Myu Monday Update – Birthdays & Busters

Welcome back myu fans!

So with the Birthday Week celebration it’s been a busy week for Sailor Moon! Unfortunately, it was also a busy week for me, and I forgot to watch the SeraMyu live event. I finally got to it yesterday, but learned that I’d have to get a premium account with NicoNico to watch it. I did so, and it’s not available in my region! 🙁

Speaking of which, my friends at Miss Dream sent out a request on Twitter on July 3rd to see if anybody had recorded the earlier events of Birthday Week, since they usually try to sub such things. If anyone has, please let them know, or let me know and I’ll get in touch with them. (Figured I’d spread the word).

Thankfully, both Comic Natalie and (surprisingly) Anime News Network posted reports about what happened during the live event, so here’s what it seems took place:

First, the five Inners actresses hopped on a bus and surprised customers at Aoyama’s Q-POT cafe (which is currently selling special Sailor Moon sweets) and later at nearby ON Station in Shinjuku. At the station, the cast signed autographs and onlookers sang “Happy Birthday to You.” The cast teased the NicoNico event happening that evening, which was to take place at NicoNico’s offices at Tokyo Ikebukuro, and invited fans to come.

Once at Ikebukuro, the girls greeted their fans with a performance of “Ai no Starshine” (which is becoming a popular song for fan events, it seems). Satomi then thanked fans for coming out to celebrate Usagi and Chibiusa’s birthdays. Then, to the surprise of everyone — Satomi included — Satomi was presented with a honorary birthday cake, featuring an edible image of Usagi and Chibiusa!



After this, the girls were asked questions taken from a questionnaire prepared in advance. The first question was what their first impressions of each other were. Satomi confessed she was scared of her co-stars Kanon Nanaki (Mars) and Shiori Sakata (Venus) at first, but that they warmed up to each other after hanging out together. Sakata mentioned that Nanaki did not respond to her jokes as much as she would’ve liked.

The whole cast also commented that they were able to cooperate with new Mercury Koyama Momoyo very easily. Takahashi Yu (Jupiter) added that she truly felt her co-stars’ passion during performances, to which Sakata added that Yu was comforting during troubling times. Koyama said Satomi always smiled, no matter what. Satomi reminisced about Sakata’s mother’s delicious cooking.

With Un Nouveau Voyage being their graduation performance, quite naturally the girls were asked what the musicals have meant to them. Yu said it was “truly my youth” and that she feels like she’s growing up now, while Nanaki said the musicals “brought out my best.” Koyama said, “If 10% of my life was eating and another 10% was sleeping, the other 80% would be dedicated to the musical. It’s the world to me.” Sakata said the musicals “felt like home” to her. Satomi, in tears, had the last word: “I’ve been in the musical since my second year of high school. I’ve changed a lot since then, and a lot of it is because of Usagi. I’m so happy that she was here with me.” (Her tears made the rest of the cast cry too).

The girls fought through their tears to close out the event with performances of “We Are The Pretty Guardians” and “Moonlight Densetsu.”

Sounds like it was an emotional event…

In other musical news, there has been quite a bit of Un Nouveau Voyage news this last week. New images were released, and the cast for the Death Busters were confirmed.

The cast are (thanks to Miss Dream for this):

  • Yuki Kaon as Professor Tomoe
  • Kei Ohgi as Kaolinite
  • Saya Chinen as Eudial
  • Ayaka Ida as Mimete
  • Momoko Sadachi as Tellu
  • Yui Hasegawa as Viluy
  • Maana as Cyprine

The actresses for Mistress 9 and Ptilol, as well as any minor roles (Daimon, etc), have yet to be confirmed.

The official site posted the images in a news post, along with some messages from the new Outers actresses and from the actors for Tomoe and Kaolinite, which you can read here.

Saturn actress Takahashi Karin was super excited about the new images:

Our new Mimete Ayaka Ida posted excitedly about her casting:

Comic Natalie has a post about the new images as well.

The official site also posted that a number of special events would be happening during the musical’s run. One interesting tidbit to come from this is that the “graduation ceremonies” for the five Inners will actually happen at the end of the Tokyo run, not at the end of the whole run of the musical (after the run in Tokyo, Un Nouveau Voyage is also running for a few days in Osaka). Not sure what that’s supposed to mean. I mean, aren’t they like, contractually obligated to be in the whole run? Anyway, besides the graduation ceremonies, there will be several gift lotteries for commemorative photos and stuff.

In actor news:

Anza hit the recording studio again:

Which reminds me, merch from the Kosaka Akiko/ANZA live is still available online, but only through July 10th, according to Kosaka’s Twitter.  Former Mercury actress Hisano Akamine also posted about the event.


While I might not be able to watch the live-streamed SeraMyu event right now, Pluto actress Ishii Mikako definitely watched it:


Koyama Momoyo got her Mercury on with some karaoke of “Drive Me The Mercury.” (Which made Hisano Akamine want to sing it too).


Venus actress Shiori Sakata posted a pic of herself with her super cute baby niece:


Sakata also expressed her love of some kind of tapioca drink (maybe a smoothie?).  


Shirota Yuu’s new project Omosan Gassyobu, which I mentioned before, starts airing on the 17th. You can keep up on news about the show here. TBS also posted a couple short promos for the show, in which you can briefly see Yuu-kun:

The cast of the show, including Yuu, will also be appearing tomorrow morning (July 7) from 11:30-12:15, on the atrium stairs of the Omotesando Hills building in Harajuku to perform the show’s theme song. This appearance is meant to show off the cast’s choral abilities, and appears to be open to the public. TBS mentioned on the show’s news page that the venue opens at 11am and asked fans not to line up early, as this creates crowding, and not to take photos or video during the event. 


Well, that’s all for this week. Still no site updates, though I have a lighter work schedule this week so it might happen. Fingers crossed!

Till next week…MYU POWER MAKE UP!!


Myu Monday Update: Double Moon Birthday

Welcome back myu fans! Today starts off the 6-day Birthday Week celebrations on NicoNico Douga, commemorating tomorrow’s Double Moon Birthday — the birthday of both Usagi and Chibiusa! Sailor Moon content galore will be featured all 6 days!

Tomorrow at 7pm Tokyo time, there will be a live event streaming on NicoNico Douga featuring the current myu actresses…unfortunately, it airs at 3am my time, and as I have to be at work early (9am) I don’t think I’m going to be able to cover it live. It’s already late as I write this, and I need to get enough sleep for work. I will cover it here, though, I promise!! If you want to watch it live, you can go here for the stream link.

Speaking of the current myu actresses, the sailormoon-official YouTube channel posted this special promo for Un Nouveau Voyage featuring the five Inners:

Anime News Network has a good report on the video release too.

In other news….Kosaka Akiko cannot stop talking about her joint live concert with Anza. She posted about it twice this week, first through this picture-filled post and then again the next day in this post, which tells us some things from the live are still available for purchase.

The Twitter account HPPFansite also posted a lot of pictures of the live concert (which may be from Kosaka’s posts…I didn’t check), including this epic shot:

Pluto actress Ishii Mikako went around kissing some stuff, including showing off her love for classic anime character Doraemon:

Mikako also had a Twitter conversation with Riona Tatemichi (who played Rubeus in Petite Étrangère) involving nostalgia, the song “Codename: Replay Operation,” and wishes for a soundtrack.



That’s all I have this week. No site updates either…I’ve been too busy with work and other projects. Will try to watch the live event ASAP and provide thoughts on it. I’ll probably post my initial reactions to Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr (or all three), then cover it better for next week’s update. Till then…MYU POWER MAKE UP!

Myu Monday Update – En-Toy-Ment and a Birthday Surprise!

Welcome back myu fans!

So I was thinking there wouldn’t be much to report this week, but then I forgot that on the 20th the five current Inner Senshi actresses appeared at the Tokyo Toy Show! According to Yukan-News, the girls sang “We Are The Pretty Guardians” from La Reconquista (which I think is becoming the new “La Soldier”; that is, the quintessential theme song of the revived myus), as well as “Soroibumi!! Shiro Tsuki 5-rin Onna,” a battle song that appears in both La Reconquista and Petite Étrangère, and “Ai no Starshine” from Petite Étrangère before briefly talking about the new musical and the fact that they were graduating. That article has several pictures from the event, but a bunch more can be found on Twitter, including a number of backstage photos from Venus actress Shiori Sakata, such as these ones:

In more recent news, the Inner Senshi myu actresses will also participate in a mini live event and talk show on June 30, which will be streamed live over NicoNico Douga, as part of a special 6-day event celebrating Usagi and Chibiusa’s birthdays! Sailor Moon-related content will be broadcast all six days on NicoNico Douga, including re-airings of the ’90’s anime (specifically Sailor Moon R), re-airings of Sailor Moon Crystal (leading up to the world premiere of Act 25 on July 4), and on June 29 a special live show featuring the voice cast for the Inner Senshi, Chibiusa, and Tuxedo Kamen from Sailor Moon Crystal. Many fans think that, being so close to the end of the Black Moon Arc of Sailor Moon Crystal, this event will be where we will finally find out whether Crystal will continue airing past this point. (Nothing is confirmed yet though).

As for the musical actresses’ appearance, it will include song performances, talk about the upcoming musical, and possibly a Q & A, based on the info from the official site, and the event will be followed by re-airings of Sailor Moon R. You can find out about just the myu actresses’ appearance via this news post and about the whole Birthday Week celebration (including streaming links) here.

In other news, Kosaka Akiko posted yet more thoughts on her joint concert with Anza on her blog. Speaking of said concert, thank you so much to the fans who commented on my posts about the concert and provided more info. I apologize for just now acknowledging your comments; I have comment moderation on here (and Akismet for anti-spam) and I don’t check my comments every time I log in. Your info was much appreciated, though! (And probably more accurate than I was able to piece together via scattered tweets and just-okay computer-based language translation).

Lastly, a bit of old myu cast news. Anyone who has seen his performance of “Mitsumeteite Yo” with Marina from the Starlights*Ryuusei Densetsu Fankan knows former myu Tuxedo Kamen actor Shirota Yuu is excellent at accompanying his own singing. Well, he still is all these years later, as this behind-the-scenes video of him shows:

The tweet doesn’t actually come from Yuu-kun’s account (though he did retweet it, which is how I found it), but from the official Twitter for the TBS drama Omoko Gassyobu, which is about students in a high school choir and is going to start airing on July 17th. You can see more about it here. Apparently, Yuu-kun is playing Suzuki Ariake, the choir teacher, in this drama.

Well, that’s all for this week! (Again, no site updates). Myu Power, Make Up!

Myu Monday Update: Performance Pics

Hello again myu fans!

The hype for the Un Nouveau Voyage casting announcement is winding down, so there isn’t too much on that topic. I did find a couple articles about it though: one from the newspaper Oita and another from the site

Most of the news this week relates to Anza’s recent live concert. Pictures from the event were flooding Twitter last week, mostly thanks to former Mercury actress Wakayama Manami. Pics from her included this picset of a celebratory party after the show:

She also posted this video of fans congratulating her afterward:

The Twitter account HPPFansite has compiled a helpful page curating all the official tweets about the event, which you can read here.   The revival myu actresses it seems enjoyed the event as well. Satomi Ookubo (current reigning Moon) posted on her blog about attending the event and included a pic of her posing with Anza. Current Mercury Koyama Momoyo also tweeted about the event: 

HPPFansite also tweeted a set list for the evening performance on June 7:

This set list seems to suggest that non-SeraMyu songs were included, among them Anza’s rendition of “On My Own” from Les Misérables, in which she played Eponine some years ago. You can see a video of her original performance of the song below:

In other news, I found this pic of Takagi Nao with another person, assumedly a former myu castmate, though I’m not sure who. 

Also current Pluto actress Ishii Mikako got her Sailor Pluto karaoke on with “Forbidden Hades” from the Black Lady myus.


Other than that, there’s really nothing to tell. Despite my vacation, I did not work on the site. I will get to it, I promise!!  Till next time…Myu Power, Make Up!  

Myu Monday Update: New Cast for a New Voyage

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):

Outer Senshi

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
  • Maana
  • 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!!