Scans from the Moon 98 West Side Story programme. I guess they don’t have the rights to release it on DVD but it would have been quite something. I’m especially curious about Juri Sakiho’s Anita and Naruse Kouki’s Action.
Poor Mami is being ostracized by the others. Or maybe its just Rika. And Rika dear, don’t barrel into poor Wao like that; the poor lady was left yelping in surprise (and probably pain too). :Q
*Context: Don’t go by me because the host was speaking too fast and my Japanese listening skills suck, but if I interpreted rightly, the host was asking the OGs, (when they were in Zuka) which junior had no qualms “being rude” (as in, using a casual style of speaking rather than speaking in honorific terms) to their seniors? And Rika was (very) quick to single out poor Mami? ^^ Whatever it is, just seeing how Rika pushed the others away that quickly and Mami’s still clueless expression was funny enough! ^^
Yesterday, I was bored and it was too late in the night day to do anything productive so I researched which Troupe has produced the most Top Stars/musume and where exactly did they reign.
Idek if this has been done before, i was just killing time.
LONG POST AHEAD, PREPARE TO SCROLL IF YOU’RE NHFT
For convenience reasons I only went with people who became Top after (or around, but mostly after) 1980, when the Top Star system allegedly started working things were too fluid before the berubara yonkyou.
Sources are takawiki.com, japanese wikipedia, and googling fansites and retired stars’ official profiles for fact confirmation whenever needed.
This is by no means a definitive list, if you see any mistakes feel free to shoot me a note.
Lists are categorized by Troupe assignment right after hatsubutai and ordered by inauguration date (may not be 100% correct but i did my best).
Brackets state which Troupe each sienne ended up being the Top of.
Asterisks (*) designate a haenuki top. [A haenuki top is someone who became top by rising through the ranks of the troupe they were initially assigned to, without ever being transfered elsewhere.]
Includes some talking-to-myself comments/observations in between.
Top Stars originating in Flower Troupe
Setouchi Miya (Star) Taira Michi (Snow) Anju Mira (Flower)* Maya Miki (Flower)* Makoto Tsubasa (Moon) Shizuki Asato (Cosmos) Aika Mire (Flower)* Shibuki Jun (Moon) Kouju Tatsuki (Star) Takumi Hibiki (Flower)* Haruno Sumire (Flower)* Asami Hikaru (Snow) Sena Jun (Moon) Kiriya Hiromu (Moon) Ranju Tomu (Flower) Sou Kazuho (Snow) Asaka Manato (Cosmos)
Hanagumi has produced by far the most tops the past 35 years, but apparently does not do very well with keeping them. In the musumeyaku front in particular, out of the 6 haenuki top musume, half are from before the 90′s and then it’s like, one a decade.
Kuroki Hitomi (Moon)* Kodama Ai (Moon)* Asano Kayo (Moon)* Kazahana Mai (Moon)* Sen Hosachi (Flower) Dan Rei (Moon/Star) Shirahane Yuri (Star/Snow) Shijou Rui (Cosmos) Yumesaki Nene (Star) Ranno Hana (Flower) Manaki Reika (Moon)* Sakihi Miyu (Snow)
Tsukigumi seems to either make their own top stars or supply from Hana, the only slight exception being Saeko who wandered a bit before returning to her original troupe. There’s a possibility Masao’s successor will break this pattern, though. Note how Masachapi is the first tsuki haenuki top combi since Kuze Seika/Kazahana Mai.
Top Stars originating in Snow Troupe
Jun Mitsuki (Flower) Oura Mizuki (Flower) Mori Keaki (Snow)* Ichiro Maki (Snow)* Takane Fubuki (Snow)* Wao Youka (Cosmos) Takashiro Kei (Cosmos) Aran Kei (Star) Otozuki Kei (Snow)* Ouki Kaname (Cosmos)
Yukigumi has supplied most of Soragumi’s top stars up to date (with Tsuki and Hana tied on second place at 2 each). In recent years they are also raising their own top musume for the most part. It’s also interesting how the 90′s were a chain of haenuki tops in the 3 troupes so far. It’s like they were mostly keeping it tidy then Soragumi happened and boom, major overhaul all around.
Azuma Chiaki (Snow/Star) Haruka Kurara (Star/Snow)* Minakaze Mai (Star)* Koujou Reika (Star)* Akishino Miho (Flower) Marimo Eri (Star)* Hanafusa Mari (Snow/Cosmos) yasqueen.gif Hoshina Yuuri (Star) Emi Kurara (Moon) Hizuki Hana (Cosmos) Aono Yuki (Moon) Hinami Fuu (Star)*
Hoshigumi generally either grows its own tops or sends them to Hana. Since Ootori Ran there seems to be a pattern of alternating between haenuki tops and people who got transfered in (with Wataru’s adventures in Sora and Senka land being the only mild distortion). At the time this is being written the pattern is expected to continue. On the musumeyaku front, look at that list and try to tell me Hoshigumi is not cultivating ground for some real boss musume. Doesn’t seem to keep them unfortunately. Fuu-chan is the first haenuki hoshi top musume in 26 years. Note also, how Ume is to date (October 2015), the only Soragumi top to come from Hoshi (edit: Hanafusa Mari is also from Hoshi originally, the heck @me).
Top Stars originating in Cosmos Troupe
Sagiri Seina (Snow)
Top musumeyaku originating in Cosmos Troupe
Toono Asuka (Star) Kano Maria (Flower)
Well, that was short. Didn’t even bother to write the totals. Being the newest troupe by a landslide has these side effects. Poor Soragumi has never had a haenuki top in its history, in either role and Sora fans are positively starving for one. Many were hoping Kai would be that but now that this is gone up in smoke hope currently rests with Ai-chan, probably (and on the musumeyaku front, Urara. And/or Hoshikaze Madoka? there really is no telling with Hankyu decisions). The future lies ahead, Soragumi!