Aug. 8th, 2008 12:14 pm
kyanited: (Natsume Look At That)
* I only now noticed that for the '99 Special, Mami was wearing Miki's suit AGAIN (like she did before, which left Tamo the choice between the tsuki and the hoshi suit, and she chose Noru's. Otherwise it may have looked to much like an exchange or mistake. :P Tom and Zunko properly wore their respective troupe colors. :D

* There is a lovely Aqua5 music video on niconico douga.

* For those who haven't seen it yet, pictures of Mariko and Tamo in their Cinderella costumes.

* For those who haven't noticed yet, Mami and Tartan have been double-casted for the role of Susan in Desperately Seeking Susan. OMG. There's Ooura, too. OMG.

And thank you SO MUCH for the good wishes and lucky vibes.
m(_ _)m ♥ ♥ ♥
You are the best. <3

I have two options secured now and should be able to make a calm decision over the weekend. I should also have the time now to make some screenshots of "Beautiful Beast" and "Time Adagio". And maybe some scans... so look out. ^^

I'm also suffering from Hiromi deprivation. Can't wait for the Aqua5 and Berubara DVD's to be released. Dammit. Hurry up, Hankyu.

kyanited: (dedcat sayz urgh (Stormy))
I wanted to do that for a while: A collection of [almost] all my icons.

Took me a while to prepare and edit the code for this.
LJ actually has a size limit for posts. -____-

426 icons, 12.6 MB, some animated. (Completeness took precedence over prettiness.)

Kya's Icons: Editor's Cut. )

You're free to use any of them, but

1.) Please let me know which ones you're taking.

2.) Please let me know if you plan to use them as bases.


- base #018 provided by [livejournal.com profile] stone_osada
- base #019 provided by [livejournal.com profile] falcon_wap
- bases #118-121 provided by [livejournal.com profile] mohanataka
- bases #226 provided by [livejournal.com profile] ekusudei
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(It's been a while since I did many of those. Let me know if I forgot to credit someone.)

kyanited: (hot stuff)


››"She' the most gorgeous man I've ever seen. I love her and only ever think and dream of her," a young woman swooned as she clutched a photograph of a Takarazuka star to her breast while we stood in the lobby of the Grand Theater in Takarazuka. "Don't you think she's lovely, too?" she asked. Undoubtedly, the picture of Makoto Tsubasa decked out in a silvery gray shirt, tie and navy blue suit was that of a stunningly beautiful woman who could easily have been a model,...‹‹


On Asaji Saki:
››1000 Days is one of the biggest theaters in Tokyo, and Asaji fills it. She is only 170cm (just shy of 5'6"), but can cross its stage in a few giant strides. Her makeup is swarthy; her hair is cropped short with the forelock left long, the trademark style of otokoyaku, the actresses who play men in this all-female revue. "Her embracing power and untamed spirit project real masculinity into her male roles," say the gold-on-black T-shirts her fans wear.‹‹

››But Asaji's forte is considered to be acting and dancing. And because each Takarazuka troupe's repertory is built around the strengths of its Top Star, the Star Troupe is a showcase for high drama and grand staging. In the first half of the double-bill show, Asaji played Nero in 'Emperor," an original musical romance culminating with the sacking of Rome, the stage enveloped in flames, with collapsing pillars and chunks of mortar tossed onto the stage. She didn't have time to fiddle.‹‹

Heh, I want to see that...
(♥_♥) Mariko... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKO1Pf1BRa4

››The fantasy of Takarazuka and the public relations machine that enforces its secrets is the subject of a controversial new book by Jennifer Robertson, "Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Pop Culture in Modern Japan" (University of California Press 1998). You won't find the book in Quatre Reves, the shop next to the theater devoted to Takarazuka books, manga and memorabilia. According to Robertson, she was stonewalled and sabotaged by the Takarazuka establishment every step of the way as she tried to pull aside the veil and uncover the truth behind the all-female theater and its huge female following. That's understandable: Takarazuka is all about the veil.‹‹
[Indeed, it is understandable. I see nothing wrong, and if she would have understood that very basic thing about Takarazuka, she wouldn't have complained, and maybe wouldn't even have tried to write a book about it.]

››The relationship between Takarazuka and the fans is love-hate. While distancing itself from them, Takarazuka shamelessly exploits the electricity and tease of androgyny. Obviously, if it wanted its actresses to play men with verisimilitude it wouldn't dress them in heels and coif their hair. Unlike Kabuki's onnagata, who betray no trace of their masculinity, Takarazuka actresses wear their gender like a filmy costume.‹‹

[I haven't read Robertson's book, and after reading the reviews I've decided I don't want to read it. Even if some small things here and there might be actually different - I have the feeling articles like this tell more and spoil less than a book about "how it really works".]

One last: http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/takarazuka.shtml

››At the same time, a review in the Guardian newspaper dismissed the show, calling it "Curiously sexless". But this attempt to pan the show is in fact closer to the truth than the reviewer may have intended. After all, while attitudes toward sex in Japan remain liberal to this day, the prominent sex industry is run by and for men. Takarazuka provides a form of escape from this harsh reality for many women.‹‹

Takarazuka is an expensive but safe hobby. :D


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