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  • To me, this should have been Ami's battle, one where she was the one that shined, because this was something near and dear to her, yet that didn't happen, and that disappointed me
  • I found it funny too how Usagi was going to use her disguise pen, for a second time, for personal purposes, this time to become a waitress in order to spy on Rei and Mamoru, who are sitting together in a restaurant, and Luna again freaks out over her misuse of the disguise pen, which is only supposed to be used to fight evil
  • I thought it was particularly cruel of Usagi though to go with plan B and ask Umino if he wanted to go on a date with her just so that she could spy on Rei and Mamoru
  • While I feel this could have been a better episode than it turned out, I still enjoyed it to an extent


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      “Usagi’s Panic: Rei’s First Date” is an episode of Sailor Moon that tells a story of Rei’s desire to have a date at a beautiful park before it’s torn down. While much of the story is centered on Rei’s quest to find the right guy and then, upon deciding on Mamoru being that guy, spending time with him, there is another part to the story, and that involves Ami and her friendship with the park’s caretaker, a kind older gentleman who is saddened by the decision of the owner of the park to sell it and have it turned into an office complex. This caretaker becomes the next target of Nephrite, who he senses with the help of the stars to be the next human who will soon reach peak energy production. Sadly, not much time is spent on developing any sort of backstory for the caretaker, so it’s difficult to form any sort of a connection with the caretaker.

      Also, although Ami loves the park and has known the caretaker for some time, sadly very little time is spent on Ami’s feelings and, during the confrontation with the monster in the park near the end of the story, her role in the battle is minor and I was expecting something more, especially when the camera kept switching between her, as Sailor Mercury, trapped by the monster’s vines, and


      the old caretaker, who had collapsed from having his energy drained, and I got the impression Sailor Mercury was going to tap into her power as a Sailor Guardian because of how upset and angry she was, but nope, it was Sailor Mars who ended up freeing her and turning the tide of the battle against the monster. To me, this should have been Ami’s battle, one where she was the one that shined, because this was something near and dear to her, yet that didn’t happen, and that disappointed me.

      While I wish there had been more focus on the park caretaker as well as more emphasis on Ami’s feelings concerning the destruction of the park as well as her concern for him when he unknowingly becomes possessed by Nephrite’s monster and begins acting increasingly violent and angry towards all, regardless of whether they are respectful of nature and animals or not, I can’t deny that I didn’t find Rei role in the story funny. I loved the scene where she was waiting for Mamoru around a corner, and planned on accidentally bumping into him so that she could start a conversation with him, only what she imagined in her head didn’t exactly play out the way she planned, because as she went running around the corner, she tripped on the sidewalk, fell flat on her face, and Mamoru, not paying attention, steps on her head! Hilarious! Adding to the humor of the scene was a spying Usagi who commented to herself out loud how clumsy Rei can be and Luna replied with an anime sweatdrop, “like you’re one to talk,” which resulted in a very funny annoyed expression from Usagi!

      I found it funny too how Usagi was going to use her disguise pen, for a second time, for personal purposes, this time to become a waitress in order to spy on Rei and Mamoru, who are sitting together in a restaurant, and Luna again freaks out over her misuse of the disguise pen, which is only supposed to be used to fight evil. I thought it was particularly cruel of Usagi though to go with plan B and ask Umino if he wanted to go on a date with her just so that she could spy on Rei and Mamoru. That doesn’t seem like something a protector of love and justice would do! While it’s played for comedy in this episode, I still think it detracts from Usagi’s character as it was a mean thing to do, knowing full well Umino has a crush on her and all, because she’s not a mean-spirited character, and doing what she did was pretty bad and does go against the type of person she is.

      Although I do feel as ...


      • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (TV Series) - Usagi's Panic: Rei's First Date (Episode)
      if the writers could have handled the caretaker’s story better, I do like how, after Nephrite imprints the symbol of his monster on the guy’s hat, with that monster possessing him, the guy is able to control the animals and insects of the park and unleash them on the construction crew that’s tearing down a part of the park in an effort to drive them away. I also found it a bit disturbing, although still entertaining as it added to the intensity of the scene, to see a bunch of squirrels under the control of dark magic attack Luna during the confrontation between the Sailor Guardians and the monster. I’m also curious how after the battle, Mamoru overhears Rei and Usagi talking about Tuxedo Mask, and asks who he is. It’s not made clear yet, but it sounds as if Mamoru suffers memory blackouts whenever he becomes Tuxedo Mask. What’s peculiar though is, in previous episodes, Mamoru is sometimes shown to be doing what appears to be investigating around where a monster has taken human form and is engaging in evil activities, almost as if he senses that something is off. The episode makes one wonder, does Mamoru know that he is Tuxedo Mask and was he simply playing dumb in front of the girls or does he not know and cannot remember his actions when and after he
      transforms?

      While I feel this could have been a better episode than it turned out, I still enjoyed it to an extent. It’s not one of my favorites as I feel it has too many underdeveloped aspects to the story and its characters, and it also shows a side of Usagi that seems inconsistent with who she is, and I feel Ami as Sailor Mercury should have been given a chance to really shine during the battle considering her emotional attachment to the park’s caretaker and the park itself, but I still managed to enjoy the comedy and I liked the theme of humans needing to be more respectful of nature and the animal and insect life. I also kind of liked how the Dark Kingdom’s evil plot actually ended up doing some good for a change, because even though it’s not made clear by the end of the episode, during the episode, because of the animal and insect attacks, it’s said that the construction company has pulled out and the park will remain as it is for now, so although the park may not be permanently safe, the Dark Kingdom inadvertently ended up preventing the park’s destruction, at least for the time being, and that’s a really rare thing where the villains end up doing something good, even if that wasn’t their intention! That right there makes the episode a tad more memorable for me.




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Constantine says :

“I thought it was particularly cruel of Usagi though to go with plan B and ask Umino if he wanted to go on a date with her just so that she could spy on Rei and Mamoru. That doesn t seem like something a protector of love and justice would do While it s played for comedy in this episode, I still think it detracts from Usagi s character as it was a mean thing to do, knowing full well Umino has a crush on her and all, because she s not a mean-spirited character, and doing what she did was pretty bad and does go against the type of person she is.”

Yes, thank you. This episode is an abomination. I was a bit shocked by it. Usagi uses the feelings of some “looser” from her school for spying after Rei and Mamoru… WTF? At least someone could have told her during the episode that only complete assholes do something like this. But no one did. Even Luna right after telling Usagi that she should use her sailor stuff only for justice, is just looking in a confusion at her when Usagi says to this poor guy “Hey, do you have some money? Let’s go on a date “. And what a great message to the kids who watched this show: you can use feelings of other people whenever you want…
The only thing that soothes me, in this case, is that this bullshit didn’t happen in the manga.

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Jessica Zarrillo says :

re : While I feel this could have been a better episode than it turned out, I still enjoyed it to an extent
I agree with you fully. For the Pretty Guardian of Love, Usagi’s insecurity and jealousy issues sure do shine in this episode. Can’t help but also agree with Luna what a total misuse of the disguise pen

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