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10 May 2006 @ 13:51
Hey, what happened to Ouran last night? It wasn't aired...?

Anyway, yesterday I tried to attach the eyes to my Dollfie head after seraphim_grace assured me that it was the right head. Disaster!

First, you cut out the eyes neatly and soak them for ten seconds in lukewarm water, then slide them off onto the face. Except it doesn't really work that way. After ten seconds, the eyes stick to your fingers and you spend ages trying to smear the eyes onto the face, hopefully in the general direction of the eye sockets.

Having thought about it, I know what I'm doing wrong. I think you're meant to paste the eye and eyebrow on together. Unfortunately, I don't want to do that. My Ran has indigo/violet eyes and red eyebrows, but that's not a combination that's sold, as far as I know. So it has to be this way. Except I totally failed at red eyebrows, so they're brown. Gluhen!Aya it is, then.

After that, I went to Akihabara, knowing there was a Volks shop there. Didn't find it, but am just about to look it up online.

Next, I headed to Gotanda for the Naruto musical. I wanted to arrive a little early because I didn't know how crowded it would be, or how easy the place would be to find. However, the venue wasn't difficult to find, since there was a big sign telling me where it was as soon as I came out of the west exit of the station. And, in fact, the map I found online was perfect. It appears it's a fairly big venue for Gotanda, even though it's barely mentioned online.

When I arrived, there was no one there but a bewildered official holding a loudspeaker, so I went to Book Off instead. Around the time when the doors were supposed to open, I headed back slowly. There still weren't that many people there, but there were more than before. I was herded into a queue, which I soon realised (from what the official was saying to other people!) was the toujitsuken line. I explained that I'd already bought my ticket and I was told the proper place to go. I got my pile of flyers at the door and bought a program. Believe it or not, there was no queue!

I went to the drinks area to have a look at my haul. One of the first things I noticed was a flyer for A Midsummer Night's Dream starring Hirata Hiroaki-san! I wonder what role he will be playing, since he's listed as the star of the play? My best guess is Bottom. Anyway, I looked at the official program and found out why I got a flyer for Hirata Hiroaki-san's play... he's in the Naruto musical, playing Shiranui Genma!

Shiranui Genma

While I was waiting for the play to start, a group of young men entered and caused everyone around me to stand up and get out their opera glasses to get a better look. Since they entered from the VIP side, I'm guessing they were fellow Musical Academy members...?

The musical started really badly -- in the town centre, with actors wearing costumes pulled out of a car boot sale. In fact, everything about it reminded me of my school plays! In retrospect, this was probably to give cameo appearences to Naruto characters (I saw Gai and Lee in there).

After that, when we were left with just the main characters, it improved considerably. My favourites were Shiranui Genma (obviously!), Kakashi (he didn't appear much, but he's so cool!), Kowane (his actor seemed simultaneously in a daze and in a character -- I thought Akiyama Jun-san was adorable!), Sasuke (Machida Shingo-san had excellent body language, I thought) and Naruto (Surprisingly! I usually hate the main characters in shounen manga, but Yara Tomoyuki-san was surprisingly agile for a guy in an orange boiler suit!). Also Kotonoha, who made me realise exactly what Eda meant when she described the costumes as being for 'gay Weiss vampires'. Because, yeah.

I think they overhyped the special effects, although some of them were indeed very 'special'. They draped a shiny gold cloth over the entire stage to show Gaara's sand power. They have an entire page in the program devoted to Princess Tenkou, the illusionist responsible for the effects, but they really needn't have bothered. They were better than you'd find in most musicals, but not good enough and too incidental to have been part of the promotion.

Speaking of ninja jutsu, Naruto can summon cheerleaders...? And girls in bikinis...? It was kind of funny to see them surrounding Hirata-san's character...

I have to mention the finale. Afterwards, Kowaburu and Kowadaka are holding fiercely to Kowane... and one of them tried to kiss him. The effect this had on everyone around me was pretty intense. Although it was aimed at younger children, a quick look at the audience demographics would tell you that no matter what they would like think, the bulk of the audience are young(ish) women.

Oh, and in the next scene, Sasuke and Naruto are holding hands and it was SO cute. Same strong reaction from the audience too. :)

Overall, I had lots of fun. Naruto was energetic, the acting was mostly good and the actors pretty. I really liked it and will go again if they hold a second musical. You can read dilettantka's review here and hinoai's review here

Tonight, I'm going to Rock'n Jam II.

[Edit: Screening anon comments for this post because I'm sick of the spam. Why this post only? Feel free to leave comments if you're a real person though.]
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 10th May 2006 01:11 (UTC)
Ahhh tell me how opening night is!! We're not going until Friday.

(You really like going alone to these things, don't you? I would be so lonely....)
Williamgenkischuldich on 10th May 2006 01:14 (UTC)
I'll be sure to!

It's not really a matter of 'like going alone', just that there's no one else to go with! I'd never be able to make it in time for a Friday showing in the city centre (I think).
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 10th May 2006 01:19 (UTC)
Naruto too, though, you went alone. Do you work lates on Saturdays or something. (You should definitely put in for a schedule change!!)

Mmm we're going to RnJII on both Friday and Sat nights, I think they're both at 7. ^^ It's in Shinjuku, the same place where the Summer Bleach myu was! So it's a TINY place. But it's really near the station and really easy to find. ^^
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th May 2006 08:15 (UTC)
Yeah, but I really couldn't go on Saturday or Sunday. While I don't work lates on Saturday (I finish around 5.50), it's impossible getting into central Tokyo before 7.00pm.

Have fun at RnJ2!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 12th May 2006 12:04 (UTC)
Oh wow it was so much fun!! You didn't tell me that it was this good!!! ♥

I think Nagayan thought we stalked him. That was rather hilarious, when he found out we were friends of Matsuoka. XDXDXD;;; I died inside. XD;; His attitude instantly changed! XDXD
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th May 2006 05:33 (UTC)
I was kinda depressed about not getting that shift swap, not to mention not having any weekends off. But yeah, I did enjoy it! Did you get the soundtrack by any chance...?

Oh, and are you going to see the TnO film today?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 13th May 2006 10:57 (UTC)
I got the soundtrack. It's not the best, but it's pretty good nonetheless! ^^

We're going to see it tomorrow ^____^ Any chance you have the time off to come?
Williamgenkischuldich on 14th May 2006 06:27 (UTC)
Oh, I liked the single I got a lot more after a couple of listens. Since I preferred the soundtrack, I think I'd really like it!

Sorry, I can't make it. I work until seven... I only got to see it on Saturday because it was showing in Chiba. And even then I could only make it to the late show! Any chance you'd want to see it again on Wednesday...?

Oh, and isn't Sakunobot AWFUL!!??
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 14th May 2006 07:59 (UTC)
I didn't like it enough to see it again. Gah, it was a pretty pathetic movie, ne? I HATED the stupid little girl who can't talk. A medical condition, my ass. She was just personifying all of the girls that can't find the courage to talk to the boys they like, which is the exact opposite of what girls should portray in the movies. x.x
Williamgenkischuldich on 14th May 2006 08:07 (UTC)
I liked it... except for her. I would happily see it again! :)

I HATE Sakunobot.
Vulpecular: Ouran Koukou Host Club: Say what?vulpecular on 10th May 2006 02:08 (UTC)
Ouran should have aired last night.
I'm not dead certain, but all the blogs made posts on it without commenting otherwise.
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th May 2006 08:17 (UTC)
Really? I wonder what happened then? Maybe they changed it at the last minute, or maybe something overran, I guess.
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on 10th May 2006 05:51 (UTC)
Do you know where K-Books is in Akihabara at the electric town exit? Volks is in the same building, just a floor or so up. K-Books is across from Gamers if that helps.
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th May 2006 08:18 (UTC)
I think I know where Gamers is -- it's a pretty big building, right? Thanks, I'll give it a go!
The Devil's handmaiden: the twinsseraphim_grace on 10th May 2006 09:40 (UTC)
ooh, decals, i got my head custom painted by a friend who paints games workshop figures (they're tiny) I never worked with decals.
it's why i like the bigger heads, they don't have them.
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th May 2006 08:20 (UTC)
Oh, there's a better way to do this then...? But, I don't trust myself to do the eyes like that. But... argh. Dilemma!
The Devil's handmaiden: beauseraphim_grace on 12th May 2006 10:06 (UTC)
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

that's my 27cm one that was painted for me, he said it made a change from trolls.
The larger dolls have eyeholes so you buy plastic eyes and can change them.
obitsu sell the 60cm doll for a lot less than volks and they're more adaptable because they're less sculpted.
Marguerite is naked because her clothes are in the wash (they;re handmade and I stab myself with the needle a lot)
this is my beau http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a191/seraphim_grace/Image10.jpg
you can see the eye sockets on him, but he's Korean.
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th May 2006 05:35 (UTC)
Aww... pretty! I'm going to see if I can get kuroe to do them, since he's apparently used to doing transfers from Games Workshop stuff.
The Devil's handmaidenseraphim_grace on 13th May 2006 07:53 (UTC)
games workshop figures are more fiddly, apparently. I'm thinking about getting him to do my twins (who are pale and interesting at the moment)
I highly recommend it, face ups can be really expensive.
Williamgenkischuldich on 14th May 2006 06:28 (UTC)
Face ups...?
The Devil's handmaidenseraphim_grace on 14th May 2006 06:56 (UTC)
I keep forgetting you're new to this world
a face up is the act of getting the face painted on, with the larger dolls it usually includes eyelashes as well. Some face ups are really beautiful (some not so) it can include scars and all sorts of things. Some people will even style a wig for you (though doing that for cosplay i will say i have nothing but respect for them)
Williamgenkischuldich on 14th May 2006 07:04 (UTC)
Ooh, thanks for the info! At this stage, I'm not really looking for someone to do the customising for me (apart from kuroe maybe putting on the transfers I choose). I really want to make Ran myself. ^^
The Devil's handmaiden: fairy cube fairyseraphim_grace on 14th May 2006 07:07 (UTC)
I've just bought a dollfie plus as a birthday gift for a friend who keeps trying to take Beau home with her.
Because she has interchangeable eyes it might be as easy for you to buy one of those heads, because they're not expensive, and a pair of the magenta eyes (I just bought them)
I have little H doing my faceups for me and he does a really good job even if the paints do have names like open gore red and troll skin blue.
Emily Rena: Slytherinsavage_sanity on 10th May 2006 15:19 (UTC)
I can't wait to see pictures of your Dollfie!

And it wouldn't hurt my feelings if Ouran didn't air again until September. I`m stuck at home with Dial-up, so the last episode that I got to download at school was episode 4... I dont want to have to catch up on too many, lol.
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th May 2006 08:21 (UTC)
Right now, it's just a piece of plastic -- I haven't even bought a wig yet! And I totally need to redo the decals. They look awful.

As for Ouran, apparently it aired. I just don't know why I didn't see it.