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Romance Under the Moon: Usagi's First Kiss
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月下のロマンス! うさぎの初キッス
Gekka no Romansu! Usagi no Hatsu Kissu
Airing Information
Episode: EP 22, Season 1
Air Date (JP): August 15, 1992
Written by: Sukehiro Tomita
Directed by: Yuji Endou
North American Dub
Air Date (US): October 4, 1995
DiC Title: Worth a Princess's Ransom
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“Romance Under the Moon: Usagi’s First Kiss” is the 22nd episode of the 1st season of Sailor Moon anime and the 22nd episode overall. It aired in Japan on August 15, 1992. The DiC English dub title for this episode is "Worth a Princess' Ransom" and it aired in North America on October 4, 1995.

Summary

Both Luna and Queen Beryl wonder if a visiting princess could be the one the Sailor Senshi has been looking for. Mamoru dreams he is Tuxedo Mask and a girl is asking him for the Silver Crystal. At the ball, Usagi gets her first kiss.

Plot

Usagi was running to school as she was late. Usagi noticed a lot of automobile inspections on the roads. Usagi ran into Naru, who was just wandering down the street. Naru was spaced out. She was thinking about Sanjouin.

At school, Umino told Usagi that Princess D was in Japan. That night, there was going to be a party where the treasure of the D Kingdom was going to be shown for the first time. Usagi wanted to go see it. Then, Naru said that she had one ticket, and would go look at it for her. She had the ticket because her mother owned a jewelry store.

Queen Beryl was thinking that the treasure might be the Silver Crystal. Then, Nephrite and Zoisite appeared. Nephrite said that he would investigate it. Zoisite got mad because getting the Silver Crystal was his task. But Nephrite said that the earth was his. Queen asked about Nephrite's plans. Nephrite said, "I'll do it my way. Just shut up and watch."

Luna told the three girls that the princess of the D Kingdom might be their princess. Ami said that they should investigate. But since they couldn't go into the party, Ami said that they should just go around there and wait for a chance.

When Usagi got home, she saw her father getting dressed up. He was going to the party at the D Kingdom Consulate for his work. Usagi cried that she wanted to go in too. Her father said that he would take pictures for her.

Then, Usagi used her transformation pen to turn into a beautiful princess. Luna said that she shouldn't use the pen for fun. But Usagi said that she was just going to check out if the princess was their princess that they were looking for.

Mamoru woke up in the middle of the night. He had a reoccurring dream. He was looking for the Silver Crystal too, although he didn't know what it was.

Usagi went to the party dressed as a princess. She just walked by the man at the reception booth saying that she was the princess of the Ivanovich Kingdom. (She just made up the name.) When Usagi got in, she saw that everyone was dancing around in masks. She was very happy.

Naru was standing around by herself. Then Sanjouin went up to her and asked her to dance.

Usagi's father was going around taking pictures. He spotted Usagi but didn't recognize her as his daughter. He just thought that she looked like Usagi. He also wondered if Usagi would turn out that beautiful when she grows up.

Then, Usagi leaned into some women, and they spilled some drinks on her dress. Usagi ran out of the ballroom looking for a washroom.

Tuxedo Mask was also sneaking around. He caught a glimpse of Usagi. When he saw her it brought back some memories. But he couldn't fully remember anything.

Naru was with Sanjouin on the balcony. Naru stared at Sanjouin, waiting for his kiss. But Sanjouin transferred some of his evil force into her body.

Usagi was standing by herself and was disappointed because it was no fun being alone. Then Tuxedo Mask went up to her and asked her to dance. Usagi danced with Tuxedo Mask. It brought back some deep memories. Usagi felt that she had danced with Tuxedo Mask before.

Naru (under Nephrite's spell) went to Princess D's room. She said that she was a friend and went by the guards. The princess was in her room feeling sad. Since she was not very beautiful (she had very thick glasses), she thought that people only cared for the treasure and not about her. Then, Naru went to the princess. The evil force moved out of Naru's body and into the princess. Then, Princess D grabbed the treasure and ran out to the balcony.

Luna informed Usagi about the crisis. Usagi ran to the princess. The princess hit Usagi over the edge of the balcony. Tuxedo Mask came just in time to grab Usagi's arm. The princess hit Tuxedo Mask. Then, Luna attacked the princess.

Nephrite was waiting on the ground below the balcony. He was going to blast Usagi and Tuxedo Mask saying, "I'll give you the pleasure of dying with a beautiful princess."

But Sailor Mars came and blasted him. Sailor Mars said, "My Tuxedo Mask has eternal life."

Usagi's hand slipped out from Tuxedo Mask's grasp. Tuxedo Mask dove to grab Usagi and Luna threw an umbrella to save them. When Tuxedo Mask and Usagi landed on the ground, Nephrite ran off. Tuxedo Mask tried to go after him, but Ami stopped him and asked who he was.

Tuxedo Mask said, "I want to know who I am too. To find out I need to solve the mystery of the Silver Crystal." Ami asked, "Are you an enemy or friend?" "We're after the same thing. We could be enemies." Then Tuxedo Mask went off after Nephrite.

Since the youma stayed with Princess D, Usagi transformed. "Moon Prism Power, Make Up!"

The princess (youma) regained consciousness in the ballroom. The Sailor Senshi went to her. The youma said that she would take the Silver Crystal. Sailor Mars used Akuryo Taisan and threw it on the princess. The youma came out and attacked them. Sailor Mercury used the Shabon Spray and Sailor Moon used the Moon Tiara Action to destroy the youma.

The princess woke up. She was very beautiful without her glasses. Luna came and asked if she was their princess. The princess then grabbed her glasses and saw Luna. The princess yelled, "A talking cat!" and freaked out.

Later, Princess D unveiled the treasure, which was a 2000 carat diamond statue.

Usagi became thirsty and drank some cocktail. Usagi immediately got drunk. Tuxedo Mask carried her to the balcony, and kissed her. He said, "A long time ago, I feel like I did something like this. I feel my memory is coming back."

Usagi thought, "This soft warmth. Sometime before, somewhere. It feels dear to me."

International Dub Titles

  • Brazilian Portuguese: Um Romance Sob a Lua: Primeiro Beijo de Serena ("A Romance Under the Moon: Serena's First Kiss")
  • European Portuguese: O Primeiro Beijo da Bunny ("Bunny's First Kiss")
  • French:
    • TV: Le bal masqué ("The Masked Ball")
    • DVD: Romance sous la Lune ! Le premier baiser d’Usagi. ("Romance Under the Moon! Usagi’s First Kiss.")
  • German: Bunnys Erster Kuss ("Bunny's First Kiss")

Changes

Changes From the Manga

  • This episode is based on Act 4 of the manga.
  • From this episode on, there are major plot changes made in the anime version from the manga.
  • In the manga, a new tiara appeared on Sailor Moon's forehead, as her first one had been destroyed fighting Jadeite. She could perform a new attack with her recently acquired item.
  • The Sailor Senshi attended the dinner party in a group to search for the precious treasure, which is rumored to be a Silver Crystal.
  • The Disguise Pen transformed into the umbrella to help Usagi and Tuxedo Mask landed safely after they both fallen off the balcony.
  • Nephrite uses evil spirits to take over Princess D's body in his attempt to steal the precious treasure from the Kingdom.
  • When Usagi runs searching for the bathroom, she accidentally drops the handkerchief, and later picked up by Tuxedo Mask.
  • When the Sailor Senshi saw Princess D's face without glasses for the first time after the battle, Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury thinking in their wild thoughts that Umino could be more attractive when his glasses is removed, while Sailor Mars denies it.
  • Usagi, while in sailor-suited form, fallen in exhaustion after drinking punch before Tuxedo Mask fetched her and given a kiss afterward. Luna later appears, suspecting Tuxedo Mask as an enemy.
  • At the end of Act 4, Makoto Kino made her brief debut, leading up to Act 5.
    • In the anime version however, she still yet to be introduced until Episode 25 later.

Dub Changes

  • The scene where Usagi and Tuxedo Mask fell off the balcony and floated down with the umbrella was cut from the English dub, and the moment where they fell was edited to go backward. However, an image of them floating down with the umbrella was shown during a flashback scene in "Day of Destiny".
  • In the DiC dub, Usagi was sick instead of drunk.

First Appearances

  • Kunzite

Gallery

Trivia

  • This was not only the first time Usagi would mistake alcohol for punch; but she would later become drunk again in episode 108.
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