Trafalgar

Mar. 13th, 2010 10:54 am
matataku_hoshi: (Yuuhi "huh")
So the Trafalgar poster is up on the Hankyu website.  Needless to say I'm thrilled that Micchan made it onto this one, given that the last time she was on a Daigekijou poster was Paradise Prince.  More than that, everyone looks very good and I'm pleased with the poster design.

We already know that Yuuhi will be playing Nelson and Sumika will be playing Emma.  What I'm not sure about is Tomu and Micchan.  Tomu is behind the French flag, so does that mean that she's supposed to be Napoleon?  And given that William Hamilton (Emma's husband) is a British diplomat and Micchan isn't in military costume, will Micchan be playing Hamilton?

I'm hoping this is the case.  Napoleon would be a change for pace for Tomu, who seems to be getting a lot of jilted husband/lover/etc. roles lately.  And according to the summary Hamilton quickly grows jealous of Nelson and starts sending him into dangerous battle after dangerous battle.  If this means I'll finally get my villainous Micchan, I'm be very pleased <3
matataku_hoshi: (Micchan and Tomu)
Shangri-La has finally started, and Asahi was kind enough to provide me with many, many images to obsess over <3

Some of my favorites + my commentary under the cut )
matataku_hoshi: (Micchan "stylish")
Casablanca Talk Deluxe (February 2010 Graph)

Translated by [livejournal.com profile] muffin_song and [livejournal.com profile] wao_wao

My eternal thanks to Julie for letting me rope her into working on this <3  It was a lot of fun, and a really good learning experience for me <333

Please do not re-post or retranslate without permission.


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  Oozora Yuuhi, Ranju Tomu, and Hokushou Kairi discuss the Takarazuka production of Casablanca and the new Soragumi. )

 

 

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Feb. 21st, 2010 02:02 pm
matataku_hoshi: (Finch "what?")
This morning I had the weirdest dream.

I went to check my mail, and I had a reijou.  (In reality Casablanca senshuraku was only two weeks ago, and I stalk my mailbox on a daily basis.  Thus far I've only received reijou from Micchan.  But given that Eri-chan and Mitsuki have both sent me things before, I'm still hopeful ~_^)

Only in my dream, the reijou I received was from some underclassman I had never written and didn't even know who they were.

My mailbox is a drop-in slot.  So sometimes if there are junk flyers you have to pull them out before the rest of the mail can drop out.  In this case I pulled some other stuff out, only to find my mailbox overflowing with reijou, all from people I 1) didn't know, and more importantly, 2) hadn't written to.  I also got a bunch of random things like photos (sent without envelopes using 10 cent stamps?) and programs from Mami's ochakai (Micchan apparently had a guest spot and sang two songs...?)

I got woken up by my phone going off, and by that point I was more relieved than anything else ^^;
 
matataku_hoshi: (Kimu sparkly)
1. Tonami recently went out to tea with Maikaze Rira, or as she calls her, "Maa-san." <3333

2. This NicoNico clip of a Sky Stage News special in which the soragumi team (Micchan, Monchi and Arisa) and the yukigumi team (Kimu, Mimi, and Rinjou Kira) play Karuta. 

(Karuta is a card game is traditionally played at New Year's in Japan.  Normally poems get used, but this time they use the first lines of songs.  The players then have to race each other to match up the music to the cards of various shows laying out on the table.  The songs are from all five troupes over the last two or three years, and it's kind of fun to quiz yourself on how many you can get).

I love how aggresive the Sky Fairies in particular become.  Normally they're so shy XD

There's also a clip of the talk section beforehand, in which Micchan and Kimu talk about what they do on New Year's.  Kimu likes counting down to midnight, but apparently Micchan has a bad habit of falling sleep five minutes before midnight and then waking up again five minutes after the start of the new year XD

It also cracks me up that Kimu is the only person in the universe who can make Micchan look shy and quiet by comparison XD  But they're such cute douki ♥♥♥♥
matataku_hoshi: (Kiriyan "up to no good")
Soragumi's next Daigekijou show will be Trafalgar/Funky Sunshine.  Trafalgar is about Horatio Nelson.  From my Wikipedia research since the announcement went up (yay for history through Zuka? ^^;;;), it appears that he was a British naval officer who was famous for leading England to victory in a battle where he was killed.  He also had a scandalous affair with a woman named Emma Nelson (both were married to other people at the time).  Trafalgar is the name of the battle where he was killed.  After El Halcon, I'm amused that Saitou-sensei is returning to the topic of the various European navies again XD

Funky Sunshine will apparently have (shock!) sun-related things as its theme.  Personally I'm just looking forward to the soragumisei saying "Funky Sunshine!" over and over XD
 

This one seems like it could go either way, but I'm definitely interested <3  Does it sound strange if I say I'm relieved that this isn't an instant "OH MY GOD I MUST SEE THIS" show? ^^; I'm also uncertain as to whether or not Micchan would potentially be transferred out befre this show.  Well, no matter what, it appears that there will be Yuuhi and Tomu fighting over the same woman again <3

Oh, and Mizu's sayonara show was announced too (what would be the correct romanization of ロジェ?  Because that's the show's name, apparently).  And what is it with Masatsuka-sensei and sayonara shows lately? ^^;  The revue is called "Rock On", which is also highly amusing <3
 
matataku_hoshi: (Yuuhi with glasses by pam_hikaru)
The Shangri La poster looks even more like Final Fantasy X a video game XD  (The photoshopping only makes it moreso ^^;) But in all seriousness if this is any indication, I'm seriously excited for the costuming possibilities.

For the record, I think I'm predicting Tomu as the Dragon King and Micchan as part of the troupe of traveling entertainers.  (Unless it's Tomochin as the Dragon King, Tomu as the friend with the traveling entertainers, and Micchan in another role?)  Nah, I think I'm sticking to what I first said.  And then Tomochin can be Tomu's co-bad guy and Masako can also be wit te entertainers.

Oh, and I think Yuuhi used to be evil before she lost her memories XD  *scratches head* Maybe she's the Dragon King?

I'm scared of jinxing myself, but I'm really looking forward to this show <3

In other news, Yumiko's dinner show will be entitled "Thank you."  How sweet is that????  The fact that Nacchan is in there doesn't surprise me, and hopefully they'll do some Silver Rose Chronicle stuff..  Having Koma as well is an extra bonus <3
matataku_hoshi: (Nanami Hiroki "Bara ni Furu Ame")

I’m lucky to have been able to see three shinjinkouen performances since becoming a Takarazuka fan.  They’re always so, so much fun.  Shinko performers only get one chance per run to do their performance and as a result always put 200% into their roles.

Shinkos are always a little rough around the edges, but even with that I found the Casablanca shinko very, very enjoyable on its own.  There were a *lot* of promising siennes in the cast.

My review under the cut )

 
matataku_hoshi: (Micchan "stars")
Since I've gotten home, I haven't managed to get any work done on my grad school admissions essays. And yet I seem to have found the time to finish my Casablanca review AND write a Christmas card to Micchan >.> For the record, I went into this show thinking of it as "Takarazuka Does Casablanca." I don't think anyone could be Humphrey Bogart, etc. so I tried to think of this "Casablanca" as a completely different animal.

 

The Bad )

 

 

The Good )

 

 

Cast Rundown )

 

So in conclusion…no, it’s not an absolutely perfect show. But I really, really love it anyway, and I really recommend that everyone see it

 

*flails*

Nov. 18th, 2009 05:40 pm
matataku_hoshi: (Ernest in Love "catfight")
This is so not cool T_____________T

I keep on looking at the star tab in hopes that people will be back in the show, but no such luck...

Masako T________T

What terrifies me is that the really highly ranked people may not even have the option of calling out sick unless they're physically at the point where they can't stand up any more. And given that Micchan is also rehearsing for the buyouakai, I really do worry about her.

Not to mention everyone else.

Get well soon, soragumi!

ETA: Totally didn't look at the bottom of the announcement. It looks like at least Kacha, Dai-chan, Kuracchi, Kyanon, and Sattsun are back as of today's show. That's something at least.

Meme~~~~~!

Nov. 4th, 2009 11:16 pm
matataku_hoshi: (Kiriyan "just a little crazy")
First, list six Takarazuka plays you love, or ask someone to assign you six.

1. El Halcon
2. LUNA
3. A/L
4. The Second Life
5. Silver Rose Chronicle
6. Scout

(I personally decided to go with original Zuka works, and therefore omitted tsukigumi Ernest in Love, Me and My Girl, and Elisabeth)

Please work, cut? )
 
matataku_hoshi: (Micchan Kageki "hearts")
Okay, so what little there is of the Casablanca cast list I like very, very much.  Micchan got the role I wanted for her, Tomochin will get another delicious villain role, and Ban-san will be Sam!!!  I don't know why I kept on imagining a younger actress getting this role, but giving Sam to Ban-san as a sayonara role is a stroke of genius.  She'll get to sing a lot AND it's a really memorable role.

If she has to retire, at least they've been treating her well lately with both her dinner show and giving her this role.

But as for the rest of the cast not being announced as of right now...Koike, why do I have a feeling that you haven't finished the script yet?  :P

ETA: Okay, truth be told, there aren't really any big roles past the ones that have already been announced.  The only ones that stand out in my mind are the guy who gets shot at the beginning for his letters of transit and a few of the Ricks' Cafe staff.  But even if there aren't a lot of big parts, I have a feeling (*knock on wood*) this is going to be a very good show for watching people doing cute things in the background.  After all, the majority of the action takes place in a night club.
matataku_hoshi: (Micchan "Yabai!!")
%$#@, I really don't have any money.  Or rather, looks like I'll be putting off buying Ooeyama Kaden photos for yet another paycheck. 

But while I can order Ooeyama Kaden photos later (or perhaps even buy them in Japan myself), I have no idea when this will come up again, if ever.  And it's such a gorgeous poster T____________T

I'm sort of scared, though...I think just the chirashi went for about 3700 yen last time I saw it on Y!J.  I'm not sure if even I can spend more than 5000 yen on a poster, even if it's one that I desperately want -_-;  Well, we'll see where this goes.  That's the nice thing about setting an auction limit

Is it better if I put in my bid now, or later? *has been trying to stay away from actually purchasing things on Y!J lately*

There was a time when I had more sanity than this.
matataku_hoshi: (Default)
I feel a little silly making a report about a show that I myself didn't go to.  But since I'm trying to get my hands on every tidbit of information I can about this show, and because a great deal of it makes me jump up and down with excitement, I feel the need to share what I can find out.

Notes from a nice blogger's entry beneath the cut )
Ah...sounds like good times.  I am breathless with anticipation for this show to be broadcast on Sky Stage!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
 

Dinner Show

Sep. 6th, 2009 09:43 pm
matataku_hoshi: (Default)
"All of Me" starts tonight.  I can hardly believe it.

Rumors say that she'll be switching up some of the songs on different days.  Well, just as long as they pick the good ones for the Sky Stage recording ;)

I'm so proud of her <3

Ganbarre, Micchan!!!
matataku_hoshi: (Micchan and Tomu)
So we have our first image for Casablanca, and er...it's a little too photoshopped for my taste -_-;  It'll be interesting to see what the actual poster will look like.  ETA: Never mind, as [livejournal.com profile] quinquin  pointed out they posted the actual poster five minutes later here.

We also now officially know that Tomu will be playing Victor Laszlo, Ilsa (Sumika)'s husband.  This was kind of a no-brainer IMO.  (Keep in mind that Tomu and Sumika interacted in their hanagumi years.  Sumika played Tomu's girlfriend in "Scout") 

I really am curious what they're going to do with the casting (and not just with Micchan).  With two senka members in the cast, it really could go a bunch of different ways.  *sigh* I guess I'll just have to wait for shuugoubi, which should be sometime in the second half of September.

I'm expecting that it'll be Yuuhi, Tomu, and Sumika at the press conference tomorrow.  I worry sometimes about Micchan falling off the radar (she hasn't been on a poster in a while), but I'm really excited about this show and I'm choosing not to dwell on it too much now :)

matataku_hoshi: (Micchan blame)
...we have a list of who will be in Casablanca!!!

Why was I anxiously awaiting this?  Because now that Micchan is officially in the cast, my club can actually send me forms and tell me when the ochakai date is.  Meaning that I can actually buy a plane ticket and start planning what else I can see, as a lot of things depend on the timing.  Of course the club already said that they weren't sending out our 2009 club cards and such until after All of Me is finished in mid-September, and I have a feeling that our Casablanca ticket forms will be included in there.  But ticket sales start on October 10th and you would think that they'd want to give us some time to get the forms back to them?  Or so I hope?  I'm worried about airfare going up, and I do eventually need to give some notice at work about when I'll be gone ^^;

On the other hand, all of this coming up means that I also have to get the cash together to buy tickets not only for Casablanca, but for Last Play as well.  And possibly a few other things depending on the timing.  (Thank God most clubs don't seem to request ochakai money until a ilttle later on.)

Anyway, we get Isono-san AND Ban-san! :D

For the record, I personally don't think this rules out anyone being transferred into shin-tsukigumi.  The mura run of Casablanca ends two weeks before the Tokyo run of Last Play, and there's no reason why someone couldn't be pulled out then.

Er...I don't say that to create panic.  There's just certain scenarios that I'm rooting for >.>

In any case, now I'm anxious for who will be playing who.  The casting from sanbante down could go a number of different ways and I'm excited to see how it will turn out.

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