesn't leave, because he is very annoyed by the woman's actions and words.

Chibiusa asks Diana why the woman is so much nicer when she is in the house than when she is out of it, and the woman overhears and tells her she is protecting it. The woman tells Chibiusa that she knows that people in her neighbourhood consider her to be a miserly old hag, but Chibiusa replies that she doesn't think that and that she thinks the woman is nice. The woman thanks her, but then her French doors blow open and Hawk's Eye appears. He switches to his Amazon Trio costume and removes the woman's Dream Mirror. Chibiusa is horrified as she can't transform to help. Hawk's Eye finds that Pegasus is not in the woman's dream, and is about to kill her when Diana jumps on him and claws his face. Chibiusa goes to find Usagi, who luckily was snooping about the garden, and the two transform.

Hawk's Eye leaves his Lemures Autobiko, the motorcycle acrobat, to deal with the two Sailor Senshi. Autobiko starts to cause a lot of damage to the room, so they lure her outside. Tuxedo Mask appears, stopping Autobiko from running them down, and reassures Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon, who then perform Twinkle Yell and Moon Gorgeous Meditation and eliminate the Lemures. Back in the house, Usagi, Chibiusa, and Mamoru make sure the woman is unharmed, but when she awakens she is dismayed by the state of the room. Suddenly the man from before appears, calling her "Mayako." It turns out he is, indeed, Ichirou Ohno, and that twenty years earlier the two were lovers who were going to open a restaurant together in the house. But he left just after Mayako managed to buy it, saying he wanted to go to France to find the best taste in the world. He said that he couldn't open a restaurant in such a place, and in the process broke Mayako's heart. He explains that he has since realized how selfish he was and that he doesn't think any of his own, critically acclaimed food tastes as good as Mayako's stew. She forgives him by saying that she'd be willing to warm up some stew for him whenever he wants.

Sometime later the two act on their old dream and convert the house into Rokuten Restaurant. The girls and Mamoru visit the finished restaurant as customers, Chibiusa and Usagi bickering as usual.

Episode trivia[edit]

  • Usagi was upset with Mamoru for offering to share his umbrella with Mayako because the sharing of an umbrella by a man and a woman is a romantic custom in Japan. There is even a term for it: "Together Umbrella" (相合傘 - Ai-Ai-Gasa)[1]. At one time it was not appropriate for a unmarried young woman to be seen with a man who was not related to her, but during the rainy season it was acceptable for a man to offer to share his umbrella with a young lady[1]. Though "dating" is no longer considered scandalous, "Together Umbrella" is still popular with Japanese couples.


  1. 1.0 1.1 AIAIGASA - The Everything Japanese Guide -


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