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As news has come out that shoujo series Shugo Chara! will soon be receiving an adaptation as a stage musical, it might be a good time to review past musicals based on popular anime: the Inuyasha musical and (of course) the Sailor Moon SeraMyu…

The famous Sailor Moon series of musicals (also known as セラミュー / SeraMyu) ran from 1993 to 2005, with 4 different actresses playing the lead role of Usagi and several “graduations” of the main cast as the performers aged over the long production run.

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The musicals far outlived the TV series and manga (which both ended in 1997), and became something of an icon in themselves, spawning many CD albums and VHS/DVD video releases.

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The musical mostly dealt with stories adapted from the manga and TV series, but also included some original storylines.

The general tone of the stories presented in the musicals will be no surprise to those who followed the classic shoujo series in the 90s (as did I – my first PVC figure was one of Minako / Sailor Venus).

Transformation sequences were mostly dealt with off stage, but battles had to be done with a variety of on-stage special effects and pyrotechnics. I will leave you to ponder what such a thing looked liked, as I have had trouble in acquiring any decent photos of said displays…

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The Inuyasha musical was staged in 2001 by Shinkansen Parcomics, covering key parts of the manga up to tankoubon #6 (up to around episode 20 in the TV series).

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The production included series highlights such as Kagome’s trip through time into feudal Japan, the battle with Yura, and Kikyo’s resurrection.

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The musical was a limited-time affair, ending in less than a year with the introduction of the monk Miroku (meaning Sango was not among the cast).

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As for the Shugo Chara! musical, it was announced by way of an advertisement for an audition in the March issue of De☆View, a show business rag.

The audition ad seeks females aged 10 – 18, and is reproduced on the De☆View website.

Plans seems set to start sometime later this year, although no definite times have been announced, nor have any details of the intended storyline. The location of the musical is known however – the Ginza Hakuninkan theatre.

More details on the Shugo Chara! musical are available at the De☆View news page.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:55 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    kagome! what have they done

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:09 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    THE BEST. Really looking forward to this.

    Comment by himitsuu
    01:40 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol. There was an Inuyasha musical? xD
    Haven't heard of it until now.
    Let's see.. what other famous musicals are out there..
    Bleach Musical wasn't that bad. It was good, imo.
    The Tennis no Oujisama myu, too.

    I had a hard time acquiring that HxH musical. I don't know if it was good.. :/

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    Comment by t//B
    23:46 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those are some pretty impressive costumes...

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    Comment by sayumin☆
    00:44 05/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't Maeda Yuuka going to be Amu? That's going to be terrible... A little monkey with a giraffe neck xDD

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    Comment by metatron
    11:50 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The audition ad seeks females aged 10 - 18, and is reproduced on the De☆View website."

    relevant to my interest XDD

    Comment by Mechwarrior
    08:11 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, maybe it wont be so bad. Im itching to see Spider-Man The Musical!

    Comment by Kyo
    23:08 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about.....

    A BROADWAY-STYLED DRAGON BALL Z MUSICAL?

    I can play Nappa!

    Comment by kenjiharima
    21:48 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    reminds me of School Rumble's live performance that was great, though the Eri there could have been cast better.

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    17:44 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:39 11/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just when I needed a new hero, you came along.

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    Comment by Tomoya
    17:54 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    nooo i will have nightmare

    pretty soldier sailor moon
    his grin make me shiver
    argh

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    Comment by Tomoya
    17:55 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    err 1 more time i mean "her"

    Comment by Yoichi
    18:55 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I strongly sensed that trap is applied here, though..

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    Comment by unicogirl
    17:25 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I looked all over for the Inuyasha musical, and found nothing! Its like someone made it up.

    Hmm, I guess Shugo Chara would make a proper musical.
    Gonna be weird when the actors look nothing like the characters they portray.

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    Comment by Quen
    17:40 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was indeed hard finding information on it for the article, but I did recall reading up on it years ago so I kept searching.

    Furinkan.com (a Takahashi information site) had something on it somewhere in there Inuyasha area.

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    Comment by unicogirl
    18:02 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks.
    I'm gonna see if I have this one website saved. Under Internet Archive, it had some info about it, but the site itself is dead and gone.

    I am surprised there is not a lot of info about it - even doing Japanese searches, and I am more surprised at the lack of an internet upload, I mean...it's the freakin internet! How did this slip by?

    I can type on Youtube and find a Bleach Musical, and back stage footage of the actors, even find SeraMyu shows, but this? Like a Ghost.

    *looks at Anon comment* 0_o oookay

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No.

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    Comment by Gantz_Playboy
    06:50 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ehhh....I still like the "Bleach rock musical: sabien"- they had a sexy Orihime played by Rei Yoshii ...then I saw her toppless in "Love my life"...so I was pleased.

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    12:38 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I saw Bleach musical too.I'm impressed that choose actors that have uncanny resemblances to their manga/anime counterpart.

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    Comment by Jade
    18:43 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    nothing being mention about Sakura Taisen musical theater???
    im in despair

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    Comment by Quen
    18:57 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry - I didn't want to make it too long...

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    Comment by reggie
    18:07 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    shugo chara musical....
    somehow i hope mizuki nana's in there




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