what do you think of Shuu and Sayaka?
Let’s head some bullshit off at the pass, first of all:
- You can feel however you want
- No one is going to make decisions about the direction the musicals because of a 31 year old American lesbian
- I’m literally answering a question I’ve been asked
So I think Sayaka is absolutely fucking picture-perfect as Michiru. She’s amazing, in her motions and her tone of voice and her look, everything about her is absolutely how Michiru is in my head, I think she’s my favorite Michiru in any of the musicals if we’re allowing only for individual performance. (Nao and Yuuka are a powerhouse of chemistry that cannot be stopped) (Yukka is the only other Michiru I like on stage.)
I’m consistently frustrated by the musical’s writing for her because I feel as if the actress is being wasted, because it’s gotta be the Fucking Mamoru show, and so between all the characters it’s juggling and the way it chooses to juggle them, Sayaka doesn’t get a lot in the way of things to work with, though she makes amazing use of what she’s given. I would love to see her given more time to do things on stage, but, this is a general gripe with how the new musicals handle shit. Actress? Great.
Now here’s the one where the only people I know who agree with me are often Zuka fans in a broader sense: Shuu’s not a good Haruka. Technically she gets miles more to work with than Sayaka, so you’d think she’d be able to meet it, but her performance is very milquetoast, and I find myself consistently unimpressed with her work. Apparently, she never went very far in Zuka either, so it may just be she’s not a very good actress period, not simply that she’s ill-suited for the role. I thought she looked great in initial promos, but I was unimpressed with her on stage.
This, like with Sayaka, could be blamed a little on the writing. The new musicals are pretty much Inners and Mamoru centric, and don’t have the sense of collaborative senshi energy of the old ones, which is why I have such fondness for the older ones. But I think seeing Sayaka make great character use of the moments she has, when Haruka gets so much more than Michiru because we’re following the manga I guess, has made me not give Shuu a lot of quarter on this. Pretty much all the fawning I see is based on the fact that sometimes they hold hands onstage. Which is great as a picture, but doesn’t improve Shuu’s acting any.
Which brings me to a another point: People seem to like them because they “go on dates” but this is pretty much a zuka marketing thing. There’s no reason to believe it’s genuine, I’m sorry. Common for paired actresses to do. They probably get along great, but I have severe doubts about it being anything beyond a hype train.
Also, don’t ship real people, it’s very creepy.