Episode 50: Revue Reviews

Happy New Year, everyone!!

Join Julie, Kitty, Jen, and Kate as they talk about what they enjoy about Takarazuka revue shows, their directors, and some of their favorite shows. (Jen is a liiiitle late getting this posted, so you’ll see the news section is out of date. Ahahahah.)

We’d love to hear from you about what you enjoy about revue shows and some of your favorites! (Also, do any of you remember which revue shows had shanshan with bells?)

Happy Things:

Flying Sapa & Magnificent Emperor live broadcasts
Creating new fans with A Passage Through the Light

Shows Mentioned:

Apasionado!! (Moon 2008)
Aqua Vitae!! (Cosmos 2019)
Asian Winds! (Flower 2005)
à Bientôt (Star 2009)
Blue Moon Blue (Moon 2000)
Castle of the White Heron (Cosmos 2018)
Les Cherubim (Snow 1997)
Citrus Breeze (Cosmos 1998)
Dancing For You (Cosmos 2008)
Eclair Brillant (Star 2019)
Enter the Revue (Flower 2005)
The Entertainer (Star 2016)
La Esmeralda (Snow 2015)
Estrellas (Star 2019)
Exciter!! (Flower 2010)
Funky Sunshine (Cosmos 2010)
Gato Bonito!! (Snow 2018)
HOT EYES (Cosmos 2016)
I Love Chopin (Cosmos 2006)
Killer Rouge (Star 2018)
MAHOROBA (Moon 2007)
Misty Station (Moon 2012)
Rio de Bravo!! (Snow 2009)
Romance (Star 2016)
Santé!! (Flower 2017)
Sora Fantasista (Cosmos 2007)
Super Voyager (Snow 2018)
Viva! Festa! (Cosmos 2017)

Glossary:

chuuzume (中詰め) – the big central number in a Takarazuka revue show
ginkyou (銀橋): the silver bridge, the small strip of stage between the audience and orchestra box
ipponmono (一本物) – A two-act musical, without a revue
shan-shan (シャンシャン) – Thing held in the hand during the finale parade, most often looks like a small shield with a ribbon

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Episode 49: Takarazuka – Comfort and Distraction

Join Kate and Jen as they talk about things and shows from Takarazuka that give them comfort and distraction. Then let us know how Takarazuka has been comforting you over the past few months!

Happy Things:

Haikara-san: Here Comes Miss Modern
Miyume Himari’s Twitter
Cher’s 1-man West Side Story

Shows Mentioned:

Glossary:

  • [female] kabuki
  • OSK Revue = 大阪松竹歌劇団 (Osaka Shochiku Kagekidan, from the location and name of their original parent company) (Check them out, they’re lots of fun! They’re also putting up full shows on their YouTube channel right now.)
  • shoujo manga (少女漫画) / shounen manga (少年漫画) = girls’ comics and boys’ comics
  • tsukkomi (突っ込み) = the straight man in a stand-up comedy duo (see: manzai 漫才)
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Episode 48: Cuddle, Marry, Ignore

Join Julie, Kate, Kitty, Jenn, and Jen, as they tackle the toughest question of all: “Cuddle, marry, or ignore?”

How about you? Would you answer any of these tough questions any differently? Or do you have a challenging trio of your own? Please share with us below in the comments!

07/19/20: Update from Julie: Whoops, I made a mistake when Kate was talking about always liking the character of Talleyrand! In Trafalgar (Cosmos 2010), Kazahana Reia played Talleyrand. Tenrei Mion did have a stand-out solo moment but she was playing Sieyès.

Happy Things Mentioned in This Podcast:

Wao Youka and CHIHARU chatted on Instagram Live
Oscar Francois de Jarjayes graduated from university
NASA Astronauts Launch from America in Historic Test Flight of SpaceX Crew Dragon
Giant undersea bug in Toba Aquarium poops for first time in two years
Daimon and Kiho handwashing to “Takarazuka Forever”
Takarazuka top star OGs: “Our Song For You”

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A statement from the members of the podcast

We would like to make a clear statement regarding information that has come to light about a former member of our podcast. We believe that all individuals are free to hold beliefs of their choice and vote as their conscience dictates. However, we also stand against racism and discrimination in all forms, and for all individuals to be treated respectfully, equally, and fairly by the systems they live under. We unequivocally reject neo-Nazi and other far-right platforms that discount the humanity of individuals based on their ethnicity, race, religion, country of origin, sexuality, gender identity, or any other characteristic.

When we were informed of some things posted publicly by the former member of our podcast, we researched the matter to the best of our ability and had several conversations with her.  Ultimately it was decided that because of her open support for a political party that stands in direct conflict with these views, she will no longer be associated with the podcast and will not further contribute to any of our content.

We hope to continue being a welcoming and inclusive space that provides fun content for all fans to enjoy together.

[The recording below is simply this same message, intended for listeners who stream our content through a podcast app and don’t read the blog.]

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Special 19: Messages from the Stars

Join Jenn, Julie, Kate, and Kitty as they translate and talk about some of the “Messages from the Stars” that the Takarazuka Revue has been posting lately: YouTube Playlist.

(Please excuse a somewhat “noisy” recording. As always, things are a bit crazy in Quarantine.)

What have been some of your favorite messages so far? Please share them in the comments!

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Special #18: Revue Theme Song Quiz Game!

Thanks to many requests here in the blog, on Tumblr, and on Twitter, we have some quiz games headed your way.

First up: Play along with Lella, Kitty, Jenn, and Julie and test your esoteric Takarazuka revue show theme song knowledge!

Don’t cheat, but if you want to double-check your answers after playing, here is the answer key.

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Episode 47: Die Räuber

Join Heidi and Lella as they talk about a favorite small-theater show and give it some tough love. (Warning: Plot spoilers)

Have you seen The Robbers? What did you think of it?

Things Mentioned in This Show:

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Episode 46: Golden Combinations

Join Kate and Jen as they talk about the many definitions of a “Golden Combi”, and some of their favorite otokoyaku and musumeyaku pairs.

We won’t give them away ahead of time. See if you can guess from the sound clips! 😉

Please drop us a note in the comments, because we would LOVE to hear your thoughts on our pairs or any of your own faves!

Talked about in this show:

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Requests?

Hello fabulous listeners and fellow Takarazuka fans! We were wondering if you have any requests for our upcoming podcasts?

Any shows you’d like to hear us discuss, any topics you’d like us to cover, any questions you’d like us to tackle?

Go ahead and drop a note in the comments!

Episode 45: Looking Back at “Casablanca”

Join Becca, Julie, and Jen as we talk about the movie “Casablanca”, the Takarazuka musical “Casablanca”, the controversies, stories about the show, the shinko, H1N1, engagements, and lots of other things I’m no doubt forgetting. Then drop a line below to let us know your Casablanca stories or thoughts!

Things We Mention In the Podcast:

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