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16 February 2009 @ 01:28 am
Snappy subject title announcing Julie's return  
I'm home.

So many reports to make.

I'm STILL not finished with Berubara, but at least I got through six more scenes in the last... two hours. >.>;;;

Ebira-san and Kuni-san stand in front of the curtain to move the story along some more. Daddy Jarjayes is tired of his daughter not listening to what he says, so he's going to make her get married! To Gerodelle-sama!! Kuni-san is thrilled. "I'll have to make a wedding dress! And send out invitations!" She starts dancing around and humming a little song. Tani appears and wants to know what she's so happy about. Twice Kuni-san comes close to telling her, and twice she just reverts back to her silly little song. It's pretty funny but you kind of have to be there. But eventually she tells Tani that Oscar is getting married, and Tani's all broken up about it. Each time I saw the show Tani got progressively less melodramatic. Her acting has calmed down a little; I'm not sure if it's just because she's tired or if her acting is actually improving at this late hour. :P

Anyway, once Tani's done pouting, it's time for POSSIBLY MY FAVORITE NUMBER. THE EIHEITAI SONG. Oh, eiheitai ♥ How I love you ♥ The rough and rowdy soldiers and their mullets X3 I counted six in total, only I'm not sure if Ten-chan's counts because she's only got a little bit of extra hair and not really a proper mullet. :P But about half the of them do, and I can't dislike it because the mullets just give me one more thing to giggle at. :3 Only I'm sad that Tomoe dyed her hair, even if it's a normal brown and not some hideous shade of blonde. Dark hair suits you, Tomoe, don't you know that? You should always keep your hair black and sexy.

The only thing that weirds me out about the eiheitai song is the number of voices you can hear. There are 10 otokoyaku onstage, and sometimes they're singing and sometimes they're not -- but evidently the younger babies are backstage doing a shadow chorus because even when the people onstage aren't moving their mouths you can hear singing from the speakers loud and clear. I guess it's something that won't really translate to the DVD. Anyway, the ones onstage kind of sing whenever they want, and they break into groups to do little dances, and the song is interspersed with short lines from various soldiers about how they're young and tough and get a lot of "sleep" (thank you, Chii-chan ;).

Eiheitai without Mullets: Risa-chan, BonBon, Akkii, Juma-chu, Ai-ai.

Eiheitai with Mullets: Tomoe, Chii-chan, Kanachin, Kai-chan, Ten-chan...

And Micchan, whose entrance effectively ends the song. Micchan and co. stand around talking for a while about how awesome Oscar-taichou is, even though she's a woman. Micchan is very manly, and the others make cute faces in the background. ♥ Eventually a trumpet sounds, and Itsuki-san and Tamatama come out to remind the soldiers to get moving. They all sneer and pretend to be afraid of General Bouillet. BonBon and Ai-ai hug each other in mock fear. "But the one we're really afraid of is Oscar-taichou, right, boys? Let's go before taichou gets mad at us," says Micchan. They leave, and Itsuki-san and Tamatama leave too, and I wonder if there's a point to Tamatama's character besides Another Guy in a Poofy Hat (it is an impressively poofy hat X3).

Tani trudges up morosely, and Micchan comes back looking for any stragglers. "Your Madonna is waiting for you," she teases. Tani and Micchan banter with words, vying to out-otoko the other. Micchan makes fun of Tani for liking a woman who dresses as a man, and Tani calls her a brat resorting to schoolyard tactics of teasing the girl she likes. The banter turns to fisticuffs. When Tani loses sight of Micchan five feet behind her, it becomes obvious that she has vision problems. Micchan is horrified, but Tani swears her to secrecy. They do the whole "stare out at the audience dramatically while the curtain closes" thing. Something they do way too much in Berubara, at least this one. >.>;;;

Kacha and Masako stand in front of the curtain (since I saw Chigi!Oscar only twice and Kacha!Oscar four times, Kacha has now become my default Oscar). Masako talks about Kacha transferring to become captain of the eiheitai and how she's worried about her, and why don't you just quit the army and marry me, etc. Kacha explains that this is where she wants to be and "I can't marry you because there's a certain man who loves me so much he might die if I promised myself to another man." I'm not sure if I've ever heard this conversation in a Berubara before. Then again, I'm no expert on the work. Masako asks if Kacha loves Andre, and Kacha she says she doesn't know, only that they've been together ever since they were children and they're closer than siblings and blah blah blah.

My love for Kacha's acting has reached new heights. Her level of skill just blows me away. I'm generally not good at identifying "wow, that person's an amazing dancer" or "she's so great at acting". I think I just take it for granted in the people I really like. But little by little I'm starting to recognize who's really Good At this or that.

Kacha ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Unfortunately, this scene is the last we see of Oscar. :( It seems apparent to me that they downplayed the role in order to be fair to Ume-chan. Which I can't really fault them for.

In the middle of the night, Tani is practicing counting the stairs in the palace so that she can get around without actually being able to see. She's wearing one of those outfits that really shows off her slender thighs form. And... maybe I shouldn't admit to this, but since four out of six times I saw the show from the second floor I often played the game Let's Try to See How Far We Can Look Down Tani's Shirt. (I played this game in the bit before the Black Knight attack too.) I COULDN'T HELP IT, OKAY. One time her undershirt kind of needed to be adjusted, because it was showing in plain white beneath her blue collar. IT WAS DISTRACTING.

Yeah, shouldn't be admitting to that; back to the story. >.>;;;

Kuni-san comes in and catches Tani and realizes that she's losing her vision. She's very distressed and begs Tani to go to a doctor and cries on the floor with her arms around Tani's waist. This is Tani's second big screaming moment. "OBAAAACHAAAANNNN~~~!!!" She makes a really ridiculous crying face as the curtain closes. (I should mention, though, as I was saying about her acting calming down -- she didn't scream nearly as much about her eye the last time I saw the show.)

Micchan Angsty Solo Moment(TM)! It's a short number about the coming of revolution and "in battle is where a man becomes a man" and such. It's in competition with the eiheitai song as the best number (for me :).

So all the soldiers are getting ready for battle, and Micchan pulls a sword on Tani out of nowhere and makes it known that she's been lying about being able to see.

It's the funniest scene in the show.

I KNOW, IT SHOULDN'T BE. But it is. Because all of these roustabout soldiers, these men among men, are crying because Tani was hiding such an important thing from them. HOW COULD U LIE TO US, AREN'T WE FRENDZ?!?! Possibly the funniest part is when Ten-chan says, "Andre... GO TO HELL!!!!" and then flings her arm over her eyes and cries against a tree.

The other funniest part is when Tani goes to hit Micchan for breaking her "promise"... and smacks her shoulder over and over with an open hand.

...Let me repeat that. WITH AN OPEN HAND. COULD YOU GET ANY MORE WEAK AND GAY-LOOKING THAN THAT. Because then Micchan turns around and gives her a proper punch in the face for being an idiot. Wtf was the director thinking, I'd like to know. >____<;;;

At first all the soldiers cry and whine and try to convince Tani not to go to battle. But Tani prostrates herself on the ground and begs them not to make her look any weaker than she already is. They look to Micchan for the deciding word, and she relents, and they agree that Tani will listen to their instructions on the battlefield: "Left... Right... Forward... Back." (Good for practicing simple Japanese! X3)

"So you have to listen to us, you got it? You've got it, right?!" Micchan admonishes Tani. Tani, on the ground, throws her arms around Micchan's waist and cries in a very embarrassing manner. Micchan looks like she's crying too. This is the last screaming moment, and the last Angsty Faces as the Curtain Closes moment.

Everyone applauds after this scene, and I use the opportunity to let out some of my laughter. ^^;;;

~

I should be able to finish this tomorrow morning; then there will be many tales of revue antics and iri/de happenings.
 
 
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lliri_blanclliri_blanc on February 15th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Julie, I am getting the distinct feeling that reading your report is about twice as funny as actually having to sit through this.
So thank you for the morning hilarity. :D
utena1409: sexy Taniutena1409 on February 15th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
And... maybe I shouldn't admit to this, but since four out of six times I saw the show from the second floor I often played the game Let's Try to See How Far We Can Look Down Tani's Shirt. (I played this game in the bit before the Black Knight attack too.) I COULDN'T HELP IT, OKAY. One time her undershirt kind of needed to be adjusted, because it was showing in plain white beneath her blue collar. IT WAS DISTRACTING.

It never occured to me to play this game but THANK YOU, should I ever get a second floor seat for Bara ni furu ame I know what I will be doing. ;) (If there is any opportunity for it, that is).

Possibly the funniest part is when Ten-chan says, "Andre... GO TO HELL!!!!" and then flings her arm over her eyes and cries against a tree.

Sounds very...dramatic...ROFL!! XDD

I should be able to finish this tomorrow morning; then there will be many tales of revue antics and iri/de happenings.

*bounces with excitement* :D
(I wish the people from Tani's club would report about the Valentine's Day event they held! ;____; )

Jess (Ducky): Osa Asa - LOL!just_keep_on on February 15th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
LMAO~ I will never be able to consider BeruBara as anything other than a comedy from this day onward XDD

Tani and Micchan banter with words, vying to out-otoko the other.
It's lines like this that make me agree wholeheartedly with Manda for an MST of BeruBara XDD

They do the whole "stare out at the audience dramatically while the curtain closes" thing.
Now I want to make a video that catalogues all those types of scenes. It would be epic (and probably have lots of BeruBara XD)

I often played the game Let's Try to See How Far We Can Look Down Tani's Shirt
GREAT GAME.

It's the funniest scene in the show.
XDDD
quinquinquinquin on February 15th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
"Left... Right... Forward... Back." (Good for practicing simple Japanese! X3) Clearly a reason for me to get this show :-)
ohtori_tsuki: Asukaohtori_tsuki on February 15th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
This is hilarious. And I'm glad that someone else admitted to looking down otokoyaku's shirts! Sometimes they really make it hard not to...
Maybe someone already said so, but I think that Oscar/Gerodelle scene makes an appearance in '06 Oscar-version?
Juliewao_wao on February 16th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Ah, okay. I was just surprised by Oscar admitting knowledge that Andre loves her, before reconciling her own feelings and such.

I think it was the otokoyaku showing off cleavage that got me looking down people's shirts in this show. >.>;;;
Becca: Micchan blamemuffin_song on February 15th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Micchan is very manly

I knew this show had to have a redeeming quality somewhere ;)

Kacha ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Amanda says her high range is surprisingly good and you're saying that she can act. I think I'm looking forward to seeing what she can do as Elisabeth.

...Let me repeat that. WITH AN OPEN HAND. COULD YOU GET ANY MORE WEAK AND GAY-LOOKING THAN THAT. Because then Micchan turns around and gives her a proper punch in the face for being an idiot. Wtf was the director thinking, I'd like to know. >____<;;;

I'm glad that at least my girl knows how to properly punch *loves*

I'm...not sure what to think of this whole scene, because apparently it's Micchan's biggest scene, and now you're going to make me laugh at it, silly Julie :P But it seems like most of the overdramatic stuff is Tani and not Micchan?

Anyway, thank you as always for the report <3
Juliewao_wao on February 16th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
Any sane person would laugh. And I mean, I have a pretty high threshold for sentimentality. I'm the kind of sap who cried almost every single time she watched ParaPuri. But Berubara is just too much.

And I hate to dash your hopes, but Micchan wipes a little fake tear away and is being just as overdramatic as Tani at the end of that scene.

But hey, crying soldier or bullied bar wench -- not many people got off well in this show. As opposed to the revue, where both of our girls got to shine a lot. :D