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27 January 2009 @ 11:54 pm
Actually, I wasn't ready at all.  
I was going to try to properly translate parts of Ume-chan's retirement press conference, but I'm feeling sniffly and really tired now.

Basically she said ever since she was given the top position the thought of when to retire has always been on her mind, but she decided for certain during the Tokyo run of Paradise Prince. (Jeez. Kind of makes me think of how Mihoko made her decision during A-rex.)

She says that entering Takarazuka was her dream, and after making that dream a reality she found it wasn't all fun; some of it was very trying. Despite that, the support of her fans is what gave her the courage to keep putting one foot in front of the other.


It just tears me up to think that she wasn't happy. I just thought... Everything I heard and read about Ume-chan while she was out with her injury was that she was dying to be onstage again. She cried on ParaPuri shonichi...

Oh god, this is bad. I really need to sleep this off. Don't expect me to be available tomorrow morning.
Current Mood: morosemorose
lliri_blanclliri_blanc on January 27th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
It sounds to me like she realized that she'd gotten what she wanted out of the experience, even after wanting to go back so badly after Reimei. And there's nothing wrong with that. I expect she'll have a lot more to accomplish outside of Takarazuka.
+Elise+: chie larmesfaux_semblant on January 27th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
it s like she was disapointed by something when she came back after her injury... I am sure after her retirement she will explain it better ^^;; (I can imagine her writing a book about her "dreams and desilusion" in her Taka life ....)
+Elise+: chie larmesfaux_semblant on January 27th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Ooops I forgot to write but when she performed Parapuri in Taka , one time I saw the show , she fell (terrible one on the stomach in the mini stairs ) and the audience laughed (???? *.* ) I can imagine myself in this moment like in "La Scala de Milan"..... with the envy to face the public and shout : "do you think it s funny!!!!??? " then leave the stage and say bye bye to all ...

(my english is so bad this evening I hope you will understand something ^^;;; )
Ms. Brittladybretagne on January 27th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Well, I can understand that dichotomy of dying to get back and perform again but at the same time being burnt out by it. Performing is a weird thing that way, because you can simultaneously be absolutely miserable without it but be almost as unhappy doing it.
Becca: Micchan and Tacchin in The Second Lifemuffin_song on January 27th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
I have to say, I really admire her honesty here. It makes me respect her even more.
Es ist Zeit zu Leben.: Asako & Mihoko // Comfort.violet_tango on January 27th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Frankly said, I am out of words.
But I at least wanted to give you a virtual hug. :(

You know, I think Ume-chan is one of the most ambitious musumeyaku I ever knew. And I guess there comes a point where she isn't content anymore with what Takarazuka offers her, especially if she decides that now is the time to decide herself what to do and what not to do with her life.

Edited at 2009-01-27 06:47 pm (UTC)
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D.: Mikaberrycherry on January 27th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
You know, this is the actual reason I love Ume so much. Because she is everything but standard japanese and standard musumeyaku. Because she speaks her mind and says things that are considered a taboo. I guess we all know that being a Sienne must be hell of a tiresome job but so few actually say it out loud.
In all honesty, I'm more exited about Ume leaving because she'll have an awesome career in the... uhm... outside world (^^;) than if she were to stay in Takarazuka.