The Mysterious Sleeping Sickness: Protect the Girls in Love
Sailor Moon - EP03
謎のねむり病, 守れ乙女の恋する心
Nazo no Nemuribyou, Mamore Otome no Koisuru Kokoro
Airing Information
Episode: EP 3, Season 1
Air Date (JP): March 21, 1992
Written by: Katsuyuki Sumizawa
Directed by: Kazuhisa Takenouchi
Featured Monster: Furau
North American Dub
Air Date (CA): August 29, 1995
Air Date (US): September 12, 1995 (DiC)

May 19, 2014 (Viz stream)

DiC Title: Talk Radio
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The Mysterious Sleeping Sickness: Protect the Girls in Love is the third episode of the first season of the Sailor Moon anime, and the third episode overall. The episode first aired in Japan on March 21st, 1992. The DiC English dub title for this episode is "Talk Radio", and the episode first aired in North America on September 12th, 1995.


All the girls in town are tuning in to the late-night radio program called "Midnight Zero" that reads out love letters sent in by the listeners. Meanwhile, a strange sleeping sickness is plaguing the town, causing people to fall into a coma-like state, including Ms. Haruna and Naru.


Naru, Usagi, and Ms. Haruna listen to a midnight radio program, "Midnight Zero" that reads out love letters and does song dedications for people. A competition is announced for good love letters — if they are read out loud on the radio, the writer will receive a flower brooch prize. Usagi tries to write a love letter, but it's too hard because she doesn't have a boyfriend. Naru and Ms. Haruna get flower brooches from the show and get their energy drained. Usagi and Luna go to investigate, but have trouble getting into the radio station. Luna gives Usagi the Disguise Pen, and she changes herself into a beautiful talent scout, and sneaks in. She confronts J Dite, and shouts out on the radio a warning that the flower brooches are dangerous. Jadeite and the youma, Furau, attacks her. She fights back, and is overpowered by Jadeite. Tuxedo Mask rescues her, and Jadeite retreats. The next day at school, she writes a love letter to Tuxedo Mask and is teased by Naru and Ms. Haruna.

Episode Dub Titles

  • Portuguese: Salvem as Garotas Apaixonadas ("Save The Girls In Love")
  • German: Der Geheimsender ("The Secret Radio Station")


Changes From the Manga

  • The Disguise Pen that Usagi gets is first shown in this episode, however in the manga it doesn't appear until Act 2 of the Manga, which is episode 8 of the anime. Additionally, in the manga, Usagi got the Disguise Pen from one of the machines at the video game center.

Dub Changes

  • This episode was the second episode of both the Korean and English dubs.
  • The DiC dub had a number of changes made.[1]
    • The cold opening of Usagi introducing herself was cut (30 seconds cut)
    • Luna looking starry-eyed at Motoki was cut (2 seconds cut)
    • A scene of Usagi laying down on her paper and sighing was cut for time. (10 seconds cut)
    • The scene in which Usagi has hearts in her eyes was cut. However, the scene also appeared in the Sailor Says segment. (3 seconds cut)
    • Several other scenes were shortened. In all, 1 minute and 10 seconds were cut.
    • "Midnight Zero" is renamed in the North American dub to "Love Line."
    • The "Disguise Pen" is renamed in the North American dub to "Luna Pen."
    • After Tuxedo Mask throws his rose and Jadeite leaves, Serena says that the rose must have magical powers.

First Appearances




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