A Battle of the Flames of Love! Mars vs Koan
Koan panics when she nearly forgets her mission
|Name (Kanji/kana):||愛の炎の対決! マーズVSコーアン|
|Name (Romaji):||Ai no Honoo no Taiketsu! Maazu tai Kooan|
|Name (Translated):||A Battle of the Flames of Love! Mars vs Koan|
|Name (Viz Dub):||Battle of the Flames of Love! Mars vs. Koan|
|Animation Director:||Hisashi Kagawa|
|Air Date:||October 2, 1993|
|Previous Episode:||Awaken, Sleeping Beauty! Mamoru's Distress|
|Next Episode:||For Friendship! Ami and Berthier Clash|
|First English Dub Episode|
|Name:||Enemies No More|
|Air Date:||November 17, 1995|
|Previous Episode:||Prediction of Doom|
Wiseman tells Rubeus that Prince Demande is furious about his repeated failures, and warns that he does not have much time left in which to complete his mission. Rubeus angrily says that he doesn't need to be told that, and Wiseman suggests that he go to the Hikawa Shrine, one of the former Crystal Points, in search of the Rabbit. Rubeus agrees to send Koan, but the Wiseman tells him something bad is going to happen to her if he does. Rubeus merely shrugs and says that he doesn't care; she is merely one of his subordinates.
While Rei and Yuuichirou are shopping, Yuuichirou bumps into Koan, who angrily tells him to watch where he's going. While he is picking everything up, Koan recognizes him from Protect Esthe, and quickly takes her things from him and leaves. Yuuichirou stares after her, and when Rei yells at him for it, he says he knows her from somewhere.
When she returns to the UFO, Rubeus is waiting for her. He embraces her affectionately and says she must go back to the Hikawa Shrine, because the Rabbit will appear there. She promises that she will kill the Rabbit, even if it costs her life, and he smiles and tells her to be certain to succeed. As he starts to leave Koan gives him a bottle of cologne, but he "accidentally" crushes it in his hand and departs.
Koan arrives at the Hikawa Shrine to be greeted by an overenthusiastic Yuuichirou, and escapes him by purchasing a fortune. She exults over its promise of "great luck" but her excitement is dampened when Rubeus contacts her and chides her for not finding the Rabbit yet. He tells her to kill any girls who look like the Rabbit and cuts off the transmission with a fond farewell, and Koan blushes as she declares that she knew Rubeus loved her. As she starts to walk away she spots Rei chasing Yuuichirou around with a broom and sniffs disdainfully at them.
Minako and Makoto sit together at a cafe with Luna and Artemis, complaining about how all their friends are all busy and they're stuck with the cats. Artemis observes that they're the only ones with nothing to do, which earns him a smack from Minako.
At the Hikawa Shrine, Usagi is reading manga while Rei complains about Yuuichirou. They are interrupted by Koan, who is disguised as a cosmetics saleswoman. The sales pitch turns into a discussion of Usagi and Mamoru's relationship, and Koan declares that she shouldn't pursue someone who treats her coldly. Rei decides she doesn't want to buy anything, and when Koan suggests that they also have products for younger girls, says that there aren't any there. Koan departs again, telling herself that she just needs to wait for the Rabbit to show up.
As Usagi leaves the shrine she passes Chibiusa on her way up the stairs, and after a brief exchange has to run to try to catch her departing bus. When Chibiusa reaches the shrine she is immediately attacked by Koan and almost captured, but Yuuchiru arrives and hits Koan with his broom. Furious, she launches her Dark Fire attack at him. Rei hears the commotion and comes to investigate, and is in turn attacked as well. Yuuichirou defends her from the blast of fire, though, and is wounded.
Now furious, Rei transforms into Sailor Mars and attacks Koan. As the two of them fight, Sailor Mars realizes that one of Koan's attacks is about to strike the unconscious Yuuichirou, and she is wounded as she pulls him to safety. Koan mocks the two of them, but Sailor Mars's reply manages to make her momentarily doubt that Rubeus does love her. Koan refuses to think about it and goes to attack Chibiusa, but Tuxedo Mask arrives and takes the girl away. As she is distracted, Koan is struck by Sailor Mars' Burning Mandala attack.
Rubeus arrives and expresses disappointment in Koan's continued failures. He disdainfully tells her that he never loved her and that she was merely a pawn for him. He then gives her a space-time bomb, saying that it is a far more useful present than the cosmetics she gave him, and tells her to use it to destroy Sailor Mars. Koan tearfully accepts the "gift" and is about to perform a suicide attack but is stopped by the Sailor Senshi. Koan, feeling she has nothing left, goes on a rampage and begins attacking the Senshi, all the while screaming that she has lost everything.
Sailor Mars becomes sympathetic to her plight and blocks Sailor Jupiter's attack with her own body, much to everyone's shock. She then asks Sailor Moon if Koan can be helped. Luna and Artemis tell her to use the Silver Crystal, and Sailor Moon then heals Koan.
Later, Koan pays a visit to the Hikawa Shrine to see Rei again. She has become a cosmetics saleswoman for real, and Rei is glad to see that she is happy now.
- This episode included a rare instance, in that a Sailor Senshi's injury remained for more than one episode.
- This episode included the first use of Moon Crystal Power.
- Prince Demande was first mentioned in this episode.
- When Usagi was reading manga at the Hikawa Shrine, she was first holding an issue of RunRun with Sailor V and Artemis on the cover. Later in that same scene, Usagi herself appeared on the cover of one of the manga sitting next to her.
- During the scene where Yuuichirou bumped into Koan, as she snatched her bag back from him there was one frame with a picture of Zoisite, which turned into a super-deformed figure that had "Zoisite" written across its front in hiragana.
- In the English dub, DiC cut out the part where Minako slapped Artemis, although he was still clutching his face in pain immediately afterward.
- This episode was omitted from the Korean dub.
- Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon - Kotono Mitsuishi
- Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury - Aya Hisakawa
- Rei Hino/Sailor Mars - Michie Tomizawa
- Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter - Emi Shinohara
- Minako Aino/Sailor Venus - Rica Fukami
- Chibiusa - Kae Araki
- Luna - Keiko Han
- Artemis - Yasuhiro Takato
- Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask - Tohru Furuya
- Yuuichirou Kumada - Bin Shimada
- Rubeus - Wataru Takagi
- Koan - Wakana Yamazaki
- Wiseman - Eiji Maruyama
- Shop Clerk - Hiromi Nishikawa
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