Sailor Moon R (Season 2)

Sailor Moon R is the shortened title of Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R (美少女戦士セーラームーン R, Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn Āru). It is the second major story arc and series in the Sailor Moon anime. The letter R in its title, according to the Memorial Song Box booklet, can be expanded into either "Return" or "Romance". In the Sailor Moon manga, which came first, this story arc does not have a specific name, but its individual acts are inconsistently given the subtitle "Black Moon". The season is then followed by Sailor Moon S.
There is also a separate film called Sailor Moon R: The Movie - The Promise of the Rose.

Sailor Soldiers

Opening Sequence

The opening sequence featured Moonlight Densetsu (ムーンライト伝説; "Moonlight Legend"), written by Kanako Oda and performed by DALI. There were 2 versions of the opening theme, the first having more generic visuals, the second more closely following and representing the story of the R season, as it features brand new places such as Crystal Tokyo, and even new characters: Neo-Queen Serenity, King Endymion, Chibiusa, Sailor Pluto, and the Black Moon family, which is called the Negamoon in the English version.

Summary

Makaiju Arc
the Makaiju Tree

Sailor Moon R is set two months after the fall of the Dark Kingdom. The Sailor Scouts and Mamoru are living their normal lives with no memories of the events from the previous season. The first story, which lasted for the first 13 episodes of the season, features the regaining of the Inner Sailor Senshi's memories because of their encounters with new enemies, the Makaiju aliens (Ail and An), and is referred to as the Makaiju arc. Mamoru, however, didn't regain his memories immediately.

Ail and An aimed to gather human energy to fuel their dying Makaiju Tree, their only source of life, to sustain themselves, and used monsters (called Cardian Monsters) to help steal energy. During their battles against their new enemies, each Scout unlocks a stronger version of their existing powers. In addition, a new character, the Moonlight Knight, appeared to help the Sailor Scouts in their time of need during battle, taking on the same role of Tuxedo Mask from the previous season.

Ali and An

Ail and An disguised themselves as siblings attending Usagi's school while on earth. Their life on earth begun to teach them the meaning of love, something their race of aliens never understood. As their human alter egos, Ail even developed feelings towards Usagi while An developed hers towards Mamoru, resulting in a complicated love triangle.

The Sailor Guardians eventually squares off against Ail and An in a final battle in episode thirteen. Witnessing the battle, they finally understood love and sacrifice for loved ones. When the Makaiju Tree turned in them, Ail put his life on the line to protect her, similar to what he saw Sailor Moon do with Mamoru. It was then, the Makaiju Tree stopped wrecking havoc because Ail and An finally learned love over greed. Ail, An, and the Makaiju Tree leaves earth for a peaceful new life elsewhere in the universe.

It was also revealed the Moonlight Knight was a split personality of Mamoru. After Queen Beryl's defeat, Mamoru lost his memories, but his desire to protect Sailor Moon wasn't, and so resulted in a split personality that reunited with Mamoru, after Mamoru began to regain his memories.

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