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19 May 2006 @ 11:00
I went to see ~Mori no Ishimatsu Gaiden II~ Ishimatsu to Tosa no Yobaretare this evening, which is best described as a Japanese pantomine.

I totally adore Seki Toshihiko-san! He danced like a tanuki and cross-dressed, and I don't know about anyone else, but that counts as a good evening's entertainment for me.

It takes place around the time of the Bunkyuu era (I think!), which meant all the cast were in traditional clothing (or tanuki outfits!). Basically, the plot is that all the main characters (including Kishino Yukimasa-san, Seki Toshihiko-san and Iizuka Mayumi-san) go into the forest and face the tanuki, who like to sing, dance and disguise themselves as flowers and butterflies.

Everything was pretty over-the-top, and included face-faults from the cast. Just like you'd expect from a pantomine. It also included token fanservice (a m/m kiss, to the delight of much of the audience, many of whom started clapping).

I was really impressed by Seki-san's vocal performance. During the comedic parts he used a higher voice than usual, but occasionally he'd dip down into the range he's most associated with. Quite strange to hear! I'd love to see him act in a serious role and see how he approaches it. I'm curious as to how much of that was how he acts and how much of that was how he acts for over-the-top comedy (the twitchy facial expressions!?).

[I actually write posts on my home comp and just copy and paste at the net cafe, but since I had a handful of comments from people asking me about Seki-san, I guess I'm going to have to explain the cross-dressing comment a little more, right? The tanuki want the young girl in the party, so the other characters hand her over... 'She's' covering her eyes and you can't see her face. Anyway, when 'she' is handed over, it turns out she's Seki-san in drag! He grinned like a madman, I swear!

Toujitsuken looked like they were really easy to get, although I'm not too sure about the final nights.]

I got WARD the other day, with the continuation of Weiss Side B! Ah, it was really good! There were some really interesting moments (revelations?) including the fact that Chloe's hair used to be red and he dyes it blond, presumably in homage to the real Chloe. This also required a few pages flashback of chibi!Chloe in his grammar school uniform. Youji turned up and NOT as a flashback AND being called by his real name by Asuka. They never met the team, although Aya IS aware they're there. I wonder what happened...? Oh, and Aya's hair IS noticeably longer in this chapter. Will post a rough translation soon. About half an hour?

Will get you your copy nekojita. Just e-mail me your name and address.

The other day I went to Akihabara for Dollfie clothing. Thanks for your directions, dilettantka!

I got some nice things and Ran has now hair, a necklace, a top and jeans. The top actually looks like it's meant for a female Dollfie since it's more tailored than a male Dollfie needs. But Ran doesn't mind. :)

Oh, still no eyes. I've yet to put them on. I also got him some boots, but I've no idea how to put them on him since his feet are too big. I guess I have to take his feet off to get them on, but how? I don't want to break the joints.

Here are some pictures of him. Please remember that he isn't finished yet.

Ran // Ran // Ran // Ran

Do you think I should cut his hair? I really like the long hair, but I always planned for it to be much shorter. It also weighs his head down. Any tips for when/if I do cut it?

Finally, I note that full Dollfie maid outfits are plentiful in Akihabara, not to mention fetish items. Ran is curious...

From Moonphase:
  • Further confirmation that DEATH NOTE will be animated.

    I've agreed to do overtime... No days off next week. ;_;
    talithax: Chloe-Faith Kisstalithax on 18th May 2006 23:02 (UTC)
    Chloe has red hair? Oh... my. ::g:: That's certainly quaint.

    I love Ran's top and so what if it's allegedly for a female? My boys don't actually know that there even *is* any other clothing than female out there. And... ::cackles:: In due course I'll be getting a French Maid outfit off a Silkstone Barbie - it just had to be done. (Lots of fun, aren't they?)
    Williamgenkischuldich on 19th May 2006 06:44 (UTC)
    It's perfect, isn't it? The Chloe/Chloe thing is too cute. :)

    I love Ran's clothing too. Actually, I also bought some shoe offcuts in the hope I can sew him a trench-coat. ^^
    nekojitanekojita on 19th May 2006 00:52 (UTC)
    Email has been sent, and many, *many* thanks!
    Williamgenkischuldich on 19th May 2006 06:44 (UTC)
    Okay, got it!
    A hysterical lemur: sanzoprettymadhystericallemur on 19th May 2006 01:28 (UTC)
    Followed the link in your post on the seiyuu comm and I just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading that bit about Seki Toshihiko's play. Thank you very much for sharing your impressions! (I love Seki-san and the things he does. He's a wonderfully talented man. =3)
    Williamgenkischuldich on 19th May 2006 06:45 (UTC)
    Thanks for reading!
    Sharon: GW Duo Maxwellsharona1x2 on 19th May 2006 03:14 (UTC)
    Thanks so much for posting about Seki! If there's only one seiyuu I could ever see in person, I'd choose him. ^_^
    Williamgenkischuldich on 19th May 2006 06:47 (UTC)
    Yeah, same here! I think now I've seen all my favourites in person (even if it was just an unsatisfactory walk past an overcrowded booth at a con). Of course, I still have a list of many seiyuu I want to see again and in better conditions!
    Stella: ranstella_owned on 19th May 2006 03:16 (UTC)
    Thanks so much for the spoilers" I´m not quite sure yet what to think about this (very Weiß-like) Chloe thing, but it sounds like there are interesting things coming... But maybe I should read the translation first. Duh...
    Oh, and I think Ran looks very *yum* ^^
    Williamgenkischuldich on 19th May 2006 06:50 (UTC)
    No problem! I'm afraid the translation might be a little difficult to read without the scans/magazine in front of you, because there are no scene or action descriptions. ^^

    菖蒲eye_ame on 19th May 2006 03:34 (UTC)
    Ran dolfie is lovely! Abnd thanks for the spoilers ;)
    Williamgenkischuldich on 19th May 2006 06:53 (UTC)
    Thanks! No problem! :)
    amelia cavendish: amayih light&L wordyami_tai on 19th May 2006 03:57 (UTC)
    Ooh, Ran looks very pretty! And personally I wouldn't cut his hair, I'd plait it up ^_^! However if you do decide to cut it, I'd use a hair clip to hold the bit of hair you are going to cut to get a straight edge.

    Further confirmation that DEATH NOTE will be animated.

    Yay *twirls*!
    Williamgenkischuldich on 19th May 2006 06:54 (UTC)
    Thanks for the tip! I actually want to curve the line a little and not have a straight line since it looks too unnatural otherwise. Is that a mistake...?
    amelia cavendish: silversnakeicon aya heartyami_tai on 19th May 2006 08:19 (UTC)
    Is that a mistake...?

    Not at all ^_~! I think the whole curve/straight cut thing is a matter of personal preference.

    I suppose you could cut the hair slightly longer than you want it and then trim until you are happy, maybe?
    Williamgenkischuldich on 20th May 2006 05:07 (UTC)
    Thanks for the suggestions! ^_^
    scribblemoose on 19th May 2006 04:44 (UTC)
    Yoooohhhjiiiii!!! *grabby hands*

    (Why do I suddenly have the feeling that Asuka is dooomed?? *g*)

    Also, *flyby glomp*
    Williamgenkischuldich on 19th May 2006 06:56 (UTC)
    Asuka doomed? Actually, that would be awesome and terribly funny (sorry ^^). However, I got the impression it was a cameo appearence. Good reaction from Aya, huh?

    Thanks! *glomp*
    Young Murdered Faery: marguriteymfaery on 19th May 2006 14:33 (UTC)
    Your Dollfie isn't the type that you could just change the hair?
    Williamgenkischuldich on 20th May 2006 05:16 (UTC)
    No, it's woven into the head. I thought it'd be easier like that. ^^