I finally successfully saw a musical for the first time... since Tenimyu in February I think? Other than Utaawase on one of the first days of the year I hadn't seen anything else yet this year, despite having won or bought tickets for quite a few things T_T I still need to get my refunds for Bakumatsu Tenroden and the first Soga performance that got cancelled, but maybe they'll start taking care of that after all shows of this run have finished...
Thankfully the typhoon veered off towards the south, so I didn't have any trouble getting to Chiba, although it's still nice being at a hotel within walking distance of the venue, so nothing can go wrong getting there. Because everything close to Disneyland is ridiculously expensive, the only affordable business hotel is about 20 minutes away, but that's still pretty good!
(yes, I was planning on walking 20 minutes through the typhoon if it had been bad enough to cancel the trains but not the show...)
Check-in was pretty early, at 14:00, and I still managed to arrive too early for that, so I ended up doing karaoke for about an hour in a tiny cheap karaoke box inside of Shin Urayasu station (Yes, they have karaoke inside the station building =O )
At 5PM I made my way over to the venue~
I was here once before for the Natsume Yuujinchou sound theater, good memories :3 The place was pretty huge, but because they were only using less than half of the seats, it wasn't crowded at all =O I'm not sure how effective the coronavirus measures they were taking really are, but they did make a pretty big deal out of them, like "Look, we're takign countermeasures!!!" You had to walk over some sort of disinfecting mat at the entrance, disinfect your hands, take your temperature, and you had to tear off your own ticket stub and deposit it in the box, rather than the staff doing that. They also weren't handing out any flyers - the only thing you got handed was a big unwieldy plastic "face shield".
It didn't come with instructions of how to put it on though ^^;;; It didn't have any straps, so it was really hard to figure out. But apparently you had to thread the loops of your mask through holes in the plastic and then balance it on your nose somehow. I'd already heard that they make your glasses fog up, so I'd worn contacts instead, but having just come out of the rain and being slightly hot and sweaty from walking 20 minutes, and my mask being damp from the rain and humidity, the face shield itself fogged up so bad I couldn't even see where I was walking >___> I almost fell down the stairs in the theater trying to find my seat (and reading the row/seat numbers was entirely impossible, so in the end I had to take it off again for a bit to find my seat ^^;;;) With the amount of fiddling (and touching your mask...) you had to do to put the thing on, and adjusting it whenever it fogged up, I'm really not sure if it was good for anything... The lamps inside the theater also reflected onto the plastic, so at first I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to see anything... But once they turned the lights off, it wasn't all that bad (minus the smears from where I'd tried to wipe the plastic shield...)
As for seating, there was one empty seat between each person in my area, but closer to the stage there seemed to be 2 empty seats between everyone..
. That made the 5th row ticket I had for the first show all the more rare TT_TT
The show itself had some adjustments too, but they were made so seamlessly that you wouldn't be able to tell unless you'd seen (and clearly remembered) the previous run. The most notable ones were that the mom and dad didn't put their hands on the brothers' shoulders during the family song and stood a bit further away, and during the finale the brothers didn't die in each other's arms but were lying on the ground reaching out for each other (which made it even more sad... ^^;;;;;; ) And in the beginning and ending where the stage hands move the brothers' actors as if they were puppets, they acted like they were puppets on strings instead of touching them directly. It actually looked really cool =O Everyone was also wearing some sort of plastic mouth shields but I could barely see them from the 18th row, except when the light reflected on them at a specific angle. And I think the villain guy wore some kind of red scarf over his mouth (like a bandit) during the close-quarter battle scenes that looked like it was part of his costume, and his lackeys wore face coverings matching their costumes as well (I guess they're ninjas now?) That's really smart! =O "
The Soga Monogatari part was pretty much the same in terms of songs and lines - the only song that was different was the one when the two young brothers are playing, it had some different lyrics for some reason? ( I guess the part about holding hands is taboo now? =P ) And the part where the younger brother is training at the temple had some fun improvisation. The singing and acting and dancing was so good though! I didn't think it was possible for them to get even better, but they did <3 <3 <3
The live concert part had some different songs though! Both Hizamaru and Higekiri did a solo song, though they weren't specifically songs written for them. The first two songs or so were ones they also had in the old show, so I wasn't expecting it to be that different, but then I almost lost it when Hizamaru started bursting out "Amore Amore~!" (Kashuu Kiyomitsu's song, Jounetsu no Symphonia) while dressed like a Spanish matador. Well, kinda? A matador with black leather pants which looked fantastic on him! (At least he wasn't wearing a frilly dress...) And he totally nailed the song... >w< Higekiri got a ballad, "Endless Night", which was also a stunning performance *-* They also did "EOEOA" and I'm still not sure what that's supposed to mean, but it was cute :3 And I think there were also one or two entirely new songs!? I'm not sure, but I hadn't heard them anywhere before, at least. I wonder if there'll be a CD! I hope so!
"Kemono" was just as high-energy as before, although their outfits seemed a bit 'incomplete' because they were still wearing what they wore for their solo songs, just with the kimono-style tops over it (which was a bit of a mismatch with Higekiri's leather pants, but sure... ) But they were still in various states of undress by the end of it! *nosebleeds* (and by that I mean one bare shoulder, but y'know...) It was over way too soon!
In hindsight I probably didn't need to have panic-bought an extra ticket for Saturday as 'insurance' in case the Sunday show got cancelled by the typhoon (because it didn't) but now I'm kinda glad I have another ticket so I can go and see it again today =D And it's Senshuuraku too! I'm sure it's gonna be great!
For now I'm just relaxing at the hotel, maybe I'll go for a walk and find somewhere to spend my 1000-yen "go to travel" coupon...( Collapse )