Translator, Timer, and pretty much anything else for TPF. That is why I’m the leader!
My main likes are idols and J-pop in general but I do like watch Japanese variety shows, whether they feature idols or not.
#1. How long have you been studying Japanese?
I’ve studied (by myself) for more than 5 years.
#2. How did you get so good in Japanese?
WATCH A LOT OF SHOWS! Also, watch them without subtitles, or else you won’t be focusing on what they are saying. You will just read the subtitles. I also romanize song lyrics which was a big help as well.
#3. Have you been to Japan?
I’ve been there once, for a week. However, I’ll be there from September 2012 to April 2012 for work! Yes, I am very excited.
Ask any other questions!
Hey guys!! It’s been a while since my last personal post.
Well to update you guys, I am officially back from Japan. Already having reverse homesickness ><. Anyways, school started and I’m hating it already. However, it is cool seeing all my friends in Canada!
As for my new side project, a friend of mine and me are going to start up a podcast! We haven’t gotten a name decided yet but we are trying to make it engaging lol. The first podcast will be up later this month (hopefully…). The show is about Japan and its culture! So we will be talking about national news, entertainment, and yes… idols! We want to make this somewhat interactive so we are looking for listeners to give us questions or ideas. We are planning to have a segment where we recommend stuff under a specific category. Therefore, please send us topics for us to recommend. It can be anything! Idols, music, TV shows, dramas, anime, etc…
We are going to have a fb page, and be uploading them on itunes and youtube!
Looking forward to ur responses!
Well, I kind of did this last summer with my mid-year review of Hello! Project of 2012. If you haven’t checked it out, click here. I might rehash some of the stuff I said on that post. This post is about reasons (or possible reasons) of why H!P is getting more popular.
The Downfall of AKB48
REALLY? AKB48 is dying? Well… not really. Their fanbase is basically the same but their public image has hit rock bottom. Some examples are the recent Kasai Tomomi photobook, the rumor of Maeda Atsuko appearing with AKB during Kouhaku (even though she graduated), and some of the member’s new years trip to Hawaii. AKB and their sister groups are infamous for doping their singles with handshake tickets. Fans will buy hundreds and thousands of singles just to shake their hands with their favorite members. There was also news of a fan selling fake SKE handshake event tickets as well. In the end, the fans will just throw away the CDs after they got the tickets.
The fans are also notorious for being offended easily. Kintaro (a female comedian) did an impression of Maeda Atsuko. Since she is not as cute/pretty as Maeda (nor even “look” like her), there were death threats and the like towards Kintaro from the fans.
She recently went on Kayou-kyoku and was together with AKB. Yeah… some members weren’t that happy at all.
In the end, AKB will probably be popular until they disband but idol enthusiasts and the public will probably look at other idols (like MomoClo and H!P) if they want another dancing and singing female idol group.
Hello! Project’s Dancing / Singing Skills
Well, no one can doubt the fact that Hello! Project is home to one of the best dancers and singers out of the idol world. Sure, MomoClo does have an element of surprise and expectation in their songs, but H!P can’t be beat overall. Morning Musume is now famous for all their difficult formations and the female support for C-ute is increasing. Momochi is also helping boost Berryz as well.
There are some bad comments towards Tsunku for making the same kind of song for Morning Musume (in terms of A-sides) ever since One Two Three. Using autotune was also frowned upon.
Recently, their skills have been recognized by critics and the general public which help their popularity. Morning Musume’s Help me Dance Ver got over 2 million views before the CD was even released.
The End of the Idol Boom
Yeah, this ended. People aren’t going to agree with me since there are like hundreds of idol groups in Japan. At least not many groups are sprouting out of nowhere unlike 2008-2011 which brought us MomoClo, Passpo, Afilia Saga East, SUPER GiRLS, Fairies, Sakura Gakuin, TGS, and etc. Let’s see how much you recognize from this outside of Kpop groups and the ones I listed here. Here is the link. Therefore, groups that debuted recently will have a hard time to get popular. Groups stop sprouting and that what makes the boom over.
Now that there are not as many people liking idols (except the hardcore fans), people who doesn’t want to like the typical idol group will have to look for alternatives. MomoClo is a good alternative since they do un-idol things but it is fun and crazy at the same time. They also have a lot of backup from celebrities/musicians including Minami Akina and miwa, and comedians including Shitara Osamu (the person on the most TV shows of 2012 with 611 shows). Hello! Project is also a good alternative because they aren’t really considered as idols. Of course they do everything that idols do but their intense dancing and singing skills makes them not really idols.
There you have it. I’m just posing facts and personal opinions here. This post make it seem that I hate AKB or whatever but that is reality of them right now. I also want to post these kinds of posts to get a feel of how people think of Hello! Project and other idols (especially foreigners).
Hey guys! It’s been a while since I blogged about something. Well, mostly because it wasn’t related to idols. This time, it is different! First H!P concert, first concert in Japan, and first H!P merchandise (besides CDs). There will be multiple sections, so lots of reading lol.
Hey guys! I’m going to write some stuff that happened during the next 7 months in Japan. I might not update in a weekly basis, I’ll probably just write whenever something cool or idol-related happened.
Oh yeah, there are probably not going to be much pictures in these posts because I don’t want to look like a tourist, putting a camera towards everything I see lol. There are probably going to be random ones on my fb account, if you can find it (and please tell me you know it from TPF or w/e ^^).
Well I came into Japan on a Friday (September 21st) evening. Plane was due to land at around 4pm (JST). Yeah, that didn’t happened. Due to bad weather at Narita Airport, we landed at Haneda Airport. That was around 5pm. Then the air staff decided to go back to Narita ><. My mind was like “wtf…”. One reason being that my place of residence is nearer to Haneda than Narita. In the end, I got to Narita at 7pm. I got out of the airport at 8. After a 2+ hour bus ride and 1+ hour car ride from my boss, I got to my place at 12am.
Weekend was a typical walking around town and buying anything I need. I also went to Karaoke all by myself (it is called Hitokara in Japan).
Monday, one of my co-workers went with me to open a bank account, alien registration, and getting a cell phone/internet. The first two went pretty fast, we finished within 3 hours. Cell phone on the other hand took me 3 hours which included a 1.5h wait time (the shop showed Mr. Bean which was ok).
Tuesday through Friday was work. The people at my department are very lax. They come in at random times, even after the designated start time. Also, the dress code wasn’t pretty strict. People wore jeans and t-shirts while some others wore shirts and dress pants. Note, don’t expect this at what ever place you plan to work! I was just lucky lol.
My co-workers were very surprised about my Japanese. Yes, I can manage a full day at work without any english and I communicate with my co-workers very often. One funny conversation happened on Wednesday. My female co-workers asked me:
Them :”So do you like AKB?”
Them: “Good, or else we would’ve hated you”
I know AKB fans that reads this will be raging and stuff but I just had to put it on. Also, I was the talk of the town when I told people that I went to karaoke by myself on sunday.
Friday was a welcome party/gathering for my department. We went to a classic Japanese restaurant and had sashimi and shabushabu (look it up if you don’t know what they are). And yes, there are no salmon,white tuna, or whatever kinds of fish you see in sushi places overseas (even the stores own by Japanese people). People drank, talked and some went to karaoke after that (I was one of those people). I was surprised that one of my co-workers love MM / H!P. Yes, we sang some MM and Ayaya ^^.
The past weekend was meeting friends. Saturday, I met with a Japanese exchange student from my university and one of my university senpais who graduated and moved back to Japan. It was a short reunion but we had fun talking about stuff and doing some catch up. Sunday, I went out with people at my dorm. We went to the city and played some random stuff like darts. I also went karaoke, again ^^.
If people didn’t know, Japan had a typhoon on Sunday. Yes, I was fine although I was out and about when it was near my place ^^.
So if you didn’t miscounted, I went to Karaoke on 3 occasions in a little over a week. I love Karaoke, just because I love a lot of Jpop. I’ll probably be going a lot more times in the future!
Here is a list of things I like to accomplish or places I like to visit within my 7 months:
- H!P or Buono! concert
- Go to Tsunku’s produced restaurant, Karifuwadou
- Osaka and Kyoto
- Hanami (watching sakura)
- Go back to my home home town (Hong Kong)
- Akihabara and Odaiba
- Fuji-Q Highland (I’m pretty sure a lot of you seen H!P go there)
I think they are all doable. But getting concert tickets might be tough (anyone in fan club who can buy me some? lol).
I’ll try to keep this up. Also, if some of you who might want to work there and need some advice of the process or where to look, just contact me:
Any other questions are welcomed!
I am on Co-op (student internship) so you don’t have to graduate to go there ^^.
Hope you guys stay tune to my next chapter!
Well, it has been a while since I’ve blogged.
My life recently comprised of fansubbing and gaming. I’m on summer vacation so I have a lot of time to do whatever I want!
One thing that I was happy about was that Coconut’s Musume’s Ayaka (now Nagate Ayaka) appeared on a show called “Oh! Doyagao Summit.” I haven’t seen her for a while and her voice is as cute as ever! It is nice that she is still friends with ex H!P members as well! Next week’s “Oh! Doyagao Summit” will have Iikubo and Ishikawa Rika so it should be a must watch!
But one thing that pissed me off (yes… pissed) was the Cat’s Eye 7. Really, autotuning people who doesn’t need it? Although they did great with the video and stuff but that autotune turned me away fast. I just hope they won’t release a single for this just to milk some wota money…
Well some TPF news that you can only get from reading my blogs (yes… I’m TRYING to get readers):
Well the C-ute Alo Hello 2 is going very well. I got about 70 minutes out of the 112 minute video done. Hope for a release next week or so.
September 7th is Morning Musume’s 15th Anniversary! Of course, TPF will do their infamous mega consecutive releases! We have four releases planned for that day, five if everything goes well! Most of the videos are about the past, talking about the past, and exposing secrets of the past! Of course, DMM will be there along with MM to celebrate this wonderful day!
Last week, Suzuki Airi reigned queen as H!P’s #1 idol voted by fans! We have also decided on what we are going to do! Due to the high amount of requests, WE WILL be doing Vampire Stories Brothers! Although we won’t be working on it until MM’s 15 Anniversary is complete, please look forward to it ^^
As for HPT… If you didn’t know, airiindeshou has personal issues and won’t be able to work on episodes for a while. I think it is a good opportunity of telling fans of how human the crew of TPF really is. Sure we are doing a lot of cool videos and receive a lot of support from everyone but that can never last forever without problems. We do have issues with our life whether we like it or not. And sometimes even TPF have to go on long hiatuses in the future. Of course, we won’t know when and why. So for now, there will be no HPT releases until airiindeshou gets back. Don’t worry, the stuff I talked about above are all game to be released.
As for me, I think it is an opportunity to talk about what TPF means to me and what motivates me to sub.
Well TPF started with some forum members and me a while back. Believe it or not, I wasn’t translating at that time. We were famous for doing that taunting task of Kirarin Revolution. We went on hiatus and stopped subbing that. The main reason for the hiatus is that most of the crew wanted to focus on studying (they are still now, that is why they aren’t coming back anytime soon. However, they are always welcomed ^^). Although I wasn’t one of those people, I stopped subbing, especially Kirarin Revolution, because I lost my motivation. I started subbing that anime because Koharu was my favorite member back then. When I got new favorites, that motivation went away until I just couldn’t take subbing another episode.
Now, my motivation comes and goes. I hardly do videos that I don’t care about unless they are very short (like less than 10 minutes). Any other videos, I am either interested in doing or wanting to give back the fans who supported us. Just a note, Vampire Stories Brothers is one of those videos that I want to do just to give back to people who voted for Airi for the game. I am not particularly doing it because loved the movie or anything. Heck, I never wanted to TRY to watch it (nor Chasers). Even when I sub HPT, I have a on and off switch for my motivation. A lot of times, it was hard to go over 50 lines without stopping for the day.
This is the reality of me. I am a casual H!P fan. I like other idols and artists as much as H!P, maybe even more. I don’t go hanging around 2ch reading wota’s comments nor trying to get as much H!P information in my brain as I can. I don’t stare at pictures of the girls and store it in my computer. I know you might be sad to hear this but it is what it is. But don’t worry, chances of TPF going down with me is really thin. I have a lot of fans around and the crew is working hard as well so I can’t let everyone’s efforts go to waste. Also, I’m not really hating it (although it is tiring and annoying sometimes), so I don’t see any reason to stop any time soon. Of course, personal issues might come up and stopping TPF might happen.
As you can see, I’m not the most ideal leader of this subbing group. Most of the crew doesn’t know this as well. But seeing airiindeshou go on a hiatus for personal reasons made me think of what I feel about TPF. Me nor the crew are machines, although I sometimes treat the crew like they are ><. We sub because we like to or want to improve our skills. A lot of members want to improve their Japanese, show their love for H!P, or give back. TPF might not be perfect or not meet everyone’s expectations but we are trying and I think that is good enough for us.