A few weeks ago we got our first look at the Nogizaka46 x Sailor Moon musical. This new musical will be playing in Tokyo this summer first at the Tennōzu Galaxy Theatre June 8th to the 24th and then at the TBS Akasaka ACT Theater September 21st to the 30th. What, you may ask, is this musical all about? Nogizaka46 is an all female pop band in Japan and this is a Sailor Moon musical featuring members of that band. As we can see from the promo image and the posts on the Sailor Moon official site and musical’s official site, 10 of the band members have formed two Sailor Teams. One is Team Moon and the other is Team Star.
The two teams seem to be identical in costume and appearance, though we can clearly see that the members in those costumes differ from one image to the other. With multiple shows being put on over a fairly short time the two teams are scheduled to perform on different nights. At first I imagined this was to give the other team a break on the off days but since a lot of the other cast of the musicals is only listed once it seems like not everyone is on that schedule. Perhaps this setup is simply meant to vary the performances to feature more of their talent. It remains to be seen if the performances themselves will vary depending on the team performing. Perhaps each team will have an exclusive song to encourage people to see multiple performances! At this point this is only speculation.
Here’s a translated cast listing. I’m not good with Japanese names (since Google Translate messes them up) so I had a little help from this Anime News Network article for this list. I attempted to find a relevant link when possible. All members of Nogizaka46 have profiles from the official site and for others I tried to find a profile or social media link.
Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino: Mizuki Yamashita (Nogizaka46)
Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno: Riria Itō (Nogizaka46)
Sailor Mars/Rei Hino: Kazumi Takayama (Nogizaka46)
Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino: Ami Noujo (Nogizaka46)
Sailor Venus/Minako Aino: Hina Higuchi (Nogizaka46)
Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino: Sayuri Inoue (Nogizaka46)
Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno: Miria Watanabe (Nogizaka46)
Sailor Mars/Rei Hino: Ranze Terada (Nogizaka46)
Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino: Minami Umezawa (Nogizaka46)
Sailor Venus/Minako Aino: Kana Nakada (Nogizaka46)
Naru Osaka: Yuka Yamauchi
Umino Gurio: Marina Tanoue
Kunzite: Chihiro Andō
Zoisite: Sari Kojima
Jadeite: Rina Takeda
Ensemble (I assume this means background dancers, various monsters and such)：
Mayuko Kawamoto, Mayu Kaburagi, Kumiko Saitō, Ayuka Kurachi, Minami Watanabe, Mami Mitsuoka
Queen Beryl: Nami Tamaki
Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba: Mikako Ishii
Director: Worry Kinoshita
Only the main cast of the Sailor Team will be composed of Nogizaka46 members. The rest of cast of characters are played by various musical stars and dancers, as was the case with other musicals. To me the most interesting casting decision here is that Mikako Ishii, who played Sailor Pluto in the last few musicals, will be playing Tuxedo Mask! It’s well established that Sailor Pluto has an unrequited love for King Endymion in the future! What better way to gain someone’s affection than to literally become them? Also returning is Chihiro Ando as Kunzite. She previously played Tiger’s Eye in the Amour Eternal musical. As we see from this an other casting we once again have an all female cast even including the male characters.
It seems clear that the story will cover the Dark Kingdom story arc though beyond that it’s hard to get a sense of what the content or structure of the musical will be like. Given the cast and that we have two returning cast members I’m inclined to think that it will be a similar presentation to musicals we have seen in the past.
So … which Team are you rooting for? Is that how we’re supposed to be reacting to this? Go Team Star! No way Team Moon is the best! … and so forth.
Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo.
Are you of Mexican heritage or just a fan of the holiday? Just wondering.
I just celebrate Cinco de Mayo every year.
I don’t want to be mean and I’ll most likely be criticized for that, but this Mako is totally trans. I’m sorry…
Assuming you mean the one from Team Star I can’t find anything to support this on any bios.
That said it is noted that she is the tallest member. At 5’7″ that doesn’t seem all that tall but for Makoto that could work.
Well I assume she is not, but look at her…. Lol. Otherwise, I am glad that fan of musicals have their share every year. While we have to wait ages for Crystal…
If you mean by appearances alone, I think it’s just the makeup and lighting. To me, they all look rather androgynous on both teams the way they are portrayed. I guess that’s better than too much makeup.
She looks pretty feminine to me though.
I’m not attacking your opinion, I just don’t see it, personally.
Well, I find her feminije too although i would have cast her as Jadeite. All of tem are on not so pretty side. I am also happy for musical fans thst they are gettng their annual Sailor Moon stage presentation. Too bad I can’t get the appeal myself.
Seems like only the Sailor Team is from the band and the rest are musical actors. Not likely to see any of the band members as supporting cast.
And no – the one on team moon, the star tea one is pretty.
Too bad it’s only in Japan.
Well the last musical was briefly shown in theatres. Perhaps we will see this one here as well!
Wow, guys, Sailor Moon is getting a novel adaptation series starting this June
What a novel idea!
I find it neat, especially if we get some more exploration of Silver Millenium in a novel format. I hope it sells well.
Today is Mother’s Day!