Oh that is a really good point, she DID say dawn, didn’t she? I forgot they were on a time limit.
Yeah, so …. UHM.
OKAY I’M GONG TO TRY TO WORK THIS SHIT OUT
So here’s what we know.
Usagi and the girls are at school. They have the encounter with the girl and the creepy mirror that Mako breaks at some point during that morning or afternoon:
Sun clearly shining very brightly.
Usagi’s just had a bit of a revelation about the golden eye thing, and is worried about Mamoru. When next we were her shes’ at his apartment. From what she says, it’s about lunchtime.
I’m going to guess that Usagi pretty much ditched school to come here. You know how she gets when a thing crawls into her brain, especially when it’s about someone she loves. She wouldn’t want to wait until after school, she’d want to see him RIGHT NOW and convince herself that he’s okay. (She’d probably already asked Ikuko that morning or the night before to make Mamoru lunch, and so already had it on-hand planning to bring it to him after school.)
Mamoru is not okay.
Next time we see her is after the commercial break.
Now at this point, given how the next few scenes unfold, I think we have one of two choices, and neither really make full sense.
My original assumption was that this was after school. That Usagi went back, finished out her day, and then the very instant everyone was together, she let everything spill out. The problem here, of course, is in how does everything else unfold?
Pluto and Hotaru come into this scene and tell everyone about the danger around Mamoru and they all run to his apartment building.
Where it is clearly night.
Nehellenia issues her challenge:
And the episode ends.
When we open with 170, it’s daytime again.
And Pluto then says this:
So assuming Nehellenia’s statement wasn’t just a bluff or one of those “well I didn’t say dawn of which day” things, it was either:
After school — after the mirror incident and the Mamoru lunchtime thing — was when Usagi was talking to the others. All the exterior shots of Mamoru’s apartment were just a massive continuity error and we’ll have to pretend we didn’t see it.
Or the school and lunchtime thing happened, Usagi went about the rest of her school day and afterschool day, went to bed, and then summoned everyone to meet up at the shrine at the crack of dawn (must be at least that early, as Rei isn’t even in her uniform yet to go to school), and then … it was still somehow night outside Mamoru’s apartment, which makes no sense, and okay, it’s not this.
So yeah. There’s really no way to handwave it or headcanon it or smooth it over, if we’re assuming Nehellenia’s telling the truth. The Senshi certainly seem to think she is, and they aren’t freaking out about being out of time yet.
I think the only thing we can do is pretend the scenes happening at night outside Mamoru’s apartment and really happening in the late afternoon. I don’t like going with “oops, mistake” as an answer, but it really is the best one in this case.
Mirror magic making it dark where Nehellenia’s focusing her attention? The best I can come up with.