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


Read more... )
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


Read more... )
ekusudei: (play without words)
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.

Read more... )

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! >:/
ekusudei: (play without words)
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.

Read more... )

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.
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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... )
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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
ekusudei: (Default)
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.

Read more... )

Phantom

Sep. 8th, 2007 11:00 pm
ekusudei: (Default)
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.

Read more... )
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.

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