This was supposed to be a whole other post about all of my favourite Ensemble Stars on Stage actors but I went on for too long so let’s make this a post on its own, shall we? Usually when I talk about actors I like, I talk about people I’ve been a fan of for a while, usually a year or more. It’s easy to forget when, how and why you became someone’s fan after that length of time, so I thought it’d be nice to look back on the couple of months it took me to become a certain actor’s fan, while I still remember the feeling.
When I became interested in Ensemble Stars on Stage, the first thing I did was followed all of the actors on Twitter. It really helps to get to know the cast of a stage before seeing it, and it’s not unusual for me to do it. I didn’t know who I was going to like or dislike but I expected my favourite to be one of the cast of the first stage, having already watched the DVD. It turned out I was wrong.
At the time I followed the cast they still hadn’t begun rehearsals, and some of them seemed to have a lot of spare time. Yasui Kazuma was one of these people. To keep himself busy, and to connect with his fans, he took to Twitcast. Every couple of nights, or sometimes even consecutive nights, he did a live broadcast. In these broadcasts, more often than not he would be in his apartment, in front of a microphone, singing. I guess you could say I became a little addicted to listening to his voice. The other things I loved about watching him was:
- His apartment often seemed to be a complete mess and he couldn’t care less.
- He had a never ending supply of drink cartons that he would go and fetch from his fridge when he was thirsty.
- Sometimes he seemed to have no idea what these drinks were even while drinking them.
- His singing performances were often trial and error and he would quite often forget the words which led to a lot of “yabai”s.
One night I was listening to one of the broadcasts live while lying in bed, and I fell asleep. When I woke up again it was 1am and he was still going. I was pretty amazed. I also noticed how attentive he was with reading the comments he received and taking people’s requests on board. I saw how confused he got when he suddenly got a short message in English from me. His Twitcasts are all archived here so you can go back and watch them whenever you like, which is nice.
At some point he also posted this video on Twitter that had been recorded a few months ago. I’m not entirely sure how many times I’ve listened to it. Once a day, at least. If you want an example of how good his voice sounds, this is the best you can get.
Anyway, by this point he was still kind of fighting with the other Ensemble Stars cast members I also liked to become number one, and I finally pushed him up there on the first day of the stage’s run. I arrived back in Japan from England around the same time the first show was finishing. I got home after basically no sleep for 24 hours and exhausted from dragging my suitcases from the station, and opened up Twitter. This was the first thing I saw:
(Actually, I don’t think it was quite this image, the one he posted originally he deleted for some reason before I had time to save it, but this is close enough).
That was it. I may have been in a highly emotional state from lack of sleep, but he managed to be pushed to my number one slot within the space of a couple of minutes, without me even having seen him live on stage. What a beautiful flawless human being, in and out of character. I haven’t looked back so far.
Now I’m waiting for the day when I finally get to see Ensemble Stars on Stage live, whenever that might end up being. I also today spontaneously bought tickets to the 1st Bancho Boys Live in February. What drew me into it particularly was that his group unit Dress_No are the “guests” for the show. I’m assuming he’ll be appearing outside of his unit too since he’s also listed in the main members appearing, but it hopefully means he’ll at least have some spotlight at some point. I’ll be looking forward to that from now too!