Anza Ooyama

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Anza Ooyama

Anza Ooyama (大山アンザ), known as ANZA (アンザ) since 1998, born May 4, 1976, in Omura, Nagasaki, Japan, was the first actress to play Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon in the Sailor Moon musicals. Her first show was the original 1993 Sailor Moon - Gaiden Dark Kingdom Fukkatsu Hen, and her last show was the Final First Stage Eien Densetsu (Kaiteiban) in 1998. Anza has also made many guest appearances, namely the 1998 Golden Week Fan Kansha, the 500th performance, the 10th Anniversary Talk Show (on which she appeared during four seperate days), and the 777th performance.

Both Anza and Ayako Morino also hosted the 1995 Ongaku Shuu video.

Anza was the longest running actress to play Sailor Moon, as well as the oldest, graduating at age 21. She was also tied for the fifth longest running overall performer in the musicals along with Ayako.

Personal Trivia

  • Anza's father is Japanese and her mother is a South African of Spanish descent.

Vocal Career[edit]

Anza belonged to the seiyuu group Sakurakko Club, along with many of the actresses from the first few musicals. She and fellow Myu actress Ayako Morino later formed a vocal duo, MOMO, and released two singles in the early 1990s.

Anza is also a member of the Japanese metal rock group HEAD PHONES PRESIDENT, having released several singles and albums with them. They have performed in small clubs in New York City, live concerts in China, as well as large rock festivals across Japan. In 1998, Anza released a solo single, DREAM. Two of her singles, "Tobira wo Akete" and "Mienai Chizu," were used in the magical girl anime series Cardcaptor Sakura. In early August 2006, she released another solo single, "Kanata e," which was one of the ending themes for the anime Glass no Kantai. She has also contributed vocals on several songs for Kabuki theater producer Kazuhiko Kato's new band Vitamin-Q. The band's first CD was released in December 2008.

She has also been in various musicals, most notably as Eponine in the Japanese version of Les Misérables. She also performed the role of Amneris in a musical adaptation of Aida in the fall of 2009.

Musicals[edit]

Anza performed as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon in the following musicals:

Trivia[edit]

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