Episode 42: Farewell Kurenai Yuzuru & Kisaki Airi

Carly, Jenn & Julie talk about Kurenai Yuzuru and Kisaki Airi’s Takarazuka careers, leading up to their retirement on 10/13/19.

LINKS:

Ranno Hana’s Twitter & Instagram
GOD OF STARS Script (Translation by hoshigomi)
Kurenai Yuzuru
Kisaki Airi

Episode 39: Recent Hoshigumi Shows (first half of 2019)

Join Carly and special guest/Hoshigumi fan Maizy for a discussion of Hoshigumi’s 3 most recent productions!

LINKS:

Nanami Hiroki’s Instagram
Yuzuki Reon’s upcoming show on ice “Hyoen”

SHOWS DISCUSSED:

Beside the Foggy Elbe/Estrellas
Beside the Foggy Elbe (1983)
Man from Algiers/Estrellas
Kamatari



Episode 37: Red River / Citrus Breeze -Sunrise-

We bring you this episode at long last after many rounds of re-dos and technical difficulties!

Join Lella, Julie, Heidi, and Jenn for an extensive chat about Cosmos Troupe’s Spring Grand Theater show ‘The Sky Is On The Banks Of The Red River’ and ‘Citrus Breeze: Sunrise’. It’s kind of a long one, but it’s because we loved it so much and had so many feelings! We apologize for the delay, due to the technical issues it was recorded several months after the show ended, but all aspects of the show and cast are discussed, and hopefully you’ll enjoy flailing about this awesome show with us!

There were MANY people discussed in this episode as it’s a huge cast, probably too many to list them all, but here are some links to the main cast and show, plus/including our individual favorites that were mentioned:

Red River/Citrus Breeze Sunrise

Makaze Suzuho
Hoshikaze Madoka
Serika Toa
Aizuki Hikaru
Sakuragi Minato
Junya Chitose
Sumiki Sayato
Hoshibuki Ayato
Kihou Kanata

Episode 36: Understudies

Hi everyone! On this episode, Carly and guest violetposies talk about understudies in Takarazuka, and the understudy performances that took place during this year’s Elisabeth.

CLARIFICATION: we mention that Grand Hotel was at the same time as Rurouni Kenshin, but they weren’t running simultaneously; they took place at roughly the same time of year but one year apart.

SHOWS MENTIONED
Elisabeth (Moon 2018)
Debutante
Partial Time Travel
Rurouni Kenshin
Cocktail

ACTRESSES MENTIONED
Seira Hitomi
Ayanagi Shou
Mana Haruto
Takumi Hibiki
Haruno Sumire
Miya Rurika
Tsukishiro Kanato (Reiko)
Kazama Yuno
Akatsuki Chisei (Ari)
Sou Kazuho
Ayaoto Sena
Souma Seren
Ayaji Yurika
Ran Naoki
Sakihi Miyu
Hoshikaze Madoka
Yumeshiro Aya

GLOSSARY
Shinjin Kouen: a special “rising stars” performance each Grand Theater run in which all the roles are played by actresses with 7 years experience or less.

Special #13: Interview with Eri Chiaki

In August we had the amazing opportunity to interview former Flower Troupe musumeyaku Eri Chiaki at J.College in Takarazuka! She was delightful to talk to and she shared a lot of interesting stories about her time in Takarazuka. We hope you enjoy it! Special thanks to Sakiko for setting the interview up.

Eri Chiaki on Takawiki
Eri Chiaki’s blog w/ concert info (Japanese)

Episode 33: West Side Story

Join Carly, Heidi, and Lella for a recap of recent news and an in-depth report of Cosmos Troupe’s recent production of West Side Story in Tokyo.

LINKS:

West Side Story: Tokyo International Forum cast
Takarazuka Journal review of West Side Story (Japanese)
Carly’s translation of the program special talk
West Side Story special edition Le Cinq (Amazon)
Asaka Manato in NYC
Reimi Urara’s Instagram

Special #10: World of Dreams

A round table episode with a bunch of the fans who came to see World of Dreams in Seattle, recorded live at the after party. Along with Carly, Jen, and Heidi, a special appearance of Erin’s voice! Also many thanks to Al, Amelia, Connie, Gen, Karin, Maizy, Megan, Rachel and everyone for sharing their many experiences over the weekend.

If you missed our video interview with the OGs who performed in the show, check it out here.

Lots of photos and videos were taken over the course of the weekend. If you have any you’d like to share, please link them in the comments below!

(Also, Jen apologizes for being really, really tipsy. This would explain why she said “Cornell” instead of “Cornish” during that one anecdote. Everyone else is lovely and eloquent, though, so don’t miss out!)

Episode 31: Asaka Manato

Join Julie, Kitty, Heidi, and Carly for a love-filled tribute to retiring Cosmos Troupe top star Asaka Manato! WARNING: contains Land of the Gods/Classical Bijoux spoilers.

LINKS:

Kitty’s translations
Rose scene – Dream Kingdom
Asaka Manato/Misaki Rion farewell talk translation

ACTRESSES MENTIONED:

Asaka Manato (Maakun)
Serika Toa (Kiki)
Misaki Rion (Mirion)
Kotobuki Tsukasa

SHOWS MENTIONED:

A Motion
Chateau de la Reine/ VIVA FESTA
Count of Monte Cristo
Takarazuka’s Dream Kingdom
Pale Kiss
Rose of Versailles: Oscar (2014)
Marrakech
The Bund/Neon Shanghai
Code Hero
Canaria
Phantom (2011)
Gone with the Wind (2013)
Melancholic Gigolo
Land of the Gods/Classical Bijoux
Oath of the Midnight Sun/Phoenix Takarazuka
Shakespeare/HOT EYES

Episode 30: Visiting Japan and Buying Tickets

This week Heidi, Lella, and Carly talk in-depth about traveling to Japan to see Takarazuka and the various ways you can procure tickets, both official and secondhand.

Helpful links:

Transportation:
airfarewatchdog.com
Hopper
japan-rail-pass.com
willerexpress.com/en/
PASMO/SUICA cards

General Accommodations:
booking.com
APA Hotels
MyStays
Airbnb

Hostels in Takarazuka:
Takara-ya
Renoir
Pucchi House

Official tickets:
English ticket site
Japanese ticket site

Secondhand tickets and ticket trading:
ticketcamp.net
ticket.co.jp
okepi.net

Episode 29: Nihonmono

Join Carly, Julie, and Jen as they tackle that most exotic of Takarazuka musical genres: the nihonmono. A bit of a rambling summary of Japanese history, a bit about favorite motifs, what’s to love about nihonmono, and a loooong bit about some of our favorites! (Jen apologizes for her incoherent rambling in this episode.)

Things mentioned in the episode:

Shows mentioned in this episode:

Actresses mentioned in this show:

Glossary: