The Pure Heart Stolen! Usagi's Biggest Crisis
Haruka, Michiru and Usagi enroute to Tokyo Tower
|Name (Kanji/kana):||奪われた純な心! うさぎ絶体絶命|
|Name (Romaji):||Ubawareta Pyua na Kokoro! Usagi Zettai Zetsumei|
|Name (Translated):||The Pure Heart Stolen! Usagi's Biggest Crisis|
|Name (Viz Dub):||The Stolen Pure Heart: Usagi's Crisis|
|Animation Director:||Taichi Nakamura|
|Air Date:||July 16, 1994|
|Previous Episode:||Usagi in Tears! Glass Shoes for Her Birthday|
|Next Episode:||The Arrival of the Tiny Pretty Senshi|
|First English Dub Episode|
|Name:||Birthday Blues, Part 2|
|Air Date:||June 28, 2000|
|Previous Episode:||Birthday Blues, Part 1|
|Next Episode:||Hello, Sailor Mini Moon|
In a subterranean parking lot, Usagi calls out to Tuxedo Mask, who has been trapped inside Daimon Cenicienta's glass structure. The rest of the Sailor Team arrive and Kaolinite and her minion retreat to Tokyo Tower, telling Usagi to follow if she wants to save Tuxedo Mask. Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune immediately emerge from their hiding place and leave. Sailor Jupiter deduces they must be after Usagi's Pure Heart, too, and Sailor Venus bitterly remarks that they act like vultures. Despite Sailor Mercury's protests that the enemy is leading her into a trap, Usagi is too upset to think clearly and follows the two Senshi. Sailor Mars calls after her, but to no avail.
Usagi runs into Haruka and Michiru outside of the parking lot and asks them for a lift. Once inside Haruka's car, Michiru asks Usagi if she made up with her boyfriend already, but the girl can't bring herself to answer. After a tense silence, Haruka starts philosophizing about the inevitability of sacrifice. When Usagi simply stares at her questioningly, Michiru asks Usagi what she would do if a loved one were in danger and the only way to save them was by sacrificing someone else. When Usagi doesn't answer, Haruka insists that everyone survives by trampling on someone else. Usagi is reminded of the times Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune said something similar about their mission, and it rekindles her suspicions about the true identities of the two Senshi. Usagi passionately replies that it is not right to ignore the people being sacrificed, and would rather join forces to avoid casualties. When they finally arrive outside Tokyo Tower, the two girls watch Usagi go and express their frustration that such a kind person has to die so that the world can be saved from the Silence.
Usagi enters the front door, and all the exits and windows quickly seal up after her, preventing the Sailor Team from following her inside the Tower. They decide to take the stairs instead, but Luna and Artemis tell Sailor Venus to stay behind so they can concoct a plan of their own.
Usagi follows Kaolinite's voice up to the top deck, where the Death Buster threatens to destroy Tuxedo Mask if Usagi tries to resist. The girl allows Cenicienta to extract her Pure Heart Crystal, but Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune arrive and take it before the Daimon can. To everybody's shock, Sailor Uranus determines the crystal is not a Talisman, and its exceptional brightness is explained as a mere indicator of its purity. Sailor Uranus returns the crystal to Usagi's body, but Kaolinite says she won't allow Usagi to escape even if she doesn't possess a Talisman, and reveals her identity to the other two by referring to her as Sailor Moon. Before Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune can do more than stare at Usagi in disbelief, however, they are interrupted by the arrival of Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, and Sailor Jupiter, accompanied by a fourth Senshi claiming to be the real Sailor Moon.
The mysterious new Senshi steps out of the shadows and is revealed to be a crudely disguised Minako. Though Usagi immediately sees through the disguise, it proves good enough to confuse everybody else. "Sailor Venus Moon" manages to convince Kaolinite that someone as clumsy, stupid, and ordinary as Usagi could never be a Sailor Senshi, and the woman angrily discards the stolen Cosmic Heart Compact, thinking it a fake. She then stops Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune from leaving by detonating hidden explosives that blow up the roof above. She challenges the two Senshi to a final duel, and the three of them engage in a fierce fight on the deck outside. Meanwhile, Sailor Venus Moon uses "Sailor Kick" and "Love-Me Moon Chain" to incapacitate Cenicienta long enough for Usagi to transform into Sailor Moon and destroy the Daimon. The glass structure imprisoning Tuxedo Mask vanishes, and the man falls to the floor, shaken but seemingly unharmed.
Kaolinite briefly stops fighting when she senses Cenicienta's death. Sailor Uranus takes advantage of the distraction to use World Shaking, but Kaolinite easily dodges the attack and injures the Senshi's shoulder in retaliation. Kaolinite then activates further bombs that blow up other parts of the Tower, intending to draw the other Senshi into the battle so she can kill them all. Sailor Moon tells the others they must go and help Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, and after some hesitation, the girls grudgingly agree. Before leaving, however, an embarrassed Sailor Moon asks Minako to change out of her costume.
Once all the Senshi and Tuxedo Mask have gathered in the same place, Kaolinite uses a special formula developed from the leftovers of a Daimon Egg to recreate Cenicienta's sword. She attacks, sending a flurry of shards that encase the surroundings in the same fragile glass covering. As the Tower starts falling apart around them, Sailor Moon convinces the injured Sailor Uranus to escape, only for Kaolinite to trap them all by surrounding the battlefield and herself with powerful forcefields. When the Sailor Team's individual attacks prove too weak to dispel the shields, Sailor Mercury suggests that they use their remaining energy to defeat Kaolinite with their combined power. Tuxedo Mask takes on Kaolinite, giving the Senshi the time to perform Sailor Planet Attack as Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune watch. The attack dissipates the forcefields and appears to cause a great deal of damage to Kaolinite, but isn't strong enough to finish her off. She renews her attack on the drained Senshi, and Sailor Uranus finally intervenes, using World Shaking to deflect Kaolinite's attack back at herself. Kaolinite's body turns to glass, the floor below her gives way, and she falls to her death while crying out for Professor Tomoe. Sailor Moon turns toward Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, but finds they have already left. Sailor Jupiter wonders what made Uranus want to save them despite their previous hostilities.
As the two Senshi make their way down the stairs of Tokyo Tower, Sailor Neptune jokingly teases her partner for her fickleness. Smiling fondly, Sailor Uranus says Sailor Moon reminded her of Usagi.
Back at the Hikawa Shrine, Usagi and Mamoru make up outside Rei's bedroom while Makoto and Minako watch them enviously from the inside. The two girls start binging on Usagi's birthday party food, and Ami takes out her textbooks, concerned that she wasn't able to study all day. Already in bed, Rei yells at them all to go away.
In a darkened room down in Tomoe's laboratories, a red-haired woman calls the professor to inform him of Kaolinite's failure. Unconcerned, Tomoe assigns the woman to the mission of finding the Talismans.
- This was the only episode in which someone other than Usagi used the Disguise Pen; in this case, Minako used it to become a poor imitation of Sailor Moon. It was the first time it had appeared since episode 52, and it never appeared again after this episode.
- This was the second time that someone masqueraded as Sailor Moon; the first time was in episode 33.
- This episode contained the only use of Hissatsu Love-Me Moon Chain.
- Eudial made her first appearance in this episode.
- Sailor Jupiter's Supreme Thunder attack used non-standard footage in this episode. The same animation was used previously in the Sailor Moon R movie, against the Dahlians on Fiore's asteroid.
- Her product warranty card showed that Cenicienta was made by "Sasaki," which could be a reference to Noriyo Sasaki, the writer of this episode.
- "Cenicienta" is the Spanish name for Cinderella, which is why the Daimon in this episode was associated with glass slippers.
- As Usagi, Haruka, and Michiru were en route to the Tokyo Tower, "Ai no Senshi" could be heard in the background. In the first English dub the song was translated for the television broadcast of the episode, making it one of the very few instances where a Japanese song was translated into English instead of being simply replaced with a new one; in the uncut VHS and DVD releases, as well as the second English dub, the song was left in Japanese. Though the English version of the song was never released on a soundtrack CD, it has been dubbed "Tear Our Hearts in Two" by fans. In the Catalan dub the song was replaced with ""Rashiku" Ikimasho." In the Hebrew and the second Korean dubs, the song was replaced with a translated version. In the French, Hungarian, German, Italian, Croatian, and the first Korean dubs, the song was removed completely without a replacement. In the Latin American Spanish dub dub the song was removed in the first broadcast, but it was re-added in future airings.
- Also in the French and Hungarian dubs, some of the footage from Sailor Moon's standard "I will punish you" speech was cut out.
- In the Latin American Spanish dub, when Kaolinite asked Sailor Venus if she was Sailor Moon, the audio was Noriko Uemura's voice instead of Liza Willert's voice.
- In the Korean dub, Cenicienta's product warranty card and the banners surrounding the false Sailor Moon were blank, and when Usagi transformed into Sailor Moon, the normal Moon Cosmic Power, Make Up animation also included footage from Moon Prism Power, Make Up and the first opening sequence of the Sailor Moon R season.
- 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
- Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus - Megumi Ogata
- Michiru Kaiou/Sailor Neptune - Masako Katsuki
- Luna - Keiko Han
- Artemis - Yasuhiro Takato
- Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask - Tohru Furuya
- Professor Souichi Tomoe - Akira Kamiya
- Kaolinite - Noriko Uemura
- Cenicienta - Konami Yoshida
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