In my previous two articles The Best Japanese Sailor Moon Songs and The Best English Sailor Moon Songs I talked about the impact that Sailor Moon music has had on anime and popular culture. In this article I will explore the musical world of Sailor Moon further and list some of what I believe to be the best covers of Sailor Moon music available on the internet. The talented musicians in each of these videos reimagine the Sailor Moon classic soundtrack in a variety of different ways using a number of different instruments and musical styles.
1. Moonlight Densetsu Played on Traditional Japanese Instruments
Review: You've never heard the Sailor Moon theme song performed like this before. In this video which dates back to 2018 we see Shamisen player Name Kineie (center) perform an amazing cover of the Sailor Moon theme song "Moonlight Densetsu" (Moonlight Legend) with Eikiko Kumazawa on the twenty string koto, Makoto Takes on a shinobue flute, Luo Jun on percussion and Masko Watanabe on the seventeen string koto. "Moonlight Densetsu" sounds amazing performed on traditional Japanese instruments. A truly spectacular performance from a group of talented musicians.
Review: In this video YouTuber Sefa Emre İlikli performs an utterly flawless cover of "Sailor Star Song" on the violin. "Sailor Star Song" is the opening theme song of the fifth season of Sailor Moon. Sefa Emre İlikli puts so much emotion and positive energy into his performance. His movements are fluid and passionate and filled with so much love and respect for the show. My favourite part of the song is at 3 minutes and 15 seconds when he adds a little something extra to the performance that wraps up the song in a powerful crescendo. A wonderful performance from a talented musician that would make Sailor Neptune proud.
3. Moonlight Densetsu / Star Locket Theme (Harp Cover)
Review: In this video YouTuber Harpsona uses a harp to perform an instrumental cover of "Moonlight Densetsu / Star Locket theme". "Moonlight Densetsu" symbolizes the eternal love shared between Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion. The song is iconic and is known to conjure feelings of nostalgia in people. Harpsona's cover is beautiful and melancholic and perfectly captures the romance and tragedy of Sailor Moon.
Review:"A Moonlight Serenade" is a jazz cover of "Moonlight Densetsu" performed by a Swedish jazz band called Platina Jazz who specialise in performing jazz covers of Japanese anime songs. "A Moonlight Serenade" uses the original composition of "Moonlight Densetsu", but contains original lyrics translated by Douglas Unger. This video is so good, it left me stunned. It was like a Broadway musical. It just keeps escalating. The music, the vocals, lighting, costume and set design are some of the best I've ever seen. Douglas Unger stars and performs the lead vocals in the video as "The Man with the Black Hat". He pours so much emotion and personality into his performance. Imagine if Tuxedo Mask got together with Phantom of the Opera and decided to make music. That is what this song feels like. What I really like about this song is how much Platina Jazz understands what "Moonlight Densetsu" is about. It's an epic love poem.
5. Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune Theme Song (Violin Cover)
Review: The violin melody featured in Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune's theme song is absolutely iconic. In this video YouTuber Sefa Emre İlikli tackles this complicated piece with passion and enthusiasm. His performance is flawless. The only thing missing in the video is Haruka Tenou accompanying him on the piano.
Review: Fans of Sailor Moon music should check out the YouTube channel SeraSymphony which is an orchestral tribute to the music of Sailor Moon. In this video we see a jazz ensemble and strings section from SeraSymphony recreate Tuxedo Mask's theme music. The rendition is very faithful and captures the masculine energy and romantic air that surrounds Tuxedo Mask. Make sure to check out SeraSymphony's YouTube page and listen to more of their Sailor Moon music covers.
7. Moonlight Densetsu / English Theme Song and Transformation Music (Metal Cover)
Review: In this video YouTuber and guitarist 331Erock puts a metal twist on Sailor Moon by merging together the melodies of "Moonlight Densetsu" with the English Sailor Moon theme song and transformation music. The result is utterly fantastic. I've always liked the English Sailor Moon theme song and transformation music. YouTuber 331Erock demonstrates his exceptional guitar skills by seamlessly blending the Japanese Sailor Moon music together with English Sailor Moon music to create something that will knock your socks off. I have to agree with one of the comments left on the video. This is how you impress women. Also, extra points for the cute Luna plush hanging off the guitar.
Review: In this video YouTuber Nini performs a cover of "Moonlight Densetsu" on a traditional Chinese musical instrument called a ruan. A ruan is a lute that has a fretted neck, a circular body, and four strings. The modern ruan comes with 24 frets made with ivory or metal mounted on wood with 12 semitones on each string. Nini plays a number of different traditional Chinese instruments on her YouTube channel. Her performance of "Moonlight Densetsu" with the ruan is fantastic and wonderfully unique.
Review: A Kalimba belongs to a family of musical instruments known as the Mbira, which is a form of lamellaphone, and a traditional instrument used by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The Kalimba is made up of a wooden board fitted with metal tines that can be held in the hands and plucked at with a finger or fingernail to create vibrating musical notes. You can hear in the video just how serene a Kalimba sounds. YouTuber Silvita uses the instrument to perform a beautiful cover of "Moonlight Densetsu".
Review: Bardcore is a genre of "medieval-inspired" sounding music that emerged as an internet trend in April 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this video, you can hear a Bardcore version of "Moonlight Densetsu" created by the YouTube channel Hypothetically Harrietta. The cover uses the original composition of the theme song, but changes the melody so it sounds medieval, which gives the song a completely different sound that will have you picturing Sailor Moon battling heathens by moonlight.