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