Hello myu fans! Time for another Myu Monday update.
So the BIG NEWS this week: On June 3rd, as promised, the remainder of the cast for Un Nouveau Voyage was announced on the official website and in Nakayoshi. The official post on the subject is here. Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun also covered the news. The news was accompanied by the release of this new poster for Un Nouveau Voyage:
Anyway, the newly announced cast are as follows (thanks to ainomessage for the info):
Sailor Uranus: Shiotsuki Shuu
Sailor Neptune: Fujioka Sayaka
Sailor Saturn: Takahashi Karin
Possibly major villain roles
Kaon Yuuki, Ougi Kei
Probably minor villain roles
- Ida Ayaka
- Chinen Saya
- Hasegawa Yui
- Sadachi Momoko
- Nakaoka Ayumi
- Tsutsumi Rina
- Hayashi Nozomi
- Taniguchi Rio
Uranus and Neptune’s actresses, as well as Ougi Kei, are Takarazuka vets like Yuuga, so I suppose we should expect real quality there.
Takahashi Karin, meanwhile, has posted about her excitement over playing Saturn on the blog she shares with her fellow members of the band Prizmmy. Here’s a translation, courtesy of ainomessage.
The other big news this week was that special live concert of Anza’s I told you about last time. By way of Akiko Kosaka’s Facebook and Anza’s (and possibly others but mostly those two), there are plenty of pictures of this grand reunion concert to go around, so feel free to take a look. (There are too many of them for me to post here).
The event, I discovered, happened at Blues Alley Japan, a jazz bar of sorts in Tokyo. They have a page dedicated to the event here. It was advertised as a “mini live,” so not a huge event, which given the size of a place like that probably makes sense. Fan rararanfancy gives us a glimpse of the atmosphere:
Akiko Kosaka posted a bigger picture of the poster shown above on Facebook:
It’s a little hard to tell who the guests are from this, though I can recognize Mochizuki Yuuta and Kasahara Ryuuji. Various Tumblr posts on the subject identified Wakayama Manami, Sakoto Yoshioka, Okuyama Momoko, Kotani Misako, Kimura Sanae, and Tamami Matsumoto as being present. So that probably fills in some blanks.
The Twitter account HPPfansite very helpfully provided a set list for at least one of the performances:
Thanks to Google Translate (which was more helpful than Twitter’s built-in translator on this one), I determined the set list to be the following:
Omoidashite Anata wo (Anza)
Usagi Circus Show Time (everyone)
Over the Moon (Sanae)
Moon Revenge (Kosaka Akiko)
Dracul Hakushaku no Kodoku (Mochizuki)
Toki Michite Kourin (Sakoto Yoshioka)
Densetsu Seitan (everyone)
La Soldier (everyone)
I’m kinda surprised Sanae sang “Over the Moon”; it doesn’t seem like the sort of song for her voice (as I remember it), and after all this was Anza’s show, so you’d think Anza would’ve sung it, as she did originally. Still, “Omoidashite Anata Wo” is also a great song and a great Anzamoon solo, so that was probably a better choice.
Kosaka wrote “Moon Revenge,” so no surprise there. The group songs are all good choices – “Usagi Circus Show Time” and “La Soldier” are both upbeat, while “Densetsu Seitan” is slow and beautiful. Plus, “La Soldier” was an encore song for practically every musical pre-hiatus, so it’s a logical ending song for the event.
They also featured “Dracul Hakushaku no Kodoku” and “Toki Michite Kourin,” both sad ballads, but also songs which do a good job showing off the vocal talent of Mochizuki and Sakoto respectively. Kakyuu’s songs in particular are very vocally difficult, almost operatic in style, so I’m curious to see if she did it as well this time. I’m kinda surprised they chose a Count Dracul song for Mochizuki, since he’s primarily known for playing Tuxedo Kamen. I suppose there was a reason for it.
So…that’s all I have to say about that. Moving on!
I’m continually discovering myu actors old and new on Twitter, and a recent find was Wakayama Manami, the final Sailor Mercury before the hiatus as well as Berthier in Black Lady Kaiteiban. She posted some interesting rehearsal pictures from some rehearsal that also includes Anza, Mizuki (Watanabe Mizuki probably, who played Venus around Manami’s time as Mercury), and Nao and Yuuka:
I don’t know if this is from her time in the musicals or for something else. The only time Manami appeared with Anza would’ve been at the 777th Show special in 2004. Manami posted another tweet with similar pictures the same day.
(Edit: It would seem to be for Anza’s special live show this last weekend, since she tweeted about it later on, as you can see below).
Manami also posted a picture of her and someone she called “Sailor Mars” having lunch together, which based on the pic seems to be her former castmate Honma Risa:
But sadly, not all the old myu actresses have been having fun recently. Yuka Gochou (Chibi-Chibi/Chibi-Chibi Moon in Starlights*Ryuusei Densetsu) informed her fans on June 2nd that she couldn’t keep up with her tweeting as her grandfather was in the hospital:
She talks about the situation in a bit more detail on her blog.
In revival myu cast news, not much to report…Pluto actress Ishii Mikako did a wedding dress fashion shoot, though.
Another thing of note is that the 5 current Inner Senshi actresses will be making an appearance at this year’s Tokyo Toy Show on June 20th. The official Sailor Moon website has info on this here. Venus actress Shiori Sakata tweeted her excitement about the event:
Well, that’s all I have this time for news. In site updates, more of the same – got Song of the Week up but no other changes. I’ve been busy with work. But this week I’m taking vacation from work, so I’ll have time! Course, more likely I’m going to be out having fun. But still!
Till next Monday! Myu Power Make Up!!