Takarazuka performances are available in various formats:
VHS: Musical & Revue set, Musical, Dinner Show, Tea Party, and Specials
DVD: Musical & Revue set and Musical
TV: Japanese TV channels air Musicals, Revues, Specials, and Interviews
CD: Full Soundtracks and CD Singles
Audio Cassette Tape: Piano-only versions of Musical & Revue theme songs
Radio: Japanese radio channels air Specials and Interviews
LD: Older Musicals and Revues can be found on out-of-print laserdiscs
LP: Older Musical and Revue soundtracks and singles can be found on out-of-print records
Videos are in NTSC format. DVDs are non-regional (can be played on any region-encoded player) or region 2.
Here's a list of places you can buy Takarazuka merchandise, as well as instructions on how to order from the main export company. =)
If you have in mind what you'd like but aren't familiar with the titles, feel free to e-mail me by removing the spaces: dioptase @ quixium .com Let me know if you would like video recommendations or info on titles. I can likely find out item numbers also.
Takarazuka-an online store sells new and used Takarazuka videos, DVDs, and CDs.
Takarazuka-an ships to many countries in the world. You can order in English or Japanese, and pay by credit card, money transfer, or other methods. If you don't know Japanese to use the website shopping cart, you can order through Takarazuka-an company without using their website. You can send an e-mail in English saying what items you'd like to buy.
The e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send your first e-mail containing the following information:
You will receive a reply containing your total including shipping. Takarazuka-an uses translation software, so their English can be hard to understand. To complete the order, you must reply to this message saying the amount is fine. They'll e-mail you again when they ship your package. =)
If you want to see images of Takarazuka shows for ideas on what to order, there are images of Takarazuka videos on the following webpages:
You can view these sites through an English translator:
Place a URL into the provided space on this page, select the right radio button, and then push the orange-edged button.
If you like a picture from the sites, or are looking for a specific type of show, just let me know and I can tell you the title of video. =)
~~~~~~~~~~~ RENT VIDEOS
You can rent/borrow Takarazuka videos at these locations:
~~~~~~~~~~~ GET COPIES
If you have don't have access to Japanese TV channels and radio programs but know someone who does, you could ask him/her to record programs and you reimburse the cost of the tapes and shipping. It never hurts to ask, and oftentimes a friend is happy to help out. =)
The official Takarazuka website has a list of upcoming features on TV and radio here:
~~~~~~~~~~~ SATELLITE CHANNEL
Takarazuka Revue is going to have its own satellite broadcasting channel staring this April, 2002! This will provide theatre performances and a myriad of exclusive programming 24 hours, 7 days a week. You can check out the official website:
There was a survey to fill out on the website which has concluded. I wrote and asked for the channel to be available internationally. It would be so wonderful if we could get the satellite channel in countries outside of Japan. It is not available overseas, but if you would like to request it also, please send an e-mail to Takarazuka:
In the survey, fans could suggest what types of programs and any specific performances they'd like to see air on the channel. Here is a copy of what I submitted in the idea form. (I hope my Japanese doesn't have a lot of mistakes.... they will understand it, at least.) Maybe it will give you some ideas.
~~~~~~~~~~~ TRADE & FAN DISTRIBUTION
Takarazuka allows personal fan-to-fan trading and lending of Takarazuka videos recorded from TV, but asks that fans refrain from creating copy/distribution services (such as through a website or club).
If you have and would like to trade a copy of any Takarazuka performances recorded from TV, I can trade various Takarazuka performances, Japanese TV programs, movies, and anime (as well as new and used manga) so please e-mail me by removing the spaces: dioptase @ quixium .com
I cannot do open distribution, but if you would like to check my Wish List and you have something that is listed on it, I would be happy to trade it with you for a copy of one or more of the Takarazuka videos that I have. =)
Many Japanese animation, TV drama series, and movies are translated, subtitled, and distributed for free by fansubbers in countries other than Japan. These fans want to promote awareness and enjoyment of programs that have not been licensed for sale in their native language. Fansubs are somewhat controversial. Fansubs are not intended to be an alternative to buying commercial products, but rather a way to try something before buying. Do not ever buy a fansubbed video that is being sold for profit. Sale and rental of fansubs or any other video copies is an ILLEGAL and CRIMINAL offense. If you enjoy a video copy, please do purchase the licensed product. This justly supports the livelihood of the actors and creators, encourages more shows you'd like to be produced, and gives you the highest quality in your video.
To my knowledge, no Takarazuka performances have been fansubbed. Takarazuka fansubs may be considered in the future, as there have been more and more live-action TV series and movies translated into English and other languages.