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Arashi Blast in Hawaii DVD

I finally got my Arashi Blast in Hawaii DVD! I ordered the limited edition one; it comes with a big 150-page picture booklet as well as a documentary, "BLAST in Hawaii." I've only taken a look at the photo book so far (I need to block off a 3-hour period to watch the entire concert). There are some really great pictures from the shows...including shots from the downpour! I can't wait to watch the documentary. Hopefully I understand most of it...to be continued....

Anime

So...I haven't posted anything in a loooooooooooong time.

Does anyone even read this stuff?

Probably not. Anyway, here's some of the anime I've been watching in 2014.

Anime
Skip Beat!! (Subbed): I'm a fan of the manga, so I thought I would check this one out. As of the first six episodes, it's cute and just as wacky as the manga! I usually don't watch subbed anime; I grew up watching dubbed anime as a kid, so I've always kind of just stuck with dubbed. It's a nice change to watch anime subbed, but I don't think this will be a regular occurrence.


Ouran High School Host Club (Dubbed): I started this show a long time ago, but I never finished it. I've read the entire manga series, so there was never a pressing need to finish it. I'm glad I decided to pick up where I left off! It's too bad that this show only got one season. There's so much good story content in the rest of the manga to make a second season!


Hetalia: Axis Powers and World Series (Dubbed): I wanted to watch something with Todd Haberkorn in it (I met him backstage at Kawaii KON 2013 and he seemed pretty cool). I narrowed my choices down to Fairy Tail and Hetalia: Axis Powers. Hetalia looked a little intimidating because there were so many episodes…and then I realized that each episode is only five minutes long. PERFECT! Italy is just so cute and useless. I appreciated how every country had its own quirks and flairs that allowed for a nice mix of comedy. Coming from a culturally-diverse part of the world, there were parts that made me *GASP* "That's borderline racist…but so true!" Overall, I enjoyed this anime representation of history and culture. Now I've gotta watch "Paint it, White!"


What I primarily watch now-a-days are live-action Japanese dramas, so I haven't had much time to watch anime. I'm thinking of watching Attack on Titan, but more so because it's popular right now. And two girls told me that they thought I look like Levi (is that good?) and that I should cosplay as him....

Arashi in the Air!

Today was my first day of flights since graduation! I had a great crew that stepped up to help me and give me great advice. On the last flight, two girls were watching Arashi's "Beautiful World" tour on their iPad. I wanted to talk to them, but then the little voice in my head said, "Shut up and do your job!!!!" Oh well...next time!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a day set aside every year in which people express their gratitude for various things.  In actuality, we should be grateful each and every day.  It might be hard to show thanks for everything we have because we have so much, but not a day should go by without being thankful for something.  My list is incomplete (I know I'm going to forget someone or something), but here's my attempt to reflect on the things that I am thankful to have in my life.

1. Jesus Christ and the Salvation that he freely gives
2. My family: Dad, Mom, and my brother; I am truly blessed by their unconditional love and support
3. My country: I am proud to be a citizen of the United States
4. My life: Life can end in an instant, and one never knows how much time they will have on Earth
5. The ability to dance and share my passion for dance with others
6. My dance family: The person I am has been shaped by these people, and I have been forever changed for the better
7. My extended family: Grampa, uncles and aunties, cousins, and hanai relatives
8. My friends: From elementary school, middle school, high school, college, work, and social media
9. My education: It is a privilege to be able to go to school and learn
10. My job: I might complain at times, but there are people out there that are jobless and want to work
11. My health: Other than the occasional dance injury, I am not limited by health issues that prevent me from living happily
12. My home: I have a comfortable, welcoming home with far more than just the necessities
13. Food: Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a dinner like tonight's turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, gravy, and cranberry sauce
14. My church: I can attend a church where God is worshipped and His Word is taught
15. My car: I can drive to where I need to go when I need to go
16. My computer: It helps me to stay connected with those that are afar and be informed about world events
17. Arashi: Ohno Satoshi, Sakurai Sho, Aiba Masaki, Ninomiya Kazunari, and Matsumoto Jun...yes, they get their own number; for the entertainment and happiness they bring to millions of people around the world
18. SMAP: Nakai Masahiro, Kimura Takuya, Inagaki Goro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, and Katori Shingo; also for the entertainment and happiness they bring to millions of people around the world
19. My iPod: I can listen to music anytime and anywhere
20. My personal library of books, movies, manga, anime, and J-dramas: I am not limited in what I can read, watch, and listen to
21. The local library: I don't have to buy books in order to read
22. My bag: I can bring things with me
23. My lip gloss: I don't have to suffer from chapped lips
24. Bottled water: I can drink clean water whenever I want
25. Safety pins: They keep my costumes together
26. My flat iron: I can style my hair how I want
27. Hairspray: My hair stays like how I want it to
28. Duct tape: I have found so many uses for it over the years
29. Shirts, dresses, shorts, pants, and socks: I don't have to run naked in the streets
30. Jackets: I get cold really easily
31. Eye drops: My eyes are sensitive and get itchy
32. Shoes and slippers: My feet are always protected from the ground
33. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash: My teeth and gums can be clean and healthy
34. Q-Tips: My ears and computer keys can be cleaned
35. Scissors: I can cut paper, fabric, and so much more
36. Washing machines: I can wear clean clothes, use clean towels, and sleep on clean sheets everyday
37. Febreeze: Bad smells are gone
38. Lotion: My skin won't become dry
39. Trees, plants, and flowers: The scenery is beautiful
40: Good weather: I live in a place that generally has good weather all year round
41. Pictures: I can remember good times and people I love
42. Videos: I can practice choreography and be inspired
43. My phone: I can stay connected to family and friends
44. Napkins: I don't like having food on my face
45. USB drives: I can transport and transfer pictures, videos, and other information
46. An e-mail I received last night with good news
47. The M&Ms I ate after dinner
48. The chair I'm sitting in
49. The text messages I received from family and friends
50. Every single blessing, happiness, challenge, and difficulty that I have been given

Japonicana

Well, there's been a lot of negative stuff said about Akanishi Jin recently.  I understand where a lot of people are coming from, but all I have to say is....

赤西仁のコンサートは最高でした!!!!

In short, I was able to be a part of the opening act that performed at the very beginning of the concert.  I had originally bought a ticket to watch the show, and I got the invitation to perform the week after.  So we put together a mix of various Johnny's songs (REAL DX, Crazy Moon ~キミ・ハ・ムテキ~, マダ上ヲ, Dye D, and Believe).  Fortunately, the crowd liked it.  There were a lot of Japanese fans present (apparently some of them are following the entire Japonicana tour around North America).  During the intermission, the theater workers kept having to tell them that they had to smoke at least 20 feet away from the entrance.  Japan doesn't have those no-smoking laws....

Anyway, I still got to watch the concert after we performed.  I bought the album on iTunes, so I recognized all the songs and could sing along.  Considering the fact that the album is still fairly new, a lot of fans were able to sing along with every song.  And the encore was SEASONS!

So basically, I had a lot of fun.  Honolulu had a lot of fun.  We all had a lot of fun. ^_^

30歳!!!

櫻井翔, 誕生日おめでとう!!! 30歳!!! (Happy Birthday, Sakurai Sho!!! You are 30!!! January 25)

Technically, it's about 5am on January 25 in Japan, so I'm not early--I'm on time. ^_^

Just a quick post after watching 幸せになろうよ (Shiawase ni Narou yo).  In my opinion, the two best scenes are:

1. Episode 9, when Haruna and Yashiro-san are talking in the hospital after she and Takakura-san bring him back.  When Yashiro-san starts crying and Haruna stands up to comfort him...yeah, that moment right there.  Yashiro-san might be a jerk for messing around with Haruna and Takakura-san, but Yashiro-san's wife screwed him over beyond belief in so many ways.  Even he doesn't deserve that.

2. Episode 11, the marriage proposal in front of an entire office of people.  First of all, it's amazing how much security fails as Takakura-san gets past every part of the office.  And then the overjoyed look on Takakura-san's face when Haruna accepts his marriage proposal...perfect!  And then the perfectness of it all--after a round of applause from all the employees--is wrapped up with Haruna's "恥ずかしい" (It's embarrassing) and Takakura-san's "すみません" (I'm sorry) before he escapes embarrassment by hugging her again. ^_^

If I had to pick another moment to make a Top 3, it would be from Episode 6 when Takakura-san puts his hand over Haruna's on the "simulation date."

嵐 + Harry Potter = EPIC!

So based on the subject title, you're probably thinking about some weird crossover fan fiction between Arashi and Harry Potter...no such thing!

Going back to yesterday...at around 2:30pm, I was sitting at my computer getting excited for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 midnight showing when my dad dropped the daily mail in front of my bedroom door.  What was there?  A bubble wrap envelope from YesAsia that I had pre-ordered a LONG time ago....Beautiful World!!!!  For the most part, I was good a waited for my copy to come in (with the exception of まだ見ぬ世界へ, Hung up on, どこにでもある唄。, 「じゃなくて」, and the last five singles....which means I waited for a grand total of nine songs...so basically....half the album.).  I've got it on My Top Rated on iTunes, and it just keeps playing over and over and over again!

With the exception of last night/this morning because I watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 at midnight.  My friend was gracious enough to wait in line for me while I was at dance.  We waited in line (in the alley) until about 10 before they let us into our theater (Theater 8), and we scrambled to the top to get great seats in the last row.  I spent the waiting time playing Bejeweled 2, listening to "Beautiful World," answering questions from this guy who got dragged along to the movie without having seen the first seven movies ("Is Dumbledore like Gandalf?"  "Who is Voldemort?" etc.), and watching my friend amaze the kids next to us with magic tricks. (Yes, he's a magician...and like a good magician, he carries a deck of cards with him.)

And then....we watched it....

There are no words to describe the sheer epic-ness....

Well, yeah, there are...when I got home, I updated my Facebook status....

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was FRICKIN' EPIC! Everything that needed to be there was there, from McGonagall kicking ASS to Snape's true loyalty (yeah, I was ALWAYS right) to the "Not my daughter, you bitch!" That's how you do a movie RIGHT!!!!!!"

So yeah, I liked it.  A lot.  No, really, like I'm gonna go again today.  And my friend and I already planned to go again when our friend gets back from the mainland next week.  So if you haven't seen it, go watch it.  RIGHT NOW!

In conclusion: 嵐 + Harry Potter = EPIC!


24-VII Danceforce - Tribe

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嵐 Medley at Kawaii KON 2011

I just finished writing a 10-page paper, so I thought I'd talk about Kawaii KON....

HAWAII'S SEVENTH ANIME AND MANGA CONVENTION WAS THE MOST AWESOME YET! Kawaii-Kon was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on April 29-May 1, 2011. I was able to go to all three days this year again. The first thing I did was head to the dealer's room to check out all of the anime and manga merchandise. I didn't spend much this year.  I was going to buy the first box set of Fullmetal Alchemist, but the dealer's room closed on Sunday before I could go.  Oh well.  But I did get an Ichigo figurine, an Uchiha Sasuke figurine, a small Majin Vegeta figurine, a Naruto zip-up case, and a KiLaLa ears headband...all for $13!  Thank you, $2 and $3 merchandise boxes!!!!!

This year had lots of great panels!  The first one I went to was for Wendee Lee (Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop).  She is simply amazing!  I love Cowboy Bebop, so meeting another voice actor from that series (Steve Blum came to Kawaii KON a few years ago) was so cool.  My mom came with me to watch her panel, and my mom, who only watches Korean dramas, was really interested.  I'm going to try to get her to watch Cowboy Bebop now because she said she wants to see it.  Next was Scott McNeil's panel (Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing, Koga from InuYasha).  I felt like there was 20 different people up on stage because he was doing a different voice every couple of seconds.  I had to try really hard to keep the camera from shaking because I was laughing so hard!  I was even able to get his autograph and a picture with him.  He's super cool, too!  This year's guest from Japan was Yamaguchi Kappei, who plays the voices of InuYasha and L from Death Note.  I was actually surprised that I could understand a lot of what he was saying without the translator (who actually wasn't translating everything...the girls behind me were getting mad). If your interested, check out my YouTube videos of Kawaii-KON 2011. I'm under the same user name.

We also got to dance for the opening ceremonies and the dance-off again, which we had a lot of fun doing.  We did an Arashi Medley for the opening ceremony featuring Magician Kaulana (see video below).  We also did Lotus to kill time for the judges to make their decision during the dance off, but the video playing behind us lagged the entire time, which made that performance an EPIC FAIL.  I mean, we did everything right, but it looked like we were wrong because the video was off.  We're gonna try to record it again at the studio so I have a nicer video for YouTube....

 


Kawaii-KON will be back in 2012 at the Hawaii Convention Center!