Bandai Super Musical: Saint Seiya (partially found footage of stage play by a Japanese idol group; 1991)
Bandai Super Musical: Saint Seiya (バンダイスーパーミュージカル 聖闘士星矢) is a musical based on the popular manga Saint Seiya by Masami Kurumada, serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1986.
The performance was sponsored by Bandai and TV Asahi and ran from August 15 to September 1, 1991. The main characters were played by the current Japanese national idol group SMAP, which had only been in existence for about three years at the time. The role of the Gold Saints was played by the Japanese pop band Tokio.
The stage play was staged at the Aoyama Theater in Shibuya, Tokyo, and was reportedly a huge success, drawing a total of 32,700 spectators, but the Internet has described this stage play as one of the most embarrassing events in SMAP's history.
- Masahiro Nakai as Pegasus Seiya
- Shingo Katori as Andromeda Shun
- Tsuyoshi Kusanagi as Dragon Shiryū
- Katsuyuki Mori as Cygnus Hyōga
- Gorō Inagaki as Phoenix Ikki
- Takuya Kimura as Sea King Poseidon/Julian Solo
- Shigeru Jōshiima as Aries Mu
- Tatsuya Yamaguchi as Taurus Aldebaran
- Hiromu Kojima as Leo Aiolia
- Taichi Kokubun as Virgo Shaka
- Masahiro Matsuoka as Scorpio Milo
- Shinobu Nakayama as Saori Kido/Athena
- Takeshi Maya as Gemini Kanon/Seadragon Kanon
- Yū Daiki as Siren Sorrento
- Yūji Mitsuya as Old Master
- Taiki Matsuno as Kiki
- Minako Okada as Shunrei
- Tsuyoshi Takashina as Tokumaru Tatsumi
After the performance, no VHS, DVD, or other physical release documenting the play was made.
The performance was introduced in a special variety program, smap☆ganbarimasu!! (SMAP☆がんばりますっ!!) a special variety show aired on April 2, 2011, and it is known that a videotape of the performance exists, some of which has been made public. In the smap☆ganbarimasu!! program we had saw Japanese film producer and Dwango co executive officer, Yoshiro Kataoka was seen in this program giving a copy of the musical to a Tv Asahi worker.
There is testimony that the stage play was once broadcast via satellite, but details on which network and when it was broadcast are not available, and no video recordings of the show have surfaced online.
- Knights of the Zodiac (partially lost DIC English dub of "Saint Seiya" anime series; 2003-2004)
- StarStorm (partially found pilot of cancelled live-action adaptation of "Saint Seiya" anime series; 1994-1999)
- 「聖闘士星矢」18日間31回公演お疲れ様 - Can't Stop!! Smaping Retrieved March 18, 2023
- A blog testifying that the stage show was aired via satellite Retrieved March 18, 2023
- A tweet testifying that the stage show was aired via satellite Retrieved March 18, 2023