In this episode, we celebrate Moon Troupe top star Ryuu Masaki as she prepares to graduate from Takarazuka! NOTES: this episode was recorded before the Chicago episode but saved for the Tokyo run of Nobunaga, so we apologize for the strange timeline of our commentary. Also the “treat,” once again, was our special Mitsuya Nao interview.
Flamenco Cafe del Gato
Om Shanti Om
Scarlet Pimpernel – Star Troupe 2017 / Umeda Arts Theater 2016
Rome at Dawn
Elisabeth 2005, 2009
Arsene Lupin 2013
Takarazuka Dance/Guide to the Future/Takarazuka Flower Poems 100
Season of Angels
Man from Algiers
My Love Lies Over the Mountains
Young Bloods 2006
Gone with the Wind 2014, 2015
Me and My Girl (Hakataza)
Rose of Versailles: Oscar and Andre 2013
Higher than the Sky of Paris
Romeo & Juliette 2012
Seal of Roses
Buyoukai – The Takarazuka Buyoukai is an annual event where select members of the revue perform traditional Japanese dances and pieces of famous Noh works to the accompaniment of traditional Japanese music.
Nihonmono – Literally, “Japanese thing.” A play with a historical Japanese setting.
Nibante – Refers to the second-ranked otokoyaku star in a troupe. It is generally expected that a nibante will one day become a top star, although this is not guaranteed, and the star does not always stay in the same troupe.