Pimpin'

Dec. 21st, 2008 11:33 am
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
[livejournal.com profile] jenebi posted a really interesting translation of an interview with Haruno Sumire about why she changed her mind about performing again after she retired from Takarazuka, and her thoughts on "Marguerite".

I'm pimping it because I think there might be Osa people who don't know my uber-sempai.<3

Pimpin'

Dec. 21st, 2008 11:33 am
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
[livejournal.com profile] jenebi posted a really interesting translation of an interview with Haruno Sumire about why she changed her mind about performing again after she retired from Takarazuka, and her thoughts on "Marguerite".

I'm pimping it because I think there might be Osa people who don't know my uber-sempai.<3
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
With the usual warnings of sloppy translating, and odd-sounding English because I'm lazy (though Lucia helped me fix a couple of bits up). For Lucia, and for everyone who misses Osa and Tomomi♥

Kageki Round-Table Discussion: Adieu Marseille
October 2007


Participants: Takada Kenji, Koike Shuichiro, Haruno Sumire, Sakurano Ayane, Ritsu Tomomi, Hoshihara Misao, Rika Masumi, Natsumi You, Matobu Sei, Sou Kazuho, Aine Harei, and Misuzu Aki


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Adieu Marseille
Flower, 2007

Leads: Haruno Sumire & Sakurano Ayane

[ TakaWiki ] [ TCA Shop ]
[ ENAK Sumire Style GRAPH ]

Summary on the Takarazuka Wikipedia.

What I Thought:

I am probably the last person on the planet to see this show, but here you go anyway.... ;)

LOVE.

It peddled to all of my weaknesses: Osa in pinstripe suits, gangsters in pinstripe suits, Hatchi in pinstripe suits, Un-chan in pinstripe suits (are we sensing a theme here?)... No, but seriously, the otokoyaku wardrobes? Deadly. The musumeyaku outfits were probably very pretty, but I- Wait, wait, I remember Lucia's repeated mention of little red... hats? No, no, that was Tuxedo Jazz. I definitely remember Sakurano in a little red dress, so it was a little red something. The sets blended in and don't stick out in my memory, except for the station, of course, and the sewers. Slightly subdued for a Grand Theater show. Music and lyrics were done in a safe, lovely style that suited Osa's gorgeous voice to a T.

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Overall, this show is now my second-favorite Osa show (after Kurotokage). The plot might not be Tony-award wining material, and I felt the musumeyaku were in many ways after-thoughts, but the suits, and the otokoyaku, and the shoulder holsters, and Mattsu's mustache, and Hatchi's tattoo (yes, I have weird kinks, leave me alone)... Ngh. And Osa was as powerful as ever, making a grand ... adieu.



PS - Someone needs to add the staff to the TakaWiki page! >:/
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Marrakech: A Crimson Tombstone
Flower, 2005

Leads: Haruno Sumire & Fuzuki Miyo

[ TakaWiki ] [ TCA Shop ]
[ ENAK Sumire Style GRAPH ]

Since there's such a nice summary up on the wiki, I can skip that bit. ;)

What I Thought:

I- I should have loved this show. I still can't understand why it couldn't hold my attention for more than a few minutes at a time. The music, I will say, is excellent. Very fun "Arabian" flavor to it. The suits are also excellent on Leon's swindlers. Leon is love. Chair-dancing be-suited otokoyaku are love. Suzukake Miyuki's Snake Dancer costume/makeup was awesome.

I think my main problem with this show is that I didn't really care much about the main characters. I realize this is scandalous of me, and I hope Lucia will be able to forgive me one day. ;) But Ludwig never appealed to me. I didn't feel sympathy for him and his tragic past, because it didn't strike me as tragic. spoilers )

As an Osa show I was, frankly, disappointed. But I think this was just a personal preference because I didn't care for the main characters / main story. If it were an option, I would recommend for people to buy the shinjinkoen instead, because the cast acted their little hearts out, and they were adorable. Asaka Manato has gown a lot between that show and where she is now, but I feel certain Sakurano Ayane sprang completely knowledgeable from the womb. She continues to amaze. Also, sleazy underling Hinata San is love. Someday I'll give them their own, proper review.
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
!!!!!

Shiomi Maho and Osa are currently playing tourists in NYC together. <3<3<3 It's Osa's first time in NY, Kero says, and Osa's reaaaaally excited. :D

(For those who don't know, Shiomi-san lived in NYC for 2 or 3 years, but she just moved back to Japan this past summer.)
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
!!!!!

Shiomi Maho and Osa are currently playing tourists in NYC together. <3<3<3 It's Osa's first time in NY, Kero says, and Osa's reaaaaally excited. :D

(For those who don't know, Shiomi-san lived in NYC for 2 or 3 years, but she just moved back to Japan this past summer.)
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Backstage Journal: Saezuki Luna
Kageki, June 2007

Hi everyone This is Saezuki Luna, making her first appearance in Backstage Journal! There's a little bit of material from backstage at the Flower Troupe Tokyo performance, and I'd like to pass it on.

Read more... )
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
Haruno Sumire... we're going to miss you.

ENAK article / press conference / sayonara GRAPH

press conference on the official site

From the tone of the conference, she seems to have decided to step out of the limelight for a little while; to set aside the name of "Haruno Sumire" and return to her real name and spend some time figuring out what she wants to do, not as a performer, but as herself. Of course, these conferences all tend to follow a similar, cookie-cutter pattern, so it'll be interesting to see what she really does decide to do, won't it....?

Around 8000 fans were there, they're saying. I'm glad she got a proper farewell. <3


ETA: I think it was Shiomi Maho's blog entries that really made me realize it was happening/had happened.

12/24 "Today is the Hanagumi senshuuraku. And it's the sayonara performance of Hanagumi's top star Osa-chan and her last onnayaku classmate, Toshiko-chan. It's going to be a wonderful final show. After all, this Christmas Eve is only going to happen once. Until the end, please go down the ookaidan cheerful and full of energy. Leave behind your tears and smiling faces..."

12/25 "I wonder how the senshuuraku went yesterday? How are Osa-chan and Toshiko-chan feeling as they face the morning? For me as well, the day after tomorrow (the 27th) it'll be three full years since I left. The final performance for my retirement show was on the 26th, wasn't it?"
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
Haruno Sumire... we're going to miss you.

ENAK article / press conference / sayonara GRAPH

press conference on the official site

From the tone of the conference, she seems to have decided to step out of the limelight for a little while; to set aside the name of "Haruno Sumire" and return to her real name and spend some time figuring out what she wants to do, not as a performer, but as herself. Of course, these conferences all tend to follow a similar, cookie-cutter pattern, so it'll be interesting to see what she really does decide to do, won't it....?

Around 8000 fans were there, they're saying. I'm glad she got a proper farewell. <3


ETA: I think it was Shiomi Maho's blog entries that really made me realize it was happening/had happened.

12/24 "Today is the Hanagumi senshuuraku. And it's the sayonara performance of Hanagumi's top star Osa-chan and her last onnayaku classmate, Toshiko-chan. It's going to be a wonderful final show. After all, this Christmas Eve is only going to happen once. Until the end, please go down the ookaidan cheerful and full of energy. Leave behind your tears and smiling faces..."

12/25 "I wonder how the senshuuraku went yesterday? How are Osa-chan and Toshiko-chan feeling as they face the morning? For me as well, the day after tomorrow (the 27th) it'll be three full years since I left. The final performance for my retirement show was on the 26th, wasn't it?"

Phantom

Sep. 8th, 2007 11:00 pm
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Phantom
Flower Troupe, 2006

Leads: Haruno Sumire & Sakurano Ayane

[ TakaWiki Page ] [ TCA Pictures Shop ] [ ENAK Sumire Style Graph ]

Looong summary already on the Wiki, and I think most everyone is familiar with the plot, so I won't repost it here. ;)

So. I don't think it's very surprising that out of the two, I enjoyed Hanagumi's more than Soragumi's. As much as I enjoyed Soragumi's, the cast in Hanagumi's version just seemed to have much better chemistry with each other. It's been a long time since I watched the other, so I can't really compare them point-for-point.

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ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
I'm reading the little blurbs they have for the various troupes in August's Kageki, and am mightily amused.

They were asked to describe their troupe in a short phrase, and here are some examples:

Flower

Haruno: Brilliant flowers
Sakurano: Bright/cheerful/melodious
Sou: Fresh!
Mano: Brilliant and carefree
Natsumi: A fun flower garden
Mochizuki: A seven-colored rainbow!
Aine Harei: Happy flowers
Rika: Fresh!
Misuzu: A thoroughly warm place
Takashou: Bright
Asaka: Spring!
Sakura: A flower garden
Nono: Dokidoki no hanagumi (needs no translation)
Hanagata: Violet (colored)!
Matobu: Full of energy!

Moon

Izumo: A cosmic jewelry box (Aya-san, you do know you switched troupes, right?)
Yoshizuki: Les Bijoux Brilliant
Ozora: Spontaneous children
Sena: A big family
Koshino: The eternal troupe of the God of Laughs
Kiriya: ごちゃ煮 (not sure about this, but I think it's something like: a mixed pot)
Ryouga: A group of spontaneous children
Ayano: All kinds of colors
Kiryuu: Energetic
Aoki: Spirited
Shirosaki: A big family
Seito: Family
Shirahana: A full moon
Yumesaki: Powerful

And after all of these warm-hearted and sweet answers, how do you think Masaki answered? .... Ryuu: Jungle ..... (Oh, my adorable woman)

I haven't read the other three yet. I did read the kumichou and lead otokoyaku interviews for Hana and Tsuki. Hacchi and Osa talked mostly about her off-stage on-stage differences, and how when she goes into work-mode she's suddenly snapping with energy, but when the switch is flipped off she's very easy-going and spacey. Hacchi says the energy she puts into her work is a good example for the underclassmen, and how they're all very chatty together and informal of upperclassmen/underclassmen distinctions while in the break room. And they talked about how glad they were to have been able to work together as kumichou and top star. And they both cried a little. It was very sweet and I got a very gentle, warm impression of the troupe.

Aya and Asako, on the other hand, weren't quite as informal with each other, probably because Aya-san just moved to Tsukigumi. She mentioned how impressed she was by the way the members of Tsukigumi are very crisp and correct in how they speak and move (speaking about greetings and politeness-levels and things, I believe.) I found that very interesting, because that isn't the image I had had of them, and especially contrasted with the Hanagumi interview just before. They also both talked about the pressure of being a role model for their entire troupe, and yet how even they make mistakes, of course. Here they seemed to loosen up a bit, and Aya talked about how she loves to have underclassmen come to get her advice on anything they need it for. She sounds like she would be a very useful dai-sempai to have. They also talked about how all the new members who have recently transferred in (Ryouga & Kiryuu) have brought a new feel with them, and that everyone in the troupe is re-evaluating what exactly Tsukigumi is.

I read an interesting series of articles lately that described the troupes as currently best known for these things:

Hanagumi: Dancing
Tsukigumi: Acting
Yukigumi: Nihonmono (Japanese-style productions)
Hoshigumi: Costume performances
Soragumi: New and fresh

I never thought of Hoshigumi as the costume troupe, but then I sat back for a moment, and... yes. I can see it.
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
I'm reading the little blurbs they have for the various troupes in August's Kageki, and am mightily amused.

They were asked to describe their troupe in a short phrase, and here are some examples:

Flower

Haruno: Brilliant flowers
Sakurano: Bright/cheerful/melodious
Sou: Fresh!
Mano: Brilliant and carefree
Natsumi: A fun flower garden
Mochizuki: A seven-colored rainbow!
Aine Harei: Happy flowers
Rika: Fresh!
Misuzu: A thoroughly warm place
Takashou: Bright
Asaka: Spring!
Sakura: A flower garden
Nono: Dokidoki no hanagumi (needs no translation)
Hanagata: Violet (colored)!
Matobu: Full of energy!

Moon

Izumo: A cosmic jewelry box (Aya-san, you do know you switched troupes, right?)
Yoshizuki: Les Bijoux Brilliant
Ozora: Spontaneous children
Sena: A big family
Koshino: The eternal troupe of the God of Laughs
Kiriya: ごちゃ煮 (not sure about this, but I think it's something like: a mixed pot)
Ryouga: A group of spontaneous children
Ayano: All kinds of colors
Kiryuu: Energetic
Aoki: Spirited
Shirosaki: A big family
Seito: Family
Shirahana: A full moon
Yumesaki: Powerful

And after all of these warm-hearted and sweet answers, how do you think Masaki answered? .... Ryuu: Jungle ..... (Oh, my adorable woman)

I haven't read the other three yet. I did read the kumichou and lead otokoyaku interviews for Hana and Tsuki. Hacchi and Osa talked mostly about her off-stage on-stage differences, and how when she goes into work-mode she's suddenly snapping with energy, but when the switch is flipped off she's very easy-going and spacey. Hacchi says the energy she puts into her work is a good example for the underclassmen, and how they're all very chatty together and informal of upperclassmen/underclassmen distinctions while in the break room. And they talked about how glad they were to have been able to work together as kumichou and top star. And they both cried a little. It was very sweet and I got a very gentle, warm impression of the troupe.

Aya and Asako, on the other hand, weren't quite as informal with each other, probably because Aya-san just moved to Tsukigumi. She mentioned how impressed she was by the way the members of Tsukigumi are very crisp and correct in how they speak and move (speaking about greetings and politeness-levels and things, I believe.) I found that very interesting, because that isn't the image I had had of them, and especially contrasted with the Hanagumi interview just before. They also both talked about the pressure of being a role model for their entire troupe, and yet how even they make mistakes, of course. Here they seemed to loosen up a bit, and Aya talked about how she loves to have underclassmen come to get her advice on anything they need it for. She sounds like she would be a very useful dai-sempai to have. They also talked about how all the new members who have recently transferred in (Ryouga & Kiryuu) have brought a new feel with them, and that everyone in the troupe is re-evaluating what exactly Tsukigumi is.

I read an interesting series of articles lately that described the troupes as currently best known for these things:

Hanagumi: Dancing
Tsukigumi: Acting
Yukigumi: Nihonmono (Japanese-style productions)
Hoshigumi: Costume performances
Soragumi: New and fresh

I never thought of Hoshigumi as the costume troupe, but then I sat back for a moment, and... yes. I can see it.
ekusudei: (play without words)
New OSK has had a fair number of retirements in the last few months, including their top star Daiki Makoto. I wonder if the company is keeping New OSK at a certain size? Or are a lot of the "older" actresses who stuck around to help restart OSK deciding things are settled down enough that they can retire now? Even so, each retirement seems so very sad and precarious, with only 34 members, and most of them very, very new. And then Sawaka Rin retired earlier this week! It seems a surprise.


Compared to that, I feel like retirements in Takarazuka aren't something awful at all. I realize for the particular fans of a 'sienne, it's sad to see her leave Takarazuka, particularly the otokoyaku who will probably never be "real" otokoyaku on stage again. But I became a fan with my favorite star already retired, so maybe this gives me a skewed perspective on things. And lately I've become more interested in OG performances. I think it's wonderful to see them branching out, leaving behind the stereotypes, trying out new skills. No more stereotypical nice-guy/nice-girl top star roles, or best-buddy/villain 2bante. And, sure, not everyone continues in the entertainment business. But I think it's wonderful to think that after 5, 10, 16 years of giving their life to Takarazuka they'll get to have a family, to settle down and eat and not be continually stressed all the time. Or go on and become a kick-ass politician, or do whatever has been burning in the back of their minds as something they want to do.

Few people can stay where they are forever. And even if they do, they change, the things they do change. Even Tom seems to have been slowly phased out of the daigekijou shows these days.

So, yes, I'm crazy and I love hearing about retirements and troupe moves. Because this means that someone else will get to step up. It means a shuffling, new things. Everyone retires eventually, even a lot of Senka. I'll admit, I've been on the edge of my seat waiting since we learned that Osa's next daigekijou play was "Adieu Marseille" and written by Koike-sensei (whoo-boy, no way to miss that one). Not because I'm spiteful, or mean, or even that I think Osa has "faded" lately. (Actually, I've loved her more recent performances a lot more than watching her older ones as top star. And anyone who heard her perform in "Kurotokage" will tell you her voice is more powerful than ever. I still get shivers thinking about it.) It's because now we have the excitement of waiting to hear who is the next top, the next 2bante. Seeing which babies will rise up in the new Hanagumi.

My money is on Un-chan as next top. Because that last round of shuffling coincided right before the run of retirements, making me think that Hankyu was getting their "men" into position early. And because Un-chan fits so well into Hanagumi that newer fans seem to be shocked to hear she was ever anywhere else. *winks* As for Sakurano... I think Hankyu certainly likes her a lot. She's gotten some amazing roles. I think if she wants to stay, she'll stay. If she wants to leave and start a new stage/acting career, now would probably be a good time for her to try it. But a few more years also wouldn't hurt her chances, I think. So I could see her choosing either way.

Now I'm bouncing around waiting for the next round of troupe moves. But I wonder if they'll wait a year or two to let the new troupes settle down first?
ekusudei: (play without words)
New OSK has had a fair number of retirements in the last few months, including their top star Daiki Makoto. I wonder if the company is keeping New OSK at a certain size? Or are a lot of the "older" actresses who stuck around to help restart OSK deciding things are settled down enough that they can retire now? Even so, each retirement seems so very sad and precarious, with only 34 members, and most of them very, very new. And then Sawaka Rin retired earlier this week! It seems a surprise.


Compared to that, I feel like retirements in Takarazuka aren't something awful at all. I realize for the particular fans of a 'sienne, it's sad to see her leave Takarazuka, particularly the otokoyaku who will probably never be "real" otokoyaku on stage again. But I became a fan with my favorite star already retired, so maybe this gives me a skewed perspective on things. And lately I've become more interested in OG performances. I think it's wonderful to see them branching out, leaving behind the stereotypes, trying out new skills. No more stereotypical nice-guy/nice-girl top star roles, or best-buddy/villain 2bante. And, sure, not everyone continues in the entertainment business. But I think it's wonderful to think that after 5, 10, 16 years of giving their life to Takarazuka they'll get to have a family, to settle down and eat and not be continually stressed all the time. Or go on and become a kick-ass politician, or do whatever has been burning in the back of their minds as something they want to do.

Few people can stay where they are forever. And even if they do, they change, the things they do change. Even Tom seems to have been slowly phased out of the daigekijou shows these days.

So, yes, I'm crazy and I love hearing about retirements and troupe moves. Because this means that someone else will get to step up. It means a shuffling, new things. Everyone retires eventually, even a lot of Senka. I'll admit, I've been on the edge of my seat waiting since we learned that Osa's next daigekijou play was "Adieu Marseille" and written by Koike-sensei (whoo-boy, no way to miss that one). Not because I'm spiteful, or mean, or even that I think Osa has "faded" lately. (Actually, I've loved her more recent performances a lot more than watching her older ones as top star. And anyone who heard her perform in "Kurotokage" will tell you her voice is more powerful than ever. I still get shivers thinking about it.) It's because now we have the excitement of waiting to hear who is the next top, the next 2bante. Seeing which babies will rise up in the new Hanagumi.

My money is on Un-chan as next top. Because that last round of shuffling coincided right before the run of retirements, making me think that Hankyu was getting their "men" into position early. And because Un-chan fits so well into Hanagumi that newer fans seem to be shocked to hear she was ever anywhere else. *winks* As for Sakurano... I think Hankyu certainly likes her a lot. She's gotten some amazing roles. I think if she wants to stay, she'll stay. If she wants to leave and start a new stage/acting career, now would probably be a good time for her to try it. But a few more years also wouldn't hurt her chances, I think. So I could see her choosing either way.

Now I'm bouncing around waiting for the next round of troupe moves. But I wonder if they'll wait a year or two to let the new troupes settle down first?
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I've taken the lazy way out and gone with a lot of footnotes, rather than attempting to find a way to say some of these things in English. ;)

Osa and Asa’s Agony Column Talk Battle
(GRAPH Dec., 2001)


Read more... )
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Beware the dreaded spoilers! ;)

Talk Deluxe: GRAPH May 2007
From the Flower Troupe production
Akechi Kogorou's Incident Report -The Black Lizard- / Tuxedo Jazz


Haruno Sumire: This time my character Akechi and Yuu’s (Matobu’s) character Amamiya Junichi were disguised during the show.

Matobu Sei: Yes.

Read more... )

If Un-chan was any more of an Akechi/Osa fangirl, the stars in her eyes would be bursting out of the pages. *grins* I feel the need to shelter her from the possibility of enraged OsaAsa fans after this interview... XD
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You know, when my Graph subscription runs out this time, I think I may switch over to Kageki. These pseudo-gossip columns are too cute.

In March's issue, there's a somewhat interesting article detailing the progress of PariSora/Fancy Dance from the first group meeting all the way through show time. [livejournal.com profile] ceteranna, you might find this useful for ficcage. I'll try to go through and summarize sometime, if you're interested.

There was also a most intriguing (and very biased) report on the shinko, and an adorable article called Tsukigumi Talk Land: Our Prince and Princess. Of course, I loved best Masaki's cuteness, but I suspect you rabid fangirls will enjoy: )

And then there was Ayana Oto's adorable gossip column, as she's the Yuki girl of the last three months. Here's a few amusing tidbits )

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