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arisu_chan25
30 December 2015 @ 10:57 pm
hey guys~! Casey did a twitcast today, and unfortunately when i realized it, he had already been livestreaming for 15 minutes, but he ended up doing the twticast for an hour, so i'm just gonna go through the comments to refresh my memory and try to summarize what he talked about. though i say "summary" it may end up kind of long haha.

so by the time i tuned in, Casey was talking about how he wears some really bulky kinda accessories while he's in Japan, but for some reason, when he's in America, he doesn't wear them.

he also talked about how he thought he would be speaking too much English while there, so he has one volume of Mirai Nikki with him to read so that he doesn't forget his Japanese lol.

and i asked him if he went rock climbing this time, but he said he didn't go. and then he started talking about fishing, and he caught an eel from the river in his back yard!? or was it lake...i don't remember lol, maybe a lake lol, not sure xD but yeah, he caught an eel, but in the end, he let it go, because apparently he's the type that doesn't eat any of the things that he caught. and he said that there's also apparently crocodiles in the lake too, but he's never actually seen one.

and then he was showing us this bandana from a band that he likes, and he likes to tie that onto his suitcase so that it doesn't get mixed up with similar suitcases when he travels. kind of a smart idea haha, but i would be sad if i lost a good that i bought at a live xD unless i had spare ones haha.

he talked about the year end, and how he doesn't get to eat the year end "toshikoshi soba" cuz he's not in Japan, and how he won't get to watch Kouhaku. he said he had planned on going to New York until January 3rd, but he couldn't get flight tickets because they're really expensive right now.

then, someone asked him if the girl in his instagram is his younger sister, and he said that she was. she looks sooo different from him though! his sister looks a lot more Asian, and i wouldn't have been able to tell that they were siblings if he didn't say so.

and then an overseas fan asked him in English if it was true that he was making a song with Taiga, and Casey answered back in English "Did he tell you? I can't say..." so he didn't really answer the question lol. but i do remember a while back when he said he was making a song with someone, so, who knows~. Casey likes to be kinda mysterious sometimes lol.

a Japanese fan also asked him if he still hangs out with his friends who are Jrs, and he said he still sees a lot of them, so that's good to know that the friendships made there are still real even if some go off to different paths :)

and then he talked about his YouTube channel a bit about how he's planning on maybe doing English lessons on there, and he asked everyone what kind of English they would like to be taught. so i commented that he should teach overseas fans Japanese too xD and he said that would be interesting also, if there's enough people who would subscribe and watch, and he said if possible, he would love to do meetups with people overseas someday, which would be awesome if he does do one!

and then he started talking about Koinaka, and how he wanted to go to the place where the drama took place xD he's so interesting haha, he loves rock music, and then you find him watching some romance dramas lol. or maybe he just likes watching Getsu9 dramas haha.

then someone asked him to do hide and seek again haha, and he was saying he wants to play in all kinds of places haha. and then he was like "I should do it in Disneyland! Though the people there might get mad at me" lol. and fans were mentioning different places he should go to, so i was like, you should just play hide and seek all around the world xD and he's like "I want to" xD

then he mentioned about how he wanted to do a collaboration CAS with the fans, but he doesn't know how he would do it. i mentioned how he should do something like Kimidake Live where it's the artist being one on one with the fan, and he talked about how they haven't done one of those in a while. but it would be so awesome if he would do a CAS collaboration with one lucky fan :D

he talked about presents that he gave to people for Christmas. he said he gave his sister something from Pandora, and all the Japanese fans were asking what Pandora is, since they obviously don't have that in Japan, and Casey was explaining that it's basically an accessory shop.

and then he talked about how he's turning 21 next month, and he mentioned that he has dual citizenship right now, and he showed us both of his passports, but he has to pick one soon.

and then, someone asked him "What is the age limit for someone that you would date?" and Casey said he has no interest in romance and all this time, he's focused his life on his work in the music industry, so he didn't give an answer to that xD

then he was talking about school so i got confused cuz i thought he went to school in Japan, and i asked him if he went to college both in Japan and in America, but he said he goes to an American college, so...i'm so confused haha.

and then i asked him what his New Year's resolution was, cuz it was heading towards the end of his livecast, and he asked people to ask him some final questions, and he said he doesn't really have one, he just wants to enjoy 2016 and have fun, which is a good answer haha. that's basically what my New Year's resolution had been for the past year xD and i asked this question in English, so he answered in English, and for once i noticed that Casey does have a subtle accent in his English haha. maybe he got too used to Japan haha, and speaking English is just kinda weird for him sometimes.

someone also asked if he would hate it when people call him "An-chan", but he said it's totally fine to call him that, and call him whatever nickname they like (as long as they're not rude names lol).

and that's about all that i can remember from going through the comments haha, and this is really long, but you really do get to know a lot more about him xD i'm lucky he's in the states right now, but it'll probably be hard when he goes back to Japan and do twitcasts there cuz there will be the time gap ;__; but it's okay haha, i had fun tuning in today xD
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arisu_chan25
26 December 2015 @ 10:45 pm
*cross-posted to my community, but since that's locked, i'm posting here as well xD*

hey everyone! it's been long overdue lol, i have been wanting to do this haha, but finally getting to it now haha, so let's get straight to the point! this post will introduce the members of MADKID! the basic info is taken from their homepage, and the rest is my impressions of them after meeting them after going to their live :)


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ABOUT MADKID
MADKID is a 5 member dance and vocal unit consisting of two rappers (LIN and YUKI), and 3 vocalists (CASEY, YOU-TA, KAZUKI). They are dance group unlike any other, boldly incorporating elements from the new wave of trap music and glitch hop genres, creating a new form of music.

They create a completely new sound experience that is able to attract an audience in an instant. Not only do they have unique musicianship, their syncronization rate when dancing is extremely high as well, and they continue to awe audiences with their performances during lives.

CASEY's powerful performance, rappers LIN and YUKI's great skill, YOU-TA and KAZUKI's beautiful harmony, it could be said that all who come across it will have an all new type of experience.

Among the industry, they are thought of quite highly, and it can be said that they are a dance and vocal group that draws a lot of attention at the moment.

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arisu_chan25
19 December 2015 @ 05:43 am
omgomgomg, i just got to do a one on one Skype chat with Hayato from AMAZ through Kimidake Live~~!! that app is soooo cool~!! who thought of using Skype that way haha. i mean obviously it's geared towards Japanese fans, but i think it's always a surprise for them when they know they have overseas fans lol. i started an account on Kimidake Live originally cuz i wanted to see MADKID even when i'm far away haha, but i didn't get a hit for the virtual ticket since i was just starting out and i was just doing the normal ballot, and i didn't know about the premium tickets.

but anyway, with Hayato's though, each member of AMAZ is doing talk live with individual fans and writing them Christmas postcards. it's so cool!

he saw all the posters on my wall though haha, and that was the first thing he commented on, about how decorated my wall is lol. and he asked my name, and i told him that i was from overseas and that it was 4AM here haha. and he was like 4AM!? and he asked me where i was from, and i said California, and he didn't know what country California is lol. and i told him America xD and he was like that's so cool, i wish i could say that xD something about Japanese people and thinking America is awesome haha. and he kept saying how good my Japanese was and asked if i studied it on my own. and since i was from America, he said he wants to say something in English haha, so he did the simplest self intro lol, and he said "My name is Hayato Tanuichi. I'm from Hokkaido." xD so cute lol. and then at the end, he asked if there was anything i wanted him to write on the Christmas card, but i didn't think about that at all haha, but i think i would be happy with anything he writes in there, so i told him he could write whatever message he feels like haha. i dunno how he keeps track of the fans, but hopefully he remembers i'm the one who woke up at 4AM to talk to him from America lol. but he did put down my name on the postcard, and i have to thank Hakucchan for letting me use her address. can't wait to get it~! hope it gets to her place safely at least xD it'll be way past Christmas by the time it gets to me though lol, but that's okay xD

ah~~, i was just sleepy an hour ago and now i'm just wide awake and happy haha~. this is the cool thing with smaller artists under indies labels :3 they're more in touch with their fans. hopefully i'll get to see AMAZ again next time i go. but i'm gonna be sad though, because Shunya is leaving the group for personal reasons :( he was super nice, but he had to go on a work break for a bit, and i guess things weren't working out, so he decided to leave the group, so AMAZ will become only 5 members ;__; but i'm glad i got to talk to him when i went to Japan.

hopefully they'll do something like this again~~! :D now i shall try to go back to sleep lol, but it's almost 6AM now, so...xD but at least it's a weekend haha. 
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arisu_chan25
08 December 2015 @ 06:55 pm
hey guys~! MADKID finally released the MV for their 4th single, titled "Change"! do check it out! i think they all look really cool in here, and i absolutely loved the song from the start ever since downloading it from iTunes. though, i don't think this is their best MV out there. i believe they did get someone more professional to film and edit, but i would've liked to see more of the dance, cuz half the MV is the members acting cool lol (and some were very awkward at it *looking at Kazuki* xD) but i feel a new power from MADKID, and for a group that has just been around for one year, i think they came pretty far, despite all the ups and downs. i don't know about their struggles behind the scenes, but the members talked about how they experienced a live where there were only 2-3 people watching before, so to see that their fanbase keeps growing lately, i feel very proud of them :) anyway, enough of my rambling, on to the video!

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arisu_chan25
24 November 2015 @ 07:23 pm
wow, so i'm back from work now, but i woke up this morning to a rather shocking announcement. i usually check twitter when i'm awake to catch up with some of the groups that i'm following, and first thing i see is a tweet from Shunya of AMAZ, who is an ex-Jr, saying "Taguchi-kun is going to quit..." and of course, then following that, i saw Casey tweet about it, and then Miura Wataru as well. Taguchi was definitely loved by his kouhai, even those who have already left the agency.

i was never KAT-TUN biased, and i didn't follow them closely, but as someone who knew of 6-nin KAT-TUN and watching how they went from 5 to 4 to now just 3, it's just kind of sad. i can't imagine even what it was like for those fans who were there in the audience when the announcement was made, and for those fans who watched in their homes, looking forward to their performance, and suddenly hearing that once again someone is leaving the group. even though Taguchi is staying until March, it's still just really sad knowing that he's going to be leaving, and that the day he's leaving is the very day of their 10th anniversary.

and just as much as it makes the fans sad, i'm sure the members as well probably had a tough time taking it all in, and i'm sure Junno probably thought really long and hard about it as well before coming to this decision. i mean you can't really blame him, Johnny's hasn't really been pushing KAT-TUN ever since Koki and Jin left, and he does have to think about his own future as well and what he wants to do, because he is going into his 30s.

all this just made me think about a lot of things. i mean as a Jr fan, i've already experienced how it feels like to have someone that you really like quit, and i've also experienced that whole thing with Ryutaro as a JUMP fan as well. and like i said before, the entertainment industry is a tough career to pursue. even just within Johnny's, just because you've been there really long doesn't mean you will make it into debut, and as a fan of the Jrs, there's always that worry that your favorite will quit any day, and without any sort of announcements (since JE treats Jrs like air if they quit and pretend they were never there). even the ones who are really popular and are being pushed right now, you never really will know what will happen.

and it made me have lots of thoughts about MADKID and some indies artists that i follow right now ever since i discovered them also. and it made me think that we should never take any of this for granted, and cheer them on every single day with all of our hearts, because the future is unknown, and it is scary to think about it. but i've already kind of become like that with the Jrs that i like, since they're not the ones always being pushed, i know that it won't be a surprise if any of them decide to leave, and of course i will be sad, but like i said before, as long as they are going to be pursuing Johnny's i will continue to cheer them on, and if they decide to continue to pursue music, i will continue to cheer them on, and if they decide to just lead a normal life after that, i will wish them the best as well. there will be sadness if the rest of my favorites quit, but rather than staying sad forever, i will be grateful for all of the joy they had given me during the time i was their fan. call me cheesy or whatever, but it has to be fate that we were able to be born into this world at this time and to be able to discover them and become a fan.

anyway, yeah, this was a long ramble, but just wanted to write out some thoughts i had.
 
 
 
arisu_chan25
07 October 2015 @ 07:14 pm
hello everyone~! been a while since i've been motivated to translate something haha, but Casey just started doing this thing on his youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaP4f0sACskhHTfscQdJWAg) that's kinda like a radio program, and i thought he did a pretty good job of it, it did feel like i was listening to a radio program haha. i loved his choice of MADKID songs also~ :D

anyway, here's the video, and my translation is below :)



Hello everyone! This is CASEY from MADKID.

Thank you everyone for watching my YouTube channel.

This time, I just wanted to try out doing a radio program. Though usually when you speak of radio, it's a live broadcast, but instead, I decided to do it as a YouTube video.

That said, this is the very memorable first broadcast! I'm actually still nervous. I'm actually very nervous!

I'll do my best so that everyone will have fun, so please give me your support!

Also, if any of you guys have questions, or worries that you want to ask me, if it's something I can answer, I'll do my best to answer it, so do send me comments through my Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.

That said, let's see...since it's the first broadcast, I'll talk about MADKID, the group that I'm currently working with right now. I'd like to introduce the members.

MADKID is a 5 member dance and vocal unit. Recently, we've been active mainly in Shibuya. We are a unit with 2 rappers, and 3 vocalists.

First up is our rapper, LIN.

LIN, actually, he's the one singing right now, I've been friends with him since middle school. I sleep over at his house quite often, so he's kind of like a sibling to me. I would say he's more like a little brother than an older one.

The second member is YUKI.

YUKI is also a rapper, and actually, his personality is very much like mine. Even when we're just normally talking, and even during lives, our actions and words tend to syncronize a lot. He's a pretty interesting guy. And YUKI is also an extremely hard worker, so please check him out.

Next are the vocalists. Among the vocalists, I'm one of them. I also dance quite a lot and stuff too, so please do cheer me on.

Next is KAZUKI.

KAZUKI is amazing. When he sings, his voice is really beautiful. He's also really good at MCing. I would say he's the best MC among the 5 of us. Well, even though I say that, me, YUKI, and LIN, the two rappers and I usually don't talk during the MC. Or well, rather than don't talk, we can't talk. Usually when I talk during MC, I get ignored anyway, so I just leave things up to KAZUKI and YOU-TA.

Last is our leader, YOU-TA.

Leader is the best singer within MADKID. Recently, among MADKID, we're really into darts, and YOU-TA is also the best one at darts. And skateboarding too, we sometimes go skateboarding, but he's also the best at that. So YOU-TA is kind of the best among us at a lot of things.

Just like that, the 5 of us are working together.

And right now, the song you are listening to is called "Light Up." You can also listen to this song on our official YouTube channel, so please check it out. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrIPqDA_JFeeHVmncRMZfcw)

The next song is actually probably the only song that's not up on our official channel. It was also put on a CD once, but it sold out right away, so it's a song that you can only hear at our lives. So this is a present from me. Please listen, "LOVE ME."

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That said, this broadcast will end here. Thank you very much for listening until the end. Please do like and favorite, as well as subscribe.

Finally, one last thing. It's been getting really cold lately, so please don't catch a cold. This was MADKID's CASEY. Bye bye. 
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arisu_chan25
03 October 2015 @ 10:42 pm
how long has it been since i last used my Arashi tag lol xD anyway, i know i just made my post yesterday about not being a Johnny's otaku anymore haha, but yet here i am fangirling about Arashi, which seems contradicting, but like i said yesterday, i didn't say i was quitting the fandom, so there's my excuse haha.

anyway, it's been a while, but we finally were able to make a recent Arashi fan gathering happen again lol. those are always fun, even though i don't follow Arashi as intensely, but i mean, like i said, i always somehow know what's going on anyway cuz of friends who do follow haha. but we watched the Digitalian concert together and while having a few intense games of UNO lol. i swear, that game makes people evil haha, and you really get to see people's true colors xD

but yeah, Arashi, Arashi...this concert brought back a lot of memories though. i mean, it was their 15th anniversary album, and i say this all the time, but i always get reminded how much i love Arashi. everything began with them, and music really is powerful, listening to an old song really brings back memories of the time when you first listened to them. and there was one part where they had a long medley of a lot of their singles starting from their debut song A.RA.SHI, and it was just a lot of fun. i feel like i can let loose the most and just be dumb the most when i'm with my Arashi friends haha.

and the thing about Arashi concerts is that, i've never watched one that i found to be boring. there's always something that i think is cool in their concerts. the setup of it and everything, it's just so amazing. it just gets better with every single one.

but yeah, that was my day haha, these little Arashi hangouts are always fun :3 
 
 
arisu_chan25
okie doke, so...i've been meaning to write this for a while, and i, myself, really can't even believe i'm writing this but...to get straight to the point, i'm just going to say it, i'm done being a Johnny's otaku. after 8 long years, i can't believe i'm saying this, but i think this phase in my life has just gone by? i was hesitant to say this, and i've also been told that it's getting a bit much that i keep saying that i'm becoming more and more of a casual fan, so i just thought...well, why not just put closure on all this and i'll spit everything out once and for all.

don't get me wrong though, just because i'm done being a Johnny's otaku, that doesn't mean i'm saying that i'm quitting the fandom. i don't think i would ever be able to be completely away from Johnny's anway, because i have lots of friends still deeply into it. and also, Johnny's is a very big presence to me, although i totally have a love-hate relationship with that agency. if i hadn't discovered Arashi back when i was still just a sophomore in high school, and if i didn't find Johnny's, i really wouldn't be who i am today. i can't even express in words how grateful i am for Johnny's. they've taught me many things, and given me the courage to step out of my own comfort zone and be willing to challenge myself to do things. i've also met many wonderful people both in real life and online, and some of my closest friends are all people who i've met through fandom. Johnny's is very powerful and it really does inspire and connect people all around the world, despite differences in languages and cultures. and even some of my friends who have grown out of fandom, they still continue to be very close friends that i can talk to about anything. they've seriously given me so much, and i can't even express it all into words.

however, sad as it is, i am just losing interest. and it is no fault of the boys, it's just the way they're being produced these days. i feel like the golden ages of Johnny's programs has just long gone by, and everything these days is just so boring to me. i only watch Gamushara when i'm feeling bored, and well, my favorites don't even appear on there and it's always the same faces on Gamushara too. as for Shounen Club, it's just gotten so boring because they don't showcase the Jrs, and uh...isn't that the whole point of the show!? there's THREE debuted groups on there and i honestly don't think we need that much cuz they take up more than half the show.

there's many other factors that played into this though. i feel like it all started off with the negativity in this fandom, and that's kind of when it just became a little unpleasant. and then, my favorite Jr. has left the agency. also, everyone that i do like don't even get pushed by the agency and are always just stuck in the back, and well...honestly, being realistic, i don't know how long they would actually last here. of course, i don't want them to quit, and i will keep on cheering for them as long as they try to pursue a career within Johnny's, especially people like Tera and Hara-chan, since i really like them. Travis Japan may be a little more stable since they are a unit and they are officially part of the dance family, but then jimusho likes to mess around with Aran and Miyachika, so there's also some uneasiness there when we think about future debuts, because if they were to take anyone from TraJa, it would be those two. and i love Travis Japan and musho Jrs a lot, but they're hardly in anything. especially the mushos. always constantly in the back, and their names don't even get shown on Shounen Club and stuff. so it's very frustrating.

and i think probably the final factor in this is discovering MADKID. i know you guys have probably seen me tweeting about them if you follow me on twitter, and i LOVE those guys. i think because my first time going to see an artist that i like live, i went to see MADKID. and they've just engrained such a deep impression on me. they're not famous like Johnny's, but i feel more connected with them, and even though i'm so far away from them right now, i still feel much closer with them than all of the idols i've ever liked. i mean, MADKID aren't idols, they're a very different genre of artists in fact, lol, but i love them a lot. and i've also discovered quite a lot of other artists through them as well, mostly artists who probably aren't known overseas haha, but it's cool, i like what i like, and it's just the way i go, regardless of what is popular among other people.

so, yeah...i know this was a long entry, but i just wanted to get all this out there and just be honest with myself. my interests have just changed, and it's normal for that to happen. this is unexpected for me as well, but it happened before i realized it. i'll still be following the few that i do like (though they're hardly in anything), but other than that, i'm just not interested in any of the Jrs that are currently being pushed right now. i'll probably still somewhat know what's happening in Johnny's cuz of friends who are still Janiwota, but i won't be following every single little thing religiously like i used to haha.

but yeah, that's all~ xD 
 
 
arisu_chan25
05 September 2015 @ 04:56 pm
continuation of my Gamushara experience. i think...maybe because i forgot to journal what happened at the live on August 12th, i actually don't remember much of it lol. but it was Team Ra VS Team Ha for that day.

i'm sad Yasui-kun only went up our side of the balcony once, but he was super cute in person. i didn't get noticed either, lol, because Yasui-kun doesn't look down from the balcony! he only looked at the people on the second floor seats...wonder if he's afraid of heights or something lol. cuz even when he was on the other balcony, he didn't look down either. but i was able to see better on this day, because i wore heels. i now know why fans wear heels to concerts lol. at first i thought it was just for fashion so they could look cute for their biases, but...they actually make a difference xD i was able to see the band members on the stage at first lol. like on my first Gamushara, i didn't even know Toranpi was on the keyboard, cuz i couldn't see anything that was happening on the stage.

anyway, i don't really remember much, but i know they sang a lot of songs that i liked. i especially loved when Yasui-kun sang Arashi's "One Love." Team Ha had really good energy as a team, but if i were to be objective, i would say that Team Ra did much better performance-wise. though for me, i didn't really care who won anyway haha, so i didn't scream when they were doing the decibel thing. i didn't scream during the Mu VS Sha one either. but um...yeah...sorry, i really don't remember much haha. but when i realized that was the last one, i thought i wanted to go to another one, and got tickets for the evening show on August 16th, which was the final VS battle before finals, and it was Team Mu VS Ha. i wanted to see Team Sha again though lol, cuz stupid Jinguji, but their final battle overlapped with MADKID's live.

but i made a good choice going to the evening show, because that was the very last battle before finals. i bought two tickets so that the price for one ticket would be cheaper, and i went with a new friend that i made, named Ucchan. she's actually a friend of a friend of a friend...very confusing, i know lol. but anyway, she's this girl who used to listen to only Western music, and she was just starting to get into Johnny's and she liked Kishi haha. i was very happy for her though, cuz Kishi went up our side twice, and i'm glad she had fun at this concert, because the resale tickets for this show was so expensive, probably because it was the last preliminary battle.

of course, i was cheering for Team Ha, but, once again, i thought Team Mu's performance was much better. but i know all of them worked really hard, and all of them deserve a round of applause for that. Team Ha actually won by audience decibels, but they lost because Team Mu had more Jr votes. poor Hashimocchan was crying when they were counting the balls ;__; but Team Ha really did have the best energy and support among the members the entire way through, despite the huge age gap between the oldest and youngest members.

after the battle was over, Sanapi sang a band song, and i think he sang Love You Only for all the other shows, but for this one, he sang with Team Ha, and he sang Arashi's "Oh Yeah" with them, which was a good way to lift the mood.

so the show was over, and usually, they come out for encore really quickly, but on this day, the announcements that the show was over went on twice before they came out. and instead of the usual coming out with one of the boys screaming while another song goes on, it was all quiet, and Sanapi comes out to announce the final results of the battle, and all of the teams appeared! that was a really awesome surprise! Team Ga was the only team that i didn't get to see live, so even though it was just for a little bit, it was still cool to have been able to see them in person. and i was happy that i got to see Jinguji one more time lol, though he didn't go up the balconies during encore. but oh well, he was adorbs, even though he was sad that Team Sha didn't make it into the final round.

and well...yeah...that's all i have for Gamushara reports xD i had to pack that night too because i was leaving to come back to the US the next day, but it was kind of a nice wrap up of my trip.

although i do have to say, of all of the lives that i had gone to, MADKID's two lives were still my favorites. Johnny's lives are fun to go watch, but in the end, that's all you really get to do, you just go watch. and you're lucky if you're an obviously foreign fan, but i blended in, so it was like a miracle that Jinguji even looked at me that first show lol. i still feel a sense of distance with Johnny's, even after going to their lives, but with MADKID, i got to talk to them, and they became even more dear to my heart. so...yeah...it was a nice experience though, and cost so much money lol, but no regrets, it was all fun. just that Johnny's lives and indies group lives are enjoyed in different ways. and this concludes all of the reports of the lives that i went to while i was in Japan :)
 
 
arisu_chan25
05 September 2015 @ 04:29 pm
i know i'm very late with this lol, but finally i'm here to write about my experience going to Gamushara while i was in Japan. i don't clearly remember all of the details though lol, so it's just bits here and there, and parts that left an impression on me.

so the first show i went to was on August 10th, which was Team Mu VS Team Sha. i was alone for that first show, and it was my first ever Johnny's live, so i was quite nervous. anyway, the show didn't start until 1:30, but i decided to go to the venue early to get goods, and then go grab something to eat before the show. it wasn't really that hard to find EX Theater though, i just asked a station agent which way to go exit, and i found it quite easily after i got out. so then i went upstairs to line up for goods, and turns out i was super early, they weren't even opened yet for goods. luckily, that day was a lot cooler compared to earlier in the week, because i would've died waiting out in the heat. i was waiting outside for maybe half an hour before they opened, and i thought it would take a long time, since there were already a lot of people lined up before me when i got there, but it was actually really quick, people just picked out which goods they wanted and then they leave, and the employees worked pretty quick too, so i was out of there pretty quickly. i had quite a bit of time before the show started, so i went across the street to Roppongi Crossing, and hung out at the McDonalds, which was where pretty much most of the other fans went to grab a bite before the show. literally, pretty much all the girls nearby were talking about Johnny's lol. but i just found most of them kind of intimidating, so i didn't talk to anyone, even though i thought i could make some new friends at first, but i decided against it xD

so once it was almost time, i went back upstairs at EX Theater, and people were starting to line up by their numbers. it was my first time, so i had to ask around for where i should be going and stuff, but i always looked for the mama fans haha, cuz they didn't seem as intimidating as the younger fans. my ticket number was pretty far back though, so i was part of the last group to go in, so when i got to the arena floor, it was already packed. but the good thing about arena floor is that it's all standing, and once you get in, you can go anywhere you want. but i wasn't really thinking about that at first though when i got in haha, but i stopped near the balcony on the second floor, because i was thinking abotu how sometimes people come watch the show and sit in those seats. well, no one from the agency came to watch the show that day, but turns out i chose a good spot to stand anyway. i couldn't see the stage at all, but that's okay, because the boys went up the balcony to perform. when the show started, Sou was right up there on my side. he was really adorable. i was worried about Marius though lol, cuz he's so tall, and i got kinda scared for him whenever he leaned over.

for the team performances, i couldn't see the stage at all, so i had to watch the big screen the entire time, but i could see why Team Mu was leading so much this year. they actually were really good, compared to last year. i'm so glad Genki wasn't being the wimp that he was last year, and that he actually grew from that loss that they had last year. as for Team Sha, i actually wasn't able to comprehend what was happening, because they were all standing at different parts of the stage, and before you know it, Jinguji was already doing his final trick, and then it was just over, so i didn't get much of an impression of Team Sha's performance.

anyway, two lucky things happened to me during this concert! so first of all, if you guys have been watching Gamushara episodes, you might know that they counted how loud the fans cheered, but the Jrs who back danced got to place a vote too, and they did that by placing a ball into the boxes for whichever team they thought was better. and each ball counted as an additional two decibels to the total score. the balls weren't signed or anything, but when they counted them, they threw the balls out to the audience. i don't think people were too desperate though, since they weren't signed lol. or maybe it was because the one i got was thrown by Hagi-chan, cuz i heard people were crazy when it was Team Ra's haha. but anyway, i was in the very last row, and the ball bounced off one of the TV Asahi cameras in the back and came in my direction, so i tried to catch it, and i missed, and it went to the girls in front of me. they tried to catch it, but then missed, and it fell to the floor and rolled back to where i was, and i felt it touch my foot, so i just picked it up, cuz it looked like those girls didn't want the ball too bad and they just gave up when it fell to the floor lol. Hagi-chan isn't one of my top favorites, and the ball wasn't even signed, but hey, it still makes a good memory though xD

the other lucky thing that happened to me was sort of towards the end of the concert. i didn't think i would get noticed at the concert, because i'm Asian, and people there always think i'm Japanese lol, so i was really surprised. it was really weird though, because i had my penlight on pink for Team Mu, because i chose to come watch this show for Kishi xD but it was Team Sha that was up on the balcony on my side during this time, and i was just kind of looking up at them because they were so close. and before i realized it, my eyes meet with Jinguji, and then he makes a peace sign. so i was just thinking, okay, maybe he's just doing that to whoever is standing next to me, and i just keep looking up at him. but then he stays there and just stares, still doing the peace sign, and he doesn't move from his spot. so i began to think...wait...is he looking at me? and i waved at him, just to see if he would react, and then he smiles and waves back before leaving the balcony. it was like reverse fan service lol, he was waiting for me to respond. i just found that really unexpected though, because i was obviously not his fan, my penlight wasn't even on Team Sha's color lol. but that made me really happy, and made me start to adore Jinguji again haha. though, sorry Jin-chan, i will only love you as an onee-chan xD

but that was like the most memorable thing from all of the Gamushara shows that i went to xD i didn't get noticed at the other two that i went to haha. but thanks to Jinguji, i pretty much forgot about the rest of the concert haha.