In the name of the moon, you better be making flight plans to Houston! After all, that is what Sailor Moon would want you to do. Today, a slew of news broke about the beloved anime franchise the shojo celebrates its 25th anniversary. Fans from all over the world were excited to learn about new Sailor Moon projects and anime crossovers, but U.S. fans got a particular treat to boot. In just a few months, fans who will be attending Houston’s Anime Matsuri convention will be able to see one of Sailor Moon’s most popular musicals. Not long ago, it was announced that the full Japanese cast of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical would be coming to America.
If you are not familiar with Sailor Moon and its musical history, then don’t worry! It won’t take long to catch-up. That is, if you don’t try to watch all of the anime’s various musicals. Started back in 1993, Sailor Moon dished out its own live-action musicals three times a year to entertain students during holidays. In 2005, the tradition would go on hiatus until a brand-new play was planned for 2013. More than 20 years since the first play debuted, more than 31 Sailor Moon musicals have been performed with over 800 individual shows.
The cast members scheduled to appear at Houston’s special Sailor Moon musical include:
- Hotaru Nomoto (Sailor Moon)
Yume Takeuchi (Sailor Mercury)
Karen Kobayashi (Sailor Mars)
Kaede (Sailor Jupiter)
Rimo Hasegawa (Sailor Venus)
Syu Shiotsuki (Sailor Uranus)
Sayaka Fujioka (Sailor Neptune)
Mikako Ishii (Sailor Pluto)
Karin Takahashi (Sailor Saturn)
Yuga Yamato (Tuxedo Mask)
If you want to make a trip for the special Sailor Moon performance, it will take place on April 7th. The full convention will be from April 7-9 in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center. And, if it would be easier for you to see the show in Japan, then the troupe will begin a new musical run over there this fall.
Earlier today, the official website for Sailor Moon also updates its pages to confirm that a brand-new anime was in the works that acts as a sequel to Sailor Moon Crystal. With a fourth season now on its way, fans will be able to get another year’s worth of Sailor Moon and anxiously await whatever Toei Animation may have in store for them.