Naru's Cry! Nephrite Dies for Love
|Naru-chan Goukyuu! Nefuraito Ai no Shi|
1, Sailor Moon
August 29, 1992
|NORTH AMERICAN DUB|
“A Friend in Wolf's Clothing”
October 6, 1995
“Naru's Cry! Nephrite Dies for Love” is the 24th episode of season one of the Sailor Moon anime, and the 24th overall. The episode first aired in Japan on August 29, 1992. The English dub title for this episode is "A Friend in Wolf's Clothing", and the episode first aired in North America on October 6, 1995.
After school Naru was with Usagi in a park. Naru was feeling sad. Usagi told Naru to forget about Sanjouin. But Naru said, "I can't. No matter how bad he is. Usagi, is there someone you like?" "Well.. Yeah." "Then you must know how I feel."
Nephrite was wondering why the Black Crystal was responding to Naru. He was thinking if it was "the energy of love". Then Nephrite recalled that Sailor Moon knew Naru. So Nephrite thought that Naru must know the identity of Sailor Moon. Zoisite was sneaking around and saw the Black Crystal.
At night when Naru was sleeping, Nephrite went to her room. The Black Crystal responded to her. Nephrite thought that the Silver Crystal could be inside one's body. Nephrite used the Black Crystal and his power to look through Naru's body.
Nephrite discovered that the Silver Crystal was not there. Then Naru woke up. She saw Sanjouin's shadow. Nephrite told her the truth about his identity. Nephrite said, "I learned about love from you." He continued a little bit about his evil group. Then Nephrite said, "Your love made me wake up. I want to fight against the evil forces with Sailor Moon. If you know who Sailor Moon is can you tell me?" But since Naru didn't know, she answered, "I'm sorry I don't know." Nephrite said, "You don't believe me." "I do believe you. I really don't know." Naru had tears going down her face. Then Nephrite disappeared. He was thinking that Naru might contact Sailor Moon if she knew who she was.
Zoisite was plotting against Nephrite. Zoisite's three youma wanted to attack Nephrite, but Zoisite said that Nephrite was too strong. Zoisite wanted to get Naru as a hostage. Usagi got a phone call in the middle of the night. Naru wanted to discuss it with Usagi. She said that Usagi was the only one she could talk to. Naru said, "Sanjouin wanted to know where Sailor Moon is." Usagi tried to find out more, but Naru started crying. Naru said that she felt better and hung up.
Luna and Usagi ran toward Naru's house because they thought Nephrite was up to something. Usagi was running too slow, so Luna went ahead by herself. Then the world started to distort around Usagi. Usagi thought it was the youma, and turned into Sailor Moon. Then Nephrite appeared and said that he found out Sailor Moon's identity. Sailor Moon asked Nephrite not to tell anyone. Nephrite said it didn't matter because he would kill her now, and started blasting Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon just tried to get away. Then Tuxedo Mask came. He said that he would fight Nephrite.
Then Nephrite felt that Naru was in trouble. He heard Naru calling him, "Please help, Nephrite-sama." Nephrite said, "Sailor Moon, I know who you are. I can attack you any time. You better be waiting." Then Nephrite disappeared. Sailor Moon was worried because her identity had been discovered. But Tuxedo Mask said, "Don't worry if he found out about your identity." Tuxedo Mask also left.
When Luna arrived at Naru apartment, she saw Naru being taken away by some youma. Nephrite arrived in Naru's room. There was a message from Zoisite saying that he would exchange Naru for the Black Crystal. Nephrite said that he didn't care about Naru, and burned the message.
Nephrite went to where the three youma were keeping Naru. Naru was tied up against the wall. The youma attacked Nephrite, but he easily defeated them. Nephrite didn't finish them off and said, "I won't give you the Black Crystal! Tell that to Zoisite." Then Nephrite carried Naru outside.
While she was in Nephrite's arms, Naru thanked him. Nephrite said, "I didn't know why I saved you myself. I've been tricking you until now." But Naru said that she didn't mind, as long as he was near.
Then Naru noticed that Nephrite's arm was injured. She led him to a park. Nephrite sat down against a tree and Naru ripped her pajama shirt to tie Nephrite's arm. Naru said that she wanted to go eat chocolate parfait with Nephrite. She said that it was her little dream. Nephrite said, "Okay. Let's go." Naru asked if Sunday was a holiday for evil people too. Nephrite laughed. Naru was very happy to see Nephrite laugh.
Then the youma appeared. One of them stabbed Nephrite in his shoulder with a large thorn. The youma said, "That thorn will suck your energy until you die." Nephrite told Naru to escape, but she didn't want to. Naru started trying to pull out the thorns from Nephrite's shoulder. The youma said that a human couldn't pull it out. Nephrite told Naru to escape again. But Naru kept trying to pull it out. Naru was crying and said, "Don't die." Then the thorns started coming out a little.
Youma was surprised and blasted them again. Nephrite grabbed Naru and covered her from the explosion. Naru was all right, but Nephrite was badly injured. Then Zoisite appeared and grabbed the Black Crystal. Zoisite told Nephrite that he should be happy to die with the one that he loved and left.
The youma was going to finish Nephrite off. Nephrite told Naru to escape, but Naru refused to let him die. Then the Sailor Senshi appeared. Sailor Mercury used the "Sabao Spray" and the youma couldn't move. Then Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars used their "Moon Tiara Action" and "Fire Soul" to kill the youma.
Nephrite said to Sailor Moon, "Your identity won't leak out." Then Nephrite said to Naru, "I'm sorry. I can't go eat chocolate parfait. I lied to you 'till the end. Please forgive me. I'm glad I met you." Then Nephrite dies, and disappears. Only the piece of cloth from Naru's pajamas remained. Naru cries for the death of Nephrite. The Sailor Senshi were also in tears while witnessing.
Changes From the Manga
- In the manga, Nephrite meets his end at the newly awakened Sailor Jupiter.
- Additionally, Zoisite is greatly distraught when Nephrite dies.
- Nephrite falling for Naru and reforming his ways before his murder are plot lines that exist in the anime only, and not in the original manga.
- In the DiC English dub the scene in Naru's bedroom when Nephrite is searching for the Silver Crystal in Naru's body is edited to remove Naru's nudity. This scene is retained in the Viz dub.
- DiC edited out references of Naru want to have chocolate parfait with Nephrite.
- This was the last appearance of Nephrite (not counting Moon Kingdom-era flashbacks in later anime episodes).