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23 January 2005 @ 02:27 am
ミュージカル テニスの王子様 in winter 2004-2005: side 山吹  
Here is my Prince of Tennis in Winter: Yamabuki musical report, finally. ^_^ I'm still a bit tired, so I hope that this is coherent enough. It was... wow. Can I say fantastic and not sound like a total dork? Well, 'fantastic' is honestly the best word for it! =D

First off.... support the new cast!! I can't stress this enough!! They're GOOD!! In fact, they're GOOD COMBINATION and have GOOD RELATIONSHIP! (they even said so! Well, the golden pair did!) I love the old cast, and like a lot of people out there, feel very fond of them, but as soon as this musical underway, I knew they'd chosen right with this replacement cast. Backed by the cute and suddenly much more confident Endo, they were definitely diamonds. Not to mention cute! And believe me, being in the second row, I could tell~!

I seriously cannot believe how lucky I was to get second row tickets! I didn't do anything special to get them~ just bought them from Lawson's with the L-code when they first went on sale! Our seats were good. So good that I saw things that a lot of people won't get to see... which I want to share first~!

Kenn wears boxers! Or nothing at all! He didn't have any pantylines! Not that I was staring or looking for such a thing~! No, not me, neee~ver! Kawakubo doesn't have any pantylines either, but he didn't do a lot of bending over with his butt in my direction, so I wasn't too sure on him. It would make me feel (a little) dirty to stare at him, since he's supposedly only 13 (I don't believe the website.. he just can't be! O_O). Shinoda soooo wears briefs. I think! He had a definite panty line, and he spends a LOT of time on the side of stage I was on with his butt in the air. (more on that later) Horio~ believe me, I was looking, and he's a boxers man. I was so close (less than 6 feet from the actors if they stood close to the edge of the stage), so it was great to be able to tell that Endo was breaking out, but had tons of makeup on to cover it up. XD~~ Sorry Endo for passing on that information! But I am ever grateful for the makeup on the boys~~! Makeup is a GOOD thing!

-->by the way, dilettantka also wrote an awesome review here, so please check it out. ^^ Even though I'm willing to bet that we wrote a lot of the same things. =D;; And I bet she wrote a better summary since I'm pretty random.

On to the musical. BOOM! I wasn't sure I would leave there without ear damage, but I got used to sitting right next to the giant speakers quickly. At first, Fuji (omg he has a high voice!) and Eiji gave me a little bit of a ringing in my ears, but it was okay. ^_^ Forgive me, for I can't remember everything and I didn't take any notes (like a lot of people were doing) The whole myu started with a skeery smokescreen scene of Akutsu who was fighting random stagehands. Okay. Akutsu, AKA Juri, is really, REALLY good. He gave me goosebumps. He made me jump. He also beat up on Horio and Ryoma.. instant love! If you beat up on my favorite characters, it's almost always love in my book. ^^;; Don't ask. I just like to torture my favorite boys. ^_^;

Then of course Seigaku gets their 'hey let's all sing one by one' song! It wasn't really as good as "This is the Prince of Tennis," which is my favorite intro song. XD; But it was good, and the new actors really really sound a lot like the original cast. They all had a LOT of personality as the characters, even the characters who don't have a lot of personality *coughs*Oishi*cough* shone. The song features engrish, my favorite component in any Prince of Tennis song. Something along the lines of, "We running foreeeeevaa!"

My two favorite new additions to the Seigaku cast have to be Araki as Inui, and Kaji as Momo. O.M.G. Kaji can dance. And Araki can sure wiggle his butt! More on them later. I know I'm random, sorry ^^;;

The next scene was oh-so-beautiful~! The ichinensei are lugging around a cart full of tennis balls, and of course Akutsu decides to lurk around the back entrance. So when they smell smoke, Horio with his beautiful two years drug-free experience decides to let Akutsu know who's boss! Boss is apparently Akutsu, since even though he authoritatively refers to Akutsu as Chibisuke because Seigaku can't lose, he still gets his ass kicked, and hides underneath the shopping cart full of balls! It's quite amusing, since he was cowering very close to me and his facial expressions were hilarious! XD; Then Akutsu chucks a ball at Katsuo, and Kachiro oh-so-helpfully shouts out, "Fifteen-love!!" Oh man... I died! So did the entire audience! Kachiro is love! Ryoma comes to the rescue and Akutsu replays the anime, chucking rocks at him until lhe's made Ryoma kneel, all cute and bleedy. Mmmm... huh, did I say something?

I LOVED seeing pouty pissy Ryoma after that, during Akutsu's dark little solo. He was in the locker room being fussed over by Oishii and Momo (I think) in the background, bathed in red light, and he threw a silent temper tantrum and stormed off stage. LOVE. Endo was amazing this time. I think he was ready for the spotlight again!

Blah blah blah.. matches happen, and the Golden Pair get a new song~~ GOOD COMBINATION! It's not as the Fudomine Golden Pair song, but it's cute and dancy and very golden-pair-flavor. ^_^ So it gets a + mark. Especially the engrish.

Kenn gets a song, which is alright. He has such a beautiful voice, but honestly I was staring at his butt during the song more than anything. ^^;;;; uhhh... right.

I LOVED the Endo/Kenn duet.. or rather, duet where Ryoma sang and Yuuta just acted, but I can't help love the two of them standing next to each other all deliciously like that! ~☆ Uhh, I think it was the same one as the Rudolph musical. =D Eda said so, but I haven't listened to that one so many times, and I tend to forget ^.^;;

OMG............... and the new Momo..!!! I luff you! He got, in my opinion, what had to be the best solo (notice I say solo, because the best is still to come but it is not a solo) in the whole musical. Oh. My. God. Momo sung loudly with occasional engrish, fell down on stage, jumped around, and just basically acted really over-the-top. He was so talented! I was laughing so hard! It was beautiful! (but not as beautiful as later)

Shinoda is luv! Duck-boy was pretty boring in the series, but I love him in here! There is one part during a match where he freezes (as happens a lot, just like in the anime), and he's got his hand held out near his but little a little duck tail!" Gaaaah, so cute! XDDDD And then Kaidoh makes fun of him at the net and is like, "urusai, ahiru!!" He's like, "wtf? Duck, why are you calling me a duck?" while his teammates are posing as the parts of a duck in the background! XDDDDDDD Ken is the head, and uhh.. can't remember who is who, but it's hilarious! XD

Oh man, and another Ryoma moment that I liked was when it started to rain, and the Ryoma/Fuji match was cancelled. Ryoma started whining that he wanted to keep playing, at which point Inui grabs his ear and says no way to Ryoma's whining. XD;; I love you Inui too!
Ryoma: "But, I wanna...."
Inui: "No." ::tugs::
Ryoma: "But, I..."
Iuni: "No." ::tugs::

I LOVE how they handled Drive B. Endo runs forward taking little steps near the end and crouching down, and then jumps VERY MUCH like Ryoma does, smashing the 'ball' upward with dramatic music and green lights. Beautifully done <3

Lalala, intermission~! There was a really cute opening scene in the second act about Yuuta on the phone with Fuji. His teammates are like "is that a giiiiiiir~~l?" I was just happy because it was really easy for me to understand. Probably because I read so much shoujo, I know the language of love. XD;; Anyways, Inui got an homage paid to him by Akazawa, who gave Kaneda some of his special "Akazawa" juice. It was red, of course. XDDD;; Kaneda was like "hey, it's not so bad! ::collapses::" Too cute. XD He did a faceplant right onto the stage. I wonder if his nose hurts. XD;;

Then there's a scene with Taka and Akutsu in the cafe... but it's after it that the best part of the musical happens. The ichinensei come out wearing WAITRESS OUTFITS!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROFLOL. Hot pink apron-skirts and little white frilly hat-thingies! OMG! ::dies:: I died. The whole audience cracked up! They did a cute ichinensei-typical dance, taking off the accessories one by one, and Horio seemed to have a bit of trouble! XD I was laughing SO HARD! They're SHAMELESS!!! I LOVE THEM! HORIOOOO! The Ichinensei are so much love, you cannot deny it! Oh my god. They could only top this if Ryoma was the one dancing in a pink skirt. Doing a duet with Akutsu who was also wearing one. Pink skirt.. pink skirts!!!

~The Ryoma-Dan interaction after this is so cute!!! ADORABLE! I LOVE DAN! I LOVE RYOMA AND DAN TOGETHER!~ *ahem* Anyways, back to the crack..

Okay, and they don't lose the crack after the ichinensei. If you doubt that Tenipuri anything can make fun of itself, then this had better answer your question. The golden pair comes up to play Yamabuki's random pair, who get all of like... 2 lines in the series, if that. When they're announced, there is this weird gonging sound, and that side of the stage goes dark. Eiji's all like, "Ehh? I can't see!" That's because the next song has to be one of the most unexpected, most amusing songs (though nothing can beat PINK waitress outfits), in the myus! "Oretachi wa JIMI-SU!" A 'jimmy' is kind of like those side characters who are all interchangeable and never get any screentime. Well, they get a lot here, because they sing about it! XD;; And while they're singing with this very slutty lounge-style act (and doing very well I might add!), the other characters in the background keep stealing their attention and they have to steal it back! The most amusing ones were Momo and Ryoma imitating their latin step on the bleachers by stepping up and down, snapping their fingers and swaggering their hips. XD

The matches end with a nice violent little Akutsu x Ryoma match which had me rather happy. Ooooooh, drive A! Love. Echizen, I love you!

There was no encore, which makes me sad. T_T No amazing smashy song, though there were some cute bows! As usual, some of the cast fell to their knees and crouched down to wave to the last minute as the curtain was falling. Endo imitated tsubame gaeshi. XD Then when the curtain raised again, Endo(Ryoma) was wearing Shirota's(Tezuka) glasses and Shirota was wearing Endo's hat! (Endo had such hat hair! XD) It was hilarious! People started laughing, and they're like.. what's wrong? They switch, and Endo take charge, saying a few words before having everyone take their final bow~ <3 

Crack, it was pure crack, this musical, and I loved it. Unlike the last one, where everyone was bawling their eyes out at the end, at this one it was very lighthearted and celebratory at the end. It was a big rush as always, and oh-so-beautiful and cracky! The new cast is amazingly talented, and they even seem to act a bit like the old actorrs in the parts. They're all pretty good singers too. =^__^= And Endo is now their sempai. XD;;

We did try to go to demachi, but the entrance was hard to find, and it turned out that the cast exited from the other side of the building. ^^;; We were sad, but there is always tonight! =^_^= I really want to otsukaresama the new cast, because they really did to an amazing job! ~<3

PS- omg I bought so much merchandise. All of the photo sets from this one and the last one.. ::dies:: but... I got signed signature boards with the entire cast from this Myu. That in itself was love. Plus the special photos from the last one. Mmm, and naked Da-da-dan pictures. Can't go wrong there! Well, uh, if you forget how old he isn't, that is. o.o Okay, must sleep now~!
Current Mood: bouncy
Current Music: Des' Ree - Life
ange: dream makerangelamori on January 22nd, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
Like I've already whined:

I so need to see this Myu.

Beh work. Beh!

Maybe Hyotei!Myu. *crosses fingers*
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 22nd, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
yesh!! You must come with us!! <333
Jey: PoT//Momo Cosplaychynoi on January 22nd, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
Waaaaaai~ I wanna see the Yamabuki Myu~ ;_;

And I'm even more anxious to see the new Momo! >D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 22nd, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
I kept thinking of you when I saw him! ESPECIALLY during his solo! OMG, he was so hilarious! XDDDDDD And him and Kaidoh have a few nice pictures together in the program. =D
(no subject) - chynoi on January 22nd, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
美夢_miyuchan_ on January 22nd, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
From what you wrot it was a great experience^_^ well that's good, to be honest i still think no one will never replace my old cast (well, at least in my heart ) but it sounds good and the best part is that they don't go out of tone^_^
This is good *_* Anyway even if I could accept some of these actors..Eiji is >_< You didn't say anything about him..this new actor who plays Eiji...
And Fuji? Endo looked so sure also in the pv ..probably because now he's their senpai^O^
Good luck for today! have fun and say Kenn I love him^O^O^
Ganbatte for demachi....there's still that scary manager?
Anyway If they do some hyoutei musical this summer your reviews made me decide to watch it^_^
Ja naaaa
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 22nd, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
I loved Eiji too. =^__^= He was cute and bouncy, and seemed as if he would be very very flexible~~! <3 He didn't do any backflips on the stage, but give him time! He's sooooooooooo adorable! Apparently, Kira says that he was wearing black shorts underneath his white ones. I didn't notice. XDD Ohhhhhhh... I forgot to mention, Kaidoh wears briefs too.

Fuji... don't shoot me, but this Fuji was a lot more like.. Fuji, than Kime was. ^^;; I love Kime too, but this one was REALLY good. He LOOKED a lot like Fuji, and had the right voice, right manner. Oh yes, definitely it was like seeing Fuji come to life!

Yep, the scary manager actually talked to us when she came out to tell everyone that the actors were coming out. She came up to us because we were still milling and was like "do you understand japanese?" She told us the details, most of which I could follow thank god. My listening comprehension is definitely improving. <3

Hyoutei! I can't wait!! <33
(no subject) - _miyuchan_ on January 22nd, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
oyamadayoh on January 22nd, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)


Ha ha ha. I would have liked to see that for the Shinya and Taiichi parts alone. XD oh, man. They are two of my fave characters. rotflmao. Glad it was a blast.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 22nd, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oh maaan, I didn't say much about him, but Dan was sooooo cute!!!!! He seemed a tiny bit tall to me, for the role, but he was so adorable! Running around and taking notes all the time! Having his bandanna blind him (always of course when he conveniently tried to push it down without making it look obvious XD), and when he tripped over Ryoma. XD nomg, so cute! <3
Amyacidae on January 22nd, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
OMG. Both yours and dilettantka's reports are combining to actually make me want to watch this myu. <--- was one of the "I WILL NEVER WATCH A MYU AGAIN!" people o_o


But seriously... it really does sound like fun, and I think once I start seeing the SideBuki myu as something entirely different from the older ones, I really might enjoy it ^-^ Thank you for the report!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 22nd, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
Don't see it as something different... really, it's just part of a larger story, and the cast was so amazing.

I think this one had more energy than any of the other ones. It's like they were trying extra hard to entice people, and yeah... it definitely worked!!! <33
(no subject) - acidae on January 22nd, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Roll: choochooroll on January 22nd, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
Same with the others, I was a little sketchy about the new cast XD;;; But but but! From what you've described, it sounds like they're a blast ^___^ and that raises my hopes that the next musicals will be good =D

...I really want to see the Jimies dance XD

Oh, and, how was Sengoku and Muromachi? You didn't mention anything about them XD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 22nd, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
Sengoku was very cute. =D He ran around and spoke engrish for me, which made me happy. =D "Rakki Sengoku!" He didn't have too big of a part, though.. ^^

Muromachi, uhh.. I can't remember if he had any lines... not really many! XD He didn't really stick out in my head, though he really did look like the character. =D

OMG, the Jimies dance... amazing. Pure genius, it was sooooo funny!!
シェリー: Yanagi - fruity goodnessimouto on January 22nd, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
Eee, awesome! ^_^ Endo-senpai makes me giggle with happiness xD I'm glad the new cast is living up to the standards of the old one. ;D I haven't seen any pictures of them yet, but maybe I'll run across some eventually. Hmm x3; thank you for your report! This certainly makes me glad to hear none of the quiality was lost with the cast. ^_^ Although by the time I ever get to see one, they'll probably be in their 4th cast or so. xD;

Much love to you!^_^ <33
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 22nd, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
Hehee... the new cast is amazing. I sooooo want to pimp them out to people! The old cast gets to move on and continue their careers, while these new ones are brought in to get a jumpstart on theirs. ^_^ I think it's a good move. <3

..though I miss Yanagi. ^^ But Endo is awesome anyway. ^^
♪ 'Cuz I can't stop thinkin' 'bout U girl ♪minarri on January 22nd, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
Ee, now I really want to see this myu even more than before.

I swear, if the new cast is half as amusing as the reports seem to say, then I will luff them to death.

Thank you for the report...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 23rd, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
I think they're probably twice as amusing as our reports say. =DDDDD;; Words just aren't enough to describe. =D
(no subject) - minarri on January 23rd, 2005 05:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
A Fandom Butterfly: PoT - myu - new buchou squee!chinawolf on January 22nd, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
As ever, thank you SO much for the report! Having reports like these makes not being there almost bearable. <333!

I really, really love the old cast, and still can't imagine anyone else *ever* playing Inui, Kaidou, Momo and Oishi. But I will of course have a look at the new cast, anyway, and your report has just made that a lot easier. Again, thanks!
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on January 22nd, 2005 10:56 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - hinoai on January 23rd, 2005 12:08 am (UTC) (Expand)
Miia: Smile for me...luma_chan on January 22nd, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
I wanna see it too~~~ Really, I love the original cast so much I didn't have much expectations for the new guys but after reading these reports...☆ Thank you for writing this~♪ I'll be sure to cheer on the new boys as well!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 23rd, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
Definitely!! =^___^= Let's cheer them all on! <33
soratinosoratino on January 22nd, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
^^ Thanks for the report.

>i>Kaji as Momo. O.M.G. Kaji can dance.</i>
I like this. Reminds me of Morieiji. hahaha. ^^

But yeah, the new cast sounds pretty cool, and ...well, it'd be interesting to see how it goes, with a younger cast... =)
And like I said to dilettantka...whoa! crack! (though, not in these words)

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 23rd, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
XDDD I wouldn't mind seeing a bit of crack! I mean, the ass crack kind! O_O

キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on January 22nd, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
Your report is SO CUTE.
*snuggles you* <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

I know you aren't awake yet, lol. i'm gonna head to Hammamatsucho around noon, cuz i have to rp with Ko-bunny this a.m. I read on the site last night how to get the same-day tickets, we have to get there like an hour and a half ahead, they will distribute the cards for 30 minutes only so if we aren't there we won't get cards :o and I couldn't tell if it was a lottery or not, so I'll get there quite early for the 4 p.m. show just in case it's first-come first-served.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 23rd, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)
Noon it is! ^__^ I'll get myself up there too about the same time! =D

I thought the show was at 6, not 4? =D Ahhh, I haven't read the site though! XD
Kiara: Eiji - Kitty fandomkiarajinzan on January 22nd, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
Please tell me this is coming out as a DVD at some point <3 <3 <3
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 23rd, 2005 12:49 am (UTC)
Of course it will! XD;;
yun: Yanagi coolness~!gumii on January 23rd, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
i wanna go....but i need to learn japanese first >< becuz it wouldn't be much fun if i went and didn't know wut everyone was saying.

haha..i loove Endo..he sounds SO adorable in this musical. i'm so happy that he's more confident in himself. ^__^ yay~!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 23rd, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC)
Endo is luv. Oh my god, so much love. Wow. More on that in my next post..

I actually don't know a lot of japanese. I'm learning here, of course, but there is still a lot left for me to learn. But even I can follow the Tenimyus. They're fairly simple, and a lot of the jokes aren't based on the words, but rather on actions. XD Or on simple words.
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 23rd, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
::huggles:: If you'd told me before, I could have gotten you things! But it was the last day today!! ^^;;;;;;;;;