When we eventually got to the venue, there was NO QUEUE. None. And I spent maybe five minutes in line for goods. I've queued longer to use an ATM! Well, anyway, I got Ichigo and Renji's photo sets and a pamphlet.
After that, we went into the hall. I was shocked. It's so SMALL. TINY! MINISCULE!
(I think I should contact the organisers of Tenimyu and tell them I've discovered why the tickets sell out in five minutes! :P)
I was in row Q and I'd actually brought along my Weiss Kreuz opera glasses, but there was no need to even get them out. The venue is sma~all!
kuroe wanted to know how Ichigo became a shinigami and I gave him a quick explanation, adding that he shouldn't worry too much about it since it would surely form part of the musical. It does -- maybe twenty seconds is devoted to it! It really does assume you know the anime or manga REALLY well and I don't really. I've seen the first ten episodes and the most recent episodes and that's about it (actually, some of the recent eps made certain scenes quite sad, but that might be a spoiler?). Otherwise, I just sat back and didn't worry about backstory.
There were some pretty funny moments -- like when they brought Rukia drawings to life and had cast members dressed up as Hollows and Plusses (sp?). And the bunny's ears fell off!!
My favourite moments all involved the shinigami singing together. I also really liked Rukia and many of the female characters -- they tended to be able to sing the best.
In the interval, I bought some more photosets because different characters had made a good impression on me. Oh, how I loved Gin! He had a lovely smile! :P
The best bit though, was the random half hour of fan service and dancing (Ah, I'm so predictable!). They got the whole audience on their feet too and we danced along. It was great!
You have to watch Nerima Daikon Brothers! I saw it the other night and it was SO funny. Really offensive too (think South Park), but it's a full musical anime (and one of the main chara is Morikubo Shoutarou)! It's only on the second ep -- has it made the torrent sites yet? Has anyone else seen it?
I read on sharona1x2's LJ that Death Note is being made into a film... I wonder who'll be cast!?
Also, the XXXholic TV anime cast was announced -- it includes Fukuyama Jun. I have zero time left at this next cafe though.