Episode 40: Farewell Shibata Yukihiro

One of many nice collections of Shibata Yukihiro’s scripts.

Sadly, award-winning playwright and director Shibata Yukihiro passed away on July 19th. We recorded a short episode to honor him.

Do you have any Shibata-sensei shows you particularly enjoy? Or memories of the man? Please share them in the comments!

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Episode 34: Senka (専科)

(Correction: Senka really got rid of the sub-categories in the early 80s, not late 60s.)

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Episode 28: Cosmos Troupe (宙組)

Becca, Carly, Jen, and Soragumi expert Julie (in her first recorded episode!) talk about the history of Cosmos troupe!

Correction: Julie mentioned that Aran Kei only guest starred in Soragumi during Phantom, but she also appeared in Lightning in the Daytime.

Links to things mentioned in the podcast:

Visual for Ryuu Masaki’s album
Official Takarazuka Revue English website

Select performances mentioned:

All for One
Elisabeth 1998
Phantom 2004
W-Wing
Never Say Goodbye
Boxman
Sketches from the Life of Ryoma Sakamoto
Singin’ in the Rain 2008
Paradise Prince
Phoenix Wright
Elisabeth 2009
Shakespeare/HOT EYES!!
A Motion

Actresses

Top star chart (All Soragumi mentioned)
Hanakage Arisu
Nagina Ruumi
Nanaho Hikaru
Harukaze Misato
Kotobuki Tsukasa
Kazuki Sora
Yuumi Hiro

Glossary:

shinjin kouen / shinko: Every performance shown at the Takarazuka Grand Theater / Tokyo Takarazuka Theater has one night when the junior stars of the troupe (ken 7 and under) perform in the lead roles. It provides the junior stars with valuable stage experience and public exposure.

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:

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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 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! 😉

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Actresses:

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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

Episode 21: The End is Nigh!

What’s that!? No top musumeyaku in Cosmos Troupe!!! The end is nigh!!!!

… Or perhaps not.

Join Carly, Becca, and Jen as they consider which Cosmos Troupe musumeyaku may most benefit from this move, and all of the times in the past that this has happened. What’s your take on all this kerfuffle, Dear Listeners?

Links (Things Mentioned)

Actresses @ TakaWiki

Glossary @ TakaWiki

Episode 20: Moon Troupe (月組)

Moon Troupe love! Join Becca, Carly, and Jen in their flailing and discussions of Moon Troupe now and in the past.

Correction: Eternal Tale was Haruna Yuri’s 2nd to last show, not her very last, which was War and Peace.

Links (Things Mentioned)

Couldn’t find the butterfly-clip pic, but have a sassy Rika in all her crazy-haired glory.

Actresses

Glossary

  • aite (相手) – partner
  • daihyou (代表) – representative, in Takarazuka fan clubs, it’s the lovely lady in charge
  • fukubukuro (福袋) @ Wikipedia
  • hakama (袴) – green hakama are traditional wear for graduation
  • irimachi/demachi (入待/出待) – waiting for the actresses before and after shows
  • kawaii (可愛い) – cute
  • nibante (二番手) – 2nd ranked role/actress
  • nihonmono (日本物) – set in historical Japan
  • pachipachi (パチパチ) – among other things, it’s the sound effect for clapping

 

Episode 19: Hokushou Kairi & Hinami Fuu

In this episode, we talk about Star Troupe top stars Hokushou Kairi and Hinami Fuu as they prepare to graduate from Takarazuka! NOTE: Sorry the audio gets a little funky in places.  What we were trying to say at 45:00 is that both Takashiro Kei and Daichi Mao have been past spokesgirls for the Kaminomoto company.

Links

Hokushou Kairi interview on Takarazuka Music School website

Picture of 84th class OGs going to see Ouka ni Mae / Romance!! (Otozuki Kei’s Instagram)

Disney Songs by Takarazuka (Takarazuka Creative Arts)

Disney Songs by Takarazuka (Amazon.co.jp)

People mentioned:

Takarasiennes:

Hokushou Kairi

Hinami Fuu

Shibuki Jun (Rika)

Mishiro Ren

Kazari Jin

Others:

Okada Keiji (I incorrectly named him, but he was the director Micchan kept running into who encouraged her not to quit!)

Shows Mentioned

Juri Sakiho in Legally Blonde

Don Juan

My Hero

Snowflake Anthology / Golden Desert

The Second Life

Elisabeth (2014)

Guys and Dolls (2015)

The Merry Widow

Glossary:

gakunen: The number of years a Takarasienne has been with the Revue.

kashikiri kouen:  Company-booked performance.  Tickets for these performances are typically not on sale to the general public.

Mura: Literally, “village.”  The katakana “mura” is used by Japanese fans to refer to the area around the Grand Theater.

Showa era: Japanese name eras based on the reigning emperors.  In this case, the Showa era was between 1926–1989