Thursday, May 3, 2007

Romeo X Juliet 2

So, Romeo and Juliet attempt to fill their awkward pause with some gasps, but it doesn't work so well. Juliet holds a flower in her hands and Romeo's all, 'hey, cool flower,' and Juliet gasps some more. When Romeo asks what for Juliet's name, she... keeps gasping. Someone should be calling for help and giving her some Bayer. Before Juliet can come up with an alias, Benvolio calls for Romeo, giving her a chance to run away. In her escape, she yells out to no one, "Romeo! His name is Romeo!" Knowing what happens, her excitement is actually kind of sad.

Juliet runs into some guards at the exit, who close in like they want to stab her with spears, but Francisco, a character we don't really know yet, shows up to save her. He claims that Juliet is a distant relative of the Montagues from the Farnese family, and brandishes a crest which scares the guards away. She runs to the carriage and glances back, sending us back to the palace. Romeo asks if Benvolio knows which house Juliet came from, and, of course, he doesn't. Above the audience at the ball, the archduke announces that Romeo is to be wed to Hermione. Hermione beams and Romeo's eyes get really big.

Back in the carriage, Conrad yells at Juliet for going out, but Juliet just blushes with memories of Romeo before complaining about her entire life in just a few seconds. Conrad repeats that when Juliet turns sixteen everything will make sense. Then, just to remind everyone that this is an anime, Juliet's pupils get really small and she calls Conrad a stubborn fool under her breath, and he shouts back in a 'comical' way just before cutting to the next scene.

Romeo and Hermione dance, her blushing and happy, him possibly dead, until Romeo excuses himself, saying that the roses are overpowering him. I agree. I hope Juliet is our hero, because a guy who claims roses make him ill, even when lying, ain't my kind of hero. And so far, I'd rather watch a rose than him. While Juliet has been thought-out and recreated with a little care, Romeo seems to only be in the show because his name is in the title.

The next day, Juliet's birthday, Cordelia mentions that the ball must have been pretty cool, but with her "weathered hands," they'd never have let her in. Neo Verona is pretty strict about who they let dance unemotionally around flowers. She goes on to talk about how other people's lives suck much more than hers, then just walks off somewhere. At breakfast, Juliet-Odin asks Antonio where Conrad is. He's out, and that apparently means the Crimson Whirlwind and Tiny Friend are going to make an appearance.

In the Slums of Neo Verona, some douche bag takes a man's daughter as a payment unnamed man didn't make. She's loaded into a covered cart with five or six other girls, and they take off. Crimson jumps onto the top of the cart, and the douche bag's cronies join her up top for a fight. She kicks two of the thugs off the cart, but a third takes Crimson's sword and knocks her to the ground. As Tiny Friend frees the girls, Curio, another character we don't really know yet, falls from the Heavens to take out the man about to stab Crimson. Once the cart stops, Crimson makes douche bag pull out the contract, and she slices it up, Zorro-style. Clearly, that man will never kidnap anyone ever again. His papers may get ripped.

On their way home, Curio protests that the whole 'Whirlwind' thing is pretty pointless. Badguys will still be badguys. Besides, "there is something much more important," which only Juliet can do. He won't say what, leading her to yell about the whole 'when you're sixteen' thing. With her birthday being today, she gets a little upset. Curio and Antonio just walk off, though. People lose interest pretty easily in this show.

After the break, Conrad is yelling again. I'd go into detail, but you could just search this review and the last for 'Conrad,' and it'll pretty much be the same two sentences. When Cordelia walks by, Juliet gives her same hand cream in what should be a touching scene revolving around how the rightful heir to Neo Verona cares about the common man and/or woman, but feels a lot like... nothing. No emotion or an air of importance at all. I'm usually all for subtlety, but it's possible to be so subtle that nothing actually happens. Juliet and Antonio jump up and announce they're off to Willy's. Once alone, the three men glibly talk secrets. When Conrad muses that it's amazing they've lasted for so long, Francisco says it's because Juliet is being protected by Neo Verona itself. Ignoring the cryptic comment, Curio wonders aloud if Juliet is going to be the same after she learns 'The Truth' later on tonight. Ignoring that, too, Conrad asks if everyone's been told about tonight, and wonders how many will turn up.

With Willy, Odin asks what he's working on. It's "As You Like It," a play about a woman who's been living as a man, but after falling in love, turns back into a woman. It's a comedy. When Juliet asks if love could be possible between a noble and a commoner, he gives her the famous line, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and woman merely players." Adding, "Within a story, status has nothing to do with love." Which is kind of a nice touch. And I agree; love is blind, status is a plot-point.

Back in Noble Land, Hermione and Romeo walk together surrounded by rose bushes. She asks if Romeo's doing alright, what with the roses and all, and he says he's fine. Hermione is glad. She's a little slow. When Romeo sees an Iris flower, the one Juliet was holding, he pauses, then wanders off, leaving Hermione standing alone. I was staring at the rose bushes in the fuzzy background the entire time.

Juliet asks Cordelia to tell her where irises bloom after jumping into the doorway, scaring her for no reason. Cordelia demands to know why, and after a little while, she admits that it's because, "He said I smelled like irises." I don't remember that happening, which isn't to say it didn't, but shouldn't she want something that reminds her of Romeo, and not something that would remind Romeo of her? Wuv is confusing.

We cut to Romeo flying around on his horse as he finds a field of irises. He lands, takes a whiff, and spots Juliet holding an iris. Romeo asks for Juliet's name so he can call it out, but then just says it normally after he does. Dude can't follow through on anything. Juliet says she came to the field as a birthday present to herself, and blushing like mad, Romeo picks a flower, and hands it to her wishing her a happy birthday. Aw, I guess. They promise to meet at the field again tomorrow at the same time, but because a bell is ringing in the background, Juliet has to run off. At least, that's how I interpreted it. There was no other reason for her to run off.

At dinner, Juliet comes to the table in a dress, and Antonio has a nervous breakdown. Apparently, he had no idea he was a she. Juliet blows out the candles on her cake, and we're quickly rushed off to the next scene.

Storm clouds blow in as they enter a cemetery so we know serious things are about to happen and we should pay attention. Conrad gives a quick history lesson to Juliet about how the Capulet's once ruled Neo Verona and they were pretty cool. But fourteen years ago, Lord Montague killed the Capulet family, and this is where they're buried. He then reveals to her that she is Lord Capulet's daughter. She gasps, as she is want to do, then notices a few dozen townspeople closing in. She takes a few steps back, frightened, but since we all remember Conrad asking if 'they' were coming tonight, we just sit here watching. They kneel and, in unison, they say, "Your Highness Juliet Fimatte Arst Capulet." Then lightning bolts across the sky. Somewhere, Romeo lays on a couch. Seriously. We go out on Romeo about to take a nap. He'd better do something soon, or I quit.

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