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04 April 2006 @ 17:45
It's been a great week. I got kuroe a book of stick fighting and he got me the Tenipuri dating sim ("Gakuensai no Oujisama"). I'm not sure what that says about us, but I think it's mostly good.

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.
Sharon: TP Karupin Cute Onesharona1x2 on 4th April 2006 11:21 (UTC)
even when talking about takoyaki ingedients, Oshitari still sounds like he's using his bedroom voice.

Why does that not surprise me one bit? ^________^
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th April 2006 10:57 (UTC)
I really liked Oshitari's section of the game. I actually like him a lot more now... ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 4th April 2006 12:21 (UTC)
Ahh, I was thinking of seeing "Double-Standard" too, but I don't want to see it alone. (Because Kenn is in it!) If you go, let me know and I'll go with you! ^^ We can get our tickets together.

I'm also thinking of going to the "Jack Jack" performance, though I haven't really decided.

Mostly, I'm not interested in stage plays/musicals here unless they're an adaptation of an anime/book/drama that I really like, or unless they have my favorite Tenimyu boys in it. Fortunately, some Tenimyu boy is in almost every one that I want to see, lol. As for the others, usually I'm not that interested in them because they're too hard to understand. I WOULD like to see a japanese production of "Kiss me Kate", so if you EVER hear about that one, let me know!! ^^ I'd SO go!! *loves that play*
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th April 2006 11:00 (UTC)
Love to, but I sadly don't really have weekends free. ;_; Unless you'd be okay with going on a Tuesday or something?

I usually consider the ones with Tenimyu boys first because that's what I hear about first and somehow they seem to choose their roles pretty well, I think.

I'm SO tired, so sorry if I'm not making sense...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 9th April 2006 11:28 (UTC)
Tuesdays are totally fine with me!! ^.^ As long as it's in the evening, usually I can make it without a problem. On a normal day, I'm home by 2 or 3 pm. ^^
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th April 2006 11:30 (UTC)
Ooh, really? That sounds awesome! Let's do it! Uh... when is it?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 9th April 2006 11:35 (UTC)
Double-standards, right? Ahhh, I just checked and it's playing from 5/17 (Wed)-5/22 (Mon). LOL it's not even playing on a Tuesday! ^_^;;;; Your other day off is Wed, right? I could go on the 17th! Or any day that you have free aside from the 19th, since we're trying to get our Saiyuki tix for the same day. ^^
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th April 2006 11:40 (UTC)
Wednesday would be great too! So how do we do this then...?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 9th April 2006 11:52 (UTC)
Do you want to pick up the tickets for both of us, and I can pay you back the next time that I see you? ^^ (If you have enough money at the moment?) They're already on sale, and I hope it didn't sell out already for that day, since it's the first show.

Let's try to get tickets for 5月17日(水) then? ^^ Just go to lawson's and use the l-code: 32139

Is that okay with you? ^^ I could pick them up too, but I don't have enough cash on me at the moment. ^^;; *has to go pick up Naruto tickets still*
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th April 2006 11:58 (UTC)
Depends if I'm still trying for Kimeru tickets or not... any ideas on those, btw? It's kind of the 'end of the pay cycle' for me right now.

Hm... first day may well have sold out already though... If we can't get 'em, do you want to do something else on a Tues afternoon, if you're free?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 9th April 2006 12:02 (UTC)
It's your call on Kimeru tickets.. You can probably check his webpage for how to get them. I have mine already through the fanclub, so I'm not sure how they're going on sale this time. ^^; Let me know what you decide to do!!

Sure, actually until March I don't have any work at all except for random meetings here and there, so I have tons of free time to do something! ^^
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th April 2006 12:19 (UTC)
Hn. Webpage says they're sold out...

Well, I'll try Loppi tomorrow and let you know. There isn't a branch of Lawsons where I live, as far as I know.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 9th April 2006 12:22 (UTC)
Haai!! ^__^ Just send me a msg about what you decided to do!! ^^ I can pick up tickets if it comes to that, though I'm running low on cash too. XD
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th April 2006 12:28 (UTC)
Okay! First step is to see if they're actually available though..!
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on 4th April 2006 13:23 (UTC)
Yeay! I really enjoy seeing plays too, but man, it adds up. Stuff here's so expensive!
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th April 2006 11:01 (UTC)
Yeah, I know what you mean! But Bambino was definitely worth it.
reichsfreiherr on 4th April 2006 20:01 (UTC)
Congratulations on your wedding anniversary, shoujo sparkles and all! ^_^

I’ve heard people mention that Into the Woods is quite good but other than having seen the lyrics for one of the songs I don’t really know anything else about it.
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th April 2006 11:02 (UTC)

Really, I was just stunned at how many Western musicals there were! I mean, how does Ben Elton translate into Japanese anyway?
Dhieta - D18 is the path I follow.....: D.Gray-man//Crossarisuesei on 5th April 2006 01:06 (UTC)
Congrats on wedding anniversary. :D
Actually, I'll be happy to join comm talk about play in general. Although I couldn't be able to provide something, I like to know about stage play.
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th April 2006 11:04 (UTC)
Thanks, although it doesn't really seem like there's enough interest. ^^ Ah well, I'll keep talking about the plays I'm looking forward to, anyway!