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21 November 2008 @ 19:48
 
I decided to see SAMURAI 7 on a whim -- I decided that even though I'd never seen the anime, the promo photos looked pretty enough.

It was a fabulous decision. I loved it and getting toujitsuken was easy. You need to go to Loppi the day before, type '31777', choose the 'toujitsu' option and then proceed as normal. You'll then receive a ticket that can be exchanged at the box office once you arrive at the Shinjuku Koma. They give them out on a first come, first served basis, so you don't know what you'll get.

I was ROW 6, which was actually ROW 4 due to seating removal.

SAMURAI 7 was one of the best anime stage shows/musicals I've ever seen. The set was amazing, the acting was great, Moriyama Eiji was fun, and the action held my attention. The vast majority of it is choreographed fight scenes interspersed with tragedy and just a little bit of comedy. That's mainly Moriyama Eiji, I guess.

I was about to say that the two actors who really grabbed my attention were Nakagauchi Masataka and Shinotani Hijiri, but all main seven had their moments. Nakagauchi was (a very pretty blond and) has mastered stage-fighting with two swords. Even choreographed, it's not as easy as it might seem. Shinotani Hijiri acted his little heart out and screamed the place down when needed.

There was also Sumitani Masaki whose death actually made me cry and a camp performance from Yamazaki Ginnojou. It made so much sense when I read online that the original role was done by Koyasu Takehito.

See it if you can, since it runs until Monday.




I stopped by the Ikebukuro Animate on Monday to check out the Kuroshitsuji Museum. There were lots of artwork, including some large prints of Toboso Yana-sensei's work, one of which was really amazing and I hadn't seen before. Unfortunately, I couldn't take pictures.

But, you know, I could buy Kuroshitsuji cookies. I felt so stupid taking them up to the counter, but the guy behind the counter didn't bat an eyelid.

You could also write little messages on a piece of notepaper with an illustration of Tanaka and a speech bubble coming from his mouth. Needless to say, a note informed you that you couldn't take it back home. Ah well -- it was all free. Except the cookies.




Anime news:
  • Pandora Hearts from G Fantasy to become anime.
  • Cast for the anime adaption of Genji Monogatari. Sakurai Takahiro will play Genji -- this is going to be EPIC!! Which is, uh, the point.

    I have to rush. I have an alcohol-fuelled Kuroshitsuji-viewing session to attend.

    (Btw, I'm sorry but I haven't been able to check my flist since Monday as I've been so busy -- have I missed anything?)
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    くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on 21st November 2008 12:19 (UTC)
    heh.. whoops. I didn't know I had to do it the day before... Well, hopefully they'll have some at the door...
    Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd November 2008 06:32 (UTC)
    Ah, sorry! I don't know if they have tickets at the door, but I think some people were queuing for them. Good luck!

    The term 'toujitsuken' is kind of misleading...
    Floor No Battleblodeuedd on 21st November 2008 13:51 (UTC)
    I'm seeing it tomorrow, so I won't read your review just yet... but I'm glad it got your seal of approval! :)
    Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd November 2008 06:33 (UTC)
    Really? I had no idea anyone was going... sorry!

    Hope you enjoy it too. :)
    キャラ エンスイ: Allelujah Haptism // Reading...kyraensui on 21st November 2008 15:33 (UTC)
    <3~! I want to see it, but I have to settle it when the DVD comes out.
    Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd November 2008 06:34 (UTC)
    I might even consider buying the DVD -- it was very enjoyable. :)
    キャラ エンスイ: Seki Toshihiko // Oh~! It's Love~!kyraensui on 22nd November 2008 21:34 (UTC)
    Is that the poster they give out during the performance?

    =) Awesome. Then I really can't wait for it to be on DVD.
    Williamgenkischuldich on 24th November 2008 02:52 (UTC)
    Yep, it is. Along with a whole bunch of posters for other interesting and not-so-interesting stuff.