I thought it could be useful to those who are thinking about watching the Sailor Moon Musicals (Sera Myu) to have a list of them divided by stories. This way it’s easier to pick one based in a season/arc you want to see, since not all of them have an obvious title (specially when in Japanese - at least for non Japanese speakers)!
Just keep in mind the older the production, the tackier are the costumes - but they actually grew on me haha the first ones can be tricky though ^^’. Personally, I didn’t start from the beggining - first I went after some based on my favourite seasons and fans’ favorites, then I tried to go in order of release…but do as you please!
Kaiteiban: Revisioned version of previous musical (may include change of script, actors, songs, costumes, etc.). Usually the kaitebans are recommended over their original musicals.
Senshuuraku: The final day of a particular musical, it features more jokes and adlibs, as well as special goodbyes to the cast members who are at their last performances
As some musicals were never officially released, I have left them in the counting here for the record, but detached them from the others (because you will not find a good video of them to watch). Here’s the structure of the counting:
ARC (X/X + X), meaning (‘number of recorded musicals EXcluding kaitebans’ / ‘number of recorded musicals INcluding kaitebans’ + ‘number of musicals never released on video’)
For example, the 3rd arc, Infinity/S (¾ +2) has a total of 6 adaptions: 3 completely different musicals released on video plus 1 kaiteiban, which sums 4 recorded musicals + plus 2 musicals never released on video.
This way, out of 33 musicals, we have a total of 28 to watch! or 20, if you don’t mind watching both versions of the revised ones (the original and the kaiteiban). But don’t worry about watching/liking all of them!
Oh, I also marked each musical with their respective Sailor Moon actresses, so we have:
These are actually not independent, but sequential shows! So, naturally, you need to watch them all in order if you want to understand the story
1. (Mi) Last Dracul Jyokyoku - Shin / Henshin Super Senshi he no Michi (2000 Winter) ~~> This musical is actually a remake of the never recorded musical listed before, ‘Sailor Moon S - Henshin - Super Senshi e no Michi’, this time with the introduction of the reoccurring theme of the series, vampires 2. (Mi) Kessen / Transylvania no Mori - Shin Toujou! ChibiMoon wo Go ru Senshi Tatsu (2000 Summer)
2.5*(Mi) Kessen / Transylvania no Mori KAITEIBAN - Saikyou no Kataki Dark Kain no Nazo (2001 Winter)
~~> IMPORTANT: In order to understand the third musical, you must watch the Kateiban version of Transylvania no Mori… In fact, I’ve been told it’s better to watch both versions of this musical!
3. (Mi) Last Dracul Saishuu Shou - Chou Wakusei Death Vulcan no Fuuin (2001 Spring)
Special Myu’s Anniversary event, this one is somewhat related to R and consists only of 1 act. The second part of it was a talk show with the cast
(Ma) 10th ANNIVERSARY Festival - Ai no Sanctuary (2002 Spring)