Yep! That be me!
It’s been too long since we had a Goddess worshipping post and while my love for Idols is waning slowly (God, these graduations take a toll on a person!) my love for a certain woman is still undying! And with the latest Ravijour images…well…even if I was a skeleton I would be fully revived!
And not only that but the new single Teacher Teacher has me wishing Yukirin was a KPOP member…Oh wait, there is this new Korean project with the 48 family, right?! Well, I guess that explains the weirdness of the concept of the new single!
Also for once I feel like Yukirin has gotten the right amount of screen time in an MV since, like, forever! So really, where Yukirin is concerned, everything is just perfect!It is enough to drown out the bad things going on right now with all the graduations and thus saying goodbye to a sister group.
But positivity today, positivity!
Now that I have my wits back, let’s talk!
You all have no idea, absolutely no idea, exactly how shooketh I was the day before yesterday!!
Ever since I came back from my holidays in Tokyo, where I fell in love with this very group =LOVE, and most especially one Otoshima Risa and ship-wise with Risa/Anna and Hitomi/Maika, I had this long planned post where I was going to introduce this group to this blog with focus on my Oshi Risa and my OTP Hitomaika! But it was too grand a post and finding the right day was difficult, even to this day!
The point here is I have been an avid shipper of Hitomaika and Anrisa since December but never in a million years, never, did I ever have the thought of having a yuri PV with these two ships in it! And not just any ship when it comes to Hitomaika! These two are the only ones in a legit relationship in this PV!
If this MV is depicting the different types of love (=LOVE, geddit?), then Hitomaika are the ‘normal’ relationship and the others are the other kind of relationships; forbidden, secret, one-sided, innocent, threesomes, violent, fake, seductive and many more I can’t label!
Yeah, this PV is no Kataomoi FINALLY! but it is so grand that I just want to have a dedicated series with an episode specific to each relationship! Then towards the end the last few episodes would incorporate all storylines since they are still in the class! Do it Japan, Sashiko, I know you can! Hell, the PV ended on a cliff-hanger of sorts. Just do it!
Anywho before we commence, going back to how shook I was, not only did this PV drop but I also stumbled upon a new British/Netflix TV show that had me falling in love with its characters left and right from the very instance I laid eyes on them. That is something that British TV is good at especially with those types of dramas! More on that in a different post but I just love, love, love Leila and Tess and they haven’t even kissed yet, surprisingly, given the title of the show LOL
Now then, let’s get this party started…
Oh boy, South Korean really started something with that magical piece of web gold that is Lily Fever. First Japan rose to the challenge with Futari Monologue and now it seems that Thailand is up to the challenge as well with this little gem of web mini series, music videos and a short movie!
Yes, this is not just a series. The series is only four episodes, really short episodes (hence mini) but in addition there is also two music videos, one official and the other unofficial. In addition to that there is also a short movie of the series. But the best news? The second season is already in the works, with a teaser for it already dropped online!
Of course all these links will be provided after the jump.
But there is a small catch here! Or big, depending on how you look at things from an overall point of view. You see almost all three mediums are different but at the same time there is an overlap there with the characters. Now, I am not really sure if all three take place in the same universe and by that I mean that all these actors play the same characters in all three, but at least the series and movie are more connected.
Let me explain further. You see in the series the guy that falls for Mean is a different guy to who falls for her, or more like who she falls for in the movie. In the movie, the guy that Mean falls for lost his girl to the Dude that fell for Mean in the series but it is not known if it is the same character since that character from the series actually turned out to be gay in the end. Meanwhile the guy Mean fall for in the movie was in love with a girl (a different girl) that Nim was in love with in the unofficial music video.
Still with me? Okay then.
The official MV meanwhile is all about Mean and Nim, who are obviously our official main couple as in both cases where a guy shows up, both in the movie and the series, in the end Mean always chooses Nim over the boy. I am not sure where the girl in the unofficial music video fall in terms of the overall story. Maybe she was Nim’s previous girlfriend? But if so then Nim should have known the guy in the movie! Then again it is a UNOFFICIAL MV so…
But enough of the explanations. What of our ship! Where do they stand relative to Serang/Kyung-ju and Hinata/Mikage? Well, it goes without saying that Lily Fever is still the Queen of Web-Dramas so that is that. Lily Fever had it all – The awesome comedy, the awesome yuri and then some (Vampires?! Princesses?! Mysterious Butlers?!”) so I guess we should compare it to Futari Mono instead.
G i r l f r i e n d and Futari Mono unfortunately all excel in one aspect of both sides and both don’t bring anything extra our of the norm. Where Futari delivered great comedy but fell short on the yuri side (too light!) meanwhile here G i r l f r i e n d delivers the yuri but falls short in comedy. The movie tries to inject some bit more than the series but it is still not enough. And all the comedy came from other characters not our girls.
Speaking of the title for this, be careful not confuse it with the earlier web series of the same name Girl-friend or the British drama that also started airing this year Girlfriends. This is G I R L F R I E N D, with spaces between each character (for some reason).
As for what I think of this entry from Thailand? Well dear Readers, Nim is up there on the list of favourite characters with Serang. I just lover her! She is at a perfect balance of being cool, taking no shit but never crossing the line! She has these moments where you think she is going psycho-lesbian but she never gets there (thank God).
Meanwhile Mean is also very likeable, though I don’t like that cliché trait of hers where she falls for every guy that approaches her, even though in the end she comes to her senses and chooses Nim. Though too I have to say that I respected her in the movie during that scene where she chose Mean. She said something along the lines of choosing to follow her heart instead of her desires which was why she chose Nim over the guy!
1billion points right there!
This being Thailand of course the quality is top notch, seriously the movie is in frikkin 4K!!! Nim’s character design is to die for and the two have so many great, cute moments that there is no reason to complain. Best of all they actually kiss, more than once! Season 2 teaser has them kissing for crying out loud! And speaking of season 2, I am kind of worried. That kiss was a bit…off! Nim’s reaction during and after it very alarming! What is going on here?! I mean it was initiated by Mean, where all previous kisses had been started by Nim so she should be happy so…
I am worried.
But I am not missing it for the world. Subscribed already to the official channel so as not to miss it for the world!
Anyway, enough talk, jump over for the vids and caps galore…
SURAN 수란 – Sad Pain 슬픈 아픔
And yet another awesomely confusing MV! My cup of tea!
Seriously though, those South Korean MVs are beautiful as anything ain’t they! I just want to take then and stuff them in a special place in my heart and lock it away forever!
But confession time first, I have no idea, absolutely no idea, who these girls are, who SURAN is, if they are a band, just one person using the girls as actresses or if the girls belong to a different group or what their names are! I probably can find out with some research but I just watched this and I can’t wait to post it, lest it rest in limbo for eternity like quite a few MVs that went unposted because I let them rot away!
Anyway the yuri here is straight forward so no worries there. You don’t even need them kissing or anything to know they are an item! If you do, may God of Yuri be with you!
What is confusing is the girls themselves. At first glance they both seem to be handicapped in some way. Being together makes up for what they are lacking individually, almost like those special birds – Jiān 鶼, that need another to fly (can’t fly on their own because they have one wing or something – I think I read than in a manga).
One of the girls seems to be blind. The other has some kind of hearing defect! And so they always seem to be inseparable, like the Jian bird where the blind girl of course needs her partner and we see at some point that the partner also gets really bad from time to time and the blind girl in then there to comfort her.
I say ‘seems’, especially in the case of the blind girl, because there is this scene where she stares straight at the camera and you can just know she can see you, and another moment where she sneaks a glance towards her unknowing partner, totally seeming to be able to see her.
I have my doubts about her. Is she just pretending in order to be closer to her partner? What will her partner saw when she finds out? Did she actually already find out? Because there is a moment where they seem to have had a falling out which might suggest that the partner was onto her. This is somewhat supported by the ending scene as they are going to their small house. They turn and look at one another and if the ‘Blind’ girl was really blind, what would be the point of that?!
Anyway, there is a story there, multiple stories in fact and that fact is what makes an MV great! All those possibilities waiting to happen! I am sure that as I type this, there is already thousands of fics about these two in the Chinese and Thai communities! Those two have no equal when it comes to yuri/fandom sizes!
Any who, I am open to enlightenment on who these girls are so do share.
Well, well, well! What have we here?!
A yuri-themed, rap-style, heavenly looking, Gravure Idol-acted Music Video?! You know what is about to go down!!!
I have to say that this one really took me by surprise! The first time I watched it I nearly dismissed it because I did not expect anything at all. I mean the song kind of intrigued me because it seemed to be about love for a girl, being sang by a girl (none other than Aoyama Hikaru) but after a good few minutes without any action and time running out I was ready to call it quits but I hang in there and my thinly waning patience was rewarded!
Suddenly out of nowhere, classroom action started happening and I nearly spit my tea! I paused the video so fast and restarted it like I have never done before! Suddenly the lyrics made sense and I was in heaven…for a while at least!
Sadly the video up on the official youtube channel is only the short version. I tried looking for the full version but no cigar. But you know what I am about to do! As Thanos would say…
“Fine, I will do it myself”
But unlike him I am not planning on sitting on my butt for years. Nope, I am already buying that DVD with the full version tomorrow from Amazon JP (Please let it be shippable to Ireland!).
Anyway, good night…
Those who know how long this MV has been out, that is how long it has taken me in deciding if this MV belongs on this site, in other words, if this MV is relevant! After months I have decided that it is just too good, too sad, too emotional to ignore. It is now one of my favourites but this wasn’t the case when I first watched it. It has quite grown on me, or maybe it is I who has grown? Yes, I know it’s been just over a year but time is time, right?
If you can’t tell yes, that is a guy, or was! He went through the process of changing sex throughout the MV so by the end he is a full-blown Tri or Half-Futa to those familiar with hentai (which you should be if not, I am disappoint!). A Futanari is a true hermaphrodite and since our main here is not full futa and was in fact a guy who went into a transformation, s/he is thus half-futa.
And this post did not start of in a way I imagined so let’s move on.
This MV was recommended to be by someone and back then I was really strict when it comes to yuri. I was one of those, it ain’t yuri unless there is confessions and kissing and sex so I was really rubbed the wrong way when I opened up that YouTube link, only to be bombarded with Tran. And so the MV was buried and forgotten about for some time. Then I lost internet and I was going through my VID collection (Short videos which includes mostly MVs) when this came up again and I gob-smacked at how interesting this MV is.
At first I was reluctant in giving this observation since it might have been wrong and people might have been hurt by my insensitivity on the matter but the more times I watched the MV the more my theory was supported so I am going to say it.
Imagine going through all the trouble, all the pain, all that dedication, just to get close to the girl you love! Imagine changing yourself almost completely just to be close to the person you love! Imagine going through all of that only for them to not be affected as you imagined, as you hoped they would!
Now, of course the Crush here is not to blame! It’s not like she told hem (him/her) to go and change hemself! She did not know that s#he loved her. This was all on hem! So when the girl ended up crushing on someone else completely and choosing to be just friends with hem, no one here is to blame! I guess you could say that the Crush should have noticed that her friend must have had different expectations but then again, almost a third of the Earth’s population would be to blame for not noticing that people had crushes on them and not acting on them!
So, here we have a MV tackling multiple issues including homosexuality, identity crisis, gender issues, unrequited love and the complexity of friendship. Like, the first time I did not even think of this. All I saw was a, and pardon my language here, all I saw was a fake girl in a supposed lesbian MV so I got royally pissed.
Also when I finally finished it the first time, I guess the ending helped in better acceptance of this music video. After some despairing, not to anyone’s fault, not the Crush, not our girl/boy…Okay, in the end it is a girl so I might as well think of hem as a she! Anyway our girl in the end conjures up enough courage to visit her Crush, interrupt her phone conversation to this boy-crush (thankfully we never get to see him) by kissing her right on the lips, in a kiss so heartfelt, so strong that there was no place for misunderstandings!
Notice that the Crush despite being completely surprised, did not react negatively, did not pull away from the kiss (which went on for quite some time in kissing times), gently brought her phone down, probably forgetting to even end the call, and just stared dumbfounded at her friend.
You could clearly see that she finally got it, she got it and got it good. All her world probably got turned on its head. She was definitely going to have to re-evaluate it. I actually felt for her. Her life is going to get real complicated now whatever she decides. If they stay friends, they are going to have to put up with some garbage. They are not going to be together like they were. And they had some really cute moments.
They went on dates, Our Girl would help the Crush in some aww situations like reaching taller shelves that the Crush can’t reach. Doing each other’s make-up. Speaking of which, that lip-stick scene was so hot I was expecting something to happen. The Crush almost seemed to be figuring something out whether it be our Girl’s feelings for her or her own feelings but they had to be interrupted by that mysterious boy-crush!
They were such friends that they seemed to be having the time of their life together. There is also this scene where they are walking hand-in-hand and the mystery-guy shows up and the two have to separate but they do so slowly, almost like they wish to prolong that physical connection they have with each other for as long as possible!
But the heart was not just in their moments. Our Girl’s side of the story was just too heart-breaking as well. Here she had her crush being taken from her. Meanwhile on the other hand she is struggling with her own life probably second guessing her choices wondering what the point was! The pain she went through physically with the surgery on the side, there was the pain of heart-break and the pain of thinking that it was all for nothing! The scene where she would be alone crying, thy were filmed so well that only a monster would not feel for her.
Seriously, I am happy that in the end it seemed like her efforts were re-warded, at the very recognised! I am going to continue believing that her Crush returned her feelings in the end. She showed signs too, like I mention in the hand scene and the lip-stick scene! I am happy the more I think about it the more I love this MV.
And that is that.