A Nightmare Scatters the Flowers! Return of the Dark Queen

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As Usagi and her friends begin high school, a mysterious force releases Queen Nehellenia from her mirror, encouraging her to take revenge on them.


Episode Data
The Outer Senshi power up into Super form
Original Episode
Name (Kana): 悪夢花を散らす時! 闇の女王復活
Name (Romaji): Akumu no Hana wo Chirasu Toki! Yami no Joou Fukkatsu
Name (Translated): A Nightmare Scatters the Flowers! Return of the Dark Queen
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Episode Number: 167
Director: Takuya Igarashi
Writer: Ryota Yamaguchi
Animation Director: Katsumi Tamegai
Air Date: 9th of March, 1996
Previous Episode: Dreams Forever! Light Throughout the Sky
Next Episode: The Awakening of Saturn! The Ten Senshi Come Together

Baby Hotaru is lying in an infant bed. She is seeing a vision of Princess Serenity standing on a white crystal in front of a big image of the moon, her eyes closed and her hands joined together in front of her chest, as if she is praying. There is a close up, and the Princess is now seen having a pair of big angelic wings behind her back. Then she stretches her arms forward, and her outfit changes to that of Sailor Moon, but it is not one of the two previously seen variations; 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, Professor Souichi Tomoe, 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 Sailor Pluto, 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. Girls' Academy, which has a ladder system, meaning she did not have to pass entrance exams to get into high school.

Mamoru and Chibiusa greet the girls; Chibiusa and Diana are now preparing to go back to the future, and are saying their farewells.

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, like a Dream Mirror, only this one is 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 while, 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 licks the wound, takes the shard out with her tongue, and puts it on a handkerchief. The shard suddenly starts emitting light, and Haruka throws the handkerchief on the ground; upon hitting it, the shard begins to grow and transforms into a glass statue of a naked woman, whose features resemble those of Nehellenia. More statues materialize around; Nehellenia speaks through them, 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 leaves Hotaru in the bushes, Haruka and Michiru transform into Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune. The three Senshi fight the Mirror Paredri for a while, but they get outnumbered as the creatures multiply; 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 blasted 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; 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 destroys 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 blackened, and Sailor Moon is trapped in vines, unconscious. Hotaru says that the princess is in danger, while above Earth, the disembodied voice laughs, saying that everything is set up now.

Episode trivia

  • This episode marked the first appearance of all four Outer Senshi since Sailor Moon S, after they were absent for the entirety of Sailor Moon SuperS. Hotaru Tomoe, though, was only seen in her civilian form.
  • 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 glasses and a wheelchair, he had neither in this episode, and was capable of walking.
  • Sailor Galaxia's voice was first heard in this episode, although she did not appear on screen until episode 173.


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