Musical Guides

Here you can view my guides to the 33 wonderful musicals that currently make up SeraMyu. Since I haven’t seen all the myus, it will take a while for these guides to be complete. But being able to add and update is part of the fun, isn’t it? Each guide contains basic stats, a cast list, a short back cover copy-style summary, information on all the songs, and trivia.

Please note that these are only informational guides. For reviews of the musicals, go here. Also, the 2001 Super Revue Show and 2002 Memorial Talk and Live Show, generally considered the “part 2” of the musicals they accompany, are covered in the omake guides, because I view them more as extras.

Enjoy the guides!

P.S. I am NOT fluent in Japanese. Anything I say in the guides for myus not available subtitled about what they say in Japanese should therefore be taken with a grain of salt.


FIRST STAGE (ANZAMOON)

Gaiden: Dark Kingdom Fukkatsu Hen Guide

Usagi – Ai no Senshi e no Michi Guide

Yume Senshi…Ai…Eien Ni Guide

Yume Senshi…Ai…Eien Ni (Kaiteiban) – Saturn Fukkatsu Hen Guide

Sailor Moon SuperS Special Musical Show Guide

Sailor Stars Guide

Sailor Stars (Kaiteiban) Guide

Eien Densetsu Guide

Eien Densetsu (Kaiteiban) – The Final First Stage!! Guide

 


SECOND STAGE (FUMINAMOON)

Shin Densetsu Kourin Guide

Kaguya Shima Densetsu Guide

 


THIRD STAGE (MIYUKIMOON)

Chou Wakusei Death Vulcan no Fuuin Guide

 


FOURTH STAGE (MARINAMOON)

Mugen Gakuen ~Mistress Labyrinth~ Guide

Mugen Gakuen ~Mistress Labyrinth~ (Kaiteiban) Guide

 


20TH ANNIVERSARY MUSICALS

La Reconquista Guide

3 thoughts to “Musical Guides”

  1. It’s me again.
    I couldn’t post a comment directly below the article on Kaguya Shima Densetsu musical, so I’m doing it here instead.

    As fas as Empire Artuka’s name etymology goes, the Artuqid etymology is dubious. Whilst there’s no denying that similarity exists between 帝国アルトゥカ Teikoku Arutuka and アルトゥク朝 Arutuku-chou, what does a Turkmen dynasty have anything to do with the storyline. Some time ago I stumbled upon the Japanese names of Aztec Empire and it’s ancient predecessor, Toltec Empire: アステカ帝国 Asuteka teikoku and トルテカ帝国 Toruteka teikoku, and it dawned on me that Artuka’s name might have come from either (or both) of these pre-Columbian civilisations.
    Dies Gaudii maintains that Comet Coatl’s name comes from an Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. Here’s an interesting excerpt from the Japanese Wikipedia article on Aztecs:
    アステカには、かつてテスカトリポカ(ウィツィロポチトリ)神に追いやられた、白い肌をもつケツァルコアトル神が「一の葦」の年(西暦1519年にあたる)に戻ってくる、という伝説が存在した。帰還したケツァルコアトルが、かつてアステカに譲り渡した支配権を回復すると信じられていた。「一の葦」の年の10年前には、テノチティトランの上空に突然大きな彗星が現れた。また女神の神殿の一部が焼け落ちてしまった。その後も次々と不吉な出来事が起こった。アステカ人たちは漠然と将来に不安を感じていた。そうした折であった「一の葦」の年の2年前(1517年)から東沿岸に現れるようになったスペイン人は、帰還したケツァルコアトル一行ではないかと受け取られ、アステカのスペイン人への対応を迷わせることになった。
    Rough translation: Aztecs believed in a legend that Quetzalcōātl, who was chased away by Tezcatlipōca (Huītzilōpōchtli) in olden times, shall return as a white-skinned deity in the Year of the First Reed (1519 AD). When he makes his comeback, he shall reconstitute his sovereignty which he once ceded to the Aztecs. Ten years before the Year of the First Reed, a giant comet appeared in the skies above Tenōchtitlan. Also a part of the temple dedicated to a goddess burned down. Henceforward, many other ominous events kept coming in succession. Aztecs felt vagueness and uncertainty towards the future. And at such a time as this, two years before the Year of the First Reed (1517 AD) Spaniards arrived at the eastern coast and were received as a party of the returning Quetzalcōātl, being bewildered by the way Aztecs reacted to them.

    (The view that the Aztec Empire’s fall may be attributed to the belief in Cortés as Quetzalcoatl is contested by historians, but that’s besides the point at hand. The important clue here is the comet and the resulting fall of the empire. Sounds familiar, right?)

    Bottom line: someone at Sera Myu got really inspired by various ancient mythologies/religions.

    1. Sorry you couldn’t post on the guide page. I must have it set so you can’t. My bad.

      The Artuka info I got from Dies Gaudii’s Sera Myu Entymology article: http://www.genvid.com/diesgaudii/articles/myu/index.html. I’ve seen it elsewhere as well (I think Sea of Serenity states it in their translation notes for the Kaguya myus). I did think the Artuqid Dynasty connection was weird too once I did some research. I didn’t know about the possible Aztec connection though. I kind of assumed they were going for some Atlantis connection, because of the backstory about Artuka being a big empire on Earth and it being destroyed in one day by a flood (which Princess Moon inadvertently caused when she shifted Earth’s orbit to drive Coatl off before). The opening narration of the first Kaguya myu specifically states that the last time Coatl came, the time when he was stopped by Princess Moon, was in 3000 B.C., which makes sense because they say all that happened 5,000 years ago, and 5000-1999 is 3,001. So probably too early for an Aztec connection. Lots was happening in that century though: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/30th_century_BC. The name “Coatl” itself does have an Aztec connection though; you can see more about that in the trivia section of my Kaguya Shima Densetsu guide.

      Oh SeraMyu is definitely inspired by mythology. The Dracul Arc in particular plays with a lot of Jewish mythology as well as vampire mythology. Kaguya Shima Densetsu also uses Judaism as sources for villain names. And the story of Sailor Moon itself is largely based on Greek and Roman mythology, and possibly some Asian mythology too (Naoko-san uses the Asian five element system to assign the Inners’ powers, it seems, except for Minako, who was from “Codename Sailor V” and thus didn’t fit the pattern. Also the story they tell on the boat in the Kaguya myus is similar to the famous Princess Kaguya myth).

      1. I definitely agree with you that there are parallels with the legend of Atlantis. Actually, the Atlantis and Aztect/Toltec connection can both be viable at the same time given Sera Myu creators’ propensity to mix various mythologies/legends (case in point, Kaguya Shima Densetsu with its Atlantean, Meso-American, and Judaic references). You may have also heard that there are multiple hypotheses as to the whereabouts of Atlantis and according to one of them it might be located in the pre-Columbian South or Central America.
        In any case, the Artuqid Dynasty connection is the least plausible of ’em all.

        I’m telling ya, someone at Sera Myu got their hands on the encyclopaedia of world mythology or something like that and that’s how the original storylines got invented! I actually want to properly rewatch the Dracul series just because it’s so full of mythological references. I have even found a fan-made “Dictionary of terms used in the Last Dracul series” in Japanese: http : / / web.archive.org/web/20070126042645 / http : / / tokyo.cool.ne.jp/plasma55/lddata/a_jiten.htm

        Minako is indeed kind of an odd one out but if you consider the fact that she uses a chain made of gold you can make a connection between her powers and the metal/gold element. It is written 金 in Chinese and Japanese, and that character can mean either metal in general or gold specifically (or money). Furthermore, Makoto has more powers related to Zeus/Jupiter than to her element. Naoko is very liberal in that regard.

        Then there’s also “Another Story” with its references to Mesopotamian mythology. (What I found interesting is that Shaman Apsu is based on Abzu, a personification of primordial fresh water. When Apsu merges with Sin, she becomes Deity of Destruction, which might be an indirect reference to Abzu’s consort, named Tiamat, a personification of primordial salt water who “roared and smote in the chaos of original creation.” The game came out before we learn that every great enemy defeated by Sailor Moon was actually a spawn of Chaos. However, given that Naoko herself took participation in creating the storyline and the character designs it is not unlikely that she consciously chose that name for the big boss of “Another Story.” Even if that’s not the case I still like the concept because it beautifully ties with the main storyline.)

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