Latest Sailor Moon Musical Reveals Brand-New Main Cast, October Debut
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The website Comic Natalie revealed the five new main actresses in the fourth 20th-anniversary stage musical of Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga on Wednesday. The musical will debut with an initial run at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo venue from October 15 to 23, before moving to Canal City Theater in Fukuoka from October 29 to 30, and then Sankei Hall Breeze in Osaka from November 4 to 6.
From left to right, the new cast members are:
- Kaede as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
- Hikari Kuroki as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
- Hotaru Nomoto as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon
- Karen Kobayashi as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars
- Rimo Hasegawa as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus
Takeuchi was part of the panel judging auditions for the new cast. The staff of the musical will reveal images of the main cast in costume in a few days.
The cast is replacing the main cast from Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Un Nouveau Voyage-, the third new stage play celebrating the manga's 20th anniversary. The former cast graduated after the third musical finished its run. Nomoto is the sixth actress to play the title character in a stage musical, including those who played Sailor Moon in the first string of productions that ran from 1993 to 2005. Nomoto said her favorite character is actually Chibiusa, while Kobayashi (Sailor Mars) is a fan of the former Sailor Jupiter actress Yu Takahashi and had attended Takahashi's final run last year.
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Un Nouveau Voyage- ran last September at AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo. A home video release of the musical was released on February 24. It features recorded footage from the stage production itself, as well as a round table discussion between Karin Takahashi (Sailor Saturn), Yūga Yamato (Tuxedo Mask), Shū Shiootsuki (Sailor Uranus), Sayaka Fujioka (Sailor Neptune), and Mikako Ishii (Sailor Pluto). It will also have footage of the "graduation ceremony" of Satomi Okubo (Sailor Moon), Momoyo Koyama (Sailor Mercury) Kanon Nanaki (Sailor Mars), Yu Takahashi (Sailor Jupiter), and Shiori Sakata (Sailor Venus).
Source: Comic Natalie