January 31, 2007

Happy 17 Yabucchi!

Dear Yabucchi,
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no matter how hard I try, I can’t pinpoint the exact date when you left behind the bratty, sometimes not very sensitive kid you used to be —especially in what regarded Shoon—, and became the adorable, bashful, and respectful young man you have become.
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I don’t think I’ll ever be able to call you Kôta; it would feel just weird, but I’ve grown so fond of you that I need to call you something other than Yabu, so Yabucchi it is. Hope you won’t mind.
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There’s so much in a name. Now you’re the leading junior it seems like you were always destined to be “the Chosen One”. Not even back in 2003, when you were that tiny, skinny child with a squeaky voice, did anybody call you Kôta.
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I think I only heard Jin call you that once in the Universal Studios episode. You were fooling around and climbed to the edge of a fountain. A light rain was falling and it was probably slippery, so Bakanishi, who seems to really care for you, called out to you by your first name with a warning note in his tone, telling you to get down from there. You obeyed at once, for even though you were a little bit of a mischief maker, you were also obedient, yes. =]
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Other than that time, I can’t recall anybody else calling you Kôta. People call you a “prince” (which leaves Shoon for the princess, Hikaru for the jester, and Taiyô could be your counselor when you became king), and in a way I think it’s not just because of your elegant bearing, but also because you’ve always been treated like a prince by the jimushô. When you were younger they spoiled you in every possible way —so much it’s almost a miracle you’ve become the sensible, modest person you’ve become—, but they also made you aware from the beginning that they would expect more from you than from anybody else.
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I imagine that must be hard, and I’m sure sometimes you must be tired, or worried... perhaps even slightly nervous, but you rarely let it show. It’s evident though that you enjoy what you do, and through your enjoyment you make the public take part in that excitement that seems to run through your body like an electric current the moment you go on stage. That trademark smile of yours is always prompt to grace your pretty, pouty lips, and the moment it does you win every heart. Hikaru’s smile is the perfection of imperfection; Taiyô’s is sunshine caught in his amazingly white teeth; Shoon’s carries a tenderness that makes you feel warm inside... but yours is the very definition of an infectious smile.
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You’ve changed so much in just a few months. When I started writing BnS, back in April of last year, you were the same height as Shoon, even slightly smaller. Now you’re almost a head taller than him which totally spoils my idea of Yamabu, because the way I wrote it you were the feminine one in the pair XD.
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I also described your dancing as “a little forceful” (I know, I’m mean XD), but you’ve improved to the point that it’s a joy to watch you dance. =) You’re so natural now, and it’s so obvious you’re having fun when you’re on stage! ^__^
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My wish for you on this 17th year of your life is that you’ll keep on enjoying everything you do, and that your enthusiasm will never die. I also have one thing to beg of you, though: please pay more attention to Shoon. XD;;;
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PS: Another birthday present for Yabu fans: a collection of scans of Yabu shop pics (that one below is a particular favourite of mine - you will no doubt imagine why XD) Credits go to FANTCHIL, who posted them at the Little Juniors Heaven forums. =) Click on the link below to see the rest. [username: shoonbday; password: happybday]
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shooncomm/sets/72157594506559333/
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January 30, 2007

comments, mp3s, & Yabucchi pix

Thanks to P_G I've updated the mp3s section with a good number of songs. =) Go check it!
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Also, I won't post my "happy b-day Yabucchi" entry till tomorrow, but I have some presents to give away: namely wonderful pix snagged from LJH, scanned by FIREYEH, so credits go to her. =) Chinese people are really generous and share a lot. ^___^
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Just some teasers 'cause it's like 48 pics in total, and it would be a lot of work to make thumbnails with links for all. ^^U (right-click to see the full size pics)
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1. Bad boy Yabu at One! The History of Tackey. ^^B 2. Wearing that new wonderful orange-black-red outfit at the New Year concert. ^^B 3. Shoon and Hikaru cracking up at the Undoukai event (though Hikaru looks like he's crying). XD WTH had happened? 4. Don't right-click on this one, it won't work; it's just a bait to make you go here and get the rest XD (username: shoonbday; password: happybday)
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And to finish this entry, replies to your comments as well. =)
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メロンハム:
Taiyo's sister is 4 years younger then him Wow, so much younger? =o Hm, so she's still a little girl now, barely 12, ne?
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Alei:

I'm glad you liked the header I made for Taiyô's b-day. ^___^ At first I thought of using a picture of him smiling, because everybody loves smiling!Taiyô, but then I also wanted to show the new, mature Taiyô, so that's why I chose a non-smiling pic of him, plus some smaller, less serious pics. =) And well, Taiyô's bakaness was one of the two things that made me adore him at first. The other was his sensitivity. =)
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Marz:
Yes, it's unbelievable when you look at old pictures of Ya-Ya-yah, which aren't really that old (just 4-5 years at the most), and then look at the most recent ones and see how they've grown. =)
That pic from the New Year concert booklet in which Shoon standing alone on one side and the other 3 on the other makes me feel sad too. T__T Don't worry. Shoon totally works that left page on his own XD
LOL He does. ;-) And I've always had this thing for "lonewolves", because they're so mysterious that it makes them more attractive. XD
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j0j0:
Well, I think Taiyô's getting more popular in the fandom little by little. =) He deserves it too. He's a great guy.
I've made a wallpaper in memorial of his bday too so if anyone wants it please visit my site XD
I think I visited it sometime ago but can't remember the URL. ^^ Please tell me so I can go visit. =)
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Yui:
I saw your translation about the Myojo rankings in the ya3 comm and read it. Thanks so much!! ^^BBB I still have to reply your comments and your e-mail, though. ^^U I'm so slow. -__-U Please forgive me. Yes, Hikaru's popularity has increased like wow, but it's no wonder, ne? He's a very likeable person and so funny. =) It is indeed a bit disappointing that Yabu did not get into many rankings. =( It's strange, with him being the leading Junior now. ^^? And yes, yay for Shoon!: 4th strongest Jr ^^BBB, 5th best in kimono Jr (so true! XD), 5th most intelligent Jr. (and Yabucchi was 3rd, I think ^^B), 3rd with best fashion sense (I'd say 1st XD)
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Salad:
I'm very happy you liked the entry I wrote for Taiyô's b-day. ^___^ And yes, you're right: he doesn't fit the baka role anymore. =)
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Myri-chan:
I think the four Ya-Ya-yah members are very interesting people, and it's great that we've seen them literally grow before our eyes, and I don't mean physically, but in the sense of maturing. ^__^ I like watching them, and trying to understand why they are the way they are. =) And yes, they should make a single unit with Taiga, Shintarô, Ryotarô, Ryosuke and Yûto as you say. =)
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Kins:
You're welcome for the downloads and everything. =) So you're working too? What is your profession? Actually I can't update the blog as often as I'd like to, but it helps me to relax and there's some really nice people like Yungboy, Yuantim, and P_G who collaborate with me uploading videos, mp3 files, sending me scans to share with others... =)
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anonymous: There was no SC on 07.01.21. There are only 2 SC episodes per month, and they air on the first 2 Sundays of each month. And yes, you can download the Pride Summer Grand Prix at the videos section. =) It's one of my favourites. ^____^
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Sasuke2itachi3:
You're welcome for the reuploading. =) If you see any more dead links, please do tell me. ^__^
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Kichi:
Yamabu hand holding is a whole lot different then Hikabu! It so IS. XD By the way, have you seen that Fiona has uploaded a high quality version of that livestage to her clubbox? ^^B And OMG, yes, Shoon is definitely trying to kill us with the finger lip thing! XD
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anonymous: Is the link for .001 of this Yax3 show a bit wonky? =/ ?___? What do you mean wonky? You've joined both parts, ne?
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Geri:
I think I have that Shokura clip in the videos section. If it isn't tell me and I'll upload it. =)
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Monica:
Glad you liked my silly fangirly video. XD Yamabu for the win! LOL
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anonymous:
Shoon isn't good at bowling isn't he? LOL but Yabucchi is so COOL!
Ah, I know, poor Shoon! XD He was having a bad day it seemed. I think he got nervous after the second time he failed. I'd say Yabu had an amazing bout of luck, but in my opinion it's Taiyô who's really good at bowling (at least that's what I've concluded from all the episodes in which they've played bowls), as are the Ungirls. XD
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Mei:
I really like "Yamabu" >W<~~ Yay! ^^BBB We should make a club or something. XD *thinks of starting a Yamabu LJ community*
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Anonymous:
Hikaru is incredibly funny. I love all those faces he makes. XD And yes, Kawai's mimicry was amazing! ^___^

I've rewatched that part like half a dozen times. XD
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Maya:
You're welcome for the reuploads. =) I'll reupload the onigokko this week.
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Annie:
Thanks for commenting! ^___^ I'm glad you liked the fangirly video. XD I like laughing at my fangirliness.

;-)
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Mai-chan:
putting Yamada and Yuto apart into 2 groups is something ridiculous~ i can say that these two group almost perform together in the same song! So true! It's silly indeed.
i cant wait for Yamada-kun to grow up he'll sure a handsome & sexy guy (i juz promise to myself dat i'll keep my life up to those days XD)
You're in for a long wait! XD He's just 13, ne?

anonymous:
I think X-Dame 'll be a good song if they cut all of repeated "Dame" out XD Hmmm... Perhaps. *thinks* Nah, it would still be a bad song. XD

Fatalblue:
Your blog in a short time has single-handedly turned me in to major ya3 fangirl. no longer a mild interest or amusment but my new gulity pluesure! XD
*is flattered* Wow! Thank you! ^^BBB They are the best, all four of them, aren't they? ^___^
Yes, Hikaru could totally go for a comedian career if one day he gets tired of singing and dancing. XD And I myself cracked up with the Jun Matsumoto mimicry. He dances exactly like that, ne?
X-dame... the dancing looks like some half baked excused for parapara ( someone get richie and the parapara all stars...QUICK!)
LOL So true! I love how all the juniors were hardly repressing amused smiles, especially Yabu and Totsu. XD
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PS: More Yabu-surprises tomorrow. ;-)

January 28, 2007

Shounen Club 2007.01.14

[EDIT]: I've updated the videos section with several clips from this SC. =)

In the last months Shokura has become more and more the true show of all the Johnny’s Juniors and not just a few of them. Little by little everyone is getting their fair share of attention and recognition, in some cases a bit late, but as they say... better late than never. ;-) 2007.01.14 was produced by Question, the least known group among the Juniors. Until recently they were almost always just part of the background on stage, and I felt bad for them because they didn’t get to sing much, and not even to play their instruments live.
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Perhaps because of that, because they have never been in the limelight, they all are quite modest, unassuming guys, because they’ve learned not to expect much. A couple of them have nice voices and all five seem really nice and a little crazy XD , so here’s hoping we’ll get to see more of them and not just in the back of the stage.
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Anyway, the show opened with all the Juniors performing Summary, in which Shoon got to do some rapping ^^B and it was more than obvious that Yabu has become the leading Junior, because he stayed on stage until the end of the song, unlike Hikaru and other JE “favourites”.
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After that there was a medley of Question with the other groups by turns, and Ya-Ya-yah performed with them a very cool song called Boogie Woogie Cat. They clearly were having fun because it showed in that they looked more natural than ever. However they need to let their hair down a little more. Guys, take Hikaru as an example. ;-) Shoon, Taiyô, I want to see you dance like crazy next time. Shake off that shyness; you’re Johnnys! XD
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This is a Ya-Ya-yah blog and not a J.J.Express blog, but I think their performance Kanjiru mama ni You and I was quite nice. I like much better this 7 members JJE, without the younger kids. And probably they’ll remain like until their possible debut sometime in the future. I mean that they look like a group made for debut: 7 members, all more or less of the same age, some very good voices (like Arioka Daiki’s), a well-liked leader who was chosen for Kitty, plus all are quite good looking and some might be future heartthrobs (like Asaka, who is growing on me). So yes, unless they split them to make a whole new group as it happened with NEWS, they have good chances of debuting together in the future. =)
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This is not a Takki&Tsubasa blog either, but all the Juniors backdanced for them this time, Ya-Ya-yah included and... gosh, X Dame was the silliest, funniest performance ever. XD Now, Takki and Tsubasa are both very nice and handsome guys, but this time the choreography is just too damn ridiculous and the song is awful, with bad puns like “I’m sick tell you = Aishiteru”, and an chorus that sounds like a broken record. XD Sorry guys, I know neither of those two things is your fault, but if I were you I’d kill the songwriter and the coreographer.
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I’d many times pondered what is it that makes JE performances a bit awkward —even silly sometimes—, and watching X Dame I finally realized what’s the problem: they flail their arms all the time! XD Western dancers move their hands and arms, but not all the time, and they also refrain from doing absurd gestures. No wonder the Juniors were cracking up during the whole performance! XDDD If JE wants to get into the Western market they should change that.
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Anyway, then we had the Junior no mirakuru daisakusen segment, in which different juniors do “amazing” things. Hikaru seems to have become a regular in this segment, which is great because he’s always so funny! ^__^ This time first came Yabu, who demonstrated how to thread a needle without actually making the thread go through the eye of the needle. I’ve tried to do it and I can’t! Why? XD He said it was his mother who taught him that trick. So cute! ^^B
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Second was Hikaru, who played the part of a hilarious absent-minded professor. He had to guess the names of different precious stones from close-up photographs, and kept on giving the absurdest answers like “midori ishi” (green stone) for emmerald, and then, when Tsubasa gave him the hint “it starts with an e” replied “Emma Watson!” (WTH?!?). XDDDD
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And the last one was ABC’s Kawai, who made some really funny mimicry of different JE artists. The best, by far, was when he mimicked Arashi’s Jun Matsumoto. Even Takki and Tsubasa were cracking up. XDDD
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The show ended with a performance of Kiss kara hajimaru mystery, a Kinki Kids song, by all the juniors, and yet another performance of Good. =)
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PS: I'll update the videos section later with these clips.

January 27, 2007

fangirliness

Inspired by the awesomeness of Bre's latest Yamabu fic I made a silly, fangirly video with silly, fangirly comments on the latest live stage just for fun. XD Yamabu is ♥. ^^BBB [The original is a .wmv file, so the quality after uploading it to Dailymotion is not too good. If you want to watch it in better quality you can download it here]
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PS: Tomorrow I'll make an entry about the latest SC and update the videos section with clips from it. =)

January 26, 2007

2007.01.21 live stage

[EDIT 3]: okay, part 2 of 2007.01.21 is up now. =)
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[EDIT 2]: Something went wrong when I started uploading the latest show this morning and I had to start all over again *cries*. Anyway, I've updated the videos section with a download link for the first part (which you can watch with VLC player), added SC performances courtesy of Yungboy (thanks a mil! =)), and also reuploaded 2004.10.31 and 2005.02.06, as requested by Maya (I'll reupload the onigokko next, okay? =)). To Stan: yeah, that SBM commercial was cut from one of the shows. I'll reupload it for the next update either way.
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[EDIT] And i case someone wants to download the livestage... click here [35 MB]
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I'll update the whole show tomorrow, but I thought I'd post the livestage tonight. It was very nice: they sang Te wo tsunaide yukô and Itoshii no Playgirl at the studio but in between there's footage from the New Year concert! =)
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Baka no more

Dear Taiyô,

Being the nice, understanding guy you are I know you will forgive me for having missed your birthday, ne? ^^ I feel kind of bad for not having been able to write this entry on the 18th because, just so you know, you are a very special person to me. =]
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You’re 16 now, but that’s just a number. You’ve grown so much in this past year, though, and I’m not speaking of your height. Gone now is the lovable baka you were, and even though I miss him a little, I like the new you even better.
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You’ve become a self-confident young man who is well-bred, diligent, and never makes a fuss of anything. Shoon often gets morose when the two of you only get to back-dance, or when during a report you have to follow Yabu and Hikaru around and don’t get to do much. I’ve never ever seen you even pull a face though, and you’ve had to stand a good many “humiliating” situations just because somebody decided you had to play the role of the baka in the show.
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No, I’ve never seen you complain. You endure everything with patience and good humour, and that sunny smile you’re famous for hardly ever faulters.
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The world would be a better place if there were more people in it like you. People who love their grandparents so much they mention them without being ashamed; people who wait quietly and calmly in their place, minding their own business, hurting no one; people whose innocence and goodness has never been tainted even though their sensitivity has no doubt made them suffer.
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I wish you the very best in this new year of your life, Taiyô-kun. Never lose that beautiful smile.

January 25, 2007

2007.03 Myojo scans

I still have to write that happy-belated birthday entry for Taiyô ^^U , but I thought I'd make a short entry to share with you all the 2007.03 Myojo scans I snagged from the Chinese forums LJH (credits go to Zansanhane, who scanned them).
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As always the username is "shoonbday" and the password "happybday". Click here to download the scans:
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January 24, 2007

new mp3 rips section

[EDIT]: Forgot to say that among the mp3s I've added in the new section there are 4 mp3 files ripped from the latest SC episode (2007.01.14) Boogie Woogie Cat, Kiss kara hajimaru mystery, Summary, and Good.

A small update today. =)

I had been thinking for a long time of doing this, and finally I've done it: I've added an mp3 rips section, which you can find in the navigation bar. Right now there are only a bunch of mp3s which are the ones I've uploaded lately, but I'll be adding more, and if any of you want to help, it will be much appreciated.

January 23, 2007

comments and pics

I've changed the header, which as you can see now features Taiyô. =) Since I missed his birthday I've decided that to make it up to him and all the Taiyô fans out there this will be "Taiyô's week" and the header will stay till next Monday. ^__^ I still have to write a "happy-belated-birthday entry" and do many other things. ^^U Anyway, today I've uploaded more of Yuantim's scans to the album. (Thanks again, Yuantim! =)) These are from the 2003 November issue of Wink Up, when both Hoshino and Akama were still around, though strangely enough there's a photoshoot with them, and another without them nor Hikaru. O_o? Perhaps there are some pages missing? As always the username is "shoonbday" and the password "happybday". Click here to to download them.

Okay, on to the replies...

み使い: Um, nope, Reon hadn't been on Jr. ni Q. by himself before. SC 2007.01.07 was the first time. He was still rather nervous, but not so much as the first time, ne? And yes, they are all getting more and more handsome by the day. ^___^

Geri: I'm sure I had a bigger version of that pic of Taiyô and his sister Tsuki somewhere. I'll have to look for it. I wonder if she's much younger than him. And yes, I too wish they'd sell DVDs of the junior concerts. =) I hope Ya3 will wear those new orange and black outfits on February SC. ^^B Shoon gets to wear a skirt again. XD

keifuXueda: I too hope we'll get to see more of Reon soon. =] Wouldn't it be awesome to have a Shoon and Reon reading letters to each other in the Anata ni o-tegami kakimashô segment? ^^B Thanks for commenting, and I'm very happy you liked BnS. *^___^*

Yui: Yay, then you noticed the way Shoon looked at the camera during the Jr. ni Q too? ^^B That soft gaze of his is a killer weapon, ha, ha. I think you're right when you say that Shoon acts all smug when he's with Reon. LOL It's really funny and cute, isn't it? And yes, in a way they look like a couple because as you say Reon is more femenine -probably just because he's younger because his voice is not girly at all LOL- and Shoon is more masculine. Can you imagine Shoon with Reon's voice and the other way around? XD i had to repeat the peformance 4 times, once focusing on each member, to really enjoy it. LOL! Ha, ha, that happens to me too. XD I tend to focus on Shoon too much the first time I watch performances and hardly notice anybody else. ^^UUU

Chic_flick: Are you still having problems with Media Fire?

Anonymous: was j.j. express apart of this SC? cuz i dun think i saw them! You're right, we didn't get to see much of them on that SC. They did have a great performance on the 2nd SC of January though. =) It would be great if they got to produce an SC soon, ne?

Chookie: Yes, it's funny how Taiyô towers over the boxes in the New Year concert booklet, ha, ha. Actually he towers over everyone. XD Yabu has done a lot of growing too in the last months though. I loved Shoon's flip it was so sexy I loved it too! ^___^ It was really elegant as well, and not his usual backflip. and yabu at the end was all smiles He was all smiles indeed. =) He has such an infectious smile, doesn't he?

Airi: Glad to hear you had fun in your Xmas holidays. I went to France once, years ago, but just a couple of days, and it was to a small town called Lourdes. You should totally come to visit Spain in Xmas, you'd love it. ^___^ Okay, if you do come, I'll tell you about all the must-sees. =)

Starry: Was wondering if you knw how to get these actual pics? The New Year concert pics? Hmm... I guess you might bid for them at Yahoo auctions Japan if there are any available, or perhaps ask in the absolute-baka forums? ^^ I'm afraid I can't help you much in that.

Anonymous: i juz found this in the YA3 fansite in my country(Thailand) the source is from a Thai exchange student in Jap which studies in Horikoshi highschool she say that shoon always comes to school very late (10PM) and have some kind of fighting with another boys at school!! all of this seems impossible to me shoon in my thought is a well-mannered, warm-hearted and romantic guy so i decided believe in nothing until i see it with my own eyes what do u think? Nah, don't believe a word about all those silly rumours that fly around. =) Can you imagine Shoon fighting with anybody? I certainly can't. ^^ Also... why would anyone go to school at night to fight? XD Besides, Shoon is a busy guy with both his studies and work.

Shiro Majou: I kind of like Taisho too. =) The only pairing I can't imagine, for the life of me is Hikabu, though it seems to be very popular in China. XD I'm glad you like the song of the Shookaru fanvideo. I love all of Maaya Sakamoto's songs. She has a great voice.

Marz: You're metronomememory on LJ, right? =) That pic from the New Year concert booklet in which Shoon standing alone on one side and the other 3 on the other makes me feel sad too. T__T

Anonymous: woww miss u so!! Aw, that was very sweet, thank you. ^^B I've missed you all too, but well, work is work. *sigh*

Anonymous: Yes, I'll upload clips from the 2nd SC episode from January, don't worry. ^__^ PS* i want the NY concert clip so bad but i cant find any where to DL it. That clip is part of the latest Ya3 show. =) If you don't want the whole show, but just that clip, tell me and I'll upload it for you.

Anonymous: Glad you like Taiyô's header. ^___^ It was meant to be for his birthday, but I was too busy then. U___U

January 20, 2007

catching up on things

Hi, I'm back. =] How have you all been? Thanks to everyone who has left comments and sent me e-mails during this week, and thanks also to those of you who expressed your concern for me. ^^BBB
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So... I have to catch up on a lot of things, cut video file clips from the last SC, upload them, write an entry to belatedly wish Taiyô a happy birthday (sorry, Taiyô-kun U___U and sorry Taiyô fans. I didn't have the time to make a birthday post or header for the layout, but I'll make it up to you in the next days. ;-)), answer comments... Lots of things, really, but to begin with I'll make a post to say that I'm really happy I was wrong: Taiyô and Shoon DID sing "A Hard Day's Night" together with Hikaru and Yabu on the New Year concert. ^_____^ On last Sunday's show they showed a report of the concert at the end, and there they were, dressed just like Yabu and Hikaru as well.
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Here's the clip for you to watch:
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Also... I've uploaded more of Yuantim's Ya-Ya-yah clippings scans (thanks again, Yuantim!!). These are fromt he 2004 October issue of Wink Up (see previews below), so Hoshino Masaki was still there. =) To download the full-size scans click on the link below. [username: shoonbday ; password: happybday]
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And last but not least, I've updated the videos section with links for the last two Ya-Ya-yah shows and also more SC clips courtesy of Yungboy (thanks!!!).
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PS: Oh, yes... Shiro Majou... You wanted the song I used on the Shookaru video, ne? Here you are: A Happy Ending by Maaya Sakamoto from her album Yuunagi Loop. =)

January 13, 2007

notice

Just a short entry to tell you that due to work and personal problems I won't be able to update till next weekend. See you all then. ^^B
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Irea
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PS: The pics below are scans from the New Year concert booklet. Credits: Motomimost (LJH forums)
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January 09, 2007

SC 2007.01.07

I've updated the videos section with clips from last Sunday's SC. I also replied all the comments from the last entries on the previous entry in case you haven't seen it. ^^
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click to view full sizeLast Sunday's SC was quite nice. =] Little by little we're getting to see more of Reon -both at Junior ni Q segment, and also briefly during the Shokura Mania segment (pic on the left - click to see it full size), which made me stupidly happy. LOL
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Ever since I learned that Shoon had a younger brother I wondered what he would look like, what he would be like, personality-wise, and wished that one day we'd at least see a photo of the two of them together, like that old pic we've all seen of Taiyô with his sister Tsuki (see pic below on the right). [For those who don't know it, Taiyô's name means "sun" and Tsuki means "moon"]
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I even gave Reon a small role in my Ya-Ya-yah multi-chaptered fic Bokura no Secret. =] While I gave Yabu's younger sister an invented name, for some reason I was reluctant to do the same with Reon. At first I just referred to him as Shoon's brother, and I gave him a rather vague personality as well. It was providence, you might think, because before I finished the fic the news that Reon was going to join JE were flying all around the Net.
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And he's so different in every way from what I thought he would be! Not only did he turn out to have an unusual name (most likely it's a japanization of Leon, as Shoon is of Sean) and an uncanny resemblance to his brother; he also has the deepest voice ever heard in a 14 year old, and is as tall as Shoon, who is 4 years older than him.
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Shoon was adorable and somewhat shy when he was 14 -and still is ^_^-, but there was a pixie-like smugness in his smile sometimes that Reon lacks. This time he appeared on his own at first, without Shoon, when he was called to the message board during the Junior ni Q segment. He looked so nervous, and awkward and vulnerable (those long arms hanging at his sides, his shoulders a little slumped) it made me want to hug him.
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Taiyô used to be like a child in a body too tall for his age -used to, yes ^^ ...he's matured a lot in the last months. With Reon it's a bit of the same, though not because of innocence, as it was Taiyô's case, but because he seems so self-conscious! Probably there's also the weight of being Shoon's brother and knowing everybody is comparing them. Reon, ganbatte! You're doing well. =)
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So anyway... he appeared on the Junior ni Q, as I was saying, and Shoon appeared there too. Aren't they the prettiest brothers you've ever seen? (click to see the full size pic)
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Shoon, evil thing, stared at the camera for quite a long while with that soft gaze in his eyes, and I swear it made me squirm inside like a school girl. If he has that effect through the screen I don't even want to imagine what that same gaze can do up and close.
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Other things I liked about this SC were the performances. Ya-Ya-yah performed this song called "Hey! Wa", which the four of them seemed to enjoy a lot, especially Yabu. I loved that improvised, happy little jig he did before they started singing, and in general during the whole show he really shined. What's more, I think his dancing has improved. His moves are not so sharp anymore, and he dances like he's having fun and not so much concentrating on the steps. ^___^
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Then we also had a little chat between Koyama, Nakamaru, Yabu, and Hikaru about the SC theme: "Gomen nasai" (please, forgive me). Hikaru made one of these funny faces he makes now and then. He really has so many of them! LOL Bet you there will icons of this screencap around soon (see below on the left & click to see it full size). XD And after that Yabu performed Arashi no Carnival, looking once again like he was having loads of fun (see below on the right & click on it to see it full size) and looking very sexy ^^B , Hikaru performed Gentles -I love that song and love the way Hikaru sings it-, and then all Ya-Ya-yah performed Itoshii no Playgirl together.
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The chat with Koyama...
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The performance of Arashi no Carnival, Gentles, and Itoshii no Playgirl...
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And finally we had a performance with all the juniors of Hikaru's old solo Atarashii Yoake. Too random caps from that performance: Hikaru hardly repressing a smile when he looks at Morimoto (see below on the left & click to see it full size), and a new Yabu-Yûto moment. (see below on the right & click to see it full size) Aren't they cute together? I love Yabu's childish side.
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And the performance itself, of course. Enjoy. ^___^
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answering comments


Kami:
I'm glad you liked the wallpaper. ^___^ I really want to learn how to use brushes and those things. And don't worry about liking Shokaru. XD There really is some appeal in the "dark side". I myself had a thought the other day that really worried me @__@U: watching the Xmas shokura and Shoon's longing look at Yabu, I felt bad for him and thought he'd be better off with a happy love (like Shokaru) than angsting over Yabu. What show is the failed hug clip from? Um... *goes to check* ...2003.07.27. And yes, it was really, really rude, ignoring Shoon to camwhore. T___T Thank God Yabu has matured, because he was so annoying and insensitive sometimes when he was younger. >_<# George and Ringo never got to sing too much either... XD Great new banner btw.Ah, that's true, but still it's not much of a comfort. LOL At least when The Beatles sang they were all on the stage together. Perhaps now that Shoon is learning to play the bass Taiyô could learn to play the drums? XD; That way they'd have a reason to be on stage with Hikaru and Yabu. ^^U Glad you like the new header ^___^ I thought it was really energetic and would be a good way to start the year.

Emily:
When I said Shoon has an elfish face I meant a different kind of elf (more like the elves in The Lord of the Rings than in Santa Klaus' elves LOL), but hat elfamorfosis thing is so funny! XD I made one too with Shoon smiling and wanted to post about it during Xmas, but Xmas was so hectic with family get-togethers, buying presents and stuff. ^^U Anyway, it's no longer Xmas, but if you want to see my elfamorfosis click here.
I downloaded the Ya3 special... it said the AVI file is broken. Only another person has had problems with the special, and I don't really know what the problem can be. Oh, well, somebody uploaded it to MediaFire and posted the link here. You can try and redownload. Sorry for the inconvenience. Have you tried to play it with VLC?

Alei:
Thanks for adding me on LJ. I'll add you back. ^__^ Oh, if you check regularly your LJ friends page you might want to add the LJ version of this blog so you'll know when I update. =)

Anonymous:
I'm very happy you like my site so much, thanks. ^^BBB I'm afraid there's no subbed version of the Xmas SC around. Here you can request the Baka no Sekai subbing team to sub it.

Fatalblue:
I've noticed that the audiences were mimicking Hikaru's hand movements in the song Actually if you watch the audience in the Ya3 show and in Shokura, they do that in most performances. It's really funny, isn't it? XD

Geri:
I'm glad somebody else noticed that longing look Shoon gave Yabu in the Shokura xmas special too. I was starting to wonder if it was just me and my Yamabu obsession. XD And yes, the hand holding between Hikaru and Shoon during the run was just a friends thing. ;-) Shookaru fans are just jealous of the hand holding moment Shoon and Yabu had during that Teppan when they both won. LOL Glad you like the fanvids and let us smack Yabu together on the head for being so oblivious, ne? XD
Also... Thanks for offering to help with the the Shoon clips blog! ^____^ I'll e-mail you about it, and don't worry about the HTML and cutting clips and all. I'll teach you how to do it. =)

Shin, Yasmin, Mei, Geri, Hideko, Mitsukai, and anonymous:
Thanks for your New Year good wishes. ^____^ I hope this year will be great for you too. ^^BBB

Anonymous:
do you have the MP3 for sekai ga hitotsu ni naru made? when they performed it recently? I'm not sure. I'll check the music folder on my hard-disk. ^^
About the shows now being avi files... Before, I uploaded the shows to Megaupload and also to YouSendIt for those who cannot use MU. It takes really long for me to upload files to YSI, I don't know why, so I converted the shows into .wmv files which are smaller. Now I only I upload them to MediaFire, which seems to work for everyone, so there's no need to convert them. Besides avi files are better quality. =)

Chic_flick:
MediaFire doesn't work for you? What seems to be the problem? When you ask me to "upload Gentles somewhere else" do you mean the mp3 or the video of the performance?

Airi:
Wow, you spent your Xmas holidays in France? I'm jealous! ^o^ Did you have fun? My Xmas was okay (yes, here in Spain it last till Jan. 6th). A little hectic but in the end I was a little sad when it was over. XD

Fahlyu:
So many Shookaru (and Taibu) pictures and hints have been appearing lately, it's hurting my Yamabu pride. XDD Ah, but we Yamabu fans are used to that, aren't we? I mean, it's mainly in the lack of pics and interaction that you see the tension between Shoon and Yabu. LOL The angst and tension make Yamabu much better than Shookaru could ever be. XD But yes, I feel for Shoon, poor thing. T__T Yabu is so oblivious! *smacks Yabu on the head*

Henny:
Okay, I'll admit Shoon and Hikaru are really cute when they're together. ^^ Their reports are always the best and funniest. I'll post here the Shookaru fic I'm writing for Esther when I finish it. ;-)

Chookie:
I'm glad you liked the fanvids and the song choice. ^___^ And yes, normally you don't notice Shoon's muscles much when he's wearing a jacket or a long-sleeved t-shirt.
Only another person has had problems with the special, and I don't really know what the problem can be. Oh, well, somebody uploaded it to MediaFire and posted the link here. You can try and redownload. Sorry for the inconvenience. Have you tried to play it with VLC?

Yui:
Don't worry, I understand that you find Hikaru cute. He IS cute. ;-)

January 06, 2007

Junior concert in Budôkan

Thanks to LJH forums I found a clubbox link to a Mezamashi TV clip from the junior concert in Budôkan. ^___^ It shows Hikaru and Yabu singing the Beatles' song "A Hard Day's Night". Why do I have the feeling that once again they didn't let Shoon and Taiyô sing? ¬_¬# Oh, well, at least they showed two women in the audience with Shoon and Taiyô signs. ^____^ Actually there's a part at the end of the clip that shows two guys singing that might be Taiyô and Shoon, but I'm not sure. What do you think? The one closer to the camera is tall and could be Taiyô, and the other is bending forward as Shoon does often when he's singing. Click on the pics to see them full size.
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Anyway, on to the clip. I uploaded it to MediaFire in case somebody wants it: click here (17 MB)

January 05, 2007

changes, pics, & MS 03.01.31

[EDIT]: Now you can follow this blog through your friends page on Livejournal too. =) Click here to add Ya3 Obse-shoon's LJ to your friends page.
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I've made some changes on the blog. After much debating I've sent the password gate of the treasure box to hell and now the download section is again open to everyone. I created the treasure box back in July of last year because I got worried when some YouTube accounts with Ya-Ya-yah videos got suspended and deleted, but after so many months things seems to have quieted down, so I've decided to throw care to the wind.
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I've also set up a free guestbook, so you can leave there any thoughts, suggestions, etc. that are unrelated to the entries. ;-)
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What else? Oh, yes, the Ya-Ya-yah album! =] Using my flickr.com paid account, I started making a private album with only Shoon pics for Shoon around-the-Clock (S. a-t-C.) the Shoon daily LJ community I co-mod. However, Yuantim, one of the readers of this blog, sent me a few days ago something about 60 awesome quality scans of old Ya-Ya-yah clippings from different magazines. ^_____^ (Thank you once again, Yuantim!)
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I asked her if she'd mind if I shared them with the rest of the fandom and she said "go ahead". She even said I didn't need to credit her, but for sure I will. =] I was so moved by her generosity that I've decided the album I had started for S. a-t-C. should not be something just for a few people but for all the fandom. I'll be uploading all those scans to the album in batches. Yuantim didn't know which magazines they belong to and which date they're from when she scanned them, so I'm in the process of sorting them.
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Today I've uploaded Yuantim's scans from Myojo 2005 October (see preview pics below). To download them click on the link below. [username: shoonbday; password: happybday] [NOTE: If you've never used flickr, please read read this to learn how to navigate the album]
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shooncomm/sets/72157594459604913/

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I also updated the videos section with these SC performances uploaded by Yungboy (thanks! ^__^): 2003.06.08 Just Wanna Lovin' You, 2003.09.14 Singin' For You, 2006.11.12 Bad Nice+To the Freedom, and SC clip 2006.09.10 Hikaru playing air guitar; reuploaded commercials five star [dancing] and [running] (requested by Natchan - sorry I haven't answered your e-mail yet ^^U) ; these fanvideos by me: Happy 18, Shoon!, Secret of my Heart, One Minute in Heaven, The Princess & the Jester, Too Much Love will Kill You; and uploaded as well MS PF 2003.01.31, which is... this one:

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PS: Will answer comments later. ^^

January 03, 2007

yamabu VS shokaru

[I've updated the treasure box with links for the special Ya3 show that aired on the 30th. ^__^ credits to Lakyniu's clubbox]
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Warning: this will be a crazy, fangirly, slashy entry, so beware. XD
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[In case you know nothing about the “Yamabu-Shokaru wars” LOL , “Yamabu” is a name Fahlyu came up with to refer to the pairing ShoonxYabu (or rather YamashitaxYabu) in fanfiction. Others prefer to call it “Shôta” (ShoonxKôta). “Shokaru” is the name Esther (who happens to be a big Hikaru fan) gave to the pairing ShoonxHikaru (not that there’s any Shokaru fic around yet, but... =p). Shokaru fans argue they can’t see any signs of Yamabu in the Ya3 show/SC, while Yamabu fans believe the supposed signs of Shokaru pointed out by their fans are just signs of a good friendship. Probably both of us Yamabu and Shokaru fans are wrong and they're all straight, but who cares? LOL]

I bet Esther thought I’d be pulling at my hair when I saw the Ya3 show from Dec. 24th. Admit it, you little meanie! XD Actually, the Yamabu fan in me felt a little betrayed when my friend Kami wrote an entry yesterday with this screencap from the show in which Hikaru is running with Shoon and they're holding hands, and under which she wrote “Shokaru is love”. Have you been seduced by the dark side too? XD

I hadn’t watched the show yet, but when I did I just went “awww” and didn’t feel murderous at all. Go me! XD I don’t think it’s a sign of Shokaru, but it was so sweet!

I like Hikaru best when he’s with Shoon for three reasons: Firstly, because he’s more like himself when he’s with Shoon (I’ve noticed he tries to act cool when he’s with Yabu, for instance). Secondly, because he brings out the childish side of Shoon and because Shoon seems so very at ease with him! =) And thirdly, because he really cares for Shoon and it shows.

Hikaru seems a very loving person, as a matter of fact, always prompt to give warm hugs and make those around him smile and laugh. Actually one of my favourite Hikaru “memories” from the Ya3 show is from the 2003 episode in which Ya-Ya-yah played bowls against K.K.Kitty. There’s a moment in which Shoon has knocked down 7 pins, and Hikaru goes to hug him. It's just adorable, as Shoon's smile is when he hugs back. Taiyô clumsily joins in a group hug LOL , and meanwhile Yabu is... well, Yabu is a few steps away, not jumping up and down or anything even though a member of his team has managed a 7-pin strike. O__o?!? How WEIRD is that? Everytime I watch that episode I want to hug Hikaru and smack Yabu hard on the head.
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Actually that -among many, many other little details- was one of the things that made me wonder at first if perhaps Shoon and Yabu hated or disliked each other for some reason. It doesn't really seem the case though, does it? I mean, you see them smile -and quite brightly at that too- in the very few times they've been paired together for a photoshoot, and they also seem to get along when they've made a report together for their show.
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My theory is that not only they do not hate each other, but actually like each other. Not necessarily in a romantic way, mind you (we'll leave that for the fics, ne?), but it seems to me that they are a bit in awe of each other and are, therefore, a little awkward with each other, which makes them appear seemingly distant.
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I think Shoon is in awe of Yabu because he's the leader of the group and the leader among the juniors, and also because in spite of being younger than him Yabu's always been more sure of himself.
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On the other hand, I think Yabu is in awe of Shoon because of his acrobatic skills, the fact that he's older, and because of his cool, quiet guy façade.
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Yabu is harder to read than Shoon, but it seems pretty obvious they'd like to be closer to each other but don't know how to achieve it.
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Yabu has spoken in similar terms of him, complaining that he hardly sees Shoon at school, and commenting on what a mystery Shoon is to him and that he'd like to get to know him better.
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On one occasion Shoon mentioned he often hangs out with Hikaru and Taiyô but rarely with Yabu and said he'd like to change that. And it's not just that. There are like a dozen little things that make you wonder when you watch him closely on the Ya3 show and SC. Want a couple of examples of those little things?
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One is from a 2003 show in which they included a little report about the Stand by Me play Ya-Ya-yah starred in in 2003 and 2004. They show Yabu and Shoon after the play. Shoon is in a corridor and Yabu appears suddenly, running. Shoon opens his arms to hug him, but Yabu (somebody smack him on the head for me, please) ignores him and continues running. Poor Shoon tries to act as if nothing had happened.
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The other is a very recent example, from the Shounen Club Xmas special. During the opening the camera shows all the juniors, and when it gets to Shoon, who is talking to a Question member, he turns his head towards Yabu and stares at him with what seems to me a longing look. But perhaps it's just me and my Yamabu obsession. LOL
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Anyway, this Yamabu VS Shookaru thing inspired me to make two short fanvideos. XD The first one is an angsty one for Yamabu, because their relation seems a bit angsty, and the song I used is "Too much love will kill you", by Queen. The other is a cute one for Shokaru fans with the song "A Happy Ending" by Maaya Sakamoto. ^^ The title I gave the second one, "The Princess and the Jester" refers to Shoon and Hikaru. XD Shoon would be the princess and Hikaru the jester. Actually it came about because they remind me of a tale by Oscar Wilde called "The Birthday of the Infanta". ("infanta" is a Spanish royal title similar to "princess")
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This one is dedicated to all the Yamabu fans out there:
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And this one to Shookaru fans, Esther in particular, for whom I'm writing a Shookaru fic... believe it or not. ^^
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January 02, 2007

Ya3 show 2006.12.24

A very quick post to tell you I updated the treasure box with a link for 2006.12.24. =) Enjoy.

January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

Just wanted to say that I hope this new year that starts today will be great for all of you. =)
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A very warm hug to all those of you who follow this blog. ^__^