Magical Power of Darkness! Esmeraude's Invasion

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Sailor Venus is trapped in a giant cake
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): 暗黒の魔力! エスメロードの侵略
Name (Romaji): Ankoku no Maryoku! Esumeroodo no Shinryaku
Name (Translated): Magical Power of Darkness! Esmeraude's Invasion
Name (Viz Dub): Magic of Darkness: Esmeraude's Invasion
Episode Number: 76
Director: Tsunekiyo Otani
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Taichi Nakamura
Air Date: December 4, 1993
Previous Episode: A Mysterious New Senshi, Sailor Pluto Appears
Next Episode: Our Feelings are the Same! Usagi and Mamoru in Love Once Again
First English Dub Episode
Name: Emerald Takes Over
Number: 69
Company: DiC
Air Date: December 3, 1998
Previous Episode: The Secret of the Luna Sphere
Next Episode: Promises Fulfilled

Esmeraude begins her attack on twentieth century Tokyo, attempting to nurture a Dark Henge on a Negative Point inside a cake shop.


As Usagi and Chibiusa walk down the street, Usagi tells Chibiusa that she will treat her to anything she wants for the day to celebrate her recovery - but then takes it back, because she doesn't have any money. Chibiusa is annoyed by this, and demands that Usagi keep her word. They then run into Mamoru, who promises to treat her to something affordable. Usagi agrees to this plan with false cheer and runs away, leaving the two of them alone. Once out of sight, she tells Luna that she wants Chibiusa to spend time with Mamoru to make her feel better, but Usagi refuses to join them because she would be too jealous seeing them together.

In the 30th Century, Prince Demande, Saphir, and Esmeraude discuss the failures of Rubeus and the Spectre Sisters. Esmeraude proposes that they transfer the power of the Evil Black Crystal to the twentieth century and fill it with Dark Power. In order to do this, she says, she will locate Negative Points and use the Dark Henge that Saphir has constructed for her to drive wedges into them, filling them with Dark Power until they grow sufficiently to open a Dark Gate. With the Dark Gate, they can transfer the power of the Black Crystal and cover the entire Earth with darkness. Prince Demande agrees to the plan, and Esmeraude gleefully promises to be successful.

Back in the present, Rei, Ami, Makoto, and Minako go to the newly opened Maxi-5 cake shop, which is having an "all you can eat" grand opening special. As the four girls enter the shop, the newly-arrived Esmeraude walks by and discovers that the shop is a Negative Point. Usagi walks by shortly thereafter and immediately declares that she will binge on cake to forget about her troubles.

As the patrons of the cake shop enjoy themselves, they notice Usagi and Esmeraude at the serving table shoving cakes into their mouths. When her friends come over to try to stop Usagi from pigging out, Usagi throws a fit. Esmeraude then notices the other patrons of the shop staring at her and murmuring about her rude behavior. Suddenly embarassed, she quickly leaves, then vows revenge on those who looked down on her.

Now sitting with her friends at their table, Usagi continues to gorge herself on cake while crying to Rei and Minako about the situation with Mamoru and Chibiusa. In the meantime, Esmeraude has taken out the staff in the back of the restaurant, and plants a Dark Henge on the Negative Point. While the Henge grows, Esmeraude summons the Droid Marzipan to protect it; the Droid takes on the appearance of a waitress at the shop while Esmeraude bespells the cakes.

Mamoru and Chibiusa arrive at the shop and find Usagi and her friends there. When Usagi and Chibiusa begin to bicker, Mamoru starts to back away, but then notices the other patrons of the shop are suddenly frozen in place. He senses something about the "waitress" and hurls a platter at her, and Marzipan drops her disguise. The Droid attacks by firing frosting from tubes on her arms, and when it strikes objects in the shop it turns them into sweets. Mamoru orders the girls to get Chibiusa away, saying that he will take care of the situation, and they hurry off.

Once out of the way, the girls comment that this will be good exercise after eating all those cakes. They put Chibiusa into the care of Luna and Artemis, then transform into their Senshi forms. When they confront the Droid, though, Sailor Mars, Sailor Moon, Sailor Jupiter, and Sailor Venus are surprised by how fast she is and are caught by her attack. Sailor Mercury realizes that the Droid's power has made the girls' bodies fragile, like sugar candy, and says that if the Senshi aren't careful they could shatter.

Marzipan turns her attack on Sailor Mars and Sailor Moon again, then as she is about to finish them off, Tuxedo Mask hurls a rose at her and stops her attack. He makes a speech about how sugar candies can melt, and Sailor Mercury realizes that he was hinting at what Marzipan's body was made of. She uses Shine Aqua Illusion, which overwhelms the Droid's attacks and releases the other Senshi. Now freed, Sailor Moon uses Moon Princess Halation on the stunned Droid and destroys her, which also shatters the Dark Henge.

Esmeraude realizes that her plan has failed, and is dismayed to find the cake shop back to normal. The Sailor Senshi and Tuxedo Mask confront her, and after an exchange of insults, Esmeraude introduces herself. As the Senshi cover their ears in pain inflicted by Esmeraude's laugh, she disappears, and they observe that this is their new enemy.

Episode trivia[edit]

  • On the original English dub DVDs, the episode title was listed as "Emerald Bakes Up Trouble," though the correct name was shown on the title screen. This was used as a working title on the original script, and was also used on the YTV website.
  • In the original English dub of this episode, Sailor Mercury called her attack by its original name (Shine Aqua Illusion) instead of the usual dub name (Mercury Ice Storm Blast). Also, the scene in which Mamoru threw the platter at Marzipan was deleted, but it appeared in the preview at the beginning of the episode, and there was a very brief glimpse of Marzipan ducking to avoid it.


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