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16 February 2009 @ 11:17 pm
Kacha ga Odoru Toki (haha I am lame >.>;;;)  
I never did finish that Sanspo article translation, but the press conference footage is up now and everyone's talking about it and I'd rather say something here than have to comment in everyone's journals.

What I got from the article, which is a tidied-up version of what appears to have actually been said:

Nagina is a young member facing her seventh year since entering; also, an otokoyaku. Moreover she was selected from Soragumi, not Tsukigumi. Koike explained that she was chosen by audition. According to Koike at first there was a screening within Tsukigumi, but he couldn't choose an appropriate candidate [hate you, Koike-sensei]. After some time, he began to think that an unpredictable, fresh casting -- like Sena's Elisabeth four years ago -- perhaps that would be best [HATE YOU, KOIKE-SENSEI].

And thus it became a screening of the entire company. At the end of last year, he heard Nagina's singing, etc. She's an otokoyaku with an established reputation for dancing, but was recognized by the music staff for her singing ability. Nevertheless, her normal speaking voice is also somewhat high. Her weakness is singing in the lower range that is expected of otokoyaku. As an otokoyaku she is far from perfection. However, Koike zeroed in on that. "I thought, with the fact that she hasn't perfected herself as an otokoyaku -- wouldn't she be able to cover the singing range that Takarazuka requires for Elisabeth?" In addition, he thought perhaps she had the special qualities of Elisabeth -- a woman of extraordinary figure and overflowing with vitality. In this way, he says, he chose Nagina.

From here, here's the gist of a few other things.

Sena: "I also received the role of Elisabeth as a special appearance in Tsukigumi, coming from Hanagumi. I'm the one who can understand [Nagina's] feelings the most."

T______T >.> ;__________;

The night before was the first time the two of them had practiced together.

That means Kacha finished her performance in Nagoya at about 6:45PM, took a 1.5-hour shinkansen ride to Tokyo and presumably went straight into rehearsing with Asako that evening.

>__________<

I received a lot of faith from seeing Kacha as Oscar. I mean, I won't lie and say her high-range singing doesn't leave some room for improvement. It's good, but not Elisabeth-good yet. Not that Asako's Elisabeth WAS that good.

I just keep vacillating between worrying about how hard she'll be working, and wanting to believe with every fiber of my being that she'll be outstanding.

Need to write her another letter before Berubara is over.
 
 
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breakism on February 16th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
The night before was the first time the two of them had practiced together.

That means Kacha finished her performance in Nagoya at about 6:45PM, took a 1.5-hour shinkansen ride to Tokyo and presumably went straight into rehearsing with Asako that evening.



That is an interesting bit of information. Poor Kacha. D:
utena1409: Wao/Mariutena1409 on February 16th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
I also think Kacha still has little bit of otokoyaku-roughness in her voice, but she has a LOT of time until the Elisabeth run starts (she has nothing else to do after Berubara ends, right?) , so I am sure she will be able to improve her voice until then!
And I pray she's gonna blow us all away! *____*
+Elise+: mariko cielfaux_semblant on February 16th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I put Zuka dvd on my player and clean my room without watching the pictures. And very often I mistook Kacha and your angel's speaking voice. And when I am hearing now her singing voice , I think she really sounds like Arisu's voice (with mistakes ^^: )

So my question to Mister Koike is why didn't he chose Arisu's as Elisabeth if he wanted a great voice ?

(and why he didn't chose Masaki, or Kiriyan ? )

but well anyway as I said on taka community, I hope Kacha will have time to improve (becoming a perfect musumeyaku in some month must be a hard task ...)

finished ^^
quinquinquinquin on February 16th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
This reminded me of how annoying I find the Takarazuka way of making anything that has happened once into some sort of tradition that can't be changed (I want new stagings of plays not just revivals >pout<.) Just because the first Tsukigumi Elisabeth had an otokoyaku from another troupe in the title role doesn't mean that all Tsukigumi Elisabeth staging should.

I hope that they will give Kacha all possible support and training while not running her into the ground. And I *do* hope they have a plan for her after this role. Stating that As an otokoyaku she is far from perfection., then letting her do a major musumeyaku role, I find it hard to guess what she might do after this.
Will she still have a last chance to get a shinko lead?
Jess (Ducky)just_keep_on on February 16th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
That's quite a bit of backhanded compliments, Koike-sensei. Hrmph.

And holy buckets of what-have-you-eaten-that-has-made-you-so-crazy, why oh why must they work these women so hard? ;__; Poor Kacha, that must have been a grueling couple of days.

I just keep vacillating between worrying about how hard she'll be working, and wanting to believe with every fiber of my being that she'll be outstanding.
*worries and believes with you*
Es ist Zeit zu Leben.: Tonami // Elisabethviolet_tango on February 17th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
I can't help myself, I'm still totally hyper about this.

I have no clue why the whole blown up cast thing doesn't really touch me that much, but I certainly know that this upcoming show makes me way to curious, and Kacha does so in particular.
I liked what I heared and saw of her in the press conference.
And I'm happy Asako is taking care of her.
(And didn't Kiriyan call her 'Nagina-chan' in the second half of the clip?)