ekusudei: (Star Troupe)
Okaaaaay, resounding silence. Let me try again? Looking for an editor to check spelling, typesetting, etc. for Anna Karenina beta.

This is the era of Acting!Hoshigumi. By which I mean, this is a Bow Workshop of adorable gormless babies (including Tomomin, Marimo, Yuzurun, Makaze, and Kiki) attempting Tolstoy, and it is glorious.
ekusudei: (Moon Troupe)
Ahi is publishing a book on cooking with a really ridiculous title (as most cookbooks do have).

NOBUNAGA shugobi is Monday. Eek. I'm not really in the rumor mill anymore, so I'm not sure what people are saying about retirements. I guess we'll find out.

OG Chicago

Apr. 22nd, 2016 04:54 pm
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Two links that I guess I forgot to move over to LJ:

Takarazuka Revue Fans in NYC is being used to organize a lot of things for the OG tour of Chicago in NYS this July.

Post from Carly:

HEY EVERYONE! I’m trying to organize a ticket-based fan party for Chicago, so we all have one definite time/place to meet up and gush to our hearts’ content. I need at the very least a rough headcount before I can get any information.

If you are coming to NYC for Chicago and are interested in attending a brunch party on Sunday morning before the last show, PLEASE ANSWER THIS POLL!

• This is NOT a commitment, but I am trying to get semi-accurate data so please don’t just answer for the heck of it. If you’re around 70% sure you’re coming or more, please answer.
• Please check ALL the boxes you’re comfortable with (for example, if price isn’t a factor for you, check all three)
• Even if you are not coming, I would be extremely grateful for sharing on social media, preferably spread out over time.

I will be collecting answers through most of April and then moving forward.

POLL LINK: http://www.poll-maker.com/poll634375x0eb642c8-26
ekusudei: (Masaki Chauvelin)
Musumeyaku by Nakayama Kaho
ISBN 978-4-04-103884-0-C0093
Release date: April 27, 2016

Blurb on website: "A lonely, pure-hearted mobster [yakuza] falls in love with a Takarazuka musumeyaku!?

A Takarazuka musumeyaku, and the mob leader Takarazuka fan who watches over her secretly. Although it seems impossible for their lives to intersect, for an instant they quietly cross. A dramatic tale tracing their lives over ten years as they grow up a musumeyaku and a mobster."


True facts. This is the second book in a series. The first one, "Otokoyaku," sounds like it is mostly a weird retelling of the Phantom of the Opera, in which an otokoyaku top star who died in a stage accident 50 years ago has been hanging around protecting the actresses in the Grand Theater. [Problem, the Grand Theater we have now is not the same one that existed 50 years ago.] One of the reviews of the book comments on the truly ridiculous stage names and nick-names, and from what she listed, I have to agree. XD
ekusudei: (Masaki Hamlet)
Hi all! It's been a while, and I'm looking for a few trades:

Any senjafuda! I mostly have Masaki senjafuda to trade, although I do have some other tsukigumi and hoshigumi members.

Chirashi (fliers)! I'm looking mostly for Tsukigumi chirashi from Oct '12 to the present (not counting Tokyo PUCK). I have a lot of multiples from Takarazuka shows in the 2008 - 2012 range, including a lot of OGs, so you can drop me a line to ask if I have a particular one!

I'm looking for a few TV recordings (please, TV broadcasts only! NO copies of commercial recordings or bootlegs!). Here is my list of TV recordings to trade [list] (there may be a few things on there that are gone or un-copiable, but I'm trying to go through things and double-check).

I'm looking for:
- Marrakech (2005 Flower) (Daigekijou/Tokyo/Hakataza all OK)
- New Wave! -Moon- (2014)
- Sanctuary (Cosmos 2014)

Oops

Apr. 12th, 2016 09:37 pm
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Oh lord, my finger just slipped and hit the "Accept" button.

All right, it wasn't really a slip. Even though I was just checking prices out of curiosity.... And found a round-trip flight from Rochester to Narita for $870!!!! I've never flown to Japan that cheap (not even 15 years ago), so just when I was thinking about canceling the trip, or maybe just cutting it down to a week.... I somehow ended up booking a 3 week vacation. <---- How?

Yup, so I'll be in Kanto Aug 3 - Aug 22nd, if anyone wants to get together.


.... I'm never going to fall asleep now.
ekusudei: (Moon Troupe)
1789 -Lovers of the Bastille-
Moon Troupe, 2015

Top Stars: Ryuu Masaki & Manaki Reika

[ TakaWiki ] [ TCA Pictures Press: shopping links and preview video ]

This is a bit delayed... Erm. To be honest, my Zuka watching has slowed to a crawl since I left Japan. Going back to grad school, then getting a new job and a new apartment haven't really helped the financial angle much. I told myself not to get any CS recordings because I wanted to spend the money to support Masaki, so... Delay. But then I did get the Blu-ray for this show a couple of months ago. I ordered it just before she announced her retirement, so when it came it kind of went on the bookshelf for a rainy day. And then I pulled it out one day when I was sick and miserable and... I should have expected I would have a sour opinion of it after slipping in and out of sleep while watching it. ^^;;; So, I waited until I was in a better mood to watch it again. Which was today!

I was so out of practice, really, that I was watching it all wrong. Which means what, you wonder? I'm not saying there is a wrong way to watch Takarazuka, don't worry. Just there there is a wrong way for me to watch it. See, I've missed so much over the last four years, and to be honest my enthusiasm for Masaki's Tsukigumi has never been what I would like. They moved in a bunch of actresses who I was pretty meh about, and a lot of their current "new hope"s are really not my type. So every time I see one of Masaki's shows as top star there's a part of me going "meh." And this makes me very sad. But today I spent the entire show peering around and catching sight of all of the Tsukigumi-ko that I miss so much. And then I watched all the alternate angles and did it again. And they were there, lurking in the shadows and the edges of the screen. Spending all that time in Japan opera-glassing has truly spoiled me, I admit. I was also a bit pre-disposed not to like 1789 because I watched a bunch of the French music videos and went "ugh," and because I really and truly found Romeo & Juliette to be so awful I couldn't even find the energy to hate it. (Yes, I realize I may be the only person in the fandom to feel this way. But, come on, the lyrics were insipid.) I've been trying to censor myself while Masaki is still in the Revue, but the hell with it, we're close enough to the finish line now, I guess.

So, okay, a lot of negative stuff all out of the way. Now, having watched it a couple more times I will freely admit that it has not only grown on me, but that I've come to enjoy it. Let me explain the seriousness of my change of heart: I was bummed I bought the Blu-ray and not the DVD, because that means I can't rip it to make myself a soundtrack for my ride to work every day.

The changes they made to the music for Takarazuka made it a little more to my taste (still a bit too electronic-y in places, but not as bad). So many of the costumes are reworked from ScaPim that it's not even funny. Am I crazy, or is one of de Polignac's first dresses Margarite's pink dress with a few extra flowers and bows? (Actually, now I'm looking at her still photo that someone put up on TakaWiki and it definitely is, you can see the gold beadwork on the front panel.) Anyway, not a problem for me! Many of Masaki's costumes weren't my taste, but all of the other costumes were pretty awesome. Chapi and Suzuna's wigs were all awesome, ditto the whore brigade's. I'm not as much a fan of MiyaRuri's, and I'm hoping its only appeared again at the NOBUNAGA press conference because she hasn't had time to shop for something new.... The sets weren't hugely striking, but the larger props were pretty neat (the cross and stained-glass windows in the cathedral, the carts at Palais-Royal, etc.) Some of the choreography was a bit weird, but I think a lot of that was because they adopted some of it from the French musical? I really loved the choreography in the final scene with the stage rotating and all of the cast singing, that was neat and kudos to KAORI. Really was not at all impressed by the pair dance choreography. I know Masaki's a pretty weak dancer, but that was just lame. But I guess that's what you get when you have a J-pop choreographer doing your pair dance? A strike against TETSUHARU. (Kids these days and their all-capsy, Romanji artistic names. *grin*) I think both of these choreographers were new to the Revue, so it's interesting to see what works and what doesn't. And, finally, the stage makeup continues to follow the darker, more subtle hues with brown undertones. Which was actually a bit weird because I think the stage lighting had some blue tint to it and combined with the HD of the Blu-ray I felt like a lot of the actresses were on the brink of death. It made them look very tired and it was harder to hide mistakes. (Was it just me, or was there one short scene where Chapi didn't have the screen or whatever they call it at the front of the tall wig fastened down all the way against her skin? It was wrinkling up and making her forehead look a bit wizened.)

All right, on to the plot. Actually, I'll point you to the blurb on the TakaWiki. Has anyone not seen the show yet who wants more detail? If so, I'll add more here. Otherwise I'll spare us all the ink. ;) In general, I enjoyed the story. The Revue loves their French Revolution, no shock there. The story itself... isn't really a story. I mean, there are a couple threads of plot going on, but a lot of it just kind of goes: FLASHY DRAMA, ILLEGAL PRINTING, ANGST, HOT IRONS, VIVA LA REVOLUTION, no, but i'm just the king, do you like my locks model guillotine. what?) You don't really spend a lot of time with any particular set of characters enough to really feel for them, with the exception of Marie Antoinette, and that's mostly just because Chapi is awesome. All that said, it's entertaining, there are a lot of chorus scenes (I think the chorus had more quick changes than the main cast in this show), and the music was catchy like an ear-worm so that I came to enjoy it. It's a spectacle, just like it says on the tin. Just don't watch it for the "romance" (awkward).


So! Let's play Tsukigumi-ko Love!

Touka Yurino (de Polignac) never ceases to amaze me, and she pulls out another great performance here. Not only is she a superb actress, she also got the etoile during the parade! ♥

Wait, no, back up a moment for some Senka love. Because Mishiro Ren rocked as King Louis XVI. She is definitely comfortable as Senka now, and woah did I have a double-take when she first came on stage because she looks so much like Natori Rei that it's a bit eerie. And I can't forget that Saou Kurama (Danton) was Senka already in this show! So weird to think of her as Senka, but I hope it gives her lots of great roles. This one was not a huge challenge for her, I think, but she had a couple nice stirring songs and a romance with Ronan's fallen sister which was very sweet.

Masaki was so very Masaki throughout this whole show that it just squeezes my heart. She's not a fabulous anything, but she has so much love for her job and so much awkward charisma that she just kind of Masakis her way through everything. And Ronan is a very Masaki role, so it all works out well. Except I felt like she had -200% chemistry with Saotome Wakaba. Ugh, what were they thinking? SO AWKWARD. I think she ate her ear in one scene. Anyone who saw this live, was Masaki any better with Umino? Also, that torture scene? What was that? No, seriously? I don't think I should be giggling when my hiiki is being branded. T-T

Okay, this was Maggy's last show as a tsukigumi-ko, and she didn't even make it into the parade lineup properly? U SUCK HANKYU. After the first act I was also a bit angry that she had no stage time, but they made up for that a bit in the second act. Also, she was a bit too enthusiastic with the whip but what can one expect of Maggy?♥

SERI (Marat)!!! Was actually in line and singing on par with a lot of the "star" otokoyaku during their numbers, and that made my little heart glow. Seri is awesome. I really hope she doesn't retire with her douki.

RUUTAN (Necker)!!!! Had a very distinguished wig. Oh my god, is she really that much of an upperclassman? This kills me every time. Anyway, her acting was great.

MiyaRuri, who I hope we keep forever and ever, but I wonder with Tamakichi becoming top (still, Kuze Seika held on while Amami Yuuki was top!), anyway despite the horrific hair she was really having a good time hamming it up as the over-the-top villain (Count of Artois). Who apparently has a God Complex. Truly. XD And they gave her the nibante "theme song reprise" bit during the revue bit at the end, which made me super happy.

Really angry that Hibikichi isn't listed as a named character on the web site, because she was all over the place being awesome and is clearly Doctor Guillotin on the Blu-ray and in the programme. So there.

I'm just going to put all the print shop workers here, because they were also awesome (And turned up all over the place as soldiers and prisoners and such, so their psychology bills must have been enormous). A lot of them also didn't show up on the web site, boo, hiss.: Toshi (Jacques) was so deadly serious and lovely and not ever in the camera's view, Man-chan (Yves) was EVERYWHERE with her spiky black hair of doom (I would so have joined her revolution), Yuuki (Michèl) had very red/pink hair, very French (??), Karan (Julien) will forever be that one in the back, but she is still SO CUTE, how can she be so cute at ken-11?

Azusa (Lucile) managed to be one of a handful of musumeyaku with a named role with lines and worked as a semi-plot device helping Solène get off the streets. As a ken-12 musumeyaku, I'm glad they gave her this much for her last show.

SPEAKING OF MUSUMEYAKU. Let's just take this spot here to mention the other ones, shall we? Chapi was quite simply amazing. She brought a depth to her character and a subtle emotional palate that was just amazing. Plus her singing! When did it become so solid? Also, she has a swan neck of doom. You cannot avoid it in act II. It's almost freakishly long, it really is. Anyway, staying on track: Gorgeous performance. Gorgeous singing. GORGEOUS stage makeup! In the Blu-ray recording, Harune Aki plays Solene. I was so happy. Like, tears happy. This girl who stood out amid the crowd in the dance scenes in Rose Prince is suddenly center stage being amazing. Girl, you deserve it. You deserve more, really. Why are you not properly star-tracked? I hope it's because you don't want to be. (side note: I WANT TO SEE HANAHI MIRA'S SOLENE. WTF, HANKYU!!!? If this were otokoyaku sharing a role, you know there would be a digest at the very least, if not its own release. Not cool. I need to track down the CS senshuuraku recording when it airs this summer.)

Shimon (Ramard) and Mayupon (Tournemain) were hilarious. If they keep giving Shimon roles like this, I won't throw too big of a fit. Although that scene where they were going over the ginkyo with the lanterns (in the "Bastille") was totally re-using gags from LUNA. I mean, I know it's been a few years, but Tsukigumi fans don't forget that easily, Koike-S.

Yukarino Koyuki really rocked as Charlotte, and Maihina Kanon's Louis Joseph was surprisingly touching, if a bit stock.

I promised myself I would bite my tongue about negative comments about actresses, but this isn't really negative so much as hilarious, because Akatsuki Chisei (Fersen) ...? Hilarious. Was she terrified? Had she just had plastic surgery? WHY DID HER FACE NEVER MOVE? Why was she mysteriously grimacing for the entire show? I know there must be more to her than this, and it's not fair to judge on one performance of a huge run, but... really? This baby is who they chose to play glorious and subtle Chapi's love interest? Not judging, not judging, she gets a few more strikes, I promise.

What else? Joe! Joe was always hovering on the edges of everything♥ Nacchan and the other upperclassmen onnayaku were really and truly awesome as the ladies of the night. I wish the camera spent more time on them. Moeka Yuria got a little spin dance duet with Masaki in one of the Palais-Royal scenes that made my heart glad because douki♥ Zawa was also everywhere. Oh my god, I remember when she was the little baby who was absolutely last and at the bottom of the Tsukigumi list. XD Hoshina Yutaka was making the most hilarious angry grimaces while in prison. Bless. And, despite being in about three scenes in the entire show, Hanahi Mira did get to walk down the center in the main parade with Harune Aki and Tamakichi.

And I could go on incoherently for ages, but let's take it as a given that Tsukigumi makes me happy♥

Stuff

Mar. 25th, 2016 09:38 pm
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I have a week off, which always seems so long, and then is over before you can blink. But I am determined to get a couple of reviews posted, to work on overhauling the TakaWiki some more (did you know its 10 year anniversary is in May?!), to get some translating and editing done for TIP, and... maybe to record more things for the podcast (dunno, this month has been a crazy one for everyone, which makes coordinating tough, and I bet it'll only get worse over the next couple of months).

So, small goals. ^^;;;

I'm loving that more people have been posting on LJ again lately. I need to kick myself back into gear and start commenting properly.

Anyone have any ideas on how to get more people involved with the TakaWiki again? I think now that the first group of editors is largely gone and a lot of the users are new they don't realize that it is a community database. We have some lovely users adding images and updating some things, which is definitely cool, but I know there are also a lot of new fans who speak Japanese and who are living in Japan and it would be wonderful to have them adding summaries and info and things...... I'm also thinking it may be time to overhaul portions of the site. Do we really need to lock the translations section? Are there better ways to organize the structure of the pages? The links section is so abysmally out of date there are no words. Anyway, those are some of the thoughts floating through my head.
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Does anyone know someone who might need a place to stay the 23rd & 24th? I have 3 friends looking at a 4-bunk room in the NYC Hostel International (http://hinewyork.org). If we could get a 4th person, it would bring it down to $69/night/person.

(We have the reservations already, so this offer is good from now until we actually go, if you stumble upon this on July 22nd.)

OG Chicago

Feb. 18th, 2016 02:21 pm
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Okay, so we have our star schedule:

July 20th (Wed) 21st (Thurs) 22nd (Fri) 23rd (Sat) 24th (Sun)
Time       14:00 14:00
Billy Asaji Saki Shizuki Asato
Velma Mizu Natsuki Kozuki Wataru
Roxie Yamato Yuuga Asami Hikaru
Mama Mori Keaki Mori Keaki
Time 20:00 19:30 19:30 20:00  
Billy Mine Saori Mine Saori Asaji Saki Shizuki Asato  
Velma Wao Youka Wao Youka Mizu Natsuki Kozuki Wataru
Roxie Asami Hikaru Asami Hikaru Yamato Yuuga Asami Hikaru
Mama Hatsukaze Jun Mori Keaki Hatsukaze Jun Hatsukaze Jun


And we have our ladies and gentlemen:

Ladies: Maishiro Nodoka, Otohana Yuri, Kayou Kirari, Hanazuki Yuma
Gentlemen: Suzu Haruki, Makise Kai, Manami Sora, Yuuzumi Shun, Tsukio Kazusa, Mishou Kazuki, Kaon Yuuki

Not gonna lie, I'm more than a bit disappointed Maki Izumi and Hayami Sei aren't coming to NY. :(

I don't see any mention of the "Top Ladies" in the cast schedules, so I'm going to assume Hoshina Yuri and Aono Yuki will be in all of the performances.... I really hope so. After Mariko, Marimo is the one I most want to see on stage again♥
ekusudei: (Masaki Hamlet)
If anyone hears anything about the casting schedule for the OG Chicago NY tour, let me know? Trying to remember to check the page every day is driving me crazy. T-T

T-T

Feb. 15th, 2016 09:09 pm
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Back in Ye Stone Age, I copied a ton of Takarazuka shows from VHS onto DVD. Lately I've finally started moving my (rather terrifying) collection off of the degrading DVDs and onto an external drive. These discs have been back and forth across the Pacific a few times, on top of everything else. It's really depressing, because a lot of them are already beyond saving. And I'm all like: "Why are the ones I LOVE all scratched up and the ones I could care less about just fine?!" And then I realize that, oh, yes, that would be because I watched them a gazillion (scientifically accurate measurement!) times. Urgh!!! *rage* I'm not sure if it's worth buying a DVD scratch-repair thingy or not.

Well, compared to problems I could be having, this isn't a terrible one. Perspective, perspective. *sigh* Also, I'm just waiting for the drive to implode after I've copied the two thousand or so discs onto it. T-T

In other news, I've finally watched a couple of Masaki DVDs that I bought last month (finally in a financially secure place where I can start spending money again... or at least, I was, but now I need to plan a trip to NYC and a trip to Tokyo this summer. Hello, debt, my old friend). I figure I'll try to write up some short reviews this week while I'm on holiday.

Kizuki Yuuma is becoming dangerous.
ekusudei: (Sumire Stained-Glass)
I don't have a lot of pre-WWII postcards, although I'm always looking for some that aren't priced too crazily high. Last month I lucked out and found a couple of Miyo Azusa on ebay, which made me very happy. So, to celebrate, here are a couple of my favorites.

Here are the new Miyo Azusa photos. She was an otokoyaku from the 1930s. I tried to take a photo of the back of one of them as well, but my kitty was getting jealous....

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A postcard from "Ivan the Clever" (Snow, 1928)
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I haven't been able to place this one yet, but from the lyre mark and writing right-to-left, I'm pretty sure it's pre-war or at least 1950s. I wonder if the 59 is the year?

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And I'm cheating a bit with this one, because it isn't pre-war, but it's a signed photo of Yodo Kaoru, come on! It has to be displayed♥

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This is the prize of my collection: A signed photo of Kasugano Yachiyo. It was 3000 yen, but I bought it half-off during a sale, so I figured I could justify it! Hanashishuu (1958)

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The Brothers Karamazov
Snow Troupe - Akasaka ACT Theater
2009


Leads: Mizu Natsuki & Shirahane Yuri

[ TakaWiki ]

Good lord, has it been seven years since this show debuted? That is... a little depressing.

I didn't see it when it came to Tokyo, as I was deep in the middle of Yume no Ukihashi adoration and had no money or time to spare for anything else. And then it aired on Sky Stage, and I got a copy.... and it sat in a box of discs for a long time. Er, a very long time, apparently. I knew it must be something special, because everyone who saw it was singing its praises, but I think you have to be in the right mood for a Russian novel, and I was apparently never in the right mood. But Chung asked me for a copy and I figured I had better make sure the disc hadn't degraded, so...

Well, first, the plot. I haven't read the novel it is based on, but I did some quick internet research and it seems to follow the main plotline closely with the exception of the ending. (Which, really? Weird changes.) Um, no one has added a summary to the TakaWiki, so I threw together a quick one, but I've only seen it once. So if any of the fanatical fans want to replace it, or fix it, please be my guest!

What I Thought:

(This is going to be a very short review. Check out yukinojou's and michiru42's linked at the bottom the TakaWiki page for a much more thorough analysis!)

I am a huge fan of Tonami and Mizu, and most of the main cast of this musical. It was bitter-sweet to watch them all acting their hearts out here when so many have retired now. There were some really great scenes from Yumiko as Ivan and Hiromi as Pavel in particular, and Mayumi's dancing as the Hallucination was really fun to watch (and harkened back to that Zuka staple "Marlene Dietrich in a tux"). If you are a fan of any of the main cast, you will definitely want to see this show.

However, all that said... I wasn't a huge fan. The songs didn't really grab me. I felt like Tonami was directed to really over-play her attitude in the first act (Although I loved how throaty her speaking voice was as Grushenka). Hamako didn't get to sing enough. It really seemed to drag in places. I don't know, I guess it just wasn't for me. :(

I did enjoy the second act better than the first, though, and some of the scenes there, especially the final one between Yumiko and Hiromi, were intense in all the right ways. I'd probably give it 3 stars out of 5, with a Your Mileage May Vary warning.

(It's strange, but the more Saitou shows I see, the more iffy I get about him. Even though he was the genius who finally brought Takarazuka together with an Aoike work first and the fact that I have to love him for that. Psst, still waiting for Eroica, Saitou-S!)
ekusudei: (Masaki Jump!)
The official Takarazuka Revue article on the retirement press conference is always pretty cookie-cutter, so I'm not bothering to translate that one (i.e. - Revue rep says "She was a great asset," retiree says "I loved my time, it was very meaningful, thank you to my fans for their support, I haven't decided yet what I will do after retirement, but I want to give my all for my remaining time with the Revue.").

But I liked the Daily Sports Online article. Wish I could have been there for the press conference.

[ Article with photos ]

+++++++++++++++++++++

Ryuu Masaki, Her Reason for Retiring: "To Prepare for Marriage"

Takarazuka Revue Moon Troupe Top Star Ryuu Masaki held a press conference at a hotel in Osaka City on the 16th, where she told us that "like my name Ryuu (Dragon), I want to continue to climb high until the very last second of the last minute." She also clearly stated that her reason for retiring was "to prepare for marriage!" However, when asked about who she might marry, she replied with an impish smile: "I'm not sure yet."

Read more... )
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Video (62 MB)

A two-minute clip of funny, Christmas-themed fluff, from the Star Troupe performance Action! (1995) starring Asaji Saki and Shiraki Ayaka. This clip is meant to supplement episode 2 of the Takarazuka Fan Podcast, which will be posted tomorrow at 12:00 EST.

Podcast

Dec. 5th, 2015 11:33 pm
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Right.... so.... This happened.

The first episode of a Zuka fan podcast, in English. Veeeery basic.

We'd love if fans would go and check it out and let us know your thoughts!

(It's also up on iTunes, if you search the podcast store for "Takarazuka.")
ekusudei: (Sumire Stained-Glass)
So, [livejournal.com profile] pom_pa_la and I were talking about how it might be time to organize a Takarazuka-centric fan meeting in the US. Nothing beyond that, yet. But I thought I would take the temperature so to speak and see how many people might be interested, and when might be a good time. We are thinking somewhere in the NYC/New Jersey area. Probably the same as any convention, we will rent a conference room or two at a hotel. Again, we haven't even talked that far yet.

So, give us your thoughts! (And feel free to drop comments below as well.)


[Poll #2029229]
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Hi everyone! So, there seemed to be a lot of interest in a Zuka podcast (although, sadly, no one who wanted to take charge and run with it). I'll have a little bit of time this coming week because of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, so that seems like a good time to do a technology test.

Those who have expressed interest, you will need a microphone (preferably not just your built-in computer mic, but we can use those for this first test) and Skype.

Drop me your Skype username, your time zone, and your best availability below, and I'll build a Skype group and try and find the time some of us can be on. I'll screen the comments so no one else can see them.

Meet-Up?

Nov. 13th, 2015 08:19 pm
ekusudei: (Masaki Jump!)
I'm pondering hosting a Takarazuka meet-up some weekend. But are there any other fans in the area who would come? I live in Upstate NY, near Rochester, for those curious. It would need to be 18 years or older only, because this is the world we live in.

It's been way too long since I've been able to squee with people face-to-face (not counting my trip last December). *sigh*

Anyway, it would be a weekend thing and people would be welcome to crash at my place for a night if needed. I'm thinking probably in the spring since winter weather will be upon us soon....

(Our fandom needs to be big enough to have conventions. Are we there yet?)


In other news, the joy of being sick all November when you start work at a new place. I hadn't missed it. :/

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