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Right, so I'm a Tennis no Oujisama fan, no doubt there, but when I heard there was a musical based on the anime, I was a bit sceptical to say the least.
I vowed never to watch it but then my stupid morbid sense of curiosity kicked in when I found a torrent for 'Dream Live 1.' I decided 'What's the harm? It's one musical and I can at least get a good laugh out of it.' So I downloaded it...
Then I watched it and and that was that, I had to have the rest! I was so impressed at the level of characterisation shown, the entire cast just *nailed* their parts!
I discovered, via Wikipedia, that there is around *15* Tennis no Oujisama musicals! So, now I have to go and find them all, with subs, just to see if I scored the one good one there is!
There were some interesting stories that came out of this musical, and one really inspiring one: Kotaro Yanagi, the kid who played Echizen Ryoma, the main character, was involved in a car accident 3 weeks before the start of the second production. He sustained serious bone injuries, damaged his vocal cords and was in a coma for 2 weeks. When he woke up, the doctors were sure he would spend the rest of his life bed-bound. He kind of went, 'FU' and fought back to the point where he took back his role, with a lot of help and he was really good, even with the revised choreography and vocals. I was so inspired when I read this. Here was this kid, my age (he is exactly 12 days younger then me), and he's been through so much to get back to where he wants to be. I think we can all learn something from him!
But onto the good stuff! I noticed that one character, Fuji, seemed to 'hog' the whole last song and I wanted to know why... Turns out 'Make You Free' is the third end song for the Tennis no Oujisama anime, and it was sung by a guy called Kimeru...who happens to play Fuji... The next thing I know, I'm hooked and need to find the rest of his stuff... 3 albums, countless singles and the gods knows how many Youtube videos later, I almost have everything and am now looking into importing his CDs from Japan...
I really need to learn! I think I won't like something and the next minute I'm shelling out money for it...
You'd think I'd learn after Westlife...
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