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23 March 2007 @ 21:07
Gin on the rocks.  
I've been so busy lately! Last week I went to a Korean cooking class and learned to cook many delicious food items.

On Tuesday, I went to a sentou ("public bath") for the first time with some friends. I was too scared to go in the past because the idea of walking around naked in front of strangers and accidentally doing something wrong scared me. However, my friends knew what they were doing and it was lots of fun! But it never occurred to me that such scenes from harem anime were accurate~!

On Thursday I went to 100% Chocolate Cafe near Tokyo station with kurayamihimitsu.

The cocoa there is fantastic, but I don't think I can eat chocolate again for a long time. The second picture shows a combination of real chocolate icecream and espresso -- I was really hyper!

Which was just as well, because Rock Musical Bleach was in the evening.

To say that everything I know about Bleach comes from the musical is not entirely true. I've seen random episodes here and there and even tried to read the Viz translation of the manga (I didn't like it). But, you know, it's pretty close. I'll probably screw up plot details in this.

Goumoto Naoya-san is the first on stage and delivers a monologue. I liked him more than I did in the Bankai Live, but I can't get over the fact that he looks just like Kaidou. It's those lips. Those are definitely Kaidou's lips.

However, there's one person I'm obsessed with in this musical...

I love his voice. I love the way he walks like a traditional actor. I don't know much about Gin, but I LOVE Tuti!Gin. (I have to confess that it suprised me that he was evil because he's so obviously creepy that it had to be a red herring.)

After a few solos, the staging turns round and the entire group is the for the opening song. It seems to go "?Yuurei? Soul Society..." followed by something in Japanese and something in English. Anyway, it's actually pretty catchy!

One of the first fights I remember was Yoruichi versus Soifon, who I think used to be her bodyguard. They both took off excess clothing to fight which pleased me because Yoruichi's orange top is hideous. And does "unconventional" have to mean leggings...? Apart from this, I actually quite like her. Soifon has a very strong singing voice that I really liked.

Just before the interval, Hinamori meets with Gin. He drawls "Welcome. Hinamori-cha~n." The theatre goes dark. One of my highlights.

In the next part, there's a flasback to Hitsugaya, Aizen and Hinamori watching fireworks, which must've been in winter since they were wearing scarves. It's also Hitsugaya's birthday, which he doesn't want to remember. But they're so happy together.

Back to Gin and Hinamori. Gin tells her to turns around and, standing on the staging, is Aizen! She runs to him and -- since this is a musical -- starts singing about times past.

During this, you can see Aizen reaching for his knife.

I love those two together! If it wasn't for the fact I'd seen the anime episodes where this happens (by complete coincidence, too) I think I'd be devastated by this scene. It was fantastic.

And then... Hitsugaya is killed too which leads to a confrontation where Aizen reaches inside Rukia and pulls out something sparkly called ?Hougyoku?. And then he, Tousen and Gin... float off on rocks. I love my FloatyRock!Gin. Yes.

There are some vignettes which follow, which segued into the usual 'Half Hour Fifteen Minutes of Randomness' at the end. My favourite featured Izuru (another character I love!) repeating mournfully, 'Gin... Gin... Gin... I don't believe it..." There was some more special friendship between Yoruichi and Soifon too. And, on the same subject, there seemed to be a little Ichigo x Renji love (although much more Ichigo x Rukia).

How could I not mention Gin? He did this fantastic dance with Tousen and Aizen. And the last song seemed to feature "No Clouds In The Blue Heavens" as its main lyric.

I photographed one of the photographs in Tuti's photoset, but it takes a lot of attempts to get a good photograph. It reflects if I use flash and you can't see anything, but it blurs if I take the flash off. So, if you want to see more photosets, you'll have to tell me which ones you want to see. Sorry. ^^ I also have some extras (one of each only, if that) available, if you want any. I bought everyone, just to get the sign boards. Some of them I won't want. Maybe. No way am I parting with my TAIIN set though!
Kasrakasra_c on 23rd March 2007 13:59 (UTC)
Chocolate ice cream and espresso. There are not enough &hearts s in the world to express the beauty of that pairing.
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd March 2007 14:09 (UTC)
I know... but I'll never be able to eat it again for another six months at least! Way. Too. Much. Chocolate.
百加☆nitaspitas on 23rd March 2007 14:19 (UTC)
ooh... I might have to get Jamie to take me there on Monday. Though I can understand the too much chocolate thing. It still looks really good, though ^^;
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd March 2007 14:24 (UTC)
I would totally take you myself were I capable of even looking at chocolate right now. :P Be sure to choose something other than chocolate if you have a second drink! ^^ (They had two types of cocoa and I.... ^^;;;;)
百加☆nitaspitas on 23rd March 2007 14:29 (UTC)
heh, two types of cocoa.... *stops myself from the same line of thought* well, if I don't make it there this time around (or even if I do), I'll be back in Tokyo during Golden Week sometime if that's not too soon to go back :P
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd March 2007 14:33 (UTC)
Hm. two months might be enough. If it's chocolate...

百加☆nitaspitas on 24th March 2007 12:42 (UTC)
by the way, I know you can't make it to the myu, but are you free to meet up before or after? ^^
(no subject) - genkischuldich on 25th March 2007 14:22 (UTC) (Expand)
百加☆nitaspitas on 24th March 2007 13:05 (UTC)
sorry about the journal spam... nm about the other comment ^^; I'll probably just hang out at Jamie's for a few extra hours before my train.
Tiny Tiny Court: Oh Tuti!fencer_x on 23rd March 2007 14:29 (UTC)

Gah! He baffles me, every time I don't think he could do anything to make me love him even more, each new project just slays me more than the previous one.

What're the signboards like? Just signatures, or any little messages? I got reppu to pick my up Tuti's, Nagayan's, MoriEiji's, and Tatsuya's, but not only are they not 8 people, they weren't even on the same set, so I gave up seeing the signboards, pretty much.

*more Tuti love*
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd March 2007 14:38 (UTC)
It is good, yes? But I like his voice more than his nakedness. His voice just kills me...

Nothing really special with the signboards. They are just nice things to have. Tuti's signiature is just his name in capitals. Only Soifon's is interesting - she made hers look like the face of a cat.

Any attempts at photographing the photosets outside the ones you got?
Tiny Tiny Court: Hallelujah & Goodbyefencer_x on 23rd March 2007 14:44 (UTC)
Tuti does things with his voice I couldn't imagine were possible for a human. He can have this goofy laugh one moment, and then in a snap shift to something like Gin *shivers* And good god, how amazing his singing has gotten now still leaves me with my mouth hanging open. I puddled watching Dark of the Bleeding moon, I'll bet--just absolutely melted at that quartet. I can't wait to see how it went during the Live back in January~

You said you got everyone's photosets? I was curious to see Naoya's and Eiki's actually~
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd March 2007 15:02 (UTC)
They did the door song at the Live! That's probably one of my favourites... ^_^

Yep! Everyone. Including Taiin (they had their own segment), but they were not naked. :) Okay, I'll see if I can get those two photographed tomorrow night when I get back from work (assuming no one actually scans them).
Ryan: Cheers!genki_omi on 23rd March 2007 14:55 (UTC)
That icecream. Oh. My. Gosh. I cannot beging to describe how delicious that looks. And it's several thousand miles away :(
Ryangenki_omi on 23rd March 2007 14:56 (UTC)
*begin. I really should reread my comments before hitting "Post Comment." Oy.
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd March 2007 15:04 (UTC)
It was very delicious! But too much chocolate....!
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Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd March 2007 15:44 (UTC)
The sad thing to realise that I ate the contents of BOTH pictures. Aggggghh!!

I love Gin. His voice just kills me. But, for the record.... Gin ♥ Izuru. :)
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Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd March 2007 15:53 (UTC)
I know what you mean about friends' shipping preferences having an effect. I mean, you start to notice when they choose to stand together.


My friends seem to be into the Tuti/Nagayan. ^^
analineblue: Tuti - Badass Ginanalineblue on 23rd March 2007 15:47 (UTC)
Ah! In the next part, there's a flasback to Hitsugaya, Aizen and Hinamori watching fireworks, which must've been in winter since they were wearing scarves. - I'm so happy that this part is in the myu!! XD XD I really love that scene, and the scarves, for some reason, so... YAY. XD XD

Anyway, thank you so much for the report, I'm glad you had a good time. ^_^

(And I completely agree with you about Tuti walking like a traditional actor. *__* He's so commanding as Gin too. *swoons* :D)
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd March 2007 15:57 (UTC)
Yeah, it's a nice scene to put before the scene that came next. So sad... Although, as I mentioned, almost all my Bleach knowledge comes from the myu, so... ^^

I'd love to be able to walk like that. I've only had a little bit of training like that, but Tuti makes me want to try again. ^^
Lucky_StarBrite: Oh Tuti!shy_violette on 24th March 2007 07:01 (UTC)
Sorry... sorry... this is such an attack of random!fandom, but I so agree with what you said about Tuti talking like a traditional actor... His dancing got me interested, but it's the way that he talks about his method that keeps me interested in everything he does. His passion and dedication just inspire me so much.

Had to put my two cents in... ^^ Now, if you'll excuse me, I have heard a rumor about an a-MA-zing OTP involving Aya and a mailbox? I am, needless to say, pretty excited. XD
William: Weiß: OTPgenkischuldich on 24th March 2007 10:19 (UTC)
His dancing is really amazing and... despite my "issues" with the size of the Seinenkan, it's quite nice how small it is... some of the time! With my opera glasses, I was close enough to see the splits in his tabi. :)

Haha. Because canon slash is always the best. :)
tirwolftirwolf on 23rd March 2007 16:38 (UTC)
Gods! I'd be having heart palpatations for hours after that much chocolate & caffeine! Oh the good ole days! Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Can we find the Bleach musical here in the states?
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th March 2007 10:20 (UTC)
Oh, me too! >_< You could certainly import the DVD of the Bleach musical (I think you can download it too), but I don't think you'll find it in the shops. Sorry. ^^
tirwolftirwolf on 27th March 2007 06:41 (UTC)
Is there a verson w/ subtitles & can you suggest a supplier?
Regx_reggg on 24th March 2007 00:16 (UTC)
you have made my life soo much better ♥

i was dying to know whether or not they did the whole aizen/rukia scene with the hougyouku or whatever, and the japanese reports were not helping at it ;__;

thanks for the report!!
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th March 2007 10:39 (UTC)
No problem! XD

Yep -- if you have any qu about what made it and what didn't, feel free to ask. I'll see what I can remember! :)
onichitcc on 24th March 2007 03:50 (UTC)
Thanks for the report and for the Tuti sexy pic!

Was the Yoruichi-Soi Fon fight good? I'm not a big fan of Yoruichi's actress, but her acrobatics are greaaat! I'm really curious to see how the fight was :)

And the new actors, were they good? Well, Gomoto Naoya was good for sure XD I'm curious to see Tousen and Soi Fon... Didn't saw any pics of them, anywhere :( Unohana seemed pretty good for me.

Oh, one last question: How long was the musical? From the reports I've been reading, it seemed very short... Wish I'm wrong, though XD

Sorry for so many questions, but I'm so happy that I can't keep my mouth shut :)
Williamgenkischuldich on 24th March 2007 10:48 (UTC)
I liked their fight very much as they seemed fairly strong characters in both voice and fighting. I don't think I ever saw Tousen in the anime, so I can't really talk about any impressions I had. He didn't really interest me beyond his dance with Tuti.

What gave you that impression from the reports...? I came out thinking that was the longest musical!

First half: 1hr5mins
Interval: 15mins
Second half: 1hr15mins

And I think it over-ran slightly too. However, if you got the impression it was shorter, it might be because the ending sequence of randomness was shorter. :(