Seira Hazuki wrote:
I never saw the appeal of Sailor Astarte... She looks like a recolor of Sailor Saturn and even her whole deal of being possessed by multiple entities pretty much cribs from Hotaru's story in the Infinity
arc. She's basically Sera Myu's version of an Otaku senshi. I guess her name's cool though.
The Kaguya and Dracul Musicals definitely fit in tone with the original musicals which were more '90s anime inspired... But the new musicals are much closer to the manga which Kaguya and Dracual just does not fit in with tone wise or aesthetically, in my opinion. Unless they completely rewrite the stories and redesign the new characters introduced.
Other ideas they could explore:
1) Uranus and Neptune's origin story as a musical would be EPIC. This feels like a no-brainer to me considering how popular the duo is in the musicals. Just imagine the kind of music that would come out of this too.
2) A Silver Millennium musical could also work as I really liked the flashbacks we saw in La Reconquista and Amour Eternal.
3) A musical focusing on Usagi and Mamoru's wedding, I mean not just the event itself, but also everything leading up to it. Maybe even resurrect Beryl as an enemy.
Well I would much rather they go back to the tone of having the musicals be more 90s inspired as I prefer the 90s over the manga. I loved Sailor Astarte and I never thought she looked like a recolor of Sailor Saturn. Her look is quite different. Also her personality is different from Hotaru and the entities that possess her are quite different from Mistress 9. Either way I would love to see her return and the musicals do a new version of the Dracul arc hopefully with a detailed backstory for Sailor Astarte.
I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before on here, but I think the Silver Millennium story would work better as a ballet or a fully sung-through opera than as a musical. There's something about it...its epic tragedy, its fairy tale, mythic quality...that seems to cry out for something more elaborate and sophisticated than a run-of-the-mill ~Sera Myu~
I do agree with you that Sailor Astarte is largely a Sailor Saturn clone, but I think that is in part due to how little stage time she got (resulting in our knowing so little about who she is) and in the Myu producers being a bit lazy/unimaginative when it came to costumes/designing new characters. I do still feel like there's a lot of untapped potential with her though. For instance, I've always felt she was supposed to be Muslim, and I'd love to see that be realized because a canon Muslim Sailor Soldier would be fantastic.
I never got the Muslim idea from Sailor Astarte. Quite the contrary I always thought of her as having more of a Canaanite or Pagan vibe. She is the incarnation of Astarte the Canaanite/Hebrew/ Phoenician Goddess of justice, civil order, love and war. She was even stated by Lilith of Darkness to oppose Yahweh and that Yahweh would be threatened by her. So I doubt she would worship the same God who she is said to oppose. That would be like Usagi worshiping Queen Metalia. Also again I don't see how she is a Saturn clone. Heck her outfit more so resembles Sailor Mercury then Sailor Saturn. She has a relatively different hairstyle and outfit.