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: (Kiriyan "just a little crazy")
I have nothing new to add.  But the shock caused me to miss a chunk of a perfectly good game of Apples to Apples going on in the living room last night.  I actually had to put Eriko's name into Google to make sure I was reading the kanji right (even though that's a name that I obviously know).

I like Eriko and Masami, but I know that there are others in this fandom who are much more enamoured.  My heart goes out to them.

I guess in every generation there are always a few who retire early for whatever reason (Sararan, Kazu, etc), but that certainly does *not* make it any easier for their very surprised fans.

I'm really grumpy about the lack of role names.
matataku_hoshi: (Ume by pam_hikaru)
Couldn't help but write a little something about this.  It's sad, but I'm not surprised. 

On an up note, marriage proposals to Ume-chan can start post-retirement.  There's already a queue, but if you hurry you may get a spot in line that's in sight of the Hana no Michi.

Seriously though, I'm glad she was able to come back to soragumi to finish up her career.  I'm sure as an OG she will continue to be stunning.
matataku_hoshi: (Sexy Tani)
I can't say that Tani is my favorite of the top stars, but I have a lot of respect for her fans and well...it'll be strange for there to be Takarazuka without her!

Link to Takarazuka site

Um...can we ever get some happy news?  Like the next hoshigumi top stars?  (Okay, the dinner show posters today were pretty happy, but...)

ETA: I didn't get into fandom until January of 2007, but I'm beginning to think that this is what it was like going through 2006...
 
matataku_hoshi: (Tonami Princess)
Tonami's retirement press conference is up.  It sounds like she's 1) excited about doing Zorro, and 2) intending to continue with acting.

It's hard to read between the lines in these sorts of things (especially in Japanese -_-;), but I'm getting the impression that she decided it was the right moment and that it was her decision.  No matter what happens from here on out (and I wish her the best in whatever she ends up doing), she's had a truly amazing career in Takarazuka. 

I've seen a couple of retirements live, and the thing is...there's something celebratory about them.  It's more like what we would think of as a high school graduation than a funeral.  Even the normally unnoticed seito are recognized for what they have contributed.  I didn't see A-"R"ex senshuraku, but I did see demachi, and I have a strong memory of how happy Asahana Rinka looked.  It's not that she was happy to be leaving Takarazuka, but rather the kind of happiness that you feel at well, a school graduation.

It's sad when people leave, but at the same time I want to acknowledge and celebrate what an amazing 11 years Tonami has had.

/sentimental rambling
matataku_hoshi: (Tonami Princess)
Casting for The Brothers Karamazov is up.  I have to admit that I don't know the book, so the role names don't mean much to me right now.

Retirements are Ouju Hirari (89th) and Isaki Maoto (87th).
matataku_hoshi: (Micchan and Tacchin in The Second Life)
I SWEAR TO GOD I AM CURSED WHEN IT COMES TO BACKGROUND PEOPLE, EVEN IN MY KUMI-IN-EXILE.

AND DON'T GET ME STARTED ON THAT OTHER PERSON IN THAT LIST, OR I MAY ACTUALLY CRY.  AND HERE I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT WHAT AN AMAZING PAIR SHE AND KIRIYAN WOULD BE.  EXCUSE ME, I'M GOING TO GO OFF AND SULK FOR A WHILE.

(Sorry, can't actually bring myself to write the names, go and look for yourself.  AND THEN YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHY I CAN'T STOP THE CAPS LOCKS).
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: (Ernest in Love "catfight")
Both Takigawa Sueko AND Yoshizuki Eri are retiring?!?!  Two of my favorite (if not my favorite period) support siennes?!?!?  These guys don't get major major roles, but I've always thought that they're part of the glue that holds tsukigumi together.  Hopefully they're both moving onto things in their life that make them happy, but this still greatly sadden selfish ole audience member me.  Especially since unlike retiring top stars, we won't necessarily know what ends up happening to them.

Not to be too down, but if Eri and Sueko both retire AND Hankyu moves Kiriyan AND Asa and Mihoko retire soon, I feel like a major hole is going to be torn into my tsukigumi loving heart.  There are many different people who I love in my troupe, but I'm going to get very grumpy if I have to deal with losing too many of them at once.  Maybe it's just that I'm relatively new to this fandom (about six months now and look at me -_-), so I guess this is the first time someone I really love has announced they're retiring.  Unfortunately due to the nature of Zuka I guess people are constantly being transferred and retiring.

If I camp out overnight at the Tokyo Takarazua theater is there any chance I can get tachimi for the last show of Mahoroba?  I think I may definitely need to write fan letters to both of them, although I'd probably just end up mailing them to the theater.  I wonder who they're going to move up to vice-kumichou...

Speaking of Mahoroba, the final poster is out and it's different than the one I have a chirashi of.  It's too bad that the chirashi I have is sort of bent, because it might actually be rare.  However, it has Mihoko, Kiriyan, and Yuuhi, all of whom look great.  I think I'm going to require the poster when it goes on sale.

*edit* I just took a look at the tsukigumi takawiki page.  The next most senior member after Yoshizuki Eri is Kitajima Mami, so I'm guessing she'll be the next vice-kumichou.  Interestingly enough after her comes Yuuhi and Asako.  Although even if those two are still sticking around for a while I'm not sure if they'd want to want to make people who are already extremely busy have extra responsbility.  *grumble* All of this trying to think about who is going to retire when makes me grumpy...

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