[Review] Spring is (not) here – Sphere

Spring is nowhere to be seen apparently, neither literally (weather-wise) or figuratively (feelings-wise). But that matters not, since despite fears over last week’s releases being postponed, they haven’t after all. So despite the crap weather and horrible disaster, Sphere still tries bringing spring to us.

Let’s see if they’ve succeeded.
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AKB48’s Reaction Queen’s… Reactions Collection. Part 1

Oh hey, rehi is talking about AKB48? Worry not, the disease hasn’t reached me… yet XD Instead, I find myself being entranced by the group’s Reaction Queen, Kashiwagi Yuki. Boy has never a title been as well deserved as this one XD

I’m not sure how many of our readers care about AKB48 since I myself had no interest in them whatsoever until the whole Beginner PV fuss. But it’s not like this really has anything to do with the group itself. It’s really more like a tribute to Yukirin… Because the following is a collection of gifs I’ve made myself based on the many awesome reactions she’s blessed(?) us with throughout a variety of her appearances.

Even if you have no interest in the girl, I still recommend giving them a look ’cause they’re damn funny, if I dare say so myself =D
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Kotobuki Minako Blog Translation Project

This is probably really old news for my Twitter followers, but I was putting off announcing it on the blog for various reasons (noticed the blog layout change and image links change?). Still not really much of an excuse though, I guess.

But anyway, I figure now is as good a time as any for this, what with everyone blogging about the disasters in Japan. I’m sure many people are curious what their idols have to say about it, so here’s a little help:

Kotobuki Minako Blog Translation

It’s a project I started some time ago following in the steps of j1m0ne’s Aki and Haruka blog translations. The rest is self-explanatory I think.

Now if only someone would start one for Ayahi…

Random listenings~

So a few days ago I realized I actually had a jpopsuki account (though even if I hadn’t realized that, I was gonna make one anyway, since they had temporary open registration at the time) and since I’m now supposed to be studying… I decided to make use of that account and download some music instead =D

The following is just my opinion on the VERY random stuff I downloaded (okay, actually, it’s not so random. What I did was go to my current obsession’s last.fm artist page and check up some of the similar artists there XD Kudos to anyone who can figure out who that artist is from the following. Going to my last.fm profile page and checking doesn’t count :p). So yeah, don’t expect much coherency in this post ^^;

Here goes nothing.
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[Fanfiction] Shining☆Stars – A Sphere fanfic written by a bunch of HarukaxMinako shippers =x

Uhh… Where to start… First off, this was actually written like a month ago already, but I only bothered posting about it here now because… I’m lazy =D Also, I say “written by a bunch of bla bla” but it was really me doing all the writing. I just won’t hog all the credit though because the main plot idea wasn’t mine. This whole thing started after Su challenged me into writing a fanfic with “Haruka and Minako stuck at a studio because of a snow storm” as the base plot. I’m really weak with challenges so I just had to accept… And this is the result:
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[Fangirling] Stereopony

Back in highschool, I wanted to create a little rock band with my two best friends. One was supposed to be lyricist + vocals and play the bass, the other was supposed to be on guitar (we even went and bought her an acoustic for her birthday!!) and I was supposed to compose and play the drums (I currently play guitar by the way hah). The thing only managed to stay at a couple of “songs” (they were more like rough poetry works really) getting written and me trying to learn to play the drums while using tissue boxes for practice… Before each of us went our seperate ways after graduation.

Yeah, how many kids have you heard saying stuff along those lines? But the important question is… What does that have anything to do with Stereopony?

Well, let’s put it like this. If that project were to have bore fruit, I think I’d have liked it to be something like what Stereopony is at the moment, sound-wise at least. I guess my view of the band is one of longing and perhaps admiration?

Of course there are a lot of girl rock bands out there (Scandal unfortunately pops to mind first thing from the J-music industry), so why Stereopony?
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I wanted to see Minako otageing to Sphere songs too…

This is a bit of a rare post coming from me, but I just had to share this little adventure of Mina-chan because, well, I was actually rather touched. To put it in a nutshell, what happened was the following: Kotobuki Minako was spotted at a screening for Sphere’s rings live tour 2010 FINAL in a theater in Shinjuku.

So what’s so awesome about that? Well, think about it. How many artists would actually dare mixing in with their fans and watch their own concert along with them? I’m sure someone’s done something like this before too, I’m just proud of my Mina-chan for doing this too *fake tears* Or maybe she was just being her usual thick self?

Anyway, I figure the best way to showcase this is by translating both Minako’s blog post about this, as well as the post of a lucky 2ch anon who happened to spot her at said screening.
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