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[Vid] You Lost Me [Shishunki Gokko]

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So, I love Christina Aguilera’s ‘You Lost Me’ so much that I have been struggling for a long while to find a fitting ship. Then about two or so weeks back, I was re-watching Shishunki Gokko (AKA Finding the Adolescence), because I want to get back to my old self that loved every little thing and wanted to love this movie way more than I originally loved it, if I did at all. To read more about my feeling on it, there is a post about it of course.

And so while I sat there, actually finding that my mission is succeeding in that I am actually loving the movie more this time around (though to be fair, that spinoff short helped tremendously) it just clicked with me! Takane and Mika are the embodiment of this song! And that is all she wrote.

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[Houkago Lost] Little Trip BTS

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EDIT: Apologies, couldn’t get webms to work on this blog. damn! But you can get them by clicking on the links under the jifs.

Was going through some of my favs because it is Sunday and I always have that craving to prepare for the week to come and I remember that I didn’t watch the Behind the Scenes for Houkago Lost. I was very sceptical, what it being only 20mins long but they did actually include the kiss between Honoka and Kaho! Better yet it was from a different angle and a close up so there was no maybes about it at all! You got to enjoy it in all its multiple awesome glory!

And so i figured I might as well make some webms of those awesome kisses and that grope scene for you lovely Readers to enjoy! I can’t believe they kissed that many times in such a short period of time! And the way the director used Kaho’s other talents in the movie by incorporating that rooftop scene was just…Seriously, if it weren’t for that ending, this movie would so be in my Top 5! Even that Sumire middle ground of nope wouldn’t have mattered one bit. Sadly that ending happened and to both of the yuri stories so, um, yeah…

Also in case anyone wants to know what the two thought of the kiss, we heard their thoughts. Miki was like – who wouldn’t want to kiss a cute girl like her (Kaho) she even went on to say that she made great memories for the year but since she filmed Shishunki Gokko last year as well, well, it might be general but she said it during this movie’s interview so I guess she will never forget that kiss!

Meanwhile Kaho said that it was way easier and better than she had imagine. That surprised her and since Honoka was in listening distance, she asked her if she had thought so too. Miki of course agreed that she too was surprised. So does this mean that Kaho was Miki’s first kiss with a girl too? I know it was for Kaho because she said it herself that this was the first time she was involved in a yuri project. I guess Miki hadn’t kissed Misato yet in Shishunki Gokko).

Anyway that third time of their kiss was just so good I just had to jif it…

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ZERO and Shishunki Gokko Behind the Scenes

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So, took me some time but I have finally gotten around to watching the Extras to Shishunki Gokko and Zero movies. I was very looking forward to these because while Japan kind of suck in that one department where they never include deleted scenes in their extras, they do have lengthy behind the scenes videos. Or maybe they are just so good that they never cut scenes! Nah, impossiburu!

But while both of these movies did deliver on the extras, they are not equal in the quality of the content that they gave. Some releases never add any extra content beyond the trailer, which really boggles my mind to no end. Why would anyone need a trailer having purchased the whole damn movie? It makes zero sense! This is actually the area where TGS finally failed when they didn’t include any behind the scenes for the regular (not premium) release. I have cried about this to no end but I really wanted those extras for 5tsu movie! Alas we can’t have it all and no one is perfect it seems.

As I was saying, one of these two movies, Shishunki Gokko and Zero, failed to deliver and I have a feeling that if you were following the news I was posting about these movies before their release, you might have an idea of which movie let me down. That was of course SG!

I was very looking forward to that kiss in the extras where we actually get to see it properly without the camera lighting and far shots that took the fun out of it! I really feel like we were cheated out of that one! And it is not that they did not kiss, because they did. Even from the distance HD don’t lie! But it wasn’t enough so I was waiting the Making Ofs to have a look at it from a different, lighter, and hopefully closer angle but none of those wishes were granted. In fact the kiss was not even touched upon in the Making Of! It was totally schemed over like it wasn’t worthy focus. For me I think that the scenes they choose to have in the Making Of videos are the important ones since sometimes the casts and Director get to discuss them but not for this movie.

Actually all the Behind the Scene were not what you would expect, especially if you have watched a couple of those already. For Shishunki Gokko all they did was show the exact same things we saw but from a different secondary camera! All the scenes were ‘in action’ meaning that they were actually filming these scenes at the same time we were seeing them. Meaning that you never get to see anything new that you did not get to see in the movie which totally sucks major A! But even an easy job as that they couldn’t get right! Where is our different and closer look at that kiss scene?! Where is your conscious? Surely you felt that you might have cheated out on us viewers!

Thank the Lord Zero had all that and more! We got to see the girls being themselves behind the scenes which shows their chemistry outside the movie and for me when I see things like this they get me to love the characters they are playing even more. For example you wouldn’t think it seeing Ayami in the movie but she is still just a teen and she showed this the way she was playing around with Aoi behind the camera! Aoi on the other hand we got to see that she is actually a really laid back person. From her speech to the way she moves she screams delicate! I just want to protect her from the air itself! But even she wasn’t immune to Ayami’s infectious playfulness!

Meanwhile Shishunki Gokko didn’t give us anything new at all or something really about the personalities of Misato and Honoka. Well maybe an expert could just from their little interviews but even then I couldn’t get nothing! I was really disappointed with Shishunki Gokko’s extras! What a waste of HD space! Oh yeah, that is the one thing it beats out Zero’s extras in. Zero extras were all on the DVD included with the BD! This decisions blows my mind especially since Japanese DVDs and BDs aren’t that different in price, in fact sometimes DVDs are more expensive than BDs so it couldn’t have been about the money! Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers!

Enough about that though, let’s get to the pics…

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Shishunki Gokko ~ Mizuiro no Rakuen [J-Movie]

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There is no denying that the main movie will have left quite a lot, if not all quite disappointed, or angry, or just around sad because Shishunki Gokko just had to be a typical Japanese yuri movie! And by that I mean no happy end here! Sure they tried to make it ambiguous with that last scene at the library where it looked like Takane had come back to Mika to hopefully patch things up but still, the last act of the movie just didn’t sit well for all of us!

That being said, Shishunki Gokko separates itself from the crowd by doing what has never been done before. It gave us medicine to heal the wounds provided by the main movie in the form of a spin off that is all about Takane and Mika! No other character, and I mean no other character is in this short spin off! Actually, it’s not that short, being just over 30min long!

It’s basically Takane and Mika’s date that they spend at school for some reason. I am inclined to believe that this was because they didn’t get the time to have fun at the pool during the school activities from the main movie so they decided to sneak in when the school is closed so that they could have all the fun they wanted but didn’t get to have.

I believe that I mentioned this too in the main movie review but I still cannot place where this date takes place in the whole timeline. There are some things that come before the movie’s events, then there is those that should take place after some of the movie’s events and then there is those that only make sense after the movie’s events so I am really lost!

If anyone manages to figure out exactly where this ‘Ocean-blue Paradise’ day takes place in the grand scheme of things, please do let me know. That being said, let’s follow our lovely girls as they have all kinds of fun without any interferences!

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Shishunki Gokko [J-Movie]

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Ladies and Gentlemen, here we go! The last of the long awaited yuri movies since a year ago today and another of Miki Honoka’s series of dominating projects. This is her best performance to date in any of her works that I have seen and if anyone who watches this does not fall for her till the end of time, I pray for thy wellbeing. She was so good that she made my relationship with this movie so complicated. Even now as we speak, I still find myself lost as to where to place this movie on my list!

Now please there is no reason to panic! Let me assure you that this is a legit yuri movie and in fact there is no het anywhere in sight so stay calm and read on. I have watched this movie about eight times since I got my BD and yet every watch produces a different feeling from me towards the end. But while by that I usually mean that it gets better and better, this time it went back and forth, meaning that I might love it today, but then I watch it again and I am left so angry I wanna throw something! These feelings alternate so you can imagine my confused state as to how to rank this movie!

Remember how back a few months back when I got that Spin off DVD and I mentioned how there had to be a catch for us to be given such an awesome extra of a movie that wasn’t even out yet? Well, watching this movie I was once again proved right. I no longer feel positive about being right anymore! For some reason I am sure that had it been any other movie, the happenings of this movie wouldn’t have affected me that much after all the experience I have but this movie infuriated me from time to time.

From Little Trip (Houkago Lost), to the new movie where she plays a ghost that couldn’t move on to this, I am only praying that poor Miki Honoka did not get irreversible emotional damage from all the hurt her character in all three movies, all three movies that were released in a row suffered through! I obviously haven’t watched the third one (for which she cut her hair I would like to believe but there is another reason I think she cut her hair but much later on that) but the two that I have watched, her character was hurt so deeply that she cried. Her tears in Little Trip were a cake walk for her cries in this movie, let me tell you! I cry every time I watch that scene, but once again, I am getting ahead of myself as usual.

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Miki Honoka as Takane & Aoyama Misato as Mika 

The movie stars Miki Honoka, a girl that most, if not all of you will be familiar with by now. She first appeared on this blog, and my gaydar too, all the way back in 2010 I believe, when I found out that there was going to be a Live Action Marimite movie and she was playing Yumi, our main character! She was so young back then! She has starred in a lot of dramas and movies since then. She also has a twitter account in case some of you want to join the stalker list that I am on. Honoka plays Takane, the best girl as she is the one once again, that falls in love with the other main of our story.

Aoyama Yuki plays Mika, Takane’s classmate, best friend and secret love, well, until the climax of the movie that is. She loves books and her favourite author is Hanaoka Namie, a librarian at the local library that is a washed out writer despite still being a young woman. Namie plays a major role in the fate of Takane and Mika’s relationship. Mika’s dream is of course to be a fictional writer and though most will miss it, also very intelligent. Sure Takane called her an idiot but I don’t think she was that air-headed. Let’s just say for now that the secret love thing might have been Takane’s view on things. Then again there is the way she acted during the climax but that was kind of realistic, maybe so it is kind of hard to judge her. Before I drive myself crazy, let’s just get this over with, shall we?

All yuri fans out there, I wish to take this opportunity to mention something that I just realised, thanks to this movie. There is no denying that we have to suffer a lot mostly due to BAD ENDs or getting disappointed when for some reason the writers, or the directors get wet feet and suddenly turn our lesbian characters straight or dump that destination of the story all together.

Even with all that, I realised that most of the time, we always get the best stories! It’s not just me, right? I find all yuri stories more thought out, more feel-inducing, more impactful than the normal romance stories. I just figured this out recently so if anyone is looking for a reason as to why they love yuri despite all the pain, here is the reason.

Shishunki Gokko’s story falls into that same awesome story category. Before the movie, no one would think that it would be as serious as it turned out to be. I too was expecting cute girls doing cute things, or straight up fluff yuri (since we knew already from the synopsis that it would be yuri) so I was not fully prepared for what we got.

The final trailer kind of hinted at the seriousness when we saw that look on Takane’s face as she stared Namie down! But even then I did not think that it would be as deep as the movie actually turned out to be. If I were to promise you something about this movie it’s that it takes yuri seriously!

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Houkago Lost [J-Movie]

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Prepare for FEELS and make it treble, for my latest purchase that I’m about to discuss is nothing but FEELS!

First of all, in case anyone doesn’t know, H!O is a place you wanna visit both after, or before reading this post. Most probably should do it before reading because that way you won’t be spoiled. But I know I am not the only one who sometimes can’t contain myself and go out looking for trouble (spoilers) so in that case, go to H!O after reading this. Who knows, you might change your mind watching the movies yourself after reading my thoughts on them.

First of all, I am going to talk about Houkago Lost, then Shushinki Gokko will follow! But even as I just said that, I feel like I should say this about Shushinki Gokko right now. Well, I’m not sure how many of you remember me saying that I had a bad feeling about this movie when I posted about that spin off but I did say it. I knew there had to be a catch in getting that goodness of a spin off! I mean come on, how many movies get that kind of spin offs? I just felt that something was wrong. I had glimpsed of it from the trailers and after having watched the movie, well, let me just say that I hate it when my yuri-sense tingles. It is never wrong!

But that is for another day. Today is Houkago Lost day. But even so, no HAPPY END here. Yeah, sorry to dump this on you even before we start on the damn movie but really, after all this time, unless I have really new members in the community, our hearts should be already hardened when it comes to Yuri ENDINGS. In other words, I am pretty sure none of you are already throwing the towel. Just because the ending isn’t what we want, doesn’t mean the journey there isn’t worth enjoying, and by the jolly, is it ever!

As I mentioned during the trailer post, this movie – Houkago Lost, deals with three stories. They are independent of each other as the only thing they have in common is that bridge where Suuchan’s character drew the one-winged Angel! All characters from the three stories have been to this place under the bridge. Other than that, nothing else in common whatsoever.

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The first part titled ‘Little Trip’, stars the lovely Miki Honoka as Yuki, a girl who accidentally falls for her class’s Rep Ayako (played by Gravure Idol Takashima Kaho).

The second part titled ‘Rakugaki Uwagai’, and sadly the less interesting and if I am truthful, didn’t pay a lot of attention to because it is irrelevant (read not yuri!), stars our own Suuchan, Sato Sumire but again as I said, no yuri here. Good thing though is that she…Ah there I go again already jumping ahead of myself. Sumire plays an art student named Satomi and…um…that’s all for now.

The 3rd and final act ‘Harmonic’ is thankfully back to yuri, or more of heavy subtext but since there is a kiss let’s scratch the subtext off, shall we? This part stars actresses Matsuoka Mayu who plays Rika, a girl that befriends a loner that decided to distance herself from others because she is to transfer out in a week and thus sees no reason to build attachments. Her name is Kuroi and she is played by actress Koizumi Aoi.

It’s the first act |Little Trip| that I am going to talk extensively about but before I proceed let me just shout out one thing –

“JAPAN!!! Y U BEING MEAN TO HONOKA-CHAN!!??”

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