Takarazuka

Since the Hankyu rail line founded Takarazuka 94 years ago, audiences all over the world have responded to its romantic musicals with flamboyant choreography and costumes. Only unmarried women are allowed in the troupe, and women play all the male roles. Many anime and manga take inspiration from the troupe, including “Sakura Wars,” “Revolutionary Girl Utena” and “The Rose of Versailles.” The latter was even re-adapted as a Takarazuka show, and has now become its greatest hit. The troupe maintains theaters in its hometown of Takarazuka, near Osaka, and in Yurakucho, Tokyo.