Everything La Reconquista
When I was a tween I stayed home sick from school one day and caught an episode of a strange animated TV show called Sailor Moon. It blew my mind and I never got over that sense of wonder. Nearly a decade later, after studying and saving and gathering courage I cam to Japan. By then that original program, the comic it was based on, and the spin off musicals were long over. I thought.
On Saturday I got to live out a dream.
An online ticket purchase, a 30 minute train ride, and I got to see live and in person the battle against the Dark Kingdom. It was a tiny theater filled with both native Japanese and foreign national versions of myself. (And a few creepy men there to see Momoiro Clover Z.)
Many others have described the musical in detail, so I will be brief. You can, by now, just see it for yourself.
The show opens in an arcade obviously run by the Dark Kingdom. Each of the girls beats a game that plays to her own strengths, and the monsters pitch a new smartphone app game that dispenses love advice. All of the girls but Ami balk at it. Ami downloads it and selects the Little Red Riding Hood character, played by a Momoiro Clover girl, who proceeds to dispense bad dating advice via smartphone the entire show. Usagi gets a free game, too, to bring home. Then, the Generals show up. As a boyband. The girls are smitten, and the Generals almost immediately identify the girls as the Sailor Senshi.
Later, Mamoru and Usagi play catch in the park. Mamoru chastises Usagi for not being more responsible; after all he might not be there to protect her forever. The girls show up and tease her for her video game playing, too. After a frustrated Usagi runs off, and Mamoru after her, the Generals show up in boyband attire. Each General selects a Senshi to seduce. The girls are initially put off, but come around enough to go off with the Generals until Mars, Jupiter, and Venus realize their dates are the bad guys. They transform and attack. A pouting Usagi encounters the head monster and after both commiserate about their problems, Usagi gets wise and tries to transform and attack. She can’t transform, however, because the Dark Kingdom video game has drained her energy. Tuxedo Kamen arrives to save the day and channels energy from planet Earth to revive her.
Meanwhile, Ami and Zoicite’s date is going well. They take a genuine liking to each other, then the other Generals show up and abduct Ami to a prison cell in the Dark Kingdom. The girls are devastated and unsure of how to proceed until Queen Serenity telepathically calls to them. They Sailor Teleport to the moon where Serenity gives them the lowdown on the Dark Kingdom and Metallia and gifts Sailor Moon a sword. After returning to Earth they dither about what to do and end up in a battle with Queen Beryl. Tuxedo Kamen hands himself over to the enemy to save everyone else. The generals wonder why Tuxedo Kamen knew all their names, and Zoicite thinks things have gone too far. Act 1 ends.
Act 2 opens in the Silver Millennium. Prince Endymion and his royal guard are coming to a ball being held on the moon and Princess Serenity just can’t decide what to wear. She’s late to meet him when he arrives, and finally shows in her iconic dress. The Senshi and Generals dance and then gather on the veranda. Zoicite akes Princess Mercury aside in what everyone assumes is a love related matter, but is actually a warning. Queen Beryl is on her way to attack. Zoicite is killed by the other Generals for this betrayal. Queen Beryl arrives in full battle regalia and attacks. A sword battle ensues. Prince Endymion is killed. Princess Serenity kills herself with his sword in grief. Queen Serenity sends everyone to be reincarnated.
Back in the present, Queen Beryl has brainwashed Endymion and stages a mockery of a wedding. Zoicite’s affection for Ami causes him to free her and he is again killed by his comrades. His body reverts to crystal and the generals give it to Endymion as a wedding present. Eventually, the Senshi storm the Dark Kingdom and attack. In the battle, Endymion is once again killed. Sailor Moon, in her grief, kills herself again. The Senshi are devastated that history has repeated itself. Metallia consumes the grieving Queen Beryl, Generals, dead bodies of the royal couple, and the Senshi. The Senshi use the last of their life energy to revive Sailor Moon and encourage her to fight on. Endymion wakes up and discovers the crystal Zoicite blocked the sword and saved his life. Sailor Moon throws all her energy at Metallia and defeats it, reviving her friends. Everybody sings Moonlight Densetsu and I cried.
No encore of La Solider as the staff on this completely new. In my performance, the complete Momoiro Clover Z appeared post-curtain call and tried to sing Moonlight Densetsu and failed miserably. They are not strong performers.
Top 10 Best Things About La Reconquista
- The Generals are a boyband. How did it take this long for this to happen?!
- Zoicite and Ami date for real. And not only do they date, they were an item in the past! My shipper fantacy come true! His dying word is, “Mercury.”
- Mamoru is not useless. Not only does Tuxedo Kamen save Sailor Moon, he revives her stolen energy by pulling power from the Earth beneath him and channeling it into her body.
- Acrobats. Everywhere. The acrobats who play the low level monsters also do background performing and various tumbling. At least a few are Cirque du Soliel level and really brought the whole performance to another level.
- Queen Serenity. We got to see her!
- The Silver Millenium. We spent more time in the Silver Millenium here than in the anime, even. We got to see Endymion and Serenity happy. We got to see the girls be friends.
- The costumes were exquisite. Not only were the school uniforms like they walked off the page, not only were the Senshi outfits the best edition in a musical yet, not only did the Endymion/General uniforms make those women sexy as hell, but we also got new, unique outfits like a whole new set of Princess dresses and Queen Beryl in armor.
- Tiny theater, easy to see. The theater this is held in is only slightly larger the the auditorium in my old high school. You could see everything.
- Sailor Jupiter was beautiful. Truly.
- EVERYBODY except Queen Serenity fought with a sword at least once. Everybody.
Top 5 Worst Things About La Reconquista
- No Luna or Artemis. At all.
- Momoiro Clover Z’s encore was painfully bad.
- The Princess dresses weren’t from the manga.
- Usagi really played up the ditz stuff a little too much.
- No word on whether the Generals were revived or not. In the manga, we see them again. I have hope.
Character photo card sets were available for sale in the lobby. Naturally, I, and everyone else, bought all the sets. Mirrored here.
The pamphlet is beautiful. Sadly, no princess dresses, sword action, battle clothes, or Silver Millennium anything were included. All scans here are moderately high res, but even higher res (600dpi) scans are available upon request. I have no host for files that big at the moment. These are mirrored here.
I also managed to get my hands on several of the promotional flyers for the event. Mirrored here. Included are scans of the side of the special clutch bag sold at the event.
After the show we were giddy enough that we went to the Tetsujin Karaoke place in Shinjuku that’s having a special collaboration with Sailor Moon in honor of the musical. This is the place serving those mixed drinks everyone has been on about.
The drinks were great and everyone in line waiting for a room was basically there for the Sailor Moon promotion. Men and women alike took pictures in front of the posters in the lobby and the ladies waiting behind my group giggled uncontrollably when they realized we were all here for the same purpose. I was impressed, too, that they had a large selection of PGSM music as well as classic anime and myu tracks. Also, this place apparently prints out a list of the songs you sang on your receipt for posterity. Karaokekan doesn’t do that!
The coasters were random. The server came with a box and you had to stick your hand in and blindly pull out one per drink. I ended up with two of my favorite beloved Sailor Mercury.
A perfect end to a perfect day.