Episode 41: Casanova and Goodbye to Senna Ayase

Although it was recorded in May, due to bad audio the posting of this episode was postponed until now. We were unable to correct the bad audio, but have now decided to post the episode in spite of this. However, as a result, all of the ‘happy things’ and news are outdated. Yuzuka Rei has been announced as the next Hanagumi top star, and many more hanagumi musumeyaku have been announced as leaving with Asumi Rio in November.

LINKS:
Tweet with Rei Makoto and the eiga dorobo man
Casanova Takawiki page

Actresses:
Asumi Rio (Mirio)
Senna Ayase (Yuki/Yukihime)
Miriyuki = Asumi Rio/Senna Ayase combi
Ousaki Ayaka (Beichan)
Hanano Juria
Yuzuka Rei (Karei)
Hozuki An (Chinatsu)
Seto Kazuya (Akira)
Minami Maito (Maitii)
Kazumi Shou
Yuunami Kei
Haryuu Mitsuki
Shiroki Miei (Shirokimi)
Hiryuu Tsukasa
Seino Asuka
Oto Kurisu
Tatsuki Mio
Hana Yuuki
Maisora Hitomi

Episode 35: Catching Up on 2018!

Join Carly and Jen as they talk about the shows Carly has seen over the last few months.

Shows Discussed in This Podcast:
Company / Baddy
The Sky Is on the Banks of the Red River / Citrus Breeze -Sunrise-
Another World / Killer Rouge
Arch of Triumph / Gato Bonito!!
Messiah / Beautiful Garden
Senhor Cruzeiro!
Singin’ in the Rain
West Side Story
Hustle Mates!

Links to Things Discussed in this Podcast:
teamLab Borderless
Yayoi Kusama USA traveling exhibit
World of Dreams Takarazuka OG Canadian Tour

Terminology:
chuuzume (中詰め)

Episode 34: Senka (専科)

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

Links to Things Mentioned In the Podcast:

Actresses Mentioned:

Episode 32: Musumeyaku

Join Jen and Julie for some top star musumeyaku love. Present and past star love, with a bit of talk about musumeyaku fandom. (This was recorded the weekend just before Chapi’s retirement was announced, which is why we don’t mention it at all.)

PS – Okay! Email us with trivia questions for our game at takarazukapodcast@gmail.com.

PPS – This wasn’t mentioned in the podcast, but here is Tsubasa Makoto gushing about getting to be on stage with her former partner Dan Rei again today. I feel like we see a lot of these kinds of posts from OG musumeyaku, but not from OG otokoyaku.

Tsukushi Mari (1953)

Takamiya Sachi (1978)

Haruka Kurara (1983)

Hanafusa Mari (1999)

Links to Things Mentioned In the Podcast:
West Side Story
Makoto Tsubasa’s Koshiji Fubuki Tribute Concert blog post
Red River flier
Valentino

Actresses Mentioned:
Aihara Mika
Aono Yuki (Marimo)
Ayano Kanami
Dan Rei
Hanafusa Mari (O-Hana)
Haruka Kurara
Hizuki Hana (Ume)
Hoshikaze Madoka
Hoshina Yuri
Kisaki Airi
Konno Mahiru
Maaya Kiho
Manaki Reika (Chapi)
Misaki Rion (Mirion)
Nono Sumika
Sakurano Ayane
Senna Ayase
Shirahane Yuri (Tonami)
Toono Asuka
Tsukikage Hitomi (Gun-chan)

Special #10: World of Dreams

A round table episode with a bunch of the fans who came to see World of Dreams in Seattle, recorded live at the after party. Along with Carly, Jen, and Heidi, a special appearance of Erin’s voice! Also many thanks to Al, Amelia, Connie, Gen, Karin, Maizy, Megan, Rachel and everyone for sharing their many experiences over the weekend.

If you missed our video interview with the OGs who performed in the show, check it out here.

Lots of photos and videos were taken over the course of the weekend. If you have any you’d like to share, please link them in the comments below!

(Also, Jen apologizes for being really, really tipsy. This would explain why she said “Cornell” instead of “Cornish” during that one anecdote. Everyone else is lovely and eloquent, though, so don’t miss out!)

Episode 29: Nihonmono

Join Carly, Julie, and Jen as they tackle that most exotic of Takarazuka musical genres: the nihonmono. A bit of a rambling summary of Japanese history, a bit about favorite motifs, what’s to love about nihonmono, and a loooong bit about some of our favorites! (Jen apologizes for her incoherent rambling in this episode.)

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Episode 27: Sagiri Seina & Sakihi Miyu

A farewell to Snow Troupe’s Top Stars Sagiri Seina and Sakihi Miyu. Let us know what you love about Chigi and Miyu in the comments below!

(And stay with us through the very end of this ep, because Carly and Chems added an addendum!)

Links to Things Mentioned in the Podcast:

Actresses:

Glossary (TakaWiki glossary):

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 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

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