glitra: (Kiriyan- huh face)

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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glitra: (Tomu - Bugs)
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.
glitra: (Tomu - Bugs)
Wow. Today was a doozy for news.

First, the biggest news. Senna Ayase was announced as the next Top Musumeyaku of Flower Troupe. This was on nobody,and I mean nobody's radar. I mean, she is a 94th, she is classmates with Tamakichi, she never had a shinko lead, and she's well out of shinko. Talk about a shocker of an announcement. There is two ways this has played out. Either Mirio actually put her foot down on something and demanded somebody she wanted to work with, or Tom asserted her influence in favoring musumeyaku who she's had leads with.
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Schedule

Aug. 16th, 2016 10:59 pm
glitra: (Tomu - Bugs)
In a surprise move they announced more of the schedule today, which is strange. They tend to announce on late Friday afternoon these days. I was joking with Carly that I was having such a shit day they were going to announce Madoka's transfer to hanagumi just to really put the cherry on an emotionally shit day.

Instead we got the next Snow Troupe grand theatre. Sagiri Seina and Sakihi Miyu will be doing a play based of Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate. Wikipedia article here. There is much more information on the Japanese wikipedia page, but my brain is shut off for the night, as I've just watched Vampire Sucessions finale about 10 times a row. Anyway, it's a 1957 black and white movie about the main character "outwit[ting] the inhabitants of a brothel in order to survive in straitened times." Is that not the most Chigi-sounding show ever?! Chigi causing havoc in a brothel. 10/10 sign me up for that shit.

This will be adapted and directed by Koyanagi Naoko, who has done some good stuff before. Lupin III was hers, as was Shangri-la and Shall we Dance. I think we will get a solid Chigi-style adaptation out of this. I'm optimistic. It helps that she has been working with Koike on Elisabeth and has been learning from him.

The show however reads ominous, being titled "Dramatic S". A show written and directed by featuring a startling large amount of "s" themed words. Sagiri Seina. Sakihi Miyu. Snow Troupe. Splendor. Song & Dancing Show. Nakamura Kazunori will be writing and directing. He's done a lot of decent shows, I'm sure he will work something up that's good for yukigumi.

If these don't signal the end of Chigi's reign I will be really shocked. Honestly, I'm going to be sad to see her go. She's a wonderful actress, who has had a wonderful career. If she didn't make my heart hurt and my brain didn't flash giant 'hazard' signs at her gaunt frame I would be happy to see her stick around. Her and Miyu are sunshine and dynamite together.
glitra: (Tomu - Bugs)
Takarazuka Grand Theatre:
January 1st - February 1st
Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre: February 19th - March 27

Starring Asaka Manato and
Misaki Rion.

Shakespeare ~The Sky is Filled
With Words Inexhaustible~

Based off the life of William Shakespeare, marking the 400 year
anniversary his death. Written and directed by Ikuta Hirokazu.


HOT EYES!!
A glamorous, passionate show that pairs elegance and dynamism, creating various images inspired by the sparkle and passion of the eyes of Top Star Asaka Manato and the actresses of Cosmos Troupe.* Written and Directed by Fujii Daisuke.


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Okay. I am actually really excited for this. Shakespeare in a new and exciting way, by a playwright/ director I'm a fan of. I literally have no idea how/what they are going to for this... But I am totally here for it.

HOT EYES!! I've spent the last 24+ hours cracking up over this. I have called Maa-kun Eyeballs among friends for... Geeze, six years now? A loooong time. And Daisuke literally names a revue HOT EYES!! It is fucking hilarious amiright? Like, Daisuke, I want to both high five you, and slap you. Like... It's ridiculous... but I'm already coming to love it. I may be broken.

* J did the translation for the pretentious Japanese Shakespeare title and for HOT EYES!! summary. She is currently being prodded to do something else, but when she gets her new SPANKY zuka livejournal account up I'll post a link. She just has to finish The Thing first.

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