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oh mj ilu

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Double Tone, finale:
Ended on a neat - if predictable - note.
One thing: didn't understand why Tamura Yumi WOULDN'T retain awareness of Nakano Yumi,
since only the future was changed?
Unless the whole scenario was reset once the problem was solved,
but sigh can you say unnecessary. :(


東京の空 takes off all my rough edges.
Perfect song, perfect drama. ;;


Music Bank:
Oh wow M.jup just stole every single frame he was in (way kid moves is smouldering *O*).
The MV should've just been them dancing -
then it wouldn't even have had the /chance/ to devolve into an incoherent mess.
Also: Junhong rapping in CS like that kid we all know
who is too embarrassed to take his school play lines seriously lol.


ALL THESE OHNO MAG SPREADS :Q___ gotta catch 'em all


<3
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Hanzawa Naoki, ep1:
Sakai Masato infuses every move with so much steely (ponderous?) gravitas
I feel like I'm in a period drama hahaha (Ooku, maybe? Lol).
Idk how the plot's going to hold up over ten/however many episodes they're planning,
but this was a pretty promising start, imo?
The message seems fairly standard,
but Hanzawa is so awfully rootable-for -
I was legit chanting 'YES GIVE IT TO THEMMM' throughout that inquiry scene -
and Aya is hilarious and generally adorable
(a bit too bubbly at points? But still. Adorable. *O* ).
I like how down-and-dirty the financial stuff gets (even if it's just for laughs),
and how the hero ISN'T BATTLING THE SYSTEM ALL ALONE bc that would be so tiring to watch.
(I also kind of want to find out what he planned to do when he reached the top of Tokyo Chuo asdlifjw)

I DIDN'T RECOGNISE YUTO AT FIRST.
HE ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE A TWENTY-SOMETHING-YEAR-OLD?
WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?



Woman, ep2:
Cancer?? SHOW I TRUSTED YOU :(((
The tone so far is - sadly enough - similar to that of Mother
(though I wasn't expecting anything different),
and the subs seem to be missing important nuances of the dialogue,
but I love the dimension Shiori adds to the enterprise
(it's interesting because without her the show really could just be titled 'Mother' as well,
but I suppose a redefining of the relationship between Koharu and Shin is on the cards)
and Nozomi is lovely.



Watched Tantei wa Bar ni Iru and Fune o Amu on the plane;
have yet to see Ryuhei play a character that rouses him beyond languor lol.

Caught Platina Data too,
but was too distracted by the scientific implausibility of the premise to appreciate it. ><
Though it did confirm that Nino makes a much better Sad Person than Angry lmao.
Bought the Ryu scenes more than the Kagura ones.

I really liked the Strawberry Night movie. :D
The whodunit plotline lived up to my expectations.
Yeah the ~doomed love interest~ angle was sort of gratuitous
but the chemistry was fab so it wasn't even close to disappointing (apparently I am easy to please).
They didn't milk the splitting of the Himekawa team as much as they could have though.
I WANTED YOU TO MAKE ME CRY, SIGH.
(Though I for one would not want Himekawa as my leader lol.)
And ofc one obligatory screech - just one! - of KIKUTA-SAMA COME TO MEEE



Listening to D.M. rn and it's pretty good?
I mean, there's no urge to skip songs like there was for his other two albums.
And it's cute how Daichi is all happy kid while performing and 'yo brotha' attempts at ~swag~ offstage
(and sometimes onstage too haha).
Gaps are the best thing. :')

NEW LEO SONG ON THE 24TH YESSS BB IS BACK~~
BEG ON THE 29TH;
SPYAIR ON 7 AUG (PLEASE BE AS GOOD AS IKE IS HOT).


Okay. Hurricane.
It's actually funny because this is so far removed from what I typically listen to
that I couldn't even tell if it was good or bad
(I have yet to be able to get through a full listen of Fantastic Baby /orz).
Omona (mostly) says it's basic;
me - it has its catchy moments, and I like the use of Dae's voice
(e.g. the pretty 'oh's, the slight staccato on 'star')
and, upon further listen, Zelo's rap -
but otherwise... D:
+ TOO MUCH DAE, TOO MUCH
coupled with the unintentional hilarity of the MV
(some caper film-esque storyline would have saved it but NOPE
they decide to have random shots of members jamming in place/in party cars lol)
and the disappointment stemming from the fact that these producers are the No Mercy ones...
I'm assuming they're saving the big guns for the final song/MV so TS DON'T DISAPPOINT PLZ.
Not to mention all three title songs are different
so the last will probably be as far removed from this as this is from Coffee Shop.
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Dear God,
Thank you so much for the first -
so undeserved, particularly given my incompetence
and/or lack of motivation (in various combinations) this year. ;;
All to your glory, truly.
I wish I knew how to express it more eloquently.


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COFFEE SHOP'S LOUNGE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT IS SO LOVELY?
Not just the notes themselves, but their placements -
the way they don't fit, yet DO.
It doesn't feel like an obligatory publicity featuring at all.
I just wish BAP had a vocalist that combined Jae's tone with Dae's technique
because it would have lifted the song from light-pretty to a... fuller beauty(?)
without the aid of power notes.
I really like it, nonetheless (mostly because of said piano and /that/ MV, haha).
ETA: Freak I just rewatched the MV and was blown away - again - by the beauty of it all.
I could randomly pick ANY screencap and it would be tumblr-ready.

I think I can say I enjoy BAP's music (performances are another matter, lol)
less because it has a signature style
than because I know I can count on TS/BYG to churn out songs
that are solidly-constructed and solidly-produced no matter the style.
Much like I think that the main reason for my falling out of love with SHINee's Korean music
(bc the boys remain awesome performers and amazing live singers)
is SM's cluttered production -
in which, apparently, 'epic' means turning the dial up on the special effects
(the same trap BYG's solos sometimes fall into)
and making songs sound like they were recorded in an auditorium.
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TW press con

In which:
- BAP is awkward.
- M.jup is adorable in his ~1.25s of talktime.
- Jae attempts halting Mandarin
(I feel a kinship, in that I'm fairly sure he's better at his foreign languages when practising in private),
Himchan/Jongup trot out one of the two (maybe three) sentences they know,
and the rest of BAP do not even try. ><
- The host/translator are delightfully informal
(are all TW press cons like this? Some of those side comments were super cute :'D)
but dumb down the question I really wanted to hear their answer to
(the one about the rowdy airport crowd).
- BYG should just answer the majority of the questions.
Zelo should be barred from answering any.
(AND LMAO DON'T PARROT BYG IN A PRESS CON, KID. -.-')
- BYG engages in his current favourite pastime, aka Himchan-teasing.
Best moment, tbqh - when did he get so relaxed at these things? :'D

They didn't actually manage to sell out the TW concert. Interesting.



Goosehouse peeps are the actual cutest *o*




And because there's no opportunity like the present
(and because 方大同 turns my thoughts - it'd probably be too much to call them reflections - inward),
real life:

1. So thankful to God for the job
(especially since it's not like the interview went swimmingly or anything);
it'll be excellent experience and v helpful for postgrad apps.
Now praying hard for good grades (esp on that screwy second CPS essay D:)/
that I don't crash and burn at the last hurdle (sigh, how awful/disappointing would that be). ;;

2. Time in the UK is nearing its end.
On the one hand, it's sad, and yet... idk, I guess I'm ready to go back.
I think much of the sadness arises from the fact that this marks the ending of a phase,
and the rest of it from the fact that I love this place/
all the ~charms it has which are absent from SG city life.
Other Singaporeans aside,
I don't think I've formed any relationships with people here that I will be unable to live without.
(Rather ironically, perhaps that is the saddest bit of all - though what is done is done.)

3. Three resolutions for the next month and beyond:
#1: Invest in relationships.
#2: Immerse myself in beautiful things. Read more poetry.
#3: Absorb all the knowledge I can.
riidaa &lt;3

Tiger! Tiger! JIRETTAIGA~!

Tiger & Dragon:
WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN, guhhhh.
Easily my favourite of the (three, lololol) Kudo Kankuro dramas I've finished,
and perhaps one of the best comedies I've ever watched.
I'd actually tried the SP one or two years back and decided that it wasn't quite my cup of tea,
but I'm so glad I came back to it.

-Beautiful, beautiful construction.
(The question hanging about my head throughout: exactly how much effort went into this??!)
Rakugo within rakugo within rakugo (IKRRRR :'D I GOT ALL STARRY-EYED),
with all these lovely parallels across layers...
I mean, I'm generally a sucker for dramas tying each ep's happenings into a thematically-coherent whole
(provided it's not clumsily done, of course),
but this was pretty much an A+ example of that approach.
Sometimes the connections sort of smacked you in the face, other times they were subtler -
but they were always, ALWAYS effective. And affecting.
The common thread being stories (as opposed to looser themes) probably gave it extra kick,
and ofc it doesn't hurt that the drama had some great base material to start with
(first brush with rakugo and I really enjoyed it - essentially fables but wittier).

-Fav lols:
Ryuji's utterly beng design sense, Megumi X Ryuji's relationship, Chibi-T,
Aoi Yuu's 'GinGIN~~' and his indulgent yakuza boss dad,
the recurring gag about Sayuri-chan crying,
the awesome oden stall/soba shop men,
Donta (okay so this one was laced with bittersweet, but still).

-The treatment of cross-generational ties was so... loving.
E.g. the Nakatani family and Dontei & co. adopting Kotora in turn ;~; ,
and how Dontei essentially became a father figure to Kotora (and all the other apprentices),
even as his relationship with his own son was still on the rocks.
And the eventual (inevitable, haha) choice between the two families.
I LOVE KOTORA/HIS LOYALTY - I COULD WAX LYRICAL ABOUT THIS AT LENGTH.
(Negl, I was tearing up on Kotora's behalf during that ep -
which transitioned into full-out sobbing when he told Ginjiro to drop the 'aniki' address.
HOW DO YOU EVEN MAKE THIS SORT OF DECISION </3 ;;;)
And ofc the Kotora/Ryuji (b)romance, hahaha. xD

-Nagase is (was?) HOT. And surprisingly skinny without his shirt??

-I liked that practically no guests were throwaways
(as they are wont to be in episodic dramas).
Cases in point: Yasuo, Jumptei Jump, guy Kotora was collecting debts from.
Does wonders for continuity, actually.

-Sour notes:
Disapproved of the light treatment of cheating.
Of course, most of it was milked for laughs, but it still didn't sit well with me. :(
Also thought the ending was slightly rushed (esp. the bit after the timejump).

But, overall, SHOWWW. IF YOU WERE A PERSON I'D HUG YOU.


EDIT: asjldifjqwelijr BAP I'm so happy for you(!!). WHEEZES
riidaa &lt;3

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FILMING IN VEGAS?!
WHAT IS ITTT.
MV for a repackage?
In my ideal world this would mean a bromance-laden prologue to the One Shot MV, heh. :>
(...it can't be a new mini... right? Wouldn't put it past TS, but. O.O O.O)

OT but wouldn't it be pretty awesome
if some group had all their MVs happen in the same 'verse?
Like an AU fanfic that develops with every new song lolol.


E and I were bemoaning our common lack of motivation leading up to the exams.
YT's her new favourite hangout; I marathoned Tiger & Dragon
(no regrets bc AMAZING SHOW but whoa my timing really is the worst, isn't it).
Sigh. It's the last lap - why are we slowing down, not speeding up?
AND I STILL HAVEN'T DONE JAPANESE REVISION YET, what the heck.


SQUEEE Hashimoto Ai and Ochiai Motoki are actually dating irl awww *O*
riidaa &lt;3

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BYG UNFFFF like whoa hold on dude (hahaha he knows it too) O.O
And lmao Dae's necklines dip lower with each successive BAP sighting JUST TAKE IT ALL OFF ALREADY

YOUNHA YOUNHA YOUNHA
NEW MIHO SINGLE ON 6 JUN YESSSS PLEASE BE GOOD

BRAIN, WORKKKK <-- my eternal refrain eurgh
riidaa &lt;3

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Oh. WOW.
IU's Japanese EP is surprisingly-decent?
Fairytale is so, so lovely;
Truth is pretty too, and Beautiful Dancer is actually much-improved without the PV(?!).
Voice-Mail (sorry, IU :(() and New World aren't for me
but three out of five is pretty good going, if I do say so myself. <3

(Now shoo bb go fix some of that pronunciation/phrasing.)


Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo is such a beautiful film.
It's spread a little thin, of course,
but for a character ensemble this size these are remarkably sensitive portraits
(apart from Queen Bee #1, lol).
The storytelling is delicate/nuanced, the sideways humour super super adorable
(like the film club in general)...
It actually reminds me a little of Elephant, minus the violence/shock value and with different themes?
I.e. stylistically,
and in the way it manages to evoke ~feels~ in minimal strokes
and imbues everyday events with significance
(e.g. when Kikuchi tears up near the end and that means everything).
Probably the best J-film I've watched in a while. ;____;


Fandoms can be so ugly.
(a) Um, NEWSFLASH - not liking someone does not have to translate into cyber-bullying/
incessant bitching about him/her.
(And what exactly are you basing your hate on anyway?
Did you source-check? Did you listen to both sides of the story?)
And lmao @ the irony of said fans lamenting the influx of new 'kookoo' fans (are you serious rn).
(b) These people sound okay (or at least harmless) on tumblr
but twitter is a whole other story
(clear example of when a lack of text does the world a favour).
Ugh, S M H, make like a tree, etc.