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The Pleiades in the Blue



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English Title: The Pleiades in the Blue
Japanese Title: 蒼穹の昴
Romanized Title: Soukyuu no Subaru

Troupe: Snow
Year: 2022
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 10/01 - 11/07; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 11/26 - 12/25
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 10/18; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 12/8

Based On: Asada Jirou's novel of the same name
Author/Director: Harada Ryou
Composer: Tama Shouichi
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Masaki Rino, AYAKO, Momoka Sari
Conductor (Takarazuka): Misaki Megumi
Conductor (Tokyo):
Shinjin Kouen Director: Tani Takaya

Available on Blu-Ray: Yes (release date 12/20/22)
Available on DVD: Yes (release date 12/20/22)
Scene/Music Cut: No

Cast

RoleCastShinko Cast
Liang Wenxiu Ayakaze Sakina Kase Kyou
Li Lingling Asazuki Kiwa Neiro Yui
Li Chun'er Asami Jun Ichika Ao
Li Hongzhang Nagina Ruumi Sakishiro Kei
Shungui Kazuki Sora Kishiro Yuriya
Emperor Guangxu (Zaitian) Agata Sen Seimi Yuu
Mrs Zhang Yumeshiro Aya Manahi Michi
Bai Tai Tai (Granny Bai) Kyou Misa Manaha Ayane
Itou Hirobumi Natori Rei Soumi Haruma
Empress Dowager Cixi Itsuki Chihiro Yumeshiro Aya
Yang Xizhen Natsumi You Mayuzuki Rea
Ronglu Yuuma Rin Saran Reia
Kang Youwei Souno Haruto Kisui Naoto
Deling ("Princess" Lizzie Yu Der Ling) Chikaze Karen Arisu Himeka
Li Lianying Touma Kazuki Wakana Tatsuki
Yuan Shikai Mana Haruto Tsukise You
Oka Keinosuke Kujou Asu Enri Kouki
Empress Dowager's Court Lady Anno Konomi Amasaki Rea
Empress Dowager's Court Lady Ai Sumire Chihaya Mao
Chang Lianzhong Ouji Kaoru Yumeto Miwa
An Dehai Amatsuki Tsubasa Mareha Rinto
Empress Dowager's Court Lady Shiramine Yuri Asahana Suwan
Empress Dowager's Court Lady Himehana Yukino Nanoha Mito
Consort Jin Sara Anna Suzuhana Miu
Prince Chun Kanou Yuuri Touzuki Riku
Shiba Gorou Kanou Yuuri -
Tan Sitong Suwa Saki Kirino Asato
Empress Longyu Nonoka Himari Rina Kurumi
Empress Dowager's Court Lady Kirara Umi Kotomine Saara
Rongling (Nellie Yu Rong Ling) Haori Yuuka Hanataba Yume
Hei Mudan Manomiya Rui Soumi Haruma
Master Zhao, Leader of the theater group Seika Rian Misaki Kei
Prince Gong (Yixin) Hiyori Haruma Otose Chiharu
Empress Dowager's Court Lady Kotohane RiriArisu Himeka Aisora Minami
Cui Yugui Asato Mire Fujikage Yura
Wang Yi Ichika Ao Aoha Reiya
Duke Zaize Sakishiro Kei Fuuga Kanade
Zhou Mazi Mayuzuki Rea Touzuki Riku
Jin Ba Mareha Rinto Otose Chiharu
Lanqin Seimi Yuu Mizuki Kochou
Thomas Burton Soumi Haruma Ayato Shion
Consort Zhen Neiro Yui Kasumi Sana
Lin Xu Kishiro Yuriya Kazetachi Niki
Liu Guangdi Kase Kyou Ayazuki Haruto

Other Cast: Mikage Kurara, Amane Kotoha, Yumehi Mari, Ayana Miki, Shiraki Hana, Mizuki Serena, Himena Tamaki, Konomi Yuki, Sakou Niina, Hoshizawa Arisa, Sakaki Ayumu, Kotoka Himawari, Kiyoha Mirei and Senno Arata.


Summary

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"Liang Wenxiu, you will be allowed to enter the Forbidden City when you grow up and will eventually become the emperor’s trusted confidant in running the country. You are destined to engage in learning, spread knowledge, and support the emperor." ──

The story starts in Hebei, China, during the end of the Qing dynasty in the late 19th century.

Wenxiu, the second son of the landowner of Liangjiatun village, who has fallen asleep after drinking at a tavern at the edge of the village, is awakened by what he hears as he slumbers. It is the prophecy that was once given to him by an old Tartar fortune-teller Bai Tai Tai, and it has been stuck in his head ever since. Being teased by his friends for passing the entry-level exam for the imperial examination, Wenxiu decides to pass the final exam at any cost. At the very moment, a destitute boy Li Chun’er makes an appearance, whom Wenxiu once made a pledge of brotherhood with. Chun’er, too, believes the prophecy he received from Bai Tai Tai that he would gain treasure beyond his wildest dreams.

Not long after, Wenxiu passes the cutthroat final imperial examination with the top score, followed by Shungui and Wang Yi who come second and third respectively. They pay a courtesy call to Emperor Guangxu and his aunt Empress Dowager Cixi, the de facto ruler of the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, where archaic customs are still practiced, immediately confronts Wenxiu with the current reality in the Qing dynasty. At this rate, the country will fall prey to the Western powers ──. Wenxiu and his capable colleagues vow to fulfill their missions. But would it be so easy to achieve the transfer of power to Emperor Guangxu? It is obvious that the emperor needs strong backing to match Empress Dowager Cixi. The great scholar Yang Xizhen, who is a teacher of Wenxiu and his colleagues, intends to entrust the role to General Li Hongzhang, the Governor-General of Tianjin.

Meanwhile, Chun’er, who came to Beijing to accompany Wenxiu for his examination but fell out with him after a quarrel, is wandering around the town at night, where he comes across a blind "erhu" fiddle player. The encounter with the man leads Chun’er to the conclusion that the only way for him to make a living is to become a eunuch.

Returning to his hometown, Wenxiu meets Lingling who is the younger sister of Chun’er. He learns from Lingling that her mother died and Chun’er has become a eunuch. Just when Wenxiu decides to bring her with him to Beijing, Bai Tai Tai appears to give him another mysterious prophecy: "You two are connected by a strange thread of fate." Then the fortune-teller disappears...

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