JOYFUL! II

Nov. 28th, 2007 05:01 am
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Utterly irrational, ridiculously detailed, exhaustingly SPOILERish and deadly wordy... TEXT... about the Joyfull II revue. (Screencaps at Takarazuka Precious here (Chunichi) and here (national tour). More only upon specific request (i.e. name the scene).)

Show: Joyful!! II
Troupe: Snow
Type: Revue
Year: 2007
Version: Chunichi Theater cast.
Cast & Summary: TakaWiki
Preview: TCA Pictures



After starting the DVD I couldn't help but notice the Bonus Menu right away, and weak as I am I couldn't resist peeking at the extras first.:P
This left me already grinning like a fool.

With there not being any extensive summary anywhere, seemingly not even in Japanese (although I admit to not trying all too hard), and my Japanese skills somewhere around zero, I had already resigned to buying this DVD mainly for the revue. But the funny ad-lib scenes from the main show and the very awesomely [in my ignorant eyes] choreographed swordfights in rehearsals left me with a very positive feeling and real anticipation for the main show. I have no competence at all as music/dance/theater critic, and thus my like or dislike is mainly based on the emotions involved, especially with regard to the actresses, and I simply love Mizu's yumigumi. :D I hope the warm and fuzzy feeling of anticipation will last until I have more time and information. :)

There's only one thing I have to say about the revue rehearsal bits: HAPPY YUMIKO. My impression here was that while everyone was smiling, Yumiko was genuinely happy and enjoying herself. It made me very happy in return.


Disclaimers: 1.) This is 'written while watching'. 2.) There probably is some vague background story, but I don't know it.


As I'm writing this I just made it through the first part of the revue, which starts with Mizu Mizu Natsuki) directing a yukigumi choir of what at first looks like otokoyaku only, but hearing them sing (acapella canon) it turns out that there are some musumeyaku, too. It's the theme number, "Joyful!" and it stretches over about 10 minutes. I don't remember ever seeing so many musumeyaku at once on stage in pant suits, with ties, and later on, hats. :D (Maybe I have and just didn't recognize them as musumeyaku...)

Mizu then sings and dances with Tonami Shirahane Yuri), who is also wearing suit and tie. Love, love, love.

This whole first part has an extremely postive vibe, changing from serene to merry... gay joyful. :D

The next number starts with Yumiko (Ayabuki Mao) in a pink suit twirling onto stage. Twirling Yumiko in pink suit with huge smile = love.
She BEAMS. And she dances. And she sings. And she WINKS. It's Yumiko like I've never seen her before. The number looks like it's made for Kimu (Otozuki Kei). But it's Yumiko's. And she's good. (And that's a positive emphasis.)
This number has also had Hiromi (Ayana Oto) and Kaname (Ouki Kaname) dancing with Kaori (Haruka Midori) and Shina (Yamashina Ai) in the background. But Yumiko really shines. (My impressions of her here are shedding new light on Jas' reports about Yumiko's Elliot, and I think I will need Silver Rose Chronicle something fierce.)

It then continues with pink/black costumes and it almost looks like a preview of what awaits us in Miroirs... :P Of course Mizu looks stunning in pink waistcoat and bow tie. <3

We keep the color theme and move on to an uplifting number - a takarazuka cover version of "Bye, Bye Love". I don't think I've ever heard a more cheerful "Hello emptiness, I think I'm gonna cry". T__T <3 It's Hamako (Mirai Yuuki), btw, and she made my heart flutter. ^^

After that Mizu reappers. I definitely like watching her dance. Especially in shiny suits with fedora. She's born for it. Hamako is watching her from the side of the stage, smiling adorably. :D

Mizu also sings again, and while her dancing is still better than her singing I find the tone of her voice most comforting. :)

Oh! And here comes the spanish medley!! For starters it's Tonami dancing and Hamako singing to typical spanish guitar sounds. The curtain opens and another dancer appears. It's Yumiko! <3 She's singing, but there is no sound - muted because of copyrights - and instead there's a generic spanish trumpet & guitar tune overlay.
I don't care. It's a Ricky Martin medley, and I don't like Ricky Martin, so there not being Ricky Martin and only hotly clad Yumiko dancing is probably a good thing.

There's a few seconds of Ragi (Hiiragi Tomoe) singing (my yukigumi friends: who is Ragi?).
And then it's a duet of Naga (Asuka Yuu) and Chiaki (Amase Izuru). I like Naga's singing and they made a very handsome couple and I'm scurrying through this because... Finally! HIROMI. With musumeyaku draped over her. And her singing was not muted/overlaid. OH JOY. And her singing was GOOD. Better than Kaname's, IMO.

And then, right after that medley, Yumiko/Mizu slash. INTENSE Yumiko/Mizu slash. Extensive Yumiko/Mizu slash. Hot, sensuous Yumiko/Mizu slash. I was prepared for it being only a fleeting moment, but it's a little bit more than just one moment. Even more than just two moments. ^^ I can blink quite often while they're "dancing" with each other. :P
With these two personal highlights so close together it's a good thing this is not a tape. (DVD's don't wear out, do they?)

It's halftime and Yumiko takes up the theme song again full of energy and wanders into the audience, reaching out and touching, even *taking* people's hands. I can't say it often enough, I'm not used to this Yumiko. And it's a very pleasant surprise to see shy Yumiko like this. Shy Yumiko who cried when she left Osa. Mizu very obviously is very good for her... XD XD <3

Hereafter we get Mizu again. Dancing. In a bright, bright, BRIGHT violet shirt with frills and sparklies. We need not mention more.

Thereafter a short interlude of Yumiko dancing with a few 'boys' before a Bizet/Carmen medley starts with a bunch of musumeyaku, lead by Tonami, trying to 'convert' Mizu. All the while Yumiko is watching, smiling mischievously, wandering across the stage... coming closer to Tonami (who almost succeeds in seducing Mizu), successfully separating the couple and then trying to get a piece of Mizu herself.
With Mizu dressed in something glitterish beige and Yumiko all in hottish black this has almost a bit of swanlake osasa air to it... XD
Have I mentioned yet that I love this Yumiko? XD <3 Because I do. And it's twice as much delighting to see her enjoying it so much. :D She's my star of this revue.

But we're not finished yet. Mizu gets confused by all the attention and when Yumiko gives her a break Tonami jumps in and tries again. XD

(Yes, I'm having fun. They, it seems, too.)

And then suddenly Yumiko and Tonami (who's wearing a black dress matching Yumiko's outfit) are dancing and Mizu is the outsider. (She had this problem once earlier, in the first half, when she didn't get a girl and comforted herself by cuddling with a bass. Honestly, that was the implication.)

Tonami ends up making out with Mizu while Yumiko is watching patiently. Tonami then rejects poor Mizu AGAIN, whose brain shuts down and she's carried off by Hiromi & Co... Yumiko and Tonami are watching, smiling at each other across the stage. Apparently their mission is accomplished. Mizu tries to fight one last time, but the couple that leaves the stage together is YumikoXTonami. <3

The chemistry of this trio is absolutely amazing, and if it's no chemistry at all and all just acting, then it's still amazing, because it's great acting. It comes across pretty genuine though. I'm torn between being curious to see the whole thing with Kimu instead of Yumiko and not wanting to see it to keep the impression of YumikoXMizuXTonami fresh and unique.

After that Mizu sings a bit of Ode To Joy and all actors come together in white for a small line dance before they start the Joyful! theme again and for the third time during this revue the seito are in the audience. This time there's some Ode To Joy weaved into the Joyful! theme.

However, the finish has to be proper again and there's the obligatory top pair dance with optional nibante singing for them.

Hamako starts the curtain call and then it's over.



It's not Blue Moon Blue. Not like Blue Moon Blue and certainly doesn't have a place like BMB in my heart. But this revue was JOY. I did enjoy it. If there were any sad bits I already forgot them. I'm sticking to what I wrote at the beginning, that it's emanating love. And joy, and just in general a very postive, enthusiastic energy. But while BMB is something to cheer you up, this is IMO more suitable to celebrate a good feeling. :D

The music was very easy on the ears, even for a takarazuka revue. :P But when you read the song list it's not really surprising:

Handful of Keys / Fats Waller
How Ya Baby / Fats Waller
It Don't Mean a Thing / Duke Ellington
Bye Bye Love / Bryant
Peter Gunn No.1 / Mancini
Sophisticated Lady / Duke Ellington
Caravan / Duke Ellington
Ricky Martin Medley
Georges Bizet Medley
Le Grisbi / Wiener


This is definitely not the last time I watched it.

In fact, it's already running again. :D


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Date: 2007-11-28 05:59 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ladybretagne.livejournal.com
Oh god I need this. I NEED THIS. And yes times a million re: Yumiko. I'm so used to her being sweet but kind of shy and not entirely sure if she wants the attention of being on stage that it's still a bit strange but so wonderful to see her so happy and confident seeming. Her personal book is utter love, btw. The most adorable thing ever possibly.

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Date: 2007-11-28 10:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyanited.livejournal.com
Evil/mischievous/impish Yumiko is too much for words, honestly. I haven't seen her in her last hana days, but this here is so different from the Yumiko I thought I knew, you'd think they brainwashed her. Or she fell in love.

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Date: 2007-11-28 05:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ladybretagne.livejournal.com
Yuki definitely does seem to agree with her. She and RanTom both seem like they've really blossomed since they transferred and it makes me so happy because I adore them.

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Date: 2007-11-29 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyanited.livejournal.com
XD Oh yes. Blossomed is definitely the right word for it. And it wasn't one day too soon (and I hope not too late, either...)

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Date: 2007-11-28 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] midoriseppen.livejournal.com
Gah, you are making me need this even more than I already did, it sounds so awesome. Must get soon.

Also, Ragi is made of win. She doesn't get really big parts, but she's adorable and wonderful. She was Hubner in Elisabeth and she was in Daytime Hustler and you can see her lots in Wonderland. I don't know how much of that stuff you've seen, but Ragi = love.

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Date: 2007-11-28 11:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyanited.livejournal.com
You do need it. :) It's made of mizugumi win. ^^ They love their new top. And their new top excels at playing the Tod-like seducer in one scene and the toyed with underdog in the next. <3

I didn't remember Ragi's name, so I was wondering about her getting a small solo part. :D

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Date: 2007-11-28 08:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demoneyeskyo87.livejournal.com
GhAAA!! Another person in my F-list who is trying to kill me with my favorite sienne. I would buy this DVD for Mizu and Mizu alone and thanks for the review, it might have helped suppress my dying devotion to Mizu, :)!!

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Date: 2007-11-28 11:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyanited.livejournal.com
*points to above comment* It's Mizugumi win, but it's still a bit expensive if you don't have the necessary information or skill to enjoy the main show. (Despite the impression my review might give, the revue is NOT the main show on this DVD ;) ) So I'm only cautiously recommending it for now.

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Date: 2007-11-28 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demoneyeskyo87.livejournal.com
Oh Mizu-Ronin...now that changes things, *smirks*

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Date: 2007-11-29 06:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wao-wao.livejournal.com
DVD's don't wear out, do they?

Heh. Considering the amount of love my Sora Fantasista! disc has been put through already... Yeah, it has a couple of skips now. T____T;;;

I love hearing all of your Yumiko love, because I love her too! This revue is definitely worth seeing someday. <3 (And possibly also the tour version with Kimu. >:3)

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Date: 2007-11-29 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyanited.livejournal.com
Yeah, it has a couple of skips now.

Oy, well thank you for that important notice. I shall go and immediately make a "for use" copy and put the original in a safe... :D

Yumiko is amazing. I'm still not over the surprise. :D
I can't wait for the Silver Rose Chronicle DVD...

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Date: 2007-11-29 02:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chrestus.livejournal.com
heeeeey im erik (big natsuki fan) ~ i add you, i hope this is okay ^^

joyfull II is a wonderfull revue ( i also love the komu version) <3 the main-song reminds me a lot on "Ode an Die Freude" by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Date: 2007-11-29 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyanited.livejournal.com
Hi Erik! I think we talked once or twice on msn a few months ago. :) (Friended you back.)

I have never seen the Komu version, I just looked up the program and noticed that it /seems/ to be more classic while this is more jazzy/blues-y (very mizu XD).

Yes, I think the theme song, and in the end the whole revue, carries the (musical) spirit of "Ode To Joy". :D

Have you heard anything new about the Mariko CD that was supposed to come out around... now?

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Date: 2007-11-29 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chrestus.livejournal.com
Joyfull by Komu is 90% the same, but on the TGT/TTT stage ^^ (it was her first revue back in 2002).

Noo :__: i only know that mariko have her stage comeback in a new theater production.

yes hai ^^ i have a new msn: rozenchrestus@hotmail.de if you like, you can add me back :)

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Date: 2007-11-29 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyanited.livejournal.com
The description sounded so different... o.O

Are they doing the triangle thing, too?


And, did you see this:
http://www.umegei.com/zatoichi/main.html :D <3

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Date: 2007-11-29 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chrestus.livejournal.com
hai i see...so beautyfull.
and she will relase a cd also ?

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