Episode 11: Documentary Fever


  • We had some technical difficulties with this ep, so although we recorded it on May 1st, it’s coming to you now and some of the news is a liiiiiittle out of date. XD
  • While checking out their website, we realized that the English-language Dream Girls documentary is available as a private DVD for $19.95. Totally, totally recommended!

In This Podcast:

  • Retirement news
  • What’s making us happy in Takarazuka lately (9:00)
  • 学校へ行こう!MAX (Gakkou e Ikou! MAX): Takarazuka Music School [original broadcast date: April 4th 2006] (17:00)
  • Dream Girls documentary (TMS and the Revue in 1993) (51:40)

Links (things discussed in this podcast):


  • Daimon: Nozomi Fuuto’s nickname
  • Fuu-chan: Hinami Fuu’s nickname
  • Micchan: Hokushou Kairi’s nickname
  • fukukumichou
  • juku: cram school
  • kumichou
  • taidan / sotsugyou (graduation)
  • TMS: Takarazuka Music School

6 thoughts on “Episode 11: Documentary Fever”

  1. Love documentaries.
    One scene I remember from Dream Girls is when that father said that he told his daughter to quit since she got all she could from being in Takarazuka. I was soooo mad. She looked happy in Takarazuka…..let her stay! I actually yelled at my tv.

    One I’d recommend is one that NHK did in 2014 about top stars.

  2. I love them too!

    I remember not being that impressed with the 2014 show. It seemed more like a long commercial to me than a documentary. But I only saw it once and I was pretty jet-lagged. What did you like about it?

    1. I liked the rehearsal footage and especially the voice lessons that Yuzuki got for Napolean. It really shows how hard they work and you can tell that the top stars are tired.

  3. I may have seen some clips of the documentary way back when I wasn’t a fan yet and was just trying to figure out what Zuka is. Guess I have to watch it now XD

    Speaking of the criteria that they look for in candidates, I do wonder how it’s changed throughout the years. I look at older 90’s/early 2000s clips of Zuka shows and I feel like the vocal capabilities of siennes then were better and more stable than siennes nowadays. But when it comes to dancing, it’s the opposite. Maybe the girls joining now have more experience in dancing or took proper dance lessons.

    1. XDD documentaries are a good help when you’re just discovering zuka and you’re really baffled by the whole concept – I remember going ‘omg what is this? I don’t understand?’ I think zuka is a whole culture all on its own, and sometimes I just need someone to sit me down and tell me what’s going on.

      I’m not sure exactly what they look for when they make the selection, but it probably has changed (e.g. I think there is a lot more room for relatively untrained voices in the music industry nowadays, since with the advancement of technology you can sing at a lower volume and for your voice to be projected via technology instead, so you don’t need to have the same kind of vocal training which they might have needed in the past) they probably go for a variety of selling points and its possible that they don’t only make the selection on the girls themselves but as a group (just a thought, mind!) and certain aspects which they are hoping to add to the company.

  4. Love this! I only want to hear about more documentaries / backstage footage 😉 Are there any others, such as special releases around the 100th anniversary, that show a more ‘behind the scenes’ look at Takarazuka?

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