The Sailor Moon musicals, commonly referred to as Sera Myu, are a series of live theater productions based on Naoko Takeuchi's metaseries Sailor Moon. The series consists of 29 musicals, which have had more than 800 performances since the show first opened in Summer 1993. The producers generally follow and expand upon plot concepts presented in the anime and manga; however, there are also several plot lines original to the plays. New musicals were generally first preformed in the summer; a revised version of the summer play (the Kaiteiban) was performed in the winter.The plays officially went on indefinite hiatus in 2005, and while all the recorded plays are available on DVD and VHS (not all the plays were recorded - some of the earlier plays never were), they are nevertheless pricey and are only officially available in Japan. Some fans who do have their own copies have thankfully subbed the shows for the unfortunate ones who can't buy their own. In anticipation of the new anime, a new Sera Myu musical with an all female cast premiered in September of 2013.The Musicals, in order of performance are as follows: (Shows marked with * were not recorded, ones marked with ** were recorded on multiple days)
Sailor Moon - Gaiden Dark Kingdom Fukkatsu Hen (1993 Summer Special)
Sailor Moon - Gaiden Dark Kingdom Fukkatsu Hen (Kaiteiban) (1994 Winter Special)*
Sailor Moon - Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super Spring Festival (1994 Spring Special)*
Sailor Moon S - Usagi Ai no Senshi e no Michi (1994 Summer Special)
Sailor Moon S - Henshin - Super Senshi e no Michi (1995 Winter Special)*
Sailor Moon S - Henshin - Super Senshi e no Michi (Kaiteiban) (1995 Spring Special)*
The musicals are divided into "Stages" though the division varies between official and fan listings. Officially there are 3 stages. Once the entire senshi cast left, the next started. Fans however, divide it based on which of the four actresses is playing Sailor Moon at the time, Anza Ōyama, Fumina Hara, Miyuki Kanbe or Marina Kuroki. The 5th Sailor Moon actress, Satomi Okubo, star of the revived Sera Myu has yet to be given arc of "5th Stage" by fans or "4th Stage" by offical terms.Only tropes unique (or overly relevant) to this adaption are listed here. All others are at Sailor Moon and related pages.
This show provides examples of:
Actor Allusion: In the final second stage musical, the Sailor Animamates impersonated a female dance troupe, with Sailor Lead Crow posing as the group's choreographer. In real life, Ado Endou, the actress who portrayed Crow, choreographed the show as well.
Beware the Silly Ones: In Eien Densetsu, the character Kyaosu acts as ridiculously funny comic relief and occasionally helps the Senshi against Galaxia. It turns out he is actually Chaos, who has been manipulating Galaxia all along.
Bland-Name Product: Banzai appears as a sponsor for a show preformed in Eian Densetsu K. It's logo is shown to be nearly the same as the Bandai logo. Bandai also happens to sponsor the musical.
In a subversion however, it's stated to be a separate company that makes Omochi (Rice Cakes) and is confused for one that makes Omocha (Toys)
Brainwashed and Crazy: It just wouldn't be Sailor Moon without a brainwashed Mamoru/Endymion. One musical takes this to the extreme and has both Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask and his future self King Endymion brainwashed.
Some of them have Mamoru dead and replaced with a puppet created by Galaxia.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: The 21st Now Millenium version of Koi no Senshi ja Irarenai, preformed in Mugen K, which is basically and introduction for each senshi, has the senshi get attacked during their solo lines and be unable to say their name. Sailor Moon asks the audience to fill in, and the Inners thank them after their intros.
Continuity Snarl: Each musical except for the 3rd Stage (AKA Dracul Arc) are unrelated and not connected. They draw on both manga and anime stories and mix them with new elements to create stories that just can't be canon. Also it's entirely possible for all three of Sailor Moon's forms to show up, weilding random weapons that don't go with that form, using attacks that she wouldn't use with that weapon. Also once the Super Forms are introduced for the inner senshi they're used in all musicals, Super Chibi-Moon shows up in an R based story, etc.
Also played straight and Inverted in the case of Hotaru. The straight example is obviously Mistress 9 from the source material in the Mugen Gakuen Musicals, but the inversion is in Kagyua Island. A benevolent spirit (of sorts, the spirit part that is) named Kon borrows Hotaru's body briefly to speak with Sailor Moon and later again borrows it while she's in Senshi form to lend Sailor Moon it's power. The being in question is actually a collection of the memories and spirits of stars that were destroyed by musical's villain and is more then willing to help Sailor Moon end said villain's trail of destruction. Hotaru herself doesn't comment much on the possession and the Senshi as a whole see Kon's aid as a boon.
Deus ex Machina: But surprisingly it's not always Sailor Moon in the musicals, especially in later musicals.
I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Let's see here. We have Bloody Dracul Vampir, a female Dampyhr. She dislikes her father, Count Dracul, who was the vampire parent. In a subversion, her problem is he let her mother, Le Fay, die rather than turning her. It turns out her Le Fay didn't want to be turned and he respected her wishes but she was killed by her father for falling in love with a vampire. Vampir forgives him on this point but their relationship doesn't improve much in the 3rd musical. She still loves him as a family member and seeks revenge on Sailor Moon for seemingly killing him.
In one of the songs in that musical, Mamoru even says that it's too good to be true, but then brushes it off five seconds later with a, "well, that's fine." Oh Mamoru, no wonder you're constantly being Brainwashed.
Promoted Fanboy: Many of the actors and actresses were fans of the series. Sera Myu ran lasted for over 11 years, allowing some to grow from childhood watching the show and later preform.
Theme Tune Cameo: La Soldier is considered the theme of the musicals by fans. (It appears in nearly every musical, sometimes just as an encore; it is even heard in one episode of the anime.) The Black Lady Musical has the Guardian Senshi and Moon rehearsing it for a contest (and arguing about said rehearsal) and Usagi complains that the enemies will recognize them if they perform La Soldier. The Quirky Mini Boss Squad shows up in Paper Thin Disguises and performs their version as well.