Jack’s voice was gravelly through the comm as he answered.
“Genji thinks his brother will be a valuable addition to the
new Overwatch team, and right now we need all the numbers we can get.”
“Well, sure, I know that,” Jesse huffed, “but why me? Why not send Genji?”
“He recommended you.” For a second Jack sounded as confused
as Jesse felt. “Guess you’ll have to ask him when you get back.”
Jesse grimaced as he crossed a bustling Tokyo street. “If I get back. Ain’t he the head of the
Shimada Clan? The gang that took Overwatch years to bring down?”
Jack. “Look, orders are orders, and you’re a good agent. Report back with an
update when you can. Dismissed.”
Rolling his eyes, Jesse disconnected the receiver and
stuffed it into the pocket of his jeans. The
former-strike-commander-turned-vigilante had fallen back into his old role of
being in charge a little too easily, and Jesse had never been fond of having
orders barked at him. Nevertheless, he’d found himself in Tokyo – courtesy of ‘Tracer
Airways’ – and headed for the marked meeting point Genji had sent through to
So, a few days ago, me and the box set were rehashing old wounds and groaning
about the hunger games
like the 90-year-olds that we are, and then this happened:
Let me set the scene for you:
Picture yourself in this very alt!dark!timeline that we’re living in and imagine that Catching Fire, the book that talks about igniting a revolution, led by a woman of color is published circa January of 2016. Try to imagine that you’re reading this story of a woman of color that is thrown into despicable circumstances by a despicable government that is oppressing and systematically killing her people; sit for a second and try to recreate the feeling it produces to finish this book with her, your mangled and bruised woman lead throwing an arrow into a force field essentially exposing the government and its bullshit while the rest of the country, the more oppressed parts of it, riot and fight for their rights too. Imagine your anger at the man of color telling you, the reader and the heroine in this story (because you’re both as you read), that the fucked up government blew up your home because you exposed them.
Now, imagine that you’re reading this in 2016, as you watch CNN and other news outlets comment and inform you about the US election.
November of 2016 comes to this alt!dark!timeline and the timeline becomes the worst you could have imagined. Cheetohman has won. But you go to your Catching Fire book about a pending revolution and think about Katniss, and how you feel about her story, and about how no matter the twists that the Capitol has planned for her, she keeps fighting back and trying to choose. Think about your leading lady in this story saying that a life of pretending is the government’s design, not hers. Think about President Corn-what’shisname- Snow, and his resemblance to an Orange whathisname douchebag, think about the quiet threats, about how the President shows up to her fucking house to tell her she can’t kiss someone outside of the person the government allows her to, or otherwise the boy she kissed and everyone she loves will die. Think about the fact that every time she claims something as hers, the government breaks it.
And here comes the interesting part that I’m trying to make you think about here:
Mockingjay comes out.
Mockingjay comes out and it tells you that resisting is futile; no matter what you are fucked up, and everyone around you dies. Your innocent sister, the girl you wanted to live in a better world than the one you lived in, dies anyway. The man of color, your best friend, who SO wanted to fight for his rights and for the safety of everyone in the country ends up being blamed for everything that went wrong in your life. The district that gave the protagonists asylum as refugees and gave the resistance the tools it needed (i.e, the guys that are supposed to be the good guys), turn out to be worse than the government.
You could totally weed out fascists depending on their points of view about The Hunger Games trilogy then.
Did you think it was okay for the resistance to be painted as worse than Snow’s dictatorship, and that the fight for your rights in a system that is already violent to you should be solved without any noise whatsoever and maintain peace, when the government was bombing your homes? Where have I heard that before?
Would you cheer/be sympathetic to the white supremacists of the Capitol and upper districts that killed people for fun and were trained to do so because they viewed the minority districts as less than human? Wow, riveting.
Do you think the man of color, who has been systematically oppressed and wants freedom for his country, is too angry? Hmmmm, interesting!
Are you comfortable with the woman of color being terribly attacked by a white blonde man, and that the text never acknowledges that even though said white blonde man was under the effect of drugs, trauma, etc, attacking her and almost killing her was wrong? Instead, the text blames the lead woman of color and criticizes her for not being more attentive to said white blonde man while she’s trying to take care of her mental health?? Gee, wonder why that is?
Are you comfortable, once again, that said white blonde man who is still under the effects of drugs, trauma, etc, tells your leading woman of color that she is a “target and a mutt”, and once again, the text never acknowledges that him saying that was wrong? And when it does (because the leading man of color tells the protagonist that) your leading lady is still traumatized enough to believe herself less than human?Astounding!
Do you think it’s okay for a white drunk man to tell the lead woman of color he’s mentoring that she could live a thousand lives and never deserve a white male? Please tell me more about it!
Are you comfortable with the woman of color, leader of the revolution, being punished for her choices
just because these choices were outside of the system’s expectations? Jesus, ain’t that something. (In case you need a reminder because we’re all old now: volunteering to save her sister’s life and then she dies anyway, choosing to hold out rebellion berries and then she’s forced into another set of games, choosing the man of color and then having him whipped within an inch of his life, choosing to be the mockingjay and fight the revolution, and then losing everything)
Are you okay with the leading woman of color in this story ending up depressed and wanting to kill herself with a pill, because the government killed the only person she knew she loved, but ALL IS OKAY, because babies happen that she spent the whole text saying she was too scared to have? Tell me about it.
Do you think Effie Trinket, the woman with all the privilege in the world who laughs at starving children, and uses the now rising faces of the rebellion as commodities and for her benefit, is redeemable? Incredible!
Do you think Mockingjay is a satisfying conclusion to a story about violated rights and much needed revolution, even though NO ONE who orchestrated this regime faces justice? Why is that? Tell me more.
If Mockingjay’s conclusion were released in this day and age, in this terrible alt!dark!timeline, as Ashley replied after this conversation:
E! News: This has been a weird season for you, and for Iris, since we know she could die very soon. What is she thinking right now as she’s watching Team Flash try to save her life?
Patton: Obviously Iris’ impending doom is something that’s weighing on everyone in Team Flash, especially her, and it’s caused her to have a lot of emotional ups and downs this season. We’ve seen her kind of fear for her life and we’ve seen her kind of act out recklessly in her job because she knows she’s not going to die in the present, so you know, she’s going to do whatever she wants, kind of thing. She’s kind of been dealing with a lot knowing that her future is not safe.
Is it weighing on her that she might not have the power to save herself, and that she has to rely on other people to make sure she doesn’t die?
Yeah, I mean I think everyone feels helpless. I think everyone’s kind of grasping at straws to figure out what they can do to stop this future from happening, and it’s not just her future. There’s three prophecies that have been exposed, so the team is really trying to grasp anything they can to prevent it from happening. And yeah, Iris, you know, she’s not a superhero, and I think it’s kind of an interesting storyline to see her kind of grapple with trying to save her own life and not having all of the tools available to do that.
Are we going to see her take any action, whatever she can do to save her own life?
That I don’t know yet. I would assume so. I think anytime your life is in danger, you’re going to do everything you possibly can if it’s available to you to save your own life. So it will be interesting to see what role Iris plays in either saving her life or not saving her life. I’m really looking forward to how they flesh that out.
I have this fear that she decides too many people have been hurt because of her, and she decides…
And she’ll sacrifice herself? I hope for my job’s safety that does not happen. I hope she fights for her life.
What is the status of her relationship with Barry after the whole proposal fiasco? Their talk was interrupted by Barry’s epiphany…
That’s just it. Their relationship is very much up in the air. Wally kind of burst in in this last episode we saw, and revealed that in the future, I don’t have a ring on my finger, and that’s probably why Barry proposed to me. You know, Iris doesn’t want to be married for that reason. She doesn’t want to be married out of fear. She wants it to be from a place of love. I think she made a tough decision, but it was the decision that she had to make, and we’re going to see in the next episode that their relationship is still very much up in the air and hopefully they can figure out how to get back on track, but for now it’s not looking great for Barry and Iris.
What would it take from Barry, or even from Iris, to get them back on track?
I don’t know. I think Iris needs to know that Barry truly wants to be married to Iris. I think she knows that deep down, but she doesn’t want it to be entangled with fear and trying to change the future. I think she feels like the proposal was kind of a two for one special, like yes I love you and I want to marry you, but this will also change the future. I don’t think any girl wants that. She wants that engagement to be solely about him wanting to be her husband. So I think Barry will have to prove that in some way for her to kind of get back on track.
Assuming Iris does survive and everything is fine, will she and Barry go right back to moving as fast as they have been lately, or slow down a bit?
I don’t know. It’s been interesting to see…me, Candice, the actress, especially did not expect their relationship to evolve so fast this season, but given the future prophecy, I think Barry has realized what’s truly important to him. He’s watched both his mother and his father die horrifically and I think, more than just trying to save Iris’ life, he wants to take advantage of every moment he has with her while she’s here. That’s kind of caused their relationship to evolve quickly. So I don’t know. I think once she’s saved, if she is saved, it will be interesting to see if they kind of continue in that same vein of progressing their relationship, or if they kind of slow down and enjoy the ride.
What is Iris’ relationship like with Joe (Jesse R. Martin) right now, especially given what happened to Wally?
It’s hard for Joe I think because he has a clear, strong relationship with Barry as well. I think he gets Barry’s reasoning, so he’s in a tough position kind of, being stuck in between two young adults that he loves very much. So we’ll see in the next episode, Joe kind of playing the mediator between the two. I think nobody wants them to get married and live a happy life more than Joe, and you know, with Wally being in the speed force, it’s an emotional time for Joe and everyone, but the West family especially. We had just gotten to know Wally and he’s such a huge part of our lives, so this fear that he might be stuck in the speed force is truly devastating. And we’ll see a lot of that in the next episode.
What can you preview about this week’s episode? The promo showed the return of Eddie (Rick Cosnett)…
Barry and the team figure out a way for him to go into the speedforce and try and find Wally, and while he’s there, he comes into contact with a lot of characters that we’ve seen in the past—Eddie being one of them. Ronnie Raymond [Robbie Amell], and a lot of fan favorites. Barry, in trying to get Wally out, will struggle with a lot of his past decisions and his past actions that have caused a lot of pain for Team Flash.
Speaking of pain, is Barry OK? Seems like he has a lot of mistakes to make up for, and he got pretty badly injured last week…
I think he might be a little depressed, and rightfully so. He’s going through a lot, and he’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders. He’s trying to not only save Iris but Wally and everyone’s prophecies. He’s trying to prevent those from coming true, so he’s got a lot on his shoulders. But the thing about Barry Allen that we’ve seen over the past few seasons is that if anyone can handle it and move forward, it’s Barry. Nothing’s worse than seeing your parents viciously murdered in front of you, so I think he’ll find a way.
At some point all seven members of the inner crew get stuck in an elevator.
There’s a moment where it screams trap, ambush, a clever attack from some phantom rival, but no. Its a stock-standard mechanical failure. The rulers of Los Santos, arguably the most dangerous crew this side of the country, trapped like rats in a little metal box.
It’s fucking undignified.
With no reception to contact their own people they use the inbuilt emergency button to call it in, expecting a technician to be rushed to their aid, only to be told they are in a queue. That there will be some delays. The conversation starts professionally polite but quickly devolves into everything from outrageous bribes to thinly veiled threats but Mark, who’s clearly in some call centre far away from Los Santos, is utterly unmoved.
Unused to such blatant disregard Geoff abuses the call button, determined to make Mark as miserable as they are in an effort to annoy him into submission. By the time he considers allowing the crew’s main negotiator a turn on the phone the ‘self-important assholes’ impression has already been irrevocably ingrained.
Michael lifted Jeremy up to pick the lock on the emergency hatch only to complain about lax safety standards when the hinges jam and refuse to open more than halfway. Gavin snarks about their heavy hitters not being so strong after all, Michael snaps back about useless twigs keeping their mouths shut, and Jeremy is quickly forgotten in favour of a grade-school-level slap fight.
As time goes by the heat rises and tempers flare; Geoff railing against Mark, Jack snapping at Geoff for antagonising the people controlling their placement in the queue, Gavin and Michael prodding each other into more and more aggressive arguments and Ryan beginning to twitch alarmingly every time the background music loops.
Ray hasn’t moved from where he leaned 5 minutes into their stay, hood up, earphones plugged into his DS, absently swaying out of range whenever the rolling ball of furious MichaelGavin bounces towards him. Following his lead Jeremy quickly boosted himself up to sit on the handrail in a corner, as out of the way as he can be in a contained metal box, morbidly fascinated as he settles back to watch the fireworks.
At loop 17 Ryan takes a knife to the speakers, prying out the screws before calmly tearing the whole thing out of the wall. This prompts a moment of absolute silence, blessedly free from repetitive piano, before the lights flicker out, Gavin screeches, and it all kicks off again.
In the chaos no one notices Ray slipping through the jammed hatch and clambering on to the roof until its too late to catch him. His exit sets off an explosion of yelling, threats and promises and downright pleading, but realistically none of them are operating under the illusion that Ray plans to do anything more than clamber back up to the penthouse and have a nap. Gavin is the only other one who’s shoulders are slim enough to slip through but no one lets him go - they say they don’t trust him not to trip and kill himself but lets be real: if Michael and Geoff don’t get to leave this hellhole there’s no chance on earth Gavin gets to.
When they are finally set free, listening in strained silence as the lift lowers and the doors are wrenched open, the technician cracks a lewd joke about the awkward tension and no one has it in them to stop Ryan from punching him in the throat.
Geoff stalks away muttering about having unfinished business with Mark while Michael makes a beeline for the fire-stairs, intent on getting to the penthouse before Ray realises they are free and goes into hiding. Jeremy is lumped with the duty to go check in with the support crew, who have probably already tracked down the source of their absence and are bound to be smug little shits about it. The others go their separate ways in silence, normal jobs abandoned in favour of refusing to be in the same room as one another for the rest of the week.
[Translation] 100% SKE48 vol.1 Kitagawa Ryoha x Azuma Rion
Man, things change real fast since 100%SKE vol.1!!
Never thought I would post this while Rion will graduate soon….well, who would have known at the time of this interview, Rion already had ‘graduation’ in her mind. Anyways, we all know how much she loves Hokkaido and we wish her all the best.
Also for Ryoha, who would have thought she will become Team S leader. Kids grow.
I think SKE situation right now is great, way better than the time of this interview. It may be too late to post these interviews, but I will keep posting. So…enjoy reading!!
SKE48’s 6th gen debut, 3 years already have passed.
graduated one after another. “UhaRion” is being seen as group’s representative.
confusion, both of them are struggling to grow in Nagoya. How are they
Now, the sun
Nippon Budokan was shaken We want to see that scene from 4 years ago, again.
- At first, we thought that if Rion got driving license, we
would arrange scenic road trip while interviewing and Ryoha sits on front
Uha: I would like to! How is it going?
Rion: Almost final test.
Uha: How do
bad. I want to get driving license quickly so that I could go on a scenic
drive. Well, just like you mentioned, let’s go to Hokkaido!
Uha: A scenic trip in Hokkaido? Let’s go, let’s go!
- I didn’t
even agree with you *laugh*
must be fun. I will take you to Coach&Four (giant department store
- That’s the department store which Rion is the presenter,
right? We would like to go but our budget is kind of…
Uha: (not listening) I want to go to Rion’s favorite Sushi
Rion: Alright! Let’s go to Hokkaido next time!
- Though you guys already agreed but I haven’t said “um” yet
*laugh* that aside, how’s your driving skill?
- Really!? As I saw videos that Aichi Toyota uploaded, you
often drove up on wayside.
Rion: That’s the past! Now, I can drive on highway easily.
She’s not that great! *laugh*
Rion: Before getting on the car, I was nervous but now, I’m okay.
Uha: Take me, too!
want to go to Nagashima (spaland)? (theme park that Team S when to shoot
“Kanojo ga iru” MV)
should back to the topic *laugh* This interview will be published in BUBKA
special issue. For regular issue, the cover is Miyazawa Sae.
Uha: I know! She’s cute! Superb!
- thank you *laugh* In few hours, you will be performing
(Sae’s) graduation stage. How do you feel?
Uha: I still can’t believe it. Though I realized it’s the
truth but once I think that we will never be on stage together anymore, will never
take photos together anymore, it feels unbelievable.
Rion: That’s right. When Sae-san came to SKE48 2 years ago,
it was also unbelievable. Yesterday, I was thinking about the present for
Sae-san so I talked with Futamura Haruka-san. We finally decided to bake a cake.
We made it all night long. We will surprise her after stage ends. It looks like
this (show the picture in her phone)
There’s “SAE” and “LOVE”! Rion did that much for Sae-san, how about Ryoha who
admires her the most?
Uha: I made
graduation photo album with Takeuchi Mai-san. We made it till 5 am! So now, I’m
- Sorry that we interview you at the time like this.
Uha: Because it’s all handmade. We need to glue the photos.
We will give it to her during stage or maybe, at the end of stage.
Sae-san, these things are full of LOVE. Today, you must be crying?
Uha: I’m not
going to. I don’t think I will. I already passed that sad period. None!
- You’re into “Zen” aspect now? (t/n: Ryoha used the word 無 which
is the core word in Zen)
will get stronger for sure. Even though, you were so sad when Sae-san announced
Uha: It’s not like that. 2 weeks before graduation concert,
my condition was really bad. I even cried in handshake event.
Rion: I don’t know about this at all.
Uha: It was
the first time since I entered SKE48 that cried this much. Because I didn’t
want to cry in front of other members, so when I couldn’t hold it, I went to
staff’s room. I cried a lot that my eyes got swollen. But I used eye drops, so
no one knows it. * laugh*
- Thanks to medical innovation *laugh* even so, in
graduation concert, members lined up on the passage and Sae-san had a word with
everyone, right? That day, I entered everyone’s blog but I didn’t see anyone
posted about those words.
the words I want to keep it in my heart.
- If it’s that important, then let’s reveal it the first
Uha&Rion: No way!
- give me some hints
Rion: I will tell you one sentence then “tell Papa and Mama,
please take care of me”
- what does it mean by that?
Rion: It’s unimportant part so I can tell you fufufufu
Uha: I will not tell no matter what.
won’t…ah…despite this is special issue…(intentionally exaggerate)
Uha: Then, I will give you some hints. She said “take care
of yourself” She always told me “Ryoha, you pretend to be strong too much, it
would be good if you discuss with adults more” I think that’s what it means.
Rion: Ryoha is the type that wouldn’t say what’s in her mind
see. Then, it means you should reply on them more?
Rion: You want to know more?
- Yes! Yes!
Sae-san sent LINE message to me.
jealous) you’re lying! When? When did she send? Why? Is that Sae-san?
Rion: On the
day of concert, I sent her thank you message, so she replied back. Let me read
it from LINE.
*clap* we’re waiting!
Rion: “Rii-san, country mom cookies were delicious! It’s
more delicious than buying from shop! Thank you. These 2 days concert, thanks
for hard work. You are pretty and cute and also looks mysterious. I want to be
like that, too. But sometimes, I think it’s regrettable. If only Rion realized
these strengths, you would be stronger than you are now. I’m waiting to see it.
Anyways, Mar.31 the last day, please take care of me.” That day, I baked
cookies for her. She replied me like that.
(jealousy x2 )
Ryoha is jealous. You can tell from her face *laugh*
Uha: It’s not like that. I just think that she’s great.
Sae-san, she’s kind to everyone. That’s why I like her!
Rion: I read the message from my LINE. Then, shooting in
Hokkaido, please take care of us.
didn’t agree on that…
The real me and the new me
said “regrettable” what do you think made her say that?
Rion: I know
it. People mostly see me as introvert person, not motivated, also looks boring.
A moment ago, I saw myself in monitor, I felt that “this is actually what
everyone has told me!” I’m not a cheerful person. It’s even worse with my soft
voice. But because of Sae-san, I became more cheerful. I got influenced by her
- Thanks to Sae-san, right?
Rion: Yes. I’m quite a shy person, I don’t get close to
people easily. But, I think I understand now that socializing is a job. Sae-san
taught me that. That said, Ryoha is also like me.
Uha: Eh? ‘regrettable’? I never heard people saying that.
Rion: It must be. * laugh*
Uha: So weird. But I can get along with people now, there’s
nothing like that.
along now *laugh* Then, I would like to raise a topic here. When Ryoha is with
Matsumoto Chikako, you seem to be a totally different person.
think so, too.
Different person…yes *laugh* I love playing pranks when I’m with members.
Before I entered SKE48, I also got scolded in class often. In fact, that’s how
I am. However, after I entered SKE48, I think more seriously. I think I have to
do things with caution, so I might seem to be quiet. The real me is when I’m
Rion: When these two are together, I couldn’t catch up with
just fooling around *laugh* moreover, since Sae-san graduated, no one initiates
fun atmosphere in changing room. From now on, leave it to me and Chikako!
Then, Chikako becoming Team S vice leader can also imply about this. Chikako
and Sae-san have something in common.
have a lot in common.
are kind of weird.
With Chikako-san, from my point of view, you two (Chikako and Rion) are not
Uha: She calls Rion “Namara! Namara!”
(Namara in Hokkaido means “very” or “great”)
Rion: Yeah. That’s how Chikako say hi to me *laugh*
she’s like that. We would like to interview her, too. Anyways, since Sae-san
graduated, does atmosphere in the team change?
Rion: (Sae-san) didn’t attend theater stage often, it may
not change much.
Uha: But it’s not about team. It’s the group that’s not the
same. There are things that only Sae-san can do. Sae-san always conveys
member’s opinion to staff-san. If Sae-san says, members would agree. If you ask
me who would take over this responsibility, it would be (Saito) Makiko-san.
- How’s Makiko-san, the new captain?
Rion: She has interpersonal skills. She’s good at getting
along with people.
Uha: She made friend with AKB48-san, too.
Rion: I was
in the same dorm with her for a while. She’s a senior who is easy to talk to, suitable
to be captain.
Sometimes, being responsible as captain can make you worried, right? But
members like Makiko-san. We want to support her.
- Let’s change the topic here. What kind of situation you
think SKE48 is in right now?
have just risen from the biggest crisis.
also think like that!
Rion: Yeah! *Hi five*
- How’s that feeling coming from?
Rion: Recently, our program in LINE live had 8 hundred
not total views, it’s net views. Moreover, BUBKA still hasn’t publish this
issue yet. Thank you so much.
store in Nagoya subway station’s campaign that SKE48 was chosen as presenter
since April, right?
Uha: It’s a
grand campaign. We can proclaim that this is “SKE48 of Nagoya”
then, we got more appearance on magazines. I was also chosen to be on cover.
right. More appearance on magazines.
1 year ago, photoshoots for magazine unexpectedly decreased. But now, I have no
time to break.
- Then, As Rion mentioned a moment ago “the biggest crisis”,
when was it?
“Koppu no naka no komorebi”
in autumn last year.
other words, it was after (Matsui) Rena-san graduated. And there was a time
when I felt bad, it was “Bukiyou Taiyou” in summer last year.
- It was
after Nagoya Dome, right?
remember that I felt the gap between “Mirai to wa?” and “Bukiyou Taiyou”
now, I feel that we are heading in a good way.
- Why is that?
Rion: I also
don’t know why but members are all trying their best, right? Staff-san are also
trying their best somewhere that we can’t see.
Exactly. Everyone knows well that if it continues like this, it wouldn’t be
good. Whenever SKE48 unified as one, we have great power. This point, we would
and reluctant general election
question is general election.
would certainly ask this *laugh* Actually, I was reluctant to participate this
- Eh? Why?
Rion: Last year, my goal was “to get ranked” and I achieved
it. (61st Rank) I think there must be people who were exhausted getting it for
me. However, general election also has its advantages. I got a lot works since
I ranked last year.
- Do you see new fans coming at handshake events?
That’s because I got more media exposure. I appeared on TV because of my piano
skill. I was quite outstanding in “konya wa otomari” Fans came to tell me that “I
watched that, too”
- How about Ryoha?
Uha: I was thinking about it till the last minute. I decided
not to participate before that. If I weren’t get ranked or my rank drops,
people may say “This is as far as Kitagawa Ryoha can go” I don’t want it to be
Rion: Um. I
was also worried about that.
However, you chose to participate in the end. Even though you have various
opinions about general election, but you can’t refuse the fact that for this
world “AKB48 = general election”
Uha: I know.
example, when people unintentionally watch morning news, and reporter reports
the news about AKB48 that has SKE48 in it. This is very important, right? Or
for example, when they report about “SKE48 is the no.1 group” this kind of news
can reach people easily.
Rion: I also think it’s important.
- Maybe, general election is the best opportunity to spread
SKE48 reputation. Though singles and Music programs are important but SKE48 in
general election is strong.
Rion: That’s true.
- Sorry for talking too much. You both aim at Undergirls,
Uha & Rion: Yes.
Uha: In the past, they only announced 40 ranks, right? So,
if I couldn’t rank higher than that, I’m not satisfied.
Rion: Higher rank is my goal. But I still don’t have
confidence to say Senbatsu. Undergirls is also high. Anyways, the higher I set
my goal, the harder I try.
General election 4 years ago, a lot of Undergirls came from SKE48. It made
Nippon Budokan shaken. If you can do it again, it would be great.
Rion: I also
want to see that scene. *laugh*
Well, at this time last year, we also had an interview with both of you.
Compared to that time, we think you two really have grown stronger.
really think like that. When we interview Sae-san, she said “I would like to
tell members who think that you can’t take this anymore. I’ve gone over the
slump 3 times already, I understand how you feel but I got through it.” If you
could get through these obstacles, you would be stronger, right?
already got through it! I tried again and again.
Ryoha-san, when you were Kenkyusei, you got through the test to be Under in
Uha: That’s right. I went through the state that I have to
carry. If it were school, I wouldn’t do it. I would say “I’m quit” but this is
not school but it’s the world I chose to enter with my own will. If I escape,
it will be over.
- You are
stronger now. How about Rion-san?
never went through something like that. But from now, there will be. The
practice for AKB49 is starting.
Uha: Do your
best *laugh* I went through it last year. Though I can’t say ‘do your best’
confidently but I really was doing my best that time.
main character Urakawa Minoru / Minori is a very important role.
Rion: I got this role in place of (Shibata) Aya-san. In
fact, I already said once that “I can’t do it” but I think that try doing
something great is also a great opportunity. The practice hasn’t started yet,
but I almost crumble. It’s like needles
piercing through my heart.
Uha: I will
support you! I will also go to see you practice.
will be okay, if you could get through it…
Rion: I would get the photoshoot in Hokkaido, right?
The Bears Social Media Team hired me to take a Bears helmet to various haunted spots around Chicago. First off - THAT’S AWESOME! A major sports team asked me to make content for their social feeds, which basically means I’m a member of their team now. Like… right? I think that’s what that means.
Second, it was a PERFECT way to celebrate Halloween (aka my second favorite holiday). I went to 10 spots all over the Chicagoland area from cemeteries to sites of major tragedies (like the Eastland Disaster and the Iroquois Theater Fire), to places that are just supposed to have ghosts wandering around scaring the crap out of people.
Thanks to the Bears for bringing me off the bench for this one, and if you guys need anything else - like… some fresh photos of players, or someone to report what it’s like to be a season ticket holder or whatever - consider this an open letter to tell you that I’m down. BEAR DOWN!