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I've been pausing to take a breath on the fannish activity front. Which basically translates to.... I'm learning to let go of not seeing every single tumblr and twitter post that passes through my dashboards. Because trying to is just crazy-making, even with the tiny lists of people I've followed. How do people handle the overload of info? And how do you deal with the niggling feeling that you've missed or overlooked something awesome? OMG! Noes! it will disappear forever! ..and I will never see it again! ;)

But, I am still watching kanjani8 shows and various jdramas. Shiwake has finally moved on from the naming of various veteran actors/comedians/whatnot. I just finished up the 2011.08.03 episode - this one has an actress come in and then they bring on 5 "friends/acquaintances/co-workers" in the industry, and kanjani8 has to figure out based on their interactions, which of the 5 is actually someone that the actress does not like. Clearly right up my alley, what with having to do with interpersonal relationships and their perceptions of them. :D Maru-chan's pick was really interesting - since he picked the person she's known for 20+ years... because when asked whether they spend time privately she said that they'd gone golfing once, but not really anything other than that.... and his take was, maybe she didn't enjoy hanging out golfing with him... Which is a rather negative take on things no? :P Subaru went with the more "obvious" choice of the guy who was practically crying during their interaction because he thought he wasn't liked. lol.

They also introduced another type of challenge which I really liked - the Slot 7 thing -- where they ask questions and the members try to all come up with the same answer ie, to show that they understand each other, have teamwork, etc. they totally give Yoko a hard time XD; ...but he's totally the right person to put into the last position. XD

Oh, and I finally finished off Maru's graduation recomen episode and have started on back episodes from when he first started. I also want to listen to some of the even older ones with Yoko in them too, but. gotta prioritize somehow ;) The graduation ep was nice because they did a lot of reminiscing and they also played a few of maru's solo songs :3 2013.04.18 ep has some interesting "love advice" type talk from some relationship expert. from what I can understand, I don't necessarily agree, but then again I wouldn't recommend taking relationship advice from myself either.. so who knows.

Hmm, what else... oh right. I'm watching drama.

I finished up Ouroboros, which was awesome. Seriously one of the better jdramas I've seen. And I'm plodding my way through Samurai Sensei, which I'm having trouble with. It's cute and decent -- but believe it or not, I find Ryo-chan's inability to keep from laughing, distracting. Because it takes me out of the story, and makes Hanpeita a less believable character (because all I can see is Ryo-chan trying not to laugh. >_> ) .... perhaps Ryo-chan should stick to more serious stuff? Kamiki-kun on the other hand is mesmerizing. His Sakamoto Ryoma is darling and complex. was really bad luck on Ryo-chan's part to be acting against Kamiki-kun in this. Anyhow, I just finished ep 6 and it looks like there's finally more backstory coming about what Sakamoto Ryoma's been doing in this time period. yay!

I'm also watching Naku na, Hara-chan which is cute, funny, and touching. Nagase's Haru-chan is solid, and I'm also happy to see anything with Maru-chan in it. His character is weak, but cute. ...which he is good at playing.

...and lastly I have started chinese drama. Because I can no longer ignore all the glowing raving recommendations. Nirvana on Fire. So far, it truly is as good as people have said. The intrigue is interesting and it feels smart. It's fun to guess what's happening. I'd imagine that fans of Ravages of Time would really like this.

And that's it for now~
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quick recomen 2016.03.10 thoughts

So, the kuro rekishi corner is hilarity. Because I like hearing about things people are embarrassed about. ^^; I can relate, after all.

One girl wrote in about how how she used to have this poster/picture? of hina that she'd talk to/greet/say bye to and kiss his fangs XD;; Hina: EH? Me: LOL
But apparently she sent this to a friend who was feeling down and it cheered them up. then Maru & Hina are like... this isn't really a kuro rekishi (direct trans: black history, ie some hidden past you don't want to see the light of day?) does this even count? etc.

Then at some point they were asked about any hairstyles they regretted, etc in the past and Hina's like I have no kuro rekishi - my past is all shiro rekishi. White History. (yes he says it in english).. and Maru's like wtf, why in english? I guess he's noticed he's been speaking more english? ...and Hina says something about how folks think his english sucks. XD;;; ...and Maru's like ..oh. cause of the show? (ie. chronicle. the english telephone game thing XD;) ....and I die laughing.

Oh an apparently at some point Maru had blonde hair - which he said didn't look good at all on him. But I think Hina or staff is like, what? no big deal, it's like something everyone tries, etc. I'd love to see pics of him with blond hair. I can't imagine. XD; His hairstyles changes have been pretty subtle for the most part. I did like the long permed hair thing he went through for a bit. I love the half up/half down style on him when he was younger. The current fluffy wave is super cute too. Anyhow, sidetracked there.

Then there was the girl who apparently liked to wear no underwear in gradeschool. XD;;

So Maru-chan's like reading the letter - and it's talking about how she felt like it made regular school into something thrilling, and how when she's standing (in a high place? on a balcony? school rooftop?) she can like feel the breeze...

Hina (...and me): (!) with a skirt? LOLWUT
Maru: continues on about how it made her feel excited like she has some secret from the people around her, etc. And how it was particularly hard (...and I guess exciting?) when she had to change into her gym shorts, etc.

Hina: ...this like porn or something?!
Maru/Staff/Me: Hahahaha.

.. anyhow the whole time Maru's like chuckling. And I die many deaths because his chuckling voice is SO CUTE. ...and they're both like: what?! o_O and laughing.
umechan: (kick-ass Mr. Bear)
So as part of their news segment, they talk about some juniors ranking grand prix thing.  It's like the 22nd time this ranking has happened.  I'm guessing it's something like the myojo ranking thing I talked about in the post before.

random notes on them reminiscing on the rankings etc )

I also loved the bit where they're talking about cassette tapes/mix tapes, etc.  Because it totally IS nostalgic ....and I can identify.  But they talk about cassette tapes and making mixed tapes for people and Maru says he's never made a mixed tape for a girl he liked, but he's apparently made some kind of hora? (is this horror?) tape for a friend of his .... which was like 4 hours long or something.  lol.  Not exactly sure what kind of tape that is but I had the same reaction that Hina and staff had, which was like (?!  XD;;  )  

But Hina supposedly made one of those mixed tapes where somewhere within the tape he tells the girl that he likes her.  ^^;  I can't remember if it was because he was moving soon or something or maybe she was moving? and so he decided to do it.  But that's so cute!

 ....and then Maru's like, probably the listeners are like, wtf are these ossans talking about?  ...cause they're being all reminiscent of stuff which a younger generation doesn't get or care about.  XD;  ...and so I have to wonder if the makeup/distribution of their fans/listeners really are a lot younger?

Anyhow, I usually listen to these during my commute so when I finally get around to writing stuff down, sometimes I forget stuff.  >_>;;  But I'm really going to miss having these to look forward to.  ...although I'll probably go try and find older ones to listen to.  I'm not likely to listen to the newer JWest ones sadly.  I have mixed feelings towards them and honestly I'd rather focus what little fannish time I have on the group/idols I'm most interested in, even if it is watching/listening to their old stuff.  After all, I survived for years scrounging around for old V6 stuff :P  And Kanjani8 has plenty of activity to consume (way more than V6 did when I was really into them)

btw I am so so sad that they don't put out dvds for butai.  How the heck am I supposed to watch Maru's Macbeth?  *sob* 
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So I went back and listened to it
Recomen 2016.02.18

And per Hina, staff doesn't count and neither do people who are regulars on the shows you're on.

So Maru is left with Nishikawa Ayako-sensei. And hina's like that's definitely giri Choco XD; ...and Maru's like chuckling and comes up with a story about how on Saturday plus, you know how they do those "personality tests" where they ask something and have them write someone's name on the board. And they they tell you what the answer really says about you? Apparently Ayako-sensei did one which translated to meaning she wanted to get to know him more of something. Lol. Nice save? maru-chan. ^^;

Then Hina's like... I got an honest to goodness honmei choco. Me: you totally just set this whole conversation up so you could tell us this. Lol.

So Maru's like guessing.
Me: omg guys, you're doing this on air?! *feels sorry for the girl*
Maru: Kaba-chan?
Hina: nope.
Me: argh why does my Japanese suck so much? What does gachiya mean?!
... More talk, half of which I don't understand
Maru: who is it? *said playfully*
Maru(actually is it Hina who says this?): Aiba (aiban?)
... So apparently she's gone to their show an was supposedly a ryochan fan. XD;;

So now I'm super curious about who they're talking about. XD;;
umechan: (kick-ass Mr. Bear)
So, I dunno what to think of the fact that in the next week or so Maru is leaving Recomen, and Hina is leaving Hirunandesu.  And both those spots are being replaced by Johnny’s WEST members.  It’s definitely worrisome for me as a kanjani8 fan. .__.  This all is probably not helped by the fact that I’m trolling for info at japanese sites/fans twitters/tumblrs/etc …and my japanese comprehension rate is probably at best 50-60%.  I really hope too that this is all prompted by new opportunities for them, but I haven’t heard anything yet.  I mean I know Maru is doing the Macbeth butai which should be a good opportunity for him to grow/learn.  But but but.  >___<  I dunno. it just makes me nervous this whole thing what with stuff happening so quickly in succession.  lol.
Anyways, thought snippets on Maru & Hina’s Recomen 2016.02.11 & 2016.02.18
recomen thoughts )

And thoughts on Japanese valentines day customs + the concept of kokuhaku
more thoughts cut )
Anyhow, just my 2 cents.

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