Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #7: Moon 2009

Links:
Elisabeth 2009 @takawiki

Takarasiennes: (listed in the order of first mention)
Sena Jun ‘Asako’ @takawiki
Nagina Ruumi ‘Kacha’ @takawiki
Ryuu Masaki ‘Masao/Masaki’ @takawiki
Kiriya Hiromu ‘Kiriyan’ @takawiki
Ryouga Haruhi @takawiki
Aoki Izumi @takawiki
Asumi Rio ‘Mirio’ @takawiki
Hazakura Shizuku @takawiki
Shirosaki Ai @takawiki
Seijou Kaito ‘Magee’ @takawiki
Koshino Ryuu @takawiki
Ranno Hana @takawiki
Shimon Yuria @takawiki
Uzuki Hayate @takawiki

Siennes mentioned who are not in this play:
Mizu Natsuki @takawiki

Glossary:
Heika: (Your) Majesty
Omiai: Arranged marriage (often the meeting/date)
‘Koutei rashii’: Emperor-like (looks, behaviour)
Chicchai: Small
Tomodachi: Friend
Keigo: Polite language
Hane: feathers (in this particular conversation it is the feathers worn by the top star/top musume/nibante at the end of the parade)

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #6: Snow 2007

Links:

Elisabeth 2007 @ TakaWiki
The Brothers Karamazov @ TakaWiki

Takarasienne:

Mizu Natsuki @ TakaWiki
Shirahane Yuri ‘Tonami’ @ TakaWiki
Ayabuki Mao ‘Yumiko’ @ TakaWiki
Otozuki Kei ‘Kimu’ @ TakaWiki
Ouki Kaname @ TakaWiki
Mirai Yuuki ‘Hamako’ @ TakaWiki
Miho Keiko @ TakaWiki
Saou Kurama ‘Koma’ @ TakaWiki
Ootsuki Sayu ‘Nacchan’ @ TakaWiki
Aihara Mika ‘Minako’ @ TakaWiki
Oonagi Mao @ TakaWiki
Daigo Seshiru ‘Cecil’ @ TakaWiki
Renjou Makoto ‘Kingu’ @ TakaWiki
Haruka Midori @ TakaWiki
Junya Chitose @ TakaWiki

Glossary:

Senka @ TakaWiki
shinjin kouen @ TakaWiki

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #5: Moon 2005

Links:

Elisabeth (2005) @ TakaWiki
Elisabeth song titles in English and German @ Wikipedia

Takarasiennes:

Ayaki Nao ‘Saeko’ @ TakaWiki
Sena Jun ‘Asako’ @ TakaWiki
Hatsukaze Midori ‘Gaichi’ @ TakaWiki
Kiriya Hiromu ‘Kiriyan’ @ TakaWiki
Ozora Yuhi ‘Yuhi’ @ TakaWiki
Ayana Oto @ TakaWiki
Mimi Anri @ TakaWiki
Yumesaki Nene ‘Nene’ @ TakaWiki
Ryuu Masaki ‘Masaki/Masao’ @ TakaWiki
Shirosaki Ai ‘Ai-chan’ @ TakaWiki

Glossary:

etoile @ TakaWiki
parade @ TakaWiki
shinjin kouen (shinko) @ TakaWiki

 

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #4: Flower 2002-03

Links:
Elisabeth 2002-03 @ takawiki

Takarasiennes:
Haruno Sumire ‘Osa’ @ takawiki
Otori Rei ‘Midori’ @ takawiki
Juri Sakiho ‘Juri’ @ takawiki
Sena Jun ‘Asako’ @ takawiki
Ayabuki Mao ‘Yumiko’ @ takawiki
Natsumi You ‘Hacchi’ @ takawiki
Ranju Tomu ‘Tomu’ @ takawiki
Tono Asuka ‘Asuka’ @ takawiki
Misuzu Aki ‘Mattsu’ @ takawiki
Kiryu Sonoka ‘Sonoka’ @ takawiki
Aine Harei ‘Miwacchi’ @ takawiki
Sakura Ichika ‘Ichika’ @ takawiki

Siennes mentioned who are not in this play:
Takumi Hibiki @takawiki
Akira Mire @takawiki
Mizu Natsuki @takawiki
Aran Kei ‘Touko’ @takawiki
Asaka Manato @takawiki
Ayaki Nao @takawiki

Glossary:
Etoile (エトワール)
Hanagumi: Flower Troupe

Episode 16: Takarazuka OG Shows

In this episode, we talk about some of the differences between Takarazuka and OG shows, the challenges actresses face when moving on from Takarazuka in their careers, and some great shows that were never sold or broadcast!

CORRECTIONS:

1- Becca meant to say she saw Mizu’s first show as a top star, not her first show as an otokoyaku!

2- August: Osage County was originally a play. It was later adapted into a movie.

3- Names we promised to look up: Nakagawa Akinori was the actor Carly kept mentioning; Kusakari Tamiyo is the well-known ballet dancer from Shall We Dance / the Red Team version of Grand Hotel.

Select shows mentioned:

Man of La Mancha
1789 (buy the CD)
Romeo & Juliette (Umeda Arts version) – starts in January 2017!
Mozart (buy the DVD)
Flamenco Cafe del Gato (Dance Legend Series Vol. 3)
Argentango
August: Osage County
Grand Hotel

Select people mentioned:

Kiriya Hiromu
Otozuki Kei
Haruno Sumire (Osa)
Juri Sakiho
Sou Kazuho
Kozuki Wataru
Hanafusa Mari (Ohana)
Ranno Hana
Mizu Natsuki
Ozuki Tooma
Asami Rei
Anju Mira

JURI’S FISH!

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Glossary:

irimachi/demachi – waiting at the stage door for actresses
nihonmono – a traditional Japanese-style production
Takarazuka-An – A shop with locations in Takarazuka and Tokyo that sells mostly secondhand Takarazuka and general musical theater goods
Sky Stage – Takarazuka’s proprietary TV channel
WOWOW – a premium Japanese TV channel that frequently airs Takarazuka and other theater performances

If you want to know more about a show or a person we mentioned, leave a comment!

Episode 15: All About Ryuu Masaki!

In this episode, we celebrate Moon Troupe top star Ryuu Masaki as she prepares to graduate from Takarazuka! NOTES: this episode was recorded before the Chicago episode but saved for the Tokyo run of Nobunaga, so we apologize for the strange timeline of our commentary. Also the “treat,” once again, was our special Mitsuya Nao interview.

Links
Seal of Roses fanart
Jen’s blog of reviews

Shows mentioned
Don Juan
Roman Holiday
Flamenco Cafe del Gato
Chicago
Om Shanti Om
Scarlet Pimpernel – Star Troupe 2017 / Umeda Arts Theater 2016
Rome at Dawn
Hamlet!!
Elisabeth 2005, 2009
Puck 2014
1789
Arsene Lupin 2013
Takarazuka Dance/Guide to the Future/Takarazuka Flower Poems 100
Season of Angels
Nobunaga
Gypsy Baron
Man from Algiers
My Love Lies Over the Mountains
Edward VII
Young Bloods 2006
Manon
Gone with the Wind 2014, 2015
Me and My Girl (Hakataza)
Rose of Versailles: Oscar and Andre 2013
Magician’s Misfortunes
Higher than the Sky of Paris
Romeo & Juliette 2012
Seal of Roses

People mentioned
Takarasiennes
Ryuu Masaki!! (Masao)
Ayaki Nao
Sena Jun
Kiriya Hiromu (Kiriyan)
Shibuki Jun (Rika)
Ozuki Tooma
Oozora Yuuhi
Seijou Kaito (Magee)
Saou Kurama
Uzuki Hayate
Asumi Rio

Others
Ueda Shinji
Ueda Keiko
Koyanagi Naoko
Masatsuka Haruhiko
Frank Wildhorn
Sylvester Levay

Glossary
Buyoukai – The Takarazuka Buyoukai is an annual event where select members of the revue perform traditional Japanese dances and pieces of famous Noh works to the accompaniment of traditional Japanese music.

Nihonmono – Literally, “Japanese thing.” A play with a historical Japanese setting.

Nibante – Refers to the second-ranked otokoyaku star in a troupe. It is generally expected that a nibante will one day become a top star, although this is not guaranteed, and the star does not always stay in the same troupe.

Special #2: Mitsuya Nao OG Interview [vid podcast]

We are SO excited to bring you this special episode! Through the help of some friends of the podcast, we were able to interview former Takarazuka Revue member (Flower Troupe: 1981-1990) and current singer and vocal teacher Mitsuya Nao. Mitsuya-san graciously met with Caroline in Tokyo at the end of June to do the interview, which was conducted in Japanese. We were stumped for a little while: What would be the best way to present this for a podcast? Translate every line after it was spoken? Dub over it? We finally settled on subtitles, which is why this podcast is in mp4 video format.

Mitsuya Nao will be visiting New York City and performing a concert on July 24th at the Duplex Cabaret Theater. For more details, or to pre-order tickets, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/j6pyzyd

Note: To save on server space, we are moving our video podcasts to YouTube. Unfortunately, this means they will no longer show up in the podcast feed.


Recorded 21st June 2016

Mitsuya-san Links:

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Glossary:

English Language Transcript:

Continue reading Special #2: Mitsuya Nao OG Interview [vid podcast]

Episode 12: Vampires!

In This Podcast:

  • What’s making us happy in Takarazuka lately
  • Seal of Roses
  • Silver Rose Chronicle
  • Vampire Succession

Links (things discussed in this podcast):

Glossary:

  • taidan
  • Aichan: Aizuki Hikaru’s nickname
  • Kaname: Ouki Kaname’s nickname
  • Kiriya: Kiriya Hiromu’s nickname
  • Madoka: Hoshikaze Madoka’s nickname
  • Mitsuru: Hanagata Hikaru’s nickname
  • Nacchan: Ootsuki Sayu’s nickname
  • Rika: Shibuki Jun’s nickname
  • Saeko: Ayaki Nao’s nickname
  • Sora: Kazuki Sora’s nickname
  • Urara: Reimi Urara’s nickname
  • Yumiko: Ayabuki Mao’s nickname
  • Yurika: Makaze Suzuho’s nickname
  • Yuuhi: Oozora Yuuhi’s nickname