How about a break from all the dance vids when it comes to TGS?
I was so not ready for that Pre-Dawn PV!
Thank you Avex, only other ship that hasn’t let me down yet other than Mayuki is HitoMiyu and OKAY that’s it! HitoMiyu are getting their own fan-vid!
HitoMiyu – Tokyo Girls’ Style’s Arai Hitomi and Yamabe Miyu, are the only other ship I know of that has not changed in any way since their debut. The first one is of course Mayuki. Actually HitoMiyu is purer than Mayuki, in the sense that there were no wars like the SaeYuki or HaaYuki or NakaYuki. There was a time, believe it or not, where I too actually shipped some of those more than Mayuki because in the beginning they were not that public about their closeness and there was a lot of grey areas.
Meanwhile HitoMiyu, the only rival they have had was in the AyaMiyu and the strange MeiMiyu. Strange because in PVs sometimes we got that pairing, like in LIAR, where they even kissed (kinda) and even in this very PV for their 21st Single Mille-Feuille, MeiMiyu has been hinted at. But all fans know that Mei belongs to Yuri and the management know it too. They proved that when they finally showed them off in their gayest PV ever TSUIOKU. We have yet to see AyaMiyu being supported in media and with Ayano no longer with the group currently, well, chances are very slim.
As for MeiMiyu, I have a feeling we will be seeing more of them in PVs because for some reason someone up there just loves their pairing. And with Mei now the Leader (taking over for Miyu), chances have gone up for sure. Not that I mind this one bit, in fact I ship those two as well. There is just something about them that pulls me in, perhaps it’s the sin of it all?
Anyway HitoMiyu, you think Mayuki’s relationship complex? I find HitoMiyu more confusing. Hitomi is the youngest of the group (currently not so young at 18 going 19 – Oh how they grow up!) and at first glance if might come off as a Big/Little Sister kinda relationship but it is not that simple! Even going way back when Hii-chan was a kindergartener, even back then she seemed to take the Big Sister role towards Miyu.
Even today Miyu is still referred to as the Baby-chara which is really weird when you look at her younger sister who is a member of team B now (yes, that Ayu is Miyu’s Imouto). She really comes off as mature, does she not? I guess she had to be, with a sister like Miyu. Now not to say that Miyu is that childish. She was the leader and though it was because she was the eldest at the time, when it came to doing the job she was on the role. She kills the MCs and while not as funny as Yuri, she is just so good at it! When she goes into serious mode, it’s SRS business!
Outside work though, Hitomi is the mature of the two. Hell, she is the top for sure, if we are speaking in those terms but then when you see them on their shows or live streams it is Miyu who pampers Hitomi all the time! A second wasted opening a paper bag? Miyu to the rescue. Whenever she is talking about something to do with Hitomi, Miyu will always touch her arm and look to her.
Meanwhile Hitomi always watches Miyu whenever she is speaking and it’s like…God! You would think that they would have outgrown those little things especially now that Hii-chan is almost an adult but noope! Heir LINE videos still has them acting that way, Miyu treating Hii-chan like she was her precious baby and Hitomi letting her and looking at her like she was her sun or something.
Okay, I need to make a yuri MV of TGS, like, yesterday! I have been doing dance vids mostly of them but I think between all those lovely PVs and a whole movie, a yuri movie about this very ship!!! A yuri FMV is in order, nay?
See ya round…
Ladies and Gentlemen, I have just watched TGS’s 5-tsu movie and let me tell you right now, I believe in miracles! Let me tell you a little secret – TOKYO GIRLS’ STLE is actually my favourite Idol group! Yes, it even beats out AKB and NMB! Yes, I can just see you frowning or laughing at this apparent lie and believe me, I was in denial as well for a while but not anymore. Forgetting the fact that my beloved NMB was fucked up since Feb, or the old, old fact of the way AKB treats (or doesn’t treat) my Goddess, the hard evidence staring right at me right now in my room proves everything! I have virtually purchased all of TGS’s releases and aside from the 5-tsu BD, I always go for the priciest version that is to say the best version. The 5-tsu thing isn’t my fault really. They did not sell the Limited Editions instead they gave them at a LIVE event, which really sucked for us international fans! But I am saving up to get that one copy on Amazon that is over 100 bucks and hopefully no one will have bought it before I get to it. And to those who are wondering about the other movie of theirs (the Horror one), I already ordered that too but it is in a different purchase which should be arriving next week. Also in that same purchase there is, yep, you guessed it, another TGS purchase – their 2014 tour!
So knowing all that, I ask thee, is there actually any other way that I can love these girls any more than I already do? You say no and truthfully I thought so too before I watched 5-tsu! First of all let’s mention a few facts. This movie was their first ever they starred in. Another fact is that Mei is now the Leader of TGS and not Miyu. Then there is also a personal fact of mine – I ship HitoMiyu as much as Japan loves Rice! And so with these facts already planted in my head, as the movie un-folded the enjoyment factor was multiplied by over 9000 when these facts were actually implemented in the movie! There are others too like Aachan’s music skills, Mei’s strange personality and Miyu’s air-headedness. I can say with confidence that fans drank this movie up with a thirst never known to man and TGS is actually very good at this. They are great at fan-service!
And frankly I cannot help but think the title reflects the ending more than anything. As to what I am talking about, what ending, well, you will have to wait a bit for I want to start with something else, you know, leave the best for last and all that. Then again, some can argue and I think they are right in their decision, that it wasn’t on HitoMiyu’s side that the fun most was but rather on Mei/Ayano’s side. I of course am ready to fight for my belief, which I will be doing too but before we get anywhere, first let’s look at the girls and their roles.
It is really very hard to tell who the heroine actually it. I mean even in a movie with many main characters, there is always an Alpha, the one that the story will focus on more than the rest. The one they will give the romance shenanigans or family matters just as a way to waste screen-time, the one always less entertaining to watch (what, it comes with the curse)! I was very surprised and even shocked when I couldn’t decide who the Alpha was in this movie! If you thought it was hard to decide from the trailer, well, the movie does absolutely nothing to help!
And this is one of the reasons I absolutely love this movie!
No girl’s/couple’s story over-shadowed the other’s. The girls met each other of course, their individual stories were a part of the whole story and each girl played a role in the driving of that story but no one’s story was stepping over the others’. No story dragged on more than it should have. No individual story was left hanging because of poor time distribution! The challenges were of course still there, especially during the transitions which was a bit hard sometimes.
So then, what of their roles? Well, going with the power hierarchy of their characters;