Summary (or rather tidbits) - the reporter started off by talking about their wonderful chemistry - Although their time in Takarazuka overlapped, they were only at the “greetings” stage then - Sayaka said meeting Shuu again was destiny - The period after the audition for Sera Myu 2015 (before the results were announced), Sayaka saw Shuu at Shinjuku, Tokyo. She bowed to her politely from a distance. When she met Shuu during the UNV poster photoshoot, she was really surprised that Shuu is her costar! Sayaka said she has never bumped into Shuu outside prior to that. - Shuu initiated the exchanging of contacts with Sayaka so that they can further study their characters in detail together - Shuu smilingly said that the good thing about Sayaka is that she is very observant (eg, Sayaka thought Shuu was a little upset during linelive but turns out that Shuu was just shy, the other 2 girls didn’t notice at all :b) - Shuu said that she and Sayaka get along very well and they go out for fun when they are off, but what surprised her is Sayaka’s fear of strangers - the reporter mentioned that their closeness left an impression
I saw the Mizugumi full costume version of the Elisabeth Gala again today at Bunkamura Orchard Hall. It was so much more impressive than at Umeda! Partly it may have had to do with having so much better seats (1st floor 7th row and yes we paid a lot extra for them…) than last time. Sitting down on the first floor on stage level and not having to use opera glases so much really helped me get into it. But mostly I think the energy was just higher (a sort of senshuuraku feeling as this was the last show with this particular cast).
MizuTod certainly felt more intense and demonic this time around. His bitter disappointment when rejected in the letter-writing scene was still awesome but not as much of a turning point as in the Umeda performance. Ai to shi no rondo was definitely improved (less smugly casual) even though MizuTod might not have seemed as tormented by having feelings as in 2007. There were more paws or claws though somewhat hindered by the microphone. In the beginning I did find Mizu’s singing voice a little too feminine at times compared to 2007 but I either got used to it or she gradually got more into her Tod voice.
MizuTod didn’t hiss in maladie, which is a pity, though he did smile cruelly after kissing Rudolph. They way they end the scene without having a trapdoor to disappear through is MizuTod coldly tosses Rudolph aside, towards the exit, which goes so well with that face. (I don’t remember for sure, but I think MarikoTod and BunRudolph just stayed in the kiss until they turned out the lights instead.)
Mizu also kept another crucial peculiarity in the gala concert: the way her Tod turns all grim and serious at the very end of the final scene. In this performance I think she was so touched by senshuuraku with TonamiBeth she could barely do it, but the change was still there. I kind of think it means “oh shit”, like MizuTod has been so obsessed with getting Sisi he hasn’t really thought about what will happen next, what eternity with her is going to be like, what it will mean to him to love (not just desire). But it might also just be proof that despite the embrace and the white clothes MizuTod hasn’t actually turned nice, he’s still a demon, now possessing his prize.
All in all, Mizu was just so on top of her game! I’m so glad we returned to Japan to see this because it really was the next best thing to going back in time and seeing the 2007 Elisabeth!
I can also happily report MizuTod no longer had the glossy lips I disliked in Umeda but more of a semi-matte beige-brown lip, maybe even an ombre, which truly improved his look. The original makeup was still toned down, with skin a much more natural colour (though more shimmery) and less demonically arched brows (Mizu still knows how to knit her brows when needed though!). Mizu has such an interesting face, perfect for a stage actress. Her profile and cheekbones are amazing and the few lines added in the last ten years only suit her, and Der Tod.
I guess TonamiBeth was good, I just barely noticed her next to MizuTod, except her chemistry with Mizu. Yes I do remember: she was magnificent in Rudolph’s funeral scene, and in the final scene, and in the duet starting act 2. And very funny when pretending to catch frogs or something with Lucheni when first introduced to Franz!
Speaking of which, GaichiFranz is so flashy with his red-blond hair and colourful makeup and dandy moustaches. The flashiness and Gaichi’s face shape and nose and high bangs always remind me of a parrot.
While Juri played Lucheni at Umeda it was Wataru this time around. I think WataruLucheni was a better match for MizuTod, matching his sinister intensity. I also think that Wataru played him a little differently than the sleazy entertainer in the hoshigumi and anniversary versions. He was still that, but also scarier, crazier.
We had a reunion with TeruRudolph instead of Toyoko. Teru really is the best at being dragged violently across the floor in Yami ga hirogaru, even when there were no physical connection.
Among the reat of the original cast, last time I was more occupied with Hamako’s Sophie but this time around I spent more t i me staring at Naga’s Grunne and all the amazing little reaction faces she made. I’m also really impressed with Tomomi’s Max, I love me a good Max who really loves Sisi and conspires with her and worries about her.
Let me just repeat again that MizuTod’s costumes look so much better live than on the DVD! Especially that floor-length velvet coat with black and burgundy sections and silver embroidery just on one side which he wore in the duets with Sisi and little Rudolph looked amazing! I never really noticed it before but it’s now my new favourite MizuTod costume. The deep purple velvet suit with the odd asymmetric raspberry red/dusty rose lace shirt he wears after also suddenly looked gorgeous. And wow, I guess the velvet in the Saigo no dansu uniform is really a very, very deep emerald green, not black as I always assumed.
There was just one downside to seeing this: sitting there so close to the stage made me think about what it might have been like to experience the reunion of MarikoTod and AyakaBeth in full costume one week earlier…