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The Coming Terror of Darkness: Struggle of the Eight Guardians
Semari kuru yami no kyoufu! Kusen no Hassenshi
Airing Information
Episode: EP 124, Season 3
Air Date (JP): February 4, 1995
Written by: Yoji Enokido
Directed by: Takuya Igarashi
North American Dub
Air Date (US): July 27, 2000
CWi Title: Who's Really Who?
Episode Guide
Shadow of Destruction: the Messiah of Silence Awakens
The Shining Shooting Star: Saturn and the Messiah

The Horror of the Approaching Shadow! Eight Senshi in a Tough Battleis the 35th episode of the third season of the Sailor Moon anime, and the 124th episode overall. The episode first aired in Japan on February 4, 1995. The English dub title for this episode is "Who's Really Who?" and the episode first aired in North America on July 27, 2000.


The Sailor Soldiers' are in pinch with dozens of monsters, and attempt to teleport inside the heart Mugen Academy. Detecting the Holy Grail's presence nearby, Mistress 9 disguises as Hotaru to abduct Sailor Moon and convinces her Hotaru's consciousness has "returned."

Elsewhere, Sailors Uranus, Neptune and Pluto arrive in a helicopter but are attacked by Daimon as well. To save them all, Sailor Pluto uses her forbidden time-freezing ability to enable Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune to escape alive.



Changes From the Manga

  • When Sailor Pluto used Time Stop, it was during the battle against the Black Moon clan in order to prevent the Silver Crystals from the future and the past from touching. 
  • Using the power of their respective talismans, Sailor Uranus, Neptune and Pluto create a strong shield around Mugen Academy to prevent the spread of Pharaoh 90's darkness. 

First Appearances


  • It's unknown if Pluto died because using Time Stop or she died in the explosion of the helicopter.
  • When dealing against the multiple of Germatoid, Sailor Uranus' fighting style are focusing on the kicks which is later used against Sailor Moon in Episode 126.
  • The blade of Sailor Uranus' Space Sword is shown to be red as seen on her posters and her anime depiction. But when she unsheaths the sword, the red blade glows in a golden yellow light and it was used to stab Germatoid's eye to kill him and later seasons she will use her second ability, Space Sword Blaster.
  • When Sailor Neptune uses her Deep Aqua Mirror in this episode, she uses her second ability Submarine Reflection to find the real Germatoid within the multiple versions of it to make Sailor Uranus kills it with her Space Sword.
  • This is the final time, Usagi, Ami, Rei, Makoto and Minako in their primary school uniforms before transforming to their Senshi forms.


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