Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon is the first season of the 90s Sailor Moon anime series. The season was produced concurrently with the first story arc of the manga by Naoko Takeuchi. It follows the manga story closely, and although neither series was expected to continue after its initial story arc, both were very successful and their runs were extended. Season one was followed by Sailor Moon R.
The opening sequence features "Moonlight Legend" (ムーンライト伝説, Muunraito Densetsu), written by Kanako Oda and performed by DALI.
There are two ending sequences used during the Sailor Moon's first season run. The first song, entitled Heart Moving was written by Yoshiaki Tsushima and performed by Misae Takamatsu. The song was used for the ending sequence from episode 1-26.
One day as she's running to school from home, a young girl named Usagi Tsukino runs into a cat being tortured by some children. She chases them off and removes a bandage from its forehead, finding underneath what she calls a "crescent-shaped bald spot". Meanwhile, the evil Queen Beryl of the Dark Kingdom is planning with her servant, Jadeite, to steal energy for Queen Metalia.
Jadeite sends a monster named Morga to the diamond shop run by Usagi's friend Naru's mother, and she drains energy by selling cursed jewelry. After failing an exam, and later running into Mamoru Chiba, who calls her "bun-head". Later at home, the cat comes and talks to her. It tells her that she is the Pretty Sailor Guardians of Love and Justice, Sailor Moon. It is her destiny to save the world from the Dark Kingdom. The cat, named Luna, gives Usagi a magic brooch and tells her to say "Moon Prism Power, Make Up." She does and is transformed into Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon goes to the jewelry store to save Naru and the others from Morga. A mysterious masked man named Tuxedo Mask appears to help Sailor Moon, and she throws her tiara at Morga and says "Moon Tiara Action!" Morga is destroyed, and Jadeite's energy is lost.
Sailor Moon foils three more of Jadeite's plans, destroying the monsters Fro and Derella, and releasing some musclemen from Jadeite's control. Usagi meets a girl named Ami whom Luna suspects to be from the Dark Kingdom, but fighting off an attack from Jadeite's monster Garoben, Luna realizes that Ami is Sailor Mercury, so she gives her a transformation pen that, when she says "Mercury Power, Make Up", transforms her into Sailor Mercury. She weakens Garoben with Sabão Spray and Sailor Moon destroys her.
After Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury defeat Jadeite's monster Ramua, Sailor Moon goes aboard a bus that Jadeite's monster Kigaan is taking into another dimension. Rei Hino discovers Jadeite's intentions so he sends her there as well. Luna gives her a transformation pen so she can transform into Sailor Mars, and she destroys Kigaan with Fire Soul. Sailor Mercury stops the black hole from closing, and Tuxedo Mask rescues all the girls from the dimension.
After the three Sailor Senshi foil two more of Jadeite's plans and destroy his monsters Murid and Thetis, Queen Beryl threatens to put Jadeite to Eternal Sleep if he fails again. He challenges the Sailor Senshi to a battle at the airport, but eventually, they defeat him and he is run over by a jet. Beryl puts him into an eternal frozen state and freezes him into endless darkness (Eternal Sleep). Nephrite becomes her new commander, but Zoisite dislikes him and wants to have his turn.
Nephrite's plans to gather energy for Queen Metalia involved draining one person's energy at its peak (as opposed to Jadeite gathering energy from several people at once) by charging an item close to them with dark energy, and eventually, a monster would appear from the item. However, each of his plans was foiled when Sailor Moon destroys his monsters: Tesuni, Petasos, Black Widow, Cameran, and Jumo. While he is posing as a millionaire named Masato Sanjouin, Naru falls in love with him.
After sending a monster named Regulus after Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask, and later attacking them in an elevator shaft, Nephrite discovers Tuxedo Mask's true identity. After one more of Nephrite's plans is foiled (Castor and Pollux being destroyed by the Sailor Senshi), Queen Beryl turns her attention to getting the Silver Crystal, and searches for the Moon Princess. He mistakenly thinks Princess Diamond (Princess D) is the Moon Princess and implants Soul Shadow in her, but he is driven out, and Sailor Moon destroys him.
Eventually, Usagi discovers that Naru is in love with Nephrite, and tries to tell her that he is evil. The Sailor Senshi fight Nephrite and defeat him. Sailor Moon is about to destroy him with her tiara when Naru jumps in front of him, forcing Sailor Moon to stop her attack. Nephrite, in turn, protects Naru from an attack by Zoisite's monster, Yasha, and Sailor Moon destroys her with her tiara. When Nephrite, in an attempt to find Sailor Moon, tells Naru his real name and that he wants to fight alongside the Sailor Senshi, she calls Usagi, and Nephrite soon discovers (though Naru does not know) that she is Sailor Moon. However, Zoisite has three monsters, Housenka, Grape, and Suzuran, kidnap Naru, and Nephrite saves her from them. But the monsters return and Grape stabs Nephrite with thorns from her arm. The Sailor Senshi destroys all three monsters, but Nephrite dies of his injuries and dissolves into dust.
Queen Beryl gets some energy for the Queen Metalia, who tells her to find the seven Rainbow Crystals, each of which is inside an earthling, with one of the Seven Great Youma inside it. Zoisite tracks down the first, Game Machine Joe, who becomes friends with a girl named Makoto, and extracts the crystal from him, then awakens the shadow within him, transforming him into GameCen. Luna gives Makoto a transformation pen and she uses it to transform into Sailor Jupiter. Luna gives Sailor Moon the Moon Stick, and she uses it to heal Joe.
The other six crystal carriers are a priest, a boy who can predict the future (who becomes friends with Ami), an artist named Yumemi Yumeno, Motoki's girlfriend Reika, Rei's grandfather, and a fat cat named Rhett Butler. One by one, Zoisite extracts their crystals and transforms them into (respectively) Boxy, Bunbo, Binah, Rikoukeidar, Jiji, and Bakene. The Sailor Senshi gets one of the crystals, Tuxedo Mask gets two, and Zoisite gets three, bringing his total up to four. All six monsters are healed by Sailor Moon (killing the shadows within them). Eventually, after fighting off an attack from Akan (an actor turned into a monster by Zoisite), Sailor Moon is forced to hand her crystal over to Zoisite, even though she heals the actor. Queen Beryl's fourth general, Kunzite, who is in love with Zoisite, goes with him to attack the Sailor Senshi, and he traps them in a dark dome, while Zoisite impersonates Sailor Moon to trick Tuxedo Mask, and stabs him. However, he is attacked by Sailor Venus, who then attacks Kunzite, releasing the Sailor Senshi from the dome. Sailor Venus has with her a talking cat like Luna. His name is Artemis.
Zoisite challenges Mamoru (who is really Tuxedo Mask) to a battle at Starlight Tower over the crystals. Usagi comes with him, unaware of what Zoisite is going to do. Before they can fight, Kunzite appears and takes the crystals. Mamoru scratches Zoisite's face. Despite the fact that Queen Beryl ordered him to take Mamoru alive (so she can turn him to her side), Zoisite tries to kill him, forcing Usagi to transform into Sailor Moon in front of him. Mamoru then reveals himself as Tuxedo Mask. Zoisite stabs him with an ice crystal, nearly killing him. Sailor Moon cries for him, and the seven Rainbow Crystals merge with her tears to form the Silver Crystal. She is revealed to be the Moon Princess, Princess Serenity, and Mamoru is Prince Endymion of Earth.
Zoisite attacks Serenity, but she defeats him using Moon Stick, made stronger by the Silver Crystal. Kunzite captures Mamoru and returns to the Dark Kingdom with Zoisite, whom Queen Beryl kills with an energy blast from her crystal ball as a punishment for disobeying her. Queen Metalia begins to turn Mamoru evil. Kunzite attacks the Sailor Senshi, but Sailor Moon defeats him with Moon Healing Escalation. Kunzite is assigned the task of finding and destroying Sailor Moon and getting the Silver Crystal back from her. He turns several people into monsters, like Mitsuami, Shakoukai, Blizzar, and Misha and Janelle, but they are all healed by Sailor Moon. Endymion, though he is now evil, often gets into arguments with Kunzite and even helps the Sailor Senshi out on a few occasions. Endymion summons the Ancient Creature of the Lake, but she is healed by Sailor Moon, turning back into the spirit of a girl. Kunzite later tries to recapture the crystal carriers in the hope that he can revive the Seven Great Youma, but his plan is foiled by Sailor Moon, who heals Endymion. However, Kunzite recaptures him.
The Sailor Senshi pretend to fight each other so they can find the entrance to the Dark Kingdom and fight off Kunzite's monster, Oniwabandana, Sailor Moon restoring her to her original form. The Sailor Senshi find a tunnel leading to the Dark Kingdom and fight Kunzite. In the middle of the battle, they are taken back in time, where Queen Serenity tells them the story: Princess Serenity from the Moon Kingdom was in love with Prince Endymion from Earth. But Queen Beryl and her followers attacked from the Dark Kingdom. They killed Princess Serenity, Prince Endymion, and all the Sailor Senshi, so Queen Serenity was forced to use the Silver Crystal and use up all her power to seal everyone inside the crystal, and all the Sailor Senshi reborn on Earth. After returning to the present, they are attacked by Kunzite again, who gets much stronger each time they see him, but Sailor Moon uses Moon Healing Escalation and reflects one of his own energy blades at him, killing him.
The Sailor Senshi head for the entrance to the Dark Kingdom to fight Queen Beryl, who sends the DD Girls after them. In the end, the DD Girls and all the Sailor Senshi except Sailor Moon destroy each other, and Beryl teleports Sailor Moon to the Dark Kingdom to fight Prince Endymion, who has been turned evil again. Moon Healing Escalation doesn't work, but Sailor Moon is able to heal him with her orgel, and he injures Queen Beryl. Queen Metalia combines with Beryl, transforming her into a gigantic form. Sailor Moon fights her and transforms into Princess Serenity. They enter a beam struggle, and, powered up by the other Sailor Senshi, Serenity uses Moon Prism Power to completely destroy Beryl and Metalia.
All the Sailor Senshi and Mamoru return to Earth safely, with their memories of being friends and Sailor Senshi has been erased. They each go on to live their normal lives, but just two months later, a new enemy arrives, forcing Luna and Artemis to restore the Sailor Senshi's memories, leading to Sailor Moon R.
- Inner Sailor Senshi
- Mamoru Chiba / Tuxedo Mask / Prince Endymion
- Grandfather Hino
- Shingo Tsukino
- Kenji Tsukino
- Ikuko Tsukino
- Gurio Umino
- Motoki Furuhata
- Dark Kingdom
|Ep. #||Original Episode Title
|JP & US (Viz)||US (DiC)||JP||NA (DiC)||CA (DiC)||US (Viz) |
|1||1||"The Crybaby: Usagi's Beautiful Transformation"
"A Moon Star Is Born"
|March 7, 1992||September 11, 1995||August 28, 1995||May 19, 2014|
|2||--||"Punishment Awaits: the House of Fortune Is the Monster Mansion"||March 14, 1992||--||--||May 19, 2014|
|3||2||"The Mysterious Sleeping Sickness: Protect the Girls in Love"
|March 21, 1992||September 12, 1995||August 29, 1995||May 19, 2014|
|4||3||"Learn How to Be Skinny from Usagi"
|March 28, 1992||September 13, 1995||August 30, 1995||May 19, 2014|
|5||--||"Scent of a Monster: Chanela Will Steal Your Love"||April 11, 1992||--||--||May 26, 2014|
|6||--||"Protect the Melody of Love: Usagi Plays Cupid"||April 18, 1992||--||--||May 26, 2014|
|7||4||"Usagi Learns Her Lesson: Becoming a Star Is Hard Work"
"So You Want to Be a Superstar"
|April 25, 1992||September 14, 1995||August 31, 1995||June 2, 2014|
|8||5||"The Girl Genius Is a Monster: The Brainwashing Cram School of Horror"
"Computer School Blues"
|May 2, 1992||September 15, 1995||September 1, 1995||June 2, 2014|
|9||6||"Usagi's Disaster: Beware of the Clock of Confusion"
|May 9, 1992||September 18, 1995||September 6, 1995||June 9, 2014|
|10||7||"The Cursed Bus: Enter Mars, the Guardian of Fire"
"An Uncharmed Life"
|May 16, 1992||September 19, 1995||September 7, 1995||June 9, 2014|
|11||8||"Usagi vs. Rei: Nightmare in Dream Land"
"Nightmare in Dreamland"
|May 23, 1992||September 20, 1995||September 8, 1995||June 16, 2014|
|12||9||"I Want a Boyfriend: The Luxury Cruise Ship Is a Trap"
|May 30, 1992||September 21, 1995||September 11, 1995||June 16, 2014|
|13||10||"Girls Unite: The End of Jadeite"
"Fight to the Finish"
|June 6, 1992||September 22, 1995||September 12, 1995||June 23, 2014|
|14||11||"A New Enemy Appears: Nephrite's Evil Crest"
"Match Point for Sailor Moon"
|June 13, 1992||September 25, 1995||September 13, 1995||June 23, 2014|
|15||12||"Usagi's Panic: Rei's First Date"
"An Unnatural Phenomena"
|June 20, 1992||September 26, 1995||September 14, 1995||August 11, 2014|
|16||13||"A Girl's Dream: Usagi Becomes a Bride"
"Wedding Day Blues"
|June 27, 1992||September 27, 1995||September 15, 1995||June 30, 2014|
|17||14||"Usagi's a Model: The Flash of the Monster Camera"
|July 4, 1992||September 28, 1995||September 18, 1995||June 30, 2014|
|18||15||"Shingo's Love: The Grieving Doll"
|July 11, 1992||September 29, 1995||September 19, 1995||July 7, 2014|
|19||16||"Usagi's Joy: A Love Letter from Tuxedo Mask"
"Who Is That Masked Man?"
|July 25, 1992||October 2, 1995||September 20, 1995||July 7, 2014|
|20||--||"The Summer, the Beach, Youth and Ghosts"||August 1, 1992||--||--||July 14, 2014|
|21||17||"Protect the Children's Dreams: Friendship Through Anime"
"An Animated Mess"
|August 8, 1992||October 3, 1995||September 21, 1995||July 14, 2014|
|22||18||"Romance Under the Moon: Usagi's First Kiss"
"Worth a Princess's Ransom"
|August 15, 1992||October 4, 1995||September 22, 1995||July 21, 2014|
|23||19||"Wish Upon a Star: Naru's First Love"
|August 22, 1992||October 5, 1995||September 25, 1995||July 21, 2014|
|24||20||"Naru's Tears: Nephrite Dies for Love"
"A Friend in Wolf's Clothing"
|August 29, 1992||October 6, 1995||September 26, 1995||July 28, 2014|
|25||21||"Jupiter, the Powerful Girl in Love"
"Jupiter Comes Thundering In"
|September 5, 1992||October 9, 1995||September 27, 1995||July 28, 2014|
|26||22||"Restore Naru's Smile: Usagi's Friendship"
"The Power of Friendship"
|September 12, 1992||October 10, 1995||September 28, 1995||August 4, 2014|
|27||23||"Crushing on Ami: The Boy Who Can See the Future"
"Mercury's Mental Match"
|October 10, 1992||October 11, 1995||September 29, 1995||August 4, 2014|
|28||24||"The Painting of Love: Usagi and Mamoru Get Closer"
"An Artful Attack"
|October 17, 1992||October 12, 1995||October 2, 1995||August 11, 2014|
|29||25||"Total Chaos: The Messy Love Rectangle"
"Too Many Girlfriends"
|October 24, 1992||October 13, 1995||October 3, 1995||August 11, 2014|
|30||26||"Grandpa Loses Control: Rei in Danger"
|October 31, 1992||October 16, 1995||October 4, 1995||August 18, 2014|
|31||27||"Loved and Chased: Luna's Worst Day Ever"
|November 7, 1992||October 17, 1995||October 5, 1995||August 18, 2014|
|32||28||"Umino's Resolve: I'll Protect Naru"
|November 14, 1992||October 18, 1995||October 6, 1995||August 25, 2014|
|33||29||"Enter Venus, the Last Sailor Guardian"
"Sailor V Makes the Scene"
|November 21, 1992||October 19, 1995||October 9, 1995||August 25, 2014|
|34||30||"The Shining Silver Crystal: The Moon Princess Appears"
"A Crystal Clear Destiny"
|November 28, 1992||October 20, 1995||October 10, 1995||September 1, 2014|
|35||31||"Returning Memories: Usagi and Mamoru's Past"
"A Reluctant Princess"
|December 5, 1992||October 23, 1995||October 11, 1995||September 1, 2014|
|36||32||"Usagi's Confusion: Is Tuxedo Mask Evil?"
"Bad Hair Day"
|December 12, 1992||October 24, 1995||October 12, 1995||September 8, 2014|
|37||33||"Let's Become a Princess: Usagi's Bizarre Training"
"Little Miss Manners"
|December 19, 1992||October 25, 1995||October 13, 1995||September 8, 2014|
|38||34||"The Snow, the Mountains, Friendship and Monsters"
"Ski Bunny Blues"
|December 26, 1992||October 26, 1995||October 16, 1995||September 15, 2014|
|39||35||"Paired with a Monster: Mako, the Ice Skating Queen"
|January 9, 1993||October 27, 1995||October 17, 1995||September 15, 2014|
|40||36||"The Legendary Lake Yokai: The Bond of Usagi's Family"
|January 16, 1993||October 30, 1995||October 18, 1995||September 22, 2014|
|41||37||"I Won't Run Away from Love Anymore: Ami vs. Mamoru"
|January 23, 1993||October 31, 1995||October 19, 1995||September 22, 2014|
|42||--||"Sailor Venus' Past: Minako's Tragic Love"||January 30, 1993||--||--||September 29, 2014|
|43||38||"Usagi Abandoned: The Falling-Out of the Sailor Guardians"
|February 6, 1993||November 1, 1995||October 20, 1995||September 29, 2014|
|44||39||"Usagi's Awakening: A Message from the Distant Past"
"The Past Returns"
|February 13, 1993||November 2, 1995||October 23, 1995||October 6, 2014|
|45||--||"Death of the Sailor Guardians: The Tragic Final Battle"||February 20, 1993||--||--||October 6, 2014|
|46||--||February 27, 1993||--||--||October 13, 2014|
|--||40||"Day of Destiny"||--||November 3, 1995||October 24, 1995||--|
Five episodes from this season were initially banned by DiC and didn't make the English dub. They were episodes 2, 5, 6, 20 and 42. The last two episodes were heavily edited and combined into a single episode. However, Viz Media had dubbed the season in its entirety.
Changes from the Manga
- The Four Kings of Heaven are given extended roles in the anime. Their past lives as the bodyguards of Prince Endimyon is completely dropped. Furthermore, Kunzite and Zoisite are made homosexual lovers which was not ever portrayed or stated in the manga.
- The Rainbow Crystals and the Seven Great Youma were created specifically for the anime and made no appearance in the manga.
- This is the first and only story arc in the entire anime, as well as the franchise in general , where Chibiusa doesn't appear at all.