Scent of a Monster: Chanela Will Steal Your Love
妖魔の香り! シャネーラは愛を盗む
Youma no Kaori! Shaneera wa Ai o Nusumu
Airing Information
Episode: EP 5, Season 1
Air Date (JP): April 11, 1992
Written by: Shigeru Yanagawa
Directed by: Yuji Endou
Featured Monster: Iguara
North American Dub
Air Date (US): May 26, 2014 (Viz stream)
Episode Guide
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"Scent of a Monster: Chanela Will Steal Your Love" is the 5th episode of the 1st season of Sailor Moon anime and the 5th episode overall. It aired in Japan on April 11, 1992. This episode was not dubbed during DiC's license of the season; Viz Media has made a dub, which was first broadcasted online on September 7, 2014.


Usagi asks her family if they can officially keep Luna as a pet, but her little brother Shingo strongly objects due to his fear of cats. Instead, he brings home a pet Chanela, a creature that smells like perfume. Shingo becomes so absorbed in his new pet, that he behaves differently, which worries Usagi.


Usagi is awakened from her dreams by Shingo, who has discovered Luna sleeping on his bed. Shingo has a fear of cats and demands that Luna gets thrown out. During breakfast, Usagi asks her parents if they can keep Luna as a pet and they respond by saying that Usagi and Shingo should work it out between themselves.

Meanwhile, in the Dark Kingdom, Jadeite informs Queen Beryl of a plan to gather energy by harnessing and enhancing human desires. Meanwhile, Luna attempts to get on Shingo's good side backfire. Shingo confesses his fear of cats to his friend Mika, who shows him a new kind of pet called a chanela. Chanelas are fluffy rabbit-like creatures that emit a powerful scent and are only sold at a newly owned pet shop, Pet Shop Perfume. The animals exhibit a hypnotic power over Shingo and Mika and they both buy one. Once with their pets, they lose interest in everything else. When Luna tries again to get Shingo to like her, he kicks her away. Usagi's parents decide that the family will keep both Luna and the chanela, but Shingo is still not satisfied. He goes to his room with it and refuses to come out, even for school.

Many of Usagi's classmates have also bought chanelas. They hide them when Ms. Haruna comes into the classroom, but soon cannot resist trying to look at them. When Haruna tries to confiscate the pets, the students turn violent and leave the class in protest. Usagi and Naru are suspicious of the chanelas and Usagi decides to investigate the pet shop.

She enters the shop and meets Luna, who is also investigating. Failing to heed Luna's warnings, she falls under the spell of a chanela and takes it home. Seeing the effect it has on Usagi, Luna takes the animal away and Usagi is returned to normal. They try to take Shingo's chanela too, but he runs away. Usagi becomes Sailor Moon and follows him back to the pet shop. There, the assembled chanela owners come under the influence of Jadeite's youma, Iguara, and prepare to distribute chanelas across Azuabu-Juuban. Sailor Moon arrives to stop them, and the chanela owners chase her. Luna tells Sailor Moon to use Moon Tiara Action on everyone chasing her, but Sailor Moon doesn't want to hurt Shingo, so she uses Moon Tiara Stardust to turn everyone back to normal instead. The youma chases Sailor Moon outside and captures her, then Sailor Moon destroys the youma with Moon Tiara Action. After the battle, Shingo follows her, believing that she is Sailor V. Hiding from her brother, Sailor Moon introduces herself and tells Shingo to be nice to a cat he knows called Luna. Shingo complies and completely spoils Luna from that moment on.

International Dub Titles

  • Brazilian Portuguese: O Misterioso Perfume dos Coelhos ("The Mysterious Perfume of Rabbits")
  • European Portuguese: O Perfume da Chinchila ("The Scent of Chinchilla")
  • French:
    • TV: Chanela vole l’amour ("Chanela Steals Love")
    • DVD: Le parfum d’un démon ! Les chanelas voleurs d’amour. ("The Scent of a Demon! The Chanelas Steal Love.")
  • German: Das neue Haustier ("The New Pet")


Changes from the Manga

Dub Changes

  • The episode is absent in the DiC dub.

First Appearances





  • This was the second of six episodes that were completely cut from the DiC English dub, but it is included in the Viz Media English dub.
  • The Moon Princess was first mentioned in this episode.
  • Although Iguara never made an appearance in the DiC English dub, she briefly appeared in an early promotional video for the English dub of Sailor Moon that was made by DiC.
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