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Yuria and The Evil Seven: Chapter 0 (Prologue)

November 29, 2013 by

It’s time for the first weekly thing we will have for a while. The very first chapter for Half-San’s fan fiction. But is it the first chapter?…..

For the first week we have the prologue of the story aka Chapter 0.

2 years before it all begin. Kuumin and Yuria’s friendship is harmonious. Or so they think.

To read the the fan fiction, follow this link below!
http://half48.net/apps/half48-fanfiction-yuria-evil-seven/

Announcement: Yuria and the Evil Seven (Fan Fiction series)

November 28, 2013 by

When I was without a laptop, I started to pour out my creativity in other forms. One of them was fanfiction. And this particular fanfic started out one day in the AIDOL work chat group.

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It was a random idea but story lines started popping in my mind. And the next thing you know, I have this silly saga about conquering numbers in my head that I need to pour into words.

From tomorrow on we will start to publish one new chapter of the story every week until the story is over! The chapter will be posted every Saturday at 00:00 JST.

This one is for you fanfic readers out there! Have fun reading starting tomorrow!

Final thoughts

September 1, 2013 by

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This is my final day of appeal before the polls are closed. Thus, my last HKT appeal post for this battle.

I have wrote long and hard on why HKT48 deserve your vote. Some are funny, some are trollish, some has silly pictures and some has fake videos. But not this one.

This last post? This one is from the heart.

The truth is I don’t know why I’m so enamored by HKT48. It’s probably their freshness that reminds me of early AKB48. Or maybe their various interesting personality that makes me love every single one of the members. It could probably be the fact that every time I watch them, I grin like a little idiot. And if one of them cry out of frustration, tears start to build in my eyes too. Who knows really? I just love them. I do.

The original plan was that AIDOL’s Bo-chan wanted to have one month as the subbing period. But lotsheep, KudoShinichi and me, all three of us knew there’s not much that can be done in one month. We would probably have only 3-4 subbed videos. At most is 5 videos. So all of us agreed to up the stakes. All of us agreed 3 months is a good time period if we want to introduce our favorite group to other fans.

I can’t force you to vote for HKT48. I can’t force you to watch 3 months full of HKT shows. I can just plead you to give them a chance. 3 months of HKT48 will pass by quickly and hopefully when the 3 months is up, some of you would pay attention to these girls.

HKT48 may not have perfect dancing. Some of them might not be good singers. Only a handful of them are funny enough to handle a variety show. Some are too loudspoken and some girls are too softspoken. They may not be balanced and they may not be the best. As of yet, some of you may think HKT has many flaws compared to other groups. To be honest, HKT48 is not perfect.

But I don’t want perfection. I want to see my idols grow up. I want to see my idols learn from their mistakes. I want to see my idols improve herself. I don’t need perfection. I need an idol who tries her best and in turn makes me want to try my best too. And that’s why I think HKT48 deserve your vote. Because they are not perfect but they try damn hard to be. And I want everyone to see it. I want everyone to know these girls like I do.

Whatever the results are after the votes is revealed, I’m just glad I get to hijacked AIDOL page for a week to promote my Hakata girls. To all of you who read my post, thank you for this past week. Thank you for all the comments and the sharing. And a huge thank you to the voters.

Lotsheep and KudoShinichi, thank you for being such worthy opponents.

-Half

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. 😀

How to vote for Paruru in AKB48’s 32nd Single Election

May 21, 2013 by

I realized that I have a lot of Paruru oshis in my followers list and I’m friends with a few too. So as a special thanks to all of you, this is a unique guide on how to vote for Paruru in the election!

First, go to the voting site: http://akb48-sousenkyo2013.jp/voter/

This is what you will see. Click on the first pink button to search by name.
1_Search Name

Since Paruru’s name is Shimazaki Haruka, next you will have to click on “さ” which means “Sa” in Hiragana. It will list down all names that starts with S.
2_Choose Sa

Next page will have a list of ALL the candidates that starts with S. Paruru’s name can be quite similar to some of the members so make sure you click the right name!

Click “島田晴香” because that is Paruru’s name in Japanese. Trust me.
3_ Click Name

Next, enter your two serial numbers and press vote!
4_Vote

Oh, and ignore that Shimada picture on the page, I’ve already e-mailed AKS about it and they said they had a problem in uploading images. Your votes will still go to Paruru, don’t worry!

That’s the end of my special guide. Have fun voting, Paruru oshis!

Idols of the Past I: Onyanko Club (1985~1987)

May 21, 2013 by

This is the very first installment of a series of articles dedicated to idols from the past. I am not only writing this because it is interesting to know but it will also help you enjoy certain shows you watch even more! Many current shows involve idols of the past, segments like where an idol of today has to do something with an idol of yesterday are very popular! It’s pretty interesting to know from which corner of entertainment they came from. Ok, enough intro, this wont be there anymore in the future articles but I have to introduce this section somehow XD

For the very first edition of Idols of the Past, there’s no one better to start off with than Onyanko Club (おニャン子クラブ)! Onyanko Club translates into something like Cats Club/Kitten Club. It is is one of the first popular large idol groups and it’s from the 80’s. I think many of us probably know this but if you don’t know it yet; You think AKB48 is Aki-P’s first ever group? BUBBUUU! Onyanko Club was in fact the very first large idol group by Aki-P! Yes you read that right, it was not your imagination LOL! XD So yeah, nice! Let’s get to know this Onyanko Club better! 😀

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Important terms used in Geinin explained

May 20, 2013 by

This is the first actual post on this site and my very first ‘real’ article that has nothing to do with site development or other tech stuff! XD I hope you are going to enjoy it 😀 Also it was written as half assed as half assed subs is, so there could be some errors here and there XD

Since you cannot really find something like this elsewhere to my knowlegde, I decided to write you guys an article about Owarai terms, which are used throughout NMB48 Geinin! That’s right! This can be really helpful if you are watching a show like Geinin! Even if you have subs, there are a lot of owarai terms used in the show that you may not know what they are talking about.

Let’s start with Owarai!

Owarai (お笑い)

This is the general term for (stand-up) comedy. Yeah that’s it! Easy start isn’t it? XD

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From now on I’ll try to go alphabetically just for my own convenience :p
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