Sailor Moon Episode 3 (2 for the dub) Sub Dub Comparison
Plot: Jadeite is behind a creepy late-night romantic love radio show and its listeners are succumbing to symptoms of sleeping sickness. Can Sailor Moon figure out what’s going on before everyone’s lost in an eternal slumber?
Entire series edit: Before every episode, we have a brief preview of the episode we’re watching today. The sub is left raw while the dub includes a 90’s-esque Sailor Moon border.
Entire series edit: I guess it’s safe to assume that that glowy effect in Queen Beryl’s crystal ball is never going to go away.
The first conversation with Usagi’s mom and dad starts with her dad seeing something in the paper about a sleeping illness going around. Her dad says he wishes he’d get that so he could get some rest. Her mother scolds him for wishing that misfortune and he responds by saying he was kidding. Afterall if he was asleep, he’d miss out on her great cooking. In the dub, he asks why she circled the date in red magic marker and she gets slightly angry before he says he knows it’s their anniversary.
During that same scene, as Usagi is waking up, they edit out Usagi running down the stairs.
The same gist is kept in the next scene, however, when Umino first appears, he says it’s unusual for Haruna-sensei to be late, not that thing about yellow earth worms.
Luna’s run-in with Motoki is a bit different in the original version. In the original, Luna’s worried that Motoki heard her talking. Motoki recognizes Luna because they ‘met’ in the last episode. Luna relaxes since it doesn’t seem like Motoki heard her talking. Then he goes in to get some milk for her. Luna gets gushy eyes because he’s treating her so nice and then stews that Usagi never treats her like that.
In the dub, Andy recognizes Luna for no given reason. One can assume that he might’ve heard of Luna from Serena since she goes to the arcade so often, but dub viewers would never know that. Luna says that Andy is the boy Serena likes so much. How? Why? She never mentions him and dub viewers have never seen him before this episode. Andy then says he has to go instead of getting Luna a bowl of milk. Luna also doesn’t gush over Andy, leaving the google eyes out of the dub, and then says it’s a good place to use a communications base since it’s so close to Serena’s school.
Google eyed Luna:
The next scene is also different. In the sub, the possibility of a sleeping sickness is already established. In the dub, it’s like that theory is just as passing musing. Instead the focus is on staying up too late to listen to the Love Line program on the radio.
After that, Usagi mentions that a sleeping sickness where you never wake up would be nice, which is why her friends freak out. She then explains that getting to stay in your dreams forever would be great. Serena basically asks what the big deal is and there was no need to call the medics. Then Molly and Melvin freak out….for some reason. I guess maybe because that was a fairly insensitive remark since something could be very wrong with them. Then she says that at least school is canceled.
They cut out a few seconds at the start of the next scene. It’s just the guy setting down the letters.
Okay so this one took me a little bit to figure out. In the original, as Naru and Usagi walk down the street, they pass three guys around a car. In the dub, the shot zooms in really quickly on Molly and Serena and I couldn’t figure out why until I paused the shot and realized the guy in the car has an unlit cigarette in his mouth. I figured the zoom was a work around to censoring the shot, but I managed to catch the first frame of the scene in the dub, and they did paint the cigarette away. I suppose the jarring zoom in was so they wouldn’t have to paint any other frames.
Sorry for the wonky quality on Molly. It was a motion shot.
Serena: “You’re a creep Darien!” ….I’m almost positive we haven’t established what his name is. Even in the sub, we haven’t gotten his name yet.
They edit out Serena plopping her head down on the desk and giving up.
They edit out Serena blushing with a little thought bubble that has a little cartoon of herself dancing around.
In the original, Usagi transforms into a “pretty newscaster.” In the dub, Serena turns into a “sophisticated talent agent.” Wouldn’t a newscaster be more suited for entering a radio station?
So Jadeite isn’t deterred by Sailor Moon’s attacks, but he’s deterred by a random rose thrown at him from nowhere? That makes loads of sense….
I’m sorry, I never got on the Tuxedo Mask bandwagon. I hate the random guy who appears out of nowhere to save the heroine in the nick of time trope in these shows. Kinda makes me think that, in spite of the ‘girl power’ message of magical girl shows, in the end the message is still ‘but a seemingly OP guy will still need to save you time after time. Also, Tuxedo Mask in particular pisses me off about this because in the beginning it’s so common for him to just throw a rose, which instantly freaks out or stops the enemy, say two lines to Usagi and then run off, but his interfering still gives her the prime opportunity to win.
I know this gets better in later episodes, but the early stuff still gets on my nerves.
They edit out Usagi gushing over Tuxedo Mask with heart eyes.
An outside shot of the radio station is removed.
Coming up next, Usagi and her friends are obsessed with weight loss. Jadeite takes advantage of the insecurities of humans, especially younger girls, to use a gym as a front for stealing energy.