The Legendary Lake Monster! Usagi's Family Ties

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The Statue of the Legendary Lovers
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): 湖の伝説妖怪! うさぎ家族のきずな
Name (Romaji): Mizuumi no Densetsu Youkai! Usagi Kazoku no Kizuna
Name (Translated): The Legendary Lake Monster! Usagi's Family Ties
Name (Viz Dub): The Legendary Lake Yokai: The Bond of Usagi's Family
Episode Number: 40
Director: Harume Kosaka
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Masahiro Ando
Air Date: January 16, 1993
Previous Episode: Paired With a Youma? Ice Queen Mako
Next Episode: I Won't Run Away From Love Anymore! Ami and Mamoru's Showdown
English Dub Episode
Name: Last Resort
Number: 36
Company: DiC
Air Date: October 30, 1995
Previous Episode: Ice Princess
Next Episode: Tuxedo Unmasked

Usagi and her family visit a hot springs resort, while Endymion is sent to resurrect an ancient legendary monster.

Summary[edit]

Luna wakes up to find that not only is Usagi not in her bed, but the entire Tsukino house is empty. A letter from Usagi explains that she and her family are spending the weekend at a hot spring resort.

As the family drives to the resort Usagi and Shingo sit in the back seat and bicker over a handheld video game. During the ensuing scuffle, Usagi almost drops the Orgel. Her father notices it and asks if it was a gift from a boy. When she replies in the affirmative her father gets upset, letting go of the steering wheel to turn and yell at Usagi. He only relaxes when Usagi tells him she is not dating anyone.

When the family arrives at the lake with the hot springs, Kenji tells them that this is where he met his wife. As Usagi walks closer to the lake the Orgel begins playing a quiet melody, and Usagi becomes sad as she remembers Mamoru.

In the Dark Kingdom, Kunzite and Prince Endymion stand before Queen Beryl. Kunzite says that he has felt a strong energy coming from the bottom of the lake, and Beryl sends Endymion out to investigate. After he has left Kunzite tells Queen Beryl that he remains suspicious of Endymion, and Beryl orders Kunzite to watch Endymion secretly.

The Tsukino family are bathing outside expect Shingo, who is shy of entering a mixed bath. Usagi pushes him into the water, and in revenge he steals her towel and runs away. She chases after him and grabs the towel back when Shingo is distracted, having noticed a strange man standing by the lake. Usagi looks toward the lake and recognizes Mamoru.

She gets dressed and runs after him into the forest, where she finds him by a statue. Endymion does recognize her, however, nor the name "Mamoru." When Usagi's mother comes looking for her, he vanishes in the forest. Ikuko sees her daughter standing by the statue and tells the story of the "legendary lovers" it depicts. A maiden from the Heavens came down to Earth and fell in love with a man, who loved her in turn. Another girl was also in love with the man, and jealousy turned her into a monster. The two lovers used the power of their love to seal the monster in the lake. Ikuko and Usagi go to rejoin the others, and Usagi promises that if she does get a boyfriend she will bring him home to meet her parents.

Having overheard the story, Endymion uses his power to command the Lake Monster to rise again. A huge snake with the torso of a girl rises from the lake and demands "him" back. Though Kunzite has been watching Endymion the whole time, he chooses not to interfere.

The monster spots Usagi, who has now rejoined her family, and flies after her, attacking with poisonous breath, for it has mistaken Endymion and Usagi for the legendary lovers. Kenji tries to defend Usagi with a tree branch, but is pinned down by the monster. He is saved when Tuxedo Mask appears and throws his rose. Tuxedo Mask says he will not allow the monster to harm innocent people, but must now fight alone because Usagi cannot transform in front of her family.

Luckily, the four other Sailor Senshi now come to the rescue. Sailor Mercury uses Sabão Spray to shroud the forest in fog. Usagi seizes the opportunity to transform into Sailor Moon while the rest of her family escapes. She gives her speech and tells Tuxedo Mask she loves him. The monster strikes Usagi with her tail. Sailor Venus and Sailor Jupiter combine Crescent Beam and Supreme Thunder into one attack, but it does not weaken the monster, and Sailor Moon's Moon Tiara Action is also useless against it. Sailor Mars discovers that the monster is really a spirit, and performs her Akuryo Taisan attack, followed by Fire Soul. Sailor Moon is then able to heal the spirit with Moon Healing Escalation, whereupon she ascends to the Heavens.

Tuxedo Mask tells Usagi that he is angry with her actions, but that he will not attack her this time, and vanishes. The watching Kunzite is suspicious about his behavior.

Usagi returns to her nervous family with her friends. They all relax in the hot springs together, and Ami tells Usagi that Luna had told the Senshi about her family's vacation, so they came so Usagi wouldn't have all the fun herself.

Episode trivia[edit]

  • In the English dub, the character of "evil" Prince Darien claimed that he had "never heard" the name Darien before. This made more sense in the original Japanese version, where Prince Endymion did not recognize the name "Mamoru."

Cast[edit]


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