Please tell us your name, age, and your history of being a fan.
What was the first performance you saw? It doesn't have to have been a live show, it could be a video or DVD.
What was the performance that first addicted you?
Ummm…yeah, that would also be Tsuki’s Elisabeth ^^;; I’m really easy.
Who is the "first love" that lead you to becoming a Takarazuka fan?
Definitely Ayaki Nao. She blew me away as Death. I kept watching just so I could see more of her.
Do you mainly go to see shows at the Daigekijou or the Tokyo Gekijou?
Please tell us the otokoyaku you support. More than one is okay.
Based on other people’s responses, I’m assuming this means current otokoyaku. Soooo…that would be Kiriya Hiromu, Mizu Natsuki, Aran Kei, Mizu Natuski, Sena Jun….and a whole lot more.
Please tell us the musumeyaku you support. More than one is okay.
Shirosaki Ai, Ayano Kanami, Izumo Aya
What musicals do you like? Up to three is okay.
Elisabeth, Phantom, Bara no Fuuin,
What revue shows do you like? Up to three is okay.
Which, of the performances you've seen so far, was one that you thought "I absolutely must get tickets for this!"
If I could ever see any performance of Elisabeth live, I would be the happiest person in the world.
Outside of the ones you support, is there a seito that you're interested in?
There are very few that I wouldn’t mind learning more about, really.
Of the ones on their way to the top, so to speak, which seito do you like? More than one is okay.
Kiriya Hiromu, because she *will* be Tsuki’s next Top. I’m also really pushing for Ayana Oto to keep getting good roles, because she’s amazing.
Please tell us which of the "avuncular type older seito" do you like?
If I’m understanding this question right, then definitely Hoshihara Misao. She’s the type of sweet “uncle” I’d love.
Please tell us which of the "older sister type seito" do you like?
Izumo Aya. She’s just that cool.
Please tell us your strong point and weak point as a Takarazuka fan.
Hmmm. Well, my weakest point is definitely not being able to recognize ‘siennes for the life of me, unless I really latch onto them and work at it. Ayaki Nao is the still the only one I’m guaranteed to recognize at any point in her career (and beyond). Oh, and my inability to understand Japanese hurts as well. In terms of strengths…maybe really not minding the extreme cheesiness of so many of the costumes? Maybe?
What's your greatest boast as a Takarazuka fan?
Errr…I Love Saeko?
What's your greatest confession as a Takarazuka fan? Feel free to elaborate.
Probably the fact that I can’t recognize the ‘siennes (again). That’s really embarrassing.
Is there a musical you wish they would put on again?
The Sound of Music. I’d really, really love to see that!
Is there a revue show you wish they would put on again?
The Sound of Music. I’d really, really love to see that!
Please try and analyze the kind of seito you're inclined to become a fan of.
I seem to be really drawn to three types. One is the Ayaki Nao variety – stunningly beautiful, androgynous, moves with the grace of a gazelle, and just breaks my heart no matter what part she’s playing. The second is the Kiriya Hiromu variety – the snarky, funny, witty actresses who just make every part *that* much better, simply because they are the ones playing it. The third is the Ichiro Maki/Shizuki Asato variety – the belters. The ones who could sit on stage in a potato sack and do nothing but sing, and I wouldn’t care, because their voice is just *that* good.
Who do you think is currently best suited to a black tailcoat?
I really don’t think any otokoyaku is *not* suited to one.
Do you ever actually use the words "lead otokoyaku"?
Hmmm…don’t think so.
Some comments on Todoroki Yuu.
I’ve always respected her for how long she’s been with the company, and the fact that she’s on the board of directors. I wasn’t incredibly impressed with her at first, but over time she’s really grown on me. I’m hoping to see a bit more of her.
What do you think are requirements for an otokoyaku on her way to the top?
Definitely a large fan-base, and good amount of talent. It’s looking as though the main thing is connections within the company, though, which is a bit of a shame.
What do you think are requirements for a musumeyaku on her way to the top?
The same as above, along with a healthy dose of support from the otokoyaku she’s going to be partnered with.
What do you think of Asami Hikaru?
Like Todoroki Yuu, she’s been growing on me. So far I haven’t gone out of my way to look for a show with her, but I’ve liked what I’ve seen. Her Rudolf was amazing.
What do you think of the Taka-Hana combination?
One of the best I’ve seen. O-Hana is just an amazing performer, and I felt like she and Wao were just meant for each other.
And what's your chief combination?
Hmmm...I’d almost have to go with Wao and O-Hana, but Shibuki Jun and Emi Kurara were absolutely amazing as well.
What do you think is the coolest stage name?
I have no clue. I’ve never heard one I didn’t like. If I could actually translate them, I might have an answer ^^;;
Is there an OG whom you wish you could have seen when she was a current seito?
If this means live, then Ayaki Nao, without a doubt.
Is there someone you think: "They didn't retire last time, but this time..."? Who is it?
ehehehe…I really do think Haruno Sumire is going to be next of the Tops to go down, but we’ll see. I know this will be a Dark Day for all of us.
Some comments on Sena Jun.
Really diverse actress, great chemistry with her partner and fellow actresses. She’s probably one of the best “all-around” ‘siennes I’ve seen.
If you had to select a current musumeyaku from the 85th class as trendy, who would it be?
Emi Kurara was in the same class as Ayana Oto and Aoki Izumi????? Good God, she made Top quick!!
Oh, right, the question. Ummm...I don't know anyone else in the class but those three, soooo.....no idea.
Are you more partial to Tonami, or Asuka?
To be honest, I’ve never seen either of them in a show – I only know them by reputation.
Is there someone whose makeup from a certain performance you want? Who?
Ayaki Nao’s Death in Tsukigumi. Because I said so :p
Some comments on Mirai Yuuki.
Hmmm…I’ve only seen her as the lead role in the shinjin koen of “A Man Called Bacchus,” so I can’t really comment. That particular show bored me, but I think it was because I couldn’t understand the plot, not because she couldn’t act.
Some comments on Ozora Yuuhi.
I don’t dislike Yuuhi, I just don’t love her as much as a lot of other people seem to, and I don’t really understand why. She acts wonderfully, has a good voice, and dances well. I always like seeing her in shows, and she’s one of the few ‘siennes I can generally recognize, which says something. I guess she’s just not one of my favorites.
Please tell us about a seito you think should be used more, but gets no recognition.
Ermmm…I can’t really think of any. Anyone I know probably gets recognition ^^;; I do agree with bunretsu that musumeyaku in general get the shaft, but other than that...
If I said "someone treasured by the company", who would you associate that with?
Hanafusa Mari and Wao Youka. They couldn’t have had such a long run as Tops without company support.
Who do you consider the best etoile?
Ouch, that’s hard. Mimi Anri, I suppose, although O-Hana was the etoile for Sora’s BeruBara, and of course she was great.
"She can't sing", "she can't dance", "she can't act", which do you consider the biggest handicap?
Until I met Asaji Saki, I honestly would have said singing, because I am so fussy about that. But honestly, now I really think it’s acting. Mariko proved that you can have a poor voice and still have a wonderful show. You can save bad singing and bad dancing. You can’t save bad acting.
Some comments on Aran Kei.
Wonderful, wonderful actress. I am so thrilled she’s going to be Top! Her best performance was definitely Singin’ in the Rain, but I’ve loved her in everything I’ve seen.
What do you think is the preferred amount of time for a top star to hold that position?
Hmmm…I guess that really depends on the ‘sienne. Three to five years, perhaps, but if they’re really excellent, then they could go on and on for all I care.
Please tell us who your favorite musical playwright is, and which of their works you like most. Up to two people is okay.
Please tell us who your favorite revue playwright is, and which of their works you like most. Up to two people is okay.
Not a clue.
Is there a costume you'd like to try on?
Any one of Death’s would do nicely, especially if I could have The Boots. And and Marie Antoinette's Red Dress with the Bling Bling.
Please tell us your favorite Takarazuka tune. Up to three is okay.
“Yami ga Hirogaru” from Elisabeth, hands down. I don’t know if “getting totally stuck in your head for DAYS” counts as “favorite,” but I suppose I should be in a (good?) word for “Ai Areba Koso” from BeruBara. Oh, and anything at all form Golden Pharaoh.
If I say dancer, who do you think of?
Asaji Saki. Shibuki Jun.
If I say singer, who do you think of?
Ichiro Maki. Shizuki Asato.
If I say actress, who do you think of?
Ayaki Nao. Kiriya Hiromu.
Please tell us what you think is Ueda Shinji's best work.
Ummm…doing a search on the Wiki on reveals one show that I recognize by him, which is BeruBara, so I guess that wins by default.
Although "Rose of Versailles" was just performed in 2001, they've scheduled it again (2006). What do you really think of that?
See, if I say that it’s too much, I’ll feel like a bit of a hypocrite, because they could perform Elisabeth all they wanted and I would want every single version. But at the same time, BeruBara is just…I dunno…a little too cheesy for my tastes, and I think it’s overdone.
Please tell us what you think is Shibata Yukihiro's best work.
*Wiki* I recognize Glassy Landscape. That’s cool.
Some comments on Koike's works.
Hmmm…I’m seeing Elisabeth, Seal of Roses, Lure of the Icon, Luna…Ok, I like this guy. He wins.
Which troupe's version of Elisabeth do you like?
Tsukigumi’s is my favorite. Yukigumi’s is the best.
Is there some staff from outside of Takarazuka that you'd like to work there? It doesn't matter how feasible it is.
I think Rogers and Hammerstein would have had a blast ^__^
Is there an original work (novel, movie, historical person) that you'd like to see turned into a Takarazuka performance?
If you have a cast in mind, add that too.
In terms of Eroica, definitely keep Mizu Natsuki as Klaus and Yuuga Yamato as Dorian.
Do you like Ogita's works?
*Wiki Time* Ummm…I’m seeing Nova Bossa Nova and
What do you think of Saitou's works?
*more Wiki* Blue Moon Blue? *arches eyebrow* Ummm…weird, but strangely addicting
Well then, what about Kimura's?
*WikiWikiWiki* Oooh, Ernest in Love! GoodGood!
Which character from which performance do you think is the best Takarazuka hero?
This tough, but I’m going to say Francis (Shibuki Jun) from Seal of Roses. He’s an amazing character, the type that does what he has to do, not because he enjoys it, but because no one else can. That, to me, defines a hero.
Well then, what about the best heroine?
This is a toss-up between Mai-hime (Hoshina Yuri) from My Love Lies Over the Mountains, and Marie Antoinette (O-Hana’s version) of BeruBara. They’re both such strong characters, and are played by such excellent musumeyaku. Granted, they both end up dying, but they do so in such lovely, tragic ways.
Predict the five top stars in five years.
No thank you. Although I do hope Kiriyan will be in there somewhere….
We don't know who will be in which troupe in five years, so troupe doesn't matter.
Do you go to performances with friends or alone?
Do you have a lot of friends who go to shows?
I know several people who’ve been.
What do you think of irimachi and demachi?
A little too ritualized for my taste, but definitely interesting, and something I’d love to try.
Do you like ochakais?
Never saw one, but they sound cool.
Feel free to say something about fan club outfits.
A comment about "Kageki".
Much Shiny. Much Japanese ^^;;
A comment about "Takarazuka Graph".
Sparkly and pretty and happy and I wish I had money to buy them.
Do you use Quatre Reves often?
Not as yet.
What goods would you like to see at Quatre Reves?
Anything is fine.
Have you ever been to Takarazuka-an?
Is there a video you saw unintentionally and liked?
I think jenebi already covered that – there is no such thing as unintentional Zuka for foreign fans.
What do you do with your videos and programs in your room?
My DVDs I now have lined up in cases (color-coded by troupe, because I was bored) and in order by year. I, unfortunately, own no programs.
Please tell us a restaurant around the theaters that you recommend.
Have you ever gotten premiere tickets? Feel free to elaborate.
Feel free to say something about the Takarazuka Home Page.
I wish I could read more of it.
Have you seen Sky Stage?
Only DVD copies ^^;;
Do you have the first or second series of personal books?
Does my Ayaki Nao Memorial Book Count?
Please tell us the purchasing circumstances, or why or why not you bought them.
Errr...I bought it because Saeko is Teh Sexy?
What's your opinion on the girlish fashion of musumeyaku?
Depending on the musumeyaku, they are absolutely lovely, and I wish I could wear them.
Is it a problem if otokoyaku are overly feminine off-stage?
Not at all! It’s their life, as much as fans and the company seem to wish otherwise, and they should be able to wear what they like.
Confess, if you're talking with a friend about a play without seito you support, are you bored?
If there’s no one in the show that I know, then yes.
What is the "sexiness of otokoyaku"?
Androgyny, when done well, is sexy. Plus, so many of these women are just so gorgeous on their own, it doesn’t take much to make them look sexy.
Are you partial to 2 or 8? If you don't understand the question, don't answer it.
Did you participate in that internet battle without thinking?
Say something about the so-called "delusionistic". If you don't understand the question, don't answer it.
What do you think of non-zuka fans who associate Takarazuka with a lesbian tiger pit?
Ok. Ummm…I actually had a professor at college who assumed Zuks was basically by lesbians, for lesbians, and it annoyed me that she said that, because she’d never heard of the revue before I’d mentioned it. I don’t like it when people make snap decisions in general.
Have you come out as a Takarazuka fan at work or school?
Yes, but people have no clue what I’m talking about, so it’s all good.
If Doshirouto asked you "What's so great about Takarazuka?" how would you reply?
Who? Well, either way, I’d say it was great because it’s unique. There are other all-female and all-male performance troupes in the world, but there is nothing like Zuka. It’s also infectious. Once you start, you really can’t stop. It’s too addicting.
Have you ever used the term "crush" in regards to Takarazuka?
Not that I know of.
Has your love for Takarazuka ever slanted your perceptions of men in your real life?
Nah. I still love my husband just the same ^__^
Have you ever had an instant as a fan where you thought: "I've gone past the point of no return?"
Probably when I look at my master list these days. When I first became a fan, I said I wanted a copy of Elisabeth and Phantom and then I’d be done. How the mighty have fallen….
What kind of person is a "painful fan"?
Maybe the equivalent of an anime otaku? Someone who is involved in Zuka to the exclusion of everything else, and tends to be a know-it-all.
What do you think of men being Takarazuka fans?
I think it’s awesome, and there should be more!
Please tell us your definition of an "old fan".
Errr…someone who has been a fan for a really long time?
What do you think is something that Takarazuka fans must not do?
Other people have already covered stalking the ‘siennes, which is a Big No No. My personal pet peeve is when fans stop supporting the actresses after they leave Zuka and continue their careers elsewhere. Why in the world would you stop caring about someone just because they’ve left???
What would cause you to stop being a Takarazuka fan?
It may be unthinkable now, but there could come a time when I’m just not interested in the show any more. It’s happened with other obsessions of mine in the past, and it could happen here. I could also go totally broke in the next five years buying shows, and never be able to afford anything again. ^^;;
If you had a daughter, would you want her to enter Takarazuka?
Hmmm…I’m not sure. It seems like a really painful process, and I would hate to see a child of mine go through so much pain and anguish. Still, I don’t suppose I’d stop her, if she had her heart set on it.
Last question. What is Takarazuka to you? Please answer with something other than "a world of dreams".
I believe I’ve already answered that to the best of my ability here. ^__^