faded_lace: (Fuma: laugh)
I'm back from Tokyo for the weekend, and despite the fact that I'm way behind on the reports that I really want to write, I felt like the best way to get through the list was to get this report done literally as soon as possible, so without further ado, here is my report of Sexy Zone's "Welcome to Sexy Zone" tour in Yoyogi Taikukan!

As usual, and especially because I don't really follow Sexy Zone very closely anymore and I wasn't that engaged by most of the setlist other than appreciating how talented the guys are, rather than a full detailed report with the whole setlist, this is just a report of the bits that particularly caught my attention.

'Welcome to Sexy Zone' Tour in Yoyogi Taikukan, 2016.4.24 )

All in all, I had a pretty good time, and I'm glad that I went! Even though I don't really follow Sexy Zone very strongly now, they're all so talented and they've grown up so much and they work so hard, so I'm glad I got to be able to see the fruit of their efforts.
faded_lace: (Hokuto: glowing)
In an all-time actually not all time (I did this meme on January 13 in 2008) record of lateness, here is my regular New Year's meme! It's always interesting to look back on the year, and to compare to the year previous, so I always enjoy doing this. ♥

In your archive, find the first post for every month of 2015, and copy and paste the first sentence here.

hey!say!27年 )

Despite that there were ups and downs this year just like any other year, I'm really glad to see that my posts were largely positive. I'm going to try to keep doing my best to make 2016 as positive as possible, too!
faded_lace: (Chinen: musing)
I always do the same 3 memes at the beginning of every year, so here's the first! This is the writing meme, where I link and talk about all my fics from 2015. It's always interesting me to look over all my work from one year together, so hopefully it's interesting to people who are not me, too. ^^;; So without further ado:

Fics for 2015! )

While fic writing in 2015 had its ups and downs, I wrote some things I really like this past year. ♥ Here's to hoping I can continue to produce works I'm proud of in 2016, too!

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…
faded_lace: (MatsuMatsu: bffs ♥)
And here's the report for the Sunday show of Gamushara J's Party Vol. 7! It's been a long time, so my memory has faded some, but here's what I remember. It was a really cute show ♥

Gamushara J's Party Vol. 7! )

Whew. That took more effort than I expected |D;;; I didn't get much done this weekend, did I? T__T;;; Oh well, now that I'm well rested I'll try to keep up my productivity over the next week!
faded_lace: (Reia: cute)
I'm going to try to get my quick write up of Crea done now before my memory fades! Because 1) the show was extremely short (an hour and 15 minutes, plus two encores, making it about an hour and 30 minutes total), 2) I went alone, so I don't have anyone to help refresh my memory, and 3) I honestly don't have that much to say about it, this is going to be a short bullet-point writeup, rather than full report. As always, the focus is the experience for me, not the setlist or every detail, which you can probably find on twitter. Also, seeing as it's me, it's going to be pretty Reia-focused, because Reia is who I watched. That being said, I included information about other guys, too-- just a warning that I had my Reia goggles on while watching.

Johnny's Ginza @ Theatre Crea, 2015.5.12 )

Sorry that was sort of short and lame, but it was sort of a short and lame show XD; I hope it was at least somewhat informative and amusing, though.
faded_lace: (Fuma: hmm)
Back from Crea! Phew. I'm glad this is my last Johnny's event until June, because I'm exhausted.

The show was… about what I expected. I'll write a somewhat more detailed writeup later, but basically, it was enjoyable but still… aggravating and messy in a lot of ways.

On the bright (?) side, Marius came to watch, as well as a bunch of other juniors, and Johnny himself for the first half. This is the 3rd show I've been to with Johnny. How does that happen? XD;

For now, though, it's late and I have work again in the morning! Time for bed @__@
faded_lace: (Sou: serious)
This is extremely late, but I'm here with a brief report of the Sexy Zone concert when I saw it in Yokohama in March. The tour isn't done; they still have Osaka and Nagoya dates left, so some things might change before then, but I'm not exactly hopeful.

I was honestly somewhat surprised by this concert not because it wasn't in vein with how things are currently, but because I had read so many reports on twitter saying it wasn't as bad as that. However, I'm not sure if we were seeing the same concert, but it was pretty bad to me-- in terms of fairness, first and foremost, of course, but also in terms of being an enjoyable concert, because the guys all looked tired and sad.

In case it isn't clear, consider this your official warning: This report will reflect the opinions of someone who considers Sexy Zone to be 5 members, and who doesn't think that Marius and Sou and their fans (and the fans of all five) should have to settle with "but at least they were included at all!" I will speak negatively of 3-member segments, and of parts where Marius and Sou were treated as Juniors. I will not speak negatively of any group member, because I love all five of them, but I will criticize the way the management is making the group. If you find this offensive or disagreeable, please don't read this report.

Also, as always, this isn't a full setlist report, but rather my impression of the experience.

Sexy Zone in Yokohama Arena, 2015.3.29 @ 12pm )

And that's it. I'm not attending the Osaka or Nagoya shows, so hopefully they'll be better, but… I don't have my hopes up. At the very least, they all seemed to be trying their very hardest, and there were a lot of times when KFS hugged or supported SouMari, so it seems like no matter what, they're sticking together and five and trying to get through this.
faded_lace: (Genki: warm)
It's been a while now (oops) since I saw Sexy Zone in Yokohama Arena, but I wanted to post the few photos I have from the experience! It's just the usual, but I figured some people might be interested.

Sexy Power Tour )

I have a lot of stuff on my plate (I know I keep saying that @__@) but I'm going to try to get all the stuff I have to share out within the next month or so. I still have a lot of shows to go to through June, but… ganbarimasu XD;

stuff!

Mar. 23rd, 2015 11:12 pm
faded_lace: (Chinen: captivated)
Tomorrow is elementary school graduation and I need to get to sleep because I'm pretty much passing out sitting up, but:

✪ NEWS was a lot of fun! I'm going to try to write up a few amusing things that happened, if I get the time.

✪ JUMP tour was announced for summer! I'm so stupidly excited for this. ♥ It will be my first JUMP concert since my tangae and I'm looking forward to it!

✪ I saw Doctor and Sonic Hunter's costumes at Nagoya Tower Records, which was awesome! I'm hoping to check out the Tokyo and Yokohama ones too, so if I manage that, a compilation post will come later. ^^;

✪ Only a week until Sexy Zone! Concert season has really gotten underway, and while it's tiring, I love it XD

I swear one day I'll get my shit together and make a real post and answer all my comments… but today is not that day =___=;
faded_lace: (Inoo&Hikaru: upward)
The Hey! Say! JUMP calendar came out today! It's really interesting that this year it wasn't an idol magazine, but Josei Jishin that had their calendar this year, and I think a lot of the shots really reflect that. I felt that it was a lot more artistic than usual this year (which is kind of odd considering that Josei Jishin is basically a tabloid, but there you go) and featured a lot of really beautiful and breathtaking photos. Of course there were lots of amazing ones of all the members, but you can see Ino-chan's here~ His hair was a horrible mess and it looks like he hasn't plucked his eyebrows in months, but man is he beautiful. ♥

Also, Korosensations!!!!! I'm so in love, I can't wait another week!! Everything about the short PV is amazing, and ugh, my boy does so well with his solo line in the chorus, and he's so perfect, and ugh. I've watched it an embarrassing number of times now, ahaha.

Also, Ino-chan has been announced as participating in the Johnny's vs. Comedians thing on TBS! I'm so excited. ♥

Unrelatedly, happy birthday Fuma! I hope you had a great day.
faded_lace: (Yamada: nervous)
Because I just want to address this and get it out of the way and out of my life, here's what I was moaning about yesterday:

Nakajima Kento, Kikuchi Fuma, and Sato Shori of Sexy Zone have been announced as the supporters for the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Cup (source). Yes, that does have the implications that you think it has-- they're apparently in the place of what should have been the new 2015 volleyball debut.

In case this isn't something that's common knowledge, just a little history on the volleyball debut: It's a tradition that started in 1995 with V6 and has happened every four years since then. The FIVB World Cup is a big deal Olympics qualifier volleyball event that happens in Japan every four years, and since 1995, Johnny's has been supplying the popular media "support group" and song for this event. V6 was followed by Arashi (1999), then NEWS (2003), then Hey! Say! JUMP (2007), and finally Sexy Zone (2011).

Up until this year, the FIVB Volleyball World Cup has always happened in November. This means that all the volleyball debuts have been announced in September and their debut single dropped in November. For that reason, we celebrate these groups' anniversary in September even though their debut date is actually in November. I don't really understand this tradition (debut is debut imho), but either way, end of September and mid November are the key time periods in (almost) every volleyball debut. This is something that's gone on for the past 20 years now.

However, this year, for reasons unknown to me, the FIVB Volleyball World Cup has been pushed up to August. That would mean, for a new group to be supporting it, the debut announcement would have to happen at the end of June and their debut would be in August. That's a whole three months earlier than every single volleyball debut for the past 20 years.

But for reasons also unknown to me, instead, the front three members of Sexy Zone have been announced as the supporters of this year's world cup. This breaks with 20 years of Johnny's tradition and is, for a variety of reasons, pretty surprising and alarming to me. First of all, Johnny's tradition is pretty good. I like Johnny's for a reason-- that it's Johnny's. Them changing their formulas and breaking long-standing, important traditions is not something that particularly comforts me or makes me happy. Second, the volleyball debut is a big deal, and an important chance for juniors. Not knowing when it will happen or if it will happen at all is highly concerning. And of course, third, all those Sexy Zone-related issues. But that's another matter for another post that I am almost certainly not going to make.

Still, perhaps it's a personal flaw or perhaps it's because we all want to find some sense of security in the craziness that is Johnny's, but it's all I can do to give a few options of what may happen from here. Note that in the past 20 years, there have been some changes in the pattern of the volleyball debut, so this does not necessarily signify the end of an important tradition.

Therefore, with no further ado, my hypotheses for what might happen:
① A support group may be announced in June at Johnny's West's Kobe shows (for a Julie group) or at a yet-unannounced Sexy Zone, Kis-My-Ft2, or ABC-Z performance in June (for an Iijima group). Having two supporters, one from a previous volleyball unit, is not unheard of; Sakurai Sho was a supporter along with Hey! Say! JUMP in 2007.
↳ ⓐ Therefore, a new group may debut on an expedited timeline of June → August and present along with the Sexy Zone members, perhaps with Sexy Zone's presence to draw interest for the new group.
↳ ⓑ An alternate theory is that, like NEWS, the new group may be a Junior unit, perhaps presented as secondary backers to the Sexy Zone members. NEWS so far is the only volleyball support group that was considered a Junior unit at the time of the FIVB World Cup, but that doesn't necessarily rule out something similar happening again, with a debut following in the year after.
↳ ⓒ A third option is that Sexy Zone's participation may be an out-and-out lie, as with Johnny's strange fake announcement of ABC-xyZ back in 2011.

② The agency may be choosing to keep the new group on the same timeline, September → November, regardless of support opportunities. The FIVB World Cup itself has little to do with the debut besides it being the supposed reason; Johnny's debuts non-volleyball groups with equal frequency, so there's no actual legitimate necessity for the "volleyball debut" to actually be a debut with relation to volleyball. It may still follow the same formula (the timeline, the age gap, the "fresh" members… see my post here, and then the following two here and here for more details) but simply be unrelated to this year's World Cup.

③ The agency may choose to have the group support the 2016 summer Olympics instead, either having them debut in the same September → November time frame, or perhaps pushing back the debut into 2016. This would be odd to me, but I don't necessarily think it's impossible. It might also fall into the same category as option ②, if the group were to debut in November and then just happen to do the support for the Olympics.

④ Perhaps there will be no volleyball debut at all, and Johnny's will, once again, completely thwart my continued attempts to understand it.

Frankly, I don't see how the agency could possibly benefit from breaking with tradition. The volleyball unit is a carefully and very intelligently concocted formula: it creates interest from a wide range of fans with members with a wide age spectrum, it draws the support of Junior fans while still keeping them paying for Junior events as well by splitting up popular Junior units and leaving some popular Juniors behind to continue to head up the Junior fandom, and it captivates fans for a long period of time to watch the completely new group come together, form a bond, and grow. This method has been a great success in the past (considering Arashi is a volleyball unit), and is, in my opinion, an integral part of contemporary Johnny's as a subcategory of popular entertainment. I really can't imagine how not having such a debut at all could be seen as a positive from a marketing or image-branding standpoint.

But at the end of the day, I don't work for Johnny's, and I can't really make any statements with certainty. So for the time being, I'm just going to leave it with this and hope for the best.
faded_lace: (Hokuto: glowing)
In an attempt to look on the bright side and stop being so completely negative, I'm going to list some positive things in my life right now!

☼ I weeded through some of my clothes today and put together bags to take back to America next time I visit and bags to sell/donate! I mentioned over a year ago the possibility of me trying to sell for a very small sum some of my clothes that I've never worn/only worn once or twice in order to share my love of Japanse fashion with anyone who can't or doesn't want to go through the channels of buying it internationally on my flist. I finally made it one step closer to that, hurrah!

☼ I also cleaned up a lot of the clutter that had accumulated in my living room and bedroom, so I'm happy about that! My plans for tomorrow got cancelled, though, so I have even more time to make sure it looks perfect before people actually see it, ahaha.

☼ I'm still so totally excited for Korosensations, omg. I just can't stop watching the news clip and looking at all the images and gifs. They all look amazing, especially Ino-chan ♥

☼ I also hit for Ino-chan's play! [livejournal.com profile] yomimashou hit, too, so unless something comes up, that means we'll be going twice. Hurray~

☼ Our schedule for spring is filling out! First Gamushara J's Party and Sexy Zone in Yokohama, then Ino-chan's play, Crea for Reia and for Bakaleya6, possibly Sexy Zone again in Osaka depending on how Yokohama is, and Takizawa Kabuki (since she's Yabu-tan~). We're also trying to see the new *pnish* honkouen! We don't have tickets for all these things yet (obviously |D Since some of them haven't even gone on sale yet!) But that's the tentative plan so far. I'm really looking forward to all of it!

☼ Because my plans got cancelled for tomorrow, I'm hoping to get some writing done! Who knows if it will actually happen, but I'm going to try |D;

OTP meme!

Feb. 16th, 2015 05:15 pm
faded_lace: (Aiba&Jun: ♥)
I saw this floating around and decided why the hell not. XD Time to do something positive with my life! It was fun and nice to think about something good for the first time in a while! On top of that, the sun was shining, the weather was pretty warm for February, and I my health seems pretty okay! Not to mention the JUMP DVD comes out on Wednesday~ I'm happy! Look at that XD

Choose 5 OTPs without looking at the questions behind the cut first, then tag friends to do the same.

My Five OTPS
1) Jinguji Yuuta x Nakamura Reia (Johnny's Jr.)
2) Yaotome Hikaru x Inoo Kei (Hey! Say! JUMP)
3) Yamada Ryosuke x Chinen Yuri (Hey! Say! JUMP)
4) Matsukura Hokuto x Kikuchi Fuma (Johnny's Jr. / Sexy Zone)
5) Matsumoto Jun x Aiba Masaki (Arashi)

Meme under here! )

Now off to make more chocolates! All my Valentine's Day stuff this year is super late, oops XD;

I'm back~

Jan. 27th, 2015 10:09 pm
faded_lace: (Kento&Yugo: sweet)
Whew!! Finally back and getting my shit together from my Tokyo weekend! I've been totally sleep deprived and busy, hence my four day absence from LJ (I know you all missed me), but I'm trying to get the situation under control, and I'm going to try to get my last France post done tomorrow!

As for right now, I just wanted to stop by and say that this weekend was totally awesome. I hadn't really known what to expect, but J's Party was really amazing. The Bakaleya guys were great, and Sou + MatsuMatsu were great, and out of all of them, Yugo was seriously wonderful. ♥ That boy!! I had forgotten how much I love him because he get so few chances to shine, but he truly made the show amazing. I'm going to do (my best to do) a formal write up, but I just wanted to mention how wonderful it was.

I also got a lot of things I wanted/needed to get this weekend! )

And now I'm going to try to actually get to bed at a decent hour for once. x__x; Here's to hoping I can get back onto a semi-normal sleep schedule!
faded_lace: (Chinen: wtf)
Well, I finally did the work I was supposed to do, but I didn't do anything useful in fandom T__T; I spent most of today freaking out that my Puzzle and Dragon strategy up until now isn't good enough from here on out haha |D;;; What a loser, I know.

But I decided I'd just write up a bullet-point list of stuff that was cute at countdown, because I honestly don't really want to write a report of a Matchy concert! Sorry for the informal format, but I just honestly don't have that much to say.

As always, this contains a lot of my opinions and my interpretations of things. If that will offend you, please don't click the cut. In particular, a negative view of Sexy Zone as three members, and a negative view of Matchy are apparent, so please don't read if you don't want to see that.

Countdown 2014-2015 )

Sorry it's not much, but that's all I have to say about Countdown… And now to get to bed, it got late, sheesh. x___x;
faded_lace: (Taiga: uh huh)
I'm definitely coming down with something, but I've finally managed to update my JE fic archive and regular fic archive! That's it for 2014! Thanks for another great year, everyone. ♥

I also decided to do the New Year Fic Meme again this year, because I managed to write a decent number of fics this year, too! It's not that much, but I'm pretty proud of myself nonetheless. So, without further ado:

Fics for 2014! )

This meme is always a lot harder and more involved than I expect |D; But there you have it! I also want to take the time to thank everyone who's helped me out as a beta or moral support through the past year, including [livejournal.com profile] yomimashou, [livejournal.com profile] yararanger, [livejournal.com profile] britkit27, [livejournal.com profile] 9kinds, and [livejournal.com profile] snow. And of course, thank you to everyone who read my fics in 2014! I really appreciate it, and I'm looking forward to sharing my work in 2015 with you!

positivity

Oct. 15th, 2014 06:01 pm
faded_lace: (Chinen: musing)
① Thank you to everyone who left positive comments last night ♥ It may not seem like it but even just a few words of positivity really brightens my day.

[livejournal.com profile] snow is my hero right now for always being there for me no matter what ♥

③ This is a bit late, but I won some things unexpectedly in the J&A Fandom Awards 2014: Daybreaker Edition. I know that these things unfortunately leave out a lot of people who deserved to be commended for what they do for fandom, and that's really unfortunate, but completely honestly, I was really happy to be recognized.



I also got second place for Juniors fanfic! And then… the embarrassing one.



This photo is so old, too |D;

④ Throwing myself back into Hey! Say! JUMP headfirst while I wait out the Sexy Zone storm has been going wonderfully ♥ I'd forgotten how much I love those kids. I've been out of JUMP since before Yamada had his personal turnaround, and now I'm really loving seeing him for the sweet guy he always was underneath all the angst and self-doubt. More than anything, though, I'm falling more and more in love with Inoo every day. He was always my favourite BEST member (Chinen has always been my #1 ♥), but recently I've just been so taken that it's almost reaching worrying levels. XD; He's so beautiful and so cute and so nice and so funny, and now that he's out of college and nowhere near as crazy stressed and busy, he has a chance to show it… and I want to watch it forever.

⑤ Speaking of JUMP, the s3art tour goods were so nice! I'm always annoyed that some groups have way better con goods than others (KisuMai, Ebi, Eito, Arashi… y u get the good stuff) but JUMP's this time were wonderful! There was even a tumbler mug with the JUMP characters designed by Hikaru on it! And the s3art design and logo were really cute, making for really cute T-shirts, bags, and penlights. Keep it up, JUMP!

And JUMP is so easy to watch due to their almost complete lack of discrimination these days. Of course, Yamada, Chinen, Yuto, and Daiki will always be in the front, but it's nowhere near the levels of Ijima's recent groups (with the except of Ebi). I'd been whining about how nice it seems to be a Johnny's West fan due to their distinct member colours, changing choreography showing all members nicely, and general sense of equality and balance, but now that I take a step back, JUMP is that way, now, too. Especially since they've overcome so much together, they just have a wonderful bond, and watching them perform together is a delight.

⑦ I want to make it clear that I'm not changing my mind about anyone or pushing anyone away or setting anyone aside. Things are as they are, but I believe that everything will come around one way or another. Just because I'm remembering how much I love JUMP now doesn't mean I love anyone else any less.

This image is so beautiful. )

⑨ Generally trying to block out everything bad right now and replace it with good. No one can make me happier but me, right?

⑩ Once more, thank you to everyone who's been kind to me or been there for me in the past few months, weeks, and days. It really means a lot to me to have people reach out, or even say "thank you" when I post news or "I agree with you" when I'm feeling alone. Whether we're close friends or have never spoken before, thank you so much for being great people. ♥

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