Torn Between Duty and Friendship! Confrontation Between Sailor Senshi

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The Sailor Starlights and Solar System Senshi now know each others' identities, but distrust each other - even though Seiya and Usagi are convinced that they can work together.


Episode Data
Seiya is injured saving Sailor Moon
Original Episode
Name (Kana): 使命と友情の間! S戦士達の対立
Name (Romaji): Shimei to Yuujou no Hazama! Seeraa Senshi-tachi no Tairitsu
Name (Translated): Torn Between Duty and Friendship! Confrontation Between Sailor Senshi
Name (Dub): Duty or Friendship: Conflict Between the Sailor Guardians
Episode Number: 189
Director: Harume Kosaka
Writer: Genki Yoshimura
Animation Director: Minako Ito
Air Date: October 19, 1996
Previous Episode: An Invitation to Terror! Usagi's Night Flight
Next Episode: Truth Revealed! Seiya, Taiki and Yaten's Past

Usagi sits alone in her classroom at Juuban Municipal High School, brooding about her discovery of Seiya's identity as Sailor Star Fighter.

At the Fruits Parlor Crown, Ami, Minako, Makoto discuss the Three Lights while Usagi stares at nothing, still moody. The girls try to keep the conversation light until Artemis chides them (and gets glared at), and Luna suggests that the three had a reason to keep their identities secret and pretend to be idols. The girls consider that some more, and Minako finally asks Usagi what's wrong. Usagi says that they were friends, and she thought she knew them, but it turns out that she really didn't. Ami points out that they didn't reveal their identities, either.

Elsewhere, Seiya is likewise in deep thought about the same subject. Yaten and Taiki arrive and tell him to shape up, because they still have to find their princess. Taiki and Yaten hope that the fight between the Solar System Senshi and Sailor Galaxia will become fierce enough that they remain unnoticed, but Seiya becomes angry and asks if the other two don't feel ashamed to take advantage of the other Senshi's efforts to protect their planet. Yaten accuses Seiya of confusing Sailor Moon and their princess.

Sailor Tin Nyanko and Sailor Lead Crow kneel before Galaxia's throne, and Sailor Tin Nyanko says the two of them will cooperate to find a true Star Seed, although Sailor Lead Crow pretends to know nothing about the arrangement. Galaxia silences them by saying that she has felt a strong power growing on Earth, and orders them to fulfill their mission, because she will tolerate no interference with her plans.

As Nyanko Suzu, Sailor Tin Nyanko arrives at Ginga TV and begins cleaning out Sailor Aluminum Seiren's empty desk. Sailor Lead Crow arrives in her Akane Karasuma guise gets upset, defending her former partner when Nyanko refers to the late Animamate as a failure. Lead Crow storms out again, vowing to defeat the newcomer.

Rei is working as a fortune teller at a local department store after her grandfather signed her up for the job. Seiya enters the booth, not recognizing Rei with her costume and veil, and asks for advice. He says that he told a girl a lie and she found out before he could confess it to her, and his friends don't know why he's so upset. He's concerned that the girl might not forgive him, and he doesn't know what to do. Rei tells him that fortune-telling isn't going to give him an answer, and he needs to be honest with her and apologize. Seiya looks cheered up, and leaves after thanking her for her insightful advice. The next visitor to Rei's booth is another familiar face - Usagi. She tells the "fortune teller" that she is worried about a boy, but not her boyfriend. She wants to talk to him but he is not coming to school and she does not know what to do. Rei tells her that she needs to act - if he is not going to school, she needs to go to him. Usagi is amazed that the fortune teller knows so much about her, and Rei takes off her veil and chides her for making excuses and worrying and not doing something. She tells Usagi to go find him and worry about what he will do once she sees him, and hands her friend a ticket for a Three Lights fan event.

At the FM No. 10 radio station, the Three Lights are appearing on a show hosted by DJ Jack, with a large number of fans in the audience. The DJ asks Seiya to read a fan letter requesting a song, but Seiya sees Usagi in the audience; instead of reading the letter, he plays the song Nagareboshi He and gives a message to Usagi in which he apologizes for deceiving her and says he hopes they can work together in the future.

After the event, Usagi waits to talk to Seiya and thanks him for the message; they both express a wish to have mutual cooperation and trust some time in the future. Taiki and Yaten, however, arrive and berate Seiya for his behavior. Usagi tells them it's her fault for coming, and they get angry at her as well. Their argument is interrupted, however, as DJ Jack screams in the other room. Usagi runs off, transforming into Sailor Moon, and Yaten and Taiki prevent Seiya from going after her.

Sailor Lead Crow is annoyed to discover that DJ Jack's Star Seed has turned black, but before she can leave she is interrupted by Sailor Moon's arrival. She orders the newly transformed Phage, Sailor DJ, to deal with the Sailor Senshi, and he attacks her by hurling sharp-edged CDs at her. When Sailor Moon is cornered, Sailor Mars arrives just in time and uses Mars Flame Sniper to distract the Phage long enough for the other Senshi to use Silver Moon Crystal Power Kiss to heal him. Instead of retreating this time, though, Sailor Lead Crow is determined to fight the Inner Senshi as revenge for Seiren's death. As they face off, Sailor Tin Nyanko peeks out from an alleyway behind them, observing that only stupid people attack from the front. She points a gun shaped like a cat's paw at Sailor Moon and fires, but Seiya dashes out and takes the blow for her. As Sailor Moon cradles his unconscious body, the two Sailor Animamates start bickering, but are interrupted as Sailor Star Healer and Sailor Star Maker arrive and fire Star Sensitive Inferno and Star Gentle Uterus at them. They squeeze into their phone booth, still squabbling, and disappear.

Sailor Moon still holds Seiya, begging him to open his eyes. Sailor Star Healer orders her to take her hands off him, and pulls him away as Sailor Star Maker says it's her fault he was injured. The two Kinmoku Senshi tell her to stay away from them and not involve them in their fight, because only bad things have come from associating with her. Sailor Mars gets angry at them on behalf of her friend, but they turn and walk away, carrying Seiya. Sailor Moon stares after them, upset that they can't be close to each other.

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