Carly, Jenn & Julie talk about Kurenai Yuzuru and Kisaki Airi’s Takarazuka careers, leading up to their retirement on 10/13/19.
Join Carly and Jen as they talk about the shows Carly has seen over the last few months.
Shows Discussed in This Podcast:
Company / Baddy
The Sky Is on the Banks of the Red River / Citrus Breeze -Sunrise-
Another World / Killer Rouge
Arch of Triumph / Gato Bonito!!
Messiah / Beautiful Garden
Singin’ in the Rain
West Side Story
Aaaand, we’re back with more quiz show goodness! This time we are super excited that we managed to get a lot of the crew together, so please join Anna, Carly, Elin, Jen, Kitty, and Julie and play along at home.
Apologies, there were a lot of technical difficulties, which means that although we recorded this back in April, it’s taken us this long to get it put together, so some of the questions are a bit out of date already. There are also a lot of rough bits in the podcast quality, but we’re so excited that we got everyone together, we hope you’ll enjoy it anyway.
So, bring your A-Game! Then tell us how you did in the comments below. 😀
We have a VERY special video episode for you! This December, four Takarazuka OGs—Mariho Erina, Ayaka Rei, Shiho Nanami, and Tama Mayura—will be performing World of Dreams, a lecture and concert introducing American audiences to the world of Takarazuka, at the Cornish Playhouse in Seattle! In advance of this performance, the Takarazuka Fan Podcast interviewed the actresses about their time in Takarazuka, their thoughts about performing overseas, and more!
We’re so excited to be able to bring you this exclusive interview, and if you have any questions or Seattle area recommendations for the actresses, be sure to leave them in the comments!
Special thanks to the entire podcast team plus Chems for chipping in with the translation/subtitling, and to Sakiko for organizing the interview.
World of Dreams will be taking place on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:30pm at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center. For more information visit the Facebook page.
Note: To save on server space, we are moving our video podcasts to YouTube. Unfortunately, this means they will no longer show up in the podcast feed.
Recorded 13th July, 2017
Otokoyaku: Actresses who play male roles
Musumeyaku: Actresses who play female roles
Onnayaku: Also female role players, but typically more mature roles
Shinjin Kouen: “Newcomer performances,” special performances held for each Grand Theater production that feature young stars who have been in the company for 7 years or less.
Nihonmono: Traditional Japanese productions
OG: Literally “old girl,” referring to actresses who have retired from Takarazuka.
Obi: The sash worn with a kimono.
Join Becca, Lella, and Jen as they try to stay on topic and … mostly succeed? PLUS, fun news out of Seattle!
Let us know your thoughts on the upcoming shows!
Links to Things Mentioned in the Podcast:
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.
Okada Keiji (I incorrectly named him, but he was the director Micchan kept running into who encouraged her not to quit!)
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
Takarasiennes: (listed in order of first mention)
Asaji Saki ‘Mariko’ @takawiki
Shiraki Ayaka @takawiki
Tsukikage Hitomi ‘Gun-chan’ @takawiki
Minoru Kou ‘Noru’ @takawiki
Shibuki Jun ‘Rika’ @takawiki
Emao Yuu ‘Bun-chan’ @takawiki
Izumo Aya @takawiki
Ema Naoki ‘Junko’ @takawiki
Suzuna Saya @takawiki
Chiaki Shin @takawiki
Mayuzuki Kou @takawiki
Ryou Akino ‘Akko’ @takawiki
Kozuki Wataru @takawiki
Ayaki Nao @takawiki
Akisono Mio @takawiki
Manaka Hikaru @takawiki
Onnayaku (女役): mature female roles
Komakai (細かい): fine detail