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Rika♥

I'm not going to be able to see her in The King and I, because Masaki's ochakai in Takarazuka is the weekend it's playing in Tokyo. T-T So I may try to see the Genji revival instead. We'll see how things look after payday.

Genji!

Feb. 4th, 2012 08:14 pm
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The Tale of Genji x Ōguro Maki Songs (This fabulous show) is getting restaged this spring. Oooh, SO much more tempting than the Dolly Parton musical. Jen is Happy! :D Rika is playing Genji again, but the rest of the cast hasn't been announced.
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So... I caught one of those "advance notice" fliers when I was in Tokyo yesterday and Rika is going to play Anna in "The King and I" this July! It's only going to be in Tokyo for a few days, but I'm definitely going to try to get tickets! ♥

..... Not so sure how I feel about MatsuKen as the King of Siam, though. XD


PS - Oh, and a little birdie told me that the new postcards are out on Saturday. ;)
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So... I caught one of those "advance notice" fliers when I was in Tokyo yesterday and Rika is going to play Anna in "The King and I" this July! It's only going to be in Tokyo for a few days, but I'm definitely going to try to get tickets! ♥

..... Not so sure how I feel about MatsuKen as the King of Siam, though. XD


PS - Oh, and a little birdie told me that the new postcards are out on Saturday. ;)
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One of the reasons that I'm looking forward to Edward VIII is that I really loved The King's Speech when I saw it and it informed me of a period of the British royal family that I hadn't known much about (although Edward comes off as more than a bit of a bastard in that movie). I always love Zuka shows giving me an excuse to do some historical reading.


Calendars are here, I'm going to go through things and contact everyone individually.


That Rika 25th Anniversary concert that I saw last August, MYSELF? It's being released on DVD by the club. 8000 yen. Let me know if you'd like to order by Jan. 10th. :)
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One of the reasons that I'm looking forward to Edward VIII is that I really loved The King's Speech when I saw it and it informed me of a period of the British royal family that I hadn't known much about (although Edward comes off as more than a bit of a bastard in that movie). I always love Zuka shows giving me an excuse to do some historical reading.


Calendars are here, I'm going to go through things and contact everyone individually.


That Rika 25th Anniversary concert that I saw last August, MYSELF? It's being released on DVD by the club. 8000 yen. Let me know if you'd like to order by Jan. 10th. :)
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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!
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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!

MYSELF

Aug. 5th, 2011 08:40 pm
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I'm about three shows behind, but I'll do this one first because it's the quickest.

MYSELF
Shibuki 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. :)

MYSELF

Aug. 5th, 2011 08:40 pm
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I'm about three shows behind, but I'll do this one first because it's the quickest.

MYSELF
Shibuki 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. :)
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Rika, please never ever ever change♥

Our top musumeyaku continues to be awesome♥

And I keep forgetting to post this, but Touyan has moved her blog. Before she moved, however, she revealed that she's working in a dental office now (okay, guess I should have guessed from the uniform, but in my defense... after ten years I've STILL managed to avoid the Japanese dentist), and she went out for lunch with Himari

PS - Luna Rossa is AWESOME. My heart went 'splody from the Tomochin hotness.

PPS - Sorry, Mame still hasn't posted it publicly. It may be a month or two before she does, now that I think about it. I didn't mean to be a tease for that long. XD
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Rika, please never ever ever change♥

Our top musumeyaku continues to be awesome♥

And I keep forgetting to post this, but Touyan has moved her blog. Before she moved, however, she revealed that she's working in a dental office now (okay, guess I should have guessed from the uniform, but in my defense... after ten years I've STILL managed to avoid the Japanese dentist), and she went out for lunch with Himari

PS - Luna Rossa is AWESOME. My heart went 'splody from the Tomochin hotness.

PPS - Sorry, Mame still hasn't posted it publicly. It may be a month or two before she does, now that I think about it. I didn't mean to be a tease for that long. XD
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Because I don't talk enough these days about the woman who dragged me into this fandom:

Happy 25th Anniversary since your debut, Rika-san! )
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Because I don't talk enough these days about the woman who dragged me into this fandom:

Happy 25th Anniversary since your debut, Rika-san! )
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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♥
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Yay, the post office delivered all the mail they had been holding for me today, so I got a shower of Christmas and New Year's cards (mostly for other people, but it's fun to see who signs things and who rolls out the big bucks for studio shots). Kaidou Nozomu's signature is officially the cleverest mix of Romaji and Hiragana ever♥ But I was rather sad because it looks like the shot is from her sayonara photo shoot -- she's all in white with white lilies. Makes sense to combine the two, since her retirement is in a few weeks, but.... T_T

Rika wins for cute poses with bunny ears.

Finally got January GRAPH today. Douki articles are back! So weird to have the ken-8s doing them, though. BUT-! Kouga Asahi is doing them, and that means she probably won't be retiring next year, at least♥ And she's doing these really amusing four-panel comics with anecdotes of each person she's interviewing. This first one was about how some 'sienne mistook Seto Kazuya's voice for a base *g*. And I love the name "Arthur and the 90ths of the Round Table". Guess I'll have to call her by her 'nick now. ;)


I realized I wanted to keep my scrapbook and a few extra icons, so I'm going to try the account where you don't have to pay, but there are ads. ... How annoying is it for you guys? I figure most of you have paid accounts anyway, so you won't see the ads.
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Yay, the post office delivered all the mail they had been holding for me today, so I got a shower of Christmas and New Year's cards (mostly for other people, but it's fun to see who signs things and who rolls out the big bucks for studio shots). Kaidou Nozomu's signature is officially the cleverest mix of Romaji and Hiragana ever♥ But I was rather sad because it looks like the shot is from her sayonara photo shoot -- she's all in white with white lilies. Makes sense to combine the two, since her retirement is in a few weeks, but.... T_T

Rika wins for cute poses with bunny ears.

Finally got January GRAPH today. Douki articles are back! So weird to have the ken-8s doing them, though. BUT-! Kouga Asahi is doing them, and that means she probably won't be retiring next year, at least♥ And she's doing these really amusing four-panel comics with anecdotes of each person she's interviewing. This first one was about how some 'sienne mistook Seto Kazuya's voice for a base *g*. And I love the name "Arthur and the 90ths of the Round Table". Guess I'll have to call her by her 'nick now. ;)


I realized I wanted to keep my scrapbook and a few extra icons, so I'm going to try the account where you don't have to pay, but there are ads. ... How annoying is it for you guys? I figure most of you have paid accounts anyway, so you won't see the ads.
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The Tale of Genji x Ōguro Maki Songs ~I Love Twelve Hitoe~
Galaxy Theater, October 30th 2PM show

[ Show Blog ]

Star: Shibuki Jun

The Tale of Genji in a modern world somewhat like our own, set to the rock music of Ōguro Maki.

I was not quite certain what we would end up with, but I KNEW I couldn't miss Rika's Genji. Yet I didn't have the money before the deadline and despaired. But called anyway a few weeks later and managed to snag a Saturday ticket. Oh, so very glad I did. As with every Rika show I have managed to see live, I wished I were seeing it a million times instead of just the once. It wasn't one of those life-changing shows, nor something very deep or significant. What it was was two and a quarter hours of quality, high-energy entertainment.

First, the costumes, because they rocked! The men (and Rika) all wore kind of punk, new-age kimono. Mismatched sleeves and Chinese silks and chains and such. The women all wore normal business suits or evening gowns or (in Murasaki's case) school uniforms. (Despite the poster, none of the men ever wore suits in the show.)

Next, the music. Was fun and a mix of pop and softer rock ballads with some forays into near-rap. I actually really enjoyed the one after Genji learns that he's just spent the night with and fallen for his father's new wife. (In English) it began: "You. Broke. My. Heart. I. Lost. My. Mind~!" Very silly stuff.

Lastly, the plot. Was hilarious, fully packed with in-jokes for an audience expected to know the source material inside and out. )

I loved all of the silly jokes, both the verbal ones and the physical ones. Things like:

Koremitsu (to Suzaku): "You're the older brother."
Suzaku: "Yes, but he's taller than me."
As Rika towered in her heeled boots over the guy playing Suzaku.

Hikaru's father hands him a presidential order, which Hikaru unrolls and after an eye-roll, shows to the audience.
Scroll: "須磨へGO!!"
("Suma e GO!!")

Hikaru on his cell phone trying to get a job interview:
"What? My clothes? What's wrong with my clothes?" Pause. "Too flashy?"
He's wearing sparkling gold pants under his multi-colored top.

After Hikaru's father and Fujitsubo finally track Genji down:
Kiritsubo: "What's with all these postcards from all over the world that you sent us? The Eiffel Tower, the pyramids...?"
Hikaru: "I was seeing the world."
Kiritsubo (waving the stack): "Then why are they all post-marked from Gunma?!"
(Rika is from Gunma.)

The fabulous scene where we meet Oborozukiyo for the first time is a pantomime (with sound-effects) with her using the drink machine, dropping a quarter, trying to fish it out of the crack in the floor in a sexy, ladylike way (but ultimately failing both in getting the coin and in remaining cool and sexy), trying again and the machine eating her second coin, and her finally exploding at it and kicking it. Really, hilariously funny. Kuroki Marina (Oborozukiyo) was amazing, actually. Completely wacky and completely sexy and I loved her hair (wig?).


Otsuki Sayu's character was fun. Not huge, but she had the nice benefit of not being in love with Genji. She was Koremitsu's girl, and very level-headed, no-nonsense. She had a great scene where the boys on their coffee break were rating the office ladies as they passed by (hilarious take on the rainy-day conversations chapter), and they gave Otsuki's character a rather low score until she threatened them with bodily harm and suddenly she was a "100!! Full points! Perfect!!". *grin*


While overall I enjoyed all of the changes they made to make the play fit its modern setting and thought a lot of them were quite clever, I'm still not so sure how I felt about turning it into a kind of traditional love story between Genji and Aoi in the end. On the one hand, the actress playing Aoi (Uno Misako) was quite good and slowly won me over to the character of Aoi through the course of the play, and they never went too far I think in changing Hikaru's essentially playboy nature, yet it was still strange to see Murasaki relegated to the background like that.


They will actually be selling a DVD of it. I missed the pre-orders they were apparently taking at the theater, but they said in the show's blog that they'll be taking internet orders too, so I'll be keeping my eye on it!
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Forgot to mention! We got a flier for next year's Gone With the Wind, and Rika is playing Melanie. Apparently she was quite surprised when she found out. XD

Toho Channel interview on YouTube

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