I'm a big Otaku for a manga/anime called Prince of Tennis. Some people who have read my older posts might already have an idea. I started watching it when I was in grade 5 and therefore decided to study Japanese. Yes, all due to that one story.
Some of my fellow Tenipuri fans might know that there are musicals, played by real people, about the manga. The musical it self is called Tenimyu by the fans and started back in 2003. I started watching all of the shows I could find but eventually lost count a few years ago.
As the manga has ended a few years ago, the musical has finally reached the final scenes too. The final match featuring Seigaku and Rikkaidai has finally been adapted to the stage.
Today was the last day of their Tokyo show and I luckily got to go see it with my friend who loves Tenipuri too. She loves Niou while I would die for Fuji so for this time, we were enemies haha! It was so much fun!! It was a true dream come true for me and I was so moved by the last scenes I had tears in my eyes T_T
The last scene was the graduation ceremony of the 3rd years; them standing in a line, their name called, going up the stage and finally accepting the certificate. This might be the most calm scene in the entire play but to me, it was special.
I felt like I finally graduated with them too. After all these years of running after the anime, then the manga, then the OVAs, then the musical, then the movie, then the failed real life Chinese version, then the New Tenipuri came and now, they finally graduated. It was a long journey filled with tears but also joy. Thank you.
Sorry for the sudden emotional passage above. Let me tell you about the fan service! At the end of the play, some of the main actors come off stage, into the crowd to do fan service. I was at the very end of the first balcony so I completely gave up on the idea of getting to see anyone up close. BUT!! The actor playing Akutsu came all the way below our balcony, looked up, saw us staring at him like in Romeo and Juliet, and came to CLIMB UP THE BALCONY TO SAY HI!!!! I screamed so loud my friend beside me jumped... *tehepero*
I watched Fuji being Kimeru to the present Yusuke Yata (who sings amazingly!) and the show being from Zepp Tokyo to Tokyo Dome City Hall. It was just so much feelings that hit me!! Proud, sad, happy, glad, so many things twisted together.
We had to line up to buy last minute tickets in the morning but it was all worth it. It was a shame I couldn't vlog... The theatre had limited edition goods, CDs and DVDs. I was just a ball of happiness :3
I didn't buy much goods but did get a program book for the show. It's amazingly made!
The poster for the musical
It eventually became more crowded, or should I say packed? We were closer to the backstage than the stage so we couldn't see some parts of the stage but I can hear the cast talking in the back >_<
I don't know if that makes up for the flawed seats haha
Anyway, if you haven't checked out this anime or manga I definitely recommend it!!
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