Black Moon Clan

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Sailor Moon villain group
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The Black Moon Clan. Down left side: Veneti, Aquatici, Chiral, Achiral. Center square, from top left: Blue Saphir, Prince Diamond, Green Esmeraude, Crimson Rubeus. Right: Wiseman. Bottom line, from left: Kōan, Bertier, Calaveras, Petz.
Black Moon Clan
Story arc: Sailor Moon R (anime)
Black Moon (manga)
Dub name: Negamoon Family
Leader: Prince Diamond
Chaos form: Doom Phantom (Wiseman)
Key figures: Rubeus, Esmeraude, Saphir, Ayakashi Sisters, Wicked Lady
MOTD: Droids
Tools: Black Crystal

The Black Moon Clan (ブラックムーン一族 Burakku Mūn Ichizoku?) is a group of fictional characters who serve as antagonists in the Sailor Moon manga series by Naoko Takeuchi. It comprises the antagonists of the second major story arc, which is called the "Black Moon" arc in the manga and which fills the majority of the Sailor Moon R anime. In the DIC English adaptation, their name is changed to the "Negamoon Family".

Members of the Black Moon Clan come from Planet Nemesis, a fictional tenth planet of the Solar System. It is described as a planet of "negative energy," having the ability to vanish from sight, but remained traceable by X-Rays. All members of the Black Moon Clan have black, upside-down crescents on their foreheads (the inverse of the marking of Silver Millennium). They wear earrings which, according to the Materials Collection, are made of Black Crystal and allow them to teleport.

Key figures[edit]

Death Phantom (Wiseman)[edit]

Death Phantom (デス・ファントム Desu Fantomu?), who calls himself Wiseman (ワイズマン Waizuman?), is an immortal form of Chaos from the future. Before the events of the series, Death Phantom was originally a human who lived in the city Crystal Tokyo, and possessed dark powers which he used to revive chaos and mayhem that the citizens of Crystal Tokyo had begun to forget after living peaceful lives. These powers were death hands, able to reach out for great distances to attack people, and his evil eye, capable of controlling others who looked at it. He was banished to the barren tenth planet, Nemesis, by Neo-Queen Serenity. Death Phantom merged his spirit with the planet and became one with Nemesis. He cloaked his decayed and crumbled human body, and went to Earth in order to look for discontent among humans. He convinced a group of rebels that the 30th-century utopia of Crystal Tokyo was an abomination against nature, as all of its citizens were given immortality through the power of the Silver Crystal. Thus the Black Moon Clan was born. Calling himself Wiseman, Death Phantom led them in an attack on Crystal Tokyo, and then into the 20th century, Sailor Moon's current timeline, to obtain the Silver Crystal and kill Sailor Moon's (Neo-Queen Serenity's) future daughter, Chibiusa to have his revenge upon Neo-Queen Serenity and the people of the Silver Millennium. Eventually, after Sailor Moon and Chibiusa attacked him with the past Silver Crystal (Usagi) and the future Silver Crystal (which had been absorbed inside Chibiusa – released only by her tears of despair, Wiseman he is killed.

In the anime adaptation, the Black Moon Clan were the descendants of traitors exiled to Nemesis centuries before by Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion of Crystal Tokyo. Posing as Wiseman, Death Phantom approached Prince Demand and Saphir when they were younger. He manipulated the clan into gathering power for him, with the ultimate goal being the opening of the Dark Gate. He promised he could give them the power and ability to go to Earth and appeal to Neo-Queen Serenity for amnesty for the citizens of Nemesis, who had committed no crimes themselves. Wiseman's influence warped the minds of his pawns until they carried out his plan for revenge and the ultimate destruction of the planet Earth. Wiseman counsels Rubeus during his mission for a long time, but is unconcerned about his death. He humiliates Emeraude when she comes to him asking to be the queen of Nemesis, and brings about her transformation into a dragon and, ultimately, her doom at the hands of Sailor Moon. He manipulates Chibiusa's childhood memories to make her into Black Lady. Wiseman kills Saphir when Saphir realizes that he and his brother have been lied to. He unintentionally kills Prince Demand when Demand uses his body to shield Sailor Moon against an oncoming energy-blade from Wiseman. In the end, Death Phantom is killed, but Nemesis and its remaining inhabitants survive.

He is voiced by Eiji Maruyama. In the DIC English adaptation, Wiseman was voiced by Tony Daniels. In the 2000 musical Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady, he was portrayed by Kenji Tominaga.

Crimson Rubeus[edit]

Crimson Rubeus (紅のルベウス Kurenai no Rubeusu?) is a red-haired human and the first member of the Black Moon Clan to appear in the 20th century. He is charged with finding a person codenamed "Rabbit", who had fled into the Tokyo of the past. Besides following the orders of Prince Demand and Wiseman, he leads his own set of minions, the Ayakashi Sisters.

He is able to kidnap Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury, and Sailor Jupiter but fails to capture Sailor Venus. He is loyal to Prince Demand, appearing with him to taunt the captured Sailor Moon. He realizes that there is more to Wiseman than what he sees and he is killed by Wiseman when he confronts him.

In the anime adaptation, Rubeus is the love interest to Kōan arrives and arrives in the present look for Chibiusa. Despite the Ayakashi Sisters' love for Rubeus, he does not reciprocate their feelings and uses them as pawns. He attempts to kill the Ayakashi Sisters, but when they reform, Esmeraude warns Rubeus that Prince Demand is getting impatient with Rubeus' failures and plans to release him. Afterwards, Rubeus captures the Sailor Soldiers and has Sailor Moon bring the Silver Crystal in exchange for her friends. Sailor Moon comes to rescue them, and Rubeus takes her and Chibiusa aboard his ship. However, in the ensuing battle, Chibiusa destroys the crystal controlling his ship. After Sailor Moon attacks Rubeus, the Sailor Soldiers are freed and they return to Earth. Esmeraude confronts Rubeus onboard his burning ship and tells him that he has failed too many times, before the explosion kills Rubeus.

Rubeus appears as a boss in the "Sailor Moon: Another Story" video game. He is encountered in the past outside of the Ark near the Temple of Venus in Rias.

In the anime, Crimson Rubeus was voiced by Wataru Takagi. In the DIC English adaptation, he was voiced by Robert Tinkler.

Green Esmeraude[edit]

Green Esmeraude (翠のエスメロード Midori no Esumerōdo?) is a green-haired woman and the second of the Black Moon Clan to appear. She is a selfish and vain woman who tries to emanate a goddess-like appearance by wearing an elegant, tight-fitting dress along with opera-length gloves and knee-high stiletto boots. She has a distinctive laugh, loud and piercing, and is the most comedic member of the Black Moon.

In the manga, Esmeraude is infatuated with Prince Demand. After failing to kill the Sailor Soldiers using her subordinates Chiral and Achiral, she attacks and attempts to kill Chibiusa in the 30th century, but Sailor Venus intervenes. Sailor Moon attempts to kill Esmeraude, but fails. Esmeraude uses her multiple hands to kill Sailor Moon, Sailor Venus, and Tuxedo Mask. However, King Endymion's spirit appears behind Tuxedo Mask, allowing him to kill Esmeraude.

In the anime adaptation, Esmeraude warns Rubeus that Prince Demand is getting impatient with Rubeus' failures and plans to kick Rubeus out of his services. Esmeraude eventually succeeds Rubeus after leaving him to die. She is infatuated with Prince Demand, who is obsessed with Sailor Moon. Consumed by her jealousy and greed, Esmeraude goes to Wiseman to kill Sailor Moon. He presents her with a magical tiara, which transforms her into an evil dragon. She attacks the Crystal Palace while the Sailor Soldiers face her, and Sailor Moon eventually defeats the dragon. Esmeraude returns to her human form and falls into a dark vortex, causing her to disappear.

Esmeraude appears as a boss in the "Sailor Moon: Another Story" video game. She is encountered in the past at the Kainess Ice Caves an optional boss where the Sailor Senshi fight her in dragon form and then in normal form. She mentions that Prince Demand has the Barazuishou.

In the second official Sailor Moon popularity poll, out of fifty choices, Green Esmeraude was ranked the twenty fourth most popular character in the series.[1]

She is voiced by Mami Koyama. In the DIC English adaptation, her name is changed to Emerald and is voiced by Kirsten Bishop. In the musical, she is played by Miki Kawasaki.

Blue Saphir[edit]

Blue Saphir (蒼のサフィール Ao no Safīru?) is the alchemist of the Black Moon Clan, and the younger brother of Prince Demand. He is more cautious and rational than his companions. He is the only member of the Clan that does not wear earrings made from Black Crystal, despite having invented them.[2][3]

In the manga, Saphir prefers to work with droids (the most minor of the clan's minions) over serving his unpredictable, easily swayed older brother. He even attempts to question the intentions of Wiseman, and the wisdom of Prince Demand in listening to everything he says. Prince Demand reacts violently to this, accusing him of wanting the power for himself. When Prince Demand kidnaps Sailor Moon and brings her to his castle on Nemesis, she stumbles into Saphir's laboratory, where he admits that their plans were insensible and that she was guiltless, but attempts to kill her. Saphir states that he wishes to kill her because he believes all conflict comes from her and the fearsome power of the Silver Crystal. This prompts Neo-Queen Serenity to activate Sailor Moon's crystal, allowing her to transform even on Nemesis. The power pouring out from Sailor Moon causes Nemesis to become unstable. Saphir and Prince Demand are rescued by Black Lady, who leads them to Wiseman's castle. Wiseman attacks them with a mind controlling spell and loans Saphir the use of his "Demon Hands". When it is revealed that Demand's "Evil Eye" rendered him immune to Wiseman's spell, Saphir attacks him and is killed by his brother.

In the anime adaptation, Saphir grows up on bleak Nemesis with his brother, who promised him that one day they would go to Earth and he would show him real flowers. Saphir overhears the Wiseman talking about how he is only using Prince Demand and the others for his own goals, and, barely escaping, Saphir steals the power of the Black Crystal and takes it to the Earth of the past. He is reunited with Petz, and aided by the Sailor Senshi, but Wiseman kills him before he can warn his brother about the coming treachery. After he dies, the bandage on his head falls off, showing that his Black Moon symbol has disappeared and his firm transition to the side of good. Prince Demand carries his brother's body away.

In the "Sailor Moon: Another Story" video game, Saphir is encountered in the Moon Kingdom during Queen Beryl's invasion. He directs the Sailor Senshi to the basement of the Moon Castle where Prince Demand is holding Sailor Moon. Saphir later sacrifices his life to protect Prince Demand from Sin.

In the musicals, Saphir's role is unchanged, although he is closer to his brother and more rebellious. Saphir didn't like how Prince Demand invaded Earth, complaining that his methods were too forceful and Demand priced Neo-Queen Serenity over his own family. Prince Demand promised Saphir when they were children that he will bring Saphir to Earth to see a real flower as well as live there. For Saphir, not wearing the Black Crystal earring was his sign of rebellion. He dies while protecting his brother from Wiseman.

In the second official Sailor Moon popularity poll, out of fifty choices, Blue Saphir was ranked the thirty first most popular character in the series.[1]

Blue Saphir is voiced by Tsutomu Kashiwakura. In the DIC English adaptation, his name is changed to Sapphire and he is voiced by Lyon Smith. In the musicals, he is played by Yuri Kuroda.

Prince Demand[edit]

Prince Demand (プリンス・デマンド Purinsu Demando?) is the leader of all of Planet Nemesis in the 30th century.

The Black Moon Clan were descendants of criminals and traitors who hated Crystal Tokyo. Prince Demand hated the people of Crystal Tokyo because he felt they were corrupt and that their long lifespans were blasphemous. Wiseman sought him out, convincing him to draw upon the power of the Black Crystal of Nemesis. Prince Demand formed a plan to go back in time before the influence of the Moon Kingdom began, using the power of the Black Crystal, to create a new history. In the Black Moon Clan's initial attack on Crystal Tokyo, the queen rushed out of the Crystal Palace in search of Chibiusa. Demand saw her and became obsessed. After comparing an angry look that Sailor Moon gave him with the one he received from Neo-Queen Serenity, Prince Demand realized they were the same person, and kidnapped Sailor Moon, bringing her back to Nemesis. Once she awoke he kissed her, but she slapped him and attempted to transform, only to discover that the dark energy on the planet absorbed her powers and made her unable to do so. She did, however, finally escape along with her friends, which caused the palace on Nemesis to collapse. Prince Demand realized that Wiseman was using him and turned on him. Saphir attacked him, and Demand was forced to kill his brother. He stole the Silver Crystal of the present from Sailor Moon and the one of the future from Black Lady, and attempted to bring them together to destroy the time-space continuum, but Sailor Pluto used her forbidden Time Stop attack and prevented it. After his plans failed, he attempted to kill Sailor Moon, but was killed when she and Tuxedo Mask combined their powers against him.

In the anime adaptation, he originally intended to reason with Neo-Queen Serenity, explaining that he and his people are descendants of criminals, not criminals themselves. Wiseman manipulates the young prince to be unforgiving to the people of Earth. During an attack on Crystal Tokyo, Prince Demand sees Neo-Queen Serenity and falls in love with her. He is fascinated with her eyes, and the anger they bore toward him during the glimpse they caught of each other. In the beginning of the New Silver Millennium, the people of the Black Moon Clan refused the purification offered by Neo-Queen Serenity at the formation of Crystal Tokyo, and were subsequently banished to the planet Nemesis. A manipulated Prince Demand led his people as they sought revenge on the people responsible for their banishment, despite the fact that he was infatuated with the queen. After seeing Wiseman kill Saphir however, Prince Demand's grief and hatred enables him to rebel against Wiseman. When Demand went to the past and encountered Sailor Moon, he recognized her as the past form of the future queen, kidnapped her, and dressed her up to suit him, but she was saved by Tuxedo Mask. When she and the other Sailor Senshi made a frontal assault on the forces of the Black Moon, he found her again and tried to use his powers to force her to love him, but his efforts failed. Sailor Moon implored Demand to see that Wiseman was manipulating him. Between what Sailor Moon said and what he remembered Saphir trying to tell him, Demand was then positive that Wiseman was using him. When Wiseman tried to kill Sailor Moon, Demand shielded her from Wiseman's damage. Though fatally injured, he mustered up enough strength to temporarily subdue Wiseman. Prince Demand begged Sailor Moon for forgiveness, later dying in her arms.

In the second official Sailor Moon popularity poll, out of fifty choices, Prince Demand was ranked the twenty eighth most popular character in the series.[1]

In the "Sailor Moon: Another Story" video game, Prince Demand is encountered in the Moon Kingdom during Queen Beryl's invasion and ends up kidnapping Sailor Moon. Esmeraude had mentioned that Prince Demand had the Barazuishou. When the Sailor Senshi catch up to Prince Demand, the group is attacked by Sin. When the Sailor Senshi repel Sin, she manages to make a fatal blow on Prince Demand quoting "That was for my mom and dad." Prince Demand stated that this wasn't the destiny he wanted and if he could've changed, it would have been so that there wouldn't be any battles between the Black Moon Clan and the Neo Silver Millennium in the future. Before he dies, he tells the Sailor Senshi to head to the future for if the future doesn't change, the present will.

In the Japanese series, Prince Demand was voiced by Kaneto Shiozawa until his death in 2000.[4] In the DIC English adaptation, his name is changed to Prince Diamond and is voiced by Robert Bockstael. In the musical, he has been played by Hikari Ono. Hikari jokingly commented that she was given "this completely unfeminine prince role",[5] due to the fact that among cast members,[6] Hikari was known for playing male or androgynous roles. These include Hawk's Eye, Kou Taiki, and Loof Merrow.[7]

Black Lady[edit]

Main article: Black Lady

Black Lady is the brainwashed form of Chibiusa. Wiseman comes across the lonely Chibiusa, who is trying to find her place in the 30th Century, and manipulates her by twisting her memories of her family and her friends that nobody loves her to bring out her dark side, which triggers her transformation. As Chibiusa's dream is to become a beautiful lady like her mother, Black Lady's form is something like a femme fatale.

She is voiced by Kae Araki. In the DIC English adaptation, Black Lady's name is changed to Wicked Lady and is voiced by Liz Brown.

Ayakashi Sisters[edit]

The four Ayakashi Sisters (あやかしの四姉妹 Ayakashi no Yon Shimai?) are subordinates of Rubeus. Their name is roughly translated in the subtitled DVDs as The Four Phantom Sisters; the exact meaning of ayakashi is "ghost that appears at sea during a shipwreck."[8]

The Ayakashi Sisters appear as the first line of offense in the Black Moon Clan's attack on Tokyo in the 20th century. They were sent back with the mission of attacking Sailor Moon's four guardian soldiers, to whom they appear to be more than a match for. The sisters are associated with things like UFOs, fortune telling, and communion with the dead. Each of the four sisters lures and attacks their counterpart Sailor Soldier in a very violent way before being killed by Sailor Moon. While each of the Sailor Soldiers are badly injured, Rubeus appears out of nowhere and captures them. The single exception to this is Calaveras, who is able to weaken Sailor Venus but as Rubeus had just been attacked, she is able to escape with Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask. The Black Moon Clan does not seem very concerned in the end about the loss of the sisters.

Although the Sisters are able to soundly defeat their Senshi opposite in direct combat in the manga, it is uncertain if they are more powerful than their Senshi counterparts. During Petz's confrontation with Sailor Jupiter, she alludes that their power is derived from the Black Crystal, as she tells Jupiter "Your hurricane is of that level? Watch – the earring of the Evil Black Crystal can call a tornado!". This suggests that their victory over each Senshi is due to the power of the Black Crystal, as opposed to their own power.

Like the rest of the clan, they all have the Black Moon insignia and wear earrings made of Black Crystal.

In the anime adaptation, the four sisters receive considerably more screen time, and thus their characters are expanded. Instead of taking up "weird" hobbies, they are portrayed as shallow superhuman girls, thus being equally as concerned over their beauty as their mission, splurging on cosmetics, clothes, jewelry, and perfume, much to Rubeus's chagrin. The standoffs in the anime between the sisters and their counterparts begin to take place, except at the end each of the sisters is healed by Sailor Moon's Silver Crystal. They also seem to be more evenly matched, power wise, in the anime compared to their Senshi counterparts. The four of them are healed by Sailor Moon, and they become powerless humans and mourn their traumatic past on the Planet Nemesis while running a makeup stand.

As in the manga, they all have the Black Moon insignia, though they do not wear earrings made of Black Crystal.

Kōan[edit]

Kōan (コーアン Kōan?), named Catzi in the DIC English adaptation, is the youngest of the sisters with the "Dark Fire" magical attack, called "Ice Fire" in the dub, and represents a counterpart of Rei Hino. Her name is short for kōankō (紅安鉱?, kermesite).

Kōan tells Rubeus she feels someone like her that is kindred to fire and could be convinced to join the Black Moon. In her appearance, Kōan is shown to be strong enough to deflect Sailor Moon's tiara. Rubeus gives her "Code: 001, Operation: Recruit" to convert humans to their cause. She poses as a student named Kōan Kurozaki at the T*A Girl's Academy where Rei Hino attends and becomes the leader of a paranormal club called the Black Moon. The leader of the other supernatural club on campus is disturbed by how cold her hands and eyes are, and a black saucer-shaped object flies away after she leaves. Rei later has a nightmare about Kōan using her powers to burn the body of a child. At the school's culture festival, she sets up a booth telling fortunes of how and when her clients will die, but when Rei appears, tells her that everyone must die, but those who follow the Black Moon will die better. After Rei uncovers droids disguised as nuns, she transforms into Sailor Mars and defeats them, at which point Kōan reveals herself. In the ensuing battle, she traps Sailor Mars with fire, but Usagi Tsukino and Mamoru Chiba kill her. Rei, who was still stuck in Kōan's flames, is then abducted by Rubeus.

In the anime adaptation, Kōan is very vain about her appearance to the point of swearing death upon anyone who smudges her make-up or ruins her hair, and she relies on her charms to get what she wants. She thinks that she and Rubeus are in a relationship, and competes with her sisters for his love. However, she realizes that Rubeus does not love her. At the Hikawa Shrine Kōan is initially dissatisfied with the relationship Rei and Yuuichiro possess and often compares them unfavorably to her perceived strong relationship with Rubeus. Later, while Kōan abducts Chibiusa, Yuuichiro and Rei both get injured while trying to protect each other, to Kōan's surprise. She ultimately fails to capture Chibiusa, and Rubeus reveals that she is a pawn and that he never loved her. He gives her a bomb to kill herself and the Sailor Soldiers and leaves, much to Kōan's dismay. However, before Kōan can use the bomb, the Sailor Soldiers arrive and knock the bomb into the sky, where it explodes. Kōan snaps and attacks everyone in a blind rage, until Rei saves Kōan from getting hit by Makoto, and convinces her that she's a good person that has been caught in a life of evil and that she deserves a second chance. Usagi then purifies her with the Silver Crystal and she becomes a normal human woman. She later talks her next oldest sister, Berthier, out of committing suicide after she too is tossed away by her sisters and Rubeus, and later convinces Petz and Calaveras that they too are being used.

Kōan appears as a boss in the Sailor Moon: Another Story video game. She is encountered on one of the spaceships alongside the other Ayakashi Sisters.

In the second official Sailor Moon popularity poll, out of fifty choices, Kōan was ranked the thirtieth most popular character in the series.[1]

Kōan is voiced by Wakana Yamazaki in Japanese. In English, she is changed to the oldest sister and is first voiced by Alice Poon and later Mary Long. In the musicals she is portrayed by Seiko Takuma and Hinami Someya.

Her attack is "Dark Fire", called "Ice Fire" in the dub, in which she threw blue fire at her target.

Berthier[edit]

Berthier (ベルチェ Beruche?, called Bertie in the English dub though sometimes implied to be Birdy) is the second youngest sister. Her name is based on the mineral berthierite. She fears Rubeus but has no love interest for him unlike her other sisters. Berthier is given the mission "Code: 002, Operation: Remove" to kill the Sailor Soldiers and capture Chibiusa. She disguises herself as a normal human and wows people with her dowsing abilities using a pendulum. When she sees Ami Mizuno find a leak in a pipe without using a pendulum, she deduces her identity as a Sailor Soldiers. Skilled at chess, Berthier goes on television to challenge Ami to a chess match. At the match, she calls her "Sailor Mercury", and tries to use the Black Crystal to manipulate and capture her. A fight breaks out between Berthier, Ami, Makoto, and Usagi, in which Berthier is shown to be powerful enough to deflect Ami's Shine Snow Illusion technique. At the end, Berthier uses the water from a sewer to surround and choke Ami, allowing Rubeus to capture her. Berthier is then killed by Sailor Moon.

In the anime, Berthier has a very darkly playful personality, but is shown to have great respect for all of her siblings. She is the only one shown to be upset when Kōan is purified by the Silver Crystal. Much like her counterpart in Ami, she is also a strategist and is incredibly talented at chess, though she apparently also cheats. On her final mission, Berthier plays a game of chess with Sailor Mercury, but her plan to freeze them all fails when Petz and Calaveras arrive and tell her they will take credit for her success. Momentarily distracted, she loses her chance to kill Ami when Mamoru intervenes and rescues her and the other Soldiers. Her two older sisters then leave her as a failure when Berthier turns to them for help. Distraught, Berthier first laughs off her loss, but uses her Dark Water power in a desperate attempt to kill everyone. However, Kōan persuades her that she is still loved and has a second chance. Berthier allows Usagi to heal her. Later, she and Kōan, along with the Sailor Senshi, are able to convince their other two sisters to join them and become normal women.

Berthier appears as a boss in the Sailor Moon: Another Story video game. She is encountered on one of the spaceships alongside the other Ayakashi Sisters.

In the second official Sailor Moon popularity poll, out of fifty choices, Berthier was the nineteenth most popular character in the series.[1]

In the Japanese anime she is voiced by Yuri Amano. In English, she is voiced by Kathleen Laskey and is changed to the youngest sister. She is the only sister that doesn't appear in the first version of Ankoku no Princess Black Lady musical, but does she appear in the revision portrayed by Manami Wakayama, who would later go on to play Sailor Mercury.

Her attack is "Dark Water" unnamed in the English dub, which is a stream of freezing water which surrounded her and was then blasted towards the enemy.

Calaveras[edit]

Calaveras (カラベラス Karaberasu?), named Avery in the English dub, is the second oldest of the sisters and has the ability, much like Tuxedo Mask, of communing with spirits of the dead. She is named for the mineral calaverite, and is a counterpart of Minako Aino. Calaveras is the only sister in the manga who Rubeus appears to flirt with.

In the manga, she is the last sister to appear, and her mission is "Code: 004, Operation: Rebirth." She is shown to have the power of channeling, and channels the spirit of Rubeus into Tokyo to brainwash the humans and change their allegiance from the White Moon to the Black Moon and to get them to destroy the Silver Crystal. When Minako confronts her at the channeling, Calaveras channels the three captive Sailor Soldier through Kotono, Asanuma, and Naru, as well as the spirits of her dead sisters, and has them use a Spirit Attack against Minako and holds her captive. However, because Rubeus was already injured by Mamoru, he is not able to capture Minako, and Calaveras is killed by Usagi when she comes to rescue Minako.

In the anime, Calaveras is shown to be a petty woman who indulges in relentlessly teasing her other siblings, especially Petz. She also appears unwilling to do anything for herself. She never accepts a single mission and instead tags along on several of Petz's missions and also follows Petz on one occasion to steal credit for Berthier's final mission. Even her final mission is one of Petz's, in which the elder sister was asked to use a powerful stick to kill the Sailor Soldiers and reclaim her now purified siblings Kōan and Berthier. While on the mission, Calaveras urges Petz to go ahead and destroy the Sailor Soldiers, but Petz, corrupted by the stick, attempts kill everyone. Shocked by Petz's treachery, Calaveras is shown pity by Usagi and eventually comes to understand human love. She then tells the other Sailor Soldiers about the stick's power. When Rubeus arrives and uses the stick to create a time-vacuum on the bridge, Calaveras stops Petz from falling into the vortex by catching her sister using her whip. After the Sailor Soldiers destroy the stick, Calaveras accepts purification and becomes a normal human woman.

Calaveras appears as a boss in the Sailor Moon: Another Story video game. She is encountered on one of the spaceships alongside the other Ayakashi Sisters.

In Japanese, she is voiced by Akiko Hiramatsu. In English, her name is changed to Avery and is voiced by Jennifer Griffiths. In the musicals, she is portrayed by Ado Endoh.

In the manga, she uses the energy of her deceased sisters to attack Sailor Venus, though she fails to kidnap her. She lacks any psychic power in the anime, and her attack is the "Dark Beaut" whip.

Petz[edit]

Petz (ペッツ Pettsu?, called Prizma in the English dub) is the oldest of the four sisters. She is named for the mineral petzite and is the counterpart of Makoto Kino.

In the manga, Petz is assigned "Code: 003, Operation: Renew" - where she is to infect Tokyo with viruses and replace the weakened citizens with Droids. Makoto is infected by one of the viruses and passes out in her apartment, and awakens to her double trying to choke her. She transforms and attacks it as Sailor Jupiter, revealing it to be a droid. Petz then arrives in her UFO, expresses amusement that Jupiter is still alive, then swears vengeance for her two dead sisters. She and Jupiter fight, but Petz captures her inside of a tornado she summons using the Black Crystal. Petz watches Jupiter in the tornado and does not see the arrival of Sailor Moon and Sailor Venus, and she is killed from behind by Moon Princess Halation, though Rubeus still succeeds in kidnapping Jupiter.

In the anime, Petz often clashes with Calaveras, but the majority of both women's operations end up with them working together. She is very proud and is willing to step on others to achieve personal glory and power. She also appears bitter over a past relationship and reacts strongly when Calaveras teases her about it. After the betrayal of Kōan and Berthier, Rubeus gives her a stick that will infinitely increase her dark powers and instructs her to use it to kill the Sailor Senshi and reconvert her fallen sisters. He also warns her not to fail. The stick dramatically increases Petz's powers and also corrupts her personality, allowing her to quickly gain the upper hand against the Sailor Senshi. She then turns on Calaveras and tries to kill her along with the other two sisters. However, the Senshi regain the advantage and knock the stick away from her, reducing her power again. Rubeus then appears and reveals to Petz that he had actually expected Petz to fail; his goal was not for her to succeed, but to lure the Sailor Senshi out and sacrifice all four sisters to kill them. He then activates the stick's true power and it creates a massive time-vacuum that threatens to pull in everyone around it. Petz, no longer possessed and remorseful, decides that she has enough power in her body to destroy the stick and jumps into the vortex to sacrifice herself to stop it. However, she is stopped by her other three sisters who convince her that they still love her. After the vortex is destroyed by the Sailor Senshi, Petz is purified along with Calaveras. Over time, Petz becomes less callous and more compassionate. Petz and her sisters soon discover a wounded Saphir, whom Petz tends to even though she at first thinks he came to punish her sisters. It is then that Petz and Saphir are revealed to have been romantically involved, and that Saphir is the person who caused Petz to be embittered about men. After Saphir is killed by Wiseman, Petz senses his death and is heartbroken, but remembers how he smiled for her.

Petz appears as a boss in the Sailor Moon: Another Story video game. She is encountered on one of the spaceships alongside the other Ayakashi Sisters.

In Japanese, Petz is voiced by Megumi Ogata.[9] In English, she is voiced by Norma Dell'Agnese and is changed to the second oldest sister.

Petz is one of two female characters in the musical series to have been played by male actor Shūsuke Yoda.

In the anime, her attack is "Dark Thunder", in which she threw a blast of black lightning toward her target. Although in the manga, her attack is using one of her earrings to create a tornado.

Servants[edit]

Boule Brothers[edit]

The Boule Brothers (人造宝石ブラザーズ(ブールブラザーズ) Būru Burazāzu?) Chiral (キラル Kiraru?) and Achiral (アキラル Akiraru?), called Doom and Gloom in the English dub, are two Black Moon Clan members who are under the service of Green Esmeraude, even appearing on her page in the Materials Collection art book. They are more significant in the manga than the anime.

In the manga, the brothers' mission is "Code: 005, Operation: Remake." They greet the Sailor Senshi when they arrive in Crystal Tokyo. They create a replica of the Crystal Palace as a trap. When Sailor Moon attacks them, she is paralyzed by a magnetic field from a man-made crystal at her feet. Tuxedo Mask destroys the crystal by willing it to break, and the brothers are killed.

The brothers' anime counterparts are droids who appear in just one episode. They grow "Dark Henges" at Jūban Park and Jūban Elementary School. They cause all of the pupils and teachers at the school to fight each other. They attack Chibiusa's best friend, Momoko, which causes Chibiusa to reveal her identity as "The Rabbit" to the Black Moon Clan. The Sailor Senshi fought off Doom and Gloom, but were at a disadvantage until Chibiusa (after her friend Momoko took a hit from the Boule Brothers to save her) unleashed her power and attacked Doom and Gloom. They survived and resumed their attack against the Sailor Senshi, but Tuxedo Mask stopped them. As they attempted to hide underground, Sailor Jupiter drove them out with Sparkling Wide Pressure and Sailor Moon destroyed them both with Moon Princess Halation.

Chiral is voiced by Masashi Ebara and Achiral by Ryoutarou Okiayu.

Spotted Tilmun[edit]

Spotted Tilmun (斑のティルムン Mura no Tirumun?) was a musical-only character who appeared only in Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady. He was a member of the Black Moon Clan. Although it was never explained why, he had a half crescent moon on his forehead, for which Esmeraude looked down on him. He shared a friendship with Aaron and Manna because they were misfits within the Clan.

When the Black Moon Clan held a contest to lure out the Sailor Senshi, he acted as the announcer under the name "Roppongi Tilmun."

When Death Phantom began killing the Black Moon members, Tilmun died protecting Aron and Manna.

He was played by Ikuya Moro. The character did not appear in the revision.

Aaron and Manna[edit]

Aaron (アロン Aron?) and Manna (マナ Mana?) are twin girls belonging to the Black Moon Clan. Neither have the Black Moon symbol on their foreheads, and the acceptance into the clan as full members is a minor plot in the musical Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady and its revision. Aaron and Manna wear inverted costumes, Aaron wears purple while Manna wears red. They had parents from Nemesis and Earth.

They are sent by Wiseman to convince Chibiusa that nobody cares for her. When given a rose each by Tuxedo Mask, the two begin to have doubts about invading Earth. When Tuxedo Mask is seduced by Black Lady, Aaron and Manna gives him back the roses, breaking the spell and distracting Black Lady long enough for Tuxedo Mask to take her Silver Crystal. They are killed by Wiseman after Black Lady is reverted to Chibiusa.

Aaron and Manna are portrayed by Nagisa Adaniya and Kasumi Suzuki respectively.

Droids[edit]

In the manga, the Droids (ドロイド Doroido?) were manufactured by Saphir, using the power of the Black Crystal, and were similar in shape and form. According to the Materials Collection, the manga droids were like robots resembling sand figurines; they had no eyes or mouths, and they could only produce screeching noises rather than words. They were able to take on the guise of humans.

In the anime, all of the droids were individuals, and all could talk. When they were destroyed, they dissolved into a pile of sand, implying that they were similar to their manga counterparts, though they also produced a gemstone with the clan's moon on it that faded away after its defeat.

Veneti and Aquatici[edit]

Veneti (ヴェネティ Veneti?) and Aquatici (アクアティキ Akuatiki?) are a pair of Droids in both the manga and musicals. They are considered perfect creations by Saphir. They were wisp-like beings in the manga but humanoid in the musical. Veneti had a masculine form in the manga while Aquatici had a feminine form, but it is unknown if they have genders. They were both female, or at least played by female actors, in the musical.

In the musicals, Veneti was played by Izumi Ogino and Aquatici was played by Yuka Kuwahara.

Reception[edit]

The members of the Black Moon Clan are called by Navok and Rudranath "a separatist faction" that not only refused to live under the reign of Neo-Queen Serenity, but were also manipulated by Wiseman into destroying Tokyo in the past in order to prevent the founding of Crystal Tokyo.[10] The authors also compare Black Moon's attack on Crystal Tokyo with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Takeuchi, Naoko (July 6, 1994). Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 7. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178781-0. 
  2. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (September 1999). Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon Volume V Original Picture Collection. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-324521-7. 
  3. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (October 1999). Materials Collection. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-324521-7. 
  4. ^ Doi, Hitoshi. "Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon". Archived from the original on 2006-09-02. Retrieved 2006-10-06. 
  5. ^ Sailor Moon Musical, 2001 Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady Fan Kansha Event ( Fan Appreciation Event) - After Ankoku no Sonnet, Hikari Ono's one day service performance
  6. ^ Sailor Moon Musical, 2001 500kai Kouen Video (500th performance commemorative video) - Fumina Hara's stage narrative by Yuuta Mochizuta and Nao Takagi - Yuuta:"She's a good guy (Hikari as Loof Merrow the female pirate)", Nao:"Girl, girl"
  7. ^ Sera-Myu.com - Ono Hikari
  8. ^ "Jeffrey's Japanese <-> English Dictionary". Retrieved 2007-02-23.  Translation is shown in this search.
  9. ^ Doi, Hitoshi. "Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon". Archived from the original on September 2, 2006. Retrieved October 6, 2006. 
  10. ^ Navok & Rudranath 2005, p. 27.
  11. ^ Navok & Rudranath 2005, p. 98.

Works cited[edit]

  • Navok, J; Rudranath, S.K. (2005). Warriors of Legend: Reflections of Japan in Sailor Moon. BookSurge, LLC. ISBN 978-1419608148. 

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