Crybaby Usagi's Magnificent Transformation
Usagi Tsukino encounters a talking cat named Luna and awakens as the Sailor Senshi of love and justice, Sailor Moon.
Usagi Tsukino is a clumsy, below-average junior high student who encounters a black cat on her way to school one morning. She rescues the cat from some children, and removes a plaster from its head, revealing a crescent bald spot. Realising she is going to be late, Usagi leaves the cat and runs to school.
Usagi is late anyway, and is further berated for achieving yet another low test score. Her friends, Naru Osaka and Gurio Umino, mention that the mysterious heroine Sailor V has been in the news, having thwarted a jewellery store robbery. Naru says that her mother's jewellery store is having a sale, so she and Usagi decide to visit it on the way home.
Meanwhile, in the domain of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl demands that her minions bring her the legendary Silver Crystal as an energy source for their great ruler. With the crystal still hidden, Beryl's general Jadeite reveals that he has a plan in motion to gather human energy as a substitute.
Usagi and Naru go to the jeweller's, and find Naru's mother in a state of excited salesmanship. Unbeknownst to them, Naru's mother has been replaced by a double from the Dark Kingdom, a Youma named Morga who is using the discounted gems to transmit the humans' energy to Jadeite. She offers Usagi a discounted diamond, but Usagi realises she has no money, and her father is unlikely to buy it for her considering her poor test result. Dejected, she leaves the shop and throws her test paper away. It hits a boy behind her on the head. He too mocks her for her poor result, and she storms off. As she heads home, dreading revealing her score to her parents, the black cat from earlier is watching her...
When Usagi arrives home, her mother immediately asks her about the test. She reluctantly hands it over, and is promptly kicked out of the house. Back at the jeweller's, the effects of the gems cause the customers to faint. Naru asks her mother what's happening, only to be confronted with a Youma.
Finally back inside, Usagi decides to take a nap. The black cat comes in through the window and speaks to her. It says its name is Luna, and thanks Usagi for removing the plaster which was suppressing its powers. Luna gives Usagi a brooch and tells her that she must fight a mysterious enemy that is attacking Tokyo, and assist in the search for their princess. Usagi doesn't really believe her, so Luna gets her to recite the transformation phrase: "Moon Prism Power, Make Up." The brooch transforms her into Sailor Moon, and she is able to hear Naru's cries for help. Luna tells her that it is her job to save Naru.
As Naru wrestles against Morga, Sailor Moon appears. Morga awakens the comatose customers ans sends them after Sailor Moon, who freaks out, not knowing what to do. Morga moves in for the kill, but is distracted by the momentary intervention of the mysterious Tuxedo Kamen. Sailor Moon continues to cry, and her amplified wailing starts to incapacitate the customers. Luna instructs her to use her tiara against Morga. Sailor Moon complies, removing the tiara and using the Moon Tiara Action attack, which destroys Morga. Tuxedo Kamen congratulates Sailor Moon, who is instantly smitten.
The next day, Naru recounts her strange dream, in which she was saved from a monster by someone called Sailor Moon. Usagi, however, is too tired to listen.
- This was the first episode of the Sailor Moon anime.
- Sailor V appears in a non-speaking role as part of a daydream. She is thus the first Sailor Senshi to appear in the series. She is also the first to appear in the manga and live action versions.
- In this episode (and the manga chapter on which it is based), Sailor Moon is able to hear over long distances via the jewels in her hair. This ability was never referenced again in either version.
- This episode features the first appearances of the following characters: Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon, Luna, Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Kamen (although they would not be revealed to be the same person until much later), Naru Osaka, Gurio Umino, Ikuko Tsukino, Shingo Tsukino, Haruna Sakurada, Naru's Mother, Queen Beryl and Jadeite. Sailor V has a non-speaking appearance.
- Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon - Kotono Mitsuishi
- Luna - Keiko Han
- Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Kamen - Tohru Furuya
- Naru Osaka - Shino Kakinuma
- Gurio Umino - Keiichi Nanba
- Haruna Sakurada - Chiyoko Kawashima
- Ikuko Tsukino - Sanae Takagi
- Shingo Tsukino - Chiyoko Kawashima
- Queen Beryl - Keiko Han
- Jadeite - Masaya Onosaka
- Naru's Mother/Morga - Michiko Abe
- Female Students - Junko Shimakata, Chieko Nanba