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 However, as a result, all of the ‘happy things’ and news are outdated.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.
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we recorded this back in April, it’s taken us this long to get it put together, so some of the questions are a bit out of date already.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. 😀
We have a VERY special video episode for you! This December, four Takarazuka OGs—Mariho Erina, Ayaka Rei, Shiho Nanami, and Tama Mayura—will be performing World of Dreams, a lecture and concert introducing American audiences to the world of Takarazuka, at the Cornish Playhouse in Seattle! In advance of this performance, the Takarazuka Fan Podcast interviewed the actresses about their time in Takarazuka, their thoughts about performing overseas, and more!
We’re so excited to be able to bring you this exclusive interview, and if you have any questions or Seattle area recommendations for the actresses, be sure to leave them in the comments!
Special thanks to the entire podcast team plus Chems for chipping in with the translation/subtitling, and to Sakiko for organizing the interview.
World of Dreams will be taking place on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:30pm at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center. For more information visit the Facebook page.
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.
Glossary: Otokoyaku: Actresses who play male roles Musumeyaku: Actresses who play female roles Onnayaku: Also female role players, but typically more mature roles Shinjin Kouen: “Newcomer performances,” special performances held for each Grand Theater production that feature young stars who have been in the company for 7 years or less. Nihonmono: Traditional Japanese productions OG: Literally “old girl,” referring to actresses who have retired from Takarazuka. Obi: The sash worn with a kimono.
Kyuu ni: suddenly/abruptly
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
Correction: Schwarzenberg is played by Haryuu Mitsuki – Lella apologises for not remembering her name during the recording.
Shamisen (三味線) – traditional Japanese string instrument.
Kandou (感動) – to feel moved. Tanabata (七夕) – summer festival in July/August. @wikipedia
Honkouen (本公演) – the main cast version of the play (as opposed to the Shinjin Kouen (新人公演) version)
Kanpeki (完璧) – perfect, flawless
Subarashii (素晴らしい) – wonderful, magnificent
(Kitty’s overflowing feelings regarding Tanabata and the tv show Kamen Rider Den-O are because of the Tanabata-themed romance of two characters separated by time paradox; one of the characters in Kamen Rider Den-O is designed after the constellations Vega and Altair, which are associated with the Tanabata story.)
Katana: Japanese sword
Ranran: namesquish of ‘Ranju Tomu’ and ‘Ranno Hana’
Sasuga: ‘as one would expect’
Corrections: Lella persists in calling the finale ‘revue’ despite Kitty’s best efforts.
The ‘mops’ are actually ‘ke-yari’ – a traditional piece of ceremonial equipment, as explained here by the lovely Naomi. But Lella likes talking about mops.
This is the first in a series of troupe-focused episodes: Hanagumi! We discuss the history of the troupe from all the way back in the beginning as well as recent years. NOTE: we recorded this before the transfer announcements! The new top musumeyaku of Hanagumi will be Senna Ayase.
Nibante/sanbante – the second and third ranked otokoyaku in a troupe Irimachi/demachi – waiting for a star outside the theater Otome – an annual publication listing profiles for every current member of the revue Momotaro @ Wikipedia