Romance Under the Moon! Usagi's First Kiss

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Princess Dia of the Diamond Kingdom
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): 月下のロマンス! うさぎの初キッス
Name (Romaji): Gekka no Romansu! Usagi no Hatsu Kissu
Name (Translated): Romance Under the Moon! Usagi's First Kiss
Name (Viz Dub): Romance Under the Moon: Usagi’s First Kiss
Episode Number: 22
Director: Yuji Endo
Writer: Sukehiro Tomita
Animation Director: Kiyoshi Matsumoto
Air Date: August 15, 1992
Previous Episode: Protect the Children's Dreams! Friendship Linked by Anime
Next Episode: Wish Upon a Shooting Star! Naru's Pure Love
English Dub Episode
Name: Worth a Princess's Ransom
Number: 18
Company: DiC
Air Date: October 4, 1995
Previous Episode: An Animated Mess
Next Episode: Molly's Folly

Usagi, Tuxedo Mask, and Nephrite all infiltrate an embassy reception in search of the princess and the Silver Crystal.

Summary[edit]

On her way to school, Usagi notices a traffic checkpoint. She asks Naru what's going on, but Naru is daydreaming about Masato Sanjoin. When they get to school, Umino tells Usagi that the princess of the Diamond Kingdom is visiting Tokyo, and will be revealing the Royal Family's most secret treasure at an embassy reception. Naru, uninterested, mentions that she will be going there due to her family's jewllery business.

At home, Luna reads about the reception and wonders what the secret treasure could be. The same topic is being debated in the Dark Kingdom, where Queen Beryl suspects it could be the Silver Crystal. Zoisite promises to investigate, but Nephrite appears and says he will take care of it. Zoisite is furious, but Queen Beryl gives Nephrite the go-ahead, interested to see how he will handle the situation. Zoisite is comforted by his lover Kunzite, who suggests that they should wait for an opportunity to oust Nephrite.

At the Hikawa Shrine, Luna informs the girls that Princess Dia may be the princess they are looking for, and they decide to wait outside the embassy to see her. Usagi arrives home to discover that her father is going to the reception as a journalist. Jealous, Usagi decides to use the Disguise Pen to get herself into the embassy as well.

Mamoru wakes from a dream in which he is Tuxedo Mask, and a woman tells him to find the Silver Crystal. Meanwhile, Usagi gets into the embassy with ease, and finds a masquerade ball in progress. Nephrite is there too, as is Naru. Nephrite sees her and asks her to dance. Usagi leaves the ballroom when someone spills a drink on her dress, while Tuxedo Mask stands brooding in the hallway, deciding he must find the Silver Crystal in order to find out who he really is. He spots Usagi, and wonders if she is the woman from his dream.

On the balcony, Nephrite takes control of Naru, implanting his other self into her mind. Usagi is approached by Tuxedo Mask, and they dance. It all seems familiar to Usagi, who feels as if she has danced with him before. Naru poses as a friend of the princess in order to get into her room, then attacks her, transferring Nephrite's other self into her. The princess runs to the balcony with the treasure chest, and prepares to throw it to Nephrite, who is waiting below. Usagi tries to stop her and falls from the balcony, but Tuxedo Mask grabs her hand. Luna knocks the princess away as Sailor Mars and Sailor Mercury arrive to tackle Nephrite. Usagi slips and falls with Tuxedo Mask, but they are saved when Luna throws Usagi's umbrella down to her.

Sailor Mercury confronts Tuxedo Mask, demanding to know who he is. He says he doesn't know, and must find the Silver Crystal to find out. He leaves, saying his mission could yet make him an enemy of the Sailor Senshi. Usagi transforms into Sailor Moon, while the princess attacks the partygoers. She tries again to deliver the treasure to Nephrite, but Sailor Mars exorcises Nephrite's spirit from her body. Sailor Moon attacks and destroys the spirit, and the princess wakes up, but is plainly not the princess the Senshi are looking for.

When the partygoers wake up, the princess reveals the treasure is merely a diamond statue of her country's first ruler. Meanwhile, Usagi accidentally gets drunk, and receives a kiss from Tuxedo Mask.

Episode trivia[edit]

  • This episode was based closely on Act 4 of the manga.
  • This was not only the first time Usagi would mistake alcohol for punch; the second time she became drunk was in episode 108.
  • Kunzite made his first appearance in this episode.
  • In the English dub, the scene where Usagi and Tuxedo Mask fell off the balcony and floated down with the umbrella was cut, and the moment where they fell was edited to go backwards. However, an image of them floating down with the umbrella was kept in a flashback scene in "Day of Destiny."

Cast[edit]


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