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 However, as a result, all of the ‘happy things’ and news are outdated.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 37: Red River / Citrus Breeze -Sunrise-

We bring you this episode at long last after many rounds of re-dos and technical difficulties!

Join Lella, Julie, Heidi, and Jenn for an extensive chat about Cosmos Troupe’s Spring Grand Theater show ‘The Sky Is On The Banks Of The Red River’ and ‘Citrus Breeze: Sunrise’. It’s kind of a long one, but it’s because we loved it so much and had so many feelings! We apologize for the delay, due to the technical issues it was recorded several months after the show ended, but all aspects of the show and cast are discussed, and hopefully you’ll enjoy flailing about this awesome show with us!

There were MANY people discussed in this episode as it’s a huge cast, probably too many to list them all, but here are some links to the main cast and show, plus/including our individual favorites that were mentioned:

Red River/Citrus Breeze Sunrise

Makaze Suzuho
Hoshikaze Madoka
Serika Toa
Aizuki Hikaru
Sakuragi Minato
Junya Chitose
Sumiki Sayato
Hoshibuki Ayato
Kihou Kanata

Episode 33: West Side Story

Join Carly, Heidi, and Lella for a recap of recent news and an in-depth report of Cosmos Troupe’s recent production of West Side Story in Tokyo.

LINKS:

West Side Story: Tokyo International Forum cast
Takarazuka Journal review of West Side Story (Japanese)
Carly’s translation of the program special talk
West Side Story special edition Le Cinq (Amazon)
Asaka Manato in NYC
Reimi Urara’s Instagram

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!)

Special #9: Quiz Game!

Come join Carly, Heidi, and Jen and pit yourself against some crazy Takarazuka song trivia!

Can you name the singer, year, show and (toughest of all) song title? All are from Grand Theater shows from 2000-2017, sung by the top star.

Don’t be shy, let us know how you did in the comments!

Final score was..... *drumroll* ....

(Don’t cheat… but if you must, here are the answers.)

If you have any ideas for other games we can play on the podcast, please let us know!

PS – This ep is PG-13 for mild cussing. ;D

Episode 31: Asaka Manato

Join Julie, Kitty, Heidi, and Carly for a love-filled tribute to retiring Cosmos Troupe top star Asaka Manato! WARNING: contains Land of the Gods/Classical Bijoux spoilers.

LINKS:

Kitty’s translations
Rose scene – Dream Kingdom
Asaka Manato/Misaki Rion farewell talk translation

ACTRESSES MENTIONED:

Asaka Manato (Maakun)
Serika Toa (Kiki)
Misaki Rion (Mirion)
Kotobuki Tsukasa

SHOWS MENTIONED:

A Motion
Chateau de la Reine/ VIVA FESTA
Count of Monte Cristo
Takarazuka’s Dream Kingdom
Pale Kiss
Rose of Versailles: Oscar (2014)
Marrakech
The Bund/Neon Shanghai
Code Hero
Canaria
Phantom (2011)
Gone with the Wind (2013)
Melancholic Gigolo
Land of the Gods/Classical Bijoux
Oath of the Midnight Sun/Phoenix Takarazuka
Shakespeare/HOT EYES

Episode 30: Visiting Japan and Buying Tickets

This week Heidi, Lella, and Carly talk in-depth about traveling to Japan to see Takarazuka and the various ways you can procure tickets, both official and secondhand.

Helpful links:

Transportation:
airfarewatchdog.com
Hopper
japan-rail-pass.com
willerexpress.com/en/
PASMO/SUICA cards

General Accommodations:
booking.com
APA Hotels
MyStays
Airbnb

Hostels in Takarazuka:
Takara-ya
Renoir
Pucchi House

Official tickets:
English ticket site
Japanese ticket site

Secondhand tickets and ticket trading:
ticketcamp.net
ticket.co.jp
okepi.net

Episode 19: Hokushou Kairi & Hinami Fuu

In this episode, we talk about Star Troupe top stars Hokushou Kairi and Hinami Fuu as they prepare to graduate from Takarazuka! NOTE: Sorry the audio gets a little funky in places.  What we were trying to say at 45:00 is that both Takashiro Kei and Daichi Mao have been past spokesgirls for the Kaminomoto company.

Links

Hokushou Kairi interview on Takarazuka Music School website

Picture of 84th class OGs going to see Ouka ni Mae / Romance!! (Otozuki Kei’s Instagram)

Disney Songs by Takarazuka (Takarazuka Creative Arts)

Disney Songs by Takarazuka (Amazon.co.jp)

People mentioned:

Takarasiennes:

Hokushou Kairi

Hinami Fuu

Shibuki Jun (Rika)

Mishiro Ren

Kazari Jin

Others:

Okada Keiji (I incorrectly named him, but he was the director Micchan kept running into who encouraged her not to quit!)

Shows Mentioned

Juri Sakiho in Legally Blonde

Don Juan

My Hero

Snowflake Anthology / Golden Desert

The Second Life

Elisabeth (2014)

Guys and Dolls (2015)

The Merry Widow

Glossary:

gakunen: The number of years a Takarasienne has been with the Revue.

kashikiri kouen:  Company-booked performance.  Tickets for these performances are typically not on sale to the general public.

Mura: Literally, “village.”  The katakana “mura” is used by Japanese fans to refer to the area around the Grand Theater.

Showa era: Japanese name eras based on the reigning emperors.  In this case, the Showa era was between 1926–1989