Song of the Week – 8/10/17 – “Sailor War” ~SeraMyu Birthday Special~

Welcome back to Song of the Week, myu fans! This week, I’m celebrating SeraMyu’s 24th birthday — the 24th anniversary of the first musical, Gaiden – Dark Kingdom Fukkatsu Hen, making its debut on August 11, 1993 — with a special little feature on the battle song that started all the battle songs, the appropriately named “Sailor War.”

“Sailor War” (usually rendered “Sailor WAR”) is the song that the five Inners sing in Gaiden right before teleporting to D Point to face the revived Queen Beryl and her minions and get Tuxedo Kamen (who–surprise!–has been captured) back. It’s a consistent song throughout all of Old Myu, with versions throughout all four stages — the original in Gaiden, a revised version in Usagi Ai no Senshi (known as “Sailor War ’94”; it was also used in Mugen Gakuen), a never-released new version of “Sailor War ’94” that appeared in the unreleased S Henshin myus (it’s known as “Sailor War ’94 II”), a Moon-Uranus-Pluto version of “Sailor War ’94” in the unreleased Sailor Moon SuperS Special Musical Show, the 12-person “Sailor War Supreme” in Sailor Stars and its Kaiteiban as well as in Starlights*Ryuusei Densetsu (which I covered for my first ever Song of the Week), and 10-senshi performances of the original “Sailor War” in Kaguya Shima Densetsu (Kaiteiban), Transylvania no Mori (Kaiteiban) (known as “Sailor War! 2001”), and Ai no Sanctuary (known as “Sailor War! 2002”).

“Sailor War” made its CD debut on the La Soldier/Sailor War single, released on August 1, 1993, before Gaiden even premiered. It also appears on the soundtrack for Gaiden (Memorial Album of the Musical), which also features the single version, and on the special CD Best Songs Collection. The ’94 version appears on the soundtracks for Usagi Ai no Senshi and Mugen Gakuen (Memorial Album of the Musical 2 and 11 respectively) and on the special CD Marinamoon Special Edition. “Sailor War Supreme” appears on the soundtracks for Sailor Stars and Starlights*Ryuusei Densetsu (Memorial Album of the Musical 4 and 12 respectively). The 2001 version appears on the special CD Eternal Edition. The Kaguya K and 2002 versions were not released on any CD. The original “Sailor War” also appears on the first Ongaku Shuu video and briefly on the 500th Performance omake video, with comments from Mochizuki Yuuta and Saitou Rei. The Kaguya K version also appears on the 500th Performance video, with comments by Yuuta and Takagi Nao. The 2001 version appears on Ongaku Shuu Vol. 2. Shockingly, “Sailor War” NEVER appeared at a fan event. That seems very odd for such an iconic song. Maybe it appeared at some unreleased ones?

That’s all for this week! Tune in next week for another Song of the Week!