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Hey!x3 13/1/14 - SO HFT IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY

/swooning
This is precisely the Arashi I love.
Ugh the song is everything I hoped for
and all the TEAMWORK(! I SEE YOU COUNTING FOR THE REST THERE OHMIYA)
and sassing going on in the back
and adorable/flawless Ohno choreo (WITHOUT CLASSIC OHNO MOVES??? O.O) -
that's some vv pretty footwork going on in the intro -
and Aiba's perfect hairrrr
And just that overwhelming sense of them having /fun/ despite not being terribly familiar with the choreo.

Cheeks are hurting from all the grinning.

P.S. IF YOU CAN HEAR ME, JSTORM -
THE PV HAD BETTER HAVE DANCE SCENES IN IT. >:(
riidaa <3

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Music:
-ACTUAL QUEEN
-RADWIMPS' NEW ALBUM IS SO GOOD?
This surprised me, actually -
I was excited, but loving nearly every track off one of their albums is a definite first for me.
-MODERN TIMES REPACKAGE ON 20 DEC ASDLJFWL


Trying to get back into the reading habit.
Attempt #1 was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,
which was... a bit of a disappointment, to say the least. D:
Occasional moments of promise (beautifully-expressed thoughts, an interesting - if caricatured - main character)
but ugh so painfully pretentious,
especially that whole subplot about mute grandpa
and that useless scene about the bombings and the escaped zoo animals
(which I remember for all the wrong reasons).
Very Miss-Miss-lookie-I-can-write! tryhard.

Attempt #2: So I decided to borrow the first book that caught my eye, commercial or otherwise,
and ended up with Let The Right One In (I know, something like 4-5 years late).
About a third of the way through now and it's difficult going (the ugliness is kind of suffocating)
but it is bald and chilling and just all-round fab.

Then I gave up the indiscriminate gig and borrowed an Auster book. :3


ETA:
Finished Let The Right One In.

Getting the brickbats out of the way:
1) It sort of ran out of speed in the last third.
Something to do with the multiple parallel storylines and brief lapses into floridity, I think.
2) Appreciated the devotion to detail, but the vampire mythology was a tad too neat/complete
(by the end I pm know exactly how vampires are made, why stakes kill,
what bloodlust feels like(!) and why it's so difficult to resist, etc etc).
Leave something to the imagination pls :(

But I loved it.
Actually remarked out loud at one point that this felt like the future of modern horror lit?

I adore that the vampire menace was merely a vehicle to explore the monsters humans carry in us.
Our brutality, our fear, our pride, those shameful urges we hide from the public eye;
our thirst (no pun intended) for life even at the expense of others
(you even get Virginia as a symbol of the choices Eli could have made but didn't,
just in case you didn't catch it the first time round).
Oskar's eventual isolation and departure is - more than a product of his relationship with Eli -
the culmination of bullying, bystander effects, permissive parenting...
and, perhaps, a simple lack of understanding.
It's a feat that this is where most of the bleakness in the novel lies,
not in cheap supernatural/gore tricks (though this was nicely done too, lol).

Also: ambiguous, sympathetic characters and relationships,
pretty good use of multiple POVs to tell a story non-repetitively (though that pesky lack of gaps again),
the matter-of-fact handling of pricklier subjects (homosexuality, gender, paedophilia),
nicely crisp style.
oh mj ilu

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Listening to Kana sing blithely about breakups - THIS IS THE LIFE


Snuck Funuke and 9 Souls into my packed (ha) weekend.
Work is so energy-sapping; I'm not complaining bc WORK after all
but I AM SO BEHIND ON MY DRAMAS/FILMS :((

Funuke:
Not without its flaws
(at last count, lurchy pacing, pat flashbacks
and one horrendously-executed, what-is-this-even-doing-here scene) -
Kirishima was clearly the product of a more assured hand -
but awfully exciting for a debut effort?

Favourite parts:
-The over-the-top characterisation
(lol these people are so determinedly unlikable, I kind of love them):
Sumika and her vaguely BPD traits,
weak, abusive Shinji,
overly chirpy, in-denial Machiko -
but, most of all, the development of Kiyomi from helpless victim/underdog to emotional leech/voyeur
(unrepentant and as much to blame for the state of matters as the other siblings).
-The odd, dark humour
(e.g. Shinji X Machiko's clumsy, bruising sex, and Machiko's fixation with the hideous stuffed toys).
-Machiko's sadly ironic fate.


9 Souls:
Yet another Toyoda disappointment. :'(
The idea of escaping from one prison only to return to an old one (or enter a new one) was pretty thought-provoking,
but the execution...
backstories were predictable, scenes insubstantial, some of the humour unpalatable
(bestiality... really? O.o).
Loved the conclusion (Torakichi, Michiru),
but apart than that I felt strangely removed throughout?
oh mj ilu

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NEW SODAGREEN VIVALDI PROJECT ALBUM :D:D
I THOUGHT THEY'D GIVEN UP ON IT ;A;


DAICHI I LOVE YOU
SHOTA I LOVE YOUR FACE


Kiseki:
Koreeda films are like those sweets that get more flavourful the longer you savour them lol?
Start off dozy/disconnected
(you can literally pause them, go away and come back to them the next week
without feeling any sense of urgency),
but - unbeknownst to you - the threads are winding tighter and tighter
till (quite sudddenly) WAITASECONDI'MTEARINGUP WHEN- WHAT- HOW-
Plus the attention to detail makes repeat viewing so awfully rewarding. <3
oh mj ilu

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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.
oh mj ilu

WHAT'CHU GONNA DO WHEN I GO FOR YOU

It's (Re)Discover Daichi Night thanks to Arama and Go For It. :'D


Brb, melting into a puddle of feels ;~~;


Sayonara, Bokutachi no Youchien:
Sick kid, tear-wringing antics, feel-good factor - check, check, check.
Thankfully a few surprises kept things fresh:
-Its portrayal of children,
e.g. the forging of completely distinct (even adultlike) personalities for the key characters (\o/),
them being shown as more independent/rational/intelligent than adults tend to give them credit for.
-Thematically, the superimposition of kindergarten graduation against, well, the cycle of life
(as when Kanna and Hiromu act out the graduation ceremony in his hospital room).
Also, everything about the Starry Night motif. <3
-The touches of surrealism?
Like the side encounters with the homeless jii-chan and the elderly lady.
-Takumi's and Mari's backstoriesss
(because lbr Takumi/the kid playing him was the true star of the show -
Mana was okay but too 'if-I-do-this-it'll-be-cute', 'if-I-do-that-it'll-move-them' self-aware).
-'MARRIAGE BY ABDUCTION' lololol

I WANT A KID THAT LOOKS LIKE HONDA MIYU SHE IS SO ADORBSSSS
I WANT TO CUDDLE HER AND FEED HER LOTS


歩いても 歩いても:
In which nothing and everything happens.
Koreeda has such a masterful grasp of family dynamics,
and the way humans think and feel and act,
that he simply has no need for dramatic flourishes and flashy plot structures
(as much as I adore my snappy, *O*-inducing films a la Nakamura).
The smallest actions/words hold such weight, whether to the characters or to us -
and not in the pretentious, symbolic sense either (mostly),
but as they would in real life.
Therein lies the genius.
Subtle, matter-of-fact, painfully accurate.
oh mj ilu

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.
oh mj ilu

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Music Station, 31.05.2013:
-The Endless Game choreo is f l a w f r e e.
Sharp, expressive, pretty AND SANDWICHED BETWEEN FUNNY? Count me in. *o*
Whoever has been working with Arashi for their past few dance songs
needs to stick with them (pretty please? :'D) for the next few as well.
If I hadn't liked the song already this would have done the trick
(dumb bridge remains dumb but the moves during its second half totally make up for it lol).
-Sho is so intense.
Seriously, this feels like the hundredth time I've said permutations of this
but everything about Kazoku Game/Endless Game fits him like a glove.
Which is slightly creepy, if you think about it, but very exciting to watch.
(I feel uncomfortable calling Yoshimoto hot because he's so emotionally-manipulative,
no matter the underlying intentions,
but YES, SHO, WORK THE HALF-CRAZED IF-YOU-GET-TO-CLOSE-TO-ME-YOU'LL-BURN SMOULDER. YES.)