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 However, as a result, all of the ‘happy things’ and news are outdated.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)

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we recorded this back in April, it’s taken us this long to get it put together, so some of the questions are a bit out of date already.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.

Special #8: Takarazuka OG Performance in Seattle + Interview [vid podcast]

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.


Recorded 13th July, 2017

Actresses:
Mariho Erina
Ayaka Rei
Shiho Nanami
Tama Mayura

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.

Special #6: Upcoming Schedule Chatter

Join Becca, Lella, and Jen as they try to stay on topic and … mostly succeed? PLUS, fun news out of Seattle!

Let us know your thoughts on the upcoming shows!

Links:

Actresses:

Glossary:

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.

Special #4: Sekkasho / Konjiki no Sabaku

Join Kitty, Lella, and special guest (and Hanagumi enthusiast) Garnet for an impromptu but rather extensive chat about Flower Troupe’s Snowflake Anthology and Golden Desert.

Warning: Because of the way this episode was recorded, there is background noise which cannot be filtered out.

REMINDER! One more week to put your name in the hat for the End of the Year Giveaway!

Links:
Sekkasho/Konjiki no Sabaku @takawiki
Shonichi video @youtube (first day)
Fantasia (Revue) (Hana) @takawiki
Takarazuka Odori @takawiki
Romance (Revue) (Hoshi)@takawiki
Greatest Hits (Revue) (Yuki) @takawiki
Kamisama Hajimemashita @wikipedia
Amagi Goe @youtube
Kamen Rider @wikipedia
Hokusai wave (image)
Kiyohime @wikipedia
Ueda Kumiko @takawiki
Hoshiai Hitoyo @takawiki
Tsukigumo no Miko @takawiki
The Count of Monte Cristo @takawiki
El Halcon @takawiki
Me and My Girl @takawiki

Takarasiennes:
Asumi Rio ‘Mirio’ @takawiki
Kano Maria ‘Kanochan’ @takawiki
Aren Touma @takawiki
Yuzuka Rei ‘Karei’ @takawiki
Seto Kazuya @takawiki
Serika Toa ‘Kiki’ @takawiki
Senna Ayase ‘Yuki’ @takawiki
Hozuki An @takawiki
Ousaki Ayaka ‘Beichan’ @takawiki
Sakino Mion @takawiki
Mano Kazuma @takawiki
Kazumi Shou @takawiki
Matsumoto Yuri @takawiki
Oto Kurisu @takawiki
Tenma Michiru @takawiki
Hanano Juria @takawiki
Minami Maito ‘Maitee’ @takawiki
Maisora Hitomi @takawiki
Siennes mentioned in the Shinko(Shinjin Kouen) part are not listed. Please refer to the Golden Desert Takawiki page.

Glossary:
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.)

Revue Corner #4: Sengoku Basara

Links:
Sengoku Basara @ takawiki
Sengoku Period @ wikipedia
Oda Nobunaga @ wikipedia
Sanada Yukimura @ wikipedia
Takeda Shingen ‘Kai no Tora’ @ wikipedia
Date Masamune @ wikipedia
Uesugi Kenshin @ wikipedia

Takarasiennes:
Ranju Tomu @ takawiki
Ranno Hana @ takawiki
Nozomi Fuuto ‘Daimon’ @ takawiki
Harukaze Misato @ takawiki
Asumi Rio ‘Mirio’ @ takawiki
Ootori Mayu @ takawiki
Ousaki Ayaka @ takawiki
Ayashiro Rea @ takawiki

Glossary:
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.

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 17: Flower Troupe

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.

LINKS:

StarlightParade @ deviantart
Interview with Masatsuka-sensei about Caleb Hunt by chemicalperfume
Interview with Inaba-sensei about Greatest Hits by chemicalperfume
Jen’s translations of Ooura Mizuki’s memoir
Junna Risa’s facebook page
Interview with Aika Mire and Makoto Tsubasa from Splendor of 100 Years
Nestle Star Talk
Hinata San’s melon-pan ice cream shop twitter

PEOPLE:

Tani Masazumi
Masatsuka Haruhiko
Koike Shuuichirou

Takigawa Sueko
Koshiji Fubuki

3K: Kou Nishiki, Kouzuki Noboru, Koshiro Miyako

GLOSSARY:

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

Dom-Brako (Momotaro) @ TakaWiki