Usagi's Crisis! The Tiara Doesn't Work

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Episode Data
Mamoru, Sailor Moon, and the Moonlight Knight
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): うさぎの危機! ティアラ作動せず
Name (Romaji): Usagi no Kiki! Tiara Sadousezu
Name (Translated): Usagi's Crisis! The Tiara Doesn't Work
Name (Viz Dub): Usagi’s Crisis: The Tiara Stops Working
Episode Number: 50
Director: Takao Yoshizawa
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Katsumi Tamegai
Air Date: April 10, 1993
Previous Episode: For Whom is the White Rose? The Moonlight Knight Appears
Next Episode: A New Transformation! Usagi Powers Up
First English Dub Episode
Name: VR Madness
Number: 44
Company: DiC
Air Date: November 27, 1995
Previous Episode: A Knight to Remember
Next Episode: Cherry Blossom Time

Usagi visits the new Virtual Reality Theatre with Mamoru, unaware that it is the next target for Ail and An's energy harvesting operations.


Usagi's mother is trying to wake her daughter, who insists she just wants to sleep late on her day off. Ikuko declares that it is a beautiful day and pulls off the covers, but Usagi just buries her head in a pillow.

At the Juuban Odyssey, Ail and An examine the Makaiju and observe that it still needs energy. Ail says that if the Makaiju dies, so will they. He sees an advertisement for a new virtual reality theatre in Juuban, and says it will be a good place to harvest energy.

Meanwhile, Usagi is at the virtual reality theatre with Luna, who invited the other Sailor Senshi with the idea it would be a good place to train as Senshi. When Usagi sees the line is mostly couples, she refuses to go unless she is accompanied by Mamoru. She begins shaking Luna, demanding that she tell her how to restore Mamoru's memory. Mamoru, however, is standing behind Usagi and chides her for taking her anger out on her cat, suggesting that she go study at the library if she doesn't have a date, then goes to stand in line.

Meanwhile, Ail hypnotizes the usher into letting him skip the line and enter the theater.

A high school student attempts to flirt with An, but she gets irritated at him and slaps him. He starts toward her but Mamoru arrives and scares him off. An declares that as thanks she will spend the day with Mamoru. Usagi gets jealous and announces she will also go with Mamoru. Ail sees this and is not pleased, but is convinced by An that it is easier to remain unnoticed if they go as part of a group, and the hypnotized attendant lets them in.

After they've gone inside, the Inner Senshi appear and join the line to enter the theater.

Inside the theater, attendees are seated in small cars with a joystick used for firing at virtual monsters. Each car seats two people, but Usagi and An pile into one car still clinging to Mamoru, leaving Ail to sit alone. Usagi is surprised to find her father and brother in the car in front of her. As she argues with Shingo one of the monsters startles her and she falls out of the car and into the car with Ail. Usagi's father looks on with disapproval and tells her that he trusts her.

Meanwhile, the other girls and Luna still standing in line outside, complaining at how long they have to wait as Ami reads a book.

Inside the theater, the attendees have now been equipped with suits and laser guns so that they can walk around and shoot monsters. Ail and Mamoru turn out to be very good at hitting the virtual monsters, but Usagi definitely is not. As An shows off her own skills Usagi declares that she dislikes this game, and An disagrees, saying that winning is the only thing that matters. She tries to embrace Mamoru again, but he pushes her away. Usagi gets scared by a monster and runs away, and Mamoru chases after her to protect her. An uses her magic to banish the monster, but becomes faint from lack of energy, so Ail and An drop their disguises and summon the Cardian Hell Ant.

The girls are still waiting outside, though the line is down to only ten people ahead of them.

As Kenji and Shingo wonder where Usagi is, they happen upon Hell Ant, who is sucking energy from other players with her tentacles. They wonder if this monster doesn't look a little too real.

Mamoru and Usagi are going through the game together, and Mamoru declares that he's going to get the highest score. He grabs Usagi by the hand and chases after the monsters, and Usagi imagines she is holding hands with Tuxedo Mask and the Moonlight Knight... only to realize that it is actually Shingo grabbing her other hand. He asks for Mamoru's help because Kenji is being attacked by a real monster. Mamoru tells Shingo and Usagi to stay where they are, but Shingo says he's coming as well and orders Usagi to stay there.

Outside, the girls are still waiting in line, with only three people ahead of them.

Hell Ant is attacking Kenji when Mamoru and Shingo arrive and distract her. Kenji does not want Shingo to be involved in the fight, so he attacks Hell Ant with a fire extinguisher, but it proves useless. Hell Ant grabs them all by her tentacles and throws them to the floor. Ail and An appear, and An orders Hell Ant to go easy with Mamoru, who is still trying to put up a fight. Usagi transforms into Sailor Moon and runs in to give her speech. She attacks Hell Ant with Moon Tiara Action, but her tiara drops down in mid-air, leaving Hell Ant unharmed. The Cardian lashes out at Sailor Moon and Mamoru with her tentacles. The Moonlight Knight appears and throws a white rose. Usagi is confused because she thought Mamoru was the Moonlight Knight, but now they're both there at the same time. The Moonlight Knight orders them to stay back, and fights Hell Ant with his sword. The Cardian grabs him with her tentacles.

Sailor Mercury and Sailor Mars arrive and join the fray, and they combine Sabão Spray and Fire Soul to make Hell Ant release the Moonlight Knight. Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus, and Luna also appear. A distraught Sailor Moon tells them that her tiara no longer works, and the Sailor Senshi assure her that they will fight instead of her. Sailor Venus and Sailor Jupiter destroy Hell Ant with a combined attack of Crescent Beam and Supreme Thunder, so Ail and An teleport away. The Moonlight Knight congratulates the Sailor Senshi on their friendship and departs, leaving Mamoru to stare at the Sailor Senshi in confusion and ask who they are. The crowd of other players shows up, though, and the Senshi quickly leave.

At the Tsukino house, Ikuko bandages Kenji and Shingo's wounds. Kenji says that he doesn't believe the official explanation that the trouble was caused by computer problems. Usagi worries because her tiara is failing her, and wonders again who the Moonlight Knight is.

Episode trivia[edit]

  • This was the last episode in which Kae Araki provided the voice of Usagi; after this point Kotono Mitsuishi resumed her role as Usagi for the rest of the series.
  • A man standing in line at the virtual reality theater was wearing a Sailor V patch on his arm.
  • This was the first episode to be dubbed in Croatian; before this point, the Croatian version was subtitled.


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