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Livetweeting Sera Myu New Legend of Kaguya Island (Revision) – Marinamoon Final

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

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Sera Myu Marinamoon Final Cast Moments during the last on-stage song.

I AM TOTALLY NOT OUT OF SERA MYU MUSICALS. ABSOLUTELY NOT. ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU DIFFERENTLY LIES. LIES, I SAY.

Honestly, though, I am sad to wrap up the Sera Myu musicals. Here’re the final livetweets for the Marinamoon Final. I’ll admit that I wasn’t a big fan of the changes made in this particular revision. I’ve had so much bad luck with the kaiteiban of these musicals and this, sadly, was no exception. So I did my best to just sit back and let myself get swept up in the energy of this musical and end my old!Myu viewings on a bang rather than a whisper.

That… didn’t quite work. But you know what? I’m thoroughly and entirely glad that I went through with the project to watch every single musical I could get my hands on and watched all of them. Even when the musicals didn’t thrill me as much as I’d hoped, I still enjoyed myself and now, months after the project began, I’m still kicking myself for not seeking these musicals out when I was younger and more likely to appreciate them the way that I knew I could have.

These musicals are… Well, I’ll be honest. The stories are a bit of a mixed bag, but the love and enthusiasm everyone has for them is delightful and make even the worst of the musicals a fun experience if you let yourself get caught up it in.

I don’t rightly remember what I was expecting of Sera Myu, short of hours upon hours of musicals that would cheer me up and remind me that there is good in the world still, and wowdid the musicals deliver on that front. I adore them. <3

And… yeah. Basically, that’s all I’ve got to say at the moment. I’ve just finished watching the Marinamoon Final as I write this and I’m still letting things sink in and settle. I just… I love Sera Myu. So much.

And thank you all for joining me on my wacky musical adventures as I’ve livetweeted them to the best of my abilities and putting up with my stream of all-caps and reaction moments and general tendency to SHOUT AT THE SCREEN even though I know perfectly well it doesn’t change a thing. I hope you’ve all have a fantastic time as well. And go watch the musicals if you haven’t already. They’ve brought so much cheer and goodness into my life. <3

Just <3 everyone. <3

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Livetweeting Sera Myu New Legend of Kaguya Island

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

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The senshi and Mamoru flailing about.

OMG! I love this musical. I love it so much. Circumstances were such that it took me a ridiculous long time to get around to actually watching it, but OMG this musical was so much fun. Here’s the Storify!

It’s a revision of the original Legend of Kaguya musical and… I just. I already adored those and this one just… It pretty much took everything that I wanted to see more of and then gave me more of it. Sometimes, apparently, SeraMyu gives me a revision that has everything I wanted in it.

This is also the penultimate musical of the old!Myu musicals and I’m… kind of scared to watch the last one. It’s a revision of this musical and I just really don’t want to change anything right now.

HAVE TISSUES ON HAND, THOUGH! You’ll need tissues. But OMG we got so much back story for Loof Merrow and the Artuqa kingdom and so so much more character development for everyone. Save Dark Plasman’s group, but really the whole part where they’re another mass of evil that’s solidified into a personality kind of balances it out and the narrative actually manages to incorporate it into the narrative to some extent. It’s really beautifully done.

Why is this musical over? Why am I almost out of old!Myu musicals? WHAT WILL I DO WITH MY EVENINGS?! T_T T_T T_T

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Livetweeting SeraMyu The Advent of Princess Kakyuu – The Second Stage Final

Posted September 8, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Full cast of Sera Myu The Advent of Princess Kakyuu

Finally, some time to write up some general thoughts on this musical! For those who missed last week’s livetweet, here’s the Storify for SeraMyu The Advent of Princess Kakyuu.

This is the final musical from the second stage, the musical in which we say goodbye to Yuuko Hosaka, the longest-running Sailor Pluto. This is a revised version of the First Stage Eternal Legend. Like Eternal Legend both this musical and the previous Starlights musical follow the same pattern in that, in the original musical, Kakyuu makes no appearance, but the revision was significantly altered to include her in the musical.

Here I was thinking it was going to be a continuation of Starlights that focused on a battle with Sailor Chaos as they search for Kakyuu, but nope.

So, in some ways, this musical was a bit of a disappointment because it was so different from my expectations (and so close to something I’d already enjoyed in the First Stage), but I actually had a blast with this musical too. It was great fun to watch. Filled with energy and the plot was nicely done. It added some really fantastic little twists to the story about Galaxia reviving Beryl and the Dark Kingdom that I would have loved to see explored in a little more detail.

It had some delightful WTH moments, such as Mamoru and Haruka dueling with swords on bicycles for… no apparent reason that I could tell. (Seriously, though. Bicycle. Sword. Duel. That is just awesome.)

It reused some of the plots from the Stars manga and anime, though largely it reused elements from other older musicals to (usually) great effect. (I’m looking at you, Pluto who just randomly decides Beryl needs saving.)

I do have quabbles, yes, it’s true, but overall I really loved this musical. My one regret is that I’m now always out of Old!Myu musicals. NOOOOOOO. What will I do with my Saturdays?!

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Livetweeting Sera Myu Starlights – Legend of the Shooting Stars

Posted August 27, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Usagi tearfully holding the ginzuishou.

Here‘s the Storify of the Starlights musical, the penultimate musical of the second stage of Sera Myu musicals. It was a lot of fun. It wasn’t perfect with narrative strands kind of falling slightly to the wayside in the second half because there just wasn’t enough room to let them breathe, but I really liked the take the musical took regarding the Dark Kingdom’s revival and the strands of loyalty and betrayal running through them, as well as a slightly different angle on Beryl’s feelings about Usagi now not being solely about Endymion, but focused more strongly on the feeling that she was protecting her people and I really, really, really wish we’d had a musical focused on this version of the Silver Millennium because it sounds awesome and it made sure that everyone

But, anyway, the musical wasn’t that, but that’s okay. It was still really fun because it has all these tiny little moments that were gorgeous, like Mamoru singing to Chibichibi and introducing his (present) backstory that way or Chibimoon talking about how Usagi inspires her (despite their civilian antagonism) and in turn inspiring the Starlights (and even making them wonder who Chibimoon is and oh the juicy juicy narrative potential of that) and Chibichibi being all mysterious and lightening up scenes at exactly the right moment.

And I’m reasonably sure this musical wins “Most adorable Sera Myu song” hands-down because it was almost non-stop adorableness and upbeat cheerfulness. <3 (Also we got rid of the “Everyone is after the ginzuishou because Usagi hearts Mamoru” thing that the previous versions of the Stars arc had going for it.)

And… Yeah. I really liked this musical. It’s by no means perfect, but it’s a lot of fun and, certainly after the way the last musicals disappointed me (especially the revision), it was a very good reminder of all the things that I do love about Myu because it’s got those elements in spades.

Next week, we’re… I’m guessing from the title (The Advent of Princess Kakyuu) that we’re continuing the Starlights’ storyline that’s begun in this musical. That should be really, really fun because I’d love to see some of the storylines here explored more or tied up better, but I guess we’ll see next week!

And now we’ve only got three musicals left and I’ll be all out of old!Myu. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! T_T

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Livetweeting SeraMyu Infinity Academy – Mistress Labyrinth (Revision)

Posted August 20, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Usagi, Chibiusa, Mamoru and the Inners all on stage singing a song during the revision of the Infinity Academy Mistress Labyrinth musical.

Posting this a little late to Patreon this week because this week is hectic. I may have made a mistake planning a rerelease and a new release two weeks apart because I feel like I’m way behind on everything.

I’m not, but hey when has my brain ever done logic? Anyway, here‘s the link to the Storify of Saturday’s Sera Myu livetweet. This week, we’ve watched the revision of the Mistress Labyrinth musical and… Wow, did I dislike it.

I love what SeraMyu tried to do with these narratives by adding something new and something that’s solely for the musicals and then combining it with a story everyone already knew and loved, but the end result is still that neither story is really done any kind of justice at all.

And… Honestly, I think I like this revision so much less than the others (and so much less than the original musical narrative) because the revision fixes none of the issues I had with the original musical. In fact it may well have made them worse.

I mean, last week, I will remind you all that Sailor Neptune was so bad-ass that she took her violin into battle. This musical? No violin.

It may also have been that the changes in actors negatively impacted my enjoyment too. I don’t normally talk about the actors changing (outside of highlighting who is playing Sailor Moon) because I want to focus on the narrative, but. I won’t lie. Nao Takagi and Kenji Urai’s performances in the original version of this musical were absolute perfection to me and watching the revision a week later was grossly unfair to the new actors playing Uranus and Mamoru.

But mostly it’s just that the narrative was so much the same that I just… didn’t really have anything new to say and it made the issues I had with the story initially stand out more. T_T

And with this livetweet, we’re nearing the end of the SeraMyu livetweets. I’ve got four musicals left of old!Myu. What am I going to be doing with my Saturdays from now on? T_T

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Livetweeting Sera Myu: Mugen Gakuen – Mistress Labyrinth

Posted August 18, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Sailor Neptune, playing a violin right before a battle scene.This week’s musical was Mugen Gakuen – Mistress Labyrinth. Livetweet Storify here! It’s an adaptation of the Infinity arc, with several characters unique to the musical. The narrative between the senshi and the Witches 5 more or less follows the narrative of the manga, ensuring that some scenes don’t really make much sense in the context of the musical and the addition of the Hoshino family just means the musical has less space to work out the plot it’s already got, but opens up a whole new reason for Hotaru to awaken as Saturn which is something I really appreciated it. Saturn is one senshi you definitely do not want to get angry with you.

And, basically, this musical follows the general trend of old!Myu where I wish they’d either stuck to the source material or ran wild with their original additions instead of trying to mesh the two together.

That said, after 5 seasons of the Classic anime, 3 seasons of Crystal, 4 new!Myu musicals and at least a dozen old!Myu musicals, a group of aliens in the Sailor Moon verse has finally thought to just try asking Usagi if they can use the ginzuishou’s power to save/revive their planet instead of trying to take the thing by force.

AND GUESS WHAT USAGI SAID.

“Sure. Here you go. I’d be happy to give it to you for the purposes of saving your world.” like everyone but the characters knew she would.

Also Tomoe gets to sing and dance in this musical. He does not get to fly. Foiled again! (Q: Will you ever let this go, Lynn? It’s been like a dozen musicals now. >> A: NOT UNTIL TOMOE GETS TO SING, DANCE AND FLY IN THE SAME MUSICAL. Also if it happens in such a way that I remember it, because I’m pretty sure he did some of these three in older musicals, but I can’t remember if he did all of them in the same musical.)

Anyway, this musical, while the messily plotted storyline I’m used it from Myu was a delight. I liked some of the aspects of the changes, notably Saturn awakening because she’s really, reallyangry about the whole “killing everyone from the planet Grimm” thing and basically just destroying everything because she’s Just That Pissed.

And then Uranus is just utterly defeated and despairing and MY HEART IT BROKE. Also Michiru is so bad-ass she gets to play a violin during one of the battle scenes. (Well, sort of. It was kind of before the battle started and it lasted about one World Shaking or Space Sword Blaster BUT STILL. She totally took her violin into battle to play Orleans no Sei Senshi. Bad. Ass.)

And also Hotaru before she became Mistress 9 used Mistress 9 and/or Saturn’s powers to be all “Hands off my bestie, Chibiusa” and, like, Mamoru was all “Chibiusa, did you make a friend? <3” and Chibiusa was all “Yeah, she’s really cute! Especially when she smiles!” and just d’awwwwww. Chibiusa/Hotaru is the cutest pairing even in musicals where they’ve only met, like, once for all we’ve seen the musical imply.

I have no idea what to expect of the revised musical next week, but I really hope that they won’t take out any of the bits that I really loved. We’ll see!

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Livetweeting Sera Myu: 10th Anniversary Festival – Ai no Sanctuary

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

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All the senshi gathered at the end of the Ai no Sanctuary musicals

Oh, my, this musical was so much fun, everyone. It was everything I’ve been loving about Old!Myu, wrapped into an hour-long original story that actually mostly made sense. Here’s the livetweet Storify!

It’s now Sunday and I feel like I should be able to say something sensible and useful about it, but I’m afraid I’m still stuck on saying “EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!” and “BUT I WANT MORE MUSICAL T_T” Not that the talkshow wasn’t fun because it was. It’s really interesting to hear previous cast members reflect on their time in the musicals and hearing what their answers to questions are and the sketches seem to have been either hilarious or adorable. (It’s a compilation of highlights from each day of the festival rather than 6 hour-long talkshows, so bits seem to have cut off.) I’d definitely recommend the talk show if you’re a fan of the old Myus. Everything about them is just so full of love and energy.

(Also, I think old!Myu does best when it’s trying to tell a wholly new story all its own. It gets to be every bit as silly as it likes and doesn’t need to worry about plot holes because “the audience already knows this stuff anyway”.)

Next up is a retelling of the Infinity Arc: Mugen Gakuen – Mistress Labyrinth, so we’re pretty much right back to retelling storylines from the manga/anime. I’ve only got about 6 old!Myu musicals left now. T_T NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

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Livetweeting Sera Myu Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady (Revision)

Posted August 4, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Ami sitting on the stage with a cup to her face during the revision of the Black Lady musical

A little later than planned (thanks, illness), but here it is: the storify of the 2002 winter special, the revision of the Black Lady musical, a musical reimagining of the Black Moon arc.

Wherein some small bits of plot were fixed and the musical as a whole still just relies on viewers knowing the franchise and bringing both the anime and the manga version of the narrative into this one.

And also more characters get added because it’s not like with, like, 11 main characters and roughly as many antagonist, we don’t have enough characters that need a compelling backstory or personality or anything.

Soon… The Ai no Sanctuary musical. This sounds like it should be a wholly new storyline again. Whoohoo!

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Livetweeting Sera Myu Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady

Posted July 19, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Usagi and Kouan from Sera Myu Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady

Storify.

As is to be expected from the title (Birth! The Princess of Darkness Black Lady) this is a Myu retelling of the Black Moon arc. It looks… a little differently from what you might be expecting, though.

It’s made a couple of changes to allow for the whole senshi cast to appear in the musical, for example, and it sticks to the formula of “Let’s show off every single Sailor Moon costume upgrade” that, I think, all of the second stage musicals have had if not also most of the first stage musicals.

And… So far I like that. It’s really fun to see the musicals stick to roughly the same story and yet manage to spice it up with those smaller changes because it makes the whole story feel much fresher and unexpected. Also the changes meant we pretty much got rid of most all of the daughter/father romance ick that’s in this narrative as well as the part where Demand(o) sexually assaults Sailor Moon. (That particular change also had to do with the fact that Marina was 12 when she played in this musical.) Those are my favourite changes about the whole musical, really.

But the issue I have with this musical is pretty much the same as I’ve been having with most of them: it relies heavily on viewers already knowing key aspects of the narrative, such as the relationship between Chibiusa and Pluto and Chibiusa’s frustration at not being able to transform into a senshi. Honestly, I shudder to think of watching this musical without any prior exposure to the R arc because I doubt it’d make all that much sense to me. I mean, I know the musical is likely aimed at fans who, like me, already know the backstory in the arc and just wanted to see the story acted out in a stage musical, but still. I would have liked it to stand on its own more than it did. 🙁

I’m hopeful that the revision will address the biggest of my concerns. We know from the new musicals that it’s totally possible to fit the narrative into a 2 hour musical, after all, and all I really want is just a little more build-up to the key moments of the second part of the narrative and to get the change I really want (establishing Chibiusa and Pluto’s friendship better) you only need to alter a couple of lines from an early scene.

Anyway, despite having some narrative issues with the musical, I did enjoy it. This musical especially suffered from being one of the later ones I’m watching, I think.

I adored Petite Étrangère when that came out. Absolutely adored it and this is very unfair of me, but I couldn’t help comparing the two as I watched and the script of the new Myu is just better. And the enthusiasm, while there, is nothing compared to the enthusiasm of the first stage musicals especially. So part of my lessened enjoyment is also just that I’ve already seen so many of the Myus that I’m starting to figure out what my preferences and favourites are.

Though, honestly, I would probably have loved the heck out of this musical if it’d just stood on its own more effectively.

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