Gakuensai no Oujisama is fantastic crack, full of shoujo bubbles. The first thing you do is choose your school uniform -- which uniform you choose indicates which characters you'll be able to date. I... chose Hyoutei. Although I must point out that I was merely basing my decision on the design, not realising I would only be able to date characters within Hyoutei.
So far, without even really attempting it, I have interest from Mukahi and Oshitari. They're pretty easy guys. Atobe doesn't respond to anything. I guess he's like the hundredth level boss or something -- you have to really try with him.
Anyway, everytime you say something good to any character and they like it, the shoujo sparkles start up and the chara's gauge goes up. Oshitari is convinced I'm funny (like a member of a comedy duo, stereotypically from Oosaka), so he's always waiting for me in the game. Mukahi likes me because when we first met in the game my chara said "Ohayou gozaimasu~!" (rather than "Ohayou gozaimasu." or "........", which were the other choices). It has to be said that even when talking about takoyaki ingedients, Oshitari still sounds like he's using his bedroom voice.
Anyway, I'm taking a break from Final Fantasy XII and playing this instead. It's stupidly addictive. Also, I'm stuck in Final Fantasy. It's apparently a bit that the game designers thought tough enough to include an actual scene of this specific monster killing you.
On Saturday, I did night-time hanami, which is really all about drinking! I went with some friends to the park near our work. The Japanese staff had already done the groundwork -- they'd put down a blue plastic sheet the night before, thus reserving the spot. They'd also picked the day carefully; Saturday night was the the peak of the season, but it was the driest. Sunday was supposedly better, but it was far too rainy. And waiting for us when we arrived was some kind of pork soup, cooked on a portable stove. They really did think of everything.
When you've been drinking, cherry blossoms really do look even brighter and more real than before. It's kinda funny actually.
Anyway, believe it or not, I actually logged on to talk about something completely different! I had the most wonderful time today, watching Bambino. dilettantka actually did a great review of it, which I have nothing to add to in terms of story, just personal impressions.
Firstly, it was a refreshing change of pace from the other big-name productions I've seen. I arrived about forty minutes before it started (due to a very poor map!), and the place was pretty quiet. I bought a pamphlet and a couple of trading cards with no hassle and just sat quietly in the foyer.
When I got into the theatre... wow. Once again, I was really shocked at the size of the place! It was so small! And nice and intimate too. I was also pretty close to the front, so I felt really lucky. Overall, I loved the play. It was a fantastic, bitter-sweet comedy-drama that made me laugh out loud one minute and almost cry the next. The songs are still stuck in my head. You really have to see it, and luckily it's out on DVD soon. :)
Miura Ryousuke-san made a big impression on me. I don't think I've heard of him before, but I couldn't take my eyes off him for the first half! He's very pretty, but still has a strong voice. Yoshida Tomokazu-san also acted 'tough but vulnerable' very well.
I keep thinking it would be great to have a comm on LJ for info on stage plays and Japanese actors in general, but I think it would overlap with far too many other comms. Are people even interested in talking about plays that don't include the Tenimyu guys...? I've already had a quick look through the flyer bundle and see plenty I would like to see. Also fascinated by the large amount of English plays/musicals -- there will apparently be a production of "Our House" with songs from Madness very soon, in Tokyo. Not to mention "The Beautiful Game" by Ben Elton and "Into The Woods" from Sondheim. Am intrigued by Ore no Kataware, which is also to be staged in the Theatre Sun Mall. That was the one that really stood out for me. Also Double Standard which, while I've seen plenty of mention of it elsewhere, really started to interest me because of Tanaka Mayumi-san. I saw her at the Tokyo International Anime Fayre and she seemed really funny and genuine.
I think that's it for now. I think I'm coming down with something though, since I have a slightly sore throat. I've been drinking plenty of orange juice and hot cocoa at this net cafe though. Will keep you updated on Oshitari's shoujo sparkles though.