March 6, 1993
March 12, 1994
|Sailor Moon • Sailor Moon R • Sailor Moon S • Sailor Moon SuperS • Sailor Moon Sailor Stars|
Sailor Moon R is the shortened title of Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R (美少女戦士セーラームーン R, Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn Āru). It is the second major story arc and series in the Sailor Moon anime. The letter R in its title, according to the Memorial Song Box booklet, can be expanded into either "Return" or "Romance". In the Sailor Moon manga, which came first, this story arc does not have a specific name, but its individual acts are inconsistently given the subtitle "Black Moon". The season is then followed by Sailor Moon S.
There is also a separate film called Sailor Moon R: The Movie - The Promise of the Rose.
The Sailor Moon franchise was originally intended to run on television for only one season; but due to its success, Toei Animation requested that the creator of the Sailor Moon franchise, Naoko Takeuchi keep drawing her Sailor Moon manga. Despite struggling to extend the Sailor Moon series with another storyline, Naoko Takeuchi settled with the introduction of Chibiusa, the future daughter of Sailor Moon after her editor Fumio Osano recommended the idea. Because both the Sailor Moon manga and the Sailor Moon anime were being produced at the same time; Sailor Moon R begins with a 13-episode sub-arc that does not appear in the manga, created to give Naoko Takeuchi time to catch up in creating the Sailor Moon manga.
The opening sequence featured Moonlight Densetsu (ムーンライト伝説; "Moonlight Legend"), written by Kanako Oda and performed by DALI. There were 2 versions of the opening theme, the first having more generic visuals, the second more closely following and representing the story of the R season, as it features brand new places such as Crystal Tokyo, and even new characters: Neo-Queen Serenity, King Endymion, Chibiusa, Sailor Pluto, and the Black Moon family, which is called the Negamoon in the English version.
Sailor Moon R is set two months after the fall of the Dark Kingdom. The Sailor Scouts and Mamoru are living their normal lives with no memories of the events from the previous season. The first story, which lasted for the first 13 episodes of the season, features the regaining of the Inner Sailor Senshi's memories because of their encounters with new enemies, the Makaiju aliens (Ail and An), and is referred to as the Makaiju arc. Mamoru, however, didn't regain his memories immediately.
Ail and An aimed to gather human energy to fuel their dying Makaiju Tree, their only source of life, to sustain themselves, and used monsters (called Cardian Monsters) to help steal energy. During their battles against their new enemies, each Scout unlocks a stronger version of their existing powers. In addition, a new character, the Moonlight Knight, appeared to help the Sailor Scouts in their time of need during battle, taking on the same role of Tuxedo Mask from the previous season.
Ail and An disguised themselves as siblings attending Usagi's school while on earth. Their life on earth begun to teach them the meaning of love, something their race of aliens never understood. As their human alter egos, Ail even developed feelings towards Usagi while An developed hers towards Mamoru, resulting in a complicated love triangle.
The Sailor Guardians eventually squares off against Ail and An in a final battle in episode thirteen. Witnessing the battle, they finally understood love and sacrifice for loved ones. When the Makaiju Tree turned in them, Ail put his life on the line to protect her, similar to what he saw Sailor Moon do with Mamoru. It was then, the Makaiju Tree stopped wrecking havoc because Ail and An finally learned love over greed. Ail, An, and the Makaiju Tree leaves earth for a peaceful new life elsewhere in the universe.
It was also revealed the Moonlight Knight was a split personality of Mamoru. After Queen Beryl's defeat, Mamoru lost his memories, but his desire to protect Sailor Moon wasn't, and so resulted in a split personality that reunited with Mamoru, after Mamoru began to regain his memories.
Main Story Arc
The main story arc explores the future of all the inner Sailor Senshi in a 30th Century utopia city called Crystal Tokyo, ruled over by Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion. New characters introduced include Chibiusa, Sailor Pluto, and in the manga, Diana. The primary villains are the Black Moon Clan, led by Prince Demande.
The Black Moon Clan intended to destroy the Crystal Tokyo. After Chibi Usa traveled back in time to 20th Century Tokyo, the Black Moon Clan followed her, aiming to destroy both her and the Silver Crystal.
Crimson Rubeus was initially tasked with Chibi Usa and the Silver Crystal. He was in command of the Spectre Sisters and used droids to aid them in their mission.
When the Sailor Moon anime was first aired to English-speaking viewers (particularly in Australia), the series consisted of just 65 episodes, of which 40 (edited down from 46) were taken from the first season. Twelve episodes of the Black Moon arc were shown first, then all of the episodes from the Makaiju arc from the start of the season were shown. The remaining seventeen episodes of the Black Moon arc were not released for another three years, billed by Cartoon Network as "the lost episodes." One episode from the season, involving Chibiusa's friendship with a dinosaur, was omitted from the original dub and was not included the subtitled DVD releases. The episode was restored for release on DVD/Blu-Ray by Viz Media.
- Ail and Ann (for the first 13 Episodes)
- Moonlight Knight ( first 13 Episodes)
- Black Moon Clan
- Sailor Pluto
- King Endymion
- Neo Queen Serenity
|Ep. #||Episode Title||Original Airdates|
|JP & US (Viz)||US (DiC)|
|47||41||"Moon Revived! The Mysterious Aliens Appear"|
"The Return of Sailor Moon"
|March 6, 1993 (JP)|
November 22, 1995 (US)
|48||42||"For Love and Justice! A Sailor Senshi Once Again"|
"So You Want to Be in Pictures"
|March 13, 1993 (JP)|
November 23, 1995 (US)
|49||43||"For Whom is the White Rose? The Moonlight Knight Appears"|
"A Knight to Remember"
|March 20, 1993 (JP)|
November 24, 1995 (US)
|50||44||"Usagi's Crisis! The Tiara Doesn't Work"|
|April 10, 1993 (JP)|
November 27, 1995 (US)
|51||45||"A New Transformation! Usagi Powers Up"|
"Cherry Blossom Time"
|April 17, 1993 (JP)|
November 28, 1995 (US)
|52||46||"Targeted Kindergarten Kids! Venus' Great Performance"|
|April 24, 1993 (JP)|
November 29, 1995 (US)
|53||47||"Mamoru and Usagi's Babysitting Mayhem"|
"Much Ado About Babysitting"
|May 1, 1993 (JP)|
November 30, 1995 (US)
|54||48||"The Culture Fest is for Me?! Queen Rei Sings With Passion"|
"Raye's Day in the Spotlight"
|May 8, 1993 (JP)|
December 1, 1995 (US)
|55||49||"Is Seijuro the Moonlight Knight? Mako-chan Falls in Love"|
|May 22, 1993 (JP)|
December 4, 1995 (US)
|56||50||"Steal Mamoru's Kiss! An's Snow White Strategy"|
"Mirror, Mirror On the Wall"
|May 29, 1993 (JP)|
December 5, 1995 (US)
|57||51||"Be Careful After School! Usagi is Targeted"|
|June 5, 1993 (JP)|
December 6, 1995 (US)
|58||52||"The Lovers' Hearts Disagree! The Angry Makaiju"|
|June 12, 1993 (JP)|
December 7, 1995 (US)
|59||53||"True Love Awakens! The Makaiju's Secret"|
|June 19, 1993 (JP)|
December 8, 1995 (US)
|60||54||"An Angel? A Devil? Mysterious Girl From the Sky"|
"Serena Times Two"
|June 26, 1993 (JP)|
November 6, 1995 (US)
|61||55||"Huge Shock for Usagi! Mamoru Declares a Break Up"|
"The Cosmetic Caper"
|July 3, 1993 (JP)|
November 7, 1995 (US)
|62||56||"The Friendship of the Sailor Senshi! Goodbye Ami"|
"Sailor Mercury Moving On?"
|July 10, 1993 (JP)|
November 8, 1995 (US)
|63||57||"Women Should Be Strong and Beautiful! Rei's New Killer Move"|
"Gramps In a Pickle"
|July 24, 1993 (JP)|
November 9, 1995 (US)
|64||58||"In Search of the Silver Crystal! Chibiusa's Secret"|
"Trouble Comes Thundering Down"
|July 31, 1993 (JP)|
November 10, 1995 (US)
|65||59||"Dispute Over Love! Minako and Makoto Face Off"|
"A Charmed Life"
|August 14, 1993 (JP)|
November 13, 1995 (US)
|66||60||"Usagi's Parental Love? A Curry Triangle Relationship"|
"A Curried Favor"
|August 21, 1993 (JP)|
November 14, 1995 (US)
|67||--||"The Ocean! The Island! A Vacation! A Break for the Sailor Senshi"||August 28, 1993 (JP)|
May 8, 2015 (US [Viz Media redub])
|68||61||"Protect Chibiusa! Clash of the Ten Warriors"|
"Naughty 'N' Nice"
|September 11, 1993 (JP)|
November 15, 1995 (US)
|69||62||"Awaken, Sleeping Beauty! Mamoru's Distress"|
"Prediction of Doom"
|September 25, 1993 (JP)|
November 16, 1995 (US)
|70||63||"A Battle of the Flames of Love! Mars vs Koan"|
"Enemies No More"
|October 2, 1993 (JP)|
November 17, 1995 (US)
|71||64||"For Friendship! Ami and Berthier Clash"|
|October 16, 1993 (JP)|
November 20, 1995 (US)
|72||65||"Cold Hearted Rubeus! The Four Sisters of Sorrow"|
|October 30, 1993 (US)|
November 21, 1995 (US)
|73||66||"A UFO Appears! The Sailor Senshi are Abducted"|
"Rubeus Evens the Score"
|November 6, 1993 (JP)|
November 30, 1998 (US)
|74||67||"Defeat Rubeus! The Battle in Space"|
"Rubeus Strikes Out"
|November 13, 1993 (JP)|
December 1, 1998 (US)
|75||68||"A Mysterious New Warrior, Sailor Pluto Appears"|
"The Secret of the Luna Sphere"
|November 20, 1993 (JP)|
December 2, 1998 (US)
|76||69||"Magical Power of Darkness! Esmeraude's Invasion"|
"Emerald Takes Over"
|December 4, 1993 (JP)|
December 3, 1998 (US)
|77||70||"Our Feelings are the Same! Usagi and Mamoru in Love Once Again"|
|December 11, 1993 (JP)|
December 4, 1998 (US)
|78||71||"Venus Minako's Nurse Mayhem"|
"No Thanks, Nurse Venus!"
|December 18, 1993 (JP)|
December 7, 1998 (US)
|79||72||"Artemis' Adventure! The Evil Animal Kingdom"|
"Dog Day for Artemis"
|December 25, 1993 (JP)|
December 8, 1998 (US)
|80||73||"Terrifying Illusion! Ami All Alone"|
"Smart Payoff" ("Lonely Amy")
|January 8, 1994 (JP)|
December 9, 1998 (US)
|81||74||"Dark Gate Completed? A Grade School in Danger"|
|January 15, 1994 (JP)|
December 10, 1998 (US)
|82||75||"Journey to the Future! Battle in the Space-Time Corridor"|
|January 22, 1994 (JP)|
December 11, 1998 (US)
|83||76||"The Shocking Future! Demande's Dark Ambition"|
"Legend of the Negamoon"
|January 29, 1994 (JP)|
December 14, 1998 (US)
|84||77||"Wiseman's Evil Hand! Chibiusa Disappears"|
"Jealousy's Just Reward"
|February 5, 1994 (JP)|
December 15, 1998 (US)
|85||78||"The Birth of Black Lady, The Queen of Darkness"|
"Birth of Wicked Lady"
|February 12, 1994 (JP)|
December 16, 1998 (US)
|86||79||"Saphir Dies! Wiseman's Trap"|
|February 19, 1994 (JP)|
December 17, 1998 (US)
|87||80||"Believe in Love and the Future! Usagi's Determination"|
"Diamond In the Rough"
|February 26, 1994 (JP)|
December 18, 1998 (US)
|88||81||"The Final Battle Between Light and Darkness! Love Sworn to the Future"|
|March 5, 1994 (JP)|
December 21, 1998 (US)
|89||82||"Usagi and the Girls' Resolve! Prelude to a New Battle"|
"Follow the Leader"
|March 12, 1994 (JP)|
December 22, 1998 (US)
- The main Sailor Moon R storyline is a contrast to the Sailor Moon storyline. Sailor Moon explored each of the Sailor Guardian's past while Sailor Moon R explored their futures.