meimichi: (arashi + do i dazzle you??)


HAPPY HALLOWEEN, FLIST!

BEHOLD MY PUMPKINS.

...I realized after the fact I really should have done the 5x10 crown logo instead of trying for kanji, since 5x10 would actually have translated perfectly to pumpkin. OH WELL.

Sho's emoji would have looked precious in pumpkin form, but we put off carving until last night and I got tired after doing these two. Another year, maybe. XD
meimichi: (pretty people + i heart oguri)
JUN: Where's Kitamura-san?
JIMUSHO GUY: She's at the bus station, going to Fukuoka!
JUN: (walks outside...gazes around pensively for a while)
ME: THE PREDICTABILITY OF THIS SETUP IS NOT A BAD THING.
LOVE RAINBOW: (kicks in)
JUN: (RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN)
ME: OMG JUST KEEP RUNNING FOREVER.
MONTAGE: (IS INDEED EXTREMELY LENGTHY AND SHOWS JUN RUNNING THROUGH A VARIETY OF LOCALES)
ME: THIS SHOW CATERS TO MY EVERY DESIRE.

(The characters who were supposed to be "great actors" in this drama were...definitely not. I SEE WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO THERE, DRAMA. IT REALLY DOESN'T MAKE JUN LOOK THAT MUCH BETTER.)

So I finally finished that, and also watched the Juui Dolittle premiere. Mao is perfect as always, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Shun in this. It's also been a really long time since I watched a drama with an extended premiere that didn't come off a total drag in editing. The stories are obviously going to be the typical predictable fare that come with medical dramas, but it's well-paced and Shun's performance is as high-quality as expected (and I'd watch worse for Mao's return to a renzoku).

...though I'm already jumping ahead to desperately wanting to see the DVD BTS extras to see Mao and Shun being PRECIOUS. Though they come off so sibling-like IRL that I now have a really, really hard time imagining them playing a couple, despite the fact that Rui and Tsukushi were how it all started.
meimichi: (arashi + words to live by)
My parents' home connection is such a wreck I can barely surf the net, and haven't watched any new Japanese TV since leaving Japan (which is fine, I have like a year of Arashi backlog on my external drive to catch up on). I had the car today though, so I drove to McDonald's to use their wireless and try to download all of Natsuniji (I left off on episode three).

THE ON-PARADE OF MOE JUST NEVER ENDS WITH THIS DRAMA, DOES IT.

I want to be BFF with the scriptwriter for this show and have Arashi-kai with her, because it's like Jun is basically playing THE BEST MOE HITS exaggerated version of himself. And she HAS to be a crazy fangirl because none of the moe is new. SHE IS WRITING HER OWN BORDERLINE-EXPLOITATIVE JUN RPF IN DRAMA FORM.

IF I WROTE A DRAMA FOR JUN AND COULD MAKE HIM DANCE LIKE MY LITTLE PUPPET, THIS IS WHAT I WOULD WRITE. EXACTLY.

When he fell in the pool for absolutely no narrative reason in the fourth episode except for the appeal of getting him wet, I was just like, "...SERIOUSLY I WANT TO BE THIS SCRIPTWRITER'S FRIEND. WE ARE CUT FROM THE SAME WOTA CLOTH."

Now I'm on episode five where they can't afford to order sushi, so Jun and Yuko have to make dinner together IN AN EXTENDED MONTAGE. NNNNNNNNNNGH.
meimichi: (chloe + wins at life)
I think most of you already over on tumblr have seen this already, but I forgot to mention it over here:

IN WHICH MY LOSER PROJECT I HAVE BEEN RESTARTING AND REWORKING SINCE, LIKE, 2006? COMES TO FRUITION:



Right now I have seasons 1-4 all uploaded, tagged for clothing and accessory continuity.

By popular one person's demand, there's also a tag for all bracelet instances.

Clicking on the tags = highly recommended. (Big repeat offenders/stuff that just blew my mind in making return appearances years later: red butterfly bag, red diamond-shaped dangle earrings, turquoise bracelet, yellow and red earrings, pink and orange messenger bag, blue painted necklace, earrings from Tempest. Oh, and she was wearing this necklace all the way up to S8 at least. I think this is her most-used item overall.)

...also I miss the days when the show looked like candy. <3

Multiple people have been reblogging stuff and regularly tagging it with variations on "when the show didn't suck." I love you guys. ♥
meimichi: (chloe&clark + tie my head to the sky)

5x20 HD caps from iTunes (1210x680)

100 caps in the zip, all Chloe/Clark scenes. :) Example cap here.
meimichi: (chloe&clark + sail you home)
Smallville 10x03: Supergirl )

My parents never got the CW at the old house after the WB died post-S5, and only recently moved to an area that got it. Back in the day we used to all watch as a family (my stepdad would be constantly screaming, "WHAT DOES HE EVEN SEE IN LANA?!?! CHLOE'S STANDING RIGHT THERE!!!!!" at the TV).

My mom's reactions to seeing the show for the first time in years have been hilarious.

MOM: The Talon still EXISTS?!?
ME: lol yes.

MOM: (last week, at the end) OMG I KNOW YOU SAID HE WOULDN'T FLY UNTIL THE END BUT HE'S TOTALLY GOING TO FLY!!!!!
ME: He's not going to fly, Mom.
MOM: (this week) OMG HE'S TOTALLY FLYING!!!!!!!
ME: HE'S NOT GOING TO FLY, MOM.
CLARK: (DOES NOT FLY)
MOM: WHAT A LOSER.

OLLIE: (is onscreen)
MOM: WOW. WOW. THOSE ABS. WOW.
ME: Yeah, you'll be seeing a lot of those if you stick around.

MOM: (re: Nois) I don't even remember her. Was she on the show back when I was watching?
ME: ...yes, Mommy.
MOM: (scrunches up face trying to remember) ... (LIGHTBULB) Oh! Wait! Was she the girl who was talking up how cool the buttons in the Ford Fusion were?
ME: (BRB DYING)
meimichi: (pretty people + tomaaaa)
(I am aware this is a super delayed reaction but I've been crazy busy. XD)

HOW AWESOME IS THIS?



EXCITING STUFF. I wonder what's gonna happen to him fanclub-wise? Jin is already listed under You&J on the membership pages, but nothing for Toma. It would be exciting to see him moved out of juniors, but he's hardly active enough JE-wise for it to really be worth justifying a solo club. (But I bet they'd make a mint on club membership, lol.)

Though it's hard for me to muster up enthusiasm for him being cast in Genji Monogatari. Ningen Shikkaku was so bad that I'm kind of now sadly automatically thinking that Toma in period drama = HOT MESS.
meimichi: (pretty people + tomaaaa)
Oh, forgot to say before:

Hanamizuki also made me think Osamu might not suck in Parakiss.

I still don't think he looks right, but...let's see how things go. Until this morning I was pretty much DNW, now I think this might work out, even if he's nothing like my image of George. XD
meimichi: (pretty people + tomaaaa)
Lovely final day. I'm at Narita now waiting for my flight to start boarding. :) Crashed at the netkissa, wrote my con report until like four in the morning, crashed a little, woke up, showered, and dashed to the movie theater to go see Hanamizuki.

I thought, "I'm sure I'm going to regret this like crazy. It's going to suck and I'm going to kick myself for not going to see Beck instead. But Toma >>> Hiro, so…"

OMG

IT WAS GOOD.

WHAT A SURPRISE.

I TRULY THOUGHT THIS WAS GOING TO SUCK TO THE POINT OF HILARITY.

BUT TOTES BUYING THIS ON DVD WHEN IT'S OUT. I could watch this over and over.

I don't think I've ever seen a straightforward sweet Japanese romance movie that wasn't a comedy, but also where someone wasn't wasting away from a terrible disease (I kept waiting for a surprise brain disease to show up!). It was romantic, but also incredibly realistic without any trace of over-the-top cheese. I really, really, really liked it.

It was also two hours long and, again, I thought going in, "Oh man, this is going to be one of those movies with crap editing that go on FOREVER, and half the movie is just the couple staring longingly at each other." Wrong again! Plus, they shot in three different countries and there wasn't a single instance of two characters meeting up in another country totally implausibly!! WHAT IS THIS?

The movie takes place over thirteen years, following Toma and Gakki from high school into adulthood (hair/makeup did an incredible job aging Gakki back and forth! …Toma looks pretty much the same throughout XD). There's not really much of a time jump, the movie really takes its time showing them grow up, and that's why it's so long. They're both from Hokkaido; Toma wants to be a fisherman and carry on the family business, while Gakki wants to study English at college in Tokyo. They both know right off the bat exactly what their life plans are and how they're being led in different directions.

You see them meet, fall in love, and carry on a long-distance relationship when she goes to Tokyo. Both have their own separate troubles in their own separate lives, and their situations and problems were so refreshingly normal: Toma's dad has buried their family in debt and left pressure on Toma for when he takes over the family business, and Gakki is at Waseda but can't find a job to save her life. All the long-distance relationship portrayal is really well-done and realistic. <3 I feel like my big recommendation for this movie is, "It doesn't suck in all the places it should!" I never got mad at either character or thought they were being stupid, they both remained totally relatable from start to finish! SERIOUSLY, WHAT IS THIS MOVIE. :D

Toma and Gakki had really lovely chemistry. <33333333 (Also Gakki's English is really pretty good!)

In conclusion: TOMA BE MY BOYFRIEND AND HOLD MY HAND INSIDE YOUR JACKET POCKET WHEN IT SNOWS. ;____________; I've always felt like of all the JE boys Toma seems like he would make the best boyfriend, this movie only increased his appeal. He looks like he gives really good hugs. XD

...and on that note, I now have a plane to catch. XD
meimichi: (arashi + 一人じゃないから)


OMFG DID KOKURITSU COME TOGETHER TONIGHT. I didn't even know it could come together the way it did just because the size and open venue makes it so hard for the audience to read each other the way you can in the Domes but tonight was so perfect and the only time at Kokuritsu where the call managed to synch. :)

BEST CON EVER.

How can one day make such a difference...?

I just kept babbling to my friend, "Thank you so so so much for finding a trade for tonight for us, this is the best memory I could have possibly had as my last night in Tokyo."

This is my last con for the foreseeable future and I'm really glad it was this one. :)

Copypasting in what I wrote up for last night, but the bulk of this will be tonight's report.

9/3/10 & 9/4/10 at Kokuritsu Kasumigaoka Kyougijou )

And so ends my three-year journey. :) What a perfect final night. Thanks to all of you guys who've been commenting on my reports along the way! It's been fun!
meimichi: (arashi + 一人じゃないから)
CON REPORT PENDING. (This might take a while.)

APPARENTLY THE DVD TAPING WAS LAST NIGHT

THAT IS THE GREATEST TRAGEDY OF OUR TIME BECAUSE TONIGHT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE CONS EVER. (TAKE BACK COMPLAINTS ABOUT SETLIST. WAS WONDERFUL WITH THE RIGHT AUDIENCE. POOR DVD TAPING.)

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AMAZING NO MATTER WHAT (I LAUGHED, I CRIED, PERFECT AUDIENCE, STADIUM COMING TOGETHER, ETC)

BUT THEN DURING THE MC, AFTER KAIBUTSU-KUN'S SONG, JUN AND AIBA BOTH CAME OUT AND DID THEIR LITTLE PUT-ON REACTIONS

AND THEN AFTER THEY CAME OUT

YUUJI WALKED OUT

AND SHO WAS BEHIND HIM AS TAKA LOOKING LIKE HE WOULD RATHER BE ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD AT THAT MOMENT

YUUJI: "HELLO KOKURITSU! WHENEVER WE COME, THE OLD MAN AT THE JIMUSHO GETS MEGA PISSED AT US. I'M PRETTY SURE WE'RE GONNA GET BUSTED BIG TIME TOMORROW!!!"

AND EVERYONE WAS LOSING THEIR SHIT AND SCREAMING BECAUSE WE COULDN'T BELIEVE THEY WERE DOING IT AT FREAKING KOKURITSU SINCE IT WAS A FREAKING MIRACLE THEY WERE ALLOWED TO DO IT THROUGH THE WHOLE FIRST DOME TOUR AFTER THEY WERE EXPLICITLY BANNED FROM DOING IT AT THE EARLIEST DOME SHOWS (THEY PROBABLY WILL GET TOTALLY BUSTED TOMORROW LOL) AND ON TOP OF THAT SHO IS THERE BATTING THE GIANT FEATHER OUT OF HIS EYELINE, LOOKING LIKE HE WISHES A HOLE WOULD OPEN UP AND SWALLOW HIM OFF THE STAGE

"...YUUJI? HAS TAKA CHANGED?"

"TAKA? NOPE. THAT'S HIM. SUNGLASSES AND AN 'S' ON THE SHIRT! THAT'S DEFINITELY HIM! SAY HI, TAKA!"

"… (in his totally normal voice) …hi everybody."

Then Yuuji sneaked off the stage while Sho's back was turned. was like, "What are you even DOING here?" and Sho was like, "I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT MYSELF, IF YOU FIND OUT THEN LET ME KNOW!!"

Jun was like, "Well, are you guys going to do anything? The cannon thing?" Aiba claimed he'd actually seen the cannon stashed somewhere with the tour equipment so they could probably haul it out if it was needed.

Sho said no, they weren't doing the cannon. Jun asked, "Well, do you guys even HAVE anything else you could do?"

At that point a really loud collection of screams went up from the back of the arena audience, with everyone shrieking, "FIIIIIINAAAAAL LOOOOOOOVE!" like their lives depended on it. lmao Arashi fans are the best.

Nino then trotted back out in his tour costume. "Hey! While I was getting changed I saw that other guy running the other way, and he told me to tell everyone that Taka is going to regale us all with a backflip!"

Sho was just like I WANT TO DIE RIGHT HERE. "NO NO NO NO NO."

"NO, THE OTHER GUY WAS VERY SPECIFIC, HE SAID IF ALL OF US HELP YOU, YOU CAN DEFINITELY DO ONE!"

Sho was like, "いやいやいやリアルにごめんね!!!リアルにごめんね!!!! We're outta time, I have to go!" He fled offstage and then paused at the curtains and went, "I have just two things I want to say. One is: I've learned that this job can be really difficult some days. Two is: (in the silly Taka voice) Everyone at Kokuritsu, thank youuuu!"

THIS IS THE GREATEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED EVER Y/Y/Y/Y/Y??????

GOD TONIGHT WAS PERFECT BUT THAT WAS BEYOND AMAZING.
meimichi: (arashi + 流した涙超えてここに立つ)
I am wiiiiiped.

I'll probs do a real report all in one go tomorrow night because the angle tonight was so weird I kept having trouble concentrating (plus the sound quality was so beyond shit; there were massive complaints two weeks ago and they should be ashamed of themselves for having it still be so utterly fucked - Kokuritsu has never had GOOD sound quality, but this was beyond the pale). We were watching most of the show from the back/side; tomorrow we should be closer to the center and easier to tell what's going on.

Kokuritsu 2010. )
meimichi: (chloe + you're so ahead of yourself)
I'm packing up my place and of course one always discovers forgotten items while doing so.

Except I had a 2003 issue of Sophisticate's Hairstyle Guide in one of my suitcase pockets. I have NO CLUE how the hell it got there.

I dunno, AMO probably has this up somewhere (?), but I thought I'd share, just because HOW RANDOM IS THAT. (The AM bit had nothing to do with why I bought this magazine either, though I think that's the reason I never threw it away, lol.)


above is web size, hi-res scan here
meimichi: (arashi + 流した涙超えてここに立つ)
wake up: 4:35 AM
first train: 5:16 AM
arrival: 6:18 AM
left at: 1:25 PM

this is not faiiiir, last year i got there at nine thirty and yet made better time

my body feels like one gigantic heatstroken sunburnt bruise

i know and understand the entire boyband cult marketing strategy and am aware i am just playing their evil psychological game by doing this, i wish i were ignorant since knowing just makes it more embarrassing

why can't we buy this crap on the internet as god intended

last year i swore i'd never do this EVER AGAIN EVER EVER EVER, venue-limiteds be damned, NEVER AGAIN, it was the worst experience i ever had as a fan. last year it took five hours and forty-five minutes

this year it took SIX hours and forty-five minutes and i got there at six-thirty in the morning this year, the ONLY reason i might rate it as a slight improvement was that this year at least i wasn't all alone and it was cloudy in the early morning (but i still got sunburned later on)

i don't see how anyone could do goods in the morning and go to the con in the evening at that venue, i was sooo wobbly on my feet getting out of there and felt sooo sick.

MY ADVENTURES IN LINE THIS MORNING + a few setlist spoilers overheard from outside the stadium )

ugh and now I'm going to bed and not coming out for YEARS, I am so so so glad I am not going tomorrow so I can recover from this ;w;

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