Page also tends to get lonely when she's been in hiding for too long, and she's the type of cat to stand at closed doors and meow. She did this even when all four of us were in the living room. So even though Gaston and Alice were gone all day Sunday, we figured it would drive Page crazy if we went into the spare bedroom and closed the door on her, so we opted not to use the computer.
That being the case, we had plenty of time to do other, non-computery things, like listen to CD dramas, and that's how we finally listened to the Tenshi 1/2 Houteishiki CD drama we bought lo these many months past.
It was actually a little hard to focus on, because I was very distracted with numerous other things (such as, "I hope Gaston and Alice don't get back in the middle of this!" and, "Oh, that's the fireworks!" (we can hear Disneyland's fireworks--have I mentioned that?)), and it kind of got repetitive. The main premise is that Hina wants to torment Mana and get good things for Hina, so she decides that she must eat Yuiko's cooking, and so, since Mana insists that Hina can't impose on Yuiko like that, Hina says, "Okay, we'll all (sort of) cook together." So they have a cooking party, and that mostly turns into "everyone but Mana eats the food as it gets cooked and Mana is very sad about it while Yuiko notices nothing."
So storywise, it wasn't so great, but there were some great things in the execution. First of all, Hiroshi Kamiya really was perfect as Natsuya. There was also some fourth-wall breaking as Natsuya narrated most of it, and sometimes the characters would interrupt the narration and sometimes Mana would be like, "Why do you sound like you're narrating?" And sometimes Mana would be thinking to himself, and Natsuya would start narrating, and Mana would be like, "Don't interrupt my inner monologue, and how do you know what I'm thinking anyway?" Answer: everyone knows what Mana is thinking.
Really, all the casting was pretty much spot on. Hana Kanazawa (Yuiko) is so great. And Kouki Uchiyama (Mana) said he liked playing Mana because it was a type of character he's never played before, but he did a great job. Haruka Tomatsu (Hina) was playing a type of character we've never heard her play before, so it was weird to realize it was her when she was being so very very hyper. And Kamiya-san said he got to talk to Hidaka-sensei about his character, and that he'd love to play him again. We're liking that guy more and more and more.
I think probably the best part were the little snippets after the main story, where there would be two characters just talking, like Natsuya and Taichi (Yuiko's brother) talking about what it's like to have little sisters. Oh my goodness, that one was hilarious.
Then they had the voice actors comments, and when that was over, Athena got up to go to the bathroom...and suddenly there was talking again. There was a secret scene! And it featured Kazuha and Maki! Whew, it's a good thing we didn't just turn the CD off.
Today we went to California Adventure, and went on Radiator Springs Racers for only the second time ever. I still think it's over-hyped. People need to realize that so the line can stop being so ridiculously long. (I probably shouldn't complain, though, because we went through the single rider line and got on in about five minutes.)
Athena summarizes her opinion of Cars Land like this, "Wooow, this land was really well done. I hate road trips; can we leave now?"
But we do like stopping by the Cozy Cone. That's a neat concept.
And now we're home and we're working again. We may need to get back to work after dinner. Boo. And us just learning that the whole feature film version of The Reluctant Dragon is on Netflix now. Well, hopefully we'll get to it before it goes away.
Today I'm thankful for having a lovely visit from friends, getting to listen to the Tenshi 1/2 CD drama, getting to brainstorm new ideas for this year's Halloween costumes, getting to show Gaston "Last Man Standing" (which is pretty much about him in 20 years), and work not being too difficult since we just had a lovely break.