Simon: Kakihara Tetsuya-san
Kamina: Konishi Katsuyuki-san
Yoko: Inoue Marina-sam
Leeron: Onosaka Masaya-san
Viral: Hiyama Nobuyuki-san
Now, my ROCK MUSICAL BLEACH the LIVE Bankai SHOW code:001 review. First off, it's a beautiful venue. I'm not used to that! It was really big, the acoustics were fantastic and there were so many people! The energy everyone was generating was amazing and it reminded me of Tagensanbruch: The Last Live 03 or Dream Live 3rd in that sense. Everyone seemed enthusiastic!
It opens with the entire cast sitting seiza-style in a straight line and the stage set-up like the kabuki. Each of the cast introduced their character and talked about some of their wishes for the new year. They all talked just like they do at kabuki, including the rise and fall of their voice and the super-polite forms.
Okay, so you're wondering about that LJ cut, huh? A little later, Gin wants to sing a duet. He's my favourite Burimyu character because Tuti has this gorgeous intonation. He's really good! Anyway, so everyone naturally wants to have the duet with him... so they hold a janken tournament. Renji wins!
So they do that enka-style duet that they did in the last musical (about opening doors with all the special hand movements). And Renji was acting terribly feminine and singing about an octave higher -- his entire posture changed and he adopted the mannerisms required of a proper lady in the theatre (I should know -- I'm completely unladylike and so Sensei makes me practice things like holding fans in the correct manner when I'm about to sing). Anyway, he was SO good and this was my favourite scene by a long shot! It was made even better when Izuru came on and Gin approaches and approaches and their noses are TOUCHING and just about everyone in the audience is screaming... and then Gin just goes 'Kidding!' and walks off.
The second half was good too, but a little more serous if I remember correctly. It's 3.30am, so maybe not... It starts with a huge piece of scaffolding being wheeled on. The shinigami are all on it, each of them holding lanterns. The lighting added lots of textures and it looked amazing. There was also a scene where some of the cast change into... traditional hakama, I guess? It looked really cool!
Finally, the encore was 'Goodbye Sayonara' and they all came into the audience for that one. The unnamed cast members came up to the second floor, so there was someone right beside us. I really must learn the hand movements for that one... It's sort of right wave... left wave... strange wiggle... right wave... left wave... Then I'm lost. :P
Overall, I loved it! Can't wait to see the musical!