Saturday, 18 November 2017

Tsukipro The Animation (ProAni) Episode 7 : Above the best

Hello people of the interweb! How's it going??? I'm writing this week's recap  earlier cause 1) I'm procrastinating and 2) get this recap out of the way to stop procrastinating and focus on revising for my upcoming exams.

Episode 7

Episode 7 Above the Best focuses on Quell as Issei and Ichiru gets cast for a musical stage play of a re-retelling of Hansel and Gretel.

The Characters

I'm really glad we got to know a bit more about Issei as the last Quell episode (Here) we didn't get to know much about him since that episode focused more on Shu and Ichiru's personality was what stole the show for me. 

Though he is quiet and often has a poker face, when he talks he's normally straight to the point and honest. He's also a freaking genius when it comes to learning like how he learns and understands the script after reading it once.  

I also like how its Ichiru looking out for Issei for once since through the anime series its normally EVERYONE looking out for Ichiru.

We get to watch the twin's work their hardest for their first first stage play and for the looks of it their first solo professional jobs.

The MVPs of this episode go to the loving parents 😜 Shu and Eichi while they're concerned for the twin's first professional job outside of being idols they still gave them space to work out how to handle the situation yet still support them from behind the scenes. 

Eichi is his usual strong and dotting father figure who's there to advice and give assurance to the twins.

Eichi is that proud mama who wants to ran around town with a freaking bullhorn and boost about his sons accomplishments πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†. Lolll I died laughing when he said he wants to run down to Tsubasa and boost about the twin's first stage play rolls as a way to celebrate and you know what??? I won't be surprised he'll listen to every word Eichi has to say and be a proud onii-chan πŸ˜†.


I am so glad that this episode was a chill one as IDK about you guys but after the last 3 episode of good random craziness it was starting to burn me out a little especially the last episode (Here) πŸ˜…. Like that episode while its fun its so all over the place it made me dizzy from how inconsistent the animations were to all the FREAKING CRAZY sport events the boys have to go through 😡😡😡. Its nice to see a more character growth centered episode for a breather and Quell's probably the best unit to do so.

My only complain about the episode was there were some plot holes especially if you're someone who's casually watching the series with no knowledge of their backstories from the Drama CD or playing TsukiPara. The best example is when Shu mentioned the twins leaving their hometown for Tokyo in a rush, even for me while I'm familiar with their backstory thanks to reading it in Tsukipara and the power of the interwebs its too vague.

They did a really good job of handling the twins situation. While they grew up in an orphanage, something people normally will think of as sad and will sympathies them for, they had a good life there and were well looked after. Also its really sweet of Shu and Eichi invited the twins guardian/foster mother from the orphanage to watch them perform and you can see the boys were in good care and that she's proud of their accomplishment. 

For those of you guys wondering WHERE THE EFF IS THAT INFAMOUS BEACH EPISODE ANIME ARE KNOW FOR since in Solids roadtrip episode they didn't made it to the beach πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ this will be the episode in the chilly autumn. Its really cute seeing the Quell boys going to the beach to help Issei and Ichiru get ideas for their character.

Also Shu and his flipping food porn monologue again πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹!!! Not gonna lie I was craving tamagoyaki aka Japanese rolled omelette 🍳🍳🍳 when he was reciting his food monologue. Now that I think about it its been a long time since I last made a Japanese rolled omelette and I used to make it all the time when I was at uni as its the tastiest 'impress your friends in the lecture hall fancy pack lunch' I can think off. I recommend checking out SORTEDfood's Tamagoyaki recipe (HERE) as that's where I learned how to make it along with a hella lotta food I ate in uni.

Easter Egg/Reference

There's the Hansel and Gretel story parallel with the twin's first meeting with Shu when he 'scouted' them which is why Shu and Eichi have THAT LOOK on their faces πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚.


You can listen to their encounter in their first Drama CD BELIEVER~η₯ˆγ‚Š~(BELIEVER ~INORI~). As for me editing this recap the English translation of the first track of the drama CD just dropped and you can view it on Tsukiuta Series FB fanpage (Here)  and if you have FB I highly recommend you like and follow them for the translation and Tsukiuta updates (btw I am not affiliate. I'M just a follower as that's where I get most of my Tsukiuta news 😁).

Also if you don't have ways or means of getting the drama CDs and don't live in Japan or have a credit card (like me😭😭😭 I borrow the SOARA and SolidS drama CD from a friend who was lucky to pick them up while in Japan), don't mind making Japanese itunes account and being patience scanning SS into crappy google translator, you can read their story on the TsukiPara app. Quell was recently added to the game and their story of how Quell came to be is available to read once you hit certain levels in-game. Lolll that's actually how I got to know their back story prior to the anime. In fact with the most recent update you can read all the Tsukipro units story which loosely follows the first volume of the audio drama.

Back to the topic of stage plays, this is not the first time where we follow a Tsukino talent stage play debut journey. Back in TsukiAni the Middle group, Arata, Aoi, You and Yoru were double cast for a stage play. 

Like the twins they were armatures/newbies to the stage play world and well aware that they have a long way to work on improving skills so they work their hardest to improve their skills to prove that they're not just shiny idols handed the roles on a silver platter. 

Seeing Issei and Ichiru's in this episode reminded me so much of Aoi and Arata back in TsukiAni. 

What's interesting was this particular scene between Issei and Ichiru. When I was watching it I got a sense of deja vu as it was similar to the conversation between Arata and Aoi as they talk out their troubles and figure out how to improve. I especially like how Ichiru suggest they make use of the fact they don't have any major projects so they have time on their advantage to practice. 

The episode about the middle's stage play has been adapted to a stage play called TsukiSta: Act II: ~The Legend of Tsukiuta: "Yumemigusa"~ . Its an alternate universe story following the episode of the Middle Group's casting and it has two parts the 'Sakura Chapter' where it focuses on Aoi and Arata and the 'Moon Chapter' where it focuses on You and Yoru. 

If you guys have not check out TsukiSta or even anime adapted to 2.5D (butai) musical stage plays I highly recommend you check it out. Just look for an anime you like and see if it has a stage adaptation. For me TsukiSta was the very first stage adaptation I watch and its not only a great introduction to the genre and an expansion of the Tsukiuta series but it also got me to appreciate the characters and the franchise on a new level. 

Sadly no news for the 2.5D Tsukipro stage play like I was hoping. It could be because they might want to focus on the current TsukiSta adaption this coming December, however I won't be surprised they'll do the same as TsukiSta where they'll use the episode to inspire one of the stage plays. Till then I'm gonna re watch TsukiSta till we get more news.

🎡🎀🎢Musical Bits🎡🎀🎢

OMGASDFJKL; THE ED SONG!!!!!!! Where do I begin?!?! Its bright and optimistic. Its hands down my favorite Quell song at the moment and dang it I have to wait till next year to hear the full thing.

The twins also sang the first verse of the song during the musical and I was blown away especially with Issei's singing voice!

Song Recommendation

星空 - Hoshizora ~ SQ X ~Lied series


No insert song this week after the craziness of the last two weeks so here's a recommendation. If you guys play TsukiPara, Issei's single from the SQ~Lied series is there to play and gosh his voice is so raw and emotional.

Guys I kid you not after watching this episode I'm gonna run around the interweb looking for more of Issei's VA Nakamura Shugo's songs once I'm done with this recap as he's singing voice is my fav of all the Quell boys. He's in another idol anime that I'm trying (and am so behind) to keep up this season called Idolm@ster Side M so I might look out for his character.


Even though there were some ups and downs, its still a really good feel good episode 😊. I adore this family unit I have a new found love and appriciation for the twins especially now that we got to see more of Issei in this episode. 

I really hope that with ProAni the Quell boys will gain more popularity IRL as its kinda sad that because they were introduced a little later than all the other units in TsukiPro and not to mention they didn't get the best introduction, a lot of Tsukipro fans just ignore the unit and pretend they didn't even exist😒😭. 

Don't get me wrong there are also a HELLA LOTTA loyal Quell fans out there to spread the hype and love of this adorable beautiful family.

I was really excited about this episode not only cause this episode is very reminiscent of the Middles stage play back in Tsukiani but also I was excited to see the behind-the-scenes of the twins practicing for their roles. Might sound weird to some but I actually did drama and stage play for a year at uni as it was part of the requirement and its one of the best subjects I did while at uni as I learned so much about from my late drama teacher (unfortunately he passed away a couple of days after we did our final project) like getting out of my 'safe' comfort zone and also taking charge of my final project where I wrote/directed and figured out how to get my group mates to memorized their lines and the freaking poem we had to incorporate into the play (loll i pulled magic out of my sleeve for this one and make the poem into a song 🎢🎸🎀) and am a HUGE musical stage play geek (I blame my love of Glee influencing me 😊). I mostly follow Broadway/musicals but thanks to TsukiSta I have a new level of love for stage plays and have been following animes adapted to J-stage! J-stage is better than I expected it's just that I'm not fluent in Japanese or else I'll have gotten more into J-stage. Welp I'll just stick to Rent/Wicked/Hamilton till I improve on my Japanese πŸ˜‰πŸ˜.

Next episode focuses on Growth and its called 'Parallel Lines'. Looking forward to seeing what its gonna be about. As for me writing this recap no preview has been released since I'm pushing out my recap early to push it aside and focus on my studies.

What's your thoughts on this week's episode??? Lets discuss in the comments.

Till Next Time

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Tsukipro The Animation (ProAni) Episode 6 : ~Starting Line~ Boys, Be Mighty

Hello people of the interwebs!!!!! 

Let the games begin!!! Are you ready for it... πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

As always there will will be spoilers as I'll be blabbing my fangirl heart and will make reference to both ProAni, TsukiAni and the other source materials in the series like SNS short stories on twitter (ALIVE) (SQ) (Tsukiuta Men Series) and Drama CDs.

Episode 6

Episode 6 ~Starting Line~ Boys, Be Mighty follows Soara boys as they help host the annual Tsukipro sports festival. The Tsukino boys are split into Red (Six Gravity, SolidS and Soara) and White team (Procellarum, Quell and Growth) and are to battle out in a series of challenges.

Characters + Voice Acting

Holy freaking moly are there a hella lotta characters in this episode! 

Not just the four Tsukipro units and the managers but also... 


Its nice to see the Tsukiuta boys in their 2017 designs especially now that characters like Koi, Arata and Iku have grown and are the same height as their seniors!  

Speaking of seniors, only the senior group of Tsukiuta were voiced so not just just Hajime and Shun talking but but also Haru and Kai (also lolll poor Kai-san πŸ˜… the crap he has to put up with cause of Shun 'maou-sama-ness' is very normal)! 

The middle and junior group while they didn't talk, the animators did a good job of showing them in action/interacting with the other groups/each other though its kinda obvious that they're not being voiced.
Also I HAVE TO MENTION THIS but SHUN-SAMA is X10 extra AF in this episode! Heck he's more extra than they show in the original TsukiAni series! Also its nice to see he's grown personality wise and now see's Hajime as someone his equal but also his friendly rival.

And Hajime!!! He's grown to be not only a good leader of Six Gravity but also a good Tsukino senpai! I feel so much feels when he comforted Ren at the end of the episode! 


I was expecting that Tsukipro will have an episode where they'll throw all the units in so this episode is it. I really appreciate watching all the units working together makes it feel like they're one big family. Instead of a beach episode we get a sports day festival episode!

Not so sure in the West but here in Asia sports festival day is a HUGE part of the school year where students are split into 'colour houses' and compete against each other to showcase their athletic talents (also gives the school the chance to groom some students to represent the school for competitions and such). Its really fun and I always look forward to it especially in primary school when I had the heart to participate in events. Secondary school... is very meh so I normally end up with the school co-op club selling merch or hanging out with my friends at the fast food joints next to the stadium.

I know i say this for the last couple of episode but this episode is really fun but it was also nerve wrecking seeing the teams going neck to neck. 

Watching this reminds me a bit of UtaPri's 'Quiz no Prince Sama' where they involve all the voice actors to participate in a variety game show style segment for the DVD. It makes me hope and praying to the goddesses wonder if Tsukipro will do something like this with the VAs or maybe the stage play actors since that's becoming a thing in the future in real life especially since their the TsukiSta actors did something similar called TsukinoQuest.  

Also Soshi saying 'look out for the food porn' made me laugh so hard as EVERY FREAKING TSUKIPRO episode has really good looking mouth watering food animation!   

Wifu combi... I know you guys are good at cooking and making bento but take a break and enjoy the luxurious catering πŸ˜“πŸ˜… 

I cracked up laughing when the manager asked SolidS if they're drinking ALCOHOL and Shiki being the responsible old man he is just hold up the water bottle πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‡  lollllls they really don't want SolidS to be a bad influence to the rest of the Tsukino children! 

The Events + Easter egg/ Reference

I know they are idols and most of them have extremely good health/fitness/stamina but wow even as an athlete I'll say that's a hella lotta events even if its supposed to fill in a day! Also for the your and my sake I'm mostly gonna highlight the events that interest me as there were like a hella lotta events the boys took part in.

Delivery Box Relay

Exhibit A of Shun 'Maou Sama-ness' πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

The moment I saw Shun's pet Diablo I know something EXTRA bizarre AF is gonna happen. And yes Diablo is a box of tangerine that should not be open by anyone else apart from Shun or else *BOOM*πŸ’₯πŸ’£ and he was first introduced and sealed in the box of tangerine back in the very first Procellarum drama cd 'Tsukiuta Drama CD vol.3' Track 3 (Translation HERE). He also appeared in the most recent TsukiSta play Lunatic Party and you'll get to see Diablo (and all the other Tsukiuta pets) humanised form! 

Loll I was rolling laughing as poor Kai and Sora had to do damage control while Shun is ... well typical Shun. 

Also I was a little confused VERY CONFUSE on why of ALL the Procellarum boys RUI was the one running and delivering the boxes. Like he will be the last person the Procellarum boys will allow to run for multiple reason mostly cause the perfect person for the event will be Iku who's a track athlete and in the scene some of the units like Growth and Solids even explain why said person was chosen.

Maybe its just me who was reading and caring too much about the lore and cannon of the Tsukiuta universe but then the beauty of the Tsukiuta is that the story cannon expands to social media conversations (Translation HERE) and that the Procellarum boys assigning their events via lucky draw and Rui didn't want an event that has to do with running!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ˜† welp that explains some of the questioning choices... more on that later lollll 

Scavenger Hunt  

Loll this was funny seeing Nozomu and Shu getting the their opposite personalities! At least for once Nozomu use his brains πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜….

The best one was Haru getting 'megane' aka glasses aka his essences (lolll nice little call back to the TsukiAni series) and You getting 'θ‡ͺεˆ†' Yourself which is a pun on his name. 

Also i have to put this in 😎😎😎 i love this adorkable megane Harupedia!

Song Intro Quiz

With the growing library of songs from Tsukino Its about time they did a quiz segment! 

One of the reason why this segment reminds me of Quiz no Prince Sama is cause like half of the voice actors in UtaPri are also in Tsukiuta and Tsukipro so it will be fun to see them recreate this segment IRL!

More about the songs in the musical bit.  


This part MADE THE EPISODE FOR ME in so many freaking ways! They all look so good!!! I was not surprised to see Kakeru and Rikka as cheergirls but Ren, Yoru, Ryota and especially Ichiru πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜… WHATTTT?!?!

For the cheerboys, on the red team we have Six Gravity Arata (I love this dork btw and his songs are some of the best Tsukiuta songs partly cause his VA is also one of my fav VA not just for voice acting but also singing), Dai from Solids and Soshi from SOARA.

For the cheergirls we have Kakeru from Six Gravity (OMGASDFJKL; THE DUDE IS PERFECT!!! KAWAII! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ˜), Rikka from Solids (HE IS SO EFFING BEAUTIFUL!!!) and Ren from Growth! Also poor Ren... no one gave him the memo that they volunteer him as tribute to be a cheergirl. 

For the white team cheerboys we have Procellarum's Kai, Growth's Ken and Quell's Eichi. lolll seeing Kai and Kensuke beings me back episode 4 (HERE) when all Mamoru ran into all of them at the different noodle shops

Last but not least we have the white team cheergirls! Yoru from Procellarum, Ryota from Growth and Ichiru from Quell (OMG POOR ICHIRU πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜… HE LOOKS LIKE HE'S GONNA KILL SOMEONE AND I HAVE A FEELING IT'S GONNA BE THE REST OF THE QUELL MEMBERS lollllll). 

Also remember how I mention I was EXTREMELY CONFUSE on Procellarum choice of allocating who's participating in the events... well the fact that YORU of ALL THE PROCELLARUM BOYS PARTICIPATING AS A CHEERGIRL was the one that confused me X10 more than Rui in the Delivery box relay! Reason??? Well Yoru is EXTREMELY STUBBORN and EXTREMELY SHY so it had to be something like being unlucky in a lucky draw to get him to do something like that πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜… my initial thought was WTF did Shun or You bribe him to do this?!?! Anyways thank you tsukipro gods for letting us know how Yoru look in woman cloths and yes he does look good ^^. Poor mama Yoru...please don't kill You lollll!!!!

Also fun fact, both Kakeru and Yoru's hair resembles their female goddesess counterpart Kurisu and Akane who both made an appearance in TsukiAni. Lolll in fact when I first saw Kakeru I was like... what's with the blond Hatsune Miku wig?!?! but then I saw Yoru's hair and welp it all made senseπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰.  


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Exhibit B of Shun 'Maou Sama-ness' πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜… I don't even know how to explain this 'magic-ness' that's going on!!! loll poor managers!!!!

Also this is the sport that will have made more sense to put Rui in as in the Childish Drama mini-drama (Translation HERE) Rui and Iku goes bowling on their day-off and Rui mentions that some of the other Tsukiuta members (including Shun) have taken him bowling and that he's actually really good at it!

Musical Bits

~Starting Line~ Boys, Be Mighty - ED

I'll be perfectly honest... not my favorite SOARA song as its too cheerful and reminds me a bit too much of Kakeru's song.

I do like the montage especially for Nozomu! In case you guys don't know what's going on in the picture, Nozomu has an older brother who he looks up to who's also a bassist.

Insert Song 

This time I don't blame them for going ham on the insert songs as most of them are for the quiz but being the nice blogger I am I'll go through the ones that I have not covered in past posts to help you guys πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‡ 

Tsukiusa Taisou - Tsukiuta Managers


I had a feeling this song was gonna make an appearance somewhere!!! And why yes the managers have a song too πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚  This song is sung by SIX Gravity and Procellarum managers and its freaking punny as the lyrics makes puns of the Tsukiuta character names! If you want to get a kid into Tsukiuta best start them young joke play this song as its like 'The Wiggles' song! 

Is it bad that the moment I saw the mascots I knew that they're gonna play this song?!?! Also is it bad that I actually love this song and i scream YESSSSSS!!! when they played it??? I wish they animated the Tsukino boys doing the dance but instead they just show us montage of the outside of the stadium.
So here's a little throw back to Tsukiuta series when poor Koi and Kakeru had to dance in the mascot suit for the Animate promotion back in TsukiAni episode 3.

Also if you're a TsukiSta fan, the stage actors also did a dance to for one of the Tsukipro shows and its freaking cute! Also after watching it you'll agree with me why I compare it to The Wiggles πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ lolll their outfit reminds me so much of those freaking skivvy especially Hajime's!!!

Summer Session - SOARA 

Another Favorite SOARA song! Similar to Ameagari no UFO (since its from the same album) where its fun 80's summer beach rock and roll 😎😎😎. 
Its also a playable TsukiPara that you have to 'purchase' it (along with most of the insert songs if its not already in game).

Ameagari no UFO - SOARA   

Lolll speaking of 'Ameagari no UFO', this song appears again! I talked about it as an insert song in the last episode (HERE) so not gonna say much.

Exhibit C of Shun 'Maou Sama-ness' πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

By now yes we know about your paranormal demon expertise Shun-sama πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ž and for those of you who are just getting to know me this weirdo is my ultimate favorite and best boy of Tsukiuta ❄❅❆ Albino fangirl!   

エγƒͺをル -ALIEL- - SOARA 
So the SOARA theme is also an insert song this episode. Already talked about it back in episode 2 (Here).

Only thing I have to say about this song is I MANAGED TO FULL CLEAR FREAKING EXPERT MODE in Tsukipara 😎😎😎 heck yes as I have the worst concentration in the world so if I can clear it on EXPERT MODE I'm pretty sure you guys can clear it too πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜† do note it took MANY tried before I full clear this song on expert mode! Gambatte!!

Wonder Wand - SOARA
Boy was I happy to hear Wonder Wand as if I were to choose one song from SOARA as my top favorite this will be it. Its also one of their more recent song that they released earlier this year. 
Its one of those songs that I listen to to put me in a good mood. Cute and catchy sound that reminds me of a fun marching song. If you want to hear a Sora/Soshi duet this is it since most of the earlier SOARA songs were duets between Sora and Mori with the rest as backing vocals.

CORONA - Growth     
One of the more recent Growth songs I found thanks to Tsukipara. I like how it sounds like an outer space adventure! Its such an enchanting song! Its one of those songs that make me want close my eyes and let their voice send me flying through space! 

 Also good to know Kai-san liks this song. 
Seafloor - QUELL 'I saw a rainbow'   


This is a real you need to take your time listening to appreciate it song. I initially was not a fan of it but after listening to it a couple more times before I appreciate it.  

KARA DA KARA - SolidS 'Omote Series -KARA DA KARA-'

Fufufu this is one hella hawt nosebleed worthy sexy song let me tell you. If you like their OP Burry!!! you'll love this! Pop-rock with the chanting rap parts make a good combo. Also that Drama CD cover art made me freaking red in the face of how hawt the guys are!  

Gravitic Love - Six Gravity  

Shakin' Sugar Sugar 😊😊😊 SHAKE IT LOVE!

YES!!!!!! I love this song! To the point I actually know the dance step to the first verse of the song! This was Six Gravity TsukiAni Theme and unit song.

LOLV - Lots of Luv - Procellarum     

I like this song a little bit more than Gravity Love 😊😊😊 This is one of the reason why you need to watch TsukiAni as their OP MV for Lots of Luv is well choreograph and just as good as Growth's! 

I'm pretty sure everyone is gonna petition to Tsukipro to get Shiki to dance to Lots of Love. Also if there is one please point me to the direction so I can sign it! 

So in the end the White team won. Funny enough on twitter there's actually a poll (HERE) where fans can vote and there the Red team won.

Either ways no matter who win or loose is nice to see both the Tsukiuta guys and Tsukipro guys work together and having fun. 
Not gonna lie after watching this episode made me miss the Tsukiuta boys even though I just finished watching the series a few months ago and it does not help and me and pretty much the entire fandom are wondering WTF is with the fate of the Tsukiuta series especially since there is not much news about the series at AGF 2017.  Maybe they're holding off any news till the end of the ProAni series to make any announcements??? Either ways I went back and re watch a few favorite episodes. 

I'm pretty sure a lot you guys who are fans of Tsukiuta series will be happy to see them back in action and for those who are watching ProAni and getting to know the Tsukiuta boys for the first time will probably be curious about them and will be running around the interwebs to watch it (btw Tsukiuta is on Funimation while ProAni is on Crunchyroll and for my Australian readers try AnimaLab).

I mentioned I'll try and get a post up on Tsukiuta but not soon as I hope as I'm 1) currently recovering from a fever and ill 😷😷😷 and I'm still not feeling well as I edit this post and 2) I have exams early December so I don't think I'll have much free time to blog anything apart from my weekly ProAni recaps. 

I hope you guys enjoy my thoughts on this week's episode! The next episode 'Above the best' (HERE) focuses on Quell and from the looks of it its gonna center around the twins Issei and Ichiru's backstory when the stageplay they're cast in reminds them of their past. I have a feeling we might get some details of the TsukiPro stageplays cause according to my friend who watch TsukiAni as it was being released they released details about the Tsukista part 2 immediately after the episode that centers around the middle group's stage play came out. So its gonna be an interesting evening guys.

Till next time