Shadow Galactica

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Members of Shadow Galactica. Left column: Sailor Lethe, Sailor Mnemosyne, Sailor Phi, Sailor Chi. Center column: Galaxia in her civilian and senshi forms. Right column: Sailor Iron Mouse, Sailor Aluminum Siren, Sailor Lead Crow, Sailor Tin Nyanko, and Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon.
Shadow Galactica
Story arc: Sailor Stars
Leader: Sailor Galaxia
Chaos form: Chaos itself
Key figures: Sailor Animamates, other corrupted Sailor Senshi
MOTD: Phage
Tools: Golden bracelets, Saffer Crystal

Shadow Galactica (シャドウ・ギャラクティカ Shadō Gyarakutika?), a fictional organization from the Sailor Moon metaseries, groups together the villains of the fifth story arc in both the manga and the anime. Shadow Galactica as an organization devotes itself to stealing "starseeds", the essence of sentient life, from all in the universe. Its members have the ultimate goal of reorganizing the universe in the image that Chaos desires. The musicals state that they have already conquered 80% of the galaxy, and all 88 constellations - with only Usagi's solar system remaining.

Key figures[edit]

Sailor Galaxia[edit]

Sailor Galaxia (セーラーギャラクシア Sērā Gyarakushia?) emerges as Sailor Moon's strongest opponent in the manga Stars and in its anime counterpart, Sailor Stars. As such, she serves as the main antagonist in the above-mentioned story arc. She is the self-proclaimed "Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica", and is also described as the Soldier of Solitude.[1] She aims to discover all the Sailor Crystals in the universe so that she can rule the universe unopposed. Galaxia's own crystal, the Saffer Crystal, is described as one of the most powerful Sailor Crystals in the galaxy. Its name is Old English for "sapphire,"[2] and the kanji applied to it in the text of the manga are 青金石 (seikinseki), meaning "lapis lazuli."

In the manga, Sailor Galaxia originated alone on a small planet she deemed "trash". She wandered alone until the day her powers awakened. But she had no purpose for herself, and felt that the mere role of a Sailor Senshi did not satisfy her; she craved something and she thought that was power. She left her planet in search of another place which she could call home. During her travels she came upon a bar, Chaos in the form of Wiseman, showed Galaxia what she was looking for—the Galaxy Cauldron. She discovered that in order for her to gain control of the Galaxy Cauldron she had to gather the Sailor Crystals of all the Sailor Soldiers of the galaxy. Those powers combined together with that of Sailor Moon would give her the power to kill Chaos and rule the galaxy.

She then created Shadow Galactica and traveled to planet after planet, turning them into places of death and stealing the starseeds of their guardian Sailor Soldiers. In her first conquest on Earth, she stole Mamoru's golden starseed right in front of Usagi's eyes; and after that, she and her minions stole the life force of each of the Sailor Soldiers on Earth until only Sailor Moon and Chibichibi are left. At the Galaxy Cauldron, Galaxia proceeded to battle them, until Chaos tried to kill Galaxia by blasting her off a cliff. Sailor Moon rescued her from falling over the cliff into the cauldron, and Galaxia finally realized that she had always really wanted love, not power. By accepting Sailor Moon's offer of friendship, the bracelets which supplied Galaxia with life and power shattered, and she died with a smile on her face.

In the anime, Sailor Galaxia once ranked as the legendarily strongest Sailor Senshi in the universe. The Sailor Wars pitted all of the Sailor Senshi against those who infringed against love and justice. Eventually, the Wars ended when Sailor Galaxia sealed the source of all malice, Chaos, within her body to save the cosmos. However, Chaos began to increase its power while sealed up. Knowing her power put the entire universe at risk, Galaxia expelled her starseed (in the form of Chibichibi) into the rural galaxy of the Milky Way, where the newly born stars of love and justice resided. With that her acts of free will came to an end. Now completely controlled by Chaos, Sailor Galaxia sought to steal all the starseeds in the universe in order to control it for herself in the name of "Star Galaxia". In order to do this, she used the power given to her by Chaos to create a pair of golden bracelets which granted her life and the power to extract the starseeds of many people - including the Sailor Senshi of every planet in the universe. During her invasions she also found many living beings from each planet to whom she granted the power of her own bracelets to do the work for her. These living beings became known as the Sailor Animamates. The planets she and the Animamates wrecked included the planet Kinmoku; the resident Sailor Soldiers and Princess Kakyuu managed to escape destruction and flee to Earth, the last place that Sailor Galaxia had not invaded.

In order to enter Earth, Sailor Galaxia first did two things. She broke the seal of Queen Nehelenia in order to force the awakening of the soldier of silence, Sailor Saturn. Galaxia wanted to have Sailor Saturn ready for Galaxia to take all the starseeds of the Solar System. After Nehelenia was defeated by Sailor Moon and she was given a second chance at life, Galaxia began her plan. As Mamoru Chiba was flying to America to begin his studies, Galaxia attacked the airplane he was traveling in and stole his golden starseed. Once this was done, she sent her Animamates to find true starseeds belonging to Sailor Soldiers - in other words, Sailor Crystals.

After numerous failures, Galaxia would kill most of her Animamates by force, and eventually confronted the Sailor Senshi herself. She managed to kill Princess Kakyuu and all four Guardian Senshi by taking their Sailor Crystals, and defeats but does not kill the Starlights. Galaxia is then confronted by the Outer Senshi, and she offers them a chance to serve her in exchange for their starseeds — an offer which Uranus and Neptune "accepted", killing Pluto and Saturn, but turned on Galaxia at the last minute to try to take her starseed. Their attack failed, since Galaxia had no starseed to take, and the last two Outer Senshi died. Sailor Moon, Chibichibi and the Starlights engage in a final battle against Galaxia. Chibichibi revels herself as the "Light of Hope", the re-incarnation of Galaxia's starseed, and transforms into the Sword of Sealing, which she asks Princess Serenity to use as a weapon to kill Galaxia. When Serenity is unwilling to do so, Chaos overtakes Galaxia's body and she undergoes a transformation, changing her golden uniform to black, and getting pale skin and vampire-like wings. Galaxia shatters the sword, killing Chibichibi. Serenity continues to refuse to fight Galaxia, believing that she still has good inside her. She instead gives Galaxia the strength to expel Chaos from her body, an act which returns darkness to the minds of all life, where it belongs together with the Light of Hope. Galaxia regains her soul, and leaves with the task of returning the stolen starseeds home.

In the Sailor Moon musicals, Galaxia features prominently in the Sailor Moon Sailor Stars musical and in its revision, the Eien Densetsu musical and in its revision, Shin Densetsu Kourin, Starlights - Ryuusei Densetsu and Kakyuu-Ouhi Kourin.

Her musical story is similar to both the anime and manga versions. As in the manga, the final showdown with Galaxia often occurs in the Galaxy Cauldron. As in the anime, Uranus and Neptune pretend to betray the others to work for Galaxia. Note that Chibichibi does not factor into the Sailor Moon Sailor Stars musical at all, but appears in all the other stories. Galaxia generally employs fewer Animamates in the musicals than in either the manga or anime. Several times she resurrects Queen Beryl to work for her along with either Beryl's four generals or in one case the Amazon Trio.

Depending on the musical's story, Galaxia is either the final or penultimate enemy the Senshi must defeat. In Eien Densetsu, Galaxia is successfully purged of evil and sacrifices herself to help the Senshi destroy Chaos, who had been posing as a low-ranking minion. In another, Galaxia becomes Sailor Chaos.[citation needed] In yet another version of the ending, Beryl will become Queen Metalia and fight alongside Sailor Chaos, forcing the Senshi to defeat them both.[3]

In the anime series, her voice actress is Mitsuko Horie.[4] In the stage musicals, four different actresses have portrayed her: Saori Sara, Tamami Matsumoto, Takemi, and Yumie Sakaguchi. Matsumoto stated that she greatly enjoyed the role: "ordering people around and being above others is such a great feeling".[5]

Chaos[edit]

Chaos (カオス Kaosu?) becomes the main villain in the Sailor Moon universe.

It emerges during the course of the series that Chaos sends out incarnations in the form of Sailor Moon's major enemies (Queen Metalia, Wiseman, Pharaoh 90 and Queen Nehelenia), and eventually uses Sailor Galaxia to steal Sailor Crystals so it can free itself and rule the galaxy. In the manga, when Sailor Moon fights Chaos, it appears as an enormous mass of black fourth-dimensional space. In the end, with the help of all of the Senshi, Sailor Moon is able to force it into the Galaxy Cauldron and everyone who was killed is sent back, each to their planet and time of origin, reincarnated after the battle. However it is indicated that Chaos is not dead and will come back as Sailor Chaos much the same as it did in Sailor Cosmos's future.

Sailor Chaos never appears in the anime adaptation, but Chaos appears very briefly in the series finale when Sailor Galaxia expels her after suffering defeat. Other than this, Chaos is only referenced in the Sailor Stars story-arc where the name "Chaos" is alternately used with konton, the Japanese word for chaos. Sailor Galaxia ultimately reveals herself as the soldier who sealed Chaos within her own body and thus saved the galaxy. She holds the golden bracelets created for her by Chaos which grants her eternal life and the power to extract starseeds. She also gave each Sailor Animamates a pair to wear. Chaos possesses Galaxia, so that Galaxia can fight the Light of Hope, which is Galaxia's own star seed. But Usagi is able to reach the small bit of hope left in Galaxia's own heart, and she releases Chaos from her body, ending the anime story arc. As well as in the manga, Chaos does not die from this final confrontation; however, differently from the resolve of the manga, Chaos leaves Galaxia to inhabit the hearts of all people, which was stated to be its original residence.

In the Eien Densetsu Sailor Moon musical, Chaos appears as Kyaosu (Kyaosu, or "Chaos"), another male servant of Galaxia. He functions as comic relief: often Sailors Phi, Chi, and Theta bully him. He disguises himself as the director of a school play that the younger Senshi are starring in and also poses as the Three Lights' manager. In an amusing addition, as director he worked for "Banzai," a parody of Bandai, who sponsored the musicals at the time. His true form has multicolored streamers attached to a mohawk; he wears a black leather biker jacket and pants, exposing his chest. He is weak - Rei Hino in civilian form is able to beat him up after he works with the other Shadow Galactica members to frame Rei for a crime. Later on in the musical, he makes a deal to assist Sailor Moon, taking her and the Starlights to the Galaxy Cauldron and promising to save a Senshi from death (he saves Sailor Mercury). However, after Galaxia's defeat, Kyaosu reveals himself to be Chaos. With his power sealed inside Galaxia, he was forced to inhabit a weak physical shell. After Moon purged his energy from the Golden Senshi, however, he regains his full strength and once more threatens to destroy the galaxy. He is defeated when all the Senshi - including a revived Galaxia - combine their powers.

Ryuuji Kasahara played the role of Chaos.

Sailor Chaos[edit]

Sailor Chaos (セーラーカオス Sērā Kaosu?) represents Chaos reborn. According to Sailor Cosmos, Chaos will emerge from the Galaxy Cauldron reborn as a powerful Sailor Senshi.[6] Sailor Cosmos, frustrated with an ongoing battle against Sailor Chaos, disguised herself as ChibiChibi to travel back in time and convince Sailor Moon to destroy the Galaxy Cauldron, and thereby to prevent Sailor Chaos emerging to start a new series of devastating wars.

Sailor Chaos never actually appears as a living character in the Stars manga, which displays a vague image only once — as a flash-forward — when mentioning her. When Sailor Moon descends into the Galaxy Cauldron, she calls upon all the powers of all the Sailor Senshi in the universe and attempts to envelop Chaos, but gets repelled at the last moment. However, with the power of all the galaxy's Sailor Crystals as one, the Cauldron is revived and the Sailor Senshi that had been killed were sent to be reborn. However, Chaos is not completely eliminated at this time and will eventually return as Sailor Chaos.[6]

The Sailor Animamates[edit]

The Sailor Animamates (セーラーアニマメイツ Sērā Animameitsu?, occasionally romanized as "Sailor Anima-Mates"), Sailor Galaxia's main reapers of starseeds, appear in both the anime and the manga. They bear names prefixed by the title "Sailor" followed by the name of a metal and the name of an animal. They are led by Sailor Chi and Sailor Phi in the manga, by Sailor Lead Crow in the anime, and by Sailor Pewter Fox in the musicals.

In the manga, despite the titles, none of them is a true Sailor Senshi but merely normal living-beings who gave up their own star-seeds to Galaxia to become one — in fact, the manga reveals that each of them murdered the Senshi of their home planet in order to win Galaxia's favor.[7] The victims of three Animamates are explicitly named: Sailor Coronis, Sailor Mau and Sailor Chū (Sailor Coronis is the only one of the dead Senshi to ever be pictured in the manga). Two more Senshis are implied by the mention of devastated planets called Mermaid and Cocoon, home planets of Aluminum Seiren and Heavy Metal Papillon respectively.

This backstory is not mentioned one way or another in the anime; instead, Princess Kakyuu states that Sailor Tin Nyanko was once a true Sailor Senshi. In the anime, the Sailor Animamates disguise themselves as employees of Tokyo's primary television station, Galaxy TV (Ginga Terebi), in order to get closer to their victims. Under Sailor Galaxia's command, they search for true star-seeds whose shines can survive exposure to the outside world. Each of them were given a pair of Galaxia's golden bracelets that grants them the power to become a Sailor Senshi, extract starseeds and even turn their victims into Phages. It has been told that they gave up their own Sailor Crystals to Galaxia in order to possess them, therefore taking them out would instantly kill them. Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon does not appear, and Eternal Sailor Moon matches them at every turn: she alone has the power to heal Phages and restore star seeds to innocents. They can warp from place to place using a black phone booth.

All five of the original Animamates appear in various Sailor Moon musicals, including Sailor Stars, Eien Densetsu, Starlights Ryuusei Densetsu, and Kakyuu Ouhi Kourin. They pose as a dance troupe called the "Dancing Animamates" and go by pseudonyms: Iron Mouse as "Chū Rat", Aluminum Seiren as "Half Bird", Lead Crow as Manila Karasu, etc. In addition, the musicals introduce two new Animamates: Sailor Pewter Fox and ailor Titanium Kerokko.

Sailor Iron Mouse[edit]

Sailor Iron Mouse (セーラーアイアンマウス Sērā Aian Mausu?) appears first of the Sailor Animamates. Her human pseudonym in the anime, Chiūko Nezu (根津 宙子 Nezu Chiūko?), has a name expressing word-play: in Japanese, Chūko and Nezu are each perfectly acceptable names; however, "chū" is the sound made by mice, and nezu is short for nezumi, which means "mouse". She exhibits a personality both childlike and intense; she usually chooses famous or impressive people as her victims, seems to enjoy her work, and is openly terrified of Galaxia.[8] True to her name of mouse, Iron Mouse is very short, at least a foot shorter than all her targets (Takeuchi's notes in the manga state that she is Chibiusa's height, but she is not quite that short in the anime).[1] She is also afraid of cats.[9]

Iron Mouse has a very short career in the manga, only a few pages long. She appears in Act 43, in the Fantastic Music Hall during the joint concert between the Three Lights and Michiru Kaioh. She attacks with "Galactica Crunch" before Sailor Star Healer kills her. It later emerges that Iron Mouse killed Sailor Chū, the Senshi from her home planet Chū, taking her star-seed so that Iron Mouse could be a Sailor Senshi (her planet's name is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a mouse's squeak).

In the anime, Iron Mouse can warp from place to place using a red phone-booth that she summons and which she can also use to block attacks.[8] When in disguise, she carries a black house-phone in her bag and keeps one in a drawer at the TV station. Both of these phones are used to speak with Galaxia, who can cause phones like these to appear before Iron Mouse anywhere or any time. She can also fire a beam of purple energy from her palms.[10]

Iron Mouse functions as the antagonist for several episodes of the anime, but in episode 181 Galaxia takes her golden bracelets by force killing her instanty as punishment for her failure to collect starseeds, even though she had discovered the identity of Sailor Star Fighter.[8]

In the musicals she aided in Sailor Galactica Attack.

Eriko Hara voices Sailor Iron Mouse. Hara previously voiced a yōma in the Dark Kingdom story-arc, and Unazuki Furuhata in Sailor Moon S. In the musicals, Chie Maruyama and Aki Kudo portray Sailor Iron Mouse.

Sailor Aluminum Seiren[edit]

Sailor Aluminum Seiren (セーラーアルーミナムセイレーン Sērā Arūminamu Seirēn?) becomes the second of the Sailor Animamates to appear. The Greek word Seiren in her name means the same as the English Siren and often appears romanized as such.[11][12] Her powers lie in her ability to create and manipulate songs, as per her name.[1] Her human pseudonym in the anime is Reiko Aya (彩 れい子 Aya Reiko?), which may be a pun on "puppet," "mermaid," "makeup" and "child spirit."[13] She is very polite, ditzy and oblivious when off-duty, and is always eating or feeling hungry; once engaged in battle, however, she drops her flaws and becomes completely ruthless.

In the manga, Aluminum Seiren first appears in Act 44 on the roof of Jūban High School and attacks Usagi and Seiya with Galactica Tsunami. She succeeds in stealing the starseeds of Sailor Mercury and Sailor Jupiter, killing them; then Sailor Star Maker and Sailor Star Fighter kill her. According to the Materials Collection, she sings and writes ballads as a hobby.

In the anime, Aluminum Seiren makes her first appearance in episode 182.[14] Masquerading as Aya Reiko, she works together with Karasuma Akane (Sailor Lead Crow), who reveals that they once competed for the position of Number One Animamate. She eventually discovers Sailor Moon's identity and nearly succeeds in killing her, but the Guardian Senshi and the Sailor Starlights stopped her. Despite learning their identities, as well as finding a strong star seed, Aluminum Seiren dies at the hands of Galaxia in episode 188 by taking back own her bracelets by force for her failure to defeat Sailor Moon. As she vanishes, Sailor Lead Crow sheds tears for her death.[15] She is the only Animamate who uses her manga attack (Galactica Tsunami) in the anime, although it consists only of throwing nearby water bottles, juice boxes, soda cans, etc. at the Senshi.

The anime explores her personality more deeply than does the manga. Other characters describe her as ditsy and airheaded,[16] sometimes taking insults as compliments or not even realizing she's being insulted. She is also shown to have a large appetite and eats whenever she gets upset. She is extremely polite, and formally introduces herself (handing over a business card) to her targets before attacking them, much to Lead Crow's annoyance. Once a battle begins, however, her personality changes sharply. Although still slightly ditsy, she is shown to be quite clever and is able to set traps for the Sailor Senshi. For example, she points out Uranus' and Neptune's faux pas of standing on the table with their shoes on in order to fluster them to aid her escape.[17] She shares a deep bond with Sailor Lead Crow.

Voice actress Kikuko Inoue provides her voice. In the musicals, she is played by Anri Oonuki.

Sailor Lead Crow[edit]

Sailor Lead Crow (セーラーレッドクロウ Sērā Reddo Kurō?) is the third of the Sailor Animamates to appear. Her human pseudonym in the anime is Akane Karasuma (烏丸 あかね Karasuma Akane?), which is taken from the words for a certain shade of red (pronounced the same as "lead" in Japanese) and for "crow". The Tokyopop manga translated her name as Red Crow. Despite having a bad temper, she is very intelligent and is a skilled fighter, often attacking her enemies with a whip. In episode 193, she manages to defeat Sailor Mars, Sailor Venus, Sailor Jupiter, and Sailor Mercury in battle, being the only Animamate to engage the Senshi in combat.

In the manga, Lead Crow first appears in Act 45 at Rei Hino's temple to confront her fellow Coronians, Phobos and Deimos — who are actually the guardians of the Princess of Mars, Rei Hino. Using Galactica Tornado, she succeeds in stealing their starseeds before Sailor Moon destroys her with her Starlight Honeymoon Therapy Kiss attack. It is later revealed that Lead Crow killed Sailor Coronis, the Senshi from Coronis (home planet of Phobos, Deimos, and Lead Crow), taking her star-seed so that Lead Crow could be a Sailor Senshi. According to the Materials Collection, besides using Galactica Tornado, Lead Crow can also manipulate rot, and is known for being a sadist.

In the anime, Lead Crow appears in Episode 182 as a partner of Aluminum Siren. She is said to be the leader of the Animamates, and calls her partner her "greatest rival"; however, she harbors great concern for her fellow Animamate, and when Aluminum Siren is killed, tries to carry on the same work. Siren's death seems to haunt her, and she thinks about her fallen comrade often. She dislikes Tin Nyanko, but partners with her for a time, which leads to her being killed by her own trap when Tin Nyanko sabotages it. As she dies, she cries out for Sailor Aluminum Siren.

Sailor Lead Crow appeared in a few of the musicals, including "Starlights - Ryuusei Densetsu" and its revision. Like the rest of the Animamates, she poses as a member of a dancing troupe known as the Dancing Animamates. She acts as choreographer for the group, an inside joke, as her actress also doubled as a choreographer for the musicals themselves.[citation needed] Ryuusei Densetsu also presents herself as Japan's leading expert in Filipino dance, a play on her name.[18]

In the anime, Sailor Lead Crow is voiced by Chiharu Suzuka. In the musicals, she is played by Ado Endoh.

Sailor Tin Nyanko[edit]

Sailor Tin Nyanko (セーラーティンにゃんこ Sērā Tin Nyanko?), the fourth of the Sailor Animamates to appear, has as her human pseudonym in the anime Nyanko Suzu, which is drawn from her Senshi name and from suzu, the Japanese word for both "tin" and "bell." Nyanko is a colloquial term for a cat, drawn from nyan (the Japanese equivalent of meow). Her pseudonym in the English manga is Kitty Bell. She has a cold personality, willing to kill anyone who is in her way.

In the manga, Tin Nyanko appears in Act 45 as a new transfer student from Libya. Like Lead Crow, she confronts people from her home planet, Mau—in this case, Luna and Artemis. Diana arrives and tries to protect them, but Tin Nyanko's Galactica Puppet attack transforms all three into their humanoid selves, then injures the crescent moon markings on their foreheads and turns them into ordinary and badly hurt cats. Sailor Star Fighter attacks her, and although she escapes unharmed, she is killed by Galaxia. It is revealed that Tin Nyanko killed Sailor Mau, the Senshi of her home planet, taking her star-seed so that Tin Nyanko could be a Sailor Senshi. Luna and Artemis call Sailor Mau their planet's only hero (her planet's name comes from a real species of cat called the Egyptian Mau). According to the Materials Collection, Tin Nyanko also has the ability to manipulate scents and supposedly has nine lives.

In the anime, Tin Nyanko appears in Episode 188 as a rival to Sailor Lead Crow and Sailor Aluminum Siren. She is partly responsible for both their deaths, and in the process learns Sailor Moon's identity. During their confrontation, Eternal Sailor Moon attempts to heal her with her attack, and succeeds only in knocking off one of her bracelets. This allows Nyanko's true personality to partially assert itself; however, she is torn between her duty to kill the Sailor Senshi and a new urge to rebel against her master. Symbolically, it also turns out that half of her body is white. This also reveals that Tin Nyako was once good but was captured by Galaxia only to be used for retrieving starseeds and killing innocent lives from many planets. Sailor Galaxia eventually resolves the situation in Episode 195 by removing her remaining bracelet and killing her off. When Tin Nyanko dies, she leaves behind a small golden bell that had been part of her uniform.

In the Sailor Stars musical and its revision, Sailor Tin Nyanko was one of Galaxia's henchwomen sent to earth to destroy the Sailor Senshi. She participated in Juuban High School's musical festival alongside the other Animamates. She was able to assist in the group attack Galactica Twister alongside Pewter Fox and Titanium Kerokko.

In the anime, she was voiced by Ikue Ōtani. She was played by Tomomi Seo and Toni Hosokawa in the musicals.

Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon[edit]

Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon (セーラーヘビーメタルパピヨン Sērā Hebīmetaru Papiyon?) is the fifth and last of the Sailor Animamates to appear. Her name incorporates the French word for butterfly, pronounced as in French papiyon; in Japanese culture, butterflies are often considered to be symbolic of the soul. In the Materials Collection artbook, and the musical Ryuusei Densetsu, the word "Heavy" is omitted from her name. She only shows up in Act 49 of the manga, and not the anime.

Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon comes from the planet Cocoon.[1] The Materials Collection also states that Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon manipulates fire, and attacks with "Galactica Scales," although this attack is not named in the manga. Furthermore, she is described as a parent as well as a samba dancer, and has "high sex appeal."

Known as the "soul hunter," Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon guards a graveyard in the center of the galaxy, surrounded by butterflies. These butterflies are the remnants of the dead Sailor Senshi whose Sailor Crystals had been taken. She shows Eternal Sailor Moon, Sailor Kakyuu, and ChibiChibi the graves that had been dug for them, binds them with vines, and prepares to burn them to death. The three are saved by the arrival of Sailor Chibi Moon and the Sailor Quartet, who break the vines with their group attack, "Pink Ladies' Freezing Kiss". The Sailor Quartet later destroy Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon with their group attack, "Amazoness Jungle Arrow".

She also appears in the musicals, portrayed by Keiko Endoh.

Sailor Pewter Fox[edit]

Sailor Pewter Fox (セーラーピューターフォックス Sērā Pyūtā Fokkusu?) is the leader of the Animamates in the Sailor Stars musical, replacing both Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon and Sailor Lead Crow.[19] She does not appear in any other continuity. The allusion of a normally "red" animal in place of the "Red Crow" lends strength to this idea. While her animal namesake is red, she actually wears gray, likely in reference to the metal in her name. She also got many solos, indicating the character's high rank. She was sent to earth to destroy the Sailor Senshi. She participated in Juuban High School's musical festival alongside the other Animamates.

She attacks with Galactica Mirage, and aids Tin Nyanko and Titanum Kerokko in Galactica Twister. She also aided in Sailor Galactica Attack.

Like all of the other Animamates, she wears golden bracelets, implying that she no longer has a star seed. Little else is known about her, as she only ever appeared in this musical.

Two actresses have played her: Rei Ku and Junko Iemura.

Sailor Titanium Kerokko[edit]

Sailor Titanium Kerokko (セーラーチタンケロッコ Sērā Chitan Kerokko?) appears in the two versions of the Sailor Stars musical, and in Eien Densetsu, where she is called Sailor Mitis Kerokko. She does not appear in any other continuity.

Her name comes from the Japanese onomatopoeia for the noise that a frog makes.[20] Like the other Animamates, she wears golden bracelets, implying that she no longer has a star seed. Little else is revealed about her character.

She had no attack of her own, but instead aided Tin Nyanko and Pewter Fox in Galactica Twister. She also aided in Sailor Galactica Attack.

She has been played by two actresses, Haruko Yamaguchi and Megumi Wakamatsu.

Servants[edit]

Sailor Lethe and Sailor Mnemosyne[edit]

Sailor Lethe (セーラーレテ Sērā Rete?) and Sailor Mnemosyne (セーラームネモシュネ Sērā Munemoshune?) appear only in Act 48 of the manga. They are twin sisters[1] and come from the conjoined twin planets Lethe and Mnemosyne, respectively. Their planets were small, poor, and plagued by violence and chaos. When Galaxia appeared and brought death and ruin, the two had no choice but to follow her in the hopes of someday finding peace.

Sailor Lethe is named for a naiad in Greek mythology, and for a river of the Greek underworld where dead souls go to forget their past lives before being reincarnated. Sailor Mnemosyne is named for the Titaness of memory, the mother of the muses, as well as another river in the underworld which brought remembrance and omniscience.

Sailor Lethe first introduces herself as the ferryman of the desert river. She traps Eternal Sailor Moon at the bottom of the River of Oblivion, kills Luna, Artemis, and Diana, and attacks Sailor Moon. She is stopped by Sailor Mnemosyne, who says that Sailor Moon has been hurt enough.

Lethe says that Sailor Moon's Sailor Crystal, the Ginzuishou, is the cause for all of the wars they are experiencing, and that if it is destroyed, there will be peace. Sailor Moon offers her life if it will end the violence. Lethe and Mnemosyne are so moved by her self-sacrifice that they realize that whether or not Sailor Moon dies, the war will continue. Just as they are about to release the Senshi, Sailor Chi and Sailor Phi appear. These call Lethe and Mnemosyne useless fools and take their Sailor Crystals, which kills them.

Sailor Lethe has an attack called "Galactica Myosotis Alpestris," which she used to attack Usagi. Myosotis alpestris is the name of an alpine species of Forget-me-not.

Sailor Chi and Sailor Phi[edit]

Sailor Chi (セーラーカイ Sērā Kai?) and Sailor Phi (セーラーファイ Sērā Fai?) may be Galaxia's most loyal servants, and appear only in the manga and musicals. They are named for two letters of the Greek alphabet, which are written X (Chi) and Φ (Phi).

The pair are known as the Starseed Gardeners, or the Garden Crystal Senshi, and watch over the starseeds that are kept in the gardens around Galaxia's palace. They serve as messengers for Galaxia, overseeing her other servants and reporting on their actions. Sailor Phi first appears in Act 45, reporting Sailor Aluminum Seiren's failure. Sailor Chi appears later, in Act 48.

Sailor Chi and Sailor Phi are responsible for the deaths of all three Sailor Starlights, Princess Kakyuu, Sailors Lethe and Mnemosyne, and probably many others. They are defeated by Eternal Sailor Moon in Act 49, but not before they greatly increase Sailor Galaxia's power.

The two have similar outfits; Chi's is green, bares her midriff, and ends in a long skirt slit to the thighs. Phi's is red, covers her midriff, and ends in pants. Each carries a staff with a sun symbol on top of it, which they can use to fight. Sailor Phi also uses an attack called Galactica Plants Blizzard.

In the musicals they use a group attack with the Sailor Theta called Galactica Cry, and one with Theta and Buttress and MC Fly called Sailor Galactica Attack. Their costumes are also altered to be completely different from their manga counterparts and to match Sailor Theta. In each of their musical appearances, they, along with Sailor Theta were Galaxia's lowest ranked followers. They were dressed almost identical and were rarely given any dialogue. They received their orders from the other members of Shadow Galactica. There was no indication that they had a special role as Star Gardeners.

In the musicals Sailor Phi's outfit had green highlights and she had orange hair, while Sailor Chi's outfit had red highlights and she had green hair.

Sailor Chi has been portrayed on stage by Ado Endoh, Sachiko Akimoto, and Mari Yasuda. Sailor Phi has been portrayed by Kaori Ishikawa, Rieko Akimoto and Mika Komura.

Sailor Theta[edit]

Sailor Theta (セーラーシータ Sērā Shīta?) only appears in several of the Sailor Moon musicals and does not appear in the anime or manga. She is a servant of Galaxia always seen accompanying Sailors Phi and Chi and, like them, is named after a Greek letter (Theta, written Θ). The three of them are referred to as the Galactica Troops. Theta disguises herself as a student or a backup dancer for the Three Lights (depending on the musical) in order to observe the Sailor Senshi and eventually attacks them with her partners. Theta does not have an individual attack, instead only shouting Sailor Galactica Attack, and Galactica Cry alongside Phi and Chi. In Eien Densetsu (Kaiteiban) two members of the Galactica Troops use Galactica Twister and Dark Power Theta is eventually killed by Galaxia herself, along with Phi and Chi, for being too weak.[citation needed] Like the other musical-exclusive characters, nothing of her origin is revealed. The three of them have more than one uniform, dependent on the musical. In the Sailor Stars Musical she went by the name Shadow Bug. This bug theme was dropped for the revision.

She did not appear in the 12th musical, which was also based on the Sailor Stars series - she and the others were replaced instead by the Shitennou.

Sailor Theta has been played by Yūko Matsumoto, Ado Endoh, and Azusa Katagiri.

Sailor Buttress[edit]

Sailor Buttress (セーラーバトレス Sērā Batoresu?) only appears in one of the Sailor Moon musicals (specifically, Sailor Stars). By definition, buttresses function as decorative supports for buildings, and Sailor Buttress functions the same way to Galaxia. She is Galaxia's adviser,[21] and gives orders to the Animamates, MC Fly, and Chi, Phi, and Theta. She also announces Galaxia's entry, functioning as a herald.

Her costume closely resembles Galaxia's: made of black, leathery material instead of golden metal; and she carries a metal fan. Her red hair is done up in the same fashion as Galaxia's, without the warrior-knot on top. Because of both these facts, she bears a striking resemblance to Galaxia's fully possessed form from the anime, sans wings, with a normal complexion (instead of grey), and retaining the golden bracelets. Nothing of her origin is revealed, although her wearing of the bracelets implies that she no longer has a starseed.

She had no attack of her own, but instead shouted Sailor Galactica Attack alongside the other members of the Galactica. Unlike the other members other than Galaxia, she does not take on a civilian identity in the musical.

Shiori Seki portrayed Sailor Buttress.

MC Fly[edit]

MC Fly (MC・フラーイ MC Furāi?), a male servant of Galaxia, led a trio of insect-based villains: Shadow Mantis (Sailor Phi), Shadow Bug (Sailor Chi), and Shadow Bee (Sailor Theta). He only appeared in the Sailor Moon Sailor Stars musical and its revised edition. He appeared first as the Master of Ceremonies (hence his name) for a school talent-competition, clad in a Phantom of the Opera styled outfit. His true form was that of a fly-man, with antenna on his head and wings. He could shapeshift and took the form of Endymion to fight Tuxedo Mask. After the Sailor Moon Sailor Stars musical, the bug theme was dropped.

He does not have an attack of his own, but he does perform Sailor Galactica Attack alongside the rest of Shadow Galactica.

Ryuuji Kasahara, who later played Kyaosu, portrayed him.

Other members[edit]

In the manga, Galaxia revives Tuxedo Mask and the Sailor Team and forces them into her service. While under her control, they battle Eternal Sailor Moon, Sailor Chibi Moon, and Sailor ChibiChibi with evil "Galactica" versions of their normal attacks. They attack in turn and together, injuring Sailor Moon and breaking her wings before she finally destroys their bracelets. They are reduced to ash, but their Sailor Crystals hang in the air briefly before Galaxia reclaims them.

In the anime, Galaxia frees Queen Nehelenia from the seal and encourages her to take her revenge by unleashing a nightmare upon the "people of the White Moon". Galaxia provides her with the Black Mirror to aid her in her plans. After dragging Mamoru into her nightmare dimension, she captures all the Sailor Soldiers, and after a powerless Usagi confronts her, her tragic past is revealed. However, Nehelenia is ultimately redeemed by their forgiveness, and reborn as a small child around Chibiusa's physical age. She is referred to as "Queen" even at this age, and she only remembers everything as a bad dream. It is not revealed until the final few episodes that Galaxia contracted Nehelenia into her service for the sole purpose of forcing Sailor Saturn to reawaken her Senshi powers, as at the time Hotaru was merely an infant.

In the anime, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune willingly join her so that they can "remain together forever". Shortly afterwards they kill Sailor Pluto and Sailor Saturn. While they initially lead Eternal Sailor Moon and the Starlights to believe that they are under Galaxia's control, their act is just a ruse to get close enough to Galaxia to kill her. When she orders them to take the Starseeds of Sailor Moon and the Starlights, they turn on her and attempt to take her starseed instead. However, because Galaxia no longer has her starseed, their sneak attack fails and she removes their bracelets. They die holding each other's hand moments later. This scene is replicated in various musicals featuring Galaxia and has the song Orleans no Sei Senshi~Uranus-Neptune no Uragiri (Holy Soldiers of Orleans~Uranus and Neptune's betrayal) appear in each version.

In the musicals, Galaxia often resurrects old Sailor Moon villains to join her other servants. Most frequently she brings back Queen Beryl, who works with Galaxia in Eien Densetsu, its revised edition, and Shin Densetsu Kourin. The Amazon Trio are made members in Shin Densetsu Kourin. Beryl's Shitennou are revived alongside her in Starlights - Ryuusei Densetsu and Kakyuu-Ouhi Kourin - The Second Stage Final.

Phage[edit]

The term Phage (ファージ Fāji?) occurs only in the anime. It describes any monster of the week formed by the use of Galaxia's golden armlets which are infused with the power of Chaos and are used by a Sailor Animamate. When the shine of a person's starseed dies, his or her body becomes a sort of parody Senshi (gender being retained). They change shape based on their dominant personality trait or hobby, and take on exaggerated mannerisms and names such as "Sailor Guts", "Sailor Teacher", or "Sailor Antique".

After an animamate has extracted the starseed from a normal person they would often abandon each of them upon discovering that the victim only has a "normal" starseed before their brightness fades away. A person's starseed will then turn black as it corrupts and transforms the person into a Phage. After fighting the Phage, Eternal Sailor Moon has the power to restore them to their normal forms and to return their normal starseed back into their human bodies using the Starlight Honeymoon Therapy Kiss attack and the Silver Moon Crystal Power Kiss attack. In the anime Princess Kakyuu is implied to have this power as well.[22]

It should be noted that those who possess a true star seed or a Sailor Crystal do not turn into a Phage because they hold the true star seeds that eternally shine. An example was during Episode 193, when Sailor Lead Crow forced Usagi to surrender her star seed. After extracting it from her, surprisingly she does not turn into a Phage as she possessed what Lead Crow considers to be a 'true' star seed or a Sailor Crystal that is strong enough to shine longer. However, when starseeds are taken from a Sailor Senshi or a normal person, their body fades away killing them instantly. The anime, however, never explained the true origins of Phages but it is assumed that they are the products of Chaos' power which was infused onto Sailor Galaxia's golden bracelets and were also given to the Sailor Animamates in exchange for their star seeds. This power within the bracelet may have an influence towards the formation of Phages from victims who's starseeds are extracted but are not taken by the Animamates.

While Phage do not appear in the manga or musicals, they are referenced in one of the songs in the musical.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Takeuchi, Naoko (October 1999). Materials Collection. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-324521-7. 
  2. ^ Schumann, Walter (2006) [2002]. "Sapphire". Gemstones of the World. Trans. Annette Englander & Daniel Shea (Newly Revised & Expanded 3rd ed.). New York: Sterling. p. 102. "In antiquity and as late as the Middle Ages, the name sapphire was understood to mean what is today described as lapis lazuli." 
  3. ^ 2004 Winter Seramyu Musical Kakyuu-Ouhi Kourin
  4. ^ Doi, Hitoshi. "Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon". Archived from the original on 2006-09-02. Retrieved 2006-10-06. 
  5. ^ Sailor Moon Musical 1998 Eien Densetsu kaiteiban (Senshuuraku) - Eikyuu Honzonban Video
  6. ^ a b Takeuchi, Naoko (1997-04-04; December 10, 1998). "Act 52". Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 18. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178858-2. 
  7. ^ Act 45.
  8. ^ a b c "Seiya and Usagi's Heart-Pounding Date". Sailor Moon. Series 5. Episode 181. July 20, 1996. Toei. Asahi.
  9. ^ "Luna Saw It!? Idol Yaten's True Face". Sailor Moon. Series 5. Episode 178. June 22, 1996. Toei. Asahi.
  10. ^ As in episode 178.
  11. ^ The katakana of this character's name read seiren, like the Greek word. When the English word "siren" is used in Japanese, it is spelled and pronounced sairen. Takeuchi frequently used non-English, non-Japanese words in naming her characters. Miller, Ian Andreas. "Dies Gaudii". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  12. ^ Hitoshi Doi uses the romanization "Siren". Doi, Hitoshi. "Aya/Aluminum Siren". Retrieved 2007-06-15. 
  13. ^ "Sailor Aluminum Seiren". -Jupiter's Thunder Dragon-. Sailor Dream. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  14. ^ "Invasion from Space! Seiren Comes Flying In". Sailor Moon. Series 5. Episode 182. August 3, 1996. Toei. Asahi.
  15. ^ "An Invitation to Terror! Usagi's Night Flight". Sailor Moon. Series 5. Episode 188. October 12, 1996. Toei. Asahi.
  16. ^ As by Lead Crow in episode 182.
  17. ^ "A Night for Just Us! Usagi's Pinch". Sailor Moon. Series 5. Episode 184. August 17, 1996. Toei. Asahi.
  18. ^ Manila is the capital of the Philippines
  19. ^ The credits for the DVD release of the musical list "Animamates Leader" next to Sailor Pewter Fox's name in the credits.
  20. ^ Sailor Titanium Kerokko
  21. ^ Stars Musical DVD Credits
  22. ^ "A Farewell and a Meeting! The Flow of the Stars of Destiny". Sailor Moon. Series 5. Episode 173. May 11, 1996. Toei. Asahi.

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