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06 May 2007 @ 22:07
I just came back from Musical Air Gear and it was fantastic!

I've been complaining about my ticket because I bought it on the first day of sale at 10am and got a second floor seat, while my friends bought theirs weeks later and got in on the first floor. As it happens, my seat was bang in the middle in the first row, so I still had a really good view!

At the merchandise counter, I got the photoset set and a free sign board. When kurayamihimitsu and I compared ours, we found out they were slightly different! The cast really did sign them!

There really weren't that many people there though. They had the looped runway that went through the audience as before, but it took out a lot of the seats, even just the areas around it. And on the second floor balcony, only the first four or five rows were filled. That added to the amateur feel of the opening section when the workcrew came out, made some announcements and skated around to check that everything was in place.

The plot was mostly the same as before, with that bits and pieces that had been adapted. I think there was less of Akito, perhaps? There was certainly more gay!

It's difficult not to compare the new actors with the previous actors, but Kamiyama Ryuuji-san (formerly Romeo) did a REALLY good job of Ikki. His only real weakness was his singing, which was still good. My opinion might have been different if I'd ever seen the anime or read the manga. But I haven't... I'm not even particularly clear on if the AT grant special powers or if 'flying' with them is a metaphor or not.

Romeo's fill-in, Yonehara Kousuke-san (formerly Hamlet), was pretty good. They kept making fun of him since he was the shortest of the Bacchus team (Google says he's 163cm. *wince* That's NOT short!). Anyway, he was totally up for Romeo x Juliet fanservice, kissing his hand, special touching. There's this really cute bit where Juliet just strokes his hair.

There was a ton of fan service! Ikki hunted Kazuma down and planted kisses all over him, causing Akito to scream 'You're the WORST, Ikki!'. And Onigiri got his bottom slapped! And TsudaKen got groped... Much fun was had by all.

But my favourite character, my VERY FAVOURITEST character had to be Kaito, Akito's brother. He hit all of my kinks -- long abnormally-coloured hair, cool and insane. His hips... he was amazing. And he appeared from a ladder on a helicopter, guns blazing. He also appeared in the second-half grabbing a girl from the audience in handcuffs (I'm jealous! :)) and posing with her on-stage as his fanclub wheeled on fans to make his clothes blow in the breeze as he sang a song. He was crack-filled sex... didn't have much to do with the plot though.

Instead of the tongue-twisters this time, there was a competition to see who could go up the ramps, skate between two cones and stop themselves before three more cones. All of Team Bacchus had a go and they measured their stopping distance. Romeo overshot the cones quite a bit and so they measured his height instead of the distance between him and the cones! As before, Ikki returns and "does it better than Team Bacchus with ease". Except, not. He overshot the cones more than anybody else, skipped a little, and rolled out into the wings! He returned and posed as if he'd really done it. And then TsudaKen rolled up and "proceeds to do it even better than Ikki". He stopped way too short, then removed a cone from his jacket and set it at his feet. TsudaKen pwns all.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. I think it was much tighter than the first Airmyu, with much better skating and singing. Not to mention a hell of a lot gayer and fanservice-filled. ^_^ Once we came out, I admitted that it was better than DL4 and my friends agreed. YEAH, WE WENT THERE. :)

VELVET UNDER WORLD site updated! Now includes release details for the image song "Alternative".

In addition to the VELVET UNDER WORLD image song "ALTERNATIVE", there will be another song that has yet to be announced. Both of these will have off-vocal versions.

Release: Multiceye
Marketing: Geneon Entertainment
Stock number: GNCA-7919
First press bonus: Picture card
Sale date: 25th July 2007
Price: 1260 en.

The extra on the CD is the three minute pilot movie for VELVET UNDER WORLD!
くらやみひみつ: Kya!kurayamihimitsu on 6th May 2007 10:55 (UTC)
not to mention pakku as the hairdresser....... his hips.. and god... so much gay in it.. XDDDD It was so much fun though~ Too bad romeo and juliet didn't quite kiss in ours huh? They were SO CLOSE though. ;-;
Williamgenkischuldich on 6th May 2007 11:23 (UTC)
A kiss on the hand works though, right? And the hair stroking... and bottom slapping... they did all but lip-lip kiss really.

Puck really was a very gay hairdresser. But you know who my favourite was, right?
golden_bastetgolden_bastet on 6th May 2007 14:02 (UTC)
I'd comment on Musical Air Gear - it sounds like it was fun - but I've never heard of it before!

We Velvet Underworld: I'm a little confused - it's a CD, but it has a movie clip on it? (I went to the page, I see it says CD, I'm just confused.)

And what would I do if I wanted to actually order this CD? There are a bunch of things under Koyasu Takehito coming out in June on YesAsia, but nothing like this.

I gotta admit, though, I think of his career, I think James Brown ("The Hardest Working Man in Show Business").
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th May 2007 06:22 (UTC)
Ah, it's a little difficult to explain. Think yet another anime turned into a musical, this one with boys on rollerblades. It's fabulous. :)

It's a CD that's been enhanced with multimedia content, I guess. Sometimes bands will put their promo video on their CD singles. But it's definitely a CD. :)

I'm sure you could put in a special order since they list the product code and everything, but if you're really stuck, I can always get it for you.
golden_bastetgolden_bastet on 8th May 2007 20:38 (UTC)
Thanks for the offer - I'll see what I can do, and if it's not working out a little closer to the date, I may take you up on that.

It looks like it may end up available on the Velvet Underworld site, as well. I've actually gotten good with ordering Things in Languages I Don't Know lately. It would be a challenge.

Right now, though, I'm working on getting a copy of Hotel Venus - which I can find, the English subs are just expensive.
Unseelie: schu -ganz besondersunsee1ie on 6th May 2007 14:49 (UTC)
been following the Velvet Under World stuff like a crack-seeking missile and i don't think i'll ever get over the website name "Boys Hit". geez, Japan. ^_^

that out of the way on to the squee; SONGS. OH JULY, HURRY.
swirly_ayuriswirly_ayuri on 6th May 2007 22:46 (UTC)
It's Boys Hit's url that bugs me more... "boyshit" ORZ

Once again, thanks for the translation! Looking forward to Koyapi's new songs~~~ ^^
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th May 2007 06:23 (UTC)
They should totally have got someone to check that URL out. Really.
Na~Moony: Rangiku - Happinessnamoony on 6th May 2007 15:17 (UTC)
Aaaaaawww, Airmyu really sounds great. *__* I'm so glad to know that Ryuji was a good Ikki. ♥

And guh, Kaito. *__* I can't wait to see him.

Thanks for the report~!!
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th May 2007 06:31 (UTC)
I could talk about Kaito's hips alone for hours. :)

You're welcome! ^_^
✪明日~【メイビ】✪: Bacchus_teammeibi on 7th May 2007 09:30 (UTC)
*hehe* I followed the link from ag_myu and I wanna say thanks for the report XD

It's good to know the boys did fantastic. I was a little bit worry about the whole replacement stuff (especially for Yanagisawa who only had very short period of time to train) I'm so proud of them ^___^

And god~ I love fan-services!
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th May 2007 05:21 (UTC)
I think everyone did vey well at the last minute. It helped that this time around everyone was much steadier on their feet than last last time.