Sailor Moon and X'mas
The "Sailor Moon and X'mas" event was held at the Marunouchi Toei Movie Theater in Ginza on Christmas day (1993.12.25). The movie theater was very nice (big, two floors, around 600 seats).
To get into this event, you had to send in a round-trip postcard and hope that you got one sent back with a notice saying that you can go. There were around 4000 postcards sent, and a little over 700 people got to go.
I arrived at the movie theater at 6:00 PM. There were already 500 people standing in line with numbers that they had passed out earlier. I had gone to the movie theater at around 10:30 AM, and I talked to a guy who said that they weren't going to pass out numbers. Since I didn't feel like standing in line for 9 hours, I went anime shopping. The guy had lied!
So we had to stand in line on the stairs inside the building. (Good thing we didn't have to stand outside in the cold.) I was early enough so that I was on the first set of stairs and was close enough to see the elevators on the first floor. While waiting, I saw the voice actresses and Takeuchi Naoko come out of the elevators a couple times. The first time, the voice actresses were in their normal clothes. The second time, they were in their flashy stage outfits. But of course they walked very quickly and they kept their backs turned to everyone. The only faces that I caught a glimpse of was Mitsuishi Kotono and Tomizawa Michie. Michie smiled. Takeuchi Naoko didn't seem like she was in a hurry, so I saw her very clearly twice. Also it seemed like the people around me didn't know who she was, or wasn't that interested.
The event was supposed to start at 7:30, and the people were supposed to be let in at 7:20. But things didn't start on time. We got let in at around 8:00, and the show started at 8:30. It probably took much longer than expected to let all of the people in. Everyone had to open their bags for camera and recording equipment inspection. They passed out an envelope to everyone containing lyrics to the songs, a number, and Sailor Moon tissues.
I was number 511. We did manage to find seats in the second floor. As expected it was mostly older boys (otaku types). But I did see some other kids and families. They allowed kids, but anyone in junior high or younger had to be accompanied by parents. All of the seats were taken up. There were people standing in the ailes in the second floor. I think there were a lot more people standing in the first floor.
At 20:30, "Moonlight Densetsu" started playing. Then the two emcees came out onto the stage, and they talked for around 4 minutes.
Then they showed the movie "Make Up! Sailor Senshi". This movie was just highlights from Sailor Moon where they introduced the Sailor Senshi and Tuxedo Kamen. [The animation taken from the Sailor Moon TV series.] The ED to this was "I am Sailor Moon", but a different version from the one on the CD "Mirai he Mukatte", as it was sung by Mitsuishi Kotono with background vocals by the other senshi voice actresses. This was very nice!
At 20:50, they moved a Christmas tree onto the corner of the stage (this tree didn't have any significance) and the two emcees came out again. At 20:53, a Sailor Moon came out onto the stage. It was a girl in a Sailor Moon costume (Sailor Senshi clothes and a large Sailor Moon head). Then Sailor Mars came out. Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars started arguing. The voices were done by the real voice actresses. Then Sailor Mercury came out, and told them to stop arguing. After a while the voices of Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Venus could be heard. But they (the Sailor Senshi in costumes) did not come out.
Then Shinohara Emi and Fukami Rica came out onto the stage. After a little while, Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury, and Sailor Moon went to get Tomizawa Michie, Hisakawa Aya, and Mitsuishi Kotono. Hisakawa Aya yelled out and asked, "Tanoshii!!" They all wore matching jackets, very short shorts, and tall boots. The color of the boots were their respective Sailor Senshi colors. [Very nice outfit! ^_^;]
They lined up on the stage (from left to right, point of view from the audience, it was Fukami Rica, Shinohara Emi, Mitsuishi Kotono, Tomizawa Michie, and Hisakawa Aya). Tomizawa Michie took the lead and they started talking.
They talked about the past Christmas that they remembered the most.
Then they sang "Silent Night" in Japanese. They had those little sticks of plastic that light up, and they were waving it back and forth slowly. Near the end of the song, Hisakawa Aya stopped waving it. Then when she noticed everyone else still waving, she quickly started. [Funny ^_^;]
They talked about what they did this year for Christmas Eve.
Fukami Rica, Shinohara Emi, and Mitsuishi Kotono went to Takeuchi Naoko's huge house for a pajama party. (Furuya Tohru was also there too in his pajamas, they said.)
Tomizawa Michie had a good bye party for one of her band members. Since she couldn't go to Takeuchi Naoko's house, Naoko drew a picture and faxed it to her. The other girls also sent some messages/pictures.
When they asked Hisakawa Aya about her Christmas, she just started singing and dancing..
Then they sang "Jingle Bells" in Japanese.
There was a little bit more of talking, and the three Sailor Senshi came back on stage. Mitsuishi Kotono, Hisakawa Aya, and Tomizawa Michie made them do some silly poses along with their voices. Then the voice actresses left the stage.
In the audience there were people dressed up as Santa Claus, Tuxedo Kamen, youma, and Sailor Jupiter.
The emcees and Sailor Senshi remained to pass out the presents. They called out the numbers for the presents. I didn't win anything. (;_;)
The presents were: sweatshirt x2, signed poster x10, signed tapestry x5, telephone card set x1, telephone card x2, bag x5, "Moon Revenge" CD single x10, signature board x5.
At 21:35, the voice actresses came back onto the stage. They had taken off their jackets and their flashy clothes had the following colors. Fukami Rica-yellow, Hisakawa Aya-blue, Tomizawa Michie-silver, Shinohara Emi-black (or dark green), Mitsuishi Kotono-pink. They performed their new song "Moon Revenge". It's a great song! Great dance too!
After the song, people started yelling out "encore", but the voice actresses just gave a good bye message.
[I forgot what they said..]
The show ended at 21:43. Then there was going to be a five minute break before showing the Sailor Moon R movie.
Since most of the people there had seen the movie before, some people left. I went down to the first floor and sat by Peter Evans (who was there as "press") to watch the movie.
This was the first time that I saw the movie. It was a great movie. Maybe my favorite movie of all time.
The movie ended around 22:45.
After the movie, the Toei people started to clean up the stage. One of them took off a Sailor Mercury UFO catcher doll from the Christmas tree and gave it to Tatsuya.
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