Myu Monday Update: Graduation

Welcome back, myu fans, to another Myu Monday Update. Lots to get through, so let’s get to it.


Big news first: thanks to Japanese site TheaterClip, we actually got some rehearsal footage of Un Nouveau Voyage, and get to hear one of the songs!


Moving on…

Unlike with the older myus, where cast graduations didn’t happen until a musical had finished its run, the Inner Senshi girls’ graduations have been peppered throughout the run. So far I believe Moon’s, Jupiter’s, Mars’s, and Venus’s have happened, not sure about Mercury’s.

The girls have posted a lot about this. Moon actress Satomi Ookubo posted a long post on her blog with her feelings. There were also tweets:

Other cast members shared sentiments too, including Mahiro Erika (Prince Dimande in Petite Étrangère) and former Mercury Hisano Akamine.

So did some fans:


The girls also posted a lot about the closing of Un Nouveau Voyage‘s Tokyo run:

So did Sailor Moon editor Fumio Osano:

The official Sailor Moon Twitter even thanked the fans:


Yuuga Yamato has been posting a lot this week, including two posts (here and here) featuring photos of her doing some kind of song practice. She also posted a video of her getting ready backstage, a video of her putting on a necktie, and photos (and video) of her meeting fans (here, here, here, and here). Also apparently she has a really cute Snoopy lunch set.


Japanese ticket company Eplus posted about a showing of the October 4th musical live in several movie theaters across Japan. I presume this is meant to coincide with the NicoNico live stream.

Miss Dream announced once again their plans to sub the NicoNico stream of Un Nouveau Voyage, and also posted scans of some SeraMyu flyers and a SeraMyu shitajiki (pencil board). You can read their post here.

Caitlin from Wild Mushroom Land has posted a master post for Un Nouveau Voyage stuff, including the first scans of the musical pamphlet and the special Visual Book. It’s worth checking out!


A few fans shared pics of the special SeraMyu food and drink. (You can see a bit of the menu in the first one too)

Koyama Momoyo and Shiori Sakata also each enjoyed their respective characters’ drinks:


The Inner Senshi’s appearance on Love Weekend, which I mentioned before, happened; unfortunately, I forgot to watch it. 🙁 Takahashi Yuu posted about it, though, including some nice pictures.

Speaking of Yuu, she apparently had some issue with hair loss, but seems to have gotten it fixed after going to the “hair spa” and getting some special shampoo. I wonder what’s going on with that? She also posted about her new project, Mother Lake, including a poster.

In other news, I mentioned last time that Anza’s band Head Phones President was releasing a new CD. Well, this is no ordinary CD, it’s a 15th Anniversary one. In commemoration, they announced a couple days ago on their official website about a 15th Anniversary live event, which will take place on November 28th at 5pm (with doors opening at 4:30pm). It is taking place at ReNY, a live music venue in Shinjuku. Admission is ¥4500 including tax, and includes 1 drink. Gekirock also has a report on this event.


Well, that’s about it. Sorry if this post is a bit messy … there was a lot of stuff to sort through. Till next week!

Myu Monday Update: Another Op’nin, Another Show

Welcome to another news post, myu fans! This is a long one, so hang on tight.

The big news this week, and the major focus of this post: Un Nouveau Voyage has arrived, and its opening weekend (last weekend) has been all over the Japanese online media. Here are the reports and/or reviews I’ve found, which you can read at your leisure. (Many of them also include pictures).

Sailormoonnews.com also posted a roundup of Un Nouveau Voyage info; notably, it’s the only report I’ve seen online that’s in English.


As far as seeing the musical, the official site posted a couple days ago with details on how to buy tickets for the NicoNico live stream. Sadly, you can only watch it if you live in Japan! 🙁 I’m pretty bummed about this…but I’m not ready to give up. If there is a way to see it, I will see it. Though I may have to wait till Miss Dream subs it (they’ve said they should have it available about a week after the livestream, which is October 4th, so probably early October). If you want to buy tickets to the stream, go here. (I may still attempt to buy one, just to see what happens).

In the meantime, Char, one of the people behind the official Sailor Moon North America Twitter, is in Japan to see Un Nouveau Voyage and has been hosting live “pre-shows” on Periscope the last few days. Keep an eye on their Twitter feed for when these “pre-shows” are. This one is their latest; look for a surprise appearance by Moonkitty.net creator/admin Brad Stephenson!

The official site also reported that the DVD for Un Nouveau Voyage will be released February 24, 2016. New DVDs of La Reconquista and Petite Étrangère are also being released, with new cover art featuring art from the Sailor Moon manga (the cover of the original Volume 4 and the cover of the April 1993 Nakayoshi respectively; both of these can also be found in the second artbook). They are a limited release and will be sold at performances of Un Nouveau Voyage.


Similar to the Iron Karaoke drink promotion done during La Reconquista‘s theater run, special Inner Senshi-inspired crêpes are available at the Harajuku location of the CharaCre crêperie chain during Un Nouveau Voyage‘s Tokyo run (September 18-27). The crepes are 650 yen each ($5.40 US), and come wrapped in special Un Nouveau Voyage wrapping if you buy two or more. All of them have whipped cream on them. Sailor Moon’s has millefeuille pie, peach, cherry, silver dragées (little edible silver balls), and rainbow sprinkles and is supposed to look like Moon’s hair. Mercury’s has “soda ice” (a sort of light blue candy-flavored ice often sold in Popsicle form in Japan, according to my research), blueberry, lemon soda jelly, nata de coco, and blue dragées. Mars’s has raspberry, purple sweet potato paste, strawberry, strawberry swords, and pink dragées; the sweet potato is arranged to look like Mars’s bow. Jupiter’s has green tea ice cream, a rose-shaped chocolate, chocolate sauce, chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks, and green dragées. Venus’s has pine, yuzu honey, a pink chocolate heart, and strawberries; the strawberries are arranged to look like Venus’s hair bow. Besides these crêpes, there is also a Chibiusa-inspired ice cream soda-like drink for 550 yen ($4.57 US). The official site doesn’t tell us what’s in it, but I’m guessing strawberry from the picture. There are also special coasters to collect with these concoctions, like with the Iron Karaoke promotion. Here are pics of the crêpes, drink, wrapper, and coasters, taken from CharaCre’s website:

 

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But CharaCre isn’t the only one having special food items! The Terrace Café at the Aiia 2.5 Theater (where the Tokyo run of Un Nouveau Voyage is taking place) is serving special drinks inspired by the Inner Senshi, as well as a Tuxedo Kamen-inspired cake, a “starshine” cake with little dragées, and a Chibiusa-inspired ice cream parfait. According to Brad from Moonkitty, who went to the musical on opening day, the café is open to the public and you do not need a musical ticket to get in. All the special drinks and food items are 800 yen ($6.64 US).

This fan picture shows the Mercury drink:

Here’s a picture of the parfait, courtesy of ChannelSquare on Twitter:

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And a picture of the Tuxedo Kamen cake, courtesy of the official SM Japanese Twitter:

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Some interesting merch is also being sold at the musical performances, including iPhone cases (Koyama Momoyo bought one) and what I assume is a souvenir program. There’s also a “I Love SeraMyu” shirt available.

Apparently you can also get special pins with the characters on them from some of the gift lotteries. Here are a couple pics of the pins:

Some of the lottery items are being sold in convenience stores too:


As I mentioned in a previous news post, you could also rent Subtitle Glasses for this myu. Here’s a couple pics to show what they look like:

Fan Clairparfait said the glasses’ translation was “like 85% accurate”.


The cast has been quite vocal with their thoughts leading up to and during this weekend’s performances, including Satomi Ookubo (Moon), Yuuga Yamato (Tuxedo Kamen), Takahashi Yu (Jupiter), Nanaki Kanon (Mars), Sayaka Fujioka (our new Neptune) and Takahashi Karin (our new Saturn).

Naturally, they spoke out on Twitter too. A LOT:

 


Venus actress Shiori Sakata got some love on Twitter by way of fan art:

 


One bit of non-Un Nouveau Voyage news: Anza’s band Head Phones President has announced they are releasing a 15th anniversary album called Alteration.


In terms of site updates, I finally have something to report. I updated the cast page so that the Un Nouveau Voyage actors who were missing are now listed. I also added an actor profile for Anza (the only one I have written so far). I was going to finally add the character profiles too, but realized they’re not quite finished. So those can wait.

That’s all for this week…and let me tell you, it took a lot of work to put this post together! Myu Power Make Up!

Myu Monday Update: It’s Almost Here

Hey myu fans! Sorry this update’s a little late…something came up unexpectedly, and I was thus away from home all day Monday (and not near a computer).

But it worked out in my favor, because it allowed me to discover some Yamato Yuuga SeraMyu-related blog posts that were not in my Twitter lists. So yay.

So…first up, last week was the final week of rehearsals for Un Nouveau Voyage, and the cast had a lot to say about it:

Yamato Yuuga (Mamoru/Tuxedo Kamen) posted a bunch of pics of her rehearsing. You can see them here, there, and here too. She also posed for pics with a Tuxie figurine.

Takahashi Karin (Saturn) posted her thoughts on rehearsals ending, saying “it’s fun every day,” while Takahashi Yuu (Jupiter)’s take on things is more nostalgic.

In other Un Nouveau Voyage news, the official website posted recently to remind fans of all the giveaways and graduation ceremonies. They are also selling vouchers for foreign tourists coming to see Un Nouveau Voyage at a couple Tickets Today stores in Ginza. You can read more about that here.


 

Speaking of things coming to an end, filming for the first season of Omoko Gassyobu, the new TBS drama featuring former Tuxedo Kamen Shirota Yuu,  is wrapping up too.

Also Anza and her band Head Phones President finished recording some vocals:


 

In other news…

Apparently there was an earthquake in Tokyo last Friday (the 11th), which both Shiori Sakata and Takahashi Yuu commented on:

Koyama Momoyo wished her Senshi counterpart a happy birthday:

I totally forgot Ami’s birthday was September 10th…dangit, I could’ve done a Sailor Mercury Song of the Week! *facepalm*

Speaking of Inner Senshi songs…Kawabe Chieko and her daughter are singing SeraMyu karaoke again (Jupiter’s song “Zigzag Slash” this time):

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Some unfortunate news from a different Mercury actress…Hisano Akamine’s daughter has strep.

Kosaka Akiko posted more news about her special event with Kimura Sanae on September 18th.

Yamato Yuuga posted a few posts about what’s going on with her right now; this one has the most info. Obviously, she’s getting ready to play Tuxie again, but also she’s scheduled to appear in some event called “SUPER GIFT!” with some other Takarazuka people.

My friends at Miss Dream have posted raw scans of a script for Transylvania no Mori (Kaiteiban).


 

Well, that’s it for this week. Un Nouveau Voyage begins its run this weekend!! I can’t believe it! I intend to watch it through NicoNico if possible; I’m still not quite sure what day that is happening. I need to get with someone who knows on that. I’ll keep you guys posted!

Myu Monday Update: A Fortnight’s Labor

Hello myu fans! To those living in the U.S., hope you had a great Labor Day weekend.

So I didn’t post a news post last week, which means I’m bringing you two weeks (hence the “fortnight” in the title) worth of news. Here we go!


 

Speaking of labor, Un Nouveau Voyage rehearsals are still in progress, and the girls are working hard:

 


Another big news item: the Inner Senshi actresses will be appearing on the “Yu Takahashi and Yokochi Naoko The Weekend You Love” program on September 18th, according to the official SM Twitter:

It will be available for free streaming on LOGiRL. Koyama Momoyo and Shiori Sakata (who play Mercury and Venus respectively) tweeted about this appearance:


Some big news about Un Nouveau Voyage as well…in addition to being streamed online, the musical will also be streamed live in certain movie theaters in Taiwan and Hong Kong! You can find out details here. Ticket sales for this occurred this past weekend. (Sorry I’m a bit late).

A nice promo photo of Professor Tomoe, Kaolinite, and the Witches 5 was also released. The lovely ladies playing them re-created the poses from the photo during rehearsals:


In other news…

Shirota Yuu thanked fans for their support for Elizabeth, a play he was in recently: 

He also watched Tamai of Momoiro Clover Z (the band known among Moonies for doing the opening and ending themes for Sailor Moon Crystal) rehearse:


 

Anza’s band Head Phones President announced some concert dates (one of which is past now, sorry~):

A new photo of Anza was also released:


Former Mercury actress Akamine Hisano was flattered by some fan love:


Shiori Sakata, appropriately, has an Artemis cup. (As in Artemis, Minako’s cat). She drinks hot milk from it:

She also mentioned the new “Makoto’s Lunch” bento they have at the ON Café (which is based on a lunchbox Makoto makes in Sailor Moon Crystal):


Pluto actress Ishii Mikako appeared in a commercial for Oggi Tights:

She later shared a behind-the-scenes photo from the filming.


I came across some rather rare SeraMyu flyers from a theme park live event in the ’90s:


Former Sailor Uranus actress Kimura Sanae has apparently joined Facebook, according to Kosaka Akiko:

Speaking of Sanae, she and Kosaka Akiko will be doing some sort of event together, according to Akiko’s blog.


Former Sailor Saturn actress Mao Mita is involved in a concert event called “Teacher”:


Kawabe Chieco (now Ochi Chieco since her marriage), one of SeraMyu’s most popular Mercury actresses, has clearly passed on a love of SeraMyu to her kids:

(I LOVE “Traditional the Grace” btw…one of my favorite SeraMyu songs and I’d say my fave of the Inner Senshi themes).

Jupiter actress Takahashi Yu took some time off from her busy practice schedule to record something with her sister, Takahashi Maryjun, as she reports on her blog. She also spent time filming a project called Mother Lake at Lake Biwa.


Well, that’s it for this time, Moonies! I failed once again on the site updates, but trust me, I have plenty to add.

Happy Labor Day!