Looking back at stage play 「Touken Ranbu」
One day free since stage play 「Touken Ranbu」 ended…
Sometime today, I felt sort of unsatisfied
Thinking, “I wonder if I should think back over stage play 「Touken Ranbu」”
Every time I finish a play, for each one,
I write something that turns into a 「looking back blog」 but
I feel like I want to do it this time too, not leaving this play out.
I’m always thinking freely and as much as I want
Writing about mundane things so
I think it becomes long, rambling writing so,
please forgive me.
And if you’d like, or you have time, please read it
Looking back at stage play 「Touken Ranbu」.
Before the production of 「Touken Ranbu」, I only vaguely knew about it.
I had forgotten where I knew it from but,
It’s really popular,
but the only details I knew about the Touken Ranbu is that it was about taking care of swords.
Sword dance [ranbu] is something I’m good at, or I guess I should say I like it so
When there was talk about swords
“If they do something like turn it into a stage play, I want to try performing in it.”
I thought things like that.
I was surprised when talks of turning it into a stage play came around.
I instantly started looking into 「Touken Ranbu」.
First it was data related to my role, 「Yamanbagiri Kunihiro」, and its connection to history.
What kind of character it was, and so on.
“But it won’t be any good if I don’t play the game!”
I thought, and I felt like playing the game.
I thought that but……
At that time, there still wasn’t a smartphone app
It was a computer game so
Because my computer had broken, I wasn’t able to play it…
Since that was the case, I thought,
“For the time being, I’ll research the character as much as possible”,
and I kept doing a lot of searching and reading.
In my research
It wasn’t just Yamanbagiri Kunihiro,
There are a lot of other characters
They’re all really fascinating characters, I realized in each of their individual episodes and interactions.
I like Japanese history so
To a degree there was knowledge of that history in my head but
Seeing history from the sword’s starting point
I was able to see the history that I had been aware of until now from a different point of view so
Even though I was just researching
It was really interesting.
The character that caught my attention,
Manba-chan, of course,
I played Okita Souji in musical 「Hakuoki」 so,
I was curious about 「Kashuu Kiyomitsu」 and 「Yamatonokami Yasusada」. lol
When I was acting in Hakumyu
My part in Tou-sute had already been determined so,
While the role was 「Yamanbagiri Kunihiro」,
“Now I’m wielding 「Kashuu Kiyomitsu」 as Okita Souji, aren’t I ~ “
During the Hakumyu performances I was thinking things like that. lol
This and that
During Tou-sute practice.
The Tou-sute characters
There were a lot of people that I had co-starred with before now,
personally, it was a really easy setting for me to be in.
But as you can see from the group of cast members,
The cast of Tou-sute this time
Headed by Hiroki-kun, nothing but amazing people !
There were a lot of people with accomplishments and great abilities so,
As part of that,
I was happy being the attendant of the citadel in Tou-sute, but on the other hand there was strong pressure.
It’s also because this is a really huge production.
Tou-sute’s story this time
There’s also the conflict of Oda’s swords,
And Yamanbagiri Kunihiro’s growth.
That’s what the director, Suemitsu-san, told me.
“Putting aside the pressure I feel now, in this production I want to achieve some growth myself along with Manba-chan..”
I was thinking something like that at the time.
The story of Tou-sute this time
Mikazuki’s acting as Yamambagiri’s guide but,
At the same time that was happening
Hiroki-kun was guiding me as the cast group’s leader
I was thinking, “I should build myself up along with 「Yamanbagiri Kunihiro」 shouldn’t I?”
The scenes with Mikazuki where we’re talking and looking at the moon,
I really love them.
Even though it was a performance,
Talking with Hiroki-kun, playing Mikazuki
I could feel any haziness in my mind disappear right away.
In that time, the feeling of the haziness that Yamanbagiri had falling away instantly, with a thud.
In the beginning Yamanbagiri had built a wall against Mikazuki but
Through that, finally, his heart would open a little.
Those scenes are the exact reason that the emotional attachment is there.
And then the war council scenes.
I like those scenes too, of course.
The war council had special scenes and content daily but,
They still took place on the battleground.
Having brought up the daily special content
In general we were preparing with a quick briefing but,
It didn’t end up being anything like a prep session ! ! lol
It was mostly Mikazuki and Tsurumaru
putting in ad-libs,
We weren’t supposed to laugh
Hasebe and Yamanbagiri would end up laughing. lol
Yamanbagiri especially had all kinds of lines with explanations so
Even though I absolutely wasn’t supposed to laugh
Those two people would end up laughing ! lol
Being unable to say my explanation lines while I was laughing
It was difficult. lol
But, I love those scenes.
Time after time, not knowing what would happen
If I’m being honest it was a really scary thing but
It’s because of those members that I didn’t feel fear or anything
By trusting in them, I was able to truly enjoy the ad-libs.
It isn’t just the war council scenes.
There was a sense of security in every one of the scenes,
Performing was really fun.
A lot of discussions unfolded so that we could make the characters really come to life there.
I love each of the scenes.
The Tou-sute cast that was able to breathe life into the characters, I love all of them.
Manba-chan’s mantle caused me some problems.
When I put on the mantle for the first time, I was already tangled in it…
Twisting around my arms,
Wrapping around my sword,
Constantly hitting the people around me,
It was quite unruly.
So during practice, I worked with the mantle the whole time.
In the beginning it was a relatively clean mantle (dirt getting into it) but,
Gradually it was becoming worn out. lol
But that’s the exact reason I grew such an attachment to that mantle so
My mantle for practice and my mantle for performances were the same.
So, Manba-chan’s original mantle is dirty. lol
I’m attached to that mantle so
When the performances were over
When I would think things like 「Now I can’t wear this…」 I got really sad. lol
That mantle, I want to wear it agaiiin.
Around the time I entered Tou-sute practice
The smartphone version of the game had come out so
Everyone was playing the Touken Ranbu game in the training room
No matter who’s hand anything was in,
We couldn’t easily clear the stages one by one; that, and all kinds of talks sprung up. *
I saw each person taking care of the characters they were playing in the stage play and
I thought, “Yeah, everyone really does love their characters.”
So of course, I was also always taking care of Manba-chan.
Stage play 「Touken Ranbu」, false rumours burning through Honnouji
It’s been finished but
I hope everyone from the previous Tou-sute can come back again.
When that time comes, as 「Yamanbagiri Kunihiro」 again,
I want to appear before everyone.
It was my first time co-starring with Kitamuu but,
We got along so well that it really didn’t feel like it
Ton-chan is big as always isn’t he
His build is too good, I’m astonished
We played the same role of Okita Souji in Hakumyu.
Our first time working together, he was a reliable, hard-working co-star
His stage fighting was really cool, wasn’t it
Takeru, the parts of taijutsu that remain are way too shocking *
[T/N: this is probably wrong, but i had a hard time working out a more correct translation… it could also just be something along the lines of ‘the way his body works/moves is too amazing’, if i had to guess.]
On top of that, I was totally shocked to hear that this is his stage debut
The ringleader of the war council scenes
Generally he would be the one walking about different things in the preparatory briefings
And making everyone laugh
But he also got to enjoy that himself
My thoughts this time, once more.
Hiroki-kun is a truly big person.
His ability and his existence are big.
The scenes where I talk with Mikazuki while looking at the moon.
I loved them.
It’s the second time I’ve said that. lol
I really wanted to take more pictures with everyone but,
In the midst of the commotion
I wasn’t able to take pictures with all of the members
But surely we’ll be able to meet again
Stage play 「Touken Ranbu」
Thank you ! (・∀・)ノ☆
The letters, presents, colored paper that I received from everyone.
I’m very happy
I get to look through the letters carefully one by one.
I’ll also take care in using the presents
Stage play 「Touken Ranbu」 has come to an end but,
Aramaki Yoshihiko’s activities will continue after this.
I will focus even more from now on so
I hope that, if you don’t mind, you continue to lend me your support.
Thank you for reading up to this point.
I’m sorry for my bad writing and long rambling.
Manba-chan often says things like 「I’m a replica」 but,
Even an actor playing a 2-dimensional character
It’s an 「imitation」 of that character.
Even me, myself, playing Manba-chan
It’s a 「replica」, I think
It was a strange thing to have been thinking about.
It’s now, so I can say it.
「I, I’m not some kind of imitation.」
As Yamanbagiri Kunihiro himself
I was able to stand on the stage and,
I think I was able to get approval from all of the masters, and
Because of that, I’m really proud of what I did.
If that’s just arrogance, please excuse me
All of the masters,
Truly, thank you ! !
Well then ! !