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A Farewell and a Meeting! The Fate of Shooting Stars
In Crown Fruits Parlor, Serena, Raye, Amy, Mina, Lita, Luna and Artemis are talking about the new boy band Three Lights. Mina and Lita like Seiya while Raye likes Yaten and Amy likes Taiki. They're surprised Amy is a fan at all.
They ask Serena who she likes but she seems down and tells them that Darien has been accepted into an American university and will be leaving soon. Artemis exclaims how great that is but Mina pushes his head down and tells him to think about Serena's feelings.
That night Serena cries on top of her bed. She holds a picture of herself, Rini and Darien and wishes that Rini was here to help her decide what to do. She tells Luna that she wants to ask Darien to stay but can't bring herself to say it. Luna tells Serena that when they first met she was such a crybaby but that now she has changed so much and that she's proud of her. This cheers Serena up a bit.
The next day Serena meets Darien at the airport. She begins to cry and tells him that she wanted to give him a happy farewell. She tells him that she'll love and wait for him forever. Darien presents a ring case and opens it. He slips the ring on Serena's finger and tells her that he loves her. They kiss.
Nearby a screaming crowd of women enter. Darien assumes that there must be some kind of celebrity or something.
It is in fact the Three Lights Seiya, Taiki and Yaten. Seiya pushes himself out of the crowd and walks past Serena and Darien. Serena and Seiya seem to sense each other.
Moments later Serena watches Darien's plane take off.
Somewhere else in space the mysterious voice who had awoken Queen Nehelenia says that she sense stars on this planet and releases 5 bursts of golden energy to seek them out. One of them hones in on Darien's plane and hits him. A bright golden energy bursts from the plane.
In their private room Seiya tells Taiki and Yaten that a star has gone out. The others wish "she" was here.
The next day the girls meet Serena at Crown where she shows them the ring. Funnily enough she's completely oblivious to the fact that Darien put the ring on her wedding finger and that she is now engaged. Raye, Lita and Amy are in disbelief. Suddenly Mina enters and tells them all about a film shoot that's happening in the park.
The all race over to the park for a chance to see the famous star Alice Izuki. Eventually tired of being unable to see anything Mina, Lita, Raye and Amy squeeze through the crowd. Serena can't make it through though and decides to walk around the back with Luna. She sees the staff entrance but is stopped by Seiya who tells her she's not allowed to go that way.
Much to Seiya's surprise Serena doesn't recognise him. He says farewell and calls her "Odango" ("Meatball Head" in English). Serena gets a bit angry as only Darien can call her that.
Back stage Alice is confronted by a new villain, a small woman dressed in white. She tells Alice that for making so many people happy she must be a true star. She then places her wristbands together which releases a gold blast that hits her. A yellow blossom opens above Alice's head, revealing her Star Seed crystal.
Luna and Serena hear Alice's screaming. Serena transforms into Eternal Sailor Moon and runs to the scene. The woman introduces herself as Sailor Iron Mouse. Sailor Moon is shocked to meet another Sailor Soldier.
Suddenly Alice's Star Seed turns black. Iron Mouse is disappointed that it's faded already and goes to leave. She tells Sailor Moon that she can play with the Phage, a being that's created when a human's Star Seed is removed and fades. A red telephone booth appears. Iron Mouse steps inside and teleports away.
Alice, now Sailor Puni (a Phage or "fake Sailor Soldier") attacks Sailor Moon with a spiky mic attack. Suddenly three new mysterious Sailor Soldiers arrive and introduce themselves as the Sailor Starlights, Sailor Star Fighter, Sailor Star Healer and Sailor Star Maker.
Sailor Star Fighter attacks Sailor Puni with her attack, Star Serious Laser which severely damages her. The three new Sailors then tell Sailor Moon to move as they have no way to heal the Phage without "her" here so they have to kill it.
Sailor Moon screams out no and in her desperation her crescent moon on her forehead begins to glow. She tells herself that she can heal Alice and summons her Tiare. She then performs a full Starlight Honeymoon Therapy Kiss with completely heals Alice and returns her Star Seed to her.
When Sailor Moon turns around she's surprised to see the Sailor Starlights now missing. Nearby the Starlights mention how surprising it is that Sailor Moon had the power to heal the Phage.
Moments later Raye, Mina, Amy and Lita find Serena and Luna sitting on a bench. They ask her what happened and Serena tells them that she's not really sure.
Monster of the Day
The first Phage (which literally means a kind of virus or "to eat" in Greek but here pretty much means "fake Sailor Soldier") Sailor Puni didn't really get a chance to do much other than introduce the very concept of a Phage to Sailor Moon, Luna and the viewer.
She did however have a rather cool spiky mic attack and was healed by Eternal Sailor Moon's Starlight Honeymoon Therapy Kiss.
This episode gave us our first look at Sailor Star Fighter, Sailor Star Healer and Sailor Star Maker as well as Sailor Iron Mouse. We also saw our first Phage.
While Eternal Sailor Moon had performed Starlight Honeymoon Therapy Kiss in previous episodes, this was the first time the attack had been given a name. The animation sequence here was also reanimated and much longer than in previous episodes.
Another attack we got to see for the first time was Sailor Star Fighter's Star Serious Laser.
Serena's ring is visually identical to the design created by series creator Naoko Takeuchi in the Sailor Moon manga. The scene itself is also fairly close to the original source material though one big difference is that in the manga Darien actually gets killed before boarding the plane and right in front of Serena who becomes traumatised after the shocking event.
During some idle conversation the girls mention a tv show called "The Z-Files". An obvious reference to The X-Files which was huge in Japan when Sailor Stars first aired in the 90's.
The concept of Star Seeds was introduced in this episode.
Beginning with this episode a new opening and closing credits were shown. The new opening was basically the same as the first with the only real difference being the reveal of the Sailor Starlights. The new closing is visually identical to the first though a more up beat version of the song, Kaze mo Sora mo Kitto is used.
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