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Sailor Moon R: The Movie
Directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara
Written by Naoko Takeuchi,
Sukehiro Tomita (screenplay),
Lisa Lumby-Richards (English adaptation)
Starring Kotono Mitsuishi,
Tôru Furuya,
Hikaru Midorikawa,
Yumi Tōma (Japanese version)
Terri Hawkes,
Toby Proctor,
Joel Feeney,
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Cinematography Motoi Takahashi
Editing by Yasuhiro Yoshikawa
Distributed by Toei Company, Ltd. (Japan)
Pioneer Entertainment (U.S.)
Optimum Productions (U.S. and Canada)
Release date(s) 1993 December 5 Japan 2000 February 8 United States
Running time 61 min.
Country  Japan
Language Japanese, English
Preceded by Sailor Moon
Followed by Sailor Moon S: The Movie (1994)

Sailor Moon R: The Movie is the first of three theatrically-released Sailor Moon movies. Its full name in Japanese, Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R The Movie (劇場版 美少女戦士セーラームーンR Gekijouhan Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R ?), became Sailor Moon R the Movie: Promise of the Rose in the English-language dub. The film debuted in Japanese theaters on December 5, 1993 and Pioneer Entertainment released it in the United States on February 8, 2000. It takes its name from the second arc of the Sailor Moon anime, Sailor Moon R, as it was released around the same time. The events portrayed seem to take place somewhere in the middle of the second part of the series, as Chibiusa knows about the identities of the senshi and can still be seen, the characters are still in the present rather than the future, and Mamoru and Usagi are back together.

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Plot

The movie opens with a young Mamoru on the roof of a hospital: he hands another small boy a rose. The little boy thanks him and says "No one has ever given me a gift before". He then dissolves into thin air as he vows to bring Mamoru a flower. The movie flashes forward to the present day, with Mamoru, Usagi, and the rest of the four "Inner" Senshi at a botanical garden. Usagi tries to steal a kiss from Mamoru, but when he notices that they're being spied on he walks off outside alone.

Suddenly the fountain a few feet from him mysteriously goes silent and a pink rose-petal floats past him. The sky goes dark and thousands of flower petals fall out of the sky as the girls come outside: Usagi and Chibiusa laughing and giggling. A young man about Mamoru's age appears and the flower petals vanish. Usagi runs up to Mamoru, asking him if he saw the flower petals, but the young man interrupts her and takes Mamoru's hand. Mamoru has no idea as to the identity of the young man, and Usagi is terrified of these events. She tries to remove the man's hand from Mamoru, but the man gets angry and pushes Usagi down. He vows that no one will prevent him from keeping his promise: he shoots flower petals at the group and then vanishes in a flurry of them. While the girls question the identity of the young man, Mamoru mutters "Fiore... it can't be."

Later, back at Rei's temple, the group (without Mamoru) discuss an asteroid which has started to approach Earth and on which Luna and Artemis have discovered traces of vegetal life. The talk turns into gossip about Mamoru's and Fiore's possible relationship, while Usagi thinks about how Mamoru had told her that he had no family and was alone, and how she had promised him she would be his family from now on.

Fiore sends a flower monster, Glycina, to Tokyo, where it begins draining the life-energy from the populace. The Guardian Senshi free the people, but suffer injuries. It emerges that Fiore uses a Xenian flower. Fiore resumes his attack, but just as he seems about to kill Sailor Moon by impaling her on his claw-like fingernails, Tuxedo Mask jumps in front of her and takes the hit himself. Mortified, Fiore takes Mamoru's limp body back aboard an asteroid rapidly approaching Earth and begins to revive him in a crystal filled with liquid.

Mamoru remembers a young Fiore, who had made friends with him just after his parents died. Mamoru had previously assumed that that he had made up the boy as an imaginary friend. Fiore had had to leave Mamoru (the Earth's atmosphere did not suit him), but before they parted Mamoru gave Fiore a rose. After that, Fiore wandered the galaxy, searching for a worthy flower for Mamoru, and found the Xenian blossom, which took over his mind. He then returns to Earth, seeking revenge on the humans who had made Mamoru lonely.

Meanwhile the Senshi have found out that the energy from the asteroid matches the evil energy of the flower-monster, and conclude that Fiore has hidden there and that he holds Mamoru as a prisoner. After Luna and Artemis tell them about an old legend regarding the Xenian flower and how it destroyed planets by using weak-hearted people, the Senshi teleport to the asteroid to battle Fiore and rescue Mamoru.

Hundreds of flowers cover the asteroid. Fiore confronts the Senshi and tells them of his plan to scatter flower seeds all over the planet, draining humanity's energy. The Senshi then fight hundreds of flower-monsters. The monsters combine into one and ensnare the Guardian Senshi; Mars tosses Moon aside before it can get her too. Fiore orders Moon to drop her weapon, the Cutie Moon Rod, and to surrender, or her friends will suffer. They urge her to fight, but she drops the weapon and begins to cry. Xenian's control over Fiore weakens with the display of emotion and the flower monsters disappear.

The Xenian then possesses Fiore's body. Mamoru breaks free as Fiore begins to attack Moon. Fiore accuses Usagi of inability to understand his loneliness, causing the Guardian Senshi to remember their own loneliness. The Guardian Senshi tell Fiore that without Usagi, they all would have been left alone, and beg him not to kill her. Fiore goes to stab Usagi, and Mamoru throws a rose and collapses. Usagi is safe. The rose embedded in Fiore's chest blooms and causes the Xenian's possession of Fiore to break.

Fiore feels betrayed by Mamoru, and all the flowers on the asteroid vanish. However, the asteroid continues to hurtle towards Earth. Usagi wakes up, and despite her friends' warnings uses the Silver Crystal to try to change the course of the asteroid. However, Fiore suddenly grabs Usagi's brooch in an attempt to stop her. Usagi grabs Fiore, who suddenly sees a vision. Fiore realizes that Usagi had given Mamoru the rose that Mamoru gave to Fiore. Fiore becomes overcome with emotion, and the Xenian is destroyed. Fiore vanishes, and Mamoru and the Guardian Senshi lend Princess Serenity their powers to sustain the Silver Crystal as the asteroid descends towards Earth. The Silver Crystal shatters, the asteroid breaks up, and Usagi dies. The girls and Mamoru cry over Usagi, but Fiore reappears and thanks Mamoru. He gives Mamoru a nectar-filled flower with Fiore's life-energy. Mamoru wets his lips with the nectar and kisses Usagi, reviving her. And as she returns to life, Fiore, reduced to the form of a child again, returns to space to live in peace.

New characters

Fiore

Fiore in his adult alien form

Fiore (フィオレ Fiore ?, literally "flower" (Italian)) emerges as one of the main antagonists in Sailor Moon R: The Movie. A lonely alien, he takes great strength from his friendship with Darien Shields, spending many years searching for a worthy flower for Darien. The film heavily implies that he possesses an unrequited love for Darien, but never specifically confirms or denies this. He had arrived on Earth at around the same time that Darien's parents had died. The two boys became close friends at this time, but Fiore found Earth's atmosphere unsuitable for breathing, so he had to leave the planet. Darien gives him the gift of a rose, and Fiore resolves to return some day with a worthy flower for Darien. This quest for a flower puts him in the path of the Xenian flower.

Fiore in Italian means "flower". According to the Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn R Movie Memorial Album, director Kunihiko Ikuhara noted that Fiore's full name appears in written Japanese script as Fiorieiru (フィオリエイル Lit. Fiore (フィオレ) + alien (エイリアン) ?)[1]

Fiore's character resembles those of Ail and Ann, the Makaiju children from the first arc of Sailor Moon R. His clothing, which changes several times during the course of the movie, greatly resembles that of the aforementioned characters, and he shares a similar history as well as an aversion to the environment on Earth. The film also shows him in a bubble-like forcefield that can easily put a viewer in mind of a seed from the Makaiju. However, the film never makes it explicit that he needs energy from the Makaiju like the other two. He is apparently capable of living without known sustenance, in space, for long periods of time.

In the Japanese version, Hikaru Midorikawa voices Fiore as an adult; Tomoko Maruo voices him as a child. In the English version Joel Feeney provides the adult voice and Mary Long that of the child.

Xenian Flower

The Xenian Flower.

The Xenian (キセニアン Kisenian ?) Flower plays the role of one of the main antagonists in Sailor Moon R: The Movie. The English dub presents her as "the Kisenian Blossom". The name reflects the botanical term "xenia", which according to the OED is a term for a specific action of hybridization which refers to "direct action or influence of foreign pollen upon the seed or fruit which is pollinated". The word itself is based on the Greek concept for hospitality.[2]

The Xenian Flower has to destroy stars and planets in order to survive. Alone, she holds no power. Thus she needs a host: preferably someone with a "vulnerable heart" (like Fiore). Luna calls the Xenian the "most dangerous flower in the universe", and Artemis says that hundreds of planets have been destroyed in this galaxy due to a Xenian Flower.

Once she has picked her prospective victims, the Xenian Flower begins pouring "hatred" into their weak hearts, causing them to fall under her spell and carry out her every whim. Eventually, through her subject, she will have grown powerful enough to destroy the entire planet along with the unfortunate individual whom she had deceived. After the flower has destroyed any star or planet, she sits and waits once more for the next unsuspecting person to come along and succumb to her allure.

The Xenian Flower also seems to have the ability to create "seeds" of herself which form new Xenian Flowers, these can move independently, gather energy, and do her bidding. It remains unknown whether these monsters that come from her are extensions of herself, mindless energy-gatherers, new life-forms, or much else. They appear to move independently, almost spider-like, snake-like, and dragonfly-like. The snake-like form seems to remain connected to a source-flower while the independent is the flower itself. The flying form is never seen with or as its flower so it's unknown what its design is in relation to its original flower. Each of these lesser forms becomes a minor foe for the Senshi to fight, and each has a name of its own, listed in the film's credits.

Yumi Tōma voices the Xenian Flower in the original Japanese.

Reception

Some viewers adjudge the Sailor Moon R movie an ideal introduction to Sailor Moon,[3] and the best of the three Sailor Moon films plot-wise,[4] although one critic saw it as essentially "a solid long episode", rather than a movie.[5] Another critic disagrees, saying that although the movie stays true to the Sailor Moon formula, it has "real drama and emotion".[6] Ikuhara's direction has also been praised, and the artwork in the film is superior to that of the series, although it has deteriorated slightly, and that the pacing is good.[7][8] Drazen considers the opening flashback to be "reminiscent of François Truffaut".[9]

Make Up! Sailor Senshi

Japanese theaters showed a trailer before the Sailor Moon R movie: a 15-minute short named Make Up! Sailor Senshi.[10] Usagi and Chibiusa overhear two girls talking about the Sailor Senshi after they see a poster. As the girls debate over the smartest, most elegant, strongest, and the leader of the Senshi, Usagi grandly claims those titles for herself. Chibiusa shakes her head at Usagi's delusion. Clips appear from the debut of each Sailor Senshi, and that girl's image song plays in the background. When even Tuxedo Mask has been mentioned, and the girls are about to leave, Usagi butts in on their conversation and asks them directly about Sailor Moon. The girls give a series of glowing compliments about Sailor Moon, but unlike they did for the other Senshi, they also list her faults. After the girls leave, Usagi sarcastically apologises for being a clumsy cry-baby and then bursts into exaggerated tears.

The poster the girls see uses artwork from the R movie advertisements, with a new background and sans logo.

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