Protect the Children's Dreams: Friendship Through Anime
子供達の夢守れ! アニメに結ぶ友情
Kodomodachi no Yume Mamore! Anime ni Musubu Yuujou
Airing Information
Episode: EP 21, Season 1
Air Date (JP): August 8, 1992
Written by: Katsuyuki Sumizawa
Directed by: Kunihiko Ikuhara
Featured Monster: Castor and Pollux
North American Dub
Air Date (US): October 3, 1995
DiC Title: An Animated Mess
Episode Guide
The Summer, the Beach, Youth and Ghosts
Romance Under the Moon: Usagi's First Kiss

“Protect the Children’s Dreams: Friendship Through Anime” is the 21st episode of the 1st season of Sailor Moon anime and the 21st episode overall. It aired in Japan on August 8, 1992. The DiC English dub title for this episode is "An Animated Mess" and it aired in North America on October 3, 1995.


Nephrite uses his most powerful Youma to target an animator working for the new Sailor V movie.


Usagi sees an advertisement for the Sailor V anime, after it ends she expresses her wish that someone would make one about her too.

Two animators talk to the producer of Sailor V, who says their sketches aren’t good enough. A discouraged Hiromi says she doesn’t want to animate anymore, when Kazuko gets upset. She says it was a joke, and they go back to Studio Dive. Hiromi drops one of her sketchbooks as Ami walks by, deciding to return it later.

Nephrite consults the stars for a new target, he decides to use the strongest Youma he has on Hiromi. That night as Ami looks for the studio, she sees Masato Sanjouin driving past and realises it’s Nephrite.

In the studio, Hiromi works more on Sailor V, but hates all her drawings. She peeks at Kazuko's work, instantly feeling jealous and useless. She takes out a single pencil, when they were still in school they bought a set of special pencils. Both paying half, they promised to use them only for special occasions together.

Nephrite walks to the studio, claiming to be a fan and harassing Hiromi. He grabs one of her pencils, placing his crest to possess it. As he leaves, Sailor Mercury confronts him at the door, hopping on his car. Nephrite knocks her off the roof, and drives off gloating.

Kazuko comes back and hands dinner to Hiromi, who stares her down as if she were disgusted. Ami comes by to return the sketches, Kazuko thanks her though Hiromi refuses to, slamming the door to another room. Kazuko asks Ami to come back later, sensing something’s wrong.

The next day at school, Ami tells Usagi about what happened. Usagi’s annoyed as she wanted to go too, but only to take a souvenir from the studio. Ami suggests they should go back to check what Nephrite had done. Kazuko’s shocked at how much work Hiromi had completed overnight, and Hiromi declares she would use the room by herself again, closing the door.

Usagi calls Rei about going to Studio Dive, though Rei insists that’s for children. Later, Usagi and Ami walk out of school, and Rei yells that they’re late. Ami recalls that Rei wasn’t interested, though Rei replies with an excuse when her bag tears and boards to get autographs drop out.

At Studio Dive, Rei and Usagi obsess over the art, screaming loudly. Ami talks to Kazuko, asking if something strange has happened recently. Hiromi snaps at Rei and Usagi, scolding and demeaning them. Kazuko hears this and immediately tells her to treat them better as her fans. Hiromi then gets a phone call from the producer, who adored the work she’d done. She shocks everyone by declaring she’s killing off Sailor V’s character in the last scene of the anime. Kazuko asks what happened to her in disbelief, and Rei begins to sense the presence of a youma.

Hiromi runs away to the roof, Kazuko and three girls chase after her. Her energy level peaks as she’s cornered and confronted, rendering her unconscious. Castor and Pollux appear, and the Sailor Guardians transform. Nephrite tells Zoisite of the twin youma, which would be the end of the Sailor Guardians. Castor and Pollux who are tied together, blast the girls with the same copied techniques they use. The youma start arguing who would give the final blow, ending their synchronised teamwork. Sailor Moon takes advantage of this, and the Sailor Guardians combine their attacks to defeat them. Zoisite laughs at Nephrite once again for failing his mission.

Later, Hiromi confesses to Kazuko that she has used her pencils, but Kazuko replies she has used her pencils as well. The two are relieved they don’t have to hide their secret anymore, and become best friends again.

International Dub Titles

  • Brazilian Portuguese: Proteja os Sonhos das Crianças: Amizade Através do Anime ("Protect the Dreams of Children! Friendship Through Anime")
  • European Portuguese: Salvem os Sonhos das Crianças ("Save the Dreams of Children")
  • French:
    • TV: Sauvez Les Rêves ("Save the Dreams")
    • DVD: Protégez Les Rêves de Enfants ! Une Amitié Forgée Dans L'animation. ("Protect the Dreams of Children! A Friendship Forged in Animation")
  • German: Großes Ehrenwort ("Great World of Honor")


Changes from the Manga

  • This episode was a filler. None of the scenes happened in the manga.

Dub Changes

  • In the Catalan dub, when In the Name of the Moon, We'll Punish You played, it was replaced by an instrumental version of Maiden's Policy.
  • In the Portuguese dub, it was replaced by an instrumental version of Luna Luna.
  • In the Korean dub, it was replaced with a translated version of Moonlight Legend.
  • In the Hebrew dub, the song was replaced by an instrumental version.
  • In the English, German and Castilian dubs, the song was removed completely.
  • In the English dub, Hiromi and Kazuko's names are changed to Lori and Cassie.



  • When Usagi is watching the trailer for the Sailor V anime movie, the Sailor Moon theme can be heard.
  • This is the last episode where a Dark Kingdom general attempts to steal energy. In the succeeding episodes of the season, the focus is shifted on retrieving the Silver Crystal.
  • At one point, one can see a poster of Sailor V, which also contains Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Artemis, and Tuxedo Mask.
  • There is a possible 4th wall joke when Usagi says she wishes her life was an anime.
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