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.
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).
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.”
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?
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.