A New Transformation! Usagi Powers Up

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Episode Data
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Queen Serenity gives Usagi the Silver Crystal back
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): 新しき変身! うさぎパワーアップ
Name (Romaji): Atarashiki Henshin! Usagi Pawaa Appu
Name (Translated): A New Transformation! Usagi Powers Up
Name (Viz Dub): A New Transformation: Usagi's Power-Up
Episode Number: 51
Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara
Writer: Shigeru Yanagawa
Animation Director: Hisashi Kagawa
Air Date: April 17, 1993
Previous Episode: Usagi's Crisis! The Tiara Doesn't Work
Next Episode: Targeted Kindergarten Kids! Venus' Great Performance
English Dub Episode
Name: Cherry Blossom Time
Number: 45
Company: DiC
Air Date: November 28, 1995
Previous Episode: VR Madness
Next Episode: Kindergarten Chaos

A powerful Cardian attacks a cherry blossom viewing party, and Sailor Moon is suddenly unable to fight it.

Summary[edit]

In the shelter of the Makaiju, An tells Ail about the custom of flower gazing. An explains that it is a festival held at this time of year by the inhabitants of the planet, and that she heard they spent a lot of energy. Ail observes that flowers used to blossom on the Makaiju while their clan was in power, and, after thinking about it, smiles and says they will obtain plenty of human energy.

Usagi, Ami, Makoto, Minako, Rei, Naru, and Natsumi walk through the park with their teacher, going flower gazing as a group. They meet up with Umino, who has been saving them a good spot since the night before. Everyone sits down for a picnic lunch, with Usagi and Rei bickering as usual.

As the group splits up after lunch, Seijuurou watches from a short distance away and is entranced by Usagi's beauty. Natsumi arrives and is jealous, but he claims to have been looking at the cherry blossoms. The two of them return to their normal forms, intending to implement their plan to steal energy. An picks one of the Cardians, which Ail summons with his flute.

Naru and Umino are talking when they see a black and flowerless tree emitting a strange energy. As they step back, they are engulfed by the same energy. Their teacher returns to find the couple on the ground, unconscious, and as she tries to wake them a mysterious woman appears behind her. Sakurada-sensei asks the woman to call for help, but is instead attacked in turn by the Cardian.

The unconscious Umino, Naru, and Sakurada-sensei are taken to an office, where a doctor says they should be all right after they get some rest. He is puzzled, though, by the fact that many other people are falling prey to the same illness. Luna and Artemis become suspicious, and once outside, they tell Usagi that the people might have had their energy stolen. They then hurry off to join the other Sailor Senshi who are investigating the area.

Ami, Minako, Makoto, and Rei arrive in the area where the three were attacked. Rei feels an evil aura, and as the Senshi look, they see the black tree and the Cardian. As the Cardian opens its eyes, all the girls are engulfed in the blast of energy. Usagi and the cats hear them cry out, and Usagi transforms into Sailor Moon.

Sailor Moon arrives to see the girls's energy being drained. The Cardian emerges from the tree and attacks the newly-arrived Senshi, who barely manages to dodge. Sailor Moon attempts to use Moon Tiara Action, but the tiara stops spinning in mid-air and the Cardian easily bats it away. The girls warn Sailor Moon not to look into the Cardian's eyes, but this distracts the Senshi enough that she can't avoid Reci's next attack. As she is pinned down by the Cardian, Sailor Moon's brooch shatters and she turns back into Usagi. Usagi struggles to escape Reci's energy field, trying to save her friends, but is drawn into it as if the earth was water. Luna runs to her and tries to pull her out, but both the cat and the girl are sucked into the Cardian's power.

The Makaiju flares with energy and its crumbling leaves return to life. Pleased with their success, Ail and An tell Reci to get more energy.

Usagi and Luna slowly fall through a vast light as Usagi wonders why she can't transform. Luna tells her she won't be able to transform or use her powers while she wishes to be a normal girl. Usagi opens her eyes to find herself floating in an empty space with the unconscious Luna in her arms, and wonders if they are both dead. Queen Serenity appears before them, and Usagi pleads for the power to save everyone. As she lifts her shattered Transformation Brooch, light flares, leaving Queen Serenity and Princess Serenity standing in the ancient Moon Castle.

The Silver Crystal appears, and Queen Serenity tells her that her desire to save her friends protected it. The Crystal then merges with the brooch, becoming the Crystal Star. The queen warns her that the power of the Crystal is not as strong as before, but that someday Usagi's desire to protect everyone will bring back the true power of the Crystal. As instructed, Princess Serenity calls out, "Moon Crystal Power, Make Up!" and transforms into Sailor Moon.

Back in the park, Usagi's friends are all trapped in the tree while Artemis fights alone against Reci, when the moonlight suddenly flares brighter and Sailor Moon emerges from the ground. The Cardian attacks the Senshi, who ends up backed up against a tree and defenseless. As Reci lunges at Sailor Moon, it is struck by a white rose, and the Moonlight Knight appears. As he encourages Sailor Moon to fight, she hears Queen Serenity's voice, and the Cutie Moon Rod falls from the Moon. Reci attacks again, and Sailor Moon uses Moon Princess Halation to destroy the Cardian.

Sailor Moon rejoins to her friends, glad to see they are all right. She gives a last glance at the moon and thanks Queen Serenity.

Episode trivia[edit]

  • When Usagi transformed before her upgrade, the episode cut to commercial break without displaying the full sequence. In the first English Dub, the commercial break was placed before Serena transformed, which enabled DiC to use the full transformation sequence.
  • This episode included the first time Usagi's brooch was broken by a monster-of-the-day, preventing her from transforming. The second time was in episode 90.
  • All shots of Usagi nude were cut out of the Korean dub, while the Hebrew dub edited them to cover her body.

Cast[edit]


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