matataku_hoshi: (Tani as Lupin)
So yesterday I decided to rewatch A/L.  It had been over a year and it was fun to revisit it, especially since I know soragumi a lot better now than I did back then.  It's one of those silly, campy shows that I love.  And I'm always a sucker for a good secret identity tale.

I came to the conclusion that A/L and Bara ni Furu Ame are basically the same story, only with vastly different directing styles XD After all:

  • Tani and Ume knew each other when they were younger but were separated.  They encounter each other again as adults (or in the case of BaraAme, when they're older)
  • Tani is poor while Ume is from a wealthy family.
  • Tomochin is the evil fiance who is actually after Ume's family's wealth.
  • Ume has a bad relationship with her parents, who want her to get married to Tomochin for the wrong reasons.  Tani eventually has to rescue Ume from being forced into marrying Tomochin.
Cut for vague and not-so-vague spoilers about the endings of A/L and Bara ni Furu Ame respectively )

In other news, the lack of a Casablanca cast list may cause me to pull my hair out, especially with people speculating in [livejournal.com profile] ekusudei 's entry that someone Micchan or Miwacchi's age would make a good nibante to Kiriyan.  (Er...not that I don't want Micchan and Kiriyan performing together, but it's complicated and would mess up my travel plans.  Which is an entirely different post.  *points* Go and watch A/L instead!  It's really cute).
matataku_hoshi: (Micchan and Tomu)

 

 I have no idea why the review for "Amour, sore wa..." showed up in front of the "Bara ni Furu Ame" review.  I give up on formatting in LJ with cuts -_-;;;  I'm just grateful that everything appeared, didn't sneak out from under the cut, and isn't entirely in bold :P
 

Amour, sore wa... review )

 

Bara ni Furu Ame review )
 
matataku_hoshi: (Kiriyan "up to no good")
It made my speculation-happy heart very joyful last night to see some new show announcements <3333  The rest of the 2009 schedule (as in which troupe is playing where, *not* which shows and their leads) has been up here for a while now.

The things we still don't know about are:
Rambling underneath the cut )
Of course Hankyu will probably throw in a bunch of transfers just to throw me off XD
matataku_hoshi: (Ume by pam_hikaru)
The preview image for Bara ni Furu Ame is up.  Tani and Ume-chan look angsty, but pretty.

I'm curious as to how Micchan (and Tomu) will factor into the poster.  Micchan was on the Valencia poster, but just had a little side picture on the Reimei no Kaze and Paradise Prince posters.  Same with Tomu.

Glancing at a couple of the other recent Daigekijou posters, they almost always include the nibante in at least a side picture, but not necessarily the sanbante.  I wonder which way it'll go for this one...

Of course I wouldn't complain if there was a glorious picture of Tani, Ume-chan, Tomu, and Micchan all together ;)
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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: (Micchan Ramon)

Tonight I watched a DVD copy of the role switch for "Valencia no Atsui Hana."  The last time I saw the role switch (or the show at all) was fall of 2007, so it was interesting to go back and watch it again.

Thoughts under the cut )

 

 

 

 

Coincidentally enough, the role switch was filmed right after Eriko got sick, but before Chigi had time to take over Eriko's role.  So in this performance, the role of Dan Juan Cardeo was played by...Kacha.  I think I'm a little freaked out by that omen.  (But maybe it means that if I work on Luna tonight, Kiriyan will be announced as the next hoshigumi top? XD)

Anyway, she did fine, but she looked a little young next to the honkouen cast...
matataku_hoshi: (Micchan blame)

So two days ago I finally go to see Micchan's soragumi's latest kouen... 

Review under the cut )
matataku_hoshi: (Micchan and Tacchin in The Second Life)
Okay, so when it comes to Takarazuka I'm not  a big fan of YouTube.  I feel like too many people use it as an excuse to not buy official merchandise.  However, I will admit that occasionally I browse it for anything interesting.  Today I came across two such things that I wanted to show to my friends list (and hey, neither has an official DVD release :P):

Kiriyan in the Nova Bossa Nova shinko: You can also see Tani in the background.  It's been nearly ten years since they last did Nova Bossa Nova.  Occasionally I daydream about them doing it again for Kiriyan when she becomes top star (knock on wood).  Then again, if Hankyu was going to do it again they might want to give it to another troupe.  Anyway, at least there's the shinjinkouen, and Kiriyan does beautifully in my highly biased opinion.  (Despite er...recent stuff, I'm still a huge Kiriyan fan, believe it or not.  Oh, polyandry...)

Moving onto the other girl in my life, someone posted Kimi ni Tsutaetai Koto ga Aru, Micchan's piano solo from The Second Life.  This comes out pretty well on video, but what you don't see when it's video and not live is the fact that the orchestra is completely at rest during this song while Micchan plays the piano.  I mean, you know that objectively from watching the video, but somehow the atmosphere was different in the theater.  Tacchin also has some amazing acting moments in the latter half of this song.  I really, really wish there were alternate angles (which there aren't since it's a Sky Stage broadcast) because the second half of this song is when both Micchan and Tacchin have their best moments IMO, and unfortunately the camera can only focus on one of them at a time.

(For anyone who is bored, the same user also posted a lot of stuff from tsukigumi's recent MiiMai)
matataku_hoshi: (Micchan and Tacchin in The Second Life)


Eeep, didn't mean to come across so negatively.  Sora is a very talented troupe, and I think they did their best with the material they were given.
matataku_hoshi: (Aran Kei)
Spring break=sitting in the staff room with no work and no classes for eight hours a day=sketchy translations.  ([profile] wao_wao, I hope it's okay that for the title of the article I used what you had come up with in the Mizu version.  Let me know if it's not)

matataku_hoshi: (Ume by pam_hikaru)
Disclaimer: Obviously there are those of you out there who have seen many more sora shows than I have and are more qualified to comment on this than me, but uh...I was sitting around at school with nothing to do and felt like writing something editorial-ish -_-;  This is also all obviously just my opinion.

Forgive me if this all has been said before, but after seeing Valencia/Sora Fantasista again the other day I felt the need to comment on recent soragumi.  To be blunt, ticket sales have not been very good for Valencia/Sora Fantasista.


And some very quick soragumi thoughts from when I went on Tuesday:

-The center of the B section is much nicer than the back.  It was almost as cheap as a toujitsuken and I didn't even have to wake up early to get a ticket.
-Right now sora is in the middle of the role switch.  Micchan made a very, very hot Ramon.  She had a somewhat dorkier take on the character, as fits with her otokoyaku persona.  When I say "dorky", I mean this in a good way.
-"Sora Fantasista" is one of the very few shows where the video special effects were a plus.  It fits with the futuristic, crack-filled feel.
matataku_hoshi: (Yuuhi with glasses by pam_hikaru)
Some reviews of the stuff I've watched recently:
 


Not sure what to watch next.  The remainder of stuff on my list looks a little depressing and that's not really what I'm in the mood for.  I'm probably going to go with either hoshigumi BeruBara 2001 or Orpheus in Spiral.
matataku_hoshi: (Sexy Tani)

Okay, need to start moving.  Coming up in part three: Becca visits the Salon de Takarazuka museum.
matataku_hoshi: (Default)

I really need some Tani icons.  Not to mention some icons that aren't Tsukigumi (as wonderful as they are).

According to this press release, there's going to be a lot of Tani related releases in the next couple of months.  To start off with, the piano version of "Valencia no Atsui Hana" will be out on the 22nd.

More exciting, however, is the DVD release of some old Bow Hall shows, specifically "Twelth Night" and "Cinderella Rock", both of which had Tani in the lead.  Wow, she really did rise quickly, didn't she?  She must have been only a 4-ken or 5-ken when she did these.  I'm excited not only because I'm fond of Tani, but because these shows feature a lot of my other favorite Moonlets as babies as well.

It appears that both will be released in a limited edition set called "Special DVD-Collection Yamato."

I was interested in acquiring Cinderella Rock anyway, so it makes me excited that there's an actual DVD I can buy.  For some reason I'm really picky about having my shows on DVD and I usually won't buy the VHS unless I think that's the only way I'm going to be able to acquire it.

In other DVD news, Sakura/Secret Hunter will be be coming out on June 20th.

matataku_hoshi: (Default)
You can find it here.  The image on the website seems to be a little low-quality for some reason, but I like it.  I'm not in love with the expression on Tani's face, but overall I think it's a good design.  Is there a reason why Hankyu never uses the original posters for their DVD cover art?  A/L had an absolutely beautiful poster.  And as soon as I find wherever I put my screwdriver I can actually assemble the frame that I bought for it.

You can also find a clip here.  Sadly I'm at work so I can't turn the sound on, but just looking at the video makes me happy.  This show was just so much fun for me.  And it comes out on DVD in slightly over a week!  I can't find any mention of special features on the release page, but I'm hoping there'll at least be some rehearsal footage.

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