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22 January 2010 @ 11:46 pm
Why it sucks to be a fan of musumeyaku  
I feel sick, just sick.

Mika-chan, Mika-chan, Mika-chan ;_________________________;

Was the stress too much? Is one year of top stardom really enough?

Or did you feel driven out by your own troupe's fans?

Hankyuu seems to be determined to make me unhappy with the state of almost all star musumeyaku, as one of the only tops I was still certain to like is going to leave in half a year.

And in most troupes no one can even say who their nibante musumeyaku is because they're all so young the position is just as easy to ignore / gloss over.

I just feel sick, sick, sick T________________T

I shouldn't say this. I've been thinking it for so long and holding back, but I think I'm going to say it now.

All these troupes, all the star musumeyaku are going to be shinko-age from the top down.

I love Alice-chan so very much and will continue to love and respect her very very much if she holds out and stays.

But I wouldn't blame her if she left, either.

Project "Don't Get So Upset By Fandom", tonight, is a big failure.
Current Mood: depresseddepressed
Tellychansailortelevator on January 22nd, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
Project "Don't Get So Upset By Fandom", tonight, is a big failure.

I agree. I try to not get too upset over retirements, I try to think that it's for the best and all that, but there have just been too many blows now. I really had my hopes set for KeiMika. <3 And now...? What? KeiMimi? KeiTransfer? No Kei at all? ARGH. I really don't approve.

And not to mention that I really, REALLY love Mika. She's so sweet and gentle, and so talented. T______________T
Julie: alice kathy disapprovewao_wao on January 22nd, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
Kimu x Mimi. I'd bet almost anything on it, if I weren't so sick of betting on things.

Edited at 2010-01-22 03:12 pm (UTC)
Tellychansailortelevator on January 22nd, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
I think so too.

AND I DON'T WANT! T____________T
Tellychan: failsailortelevator on January 22nd, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
lol at inapp icon. :P
quinquin: yuzumi hatquinquin on January 22nd, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
I can understand if they have a younger musumeyaku top in one troupe but having all musumeyaku in or barely out of shinkos seems to be a bad choice.

Oddly enough I've followed some of the discussion around the Ohitorisama j-drama and there people have been whining about the current trend of older women-younger men pairings that apparently is going on. I was kind of wondering if Takarazuka would catch on to that but it doesn't look likely :-(
A fascination frantic in a ruin that's romantic: Aihara Mikashirabyoshi on January 22nd, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
And in most troupes no one can even say who their nibante musumeyaku is ...

Sakurano Ayane > Shirahana Remi > Amasaki Chihana
Aono Yuki > Ranno Hana
Aihara Mika > Otsuki Sayu > Maihane Mimi
Yumesaki Nene > Kitori Mariya(?)
Nono Sumika > Hanakage Arisu > Aihana Chisaki(?)

At the moment, I think Hoshigumi is the only troupe in which there's real confusion on this point. And they had a much-loved nibante musumeyaku up till November, when she transferred to become top in another kumi. The present uncertainty can be laid at the feet of Ueda Keiko, who unaccountably failed to give either Kitori Mariya or Otoha Minori a lead over the other one in the current play. It will probably become clear in a couple of months when we see who plays opposite Ouki Kaname in her Bow.

One may or may not like who they are -- I'm none too enthusiastic myself about a lot of these girls, perhaps just because I haven't had the chance to get to know them yet -- but we do usually know who they are.
Julie: alice katherine shoulderswao_wao on January 23rd, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
And in six months, we won't know anymore.
A fascination frantic in a ruin that's romantic: Angels MYSGshirabyoshi on January 23rd, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
The star track for musumeyaku has always been so fluid and unpredictable... in six months, girls who have barely appeared on the radar so far could get Bow leads and shinko leads and do well in them, or completely new girls could appear. So, again, we may not like it -- we may wish very much for better-established musumeyaku in those positions -- but I think we'll probably have at least some idea. >sigh<

I'm not disagreeing with you only to be contrary. I just think this is the reality of it. Musumeyaku have always followed a shorter path to stardom, and I think there have also usually been more girls promoted than they can find room for. The current situation is more extreme, certainly.

But when these types of discussion come up I always wonder what the situation looks like to people who have ten or twenty years' head start on us us fans, who may well have seen it all before. I wish I could get a better idea of demographic trends over a longer period of time...
ruderal_speciesruderal_species on January 25th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Yumesaki Nene > Kitori Mariya(?)

According to the new Takarazuka 2010 Guide, we don't HAVE a nibante musumeyaku. We were the only troupe without ANY musumeyaku in our "Star File" page. :(
3peanuts3peanuts on January 22nd, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
Pah! I can't even remember the names of most the girls on the escalator to Stardom. Frankly, it might be I'm getting old, but it's more likely they didn't even have time to do anything memorable...
K: Are you thinking...happy_riceball on January 22nd, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
I was really, really shocked to see this news today. I can't imagine what would make Mika leave. Certainly it couldn't have been lack of support? All the doubters I knew were turned immediately when they saw her actually perform, and she's so cute and talented...

I suppose it'll be Mimi, since she was paired with Kimu for Bow Halls? Assuming Kimu doesn't up and leave too. Because really, I don't know anymore. *sulks against wall*
Julie: alice katherine shoulderswao_wao on January 23rd, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
All the doubters I knew were turned immediately when they saw her actually perform...

This cannot necessarily be said of hardcore fans in Japan, who I fear are perhaps more in the majority.
Proactively Untwist Octagonal Hippopotamus Pants: takarazuka - mii-chan nodramaturgca on January 22nd, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Good lord. Already? That's insane!
ayansai: Don't Panic!ayansai on January 23rd, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)

Jeebus, Yukigumi is all kinds of messed up right now D: