Sailor Moon” has been serialized in the girls’ manga magazine “Nakayoshi” since 1991, and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. In 2014, “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Crystal,” a new animated series that faithfully depicts the original story by Naoko Takeuchi, was launched. In 2014, “Sailor Moon Crystal,” a new animation by Naoko Takeuchi that faithfully depicts the original story, was launched, and the first part of the theatrical version of “Sailor Moon Eternal,” which was announced as the 25th anniversary project, was finally released on January 8.
This is the first time in 25 years that the main character, Super Sailor Moon / Usagi Tsukino, and the other Sailor Senshi of love and justice have appeared on screen. The film depicts the first love between Chibi-Usa and Pegasus (Elyos) and the growth of the Sailor Senshi in the fourth season of the original “Dead Moon Arc”.
No matter how much time passes, the charm of “Sailor Moon” never fades away. The charm of “Sailor Moon” is not only its unique characters and cute costumes and transformation items that any girl would adore, but also the authentic battle scenes against the enemy and the human drama with delicate psychological descriptions that you would not expect from a girls’ series. To be honest, I couldn’t understand all of it when I was a child, but as an adult, I’m amazed at how well-crafted the story is.
What makes the appeal of “Sailor Moon” even stronger are the many songs that attract adults as well. Not only the theme song but also the character songs of the Sailor Senshi have been released countless times. Although this is a personal memory and not an original song, I was shocked at a young age to hear Kari’s “Azusa No. 2” used as an insert song in the 99th episode of “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S”.
One of the most famous songs from “Sailor Moon” that everyone knows is “Moonlight Densetsu”, the first opening theme song sung by the idol group DALI. Kanako Oda, who has written songs for famous artists such as B.B. Queens and DEEN, wrote the lyrics and Daria Kawashima (under the name Tetsuya Komoro) composed the music for this song, which always ranks high in TV anime song rankings.
Normally, when I hear about a fantasy where girls transform and fight, I think of cute and pop songs. In contrast, “Moonlight Densetsu” has a lyrical melody in a minor key. The first phrase of the song, “I’m sorry I’m not honest enough,” is what really grabbed my attention. As you can see from the lyrics, “Guided by the light of the moon, we meet again and again,” this song is about Sailor Moon’s (Usagi) feelings for her lover from her previous life, Tuxedo Mask (Mamoru Jiba).
On the other hand, “Otome’s Policy” sung by Yoko Ishida (now known as Yoko Ishida), the ED theme song of “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R,” has a bright melody and expresses the earnestness of Usagi. The song is not only cute, but also has impressive positive lyrics such as “I will never give up no matter how hard it gets” and “There’s nothing scary about it. Sailor Moon” is a story of Sailor Senshi who fight for peaceful life and their loved ones, and many of the songs give the girls who watch it the courage to step out not only to be protected, but sometimes for someone else or for their own dreams.
One such song is the pop tune “Let’s Go “Nuri” Ikimasho,” which has been used as the ending theme song for the second half of “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon SuperS” and the second part of the current movie. The lyrics of this song were written by Takeuchi himself, the author of the original story, and the song, with its lively accompaniment, tells the story of the “adolescent age” and the love that wavers between children and adults. The phrase “I’m trying to get back together with someone older than me” is particularly mature, and I’m sure many people were thrilled when this song was first played.
And one of the most famous songs among the fans is “Moon Revenge” sung by the five Sailor Senshi. This song became the ending theme song for the first theatrical version of the series, “Sailor Moon R”, which details the relationship between Usagi and the other warriors and gives a strong sense of the bond between them. The song was played after Usagi overcame such a fierce battle that she lost her life at one point, and it seems that just listening to it brings back the emotions of that time and makes many people cry. Since “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R” is the second in the anime series, “R” is thought to be “return,” but this song can also be interpreted as “revenge. The first film in the series had a shocking ending, with the Sailor Senshi dying one after another in battle, so the spirit of Usagi, who risked her life to protect everyone in the “R” film, and the strong feelings of the like-minded warriors were expressed in the uncanny melody of “Moon Revenge.
Time flies, and the theme song for the theatrical version of “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Eternal” will be sung by Momoiro Clover Z with Sailor 5 Senshi. The theme song “Tsukiiro Chainon” inherits the world view of “Sailor Moon” with its long history, with a magnificent melody and lyrics that evoke the strength and compassionate hearts of the Sailor Senshi. The song was composed by Akiko Kosaka, who also wrote “Tuxedo Mirage,” a song about Usagi’s sad feelings for Tuxedo Mask (incidentally, the lyrics, “White Rose Sumire,” were written by Naoko Takeuchi under a different name). Also, the ED theme for the first part of the series is “Watashi ni Naritakute” written by Yasushi Akimoto from the past anime series, as is the theme for the second part of the series, “‘Noke’ Ikimasho. With the exception of Kotoko Mitsuishi, who plays Usagi, the voice cast of “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Eternal” has been completely revamped, and the illustrations have also been updated. I hope people of all ages will feel the coming of a new era with the new and old songs and enjoy the world of the legendary “Sailor Moon”, which will soon celebrate its 30th anniversary.