Is Usagi a Model? The Focus of the Youma Camera

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Nephrite targets a gifted young photographer, while Usagi tries to achieve her dream of becoming a model.
The English dub title for this episode is Shutter Bugged.

Summary

Episode Data
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Usagi's modelling career is cut short by Luna
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): モデルはうさぎ? 妖魔カメラの熱写
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Name (Translated): Is Usagi a Model? The Focus of the Youma Camera
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Episode Number: 17
Director: Yuji Endo
Writer: Sukehiro Tomita
Animation Director: Kazuko Tadano
Air Date: July 4, 1992
Previous Episode: Dream of a White Dress! Usagi Becomes a Bride
Next Episode: Shingo's Innocent Love! A Sorrowful French Doll
English Dub Episode
Name: Shutter Bugged
Number: 14
Company: DiC
Air Date: September 28, 1995
Previous Episode: Wedding Day Blues
Next Episode: Dangerous Dollies


Usagi and Naru see an article about Kijin Shinokawa, a junior high student who has won a photography award. Realising he goes to school near Rei, Usagi goes to look for him, hoping to get an autograph. Rei scolds her, reminding Usagi that she has no real interest in photography.

Kijin is approached by Nephrite, who infects his camera with a Youma. The shy Kijin is suddenly transformed into an artistic obsessive who only wants to photograph girls.

Usagi sees that Kijin is advertising for models, and decides to apply. Her family aren't especially supportive, but Motoki encourages her. Mamoru has less confidence in her chances, but says that she might as well enter anyway.

A few days later, Usagi is delighted to find she has been selected, and equally dismayed to find that her only swimsuit is full of mothholes. She and Luna go to the photo shoot and find hundreds of girls there - even Naru and Haruna have been selected. While she changes into her swimsuit (with bows strategically placed over the holes), Luna goes to watch Kijin, and is shocked when all the girls he photographs disappear.

Luna tries to tell Usagi, but she is more interested in getting ready for the photo shoot. She calls Ami, telling her to come and watch, but Usagi cuts her off before Luna can tell her about the emergency. Angry, Luna takes one of the bows from Usagi's swimsuit and runs. Usagi has no choice but to chase after her. She misses her photo shoot, but sees Naru and Haruna disappear when Kijin takes their picture. She and Luna confront Kijin, but find him to be violent and incoherent. Usagi transforms and berates him for failing to understand beauty, then kicks his camera into the pool. Kijin collapses, and the Youma Cameran emerges from the water. She shoots photographic beams from her hands, trapping both Kijin and Luna inside photographs. Sailor Mercury and Sailor Mars join the battle, but are also trapped by the Youma. Sailor Moon finds herself cornered in front of a mirror but leaps away at the last minute, tricking Cameran into photographing herself. With the Youma crippled, Sailor Moon destroys her, and everyone reappears.

Zoisite appears before Nephrite, mocking his failure. Kijin, for his part, decides to temporarily withdraw from the public eye until he can properly understand beauty.

Episode trivia

  • This episode saw the introduction of the first set of Communicators.
  • An image of Sailor V appeared on the cover of the magazine Usagi was reading.
  • The contest was held on July 4th, the same day this episode aired in Japan.

Cast


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