A playful cat : Story of Shida manaka (志田愛佳)

The Idol genre has been evolving in many ways through japanese entertainment history, reaching new style like metal, rock and electro. Not only styles, but personalities have increased as well, from dark/gloomy (Yamaguchi Momoe,70′) to cute/innocent (Seiko matsuda,80′) or even group/family like (Morning Musume,90′). These days, it’s hard to bring an accurate definition of idol, because of this newfound diversity. But what if being an idol, is actually just being yourself? If that’s the case, then Shida Manaka is the greatest of all.

Shida “mona” manaka is what we can call an “exotic” beauty from her atypic facial feature. The kind that draws attention.

Standing out is the key to become popular in such groups like 48group and Sakamichi series. Manaka has this particular features like big ears and cat-shaped eyes that makes her easily to notice. Not only that, but all japanese female yearn for a slender face and cute nose. Manaka also have those. Adding her “model” height ( for a japanese girl that is) of 165 cm, you can say Manaka answers to Sakamachi standard of a tall, elegant idol member. My personal opinion would also be the haircut factor. Dying her hair to light brown helped her build this handsome/boyish aura, very popular among female fanbase. Was it a coincidence or not, the results were outstanding especially in “Kataru nara mirai wo” MV where she shone.

It delivered. Manaka is among the most sought Keyakizaka member regarding modeling and photoshoot. To have outside work despite being in a rookie group is of great help for keyakizaka to promote themselves indirectly. It’s important to point it out because modeling is known for being what differentiate Sakamichi series with the 48group. While gravure, which feature 48group top member frequently, target middle aged man with sexy pose in swimsuit, modeling in fashion magazine like Popteen or Seventeen focus more on “oshare” (fancy) clothing, and targeting young japanese girls.

It’s important for a member to find her place within the group. Hirate is center, Suzumoto is the best dancer, Akanen is the serious member of Keyakizaka, and Uemura is the loli. Shida manaka bright move was to develop her tomboy look. She became Keyakizaka visual along with her partner Watanabe Risa. But it would be nothing if she hadn’t developed a coherent personality with her looks. What does that mean exactly?

Shida manaka is in charge of Keyakizaka visual, but she’s surprisingly also a moodmaker.

Something that goes along with inexperience, is being oblivious at how to react during variety shows. In Keyakizaka early days, the girls were fresh but shy, and MC Host (Tsuchida and Sawabe) had the difficult task to take the girls out of their shell. Somehow, Manaka was exempted from this trend thanks to her easy going character. Oda nana is a moodmaker thanks to her sense of humor, creating funny moments ( this is what you call a “boke” in japan), and Shida manaka is another kind of mood-maker by laughing out loud. This is Mona particularity, she’s the complete opposite of aloofness; she will laugh at you for being ridicule. Not making fun of you (or yes, maybe) but laughing at the situation. It’s not mean per se, to laugh is Shida’s way to enjoy life.

Manaka’s existence in Keyakizaka is indisputable not only in visual, but also in the group essence; They are mostly introduced as Cool and inspired girls that oppose with the overall cute vibe of the 48group. But to reach national level, Keyakizaka need to embrace not only the cool side, but everything else. Shida Manaka, for being the outgoing, light-hearted fuel of Keyakizaka, helps the group grows in Variety. She’s the primary shield to awkward situation, laughing at all ridicule misstep (For example, Sawabe fail jokes) and inevitably making them fun in the end.

Manaka’s existence is crucial to take us back to what’s the most important thing in life : Enjoy our life. Well it’s not obvious as it seems; you take Hirate Yurina’s case and her absolutely horrendous schedule, you can’t help but feel worried and concerned about the pressure she handles and her health condition. Manaka’s pattern come as sincere; you can tell she doesn’t really have this ambition to be number one, but rather to spend good time with new companion (nakama) along the way. Manaka is the Worry-Slayer,and ensure that Keyakizaka is a place were we have a good time, along as high level of performance.

Despite laughing at everything, Manaka keep her feminine side, being embarrassed at showing her fashion sense or being afraid in haunted house.

Idols are often seen as playing a character in order to appeal their fanbase. Even if you are not that good looking, an idol will tell you that you’re very handsome to make you feel better. To make you feel special, they will surely tell you they remember you for coming to their handshakes lanes. It can’t be blamable. Idol encompass “work” as well. But it’s also understandable that non-fans see that as “fake” or “marketed product”.

Thanks to this outgoing&cheerful personality, Manaka is kind of exempted of the “work” aspect of an idol, simply because it’s not what’s important to her. She just like to be herself, bluntly telling you she doesn’t remember you in handshake, or rating you 50/100 in looks. (according to HS reports). This sincerity blends well with her outgoing character, and most of fans prefer something “honest” rather than something “acted”. In extreme situation, you can compare it to legendary “shio taiou” (salty reaction) from Paruru, as it is seen as “honest” reaction from her fans and “absolutely unprofessional” to others. To each is own.

Between members, Manaka has been a turning point in the group unity. Breaking the ice making silly games backstage, members got closer thanks to this “let’s get ridiculous” policy manaka introduced. It’s not awkward anymore when you laugh about it, right? Another thing that looks obvious, but when you think about it, the 48group has suffered from this lack of unity nowadays, making way to individuality (Jurina, Sayanee) rather than team bond (team 4, ori team K). Manaka, by embodying the playful cat, helped to strengthen the group cohesion .

“Laugh & jokes are the molding ground to social interaction and the gateway to smile & happiness”

I didn’t know what to expect from Shida Manaka, and i’m the first surprised at how well her cool visual mix so well with an easy-going personality. It will be partly thanks to her that probably, newcomers will call Keyakizaka cool but also fun. She’s not the type to be center of the attention, more like the one that cheer you on. And it is as much important. Do you remember DJ’s during party, who are in charge of keeping the tension high the whole time? Well Shida has this power. To make everyone look fun. (especially Oda Nana)

To conclude, it is clear that Shida Manaka is and will be a great asset to Keyakizaka potential, binding the present (enjoy your life) and the future (increasing outside modeling activities) to push everyone to the big league, like Nogizaka. When it comes to identity, Manaka has plenty contributed, and be sure to expect more of her as Keyakizaka biggest field to improve is still Variety.

If you make Manaka laugh in handshake, don’t take it personally, see it as an achievement!

fabstingsgron  asked:

Hey, can you help me with something? They found "Ali's" body in the pilot, the same time Aria came back and Mona started sending them texts as A. Was it just a ridiculous coincidence or did A revealed the body? I cant remember.

Mona/A didn’t reveal the body but YOU KNOW WHO WOULD… BETHANY!!! Bethany would reveal the random dead body so that she can start playing the game. Because you’re right, it kind of seemed a bit too coincidental for the body to come out of no where 1 year later, the day they started receiving A messages… maybe the “I’m still here bitches. And I know everything. -A” WAS BETHANY. Still here, as in, that body they just found wasn’t her!! Oh my god Bethany is starting to make more sense with every day that goes by.

I’m sticking to this theory forever guys: Bethany is Uber A and she is Spencer’s twin.

Hanna Marin: the rundown

Season 1:

Hanna is portrayed as once ugly duckling turned Rosewood High’s it-girl, equipped with faithful sidekick Mona, and sticky fingers when it comes to department stores. I think Hanna masked her insecurities by pretending to be someone full of confidence but she’s really a good friend and cares about her mother. And even though her father is a dead beat piece of crap scumbag, she still loves him and that’s a source of insecurities that have outgrown as the series progressed. I didn’t like the chemistry between her and Sean and I like how that fizzled out when she met Caleb. A was definitely gunning for her with that car, she bounced back quickly.

Season 2:

Hanna went through it this season with her scumbag dad marrying Isabel but it wasn’t a too eventful season for her individually. I’m glad Haleb reunited(and it feels so goood..sorry, started singing).

Season 3:

After all Mona has done to them over the course of the first two seasons, Hanna still went to visit her crazy ass. I don’t think she should’ve given Mona the time of day after all that bullcrap. Mona had no reason for doing all that because she felt like they were stealing Hanna away from her boo hoo Hanna was loyal to her and got stabbed in the back in return. I think she gave Mona too much power over her. I think she should’ve told the girls.

Season 4:

I think Hanna’s connection with the girls got stronger as a whole this season. Hanna and Caleb got weaker-say what you want but this is the third breakup and he left her to figure out the secrets of a town that he’s been to once with a girl he met on a bus, get real. I’m a Haleb shipper.

Season 5:

I feel like her identity crisis was for no reason and she slipped back into the slump of insecure Hanna. She didn’t know who she was when Alison came back so she tried to be the person she wasn’t, switching up her style so they look opposite and drinking way too much. I’m glad she realized the problem before it became a real one. I think that Hanna could’ve avoided the whole Ali made me mentality she had and just do her. Alison influenced her to upgrade herself but she damn sure didn’t make her. Hanna is a stronger person than she gives herself credit for, and I would’ve loved if it’d been approached differently. At the same time I don’t like how she wanted to get her out of town, I know she doesn’t feel her true self when Ali is around but don’t convince her to leave when she’s in danger, Hanna is so much better than that. Hanna and Travis were cute for a minute but he’s no Caleb. How Mona’s “death” effected her showed a lot about forgiveness and how she can’t help but be loyal. Moving on the 5b, how pissed was I when she got arrested? Very.

Season 6:

The peak of her maturity. I think that you could truly see how much she grew as a person. Her and Caleb were solid and there for one another. Her bond with her friends was strong as per usual. I love how they stuck together and got out of the dollhouse in the premiere. Flashing forward I’m glad she semi followed her dreams. When I found out that Haleb wouldn’t be together when we came back for 6b I was salty about it, but Jordan seemed like a great guy and I think if she had not been summoned to rosewood that they would’ve made it. It seemed like he was willing to help her with whatever. I felt bad for him when she gave him the ring back. Ok the Haleb thing—–Caleb took a job in the city Hanna wanted to be with, with a salary that would allow her to follow her dreams, only to be neglected. I feel she was acting out of her character when they moved. Hanna always takes Caleb into consideration but then she didn’t. Let’s be clear, Hanna is an ASSISTANT, she’s not some high up in the fashion industry that’s making millions and jet setting across the globe, there was no reason to put being an assistant over a boyfriend who would do anything to make you happy. Hanna and Caleb were broken up for years and during the course of the breakup did not see each other. I don’t feel like she should have been acting interested once he got with Spencer, that’s not being a good friend. I’m a Haleb shipper and I think that their relationship post A should’ve been done better. Keep them together or apart. How many people have been with someone for two years, haven’t seen them in 3 years and then see them and bam get back together? Nobody that’s not realistic. Given the timeline of the show they’ve spent more years apart than together. Her taking charge- or so she thought, by trying to trick AD made my eyes roll back in my head. Although she didn’t deserve the actions that followed- she pretty much put herself in harms way leading her to being kidnapped

Season 7:

Hanna was put through absolute hell by AD. In my opinion more physical pain happens to her and Emily. I’m glad that her and Caleb are getting back together and sealed the deal and that he gave her a sense of security after all the hell she’s gone through. I do t think she should’ve gone rogue and went after Noel but I didn’t hate it when she knocked his smart ass out. She should’ve thought it through and told the other girls. Several parallels happened with her thinking for a second time that Noel was A and her needing Mona to coach her into a lie again.

Favorite moments so far:

Haleb’s first time Her style

Hanna being so accepting when Emily came out to her

Hanna’s freak out when she saw that A signed her cast

“She’s blind, she can’t hear us”

To Jenna when they found out she could see “aren’t you a sight for sore eyes”

Showing up to Jordan’s office in that killer red outfit

“Why am I beeping I haven’t even stolen anything yet”

Haleb 7a finale reunion

What I want from her in the final 10 episodes:

I want her to be happy with Caleb post AD. I want her to have the marriage and start the family that she wants. I can’t wait to see how amazing her dress will be if she gets married on screen

To do list method

Idk about you but I get overwhelmed like it’s my day job. This leads to me putting things off and overall being stressed. Solution? Go grab a piece of paper, and make a to do list. Make sure it’s organized in some way (category, alphabetical, whatever makes sense to you) and make it as neat as you can get it. This to do list should be ready to be proudly displayed next to the Mona Lisa, that’s how neat it should be. Now instead of a looming, giant task, it’s in understandable small chunks. Next, think of a place you like. Maybe it’s a park, or the ocean, or space! Anything you enjoy will work. Begin wherever you want, and each time you finish a task, reward yourself with a cute doodle of whatever your heart desires. It shouldn’t be perfect, just a cute doodle. For example, if your theme is park add a tree, or draw a fountain. Eventually, you’ll run out of things to do and end up with a beautifully decorated page of your achievements! Pick a new theme everyday or draw penguins every single time. This helps you break down your day into manageable pieces, keep track of what you need to get done, and helps you stay motivated to finish the page.

So everyone (if 5 people is everyone) tells me that since I was tagged three times for my Top 10 Favorite Songs I can make three lists, and far be it for me not to do what I’m told. I was tagged by @quirkyquantumqueen, @mshoneysucklepink, and @dont-stop-believin-in-klaine and I bet you all regret it now! They all listed 10 recent faves.

I’m opting for my top 10 songs from my early favorite performers. (My favorite song, for the record, is “Waterloo Sunset” by The Kinks. That never seems to change.)  All lists are a moving target

First up Elton John. My first huge music obsession starting when I was 8. Some were hits but some are pretty deep tracks. 

  1. Teacher I Need You 
  2. Writing
  3. Take Me to the Pilot
  4. Son of Your Father
  5. Mona Lisa’s and Mad Hatters
  6. Social Disease
  7. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
  8. Harmony
  9. Philadelphia Freedom
  10. Tiny Dancer

After Elton John I was obsessed with The Beatles:

  1. And Your Bird Can Sing
  2. Things We Said Today
  3. Two Of Us
  4. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
  5. Rain
  6. Blackbird
  7. I’m Only Sleeping
  8. Paperback Writer
  9. In My Life
  10. Let It Be

The Beatles bled into Elvis Costello:

  1. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding
  2. Watch Your Step
  3. Little Triggers
  4. Waiting For The End Of The World
  5. Man Called Uncle
  6. Alison (I seem to never get sick of it)
  7. Beyond Belief
  8. I’ll Wear It Proudly
  9. Night Rally
  10. King Horse

and I’m tagging everyone who enabled my list making obsession: @klaineandbiscuits, @snarkyhag, @darrenismydarcy, @doodlebrew, @some-silver-reply , also tagging @dontbefanci, @openinguptojoy1, @mypopculturesummer, @sunshineoptimismandangels, @musiclovingbitch


Happy International Women’s Day! - March 8th