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Les Miserables
Imperial Theater 100th Anniversary Special Cast Performance: May 22nd, 7 PM

[ Toho Promotion Video ] (Mostly the regular casts, though.)

Special Cast

Javert: Kaga Takeshi
Jean Valjean: Imai Kiyotaka
Fantine: Iwasaki Hiromi
Eponine: Shimada Kaho
Thenardier: Saitou Haruhiko
Madame Thenardier: Otori Ran
Marius: Ishikawa Zen
Cosette: Kanda Sayaka
Enjolras: Oka Kojirou
Gavroche: Katou Seijirou
Little Cosette: Gamou Ayaka
Little Eponine: Saitou Mahiro
Bishop: Hayashi Akira

(Plus Eri-san in the chorus!)

Oh my god. Oh my god. I really don't have the words. This has been my favorite musical for twenty years, and one of my first CDs (yes, my music collection started as vinyl records and cassette tapes, I am ancient) was the international cast recording, where Shimada Kaho sang Eponine. I never, ever, ever in a million years thought I would get a chance to see her perform that role live.

Read more... )
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I was going through the ensemble in Les Miserables once more, and I saw..... ERI!

She's on stage again! ♥

Eri♥
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I was going through the ensemble in Les Miserables once more, and I saw..... ERI!

She's on stage again! ♥

Eri♥

Non-Stop!!

Oct. 12th, 2009 08:42 pm
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
Non-Stop!!
Moon Troupe 1997, Bow Hall

[ TakaWiki ]

Lead: Kuze Seika

Cast: Misa Noeru (Senka), Natsukawa Yura, Yoshizuki Eri, Juri Sakiho, Takashou Mizuki, Hoshino Hitomi, Mahoroba Yuu, Jouka Azuki, Naruse Kouki, Oozora Yuuhi, Minashiro Hikari, Mizu Natsuki, Mizusawa Hazuki, Yamato Yuuga, Hanase Mizuka, Saijou Mie, Kanou Chika

Summary:

Act I

Aspiring actor Lover Brightman attends auditions for a music company and just makes it in. There he endures strict training from very odd teachers, is used to help a promising classmate, and eventually loses his girlfriend. He looses his innocent confidence, but is re-inspired by his ever helpful theater spirit boy and eventually makes it.

Act II

Lover Brightman performs. Eventually, his spirit comes to lead him off, as he will join the theater spirits.

What I Thought:

More a revue-show type performance, with the paper-thin plot only there to string together the musical numbers. The theater spirits and the idea of the candle/lantern on stage were completely re-used by Fujii-Sensei when he did Touko's "A Bientot" last year.

The cast was great, and very nostalgic. Kuze Seika was... adorable. Also, snooty rocker Mizu Natsuki (ken-5) was worth any amount of pain. Hanase Mizuka was her cute self. I approved of Sakiho Juri and Yoshizuki Eri being Kuze Seika's main back-ups in a lot of numbers. (And Juri and Hoshino Hitomi were hilarious as the teachers.) Yamato Yuuga in that costume was.... ahahah. The duet dance between Natsukawa Yura and Non-chan was hot. Non-chan singing a Japanese version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" was.... unusual. The tuxedo number and the bit with the musumeyaku in the pink things was both hot and hilarious.

But the show was thrown in between the Takarazuka and Tokyo runs of Non-chan's farewell show, and you could tell they didn't have much time to practice. The choreography was much too difficult for the amount of time that they did have, and it shows. Also, the costumes suffer from late-90s Takarazuka Revue fashionitis. On the other hand, there is a costume which... which... which really cannot be described. It must be experienced. And I thought I had seen them all.....

Over-all, a must see for fans of late-90s Tsukigumi, or late-90s craziness. Otherwise, you can probably give it a miss.
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The line-up....

Jounetsu no Barcelona!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG. YESTHANKYOU. In case anyone missed the caps I posted last year in the vintage comm for the Daichi Mao version in '82.... GNGH.

Another BeruBara. Just after I promised a co-worker's mother that they probably weren't going to do it for a few years, so she should settle for getting tickets to Elisabeth. :/ Another un-exciting role for Ayane-chan. ANGRY JEN.

Last Play for Tsukigumi, and no name beside Asako's in the announcement, so looks like if it is the retirement title it seems to be, she'll be leaving still without a partner. ...I'll admit I'm selfish and don't want to let go of Sena Jun yet, but there's still two more shows at least, so I'll enjoy them while we have them. And more slashy Asako/Kiriyan goodness is not to be sniffed at. ;)

I'm going to follow the policy of not saying anything at all on the subjects of Saikai/Soul of Shiva. Hm... yes, better stick with that regarding Tom's Hoshigumi show too.

Actually, on the subject of Sagiri Seina and Saou Kurama's double-lead getting a run in Tokyo as well as Bow, I'd better stay silent as well. ;)

YUUHI'S DAIGEKIJO SHOW TITLE NOW PLEASE.

~*~*~

Last night I watched the Now On Stage for the Tokyo run of MAHOROBA/Magician's Misfortunes.

THIS FACE. She had it the entire time. It was her serious, I-am-listening-to-my-upperclassmen face.

And then she finally broke out of her shell to rag on Izumo Aya about a mistake she made, and Taki was all "What? What? I do not know this thing of which you speak" and looking down her nose at her, but Masaki was laughing too hard to notice.

And I learned that (at that time, at least), Masaki was collecting rehearsal skirts from retiring musumeyaku. Yes. She wanted to do a female role that badly. She was all: This time, three skirts GET! ... Which led into a story from Asako about how Kanamin's mother made her rehearsal skirts when she played Elisabeth. And then Masaki was talking about how she'd miss being able to shadow Asako (MM was her last shinko), and she was all "This is embarrassing, but... blahblahblah" and Asako got all squirmy embarrassed and clutching at her (own) coat lapels, "This is embarrassing!" and Masaki was all, "It's embarrassing for me too!" and hiding her red face. But somehow they managed to have their manly emotional moment♥

And then they took a looong time to tell Yoshizuki Eri anecdotes, and she started sweating so hard. LOVE. I miss Eri-san♥
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The line-up....

Jounetsu no Barcelona!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG. YESTHANKYOU. In case anyone missed the caps I posted last year in the vintage comm for the Daichi Mao version in '82.... GNGH.

Another BeruBara. Just after I promised a co-worker's mother that they probably weren't going to do it for a few years, so she should settle for getting tickets to Elisabeth. :/ Another un-exciting role for Ayane-chan. ANGRY JEN.

Last Play for Tsukigumi, and no name beside Asako's in the announcement, so looks like if it is the retirement title it seems to be, she'll be leaving still without a partner. ...I'll admit I'm selfish and don't want to let go of Sena Jun yet, but there's still two more shows at least, so I'll enjoy them while we have them. And more slashy Asako/Kiriyan goodness is not to be sniffed at. ;)

I'm going to follow the policy of not saying anything at all on the subjects of Saikai/Soul of Shiva. Hm... yes, better stick with that regarding Tom's Hoshigumi show too.

Actually, on the subject of Sagiri Seina and Saou Kurama's double-lead getting a run in Tokyo as well as Bow, I'd better stay silent as well. ;)

YUUHI'S DAIGEKIJO SHOW TITLE NOW PLEASE.

~*~*~

Last night I watched the Now On Stage for the Tokyo run of MAHOROBA/Magician's Misfortunes.

THIS FACE. She had it the entire time. It was her serious, I-am-listening-to-my-upperclassmen face.

And then she finally broke out of her shell to rag on Izumo Aya about a mistake she made, and Taki was all "What? What? I do not know this thing of which you speak" and looking down her nose at her, but Masaki was laughing too hard to notice.

And I learned that (at that time, at least), Masaki was collecting rehearsal skirts from retiring musumeyaku. Yes. She wanted to do a female role that badly. She was all: This time, three skirts GET! ... Which led into a story from Asako about how Kanamin's mother made her rehearsal skirts when she played Elisabeth. And then Masaki was talking about how she'd miss being able to shadow Asako (MM was her last shinko), and she was all "This is embarrassing, but... blahblahblah" and Asako got all squirmy embarrassed and clutching at her (own) coat lapels, "This is embarrassing!" and Masaki was all, "It's embarrassing for me too!" and hiding her red face. But somehow they managed to have their manly emotional moment♥

And then they took a looong time to tell Yoshizuki Eri anecdotes, and she started sweating so hard. LOVE. I miss Eri-san♥
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OMG. OMGOMG.

OMG.

She wrote me back!!!

I just pulled the mail out of the box and glanced at it and saw the name sticker on the back out of the corner of my eye and went "!! Masaki fan club thingy!!" (don't laugh) and shoved it in my bag. And then I got into the house and pulled it out of my bag and actually looked at the sticker and went: "!!!!!!!!!!@&*!!!!! CANNOT COMPUTE"

Yoshizuki Eri~! Eri-san~!! To me! To me~~~!!!

Eri-san~ I've changed my mind! I can't take your retirement in a mature way; come back~!! T_T
ekusudei: (BAD has never been so GOOD)
OMG. OMGOMG.

OMG.

She wrote me back!!!

I just pulled the mail out of the box and glanced at it and saw the name sticker on the back out of the corner of my eye and went "!! Masaki fan club thingy!!" (don't laugh) and shoved it in my bag. And then I got into the house and pulled it out of my bag and actually looked at the sticker and went: "!!!!!!!!!!@&*!!!!! CANNOT COMPUTE"

Yoshizuki Eri~! Eri-san~!! To me! To me~~~!!!

Eri-san~ I've changed my mind! I can't take your retirement in a mature way; come back~!! T_T
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Magician no Yuutsu
Moon Troupe, 2007

Stars: Sena Jun & Ayano Kanami

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

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

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. ;)
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Osaka-Zamurai
Moon Troupe Bow Hall, 2007

Leads: Kiriya Hiromu & Yumesaki Nene

[ Takawiki Page ] [ TCA Pictures Shop ] [ Takarazuka Precious Review (photos) ]

Summary: )

What I Thought: )

All in all, I think it had some uneven bits, and I think the first act was better paced than the second, but it had so many great moments that it's worth owning.

None of which matters, of course, because it has Masaki.
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Eri-san speaks about her retirement. She says she's been thinking about it for about three years... that she wants to get married and have children. And she's in a bit of shock over classmates retiring. So she talked it over with her older brother, and he advised her to retire if she was losing her way. (T_T)

Mariko is returning to the stage... as an actress! Her debut will be this winter. <3<3<3

Randomly, "Sonoka" is Sonoka's real name. Her grandfather created it for her.

And, because I know you all want to know... scuttlebut on the mixi says that the white bag Yuuhi's been carrying in iride lately is Goyard brand. You can all sleep easy now.

I hope the first half of the 2008 schedule is posted tonight. But I'm too tired to stay up and wait for it. *yawn*
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Eri-san speaks about her retirement. She says she's been thinking about it for about three years... that she wants to get married and have children. And she's in a bit of shock over classmates retiring. So she talked it over with her older brother, and he advised her to retire if she was losing her way. (T_T)

Mariko is returning to the stage... as an actress! Her debut will be this winter. <3<3<3

Randomly, "Sonoka" is Sonoka's real name. Her grandfather created it for her.

And, because I know you all want to know... scuttlebut on the mixi says that the white bag Yuuhi's been carrying in iride lately is Goyard brand. You can all sleep easy now.

I hope the first half of the 2008 schedule is posted tonight. But I'm too tired to stay up and wait for it. *yawn*
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The Rose of Versailles: Oscar
Moon Troupe, 1991

Leads: Suzukaze Mayo & Asano Kayo

[ Takawiki ] [ TCA Pictures Shop ]

Erm. Suspect I won't be forgiven for this anytime soon, but... I didn't much care for it. However, I don't much care for a lot of Berubara, so I'm sure this isn't too shocking to anyone.

I'll keep this short, since everyone knows Berubara.

Things which were good:
* Kuze Seika as Alain: It was nice to see the character of Alain fleshed out a little bit more (this is my first time watching an Oscar version), and I personally thought that Non-chan's acting was the best out of the senior cast members.
* Wakao Risa as Bernard: I never get tired of playing spot-the-choreographer. Wakao-sensei was such a cute otokoyaku.
* Suzukaze Mayo's singing was nice and strong.
* Oscar? Married?: I loved how Amami Yuuki played out Andre's reaction to Jarjayes' announcement. Something about her expression was just great.
* That musumeyaku singing when Oscar visits the slums of Paris for the first time. She was good.
* Cute little French soldiers. <3

Things which were... not so good:
* Over-acted: This is one of the worst Takarazuka performances for acting, no matter which version, and this is no exception. Overdone. Painfully overdone.
* Under-acted: Except, surprisingly, Yuri's Andre was rather bland in some key scenes. Like the scene where they finally get together. She's all: "Oh, hm, that's nice, Oscar." The one character I enjoy watching over-act, and Yuri denied me. Ah well, she was still only ken-5 at the time! Pretty good, all considering.
* The musumeyaku singing tended to make my ears bleed. Also, ugh, sisters.
* Th-the "video" effects. I almost had to turn it off when we were suddenly confronted with a music video of a stunt actress in a bad blond wig riding a horse while Kaname's head floats in mid-air and sings to us. And the slow-motion they added to the death scenes. God, please tell me they re-edited them for the DVD release, at least?
* Getting my hopes up by leaving out that damn ugly "pegasus" and then having sugar plum fairies dancing around instead when Oscar and Andre are reunited in death. I just can't win, can I?
* The pair dance costumes were scary, and I've never seen less chemistry between partners. Awkward much?
* Not enough Asano Kayo.

Things of note:
* Oh, senka cast of awesomeness. <3
* A young Natsukawa Yura
* Maori Yuki still in Tsukigumi

On Suzukaze Mayo: I can see why she is Lucia's favorite Oscar. She certainly gives one of the most feminine portrayals, and yet her singing is strong. But for some reason she really didn't click with me here. Perhaps she was a little too feminine?
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Cinderella Rock
Moon Troupe Bow, 1998

Leads: Yamato Yuuga & Saijou Mie

[ TakaWiki ] [ TCA Pictures ]

Cast: )

Summary: )

What I Thought:

You know, I'm not sure if I should admit this, but I actually liked this show. However, it was pretty borderline. It was my love for the actresses that kept me into it, after I started wincing at each new "comical" moment. When the lead musumeyaku character's name is Madonna Carey, you know you're in trouble. And, I, er, ah, fast-forwarded through all of the songs. Even some of Saijou Mie's, and usually I like her singing. The songs and costumes were just spectacularly awful. No, I take that back. There were a couple of redeeming costumes: Yoshizuki Eri's dresses and wraps kept me endlessly entertained, Keiju Mana's makeup and wig were spectacular, and Cydo's beat-up jumper he appeared in for the first number was cute. Ah, the first number! I liked the first number! Okay, there were a few entertaining songs in there I didn't fast-forward through. Most of them Eri-san's.

Some of the characters were pretty awesome, even under the cheap jokes. Yoshizuki Eri as the evil stepmother was a touch of brilliance. Koshino Ryuu's gay costume rental shop owner killed me. Repeatedly. As did the evil stepbrothers: Kiriya Hiromu and Kusunoki Keika. Ryuu and Keika together... oh god. I couldn't breathe for a few seconds. Yamato Yuuga's Cydo (I know, should be Sid, but the poster on the stage says "Cydo") was a cute guy, and a likable character. Pretty impressive for a ken-3, even if she did do the cyclops eyebrow thing a little too often. Mie's character, on the other hand... Well, I loved how bitchy she was, actually. It was refreshing. I wanted to cuddle poor Misato Maya in this show. It just doesn't pay to be the evil lady's footmat, darlin'. All of the band members were cute, and as I said, Keiju's makeup and wig were amazing. Shijou Rui played the little boy again. No comment on Samba-Elvis!Daddy. No comment on Guille's family, except to say that they needed to kill the taco gag. Oh, and the granny was pretty cool. Oh, I give up. I have so much love for these actresses, I can't even dislike their awful characters. *grins* Not even drunken, homeless, Santa Claus-suited Misa Noeru.

I would say... this show is LUNA-esque ridiculous. Just... very odd components all thrown together. I can see it being a secret favorite of some fans. ;)

Whee! )

Guuuh?

Apr. 14th, 2007 12:01 am
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I-

I-

I know someone mentioned the absolute kookiness of Cinderella Rock before. But did they mention that Eri-san plays the evil stepmother? They can't have. I wouldn't have let it sit on my bookshelf unwatched for three months if I knew there was evil Eri-san with imperious eyebrows.

Yoshizuki Eri + evil female role + eyebrows = LOVE

And look, I even have an appropriate icon. :D

Also ... Koshino Ryuu as the very gay rental shop owner hanging all over homeless Misa Noeru? Priceless.

Guuuh?

Apr. 14th, 2007 12:01 am
ekusudei: (BAD has never been so GOOD)
I-

I-

I know someone mentioned the absolute kookiness of Cinderella Rock before. But did they mention that Eri-san plays the evil stepmother? They can't have. I wouldn't have let it sit on my bookshelf unwatched for three months if I knew there was evil Eri-san with imperious eyebrows.

Yoshizuki Eri + evil female role + eyebrows = LOVE

And look, I even have an appropriate icon. :D

Also ... Koshino Ryuu as the very gay rental shop owner hanging all over homeless Misa Noeru? Priceless.

Alas

Apr. 7th, 2007 10:10 pm
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Alas (Special Performance)
Moon Troupe Theater Drama City, 1997

Leads: Makoto Tsubasa & Kazahana Mai

[ Takawiki Page ]

I don't even think I can begin to summarize or review this show. Actually, I seem to remember someone already has, and I'm definitely going to go and see if I can remember who it was and read it now that I've seen the show. But I'll tell you the ten things about this show I think you NEED to know, in order of importance:

1) Rika is a bad-boy, dancing gigolo in a suit. And they cut out one of her numbers. With a FEDORA.
2) Eri-san had longish hair in '97, and has it pulled back in a little ponytail a la Maya Miki during the tango club numbers. I DIE of LOVE.
3) Ken-2 Sarara is the cutest thing ever. Especially in a frilly, pink dress.
4) Act two has been chopped to hell because of all the numbers they cut for copyright reasons, and yet we are forced to suffer through all 30 minutes of those TCA-Special-gone-bad, hellish island numbers in act one. Shou-sensei, I expected better of you.
5) There is ANJU choreography.
6) Rika and Mami have a choreographed sword fight. It is very DRAMATIC.
7) Did I mention Eri-san's ponytail?
8) Mami wears many outfits which can only be described as "Mami Revue Outfits" (I really think this should be made an official zuka fan phrase), and is very MAMI-LIKE.
9) Gaichi, Juri-pyon, Kiriyan, my little Valley Girl, and pink-frilly-dress!Sarara have a really, really, REALLY cute number together.
10) Ahi carries Mami on her back during the second curtain call. This is a girl who knows how to make herself useful.

Alas

Apr. 7th, 2007 10:10 pm
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Alas (Special Performance)
Moon Troupe Theater Drama City, 1997

Leads: Makoto Tsubasa & Kazahana Mai

[ Takawiki Page ]

I don't even think I can begin to summarize or review this show. Actually, I seem to remember someone already has, and I'm definitely going to go and see if I can remember who it was and read it now that I've seen the show. But I'll tell you the ten things about this show I think you NEED to know, in order of importance:

1) Rika is a bad-boy, dancing gigolo in a suit. And they cut out one of her numbers. With a FEDORA.
2) Eri-san had longish hair in '97, and has it pulled back in a little ponytail a la Maya Miki during the tango club numbers. I DIE of LOVE.
3) Ken-2 Sarara is the cutest thing ever. Especially in a frilly, pink dress.
4) Act two has been chopped to hell because of all the numbers they cut for copyright reasons, and yet we are forced to suffer through all 30 minutes of those TCA-Special-gone-bad, hellish island numbers in act one. Shou-sensei, I expected better of you.
5) There is ANJU choreography.
6) Rika and Mami have a choreographed sword fight. It is very DRAMATIC.
7) Did I mention Eri-san's ponytail?
8) Mami wears many outfits which can only be described as "Mami Revue Outfits" (I really think this should be made an official zuka fan phrase), and is very MAMI-LIKE.
9) Gaichi, Juri-pyon, Kiriyan, my little Valley Girl, and pink-frilly-dress!Sarara have a really, really, REALLY cute number together.
10) Ahi carries Mami on her back during the second curtain call. This is a girl who knows how to make herself useful.

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