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I'm holding my breath until tonight. In case anyone is wondering.
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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)
glitra: (Tomu - Bugs)
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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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.


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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Act II opened with the entire cast singing Glorious, and it was, in fact, Glorious.

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It was a beautiful show... I will not stand her impatiently waiting for it to air on skystage.. or at least a CD featuring songs they can get the rights for.

And now I sleep, because it is 12:23 AM.

glitra: (Madoka - Aida)

I was lucky enough to get a ticket to see Bow Singing Workshop – Cosmos today. It was amazing, and one of the favorite things I have seen since I moved here in 2012. Since they announced this show I wonder how it was going to work, because in Takarazuka singing isn’t necessarily an emphasized skill. I say that with all the love and affection in the world for Takarazuka.I walked out of this show bowled over by how amazing it was. We all know I have a (well earned) reputation for being a hard ass when it comes to Takarazuka. This show I walked out of thinking, there is nothing I would change in that production, there wasn’t one bad piece. That were weaker pieces, but not bad pieces.

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Sparkles (Rukaze Hikaru) took the Shakespeare lead~! This was shocking to everyone involved, no doubt to Sparkles herself. My numerous die-hard soragumi friend's had been talking about this lead for awhile. We assumed Sparkles wouldn't get it because Rui Makise was climbing faster than she was. However, Makise was taken out of the running by an apparently bad injury. So Sparkles took her debut shinko lead about a year earlier than anyone had imagined, including her own management team. *laughs* You can do it Sparkles and Sparkles' Otsuki!

Rara got the Mirion's Shakespeare role in Shinko. You go little "hehehe~" girl.

Tamakichi stole the battle for Nibante despite not even being a contender. The weird part about is that it makes Tsukigumi work again. I went to see Manon/Golden Jazz and the awkwardness of them trying to pretend that Kacha and Miya are getting the same stage time has passed. It's ironically the best tsukigumi show I've seen since MIrio's transfer. I still don't like Tamachiki, and will forever pin the "MIYARURI GOT FUCKED" pin on my lapel until the end of time, but tsukigumi is x10 less painful to watch.

Aida 2k16. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I'm going to Kyushu to CRY at this goddamned show yet again. BAH.

Makaze as Vampire. Yes. Give me more. Give me Madoka lead. Fuck Kyushu I want to see Madoka and Makaze together.


Takarazuka Plays Disney. I'm making poor life choices and going to see it. 36 hour trip to Tokyo GO.

Tom is Abraham Lincoln. And I am going to see it, because I am a sucker. Well, close enough. A friend is an otsuki and they upped the amount of tickets they get per show so she is desperatly trying to get rid of tickets.

MeMy. There is no Kiki in a dress, so I'm generally pretending this casting doesn't exist at the moment.
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A friend and I spent a lot of time chatting about what this promo image would look like. Would it be Maakun in a baldcap holdng a skull and quill? Then my friend said, and I quote "Nevah. Shakespeare had a lustrous head of hair down to his knees and anyone who says otherwise is a lying liar." With a follow up comment of "All Europeans have Byronic flowing locks of hair Cascading everywhere."

Low and behold we got the promo image today. Expected flowing lusterious locks. CHECK. Unexpected LEATHER. Check. Mirion as a beautiful glowing blond Angel of a musumeyaku. CHECK.

I'm happy.

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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.

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.


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.
glitra: (Tomu - Bugs)
"Maa-kun steals Mirion's necklace" dance from Canon*, dialled up to 11,000, in the best way possible. With 1930s sass and bonus English.

Yes. That (*except that's Amour de 99). But yes. Exactly.

Charis wins all the awards yet again.
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Hello lovelies~! It's been a long time I've posted a proper review, because I'm a lazy turd in my off time. But I am buckling down tonight and going to finish this *ganbaru pose*

Per usual, I'm going to start this review with my standard line. I am not a casual fan. I am not a rainbow and sunshine only girl. I have opinions, so just keep that in mind before you delve into my reviews expecting rainbows. That being said, this review is going to be largely rainbows... because oh shit son, this is a fab show.

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Maa-kun and Mirion are slaying it. Look at them. It's even... Dare I say it.. Tastefully done?!

Color me surprised!

I am so very much looking forward to this show. Even if they did deny me my fantasy of seeing Yurika and Aiai in a split role casting of Amneris. Yurika is hilarious in drag, and Ai-Ai is totally believable. *sigh* we could have had it all, instead we will have Urara butchering vocals trying to sing higher than her normal range. It's such a shame, because she does actually have a decent voice, she just isn't terrifyingly high like most tracked musumeyaku.

But yes. Come one, come all to Shinsei Soragumi with me! It will be fabulous, I promise!
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Kitarou is officially gone...

It's hitting me harder than it should. And I know it's because Teffy was supposed to there. She was supposed to be messaging me about how much she hates Kaname, how her feet hurt and how much she loves Stupid's stupid face on her final day. But she's not, and it hurts.

But at least I know she's watching from wherever she is... And laughing at Kitarou's 『これからはマニアックな宝塚ファンになります!!!!はい!!ぐっちゃん!!』


Dec. 16th, 2014 10:33 am
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I can't handle this... It's just... Perfect!
glitra: (Tomu - Bugs)
... Of course she did.

The real question now is... Will it fit in the courtyard for the parade tonight. Or will she have a different car??
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I /may/ try and swing seeing it again, but the timing is sucky.  And yeah, this review is kinda sucky. Sorry, real life and lack of motivation got in the way…  but I needed to get it out before I go for shinko tomorrow. Because that’s the next thing I’m going to be writing up.

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