I'm about three shows behind, but I'll do this one first because it's the quickest.MYSELFShibuki Jun 25th Anniversary Concert
Le Theater Ginza, July 30th 1 p.m.
Pure fun. Luckily I had a bit of warning from reading a news article about the Friday performance, so the Lady Gaga didn't catch me entirely by surprise, otherwise I may have had a bit of a laugh attack.
Costumes were pure, un-adultered Rika. (A different costume for every.single.number!) The opening number was the Lady Gaga song, and Rika's costume was a mix of cream and see-through, with the see-through prevailing. Cue heart-attack. Ah, Rika....
It was dance, dance,) dance, very Rika. Her fillers were a pair of amazing ballroom dancers! (Plus one "special guest" male singer whose first song was good but second went on forever....)
The next number was so familiar I'm sure it's one of the J-pop songs I listened to when I was in high school, so it was probably by TM Revolution, or something like that. The medley had a couple songs from Takarazuka, then a bunch from her post-Takarazuka career. She sang my favorite number from Genji! (The "I.Lost.My.Mind!" one) *glee*
One number with an enormous, covers-the-stage dress almost seemed like "Don't Cry For Me Argentina", but was a bit different. Mmm....
And the last number was "Lica/Rika", from her concert of that name, which was totally fun to dance along to live!
There were two encores, one in a huge, over-the-top white costume that had bits hanging from the roof to one of her concert encores that I loved before and was also glad to hear live. But it was the second one that made the entire concert. If that had been the only song she sang, I would have been happy. It's a new song by the song-writer whom she colaborated with for Genji (blanking at the mo), and it was all about gratitude for her fans. She came out in jeans and a plain white blouse, in her own hair instead of an elaborate wig. And in that same, straightforward way, she sang to us. And the tears were pouring down her face, which set all of us off too.
Rika. Thank you for bringing me into Takarazuka, but thank you even more for being you, and for all of the amazing things you do every year as an actress. You are amazing and special, and we all love you♥
There were video cameras there. I have hopes. :)