Summary: While visiting your best friend Wonho, you find yourself increasingly curious about one member of Monsta X in particular.
Requested by @heon94! I got a little carried away with this one and decided to break it up into multiple parts :)
I stood nervously in
front of the door to their apartment, psyching myself up before I knocked. I
always felt awkward meeting new people, no matter who it was. The fact that it
was Wonho’s good friends and members was increasing my anxiety tenfold.
You sighed as you stared at your phone. The most recent text you sent to your best friend – Jung-Kook – only to be unanswered later on.
Kookie… call me when you have time.
You had been best friends with Jung-Kook since elementary school, and into high school when he debuted with BTS when he was 15.
For the past year, BTS has been growing and growing with popularity. They had recently just one their first Daesang! And they’ve been extremely busy, limiting how much you could actually talk with him. It really killed you.
More than it probably would be if you just saw him as an older brother or best friend, but the fact was that you didn’t.
not to h8 or anything, but do ever feel slightly annoyed whenever people don't really appreciate seventeen as a whole, and just ver*non??? it makes me sad because i was showing my friend a picture of seventeen and i asked her which one she likes the best and she pointed at ver*non and said that he was hot so i was like ok, but are there any others you like??? and she was like nah and that made me slightly upset but idk why ://////
sorry for rambling btw
hdgfpaehp i mean u can’t force attraction or anything but i totally get what u mean. i remember when svt first debuted (and i was still a bts/exo blog) all i saw was gifs and pictures of vernon, and like nobody else. i mean, i don’t wanna get into too many nasty details (such as my sneaking suspicion that vernon was so popular in the beginning bc of his…uh….”non-asian” features & the general fetishization of pretty mixed kids), but if you care abt a group as much as we care abt svt we’re def going to feel hurt if someone doesn’t show the same amount of interest & love that we have for all the members. and if ur friend isn’t really a kpop fan then she’s prob just gonna focus on the one “hot” member no matter what :/
A/N I wrote out Monaka when I did a post-dr3 with the WoH but here’s a version where she’s in it because I wanted to see what would happen. Also I’m setting this after the prompt where her ship crashes near the boat and Komaeda is her unofficial guardian
Monaka’s High School Debut aka Monaka attends HPA much to everyone’s annoyance
Monaka had finally seen the light, changed her lifestyle and broken out of her NEET shell– or at least that’s the illusion she was trying to sell.
It wasn’t her choice obviously. If it had been entirely up to her, she would have returned to space as soon as she restocked on supplies. Admittedly though, that was a terrible plan since it wasn’t sustainable in the long term. She could only gather so much fuel for too few trips and they hardly lasted long enough. She was lucky that the first time she crashed on earth was near a boat that boarded non-hostile people. The catch? Nagito was one of them and instantly, her luck had soured.
Nagito was the last person she had wanted to see on this planet. He was the reason she had given up on adulting in the first place and escaped to space. She wanted nothing to do with the guy obsessed with hope and she thought that he would just let her be since she wasn’t all that into despair. So they shouldn’t have anything to do with each other anymore.
Unfortunately, his friends thought otherwise. They believed that Nagito had some responsibility regarding her- still has- and so he was coerced to awkwardly fill in the guardian role again. He was a natural pushover so he easily complied. Monaka wanted to barf over that forced tie. Him? Her guardian? He was her servant at least and her business partner at most but guardian? She knew better than to have him decide on her life.
Except, it was the only way she’d get a constant supply of food with minimum effort. She couldn’t be bothered to overthrow the system since that was a hassle so she decided to humor them and play along for now. Besides, it wasn’t like they asked her to live with him and play house- thank god- she was more than happy when they said that they’d be far, far away from her throughout all this aside from the occasional visits. So she was pretty much set for a comfortable life.
Provided that she attended school, specifically, Hope’s Peak Academy.
“Why do you even bother coming to class when you’re not going to pay attention anyways?” Touko openly snarled at her.
“The same reason why you still bother to check my attendance even though you want to mark me absent.” Monaka lazily shot back.
“Why you little…” Touko grumbled and fumed at the front but she knew better than to fight with a kid.
“You don’t even need to go to school since you get good grades effortlessly! Isn’t it pointless for you to be here?” Masaru asked with just a hint of envy underneath his obvious annoyance.
“I know right? I ask myself that every day.” Monaka replied as she continued to play with her portable gaming console.
“Oh, I know. You’re just here to m-mock us. Because you g-get to play all day and we s-study a lot b-but you still score h-higher. Is this a new form of b-bullying?” Jataro questioned with an extra stammer of nerves in his words.
“Yeah, sure. Whatever.” Monaka shrugged nonchalantly, she stopped listening after the first stutter anyways. “Get wrecked.”
“I hate you! Seeing your face makes me sick! I can’t believe I have to breathe the same air with a bitch like you!” Kotoko smiled sweetly in contrast to her acidic words. “Die! Die! Die!”
“Lol. Same.” Monaka deadpanned.
“Please turn down the volume. If you’re not going to act like a student then at the very least, you could respect the classroom and not disturb class.” Nagisa venomously hissed at her despite his seat being far away from hers.
“Not interested.” Monaka simply turned up the volume and the whole class groaned at her childishness.
“That’s it. I can’t take this anymore.” Touko scowled and then proceeded to make a call on her phone. Once it was picked up, she wasted no second in ranting. “I give up. I refuse to handle her anymore. You said you’d take over if it didn’t work out. Well I tried and you can’t say that I didn’t. So help me before I have a murder on our hands and believe me, I am capable.”
Monaka on the other hand, was oblivious to everyone’s struggles as she obnoxiously continued to play loudly. Some were even shouting at her but she tuned them out with ease much to their frustration. She would have played the whole day at a leisurely pace too if only her console didn’t suddenly die on her. She blinked. That was odd. She was sure the battery was still full. Her hand went to reach for the powerbank in her bag but was stopped when someone towered over her.
“Of course you wouldn’t make things easy for us.” Komaru sighed with her hand on her hip. Something was strapped onto one of her belt loops and Monaka’s eyes widen in recognition at the megaphone. Well that explained why her console flaked out on her. Komaru sighed once more as she pulled Monaka in stride with her. “Why are you so hell bent on making this hard for everyone?”
“Don’t like school.” Monaka shrugged as she followed suit.
“Right. Obviously. Why did I even ask?” Komaru muttered to herself and silently dragged them across the floors until they stopped in front of a classroom. “Well since you clearly aren’t fitting in the normal classroom setting, the principal and I thought that maybe one-on-one might work better. And luckily for you, we found just the right person!”
When the door slid open, Monaka almost bolted out on the spot if only Komaru’s grip wasn’t crazily strong and held her in place.
“Ah, hello there. It’s good to see that you’re doing well, Monaka.” Nagito greeted her with an easygoing smile. “Now why don’t you come in and have a seat. I’m sure we have lots to discuss about Hope’s Peak Academy and the honor of attending here.”
Monaka has never truly hated school until at that point where she had to learn under Nagito’s careful tutoring.
Josh Johnson Made Some High School Dreams Come True with Tonight Show Debut
We’re not going to give away too much here, so we’ll just say that NYC’s Josh Johnson had his late night stand-up debut on last night’s Tonight Show and there was a bit of a surprise that was some lovely icing on the cake.
On this day in music history: February 18, 1989 - “Dreamin’” by Vanessa Williams hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #8 on the Hot 100 on April 8, 1989. Written by Lisa Montgomery and Geneva Paschal, it is the first chart topping single for the singer and actress from Tarrytown, NY. After being stripped of her title as the first African American Miss America in 1984, Vanessa Williams is able to recover from the scandal, and enjoy one of the most successful second acts in entertainment history. Born to parents that are both music educators, Williams demonstrates a natural talent for music early on. She studies piano, flute, violin and french horn before graduating from high school, majoring in musical theater at Syracuse University. After making her recorded debut, singing on P-Funk legend George Clinton’s single “Hey Good Lookin’”, Vanessa is signed to Polygram subsidiary Wing Records. Label head Ed Eckstein (the son of jazz vocal legend Billy Eckstine), while looking for material for his new signee, finds the midtempo ballad “Dreamin’”. Originally recorded by the R&B group The Guinn Family, their version is released on Motown Records in 1986. A minor hit on Quiet Storm radio, the groups version fails to become a hit. Williams is paired with Donald Robinson (Eugene Wilde, Jean Carne, Cashmere) the producer of The Guinn Family’s original recording. Robinson re-arranges “Dreamin’”, and drops the key a step and a half down from the original. The track is recorded at the famed Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia in 1987. “Dreamin’” also features Lori Fulton who sang on the original version, Carol Coleman and jazz vocalist Rachelle Farrell on background vocals. Originally scheduled for only six hours of studio time, it takes Williams and Robinson three days to perfect the singers vocals on the track. Once completed, all agree that the song is in contention to be a hit. “Dreamin’” is released as the third single from Vanessa Williams’ album “The Right Stuff” in December of 1988. It is the former beauty queens biggest hit to date, becoming a smash on the R&B, pop and AC charts. “Dreamin’” also helps Williams earn Grammy nominations for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best New Artist. The success of the single also drives “The Right Stuff” album past Gold status in the US.
Hello, it’s been a little while! I’ve been keeping up with Sota’s blog and it looks like there are only staff updates about TV Appearances. He is probably extremely busy with [Strobe Edge] promotions, so when he does update us, I will be right onto translating!
I present to you today, my recommendations of “Seishun Eiga”s which typically describes the High School Romance genre. Because many dramas / movies are based on manga in Japan, the Japanese theater greatly embraces Seishun Eigas. It’s almost a “stepping stone” for rising actors / actresses to be a part of these dramas / movies.
First up! Bokura ga Ita Zenpen & Kohen (2012): This 2 part movie (Zenpen- 1st part, Kohen- 2nd part) chronicles the 10-year love life of Yano Motoharu (Ikuta Toma) and Nanami Takahashi (Yoshitaka Yuriko). I know it sounds really draggy and boring making two movies about one pair, but this one does a fantastic job. Bokura ga Ita is one of the few movies that I felt developed the characters, their feelings, and the different events that shape the characters in a touching manner. Yano made my heart soooo happy I watched the movie 8 times.
Hanamizuki (2010): This one is a slightly older one and fair to say that it was the first batch of Seishun Eigas. Again, this chronicles the 10-year love life of a couple, Sae Hirasawa (Yui Aragaki) and Kouhei Kiuchi (Ikuta Toma). This movie completely tackles a different setting from Bokura ga Ita, so rest assured that these first two are not the same story.
Kimi ni Todoke (2010): Another one of the first gen Seishun Eigas. This one is about a handsome & popular boy, Shota Kazehaya (Haruma Miura), who falls in love with a girl, Sawako Kuronuma (Mikako Tabe), who is bullied by the class. Kazehaya brings Kuronuma out of her shell, and the rest is history.
Kiyoku, Yawaku (2013): A fairly new one. This one is about two characters, Kanna Seto (Masami Nagasawa) and Roku Akazawa (Masaki Okada) who have lost a significant person in their life as they struggle to carry on with life and eventually love again. TBH, I watched it because of Masaki Okada, and thought it was a well-done movie.
High School Debut (2011): I was like ??? while watching this movie because it was sooooo manga-like silly & hilarious. Haruna Nagashima (Ito Ono) wants to find a boyfriend in high school because she had devoted her entire middle school life to softball. You Komiyama (Junpei Mizobata) is a popular upperclassman who ends up mentoring Nagashima, but instead, falls in love with her.
Sukitte ii na yo (2014): SUPER recent movie. The storyline is a little bit similar to Kimi ni Todoke, as a popular boy at school, Yamato Kurosawa (Sota Fukushi), brings a bullied girl, Mei Tachibana (Haruna Kawaguchi), out of her shell. Even though the underlying theme is the same, this one develops the female character greatly and chronicles her journey as she is coming out of her shell and really learns about loving another person. After watching “Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu”, I went straight to this movie to see Sota Fukushi. Didn’t disappoint me at all. <3
Some others I haven’t watched yet: Koizora, Halfway, Boku no Hatsu Koi o Kimi ni Sasagu, Tada kimi wo Aishiteru.
Will be doing one for top dramas I’ve watched throughout my years of jdrama experience soon (this one shall be extremely hard….)!