Professor Tomoe continues his campaign to steal the hearts of the pure to gain the power to rule the world. Standing in his way are Serena and her friends Amy, Raye, Lita, and Mina (Usagi, Ami, Rei, Makoto, and Minako in Japanese), the Sailor Scouts. Michiru and the cross-dressing Haruka (Sailors Neptune and Uranus) are seeking the three heart crystals needed to prevent world disaster. Chad, who adores Raye, volleyball star Jamie, who loves Mina, and Serena's Darren/Tuxedo Moon take some heavy abuse from Tomoe's assistant Kaorinite and her shape-shifting demons, although the Scouts save them in the proverbial nick of time. These generally innocuous adventures take a nasty turn in the two-part story that comprises episodes 12 and 13. Haruka is willing to watch Serena die because her heart may contain one of the sought-after crystals. The Scouts destroy Kaorinite on Tokyo Tower, with some help from Haruka and Michiru. But Haruka's icy amorality makes her endorsement of Serena's "if we all work together, no one will have to be sacrificed" rhetoric ring hollow. She seems at least as villainous as Kaorinite--whom Tomoe casually replaces with Yujial, the villain for the next episodes. Episodes: 8. "The Labyrinth of Water! Ami the Targeted," 9. "Save Friends! Moon and Uranus Join Forces," 10. "The Kindness of a Man! Yuichiro, Heartbroken by Rei?" 11. "Retire from the Sailor Soldiers? Minako's Concerns," 12. "Usagi in Terror! Glass Shoes for Her Birthday," 13. "The Pure Heart Stolen! Usagi's Biggest Crisis." Rated 13 and up for violence and brief nudity. Edited editions--which play on the Cartoon Network--are available on video. --Charles Solomon
Tuxedo Mask abducted! The heart-snatchers target the sailor Soldiers one by one, but Sailor Moon and her friends manage to thwart them time after time. However, when the evil Professor Tomoe targets Usagi, Tuxedo Mask is captured! To make matters worse, Usagi cannot transform into Sailor Moon and Kaorinite knows her secret identity! Will the other Sailor Soldiers be able to recover Usagi's heart crystal from Kaorinite?