Episode 27: Sagiri Seina & Sakihi Miyu

A farewell to Snow Troupe’s Top Stars Sagiri Seina and Sakihi Miyu. Let us know what you love about Chigi and Miyu in the comments below!

(And stay with us through the very end of this ep, because Carly and Chems added an addendum!)

Links to Things Mentioned in the Podcast:

Actresses:

Glossary (TakaWiki glossary):

Special #6: Upcoming Schedule Chatter

Join Becca, Lella, and Jen as they try to stay on topic and … mostly succeed? PLUS, fun news out of Seattle!

Let us know your thoughts on the upcoming shows!

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Actresses:

Glossary:

Episode 26: Star Troupe (星組)

Hyuuga Kaoru's epic 80s hair. April '89 GRAPHAdditions:

  • We mentioned Shion Yuu being ill or injured. Research on Wikipedia says that what happened was that she injured her Achilles tendon during rehearsals for Ephemeral Love. She was out for that entire Grand Theater run and the following national tour, but after rehabilitation came back for the Tokyo run.
  • Wikipedia also confirms that Kouju Tatsuki’s nickname (Taatan/Tartan) is from her real name (Takako).
  • Please enjoy Hyuuga Kaoru’s epic 80s hair. (April ’89 GRAPH)
  • Becca didn’t have any luck finding her Hoshigumi collage. If you know where to find it, please let us know!
  • The OG Wataru show with the Andre improv skit is Re-Birth. Totally worth it, if you can find the Sky Stage recording!
  • Look for a link to the Mariko lifts in the comments when I get a  chance. 🙂

Links to Things Mentioned in the Podcast:

Actresses (@TakaWiki):

Glossary:

 

Episode 25: Oohi no Yakata (Chateau de la Reine) / VIVA! FESTA!

Lella has no excuses to offer as to the lateness of this episode, so all the happy things are from February.

Kitty, Lella and Garnet talk about the colourful Cosmos Troupe show Oohi no Yakata / VIVA! FESTA!

Links:
Oohi no Yakata @takawiki
Shonichi video @youtube (first day)
Stage photos [1] [2] [3] [4] @tumblr
Wind Over Yamataikoku promos [first one][new ones]
Walpurgis Night @wikipedia
Night on Bald Mountain @wikipedia [youtube]
Infinite – Be Mine @youtube
Whitney Houston – Greatest Love of All @youtube
Miranda @wikipedia

Takarasiennes:
Asaka Manato ‘Maakun’
Misaki Rion ‘Mirion’
Makaze Suzuho ‘Yurika’
Sakuragi Minato
Aizuki Hikaru ‘Aichan’
Hoshikaze Madoka
Kotobuki Tsukasa ‘Kumichou’
Mikaze Maira ‘Fukukumichou’
Kazuki Sora
Sumiki Sayato
Sorahane Riku
Itsuki Chihiro
Reimi Urara
Haruha Rara
Kihou Kanata
Rukaze Hikaru ‘Rurukaze’
Hoshibuki Ayato
Fuuma Kakeru

Glossary:
Kumichou (組長): Most senior member of a troupe.
Fukukumichou (副組長): Vice-kumichou.
Kyakusekiori (客席降り): When siennes leave the stage to dance in the aisles.

Episode 24: March News

A little late now, but here’s a roundup of all the big news in Takarazuka recently!

NOTE: Lella mentions that Kurenai Yuzuru said doing Scarlet pimpernel was “hitokakera no yume.” This is a reference to Percy’s big song in the show, “Hitokakera no Yuuki” – “A Piece of Courage.” So Beni was saying this role was like a piece of her dream.

Links to things mentioned:

OG Instagram Live! Picture from Ayanami Keito’s instagram
Saizuki Tsukushi’s insta | Ayanami Keito’s insta | Ouka Rina’s insta | Aotsuki Ren on TakaWiki

Ryouga Haruhi’s blog posts about Costco saran wrap and going to see Grand Hotel

Ayakaze Sakina’s upcoming photobook

The taidan/ohirome chart

Select actresses mentioned:

Manaki Reika / Chapi
Houshou Dai
Karyou Shizuru
Hoshino Anri
Irodori Michiru
Seina Nozomi
Sakihi Miyu
Asaka Manato / Maakun
Misaki Rion / Mirion
Makaze Suzuho / Yurika
Reimi Urara
Hoshikaze Madoka
Kihou Kanata
Nozomi Fuuto / Daimon
Maaya Kiho
Senna Ayase

Shows mentioned:

All for One

Glossary:

Tachimi: Standing-room tickets at the back of the theater

Special #5: Grand Hotel / Carousel Rondo

This episode of Moon Troupe flail is brought to you by Garnet, Kitty and Lella.

Links:
Grand Hotel @takawiki
[ad] [press conference] @youtube
Stage Photos [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] @tumblr
Grand Hotel Film @wikipedia
The Legend of King Arthur @takawiki
Passion: Jose and Carmen @takawiki
Grand Hotel (1993) @takawiki
Alice’s Lover @takawiki
Azure Moment @takawiki
Azure Moment promo photos @tumblr

Takarasiennes:
Tamaki Ryou ‘Tamakichi’
Manaki Reika ‘Chapi’
Miya Rurika ‘Miyaruri’
Akatsuki Chisei ‘Ari’
Asami Jun
Saotome Wakaba
Umino Mitsuki ‘Umichan’
Chinami Karan
Shimon Yuria
Touka Yurino
Hanagata Hikaru
Ayazuki Seri
Takachi Ao ‘Manchan’
Saki Akane
Kirami Ruise
Misato Yumeno

Siennes mentioned not in this show:
Suzukaze Mayo

Glossary:
Senshuuraku (千秋楽): Last performance of a show
Kumichou (組長): Most senior member of a troupe
Seeno (せーの): Ready, and…
Kui ga nai (悔いがない): There are no regrets

Episode 23: Fan Letters and Presents

Some not-at-all-official advice and gossip from Elin, Lella, Becca, and Jen. Finally managed to get all our time zones lined up again! 😉

Links to Things Mentioned in the Podcast:

Actresses:

Glossary:

Becca’s research just for you:

Also, about flowers from Leonie Rae Stickland’s Gender Gymnastics book (keep in mind this was from before the company stopped this):

“In addition to its function as a source of enjoyment for Revue enthusiasts of either gender, Takarazuka fandom fulfills an important economic role which benefits the Revue itself, its parent company, Hankyu, and many other enterprises of various sizes.  Fans purchase theater and train tickets; Revue-related merchandise such as fan magazines, related books, Compact-and Digital Versatile Disks; and other miscellaneous goods bearing Takarazuka logos.  They probably also patronize Hankyu’s department stores and hotels around Japan, where Hankyu’s link with Takarazuka is made obvious by the prominent display of posters and panels bearing pictures of Revue stars.  In central Takarazuka, and to a lesser extent in Tokyo’s Yurakucho, adjacent to the Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre, many bars, restaurants, florists, other retail stores and service outlets look to fans for much of their custom.  The horticulture industry, for which Takarazuka itself is one of the three biggest producing areas in the country, also profits greatly from fans’ purchase of cut or potted flowers to present to their favorite stars, to the extent that fans’ purchases allegedly influence the national wholesale price.”

Episode 22: Snow Troupe (雪組)

Join Becca, Carly, and Jen for a discussion of Snow Troupe, past and present!

Correction: Jen refers to a “Junko in Hoshigumi,” by which she means Ema Naoki who is now in Senka, not Hoshigumi. XD Habit….

Links to things mentioned:

Scarlet Pimpernel cast comparison chart (via @cotoyumi_star on Twitter)
Otozuki Kei’s OG reunion Instagram pic (featuring Otozuki Kei, Renjou Makoto, Ayabuki Mao, Manaka Ayu, and Shirahana Remi)
Seijou Kaito’s Masquerade DS posters
The other all-female theater troupes in Kansai: OSK, Shochiku, Setsugetsuka Kagekidan
Jen’s Migiwa Natsuko comic (bottom of post)
Mori Keaki singing Ai
Maikaze Rira’s blog
Misuzu Aki’s blog

Select actresses mentioned:

Kasugano Yachiyo (not from Tokyo by the way!)
Maho Shibuki
Matsumoto Yuri
Migiwa Natsuko
Mori Keaki
Sou Kazuho
Haruka Kurara
Maikaze Rira
Shirahane Yuri
Mirai Yuuki
Amase Izuru
Maisaki Rin
Ayanagi Shou
Ootsuki Sayu
Misuzu Aki

Select performances mentioned:

Johnny on the Hill
Chuushingura
I Won’t Forget the Young Day’s Song
Shall We Dance
Wandering Requiem
Susano-o
The Brothers Karamazov
Je T’aime
In Quest of the Blue Bird
A Man Called Bacchus
The Count’s Daughter
Lupin III

Glossary:

Nihonmono
Ohirome kouen
Taiga drama