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Livetweeting Sera Myu The Legend of Kaguya Island (Revision)

Posted June 11, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Usagi Tsukino (Fumina Hara) looking determined as she sings. CC reads "It's time for battle"

With another Saturday gone, it’s time for another Sera Myu livetweet link and a brief recap! Actually on time this time. Huzzah! You can read the Storify here!

The revised version of this musical was pretty similar to the original one we watched last week, with the most significant change being an additional scene set in Crystal Tokyo to explain why Chibiusa ran away to the past. The second-most significant change is the addition of a strange illness that affects everyone but Usagi (and had virtually no bearing on the plot otherwise but does give us Setsuna sharing historical tidbits and how have I gone through so much of my life not considering what a kick-ass history teacher the guardian of time would make).

Also we trade the adorable Haruka plus kitten scene for an adorable Haruka plus Michiru scene, which was awesome. And then Haruka was, well, Haruka and decided that killing the enemy was the only option and oh just imagine how much more heartbreaking that scene would’ve been if she’d previously bonded with one of them.

And, somehow, the musical managed to make the kittens even cuter. Like how! O_O

I was worried when I started this musical that it was going to follow the same pattern as the revisions of the other musicals that I’d loved the original version of. Because there was a pattern of it keeping pretty much everything I didn’t like and tossing out everything I’d loved. But this musical didn’t do that! Well, okay, it did a little of that, but mostly what it did was add things that I enjoyed (also, I still think the Crystal Tokyo scene was absolutely worth it just for Endymion’s reaction to his 900-year-old daughter possibly writing love letters).

Did I like it as much as the original? Honestly? No, I don’t think so, but in this case, it’s just because of the order I watched them in. I really enjoyed this musical too.

Next week, we’re shaking things up a bit again because this was Fumina Moon’s last Myu musical and next week we’re getting a new Sailor Moon actress! I’m going to be sticking with the Japanese stage count rather than the Western fan stage count, though. But, yeah, small heads-up there.

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Livetweeting Sera Myu The Legend of Kaguya Island

Posted June 10, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Sera Myu The Legend of Kaguya Island: All Senshi, Mamoru and three kittens.

It is a whole week late, but finally finally here is a link to the Storify of last week’s livetweet of The Legend of Kaguya Island. As always, many thanks to SeaofSerenity.net for their fansubbing work and making these musicals accessible to those of us who don’t speak Japanese.

This is the second musical of the Second Stage after Anza Ooyama and most of the original cast left and the first wholly original story for the musicals. in this musical, the inners and the outers (and Mamoru) all win an all-expenses-paid trip to a newly developed resort island. Or do they? Dun dun DUUUUUN.

Okay, no. It’s Sailor Moon, of course things are about to go horribly wrong. You see, millennia ago, a comet was hurling towards Earth to make Earth its new home because it had aspirations of becoming a planet.

Earth was not happy and asked Princess Moon (also known as Princess Serenity) for help. Princess Serenity, being Serenity, was obviously having none of that Earth-destroying potential and changed Earth’s orbit so the comet wouldn’t hit it. At the price of, uh, you know. Kind of… destroying all of mankind as it existed at the time?

But hey the Earth was saved and lived peacefully for thousands of years until! Until! The comet returned and the past has come back to haunt the senshi. Again. Will the Earth be destroyed another time? Can Sailor Moon save the day for present-day mankind where Princess Serenity could not?

Well, duh. Eponymous heroine and all that. But oh the ride to get there. I’ve enjoyed the previous musicals, partially for their enthusiasm and sheer vivacity. They’re just plain fun to watch even if, as an adult, the plot holes are often glaring and detracting.

This musical, though. This shows you what Myu can do when it tries to tell a coherent story that has to rely largely on the musical to make sense. True, we don’t get as much sense of what the senshi are like and we rely heavily on knowledge of the manga and/or the anime to characterise their relationships, but given that what we get in return is a really fun story that stands on its own pretty well, I’m not complaining.

It’s even got two sets of antagonists without it feeling like either one of them was really short-changed in the narrative department. Even the senshi don’t feel like that if you’ve got a grounding in who they are.

This musical was just plain fun to watch and, so far, it’s easily my favourite of the old Myus. It’s energetic, it’s plot-filled, it’s fresh, it’s cheerful, it’s cute and adorable. It’s everything I’ve wanted in a Myu musical and then some. (Seriously, they had, like, 17 people who needed stage time to get their narratives across. THAT IS A LOT OF PEOPLE FOR A 2 HOUR MUSICAL. Heck, it’s not even all of them.)

Tonight, I’ll be watching the kaiteiban/revision version and I’m a little scared. So far, I’ve had mixed reactions to the revisions, but it’s fair to say that if I’ve loved the original musical the revision’s pretty much changed everything I loved about it in the first place. (I’m looking at you, Eien Densetsu kaiteiban!) So… Knock on wood that that doesn’t happen this evening because, wow, I would be upset.

I REALLY REALLY REALLY LIKED THIS MUSICAL. AND I’M REALLY REALLY REALLY HOPING THE REVISION MAKES ME LOVE IT MORE.

But this musical? Yeah, I really liked it. It was a lot of fun. Also, IT HAD KITTENS. I brightened up the screenshot a little, so you can see Haruka hugging a kitten-child better. IT WAS THE CUTEST. (Seriously, you should all watch this musical just for this scene of adorbs.)

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Livetweeting Sera Myu: The Beginning of the New Legend

Posted May 28, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Sera Myu: The Beginning of a New Legend Tuxedo Kamen vs King Endymion
And here is the Storify!
This musical is the first of the second stage musicals and… Honestly? I was extremely disappointed in it. It reuses so much from previous musicals, often line by line. It adds in the Amazon Trio for… Reasons. That are never actually explained. And it adds in the whole Amazon Trio dream plot, but with none of the narrative to back it up, taking away even more time from the main Beryl/Galaxia plot that’s going on. It gives away emotional and impactful scenes to other characters (see Uranus and Neptune’s betrayal being given to the inners) and relies so heavily on familiarity with the franchise for its emotional punches that I’m not convinced it’d make any sense to someone who doesn’t know Sailor Moon’s plots (and specifically Sera Myu’s plots) already.

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Livetweeting the final day performance of the revised Sera Myu musical The Birth of a Legend

Posted May 22, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Cast of the Sera Myu 1998 revised edition of The Eternal Legend

Last Saturday, I watched the final day performance of the Sera Myu musical The Birth of a Legend. I loved and adored the copy of the original run and this musical was… very different. You can read the Storify of the livetweet here, and you can read on for some slightly more coherent thoughts now that I’ve had some time to let it sink into me.

As always, the fansubs I’m watching come from SeaofSerenity.net and hopefully one day soon I’ll actually remember to announce it in the livetweeting threads. I’m sorry I keep forgetting. 🙁

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Livetweeting Sera Myu: The Eternal Legend (and Bonus Quest For Glitter)

Posted May 14, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Sera Myu: A flying skeleton chases Usagi, Chibichibi and Setsuna.

Here’s the Storify! With bonus Eurovision Quest For Glitter because, um, I am terrible with scheduling and remembering dates and forgot it was Eurovision day. In brief:

Sera Myu: The Eternal Legend was amazing and I heart it so much and next week we’re watching the revised musical, which is also the final day for Anza’s run as Usagi/Sailor Moon, as well as Ayako Morino (Ami/Mercury), Misako Kotani (Rei/Mars), Akari Tonegawa (Makoto/Jupiter), Sanae Kimura (Haruka/Uranus), Hiroko Tahara (Michiru/Neptune), Rei Saitou (Setsuna/Pluto), Sayuri Katayama (Seiya/Star Fighter), Momoko Okuyama (Yaten/Star Healer), and Sakoto Yoshioka (Princess Kakyuu).

It will be emotional. It will be filled with ad libs. It will be revised. It will be GLORIOUS. But this week was already GLORIOUS. I had some minor narrative quibbles. Like “Why doesn’t Usagi remember Queen Beryl?” and “But do we have enough backstory to really back this up if you only watch the musical?”, but mostly I’ve just been swept up in this musical and enjoyed it. It was fun and filled with all the things I love about Sailor Moon and Sera Myu as a whole. This musical contains one of my favourite Myu songs ever (the first Reprise of Orleans no Sei Senshi, also known as “When the musical followed the anime and Haruka and Michiru became Tragic Queers until Usagi saves the day”.)

Eurovision: Following 2017’s venture into an Alternate Dimension, Eurovision was dominated by the colours black and white and a distinct lack of glitter, with many participating countries assuming this is a genuine singing competition rather than a colourful glitterfest which pretends to be apolitical (and actually mostly wasn’t this year) where stranger really is better because EUROVISION and Portugal taking the win by a possibly unprecedented landslide with a ballad. (Seriously, if you haven’t seen Love Love Peace Peace before and want to understand Eurovision, click that link.)

I am too cynical for this year’s Eurovision, but by then it was ridiculously late at night and so I hied it off to bed to watch the second half of the musical on Sunday and, lo, here is the Storify of both.

Next week, bring tissues. I will need a MOUNTAIN of tissues to get me through the musical next week.

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Livetweeting Sera Myu Sailor Stars Revised Edition

Posted May 6, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Sera Myu Sailor Stars. Usagi wanders off with a massive piece of cake.

You can catch up on the Storify here! It’s a little bare bones this week, due to the fact that I’m struggling with a dip in mental health as well as some offline issues in my extended family, but at least I was on time? Being on time is a start!

Truth be told, though, I honestly can’t tell you whether my feelings about this musical stem from just genuinely not liking most of the changes or from the fact that I’m currently in a mindset to dislike most things anyway.

It’s just… It didn’t address any of the issues I had with the original musical (it actually managed to add one) and it altered some of the things I really liked originally. And the fourth-wall breaking period drama shenanigans just aren’t enough for me to like it as a whole.

Those shenanigans, though, are a lot of fun and honestly if you like Sera Myu I’d recommend both these musical just for the changes made there because it’s such a neat bit of playing with the structure and format of what a musical is and can be.

Anyway, I’ll be in the Discord chat for a little while longer, so if you’re a Patron at the Starshine level or higher and want to chat about the musical while it’s still fresh in my mind come hang out with me. 😀

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Livetweeting Sera Myu Sailor Stars

Posted April 30, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Usagi and Ami from Sera Myu Sailor Stars: Usagi is looking terrified and Ami looks shocked.

Late because I misjudged the time it would take me to get back from spending the day with friends, but here it is! The livetweet for Sailor Stars, the 1996 musical. Here‘s the Storify.

Enjoy! And thank you for being with me as I livetweeted the musical. I hope everyone had fun. 😀

As always, the musical fansubs come from SeaofSerenity.net. Thanks also as always for their hard work in fansubbing and making these musicals accessible to those of us who don’t speak Japanese.

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Livetweeting Sera Myu SuperS Revival – Dream Warriors – Love – Into Eternity…

Posted April 26, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Here‘s the Storify of the livetweets for this revival musical in case you missed the livetweets.

As always with the original Myu musicals, the fansubs are courtesy of SeaofSerenity.net  with my warmest thanks for their work in translating these musicals and making them available.

The original version of this musical was a right mess, plotwise, but the revival restructured key moments and rewrote several scenes in their entirety, making the whole musical stand on its own far better and having a much more cohesive plot.

I really, really enjoyed this musical. It was a lot of fun to watch (its two moments of obvious queerphobia notwithstanding) and I enjoyed myself immensely. When I wasn’t reaching for tissues. Because OMG the musical went there. (Where? Well, you’ll have to watch it yourself to find out. XD)

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the livetweets, whether you were there when I tweeted them or whether you’re reading back on them now. This musical was AMAZING. Why did I wait so long to track all of these musicals down, so I could watch them? T_T

Next week, we’re up to the Stars arc. I may be a little later again, and certainly a lot more tired. I have a day-long social commitment. I’ll do my best to be around for chatting after the livetweets, but depending on my energy levels I may have to pass on the chat session afterwards. I’m really sorry about that.

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Livetweeting Sera Myu SuperS – Dream Warriors – Love – Into Eternity…

Posted April 25, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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It is once again time for another livetweet Storify link! Yes, I know. I know. I’m still working on these without any kind of schedule. I’m plotting it, I promise, but the past week was… extremely rough for a lot of people, myself included, and I basically went “To hell with planning, I need my cheer-up musical livetweets now” and lo I livetweeted the third of the original musicals that I have access to.

You can read the livetweets here. 😀 Overall, I felt the plot in this musical was stronger than in the previous two, though still very reliant on the audience filling in the blanks. It continues the fourth-wall breaking in a way that I thought was really, really awesome. And would’ve been terrified by as a child. Think the original audience inclusion of Peter Pan kind of terrifying. Except with less guilt tripping.

It was, like the others, a lot of fun, though. You can really see the fun that everyone is having with the material. I know I keep saying that, but the fun is really infectious. I may complain about the plot (and the costumes), but these shows have heart. Everyone so clearly enjoys what they’re doing and is having fun. They’re cheerful and upbeat (except the scenes where they’re not) and they’re soothing to me.

At this point, though, I’d also like to give a shout-out to Emily who’s been kind enough to offer me some pointers on what musicals are generally considered really good and which are really terrible! Thank you so much!

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Livetweets of the SeraMyu musical: Usagi – The Path to Become the Warrior of Love

Posted April 22, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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It’s been almost a week since I actually livetweeted these! I’m so very sorry about the delay — I’ve been a combination of busy and unwell — but I’m here now!

This time, rather unexpectedly given that I’d promised to make a schedule for these, I tackled the second musical: Usagi – The Path to Become the Soldier of Love. You can read my responses here! I hope you’ll enjoy the gif of Kaolinite especially because I think I lost, like, an hour trying to get it sorted since, apparently, the only way to capture a gif with the software I use is to screencap the section you want frame-by-frame and then adding them into Photoshop, turning on the animation feature and, from what I could tell in that instance, having to set all the frames to be only one 1 frame separately. But go look at that gif. It was so worth it.

Anyway! This musical has… even less of a coherent plot than the first one I watched and feels more like a set of songs around which people had to write some kind of faintly coherent plot, which is something you’ll either love or hate.

Me, for all that I gripe about it, I think it’s absolutely gloriously 90s. Considering I was watching this for the express purpose of cheering myself up by revelling in Sailor Moon goodness, it did exactly what I wanted it to do.

Just… don’t go into these expecting a super-coherent plot. There’s some character-building, but if you don’t already know… any coherent variant of Sailor Moon up to the Death Busters arc, this is quite sparse on the details. Heck, I like to think I know the overall narratives pretty well and I was confused a lot.

That said, if you’re looking for a musical that’s just plain fun and that the actors all clearly had a blast with that’s capable of cheering you up, this is a fun, fun musical to watch. Especially if you’re a Sailor Moon fan. Or I don’t know, if you like the challenge of piecing a story together from fragments.

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