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What is More Precious Than Jewels?

This week’s #SongLyricsSunday prompt is about precious stones and jewels: Diamond, Emerald, Jade, Pearl, Ruby, Sapphire. When I saw this week’s prompt, I thought immediately about my favorite Japanese anime (or cartoon), Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. There are a lot of references to jewels and precious stones throughout the story, especially in the first two seasons. I actually learned a lot about precious stones like Beryl, Jadeite, Sapphire, Kunzite, and others, all thanks to Sailor Moon.

However, there is a lot of songs in Sailor Moon about precious stones and jewels. It was a hard choice to choose only one. But eventually, I picked one that was from the Sailor Moon musical series which asked the question: What is more precious than jewels?

(This is part of a #SongLyricsSunday challenge, which is hosted by Jim at An Unique Title For Me. Anyone can join! Details on how to participate are found at the end of this post!)

Sera Myu: Sailor Moon Musicals

Sailor Moon

If you haven’t heard of Sailor Moon before, you are missing out. It is one of the most popular 90s Japanese anime that is about a team of teenage girls who don sailor uniform-like battle suits to save the world from evil. This show has millions of fans all over the world. I became a fan myself when I first saw it in 1998 on Cartoon Network. I loooooooooooove Sailor Moon!

Over the years, Sailor Moon has become more a brand as various products have been inspired by the show. If you look at any stores in Japan or the US, you will see that there are various Sailor Moon-related clothing, make-up, eyeglasses, and such. There are also various adaptions as well. Started off a manga (or comic book) series, this magical girl series has been adapted into two TV anime series, theatrical movies, a live-action show, and musicals.

The musicals — often called Sera Myu by fans — started in 1993 by the toy (and entertainment) company Bandai. The first run (or series) lasted 12 years before it ended in the winter of 2005. The musical saw a revival in 2012 by a different company producing it and a whole new cast. In recent years, members of the pop group Nogizaka46 have been involved with the production.

Today’s song, “Ai Yori Houseki Kaguya Shima”, is taken from the musical Kaguya Shima Densetsu that was performed in 1999. Kaguya Shima Densetsu is unique as it was the first original story for Sera Myu. Usually, the musicals follow plots and arcs from the original manga. However, Kaguya Shima Densetsu was different. This musical would kick off two years within the musical’s first run that would feature original storylines.

Jewels Over Love, Kaguya Island

Behind the Scenes

Kayoko Fuyumori

“Ai Yori Houseki Kaguya Shima” (愛より宝石かぐや島: Jewels Over Love, Kaguya Island) was written by Kayoko Fuyumori and composed by Akiko Kosaka. Kayoko Fuyumori wrote most of the lyrics for the Sailor Moon musicals until her death in 2003. She also wrote the lyrics for anime and tokusatsu shows in the late 80s and 90s. Some shows were Space Sheriff Sharivan, Dr. Slump Arere-chan, Mobile Police Patlabor, and Ninja Sentai Kakuranger.

Akiko Kosaka

Like Fuyumori, composer Akiko Kosaka wrote many songs for the Sailor Moon musicals until the 2005 hiatus. She holds special concerts from time to time in Tokyo, reuniting with several actresses and actors from the original run of the musicals. Kosaka also had a solo career in the 70s and 80s as well as composed many songs for other artists and anime series.

Behind the Lyrics

“Ai Yori Houseki Kaguya Shima” is a cute song that introduces us to the Sailor Guardians and other cast members. It was performed in the first act, right after three songs that introduced the audience to the villains. It is also the first tune of the musical that is sung by all ten Sailor Guardians.

The tune introduces us to the Sailor Guardians in a way: learning about their birthstones. Based on the order presented midway in the song, Ami/Sailor Mercury’s birthstone is sapphire, Makoto/Sailor Jupiter’s is turquoise, Minako/Sailor Venus’s and Setsuna/Sailor Pluto’s is opal, Usagi/Sailor Moon’s is pearl, Rei/Sailor Mars’s and Michiru/Sailor Neptune’s is diamond, and Haruka/Sailor Uranus’ and Hotaru/Sailor Saturn’s is garnet.

Although “Ai Yori Houseki Kaguya Shima” is a simple introduction tune, it is very cute and fun to listen to! It doesn’t feel important, but it is! It helps those who don’t know the Sailor Guardians by establishing characters in a fun way.

Listen to the various version of the songs below Let me know what you think of the song in the comments below! Also, what is your birthstone? Mine is emerald!

The original run of the Sailor Moon musicals had two versions, an original and a revision. The revision had some changes to the original musical in terms of characters, plots, songs, and actresses/actors. This version of the song is taken from the revision:

Here is a version of the song performed at a Fan Event for the musicals in 2001. Fan Events were special events that introduced new casts and had actors/actresses singing their favorite songs.

The cast in the video below is my ultimate favorite with many of my favorite Sera Myu actresses and actors:

When Kaguya Shima Densetsu was revived in 2004, “Ai Yori Houseki Kaguya Shima” was omitted in the first version. However, it was bought back in 2005 in the revised version:

Translation of the Lyrics

Here is the English translation of the lyrics, provided by Sasha at Miss Dream:

Love is precious, even more than jewels
If you say just that, it’s cute, cute
But if rubies and sapphires
Are dangled before our eyes,
Our hearts will tremble, probably, no, definitely!
We’re attracted to jewels
You’ll even throw away love?
We also want love, but jewels are also nice
If we can have both, we’ll be happy, happy

This is a trip to find that kind of life
We’ll follow around
Romance and jewelry
So, a ring is the proof of a vow of love
Is that so? Is that really so!

My birthstone is a sapphire,
The cool blue is good for the mind
If you want an amulet, if you wear a turquoise,
It’s a dependable bodyguard
October is opal, a little universe

Various colors crowd together and burn
My birthstone is “of course, a pearl”
A moon tear of love and justice
The king the jewels, the diamond
The ocean waters embraced “love’s aquamarine”

[Haruka]My, and [Hotaru]my [both]fiery garnet
Shines in darkness and guides lost children
Sapphire, turquoise, opal, pearl, diamond
Aquamarine, garnet, peridot
Each of the stones’ powers is great
If you wear them and make a wish, it’ll come true
No matter which gem you want,
We’ll carve one out on the island of gems, Kaguya Island!

If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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This Post Has 51 Comments

  1. msjadeli

    Sorry not my thing at all. I do appreciate Sailor Moon being a cultural phenomena though.

  2. Stephanie

    I never watched Sailor Moon. I know it was really popular when I was growing up, but we didn’t have Cartoon Network so I didn’t watch it, I was a Disney girl! This seems like a perfect fit for your song lyrics challenge, though. My birthstone is amethyst and I have it on a ring surrounded by the ones for June and March for my two boys 🙂

  3. Jules

    It seems to be that both boy and girl bands continue to be hits with the kids.

  4. CA

    I loved Sailormoon when I was younger! I like Sailor Mars! Great research on the music background.

  5. Raksha N

    I had never heard this song before. The music is really nice.

  6. Life Mag Health

    I loved Sailormoon during my elementary days, I even imagined myself as one of them. XOXO

  7. Vasundhra

    I’ve always wanted to watch sailormoon while growing up, the kids around the block had some good things to say about the show. Maybe I’ll watch the episodes now and enjoy their soundtrack!

  8. Emma

    I’ve heard of Sailor Moon, but never watched it or listened to any of the music. It was interesting to learn a little about the background of it though!

  9. Neely Moldovan

    I have heard of this but never really knew much about it. Super interesting though.

  10. Fransic verso

    I’ve never listened to this song before and it seem interesting music with lyrics. Sailrmoon is old-fashioned music and it’s something I would love to make it in my list.

  11. Wendy

    I haven’t watched Sailor moon I will check it out.

  12. Rosemary

    Interesting read, though not familiar with the bands or songs.

  13. blair villanueva

    OMG Sailormoon is my childhood anime hero! I always believe that Japanese anime is always THE BEST!

  14. Neil Alvin

    That’s nostalgic. Don’t paint any color but my siblings and I watch Sailormoon when we were kids. The soundtrack brings back memories

  15. Natalia Vorche

    I always love Sailormoon during my elementary days memories bring back

  16. Markhor

    Sounds like a cool band. but am not familiar with this band but after reading your article am definitely gonna try it.

  17. Kumbirai Luka

    Sorry but I need to complain the site is not mobile friendly for me.

    Now I REALLY LOVE those songs in Japanese anime. How a knowing theur origins is something else . Thanks

    1. aisasami

      Sorry that you had an awful experience with the mobile edition. Could you tell me your trouble and what mobile phone you use?

  18. Kumbirai Luka

    No really my thing but I really be love music from Japanese anime. I will check this out

  19. I remember hearing about Sailor Moon but I don’t think I was in the target age range. Thanks for sharing — I know more about it now!

  20. Melanie williams

    This is one thing I miss at the moment going out to musicals and music event s in general

  21. barbara

    I’ve heard of Sailor Moon, but that’s all I know – the name, and some illustrations. I really like these videos and the song, and even the costumes they wore. 🙂

  22. Chrissy

    Theme song still runs in my head. Only had the toy stick she carries as I try to dance with the tune holding it..loved sailormoon then and now

  23. Nati

    I was already in college when Sailor Moon was a hit, so I’m not very familiar with it or any character of the Manga universee to be honest! But I really enjoy listening to this song!

  24. Nikki Hall

    It’s been so long since I’ve seen Sailor Moon! Now that I’m stuck at home I want to re-watch the episodes!!

  25. Christa

    Wow, I used to love Sailor Moon. Haven’t seen it in ages!

  26. Felicia Denise

    Not real familiar with the bands but my daughter and nieces were huge fans of all things Sailor Moon! 😄 Thanks for the share and history lesson. ☺

  27. Arun Dahiya

    Heard them for the first time. And totally in love with them.

  28. Kevine

    I’ve never seen this but definitely appreciate the information

  29. Ohh my….thanks for this, really love this from you as am a fan to Sailor Moon, still remembered my days chasing for its anime series 🙂 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  30. Silvas

    wow, this is the first time I have come across this. Nice piece

  31. Adrienne

    I forgot all about Sailer Moon! That was an awesome show back in the day.

  32. Blanca

    I never knew there was a Sailor Moon musical…and to find out there were two…that’s amazing…and now I have something to research while I am still in quarantine 🙂

  33. angela k church

    anime is one thing my husband and the teens share in common I will share this with them and see if they have seen it or not thanks for sharing

  34. Brittany

    I used to really love Sailor Moon! They had such cool songs and outfits!! this is cool

  35. Marie Phillips

    I had heard of Sailor Moon but never watched it. And I don’t know if my kids had even heard of it when they were younger. I looks really cute here though. And I like that they were fighting evil.

  36. Cristina Petrini

    I adore Sailor Moon ad infinitum, I admit that the musical I have never been able to appreciate it very hihihih

  37. Nyxie

    I loved Sailor Moon growing up. It was one of my favourite animes. I’ve never seen the musical but would be interested.

  38. Britt K

    This was interesting. I watched the cartoon as a child, but I didn’t realize that there are musicals as well. I’ll have to dig into that further and check them out!

  39. Krysten Quiles

    I’ve never watched Sailor Moon before but I can totally see why so many would love this. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  40. Sarah M

    I never heard it nor watched it but I think I should plan to watch it

  41. Natalie

    I never heard of this song before. This is so interesting. Thank you for sharing!

  42. Sophia

    This is all new to me but sounds really great. I’m glad I came across it.

  43. Mommy Peach

    I love sailor moon before when I was a child. This is a musical I would love to see!

  44. Waren Jean Go

    Awwww… I love Sailor Moon. I grew up watching this cartoon dubbed in my language. I wished to become a cosplayer and dress like sailor moon when I was young because of that!

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