Theatre: Sera Myu
The Sailor Moon Musicals. Yes, really. And they're great.Shortly after the grand and successful debut of The Pretty Sailor Soldier Of Justice in 1992, the decision was made of adapting the work -- originally a manga, later an anime -- into a musical.And thus, one fateful day in August 11, 1993, right between the first two seasons of the popular anime, the very first musical hits the scene. And like anything with "Sailor Moon" in its name, it proved to be a massive success. How big? The original set of musicals ("Musical Specials") produced by Toei Animation lasted up to 2005 before hitting a "short hiatus". And this isn't counting whatever related content, such as Behind The Scenes fare, also got released.The first set of musicals — A collection of 29 seasonal Musical Specials that ran for over 800 performances, started by being loose adaptations of storylines from the anime and manga: the Sailor Soldiers' struggles against the Dark Kingdom, the Black Moon Clan, the Death Busters, the Dead Moon Circus and the Shadow Galactica all got adapted. Multiple times, in fact (but more about that later). This, however, led to one unfortunate thing: after the manga and anime ended, and the musicals began their version of Sailor Stars, rumors were circulating about the inevitable demise of the musicals. Did we mention this was around musical eleven in 1997? The massive fan support at the time basically saved the musicals from an early grave, but since there was no more source material to adapt, the musicals began introducing their own storylines, or re-adapting previous content with new twists. Thus, the world was blessed with (in no particular order) robot pirates from thousands of years ago, vampires, werewolves, Artificial Humans, talking cats represented by people in cat suits (besides Artemis and Luna), Sailor Galaxia and Queen Beryl teaming up, and various other things.Here, here, a list of the original set of musicals:
Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Musical Specials
Sera Myu, as the musicals are colloquially known, are officially divided in Three Stages (while western fans divide it by who is playing Sailor Moon, the proper term for the division by actress is actually Generation, resulting in 4 fan "Stages" and 3 offical) The bold italics marks musicals that were never recorded, thus not released on home video. Some terminology: Kaiteiban is the revised edition of a musical.First StageStars Anza Ohyama as the first Sailor Moon.Following the rather sudden end of the original Sailor Moon musicals, there was not a single word about their future until the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon came about. With the announcement of a new anime series and new and plentiful merch, came a revival of the musicals. While technically not a follow-up to the previous ones (They aren't called Musical Specials, they're produced by a different company, aren't tied to the original anime by using its logos and imagery, there was no "Passing of the Tiara" ceremony from the previous actress, etc.), they're still Sailor Moon musicals.
- Sailor Moon - Gaiden Dark Kingdom Fukkatsu Hen (Side Story - Dark Kingdom Revival Chapter) (1993 Summer Special): The start of it all. It proved quite popular and paved the way for things to come. Notable that this and its revision are the only musicals to feature Luna and Artemis. The plot occurs after the end of the first season, with the Dark Kingdom being revived.
- Sailor Moon - Gaiden Dark Kingdom Fukkatsu Hen (Kaiteiban) (1994 Winter Special): All that remains from it are promotional pamphlets and such things. Last musical with Luna and Artemis, who are essentially slapped with Chuck Cunningham Syndrome — They're never mentioned or referenced in subsequent musicals. First revised version of a musical. A few changes in the plot, such as the DD Girls being present and one song about Summer changed for, well, a song about Winter.
- Sailor Moon - Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super Spring Festival (1994 Spring Special): Part of a bigger Sailor Moon event, also features the same basic plot as the previous two.
- Sailor Moon S - Usagi Ai no Senshi e no Michi (Usagi - The Path to Becoming a Soldier of Love) (1994 Summer Special): Very loose adaptation of the events of the third season of the anime. Debut of Chibiusa and her alterego Sailor Chibi Moon, as well as Sailors Uranus and Neptune. Sailor Pluto only appears as a cameo of sorts. (Played by Jupiter's actress in shadow holding a Garnet Rod)
- Sailor Moon S - Henshin - Super Senshi e no Michi (Transformation - The Path to Becoming Super Senshi) (1995 Winter Special): Judging by promotional material, it would've marked the debut of the other Super Sailor Soldiers. Debut of Super Sailor Moon and the first direct appearance of Sailor Pluto.
- Sailor Moon S - Henshin - Super Senshi e no Michi (Kaiteiban) (1995 Spring Special): As usual.
- Sailor Moon SuperS - Yume Senshi - Ai - Eien ni... (Dream Soldiers - Love - Into Eternity...) (1995 Summer Special): Loose adaptation of the fourth season, with the debut of Hotaru Tomoe.
- Sailor Moon SuperS - (Kaiteiban) Yume Senshi - Ai - Eien ni... Saturn Fukkatsu Hen! (Saturn Revival Chapter) (1996 Spring Special): As the title implies, the debut of Hotaru's Sailor Soldier form: Sailor Saturn. Also, the debut of Eternal Sailor Moon.
- Sailor Moon SuperS - Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS Special Musical Show (1996 Early Summer Special): Last musical that wasn't released. Similar plot to the last two.
- Sailor Moon Sailor Stars (1996 Summer Special): Debut of the Sailor Starlights, and notable in that 3/5 of the Sailor Animamates are were left out in favor of new characters (Only Iron Mouse and Tin Nayanko appear alongside new additions of Pewter Fox and Titanium Kerokko. Sailor Buttress, Sailor Theta and MC Fly also join in as non-animamate additions.)
- Sailor Moon Sailor Stars (Kaiteiban) (1997 Winter Special)
- Eien Densetsu (Eternal Legend) (1997 Summer Special): Somewhat similar plot to the last two, with the added twist of Queen Beryl being revived and having her work with Sailor Galaxia. First appearance of Princess Kakyuu and Chibi Chibi.
- Eien Densetsu (Kaiteiban) - The Final First Stage (1998 Winter Special): Available in video both the normal performance and the very heavily adlibbed (and quite emotive) "Senshuuraku" (Final Day) performance. Features a touching goodbye of most of the original cast.
- Shin Densetsu Kourin (Beginning of the New Legend) (1998 Summer Special): Notable in that is an odder version of the previous two musicals: it adds the Amazon Trio into the mix with Beryl and Galaxia. Debut of Fumina Hara as Sailor Moon.
- Kaguya Shima Densetsu (Legend of Kaguya Island) (1999 Spring Special): The first story featuring a completely original plot, not based on previous material of the franchise. Sailor Moon and company end stranded in a mysterious island after being set a trap by the new enemies and attacked by what turned out to be the other good guys of the story. Who are a pirate princess welding an sword-key-gun and her band of bumbling pirate robots, fighting against the personification of a comet on a collision course with Earth.
- Kaguya Shima Densetsu (Kaiteiban) Natsuyasumi! Houseki Tankentai (Summer Vacation! Jewel Expedition) (1999 Summer Special): The revised version of the above, with better special effects for some scenes. Fumina Hara's last musical as Sailor Moon.
- Shin/Henshin - Super Senshi e no Michi - Last Dracul Jokyoku (New - Transformation - The Road to Being a Super Senshi - Last Dracul Overture) (2000 Winter Special): The debut of Miyuki Kanbe as Sailor Moon. The start of the Dracul Arc, which pits our heroines and heroes against various mythical European monsters, most notably among them, Dracula (or Dracul as he is called here) and his daughter. Is also something of a reinterpretation of the previous Sailor Moon S musical, but with vampires.
- Kessen/Transylvania no Mori - Shin Toujou! Chibi Moon wo Mamoru Senshi-tachi (Decisive Battle - Transylvania Forest - New Arrival! The Senshi Who Protect Chibi-Usa)(2000 Summer Special): The second musical in the Dracul Arc, featuring the Amazoness Quartet as Artificial Humans.
- Kessen/Transylvania no Mori (Kaiteiban) - Saikyou no Kataki Dark Cain no Nazo (The Mystery of the Strongest Enemy, Dark Cain) (2001 Winter Special): Revised version of the above. It features changes to the plot that are important to the sequel.
- Last Dracul Saishuu Shou - Chou Wakusei Death Vulcan no Fuuin (Last Dracul Final Chapter - Seal of the Super-Planet Death Vulcan) (2001 Spring Special): Last musical with Miyuki Kanbe, and the final entry in the Dracul Arc.
- Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady (Birth! Princess of Darkness, Black Lady) (2001 Summer Special: First musical with Marina Kuroki as the lead. An adaptation of the Black Moon Arc/Sailor Moon R, which had yet to be adapted for the stage up until that point. Notable for including the Outer Soldiers (Uranus, Neptune and Saturn, Pluto was in the original) when they weren't in it in either the anime or manga due to the arc predating their creation.
- Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady (Kaiteiban) - Wakusei Nemesis no Nazo (Mystery of Planet Nemesis) (2002 Winter Special): Revised version of the above.
- 10th Anniversary Festival - Ai no Sanctuary (Sanctuary of Love) (2002 Spring Special): Notable for being in two parts — First the musical proper, and then a talk show featuring previous stars of the musical. As the title implies, this comemorates 10 years of musicals.
- Mugen Gakuen - Mistress Labyrinth (Infinity Academy - Mistress Labyrinth) (2002 Summer Special): Another adaptation of the Infinity Arc/Sailor Moon S, with some new additions.
- Mugen Gakuen - Mistress Labyrinth (Kaiteiban) (2003 Winter Special): Revised edition of the above.
- Starlights - Ryuusei Densetsu (Starlights - Legend of the Shooting Stars) (2003 Summer Special): Based on the Stars Arc/Sailor Stars, it incorporates some elements of Eien Densetsu, such as the inclusion of Queen Beryl while also includeing some elements previously exclusive to the manga, like the presence of Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon or the Shitennou being brainwashed servants of Endiymon.
- Kakyuu-Ouhi Kourin - The Second Stage Final (Advent of Princess Kakyuu) (2004 Winter Special): Revised version of the above. Notable for having some large plot diversions, unlike most other kaiteiban.
- Shin Kaguya Shima Densetsu (New Legend of Kaguya Island) (2004 Summer Special): Remake of the previous Kaguya Shima Densetsu musicals.
- Shin Kaguya Shima Densetsu (Kaiteiban) - Marinamoon Final (2005 Winter Special): Revised version of the above. Most notable for marking the end of Marina's run as Sailor Moon, being the last musical for 8 years, and being the last of the Musical Specials by Toei Animation.
- Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon - La Reconquista (September 2013): The debut of this brand new line of musicals. It adapts the first story arc (Dark Kingdom). Satomi Ookubo's first musical as Sailor Moon.
- Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon ~Petite Étrangère~ (Summer 2014): Adaptation of the second story arc (Black Moon).
- Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon ~Un Nouveau Voyage~ (Fall 2015): Adaptation of the third story arc (Infinity). The five Inner Senshi graduated at the end of its run.
The Sailor Moon musicals provide examples of the following:
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- Adapted Out: Various characters from the villainous groups are left out simply due to reduce the cast of lesser villains to manageable levels and leave space for a Canon Foreigner or two to get some more scenes. One or two of them may find themselves adapted back in when a kaiteiban rolls around.
- Averted in the case of Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon, who was left out of the anime but included in Starlights - Ryuusei Densetsu. Sailors Phi and Chi were included in theSailor Stars kaiteiban, but rather than keeping their much higher station from the manga, they were downgraded to low ranking mooks and joined by a new Sailor Theta.
- Also inverted in the case of Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn in Black Lady.
- Adaptation Expansion / Compressed Adaptation: The musicals based on the 5 main arcs do both simultaneously within each show. Plot details the audience are expected to know (the Senshi and their powers) are skipped entirely. Stuff that would extend the the run time (one on one battles with the lesser villains) don't make it in as (they're usually not defeated until the final battle). The musicals tend to make their own changes that expand the story as well. For example, the future Outer Senshi join the present day Inner Senshi during the Crystal Tokyo sections of Black Lady. Since the original story arc was written before their creation (aside from Pluto), this version includes them and gives them something to do.
- Aliens Speaking English: Well, speaking Japanese with the obligatory Gratuitous English sprinkled through.
- All Musicals Are Adaptations: Combines aspects of both the anime and the manga.
- Alternate Continuity
- Art Evolution: Basically everything "artistic" about the shows improved as time went on: the costumes, the sets, the special effects, the use of live music over recorded at all times, etc.
- Autobots, Rock Out!: "La Soldier", "Chasin' After You", "Knockin' Down Hesitation", "FIRE", "Honoo no Messenger", and "Broken Mobius" are just a few songs that fall into this category.
- Badass Cape: All over the place.
- Tuxedo Mask wears one, as usual; however, depending on the musical, it's either black and red, gold and red, or completely golden.
- King Endymion also wears one — his is lavender. His alter-ego Space Knight uses a silver one.
- Dracul has one, as does his daughter.
- In the Eien Densetsu musicals, Usagi and friends get to wear some pretty cool capes as part of their outfits in the TV special they're starring in.
- Berserk Button: Heaven help any character who calls Usagi an idiot. The children in the audience will disagree.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Happens a lot, but mostly to Mamoru.
- Calling Your Attacks: Naturally.
- Canon Foreigner: The musicals feature lots and lots of characters exclusive to them. Just a few of them: Sailor Pewter Fox, Sailor Titanium Kerokko, Sailor Buttress, Kyaosu, MC Fly, the Hoshinos, Youma Mannequin and Daimon Gondola. Space Knight technically qualifies the hero identity is new, King Endymion is not.
- The entire non-senshi cast of the Kagyua Island and Dracul musicals qualify, since those are original stories.
- Car Fu: Now with mopeds!
- Chekhov's Gunman: Loof Merrow and Bloody Dracul Vampir. Funnily enough, both are played by the same actress.
- Continuity Snarl: Oh boy. Between the revised versions of musicals and the various remakes and readaptations, this is quite the Snarl. The only "solid" continuity is between, at least, the first few musicals until the Super S ones (since said musicals use clips from the previous ones for flashbacks); and the Dracul Trilogy is both a single story and stated to take place after the Kaguya Shima Densetsu musicals. Not helping matters are the occasional Call Backs to previous musicals. Also, while Transylvania no Mori is the second musical of the Dracul arc, Death Vulcan is not a sequel to it; it's a sequel to the Kaiteiban of Transylvania no Mori, which introduces new plot details that set up Death Vulcan.
- Crosscast Role: Most notably Prince Demand and Saphir (both played by women), the shitennou (played by women in several musicals, including the longest running Neptune as Jadeite) and Petz (played by a man in the Black Lady Kaiteiban).
- The current musicals are performed by all-female Takarazuka casts. Yuuga Yamato in particular has drawn very positive reviews for her portrayal of Mamoru.
- Cute Kitten: Dark Kingdom Gaiden and the Kaguya Shima shows feature them a la Cats.
- Dark Reprise:
- Orleans no Sei Senshi ~Uranus - Neptune no Uragiri~ (Holy Soldiers of Orleans ~Uranus and Neptune's Betrayal~), as an example.
- Petite Étrangère gives us "Abracadabra", with two back-to-back Dark Reprises, one sweet and melancholy, the other downright terrifying.
- Un Nouveau Voyage gives a snippet of Hotaru's part in "A Small Sparkle" a brief, but even darker reprise at the end of "Piano Arrangement, Movement 3".
- Death Is Cheap: The amount of times people die and come back to life is quite staggering.
- Demonic Possession:
- In the very first play, Haruna-sensei. In the Second Stage musicals, Sheba Shingetsu Astarte
- 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 Kaguya Shima Densetsu. 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 its 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 than 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.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: What better way to unintentionally trip up all-powerful manifestations of evil from their plan than to...give them a raspberry?
- Frameup: Rei in Sailor Stars and Sensational Jaguar Mask in Ai no Sanctuary.
- Free-Range Children: Basically why Chibi-Usa gets kidnapped all the damn time.
- Hostage for MacGuffin: Almost always Chibi-Usa.
- Image Song: The Senshi and Tuxedo Mask each have at least one song to themselves by the end of the run of the original Myu (except Uranus and Neptune, who always sing together).
- In the Name of the Moon: Of course.
- Kill 'em All: How most of the musicals end up. The senshi usually bounce back.
- Large Ham: Pretty much everyone at some point. The rare female variant is found in the actress HIKARI ONO!!
- Last of His Kind: The Starlights, Loof Merrow, The Hoshinos, Bloody Dracul Vampir...
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
- Happens a lot during Senshuuraku (final performance) ad-libs and the 10th Anniversary Special.
- One of the earliest examples is from the gondola scene in the first Sailor Moon S musical:
Mamoru: [while Usagi is trying to get him to kiss her in public] Somehow, I feel like many people are watching.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Rather often. You'd think people (in general; both heroes and occasionally villains) would know better than to rush towards powerful enemies.
- Leitmotif: By the time the musicals ended each major character has one or more. And Sailor Neptune and Uranus always have duets.
- Little Miss Con Artist: Pretty much every non-Chibi-Usa child in Black Lady and Mugen Gakuen, save Hotaru.
- MacGuffin: ANYTHING with the word "Samael" in it. Also, the usual ones from the series (depending on the arc): Sailor Crystals, Pure Heart Crystals, and the Silver Crystal.
- Magic Wand: Most of them make an appearance. But given that it's nearly half Sailor Moon's size, the Cutie Moon Rod from the first musical might also count as a Bigger Stick.
- Mauve Shirt: Several supporting characters throughout the plays are this, especially characters exclusive to the musicals.
- Professional Wrestling: Plays a major role in Ai no Sanctuary.
- Show Within a Show: Happens a lot.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Due to ambiguity in the way "r" and "l" sounds are pronounced and approximated in Japanese, respectively, there isn't a consensus on how exactly Loof Merrow/Roof Mellow's name is meant to be rendered in English.
- For similar reasons, Astarte's first name could be either "Shiva" or "Sheba" (given the heavy use of biblical names in the Dracul musicals, "Sheba" is more likely, but there is no known official spelling).
- Singing is a Free Action: Played straight, except in the Mistress Labyrinth version of Koi no Senshi ja Irarenai (see Breaking the Fourth Wall).
- 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 was even used during Neo-Queen Serenity and Chibi-Usa's battle against Death Phantom in Sailor Moon R. Ankoku no Princess Black Lady has the Inner 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 disguise and performs their version as well.
- The Musical: Well, obviously...
- The Remake: Several of the musicals are remakes of previous musicals.
Gaiden - Dark Kingdom Fukkatsu Hen
Sailor Moon S - Usagi - Ai no Senshi e no Michi/Henshin - Super Senshi e no Michi
- Badass Boast: The lyrics to "Solar Miracle Make-Up!" are full of them. One particularly badass line is "時間さえ逆に回して/セーラー戦士が望むから (Even time will turn back/ because the Sailor Senshi desire it)".
- Distant Duet: "Tabidachi (Leaving)", which Ami sings as she's about to board a plane and Usagi is on her way to the airport.
- Image Song: "Matamata Chibi-Usa Desu (Once Again, It's Chibi-Usa)", "Chou Bi! Uranus to Neptune (Super Beauty! Uranus and Neptune)", "Stay Alone" for Pluto in the Kaiteiban. Ami's verse at the beginning of "Dream Yume wa Ookiku (Dream, Dreams are Big)" also went on to be treated as an Ami exclusive song in later musicals.
- Imposter Forgot One Detail: After the Spot the Imposter number "Tuxedo Mission", Usagi identifies the real Tuxedo Mask by a promise bracelet. Subverted - the bracelet was slipped onto Death Ra's wrist by the real Tuxedo Mask, who used the opportunity to follow the Death Mannetjes back to their base.
- Let's Duet: "Gondola no Koibito-tachi (Lovers in the Gondola)"
- Rearrange the Song: "Sailor War '94" features different lyrics from the original.
- Spot the Imposter: "Tuxedo Mission" involves the Death Mannetjes impersonating Tuxedo Mask.
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Sailor War '94", in which the seven Senshi unite to defeat the Death Busters.
- Villain Song: "Talisman wo Sagase (Search for the Talismans!)", "Muma no Odori (Nightmares' Dance)"
Sailor Moon Super S - Yume Senshi - Ai - Eien ni...
- Bad Girl Song: "Ii ko wa Yameta (The Good Kid Quit)" for Brainwashed and Crazy Ami.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The Inner Senshi are brainwashed by the Dead Moon Circus during Act 1.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Invoked and combined with Breaking the Fourth Wall in the Kaiteiban when Sailor Mars asks the audience to call out to Sailor Moon to revive her.
- Climactic Music: "La Moon"
- Image Song: "To a Brand-New World" for Saturn in the Kaiteiban.
- Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number / Reprise Medley: "Triple Dreams" contains reprises "Double Moonlight Romance", "Dead Moon no Kuroi Yume (The Dead Moon's Black Dream)", and "Fukkatsu! Crisis Yurusumaji (Revival! Unforgivable Crisis), then layers those three songs together, and then the company sings the same melody at the end.
- Musical Chores: "Mop, Hop, Step, Jump".
- Show Within a Show: The circus.
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "To a Brand-New World" in the Kaiteiban, in which Saturn is finally introduced as she brings everyone back to life.
- Villain Song: "Dead Moon no Kuroi Yume (The Dead Moon's Black Dream)"
- Adapted Out: Princess Kakyuu and Chibi-Chibi.
- Almost Dead Guy: The song "Sorezore no Elegy (Each One's Elegy)" is built around this trope.
- Barehanded Blade Block: Lord Waka pulls one off in the time travel portion of Act 2.
- Climactic Music: "La Moon", changed to "Solar Miracle Make Up!" in the kaiteiban.
- Image Song: "Chasin' After You" for the Three Lights/Starlights.
- Let's Split Up, Gang: During "Sailor Busters", Usagi suggests that the Senshi split up to search for whatever has been attacking people in the theater.
- Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number / Reprise Medley: "Sailor War Supreme" includes reprises of "Chasin' After You", "La Moon", the original "Sailor War", a rearranged version "Chou Bi! Uranus to Neptune", "Stay Alone", and "To a Brand-New World". Some of those reprises are layered over others, as well as original verses, before the Senshi unite to sing the bridge and final chorus of "Sailor War".
- Show Within a Show: Everything involving the Three Lights singing, as well as Usagi's performance with them in "Knockin' Down Hesitation".
- Villain Song: "Galaxia no Dokusai (Galaxia's Dictatorship)" for Galaxia.
Note: Due to the shared source material, tropes introduced in Sailor Stars will not be duplicated here.
- Adapted Out: Zoisite and Kunzite were written out of the Kaiteiban. Inverted with Princess Kakyuu and Chibi-Chibi, who were written in after being left out of Sailor Stars.
- Art Evolution: Eien Densetsu was the first show to feature live singing instead of lip syncing.
- Beware the Silly Ones: 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 the TV special. Its logo is shown to be nearly the same as the Bandai logo (in real life, Bandai sponsored the musical specials). In a subversion, it's stated to be a separate company that makes omochi (rice cakes), rather than omocha (toys).
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Tuxedo Mask/Endymion is, much to Queen Beryl's delight. In truth, he's just a mud puppet created by Galaxia to manipulate Beryl into doing her dirty work.
- Climactic Music: "La Fatalité Sei Senshi (The Fated Holy Soldiers)"
- Cut Song: "Itsuwari no Forevermore (False Forevermore)", "Tenkuu no Utage (Banquet of the Heavens)", and "Oitsumerarete (Being Cornered)" were all cut from the Kaiteiban.
- Heel-Face Turn: Queen Beryl turns on Galaxia after she realizes that she has been manipulated.
- Image Song: "Toki Michite Kourin" for Princess Kakyuu.
- Rearrange the Song: "Oitsumerarete (Being Cornered)" uses the same melody as "Orleans no Sei Senshi (Holy Soldiers of Orleans)", but is a solo for Sailor Moon.
- Redemption Equals Death: Queen Beryl.
- Sue Donym: Saitou Kun (Kunzite) and Saitou Izou (Zoisite). Subtle.
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Mou ii no (Enough)", when Chibi-Chibi stops the fighting. She then allows Sailor Moon to become Eternal Sailor Moon and turns into the Sealing Sword.
- The Quincy Punk: Who'd imagine that Chaos himself is basically one of these. No, really.
- The Remake: Of Sailor Stars, but with Queen Beryl resurrected to do Galaxia's dirty work.
- Villain Song: "Yami no Hitsugi (Coffin of Darkness)" for Queen Beryl, "Galaxia Gorgeous" for Shadow Galactica, "Tenkuu no Utage (Banquet of the Heavens)" for both.
Shin Densetsu Kourin
- Adapted Out: The Starlights are nowhere to be found.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Tuxedo Mask and King Endymion. They're both Galaxia's puppets. Since Tuxedo Mask died after his Star Seed was taken, King Endymion ceased to exist.
- Climactic Music: "La Soldier"
- Distant Duet: "Shadow On My Sweet Memories".
- Rearrange the Song: "Yami koso Utsukushii ~Galaxia no Iradachi~ (Darkness Is So Beautiful ~Galaxia's Irritation~)" adds a verse for Galaxia in counterpoint during the second verse and chorus of "Yami koso Utsukushii".
- Recycled In Space: Eien Densetsu with the Amazon Trio!
- Show Within a Show: A quiz show in Act 2.
Kaguya Shima Densetsu
- A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: Loof Merrow and her band of pirates, the remanants of a long-lost kingdom.
- Climactic Music: LINK
- Evil Sounds Deep: Dark Plasman has some of the lowest singing parts in the entirety of Sera Myu.
- I Hate You, Mama Bear!: Chibi-Usa.
- Important Haircut: Loof Merrow cuts off her ponytail just before sacrificing herself.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Loof Merrow's shotgun-sword-family heirloom-thing. Also known as Chekhov's Gun.
- Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: Almost literally word for word when it comes to Loof Merrow's pirate buddies. They're Ridiculously Human Robots and Pirates 400 Years Too Late, but not ninjas (and very bad at stealth in general).
- Parental Love Song: King Endymion's verse in "Okaa-san tte nan darou? (What's a "mother"?)".
- Pirate Girl: Loof Merrow.
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Yatto Aeta Ne (At Last, We Met)", when the kittens are finally reunited with their mothers. This number convinces Leah, Bilhah, and Zilpah to make a Heel-Face Turn.
- Theme Naming: In Kaguya Shima Densetsu, Loof Merrow's compatriots, Cern, Serpen, and Kraken, are all named after sea creatures (Cirein-Croin, a sea serpent, and the Kraken, respectively), with the addition of Selkie in Shin Kaguya Shima Densetsu. The cats, Mick, Cook, and Hook, are named after sea captains.
- The Smurfette Principle: Loof Merrow is the only female pirate.
Shin - Henshin - Super Senshi e no Michi ~Last Dracul Jokyoku~
Note: These tropes only apply to things introduced in this version of the Ai no Senshi/Super Senshi e no Michi story.
- Climactic Music: "FIRE"
- Imposter Forgot One Detail: After the Spot the Imposter number "Tuxedo Mission", Usagi identifies the real Tuxedo Mask by the bandage on his neck from an earlier fight.
- Lesbian Vampire: Sailor Neptune.
- Our Vampires Are Different: And Dracul is highly insulted if you don't know this. He even takes the time to correct the Inner Sensei's misconceptions about vampires' weaknesses.
- Recycled In Space: The Sailor Moon S musical, with vampires!
- The Remake: Of the First Stage Sailor Moon S musicals.
Kessen - Transylvania no Mori - Shin Toujou! Chibi-Usa wo Mamoru Senshi-Tachi
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Astarte's fate after the end of Transylvania no Mori is never made clear. She is briefly mentioned in Death Vulcan, but only to the extent of acknowledging that she existed.
- Counter-Earth: A planet called Vulcan is said to be on the other side of the sun.
- Death Seeker: Dark Cain, and he wants to take all of life on Earth with him.
- Demonic Possession: Sheba Shingetsu Astarte, and how. It's even worse in the Kaiteiban, in which she's under Lilith's thrall, is the goddess Astarte/Sailor Astarte, possessed by Death Vulcan, AND Dark Cain is now taking over her soul.
- Dhampyr: Bloody Dracul Vampir. Her mother was human, her father was Count Dracul.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Vampir sacrifices herself at the end to break the curse on the Senshi. There's a less bloody method in the Kaiteiban, though, so she lives through that ending.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Bloody Dracul Vampir 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 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 is still strained. She still loves him as a family member and spends most of this show seeking revenge on Sailor Moon for seemingly killing him at the end of the previous show.
- Image Song: "Honoo no Messenger" for Sailor Mars, "Zigzag Slash" for Sailor Jupiter, and "The Last Change" for Sailor Moon. The Kaiteiban adds "Traditional The Grace ~Ai no Arashi~ (Storm of Love)" for Sailor Venus and "Drive Me the Mercury" for, well, Sailor Mercury.
- Lesbian Vampire: Vampir seems to enjoy playing with Uranus... And when Neptune/Uranus (depending on the version) get turned into vampires themselves.
- Let's Duet: "Mitsumeteite yo (Watch Over Me)"
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Bloody. Dracul. Vampir.
- Not Quite Dead: Count Dracul in the Kaiteiban.
- Rearrange the Song: "Image de mon Pere (Image of my father)" is "Dracul Hakushaku no Kodoku (Count Dracul's Solitude)" from Last Dracul Jokyoku with different lyrics, "Kokoro Tabanete Watchin' On The Sight (Bundle the Heart, Watchin' On The Sight)" is a reworking of "Kokoro Tabanete Makin' For The Right" from Shin Densetsu Kourin, and "Here Comes The Tuxedo Mask" is "Miracle Twister" with different lyrics.
- Staking the Loved One: Pluto has to kill vampire Uranus.
- The Bible: In the Kaiteiban, it's revealed that Cain wrote it to get himself killed.
- The Song Before The Storm: We'll Be The Last Victory is literally before the climax.
Last Dracul Saishuu Shou - Chou Wakusei Death Vulcan no Fuuin
- Cain and Abel: Literally. The Trope Namers are present (Dark Cain and Dracul, respectively) and are the driving forces of the Dracul Arc.
- Climactic Music: "FIRE"
- Cool Big Sis: Mandrako.
- Devil but No God: It's all a trick by Dark Cain to kill everyone.
- Duet Of Differences: "Itan no Juusei (Heretic Multiple Star)" is one for Vulcan and Death Vulcan.
- Manchurian Agent: Mandrako.
- Rearrange the Song: "Wake Up Shining" is "Wake Up! Usagi!" from Last Dracul Jokyoku with different lyrics, "Akuma no Ragnarok (Devil's Ragnarok)" is "Kubisuji wo Sashidase (Present Your Neck!)" from Last Dracul Jokyoku, and "Chikyuu! Crisis Yurusumaji (Earth! Unforgivable Crisis)" is "Fukkatsu! Crisis Yurusumaji!" from Super S musical with different lyrics.
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "The Last Change". Usagi finds her resolve, gets the Ginzuishou back, and finally transforms into Super Sailor Moon.
Toujou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady
- Adapted Out: Inverted in the Kaiteiban. Rubeus and Berthier, who were previously Adapted Out, were included in the Kaiteiban.
- Climactic Music: "Moment Fatal"
- Crosscast Role: Petz is played by a man in the Kaiteiban.
- Cut Song: "Traditional The Grace" and "La Soldier" were cut for the Kaiteiban.
- Image Song: "Forbidden Hades" for Pluto. "Harsh! Saint Cry!!", Uranus and Neptune's song, was introduced in the Kaiteiban.
- Lighter and Softer: This adaptation softens some of the edges of the source material, most notably Demand's advances toward Usagi (likely because Marina Kuroki was 12 years old at the time).
- Rearrange the Song: "Feel So Faraway", a reworking of "Lonely Distance" from Sailor Stars, was added in the Kaiteiban.
- Show Within a Show: The singing competition. It's replaced by Calaveras performing a channeling in the Kaiteiban.
- Single-Minded Twins: Aaron and Mana.
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Kono Kodou Kara Yoru wa Umarenai (The night won't be born from this pulse)"
- Theme Twin Naming: Aaron and Mana are named after things in The Bible.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Part of Demand's Motive Rant in Act 2. He and the Black Moon Clan consider the immortality given by the Silver Crystal unnatural.
- Villain Song: "Kekki! Hangyaku Ichizoku (Rise Up! Rebel Clan)" for the Black Moon Clan, "Innocent Demand" for, well, Demand, and "Black Moon Signal" for Black Lady.
Ai no Sanctuary
Mugen Gakuen - Mistress Labyrinth
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: During "Koi no Senshi ja Irarenai (Can't Just Be Soldiers of Love)", which is basically an introduction for each senshi, involves the senshi being attacked during their solo lines and unable to say their name. Sailor Moon asks the audience to fill in, and the Inners thank them after their intros.
- Climactic Music: "21st Now Millennium Koi no Senshi Ja Irarenai (Can't Just Be Soldiers of Love)", replaced by "Pinky Typhoon in the kaiteiban.
- Irrelevant Act Opener: "Usagi Love Magic"
- Let's Duet: "Destined Couple"
- Villain Song: "Isei Nottori Keikaku (Plan to Conquer the Foreign Star)" for the Death Busters, "Magus Collection" for the Death Busters, and "Seijaku no Hostie (Hostie of Silence)" for Mistress 9 (also doubles as an "I Am" Song).
Starlights - Ryuusei Densetsu
Note: These tropes only apply to things introduced in this version of the Eien Densetsu story.
- Adapted Out: Inverted. Sailors Lead Crow, Iron Mouse, and Metal Papillon (previously only seen in the manga) are now included in Shadow Galactica. Played straight with Princess Kakyuu.
- Climactic Music: "What For!? Shinjitsu no Kajitsu (The Fruit of Truth)"
- Crosscast Role: Three of the Shitennou are played by women.
- Image Song: "Prince of the Earth" for Tuxedo Mask.
- Irrelevant Act Opener: "Tsuki-iro no Syndicate (Moon-Colored Syndicate)"
- Rearrange the Song: "Moon Memories" is "Shadow On My Sweet Memories" with different lyrics, "Dream Koi no Mebae (Dream, Budding Romance)" is Ami's verse from "Dream Yume wa Ookiku" with only a couple different words, and "Yami Koso Utsukushii ~Galaxia no Sakui~ (Darkness Is So Beautiful ~Galaxia's Intent~) changes the lyrics to Galaxia and her minions' counterpoint line.
- Reprise Medley: "What For!? Shinjitsu no Kajitsu (The Fruit of Truth)" is a more straightforward example, reprising "Get Across The Moon", "A Shooting Star Light", "By Heaven! Kami Nomi zo Shiru", and "Prince of the Earth" before the company sings a brief original verse.
- Shout-Out: This show directly references The Phantom of the Opera. Saitou Izou even gives a copy of the book to Ami.
- Sue Donym: J.Taitou/Jadeite joins in on the super subtle naming action.
- The Cast Showoff: "Kaze no Shijin (Poet of the Wind)" lets Shirota Yu (Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask) show off his ability to play the guitar.
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Get Across The Moon"
- Villain Song: "By Heaven! Kami Nomi zo Shiru (Only God Knows)" for the Dark Kingdom and "Get Across The Moon" for Galaxia.
Note: These tropes only apply to things introduced in this show.
- Adapted Out: Inverted. Sailor Aluminum Seiren finally makes an appearance, and Princess Kakyuu is back.
- Climactic Music: "Koi no Senshi Ja Irarenai (Can't Just Be Soldiers of Love)"
- Rearrange the Song: "Jewel Managers Toujou" is Kyaosu's song from Eien Densetsu with different lyrics, "Excite a Ghost Mystery" is "Kick Out a Bloody Mystery" from Eien Densetsu with slightly different lyrics, "Get Across the Moon" is shortened and the music is slightly different, and "Orleans no Sei Senshi ~Uranus to Neptune no Uragiri~ (Holy Soldiers of Orleans ~Uranus and Neptune's Betrayal~) has different lyrics.
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Teikou no Hana (Flower of Resistance)"
Shin Kaguya Shima Densetsu
Note: These tropes only apply to things introduced in this version of the Kaguya Shima Densetsu story.
- Climactic Music: "Junketsu no Narcissism (Pure Narcissism)"
- Irrelevant Act Opener: "Chikyuu Iro wa Salad Time".
- Pirate Girl: Loof Merrow and Selkie.
- Show Within a Show: The performance "Toraware no Artuka (Captured Artuka)".
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Yatto Aeta Ne" (At Last, We Met), "Haha no Ketsumyaku (A Mother's Bloodline)" in the kaiteiban.
- The Remake: Of Kaguya Shima Densetsu.
- Word Salad Lyrics: The aptly named "Chikyuu Iro wa Salad Time (The Color of the Earth is Salad Time)" definitely qualifies.
- Climactic Music: "Inori (Prayer)"
- Dream Within a Dream: Usagi tells Mamoru that she fell asleep while playing a video game, then dreamed that she was playing the game and fell asleep, then dreamed about playing the game and falling asleep in that dream too, and so on and so forth.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: La Reconquista is full of this, as it's a 20th Anniversary special. For instance, there's a gag where Beryl's henchwoman mocks her for "Wearing the same dress for 20 years".
- Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number: "La Reconquista"
- Nothing Personal: Nephrite says it when he stabs Zoisite in the back.
- Pocket Protector: When Zoisite dies, his body turns into a small crystal, which Queen Beryl gives to Endymion. Endymion later survives being slashed with the Holy Sword because Zoisite's crystal deflects the blade away from his heart.
- Shout-Out: Lemures Baba mocks Beryl's red hair and remarks that "she could've played Annie as a child".
- Show Within a Show: The video game show and the Pandemic 4's performance.
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Kakugo (Readiness)"
- Almost Dead Guy: Pluto, as she sings "Not Loneliness".
- Ax-Crazy: Black. Lady.
- Climactic Music: "Ai no Starshine"
- Dark Reprise: "Abracadabra" gets a chilling one at the end of Act 1 as Wiseman leads Chibi-Usa into the darkness.
- Defusing The Tykebomb: Moon attempts this with "Last Wish", but fails. Pluto succeeds at getting through to Black Lady as she's dying in "Not Loneliness".
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Subtly features when the senshi face evil Droid copies of each other. Mars initially attacks Droid-Mercury (fire vs water), and sees that her attack has no effect. The senshi then realize this trope is in play and switch partners, so Jupiter attacks Droid-Mercury (electricity vs water) and Mercury attacks Droid-Mars (water vs fire).
- Girl Group: The Inner Senshi form Usagi Band for a performance at a school festival.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Prince Demand's song "Pure White Goddess" is all about how he now has Usagi under his power. The choreography is him demonstrating his ability to control her body, finally culminating in him straddling and kissing her.
- Image Song: "Chronos Guardian" for Sailor Pluto.
- Involuntary Dance: Demand uses his powers to force Usagi to dance during "Pure White Goddess".
- Obstructive Zealot: Prince Demand.
- Out-of-Character Alert: Makoto realizes that the members of Esmeraude's dance team have been replaced by Droids because one of them addresses her as "Mako-chan", which the real person never did.
- Paint It Black: The Droid Senshi's uniforms are the same as the real Senshi's, but their gloves are black rather than white to differentiate them for the audience.
- Pep Talk Song: "One Heart" is partially one for Usagi as she works through her insecurity and finds the strength to keep searching for her friends on Planet Nemesis.
- Psycho Rangers: The team of Droid Senshi.
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Not Loneliness"
- The Man Behind the Man: Wiseman to the entire Black Moon clan - especially Black Lady - in keeping with the source material. And in a plot twist, Saphir to Demand by way of replacing Demand with a droid.
- The Runt at the End: When Rubeus is introducing the evil Droid copies of the senshi, he says that the Droid copy of Sailor Moon was a failure. Coming onto stage last, it's shorter than any of the other senshi or Droids, flails about erratically when it moves, and behaves generally immature when facing off against Sailor Moon.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Prince Demand discovers that he's actually a Droid created by Saphir.
- Two Scenes, One Dialogue: The show uses this during "Silver and Black" to give the audience the Black Moon Clan's backstory from the Clan and King Endymion's point of view.
- Show Within a Show: The school festival performances.
- Villain Recruitment Song: Wiseman uses "Abracadabra (Dark Reprise)" to lead Chibi-Usa astray.
- Villain Song: "Codename: Replay Operation" for the Black Moon Clan, "Pure White Goddess" for Demand, "When Black Lady Sings" (take a guess), and "Dark Madness" for Saphir
Un Nouveau Voyage
- Adapted Out: Ptilol, Cyprine's twin, does not make an appearance.
- Climactic Music: Every movement of "Piano Arrangement: Light of Destruction".
- Contralto of Danger: Kaolinite.
- Creepy Child: Hotaru whenever Mistress 9 is influencing her, especially at the end of Act 1.
- Determinator: Super Sailor Moon during the final battle with Pharaoh 90.
- Distant Duet: "A Small Sparkle"
- "I Am" Song: Inverted; Hotaru sings "Who Am I?"
- Idol Singer: Haruka and Mimete (alias Hanyu Mimi) are both idols.
- "I Know You're In There Somewhere" Song: "A Chain of Thought". Sailor Moon gives the Ginzuishou to Mistress 9 because she trusts that Hotaru is Fighting from the Inside and will protect it. Her Heroic Sacrifice convinces the rest of the Inner Senshi to believe in Hotaru as well as they reprise it.
- Image Song: "Eye of the Storm" for Uranus and Neptune.
- Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number / Reprise Medley: "Piano Arrangement Mvt. 2: Awakening" includes reprises of "The Awakening" and "The Time Is Near". Similarly, "Mvt. 3: Decline and Rebirth" reprises "A Beam of Light" and Saturn sings a brief, darker reprise of "A Small Sparkle" at the very end as she destroys Pharaoh 90.
- Show Within a Show: Haruka's concert at the very beginning.
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Music of the Spheres" and the appearance of Super Sailor Moon.
- Villain Recruitment Song: "The Road to Infinity Academy" is one in disguise.
- Villain Song: "The Awakening" for the Death Busters, "Chosen One" for Professor Tomoe, and Mystic Beauty for The Witches 5