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!
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)
Although it was recorded in May, due to bad audio the posting of this episode was postponed until now. We were unable to correct the bad audio, but have now decided to post the episode in spite of this. However, as a result, all of the ‘happy things’ and news are outdated. Yuzuka Rei has been announced as the next Hanagumi top star, and many more hanagumi musumeyaku have been announced as leaving with Asumi Rio in November.
Tweet with Rei Makoto and the eiga dorobo man
Casanova Takawiki page
Asumi Rio (Mirio)
Senna Ayase (Yuki/Yukihime)
Miriyuki = Asumi Rio/Senna Ayase combi
Ousaki Ayaka (Beichan)
Yuzuka Rei (Karei)
Hozuki An (Chinatsu)
Seto Kazuya (Akira)
Minami Maito (Maitii)
Shiroki Miei (Shirokimi)
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
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!)
Come join Carly, Heidi, and Jen and pit yourself against some crazy Takarazuka song trivia!
Can you name the singer, year, show and (toughest of all) song title? All are from Grand Theater shows from 2000-2017, sung by the top star.
Don’t be shy, let us know how you did in the comments!
(Don’t cheat… but if you must, here are the answers.)
If you have any ideas for other games we can play on the podcast, please let us know!
PS – This ep is PG-13 for mild cussing. ;D
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.
Hostels in Takarazuka:
English ticket site
Japanese ticket site
Secondhand tickets and ticket trading:
In this episode, we talk about Star Troupe top stars Hokushou Kairi and Hinami Fuu as they prepare to graduate from Takarazuka! NOTE: Sorry the audio gets a little funky in places. What we were trying to say at 45:00 is that both Takashiro Kei and Daichi Mao have been past spokesgirls for the Kaminomoto company.
Hokushou Kairi interview on Takarazuka Music School website
Picture of 84th class OGs going to see Ouka ni Mae / Romance!! (Otozuki Kei’s Instagram)
Disney Songs by Takarazuka (Takarazuka Creative Arts)
Disney Songs by Takarazuka (Amazon.co.jp)
Shibuki Jun (Rika)
Okada Keiji (I incorrectly named him, but he was the director Micchan kept running into who encouraged her not to quit!)
Juri Sakiho in Legally Blonde
Snowflake Anthology / Golden Desert
The Second Life
Guys and Dolls (2015)
The Merry Widow
gakunen: The number of years a Takarasienne has been with the Revue.
kashikiri kouen: Company-booked performance. Tickets for these performances are typically not on sale to the general public.
Mura: Literally, “village.” The katakana “mura” is used by Japanese fans to refer to the area around the Grand Theater.
Showa era: Japanese name eras based on the reigning emperors. In this case, the Showa era was between 1926–1989