Airmyu is sparkly vampiric ghei campy pseudo-Shakespearean cracky inline-skating love.
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And back to the Airmyu review. I'm not really quite sure what to say. It was so awful it was fantastic and...and... I don't think I could even begin to say my feelings on it. It was so shiny and ghei! You should definitely go and see it. They have plenty of toujitsuken. ^^ I would go again if I could. Airmyu 2 plz?
The general plot is that Akito/Agito has been kidnapped by an evil AT-endowed theatre group named Team Bacchus and they use his other personality to force him to betray Team Kogarasumaru. There's a long, drawn-out fight and then they hug and make up. Seriously. It's probably worth mentioning that I've neither read the manga nor watched the anime. This musical is, at a guess, so far away from its original target audience you could measure it in light years.
The stage consisted of a ramp in the centre and there was a track that led off it and looped through the audience. I guess that meant that late-comers weren't allowed if their seat was near the front...? Well GOOD! Theatres in Japan are way too lenient about that kind of thing. Anyway, it meant that the actors could sparkle their way through the audience.
First I need to mention the costumes. Team Bacchus wore sparkly theatrical outfits and the leader got to wear a cape. Their inline skates were attached to black boots with gold trim. It was SO sparkly and awesome. And, they're named after Shakespeare characters (although only Puck isn't the name of a title character and claimed to be miffed about that). And yes, there are two characters named Romeo and Juliet. They're both male (Kamiyama Ryuuji-san and Matsumoto Hiroya-san). They're in love and dance together. I liked them very much, obviously.
One of my favourite characters was Akito/Agito, who seems to have a double personality. When his eyepatch covers one side, he's cute (and has a crush on Ikki?). When it covers the other side, he's cute and a little aggressive. But when I checked out the actor's profile in the pamphlet, I had to use brain bleach to flush out the memory of his date of birth. ICK! TOO YOUNG!!
There was a scene where they had to do a tongue twister and only Macbeth got it right. It was something like (from memory) 「俺の故郷はコロラドだ、コロラドだぞ、コロラドだ！」 [Ore no kokyou wa KORORADO da, KORORADO da zo, KORORADO da!]. A spotlight fell on the other side of the stage and Kenn jumped on and said it more or less correctly, then Tsuda-san jumped on and just messed it up. It was funny. I really like Tsuda-san this time around and it made up for his disappointing performance last time (in 'Dopondo'). He seemed happier too.
One thing that I'm disappointed about is that one of my photosets went missing! When I got back home, Kamakari Kenta-san's had GONE. I took photos of the others though and will post them if no one else does. One thing that was really nice about them was that the fourth photo shows the actor in front of everyone from his group. So you get to see them together. I like that. If I actually had money, I would have bought them as a set.
You can also read nitaspitas' review here.