Thursday, July 27, 2017

NOBUNAGA ( 信長 ) : The Will to Power, Moon Troupe, 2016

Ryu Masaki’s final production before stepping down as Top Star of Moon Troupe was Nobunaga: The Will to Power/Forever Love (using the usual Takarazuka format of first act drama, second act revue).  I was lucky enough to see two performances in Tokyo just about a year ago and it’s taken almost that full year to understand what the hell was happening on stage.



(Those completely unfamiliar with the Takarazuka theater troupe may also want to read my introduction piece written after I first saw Takarazuka in 2015.)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

[D.C. Untied 2.14] D.C. United vs Houston Dynamo, July 22, 2017

Five minutes in and Houston wins a corner.


“This is going to be the first goal,” I said to my front row buddy. It’s been that kind of season.


And we then stood in the lightly spitting rain and watched Andrew Wenger head the ball past a stationary Travis Worra--who would end the night with a total of 11 goals allowed over 3 games--with the resignation that comes from knowing that we’ve already blown any hope of making the playoffs and it’s only July.


I took of my rain-spotted glasses and tucked them away in my purse as Paul banged the drum to get our attention.


“D.C. United!”


There was nothing I needed to see out on that field. 

But I kept singing.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

[D.C. Untied 2.13] D.C. United vs Atlanta United FC, June 21, 2017

“Winning feels good, huh? Don’t get used to it. Come on!”


With fifteen minutes to go against Atlanta United FC, Tim wasn’t going to let us get complacent.


D.C. United were up 2-1 but there was still time to blow it. D.C. had spent the past few months racking up defeat after defeat, hitting the crossbar, shooting past open goals, giving up soft goals on corner kicks, and basically playing like the only hardware worth gunning for is the ISC’s Wooden Spoon Trophy.





But on that Wednesday, for one night only, we were winning.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

[D.C. Untied 2.11-12] D.C. United vs Christos FC, June 13, 2017 and Toronto FC vs. D.C. United, June 17, 2017

Last year my brother and I attended the fourth round midweek Open Cup game at the Soccerplex and watched the D.C. United reserves fall to NASL’s troubled Fort Lauderdale Strikers in penalty kicks. Jared Jeffrey walking to the furthest, darkest corner of the field and collapsing after missing the final attempt utterly broke my heart. But that weekend they--and I--picked up and flew to Houston where we drew the Dynamo 0-0 in a hot, humid, rain delayed nail biter of a match. United’s season would veer downwards through July before making a U-turn and going on a tear through late summer into fall.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

[D.C. Untied 2.10] D.C. United vs LA Galaxy, June 3, 2017

Writing these game day posts has been difficult for the last six weeks or so because I honestly don’t really need to re-live this string of scoreless games. As Jason from the Filibuster podcast says, it’s best to just adopt a striker’s mindset. Forget the misses and keep focused on the next chance.


[Five Years of A.B.C-Z #1] Za ABC〜5stars〜 (Part 2 of 2)

(CONTINUED FROM PART 1)

A.B.C-Z, as they explain themselves in the Making & Special Interview included on this DVD single, are five very different talents or “stars”, more powerful united than apart. 

And much like the group itself, their debut single is kind of an odd duck.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

[Five Years of A.B.C-Z #1] Za ABC〜5stars〜 (Part 1 of 2)

I’ve written about A.B.C-Z before (and their excellent mini-series where they play superheroes who can’t ever have sex or their powers vanish) but in their 5th anniversary year as a “debuted” act I am compelled to do so again. This time I’m hoping to make a complete review of their music catalog to date.

For the first post, I've broken the review into two parts to accommodate a bit of historical discussion but moving forward I should be able to contain myself to one post per item.

Item: 「Za ABC〜5stars〜」
Type: DVD Single
Release Date: 2012.02.01

Contents:
1. 「Za ABC〜5stars〜」 Music Clip
2. 「砂のグラス」 Dance Clip
3.   Making & Special Interview
4. 「A.B.C-Z 2011 first Concert in YOYOGI」 Digest with「Dream〜5つの願い〜」








The story has been told and told again but here’s one more crack at it:

Monday, May 29, 2017

[D.C. Untied 2.8-9] D.C. United vs Philadelphia Union, May 13, 2017, and D.C. United vs Chicago Fire, May 20, 2017

“I’m okay with us winning this game with Ortiz’s Oscar,” I said to my sister, referring to the penalty kick won by Jose Ortiz’s “theatrical” fall coupled with what my sister called his “two car pile-up” with Acosta (her favorite player) and converted by Lamar Neagle. “We’ve had enough bad calls against us this season that it all evens out.”


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