Wanting More Power! Mako's Lost Path

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Makoto tries to concentrate underneath a waterfall
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): 力が欲しい! まこちゃんの迷い道
Name (Romaji): Pawaa ga Hoshii! Mako-chan no Mayoi Michi
Name (Translated): Wanting More Power! Mako's Lost Path
Name (Viz Dub): I Want Power: Mako Lost in Doubt
Episode Number: 105
Director: Hiroki Shibata
Writer: Shigeru Yanagawa
Animation Director: Mari Tominaga
Air Date: August 27, 1994
Previous Episode: Seeking Friends! Chibi Moon's Actions
Next Episode: The Bond of Destiny! The Distant Days of Uranus
First English Dub Episode
Name: People Who Need People
Number: 98
Company: Cloverway
Air Date: July 3, 2000
Previous Episode: Tainted Tea Party
Next Episode: Related by Destiny

Frustrated at her inability to fight enemies alone, Makoto goes to train in the mountains with the help of a Buddhist monk.


Makoto is running through the forest during a training session when she suddenly trips over a tree root and falls. While lying on the ground, she remembers the Sailor Senshi's latest battle against one of Eudial's Daimons, where she was humiliated by Irondar before Sailor Moon managed to destroy it. She continues running, telling herself she must find a way to become stronger.

At his laboratory, Professor Tomoe contacts Eudial, who has already selected her next target: a Nichiren monk with a heart of rare purity named Kakusui Yakushiji. Eudial asks Tomoe what shape the Talisman would take, should Kakusui's heart possess one, and the Professor explains that a true Talisman will manifest itself in the shape of one of three sacred objects: a mirror, a sword, or an orb. He adds that if the Talismans are gathered together in one place, the Holy Grail is sure to appear. Eudial immediately sets off, taking with her a Daimon made from a Daruma doll as protection.

Usagi arrives home and reads a postcard from Makoto, who is currently training at a temple in the mountains. She reads the address at the back and realizes the temple is close to the resort hotel where Mamoru works part-time. To Luna's consternation, Usagi decides she will take her friends to the mountains to support Makoto without revealing this last bit of information, as she also intends to go on a date with Mamoru. The moon cats accompany them, but Usagi tricks Chibiusa into staying at home. Once they've reached their destination, however, Luna wastes no time in revealing Usagi's hidden agenda. Annoyed, the girls decide to spend the night at the temple instead of at the hotel as Usagi had originally intended.

The girls surprise Makoto at the temple, and she briefly introduces them to her master, who is none other than Kakusui Yakushiji himself, a young and spirited monk who has been training relentlessly in the mountains for years. Makoto declares her admiration for him and Usagi smiles mischievously, assuming Makoto must have a crush on the monk. An embarrassed Makoto ignores her and follows Kakusui down the river so they can resume their training.

Makoto finds Kakusui meditating under a waterfall. She tries to join him, but can only withstand the freezing water for a few seconds. Frustrated, Makoto explains to the monk that her attacks are proving ineffective against her adversaries and she needs his help to get out of her slump. Kakusui simply stares at her in silence, and when Makoto demands an answer, he admits the water was too cold and he couldn't move his mouth. He sneezes and wonders out loud if he has caught a cold. Makoto bursts into laughter and Kakusui says a smile suits her, making her blush. As he steps out of the water, Kakusui admits that, when his training fails him, even he has doubts about his chosen path, and the two of them bond over their shared insecurities. As they speak, Eudial observes them from atop a nearby cliff.

Later that night, as they're lying on their futons, Rei asks Makoto why she suddenly decided to train in the mountains. When Makoto shyly dodges her question, Rei doesn't push, but says that if something is worrying her, she should share it with her friends. Usagi agrees, saying it’s better not to keep things to oneself, and Rei responds with a snide remark, prompting Usagi to throw a pillow at her. Rei fights back but hits Minako instead, and soon enough the rest of the girls join the pillow fight. Once everyone but Makoto has fallen asleep, she goes outside to reflect on what her friends said and, though their thoughtfulness touches her, she thinks she wants to solve this problem by herself.

Early the following morning, the girls wake up to the sound of Makoto practicing her martial arts techniques on the temple grounds. Admiring her discipline, they decide not to interfere and have breakfast instead. Usagi is disappointed by the temple's frugal meals and says she'd rather eat something more substantial while on a trip. Luna and Artemis arrive to announce that Makoto has already left to start her daily training with Kakusui, and remark on the girl's dedication. Usagi considers their words and seems to make up her mind about something important, only to announce her intention to have lunch at the hotel's swimming pool. Rei scolds Usagi, though she eventually admits she was also hoping to go for a swim. When the rest of the girls (including Ami) admit to the same and begin to show off their swimsuits, the moon cats are unimpressed.

The girls meet Mamoru at the hotel, but he's too busy with his various waiter duties to stay with them for long. Though disappointed that she can't go on a date as planned, Usagi is soon distracted when she overhears a group of nearby boys praising her and the other girls' good looks. The boys suddenly shift their attention to two other girls sunbathing by the poolside, but when an annoyed Usagi turns to see who the girls are, she is pleased to see Haruka and Michiru. After a brief exchange with their new friends, Ami reminds everyone that they should be heading back to the temple. Usagi protests, but Rei says there's no point in staying since Mamoru is busy. As they bicker, Michiru senses that something bad is about to happen. Haruka agrees as she observes the sky turning ominously dark.

Later that evening, Usagi is making her way back to the temple alone when she's overtaken by Eudial's car. She recognizes the vehicle and chases after it.

Meanwhile, Kakusui and Makoto are meditating in a clearing in the forest. Makoto is distracted from her contemplation when she realizes the monk has dozed off. He laughs it off, lecturing Makoto on the importance of relaxation. They are interrupted by the sudden arrival of Eudial, who immediately aims her Capture Gun at them. Kakusui pushes Makoto out of harm's way and has his Pure Heart Crystal extracted. Before losing consciousness, he warns Makoto that no one can live alone. Makoto jumps into some nearby bushes and transforms into Sailor Jupiter. She confronts Eudial, who unleashes the Daimon Daruma to deal with the Senshi.

Sailor Moon and the rest of the Sailor Team arrive, but Sailor Jupiter insists she will defeat the enemy by herself. She uses Sparkling Wide Pressure, but the Daimon easily deflects the attack and sends it back at the Senshi, causing an explosion that knocks everyone down. Eudial takes the opportunity to reach for Kakusui's Pure Heart Crystal, but Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune arrive on the scene and snatch it away from her. Neptune teasingly thanks Eudial for her hard work, but declares the Crystal doesn't contain a Talisman. The witch quickly retreats, and Uranus returns the Pure Heart to its rightful owner. She then offers to help the Sailor Team defeat the Daimon, but Sailor Jupiter stubbornly refuses. Sailor Neptune tells Jupiter not to force herself to do it alone before the two Senshi leave.

Daruma attacks, sending vine-like ropes that entrap and electrocute the Sailor Team. Sailor Jupiter struggles to free herself but only manages to throw the others off-balance. Sailor Moon echoes Neptune's advice, which in turn reminds Jupiter of Kakusui's last words to her. This makes Jupiter reconsider, and the five of them combine powers, generating a column of multicolored energy that disintegrates the ropes. Sailor Moon produces the Spiral Heart Moon Rod, but before she can use it against Daruma, the Daimon knocks the Rod out of her hand with another electric discharge. Looking over at Kakusui's inert body, Sailor Jupiter remembers what he said about relaxing and getting rid of excess energy, and she closes her eyes, focusing her power as thunder rumbles in the distance. She attacks with a powered-up Sparkling Wide Pressure, which this time manages to destroy the Daimon.

The next day, Makoto and Usagi binge on their lunchboxes on the train back home, and Rei fondly remarks that Makoto seems to have gotten over whatever was worrying her. Looking out of the train window, Makoto spots Kakusui waving her goodbye and waves back at him. She mouths a "thank you" to the monk before the train enters a tunnel and he disappears from view.

Episode trivia[edit]

  • The title of this episode in the first English dub could be a reference to "People," a song originally recorded by Barbra Streisand for the cast album of the 1964 Broadway musical Funny Girl.


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