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09 May 2009 @ 09:47 pm
Arashi Side Story!  
OH SHIT! So this is probably common knowledge for drama people who also follow Arashi, but I had no idea! In 2005, they did an Arashi-based production of West Side Story. With Toma! Can you imagine any group better suited for dance-fighting than Japanese boy-banders? Right?



Oh my god, what a fandom collision! Classic music theater and hot Japanese guys? Yes, please. Normally I find the whole Johnny's Entertainment thing a little creepy but this gimmick is so right up my alley! Of course, I had to go track down a fancam copy, so here's my notes and screencaps:

Cast:
Tony: Sho SAKURAI
Bernardo: Jun MATSUMOTO
Riff: Satoshi OHNO
Maria: Miou KAZUNE
Anita: Izuru AMASEI
Action: Toma IKUTA
Chino: Shunsuke KAZAMA
A-Rab: Shoon Yamashita
Baby John: Yoshikazu TOSHIN




Ohno as Riff and Toma as Action. I must say, I haven't had a chance to see Ohno act in any dramas yet, but he really killed it as Riff. Awesome job. And how can you make Toma even hotter? Why add some awesome spiky hair and giant tattoos, yes! :D And then Mastujun enters as Bernardo. How fucking amazing is that casting? Yeah, hit it Matsujun!


"Iku ga, Shark." <3


It's hard to see but Toma made a great FACE when Riff picked Tony as his lieutenant. Also, I loved the girl who played Anybodys. She was so cute and tough.


High kick!


As Action, Toma has it pretty sweet. He gets to yell in people's faces and lead a lot of the dance breaks. Including the snapping group, watch out!


And snap!


Hahaha, I love the end of "The Jet Song" It's like one big, sassy, runway-worthy walk forward for Toma. XD


Look at that magnificent hair! And hot ladykiller action! Hands on the ass, I love it Japan. <3 ...Now make your embracing generally less awkward.


Action and Anybodys' dance!


Riff and his ladyfriend are rockin' it! The highs kicks and the hip grind and the lift kind of kill me. In the best way.


There's no way to capture how well Matsujun does the dramatic gesturing. It's fabulous in motion.


MAMBO! (Sadly, we didn't catch the Sharks' "MAMBO!" We later miss the really cool synchronized moving as a group too. Hey, just because you only care about Matsujun on the Sharks doesn't mean you should neglect them!)

Matsujun doing the hip-swivel is amazing though.:



The dip is hottest part! I seriously loved the girl who played Anita and Matsujun dances with attitude. <3


Ohno's high kicks are consistently impressive!


When Matsujun gets up in your grill, he really goes all out.


Damn. You should get to persuade people with your sexy more often!


Hahaha, I can't even tell you how much of a kick it was to see Matsujun get all handsy and gesture dramatically! Oh, bb, you were meant to be a ~hotblooded Puerto Rican~. XD "Buenos noches! Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera." You crack me up! ...Wait, isn't that the catchphrase in The King and I?


"Got a rocket in your pocket, Toma?" His not this crap again face! XD


How was Ohno's dancing you ask? Why just pretty fucking fabulous. <3


I love this routine so much. <3 Just play it cool, boy. Reeeal cool. *fingersnaps*


Tonight Quintet! That totally my favorite song of the show in its super-dramatic, sung at counterpoint glory. I haven't mentioned it previously, but I have a love/hate relationship with the person who shot this video. Love: that she shot a fancam so I can see this show at all. Hate: That she doesn't bother to even aim the camera vaguely stageward if there isn't a hot guy to focus on. I wanted to see Anita and the Shark Girls do "America", damn it! That is one of the best-known numbers in the show!


FIGHT TIME. Matsujun continues to be hotly psychotic and up in people faces (mainly, Sho's) until Ohno strips off the jacket (SERIOUS BUSINESS GUYS) and they do the real fighting. And then, of course, Tony tries to stop Riff from killing Bernardo and gets Mercutio Ohno Riff killed and kills Tybalt Matsujun Bernardo thereby eliminating most of the reasons I'm watching. :(


I haven't talked much about Sho/Tony becuase I don't know Sho very well and, let's face it, Tony doesn't get to participate in the cool dances. But rest assured, he's been making out with Maria and fleeing her bedroom in a state of undress so that's pretty exciting.



Officer Krupke time! Which is pretty much worth the price of admission because you get to see Toma: sing lead, do slapstick, play paddycake, and hump some guy's leg!


Very somber and precisely organized curtain call! Japan, you guys did that so seriously. And the audience doesn't whistle or yell or anything. I have a new appreciation for NY theater audiences! Thankfully, Matsujun totally broke his straight face and smirked so I know they're not ROBOTS. Oh bbs, it's been fun!

...Damn, did I make this thing long enough for you? I was serious when I said you won't really need to watch after going through this whole picspam (ALTHOUGH YOU SHOULD SINCE IT'S MUCH BETTER IN MOTION). I have odd passions, you guys.
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Superfail!aliaspiral on May 10th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
AM WATCHING RIGHT NOW. WILL BE BACK TO FLAIL.
Top: HK: OMG LOVE!!topazera on May 10th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
HA, YES, I'M SO HAPPY YOU DECIDED TO COME AND PLAY WITH ME! :DD
<3: d; maou: live = evila_brokenangel on May 10th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
IF I WASN'T CONVINCED BEFORE *______________________________*
Top: HK: Blundering through gender linestopazera on May 12th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
You can always use more Ohno and Matsujun dancing and fighting and almost making out in your life, right? :D And TOOOOMA, of course.
peaches in the creases of a plastic bag: hk: NAKATSU takes one for the teamphrenk on May 10th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

I am so excited for this. Ohno is such a fabulous dancer and TOMA. TOMA. MY DARLING.
Top: HK: OMG LOVE!!topazera on May 12th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
HAHAHA, I hope this can live up to my picspam of HYPE! There's just something so fabulous and so exactly what I want in life about Matsujun and Ohno and TOOOOMA doing musical theater. It was like puzzle pieces clicking in place for me! THEY WERE MEANT TO DANCE-FIGHT.
Morgan: Arashi- FOR DREAMmojotastic on May 10th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
This was AMAZING. I sort of skimmed through the first part but now I feel like I have to go back and *rewatch* for Matsujun's jazz hands. Also, I love how everytimem Matsujun gets all ~tough~ and up in dude's faces it looks like he's about to make out with them. Keep your sexy in check Jun! Save that for Anita!

(You really should watch Maou eventually. It has Ohno as a murderer and TOMA and it was the first time I'd seen Ohno in anything and he's quite good!)

TOMMMAAAAA!!! There's something about the insane hair and the tattoos that is oddly appealing. Like I <3 Toma all the time because TOMA but I <3 him more with his Dragonball hair and tats.

Also every picture you posted of Sho made me laugh. Oh Sho, I love you so much. He just looks so excited and overly earnest!

Oh Arashi. I love so much about what you choose to be. Remind me to send you this video I have of a hilarious VS Arashi game where they try to see how long they can last running on starch. It's as fabulous as it sounds.

(Totally putting this in memories. The lulz, they just keep coming. When you're a Arashi member fangirl JET you're a Jet for life!)
Top: HK: Blundering through gender linestopazera on May 12th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
Also, I love how everytimem Matsujun gets all ~tough~ and up in dude's faces it looks like he's about to make out with them. Keep your sexy in check Jun! Save that for Anita!
It's true! They created a montser. Throughout the show I kept thinking "This is actually a story about the forbidden love of Matsujun and Ohno, right?"

Seriously, as you can tell from this spam, 90% of what I think you should watch is the dancing scenes with the additional 10% being anything Matsujun does his close-talking thing with anyone. XD

(You really should watch Maou eventually.)
OH MAN. I'd actually forgotten that Ohno was the other lead in that! I think Maou may be the next series I start because it's a little embarrassing to be all "I love Ohno!... from when he was Riff in Arashi Side Story." :)

Like I <3 Toma all the time because TOMA but I <3 him more with his Dragonball hair and tats.
SAME. I mean, it's hard to compete with Nakatsu!Toma for me but visually, I love the tats and the hair. It should be his new LOOK in real life! Take that, flat-ironed bangs!

He just looks so excited and overly earnest!
Every time I saw him, I just thought "AWWWW."

Remind me to send you this video I have of a hilarious VS Arashi game where they try to see how long they can last running on starch.
REMINDS, REMINDS, REMINDS. This sounds like something I must see!

Aw I'm honored to be memmed, bb! <3 Sometimes even my standard crack isn't cracky enough and for those times, there's ARASHI.



sayyora_free on August 31st, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
I wanna see it!!! where can I find it? even a fancam?
Top: 嵐: Look at that magnificent plumage!topazera on September 9th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
Ah, sorry for the delay! I get behind on comments sometimes. There's actually only a fancam available but it's a decent one. You can download it on my comm over here @ dorama_watch, but it's locked so you'd need to join. There's also more (unlocked) discussion over here on this tag. However, after I uploaded, I found a copy in far fewer pieces on this list under Butais! Happy watching! :)
MoChanDesumochandesu on December 12th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
Um. . .I tried to follow your link to watch it on your dorama watch and it literally forade me from opening the page Y_y
Top: 嵐: Steal my Sunshinetopazera on December 12th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
Yes, the post is locked to protect the community from getting busted for downloading. If you join the community first and then click on the link, it will work. dorama_watch has open membership, so you can join, download and leave again if you want.

Also: if you click on the third link in that comment, it brings you to another page where it's uploaded by someone else.

:)
Mich ♥mich04elle on September 9th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
waa ~! :D
i want to watch it !
but i'll skip Sho's part ..
T_T its too painful for me ..


omedetto ! :)
Top: 嵐: = 90% dorkiness / 10% peer pressuretopazera on September 9th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
Hee, it's worth watching even if you skipped Sho's part! :D

Do you have a copy? If not, you can download it on my comm over here @ dorama_watch, but it's locked so you'd need to join. There's also more (unlocked) discussion over here on this tag. However, after I uploaded, I found a copy in far fewer pieces on this list under Butais! Happy watching! :)
rim1789rim1789 on August 31st, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
OMG! You were so lucky...Thank you for these pictures ^^
peaches in the creases of a plastic bag: Beaton: The guillotine!phrenk on November 4th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
I LOVE TOP
:D

Edited at 2010-11-04 09:22 am (UTC)