How did you get into Zuka?
I did hear about Zuka in various Japanese media like as a parody in Anime (Ouran High School Host Club) or mentioned in a movie or a crossover performance with Zuka and AKB. My 90+ year old dad actually saw a Zuka performance back in the day when he was much younger and said it was amazing. But I never thought much of it, I suppose it seemed curious and odd.
If it wasn't for my best friend who took me to see 'Grand Hotel' at Grand Theater this year, I wouldn't have known anything about this at all.
What fascinates me most is the entire concept of the thing! I was from an all girl school right from elementary school to high school. We used to do school plays where girls did the male parts. Watching Zuka was like that kind of school play on steroids!
And as I watched in fascination, it was the performance that mattered, I didn't see gender at all. And my goodness! I have never seen technical and emotional prowess of that caliber before! I was truly blown away!
I just love everything about it now! The shows, the performance, the actresses, the fan culture, the merch. It's got me hook, line and sinker. I'll always be a Zuka fan even as generations move on! I love it!
Zuka has taught me to appreciate dance, theater, stage performance a whole lot more. I'm still a moving image person but I learned to like stage shows a lot more.
So what's your story?