Usagi is Thrilled! Tuxedo Mask's Love Letter
The disguised Nephrite steals Naru's energy
|Name (Kanji/kana):||うさぎ感激! タキシード仮面の恋文|
|Name (Romaji):||Usagi Kangeki! Takishiido Kamen no Raburetaa|
|Name (Translated):||Usagi is Thrilled! Tuxedo Mask's Love Letter|
|Name (Viz Dub):||Usagi’s Joy: A Love Letter from Tuxedo Mask|
|Animation Director:||Akira Nakamura|
|Air Date:||July 25, 1992|
|Previous Episode:||Shingo's Innocent Love! A Sorrowful French Doll|
|Next Episode:||The Summer! The Ocean! Our Youth! And a Ghost Too|
|English Dub Episode|
|Name:||Who is that Masked Man?|
|Air Date:||October 2, 1995|
|Previous Episode:||Dangerous Dollies|
|Next Episode:||An Animated Mess|
Recalling his previous encounters with the Sailor Senshi, Nephrite decides that Sailor Moon's feelings for Tuxedo Mask are an exploitable weakness. Zoisite appears and tells him that Queen Beryl is calling for him. Queen Beryl scolds Nephrite for his failures, but he assures her that he has a plan to lure out Sailor Moon.
The following morning, Usagi is delighted to find a love letter from Tuxedo Mask has been delivered to her, telling her to meet him in at the Shinjuku MS Department Store the following night. Luna is concerned that Tuxedo Mask appears to know Sailor Moon's identity, but Usagi is too happy to care... until she finds that all the girls at school have received identical letters. Luna and Ami suspect foul play, while Rei is currently incapacitated with a cold.
Later that day, Nephrite waits in the department store, going over his plan. Naru passes by, and recognises him as Masato Sanjoin. The lovestruck Naru asks if he is Tuxedo Mask. He assumes Naru must know that he sent the letters, and wonders if she is Sailor Moon. He pretends to be interested in her, and tells her to meet him that night. Naru goes away happy, believing that Sanjoin loves her. Meanwhile, Usagi decides to go to the meeting place too, in order to find out what's really happening.
Naru enters the store that night, and sees Nephrite dressed as Tuxedo Mask. She recognizes him immediately, so he challenges her to reveal her true identity as Sailor Moon. When she doesn't understand what he means, he starts to drain her energy. Usagi enters the store and sees them, then transforms into Sailor Moon. Elsewhere, Mamoru collapses in pain, and he involuntarily transforms into Tuxedo Mask.
Nephrite is disappointed that Naru was not Sailor Moon, but he has still obtained a lot of energy from her. Sailor Moon confronts him, and kicks off his hat with Sailor Moon Kick. He reveals his true identity as Nephrite, before he traps her in an illusion and sends his Youma Regulus after her. Sailor Moon is saved by a rose thrown by the real Tuxedo Mask who appears to join the battle. Neither Tuxedo Mask's cane nor Sailor Moon's attack Moon Tiara Action is effective against Regulus, so they must flee.
Nephrite and his Youma trap Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask in an elevator which will rise to the top floor, then fall. Tuxedo Mask pulls Sailor Moon through the roof of the car, and they grab onto a beam in the elevator shaft as the car falls away. Just as Tuxedo Mask is about to slip, Sailor Mars and Sailor Mercury come to their rescue. While Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars argue over Tuxedo Mask, the man himself slips away.
Although Nephrite has failed again, Queen Beryl is impressed with the amount of energy he obtained from Naru. He decides to pursue her, further exploiting her love for his alter ego.
- Tuxedo Mask's real identity was revealed to the viewers in this episode.
- Dolls of Sailor Mars, Sailor V, Tuxedo Mask, and Queen Beryl all appeared as prizes in the crane game at Game Center Crown. Various characters from Goldfish Warning! also appeared as dolls.
- This episode included the first of two times Usagi and Mamoru were trapped in an elevator, and a Shitennou was involved both times. The second time was caused by Zoisite in episode 34.
- Naru's tendency to get caught up in Dark Kingdom schemes came into full play this episode, not only attracting Nephrite but setting up future events in the process.
- Sailor Mars accidentally called Sailor Mercury "Ami" in front of Tuxedo Mask, but he did not seem to notice.
- This was the first of two times that someone masqueraded in a Tuxedo Mask-inspired costume, and Naru was involved both times. The second time was in episode 32.
- Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon - Kotono Mitsuishi
- Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury - Aya Hisakawa
- Rei Hino/Sailor Mars - Michie Tomizawa
- Luna - Keiko Han
- Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask - Tohru Furuya
- Naru Osaka - Shino Kakinuma
- Haruna Sakurada - Chiyoko Kawashima
- Motoki Furuhata - Hiroyuki Satou
- Queen Beryl - Keiko Han
- Nephrite - Katsuji Mori
- Zoisite - Keiichi Nanba
- Female Student - Mayumi Seto
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