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Hollywood Lover
Moon Troupe Bow Hall, 2007-08

Stars: Ozora Yuuhi & Shirosaki Ai

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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♥
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
Casablanca, take two.

Response: ♥♥Yuuhi♥♥

ずっとキミを見つめているんだよ

And Yuuhi & Sumika's duet dance was lovely tonight, so last weekend must have been an off morning for them.


Oh! And Ai-chan's mysterious birthday announcement turns out to be a dinner show on March 28th in Tokyo (Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa). ;)
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
Casablanca, take two.

Response: ♥♥Yuuhi♥♥

ずっとキミを見つめているんだよ

And Yuuhi & Sumika's duet dance was lovely tonight, so last weekend must have been an off morning for them.


Oh! And Ai-chan's mysterious birthday announcement turns out to be a dinner show on March 28th in Tokyo (Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa). ;)
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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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Sorry. I'm so behind on things. I'm slowly trying at least to answer everyone's comments. T_T

Hey, know the opening scene of Elisabeth, where Lucheni kind of stumbles out onto the stage in his handcuffs, like he's been shoved out under the glaring eye of Justice? To increase the realism, Masaki really is shoved every time -- by Ai-chan. *grin* Only, the newspaper article I read this in wrote "Yumesaki Ai, playing the Dowager Empress Sophie". T_T T_T
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Sorry. I'm so behind on things. I'm slowly trying at least to answer everyone's comments. T_T

Hey, know the opening scene of Elisabeth, where Lucheni kind of stumbles out onto the stage in his handcuffs, like he's been shoved out under the glaring eye of Justice? To increase the realism, Masaki really is shoved every time -- by Ai-chan. *grin* Only, the newspaper article I read this in wrote "Yumesaki Ai, playing the Dowager Empress Sophie". T_T T_T
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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.
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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.

Read more... )
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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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*hums the contented hum of someone certain Hankyu is going to provide good entertainment to* Oh, Hankyu. You never fail.

I've been getting Kuraran vibes from the whole Shizuku situation, even though the differences between Ai-chan and Hanase Mizuka are pretty big. I don't know, it could be mere convenience since Shizuku played Sally in the shinko. Still, I can't believe I'm the only one who voted for her in the TakaWiki poll; where is everyone's belief that Hankyu will manage to turn any situation on its head?

Okay, so we were all wrong. *grin* Have faith in Hankyu, young jedi.

2008/05/17

月組主演娘役について
 この度、月組の主演娘役・彩乃かなみが、月組東京宝塚劇場公演 UCC&シャディミュージカル『ME AND MYGIRL』の千秋楽(2008年7月6日付)で退団致しますが、彩乃かなみの退団後、固定的な主演娘役は当面の間設けず、公演ごとに柔軟な配役を行って参ります。

 作品ごとに配役を行うことで、様々な娘役がそれぞれの個性を発揮し、バリエーション豊かで魅力的な公演をお客様にお届け出来るものと期待しております。今後とも何卒宜しくお願い申し上げます。

尚、既に決定しております配役は以下の通りでございます。

○博多座公演 『ME AND MY GIRL』(8月1日~24日)     サリー役:羽桜しずく
○日生劇場公演『グレート・ギャツビー』(9月1日~23日)    デイジー役:城咲あい








Concerning the Lead Musumeyaku of Moon Troupe

On this occasion, Moon Troupe lead musumeyaku Ayano Kanami will be retiring on the eve of the final Tokyo performance of "Me and My Girl" (July 6th, 2008), but for a short term after her retirement, a fixed lead musumeyaku will not be created, and we will go to a flexible casting for the performances.

For the casting of the productions, then, different musumeyaku will be displaying their varied personalities, and we expect to be able to give our guests appealing performances rich in variation. Please continue to give us your support.

Furthermore, the roles which have already been decided are listed below.

*Hakataza Performance "Me and My Girl" (8/1 - 8/24), Sally: Hazakura Shizuku
*Nissay Theater Performance "The Great Gatsby" (9/1 - 9/23), Daisy: Shirosaki Ai


---

Actually, all unholy glee in Hankyu's mechanizations aside, I think these were good casting choices. Shizuku is cute and "fresh"; she'll make a good Sally. Ai-chan has proved that she does dark elegance and 1920s/30s well; she'll make an excellent Daisy.
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*hums the contented hum of someone certain Hankyu is going to provide good entertainment to* Oh, Hankyu. You never fail.

I've been getting Kuraran vibes from the whole Shizuku situation, even though the differences between Ai-chan and Hanase Mizuka are pretty big. I don't know, it could be mere convenience since Shizuku played Sally in the shinko. Still, I can't believe I'm the only one who voted for her in the TakaWiki poll; where is everyone's belief that Hankyu will manage to turn any situation on its head?

Okay, so we were all wrong. *grin* Have faith in Hankyu, young jedi.

2008/05/17

月組主演娘役について
 この度、月組の主演娘役・彩乃かなみが、月組東京宝塚劇場公演 UCC&シャディミュージカル『ME AND MYGIRL』の千秋楽(2008年7月6日付)で退団致しますが、彩乃かなみの退団後、固定的な主演娘役は当面の間設けず、公演ごとに柔軟な配役を行って参ります。

 作品ごとに配役を行うことで、様々な娘役がそれぞれの個性を発揮し、バリエーション豊かで魅力的な公演をお客様にお届け出来るものと期待しております。今後とも何卒宜しくお願い申し上げます。

尚、既に決定しております配役は以下の通りでございます。

○博多座公演 『ME AND MY GIRL』(8月1日~24日)     サリー役:羽桜しずく
○日生劇場公演『グレート・ギャツビー』(9月1日~23日)    デイジー役:城咲あい








Concerning the Lead Musumeyaku of Moon Troupe

On this occasion, Moon Troupe lead musumeyaku Ayano Kanami will be retiring on the eve of the final Tokyo performance of "Me and My Girl" (July 6th, 2008), but for a short term after her retirement, a fixed lead musumeyaku will not be created, and we will go to a flexible casting for the performances.

For the casting of the productions, then, different musumeyaku will be displaying their varied personalities, and we expect to be able to give our guests appealing performances rich in variation. Please continue to give us your support.

Furthermore, the roles which have already been decided are listed below.

*Hakataza Performance "Me and My Girl" (8/1 - 8/24), Sally: Hazakura Shizuku
*Nissay Theater Performance "The Great Gatsby" (9/1 - 9/23), Daisy: Shirosaki Ai


---

Actually, all unholy glee in Hankyu's mechanizations aside, I think these were good casting choices. Shizuku is cute and "fresh"; she'll make a good Sally. Ai-chan has proved that she does dark elegance and 1920s/30s well; she'll make an excellent Daisy.
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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

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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.

Read more... )

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. ;)

Oklahoma!

Apr. 18th, 2007 11:03 pm
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Oklahoma!
Moon Troupe Nissay Theater, 2006

Leads: Todoroki Yuu & Shirosaki Ai

[ TakaWiki ] [ TCA Pictures Shop ] [ Takarazuka Precious Review (photos) ]

I think I'm going to continue this string of lazy reviews and bullet points, particularly since so many of you have already got your own shiny copy for one reason or another...

* I know I'm going against the general consensus here, but I... was actually a little disappointed in this production. Probably because every Takarazuka Broadway musical I see gets compared to Guys and Dolls and falls far, far short. But I thought Tom was miscast as Curly. She did a good job, but didn't have that Tom spark. And the music really didn't seem suited to her voice to me. The music. Ouch. My poor Tsukigumi musumeyaku made my ears bleed. We'll leave it at that.

* I suspect I wasn't supposed to really, really dislike Curly by the end of the show and want to wrap Jud up in a warm blanket and coo at him. For me, Kiriyan stole the show, no question. There wasn't enough of her!

* My other huge love from this show was Ken Ruisu. My love for her has quadrupled! She cracked me up in every scene. *hearts*

* Koshino Ryuu was scary, but I adore Koshino Ryuu, so I'll love her anyway.

* Aoki Izumi was terribly cute, as was Yumesaki Nene. Ai-chan belongs with Kiriyan.

* Okay... the last curtain call during the final night digest? When Ai-chan compulsively throws herself into a startled Tom's arms? And then Kiriyan got into the spirit of things and tore them apart with the most unconvincing grimace? Cutest. Thing. Ever.

I'd say... if you're a Moon Troupe fan, or a fan of Oklahoma! or a fan of Tom or Kiriyan or Morie, you'd count this show as a plus. But if you're debating between this show and another show with any of those components... go with the other show.

PS - On the other hand... almost 3 hours of otokoyaku in jeans with low-slung belts. Ehehe.
PPS - Those lines. "What are you going to do with that [gun]?" "Shot things." *love for broody Kiriyan*

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