|Jupiter, the Powerful Girl in Love|
Koisuru Kairiki Shoujo, Jupitaa-chan
|Episode:||EP 25, Season 1|
|Air Date (JP):||September 5, 1992|
|Written by:||Shigeru Yanagawa|
|Directed by:||Kazuhisa Takenouchi|
|North American Dub|
|Air Date (US):||October 9, 1995|
|DiC Title:||Jupiter Comes Thundering In|
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“Jupiter, the Powerful Girl in Love” is the 25th episode of the 1st season of Sailor Moon anime and the 25th episode overall. It aired in Japan on September 5, 1992. The DiC English dub title for this episode is "Jupiter Comes Thundering In" and it aired in North America on October 9, 1995.
Queen Beryl partially awakens the evil entity Metalia and sends Zoisite and Kunzite to find the Seven Great Youma and their mystical Rainbow Crystals. Meanwhile, the tomboyish Makoto Kino transfers into Usagi's school and falls for a crane-game whiz at the arcade.
Queen Beryl uses the energy collected so far to temporarily awaken Queen Metalia. She urges her to locate the Silver Crystal as soon as possible, allowing her full resurrection. Once the Seven Great Youma have been found along with the Rainbow Crystals, only then can it be obtained.
Usagi runs late to school, Luna follows her, carrying the lunch she had forgotten. Nearing a corner, she crashes into three thugs. One pretends to be hurt, and the others make threats by getting in her face. A tall girl hears the confrontation, beating up the boys for targeting someone helpless.
Kunzite and Zoisite stand before Queen Beryl, who shares what she heard from Queen Metalia. The Seven Great Youma were the strongest warriors the Dark Kingdom had, before being sealed away into fragments of the Silver Crystal and banished to Earth. They have lost all memories of past lives, and are reincarnated as humans.
She hands the Dark Crystal to Zoisite, now made to react only to the Rainbow Crystal shards. A holographic image appears of the human appearing to possess one.
Usagi spots the girl sat against a tree during lunch, Umino says she’s a transfer student called Makoto Kino, and was kicked out of school for fighting. Approaching her, Usagi hides behind some bushes, noticing her lunch and dessert arrangement. She’s caught staring, and Makoto offers up a seat, sharing some food. She thanks Usagi for joining her, as everyone else was scared to talk.
Later the two arrive at the arcade, followed by Ami and Rei. She introduces them, making Makoto feel comfortable. They turn their attention to a boy who’s gaining traction for winning every prize from a Crane Game. Kuri explains his name is Joe. Every stuffed animal he sets sights on, he gets. Makoto stares at him blushing, thinking he looks just like her first love.
Joe who’s finished at the arcade, is being stalked by Zoisite. He uses the Dark Crystal, trying to force the Rainbow Crystal out from Joe’s body. Makoto steps in, interfering to protect someone who’s weaker than their opponent. She combats him with martial arts, managing to hit his face. Usagi sees the altercation, ready to help, only to be screamed at.
Joe takes off down the street as Makoto chases after him. Luna says she felt bad energy around the man who attacked them earlier, he could be from the Dark Kingdom. Joe asks Makoto to stop walking with him, who tries making small talk and offers to be his bodyguard, as they end up at the Café.
Usagi catches up to see Makoto waiting for him outside. She comments on his attitude, though that’s the reason Makoto likes him, reminded of the boy who broke her heart. Joe gestures through the window to come inside, and tells her about his talent. He demonstrates telekinesis, making an object float at the table. Zoisite enters the Café, resuming his fight for the Crystal. Seeing this through the glass, Usagi storms up to Joe to ask why he's escaping, leaving Makoto behind in danger. He replies before bailing that he doesn't care about her, giant girls aren't his type.
Makoto is left inside, shaking in anger at the words she was left with. Getting up, she intends to find Joe and let him have the anger. Zoisite traps Joe in an isolated area, and finally obtains the Rainbow Crystal, just as Makoto comes past. Sailor Moon shows up, asking Zoisite who he is. He leaves with the fragment, resulting in Joe transforming into Gamecen.
Gamecen uses a mallet as his attack on Sailor Moon, who barely dodges the hits. Makoto picks him up over her head with abnormal strength, declaring vengeance. The symbol of Jupiter flashes on her forehead, before throwing him into some bushes. Gamecen recovers quickly, and deploys a device from his armour, which traps Sailor Moon in it.
Luna passes Makoto a Transformation Pen, encouraging her to use it by shouting "Jupiter Power, Make Up!". Sailor Jupiter uses her new Supreme Thunder attack to electrocute Gamecen, making him release Sailor Moon. Luna reminds the two the monster was once a human, and killing him would be immoral. She passes Sailor Moon the Moon Stick, which turns corrupted beings back to their original form.
Shouting "Moon Healing, Escalation!", the Moonstick is used to clear Joe of the corruption. Luna informs Usagi that as the fourth and final Sailor Guardian has been uncovered, It's now her job to lead the team to find the Princess. The Moon Stick represents her position as the leader for this mission.
International Dub Titles
- Brazilian Portuguese: A Poderosa Sailor Júpiter Está Apaixonada ("The Powerful Sailor Jupiter is in Love")
- European Portuguese: A Poderosa Júpiter Está Apaixonada ("The Mighty Jupiter is in Love")
- TV: Une force de la nature ("A Force of Nature")
- DVD: Jupiter, le colosse amoureux. ("Jupiter, the Giant Lover")
- German: Die vierte Sailor-Kriegerin ("The Fourth Sailor Warrior")
Changes from the Manga
- Despite the episode was based on Act 5 of the manga, the wedding party was earlier used in Episode 16 of the anime series.
- Makoto became Sailor Jupiter when battling Nephrite, who was still alive by the time she became a Sailor Senshi.
- When Makoto attending Juban Public Middle School for the first time, she was halted by the disciplinary teacher, complaining about disobeying the school's dressing attire code.
- The Rainbow Crystals and the Seven Great Youma are completely absent from the manga.
- Makoto saved Usagi from being hit by a car. She then saved Usagi again from nearly hit by the baseball during the lunch break.
- Sailor Jupiter kills Nephrite with Jupiter Thunderbolt right after she awakens.
- The DiC English dub has one of the girls explain that Joe donates plushies to poor children, but in the Japanese version and Viz Media English dub, he collects them for himself.
- The onigiri that Makoto gives it to Usagi was mistaken as her homemade muffins as Usagi too also mistaken this as a chocolate chip cookie while eating an onigiri.
- This episode marks a certain point in the story where the Dark Kingdom stops trying to collect human energy and focuses on finding the Rainbow Crystals instead and obtaining the Silver Crystal.
- A Sailor Mercury plush toy appears in the claw machine, which Joe grabs and puts into his prize bag. Sailor Moon, Sailor Chibi Chibi, and Sailor Venus plushes were also seen in Joe's prize bag which he drops when Zoisite attacks him.
- This was the last episode in which Serena was voiced by Tracey Moore in the English dub.