A Nightmare Scatters the Flowers! Return of the Dark Queen
The Outer Senshi power up into Super form
|Name (Kana):||悪夢花を散らす時! 闇の女王復活|
|Name (Romaji):||Akumu Hana wo Chirasu Toki! Yami no Joou Fukkatsu|
|Name (Translated):||A Nightmare Scatters the Flowers! Return of the Dark Queen|
|Name (Dub):||The Flower of Nightmares Scatters: The Queen of Darkness Returns|
|Animation Director:||Katsumi Tamegai|
|Air Date:||March 9, 1996|
|Previous Episode:||Dreams Forever! Light Throughout the Sky|
|Next Episode:||The Awakening of Saturn! The Ten Senshi Come Together|
As baby Hotaru sits in an baby seat beneath a sakura tree, she sees a vision of Neo-Queen Serenity standing on a white spire of crystal in front of the moon, her eyes closed, and her hands joined together in front of her chest as if she is praying. A pair of large angelic wings sprouts from the Queen's back. Then she stretches her arms forward, and a wave of golden energy washes over her, changing her outfit to that of a new, never before seen form of Sailor Moon: this Sailor Moon has a pair of wings, albeit smaller, her tiara is gone and replaced with a crescent mark, the suit is colored differently, and she is holding a long staff in front of her.
The vision fades away. Hotaru stretches her arms happily, looking at cherry blossom petals flying by, and her father picks her up. His health has visibly improved since the Mugen Academy accident, as he is standing on his legs instead of being bound to a wheelchair. He turns around to see Setsuna Meiou, who announces that she has arrived to take Hotaru with her.
Usagi is looking at the sky; she hears her name and turns around to see the other four girls, and happily bumps into them. Usagi, Ami, Makoto, and Minako are now wearing new, identical school uniforms, as they are now attending Juuban Municipal High School. Only Rei is still attending T·A Academy for Girls, which has a ladder system, meaning she did not have to pass entrance exams to get into high school.
Meanwhile, Queen Nehellenia, her youth restored, is floating in what appears to be a parallel universe, relaxed and confident that she will retain her beauty forever. A disembodied voice then announces its intent to break the seal locking Nehellenia in her small world, and does so. Nehellenia finds herself in outer space, floating above Earth.
Back in Tokyo, Chibiusa uses the Key of Space-Time to project a beam that will transport her through time. Nehellenia sees the beam from space; she is shown visions of the girls and Mamoru, and she is shocked and angered to find her enemies alive and well. A mirror appears out of her chest, in appearance like a Dream Mirror, only black; the disembodied voice tells her that the mirror is the embodiment of Nehellenia's hate and desire for revenge, and urges her to break it — which she, after some hesitation, does.
The mirror shards fall over Tokyo, appearing like a meteor shower. They disrupt Chibiusa's beam, which disappears, preventing her from traveling through time, and one of the shards falls into Mamoru's right eye. The eye glows for a moment, and Mamoru feels some pain, but he quickly forgets about it. The girls ask Chibiusa what happened to the beam, but nobody is able to give a definite answer.
Haruka and Michiru are standing in front of an aquarium, looking at the fish. They leave the building and go outside, to a courtyard on the rooftop. The mirror shards are still falling. Michiru, feeling dark energy close to the moon, consults the Deep Aqua Mirror; it shows a vision of a blackened planet, but it almost immediately disappears, and Haruka dismisses it.
Behind them, a man and a woman are sitting on a bench. A shard hits the man, and the woman begins tending to him. Another shard cuts Haruka's hand; Michiru takes her hand and sucks the shard out of the wound, spitting it out onto a handkerchief. The shard suddenly starts emitting light, and Haruka throws the handkerchief on the ground; once it lands, the shard begins to grow and transforms into a glass statue, in appearance like a nude woman whose features resemble those of Nehellenia. More statues materialize around them; Nehellenia speaks through her images, announcing her intent to destroy the "people of the White Moon" and identifying the (animate) statues as Mirror Paredri, although she does not identify herself.
Sailor Pluto appears, shattering the Mirror Paredri with Dead Scream. She is holding baby Hotaru, saying that the time when they will need her power is approaching. The Mirror Paredri reassemble from the shards, and while Sailor Pluto sets Hotaru down in the bushes, Haruka and Michiru transform into Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune. The three Senshi fight the Mirror Paredri, but they get outnumbered as the creatures only multiply from the fragments as they are shattered; one of them rushes to Sailor Uranus and pushes her off the roof, and Sailor Neptune barely manages to grab Sailor Uranus's hand while the creature plummets down.
Sailor Pluto, struggling with a Mirror Paredri, helplessly watches in horror as another one exposes her claws, preparing to tear Hotaru apart. As soon as she tries to touch Hotaru, however, she is disintegrated by an energy sphere that forms around Hotaru, and the Saturn symbol appears on the baby's forehead.
The three Outer Senshi find themselves floating together, wrapped in energy ribbons of their Senshi colors; they sense the birth of a new power as the symbols of their respective planets appear on their foreheads, in a fashion similar to Hotaru's. A stream of light goes through them upwards, simultaneously transforming them back into their Senshi forms. With their newfound powers, they destroy the Mirror Paredri for good using World Shaking, Deep Submerge, and Dead Scream.
Standing on the edge of the now-clear rooftop, the Outer Senshi wonder who this new enemy is. They turn around to see Hotaru, who appears to have rapidly grown from a baby into a small child. Hotaru's vision is repeated, only this time, the moon is eclipsed, and when the light returns Sailor Moon is trapped in thorny vines, unconscious. Hotaru says that the princess is in danger, while above Earth, the disembodied voice laughs, saying that everything is set up now.
- This episode marked the first appearance of all four Outer Senshi in the television series since Sailor Moon S, as they were absent for the entirety of the Sailor Moon SuperS season (though Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune did appear in the Sailor Moon SuperS Special and Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto all appeared in the Sailor Moon SuperS movie). It also featured the first appearance of the Outer Senshi's "super" forms.
- This was also the first appearance of Professor Souichi Tomoe since Sailor Moon S, and his last appearance in the overall series. Although he was last seen in a wheelchair, in this episode he was capable of walking.
- This episode was the last time Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune were shown transforming on screen.
- Sailor Galaxia's voice was first heard in this episode, although she did not appear on screen until episode 173.
- Eternal Sailor Moon and the Eternal Tiare appeared for the first time in this episode, as part of Hotaru's vision; the vision was also the last time Neo-Queen Serenity appeared in the anime.
- This episode was the first to use "Sailor Star Song" as the opening theme song and "Kaze mo Sora mo Kitto..." as the ending theme.
- Sailor Neptune's tiara was missing during the scene when she told Sailor Uranus that she had eaten too many sweets.
- This was Marta Sáinz's first episode voicing Bunny, Amelia Jara's first episode voicing Chibiusa, Ingrid Ravel's first episode voicing Setsuna/Sailor Pluto, and Ángel Sacristán's first episode voicing Mamoru and Artemis in the Spanish dub.
- Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon - Kotono Mitsuishi
- Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury - Aya Hisakawa
- Rei Hino/Sailor Mars - Michie Tomizawa
- Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter - Emi Shinohara
- Minako Aino/Sailor Venus - Rica Fukami
- Chibiusa/Sailor Chibi Moon - Kae Araki
- Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus - Megumi Ogata
- Michiru Kaiou/Sailor Neptune - Masako Katsuki
- Setsuna Meiou/Sailor Pluto - Chiyoko Kawashima
- Hotaru Tomoe - Yuko Minaguchi
- Luna - Keiko Han
- Artemis - Yasuhiro Takato
- Diana - Kumiko Nishihara
- Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask - Tohru Furuya
- Professor Souichi Tomoe - Akira Kamiya
- Queen Nehellenia - Yoshiko Sakakibara
- Mysterious Voice - Mitsuko Horie
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