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Serena's (Usagi's) Love! The Moonlight Lights up the Galaxy
Suddenly a massive pink energy expands and surrounds everyone. Sailor Moon finds herself floating in space with a mysterious, shadowed form above her. This being calls herself the Light of Hope and tells Sailor Moon she has been looking for a long time for someone who can accept her power. She then transforms into a red butterfly which fades into a pink Star Seed.
Sailor Moon holds it above her body and feels it's warm light. She then transforms into her Moon Princess form.
The voice tells her to fight Sailor Galaxia and seal Chaos with the Sword of Sealing. The Star Seed then transforms into the sword.
Sailor Galaxia wakes Sailor Moon from this vision and attacks her.
Galaxia then powers up into a black form and grows demonic wings.
Sailor Moon and the sword fall. Sailor Moon refuses to pick up the sword as she thinks there must be another way other than violence. The sword / Star Seed / Chibi Chibi pleads with Sailor Moon to pick up the sword and fight and tells her that Galaxia has now been completely consumed ny Chaos. Sailor Moon falls faster and faster towards the ground.
As Galaxia flies down towards Sailor Moon and screams that she's going to kill her, Sailor Moon grabs the sword which immediately glows and gives Sailor Moon the power to grow her full wings. Sailor Moon flies up as Galaxia misses her and hits the ground with a huge boom.
Galaxia flies up and attacks Sailor Moon viciously with her sword. Chibi Chibi continues to plead with Sailor Moon but Sailor Moon doesn't fight back. Unfortunately Sailor Moon, on pure instinct stabs Galaxia right in her right wing. Sailor Moon is shocked she did this. Galaxia though is furious and shatters her sword which reverts back to the form of Chibi Chibi who disintegrates. Sailor Moon apologises to Chibi Chibi.
Galaxia laughs at how the Light of Hope is finally destroyed and she is free. Sailor Moon tells her though that she sees the small ribbon of light within her. Sailor Moon summons the Silver Crystal which sits on her chest. Her pink ribbons then begin to twirl around her body and then reveal, Sailor Moon's pure, innocent naked winged form.
Sailor Moon sees inside Galaxia's soul and finds her true self standing in a field of Star Seeds.
Sailor Galaxia sends a blast of dark energy at Sailor Moon.
Sailor Moon's light shines on Galaxia's soul. The beautiful woman with golden hair begins to turn around.
Sailor Moon tells Galaxia that she loves this planet that has allowed her to meet so many amazing people. She then tells Galaxia that she must love this planet too. The Sailor Starlights look up at the battle.
The woman turns and reaches out her hand towards the light.
Sailor Moon flies towards Sailor Galaxia. Galaxia raises her sword but to her surprise it cracks and shatters as her true self tells her that she does love this planet. Suddenly all the Star Seeds she had stolen appear around them and begin to glow brightly.
The shocked Galaxia reaches out her hand and grabs Sailor Moon's hand. Her whole body begins to glow and crack and quickly releases her true form once more. The evil force that it Chaos moans and flies through the sky and off into space. Galaxia's golden hair flows down around her body as she floats there in the sky with Sailor Moon surrounded by the beautiful Star Seeds of this galaxy.
Galaxia thanks Sailor Moon but wonders where Chaos has escaped to. Sailor Moon says that he's probably gone to where he belongs; in the hearts of all living things. Galaxia begins to worry and says that that means he will return. Sailor Moon smiles and tells her not to worry because every heart also has the Light of Hope.
Galaxia smiles and tells Sailor Moon that she really is strong. She then tells her that she'll never be able to make up for all of the evil she's done. Sailor Moon tells her that it's not too late, even now and that together they can start everything over.
Galaxia thanks her again and then says that for now she will guide all of the Star Seeds back to where they belong so they don't get lost. In a burst of light she flies into space, followed by all the Star Seeds.
Sailor Moon floats by herself in the clear sky. She then begins to cry and whispers to all of her deceased friends that she was strong and tried her best but now she feels really lonely.
Suddenly Raye's voice tells her she's not alone and one by one Sailor Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Pluto, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune appear floating around her, all of them reborn. One by one they tell her what a great job she did and how happy proud they all are.
Darien's voice then whispers Serena's name. Sailor Moon turns around as Darien, holding Chibi Chibi in his arms appears. Darien tells her this little girl guided him to her. Chibi Chibi then says thank you and flies off into space to be with Galaxia.
Serena hugs Darien.
Down below Sailor Star Fighter, Star Healer and Star Maker all look up at the Sailor Soldiers of this solar system. Sailor Star Fighter whispers a thank you to everyone. Behind them Princess Kakyu appears. Star Fight, Star Maker and Star Healer all begin to cry tears of joy.
Soon after, as the sun sets Serena, Darien, Raye, Mina, Artemis, Luna, Amy and Lita stand atop the school roof to say farewell to Princess Kakyu, Seiya, Yaten and Taiki who tell them that they need to return to their planet as people are waiting.
Luna wishes them luck to which Yaten winks and says thank you. Luna blushes and Artemis screams in shock at Luna for flirting with someone else.
Seiya tells Serena he'll never forget her to which Serena replies that they'll always be friends. Yaten and Taiki laugh while Raye and the other girls tease Serena for not understanding what Seiya meant.
The Three Lights then transform to their true female Sailor Soldier selves, no longer needing their male disguises, and say their final farewells. In a burst of light the four burst upwards and shoot across the sky.
Sitting in Amara's car, overlooking the ocean, Hotaru sees the four shooting stars. Trista asks her if she made a wish and asks her what she wished for. Hotaru tells her it's a secret and asks her what her wish was but Trista tells her hers is a secret too. Michelle says that the Starlights are returning home. Amara says that the Sailor Starlights are no longer shooting stars and that they will now shine brightly in the sky as their own stars.
Hotaru asks them what they wished for. Michelle says that they didn't wish for anything because right now is their happiest moment. Amara agrees.
Elsewhere Serena and Darien stand together on a lookout. Serena asks Darien how much he loves her. He thinks and then replies that being around he makes him feel so alive.
Under a full moon the two kiss.
Serena's voice over tells the audience that she's 16 years old, impulsive, a crybaby but also the Sailor Soldier of love and justice, Sailor Moon.
The original opening theme song Moonlight Densetsu begins to play and a special new closing credits is shown.
The screen then goes black and the voices of Serena, Amy, Raye, Jupiter and Venus tell us that this is "The End".
While the anime version of Chibi Chibi is the Star Seed of Sailor Galaxia, in the manga she is in fact a future version of Sailor Moon called Sailor Cosmos who has come back to the past in disguise to help her former self during the epic battle with Galaxia. In the final battle in the manga Chibi Chibi transforms into her true form Sailor Cosmos, the ultimate form of Sailor Moon. What's interesting (and also very confusing) is that in this anime episode when Chibi Chibi (Star Seed version) talks to Sailor Moon, she takes the form of... Sailor Cosmos!!! While she refers to herself as the "Light of Hope" and there is no mention of "Sailor Cosmos", the character design is obviously the same despite being shrouded in shadow.
Speaking of the manga, several characters that were involved in the final battle in the manga, never appeared in the anime battle: Sailor Mini Moon and the Sailor Quartet. Their absence is understandable since the Amazoness Quartet never awoke as Sailor Soldiers in the anime but their lines in the SuperS finale suggest that the writers may have had plans for them in Sailor Stars but they changed their minds for some unknown reason.
Naturally this was the final time we would see any of the characters in the Sailor Moon anime as no episodes, specials or movies were made after this episode.
With the Space Sword, Moon Power Tiare, Silence Glaive and Garet Rod all having been destroyed during the battle with Sailor Galaxia it is unknown if the Sailor Soldiers could use the attacks involving these items again. It does seem pretty believable and in keeping with the series though if these items were "reborn" after the events that happened in this episode.
Being the final episode of the Sailor Moon anime, this was the last time the second Sailor Stars opening was used.
As the episode ended the audience was treated to a special new closing credits with completely new animation featuring all the main characters of the Sailor Stars season set to the original opening theme song from the first four season, Moonlight Densetsu. Read more about it and see screencaps of it here.
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