March 26, 2008

I'm back

山下翔央, Yamashita Shoon, Ya-Ya-yah
Sorry for having been this absent for so long. Several things have prevented me from updating lately:
1) lack of time
2) I wanted to reply all the unanswered comments before updating, but I've let them pile up and it's become a bit of a daunting task ^^;;; I promise I'm going to reply to all of them though ^^]
3) technichal problems (change from Windows XP to Windows Vista has brought lots of troubles)
4) work problems
5) laziness (yes, I admit it D:)

I've been thinking a lot, thinking that I need to give a complete makeover to this place, that something's got to give because in the last months I've been feeling as if I was being pulled in three different directions: Ya-Ya-yah, Shoon, and Yabu-Hika.

It's no secret that my favourite in Ya-Ya-yah has always been Shoon. No matter which path Shoon's career takes; as long as he remains in the showbiz I'll keep up with him and blog about him. He's the reason this site is called "Ya-Ya-yah obse-shoon", after all.

Out of loyalty to Yabu and Hikaru I wanted to keep up with their careers too, to keep on blogging about them, uploading their solo performances, their scans... Well, for starters there's the "resentment" issue. I just can't get over it. I swear I've tried to be more open about it, but I still don't like HSJ. =_= I used to think I wouldn't mind so much about HSJ being in the limelight if one day things looked up for Shoon. I was wrong. Right now things are going nicely for him *crosses her fingers that this won't be just something temporary*, but I still miss Ya-Ya-yah terribly and keep wondering "why", why did it have to happen. And yes, the resentment is still there. I keep on skipping the HSJ parts when watching SC and avoiding HSJ as much as I can. So trying to keep up with Yabu's and Hikaru's careers is kind of hard for me. Yesterday I was watching a new CM they appear in, with the rest of HSB, and I wanted to take the other three away and bring Taiyô and Shoon in. *sigh* I have a feeling that's not going to change any time soon. It's like... you know, when a friend in your group gets a boyfriend and you don't like the guy. When you meet her, she often brings her boyfriend along and... well, you're polite and all, but things are not the same anymore. ^^ It's like your friend has grown an appendix and you have to accept it because the appendix is not going anywhere. And then the scans... It's a lot of work to edit them to just leave Yabu and Hikaru, and sometimes it's impossible, and most times I feel ridiculous doing it, because really, I don't like HSJ, but I have nothing against the guys individually, and I feel bad editing them out. D:

Besides, I've realized that I've been adding post-HSJ debut Shoon, Yabu, and Hikaru scans to the online album when it's a Ya-Ya-yah album. I'll always consider the three of them as Ya-Ya-yah in my heart, but it's strange to have pictures of Yabu with Chinen or Hikaru with Okamoto, or pictures of HSB there. I think some newcomers to the fandom will be confused as to why they are on a Ya-Ya-yah album.

So I've decided no more post-HSJ debut Yabu and Hikaru scans in the album. I know that sounds a bit harsh. It's been a very hard decision for me to make. ;__; You can always get them from HappyTown though, and if you can't download from Gogobox and want me to re-upload to MF or whatever, I will.

I don't now if I'll upload any more Yabu/Hikaru solo/duo performances here either or blog about it. I know I'll keep on downloading and watching them, but this is a Ya-Ya-yah blog and I want to focus on Ya-Ya-yah.

If I had lots of spare time I'd like to keep track of Yabu, Hikaru, and Shoon individually. Some days ago I was actually thinking of adding info about Yabu's appearance in Dreamboys under "EVENTS" on the sidebar, together with info about Shoon's play, and then if Hikaru got involved in some other project I'd put info about it there too. The problem is that I don't have that much time. So something's got to give. -_-

What about Shoon? Well, of late I've been feeling a bit guilty posting so much about Shoon here, because this is not a Shoon blog. Sure, he's my favourite in Ya-Ya-yah and he's my favourite out of it too, and this is a Ya-Ya-yah blog with its main focus on Shoon, but it's still mostly -or it intends to be- a Ya-Ya-yah blog.

I'm still trying to decide what to do about Shoon. I know most of my readers are Shoon fans, but I also want the LJ Shoon community to have a reason to be, so maybe I'll keep the Shoon rambles for this blog and Shoon goodies (scans, clips, etc) for the LJ community? I don't know, I'll have to think about it. If you want to give me your input on that -or anything else for that matter, it would be great.

You know, it's just that I want to blog about Ya-Ya-yah and I never seem to find the time for it trying to keep up with posting the latest Yabu-Hika and Shoon scans, trying to find the time to post about SC and so on. @__@

And because this is a Ya-Ya-yah blog, how about some Ya-Ya-yah scans? ^__~ These are from 3 different Stand by Me 2004 articles. I won the 2004 Stand by Me pamphlet a few weeks ago on Yahoo!auctions and I got it yesterday. It's sooooo beautiful! *___* I want to scan it, but I don't know if it will fit in the scanner screen because it's a bit too wide. I wish there were fancams of SbM. I love looking at the "behind-the-scenes" pictures of Stand by Me. It looks like it was a great experience for all four of them. And I wish I could have seen the 2003 version and then the 2004 version to see how much they had improved from one year to the next. Looking at the pictures both versions look quite different. Shoon, for instance, looks the part much more in the 2004 version than in the 2003 one. Anyway, a couple of these... I've posted them before, but for those who hadn't seen them, I'm posting them again. 1) TV Guide 2004 (10th July-16th July issue); 2) 2004 TV Pia (different magazine, but the pictures were taken obviously on the same day and in the same place); 3&4) Look at Star 2004 vol.9 - idiot me I forgot to scan the text page the first time ^^; 5&6) 2004 Top Stage Vol. 11

If you repost these, please credit me for scanning them, no need to credit for icons, translations, or graphics, and no hotlinking to the images. Thanks. ^__^

PS: I've changed the header, as you can see. I wanted to blog about this on the 24th, but I didn't have the time. -_- It's been half a year since Ya-Ya-yah disbanded and HSJ came into being. How do you feel about it?, how are you feeling?, how are you coping? I might write about my feelings regarding it on the next post as it would be quite lengthy. ^^ However, they can be summed up with the motto on the header: 半年経ったけど、Ya-Ya-yahを忘れていない (Half a year has passed, but I (we) haven't forgotten Ya-Ya-yah) =]


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March 10, 2008

yamabu exists

山下翔央, Yamashita Shoon, Ya-Ya-yah
Yesterday was both a great and an awful day for me. Great because Shounen Club made me happier than it has made me in a very long time.
Awful because we had presidential elections yesterday here in Spain, and before midnight we learned that the joke of a government we've had for the last 4 years is going to remain in power for the next 4 years as well, which is downright depressing. I'm typing this in gray so you can skip this part in case you find it boring. When I was in my teens I used to think politics was horribly boring. Then, when I grew up I realized that politics is something everybody should keep up with, even if it's just to choose the lesser of two evils. Spain is facing many serious problems right now -like terrorism, draught, growing radicalism, a poor educational system, and an impending economic crisis-, but apparently half of the country doesn't even care. They're too busy hating the other half for a civil war that took place in the 1930s and a dictatorship that ended in 1975.

Oh, well, at least there is fandom. =] Sorry I've been absent this long, and sorry I haven't been able to reply so many comments from the previous entries yet. m(_ _)m Work is to be blamed for that, as well as the existential crisis I'm going through. You know, the "where is my life heading to?" sort of crisis we all have from time to time. ^^

Anyway. In the last weeks fandom has been so wonderful: Hikaru's new solo, Yabu's new solo, Yabu in Dream Boys, the announcement of Shoon's play in May, Shoon's pages in the April mags... and then yesterday's Shounen Club was so awesome I was elated until the elections results dampened my good mood.

First off, Shoon's singing. I had really missed listening to his voice alone since the last time Ya-Ya-yah performed Baby Babe on SC last year. And perhaps it's because of how much I missed it, but it sounded soooo beautiful. It's just five or six words, but his voice sounded so incredibly warm and caressing. *__* He may not have a versatile voice, like Hikaru, or such a distinct voice as Yabu does, but... God, I could listen on repeat to those eight seconds and never get tired of it. I wish they'd let him sing solo at least once more before he stops appearing on SC -which I hope will be as late as possible, needless to say. ^^

For those of you who haven't seen it... Oh, and notice how the audience squeals in delight when Shoon sings. ^_____^ I wish I had a squeal-o-meter to measure the squeals, but I counted the seconds and the squealing usually lasts longer than for anybody else. XD JE, take note of this, you hear? People want to see more of Shoon, dammit, and so do I. =p

And then the Junior League... ^______^ Shoon was so spazztic. It just shows how excited and happy he is about the play. =] And one of the things I like best about Shoon is that he's so unpredictable. I mean, with Hikaru you're always expecting funny faces and jokes, but with Shoon you just never know how he's going to act.

And he was wearing his white suit with the jacket sleeves rolled up -he knows all too well where his charm lies ^__~, doesn't he?- and his new red necklace. So handsome. ^3^


In the first part of the game... how cool was that bit of improvised dancing? =D Hikaru was as dorky as always, moving his hips like that. LOL

Yabu fails for choosing Kitayama for the 2nd part of the game. =p He should have remembered when back in 2003 Shoon was the one who scored highest in that game in which they had to shake those fluffy tails on the Ya-Ya-yah show. I remember because it annoyed me how Midori completely overlooked Shoon's achievement. ¬¬

And Shoon demonstrated he could have probably beaten Goseki. XD That was so funny and unexpected too. I love Shoon's spazztic outbursts, seriously. ^3^

And then came ALL that Yamabu love... How amazing was that after months without even eye contact between them? ;___; And it was so much more than I had expected too! Japanese bloggers said Yabu "patted" Shoon's hair and they "embraced" and "shook hands". I'm so glad I decided not to get too excited about it. Imagining something you read about and then seeing the actual thing is disappointing sometimes, but in this case it was so much more amazing! ^o^ For starters I love how Yabu went all the way to where Shoon was and reached out to grab him before he started caressing his hair. *__* "Patting" is what Kitayama did later. XD Anybody who likes Shoon loves that soft-looking hair he has, and it had always been a fantasy of mine *naughty snigger* to see Yabu touching Shoon's hair. It looked a bit awkward because Yabu is left-handed so it would have looked better if he had been standing on Shoon's right- I know, I'm picky XD - but it was so cute anyway! And it was not just the hair. ^__~ I love how naturally possessive Yabu seems about Shoon: the way he grabbed his shoulder, then put his hand on his chest, then on his arm... And when Shoon grabbed Yabu's arm too! XD I really have no words for how much love this was. ^3^ Not to mention Shoon's mega-adorable pout. And it didn't end at that of course. ^o^ After the last part of the game, when Koyama tells the two teams that they are tie and have to settle it with a jan-ken-pon (rock-paper-scissors) game, Shoon gets angry and Yabu pacifies him again by touching his hair and all. So cute!! *squeals* And then Shoon shakes Yabu's hand to wish him luck in this so very masculine way of saying "you better make 'em pay". XD

So yes, Yamabu exists, and don't you dare deny it. ^__^v I also hope YabuxHikaru fans are green with envy *is mean* and that JE will notice how much the audience squealed during the Yamabu moment. =D

I loved it so much that I just had to take lots of screencaps of it. XD

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And Hikaru was so funny in this too! I just love how he started yelling at Goseki while cheating at the same time, shaking the counter thingy. LOL And he really makes the best faces. =] Come on, JE, when are we going to see Hika in a drama? Speaking of which... There's a new section called "movies" at Johnny's Net that says "coming soon". Wonder what's coming soon. ^^

Oh, and... have you checked this piece of news on Kamichan's blog? It's about an article called About Ya-Ya-yah’s Termination... The Abandoned People of Johnny’s Jr published at the site of an online Japanese newspaper.

As Kamichan himself points out it doesn't say anything new, but it's so awesome that finally some Japanese media is questioning the way JE does things. Juniors have feelings -and so do the fans- and they are not just pawns the jimusho can make use of at their will. Please do go and read Kamichan's translation if you haven't.

It ackowledges that Ya-Ya-yah were pushed vehemently and that they were expected to be the next debut candidates after KAT-TUN left the Juniors. Reading this is such a comfort. It wasn't just our imagination. The Japanese media was convinced of it too, and it was evident from how much they were being pimped.

It also acknowledges Taiyô's and Shoon's predicament after HSJ's debut, about Taiyô's decision to quit and how a second chance for Shoon to debut seems very unlikely. I must say I agree on that. I don't see them putting Shoon in a new junior group or in Kisumai or ABC, and Reon still has a long way to go compared to Shoon for a brother unit like Golf&Mike.

I also like how they mention J.J.Express as well. =] And speaking of junior groups... is it me or does JE seem reluctant to make new junior groups? I mean, it's been a while after HSJ's debut and at first it seemed we were going to have a 6 members unit with Hasshi, now it looks like a 3 members unit, there also Shintarô with Taiga... but nothing definite yet. I wonder if they've learned the lesson after how strongly the fans reacted to Ya-Ya-yah's disbandment. I hope so. It's so cruel for the juniors. Or maybe for them it's just too soon to make new groups?

*wanders off to answer comments*

PS: Hikaru's teeth do look a bit different, but it doesn't seem his double teeth have been removed or anything. That's a relief. =]

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