Theatre Thursdays: Sailor Moon Musical 2014

Sera Myu Petite Etrangere CastFollowing the success of last summer’s La Reconquista, Sailor Moon will once again take to the stage in an all new musical production. This summer’s presentation is titled Petite Étrangere (“Little Stranger”) and will focus on the Black Moon arc of the manga, which makes up the latter portion of the anime’s second season. The majority of the La Reconquista cast has been confirmed to return. So far the only replacement is Koyama Momoyo, who’s stepping into the role of Sailor Mercury in place of Matsuura Miyabi.

Personally, this news makes me very excited. For starters, the fact that Yamato Yuuga is returning as Tuxedo Mask implies that this will be another all-female cast, which is great. Additionally, I am anxious to see how the cast has improved now that they’ve had so much experience working together and being on stage.

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New Sailor Moon Fansub Group!

Sea of SerenityAttention all Moonies!

Hey everyone, guess what? There’s a brand-new Sailor Moon fansub group known as Sea of Serenity! There aren’t many active groups subtitling Sailor Moon these days, and even fewer who are exclusive to the series, so it’s awesome to see one pop up.

You wanna know what’s even more awesome? Sea of Serenity has made the musicals a priority and I am just ecstatic about it! While I am thankful to all the groups who have worked to subtitle the musicals, none have ever managed to complete the entire series. As such, the musicals have had a real lack of consistency in their translation and subtitling style. Sea of Serenity has made it their mission to get all the musicals subtitled and create the first complete, consistent translation of the whole of Sera Myu.

Because I’ve been having some computer troubles, I haven’t been able to download any of the videos from their site yet, but I’m fairly certain they are an evolution of a group who subbed a couple of musicals a few years ago and, if so, I really enjoyed their products. They’ve also got lyric translations available on their site, so even though I haven’t been able to watch their latest subs, I can still get a feel for their work, and I’m definitely a fan. In addition to translations, they also include the romaji so those of us who can’t read Japanese can sing along! This is one of my favorite features because I love singing along but sometimes can’t find the Romanization for a given song and have to go by ear. As you can imagine, this is not particularly accurate since I don’t know the language.

The site is brand new, so there are still quite a few empty sections, but what’s there so far is great. So far there are seven musicals fully subbed along with translator’s notes and even a karaoke option (I don’t know exactly how that works, but again, yay for singing along!); over 20 song translations; and some general info about the various incarnations of Sailor Moon (Manga, Anime, PGSM, etc.) which seems to imply they will be branching out from the musicals in the future.

I look forward to supporting this site as it grows and hope you will too!

Web Crush Wednesdays: Evan MacIsaac

jr9fangirls1111Happy Wednesday! Today’s Web Crush is on a Sailor Moon fan who has carved out possibly the most unique niche for himself in the fandom. If you follow Sailor Moon blogs on Tumblr, chances are you’ve seen gifs of this fan—he’s the guy who makes music videos in construction paper cosplay:

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Your Best Bets for Feminist Halloween Entertainment

Happy Halloween, everyone! All month long I’ve been talking about some of my favorite spooky entertainment and today I’m going to put together my ultimate entertainment recommendations for getting the feminist most out of your Halloween.

These are simply my opinions and based solely on things I’ve seen, so if something you love doesn’t make the list, let me know! Maybe I just haven’t seen it and can fall in love with something new.

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Review: La Reconquista

Sailor Moon- La Reconquista- PosterAfter months of anticipation I finally got to view the new Sera Myu, La Reconquista. Though the official DVD is not yet available for purchase, it was possible to buy a “net ticket” and watch a streamed performance. These net tickets were only available to Japanese viewers, but thankfully various fans were able to work together to record the stream and subtitle it. Full credit to those involved, as well as the video download, can be found here.

So, what were my opinions? They are to be found under the cut!

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Web Crush Wednesdays: Meekakitty

Hello all, it’s time for another Web Crush dedicated to a lovely YouTuber. This week it’s Meekakitty, AKA Tessa.

jr9fangirls1111I first came across Tessa when this video showed up in my recommendations on YouTube and I instantly liked her:

Yeah, hello, anyone who recreates the Sera Myu choreography (flawlessly, by the way) and performs every soldier’s part by herself is going to be pretty cool in my book. I kept coming back to this video for the dancing (again, flawless) and decided to check out what else she’d done since I could see she had a lot of videos uploaded and seemed like a fun and personable user.

As I started getting into Tessa’s videos, I saw a lot of interesting content. Many of the videos were intelligent, creative, funny, or (most often) a combination of the three.

She does a lot of music videos too, which are always fun to watch and are really well-made and fantastically edited:

With all this talent to be enjoyed, I very quickly subscribed to Tessa’s channel. I was a little bit overwhelmed by how many videos she’d made though and the close relationship she seemed to have with her followers. I was so intimidated, in fact, that I was hesitant to write about her as a Web Crush. She’s been uploading videos for years and I’ve only recently become a fan so I’m not really an authority on her or anything. The earliest video on her page is dated 2008, but according to the comments, it’s not actually her first video so I don’t even know how long she’s been YouTubing. I realized, though, that I don’t have to be an authority on something or someone in order to say that I like them and want to share it, so here I am, doing just that.

Currently, I believe Tessa and her creative partner Shawna (who appears frequently in her videos) are working on a film. I don’t know much about it, but I’m excited for it, because they are two very creative and talented young women. Even though I’m late to the Meekakitty party, I’m having a lovely time and I invite you to join as well, if you haven’t already.