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16 September 2018 @ 11:30 am
何万回言ったって何万回聞いたって  
♪ 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
 
 
 
Michelle: Kame in flannel <3irish_eyes11 on September 19th, 2018 08:40 am (UTC)
Hey, sounds like an amazing couple weeks of concerts! I'm so jealous you got to see KAT-TUN, their balloting happened before I got to Japan and secondhand tickets on ticket . jp are suuuuper expensive right now. I at least got to see Nakayama Yuma's musical over the weekend, so one Johnny's at least! The students at my school (high school) are all very 'ehhhhh' when I tell them KAT-TUN is my favorite haha, but it's fun.

Speaking of balloting, it's Arashi ballot time and I was wondering if you had any balloting tips? Is it better to list shows you think will be less popular first even if they aren't your #1 choice? I'm assuming Saturday shows are probably the most popular as they're easiest to get to from out of town. Or does it not matter because I probably won't hit anyway? Haha.

I've watched a little of Zero, but with my meager Japanese it's hard to follow character and backstory stuff. I missed this week's though. It seems amusing from what I've seen, but I'm sorry I can't offer more thoughts than that. :(

I hope your amazing concert luck continues!
ミランダ (大丈夫): Shige: smilefaded_lace on October 14th, 2018 05:38 am (UTC)
I'm glad you got to see Yuma! It's too bad you didn't get to see KAT-TUN, but I'm sure they'll tour again soon enough! Kids these days don't understand the glory of older Johnny's groups, ahaha.

I'm sorry this is so late, but actually, Arashi has different balloting policies than other groups, so since I've never balloted for Arashi before, I can't really say what's best for Arashi! I've found that balloting for unpopular venues is the best option for getting tickets, but the day of the week doesn't really matter in my experience with not-Arashi groups. People have all sorts of conspiracy theories about how to hit (ask for only 2 seats, ask for only even numbers of seats, ballot with only new fanclub memberships, ballot with only old fanclub memberships, etc etc) but I really do think it's just random selection, and there's no real rhyme or reason, so you should just ballot for the shows you want to go to, haha.

Aww, that's too bad. There are official subtitles from the Hong Kong (?) TV channel "Gem TV" that have been circulating online, as well as some subtitles being posted in the NEWS LJ community, so if you're still interested in watching, those might help! I'd be interested to hear your thoughts if you do watch more. ^^

Thank you! I had only marginal luck for JUMP's dome tour, but I'm hoping for better for NEWS haha. I hope you're still settling in well and such!
Michelle: Kame in flannel <3irish_eyes11 on October 15th, 2018 11:16 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm currently restraining myself from buying mega-expensive resale tickets for KAT-TUN in Osaka haha, hopefully they'll tour again while I'm here and I can ballot for myself.

Speaking of balloting, I didn't hit for Arashi. :( Shocking, I know haha. I've basically resigned myself to not going barring a miracle because resale is insane, but if you hear anything will you let me know? It seems like most of the people who hit are keeping their tickets though, minus the Hokkaido shows, as most of the twitter posts are people asking for tickets rather than selling them. Speaking of Hokkaido, I can tell that's an unpopular venue that is strategic to ballot for, but what else would be unpopular? Obviously Tokyo and Osaka aren't haha, Osaka seems worse than Tokyo for resale prices even. Is Nagoya unpopular enough? Fukuoka? And since you mention two tickets, would it be better to ballot for two than for one? I entered for one, but two tickets at face value is still way cheaper than one at resale value.

I'll look into that! I've been busy running around or planning future running around, but hopefully soon I'll chill and catch up on some dramas. Your take in your most recent post is definitely intriguing, so I'm curious to see if I'd have the same impression.

I've also finally listened more to HSJ's album! I really like the second part of the album from FLASH onwards, fairly genki and fun to listen to. I especially like City Wander because part of the chorus sounds like a Gloria Estefan song and it amuses me...

I actually have more to say re:HSJ and NEWS tickets but I think I'll leave that comment on your most recent post, as it makes most sense there. Sorry if the double commenting is weird!
ミランダ (大丈夫): Aiba&Jun: ♥faded_lace on October 16th, 2018 12:27 pm (UTC)
Aww, I totally understand that feeling. Luckily, JET pays really well, so it also might be possible to buy some mega-expensive tickets once you've been here for a little while, depending on your specific situation and stuff. ^^

Yeah, unfortunately, it's not too surprising, but that still sucks. Again, depending on your price range, once the gates come out, unpopular gates for Hokkaido or Fukuoka might be cheaper. I'm sorry I'm not well versed on Arashi resales and such, but what I've heard from friends, it's much easier to hit for Hokkaido, and also possible to hit for Fukuoka. I think Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo are probably all equally hard to hit for (though maaaaybe out of all of those, Nagoya might be the easiest?), sadly. I don't really buy into any of the theories about odd versus even number of tickets, or one versus two (versus three or four for other groups); I've hit and not hit with every possible combination now over the past 7 years.

Aww, yay, I'm glad to hear that! I can understand the desire to explore when you've just moved here, though! Hopefully you'll have some time to relax soon.

Yay! I'm really glad that you like it. Sense or Love wasn't my favorite JUMP album by far, but I did really enjoy a some of the songs. (Though my friend's boyfriend was convinced they were saying "Stevie Wonder" rather than "City Wander" lmao).

No, not weird at all! Thank you so much for all the comments, I really appreciate it! I'll reply the other one next~