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PostSubject: Favorite Moon?   22nd November 2012, 8:23 am

Which of the Moon actresses did you like the most?

Anza will always be my favorite because she was the first I saw, she sings wonderfully, and she acted the most like Usagi I think!
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   22nd November 2012, 1:30 pm

Fumina!

Anza hadn't even seen the anime before getting the role

I think Anza was closer to the anime but Fumina was much closer to the (late) manga (since her musicals are a 16~17 year old Usagi) while Miyuki and Marina went in different areas altogether.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   22nd November 2012, 7:06 pm

Miyuki's voice fit Usagi a little but Marina really annoyed me :/ She just...I don't know...it was too much for me

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   22nd November 2012, 8:13 pm

I think it all depends on your perception of "Usagi", since she differs quite a bit between manga, anime and PGSM, I don't see why SeraMyu can't either. I love Marina, especially in her later shows. Though to be fair the Mugen Gakuens and Starlights are pretty much the lowest point SeraMyu reached, its a shame Marina received the short straw there. I think all four Myu Moons are unique and special in their own ways *loves all of them, just Fumina the most*

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   22nd November 2012, 10:42 pm

I'm torn between Miyuki and Anza. I think Miyuki is adorable and acts a lot like Usagi, but I also love how Fumina portrays an older Usagi as well.

And I've gained a new found appreciation for Marina after watching Shin Kaguya Shima and hearing her sing Junketsu no Narcissism and also Moonlight Justice. Her performance in that is astounding. Plus, she really grew into her roles and you can tell she improved a lot.

Also, its hard to NOT love Anza! She's adorable and probably has my favorite singing voice out of the four actresses. <3

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   23rd November 2012, 6:34 am

I nearly cried during Anza's goodbye special! It was just so sweet how everyone was just to sad to see her and some other go! It really shows the bond everyone had!

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   23rd November 2012, 6:58 am

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   23rd November 2012, 8:19 am

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Miyuki's voice fit Usagi a little but Marina really annoyed me :/ She just...I don't know...it was too much for me


I thought i was the only one! Marinamoon started annyoing, but then she grew up, but still annoyed me a little bit ._.

i say my final opinion about all moons but, after i watch all draaculs and all fumina musicals, i've just watched one so far.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   14th December 2012, 10:48 pm

I LOVE Anza. She brought power and life to the role of Usagi and will always be my favorite. Her last musical almost put me in tears when she was talking about her memories from the start of her Myu appearance.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   14th December 2012, 11:59 pm

Here are my pros and cons for each of the Myu Moons *nods* I think they all have their strengths and weakness and there is no true "best".

1 - Anza Ooyama

She's a very good singer and actor and is good at getting across Usagi's negative qualities of greediness and laziness well, she probably had the roughest start of all the girls, in Dark Kingdom she's sadly danced and acted completely off-stage by Nana Suzuki (and Yuri Nishina, despite her costuming). Anza has a strong personality and is capable of more styles of singing and acting than the other three, I would say as an actress, she out-performs the other four Moons. However, Anza has a tendency to over-act, especially in the her Dark Kingdom through to SuperS career. She grows better in Stars and better still in Eien Densetsu, however, aside from Ayako, Mao and Yuuta she seems to not connect very well with her Senshi co-stars which Fumina, Miyuki and Marina all do better with, she does not seem as united as she could be, a very us-and-them feeling, however she has a tendency to over-do things, much like we saw in the original anime, sometimes her crying or persistence with Mamoru can seem a bit too drawn out for my taste.

2 - Fumina Hara

The lovely Fumina Hara seems to do exactly what she said she wanted to be, a sort of reverse-Anza, which she does very successfully, her portrayal of Usagi seems to come from the late manga, which fits perfectly as that is when her musicals are set, Stars and Post-Stars, a mature and elegant Usagi who hasn't lost her childish and silly completely. Fumina also has the best relationship with her Mamoru in the Kaguya Musicals. Her singing is elegant and soothing, however her largest issue is a lack of facial expression, whether due to her make-up or just her personality, Fumina clearly has the passion and power in her body, voice and eyes but it often does not come to her face. I think this is the reason why people dislike Fumina the least, feeling she doesn't care. I assure you Fumina cares about her role as much as anyone else, of the four Moons she cried harder than any other (yes even more than Anza! Poor Fumina can't do anything but cry and wave frantically to no one in particular, losing her sense of composure completely) Her other issue is her timing, after years of the anime and Anzamoon, Fumina can come as a real shock for people who aren't experienced with the manga or expecting a new kind of Usagi. You might think of Fumina as the Japanese cliche "cool beauty".

3 - Miyuki Kanbe

Miyuki has a strong and fiery personality, she is probably the most unique of all the Usagis. She is clearly aware of being a more cheerful and forceful portrayal and never wavers this act, her voice is probably the most unique of the Moons and gives her wonderful variation in her types of songs (something Fumina and Marina lack). Jumping around and smiling, Miyuki is instantly loved, however her portrayal can come across as a bit harsher and darker than previous incarnations, though most likely intentional, it can be a bit hard to get one's head around. Miyuki is probably the best overall, however, she seems to have a hard time connecting with the audience, but this can be chalked up to the nature of the Dracul Series, much less feel good and upbeat. Since Miyuki portrayas Usagi so strongly from the get-go, she seems to have a hard time developing a range and she does not grow well with Usagi as Fumina and especially Marina did. I feel she peaked too soon, at the finale of her second musical.

4 - Marina is definitely the people's Usagi, instant rapport with the audience and she seems to garner the most support, this is perhaps because she is the least professional and least experienced, an imperfect Usagi growing and trying her best, to me at least, is much more interesting than watching a seasoned actress be professional. Marina is probably the least proficient singer and actress of the four but with every musical she grows better, culminating in an utter and complete victory for her abilities in her final musical, she peaks exactly as she could in Marinamoon's "Yakusoku no Uta" and we can't help but appreciate all her effort and hard work. Nonetheless her greatest issue is still being hunkered down by inexperience and having less raw ability that her predecessors sadly.

Overall my favourite is still the misunderstood Moon, Fumina, her absolute dedication to show a new side of Usagi, that has always existed just often ignored is something I can understand completely. Her mixture of maturity, style, elegance, compassion, sweetness, cuteness and silliness for me can't be beat!

Greatest moments for each four

Anza: The Kiss of Love, Winter 1998
Fumina: Arrival of Princess Moon, Summer 1999
Miyuki: Lullaby of Loneliness, Summer 2000
Marina: Yakusoke no Uta, Winter 2005

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   15th December 2012, 9:25 pm

That is an excellent breakdown of the Moons. After watching the Shin Kaguya musical, I had a newfound appreciation for Marina. I felt like Junketsu no Narcissim was sung beautifully by her (and the Loof Merrow) and it gave me chills. In fact, that whole musical...amazing. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   19th July 2013, 6:39 am

Sorry for posting on an old thread (for some people that's like murdering their first born child), but I was all prepared to come here and say "Hara Fumina" and start an argument (like it always happened in the olden days) until I saw that Houyou no Senshi also liked her. Very Happy

As a person who absolutely detests the Toei cartoon, I think Fumina was like Usagi walking off the page of the comic into real life, exactly like Houyou no Senshi said. She played Usagi as someone who's delicate and even "frail" (which is not how Hara Fumina is in real life at all - it was an intentional acting choice), until she's put in a position where she has to fight, and she becomes strong and elegant. That's Usagi to a "T".

BTW, I also think Shimada Sara was the best Sailor Neptune. My image of Sailor Neptune is of a cute, silly "bimbo" who's really only serious and "adult" when she absolutely needs to be. I think Takagi Nao nailed Haruka as the silly-but-protective "older sibling", and combined with Shimada Sara as the cute, flirtly "older sister", they were the perfect Uranus and Neptune. Almost all of the other Neptunes played her as the June Cleaver "mother" character (especially Asami Yuuka) which I think doesn't work. I wish Shimada Sara had been in the revision of Kaguya Shima Densetsu - it would have been perfect. Sad

Miyuki is my close #2 choice, even though she was basically the opposite of Fumina. Marina and Anza were okay, but neither one seemed to mesh with the role as well as the other two. I think Anza is great, but as Usagi she always seemed to be "playing a character" rather than actually being her. I think this is partly because Anza herself is about as different from Usagi as you can possibly get.

BTW, Houyou, your comparison of the Usagi's is spot-on! One thing, though, about Anza's "over acting" - I think that was mostly the fault of the director. In the behind-the-scenes part in the first musical video, seeing the director being so overly picky with how the actresses said every single word and how they moved made me understand why they were SO sickeningly cute and phony in the beginning.
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   18th December 2013, 6:56 am

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   18th December 2013, 8:08 am

this is a hard choice as I love all moons, but i think Anza is at top then Miyuki, fumina and marina. they all have aspects to them that make them an excellent usagi// moon.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   18th December 2013, 10:57 am

I can't decide i love all of them equaly unlike uranep (naoyuhka for eva) i do not like one moon over any of the others they all brought somthing to the roll. Anza= the feels fumina= usagi's mature side miyuki= cry baby and hyper usagi. And marina= cute adorable and jelous usagi so yea i love them all equally.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   18th December 2013, 12:31 pm

We're forgetting Satomi!!! Anza will ALWAYS be my favorite, but I honestly love Satomi no matter what anyone says ^^ I know the singing isn't perfected yet, but I love her portrayal of Usagi.

For me it's Anza, Satomi, Miyuki, and I haven't seen enough of Fumina or Marina to pick which one of the two I like more.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   18th December 2013, 2:07 pm

I haven't seen all of them, but I think they all have different strengths and provide very different versions of Usagi which I found interesting.

Anza - I love her singing voice the best out of them all. She's a true performer; she has the talent in singing, acting, her dancing is always so lively and energetic and she puts her all into the performance. Looks-wise, I'm having trouble syncing her with Usagi, but that's just personal preference.

Fumina - I think that she's quite underrated and she could have been more had she been in more performances. I didn't like her first musical at all but I love, love love Kaguya Shima Densetsu. It's actually my favorite musical so far. She's definitely the prettiest Usagi and I can see her as a very good Neo Queen Serenity (shame we only saw a bit of that too!) Acting isn't as strong, but her voice is quite good too. Her stage is actually my favorite so far (so many great songs!) Fumina also grew impressively fast, I think, and that's commendable.

Miyuki - Her voice reminds me of anime!Usagi's voice. I think she best embodies the Usaginess of the role for me. She just has that 'it' factor. She fits the role well and could portray Usagi the best for me. I'm not always a fan of her singing voice, but I love that she's so one with her role. Unfortunately I'm still getting used to the dracul stories and I find myself connecting with the songs on that stage the least. The story is great but at times can also be confusing and downright strange.

I haven't seen Marina yet, still have one more Miyuki show to see.

Satomi - She also portrays a pretty good Usagi but I think compared to her predecessors she sits very snugly in the middle. Possibly because we only saw her in one musical, maybe she could've grown more if given the chance. Her singing is weaker than all the others, which is a shame. But I thought she fit the role quite well given her experience and the limited time we got to see her!

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   19th December 2013, 11:06 am

I don't really think about Satomi cause i kinda count la recoqista as a stand alone but yea i love her as much as i love the other moon. I agree that her singing could use some work but than so did marinas in some of her earlier musicals. 

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   9th February 2014, 6:58 am

I saw Miyuki's farewell and damn, it was like seeing Usagi literally coming to life. Seeing her cry - no, practically bawl - openly like that was so Usagi and it broke my heart. I can't bear to think such a wonderful person isn't around anymore. Sad She is officially the one who embodies Usagi the most for me.

And now I'm going to start watching Marina's first musical (doubt she can top Miyuki in the Usaginess department though).

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   28th March 2014, 5:17 pm

my top for usagi are anza and miyuki. honestly those two were the best and miyuki was more like usagi coming to life. but i have lots of love for anza cause she's one of my favorite moons overall. c:

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   30th March 2014, 7:29 pm

Yeah I think if I was ever forced to pick (cause its really hard for me, I love the 4Moons of Myu pretty equally xD) I would go with Miyuki and Anza. I love Miyuki's spunk and she feels very Usagi like to me. I love Anza's singing and emotions, especially in her later shows.

Marina is such a cutie tho! I think she has the "Usagi" look the most. ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Moon?   24th June 2014, 10:53 pm

i saw a few of marina's performances, i gotta say she's definitely has that usagi look. plus, i just love her vocals. c:
she made usagi seem a lot more different and gave it a different view compared to the other three moons.

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