Nails!

Dec. 11th, 2015 08:45 pm
faded_lace: (Reia: cute)
I realized it's been a really ling time since I've posted my nails! I do new nails about once a month, give or take… basically, whenever the old ones break, with upcoming events in mind. I try to have nice new nail designs for concerts to match my outfit on the day of the concert, or else in member colours, though of course sometimes it doesn't work out that way. XD; So here are my nails from September 2014 until November 2015~

Nail designs! )

I know they're not very exciting designs, and definitely not as good as something done by a pro, but I have fun doing them, at any rate. Hopefully I can remember to post them more often. XD;
faded_lace: (Chinen: musing)
I saw this the other day, and I was excited that the JUMP fanclub had grown since I last saw a listing like this in June. This isn't really something that needs translating, but for ease of looking at the information, I'll throw a quick translation here anyway:

Most Recent Ranking as of September 2015

1. Arashi (1,794,000 members)
2. SMAP (995,000 members)
3. KinKi Kids (490,000 members)
4. Kanjani 8 (440,000 members)
5. Kis-My-Ft2 (320,000 members)
6. V6 (261,000 members)
7. Hey! Say! JUMP (230,000 members)
8. NEWS (157,000 members)
9. KAT-TUN (156,000 members)
10. Tackey & Tsubasa (120,000 members)
11. TOKIO (109,000 members)
12. Sexy Zone (107,000 members)
13. Yamashita Tomohisa (73,000 members)


I forget exactly the numbers I saw in June, but I think JUMP gained maybe 20,000 members since then or something, so I'm really happy about that ♥

I'm not sure how they get these numbers. My best guess is that they're from the most recent people to join the club at any given time. There were a number of groups with no change since June (SMAP, KAT-TUN, Sexy Zone, YamaPi, if I recall…), so I'm not sure the significance, but I presume that there'd be no way to know if people quit the fanclub if this is just gleaned from the numbers new members are receiving… but I'm really not sure. At any rate, I'm happy for JUMP!

Penlights!

Sep. 1st, 2015 11:39 pm
faded_lace: (Taiga: uh huh)
Today was a really rough day for a lot of reasons, so I'm just going to take this chance to show off my penlight collection, because it's something small and easy to talk about it and I'm happy with it.

Penlights under here! )

Hopefully tomorrow is a better day. Trying to keep looking forward to this weekend, at the very least…

RiToRa!

Nov. 5th, 2014 11:18 pm
faded_lace: (Chinen&Takaki: intimacy)
For once, a post not complaining about the state of my computer... T__T;;;

I finally got around to watching the first JUMP episode of Little Tokyo Live today! It wasn't as good as the second one, in my opinion, but it was pretty fun! Honestly, I would watch JUMP members reacting to VTRs of ridiculous things for a long time. XD Also Hikaru's mune-kyun bit was pretty hilarious and ridiculous. XD

Sadly, I have to go to bed before it comes on air, but I have my digital recorder set for tonight's show and I can't wait to watch it later ;___; Ino-chan, finally!! How long has it been since he was on anything other than the livestage of a JUMP variety show? ;___;

Aaaaand then this weekend will be KisuMai! I have nosebleed seats, but I'm sure it'll be fun nonetheless ^^;
faded_lace: (Fuma: laugh)
So, due to a variety of obligations and plain forgetfulness, I totally failed to write a plot summary for the Kamen Teacher movie when it was still in theatres. Oops. >__>;; So now, very belated, in case anyone is still interested, here it is! I'm really sorry if I forget some things or if this isn't 100% accurate; I'm doing it based off my notes since the movie was a long time ago.

Gekijouban Kamen Teacher )

The movie was pretty crazy, but I enjoyed it. I don't really get what they were trying to say about hitting students being okay (because it's definitely not) but the whole message was pretty muddled, anyway. I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it focused more on the students and less on Araki-- I feel like it didn't do as well as the series in that regard. But all in all, it was still a lot of fun and I still love Kamen Teacher!

WHEW!! Totally done with reports and summaries and write-ups for the next few days! And then Monday I'll have two new things to report on. DAMMIT! XD
faded_lace: (Yugo: well?)
❆ Saw the Kamen Teacher movie again! I took notes this time, so a full plot summary should be coming sometime in the near future. Also, we randomly got free Kamen Teacher stickers! They're super adorable, just little simple line drawings of the kamen helmet things. Super cute! I don't know why they randomly decided to give out free stickers this weekend, but I'm definitely not complaining!

❆ Got the Junior calendar. There's some good and some bad? As per usual with Junior stuff, lol. It's not surprising that there's so much of the older/mid-age-range Kansai juniors since they debuted since this was made, but it cracks me up how many pictures of the former 4-member Johnny's West there are. Oops! They divided the Tokyo older juniors into age brackets, so it's Yasui, Hanzawa, Yugo, and Myuto as one group and Taiga, Yasui, Shintaro, and Hagiya as another. Naturally, this is pretty upsetting to me, but... what are you going to do. Johnny's has to play games with my heart always. Luckily, there's a lot of super cute photos of Reia! He gets included with Kishi, Genki, and Jinguji a lot instead of Miyachika still, since Myojo loves Reia more than Miyachika lol. And there is an adorable photo of Gengen. And best of all, the calendar part is detached from the photos, so you can choose who you look at and who you don't ever see! So I guess I'm okay with it all. XD;;

❆ T minus 4 days until graduation, brb sobbing my eyes out. I really can't bear the thought of these kids leaving me. They grow up so fast!

❆ I have so many fics on the back burner. @__@; I still owe fics from the meme I did a few entries back, and now I have Kamen Teacher inspiration, and I have a fic that I wanted to get done before one of the fics I'm going to write for the meme, but all of that has to wait so I can write the Kamen Teacher summary. So... sorry if all of this is really slow and takes a long time. @__@;; I'm basically the slowest ever, but... I'm going to do my best to be productive in the coming weeks!
faded_lace: (Jun: thougtful)
I don't know if anyone is interested in this sort of meme anymore now that LJ-style RPing has gone out of style, especially in JE fandom, but this meme is fun and silly, and I figured I'd give it another try. So...

Ask any JE guy you think I might be able to manage a question, and I'll reply in-character as them with an answer (or possibly reply as myself going 'WHAT THE HELL, I CAN'T DO THIS'). Feel free to ask either as yourself or as another character.

Ask away! (You may, if you wish, ask multiple questions (perhaps of multiple characters) or attempt to engage the characters in extended conversation.)


I can give a try to anyone in Arashi, JUMP, Sexy Zone, Bakaleya6, some of Kisumai (Kitayama, Miyata, and Tama are probably safe), and most of Sexy Boyz&co (Jinguji, Genki, Kishi, Reia, Fu, and Amu are definitely safe). No pressure to play, but it's been fun in the past and I figured it might be amusing. ^^;


In other news, today was my 3rd years' send-off party type thing, and it was really sad ;___; I'm going to miss those kids so much.
faded_lace: (Fuma: laugh)
I'm back from Tokyo and from the premier weekend for the Kamen Teacher movie! While I didn't get to see it first thing on opening day, I bought tickets to see the butai aisatsu/stage greeting on Sunday, February 23. I didn't know what to expect going in, but it was actually a lot of fun!

Kamen Teacher Movie Stage Greeting Report )

After the stage greeting was the movie itself. Surprisingly, a lot of fans left immediately, presumably because they 1) were going to another stage greeting, 2) had already seen the movie yesterday or 3) just didn't care? Or some combination of the three? It wasn't surprising that some people left, but I wasn't expecting the theatre to empty out to about 1/3 of capacity before the movie started.

My thoughts on the movie; cut for vague spoilers )

That's all for now~ After I see the movie a few more times, I'm going to write a full summary, but especially with how much the beginning jumped around and how much longer the movie was than earlier movies, I don't think I can do that now. So... sorry! Please wait a few more weeks, and then I'll be back with a full plot summary~

In the meanwhile, has anyone else on my flist seen the movie? What did you think? I'd love to discuss!
faded_lace: (Hokuto&Fuma: puppy love)
I'm totally freaking out over all this Kamen Teacher news. For one thing, my box set should be shipping in less than a week! Goodbye 10,000 yen, but hello AMAZING GOODNESS. I'm so stoked about this. But also excited/surprised/confused/a little worried(?) over the sudden burst of Kamen Teacher stuff that's going on. Stuff like...

This special with almost none of the original cast! Why is only Jesse but none of M4 in it? How did Hokuto finally get cast in something Fuma was in and then it turns out Fuma won't be in it? Also same with Taiga and Juri lol. Why is no one that I really want (no offense to Hokuto, Juri, or Yasui, but they're not my top juniors or anything, and besides, I can see Hokuto basically any time I want) in it? WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THIS. Someone tell me.

✪ Kamen Teacher special book?? My Sexy Zone fanclub email tells me:
[1]「劇場版 仮面ティーチャー」オフィシャル・ブック発売!
*---*---*---*---*---*---*---*---*---*---*---*---*---*---*---*
◎2月15日(土)発売予定
 劇場版「仮面ティーチャー」オフィシャル・ブック
 1500円+税(予定)

主演の藤ヶ谷太輔(Kis-My-Ft2)、菊池風磨(Sexy Zone)、ジェシーの
撮り下ろしグラビア&インタビューを計24ページの大ボリュームで掲載!
ほかドラマシリーズからおなじみのM4メンバーの座談会や、
新キャラクター・新生徒会長役で出演する小瀧望のインタビューや
Snow Manの座談会など盛りだくさん。
映画の魅力をあますところなく紹介した完全保存版。

I want to know who the heck does the formatting for Johnny's fanclub emails. XD; But either way, it says they're selling a Kamen Teacher official book, starting on February 15th (Saturday) for 1500 yen plus tax. There's going to be 25 pages of interviews and gravure photos of Fujigaya, Fuma, and Jesse, a round-table discussion (assuming this will be like a crosstalk) between M4, an individual interview with the new character, the class president played by Kotaki Nozomu, and a round table talk with Snow Man, and that it will be a perfect book showing off all the attributes of the movie. I'm excited! I want it. Except I could really do without the gravure photos... They're really just not my thing |D;;;

✪ Kamen Teacher movie stage greetings! I doubt I'll be able to hit, but GDI I'm going to try and if not, I'm going to pay ¥10,000 on ticket.co.jp for a spot dammit! I need to see Kishi live ;___; Sweet bb.


Unrelatedly, I'm going to try to be productive this weekend! I have Gamushara J's Party next weekend in Tokyo, so I need to catch up on rest, apartment upkeep, fic, and translation this weekend~ I'll do my best to at least get some of those things done. |D;;
faded_lace: (Yabu&Takaki: you & me)
COUNTDOWN! I've been meaning to get this done, so I'm sorry it's taken forever for me to get to this, and the truth is that I STILL haven't watched the TV broadcast >__>;; But I figured I'd write up a little thing on the cute/amusing stuff that happened that didn't make it onto the broadcast (or at least I'm pretty sure it didn't, since the broadcast did play, albeit pixelated, on the screen at the dome)

A few things to know before reading this!
1) It's not a real report. I don't remember the setlist. This is just interesting things that I remembered well enough to want to report about them on LJ
2) I'm anti-Ijima... team Julie all the way!
3) I have Some Feelings about KisuMai :D
4) There was a bit of NEWS drama, and I'm not a huge fan of Yamapi, so I'll probably report about it in that light.

I don't think there's anything necessarily offensive under the cut, but like most human beings, I have opinions, so I'm just warning you here. XD;

And now! On to the report.

Countdown! )

Today was my first day back at work, so even though I just sat at my desk all day, I feel tired. |D; And so, I'll leave you with this adorable paparazzi photo of Reia and Shintaro playing games on the train in 2012~ It's so cute that they're such good friends even so long after Snow Prince Gasshoudan worked together. Also, what Shintaro says about Reia here (also from 2012) is so cute, It's a feeling that we're always together. At rehearsals or shows, we're always playing the same video game, and we often go out to get ramen together, you know~ So cuuuuute. I find it adorable that they're still bffs even though Shintaro has gotten waaaaay bigger than Reia |D;;;

fic meme!

Jan. 3rd, 2014 03:27 pm
faded_lace: (Chinen: captivated)
First and foremost, I've finally updated my JE fic archive and regular fic archive! That's all my fics for 2013~

Next, I decided to do this fic meme again! I haven't done it in a long time, because for this first time since 2010, I'm actually proud of how much fic I wrote this year. I know 35 fics isn't that much, but it's better than I've been doing, so I want to pat myself on the back.

Fics for 2013! )

Whew! That was a lot of work. But I hope that all of my readers enjoyed my fics from 2013, and that you'll continue reading in 2014! I really appreciate all the hits and comments that I get, so thank you all for your support!
faded_lace: (Jun: smile)
So, I usually do this meme on January 1st every year, but since I'll be recovering from ARENA SEATS FOR COUNTDOWN WOOOO on January 1st this year, and I'll be pretty busy around that time, since I'm free for tonight before packing up tomorrow and heading back to Japan, where I'll be spending 4 days in Tokyo. So... sorry for wrapping up the year four days early!

So, without further ado~

In your archive, find the first post for every month of 2013, and copy and paste the first sentence here.

hey!say!25年 )

And that's a wrap for 2013! Only a few more days, and then 2014! I think that I've improved myself and my life a lot in 2013, and a lot of awesome things have happened. Here's to hoping that the last four will be awesome, too, and that 2014 will be even better!
faded_lace: (Tama: we never give up)


Tamamori Yuta
I love Tama because he's 100% honest and truthful and never fake, 100% of the time. I love Tama because he's sweet and stupid and naive, and always speaks his mind, even if it's to complain or criticize someone. I love Tama because you can see when he's happy, or hurting, or tired, or bored right on his face. I love Tama because he can't ever remember the choreography or the lyrics, and he's awful at singing, but he does his best anyway. I love how cutely bad he is at roller skates. I love how outstandingly amazing he is at acting. I love how completely honest he is all the time, in every way, in every aspect. I love how I can look at him and know how he's feeling, and that no matter what that is, he's always giving his best to the group, no matter what. I love Tama for being like child, and for always being true to himself and never being fake.
faded_lace: (Fuma: laugh)


Kamen Teacher
I love Kamen Teacher for how much it drew me in and made me love it despite being prepared to hate it. I love Kamen Teacher for giving me exactly what I wanted and that dramas so rarely give: dynamic characters with real motivations and problems. I love Kamen Teacher for showcasing Taiga's great acting skills even more than Bakaleya, and for giving Fuma a chance to shine, and for first introducing me to the adorableness that is Kishi Yuta, and I love Kamen Teacher for convincing me that I could like a character and a role played by Fujigaya despite the fact that I don't usually like Fujigaya's acting. I love Kamen Teacher because it gives me a lot of feelings and makes me think as a teacher, and I love Kamen Teacher because it makes me want Araki to come to my school and help my kids and staff. I love Kamen Teacher for being a diamond in the rough, and I can't wait to see the movie!



Unrelatedly, more on seeing Johnny's 2020 World from the front row later! It was amazing, but I'm absolutely exhausted now. @___@;
faded_lace: (Yamada: :o)
So... on the bright side, I got the blanket! And [livejournal.com profile] yomimashou got the suitcase! But on the downside... we had to buy out the last ~20 items of the kuji to do so. Oh well, no regrets! It's still cheaper than it would be on resale!

Also, I managed to do this: )

We have to figure out what we're doing with all the stuff we don't want, but... possibly more updates on that later |D;;;
faded_lace: (Reia: love me?)
So as I mentioned before I'm the worst at kuji. I'm unlucky, but I always want to keep playing, so I blow a lot of money on the stupid things. XD This time is way worse than last time, too, when 1) there wasn't a 7-11 near me and 2) the prizes weren't that cute. This time, there is a 7-11 right by me, and the prizes are by and large adorable... so I keep playing. |D;;; And I'll probably continue to play, I thought it was time to list what [livejournal.com profile] yomimashou and I have won XD

[3] Bag Charm
[4] Mini Clip Set
[1] Kitayama Key Holder
[1] Yokoo Key Holder
[1] Yokoo Tapestry
[1] Fujigaya Tapestry
[2] Tamamori Tapestry
[1] Nikaido Hair Accessory
[1] Senga Silicone Clips
[1] Yokoo Kira-Kira Mascot
[1] Fujigaya Kira-Kira Mascot
[1] Tamamori Kira-Kira Mascot
[1] Nikaido Kira-Kira Mascot
[18] Total

In other words:

[1] Kitayama
[1] Senga
[3] Yokoo
[2] Fujigaya
[3] Tama
[2] Nikaido

Why no Miyata? XD

Actually, on that note, when I was opening up my kuji cards today, the cashier asked me randomly if I had won Miyata XD; I was surprised because Japanese cashiers basically never make conversation, and I wonder if she's a KisuMai fan XD; This is the same 7-11 where a different cashier saw my Sexy Zone t-shirt and asked if I liked them and chatted with me about them for a little while, so... I hope all my 7-11 cashiers are Johnny's fans! XD;;
faded_lace: (Nikaido: contemplative)
I'm sleepy and not that eloquent, but I have a few things I wanted to say before I forget... first and foremost is that watching Busaiku perform is continuing to be a rollercoaster. They're really good at it, and they look really good in the suits (and Yokoo's hair today was super good, which is not something I usually say XD) and they do seem to be having fun with it, but actually, what put me off this time was watching Yaotome Hikaru watch it from the audience. FNS Kayousai is the one where the artists all sit at tables and drink (and the older Johnny's inevitably get drunk lol) and watch the other artists, and they kept showing the other members of KisuMai as well as Nakai (who was part of the act... idek). However, Hikaru happened to be sitting next to Nakai, and I know Hikaru spends a lot of time with KisuMai members (especially the former ABC Junior, Miyata and Tama from Dream Boys two years ago and Senga and Nika from being small juniors around the same time, I think?), and his face was... not really very happy seeming. I KNOW THAT'S A STUPID REASON TO START WORRYING AGAIN but I just want them all to be happy and successful, is that too much to ask for? T___T; Honestly, even if they're not successful... I just want them to love what they do. And I guess seeing their friend look displeased made me worry that the whole thing was just them doing their jobs and trying to look happy... IDK. They were really into it at the concert, so I'm going to keep telling myself that and hope that they are happy.

Now that I've been dragged out of my break from KisuMai, my life is so hard lol.

Also oh god Sexy Zone sounded awful not lip syncing lolol. It was pretty painful. But my favourite part of their performance was how nuts their fans were going the whole time, and the fact that the outdoor sound system was apparently bad enough that they were picking up so much of the audience noise. Shori and Marius seem to have gotten haircuts though! And they looked good.

JUMP were wonderful, as usual, and did Come On A My House rather than the new song, which made me happy ♥

Aaaaand unrelatedly, I flipped to Shounen Club a few times in the middle, and how cute was Reia getting to be in the front of the little number from the KisuMai con?? He gets so few chances to shine recently, so I was really happy to see him get to do a number where he was featured onstage. And also, Yugo's hair! I don't think I've ever said "Yugo's hair looks so good" before, but it did! He actually, like, had a real hairstyle! It was a good hair day all around, I guess? XD;

And I'm about to pass out, so I can't think of anything else I was going to say, but... I hung up one of my W-Tama tapestries. XD;;; Still not sure what to do with the other. XD; Also, I vacuumed and cleaned my bathroom today! So I'm basically all set for when [livejournal.com profile] 9kinds visits, yay~

Dec. 3rd, 2013 10:56 pm
faded_lace: (Hokuto: glowing)
Thank you to everyone for all the birthday wishes! I was really surprised and happy at how many people sent messages or commented. Thank you! ♥ I had a great birthday eating cake with [livejournal.com profile] yomimashou and... er, cleaning my shower, but now my shower is really clean! And she bought me all the magazines with B.I.Shadow on the cover from 2009. ♥

Also... for my birthday (?) the 7-11 near my house put the kuji on half price, so I played again, and got... ANOTHER Tama tapestry. It seems like there's only one per location, and I've now won it at two locations out of about ten in my town. What the heck?! XD;;; Not sure what I'm going to do with the second one, but... yay? XD;;
faded_lace: (Makada boys)
Finally, here it is! A birthday present for you all on my birthday! This is my summary of the Bad Boys J movie! I want to disclaim completely that there are probably some details that are a little off. As I've mentioned before, because the characters almost all speak in some degree of Hiroshima dialect, it makes it pretty hard for me to follow. Especially Shigeoka Daiki, who chose to mumble through the entirety of this movie (not really sure why he chose to do this, as I can usually understand him fine on TV, Kansai dialect and all), made it hard for me, especially since he was a pretty pivotal character. But! I'm generally confident that this is mostly right. So... please enjoy!

Warning! This is a complete summary of the movie, so there are spoilers!! Don't read if you don't want to be spoiled before the DVD comes out (which will probably be sometime in May of 2014, if I had to guess).

Gekijouban Bad Boys J! )

All in all, I actually enjoyed the movie much more than the series. I felt that where the series lacked in any dynamic character elements or character development, the movie actually accomplished that in about 1/6 the time. For the first time, I felt like I actually understood the characters' thoughts and motivations, and was able to see them respond to plot points, grow, and change. So while it wasn't as good as the Bakaleya movie, it was way better than the series, in my opinion, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
faded_lace: (Chinen: musing)
① Love JUMP to bits, don't like the new song at all. It's not that catchy and it's not really my thing. Daiki sounds pretty inexperienced in rapping. However, I'm so thrilled for Daiki that he got a lot of solo parts!! This isn't even enough to make up for Mystery Virgin last year, but I'm really pleased that they're giving him this. Also, they all looked amazing; Chinen's hair is long, Keito's is short, and the only one who looked off is Takaki, who has black hair and a god-awful center part for his new drama. Also, Hikaru's black hair. Go back to blonde plz. :E BUT whatever JUMP is amazing and full of JUMPing love.

② TEGO IS BLONDE AGAIN. Praise the hair gods. Also, kissed Koyama's neck and made him flail and almost fall over? Maybe I need to become a NEWS fan after all.

③ I have to say, after watching NTV Best Artist... I just... really love Julie. She remembers and understands what Johnny's is supposed to be about, and what sort of tradition the company has been built on (and has become very successful on). If she has NTV, along with Arashi and Eito as frontrunners, TOKIO and V6 as senpai, and JUMP for the future, she's in good shape, right? Still, it's really disheartening to hear that Sexy Zone has gone from Johnny himself to Ijima. And of course, Kisumai continues to break my heart. But... I'm trying to keep it together? At any rate... I'm team Julie all the way.

④ Unrelated to Best Artist, happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate, and happy birthday to Ohno Satoshi and Haniuda Amu yesterday and Matsushima Sou today! Also, I can't believe Chinen is going to be 20 on Saturday T___T;;; When did my baby grow up?

[EDIT] ⑤ EEEEEEEE!!!! CHINEN HAS A MOVIE?! This, along with him being on VS Arashi, and Yamada being on Nino-san... Julie, ganbatte!!

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