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Member’s introduction (Team H)

August 30, 2013 by

Some people might be hesitant to give away their votes away probably because they don’t know the girls well enough. So here’s a mini post about every member of Team H. I’ll try to post some interesting facts that are not so well known to other people too. Hopefully one or two member will catch your eye. 😀

Anai Chihiro

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  • The captain of Team H, also known as Cap (Kyappu).
  • Even though she’s captain, she’s known to be a ponkotsu.
  • Lead in both dramas starring HKT48.
  • Does classical ballet
  • Fav quote: “Honestly, we didn’t have any confidence at all during our Shonichi. But I believe in Takahashi Minami-san’s “Effort will always be rewarded”. And we, HKT48, are a team that will keep trying our best as long as we can.” -HKT48 121126 LOD (1st anniversary)

Cap is certainly one of my favorites. She plays guitar but is not good at it. Although, recently she has gotten better thanks to her dad who is teaching her. She’s also known as the richest member within the group. Example of her being a ponkotsu is during roll calls she would go “There’s one person not here!” and then finding out she forgot to count herself. Sometimes she’s surprised that there’s an extra member only to found out she counted the manager as well. She’s certainly not on the same level as Takamina or Sayanee captain-wise but she’s still young and has plenty of time to learn. She’s loved by members and staffs, which I’m certain is what made the management appoint her as captain.

Ueki Nao

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  • Has a protruding chin and some say her face looks like a Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train)
  • Teased character
  • Tree for Russian monkey
  • Fav quote: “When I grow up, I want to be someone who is cheerful like Miyazawa Sae-san. I want to be an adult that is kind towards other people around her.” -HKT48 LOD 130114

Ueki is hidden gem for variety shows. She shines the most in Korekara thanks to her rapport with the MC, Abe. Out of all the member that was drop out of senbatsu for the 2nd single, I felt sad for Ueki the most. She has a certain quality that makes you want to cheer for her. She also likes attaching her names to simple greetings. Like Arigatou (Thank you) becomes Arigatoueki. Every time she does this in theater it is received rather coldly by fans which prompted Murashige to say that Ueki is like the past Murashige (Because she’s not gaining any laughs). Which prompt Wakatabe or Moriyasu to retort with, “More like the current Murashige”. Murashige and Ueki is like one of my favorite pairing together because they are so damn cute. XD

Oota Aika

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  • Hakata’s big sis
  • Former member of AKB48
  • Best friends with Mayuyu
  • Member of Watarirouka Hashiritai (7)
  • Fav quote: “When I transferred to HKT48, there was a time where I thought it would be hard for me to make friends. But thanks to members who have weird characters like Murashige, I was able to get used to HKT48. And when I did hi-touch with the fans, everyone welcomed me that it made me feel glad I came to Hakata.” – HKT48 121214 LOD (Lovetan’s birthday)

Better known as Rabutan or Lovetan. Her original catchphrase when she joined HKT48 was “Hakata! Hakata! Hakata! Oota!” but she finds it too weird so she stopped. Back in AKB, she was known as a Tsundere character but gave up that character and is now known as HKT’s Big sis. Lovetan made a nice transition from being the pampered child in AKB to the reliable big sister HKT. She often takes a step back so that other members can shine. It’s no wonder the Hakata fans have accepted and love her. Oh, and she hates bugs. Like, really hate it.

Kumazawa Serina

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  • Nickname is Riinu
  • Arguably the best dancer in HKT
  • Considered the most stylish and fashionable in the group
  • Good friends with Boss
  • Fav quote: “The song I love most is UZA because isn’t the dance amazing? I’ve been learning dancing for the past 6 years, even in HKT48 I have the privileged to be the dance leader. This kind of dance song would make me stand out the most so this song is my favorite.” -HKT48 130322 LOD

For me, Riinu is one of the best performer in the group all thanks to her dancing skills. According to her mom, Riinu always watch stage DVDs at home, trying to learn the dance moves. Often practicing on her own well into midnight. She has this terribly infectious smile that makes you wanna smile automatically. She also performs as center in a few performances.

Kodama Haruka

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  • Gain more support after losing her center position
  • Has a lisp but very eloquent in her G+ posts
  • Concurrent AKB48 Team A member
  • Fav quote: “When I was in a club in middle school, I heard the words: “Just talent can’t win against effort”. I don’t really have any talent, but I can put in a great effort.” – Haruppi’s G+ 121228

Ah.. our fallen center. I think everything that could have been said about Haruppi is already in this post. Her situation is one of the unique ones out of all the sister groups. The chosen center but was outranked by Sakura in the elections, and when Meru came was pushed back to make way for our 2nd Gen center. You don’t see that happen to Acchan, Jurina/Rena or Sayanee/Milky. But this whole debacle really put Haruppi on the map and just like a phoenix, she rose back from the ashes. Stronger than ever. She still has the lisp tho.

Sashihara Rino

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  • Was transferred to HKT because of a scandal
  • #1 in AKB Sousenkyo
  • A member of Not Yet
  • A huge idol wota
  • Hetare Scandal Troll Variety Queen
  • Fav quote: “Even though there’s NMB and SKE, I want to make HKT the best team of all.” – AKB48 Documentary No Flower without Rain

Oh Sasshi. Where do I start? I was following Sasshi waaay back during her AKB days since we have the same Kami Oshi in Morning Musume. I think of her like a fellow comrade rather than an idol. Sasshi is basically the main reason why I took notice of HKT in the first place. Would HKT48 achieve the same amount of popularity they gotten now without Sasshi? Probably. But not as fast. Sasshi just sped up their popularity by being there and in turn, brought attention to other members as well. Being a huge HKT48 fan now, I can’t help but to feel grateful to Sasshi. A year ago, if the scandal didn’t happen. If Sasshi had stayed in AKB48, I think the fact that she would get #1 in Sousenkyo would be very unlikely. Now every time I think of Sasshi, I think of HKT48. She really took on the role as mentor and guidance for the kids. And I love her for that. This useless hetare person is now one of the main pillars in HKT48. And I find that amazing. Thank you, Sasshi.

Shimono Yuki

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  • Variety member of the group
  • A great dancer like Riinu
  • Okay with bugs but not haunted houses
  • Fav quote: “The thing that I want the most is aura.” – HKT48 121210 LOD

Shinamon is a member that went through a lot of character changes. She went from the “I love matcha (green tea)!” character to the “Black hearted” character to the “Glutton” character and now she is more known as the variety character. But with the emergence of 2nd Gen, her variety spot is being overshadowed by the much more outspoken Tani. She even lost her senbatsu spot for the second single. She’s not wrong for wanting an aura because right now she lacks presence the most. She’s practicing her MC in stage shows (she’s moderating the MC after Tengoku Yarou unit in Hakata Legend) hoping to follow the Minegishi route (minus the shaving) as Miichan is her Oshimen.

Tanaka Natsumi

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  • Hakata’s Boss
  • A good tsukkomi to pair with Murashige’s boke
  • Gain 500 comments in just a few minutes when her G+ opened
  • One of HKT representatives for the Janken tournament
  • Has performed more than 300 times at the theater (The most out of all Team H members)
  • Fav quote: “With our abilities, let’s survive the tough world of show business together. Let’s be the best idol group that won’t lose to anyone!” – HKT48 130810 LOD

If I have to take a bet on who will be the next Sasshi, I would pick Boss hands down. She had the “youngest in the group” and “elementary schooler” image for a while but the Boss character was her big break. A 12 year old as the boss of Hakata? Genius. She’s so boss, she moderated her own birthday stage. Twice. It’s unprecedented even in AKB. Just recently turned 13, she’s also one of the tall members of HKT. Not to mention she’s sharp and quick witted for a 13 year old. And being 13 meaning she’s has a lot of time to further polish her skills and character. I believe Boss is going to be one of the main members of HKT and I can’t wait to see it.

Nakanishi Chiyori

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  • Funny
  • Reached 3rd round of R-1
  • Best friend with Tani since middle school
  • Fav quote: “Because I’m always doing my best in my performances, I don’t have any regrets at all. That’s right. Keep on shining.” – HKT48 130216 LOD

Chori’s gags could beat even the most experienced comedians, further proved by her accomplishments of reaching the third round of R-1. Not only does she does not mind being teased, in fact, she welcomes it. Chori really shines in HKT Variety 48 where she has her own segment like TYORI RAP. And she’s serious about her comedy acts, further proved by her frustration at herself in the Hyakkaten season 1 bonus DVD and her mini R-1 documentary in Korekara.

Matsuoka Natsumi

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  • Originally HKT’s #2 right behind Haruppi
  • Pushed back when Sakura ranked
  • Capable of handling all sort of work be it singing or variety
  • A hidden gem
  • Fav quote: “When I was 5 or 6, for a vacation, the place we went had a lower elementary school nearby. Looking at all the cute kids just made me grin to myself. I wonder if that led to the birth of my “Tabetai~” (I wanna eat~) phrase.” – HKT48 121009 LOD

Natsu, for me, is one of the prettiest members of HKT48. She gets a lot of photoshoot offers because she’s a natural at it. She’s lovey dovey with all the members in HKT, particularly 2nd Gen Ito Raira. She also attacks the lolis of group (it used to be Aoi but now it seems she’s concentrating on Yukachan). She is often paired up with Moriyasu in performances.

Miyawaki Sakura

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  • Amazing Cinderella story
  • Only HKT to rank in the 27th single Sousenkyo
  • Was in UZA Senbatsu
  • Carries 3 bears in her bag; Brownie, Cocoa-chan and Tiramisu (Recently acquired a fourth bear, White Brownie)
  • Fav quote: “HKT48 is the furthest group from the disaster area. But even then I hope our cheers and smiles could reach everyone in the affected areas.” – HKT48 130311 East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction special performance

I love Sakura. She’s an example story of how ranking in Sousenkyo can really change your life. More people took notice of her including the management. She has amazing drawing skills. Amazingly bad. Hailing from Kagoshima, she is often compared with Kashiwagi Yuki who is from the same place. Her overreaction skills are already legendary. She’s good friends with Murashige and is often the victim of her Murashigeharassments.

Murashige Anna

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  • If Sakura dabbles with the A-list members of AKB
  • Murashige is friends with the B-list
  • Starred Majisuka Gakuen 3
  • Too crazy at times
  • Has a dinosaur plushie caled Kevin
  • Center of her own made up Guigui Senbatsu
  • Fav quote: “If we look at the costume’s label (for Kataomoi no Karaage), the costume department wrote just the personalities of members there. Like for instance, Sakura’s costume is written “Serious”, Mariri has “Likes anime”, Aichan has “Tsundere”. But when I look at my costume somehow the word “Giant” is written there.” – HKT48 130312 LOD

Also known as Russian Monkey. That nickname really took off, huh? Hahaha. She’s crazy. That’s undeniable. In variety shows, you have to be a little crazy to get screentime. But she’s damn shy in real life and in school and that gap just makes me want to go to Japan and pat her head. She aspires to be an entertainer one day and always wear the “Aspiring geinin” t-shirt. It’s hardly a secret that she’s my HKT oshimen. She has a huge heart and is passionate in everything.

Motomura Aoi

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  • One of the more popular members without any push
  • Crybaby
  • Aoi & Sakura make a very popular paring. Especially when ‘Aoi’ means ‘blue’ and ‘Sakura’ means ‘pink’
  • Fav quote: “I had always been a crybaby since I was small. When there’s a dance move I couldn’t do, I’ll cry out of frustration. Whenever I feel alone, I will cry. When we first had our lesson, I was thinking of cleaning up the lesson room. But when I entered the room, Wakatabe was there. I was so surprised I left the room in a hurry and cried.” – HKT48 121030 LOD

Aoi is the baby face in the group. Always doted by Sasshi. She also adores Tomochin a lot. I kinda want to see Aoi and Mio do a duet so that I can gush at the cuteness of it all. She cries so much in variety shows it has come to a point that it became funny. XD She’s also the only member to gained 3 oshimen badges in Hakata Hyakkaten which proves how popular she is even among the sister groups.

Moriyasu Madoka

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  • Princess image
  • Good at playing the piano
  • Has her own radio show
  • Fav quote: “Everyone, oshi-mashi is good but oshihen is not allowed, okay?” (Oshi-mashi = push oshimen more, oshihen = Change oshimen) – HKT48 121002 LOD

Considered a real beauty in HKT. She dreams to be a model one day and I believe she can totally pull it off. She also has a perfect pitch. Along with Boss, they are trying to fatten themselves up since they feel like they’re too thin. Despite her serious looks, she actually has a cute side to her at home. Stories like holding her mother’s hand while sleeping and sleeping with teddy bears. Even Shinamon’s dad who is a Madoka oshi went to her handshake event.

Wakatabe Haruka

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  • Originally the baseball daughter character
  • Overtime developed and polish her tsukkomi skill
  • Great gaya (noisy character in the background)
  • Fav quote: “I’m saving my New Year’s money for college.” – HKT48 130107 LOD

She’s good friends with AKB’s Kuramochi Asuka because of their “daughter of a baseball figure” background. She’s considered one of the most better tsukkomi (people who come out with retorts) in the group. Loves her family too much. Many may not know it but she was friends with 2nd Gen Kusaba Manami even before she entered HKT48 since they were both from the same dance school. She also is in charge with a lot of their MC segments.

I hope you guys enjoy reading it! Sorry if it was too long. 😀

Let’s play the HKT48 Memory Game!

August 28, 2013 by

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I know that HKT48 is a new group and there’s so many members that you probably don’t know. But what better way to recognize the members than a fun memory game! Head on over and click the link to have a fun memory game with HKT48 and hopefully by the end of it you would recognize some of the members. Even the 2nd gens!

>> HKT48 Memory Game << Remember to vote for HKT48 by messaging AIDOL’s Facebook and type “HKT48”. 😀

Have fun!

[HakataFTW] Hakata Hyakkaten Season 1 Bonus (Akimoto Sayaka)

August 28, 2013 by

Since today is Sayaka’s grad day, here’s something small about Sayaka and HKT48! Even Sayaka who didn’t know a thing about HKT48 has her own oshimen in the group now. And just like Sayaka, I hope maybe some of you would get to know these kids and choose your own HKT oshimen!

HKT has a bunch of shows with their seniors in AKB like AKB to XX!, Mujack, Hakata Hyakkaten, AKBingo and let’s not forget that Sasshi is also part of HKT48 and she’s always on talk shows with other AKB members.

So if there’s any AKB voters who aren’t sure who to vote for, I suggest to give it to HKT48! 😉

Just go message AIDOL on their facebook page here and type HKT48. Till tomorrow!

[HakataFTW] Ima ga Ichiban

August 27, 2013 by

I find that there’s no better way to tell people to vote for HKT48 other than doing a fake video so here it is.

Also, introducing the AIDOL staff for my HKT48 army. Our team consists of me, Ale, mahousentai, Momo, KKS Haru and MAIcrosoft at this moment. All of them love HKT48 and would love to see them win. They will also help me with promoting and giving suggestions for my appeal posts. 😀

To those that haven’t voted or confused on who to vote for, please wait until the end of my appeal period. Give me a chance to change your mind if you’re not planning to vote for HKT48. Remember, your votes can influence the path that AIDOL will take in the next three months.

Voting for HKT48 will not only give them more exposure, but will also create new fans. Who knows? When the three months is up, HKT48 might have a big enough fanbase so that other subbing group will start translating HKT48 as well. For the ones that have voted HKT48 so far, I can’t thank you enough.

AIDOL Staff Battle Event

August 25, 2013 by

Maybe some of you are aware of this, but AIDOL is doing a Staff Group Battle.

Being one of their translators and also unashamed of my love for Hakata lolis, I was given the pleasure to lead the group supporting HKT48.

The battle is simple. Divided into three groups, AIDOL staff will battle each other. Lead by KudoShinichi (SKE48), Lotsheep (NMB48) and me, Half-san for HKT48. The rules? We get to do our own appeal for one week and the public votes will determine the winner.

The stakes? THREE WHOLE MONTHS of subbing the winning group’s video.

Yes, you read that right. If I win, AIDOL will sub HKT48 videos for three months. No SKE48. No NMB48.

As you know, a subbed video can help spread a group’s name. Immensely. I mean, how many of you are introduced to AKB48 with a subbed episode of AKBingo? A subbed episode of Majisuka? How many of you are introduced to HKT48 to a half-assed subbed episode of Hakata Hyakkaten? Doesn’t even have to be the 48 group. How many of you are introduced into the world of idol with a subbed video? I know I did.

And comparing to AKB48 and other sister groups, there’s hardly any HKT48 subs out there! So what better way to bring a bunch of awesome, brilliant, AIDOL quality subs of our beloved HKT kids?

Vote for HKT48 and I promise you, the 3 months full of HKT48 release will be the best 3 months you will ever have. The HKT kids are so interesting and funny but are not even realized by a number of people in the 48 community just because most of the videos aren’t translated!

This is just the first post of many so keep a look out. In the next few days, I will try to show you why the girls from Hakata deserve your votes.

In the mean time, help me spread the word. Post on all HKT48 forums, your twitter, tumblr, blogs, facebooks, friendster or myspace if you guys still have it. We need more HKT48 subs!!

“VOTE FOR HALF, VOTE FOR HKT48!”

More information: http://www.myaidol.com/aidol-announcement/aidol-staffs-battle/
Vote by messaging: https://www.facebook.com/myAidol

[Half_Assed] 130716 HKT48 Tonkotsu Maho Shoujo Gakuin ep03

August 22, 2013 by

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Here’s episode 3 of Tonkotsu! There’s not much to know about Dewi Fujin / Madame Dewi other than the fact that she’s a former First Lady for Indonesia and she’s filthy rich. Go read up her Wiki page if you’re interested.

Also, since tumblewush-san has kindly subbed episode 4-6, I’ll be skipping those and sub episode 7 next. Don’t worry, we’re in contact with each other to make sure we don’t clash in our subs. 😉

Anyway, I think I got them mostly right so this sub gets a rating of 90% “Honmayan” and 10% “Zettai uso ya wa”.

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[Half_Assed] 130810 HKT48 Team H LOD – Natsumikan BD (MC + Letter)

August 14, 2013 by

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Out of all the birthday LODs I have ever watch, Boss’ birthday letter is hands down the most awesome birthday letter of all time. I was laughing myself silly when I was watching it, I just HAD to sub it. So here it is subbed for your full enjoyment.

I omitted the parts in the middle because it was about Boss getting her own G+ and they spend literally almost 8 minutes just talking about it.

Anyway, I wasn’t sure what Boss said about Sasshi (she talked too fast and I just heard the word bra so I faked it), and the rest are pretty accurate I think if my ears don’t deceive me.

So this subs gets a rating of 99% “Honmayan” and 1% “Zettai uso ya wa”.
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[Half_Assed] 130709 HKT48 Tonkotsu Maho Shoujo Gakuin ep02

August 14, 2013 by

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Sorry, I was internetless for awhile. (hence my absence during the HKT KKS livestream a few days ago).

But I’m back with a new subbed episode of Tonkotsu! Our magical teacher this time is Korokke. He’s a famous impersonator in Japan and because it was too long to explain in the video, here is a list of impersonations he and the members did in the episode (he has waaaaay more impersonations btw).

1. Mikawa Kenichi
One of his popular imitation. He was doing this since the 70s! Here is a video of him impersonating Mikawa and the real Mikawa himself appear.

I don’t why he was licking his glasses at the beginning but maybe it has to do with the fact that Mikawa was arrested for drugs? I don’t know, I’m just guessing here.

Anyway, Mikawa has a really effiminate nature and a clear soft voice which is the point that Korokke makes when impersonating him.

2. Iwasaki Hiromi
Korokke often impersonate her singing one of her popular song, “Cinderella Honeymoon”. It got to the point that whenever the song starts playing at her concerts, the fans would start laughing. She has now dedicated that song to Korokke. XD

She kinda has a long jaw hence the long jaw face Korokke makes when impersonating her.

3. Noguchi Goro
This was the song that he sang: Shitetsu Ensen.

4. Kitajima Saburo
An Enka singer with prominent cheek & jaw lines and huge nostrils (Sorry Kitajima-san, I’m just telling the truth!)

5. Tomosaka Rie
Well, not exactly Korokke but he said Sasshi looked like her when she did this. You be the judge.
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6. Triendl Reina
Honestly, if you ask me the only thing that Murashige and Triendl has in common is that they’re both halfies. XD
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Also, Murashige looks like Chucky? LOL WHAT. HAHAHAHHAHA NO.

7. Yashiro Yuu / Ashida Mana
Kinda like how Mikitty (SKE48) and Murashige impersonates Kintaro who impersonates Acchan, Lovetan was impersonating Yashiro Yuu who was impersonating Ashida Mana. Confusing, I know. So here’s a video:

If you’re wondering where you’ve seen Ashida Mana from, it’s probably Pacific Rim. Yup, that little Japanese kid who cries all the time.

8. Inoue Yosui
If you watch Hyakkaten or Chiyori videos you should know who Inoue Yosui is by now. They sang one of his songs together: Shonen Jidai.

9. Kintaro
I don’t have to explain this right?

10.Takeda Tetsuya
A singer and actor but is more widely known for his role as Kimpachi sensei in the drama “Sannen B Gumi Kimpachi Sensei”. One of the more popular impersonation choice in Japan. Chori even impersonate him during her round in R-1 (A competition among comedians in Japan where Chori reached 3rd round, which is considered quite a feat)

11. YOU
She kinda has this nasally voice and if you watch Terrace House, she’s that old weird lady that comments and narrates everything.

12. Mori Shinichi
Korokke really exaggerates his expressions hahahahha. This is the real person singing “Ofukuro-san”.

I think I got mostly right so this sub gets a 90% “Honmayan” and 10% “Zettai uso ya wa” rating!
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