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Matsuko Deluxe. Essay on Morning Musume, AKB, and idols. Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
Gesu no Kiwami Otome. ゲスの極み乙女。
[ROCKIN'ON JAPAN 12.2014] 2 3
[Musica 2014.11] 2
月組 Cross talk from TAKARAZUKA REVUE 2015 Part 1 Part 2
戸塚祥太 Close up Actor [日本映画navi vol.58, released 2015.07.08] (and an interview with director Harada Masato from the same issue.)
河合郁人 in TVガイドPERSON VOL. 34 [2015.06]
A.B.C-Z Early Summer Concert x Doggies are cute crosstalk [WiNK UP 2015.07] Part 2
A.B.C-Z ツアーおつかれ BBQ Cross Talk! [duet 2014.12] Part 2
Hashimoto x Kawai in Television COLORS vol.11 ORANGE [Released 24.11.2014]
A.B.C-Z Johnny's World 2015 Cross-talk [Best Stage 2015.01]
A.B.C-Z FNS 歌謡祭 cross talk [WiNK UP 2015.02] Part 2
A.B.C-Z Special Talk and 2014 Reflections [Monthly TV Guide 2015.02]
A.B.C-Z 2015 Talk [QLAP 2015.01]
A.B.C-Z talk LEGEND TOUR DVD in オリ★スタ [2015.03.16] Part 2
A.B.C-Z talk LEGEND STORY DVD in オリ★スタ [2014.07.14] Part 2 Part 2.5 Part 3
A.B.C-Z talk FROM ABC TO Z CD in オリ★スタ [2014.03.17] Part 2
ダ・ヴィンチ (Da Vinci Magazine)
JORDAN’S BAT IS RUMBLING by Totsuka Shota
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少クラ部屋 monthly Kawai x Kiriyama crosstalks in Myojo
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Um... seriously? Nobody at NHK thought to make sure Aiba's pants reached his shoes? I watched this far this morning and I'm a little unimpressed with the professionalism this year from the NHK crew. There have been a handful of production miscues, Aiba's pants length, and some just bad delivery from a few people. *cough* Naomi GTFO MY SCREEN.
But the biggest disappointment is...
WHY ON EARTH DIDN'T SEXY ZONE BRING ONE BILLION JUNIORS WITH THEM TO PERFORM?!!!!! IS THIS KOUHAKU OR NOT?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have so many thoughts on the music shows this year and hopefully I can put some of them down in some form or other. I mean, how epic was MIYAVI x Miura Daichi on FNS Kaiyousai???? I've watched it like 5 times. And Keyakizaka46 >>>>>> All the other girl groups. I LOVE THEIR MILITARY-ESQUE CHOREO!!!! Plus their songs are actually good.
If anyone still reads these, share your thoughts!!
#2 Sexy Zone
#5 Johnny's West
Groups I actively hate in order I hate them:
#1 HSJ (I WILL FAST FORWARD THROUGH EVERY AND ALL HSJ PERFORMANCE)
#2 Kanjani 8 (I almost always fast forward through the performances but I have a soft spot for Yasu and Maru)
#3 Kisumai (I usually fast forward through these and can't stand any of the members but some of their songs are catchy so I'll watch those.)
#4 Yuma/Uchi Technically I should have them under "indifferent" but I hate the fact they are still getting pushed on my screen and I ALWAYS fast forward through them.
Indifferent to groups (in no order):
Tackey and Tsubasa
Bonus Junior Groups Ranking
#3 Love Tune
#4 Travis Japan
.....(very bottom of my ranking) Anything involving Genki.
Yara and 4U also get bonus likes from me but they don't really fit into any of the above.
But just like everybody I fell into Yuri!!! On Ice and it's the greatest thing ever!!!! My Japanese lesson teacher was laughing when I mentioned it because he says that his one student who is a hardcore anime fan has been talking about it for weeks but if I'm mentioning it then it really is popular because I get all my pop culture news from like Music Station.
Anyways, I am here to bring you Yurio/Otabek fic recs because they are so cute and I want to die. (In no particular order)
* Four Times Yuri Hates Love On The Ice (And One Time He Doesn't
* A Beginner's Guide To The Dangers Of Making Out With Your Fellow Athletes At Parties
* From Almaty, With Love (Still in progress but complete enough to enjoy and so, so, so good.)
* on the verge of running into your arms and every reason for the sunset (by the same author and kind of a pair)
Also, please enjoy this interview with actual figure skater and Yuri on Ice fan Johnny Weir where he talks about how true to life the anime is: http://thegeekiary.com/johnny-weir-watc
And... what else do I have to report? I'd like to do my top songs of the year at some point. Probably after I watch MSSL. I have to admit really enjoying FNS歌謡祭 Day 2 with the billion and a half idol groups. I'm not a huge girl idol group fan but Morning Musume's "Utakata Saturday Night" is super catchy.
As is AKB48's "High Tension".
AKB48 ＊ ハイテンション by hdnakkyunpop
Plus, I enjoy Paruru as center. She's such an odd duck.
OH! And the "Futari Saison" is just gorgeous. I don't usually like the slow ballady numbers but that one is quite nice.
Anyways, please squee with me about Yurio and Otabek.
I MAY HAVE ORDERED YURIO'S TIGER SWEATSHIRT. I HAVE A YURIO PROBLEM.
HOW CUTE IS "SWEETY GIRL"?!
And "But..." has really grown on me. Fuma's dancing is wicked sloppy but I think Kawai must be having a good influence.
ALSO "DREAMIN'" IS SO GOOD YOU GUYS
I love the hand wavey dance move.
Tsuka-chan Intro-DON! remains the greatest thing of all time.
BUTOKAN REUNION WITH "GRATEFUL WORLD" OMG OMG OMG!
And that's all from me right now!
Anyways, I plan on scouring the Johnny's mags to find some good crosstalks about the concert/album planning. Did I mention I LOVE THE ALBUM!? Omgggg it is so good.
This morning, still working to get over jet lag, I watched the 2nd half of last year's Za that came with the Hanakotaba DVD. That's one of those songs that grew on me gradually. I really didn't like the story PV that went with the song and only watched it once. So in my head I was like "I don't like this song" but then we did it at karaoke and I knew all the words! I actually did like the song. It snuck up on me like Shower Gate did.
But OMG if Ebi are still working out the kinks on concert planning, they have "Revue" style stage shows down to a science. No Johnny's group does it better. They are Takarazuka-good at this stuff. (That said, I would love to see Ebi do a similar cross-dressing take on Moon Troupe's Tropicana segment of their revue from this year.
(I SAW THIS TWICE IN TOKYO OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Anywho, have some caps from the second half of Za. I think I caught every costume change. Let's count!
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Also, I WAS IN THE AUDIENCE FOR THIS!!!!
Me and the lady next to me were "kyaaaaaaaa" ing so hard. Tsuka-chan and Hasshi dueting on Ki ni sezu go my way (e-yay, e-yay, e-yay, e-yay!)
I don't know what mag these scans came from but I kind of need it. Like now. Although I do have the Best Stage with the Ebi cover pre-ordered.
Okay now I have to go but TALK TO ME PEOPLE! Let's have a fun A.B.C-Z time on LJ TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was pointed out to me that I apparently had missed an episode of Shokura at some point when I was deep in work hell. I went back and watched it this morning and just AHHH!!!!
HASSHI'S SMILE OMG!!!!!
Not to mention this nonsense. ♥ ♥
CANDY~ (LOVE FUMIKYUN!)
Plus SixTones doing "D-Motion" and the Jinguji's "Yuuki 100%" feat. Kishi...
Anyways, yes, I'm back from Japan and I saw Hasshi's Summer Paradise twice and all three Tokyo shows of the Ebi con. Hasshi threw me his signball (I didn't catch it but he threw it to me) and I got pointed at by Nagatsuma lol!
ALSO I LOVE A.B.C-Z AND CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE CONCERT DVD!!!!!!
I hadn't had a good chance to listen to the album before the concert but I listened so many times on the airplane on the ride home and OMG IT IS SO GOOD!!!!! The production quality is a million times better than ABSeaMarket and all the songs are fantastic. Fly a Flag is probably my favorite right now but I love them all.
*when you spot the cameras filming through the store window*
It's been a while but I'm still alive and well... just incredibly busy this year.
I just wanted to pop in and say OMG I'M GOING BACK TO JAPAN FOR THE A.B.C-Z CONCERTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you will be there, please message me so we can meet up and say hello!
I haven't finished the A.B.C-Z Summer Holiday special yet but I loved them sitting around and eating in the parking lot in Kamakura. I'm definitely going to try and make this a day trip from Tokyo now.
Goseki eating bread almost as big as his head.
I ♥ my low rent, parking lot idols SO FUCKING MUCH!
If you feed Tsuka-chan with enough delicious things, he'll vote for you. That's a Tsuka-chan fact. Side note, I want a blueberry scone thingy too!! At first I thought Hasshi was saying "skunk" which didn't make any sense but it's early here so I just went with it.
Who else died at this? STOP BEING SO CUTE!! (Never stop.) ♥
I don't know if I've seen it said anywhere but I'm at least 75% sure that the "Stones" pronunciation of 6tones has to come from Kawai's (maybe Tottsu's too) influence because they all look up to him and he loves the Rolling STONES. Yes/Yes?
I also finally watched Johnny's Countdown and OMG OMG OMG!!!! So many great moments--I may have squealed OUT LOUD when Yamapi popped up--but...
Kawai looks so happy... *crying*
JORDAN’S BAT IS RUMBLING
No. 24: ABC座 2015 [ABCZa 2015]
Very personal essays from Totsuka Shota of Johnny’s acrobatic unit A.B.C-Z. While reflecting on events this book-lover searches for “links” in the books he has read.
This year is the fourth year in a row for ABCZa at Nissay Theater. The curtain first opened on the production in February 2012 hand-in-hand with our debut, Johnny’s first DVD debut. As in previous years, this year’s production was also composed of two acts, a drama and a revue, and each of us was able to take on a new challenge.
In the first act, a drama titled “Sands of the Mushroom”*, the five of us from A.B.C-Z are dressed up as a group called Planets** and we faced the challenge of performing as a rock band for the first time. All of this began when our dai-sempai Soga Yasuhisa-san, a member of the Johnny’s band The Good-Bay [sic]***, which debuted in 1983, brought a Beatles-influenced 1960s rock band story into Johnny-san.( Read more...Collapse )