Episode 10: Die Fledermaus / The Entertainer

In this podcast:

  • What’s making us happy in Takarazuka lately
  • Koumori (Die Fledermaus) / The Entertainer
  • Falstaff
  • Q & A s

Afterthoughts (Corrections & Additions):

  • Falstaff will run Oct. 10th – Oct. 21st at Bow Hall, and the writer/director is Tani Masazumi.
  • Carly: The scene in The Entertainer Lella mentioned where Toki Irisu and Seijou Kaito sing in great English definitely did happen! I saw it again today 🙂 Magee of course has great English pronunciation [Jen Note: Magee’s father is American] and I don’t know what Masako’s background is but she matched Magee very well.

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18 thoughts on “Episode 10: Die Fledermaus / The Entertainer”

  1. I haven’t gotten a chance to listen yet, but Masako spent some of her early childhood living in Canada, and hence her English pronunciation is somewhat better than usual.

    1. oh, awesome! ^^ I wonder what it’s like to live in different countries when you’re young… learning pronunciation patterns can be super tricky if you don’t hear then when you are young. I am an avid lover of Engrish but I feel oddly proud when siennes speak/sing with fab accents. I shouldn’t really, because they’re grown women, but I do. XDD

  2. I’ve seen a clip of Masako’s and Magee’s song. I’m really impressed with Masako’s pronunciation. I’m still sad that she’s leaving.
    My favorite Masako performance? Boxman of course. Cosmos 2004.

    1. I’m so proud of them ;________; even though they are grown women. XDD
      I’m going to have to check that out! (aaaaaah~ the queen Hanafusa Mari is in it too~)

      1. Highly recommended for TakaHana goodness and co-won the Kikuta Kazuo Drama Award for their performance. Masako however almost stole the show.

  3. Hey all, thanks for doing these, I’m enjoying listening to them at work!

    I think you post on Tumblr when there’s a new episode. Any chance you could also do the same for Twitter? Otherwise I just randomly check the page to see when it’s been updated.

    1. Ooooh, good call. I don’t have a twitter account. I’ll see if one of the other ladies can.

      There’s also an RSS feed for this blog. Can you filter an RSS feed through twitter? Probably not, huh, with the character limits.

      Or, if you have a wordpress account you can sign up for email updates too!

  4. Thanks for another great episode. Koumori sounds like a lot of fun, and I’m glad to hear that Masako has a good part in it. It’s sad she’s graduating, but isn’t really a surpise I guess.

    I think the sienne who ended up marrying a female partner is Higashi Koyuki, a LGBT activist who went by Aura Maki when she was an otokoyaku. She was in the news in 2013, when she and her wife were the first first same-sex couple to get “married” at Tokyo Disneyland, and I think they were the first to get a same-sex union legalised in Shibuya, too.

    1. Thanks, Linda! That is exactly who I was thinking about! I remember the photos from the Disney wedding. So sweet!

  5. This is going to be a bit out of topic. Isn’t Tani-sensei the director that the ‘siennes say is super strict and kinda scary? Anyway, one of his works that I’ve seen, Yarazu no Ame, was pretty awesome. It made me appreciate rakugo.

    I was wondering, I do want to make friends and interact with international fans like you all. But community sites like the Sumire no forum is gone, Takawiki forum is a bit quiet and a bit intimidating for new fans.

    1. Replying briefly from work so I can only answer the first part (although I hope others will chime in on the second!) I feel like it’s Koike Shuuichirou (Elisabeth, Romeo and Juliet, Scarlet Pimpernel, Ocean’s 11, etc.) who has a reputation for being super strict and scary? My impression is that Tani-sensei isn’t especially so, but someone please correct me if I’m wrong.

    2. Oh no, the Sumire no Forum is down still? That’s too bad. 🙁

      Don’t let the quietness of the TakaWiki forum get you down! You’d be surprised how many people will pop on to reply when someone is brave enough to post a hello. I do wish it were more popular, but social media is what it is. *grin*

      I’ve really missed the sense of community that the Zuka fandom had on livejournal (although a few of us are still puttering around on there). There are a lot of fans on tumblr now, but I don’t feel like it’s as good of a platform for group conversations. Anyone have any suggestions for fans looking to connect with other fans?

      I feel like most of the directors are a bit intimidating, particularly the older ones. It reminds me of a joke I heard once about a Takarasienne complaining that one director would demand that you overact, and then the next director would come along and demand that you underact, and you just can’t please everybody….

  6. Just catching up on the episodes of your podcasts, and am doing it a bit out of order ^_^. Sorry…listening to the Kenshin one right now. It’s very nice to hear all the squealing and fangirling in both episodes :-). Kenshin is an excellent show, and I’m going to really look forward to watching Die Fledermaus/The Entertainer next since you guys seem highly flaily of this show as well. Then again, it’s Zuka…hard not to flail over Zuka :-).

    1. any order is the perfect order. 😉 I hope you enjoy them!

      omg I am looking forward to being able to see Fledermaus SO MUCH *_______* I’m trying not to think about it too much though, so I can get through the wait.

      I hope there is at least a minimum of 20% flail in every episode. XDDD

  7. I really liked listening to you ladies talk about MichiFuu and their “sunshine and rainbows” atmosphere as a combi, it makes me really excited to see some of their shows. Koumori sounds hilarious, and also I would love to see it as Masako’s last show!

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