So, me be back! The nightmare is finally over! Man, I hate exams!
So anyway, I spent all day yesterday trying to keep up with all the vids I was holding off watching because of the stupid exams and I found that there was a lot to get through. I will try to see if I could post my thoughts on the relevant ones in the coming days. For now I am going to quickly go through a couple.
And of course where to better start than the title itself? The last Arubaito episode of 2014 was really significant in that it showed the first time ever that these two got themselves presents. Which kind of actually makes me ship them even more due to the fact that when the Part-Time AKB girls asked them individually who they thought their present was from, the got the guesses the first time. Isn’t that just FEEL inducing? I mean think about it: These two have never given each other presents and when they receive one, they think of each other first. So in that sense, even though for some reason they never gave each other presents until this episode, they still hoped for the other to give them presents. They wanted each other’s presents the most.
Now, okay Mayuyu thought the gift was from her Mom but…Yes, you just laughed at that, didn’t you? We all know Mayuyu keeps calling Y\ukirin her Mom, she even gave her the Mamarin nickname (which Yukirin actually uses herself on Twitter) so she was actually right!
Seriously though, how romantic is that? Their first Christmas gift in over 8 years they have been together!!! If they are that shy about giving presents, which they are do want judging from the guesses, what other things are they still shying from? Maybe some time in the future, especially now with Sakura putting the heat on, Mayuyu will finally cave and claim Yukirin as not her mother but her everything!! And it seems like I might be right since apparently, they did quite a lot of Kabe-don during the Yamagata Tour Concert! Yes people, Mayuki did a Kabe-don and more than once apparently. Of course Yukirin already did it, albeit subtly, during that one Kuramochi Team B performance that I already posted about but still, this is the real deal apparently.
Sakura between Mayuki
Mayuyu between CBS
Speaking of Mayuki and Sakura, those Year’s End performances were truly interesting. SO much blocking was going on my between these three that I couldn’t even put my mouth in a straight line.
Obviously I might be the only one in this so I apologise for my fan-girling over this but I am really getting a good feeling lately. Sakura and Yukirin have started to be placed close together in performances and I hope that the more times they are close the more Management see the potential for grander things! I mean those latest performances have just been so delicious. And Sakura isn’t just letting herself be close but rather she is taking advantage of the situation now and is making Yukirin notice her!
That particular can from the Japan Record Awards where Mayuki are doing their thing and Sakura is all like, photo-bombing over Yukirin shoulder, looking to all the world like she was Yukirin kid being back-carried or something! It just places a huge smile on my face. What’s better is that Rena is still in all of this. And now that Yuihan is the new Souchan, things are going to be getting intenser over there too. I can’t wait for moments like this…
except it will be Yuihan and not Souchan that Yukirin looks at like that. Seriously though, again Yukirin?! What is this strange fascination with Souchan? I never see you look at someone else like that! Then again with the way Yukirin completely admires her Senpai, that feeling mixed in with some other feelings might be the giving this result.
Adding onto the YuiYuki talk, she, Yukirin and Kojiharu appeared on the latest SP episode of Shin Domoto kyodai and of course the subject of Takamina’s graduation was touched upon (Seriously, we are talking about this now? Is it going to be like this until the end of the year when she actually leaves?!!). Any way, they announce that Yuihan would be the next Souchan and of course Yukirin is the target of some fun. This happens when Yuihan is asked her opinion on the decision. They think that Yukirin is against the idea. That a 9th Gen leading girls 8 and 7 Generations ahead of her is a joke. That guys doesn’t know of YuiYuki apparently.
And I already told you to stop allowing Yukirin into pants guys!!!!! Why U No listen?!!
Another secret that I stumbled upon was the fact that Kojiharu had actually planned to announce her graduation during the Janken tourney had she won! She said that when she went up against Ikoma-kun, she had planned to lose initially just to give the fans some fan-service (Of Ikoma-kun fondling her boobs as a reward had she won) but fate pulled a funny one on her and let her win. After that win, then Kojiharu decided to go for the win in the end and then announce her graduation at the same time. But once again Fate dicked her around and she lost to Milky so now she is just waiting for the right moment.
Just so you all know, I am not one of those guys wanting Kojiharu to graduate. Actually, I don’t anyone to graduate but I know it is inevitable and that the time for my Kami is also near. I have this feeling that that will also be my time to graduate from AKB because I just can’t imagine an AKB without her and the first 4 gens. But, no use thinking of that right now.
Took it to the bedroom!!!
Darn it, cock-blocked >.<
Not forgetting about Nogizaka, Nogibingo’s last episode was a Christmas special of course and there, it wasn’t just the girls that got a present from Santa! I got one too and that present was IkuRina! Seriously, I was smacking myself wondering how I could have not seen the potential in these two!!! For crying out loud, they were almost always close together in the first few singles Ikoma-kun centred and yet for some reason, the idea of them two never even crossed my mind!
Like, what even…Just look at them there. How perfect they look together! And for some reason Ikoma-kun is more of a girl with Erika here making their ship the gayest gay couple in all the Ikoma ships! While with the other girls I ship her with (Miona, Minami, Nanase and Manatsu) she is in a boyish role more than a girl’s but here…
God, now I am thinking of all kinds of things, like how SHAKISM now is a whole new meaning to me with the three of them (Ikoma, Ikuta and Hoshino)! okay, better stop here before my mind just short-circuits!
I don’t know if I should have wrote ‘Poor Manatsu’ or ‘Poor girls’.
So, while we are on the subject of NGZ46, During Nogizakatte Doko ep166, the girls are reminiscing about the road so far seeing as they are releasing their 1st album. They were going through what happened during all the singles’ period and of the subjects got me really thinking.
So, we all remember, well, I do, that time during the Senbatsu announcement of the 4th (Seifuku no Mannequin) single when Manatsu first appeared. That was her first appearance and yet she was slotted right into Senbatsu. In fact she was one of the Deities (8 at the time). So you can imagine the volcano that must have been disturbed during that time.
And there was one because I remember this subject has already been brought to light before. That being the other member’s reaction to Manatsu getting a senbatsu spot just like that. This episode though, the girls came out and facts were laid out, things were said, truths bared. Those tears you see (Nanase’s and Hime-tan’s) are about this subject. I wanted to cry for poor Manatsu hearing the girls tell their stories but at the same time for the others too even if I should be but it was because of Manatsu-senpai herself that I didn’t hate on the other members (Not that I could hate on Nanase, like, are you even for real?!)
The thing is that hearing this you would think Manatsu would be in the worse ever state but she didn’t show this. She did not show the way that she was affected by the other members not accepting her and treating her so badly. I was just simply taken away by her inner strength. I mean imagine being her and going into Nogizaka and all the members giving you the cold shoulder!! I would so graduate that shit! But did Manatsu even show the slightest sign of depression? No! Not even during this episode! She was apologising like she was the one at fault here when the others were the ones at fault! She and Nanase apparently didn’t even talk during that year! Like, can you believe it?
So, I was thinking, all this friction just because Manatsu took a spot in senbatsu but it was No.8! She was the last one in the 8 Deities ranking. She wasn’t the Centre! She is a member of Nogizaka! And yet she got all this negativity! So here comes my quandary…
What do the AKB48 girls think of the AKB48 singles?
Seriously, just think of that! Think about it because I dared not think of it. If Nogizaka, a single unit, flipped out about their own member taking a spot just because she was new, what do the AKB48 members think of all those sister group members taking up their senbatsu! I mean if you add in the fact that those said members also have the singles of their respective groups too, and you can imagine what un-imaginable.
This is getting too scary so I am bailing…
Sashiko you lucky…
I can let Misaki’s kiss slide because it is the typical idol kiss (Just touching lips) but that kiss with Nako was a darn real kiss! And what was up with that eating Miku! I can’t believe though that they actually showed this on TV! Seriosuly, I want to read the Japanese Law book on broadcasting because I have so many questions regarding their decisions! The things that they say can’t be shown and the things that are shown are so worlds apart in making sense that I am sure it would make a great source of the next Bible!
Any way, that Aramaki sure is cute, huh? I for one dig her more than the NakoMiku duo. She is if course kind of like Ryouha in the beginning but that girl has come a long way. While I couldn’t stand her when I first got exposed to her, I now can’t have enough of Ryouha-tan. And so I am sure that just like her, Misaki here also has some deep secrets that will be revealed in time. I just hope it happens while I haven’t graduated yet…
And finally, My other Kami – Maachun – Ogasawara Mayu!
I always love it when I find out something new about my girls and this latest episode of Ariyoshi AKB, I was on cloud 9 when I found out another hidden talent of my already overly gifted Maachun. Actually, it wasn’t just one but two, even though both were related, kind of.
So, as to what these skills were? Well for one, she can tell precisely a girl’s cup size just by touching their boobs! As if that wasn’t jaw-dropping enough, since they were wearing bras which are obstacles, she only had one wrong guess but she got it right the second time! Like, how is that even possible!!?! Apparently Maachun is the impossible.
Another trick is that she can pin-point a girl’s nipples too (What, they could say this on TV with the young Team * members in the audience so why not?). She demonstrated this technique on Chyori and judging from that reaction, she was on-point (no pun intended). How could she even do it though? Could it be that there is a reason she is starting this Spidermaachun thingy?
Any way, the members under the make-up were also revealed 9to those who didn’t know). They are Team 8’s Satou Nanami (One of my EIGHT) and Shitao Miu. Nanami’s face though under the make-up was super different, wasn’t it? It looks way rounder than it actually is.
Any way, I hope Ariyoshi never changes. It is like the only show that I have never missed an episode on. I even watched those recap episodes for crying out loud!
Any way, it’s good to be back and Happy New Year to you all.
January 12, 2015 at 04:44
I knew I was forgetting something. Watching SDK wih Yui-sama. But that Ariyoshi ep… Has got me… Maachun grabbing other girls’ boob… Go GIRL! 😀
“She demonstrated this technique on Churi and…” I didn’t know Churi was there. 😀
January 12, 2015 at 04:47
Chori, okay? Chori!
January 12, 2015 at 08:15
‘Chori’ who? All I saw there was Chi-yo-ri… 😀
January 12, 2015 at 09:56
Sir, are you being smart with me?
January 13, 2015 at 03:07
Don’t you dare draw a sword on me friend! Especially with Yui-sama’s hand! 😀
Let us not fight but sing instead! 😉
January 12, 2015 at 12:58
As you return BlackGeki so do I to this site after being away!!!!
And I’ve totally missed like things hot up in the “Race for Yukirin” seriously going forward 2015 might be THE YEAR that things get super serious in this (mainly kickstarted by a young girl from Kagoshima and her rise to prominence) I mean it feels as though the really are jostling (quite literally) for good positions and by gosh is it ever going to be fun to watch!!! 😀
And then we have this bizzare Takamina twist to think of. We all know that Yukirin respects the hell out of Takamina but has that respect line been crossed? has it turned into something else possibly along the way? And as for Takamina, why has she always been so insistent for Yukirin to just call her by name without the honorifics? Interesting indeed……
I guess in a lot of ways though Yukirin was the little sister to Takamina and the old Kami 7 members, I mean way back when she was the original breakthough member she was the little sister, it’s kinda odd to think of it that way but I certainly think that there were and are members that thought of her a bit like that, certainly I think Acchan, Yuko and Takamina did and do, at least that’s the kinda vibe I get, so perhaps it’s more a big/little sister thing (for comparison the Yuki/Milky relationship and how Milky is just different when she is around Yukirin)
Whatever it may be Takamina and Yuki are always good on TV together, it’s not quite Sahhi/Yuki levels (nothing is really) but they are always a good watch when they are together.
Speaking of new leaders I’m seriously getting a bigger and bigger soft spot for YuiYuki, there is just something about them that just feels……. right!
And I don’t believe for one second that in any way was Yuki upset about Yuihan being made Takamina’s successor, in fact she was probably one of the first in the que to congratulate her on getting it and letting Yui know she’s there to help if she needs her….. and thinking about it, this works the other way too, Yui may well look to members (like Takamina did) when she becomes leader and you can bet one of those will be Yukirin and how typical a Yukirin role is that! But then Sasshi would be another…. we would have Sasshi and Yuki (amoung others) advising Yui, that just so awesome!!! 😀
As your not talking about graduations etc I will not either but I will quickly say that my feelings are similar to yours, just to mention it….
How tough it’s Manatsu though!!! Geez there is a girl who you should probably not mess with, at least there is a girl who will just ignore your shit so don’t bother sending it her way!!
As for what it’s like with AKB? I think, as for anything there are those that are OK with it and those that are not, even if it’s an established part of AKB singles now there are still girls who miss out to sister groups girls and that has to be annoying to those members, and to those who have dropped down, mainly in part thanks to sister group girls and I can see how tensions over that could arise, I guess that the concurrent positions kinda equaled this up some what but the sister groups (and fans) are also not overly thrilled by these transfers in all cases, though some (for example Yuki’s NMB fangirl club) are OK with this
Last thing, Maachun is awesome!!!! that is all……
January 12, 2015 at 22:38
Will, Will, Will, you scared me for a while there! The least scary scenario being that you graduated before me!!! Totally missed you and your long comments, so welcome back and I hope you had a great Holiday.
Seriously, I missed your comments. Like how else could I have even remotely thought of Yukirin being the Kouhai/Little sister of the original Kamis? Or how could I have gotten a more fitting description of MIYUKI (Milky x Yukirin)?! No way, that’s how!
As for Yuihan, really, it’s a given that Yukirin will be helping her out a lot. I mean Yukirin is currently even helping out Souchan (as we saw in the Tokyo Dome Making of) so Yuihan should already be counting Yukirin on her side. They are already close too any way. I am ot sure about Sashiko though. Noe that I think about it, I haven’t seen much connection between her and Yuihan since the Not Yet days. Any way to me Sashiko is more like about communication than connection. I don’t see her as Leadership material. but that’s just me.
Any way yeah, welcome back Willmark.
January 13, 2015 at 12:17
Yeah sorry for my extended absence, back into it now so don’t you worry :p
Haven’t seen the TD making of yet (I assume you mean the latest one) is the good Taka/Yuki stuff in that?
Look as for the whole Sasshi/Yui situation let me just imagine it in peace, I have a wonderful image of Yuki and Sasshi being totally like, well Yuki and Sasshi in front of Yuihan who just has a bemused expression on her face during their exchanges, I want to keep hold of that image if you don’t mind. (though if Yuki was chosen it would most likely be Sasshi and Miichan that would be her main advisors and could you imagine that awesomeness……. sadly, not to be…….)
January 13, 2015 at 20:47
So we begin another season… Glad to read you again, Black-chan!
I enjoyed the Domoto Kyodai SP, it was rather informative and fun. Kyoichi was hilarious with his dance, Daigo seemed to be enjoying himself with Yukirin — lucky bastard! Yui-chan and Yukirin are an interesting and fresh duo. I find them really alluring when together. I concur that Yukirin is going to play an important role supporting Yui-chan — at least for a while.
I do not think that Yukirin was like a younger sister figure to the Kami-7. How do I says this as concise as I can? They were on par. The meteoric rise from 8th to 3rd seemed like a natural transition. I had more a sense of belonging. It was like a peerage, where members shard the same vector, or at least a similar one. Yui and Yukirin share a relationship which resembles a sisterly bond, or so I view. Acchan stated that Yukirin had become a really close friend. In her words “they could talk about anything.” I think the relationship amongst members in AKB48 and specially between the top tears is similar to an Ionic Bond in chemistry. They get along well still they keep a certain distance. Certainly some members took a better liking to her, Nyan Nyan has shown in recent dates a rather closer connection with Yukirin. I noticed in the NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen they made a composite message, to Nyan nyan’s father apparently. That was certainly a fun touch to the performance.
Honestly, I have been paying less attention to the AKB48 Groups and looking at others. By chance I watched the fifth episode of AKB shirabe, which was enlightening. Yukirins thinks highly of Hashimoto Kanna. The “Honestly I am glad this idol is NOT in AKB” was very interesting. Specially Yukirin’s focus when talking about Kudo Shizuka and her take on Kanna.
In think we will see less and less of Yukirin’s “child inside” and see her more as an accomplished adult and entertainer. I keep seeing a certain parallelism between her and Goto Maki. In a more current perspective, Yukirin is going to have and step up in the group, Yui-chan is a capable leader, and will most definitely do honours to her title. But Yukirin, Nyan nyan, Miichan and Mayuyu — the seniors of the group — will need to back her up. And that will most likely land on Yukirin’s desk. Their is a difference in experience, and no leader can carry all of the burden by herself.
To conclude I will address Maachun’s newly revealed specialities: Breast Size Scanner and Nipple Pointer. EXTRAORDINAIRE. Those are the perfect excuse to group other members, or any passing gal. “Excuse me madam, I work for a lingerie company and I am conducting an investigation, may I enquire the size of your breasts?” You get the picture what happens next…
Fair Winds on this Year of the Sheep/Goat.
January 13, 2015 at 21:05
LOL, I can totally see Macchun actually using that lingerie line.
As for Yukirin, really, once a member gets to know her it just seems to me like she places a spell on them or something for, while they don’t give her the time of the day before meeting her, once they do they never fail to get closer to her. I don’t think any other Gen member is as close to the first two Gens as Yukirin is.
And not just them, the New Gens too are not immune to the magic. I really want to know her secret. We given the impression that she is not that social from all the teasing but it seems to me as if she has the strongest fember base (member fans). Look at all those Kashiwagi children!
Any who, thanks Shiro.
January 14, 2015 at 00:00
I must concede, your comment hit the bulls-eye. Now that you mention spells, in Chinese mythology there is a creature called a Qilin ( in Japanese it is read as Kirin, so yeah, she is not necessarily a giraffe), which is a sacred creature. Since she is Yu-KIRIN, means she must share some of the qualities of the Qilin. Said animal is mentioned to have magical powers and everything near it grows dear of it. Though it is not a pretty animal. In Japan, Kirin as depicted as deer’s with dragon features and an ox tail while China it is a lion’s tail. According to myth the appear when to mark the imminent rise or passing of a benevolent and wise ruler….
Also Kirin are considered signals of success, wisdom, good fortune, protection, serenity and longevity. Maybe Yukirin is somewhat protecting AKB48 from a disastrous fall after Acchan’s graduation and her rise to prominence was what brought AKB48 to their best period (2011)… Maybe she is a real Kirin turned person… I have read too much mythology books this past days, so, feel free to ignore my delirious comment.
January 14, 2015 at 00:08
Ignore this?! No way friend, no way! Just those simple words just made me think of fiction as I read through your comment thinking of how a fic with this information would be like, and at the same time, I was thinking of Yukirin’s character too.
Thanks for that, really don’t stop, not that I need anymore reasons to love Yukirin until the end of time but that doesn’t mean I can’t get her more of my love! Apparently there’s still more to spare when it comes to her and it’s thanks to your observatory theories.
So yeah, thanks…
January 23, 2015 at 02:49
What was the episode where Sasshi was kissing everyone?
January 23, 2015 at 15:07
Episode 97. BTW Erikam, for future reference, hover the mouse over the images. The title usually gives the episodes.
January 24, 2015 at 02:56
April 7, 2015 at 10:15
ummm… is it a common thing for Japanese girls/idols to kiss each other on the lips? Or am I inside a reality marble right now ^_^;