would bring the setting back to Earth, but Usagi wouldn’t have gotten back just yet. Instead, we’d get a glimpse at what all went down on Earth in Usagi’s (and Minako’s) absence. The day after Moon and Venus disappeared, the Sailor Senshi would all be in a bit of a funk trying to cope with the loss of their teammates, unsure of what they should do now. All of them would be very conflicted, especially Rei. She’d be spending every waking hour of the day that she could spare to sit by her firebox and meditate, doing her darnedest to try and sense where Usagi and Minako were sent to, but to no avail every time. Yet, she’d refuse to give up trying (even if it her actions were completely futile) since she wouldn’t know of anything else to do, and would refuse to just not try anything. Though, her constant time spent by the fire would be noticed by Yuichiro, who would become more and more concerned the longer Rei would keep by the fire without eating or taking a break. All the while, Phobos and Deimos would also be watching Rei, be it from a window sill or a tree branch outside. The two birds would have a much more noticeable presence at the Hikawa Shrine during Rei’s constant fire meditation and concentration.
Meanwhile, after Erebus had used the core of the Obsidian Crystal to power the device that sent Usagi and Minako away, because the Obsidian Core was destroyed, Nyx would be very irate towards Erebus (a stark change in her normal behavior since she would have previously shown signs of liking Erebus) for his recklessness causing them to lose the core. Without the core, the (fortunately still-intact) rest of the Obsidian Crystal would now be significantly weaker, making further production of any more Necros a far more costly effort. And with this new handicap of theirs, they could hardly afford to take any more risks lest they were to lose the whole crystal itself. Additionally, Typhos would likewise be furious with Erebus for his having sent Sailor Moon away, for Typhos had lusted after her for so long that he’d feel that Erebus had just stolen away and lost Typhos’s most prized possession. Typhos would be walking a thin line between remaining a loyal, obedient servant, and turning full on against Erebus, as his self-control would be wearing thin. Tartarus, meanwhile, would be keeping a cool head during all this, as he’d feel that anything he’d have to say about his brother’s blunders as a leader would have already been said by Nyx and Typhos. He would instead caution Erebus that that he’s entered treacherous waters after having lost the respect of his teammates, and that he must proceed carefully from here onward if he wants to keep his recently acquired position of authority. Erebus, however, would feel that Tartarus secretly enjoys seeing Erebus put into this bad position, and would instead ignore his brother’s advice and go off on his own. But before walking out, Tartarus would remind Erebus of the order they have to not kill the Sailor Senshi. Afterward, Tartarus would leave the room and retreat to his private chamber for another matter.
When alone, Erebus would instead decide to himself that he would go steal the energy of just one Sailor Senshi since, while he wouldn’t kill all of the Sailor Senshi, killing just one of them might cool himself off and taking her energy might put him back in the good graces of his comrades. As it would be only one that he’d destroy, plenty more would be left for their master to still avenge himself. Using the selection method that would have been used to pick victims of the day in previous episodes, he’d pick the first Sailor Senshi with a troubled heart that he would come across in the selection method: Sailor Mars.
He would personally go out to the Hikawa Shrine, intending to force Rei out into the open to challenge her to a fight. Upon his arrival, Phobos and Deimos would begin to act erratic, flying around Erebus to keep him at bay. Rei would run outside to see Erebus swatting the bird away before confronting Rei, whom he would know to be Sailor Mars thanks to the spy work that Typhos had done as Ryuu earlier in the season. However, before Rei could transform, Yuichiro would step out toward Erebus to greet him (mistaking him for a customer). Seizing an opportunity, Erebus would grab Yuichiro by the neck and take him hostage, demanding that Sailor Mars surrender her energy to him lest he kill Yuichiro. Unwilling to let Yuichiro die (especially after having already lost Usagi and Minako, and not wanting to lose anyone else), Rei would step forward and surrender herself. But first, Erebus would demand that Rei throw her transformation stick away from herself before he’d let go of Yuichiro. She would, and then Erebus would release Yuichiro, who would be on the ground gasping for air. But then Yuichiro would look up and see Erebus walking towards Rei with her just standing there. He would try to yell at Rei to run from this man, but Rei wouldn’t move.
Erebus would stand in front of Rei with an evil grin and raise his hand to take her energy. But Yuichiro (having found renewed strength) would tackle him to get him away from Rei. Yuichiro would grab Rei’s hand to pull her away to run from Erebus with him, but as the two would try to run, Erebus would quickly recover and leap in front of them, blocking their path. Yuichiro would shield Rei from Erebus, but Erebus would just swat them both aside and knock them to the ground. As Erebus would approach them both, either Phobos or Deimos (both birds look the same) would fly around Erebus pecking him in the face. In this moment of confusion, the other bird would fly towards Rei and drop her transformation stick in front of her, having retrieved it from where Rei had tossed it.
Fed up with the birds’ interference, Erebus would ignite a ring of fire on the Hikawa Shrine’s grounds, encircling himself, Rei, and Yuichiro within it. The heat would be too much for the birds to handle and would scare them off, but not before Erebus would singe the two birds with a fire attack, knocking them to the ground. Rei would run to the fallen birds and hold them in her arms. With no where left to run, Rei would be given an ultimatum from Erebus: Either she surrenders now and everyone else here will be spared, or she will die with them all. Amazed by the courage displayed by Phobos and Deimos (mere birds), and enraged by Erebus’s attacking the two of them, Rei’s confidence would be reinvigorated spurring her to (in front of Yuichiro) transform into Sailor Mars, reminded of what her mission as a Sailor Senshi is (with or without Usagi) and determined to save everyone from Erebus.
Sailor Mars would hand the weakened birds to Yuichiro, entrusting him to keep them safe, and would put up a good fight against Erebus at first. But Erebus would just be too powerful and would eventually overpower her, knocking Mars to the ground and causing her to detransform. However, inspired by Mars’s courage, Yuichiro (having set the birds down next to Rei) would leap at Erebus and grab him, trying to keep him away from the fallen Rei. In this moment Rei would try to get up and motion herself towards the two injured bird, but would fall unconscious just as her fingers would reach their bodies. However, their bodies would begin to glow the moment Rei’s fingers would make contact with them, prompting Rei to have a vision. Inside her mind, Rei would see Phobos and Deimos not as birds, but as young women (their humanoid forms from the manga!). The two would explain to Rei that they have watched over her all this time, and that there is a secret, untapped power that she must call upon to win this fight. This power has always been hers, as it is her right as the Princess of Mars. Rei would be utterly confused by what they tell her, but as their time is short, all Phobos and Deimos would be able to tell her is that she must summon the power of the Phobos-Deimos Castle. Once she has done so, she will have obtained the power that awaits her. The vision would then end.
Snapping back to reality, Rei would awaken to find the birds having vanished, and Yuichiro and Erebus wrestling on the ground, each trying to restrain the other. However, Erebus would tire of Yuichiro’s interference and prepare to kill him. But at that moment, Rei would stand up and shout to the heavens above. She would call upon the palace of Mars, the Phobos-Deimos Castle. Asking it to unlock its secrets, release the ancient power it hides, and let it flow down to its princess. From across the cosmos, a mighty red light of energy would shoot across the stars toward planet Earth, striking down on the spot where Rei would be standing, with a small crimson crystal manifesting before her. Erebus and Yuichiro would be stunned to witness such a spectacle. Rei would grab the crystal and cry out a new transformation call, turning herself into Eternal Sailor Mars
Though, like Venus before her, Mars would have a split-second vision of some foreboding event to come, upon her transforming. But she’d ignore it for now to stop Erebus.
After Mars would declare that Erebus would be chastised in the name of her planet, Erebus would forget about Yuichiro and engage Mars directly. The two would have a fairly intense fight that would actually tear up the ground in certain spots, but the two would find themselves to be pretty evenly matched. Once both would find themselves near to exhaustion, the other Sailor Senshi and the Golden Knight would finally
arrive to help (this kind of plot convenience was common in the 90’s anime) and, seeing as how outnumbered he would be now, Erebus would decide to call it a day. Before retreating, he would tell Sailor Mars how impressed he was by how powerful she has become, and would tell her to savor this victory for now, as he is not finished with her or any of them yet.
The other Senshi would see Rei’s new form and start to ask her about it, but before they could, the Golden Knight would point out the presence of Yuichiro, realizing that the guy just witnessed the whole event and that he now knows that Rei is Sailor Mars. The Golden Knight would recommend that he and the others all leave to give Rei a moment with Yuichiro alone. After the others would leave, Rei and Yuichiro would stand together alone in silence, unable to find the right words to say to each other. However, once Rei would finally speak up, Yuichiro would stop her, telling her that she doesn’t need to explain herself. To Rei’s surprise, rather than becoming like some sort of annoying Sailor Mars fanboy, Yuichiro would state to Rei he’d feel that this revelation has helped him make sense out of everything now. He’d say that he finally understands why Rei has rejected him for so long. As duty comes before pleasure, Yuichiro would believe that Rei didn’t return his feelings for her due to her wanting to focus on her mission as a Sailor Senshi. Thus, Yuichiro would take the mature route and cease his infatuated pursuit of Rei, assuring her that their relationship onward would be entirely platonic and professional, nothing more than friends who simply care for one another. Though he’d secretly wish that it weren’t so, Yuichiro would put on a strong face for Rei, wanting her to think that he’s really okay with letting go of his feelings for Rei.
Rei, however, would be left unable to find the words to tell him that that isn’t what she’d want from him. Not at all.
Unbeknownst to any of them, a couple of crows would be sitting in a tree not far from Rei and Yuichiro.
Meanwhile, Sailor Moon and Sailor Galaxia would still be traveling through hyperspace, en route to Earth.Episode 37
would have the aftermath of the previous episode. Typhos would still be venting over the loss of Sailor Moon and would become more and more angry with Erebus. Meanwhile, Erebus would be chewed out by his brother for his trying to kill Sailor Mars, reminding him of the rule that Erebus would have grown to detest so fervently. Fed up with his own constant failings as a leader, Erebus would demand that Tartarus and Nyx tell him what they want from him as a leader, as everything he’s done so far has only earned their disdain rather than their praise. Nyx would suggest that, if he wants to impress them, then he should try getting more Chaos Energy, since they would now need more Chaos Energy than ever if they wish continue to operate at a functional level, what with the Obsidian Core having been lost. Erebus would storm off, declaring that he’ll send out no Necros for this task and get the energy himself.
Elsewhere, the Senshi would meet to discuss Rei’s newest power up and the revelation of her being a princess. This news would surprise Luna and Artemis as well, saying that they cannot remember any of the others besides Usagi and Mamoru being royalty in the past. However, they would suppose that there might still be some memories of the past that they still haven’t recalled yet. Likewise, Setsuna would be without the answers they seek, stating that, though she does seem to remember more than the other Senshi do, she too doesn’t have all of her memories of the past intact. Some things are still hazy to her.
Inside hyperspace, Sailor Galaxia would tell Sailor Moon that they’d be reaching Earth shortly. Moon would ask Galaxia if she would be willing to stay on Earth for a bit to help them fight against the Primordial Imperium. Galaxia would say that she would like to, but feels that something bigger is afoot. Reminding Sailor Moon of how Kerberos was an emissary of the Imperium based on Kinmoku, Galaxia fears that there might be even more Imperium agents spread throughout the universe, and that it is her duty to pursue them and stop them in order to keep the universe safe. Sailor Moon would understand and admire Galaxia’s strong devotion to her duty, wondering if she herself could ever live up to that kind of devotion. Galaxia would then struggle a bit, with Sailor Moon then noticing that the injury Kerberos have inflicted upon her when he stabbed her in the side had not fully healed yet. Galaxia would brush Moon’s concern for aside, as right now getting Sailor Moon home would be their first priority.
At the Primordial Imperium’s HQ, Tartarus would be in his private chamber once again conversing with Lord Kerberos on Kinmoku. Typhos, however, would be deep in thought about what his next move should be, but after weighing all of his options, it all keeps coming back to the same decision; a decision that he’s been struggling to avoid, but which he finally decides to give in to: Kill Erebus.
Atop a tall building in the downtown area of Juban, Erebus would declare that the city’s energies are now his, and would stretch out his arms forward and out, palms open. Channeling the power o his Obsidian Rings into each of his fingers, he would begin absorbing unrefined human energy from all of the civilians on the streets below, making them all collapse. Once finished, Erebus would move on to another location.
The Senshi would find out about all the people suddenly collapsing in the city and investigate. Around this time, as Erebus would be taking energy from his latest batch of humans, Typhos would appear before Erebus atop the building Erebus would be on and challenge him to a duel to the death. Mildly amused, Erebus would think Typhos was joking, as Typhos would be a fool to challenge him. To show how serious he would be, however, Typhos would lunge at him and attack. Erebus would defend himself and at first try to make Typhos come to his senses, but once he’d realize that Typhos had been driven mad by his anger, Erebus would give in to his own primal instincts and escalate the fight.
The Senshi would see the two fighting and notice how much collateral damage they’d be causing, prompting them to intervene to try and contain (if not stop) the fight, Sailor Mars using her newfound powers to put up a better fight than ever before. The fight would intense up between all three parties, creating much more damage to the buildings than the Senshi ever wanted.
Elsewhere on the ground, in one of the city’s alleys, a portal from hyperspace would open, from which Sailor Moon and Sailor Galaxia would step out. Glad to finally be home, Sailor Moon would thank Galaxia for helping her to return home, but then Moon would realize something she had forgotten: Sailor Venus had been sent away before too! Galaxia would tell her to calm down and give her her hands. Channeling their powers together, Galaxia would believe that she could possibly sense where Sailor Venus is located. To her surprise, Galaxia would find that Venus is closer than they thought, much closer to Earth than Usagi had ended up. Using her powers, Galaxia would create a portal to where Venus is, and Moon would call out Minako’s name into the portal. Galaxia would then begin to feel weakened, having still not fully recovered from stabbing wound. She would start to struggle with keeping the portal open, causing it to start closing. Sailor Moon would prepare to jump into the portal to try and get Venus back herself, but Galaxia would stop her, saying that someone or something is coming through. From out of the portal and into Sailor Moon’s waiting arms would be none other than Sailor Venus herself, in her new Eternal form. Glad that Venus was back, Galaxia would pass out from trying to keep the portal from closing, and a small explosion of light from the portal would knock her, Moon, and Venus away from the spot where it had once been.
Moon and Venus would help Galaxia to her feet, with their backs turned towards where the portal had been. Sailor Moon would try to explain to Venus about Galaxia being on their side, and would ask Venus about her new look. During this discussion, the three wouldn’t notice anything that might or might not have been moving down the alley behind them quickly and silently away from the direction of where the portal had been. If anything was there, like a cat or a dog or something knocking a trash can over, they wouldn’t notice.
What they did notice, however, were several loud explosions coming from overhead. They would look up to try to see what was going on, but their ears would tell them more than eyes would, as they could definitely hear the sounds of battle playing out. Sailor Moon would tell Galaxia to stay put and rest while she and Venus would go to investigate the battle.
Above, the Senshi, Erebus, and Typhos would all be in a deadlock, until both Erebus and Typhos were to finally make their next moves. The two would build up a tremendous amount of energy so big that it could level the whole city block if it weren’t to be contained. The Senshi would brace themselves as Erebus and Typhos would each let loose their energies upon the other. But then, a third blast of golden orange energy would intercept the first two energies and redirect the force of their explosion skyward. Everyone would turn to behold the latest arrivals to the fight: Eternal Sailor Moon and Eternal Sailor Venus.
Seeing Sailor Moon returned to him, Typhos would be stunned frozen, uncertain of what to do now that his sole motivation for wanting to kill Erebus has been utterly eradicated. More willing to react, however, Erebus would let loose his own energies on Moon and Venus, who would retaliate in kind with attacks of their own. Recognizing Venus’s new form and powers as similar to those possessed by Sailor Mars, Erebus would call out to Typhos to snap him out of his daze. Erebus would tell Typhos that Erebus would be willing to put Typhos’s foolish defiance behind him if Typhos were to help him in defeating the Sailor Senshi. With little else to consider, Typhos would agree and jump in to help Erebus. However, the combined powers of all ten Senshi (nine Sailors and one Knight) would be enough to overwhelm the two and force them to retreat. However, Erebus would recount to himself that managed to get away with a lot of stolen energy.
The Senshi would all have a heartfelt reunion now that Usagi and Minako are back, and Usagi would make up with Mamoru and ask him to forgive her for the way she acted on his birthday. Having wanted nothing more than for her to ask him to forgive her, he would. And Sailor Galaxia would approach the others, who would brace themselves before Usagi would tell them that Galaxia’s the one who helped her and Minako to get back home. Galaxia would claim that she’s recovered enough of her strength, but her wound would still be present. To show their appreciation for Galaxia having helped Usagi, the Senshi would have Hotaru use her healing powers to heal Galaxia’s wound. After giving her thanks, Galaxia would say that it’s time for her to move on. There’s a big universe out there and she needs to protect it. As it is their duty, whether on Earth or across the universe, the Sailor Senshi will do their part to stop the Primordial Imperium. Galaxia would shake Usagi’s hand, bid her and the others farewell, and then take off into the sky.
Though, as far as the timescale is concerned between Usagi and Minako’s leaving back in episode 28, and their return to Earth in this episode, the whole thing would have occurred across a single weekend, with the two leaving on Friday evening and returning on Sunday evening. As for how all six of the Kinmoku episodes could have occurred in that short amount of time, let’s say that Kinmoku time operates differently from Earth time, being 18 hours behind Earth Japan Time. To illustrate, Usagi left Earth on Friday evening, spent 6 Earth hours in transit, and arrived on Kinmoku on that day’s morning
instead. So she had more time on Kinmoku to partake in a two-day revolution than the time that passed on Earth. Look at it this way:Earth JST
-- FRI 6pm - midnight - SAT 6am - SAT Noon - SAT 6pm - midnight - SUN 6am - SUN Noon - SUN 6pm
-- midnight - FRI 6am - FRI Noon - FRI 6pm -- midnight -- SAT 6am - SAT Noon - SAT 6pm – midnight
Episodes 30-32 spanned all of Kinmoku’s Friday, and episodes 33-35 spanned all of Kinmoku’s Saturday (meaning Usagi spent one night on Kinmoku after Galaxia saved her from the palace). Thus, Usagi left with Galaxia to go back to Earth on Kinmoku’s Saturday at around 6pm, by which point Earth had already reached Sunday at Noon Japan Time (being 18 hours ahead of Kinmoku), and after a six-hour warp back to Earth, Usagi arrived back on Earth on Sunday at 6pm Japan Time.
And with episode 28 being set on that Friday, episode 36 on that Saturday, and episode 37 on that Sunday, this means that the brief scene of Usagi and Galaxia still traveling to Earth at the end of episode 36 actually took place during the morning of episode 37.
As for Minako, because her teleported destination was much closer to Earth, her warp there and back was almost instantaneous, meaning she arrived at her castle not long after 6pm Japan Time on Friday, met Ace that same night, spent one night there, was courted by Ace for all of Saturday, spent a second night there, and then spent all of Sunday trying to get back home, confronting Ace, upgrading to her Eternal form, and then escaping back to Earth via Galaxia’s portal around 6pm. Anyway…Episode 38
would be set some time after the last one. Usagi would be back in school and both she and Minako would have already filled in the others on what happened to them during each of their space adventures: Minako’s castle, her upgrade to her new form, the ominous feeling she had when she transformed, Usagi’s having helped liberate Kinmoku, the Primordial Imperium’s master being Chaos, and the Imperium having other agents across the universe. The only thing Usagi would not have told them about would be the specificities of how Lord Kerberos died and that she feels guilty over it since he died in a way that she would feel was a betrayal to her own personal ethics. All of the enemies she destroyed in the past she would feel she could justify as her having destroyed inhuman forces of pure evil, while this enemy she instead felt as though she had committed a murder that she could not wash her hands clean from. Though Galaxia took the blame off her shoulders, she’d still feel the guilt of the truth weighing her down, and that she’d have to hide it would only continue to eat away at her.
Meanwhile, the villains would be outside their cavernous headquarters next to the heart of Saggitarius Zero Star and the source of all stars of life, the Galaxy Cauldron. It is here that their master Chaos would be revived. And with the energy Erebus had successfully acquired before, the Imperium could finally progress their plans with reviving their master. However, though Erebus had acquired a great amount of energy, all of it was unrefined life energy rather than fully refined Chaos Energy. Though Nyx would be able to use the Obsidian Crystal to convert the ordinary energy into Chaos Energy with time, the lack of the Obsidian Core means the process would take even longer. But if they were to have at least some actual Chaos Energy, the interaction with the ordinary energy would enable the conversion process to speed up. So they would decide to go back to the older method of seeking out a conflicted soul from which to harvest some Chaos Energy.
Luckily for them, there would be one such person to target at Usagi’s school, Sonoko Ijuuin
(the victim of the day from Sailor Stars episode 187). However, since they wouldn’t have the energy needed to create a Necros for this mission, one of them would have to do it themselves. As this would be an easy target for him, Typhos would volunteer to go after her and implant a seed of discord within her himself.
At the school, Sonoko’s exceptionally foul mood (prior to Typhos getting to her) would start to be noticed by Usagi. When Usagi would ask around (possibly to Naru) about it, she would find out that reason Sonoko’s been more irritable than usual is because her mother had passed away previously. But it wasn’t from any natural cause. Rather, it was when Erebus stole a massive amount of energy from street crowds in the previous episode. Sonoko’s mother had been one of the victims, and since Erebus had gotten away with the stolen energy, all of those people (Sonoko’s mother included) never recovered from their energy drain and succumbed to their terminal condition. But since Sonoko wouldn’t know who it was who killed her mother, she would instead put the blame on the Sailor Senshi (especially Sailor Moon) for failing to save her mother from the bad guy who killed her. And since others at the school also lost loved ones in that incident, Sonoko would have gained sympathizers who would likewise harbor anti-Sailor Senshi feelings.
Meanwhile, Luna and Artemis would have Rei and Minako come with them so that the cats could learn more about the two’s newfound powers and forms, as well as the ominous feeling the two felt when they first transformed into their Eternal forms. They would go to Game Center Crown (it would be closed for this day) where the cats would reveal to the girls a secret entrance to something that the cats had been working on for some time: The Secret Base from the manga. The cats would explain that this facility has been in development for a long, gradual time, and that it’s only recently, finally been completed, which is why they hadn’t been able to use it until now. But the previous disappearances of Minako and Usagi did force them to speed up the development of this base, letting them finally use it now instead of later. The cats would ask Rei and Minako for the crystals that each of them received before so that the cats could study them.
At the Galaxy Cauldron, Tartarus would approach Nyx during her carrying out the conversion process to tell her that a new shipment of energy should be arriving shortly from the Imperium’s other forces scattered across the stars. Though this next shipment will be a great assistance to their cause, they still need the refined Chaos Energy that Typhos is getting.
Back at the school, things would only get worse once Typhos, as Ryuu, would approach Sonoko and plant a seed of discord within her, turning her anger into a catalyst that would spark a school-wide anti-Sailor Senshi campaign. To bring things to a breaking point, Ryuu would uses his hypnosis to brainwash many students into following Sonoko, and then would change back into his Typhos form to draw out the remaining Sailor Senshi who attend the school (Moon, Mercury, and Jupiter) so that their appearance would summon a mob of possessed students, led by the mad Sonoko, to overrun the Senshi since they’d be unwilling to harm their fellow students. Jupiter would call Typhos out on his underhandedness of using their own peers against them, and every time she’d try to go after him, she’d be blocked and held back by the students.
Typhos would be enjoying himself very much. Perhaps a little too much, as Tartarus would appear beside him and remind him of what his mission was supposed to be, since Sonoko’s Chaos Energy level had peaked quite a while ago yet Typhos had still not extracted it. Typhos would grumble at his fun having been spoiled and then begrudgingly raise his arm to extract Sonoko’s Chaos Energy into one of his Obsidian Rings, But Sailor Moon would step in front of Sonoko and take the ring’s absorption ray herself, much to the horror of Mercury and Jupiter, and to the shock of Typhos and Tartarus. Typhos would quickly stop taking her energy (since he doesn’t want Sailor Moon dead), and would run off, shook by the thought that he could have killed Sailor Moon.
Weakened by the ring’s power, Sailor Moon would turn to the possessed Sonoko and quietly say, “I’m sorry… Sonoko-san… I’m sorry I couldn’t save your mother… but at least… I could save you…”
Angered by Typhos having ignored orders and fled, Tartarus would decide to finish the job himself, successfully taking Sonoko’s Chaos Energy while Mercury and Jupiter would be tending to a weakened but still living Sailor Moon. And as a bonus, Tartarus would also absorb all of the unrefined life energy from the possessed mob of students that Sonoko had led. He would then turn to leave, but would stop when he’d hear Sailor Moon command him to hold it right there and give back the energy he just stole. Amused but not fazed by her words, he’d turn to back to tell her his refusal, and she would challenge him to a one-on-one duel for the energy, much like when Sailor Pluto did the same back in episode 10. Mercury and Jupiter would beg her not to do this in her current condition, and Tartarus would suggests that she listen to them, but Sailor Moon would have a fire in her eyes, determined to get the energy back.
Tartarus would chuckle at how ridiculous this duel would be, but would concede. The two of them would fight, but it would be much shorter than the Sailor Pluto duel, and this time would end with Tartarus snapping the Moon Power Tiare in half, pinning down Sailor Moon, holding his sword to her throat, and ordering her to yield. Defeated and weaponless, Sailor Moon would find herself with no choice but to yield. Tartarus would walk away, but Sailor Moon would try one last time to beg for him to return the energy, since all of the people he took it from will surely die, and Sailor Moon cannot let that happen. Tartarus would tell her that he simply cannot do that, and that tears do not befit a soldier. He’d then leave, arriving back at the Galaxy Cauldron to feed the newly-acquired Chaos Energy into the Obsidian Crystal, allowing Nyx to proceed further with the energy conversion process.
In the aftermath of Tartarus’s departure, Mercury and Jupiter would attempt to comfort the forlorn Sailor Moon, but she would stand up, raise her sulking head, and simply refuse to allow this to happen. One of her tears would fall onto her Eternal Article and it would start to glow. From out of the light in her chest would come the Moonlight Stick that she wielded earlier in the season. Sailor Moon would look at it, and realize what to do. She’d turn to face the crowd of fallen students, raise the Moonlight Stick, and cry out “Moon Healing Escalation!” At first, Mercury and Jupiter would be in awe, which would then switch to horror when they’d realize Sailor Moon would be using the power of the Silver Crystal to revive everyone (they wouldn’t realize this at first since, unlike the original Moon Stick, the Moonlight Stick wouldn’t have the Silver Crystal set on it, but they’d realize what was happened when the thought of the Moonlight Stick having emerged from Sailor Moon’s brooch would hit their minds). They’d try to stop her, knowing that she could kill herself trying to do this, but Moon would reassure them that she knows what she’s doing and has it under control. In the aftermath, Sailor Moon would pass out; collapsing into the arms of Jupiter and Mercury, and all of the students would slowly regain consciousness.
At the Galaxy Cauldron, during Nyx’s conducting the conversion of normal energy to Chaos Energy, the amount Chaos Energy she would be channeling in the process (including the energy from the shipment) would cause a rumbling from within the Cauldron. Chaos… would begin to stir to his awakening.
Back at the Secret Base, Luna and Artemis would complete their analysis of Minako’s and Rei’s crystals, and would tell the two that they need to gather everyone together, for they all need to make a trip… to the moon!Episode 39
would be the conclusion of this third arc. Rei and Minako would gather up Mamoru, Hotaru, Haruka, Michiru, and Setsuna, with Usagi, Ami, and Makoto having not yet arrived. Those three would then contact the others and inform them about Usagi’s condition, Luna telling them to bring Usagi to see her at once.
At the cavern base, Tartarus would confront the frustrated Typhos about the latter’s having run off when he zapped Sailor Moon. Tartarus would berate him for having retreated before the mission was complete, but Typhos would retort that he could have killed Sailor Moon. Tartarus would remind him that he (Typhos) was quick to stop himself from letting that happen, and that he should hold no shame in his having stopped the attack. But what Typhos should regret is his deserting the battle before the job was done. Typhos would snap back with “THAT’S what you’re upset about!? That I LEFT?! Are you really that BLIND, old man!?” Tartarus would silence and restrain Typhos after that remark, reminding Typhos that he must keep his emotions in check, especially when addressing his progenitor. And that any personal feelings toward Sailor Moon, misguided as they may be, that Typhos harbors must never interfere with their primary objective of reviving their master. Tartarus would warn him that if Typhos ever acts out of line again, his punishment will be far more severe. As Tartarus would walk off, Typhos would mutter under his breath, “We’ll see, old man. We’ll see…”
At the secret base beneath Game Center Crown, the cats would be examining Usagi in her weakened state. Her previous use of the Silver Crystal would have knocked the wind out of her, but fortunately, she’d still be alive. Rei would berate Usagi for being so reckless, but Usagi would try to justify her actions by saying that she couldn’t let there be any more deaths on her hands. Haruka would begin suspect that Usagi’s actions run deeper than mere guilt over being unable to prevent the deaths of the people Erebus killed before. Usagi would react in a way that Haruka would realize her suspicions aren’t unfounded, and then the others would ask Usagi if she really had told them everything about what happened on Kinmoku, but Mamoru would tell them to stop, for there are just some things that mustn’t be shared. The others would back off, but not before Michiru would let Usagi know that, even if what Mamoru says is true, the longer Usagi keeps her secret bottled up, the worse it will only get for her to keep it.
Luna would then turn everyone’s attention to her and Artemis, who would tell them that, after analyzing Minako’s and Rei’s new crystals, they learned that the crystals are in fact Sailor Crystals. [Since the Sailor Stars anime already did its own thing with Star Seeds via True Star Seeds, I’m going to keep the Sailor Crystals as something separate from the Star Seeds for this continuity.] Similar to both Usagi’s Silver Crystal and Mamoru’s Golden Crystal, the Sailor Crystals would be explained as being the highest force of power a Sailor Senshi could attain, with the ones of the Solar System Senshi being the most valued treasure of each Senshi’s kingdom. This would lead them to reveal that, in fact, all nine girls in this room would each be a princess of a kingdom from their respective planets (a fact not made known in the original anime). When asked why none of them ever remembered or learned of this until now, the cats would be unable to give an answer, only guessing that this knowledge simply wasn’t needed to be known until now.
Armed with this new knowledge, the cats would tell them that, in order to combat the enemy, they need to acquire the remaining Sailor Crystals from each of their respective castles. As Minako still had a castle of her own, it’s possible that the others would have castles of their own as well. Rei would vouch for this since Phobos and Deimos had told her to call upon the power of her own castle. When it would be pointed out that each of their castles would be too far away to reach, the cats would tell them that there is another option. They could each call upon their respective castles as Rei had done, but the cats also tell them that there’s something else to be done during the process, and in order for this other thing to take place, the twelve of them (9 girls, Mamoru, and 2 cats) must first make a trip to the Moon.
At the Galaxy Cauldron, Nyx would gather Erebus, Tartarus, and Typhos to witness the changes within the Cauldron. The four of them would sense a strong presence within the Cauldron, signifying that their master is stirring to awaken. The four would kneel before the Cauldron and would begin to hear Chaos’s voice attempting to speak to them telepathically, sensing his insatiable hunger. A surge of dark energy would shoot upward out of the Cauldron, accompanied by a mighty roar. The Protogenoi would struggle to think of how to satisfy their master’s hunger, while Typhos (remember, he’s not a Protogenos) would be standing petrified gazing upon Chaos’s awesome power and presence, completely overwhelmed by a mixture of fear, admiration, and the sudden realization of how insignificant he really is when compared the unholy terror before him. Never before would he have witnessed such a tremendous force of horror. It would frighten him. For the first time in his life, he’d feel powerless and weak. And he wouldn’t like it.
Nyx would propose that, now that their master would be on his way towards a full revival, the time has come for the Sailor Senshi to be finished off for good. Erebus would agree and order that a portal be opened to unleash their master’s terror upon the Sailor Senshi. Tartarus would also agree since their master would finally have his revenge, and the three Protogenoi would concentrate on locating the Sailor Senshi to open up a portal to their location directly above the Galaxy Cauldron.
Back on Earth, the Senshi would be preparing to Sailor Teleport up to the Moon, and just as they’d do so, the Protogenoi would sense their presence, only to lose it to the teleportation. The three would begin their search again, unaware that the Senshi were no longer on Earth. Arriving on the Moon, the Sailor Senshi and the Golden Knight would learn from the cats that they’ve landed on the Mare Serenitatis, the Sea of Serenity, the former resting site of Silver Millennium, the Moon Kingdom. Once there, the cats would tell them that they came here to use the power of the Sailor Crystals and each castle to reconstruct the Moon Kingdom (or at least, the Moon Castle and its nearest surroundings). The others would be flabbergasted at first, not believing it to be possible. But with some reassurance, they would be convinced to give it a try. The cats would instruct each of them raise their hands and call out to their respective castles, while Mars and Venus would also raise up their two crystals during the process. Sailor Moon and the Golden Knight would raise their respective crystals as well.
“Mariner Castle!” “Magellan Castle!” “Phobos Deimos Castle!” “Io Castle!” “Titan Castle!” “Miranda Castle!” “Triton Castle!” “Charon Castle!” All of these would be seen, and from each would shoot out a bright ray of light (in each Senshi’s respective color) across the heavens to converge on the Moon in the exact spot where the Senshi would all stand. The six other Sailor Crystals would materialize alongside the Mars and Venus Crystals, and all of non-Silver Crystals would circle around the Ginzuishou, their energies working unison to evolve it into the Silver Moon Crystal. The six non-Eternal Senshi would say their new transformation calls (along with Moon saying a new one: “Silver Moon Crystal Power, Make Up!”) to transform into their Eternal forms. And in the process, three things would transpire. The Senshi would all gain their Eternal forms (with Sailor Moon’s slightly changing to better resemble its manga appearance), the surrounding area would take in all the excess energy to restore the Moon Kingdom, and all of the Sailor Senshi (including Moon and Mamoru) would experience the ominous vision that both Venus and Mars had the first time the two of them upgraded. Amid all this, Luna and Artemis would have the vision as well.
Everyone would feel absolutely overwhelmed by all of this. Seeing the Moon Castle brought back to form, the new Eternal forms, and most troubling, the vision. Upon thinking about the vision and what it would mean, Pluto would speak up and say that the vision felt to her like premonition, a warning of something dreadful to come in the future. Before she could elaborate, a portal right outside the Moon Castle would open in the space above, from out of which would descend the four members of the Primordial Imperium, having finally located the Sailor Senshi.
Surprised to see a kingdom on the Moon, the Protogenoi would feel that it is somehow familiar to them. But they’d have to put those feelings aside for the more pressing matters at present. The Imperium would present to the Sailor Senshi the portal overhead, from which would emerge black formless energy oozing down towards them. The Sailor Senshi would be reintroduced to the nightmarish horror that is Chaos.
Chaos would attempt to consume the Sailor Senshi, surrounding and engulfing them on all sides, preying upon their innermost fears and desires. The Senshi would try to resist, but the terrifying power would be too much for them to handle, each one succumbing to their inner terrors. The Protogenoi would be pleased that they’re finally going to be rid of the Senshi, but Typhos would be unable to stand by and let Sailor Moon be consumed before his very eyes, for she is his and his alone, and would not let anyone take her away from him. He’d lunge forward and pull Sailor Moon out of Chaos’s darkness; an act that would stun everyone. Typhos, realizing that he’d have just sealed his own fate, would then laugh maniacally that, in the end, Sailor Moon is finally his at last, only for Chaos to then strike him down, seemingly killing him, much to both Sailor Moon’s and Tartarus’s horror.
Seeing yet another person fall because of her, Sailor Moon would be overcome by her emotions and be reinvigorated to attack Chaos’s darkness with her newly evolved Silver Moon Crystal, crying out and blowing the darkness away to free the others. Tartarus, witnessing this attack, would have his attention caught by the Silver Moon Crystal’s use, wondering if that crystal could be what he thinks it might be. In the quick moment before Chaos’s next attack, all nine Senshi and the Golden Knight would raise their Sailor Crystals and use them in a united attack to repel Chaos back, forcing his darkness back into the portal from which it emerged. The Protogenoi would then leap forward to retaliate and aid their master, but they too would be forced back into the portal by the attack. But before passing through, Tartarus would pull up the fallen Typhos to take back with him just as the portal would close behind him.
Having just witnessed such horror, the Senshi would feel overwhelmingly frightened having sampled but a taste of the horrors to come. Sailor Moon, however had been pulled out sooner than the others, and so would have her wits more together than they would. Needing something to get their minds off of their recent trauma, and unable to keep it to herself anymore, Sailor Moon would say that she’s finally ready confess to the others what she hadn’t told them about her time on Kinmoku: The exact circumstances of Lord Kerberos’s death.
And now we move on to the final story arc, in which the next eight episodes would constitute another mini-arc , with the first four involving two plot threads running concurrently with each other; one focusing on another space-based mission, and the other focusing on the aftermath of the previous episode. Each plot thread would take up one half of each of the four episodes, and would be structured similar to some of the Nehellenia episodes from the beginning of Sailor Stars. And to avoid conflicts with the school system, these four episodes would all take place on a weekend day.Episodes 40
would have both sides recuperating from the lunar battle with Chaos. Now that the Moon Castle has been restored, Luna and Artemis would be spending more time up there to see what they could research in the castle’s library about the Imperium and Chaos. However, though their efforts would prove fruitless in regards to those subjects, they would instead happen upon something else
that would help in their battles. To get the Senshi’s minds back to focus after their previous experience on the Moon, the cats would now have a new mission for each of them. Now that the Sailor Senshi would all have their Eternal forms, the four Guardian Senshi would each need to go to their respective castles and retrieve four items the cats read about in their research: The Legendary Weapons. These weapons would be the Guardian Senshi’s own personal weapons like how the Outers have their Talismans and Silence Glaive, and would be used in their new Eternal form attacks in the coming battles against their enemies. As to how they would get to their castles, the cats would explain that, since they all would now have their Sailor Crystals, they all should have the power to Sailor Teleport themselves individually to their castles and back. Though, each of the four wouldn’t be going alone, for an Outer would accompany each of them, making four teams of two, while Usagi and Mamoru would stay behind to keep an eye on things back on Earth. At first, Usagi would wonder if the reason for her not going with any of the others would be if they felt uncomfortable with her because of what she had confessed to them after the end of the previous episode, but they would assure her that it has nothing to do with that, and that what happened with Kerberos’s death was not her fault and she’d need to let it go and forgive herself. Setsuna, however, would decline going on this mission, preferring instead to investigate the premonition from the future. In her place, Artemis would accompany Minako to her castle.
Meanwhile, the Imperium would be feeling the agony of their recent defeat. Erebus would be in a daze, unsure of what to do now that Chaos had been defeated by the Sailor Senshi again
, convinced that all their efforts had been in vain, and believing that he has utterly failed in his leadership. Nyx, however, would reassure him that Chaos is still within the Galaxy Cauldron, once more dormant but stable, needing only to be reawakened. Typhos would be in a rejuvenation chamber, with Tartarus amazed, relieved, and confused as to how and why Typhos was not fully killed by Chaos. Typhos had openly defied him, yet Chaos still spared him, only coming very close to killing Typhos, but not all the way. Why?
At that moment, the Protogenoi would be suddenly greeted by the arrival of four womanly beings clad in obsidian black armor (er, that is, the gemstone obsidian, not the Chaos-related crystal), who would seemingly emerge from within the Galaxy Cauldron (keyword being “seemingly”). The Protogenoi would be on their guard, but then the four womanly beings would kneel before them, humbly addressing them with exaltation and propriety. The four would rise and introduce themselves as a group called the Shadow Senshi, whose names would be Shadow Nebula (clad in black with blue), Shadow Nova (black with orange), Shadow Quasar (baclk with red), and Shadow Pulsar (black with purple). The four would claim to be creations of their mighty lord and master, Chaos, created specifically to serve the Imperium in its time of need. The four would claim to have been endowed by Chaos with the foreseen knowledge of the Sailor Senshi’s next move; that they are heading towards the castles that orbit the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. With the Imperium’s permission, the Shadow Senshi would request to confront the Sailor Senshi at each castle, with the objective of stealing their Sailor Crystals so as to strand them all at their castles and prevent them from returning to Earth, keeping them out of the Imperium’s way once and for all. Seeing a good opportunity (and ignoring the visitors’s suspicious nature), Erebus would jump at their offer and grant them permission. Nyx, however, would feel that there’s something off about these so-called “Shadow Senshi” for being creations of Chaos…
While this would be going on, Tartarus would decide to go take care of something else on his own.
The rest of the episode would focus on the tag team of Sailor Mercury and Sailor Saturn (the two shy ones) searching the Mariner Castle for Mercury’s Legendary Weapon, the Genbu Shield (a turtle-themed shield with a small blade representing its tail, and which could launch water blasts from its body), as well as their confrontation with the charismatic Shadow Nebula. In this fight, Sailor Mercury would gain a new attack (yet to be named) with the Genbu Shield, and Sailor Saturn would use a safer version of “Death Reborn Revolution” with her Silence Glaive that wouldn’t kill herself or utterly destroy everything.
However, Shadow Nebula would prove very formidable an opponent, as the two new attacks from Mercury and Saturn would merely knock her out of the room rather than defeat her outright. But in the brief moment of Nebula having been knocked away, the two Sailor Senshi, having gotten what they came for, would seize this brief window of opportunity to Sailor Teleport back to Earth before Nebula would recover. And just as they’d leave, Nebula would reemerge to find the two having just vanished from sight. Frustrated at her quarry having escaped, Nebula’s attention would then be caught her sensing something else. “Ah, she has come, has she?” she would say, and with a sinister smirk, she herself would warp away.
Back on Earth, Tartarus would appear at the Tsukino home and abduct Ikuko and Kenji, leaving Shingo behind to deliver a message to Sailor Moon, that if she wants her parents back, she must face him in a duel once more.Episode 41
would have Sailor Venus return to her Magellan Castle with Artemis in search of Venus’s Legendary Weapon, the Byakko Kunai (a pair of tiger-themed kunai connected by a long metal chain), and their confrontation with the crazed Shadow Nova (though, they would be expecting to find Ace again, only to find Nova instead). During this fight, Artemis would assume his human form from the manga with the help from the Venus Crystal in order to help Sailor Venus fight and defeat Shadow Venus. In this fight, Sailor Venus would gain a new attack (yet to be named) with the Byakko Kunai.
Like with Shadow Nebula, however, Shadow Nova would be too much powerful to kill, as she’d merely be forced back by Sailor Venus’s new attack. So Venus and Artemis would teleport away once they’d get a chance to, leaving a frustrated Meteor behind. But also like with Shadow Nebula, Shadow Nova’s mood would change when she’d sense something else. “Heh heh heh, she’s heeeeere!” she’d say, and warp away herself.
Elsewhere, Sailor Pluto would enter the space-time corridor via the Space-Time Door and begin her investigation of the premonition, in pursuit of its point of origin.
Meanwhile, Tartarus would hold Usagi’s parents hostage at the Tokyo Tower while Shingo would tell Usagi, Mamoru, and Luna about Tartarus’s challenging her to duel him again. Finding she’d have no choice, what with her parents’ lives in danger, Usagi would go after Tartarus and accept his challenge to save her parents, heading to Tokyo Tower and transforming into Sailor Moon in front of her parents. Tartarus would explain that he only took her parents to make certain that Usagi would come, and that no harm will come to them if she’d agree to face him in a duel of honor. The conditions of the duel would be as follows: A one-on-one match fought to the first surrender. If Usagi wins, she and her parents would go free with no harm done. But if Tartarus wins, Usagi must answer him everything he asks of her, and he would get to decide her parents’ fate. While they would duel, Mamoru would watch from the sidelines, and keep Kenji and Ikuko safe from any debris or collateral damage should the duel escalate to a great enough magnitude. The duel would continue as the episode would end.Episode 42
would focus on Sailor Mars and Sailor Uranus (the two strong-willed ones) exploring the Phobos Deimos Castle for the Mars’s Legendary Weapon, the Suzaku Daggers (a pair of bird-themed daggers that Mars wouldmake lightning quick cuts with and launch streaks of fire from), as well as their fight with the hotheaded Shadow Quasar, who would find the weapon before Sailors Mars and Uranus and attempt to use the daggers against the two Senshi. Once Sailor Mars would get them back, however, she’d gain a new attack (yet to be named), and Sailor Uranus would use “Space Turbulance” with her Space Sword.
As with the other two Shadow Senshi, Quasar would be too powerful, forcing Mars and Uranus to retreat after getting what they came for. Quasar would likewise be left agitated, but then also sense the same thing as the other two Shadow Senshi. “Hmph! About time she showed up!” she would say, and warp away.
Inside the space-time corridor, Sailor Pluto would be heading in the direction of the point in time that she’d believe the premonition came from. But, soon she would come across something in her way.
On Earth, Sailor Moon and Tartarus would end their duel with Tartarus once again pining down Usagi without killing her, ordering her to yield. Usagi would reluctantly comply, surrendering to Tartarus much to her chagrin. And because she would lose, she’d have to tell Tartarus whatever he’d want to know. Namely, she would tell him that she is Princess Serenity, daughter of Queen Serenity, heir to the Silver Millennium, and bearer of the Maboroshi no Ginzuishou. As that’s all he would want to know, he would spare her once more and decide to let both her and her parents go free. However, Usagi would stop him before he’d leave with questions of her own. Namely, if he is her enemy, why does he never finish her off himself, especially since he had so recently stood by and watched as Chaos nearly consumed her? If he was so willing to let her die then, why not here and now as well? He would find himself with no need to answer her, but would oblige out of a respect he would have grown to have for her. His answer would be that it is not his place to finish her off, as that honor is reserved for his master.
Mamoru would then ask him how he, who claims to be a man of honor, can serve so terrible a being as Chaos, and if he cannot see that he is just Chaos’s pawn. Tartarus would snap back with “I am no one’s pawn!
…I am honor-bound.” When Usagi and Mamoru still wouldn’t understand, Tartarus would reply, “Look at your parents, there. You do as they wish in order to honor them, yes? It is the same for myself with my
master. He created me… My very existence is owed to him.” Usagi and Mamoru would reply with, “But your existence is a doomed one! Do you not see that Chaos would destroy you the minute your use to him is over?” Tartarus would silence them in response, declaring that, whatever fate his master holds for him, he is willing to face it, even if it is only death that awaits him. Usagi would argue that living only to await one’s death is a sad way to live.
Tartarus would then proceed to leave again, with Usagi stopping him again to tell him that there is something else that Tartarus must know. Usagi would then confess to him about what happened to his subordinate Kerberos on the Planet Kinmoku, how he was slain by her hands. Stunned that she would tell him this, Tartarus would ask her why she told him about this knowing full well that such a confession could have angered or provoked Tartarus into wanting to avenge his fallen comrade. She’d say that, despite her knowing of the consequences, despite Sailor Galaxia’s insistence that Usagi not reveal the full truth of the matter to their enemies, and despite Tartarus having been her enemy, she’d feel that she could no longer keep what happened locked inside her, needing to clear her conscious of the guilt she’d feel. Though Galaxia called her a paragon of untainted goodness and purity, she could never live up to Galaxia’s calling her that if it meant her having to conceal the truth as it ate her up inside. And as Kerberos’s direct superior, Tartarus would have the right to know what happened to him.
Hearing all this, Tartarus would surprisingly harbor no ill will towards Usagi over what happened Kerberos, and would actually commend her for her veracity and the courage she showed in telling him this. However, he’d also warn her that his respect for her still does not change their position, and that now that he knows Kerberos was felled by Usagi, he would now more than ever be determined to see that Chaos and now Kerberos would both be avenged. He would then finally depart for real. However, now, Usagi would have to deal with a new dilemma: Her parents would now know that she’s Sailor Moon!To be continued...