Usagi Will Teach You! How to Lose Weight

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A new gym which promises incredible weight loss in just a few days falls under suspicion from Usagi and Luna.
The North American dub title for this episode is Slim City.

Summary

Episode Data
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Luna loses patience with Usagi.
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): うさぎが教えます! スリムになる法
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Name (Translated): Usagi Will Teach You! How to Lose Weight
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Episode Number: 4
Director: Harume Kosaka
Writer: Sukehiro Tomita
Animation Director: Kiyoshi Matsumoto
Air Date: March 28, 1992
Previous Episode: Mysterious Sleeping Illness! Protect the Girls' Hearts in Love
Next Episode: A Youma's Scent! Chanelas Steal Love
English Dub Episode
Name: Slim City
Number: 3
Company: DiC
Air Date: September 13, 1995
Previous Episode: Talk Radio
Next Episode: So You Want to be a Superstar


Usagi discovers that she has gained weight. Both her family and Luna agree that she eats too much and doesn't exercise, so she decides to go on a diet. Naru points out that Haruna has recently lost a lot of weight. As luck would have it, Umino has been stalking Haruna and and informs the girls that she has been going to a gym called Shapely. Finding out that the gym is offering free membership, the girls sign up immediately. The gym is actually run by Jadeite, disguised as a fitness instructor. The girls are taken in by the ruse, although Usagi quickly sneaks away for a bath. The other girls are given "Shape Ray" treatment, which Jadeite assures them will reduce their weight. They emerge from the Shape Ray pods drained, but Jadeite tells them that they are more beautiful, and that they should come back tomorrow. The pods are, in fact, draining their energy.

Having lost track of Naru and the others, a hungry Usagi wanders the streets and passes out in Motoki's arms. She tells him that she is dieting, and he replies by telling her that she doesn't need to lose weight. Reassured, Usagi buys a large bag of dumplings and returns to her old eating habits. She then encounters Mamoru, who tells her the exact opposite of what Motoki told her. Luna agrees with him, and Usagi realises that all the dumplings she just ate will make it even harder to lose weight. Luna tries to point out that Gym Shapely is suspicious, and that the girls who go there are becoming dangerously thin, but Usagi is more worried about her excess calories.

While Usagi works hard in the gym, Luna sees an emaciated Haruna going into the basement. Jadeite puts her in the Shape Ray pod for another treatment, which will probably kill her. Luna knocks Usagi off an exercise bike, lures her out of the gym, and gets her to transform into Sailor Moon. They confront Jadeite, who sets three hypnotised bodybuilders on Sailor Moon while he escapes. Following Luna's advice that fighting will help her lose weight, Sailor Moon tackles them and indirectly destroys the Shape Ray pods, then removes the hypnosis rings from the bodybuilders' heads. While Queen Beryl congratulates Jadeite on a semi-successful plan, Usagi discovers that despite her hard work, she is still overweight.

Next episode preview

Usagi: Animals called Chanelas are very popular these days. They're so cute!
Luna: Not as cute as me! Meow...
Usagi: Haha...
Luna: What? You don't appreciate my precious charm?
Usagi: Whatever. At least they're quiet, unlike you.
Luna: Usagi!
Usagi: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon's next episode is: "A Youma's Scent! Chanelas Steal Love." The moonlight carries a message of love.

Episode trivia

  • Jadeite and Queen Beryl's conversation in the penultimate scene marked one of the few times an evil minion managed to satisfy their superior by the end of an episode.
  • In the original version, Usagi weighed herself at the end and found she had still gained weight. In the English dub, however, Sammy had tampered with the bathroom scale to see Serena's reaction.
  • The English version also added extra water to cover more of Serena's chest while she was in the bath.
  • This was one of the few episodes where Jadeite's plan was accomplished without the use of a Youma.
  • During the scene when Sailor Moon was fighting the men, her odango covers were missing.

Cast

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Season
Sailor Moon
Next episode:
5