On the bright side, the Gumdrops prototype eyes that I bought from Grace (12mm Nostalgic Yellow, actually a beautiful deep amber color) are just amazingly fabulous for Atsumori. They give exactly, exactly, exactly the slightly feral quality that I wanted for him, without being over-the-top unnatural. (However, in certain lights they glow--this morning, while I was getting ready for work, I looked over at him and his eyes seemed to light up by themselves. It gave me a mild start, but then I decided the effect was lovely.)
DVD recommendation: in my happy trek through every samurai film I can get my hands on, I have reached a mountaintop and the view is spectacular. If you like the genre at all, run, don't walk, to rent Hara-Kiri, a.k.a. Seppuku (dir. Kobayashi Masaki, 1962). Be prepared for some wrenchingly violent scenes, but also for some exceptional acting and filmmaking: the denouement actually made me put down my knitting for twenty solid minutes, which very few movies are able to do. This one is going into my class for next summer, you betcha.