On a rainy day, Usagi has a run-in with Juban’s newest transfer student. Her name is Makoto Kino, who, according to Umino, got kicked out of her previous school for getting into a lot of fights. Despite all the bad rap Makoto gets, she and Usagi become friends. Meanwhile, word around town is that there’s a bridal store mannequin that comes alive and seduces men. Multiple grooms have gone missing recently. Turns out it’s all part of Nephrite’s plan to siphon human energy for the Dark Kingdom. The arcade keeper, Motoki, falls victim to this and attempts to seduce Makoto.
Later that night, Tuxedo Mask arrives to bring Usagi, Ami, and Rei to where Motoki, Makoto and the Youma controlled by Nephrite. Nephrite about how everyone judges everyone by appearance and that everything is nothing but false, but Usagi tells her to believe in love, which causes Makoto to awaken her latent powers as the fourth Sailor Guardian. As the Guardian of Thunder and Courage, Sailor Jupiter, Makoto uses thunder and flower-based powers (the latter never before seen in any Sailor Moon media) to destroy the Youma and send Nephrite running away. After the battle, Makoto tells the other Guardians that the reason she left her old school was because of the senpai she was in love with broke her heart and didn’t want to be there anymore. With four Sailor Guardians assembled, Luna then gives Usagi the Moon Stick, a magic wand that signifies leadership among the Sailor Guardians.
OK, confession time: Makoto is my favorite Guardian and I was rather ticked off that I had to wait three weeks for this episode. One thing I liked about the original anime was the team dynamic that Usagi, Ami and Rei had. Thy had spent about 13 or so episodes togther before Makoto shows up and I felt it was a lost here in Crystal. So that’s a bit of a positive point for the original has over Crystal.
Animation-wise, I’ve nothing to worry about anymore. It does look like Toei is fixing the animation for the home video release, and this episode seemed good enough for me not to constantly comment about it anymore. And from what I heard, it was the same animation team that did the second episode, which is a very good improvement, if I do say so myself. Heaven forbid we get any more scenes like this or this.