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Ahi is publishing a book on cooking with a really ridiculous title (as most cookbooks do have).

NOBUNAGA shugobi is Monday. Eek. I'm not really in the rumor mill anymore, so I'm not sure what people are saying about retirements. I guess we'll find out.
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I'm sorry, I was all planning to get caught up on things last week and instead fell prey to the plague and a death in the family and so not so with the current and up-to-dateness and emails and things will take a while because now I'm in the midst of much delayed party plans for this weekend and ohmygod my apartment is a mess.

But I've crawled out of my pit of infection to say: OH MY GOD. GENGHIS KHAN. Top billing not a weird quirk as I first thought when I got the Ticket Pia alert. Rika, thank you♥ And bonus points if you find the other two Tsuki OGs in the cast♥♥

PS - I think most people have heard by now, but if not: Ahi blog♥
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I'm sorry, I was all planning to get caught up on things last week and instead fell prey to the plague and a death in the family and so not so with the current and up-to-dateness and emails and things will take a while because now I'm in the midst of much delayed party plans for this weekend and ohmygod my apartment is a mess.

But I've crawled out of my pit of infection to say: OH MY GOD. GENGHIS KHAN. Top billing not a weird quirk as I first thought when I got the Ticket Pia alert. Rika, thank you♥ And bonus points if you find the other two Tsuki OGs in the cast♥♥

PS - I think most people have heard by now, but if not: Ahi blog♥
ekusudei: (Moon Troupe)
Touyan went to see Gypsy yesterday♥ She ran into Sararan and Ahi backstage♥
ekusudei: (Moon Troupe)
Touyan went to see Gypsy yesterday♥ She ran into Sararan and Ahi backstage♥
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
Hollywood Lover
Moon Troupe Bow Hall, 2007-08

Stars: Ozora Yuuhi & Shirosaki Ai

[ TakaWiki ] [ TCA Shop ] [ Takarazuka Precious ]

Quick-quick Summary: )

What I Thought:

Another show I have been hoarding for a rainy day, for so many nostalgic reasons.

I'll be honest, I wasn't even certain if I would like it, or if it would be too much like Last Party, which I didn't really care for all that much. But it surprised me. I felt like, especially in the second act, it contained some genuinely touching scenes which transcended the usual angst-fest of a Takarazuka Love Tragedy. When Amane-san gave the photo to Yuuhi, I started crying.

Read more... ) I liked the ways that Ueda-sensei managed to make well-worn scenarios fresh.

The farewell speeches were.... I think Koshino Ryuu was the worst off. She fell apart and made mistakes that set Yuuhi off in stitches♥ She was all: "I can do it, I can do it. [GIANT MISTAKE]" And Yuuhi was all: *warm smile* "Ganbatte!" Tsukigumi♥
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Touyan, Ahi & Masao got together for dinner *AGAIN* this week♥ Isshiki Ruka was with them this time, and they celebrated her birthday a few days early♥

... Now I see why Masaki was in such a good mood that morning -- she had a party to look forward to. ;)
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Touyan, Ahi & Masao got together for dinner *AGAIN* this week♥ Isshiki Ruka was with them this time, and they celebrated her birthday a few days early♥

... Now I see why Masaki was in such a good mood that morning -- she had a party to look forward to. ;)
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The Last Play / Heat on Beat!
Moon Troupe 2009 Tokyo
Nov. 27th, 2009


Star: Sena Jun

[ TakaWiki ] [ Sanspo Sumire Style Stage Graph ]

Summary:

spoilers behind most of the cuts )

What I Thought:

Just want to get my first impressions down before I see it again, so this'll be quick.

This is Tsukigumi. The suit troupe. The gangster troupe. The western musical troupe. The troupe of ridiculously hot tangos. The troupe that I fell in love with. All of the things that I love about Daichi Mao's troupe, and Tsurugi Miyuki's troupe, and Amami Yuuki's troupe, and Kuze Seika's troupe, and Tsubasa Makoto's troupe, and Shibuki Jun's troupe, and Sena Jun's troupe. The people might be completely different, but something intrinsically Tsukigumi is always there. That's why--although of course I'm sad about the retirements!--I'm not devastated. It will still be Tsukigumi♥

Read more... )

On the Revue:

I've added in the little blurbs for all of the revue acts on the TakaWiki.

Read more... )
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Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lliri_blanc for checking it over for me. :)

Round-Table
Elisabeth -Rondo of Love and Death-

Moon Troupe Grand Theater Performance


Members: Koike Shuuichirou (Director/Script Adaption), Yoshida Youko (Music Director), Kiba Takeshi (Interviewer), Sena Jun, Koshino Ryuu, Kiriya Hiromu, Hanase Mizuka, Isshiki Ruka, Ryouga Haruhi, Ken Ruisu, Kiryuu Sonoka, Mihou Aya, Aoki Izumi, Shirosaki Ai, Ryuu Masaki, Asumi Rio, Hazakura Shizuku (Moon), Nagina Ruumi (Cosmos)

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(Photo: Grand Theater balcony view.)

Note: This is the second half of a two-part review, so some things are going to build off of what I said about the Sunday performance.

Elisabeth
2009 Moon Troupe
June 8th 1 PM performance


Leads: Sena Jun, Nagina Ruumi, Kiriya Hiromu
Switched roles: Ryouga Haruhi (Rudolph), Aoki Izumi (Elmer), Asumi Rio (Stefan)

[ TakaWiki ] [ Daily Sports Online stage photos 1 & 2 ]

Summary:

As I mentioned before, if anyone really needs one, I'll direct your attention to the Takarazuka Wiki.

What I Thought:

Okay, this time I was awake. And this time I both put my opera glasses down most of the time to take in the full effect, and put them up to watch the solos and duets. (...With the occasional sneak at Masaki. I'm only human.) Conclusion -- there was still a spark of love for Elisabeth left that was waiting to be fanned back to life♥ I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do and change for Tokyo.

Still not a proper review, though. I'll probably inflict one last "impressions" post on you all after the Tokyo run, when I've had time to internalize more.

Read more... )

So, final verdict from the weekend was one of excitement. I'm looking forward to Tokyo run a lot more now, and I'm definitely buying the DVD. (Yes, it was up in the air for a while. Like I said, I'm pretty burnt out on Elisabeth.) I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised by the results of the unusual casting♥
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Okay, this is going to be a bit more of a wavy line between the live-filter and the regular reviews, but I'm not filtering them, because I don't like to filter my reviews. (I'm tired, and suspect that makes no sense.) I'm going to do one of these for each performance, because I watched them very differently.

Warning: I arrived in the Mura around 9:45, after taking a particularly torturous night bus for 11 hours, so I wasn't entirely among the living for this performance.

(Photo: Grand Theater tachimi view - i.e. standing-section, back of the first floor.)

Elisabeth
2009 Moon Troupe
June 7th 11AM performance


Leads: Sena Jun, Nagina Ruumi, Kiriya Hiromu
Switched roles: Ryouga Haruhi (Elmer), Aoki Izumi (Stefan), Asumi Rio (Rudolph)

[ TakaWiki ] [ Daily Sports Online stage photos 1 & 2 ]

Summary:

Hah. If anyone really needs one, I'll direct your attention to the Takarazuka Wiki *points*. Really, there are no changes to scenes or dialogue, only a little blocking (possibly some of the Black Angel choreography?). I only have a dim recollection of the 2007 performance of Elisabeth, but have the 2005 imprinted on my brain, so it may actually be unchanged from the 2007 blocking as well. So, despite the exciting rumors of new scenes.... nope. I'll go over the finale selections at the end.

What I Thought:

I'm going to start like a broken record, and apologies to everyone who's heard this spiel several times already over the weekend. I'm going to translate the Kageki round-table conversation soon, because I think it gives some very interesting insight into things people have picked out about this version. Now, the fact that you have to read the round-table to pick them up perhaps shows that they didn't succeed in their goals very well? But, regardless, I thought it interesting. (And I'm paraphrasing the hell out of it, because I've only had time to skim the article.) Basically, Sena Jun's goal for the show was "simplicity". She wanted to take Death back to his roots; not drown the character in layers. The same for the show -- Koike (the adaptor/director) and Yoshida (music director) spend some time talking about how they want to focus on the music for this version.

Me. My head place was all on Ryuu Masaki, because I've been her fan for four years, and I'm so damn proud of her getting this part in a Grand Theater show as only a ken-9. So this Sunday review is in large part going to be the Masaki-version. In fact, I had my opera glasses on her and her alone every time she was on stage so that I wouldn't miss a single expression. So... I didn't see most of the other cast. But I definitely heard them. (And knowing the show by heart after helping to sub it, I can follow the action pretty easily by sound alone.) And, damn, they sounded good. So if sound was the goal for this production, I think they achieved it. Everyone sounded great, particularly as a whole. Maybe individually they weren't the best Takarazuka actresses who have ever played the parts, but I'm convinced now that Koike knew what he was doing and what he wanted when he cast the show.

First impressions: )

Overall I left with no surprise impressions (though I admit to having enjoyed Ruumi's voice more than I expected I would). I was ecstatic over Masaki, enjoyed hearing/seeing some actresses I love in some parts I liked, but felt kind of flat. I was tired, I'd missed most of the big scenes, and I hadn't even really looked at the other principles yet. The general "sick of this show" ennui hadn't really been lifted as I hoped it would.

More on the rest of the cast and the actual show when I talk about Monday's performance.
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Really rough. Slight spoilers for the show, also probably confusing as hell if you're not familiar with Genji. But also really, really interesting, I think. :)


Round-Table
The Tale of Genji Thousandth Anniversary Production -The Floating Bridge of Dreams-

Moon Troupe Grand Theater Performance: 11/17 - 12/11
from Kageki, November 2008


Members
Adaptor/Director: Oono Takuji
Interviewer: Kiba Takeshi
Senka: Ban Akira, Isono Chihiro, Rika Masumi
Moon Troupe: Sena Jun, Koshino Ryuu, Kiriya Hiromu, Hanase Mizuka, Ryouga Haruhi, Kiryuu Sonoka, Aoki Izumi, Shirosaki Ai, Hazakura Shizuku


Kiba: From November 7th to December 11th, Moon Troupe's Grand Theater performance is The Floating Bridge of Dreams, adapted and directed by Oono Takuji. Ono-Sensei directed Moon Troupe's The Glow of Sunset in Asuka in '04, but this is his first personal Grand Theater show. There is an account in the diary of Murasaki Shikibu (the author of The Tale of Genji) that The Tale of Genji was read in the imperial palace on November 1st, 1008. The Takarazuka Revue has done many kinds of stage adaptations of The Tale of Genji, but for this anniversary year they have taken up the ten Uji chapters about Hikaru Genji's descendents in the next generation. In '73, Sakai Sumio-Sensei created a ballet entitled Ukifune and Kaoru no Kimi, but the production this time is very typical of Oono-Sensei -- tailored into a bittersweet, beautiful piece. Ban Akira-san, Isono Chihiro-san, and Rika Masumi-san from Senka are making special appearances.

Oono: When I read The Tale of Genji this time, I felt that the interesting points--the points that would unfold into a stage adaption--were surprisingly abundant.... To be honest, I found The Tale of Genji's position as an irresistible, must-be-read work of literature disagreeable, and I really didn't care for it. But I suppose it really is true that people's viewpoints change as they age (laugh). The tradition of adapting The Tale of Genji for the stage stretches on endlessly, from Zeami all the way to Houjou Hideji. Although nothing can compare to the readings of those kinds of masters, the story is still one that is read differently from age to age.... I think if you see this performance you will see the interpretation that can be done in the present.

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The Floating Bridge of Dreams
Moon Troupe, 2008

Top Star: Sena Jun

[ TakaWiki ] [ Sanspo Stage Graph ]

Summary: )

What I Thought:

When Hankyu announced that there would be no new top musumeyaku for Moon Troupe for a while, they said that they were going to use the opportunity to showcase the talents of a variety of musumeyaku in the troupe. I think a lot of people were skeptical, but... this show convinced me they weren't entirely blowing hot air. I thought it was a very interesting (and wildly different) adaption of the Ukihashi Chapters of Genji, and I thought Ono-sensei did a marvelous job writing in a lot of largeish musumeyaku parts: Kosaishou no Kimi, Ukifune, Onna Ichi no Miya, Kobai no Naka no Kimi..... As a huge fan of Hanase Mizuka and Shirosaki Ai, I was really happy with it.♥

Okay, Jen, great, you say, but what about the show? We know you hate Takarazuka Genji adaptions, and you always fall asleep in the middle of Asaki Yume Mishi.

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So, yes. I worried I wouldn't love it, and then I worried I'd only love it because of who was in it, but.... I don't think that's the case at all. I loved it as itself -- I really rather cool story that was staged beautifully with enough dancing in the aisles to keep you awake between all of the angst. Also, political plotting.♥ You win, Ono-sensei!

(The revue will have to wait a bit... this took me three hours. ^^;;)
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The Energy 8

Star - The Rose of Versailles: Matobu Sei & Koto Marie
Moon - Great Pirates: Yamato Yuuga & Kanou Chika
Snow - Burning Love: Sou Kazuho & Konno Mahiru
Cosmos - Castel Mirage: Tsubaki Hiroka & Ayano Kanami


The Rose of Versailles
[ TakaWiki ]

I can keep this short and sweet by saying... I didn't watch it. ^^; Really not in the mood for Berubara lately. But I did watch the speech at the end. Un-chan was as completely and terribly goofy as ever. Oh my god. She must be terribly, terribly shy. I hope her speeches are still as adorable, but I suspect she's gotten used to them by now.

Great Pirates )

Overall, a really fun show to see because of its nostalgia factor, but the surprise of this tape was actually...

Ai Moeru )

So, yeah. Wow. I think I need to go watch that again.

But first, a complaint! Why did no one tell me that...

Castel Mirage )

So, yes. Must hunt down full versions of Ai Moeru and Castel Mirage shinkos. ASAP.

[I'll come back and edit this post when I watch the Berubara.]
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Magician no Yuutsu
Moon Troupe, 2007

Stars: Sena Jun & Ayano Kanami

[ TCA Pictures Shop ] [ ENAK Sumire Style ] [ Takarazuka Precious ]

Where to even begin? Well, I suppose I'll do this one a bit like I did MAHOROBA. This means it's going to be full of spoilers, so I'd avoid it if you want a surprise when you first watch it.

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I know they say that original shows in Takarazuka are written with the cast in mind, but I think that's more apparent for some shows than for others, and probably some playwrights are better at it than others. This show was perfect for this cast, particularly for Asako, Mihoko, and Kiriyan. Mihoko! I didn't really go into her role much in the summary, but her voice was low and not hoarse exactly, but a little rough. And all of her songs tended to be in a lower range than usual as well, and I think it must have been her natural range because it was gorgeous. There weren't a lot of solos in this show, and when there were solos, they were often little scraps of them (for Kiriyan and Mihoko). There were several duets, though, and lots of really, really catchy group numbers. And all of the songs were actually right for the voices of the 'siennes singing them. Oh, I love when they do that.

The stage work was completely fun -- great lighting and lots of uses of all the mechanics (rotating stage, trap doors, etc.). I loved the sets, particularly what they did with the stairs.

The costumes weren't very elaborate, but I liked Asako's black velvet suit and Ai-chan's green dress in particular. And Eri's leather jacket outfit and Yuuhi's vest and combat boots and open-necked shirt and... yeah. .....Ahi's outfit needs to be seen to be believed.

MAHOROBA

Oct. 17th, 2007 10:22 am
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MAHOROBA
Moon Troupe, 2007

Stars: Sena Jun & Ayano Kanami

[ TCA Pictures Shop ] [ ENAK Sumire Style ] [ Takarazuka Precious ]

This here be a thorough summary, yo. Because the official summary fails in so many ways.

So. Take the gorgeous choreography of Sha Tamae, mix in gorgeous, moving music complete with shamisen written by a famous (and young, and cute) shamisen musician, the retelling of Japanese mythology, gorgeous, gorgeous costumes reminiscent of Susano-o, and Moon Troupe at its very best. And there you may have an inkling of MAHOROBA's greatness.

For me, its only major failure is that it is too short.

Summary -- And a warning, because I haven't brushed up on my Kojiki in a while. ;) )

I loved the choreography even more than I was expecting to, and the costumers did a great job with costumes that really showed off Sha-sensei's choreography -- lots of long, silky and billowy sleeves and pant legs for the slower numbers and the storm numbers, and just plain cool outfits for the faster battle scenes and warrior dances. The still photos don't really do them justice -- you have to see them in action! Lots of large group numbers, which is always fun. One scene blended into the next at a non-stop pace, and the music carried you along through it all. The music was also in a good range for all of the singers.

A show I could have gone back to see again and again and again.

For the DVD, I hope they give us a lot of wide-angle shots and save the tight close-ups for the alternate angles. Because as much as you want to see the face of your favorites, the impact of seeing it all in front of you is pretty amazing. I actually tended to not use my opera glasses so that I could see it all.

My only two complaints... Although Ban Akira had some nifty things to do, it seemed odd to pull her into this show for only this part. And Masaki and Yuuhi were almost always in the same scenes.... So I missed Yuuhi almost completely. ^^;; Okay, one more complaint: Why is the whole things so catchy!? I kept finding myself on the verge of bouncing in my seat. Very embarrassing.

Also, I'm trying to mention everyone's favorites in here, but let me know if I've missed someone you want to hear about. ;)
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The Energy 5

Cosmos - Black Rose of the Desert: Kuon Maya & Toono Asuka
Moon - LUNA: Yamato Yuuga & Hanase Mizuka
Flower - Asaki Yume Mishi: Ayabuki Mao & Fuzuki Miyo
Star - Golden Pharaoh: Asazumi Kei & Hisato Rie


Black Rose of the Desert )

LUNA )

Asaki Yume Mishi )

Golden Pharaoh )

Wow. Two shows I didn't really care for as honkoen that I enjoyed/loved as shinjinkoen.
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A Kiss To The Flames / Neo Voyage
Cosmos Troupe, 2005

Leads: Wao Youka & Hanafusa Mari

[ TakaWiki Page ] [ TCA Shop ]
[ Enak Sumire Style Stage Graph ]

A Kiss to the Flames:

I really liked this show. ....Hey, stop staggering around and clutching at your heart. Cynicism doesn't look well on you. Anyway, I really liked this show. [livejournal.com profile] wao_wao brought her copy over a couple of weekends ago, after patiently suffering through hoards of Tsukigumi shows for months. Both the story and the music were well done, and for a show with such a dark setting, there was something very bright and crisp about it. I think I spent about 15% of this show squealing over the return of villain Hatsukaze Midori. I've said it a million times, but I'll say it again: that woman plays villains better than anyone else I know. Due attention was also paid to the conscripting of musumeyaku into otokoyaku uniforms for large ensemble scenes. Wao Youka's character had two rather awesome wigs. I think I have a weak point for awesome wigs. Also, I think I'm coming to enjoy Wao better these days. Maybe the shock of Fersen is finally wearing off, two years later. Anyway, the costumes and wigs were all great. Even the roomie had to comment on Yamato Yuuga's cool dreds on one of his wanders into the kitchen. (Actually, as an aside, I don't think G has ever sat down and watched a sequence of Takarazuka for so long as he did for this show. It must have been Tani's dreds.) Itsuki Chihiro. Itsuki-san as a female gypsy. I- I didn't even recognize her. So many awesome bonus points to her. *hearts* The shadow effects they played with throughout this show were also incredibly awesome. They definitely had fun with them. I, ah, don't think anything needs to be said about the infamous Hanafusa Mari-in-a-blanket scene, right?

All in all, a really good show. The only problems I had with it were gypsies with forges? And Gaichi's floppy hat. ;) Ah, and perhaps not enough of those adorable gypsy boys. Yes, more gypsy boys is a must. :(

Neo Voyage:

A cool revue show. Anything with pirates has to be cool, of course! Although the Halloween scene was really... creepy. In a not good way. XD There is nothing quite so awesome as the combination of fedora, blues, gangsters, and angst. I'm still debating over the piano scenes. It was definitely pretty. Maybe not quite my style, although Piano Demon Gaichi was... cute. And to finish off this review: There's nothing quite like a Wao and Hana-chan pair dance, is there? I can definitely see why this revue is a favorite of a lot of my Soragumi fan friends!

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