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17 August 2006 @ 20:09
 
I went to see the new Bleach Musical yesterday and I really loved it!

The plot is basically that Rukia has been kidnapped, which may or may not have something to do the internal politics of the Soul Society. Unlike the previous Bleach myu which covered the beginning in passing, I was completely lost as to who was on whose side. It didn't help that affiliations seemed to have changed since then. I think I may have needed to have to read the manga or watched the anime to fully understand it. I didn't get the ending, which either had both Rukia and Ichigo dead and meeting in an afterlife or Ichigo pulling through and rescuing Rukia having magically acquired a cape. In the 'final' scene, Rukia is raised above the stage in a crucifixion pose. She says "Thank you... thank you... thank you... and goodbye!" There's a song and dance number, the lights go out and Ichigo is holding out his hand to her on a beam above the stage. With a big brown cape. Any ideas...?

Having said that, it didn't really matter. I just accepted that Rukia had been kidnapped and enjoyed the musical and the actors. It really is amazing how much better everyone is this time around! It was SO much better than the previous myu! Everyone can sing and dance now. Gin (Tuti) in particular was amazing. I've never really been much of a Tuti fan, but he's improved so much. He gave Gin this beautiful lilting voice -- similar to that of a kabuki actor -- that I don't recall him doing before. It fitted so perfectly (but perhaps similar to the anime...?). There was this great scene with him in which he summoned his weapon. It actually projected from a piece of scenery, but looked really good despite this. Anyway, his weapon extended and extended, then stopped. Then it wiggled and extended a little further. There were lots of nervous giggles. Um... I guess you had to be there, right?

Speaking of weapons, there was another cool weapon with Madarame Ikkaku (Usui Takuya). A jet of steam came down and a much bigger weapon came out that a minute later converted to nanchaku. It was very smoothly done. I didn't really get Madarame. He was a character that got applause just for appearing on stage. There's also a funny scene with him later in the musical where, since he's one of the villains' minions, he's talking to him. And Zaraki Kenpachi is just rubbing his bald head very suggestively. It was so funny, but I guess you'd have to see it.

I also liked Yamada Hanatarou (Murakami Kouhei), but whose appeal I find inexplicable. He's a very enthusiastic, very camp character who dances like no one's watching.

I said 'final' scene previously because, as before, the story ends about twenty minutes before the end of the musical. There's an extra bit in which everyone sings, dances and talks to the audience. It's also the fanservice section! It's easy to see which character gets the most squeals (Tuti, by a lot). I'll say for now that there are some really funny dance scenes!

Overall, I really loved this show! It's gone from a show that I got tickets for at the last minute as an afterthought to one that I'm going to try to get tickets for on the first day next time. I can't overemphasise how much of a massive improvement the cast have undergone.

yuki_scorpio, I got your photoset! (You should see Animage this month... they have a 'megane danshi' special!)

Finally, we walked through a park on the way home when we saw lots of bats gathering around the lamps. But that seemed strange because we thought bats weren't attracted to light like that. When we got close and stopped to look at them, we realised they were actually moths! The biggest moths you've ever seen!
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keistjeainbthen on 17th August 2006 08:46 (UTC)
That sounds like the end of the Soul Society arc. Rukia's been on earth against orders for a long time, and they come and get her. She's sentenced to death for it (as well as for other reasons, but that's the one you know at first), and Ichigo and friends come to Soul Society to get her out. Towards the end of the arc, Rukia is raised on a scaffolding in the position you described, so she can be killed. Ichigo, who has been badly hurt and then out training with a shinigami who's helping him, shows up on top of it, wearing the cloak that you saw. He saves her from being killed and then kicks a lot of ass. The cloak is really only important in that the clasp has the family symbol on it of the woman who helped him and had left Soul Society a long time previously.

Gin's weapon is a short sword that can extend at his command.

Does that make any of it make more sense?
Williamgenkischuldich on 20th August 2006 09:32 (UTC)
Ooh, thanks for the details... Actually, he didn't do the kicking ass thing after as described. I guess that was a cliffhanger rather than my being confused, then! :P Otherwise, right on all accounts!
Pez }}morning.maple{{: Byakuya - OOCyuki_scorpio on 17th August 2006 12:22 (UTC)
Sounds like you need to read the manga/watch the anime!

And photoset!! Thank you *____*
Williamgenkischuldich on 20th August 2006 09:33 (UTC)
Maybe... but it's too long! Too much ctaching up!
h_w: lookingforfunhungry_worm on 17th August 2006 18:38 (UTC)
Ah, I wish I could have seen it, too! o.o
Williamgenkischuldich on 20th August 2006 09:34 (UTC)
Well, I'm certain it'll be available soon, soooo... :)