Usagi is Frantic! Rei's First Date

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Episode Data
Rei's destined encounter with Mamoru goes awry
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): うさぎアセる! レイちゃん初デート
Name (Romaji): Usagi Aseru! Rei-chan Hatsu Deeto
Name (Translated): Usagi is Frantic! Rei's First Date
Name (Viz Dub): Usagi's Panic: Rei's First Date
Episode Number: 15
Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara
Writer: Katsuyuki Sumizawa
Animation Director: Kiyoshi Matsumoto
Air Date: June 20, 1992
Previous Episode: A Powerful New Enemy! Nephrite's Evil Crest
Next Episode: Dream of a White Dress! Usagi Becomes a Bride
First English Dub Episode
Name: An Unnatural Phenomena
Number: 12
Company: DiC
Air Date: September 26, 1995
Previous Episode: Match Point for Sailor Moon
Next Episode: Wedding Day Blues

Rei falls for Mamoru and persuades him to go on a date with her, whilst Nephrite targets the caretaker of a local park.


Ami takes Usagi and Rei to a park she knows, which Rei decides would be perfect for a date. They meet the caretaker, Kunitachi, who tells them the park will soon be demolished to make way for offices. Rei decides she must have a date in the park before it is closed.

While looking for the Senshi, Luna is almost hit by a truck, but is rescued by Usagi's nemesis. Usagi appears with Ami and Rei, and yells at him to get away from Luna. He responds by saying that she should take better care of her cat. Motoki steps in, and Usagi discovers that her sparring partner's name is Mamoru, and that he and Motoki go to the same college.

Consulting the stars, Nephrite chooses Kunitachi as his next victim. Meanwhile, Rei quizzes Motoki about Mamoru, deciding that she will ask Mamoru on a date.

As Kunitachi watches the destruction of the park begin, he is approached by Nephrite, who infects his hat with a Youma. Nephrite commands him to teach humans the wrath of nature. Kunitachi, completely under the Youma's spell, causes a swarm of butterflies to attack the demolition workers.

Rei concocts a scheme whereby she will "accidentally" bump into Mamoru, and use the opportunity to get a date. Usagi and Luna watch her put her plan into action, but she trips up, and Mamoru ends up stepping on her head. After apologizing to her, he goes to leave, but Rei persists and eventually gets him to agree to go on a date with her. Usagi is furious that Rei is fraternizing with a college student, but Luna is more sympathetic to Mamoru, and suspects Usagi is actually jealous.

While Rei and Mamoru are on their date, Usagi spies on them through the window, not having enough money to enter the cafe. Spotting Umino, she asks him on a date in order to get inside. Rei asks Mamoru to come to the park with her, and he agrees.

Luna meets up with Ami, who is worried about Kunitachi. Despite the construction company leaving and the park returning to his care, he has become angry, warning Ami to keep out of the park. As they reach the park, they see a council representative being attacked by possessed squirrels.

Rei and Mamoru take a boat ride, while Usagi spies on them (with a confused Umino still hanging around). Ami and Luna find Usagi, then meet the furious Kunitachi just as his energy peaks. The Youma Petasos comes out of him, and orders the park's animals to attack the humans. Ami and Usagi transform to face the Youma.

Mamoru suddenly experiences a headache, then he and Rei are attacked by birds and fall into the lake. Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury are being menaced by butterflies, and Luna is being attacked by squirrels. Mercury succeeds in weakening the animals, but both Senshi are then trapped by Petasos.

As Rei and Mamoru escape from the lake, Rei senses an evil aura. She runs ahead, transforming into Sailor Mars, and frees the other Senshi. The Youma is distracted by Tuxedo Mask, allowing Sailor Moon to destroy it.

While Kunitachi recovers in the company of Usagi, Ami, and Rei, Mamoru returns. Rei again suggests that Mamoru could be Tuxedo Mask. Umino joins them, having finally found Usagi, and wanting to continue with their date. Usagi denies any knowledge of it, but nobody believes her.

Episode trivia[edit]

  • Mamoru's name was revealed for the first time in this episode.
  • This episode began the Rei-dating-Mamoru subplot that did not exist in any other version of the series.
  • The title of this episode in the English dub is not grammatically correct, as "phenomena" is the plural of "phenomenon." More correct versions of the title would be "An Unnatural Phenomenon" or "Unnatural Phenomena."


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