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Shibuki Jun in Jazzmania
SUPER impromptu stream (forgive the terrible picture): I’ve had a tumultuous last couple weeks (lots of downs, and a big up), but things seem to be settling down now, and dammit, it’s Pride here in Brooklyn and I need something sparkly to celebrate.

SO! Come share an All-Revue Takarazuka stream with me tonight! If you don't know what Takarazuka is, it is an all-female musical theater company in Japan, and their revues are Vegas-style song and dance extravaganzas.

Jazzmania (Shibuki Jun lead version), and Revue ‘99 (Aika Mire in a Revue-themed revue) possibly with other surprises after. 8:30 pm EST at https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project , come join me!
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes
@ Takarazuka stream, tonight 5/28, 9 pm EST on https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project

LITERAL space opera!

Yoshiki Tanaka’s science fiction series “Legend of the Galactic Heroes” aka “Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu” and the all-female musical theater of the Takarazuka Revue. There are no subtitles yet, but as a  book fan, I will be able to explain the plot in chat.

Note, if you like Star Wars Clone Wars I suspect you’ll like Legend of the Galactic Heroes. The first three novels are out in English, and the new anime is supposedly due out this fall. (There’s a very, very, very long 90′s anime of it bootleg translated on Youtube, but you could just, you know. Read the books.)

The European timezone rescreening screening to come in the near future.

 

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Title: Let the Dice Fall Where They May
Rating: PG-13
Tags/Warnings: Character death, Anti-hero protagonist
Characters/Pairings: Gen, no pairing. Phasma, Maz Kanata, Lando, Armitage Hux
Summary: When the First Order and the New Republic go to war, who wins? Phasma, if she has anything to say about it.

Captain Phasma has begun to realize that her vision for the First Order conflicts with that of the Supreme Leader - specifically, she would prefer that they continue to survive.

Meanwhile, Lando pretends to be Rick from Casablanca, Leia finally gets to do some really hands on diplomacy, and Maz Kanata is a funny, terrifying force of nature.

Notes: Super TLDR, but if you want to see them, and have spoilers for who dies, click here.

Opening crawl: Turmoil shakes the galaxy following the destruction of the planet Hosnian Prime at the hands of the FIRST ORDER. Alliances and factions spring up at every turn, on the edge of all-out war.

The RESISTANCE led by General Leia Organa grows in strength as fighters and resources from every corner of the REPUBLIC flood in to face the First Order threat. Luke Skywalker has returned with Rey, seeking a new path for the Jedi.

The First Order's power grows as well, for some planets come to its banner or try to appease the warlike fleet.

Read more... )
or read it on AO3 here.
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A work thing came up and I started an hour late. Pop in to see Singin in the Rain here! https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project We're starting with a few minutes of finale to give people time to show up.
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VHS cover of Singin in the Rain 2003 Hoshigumi

Back for another stream by popular request! Singin In The Rain (Hoshi, 2003). Starring Aran Kei, Yamato Yuuga and Hizuki Hana!

TONIGHT! March 29, 2017, 8pm EST at https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project

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Poster with Shibuki Jun dressed as a pirate

Great Pirates (2001) and Blue Moon Blue (2000) stream! Tonight, 2/25, 9 PM EST!

Great Pirates: Shibuki Jun turns pirate to get revenge on other pirates!  Pirate dances ensue, as do wigs of varying quality. Bonus Yamato Yuga!

Blue Moon Blue: A revue with Makoto Tsubasa as a reincarnated prince looking for love, plus Shibuki Jun as an overly forward snake god. Great music, sparkly costumes aaaaand random bunny girls.

ETA: It’s going to be https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project after all, but we may need to move after Great Pirates for Blue Moon Blue. I’ll keep you posted.

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So I bought an iTunes Japan giftcard to buy Takarazuka songs, followed all the online how-to instructions on creating an iTunes Japan account when you don’t live there, and it still didn’t work.

Here's the relevant screen:

It may be something about the latest iteration of iTunes + Windows, I don't know. Or it may be that I screwed this up in some way that is not obvious to me.

Does anyone have any help or advice? Whatever you can do for me, fellow fans, I'd appreciate it.
 
ETA:

Fixed! Thanks bizarro-sai and chibi-koun! Apparently it was Windows that was the culprit, and once I got brave enough to use my ipod (After backing it up) and get over my fears of it erasing all my data, it worked great.

Bought my songs, converted them to MP3, copied them to my non-iTunes-purchased music folder, logged out, logged in as my US account, and “added new files”. Woo!
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So I’ve made the offer to fellow Takarazuka fans that I will rip their VHS tapes to DVD and/or video file for preservation for free.

If you want me to do that for you, I promise, I will not stream those video files without your permission. I will not give those video files to anyone else, except:

A) Someone else who has the exact same VHS, because I’m too lazy efficient to rip the same tape twice.

B) An academic librarian, on some far off day, for the preservation of the art form, if you fall off a cliff and die.

C) You, or someone who you tell me to.
grey_bard: (Reinstall universe)
Drop by https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project starting at 10 pm EST tonight for an online New Years Eve party of ridiculous. Luna with Shibuki Jun and Makoto Tsubasa and wee!Yamato Yuuga will be playing (Rock Stars! Moon gods! Mad scientists!) as well as selections from Action!

I have a mission for you, though, dear readers: Bring me links of delicious crack! If you know a ridiculous vid or clip* currently on Youtube (or other similar platform) and you feel like sharing.... Share with the party! We'll watch it together!




(*Please no rape, gory murder or other massively triggering things. Those can definitely be the subject of cracky dark humor, see the Game of Thrones vid "Heads Will Roll", but maybe not the right thing for tonight)


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Singin in the Rain Takarazuka cover

Singin in the Rain the Takarazuka musical, starring Aran Kei as Don Lockwood and Yamato Yuuga as Cosmo Brown

Also, Dream Festival ‘94 celebrating 80 years of Takarazuka with all four troupes at the time, various musical numbers and FOUR different takes on Gone With The Wind including a comedic version and a set-in-Japan one.

TODAY Saturday, November 26, 9pm EST. There will be a morning stream next weekend for people residing in Europe, or who miss this stream.

You can find the stream here: https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project , and you can check what times these are in your timezone at the Takarazuka stream schedule here: https://trello.com/b/zPKbMvay/streaming-schedule
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Star Wars: The Jedi Fall @ Takarazuka (2704 words) by Grey_Bard
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Padmé Amidala/Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi/Satine Kryze
Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala
Additional Tags: Takarazuka Revue, References to Takarazuka Kagekidan, Imaginary Musicals, Humor, Yukigumi

Summary: The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, as adapted into musical theater by the Takarazuka Revue of Japan.

(Let's just imagine that licensing out the Disney songbook for an album was only the beginning of Disney's relationship with the all-female musical theater troupe, the Takarazuka Revue. Sparkles, discontinuity, casting and lightsaber interpretive dance ensue. )

A Detailed Summary of The Jedi Fall @ Takarazuka as written by an American fan
 

Act 1 - The Phantom Menace: As the curtains and the suns of Tatooine rise Shmi Skywalker, a slave, sings "As the Suns Rise, so Rises Hope" to her son Anakin. In it, she tells him that like the suns, hope always returns, including her hope for her child. The music is influenced by and includes parts of "Binary Sunset" from the original Star Wars score.  )

Or read it on AO3 here.


To people new to Takarazuka: I encourage you to read this short explanation of what the heck I'm talking about and check out tumblr.com/tagged/takarazuka for more of the delightful sparkly all-female musical crack that is this fandom.
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Tomorrow, Sunday 10/23, 9:30 pm EST, I welcome you to the Takarazuka Flashback Project’s next stream of converted VHS vintage takarazuka, Tango Argentina (Hanagumi 2000) and the revue Prestige (Tsukigumi, 1996). I'll try to open the stream a half hour early with some music or clips from other revues.

Contrary to what I originally believed, it does not feature tango in Argentina. No, it features an Argentinian immigrant (I think) dancing tango in Paris. Because he’s an artist, and all artists must live in Paris, obviously! Also it features characters angstily dancing their feelings about World War I and a happy ending.

Prestige starts out as a dignified revue, and then degenerates into delicious crack. I heavily endorse it.

There will also be a morning stream on Monday 10/24 at 10:30 am EST.

Everyone welcome! (Even if you don't know me or anything about Takarazuka.)

You can find the stream here: https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project , and you can check what times these are in your timezone at the Takarazuka stream schedule here: https://trello.com/b/zPKbMvay/streaming-schedule

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First ever Takarazuka Flashback Project video livestream!

The show from Action! (aka Action! Act 1) starring Saki Asaji plus the Jazzmania revue starring Makoto Tsubasa!

9 pm EST, Wednesday 9/28!

Action! is a sf/fantasy crack show set at Christmas including robots, drunken wannabe rockstars and body-swap as well as Saki Asaji’s sunny, goofy smile. Jazzmania is a jazz-themed revue great for Makoto Tsubasa’s voice and Old Hollywood savoir faire... with random added anachronistic machine guns and silver lamé.

You don’t need to know anything about Takarazuka (sparkly genderbending musicals) or speak any Japanese to enjoy this stream, I promise! New fan-friendly!

The link will be posted on this journal, closer to the time.


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I’m almost ready to stream the first batch of classic 90’s/early 2000s Takarazuka rips from Kadorienne's Takarazuka VHS collection, and I’m trying to decide when to do it and what to show first.

You don't need to know anything about Takarazuka (sparkly genderbending all-female Japanese musicals), livestreaming video and chats (just click the link!), or me (seriously, this is open to all fans.)

I'm trying to decide which shows and revues to show first, and what times to show them. If you're interested, please click the poll!:

Poll #17671 Takarazuka Flashback Project
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 0

What shows do you want to watch first?

Cesare Borgia, Tsuki (Stabby, vaguely incesty, Rennaisance Italy)
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Tango Argentina, Hana (There is tango, in Argentina)
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Prisoner of Zenda, Tsuki (Identical cousins, court intrigue, 1800’s)
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Dal Lake no Koi, Hoshi (Beautiful and angsty in India, no brownface)
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Action!, Hoshi (Fantasy crack show at Christmas. Robots and body-swap)
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What revues do you want to watch first?

Prestige, Tsuki (Mix of legit and crack)
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Revue ‘99, Hana (Extra long revue with some classic Takarazuka songs)
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Jazzmania, Tsuki (High quality jazz-themed revue)
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Action’s revue, Hoshi (American pop themed. Extensive Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson sequence)
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At what times could you generally watch an online stream?

Thursdays, 9pm- midnight EST
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Fridays, 9pm-midnight EST
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Saturdays, 9pm - midnight EST
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Sundays 1pm-4pm EST (rarer)
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Wednesdays 1pm - 4 pm EST (rarer)
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Wednesdays 11am - 2 pm EST (rarer)
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Fridays 1 pm-4pm EST (rarer)
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A close friend of mine has some Takarazuka rarities on VHS, and as you may know, a couple months ago, the last manufacturer of VHS players stopped making them. So for her personal use, archival purposes, and streaming possibilities, she’d like me to convert them to digital files or dvd, well, somehow.

The less said about my sad attempts with EasyCap, the better.

(Since VHS is now officially an obsolete format, and these items are not, and never have been, available on DVD, I really do feel we’ve done our ethical due diligence, although I understand if you disagree.)

A number of options and brands are discussed online, but I’d really love to hear from people who have done it themselves, what worked for them.
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So I showed a bunch of Takarazuka (all-female Japanese musicals) @con-txt and I promised people I’d give them a rundown online so they can explore more. Here it is!

“Guys and Dolls” from the 2002 Moon Troupe aka Tsukigumi production starring Shibuki Jun
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vwqU4TARyPw

The TI Project sampler disk (http://ti-project.livejournal.com/19814.html) skipping Quiz Hexagon, The Flower Halftime Show, The Lovers’ Suicide, Tale of Two Cities and Phantom.
Cocktail (http://ti-project.livejournal.com/38752.html) skipping the Tequila basketball number.
This tango number to Libertango starring Yoka Wao and Hanafusa Mari https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euBei_vd5L8
Hikari to Kage from Legend of the Galactic Heroes, aka the “Let me dubcon you into accepting my fealty and also my glowing prosthetic eye” number. (No, seriously, it’s amazing, watch it.) http://amuseoffyre.tumblr.com/post/58527774294/yukinojou-drcalvin-hikari-to-kage-yuumi
Yami ga Hirogaru (the “Let me seduce you, young prince, I am male but Death and therefore this isn’t gay, but it totally is” number) from, I believe but am not sure, the 1996 Star Troupe aka Hoshigumi production of Elisabeth https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KcE8cN4OXbo
(Note: Sorry to everyone who made awesome suggestions that I didn’t use this time. I haven’t been able to find the clips you suggested, but I’ll keep looking!)

P.S. The Takarazuka Fan Podcast has just released an episode on how to get into Takarazuka, if that's relevant to your interests. http://caithion.net/takarazukapodcast/2016/08/03/episode-13-how-to-get-into-takarazuka/
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As distinctive a visual figure as she is, Captain Phasma has not actually had many lines. Yet few as they are, they are consistent, painting a very distinctive verbal picture. There is such a thing as a specific Phasma voice. As a dialogue obsessive writer, I felt the need to collect and analyze it all, and since I put the work in, I felt that I might as well share it.

Collected here is every line of Phasma dialogue which I could find at the time of writing this. If I am missing any lines from The Force Awakens, Before the Awakening and Poe Dameron #2, let me know!

Analysis:

Phasma's speech patterns are precise and educated, bordering on formal. In all situations except her short period as a hostage on Starkiller, she projects self-assurance. Arguably, she is fully aware of this effect, and using it intentionally.

Read more... )Transcript

Read more... )
Also available on Tumblr here: http://grey-bard.tumblr.com/post/147169164814/captain-phasma-dialogue-analysis-and-transcript
grey_bard: (Heroism)
I have long loved Star Wars and Star Wars fic, since long before TFA was a gleam in Disney's eye. I have Han/Luke zines, okay? But anyway TFA happened and rattled around in my head, and I got struck by a fic idea that seems obvious to me but no one has done yet, and it's eating my brain. And weirdly, I think it will be good practice and training wheels for the orig fic that I still keep poking.

The fic's not going to happen any time soon, because grad school, and it may not pan out, but I'm sufficiently invested that I've already filled up a mini-notebook with notes for the damn thing, and I signed up for a fic tumblr just (and pretty much only) so I can join the mini version of the Star Wars Big Bang (I suspect I'll end up writing more than mini, but baby steps, baby steps).

TLDR, here's where you come in: I already have my hands on the original trilogy, Before The Awakening, the TFA Visual Dictionary, and TFA Cross Sections. Can anyone suggest other good sources to glean more information about the TFA-era state of the New Republic, any details about the First Order and the political state of the galaxy?

Also, is anyone interested in helping me work out world building stuff, subplot brainstorming, and so on? It wouldn't be terribly onerous, I just need someone to babble Star Wars at me and tell me which ideas sound good and which ones have massive holes. I have learned the lesson of George Lucas: ask smart people who are not yourself what they think!
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So apparently for all my thinking and dreaming of Yuletide, I got the day of signups wrong because I was in the middle of %$&%^$ midterm papers and missed it.

DAMMIT. I have never missed Yuletide before.

Well, I guess I'll just have to treat or pinch hit. And do [community profile] fandom_stocking 

I feel really down about this.

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Meet Frank and Sadie Doyle: Toast of the upper crust, headliners on the society pages, and, oh yes... They see ghosts! Think Nick and Nora Charles, but minus dog and baby, plus being experts in the supernatural. I love it so very, very much.

Beyond Belief is a podcast radio show that's part of the "Thrilling Adventure Hour" anthology podcast - for a typical case, a great example episode is "Caped Fear". (Did I mention it stars Paget Brewster as Sadie Doyle?)

Ill-met in Amtor (or The Wrath of Con) (2057 words) by Grey_Bard
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Thrilling Adventure Hour
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Frank Doyle/Sadie Doyle
Characters: Frank Doyle, Sadie Doyle
Additional Tags: Humor, Fans, Conventions, Work Contains Fandom Elements, Beyond Belief, Based on a True Story, Except for Moloch, 1930's fandom wank
Summary: Frank and Sadie face down blue beverages, warring fans and an angry blood god.

Join Frank and Sadie Doyle as they walk beyond belief in tonight's episode Ill-met in Amtor, or The Wrath of Con )

Or read it on AO3 here.