By: Chiaki Hirai March 8, 20190 Comments

A page from Tezuka's biographical comic:Otome Amatsu, then a major Takarazuka Troupe Star, lived right next door. In fact, lot of starts and students from the musical troupe lived in the area. They Sometimes called it the "Takarazuka Row House." There's even a photograph of young Osamu sitting on Otome Amatsu's lap. Little Osamu Struggled to pronounce "Takarazuka," so he used to call it ... Osamu: TANUKI! (Racoon Dog). Sometimes he called the Takarazuka Stars ... Osamu: TANUKI LADIES! ... which made people laugh. Osamu's mother often took him to see the Takarazuka musicals, even before he was old enough to go to school.

About the Author : Chiaki Hirai

Chiaki Hirai is a trans and plural writer and freelance translator working out of San Francisco. Her personal accomplishments include: writing an undergraduate thesis on Touhou Project, getting blacklisted by TokyoPop, and interviewing the creator of Sudoku. In her free time she makes bad jokes about anime or screams about kink and urban development on Twitter.

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