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we recorded this back in April, it’s taken us this long to get it put together, so some of the questions are a bit out of date already.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

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

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.

Episode 28: Cosmos Troupe (宙組)

Becca, Carly, Jen, and Soragumi expert Julie (in her first recorded episode!) talk about the history of Cosmos troupe!

Correction: Julie mentioned that Aran Kei only guest starred in Soragumi during Phantom, but she also appeared in Lightning in the Daytime.

Links to things mentioned in the podcast:

Visual for Ryuu Masaki’s album
Official Takarazuka Revue English website

Select performances mentioned:

All for One
Elisabeth 1998
Phantom 2004
W-Wing
Never Say Goodbye
Boxman
Sketches from the Life of Ryoma Sakamoto
Singin’ in the Rain 2008
Paradise Prince
Phoenix Wright
Elisabeth 2009
Shakespeare/HOT EYES!!
A Motion

Actresses

Top star chart (All Soragumi mentioned)
Hanakage Arisu
Nagina Ruumi
Nanaho Hikaru
Harukaze Misato
Kotobuki Tsukasa
Kazuki Sora
Yuumi Hiro

Glossary:

shinjin kouen / shinko: Every performance shown at the Takarazuka Grand Theater / Tokyo Takarazuka Theater has one night when the junior stars of the troupe (ken 7 and under) perform in the lead roles. It provides the junior stars with valuable stage experience and public exposure.

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:

Episode 25: Oohi no Yakata (Chateau de la Reine) / VIVA! FESTA!

Lella has no excuses to offer as to the lateness of this episode, so all the happy things are from February.

Kitty, Lella and Garnet talk about the colourful Cosmos Troupe show Oohi no Yakata / VIVA! FESTA!

Links:
Oohi no Yakata @takawiki
Shonichi video @youtube (first day)
Stage photos [1] [2] [3] [4] @tumblr
Wind Over Yamataikoku promos [first one][new ones]
Walpurgis Night @wikipedia
Night on Bald Mountain @wikipedia [youtube]
Infinite – Be Mine @youtube
Whitney Houston – Greatest Love of All @youtube
Miranda @wikipedia

Takarasiennes:
Asaka Manato ‘Maakun’
Misaki Rion ‘Mirion’
Makaze Suzuho ‘Yurika’
Sakuragi Minato
Aizuki Hikaru ‘Aichan’
Hoshikaze Madoka
Kotobuki Tsukasa ‘Kumichou’
Mikaze Maira ‘Fukukumichou’
Kazuki Sora
Sumiki Sayato
Sorahane Riku
Itsuki Chihiro
Reimi Urara
Haruha Rara
Kihou Kanata
Rukaze Hikaru ‘Rurukaze’
Hoshibuki Ayato
Fuuma Kakeru

Glossary:
Kumichou (組長): Most senior member of a troupe.
Fukukumichou (副組長): Vice-kumichou.
Kyakusekiori (客席降り): When siennes leave the stage to dance in the aisles.

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

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