Special #11: Trivia Quiz!

Aaaand, we’re back with more quiz show goodness! This time we are super excited that we managed to get a lot of the crew together, so please join Anna, Carly, Elin, Jen, Kitty, and Julie and play along at home.

Apologies, there were a lot of technical difficulties, which means that although we recorded this back in April, it’s taken us this long to get it put together, so some of the questions are a bit out of date already. There are also a lot of rough bits in the podcast quality, but we’re so excited that we got everyone together, we hope you’ll enjoy it anyway.

So, bring your A-Game! Then tell us how you did in the comments below. 😀

ETA: Elin and Anna’s drinking game (.pdf). The post they got the original idea from is here.

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

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.”

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #8: Flower 2014

Links:
Elisabeth 2014 @takawiki
e-meersie‘s Musical Analysis of Elisabeth (leitmotifs) (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4) (part 5) (part 6) (part 7) (part 8)
H.P. Lovecraft @wikipedia

Takarasiennes: (listed in the order of first mention)
Asumi Rio ‘Mirio’ @takawiki
Ranno Hana @takawiki
Hokushou Kairi ‘Micchan’ @takawiki
Nana Kurara @takawiki
Nozomi Fuuto ‘Daimon’ @takawiki
Serika Toa ‘Kiki’ @takawiki
Yabuki Sena @takawiki
Haryuu Mitsuki @takawiki
Shihou Nanami @takawiki
Sakura Ichika @takawiki
Yuuma Rin @takawiki
Taiga Rin @takawiki
Minami Maito @takawiki
Yuzuka Rei @takawiki
Kano Maria ‘Kanochan’ @takawiki
Saezuki Runa @takawiki

Siennes mentioned who are not in this play:
Mizu Natsuki @takawiki
Sena Jun @takawiki
Ema Naoki ‘Junko’ @takawiki

Glossary:
Kyakka: reject/dismiss
Kyuu ni: suddenly/abruptly
Oogesa: grandiose/exaggerated
Medetashi medetashi: and so they lived happily ever after
Kappa: mythical Japanese water creature (wikipedia)
‘Ijou desu’: that is all/I’m done/it’s finished.
Hachimitsu pakku: honey facial pack
Kiguu desu: it’s a coincidence/unexpected meeting
Otsukaresama (deshita): thank you for your hard work
Kimazui: unpleasant/awkward

Correction: Schwarzenberg is played by Haryuu Mitsuki – Lella apologises for not remembering her name during the recording.

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #3: Cosmos 1998

Links:
Elisabeth 1998 @takawiki

Takarasiennes: (listed in the order of first mention)
Shizuki Asato ‘Zunko’ @takawiki
Hanafusa Mari @takawiki
Wao Youka @takawiki
Kozuki Wataru @takawiki
Ryou Akino ‘Akko’ @takawiki
Asami Hikaru ‘Komu’ @takawiki
Izumo Aya @takawiki

Siennes mentioned who are not in this play:
Ichiro Maki @takawiki
Shiraki Ayaka @takawiki
Kouju Tatsuki @takawiki

Glossary:
‘Koutei rashii’: Emperor-like (looks, behaviour)

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #2: Star 1996-97

Links:
Elisabeth 1996-97 @takawiki
Koike-sensei @takawiki
SNL cowbell skit @vimeo

Takarasiennes: (listed in order of first mention)
Asaji Saki ‘Mariko’ @takawiki
Shiraki Ayaka @takawiki
Tsukikage Hitomi ‘Gun-chan’ @takawiki
Minoru Kou ‘Noru’ @takawiki
Shibuki Jun ‘Rika’ @takawiki
Emao Yuu ‘Bun-chan’ @takawiki
Izumo Aya @takawiki
Ema Naoki ‘Junko’ @takawiki
Suzuna Saya @takawiki
Chiaki Shin @takawiki
Mayuzuki Kou @takawiki
Ryou Akino ‘Akko’ @takawiki
Kozuki Wataru @takawiki
Ayaki Nao @takawiki
Akisono Mio @takawiki
Manaka Hikaru @takawiki

Siennes mentioned who are not in this play:
Todoroki Yuu @takawiki
Hanafusa Mari @takawiki
Shizuki Asato ‘Zunko’ @takawiki
Sakura Ichika @takawiki
Suzuna Mio @takawiki

Glossary:
Onnayaku (女役): mature female roles
Komakai (細かい): fine detail

Episode 13: How To Get Into Takarazuka

In this episode, we address two listeners’ questions about how we each got into Takarazuka, how we made friends in the Takarazuka fandom, and how we drag other people down with us. How did you get into Takarazuka? Leave your story in the comments!

NOTE: this was recorded before the Mitsuya Nao interview episode, which is the “special thing” we’re referring to when we say we’re not sure when this episode will surface. If you haven’t watched it please do!

Links to things mentioned
Cast list for Moon Troupe’s Legend of King Arthur
Chicago Postcards
Sena Jun seducing herself part 1 and part 2
The official Takarazuka English website
Kitty’s translations and subtitles
Podcast twitter (which had 30-something followers at the time of recording but is now at almost 150!)
Podcast Facebook page
NYC Takarazuka fans Facebook group
Carly’s follow list of of twitter accounts for Takarazuka OGs, news, fan artists, iride photographers, etc

Shows mentioned (in order of mention)
Toward a Day in the Sun
Elisabeth (2007)
Elisabeth (2014)
Napoleon
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Rome at Dawn
The Man in the Iron Mask
Romeo & Juliette (2010)
The Count of Monte Cristo/Amour de 99
Shangri-La
Elisabeth (2009)
MOON SAGA (Gackt’s show ft. Yuumi Hiro)
Rose of Versailles: Oscar & Andre (2001)
Elisabeth (1998)
The Silver Rose Chronicle
Hoshiai Hitoyo
El Halcon
A-REX

Takarasiennes mentioned (in order of mention)
Makaze Suzuho (Yurika)
Nozomi Fuuto (Daimon)
Sagiri Seina (Chigi)
Otozuki Kei
Yuzuki Reon (Chie)
Asumi Rio (Mirio)
Ouki Kaname
Yuumi Hiro (Tomochin)
Minoru Kou
Yamato Yuuga

Revue Corner #2: Don Juan

Correction: Anna and Elin were uncertain as to whether Arisa Hitomi’s character Elvira was married to Don Juan or not – the information in the show leaflet was misguiding. We hope the uncertainty comes across in the episode, and would like to add that they are probably not husband and wife. We only know that she is bitter. And fabulous.

Links: (siennes listed in order of first mention)
Don Juan @takawiki
Al Capone @takawiki
Don Juan shonichi video @facebook
Nozomi Fuuto @takawiki
Karyou Shizuru @takawiki
Ayakaze Sakina @takawiki
Towaki Sea @takawiki
Irodori Michiru @takawiki
Arisa Hitomi @takawiki
Kiraha Reo @takawiki
Ema Naoki @takawiki
Miho Keiko @takawiki
Carmen dress (Nene) (Mari) (Chapi)
Gekijou Jose to Carmen @takawiki
Tybalt’s Jacket (Romijuri) (Don Juan)
Romeo and Juliette @takawiki

Glossary:
Daimon: Nozomi Fuuto’s nickname
Yukigumi: Snow Troupe
Hoshigumi: Star Troupe
Shan-shan: used at the end of the finale when they walk down the staircase – an adorned piece of prop with a ribbon attached at the bottom. They are normally held in both hands to stretch out the ribbon.

Special #1: Rurouni Kenshin Fanmeet in Sweden

Beware the Swedishisms!

CORRECTION: Lella says ‘Sanada’ when she meant ‘Sano’ (Sagara Sanosuke). Sorry to Houshou Dai for not remembering the name of the character – she was perfect! Also, Sano’s weapon is called a zanbatō.

We now have a twitter account! Follow us on @ZukaPodcast.

In This Podcast:

  • Introductions of Elin and Anna
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • Ayanagi Shou (she needs her own bullet point)
  • Zuka stuff we are looking forward to this summer
  • Chicago NYC brunch party: bit.ly/ogchicagoparty

Links (things discussed in this podcast):

Glossary:

  • Daimon: Nozomi Fuuto’s nickname
  • Edo/Tokugawa period: 1603 – 1868
    (Japan was closed during this time period)
  • Meiji period: 1868 – 1912
    (‘Meiji Restauration’ –> becoming modern)
  • Taishō period: 1912 – 1926
  • Chigi: Sagiri Seina’s nickname
  • subarashii: wonderful/splendid/magnificent
  • ” 伝説の美剣士” ‘densetsu no bikenshi’ – Nozomi Fuuto mentioned in an interview that she used this as a mantra during the production of this show. (‘Legendary, beautiful swordsman’.)
  • nihonmono: plays in a traditional Japanese setting
  • Miyu: Sakihi Miyu
  • Beni: Kurenai Yuzuru’s nickname
  • Hejdå: ‘Goodbye’ in Swedish