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  • Stephane Dumas
    I spotted this info on the newsgroup alt.fan.sailor-moon, thanks for reading, arigato Stéphane Dumas ... anyone ... know ... want to ... who ... expectations
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 3, 2012
      I spotted this info on the newsgroup alt.fan.sailor-moon, thanks for
      reading, arigato
      Stéphane Dumas




      Le jeudi 17 décembre 2009 21:49:51 UTC-5, RRViper a écrit :
      > Hey folks,
      >
      >
      >
      > For anyone who reading this, be warned that this e-mail is long. As
      anyone
      > whose read my writhing in a.h.s-m. in the Storytellers items, you'll
      know
      > that I can type a lot. So in case you've got time to kill, you may
      want to
      > try this at a later time.
      >
      >
      >
      > Now that's out of the way, let's get started.
      >
      > I'm going to start off with my opinions of the characters themselves,
      who
      > played them, and just general opinions. Also I think I'll give general
      > reviews of the Super Dance Lesson, and Kirai Super Live.
      >
      >
      >
      > I think we all agree that we as fans of Sailor Moon we had high
      expectations
      > of the show and in my case, I wondered how it would turn out, which
      was why
      > I held off for a lot longer than I should of. Even though I know this is
      > way after the fact but since I believe in "Better Late than Never".
      >
      > So "Here We Go" (sorry about the bad pun, but I couldn't resist):
      >
      > Miyu Sawai plays Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino, and overall I thought the
      roll
      > was played well. I think of Usagi as our lovable klutz, a little cry
      > babyish, always late, and pretty na�ve, not to mention able to pack more
      > food away then the rest of the senshi put together (including the
      Outers and
      > Starlights). With live action, Miyu eating the way Usagi does wouldn't
      > allow her to keep her figure long, so that was minimized, as was her
      > klutziness unless she bumped into someone as part of the story (as with
      > Marmoru among others). Her naivet� was brought up a lot during the show,
      > although not always her fault, as the other senshi kept enough
      secrets from
      > her as part of the plotline. I was also glad to see that they kept her
      > tardiness as well. However, she was believable, and effective when being
      > around other characters, befriending them, putting them at ease, and
      in the
      > case of Mio Kroki, a willingness to forgive even those who did her
      wrong.
      > If Mio did half the crap to almost any other Senshi, she'd be planted
      on her
      > behind.
      >
      > The verbal battles with Marmoru were about the same as the anime I
      enjoyed
      > the verbal battle when they finally introduce themselves by reading
      their
      > name badges.
      >
      > It took me a long time to get used to her not having the blonde hair and
      > odangos of Usagi that I know from the anime. As Sailor Moon, it looked
      > right overall. The transformation sequence sort of worked for me;
      however
      > the costume, the stances, and overall movements as Sailor Moon were
      about
      > what I expected. By "almost", the costume was about dead on to what I
      > expected, the stances and battle phrases worked for me overall, but I
      > expected a little more fear from her in her first battles other than
      Act 1,
      > at least until she got used to the powers more.
      >
      > As Princess Sailor Moon, I've got 1 word for you: W-O-W. Talk about an
      > exact opposite of Usagi. Confident, unforgiving, cold, calculating,
      and raw
      > power made for an impressive (and deadly) combination. It made me
      wonder if
      > some of the scenes Miyu did as Usagi had to be redone in order to
      prepare
      > the shock value for the audience when Princess Sailor Moon finally
      arrived.
      >
      > Overall I loved how Miyu played the role, and with all the aspects of
      it did
      > a great job.
      >
      > Chisaki Hama plays Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury. Introvert doesn't even
      begin
      > to describe this character. This version is Ami is primarily
      interested in
      > the simple approval of her mother and to become a doctor, but as a
      loner,
      > she desperately wants friendship, but then doesn't really know how to
      handle
      > it when it becomes available through Usagi. During the series, she does
      > become more confident, especially after the Dark Sailor Mercury arc. The
      > scenes with Naru and Ami were nice to see some confidence building as
      well.
      > Although my only question is why her glasses weren't around more
      often. She
      > looked good in them.
      >
      > I found it interesting that they did decide to go into her back-story
      more
      > than in the anime. The episodes with her mother were interesting to
      watch
      > when Ami finally chose to make a stand.
      >
      >
      >
      > As Sailor Mercury, her transformation sequence was one of the rare
      times you
      > actually got to see that beautiful smile of hers, and I was hoping to
      see it
      > more often in the show, but no such luck. And I loved the evil grin
      she got
      > to do before the first Dark Sailor Mercury transformation; you just knew
      > something bad was about to happen. In fact, I was hoping that after
      the arc
      > was over it would help out with later battles and confidence in everyday
      > life.
      >
      >
      >
      > Getting to the Sailor Mercury uniform, I'm not sure where to begin
      here. I
      > like the wig's design but was it just me or is it too light in color. As
      > for the uniform, the uniform seemed to fit rightly in the early
      episodes but
      > seemed odd in later episodes. Maybe it was just me. The attacks where
      ehh;
      > The Aqua Mist and Aqua Storm I didn't buy it all, although her
      creations of
      > swords and her use of them as well countered that problem, although I'll
      > just chalk the regular attacks to problems with the special effects. The
      > Dark Sailor Mercury uniform was to say the least interesting and
      combined
      > with the attitude used made for a frightening combo. I have to admit
      > though; I was expecting her visor to appear sooner or later and was
      > disappointed when it didn't show.
      >
      >
      >
      > Overall, the performance was good, but the attacks needed some work, but
      > Mercury is usually a defender for a majority of the attacks in the
      anime and
      > let the other Senshi do the damage, so I wonder if it was good idea
      to stray
      > from that. I also wondered if Chisaki found the role difficult to do.
      >
      >
      >
      > For Raye Hino/Sailor Mars, it was acted by Keiko Kitagawa. I think Keiko
      > enjoyed the role, and it showed through her work. As Raye, she looked
      and
      > acted the part; in fact probably out of all 5 actresses who played
      senshi,
      > Keiko would win my vote as "Actress who looks most like their anime
      > counterpart."
      >
      >
      >
      > The storyline here was also interesting. Loner due to a choice other
      than
      > her own (namely her father) and growing up alone, trust is a word
      that is
      > not in Raye's dictionary.
      >
      > Even when she became a Senshi, she wanted little to nothing to do
      with Usagi
      > or Ami, and was more than willing to be at odds with the others when she
      > felt right to do so.
      >
      > The relationship with Usagi differs from the anime; Raye doesn't get
      into
      > the 1-Upmanship with Usagi, but rather sticks to her guns, no matter
      who it
      > ticks off, Makoto and Minako in particular. However, Raye does show that
      > she does care in her own way. Actually the main bonding with Raye
      looked to
      > be more with Minako, as the best way I can describe it is friendly
      rivals.
      >
      > It did make me wonder if anyone at the temple watched over her, since
      there's
      > no Grandpa in the picture. I doubt her father did, and the scenes that
      > were shown between them were "car wreck" material to me in the fact
      that you
      > felt bad watching them fight it out, but you couldn't tear yourself away
      > from it. Add to the fact Raye doesn't show much emotion normally that
      when
      > she does is like a dam bursting and the floodwaters laying waste to
      > anything. And the scenes after Raye finding out the results of Minako
      from
      > Artemis.again, wow. Let me put it this way: it takes a lot to get me to
      > tear up and it even got me.
      >
      >
      > As Sailor Mars, this was one I had a love/hate relationship with;
      loved the
      > attacks, hated the uniform with the hair. The "Youma Taisan" looked
      like it
      > could do damage, and her talismans from being a priestess were a welcome
      > sight. The Burning Mandala looked pretty darn cool, and it was too
      bad that
      > it came so late in the series. As for the uniform, it didn't seem
      balanced
      > with the body. I don't know if there was extra hair involved or the
      ribbon
      > looked out of place, but something bugged me about it. The
      transformation
      > sequence was believable though, and smooth, in fact I buy it more
      than Usagi's
      > or Ami's.
      >
      >
      > Keiko overall did a great job as Raye, and pretty good as Sailor Mars.
      >
      >
      > Myu Azuma played the role of Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter. Like Raye,
      Makoto
      > is also let alone due to the deaths of her parents, as well as other
      people
      > leaving her during her life, but it doesn't turn her cold like it
      seems to
      > do to Raye. Determined, yes, but not hard-hearted. Even when Usagi meets
      > up with her is almost straight out the anime, but even while guarded
      Makoto
      > is friendly towards Usagi. So in a way, Makoto is more of a loner due to
      > her reputation and due to her belief that no one wants to stay with her
      > where Raye is a loner more by choice. I thought Myu did a good job
      showing
      > how to be a tomboy and be feminine by not being feminine. The scenes
      with
      > Motoki were great in drawing out Makoto, and it was nice to see her
      start to
      > like him. I loved the scene where Makoto's idea of remodeling involved a
      > sledgehammer. And tell me you didn't want to give her a hug after she
      was
      > out in the rain in Act 6.
      >
      >
      > As for the bond with Usagi, Makoto was willing to help out Usagi
      whether if
      > it was involving homework, training, or going so far as being Usagi when
      > needed.
      >
      >
      >
      > The Sailor Jupiter transformation sequence is probably my favorite of
      the
      > bunch; everything matches up, no wasted movement, no awkward
      movements, and
      > hey, I miss the little part the Makoto in the anime wears the
      ponytail. My
      > only complaint is I wish the hair were longer in the ponytail, but oh
      well.
      > The pose at the end with lightning all around looks great too, so
      great job
      > on the special effects there. As for attacks, the Supreme Thunder
      again is
      > a hit; it's believable in doing damage. The Flower Hurricane was ehh,
      hard
      > to buy and I was glad I didn't see it too much.
      >
      >
      >
      > Overall I'd say Makoto other than Usagi changed the most during the
      series,
      > and the results were nice to see, and it's nice to see Makoto
      actually have
      > a chance at love for once. ^_^
      >
      >
      > When all that's said and done, I thought Myu did wonderfully as both
      Makoto
      > and Sailor Jupiter.
      >
      > Last, but not least is Ayaka Komatsu as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus. Of all
      > the Senshi characters, this was the one that had the biggest makeover.
      > Anime Minako wants to be an idol, and her personality would be one I
      call
      > light and bubbly overall, which made her a great match with Usagi. This
      > Minako is solemn, detached, and sulky, even when she's playing the idol
      > role. It makes me wonder how she remains popular. Originally, I did not
      > see Act Zero before the rest of the series so I was surprised when
      hearing
      > how Minako knew Usagi was Sailor Moon (and how Tuxedo Kamen knew who
      Sailor
      > Venus was for that matter). Of all the Senshi, while everyone but Usagi
      > could be described as loners, Minako is a loner by her own choosing.
      Part
      > of it may be due to her illness, part of it gaining her Senshi powers
      first,
      > her memories and duties of her past, or all of the above. Even Usagi
      has a
      > hard time getting Minako to like her, although it may be due to being
      star
      > struck in her presence, and the fact that Minako believes Usagi is not
      > Sailor material.
      >
      >
      >
      > One note I want to put in though: remember that Minako was primarily a
      > protector, i.e. a warrior in her past life, and was the first to gain
      her
      > Sailor Powers. Usagi was not brought up as a warrior, and of the 5 while
      > she may be the unofficial leader, Usagi has the least battle experience
      > mentally due to the lack of hardships when compared to the other 4.
      >
      >
      >
      > What peaked my interest was the whole Minako-Rei battle throughout the
      > series. While at odds over whether the past has control over the
      present,
      > the two butt heads over everything. Now Minako brings Raye into her
      world
      > as a "punishment," then is annoyed when Raye takes over various
      things in a
      > game of 1-Upsmanship. Although when it comes to a head in the game show
      > with everyone else jumping into the fray, it is nice to see Minako
      laugh and
      > smile for once.
      >
      >
      >
      > Another twist was the whole Princess thing. The series went on for a
      while
      > giving you the belief that Venus was the Princess until it was
      revealed that
      > Usagi was the Princess. Although the demeanor that Minako played
      right into
      > that belief, and for that I was impressed.
      >
      >
      >
      > Notice though while everyone calls each other by their regular name when
      > they're transformed, Minako sticks to their Sailor names. In a way I
      liked
      > that; keep in mind you're fighting the enemy in disguise, so why
      would you
      > say your name of who you are?
      >
      >
      >
      > The transformation for Venus is interesting, athletic, but it didn't
      get my
      > attention very much. However, Ayaka dressed as Sailor Venus was dead
      on. I
      > thought it was the most accurate of the bunch, and if Sailor Venus of
      the
      > anime went into real flesh and blood, you'd get this version. As for
      > abilities, her usual attack even though unnamed was probably close to
      the
      > Crescent Beam attack of the anime, and the Venus Love Me Chain worked as
      > expected, so in that aspect, I thought the Venus character was well
      that out
      > and Ayaka made it work.
      >
      >
      >
      > I suppose I should mention Minako's death scene a little bit. Yes all
      the
      > signs were being shown, including the long walk in the white
      corridor, but I
      > was hoping that I was wrong, which wasn't the case. The whole setup was
      > affective, and kudos to the writers for setting this one up. All I
      can say
      > is if you didn't feel a bit sad about that letter scene, I'm betting you
      > never saw it.
      >
      >
      >
      > At the end though Ayaka had to run the viewer through just about every
      > emotion in the book, which I'd expect would be difficult for any
      actress.
      > And while her role differed greatly from the Minako I know and love,
      I felt
      > she did an excellent job with both.
      >
      >
      >
      > With the senshi covered let's turn to our other allies:
      >
      >
      >
      > So let's begin with Marmoru Chiba/Tuxedo Kamen/Prince Endymion/Metaria
      > Endymion, played by Jouji Shibue. Sailor Moon's guardian, a jewel thief,
      > and all around mystery man, Jouji covered a lot of ground. As Mamrou, an
      > amnesiac who's trying to find himself, it's interesting as I said
      earlier
      > the verbal battles with Usagi. Yet when he finds out by accident
      Usagi is
      > Sailor Moon, he also realizes how much she cares for him and him for
      her.
      > The twist here is of course is Hina, Mamoru's childhood friend and
      fianc�.
      > This made for an interesting story plot for quite a while.
      >
      >
      >
      > As Tuxedo Kamen, no roses to play with this time, but his ever
      present cane
      > worked well, and while I'm glad I didn't have to see his transformation
      > sequence, the corny version in the extras was more than enough to
      see. As
      > Prince Endymion, the knight costume looked great on him, and his ability
      > with a sword was realistic enough. His death scenes were good as well.
      >
      >
      >
      > Overall Marmoru was possibly the character that changed the least of
      all the
      > "good guys," and Jouji played it well.
      >
      >
      >
      > Finally we have Luna, a combination of a stuffed animal, a cgi
      creation, and
      > later on, a knowledgeable girl with a liking of various toys who can
      turn
      > into a Senshi as well. Played by Rina Koike, in a way she plays the
      roles of
      > mentor, fighter, and a little comedy relief thrown in there. Is it
      just me
      > or did the writers combine the characters of Luna and Chibi-Usa
      together to
      > make Luna for the live action? There are quite a few similarities here.
      > Overall, Rina played the part well.
      >
      >
      >
      > General thoughts:
      >
      >
      >
      > The good guys: Overall I liked them, and a great job was done by all.
      >
      >
      >
      > The bad guys: I'll go into them in detail another time, but even though
      > they were "evil" I couldn't find myself hating them. Beryl and the
      Shittenou
      > were a joy to watch in action. In fact, the only one I actually
      loathed was
      > Mio Kuroki throughout the entire series and the only one I was glad was
      > destroyed in the Special Act
      >
      >
      >
      > The others: It was nice to see that Naru and Motoki playing larger
      roles in
      > the show.
      >
      >
      >
      > For the Super Dance Lesson:
      >
      >
      >
      > Did anyone notice during "C'est La Vie" there were a few mistakes? I
      think
      > Venus was a little early on one of the windmill parts early in the
      act, and
      > you can see Jupiter clearly out of sync going into the closing.
      Probably the
      > biggest one though may have been done by Mercury at the middle of the
      > closing by starting late, and you could see the quick expression on
      her face
      > she knew it too.
      >
      >
      >
      > The scene switches to the Karaoke Room, where Luna tries her dancing
      moves
      > without much luck. Bring on Usagi and Makoto to help out, which lead
      into
      > "Here We Go," one of Usagi's character songs, and Makoto and Luna
      show how
      > to do some of the moves for it.
      >
      >
      >
      > After that, we switch to "Romance," one of Minako's character songs,
      but it's
      > Usagi showing the steps. Switch back to Makoto, Usagi, and Luna to dance
      > for us.
      >
      >
      >
      > After that it's transformation time! Sailor Moon, Sailor Jupiter, and
      > Sailor Luna appear for Kirari Sailor Dream. However they don't show
      us how
      > to do the moves for this one.
      >
      >
      >
      > For Kirai Sailor Live:
      >
      >
      >
      > Man I would've liked to be there in person for that one, but ahh well.
      >
      >
      >
      > The show opens up with five Senshi hidden in the shadows dancing to
      "Kirari
      > Sailor Dream -Memorial Instrumental Mix." When I was digging through old
      > messages, someone had mentioned that they were different than our
      original
      > actresses. I'm inclined to agree, assuming especially that not much time
      > passes between the end of the dance and the start of the first play
      scene
      > (about 45 seconds). However I didn't see any mistakes done during the
      > scene.
      >
      >
      >
      > Enter Usagi, who as usual is running incredibly late. She exits and
      Raye,
      > Makoto, and Ami appear, telling us why Usagi is late. Minako appears as
      > well and the four leave together. As they leave, Usagi appears again
      in a
      > change of clothes, talks to the crowd, and heads out the other side. She
      > reappears first and the rest join her on stage.
      >
      >
      >
      > I especially like the dirty look Makoto got from Raye when she said
      her line
      > about Sailor Venus. Note: This show takes place before Usagi knew that
      > Minako was Sailor Venus.
      >
      >
      >
      > Ami notices the audience and everyone gets involved in a wave or two
      before
      > starting the first song, "C'est La Vie." You may notice Raye had a
      misstep
      > getting into position for the beginning of the second verse.
      >
      >
      >
      > Next come the introductions, which leads into the second song with
      Raye and
      > Ami, "Sakura Fubuki," one of Raye's character songs. Looked flawless
      to me,
      > and each of them got a few waves to the kids on the audience as well.
      >
      >
      >
      > They exit and Makoto and Usagi take their place for "Here We Go," one of
      > Usagi's character songs. Both have changed clothes for this one as well.
      > High energy for this one, and the crowd was in it as well. I didn't
      see any
      > missteps in this one either.
      >
      >
      >
      > Usagi leaves and Raye and Minako to join Makoto for "Katagoshi ni
      Kinsei,"
      > one of Minako's character songs." Raye and Minako have also had a
      change in
      > clothes for this one. Overall very nice. Notice that they keep the pace
      > between quick and slow songs.
      >
      >
      >
      > Which brings up "Romance," with Usagi, Ami, and Minako, and this is
      Minako's
      > other character song. Ami's had her change of clothes. Minako got caught
      > on a wave to the crowd and missed the motion on the 2nd verse.
      >
      >
      >
      > The only note I was wondering here was why there weren't character songs
      > from Ami or Makoto. I'm guessing time constraints more than anything
      else.
      >
      >
      >
      > We're about 36 minutes in and for a change of pace (or due to the ladies
      > needing a break, change of clothes, etc), it's the men's turn for some
      > action. The Shittenou arrive on the scene, Kunzite from the front row
      to a
      > huge round of applause, Nephrite about a third of the way up on the
      far left
      > (probably from the door behind him), and how Jadeite got about up about
      > three-quarters of the way to the middle of nowhere without being
      announced
      > was pretty good, even under the cover of darkness. Believing that Sailor
      > Moon is near, they come up with the idea to collect the energy from the
      > theater and also force her out into the open. They play with the
      crowd, and
      > the crowd is more than happy to play back at them. It's fun how all
      of them
      > work the crowd, and Kunzite chews out Nephrite and Jadeite in the
      process.
      > Zoisite also appears; playing an imaginary piano in his usual classical
      > music disappears and reappears with a little toy piano, which he then
      > proceeds to play music from other Japanese shows.
      >
      >
      >
      > My note: I didn't get the joke behind this one, but if anyone knows the
      > reasons why the songs chosen here let me know.
      >
      >
      >
      > Eventually the four decide a hostage needs to be taken in order to draw
      > Sailor Moon out, and Nephrite gets to do the deed. Some in the crowd
      > volunteer, but Nephrite chooses a little girl, who starts crying, poor
      > thing. Finally to get the plot moving again, Tuxedo Kamen arrives!
      Kunzite
      > makes notice in regards that he's supposed to be in London to the
      laughs of
      > the crowd. Tuxedo Kamen replies he's come back to save the audience
      and the
      > battle ensues under some cover of darkness with him winning this
      round. The
      > Shittenou retreat for now, and Tuxedo Kamen says he'll watch from the
      > shadows over the vent, leaving to a good amount of applause from the
      > audience.
      >
      >
      >
      > Next we have Luna appearing, looking for the Sailor Senshi and getting
      > sidetracked for a minute while playing with a ball that appeared.
      > Introducing herself, she starts up "Sweet Little Resistance,"
      complete with
      > 8 Mini-Senshi. Overall, it was a great job that they did, and I can only
      > guess how much practice they had to put in to pull that one off. As the
      > song ends, Luna waves goodbye to them all, only to have Jadeite come
      in from
      > behind and capture her.
      >
      >
      >
      > Sae appears, calling out to the Senshi in order to tell them what
      happened.
      > When they don't appear, she decides to use some stronger power,
      launching
      > into "Kirai Sailor Dream." Personally I like her singing it then in the
      > opening where the Senshi add their voices. Maybe for the Senshi it
      doesn't
      > fit their comfort zone *shrug*
      >
      >
      >
      > With a familiar cry, Sailor Luna appears, much to the surprise of the
      > Shittenou who follow, and Luna gets a few licks before getting
      caught. My
      > only question is where did Luna hide that fan, unless it was Velcro or
      > something like that to the back of her uniform. Before anything drastic
      > happens, Tuxedo Kamen also appears, and Kunzite decides revenge is
      better,
      > almost striking Tuxedo Kamen you hear Usagi calling from the dark,
      and with
      > their battle cries, the Sailor Senshi appear on the scene. Under some
      cover
      > of darkness, the battle begins with each Senshi getting into a 1 on 1
      > against the Shittenou. Mercury gets Kunzite with the Aqua Mist, Mars
      gets
      > Jadeite with the Youma Taisan, Jupiter gets Nephrite with Supreme
      Thunder,
      > and Venus gets Zoisite with the Love Me Chain. Afterwards, the four join
      > with Sailor Moon for their group attack with the Sailor Star Tambos,
      > banishing the Shittenou from the stage.
      >
      >
      >
      > It's convenient that Luna didn't stray too far as she picks up all the
      > weapons, leaving the Senshi free to do their next song, "Friend." The
      > location Mars had at about the second half of the song was too far stage
      > right, and it threw the balance off. Mars also had a slight glitch when
      > starting her hand wave a little early. Moon after the slight solo
      might have
      > been about a step or two too far to the right, as the balance looked off
      > again. Other than that it was quite nice.
      >
      >
      >
      > Time to wrap things up. It's a finish with "Kirai Sailor Dream,"
      where the
      > Senshi start with the first verse, and Luna brings Sae out to take
      over for
      > the rest of the song. I think Mercury maybe have ended up too far stage
      > left; the spotlight behind her basically blinds her out of the shot.
      > Between the second and third verse, Tuxedo Kamen and the Shittenou
      join the
      > group and the party continues. Afterwards, we get a lot of waves and
      thanks
      > as the curtain finally closes.
      >
      >
      >
      > Final thoughts: not a perfect performance, but the crowd was
      entertained,
      > and nothing that caused any major problems. A good performance done
      by all,
      > and I'd sit down and see it again.



      Le jeudi 17 décembre 2009 21:49:51 UTC-5, RRViper a écrit :
      > Hey folks,
      >
      >
      >
      > For anyone who reading this, be warned that this e-mail is long. As
      anyone
      > whose read my writhing in a.h.s-m. in the Storytellers items, you'll
      know
      > that I can type a lot. So in case you've got time to kill, you may
      want to
      > try this at a later time.
      >
      >
      >
      > Now that's out of the way, let's get started.
      >
      >
      >
      > I'm going to start off with my opinions of the characters themselves,
      who
      > played them, and just general opinions. Also I think I'll give general
      > reviews of the Super Dance Lesson, and Kirai Super Live.
      >
      >
      >
      > I think we all agree that we as fans of Sailor Moon we had high
      expectations
      > of the show and in my case, I wondered how it would turn out, which
      was why
      > I held off for a lot longer than I should of. Even though I know this is
      > way after the fact but since I believe in "Better Late than Never".
      >
      >
      >
      > So "Here We Go" (sorry about the bad pun, but I couldn't resist):
      >
      >
      >
      > Miyu Sawai plays Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino, and overall I thought the
      roll
      > was played well. I think of Usagi as our lovable klutz, a little cry
      > babyish, always late, and pretty na�ve, not to mention able to pack more
      > food away then the rest of the senshi put together (including the
      Outers and
      > Starlights). With live action, Miyu eating the way Usagi does wouldn't
      > allow her to keep her figure long, so that was minimized, as was her
      > klutziness unless she bumped into someone as part of the story (as with
      > Marmoru among others). Her naivet� was brought up a lot during the show,
      > although not always her fault, as the other senshi kept enough
      secrets from
      > her as part of the plotline. I was also glad to see that they kept her
      > tardiness as well. However, she was believable, and effective when being
      > around other characters, befriending them, putting them at ease, and
      in the
      > case of Mio Kroki, a willingness to forgive even those who did her
      wrong.
      > If Mio did half the crap to almost any other Senshi, she'd be planted
      on her
      > behind.
      >
      >
      >
      > The verbal battles with Marmoru were about the same as the anime I
      enjoyed
      > the verbal battle when they finally introduce themselves by reading
      their
      > name badges.
      >
      >
      >
      > It took me a long time to get used to her not having the blonde hair and
      > odangos of Usagi that I know from the anime. As Sailor Moon, it looked
      > right overall. The transformation sequence sort of worked for me;
      however
      > the costume, the stances, and overall movements as Sailor Moon were
      about
      > what I expected. By "almost", the costume was about dead on to what I
      > expected, the stances and battle phrases worked for me overall, but I
      > expected a little more fear from her in her first battles other than
      Act 1,
      > at least until she got used to the powers more.
      >
      >
      >
      > As Princess Sailor Moon, I've got 1 word for you: W-O-W. Talk about an
      > exact opposite of Usagi. Confident, unforgiving, cold, calculating,
      and raw
      > power made for an impressive (and deadly) combination. It made me
      wonder if
      > some of the scenes Miyu did as Usagi had to be redone in order to
      prepare
      > the shock value for the audience when Princess Sailor Moon finally
      arrived.
      >
      >
      >
      > Overall I loved how Miyu played the role, and with all the aspects of
      it did
      > a great job.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Chisaki Hama plays Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury. Introvert doesn't even
      begin
      > to describe this character. This version is Ami is primarily
      interested in
      > the simple approval of her mother and to become a doctor, but as a
      loner,
      > she desperately wants friendship, but then doesn't really know how to
      handle
      > it when it becomes available through Usagi. During the series, she does
      > become more confident, especially after the Dark Sailor Mercury arc. The
      > scenes with Naru and Ami were nice to see some confidence building as
      well.
      > Although my only question is why her glasses weren't around more
      often. She
      > looked good in them.
      >
      >
      >
      > I found it interesting that they did decide to go into her back-story
      more
      > than in the anime. The episodes with her mother were interesting to
      watch
      > when Ami finally chose to make a stand.
      >
      >
      >
      > As Sailor Mercury, her transformation sequence was one of the rare
      times you
      > actually got to see that beautiful smile of hers, and I was hoping to
      see it
      > more often in the show, but no such luck. And I loved the evil grin
      she got
      > to do before the first Dark Sailor Mercury transformation; you just knew
      > something bad was about to happen. In fact, I was hoping that after
      the arc
      > was over it would help out with later battles and confidence in everyday
      > life.
      >
      >
      >
      > Getting to the Sailor Mercury uniform, I'm not sure where to begin
      here. I
      > like the wig's design but was it just me or is it too light in color. As
      > for the uniform, the uniform seemed to fit rightly in the early
      episodes but
      > seemed odd in later episodes. Maybe it was just me. The attacks where
      ehh;
      > The Aqua Mist and Aqua Storm I didn't buy it all, although her
      creations of
      > swords and her use of them as well countered that problem, although I'll
      > just chalk the regular attacks to problems with the special effects. The
      > Dark Sailor Mercury uniform was to say the least interesting and
      combined
      > with the attitude used made for a frightening combo. I have to admit
      > though; I was expecting her visor to appear sooner or later and was
      > disappointed when it didn't show.
      >
      >
      >
      > Overall, the performance was good, but the attacks needed some work, but
      > Mercury is usually a defender for a majority of the attacks in the
      anime and
      > let the other Senshi do the damage, so I wonder if it was good idea
      to stray
      > from that. I also wondered if Chisaki found the role difficult to do.
      >
      >
      >
      > For Raye Hino/Sailor Mars, it was acted by Keiko Kitagawa. I think Keiko
      > enjoyed the role, and it showed through her work. As Raye, she looked
      and
      > acted the part; in fact probably out of all 5 actresses who played
      senshi,
      > Keiko would win my vote as "Actress who looks most like their anime
      > counterpart."
      >
      >
      >
      > The storyline here was also interesting. Loner due to a choice other
      than
      > her own (namely her father) and growing up alone, trust is a word
      that is
      > not in Raye's dictionary.
      >
      > Even when she became a Senshi, she wanted little to nothing to do
      with Usagi
      > or Ami, and was more than willing to be at odds with the others when she
      > felt right to do so.
      >
      > The relationship with Usagi differs from the anime; Raye doesn't get
      into
      > the 1-Upmanship with Usagi, but rather sticks to her guns, no matter
      who it
      > ticks off, Makoto and Minako in particular. However, Raye does show that
      > she does care in her own way. Actually the main bonding with Raye
      looked to
      > be more with Minako, as the best way I can describe it is friendly
      rivals.
      >
      > It did make me wonder if anyone at the temple watched over her, since
      there's
      > no Grandpa in the picture. I doubt her father did, and the scenes that
      > were shown between them were "car wreck" material to me in the fact
      that you
      > felt bad watching them fight it out, but you couldn't tear yourself away
      > from it. Add to the fact Raye doesn't show much emotion normally that
      when
      > she does is like a dam bursting and the floodwaters laying waste to
      > anything. And the scenes after Raye finding out the results of Minako
      from
      > Artemis.again, wow. Let me put it this way: it takes a lot to get me to
      > tear up and it even got me.
      >
      >
      >
      > As Sailor Mars, this was one I had a love/hate relationship with;
      loved the
      > attacks, hated the uniform with the hair. The "Youma Taisan" looked
      like it
      > could do damage, and her talismans from being a priestess were a welcome
      > sight. The Burning Mandala looked pretty darn cool, and it was too
      bad that
      > it came so late in the series. As for the uniform, it didn't seem
      balanced
      > with the body. I don't know if there was extra hair involved or the
      ribbon
      > looked out of place, but something bugged me about it. The
      transformation
      > sequence was believable though, and smooth, in fact I buy it more
      than Usagi's
      > or Ami's.
      >
      >
      >
      > Keiko overall did a great job as Raye, and pretty good as Sailor Mars.
      >
      >
      >
      > Myu Azuma played the role of Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter. Like Raye,
      Makoto
      > is also let alone due to the deaths of her parents, as well as other
      people
      > leaving her during her life, but it doesn't turn her cold like it
      seems to
      > do to Raye. Determined, yes, but not hard-hearted. Even when Usagi meets
      > up with her is almost straight out the anime, but even while guarded
      Makoto
      > is friendly towards Usagi. So in a way, Makoto is more of a loner due to
      > her reputation and due to her belief that no one wants to stay with her
      > where Raye is a loner more by choice. I thought Myu did a good job
      showing
      > how to be a tomboy and be feminine by not being feminine. The scenes
      with
      > Motoki were great in drawing out Makoto, and it was nice to see her
      start to
      > like him. I loved the scene where Makoto's idea of remodeling involved a
      > sledgehammer. And tell me you didn't want to give her a hug after she
      was
      > out in the rain in Act 6.
      >
      >
      >
      > As for the bond with Usagi, Makoto was willing to help out Usagi
      whether if
      > it was involving homework, training, or going so far as being Usagi when
      > needed.
      >
      >
      >
      > The Sailor Jupiter transformation sequence is probably my favorite of
      the
      > bunch; everything matches up, no wasted movement, no awkward
      movements, and
      > hey, I miss the little part the Makoto in the anime wears the
      ponytail. My
      > only complaint is I wish the hair were longer in the ponytail, but oh
      well.
      > The pose at the end with lightning all around looks great too, so
      great job
      > on the special effects there. As for attacks, the Supreme Thunder
      again is
      > a hit; it's believable in doing damage. The Flower Hurricane was ehh,
      hard
      > to buy and I was glad I didn't see it too much.
      >
      >
      >
      > Overall I'd say Makoto other than Usagi changed the most during the
      series,
      > and the results were nice to see, and it's nice to see Makoto
      actually have
      > a chance at love for once. ^_^
      >
      >
      >
      > When all that's said and done, I thought Myu did wonderfully as both
      Makoto
      > and Sailor Jupiter.
      >
      >
      >
      > Last, but not least is Ayaka Komatsu as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus. Of all
      > the Senshi characters, this was the one that had the biggest makeover.
      > Anime Minako wants to be an idol, and her personality would be one I
      call
      > light and bubbly overall, which made her a great match with Usagi. This
      > Minako is solemn, detached, and sulky, even when she's playing the idol
      > role. It makes me wonder how she remains popular. Originally, I did not
      > see Act Zero before the rest of the series so I was surprised when
      hearing
      > how Minako knew Usagi was Sailor Moon (and how Tuxedo Kamen knew who
      Sailor
      > Venus was for that matter). Of all the Senshi, while everyone but Usagi
      > could be described as loners, Minako is a loner by her own choosing.
      Part
      > of it may be due to her illness, part of it gaining her Senshi powers
      first,
      > her memories and duties of her past, or all of the above. Even Usagi
      has a
      > hard time getting Minako to like her, although it may be due to being
      star
      > struck in her presence, and the fact that Minako believes Usagi is not
      > Sailor material.
      >
      >
      >
      > One note I want to put in though: remember that Minako was primarily a
      > protector, i.e. a warrior in her past life, and was the first to gain
      her
      > Sailor Powers. Usagi was not brought up as a warrior, and of the 5 while
      > she may be the unofficial leader, Usagi has the least battle experience
      > mentally due to the lack of hardships when compared to the other 4.
      >
      >
      >
      > What peaked my interest was the whole Minako-Rei battle throughout the
      > series. While at odds over whether the past has control over the
      present,
      > the two butt heads over everything. Now Minako brings Raye into her
      world
      > as a "punishment," then is annoyed when Raye takes over various
      things in a
      > game of 1-Upsmanship. Although when it comes to a head in the game show
      > with everyone else jumping into the fray, it is nice to see Minako
      laugh and
      > smile for once.
      >
      >
      >
      > Another twist was the whole Princess thing. The series went on for a
      while
      > giving you the belief that Venus was the Princess until it was
      revealed that
      > Usagi was the Princess. Although the demeanor that Minako played
      right into
      > that belief, and for that I was impressed.
      >
      >
      >
      > Notice though while everyone calls each other by their regular name when
      > they're transformed, Minako sticks to their Sailor names. In a way I
      liked
      > that; keep in mind you're fighting the enemy in disguise, so why
      would you
      > say your name of who you are?
      >
      >
      >
      > The transformation for Venus is interesting, athletic, but it didn't
      get my
      > attention very much. However, Ayaka dressed as Sailor Venus was dead
      on. I
      > thought it was the most accurate of the bunch, and if Sailor Venus of
      the
      > anime went into real flesh and blood, you'd get this version. As for
      > abilities, her usual attack even though unnamed was probably close to
      the
      > Crescent Beam attack of the anime, and the Venus Love Me Chain worked as
      > expected, so in that aspect, I thought the Venus character was well
      that out
      > and Ayaka made it work.
      >
      >
      >
      > I suppose I should mention Minako's death scene a little bit. Yes all
      the
      > signs were being shown, including the long walk in the white
      corridor, but I
      > was hoping that I was wrong, which wasn't the case. The whole setup was
      > affective, and kudos to the writers for setting this one up. All I
      can say
      > is if you didn't feel a bit sad about that letter scene, I'm betting you
      > never saw it.
      >
      >
      >
      > At the end though Ayaka had to run the viewer through just about every
      > emotion in the book, which I'd expect would be difficult for any
      actress.
      > And while her role differed greatly from the Minako I know and love,
      I felt
      > she did an excellent job with both.
      >
      >
      >
      > With the senshi covered let's turn to our other allies:
      >
      >
      >
      > So let's begin with Marmoru Chiba/Tuxedo Kamen/Prince Endymion/Metaria
      > Endymion, played by Jouji Shibue. Sailor Moon's guardian, a jewel thief,
      > and all around mystery man, Jouji covered a lot of ground. As Mamrou, an
      > amnesiac who's trying to find himself, it's interesting as I said
      earlier
      > the verbal battles with Usagi. Yet when he finds out by accident
      Usagi is
      > Sailor Moon, he also realizes how much she cares for him and him for
      her.
      > The twist here is of course is Hina, Mamoru's childhood friend and
      fianc�.
      > This made for an interesting story plot for quite a while.
      >
      >
      >
      > As Tuxedo Kamen, no roses to play with this time, but his ever
      present cane
      > worked well, and while I'm glad I didn't have to see his transformation
      > sequence, the corny version in the extras was more than enough to
      see. As
      > Prince Endymion, the knight costume looked great on him, and his ability
      > with a sword was realistic enough. His death scenes were good as well.
      >
      >
      >
      > Overall Marmoru was possibly the character that changed the least of
      all the
      > "good guys," and Jouji played it well.
      >
      >
      >
      > Finally we have Luna, a combination of a stuffed animal, a cgi
      creation, and
      > later on, a knowledgeable girl with a liking of various toys who can
      turn
      > into a Senshi as well. Played by Rina Koike, in a way she plays the
      roles of
      > mentor, fighter, and a little comedy relief thrown in there. Is it
      just me
      > or did the writers combine the characters of Luna and Chibi-Usa
      together to
      > make Luna for the live action? There are quite a few similarities here.
      > Overall, Rina played the part well.
      >
      >
      >
      > General thoughts:
      >
      >
      >
      > The good guys: Overall I liked them, and a great job was done by all.
      >
      >
      >
      > The bad guys: I'll go into them in detail another time, but even though
      > they were "evil" I couldn't find myself hating them. Beryl and the
      Shittenou
      > were a joy to watch in action. In fact, the only one I actually
      loathed was
      > Mio Kuroki throughout the entire series and the only one I was glad was
      > destroyed in the Special Act
      >
      >
      >
      > The others: It was nice to see that Naru and Motoki playing larger
      roles in
      > the show.
      >
      >
      >
      > For the Super Dance Lesson:
      >
      >
      >
      > Did anyone notice during "C'est La Vie" there were a few mistakes? I
      think
      > Venus was a little early on one of the windmill parts early in the
      act, and
      > you can see Jupiter clearly out of sync going into the closing.
      Probably the
      > biggest one though may have been done by Mercury at the middle of the
      > closing by starting late, and you could see the quick expression on
      her face
      > she knew it too.
      >
      >
      >
      > The scene switches to the Karaoke Room, where Luna tries her dancing
      moves
      > without much luck. Bring on Usagi and Makoto to help out, which lead
      into
      > "Here We Go," one of Usagi's character songs, and Makoto and Luna
      show how
      > to do some of the moves for it.
      >
      >
      >
      > After that, we switch to "Romance," one of Minako's character songs,
      but it's
      > Usagi showing the steps. Switch back to Makoto, Usagi, and Luna to dance
      > for us.
      >
      >
      >
      > After that it's transformation time! Sailor Moon, Sailor Jupiter, and
      > Sailor Luna appear for Kirari Sailor Dream. However they don't show
      us how
      > to do the moves for this one.
      >
      >
      >
      > For Kirai Sailor Live:
      >
      >
      >
      > Man I would've liked to be there in person for that one, but ahh well.
      >
      >
      >
      > The show opens up with five Senshi hidden in the shadows dancing to
      "Kirari
      > Sailor Dream -Memorial Instrumental Mix." When I was digging through old
      > messages, someone had mentioned that they were different than our
      original
      > actresses. I'm inclined to agree, assuming especially that not much time
      > passes between the end of the dance and the start of the first play
      scene
      > (about 45 seconds). However I didn't see any mistakes done during the
      > scene.
      >
      >
      >
      > Enter Usagi, who as usual is running incredibly late. She exits and
      Raye,
      > Makoto, and Ami appear, telling us why Usagi is late. Minako appears as
      > well and the four leave together. As they leave, Usagi appears again
      in a
      > change of clothes, talks to the crowd, and heads out the other side. She
      > reappears first and the rest join her on stage.
      >
      >
      >
      > I especially like the dirty look Makoto got from Raye when she said
      her line
      > about Sailor Venus. Note: This show takes place before Usagi knew that
      > Minako was Sailor Venus.
      >
      >
      >
      > Ami notices the audience and everyone gets involved in a wave or two
      before
      > starting the first song, "C'est La Vie." You may notice Raye had a
      misstep
      > getting into position for the beginning of the second verse.
      >
      >
      >
      > Next come the introductions, which leads into the second song with
      Raye and
      > Ami, "Sakura Fubuki," one of Raye's character songs. Looked flawless
      to me,
      > and each of them got a few waves to the kids on the audience as well.
      >
      >
      >
      > They exit and Makoto and Usagi take their place for "Here We Go," one of
      > Usagi's character songs. Both have changed clothes for this one as well.
      > High energy for this one, and the crowd was in it as well. I didn't
      see any
      > missteps in this one either.
      >
      >
      >
      > Usagi leaves and Raye and Minako to join Makoto for "Katagoshi ni
      Kinsei,"
      > one of Minako's character songs." Raye and Minako have also had a
      change in
      > clothes for this one. Overall very nice. Notice that they keep the pace
      > between quick and slow songs.
      >
      >
      >
      > Which brings up "Romance," with Usagi, Ami, and Minako, and this is
      Minako's
      > other character song. Ami's had her change of clothes. Minako got caught
      > on a wave to the crowd and missed the motion on the 2nd verse.
      >
      >
      >
      > The only note I was wondering here was why there weren't character songs
      > from Ami or Makoto. I'm guessing time constraints more than anything
      else.
      >
      >
      >
      > We're about 36 minutes in and for a change of pace (or due to the ladies
      > needing a break, change of clothes, etc), it's the men's turn for some
      > action. The Shittenou arrive on the scene, Kunzite from the front row
      to a
      > huge round of applause, Nephrite about a third of the way up on the
      far left
      > (probably from the door behind him), and how Jadeite got about up about
      > three-quarters of the way to the middle of nowhere without being
      announced
      > was pretty good, even under the cover of darkness. Believing that Sailor
      > Moon is near, they come up with the idea to collect the energy from the
      > theater and also force her out into the open. They play with the
      crowd, and
      > the crowd is more than happy to play back at them. It's fun how all
      of them
      > work the crowd, and Kunzite chews out Nephrite and Jadeite in the
      process.
      > Zoisite also appears; playing an imaginary piano in his usual classical
      > music disappears and reappears with a little toy piano, which he then
      > proceeds to play music from other Japanese shows.
      >
      >
      >
      > My note: I didn't get the joke behind this one, but if anyone knows the
      > reasons why the songs chosen here let me know.
      >
      >
      >
      > Eventually the four decide a hostage needs to be taken in order to draw
      > Sailor Moon out, and Nephrite gets to do the deed. Some in the crowd
      > volunteer, but Nephrite chooses a little girl, who starts crying, poor
      > thing. Finally to get the plot moving again, Tuxedo Kamen arrives!
      Kunzite
      > makes notice in regards that he's supposed to be in London to the
      laughs of
      > the crowd. Tuxedo Kamen replies he's come back to save the audience
      and the
      > battle ensues under some cover of darkness with him winning this
      round. The
      > Shittenou retreat for now, and Tuxedo Kamen says he'll watch from the
      > shadows over the vent, leaving to a good amount of applause from the
      > audience.
      >
      >
      >
      > Next we have Luna appearing, looking for the Sailor Senshi and getting
      > sidetracked for a minute while playing with a ball that appeared.
      > Introducing herself, she starts up "Sweet Little Resistance,"
      complete with
      > 8 Mini-Senshi. Overall, it was a great job that they did, and I can only
      > guess how much practice they had to put in to pull that one off. As the
      > song ends, Luna waves goodbye to them all, only to have Jadeite come
      in from
      > behind and capture her.
      >
      >
      >
      > Sae appears, calling out to the Senshi in order to tell them what
      happened.
      > When they don't appear, she decides to use some stronger power,
      launching
      > into "Kirai Sailor Dream." Personally I like her singing it then in the
      > opening where the Senshi add their voices. Maybe for the Senshi it
      doesn't
      > fit their comfort zone *shrug*
      >
      >
      >
      > With a familiar cry, Sailor Luna appears, much to the surprise of the
      > Shittenou who follow, and Luna gets a few licks before getting
      caught. My
      > only question is where did Luna hide that fan, unless it was Velcro or
      > something like that to the back of her uniform. Before anything drastic
      > happens, Tuxedo Kamen also appears, and Kunzite decides revenge is
      better,
      > almost striking Tuxedo Kamen you hear Usagi calling from the dark,
      and with
      > their battle cries, the Sailor Senshi appear on the scene. Under some
      cover
      > of darkness, the battle begins with each Senshi getting into a 1 on 1
      > against the Shittenou. Mercury gets Kunzite with the Aqua Mist, Mars
      gets
      > Jadeite with the Youma Taisan, Jupiter gets Nephrite with Supreme
      Thunder,
      > and Venus gets Zoisite with the Love Me Chain. Afterwards, the four join
      > with Sailor Moon for their group attack with the Sailor Star Tambos,
      > banishing the Shittenou from the stage.
      >
      >
      >
      > It's convenient that Luna didn't stray too far as she picks up all the
      > weapons, leaving the Senshi free to do their next song, "Friend." The
      > location Mars had at about the second half of the song was too far stage
      > right, and it threw the balance off. Mars also had a slight glitch when
      > starting her hand wave a little early. Moon after the slight solo
      might have
      > been about a step or two too far to the right, as the balance looked off
      > again. Other than that it was quite nice.
      >
      >
      >
      > Time to wrap things up. It's a finish with "Kirai Sailor Dream,"
      where the
      > Senshi start with the first verse, and Luna brings Sae out to take
      over for
      > the rest of the song. I think Mercury maybe have ended up too far stage
      > left; the spotlight behind her basically blinds her out of the shot.
      > Between the second and third verse, Tuxedo Kamen and the Shittenou
      join the
      > group and the party continues. Afterwards, we get a lot of waves and
      thanks
      > as the curtain finally closes.
      >
      >
      >
      > Final thoughts: not a perfect performance, but the crowd was
      entertained,
      > and nothing that caused any major problems. A good performance done
      by all,
      > and I'd sit down and see it again.



      Le jeudi 17 décembre 2009 21:49:51 UTC-5, RRViper a écrit :
      > Hey folks,
      >
      >
      >
      > For anyone who reading this, be warned that this e-mail is long. As
      anyone
      > whose read my writhing in a.h.s-m. in the Storytellers items, you'll
      know
      > that I can type a lot. So in case you've got time to kill, you may
      want to
      > try this at a later time.
      >
      >
      >
      > Now that's out of the way, let's get started.
      >
      >
      >
      > I'm going to start off with my opinions of the characters themselves,
      who
      > played them, and just general opinions. Also I think I'll give general
      > reviews of the Super Dance Lesson, and Kirai Super Live.
      >
      >
      >
      > I think we all agree that we as fans of Sailor Moon we had high
      expectations
      > of the show and in my case, I wondered how it would turn out, which
      was why
      > I held off for a lot longer than I should of. Even though I know this is
      > way after the fact but since I believe in "Better Late than Never".
      >
      >
      >
      > So "Here We Go" (sorry about the bad pun, but I couldn't resist):
      >
      >
      >
      > Miyu Sawai plays Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino, and overall I thought the
      roll
      > was played well. I think of Usagi as our lovable klutz, a little cry
      > babyish, always late, and pretty na�ve, not to mention able to pack more
      > food away then the rest of the senshi put together (including the
      Outers and
      > Starlights). With live action, Miyu eating the way Usagi does wouldn't
      > allow her to keep her figure long, so that was minimized, as was her
      > klutziness unless she bumped into someone as part of the story (as with
      > Marmoru among others). Her naivet� was brought up a lot during the show,
      > although not always her fault, as the other senshi kept enough
      secrets from
      > her as part of the plotline. I was also glad to see that they kept her
      > tardiness as well. However, she was believable, and effective when being
      > around other characters, befriending them, putting them at ease, and
      in the
      > case of Mio Kroki, a willingness to forgive even those who did her
      wrong.
      > If Mio did half the crap to almost any other Senshi, she'd be planted
      on her
      > behind.
      >
      >
      >
      > The verbal battles with Marmoru were about the same as the anime I
      enjoyed
      > the verbal battle when they finally introduce themselves by reading
      their
      > name badges.
      >
      >
      >
      > It took me a long time to get used to her not having the blonde hair and
      > odangos of Usagi that I know from the anime. As Sailor Moon, it looked
      > right overall. The transformation sequence sort of worked for me;
      however
      > the costume, the stances, and overall movements as Sailor Moon were
      about
      > what I expected. By "almost", the costume was about dead on to what I
      > expected, the stances and battle phrases worked for me overall, but I
      > expected a little more fear from her in her first battles other than
      Act 1,
      > at least until she got used to the powers more.
      >
      >
      >
      > As Princess Sailor Moon, I've got 1 word for you: W-O-W. Talk about an
      > exact opposite of Usagi. Confident, unforgiving, cold, calculating,
      and raw
      > power made for an impressive (and deadly) combination. It made me
      wonder if
      > some of the scenes Miyu did as Usagi had to be redone in order to
      prepare
      > the shock value for the audience when Princess Sailor Moon finally
      arrived.
      >
      >
      >
      > Overall I loved how Miyu played the role, and with all the aspects of
      it did
      > a great job.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Chisaki Hama plays Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury. Introvert doesn't even
      begin
      > to describe this character. This version is Ami is primarily
      interested in
      > the simple approval of her mother and to become a doctor, but as a
      loner,
      > she desperately wants friendship, but then doesn't really know how to
      handle
      > it when it becomes available through Usagi. During the series, she does
      > become more confident, especially after the Dark Sailor Mercury arc. The
      > scenes with Naru and Ami were nice to see some confidence building as
      well.
      > Although my only question is why her glasses weren't around more
      often. She
      > looked good in them.
      >
      >
      >
      > I found it interesting that they did decide to go into her back-story
      more
      > than in the anime. The episodes with her mother were interesting to
      watch
      > when Ami finally chose to make a stand.
      >
      >
      >
      > As Sailor Mercury, her transformation sequence was one of the rare
      times you
      > actually got to see that beautiful smile of hers, and I was hoping to
      see it
      > more often in the show, but no such luck. And I loved the evil grin
      she got
      > to do before the first Dark Sailor Mercury transformation; you just knew
      > something bad was about to happen. In fact, I was hoping that after
      the arc
      > was over it would help out with later battles and confidence in everyday
      > life.
      >
      >
      >
      > Getting to the Sailor Mercury uniform, I'm not sure where to begin
      here. I
      > like the wig's design but was it just me or is it too light in color. As
      > for the uniform, the uniform seemed to fit rightly in the early
      episodes but
      > seemed odd in later episodes. Maybe it was just me. The attacks where
      ehh;
      > The Aqua Mist and Aqua Storm I didn't buy it all, although her
      creations of
      > swords and her use of them as well countered that problem, although I'll
      > just chalk the regular attacks to problems with the special effects. The
      > Dark Sailor Mercury uniform was to say the least interesting and
      combined
      > with the attitude used made for a frightening combo. I have to admit
      > though; I was expecting her visor to appear sooner or later and was
      > disappointed when it didn't show.
      >
      >
      >
      > Overall, the performance was good, but the attacks needed some work, but
      > Mercury is usually a defender for a majority of the attacks in the
      anime and
      > let the other Senshi do the damage, so I wonder if it was good idea
      to stray
      > from that. I also wondered if Chisaki found the role difficult to do.
      >
      >
      >
      > For Raye Hino/Sailor Mars, it was acted by Keiko Kitagawa. I think Keiko
      > enjoyed the role, and it showed through her work. As Raye, she looked
      and
      > acted the part; in fact probably out of all 5 actresses who played
      senshi,
      > Keiko would win my vote as "Actress who looks most like their anime
      > counterpart."
      >
      >
      >
      > The storyline here was also interesting. Loner due to a choice other
      than
      > her own (namely her father) and growing up alone, trust is a word
      that is
      > not in Raye's dictionary.
      >
      > Even when she became a Senshi, she wanted little to nothing to do
      with Usagi
      > or Ami, and was more than willing to be at odds with the others when she
      > felt right to do so.
      >
      > The relationship with Usagi differs from the anime; Raye doesn't get
      into
      > the 1-Upmanship with Usagi, but rather sticks to her guns, no matter
      who it
      > ticks off, Makoto and Minako in particular. However, Raye does show that
      > she does care in her own way. Actually the main bonding with Raye
      looked to
      > be more with Minako, as the best way I can describe it is friendly
      rivals.
      >
      > It did make me wonder if anyone at the temple watched over her, since
      there's
      > no Grandpa in the picture. I doubt her father did, and the scenes that
      > were shown between them were "car wreck" material to me in the fact
      that you
      > felt bad watching them fight it out, but you couldn't tear yourself away
      > from it. Add to the fact Raye doesn't show much emotion normally that
      when
      > she does is like a dam bursting and the floodwaters laying waste to
      > anything. And the scenes after Raye finding out the results of Minako
      from
      > Artemis.again, wow. Let me put it this way: it takes a lot to get me to
      > tear up and it even got me.
      >
      >
      >
      > As Sailor Mars, this was one I had a love/hate relationship with;
      loved the
      > attacks, hated the uniform with the hair. The "Youma Taisan" looked
      like it
      > could do damage, and her talismans from being a priestess were a welcome
      > sight. The Burning Mandala looked pretty darn cool, and it was too
      bad that
      > it came so late in the series. As for the uniform, it didn't seem
      balanced
      > with the body. I don't know if there was extra hair involved or the
      ribbon
      > looked out of place, but something bugged me about it. The
      transformation
      > sequence was believable though, and smooth, in fact I buy it more
      than Usagi's
      > or Ami's.
      >
      >
      >
      > Keiko overall did a great job as Raye, and pretty good as Sailor Mars.
      >
      >
      >
      > Myu Azuma played the role of Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter. Like Raye,
      Makoto
      > is also let alone due to the deaths of her parents, as well as other
      people
      > leaving her during her life, but it doesn't turn her cold like it
      seems to
      > do to Raye. Determined, yes, but not hard-hearted. Even when Usagi meets
      > up with her is almost straight out the anime, but even while guarded
      Makoto
      > is friendly towards Usagi. So in a way, Makoto is more of a loner due to
      > her reputation and due to her belief that no one wants to stay with her
      > where Raye is a loner more by choice. I thought Myu did a good job
      showing
      > how to be a tomboy and be feminine by not being feminine. The scenes
      with
      > Motoki were great in drawing out Makoto, and it was nice to see her
      start to
      > like him. I loved the scene where Makoto's idea of remodeling involved a
      > sledgehammer. And tell me you didn't want to give her a hug after she
      was
      > out in the rain in Act 6.
      >
      >
      >
      > As for the bond with Usagi, Makoto was willing to help out Usagi
      whether if
      > it was involving homework, training, or going so far as being Usagi when
      > needed.
      >
      >
      >
      > The Sailor Jupiter transformation sequence is probably my favorite of
      the
      > bunch; everything matches up, no wasted movement, no awkward
      movements, and
      > hey, I miss the little part the Makoto in the anime wears the
      ponytail. My
      > only complaint is I wish the hair were longer in the ponytail, but oh
      well.
      > The pose at the end with lightning all around looks great too, so
      great job
      > on the special effects there. As for attacks, the Supreme Thunder
      again is
      > a hit; it's believable in doing damage. The Flower Hurricane was ehh,
      hard
      > to buy and I was glad I didn't see it too much.
      >
      >
      >
      > Overall I'd say Makoto other than Usagi changed the most during the
      series,
      > and the results were nice to see, and it's nice to see Makoto
      actually have
      > a chance at love for once. ^_^
      >
      >
      >
      > When all that's said and done, I thought Myu did wonderfully as both
      Makoto
      > and Sailor Jupiter.
      >
      >
      >
      > Last, but not least is Ayaka Komatsu as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus. Of all
      > the Senshi characters, this was the one that had the biggest makeover.
      > Anime Minako wants to be an idol, and her personality would be one I
      call
      > light and bubbly overall, which made her a great match with Usagi. This
      > Minako is solemn, detached, and sulky, even when she's playing the idol
      > role. It makes me wonder how she remains popular. Originally, I did not
      > see Act Zero before the rest of the series so I was surprised when
      hearing
      > how Minako knew Usagi was Sailor Moon (and how Tuxedo Kamen knew who
      Sailor
      > Venus was for that matter). Of all the Senshi, while everyone but Usagi
      > could be described as loners, Minako is a loner by her own choosing.
      Part
      > of it may be due to her illness, part of it gaining her Senshi powers
      first,
      > her memories and duties of her past, or all of the above. Even Usagi
      has a
      > hard time getting Minako to like her, although it may be due to being
      star
      > struck in her presence, and the fact that Minako believes Usagi is not
      > Sailor material.
      >
      >
      >
      > One note I want to put in though: remember that Minako was primarily a
      > protector, i.e. a warrior in her past life, and was the first to gain
      her
      > Sailor Powers. Usagi was not brought up as a warrior, and of the 5 while
      > she may be the unofficial leader, Usagi has the least battle experience
      > mentally due to the lack of hardships when compared to the other 4.
      >
      >
      >
      > What peaked my interest was the whole Minako-Rei battle throughout the
      > series. While at odds over whether the past has control over the
      present,
      > the two butt heads over everything. Now Minako brings Raye into her
      world
      > as a "punishment," then is annoyed when Raye takes over various
      things in a
      > game of 1-Upsmanship. Although when it comes to a head in the game show
      > with everyone else jumping into the fray, it is nice to see Minako
      laugh and
      > smile for once.
      >
      >
      >
      > Another twist was the whole Princess thing. The series went on for a
      while
      > giving you the belief that Venus was the Princess until it was
      revealed that
      > Usagi was the Princess. Although the demeanor that Minako played
      right into
      > that belief, and for that I was impressed.
      >
      >
      >
      > Notice though while everyone calls each other by their regular name when
      > they're transformed, Minako sticks to their Sailor names. In a way I
      liked
      > that; keep in mind you're fighting the enemy in disguise, so why
      would you
      > say your name of who you are?
      >
      >
      >
      > The transformation for Venus is interesting, athletic, but it didn't
      get my
      > attention very much. However, Ayaka dressed as Sailor Venus was dead
      on. I
      > thought it was the most accurate of the bunch, and if Sailor Venus of
      the
      > anime went into real flesh and blood, you'd get this version. As for
      > abilities, her usual attack even though unnamed was probably close to
      the
      > Crescent Beam attack of the anime, and the Venus Love Me Chain worked as
      > expected, so in that aspect, I thought the Venus character was well
      that out
      > and Ayaka made it work.
      >
      >
      >
      > I suppose I should mention Minako's death scene a little bit. Yes all
      the
      > signs were being shown, including the long walk in the white
      corridor, but I
      > was hoping that I was wrong, which wasn't the case. The whole setup was
      > affective, and kudos to the writers for setting this one up. All I
      can say
      > is if you didn't feel a bit sad about that letter scene, I'm betting you
      > never saw it.
      >
      >
      >
      > At the end though Ayaka had to run the viewer through just about every
      > emotion in the book, which I'd expect would be difficult for any
      actress.
      > And while her role differed greatly from the Minako I know and love,
      I felt
      > she did an excellent job with both.
      >
      >
      >
      > With the senshi covered let's turn to our other allies:
      >
      >
      >
      > So let's begin with Marmoru Chiba/Tuxedo Kamen/Prince Endymion/Metaria
      > Endymion, played by Jouji Shibue. Sailor Moon's guardian, a jewel thief,
      > and all around mystery man, Jouji covered a lot of ground. As Mamrou, an
      > amnesiac who's trying to find himself, it's interesting as I said
      earlier
      > the verbal battles with Usagi. Yet when he finds out by accident
      Usagi is
      > Sailor Moon, he also realizes how much she cares for him and him for
      her.
      > The twist here is of course is Hina, Mamoru's childhood friend and
      fianc�.
      > This made for an interesting story plot for quite a while.
      >
      >
      >
      > As Tuxedo Kamen, no roses to play with this time, but his ever
      present cane
      > worked well, and while I'm glad I didn't have to see his transformation
      > sequence, the corny version in the extras was more than enough to
      see. As
      > Prince Endymion, the knight costume looked great on him, and his ability
      > with a sword was realistic enough. His death scenes were good as well.
      >
      >
      >
      > Overall Marmoru was possibly the character that changed the least of
      all the
      > "good guys," and Jouji played it well.
      >
      >
      >
      > Finally we have Luna, a combination of a stuffed animal, a cgi
      creation, and
      > later on, a knowledgeable girl with a liking of various toys who can
      turn
      > into a Senshi as well. Played by Rina Koike, in a way she plays the
      roles of
      > mentor, fighter, and a little comedy relief thrown in there. Is it
      just me
      > or did the writers combine the characters of Luna and Chibi-Usa
      together to
      > make Luna for the live action? There are quite a few similaritie<br/><br/>(Message over 64 KB, truncated)
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