William (genkischuldich) wrote,

I decided to see SAMURAI 7 on a whim -- I decided that even though I'd never seen the anime, the promo photos looked pretty enough.

It was a fabulous decision. I loved it and getting toujitsuken was easy. You need to go to Loppi the day before, type '31777', choose the 'toujitsu' option and then proceed as normal. You'll then receive a ticket that can be exchanged at the box office once you arrive at the Shinjuku Koma. They give them out on a first come, first served basis, so you don't know what you'll get.

I was ROW 6, which was actually ROW 4 due to seating removal.

SAMURAI 7 was one of the best anime stage shows/musicals I've ever seen. The set was amazing, the acting was great, Moriyama Eiji was fun, and the action held my attention. The vast majority of it is choreographed fight scenes interspersed with tragedy and just a little bit of comedy. That's mainly Moriyama Eiji, I guess.

I was about to say that the two actors who really grabbed my attention were Nakagauchi Masataka and Shinotani Hijiri, but all main seven had their moments. Nakagauchi was (a very pretty blond and) has mastered stage-fighting with two swords. Even choreographed, it's not as easy as it might seem. Shinotani Hijiri acted his little heart out and screamed the place down when needed.

There was also Sumitani Masaki whose death actually made me cry and a camp performance from Yamazaki Ginnojou. It made so much sense when I read online that the original role was done by Koyasu Takehito.

See it if you can, since it runs until Monday.

I stopped by the Ikebukuro Animate on Monday to check out the Kuroshitsuji Museum. There were lots of artwork, including some large prints of Toboso Yana-sensei's work, one of which was really amazing and I hadn't seen before. Unfortunately, I couldn't take pictures.

But, you know, I could buy Kuroshitsuji cookies. I felt so stupid taking them up to the counter, but the guy behind the counter didn't bat an eyelid.

You could also write little messages on a piece of notepaper with an illustration of Tanaka and a speech bubble coming from his mouth. Needless to say, a note informed you that you couldn't take it back home. Ah well -- it was all free. Except the cookies.

Anime news:
  • Pandora Hearts from G Fantasy to become anime.
  • Cast for the anime adaption of Genji Monogatari. Sakurai Takahiro will play Genji -- this is going to be EPIC!! Which is, uh, the point.

    I have to rush. I have an alcohol-fuelled Kuroshitsuji-viewing session to attend.

    (Btw, I'm sorry but I haven't been able to check my flist since Monday as I've been so busy -- have I missed anything?)
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