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Rap Monster of Breakout K-Pop Band BTS on Fans, Fame and Viral Popularity

BTS may be the biggest musical act you’ve never heard of — unless you’re already one of the Korean pop group’s millions-strong fanbase. The seven-member boy band, Bangtan Sonyeondan (or BTS for short), is know for their catchy pop-rap, sharp music video choreography and candid social media presence. They’ve recently leveraged their popularity into blockbuster stadium tours and Billboard’s prize for Top Social Artists of the year, as well as nabbing a spot on TIME’s list of 25 Most Influential People on the Internet.

It’s not hard to see why: a live video of two members applying face masks roped in half a million concurrent viewers. Their backstage selfies regularly rack up half a million likes. A red carpet appearance can kick off a global Twitter trend. But how did they get here?

“We’re just a normal group of boys from humble backgrounds who had a lot of passion and a dream to be famous,” says singer and songwriter Kim Nam-joon, who goes by the moniker Rap Monster and, as the only English-speaking member of the group, often represents BTS in interviews. Currently on tour in Japan, Rap Monster took the time to explain BTS’ rise and how the group feeds its hungry fanbase.

How did the BTS group come together?

Rap Monster: Back in 2010, I was introduced to Mr. Bang [Bang Si Hyuk], our executive producer [and CEO of BigHit Entertainment]. I was an underground rapper and only 16 years old, a freshman at high school. Bang thought I had potential as a rapper and lyricist, and we went from there. Then SUGA joined us. [Third group member] J-hope was really popular as a dancer in his hometown. We were the first three! We debuted as a collaboration between the seven of us in June 2013. We came together with a common dream to write, dance and produce music that reflects our musical backgrounds as well as our life values of acceptance, vulnerability and being successful. The seven of us have pushed each other to be the best we can be for the last four years. It has made us as close as brothers. BTS as a group sort of took off with the success of our 2015 album that had our hit single “I NEED U.”

When did you first realize you were developing a global fandom?

We didn’t realize we were becoming famous until we were invited to KCONs [K-pop music festivals] in the U.S. and Europe in 2014 or 2015. Thousands of fans were calling our name at the venue, and almost everyone memorized the Korean lyrics of our songs, which was amazing and overwhelming. Who would have thought that people from across the ocean, Europe, the U.S., South America, even Tahiti, would love our songs and performances, just by watching them on YouTube? We were just grateful… and we still are.

BTS has millions of followers on every social media platform. How do you interact with your fans online? What kind of connections are you making?

We mostly interact with our Twitter messages by uploading selfies, [sharing] music recommendations and street fashion photos, etc. It’s about our daily life as a band on tour — and also as a group of silly friends who make fun of one another backstage. We don’t really get to reply to fans on a regular basis because there are just so many of them. But we do try to read all the reactions and replies. It’s also always interesting and inspiring for us to see what they create for us.

Why do you think you’ve been able to build such a massive online fanbase? How did it happen?

Everyone asks us that question. It’s a team effort taken from what happens to us in our everyday life. It’s not easy to run a social media account over a long period of time, but we love communicating with our fans every day and night. For example, I use the hashtag #RMusic to introduce or recommend a song I like, and I’ve been doing that for a long time. I love music and I truly enjoy sharing with our fans. Music transcends language. BTS communicates with our fans by staying true to ourselves and believing in music every day.

How does having this huge fandom impact your approach to music and to what you sing about?

BTS fans — the “ARMY” — tell us about their feelings, failures, passions and struggles all the time. We are often inspired by [them], because we try to write about how real young people — like the seven of us — face real-life issues. Most of our music is about how we perceive the world and how we try to persist as normal, average human beings. So our fans inspire us and give us a direction to go as musicians. And of course, their love and support keeps us going.

How is BTS different from other big K-pop groups? Is it your music, your engagement with supporters, or something else?

I can’t speak for other artists; every group has a different approach. For us, it will always be important to keep working hard, dancing better, writing better songs, touring and setting an example. A lot of people say this, but it’s really true for us: we are living a dream, all seven of us, being able to pursue what we love. We strive to [put] everything into our music. Our lyrics deal with real issues that face all humans: choices in life, depression, self-esteem. And the fans know that we are there for them, and they are there for us.

What’s next? What are you most excited for?

Well, we definitely continue to have big dreams. We tour all over the world, but the shows in the U.S. really opened our eyes to so many new things in the States. And when we won the Billboard Music Award, we were so honored and got to meet so many artists that we love and admire that we can’t wait to return to the States.

© Raisa Bruner @ TIME

170815 The War Fansign: Kyungsoo fanaccounts

@1248_room
Me: When did you start to raise Meokmul and Huchu?
KS: Ah, because I’ve always liked dogs~
Me: Ah…. I meant the opportunity to!!
KS: The opportunity to! (eyes get big) My parents used to dislike dogs! But I was determined and kept pushing until they said yes.
Me: Ah~ so they’re at your parents’ home??
KS: Yes~~

@LOVELYRIM0408: I forgot everything as soon as I made eye contact with Kyungsoo… I told him my wedding was in December and his eyes got even bigger as he congratulated me extremely earnestly haha. [On my request] his suggested nuptial song was For Life and when I asked if he could come sing it personally for us, he said “I’d like to….” haha. Kyungsoo, thank you sincerely for your suggestion and blessing

@luv_in0114
Me: You know how Mr. Jo Jungseok calls you a s..son of a bitch in Brother?
KS: Ah, yes !
Me: I have these dog-bird figures.. [t/n: s.o.b. and dog-bird are both spelled ‘gaesae’]
KS: Ah? They’re really called gaesae?
Me: Yes!
KS: There’s really something called gaesae??
Me: Ah n..no there’s not actually something called gaesae, these are just figures !
KS: (looks at boxes laughing) Ah so I have a chance of getting one of these four?
Me: Yes ! Please open it later~
KS: (was already opening it) Pfthahahaha

The dog-bird Kyungsoo got was the pug-bird ! When he asked me if “there was really something called gaesae..???” he was really serious about the question…

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My Fave Japanese YouTubers + some YouTube Vocab

I was introduced to Japanese YouTube and J-Vloggers through a friend and I watched a lot of videos when I was first learning Japanese. I do admit that I couldn’t understand EVERYTHING but YouTubers tend to repeat themselves often and you can see what they’re doing so you pick up a lot.

It’s important to distinguish J-Vloggers from Japanese Youtubers.  

J-Vlogger is a term that usually refers to foreigners living in Japan who vlog regularly.  Simon and Martina, Taylor R, Sharla, Micaela, Rachel & Jun, VenusAngelic, and Mimei are all J-vloggers.  Their channels are mostly in English and they speak very little Japanese in their videos.  Mimei actually does a lot of her videos in Japanese now but I wouldn’t recommend learning Japanese from her because she isn’t a native speaker.  Her content is still really cute though. 

Japanese Youtubers are usually native Japanese content creators.  Their videos are all in Japanese usually with subtitles created by the community.  They usually belong to the big partner group UUM but there are a few independents like PDR.  

PDRさん

This is a great channel for beginners.  @uni-venture​ mentioned him in her own post about this as Just Duncan.  He’s a British-Japanese ハフwho spent much of his childhood in England but now currently lives in Japan with his wife and their cats.  He speaks in Japanese in most of his videos with an even pace and simple videos.  All of his videos are subtitled in English.  He’s pretty unusual for a Japanese Youtuber because he isn’t attached to a major partner company and he mostly makes sarcastic joke videos and vlogs.  He often talks about Convenience store customers and things that annoy him.

PDSKabushikiGaisha

PDS is PDR’s younger brother Dante.  Dante was much younger when the family moved back to Japan so he speaks no English and all of his videos are completely in Japanese.  Only a few of them are subtitled in English (mostly older videos that Duncan subbed for him when they both still lived at home) and he speaks a lot faster.  Despite his speed, Dante tends to repeat himself more often or use captions to emphasize words he’s using.  For example I learned the word 交ぜる from one of his videos.  Mostly he sits in his house and screams while doing something unnecessary like turning himself into a water balloon or fucking up one of his coffee tables.   Occasionally he also make 20 minute long videos of himself trying to win something from a UFO catcher (claw machine) and throwing away like $35 in change.  He is also a bodybuilder? So he occasionally makes videos about his fitness, but most of the time you would never know that because he does things like eat 100 Umaibo or deep fry an entire watermelon.

If you want to know how to use the particle ね you should really watch his videos.

はじめしゃちょ Hajime Syacho (President Hajime)

Hajime is probably the most difficult of these YouTubers. He talks FAST and his words often are kind of slurrred to together. But I think his videos are often translated by the community and he repeats himself a lot so you can learn lots of stuff from him.  He does a lot of dumb stuff like Dante. His videos include drinking too much of a drink that is meant to inflate your stomach to curb your appetite, making slime alone and nearly spilling it on the floor, and covering an entire room in those heat pads that you can stick to your skin.  He also does some science-y videos sometimes.  He’s a pretty big YouTube celebrity in Japan so his videos are usually a lot of fun.

If you want to learn how to use the phrase やばい!his videos are the best.  

Kinoshita Yuka: Oogui Eater

Yuka is kind of a legend. She’s a little Japanese woman who eats a LOT of food. The nice thing about her is that she eats pretty normally and unlike YouTubers who do this for the weird factor, she like legitimately enjoys everything she eats. She will like eat the entire Mister Donuts holiday menu and take time between don’t to discuss how fluffy the dough is and how refreshingly light the glaze is and so on. All of her videos are translated by the community. The translations are pretty good except the regular translator always translates 美味しい to Oishii which is not helpful and is really kind of annoying.  In all honesty, Yuka is my life goals.  Like she is my fave of all time.  If my job could be to just eat like this girl, I would be living a dream. 

If you want to learn how to talk about how you can’t handle spicy food, Yuka’s your girl.

HikakinTV

I used to watch him all the time but now I really don’t?  He is one of the biggest Japanese Youtubers who got famous for beatboxing.  He often beatboxes in his videos and even has a video where he beatboxed for Ariana Grande when she was on tour in Japan.  He mostly does like food and snack reviews where he gives a review at the end.  Most of his videos have been subtitled in Japanese so that you can read while you watch if you want. I don’t know he’s really not my favorite tbh…

モーニング娘 Morning Musume

So this isn’t really a Youtuber.  This is an idol group with an audience of middle aged men and young girls.  However, Morning Musume is one of few Japanese music groups that has its music videos available to view in the United States and all of their music videos have English  and Japanese subtitles which is very rare.  If yo ucan get past the cheesy costumes and the general idolness of their videos, you can learn A LOT from them.  Remember to keep in mind that the Japanese you’ll learn will be a little bit more awkward than vlog-style Japanese because it will come from song lyrics.  To be completely honest though, I love muting their videos and playing like hip-hop and rap underneath of them because they match up shockingly well.  

Texan In Tokyo

So this is technically more of a J-vlog channel but whatever.  So this channel has actually ended but it’s the channel of Grace and Ryosuke, an international couple.  Most of their videos are travel videos in English but some of them are cooking videos done entirely in Japanese with subtitles.  Ryosuke is really good and speaks slowly in simple sentences so you can see what he’s making and hear him talk about it.  He tries to do the videos with time constraints but doesn’t always do that.  Their other videos are good too for culture lessons and general information about living in Japan.  

Kirizaki Eiji 桐崎栄二

So in all honesty, you probably won’t learn anything from him at all but I put him on here because I love his stuff.  He, like many male Japanese Youtubers, is just like the master of pure idiocy.  His channel is mostly him messing with his sister and making videos with quick, sudden jump cuts and loud slapping noises.  He talks way too fast but he uses a lot of subtitles so you’ll get something. Eiji lives in the suburbs somewhere with his sister, grandparents, and parents and frequently just messes with all of them.  Occasionally he purchases expensive cuts of beef, pours himself a couple of glasses of Mugicha (barley tea, god’s gift to mankind) and feasts alone in his kitchen.  I just find him really entertaining I don’t know. 

I think the lesson with him is to find things that make you want to learn Japanese.  I don’t quite completely understand all of the humor in his videos but I really want to so I study Japanese. 


Other Reccs: 

AskJapanese – Interviews by Cathy Cat

Mahoto – He eats giant cicadas once a year

JPCMHD – Commercials usually in one to two week intervals

Animes with a large yaoi fandom that are NOT yaoi/BL~

UPDATE: To the idiots who are actually flaming me, how cliche and illiterate can you get, it’s hilarious. 

I’m probably going to lose a shit ton of followers and get a lot of hate on especially on a bishies blog like this, but I’ve been thinking of making a post like this for a while and frankly, need to let this out of my chest. 

Enjoy!

So to my disturbance but unsurprisingly, I noticed a lot of people who like anime, but have not seen the following animes I am about to list, thought they were shounen-ai, boys love or yaoi. Because of that, a lot of people avert from them dismissing the animes off as pure fanservice for crazy fangirls. 
I understand this because I was and still am one of those people who stayed away. 

But after having the pleasure of diving into actually watching/reading Kuroshitsuji, Durarara!!, Hunter x Hunter, K-Project, etc. you start realizing how damn deep these works of fiction are and you really enjoy the characters and plot once you zone out the fandoms. 

There is no yaoi or BL whatsoever and any fanservice added is simply added in the anime and is in no way canon to the original work, manga.

I won’t be mentioning sports animes or reverse harems cause they’re full of guys, the fandom is bound to be crazy over that so I’ve given up hope. 

Basically, I just want to be a bitch and crush fangirly dreams so this post is pretty much me proving to newcomers why these animes are not yaoi and the men are not ‘gay.’

Okay, if you hate this already, stop here, backspace, block me, whatever. If you agree, carry on.

If you do happen to carry on but don’t agree, DO NOT attempt to argue or fight with me on this. Sorry to say, but I’m not really that open-minded and I stand firm on my beliefs here so if you don’t agree, then don’t ever socialize with me. Everyone is happy. We’re good.

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Let’s start with Durarara!!

Let’s start with the most popular and raging ship in that fandom. Shizaya.
Shizuo and Izaya have been confirmed that they feel only hate and dislike towards each other. They literally want to get rid of each other. That’s it. And somehow, that is interpreted as ‘love’ by fangirls. 
In any case, the author already answered that Izaya was ‘normal’ and that he ‘has his needs.’ In Japan, that equates to being a healthy, heterosexual male who has normal sexual urges now and then. 

Despite claiming to love all of humanity, Izaya does flirt with women a lot and even said how he wants to date one or a few of them when they threatened to kill him. 

Shizuo used to have a crush on an older woman who sold him milk. He was originally supposed to be paired up with Namie by the author. He is also ship teased with Vorona and she to him.

Never had Shizuo shown any interest in men. 

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Now on to K-Project. 

Reisi has been canonically ship teased with Seri. Seri has been revealed to harbor a bit of a crush on him. 
Reisi has no other feelings towards Mikoto other than wanting him to take responsibilities as King and a comrade. Mikoto is 100% indifferent to everything aside from his clan and family. 

Yukari Mishakuji is beautiful. He talks femininely, use makeup and skin care products. He paints his nails and is obsessed with everything beautiful.

He also said that he would only date Nagare Hisui IF he was a girl. If that doesn’t not ring a bell, I don’t know what does. 

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Let’s go on to the ever so famous Kuroshitsuji and its famous bullshit rumor about it being “supposed to be a yaoi.” 
A Japanese person runs a blog on this website responsible for translating Yana Toboso’s blog. 
She has already confirmed that literally, no one in Japan including the author herself know anything about that made up rumor. As time went by, the rumors only got worse to the point that even non-shippers believe it (like I stupidly did in the past)

Both Yana and her editor already said too many times that Sebastian and Ciel feel nothing for each other aside from business, hostility and distrust. Let’s also add that Yana had GFantasy publish Kuroshitsuji. A company that strictly prohibits yaoi and BL of any form.  

Ciel throughout the manga and especially in the latest chapters had only shown concern and love towards Elizabeth Midford. Ciel, a cold-hearted child obsessed with revenge was legitimately about to throw his life on the line when Lizzy was in danger during the Campania arc. 

Whether this can be interpreted romantically or platonically on Ciel’s part is more ambiguous, but there is no doubt that the two care greatly about each other. 

If Sebastian really had ‘feelings’ for Ciel like so many fangirls like to believe, he would definitely do everything in his OP demonic power to get rid of Lizzy and have Ciel for himself.

Instead, he actively teases Ciel and respects Lizzy as well as support their fiancee relationship. Any ‘feelings’ he has towards Ciel is that of a predator and his dinner. 
Sebastian also has a lot of fun interrogating women in certain, special ways. Something he has never shown interest in doing with men. 

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Finally, Hunter x Hunter.

Ever since a shounen like HxH attracted female viewers, no doubt because of the generous amount of bishounens on there (Hisoka, Killua, Illumi, Chrollo, etc,) the yaoi fandom now dominates the place and Killua and Gon became the most popular ship.
Even more than canon ones like Meruem and Komugi. 

I have run across people who even said that Killua and Gon are canon and that there can be nothing to challenge that. (apparently fangirls think they own shit now)

Killua had said countlessly that Gon was his “dear friend.” To anyone with common sense, a friend is not the same thing as a lover lol. There is nothing between the two little boys aside from a beautiful friendship that often occurs between children and adolescents even if a website like tumblr might find this shocking.

Let’s finish this with Hisoka, a character that has much controversy recently regarding his sexuality ever since certain people including I headcanoned him heterosexual cause we can.
But because of that one simply headcanon, people I personally knew and I were attacked, harassed, badmouthed and mocked. 

Until Togashi or Ishida confirms anything, Hisoka is left ambiguous. 
That does not mean that we cannot analyze canon evidence however.

When it comes to every single male character in HxH (including Illumi and Chrollo, the two male characters often shipped with Hisoka,) Hisoka has only expressed desire to fight and eventually kill them. This stretched down to Hisoka’s only ‘friend,’ Illumi. He has absolutely no problem killing Killua just to earn Illumi’s wrath to have the opportunity to kill him.

Hisoka’s interest in fighting Chrollo turned into 100% indifference when he learned the Phantom Troupe leader could not use nen courtesy of Kurapika.
Gon is just another toy he wants ripened to have the pleasure of killing.

The only person Hisoka is intimate with, tried to sleep with, get a date with, shared his past and his abilities with is to the beautiful female character Machi.
This extends to the latest chapter of 357 where he seemingly spared her at least temporarily out of respect.

Even when Machi threatened to chase him down to the ends of the world to eradicate him when he playfully makes her choose between him and Chrollo, he seemed satisfied with that.

Bonus:

For Shingeki no Kyojin, the most popular pairing in the Western fandom is Eren and Levi.
In the Japanese fandom, the most popular ship is Eren and Mikasa.

While I’m at it, SNK’s author answered in a Q&A that he purposely wrote Levi to have an attraction towards Petra Ral. 

And that ladies and gentlemen, concludes my throwing shade analysis of the above yaoi-dominated animes. 

(Also, I own none of the drawings used.)

Rap Monster of Breakout K-Pop Band BTS on Fans, Fame and Viral Popularity

BTS may be the biggest musical act you’ve never heard of — unless you’re already one of the Korean pop group’s millions-strong fanbase. The seven-member boy band, Bangtan Sonyeondan (or BTS for short), is know for their catchy pop-rap, sharp music video choreography and candid social media presence. They’ve recently leveraged their popularity into blockbuster stadium tours and Billboard’s prize for Top Social Artists of the year, as well as nabbing a spot on TIME’s list of 25 Most Influential People on the Internet.

It’s not hard to see why: a live video of two members applying face masks roped in half a million concurrent viewers. Their backstage selfies regularly rack up half a million likes. A red carpet appearance can kick off a global Twitter trend. But how did they get here?

“We’re just a normal group of boys from humble backgrounds who had a lot of passion and a dream to be famous,” says singer and songwriter Kim Nam-joon, who goes by the moniker Rap Monster and, as the only English-speaking member of the group, often represents BTS in interviews. Currently on tour in Japan, Rap Monster took the time to explain BTS’ rise and how the group feeds its hungry fanbase. 

TIME: How did the BTS group come together?

Rap Monster: Back in 2010, I was introduced to Mr. Bang [Bang Si Hyuk], our executive producer [and CEO of BigHit Entertainment]. I was an underground rapper and only 16 years old, a freshman at high school. Bang thought I had potential as a rapper and lyricist, and we went from there. Then SUGA joined us. [Third group member] J-hope was really popular as a dancer in his hometown. We were the first three! We debuted as a collaboration between the seven of us in June 2013. We came together with a common dream to write, dance and produce music that reflects our musical backgrounds as well as our life values of acceptance, vulnerability and being successful. The seven of us have pushed each other to be the best we can be for the last four years. It has made us as close as brothers. BTS as a group sort of took off with the success of our 2015 album that had our hit single “I NEED U.”

When did you first realize you were developing a global fandom?

We didn’t realize we were becoming famous until we were invited to KCONs [K-pop music festivals] in the U.S. and Europe in 2014 or 2015. Thousands of fans were calling our name at the venue, and almost everyone memorized the Korean lyrics of our songs, which was amazing and overwhelming. Who would have thought that people from across the ocean, Europe, the U.S., South America, even Tahiti, would love our songs and performances, just by watching them on YouTube? We were just grateful… and we still are.

BTS has millions of followers on every social media platform. How do you interact with your fans online? What kind of connections are you making?

We mostly interact with our Twitter messages by uploading selfies, [sharing] music recommendations and street fashion photos, etc. It’s about our daily life as a band on tour — and also as a group of silly friends who make fun of one another backstage. We don’t really get to reply to fans on a regular basis because there are just so many of them. But we do try to read all the reactions and replies. It’s also always interesting and inspiring for us to see what they create for us.

Why do you think you’ve been able to build such a massive online fanbase? How did it happen?

Everyone asks us that question. It’s a team effort taken from what happens to us in our everyday life. It’s not easy to run a social media account over a long period of time, but we love communicating with our fans every day and night. For example, I use the hashtag #RMusic to introduce or recommend a song I like, and I’ve been doing that for a long time. I love music and I truly enjoy sharing with our fans. Music transcends language. BTS communicates with our fans by staying true to ourselves and believing in music every day.

How does having this huge fandom impact your approach to music and to what you sing about?

BTS fans — the “ARMY” — tell us about their feelings, failures, passions and struggles all the time. We are often inspired by [them], because we try to write about how real young people — like the seven of us — face real-life issues. Most of our music is about how we perceive the world and how we try to persist as normal, average human beings. So our fans inspire us and give us a direction to go as musicians. And of course, their love and support keeps us going.

How is BTS different from other big K-pop groups? Is it your music, your engagement with supporters, or something else?

I can’t speak for other artists; every group has a different approach. For us, it will always be important to keep working hard, dancing better, writing better songs, touring and setting an example. A lot of people say this, but it’s really true for us: we are living a dream, all seven of us, being able to pursue what we love. We strive to [put] everything into our music. Our lyrics deal with real issues that face all humans: choices in life, depression, self-esteem. And the fans know that we are there for them, and they are there for us.

What’s next? What are you most excited for?

Well, we definitely continue to have big dreams. We tour all over the world, but the shows in the U.S. really opened our eyes to so many new things in the States. And when we won the Billboard Music Award, we were so honored and got to meet so many artists that we love and admire that we can’t wait to return to the States.

cr: Time

What to Watch, Scenery Version

Looking for anime to watch where you can just sit back and enjoy the scenery? Here are five of my top picks for some of the most visually stunning shows that I’ve watched. Please keep in mind these are personal opinions, but if you think you’ve got a better selection, feel free to PM me and I’ll add it to the list. 

Let’s start off with Nagi No Asukara. While the beginning is a bit slow, the scenery is breathtaking and unlike any other anime due to the fact that a significant portion of it takes place underwater. Yes, you read that right, the show takes place in the future, or perhaps an alternate reality of current time. Humans live in the seas thanks to a special layer of skin called ena, which sparkles in the light. Not only does this make for an interesting story, but it also includes some visually stunning scenes. 

The next on the list is 5 Centimeters Per Second. This is arguably one of the most beautiful anime of all time. The animation is pristine and on a level entirely on its own. Told in three interconnecting segments, it is a romantic drama about making it through a cold world, only to find the warmth of love. It is definitely a coming of age story about accepting the fact that you are becoming an adult and moving on. The visuals appropriately take cues from the story, beginning with a cold winter and ending with a warm spring. I will only be mentioning one of Makoto Shinkai’s films, although all of his works are visually brilliant and include The Garden of Words, Cross Road, and Your Name.

Classical music fans rejoice! Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso, also known in English as “Your Lie in April,” is up next. While you may think that you’ve figured out the reason for the name in the first episode, hold on until the end, where the truth will be revealed. Another love story, this one about a boy who was once referred to as “The Human Metronome,” is longer no longer able to hear the sound of the piano. After years of only playing for his job at a karaoke bar, he comes across a girl in April who plays the violin. I hope you like tissues, because you’re gonna need them. There is so much color not only in visuals, but in the characters themselves. 

Owari No Seraph comes next. The reason I included this one is because not only are the characters intensely complex, but the backgrounds are too. They’re so rich in attention to detail that I felt it only fair to add it to the list. Against the dreary backgrounds, the character’s very pronounced hair colors stands out a lot, giving it a very vivid contrast to what Japan has become. I won’t say much about it, other than that it takes place in the future after a virus mysteriously wipes out most of the adult population at the same time vampires declare themselves the rulers of Japan. 

Last, but most certainly not least, is Zankyou No Terror. To be honest, I don’t think this show gets enough credit. Also known as Terror in Resonance, it’s about two boys who want to get back at Japan for their past. Joined by a girl who suffered at the hands of her mother, the three of them plan to go out with a bang (no pun intended). The visuals are so crystal clear it almost looks as though you’re looking at the real world. When I first turned this on, my parents didn’t believe I was watching an animated show. 

Bonus round! Puella Madoka Magica! Don’t kill me, I know, I’m a horrible person for including this, but it is so bright and colorful compared to the story line. It begins as a very fun show where a dark, mysterious transfer student appears in their lives, then a magical squirrel offers the girls a contract in exchange for becoming a magical girl. Don’t be fooled by the bright colors and beautiful backgrounds, this show will leave you thinking and perhaps questioning of everything in your life. 


Edit! Someone suggested that I add these two so here they are: the first one is Norn9: norn+nonet. Based on the otome game, a nameless girl with a mysterious past is chosen to join the crew of Norn, whose mission is to maintain peace throughout the world. While I have not personally watched it, from what I can tell of the animation it is visually very appealing, with stunning shots of both the sky and land. In typical otome fashion, the story seems to revolve around two girls with a cast of plenty of guys to ship them with. 

The second update I’ll be adding is Amnesia. Also based on the otome game, the story revolves around a girl who wakes up with no memories and has to try to figure out her past along with her new magical, floating friend. The entire show is very colorful, although I personally found it a bit slow for my taste. 

anonymous asked:

Shoujo manga recs?

Oh lovely anon, I had fun with this, probably too much fun.  You see, I got a little carried away and ended up making a list of 12, which isn’t so bad, but then I had to go into fangirl mode and explain while they’re all so delightful.  I really urge you and anyone else looking for some new shoujo to try one of these!

Akatsuki No Yona: If you’ve seen the anime and enjoyed it, I strongly recommend reading the manga from the beginning.  I’m not going to say much else about this one since the majority of you know it, but seriously, give Yona a go, you won’t be disappointed.

Kanata Kara: Oldie but goldie, as in it’s from the 90s (please don’t let that deter you).  This manga follows Noriko, a girl transported to another world. Upon arrival she meets the traveling warrior, Izark, and their adventure begins.   Kara is one of my favorites; it does a wonderful job juggling action, adventure, and adorable romance.  As an aside, I love the fact Noriko doesn’t just know the language in the new world but has to learn it during her travels.

Last Game: Though this series does encompass a lot of stereotypical shoujo clichés, it’s also delightfully fresh.  Unlike most, LG takes place in a university setting, and it’s the hero who has been in love with the heroine for a long time.  Ten years, actually.  Too bad he can’t just manage to spit that out.  Also, did I mention she’s pretty much better than him in everything? Bring on the rivalry love (I’m having Special A flashbacks).  

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden: This is what I like to joking call “the original AkaYona.”  We have our chosen girl who is prophesied to save the country, and the warriors she must collect in order to do so.  One of the really cool twists in this story is that not all the warriors are men, and even more than that, all the men aren’t in love with her, save her love interest.  The heroine is also quite mature and not completely inept when it comes to combat.  Fair warning: there are a lot of deaths, have tissues ready if you cry easily.

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the butterfly effect

happy stydia positivity week @hufflepuffkira!! i’ve loved talking to you about stydia this week, and i hope you enjoy this! :D (btw this is kind of a “what might happen if the plot of 6b never happened and everyone was just able to go to college and live their lives” kind of fic)

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the phenomenon whereby a minute localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. In other words, a tiny cause can create a catastrophic and unpredictable reaction. When Lydia was first learning about chaos theory, one of the articles she read used the example of a butterfly flapping its wings in California and, days later, causing a hurricane in Japan that formed from the smallest air currents produced by its wings.

In the life of Lydia Martin, Stiles Stilinski was the butterfly.

Or: Lydia reflects on all of the tiny causes that led her and Stiles to the place they are today.

word count: 3255 words

Lydia wakes in the tiny bed in Stiles’ dorm, her face pressed against his chest and his arm flung over her body.

Lifting her head slowly, she removes herself from beneath his arm carefully, trying not to disturb him. His arm drops gently to his side, his hand landing right next to his mouth, which is smushed against the fluffy pillow that’s muffling his soft snores. This is a common occurrence, Lydia waking up before Stiles; she’s always been an early riser, while Stiles could probably sleep through an earthquake without even rolling over.

She studies the sharp planes of his face, the way the light coming in from the window paints him in shades of gold. With a light touch, she traces the hollow of his cheek, the shadows under his eyes, the slight upward curve of his nose; he doesn’t even stir. 

Three months, she thinks, a little wistfully, as she looks at him. Three months, nine months.

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Let’s Go Steal a One-Time Thing

Originally posted by pirateherokillian


This story is a gift to my favorite person in the world: @wholockgal, whose birthday it is today.  Because I love her best of all, she gets yet another story from me that combines two of our fandoms in a weird way, this time it’s Leverage and Once Upon a Time.

If you haven’t watched Leverage, 1) that’s definitely a thing you should do, ‘cause it’s AWESOME, and 2) I think you’ll probably still be able to follow this story, though you might miss a few references, I think the story holds up on its own.

Though it wasn’t originally intended, this story also goes out with all my love to the inimitable Coworker, WLG’s and my friend, who can never find CS stories that heavily feature Zelena, who is her fave.  It’s an odd niche, but I like to hope I’ve managed to fill it!

Think of this first chapter as a teaser- the kind of thing you get before the title sequence to be sure you come back from the first commercial break.  The more comprehensive chapter will come on Friday, as my usual update.

(And yes, before anyone asks, this will become a 'verse!  I already have the next few stories worked out in my head.  'Cause of course I need two crossover 'verses running at the same time, who says I don’t?)

Happiest of happy birthdays, WLG, since I wasn’t able to find you a Killian/Luke hybrid for your birthday, I hope you’ll accept this poor substitute gift.


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The Japan Trip (part 1)

So, as you may have guessed, there have been massive delays in writing up this tale. Not because it wasn’t good, or because it was too much to write about, but simply because life got in the way. There was never a moment to slow down and write, breathe, think, create, tell a story… and so there was very little writing. Especially not narrative writing. But here we are now, in the bog of memory, searching for the details clouded by busy months and hectic schedules. I will do my best to give the events their due justice. It was an amazing trip to be sure. 

The first day: 


Japan and Korea are quite close actually and a flight to Tokyo from Seoul is not the day-long-labor that most of my travel experiences have been. In fact by the time we had arrived at the city proper, I was still full of energy, interest and excitement. The quick flight and easy customs and comfortable train from the airport into the city really did their part in keeping a traveler happy. 

From the beginning of the day I had missed breakfast, and so the first order of business, after settling in for our flight, was to grab a bite to eat. 

I attempted to enjoy a croissant, but was delightfully surprised and even giddy about how different it was from the packaging picture. It was hard to eat. I wanted to keep it forever and laugh at it.  

The train, was remarkably smooth and afforded excellent views of the landscape as we rolled toward Tokyo. 

Lunch was my first real Japanese Bento, and yes it was delicious, and yes I even ate the rice. OMG! What- who is this Meggie? 

An adventure Meggie tries many things.

This entire trip was a constant window into the future that I think I will have with The Dreamboat. The act of traveling, although stressful, was not an inspiration for pettiness nor bitter snapping statements or hurried commands. Every request from either of us began with “Could you” or “Would you” or “can we?” and it made me realize that although The Dreamboat is a man who loves to have a plan, he is still kind enough not to be overwhelming, so long as he thinks its going well. When things are not going well he mostly gets stressed and at worst he’s a bad listener. 

I’m not saying it was paradise, we fought, we certainly did, but I’ll get to that in due course and for now I’ll just say that when he asked me to make any special preparations or take any special action, it was always with good intention, and when there was an issue with our trip or the plan, there was always teamwork. And that speaks volumes for the type of team we will be in the future. 

Once we got off the airport railway line, we transferred to the usual JR line in order to get to the place in Tokyo where we’d be staying. It was during that ride that I realized the two of us were housing our own sensitivities and apprehensions about the trip. 

I am always nervous, and especially in places where I have little ability to navigate or communicate. 

I had a looming worry that my anxiousness and general mental stability would bother our trip, and overwhelm him, and so in anticipation of those issues, as a preventative measure, I resorted to many of my coping and masking techniques. Squeezing my hands, smiling at nothing, focusing on pleasant sights, focusing my sight on comfortable and familiar things. That last one was difficult mainly because everything in Japan was new to me, from the trains to the people, to the sounds of the city. So focusing on the familiar was mostly looking at my phone (which felt rude), spotting words in English and staring at him. Staring at him was the best because it was familiar, comfortable, safe, and yet still focusing on *our* trip. 

Actually I stared at him too much. Not because I was particularly struck by his beauty or pleasantness to behold, but rather because he was both the spark of this adventure, and the safety. He can help navigate, so I won’t worry about getting lost. He can help communicate, so I won’t worry about getting frustrated, scared, or mistreated. He was both the provider and the protector, and all I needed to do in moments of anxiousness was to look at him and think those things. “He’s so good. He’s made this possible. He’ll be right beside me the whole time. He’s so sweet to me. I love him.” 

Well that’s all wonderful. INSIDE MY HEAD. 
But for the poor Dreamboat, on the outside of my head, with no explanation for my coping, to him, every behavior just looked like my growing anxiety, or even disinterest. 
“Are you actually excited to be in Japan?” he asked.
“Yes of course!” 
“I just notice that, you are not looking out of the train windows, or around you, you are only looking at me. Can I ask, are you excited to visit Japan, or just excited to be with me?” 

My heart sunk. I didn’t realize that my prolonged staring, although odd, was making him think I didn’t care about our trip. “It’s both, I wouldn’t have come without you, but since you made it possible for me to be comfortable traveling here, that makes me excited. I’m just looking at you because there are so many people on the train, and everything is unfamiliar, and I can’t even read the signs. But you are familiar, and looking at you makes me feel better. I’m sorry. I’ll look out the window too.” 
“No” he said “I’m sorry, I didn’t think that you were doing like that. I want you to be comfortable. Please look where you want to look.” 

He couldn’t relax, because he thought I was distressed, rather than comforted, and I realized that we were both hypersensitive. I made the resolve to try to be more aware of myself. 

try.

The first issue upon arrival on the streets of Tokyo, was the task of finding the subway station lockers. We needed to stow our luggage since the Air BnB we rented was not yet available for check-in. The lockers were not where we expected them to be, and The Dreamboat immediately started to think of alternatives. He looked around, asked me to wait with the bags, and sought help from the station’s signs and staff. I can’t remember if he actually asked someone, but I think he did. Anyway, he did gather directions to the location of the lockers, only to find that most of them were occupied. The dreamboat again began to summon ideas for alternatives. 

I, on the other hand, was distracted by a small colorful sign posted on the lockers. It was wordless, but with distinctly familiar color coded shapes. “I think this is a map to other lockers” I said.
“What? How do you know that?” he asked, surprised.
I pointed out that the long grey rectangles of the sign matched the streets and the red rectangle *here* looked to be where we were. 
“So I think if we go down this way, that red box will be lockers.” I told him. 
I noticed another sign with Japanese written on it, next to the rectangle sign. “What does that say?” I asked. 
“Oh, yes, you are right, we can find other lockers there.” 

He hugged me with his one free arm and kissed my cheek. “You’re so smart.” 
“nahh,” I said, “It’s just shapes.” 

We sped right over to the other lockers and found that we did not have the proper coins to use them. Without hesitating The Dreamboat popped over to a shop and broke a bill buying some water. He came back with the change and we stored our various things, save for my small backpack needed for mule-lugging our wifi-pod, water, make-up and other goods. We were ready to adventure.  

Our first location was a big famous shrine. It was really beautiful inside. I liked hearing the soft music of a forest with the faintest sounds of the city drifting through the trees. There is a place in Seoul which is similar to this, Seollung, and I was reminded of that place while were here, at the shrine. 

Unfortunately while we were here, George was whispering in my ear. He had noticed the Dreamboat texting once or twice, and sending emojis and while the Dreamboat was checking his phone for information, George said “I’m sure he’s texting his friends about the trip. He’s probably disappointed that you aren’t being more visibly excited. He probably wishes he hadn’t brought you. If you don’t fix it, he’ll never travel with you again.” 

Then I asked the dumbest question in the dumbest way: 
“Boo, who do you keep texting?” 
“What? I’m not texting anyone.” replied the dreamboat. 
“He’s hiding it now.” Whispered George “He doesn’t want you to know. It must be bad. Tell him you already know.” 
I hesitated, and stuttered “but… I saw you texting someone on the train, and walking, and now here.” I watched his face wash over with disbelief. 
“No,” he said “I’m not doing that. I hate it when people do that. I was checking on information for our plan and looking at the map.” 
He got upset, because he felt that I was accusing him. And, from his point of view that’s understandable. “You fucked it up.” George whispered. “It’s only the first day and you pushed him to get angry.” Of course, George was wrong. The Dreamboat wasn’t angry, he was confused and concerned. He naturally doesn’t like to be accused of things he hasn’t done, and he can’t hear George. 

I explained myself to the Dreamboat and told him that I wasn’t trying to make any accusation. I was trying to ask about his phone usage so I could silence George. I explained what I had been trying to ask, and how I had asked in the exact wrong way. I should have started with “Boo, George is bothering me, can I ask you something so he will shut up?” 
After explanation, some anxious tears, and big hugs, The Dreamboat forgave me and asked me to try and let him know if a question is coming from me or coming from George. 
“I will. I will I promise, super promise.” 
“ok. Let’s hug.” 

We kept walking, and we hugged a couple more times. We did a little people watching and laughed at the funny people, funny clothes or funny things that we heard. Moods improved greatly. 

We continued walking and we got to the big main area of the shrine. We saw these big trees and I asked the Dreamboat: 
“What are those paper things hanging there? I have seen them in movies, and anime, and even since we arrived here. Do you know what they are?” 
“I have no idea,” he said “why don’t you look it up?” 
So I did. It turns out that the ropes are called “Shimenawa” and they are used to purify a place and keep it spiritually clean. The paper hanging from the rope is called “Shide” which are sort of like little apartments for spirits which bring blessings. 
The Shimenawa are thought to keep evil spirits away by housing good spirits. I liked that idea a lot. Little good spirit apartments. You guys can chill here and keep the spirit of this super old tree safer. 


It was more populated than I expected. There are also far, far more foreigners in Japan than Korea. I didn’t expect this many white faces. I think although Korean Wave is big now, the residue of the Japanese global media wave is still really visible. There were a lot of westerners who spoke Japanese really well. 

It was also an absolutely gorgeous day. I’m so glad that I didn’t forget my big round stupid sunglasses. (Which I LOVE) I think both of us were in good moods. A little shakey from earlier, but ultimately good. 

We wrapped up at the shrine and continued on to the next part of the day. Harujuku street. 
(to be continued)

AUGUST J MOVIE [8/10/2017] - Making of the Movie: Fullmetal Alchemist (2 of 3) ~Special Interview #1~

Special Interview #1:
Ryosuke Yamada (Ed’s Actor) x Director Fumihiko Sori

A talk with the star of the much talked about film, Ryosuke Yamada, and the director at the helm of the project Fumihiko Sori. The two of them discuss what the charm of a live action film adaptation is.

| Part 1 (On-Set Report) & Part 3 (Exec. Producer Interview) |


—In order to recreate the world of the manga, the film location chosen was Italy, what was it like?

S: Since there wasn’t a location in Japan that really fit the world of Fullmetal Alchemist, [filming in Italy] felt like obtaining a part of the scenic feel of the manga that we wished for. Then, the moment that Yamada stood in the middle of an old Italian street in Ed’s costume, it felt like everything just came together brilliantly. It felt like the direction of the film had been decided.

—Yamada-san, please tell us about your feelings as an actor when you took on this [project].

Y: I already knew that FMA was an extremely popular manga and I loved it too so I had that doubt about whether or not it could be adapted into live action. At the same time, I also had doubts about whether or not I could play the character Ed. But, when I was shown test footage for the full CG Al, I thought, “it can be done!” so it seemed like all that was left was for me to devote myself [to becoming] Ed. I left all of the fundamental things up to the director so I could prepare for the role to the best of my ability, with things like dying my hair and of course, getting fit.

—It definitely is a popular manga, but where do you think its charm lies?

Y: When I was a kid I watched the anime, but there were always difficult words that I couldn’t grasp the full meaning of, along with the exchanges between people. But I think that more than simply being felt, it’s a work that can be empathized with. I thought about that even when filming, and now as an adult reading the manga, I think that at its core, [the manga] is very deep. That being said, it doesn’t mean that children won’t be able to see this film, because the director and producer are making sure that the manga as a film is something that’s easy to watch. Keeping the hearts of fans in mind, they’re also carefully building the world of the manga. I would really like a lot of people to watch [the film] regardless of their generation. This is also a work that I’m deeply attached to so I think I’d be happy if this movie becomes the movie that I am known for.

S: It really is a work that has a great degree of instability, isn’t it? From the light parts to the philosophical parts that make you feel like you’re getting to the bottom of the truth. It’s interesting to go from expressing that diversity to [actually doing it]. If Yamada-kun = Ed, who can do amazing action stunts, is there, then the Ed who stands in the emotionally deep parts, will also be there. [We see both sides of Ed.] That degree of instability in the story feels like its charm.

—As for Ed’s costume, how did it feel to wear it?

Y: To put it in one word: hot (laughs). This time we did countless costume fittings and fussed over the feel of the material. It was so meticulously done that adjustments were made down to the millimeter so it took an extremely long time to make, more than [I’ve ever experienced before.] It was worth the trouble though. I think the quality of the finished costume was so high that the moment I put it on I stepped into the story world. The coat also swayed as I ran so I experimented and figured out how to make it look beautiful in my own way.

—What would you say was the toughest part about filming?

Y: As expected, there’s a large amount of CG, you know. Since my partner Al is CG to begin with (laughs). There was also a fighting scene and though the actor was there standing [in place for Al], Ed and Al have different heights so [Al’s] voice was coming from a different place from where I had to look while fighting so that was very difficult and fun.

—How did preparing for the role go?

Y: When I read the script for this film, I, of course, thought about Al the whole time. There’s this constant base that I’m this character who needs to do something because I really love my younger brother. That’s why I think [Ed is a] passionate and caring big brother.

—What were the reactions of the Hey! Say! JUMP members when they found out Yamada-san was starring in this movie?

Y: While I was filming in Italy I had lots of pictures taken and sent them to the members. They would say little things to me like, “the quality is amazing,” so I was happy. There were also cries of envy though, Arioka (Daiki) said, “Good thing you’re chibi, huh!” I thought, ‘but you’re also chibi!’ (laughs).

—(laughs). Finally, please give a message to the fans that are looking forward to the film.

S: In this film, the part that I’ve personally poured the majority of my efforts into is the brotherly love. I think it’ll be a movie in which the love between the brothers Ed and Al [will shine through]. This is because that’s where I put most of my efforts and also because, though he’s full CG, the performance of the two [brothers] is where Al will come to life. Furthermore, I think it’s become a film in which feelings surge up during the exchanges between the two [brothers] so it’s something that naturally draws you in. That is strongly conveyed even in the footage so I think that once it’s complete, it’ll be the part that fans will enjoy the most.

On the other hand, the story also has comical parts, tough action parts, and emotional parts, plus it flows into the climax like surging waves so I think it’ll be a film that will have you in tears. Please look forward to it.

Y: It might sound cocky to say it myself, but we’ve achieved a great feat. As expected, because I love the manga myself, I didn’t want to give this role to anyone else and even now I think, “it can only be me!” The staff and cast have created this film to the absolute best of their abilities so I would be happy if everyone could make their way to the movie theater [and watch it].

okay u nerds sit around and lemme tell u a story of boueibu’s origin and creation process !! !!!!! but jokes aside thank u guys so much for all the nice comments on my past boueibu translations / informational posts they make me rly happy and i love seeing u guys being excited over them !! 

just a reminder if you have any queries about boueibu feel free to send me an ask bc im always up for answering your questions !! + they make me happy bc im trash

ok so lets go all the way back to 2013 to start off with-

before boueibu even aired there were heaps of rumours about it being extremely similar to free! and it being the male version of pretty cure ;; but in reality what the producers said were completely different.. after the airing of ‘ixion saga DT’ which takamatsu shinji (the director of boueibu) was in charge of, pony canyon as u may already know, a very renowned company in japan for the anime it produces asked director takamatsu if he wanted to create an anime that will be well-selling. now pony canyon is in charge of all the boueibu soundtracks and etc 

(x) (rough) translation : “because i wanted to create the idea of ‘basically spending their daily lives loosely in their clubroom’ and under kawahara san’s order, the ideas ‘boys transforming’ and ‘for women’, the three ideas were combined to make this plan. written on april 2013.”

pony canyon’s kawahara san’s orders were ‘boys transforming’ and ‘female-friendly’ whereas director takamatsu probably wanted something in line with gintama and daily lives of highschool boys so something relaxed loose and chilled… im so glad their ideas were combined lmao

its actually revealed later that this is their second planning but from these plans we can understand that they were in fact originally targeting boueibu to be ‘BL- like’,, although its already extremely intentional bl imo aha

a rough translation of the planning-


original anime plan バトルラクラスタ-

battle lackluster (title needs to be worked on)

the protagonist who is beginning his school life in some all boys school is invited by a senior student with the eyes of a dead fish to join a club that basically does nothing called the ‘earth defense club’ as they are lacking new members. but later found out that they really are an organisation that defends earth. 

the unproductive daily lives of high school boys 

the defense club consists of four unique seniors and a problematic teacher dispatched by the earth defense institution. the characters effortlessly spend their daily lives in the clubroom. when theres a problem, they tranform into battle lacklusters and fight their enemy organisation that desires world domination. 

an earth defense club consisting of ikemen (good-looking) high schoolers 

the main story is ‘targeted for women’ and an earth defense club consisting of good looking high school boys that defend their planet therefore in other words a ‘male version of sailor moon’. the battles and their daily lives will both be illustrated along each other and during their daily lives, each characters’ ‘lukewarm relationships’ (in many contexts) will be shown. 

school background + promised battles

the main story is not only their earth defense battle backgrounds but also their school background including this ‘do-nothing club’ or ‘earth defense club’ and an illustration of the daily lives of these high school boys within this so called club. each episode’s beginning section will show the carefree lives of these boys in the clubroom and the ending section will be comprised of the ‘transformation scene’, ‘catch phrases’, their burning ‘killing move’ within these ‘promised’ battles. after everything is over, they always visit the ‘karaoke’ to sing a song. this will be the ending of an episode.

may look routined but a developing story

the main story follows a routined format like an anime predominantly targeted at children and slowly unfolds the story throughout the episodes. why was the protagonist chosen? what are the battle lacklusters? who are their enemies? their objective? etc. each episode, an important element can be hinted leading to the next episode.


ok first of all… battle lACKLUSTERS?? ???,,?? earth defense institution??? ?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME 

so this is basically where boueibu began… we can see that some things were kept whilst some other things were completely trashed like fucking en yufuin (the senior student with the eyes of a dead fish im guessing) going out on his way to actually ask someone to join the club imc yring..,,, by ‘lukewarm relationships’ did u mean bl ????? ???l the extra bit at the end about them visiting a karaoke lmao that was obviously changed to a bath but i noticed that pony canyon did somehow keep the karaoke element bc as i added before pony canyon is in charge of all the soundtracks and if we look at the cd covers of boueibu theyre all in a karaoke aha ;;; tbh boueibu is nothing like pretty cure its definitely like sailor moon 

(x) another rough translation : “i aimed for it to be something like sailor xxxn so i could make the producers laugh but since kawahara p hasnt watched sailor xxxn since they lived in another country ‘usagi? what’s that?’ (bitter laughter)”

u dont even know how much i laughed at this tweet omg poor takamatsu but anyways these are the original character plans for the battle lacklusters and all i can really say is…,, its basically chaos-


characters

tsukino sabaku (hakone yumoto - battle lover scarlet)

a first year student who entered binan high school this spring. a handsome boy with girl-like features. joins the ‘earth defense club’ as recommended by mizuno as the club is lacking new members. but as the club was really the secret headquarters for an actual organisation defending earth, tsukino transforms into lackluster moon and fights their enemy.

mizuno tadakuni (yufuin en - battle lover cerulean)

*laughing bc this is an actual name of a famous figure in japanese history

a third year student with the eyes of a dead fish, earth defense club’s president. a master at doing things at his own pace and being carefree. always seen spending his time in the clubroom. transforms into battle lackluster mercury.

hino shohei (zaou ryuu - battle lover vesta)

*means to be well known for being a player in the japanese entertainment world

a long haired second year student with a flippant personality and enjoys playing with girls. an expert at playing around, is able to turn any situation into some sort of a play. calls himself popular but doesnt give out that impression at all. transforms into battle lackluster mars.

kino kuniya (naruko io - battle lover sulfur)

*this is a bookshop name boueibu

a cunning second year student with excellent accounting skills. an expert when it comes to business and thinks of everything as cash. transforms into lackluster jupiter. 

aino kusabi (kinugawa atsushi - battle lover epinard)

a third year student with a man-like personality. holds the principle ‘live for love, die for love’ very deeply. transforms into battle lackluster venus. 


uh director this definitely makes boueibu look like a parody of sailor moon im crying but as u can see some of these aspects have been kept like ryuu not being popular with girls so after all the planning they gathered all the staffs and worked with diomedia nice nice happy ending !! !! after a meeting with producer sekiyama san and the president of diomedia kohara san it was finally decided that the characters would be named after bathhouses lmao

and that is how boueibu came into being..,, 

oh wait but i also have the very first illustration of boueibu-

(x) translation : “an illustration created at the very beginning of the plans. chizuru(the chief designer), im sorry for uploading this.”

im peeing just looking at this i mean yumoto looks the same but look at rYUUS GLORIOUS SCARLET HAIR AND ENS BLUE HAIR im guessing the one with the green hair at the very back is…. io?? i cnat even tell who atsushi is lmao

anyways this is the end of this post (there is ofc more to come ww) but i hope u guys enjoyed this and feel free to add anything yea !! !!!!! 

Let’s talk madness...

 [Alright well by now everyone has either seen madness or has heard of it and wants to continue to scream despite the fact that we haven’t gotten all the manga scans out yet - or rather properly translate yet.

PLEASE be aware I am not doing this to be an asshole - I fucking ship Otayuri like its my life blood but I am also very realistic as I humanly can because I want to make sure anyone who DOESN’T ship my ship doesn’t come telling me “Oh you are just being bias because you love the ship!” like bitch please - calm your titties down first of all. Second sit down, both otayuri fan and anti alike.

 Shit about to get LONG AS FUCK - So undercut for now.

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Modern Fairytale

Summary: You felt it was love at first sight, akin to those fateful meetings described in fairytales.
A/N: AU romantic and hopefully realistic sort of oneshot filled with cute sweet moments. Yes, this is the oneshot I mentioned some time ago. I’m just glad it’s finished x.x
Ship: YouxRiko
Words: 8,591


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What’s In a Book? Part 24

Yes, there’s still a pile of books to go through, and more are on their way, so it’s time to do some summer (?) cleaning by reviewing another item to cross off the list.

Book’s cover courtesy of Amazon.

Geisha: The Life, The Voices, The Art by Jodi Cobb (ISBN 0-375-70180-X)
Date of Publication: 1998
Format: Hardcover and Softcover
Availability: Found Easily Online
Price: $5-10 Used, $25 New
Errors: With Introduction: 16  Without Introduction: 8

Jodi Cobb’s book is meant to be one of photography, where one enjoys the images instead of bothering with the text. The images are lovely, but she trips herself up with her own woods. Her text reads like it was written by Arthur Golden, and is full of the inaccuracies that Memoirs of a Geisha depicts in all of its shoddy glory (there’s even a quote from Golden on the cover). In the first part of the book she mentions everything that Mayumi (all names were changed), a Tokyo geisha, taught her when it comes to manners and introductions, yet also laments that she (Jodi) knew very little Japanese, Mayumi knew very little English, and there was no translator between them. From there she immediately states that prior to the past 20 years (so, prior to 1980 at time of publishing) all girls entered the karyukai by “misfortune” and not choice to support their families. This is absurd as labor laws forbidding such action had been illegal for almost four decades by that point and it has never really fallen to the child to provide for the parents in Japanese culture. She then states that geisha sell dreams to men and that “wives are never included,” which couldn’t be farther from the truth as many ozashiki have women or both a husband and wife present. She then states that the role of geisha has been “ambiguous” with sex for centuries (no!) and that Japan was a “rural and poor” country before World War II, which is so far from the truth that it’s laughable. Japan has always been quite well off, and no “rural and poor” country could have beaten Russia in a war the early 20th century. Then there’s the obligatory comment about how onsen geisha aren’t real geisha and that the women of Tokyo and Kyoto (who, exactly?) said so. What confuses me most is when she continuously refers to shikomi as “eggs” (tamago), which is a term that hasn’t been used for trainees in a long time, and not in Kyoto.

Beyond there the book just becomes a blur of one picture after another with no captions or explanations. Instead, there are verses from various songs (I swear almost all of Kurokami is within this book) or quotes from the people who were interviewed. I know that the pictures are trying to find the “hidden” side of geisha, but the majority of the images are of maiko and geiko backstage getting dressed or putting on make-up. It feels so odd to see images of Kisaragi Tayū among the maiko and geiko and be given the same treatment as if she were a maiko or geiko too. It’s all a bit too homogeneous and the writing makes it seem as though everyone in the karyukai is depressed, talking about lost loves for pages but no mention of arts.

This is the first time that I’ve broken the errors for a book down by including the introduction and excluding the introduction. This is because the book itself gets a higher score without the introduction as it was clearly written by someone who has no idea what geisha actually are and makes terrible errors in their speech. Some of them include:

-Saying that the first kabuki actors were female prostitutes (they were women, yes, but prostitution came much later)
-Commenting that geisha have always been open to prostitution
-Calling a picture of a tayū a “geisha dressed like an Edo Period courtesan”
-Putting “onsen” geisha in quotations to mean that they’re prostitutes
-Talks about the nuclear family setting that didn’t exist in Japan until the 1950s but applies it to the 18th and 19th centuries.
-Laments about how “other” photographers use different lens effects to capture images of their subjects and how it’s shameful, yet then congratulates Cobb for doing the same thing on the next page (I kid you not).
-Says that maiko wear white make-up as a sign of “virginal purity”. 
-Continuously refers to the karyukai as “The Water Trade”, yet that context can’t be applied to today’s world (it’s something that I can explain later as I could easily write an essay on the topic and this space is for a book review).

In the end, the pictures can be nice, but the text is absurd and boring. It feels like another book that was quick to make a buck, and as a National Geographic photographer I expected more than just backstage images of the same visual over and over again. It’s not as bad as some, but not really worth your time unless you buy it used for next to nothing on Amazon.

Rating: ✪✪ (out of 5)

a thing based on this ask and this related comic by @infinite-atmosphere because I just had to

2200 words of REALLY HASTILY-WRITTEN FIC ignore any egregious errors

McCree first sees him on the streets of Hanamura, not far outside the guarded Shimada property. McCree sits at the counter at the Rikimaru ramen shop, poking halfheartedly at a bowl of shoyu. A figure steps up to the counter beside him, and though McCree doesn’t look up at first, he can hear the cook greet the newcomer enthusiastically. So he looks up.

The newcomer is, quite possibly, the most handsome man he has ever seen. With long, dark hair tied back in a ribbon, piercing dark eyes, and cheekbones one could cut themselves on, the sight of him very nearly stops McCree’s heart.

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Please Put your Toad in my Hole (Pearlet) - Leatwerpenn



Hello Darlings!

I am SO SORRY. I have been rubbish lately. I actually wrote this on the plane on the way to Japan. However, life seemed to catch up with me and I just forgot to post it! 

I am having major issues with City of Stars at the moment! Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about it! It is all written, but I feel like some scenes are missing and I’m unhappy with it, therefore, its not getting posted yet! Sorry!!!

This is the long awaited PREQUEL to ‘Be a Burrito with Me’ AKA, the ‘One Night Stand.’

I am writing all of these so that they COULD be read as One-Shots, however, if you would like to read the next part, go HERE.

Not many warnings for this. Its fairly fluffy. Obviously, sex is going to occur!

Enjoy! >.<

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Sesskag Week: Day One  ~Tanabata~

Dandelion Wishes

1372 words, Goblin: the Great and Lonely God AU!


Bright beautiful streamers danced, held in place to awnings over storefronts by colorful decorations. In no way was Tanabata a dull celebration. Good food, cheer, and fantastic fireworks always adorned the day’s activities, and as the centuries had moved on, Sesshomaru had found himself particular to such arrangements of difference to his norm. He had even come to enjoy and join them. Afterall, a cursed deity such as himself—a goblin (funny how one could go from being the most feared daiyokai of the Edo period to an all-powerful, immortal, and oh [most importantly] cursed) to be exact—had needed some form of entertainment.

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