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Natsu da! Drill da! Gurren Lagann Matsuri!!
~Dai Gurren Dan Kekki Shuukai~

Today was so much fun!  I went to Kudanshita with gokumew2 to attend the Gurren Dan Rally!! 
The great thing about this event was that it was completely free.  The only thing you had to do to participate was apply with your information at the website.  So easy!!  And despite being free, it was totally an event worth spending money on.  The kekki shuukai was high tension all the way!!  I loved it.

People were called in order of the numbers on their postcards.  I was in the 700s but mew was in the 1000s so in order to stay together we had to stand in the back of the line.  If you wanna sit with friends, you just have to arrive at the venue after the designated shuugou jikan.  The only disadvantage of that is that you end up sitting on the top floor which in our case was the 3rd floor.  But it turned out to be really good seats since they were the first row in the 2nd tier of seats.   And since the venue wasn't  too big, we got a pretty good view of the cast.  Only obstruction was the fact that the top part of the screen couldn't be seen from our angle.  Unfortunately, they had placed the screen to high up and too far back on the stage.  But no biggie really.

The show started off with the MC coming out.  I'm sure I've seen the MC at Jump Festa before, too.  He said he was a Japan Brodcasting Announcer (Nihon Housou Announcer) and that everyone must be wondering what an announcer like him is doing at an event like this.  He answered, it's because he's actually quite an otaku and thus he wanted to participate. (But please think otaku like FukuJun or Katou Kazuki and not Densha Otoko because he is quite young and cute.:p)

He proceeded to call the cast onto the stage.  How I envied the people on the first floor because the cast ran through the aisles to get to the stage.  And Kakkii (Kakihara Tetsuya) was first to run up carrying the Gurren Dan flag!!  I was surprised, I never really thought of Kakkii as cute in terms of looks.  Hatano, yes. But not Kakkii..no offense of course.  But he was damn cute today.  I like his style.  His hair was even cute. And of course he had such a cute and funny personality today.<--but I've always thought so in his rajiban's anyway.:p

The other seiyuu  were called onto the stage. Inoue Marina (Youko), Hiyama Nobuyuki (Viral), Fukui Yukari (Nia), Satou Rina, Ueda Kana,
Asumi, Kana and of course Saiga Mitsuki (Roshiu).
  Of course, there's one person missing, right?  Well, the MC informed us that due to the fact that a certain character...ahem...Kamina...died( in ep. 8), he wouldn't be able to join us today.  The audience reaction: "EHHHHHHHHH?????????????????"  But then suddenly the screen on stage rises and it's none other than Konishi Katsuyuki (Kamina) making his oh so AWESOME entrance! Konitan is so great for Kamina.  He totally stole the show.  So this kinda entrance is so fitting for him.  He talked for quite a bit and at one point when the MC was trying to let other people like Kakkii speak he was trying to upstage him..haha..I think he was even prepared to sing.^^

This show was being recorded and there were cameras everywhere.  They wanted the audience to participate in the title call.  So each seiyuu had a line as well as the audience.  Our line was "~Dai Gurren Dan Kekki Shuukai~" and we had to say it while pointing our left hand up in the air similar to Kamina's pose.  First we did a practice run and then the actual recording.

Next, onto the corners.  In one of the corners, the MC announced the character rankings.  Simon was number 2 only to who else but the great leader of the Gurren Dan, Kamina-himself.   This incited a huge overwhelming applause from the audience.  Can't help but feel bad for Simon who will forever be in his aniki's shadow.:/  Well, sadly, I guess that's why they had to kill Kamina off.  So Simon could get a chance to shine.:p  Please don't take me to seriously, tho.  I love Kamina just as much as I love Simon.^o^

The next corner, they showed the preliminary sketches of each character's design plus the present designs both kodomo and otona versions.  Simon's was so cute.  But the preliminary sketch his face wasn't even drawn. So everyone was just assuming it must be Simon since he had the drill beside him.  Next, was Kamina and his gave the image of like a Yokohama bousouzoku (punk).<--This became a running theme during the nama-afureko. Viral's designs were also cute.  I liked the one they showed of him 7 years later, which of course is how he looks on the show now.  So cute.  They also showed the girls but well they were all similar to their current designs.

Now, Gurren Lagann's design was something else. One of the preliminary designs reminded me of transformers but that could just be me.  Anyhow, the cast and I and prolly most of the audience all agree that we are heck a glad that the current design was the final product.

The next corner, they had pictures of all the GL characters figures and the actually GL.  Each picture had the characters in different amusing poses and the seiyuu were supposed to come up with what they think the characters should say in each thought bubble in the pictures.  The one thing they had to pay attention to was to make sure what they said would connect with the previous frame.  Unfortunately, Kakkii misunderstood and his didn't connect well. But still it was funny. 

Oh, there was also another corner where they showed a CM of the card game and DS game.  I think it was the card game one which they had just recorded earlier today and we were seeing it for the first time.  As for the DS game, poor Kakkii.  He's so lucky to have such kind senpai.  Konitan-tachi were telling us to applaud Kakkii because he lost his voice while recording for the game and he really worked hard during the shoot.

After the break, the MC came out and made a special announcement.
He talked about how Konitan is now forbidden from talking from here on out.  He had talked so much during the first half, that they ran out of times for the corners and the girls barely had a chance to speak.:p  Hehe...Konitan got in trouble but I don't mind him talking anytime.  He's always got something funny or interesting to say.

Next, there was a corner where the MC interviewed Inoue Marina while a video of  her interview with the anime staff from the dvd played in the background.

After that, the seiyuu did a Live Recording!!  They basically read lines from scenes from actual episodes and performed them live.  First, the actual actors of the seiyuu do the real version of the scene.  After that, other actors perform those characters using the same script and scene. This part was one of the most hilarious parts of the show!

I especially loved the BL scene that Kakkii and Konitan performed together.  They were reading the script for the scene where Youko cuts Nia's hair.  Kakkii was Nia and Konitan played Youko.  They were so perfect.  And when Kakkii asked Konitan what he thought of the haircut, Konitan gave this funny grunt which sounded more like a "maa...maa it didn't turn out so good" than a "it looks nice." At the end of that scene Nia and Youko are supposed to laugh...but haha Konitan and Kakkii were laughing and it was so gay. hahahaha!!  So the cast commented that their BL scene was so nice. haha...it was true..it was so BL-ish.

Another scene that was re-enacted was the one when Kamina and Simon fight Viral to  take over the Ganmen ship.
Kakkii screamed with all his might.  Wow...I was moved.  He can scream!!  Gave me goosebumps. Later, they were replaced with the 3-na's as I like to call the seiyuu who play the kuro no kyoudai.  Umm..yeah they were interesting.  At least one of them was purposely over-acting.  And well, yeah they are not Kakkii because the girl playing Simon..her scream was chou yowakatta.

The other scene they did was Simon vs. Guame.  Kakkii was awesome again. They had Hiyama play Simon and Fukui play Genome. Fukui was funny as Guame and it was just amusing hearing Hiyama's version of Simon.  He really had to put effort into sounding more like a kid.  haha..Still after seeing his version, thank goodness Simon is played by Kakkii.:p

The last scene they did was the scene from the onsen episode where everyone was enjoying the feast that Roshiu insisted was completely ayashii.  This had 7 parts which meant 2 people would be left out. For this, the staff decided to make it a lottery and have the cast draw the roles.  Konitan got a blank pc. of paper but he decided he'll play Koko-jii. Hiyama also got a blank paper and decided to do the narration for the scene.  Saiga Mitsuki got Youko!! Haha...so we got to see her playing a girl chara.  Kakkii played Roshiu and the rest of the girls got the remaining roles. But I forgot which of them got Kamina and Simon.
Anyhow, this was the most amusing corner of them all.

Before I knew it, it was the end of the show.  Sadly....wish there were encores at these kind of events.:p
At the end of the show, each cast member gave a small speech.   Kakkii's was funny because he basically teased Konitan for even being able to be there in the first place when his chara is long gone dead by now.  And sarcastically, he commented on how in future events its too bad that he may not even get a chance to attend since he's dead already. haha  Of course, Konitan didn't take this sitting and was so ready to fight but then Kakkii kowtowed in apology and reverence to his great senpai. :p  They exchanged bows for a couple of seconds until
Kakkii finished his speech.

Of course, Konitan was last to speak...seeing as he was the STAR of the event. He finished the show in great Kamina-style.

The MC announced that the cast would be throwing signed balls into the audience.  Luckily, they reassured us on the 2nd and 3rd floors not to worry because we would get a chance to win balls through lottery. In that venue, they didn't want us standing in our seats because there are no huge guardrails to keep us from falling from the 2nd or 3rd floors.  Mew won Saiga Mitsuki's signed ball.^^ So lucky! 

I was hoping they might do a mini-live in promotion of the new character songs that are out. But I guess they couldn't fit that into the program.  Oh well.

With that the show ended.  Man, I wanna go to more seiyuu events...esp. free ones!!  I hope I can attend more this summer or upcoming fall!

 

Comments

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rax_kun
Aug. 5th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a lot of fun! I would kill for hearing the BL scene and Hiyama talking like a little boy!
kaede_kei
Aug. 5th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Same here! I wish someone had recorded the event~
mizukiaya
Aug. 6th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
Well with all the cameras there, hopefully they'll release the event on dvd!! I would so buy it!^^
kaede_kei
Aug. 6th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
Sure thing!
mizukiaya
Aug. 6th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
Haha...the BL scene was priceless. :p
And I have no words for Hiyama as a little boy. hehe. He was so funny during the show. I think he was totally influenced by Konishi because he also kept interjecting when some of the seiyuu were trying to answer questions and he would say how he wanted to talk more.^o^
koramay
Aug. 6th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
I found your post through gurren_lagann. I was at the event too. And here I thought I was the only foreigner there! The whole show was awesome, and Konishi was hilarious. I'm a big Kakihara Tetsuya fan too, so it was great seeing him on stage again!
mizukiaya
Aug. 6th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
Wow, really? What floor were you on?
I don't blame you for not noticing us tho, because we were in the way back of the line. Did you go by yourself?
This wasn't your first time seeing Kakkii live? What other events have you seen him in?
koramay
Aug. 6th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
I was on the first floor, towards the back. I went by myself, and I was in the 700s, so I just joined the line in order with everyone else.

As for Kakkii, I first met him at a handshaking event that was a promotion for the Angels' Feather OVA (that's his character in my icon). I became an instant fan because he spoke English to me, and told me he'd studied Latin at high school, just like me. Then there was another AF event, then the Princess Princess promotion at the Tokyo Anime fair a couple of years ago, then his sign-kai at the last Tokyo Anime Fair. I actually started watching Gurren-Lagann because he was in it, but ended up really liking the show.
mizukiaya
Aug. 6th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
Hehe, I started off watching Gurren Lagann because of him, too. He was talking about it on Tokyo Local and I was happy for him that he got his first leading role so I wanted to check it out.
But, yeah I liked him as Mikoto in PuriPuri but I hadn't really checked up on him.
It wasn't until I listened to Okane ga Hoshii Raji that I started to really become a fan of Kakkii and Hatano. They were so good together. From that show, I learned a lot about Kakkii and how he came to Japan. And he had a really interesting personality. So I checked out more of his stuff like Angel's Feather, too. I like his duets.

So wow, maybe we can attend some of his events together!^^
It sux because I don't really know many people who really know who he is...since he is still a newcomer and all.
koramay
Aug. 6th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
I'd be delighted if we could go to his events! Do you mind if I add you to my friends list?

While it'd be great if he became super-popular like he deserves, I must admit it's kind of nice that his signing events are still quite small - it makes it a bit more fun!
mizukiaya
Aug. 6th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
Sure, feel free to friend me. I'll add you as well.
And yeah, I understand your feelings about Kakkii's popularity. I'll just be happy as long as he keeps getting jobs, ninki or not.:) I hope he attends either Comiket or Chara Hobby while I'm there. Are you going? It's gonna be tough because I'll prolly be going to both. My friend says there might be a Code Geass stage at Chara Hobby so I have no choice but to go back and forth.:p
koramay
Aug. 11th, 2007 08:02 am (UTC)
Sorry it took me so long to reply! I'm definitely going to Comiket, I never miss it. I've never heard of Chara Hobby though, so I'll have to look into it.
gokumew2
Aug. 9th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I guess that means you might have been on the first floor, mizukiaya! Sorry for dragging you to the 3rd floor. .^^;; But I guess the view might be better up there than at the back of the first floor.

I was wondering if there were any other foreigners there as well. I guess there were! =.D So awesome that Kakki spoke English to you, koramay! (How's his English?) Did you write any fan letters to give at the event? I wrote my Kakki letter in English, LoL. For Konitan I wrote in Japanese though.

Anyway, the event was just awesome~~~
Unfortunately that chick we talked to from Shizuoka hasn't sent me any messages via Mixi. =.(
koramay
Aug. 11th, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
The event was awesome! I'm glad to have found others to talk to about how great it was. ^_^

Kakihara's English seemed quite good to me, but we only used English the first time I met him, and I spoke Japanese every time after that. It gave me the impression that he's a lot more confident in German and Japanese than English.

Actually, I have a cute anecdote about that - when I went to his sign-kai at the Tokyo Anime Fair, he seemed to be having a bit of trouble signing people's kanji names. His assistant had to help tell him what kanji it was some of the time. But when he got up to me, he said something like 'It'd be easier if everyone had romaji names!'

I didn't think of writing a fan letter - I didn't realise there'd be a way to give one to him. Maybe I should for next time. But I think I'd be too embarrassed!
gokumew2
Aug. 11th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
@anecdote
That's so cute~ X.DDDD Haha. What a cutie. He needs to make a voice clip of him saying like a sentence or two in all the languages he knows. That would be interesting.

Events usually have a present box for the people who are participating in it so ya. You should write something next time! .^^
mizukiaya
Aug. 11th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Aww...that's such a cute story. ^o^
I wanted to go to the fair but all my friends weren't interested.:(
I should've just gone by myself. I knew he'd be there, too.:/

Yeah, I think I read somewhere before that he's more confident in speaking Japanese than English.

In his radio show, he's talked about how weak he is at kanji.:p It's kinda funny when he makes little mistakes in Japanese. It makes me feel better about making mistakes. I mean he's so fluent in Japanese but still makes minor mistakes.:p It's cute. For ex. in Pash de Dash 11, he was describing a game and how the two teams' unity will be tested so they need to use "ishindentsu" but the word is actually "ishindenshin." So Kaida Yuki had to correct him.:p

I wonder if he'll be at Comiket. I think Onsen radio is gonna have a booth there, but I have no idea if he'll be a guest there.

mizukiaya
Aug. 11th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
gokumew2, that's ok!! It would've been awkward being by myself anyway. And since we were kinda like in the first row of that one section it was a good view.^^

Maybe the Mixi girl is really busy with work. Did she update her mixi? I'm sure she'll get back to you sooner or later since she seemed eager to make friends.:)
gokumew2
Aug. 12th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
I don't know what her Mixi is, so ya. .^^;;;
I do hope she messages me soon!
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