Revue Corner #2: Don Juan

Correction: Anna and Elin were uncertain as to whether Arisa Hitomi’s character Elvira was married to Don Juan or not – the information in the show leaflet was misguiding. We hope the uncertainty comes across in the episode, and would like to add that they are probably not husband and wife. We only know that she is bitter. And fabulous.

Links: (siennes listed in order of first mention)
Don Juan @takawiki
Al Capone @takawiki
Don Juan shonichi video @facebook
Nozomi Fuuto @takawiki
Karyou Shizuru @takawiki
Ayakaze Sakina @takawiki
Towaki Sea @takawiki
Irodori Michiru @takawiki
Arisa Hitomi @takawiki
Kiraha Reo @takawiki
Ema Naoki @takawiki
Miho Keiko @takawiki
Carmen dress (Nene) (Mari) (Chapi)
Gekijou Jose to Carmen @takawiki
Tybalt’s Jacket (Romijuri) (Don Juan)
Romeo and Juliette @takawiki

Glossary:
Daimon: Nozomi Fuuto’s nickname
Yukigumi: Snow Troupe
Hoshigumi: Star Troupe
Shan-shan: used at the end of the finale when they walk down the staircase – an adorned piece of prop with a ribbon attached at the bottom. They are normally held in both hands to stretch out the ribbon.

3 thoughts on “Revue Corner #2: Don Juan”

  1. Elvira was a former nun who is now Don Juan’s wife (I think one can read in between the lines to see what happened there, haha). Don Juan obviously does not honor his marriage vows which is why she is always pressing him about their “promise.” In the French musical, Elvira is more subdued and happens to walk in on Don Juan in the middle of his many liaisons whereas Takarazuka’s Elvira seems to seek out Don Juan and actively tries to break up his affairs.

    This show as a musical was just fabulous and one of the best things I have seen. I can’t go on enough about how well everyone sings and emotes. What makes this role so unique is that while Daimon in costume is undeniably sexy, Don Juan is a complete jerk. As in the original musical, you are not rooting for this character at all, and a lot of Japanese fans describe him as クズ (scum) in the first act. In many interviews, Daimon spoke about wanting to be appealing based on the substance within her role as opposed to her looks. She’s succeeded and then some. It’s easy for her to be good looking and it’s easy for her to be a baddie, but she worked really hard to make this character utterly despicable. And yet despite how much of an jerk he is, Daimon manages to make us somehow feel sympathy for Don Juan, who experiences “real love” for the first time. In my opinion, this is “Don Juan,” the musical. And just happens to be played by an all women’s cast. It does have its Takarazuka elements and tropes at times but they don’t distract from the show. And I don’t believe it was Ikuta-sensei’s goal nor the goal of the actresses to make the audience fall for their characters.

    Can’t wait for the DVD to come out — I still find myself singing the songs every day. Here are some links if anyone’s interested:

    *The original 2003 French musical on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD6_Kez8rlY
    Highly recommended.

    *Some Japanese press reports and reviews I translated:
    http://snow-poppy.livejournal.com/20334.html
    You can also find my impressions on both the Yokohama and Umeda runs on there but if you want to avoid spoilers stick to the review translations.

    1. Thank you for listening and for your comment!
      And thanks for clearing up the confusion around Elvira and Don Juan’s relationship. A lot of people we’ve talked to didn’t catch that they were married and I was probably too distracted during her explanation to realize (I blame Ema Naoki).

      I also can’t wait for the DVD – we were lucky enough to be there on the day of recording 🙂

      Thank you for the links and your translations! 😀

  2. I love costume-spotting too! Having been out of fandom for a while, I’m probably not as good at it as I used to be… >.>;;

    I’m impressed by your high praise for this show. I had heard that Daimon was good at playing dark / evil characters, and Don Juan seems like no exception! But it also sounds like there is excellent singing / music in general, which is always a plus for me <3 (I'm glad that the DVD was filmed after the changes you mentioned for the Osaka run, though… incest, yuck DX)

    BUT what absolutely tips the scales for me is Kiraha Reo showing off her tummy!?!? I must, must see this *_______*

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