Recalling our adventures in Part 1, the reason I attended the Sailor Moon musical on Wednesday was because we genuinely believed that our original Friday tickets had been lost in the mail, after being sent out almost a month prior to our trip.
Well… The next day, after learning that our tickets had been held up by Japanese customs, they were finally delivered Thursday night – barely twenty-four hours before the show! It was a close call, way too close…
And so, knowing that we would be going back to see the show a second time (yay!), I sent out a quick message to Coro (Nephlite) to tell her we would be back to again and waiting in the parking lot afterwards – and if it was ok with her, we’d like to meet with her and thank her again. She quickly replied that it would be fine, and confirmed she would be there to meet us. Awesome!
We spent most of the day on Friday with Mark’s cousin Lana and her mom Lise, Mark’s aunt. Lana had been working in Japan for over a year as a teacher, student and part-time model, and Lise was in town for a visit. Along with Mark, Kara and myself, Lana was also coming to the show – she’s a big Sailor Moon fan too and was happy to join us. In fact, she’d bought her own ticket, and during our adventures with the tickets she’d sold hers to another fan who was already coming to see it on Monday – more on that later.
Right before heading out to the Aiia Theater, we stopped by a gourmet burger joint in Shibuya, and while there Kara went into the washroom to change into her little Sailor Moon outfit, which had won her a prize at the Animethon convention in Canada the previous month. She was ready to spread some Moon Power back to the country where it all began!
Just like we did on Wednesday, we headed to the Aiia Theater at about 6:00 pm. It was a nice surprise to see our friend Eric again, who was hoping to get a ticket for himself to see the show one last time.
People were already lined up – perhaps a bigger crowd than Wednesday. This time around, there were more adult males, foreigners, and obviously some couples on a date. No cosplay, but some people were definitively wearing Sailor Moon t-shirts and bringing their own merchandise, such as dolls and Moon wands. The merchandise booth was very popular this time as well, and Lana picked up a cell phone case for herself. Kara was doing her own thing, posing for photos and she started being excited again to see the show. We even saw the helpful staffer from Wednesday night, who spotted Kara from inside and dropped what she was doing to come out and take a picture of Sailor Kara!
Finally, while we had sold Lana’s ticket to a girl who had come to see the show from Scotland, unfortunately she couldn’t find the theater in time – so we left her ticket at the ticket table and went in. She still had a ticket for the final show on Monday though, and ultimately did see the musical.
This time around, we were seated right at the front, in the second row – seats 14 to 17. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Once again, our staff lady provided us with a cushion for Kara so she could see better. But we were so close anyway, we couldn’t miss anything – we were in “upskirt view” territory and saw all sorts of details we couldn’t see from the back, right down to the transparent strappies the actors were wearing on their shoes so they wouldn’t fly off as they ran around the stage.
The show was exactly the same, but it was really great to see it again. The only difference was that we had the “Green Momoclo” member for the Love Cupid App on Mercury’s phone instead of the Red member from Wednesday’s show. Still, it was great to see it for a second time to catch the experience all over again. It was Mark’s first time seeing a Seramyu in person, and despite not understanding the language (or being a Sailor Moon fan), he still enjoyed it a lot. At the final curtain call, we were all waving our goodbyes at the cast and Jupiter and Venus were right in front of us! They spotted Kara and waved at her until the curtain was completely down.
We rejoined Eric at the exit (who also reported that the show was not sold out as there were several empty seats in the back) and on the way out we were met with another surprise – my ticket had been drawn to receive a door prize! We were handed a prize bag which included some “limited edition” Sailor Moon cups, and profusely thanked the staff in many languages as we left.
By 10:00pm, we were patiently waiting outside as people were leaving the premises, except Yuga Yamato’s fanclub who also stayed till she left in her chauffered car. Then suddenly (and much sooner than on Wednesday), almost the entire cast came out looking for us! Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Nephlite, Zoicite and Queen Serenity all came out to say thank you for coming from Canada to see the show, and had also seen or heard about Kara and her Sailor Moon costume. Everyone was so excited and laughing that Kara was a little bit overwhelmed, in case you were wondering why she no longer smiling for the group photo!
I gave Serenity (Jamie Natsuki) the Canadian maple syrup candies I had brought with us as gifts, for her to share with the whole cast. We then proceeded to take a few group photos – everyone wanted to high-five Kara again, and she was more than happy to oblige!
The cast left quickly after this all-too-brief meet, but with good reason: they were performing a matinee the following day at 1:00pm and needed to rest! We noticed that Satomi (Moon) left with a woman who appeared to be her mother (probably heading home – and after all, she was only sixteen years old) while the rest of the cast regrouped and headed to the nearest train station. Even our favorite staffer came outside to give us a final thank you and goodbye, and take a picture with Kara.
After arranging plans for the following day (Eric would be joining us on our excursion to Yokohama), we left. It didn’t take long for Kara, completely exhausted, to fall asleep in her stroller. Poor baby All the same, she’ll have amazing photos for her scrapbook!
After we got home from Japan, we learned that the audience had not been allowed to approach the cast after the final performance on Monday – there was a fence and bouncers between the crowd and departing cast, meaning we were among the very few (if not the only ones) to get up close with the actors like this. Once again, I couldn’t believe our luck to have been able to meet the cast, twice! It will definintely be an experience to remember forever…