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08 September 2015 @ 09:21 pm
Colourful~ Aoi Shushi...  
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As I sat and watched a stage filled with talented people who not only can sing to spell you into their groove, but who can also act so well that it made me wonder "why aren't they on tv instead of the many 'no talents' I normally see?" - and then, I smiled, having it really dawn on me, that Kame was the lead amongst all these talented seeds. I think that says alot.

Aoi Shushi wa Taiyō no Naka ni Aru - Orix Theatre: Sept. 05, 2015 @6:30pm

Per usual, perhaps I'll sound incoherent and will offer more of a flail than an actual report of the stage play... it's all still a blur XD

Ok. Let's start!

So, I arrived in Osaka so early that you would think I had the key to open the door... well that's what should have happened! But of course, yours truly (me), went to her favourite restaurant and then her favourite coffeeshop and la la la, because I've got all time in the world. I'd forgotten that whenever I travel, that I always do so with a trail of misfortunes - From taking the wrong train, that was not only wrong, but was also a limited express with limited stops, so I ended missing my stop by almost 30mins... to taking another wrong train going in the same wrong direction I was running away from... to have finally gotten back on track, but only to show up at a building with the name 'Orix' but without the Theatre...

At this point, the butai was scheduled to start in 20mins... so imagine my panic.

Quickly I stopped the first person I saw and asked for direction thinking that OK... I can't be that far away, only maybe one block away and I'll be fine... only to hear... "oh, you won't make it on time. It's a 25 mins walk from here".

My heart was slowly falling from my chest.

But the lady was nice, she actually flagged down a taxi for me, and gave the driver the address and thankfully, it only took me 10mins to get to the theatre.

SAFE!!!! I was happy again XD

Then I got even happier when I got inside and realised that my seat was actually a good one - 1st Floor, 14th row, aisle - and the theatre isn't really big so I was close enough. I just sat down and started grinning to myself *still grinning*.

At 6:30 the butai started and I had another panic thinking they had let me into the wrong butai BECAUSE... it was so strange. The costumes were strange like aliens cracking out of eggs and a wizard or witch popping out of a pumpkin (maybe), a fish wearing an armour and not to mention the cast - all sorts of people, travelling scribe (perhaps), some gispsy!prostitute women, sumo wrestlers, body builders, the tramp who got rich by marrying a rich old man but who's still not satisfied and is lonely since her friends only enjoy 'her riches' and then go home, old people, peddlers, prostitutes, a transvestide, two dwarves, more weirdness and then they began to sing - and wow, the music, the music, the music, really got me into the mood.

Yeah the music.

When I had asked a friend who went to the first show in Tokyo how was the butai, she answered, "I liked the music". At the time, I found it strange but interesting because it's a stage play... yes a musical, but maybe normally, music isn't the first thing you would remember. But yeah, now I totally get her. The music they used has that sort of folklore rhythm at points, and then at other times, perhaps a bit jazzy/blues feel, well at least, it felt like that to me - you may get a feel from this month's SCP Works. I am not exaggerating when I say, the cast (at least the main ones), are some very very good singers. Strong passionate voices that immediately pulls you in and makes you want to get up, sway and sing along. And I didn't even realised the music was live until they introduced the musicians at the end ><

The theatrics was colourful too. Very lewd at times... looking at the sumo wrestlers, at first I thought they were wearing costumes to cover their real bodies but nooooo, one actually had breasts showing... I mean it might have been a man but it looked like a woman's breast to me... but not just that, the beggar man had his butt cheeks showing through his ripped/badly torn pants, the 'whores' were very feisty flipping skirts, turning their butts to the crowd and showing their panties. Even the idea of having sex was erotic and I wondered just how well the crowd was reacting to this ranchy business... Just so you know, I enjoyed it fully!!!! Even Kenji (Kame) had his crotch groped and he groped back Mary's breast and was getting his groove on after being caught up in the antics of these queer neighbourhood folks.

I know I'm probably not making any sense at this point but... I could be totally wrong, but let me attempt to write how I interpretted the play.

Basically, here we have people who are obviously the 'lowest' or the outcasts of society. But based on all the characters I described above, I think it's basically representative of the many different people in a community, in a town, a city... the world... basically diversity.... In the play, it was a slum. And in this slum, the city hall made plans to construct a new apartment. At first, these people objected because the place they've become so familiar with, will soon be taken away. But, they were soon bought over after hearing that the apartment is being built for them. Being the lower rejects of society, everyone wanted to live in the apartment... but there was one condition... only couples would be accepted. Knowing this, people started to look for a partner... the relationship with whoever was irrelevant.... Kenji and his love interest (oh my god, I can't remember her name - anyway, the female lead), also had hopes and dreams of getting into the new apartment complex. But then something happened. Kenji!Kame 'witnessed' a man being buried under the concrete of the new complex. Creastfallen, he tries to tell the others but no one believed him. When he finally went to the man incharge, still no one paid heed to him. He was basically going out of his mind, knowing what he knew and no one but 'his girl' believed in him (even though at first, she couldn't understand why he couldn't let the matter go - and she became worried that the relationship she and Kenji had built up was all going down the drain)... not even his dad tried to help... instead, the drunkard father was encouraging him to drink because, 'if you drink, then you'll forget'. Such a worthless man, but His acting was really good and funny, when needed to be.

In the end, basically, as it is in real life, people may have an idea about the injustices that happen around them, but because they're looking out for themselves, they'll turn a blind eye to it all, until something happens... like someone gets killed. In the end, it's only after a sacrifice/or a bad outcome, that some people will see the truth and accept it for what it is, instead of thinking about themselves. The story didn't have a happy ending.

Oh, here's an interesting video giving tidbits of the play. youtube

OKAY... flailing time!

Kame, oh man~ he's so good looking!!!! and for the first few minutes when he came on stage, I was just staring at his ass in that jeans because *_____________* sexy sexy sexy! And as I mentioned above, the cast can really sing.... like deep voice, high voice like they can really sing... but they had nothing over Kame... or perhaps, Kame got the songs that were suited to his soothing voice because he did soooo well!!! and his voice mellowed well with the 'love interest'.... Yoriko is perhaps her name... it's coming back to me now (maybe). His main song was sad though... singing about a ship that will take him far far away and will never return. That touched the heart.

The play started at 6:30 and ended at 10:00pm *phew* They had  2 breaks. During the second break, I went next door to get a beer (haha) it was very tempting. And I drank it so fast, the bartender just looked at me and laughed. Then on my way back in, I just happened to look up, and looking down at me  from the balcony, and smiling when our eyes met, were some of the cast members. I quickly smiled back and was too nervous to scan the balcony for Kame (I'm such an idiot) lol . Anyway, when the play resumed, some cast members happened to run pass me... and I laughed to myself because I was thinking 'wow, they look so dirty and smelly on stage but they actually smelt good lol.

I also laughed because I was near enough to the stage that I didn't even need my glasses, and yet folks who were nearer, kept staring at Kenji!Kame through binoculars - it's like they wanted to see the hair in his nostrils or the sweat dripping from his pores lol ~ fans are fans for real XD

In the end, I really think it was a brilliant performance. Storywise, I can't say much, but the theatrics of things was well done. Very engaging and colourful and sad and humourous... some lovely bits that makes a drama a drama... and Kame was just splendid. Even though he wasn't on stage all the time, his presence was still felt... it's like he filled the gap or represented the only sense of normalcy. He really owned the stage when he was on. At times, with all the running and jumping, I was scared that he might fall, but he was a pro... his voice and facial expressions and how he used his entire body to portray his feelings~

Hmmm, somehow, what I had in mind looks different now that I've written it *sighs*

Anyway, initally, timewise, I had initally planned to go to just one show... but after going, I felt like I wanted to go again so I got myself another ticket for the last show *dances*

I don't plan to write a report for that but if anything new happens...then I just might scribble it down ^^

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powwiepowwie on September 8th, 2015 01:19 pm (UTC)
We have different opinions on this play...

Same things are just the same though:

" Kenji and his love interest (oh my god, I can't remember her name - anyway, the female lead)"
Haha nobody remembers her and to think that she sings really well. YUMIKO is the name of her character in the play!

" I was just staring at his ass in in that jeans...."
Who wasn't! I was to far the first time, but the second time I went I brought binoculars and gave his ass (of lack of thereof) due credit. And I was row 34 so the binocular was ALSO for watching the actors facial espressions... then if Kame turns around on stage... the gaze drops...

"His main song was sad though... singing about a ship that will take him far far away and will never return."
Ano fune wa...
the main theme got stuck in my head... two weeks after the show I woke up humming that melody. 0_o

"Kame was just splendid. Even though he wasn't on stage all the time, his presence was still felt..."
true, true. He truly gave his best in the performance.

I thought too about going again towards the end of Tokyo leg but... I got busy and the enthusiasm went away...

Did you notice Jesus in the opening dance and chorus? Why Jesus? (?????????????)
The second time you probably will realize who is the person who died... no telling...:p
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on September 8th, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
"The second time you probably will realize who is the person who died... no telling...:p"

WOW... I didn't even think about who died in the concrete... was it the man who he was playing the 'harmonica' thingy with?

Now that you mentioned it... I didn't see him after that.

"We have different opinions on this play..."

and yes pls!! tell me!

I think I did miss that Jesus bit. So much happens on stage >

Edited at 2015-09-08 02:19 pm (UTC)
serial_translatserial_translat on September 8th, 2015 03:54 pm (UTC)
Be careful, I'm gonna rant *deeply sorry T__T I'm still in my NO-Kame phase*

First thing, yeah yeah, mr "" came to see his play, mme came to see his play... again and again, over and over... we got it we goit... It really got on my neverves since I didn't see things like that said for Ueda and Junno's latest butai... but maybe it was the same for us hopefully. I was gonna say "Kame is appreciated, we got it" but it'd been silly of me, all of the famous persons coming to see the play weren't necessarily here for him.

His hair too... yeah I had already told it but really, sometimes on some pictures I really find it ugly with that haircut...... I can't bear it BUT I agree, sometimes for the play, it loods god.

And seriously, from all the pictures I've seen, the only thing I can't forget is THOSE photos... Kame's crotch being groped and him groping a woman's chest. For that, I'd quote a friend, "O.o Seriously, even in a butai he managed to be groped ? He really needs to get laid" (more or less what she meant)

Another thing, which... I don't know, maybe it was the director of the butai ? Anyway, he or she said he/she had chosen Kame for the role due to his high flexibility... which had me wide-eyed, since Junno's is clearly more flexible than him.

Besides... rah, nah I'm too biased... to say that remembering your report about Junno's butai and Tatsuya's one, this one about Kame's... his butai's story seems to be a mess, but I'm biased.

Sorry for the rant... REALLY sorry. Don't resent me to much for that. *shrinks* I just want Kame to have a very good drama and make me forget all the bad things he makes me think about him recently.
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on September 9th, 2015 10:28 am (UTC)
"I'm still in my NO-Kame phase"

I can see that. Seems you've completely fallen out of his fanbase.

But yeah~

"First thing, yeah yeah, mr "" came to see his play, mme came to see his play... all of the famous persons coming to see the play weren't necessarily here for him".

Very possible they didn't come to see just him. As I said, the other cast members are very talented.... as well as this is a Writer/Director is very well known. But I guess fans want to think their idol is worth the attention of other big celebrities~ can't blame them!


"It really got on my nerves since I didn't see things like that said for Ueda and Junno's latest butai...".

Well Junno and Ueda have a smaller fanbase. Not just that, Kame's fans have always been busy finding news and reporting it. So it's not like no one talks about Junno and Ueda, it's more that their fanbase doesn't really go ALL OUT to gather all the information regarding them... and if they do, it's not widely shared.

"His hair too... I really find it ugly with that haircut..."

Hahaha I can't help you with that.

"... I'd quote a friend, "O.o Seriously, even in a butai he managed to be groped?..."

But it can't be helped. That's the nature of his role and the play on a whole. He's not the only one groping and others have done far more lewd acts than that. Here, you make it sound like Kame is being looked at as Kame instead of as Kenji, and that shouldn't be. It's all in the act.

"... maybe it was the director of the butai ? Anyway, he or she said he/she had chosen Kame for the role due to his high flexibility... which had me wide-eyed, since Junno's is clearly more flexible than him".

I think I missed much of the press releases... even that pic of him groping the woman that you mentioned, I haven't see it... so I really don't know the full context in which the statement was said.

But considering it in the context of the butai's nature, when the person said 'flexibility', I think they meant, 'Flexibility' in his acting roles... Ore Ore, Bem, Joker Game, VnA, Second Love, Dream Boys, and all the other dramas he has been in and have portrayed different characters.

If it were something like physical flexibility which I think you're referring to, then other cast members in the play are far more flexible than Junno... believe me... I saw some gymnastics on stage ><

"Kame's... his butai's story seems to be a mess".

Well it's hard to follow for folks who are not fluent in Japanese and folks who can't understand abstract creations. It's very abstract with some history involved. But Yeah, on the surface, it really does look weird.

I still found it entertaining. And believe me when I say, I decided to buy another ticket, not just because it's 'Kame', but also because I liked the music, the weirdness, the talented cast... and the music again~

and yessssss pls! Let there be another Kame drama that's sensible this time *fingers crossed* It's good knowing you're not just all hate for him XD

"Sorry for the rant.."

haha it's all good. We're allowed to state some 'reasonable' dissatisfaction!
serial_translatserial_translat on September 9th, 2015 10:54 am (UTC)
Ahhhhh about the flexibility you're probably right, I hadn't though it was THIS kind of flexibility. *relieved*

And yeah, of course I don't think Junno is the best person in the world about flexibility ^^ just in the agency *one of the best*

For the groping part... maybe it's because it's a butai but I can"t make the difference, for me it's just Kame being groped. In dramas or movies I can make the difference but not here... *silly* Of course I know why lol Because I haven't seen it, just the pictures, it's hard to just think "it's just because of his characted that he does that" with just pictures in front of you.

For the butai itself, despite of everything, I can"t help to think there's more attention on it because of Kame. **

And, well... it's not as if I am happy to get mad at him for everything and anything. 8D I have a hard time with him but I didn't become a hater. ^o^

Edited at 2015-09-09 10:55 am (UTC)
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laksmianindita: pic#125365328laksmianindita on September 8th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
Yay!!!
\(^ ^)/
Yesterday I was just saying to my friend that i hope someone who watched aoi shusi will write about it, because i really want to know what the story is all about...
And i saw your post (...throws confetti...)
Thanks a lot ^ ^
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on September 9th, 2015 10:29 am (UTC)
haha I was listening to your conversation with your friend XD
You're welcome! Glad I could grant your 'wish' XD
crism79: KAT-TUN Kame looking backcrism79 on September 8th, 2015 09:52 pm (UTC)
First of all I loved reading your report :D I always find myself nodding and giggling while reading your reports! My seat for the first day was also on the 1st floor, 11th row, in the middle *.* And boy... Kame... he was soooo close right? :D I still grin like a fool everytime I remember :)) Because... yeah he is even more gorgeous live *sighs* And those jeans and the white shirt... (I have a thing for Kame with that white shirt, lol, when he takes off the jacket at the beginning... >.<) - and now it just seems like a dream that I saw him so close...

And wow you had a close call getting to the theater! Was it google maps? Blame it on google maps ;P

About the play, yeah strange, weird is the key word there - when the curtain opened I thought: MAD MAX, 80's Mel Gibson strange post-apocaliptic Mad Max scenario... what?? Did someone misplace the set from the movie? WTF? Isn't this supposed to be in the 60's? - but after a second viewing (yeah I HAD to go and see Kame another time before I left Japan) I think I appreciated it in another way. And I now kinda wish I had gone a third and last time... I agree with you mostly. I think Kame was amazing, even if on the first day you could see he was nervous, and you could almost feel it too. His hands/fingers were shaking badly while playing the ocarina. The second time I didn't feel that tension. But the play, his acting, well, all of the actors really were very good and got me crying the two times I went to see it. Even if I didn't understand 99% of what they were saying or singing, I cried a few times during the play - not just the final scene (yeah, that's how lame I am - especially the scene with Kenji and his father...). The way they acted/sang their facial and body expressions moved me to tears, that's how powerful it was to me. I'm easily moved to tears but only if the acting is good. If it feels fake or forced I won't shed a tear. Either it was good acting or I was biased... ;P

I really hope it's a turning point for Kame acting wise ^^ he deserves good roles and challenges.

So while I don't love the play, I have to give a big round of applause to the actors (and I did twice), because while I still don't understand Ninagawa's views or directing, they all did an excellent job with what was given to them! And the music... yeah the music stuck to my head especially the "fune song"... and the ocarina song too :D I wish they would release a freaking CD with the songs!I would love to have them play on my mp3, especially Kame's soothing voice singing "ano fune wa.... oh tsuki-sama"

And yeah only when I got home did I realize who must have died in the building --' because I just kept wrecking my brain - it had to be someone with whom Kenji had a connection. You guessed right ;P

Wow this turned out to be a long one ^^' Sorry... it's the Kame-effect ;P
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on September 9th, 2015 10:42 am (UTC)
WOW! You did get an awesome seat! I can totally imagine your daze while watching!

Yes! let's blame google map! as well as I should have crossed checked with the station on jnet ><"

"80's Mel Gibson strange post-apocaliptic Mad Max scenario..."

Yeahs something out of the world like that. It was really a shocking start lol... I was confused and excited and curious all at once.

One thing I like about going to later shows, is that by then, the actors would have settled into their roles and have overcome their nervousness. I had forgotten to mention the ocarina... but yeah, I was impressed with how well he played. Like really impressed. So I guess over time he really did improve and sat into his role more.

"So while I don't love the play, I have to give a big round of applause to the actors"

IKR!!!! It's like it's hard describing the play to others but you would like them to see it and find the many good points about it and interpret it however they want. Ninagawa's butai with Ueda was also strange but it made sense somehow... like at the end of it, you get the feeling that something happened whether it be good or bad, resolved or not.

Until P mentioned it, it didn't even occur to me to think who died in the concrete. Was it the man he was playing the ocarina for? Thinking back now, I haven't seen him since that first meet up.

"I HAD to go and see Kame another time before I left Japan" haha well Justified!!!
crism79: KAT-TUN Kame smilingcrism79 on September 9th, 2015 10:31 pm (UTC)
""I HAD to go and see Kame another time before I left Japan" haha well Justified!!!"

I was just feeling Kame deprived lolol ;P Although the second time I was on the 3rd floor ^^' but still equally dazed. I was very very lucky for that first day... I saw someone post on FB they had an extra ticket and I had no idea for what seat, she only told me when I said I was interested and when I saw the theatre map I was O.O but the seat was even better because in reality there weren't 11 rows ahead of us, it was like just 5 or six rows between us and the stage. I didn't need binoculars to see the tears on Kame's face or the sweat :P Or his very fitting jeans ^^

"One thing I like about going to later shows, is that by then, the actors would have settled into their roles and have overcome their nervousness. I had forgotten to mention the ocarina... but yeah, I was impressed with how well he played. Like really impressed. So I guess over time he really did improve and sat into his role more."

Exactly I felt a difference between the first day and then the 15 days after play. Things seemed more in tune somehow. For instance on the first day when Kame comes running down towards Yumiko, after we think he's been shot, he almost crashed against an actress that I guess wasn't supposed to be there. Fortunately she was crouching at the time, and he jumped over her, but it was an awkward one legged jump because you saw perfectly that he wasn't expecting to have someone on his way. (lol it was kind of funny but the scene didn't allow it to be too funny). I'm just happy that none of the actors haven't fallen in or off the stage... especially Kame that runs a lot and we know he's prone to accidents ><

"IKR!!!! It's like it's hard describing the play to others but you would like them to see it and find the many good points about it and interpret it however they want"

Exactly! And actors are actors and they do what the director tells them to do - and that's when you see the difference between good and average actors. It's their job to make it work to take the audience on that emotional ride. And I think they did that splendidly. I think that if this play had been with another cast maybe it wouldn't have worked at all, or actors that weren't so good. In this case I think the cast made all the difference between bad and a beautiful disaster lolol.

"Until P mentioned it, it didn't even occur to me to think who died in the concrete. Was it the man he was playing the ocarina for? Thinking back now, I haven't seen him since that first meet up. "

:P I kept thinking about it because it had to be someone that Kenji had a connection with, I even discussed it with P after the play. But only when I got home did it dawn on me because I also remembered that I didn't see him the rest of the play. You are right, it was the guy who was humming to Kenji's music. And that scene between Kenji and him was so candid and sweet that when I watched the play again I saw that scene with more attention ;P
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Meganelilyrainygirl10 on September 8th, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your experience of watching the stage play. You had an adventure of your own before you arrive at the theater but I'm glad you made in on time. haha. Wish I could watch it too because it seems that Kame really did a great job!
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on September 9th, 2015 10:49 am (UTC)
haha Thank you! I'm such a looser at travelling with no sense of direction *facepalm* But yes, I'm glad I made it in time and had a fun time as well.

I wish everyone could see Kame among all the quirky weirdness on stage XD
serial_translatserial_translat on October 25th, 2015 08:31 am (UTC)
Ok I agree, Kame has nice arms. I still don't like his haircut though. *watching Quarter tour*
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on October 25th, 2015 10:26 pm (UTC)
haha what part led you to change your mind?
serial_translatserial_translat on October 26th, 2015 08:52 am (UTC)
The beginning. *weak* XD
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