Moonlight Densetsu (ムーンライト伝説), Moonlight Legend, is the theme song for the original Sailor Moon anime, until it was replaced by Sailor Star Song for the fifth season. It is also used for the opening sequences in the three movies, the insert song during the final battle with Queen Beryl, the closing theme of the finale episode of the series and performed in Sailor Moon musicals. It has often acted as a curtain call/encore performance for the Nelke Musicals starting with La Reconquista and being consistent through the Nogizaka46 x Sailor Moon Musical and Sailor Moon The Super Live.
It was released as a single along with Heart Moving in March 1992. Then in 2000 as a single paired with Otome no Policy.1
The song’s vocals were performed by DALI2, an idol group from the 1990s, and then Moon Lips3, which consisted of Anza Ohyama, Ayako Morino, Hiroko Nakayama, Kanoko and Nana Suzuki. This group were members of the idol variety show Sakurakko Club who also were the original cast of Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus in the first Sailor Moon Musical, Dark Kingdom Gaiden. DALI’s and Moon Lips’ versions are used in the original anime.
It was also further covered by several other groups, such as Momoiro Clover Z, for the 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute and LiSA, for the 25th Anniversary Memorial Tribute.
The song was composed by Komoro Tetsuya and lyrics by Oda Kanako. The melody was based on the Japanese 1962 hit Sayonara wa Dance no Ato ni performanced by Chieko Baisho.4
Gomen ne sunao janakute
Tsuki no hikari ni michibikare
Moichido futari de weekend
Deatta toki no natsukashii
Fushigi na kiseki kurosu shite
I’m sorry that I’m not upfront about it
Guided by the light of the Moon
Together once again, one weekend
When we meet, it’ll be so familiar
A wondrous miracle is crossing over