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02 January 2009 @ 07:10 pm
I suppose I should post about this now before I write about anything else.  
Taiou Shijinki.

It's SPECTACULAR.

The costumes, the sets, the effects... Everyone's singing... Gorgeous. Amazing.

The story is SO MUCH JAM-PACKED into two-and-a-half hours, it's ridiculous. I kept waiting and waiting for the act break just because I couldn't believe they'd already covered so much and it wasn't even half over.

The first act filled my eyes with sparkles, and so did the second act, for a time, but then it came close to the ending and suddenly everything was even more rushed and I didn't understand HOW the final resolution even made sense.

And at times it was a tad silly. Some of the effects just looked silly on a stage. ^__^;;

But then the end revue was FANTASTIC and K-poppy and rock-ish and I loved it for the modern, upbeat sound/look which was crazily juxtaposed with the traditional, mythological feel of the play.

Coming down off the high of such a sensory overload, though, I realized that there was so much that Taiou Shijinki *didn't* do right. Once again they streamlined the female characters. For all she first appears to be, Kiha (Ayane) was so much like any other musumeyaku role. With Sujini (Miwacchi), they barely tried to *pretend* she was anything more than a girl in boy's clothing.

With so much story and so many characters, you knew a lot was going to be sacrificed. Obviously someone who has actually seen the K-drama can go into more detail, but personally I just got that general sense of "too much plot for less than three hours" and "not enough characterization".

The costume and prop mishaps I can obviously forgive, since it was only the second day of the show.

Anyway. Having said all that.

I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN ;_____________;
 
 
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Amandasumire_no_hana on January 2nd, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
Anyway. Having said all that.

I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN ;_____________;

Me toooooooooo

As much as I'll admit it's not a perfect show and there's some things I would have done differently, I still enjoyed it a lot!
Becca: Yuuhi muffin_song on January 2nd, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Hmm...this is reminding me a little of the very initial "El Halcon" reviews, in that people complained that the story went very fast and was hard to follow.

The fact that both you and Amanda enjoyed it so much even with the confusion is promising.

Please tell me that there's at least something redeeming about Ayane-chan's role?

And how was Yuuhi?
sumirepanther: tani&umesumirepanther on January 2nd, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the report!

Some of the effects just looked silly on a stage
Even sillier than "ペガ子" =the Berubara Pegasus (of Yukigumi 2006) ? XD

The entire show sounds like a lot of fun.
It's a pity that Ayane-chan's much anticipated Kiha doesn't seem to be getting an interesting characterization, though.

Anyway. Having said all that.

I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN ;_____________;


I'd assume this comment summarizes your thought :D
Amandasumire_no_hana on January 2nd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
(sorry Julie, I just had to comment to this!!!!)
Even sillier than "ペガ子" =the Berubara Pegasus (of Yukigumi 2006) ? XD
Imagine them using the pegasus hydraulic aparatus, but without the pegasus - just a platform and some ridiculous looking wings dripping in rhinestones. Now stick Yuu-san and Ayane on it and extend it over the orchestra pit.

There's your final scene ^^;;;
sumirepanther: tani&umesumirepanther on January 3rd, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
So it's reemerged ペガ子 w/o its head & body w/ its wings deadly redecorated! LMAO!! XD XD XD XD

Can't wait to see that!!
Amandasumire_no_hana on January 3rd, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Well, the wings aren'tthe pegasus wings.More like normal fairy wings (well,in this case phoenix wings) stuck to the back of the platform behind where Yuu and Ayane stand ^^;;;;;
mooglechanmooglechan on January 2nd, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm so excited! Thanks for the review!!
Do you think the story might be a little too confusing and difficult for someone with extremely limited Japanese to follow? I'm wondering if I should attempt to watch the K-drama before we leave for Japan or if that would make me expect too much from the show?