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.
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!
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 However, as a result, all of the ‘happy things’ and news are outdated.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)
Sorry this one is so late coming out! We originally recorded it back at the end of November, which is why some time references may seem a little off. But even late, we wanted to share our love! Join Kitty, Lella, and Jen as they discuss Star Troupe news and then share their love of recently retired Moon Troupe top musumeyaku Manaki Reika (and kumichou Touka Yurino).
(Apologies for the rough sound. One of our tracks wasn’t editable so we had to use our combined track in places which means we couldn’t isolate and remove some of the rougher bits and coughs.)
Actresses/Directors Mentioned in this Episode:
Chapi (Manaki Reika)
Chinatsu (Houzuki An)
Jou (Kijou Mitsuru)
Kai-chan (Nanami Hiroki)
Masao (Masaki Ryuu)
Mayupon (Kizuki Yuuma)
Mirion (Misaki Rion)
MiyaRuri (Miya Rurika)
Rei (Yuzuka Rei)
Reiko (Tsukishiro Kanato)
Seocchi (Seo Yuria)
Shiiran (Ichijou Azusa)
Tamakichi (Tamaki Ryou)
Toyoko (Suzumi Shio)
Umi-chan (Umino Mitsuki)
Shows Mentioned in This Episode:
Click on the “Chapi” link above for all of the shows mentioned from her career linked from her TakaWiki profile!
Beside the Foggy Elbe / Estrellas
Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino
Man From Algiers
“Tommy Tune in Japan” article on Sunday Morning show
“Tommy Tune in Japan” video clip from Sunday Morning show
Kitty’s translations about Manaki Reika
Salon de Takarazuka – Place to dress up and get your photo taken for a (steepish) fee (Japanese only)
- Cafe Break – Takarazuka TV interview show that airs on a Tokyo station
- Kageki (歌劇) – Lit. “opera”; name of one of the Takarazuka Revue magazines
- kumichou (組長) – Lit. “group leader”; senior-most member of the troupe with special responsibilities over the troupe
- mesen (目線) – Lit. “eye line”; making and holding eye contact
- NHK – Japanese public TV station
- otsukaresama (お疲れ様) – Lit. “you are tired”; a way of thanking/acknowledging someone’s hard work
- Ouran Host Club – manga/anime that often references Takarazuka
- sotsugyou (卒業) – Lit. “graduation”; because Takarazuka actresses are referred to as “students” during their career in the Takarazuka Revue, a way of referring to their retirement from the Revue is to say that they are graduating
- taidan (退団) – Lit. “leaving the troupe”; retiring from the Takarazuka Revue
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!
A little late now, but here’s a roundup of all the big news in Takarazuka recently!
NOTE: Lella mentions that Kurenai Yuzuru said doing Scarlet pimpernel was “hitokakera no yume.” This is a reference to Percy’s big song in the show, “Hitokakera no Yuuki” – “A Piece of Courage.” So Beni was saying this role was like a piece of her dream.
Links to things mentioned:
OG Instagram Live! Picture from Ayanami Keito’s instagram
Saizuki Tsukushi’s insta | Ayanami Keito’s insta | Ouka Rina’s insta | Aotsuki Ren on TakaWiki
Ryouga Haruhi’s blog posts about Costco saran wrap and going to see Grand Hotel
Ayakaze Sakina’s upcoming photobook
The taidan/ohirome chart
Select actresses mentioned:
Manaki Reika / Chapi
Asaka Manato / Maakun
Misaki Rion / Mirion
Makaze Suzuho / Yurika
Nozomi Fuuto / Daimon
All for One
Tachimi: Standing-room tickets at the back of the theater
What’s that!? No top musumeyaku in Cosmos Troupe!!! The end is nigh!!!!
… Or perhaps not.
Join Carly, Becca, and Jen as they consider which Cosmos Troupe musumeyaku may most benefit from this move, and all of the times in the past that this has happened. What’s your take on all this kerfuffle, Dear Listeners?
Links (Things Mentioned)
Actresses @ TakaWiki
Glossary @ TakaWiki
If you haven’t yet, check out our Twitter! Carly did some live tweeting of the event. 🙂