Wish Upon a Star: Naru's First Love
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流れ星に願いを!なるちゃんの純愛
Nagareboshi ni Negai o! Naru-chan no Junai
Airing Information
Episode: EP 23, Season 1
Air Date (JP): August 22, 1992
Written by: Shigeru Yanagawa
Directed by: Harume Kosaka
Featured Monster: Yasha
North American Dub
Air Date (US): October 5, 1995
DiC Title: Molly's Folly
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“Wish Upon a Star: Naru’s First Love” is the 23rd episode of the 1st season of Sailor Moon anime and the 23rd episode overall. It aired in Japan on August 22, 1992. The DiC English dub title for this episode is "Molly's Folly" and it aired in North America on October 5, 1995.

Summary

With Naru now infatuated with Nephrite's alias Masato Sanjouin, Usagi is powerless to stop her friend from being used by the increasingly desperate general.

Plot

Usagi and Naru are at a swimming pool. Naru is sitting at the side of the pool thinking about Sanjouin. Usagi comes up to her from the water and splashes water on her, only to be called childish. Usagi then asks if Naru's an adult, and she states she is now that she's fallen in love. Usagi is worried she's fallen for Tuxedo Mask or Motoki, when Naru tells her about Sanjouin.

Later, Usagi discusses Naru with Ami and Rei. They tell Usagi she should tell Naru about Nephrite's real identity. At the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl can't find Nephrite and is getting upset. He decides to get the Silver Crystal by giving up his Celestial Orb, as other attempts at substituting it with energy had failed. Zoisite appears arguing that the Silver Crystal is his assignment.

Nephrite uses astrology and his powers to create the Black Crystal to help locate the Silver Crystal. An image of Naru appears through the Crystal, and Nephrite wonders if she truly holds it.

Zoisite goes to Kunzite. for advice on what to do, should Nephrite manage to get the Silver Crystal. Kunzite replies they can just steal it for themselves, making him content. He then advises Zoisite to sends a youma to handle Nephrite.

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Usagi goes with Luna to Naru's house, but she can't build up the courage to go in. Usagi decides to go ask Motoki for advice, and goes to Game Center Crown. Motoki is helping out another girl at a game, causing jealously.

Motoki, Mamoru, and Usagi go to a coffee shop, and Usagi explains the situation. Motoki states that she should just let it go, but Mamoru states that Usagi should tell Naru the hard truth if she really cares about her. Usagi becomes happy, ordering a large dessert. The boys get scared about the cost, though Usagi pays for it.

Usagi goes to OSA-P, badly explaining the truth about Sanjouin to Naru. She asks her to give up on him, running away before Naru can say anything. That night she reflects on what Usagi said when she gets a phone call from him. After the phone call, Naru leaves immediately for the park.

At the park, Naru and Sanjouin are sitting on a bench. He tells Naru he has to say goodbye as he's being chased, and he doesn't want to get her mixed up in it. Naru who's tearing up, asks if there's anything she can do to help. Nephrite states he needs the Silver Crystal, though Naru is clueless. She then remembers one crystal that her mother showed her, which sparkles with a silver. Naru asks him to wait and runs back home, stealing the crystal from the safe in her mother's store.

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Usagi and Luna are on their way to Naru's house, she tells Usagi to go see her, but she doesn't want to go. Then run into Naru's mother who's looking desperately and asking for help. Usagi and Luna run to the park when they hear Sanjouin's name mentioned. Naru gives the crystal to Nephrite, he tests the crystal but it doesn't respond. Naru becomes happy she did something to help out, when the Black Crystal starts responding.

Naru starts shining as he thinks he needs to investigate her some more, planning to take her somewhere. Sailor Moon appears and tells her his true identity is Nephrite, from the Dark Kingdom. Naru can't believe it and argues that he's a kind person when he blasts Sailor Moon with Starlight Attack. Sailor Moon starts crying, as she falls and tries to avoid the attacks.

Just as he is going to attack again, Sailor Mercury and Sailor Mars arrive. They attack Nephrite with Bubble Spray and Fire Soul, though he easily dodges. Sailor Moon uses Moon Tiara Action, it heads towards Nephrite when Naru runs in front to protect him. Sailor Moon desperately orders the attack to stop before Naru is killed. The Sailor Guardians tell Naru to get out of the way, though she reveals she would sacrifice herself to save him because she's in love.

The Black Crystal starts flashing and Nephrite realises it responds to kind hearts as well. Zoisite's youma appears and tries to steal the Black Crystal, thinking it's the Silver Crystal. Nephrite blasts the youma to protect Naru, and Sailor Moon finishes it off. He gives back the crystal that Naru gave him, as it isn't the Silver Crystal. He declares, "The world will be in the hands of the Dark Kingdom if they get the Silver Crystal," and leaves.

International Dub Titles

  • Brazilian Portuguese: Estrela Cadente, Proteja o Primeiro Amor de Naru ("Shooting Star, Protect Naru's First Love")
  • European Portuguese: O Primeiro Amor da Sara ("Sara's First Love")
  • French:
    • TV: Premier amour ("First Love")
    • DVD: Un vœu à une étoile filante ! L’amour pur de Naru. ("A Wish to a Shooting Star! Naru’s Pure Love.")
  • German: Narus Erste Liebe ("Naru's First Love")
  • Polish: Pierwsza miłość Naru ("Naru's First Love")

Changes

Changes from the Manga

Dub Changes

  • In the English dub of this episode, Molly called Nephlite by his real name when she did not know what it was yet. In the original, she called him by his pseudonym, Sanjouin.
  • The scene where Zoisite and Kunzite were having a conversation was completely cut from the Korean dub.

First Appearances

Gallery

Trivia

  • This episode showed for the first time that Moon Tiara Action could be aborted in mid-flight.
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