List of crucial episodes?

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flockapowpow

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I'm in the midst of downloading the series, and my internet is a little on the slow side (I live in a pretty small town). I'm tired of downloading filler after filer because it's a waste of time for me, and it feels like I just spent two hours downloading nothing. Reading wikimoon summaries to decide if the episode is crucial is too much of a hastle. So can someone refer me to a list of the crucial episodes?
 

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flockapowpow said:
I'm in the midst of downloading the series, and my internet is a little on the slow side (I live in a pretty small town). I'm tired of downloading filler after filer because it's a waste of time for me, and it feels like I just spent two hours downloading nothing. Reading wikimoon summaries to decide if the episode is crucial is too much of a hastle. So can someone refer me to a list of the crucial episodes?
What would you consider crucial? Do you mean episodes where key events happen or the bare minimum of episodes you need to watch without missing anything important? Because there's a difference.

To give you a concrete example: while the Rainbow Crystal episodes are pure filler and you could technically skip over them, if you do, you'll have no idea where the jewels came from later on. So an elaboration of what you consider crucial is necessary.
 

flockapowpow

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I mean ones that contribute to the plot, so yes the rainbow crystals I consider crucial. I recall reading a list somewhere. I just seriously can't recall where. But I'm certain it exists. It was set up to where it pointed out episodes of max importance, and then pointed out ones of some importance (such as when moon tiara stardust appeared, or when the senshi's old friends appeared, kind of important stuff like that.) and then it showed what was 100% filler. If anyone can direct me to this list, or direct to me a list, I'd be very grateful.
 

Yen

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Yen's picks of "Crucial Episodes". Episodes I consider important are episodes with important plotlines, and episodes where important items are introduced.

Season 1.

1. Crybaby Usagi's Magnificent Transformation
3. Mysterious Sleeping Illness! Protect the Girls' Hearts in Love
8. Is the Genius Girl a Youma? Brainwashing School of Terror
9. Usagi's Misfortune! Watch Out for the Rushing Clocks
10. Cursed Buses! Fire Senshi Mars Appears
13. Girl Power! The End of Jadeite
14. A Powerful New Enemy! Nephrite's Evil Crest
17. Is Usagi a Model? The Focus of the Youma Camera
19. Usagi is Thrilled! Tuxedo Mask's Love Letter
22. Romance Under the Moon! Usagi's First Kiss
23. Wish Upon a Shooting Star! Naru's Pure Love
24. Naru's Cry! Nephrite Dies for Love
25. Jupiter, the Brawny Girl in Love
28. Illustrations of Love! Are Usagi and Mamoru Getting Closer?
32. Umino's Resolve! I'll Protect Naru
33. The Last Sailor Senshi! Sailor Venus Appears
34. The Sparkling Silver Crystal! The Moon Princess Appears
35. Memories Return! Usagi and Mamoru's Past
36. Usagi is Confused! Is Tuxedo Mask Evil?
42. Sailor Venus' Past! Minako's Tragic Love
44. Usagi's Awakening! A Message From the Distant Past
45. The Sailor Senshi Die! The Tragic Final Battle
46. Usagi's Everlasting Wish! A New Reincarnation

Season 2
47. Moon Revived! The Mysterious Aliens Appear
48. For Love and Justice! A Sailor Senshi Once Again
49. For Whom is the White Rose? The Moonlight Knight Appears
51. A New Transformation! Usagi Powers Up
58. The Lovers' Hearts Disagree! The Angry Makaiju
59. True Love Awakens! The Makaiju's Secret
60. An Angel? A Devil? Mysterious Girl From the Sky
61. Huge Shock for Usagi! Mamoru Declares a Breakup
64. In Search of the Silver Crystal! Chibiusa's Secret
68. Protect Chibiusa! Clash of the Ten Warriors
69. Awaken, Sleeping Beauty! Mamoru's Distress
72. Cold Hearted Rubeus! The Four Sisters of Sorrow
73. A UFO Appears! The Sailor Senshi are Abducted
74. Defeat Rubeus! The Final Battle in Space
75. A Mysterious New Senshi, Sailor Pluto Appears
76. Magical Power of Darkness! Esmeraude's Invasion
77. Our Feelings are the Same! Usagi and Mamoru in Love Once Again
82. Journey to the Future! Battle in the Space-Time Corridor
83. The Shocking Future! Dimande's Dark Ambition
84. Wiseman's Evil Hand! Chibiusa Disappears
85. The Birth of Black Lady, the Queen of Darkness
86. Saphir Dies! Wiseman's Trap
87. Believe in Love and the Future! Usagi's Determination
88. The Final Battle Between Light and Darkness! Love Sworn to the Future

Season 3
90. Premonition of World's End? Mysterious New Senshi
91. The Rod of Love is Born! Usagi's New Transformation
92. A Beautiful Boy? The Secret of Haruka Tenou
94. Protect the Pure Heart! A Three-Way Battle
98. Save Friends! Moon and Uranus Join Forces
101. Usagi in Tears! Glass Shoes for Her Birthday
102. The Pure Heart Stolen! Usagi's Biggest Crisis
103. The Arrival of the Tiny Pretty Senshi
106. The Bond of Destiny! The Distant Days of Uranus
109. A Time of Shock! True Identities Revealed to One Another
110. Death of Uranus and Neptune? Talismans Appear
111. The Grail's Divine Power! Moon's Double Transformation
112. Who is the True Messiah? Chaos of Light and Darkness
115. Shadow of Silence? The Pale Glimmer of a Firefly
119. Awakening of the Messiah of Silence? Stars of Destiny
120. Invasion From an Alternate Dimension! The Mystery of Mugen Academy
123. Shadows of Destruction! The Awakening of the Messiah of Silence
124. The Horror of the Approaching Shadow! Eight Senshi in a Tough Battle
125. A Bright Shooting Star! Saturn and the Messiah
126. A New Life! Time for Separation of the Destined Stars

Season 4
128. Meeting of Fate! The Night Where a Pegasus Flies
129. Super Transformations Again! Pegasus' Power
130. Protect a Mother's Dream! The New Attack for Double Moon
SuperS TV Special (Optional Required viewing. lol)
133. Artemis' Affair? A Mysterious Kitten Appears
135. Hearts That Communicate! Chibiusa and Pegasus
143. Time to Believe the Pegasus! The Super Transformations of the Sailor Senshi
148. Shadows of Great Evil! The Trio is Cornered
149. Mirror of Dreams! Amazons' Final Stage
150. Amazoness! The Nightmare From Behind the Mirror
151. The Power Explodes! Ami's Song From the Heart
152. Burning Passion! Mars' Furious Deadly Attack
154. Confrontation in Dreams! Minako and Makoto's Broken Friendship
157. Pegasus is Gone!? Swinging Friendships
158. The Secret of Pegasus! The Handsome Guardian of the Dream World
159. Chibiusa's Little Rhapsody of Love
161. Coming Terror! The Dark Queen's Evil Approach
162. The Center of the Darkness: Dead Moon Circus
163. Labyrinth of Mirrors! Chibi Moon Captured
164. The Golden Crystal Appears! Nehellenia's Spell
165. Time for the Crystal to Shine! Beautiful Power of Dreams
166. Dreams Forever! Light Throughout the Sky

Season 5
167. A Nightmare Scatters the Flowers! Return of the Dark Queen
168. The Awakening of Saturn! The Ten Senshi Come Together
169. Evil Mirror Under a Curse! Mamoru in a Nightmare Trap
170. The Fateful Night! The Agony of the Sailor Senshi
171. For the Sake of Love! Endless Battle in the Dark World
172. Moon Love Power! The End of the Nightmare
173. A Goodbye and an Encounter! The Destiny of Flowing Stars
174. A School Storm! Transfer Students are Idols
176. The Figure of a Fighter! A Shocking Super Transformation
177. Dreams and Romance on a Star! Taiki's Transformation
178. Luna Saw it! The True Idol Yaten
180. Brightness of Calling Stars! Haruka and Michiru's Entry into Battle
181. Seiya and Usagi's Nervous Date
182. Invasion From Space! Seiren Comes Flying in
185. Taiki Sings with Excellence! A Song Carries a Believing Heart's Wish
187. The Power of a Shining Star! Chibi Chibi's Transformation
188. An Invitation to Terror! Usagi's Night Flight
189. Torn Between Duty and Friendship! Confrontation Between Sailor Senshi
190. Truth Revealed! Seiya, Taiki and Yaten's Past
193. The Silver Crystal is Stolen! Princess Kakyuu Appears
194. Holy War in the Galaxy! Sailor Wars Legend
195. Princess Kakyuu Burns Out! Galaxia on Earth
196. Countdown to the Destruction of the Galaxy! Sailor Senshi's Final Battle
197. Ruler of the Galaxy, Galaxia's Threat
198. Disappearing Stars! The End of Uranus and Neptune
199. The Light of Hope! Final Battle for the Galaxy
200. Usagi's Love! The Moonlight Lights up the Galaxy

If anyone has any questions why I chose a particular episode, or why I didn't choose a particular episode, feel free to ask :)
 

EienFugue

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Lunar Archivist said:
Well, for the first season, those I consider crucial are:

1, 3, 8-10, 12-15, 22-36, 41-46

Anyone agree or disagree with me here? :)
Yes, I disagree and I think that this will always be a problem for this series, there's little agreement on what counts as filler and what doesn't. Episode 19 is pretty important, and I think you'd be better off skipping episode 3 in favor of things like 6 and 21 simply because they're so good despite not being plot relevent. Character based episodes are more important to me then those about introducing magical powers which could have been presented at any time.
 

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EienFugue said:
Yes, I disagree and I think that this will always be a problem for this series, there's little agreement on what counts as filler and what doesn't. Episode 19 is pretty important, and I think you'd be better off skipping episode 3 in favor of things like 6 and 21 simply because they're so good despite not being plot relevent. Character based episodes are more important to me then those about introducing magical powers which could have been presented at any time.
There's no way to say this without unintentionally sounding rude, but you do realize that the OP's criteria is what's important in this thread rather than what you consider important according to your own criteria, right? ^_^'

This isn't a popularity contest. If it were, then about half the episodes I mentioned would've been thrown out because I think they're substandard or just plain suck. That being said, I'll gladly concede to you that Episode 19 is pretty important and its omission was an oversight on my part. However, Episodes 6 and 21 have zero importance to the overall plot and are thus irrelevant, no matter how good they are. Episode 3 is important only because it's the first time Sailor Moon meets Jadeite face to face and learns his name.
 

Yen

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Lunar Archivist said:
EienFugue said:
Yes, I disagree and I think that this will always be a problem for this series, there's little agreement on what counts as filler and what doesn't. Episode 19 is pretty important, and I think you'd be better off skipping episode 3 in favor of things like 6 and 21 simply because they're so good despite not being plot relevent. Character based episodes are more important to me then those about introducing magical powers which could have been presented at any time.
There's no way to say this without unintentionally sounding rude, but you do realize that the OP's criteria is what's important in this thread rather than what you consider important according to your own criteria, right? ^_^'

This isn't a popularity contest. If it were, then about half the episodes I mentioned would've been thrown out because I think they're substandard or just plain suck. That being said, I'll gladly concede to you that Episode 19 is pretty important and its omission was an oversight on my part. However, Episodes 6 and 21 have zero importance to the overall plot and are thus irrelevant, no matter how good they are. Episode 3 is important only because it's the first time Sailor Moon meets Jadeite face to face and learns his name.
Oversight on my part as well. I didn't remember Tuxedo Mask's identity was revealed in this episode.
 

EienFugue

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The OP's criteria is about wanting to skip filler. I'm not entierly sure what OP considers filler so I'm throwing out my own opinions so that they can decide for themselves. Everyone is still free to skip them knowing they don't affect anything later on.

Anyway, I take back the idea of skipping the talk radio episode, but I strongly recommend the dub version of it. It's the one dub episode I've seen that's just outright superior to the original and succeeds in making it far more entertaining, though the addition of the Negaverse soesn't really square with anything else.
 

John

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I'm of the opinion that all of the episodes are crucial, even if they're filler episodes.

Possible exceptions include the clip-show episode at the end of R and maaaaaaaaaybe the beach episodes.

But yeah, I feel like Sailor Moon actually has a lot less filler than other long-running anime shows (DBZ anyone?) and if you're not enjoying the monster-of-the-day aspect of the anime, perhaps you shouldn't be watching the anime. =/

I guess I just don't really understand wanting to "skip" episodes. I mean, I understand WANTING to skip filler (I've hated my fair share of filler episodes, as well), but you're not getting the whole experience otherwise, and I feel like that's the most important thing.

Also for S: the Outers don't get as much screentime as they should've gotten, so you should watch every episode in S because they're awesome. =P

SuperS has way more filler than is desirable, but I feel like it all pays off, in its own way.

Sailor Stars is, I think, the shortest anime season, so I don't see why you should skip any of its episodes.

Just my two cents. ^_^
 

flockapowpow

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John said:
I'm of the opinion that all of the episodes are crucial, even if they're filler episodes.
Okay, we're all entitled to our opinions.

and if you're not enjoying the monster-of-the-day aspect of the anime, perhaps you shouldn't be watching the anime. =/
Woah now. everyone has aspects of the show that they don't like. So what if I don't particularly enjoy watching episodes that bring nothing to the plot? It gets boring and tiring. You don't have any place to tell me whether I should be watching the anime or not. I don't care if someone said, "Sailor Moon is way gay this show effing sucks." You still don't have any place to tell them whether they can or can't watch the show.


Perhaps I should have pointed out in the OP. I have seen the entire anime already. This is a rewatch. I've absorbed all that SM has brought to the table, and now I want to absorb it again, just without filler.
 

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flockapowpow said:
John said:
I'm of the opinion that all of the episodes are crucial, even if they're filler episodes.
Okay, we're all entitled to our opinions.

and if you're not enjoying the monster-of-the-day aspect of the anime, perhaps you shouldn't be watching the anime. =/
Woah now. everyone has aspects of the show that they don't like. So what if I don't particularly enjoy watching episodes that bring nothing to the plot? It gets boring and tiring. You don't have any place to tell me whether I should be watching the anime or not. I don't care if someone said, "Sailor Moon is way gay this show effing sucks." You still don't have any place to tell them whether they can or can't watch the show.


Perhaps I should have pointed out in the OP. I have seen the entire anime already. This is a rewatch. I've absorbed all that SM has brought to the table, and now I want to absorb it again, just without filler.
I didn't use the words "you can" or "you can't"...I just said "maybe you shouldn't." Don't put words in my mouth. It makes sense that if there's an aspect of a show that you find boring, then you probably shouldn't be watching it, because you find it boring. It's just logical.

And yeah, I didn't know you had already seen the anime. That kind of changes everything. But why are you asking for a list of "important/unimportant episodes" if you've already seen them all?

If you ask me, the most efficient way to watch the anime without filler is to watch the first episode and the last episode of each season. Or maybe the very first episode and then the very last episode. Depending on how you look at it, the entire series can be considered "filler." That's a stretch, granted, but yeah, the point is, you didn't sound like someone who has already seen the show, you sounded like someone who wanted to watch Sailor Moon for the first time but didn't wanna wade through the "boring" episodes. ^_^ Sorry.
 

flockapowpow

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John said:
I didn't use the words "you can" or "you can't"...I just said "maybe you shouldn't." Don't put words in my mouth. It makes sense that if there's an aspect of a show that you find boring, then you probably shouldn't be watching it, because you find it boring. It's just logical.

And yeah, I didn't know you had already seen the anime. That kind of changes everything. But why are you asking for a list of "important/unimportant episodes" if you've already seen them all?

If you ask me, the most efficient way to watch the anime without filler is to watch the first episode and the last episode of each season. Or maybe the very first episode and then the very last episode. Depending on how you look at it, the entire series can be considered "filler." That's a stretch, granted, but yeah, the point is, you didn't sound like someone who has already seen the show, you sounded like someone who wanted to watch Sailor Moon for the first time but didn't wanna wade through the "boring" episodes. ^_^ Sorry.
Alright, alright. Sorry for putting words into your mouth. The reason I am asking for this list is because I don't care to see them this time around. And when I'm downloading them, it's difficult for me to recall from the first watch if this episode is under my opinion of crucial. For instance, I had totally forgotten Usagi's first use of the Luna Pen was in episode 3, and I consider that crucial. Sorry for the missunderstanding, man. ^_^'
 

flockapowpow

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Sneakers Shingo said:
I can think of only 2 episodes I'd cut out myself. :/ But I think there was a good list somewhere, that highlighted important episodes, even having color-coding for episodes that were important only because they introduced new attacks or transformations.
YES! Please tell me you know where the list is! This is the list I talked about in the OP. I NEED THIS LIST.