Holy Grail

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Transformation Item
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The Holy Grail in the manga
Name: Seihai
Name (kanji/kana): 聖杯
English Name: Purity Chalice (anime), Holy Grail (manga, Viz dub), Moon Chalice (Kodansha manga)
Item Form (e.g. compact, pen, etc.): Chalice
Used by: Sailor Moon, Sailor Chibi Moon
To Become: Super Sailor Moon, Super Sailor Chibi Moon (manga)
Activation Phrase: Crisis, Make Up
First Appearance (anime): The Grail's Divine Power! Moon's Double Transformation
First Appearance (manga): Act 32 Mugen 6 3 Senshi (Sailor Moon's), Act 36 Mugen 10 Mugendai - Joukuu (Sailor Chibi Moon's)

The Holy Grail was the item used by Sailor Moon to transform into Super Sailor Moon. It had different origins in the manga and anime.

In the manga and Crystal, the Grail appeared when the hearts of Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask, and Sailor Chibi Moon came together. Its appearance broke the spell Cyprine and Ptilol had put on the other Sailor Senshi and, with everyone's hearts and power combined, allowed Sailor Moon to power up into Super Sailor Moon. At this time the talismans also resonated together in reaction to the power. In Act 36, Sailor Chibi Moon also received her own Grail that allowed her to transform into Super Sailor Chibi Moon during the final battle against the Death Busters. Without all of the Senshi present, Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon could not use the Grail to transform.

Before the Grail appeared, Chibiusa had spoken of a picture of a beautiful jeweled chalice that she saw in Neo-Queen Serenity's room, and attempted to make a clay replica of it for her art class in school. Diana mentioned that the Grail granted Neo-Queen Serenity wondrous power that could save people when a crisis called for it.

In Act 48, the Sailor Senshi called upon the power of their planetary castles and directed it at the Grail, which powered up into the Holy Moon Cálice (though it was never referred to by that name in the text itself), allowing Super Sailor Moon to transform into her last and most powerful Senshi form, Eternal Sailor Moon.

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The Holy Grail
in the anime

Unlike in the manga, where the Grail belonged exclusively to Sailor Moon and Neo-Queen Serenity, in the anime the Grail was the item that both the Death Busters and the Senshi of the Outer Solar System were searching for, and could be used by a Messiah in order to either save the world or bring about the Silence.

In the anime, the Grail was formed when the three talismans were gathered together. Using the power of the Grail, Sailor Moon could temporarily transform into Super Sailor Moon. After using her powered-up attack, Rainbow Moon Heartache, Super Sailor Moon often returned to her previous form almost immediately, having exhausted all of her energy.

In episode 125, Sailor Moon was deceived into giving the Grail to Mistress 9, who then placed it into a device that powered the complex machinery the Death Busters used as a gateway to the dimension of the Tau Star System, granting Pharaoh 90 access to Earth. The process of summoning Pharaoh 90 destroyed the Grail, which did not appear in the anime again. An object similar in appearance did appear in the Stars season, but was not used as a transformation item.

[edit] Trivia

  • According to Christian mythology, the Holy Grail was a cup or dish used at the Last Supper by Jesus Christ which supposedly had miraculous powers. In some versions of the myth, the cup was also used to catch some of the blood of Christ after he was crucified. The Grail has since appeared in different forms in a number of literary works, including some versions of the King Arthur legend.[1]

[edit] References

  1. Holy Grail on Wikipedia