Friday, January 15, 2010

Mizu Natsuki announces retirement.

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Official Press Release from the Takarazuka Kagekidan

I thought this would happen - but I was hoping that it would not....

Well, there she goes. The speculation had been going around in both the Japanese and Western fandoms for a while, but now it's been made official: Mizu Natsuki, the current otokoyaku (male-role actress) Top Star of the Takarazuka Kagekidan's Yukigumi (Snow Troupe), is retiring on the 15th of September this year.

This news comes one month after her "second man", the otokoyaku Ayabuki Mao, announced *her* retirement for the 25th of April.

I hope that after their retirements Mizu and Ayabuki go on to fulfilling careers or to whatever it is they want to do after the Kagekidan - maybe Mizu could do a J-Rock kind of album, and Ayabuki go full-time into photography?

*goes off to listen to 水夏希「Run」 on repeat*

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