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The Makai tree arc (Doom Tree In The DiC version) is the second Sailor Moon season. It is exclusive to the first anime.

With the Dark Kingdom's demise, everyone goes back to their regular lives. However, a mysterious new entity called the Makai Tree comes to Tokyo, with two aliens named Ail and An gathering energy for it. Against her wishes, Luna revives Usagi Tsukino's memories as a Sailor Guardian, and soon gets the other girls.

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List of Episodes

    Sailor Moon R (1993) 

  1. "Moon Returns: The Mysterious Aliens Appear"note 
  2. "For Love and for Justice: Sailor Guardians Once Again"note 
  3. "For Whom is the White Rose? The Moonlight Knight Appears"note 
  4. "Usagi's Crisis: The Tiara Stops Working"note 
  5. "A New Transformation: Usagi's Power-Up"note 
  6. "The Targeted Kindergarteners: Venus to the Rescue"note 
  7. "Mamoru and Usagi's Babysitting Mayhem"note 
  8. "The School Festival is for Me?! Queen Rei's Song"note 
  9. "Is Seijuro the Moonlight Knight? Mako Falls in Love"note 
  10. "Steal a Kiss from Mamoru! An's Project Snow White"note 
  11. "After-School Trouble: Usagi is a Target"note 
  12. "Disconnecting Love: The Raging Makai Tree"note 
  13. "True Love Awakens: The Makai Tree's Secret"note 

Tropes for this arc include:

  • Bittersweet Ending: In the first episode, the monster is defeated but Sailor Moon bids a tearful goodbye to her normal life.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Ail and An certainly gave off this vibe in their human disguises as Seijuro and Natsumi Ginga, but moreso An due to how possessive she acts of Ail's attention. Makoto comments on how "weird" Natsumi's behavior is as Seijuro's sister. Note that the characters are considered siblings because they're both "Children of the Makai Tree" and were its last known survivors, but aren't explicitly considered blood siblings.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: An cheats to get the lead of Snow White in an upcoming play at a game of straws. Usagi, who gets cast as the witch, is very annoyed about this. Then Ali in a fit of jealousy sends a Cardian at the play, which knocks out An and Mamoru right when the curtain rises.
  • Chick Magnet: Seijuro Ginga, Ail's human form is this. The girls love him because he's tall, handsome, and musically gifted.
  • The Corrupter: The DiC dub has the Doom Tree explain that "dark forces" (i.e. the Negaverse) were responsible for her children turning against each other; they also led Ali and An astray before the duo arrived on Earth.
  • Debate and Switch: Ali and An are actually very uncomfortable with stealing energy from people. They say that if they don't save the Makai tree, they will die, so it's self-preservation and Nothing Personal. The more they befriend the Guardians in civilian guise and partake in human activities, the more guilty they feel. At one point An even cries about it after Ali ruins the Snow White play by sending a Cardian out of jealousy and telling her she forgot their purpose, saying she feels like they're Trapped in Villainy. The Guardians themselves are sympathetic when they hear the full circumstances in the season finale. Then Usagi uses her powers to help the Doom Tree talk, and it reveals the human energy was poisoning it. It needed love, rather than stolen life-force. Ali goes My God, What Have I Done? when he hears this, holding a prone En. Usagi heals the tree with her love, saving the duo and giving them a second chance.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: The Doom Tree
  • Dub Name Change: The Makai Tree is called the "Doom Tree" in the DiC version.
  • Everybody Lives: This is the first arc where the main villains aren't killed, and none of the Guardians die, even temporarily.
  • Foreshadowing: The Makai tree in this arc says that its children were fighting and wiped each other out. It took the remaining ones into space, but only Ail and An survived. The R movie shows Fiore, who is hinted to be one of the survivors given he has nowhere to go in space and has a similar human disguise.
  • Grand Romantic Gesture: As an apology for making her jealous, Ail makes a giant feast for An and explaining it's a gesture of affection on Earth. Despite not knowing how to eat the food, An is touched.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Ail and An decide to leave in peace after the tree is revived. They apologize to Sailor Moon and Mamoru for the damage they created, and promise to learn more about love.
  • Heel Realization: The twins get this when the tree starts lashing out and attacking them in its pain; An shields a prone Ail with her body, which leads to her dying temporarily.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: At the end of the arc, An tries to protect Ail from the Makai Tree's rampage, but gets brutally stabbed in the chest.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Umino and Naru still became a couple without the Nephrite arc.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Cardian Reci proves to be the most dangerous out of all the Cardians when it not only manages to trap the Inner Guardians, it destroys Usagi's brooch and undoes her transformation. While Usagi later gains a new brooch and the Cutie Moon Rod in order to destroy Reci, the monster was still the first one to ever beat Usagi that badly.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Guardians and Mamoru start the season off with no memories of their powers or the fight against the Dark Kingdom. Luna restores Usagi's in the first episode, then the rest of the Guardians in the second episode, but Mamoru spends the entire arc not knowing he was Tuxedo Mask or Prince Endymion. It's because the Moonlight Knight was the personification of Mamoru's memories separated from his mind. He remembers when the two merge at the end.
  • Lighter and Softer: This is an overall lighthearted arc compared to the prior arc. Nobody dies, and the villains are redeemed.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Somehow, Artemis managed to keep fighting Reci on his own even after she took out the rest of the Guardians and Luna. Even if he was on his last legs by the time Usagi returned, Artemis refused to give up.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Averted; unlike with the Shittenou, plausibly Ail and An have glamours that are vastly different from their true forms. Thus, the Guardians have no reason to suspect them.
  • Poor Communication Kills: It turns out the Makai tree never needed energy; it just needed love. It came to Earth to teach them that from humans. In fact, the energy that the Cardians collected were poisoning it slowly. Ail is horrified as he learns this while holding a prone An.
  • Redemption Earns Life: Eventually, the twins stop fighting when the tree starts lashing out, killing An by accident. Sailor Moon's powers eventually calm down the Makai tree, who talks and begs her for pure love, not stolen energy. When Sailor Moon revives it with her Princess Halation, both An and the Tree, which is now a sprout, rouse together. Ail is so grateful that An is alive that he thanks Sailor Moon for saving her.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: And it works across both genders. Ail starts falling for Usagi because of her natural kindness, and An likes Mamoru's chivalry.
  • Troubled Production: In-Universe, the play Mamoru puts on started as a completely different show where he was just a member of the ensemble. But then some conflicting egos got in the way of casting the lead and everyone but him left, forcing him to take over as director and change the play to a production of Snow White.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Well, more like "Steal some energy so we may live" extremist. Ail and An believe they're fighting for their survival and for their mother tree by stealing energy. When Ail learns that they were actually poisoning it, he's horrified and apologetic.
  • Yandere: An gradually becomes this for Mamoru, up until she's willing to murder Usagi for standing in her way.