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14th-Jan-2008 10:53 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA

I tend to laugh rather a lot inside whenever anybody complains about the Yu-Gi-Oh 4Kids dub, because I'm, "Hey, guys, I bet you didn't know there's another dub out there, one that didn't censor so much and was closer to the original!" ;) And I am so proud because it was made in my country! Naturally they hired a lot of... foreign talent, but! There are fellow countrymen in there! You may think it's not much to be proud of, but I am proud. Country is a bit like family, sometimes: sometimes it doesn't really matter whether you objectively think what they did is good or bad, it's part of you because you're part of it. (Even if you might want to disown parts of it sometimes).

It's so weird. I used to want to hide where I came from, who I was, so much about me. And now, I'm just, I don't care if you care where I come from. I'm proud to be from this country. Sure, we do silly things sometimes: what country doesn't? But some of the silly things we do, I am so proud of, and sometimes I am extra proud because I know no one else in the world is as crazy as we are about these things. Excuse me guys, exactly HOW is the world's biggest Santa gathering something to be proud of?! And this: does any other country in the world have PSLE?!

So! Two days ago, ariesdraco and I went to watch Beauty World. I'd always wanted to see this musical, actually, and when it came around for its twentieth anniversary it was just too good a chance to pass up, especially when Jounouchi's dub voice actor was in it. It was absolutely brilliant to be able to go and watch this musical along with ariesdraco, because it meant 50% more YGO crack.

I was heading off to meet her when suddenly my phone rang, and I picked it up, only to see it announce, "Malik Calling", asking if I'd like to have lunch with the family! BUT OF COURSE ♥ ariesdraco's parents are really nice, and we had a FUN lunch conversation that involved, among other things, cosplay, the People You Meet There, Lord Denning, and the last CJ. (Lord Denning's the kind of judge who makes you proud to be a lawyer, the last CJ is the kind of judge who... let's just say he's not like Lord Denning). And then we went off to watch the musical!

It was actually incredibly fun. It's set in 1970s Singapore, in a cabaret, and it has the sort of set that you can just stare for hours at. The band was beautifully integrated into the glorious set, and it was full of in-jokes (my favourite one was where the cabaret madam was yelling instructions that went, "YOU! LEFT! You two! Right! And MUSTAFA - CENTER!"




... which made me think, Oh dear God, Jounouchi's voice was a Singapore idol finalist?!
Well, at least his... namesake is as good as kicking ass as Jou is? XD
This is the geekiest character alive, but omg, he was so hilarious! ♥
And ariesdraco and I guessed it was him because of his voice. I guessed it because of his singing voice (he has his songs up on his website), and because I guessed down to him via the time-honoured process of elimination.


Cut for Plot Spoilers

You seriously did not even have to try particularly hard to see the YGO parallels in this musical. First of all, the entire show hinges on a mysterious necklace which is the ONLY clue to the main character's identity. Secondly, the main character's first big musical number goes, "Say bye-bye to the sweet and shy, say hello to a brand new you!"

Also, to my great delight, the Yuugi character ended up with the Jounouchi character in the end.

... and the Pegasus character turned out to be Yuugi's mother, but that's a story for another day.
14th-Jan-2008 04:13 pm (UTC) - Bunny wants to go to singapore (and watch the new Death Note movie!)
... I am so amused everytime Singapore has a new "world's biggest". You'd think it was trying to compensate for something. ;) No offense meant! You know how much I adore Singapore, heh.

ALSO ALSO ALSO. I think we had more santas...? xD

Q-Music Santa Run! I love Q-music! *beams!* Sometimes when I think about all the truly Belgian things I am going to miss in a couple of years... I actually never become very sad? BECAUSE THERE WILL ALWAYS BE THE INTERNET: I will still be able to listen to Q online! *grin!*

I kind of regret buying my very first Yu-Gi-Oh DVD now! I'd much rather support the Singaporean dub! ^^; I just bought it on eBay a couple of minutes ago! It was only €2.95 and I can go pick it up myself since the seller lives in Meksem (... and maybe make my first Belgian YGO friend?). *beams!*

DWAYNE IS KINDA HOT WHUT. O.o; I've gotta go find his website now! I have a meeting to go to tonight, but I will look it up when I get home? xD

First of all, the entire show hinges on a mysterious necklace which is the ONLY clue to the main character's identity. Secondly, the main character's first big musical number goes, "Say bye-bye to the sweet and shy, say hello to a brand new you!"

WAAH! You don't know how JEALOUS I am of you now! It sounds so much fun~! IS THERE GOING TO BE A DVD? ;)

Also, to my great delight, the Yuugi character ended up with the Jounouchi character in the end.

♥! ♥!! xD

I love how different your musicals are from ours! I mean, we only ever get Tintin and Bob et Bobette/Suske & Wiske over here. >.>

Edited at 2008-01-14 04:16 pm (UTC)
14th-Jan-2008 04:32 pm (UTC) - ... new Death Note movie? you mean, the second one?
HAHAHA sweetie, I think our world record craze is ENTIRELY about overcompensation. We're tiny, you see, and there's not much else we can set world records in except THINGS THAT NO ONE ELSE WOULD EVEN WANT TO HAVE A WORLD RECORD IN.

See! I knew it! I knew there had to be bigger gatherings of Santas elsewhere in the world! Less-than-40 DOES NOT CUT IT.

... I think we once held the world record for Longest Chain of Bras Tied Together (don't even ask me why we bother doing these things), but then Greece broke it. (Don't ask me why the Greeks bother doing these things)

XD I think Dwayne's really cute, too! He's TWICE AS CUTE IRL really, those shots have nothing on the real thing. He looks so sweet and gentle, the kind of boy who's perfect to bring home to Mom.

Here, Dwayne's Myspace! And his website!

XDXDXDXD YOU'RE SO CUTE. Um! The Singaporean dub is actually very very hard to find: even I can barely find it in this country! The SG ones are marked, "Not for sale outside of Singapore" and the reason the other countries got it was because of TV broadcasting. The company that sold the VCDs here is now no longer in business (it was a very long time ago).

The Japanese voices are much better, though, I am sad to say! I don't want to strangle the local!Yuugi voice as badly as I want to strangle the 4Kids voice.

XDDDD YEAH, IRL YU-JOU XDXDXD Except that the Yuugi character was a girl? (but um! she was the one with the MYSTERIOUS NECKLACE, and she was very small and very sweet and very very innocent-looking and JUST LIKE YUUGI HAD YUUGI BEEN A GIRL)

Also, the Jou character sings this FABULOUSLY CORNY LOVE SONG FOR HER, and her name is IVY, which if you just change it to YUUGI IT WOULD STILL TOTALLY FIT THE TUNE. OH GOD WHAT HAVE I SAID. The song is OH MY GOD. It goes, "My IIIIIIII-IVY, I want you right here next to me".

I don't think there will be a DVD, but there is a CD! If there is a DVD I will let you know! XD

This is ONE CRAZY MUSICAL though :))) Um! I am sure you have loads of other FUN musicals... somewhere?
14th-Jan-2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Wong Fei Hong. What a name XD He looks like a girl. Jounouchi became a girl baby kangaroo. I keep seeing credit card advertisement in cabs and goading passengers to try — I really wonder if cab drivers will actually HAPPILY accept a credit card when they already scowl at anything inconvenient as a mode of payment. Have you tried it?

Nothing much to contribute to anything lately. *zzz* RRpart3c is still in small pieces but coming along...(real slowly)
15th-Jan-2008 10:33 am (UTC)
And if you consider that THIS Wong Fei Hong looks like a super-geeked-up version of Clark Kent, then it is even FUNNIER :D

my Jou, a baby kangaroo!? *cuddles him protectively*

XDXDXD Attempting to pay by credit card? I've never done it, but I have once sat in a cab where a taxi driver ranted to me for about twenty minutes about how his previous passenger tried to pay by credit card for a $5 bill. He parked and told her to go to an ATM and get money, he would wait.

... and my friends ask me how I always seem to end up meeting these INTERESTING taxi drivers. ;)

It's okay! ;) Rest up, Relax, and Rojak at Random? ;) You know I'm always happy to listen to anything Rojak or anything! ;) 's long as it's you! ;)
14th-Jan-2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
XDDDD Beauty World-Yugioh crossover? *SHOT*
Ah... he seemed to have a bright future overseas, why come back LOL

*pats you* I'm always amazed at how you can draw parallels everywhere XD
15th-Jan-2008 11:16 am (UTC)
*grin* It doesn't even need to be a crossover! Beauty World = Already YGO! ;) OH BUT I STILL WELCOME CROSSOVERS! XDDD

XDDDD!!! HEY HEY! I came back from overseas, too! Sometimes there are just things that are here that can't be replicated overseas. ;)

I think he's based in the US, though, and sometimes comes back to do local work. :)

*griiiin* Drawing parallels makes life FUN! ;) and SPECIAL. :) Also I probably do it for a living, so that's why I do it all the time. :) Fandom is where I get to draw the FUN parallels!
15th-Jan-2008 05:24 am (UTC)
I wish we got unedited dubs for shows like Yugioh <_< thankfully I prefer subs so it's never a problem for me, except with Pokemon which no one cares to sub all of D:
15th-Jan-2008 11:17 am (UTC)
POKEMON ♥ It's so cute!

I wish we got unedited dubs, too! I just wish we got the original voices! In my country all there is is: Chinese dub or Cantonese dub. ;)

I love both subs and dubs! ;) They're good for different things!
16th-Jan-2008 04:01 am (UTC)
I have a thing against dubbing because I'm very anti-editting, but there are dubs I like or can stand, like TotA's and Persona 3's.. but even in those there are a couple of voices that I just can't stand.

15th-Jan-2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Ahh! I wanted to catch Beauty World too, but my usual musical/play kakis were unable to make it. *deep sigh*
16th-Jan-2008 02:09 am (UTC)
! If any such situation happens the next time, let me know! We could always go together if we want to catch the same film! It's always fun to watch with people! :)
17th-Jan-2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
Oh definitely!! Please count me in as well if there are any interesting shows/plays/musicals that you plan to watch! =D
15th-Jan-2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
I'm all jealous now. *laughs* Honestly, I love musicals, but I've seen very few. Most of the good ones are down in London - *Brit* -, but I live waaaay up North so - *peh*.
....I had to double-back today, simply because I passed a car with a licence plate spelling 'JOU'. Plus, it was bright yellow, and so I had to gawp at it for a good long while while a friend started tugging on my arm completely clueless. ♥
15th-Jan-2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
And dammit - that was me up there. *points to the comment above* I forgot to log in. ^^;;
16th-Jan-2008 02:07 am (UTC)
*beams* Hi there! ;) Sometimes I wander around in my other journal and nearly comment to friends with it, so that's totally okay! *grin*

!!! You're from Britain! *beams* I lived there for three years, but in London. Even living in London, I didn't always see that many, because they were expensive, but they were gooood. Maybe if we see them less often they mean more when we do see them? ;)

When you say North of England I think, "Scotland? :D" The furthest up North I've been is the Lake Districts: I loved that place, so I visited it obsessively when I was living there. Cumbria and Yorkshire and all those lovely places. I've been to Cornwall too, but that's all the way in the other direction ;)

JOU LICENSE PLATE! Now I want one too! *grin* And obnoxiously yellow- oh, Jou would approve! ;)

Last night I was in the video store and I watched the movie Underdog for five whole minutes before I thought of Jou. Aaand then I saw a DVD for a movie titled, "One Night With the King" and decided that I'd stop thinking about YGO, if only it weren't so FUN.
16th-Jan-2008 05:32 am (UTC) - Here, have some songs from leXis
Limited release for preview purposes. XD

There'll Be a New You: http://download.yousendit.com/9A6DD51000922D86


Because I'm currently enjoying myself with Jou, I shall let this Jou enjoy too. X3
16th-Jan-2008 04:10 pm (UTC) - that is the scariest Malik icon I have ever seen. But the keywords ARE GREAT! + songs for you!
Thank you so much! ♥ THESE ARE GREAT! :))))

*giggles* Play nice with Jou, you don't want to wear him out:

In expression of my ♥ for you, have the songs I think of as my Malik songs:

Black-Eyed Boy - Texas
No I don't lack ambition
Can't you see what I am
That it's you who is sinking
Like behind iron gates

You call me superstitious
Tie me up with your deceit
I can never be malicious
But I seem bittersweet

You should know you're falling into fiction
I can tell you're on some foolish mission
Your black eyed soul
You should know
That there's nowhere else to go
My black eyed boy
You will find your own space in time

Pretty Thing - Charlotte Martin
Am I treading in your flow, well maybe I don't want to know that
We are gone before we go and you are upside down
Waiting in the sweet debris to shock you into loving me
I'm not the way I used to be and I am still alive and I am still alive

I might be too good for you
Maybe you can get a clue
I'll never let you salt my wounds
So tell me who's pretty now
I don't know how a creep can sleep
And why your talk is always cheap
And what you're sowing you will reap
And you sure get around
You sure get around

And you can't have the sun as the same time as rain
Can't be wild and then be tame
Cause I just found out you were caught being nasty
With a whole lot to say a whole lot to say
That's insane that's insane that's insane

I am not your pretty thing
I am not your pretty thing
I am not your pretty thing
17th-Jan-2008 02:12 am (UTC) - I like scary iconage because it really throws people off. Nyahaha
Song trades~ haha. If you want any other song, I've already ripped the soundtrack. If you want lyrics, I have the lyrics booklet too~ If you want to see way too much thought put into trivial things (like how the final pairing in Beauty World is really puzzleshipping, because Frankie = Yami), I have that on my journal. XD
17th-Jan-2008 03:30 am (UTC) - and I have chibi!Malik for your YAMI!Malik
The icon you're using is cute! ♥ I also like this default icon! ;) And innocent!Malik! SOCUTE. But my favourite is this one. ;)

Thank you so much! *hearts* *griiiiiin* I would love to request more songs, but I'm afraid of giving you too much trouble? If it's not too much trouble: the Beauty World song would be brilliant! :) And I was just wondering if the "High Class, Low Class, No Class" song sounds better on the CD than it did in the theatre?
17th-Jan-2008 04:38 am (UTC) - You have, like, a million icons. I bow to your greatness.
17th-Jan-2008 06:30 am (UTC) - You are great too! ~
Thank you so much! *beams* ♥ *SENDS LOVE*

*and mind-slaves!* XDDD
16th-Jan-2008 02:51 pm (UTC)

I love the Singaporean dub. I used to watch it in CN but I don't think I've seen anything dubbed anything beyond Battle city. Although I love the Philippine dub the most. They translated the dialogues so slashy and it makes me the happiest girl alive! ^__^;
17th-Jan-2008 02:50 am (UTC)
I love you for loving the Singaporean dub! *beams* I have only watched a little of it myself, and that is the Duelist Kingdom arc. With Pegasus the Extremely Gay. ;)

!!! You guys had a Philippine dub?! SO COOL! Oh oh wait, I remember I read your posts on the Philippine dub here and here! THEY MADE ME SO HAPPY YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE - I am a MASSIVE fan of Mahaado/Atem, or Dark Magician/Yuugi, and anything with EXTRA SLASH sounds good to me! ♥ YOUR JOY BRINGS ME JOY! ;D
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