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What’s that? There is no Ikoma-kun you say?
Seriously, remember when we spent years crying out for another danso episode? I most certainly do! And while the target of our cries let us down (I am looking at you AKBINGO!), Nogizaka was there for us and to date, I have even forgotten how many danso episodes we have gotten in between NOGIBINGO, Nogizakatte doko and Under Construction! All I know is that in the current season of NOGIBINGO, in less than 10 episodes we have already gotten two separate Danso episodes!! Like dear Nogizaka, are you after my own heart?! If not for Yukirin, you would definitely have all of it but as things stand, I can’t help but only give you just a portion of it!
Yes, that is how strong my love for Yukirin is. We are all wondering what in the name of all that is Holly AKB is doing currently and I am not blind to that. But I just love Yukirin so much that AKB has to come first, no matter the circumstances! Well, within the Yasusu project that is. If we are including others, well, there is Tokyo Girls’ Style and T-ara across the seas who are well above them.
But it’s not just the shows that has got me loving Nogizaka a lot more these past moments. I have begun to notice a lot of other girls, and okay, so maybe the shows have more to do with it as I have noticed these girls on said shows, but despite being there for a while now, there are some girls that are getting to me recently and I just can’t help but fall for them. Examples 2nd Gen Nogizaka members Miria, Ranze and Kitano and then there are the Keyakizaka girls that I haave already mentioned before; Ozeki, WRika, Imaizumi, Neru, Suzumoto, Uemura, Shiida and Koike.
Now take all that new blossoming love and add in a large dose of Danso and yuri and great music and really, I am proud to have resisted the temptation to fully convert over to the 46 branch family! Oh, how I wish I had the time! My muse is going crazy with all these dreams of fic material I keep having! Mostly they have to do with Ikoma-kun, which is obvious since she is my Nogi Kami and have had quite a few ideas of her and the new crushes since that episode of Under Construction where the girls were pitching ideas for an out-door event and Ikoma-kun suggested Mountain Climbing the Revenge which shockingly got support from all the un-expected members. Most shocking was Minami-chan, who despite having not had a good time the first time when they went to Mount Fuji, she wanted to go again once again showing her support for her husband! (I am an avid shipper in case you could not tell! Ikominami are the Mayuki of Nogizaka). But then Ranze, Miria and even Asuka were also up for some more mountain climbing and I am sitting here wondering when the hell are we going to get that episode!!! Get to it Nogizaka, before the girls start leaving!
But once again I have got and got side-tracked! Getting back to business, we once again got such a lovely Danso episode! And while I was conflicted about Ikoma-kun not participating I kind of didn’t want to do without her reactions as well so…Oh well, the two boys we got were perfect in Waka-sama and Kazumin. And I know that Nogizaka is just playing coy with us and that they are cooking up something for us. Just you wait, one of these days we are going to get another Ikominami, or even Ikomiria, especially now after that episode where Miria kind of showed a bit of her love for Ikoma-kun, who seems to be loved by the 2nd gens quite a bit. Heh, now that I remember, in that episode Miona didn’t waste the opportunity to remind us that she was the first 2nd gen to get the Iko-love! And since Ranze already centred a song, I can see Miria being next, or maybe they want to keep pushing Ranze, or maybe they will remind us that Miona is the Ace of 2nd gen, who knows! Whatever the case maybe, I am waiting!
And I just went and got distracted again, didn’t I!
So, we had three segments, or three ships in our terms. There was the threesome in Manatsu/Waka-sama/Reika, then there was the looked forward to Nanase/Kazumin and finally we had yet another threesome in Waka-sama/Asuka/Kazumin. Not to beat around the bush, this was a competition, as it usually is and the winner was only non-threesome couple which made me feel better about myself in that I truly do not like threesomes in any shape or form! Butt on the other hand, I was kind of disappointed! I mean I am one of those that used to ship Kazumin and Nanase, before I found out they were just friends (no, really) and before I knew Kazumin was in love with Nojo and before I discovered that Ikoma-kun would kiss the ground Nanase walks on. Speaking of, Ikoma-kun was the one that did not vote for Nanase out of the three, surprising me but also making me proud at the same time.
Let’s start with that couple actually! Just as Ikoma-kun said, and probably why she did not vote for Nanase and Kazumin, their story was just too clichéd! You called what was going to happen next a mile away! But then you have to remember that it is that cheesiness that most people love! It is why there are more romance and drama movies than any other medium. Nothing new can happen in those plots anymore and yet people drink them up like some super special chocomochalatteespresccino drink. You knew Kazumin was going to glance towards Nanase before he even did it, you knew he would grab Nanase’s hand to prevent her from leaving before he had even thought it. Now not to say it wasn’t good at that. No, despite knowing that it still hit home, which I guess is why everyone loves these types of movies despite seeing something similar countless times before. It is about what it makes you feel in that moment.
Kazumin and Nanase were really great in it. Nanase especially so. Her acting experience was put to good use when they gave her more body language than actual words and you could really feel this secret history between them two at that high school re-union after years apart. Still, that being said, it is still a cliché and I would not have gone for it out of the three couple. The other that I would not have voted for out of the three is the first ship with Manatsu, Waka-sama and Reika!
Yes, yes, we get it already! You want us to drop the Waka-sama/Reika love story but just like many times before, your efforts are in vain! We shall board that ship until it sinks to the bottom of the emptiness of Space! In other words, never!! Play off it however much you want! Push Waka-sama and Nanase in your PVs, pair Waka-sama with someone else in your Danso episodes, have Waka-sama dump Reika as many times as you want like you did here, we won’t bite!
This is the reason why I would not have gone with this ship. You did not have to step on Reika and Waka-sama’s love for this! And just when we got Reika to actually confess to Waka-sama they go and turn her into a bitch that does not deserve the love! If they had kept her love as one-sided, in that she loved Waka-sama but instead kept it to herself in favour of her best friend Manatsu and only show her broken self as she watches her friend and secret love be happy, it could have been No1 for sure! Add in the fact that Manatsu was actually tolerable in this and we would have had an Oscar nominee on our hands! But alas!
Which brings me to what should have won this tourney, especially given that this is a Danso episode! Not only did we get both Waka-sama and Kazumin for the grand slam, they were fighting over our main girl in all their manliness! Like, what the heck Judges! How could you not vote for this ship?! Maybe it had something to do with Asuka’s choice? Putting aside the fact that she chose Kazumin over Waka-sama, I mean let’s be honest here, Waka-sama is SAMA but then again maybe that twist was the point? But then wouldn’t you have had Kazumin be the under-dog instead of having them be equal?
In which case, I guess the reason they did not win is that Asuka made the wrong choice! Not in choosing Kazumin over Waka-sama but rather in choosing one of them. Seriously I thought she would either not pick one in that she did not have those kinds of feelings for them (which is understandable in that they grew up together and there is a tendency to develop feelings in those situations but they usually get nowhere) or at the very least don’t because you love both of them equally!
I mean they were presented as being equal in all aspects so her choosing just one of them was just so un-nerving! I mean, how are they going to be after this? Even if Waka-sama showed support as he left, don’t forget that (even if I don’t think it was on purpose) we did not see his face. What feelings did he have showing? How hurt was he? Was their love worth the years of friendship in case Waka-sama decides to break away from them? I mean if you were in his shoes, what would you feel seeing them every day knowing that they have that something now between them that is beyond you? How will you have to act now towards them? When will you know where your line stops in order to not over-step? What of your feelings? Will you not feel bitterness towards Kazumin even a little knowing that he has something with Asuka now that you do not and never will?
Okay, now I am not so sure about who should have won. I guess the judges were right in that when weighing the negatives, the Kazumin/Nanase ship was less heavy compared to the other two but since I am not one for that kind of thing (I do not hate pain, okay?) I guess that two Danso are still better than one and let’s not forget about them gakuran and that old-school seifuku Asuka was wearing! Seeing as I just did a marathon of Sukeban Deka Series II (I love that series so much! Saki/Yukino FTW) I still have a strong love for those uniforms. And so Kazumin/Asuka/Waka-sama it is for me (even though I don’t like threesomes but hey, it did not end in one so…)
Ooh but on the other hand Nanase and Kazumin had an atomic bomb of hand-holding going on courtesy of director Marika so…aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Okay fine, fine! Kazumin and Nanase win! I give in! Hands are my kryptonite after all! That is so unfair Marika!
Anyway, I can’t wait for more. Hopefully tonight’s episode is a continuation. I need more!
Jump over for the caps…
That’s right Ladies and Gentlemen, this actually happened!
But before we go ahead and talk about this moment in history, I just wanted to say that yes, I am still alive and kicking! Just actually had my Grad this weekend (YAS! No more studies…I hope!) and before that I was on holiday so most of my action was a re-tweet and a reblog here and there. If anyone was worried, do not be.
And so there I am trying to catch up on what I have been missing and you won’t believe it! As I was watching the 16th Single and saw Ikoma-kun and Minami-chan next to one another (albeit on the 3rd row), memories began to pour out of me – Memories of those first five singles when Minami-chan was always on the left of Ikoma-centre and was wishing and wondering when we will ever get another single of the three at the front (Iku-chan –> Ikoma-kun <- Minami-chan).
I was just thinking of that when that Nogibingo episode ended and Nogiroom started and then BAM! Minami-chan goes and drops the bomb! And not just dropping it, she talked about exactly what I was reminiscing about! Like, how awesome is that?! And all this with a dose of Hime-tan’s love letter to Ikoma-chan, also touching upon the subject of Ikoma-kun’s position!
Like, I knew that as soon as I finish this episode, I am so writing about it. Like, is there even any better way to get back to active duty here? Maybe, but I chose you IkoMina!
So, I am not sure how many of you remembers dear Readers, but there was a time when I shared some news about a new yuri series titled ‘Lily Girl’ but as you can guess, I totally forgot about it! The reason I did had to do with the fact that I thought it would be a real series. A Web Series but a series none the less. Well, it is a series, by definition, in that it does have three different parts/episodes but also a series it is not. Well, not the type of series I was expecting. And so I waited and waited for the actual series to drop but it never did. I then came to the hurtful truth!
There would be no more than what we have on YouTube already. On the official channel there, there are some teaser videos and three longer parts about the three different ‘couples’. Those videos are not longer than 6 minutes. I have already watched them all a long time ago but I thought they were only teasers of what was to come – which I was waiting for. What I was waiting for never came and so this week while I was cleaning up my drives I came across those videos and it occurred to me that this was all we would be getting. It was all that was promised.
And so that is why I am now writing about this short, very short series. Three episodes in total, all 5 minutes more or less and now is the perfect time to write about them I think, because these little episodes are the epitome of a challenge. They are on that line of where most won’t know if it is yuri or simply friendship. In fact those who are not yuri fans will only see friendship while the ones with yuri on the brains will see nothing but yuri.
Actually speaking of which, I wish to take this opportunity to put the definition of YURI on this site. It has occurred to me that I have not even thought of doing that before. I kind of took it for granted that those who came to visit this site were already familiar with the terms ‘yuri’, ‘girls love’ or ‘shoujo-ai’. And so I am going to do it here.
What is ‘YURI’ exactly?
Same-Sex Relationships Between Women!
Content Depicting Love OR friendship close to love, Between Women.
These definitions are courtesy of the Japanese Wikipedia page which I came across when I googled – ‘yuri tte nani?’ I am not sure why I need to but I will point out the part at ‘ friendships close to love’! It has been like that since far back when I first got into yuri, and by far back I mean the ShoujoAi.com days. In those days Shoujo-Ai was all the rave because it was the term we most associated with ‘pure yuri’. The term ‘yuri’ back then was used to describe the extreme content where it was obvious that female homosexuality was happening. This of course included the likes of porn or hollow yuri in these so called Idol DVDs that were kind of a soft porn anyway.
These days we have forgotten all about ‘Shoujo-Ai’ even though Japan still use it with ‘Girls Love’. Now everything is called yuri which confuses most people who think that yuri is all but normal romantic relationships except between women only, which means that things like unrequited crushes or non END-GAME relationships are usually not considered yuri!
Why can’t there be different types of yuri? Just as there are different species of Lilies (Flowers), it is only natural that there should be different kinds of yuri. Different kinds of love, different kinds of connections and relations. It all makes common sense. Also you might notice that out of all the lily flowers, the one most used as the signature representation is the purest of them all – the white lily.
To me, and I think it should show my tastes in yuri, that flower choice is very telling. I prefer ‘pure’ yuri compared to the heavy and dense one served on the silver platter. There are of course some exceptions like Fingersmith/The Handmaiden but let’s be real here, that is the epitome of quantitative yuri. There is awesome plot, awesome characters and most of all, it has the thing I look forward to most in stories – from zero to hero (or in this case, from the two characters never having met or having zero feelings for one another to them turning into soul mates. Ahgassi has this in spades. Seriously, if there is one fandom I can always give as an example on how to write stories it is Fingersmith/Ahgassi!
Anyway that does it for the explanations. Let’s move on onto Lily Girl.
I love, love, loved? this show dear Readers! I so loved this show, and it was all thanks to this ship! Cat and Kara, without a doubt the characters with the best chemistry on the show, kept me coming back for more ever since episode 2 and I haven’t looked back since, until now, maybe…
You see, I actually was pulled in by the Danvers Wincest from that Pilot episode but just the next episode, Supercat stole my heart and I have been in love ever since then!
Sadly things are not looking good anymore, which is why I have been forced to post something about it in the form of a short FMV. You see not only did we get the best Supercat episode this second episode of Season 2 but it is the last episode with Supercat! Hopefully not forever!
Cat just got replaced by another character and thus she is leaving the show for the foreseeable future! This all after CW took over from CBS as the show running company and I have been looking forward to upgraded Supercat a la CW and if this second episode was anything to go by, we were in the best hands!
God, I am so conflicted! I want to shout out with all my heart at the unfairness of it all but then on the other hand, CW went and sent off Cat Grant with a bang, feeding us Supercat shippers in the process and thus making hating them a no go!
I really hope she comes back! I mean she did promise Supergirl (The only person that puts stars in Cat’s eyes) that she would return and Kara finally did step up to the occasion and spilled how much Cat means to her (this is the second time BTW. First time she said ‘You mean more to me than you will ever know’ and this time she said ‘I don’t know how I will go on without you’) and she finally hugged Cat Grant!!! I mean Supergirl already did it but for some reason Kara doing it means that much more!
Anyway, I hope Cat comes back…soon. I don’t think I can watch this show without her! Not even Lex’s Sister, who it seems is going to be taking over Cat’s role as Kara’s motivator, makes me want to stay! And what is with all the sisters on this show anyway? First it was Lois’s and now Lex’s. Who is next, the grant sister we did not know existed?
Anyway yeah, just coming out and letting you know all that I am an avid Supercat citizen!
Ciao and let’s pray for Cat’s return soon.
You are a virgin to FEELs if you haven’t seen Jin Jin!
First of all, thank you so very very much dear YuRiAnDo. It is because of you that I got to know about this wonderful, wonderful, bitter-sweet KBS special. Yes, I do indeed lurk at your site as well, in case you were wondering (kukuku) and so when I fell upon this post of yours, I kept the special in my mind and went out searching for the best quality of it possible. It took me some time (this is a 2013 special so finding working links was hard) but I finally got it and then watched it and…
Oh My God!
I am telling you all now dear Readers, if you haven’t watched this special yet, you don’t know what a tragic character is! You don’t know what a BAD-END is! You have not felt for a character like you will the two ladies in this one! You will never want to hate a villain so much like you will Ha-jin and yet feel for her so much more than any other character in the same story, yes, even Yoo-jin. Forget Romeo and Juliet, those two’s life is a Kids’ bedtime story compared to Ha-jin and Yoo-jin’s story.
This is the first time I remember as an adult crying myself to sleep! It was earlier than I usually go to bed but once Jin Jin ended, I just gave up and went to sleep, eyes leaking, nose running, like I was a kid after being hit for misbehaving and sent to my room to brood. I was out of purpose! This special really hit me hard. Which makes me super ashamed to think that it has taken me three whole years to know about this! How did I miss it?!
Well, what more needs to be said? Yes, yes, Age of Youth is the odd man out but damnit, I ship Yi-eun so damn hard so they are there too!
Now, I need sleep. Been up for a day and a third now putting some finishing touches on this.
Hope you enjoy…