Episode 18: One Samurai from Kagoshima / Romance

In this episode, we review Star Troupe’s “Ouka ni Mae/Romance!!”, which recently wrapped up its Takarazuka run and will begin in Tokyo on October 21st.  This is the final show for Hokushou Kairi and Hinami Fuu.  We apologize in advance for anything we got wrong about Japanese history!

Links:

-Wikipedia article about Kagoshima dialect

Amazon.com link for The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori by Mark Ravina

Wikipedia article about the Satsuma Rebellion

-special feature on the official Takarazuka page about the Romantic Revue series

People mentioned:

Takarasiennes:

Seto Kazuya

Hokushou Kairi

Mishiro Ren

Hinami Fuu

Kurenai Yuzuru

Rei Makoto

Nanami Hiroki

-Yumeki Anru

Natsuki Rei

-Mao Yuuki

Kisaki Airi

Maaya Kiho

Others:

Saitou Yoshimasa

Okada Keiji

Hayama Kiyomi

Glossary:

Chuuzume: This is the scene in the revue show which occurs near the middle of the show, and has the entire troupe on stage dancing together. It’s a kind of “power up” scene to get everyone clapping and tapping their toes.

Ginkyou: A narrow strip of stage that extends around the orchestra pit, approximately 3 feet high and four and a half feet wide. Another trademark of the Takarazuka, the silver bridge is used in much of the performance blocking and in the finale to allow those in the front seats a very up-close look at the stars.

Revue Corner #3: Excalibur

Links:
Excalibur @takawiki
Shizuki Asato @takawiki
Hanafusa Mari @takawiki
Wao Youka @ takawiki
Asami Hikaru @takawiki
Kotobuki Tsukasa @takawiki
Kozuki Wataru @takawiki
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast @ wikipedia
Disney’s Robin Hood @wikipedia
Excalibur translation @tumblr
Elisabeth @takawiki

Glossary:
Zunko: Shizuki Asato’s nickname
Takako: Wao Youka’s nickname
Komu: Asami Hikaru’s nickname

Episode 17: Flower Troupe

This is the first in a series of troupe-focused episodes: Hanagumi! We discuss the history of the troupe from all the way back in the beginning as well as recent years.  NOTE: we recorded this before the transfer announcements! The new top musumeyaku of Hanagumi will be Senna Ayase.

LINKS:

StarlightParade @ deviantart
Interview with Masatsuka-sensei about Caleb Hunt by chemicalperfume
Interview with Inaba-sensei about Greatest Hits by chemicalperfume
Jen’s translations of Ooura Mizuki’s memoir
Junna Risa’s facebook page
Interview with Aika Mire and Makoto Tsubasa from Splendor of 100 Years
Nestle Star Talk
Hinata San’s melon-pan ice cream shop twitter

PEOPLE:

Tani Masazumi
Masatsuka Haruhiko
Koike Shuuichirou

Takigawa Sueko
Koshiji Fubuki

3K: Kou Nishiki, Kouzuki Noboru, Koshiro Miyako

GLOSSARY:

Nibante/sanbante – the second and third ranked otokoyaku in a troupe
Irimachi/demachi – waiting for a star outside the theater
Otome – an annual publication listing profiles for every current member of the revue
Momotaro @ Wikipedia

Dom-Brako (Momotaro) @ TakaWiki