Go for an Idol! Minako's Ambition

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Minako becomes an assistant to the Three Lights as part of her effort to become an idol.

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The Three Lights at their photo shoot
Original Episode
Name (Kana): アイドルをめざせ! 美奈子の野望
Name (Romaji): Aidoru wo Mezase! Minako no Yabou
Name (Translated): Go for an Idol! Minako's Ambition
Name (Dub): Becoming an Idol: Minako’s Ambition
Episode Number: 175
Director: Yuji Endo
Writer: Atsushi Maekawa
Animation Director: Takayuki Gorai
Air Date: May 25, 1996
Previous Episode: A School Storm! Transfer Students are Idols
Next Episode: The Figure of a Fighter! A Shocking Super Transformation

At the school, Minako lures Seiya into a secluded part of the yard by pretending that she has something to tell him. Once there, she claims to have something in her eye, and when he leans in to investigate, Usagi, who was lurking in the bushes nearby, begins snapping photos. She forgets herself in her enthusiasm and steps out of her cover, and is spotted by Seiya.

At the Fruits Parlor Crown, the girls sort through the photos Usagi took and note that they are not very good. They discuss Minako's plan to sell a photo of her and one of the Three Lights to the newspaper, claiming that she is their girlfriend. When Minako arrives, they demand to know which of the three is her real target, but she shrugs off the question, saying that she has a new plan. She has become an assistant to the idol group, which she thinks will both help her get one of them as a boyfriend and become an idol herself.

The Three Lights are gathered in their room, discussing their search for "her," which is the entire reason they became idols.

At Ginga TV, Chuuko Nezu flips through a magazine and finds an article about the famous photographer, Saki Itabashi. She is interrupted by a summons to the President's office, and she takes the hidden elevator to Sailor Galaxia's throne room. Sailor Iron Mouse there reports that she has found her next target.

Minako watches the Three Lights at singing practice, and is surprised when Usagi shows up as well. A photographer shows up and begins snapping pictures, and brusquely shoos Minako out of her way. Later, at a fan event, the photographer shows up again and roughly pulls Minako away from the Three Lights' table, leaving the girl even more annoyed and wondering who the person could be.

After the event, the photographer is waiting for the Three Lights, and introduces herself as Saki Itabashi, the one working on the "Three Lights Unmasked" photographic project. Usagi and Minako see this, but it does not make Minako like the woman any more.

The Three Lights go out to a farm to film a commercial for "Red Soup," a vegetable drink. Usagi takes a sip of it and finds that it tastes bad, and asks Minako how the three idols can keep drinking it in take after take. Minako tells her that it is hard to be a pro, because they always have to keep smiling on the camera. Saki overhears this and mocks her for acting like she knows everything. Unseen, Nezu watches Saki from a short distance away.

Saki works with the Three Lights at a photo studio as Minako and Usagi watch from the sidelines. Usagi is hungry, and wonders when they stop to eat. Minako tells her that idols cannot take a break until the work is done; Usagi declares herself not cut out to be an idol and heads off to find something to eat. Minako announces that their time in the studio is over and everyone starts to clean up and talk about getting some dinner. Saki stops them, though, asking them to keep working until she is satisfied. Minako and Saki argue until Yaten tells the younger girl to be quiet. The Three Lights agree to keep working, on the condition that their photos are more beautiful than anyone else's. Minako is baffled, and Saki takes pity on the girl, explaining that a pro cannot make excuses and give up easily; they have to keep working until the job is done right, because you cannot succeed by just hoping for it. As the others return to work, Minako thinks that she is obviously still just an amateur, and tells herself not to be halfhearted in her efforts to become an idol.

After the photo shoot is over, Saki pauses at a vending machine outside the studio and is there approached by Chuuko Nezu, who reveals herself to be Sailor Iron Mouse. Minako hears Saki cry out and transforms into Sailor Venus.

Sailor Iron Mouse is disappointed when the Star Seed turns out to be a blank, and then dismayed when Sailor Venus arrives. Usagi, returning from her trip to the convenience store, sees the scuffle and transforms into Eternal Sailor Moon. In the meantime, Sailor Venus uses Venus Love and Beauty Shock, but Sailor Iron Mouse easily dodges it. Once Sailor Moon arrives, the Animamate departs, leaving them with the newly-transformed Phage, Sailor Gekisha.

Sailor Gekisha hits Sailor Venus with her "Shutter Chance" attack, but before she can press the attack the Sailor Starlights arrive. Sailor Star Healer uses Star Sensitive Inferno and stuns the Phage, giving Sailor Moon the chance to use Starlight Honeymoon Therapy Kiss to return it to normal. The Sailor Starlights leave immediately afterwards, even though Sailor Moon tries to stop them to ask if they are her allies.

At the Fruits Parlor Crown, the girls discuss Minako and her plans. Minako arrives with a handful of audition pamphlets, saying that she does not want to debut as an idol's assistant, she wants to debut as an idol.

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Previous episode:
174
Season
Sailor Moon Sailor Stars
Next episode:
176