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月組公演

「All for One」

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美弥るりか


Tamaki: Because I hadn’t done a comedy play until this one, I was actually half-nervous, half-excited. But once the curtain came up, I felt how much the audience was enjoying themselves.


Miya: I think this work truly comes alive with the help of the audience. With their support and energy, each day is completely different. Like, ‘ah, today they laughed here.’


Tamaki: The reaction to Ruri-san’s (Miya) and my’s church scene was surprising. We always get a big laugh!

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Mambo Maya Miki!!

I was super excited to see that Tsuka-chan was in a drama with Maya Miki and I've enjoyed what I've seen so far!!





Maya Miki suffers no fools!!!!!!

She was one of the very first actors I learned when I started watching J-dramas all those years ago... ♥

But I'd never looked up her Takarazuka years before and I had a few minutes this morning so I thought I'd share...



HOW COOL IS YOUNG MAYA MIKI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KYAAAAAAAAA!!!!! ♥

I wish I knew how to get the full shows but all I've seen are the occasional VHS tape on eBay.

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^^ This last one is a short documentary on her last day and it's crazy!!!!! Imagine going from this hysteria to being a regular mom. Retiring from Takarazuka must be so hard to adjust to for a top star. You go from being the object of adoration of thousands of women to just a normal woman again. I can't imagine how hard it must be.

I want Maya Miki to go on ABChanZoo and teach A.B.C-Z how to Takarazuka. ♥
お願いします!! 

All for One pamphlet translation

In preparation for my post on going to see All For One I’m working through a bunch of written articles, etc. I thought this was a fun bit in the official program so I decided to share it. PLEASE ENJOY!!


My usual disclaimer is that I am not a professional translator nor am I by any means fluent. I would add for this piece that I am also a beginner in Takarazuka fandom so I may not get references, etc. If you spot something I’ve got wrong, please let me know so I can fix it. I am well aware that I’m not perfect. Just be kind. It’s all I ask.


Additional note: the word being asked about in Q.1 is 冒険 (bouken) which has a meaning of risk or adventure in English. I always think of the phrase, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” The Takarasiennes answered using multiple shades of meaning so I didn’t feel comfortable putting a single English word to “bouken”.

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When massively stressed...

I've been extremely stressed out recently for various reasons but one thing getting me through is my new subscription to Crunchyroll. I've never been a huge anime person but I'm not NOT an anime person, you know?

Anyways, I'm here to agree with spsn that The Ancient Magus's Bride is really good!! I watched the prequel and the first two episodes and can't wait to see where the story goes. It has a somewhat Howl's Moving Castle feeling to it. Maybe the English setting and a hint of Beauty and the Beast.



I also sped-watched my way through Boku No Hero Academy and read all the English translated manga volumes on kindle. It's SO SHONEN I CAN'T EVEN and I loved it. I'm not a superhero person--actually I usually hate superhero stuff--but for some reason the Japanese interpretation of "heroes" doesn't annoy me the way American superheroes always do.

PLUS THERE IS SO MUCH FIC YOU GUYS!!!!!! SO MUCH!!!!!!!

Here's the thing, you will be tempted to ship Deku/Bakugo after the first season but don't fall into that trap because season two has.... omg I won't even spoil you but it's good angsty backstory stuff.

Plus, there is a ship that's super popular because of stuff that happens in the manga? I don't know what but I also enjoyed reading that fic too.

Anyway there are a TON of good writers in this fandom for whatever reason.



AND THEN I just started Barakamon this morning which I've found extremely relaxing in a very slice-of-life inaka village personality way.



^^ This is me at all times.

But I'm going to be a pile of nerves for another couple weeks so HIT ME WITH YOUR RECS FOR RELAXING AND/OR ENGROSSING THINGS.

Ah! Taemin and Arashi albums. I have them but haven't listened yet. Today! ♥

AND NEW EBI SINGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Working through this pile of magazines has been fun! This is an interview with Kawai from earlier this year before Nodo Jiman. I really enjoyed it and I hope you do, too!

As always, I am NOT a professional and don't promise a perfect translation. If you spot something wrong or that I might have misunderstood please do let me know.

I claim no ownership over the original material. This is for entertainment purposes only. Please do not copy or repost.

「のど自慢〜上を向いて歩こう〜」

KAWAI FUMITO

Taking on the challenge of a play that will make you laugh and make you cry


He’s appeared in various plays from「滝沢歌舞伎 10th Anniversary」to 「コインロッカ・ベイビーズ」 but this will be the first time A.B.C-Z member Kawai Fumito will be starring in a play without another group member. The play is loosely based on the 1999 film 「のど自慢」directed by Izutsu Kazuyuki. Kawai’s challenge this time is getting on the same page as his co-stars. We talked to him about how he’s feeling.


-----Kawai-san, this is the first time you’ve appeared without another group member in a non-Johnny’s play. Would you tell us how you felt when the offer came?


Kawai: Honestly, I was happy. Just because I’m on my own doesn’t mean I’ll be lonely. I was happy that I was going to be facing another new challenge this year. I was grateful.


-----In recent years each A.B.C-Z member has been performing in non-Johnny’s plays. Do you go and watch them?


Kawai: I go every time. When I watch the other guys perform, I feel motivated but more than that I feel inspired. One thing I’m thankful for is that recently each of us in the group have been working really hard and that makes me happy.

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So, I'm almost done with Kawai's solo interview from J-Movie magazine in June and this popped up:

When I’m feeling down, I like to listen to Def Tech.** I always listen to Def Tech on my way to rehearsals or the theater during the run of a play. I also listen a lot to Micro’s post-Def Tech solo albums.


KAWAI IS A LONG TIME DEF TECH FANBOY!!!!!! That makes knowing that Micro wrote his solo song even cooler.

NO WONDER KAWAI WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT IT!!!!!

But yeah.

What are people interested in, though? I have a bunch of stuff in a pile to work on. I have a 4U crosstalk, a crosstalk with the new baby juniors in SHOCK, some Kawai x Hasshi Coin Locker Babies stuff... older things on last year's Ebi-za?
Here's the Oricon link in Japanese.

And the drama website.

I just need to find a good source for dramas.... I can't seem to find Tottsu's anywhere. :((((

But I'm actually more excited about Tsuka-chan's because of Maya Miki. I know I've said this but Takarazuka OG's (especially former otokoyakus) always do EXCELLENT work with Johnny's actors.

Speaking of which former Moon Troupe Top Star Ryuu Masaki is going to be on Nino-san!! ♥

I'm looking forward to that.

おめでとう、塚田ちゃん!!!
As always, I'm not a professional and this is for ENTERTAINMENT purposes only. Please do not copy. Original scan was from Yoshiko_Mama, who is a true hero for international fans. I am really thankful for all of her hard work.

A.B.C-Z Johnny’s Densetsu 2017


A.B.C-Z’s theatrical series ABC-Za launched in 2012 at the same time as A.B.C-Z’s debut. This year’s challenge will be to tackle Johnny’s Densetsu again after 3 years. Before taking things to a new level this fall with their play, and incorporating a new “densetsu”, the five members spoke once again about the glamour of Johnny’s theatrical productions and performances.


-----In October you’ll be starting your third run of Johnny’s Densetsu. What feel will the play have this time?


Kawai: Because we’re still in production meetings about it nothing has been decided for sure yet. But there’s no reason for it to be as gloomy as it has been, I’d like it if the story was happier this time.

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