Seramyu: Musicals
The Sailor Moon musicals (also called "Seramyu" for short) are live-action theatrical programs that are very loosely based on the Sailor Moon anime and manga.

The musicals originally ran from 1993 until 2005 in Japan, with performances usually in the summer and winter (sometimes spring). Almost every year had a different musical, but in between seasons, there were often revisions made to the current musical's story; these revised musicals were called "kaiteiban." Additionally, later musicals borrowed songs and stories from earlier musicals.

Uranus and Neptune are more serious characters in the earlier musicals. In later musicals, their roles are somewhat bigger, and they are much closer to the other Sailor Senshi, mirroring the manga more than the anime. Their relationship with each other, though, seems to reflect the intimacy of the anime, particularly in the SailorStars musicals and afterwards.

In 2013, Seramyu began a new run of musicals with French titles and all-female casts. The first musical, La Reconquista, covered the first anime season/manga arc. The second musical, Petite Etrangere, was based on Sailor Moon R/the Black Moon arc. In 2015, the third musical, Un Nouveau Voyage, introduced Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn and covered Sailor Moon S/the manga Infinity arc.

Sailor Moon S: Usagi Ai no Senshi e no Michi (1994)
This musical (the title meaning Usagi, Road to Becoming a Soldier of Love) is based loosely on parts of Sailor Moon S. In this musical, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune appear for the first time on stage. Their civilian forms, Tenoh Haruka and Kaioh Michiru, are shown only once, though it's an amusing scene. They have one duet, "Chobi! Uranus to Neptune." There was no kaiteiban for this musical.

The actress for Sailor Uranus was Kimura Sanae. The actress for Sailor Neptune was Sakamoto Kahoru.

Sailor Moon S: Super Senshi e no Michi (1995)
This is the second Sailor Moon S musical. However, neither this musical nor its kaiteiban were ever released on video.

The actress for Sailor Uranus was Kimura Sanae. The actress for Sailor Neptune was Tomida Chikei.

Sailor Moon SuperS: Yume Senshi Ai Eien ni... (1995-1996)
This musical's title is translated to Dream Soldiers, Love is Eternal. Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, along with Sailor Pluto, appear only in their senshi forms in these musicals. They have one main song, called "Fukkatsu! KURAISHISU Yurusumaji." In this musical, they mostly try to save Chibi-usa, fight against the Dead Moon Circus, and try to kill the girl they believe to be Sailor Saturn. The kaiteiban was called Yume Senshi Ai Eien ni... Saturn Fukkatsu Hen.

The actress for Uranus was Kimura Sanae. The actress for Neptune was Fuji Miyuki.

Sailor Moon SailorStars (1996-1997)
This musical is based on a mixture of the SailorStars manga and anime. Galaxia, with her Animamates (some created only for the musical), is after the Sailor Crystals on Earth. Haruka and Michiru have a few nice scenes in this musical, such as their opening piano and violin duet; their song with Pluto; and their deaths, which have romantic overtones. There was a kaiteiban for this musical.

The actress for Sailor Uranus was Kimura Sanae, and Sailor Neptune was played by Tahara Hiroko.

Eien Densetsu (1997-1998)
In the Eien Densetsu (Eternal Legend) musical, Galaxia, the Animamates, and Queen Beryl (as well as Zoisite and Kunzite in the first version) are after the Sailor Senshi's Star Seeds. At the beginning of the musical, Haruka and Michiru appear on the set of a TV movie playing the roles of a prince and princess who die in battle. (They are replaced by Hotaru in the kaiteiban.) As for the main story, they do a lot of running off by themselves. Eventually they pretend to ally with Galaxia, giving up their Star Seeds for the bracelets, and kill Pluto and Saturn, singing a short, but eerie duet, "Orurean no Sei Senshi - Uranus - Neptune no Uragiri." They then turn on Galaxia, but, unable to defeat her, are soon killed off. They die in a similar fashion to their SailorStars anime death. Later they are revived by a good Sailor Galaxia and join Eternal Sailor Moon in defeating Chaos. The kaiteiban is subtitled The Final First Stage, as it marks the end of ANZA playing Sailor Moon and the graduation of all the actors from their roles.

The actresses were Kimura Sanae as Uranus and Tahara Hiroko as Neptune.

Shin Densetsu Kourin (1998)
In the Shin Densetsu Kourin (Beginning of a New Legend) musical, an all-new Sailor Senshi cast takes the stage. The enemies are Galaxia, Queen Beryl, and the Amazon Trio. Neptune and Uranus mainly assist as part of the Outer Senshi. The four Outer Senshi have a group song together ("Makin' For the Right"), as well as have a song with Chibi-usa and Usagi. Uranus and Neptune, along with the other Sailor Senshi, are eventually revived and help Eternal Sailor Moon defeat Galaxia's henchmen and Chaos. There was no kaiteiban for this musical.

Takagi Nao played Sailor Uranus and Shimada Sara played Sailor Neptune.

Kaguya Shima Densetsu (1999)
In Kaguya Shima Densetsu (Legend of Kaguya Island), Haruka and Michiru visit Kaguya Island with the other Sailor Senshi. This musical is not based on either the anime or the manga, and it has an all-new story with all-new enemies. There was a kaiteiban for this musical.

Takagi Nao played Haruka/Uranus. Shimada Sara played Michiru/Neptune in the first version of the musical, and Asami Yuhka played Neptune for the kaiteiban.

Last Dracul Jokyoku (2000)
The Last Dracul Overture musical is based somewhat on the Sailor Moon S: Usagi Ai no Senshi e no Michi musical and has some of the same songs. It has both original characters - vampires - and Sailor Moon S's Professor Tomoe. Tomoe is after the Sailor Senshi's Star Seeds and the ginzuishou so that he can create the perfect homunculus. He allies himself with the vampire Dracul to achive his goals, but Dracul has other plans. The most notable Haruka and Michiru scene is when, after Neptune has been taken over by the vampires, Uranus gives a passionate speech to Neptune about Neptune. There was no kaiteiban for this musical.

Takagi Nao played Haruka/Uranus, and Asami Yuhka played Michiru/Neptune.

Transylvania no Mori (2000-2001)
Transylvania no Mori (Transylvania's Forest) continues the story from Last Dracul Overture. Dracul's daughter, Bloody Vampire Dracul, is introduced. The musical has a lot of Christian references built into the plot. The most interesting Haruka and Michiru scenes are when Haruka listens to Michiru's violin; Neptune's speech to an evil Uranus, which is a direct response to Uranus's speech from Last Dracul Jokyoku; and Neptune's reaction at Uranus's death.

Takagi Nao played Haruka/Uranus, and Asami Yuhka played Michiru/Neptune.

Chou Wakusei Vulcan (2001)
The final chapter in the Last Dracul series. Another one I haven't seen. There was no kaiteiban for this musical.

Takagi Nao played Haruka/Uranus, and Asami Yuhka played Michiru/Neptune.

Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady (2001-2002)
This musical (Birth of the Princess of Darkness, Black Lady) is a retelling of Sailor Moon R, using the Black Moon storyline for the first time. (There was no previous Sailor Moon R musical.) It therefore features as enemies the Black Moon family, the Ayakashi Sisters (Beruche only appears in the revision), and Black Lady. Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Saturn appear as Sailor Senshi from the future; in their time, Crystal Tokyo has just been destroyed by the Black Moon, and the four soldiers must return to the past Tokyo to find Chibi-usa. The Outer Senshi have a group song called "Broken MÖBIUS." The kaiteiban was subtitled Wakusei Nemesis no Nazo.

Takagi Nao played Sailor Uranus, and Asami Yuhka played Sailor Neptune.

Ai no Sanctuary (2002)
This is the 10th anniversary special, celebrating the Sailor Moon manga and anime series' 10th birthday. It uses a lot of songs from previous musicals, but the story is new. The Sailor Senshi attend a wrestling match, and while there, the enemy attacks them, wanting the ginzuishou. There was no kaiteiban.

Takagi Nao played Tenoh Haruka/Sailor Uranus, and Asami Yuhka played Kaioh Michiru/Sailor Neptune.

Mugen Gakuen Mistress Labyrinth (2002-2003)
This musical (Infinity Academy ~ Mistress Labyrinth) is based on the Infinity arc of the manga and the Sailor Moon S anime. It features the Death Busters and Mistress 9. Uranus and Neptune have two duets, "Harsh! Saint Cry!!" and "Destined Couple." They also have a song with Pluto, "Broken MÖBIUS (Talisman version)."

For the first run, Takagi Nao played Tenoh Haruka/Sailor Uranus and Asami Yuhka played Kaioh Michiru/Sailor Neptune. In the kaiteiban, Uchida Asako played Sailor Uranus and Inami Tomoko (who played Mistress 9 in the first run) played Sailor Neptune.

Starlights Ryuusei Densetsu (2003)
This musical's title translates to Starlights, Falling Stars Legend. I haven't seen it yet, but it involves the Sailor Starlights, the Animamates, and the Dark Kingdom, so it sounds like it's based on the Eien Densetsu musicals. Asami Yuhka returned to play Jaedite in this musical.

Uchida Asako played Sailor Uranus, and Inami Tomoko played Sailor Neptune.

Kakyuu-Ouhi Kourin (2004)
I believe that Kakyuu-Ouhi Kourin is a revision of Starlights Ryuusei Densetsu, except that Princess Kakyuu appears. The enemies are Galaxia, the Animamates, Queen Beryl, Kunzite, and three new Dark Kingdom minions. This musical is based on Eien Densetsu. The most notable Haruka and Michiru scenes are when they "join" Galaxia, a la the SailorStars anime and the Eien Densetsu musicals, but with different dialogue, and then their death scene, also with different dialogue. There's also a tiny cute scene of Haruka being irritated/jealous at Taiki's flattering Michiru.

Uchida Asako played Sailor Uranus, and Inami Tomoko played Sailor Neptune.

Shin Kaguya Shima Densetsu (2005)
A new version of the Kaguya Shima Densetsu musical. The Sailor Team are on break from school, but Ami, Setsuna, Haruka, and Michiru want the Sailor Senshi to work on training. Mamoru hears about a place called Kaguya Island, and the Sailor Senshi decide to go there to hunt for jewels. On Kaguya, they got caught up in a plot to take Usagi's ginzuishou. There was a kaiteiban, which was the final musical for the Sailor Moon series.

Nakayama Akiko (who played Sailor Starmaker in the Ryuusei Densetsu and Kakyuu-ouhi musicals) played Sailor Uranus, and Ooyama Takayo played Sailor Neptune.

Un Nouveau Voyage (2015)
This musical is based on Sailor Moon S/the Infinity arc and features the Death Busters as the villains. Uranus and Neptune have at least one duet together called "Eye of the Storm."

Shiotsuki Shu played Sailor Uranus, and Fujioka Sayaka played Sailor Neptune.


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