Episode 38: Farewell Manaki Reika (and Touka Yurino)

Sorry this one is so late coming out! We originally recorded it back at the end of November, which is why some time references may seem a little off. But even late, we wanted to share our love! Join Kitty, Lella, and Jen as they discuss Star Troupe news and then share their love of recently retired Moon Troupe top musumeyaku Manaki Reika (and kumichou Touka Yurino).

(Apologies for the rough sound. One of our tracks wasn’t editable so we had to use our combined track in places which means we couldn’t isolate and remove some of the rougher bits and coughs.)

Actresses/Directors Mentioned in this Episode:

Aizuki Hikaru
Amatsu Otome
Ayahoshi Rion
Chapi (Manaki Reika)
Chinatsu (Houzuki An)
Hanafusa Mari
Jou (Kijou Mitsuru)
Kai-chan (Nanami Hiroki)
Kasugano Yachiyo
Katori Reira
Kouzuki Ruu
Makoto Tsubasa
Masao (Masaki Ryuu)
Mayupon (Kizuki Yuuma)
Mirion (Misaki Rion)
MiyaRuri (Miya Rurika)
Rei (Yuzuka Rei)
Reiko (Tsukishiro Kanato)
Saou Kurama
Seocchi (Seo Yuria)
Shiiran (Ichijou Azusa)
Tamakichi (Tamaki Ryou)
Touka Yurino
Toyoko (Suzumi Shio)
Umi-chan (Umino Mitsuki)

Ikuta Hirokazu
Koike Shuuichirou
Masatsuka Haruhiko
Saitou Yoshimasa
Ueda Keiko
Ueda Kumiko

Shows Mentioned in This Episode:

Click on the “Chapi” link above for all of the shows mentioned from her career linked from her TakaWiki profile!
Also…
Beside the Foggy Elbe / Estrellas
Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino
Man From Algiers

Additional Links:

“Tommy Tune in Japan” article on Sunday Morning show
“Tommy Tune in Japan” video clip from Sunday Morning show
Kitty’s translations about Manaki Reika
Salon de Takarazuka – Place to dress up and get your photo taken for a (steepish) fee (Japanese only)

Glossary:

  • Cafe Break – Takarazuka TV interview show that airs on a Tokyo station
  • Kageki (歌劇) – Lit. “opera”; name of one of the Takarazuka Revue magazines
  • kumichou (組長) – Lit. “group leader”; senior-most member of the troupe with special responsibilities over the troupe
  • mesen (目線) – Lit. “eye line”; making and holding eye contact
  • NHK – Japanese public TV station
  • otsukaresama (お疲れ様) – Lit. “you are tired”; a way of thanking/acknowledging someone’s hard work
  • Ouran Host Club – manga/anime that often references Takarazuka
  • sotsugyou (卒業) – Lit. “graduation”; because Takarazuka actresses are referred to as “students” during their career in the Takarazuka Revue, a way of referring to their retirement from the Revue is to say that they are graduating
  • taidan (退団) – Lit. “leaving the troupe”; retiring from the Takarazuka Revue

Episode 36: Understudies

Hi everyone! On this episode, Carly and guest violetposies talk about understudies in Takarazuka, and the understudy performances that took place during this year’s Elisabeth.

CLARIFICATION: we mention that Grand Hotel was at the same time as Rurouni Kenshin, but they weren’t running simultaneously; they took place at roughly the same time of year but one year apart.

SHOWS MENTIONED
Elisabeth (Moon 2018)
Debutante
Partial Time Travel
Rurouni Kenshin
Cocktail

ACTRESSES MENTIONED
Seira Hitomi
Ayanagi Shou
Mana Haruto
Takumi Hibiki
Haruno Sumire
Miya Rurika
Tsukishiro Kanato (Reiko)
Kazama Yuno
Akatsuki Chisei (Ari)
Sou Kazuho
Ayaoto Sena
Souma Seren
Ayaji Yurika
Ran Naoki
Sakihi Miyu
Hoshikaze Madoka
Yumeshiro Aya

GLOSSARY
Shinjin Kouen: a special “rising stars” performance each Grand Theater run in which all the roles are played by actresses with 7 years experience or less.

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 #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:

Special #5: Grand Hotel / Carousel Rondo

This episode of Moon Troupe flail is brought to you by Garnet, Kitty and Lella.

Links:
Grand Hotel @takawiki
[ad] [press conference] @youtube
Stage Photos [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] @tumblr
Grand Hotel Film @wikipedia
The Legend of King Arthur @takawiki
Passion: Jose and Carmen @takawiki
Grand Hotel (1993) @takawiki
Alice’s Lover @takawiki
Azure Moment @takawiki
Azure Moment promo photos @tumblr

Takarasiennes:
Tamaki Ryou ‘Tamakichi’
Manaki Reika ‘Chapi’
Miya Rurika ‘Miyaruri’
Akatsuki Chisei ‘Ari’
Asami Jun
Saotome Wakaba
Umino Mitsuki ‘Umichan’
Chinami Karan
Shimon Yuria
Touka Yurino
Hanagata Hikaru
Ayazuki Seri
Takachi Ao ‘Manchan’
Saki Akane
Kirami Ruise
Misato Yumeno

Siennes mentioned not in this show:
Suzukaze Mayo

Glossary:
Senshuuraku (千秋楽): Last performance of a show
Kumichou (組長): Most senior member of a troupe
Seeno (せーの): Ready, and…
Kui ga nai (悔いがない): There are no regrets

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #7: Moon 2009

Links:
Elisabeth 2009 @takawiki

Takarasiennes: (listed in the order of first mention)
Sena Jun ‘Asako’ @takawiki
Nagina Ruumi ‘Kacha’ @takawiki
Ryuu Masaki ‘Masao/Masaki’ @takawiki
Kiriya Hiromu ‘Kiriyan’ @takawiki
Ryouga Haruhi @takawiki
Aoki Izumi @takawiki
Asumi Rio ‘Mirio’ @takawiki
Hazakura Shizuku @takawiki
Shirosaki Ai @takawiki
Seijou Kaito ‘Magee’ @takawiki
Koshino Ryuu @takawiki
Ranno Hana @takawiki
Shimon Yuria @takawiki
Uzuki Hayate @takawiki

Siennes mentioned who are not in this play:
Mizu Natsuki @takawiki

Glossary:
Heika: (Your) Majesty
Omiai: Arranged marriage (often the meeting/date)
‘Koutei rashii’: Emperor-like (looks, behaviour)
Chicchai: Small
Tomodachi: Friend
Keigo: Polite language
Hane: feathers (in this particular conversation it is the feathers worn by the top star/top musume/nibante at the end of the parade)

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #5: Moon 2005

Links:

Elisabeth (2005) @ TakaWiki
Elisabeth song titles in English and German @ Wikipedia

Takarasiennes:

Ayaki Nao ‘Saeko’ @ TakaWiki
Sena Jun ‘Asako’ @ TakaWiki
Hatsukaze Midori ‘Gaichi’ @ TakaWiki
Kiriya Hiromu ‘Kiriyan’ @ TakaWiki
Ozora Yuhi ‘Yuhi’ @ TakaWiki
Ayana Oto @ TakaWiki
Mimi Anri @ TakaWiki
Yumesaki Nene ‘Nene’ @ TakaWiki
Ryuu Masaki ‘Masaki/Masao’ @ TakaWiki
Shirosaki Ai ‘Ai-chan’ @ TakaWiki

Glossary:

etoile @ TakaWiki
parade @ TakaWiki
shinjin kouen (shinko) @ TakaWiki

 

Episode 20: Moon Troupe (月組)

Moon Troupe love! Join Becca, Carly, and Jen in their flailing and discussions of Moon Troupe now and in the past.

Correction: Eternal Tale was Haruna Yuri’s 2nd to last show, not her very last, which was War and Peace.

Links (Things Mentioned)

Couldn’t find the butterfly-clip pic, but have a sassy Rika in all her crazy-haired glory.

Actresses

Glossary

  • aite (相手) – partner
  • daihyou (代表) – representative, in Takarazuka fan clubs, it’s the lovely lady in charge
  • fukubukuro (福袋) @ Wikipedia
  • hakama (袴) – green hakama are traditional wear for graduation
  • irimachi/demachi (入待/出待) – waiting for the actresses before and after shows
  • kawaii (可愛い) – cute
  • nibante (二番手) – 2nd ranked role/actress
  • nihonmono (日本物) – set in historical Japan
  • pachipachi (パチパチ) – among other things, it’s the sound effect for clapping

 

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