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Goodbye Amazon JP?

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For some reason Amazon JP ‘no longer ships to my address’ products that just months ago would be shipped! Seriously, like I literally got TGS’s Special Edition for Mille Fuille, their last single, with that A4 photobook just fine but now it is suddenly not possible? Some movies too I can’t seem to be able to get, like, what even Amazon?!

But then I remembered that I there are other options, options that I already hold an account for, like HMV and so I decided to drop by. Queue my surprise that not only do they ship said items to my address, and not only are they even cheaper than Amazon (I kid you not!) but they also beat Amazon’s Priority shipping speed!

I am sitting here right now, baffled, wondering why I have been so focused on Amazon that I failed to give HMV my money. Now that I remember, I think it had to do with the Fedex thing, which I think is already resolved, where they brought goods to your door but asked for money before you could get them, like, take care of that business before you come to my door, seriously!

Now though it is smooth sailing apparently and from other things that happened while I was on HMV JP, I am seriously debating on cutting off my relationship with Amazon. I mean, when I was ordering NGT’s first single (Like I could miss it for the world), they had options of buying a set that has towels and muffler (which I ordered, duh). Good luck getting that deal on Amazon and even getting it to ship to your country!

Seriously, if they had the NGT NIII Party LIVE Bluray, I would be married to HMV right this moment!

Why do companies turn to shit when they get big? I don’t get it!

Anyway, this time around I got my self X21’s first album (with PVs and a LIVE in Blu-ray goodness), Idol Renaissance’s 4th Live in Zepp DiverCity on Blu-ray and Tokyo Girl’s Style’s PreDawn SE CD with another A4 photobook.

Yes, I am an Idol Renaissance fan, already even have a ship (see below) and if you are not following them on YouTube, get to it! Their’s is the 2nd best Idol management (next to TGS of course). Seriously they even give us these pairing videos. for example, my ship (KoyoMai – Koyoi x Maina) is already on Vol.8. They also have another group AIS, which is almost similar and kind of the Imouto of Renaissance and you bet, I have a ship there already as well in Serena (Sera x Rena).

Can’t wait to see Renaissance’s LIVE in glorious Full HD. Their YouTube short Live videos are so good! Anyway, over for some teaser pics of KoyoMai…

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Tsumi no Yohaku [J-Movie]

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What is right vs Love. Finding Love amidst evil actions. One’s security getting in the way of Love. Criminals have hearts too. How far people are willing to go when backed up against a wall.

Tsumi no Yohaku AKA Crime’s Blank, a 2015 awesome crime drama takes on all these issues and statements and all I have to say is, forget the likes of Romeo and Juliet, this is what tragic love is all about! I have never had my heart pulled in all directions when it comes to the villains in movies like it was this time around! Maybe it is expected seeing as this villain, Saki (played by the captain of X21’s Yoshimoto Miyu), is actually also the protagonist of the story, even though her end was a BAD ONE, which makes her an actual villain in the end instead of an anti-heroine!

I can hear someone going ‘why now?’, well, the credit goes to this new drama that was recommended to me currently airing titled ‘Kuzu no Honkai’, which, if you are an anime person, you know of this as the anime version is also currently airing, and the main girl sure moves around. I am still at episode 2 and having been blown away by Miyu’s performance in those two episodes (are idols really allowed to do that?!!), I remembered that there was a movie she was supposed to be in and so I went and looked for it and dear Readers, am I glad I remembered it!

This girl is just so good! Add her in a big budget movie like Tsumi no Yohaku and man, what a ride! But it was not just her that got me to stay and write about this movie, nope, the other girls too both Uno Narumi (who plays our other half in Maho) and Yoshida Mikako (who plays the catalyst Kana). Those two were also great in their roles and their performances added greatly to the overall feel of the movie bringing that oomph to the punch!

Obviously the point and focus of this post is going to be on our ship in Saki and Maho! Having decided that maybe we have had enough of Korean Movie posts, this was kind of an excellent timing if you ask me! Better still the fact that Tsumi no Yohaku also has the same themes of the last movie talked about, the short ‘End of Summer’. Our main characters almost were similar but ended up taking different routes, an outcome that was also influenced by their partners.

Both having tragic endings but of different magnitude and brought on by opposite circumstances, makes me one sad but also happy citizen! And so I am thinking maybe I should approach this post by way of comparing this and End of Summer? Nah, nothing ever goes according to plan where I am concerned!

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[X21] Miho and Manami

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So, if you remember in one of my welcome to 2017 self-gift, there was an X21 CD+DVD item in there as well and I mentioned the reason why I bought it. That reason is that in most, if not all the Making Of videos for their PVs, there is always some Izumikawa Miho and  Igashira Manami loving going on in there.

As you know, from the very beginning during the early days (See this post and this post and this one) I was (still am but not the main ship) Miho/Mai (Suenaga) shipper but then the more PVs I watched the more I fell in love with Miho/Minami.

It hasn’t been until one of the recent Making Ofs that I realised the reason why. I mean I know the reason, it is because there was a great lack of Mai/Miho in the Behind the Scenes videos but then in the latest ones I finally understood why that was. From her own mouth Mai explains that she is doesn’t like being filmed unless it is for the job. Seems she hates talking on camera.

Meanwhile Manami is a whole other beast. She is like the exact opposite of Mai. So energetic, so talkative, so active, so much so that I am wow’d that Miho can keep up with her. But then I am reminded of the way Yukirin always puts up with Mayuyu’s antics no matter how silly and then it hit me – It’s love. You can do anything for the one you love and viola, so begun my shipping of the two!

And so, knowing that there were gems hidden in the PV making of videos, I begun to collect them and dear Readers am I glad I got that Magical Kiss DVD (It is the one I was missing). If I were going by the level of yuri as others judge it, then the Magical Kiss DVD was the one to have! It has the ultimate gay moment between Miho and Manami and also in it I learned that there was a hidden gem I had missed in that the thing I am talking about that happened in this DVD seems to be a series of something bigger – something I did not know of until now!

I am planning to go back in the very beginning and start digging up graves for all of that juicy hidden treasures but for now, let’s talk about the Making Ofs for ‘Kagami no naka no Parallel Girl’, ‘Magical Kiss’, ‘Yakusoku no Oka’ and ‘Natsu da yo’! I am still collecting the rest of the videos in order to go over them with a brush so that post will have to wait.

With that said, let’s jump into the action…

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Question/Answer Taimu! My Top Couples?

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AKB48 – MAYUKI

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SKE48 – WMatsui

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NMB48 – Sayacchu

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HKT48 – Sakumeeru

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Nogizaka46! – Ikomiona

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X21 – Mai-MIHO

So, Lolly asked me what my No.1 ships were in the 48 Family and X21 so instead of a quick comment, I am using this post for some pics sharing and a wider word spread!

None of these should be a surprise really to all who have been Readers of Yuri goggles for a while now. MAYUKI dominate the Main Dorm in Akihabara, WMatsui, despite the fact that they are a professional ship still are my favourite even as I have yet to see blog pics of the two being lovey dovey. Seriously I know they might be busy or something but still…Not even one!?! Talk about bad Fan-service! Thank the Lord for the PVs!

HKT is mainly about my personal tastes than anything else because I have yet to find an actual honest to God couple. They all haven’t found a firm ground yet being all flighty, maybe Madoka/Natssun. I had found a grounded ship in Chori/Aanyan but alas, they went and dismantled them with the transfers! And speaking of transfers…

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Damn you management, damn you! All the fucks I’ve given about NMB since the shuffles have only to do with Yukirin and we all know how little of her appearance in there is. NMB has gone from being my favourite group and Team N almost thrashing Team B for favourite Team  and me watching every single N stage to me not even caring anymore! They even split up my Shuuka, like…

I guess I under-estimated how much Maachun really meant to me. Seriously I thought I loved that girl but not to this extent! I didn’t think her leaving NMB would make me lose so much interest in it to the point of not even watching any of their stages! Since new team N’s debut, I haven’t seen a single NMB stage! I don’t know how she affected me so. Before, I watched almost all Teams’ stages even the KKS (Thanks to Riichan 24hr TV getting me interested in them BTW) but now…Paruru gives more fucks about anything than I do NMB!

Anyway…moving on! It was a hard decision to decide between Yumi/Reika and Ikomiona but my love for Ikoma-kun and Hocchan totally cheated the test to have a perfect score! There is just something about those two and Hocchan’s hobbies give that un-expected spice to the relationship whereas Reika and Yuki are your typical perfect couple and we have enough of those going around so…

As for X21, MaiMai and Miho are still my favourites. I never get tired of the way they watch each other during interviews when the other speaks and how they somehow always end up next to one another. Now granted if you were asking me who was my favourite from their TV show, then of course Rina and Ichigo totally take the cake but that is only within the show’s universe. Outside in the real world, I actually ship Ichigo with someone else so…

Any way, I hope this answered your question perfectly Lolly! Be seeing you around (I hope)