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ミランダ (大丈夫)
21 December 2012 @ 08:55 pm

Contrary to the banner, this journal is not friends only. Rather, it is semi-friends only for the reason that I like people to comment before they friend me. Why? Because I don't feel comfortable with complete strangers friending me. It's as simple as that. I don't expect anything fancy and I don't bite- just drop me a comment stating who you are and why you'd like to friend me, and, chances are, I'll friend you back. Fandoms in common help a lot, too. However, if you don't comment on this post, I won't friend you back, simple as that.

I do have a few rules for friending:
☆ I don't friend journals that are linked to twitter/facebook/other social media (so that the majority of the posts are, for example, a conglomeration of tweets)
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If your journal contains any of these things, please feel free to friend me regardless; all of my fic, icons, translations, reports, meta, and other fanworks will always be unlocked. I reserve the right to unfriend any journals that begin doing these things after we're friends. It's also simply my policy to unfriend any accounts who unfriend me for whatever reason.

In the case that you happen to stumble across this journal and are considering friending, here's just a bit about me to help you out, a bit more in-depth than my userinfo.

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Current Mood: productiveproductive
Current Music: Kimeru//JUNK BEAT
ミランダ (大丈夫)
08 August 2019 @ 11:43 pm
First and foremost, congratulations to SixTONES for the debut announcement! Also the 19 venue tour!! I'm so proud of them for how far they come, and I'm so happy their hard work is finally being rewarded. I hope that Sony Music will promote them well!

Backing up, I watched the Junior concert livestream today! It was really weird to just be able to stream a Johnny's concert live, lol. It was really cool, though! And I'm so glad I got to hear the debut announcement live (and congrats to Snow Man as well!)

I'm about to head to bed, but I just wanted to say how excited I am that this group who I've been following since they were formed back in 2012 is finally going to debut!
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: SixTONES//Japonica Style
ミランダ (大丈夫)
23 July 2019 @ 10:57 am
In about 14 hours or so, I'll be on my way back to Japan! I'm annoyed that on this trip I once again missed all the summer music specials, so I'll have a lot to catch up on when I get back, lol. But on the bright side...

♡ I had a really good vacation!

♡ I caught an episode of ShoKura on TV in Hawaii, which was very unexpected XD It was the first time I had watched Shokura in a long time, so that was kind of fun.

♡ I read Shige's most recent short story, "Pocket" in the anthology, "Ikitakunai." I enjoyed it! I hope to make an actual post about it sometime soon.

I hate flying >< But, soon I'll be home!
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: NEWS//Koi wo Shiranai Kimi e
ミランダ (大丈夫)
05 July 2019 @ 10:48 am
I know I've been terrible about posting recently, but in case there's anyone looking for me, I wanted to drop by and say that I'll be away from Japan for the next 2 and a half weeks! Using my summer vacation to head to Hawaii for a while, and then back to my hometown briefly before returning near the end of July.

My internet access may be spotty some of the time, but I should generally be reachable in 48 hours by email or LJ PM!

I hope everyone is having a great summer ♥
Current Mood: stressedstressed
Current Music: Hey! Say! JUMP//Ai Dake ga Subete -What do you want?-
ミランダ (大丈夫)
24 May 2019 @ 03:37 pm
Well, I wrote fic for Shounentachi, because I'm ridiculous, lol. I don't know if anyone else has seen the movie, but if you have please come talk to me about it because it was terrible but also great!

title: predawn
rating: pg-13
pairings: Daiken/Hiroto (Matsumura Hokuto/Morimoto Shintaro's characters from Shounentachi)
warnings: Major spoilers for the end of the movie!! This also deals with character death, so if that might be upsetting to you, please proceed with caution!
word count: 1,525
beta: yomimashou
author's note: I was not expecting to love the stupid Shounentachi movie as much as I did. I really enjoyed Hokuto and Shintaro's characters' goofy flirting on screen, but I wasn't actually expecting them to be the first pairing I wrote fic of from the movie. This was written for Shiritori @ writetomyheart!

Morning will come for them soon enough, Daiken tells himself.Collapse )
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: SixTONES//Haruka na Yakusoku
ミランダ (大丈夫)
30 April 2019 @ 03:36 pm
(This was supposed to be posted in April and somehow I was unaware that it didn't get posted o_o; So please pretend that it was posted at the correct time...)

What's been going on over the past couple months?

♡ Worldista! I saw it on opening day in Shizuoka and then twice in Miyagi. It's not as good as Epcotia or Neverland in my opinion, but it's still quite good! My seats were fine in Shizuoka, but I was in the arena both days in Miyagi, so from my subjective standpoint I've certainly been enjoying it a lot XD; I'm seeing it again twice in Saitama and twice in Nagano (I hit for both the shows in Nagano, thank god, so I'm done buying tickets for this show), so hopefully I'll have good seats for those, too!

♡ I saw SixTONES in Yokohama, and it was a good show! I'm happy for them that they've been doing so well recently. Kouchi's Magical Song was really cute, and I also enjoyed Hokuto's artistic solo (though I'm honestly crushed that I missed him performing Ayame last year). I hope that they have more success from now on!

♡ I had a good Spring Break and am currently enjoying Golden Week! I ended up going out a lot during Spring Break and was pretty tired, so I'm enjoying mostly relaxing during Golden Week XD; I did hanami in Meguro during Spring Break, though, and saw all the paper lanterns for JUMP members! It's really fun that the trend of buying lanterns for your tan is spreading; I spotted 4 for Inochan!

♡ The season of Kaseifu no Mitazono with Inochan started! Inochan has been super cute. It's funny and easy to watch, so I'd definitely recommend checking it out!

♡ I saw the Shounentachi movie, and, despite that it was terrible, I really enjoyed it, lol. They adapted it a lot from the regular SixTONES and Snow Man version of the play (can't speak to older versions or Osaka versions since I haven't seen them), which made it a lot better, especially for the movie format, but the script, the filmography, and a lot of the acting was really just horrible. XD; Still, it was also really gay, so I mean, what else could you want. It had similar elements in terms of the gay aspects to Bakaleya, which was very cute and nostalgic, and Reia's role was extremely brief but also amazing, which I enjoyed a lot. XD All in all, if you want to see a good movie definitely don't go, but if you want to see a movie about Johnny's Juniors forming ~bonds of companionship and what have you, I recommend it XD;
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: SixTONES//Japonica Style
ミランダ (大丈夫)
27 February 2019 @ 11:38 am
Another Zero fic from Shiritori! Maybe one day I'll get over this ridiculous drama, lol, but that day is not today.

title: More than Satisfactory
rating: pg
pairing: Suezaki Seigi x Hikawa Yuuki (Zero: Ikkaku Senkin Game)
word count: 714
beta: yomimashou
author's note: More Zero fic! I personally choose to believe that Seigi and Yuuki came back together from Dream Kingdom and lived happily ever after, so this is just a snapshot of their lives after the drama. This is set probably just before the "1 year later" epilogue that you see in Episode 10 of the drama. Written for Shiritori @ writetomyheart!
summary: Maybe things are still a little awkward now, and maybe they'll continue to be awkward for some time to come, but Yuuki think that this life that they've built together is definitely more than enough for him.

It's been about a year since Yuuki had come back from Dream Kingdom with Seigi.Collapse )
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: NEWS//Ikiro
ミランダ (大丈夫)
This is a comprehensive list of all of the Johnny's Concerts and events I've been to. Those for which I've written reports have a link to the report underneath. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to write a report for every concert I've been to, but if you have a specific question about any of the shows or events here (for example, for clarification about something you read on Twitter), please don't hesitate to comment, and I'll be happy to help!

I have also written a comprehensive venue guide here. If you have questions about any of the venues here (for example, if you can buy food inside the venue), please check that post first, but if your question isn't covered, again, please feel free to ask me here or on that post in the comments!

I'm happy to help fans going to concerts or venues for the first time, so I hope this can be of use, and please let me know if you have any questions beyond what I've written here!

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Current Mood: productiveproductive
Current Music: Inoo Kei//Jouken Hansha
ミランダ (大丈夫)
05 January 2019 @ 02:24 pm
Happy New Year! I rang in the New Year this year with NEWS in Kyocera Dome, before rushing back to Tokyo to spend the evening of January 1st with JUMP in Tokyo Dome. It was extremely tiring and stressful, but basically the best new year a fan could ask for!

Sadly, my winter vacation will end after this weekend and I'm headed back to work on Monday, but I'm seeing NEWS both tomorrow and after work on Monday, so that's something to look forward to!

I'm going to do my best to live my best life both as a fan and a person in 2019! Yoroshiku! ♥
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: Hey! Say! JUMP//Chocolata
ミランダ (大丈夫)
31 December 2018 @ 12:02 am
Wow, where the heck did December go? And all of November, for that matter, lol. I just got back from JUMP in Tokyo Dome and I have to get to bed before heading to Osaka for NEWS tomorrow, so I'll post more in depth in the new year, but just to recap...

In November, I...
→ Spent most of my time with friends! I helped several friends clean their apartments, and went to Disney (which was actually October 30, but shh...) with a friend as well!

→ Saw JUMP in Big Hat in Nagoya, which is the first place I ever saw them, so that was nostalgic! Also we had arena seats, which were amazing

→ Continued to be obsessed with Shige's summer drama Zero Ikkaku Senkin Game.

→ Also celebrated Thanksgiving with friends, and had an early birthday party! I got the first two Junior Meikan that Shige was in and an adorable illustration of Inochan. ♥ Thank you!

In December, I...
→ Went to Osaka to see JUMP in Kyocera Dome on December 1 and 2! On December 1, they celebrated Chinen's birthday, and then on December 2, they did a really cute birthday surprise for Hikaru! December 2 is also my birthday, so I was very happy about that.

→ Made friends with a Japanese JUMP fan who I happened to be seated next to on the shinkansen back from Osaka!

→ Finished work in mid-December and have been enjoying my winter break!

→ Celebrated my birthday and Christmas in various ways at various times with various friends! Home-cooked Christmas food, KFC, and Outback were all delicious. XD;

→ Became mildly infatuated with Koseki Yuta, the actor who played Yuuki in Zero, and saw his goofy romance movie twice.

→ Watched Ooku for the first time! Nino is always a great actor, though I found his character a bit annoying (I mean, he was supposed to be 19...), and the sets and costumers were absolutely gorgeous! Okura was really pretty too, lol, which wasn't something I was expecting since, while I'm not too familiar with Kanjani8, I always saw him as more of a "handsome" guy. Also does Sasaki Kuranosuke play the exact same character in everything that he's in? XD; (As an aside, Koseki Yuta has an extremely tiny bit part in it, lol).

→ Saw JUMP again in Tokyo on the 28th, 29th, and 30th (today). Sense or Love isn't my favorite album or my favorite tour, but there have been some really good parts ♥

And that's about all! I hope that everyone is having a safe and happy holiday season! Happy New Year in advance, and I'll see everyone in 2019!
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Hey! Say! JUMP//Joou Bachi
ミランダ (大丈夫)
24 November 2018 @ 11:12 am
This was a shiritori from quite a while ago that I never got around to posting to my journal. However, I continue to be obsessed with this drama, so... XD;

title: barriers
rating: pg
characters: Shirube-centric (Tokyo B Shonen member Sato Ryuga's character in Zero: Ikkaku Senkin Game)
warnings: Mentions of child abuse. The abuse in the fic is not described in detail, not sexual in nature, and not presented as a good thing in the context of the story, but it still might be upsetting to some, so please read with discretion. Additionally, this contains spoilers for episodes 5 and 9.
word count: 3,266
beta: yomimashou
author’s note: After watching this drama a zillion times and developing a lot of theories about the characters and their backstories, I started liking Shirube’s character a lot more than expected. This was the backstory that I came up with for me. Originally written for Shiritori @ writetomyheart
summary: A barrier-- that's what intelligence has been for Shirube's entire life.

He can't get the sight of that warm smile out of his mind when he closes his eyes.Collapse )
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: NEWS//Ikiro
ミランダ (大丈夫)
25 September 2018 @ 09:46 pm
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. I fell in love with these goofy characters from Shige's drama, and I'm not even embarrassed (or at least, not as embarrassed as I should be...). Their love is beautiful, ok.

title: courage
rating: pg
pairing: Suezaki Seigi x Hikawa Yuuki (Mamiya Shotaro and Koseki Yuta’s characters in the drama Zero: Ikkaku Senkin Game)
word count: 1,742
beta: yomimashou
author’s note: I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with Shige’s drama this summer, but somehow it happened…! This is set after episode 7, so please be aware that there may be spoilers up until that point! Also, as a note, "we get along well" is my translation of "ki ga au", which is one of the first things Yuuki says to Seigi when they meet in episode 1. I’m not sure how it’s been translated in any subtitles that are out there, but that’s the reference I’m making!
summary: Yuuki realizes that maybe, just maybe, he isn’t as cowardly as he’d always thought.

It’s almost ironic, Yuuki thinks, that less than half an hour ago, he was ready to accept death.Collapse )
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: NEWS//Ikiro
ミランダ (大丈夫)
25 September 2018 @ 09:31 pm
Yet another old Shiritori drabble!

title: Give Up
rating: pg
pairing: Kusano Hironori x Kato Shigeaki; some background Koyama x Tegoshi
warning: It's pretty innocuous in my opinion, but it is generally linked to the scandals, so if that might upset or offend you, please read with discretion.
word count: 1,039
beta: yomimashou
author's note: This is a late, short reaction to all the crap that went down with NEWS in June. Not really anything about the incidents themselves, but just my hope as a fan that Shige had someone supporting him. ;__; Written for shiritori @ writetomyheart!
summary: No matter how much Shige wants to feel like the main character in his own tragedy novel sometimes, he knows that Kusano won’t let him, and perhaps that’s for the better.

'Give up!' Shige barks, throwing his arms up as he turns back to face Kusano.Collapse )
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Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: NEWS//Ikiro
ミランダ (大丈夫)
25 September 2018 @ 09:16 pm
I realized there are a few fics I posted to shiritori that I didn't ever put on my journal; this is one of them. It's just a short goofy drabble, but... here it is for posterity.

title: Snack
rating: g
pairing: Yamada/Chinen if you like; Hey! Say! 7 centric
warning: This does center around dieting, albeit in a lighthearted, silly way, so if that might be stressful to you, please read with caution!
word count: 607
beta: yomimashou
author's note: I wrote this for Shiritori @ writetomyheart a while back. Just a really brief, goofy drabble, though I enjoyed using the ending words I got!
summary Yamada can't resist temptation, but Chinen helps.

He cracks under the pressure of his desire-- he can't help it.Collapse )
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Hey! Say! 7//Ganbaretsugo
ミランダ (大丈夫)
16 September 2018 @ 11:30 am
♪ I saw JUMP in Miyagi on both Saturday and Sunday last weekend! Saturday we had the expected seats, in the back few rows, but Sekisui Heim Super Arena is so small that honestly the third to last row wasn't even bad. With binoculars I was able to watch Inochan quite closely, and we were near to the center stage, so that was good! But then on Sunday, my friend hit for arena A2 block!! We were 8 rows from the stage and it was AMAZING. I got to see Inochan up close so many times; he came by us on the carts 3 times, and the main stage and the center catwalk were really close as well! They're probably some of the best seats I've ever had for a concert, so I'm really grateful for my friend!

♪ This weekend I saw KAT-TUN in Yokohama yesterday with yomimashou and two KAT-TUN fan friends, and somehow, yomimashou hit for arena seats literally one row away from the center stage. It was insane. They were about the same as the seats that I hit for for Neverland in Sapporo in 2017, but mine were one row to the side of the center stage and hers were one row back from the front, so whenever they were on the center stage they were looking right at us. These were ALSO some of the best seats I've ever had in my life, so I'm still shocked that I had them two weekends in a row. Kame definitely looked right at me several times (and sort of had a mildly surprised "huh, foreign people" expression seeing our row of 4 foreign people together; when I'm by myself I can often blend in since I'm half, but with other foreign people I always stand out XD;). I hadn't listened to the CAST album, but they did a lot of old songs that I really like, so I had a really good time even though KAT-TUN isn't a group that I mainly follow.

♪ Episode 9 of Zero last weekend was good enough for me; nothing can compare to episode 8 (seriously, someone please tell me you're watching the drama and talk to me about the beauty of Seigi and Yuuki, lol), but I enjoyed it and the characters I like had some good parts. I'm questioning why some of the early episodes (particularly 2 and 3) spent as much time as they did on really stupid things and then Shirube only got one episode of character development despite that the show made him out to be so important from the beginning, but that's okay. XD; However, seeing the previews for episode 10 has me deeply, deeply concerned, so I'm really hoping they don't somehow screw literally everything up in the last episode. They mentioned on Shuuichi this morning that they're going to touch on "how the characters' lives go on from now" which has me bracing myself to have the whole drama ruined Harry Potter Epilogue style, but since I've really enjoyed the characters a whole lot, I'm really disappointed even in the chance of that happening. I guess we'll see in about 11 hours, lol.

♪ Today I'm going with yomimashou to get a new phone. Wish me luck that I don't spend as much time in the AU store as I did last time, because I'm still traumatized from it, lol.
Current Mood: worriedworried
Current Music: NEWS//Ikiro
ミランダ (大丈夫)
06 September 2018 @ 11:32 am
So much has happened since the last time I posted. I should have posted on Sunday or Monday after seeing the concert on Saturday, but it didn't happen. I have lots of things to say, but first and foremost...

Is anyone else watching Shige's drama?? I had a lot of mixed feelings about it at first just in terms of the quality of the show, but while it's still pretty goofy, I'm really, really enjoying it, and in particular, I'm totally in love with Seigi and Yuuki's characters right now (sorry Shige!). I'm tickled that they got a 5 episode arc about their character development, and I really, really enjoyed their interaction with each other and Zero in Episode 8. If anyone out there is watching, please drop me a line and let's discuss the show, because I'm really enjoying it and I want to know if anyone else is, too!

That said, other things that happened: I saw JUMP in Tokyo on Saturday! It was weird going back to the same complex as AjiSta again, but I was very glad I was going into the smaller venue. I never have a great impression of concerts the first time around, so I'll certainly have more to say later, but, can I just say, OH MY GOD INOCHAN'S SOLO. There aren't even words to describe how amazing it was. I don't want to post too many spoilers here since the tour just started, but let me just say that it was the sort of thing that I would never expect to be even allowed in Johnny's, not to mention done by my tan. I can't wait to see it again next weekend *__*

The other thing that happened is that I got a new phone! I finally swapped out my little SE (which had a horrible battery life at this point, among other problems) for a new iPhone 8! So far, I'm liking it a lot. The screen is so much bigger; I had been worried that my tiny hands wouldn't be able to type on the keyboard, but there's a setting that moves the keyboard from the center to either the right or left side to make it easier to type, which helps a lot. It's also fast, and the screen color and resolution is amazing. I haven't tried wireless charging yet, but I'm looking forward to trying that as well!

I haven't watched the most recent episodes of Inochan's drama because it comes on so late at night, but I have them recorded, and I'm looking forward to them! I was also extremely excited to see Inochan crossdress, and see his character turn dark. I enjoy that he always plays dark characters, ahaha. :3

That's about it for me. I'm headed to Miyagi this weekend to see a show on Saturday and Sunday each, so I'm looking forward to that. And of course, hopefully I'll be home in time catch Shige's drama on Sunday night!
Current Mood: hothot
Current Music: NEWS//Ikiro
ミランダ (大丈夫)
27 August 2018 @ 09:19 am
I have to say, having both of my boys in dramas at the same time makes it hard for my heart to figure out what's going on. XD Both of them are releasing a lot and doing a lot of activities right now, as well, so it feels like I was listening to Epcotia all the time, then suddenly I was listening to COSMIC☆HUMAN all the time, and now I'm listening to Jouken Hansha all the time, but soon I'm certainly going to be listening to Ikiro all the time, and I feel like I'm on a yoyo or something. XD; But I suppose of all problems to have, this is a really good one, so I'm not complaining.

Speaking of Jouken Hansha, it's AMAZING?! I'm so happy that Inochan's first (possibly only) solo is such a great song. It's catchy and has a good beat, and also the lyrics are amazingly hilarious(ly sexual). They're so bad they're good, lol. I enjoy it so much, and I can't wait to see what he'll be doing in the performance. I'm going to the Saturday evening Tokyo show, which is next weekend! I'm pretty excited.

Going back to Shige, his drama continues to be pretty great (in a way that is ridiculously siliar to Yugioh). The beginning, as many anime-based dramas and movies are, was extremely rushed and confusing, and Shige's character still has tragically nowhere near enough backstory or character development, but Tego's arc was really great, and I've been really enjoying the character development of the minor characters, lol. All in all, if you like old-school shonen anime, I really recommend the show. It's goofy and you can't take it seriously, but it's also quite enjoyable. (Also Seigi and Yuuki, amirite? > w >;)

Hopefully this week will be a pretty easy one for me at work. October is hell for me in my job, but September shouldn't be so bad, so hopefully things will be fine. In the meantime, I'll just pray for the weather to cool off...
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Inoo Kei//Jouken Hansha
ミランダ (大丈夫)
20 August 2018 @ 04:06 pm
Whew, long time no see, LJ. I can't believe how quickly summer flew by, but I'm also amazed at all the things that happened. Looking back...

☆ As I mentioned previously, I went back to America for two weeks in July. My current workplace has summer vacation about two weeks earlier than my previous job, so it was a little off from previous years, and it actually had me sort of jumbled up based on things I usually am able to do surrounding my summer break (for example, I missed The Music Day, which was annoying, but all in all, I had a good, relaxing time at home with my family! I got to see my pets, eat nostalgic foods, and watch American TV, so... that's a win for me? XD;

☆ After getting back, I randomly was able to go see Reia when Seven Men Samurai appeared in the Hi Hi Jets Summer Station show. yomimashou is still a member of the Junior fanclub, and we balloted on a whim when we heard that Reia was going to appear... and hit! It was really nice to see him perform again (he's still wonderful and talented ♥), but man did I feel like a grandma surrounded by all the screaming teenagers there to see some teenagers who think they're really cool. I don't know anything about Hi Hi Jets and I have absolutely nothing against them, but I have to say, the appeal was lost on me. It was sort of depressing to know that I'm getting old. |D;

☆ The next day, I went to see Massu's play at the Globe. Despite the fact that yomimashou and I balloted for it 15 times (!!!), we didn't hit even once, and had to pay a stupid amount for resale tickets for the very last row, but it was definitely worth it! A musical made up of only Johnny's songs was, as expected, pretty great, and I always enjoy Massu's singing. His acting left something to be desired, but that wasn't really the point of the play, anyway, and it was just a really fun watch from beginning to end.

☆ In the meantime, both Shige and Inochan's dramas started! Having both of my tans have dramas at once has been a really strange and overwhelming experience (I've bought so many magazines in the past few months!), but I'm really happy about it! Unfortunately, Inochan's airs past midnight on a week night, so I'm not able to watch it in real time, but I've been recording it each week. While it's sort of weird and goofy with a lot of sex and otherwise body-related humor, which is not usually to my taste, it somehow fits Inochan well, and his character is pretty delightful. I'm actually not totally caught up right now, but I'm looking forward to when I get the chance to watch the most recent episodes.

☆ On that topic, COSMIC☆HUMAN is also a really great song that I really enjoy a whole lot, and I'm so happy Inochan had such a perfect song for his drama theme song. The sales weren't great in comparison to JUMP's recent sales, which was sad, but I'm just happy Inochan had such a really wonderful single made for the theme song for his drama.

☆ Meanwhile, Shige's drama actually started while I was in America, which was crappy timing, but after the first episode, I've been able to watch in real time. The premise is extremely goofy (the parallels to Yu-gi-oh are a little ridiculous, and Shige's character was supposed to be a high schooler in the original manga, which shows in his behavior if you ask me, lol) and I feel like they're trying to fit a 26 episode (two anime seasons) series into 10 episodes (presumably? Most dramas run 10 episodes), but it suddenly got way better last week, and this past week's episode (episode 6) was a real treat. In particular, I really am enjoying Tego's performance (I was not expecting that!), as well as the way the stories have started to turn out maybe slightly more nuanced and slightly less straightforwardly "let's solve this with the power of friendship by the skin of our teeth" shonen anime style. I really hope it continues to go well for the second half of the drama!

☆ Relatedly, I also really like Ikiro as a song, and I'm anxiously awaiting the CD release (which is sadly distant). Seeing the guys sing it really emotionally, enough so that Tego cried, at the 15th anniversary concert really moved me, and it's really grown on me especially since then. I'm also waiting with bated breath to find out what's in the mystserious anniversary box (though they did give some spoilers in the concert).

☆ Tying into that previous point, I saw Strawberry both days at Ajinomoto Stadium, and boy do I never want to see another open air concert ever again in my life. I'll try to write up a report at some point (I know, I know...), but the humidity was killer, and having so many people in that venue made the logistics of going to the stadium, getting inside, getting out again, and getting home totally miserable. The arena in particular was set up really awfully, with only two entrances that had pinch points such that people basically had to wait in a single-file line to get into the arena, which is what led to the show starting so late on Saturday. But, the guys did a really good job with the set up and (presumably) minimal rehearsals that they had, and I had a really great time. Happy 15th anniversay, NEWS! They've gotten through so much, and I'm really proud of them.

☆ JUMP's album comes out this week, which I'm looking forward to! I don't really like the dance style that they've chosen this time (the light and fluffy cute pop style is more to my taste), but I'm still interested to see what they do with it, and I really can't wait to hear Inochan's solo! I'm really, really excited that they're finally having solos for the first time, so I'm definitely on the edge of my seat to see what he does with it. I'm also going to see one of the Tokyo shows of the tour, so I'm interested to see what they have planned for the tour, as well.

☆ Maybe the last bullet point of this stupidly long post is that I recently bought a Wii. You may be thinking this was an interesting life choice 10 years after the Wii was originally introduced, but... I really wanted to have the Wii Fit game so that I could work out in my own home. I made Miis of all the Johnny's I like (as you do, lol) and I'm enjoying cycling and jogging and doing other goofy excercise activities with them, so I think it's been a success so far. XD;

I can't believe that August is more than halfway over! Work is about to go back into a busy cycle, but at least I'm prepared now that I've been here for a year. Ganbarimasu!
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ミランダ (大丈夫)
17 July 2018 @ 04:59 pm
Somehow, the entire duration of my trip got away from me-- perhaps because I hadn't had a chance to come back to my hometown last summer-- and now suddenly, I'm heading back to Tokyo today. I haven't checked my flist at all, which I know I should have and I hope to get to when I get home, but for now, I'll be basically unreachable for the next 24 hours. There was also some concerns about my flight due to weather, so that may end up unexpectedly extended >< Here's to hoping that everything goes according to schedule!

At any rate, my apologies for not dropping in sooner, and I'll be checking my messages and email again once I get home!
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ミランダ (大丈夫)
My apologies that this is almost a month late, but here's my report of the Epcotia tour show I attended in Ecopa Arena in Shizuoka! I was only able to attend the Saturday show for this venue, but since I hate trekking to Ecopa, that wasn't the worst thing in the world. XD; For more information on the venue, please check out my comprehensive venue guide! This will also rely on my first report of the Epcotia tour, for the show I saw in Miyagi on 4/7, so please feel free to check that report for a detailed account of the setlist, costumes, and choreopgraphy. This is just going to be the highlights from the 4/17 show, specifically!

NEWS Arena Tour 2018 Epcotia in Shizuoka Ecopa Arena, 2018.4.14 @ 5 pmCollapse )

I'm sorry this are all so behind! I'm at the halfway mark now with reports. XD; I still have to write up my experience in Nagoya on May 12 as well as the afternoon show and all last on May 20. I'm going to do my best though! Sorry again for all the lateness.
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