ekusudei: (Cosmos Troupe)
the WILD Meets the WILD
Cosmos Troupe Bow Hall, 2013

Stars: Hasumi Yuuya & Nanami Hiroki (double otokoyaku lead)

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First of all, after I watched the show I went back to the TakaWiki to see what the blurb had been that I translated, and I had to laugh. It was apparently one of those times where they completely changed the plot of the show between the time they first announced it and when it was finally performed, because the original summary had included things like the show being set in Dodge City (instead of Tombstone), and one of the cousins being driven out of town and things like that.

Now, Westerns! I ADORE Takarazuka Westerns. Wataru's and Saeko's in '97 and '98 were fabulous (and I recognized some of the costumes from those shows making reappearances here. Heh.). They need to do more, they really do, and this show proved it. Awesome, all around. It was my first exposure to young Ikuta Hirokazu as playwright, and I appreciated how much of the experimental spirit of Bow Hall he incorporated into his show. Lots of clever use of projections and really neat set design ideas. Fun songs which may not have had the best vocals, but were catchy and had impact. A fun story with all of the bizarre twists you would expect of a Takarazuka Bow Hall (I would be disappointed if the plot truly made sense). Most of all, it was a Mystery Western! The storyline (and thus character development) was explained in spaced out flashbacks over the course of the entire show.

Because of this "mystery" aspect to the plot, I'm giving a little intro plot blurb with minimal spoilers first, then the more extensive one for people who want the spoilers. And I'm including a warning that from that point on the entire review will be full of spoilers.

Summary Blurb:

Southwest America in the late 19th century, during the Gold Rush. An adventure story of two young men who grew up together and then followed different paths, set in Tombstone. David Northbrook, leader of the miners, is so caught up in the gold fever that he pays little heed to his younger sister Monica, who has fallen on hard times and become very ill. When she dies, her son Jeremy is taken up by a former miner turned priest, who sends him away to school. While away, Jeremy begins to receive strange letters that purport to come from his dead mother. At first they ask him to do small favors, but soon he finds himself acting as a vigilante (the masked cowboy "Killer Bee") with tragic consequences. Meanwhile, Benjamin is caught up by the darker side of the city and becomes an outlaw cowboy. Shortly after Jeremy returns to Tombstone, there is a shooting incident in the "Bird Cage" theater, and he takes up the role of sheriff to deal with it. But what he sees inside is Benjamin being brought down by the "Bird Cage" actress Emma, who is actually a bounty hunter.

Full Summary:

(As always, events may be out of order or misremembered, as I only watched the recording once.)

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What I Thought: )

Overall, wish I could have seen this one live! And I hope it inspires Takarazuka to DO MORE WESTERNS.

Hamlet!!

Feb. 16th, 2010 11:20 pm
ekusudei: (Masaki - Hamlet)
I am having a very hard time figuring out where to put the lj-cuts in this one....

So. You love and support someone for five years and of course they change, and of course it happens so gradually you're only partially aware of it. Last year was especially hectic, so a lot of the changes actually *could* be seen, as she grew and stretched and beat down the walls she ran into and just... flew. But no matter how impressed I was by her Lucheni and her Palamon, there was still a large part of the back of my brain remembering the little ken-5. This show has changed all that. I don't know how to put it. I wouldn't say it "opened my eyes" or anything like that, but.... I guess I've fallen in love all over again, only this time with this amazingly talented, super-assured, calm and competent star who loves her fans in return.

HAMLET!!
Bow Hall, 2010

Lead: Ryuu Masaki

[ TakaWiki ] [ Asahi.com stage photos ]

This will be an amalgamation of a few performances, not a specific date.

Over-View:

The Rock Opera "HAMLET!!" is exactly what its titles imply: a rock opera. There are very few spoken lines, and there are something like 60 songs (not 60 melodies, but 60 different numbers). The music is all in-house, no famous songs reused. The duel between Hamlet and Laertes was choreographed by Kurihara Naoki (who also did the fight choreography for Pimpernel) and uses real practice fencing foils, not cheap-looking stage swords.

The costumes are very rock- and glam-rock-esque. The players scene ("The Murder of Gonzago" and just before) reuses some costumes from the Purple Haze numbers in "Fancy Dance" (2007). To be honest, based on stage photos I had thought I wouldn't care for the costumes, but they turned out to have much more impact in person, and not look cheap and thrown together, which I'd feared.

The set itself is composed of stairs. This is from memory, so the number and shape of the stairs might be off, but I wanted to show the bits that move, and where the band is.

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There are several entrances and exits along the two aisles through the audience, which means if you're lucky to be close enough, you get a great view of the makeup and costumes. This includes Hamlet, Horatio, the Ghost, Ophelia, Laertes, and all the players.

As for the story itself, because the show is only 2 1/2 hours it's very fast-paced. Most of the dialogue has been cut and replaced with sung lines or songs -- the most famous bits left intact -- and some scenes are bridged with short narration by the three grave-diggers.

The opening is a prologue sung by the dead, in a graveyard. Horatio's character mentions it all started with "that incident"... and back we go, to Claudius's crowning and Hamlet's discontent. We pick up the story with Hamlet meeting Horatio (and the new sister), and Horatio mentioning that he had seen the ghost of the former king.

No plot changes, really. Even the sister doesn't say much at all, just stands behind Horatio's shoulder and sings counterpoint from time to time. Rosencrantz being a woman meant an interesting added line or two which seem to imply that she and Hamlet once had a thing, but other than that, nope.

Being Takarazuka, there are a short couple of dance numbers at the end. They also added some dancing by the main characters at the beginning of the scene where the players perform "The Murder of Gonzago".

The Actresses:

They really managed to put together a cast of strong singers for this show -- not just the principles, but all of the chorus as well, which makes it a real pleasure to listen to, start to finish. This isn't often the case in Takarazuka, particularly with rock numbers, so I was pleasantly surprised!

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Favorite Bits:

So hard to just pick a few, but...

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Recommended for: EVERYONE. OH MY GOD, IF YOU'RE IN TOKYO THIS WEEK OR NEXT WEEK, GOGOGOGOGOGOGO!!!

Hamlet!!

Feb. 16th, 2010 11:20 pm
ekusudei: (Masaki - Hamlet)
I am having a very hard time figuring out where to put the lj-cuts in this one....

So. You love and support someone for five years and of course they change, and of course it happens so gradually you're only partially aware of it. Last year was especially hectic, so a lot of the changes actually *could* be seen, as she grew and stretched and beat down the walls she ran into and just... flew. But no matter how impressed I was by her Lucheni and her Palamon, there was still a large part of the back of my brain remembering the little ken-5. This show has changed all that. I don't know how to put it. I wouldn't say it "opened my eyes" or anything like that, but.... I guess I've fallen in love all over again, only this time with this amazingly talented, super-assured, calm and competent star who loves her fans in return.

HAMLET!!
Bow Hall, 2010

Lead: Ryuu Masaki

[ TakaWiki ] [ Asahi.com stage photos ]

This will be an amalgamation of a few performances, not a specific date.

Over-View:

The Rock Opera "HAMLET!!" is exactly what its titles imply: a rock opera. There are very few spoken lines, and there are something like 60 songs (not 60 melodies, but 60 different numbers). The music is all in-house, no famous songs reused. The duel between Hamlet and Laertes was choreographed by Kurihara Naoki (who also did the fight choreography for Pimpernel) and uses real practice fencing foils, not cheap-looking stage swords.

The costumes are very rock- and glam-rock-esque. The players scene ("The Murder of Gonzago" and just before) reuses some costumes from the Purple Haze numbers in "Fancy Dance" (2007). To be honest, based on stage photos I had thought I wouldn't care for the costumes, but they turned out to have much more impact in person, and not look cheap and thrown together, which I'd feared.

The set itself is composed of stairs. This is from memory, so the number and shape of the stairs might be off, but I wanted to show the bits that move, and where the band is.

Read more... )

There are several entrances and exits along the two aisles through the audience, which means if you're lucky to be close enough, you get a great view of the makeup and costumes. This includes Hamlet, Horatio, the Ghost, Ophelia, Laertes, and all the players.

As for the story itself, because the show is only 2 1/2 hours it's very fast-paced. Most of the dialogue has been cut and replaced with sung lines or songs -- the most famous bits left intact -- and some scenes are bridged with short narration by the three grave-diggers.

The opening is a prologue sung by the dead, in a graveyard. Horatio's character mentions it all started with "that incident"... and back we go, to Claudius's crowning and Hamlet's discontent. We pick up the story with Hamlet meeting Horatio (and the new sister), and Horatio mentioning that he had seen the ghost of the former king.

No plot changes, really. Even the sister doesn't say much at all, just stands behind Horatio's shoulder and sings counterpoint from time to time. Rosencrantz being a woman meant an interesting added line or two which seem to imply that she and Hamlet once had a thing, but other than that, nope.

Being Takarazuka, there are a short couple of dance numbers at the end. They also added some dancing by the main characters at the beginning of the scene where the players perform "The Murder of Gonzago".

The Actresses:

They really managed to put together a cast of strong singers for this show -- not just the principles, but all of the chorus as well, which makes it a real pleasure to listen to, start to finish. This isn't often the case in Takarazuka, particularly with rock numbers, so I was pleasantly surprised!

Read more... )

Favorite Bits:

So hard to just pick a few, but...

Read more... )

Recommended for: EVERYONE. OH MY GOD, IF YOU'RE IN TOKYO THIS WEEK OR NEXT WEEK, GOGOGOGOGOGOGO!!!
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
Tsuki no Hokage
Flower Troupe Bow Hall, 2002

Stars: Ayabuki Mao, Ranju Tomu, Sawaki Kurumi

[ TakaWiki ]


Summary:

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What I Thought:

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ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
Tsuki no Hokage
Flower Troupe Bow Hall, 2002

Stars: Ayabuki Mao, Ranju Tomu, Sawaki Kurumi

[ TakaWiki ]


Summary:

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What I Thought:

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Non-Stop!!

Oct. 12th, 2009 08:42 pm
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
Non-Stop!!
Moon Troupe 1997, Bow Hall

[ TakaWiki ]

Lead: Kuze Seika

Cast: Misa Noeru (Senka), Natsukawa Yura, Yoshizuki Eri, Juri Sakiho, Takashou Mizuki, Hoshino Hitomi, Mahoroba Yuu, Jouka Azuki, Naruse Kouki, Oozora Yuuhi, Minashiro Hikari, Mizu Natsuki, Mizusawa Hazuki, Yamato Yuuga, Hanase Mizuka, Saijou Mie, Kanou Chika

Summary:

Act I

Aspiring actor Lover Brightman attends auditions for a music company and just makes it in. There he endures strict training from very odd teachers, is used to help a promising classmate, and eventually loses his girlfriend. He looses his innocent confidence, but is re-inspired by his ever helpful theater spirit boy and eventually makes it.

Act II

Lover Brightman performs. Eventually, his spirit comes to lead him off, as he will join the theater spirits.

What I Thought:

More a revue-show type performance, with the paper-thin plot only there to string together the musical numbers. The theater spirits and the idea of the candle/lantern on stage were completely re-used by Fujii-Sensei when he did Touko's "A Bientot" last year.

The cast was great, and very nostalgic. Kuze Seika was... adorable. Also, snooty rocker Mizu Natsuki (ken-5) was worth any amount of pain. Hanase Mizuka was her cute self. I approved of Sakiho Juri and Yoshizuki Eri being Kuze Seika's main back-ups in a lot of numbers. (And Juri and Hoshino Hitomi were hilarious as the teachers.) Yamato Yuuga in that costume was.... ahahah. The duet dance between Natsukawa Yura and Non-chan was hot. Non-chan singing a Japanese version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" was.... unusual. The tuxedo number and the bit with the musumeyaku in the pink things was both hot and hilarious.

But the show was thrown in between the Takarazuka and Tokyo runs of Non-chan's farewell show, and you could tell they didn't have much time to practice. The choreography was much too difficult for the amount of time that they did have, and it shows. Also, the costumes suffer from late-90s Takarazuka Revue fashionitis. On the other hand, there is a costume which... which... which really cannot be described. It must be experienced. And I thought I had seen them all.....

Over-all, a must see for fans of late-90s Tsukigumi, or late-90s craziness. Otherwise, you can probably give it a miss.

Non-Stop!!

Oct. 12th, 2009 08:42 pm
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
Non-Stop!!
Moon Troupe 1997, Bow Hall

[ TakaWiki ]

Lead: Kuze Seika

Cast: Misa Noeru (Senka), Natsukawa Yura, Yoshizuki Eri, Juri Sakiho, Takashou Mizuki, Hoshino Hitomi, Mahoroba Yuu, Jouka Azuki, Naruse Kouki, Oozora Yuuhi, Minashiro Hikari, Mizu Natsuki, Mizusawa Hazuki, Yamato Yuuga, Hanase Mizuka, Saijou Mie, Kanou Chika

Summary:

Act I

Aspiring actor Lover Brightman attends auditions for a music company and just makes it in. There he endures strict training from very odd teachers, is used to help a promising classmate, and eventually loses his girlfriend. He looses his innocent confidence, but is re-inspired by his ever helpful theater spirit boy and eventually makes it.

Act II

Lover Brightman performs. Eventually, his spirit comes to lead him off, as he will join the theater spirits.

What I Thought:

More a revue-show type performance, with the paper-thin plot only there to string together the musical numbers. The theater spirits and the idea of the candle/lantern on stage were completely re-used by Fujii-Sensei when he did Touko's "A Bientot" last year.

The cast was great, and very nostalgic. Kuze Seika was... adorable. Also, snooty rocker Mizu Natsuki (ken-5) was worth any amount of pain. Hanase Mizuka was her cute self. I approved of Sakiho Juri and Yoshizuki Eri being Kuze Seika's main back-ups in a lot of numbers. (And Juri and Hoshino Hitomi were hilarious as the teachers.) Yamato Yuuga in that costume was.... ahahah. The duet dance between Natsukawa Yura and Non-chan was hot. Non-chan singing a Japanese version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" was.... unusual. The tuxedo number and the bit with the musumeyaku in the pink things was both hot and hilarious.

But the show was thrown in between the Takarazuka and Tokyo runs of Non-chan's farewell show, and you could tell they didn't have much time to practice. The choreography was much too difficult for the amount of time that they did have, and it shows. Also, the costumes suffer from late-90s Takarazuka Revue fashionitis. On the other hand, there is a costume which... which... which really cannot be described. It must be experienced. And I thought I had seen them all.....

Over-all, a must see for fans of late-90s Tsukigumi, or late-90s craziness. Otherwise, you can probably give it a miss.
ekusudei: (Masaki 2007)
I can't quite believe how quickly Kinsmen finished. Sunday was raku... I wish I could have been there. I met an old fan club friend (who actually is supporting Yuzurun now) on Sunday in Tokyo, and she looked at me in a puzzled way and asked me, "Isn't it raku?" ... What can you say to that? For the hardcore enthusiasts, things are pretty black and white. Heh, my other club friends keep telling me there must be eikaiwa jobs in Osaka; why am I in Gunma of all barbaric places. And when I try to explain that I like my employers, they wave it away as inconsequential. XD

Anyway... much delayed:

The Two Noble Kinsmen
Moon Troupe Bow Hall, 2009

Leads: Ryuu Masaki & Asumi Rio, Hazakura Shizuku

[ TakaWiki ] [ Asahi Review w/ Photos ]

Koyanagi-sensei's adaption is an interesting one. (I'll assume anyone reading this has read at least a short summary of the original Fletcher/Shakespeare play. If you haven't, google it!) The first act follows the original Palamon/Arcite/Emilia storyline pretty closely, and the Palamon/Jailer's Daughter storyline is not changed much either. I think the biggest change is with the Schoolmaster and countrymen/maids and their Morris dancing, which has turned into a playwright and players, with the Wooer getting more of a personality as being a member of the players as well. In the second act, the show deviates quite a lot more, though it wraps things up to a similar conclusion.

I was surprised. Masaki had the voice-over intro at the beginning, and didn't share it with Mirio at all, like I've heard done in other double-lead Bows. In fact, in some ways it really didn't feel like a double-lead. Not that *I'm* complaining! <3

Summary: )

What I Thought: )

A traditional Shakespearean setting of the show, all-in-all, which actually made me really happy. I enjoyed it, and enjoyed it more each time I saw it, and was getting towards loving it. But I suspect if you're not a fan of any of the actresses in it, you might find it overall unimpressive.



OMG. LUCHENI!!!! She is going to blow everyone away.<3 Rehearsals start on the 6th. Everyone, mark your calendars.
ekusudei: (Masaki 2007)
I can't quite believe how quickly Kinsmen finished. Sunday was raku... I wish I could have been there. I met an old fan club friend (who actually is supporting Yuzurun now) on Sunday in Tokyo, and she looked at me in a puzzled way and asked me, "Isn't it raku?" ... What can you say to that? For the hardcore enthusiasts, things are pretty black and white. Heh, my other club friends keep telling me there must be eikaiwa jobs in Osaka; why am I in Gunma of all barbaric places. And when I try to explain that I like my employers, they wave it away as inconsequential. XD

Anyway... much delayed:

The Two Noble Kinsmen
Moon Troupe Bow Hall, 2009

Leads: Ryuu Masaki & Asumi Rio, Hazakura Shizuku

[ TakaWiki ] [ Asahi Review w/ Photos ]

Koyanagi-sensei's adaption is an interesting one. (I'll assume anyone reading this has read at least a short summary of the original Fletcher/Shakespeare play. If you haven't, google it!) The first act follows the original Palamon/Arcite/Emilia storyline pretty closely, and the Palamon/Jailer's Daughter storyline is not changed much either. I think the biggest change is with the Schoolmaster and countrymen/maids and their Morris dancing, which has turned into a playwright and players, with the Wooer getting more of a personality as being a member of the players as well. In the second act, the show deviates quite a lot more, though it wraps things up to a similar conclusion.

I was surprised. Masaki had the voice-over intro at the beginning, and didn't share it with Mirio at all, like I've heard done in other double-lead Bows. In fact, in some ways it really didn't feel like a double-lead. Not that *I'm* complaining! <3

Summary: )

What I Thought: )

A traditional Shakespearean setting of the show, all-in-all, which actually made me really happy. I enjoyed it, and enjoyed it more each time I saw it, and was getting towards loving it. But I suspect if you're not a fan of any of the actresses in it, you might find it overall unimpressive.



OMG. LUCHENI!!!! She is going to blow everyone away.<3 Rehearsals start on the 6th. Everyone, mark your calendars.

Elegy

Nov. 24th, 2007 10:03 am
ekusudei: (play without words)
Elegy
Star Troupe Bow Hall, 1997

[ TakaWiki ]

This was actually one of the first Bow Hall shows that I actually saw, a couple of years ago, when a friend loaned it to me. Although there were a few actresses and bits that got my attention, overall I was underwhelmed. Now I've finally had a chance to watch it again to write up a summary for the wiki....

Cast )

Summary: )

What I Thought: )

Elegy

Nov. 24th, 2007 10:03 am
ekusudei: (play without words)
Elegy
Star Troupe Bow Hall, 1997

[ TakaWiki ]

This was actually one of the first Bow Hall shows that I actually saw, a couple of years ago, when a friend loaned it to me. Although there were a few actresses and bits that got my attention, overall I was underwhelmed. Now I've finally had a chance to watch it again to write up a summary for the wiki....

Cast )

Summary: )

What I Thought: )
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
Young Bloods!! -Youthful Floral Pattern-
2006 Flower Troupe, Bow Workshop

[ TakaWiki ]

Leads: Kiryuu Sonoka & Miono Seira

I keep meaning to wait until I have time to watch it again and double-check my summary, but at this rate it's never going to happen, so... from memory, from a long time ago... ^^;

Summary: )

What I Thought:

Loved it. Of all the Young Bloods, this one has my favorite first act. I am a complete sucker for silly high school dramas, and this one was a great spoof. And as much as I like Sonoka, I have to say that Hinata San completely and absolutely stole the show. Her Koujirou-kun with his mix of Englishisms and odd Japanese, self-love, crowd of swooning admirers, and acted-out delusional daydreams.... *g* Other things I loved about this show were the amount of female roles, compared to the other Young Bloods. Suuko and Juri were both integral to the story, and not in a romantic way. Although, of course, what's a time-traveling story without a little romance? I admit, the ending was actually touching. Put that on top of a completely silly show, and I have to take off my cap to Saitou-S for this one.

On the other hand, I really didn't care much for the second act. The costume choices, in particular, were horrifying. I will say, however, that I absolutely and completely love the pair dance. Those lifts! ♥__♥
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
Young Bloods!! -Youthful Floral Pattern-
2006 Flower Troupe, Bow Workshop

[ TakaWiki ]

Leads: Kiryuu Sonoka & Miono Seira

I keep meaning to wait until I have time to watch it again and double-check my summary, but at this rate it's never going to happen, so... from memory, from a long time ago... ^^;

Summary: )

What I Thought:

Loved it. Of all the Young Bloods, this one has my favorite first act. I am a complete sucker for silly high school dramas, and this one was a great spoof. And as much as I like Sonoka, I have to say that Hinata San completely and absolutely stole the show. Her Koujirou-kun with his mix of Englishisms and odd Japanese, self-love, crowd of swooning admirers, and acted-out delusional daydreams.... *g* Other things I loved about this show were the amount of female roles, compared to the other Young Bloods. Suuko and Juri were both integral to the story, and not in a romantic way. Although, of course, what's a time-traveling story without a little romance? I admit, the ending was actually touching. Put that on top of a completely silly show, and I have to take off my cap to Saitou-S for this one.

On the other hand, I really didn't care much for the second act. The costume choices, in particular, were horrifying. I will say, however, that I absolutely and completely love the pair dance. Those lifts! ♥__♥
ekusudei: (Masaki 2007)
Young Bloods!! -Sparkling Moon-
2006 Moon Troupe, Bow Workshop

Leads: Ryu Masaki & Shirahana Remi

[ Takarazuka Wikipedia ]

I could have sworn I did a review of this show last year, but I did a thorough check when I reorganized my tags last week, and I couldn't find it anywhere. *fail*

Summary: )

What I Thought:

Masaki and Remi are really the cutest combi ever, and I remain sad that they didn't get paired up for either of Masaki's shinko leads. I really, really can't wait for the Roma shinko to be broadcast in its entirety. <3

That said, the first act didn't really have anything resembling a plot, and what plot there was didn't call for huge amounts of quality acting. I guess they didn't really want to challenge the extremely young cast. Still, it was easy to see here the maturity and professionalism that so many people have remarked upon in surprise when they went to see Masaki's shinjinkouen performances. She's very calm and collected, and not nervous at all. <3 Still, "maturity" might be an odd word choice for the character she plays, as the opening number between the bratty RYU and the bratty REMI reveals. It's a silly show, but with some real gems in the otokoyaku trying to seduce Remi, and the musumeyaku having their competition for Masaki. This is the show that made me notice Kouzuki Ruu, Ryuuki Kazuto, and a lot of other babies.

The real reason I love this performance, however, is the second act. They had some great songs, and it really highlighted Masaki's strong point -- her singing. Her "All That Jazz" makes me weak in the knees. *grin* She doesn't seem like a ken-6 at all. The Indian Dance number is interesting, and Masaki and Mihou Aya's tango is absolute and complete love. In fact, I loved every number to death. The one big weak point was the fact that the rest of the cast was vocally weak, so some of the choruses suffered.
ekusudei: (Masaki 2007)
Young Bloods!! -Sparkling Moon-
2006 Moon Troupe, Bow Workshop

Leads: Ryu Masaki & Shirahana Remi

[ Takarazuka Wikipedia ]

I could have sworn I did a review of this show last year, but I did a thorough check when I reorganized my tags last week, and I couldn't find it anywhere. *fail*

Summary: )

What I Thought:

Masaki and Remi are really the cutest combi ever, and I remain sad that they didn't get paired up for either of Masaki's shinko leads. I really, really can't wait for the Roma shinko to be broadcast in its entirety. <3

That said, the first act didn't really have anything resembling a plot, and what plot there was didn't call for huge amounts of quality acting. I guess they didn't really want to challenge the extremely young cast. Still, it was easy to see here the maturity and professionalism that so many people have remarked upon in surprise when they went to see Masaki's shinjinkouen performances. She's very calm and collected, and not nervous at all. <3 Still, "maturity" might be an odd word choice for the character she plays, as the opening number between the bratty RYU and the bratty REMI reveals. It's a silly show, but with some real gems in the otokoyaku trying to seduce Remi, and the musumeyaku having their competition for Masaki. This is the show that made me notice Kouzuki Ruu, Ryuuki Kazuto, and a lot of other babies.

The real reason I love this performance, however, is the second act. They had some great songs, and it really highlighted Masaki's strong point -- her singing. Her "All That Jazz" makes me weak in the knees. *grin* She doesn't seem like a ken-6 at all. The Indian Dance number is interesting, and Masaki and Mihou Aya's tango is absolute and complete love. In fact, I loved every number to death. The one big weak point was the fact that the rest of the cast was vocally weak, so some of the choruses suffered.
ekusudei: (BAD has never been so GOOD)
Osaka-Zamurai
Moon Troupe Bow Hall, 2007

Leads: Kiriya Hiromu & Yumesaki Nene

[ Takawiki Page ] [ TCA Pictures Shop ] [ Takarazuka Precious Review (photos) ]

Summary: )

What I Thought: )

All in all, I think it had some uneven bits, and I think the first act was better paced than the second, but it had so many great moments that it's worth owning.

None of which matters, of course, because it has Masaki.
ekusudei: (BAD has never been so GOOD)
Osaka-Zamurai
Moon Troupe Bow Hall, 2007

Leads: Kiriya Hiromu & Yumesaki Nene

[ Takawiki Page ] [ TCA Pictures Shop ] [ Takarazuka Precious Review (photos) ]

Summary: )

What I Thought: )

All in all, I think it had some uneven bits, and I think the first act was better paced than the second, but it had so many great moments that it's worth owning.

None of which matters, of course, because it has Masaki.
ekusudei: (Default)
Hallelujah Go! Go!
Star Troupe Bow Hall, 2007

Leads: Yuzuki Reon & Hizuki Hana

[ Takawiki ] [ Takarazuka Precious Review (photos) ]

Summary: Beware spoilers not in the wiki summary )

What I Thought:

I can't hope to reach the glory and adorableness of [livejournal.com profile] arlecchinic's review, so I'll fall back on bullet points. ;D

+ Loved the disco music. Loved the disco dancing (particularly the big group numbers -- I could watch that opening over and over and... oh. I have) and loved Ema Naoki singing a disco medley.
+ Loved all silly group songs involving Miki Chigusa
+ Kawai Mizuho's shadow solos killed me. Every time. Where has that woman been hiding a voice like that?!
+ Loved Ema Naoki just in general, actually. She's so cool, even in a silly-looking afro and genormous glasses.
+ Yuzuki Reon was born to play a disco dancer from the 70s.
+ Ayaka Rei... woah. Was expecting to like her, but wasn't expecting to end up absolutely loving her and her character.
+ Loved Chigu's outfits. *g* Oh lord, there are no words.
+ The mini revue finale was love. Dance, dance! And they gave such a lovely number to Chiga Teruko.
+ Chie and Hizuki Hana made excellent partners.

- The collars on those leisure suits weren't nearly big enough. ;p
- The dialogue got really preachy at times, and I started just fast-forwarding through large chunks. Not really unusual in a Takarazuka show, I know, but just once, just once...
- The solo songs, particularly the angsty ones, were a little... boring. More fast disco dancing, please!
- The weird bits at the beginning and the end with Dennis Jr. marrying a woman who looks exactly like his mother were... unnecessary. Really.

* Ume. Hm. She managed to make Brenda a likable character, and I particularly liked her "mysterious girl" bits at the beginning. But there was something so very... I don't know. I can't even figure out what exactly it was. Not Hizuki Hana-like enough?
* Kazu Ryouka is adorable and love. But Brian is a flat pancake. :/ Still, she's pretty when she angsts over her best friend's girl! I did like that whole bit. They were so cute together.
* Chiga-san's speech at the end had me tearing up completely. I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like to leave Takarazuka after over forty years.

All in all, I loved it! Hoshigumi underclassmen, if my heart wasn't already won, it is now. See, I knew there was a reason I loved Hoshigumi. <3 Takarazuka, I have reached the firm decision that you need more disco shows.
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Hallelujah Go! Go!
Star Troupe Bow Hall, 2007

Leads: Yuzuki Reon & Hizuki Hana

[ Takawiki ] [ Takarazuka Precious Review (photos) ]

Summary: Beware spoilers not in the wiki summary )

What I Thought:

I can't hope to reach the glory and adorableness of [livejournal.com profile] arlecchinic's review, so I'll fall back on bullet points. ;D

+ Loved the disco music. Loved the disco dancing (particularly the big group numbers -- I could watch that opening over and over and... oh. I have) and loved Ema Naoki singing a disco medley.
+ Loved all silly group songs involving Miki Chigusa
+ Kawai Mizuho's shadow solos killed me. Every time. Where has that woman been hiding a voice like that?!
+ Loved Ema Naoki just in general, actually. She's so cool, even in a silly-looking afro and genormous glasses.
+ Yuzuki Reon was born to play a disco dancer from the 70s.
+ Ayaka Rei... woah. Was expecting to like her, but wasn't expecting to end up absolutely loving her and her character.
+ Loved Chigu's outfits. *g* Oh lord, there are no words.
+ The mini revue finale was love. Dance, dance! And they gave such a lovely number to Chiga Teruko.
+ Chie and Hizuki Hana made excellent partners.

- The collars on those leisure suits weren't nearly big enough. ;p
- The dialogue got really preachy at times, and I started just fast-forwarding through large chunks. Not really unusual in a Takarazuka show, I know, but just once, just once...
- The solo songs, particularly the angsty ones, were a little... boring. More fast disco dancing, please!
- The weird bits at the beginning and the end with Dennis Jr. marrying a woman who looks exactly like his mother were... unnecessary. Really.

* Ume. Hm. She managed to make Brenda a likable character, and I particularly liked her "mysterious girl" bits at the beginning. But there was something so very... I don't know. I can't even figure out what exactly it was. Not Hizuki Hana-like enough?
* Kazu Ryouka is adorable and love. But Brian is a flat pancake. :/ Still, she's pretty when she angsts over her best friend's girl! I did like that whole bit. They were so cute together.
* Chiga-san's speech at the end had me tearing up completely. I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like to leave Takarazuka after over forty years.

All in all, I loved it! Hoshigumi underclassmen, if my heart wasn't already won, it is now. See, I knew there was a reason I loved Hoshigumi. <3 Takarazuka, I have reached the firm decision that you need more disco shows.

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Aug. 7th, 2007 10:26 pm
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Flower Bow Hall, 2006

Leads: Ranju Tomu, Kashiro Kiho

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I'd been ready to love and adore this show from the moment the poster for it was first put up... and then it never got released on DVD. T_T Thank heavens for Sky Stage.

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What I Thought:

Dear lord in heaven. Jen votes this Best Show From 2006.... Or she would, but that would be disloyal to Masao, so she'll vote it Second Best. )

I loved it all. I don't have a single thing to nit-pick. And to top it all off, it had the Gabe Seal of Approval. He wandered in to see why I was laughing my head off and commenced to make me squee with a constant flow of compliments as he watched the ending with me, starting from "this music is pretty cool" and on to compliment: the costumes (particularly Miwatchi's), the singing, the dancing, and the acting. I even was allowed to rewind it to show him key scenes he had missed. <3<3<3 And referred to Tomu as "he" the whole time.

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