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we recorded this back in April, it’s taken us this long to get it put together, so some of the questions are a bit out of date already.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 #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 #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 #7: TakaWiki

Carly, Jen, and Julie talk TakaWiki: Where it came from, why we love it, why English-language fandom is awesome, and why you should not be scared to contribute! Fandom meta splurge

(Julie is a new member of the podcast. Check out up-coming ep #28 for her self intro. She wants to add an apology for date-related difficulties: 2016=2006, and 1996=1976. Sleep is important!)

Links to fabulous things:

Actresses:

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 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 23: Fan Letters and Presents

Some not-at-all-official advice and gossip from Elin, Lella, Becca, and Jen. Finally managed to get all our time zones lined up again! 😉

Links to Things Mentioned in the Podcast:

Actresses:

Glossary:

Becca’s research just for you:

Also, about flowers from Leonie Rae Stickland’s Gender Gymnastics book (keep in mind this was from before the company stopped this):

“In addition to its function as a source of enjoyment for Revue enthusiasts of either gender, Takarazuka fandom fulfills an important economic role which benefits the Revue itself, its parent company, Hankyu, and many other enterprises of various sizes.  Fans purchase theater and train tickets; Revue-related merchandise such as fan magazines, related books, Compact-and Digital Versatile Disks; and other miscellaneous goods bearing Takarazuka logos.  They probably also patronize Hankyu’s department stores and hotels around Japan, where Hankyu’s link with Takarazuka is made obvious by the prominent display of posters and panels bearing pictures of Revue stars.  In central Takarazuka, and to a lesser extent in Tokyo’s Yurakucho, adjacent to the Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre, many bars, restaurants, florists, other retail stores and service outlets look to fans for much of their custom.  The horticulture industry, for which Takarazuka itself is one of the three biggest producing areas in the country, also profits greatly from fans’ purchase of cut or potted flowers to present to their favorite stars, to the extent that fans’ purchases allegedly influence the national wholesale price.”