BANDď MANZď

Stage names:

Band˘ Manz˘ In Japanese
Band˘ Bunz˘ In Japanese
Takeda Mantoku In Japanese

Guild: Yamatoya

Poetry names: Kigan, Kenry˘

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master : Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I

Career:

Before 1747: family-related to a disciple of Takenaka Heikichi, he started his career in hama shibai, in ďsaka at the Takeda no Shibai, where he performed under the name of Takeda Mantoku.

Fall 1747: he settled in Edo, where he became a disciple of the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1747: he took the name of Band˘ Bunz˘, became a katakiyaku and played at the Moritaza the role of Nagao G˘z˘ in the kaomise drama "Aruji M˘ke Onna Hachinoki".

Fall 1749: he went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1749: he took the name of Band˘ Manz˘, became tachiyaku and played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Sasaki Shirozaemon Takatsuna Izumiya Sh˘z˘'s kaomise drama "Kotobuki Kogane no Kachi Ikusa", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I, welcomed back in ďsaka Iwai Hanshir˘ III and celebrated the shűmei of Murayama Heijűr˘ IV. Manz˘ achieved a huge success by performing in the aragoto style.

1st lunar month of 1750: Manz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-(shiro)j˘ [visual].

1st day of the 1st lunar month of 1751 [1]: his master Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I died.

Fall 1752: Manz˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1752: Manz˘ performed the leading role of the "Shibaraku" scene [2] at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Hatsubaika Asahi no Minato", which was produced by Yamashita Matatar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1753: Manz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

2nd lunar month of 1753: Manz˘ performed in the same theater the role of Got˘ Kakunai Saemon in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Naruo no Umi".

3rd lunar month of 1753: Manz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1753: Manz˘ played in Ky˘to at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Suminoe Daitar˘ in the kaomise drama "Hade Musume Bandachi Yakata", which was produced by Yamashita Ugenta II and celebrated the shűmei of Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1754: Manz˘ played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in Ky˘to the role of Izumi no Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Fűkigusa Aioi Genji", which was produced by Somematsu Matsujir˘. This drama was in fact the first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" [more details].

12th lunar month of 1755: Manz˘ played at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Terazawa Heiemon in the kaomise drama "Homare Otoko Bandaigura", which was produced by Nanba Matsunosuke.

11th lunar month of 1756: Manz˘ performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Ukematsuri H˘rai Yakata", which was produced by Somematsu Matsujir˘.

1st lunar month of 1757: Manz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1758: Manz˘ became jitsuaku and played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Abe no Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Inari Yakata Irifune no Arashi", which was produced by Arashi Sangor˘ II and in which he played the role of Fukusuke, in reality Ashiya Saichir˘.

1st lunar month of 1759: Manz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1759: Manz˘ switched back to tachiyaku roles and played the role of the send˘ Tomiz˘ in the kaomise drama "H˘nen no Miyako Mutsuki no Kotobuki", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I at the Minamigawa no Shibai and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Kichiemon I, Nakamura Jűz˘ II and Matsuya Shinjűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1760: Manz˘ switched back to jitsuaku roles and played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Hayakawa Shuzen in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which was produced by Nakamura Senz˘ and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Manbŕ.

1st lunar month of 1761: Manz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1761: Manz˘ switched back to tachiyaku roles and played the role of Ide no Hachir˘ in the kaomise drama "Hitomaru Banzei no Utena", which was produced by Nakamura Senz˘ at the Minamigawa no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1762: Manz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

2nd lunar month of 1763: Manz˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role Shimizu Seigen in the kaomise drama "Otowayama Renbo no Taki", which was produced by Nakamura Senz˘.

3rd lunar month of 1763: Manz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1763: Manz˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Prince Koretaka in the kaomise drama "Sh˘chikubai ďshimadai", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1764: Manz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was back to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He shared the same rank with Edosaka Ky˘emon.

11th lunar month of 1764: Manz˘ played in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Kagekiyo in the kaomise drama "Genpei Tsűrikimaru", which celebrated the shűmei of Iwai Hanshir˘.

1st lunar month of 1765: Manz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1765: Manz˘ switched back to jitsuaku roles and played in Ky˘to

1st lunar month of 1766: Manz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1766: Manz˘ played in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Nisemono no Daihachi in Tenmaya Kyűshichi's kaomise drama "Umayadogimi Shitenn˘ji Kuy˘", which was produced by Edosaka Ky˘emon and celebrated the shűmei of the actors Sakakiyama Sagisuke, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ III and Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1767: Manz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was back to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

Fall 1767: Manz˘ went back to ďsaka after 15 seasons spent in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1767: Manz˘ switched back to tachiyaku roles and played at the Kado no Shibai the role of the yakko Kunihei, in reality Minamoto no Tametomo, in the kaomise drama "Danjo Aish˘ Kagami", which was produced by Nakayama Raisuke I.

1st lunar month of 1768: Manz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

Spring ~ Summer 1768: tour in Nagoya.

Fall 1768: Manz˘ went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1768: Manz˘ played in Ky˘to the role of the hinin Matsubara no San, in reality Rokkaku Saky˘, in the kaomise drama "Enmusubi Asahi no Shimadai", which was produced by Onoe Kumesuke.

1769 ~ 1771: Manz˘ performed in tabi shibai.

Fall 1771: Manz˘ settled in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1771: Manz˘ switched back to jitsuaku roles and played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of a candy-seller, in reality Ashikaga Tadayoshi, in the kaomise drama "Miyako Yoshino Mikado no Takadono", which was produced by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I, welcomed in Ky˘to the Edo actor Sakata Hangor˘ II and celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Anegawa Minato II and Yamatoyama Rinzaemon II.

1st lunar month of 1772: Manz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He played in the same theater the role of Teraoka Heiemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1772: Manz˘ switched back to tachiyaku roles and played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Sasaki Shirozaemon Takatsuna and the farmer Jűsaku in the kaomise "Shiraume Genji Kuruwa no Hachinoki", which was produced by Anegawa Chiyosabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1773: Manz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He appeared on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai, where he played the roles of the yakko Wadahei and Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Koi Denju Sekirenai Naresome Zakura". No record afterwards.

Comments:

Band˘ Manz˘ was a Kamigata actor, who was mainly a tachiyaku and occasionally jitsuaku, was active from the second half of the 1740s to the beginning of the 1770s. He performed more often in Ky˘to than in any other city but he made an important 2-season stay in Edo at the beginning of his career which had a strong impact on his acting capabilities. He was at ease in sewamono dramas, excelling in yakko and otokodate roles. His k˘seki was said to be big, which meant that he had a powerful vocal projection.

[1] The 1st day of the 1st lunar month of the 4th year of the Kan'en era was the 27th of January 1751 in the western calendar.

[2] It was an extremely rare feature in a Kamigata kaomise drama, whereas it was a mandatory feature in Edo.

Murayama Heijűr˘ V (left), Band˘ Manz˘ (center) and Matsuya Monjűr˘ (right) playing the roles of Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka, Sasaki Shirozaemon Takatsuna and Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the kaomise drama "Kotobuki Kogane no Kachi Ikusa", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1749 at the ďnishi no Shibai

 
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