SAUDADE

Aug. 10th, 2010 11:56 pm
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SAUDADE
Moon Troupe, 2009, Drama City

Star: Sena Jun

[ TakaWiki ]

Why did no one tell me how much dancing was in "SAUDADE"? I would have watched it sooner. XD

I liked the beginning of the first act a lot, although I think to be properly enjoyed you also should be sure to have at least two people so that you can heckle it loudly and make each other laugh. *grin* For me it lagged towards the end of the first act, because I'm not a huge fan of jazz dance.

The first act was nearly a solid block of DANCE♥

Act two had the skit and then the inevitable Asako Latin Section. The skit was fun and had some catchy songs, but also a lot of philosophizing and everything tied up neatly. Asako singing "Fever" was.... sexy. (The Sky Stage version was actually simply the DVD, rather than the usual senshuuraku recording. They put all of the cut music/vocals back in, but didn't modify the text on the screen that tells you the vocals are cut, which made me blink a few times.)

So, not going to go into any detail here, but still wanted to post something, because I don't remember hearing anything amazing about this show from anyone who saw it and I think it's actually quite a lot of fun. A ton of dancing, and also a lot of chances for people like Atsuki Renka and Isshiki Ruka and everyone in the small cast to shine. And kumichou did two lifts in a row♥

The New Sounds band was also in top form, and I liked a lot of the arrangements of familiar songs. And Asako sang "Kuroi Washi" in a black tailcoat and my life was complete. Love that song!

SAUDADE

Aug. 10th, 2010 11:56 pm
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SAUDADE
Moon Troupe, 2009, Drama City

Star: Sena Jun

[ TakaWiki ]

Why did no one tell me how much dancing was in "SAUDADE"? I would have watched it sooner. XD

I liked the beginning of the first act a lot, although I think to be properly enjoyed you also should be sure to have at least two people so that you can heckle it loudly and make each other laugh. *grin* For me it lagged towards the end of the first act, because I'm not a huge fan of jazz dance.

The first act was nearly a solid block of DANCE♥

Act two had the skit and then the inevitable Asako Latin Section. The skit was fun and had some catchy songs, but also a lot of philosophizing and everything tied up neatly. Asako singing "Fever" was.... sexy. (The Sky Stage version was actually simply the DVD, rather than the usual senshuuraku recording. They put all of the cut music/vocals back in, but didn't modify the text on the screen that tells you the vocals are cut, which made me blink a few times.)

So, not going to go into any detail here, but still wanted to post something, because I don't remember hearing anything amazing about this show from anyone who saw it and I think it's actually quite a lot of fun. A ton of dancing, and also a lot of chances for people like Atsuki Renka and Isshiki Ruka and everyone in the small cast to shine. And kumichou did two lifts in a row♥

The New Sounds band was also in top form, and I liked a lot of the arrangements of familiar songs. And Asako sang "Kuroi Washi" in a black tailcoat and my life was complete. Love that song!
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Asako continues to have only the best. ;)

She's now scheduled to do two more shows in the Imperial Theater:

2011 July/Aug -- "The Three Musketeers" - Milady de Winter
2011 November -- "New York e Ikitai!!" ("I Want to Go to New York!!") (I'm not sure what the original title is, but her site says this is its first time being performed in Japan.)
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Asako continues to have only the best. ;)

She's now scheduled to do two more shows in the Imperial Theater:

2011 July/Aug -- "The Three Musketeers" - Milady de Winter
2011 November -- "New York e Ikitai!!" ("I Want to Go to New York!!") (I'm not sure what the original title is, but her site says this is its first time being performed in Japan.)

Things

Jan. 15th, 2010 10:19 pm
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Ayane-chan's music salon has been announced:

"Ever green" -Like a Spring Breeze-
Inaba Daichi directing
Cast: Ayane, Mattsu, Daimon
Takarazuka (4/14, 4/15)
Tokyo (4/17, 4/18)


Also, on the rare chance someone's not a member of [livejournal.com profile] takarazuka:
Sena Jun's new website is up. Addresses for fan letters in Romaji.

Mizu's press conference. Translation.

Things

Jan. 15th, 2010 10:19 pm
ekusudei: (Default)
Ayane-chan's music salon has been announced:

"Ever green" -Like a Spring Breeze-
Inaba Daichi directing
Cast: Ayane, Mattsu, Daimon
Takarazuka (4/14, 4/15)
Tokyo (4/17, 4/18)


Also, on the rare chance someone's not a member of [livejournal.com profile] takarazuka:
Sena Jun's new website is up. Addresses for fan letters in Romaji.

Mizu's press conference. Translation.
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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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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... )

Asako

Nov. 26th, 2009 11:40 pm
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And speaking of messages to fans which I rather love, December's Graph is full of all of the Tsukigumisei's farewell interviews, messages, and talks. Asako chose the other three senior members of the troupe, the ones who share a dressing room with her, for her farewell talk.

Hopefully someone will have the time to translate them for the community soon, but in the meantime:

From Sena Jun's Last Interview

There is a "combi" system, isn't there. Since Ayano Kanami left in '08 you haven't had a single partner. What do you think of that situation?

At first, I also was of various minds on it. I was subjected to a lot of criticism for it. But as a result of it, more musumeyaku were able to play an active role, and I think it opened up a lot of possibilities to show that this was a format that could also exist. After this, whether they do it or not, it is an option for them. I think that isn't a bad thing, since there are many views.

Lastly, a message for your fans, please.

I am entirely grateful for these past 18 years, where you helped to raise the otokoyaku named Sena Jun. You shared my joy in moments of happiness, and you shared my sorrow in moments of sadness, together we overcame it all... I think being able to give power like this to someone is amazing. To be able to convey my gratitude to everyone who did this for me, well, I hope to give you a good performance until the very end, so please come with me to the end.



And in Ryouga Haruhi's last interview, as [livejournal.com profile] lliri_blanc pointed out and translated, Ahi used her "message to the fans" corner to give a shout-out to the foreign fans♥

Asako

Nov. 26th, 2009 11:40 pm
ekusudei: (play without words)
And speaking of messages to fans which I rather love, December's Graph is full of all of the Tsukigumisei's farewell interviews, messages, and talks. Asako chose the other three senior members of the troupe, the ones who share a dressing room with her, for her farewell talk.

Hopefully someone will have the time to translate them for the community soon, but in the meantime:

From Sena Jun's Last Interview

There is a "combi" system, isn't there. Since Ayano Kanami left in '08 you haven't had a single partner. What do you think of that situation?

At first, I also was of various minds on it. I was subjected to a lot of criticism for it. But as a result of it, more musumeyaku were able to play an active role, and I think it opened up a lot of possibilities to show that this was a format that could also exist. After this, whether they do it or not, it is an option for them. I think that isn't a bad thing, since there are many views.

Lastly, a message for your fans, please.

I am entirely grateful for these past 18 years, where you helped to raise the otokoyaku named Sena Jun. You shared my joy in moments of happiness, and you shared my sorrow in moments of sadness, together we overcame it all... I think being able to give power like this to someone is amazing. To be able to convey my gratitude to everyone who did this for me, well, I hope to give you a good performance until the very end, so please come with me to the end.



And in Ryouga Haruhi's last interview, as [livejournal.com profile] lliri_blanc pointed out and translated, Ahi used her "message to the fans" corner to give a shout-out to the foreign fans♥
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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)

( pages 1 - 12 )
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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)

( pages 1 - 12 )
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I've translated Asako's press conference, and stuck it with the announcement on the TakaWiki.

Here's the original, with the photos.

You know, she looks happy and healthy, and not at all half-dead as so many recent top stars have at their conferences. I think she's been looking after herself well, and pacing herself, which is how she's managed to survive the top star schedule for so long. Or maybe she just looks good under that kind of lighting. Well, either way, good for her♥
ekusudei: (play without words)
I've translated Asako's press conference, and stuck it with the announcement on the TakaWiki.

Here's the original, with the photos.

You know, she looks happy and healthy, and not at all half-dead as so many recent top stars have at their conferences. I think she's been looking after herself well, and pacing herself, which is how she's managed to survive the top star schedule for so long. Or maybe she just looks good under that kind of lighting. Well, either way, good for her♥
ekusudei: (play without words)
I'm counting Monday as finished. Three more days! I can drudge through three days, right? ♥

Yup, yup, I heard the news about Asako early this afternoon after it went up on the Hankyu site. But I was busy watching Casablanca with Char, who had never seen it. You people who have never seen it are crazy. It has CLAUDE RAINS. It has PETER LORRE. It has SYDNEY GREENSTREET. It has BOGEY. Obviously you had a deprived childhood.

Anyway, Asako, yep, retiring. I'll miss Asako's Tsukigumi. And this'll make two shows in a row which are impossible to get tickets for on Sundays. Asako, please, think of the little people! ;) Now, who's going with her? Given only three retirements with Elisabeth, and two with Yume, I'm predicting Tsuki will have a bunch.
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I'm counting Monday as finished. Three more days! I can drudge through three days, right? ♥

Yup, yup, I heard the news about Asako early this afternoon after it went up on the Hankyu site. But I was busy watching Casablanca with Char, who had never seen it. You people who have never seen it are crazy. It has CLAUDE RAINS. It has PETER LORRE. It has SYDNEY GREENSTREET. It has BOGEY. Obviously you had a deprived childhood.

Anyway, Asako, yep, retiring. I'll miss Asako's Tsukigumi. And this'll make two shows in a row which are impossible to get tickets for on Sundays. Asako, please, think of the little people! ;) Now, who's going with her? Given only three retirements with Elisabeth, and two with Yume, I'm predicting Tsuki will have a bunch.
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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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(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♥
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
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.
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
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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