List of Sailor Moon S episodes
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|Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S|
The anime series title, which translates to Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||38|
|Original channel||TV Asahi|
|Original release||March 19, 1994– February 25, 1995|
The third season of the Sailor Moon anime series, titled Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S (美少女戦士セーラームーン S Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn Sūpā?), was produced by Toei Animation and directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara. It began broadcasting on TV Asahi on March 19, 1994, and ended on February 25, 1995. Like the rest of the series, it adapts the manga series by Naoko Takeuchi and follows the adventures of Usagi Tsukino and her friends. In 2000, Cloverway Inc. licensed the season for an unedited English-language broadcast in North America. Although Optimum Productions on the other hand, continued to dub the series. The series aired on YTV, who adjusted the episode numbers to match those of the original Japanese version, from June 12, 2000 to August 1, 2000. Edited and unedited videotapes as well as uncut bilingual DVDs of their adaptation were released by Pioneer Entertainment. Eventually, on May 16, 2014, the season was re-licensed for an updated English-language release by Viz Media.
One of the controversies surrounding Sailor Moon S is in the romantic-lesbian relationship of Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, who are subtly depicted as romantic lovers, although this is never mentioned directly. Takeuchi has openly admitted they are a romantic couple, and their voice actresses were instructed to play the characters "as if they are a married romantic couple." However, because of differing cultural standards, most countries outside of Japan, excluding Greece, Germany, Sweden, Spain and Mexico, have censored the relationship. Most notably, in the Cloverway/Optimum English-dubbed version this subtext is removed, and instead they are stated to be "cousins".
In the 1995 favorite episode polls for Animage, "Death of Uranus and Neptune!? Talismans Appear" came in first place, "The Bond of Destiny! The Distant Days of Uranus" came in eighth place, and "The Labyrinth of Water! Ami the Targeted" came in ninth place. The following year, "A Bright Shooting Star! Saturn, and the Messiah" came in fifteenth place.
Three pieces of theme music used: one opening theme and two ending themes. The opening theme, an updated version of "Moonlight Densetsu" is performed by Moon Lips. The first ending theme, used for the first two episodes, is "Otome no Policy" performed by Yoko Ishida. The second ending theme, used for the remainder of the season, is "Tuxedo Mirage" performed by Peach Hips, a group consisting of voice actresses Kotono Mitsuishi, Michie Tomizawa, Aya Hisakawa, Emi Shinohara and Rika Fukami.
Original Japanese title
|Original airdate||English airdate|
|90||"Star Struck, Bad Luck"
"Premonition of World's End? The Appearance of Mysterious New Warriors!"
"Chikyū hōkai no yokan? Nazo no shin Senshi shutsugen" (地球崩壊の予感?謎の新戦士出現)
|March 19, 1994||June 12, 2000|
|After she experiences apocalyptic visions, Rei is attacked by a powerful monster called a Daimon that Sailor Moon is unable to fight after it disables her brooch, reversing her transformation. The Daimon is defeated by a pair of mysterious new warriors, leaving Rei to despondently realize that a new conflict has begun.|
|91||"Crystal Clear Again"
"The Rod of Love is Born! Usagi's New Transformation"
"Ai no roddo tanjō! Usagi no shin henshin" (愛のロッド誕生!うさぎの新変身)
|March 26, 1994||June 13, 2000|
|While Mamoru strives to cheer Usagi up after her failure in the previous battle, a young girl is the latest target of the Death Busters. Due to Usagi's inability to transform, the under-powered Sailor Team struggles to fight off the Daimon and are once again forced to rely on the mysterious new Sailor Guardians. Once they determine the girl's pure heart is not a talisman, they leave the Sailor Team to fend for themselves. Meanwhile, Tuxedo Mask and Usagi hold hands after the latter's refusal to escape, and through the power of their love, Usagi's disabled Crystal Star brooch transforms into the Cosmic Heart Compact, and she gains the Spiral Heart Moon Rod and, along with it, the ability to transform and defeat the new enemy.|
"A Beautiful Boy? The Secret of Haruka Tenou"
"Suteki na bishōnen? Ten'ō Haruka no himitsu" (素敵な美少年?天王はるかの秘密)
|April 16, 1994||June 14, 2000|
|Avoiding their study group, Usagi and Minako meet Haruka Tenou, an attractive and supposedly male student of a prestigious local school, with whom they both become infatuated. After Minako is defeated in a racing game, Michiru arrives to pick up Haruka, and the two depart with Usagi and Minako soon following behind them. Once Michiru and Haruka separate at a mechanic's shop, Usagi and Minako take this as their chance, and Haruka tells them about 'him'self until a Daimon arrives to attack Kameda, the shop mechanic. The Daimon starts to escape when Usagi and Minako transform into their Guardian forms to chase it down, when Uranus and Neptune arrive to investigate Kameda's pure heart crystal. When it turns out not to be a talisman they retreat and Sailor Moon defeats the Daimon. Later, the rest of the girls are at Crown Game Center with Usagi and Minako in hopes of seeing the cute boy they'd told them about; Michiru arrives with a blonde girl, whom Usagi and Minako initially fail to realize is Haruka; once they do, Minako falls to the ground in anguish, and Haruka notes that she'd never said she was male.|
"Usagi's Idol! The Graceful Genius Michiru"
"Usagi no akogare! Yūbi no tensai Michiru" (うさぎの憧れ!優美な天才みちる)
|April 23, 1994||June 15, 2000|
|Concerned that she is not intelligent enough for the sophisticated Mamoru, Usagi seeks advice from talented artist Michiru.|
|94||"Swept Off Her Feet"
"Protect the Pure-Heart! A Three-Way Battle
"Pyua na kokoro wo mamore! Teki mikata mittsu tomoe ransen" (純な心を守れ!敵味方三つ巴乱戦)
|April 30, 1994||June 16, 2000|
|Usagi's friend, Unazuki, is attacked by a Daimon and has her pure heart crystal stolen. After the crystal is dropped, Sailor Moon must race to find it and save Unazuki.|
|95||"Blinded By Love's Light"
"Leave it to the Moon for Love Aid"
"Koi no otasuke wa Mūn ni omakase" (恋のおたすけはムーンにおまかせ)
|May 7, 1994||June 19, 2000|
|Naru and Umino enter an affection contest in order to prove their strong mutual romantic love for each other, but find themselves targeted by a Daimon.|
|96||"Lita Borrows Trouble"
"Cold-Hearted Uranus? Makoto in Trouble"
"Reikoku na Uranusu? Makoto no pinchi" (冷酷なウラヌス?まことのピンチ)
|May 14, 1994||June 20, 2000|
|Makoto is targeted by a Daimon, but manages to evade it. Keen to analyze her pure heart crystal, Haruka befriends Makoto in order to get close to her.|
"The Labyrinth of Water! Ami the Targeted"
"Mizu no rabarinsu! Nerawareta Ami" (水のラビリンス!ねらわれた亜美)
|May 21, 1994||June 21, 2000|
|Ami's desire to avoid competition leads her to offending Michiru inadvertently in a swimming race. Meanwhile, a Daimon selects her as a target.|
"Save Friends! Moon and Uranus Join Forces"
"Tomodachi wo sukue! Mūn Uranusu rengō" (友達を救え!ムーンウラヌス連合)
|May 28, 1994||June 22, 2000|
|After Sailor Neptune is captured and possibly killed by Kaorinite, Sailor Moon and Sailor Uranus find themselves shackled together and forced to reassess their less-than-friendly attitudes toward each other in order to save Sailor Neptune from any more harm.|
"The Kindness of a Man! Yuichiro, Heartbroken by Rei?"
"Otoko no yasashisa! Yūichirō Rei ni shitsuren?" (男の優しさ!雄一郎レイに失恋?)
|June 18, 1994||June 23, 2000|
|Worried by Rei's intensive meditation, Yuuichirou becomes concerned that she has fallen deeply head-over-heels in love for another man. When he sees her with Haruka and mistakes her for a man, Yuuichirou is convinced that "he" is Rei's new romantic suitor.|
"Retire from the Sailor Guardians!? Minako's Concerns"
"Sērā Senshi wo yametai!? Minako no nayami" (S戦士を辞めたい!?美奈子の悩み)
|June 25, 1994||June 26, 2000|
|Minako is despondent about her life as a Sailor Guardian and being Sailor Venus. Meanwhile, an old friend of hers is attacked by a Daimon.|
|101||"Birthday Blues, Part One"
"Usagi in Tears! Glass Shoes for her Birthday"
"Usagi namida! Tanjōbi ni garasu no kutsu wo" (うさぎ涙!誕生日にガラスの靴を)
|July 2, 1994||June 27, 2000|
|Usagi is furious when Mamoru forgets her birthday. When Mamoru buys her an expensive pair of glass slippers to make up for it, he fails to realize that Kaorinite sabotaged the shoes with a Daimon egg to steal her pure heart crystal. To make matters worse, Usagi cannot transform into Sailor Moon, for Kaorinite took her Cosmic Heart Compact.|
|102||"Birthday Blues, Part Two"
"The Pure Heart Stolen! Usagi's Biggest Crisis"
"Ubawareta pyua na kokoro! Usagi zettai zetsumei" (奪われた純な心!うさぎ絶体絶命)
|July 16, 1994||June 28, 2000|
|With the Cosmic Heart Compact stolen and Tuxedo Mask kidnapped, Usagi and the four other Sailor Guardians, along with Sailors Uranus and Neptune, go to retake the compact so Usagi can become Sailor Moon again, rescue Tuxedo Mask and face Kaorinite in a final showdown at Tokyo Tower.|
|103||"Hello, Sailor Mini Moon"
"The Arrival of the Tiny Pretty Guardian"
"Yatte kita chiccha na Bishōjo Senshi" (やって来たちっちゃな美少女戦士)
|August 6, 1994||June 29, 2000|
|A genius drummer is recruited to play at a festival for Rei. The Sailor Guardians cannot defeat the Daimon who attacks her, but Sailor Chibi-Moon arrives.|
|104||"Tainted Tea Party"
"Seeking Friends! Chibi-Moon's Actions"
"Tomodachi wo motomete! Chibi Mūn no katsuyaku" (友達を求めて!ちびムーンの活躍)
|August 20, 1994||June 30, 2000|
|Chibi-Usa, returned from Crystal Tokyo for further training, attempts to adapt to her new home by making friends her age. She tries to befriend a lady who does tea ceremonies, but she becomes the Death Busters' latest target.|
|105||"People Who Need People"
"Wanting More Power! Mako-Chan's Lost Path"
"Pawā ga hoshī! Mako-chan no mayoi michi" (力が欲しい!まこちゃんの迷い道)
|August 27, 1994||July 3, 2000|
|Makoto is training in the mountains, trying to become much stronger after being easily defeated by a Daimon before. Her trainer is attacked, and tells her that nobody can live alone. She attacks the Daimon, fails, and realizes she needs her best friends in order to win.|
|106||"Related By Destiny"
"The Bond of Destiny! The Distant Days of Uranus"
"Unmei no kizuna! Uranusu no tōi hi" (運命のきずな!ウラヌスの遠い日)
|September 3, 1994||July 4, 2000|
|Haruka remembers the past when she first met Michiru, who told her that she was destined to become Sailor Uranus. Haruka initially refused that destiny, for she loved her life too much and was afraid of change. Haruka was attacked, and Sailor Neptune was injured while defending her. In her anguish, Haruka took the transformation pen and accepted her destiny as Sailor Uranus, the Sailor Guardian of the Sky.|
"Art is an Explosion of Love! Chibi-Usa's First Love"
"Geijutsu wa ai no bakuhatsu! Chibi-Usa no hatsukoi" (芸術は愛の爆発!ちびうさの初恋)
|September 10, 1994||July 5, 2000|
|Chibi-Usa meets a boy named Masanori at her art class and develops a crush on him. Unfortunately, he already has a crush on Michiru, who is taking a class at that school as well. Chibi-Usa makes a grail, and Masanori makes a beautiful artwork.|
|108||"Everything's Coming Up Rosey"
"Usagi's Dance, In Time to a Waltz"
"Usagi no dansu wa warutsu ni notte" (うさぎのダンスはワルツに乗って)
|September 17, 1994||July 6, 2000|
|An English gentleman named Edwards invites Mamoru and the girls to a fancy party, where Usagi accidentally becomes drunk and the team is forced to confront a fashionable Eudial and her latest Daimon.|
|109||"No Turning Back"
"A Time of Shock! True Identities Revealed to One Another"
"Shōgeki no toki! Akasareta tagai no shōtai" (衝撃の刻!明かされた互いの正体)
|September 24, 1994||July 7, 2000|
|Minako becomes jealous that a Daimon has not yet attacked her, and she fears that she does not have a pure heart. After doing as many "pure" things as she can, she is attacked, and her pure heart is taken from her. When Eudial nearly gets away, Usagi is forced to reveal her identity to Haruka & Michiru.|
"Death of Uranus and Neptune!? Talismans Appear"
"Uranusu-tachi no shi? Tarisuman shutsugen" (ウラヌス達の死?タリスマン出現)
|October 15, 1994||July 10, 2000|
|Faced with losing her position at Witches 5, Eudial creates a computer program to find the true owners of the three Talismans, and learns that Haruka and Michiru are the ones who hold two of the Talismans within their own hearts! They take away Usagi's brooch, and follow Eudial onto a lonely island. However, the invitation turns out to be a trick, and Michiru’s pure heart is taken, which turns into the mystical Deep Aqua Mirror. Haruka, in order to release her own talisman, kills herself with Eudial’s gun. Her pure heart transforms into the mystical Space Sword.|
|111||"The Purity Chalice"
"The Grail's Divine Power! Moon's Double Transformation"
"Seihai no shinpi na chikara! Mūn nidan henshin" (聖杯の神秘な力!ムーン二段変身)
|October 22, 1994||July 11, 2000|
|Sailor Pluto appears and reawakens Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, and the three talismans resonate with each other (the third and last being Sailor Pluto's Garnet Orb). The Holy Grail appears, and Sailor Moon grabs it and evolves into Super Sailor Moon, who drives Eudial out. Mimete then kills Eudial by sabotaging her car with snails.|
"Who is the True Messiah? Chaos of Light and Darkness"
"Shin no kyūseishu wa dare? Hikari to kage no kaosu" (真の救世主は誰?光と影のカオス)
|November 5, 1994||July 12, 2000|
|The girls end up watching the filming of a movie, where Chibi-Usa encounters Hotaru, whom she quickly befriends. But in the end, she is revealed to be the twelve-year_old daughter of Professor Souichi Tomoe, the possessed leader of the Death Busters. Super Sailor Moon uses her new "Rainbow Moon Heartache" attack to defeat the Daimon of the day.|
|113||"Rini's Risky Friendship"
"A House Full of Evil Presence! The Secret of the Beautiful Girl, Hotaru"
"Yōki tadayou ie! Bishōjo Hotaru no himitsu" (妖気漂う家!美少女ほたるの秘密)
|November 12, 1994||July 13, 2000|
|The three Outer Guardians appear to Tuxedo Mask, and tell him why they cannot fight alongside Sailor Moon and the other four Sailor Guardians. Usagi and Chibiusa visit Hotaru, and see a woman who looks like Kaorinite. The Messiah of Silence appears demanding pure hearts.|
"Crazy for Celebrities! Mimete in Doubt"
"Aidoru daisuki! Nayameru Mimetto" (アイドル大好き!悩めるミメット)
|November 19, 1994||July 14, 2000|
|Minako and Mimete enter a beauty contest at the same time, with Mimete willing to risk it all to obtain victory. Both fall short of the needed votes to win the idol position, and Mimete decides to just go back to her evil ways.|
|115||"The Shadow Of Silence"
"Shadow of Silence!? The Pale Glimmer of a Firefly"
"Chinmoku no kage!? Awaki Hotaru hi no yurameki" (沈黙の影!?あわき蛍火のゆらめき)
|November 26, 1994||July 17, 2000|
|Mimete attacks a soap opera actor. Hotaru's past without friends is shown, and the reasons for it. A Daimon who was attacking runs near Hotaru, who glows and completely freezes the Daimon.|
"Sunny Skies After a Storm! A Friendship Dedicated to Hotaru"
"Arashi nochi hare! Hotaru ni sasageru yūjō" (嵐のち晴れ!ほたるに捧げる友情)
|December 3, 1994||July 18, 2000|
|Mamoru takes Usagi, Chibi-Usa and Hotaru to a botanical garden that is tended by Yoshiki Kurebayashi, an old classmate of his. While there, Mimete targets Yoshiki's pure heart and causes a storm that puts the plants at risk. Sailor Moon defeats the accompanying Daimon, U-Bara.|
"Higher, Stronger! Cheers by Usagi"
"Yori takaku yori tsuyoku! Usagi no ōen" (より高くより強く!うさぎの応援)
|December 10, 1994||July 19, 2000|
|Hotaru wishes to give a letter to Shun, a famous athlete. He becomes targeted when she goes to give it to him, and she possessively blasts the enemy with a hugely strong amount of energy. She talks to Shun about being frail and weak, and he thanks her for talking to him.|
|118||"It's In The Cards"
"The Battle in a Demonic Dimension! The Sailor Guardians' Bet"
"Makū no tatakai! Sērā Senshi no kake" (魔空の戦い!セーラー戦士の賭け)
|December 17, 1994||July 20, 2000|
|Mimete attempts to create a Daimon by herself, throwing the entire Tomoe house into another dimension. The Guardians enter the dimension and are defeated by a game-master Daimon named U-Ikasaman. Hotaru manages to assist in her defeat by the use of a bluff.|
"Awakening of the Messiah of Silence? Stars of Destiny
"Chinmoku no Meshia kakusei? Unmei no hoshiboshi" (沈黙のメシアの覚せい?運命の星々)
|December 24, 1994||September 13, 2000|
|The Sailor Guardians visit a planetarium, where a man is attacked by a Daimon. The symbol of Saturn appears on Hotaru's forehead, and she destroys the Daimon. Sailor Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto attack Hotaru, since she is both Sailor Saturn, the Sailor Guardian of Silence, Ruin and Birth, and also possessed by the Messiah of Silence; Super Sailor Moon takes the blow to protect Hotaru.|
|120||"Next In Line"
"Invasion from an Alternate Dimension! The Mystery of Mugen Academy"
"Ijigen kara no shinryaku! Mugen Gakuen no nazo" (異次元からの侵略!無限学園の謎)
|January 7, 1995||July 21, 2000|
|Chibi-Usa goes to Hotaru's house to find that Hotaru has disappeared, and is devastated about it. At the same time, the Sailor Guardians investigate Mugen Academy, where Mimete tries one final time to defeat them before Telulu literally pulls the plug on her operation.|
"A Mystic Flower that Steals Hearts! The Third Witch, Telulu"
"Kokoro wo ubau yōka! Daisan no majō Teruru" (心を奪う妖花!第三の魔女テルル)
|January 14, 1995||July 24, 2000|
|Telulu develops a new plan to steal pure hearts, using a plant bred for that purpose. Setsuna realizes it is an alien plant made to steal pure hearts, and warns the six Sailor Guardians. Tuxedo Mask causes a mutated plant to destroy Telulu, leading to them tracing her back to the mysterious Mugen Academy.|
|122||"The Science Of Love"
"Believe in Love! Ami, a Kind-Hearted Guardian"
"Ai wo shinjite! Ami, kokoro yasashiki Senshi" (愛を信じて!亜美心優しき戦士)
|January 21, 1995||July 25, 2000|
|Ami investigates the Mugen Academy, where she meets Viluy, the fourth of the Witches 5. Viluy attempts to use her nanorobots to steal pure hearts from entrance exam takers. But after her battle, her own microscopic robots turn against her, destroying her in the process.|
|123||"Wake Up Call"
"Shadows of Destruction! The Awakening of the Messiah of Silence"
"Hametsu no kage! Chinmoku no Meshia no mezame" (破滅の影!沈黙のメシアの目覚め)
|January 28, 1995||July 26, 2000|
|Witch Cyprine steals pure hearts from Mugen Academy students. Chibi-Usa is abducted by the recently resurrected Kaorinite, and her pure heart is stolen by Mistress 9, having taken over Hotaru's body, which allows her to awaken as the Messiah of Silence.|
|124||"Who's Really Who?"
"The Horror of the Approaching Shadow! Eight Guardians in Tough Battle"
"Semari kuru yami no kyōfu! Kusen no Hassenshi" (迫り来る闇の恐怖!苦戦の8戦士)
|February 4, 1995||July 27, 2000|
|Mistress 9 uses all remaining Daimon eggs to create a powerful energized shield of evil minions around Mugen Academy. Sailor Moon is abducted, as she is the holder of the Holy Grail. After witnessing Sailor Pluto ultimately sacrificing herself to save them by using her forbidden ability to stop time, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune destroy Germatoid, the Daimon possessing Professor Souichi Tomoe with their talismans, the Deep Aqua Mirror and the Space Sword.|
|125||"Darkness, My Old Friend"
"A Bright Shooting Star! Saturn, and the Messiah"
"Kagayaku ryūsei! Satān soshite kyūseishu" (輝く流星!サターンそして救世主)
|February 11, 1995||July 28, 2000|
|Sailor Moon is tricked into giving Mistress 9 the Purity Chalice, which she uses to summon Pharaoh 90 to earth. Hotaru regains consciousness with the assistance of Sailor Moon and her father, destroying Mistress 9 and fully awakening the spirit of Sailor Saturn within herself at last. Sailor Saturn herself returns Chibi-usa's pure heart crystal, and then appears before Sailor Moon to ultimately sacrifice herself and destroy Pharaoh 90 once and for all with her destructive powers, but Sailor Moon gains the help of the other six Sailor Guardians to become Super Sailor Moon once more, and save both Hotaru and Sailor Saturn, who is reborn as a baby immediately afterward.|
"A New Life! Time for Separation of the Destined Stars"
"Atarashiki seimei! Unmei no hoshiboshi betsuri no toki" (新しき生命!運命の星々別離の時)
|February 18, 1995||July 31, 2000|
|Haruka and Michiru give the newly reborn infant Hotaru to a still-healing Professor Souichi Tomoe, who is finally free of the Death Busters. However, they viciously attack Sailor Moon, for she protected Hotaru's body and Sailor Saturn, and risked the whole entire world for one mere life. The Silver Crystal throws them back, and they kneel to her as their leader and leave the city.|
"Self-Awareness as a Guardian! Strength Lies in the Pure Heart"
"Senshi no jikaku! Tsuyosa wa jun na kokoro no naka ni" (戦士の自覚!強さは純な心の中に)
|February 25, 1995||August 1, 2000|
|A final Daimon emerges from the rubble of Mugen Academy and begins to steal pure hearts. Chibi-Usa leaves for Crystal Tokyo in the future, and comes back as Sailor Chibi-Moon just in time to help destroy the last Daimon.|
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