The Black Moon
The Black Moon Family were
the villains in the second part of Sailormoon R. Wiseman was the
leader of the family. They were kicked out of Crystal Tokyo in the
future and exiled to a planet called Nemesis, so they went back to the
past to destroy Tokyo of the past and therefore, Crystal Tokyo of the future
would cease to exist.
Wiseman isn't really a man
(nor is he wise, in my opinion). He's just an entity. I think
maybe he was a human at one point, but he evolved beyond a normal
human state or something. He is using the Black Moon Family to get
revenge on Serenity for exiling them. He is also the Death Phantom,
but he can only assume the form of Death Phantom if he gets enough power
from the Black Crystal. He kills off Esmeraude, Safiru, and Demando,
(in the manga he also kills Rubeus) and he does get enough power and turns
into Death Phantom. Then Usagi and Chibiusa beat him using the Ginzuishou
of the present (Usagi's) and that of the future (Chibiusa's which she had
absorbed into her body before she left Crystal Tokyo).
Rubeus is the first henchman
that Wiseman uses, and his job is to destroy the Crystal Points of Crystal
Tokyo in the past. Well, not really destroy them, but fill them with
dark energy so that they will corrupt the future Crystal Tokyo. Rubeus
uses the Ayakashi Sisters to do all the work for him and just sits around
in his UFO looking at the map of Crystal Tokyo that has the crystal points
on it (well, it seems like that's all he does for a while). All the
sisters are in love with him to some extent (well, Petz isn't really since
she loves Safiru, but I think she likes Rubeus a little). Especially
Cooan, who actually confesses to him that she loves him, but he says he
doesn't care because he doesn't "do stupid things like loving someone,"
and then he tells Cooan to commit suicide and blow up the Hikawa shrine
with a bomb. He tries to kill the rest of the sisters too, but doesn't
succeed because Sailormoon heals them. He eventually kidnaps the
senshi in his UFO (on crystal crosses, which is very weird, so weird that
DiC cut it out), and Sailormoon comes up to get them, but he has increased
power from the Black Crystal on board his UFO and she can't beat him.
Then Chibiusa destroys the crystal and the UFO explodes. Esmeraude
comes, and Rubeus thinks she's going to save him...but she just tells him
he's a failure and leaves him to die.
Cooan is the youngest Ayakashi
sister (the dub says she's the oldest though, which is annoying since she's
obviously not) and the one most enamored with Rubeus. He uses her
feelings for him to control her, and he makes her do all his dirty work.
Her job is to find Chibiusa, also known as "the Rabbit" (they say that
in English too, it's pronounced like "rabito", and it's a pun on the name
Usagi, which means bunny). She's Sailormars's counterpart, since
they have similar attacks (she attacks with "Dark Fire") and her hair is
like a lighter shade of Rei's (sorta, but Rei's isn't so purple-ish).
She fights Mars, but Rubeus interrupts the fight. She confesses her
love for him, but he rejects her and tells her to blow up the Hikawa shrine
with a bomb. She almost does, but the senshi destroy the bomb and
are about to kill her (they didn't actually say they'd kill her, but they
probably would have) when Mars stops them and convinces Cooan to be healed.
So Sailormoon heals her, and she becomes a normal human (and she sells
Beruche is the second youngest,
but probably the smartest of the Ayakashi sisters (by the way, Ayakashi
means "uncanny"). She's very superficial, like her sisters, and cares
a lot (too much probably) about how she looks. But she is smart,
and she nearly beats Mercury at chess. She's actually Mercury's counterpart,
since they're both intellectual, both like chess, both have a sorta blue
motif, and both have water/ice related powers (her attack is "Dark Ice")She
reveals her identity to Mercury, and then locks the other senshi in an
ice bubble and challenges Mercury to another chess match, and if Mercury
wins she gets the senshi back. If not...well, let's not think about
the "if not" part. Anyway, they're playing chess, but Beruche cheats.
Then her sisters come and tell her that she's no longer part of the Black
Moon family for being a failure. Beruche threatens to kill herself,
but Tuxedo Kamen releases the senshi and they persuade her not to.
Then Sailormoon heals Beruche and all is well.
Calaveras is the second
oldest, and her counterpart is Venus. She uses a whip for her attacks,
like Venus Love-Me Chain, and they both wear bows in their hair and they
wear gold, red, and orange. Calaveras always fights with Petz and
tags along with her. She's also obsessed with her looks, and she
once put lemon slices on her eyes, probably to improve her complexion or
something (although wouldn't that have stung if the lemon got in her eyes?).
When Petz has the strobe, she goes crazy and tries to kill Calaveras, but
there's a dimensional hole or something that the strobe causes. Calaveras
and the others save Petz from the hole, and then Sailormoon heals both
Petz is the oldest Ayakashi
sister, and her counterpart is Jupiter. They both wear green (and
Petz's hair is green too), and Petz's attack is "Dark Lightning" like Jupiter's
lightning attacks. She's a little power-crazy, and when Rubeus gives
her a strobe to increase her power she goes a little nuts. She's
so obsessed with the strobe she won't even let Calaveras touch it for fear
that she might steal its power or something weird like that. Rubeus
tells her to use the strobe on her sisters, who have become traitors, and
she goes insane and tries to kill all of them. But then they save
her from a dimensional warp thing, and Sailormoon heals her and Calaveras.
Later, after they're healed, Petz helps Safiru when he gets hurt by Wiseman.
Esmeraude is vain, like
all the other Black Moon ladies, except much more so. She uses little
statues of herself (and she makes poor Safiru create bunches of them for
her), and she sticks them in the ground to make dark energy grow wherever
she puts them. Once enough energy is gathered, then the Dark Gate
will open and the Black Moon will be able to destroy the world. She
uses one of her earrings to detect where to put the statues. She
always carries around a red feathery fan (which clashes with her yellowish-green
hair), and she has an annoying high-pitched laugh that lots of stuck-up
anime women seem to have. She considers herself to be the most beautiful
woman in the world, and the most powerful. She also hates Rubeus
and Safiru (don't pay attention in the dub when Safiru implies that he
loves her, because he hates her too). She is obsessed with Demando,
and therefore hates Sailormoon because Demando loves her. Her obsession
with Demando causes her death, when Wiseman gives her a crown that he says
will make her Demando's queen. The crown actually turns her into
a dragon, whom the Senshi kill, and Esmeraude is seen falling into a black
hole, calling for Demando.
He's not really evil, I
don't think, possibly Safiru just joined the Black Moon family to stay
with his older brother Demando. He's very dedicated to Demando and
sacrifices his life trying to warn Demando that Wiseman was using the family
for his own purposes. He doesn't really trust Wiseman from the beginning,
and all along he was suspicious of Wiseman's true intentions. He
worries a lot for his brother and about what's going to happen to them.
He overhears Wiseman saying that he is only using the Black Moon Family,
so Safiru removes part of the Black Crystal that Wiseman needed to open
the Dark Gate and summon the Death Phantom. Wiseman catches him red-handed
and starts attacking him, so Safiru escapes to Earth, where he is taken
care of by the Ayakashi sisters (this is after they were turned to humans).
But Wiseman follows him, and just before Safiru is about to tell Demando
of Wiseman's intentions, Wiseman kills him.
Demando is the leader of
the Black Moon family. He is sort of in love with Neo-Queen Serenity...sort
of, I wouldn't call it real love, I'd call it obsession. He thinks
that if the Black Moon manages to take over Crystal Tokyo that he can have
Serenity as his queen, and that's part of his motivation. He also
wants the people of Nemesis to live on Earth, and that's why he wants to
help Wiseman take it over. When he realizes that Neo-Queen Serenity
and Sailormoon are the same person, he kidnaps Sailormoon and uses his
hypnosis to try to make her say she loves him. Of course, it doesn't
work because one: Usagi loves Mamoru too much, and two: Tuxedo Kamen comes
to rescue her. He dies protecting Sailormoon from Wiseman's attack
when he realizes that Wiseman is just using the Black Moon family.
Black Lady is Chibiusa after
being turned evil by Wiseman and aged to about 16. Wiseman distorted
Chibiusa's memories of her parents and the other senshi, making it seem
like they didn't love her. Apparently he did a good job of it, because
he made her completely evil (even Luna-P had its crescent moon changed
to a Black Moon insignia) and made her hate the senshi. Black Lady
attacks the senshi, and Usagi almost turns her back to normal using the
ginzuishou, but Wiseman brainwashes her again. In the final battle
of the R series, Black Lady tries to kill Sailormoon, but Usagi turns into
Neo-Queen Serenity and returns Chibiusa's true memories, turning her back
into Chibiusa again.