matataku_hoshi: (Asa and Mihoko in The Magician's Melanch)
...is anyone really surprised?

I have mixed feelings on this one.  I feel like Asako overstayed her time and I hated the fact that the company never gave her a new partner after Mihoko, but there are also performances of hers that I really love (Ernest and Love and Me and My Girl, namely).  Also, I got into fandom in January of 2007.  From the top stars of that time, only Mizu is left o.O

Whew, what a crazy year for retirements.

matataku_hoshi: (Tsukigumi family)
M-san tells me that Asako and Mihoko went to see Kiriyan in K Collection.  I get the impression that the three of them bonded when they all went on the MiiMai tour to Britain <3

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It's not too long until Elisabeth rehearsals start up.  After all is said and done, I'm really interested in seeing how the rest of the roles are cast.  I know it was somewhat controversial not to include any senka members, but it does provide some interesting opportunities for the rest of tsukigumi.

I want Toshi to be a black angel <3

Also, something I haven't heard discussed...will Kacha be in the shinko at all?  On one hand she was just at the point where it looked like she would be getting leads in sora, and it seems unfair to deprive her of at least a shot at roles like Lucheni, etc (I'd er...be a bit worried about her health if they gave her Death).  On the other, I'm sure she's under a ridiculous amount of pressure as it is -_-;;

...

Feb. 20th, 2009 01:42 pm
matataku_hoshi: (Kiriyan "just a little crazy")
I think I've hit a new low.

Last night as I was browsing for information about Asuka's photo book, I actually couldn't remember if I had read a particular bit of information in regards to this book or if it had just dreamed it.

This certain piece of information was that Asuka and Tonami were going to have a collaborative sayonara photo book, and it was going to kind of be like a second part of Mon Bijoux, except for Mihoko couldn't be in it because she already retired.

As it turns out, I dreamed this and Asuka's sayonara photo book will only be about Asuka. But I was very confused for a moment!

Even without the dreamed-up Tonami content, I want to buy this book. Except for I also want to buy Touko's sayonara book too. >.> Obviously I need to sell a kidney.

(And er, obviously the above is a joke. I think -_-;)

I'm hoping that Tonami and Ume-chan also get sayonara photo books <3
matataku_hoshi: (Mihoko fairy)
Why do I not have a Taki-san icon? 

Anyway, I noticed an advertisement in Kageki the other day for this.  Taki-san will have a dinner show called "My Revolution."  If this is old news I apologize, but it makes me feel somewhat better about her retirement.  Ah, if only money grew on trees...

In other news, in the section of this month's Kageki where everyone writes messages to the retiring Mihoko, Ai-chan addresses hers to  her "大好きな Gwendolyn-oneesama" <3
matataku_hoshi: (Tsukigumi family)
Okay, now that I have that particular bit of drama out of the way, I went to see MiiMai on Sunday! 

 

 

Before the show I was talking to a tsukigumi fan friend of mine.  She said that there are some shows that she dreads having to see multiple times, but this isn’t one of them and that she was smiling the entire way through.  I agree completely.  If you have the opportunity, I really recommend seeing this one, regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of tsukigumi or any of the Takarasiennes involved.

 
matataku_hoshi: (Default)
This is not okay.  I knew something bad was going to happen when MiiMai rehearsals started, I just didn't know what.  This. Is. Not. Okay.

And what the heck will be happening with top musumeyaku for the next few show?!

But...but...Mihoko... *sob*

And if the page gets updated later today to show that anyone else is retiring, I may resort to throwing things.

*goes back to sobbing*
matataku_hoshi: (Asako "angst")
I went back to A-"R"ex last night and I thought I would post my impressions from the second time around.

 

Asako )

 

matataku_hoshi: (Yuuhi with glasses by pam_hikaru)
Please remind me to never complain about the lack of news again.  I give you full permission to whack me if that's the case. 

I...wasn't exactly expecting this.  I'm pouting because I love my tsukigumi otokoyaku trio.  My love for Yuuhi and Asako tends to get overshadowed by my love for Kiriyan, but that doesn't mean I don't love those two.  And the idea of Yuuhi leaving and Asako and Mihoko eventually retiring...I worry about the void that it would leave.  *sigh* And with Sueko-san and Eri-san gone... Kiriyan is my favorite part of tsukigumi.  But she's one of many parts, and I worry about what will happen to the troupe if too many of those parts are taken away.

Is this possibly good for Yuuhi's career, however?  Even being a 2.5-bante, she was always stuck behind Kiriyan.  Is she now being moved into position as Un-chan's eventual successor?  ETA: The word on the street seems to be that Yuuhi is being moved as an upperclassmen and not as part of the star track.  This makes sense, and honestly, I'd rather see her stick around longer in another troupe than retire.  From what I understand, upperclassmen negotiate their contracts year to year.  I think if Yuuhi truly, truly, didn't want to be in hanagumi, she would have retired instead.

Also, if Asako retires and Kiriyan becomes top, who becomes the nibante and sanbante of tsukigumi?  Ahi and Sonoka?  If they're going to be moving in people from other troupes, can we possibly steal Kaname?  Or can we have Micchan back?

*wanders off, head still spinning*
matataku_hoshi: (Asa and Mihoko in The Magician's Melanch)
So I saw this show once about a week ago.  At the time I was really tired and honestly, probably over-hyped.  I was also coming down with a cold.  The result is that I didn't enjoy it very much, which was pretty disappointing since I'm such a big tsukigumi fan and had been looking forward to this so much.

I decided to give the show another chance.  Well, not like I couldn't since I already had bought tickets, but you get the idea.  I'm happy to say that while Mahoroba/Magician no Yuutsu is not my Favorite Show Ever, I had a much more positive experience.

matataku_hoshi: (Aran Kei)
So, continuing down the stack of unwatched DVDs, I finally finished sora's Phantom last night.  Like BeruBara 2001 I wasn't really getting into it when I started watching, but by the time I finished last night I decided it was a really well done show.


I think there has been speculation that if Phantom is done again, tsuki will get it.  I'm not sure where this logic comes from, but I feel the need to comment anyway.  I don't see Asako getting another western musical after "Me and My Girl" after she retires, but I may be wrong.  Regardless, I think she'd be a great Phantom.  I think you all know by now how I feel about Kiriyan being cast in just about any interesting lead role.  Vocally, I'm not sure if Ai-chan or Nene (who seem to be the candidates for the next tsuki top musumeyaku) are quite strong enough.  Personally I'm rooting for Mihoko to stay around after Asa leaves.  I think she could definitely pull off Christine.  If this show was done with Kiriyan in the lead, I could see Yuuhi as a really good Carierre.  And of course, if tsuki did Phantom in the next few years Taki-san would play Carlotta yet again.  Is there any kind of precedent for a sienne playing the same role three times?
matataku_hoshi: (Kiriyan "stand up and sing")
I've finally gotten some free time to watch Zuka, so I guess tonight is catch up night.

I feel mixed on this one overall, most of which I'm realizing in retrospect had to do with the script.  But this is my tsukigumi, so I'm definitely glad that I saw it.  I hope I don't sound too negative, cause these guys really are awesome.  I guess I'm just being critical of what I like.
matataku_hoshi: (Asa and Mihoko in The Magician's Melanch)
So out of my shiny new things, I decided to start with Les Bijoux Brilliants, as I was in the mood for a revue last night.


So overall, Les Bijoux Brilliants was shiny, even with the cut scenes.  It had my troupe being their wonderful selves and it was fun.

Am I too constantly positive in my reviews?  I think what ends up happening is that I 1) end up only writing up stuff that I really like and 2) I'm subconsciously scared of pissing off anyone's fans -_-;
matataku_hoshi: (Asa and Mihoko "Busted")
Tonight I discovered that the SkyStage website has transcripts of SkyStage's NOW ON STAGE, and I was bored enough to see what kind of damage I can do.  I decided to tackle first portion of the ParisSora interview, which involves Sena Jun, Ayano Kanami, and Oozora Yuuhi.

I feel okay about the first half of this, but not really about the second half where Yuuhi and Asako are giving Mihoko a hard time.  I worry that if my Japanese teachers ever see any of this they're going to cry to think that their school produced someone who translates as crappily as me :/  *grumblegrumble* I really miss Sherif-sensei having office hours where I could possibly bug her about something like this.  Although I think [profile] kozuki said in a response to a different post that she'd take a look at some stuff *puppy eyes*

You can find the original Japanese here

  

matataku_hoshi: (The Muffin Connection)
Paris no Sora Yori mo Takaku/Fancy Dance review

This was originally posted to [community profile] takarazuka under [personal profile] cherrytop, my real life journal. 

Since then I've bought the DVD.  I'm convinced that the reason I didn't get into Fancy Dance at the time was because (as I mentioned in my original review) I was feverish/had a really bad headache.  What can I say.  I was not going to 1) miss a show that I had bought a 8000 yen ticket for, and 2) miss seeing Tsukigumi.  Unfortunately when your head hurts, though, loud (though pretty!) music just doesn't help.  My opinion since that time has improved greatly.  However, I do think that Asa's dancing was better live.  On the DVD she's still pretty good, but she really blew me away at the theater.

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