Steal Mamoru's Kiss! Ann's Snow White Strategy
|Mamoru no kisu ubae! An no Shirayuki-hime sakusen|
May 22, 1993
|NORTH AMERICAN DUB|
“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall”
December 5, 1995
"Steal Mamoru's Kiss! An's Snow White Strategy" is the 10th episode of the second season of the anime, and is the 56th episode overall. It first aired in Japan on May 22, 1993. The English dub title for this episode is "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" and it first aired in North America on December 5, 1995.
Some of Mamoru's college friends put on a production of Snow White and Usagi and her friends are only ones left to be in it. An assures she will be Snow White since Mamoru will be the prince, Ail becomes jealous and sends in a Cardian to attack.
Luna finds Usagi in her room, sleeping on her English textbook, which is open to the story of Snow White. Luna sees a picture in the book showing the prince kissing Snow White, and is momentarily lost in a romantic daydream. In her distraction, she accidentally wakes up Usagi, who is upset about being disturbed from her dream of eating a large nikuman.
Meanwhile, An is at her apartment reading the same book. Ail comments that she should not bother to study, and that she should spend her time gathering energy. An doesn't pay attention to him and dreams about kissing Mamoru to steal his love.
The Inner Senshi meet at the Hikawa Shrine because Rei asked them to come. Rei tells them Mamoru is organizing a play to be performed at Juuban Hall, but the people who were supposed to act in the play have left after an argument. The girls go to find Mamoru and tell him they will all act in his play. At Rei's suggestion, they decide to perform "Snow White" with Mamoru as the prince, but the girls immediately begin to argue over which of them should have the title role. Mamoru, Umino and Naru try to intervene, but to no avail. Natsumi appears and says she will participate too. She offers to draw lots to decide the casting, using paper pieces colored according to the roles. Natsumi cheats and gets the role as Snow White, while Usagi gets the role as the Evil Queen and the other girls and Umino get the other roles.
At the Makaiju, An tries in vain to convince Al that he should participate in the play since they need another actor. After she leaves, Ail plays his flute to summon the Cardian Bipierrot, then tells her she must steal energy from the people attending the play next week.
Inside the Juuban Community Center, the rehearsals begin. Natsumi insists on repeated rehearsals of the scene where the prince kisses the sleeping Snow White, which upsets Usagi and angers the others involved. When Natsumi attempts to embrace Mamoru and kiss him for real, he stops her and points out that she is supposed to be sleeping.
When the rehearsals is over for the day, Umino and Naru leave together, and Natsumi forces Mamoru to follow her on her walk home. The others are all are annoyed about Natsumi's behavior, and Usagi is surprised to learn from Minako and Makoto that Natsumi had cheated to get the Snow White role and everyone else had known about it. They tell Usagi that it would have just created more tension of one of them had the role, and since Natsumi looked so lonely and clearly wanted it, they just let her play Snow White. They do agree they should talk to Natsumi, though, and Usagi says she will do it tomorrow.
When the girls walk home in the evening, they see Natsumi on the stairs leading to the Hikawa Shrine. They see her praying for the play to be a success, but in her thoughts, she asks for a kiss from Mamoru. After Natsumi leaves the girls agree to let her keep the role.
The next day at dress rehearsals, all of the extras are dressed in animal costumes and sing a song about Snow White having eaten the poisoned apple. Usagi, who is dressed like an ugly witch, is jealous of Natsumi's elegant dress. The girls are angry with Umino who rented the costumes, but he says he intended them to be original and cute. Natsumi mockingly tells them that they look good.
The night before the play opens, An lies in her bed, thinking over the play and pretending she is kissing Mamoru. When Ail checks on her she tells him she is rehearsing. Ail notices the script lying on a table, and imagines himself playing the prince and kissing Usagi.
In the meantime, Usagi is practicing the scene where the magic mirror tells the queen that Snow White is the fairest person. Shingo comes in to tell Usagi that she should act better the next day, because he's going to come and watch her in the play.
When the play is about to begin, the audience seats in Juuban Hall are nearly full. As soon as the curtain rises, however, Bipierrot appears. She rides her unicycle violently around the stage, wrecking the set. Natsumi runs onto the stage to stop her, but Bipierrot hits her with a huge ball. She is knocked off stage and into Mamoru, who was running to her rescue, making them both fall to the floor. Natsumi tries to take the opportunity to kiss him, but before she can the Cardian hits her again and she faints.
Umino tries to pull Naru out of danger but stumbles, causing Naru and the girls to fall into an entangled heap. Bipierrot pulls out an umbrella and spins it to drain energy from the audience.
Usagi pulls herself out of the heap and transforms into Sailor Moon, then goes on stage to give her speech. Bipierrot makes a rope appear and binds Sailor Moon, then starts to drain her energy, but the rope is cut by a rose thrown by the Moonlight Knight.
The four other Sailor Senshi jump onto the stage and introduce themselves. When Bipierrot attacks them, Sailor Mars counters with Akuryo Taisan, attaching an Ofuda to Bipierrot's forehead. Sailor Mercury hits her with Sabão Spray Freezing, then Sailor Moon destroys the Cardian with Moon Princess Halation. The Moonlight Knight announces this is a happy ending, then he vanishes and the curtain drops. The Senshi wave to the applauding audience, including Shingo.
Back in her room, An is angry with Ail because he ruined the play and her chance to kiss Mamoru. He tells her off before he leaves, making her cry. Ail secretly wishes he could have played the prince.
Changes From the Manga
- In the original version of the episode, Makoto says that she should get the role of Snow White because she has bigger breasts. In DiC's English dub, Lita says that she should get the role because she has more talent. This change spawned a joke within the fandom with "talent" being an unusual euphemism for breast size.