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14 November 2008 @ 02:11 pm
OG Legs and Shoulders and Cleavage, Oh My!  
Today is not turning out to be a good day for me.

But instead of wallowing and moping on my journal, I'm choosing to not talk about it and instead share clips. Enough voice posts have been transcribed to appease the Julie-pyon, so you all finally get teh sexy OG vampires. ;)

The musical Dracula that I saw back in June... I've decided that it's basically like Phantom if Christine chose the Phantom in the end. :P It's the story of a man who made a deal with a demon to revive his dead wife -- he became a vampire, and the demon promised that someday the woman he loved would be reincarnated. Almost four and a half centuries later, after having shut himself up in Transylvania for ages, Count Dracula decides to actively search for his reincarnated wife by moving to London. Conveniently for him, the man he buys a mansion from just happens to be engaged to a girl who bears a striking resemblance...

Which brings us to the first clip. Dracula expressly told his guest to *lock his door* before going to bed, but apparently he's too busy dancing around with a picture of his fiancee. I like to call this "Mina, aka Jonathan's Really Gay Song". ;P But anyway. You've already seen the preview: What Happens If You Don't Lock Your Door...

(As a side note, that same actor played Fred Casely, along with being the assistant choreographer in Chicago. He certainly has gotten his fill of scantily-clad women this year. X3 Oh, and sorry the sound is a tiny bit off in all of these.)

Clip #2 is just for laughs. If you know nothing about Japanese pop culture and/or haven't heard of Matsudaira Ken, I'll refer you to videos of the "MatsuKen Samba" which are easily found on YouTube, etc. Anyway, MatsuKen played Dracula -- and apparently you can't have a MatsuKen!Dracula without including at least one scene with him in shiny fabric swinging around on a wire. XD XD I didn't feel bad giggling softly at this in the theater because the two ladies next to me were doing the same thing. X3 Bonus: Hacchan being bloodthirsty. She's a bit... overzealous. ;P (Okay, and she also wants to get Mina out of the way so she can have her darling count-sama to herself.)

Last one, the one you're all probably most interested in. :P Rika plays Mina's adoptive older sister, Lucy. While Mina is the polite and soft-spoken one, Lucy is the bubbly, gregarious one who collects men's hearts so she can turn around and dance on them later. X3 But after seeing how happy Mina is being engaged to Jonathan (although actually in this scene Mina is elated after her first meeting with a handsome and mysterious count), Lucy thinks she might take the plunge too. She sings a song promising to say "yes" to her darling Arthur tomorrow morning... and, well, you'll see what happens.

...That was fun. Anyone fancy a six-month-late review / demachi report? :)
Current Mood: blankmeh
Ms. Brittladybretagne on November 14th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
Hacchan... legs... Gaichi... more legs... *flails*

And Rika is SO adorable! In ways my brain is totally not used to processing!!!
ruderal_speciesruderal_species on November 14th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
*downloads clips happily*

*watches Matusken Samba meanwhile*

The poor man. Due to a chromosomal tragedy, he missed his true calling as an otokoyaku...
ruderal_speciesruderal_species on November 17th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
*Finally* watched these. It's immensely cheesy, isn't it? *g*

- Hate guy who's Jonathon. He sings in *exactly* the rang that I can't stand in male singers/musical leads. That first note of the song is like fingernails on a chalkboard. Ugh!

- Dracula seems like he's trying to grit his teeth and sing at the same time while he's up on that wire. ;)

- What, is Rika in there somewhere under all the fluff? I can barely see her. ;) (But her voice - wow, what a change!)
Julie: alice posewao_wao on November 17th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Anything starring MatsuKen is bound to be cheesy. Your first comment made me laugh, because I think you're right -- he seems like he would thrive in the Takarazuka lifestyle. X3 On the other hand, who *wouldn't* grit their teeth a bit when swinging on a wire?

I'm also amused by your strongly adverse reaction to Jonathan / high tenors. ^^;;

And you didn't see Rika's *other* dress. It's less poofy but significantly more frilly, to the point where I chose this clip over her first song partly because I really dislike the other dress. >.>;;;

Edited at 2008-11-17 02:04 pm (UTC)
可愛い女隊長さん: sdfksdkKOMUmidoriseppen on November 14th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Wow... just wow. I have no other words for those clips XD
Baracilla: It's Bliss!baracilla on November 14th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
RIKA in that DRESS. It's a dream come truuuuuuue~! ♫

*prances around her room like a fool*
utena1409: Wao/Mariutena1409 on November 14th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
Oh Gaichi, how much I missed you!!!! ;_____; She is phenomenal!
As are Hacchan and Rika!
I am absolutely in LOVE with the vampire girls!
And I just love japanese musical actors in all their gayness! XD (I'm pretty sure I know the Johnathan Guy from something else, have to look that up).

...Gah, I really really love this. How much was the DVD and can it still be bought and where? ^^;
Julie: hacchan dandelionwao_wao on November 14th, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
Gaichi <3 Rika <3 <3 Hacchan <3 <3 <3

Johnathan is Oosumi Kenya (大澄賢也). Japanese Wikipedia lists at least some of the stuff he's done. :)

The DVD was 6000 yen. I bought it off Rakuten, but be aware that it's Region 2. :\
Amandasumire_no_hana on November 14th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
Download faster,dammit!!!!! *grumbles*
quinquinquinquin on November 14th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! So far I only had time to download the clips before I ran off to work, but based on your preview screen shots I have high expectations.

And since it is available on yesasia under the obvious(!?) title dorakyuradensetsumatsudairaken if I like the clips as much as I suspect I will it might be worth getting.

bluerevue: smoochbluerevue on November 14th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Rika's adorable as always. <3

And yeah, DEEPLY gay Jonathan. XD
Baracilla: Amaryllisbaracilla on December 17th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Hey, Julie, do you mind if post some icons that I've made of Rika in the poofy dress? (Thank you again for the clip, it was one of the great highlights of my year! X3)
Julie: wao veilwao_wao on December 17th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
Nope, I don't mind! I'd love to see what you came up with! ^^