( I talk about the ending of Scout in very general terms, but I'm putting this under a spoiler cut just in case )
I've decided that I'm torn on Masatsuka-sensei's shows in general. On one hand, he's written a lot of really good, smart shows (Magician no Yuutsu, Scout, Bourbon Street Blues, Practical Joke, Futari Dake ga Waru, etc).
However, as someone whose Japanese is passable at best, his shows tend to be VERY dialogue heavy (I prefer shows that have more songs). And depending on the show, the vocabulary can be difficult to understand. For example, I don't think I ever would have been able to follow Futari Dake if it weren't for ekusudei 's translation. I'm a bit worried about Bara ni Furu Ame in this regard, *especially* since it's supposed to have a lot to do with business.
But even if there are business terms that I wouldn't even understand in English flying everywhere, I suppose chances are that it will at least be intelligent, and I'm always a fan of that. Besides, I won't be seeing this one in the theaters, so even if it is extremely dialogue heavy it's not like I'm going to have to sit through it 5+ times.
I can't believe Zorro has already finished its Daigekijou run, Bara ni Furu Ame is about to start, and Touko and Asuka are about to retire. I don't think I'm used to this new one-month schedule yet!
Last night as I was browsing for information about Asuka's photo book, I actually couldn't remember if I had read a particular bit of information in regards to this book or if it had just dreamed it.
This certain piece of information was that Asuka and Tonami were going to have a collaborative sayonara photo book, and it was going to kind of be like a second part of Mon Bijoux, except for Mihoko couldn't be in it because she already retired.
As it turns out, I dreamed this and Asuka's sayonara photo book will only be about Asuka. But I was very confused for a moment!
Even without the dreamed-up Tonami content, I want to buy this book. Except for I also want to buy Touko's sayonara book too. >.> Obviously I need to sell a kidney.
(And er, obviously the above is a joke. I think -_-;)
I'm hoping that Tonami and Ume-chan also get sayonara photo books <3
Looks like they've decided to stay away from blond!Touko. Hmm, it's a little strange for Percy not to be a blond, but Touko looks quite lovely as it is so I'm not complaining.
I do hope they remember that the show is a comedy, though -_-;
Warning: Spoilers contained within!
- I'm trying to adjust to the sight of Blond Hair!Touko, but I think it'll definitely grow on me. (Besides, it would be a little strange if Percy didn't have blond hair, now that I think about it). *scratches head* Except she wasn't blond on the first publicity picture that went up on the site earlier...oh well, I guess that wasn't a final design anyway.
- According to the article, Touko sang 「ひとかけらの勇気」 (I think this is "Into the Fire") and Touko, Chie, and Asuka sang 「謎解きのゲーム」 (The Riddle). I am praying that this is on the news tomorrow, or at the very least that it shows up on the website soon.
- The casting of Chie as Chauvelin doesn't surprise me, and I think she'll be wonderful. The only thing is I always got the impression from the books and the Broadway musical that Chauvelin wasn't supposed to be younger than Percy... Oh well ^^;; I'm really curious about where Tatsuki You and Suzumi Shio will be cast. I'm guessing they'll end up as either Armand (Marguerite's younger brother), Andrew (Percy's best friend), or Tussaud (a guy who Percy ends up saving).
- For those of you who aren't familiar with Pimpernel, there's an absolutely wonderful number in the middle in which Percy teaches the other members of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel how to be fops. They wear some pretty outrageous costumes in the process. I always wondered how Takarazuka would deal with this, given that even "normal" costumes in Takarazuka tend to be pretty outrageous. My idea way back when was that originally everyone would be costumed very starkly, so then when Percy begins to dress like a fop there would be a contrast. Judging from the pictures on ENAK this may be the route they're taking (because really, Broadway!Percy would never wear black ;) ). Have I mentioned how happy I am that Koike "I Made Luna, Bara no Fuuin, and Many Other Beautiful Pieces of Crack" Shuuichiro will be directing?
On a random hoshigumi related note, I have a hunch that a star-track otokoyaku is going to be transferred into tsukigumi within the next year. If this is the case, I wonder if one of these could be Tatsuki You or Suzumi Shio, given that they weren’t promoted after Wataru left? Or are those two off the top star track at this point?