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Deli Wisdom Item #27: Why the AKB48 “No Dating” rule is maybe not such a bad thing.

There is always a line isn’t there? That is OK, let me tell you about some of my thoughts on this while we wait for our sandwiches. Been thinking about this one for a long time …

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I am a fan of the Japanese Idol genre in general, and specifically I love AKB48 and their sister groups. My waiting-in-line rant today is NOT about “Why I like the Japanese Idol genre” … that will have to be the touchy subject of another lunch.

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No, I am trying to think “outside the box” here, Yukirin!

When I scan Internet blogs, including the WordPress tags under Jpop and the like, I have found that most of the time when AKB48 is referenced it is because the blogger has a negative opinion. Usually a poorly researched opinion to boot. (The “Big Butts” as I have said before.) One item almost always criticized is the “No Dating” rule common to many Japanese idol groups.

I am also NOT going to re-hash the various “SCANDALS” regarding those members who broke the rules. Those have already been discussed on other fan sites.

Many (American) foreigners do not understand or like the rule.  Furthermore, it is usually non-fans of the genre who most disagree with the rule. True, some dedicated AKB48 fans support the idea that girls should be free to pursue romantic relationships while under contract, but I want to make the case here that this rule – is not such a bad thing, and in fact may help the girls creatively.

The case can be made that Japanese Idol culture is a different culture from America. They should be allowed to have a different way of doing things in their own country. I will admit that you could never have an organization with such a rule in the USA.

I might take some of the spinach knish home.

I might take some of the spinach knish home.

The most common explanation of the policy is that it fuels male fans fantasies about the members. For example, if I were a Japanese high school or college student I might fantasize that I will someday meet and marry Yuki Kashiwagi (or Haruka Kodama, Sayaka Yamamoto, etc.) Ahem … you see …

… Denny going into a young man’s reverie: …  when I earn my degree, I will land that big job, get that big promotion, sell that new game design, make that critically acclaimed film, write that big hit song, etc.

It is important that Yuki does not date a series of goofy looking Japanese rock-star jerk guys while she is a member of AKB48. She’s a “good girl” anyway.

What if Yuki were a typical American actress/singer? By her mid-twenties she would be too skanky with the stink of a series of celebrity boyfriends. Hey you Jerkwads — hands off Yuki!!! … Yuki’s karma is pure. In fact, her name means “snow”!

She is so incredibly sweet, I love her face and her personality. Yuki will still be a virgin … we will meet …  and since she just graduated (I’m not sure what year this fantasy is) she will now be free to pursue romance – with me.  And the best thing? She has never had a boyfriend before.  

Still a virgin, at her age, with that BODY that is just built for lovin’ … Jesus H. Christ … er … I mean, Siddhartha B. Gautama! … I will be her one and only. Mine, all mine …

There is something special about that.

Me, the young, newly famous film actor/director will marry Yukirin and we will be happy ever after!

(reverie ends)

OF COURSE IT IS STUPID!!! What mashugana goyim thinks that way?

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So whats the harm with a little fantasy?

Fueling this fantasy is good for marketing however.  Male fans might care less, and thus spend less — if Idols were just regular singers. Those would be some foolish fantasies for a guy to have.

But ask yourself: Aren’t your unspoken, everyday fleeting fantasies also just a little bit foolish?

Ask around.

What, a fellow cannot dream?

I’m not a delusional putz, …What, a fellow can’t dream?

Still, this is NOT my argument in favor of the rule however. I will get to my reasons later.

I think that you can also read  the male fantasy factor as a male fan jealousy factor. A lot of guys would be disappointed if their favorite idol started dating the Japanese version of Justin Bieber. Also, since the girls cannot date, they only have each other to turn to. You know what I mean. This fuels the OTHER male fantasy. Look, I did not make the world, but it is just the way it is. Guys like the yuri idea.

A good number of the “No Dating” critics are American, often lady writers coming from the “sophomore political science major” school of thought. Nothing against them, I have known many in college, but they are not exactly the open-minded type.  I may have fallen asleep in my beer a few times. To them, the “No Dating” rule is another example of the “patriarchal society” that Japan has, and “the women are being exploited by this”, wanka, wanka, wanka, etc.

Alright already.

Actually, these writers should wake up to the fact that in this case it is the young Idols who are in the power position. The late American comic Richard Pryor used to tell a story of growing up in his old neighborhood where the girls had the attitude (Pryor using his sing-songy voice):  “I’ve got the pussy, and you can’t have any …”.  Similarly, the Idol has the upper hand in this fan hierarchy. The no-dating rule puts the Idol in control, not the fan. Odd that so many cannot see that.

My central argument however is that the “No Dating” rule helps the girls by making them focus on career development. Remember your Star Wars studies: Jedi Knights were not allowed to get married. Well, one did … and look what happened to him! As Yoda said, “A Jedi must have the deepest commitment.”  Idols to need commit completely for a few years.

It is not like they are taking a vow that will last forever. It is at best for a few years in the teen and early twenties at most. Keeping busy might not allow for a lot of time to pursue relationships. They will have fewer worries they can focus on developing their talents.

There are time constraints. The girls are kept pretty busy. Look at the large volume of media AKB produce. The girls are always performing, modeling, recording, acting, etc. They only get one day off a week anyway.  A guy trying to date one of them would always be in the position of “I never get to see you”.  There would also be a lot of jealous guys. “Listen you, take your hands from her hair!”

The AKB family is large and difficult enough to manage as it is. Now throw in boyfriends and their problems. If the girls had boyfriends there would be all this infighting and jealousies. The young women may end up stealing each other’s boyfriends, or changing boyfriends.  Likely, there would be competing for the same Japanese actor/rock star boyfriends.

One of the things that grinds-my-gears is that there all these Japanese actors/singers who STILL ask the AKB girls out on dates, even though they know damn well they can’t do it. Their egos must think that they will be the exceptions.

Boyfriends might wreck the group! Even AKB48 leader Minami Takahashi has stated that (quotes) “the world would stop spinning” if the rule were abandoned. The haters know that boyfriends could destroy the group. (I do believe that the rule will indeed be rescinded sometime, due to pressure from AKB fans who support the change. However, I think that it will mark “the beginning of the end”, and interest in Idol groups will slowly fade.  All trends have their peak, and I predict that is how the Idol genre will end.)

Very importantly, the girls AGREE to abstain when they sign on. No one drafted them into an Idol army. They volunteer knowing full well they will have to give up dating for a few years. The young women know what they are getting into. If they do not want commit themselves to be part of the organization, then they should not audition to become part of the system. The policy clearly violates Japanese labor laws, thus all active members must be in agreement in order for the rule to exist.

Let me give you another example how giving up dating for a few years might help creatively and force them to focus.  Did you ever see that episode of Seinfeld where the George character found out that his Girlfriend had infectious mono, and so he would not be able to be intimate with her for several days.

He found that when sex was taken off the table, a large part of his brain function that was formerly only obsessed about sex – actually began to be used. He got smarter and smarter everyday. By being celibate, he was able to think and concentrate, eventually developing his intellect in physics.

Well, the AKB girls can do that to. Don’t worry about it. Develop your skills instead.

(Denny is not making this up): Allow me to digress a little here regarding something in my own experience. When I was a single, mid-twenties aged graduate student I had an opportunity.  I was informed that I could do research at the American research station at the South Pole.  Yes, Antarctica. I did not apply for it, but it would have meant living for about a year at the South Pole. Now let me ask you this: Had I taken that isolated research position researching oxygen isotopes in Antarctica … would I have been able to date?

OK, you made your little joke, now answer seriously. I would know that I would not be able to date for about a year. I would have to forget about it (you know) completely, bear down, and focus on research. The idea being I would be enriched from the scientific experience.  I would also have burned an estimated 8,000 calories a day — which is actually a pretty good selling point for a tour of duty at the South Pole.

There are many people worldwide who — because of circumstance — are not able to date for a time. Idols should not have to worry so much. True, when you are young, five years seems like a long time.

Some Deli Wisdom: Ladies, take it from me … and your father too … focus on your career, the right one will come along when you graduate. Also, your father and I have agreed that if there is a guy that wants you to break your vows, he is not the one for you. If he really likes you, he will wait : )

Better those girls should not be schlepping around until they are married.

Better those girls should not be schlepping around until they are married.

I do believe that the rule will indeed be rescinded sometime, due to pressure from AKB fans who do not care or support the change.

That some fans would be in favor of lifting the rule is also not hard to understand. Take Haruna Kojima for example. She is one of the world’s sexiest women. She is now in her late twenties. Just look at her. It almost seems A SHAME that the best years of her life are going by without a boyfriend. Yes, you could say “what a waste of fertile volcanic soil.”  The only lover she has had has been Yuko Oshima (gulp). Now, I am NOT spreading rumors here. It is all fairly well documented on YouTube and elsewhere that Yuko-chan was all over KojiHaru.

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At least there was no chance of a pregnancy scandal.

Yes, we all know that Yuko Oshima will indeed marry a man someday. (Rich dude or actor).  It is just that when she had to follow the AKB rules, she maintained this loving relationship with Kojima-san. Um, not sure if I arguing in favor or against the rule right now … I forget.

Likely, enough fans will eventually not care about the rule, and it will be dropped. However, I think that juncture will also mark “the beginning of the end”. Interest in Idol groups will slowly fade, and the public will not be able to put a finger on why exactly. All trends have their peak, and eventually end.  It will not happen all of a sudden. When enough of the fantasy disappears, the intensity of the interest will slowly but surely drop off. I predict that is how the Idol genre will end.

Starlight: Look, it is another culture.  I’m just having a corned beef sandwich. You?

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Happy Birthday Miss Kashiwagi! / Krazy Kool Kashiwagi Kaptions

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Dear Yukirin,

I know that I have not been able to use WordPress much lately, however I wanted to be the first in my time zone to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on July 15th. Japan is 12 hours ahead of me, so I wanted to time my greeting before you start going out to nightclubs and such tonight. Be careful, young one!

Uncle Denny.

Everyone else: Please enjoy my tribute to Yuki Kashiwagi  柏木 由紀  (Kashiwagi Yuki), born July 15, 1991 in Kagoshima Prefecture of Kyushu, Japan. The delightful Yukirin was born in the shadow of Mount Sakurajima, an active strato-volcano! (Ask a Geology-nerd what that is).

Yukirin is my second-favorite AKB Member … and the subject of my photo tribute for her special day.

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You know, except for the salt, this WAS my dream last night, Yukirin.

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Yuki-chan … I said TAKE DOWN the drapes not WEAR them!

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CLUE:  OK, I have Colonel Mustard … with the Candlestick … in the Library … Or was it all Yukirin ?.

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Remember Yukirin: an apple a day …  er … uh … um … er … heh heh .. what was I saying?

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Note for future reference: All I had to do was show up at the pool party holding a bag of “Doritos” and Miss Kashiwagi immediately kicked off her shorts!

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Kashiwagi-sama: Obama called, he said something about you “getting off your high horse” …

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… then Clint Eastwood called. He says you can KEEP the chair now.

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(Denny imitating British actor Sir John Gielgud) Yes, I know that you went to “Finishing School” dear girl, I can still smell the varnish!

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Help me Yukirin! I think I have scurvey!

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Yes, indeed! You did bring my favorite flavor Yukirin!

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Aye, Yukirin, I have the same kilt meself.

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Are you kidding Yuki? Auto workers in the USA LOVE Schlitz beer!

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HA! Well, I will have you know that I made a FORTUNE in weight guessing young lady!

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Yuki?  Yuki?  Oh, there you are HONEY  … 

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WHAT??? … WHAT??? Wait, let me turn OFF the wind machine Yukirin!

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Last time I lend Yukirin my credit card number.

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Yes, Miss Kashiwagi, I would be happy to give you my 100,000 mile “bumper-to-bumper” extended warranty !

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You are CORRECT Yukirin, this place does need a good set of door-knockers!

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Yes, thank you for the recommendation Yukirin, indeed I think I will “stay at the Y” tonight!

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Some say the volume is half-full, some say it is half-empty. I say “sit down you morons” I can’t see Yukirin!

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What?!?  I will have you people know that I only have “warm and fuzzy” feelings for Kashiwagi-san.

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Yes, thank you for explaining how your “two seam fastball” breaks down-and-in on right-handed batters. Oh, and how can I get one of those “milk-fed” mustaches?

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Please do not be JEALOUS ladies, Yuki only looks this good because she “does it all with mirrors”.

So much Yuki! … so little room. Enjoy my retrospective Yukirin SlideShow!

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Happy Birthday Miss Kashiwagi!

I wish I could do justice to how talented Ms. Kashiwagi is. She is a trooper. I wanted to link some performance videos of her amazing 3rd solo concert, however Record Industry Weasels have removed every last one! … every last one!

See more Yukirin on my Pinterest board linked here.

 

The sad face of Kashiwagi-san

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“The sad face of Kashiwagi-san”

This weekend I will be celebrating a little “AKB History”. I am planning a special Krazy Kashiwagi Kaptions post in honor of her birthday in two weeks. Until then, please enjoy AKB48’s Yuki Kashiwagi in her solo music video “Chinmoku” (“Silent”).  (Sorry only 360p available.)

It is heartbreaking whenever something like this occurs?  A beautiful and sweet-natured girl falls in love with a complete jerk.   What do you do when a lovely young woman falls for the wrong guy?  How tragic is it when the mean dude leaves the nice girl, breaking her heart?  … or breaks it over and over?   These themes and more are explored in the “Chinmoku” music video by Yuki Kashiwagi of AKB48.  Lyrics are by Yasushi Akimoto.  Many thanks to user 11Chocolate7 for providing the fan subs/lyrics in English, Romanji and Japanese on her YouTube post.  I think that this is a beautiful music video.   Critics have pointed out technical “flaws” but I believe that the lighting methods and photography are intentional.  There is no sloppiness in the filming, I see it as intuitive.  I believe that the over-exposures (overly bright scenes) represent Yuki’s memories and daydreams.  There are many beautiful moments in which to live mindfully in here.

Some people cried during “Bridges of Madison County”. Well, I like this.

The video tells the story of a girl (Yuki Kashiwagi) deeply in love with a man.  He leaves her.  He returns surprisingly, and much to her delight.  This is short-lived, as he leaves her again.  Much of the video is the Yuki character pining for this guy to come back to her.

An interesting and telling aspect is how she is treated by her lover.  He is obviously in total control of their relationship.  He does not hold her hand when they walk.  He grabs and jerks her arm, then leads her by the arm.   (See time 1:40 and 3:20.)   He grabs her, and holds her in a manner without affection …  yet she gladly accepts her fate, and still loves him.

Even though the lyrics have been directly translated from Japanese, they still hold their meaning even when translated as English that may not be correct grammatically.  (Future blog topic: The problem with translating Japanese lyrical order to English!)

For example, at time 0.49  “the distance that my hand doesn’t reach you makes a pain to me”  sounds stilted when translated directly into English.

The brain may read that as grammatically incorrect, but believe me, the heart fully understands.  The lyrics are heartbreaking, but also endearing.

There is great moment when we see what it is like to sit across the table from Yuki on a date.  She has a heartwarming expression in those brightly shot memories.  This is the innocent Yuki.  She recalls what life was like when she was together with her man.  She is happy and pretty in these moments .   She is also unaware that she is about to have her heart broken.

All the young lady thinks about is the ex-lover:   “ … the reality that you are not here, my puzzled figure is reflected in the glass.”  She cannot make sense of the world without him.

She always dreams of the happy day he might return to her.  She even looks around for him in crowds.  Have you ever been in public, but looked for someone, even if you know it does not make any sense?  This is what the heartbroken do.   Every time a door opens —  she looks up in hopes that it will be her ex that walks in.

Yuki still is functional in her everyday life.  Near the end of the video, she completes her studies, and sits alone in her apartment.  “I wonder what does time teach me”    Very soon however, she slumps down in her loneliness,  as she misses him and begins to cry.

“I who found the length of eternity unmanageable …order coffee …Silent”

The video ends with Yuki in a reverie about how happy she would be if only the man would return to her …

Then the reality rthat she is sitting all alone.

She is such a beauty.  The Yuki character radiates warmth.  What type of terrible man would treat such a loving woman in this manner?

Why is the story tragic? Yes  it has an unhappy ending.  However the tragedy is NOT that the guy left the girl,

the real tragedy is that she loved him.

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Starlight: It took this starlight eighteen months to reach my world. It reflected off of Earth and came back fourteen months later.

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What? You say you’re going to open a can of “WHOOP ASS”?

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Well … You might open your can of “whoop ass” but I am going to beat you down when I open my can of “Paruru”!!!

Asahi soft drink corporation has released new promotional commercials for their product line of “WONDA” coffee featuring AKB48!  WONDA promotional campaign spokes-idols are AKB48 members Haruka Shimazaki (島崎遥香), Mayu Watanabe (渡辺麻友), Minami Takahashi (高橋みなみ), Yuki Kashiwagi (柏木由紀) and Yui Yokoyama (横山由依).

They are pretty cute “Japan-is-crazy-type-commercials” which we all know and love. (But nothing as crazy as the music video at the end of the post.)

I actually liked the older WONDA cans when they had the photos of the members on the cans. Then, you could really “open up a can of Paruru”!

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I’m gonna open me a can of Shimazaki-san !!!

Still, I would like to have the promotional poster!

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You can see more commercials — one featuring each member for each day of the week — at the post by AKB48-Daily linked here.

Oh, and these commercial themes are also going to be worked into a new AKb48 music video.  Here is the “short version”. The record company does not trust me with the long version. It is still 1:30 of funny.

Starlight: From the Sun to Neptune. Not all that long this time!

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My Favorite Members of AKB48 and the 48 Family (this morning).

I love these girls.  Er .. I mean, young women … and …ah … um … ladies… (Thinking, starting again) I love these popular-singing-Idols!!!

The late Astronomer-BioChemist Carl Sagan once quipped: “When you are in love, you want to tell the whole world”. He meant that he loved science so much that he loved teaching it, and he always wanted to talk about it with anyone who would listen.

My own personal cosmos is filled with a different kind of star however, but I still want to to lecture.  Today I will share this list of my top “Sweet Sixteen” Favorite Members of AKB48 and the 48 Family … my favorites, at least as of this morning. Enjoy the photos and my funny captions.

#1. Iwasa Misaki

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Wasamin is a Southern Belle? “I do declare, Mr. Sinnoh, you are so  forward!” (blushes)

#2. Yuki Kashiwagi

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Little known AKB factoid: In an emergency, Yukirin may be used as a flotation device!

#3. Mayu Watanabe

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Whenever I have to face Mayu Watanabe on the mound, I try to “look at a couple” before I take my first swing.

#4. Miyuki Watanabe

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You might be “The New Girl” Milky-chan, however I am not going to call you “Zooey.”

#5. Sayaka Yamamoto

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Yes, thank you for the verbal reminder Sayanee … but there is NO WAY I am going to forget to buy melons when I go to the store today!

#6. Haruna Kojima

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Readers: I could not find a photo of KojiHaru that was NOT sexy. Think I’m kidding? Try doing a Google-Image search for “Haruna Kojima”. Go ahead … I’ll wait … See?

#7. Minami Minegeshi

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I’m not as THRUNK as you DINK …  Miichan!!!

#8. Rena Matsui

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“Hey Rena … dah dah dah dah …the movement you need is on your shoulder … Na Na Na Na …”

#9. Jurina Matsui

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Hey! Watch where you are swinging the wiener there, Matsui-san!!!

#10. Minami Takahashi

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Oh, that little Taka-mina! She just trick-skated her way into my heart.

#11. Haruka Nakagawa

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Well, life IS a marathon Haruka.

#12. Yui Yokoyama

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Why yes, Miss Yokoyama, I do indeed have a Ph.D. in “Foot-rub-ology” … why do you ask?

#13. Haruka Shimazaki

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Hey Paruru: Michael Nesmith called, he wants his cap back!

#14. Aika Ota

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You know Love-tan, the Library has rules about being too adorable in the reference area!

#15. Mako Kojima

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Young Miss Mako Kojima probably has the most infectious smile in show business … and .. wait what was that?

#16. Sakura Miyawaki

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Um, Sakura-tan, when you said that you like “Heavy Metal Music” I did not know that you meant the tuba!

OK, some of my captions are pretty lame. If you have better ones, please list the Idol # and suggested caption. Don Draper follows my blog.

 

Pokémon Nicknames: Fletchling, Fletchinder, Talonflame

I nicknamed a Fletchling “_ Doki Doki_” and leveled it up to 100.

“Doki Doki”

I put the special symbol  music note on both ends of its name, so that the name looks like it is said sing-songy in a “squeaky” manner, as if it is said by an Idol singer or an Akihabara maid cafe server.  The phrase “Doki Doki” is Japanese alliteration for a beating heart.  Although there is no exact translation into English, it would be the equivalent of “my heart is beating pitter-patter” (English alliteration).

DOKI DOKI my heart goes pitter patter

“DOKI DOKI”

If you have ever seen the Watarirouka Hashiritai sing their hit “Gyu” there is a “doki doki” refrain in it … and it KILLS ME that it is so cute! (Video linked here.) I love it when they make that little heart symbol with their hands! So adorable — I CAN’T STAND IT! Come to think of it “Gyu” (aka “hugs”) might be a good name for a little bird. So cute, just like a Fletchling!

Although Doki Doki, like all Fletchlings, is a NORMAL and FLYING type Pokémon, I did teach it “Hidden Power”, which, lucky me, turned out to be a FIRE move!  She knows, Fly, Steel Wing, Hidden Power (Special Fire move) and Aeriall Ace.  Although Fletchlings are relatively small and weak, my singing Doki Doki is a level 100, and can hold her own anywhere in Kalos.

The first Fletchling that I caught in Kalos I named “Yukirin”.  I know … I know that “Yuki” is the Japanese word for “snow”, but I wanted to name it after AKB48 member Yuki Kashiwagi.  I was on a big Yuki Kashiwagi kick at the time.

Sometimes a name is given to a pet that is the opposite of what it is, for example calling a black cat “Snowball”.

Sometimes a nickname is just because you like it, or the name is for someone you like … and I like Yukirin : )

I used Pokémon Amie a lot on this bird.  She became my lead Pokémon, even though I had chosen a lady Fennekin as my starter. (I do like my fire types!)

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Both Yukirin and Fletchling are cute singers!

Sometimes when battling, I would get the game message “Yukirin looked back at Denny with affection” or “Yukirin and Denny are in total sync with each other”, etc.

Oh, yeah, I have a very active fantasy life, but I digress …

I knew you would be impressed, Miss Kashiwagi!

I knew you would be impressed, Miss Kashiwagi!

Fletchling (Japanese: ヤヤコマ  “Yayakoma”), evolves into the FIRE-FLYING type Fletchinder (in Japanese: ヒノヤコマ  “Hinoyakoma”)  starting at level 17, which evolves into the FIRE-FLYING type Talonflame (in Japanese:  ファイアロー  “Fiarrow “) at level 35.  I always  keep the same nickname through all three evolutions.

I named another one Phoenix, as in the mythological bird that arose from firey ashes.  I have also named them “Hi no Tori” after the Japanese manga about the Phoenix bird.

You may like cutesy type names for Fletchling like “Chirppie” or “Mr. Chips“. You might like “Peeps” after the Easter candy. “Sweet Cheeps” would be a play on the old “sweet cheeks” compliment.

I used “Firefall” (to be the opposite of “waterfall”). I like to use the name “Hawkstown” as it still fits for the more hawk-like evolved forms. I named one “You’re FIRED” to send out on the Wondertrade. Watch out for that flame-body ability!

I like bird Pokémon.  I like fire-types, so I like all of the evolutions, however I usually only keep the ones that have flame body.

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This fan has made a very attractive Fletchinder hoodie. Finally, someone who looks good in a hoodie.

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What a great Fletchlinger hoodie!

Talonflame is probably my favorite Pokemon to use in the Kalos region … and “Flame Body is indeed a wonderful thing!

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What did you name your Talonflame? Please comment.

My mouse is very happy now!

mouse brain stimulated by nmb48I finally received my new NMB48 “Nanba Jichiku” (theater version) CD from Japan a couple of weeks ago.

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Even the Japanese stamps make me happy!

I have been happily playing in on my morning commute every day. It is a lot of happiness, and I am not just referring to the cover photo.  I know — there is a lot of skin, but that is not the reason I have been enjoying it so much…

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What’s the deal with the mouse, you ask?

Are any of you familiar with the famous experiment conducted by scientists studying addiction? These scientists would put a mouse in a box, and see if it could perform a task, such as picking the correct shape when prompted, or solving a puzzle, or running on a little wheel. If he performed the trick correctly, he would get a little reward. At first they tried rewarding the mice with food, and other things mice like.

Then the scientists got the idea that they could reward the mouse by just putting an electrode in a mouse’s brain that is set to stimulate his pleasure center if he presses the lever in his box. If he performs the right task, he gets to press the little level and get a dose of euphoria.

Turns out the mouse liked having his pleasure center stimulated by the electrode better than anything. The electrode charge was better than getting a drink of fresh water. It was better than sleeping in a soft pile of woodchips. The artificial stimulus was better than any food.  The electrode stimulation of the brain was even preferred over getting some mouse nookie with his mouse girlfriend.  Indeed, NOTHING was better than getting his brain’s pleasure center directly stimulated by the electrode.

Does the mouse live in an artificial word? Maybe.  The mouse is happy.

Who are we to judge this mouse who has found his own happiness?

mouse loves nmb48

Well, I have been very happy listening to my new NMB48 CD. I love it. I can share one song with you here.  You can watch the “Ibiza Girl” video linked here on Jpopsuki.  It is a high quality video, and takes a little longer to load than YouTube videos.  Breathe …

http://www.jpopsuki.tv/video/NMB48—Ibiza-Girl-%2528Dancing-Version%2529/1a22d37c37afa0c57727f3a3037f6d15

… but OH MY BUDDHA!!! … Guam has never looked better!

Please do not watch this while driving. I know, I know — there is a lot of skin, but that is not the point …

Actually, most of the album does not all sound like the dance pop hit single. There is also a lot of sugary 1960s and 1970s flavored pop, some 1980s power pop, and some that are hard to describe. Like a “Rare Candy” it is a treat full of energy, sweetness and happiness.

I just bought the “Theater Version” on eBay. It is CD only, so no extra DVDs for me.

Wow! You get a LYRICS booklet!!!

Wow you get a LYRICS booklet!!!

That is OK, because I do not have a region-free DVD player. This is the list of tracks:

  1. Ibiza Girl 02. Bokura no Eureka 03. Kamonegikkusu 04. Takane no Ringo 05.”Seito Techou no Shashin wa Ki ni Haitte Inai” no Housoku 06. Souzou no Shijin (Kenykuusei) 07. Todokanasou de Todoku Mono 08. Sunglasses to Uchiakebanashi (Kenkyuusei) 09. Kasa wa Iranai 10. Toki wa Katarihajimeru 11. Isshukan, Zenbu ga Getsuyoubi nara II no ni 12. Sayanee 13. Kamonegikkusu <Remo-Con REMIX> 14. Kimi to Deatte Boku wa Kawatta

I like all of them, but I have been pressing the lever a lot for tracks 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 … well, ALL of them!i like all the tracks

They are not all dance numbers, though. I dare say that the structure of some of them are a even little Beatles-esque.  I can just imagine Ringo, bobbing his head back and forth as he keeps the beat. 

… or maybe that is just the electrode talking!

Is my happiness only an ILLUSION?

Is my happiness only an ILLUSION?

I also invite you to watch the “Ibiza Girl” music videolinked on Jpopsuki here.(Sorry for the long Jpopsuki load times.  Breathe … Breathe … Breathe… ) The music video features a story about a guy that makes a good impression on all the NMB48 girls. It is pretty funny because the guy is played by Vanilla Ice, that white rapper from the 1980s. … or maybe it is Rick Astley (the “I’m never going to give you up” British singer kid). It is one of those two … I’m not sure.

Well, “word to your mother” … I am “never going to give up” liking this music video.

http://www.jpopsuki.tv/video/NMB48—Ibiza-Girl/7fcf9b132ff0d1ad6e4e2406a0dddac7

I know, there is still a lot of skin.  If you ask me, that guy should use some sunblock.  The dude gets so lucky with the NMB48 girls, that he even gets bored of Sayaka Yamamoto … DAM.

I also need to apologize to Mr. Yasushi Akimoto. Mr. Akimoto-san, at first I questioned the wisdom of your reassignments from AKB48.  At first I thought: Yukirin to the NMB48? What? Why?  … Now I realize what a stroke of genius it was to put Yuki Kashiwagi in with Sayaka Yamamoto and Miyuki Watanabe. I bow respectfully to you sir.

buddha smiling

Until next time, dear friends …

May you find your own path to happiness … press your lever now …

 

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