I have looked into everything, and spoken to my dad, and here’s basically what I can conclude so far on the TMB48 tags I will be making for all of us.
We are going to buy plain, relatively small, good quality, silver plated tags (instead of the crappy ones I used to make my current dogtags). On one side I will engrave “TMB48” and then on the other side a nickname of your choice, or username (though if your username is hella long *cough* 15 e’s xD then be realistic xD) SHORT NICKNAMES or names, whatever you want ^^
___!!___ Now sadly, we can’t buy, engrave and post these all for free, but I wanna make it as cheap as possible for you guys, so I’m paying my dad a certain sum of money, to bring forward a (hopefully) major discount; which will also depend on how many people want them, (the more people buying, the less the discount will lower the price of each tag).
It reallyWILL NOT be very expensive, I will be investing a lot into this to make it cheaper for you guys. But I want us all to have them, so :3
__!!__ The plan is to have a special page on my dad’s company’s website, so you can all order specially. Or you can just message me on here or via email etc. WHATEVER MAKES YOU COMFORTABLE.
You’re all gonna have to message me; or maybe I’ll set up a poll to see how many people want them, so I can order in the tags.
But you must be sure, ‘cause we don’t wanna buy, say 30 and then only 20 people actually want them/can buy them. So you must be sure!!
I will make a final update post on this when we have configured prices and things like that, I will then take a poll of how many people want them, and then work on orders, placements and getting them out to everyone.
IT WILL NOT MATTER IF YOU WANT ONE LIKE A MONTH LATER I WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY TO MAKE THEM FOR YOU.
but the discount will probably only count for the people I send these to first time round (I hope you understand guys).
So yes, send this around TMB48 like wild fire, I want everyone to know so no one is left out!!!
Hi, sorry for the delay in writing this, I just realized I had a few messages I initially read while I was tired but I had forgot to checked back and reply.
Any tips and/or advice? I had actually started on a mini-introduction guide around July but I never got around to finishing it, this is going to be more off the cuff (can’t find my original draft) but I hope it’s still readable/helpful.
Tip 1: Informational gathering (English sources), I would visit JKT48Stuff – they have individual profiles on the members, translations, articles and other interesting opinion pieces. Use the search if you’re looking for a specific member. The MCs of the live theater shows can be pretty interesting.
I would also check out JKT48Translate since a number of the members have done Q&A sessions.
Other places to find into, English forums like Stage48, Ebi48 and Nonhongogo… though I think Stage48’s JKT48 thread would be the best bet since it’s been the most active, 405 pages now.
The website AKB48WrapUp also covers some JKT48 news, mostly the release of singles and other major events.
If you can read Bahasa Indonesian, check out the member’s twitter accounts – there are also sites that help save time, such as blogara and klasemenjkt48. You can also use Google Translate if you’re like me… but it really only works 20-30% of the time. It might just be better to look up common Indonesian words and phrases, just to save you some grief.
JKT48 are on top of social media in general really, they’re on Twitter but also Facebook, Google+ and Instagram (use Webstram for an easier time searching). Generally it’s pretty easy to keep up the activities of your oshi or just JKT48 in general.
Tip 2: It kind of fits in with the above, what to do if you only speak English. English Subs.
JKT48Stuff again, it has television show translations and subbed shows on their Youtube channel, it’s pretty up-to-date with JKT48 Missions episodes (up to episode 10 now? Translated to English and Japanese).
There’s also a few subbed episodes of JKT48 School on Youtube – as well as a subbed episode of Hitam Putih that I think is pretty interesting. Just type “JKT48 English Sub” and see what pops up.
If I had to pick what to watch first, the subbed (or should I say close captioned?) Hitam Putih episode and then JKT48 Missions because we get to see more of the member’s individual characters showcased there.
Tip 3: Advantages of being outside of Japan… fancams. When I first started getting into JKT48 I couldn’t really find a lot of high quality television broadcasts of them, so I started to watch fancams and it ended up being pretty enlightening.
Most of the fancams are of course of the girls when they’re performing on shows but you also see a lot fancams focused on the girls as they walk to stage or while milling around in the stand-by areas or as they’re leaving the airport (in this situation, I feel sorry for the members because they get crowded around sometimes).
russian77x was the Youtube channel I watched the most at the beginning. But honestly really, just search “JKT48 fancams” on Youtube and you might stumble upon something interesting, like Melody and Kinal taking control during the filming of the KFC flashmob or the members being affection with each other. (This part of the fandom kind of strikes me as very Kpop btw, that and the banners).
Tip 4: Look in lots of different places. JPH!P has a forum thread where the JKT48 ships are mentioned, the web show/podcast BasugasuBakuhatsu! (THE TV!) has been mentioning and reviewing JKT48 in their Idol News segment - the KFC release, English ver. release, Rena Nozawa going to Team K, review of music videos or an interesting official clip. (The hosts aren’t at a point where they recognize a lot of the members but they have an interesting view point.)
Even the Contest48 Tumblr fanfic competition has had a VeNal (Ve & Kinal) pairing story submitted.
Also on Tumblr, floating around is a subbed clip where HKT48 members have a funny discussion about times they were accidentally mistaken for JKT48 members.
JKT48 sometimes pops up in interesting places is what I’m getting at.
And last advice: I would probably check out Youtube first, it’s a great fan resource when it comes to JKT48. Check out the profiles (only a few of them were fan subbed though), fancams, Hitam Putih, JKT48 Missions (episode 4, Kinal’s graduation is my favourite).
Read the JKT48 Official Guide Book 01 & 02 translations - I found this is a good jumping off point, especially the group interview sessions; you get to read how the Japanese members adapted to JKT48, small quirks the girls have (falling asleep right away, not being able to use washing machines) and the funny things they’re doing back stage (falling asleep in hideaways, blow drying sweat off themselves).
Anyway… this turned out longer than I meant it to but I hope it all help, feel free to message me if I missed something vital or I didn’t address something that seemed sort of obvious.