|Paired with a Monster: Mako, the Ice Skating Queen|
Youma to Pea!? Hyoujou no Joou Mako-chan
|Episode:||EP 39, Season 1|
|Air Date (JP):||January 9, 1993|
|Written by:||Megumi Sugihara|
|Directed by:||Kazuhisa Takenouchi|
|Featured Monster:||Zoyrin Geller|
|North American Dub|
|Air Date (US):||October 27, 1995|
|DiC Title:||Ice Princess|
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"Paired with a Monster: Mako, the Ice Skating Queen" is the 39th episode of season one of the Sailor Moon anime, and the 39th episode overall. The episode first aired in Japan on January 9, 1993. The English dub title for this episode is "Ice Princess", and the episode first aired in North America on October 27, 1995.
After discovering that the Moon Princess was once known for her graceful ice skating, Kunzite tries to use this information to trap Sailor Moon. The best skater among the girls, however, turns out to be Makoto. Tuxedo Mask appears to help them, but only because he does not agree with Kunzite's method of involving bystanders.
Usagi and Minako were in Usagi's house watching TV. It was a figure skating show featuring the former gold medalists Misha and Janelyn. Both Usagi and Minako were enjoying it a lot. Artemis said that Usagi had become a little like a princess for liking figure skating. Luna said that skating used to be the most popular sport on the moon. Artemis recalled that the princess was very good at skating. Usagi was very happy that her former self was very good.
Kunzite had a plan to use figure skating to trap Sailor Moon and Queen Beryl said that Kunzite better get the Silver Crystal. Endymion came and said that Kunzite was probably going to use some stupid trap again. Endymion said that he should go directly at them and fight. But Kunzite said that if he wins that is all that matters. Endymion and Kunzite argued.
At a skating rink, Misha and Janelyn were practicing. Janelyn fell and they argued. Things were not going well recently. Misha said that he might go look for another partner. But Kunzite appeared and said that he needed them to work for him.
Usagi and Minako talked the other girls into going to the new skating rink because they needed a group of five girls. Misha and Janelyn were going to give special lessons to groups of five girls. The girls were lined up outside of the skating rink. Finally all five girls went to the skating rink. Everyone walked to the side of the rink, but Usagi had a lot of trouble just trying to walk with her skates. Then Misha and Janelyn came and performed. Usagi and Minako had hearts in their eyes, as they finally got to see the real thing. Makoto said that Misha just looked like her old boy friend.
Everyone cheered, but since Usagi and Minako were the loudest, Janelyn chose them to get on the ice first. Rei, Ami, and Minako got on the ice and skated slowly. Usagi had never skated before, but she thought she was going to make a beautiful debut. Makoto told Usagi to hurry and went on the ice. Makoto gracefully skated by the other girls. Then Usagi went on the ice and fell. She tried to stand up, but kept falling. Luna and Artemis were very disappointed in Usagi. Luna said, "I won't expect any great things from Usagi."
Then Makoto skated around and did some great moves. Everyone clapped and Janelyn said that she was very good. Artemis said that he remembered Sailor Jupiter being very good in skating. Then Janelyn invited everyone else onto the ice. Janelyn went into a room and used a computer to try to find Sailor Moon. There were many TV monitors to check the girls skating on the ice. Then Kunzite appeared on the screen and warned her that the Sailor Senshi were very dangerous.
Misha went to Makoto. Makoto said that Misha's hair looked like her old boy friend's. Misha and Makoto skated together. Misha noticed something about Makoto, and thought that she might be Sailor Moon. Makoto just fell in love with her "coach". Misha tried to lift Makoto, but she was too heavy. Then Makoto apologized and lifted Misha. All of the girls on the rink clapped. Ami said that no girl had ever lifted a man in ice skating before.
Janelyn saw Misha with Makoto on the monitor and got upset. Then she announced that the free lesson was over. All of the girls were very disappointed. Makoto was going to leave too. But Misha said, "I won't let you go. You're the number one partner in the world."
Ami, Minako, and Rei went outside, while Makoto stayed for a special lesson. Usagi had been walking right behind them, but now she was gone. When the girls looked back inside, all of the shutters closed. Ami thought it might be the dark kingdom again. Usagi had stayed to try to get a special lesson. She tried to sneak back to Misha. Janelyn got very mad and left her computer to go to the ice rink. Usagi found the room and saw the computer that Janelyn had been using. She knew that it must be another trap by the dark kingdom.
Janelyn confronted Misha. She said that she would kill them if he was going to get another partner. Misha said that he was just trying to see if Makoto was Sailor Moon. But Janelyn turned into a youma. The youma attacked Makoto and sent her flying. Then the youma asked Misha to stand with her. When Misha went to the youma, he also turned into a youma.
The two Youma attack Makoto. Usagi arrived at the ice rink and saw the youma. She immediately transformed into Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon was at the top of the stands and jumped toward the ice. Some ice skates came out of her boots. But when she landed on the ice she still fell down. Sailor Moon was disappointed that she couldn't skate even after transforming. The youma went to attack Sailor Moon who was still down on the ice. But at the last instant, Endymion came and saved Sailor Moon. Endymion said that he just didn't like the way the youma acted, by picking on innocent people. He told Sailor Moon that he would come back for the Silver Crystal later. The youma told Endymion to get out of the way. But Endymion said, "You think you can defeat me," and challenged the youma. Sailor Moon didn't think it was a good idea. They started to fight. When the youma attacked, Endymion threw Sailor Moon into the air. Sailor Moon was scared and didn't want to, but she spun and landed on the ice without falling down. Sailor Moon was able to skate!
Then Sailor Jupiter came and used Supreme Thunder to attack. The other Sailor Guardians came, too. When they faced off against the youma, Kunzite appeared in the air above them. Kunzite used his power to send absolute zero cold wind down at everyone from the ice rink's air conditioners. Then he said he would come back later when everyone was frozen.
After Kunzite vanished, Endymion threw his stick and broke the machine that was causing the cold air. Then Sailor Moon used her moon healing escalation to turn Misha and Janelyn back into normal skaters.
Later outside, Makoto was feeling a little sad. Everyone was worried about her. They wanted her to cheer up. But Makoto said that she was all right. Then a boy walked by. Makoto saw him and said that he reminded her of her old boyfriend, to the chagrin of the other Senshi.