We just finished watching the revised version of the Sailor Stars musical from back in '98. We hadn't seen it before, because our friend who got all the musicals had read online that the revised version wasn't as good as the first version. And the verdict is...whoever told him that was right. It was really close, though. Like, the revised version was still highly enjoyable, just not quiiiiite as enjoyable as the first one.
I think the main thing that settled it for me is that Sorezore no Elegy wasn't quite as emotional in the revised version, and that's the part where you're supposed to be feeling all the feels. Also, whoever decided that it was a good idea to have the Three Lights do all those hyper energy dance moves to Knockin' Down Hesitation right before making them sing See Me Boku-tachi no Jidai must be some kind of a sadist. They were clearly very tired.
Anyway, these musicals sure are great for motivating us to work on Sailor Moon! We're going to need that, because we're still very tired.
The other exciting thing we did today was watch anime! When we're too busy to watch anime, we keep forgetting how important it is for morale. Today we watched some Dragon Pilot, and I'm really liking where they're going with Yuki Kaji's character. And speaking of Yuki Kaji, we also watched the new season of Ace Attorney! Woohoo! This one already has much better staging then the previous anime, and we're liking it a lot.
And one of the best parts is that they got Hiroaki Hirata to play Godot! Yay! After the first episode, for some reason we were convinced they had cast someone we wouldn't recognize, so we were ready to hear a voice that was unfamiliar to us but hopefully fit the character. And then he starting talking, and we were like, "Is that Hiroaki Hirata?" And it was! And I love that because he's Wild Tiger, and for some reason it just seems to fit, even though Hirata-san's voice is brighter than I would have pictured for Godot.
And on top of that! They got Hirata-san's Saiyuki costar Toshihiko Seki (another favorite of ours that we rarely get to hear these days) as Luke Atmey. (We use the English names, because we just like them.) So great voice casting, better staging, and the same great story from the games, and we're having a very fun time watching it. I look forward to seeing more!
Today I'm thankful for having time to watch a Sailor Moon musical, getting to watch Dragon Pilot while our laundry was in the machines, getting to watch Ace Attorney, not getting rained on too much on our way to and from the grocery store, and getting to hang out with Page.