Episode 49: Takarazuka – Comfort and Distraction

Join Kate and Jen as they talk about things and shows from Takarazuka that give them comfort and distraction. Then let us know how Takarazuka has been comforting you over the past few months!

Happy Things:

Haikara-san: Here Comes Miss Modern
Miyume Himari’s Twitter
Cher’s 1-man West Side Story

Shows Mentioned:

Glossary:

  • [female] kabuki
  • OSK Revue = 大阪松竹歌劇団 (Osaka Shochiku Kagekidan, from the location and name of their original parent company) (Check them out, they’re lots of fun! They’re also putting up full shows on their YouTube channel right now.)
  • shoujo manga (少女漫画) / shounen manga (少年漫画) = girls’ comics and boys’ comics
  • tsukkomi (突っ込み) = the straight man in a stand-up comedy duo (see: manzai 漫才)

A statement from the members of the podcast

We would like to make a clear statement regarding information that has come to light about a former member of our podcast. We believe that all individuals are free to hold beliefs of their choice and vote as their conscience dictates. However, we also stand against racism and discrimination in all forms, and for all individuals to be treated respectfully, equally, and fairly by the systems they live under. We unequivocally reject neo-Nazi and other far-right platforms that discount the humanity of individuals based on their ethnicity, race, religion, country of origin, sexuality, gender identity, or any other characteristic.

When we were informed of some things posted publicly by the former member of our podcast, we researched the matter to the best of our ability and had several conversations with her.  Ultimately it was decided that because of her open support for a political party that stands in direct conflict with these views, she will no longer be associated with the podcast and will not further contribute to any of our content.

We hope to continue being a welcoming and inclusive space that provides fun content for all fans to enjoy together.

[The recording below is simply this same message, intended for listeners who stream our content through a podcast app and don’t read the blog.]

Special #18: Revue Theme Song Quiz Game!

Thanks to many requests here in the blog, on Tumblr, and on Twitter, we have some quiz games headed your way.

First up: Play along with Lella, Kitty, Jenn, and Julie and test your esoteric Takarazuka revue show theme song knowledge!

Don’t cheat, but if you want to double-check your answers after playing, here is the answer key.

Episode 47: Die Räuber

Join Heidi and Lella as they talk about a favorite small-theater show and give it some tough love. (Warning: Plot spoilers)

Have you seen The Robbers? What did you think of it?

Things Mentioned in This Show:

Episode 46: Golden Combinations

Join Kate and Jen as they talk about the many definitions of a “Golden Combi”, and some of their favorite otokoyaku and musumeyaku pairs.

We won’t give them away ahead of time. See if you can guess from the sound clips! 😉

Please drop us a note in the comments, because we would LOVE to hear your thoughts on our pairs or any of your own faves!

Talked about in this show:

Requests?

Hello fabulous listeners and fellow Takarazuka fans! We were wondering if you have any requests for our upcoming podcasts?

Any shows you’d like to hear us discuss, any topics you’d like us to cover, any questions you’d like us to tackle?

Go ahead and drop a note in the comments!

Episode 45: Looking Back at “Casablanca”

Join Becca, Julie, and Jen as we talk about the movie “Casablanca”, the Takarazuka musical “Casablanca”, the controversies, stories about the show, the shinko, H1N1, engagements, and lots of other things I’m no doubt forgetting. Then drop a line below to let us know your Casablanca stories or thoughts!

Things We Mention In the Podcast:

Episode 44: Spring 2020 News and Speculation

Julie and Jen chat about all the recent show and actress news, speculate, and ramble a bit. Join us for a lighthearted break in the World of Dreams!

Please join in in the comments below! We’d love to know what you are all thinking as well.

Links to things mentioned in this podcast:
Clip of Anastasia Japanese cast @Twitter (includes Asami Hikaru and Asami Rei!) Posted on March 20th to celebrate the show re-opening.

Special #17: Coronavirus and H1N1

Just a quick check-in on how the Coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting the Takarazuka Revue, officially and unofficially, and a quick comparison to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic in Japan.

If you have more news to share, please do in the comments below!

Episode 43: Farewell to Asumi Rio

Happy New Year! (The year of the Rat is almost here!)

In this episode, Heidi, Jen, and Lella talk about Mirio’s career in Takarazuka.

Please share your memories and thoughts in the comments!

Links:

KEN-ON ( 研音 ) talent agency website (Japanese only – She doesn’t have a profile page up yet)
Asumi Rio profile on TakaWiki (English) w/ links to all the shows discussed here.

Nicknames Used in This Ep:

Chinatsu (Houzuki An)
Daimon (Nozomi Fuuto)
Kiki (Serika Toa)
Mirio (Asumi Rio)
Rei (Yuzuka Rei)
Yuki (Senna Ayase)