Usagi's Idol: The Graceful Genius Michiru
うさぎの憧れ! 優美な天才みちる
Usagi no Akogare! Yuubi na Tensai Michiru
Airing Information
Episode: EP 93, Season 3
Air Date (JP): April 23, 1994
Written by: Megumi Sugihara
Directed by: Hiroki Shibata
Featured Monster: Octave
North American Dub
Air Date (US): June 15, 2000
CWi Title: Bad Harmony
Episode Guide
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"Usagi's Idol: The Graceful Genius Michiru" is the 4th episode of the 3rd season of the Sailor Moon anime and the 93rd episode overall. It aired in Japan on April 23, 1994. The CWi English dub title for this episode is "Bad Harmony", and it aired in North America on June 15, 2000.


Usagi believes that she is not graceful, sophisticated, and intelligent enough to be Mamoru's girlfriend, so she seeks advice from Michiru.


Usagi brings some cookies (a number of which are burnt) to Mamoru's apartment. He isn't there so warpped up in the place's usual mature atmosphere she drops the cookies and cries as he enters. To cheer her up Mamoru forces himself to eat one of her cookies and tells her that she's fine the way she is.

In Lovers' Park (?) the other senshi wonder how he was able to eat them all and not get sick. Ami submits that if they were thoroughly cooked there's little chance he'd get food poisoning. After laughing they brace for Usagi's rage but instead she compliments herself. She asks Ami to teach her genetic engineering, asks Makoto to teach her cooking, asks Minako to teach her English (Minako thinks "Why?" in English) and asks Rei to teach her how to wear a kimono. Minako and Makoto make excuses and run away. Rei points out that she told Usagi many times how to wear a priestess' kimono but she never got it anyway then drags Ami off with her. Luna reminds Usagi that when she tries to learn from the others she always quits within 3 days and they're sick of it. Usagi cries and runs away.

She somehow stumbles on the exact spot where Michiru was practising the violin with Haruka watching. They discuss their mission and decide that if the owners of the 3 talismans have to die then so be it (in fact they didn't have to die as Usagi told them often enough). Usagi is entranced by Michiru's playing and begins to look up to her. Haruka throws a lemon at the violin and without breaking a sweat Michiru uses the violin to solo it even while continuing to play and move as one solos a soccer ball with one's feet. Haruka heads off on her motorbike to cool off. 

Usagi and Michiru go to an art gallery and a fan comes up to Michiru by her painting expressing his admiration. They go outside and Haruka returns, almost blowing their cover mentioning the enemy headquarters but Usagi didn't hear a word as she was too busy failing miserably to play Michiru's violin. They go to a restaurant where Usagi singlehandedly eats 7 icecreams and Michiru gives her 2 tickets to an upcoming violin recital. Mamoru and the other senshi and cats come too. Too busy watching Mamoru as opposed to the performance Usagi makes him sweat and verily does Rei proceed to smack her upside the head. A youma pops up and gets beaten. 

International Dub Titles

  • Brazilian Portuguese: A Elegância de Michiru ("Michiru's Elegance")
  • European Portuguese: O Ídolo é a Marianaǃ ("The Idol is Mariana!")
  • French:
    • TV: L’idole ("The Idol")
    • DVD: L'Idole d'Usagi ! Michiru, le génie et la grâce. ("Usagi's Idol! Michiru, Genius and Grace.")
  • German: Das Konzert ("The Concert")
  • Polish: Idol ("Idol")


Changes From the Manga

  • In the manga, Michiru gives Mamoru two tickets to her own violin recital, instead of giving tickets to Usagi for someone else's recital.
  • Michiru's recital took place on Mugen Academy property

Dub Changes



  • The songs Michiru played at the beginning are Liebeslied (love's joy) and Liebesfreud (love's sorrow) by the Austrian Jewish composer Fritz Kreisler. In episode 1 of Buzzer Beat, the character Riko Shirakawa tries to play Liebeslied but fails when one of the strings on the violin breaks. Riko is played by Keiko Kitagawa, who plays Sailor Mars in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.
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