hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
Tried watching Ghost ep. 22 with no subs, cause I was impatient. Only got a vague idea of what happened (and MAN did shit go down), so now I REALLY want subs. Ugh. I wonder why Over-Time subs are so much slower than they used to be where Rider subs are concerned?

Also, got my Houdini Eyecon today. Just three more to go (and they're on their way). The little candy piece that also came with was Ramune flavored. I was pleased. As for other toys, was horribly disappointed to find out Specter's powered-up form will use a recolor of Ghost's Sunglasslasher... REALLY Toei/Bandai?! You're gonna be THAT lazy about it?! Oh well. I'll probably only be after the Eyecons for Deep Specter and Infinity Ghost after this anyways. Not buying Grateful form's stuff cause it's a whole other freaking belt and not even a final form.
hikarikirameku: (OOO - TaJaDol)
You know...I don't post about my tokusatsu shows here like I used to...and it's a pity, cause this seasons shows are great so far! Kamen Rider Ghost is hitting it's second big plot milestone (as it tends to do every ten or so episodes). It's been getting harder and harder to wait for subs, lol. It's the first Kamen Rider series I've really liked in a while. The cast are all great too, following everyone's Twitter's been a trip (even if I can only really appreciate the silly pics, and Nishime Shun is a cinnamon roll). Meanwhile, Zyuohger is only at ep. 5 but has been a fun romp right out the gate! It actually got me watching Sentai again for the first time in years! Actually, the cast for that is fun to follow on their Twitter/blogs too.

I should probably update my toku icon...it's still Kamen Rider OOO, LOL! Granted, Tajadol form is still probably one of the prettiest Rider forms ever (those peacock feathers!). Still, aybe I'll update the red bird motif to ZyuoEagle instead :P I actually really like Yamato. He's more like the team mom than the team leader, lol, he's great.
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
Most everyone's got it already I'm sure, but I added the UNLOCK stuff to the video page.

Trying my best to enjoy the last 4-nin KAT-TUN release we'll ever have. It's very bittersweet. Still, Greatest Journey is a great song...been basically playing it on repeat. JET too. Still really hoping they get performed at the Anniversary tour. We'll find out what the set list is after the first concert at the beginning of April.

In other group news, got my pre-order in for NEWS' WHITE tour blu-ray. It's about damn time!!! I hate how they split the content though. I went with the LE by default, since I can always get the RE later, but I can't afford both versions, and it's gonna suck that I don't have the solo PV making-ofs. I'll have to download them :/ I hope the concert MCs are good, cause the LE has those instead.
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
So both my copies of the UNLOCK single AND the NEWS QUARTETTO album showed up today, lol. Crazy. I'm just now getting around to them, since I had to work all day, but luckily my computer's fast. NEWS took priority, since it wasn't up yet, and it's already on the video page, but I'm working on getting KAT-TUN's stuff done now.

I'm listening to the new NEWS songs right now. Quartetto is fun and catchy. シリウス is happy and uplifting. NEWSKOOL is LOL! I haven't gotten to the others yet since I skipped to solo songs. Sadly, none of them particularly stood out. Tegoshi's is pretty, to be sure, but boring. Keii's is meh. Shige's is weird and sounds like his last one. Massu's...well, I got a LUL out of it.
...
and this is my KAT-TUN back-up...I am so screwed ^^; Well, I suppose there's always HSJ...maybe.

KAT-TUN, you jerks had BETTER keep your promise and be back eventually! You definitely my only ichiban group!
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
OK, so I'm waiting on my copies of KAT-TUN's Unlock single, so I haven't watched PVs yet, but I managed to find the songs. Just got done listening to them now.

Thoughts & Ranking (Favorite vs. least)

JET - IS SO FREAKING COOL, OMG!!! CRANK THE BASS AND VOLUME UP, NO FUCKS GIVEN! This song will be AMAZING at the tour if they perform it (please...please lord let them perform it). Hard to catch Maru's beatboxing part, but you can hear it if you pay attention. This song will probably be on heavy repeat the next week or more, lol.

Greatest Journey - SO CATCHY! Such a fun song! Been looking forward to this one for a while. It's a pity they're only just now releasing it when the show's getting cancelled. T-T (Granted, it's entirely Taguchi's fault, otherwise I'm sure they'd have had more time). Looking forward to seeing the PV. Saw the previews and it looks so silly and fun.

UNLOCK - The A-side ranking third, lol. It's not a bad song. Very KAT-TUN and matches the mood of the Kameneko drama. It's just...JET hit so much harder and pretty much got all my attention, lol. I'm sure I'll be listening to this one quite a bit too.

Ame ni Saku Ai, Yoru ni Naki Ai - This is more generic Johnny's style, but KAT-TUN's been doing songs like this as B-sides more often, so I've gotten used to it. At least this one's decent. It might grow on me later, and if they perform it at the live, it seems like a good opportunity to see some nice dance moves.

HONESTY - Token ballad. It's not that I particularly dislike the ballads, but I have to be in the mood for them because otherwise they can be boring. I was meh towards Star from the Come Here album, and now it's a song I'm pretty fond of, so I reserve judgement on this one...but for now it doesn't stand out at all, lol.

At any rate, I like all the songs, granted, some more than others, but still. That makes me really happy seeing as this will be the last KAT-TUN single we'll be seeing for a long time (provided they keep their promise and re-group at some point). Might also be the last new song we get for a while unless they put a bonus song on the new album (which I am honestly hoping for). They usually put at least one bonus song on the RE version albums, so who knows? If they do, I hope it's a 3-nin song. I' like at least one proper songs with the new group make-up to send us off with, and make it "official"...so to speak...although I guess the tour DVD will also do that just as well. At any rate, this is it for 4-nin KAT-TUN. ...it's so depressing saying that, but we have to move on. I'll be going into the next live tour bias-less. Might just stay that way, cause TBH, it's REALLY hard to pick a new favorite from the remaining three, cause I like them all about the same for different reasons. XD
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
Got KAT-TUN's Tragedy singles today, and they're on the PV page as well.

Atsuku Nare's PV and making of are hilarious. Kinda makes up for the fact that we got jipped on Tragedy's Making of (the PV's pretty cool though!). Anyways, the Atsuku Nare PV and MO made me laugh enough to forget I still kinda want to punch Taguchi.

Of the songs, Tragedy and Feathers are my favorites, followed by Twilight and Atsuku Nare. I have no idea what they were thinking with Tokyo Starry. Doesn't sound like a KAT-TUN-type of song at all :/ Ah well.

Woohoo!

Feb. 9th, 2016 03:52 am
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
My NEWS Hikari no Shizuku/Touch copies finally arrived! Ugh, I hate having to use SAL shipping. I'm just happy they showed up before my KAT-TUN singles show up later this week (everything else I ordered will be coming EMS, thankfully). Despite all the bullshit with KAT-TUN, I suppose I am looking forward to seeing what kind of new music they'll have on the new singles. Plus, there's the one next month. And the NEWS album too. So much stuff @_@

As usual, the PV page has been updated for NEWS accordingly, although I'm pretty late to the party this time. Ah well. If you still need them, they're there.

Ugh...

Feb. 4th, 2016 11:08 pm
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
WHY did I decide it would be a good idea to have my NEWS singles ship SAL?! Uuuuuuurgh!x_x The waiting is horrible...and then there's the not knowing where it is because no tracking. This was a horrible idea. I haven't had anything get lost in the mail coming SAL yet, but at this rate it's gonna show up after my KAT-TUN single!

I'm glad the rest of the stuff I've pre-ordered so far is coming EMS...

This next release set is gonna break me too. Between NEWS and KAT-TUN...so many freaking releases! This is why I can't get Hey Say Jump stuff on top of everything else (even though I kinda want to). ^^;

Geez...

Jan. 21st, 2016 11:45 pm
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
Holy crap they are releasing Unlock almost back-to-back with Tragedy, that is nuts. I'm barely keeping up with it all. If NEWS releases their concert DVD anytime soon, I am so screwed. ^^;

Pretty sure they're milking the time 4-nin KAT-TUN has for all it's worth...well, and Kame does have the drama, so maybe the timing of that has something to do with it too (we did get Maru's drama theme song less than a month after the "come Here" album after all). At least we're finally getting "Greatest Journey" (and a PV too, no less). I'm still pretty "meh" with the remaining 4-nin stuff, but I'd be stupid not to at least enjoy any good music they put out there in the meantime. I mean hell, I still listen to 6 and 5-nin songs too.

Actually, if there's one thing that's happened with this whole mess, it's that I've become a lot less emotionally invested in my idol groups. This is both a good and bad thing, but as long as I don't get so distant as to fall out of the fandom, I'm alright.
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
Fingers crossed, but it looks like we're back on track for translating part 2 of the Ao no Exorcist butai. We had to take a break due to the translator being stuck in college class hell. I'm sure it'll still be a little bit at a time, but I'm just glad we're both still up for it. Hoping we can have it done before too much longer, but I'm not pushing the translator...they're doing this out of their goodness of their heart. We'll get done when we get done.

Anyways, next month I'll be busy with JE group stuff, since I should be getting both NEWS' and KAT-TUN's new singles in the mail at some point. Already hear KAT-TUN has their next song figured out too, the one for Kame's new drama, called "Unlock"...but they haven't mentioned a release date yet. Seems really weird that they've got so many songs coming out in such a short amount of time. Happens sometimes though (like when we got Come Here and In Fact almost back to back). Here's hoping I can keep up with it all. I know NEWS is due for a concert DVD announcement within the next few months too (and probably sooner than later with the new tour announcement already).
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
I rang in the new year by watching Star Wars, Ep. V and VI (having watched IV a few nights ago). Finished 15 minutes before midnight, and watched the ball drop on TV. Used a toy lightsaber in lieu of a noisemaker cause that's all I had, lol. For being stuck at home, I could think of worse ways to spend New Year's Eve. Plus, I found it appropriate to send out 2015 with the biggest fandom the year helped revive. I am so happy to be back into Star Wars, you have no idea.

Later I'll probably be on the hunt for more JE related things, like JCD. I saw Arashi's Kohaku performance already. It made me so damn happy (the did a nod to Star Wars and came out dressed as Jedi, with lightsabers, and it was so damn cool).
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
So, I had an interesting day...
- Got up at 10am because I thought I had to be at work at 11 (til 7:30pm)
- Turns out I didn't have to work til 1 (and til 8pm), I had an older copy of the schedule and didn't realized it had changed...was upset til I remembered I needed to run errands anyways.
- Took the car to get its oil change and went to Petsmart to get Hailey's food. The guys at the car place accidentally broke off the lever to release the hood, so they offered to fix it for free. I actually kinda felt bad for them, but I kinda need that latch to work, so I'm having it done. It'll get done next week when the part comes in. They're a little pricier, but if their customer service is this good, I might just make them my usual service place.
- Went in to work at 1...ended up getting sent home at 5 because they needed to cut hours for the week (to make up for our crazy truck day I guess, where we went over several hours). I just hope the two people closing were okay without me.
- Had enough time to go to Arby's, then a Walmart run for a few things. Bought a new Star Wars hoodie since it was $17 and why the hell not? Had to convince myself the $20 X-wing model wasn't worth it *still wants it* T-T
- STILL got home before I would have had I stayed at work the whole time.
- Currently biding my time til my dad goes to bed, and I can take over the TV and see if the Star Wars VHS still work.
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
A new KAT-TUN release slated for February next year?! It's for the same anime NEWS did the "Yonjuushi" song for too. The title seems apt though, considering what's been going on in fandom lately..."Tragedy".

We're getting a double-PV though, one for "Atsuku Nare" as well, which they sang as an encore song during 9uarter...(it's the theme song for "Going!")

So now I'm REALLY curious...sounds like this'll still be a 4-nin single release? Part of me is kind of conflicted since I can't seem to enjoy anything 4-nin anymore since Taguchi's departure is inevitable (and part of me still hates him and wants nothing to do with him, and that part is winning out over logic right now). The other thing might be recording the "Atsuku Nare" PV as four, but the "Tragedy" PV as three...maybe to help with the "transition"...but I'm guessing as long as Taguchi is still technically "active", he'll be in stuff.

At any rate, all three are pre-ordered...
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
OK, so there WILL be spoilers under the cut for this one...so I guess while I did promise to not post spoilers, I guess I should have said I won't "out in the open", LOL....but I need to fangirl...badly. If I can say one non-spoilery thing though...THE MOVIE WAS FUCKING AMAZING!!!

HERE THERE BE SPOILERS, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED )
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
Going to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens tonight! It was kind of a last-minute decision so I'm lucky there were tickets left. $11 for one though, holy crap...and people wonder why I rarely go to the theater anymore... but in this case I think it'll be worth it. I even bought a new Star Wars shirt to wear. :D

Don't worry, I won't post spoilers either.
hikarikirameku: (Happy Rin)
Since I'm starting to get more and more pages organized for different fandom's goodies, I've decided to make a sticky masterpost!

Enjoy~!

Hmmm...

Dec. 2nd, 2015 05:32 pm
hikarikirameku: (NEWS - Nyaa!)
Hmmm...I wonder what I could be doing with all of these out? ;D
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On that note, I am seriously sad I don't have a Blu-ray computer drive yet. They aren't in the pic here, but I have Blu-ray copies of Utsuku con and Anniversary con, and I can't do anything with them for this project yet :( Well, my PS3 can play them at least...
hikarikirameku: (NEWS - Nyaa!)
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Needless to say, I've been enjoying the hell out of Kamen Rider Ghost, LOL! Reeeeally hoping it doesn't come back to bite me in the ass like Drive did, but at least this time the main Rider is the one I like, so I might be safe there...I mean, he's already dead, so how much worse can it get? (I shouldn't say that though, the writers would find a way)

Anyways, the toys are hella fun to play with, and I plan to try and collect all the main Eyecons, although I wouldn't complain about getting any of the more "fun" ones either.

Oh! And one more thing I just got today!
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NEWS' Yonjuushi single! LE version, since I generally only pick those up since NEWS is second-favorite (KAT-TUN I will buy all editions of singles...albums and concerts are case-by-case basis, I generally only go LE for those too though. I love them, but JE shit's expensive, lol). Almost sad I didn't pick up the RE though, when i heard how awesome SPEAKER was, and EIEN has a gorgeous opening, and the rest isn't bad either, although it's the one I listen to least. Meanwhile, Yonjuushi has grown on me and I really like it and ANTHEM is freaking amazing! I think this is the first NEWS single where I've liked all the songs! That makes me happy. It's almost like this fandom knows I'd need cheering up.

Yonjuushi PV isn't bad either, but kinda sad Anthem couldn't have been the A-side (or a double-A-side instead), cause I'd rather have a PV for that, lol. I still need to watch the making though.

Part of me wonders if I should do a page similar to my KAT-TUN page for NEWS, although it'd have to be limited to just 4-nin stuff since that's all I have. Also, I can't do the concerts I have either (besides Utsucon's LE) because they're all Blu-ray and I don't have a computer drive for those yet ^^; Eventually though, I want one!
hikarikirameku: (KAT-TUN)
I got the KAT-TUN page completely updated...I realized it was just in time for Taguchi's birthday. I've been in such a daze with this fandom still, I had actually forgotten about it til I saw a post on Facebook.

Hope he has a Happy Birthday. It'll most likely be the last time I post anything for it. I don't celebrate ex-member birthdays.

In other news, I have been drowning my sorrows in other fandoms, and my friends have taken full advantage of it. Bless her, she tried finding Kanjani8 songs I liked. There weren't many ^^; I guess, like with Arashi, I can't get into that fandom no matter how much I try, lol. There are a lot more Arashi songs I like in comparison though. Meanwhile, V6 has managed to grab my attention because one of the songs they performed at Best Artist was freaking amazing. "Wait for You" is SO GOOD! Plus, it was fun watching an older JE group still acting like dorks (one of them grabbed Koyama during the medley! XD ). I recognized one of the members as the lead from a drama Nakamaru was also in a few years ago. He's got a damn nice voice. Of course, I haven't really paid any attention to V6 since my Inu-yasha viewing days (back during it's original US Cartoon Network run), since they sang the first opening theme and one of the much later endings, and I didn't even know what JE was back then, lol. Gave me an excuse to go back and listen to a few of their older songs for a nostalgia trip. Also, I didn't realize it was Tackey & Tsubasa that sang the fifth opening! WTF! LOL! I wonder how many JE groups' songs I used to listen to without knowing back in the day via anime?

Right now I have a dance song playlist with NEWS, Hey Say Jump, Arashi, V6, Kis-My-Ft2, and the ONE Kanjani dance song I could find. When I'm ready I'll throw KAT-TUN back in the mix. Also gonna throw in some Backstreet Boys (and by extension, NKOTBSB), cause JE groups shouldn't have all the fun!

I've already decided the day Taguchi leaves JE for good, I'm gonna blast FINALE. I think it'd be appropriate.
hikarikirameku: (KAT-TUN)
I heard the news. My friend broke it to me this morning before work. I've had all day to deal with it and am still no less pissed.

Taguchi leaving KAT-TUN and JE.

I get it, it's his life and he deserves to be happy...

But holy fuck, I don't get how idols just toss their fans under the bus the way they do. They are LITERALLY still there after all the other bullshit they've had to deal with because of us supporting them.

I've been in this fandom for 5 years...5 fucking years. Started late 2010, and was actually introduced early 2010, so it's almost closer to 6.

I came in during the aftermath of the thing with Akanishi. They were just getting their shit together as 5. Then 2013 rolled around and we lost Koki...and now this.

If this is going to start being a trend with idol groups, I may as well just give up now. What's next, NEWS? They've already lost over half of their group. I just got into Hey Say Jump, but they're younger...so how long til this happens with them? They've lost one already.

I'm going to be watching the other 3, and waiting, and hoping...but Taguchi was my bias...THE bias, in ALL of JE. This...this just fucking hurts.

I hope he's happy, and I hope it was worth it for him, but seeing the other members hurt again, after all they've already been through. Taguchi can move on and I wish him well, but I won't support him from here on out. I'm tired of this. I'm tired of seeing Kamenashi shaking and singing with a cracking voice because he was forced AGAIN to deal with the aftermath of someone destroying part of what he's worked so hard to build. Kame was my original bias in KAT-TUN anyways, and I have a ton of respect for him, so if KAT-TUN pulls through, he'll probably reclaim that spot. But I know the members say to, but I can't be happy, not for this, I can't...I'm sad, and pissed.

...

And once again, I am so, SO happy I have at least one non-Japanese boyband to fall back on, because as much as I get laughed at for still being a Backstreet Boys fan, at least they have their shit together.

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