Is the Genius Girl a Youma? Brainwashing School of Terror

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Episode Data
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Sailor Moon is stumped by Garoben's questions.
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): 天才少女は妖魔なの? 恐怖の洗脳塾
Name (Romaji): Tensai Shoujo wa Youma nano? Kyoufu no Sennoujuku
Name (Translated): Is the Genius Girl a Youma? Brainwashing School of Terror
Name (Viz Dub): The Girl Genius Is a Monster: The Brainwashing Cram School of Horror
Episode Number: 8
Director: Junichi Satou
Writer: Sukehiro Tomita
Animation Director: Kunihiko Natsume
Air Date: May 2, 1992
Previous Episode: Usagi Learns a Lesson! The Road to Stardom is Tough
Next Episode: Usagi's Misfortune! Watch Out for the Rushing Clocks
English Dub Episode
Name: Computer School Blues
Number: 5
Company: DiC
Air Date: September 15, 1995
Previous Episode: So You Want to be a Superstar
Next Episode: Time Bomb

Usagi and Luna meet Ami Mizuno, a girl of genius level intelligence. While Luna is suspicious that she may be an enemy, Usagi is keen to befriend her.

Summary[edit]

In the Dark Kingdom, Jadeite informs Queen Beryl of his research into the Japanese education system. However, the system in question seems to be making little impact on Usagi, who is dreading her latest test results. While her mother despairs over her poor grades, Luna is frustrated by her lack of commitment in finding the princess. That night, Luna goes into the Game Center Crown and uses the Sailor V game to speak to an unseen contact. She reports sensing a strange aura around a girl she recently encountered, and suspects that she could be one of the enemy.

The girl in question is Ami Mizuno, a student attending Usagi's school. When the mock exam results are published the next day, Ami is placed first — not just in the school, but in the whole country. Naru, Umino, Kuri, and other students are all loud in their disapproval of her, thinking Ami is stuck-up and arrogant, but Usagi is not so sure. They lower their voices when they see Ami staring at them sadly.

After school, Luna follows Ami and jumps onto her shoulder, still sensing the strange aura. Usagi apologises to Ami, and wonders if Ami might be able to teach her the secret of her being a genius. Despite Luna's protests, she decides to befriend her, and takes her to the Game Centre Crown. Ami tries playing the Sailor V game and is incredibly good at it, even though she has never played video games before. She gets the highest score, but hurries away when she realizes that she is late for cram school. After she has gone, Motoki finds a floppy disk she dropped, and asks Usagi to return it.

Usagi and Luna arrive at the cram school, and discover that the disk is actually the "Crystal Disk" produced by the school, allegedly used to boost intelligence. They are about to go inside when Usagi's nemesis appears, and asks her if Luna was just talking. Usagi denies it and runs away, but she still hasn't returned the disk. Luna decides to use this opportunity to investigate Ami, and takes the disk to the computer lab at school. There they discover the disk's true puprose: a brainwashing program from the Dark Kingdom. Luna declares that there is no doubt about it — Ami must be one of the enemies.

They return to the cram scool, and Usagi gets inside after using the Disguise Pen to disguise herself as a doctor. She warns the students to get away from the computers, and seeing Ami, transforms into Sailor Moon. But it transpires that Ami's teacher is actually the Youma Garoben, who takes Ami hostage and attacks Sailor Moon, first with razor-sharp test papers and then with the brainwashed students. Meanwhile, she finds that the brainwashing program has no effect on Ami, and decides to kill her. At the same time, Luna sees a symbol appear on Ami's forehead, and recognises it as the symbol of a Sailor Senshi. She gives Ami a transformation pen and Ami runs from the Youma, transforming into Sailor Mercury. Sailor Mercury uses her signature attack, Sabão Spray, to create a mist that confuses the Youma. Sailor Moon is then able to destroy the monster using Moon Tiara Action. Usagi is relieved to have Ami as her partner, but alas, she is still not forthcoming with the secret of her genius.


Episode trivia[edit]

  • In the DiC English dub, Andrew mentioned that Amy scored over 100,000 points on the video game, even though the screen only read "6,850 points." Several other changes were made to this episode: Usagi imagining her mother strangling her with the dog leash was edited out, Luna using the school's computer lab was changed to using a computer store, and Usagi using the Disguise Pen to disguise herself as a nurse was changed to Serena using the Luna Pen to disguise herself as a school superintendent.
  • In the Viz English dub, during the scene where the girls were discussing Ami's IQ, Umino mentioned that Ami's IQ may be over 9000. This was a reference to a translation error in the English dub of Dragon Ball Z.

Cast[edit]

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