I haven’t had any time to myself lately. D: I even had to tarnish my perfect attendance record and take a day off from school, just so I can squeeze in some sleep. And to do college apps (ALL DONEEEEE) and homework. But I’ll go into that later.
Lol, I keep skipping a bunch of days between entries, so whenever I do get the chance to write one, it ends up being super long and involving bullet points of some sort ’cause I enjoy describing every trivial event in my loserish life. This will be one of those entries. :P
First I need to do my customary fangirling — and lots of it in order to make up for lost days. That means lots of pictures.
I drew this the other day. :D
Yay, my first Tegomass fan art! And on a sticky note! Can you tell which picture I was looking at while drawing this?
Take it and remove my name if you want… though I don’t know who would want it when I couldn’t get their hairstyles right. Tegoshi’s is way off, and I didn’t want Massu’s to look like a smooth bowl cut so I made it somewhat feathery. And, and, their soulless eyes. D: I CAN’T DRAW, OKAY?
THEY SEEEEE YOU.
If I, definitely not an artist in this sense of the word, went out of my way to draw Tegomass in crude chibi form, that must mean four things:
- I’m procrastinating on my midterms studying. :Dv French and Physics are first, wheee.
- I am reeaaaally happy about the first blizzard of 2011 and the snow days (Wednesday AND Thursday!) that came with it. Gotta love being a New England girl~
- I’m still madly in love with Tegomass and the haunted mansion. <3
- NEW TEGOMASS SINGLE ASDFGHJKL.
New single is really a cover of “Aoi Bench” by the duo Sasuke. With only a month to go before the release date (February 16), the two of them better promote their butts off. You want it to chart well, don’t you?
And that means more Tegomass appearances for the rest of us. ♥
As with every new single/album that Tegomass (or NEWS) releases, I always do my best to ignore the song previews or leaks before the release date. This is a cover song, so the melody and such are all already out there for me. But I wasn’t gonna crack, not this time.
Um, yeah, that lasted all of three seconds. ^____^;;
Well… I don’t love it. DDD: The original, I mean. I listened to the original several times and I couldn’t get into it. I don’t HATE it; I’m just not raving over the song. Maybe Tegomass’s version will be much different. And who knows, maybe it’s just my bias that causes me to love everything they put out. Tegomass holds a special place in my heart, and to me they can do no wrong.
Lol, okay, cheesy moment over. :P Moving on.
EDIT: It IS my bias, after all! Just listened to a radio rip of “Aoi Bench” and I strangely love it now. (Although I suppose I should stop listening to it before I get sick of the song.) Their voices are so soothing~ THE POWER OF TEGOMASS.
I actually watched the Johnny’s Countdown this year! You know, unlike last year when I kept the window minimized with the audio on while I fretted over my History homework. I took lots of screencaps this year. :D
I always feel irrationally giddy whenever Johnnys sing songs I recognize during the Countdown. Fandom clash. :D Like up above, NEWS and KAT-TUN and some other group (Kis-My-Ft2?) are singing Arashi’s Love so sweet, one of my first Arashi songs. And later on they sang Truth! :D Oh god, that was some dream come true, watching half of NEWS, an ex-NEWS member, and random Taguchi (my favorite KAT-TUN member :P) sing my favorite Arashi song. Is it weird that I can easily pick out Tegoshi’s voice amongst everyone else’s? That man has such a loud and unrestrained voice, lol.
NEWS got to sing an Eito song this year for the group change medley. (Is that what it’s called? My sucky Japanese. Or their sucky English.) I think they did well. Except that Tegoshi’s singing was 10x louder than the rest of NEWS. Oh, Tego~ KAT-TUN did much better with Koi no ABO this year than they did with Kibou~ Yell~ last year.
I like how NEWS and KAT-TUN broke up into pairs to sing various songs. Some caps of that:
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LOL the Tegoshi fan directly behind them. Poor Shige just never wins. XD
Massu was too adorable during the Countdown. Like I’d mentioned to a certain someone, concerts are Massu’s zone. He always gets so into them and it’s so fun to watch. He got especially cute during Love so sweet.
EDIT: It has come to my attention that I neglected to take any caps of Kame. So here he is, with Pi~
Pyon pyon~ It’s the rabbits! Because it’s the Year of the Rabbit. I love Tegoshi’s enthusiasm and deliverance as an idol and complete lack of shame. The pink ears. <33 He looks like such a delicate flower compared to the other guys.
I love Shige’s total reluctance but falling into NEWS’s peer pressure anyway. And then his bluuuuuuush.
I don’t know Fujigaya that well, but I’ve been seeing him around a lot and I’m starting to like the guy.
Um, I took far too many caps. There are still more I haven’t posted, but I think this is enough for now. ^vv^ All in all, it was a good Countdown, though I’m still quite bitter that they didn’t air NEWS performing “Fighting Man” and Tegomass with “Highway.”
Next up, Tegoshi in Germany!
The January 2nd special was definitely the best episode of Itte Q I’ve ever watched. I watched the entire festival part without subs. You know just how into something I have to be in order to forgo the subs. Everything was so incredibly hilarious that I am perfectly content without ever knowing what they were saying.
The three Matsuri guys had these little dramatic skits before they went off to Germany and all of that was… LOL. Uchimura-san definitely beat the younger guys with how melodramatic his skit was. Just awesome.
And Tegoshi. SO COOL throughout the special. For this festival, the guys had to pedal a bicycle on a long narrow path across a frigid lake, and our little idol did amazing. I’m so, so proud of him for all that he accomplished as an amateur at this whole thing. It sure inflated his ego by like over 9000. XD
They started playing “Fighting Man” in the background as Tego neared the end of the path. That clearly signaled the start of another Tego promo PV. :Db This time, I think he was trying to promote “Fighting Man,” and Deka Wanko too, since they showed clips of him looking totally cool in his new drama (omg so excited, it’s this Saturday) with the airing date included.
My favorite part of the PV is — obviously — Tegoshi’s bath scene ^///^ but I can’t take caps of that. My parents will probably find it and assume it’s from something dirty. -___-
Have a clean shot of Tego dancing during “Fighting Man” instead.
There was one particular scene that made me laugh so hard and feel guilty at the same time for doing so. It’s this one:
Holy crap, Tegoshi. DDD: They poured boiling hot water over his poor Tego-kun. DX I’m not a guy, but I asked The Pest about the level of pain and he testified that it indeed HURTS LIKE A BASTARD. Although I feel horrible for laughing at his suffering, it’s just so funny. The German people watching on are laughing too.
I just hope it didn’t, like, shrink afterward. Because hot water and… yeah.
Someday I would love to see the other NEWS members doing stuff like this, especially Massu. And Yamapi, for some reason.
Speaking of Yamapi, I just saw his latest PV, “Hadakanbo.” I approve of it! It took many many tries for me to like the song, but at last I got into it. So now I like it a lot, even though the song is about naked people. XD It’s classier than it sounds. Really.
Just one cap for this PV. I think you’re getting sick of me embedding stuff into you, journal. :P
There’s not one trace of autotune, yay! I can tolerate autotune when it’s done tastefully, little hints here and there for stylistic effect, but not… all-over, “One in a Million” style. I like to hear what the singer really sounds like. Some fans still don’t like the song, and that’s understandable. It’s A LOT different from his usual stuff; they’ll most likely need to give it more than one listen to like it.
Or maybe it’s not their thing. That’s fine too. :D
As for the PV itself, it’s ridiculously high budget compared to the few pennies Johnny spares for NEWS PVs.
Dude, way to play favorites. It’s giving me slight Koi no ABO vibes with the setting but with less disco, more vintage and cabaret, then infused with jazz, studded with foreigners, and rolled into glitter.
And that’s my take on Pi’s new single.
So. I’m all done with this type of fangirling. Now onto the reason why I titled this entry the way I did. (Refer to first INCOHERENT post.)
A large envelope came in the mail several days ago~~~ Managed to slip it out of the mailbox about two seconds after the mailman put it in there.
OH MY GOD. Oh god oh god oh god oh god. Superkeshigomu, how did you possibly know that I’ve wanted a Japanese magazine since foreverrrr? I still cannot believe you sent me this. I keep pulling it out from the bookshelf behind me to ensure that yes, it’s real and it’s in my possession. The Pest once caught me running my fingers across the glossy cover, whispering stuff like “You’re mine~”, and he backed away slowly, leaving me to creep in peace.
Inside features the following NEWS photoshoot:
And this poster:
I love the cute little notes you stuck all throughout the magazine. <3 Made it so much more personal. Here’s one of my favorites:
Ooh, I like this next one too. (I hope you don’t mind me uploading all these, by the way. :D)
But the lovely lady did not end things there. No, she included this beautiful photo:
The only things I love more than magazine pages are NEWS members themselves — and photos! I don’t know how you could stand letting go of your precious Tegomass shop photo, but I appreciate it. SO VERY MUCH.
To top everything off, she enclosed a letter, handwritten on a-do-ra-ble stationary, inside an equally adorable envelope:
AND she drew Tegoshi. Or painted. I think it’s watercolor. BUT WHO CARES SHE DREW TEGOSHI FREAKING YUYA IN SUCH AMAZING DETAIL. I’ll only upload a photo of it if you say it’s okay. ^^ But I didn’t know you could paint, and paint so well. :O The shadows and creases are soooo good! I’m particularly impressed with the hand. I’ve done a watercolor painting before so know it takes pretty much an eternity to complete one. To think you put so much effort in this for me… TToTT You know I’m a sucker for meaningful gifts like this.
EDIT (LOL SO MANY EDITS): Whoever had actually worked so hard to paint Tegoshi for me, you are a beautiful, stunning, ah-mazing gift from God. You don’t even know me and yet you went through the trouble of doing this. TT-TT
♥ THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. ♥
Wahh, I’m so tired now. .___. I believe I’ll make a separate Real Life entry because Fangirling entry got much longer than I anticipated. Whoops. I have to study for midterms now, though. I left my French book in school because I stupidly assumed we would only have one snow day. French midterm is first (in five hours D8) and I can’t study for it.
Until next time,
~ Mimi :D
P.S. Because I’m supposed to be a fan of NEWS and only NEWS, I’ll quietly fangirl over how good Taguchi looked (during the Countdown) here in the post script. :D
2011 has been such a fangirly year so far~
P.S. (part II)/EDIT: Apparently Tegoshi might have gotten an ear pierced?