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look at my baby look at how far she’s come
(It’s kinda scary tbh)
hello! hope you're having a nice morning, evening or night. /)v(\ i was just wondering if you have any tips for newcomers when it comes to takarazuka? i'm a new baby and i'm so lost because there are just so many performances and actresses and i'm both excited and terrified!!! thank you for your time. u w u
☆*･゜ﾟ･*\(^O^)/*･゜ﾟ･*☆ WELCOME! ☆*･゜ﾟ･*\(^O^)/*･゜ﾟ･*☆
I’m pretty new myself (only about a year old), but it’s really taken off on me in that short time. I’d be happy to give you some tips from my experience/scare you away because I will get overexcited and go into serious tl;dr mode.
About getting into shows and actresses…
- If you haven’t found TakaWiki yet… well, there it is! It’s the absolute greatest.
- Takarazuka Insanity Project has a small selection of subtitled shows that you can get for nothing but the cost of shipping. If you know Japanese and don’t need the subs, it might still be a nice option for the low cost. With very very few exceptions (like, probably less than 5 others) these are the only subtitles available for anything Takarazuka-related. Among them, Elisabeth is a good starter show. There are some WONDERFUL others in there, but I think they are more enjoyable after you know a little more about Takarazuka.
- If you haven’t watched any shows yet, I think it’s best to pick something big and flashy, maybe with a familiar story, and just go with it; don’t think too much! Like I said, Elisabeth is a good starter show; there are many versions and everyone loves it. The one over at TIP is Moon 2005. I love them all but my personal recommendation would be Snow 2007. MY first show was Romeo & Juliette, Star 2010. There is one from 2013 too, and I think both are good first shows. There are other big famous shows too, like Phantom for example.
- Once you’ve seen a show or two, some people like to stick with that troupe or star because it makes it less overwhelming. If that sounds comfortable to you, go for it! I personally mixed it up a lot at the beginning, all troupes past and present. There are just so many wonderful people. Either way, you’ll find your biases in time :)
- If you have your own tumblr, don’t be shy! Most of the fans who are active on here are very very nice and
dying to happy to help :) I wrote a review of my first show, tagged it takarazuka, and everyone immediately jumped in to guide me through the beginning of my zuka experience.
About actually watching shows…
You won’t find a thriving public file sharing culture here like you will in most other fandoms. Well… a lot of print media/photos make it to tumblr, but watching full shows online can be tough. Be prepared to support Takarazuka financially.
That said, watching shows online is not impossible. Pay attention to the takarazuka tag on here, because a lot of people host livestreams of shows they own. You have to be present at that particular time, but it’s a great way to be introduced to a variety of shows, and participating in chat and asking veteran fans questions is a great way to learn. You can also browse youtube for clips. Except for a few 20+ year old ones, I think all of the full shows on there have been taken down. There’s this (although not all links work), which admittedly is where I got my start (that and the very generous help of tumblr friends) before I began throwing all my money at my favorite ladies. It’s such a small fraction of what’s been done, and for the most part the quality sucks, but Takarazuka is very expensive. While I do think you really need to support your favorites, I also think you need some allowance to figure out who your favorites are first.
Feel free to ask me anything anytime!
I haven’t sat down and properly watched a show in almost a month. I can’t wait for my job to end in 2 weeks.
Translation of this interview
with Sena Jun regarding the play Kondo wa aisaika
In this interview, Sena discusses the effect the play Beautiful Sunday had on her as an actress, her role in Kondo wa aisaika and how her married life influenced her take on this production.
I felt like she was holding back in Anything Goes so I love hearing her talk about her feelings toward that stuff, even if it’s just a little. Thanks for translating <3
Hello, beautiful person ❤ once you get this, you (must) share five random facts about yourself, and then pass this on to your ten favourite followers ❤
I got one of these from nihon-no-hikaru too so I guess I’ll do 10 :D
- I’m rather grumpy today because I got 2 hours of restless sleep thanks to the weather randomly becoming really hot, opening the windows last night to try to get some cool air, and the wind blowing in just the right direction so that the fuel smell from the coal plant down the street wafted into my bedroom
- …but I just got a call that my softball games were canceled so I don’t have to go to work till later if at all :D
- I cried from the 100th anniversary digest this morning
- My high school bff just emailed me a list of 5-year goals we made right after graduating college. I actually accomplished all of mine, yet I feel like I’m way more lost than I was 5 years ago
- Speaking of high school my mascot was a Huguenot. If that’s not weird enough by itself, he looked creepy like this:
- When I was little, my parents had these oddly shaped glass dessert dishes with a thick stem shaped like a tulip and I used to eat vanilla ice cream out of them. I don’t know why I just thought of them but I miss them
- I wish I could get paid to translate zuka stuff
- I’m proud of my body but ashamed of my skin, so I still have trouble with revealing clothing even though I’d like to wear it
- I hate weddings
- If I ever actually get a real job, I’m going to immediately buy a dress, an expensive pair of shoes, and take flamenco lessons (unrelated to each other).
Mizu Natsuki Interview: SHOW ~Beyond the Door~
This is from August. I did about half of it before I went to Japan and then abandoned it because it was too hard, but I got randomly inspired to try again a few weeks ago. It was still like… really hard. Thanks Mizu. On the bright side, the work I’d done already was noticeably terrible, so I feel alright about my improvement :)
I’m too tired to translate the entry, but apparently Maachan teaches ballet to kindergarteners.
Of course she does.
Takarazuka 100th ④ with Komu-san ＼(^o^)／
Finally, I was able to decorate the photo I took with Komu-san (｡♥‿♥｡) ♡
Takarazuka 100th ③～
Maikaze Rira’s Blog 4.9.14
Today it’s musumeyaku day!
I put sparkles on the photo again ♡♡