Takarazuka Revue Co., Japan's all-female musical troupe, is a love-it or hate-it theatrical landmark.

Some just can't take the heavy makeup and sugary plot lines. But enthusiasts, mostly women, wholeheartedly devote their money, time and energy to the troupe just like teen groupies chasing pop idols.

Fans make daily visits to either the theater in the city of Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, or the venue in Tokyo to glimpse their favorite stars, watch the same play dozens of times during monthlong runs, and collect DVDs and photos at specialist shops.