The Black Moon Family
Sailormoon R (Second Arc)
The Black Moon family is the group of villains from the future in the second
arc of R. They are characterized by the upside down black moons are their
foreheads. When they are healed, their moons disappear.
The Four Ayakashi Sisters work underneath Rubeus, though he is only using
them to find Chibi-usa and the ginzuishou. Later on they also attempt to
take over crystal points in Tokyo. They use droids to attack.
They first appear in Sailormoon R episode 60 with Rubeus.
Cooan is the youngest of the Ayakashi Sisters. Her attack is "Dark Fire,"
and she comes into direct conflict with Rei. Her job is to find the
'Rabbit', or Chibi-usa. In episode 70, Cooan poses as a cosmetics saleswoman
and enters the Hikawa Jinja in order to capture Chibi-usa. However, before
she can get Chibi-usa, Tuxedo Kamen interferes. Sailormars then uses her
"Burning Mandala" against Cooan. At this point, Rubeus arrives; Cooan is
in love with Rubeus, and she believes he has come to help her because he
loves her. He rejects her love, though, and gives her a bomb with which to
destroy Chibi-usa and the Sailor Senshi. The Sailor Senshi destroy the
bomb though and confront her, and Cooan goes crazy and attempts to kill the
Sailor Senshi. Just as Sailorjupiter is about to attack Cooan, Mars gets
between them and protects Cooan, telling her that she believes that Cooan
can love and that they can become friends. Cooan becomes healed by
Sailormoon to become a normal woman.
Beruche is the second youngest of the sisters, and her attack is "Dark Water."
She is the most "intellectual" of the four, though like her sisters, she is
obsessed with how she looks. In episode 71, Beruche is pitted against Ami
in a chess match; earlier in the episode, Beruche discovered that Ami was
Sailormercury when Ami transformed in front of her to prevent her from taking
over the crystal point. When she loses to Ami, she reveals her true identity.
When the Sailor Senshi arrive to Mercury's rescue, Beruche captures them,
challenging Mercury to another chess match with her friends as the prizes,
but every time Mercury loses a piece, she gets frozen. She's about to get
all the glory when her two sisters, Karaberas and Petz come to take the
credit. Tuxedo Kamen intervenes, releasing all the senshi, and her two sisters
leave her to fend for herself. Beruche is so hurt by this, which proves to
her that there is no such thing as love, that she is determined to kill
herself; however, Cooan comes to convince her otherwise. Beruche is then
healed by Sailormoon.
Karaberas is the second oldest, and whereas Beruche is to Ami as Cooan is to
Rei, she is like Minako. Wearing a bow, she also carries a whip for her
attack (similar to Venus's chain). She is evenly matched with Venus as an
opponent. Karaberas is usually almost always at odds with her older sister,
Petz. In episode 72, when Rubeus gives Petz a powerful staff to use against
their traitorous sisters and to discover the identities of the senshi, Petz
suddenly becomes power crazed and turns on Karaberas, trying to kill her
along with the senshi and her sisters. Karaberas is surprised, though, when
the Sailor Senshi ask her if she's alright. Once the situation is resolved,
Karaberas is healed by Sailormoon.
Petz is the oldest sister, and her attack is "Dark Lightning." She is
secretly in love with Safir, and she tries to help him after he is attacked
by Wiseman in episode 86. In episode 72, Rubeus gives Petz a stick to
increase her power, and she ends up trying to kill her three sisters and
the Sailor Senshi. She doesn't believe them when they tell her that Rubeus
is only using her; however, then Rubeus arrives and says that he doesn't
care about any of them. Rubeus uses the power of the stick to create a
hole to another dimension and leaves to let all of them be killed. Petz
tries to destroy the hole and almost falls in, but her sisters rescue her.
After the Sailor Senshi destroy the stick, Petz becomes healed by
Sailormoon along with Karaberas.
The Black Moon family comes from the 10th planet in the Galaxy called
Nemesis, having been banished from Earth due to their hatred of Crystal
Rubeus first appears in episode 60. His job is to find Chibi-usa and the
future ginzuishou, and he uses the Four Ayakashi sisters to do his dirty
work for him. His main priority is to take over the Crystal Points of
Tokyo. When the sisters fail him, he tries to kill all of them, though he
fails thanks to the Sailor Senshi. He eventually kidnaps the four Inner
Senshi in his UFO in episode 73, and then Sailormoon and Chibi-usa confront
him in episode 74. He draws them up into his UFO, and due to the black
crystal inside of it, he is almost invincible against Sailormoon in his
battle against her. However, he underestimates both Sailormoon and Chibi-usa.
Chibi-usa, using the energy she can release from her crescent moon, manages
to destroy the crystal, allowing Sailormoon to use her Moon Princess Halation
on him. Since the crystal is the source of the UFO's power, the destruction
of it causes the UFO to self-destruct; the Sailor Senshi and Chibi-usa
teleport away, leaving Rubeus alone. Esmeraude appears, and he thinks she's
there to save him, but instead she leaves, calling him a failure, and he dies
when his UFO explodes. Kaboom
Esmeraude is the green haired woman who takes the place of Rubeus upon his
death, first appearing in episode 74. She uses statues of herself, as
constructed by Safir on her order, in order to allow dark energy to grow in
certain special spots, where upon with enough energy, the Black Gate will be
created and then Black Moon family can destroy the world. She is a very
vain woman, and she carries around a fan everyplace she goes; her laugh is
extremely loud, annoying and boisterous, and even though she's beautiful and
she knows it, she's not really that great. (In one episode a dog urinates
on her shoe twice... Jupiter calls her 'Old Lady' a few times too.) Esmeraude
is in love with Demando, but he does not feel the same for her, and she is
insanely jealous of Sailormoon (whom he does 'love'). Esmeraude eventually
dies after Wiseman convinces her that she'll become the Black Moon's Queen
by putting on a special crown; the crown, though, turns her into a dragon
after being fixed on top of her head. As the dragon begins to attack the
palace in Crystal Tokyo, the Sailor Senshi arrive and kill it, not knowing
that it's really Esmeraude.
Safir is the younger brother of Prince Demando. His first appearance is
in episode 75. Safir provides Esmeraude with her little statuettes. He
is extremely dedicated to his older brother, worrying about him constantly
and Wiseman's true intentions. He never completely trusts Wiseman, and
when he overhears the other saying how he's only using the Black Moon
family in episode 86, Safir removes a vital part of the growing black
crystal that Wiseman needs to call forth Death Phantom. However, Wiseman
attacks him after he runs off to 20th century Tokyo, later telling Demando
that he has betrayed their family. Fortunately, Safir receives help from
the Ayakashi sisters (as normal humans). He goes back to tell Demando about
Wiseman, but Wiseman kills him before he can say anything. When he dies,
his black moon is revealed to have disappeared.
Demando is the head of the Black Moon family making his first entry into the
anime in episode 75. He comes from Nemesis and decides he wants his people
to live on Earth instead, but because of Wiseman, he feels he must kill the
civilization already living there first. He is obsessed with Neo-Queen
Serenity and her beauty, and when he sees Sailormoon, he knows that the two
are the same. He kidnaps Usagi, and he tries to make her his queen, but
Tuxedo Kamen rescues her in episode 83. In episode 87, Demando tries to
force Sailormoon to love him, but she resists and asks him why he wants to
take over the world. Demando tells her it is because his people and the
people of Earth can't live together, then he remembers that Safir was
trying to tell him about Wiseman. He finally realizes that he is being
used by Wiseman, and when Wiseman arrives, he turns on him. He protects
Sailormoon from Wiseman's attack, then uses all of his energy to "destroy"
Wiseman. He then dies.
Black Lady is really Chibi-usa, brainwashed by Wiseman and having her memories
of her family and friends twisted and warped so that she believes they hate
her. Chibi-usa transforms into Black Lady in episode 85. Her only 'friend,'
so she claims, is Luna-P, which interestingly enough has its sign turned into
a Black Moon symbol (whereas in the manga, she rejects it as an annoying toy).
Usagi, using the ginzuishou, almost reverts her back to normal, but Wiseman
intervenes and messes with her memories some more, so she remains Black Lady.
In their final confrontation with the death of the Black Moon family, Black
Lady attacks Sailormoon with all her strength. However, Usagi becomes Neo-Queen
Serenity, and with Tuxedo Kamen, she revives Black Lady's memories so that she
becomes Chibi-usa again.
Wiseman / Death Phantom
Wiseman is Death Phantom, an exile from Earth. He uses the Black Moon family
to try to seek revenge and destroy Earth. Chibi-usa as Princess Serenity
and Usagi as Neo-Queen Serenity destroy him using the two ginzuishou in
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