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Two hour mandatory driving safety lecture to renew my license again, and I am brain dead. Also, they made me cry.

Anyway: Things!

Pretty, happy Matobun! (How did it never occur to me before that she's hardly older than me? Urgh.)

I saw Rika's Genghis Khan! .... It was actually a musical, which surprised me. The dialogue was... very bad. The Mongolian traditional instrument thing was very good, and the music reminded me of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which was cool. Rika's costume in act I was Love. Rika all pimped out in a massive ton of "masculine" eyeliner also a plus. The two leading ladies' singing voices were amazing, particularly the younger girl. (Photos and interview)

They're doing an adaption of Pride and Prejudice! I wonder if it'll try to be faithful to the original, or if they'll go for something more unique? But... I'm sorry, but I really can't see Toyoko as Darcy. Hrm. Hoshi fans, any guesses as to Elizabeth and the rest of the Bennets?

Also, anyone see that they're doing another gala concert for Elisabeth, next November? I know some folks were hoping for another one.
〜TAKARAZUKA WAY TO 100th ANNIVERSARY〜
「エリザベート スペシャル ガラ・コンサート」
日程:2012/11上旬〜11中旬
東急シアターオーブ

PS -- Checking my finances, and I think I might be able to get myself a new computer as a New Year's present in January! Miss you guys!
ekusudei: (Default)
Two hour mandatory driving safety lecture to renew my license again, and I am brain dead. Also, they made me cry.

Anyway: Things!

Pretty, happy Matobun! (How did it never occur to me before that she's hardly older than me? Urgh.)

I saw Rika's Genghis Khan! .... It was actually a musical, which surprised me. The dialogue was... very bad. The Mongolian traditional instrument thing was very good, and the music reminded me of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which was cool. Rika's costume in act I was Love. Rika all pimped out in a massive ton of "masculine" eyeliner also a plus. The two leading ladies' singing voices were amazing, particularly the younger girl. (Photos and interview)

They're doing an adaption of Pride and Prejudice! I wonder if it'll try to be faithful to the original, or if they'll go for something more unique? But... I'm sorry, but I really can't see Toyoko as Darcy. Hrm. Hoshi fans, any guesses as to Elizabeth and the rest of the Bennets?

Also, anyone see that they're doing another gala concert for Elisabeth, next November? I know some folks were hoping for another one.
〜TAKARAZUKA WAY TO 100th ANNIVERSARY〜
「エリザベート スペシャル ガラ・コンサート」
日程:2012/11上旬〜11中旬
東急シアターオーブ

PS -- Checking my finances, and I think I might be able to get myself a new computer as a New Year's present in January! Miss you guys!
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(1) Un-chan, I'm going to miss you. I don't think, even now, I fully realize how much I adore you and everything you stand for, and how much I'll miss it when you're gone.

(More on the actual press conference when I'm not sliding down into the pit that is this week month.)


(2) It's a long revue! ♥ ♥ & hearts;


(3) I've turned off the private messaging of this journal, because of a lot of spam I've been getting lately, and because logging in and out of this journal all the time to answer them was becoming much too much effort (<-- very lazy).
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(1) Un-chan, I'm going to miss you. I don't think, even now, I fully realize how much I adore you and everything you stand for, and how much I'll miss it when you're gone.

(More on the actual press conference when I'm not sliding down into the pit that is this week month.)


(2) It's a long revue! ♥ ♥ & hearts;


(3) I've turned off the private messaging of this journal, because of a lot of spam I've been getting lately, and because logging in and out of this journal all the time to answer them was becoming much too much effort (<-- very lazy).

Gu Bijin

Jun. 16th, 2010 11:26 pm
ekusudei: (play without words)
Gu Bijin
Flower Troupe, 2010
May 15th 16:00 & May 30th 16:00 shows


Stars: Matobu Sei & Sakurano Ayane

[ TakaWiki ] [ Asahi Photo Gallery: Gu Bijin ]

I... I keep putting this off until I'll have a full day to work on it, but I've come to realize that's just not going to happen anytime soon. So I'll now attempt a two-hour version of why this is the best show that I've seen since Yume no Ukihashi or Kurotokage.

Here there be SPOILERS!

Summary: )

What I Thought: )

So, in conclusion: If you were saving up for any version of Legend because you like grand Asian costume spectacles, throw away such a thought and get Gu Bijin instead. You won't regret it! ♥

Translation to follow once Tsukigumi leaves Tokyo♥

Gu Bijin

Jun. 16th, 2010 11:26 pm
ekusudei: (play without words)
Gu Bijin
Flower Troupe, 2010
May 15th 16:00 & May 30th 16:00 shows


Stars: Matobu Sei & Sakurano Ayane

[ TakaWiki ] [ Asahi Photo Gallery: Gu Bijin ]

I... I keep putting this off until I'll have a full day to work on it, but I've come to realize that's just not going to happen anytime soon. So I'll now attempt a two-hour version of why this is the best show that I've seen since Yume no Ukihashi or Kurotokage.

Here there be SPOILERS!

Summary: )

What I Thought: )

So, in conclusion: If you were saving up for any version of Legend because you like grand Asian costume spectacles, throw away such a thought and get Gu Bijin instead. You won't regret it! ♥

Translation to follow once Tsukigumi leaves Tokyo♥
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
Passion Blue
Star Troupe, 1996

Stars: Asaji Saki & Shiraki Ayaka

[ TakaWiki ] [ "Who Is Bad?" Review ]

It's been nearly three years since I reviewed "Who Is Bad?", and I knew from the show description, from the cast, and from clips I've seen on various Sky Stage programs that I'd love "Passion Blue", but.... I've never been able to find the VHS in Taka-An. Bad luck, hey? But they finally re-broadcast it last October, so-!

It reminds me thematically of revue shows like "La Bolero Rouge" (another of Miki-Sensei's) and "Blue Moon Blue", but with more primitive costumes. So, a few years before its time, I suppose? Anyway, let's just say that it is indeed in my top ten revue shows, ever. I can't resist Mariko, Rika, and Wataru all dancing together on one stage, and when you throw in my adored combi of Mariko/Ayaka, plus Emao Yuu, Ayaki Nao, Otowa Ryou, and all the other young stars it's impossible to resist. (I enjoy playing spot-the-MatobuSei and spot-the-AsazumiKei, and spot-the-KuonMaya.)

Especially when Rika and Wataru (ken-8! so cute!) are dance-fighting over Tomo Maika in suits and fedoras.

Or Mariko and Rika are dancing together as gypsies♥

Or SO MANY HOT MARIKO/AYAKA PAIR DANCES ngbrkilhbgrbkbj!!!

Let's just say it pushes all of my revue buttons. Even the line dance was entertaining. ;)
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
Passion Blue
Star Troupe, 1996

Stars: Asaji Saki & Shiraki Ayaka

[ TakaWiki ] [ "Who Is Bad?" Review ]

It's been nearly three years since I reviewed "Who Is Bad?", and I knew from the show description, from the cast, and from clips I've seen on various Sky Stage programs that I'd love "Passion Blue", but.... I've never been able to find the VHS in Taka-An. Bad luck, hey? But they finally re-broadcast it last October, so-!

It reminds me thematically of revue shows like "La Bolero Rouge" (another of Miki-Sensei's) and "Blue Moon Blue", but with more primitive costumes. So, a few years before its time, I suppose? Anyway, let's just say that it is indeed in my top ten revue shows, ever. I can't resist Mariko, Rika, and Wataru all dancing together on one stage, and when you throw in my adored combi of Mariko/Ayaka, plus Emao Yuu, Ayaki Nao, Otowa Ryou, and all the other young stars it's impossible to resist. (I enjoy playing spot-the-MatobuSei and spot-the-AsazumiKei, and spot-the-KuonMaya.)

Especially when Rika and Wataru (ken-8! so cute!) are dance-fighting over Tomo Maika in suits and fedoras.

Or Mariko and Rika are dancing together as gypsies♥

Or SO MANY HOT MARIKO/AYAKA PAIR DANCES ngbrkilhbgrbkbj!!!

Let's just say it pushes all of my revue buttons. Even the line dance was entertaining. ;)
ekusudei: (BAD has never been so GOOD)
WARNING: 99.999999999% of fandom thinks Jen is on crack.
WARNING: Jen has never liked Takarazuka BeruBara.
WARNING: Jen likes Hanagumi.

How do you make BeruBara appealing?

(1) Starve the subject of contact with live Takarazuka theater for two months
(2) Stuff show full of beloved seito
(3) Leave in subject's favorite lines
(4) Add lovely BGM
(5) Seat subject in optimal location for Hot Stare GET!!!
(6) Hinata San, Hinata San, Hinata San♥♥♥



[this official title translation cracks me up, must use]
A Spin-Off from the Rose of Versailles: André's Story
Flower Troupe, 2009
Tokyo Theater, Oct. 25th, 11 AM performance


Leads: Matobu Sei & Sakurano Ayane

[ TakaWiki ] [ SANSPO Stage Graph ]
[ Daily Sports Online, Set: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ]

The Rose of Versailles Side-Story: André

Maybe it was because I was expecting the worse. Maybe it was because I'm used to being diametrically opposed to 80% of the fandom. Maybe it was because I've simply slipped off the deep end, but... I really didn't think Andre-hen was that bad. Actually, er, I liked it more than Legend. *cough*

I think I begin to understand the appeal of BeruBara in Takarazuka. I've never paid a huge amount of attention to musumeyaku costumes, particularly the enormous hoop-skirts, but I think they lose something in the recordings. Also, I think the costuming department really went to town when they bought the fabric this time around (either that, or they were using the bottom of the barrel -- some of the pattern combinations were, er, very Japanese).

But let's do this systematically:

The Plot (by thread, not chronologically): )

What I Thought: )

~*~*~

Exciter!!

Read more... )

~*~*~

Overall, I liked both halves. I'm going to try to go and see it again next weekend. But I probably won't spend the money to buy the full-price DVD.
ekusudei: (BAD has never been so GOOD)
WARNING: 99.999999999% of fandom thinks Jen is on crack.
WARNING: Jen has never liked Takarazuka BeruBara.
WARNING: Jen likes Hanagumi.

How do you make BeruBara appealing?

(1) Starve the subject of contact with live Takarazuka theater for two months
(2) Stuff show full of beloved seito
(3) Leave in subject's favorite lines
(4) Add lovely BGM
(5) Seat subject in optimal location for Hot Stare GET!!!
(6) Hinata San, Hinata San, Hinata San♥♥♥



[this official title translation cracks me up, must use]
A Spin-Off from the Rose of Versailles: André's Story
Flower Troupe, 2009
Tokyo Theater, Oct. 25th, 11 AM performance


Leads: Matobu Sei & Sakurano Ayane

[ TakaWiki ] [ SANSPO Stage Graph ]
[ Daily Sports Online, Set: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ]

The Rose of Versailles Side-Story: André

Maybe it was because I was expecting the worse. Maybe it was because I'm used to being diametrically opposed to 80% of the fandom. Maybe it was because I've simply slipped off the deep end, but... I really didn't think Andre-hen was that bad. Actually, er, I liked it more than Legend. *cough*

I think I begin to understand the appeal of BeruBara in Takarazuka. I've never paid a huge amount of attention to musumeyaku costumes, particularly the enormous hoop-skirts, but I think they lose something in the recordings. Also, I think the costuming department really went to town when they bought the fabric this time around (either that, or they were using the bottom of the barrel -- some of the pattern combinations were, er, very Japanese).

But let's do this systematically:

The Plot (by thread, not chronologically): )

What I Thought: )

~*~*~

Exciter!!

Read more... )

~*~*~

Overall, I liked both halves. I'm going to try to go and see it again next weekend. But I probably won't spend the money to buy the full-price DVD.
ekusudei: (BAD has never been so GOOD)
This VS this.

...... BWAHAHAHAHAHA.
ekusudei: (BAD has never been so GOOD)
This VS this.

...... BWAHAHAHAHAHA.
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
I don't think there are really enough words to say how much I love this three-some. I've been meaning to translate this interview properly for months, but it's a lot of text, and I'm quite lazy. It seems a little sad, now, after Yuuhi's transfer. Still, I hope everyone will enjoy this talk. I love Kageki♥

From: Kageki, March 2009

Flower Troupe: Blooming Flowers
A Tender Moment

<Matobu Sei, Ozora Yuuhi, Sou Kazuho>

Matobu: In general, there isn’t a lot of time in rehearsals for everyone to chat. But to work together on stage – is to understand the other person’s heart… I feel that through the roles we can see a new side of them. At the Chunichi, and Grand Theater as well, I’ve played close-friend roles with Eritan (Sou).

Sou: That’s right.

Matobu: And Hoge-chan (Ozora)’s close friend as well… right? {laughs} Playing such roles, there’s a sense at least that I’ve learned a lot about you.

Ozora: I suppose I’m the same, as Yuu (Matobu) says. When I came to Flower Troupe there wasn’t really time to have a leisurely talk with Yuu. I’d say through the stage, and each other’s styles of working – our attitudes towards the stage – there we could come to see the personalities.

Matobu: Yes, that’s right.

Ozora: Even after a year, there were people whom I thought I might understand as we started “The Legend of the Great King and Four Gods”, and suddenly I could see them clearly, and it made things interesting….

Sou: Did they change from the year before?

Ozora: Eritan didn’t change at all. {laughs} “A thug.” Write that in big letters! )
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
I don't think there are really enough words to say how much I love this three-some. I've been meaning to translate this interview properly for months, but it's a lot of text, and I'm quite lazy. It seems a little sad, now, after Yuuhi's transfer. Still, I hope everyone will enjoy this talk. I love Kageki♥

From: Kageki, March 2009

Flower Troupe: Blooming Flowers
A Tender Moment

<Matobu Sei, Ozora Yuuhi, Sou Kazuho>

Matobu: In general, there isn’t a lot of time in rehearsals for everyone to chat. But to work together on stage – is to understand the other person’s heart… I feel that through the roles we can see a new side of them. At the Chunichi, and Grand Theater as well, I’ve played close-friend roles with Eritan (Sou).

Sou: That’s right.

Matobu: And Hoge-chan (Ozora)’s close friend as well… right? {laughs} Playing such roles, there’s a sense at least that I’ve learned a lot about you.

Ozora: I suppose I’m the same, as Yuu (Matobu) says. When I came to Flower Troupe there wasn’t really time to have a leisurely talk with Yuu. I’d say through the stage, and each other’s styles of working – our attitudes towards the stage – there we could come to see the personalities.

Matobu: Yes, that’s right.

Ozora: Even after a year, there were people whom I thought I might understand as we started “The Legend of the Great King and Four Gods”, and suddenly I could see them clearly, and it made things interesting….

Sou: Did they change from the year before?

Ozora: Eritan didn’t change at all. {laughs} “A thug.” Write that in big letters! )
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
The short, short version, because otherwise I'm never going to get laundry done and errands run today.

The Legend of the Great King and Four Gods
Flower Troupe (Tokyo) 2009

Top Stars: Matobu Sei and Sakurano Ayane

[ TakaWiki ] [ Sanspo Stage Graph ]

I was sadly disappointed. I can't decide if I would recommend watching the Korean drama before seeing the show or not. On one hand, you may be rather lost over why they included such-and-such a moment. On the other hand, you might be sitting in your seat hitting your forehead with your palm every ten minutes.

I'll preface this by saying that I was not a huge fan of the drama. I rather hoped that the Takarazuka version would trim off the fat and smooth away some of the plot problems I had with it. Instead they took away all of the moments that I enjoyed from the series, and then ran over the character motivation with a bulldozer.

Drama vs Musical )

I am terribly, terribly biased, so I will admit that Ozora Yuuhi had the sparkles shining in my eyes. I didn't get goosebumps, but I certainly felt the power of her voice in her solos more that Matobu Sei's. This is just all wrong, because Matobu is a very strong singer too. I think what it boils down to is that the music was pretty weak. Lucia says that it grew on her. It might on me if I saw the the show again, but I found the songs unmemorable. They were typical Takarazuka songs for a typical Takarazuka show. And the last four shows that I've seen have been anything but typical, which I think has spoiled me rotten.

Okay, enough complaining. What I liked... I liked lots of Hinata San.♥ Everywhere.♥

I liked the revolving "cave" set, and particularly how they used it during the prologue.

I liked evil Sou. There wasn't enough of her.

I liked Ayane's dancing in her lovely Korean costumes.

I liked Shirahana Remi as baby Hogae.♥

I liked Hanagata Hikaru's wig a lot better than I was expecting.

I loved the choreography of all the battle/tournament scenes (Although I pined for the original tournament, that never would have been feasible on stage and would have looked silly, so I understand what they did there). ...I think a little underclassman may have fallen off the ginkyo at one point. But everyone else in the theater was so busy watching Yuuhi that they missed it. XD

I LOVED the costumes and the stage makeup. It was eerie how closely they resembled their Korean counterparts at times.

I ADORED AND DIED THROUGH EVERY MOMENT OF THE MINI-REVUE. Unrghhhhhhh. If I ever considered buying the DVD, it would be for the mini-revue. Hotness. Dancing. Love.

Hinata San.♥ Everywhere.♥ Including right in front of me during the parade.♥



Final conclusion: Thank you, Hankyu. You're going to save me a lot of money by putting on this show again in the fall. Normally Hoshigumi would have me at the theater every weekend, but......
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
The short, short version, because otherwise I'm never going to get laundry done and errands run today.

The Legend of the Great King and Four Gods
Flower Troupe (Tokyo) 2009

Top Stars: Matobu Sei and Sakurano Ayane

[ TakaWiki ] [ Sanspo Stage Graph ]

I was sadly disappointed. I can't decide if I would recommend watching the Korean drama before seeing the show or not. On one hand, you may be rather lost over why they included such-and-such a moment. On the other hand, you might be sitting in your seat hitting your forehead with your palm every ten minutes.

I'll preface this by saying that I was not a huge fan of the drama. I rather hoped that the Takarazuka version would trim off the fat and smooth away some of the plot problems I had with it. Instead they took away all of the moments that I enjoyed from the series, and then ran over the character motivation with a bulldozer.

Drama vs Musical )

I am terribly, terribly biased, so I will admit that Ozora Yuuhi had the sparkles shining in my eyes. I didn't get goosebumps, but I certainly felt the power of her voice in her solos more that Matobu Sei's. This is just all wrong, because Matobu is a very strong singer too. I think what it boils down to is that the music was pretty weak. Lucia says that it grew on her. It might on me if I saw the the show again, but I found the songs unmemorable. They were typical Takarazuka songs for a typical Takarazuka show. And the last four shows that I've seen have been anything but typical, which I think has spoiled me rotten.

Okay, enough complaining. What I liked... I liked lots of Hinata San.♥ Everywhere.♥

I liked the revolving "cave" set, and particularly how they used it during the prologue.

I liked evil Sou. There wasn't enough of her.

I liked Ayane's dancing in her lovely Korean costumes.

I liked Shirahana Remi as baby Hogae.♥

I liked Hanagata Hikaru's wig a lot better than I was expecting.

I loved the choreography of all the battle/tournament scenes (Although I pined for the original tournament, that never would have been feasible on stage and would have looked silly, so I understand what they did there). ...I think a little underclassman may have fallen off the ginkyo at one point. But everyone else in the theater was so busy watching Yuuhi that they missed it. XD

I LOVED the costumes and the stage makeup. It was eerie how closely they resembled their Korean counterparts at times.

I ADORED AND DIED THROUGH EVERY MOMENT OF THE MINI-REVUE. Unrghhhhhhh. If I ever considered buying the DVD, it would be for the mini-revue. Hotness. Dancing. Love.

Hinata San.♥ Everywhere.♥ Including right in front of me during the parade.♥



Final conclusion: Thank you, Hankyu. You're going to save me a lot of money by putting on this show again in the fall. Normally Hoshigumi would have me at the theater every weekend, but......

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