Like a Black Panther / Dear DIAMOND!!
Picture Credit: garnet // official chirashi
English Title: Like a Black Panther / Dear DIAMOND!! －The Eternal Brilliance of 101 Carats－
Japanese Title: 黒豹の如く / Dear DIAMOND!! －101カラットの永遠の輝き－
Romanized Title: Kurohyou no Gotoku / Dear DIAMOND!! －101 Karatto Eien no Kagayaki－
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 02/06 - 03/09; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 03/27 - 05/10
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 02/24; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 04/09
Like a Black Panther:
Author: Shibata Yukihiro
Director/Choreographer: Sha Tamae
Composer: Oota Takeshi, Tama Shouichi, Saitou Tsuneyoshi
Choreographer: Hirasawa Satoshi
Conductor (Tokyo): Uegaki Satoshi
Shinjin Kouen Director: Ueda Kumiko
Author/Director: Fujii Daisuke
Composer: Aoki Tomoko, Teshima Kyouko
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Miori Yumino, Wakao Risa, ANJU, SHUN
Conductor (Tokyo): Uegaki Satoshi
Available on DVD: Yes (release date 04/30/15)
Available on Blu-Ray: Yes (release date 04/30/15)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: Yes
The music from “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” has been replaced in Dear DIAMOND scene 10.
|Count Antonio de Odalys (aptain and Chief of Staff in the Spanish Navy)||Yuzuki Reon||Rei Makoto|
|Caterina de Ramirez (The widow of Marquis Ramirez, and Antonio’s former love)||Yumesaki Nene||Kisaki Airi|
|Duke Victor de Alarcon (The leading business magnate in Spain)||Kurenai Yuzuru||Mao Yuuki|
|Marquis Alonso de Banderas (A military veteran and Antonio’s uncle)||Ema Naoki||Hyuuga Ran|
|Irene Claves (The owner of a dressmaking shop)||Mari Yuzumi||Marina Mayu|
|Sanchez (A bank president)||Miki Chigusa||Takuto Rei|
|Mrs. Palmero||Marino Yui||Katori Reira|
|Viscount Sebastian de Diaz (A Captain in the Spanish Navy and Commanding Officer)||Toki Irisu||Hiroka Yuu|
|Sonia||Otohana Yuri||Murasaki Rira|
|Bertran / “Seven Seas” member||Tsurumi Mayuu||Ouha Mirai†|
|Mario Fernesto (A Sublieutenant in the Spanish Naval Intelligence Department)||Ichijou Azusa||Seo Yuria|
|Gaspar / Clemente||Kisaragi Ren||Otosaki Itsuki|
|Mrs. Montoya||Shirotae Natsu||Mai Hinano|
|Curro||Kai Hayato||Minato Rihi|
|Marcos Fabio (A 2nd Sublieutenant in the Spanish Naval Intelligence Department)||Tenju Mitsuki||Shidou Ryuu|
|Florinda||Otoha Minori||Shiratori Yuriya|
|Cecilio||Ooki Makoto||Yuunagi Ryou|
|Mrs. Lecarde||Aimi Serena||Ouzuki Akari|
|Teresa||Hishiro Yua||Mito Kurara|
|Rafael de Vistachio (Major at the Spanish Naval Intelligence Department)||Makaze Suzuho||Amahana Ema|
|Gomez||Kizaki Reo||Haruto Yuuho|
|Domingo||Seki Yurito||Asamizu Ryou|
|Elena||Shizuki Otone||Miono Saki|
|Giles||Yumeki Anru||Nanase Miki|
|Camillo / “Seven Seas” member||Natsuki Rei||Amaji Sora|
|Gonzalo (A Petty Officer in the Spanish Navy. A subordinate of Alarcon)||Toa Reiya||Sazanami Reira|
|Nadia||Tamahana Yufu||Ouri Mao|
|Flower-seller||Sorano Miyu||Amano Kiyora|
|Julio (Alarcon’s guard)||Mao Yuuki||Toudou Jun|
|Benito||Sazanami Reira||Iroha Reo|
|Bella||Marina Mayu||Ouri Mao|
|Leopoldo||Hyuuga Ran||Hayato Reo|
|Marcelino Federico (A 2nd Sublieutenant in the Spanish Naval Intelligence Department)||Rei Makoto||Aya Ouka|
|Ignacio||Hiroka Yuu||Soubu Sakiho|
|Alvira (A dancer at the “Kerberos” nightclub)||Hinami Fuu||Maaya Kiho|
|“Seven Seas” member||Murasaki Rira||Hinami Fuu|
|Sara||Mai Hinano||Kozakura Honoka|
|Enrique||Seo Yuria||Amaki Homare|
|Camilla||Ouzuki Akari||Mioka Anri|
|“Seven Seas” member||Otosaki Itsuki||Minato Rihi|
|Monica||Kisaki Airi||Gojou Marina|
|“Seven Seas” member||Shidou Ryuu||Soubu Sakiho|
|“Seven Seas” member||Amahana Ema||Yuunagi Ryou|
|“Seven Seas” member||Maaya Kiho||Kozakura Honoka|
†Due to injury, the shinjin kouen role of Bertran was played by Iroha Reo in the Grand Theater.
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Like a Black Panther
Antonio is descended from legendary pirates who defended Spanish waters from evil during the Age of Discovery long ago, as part of the national policy. Employed as Chief of Staff in the Spanish Navy, he is known far and wide as the “Black Panther,” given his qualities of being deep, flexible and quick. Someone respects, someone is awed by, and someone is planning to use － to further his success in life － this hard-line and quick-witted man.
A gala banquet is held November 11, 1920, to mark the second anniversary of the end of the Great War, at the Naval Ministry in Barcelona. Gathered are soldiers, government officials and economic leaders. There, Antonio meets Caterina, his former love, for the first time in three years. She had been forced to marry the millionaire Marquis Ramirez to help out her father, whose fortune was lost as a direct result of the war. Yet the Marquis dies shortly afterward, and she is left a young widow. Antonio and Caterina, who separated and ended their relationship three years ago, both feel the movement of the time that has stopped. The reunion prompts their hearts to flutter. However, Duke Victor de Alarcon, top business magnate, makes his appearance, and he addresses Antonio. Yet Antonio feels a mysterious sensation, like a chilled net has just swished past. His intuition of “the black panther” has been activated, and so he makes his excuses and leaves the party. Antonio wonders whether there is any connection between his encounter with Alarcon and the frequent and recent disappearances of outstanding naval officers. In order to test a hypothesis that comes to his mind, Antonio dispatches his confidant Rafael to the Intelligence Department.
Antonio’s hunch proves correct. According to Rafael, the missing officers were all critical of the current government and huge amounts of funds are flowing overseas, although their source isn’t known, according to what is known at this point. Military personnel and money have vanished into the void, with the shadow of a “fixer” cast in the backdrop. Antonio heightens his guard toward Alarcon. The two have another meeting the following day. Alarcon attempts to recruit him to serve as the supreme commander of a newly powerful military force, several of which, mainly Italy and Germany, are continuing to grow. Alarcon clearly admits this was the objective of making contact with Antonio, saying he would like to serve as an intermediary. However, Antonio, who has devoted his heart and soul to the Spanish Navy, will not budge, no matter what kind of words Alarcon throws at him. Alarcon, who has grown exasperated at Antonio, who shows no sign whatsoever of yielding to the enticement of a position superior to his current one and huge sums of compensation, prepares his next step.
One evening, Antonio and Caterina have time alone on the deck of the Cervantes, on which he served as Captain many years ago. As the pair become enveloped in the light of the same evening sun as in olden days, their mutual desire for each other grows stronger than before. However, the relationship between Antonio and Caterina is threatened by the presence of Alarcon, whose figure is covered by a dark shadow.
Amongst the gems, the greatest and brightest is the King Diamond. Yuzuki Reon incorporates the diamond, and this review show takes the first letter “D” as its motif: Dance, Delicate, Dramatic, Dynamic. A glorious and beautiful show of love and dreams.
- Final show for top combi Yuzuki Reon and Yumesaki Nene.
- Also final performance for Otohana Yuri, Tsurumi Mayuu, Kai Hayato and Ouzuki Akari.
- Yuzuki Reon “The Last Day” DVD (release date 07/15/2015) - includes a digest of the final Tokyo performance, Yuzuki’s sayonara show, speech, press conference, and entering and exiting the theater.
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