June 4, 2005

Glass Mask 3

Filed under: Glass Mask — Ren @ 10:54 am
Finally some more Glass Mask!! SD sure took their time to release this episode, but it was well worth the wait. Sometimes it’s really annoying to have to wait for subs. I’m glad I’m starting my Japanese course at the University in the fall. Someday I’ll be able to watch raws!

So we pick up at the beginning of Maya’s school play. Maya plays Vivi the fool in the stupid/comedic manner as her teacher ordered.

But then Maya suddenly switches and plays the role seriously, shocking everyone in the crowd. It’s kinda weird how Maya’s voice gets deeper when she starts acting seriously, but i can chalk that up to her doing it on purpose to suit the role. Heck, I can make my voice sound differently if I want it to.

The teacher frets in the wings, but the crowd gives a standing ovation. You would think that would be enough to praise Maya, but he just yells at her for disobeying orders. Lawd there’s a lot of stupid adults in this show. At least Maya’s classmates have brains in their heads, and they congratulate her on doing such a great job.

Maya’s mother finds out that Maya did a GREAT job and had the most AMAZING part, one to be proud of not ashamed. Stupid mother!! That’ll show her!! I really strongly dislike her mother :| hahaha, can you tell ??

After the play, Maya’s performing itch gets stronger, and she sees an advertisement for a theatrical company that’s accepting new applicants.

She goes to apply, but is overwhelmed by the number and types of entrance examinations, as well as the registration costs and monthly fee. She ends up standing outside a window for two hours watching the students of the company practice, until a security dog comes after her.

One of the students, who noticed her watching, runs out and grabs the dog’s leash (why would a security dog be running around with a leash on?) And Matsumi catches Maya when she faints.

Maya is brought inside the school and her leg is bandaged. She confesses to Matsumi that she was watching the students, and that she wants to join the company but she doesn’t have the money.

This time she’s invited to watch the students practice and even participate. The other students make fun of her for her lack of experience. Ayumi, the 13 year old famous actress, is also a student of this school, and she comes and joins the pantomime practice.

In an effort to make Maya look stupid in front of the others, a catty student suggests that Maya does a pantomime first.

Then we have some great backstory for Tsukikage-san (formerly known as the lady in black, I’m so bad with names :P ) which I won’t sum up as I got so caught up in watching it I forgot to write anything. ha. She was quite the beauty when she was younger!

One thing I will say is that Tsukikage-san owns rights to a play called The Crimson Goddess, and since she does no one else can perform it. Matsumi and his croney want the rights as it was a huge hit back in its day. They even have an actress in mind to play the lead, but Tsukikage-san reveals that she has secretly chosen an actress for the role, but they have to wait 10 years to find out who it is.

Back to the school….. Maya pantomime’s “The Escaped Bird” and gets so into it that she forgets that she’s even performing. Ayumi ends up stepping in and helping her, even though the other students just mock Maya.

As Maya is on the train on the way home, she compares herself to Ayumi and worries that she will never measure up. But I think she’s fabulous!! I wanna grab a pair of pom poms and jump be her personal cheering squad. She’s so earnest, and so passionate. I admire people who can give their all to the things they love.

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