Welcome to this week's edition of Furuba Fridays. Profuse apologies that this is late for the third week running - I'm mid-way through performances of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with Broadclyst Theatre Group. Once the show is over tomorrow I'll be able to get back up to speed and get these things out on time again.
Jesse Frola has done a great job with the more facetious aspects of Shigure; the role is something of a gift to any comically-minded actor. But this episode brings out a more threatening characteristic to his often breathy voice. His delivery is more guarded than normal, in terms of its harsher sounds, and yet there's something hypnotic about it: he both shows his hand in admitting his Machiavellian outlook and keeps his cards close when it comes to the details. Put simply, it's a great performance, which will alter the way in which you listen to both past and future episodes.
Ben Watson, who recently celebrated his birthday. It's not so much a shouting match as a game of chess, in which both parties know their opponent's thought process and are trying to manoeuvre in such a way as to avoid giving anything away about their own. Both men are masterfully subtle, so that even with all the additional dialogue that JesuOtaku feeds them, it is their delivery which ultimately suggests or informs more than the line itself.
Here then is Episode 16 for your enjoyment and consideration. Be sure to download last week's episode as an mp3 below, and join me next week for another (hopefully on time) Furuba Friday!
NEXT WEEK: An interview with Kyo and Shigure...