Garasu no Kamen Synopses
Time for a new "Kurenai Tennyo"!
Chigusa Tsukikage is about to die... But she hears Ichiren calling her again and she stands up!
At the curtain call she looks in an excellent shape. As Rei remarks, she is performing the great
actress Chigusa Tsukikage who says goobye to theatre.
Eisuke Hayami asks one of his employes to take him back... He wants to go away before his feelings disappear... Chigusa Tsukikage thanks the audience for watching her show. She explains them that Akoya's love for Isshin was her love for Ichiren Ozaki. Even if he was married, they were soul mates, connected thanks to "Kurenai Tennyo"... They could always understand each other without words... They were one soul, and even now Ichiren is with her... And he will be with her until she lives... But before her fire is extinguished, she wants to light up an other candle! The woman breaks the mask of "Kurenai Tennyo" into 2 parts. Then, she says to Maya and Ayumi that to create something new, they have to destroy the old: they have to create their own mask of "Kurenai Tennyo", without imitating her!
Two souls meeting.
After the play, refreshments were served in the valley of the red plum trees.
Maya is daydreaming about "Kurenai Tennyo" in the backstage area. She wonders if her
soul mate is Masumi Hayami... That would be a dream...
She puts on Kurenai Tennyo's kimono and she dances next to the thousand-year plum tree. Suddently many red plum blossoms float in the air.
In the meantime, Masumi Hayami is wondering if there is a soul mate for him. Suddently, the air is painted with a red fog... For a moment, he sees the Crimson Goddess! Maya is in front of him, with a blooming branch of red plum tree in her hand. A river runs between them, so they cannot get close to each other. Maya would love to confess her love to him; she uses Akoya's words:
That day, when I met you for the first time in the valley... I understood immediately that you were my soul mate [...] There is no age, appearance, social status... When they meet, those two souls attract each other, looking for the other half of themselves, eager to be one, madly desiring the other half... This is falling in love... Please... Leave your name, your past, be only mine, my love...
While saying those words, Maya prays that her purple rose fan will answer her, that he will reveal his identity... She holds out her hand to him... Masumi doesn't understand what is happening. He holds out his hand to her... Their bodies can't reach, but their souls meet... They sweetly embrace for a moment...
My love... We were separated, but now we are one...
It lasts just a moment, but both feel as if they have really embraced. Was it an illusion? They really felt each other's warmth... Masumi heard Maya calling him: my love... They keep staring at each other, without saying a word.
Hayami san... If you only crossed this river... If you only...
Someone calls Masumi's name... It's Shiori, whose perfect timing ruins the atmosphere... Maya hides... Masumi and Shiori go away arm in arm... Maya wonders if it was just an illusion... No! It can't be! It was a connection between two hearts! Who knows if Masumi felt the same?
Masumi wonders if it was just an illusion... Anyway...
I didn't cross the river... If I only had had the courage to cross it and get to the other side... If I only had had the courage...
Back to everyday life.
Eisuke wakes up in the hotel. He's very surprised to know that his son Masumi is still in his room:
he didn't eat, he didn't sleep, he kept sighing... And when he finally shows up, he is still very
absent-minded and clumsy... He boots a cup of tea which is on the ground, he answers the telephone with the
receiver upside-down, he drinks his father's medicine... Shiori and the managers who came visit Eisuke
hardly believe what they see!
They all leave for Tokyo, except Masumi and Eisuke who will get to Tokyo later.
When Eisuke is alone with his son, he asks him if he is in love with an other woman: Masumi denies that. Eisuke is pleased: Shiori is a sensitive woman, and he doesn't have to lose self-control. He has an important task in Tokyo: that marriage will be very helpful for Daito! Eisuke will get to Tokyo for the ceremony. And then they talk about "Kurenai Tennyo". They agree that Daito could never produce a better play. Eisuke wants that play for Daito at any cost: this is Masumi's mission!
If Ayumi performs it, there will be no problem. But Maya... Sha hates Masumi... And she is a dangerous girl: she bet everything on acting! She can become the best actress ever or disappear... She is a true genius: people like her are able to change the world!
Maya's success could depend on the constant support of someone...
Anyway, if Maya wins the competition, and if she doesn't accept to work for Daito... Well, Masumi will have do destroy her! Masumi is shocked: should he destroy such a talented actress? Eisuke is surprised to see such a pitying Masumi: does he feel a sense of guilt for killing her mother?
Masumi has to do what his father orders him to do: otherwise, Eisuke himself will do it!
Tsukikage is at the old temple with Genzo. She is recovering from the last fatigue. Ayumi is packing her
luggage to get back to Tokyo with Onodera and Kei Akame. The day after Maya will leave too, and also the actors of
Tsukikage and Unicorn Company.
Ayumi thinks about her "Kurenai Tennyo"... She thinks she hasn't understood her completely...
Maya is even more absent minded than usual. Rei and Sayaka are worried for her! She cannot even help them with the houseworks: she spends all the time daydreaming and crying...
Maya wants to see Masumi again... The only thing she knows is that she loves him!
Chigusa Tsukikage calls Maya and Ayumi and takes them to the bridge which leads to the sacred plum tree valley. Genzo sets fire to the bridge: it will be impossible to reach the valley from that moment on! Maya and Ayumi learnt what they had to learn in that valley: now they have to create their goddesses in Tokyo thanks to their imagination and technique. All the answers they look for are in their hearts.
During the last night in the valley, Ayumi can't sleep. Even if it's raining,
she goes out to the woods and rehearse "Kurenai Tennyo". Maya wakes up and follows her.
When Ayumi notices her asks her if she came watch what her rival is doing...
Maya replies that she could never compare herself to her... She could never make such a beautiful performance... Ayumi is fed up of her obsequious behaviour... She starts telling her everything she thinks: she has always felt a loser to her, when she performed her "Kurenai Tennyo" she has hated her so much that she was about to let her die falling down the rotten bridge... Maya arouses all the worst feelings in her!
Maya can't believe what Ayumi is saying... She starts crying: she pities Ayumi, who has always been an unreachable target for her. Ayumi slaps her on her cheek. The girls start fighting and throwing mud at each other! During the fight, they say that they will perform "Kurenai Tennyo", and then they offend each other...
Finally it stops raining. The two girls have fought hard... They are sitting on the ground, all covered with mud, bruised and exhausted.
Ayumi: How it hurts! And what if my face sweels? Being an actress, you should have been more carful!
Maya: You look what you have done! I have my lip split!
Ayumi: It serves you right!
Maya: Perfidious girl!
Ayumi: What a ugly face!
Maya: You should see yours!
The two girls burst into laughters. They laugh a lot together. They congratulate with each other for fighting well!
They walk together back. They both feel much better.
And they know each other even more than before. Now they are ready to compete for "Kurenai Tennyo", and both are determined to win!
After 2 months since they have arrived to the valley, it's time to leave... Ayumi, Onodera and Akame leave first. Maya Kuronuma and Sakurakoji are going to leave the following day.
Maya in love.
While Maya is wandering in the woods, Masumi pays a visit to Tsukikage before leaving for Tokyo.
His father will spend some more time in that village to recover health. He congratulates with Tsukikage
for her performance. The sensei asks him why he wants the royalties for "Kurenai Tennyo"...
For the same reasons why his father wants them?
Masumi says that probably he wanted them for this was his father's biggest dream...
...Until I saw the "Kurenai Tennyo" you performed...
Masumi Hayami looks strange. A cat enters and he looks upset... He asks for more tea...
Silence... There is no sign of the presence of Maya here... Maybe she is trekking... To be honest, I came here to look for her... Just seeing her for a moment would have been enough... I wished to meet her from the bottom of my heart... I'm so sad because I couldn't do that? It's like if an icy wind blew on my heart...
Tsukikage is surprised... What's wrong with him?
Masumi has to go. While his cars leaves, Maya arrives... She sees his car... Was it him? She runs to Genzo, who tells her who the visitor was. Maya enters the room and embraces the pillow Masumi was sitting on... It's still warm... If she had arrived a few minutes before she would have seen him! She cries... She is sad because she couldn't meet him? Is it possible? Does she loves him that much?
In the meantime, Masumi is driving his car. He feels melancholy and confused... Was Maya's confession a joke or what? He has to go to the Red Plum Trees Valley once again to understand Maya... But... When he arrives... He finds Kuronuma looking at the bridge which doesn't exist any longer... Tsukikage said that the valley was just an illusion, and it exists in each one's heart... Thanks to the play, they wil be the bridge between illusion and reality... It's in Tsukikage's character!
Maya is spending her last night at the mountain village with Genzo and the sensei. She doesn't eat much...
She is very thoughtful... Tsukikage asks her what's wrong...
Maya asks her if soul mates like in "Kurenai Tennyo" exist in real life.
Tsukikage is surprised. She smiles at her: Yes, they exists, if she believes it. Ichiren was her soul mate.
...But, meeting your soul mate is a miracle. Nobody on Earth knows if s/he will meet him/her or not. Maya, you're still young. You'll meet many people. Many will make your heart beat. Maybe you'll meet the other half of your soul, maybe not. But if you'll do, you'll surely understand it. Because your souls will vibrate... You'll consider each other the one, beyond reason. Even if you are different for social status, even if you are far away... Your hearts will understand each other, and you'll want to live your life together...
Maya asks her:
If someone met that special person, s/he understands it immediately?
No, not necessarily: Chigusa met Ichiren at the age of 7, and she understood her feelings several years later...
...Maybe one day you'll meet your soul mate. Listen to me Maya. If you feel that it's him, don't give up. You were surely born to meet each other. Age, class, position don't matter, you'll be fascinated by each other. If he is your soul mate, he'll surely have the same feelings... Wherever he is and whatever he is doing... If you ever meet him, be courageous and make the first step! Something will start from that! If you are afraid of the consequences, you'll never get anything... Remember that he has the same feelings!
Only Maya can open the doors of her destiny...
But remember, Maya. the most important thing is the connection between souls. A superficial love doesn't lead to anything... And when you live together, you'll understand why you were born. This is the Crimson Goddess' love!
Tsukikage sees two falling stars. Maya is lucky! This is her last night at the mountain village, and if she manages to make a wish upon a star it will come true...
Hayami san... What was your wish? Something I am not allowed to know? It's too sad it will never come true... Star.. Please fall! And make my wish come true! Please!
A falling star shows up in the sky...
All the actors and directors left the homeplace of "Kurenai Tennyo". Tsukikage is alone with Genzo.
Tsukikage tells him she was very surprised that Maya is really in love: the girl asked her if soul mates exist!
Even if I don't know who is the man she loves, I am sure he is someone nobody would ever expect... Someone who would shock me as well! It's marvellous that it happened in the eve of the play... I am not sure they are soul mates, anyway Maya will learn a lot... There couldn't be a better study!
Tsukikage looks very pleased...
Nothing is useless in life! Everything helps improving! Live, Maya! Love, love! Be hurt, suffer! And then, perform "Kurenai Tennyo"!
Masumi's engagement party.
Tokyo. Maya goes to Daito Art Production, determined to confess her love to Masumi Hayami. She overhears that he is at Queen's Hotel for a recepton. She immediately goes there. She meets Mizuki who is happy but also surprised to see her. Maya reads on a panel at the entrance of the big meeting room that the reception is an engagement reception... Masumi Hayami and Shiori Takamiya! She can't say a word. She enters the room and she sees the happy couple... Masumi's face is so happy! Maya is ashamed of herself for what she was about to do... She accepts a cup of champagne which a waiter offers her, but she drops it. The noise of the broken glass arouse anyone's attention. Now they are all looking at Maya, Masumi included. There is a strange look in Eisuke Hayami's eyes...
Original story by Suzue Miuchi. Synopses by Francesca.
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