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Q: So the curtain went
up recently on your final stage production. How does that feel?
Sagiri: Of course, I’ve
become unable to avoid the thought that I’ll soon be graduating.
Suddenly the feeling hits me. But the play (Sun In the Last Days
of the Shogunate) and the
show (Dramatic S!) are both surrounded by positive energy so I
hardly have time to steep in those feelings (laughs). Plus, I’m not
the type that can get simple enjoyment from things. Whether it’s my
retirement performance or whatever, each and every time it’s a
serious fight and I’ve got to be reckless!–is my style, I believe
Q: During the opening
day greetings you were crying tears…
Sagiri: I was. That
surprised me (laughs). Some people came on their day off, and there
was also a lonely feeling because not everyone could make it so we
couldn’t have this day all together. But your friends are always
there with you no matter what, and I felt all over again the things
we had overcome together. I was also moved by the reaction from the
audience and their response to the shows, and I was so happy I
thought, “Ahhhh, I’m so glad I worked hard to reach this day.”
Q: In 2014 you became the
top star, with your first Grand Theatre show being Lupin the
Third- Pursue the Queen’s Necklace!-
Lupin is a role that has a strong image association in the world
already. What were you you nervous about at first?
I was full of anxiety (laughs). But, as practice went along it became
more and more fun.The biggest help to me was thinking about Lupin’s
appeal- how he just suddenly shows up to help people and then just as
suddenly disappears. Even characters that didn’t appear in the
original work were really brought to life and I could feel the
perfect connection of Yukigumi members in that show. The nervousness
seemed to fly away after that, and I think that was a really good
start (to my top star era.)
The next show was the completely original Hoshiai Hitoyo
(One Night of Stars).
It ran for two performances and came to represent Sagiri Seina as a performer.
That was the first time during a first read-through that I actually
made a noise in my throat. I felt like it was my responsibility to
bring this wonderful story, this dream that could wrap you up in it
and make you cry, to life for the audience. However, once Ueda-sensei’s serious practice sessions start… (laughs) I didn’t really
have free time to be making plans. I really sank into the role
though, didn’t I? To be able to carry off a role so completely
different from Lupin-
I am so grateful to have met with such a great play.
With the acompanying show La Esmeralda the
term “tridente” was coined around you, Sakihi-san, and
Nozomi-san, wasn’t it?
Our roles in the play portion were in a triangle as well, so
Saitou-sensei was kind enough to think of a catchy term to describe
us (laughs). I get the feeling that it was like, “Alright,
let’s get these three to make Yugigumi even more enthused!!”
(laughs). Without Yuumi-chan (Sakihi Miyu) and Daimon (Nozomi Fuuto),
the tridente would have been impossible. So they are absolutely
imperative—without those two this type of relationship would have
The current Yukigumi was born with the three of you at it’s center
but after that, beginning with Rurouni Kenshin,
the whole troupe started to really heat up performance-wise. That’s
the impression that’s given.
Everyone was visually like they jumped straight from the original
work, weren’t they? It was important to give Kenshin fans a show that
they could totally get into as well, so we gave it all of our energy
and it was also a great chance for me to put to use various
role-playing strategies I’d learned to make this really big role come
to life, don’t you think?
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