As usual, I wait for the dust to settle, before expressing my feelings.
I will miss her.
I like her a lot: I like her voice, first of all. I had the privilege to see her live and it was in Trafalgar/Funky Sunshine. God only knows if I haven't cried hot tears - and it is not a metaphor, I really cried - after that show. It meant a lot to me: Alice's taidan and finally Tomu's voice in my hears without the filter of DVD.
But still, no matter how emotionally challenging that performance has been for me, I still remember Sumika like a warm breeze in a cold morning. Her voice, so gentle, like a balm. And her acting, even if not perfect according to my standards (but I am a die-hard O'Hana and Mihoko fan, so I am biased), was so fresh and new to me. Something I wasn't really expecting. An endearing surprise. So my memory of her in Soragumi will be as a shy presence, full of grace.
She succeeded in embodying the Takarazuka motto and for me it is more than you can expect from a musumeyaku who kept up the tradition of silent, graceful, Top Star's second half.
I do not mind about critics and the old polemics about how she didn't really mix with the rest of the Troupe.
Personally, she felt like the perfect complement to Yuuhi. Their combi lasted for long for a reason, after all.
And to be totally, open heartedly honest, I am not as sad about Yuuhi's retirement, as much as I am about hers.
Even if it was predictable they would leave together, once news became official, my lips turned downwards.
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