Ouranki / Dream Chaser
Picture Credit: laurel | Official Chirashi
English Title: Ouranki / Dream Chaser
Japanese Title: Ouranki / Dream Chaser
Romanized Title: 桜嵐記 / Dream Chaser
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 05/15 - 06/21; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 07/10 - 08/15
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 06/08; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 07/22
Author/Director: Ueda Kumiko
Composer: Aoki Tomoko, Takahashi Megumi
Choreographer: Wakao Risa, Masaki Rino
Conductor (Takarazuka): Sasada Aiichirou
Shinjin Kouen Director: Kumakura Asuka
Author/Director: Nakamura Satoru
Composer: Teshima Kyouko, Aoki Tomoko, Tada Risa
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Miori Yumino, Wakao Risa, Hirasawa Satoshi, ANJU, Momoka Sari
Conductor (Takarazuka): Sasada Aiichirou
Available on Blu-Ray: Yes (release date 08/05/21)
Available on DVD: Yes (release date 08/05/21)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: No
|Kusonoki Masatsura, military leader of the Southern Court||Tamaki Ryou||Reika Haru|
|Ben no Naishi||Misono Sakura||Kiyora Haryuu|
|Kusonoki Masanori, Masatsura's brother||Tsukishiro Kanato||Ayaoto Sena|
|Emperor Go-Daigo, 96th Japanese emperor||Itsuki Chihiro (Senka)||Mahiro Ren|
|Kusunoki Masanori (in old age)||Kouzuki Ruu||Kazama Yuno|
|Ben no Naishi (in old age)||Kagetsu Miyako||Amashi Juri|
|Kō no Moronao, samurai and supporter of the Shogunate||Shimon Yuriya||Ran Naoki|
|Chuushi||Shirayuki Sachika||Yui Karen|
|Shijou Takasuke, Southern Court noble||Shirayuki Sachika||Hisumi Rin|
|Jinbei||Chinami Karan||Hiiragi Ayato|
|Kusonoki Masatoki, Masatsura's brother||Houzuki An||Issei Kei|
|Kusunoki Hisako, Masatsura's mother||Kousaki Ran||Natsukaze Kiki|
|Kusunoki Masashige, Masatsura's father||Kizuki Yuuma||Ookusu Tera|
|Ano Renshi, Emperor Go-Daigo's spouse||Kaede Yuki||Momoka Yuki|
|Meishi||Harune Aki||Ranze Keito|
|Nijō Moromoto, Southern Court noble||Harune Aki||Hanatoki Maika|
|Oota Sukenori||Harumi Yuu||Sorashiro Yuu|
|Kitabatake Akiie, Southern Court noble and general||Yumena Rune||Tsukino Daia|
|Shoshi||Sakurana Ai||Amana Ruria|
|Ippeita, Kusunoki vassal||Hayaki Yuuto||Mariya Sonata|
|Kō no Moroyasu, Moronao's brother and general for the Shogun's forces||Ren Tsukasa||Maki Teruto|
|Yuri||Umino Mitsuki||Haon Mika|
|Kitabatake Chikafusa, Southern Court noble and imperial advisor||Kashiro Aoi||Nanashiro Miyabi|
|Hino Toshimoto, Southern Court noble||Asagiri Makoto||Koumi Natsuho|
|Touin Saneyo, Southern Court noble||Himesaki Mirei||Amano Kaguya|
|Emperor Go-Murakami, 97th Japanese emperor||Akatsuki Chisei||Ayaji Yurika|
|Southern Court Lady||Urara Senri||Manoa Mio|
|Nijou Norimoto, Southern Court noble, Moromoto's son||Kiyoka Ran||Yoshino Yurika|
|Ninosuke, Kusunoki vassal||Souma Seren||Sou Yuuki|
|Oota Momosuke||Hanabusa Kaoto||Haruki Reo|
|Yoshizo, Kusunoki vassal||Asahi Tsubasa||Natsunagi Seia|
|Ishinosuke, Kusunoki vassal||Ran Naoki||Ichihane Meru|
|Ashikaga Takauji, supporter of the Southern Court, eventual founder and first shōgun of the Ashikaga Shogunate||Kazama Yuno||Ruou Ria|
|Southern Court Lady||Momoka Yuki||-|
|Southern Court Lady / Retainer's Child||Natsukaze Kiki||-|
|Kingo, Kusunoki vassal||Sorashiro Yuu||Mizushiro Aoi|
|Southern Court Noble / Retainer's Child||Hisumi Rin||-|
|Empress Kenshi||Amashi Juri||Shirakawa Riri|
|Hyouroku, Kusunoki vassal||Ayaoto Sena||Suzumiya Ranna|
|Gonshichi, Kusunoki vassal||Reika Haru||Kazuma Asano|
|Aeba Ujinao, follower of Ashikaga Takauji, Flower Corps (Hanaikki) commander||Yui Karen||Nanano Ari|
|Southern Court Lady||Yoshino Yurika||-|
|Southern Court Noble||Hanatoki Maika||-|
|Peasant Woman||Hanatoki Maika||Shizune Hotaru|
|Kihachi, Kusunoki vassal||Koumi Natsuho||Mio Ayuto|
|Southern Court Lady||Amana Ruria||-|
|Peasant Woman||Amana Ruria||Ichino Rin|
|Shukushi||Ranze Keito||Uta Chizuru|
|Flower Corps (Hanaikki)||Ranze Keito||Maya Yutaka|
|Flower Corps (Hanaikki)||Nanano Ari||Kanaha Mio|
|Kyuubei, Kusunoki vassal||Hiiragi Ayato||Oose Ibuki|
|Seijuurou, Kusunoki vassal||Issei Kei||Ayano Yuzu|
|Juuichirou, Kusunoki vassal||Ookusu Tera||-|
|Southern Court Lady||Maya Yutaka||-|
|Kusunoki Masatsura (as a boy)||Shirakawa Riri||Saaya Ichigo|
|Juuniemon, Kusunoki vassal||Ayaji Yurika||-|
|Flower Corps (Hanaikki)||Haon Mika||Ranka Miri|
|Southern Court Lady||Manoa Mio||-|
|Ben no Naishi (as a girl)||Kiyora Haryuu||Miumi Sora|
|Kusunoki Masatoki (as a boy)||Uta Chizuru||Asaka Yurara|
|Kusunoki Masanori (as a boy)||Ichino Rin||Hanahime Manon|
|Southern Court Ladies (shinko, voice only)||-||Shizune Hotaru, Ichino Rin|
|Sarugaku actors (shinko only)||-||Maya Yutaka, Kanaha Mio, Ranka Miri|
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
(Summary from official site.)
The story unfolds in the turbulent period in the history of Japan, where two imperial courts exist: the Northern Court set up in Kyoto by the military commander Ashikaga Takauji; and the Southern Court established in Yoshino by Emperor Go-Daigo after he fled from Kyoto. Kusunoki Masatsura, a warlord of the Southern Court, knows the court is approaching its downfall while spending his days fighting against the Northern Court along with his younger brothers: Masatoki and Masanori.
It all started back in the last days of the previous period ruled by the Kamakura shogunate. Kusunoki Masashige, the father of Masatsura, responded to Emperor Go-Daigo's call for raising an army; Masashige played an important role in the success of overthrowing the Kamakura shogunate to restore power to the emperor. However, samurai warriors from all over the country became increasingly disappointed with Emperor Go-Daigo's rule, and they rallied under the leadership of Ashikaga Takauji, a warlord from a branch family of the Minamoto clan. Eventually Takauji usurped control, drove Emperor Go-Daigo from Kyoto, and founded a new samurai government with himself at the head. Meanwhile, Emperor Go-Daigo, asserted the legitimacy of his imperial throne by claiming that Yoshino, where he had taken refuge, was the capital of Japan. It was the beginning of the battle over political power between two rival imperial factions: the Northern Court backed up by samurai families, which had seized Kyoto; and the Southern Court with court nobles, who had fled to Mt. Yoshino. The Northern Court had far superior military strength, and it was easy to predict the outcome of the battle. Emperor Go-Daigo died of illness shortly afterwards, while many supporters of the Southern Court gave up on the court. But Masashige kept fighting until the end of his life for the Southern Court, and his pursuit was carried out by his three sons: Masatsura, Masatoki, and Masanori.
Time has passed since then, it is now 1347. At the battle of Sumiyoshi-Abeno, Masatsura and his brothers are fighting well with a handful of soldiers against the large force led by Yamana and Hosokawa of the Northern Court. Masatsura goes out alone to scout the enemy's movement. On his way through a deserted mountain pass, Masatsura comes across a palanquin being attacked by minions of Ko no Moronao of the Northern Court. He fights off the attackers and rescues a lady-in-waiting of the Southern Court in the palanquin, whose court name is Ben no Naishi. The court lady is the daughter of Hino Toshimoto, who was executed for plotting to overthrow the Kamakura shogunate. Ben no Naishi yells at Masatsura for his action to save her, claiming she could imagine what the lecherous Moronao was up to by having his men abduct her, yet she deliberately intended to take him up on his scheme in order to kill him in his sleep. Seeing her strong hostility towards the samurai who killed her father, Masatsura made Ben no Naishi accompany his army to take her back to Yoshino. On the way back to Yoshino, Ben no Naishi is touched by Masatsura's rugged but noble character, and gradually becomes attracted to him.
Masatsura returns triumphantly with Ben no Naishi to the temporary palace deep in Mt. Yoshino, where he reports his army's victory to the Southern Court's nobles. Being aware of the significant difference in military strength between both sides, Masatsura urges them to make peace with the Northern Court. In contrast, the haughty court nobles are only interested in defeating the Northern Court to regain control of Kyoto. The compassionate Emperor Go-Murakami wants to avoid further sacrifices in his heart of hearts, but he chooses to keep fighting against the opposite court to fulfill the deceased Emperor Go-Daigo's last wish. The Southern Court's nobles insist that it is honorable for samurai to fight and die for the emperor. Masanori, who is the youngest of the Kusunoki brothers, takes his anger on Masatsura, demanding to know what they are fighting for. That is the question Masatsura is asking himself.
Emperor Go-Murakami suggests Masatsura take Ben no Naishi as his wife. However, precisely because of his love for her, Masatsura refuses, saying how he could promise a marriage when he would certainly die in battle.
The full-blown cherry blossom season arrives in Yoshino, while the decisive battle of Shijonawate is just around the corner. What is he fighting for? Amidst a storm of cherry blossoms, Masatsura follows the path he has chosen …
Based on glimpses of the military commander Kusunoki Masatsura found in the ancient writings of the "Taiheiki" and "Yoshino Gleanings."
"Dream Chaser" is one who chases their dreams. A passionate theme of single-minded dream chasing, wrapped up in the dreams created by Tamaki Ryou of Moon Troupe.
- Final performance for top stars Tamaki Ryou & Misono Sakura.
- Also the final performance for Kousaki Ran, Kaede Yuki, Sakurana Ai, Hayaki Yuuto, Souma Seren, Natsukaze Kiki and Maya Yutaka.
- Shimon Yuriya and Kizuki Yuuma will transfer to Senka after this show.
- This Grand Theater performance marks the return of both a full cast to the stage and the shinjin kouen performances, since they were suspended due to COVID-19.
- Ichihane Meru was out due to poor health from June 14th to June 17th.
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