ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
My Dear New Orleans / a bientôt
Star Troupe Tokyo Performance, 2009

Top Stars: Aran Kei & Toono Asuka

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My Dear New Orleans

Summary: )

What I Thought:

I wasn't sure how I would react to this musical. On the one hand, just about everyone I knew who had seen it cried through the entire thing. But on the other hand, I don't tend to cry easily during musicals... Yep, here be spoilers too )

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a bientôt

I wasn't expecting to like this one much, I'll admit. I'm not keen on the traditional French revues, and the initial description sounded rather.... Well, but in the end there were certainly enough interesting scenes in there to make a happy Jen!

Chie the stage fairy♥ Mirrors♥ Chie and Haya♥ Kitty-chan's Kansai-ben♥ MORE gangster Shii (with extra, bonus, HOT, scowling Yuzurun. God, the faces she was making). THANK YOU, FUJII-SENSEI.

I really loved the scene where Asuka came on, wistful and sad for being too late to see Touko in her glory days, and then Chie Fairy used his magic to bring the theater to life again, and Touko back. Pair dance of love♥

And... the rest kind of fades from my memory already. XD Sorry.

~*~*~

Final count: Great musical, revue show with some scenes which will probably become legend in certain circles, and love. Lots and lots of Hoshigumi love.
ekusudei: (Masaki 2007)
Last one, and then I'm going home and back to my borrowed books.

Touko, congratulations. Rest up if you can for a few days, and we'll see you in Tokyo soon! お待ちしています♥

Masaki, you can do it!♥ See you sooo~n!♥♥♥♥♥
ekusudei: (Masaki 2007)
Last one, and then I'm going home and back to my borrowed books.

Touko, congratulations. Rest up if you can for a few days, and we'll see you in Tokyo soon! お待ちしています♥

Masaki, you can do it!♥ See you sooo~n!♥♥♥♥♥
ekusudei: (play without words)
Much love to Anna for agreeing to do this with me, even though she was terrified of it.<3 I hope she'll forgive me for posting it while she's sleeping, but this is the point in my week where I actually have time to breathe *grin*. I did the odds and she did the evens. I hope everyone enjoys it -- I think the warmth of hoshigumi is a wonderful thing, and it really shows here.... even if they do tease poor Kazu too much.

Star Troupe Otokoyaku Round-Table Discussion

from The Takarazuka IV: Star Troupe (2008)

Translated by Jen & Anna




I. About Hoshigumi Rehearsal Clothes )

II. Dressing Well in Costumes )

III. Stage Makeup )

IV. The Behavior of an Otokoyaku )

V. The Black Tuxedo Brigade )

VI. When Star Troupe Otokoyaku Get Fired Up )

notes )
ekusudei: (BAD has never been so GOOD)
Okay, I'm going to do this properly. I kept waiting for that next time I saw the show, and the next time never happened, and it looks like it'll be a long while before I see the DVD, so... forgive me my opinions and huge blank spaces, I haven't had another shot at things I wanted to double-check.

The Scarlet Pimpernel
Star Troupe, 2008

Stars: Aran Kei & Toono Asuka

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Going into it I really had no idea what the show was about. I think about a week before I saw it was when someone kindly told me that a pimpernel was a flower, not a bird. Yes. So now you know where I was coming from.

What I Thought: )

.... So, overall? PERFECT show for Hoshigumi. A good show for Takarazuka in that there are lots and lots of minor parts to stick all the stars in, with a decent amount of stage time, and more get a chance to develop personality than in a lot of shows. Some great, funny moments, some very good songs, some kick-ass staging, some lovely costumes.... It really doesn't get better than this. Just... if you have a Javert fetish, beware. You may find yourself latching on to Chauvelin, and you may forget the other 90% of the show.....

Also... there's this Sword Dance........

Aran Kei

Oct. 16th, 2008 12:01 am
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Ah, two years, time for the next round of retirements. Admit it, most of you were thinking it was almost time in the inevitable Hankyu clock. Ah, but then, my brain works in strange ways. My first thought was an irritable one that once, just once, it would be nice for Hankyu to thwart our expectations regarding shows with obvious titles. *sigh* My second was god-awful glee as I imagined Touko having a normal stage career; I adore her in every female role I've seen her do. My third was the depressing thought that she might chose not to continue in theater. My fourth was the selfish one that now Gen will have to come to Japan in the spring and I'll have a chance to meet her♥

... And then the inevitable unholy exitment as I started turning over the possibilities. Because really, truly, I love Takarazuka when it's in motion. Read more... )

Touko... I first saw Touko in Nagasaki Shigure-zaka, but the first role of hers that I saw that stuck with me was her police inspector in Glassy Landscape. She sent me into paroxysms of fan-girlish glee because she was so like I pictured the character of Klaus from Aoike's "From Eroica With Love". Turned out I wasn't the only one who saw the resemblance, considering she later starred as Klaus' look-alike and distant ancestor, Tyrian, in "El Halcon". She's brilliant in everything she sets her mind to, which is why I have no regrets to see her leave Takarazuka.

Aran Kei

Oct. 16th, 2008 12:01 am
ekusudei: (play without words)
Ah, two years, time for the next round of retirements. Admit it, most of you were thinking it was almost time in the inevitable Hankyu clock. Ah, but then, my brain works in strange ways. My first thought was an irritable one that once, just once, it would be nice for Hankyu to thwart our expectations regarding shows with obvious titles. *sigh* My second was god-awful glee as I imagined Touko having a normal stage career; I adore her in every female role I've seen her do. My third was the depressing thought that she might chose not to continue in theater. My fourth was the selfish one that now Gen will have to come to Japan in the spring and I'll have a chance to meet her♥

... And then the inevitable unholy exitment as I started turning over the possibilities. Because really, truly, I love Takarazuka when it's in motion. Read more... )

Touko... I first saw Touko in Nagasaki Shigure-zaka, but the first role of hers that I saw that stuck with me was her police inspector in Glassy Landscape. She sent me into paroxysms of fan-girlish glee because she was so like I pictured the character of Klaus from Aoike's "From Eroica With Love". Turned out I wasn't the only one who saw the resemblance, considering she later starred as Klaus' look-alike and distant ancestor, Tyrian, in "El Halcon". She's brilliant in everything she sets her mind to, which is why I have no regrets to see her leave Takarazuka.
ekusudei: (BAD has never been so GOOD)
[livejournal.com profile] kirakira_sora got in there first, so I'd already started this one by the time anyone else commented. ;) We'll see where the count is tomorrow before I start anything else. Good night, all!

Talk Deluxe: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Aran Kei x Yuzuki Reon

from GRAPH, October 2008


Aran: Continuing on from the last Grand Theater show, this time I've got another role which has Chie (Yuzuki) rolling in the palm of my hand, but Chie is very, very light. She's easy to roll (laughs).

Read more... )
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*grin* Aoike-sensei is releasing a coloring book with characters from some of her most popular works, and according to the description on Amazon, Touko's Tyrian will make an appearance as well. ;)
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*grin* Aoike-sensei is releasing a coloring book with characters from some of her most popular works, and according to the description on Amazon, Touko's Tyrian will make an appearance as well. ;)
ekusudei: (BAD has never been so GOOD)
...Because, yes, I continue to be that excited about this adaption of a favorite comic of mine.

Part of an interview with Aran Kei )

El Halcon )

Seven Seas, Seven Skies )

PS - Did anyone notice? Not a single Senka lady in the cast for this show. :( I wonder if this was to give any slightly large "older" roles to upperclassmen who might be retiring.
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Oh, yes, before I forget. There's this translation I did a week or so ago, if anyone missed it on the wiki. Because it's Aoike Yasuko and Takarazuka (Could there possibly be any better combination?) and I have been on pin-tops waiting for more news on this show for ten months.

Saitou-S is such a fanboy. I knew it.
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Asaji ga Yado / Ravir
Snow Troupe 1998

Leads: Todoroki Yuu & Tsukikage Hitomi

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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.

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Hatsubutaisei Round-Table Discussion
Listen! To the Rhthym of Our Hopes
Kageki -- May 2007


Star Troupe: Aran Kei
Hatsubutaisei: Ayakaze Sakina, Nana Kurara, Sorahane Riku, Kijou Mitsuru, Maisono Ruri


Read more... )
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

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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.

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Too Short a Time to Fall in Love / Neo-Dandyism!
Star Troupe, 2006

Top Stars: Kozuki Wataru & Shirahane Yuri

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Too Short a Time to Fall in Love:

Hm. Entertaining and cute, with lots of funny scenes and lots of sweet scenes. I liked the show; the musical numbers were catchy and entertaining (that life-jacket song? Priceless). And yet somehow it didn't completely click with me. I guess I'm always expecting to be blown away by sayonara kouen.

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Neo-Dandyism!:

Oh, so much love! So very, very much love. Enough echoes of the original Dandyism to make me grin, yet enough completely original things to make this show belong to Hoshigumi. And love, as always, for Sha Tamae's choreography.

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I really, really recommend getting the DVD. But I'm one of those loonies who buys things for the revue. ;)
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Oh~ How could I have had this show for weeks and not have watched it? For there is Ema Naoki! And Misa Noeru! Why did no one tell me? *makes a pitiful face*

Let's count the ladies Jen loves madly, shall we? Wataru. Junko (II). Yuri-chan. Misa-san. Touko. Asuka.

Junko was looking wonderful and fashionable. And it drove me mad as I tried to decide if the long hair was all hers or extensions (would she have had enough time to grow it out that long?).

Misa-san remains the coolest Senka member. Her little bit at the end about everyone leaving the theater dancing, and dancing all the way to the Hankyu train station-- but not on the train, please! had me giggling.

Yuri was adorable, but also very talkative and not at all painfully shy like so many musumeyaku seem to get during these group interviews. And I loved how after she did her spiel at the end there was dead silence for a moment before Asuka burst out with a "So cute!"

And Wataru remains.... Wataru. *hearts*

Ahh, so much love for my second favorite troupe. Now I'm torn again as to whether Copacabana should be bought before Ai Suru. I'm a little sad, though, because I can't seem to find any babies there to love madly. In a few more years all of my favorites like Junko and Shii-chan may be retired. T_T

P.S. -- I think Miki-sensei has a crush on Junko. He kept going on and on about how talented and beautiful she is and always has been...
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Oh~ How could I have had this show for weeks and not have watched it? For there is Ema Naoki! And Misa Noeru! Why did no one tell me? *makes a pitiful face*

Let's count the ladies Jen loves madly, shall we? Wataru. Junko (II). Yuri-chan. Misa-san. Touko. Asuka.

Junko was looking wonderful and fashionable. And it drove me mad as I tried to decide if the long hair was all hers or extensions (would she have had enough time to grow it out that long?).

Misa-san remains the coolest Senka member. Her little bit at the end about everyone leaving the theater dancing, and dancing all the way to the Hankyu train station-- but not on the train, please! had me giggling.

Yuri was adorable, but also very talkative and not at all painfully shy like so many musumeyaku seem to get during these group interviews. And I loved how after she did her spiel at the end there was dead silence for a moment before Asuka burst out with a "So cute!"

And Wataru remains.... Wataru. *hearts*

Ahh, so much love for my second favorite troupe. Now I'm torn again as to whether Copacabana should be bought before Ai Suru. I'm a little sad, though, because I can't seem to find any babies there to love madly. In a few more years all of my favorites like Junko and Shii-chan may be retired. T_T

P.S. -- I think Miki-sensei has a crush on Junko. He kept going on and on about how talented and beautiful she is and always has been...
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*happy sigh* I'd been saving this video for months and months and months, just because Tom's Yukigumi was a national treasure and I'm trying to space out the shows. XD

The Man Called Bacchus / Splendor of a Thousand Beats '99
Snow, 1999

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