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19 August 2010 @ 08:07 pm
SERIOUSLY?!?!?!  
I have squeeful things to post about.

Lots of them, actually.

But right now I'm still horrified at the thought of Takarazuka doing "Mei-chan's Butler" and feel the need to say at least a few words on the subject.

This move is, to me, the culmination of everything that's wrong with Takarazuka right now.

I watched the TV drama version of "Mei-chan", and I watched it for a LAUGH, because it is one of the most crazy, unrealistic and delusional shoujo fantasy stories I've ever encountered.

It's too much. It's too much, even for TAKARAZUKA.

But it's perfect if the company wants to make otokoyaku comparable to pop idols and rope in as many teenage / tweenie girl fans as possible.

With Phoenix Wright they sold out to the game fans. With Taiou and Aibou they sold out to the middle-aged ladies who like Korean shows / detective dramas.

But this is just crap. It's CRAP and not only that, it's a SHOUJO MANGA and they'll be making the lead character THE BUTLER.

If there was anything good about that show it was the inner message about the girl who struggles stubbornly to be herself, while trying to figure out who exactly she is / what she wants in the first place. By taking that away and making it into a story about the noble young man who has to teach manners to a girl from the countryside, what will be left of her side of the story?

I'm sick. I feel really sorry for Beni, because I like her, but an evil part of me hopes this doesn't sell.
 
 
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quinquinquinquin on August 19th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
I'll just repeat what I said in another comment: Cast Beni as the girl.
Julie: alice katherine shoulderswao_wao on August 19th, 2010 11:10 am (UTC)
While an amusing thought (a REALLY amusing thought), the show's subtitle わたくしの命に代えてお守りいたします seems clear.
quinquinquinquin on August 19th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
I've only quickly checked out episode one and apart from it being amusing the lead girl is a tomboy and sort of seems like a character that could have an otokoyaku casting.
Ick, worst scenario would be butler as main charactar and tomboy girl cast with an otokoyaku. :-(
Es ist Zeit zu Leben.: Kaname // meep?violet_tango on August 19th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Didn't notice that yet. Hm.

So far I am expecting the show to be hoshigumi crac k, which wouldn't neccessarily be a bad thing.

I have to admit, I understand that Hankyu tries to get more audience, because at least around 2006/07-ish they were at a point at which Hankyu decided to keep Takarazuka as an indipendent company mainly because of the positive effects on the sales of the Hankyu trains that are connected to it. I don't know if they still are as deep in the red figures as before, but with my economist brain, I understand that they at least try different genres, and which audiences they are able to reach with their plays.

Also, is the drama actually meant to be taken serious, or is it rather something like a parody?
Julie: alice katherine shoulderswao_wao on August 19th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
is the drama actually meant to be taken serious, or is it rather something like a parody?

It is absolutely meant to be taken seriously. By teenage girls who would swallow a story this outrageous.
Es ist Zeit zu Leben.: Nacchan // ô_oviolet_tango on August 19th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
Hm... I have watched a few scenes on youtube, and I seriously was sure that this is not meant to be taken seriously.
I hope that at least Beni is not going to take it seriously.
Tiger: ranju tomu → pout! wince! whine!muirin on August 19th, 2010 11:19 am (UTC)
Since I'm in a rush: thank you for that.
I couldn't agree more.

This.. I've tried to watch the drama for all it's worth (it seemed well-liked and received) and in the end I couldn't even watch it for the laughs. And this means something. I'm known for enjoying the greatest trash.
Jen: Oh my gawd!caithion on August 19th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit startled at Yuzurun getting a Nippon Seinenkan for her first Bow. I know she's three or four times as popular as Tomomin, but still.....

PS - But let's be honest. They catapulted themselves into the national consciousness of young tweens in the 70s with BeruBara. Why not a newer comic series, if it sells well?

Edited at 2010-08-19 01:07 pm (UTC)
Julie: alice katherine shoulderswao_wao on August 19th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit startled at Yuzurun getting a Nippon Seinenkan for her first Bow.

Remember that Tomomin's Bow was a sudden, previously unscheduled announcement. I'll bet they couldn't *get* her a Seinenkan run even if they'd wanted to.

Why not a newer comic series, if it sells well?

BECAUSE THERE ARE BETTER COMICS THAN THIS.

That's why I'm so bothered, really, because there's so much good literature to be mined that ISN'T a delusional fantasy about butlers who pledge their lives to teenage girls and wait on them hand and foot but they aren't supposed to fall in love.

Edited at 2010-08-19 01:23 pm (UTC)
Jen: Bowie - Hmmm....caithion on August 19th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
*shrugs* It's not my cup of tea, precisely, but I can see how it would be a guilty pleasure. And it won the best drama award last year.

And it does poke fun at itself, sometimes, as a series-- I remember friends who are fans telling me so. The entire title is full of silly puns! I think Yuzurun will be hilarious as a pretty-boy butler, and you can't tell me it wouldn't appeal to her sense of humor.
filante_saikoufilante_saikou on August 19th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
This move is, to me, the culmination of everything that's wrong with Takarazuka right now. . . . But it's perfect if the company wants to make otokoyaku comparable to pop idols and rope in as many teenage / tweenie girl fans as possible.
This seems to be a recent trend, like with the methodical youthifying of troupes that seems to be going on. I remember quite recently when I had a fleeting thought about how Takarazuka has become more of a higher-level idol factory, where girls get great acting/singing/what have you training, and after some time in the theatre, hope to get a contract and get out ASAP. It wasn't a good feeling, so I pushed those thoughts out of my head. :/
As for "Mei-chan's Butler," I haven't read or seen the drama, but did a quick read-up on both via wiki, and all I have to say is... "gah, really? D:"
A fascination frantic in a ruin that's romantic: Ayane-chan CAUTIONshirabyoshi on August 19th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
With Taiou and Aibou they sold out to the middle-aged ladies who like Korean shows / detective dramas.

... But with Aibou, at least they made a wonderful stage out of it. Dancing reindeer girls, and a beautiful and uplifting message about the value of every human life. That's Takarazuka to me, no matter the source material.
Fyre: Demons being prettifulfyrie on August 19th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
But it's perfect if the company wants to make otokoyaku comparable to pop idols and rope in as many teenage / tweenie girl fans as possible.

It, unfortunately, does make business sense, when the larger part of their audience is middle-aged housewives. They need to get the next generation as well, if they want to maintain their business.
michiru42: Sailor Neptunemichiru42 on August 20th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
I agree. Reaching out to new audiences and trying new things isn't selling out, it's good business.

Don't get me wrong, reading summaries and stuff, they could have chosen a better story. But this is a POPULAR story that will bring in new people, and that's important right now.
konata_01: Kacha 1konata_01 on August 20th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
I have the worst timing on the history on the planet.
I leave for Cuba and then come back and Alice is retiring. I leave for Ottawa, and now THIS is happening. Seriously, WHYYYY???????
And Phoenix Wright isn't really selling out to the game fans. Without it, I personally would not have discovered Takarazuka at all. Plain and simple. Plus, it worked really well for Hankyu (although I can't say I supported the OCs. I most certainly did not.)
Okay, back on topic....
Seriously Hankyu. Of all things, WHY THIS MANGA??? UGH. There are a million more well-written shoujo manga out there and you pick THIS ONE. SIGH.
But then, the only other good butler manga, Kuroshitsuji, was already taken. Hankyu needs to be a bit quicker >_>

michiru42: Surprised Alexielmichiru42 on August 22nd, 2010 06:43 am (UTC)
Holy scha-moley! The TV show is nothing to the manga!

I just read some of the manga and...in the manga Mei is thirteen, Rihito is twenty-one...and Grandpa orders Rihito to have sex with Mei (who is totally useless, by the way--none of the spunk of the TV show, and all her decisions are based on whether or not Rihito will love her) so "her heart won't stray".

Ew. Ew. Ew. Ew. Ew.
Julie: alice kathy disapprovewao_wao on August 23rd, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
I'm... extremely disturbed to hear that the drama was actually an IMPROVEMENT on the manga D: D: D:
michiru42: PGSM Dark Mercurymichiru42 on August 24th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
The more I read, the more freaked out I'm getting. Aside from the 21-year-old on 13-year-old sex instigated by dear ol' granddad, Rihito's hobby is listed as "picking on people". I mean...are we supposed to like that? @_@ Is that supposed to be sexy? And a lot of the girls are way meaner to their butlers--Rika throws hers out when he loses his duel against Rihito, instead of telling Mei how important to her he is to her, like Rika says in the dorama.
I've gotta be honest: I think I'm hoping for a dorama adaptation at this point.
michiru42: BKmichiru42 on August 24th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
And oh, all Mei's decisions are based on whether or not they'll make Rihito happy. She does NOTHING independantly. Can't even make udon like in the show. Just keeps tripping and crying and needing Rihito to clean up after the adorable messes she makes.

Puke.