Magic of Darkness: Esmeraude's Invasion
暗黒の魔力! エスメロードの侵略
Ankoku no Maryoku! Esumeroudo no Shinryaku
Airing Information
Episode: EP 76, Season 2
Air Date (JP): December 4, 1993
Written by: Megumi Sugihara
Directed by: Tsunekiyo Otani
Featured Monster: Maxipan
North American Dub
Air Date (US): December 3, 1998
DiC Title: Emerald Takes Over
Episode Guide
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"Magic of Darkness: Esmeraude's Invasion" is the 30th episode of the 2nd season of the Sailor Moon anime and the 76th episode overall. It aired in Japan on December 4, 1993. The DiC English dub title for this episode is "Emerald Takes Over" and it aired in North America on December 3, 1998.


With Rubeus gone, Esmeraude takes up the job of spreading dark energy around 20th-century Tokyo. Using her Dark Henge, she targets Maxi-5, a cake shop.


International Dub Titles

  • Brazilian Portuguese: A Magica da Escuridão: A Invasão de Esmeralda ("The Magic of Darkness: Esmeralda's Invasion")
  • European Portuguese: A Invasão da Esmeralda ("Esmeralda's Invasion")
  • French: Émeraude ("Emerald")
  • German: Kuchen, Kuchen, Kuchen ("Cake, Cake, Cake")


Changes from the Manga

  • This is a filler episode. None of these events happened in the manga.
  • There was never a plot to create corrupting points in order to corrupt future Crystal Tokyo.

Dub Changes

  • Mamoru throwing an empty dish at Marzipan was cut from the DiC English Dub



  • On the back of the English dub DVDs, this episode is titled "Emerald Bakes Up Trouble", but when the episode is played, the correct name is shown on the title screen.
  • From this episode on, Sailor Mercury uses the name Shine Aqua Illusion for her attack instead of "Mercury Ice Storm Blast" or "Mercury Ice Storm Splash.".
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