Sailor Venus' Past! Minako's Tragic Love

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Sailor V realizes that her love has fallen for her friend
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): Sヴィーナスの過去、美奈子の悲恋
Name (Romaji): Seeraa Viinasu no Kako, Minako no Hiren
Name (Translated): Sailor Venus' Past! Minako's Tragic Love
Name (Viz Dub): Sailor Venus' Past: Minako's Tragic Love
Episode Number: 42
Director: Takuya Igarashi
Writer: Sukehiro Tomita
Animation Director: Kiyoshi Matsumoto
Air Date: January 30, 1993
Previous Episode: I Won't Run Away From Love Anymore! Ami and Mamoru's Showdown
Next Episode: Is Usagi Going it Alone? The Sailor Senshi Get Into a Big Fight
First English Dub Episode
Name: N/A
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Kunzite probes Sailor V's connection with the Sailor Senshi by targeting Katarina, an old acquaintance of Minako's.


Ami, Makoto, and Rei, are at the Game Center Crown trying to find a gateway into the Dark Kingdom but are unsuccessful. First Usagi and Luna, then Minako and Artemis join them and report that they haven't found anything either. Suddenly, the "Game Machine" begins to show the footage of the sharply increasing sunspot activities. Luna and Artemis are worried, and tell the Sailor Senshi that the same thing happened when the Moon Kingdom was destroyed in the past.

Meanwhile, in the Dark Kingdom, the sunspot activity is also being discussed, as when the sunspots cover the Sun entirely then Queen Metalia will be back at full power. Queen Beryl says that they also need the Silver Crystal, and Kunzite reports he has some valuable intelligence about Sailor V, which may lead to the Sailor Senshi and Silver Crystal. Queen Beryl is pleased and ordered him to use it.

Usagi wakes from a dream that Mamoru is in pain, and Luna tries to comfort her. Artemis enters through the window and tells them that Minako is missing.

Minako is in a hotel room talking with a woman, Katarina, who she once thought of as her older sister. Katarina asks Minako where she has been for the past few months and why she never contacted anyone. Minako is unresponsive, and finally leaves, clearly upset. After she's gone, Kunzite appears, revealing that Katarina has come to Tokyo as part of his plan. He found out about Katarina's connection to Sailor V and has decided to exploit it, feeling there may be an association between her and the other Sailor Senshi.

After leaving Katarina, Minako is standing by the river, looking at a picture of her and an older man, Alan, in London. After a moment, she begins to cry and holds the photo to her chest. Her grief is interrupted by Papillon, the Youma Katarina has become. Minako transforms and gets attacked by Papillon. She is saved by Usagi, who uses her Disguise Pen to transform into a real sailor. The two of them then steal a boat and, along with Luna and Artemis, make their escape.

The pair hide out on cruise liner, where Sailor Venus tells Usagi about Katarina and her past as Sailor V. Some six months before, she traveled to London because of some Dark Kingdom activity in the area. Minako remembers how hard it was for her being in a new country, but that she had friends to get her through it. She helped Katarina, a member of Interpol, to save a child from a Youma as Sailor V, which was the start of their friendship. Katarina helped her adjust to London by teaching her English and acting as an older sister. Minako also had Alan, an older man on whom she clearly had a crush. Eventually, Minako introduced Katarina and Alan, and the two clearly had an instant connection.

Sailor Venus recalls that it all ended when she and Katarina were tracking down a criminal in a warehouse. Sailor V went in first, but was surprised by someone throwing a grenade at her. The building exploded and collapsed, leaving an injured Katarina to believe that Minako had been killed in the blast. However, Sailor V had just barely survived, managing to drag herself out to an alley nearby. She looked up and saw Katarina telling Alan what had happened, and the two of them embraced. In that moment, Minako realized that Alan and Katarina were more than friends. She decided it would be better for all of them if she simply faked her death so that Alan and Katarina could be happy without her interfering.

Usagi is clearly moved by Minako's story. She is so upset, in fact, that when Papillon comes back to attack them, Usagi transforms into Sailor Moon and has no interest in healing her. She is fully prepared to kill the Youma until the locket Papillon has been wearing falls to the ground. Sailor Venus picks it up and sees a picture of herself, with Alan and Katarina inside. She then begs Sailor Moon to heal Katarina, which she does with some reluctance. Then Minako and Katarina embrace, with Katarina apologizing for not realizing the extent of Minako's feelings sooner.

Later, Minako stands on a pier holding the picture of her and Alan. The other girls watch nearby, unsure about what happened. Usagi simply says that Minako is the most mature of any of them. Then, Minako releases the picture of herself and Alan, effectively letting go of her past.

Episode trivia[edit]

  • While Sailor Venus was looking at the necklace that fell off of Papillon during her battle, her hands were shown without gloves on, even though she was wearing her gloves and her sailor fuku.
  • During the episode, Alan and Minako were shown walking through the foggy streets of London. In reality, however, London had cleared the city of fog in 1990, at least one year before Minako would have been in London.
  • When Minako said goodbye to Katarina, an instrumental version of "Heart Moving" was playing in the background.


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