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Yes, I'm late (as always) to pop in here and update everyone on my thoughts.

Tanabata brought a slew of announcements. Really, if I'm honest it's like Hankyu peeked into my brain and decided to reward me for my solid dedication and financial support of their business for almost 10 years. Almost all of these announcements could be tied up they're with a purple ribbon and labeled "to Alex love Hankyu".

Number one, of course, being Makaze Suzuho and Hoshikaze Madoka are being made the top conbi of Soragumi. Makaze and Madoka 😳💕 It happened guys. I've somehow found myself in love with a musumeyaku, and a soon to be top one at that. I am over the moon that we weren't transferred somewhere or sent into Demi-top purgatory or some other Hankyu-fuckery. So Happy. She made it, and she made it in our troupe

✨💜 She's the first cosmos top musumeyaku to have originated in cosmos troupe 💜✨

In addition to that they shuffled Serika Toa from Hana to Sora. Which leaves her at the same rank, but gives her some opportunity to grow and flex her muscles. She's been getting such boring roles under Mirio that this move will only be better for her. She hit the level up button recently, but it's not showing as much in grand theatre productions. Not a lot of growth opportunity in the type of roles and productions that Mirio have been choosing.

If I'm honest though, I think this was mostly a move to throwing Aizuki Hikaru off the star track without losing as much face. She wasn't given the nibante title only to have it stripped away. This is clean and nice...so to speak. I'm a little bummed for Ai-chan personally, but also a little relieved she won't be shouldering a burden she's not ready to.

Personally, I'm thrilled with it all. Like, straight up, clap my hands in glee at this whole situation level of thrilled. Makaze and Kiki are just so well matched physically. Soragumi is dangerous now, but bring in Kiki? *fans self* Not to mention that their personality and how they present them self to the public they are totally different. Kiki is hyper aware of how she presents herself, and Makaze has this "that's cool bro. Whatever" vibe to her that I think will make watching them interesting.

We also see Amairo Mineri get transferred to Cosmos too. She's Madoka Douki and I fell in love with her princess eyes during the 2016 New Years countdown show. Voice like an angel, I'm excited to get to see her more frequently and really see what she can do.

All in all it was a lovely Tanabata. I so appreciate when things I want to remember line up with holidays. Last time I saw Tomu in Takarazuka? April 1st, start of the new year full Sakura blooming. The date Madoka was announced a Top Star? Tanabata 🎋

I'm happy. Even if I'm not going to be here in Japan to see it.
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I'm holding my breath until tonight. In case anyone is wondering.
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The show announcements just keep coming and I've been crap about writing my thoughts down. So here's a round up post!

❄️Snow ❄️
Revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre / SUPER VOYAGE! Daimon debuts at the grand theatre with a play and a show. Which makes me think the company is banking on her being the one to bring home the bacon for a bit. Which wouldn't surprise me, Chigi was the best selling top star they had in the docket and with her gone, and Maakun leaving and the Sora top remaining yet unknown... it's anyone's game. Mirio has never quite lived up to her hype of being the best seller. Which honestly, might partially be due to show choices. Especially this last one which is a hot mess. HOT MESS GUYS. Lord I am so ready to not to have to ever watch it again.

⭐️Star⭐️
Beni and Airi (Benri) will be doing Berlin, My Love. Nazis. Whoooo boy. If we could not that would be GREAT. But here we are again. Sorry, passing that until I can see it on skystage for free. Shout out to poor Kai fans who with the release of the poster image featuring Koto looking like a old time Nerdy Journalist are def gonna end up as a Nazi. Sorry guys.

Speaking of Beni, she gets the Taiwan tour in late 2018. Which means she won't be a short and sweet run despite literally everyone assuming that's what her run would be. Get it girl? I guess? I am curious as to what her next show will be. Will it be comedy? Or will she try and pretend she's a serious actress again?

🌷Flower🌷
Hanagumi has the horror that is Yamataikoku paired with the (predictably amazing) show Santé right now. Sadly, even a Daisuke themed show about WINE isn't good enough to wipe out 1h40m of awful.

After that ends they are split in half. Mirio will be doing Hanna's Florist and Yuzuka Rei will be doing "Haikara-san ga tooru" which I've started reading and I am highly enjoying. 12/10 on picking my type of crack here guys. I see what you are doing, and I like it.

Speaking of Haikara-san, the cast list is still not out. It's been like... heading towards week two I think? It's highly suspicious and the internet has been abuzz with rumors of transfers. I'm pretty sure they are gonna drop on Friday along with new top announcements and such. Yah, very excited for the new batch of fans to freak out at their first giant list of transfers :)

Then hana is lined up to do Poe no Ichizoku. Which is based off a manga by Moto Hagio. A two act Koike adaptation, defying the rumors of Mirio departure early next year. Although, honestly I wouldn't completely discard the concept yet. Eugh. I am not particularly keen on a two act Koike show for hanagumi, but I'll take what I can get. God give strength to the cast because lord knows despite it being his dream production for the last 30 years he probably hasn't been working on the script in all that time.

While I'm not excited it does help that T is totally into this show. Refers to it as her 'bible'. Her enthusiasm is (as always) catching.

🔮Cosmos🔮

Cosmos is a big ??? Parisai wrapped up yesterday and shuugoubi is coming on Tomorrow( July 6th). I'm assuming we'll see top announcements on Friday. I've been counting down for about three weeks now. It's an easier thing to fixate on than my own life.

Will Urara retire tomorrow? Will Makaze take her? Will Makaze take Madoka? Will Miyaruri be transferred in for the most awkward 20th anniversary of soragumi ever? WE WILL SOON KNOW.

🌙Moon🌙

Jeans for All is currently hip deep in rehearsal. Chisei mentioned in the blurb from rehearsal that they just finished up Act I. Twitter then proceeded to blow up with "WHAT?! GUYS THE SHOW OPENS SOON?!" Which made me laugh, Koike remains Koike. Some things will never change. Two hours late with half a script, Starbucks and the general agreeability of two week old gym socks.
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Kano Maria Farewell Talk with Asumi Rio
Graph February 2017 (amazon) | (hankyu books)

Kano: You are always busy, so thank you for specifically making time to talk to me.

Asumi: It’s like you are reading off a script (laughs)

Kano: Now that my dream of doing Manzai with you has come true, let’s look back on our memories

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MY HERO KAGEKI TALK

Writer/Director: Saitou Yoshimasa
Cast: Serika Toa, Hozuki An, Asazuki Kiwa, and Oto Kurisu


Saitou: This is Serika-kun’s second lead and her first lead in Tokyo so I feel a sense of joy and responsibility in serving as the head of this production. Now, Serika is really blooming, and I want her to be even larger so I created this show to show everyone a side of Serika that you’ve never seen before. As you can see from the poster, the characters in the play are a lot, aren’t they.
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Reporter: Nana Kurara

It's time for this month's troupe report 🌸
Thank you for all your questions!!
I'll get your answers quickly✨
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It was fantastic, I can't wait to see it again tomorrow!

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I'm starting the long and arduous project of cleaning my apartment out since as of April first the budget at the BOE rolls over.

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Mar. 31st, 2017 09:07 am
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Yesterday was result announcement for TMS.

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Takarazuka Revue's New Flower Troupe Top Musumeyaku, Senna Ayase.
Photo taken by Kawahira Ai in Takarazuka City

It's finally her time to shine | Flower Troupe's New Top Musumeyaku - Senna Ayase
Having slowly and steadily worked herself to the position of Top Musumeyaku, Flower Troupe's Senna Ayase assumes the title with her debut performance in the national tour production of “Romanesque Mask” and “EXCITER!! 2017” (March 18-20, Umeda Arts Theatre Main Hall in Osaka) This year, she enters her tenth year with the revue. "My parents said to me, 'You've done your best until now'. It's taken a lot of time, but it wasn't all in vain" she said, reflecting back.

Senna is from Miyagi Prefecture. When she was creating her stage name, one kanji was taken from Sendai and Natori City. "Until entering the Takarazuka Music School, I hadn't ever seen Takarazuka live. I want Takarazuka to be more known in my hometown too." she said. While in the middle of returning home in 2011, she felt the Great East Japan Earthquake. She was unsure about whether she should immediately go to perform at the Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre. "Acquaintances who survived the earthquake said to me 'I want to see your performance', and I realized that if you can take time to dream, especially in times of suffering, then your heart can be put at ease. It's really striking when everyone stands on stage holding the same feelings in their heart." she said looking back on the experience.

After assuming her new position, Top Star Asumi Rio said to her, "Don't do it alone. Let's have fun making our roles together." "I think our fans are looking forward to our synergy. Using all my experiences up until now, I want to believe in Asumi-san and follow her" she said with sparkling eyes.

Written by Tanaka Hiroko. Mainichi Newspaper. Osaka Evening Edition. (Original article)
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Hoshikaze Madoka, playing Elisabeth in the shinjin kouen production of Cosmos Troupe's Elisabeth.
Photo taken by Tanaka Hiroko in Takarazuka City

“I want to show how I've matured” Cosmos Troupe | Hoshikaze Madoka

Playing the heroine role in Cosmos Troupe’s shinjin kouen performance of Elisabeth (August 9th, Takarazuka Grand Theatre) is Hoshikaze Madoka, a musumeyaku in her third year with the Revue. “I’m aware that I'm not a great singer, but I want to show that I'm doing my best and that I've grown up a little,” she said with enthusiasm.

This is Hoshikaze’s second shinjin kouen heroine role, in addition to her heroine roles in both a Bow Hall show and a Umeda Arts Theatre Drama City show. At first glance, it seems she is sailing smoothly forward but she revealed, “I’m really inexperienced so my feelings of wanting to work hard rush ahead of me but my ability can’t quite follow In the rehearsals, it seems like every day I run into something I can't do, and frustration and troubles keep popping up.”

From her mother's influence she’s been a Takarazuka fan since she could remember. Even now she says watching the CS premium broadcast Takarazuka channel at home is her favorite way to relax. “Even on my days off, I don’t want to be far from Takarazuka,” she said.

In the main show, Hoshikaze plays the young crown prince Rudolf. It's a character who hungers for his mother's love and in his shadow of solitude chooses death, “From growing up until arriving at the decision of suicide, I provide the backdrop, so I really want to create an intensity.” Being blessed with these chances, she is steadily maturing.

Mainichi Newspaper. Osaka Evening Edition. (original article)
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Takarazuka Revue Flower Troupe Star Serika Toa in Takarazuka city. Photo by Kawahira Ai

“Showing a new side of myself” Tackling the role of a Superhero | Flower Troupe - Serika Toa

The person considered to be the first to tackle the role of a superhero in Takarazuka history is Flower Troupe otokoyaku star, Serika Toa. She’s starring in My Hero in Osaka at the Umeda Arts Theatre Drama City April 2th through April 10th.

“This is a show unlike any other before. I want to receive strength from this role myself and show you a new side of Takarazuka” she said enthusiastically.

This is the story of a leading actor Noah, played by Serika. His life is rocked by scandal and he is given a fresh start playing a superhero in a special effects drama. As a masked hero, he’ll dare to be moved into action. “It feels good to unleash my special move and knock out my enemies,” she said laughing. It has lines that read like something from a manga, and ones that are a tad embarrassing. “With the magic of Takarazuka, if I can get a reaction from the audience, I'll be happy”.

This spring, Serika will be entering her 11th year in Takarazuka. “When I was an underclassmen, I was desperate to get the otokoyaku form down that my head and my body were stiff. Recently I've been able to relax onstage so I look forward to working with my partners and act with a real, raw feeling” she said.

Mainichi Newspaper. March 6th, 2017. Osaka Evening Edition (Original Article)
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As expected Nozomi Fuuto and Maaya Kiho were announced the next top stars of Snow Troupe. It's not suprising in the least, but it is still delightful. Congratulations are due to both of them.

I'm not as keen on their debut show as I am on the pair of them. I mean, In the Amber Hued Rain... really? I mean, it is Daimon so this very hanagumi show is not a surprise, but meh. I know the cream of the crop in terms of plays never are really chosen for national tour (looking at you Valencia... looking at you), but whatever. I'm also grumpy on behalf of all the poor Chigi fans who are watching their new top stars tour with their actresses taidan revue with a cheap attempt at rebranding. I see you hankyu.. and I do not approve.

That being said, I'm sure their Grand Theatre debut will be something worth both of their vocal talents. A lot of rumblings about Phantom, which I could get behind. It hasn't been out of the cupboard since Tomu's debut.

I'm not huge into yukigumi these days, but damn, that taidan list. Hugs all around to everyone involved. I'm sure their last show will be worthy of their talents
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As I have been forcible conscripted into caring about moon Troupe due to a certain friend *cough with pointed look at S*.

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Well, Rui Makise took the shinko lead. Which was a shock to.. nobody? Child was the wonder-child to look out for  right up until that injury put her out for six months or so. She's reaching the end of her shinko years, so.. yeah. Not a shocker of an annoucement there.

I'm surprised Rara got the heroine lead.  I was pretty confident it wasn't going to Madoka, because lord knows she's going to be stressed enough in the upcoming shows. I figured it would go to the dimpled darling, Hanaki Maia. She's been getting more and more attention recently and she could use the pressure a shinko would provide to really force her to up her game.  But nope, the company went with Rara. I'm a little sad, not going to lie. I love that outfit that Mirion is wearing and I was kinda looking forward to seeing Madoka wear it. Oh well, I'm assuming Madoka will be taking Urara's role opposite the Sun King.

I still don't know what this show is going to look like... rumors say super fun. Which is good, I like fun shows. Give me soragumi being dorks, I coud use it. 
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Happy New Year~! I have time off work so I’m actually going to write up my thoughts on a show before a month after the fact. Somebody get me a gold star!

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Hankyu dropped some bombs last week. Biggest being that following the retirement of Misaki Rion there will be no top musumeyaku of Cosmos Troupe. This was not the announcement that everyone has been waiting for.

Bah. Fucking. Humbug.

All of my friends had assumed that it was either going to be Reimi Urara or Hoshikaze Madoka. Honestly, a week ago I would have assured you that it was going to be Urara. I was just waiting for the official annoucement. Sure, she can't sing a standard musumeyaku part to save her life, but since when has that stopped Hankyu from promoting someone. She's worked with Maakun a lot and most importantly holds the Ikeda bank contract. I'm so shocked that she couldn't straight up just buy the position. That's kinda what I assumed had happened when Mirion announced after Elisabeth that she was leaving.

I can't say that this came out of nowhere. I mean, the thought had occurred to me after the National Tour chirashi had both Urara and Madoka on it, but I had thrown it out. Who does that? Whelp, apparently cosmos troupe this time.

As far as I am aware there are zero rumors about if this was Maa-kun's decision or the company. Although apparently back in the day rumor says it wasn't Sena Jun's decision to not have a partner, so I'm thinking it was the company.  It's also got Maa-kun fans tossing around the idea of taidan. I'm not sure she's ready to tap out yet, but it's hard for me to objectively tell with her. She could announce tomorrow or three years from now.

Either way I feel bad for everyone involved, but mostly the musumeyaku. Reimi Urara lost what essentially was her last chance at being a top musumeyaku but still will have the stress of being placed in large roles in plays. Madoka gets given more time before she's pushed farther into the limelight, for which I am grateful. But at the same time there is zero doubts in anyone mind that this is just a way to split responsibility between Urara and her. Although it does open up doors for some non-tracked ladies to get decent roles if there are any written without the pressure of a top musumeyaku.

-sigh-

There is one light to all of this, room for a transfer for Madoka. Beni's career is looking like it's going to be short and sweet, and Mirio's had a decent run and an older top. Maybe Kiki/Madoka or Coto/Madoka could be in the cards for my future. I would be behind both of these, although Kiki would be ideal. Romeo and Juilette for the Grand Theatre debut. Tell me that is not the perfect show for them. I would get the added bonus of getting to see Taso hopefully play the nurse.

Outside of transfer news, I'm pleased with the lineup. Sakuragi Minato took the bow hall where she gets to play a time traveler who pops into medieval Europe. Maa-kun gets her own dance show. My bet is on Urara being with Maa-kun in the dance show while Madoka get's to play opposite Zun again. I'm happy with both of these choices. Either way, I win.

This does make my timeline to return home a lot easier unless WINE THE SHOW!! brings with it taidan.
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Yet again I am the slowest person to get up reviews. At this point is it really even a surprised? Although this time it didn’t help that I utterly adore this show and trying to find the right words in the proper order is hard for me. A gifted wordsmith I am not, anyway here I am. Take me as I am.

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