The Horror of the Approaching Shadow! Eight Senshi in a Tough Battle

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Episode Data
The Sailor Team transform together
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): 迫り来る闇の恐怖! 苦戦の8戦士
Name (Romaji): Semari Kuru Yami no Kyoufu! Kusen no 8 Senshi
Name (Translated): The Horror of the Approaching Shadow! Eight Senshi in a Tough Battle
Name (Viz Dub): The Coming Terror of Darkness: Struggle of the Eight Guardians
Episode Number: 124
Director: Takuya Igarashi
Writer: Yoji Enokido
Animation Director: Ikuko Ito
Air Date: February 4, 1995
Previous Episode: Shadows of Destruction! The Awakening of the Messiah of Silence
Next Episode: A Bright Shooting Star! Saturn and the Messiah
First English Dub Episode
Name: Who's Really Who?
Number: 117
Company: Cloverway
Air Date: July 27, 2000
Previous Episode: Wake Up Call
Next Episode: Darkness, My Old Friend

The Sailor Senshi approach Mugen Academy in order to save Chibiusa and defeat the Death Busters, while Mistress 9 plans to steal the Holy Grail from Sailor Moon.


In his lab beneath Mugen Academy, Professor Tomoe stands with Mistress 9 in front of a mass of machinery, in the center of which is a large clear dome containing what seems to be stars and nebulae. He declares that they merely need to put the Holy Grail into the machine to summon Pharaoh 90 from the Tau Star System.

As they speak, Mamoru sits in his apartment with Chibiusa cradled in his arms, keeping her alive with his own life energy.

Usagi and her friends arrive at the ruins around the building and, determined to defeat the Death Busters in order to save Chibiusa and Hotaru, transform into Sailor Senshi.

In the meantime, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, and Sailor Pluto fly toward the same area in a helicopter. Uranus declares that there is no such thing as the Messiah and that they must save the world with their own hands.

Mistress 9 senses the approach of the Sailor Senshi and the Holy Grail. She says that because her powers have not completely awakened yet she needs to keep the invaders at a distance, and so creates a dome-shaped force field around the area. As she does, all of the remaining Daimon Eggs in Mugen Academy hatch and form into undifferentiated Daimons.

Sailor Mercury studies the force field with her computer and discovers the only way to enter it is by using Sailor Teleport. Before they can, however, the Daimons begin to pour out of the building, and easily pass through the force field to attack. Though the Senshi fend the Daimons off, the creatures just keep coming in an endless stream, preventing them from using Sailor Teleport to escape. Sailor Moon uses Moon Spiral Heart Attack to destroy all of the Daimons in the area, but more of them emerge from within the force field.

Mistress 9 is weakened by the use of her powers, but states that Mugen Academy is now protected from invaders. Her hand begins to glow with dark energy as she reaches out.

Outside of the building the Sailor Senshi manage to fend off the Daimons long enough to attempt to use Sailor Teleport, but just as they do a portal opens in the air above them, and Mistress 9's hand reaches through to grab hold of Sailor Moon's neck and pull her back through the portal. The other Senshi attempt to pull her back, but the Daimons attack and force them away, and Sailor Moon disappears. The Daimons then retreat and surround the force field, creating a second wall around Mugen Academy. Sailor Mercury observes that without Sailor Moon they are now unable to use Sailor Teleport to get inside.

The three Outer Senshi arrive in the area and see the force field, but intend to enter through the star-shaped opening in the top. As they approach, however, the Daimons notice them and attack, swarming the helicopter until it explodes.

Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, however, open their eyes to find themselves in a frozen moment inside the exploding helicopter. Sailor Pluto tells them that she has stopped time; it is a power she never told them that she had simply because it was forbidden for her to use it. Sailor Neptune asks her what will happen to her, but she only smiles and speaks of the "true Messiah" before teleporting the two of them away. As they land on top of the remains of Mugen Academy, time resumes and the helicopter explodes.

Mistress 9 remarks upon the tactics of the Outer Senshi with apparent admiration. Professor Tomoe, however, says that the power of the Messiah of Silence is truly great. She begins to tell him that it was because of the Pure Heart Crystal she devoured, but as she speaks Hotaru resurfaces and says she should not use that pure heart for evil deeds. When Professor Tomoe asks she insists that nothing is wrong, and shifts into Hotaru's form, saying that she will now go retrieve the Holy Grail. She addresses the professor as "Germatoid" and orders him to deal with the Sailor Senshi who have entered the building.

Outside of the building the force field begins to expand, and as Sailor Mercury analyzes it with her computer, she says that the only thing they can do is to prevent it from continuing to grow. The four of them declare that they must believe in Sailor Moon and do what they are able to do. They spread out and surround the dome, combining their powers to create a four-sided barrier around it.

Sailor Moon awakens within the ruins of the building and, seeing an unconscious Hotaru nearby, calls out to the girl.

Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune make their way through the building and find themselves in a hallway lined by strange humanoid figures. Professor Tomoe appears and tells them he is disappointed: he hoped that such good students would become good hosts for Daimons, just like the body he inhabits. As he speaks the Daimon Germatoid emerges, leaving Professor Tomoe's body to collapse to the ground. Sailor Uranus uses World Shaking and Germatoid disintegrates - but each of the pieces merges with one of the puppet bodies along the walls, bringing them to life. The Daimon laughs mockingly, saying that he has already analyzed their powers and they have no chance against him.

Though the two Senshi fight with all their power, they are eventually overpowered by the puppets. Just as it seems they have lost, however, they hear Sailor Pluto's voice, and the Deep Aqua Mirror and Space Sword appear before them. Sailor Neptune uses the mirror to determine which puppet is the real Germatoid, and Sailor Uranus destroys it with her sword. The other puppets all disappear, and the two of them run onward. They observe that the Death Busters are more powerful than they expected, but nevertheless, they will not lose.

Behind them, Professor Tomoe lies forgotten on the ground at the battle site. He begins to stir, and immediately whispers Hotaru's name.

Meanwhile, as Sailor Moon cradles Hotaru in her arms, the girl says that she overheard the enemy say that if she allowed the Holy Grail to shine within this room, they would all be destroyed. Sailor Moon nods and says that she is glad that Hotaru is all right, but Hotaru only urges "Usagi" to hurry and save Chibiusa. Sailor Moon pauses and asks how she knew that she was Usagi Tsukino, and realizes that she isn't really Hotaru. The girl laughs and says that she is Hotaru's body, since she had absorbed her, and transforms back into Mistress 9, introducing herself as a being from the Tau Star System.

The two Outer Senshi arrive then and declare that they will destroy her in order to protect the world, but Sailor Moon jumps into the way to stop them. Mistress 9 laughs mockingly and reveals the lab and the machine that will summon Pharaoh 90, telling him to wait just a little longer.

Episode trivia[edit]

  • As Mistress 9 sensed the approach of the Holy Grail, the beads across the front of her dress were missing.
  • In this episode, Moon Spiral Heart Attack was rendered as a growing pink heart that surrounded Sailor Moon, clearing Daimons within its reach as it expanded, instead of the regular, directed burst of spiraling pink hearts.
  • In the French dub, the original audio could be briefly heard when Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune attacked Mistress 9.


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