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20 December 2006 @ 21:29
 
Rikkai Tenimyu review!

Wow, I don't know how to explain this, but... they CAMPED UP Tenimyu!? How could you possibly do such a thing? I don't mean 'how dare you!?' because that's just the way I like it; what I mean is 'how is that physically possible!?'. Anyway, FANTASTIC MYU!

The photosets are good this time. They have a tennis uniform photo, a formal photo, a Christmas/casual photo and NAKED DIRTY BOY photo. Thumbs up! While I was waiting, I bought all of Rikkai plus Bane and Dabide. I took one look at the first set and proceeded to check out the fourth photo in every set. I'm so ashamed...

(Afterwards, I decided that Inui had really improved, just like everyone else, and went to the merchandise counter. Also I wanted to get the Ichinensei Trio out of sheer curiosity, although I think their photosets are always the most fun. The postcards you get free are the best, btw!)

The singing and dancing this time around is so much better. Everyone can harmonise and dance in step with each other (although Seigaku did get a little shaky when each member sang on their own). Another general statement I will make about this myu before I get into specifics is that the friendships between the actors is so obvious. It's so cute how everyone adores everyone else! There's so much hugging.

♥Sanada is shown hitting Bunta and Jackal... and then Kirihara is just standing in the corner waiting for him like a naughty boy. I can't explain why I like Sanada and Kirihara for this, but I do. ^^
♥Yukimura is wheeled on in a special little hospital room and starts singing sadly, cradling his tennis racket. It was pretty fun, but I'm not sure it was meant to be.
♥The first half ended, but members of Rokkaku popped out of the audience before we could leave! They were catching shellfish and it was just awesome. This is just one of the scenes where the friendship is obvious. I was so pleased to see that Dabide appeared on the second floor. It's nice of them to include all their fans, even the ones that didn't pay huge amounts on auction sites. ;) Once the first half was over EVERYONE made the biggest dash I've ever seen to the merchandise. I think Rokkaku photosets suddenly got very popular!
♥There's a little montage of scenes featuring all the characters doing their own thing and all of them were funny. Fuji and his cactus... Takasan and his sushi... Kaidou is a running joke (hehe). I think Sanada was here too and I was very impressed with his sword technique -- it's actually accurate. The scene required him to cut something in half, and there was no prop malfunction -- it looked really good.
♥The theme song is very strong this time, which might be because they played it twice. I got the tune in my head, but then the Bambino theme song edged it out. It goes "Tsuyoku naru n da..." Uh. Sorry. That's all I've got. It might have English next? Speaking of which, Ryouma spoke English during the myu, although I couldn't tell you what he said. In Shindou Gaku-san's photoset, he's shown reading the Daily Yomiuri in English -- is that for real or is it just a photoshoot, I wonder...?
♥The first tennis match was Kaidou and Momochan VS Bunta and Jackal, which was pretty good if you like the characters (I'm not really a fan of their team dynamics though, although Jackal and Bunta are VERY cute together). However, the second was the Golden Pair VS Niou and Yagyuu. This was my highlight of the myu, absolutely! First of all, there was a bit with GP singing together and being super-friendly. I've not seen that in the myus I attended previously and think that I miss it if it's not there. Ooishi is a bit of a joke in this (in the team montage, he's shown being unable to sleep and repeating 'will everything be okay...?'). Anyway, Kikumaru gets knocked out and has a flashback featuring chibi!Eiji and chibi!Ooishi -- I'm guessing that they must've been played by Rokkaku members? Chibi!Ooishi fell over just as the staging was being wheeled back. Anyway, Kikumaru gets to his feet acrobatic-style to continue the match. Then there's...
♥Niou and Yagyuu!! So GOOD they deserve their own heart-point! They transformed mid-song and totally fooled me (even though I guessed it would happen). Jackal also joined in and that really did fool me! And they move so close to each other and really ham it up... I swear that they've been together for years... They played tricks with Kikumaru... ♥♥♥
♥Finally, Kikumaru entered the hall right behind me for the finale as I had an aisle seat! I was SO close. Everyone went into shock around me.
♥So this would be the first part then...? I feel like I did at the end of Pirates of Carribean 2, when EVERYONE knew it was a two-parter except for me. What can I say? I don't read spoilers.
 
 
 
jedielfelenniel on 20th December 2006 15:32 (UTC)
wow, you make the Rikkaimyu sound interesting... And I'm not much of a Rikkai fan XD
Thanks for sharing the review!
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th December 2006 13:35 (UTC)
It used to be that Rikkai was just another team that I liked. But after watching this, I'm definitely on the look out for Niou and Yagyuu! :)
Miharuru ( ミハルル)miharuru on 20th December 2006 15:33 (UTC)
AWWWWW
"Anyway, Kikumaru gets knocked out and has a flashback featuring chibi!Eiji and chibi!Ooishi -- I'm guessing that they must've been played by Rokkaku members? Chibi!Ooishi fell over just as the staging was being wheeled back. Anyway, Kikumaru gets to his feet acrobatic-style to continue the match. Then there's..."

I WANT to see that *-*

"Finally, Kikumaru entered the hall right behind me for the finale as I had an aisle seat! I was SO close. Everyone went into shock around me."

SETOOOOOOOOOOO <3 XD You're really lucky XP

Thanks for the review ^_^v
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th December 2006 13:37 (UTC)
Definitely! There seems to have been an absence of GP action in recent myus, don't you think? Anyway, I think you'll really love the way Setomaru leaps to his feet -- he really wowed the crowd. :)
Courtneychibi_wildwolf on 20th December 2006 17:00 (UTC)
**jaw drops** (Why am I not in Japan?!)
Eeeeh~! <33 It sounds like so much fun! I cannot wait for it to come out on DVD... though I will no doubt be one of the people downloading it. >o>;
**bounces up and down** Yukimura! Sanada! Kirihara! Yukimura! Niou! Yagyuu! Yukimura! Jackal! Marui! Yukimura! <33333 xDDD
**also cursing self for not ordering a photoset this time around**

And do not feel bad--I did not know that Pirates of the Carribean 2 was a two-parter, either. ^_^;
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th December 2006 13:40 (UTC)
I tend to ignore Tenimyu hype - mostly because there's such a huge build up to it and a mad scramble for tickets at the last minute and partly because I don't have a home internet connection to really follow it. So it came as a little bit of a shock.

I'm really looking forward to the DVD too. :)
KTrensahannou on 20th December 2006 17:19 (UTC)
Finally, Kikumaru entered the hall right behind me for the finale as I had an aisle seat! I was SO close.

...Seto...maru....YOU ARE SO LUCKY. ♥

Thanks for the review, and there was more I was going to say, but the thought of Setomaru being right there has erased it all from my brain.

You are so lucky. ♥
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th December 2006 13:49 (UTC)
He's very good in this. There's this great bit where Yagyuu has his racket on invisible wire and Kikumaru bats at it like a cat. I think you will like it (assuming it's on the DVD, that is). :)
KTrensahannou on 25th December 2006 04:41 (UTC)
Ahhh, that sounds adorable...I really really hope it's on the DVD~

Oh, some of the other things I think I wanted to say before -- I'm glad Momo and Kaidoh's match was good, because that's one of my favorite matches in the anime~ And oh, Rokkaku. Them catching shellfish in the audience is just...♥
Williamgenkischuldich on 26th December 2006 14:01 (UTC)
Oops, I said Yagyuu, but I think I meant Niou. Yes, I think it was definitely Niou. *has them permanently mixed up because of the change thing*

I actually got toujitsuken and got to see it again if you feel like hearing about some of the changes. ^^
KT: Setomaru B&Wrensahannou on 26th December 2006 15:50 (UTC)
"Toujitsuken"? What exactly is that?

And sure, I'd love hearing about the changes. :) *living vicariously through people who got to actually see the show* :D
Williamgenkischuldich on 27th December 2006 04:01 (UTC)
Toujitsuken is the name of the ticket lottery. Since tickets are difficult and expensive to get, I only bought one ticket. But, I decided to get a lottery ticket for the last performance at the first Tokyo venue. Surprisingly, I got it!!

Info on changes here:
http://genkischuldich.livejournal.com/268950.html
Inconsistent Tofuepigrammist on 20th December 2006 20:03 (UTC)
So this would be the first part then...? I feel like I did at the end of Pirates of Carribean 2, when EVERYONE knew it was a two-parter except for me. What can I say? I don't read spoilers.

I don't read spoilers, either (this review was special...because it's, well, Rikkai), so at the end of PotC 2, I kind of went "*JAW DROP* WHAT?!" ^^;;

They split the Rikkai match into two parts...? I didn't know that, either...

Thank you so much for the review! (I'm kind of bouncing in my computer chair now, ahahaha. Oh, Rikkai. ♥)
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th December 2006 13:49 (UTC)
I'm still bouncing too! I'm even trying for toujitsuken tomorrow. The shame... :)
Caeslincaeslin on 20th December 2006 20:43 (UTC)
(following the link from the tenimyu community) Thanks for sharing your opinions! Wow, I can't wait to see/listen to the musical now, especially if the harmonization is improved as you say--that was the one thing that dampened my reaction to the previous musical, even though I loved the acting and the songs themselves. ::excited, though~::

I didn't know that Rikkai would be a two-parter, either. Do you know if Rokkaku is going to stay on as guests for the second part as well?
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th December 2006 13:51 (UTC)
Rokkaku - unless the fan reaction is considerably dampened! - have to stay on for the next one because the story ends while everyone is watching the tournament. So they have to be there or we have a huge continuity error.
Caeslincaeslin on 28th December 2006 20:21 (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear it--I like Rokkaku a lot, but I was terrified they were just going to be kept on for one show, and by extension only the first part of Rikkai. Here's hoping they don't opt for a continuity error.
lucathia: seize the carplucathia_rykatu on 20th December 2006 21:29 (UTC)
Oo, the little details in this sound awesome! The characters doing whatever they usually do at home...and Rokkaku picking seashells! I'm glad they included all that.

The switch!! Yes!! Niou and Yagyuu, finally. I so want to see that!
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th December 2006 13:52 (UTC)
The switch is the best thing ever! :) Ahh... I want to see it again! ^^
⌈ the uke dispenser ⌋: [Tenimyu] Yagyuudorkodile on 20th December 2006 23:18 (UTC)
Thanks for the review! I was wondering how they were going to do the switch. ^^
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th December 2006 13:55 (UTC)
Well, first Yagyuu gets the switch treatment and there's a light to the left showing the silhouette of him with his wig getting put on (haha, I ASSUME this is deliberate, but one can never be sure with Tenimyu!) and then Niou comes out to dance with Niou (this is awesome). Then Niou goes back and gets the same -- with interference from Jackal. :)

I hope that made sense, since it's rather late over here.
kira_shinju on 30th December 2006 12:38 (UTC)
Kiyahhhhh!!~
I would like see this!!~
I would see my aniki Seiichi!!~
Williamgenkischuldich on 2nd January 2007 08:44 (UTC)
Hm, it'll be out at the end of March, I think. Thanks for reading my review. :)