Shadow Galactica

Shadow Galactica (シャドウ・ギャラクティカ, Shadō Gyarakutika) are a group of fictional characters in the Sailor Moon manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi. They are the villains of the series' fifth and final story arc, called Stars in the manga, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars in the first anime adaptation, and Sailor Moon Cosmos in the second anime adaptation. Shadow Galactica is first introduced in chapter #43 "Stars 1", originally published in Japan's Nakayoshi magazine on March 28, 1996.

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 Sailor Guardian forms. Right column: Sailor Iron Mouse, Sailor Aluminum Seiren, Sailor Lead Crow, Sailor Tin Nyanko, and Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon.
Publication information
PublisherKodansha
First appearanceSailor Moon chapter #43: Stars 1 (March 1996)
Created byNaoko Takeuchi
In-story information
Base(s)Galactica Palace (manga)
Galaxy TV (anime)
Leader(s)Sailor Galaxia
Chaos
Member(s)Sailor Animamates
Other corrupted Sailor Guardians
Phage

Shadow Galactica as an organization devotes itself to stealing starseeds, the essence of sentient life, from all in the Milky Way. Its members are led by Sailor Galaxia and have the ultimate goal of reorganizing the universe in the image that Chaos desires. The Sailor Moon musicals state that they have already conquered 80% of the Milky Way, and all 88 constellations - with only Sailor Moon's Solar System remaining. Sailor Galaxia's castle, Galactica Palace (ギャラクティカ・パレス, Gyarakutika Paresu), serves as Shadow Galactica's base of operations in the manga. Galactica Palace is located at the Galactic Center, in Sagittarius Zero Star, and it is built around the Galaxy Cauldron, the birthplace of all life in the Milky Way. In the first anime adaptation, Shadow Galactica's base is Galaxy TV (銀河TV, Ginga Terebi, lit. "Silver River TV").

Key figuresEdit

Sailor GalaxiaEdit

Sailor Galaxia (セーラーギャラクシア, Sērā Gyarakushia) is an orange-haired human-like female alien and the main villainess of the fifth story arc. She is the self-proclaimed "Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica", and is also described as the Guardian of Solitude.[1] According to Naoko Takeuchi, Galaxia was created as a Sailor Guardian "to rival Sailor Moon", and her golden uniform and costume was described by her as very difficult to draw.[2]

Before the events of Sailor Moon, Sailor Galaxia lived on a small planet she deemed "trash". She wandered until the day her powers awakened. Without feeling any purpose for herself, and lacking satisfaction in the role of a mere Sailor Guardian, Galaxia began to crave power. She left her planet in search of another homeland and in her travels, she comes upon Chaos in the form of Wiseman, who showed her what she was looking for—the Galaxy Cauldron. She discovers that for her to gain control of the Galaxy Cauldron, she has to gather the Sailor Crystals, the starseeds of the Sailor Guardians of the galaxy. Those powers combined with that of Sailor Moon would give her the power to destroy Chaos and rule the galaxy. She then created Shadow Galactica and began traveling to planet after planet, turning them into places of death and stealing the starseeds of their guardian Sailor Guardians. In her first conquest on Earth, she steals Mamoru's Golden Crystal; and after that, she and her henchwomen steal the Sailor Crystals of each of the Sailor Guardians on Earth until only Usagi and Chibichibi are left. At the Galaxy Cauldron, Galaxia fights them, until Chaos attempts to kill Galaxia by blasting her off a cliff. Sailor Moon rescues her from falling over the cliff into the cauldron, and Galaxia finally realizes that she has always really wanted love, not power. By accepting Usagi's offer of friendship, the bracelets which supplied Galaxia with life and power shatter, and she dies peacefully.

In the anime adaptation, Sailor Galaxia is the strongest Sailor Guardian in the Milky Way. Before the beginning of the series, she ends the Sailor Wars by sealing the source of all malice, Chaos, within her body to save the cosmos. To prevent her starseed — the "Light of Hope" — from being corrupted by Chaos, Galaxia expelled it from her body and sends it into the galaxy in the form of Chibichibi. Becoming possessed by Chaos, Galaxia destroys various planets. Planning to steal the starseeds in the Solar System, Galaxia breaks the seal of Queen Nehelenia to force the awakening of Sailor Saturn. After Nehelenia's redemption, Galaxia uses the Sailor Animamates to steal the Sailor Crystals, but they are unsuccessful. Eventually, after killing Tuxedo Mask, Princess Kakyuu and most of the Sailor Guardians, she fights Sailor Moon and the Sailor Starlights. In the climax of the battle, Chaos completely possesses Galaxia, whose skin turns light grey and her uniform turns black, with bat-like wings. In the end, Sailor Moon refuses to fight Galaxia, and releases Chaos from her body. She leaves and returns to space, intent on returning the stolen starseeds.

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 manga and anime adaptation. As in the manga, the final showdown with Galaxia often occurs in the Galaxy Cauldron. As in the anime, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune pose as Galaxia's henchwomen. Galaxia generally employs fewer Animamates in the musicals than in either the manga or anime, but several times she resurrects villains from past arcs. Depending on the musical's story, Galaxia is either the final or penultimate enemy the Sailor Guardians must defeat. In Eien Densetsu, Galaxia is successfully purged of evil and sacrifices herself to help the Guardians destroy Chaos, who had been posing as a low-ranking minion. In another version of the ending, Queen Beryl will become Queen Metalia and fight alongside Galaxia, who will herself become Sailor Chaos after being completely possessed by Chaos, forcing the Guardians to defeat them both.[3]

In the anime series, her voice actress is Mitsuko Horie.[4] In English, her voice is provided by Carrie Keranen.[5] In the stage musicals, five different actresses have portrayed her: Saori Sara, Tamami Matsumoto, Takemi, Yumie Sakaguchi and Coco Isuzu. Matsumoto stated that she greatly enjoyed the role: "ordering people around and being above others is such a great feeling".[6]

ChaosEdit

Chaos (カオス, Kaosu) is a primeval entity that has existed since the beginning of the universe and the true main antagonist of the Sailor Moon series.

Chaos appears as an enormous mass of black fourth-dimensional space. It is revealed that Chaos was a being who failed to become a star, and that it merged itself with the Galaxy Cauldron, so destroying Chaos would result in the destruction of the Cauldron as well. It emerges that, during the course of the series, Chaos sends out incarnations in the form of Sailor Moon's major enemies (Queen Metalia, Wiseman, Master Pharaoh 90 and Queen Nehelenia), and eventually uses Sailor Galaxia to steal Sailor Crystals to attract Sailor Moon to the Cauldron. In the end, with the help of all of the Guardians, Sailor Moon is able to force it into the 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.

In the anime adaptation, Galaxia reveals herself as the guardian 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 gives each Sailor Animamate a pair to wear. Chaos corrupts Galaxia, so that Galaxia can fight the Light of Hope, which is Galaxia's own star seed. However, Sailor Moon is able to reach the small bit of hope left in Galaxia's own heart, and she releases Chaos from her body. Chaos leaves Galaxia to inhabit the hearts of all people, which was stated to be its original residence.

In the Eien Densetsu musical, Chaos appears as Kyaosu (キャオス, Kyaosu), another male servant of Galaxia. He functions as comic relief and is apparently very weak.[7] He disguises himself as the director of a school play that the younger Guardians are starring in and also poses as the Three Lights' manager. 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 Sailor Guardian 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 but after Moon purged his energy from Galaxia, he regains his full strength and once more threatens to destroy the galaxy. He is defeated when all the Guardians, including a revived Galaxia, combine their powers. Ryuuji Kasahara played the role of Chaos.

Sailor ChaosEdit

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 Guardian.[8] 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.

Sailor AnimamatesEdit

The Sailor Animamates (セーラーアニマメイツ, Sērā Animameitsu, occasionally romanized as "Sailor Anima-Mates") are Shadow Galactica's main reapers of starseeds, and are led by Sailor Chi and Sailor Phi. They bear names prefixed by the title "Sailor" followed by the name of a chemical element (usually a metal or an alloy) and the name of an animal. Despite the titles, none of them is a true Sailor Guardian but merely normal living-beings who gave up their own star-seeds to Galaxia to become one — each of them murdered the Guardian of their home planet in order to win Galaxia's favor.[9] The victims of three Animamates are explicitly named: Sailor Coronis, Sailor Mau and Sailor Chū (Sailor Coronis is the only one of the dead Guardians to ever be pictured in the manga). Two more Guardians are implied by the mention of devastated planets called Mermaid and Cocoon, home planets of Aluminum Seiren and Heavy Metal Papillon respectively.

In the anime adaptation, contrary to their manga counterparts, it is stated by Princess Kakyuu that the Animamates were once true Sailor Guardians.[10] The Animamates disguise themselves as employees of Tokyo's primary television station, Galaxy TV, to get closer to their victims. Under 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 extract starseeds and even turn their victims into Phage. They gave up their own Sailor Crystals to Galaxia to possess them, therefore taking the bracelets out would instantly kill them. Eternal Sailor Moon matches them at every turn: she alone has the power to heal Phage 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", and Heavy Metal Papillon as "Miss Butterfly"; only Tin Nyanko retains her alias from the anime. In addition, the musicals introduce two new Animamates: Sailor Pewter Fox (セーラーピューターフォックス, Sērā Pyūtā Fokkusu), who acts as leader of the Animamates in these musicals, and Sailor Titanium Kerokko (セーラーチタンケロッコ, Sērā Chitan Kerokko), also known as "Sailor Mitis Kerokko" in Eien Densetsu. Pewter Fox gets many solos in the musicals, indicating the character's high rank in Shadow Galactica. Pewter Fox has been played by Rei Ku and Junko Iemura, while Titanium Kerokko has been played by Haruko Yamaguchi and Megumi Wakamatsu.

Sailor Iron MouseEdit

Sailor Iron Mouse (セーラーアイアンマウス, Sērā Aian Mausu) appears first of the Sailor Animamates. 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]

Iron Mouse fights the Sailor Guardians during the joint concert between the Three Lights and Michiru Kaioh. She is the first one killed by Sailor Star Healer. It later emerges that Iron Mouse killed Sailor Chū, the Guardian from her home planet Chū, taking her star-seed so that Iron Mouse could be a Sailor Guardian.

In the anime adaptation, she goes by the human pseudonym Chūko Nezu (根津 宙子, Nezu Chūko). This pseudonym 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 fearful of Galaxia. She is also known to travel in a phone booth similar to a TARDIS.[11] She is also afraid of cats.[12] After failing to steal the star seeds, she becomes the first one killed by Galaxia.[11]

In the anime series, her voice actress is Eriko Hara in Japanese. In English, she is voiced by Katie Leigh.[5] In the musicals, Chie Maruyama, Aki Kudo and Shion Aoki portray Iron Mouse.

Sailor Aluminium SirenEdit

Sailor Aluminium Siren (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.[13][14]

Aluminum Siren 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 instantly; then Sailor Star Maker and Sailor Star Fighter kill her. According to the Materials Collection, she sings and writes ballads as a hobby.[1]

In the anime adaptation, Aluminium Siren makes her first appearance in episode 182.[15] Her human pseudonym is Reiko Aya (彩 れい子, Aya Reiko), which may be a pun on "puppet," "mermaid," "makeup" and "child spirit."[16] 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. Aluminium Siren works together with 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 Inner Guardians and the Sailor Starlights stopped her. Despite learning their identities, as well as finding a strong star seed, Aluminium Seiren is killed by Galaxia for failing to kill Sailor Moon.[17]

She is voiced by Kikuko Inoue in Japanese and by Faye Mata in English.[5] In the musicals, she is played by Anri Oonuki and Yuka Kobayashi.

Sailor Lead CrowEdit

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. The Tokyopop manga translated her name as Red Crow.

Lead Crow first appears in Act 45 at Rei Hino's temple to confront her fellow Coronians, Phobos and Deimos — who are actually Rei's guardians. 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 Guardian from Coronis (home planet of Phobos, Deimos, and Lead Crow), taking her star-seed so that Lead Crow could be a Sailor Guardian. According to the Materials Collection, besides using Galactica Tornado, Lead Crow can also manipulate rot, and is known for being a sadist.[1]

In its anime adaptation, Lead Crow first appears as a partner of Aluminum Seiren. 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 Seiren is killed, tries to carry on the same work. 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". Despite having a bad temper, Lead Crow is very intelligent and is a skilled fighter, often attacking her enemies with a whip.[18] 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.

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. "Ryuusei Densetsu" also presents her as Japan's leading expert in Filipino dance, a play on her name.[19]

In the anime, Lead Crow is voiced by Chiharu Suzuka. In the English dub, she is voiced by Andi Rich.[5] In the musicals, she is played by Ado Endoh and Irya Yuuto.

Sailor Tin NyankoEdit

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. Her human pseudonym is Nyanko Suzu (鈴 にゃんこ, Suzu Nyanko), which is drawn from her Guardian 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.

Tin Nyanko first appears in Act 45 as Nyanko Suzu, 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 injured 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 Guardian of her home planet, taking her star-seed so that Tin Nyanko could be a Sailor Guardian. 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 adaptation, Tin Nyanko is a rival to Sailors Lead Crow and Aluminum Seiren. She is partly responsible for both their deaths, and in the process learns Sailor Moon's identity. During their confrontation, Usagi 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 reveal itself, and even half of her otherwise black uniform turns white. However, she is torn between her duty to kill the Sailor Guardians and a new urge to rebel against her master. However, Sailor Galaxia decides to kill her.

In the Sailor Stars musical and its revision, Sailor Tin Nyanko was one of Galaxia's henchwomen sent to Earth to destroy the Sailor Guardians. She participated in Juuban High School's musical festival alongside the other Animamates.

In the anime series, she is voiced by Ikue Ōtani in Japanese and by Corina Boettger in English.[5] She was played by Tomomi Seo, Toni Hosokawa and Miu Hashigaki in the musicals.

Sailor Heavy Metal PapillonEdit

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; 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.

Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon comes from the planet Cocoon.[1] 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 Guardians 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 destroy Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon with their group attack. The Materials Collection 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."

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

ServantsEdit

Sailor Chi and Sailor PhiEdit

Sailor Chi (セーラーΧ (カイ), Sērā Kai) and Sailor Phi (セーラーΦ (ファイ), Sērā Fai) are Galaxia's closest servants in the manga. They are named for two letters of the Greek alphabet, X (Chi) and Φ (Phi). 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. The pair are known as the "Star Gardeners", and watch over the starseeds that are kept in the Star Garden, which is set around Galactica Palace. They serve as messengers for Galaxia, overseeing her other servants and reporting on their actions. 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 Galaxia's power.

In the musicals, Sailor Chi and Sailor Phi are often seen with Sailor Theta (セーラーΘ (シータ), Sērā Shīta), but they are Galaxia's lowest ranked servants, collectively known as "Galactica Troops". They receive their orders from the other members of Shadow Galactica, and there is no indication that they have a special role as Star Gardeners. Phi and Chi's uniforms are also altered to be completely different from their manga counterparts and to match Theta. In the first Stars musical, Sailor Phi goes by the name "Shadow Bee", Sailor Chi goes by "Shadow Mantis", and Sailor Theta goes by "Shadow Bug". After the Sailor Stars musical, the bug theme was dropped. The Galactica Troops disguise themselves as Jūban Municipal High School students or as backup dancers for the Three Lights (depending on the musical) in order to observe the Sailor Guardians, and eventually attack them. The three of them engage a revived Queen Beryl in combat but are defeated by her, and subsequently killed by Galaxia for their failure.

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

Sailor Lethe and Sailor MnemosyneEdit

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) are twin sisters that appear only in the manga.[1] 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 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.

They 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 first introduces herself as the ferryman of the River of Oblivion, trapping Sailor Moon at the bottom. She 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 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 Guardians, Sailor Chi and Sailor Phi appear. They call Lethe and Mnemosyne useless fools and take their Sailor Crystals, which kills them.

In the musical Le Mouvement Final, Lethe and Mnemosyne do not appear but their roles are taken by Sailors Lead Crow and Aluminum Seiren, respectively.

Other membersEdit

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". 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 Guardian powers and get a mature starseed, as at the time Hotaru was merely an infant. Also in the anime, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune willingly join her so that they can "remain together forever", getting Shadow Galactica's bracelets. They make Galaxia, as well as Sailor Moon and the Starlights, believe that they are under Galaxia's control, but their act is just a ruse to get close enough to Galaxia to turn on her and attempt to take her starseed. However, since Galaxia no longer has her starseed, their sneak attack fails and she removes their bracelets, which kills them. This scene is replicated in various musicals and has the song Orleans no Sei Senshi~Uranus-Neptune no Uragiri (Holy Guardians of Orleans~Uranus and Neptune's betrayal) appear in each version.

In the musicals, Galaxia often resurrects antagonists from past arcs 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 and some of their Lemures are made members in Shin Densetsu Kourin. Beryl's Four Kings of Heaven are revived alongside her in Starlights - Ryuusei Densetsu and Kakyuu-Ouhi Kourin - The Second Stage Final. Some original characters have also been introduced in Sailor Stars and its revised edition: in addition to Sailors Pewter Fox, Titanium Kerokko, and Theta, these musicals marked the debut of Sailor Buttress (セーラーバトレス, Sērā Batoresu), who functions as Galaxia's adviser and herald,[20] and gives orders to the other members of Shadow Galactica. Her uniform bears a striking resemblance to Galaxia's fully possessed form from the anime, sans wings, and retaining the golden bracelets. Also introduced in these musicals is MC Fly (MC・フラーイ, MC Furāi), a male servant of Galaxia that leads the Galactica Troops. He appeared first as the Master of Ceremonies (hence his name) for a school talent-competition, and has the ability of shapeshifting. His true form is that of a fly-man, with antenna on his head and wings. Shiori Seki portrayed Sailor Buttress, while Ryuuji Kasahara, who later played Kyaosu, portrayed MC Fly.

PhageEdit

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. 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 sort of parody Sailor Guardian (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 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. Princess Kakyuu is implied to have this power as well.[21] Those who possess "true" starseeds (i.e. the Sailor Guardians and Tuxedo Mask) do not transform into Phage, and if their starseeds are taken, their body fades away killing them instantly.

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

ReceptionEdit

In an academic paper discussing gender and inclusion in Japanese cultural products, author Marina Albaladejo established a contrast between Sailor Galaxia and Sailor Moon, stating that the latter understands that the strength of a Sailor Guardian comes from the union of all warriors, and not from the abuse and pretension of a single warrior, as Galaxia herself believed.[22] In her review of shinto and feminism in Sailor Moon, author Sarah Reeves wrote that Galaxia is "a soldier who has the ability to tap into the power of the entire galaxy", but that even with this power, Sailor Moon manages to defeat her by using her purifying abilities.[23]

In a review of the first half of the final season of the anime for Anime News Network, author Rebecca Silverman compared the Sailor Animamates with the Four Kings of Heaven, explaining that while both groups are not similar to each other, the way in which the Animamates pick their victims follows "the standard operating procedure of all Sailor Moon villains – find the most famous or prettiest person and just assume they're who you want, rinse, repeat." In particular, the author found Iron Mouse as one of the more "endearing" antagonists of the series and wonders why other villains refused to engage with Sailor Moon's speeches they way she did. Silverman concluded her review stating that Galaxia's overall character set up was one of the highlights of the season.[24] While reviewing the second half of Sailor Stars, Silverman described Galaxia as "among the more dangerous (and scary) villains Sailor Moon and the Guardians have taken on, and nothing drives that home more than watching her casually kill off her own minions; seeing her dissolve someone in their friend's arms is horrific." She also says that the absence of several of the villains from the source manga, in particular Heavy Metal Papillon, "do rob the original ending of some of its weight vis á vis the projected future and Sailor Moon's ultimate power".[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Takeuchi, Naoko (October 1999). Materials Collection. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-324521-7.
  2. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (August 1997). Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Volume V Original Picture Collection. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-324522-5.
  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. ^ a b c d e "Viz Media Reveals More English Dub Cast Members For Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Anime". Anime News Network. May 18, 2019. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Sailor Moon Musical 1998 Eien Densetsu kaiteiban (Senshuuraku) - Eikyuu Honzonban Video
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (1997-04-04). "Act 52". Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 18. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178858-2.
  9. ^ Act 45.
  10. ^ "Princess Kakyu Perishes: Advent of Galaxia". Sailor Moon. Series 5. Episode 195. Tokyo. December 14, 1996. Toei. Asahi. Note: When Sailor Tin Nyanko loses one of her bracelets and is halfway to reverting to her former self.
  11. ^ a b "Seiya and Usagi's Heart-Pounding Date". Sailor Moon. Series 5. Episode 181. Tokyo. July 20, 1996. Toei. Asahi.
  12. ^ "Luna Saw It!? Idol Yaten's True Face". Sailor Moon. Series 5. Episode 178. Tokyo. June 22, 1996. Toei. Asahi.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Hitoshi Doi uses the romanization "Siren". Doi, Hitoshi. "Aya/Alumiinum Siren". Retrieved 2007-06-15.
  15. ^ "Invasion from Space! Seiren Comes Flying In". Sailor Moon. Series 5. Episode 182. Tokyo. August 3, 1996. Toei. Asahi.
  16. ^ "Sailor Aluminum Seiren". -Jupiter's Thunder Dragon-. Sailor Dream. Retrieved 2007-05-23.
  17. ^ "An Invitation to Terror! Usagi's Night Flight". Sailor Moon. Series 5. Episode 188. Tokyo. October 12, 1996. Toei. Asahi.
  18. ^ In episode 193, she manages to defeat all four Guardian Soldiers in battle, being the only Animamate to engage them in combat.
  19. ^ Manila is the capital of the Philippines
  20. ^ Stars Musical DVD Credits
  21. ^ "A Farewell and a Meeting! The Flow of the Stars of Destiny". Sailor Moon. Series 5. Episode 173. Tokyo. May 11, 1996. Toei. Asahi.
  22. ^ Albaladejo Pérez, Marina (June 3, 2019). Feminism and LGTB+ in Sailor Moon: gender and inclusion in a Japanese cultural product (PDF) (Thesis). University of Barcelona. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  23. ^ Reeves, Sarah (December 1, 2016). ""Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn": Where Shinto, feminism, and animation intersect". Southern Connecticut State University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing: 35. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  24. ^ Silverman, Rebecca (July 30, 2019). "Review: Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Limited Edition Part 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  25. ^ Silverman, Rebecca (March 2, 2020). "Review: Sailor Moon Sailor Stars DVD & BD Part 2". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 26, 2022.

External linksEdit

  • Twin Towers - detailed Lethe and Mnemosyne site
  • Hitoshi Doi - extensive information, including facts about the Animamates, such as their name kanji
  • Heavy Metal - A site with information on Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon