Now who are these five?
Come, come, all children who love fairy tales.
I recently picked this little card game up and have a few questions relating to the rules:
1. When adding cards as guests using a guest's special effects does the Geisha need to have sufficient reputation (in the relevant skill)?
If I understand your questions correctly, yes, you can. It's only when you PLAY the guest that you need the relevant stats. Also, when stealing a guest, you don't activate its effects.
2. Am I correct in thinking that the geisha does not have to meet the requirements of an character played as an advertiser? If so, why for the district Kanryou, do the rules state that "their requirement may be applied to any one skill of your choice"?
When played as an advertiser, the requirements do not need to be met.
I don't know what the Kanryo does, I think it's maybe that if they require 5 in a skill, they require 5 in ANY skill (of your choice) when played as a guest.
Think of Maistar as UNO with a twist – you're supposed to get rid of your cards, but if you can't get rid of a card (play as guest), you can enhance your ability to get rid of cards (by playing as an advertiser).