Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lovin the new SNSD and KARA!!! +plastic surgery rantage

Hooray! Making my first K-pop post! The big news of the day:

1) KARA has released their first ORIGINAL Japanese song, "jumping!" And I totally dig it! (This makes up for their last mini-album SUCKING aside from "Lupin" *sniffle*)



Kara is by far my favorite K-pop group, and they are doing an amazing job breaking into the Japanese music scene: not only has "Mister" topped the Oricon charts, but according to a recent poll on Recochoku, they rank as the #6 favorite idol/idol group (JUST behind Momosu)!

"Jumping" is set to be released on 11/10, and KARA's first Japanese album is to be released on 11/24 (which I am TOTALLY picking up after I snag S/mileage's latest (like a fucking month ago -_- ) and pre-order C-ute's new single).

2) SNSD/Girls' Generation (Shojo Jidai in Japan) released the Bond-esque single "Hoot" today!! It seems like it's been so long since they released "Run Devil Run," so I was pretty stoked. Aside from Hyoyeon's wig (seriously, wtf is up?!), the PV is awesome, and refreshingly different.



SNSD also ranks high on the Recochoku poll (they actually beat out Momosu by two spots), and that doesn't surprise me one bit. KARA and SNSD both fit so perfectly into the idol scene, unlike racier groups like 4minute and 2NE1 (who are totally awesome but just a bit sexy for Japan *insert feminist rant here*)


I will admit, I've always liked SNSD's music: it's catchy and well-performed, the dances are great...and, well, so far I haven't gotten sick of any of their music. (And the fact that Erika and Kanna are fans also rocks!) However, it took a little bit for the group to grow on me.

I first got into SNSD when the "Genie (Tell Me Your Wish)" PV came out last year, and I loved the song...until I read the comments on YouTube (that's enough to make anyone hate ANYTHING). I wasn't aware of the huge fan vs. anti-fan business, and all the squabbling made me want to kill babies. But a couple people brought up some odd conspiracies which I just had to look into.

The first conspiracy was the fact that Uzbekistani pop singer Dineyra released a song in April of that year which sounded...oddly...EXACTLY like "Genie." Oh yeah, and it was released BEFORE it. Seriously, check it:





I did some digging, and was rather outraged...until I did my research. I read several fan and anti-fan blogs, all except one of which were profoundly stupid. The only one which was not pants-on-head retarded came from allkpop.com:

"..news reports are stating that the song is supposed to be SM’s and SM’s only. They officially purchased the Universal Music Publishing Group on February 1st, 2009, with the song’s lyrics and K-pop-ification done by SM-hired Yoo Young Jin and Yoo Han Jin."

The post goes on to state that UMG was considering a class-action lawsuit against Dineyra for using a demo tape leak as her own song...blah blah blah. So far, nothing has happened, neither song has been recalled (as several SM songs have been infamously known to have been), so all must be well with the world. Big deal, moving on now...


The second big whoop was the whole plastic surgery issue, an issue with which fans and anti-fans alike are all too familiar. Looking at most of the girls' earlier pictures, it is OBVIOUS (to me) that almost ALL of the girls have had some form of plastic surgery. And for some reason, this is a BFD among the anti-fan crowd.


(Beautiful by nature or scalpel? You decide.)

At first, this was a big problem for me, and it still kind of is. But now, I have a problem with the fact that I have a problem with it. Being the strong feminist that I am, I have a problem with plastic surgery because it forces unrealistic standards of beauty on women in a male-dominated society. Nowhere is this more visible than in Asia, especially in Korea and Japan. It is SUCH a huge deal to be good-looking there, even more so than it is in America. (Check out this fantastic TIME article)

Yes, even though we here in the US of A have the highest rate of plastic surgery purchases in the world, we aren't subject to a culture where perfect aesthetics are paramount to godliness. I know we think we are, but we are SO not. This standard of perfection is one of several factors that contributes to the massive diagnosable level of depression and stress-related disorders in Korea and Japan (and increasingly, China), at just above 25% for WOMEN ALONE. (and it's only SLIGHTLY less for men...scary.)
THAT'S A QUARTER OF THE F*ING POPULATION!
Yeah, plastic surgery is usually a response to unrealistic beauty standards, and for that reason, it bothers me.

However, ALSO being the strong feminist that I am, I also feel that I SHOULD NOT have an issue with plastic surgery because, at its most basic level, it can be defined as one simple thing: body modification.

I myself have a few body modifications in the form of nine tattoos, seven ear piercings, a pierced nostril and...a couple other piercings which shall not be mentioned in polite company OMG I JUST DID, WUT WUT?!?!

Why did I get these done? Because (aside from the fact that getting modified is a very spiritual experience for me) I like the art form, because I enjoy having them, because they help me feel unique, because I just want to do it. For some people, that's the only reason they get their boobs, lips, eyes, whatever, done.

Exhibit A: Meet Masuimi Max, fetish model, mega-hottie, and overall, awesome person.





How om-nom-alicious is she?!?! Go ahead, stroke your ladyboners (and manboners), it's okay.

As you can clearly see, Ms. Max has several tattoos. Not quite as obvious (maybe), are her luscious boobies. Ms. Max appeared in the brilliant documentary "Modify" not to talk about her tattoos, but her other lovely modified parts. She did not speak about them as flaws that she wanted to change, but as things she already loved that she wanted to enhance. Ms. Max was absolutely matter-of-fact when she said "Want bigger lips? Get 'em done. Want big boobs? Get 'em done." That simple.

Masuimi Max is a great example of how plastic surgery can just be a simple form of self-expression. Though it rarely is, it can be incredibly positive.

So, back to SNSD.


In the case of SNSD...well, actually...almost ALL female Korean music groups (and Avex artists), they are pressured by their society and their agency to get procedures done because they are supposed to be prime examples of beauty, and nothing less.

Anti-fans, in general, DO NOT GET THIS, despite how much they may protest. They blame (and in the case of Taeyeon especially, publically ABUSE) the girls, instead of critiquing the society to which they are subject. That's nothing short of ignorance, and ignorance makes people stupid.

Knowing this is what helped me learn to support SNSD, rather than OMGing at their surgeries.

So, in conclusion: SOSHI FIGHTING FTW!!!




Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pad Thai sauce: Recipe of the Day

So yeah, I'm just too damn disorganized and busy to keep up with the weekly thing, so I'll just post awesome recipes on this here blog as I see fit. So now I give you....

PAD THAI SAUCE!!!

Let's face it: Pad Thai is awesome. But do you ever get that craving for Pad Thai, are low on money, and live in an area that doesn't sell the sauce by the bottle? Well, never fear--now you too can have a nearly endless supply of the sauce that makes angels weep at its very name. I was making spring rolls, and a thought crossed my mind: Rice paper and rice noodles are basically made out of the same stuff, right? So what if I used Pad Thai sauce in my spring rolls for awesome tasty fun time? Oh yes, oh yes, oh BABYGOD YES!!!

Most of the ingredients used can be kept around your kitchen for a very long time--this is especially great if you're obsessed with Asian/fusion food like I am.

The Fly's Sorta-Kinda Homemade Pad Thai sauce:
  • -1 12-ounce bottle of sweet and sour sauce (I recommend Kikkoman, because it has no artificial dyes and contains paprika--essential for Pad Thai.)
  • -1 1/2 tbsp. minced garlic (or about 3 cloves, finely minced)
  • -1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • -1 tbsp. fish sauce
  • -1 tbsp. soy sauce or tamari
  • -2 tsp. sesame oil
  • -1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (or more, if you like spicy stuff--I used 1 tsp.)
  • -Pinch of salt.

Whisk all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl, serve on whatever you want (it's good on salads too), and enjoy!

Optional ingredients:
  • -2 tsp white, brown or black sesame seeds
  • -2 green onions, green parts only (use the white for miso soup, stir frys, topping for fish, or salad garnishes)
  • -2 tsp crushed peanuts, peanut butter, or peanut satay. (For that authentic flavor!)

This recipe is really useful for those on a budget, because you can keep all the ingredients around except the sweet and sour sauce, which is about $2-$4 a bottle: $6-$8 if you're really feeling like a big spender.

To store the tomato paste, remove it from the can after you've opened it (if you use the stuff in a can), and transfer it to a small plastic/glass container or plastic baggie. DO NOT just put plastic wrap over a metal can of tomato ANYTHING and store it in the refrigerator. Since tomatoes are a high-acid food, they corrode metal quickly after they are opened, and that leaks into your food, and you don't want that. Be smart: use glass or plastic at all times with leftover tomatoes.

I'll post the recipe for spring rolls soon!!

In defense of Suzuki Airi: a cultural and musical analysis


Meet Suzuki Airi--the 16-year-old "shocking!" lead singer of C-ute, one of Tsunku's favorite H!P Kids, and one of the most popular Hello! Project members at this point in time. She is an atypical Aries, loves Harry Potter and Hayao Miyazaki movies, sushi, spaghetti, and her six dogs. She often says that her dad is the best dad in the world, plays the cornet, is scared of lightning, and wanted to be a singer since she was very young. This girl has loads of talent, good looks and an adorably awkward personality to round it all out.

...And people just love to hate her.

Why?

Well, let's take a look at what some dumbasses people in cyberspace have to say before we look at a) where it's coming from and b) why it's total ethnocentric bullshit.

I agree that the way SHOCK! was formulated was not conducive to fan happiness, much less to displaying the unique talents that all the C-uties have. I miss Erika and Kanna, too, and I think Chisato is WAY underrated. HOWEVER....

It isn't Airi's fault.

A few of the most common complaints against Airi:

  • 1) "I don't see the point of having Airi in °C-ute because pretty much of the solos are hers...It's not that I hate Airi but imo it's not fair to others" (Found on a SHOCK! posting on YouTube)
  • 2) "Start to hate Airi...She sings all the song!! I hate her! XD I think ºC-ute was better when Umeda was in there! Now It's Airi and the backdancers...T_T" (Found on a different SHOCK! video)
  • 3) "Tsunku needs to stop giving all the lines to Airi. Good voice, but it's not fair that she's so "special" in both buono and c-ute. it NEEDS to be evened out. love cute like i said, and buono, but tsunku needs to even out the solos. it's truly not c-ute anymore. it's airi." (Found on an iteration of Dance de BaCOON! on YouTube)
  • 4) "im so happy that Airi and The Background Dancers has stopped. i'm sick of her" (Found on a posting of Campus Life on YouTube).

Ok, so I pulled a fast one and implied that any of the comments were at all different. D'oh.

Less common, but still seen fucking everywhere, complaints include:

  • "Uhm… she already has four [photobooks]? Shouldn’t they be giving someone else a chance now? @________@" ~Commenter on Hello! SayuNii on the announcement of Airi's 5th photobook, released this summer.

All comments are from real commenters on the intertubes who will not be named. Four commenters were from the US, and one was from Mexico. Very seldom will you see otherwise, though it does happen. (I have, for example, seen a couple comments like this by someone from Germany, a few girls and a couple guys from the UK, and two girls from Australia, on the ones that pissed me off enough to look at their profiles.).

Seeing this crap everywhere since SHOCK! came out in January is really pissing me off. Yes, comments like these (against both Airi and Yajima Maimi) would show up occasionally before SHOCK! came out, but then all hell broke loose when Tsunku had a temporary lapse in good judgment and the angry mob fans got out their torches and pitchforks and charged the fort. I can understand some of this annoyance, but when it leads people to flat out LIE about the line distribution in Buono! (which has been 100% even throughout the existence of the group)...that's just plain not thinking.

The culture of the commenters and its follies and foibles:

The main demographic of the negative comment pool is vastly Western, and here is where we can start to find a major trend. Let's look at the commenters from the US, since that's my stomping ground and I'm most familiar with it. The comments with the most venom are almost ALWAYS from young, high-school and early college age kids from the United States. Now, I am not a confrontational person, and I don't like to generalize, because that often creates some nasty lies about innocent people who don't deserve it. But I am going to make some generalizations right here, right now, that are a) true and b) are going to piss people off. A Lot.

American public high schoolers and those of early college age in 2010 generally:
  • 1) Receive piss-poor social studies education. In some states (TEXAS), this has even meant changing or attempting to change the curriculum to exclude important civil rights leaders, famous women and some world history.
  • 2) Are often ill-prepared to learn about other cultures because our society and education reinforce some silly idea that America is the best country EVAR!...and the only people who think otherwise are liberty-hating pinko commie Soviet fascist nazi infiltrators from MarxLeninSocialismoStan. (Remember "Thank You For Smoking," when Nick Naylor's son had to write an essay about why American government is "the best government in the world?" That shit actually happens.)
  • 3) Are raised to believe that life is always fair, always should be fair, and everyone is special (even though I and people like me are more special), dammit.

(Now, if any public high school student who happens to be a H!P fan should stumble across this post, read the previous three points again VERY CAREFULLY until you understand these three things:
1) Never once are the words ALWAYS, NEVER or ALL used when referring to groups of people.

2) You yourself, or some of your peers, may not fit into those norms

3) Those statements are completely true of American child-rearing culture as a whole, though they may not have been true for you.)


Now, what do all those things have to do with Airi haters? Everything.

A lack of cultural understanding, or worse, a lack of willingness to understand other cultures, is what is behind all this negativity toward Airi.

Cross-Cultural Bias...and why it's retarded.

Japanese pop culture works very differently in Japan than it does here. For one, mediocrity is not celebrated there. (I'm sorry, but even Michishige Sayumi (whom I absolutely adore, but see her flaws) has more talent in her pinky than Miley Cyrus has in her whole body and tiny brain.) In our culture, we are growing more and more to coddle our kids, rather than teach them with kindness, to improve or even just to TRY HARDER. Even those who try harder are better off than those who are taught that half-ass is good enough.

Airi has a LOT of natural talent, but she has worked very hard to improve even more since she began her career at the ripe old age of eight. (It helps that she also happens to have perfect pitch. How do I know this, you might ask? Backstage at fan events when she's practicing, she ALWAYS sings in the right key with no piano or pitch pipe.) She got to be a lead singer because she is better, stronger lead. That's just the way it is. Later, I'll explain the musical reasons WHY she is better.

Secondly, idol culture works very differently than our music industry here. Unfortunately, most idols and singers have approximately ZERO creative control over their craft. They are shaped largely by their society and, get this, the MEN who dominate the industry's leaders, producers, you name it. (Seriously, if Tsunku one day gave the Hello! Project to a woman, like Yuko Nakazawa, I would LOVE to see how it changed.) Airi has no control over how many solo lines she gets, nor over what songs she performs on stage (remember when people got all mad that she sang "Natsu Doki Lipstick," a song written for Maimi, at a Buono! concert?).

She also has almost no control over the personality she portrays to the public, which is the meat of the real charm of idol culture. After watching her for a while, it's clear that the personality she portrays is very genuine, but she never has a choice. This is where the bulk of the bullshit in those comments lies. Instead of being annoyed (understandably) with Tsunku the Creepy Elf for not giving anyone else lines in SHOCK!, they direct their vitriol at Airi and occasionally mention Tsunku on the side. And that, kids, is just stupid.

Those women who work hard for creative control (like Goto Maki and Hamasaki Ayumi) have to work more than twice as hard as idols. (and infinitely harder than two-bit little girls in the US who are only famous because their daddy was famous and who sound good under an autotuner.) This is where the Japanese music scene makes me a bit sad. The girls in the industry are under immense pressure from their producers and from the society on the whole, to be perfect. To be idols. It is no coincidence that they are called that. Many, like Kago Ai, buckle under the pressure and are treated as criminals for minor things because they didn't meet the ultimate standard of the perfect Japanese wife and mother.

Airi is one of those next generation idols who is constantly on a pedestal built by her largely male fan base. The pressure on her, as a lead singer of C-ute, and as a young woman in general, is HUGE--NOTHING like what the little popsters in the US experience, purity rings and all. I don't believe this is healthy, but it's the way it is, and it needs to be understood so she can be treated like an actual human being by foreign H!P fans.

Music geekery: why Airi is a better singer than most of her peers.

Airi and the rest of the H!P Kids/Morning Musume are naturally gifted singers, but there are a few technical things that make her and a few others (Miyabi, Momoko, Kanon, Ai-chan, Maasa and Linlin, to name a few) stand out from the crowd. Here's a few:

  • 1) Airi has very few problems staying on pitch. Sure, every singer has those "few cents sharp/flat" moments, but the amount of those one has is directly proportional to how technically good a singer they are. This is a BFD, and the reason Sayumi doesn't get many lines in Morning Musume.
  • 2) Airi understands, and works well with, her passagio. Passagio, the Italian term for "passage," is the point in the voice where one must switch from your chest voice to your head voice (where most of the high notes need to be sung, unless you're an exceptional belter with buttloads of training). Airi is not a soprano, but she hits high notes very evenly, cleanly and easily, moving from head to chest voice with smoothness. An example of a H!P kid who does NOT work well with her passagio is Sugaya Risako. I adore Risako. She's got a great voice, and a very unique vibrato. BUT--if she keeps straining her passagio on high notes, shouting where she can't belt, she will ruin her voice. She hasn't gotten to know her alto range well enough, and it's going to mess her up if she doesn't stop straining her high notes.
  • 3) Her breath control is unmatched. This is one area where both Maimi and Chisato struggle, even though they otherwise sound awesome.
  • 4) She doesn't lean on her sparse vibrato. It's easy to tell when singers rely on their vibrato for quality (another thing Risako is VERY, VERY guilty of). Airi does not.
  • 5) Homegirl gets INTO IT!! While Airi may not be the best dancer in the group, she makes up for it with pure, unadulterated SOUL.

As far as singing goes, Airi is simply the best, technically speaking, even though the other C-uties have unique voices that are great to listen to as well. This is why she was given a lead role. This is why any singer is given a lead role, no matter which culture they come from. And she deserves it.

In closing...

Support C-ute, support Airi, and stop being assholes. Oh, and support Chisato's 1st photobook, WHICH IS COMING OUT IN DECEMBER OMG OMG OMG!!!! *gush!*








Monday, October 18, 2010

ATTENTION HIPSTER MUSIC SNOBS: J-MUSIC FOR YOUR ILK!!

I love my hipster buddies, and often I wish I were as savvy about the wonderful indie, underground, grunge-y, against-the-machine, subversive-of-the-dominant-paradigm music scene here in the good old US of A/Canada/the UK/yaddayaddaland. Alas, my wandering ears keep me abroad, in strange musical places most hipsters dare not tread.

But sometimes, you find a gem that transcends the bounds of snobbery (I MEAN THAT IN THE ABSOLUTE BEST SENSE OF THE WORD!!!).

I give you Kodama Nao. Prepare to be sexed by awesome.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hello! Project funness and philosophistry: one year later!

So, now that I'm mostly out of my H!P noobishness, I decided to revisit a post I did last year just to see how things have changed.

So let's get to it!

1. Hobbies that you think are interesting that someone from H!P has:
Ai-chan and Risako's epic video game nerdery, Airi's paintings and Maimi's love of sports.

2. Special skills that you think are actually special:
Ai-chan's ability to hit that high c-sharp in "Everyday, Everywhere." JESUS FREAKING BALLS!



(Seriously, guys. Check this shiz. Ai-chan needs to get a contract of her own outside of H!P so her awesomeness will be even more widely appreciated.)

3. Name 2 members that you DON'T like (or your least favorite). Why are they last?
The only member that I do not like is STILL Niigaki Risa. She was cute, adorable and quite smart when she was younger, but she's turned into a major beeyatch. I will admit, I have grown to like her more than I did last year, but I'm going to have to work at actually LIKING her. I dunno, maybe it's a cultural thing and I just don't get her (ENTIRELY possible), but still.

As for Sayumi, she's now one of my favorite members of Morning Musume, against all odds :P

One other member who is amazingly popular, and whom I still have not really gotten into, is Fukuda Kanon. She's a cutie, and she's got buttloads of talent, but she hasn't really gotten to me the way the other S/mileys have.

4. Now, say 3 good things about each of those members:
Risa is beautiful, a talented singer, and has a great smile.

5. Nickname(s) that you really like:
Ayaya, Ume-chan, Johnson (hahahahaaaaa)

6. H!P habits you seem to have developed:
Learning all the choreography I can (I've been slacking off lately, though), spending WAY too much money on merch, and flashing peace signs all the time.

7. Favorite singles cover looks:
Ok, I'm going to pick ones that I DIDN'T pick last year!
C-ute: Dance de Bakoon!
Berryz K.: Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi
MM: Seishun Collection (oh, bite me!)
Buono!: Our Songs

8. Favourite Member(s):
Current: All the C-uties and Buono girls, Ogawa Saki, Linlin (DAMMIT), Kamei Eri (DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT), Sudo Maasa, Shimizu Saki.
Past: Nono, Aibon, Yossy, Iida Kaori, Umeda Erika, Yaguchi Mari, Arihara Kanna.

9. Something you're afraid of happening to H!P:
9th generation MM sucking, no more Eggs getting major debuts :(

10. Favourite H!M/HM@/Radio/TV thing- episode:
There was this one show (hell if I can remember the name) where Yossy and Mikitty each led teams and they were supposed to test out their acting chops in situations where something happened that they didn't expect (e.g. a PILE of wasabi in their sushi while their "boyfriend" was proposing). Oh, hilarity!

Junjun's YS! week was also awesome.

11. Favourite photobook(s):
Maasa's, Airi's newest one, and Nakki's. AND SOON TO BE CHISATO'S!!!!

12. Favourite phrase a member says:
Gotta go with Sexy Beam :P A classic :D

13. You have 1.27 seconds to name any random H!P song GO!:
W: Robokiss

14. Favourite season of the concerts:
So far, everything from 2008 has impressed me.

15. Favorite food you've seen them eat (that maybe you want to try too):
Takaoyaki (still) and yakiniku. Man, why do I have to live in a landlocked state with no culture whatsoever?! ( ̄へ ̄)

16. Most disliked (or weird) food you watched them eat:
That cow diaphragm that the chef guy cooked during Momo's YS! week was....questionable.

17. If there was a H!P song you HAD to listen to every morning from now on, what would it be?:
W: Aa Ii Na! or Buono!: Ura Hara

18. Last H!P song you listened to?:
Buono!: OVER THE RAINBOW

19. How you think they spend their days off:
Going to school :P

21. What you want to buy the most right now:
Photobooks. I am sorely lacking in that department.

22. Favorite clothes/costume of theirs:
I really liked Buono!'s costumes in the second part of their summer concert this year.

23. Your greatest H!P treasure:
Uh...crap it's hard to pick. I'm extremely protective of my photo collection and my Airi mirror.

24. What you would do if you had a chance to spend 1 day with a H!P member and who would it be:
Momoko Tsugunaga. We'd eat good food and talk about the future, and she'd teach me some bitchin' dance moves...and it might be weird because I'm literally a foot taller than she is O_O

25. The best overall looking girl in H!P, GO!
I like them all :) Not changing this answer.

26. Which H!P song relieves your stress:
Anything by Buono!, W or S/mileage.

27. A moving H!P scene:
The Elder Club graduation last year when everyone sang "All For One." I got teary.

28. Actually, I...:
Like munching on crunchy things I DON'T KNOW!!!!?!? :D

30. What would you want to scream to the members if you knew no one could hear you:
Thank you for your music!

31. The thing that's made you most happy (being a Hello Project fan):
The music and fun personalities of the girls.

32. The thing that's made you most sad (being a Hello Project fan):
Watching the graduations and learning about what happened to Kago Ai and Iida Kaori.

33. What do you want H!P to do in the future?
Make better music for Morning Musume and GIVE CAPTAIN A DAMN PHOTOBOOK!!!

34. Most respected member(s):
Yossy and Kaorin. Yossy because she's a badass, and Kaori because of her incredible inner strength. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose a child and come back and perform on stage 4 months later.

35. Somewhere you'd like the next H!P member to travel to for a PB
Africa! Go on safari. Or Alaska--just because it would be funny :P

36. Favorite song:
C-ute: EVERYDAY Zekkouchou (still)
All of Buono!'s stuff
Berryz K.: Anata Nashide wa Ikite Yukenai
S/mileage: Smile Bijin
DEF. DIVA: Sukisugite Baka Mitai
W: Shiroi Iro wa Koibito No Iro
MM: Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~
MM Otomegumi: Ai no Sono ~touch My Heart!~

I'm totally indecisive. Also, can you tell I've totally been digging into the earlier stuff?!

39. The most memorable concert:
Elder Club graduation, Erika's graduation.

40. What you'd be doing if you weren't a fan:
Having no happy music to keep me going. That would make me a sad panda indeed.

41. The most fun part of being a fan:
Evarthangz!

42. The hardest part of being a fan:
I neeeeeed moar monayz! I hate being a poor almost-grad student with a humanities degree and a half sometimes.

44. Do you think you will still be a fan 5 years from now?
I hope so!

45. A member you miss:
All my old favorite members.

46. Do you actually understand all of the lyrics to the songs?
I'm understanding more and more of them every day :P

47. Do you actually know another fan in person?
HA no.

48. A message for Tsunku:
The pandas will haunt you.

49. A message for your favorite member(s):
I support you, and someday I'll come to Japan and see you in concert! And maybe I'll be able to say hello!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

J/K-music Confessions (Totally ripping off Jin's idea here)

Jin over at Sora to Kujira did this fantastic thing a few weeks back, and because I thought my comment was getting too damn long, I decided to post the unabridged version of my confessions over here at my 2-bit blog :P

Confessions of a H!P junkie and closet-ish k-pop lover.

  1. Airi-bashing internet trolls need to STFU. Like, now-ish. She has ZERO creative control in H!P, and, well, she's damn talented and she deserves everything she gets. Deal with it.
  2. Niigaki Risa is a bitch.
  3. Kpop groups don't "make a comeback" every time they release new singles, PopSEOUL!. o_O
  4. I wish I'd become a H!P fan years earlier--the older Momosu was so much better.
  5. Linlin is one of the best singers H!P has ever seen. *sniffle* *fuckofftsunku*
  6. AKB48 is a snorefest, and Heavy Rotation wasn't a huge deal.
  7. Sweet Vacation needs more attention.
  8. I support Kago Ai 100%.
  9. Dawa is adorable, and her "racist" comment was poorly translated. (Though I do think Yuuka would be a better leader for S/mileage.)
  10. Oh yeah, and Ogawa Saki is also adorable.
  11. umm....ithinkmisonoisunderrated *dodges truckloads of rotten tomatoes*
  12. Miss A is the only good new group to come out in the Kpop world this year.
  13. Yeah, Orange Caramel totally did rip off C-ute's "Hare no Platinum Toori."
  14. SNSD super-fans and super anti-fans need to get dropped on a deserted island and kill each other off. For science, sanity, and fun times.
  15. Takahashi Ai needs to move on with her career. It's time, hun. You're lovely, your voice is incredible, but for reals.
  16. I like Matsuura Aya's mature sound better--her rendition of "Heya to Y shirts to Watashi" was SUBLIME. WTB moar Aya, plz.
  17. I think Sayumi is misunderstood because of her public image. Though I still have to wonder about her...
  18. Chisato needs to be a lead singer in C-ute. BUT AT LEAST SHE'S GETTING A PHOTOBOOK YAAAAAAAAYYY!!!!!
  19. If Akari Saho doesn't have a major debut in SOMETHING, I'm going to go on a murderous rampage.
  20. I hope Momoko goes to university like she wants to. She's wicked smart, very perceptive, and a wonderful budding feminist. We should hang out, Momo!
  21. Big Bang annoys me. Not entirely sure why.
  22. I would go 100% gay for Ga-In.
  23. Tsunku gives me nightmares.
  24. American morons need to quit insulting Asian male pop groups as being "gay" or even "gay-looking" and the girls' groups as being "pedo-bait." It's immature, bigoted, and just plain STUPID.
  25. Gackt is incredible.
  26. Kangta got me more interested in Chinese music than any other artist ever has. And he's not even Chinese. *omnomnom*
  27. Nao Kodama needs your support! She not well known (at least as far as I know), but she is absolutely wonderful (YouTube her song "Maker.").
  28. Itunes needs to get f(x)'s digital singles up for sale :(
  29. I love Idoling!!! despite the fact that they are absolutely TERRIBLE live.
  30. I will always prefer j-pop to Korean music because of the fun, spiritual, honest and deeper content of most of the lyrics.
  31. It is very sad that Korean singers are expected to be perfect in every way. To be required to change yourself for people you will never know is tragic to say the very least.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Little Things: Gnu jokes!



So, my partner and I were sitting around being nerds last night...and we randomly started making up gnu jokes. No reason...we're just dorks. And gnus are cool animals...eh?



What do you call an annoying antelope?
A GNUisance!

What did the antelope eat at the Greek restaurant?
Baba GNUsh!

What did the antelopes do on their camping trip?
They went canGNUing!

What do you call an antelope who's bad at video games?
A GNUb!! (gaaaaaaah...)

How do you punish very bad antelope criminals?
With a GNUse!

When do antelope outlaws hold their shootouts?
At high GNUn!!

What do antelopes eat to cure colds?
Chicken GNUdle soup!!

What did the reporter on the Serengeti plain say to the cameraman?
No GNUS is good GNUS!!!!!



GAAAAHAHAHAAAAA...ok I'm so done :P