ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
Oh yeah, meant to post this! Because... Ahahahahahah.
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
Oh yeah, meant to post this! Because... Ahahahahahah.
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
UGH. I hate Thursdays SO MUCH. (← *sorry, had to vent*)

Anyway, Tom dinner show announced for May. Title not decided yet, and I suspect there may be at least a few underclassmen who also haven't been announced? Because a completely solo dinner show would be logistically difficult in Takarazuka Land (no one to cover for you while you change costumes, and what 21st century Takarazuka show worth its salt would only have one set costume?).

I have no idea why this announcement has suddenly set my spider senses tingling, since Tom has practically had a dinner show every year for nearly a decade; I suspect my antenna is broken. ;)

And I've also heard through the rumor vine that Tom is going to be in Hoshigumi's next Grand Theater show in Oct./Nov., while I'm here rattling my antenna. *grin*
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
UGH. I hate Thursdays SO MUCH. (← *sorry, had to vent*)

Anyway, Tom dinner show announced for May. Title not decided yet, and I suspect there may be at least a few underclassmen who also haven't been announced? Because a completely solo dinner show would be logistically difficult in Takarazuka Land (no one to cover for you while you change costumes, and what 21st century Takarazuka show worth its salt would only have one set costume?).

I have no idea why this announcement has suddenly set my spider senses tingling, since Tom has practically had a dinner show every year for nearly a decade; I suspect my antenna is broken. ;)

And I've also heard through the rumor vine that Tom is going to be in Hoshigumi's next Grand Theater show in Oct./Nov., while I'm here rattling my antenna. *grin*
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Not sure if any of the Sora girls have posted about this before, but I found it cute. From "Short Wave, High Wave" (the Q&A section for fans):

Q: Please tell me the origin of Nagina Ruumi's nickname "Gacha-Gacha". (Tezutsu Hanabi)

A: Because of her nickname "Kacha" (from her real name "Erika"-chan), Todoroki Yuu-san created it for her because: "She's like one of the figurines in a gachapon."
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Not sure if any of the Sora girls have posted about this before, but I found it cute. From "Short Wave, High Wave" (the Q&A section for fans):

Q: Please tell me the origin of Nagina Ruumi's nickname "Gacha-Gacha". (Tezutsu Hanabi)

A: Because of her nickname "Kacha" (from her real name "Erika"-chan), Todoroki Yuu-san created it for her because: "She's like one of the figurines in a gachapon."
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
So, I was going to try and wait and do a nice big summary post of July Kageki things, but things are a bit insane right now because I've just moved and started a new job and... yes. My schedule is still so topsy-turvy that I'm pretty much functioning on two brain cells by the time I get home at night and so nothing much gets done fandom-wise. Here's to hoping things settle down by next weekend, but in the meantime:

In the July Kageki, we not only get the monthly Tom "Talking to myself", but it's a "Talking to myself with photo"! In it, Tom's holding her youngest brother's little dog. They're both skin and bones and need a plate of hamburgers, stat. Tom tells us she hasn't been home to Kumamoto in a long time, but she took a month off recently to go home for her youngest brother's wedding. She concludes by telling us that although her beloved lifestyle is in Osaka and Tokyo, going home gave her a chance to recharge that she's grateful to her little bro for.
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
So, I was going to try and wait and do a nice big summary post of July Kageki things, but things are a bit insane right now because I've just moved and started a new job and... yes. My schedule is still so topsy-turvy that I'm pretty much functioning on two brain cells by the time I get home at night and so nothing much gets done fandom-wise. Here's to hoping things settle down by next weekend, but in the meantime:

In the July Kageki, we not only get the monthly Tom "Talking to myself", but it's a "Talking to myself with photo"! In it, Tom's holding her youngest brother's little dog. They're both skin and bones and need a plate of hamburgers, stat. Tom tells us she hasn't been home to Kumamoto in a long time, but she took a month off recently to go home for her youngest brother's wedding. She concludes by telling us that although her beloved lifestyle is in Osaka and Tokyo, going home gave her a chance to recharge that she's grateful to her little bro for.
ekusudei: (play without words)
Excerpts from Kishi Kaori's "Takarazuka: The Fairies' Backstage". (Published by Mainichi Shinbunsha in 2002. ISBN4-620-31555-9) She cracks me up, with her irreverence and rambling from one topic to another in the middle of short two-page essays. Anyway, I thought Zunko fans might find the first one interesting.

Why, Zunko? )

Stage Accessories Are All at Your Own Expense )

Which Ear Does the Earring Go In? )
ekusudei: (play without words)
Excerpts from Kishi Kaori's "Takarazuka: The Fairies' Backstage". (Published by Mainichi Shinbunsha in 2002. ISBN4-620-31555-9) She cracks me up, with her irreverence and rambling from one topic to another in the middle of short two-page essays. Anyway, I thought Zunko fans might find the first one interesting.

Why, Zunko? )

Stage Accessories Are All at Your Own Expense )

Which Ear Does the Earring Go In? )
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A little belated, but:

Press conference for Dancin' Crazy. I am very amused that Rika has decided to grovel fangirl, where others did not. As, for example: )

---

And Kazahana finally caught up with Rika to get her picture, since she missed her on her last photo-taking spree.

---

The Kean poster was unveiled along with the news conference for it. Trust the media queen to get the media blitz. ;)

Takarazuka Official Website
Takarazuka Precious 1 2
Enak Sumire Style
Sanspo

---

And why am I not shocked at all that it's Yumiko done up like a vampire, even though according to the show summary it's Otsuki Sayu who will be playing the bloodsucker? *amused*
ekusudei: (Default)
A little belated, but:

Press conference for Dancin' Crazy. I am very amused that Rika has decided to grovel fangirl, where others did not. As, for example: )

---

And Kazahana finally caught up with Rika to get her picture, since she missed her on her last photo-taking spree.

---

The Kean poster was unveiled along with the news conference for it. Trust the media queen to get the media blitz. ;)

Takarazuka Official Website
Takarazuka Precious 1 2
Enak Sumire Style
Sanspo

---

And why am I not shocked at all that it's Yumiko done up like a vampire, even though according to the show summary it's Otsuki Sayu who will be playing the bloodsucker? *amused*
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Asaji ga Yado / Ravir
Snow Troupe 1998

Leads: Todoroki Yuu & Tsukikage Hitomi

[ TakaWiki Page ]

Asaji ga Yado Summary: )

What I Thought:

Oh. I'd put off watching this one for a couple of reasons, one being that it was a Nihonmono, one being that I'd already watched the shinko version... and one being that it's the last of my un-watched Tom-Era Yukigumi shows. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: There was never a more perfect combination of actresses than what was in Yukigumi between 1998 and 2000.

Asaji ga Yado has things that I like, and things that I don't much care for. I loved, as always, the Tom-Taatan combi. It's a personal favorite of mine. I loved Todoroki Yuu playing the gawking, silly young Japanese man again (see - "The Search for El Dorado"). She's much too good at it to be believed. I didn't much care for Tsukikage Hitomi's Miyagi character.... who was simply too self-defacing and self-sacrificing to be believed. Luckily we didn't have to deal with much of her. I loved Kouju Tatsuki. Always love for Taatan, but she's so beautiful in Nohonmono.

Love for Shiokaze Kou being all tough-as-nails. Love for Kaede Saki's eye-patch. Love for Takashiro Kei as the rather gay pretty page. Love for Aran Kei and Shiomi Maho, who made lovely bookends for Koh-chan. Love for Ayabuki Mao, Tatsuki You, and all of the overly-energetic puppies young warriors. Love for Asuka Yuu in a female role. Love for Ebira Kaoru's creepy monk, particularly for her spooktastic makeup. Love for Mirai Yuuki, Kisaki Miri, Konno Mahiru, Amase Izuru (so cute!), and Itsumine Aki -- just because.

Love for the entire concept and love for a ghost story that wasn't nearly as boring as "Ghost at Midnight". And most particularly, love for one of my favorite "battle" scenes done by Takarazuka (When Kaede Saki and co face off against Tom & Taatan). Love even for the Japanese dance, which was graceful and yet each segment short enough that I didn't have time to become bored.

Ravir. Crack. As all good revue shows are.

Read more... )
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Asaji ga Yado / Ravir
Snow Troupe 1998

Leads: Todoroki Yuu & Tsukikage Hitomi

[ TakaWiki Page ]

Asaji ga Yado Summary: )

What I Thought:

Oh. I'd put off watching this one for a couple of reasons, one being that it was a Nihonmono, one being that I'd already watched the shinko version... and one being that it's the last of my un-watched Tom-Era Yukigumi shows. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: There was never a more perfect combination of actresses than what was in Yukigumi between 1998 and 2000.

Asaji ga Yado has things that I like, and things that I don't much care for. I loved, as always, the Tom-Taatan combi. It's a personal favorite of mine. I loved Todoroki Yuu playing the gawking, silly young Japanese man again (see - "The Search for El Dorado"). She's much too good at it to be believed. I didn't much care for Tsukikage Hitomi's Miyagi character.... who was simply too self-defacing and self-sacrificing to be believed. Luckily we didn't have to deal with much of her. I loved Kouju Tatsuki. Always love for Taatan, but she's so beautiful in Nohonmono.

Love for Shiokaze Kou being all tough-as-nails. Love for Kaede Saki's eye-patch. Love for Takashiro Kei as the rather gay pretty page. Love for Aran Kei and Shiomi Maho, who made lovely bookends for Koh-chan. Love for Ayabuki Mao, Tatsuki You, and all of the overly-energetic puppies young warriors. Love for Asuka Yuu in a female role. Love for Ebira Kaoru's creepy monk, particularly for her spooktastic makeup. Love for Mirai Yuuki, Kisaki Miri, Konno Mahiru, Amase Izuru (so cute!), and Itsumine Aki -- just because.

Love for the entire concept and love for a ghost story that wasn't nearly as boring as "Ghost at Midnight". And most particularly, love for one of my favorite "battle" scenes done by Takarazuka (When Kaede Saki and co face off against Tom & Taatan). Love even for the Japanese dance, which was graceful and yet each segment short enough that I didn't have time to become bored.

Ravir. Crack. As all good revue shows are.

Read more... )
ekusudei: (play without words)
New OSK has had a fair number of retirements in the last few months, including their top star Daiki Makoto. I wonder if the company is keeping New OSK at a certain size? Or are a lot of the "older" actresses who stuck around to help restart OSK deciding things are settled down enough that they can retire now? Even so, each retirement seems so very sad and precarious, with only 34 members, and most of them very, very new. And then Sawaka Rin retired earlier this week! It seems a surprise.


Compared to that, I feel like retirements in Takarazuka aren't something awful at all. I realize for the particular fans of a 'sienne, it's sad to see her leave Takarazuka, particularly the otokoyaku who will probably never be "real" otokoyaku on stage again. But I became a fan with my favorite star already retired, so maybe this gives me a skewed perspective on things. And lately I've become more interested in OG performances. I think it's wonderful to see them branching out, leaving behind the stereotypes, trying out new skills. No more stereotypical nice-guy/nice-girl top star roles, or best-buddy/villain 2bante. And, sure, not everyone continues in the entertainment business. But I think it's wonderful to think that after 5, 10, 16 years of giving their life to Takarazuka they'll get to have a family, to settle down and eat and not be continually stressed all the time. Or go on and become a kick-ass politician, or do whatever has been burning in the back of their minds as something they want to do.

Few people can stay where they are forever. And even if they do, they change, the things they do change. Even Tom seems to have been slowly phased out of the daigekijou shows these days.

So, yes, I'm crazy and I love hearing about retirements and troupe moves. Because this means that someone else will get to step up. It means a shuffling, new things. Everyone retires eventually, even a lot of Senka. I'll admit, I've been on the edge of my seat waiting since we learned that Osa's next daigekijou play was "Adieu Marseille" and written by Koike-sensei (whoo-boy, no way to miss that one). Not because I'm spiteful, or mean, or even that I think Osa has "faded" lately. (Actually, I've loved her more recent performances a lot more than watching her older ones as top star. And anyone who heard her perform in "Kurotokage" will tell you her voice is more powerful than ever. I still get shivers thinking about it.) It's because now we have the excitement of waiting to hear who is the next top, the next 2bante. Seeing which babies will rise up in the new Hanagumi.

My money is on Un-chan as next top. Because that last round of shuffling coincided right before the run of retirements, making me think that Hankyu was getting their "men" into position early. And because Un-chan fits so well into Hanagumi that newer fans seem to be shocked to hear she was ever anywhere else. *winks* As for Sakurano... I think Hankyu certainly likes her a lot. She's gotten some amazing roles. I think if she wants to stay, she'll stay. If she wants to leave and start a new stage/acting career, now would probably be a good time for her to try it. But a few more years also wouldn't hurt her chances, I think. So I could see her choosing either way.

Now I'm bouncing around waiting for the next round of troupe moves. But I wonder if they'll wait a year or two to let the new troupes settle down first?
ekusudei: (play without words)
New OSK has had a fair number of retirements in the last few months, including their top star Daiki Makoto. I wonder if the company is keeping New OSK at a certain size? Or are a lot of the "older" actresses who stuck around to help restart OSK deciding things are settled down enough that they can retire now? Even so, each retirement seems so very sad and precarious, with only 34 members, and most of them very, very new. And then Sawaka Rin retired earlier this week! It seems a surprise.


Compared to that, I feel like retirements in Takarazuka aren't something awful at all. I realize for the particular fans of a 'sienne, it's sad to see her leave Takarazuka, particularly the otokoyaku who will probably never be "real" otokoyaku on stage again. But I became a fan with my favorite star already retired, so maybe this gives me a skewed perspective on things. And lately I've become more interested in OG performances. I think it's wonderful to see them branching out, leaving behind the stereotypes, trying out new skills. No more stereotypical nice-guy/nice-girl top star roles, or best-buddy/villain 2bante. And, sure, not everyone continues in the entertainment business. But I think it's wonderful to think that after 5, 10, 16 years of giving their life to Takarazuka they'll get to have a family, to settle down and eat and not be continually stressed all the time. Or go on and become a kick-ass politician, or do whatever has been burning in the back of their minds as something they want to do.

Few people can stay where they are forever. And even if they do, they change, the things they do change. Even Tom seems to have been slowly phased out of the daigekijou shows these days.

So, yes, I'm crazy and I love hearing about retirements and troupe moves. Because this means that someone else will get to step up. It means a shuffling, new things. Everyone retires eventually, even a lot of Senka. I'll admit, I've been on the edge of my seat waiting since we learned that Osa's next daigekijou play was "Adieu Marseille" and written by Koike-sensei (whoo-boy, no way to miss that one). Not because I'm spiteful, or mean, or even that I think Osa has "faded" lately. (Actually, I've loved her more recent performances a lot more than watching her older ones as top star. And anyone who heard her perform in "Kurotokage" will tell you her voice is more powerful than ever. I still get shivers thinking about it.) It's because now we have the excitement of waiting to hear who is the next top, the next 2bante. Seeing which babies will rise up in the new Hanagumi.

My money is on Un-chan as next top. Because that last round of shuffling coincided right before the run of retirements, making me think that Hankyu was getting their "men" into position early. And because Un-chan fits so well into Hanagumi that newer fans seem to be shocked to hear she was ever anywhere else. *winks* As for Sakurano... I think Hankyu certainly likes her a lot. She's gotten some amazing roles. I think if she wants to stay, she'll stay. If she wants to leave and start a new stage/acting career, now would probably be a good time for her to try it. But a few more years also wouldn't hurt her chances, I think. So I could see her choosing either way.

Now I'm bouncing around waiting for the next round of troupe moves. But I wonder if they'll wait a year or two to let the new troupes settle down first?
ekusudei: (play without words)
Moving this one up the queue, because I told [livejournal.com profile] kyanited I'd review it, and if I don't soon, I'm going to forget. ;)

Yukinojou Henge
Snow Troupe, 1994-95

Leads: Ichiro Maki & Hanafusa Mari

[ TakaWiki Page ]

The World's Shortest Summary:

Read more... )

What I Thought:

A show with both the top star and the nibante in drag (kind of). Sign me up, please? Ichiro Maki makes an absolutely breathtaking onnagata, and her famous cheekbones are in fine form here. The role of Yukinojou was perfect for her, with a very interesting blend of femininity and masculinity. I never felt like I was watching a woman playing a man playing a woman... Yukinojou was definitely male. Oh, Takarazuka.... (*cue singing*) Takane Fubuki, on the other hand, had me blinking a few times, playing the very assertive Ohatsu. But I really liked Fubuki in a female role.

Hanafusa Mari in her first top star role. She seemed so terribly young and fragile, definitely both characteristics of the character she was playing. She didn't have a huge amount of stage time -- this is pre-legend Hana-chan! I liked her chemistry with Ichiro, and suddenly wish that Soragumi had done more Nihonmono. She was very pretty in her kimono. ...... On the other hand, Wao.... Wao was just ridiculously silly. *grins* There were so many young stars here! Wao Youka, Kouju Tatsuki, and Aran Kei were all lackeys and villagers and basically the slapstick-ish characters. Todoroki Yuu was 3-bante, and made a wonderfully roguish Yamitarou. Something about how she did her makeup for this show that I really enjoyed.

Read more... )
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Moving this one up the queue, because I told [livejournal.com profile] kyanited I'd review it, and if I don't soon, I'm going to forget. ;)

Yukinojou Henge
Snow Troupe, 1994-95

Leads: Ichiro Maki & Hanafusa Mari

[ TakaWiki Page ]

The World's Shortest Summary:

Read more... )

What I Thought:

A show with both the top star and the nibante in drag (kind of). Sign me up, please? Ichiro Maki makes an absolutely breathtaking onnagata, and her famous cheekbones are in fine form here. The role of Yukinojou was perfect for her, with a very interesting blend of femininity and masculinity. I never felt like I was watching a woman playing a man playing a woman... Yukinojou was definitely male. Oh, Takarazuka.... (*cue singing*) Takane Fubuki, on the other hand, had me blinking a few times, playing the very assertive Ohatsu. But I really liked Fubuki in a female role.

Hanafusa Mari in her first top star role. She seemed so terribly young and fragile, definitely both characteristics of the character she was playing. She didn't have a huge amount of stage time -- this is pre-legend Hana-chan! I liked her chemistry with Ichiro, and suddenly wish that Soragumi had done more Nihonmono. She was very pretty in her kimono. ...... On the other hand, Wao.... Wao was just ridiculously silly. *grins* There were so many young stars here! Wao Youka, Kouju Tatsuki, and Aran Kei were all lackeys and villagers and basically the slapstick-ish characters. Todoroki Yuu was 3-bante, and made a wonderfully roguish Yamitarou. Something about how she did her makeup for this show that I really enjoyed.

Read more... )

Oklahoma!

Apr. 18th, 2007 11:03 pm
ekusudei: (BAD has never been so GOOD)
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*

Oklahoma!

Apr. 18th, 2007 11:03 pm
ekusudei: (BAD has never been so GOOD)
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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