In this episode, we review Star Troupe’s “Ouka ni Mae/Romance!!”, which recently wrapped up its Takarazuka run and will begin in Tokyo on October 21st. This is the final show for Hokushou Kairi and Hinami Fuu. We apologize in advance for anything we got wrong about Japanese history!
Chuuzume: This is the scene in the revue show which occurs near the middle of the show, and has the entire troupe on stage dancing together. It’s a kind of “power up” scene to get everyone clapping and tapping their toes.
Ginkyou: A narrow strip of stage that extends around the orchestra pit, approximately 3 feet high and four and a half feet wide. Another trademark of the Takarazuka, the silver bridge is used in much of the performance blocking and in the finale to allow those in the front seats a very up-close look at the stars.
This is the first in a series of troupe-focused episodes: Hanagumi! We discuss the history of the troupe from all the way back in the beginning as well as recent years. NOTE: we recorded this before the transfer announcements! The new top musumeyaku of Hanagumi will be Senna Ayase.
Nibante/sanbante – the second and third ranked otokoyaku in a troupe Irimachi/demachi – waiting for a star outside the theater Otome – an annual publication listing profiles for every current member of the revue Momotaro @ Wikipedia