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I have been a fan of Takarazuka since Sept 2008. A year later I own more than 30 dvd's and am planning on going to Japan in 2010. There are a few musicals and revues that just gave me goose bumps. They are:
Tarentella (Snow)
Kiss to the Flames (Cosmos)
Asian winds (Flower)
Mahoroba (Moon)
Brothers Karamarzov (Snow)
Susano-o (Snow)
Wao Concert (Cosmos)
Revue of Dreams (Moon)
Golden Steps - All
Elisabeth (2005 Moon)

Takarazuka DVDs and VHS Tapes Inventory

The following are DVDs and VHS tapes that I own.
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Japan 2017

Went to Japan in September and saw Land of the Gods 3 times, All for One 4 times, and Billy Elliot 2 times.

Land of the Gods needed more music.  The music that was there was great.  What stole the show as Ai-chan as Rasputin.  She was scary.

All for One was wonderful.  Well worth all of the great reviews I've been hearing. Since the DVD is now available I recommend you get a copy.

Chie was really good in Billy Elliot.  she's doing a good job post Takarazuka.

Don Juan

My Don Juan DVD came and I actually waited 3 days before watching it.
I am firmly now in the Daimon camp. I couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about until I saw Kenshin.
Then she was great in Hoshiai Hitoyo . Now with Don Juan I'll be very disappointed if she's not Chigi's successor.
Her acting and singing was spot on.
It's hard to switch from hating to supporting a character. Daimon's portrayal did that.
Being tortured by his father and the ghost makes him a character that you feel sorry for and then he turns evil again then turns good again.
What a roller coaster!

The supporting cast was fantastic. Loved Ayakaze Sakina as Don Carlo. She was also great in Kenshin.
Karyou Shizuru as the ghost was amazing. Creepy.
Towaki Sea as Raphael also gets a big shout out.

I think they have to put more thought in staging the smaller productions and they did very well in this case.
The destruction of the statue was really impressive and the ghost suddenly showing up had me going back to detect when she came on stage.
All in all one of those amazing smaller productions. See it!
The only thing it needed was a better finale. Shangri-la and Nijinsky had way better finales.
I hate to confess this but I've had Al Capone sitting in the 'have to see' pile for a long time. I'll have to dig it out now.

1789

I've been looking forward to this and so far I like what I've seen of the shinjin kouen and the digests posted. Chapi looks like she's doing a fantastic job. I'm looking forward to the DVD.

I just checked the ticket availability in Tokyo and it's sold out for the whole run! Wow.....good job Tsukigumi!

Finch

On her Facebook page Kiriya has announced the death if Finch. I feel lucky that I actually saw him in the car that picked Kiriya up.

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1992 Spartacus

I was watching this.....nice singing and dancing (it's Anju afterall) and all of a sudden I'm thinking that person looks familiar. So does that one....and that one. I looked it up and look how many top stars are in this production.

Anju Mira, Maya Miki, Aika Mire, Makoto Tsubasa, Shibuki Jun, Takumi Hibiki, Sena Jun
I couldn't find Haruno Sumire name anywhere but she was in this troupe at the time I think.

Musume Top Stars - Morina Miharu, Dan Rei, Tsukikage Hitomi

Honorable Mention: Hatsukaze Midori

edit: oops...forgot one more top star: Shizuki Asato

Count's Daughter and Elizabeth

This week I saw Count's Daughter and Elizabeth twice each.
Count's Daughter was nice Chigi and Sakihi make a very cute couple. Their duet got lots of applause. I think everyone was shocked that there was actually a lift in the duet. They didn't think Chigi would be strong enough. I keep forgetting that Dai-chan is now in the snow troupe so it was a shock when I saw her. This was the first time I've seen Natsumi You in person. She is very powerful and had a really nice solo.
The music was good and everyone seemed happy that Chigi was now the top star.

Elizabeth:
Nozomi Fuuto did very good as Luigi but Kiriya will always be my ideal Luigi and Oozora my favorite Rudolph.
Asumi was very good as Death. Her voice was strong and she would get creepy at the right times. Her costumes were very subtle and would look good in the DVD closeups or through binoculars but would look plain from the theater seats. I still say that Ayaki Nao got the best Death costumes.
I saw one time with Serika Toa as Rudolph and the other with Yuzuka Rei. I like Serika's voice better but thought Yuzuka fit the part better.
Micchan has become my favorite Franz. She was great.
I'm so happy that Ranno Hana stayed to play this part. Wow...she was good.
I loved seeing this in person. There is so much going on. My respect for those who play the Death Angels has gone up. They do so much during the performance.
Considering that Elizabeth was my introduction to Takarazuka and my first DVD I'm glad I saw this.

Puck

I was right. Puck is perfect for Masaki. Thanks to happy_riceball and her fan club I had wonderful seats both days. Row 14 and Row 11. I'm spoiled!
The first day I was mostly searching for Hayami Sei in each scene using my binoculars so I missed the bigger picture. This was the first time I had seen her in the otokoyaku dance.
I like Puck and I even liked the revue.
Today, no binoculars because I already knew where Hayami would be. It was even better the second time around. Great show.
Manaki gets better and better and looks like she has surpassed Masaki in the dancing category. Tamaki feels like a nibante and she's still too young.
Crystal Takarazuka has one number where they dance and sing in the aisles. I was in the 2nd seat from the aisle and today who stops at our row? Hayami Sei! Perfect ending.
I'm really glad I got to see this. Perfect for the Moon troupe and a bonus in seeing Hayami in her last production.
Depending on the weather I may go to Kyoto tomorrow. I'm leaving Osaka a day early (Sunday) to get to Tokyo before the typhoon hits. It was that or stay in Osaka a couple more days and maybe miss a performance of the Count's Daughter.

Sports Day

Sport's Day was worth every yen I spent on getting the ticket. I'll be writing about the performances and the events in general. I won't say who won what or the final outcome. PM me if you want the results.
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All in all it was a very enjoyable evening. It lasted 3 hours so I wonder what gets cut out. Probably the MC fillers between each event.

The Meme

1. What have you been up to in the last year or two?
Turned 60. In the last two years I've done 14 half marathons which should make my doctor happy except I've gained weight because I get hungry doing all this exercise!

2. What is the last Takarazuka show you saw and what did you think of it?
Sun King (DVD) Fantastic! See my review

3. What was your favorite Takarazuka show of 2013?
Toss up between Phoenix Wright 3 and Wild Meets the Wild. I miss Hiro and Hasumi Yuuya
The worst: REON II. How many songs were from the first concert?

4. What actress surprised you the most in 2013?
I didn't watch a lot of the shows from 2013 and I'm still confused after that mass transfer.

5. What do you think about the 100th anniversary so far?
Too many retirements! Wish they they did some more old productions.

6. What troupe you do think will win the Sports Day Festival? (And what troupe will you be rooting for regardless?)
Tsukigumi. Remember Masaki in the musical chairs in 2004? She was the one that would grab a chair away from people so that they would fall on the ground.
I'm sure that she's teaching that technique to everyone.
Yukigumi since I'll be sitting in that section.

7. What shows do you want for 2015?
Not something repeated from this year except the Sun King. Did we really need Jin again?