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7th June: Jakarta – JKT48 & Countdown Asia Festival Day 2

January 14, 2016 by

The plan today was JKT48 theater then head back to Countdown Asia Festival! Mindmix won the same ticket as mine so I plan to meet up with him at FX for Team KIII’s “Boku no Taiyou“!

WinAnggy offered to give me a ride to FX but she’s not joining since she has class right after. I’m more of a car-person and this is basically my 2nd motorcycle ride ever in my life so yeah, I was hanging for my life here. A motorcycle ride through Jakarta’s traffic, bucket list checked.

JKT_AnggryI met up with Mindmix to redeem our tickets. Bingo starts at 11.30 so we head upstairs to the foodcourt for our own tiny Jakarta brunch.

JKT_TicketWe both had Sate Padang (I think), and talked about JKT48 while we fill up our tummies. I wasn’t familiar with Team KIII as I was more familiar with Team J. But I had watched Team KIII’s “Boku no Taiyou” 2 years ago and I remember being impressed with Yona and Sinka. I think that this setlist is a revival? I wasn’t sure. But it was interesting that I get to see the same setlist I saw 2 years ago.

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Right before we went in, a group of guys stopped us and asked us to support JKT48 Team T later at Countdown Asia Festival. They gave us this free invitation so me and Mindmix just looked at each other. Score! We were planning to go there anyway but now we got free tickets for it, haha.

JKT_2nd_TicketBoku no Taiyou” was fun! I could clearly see the improvement they had since 2 years ago and Mix was thrilled that he got a live half-assed translation on-the-go for him. The first MC was easy to follow when they were talking about their favorite cookings and the second MC and after I was just as lost as him. I was impressed with Sisil, who I never noticed before. I thought she was funny and engaging, noticing me and Mix in the theater and tried talking in English (and failing). I remember I went out of the theater thinking that I might just found my Team KIII oshi.

JKT_TheaterWe head back to Countdown Asia Festival with our free tickets. Anggy, Ixa and Mocil weren’t free on that day so it was just me and Mix. We head to the Dempa booth where they had some merchandise sold.

JKT_EntranceSince the only light stick that I brought was a red JKT48 one, I thought of buying a Dempa light stick. After making sure I have enough money to get a taxi to the airport, I bought their CD and their badges as well.

JKT_GoodsBadly for me, the only Dempa song I was familiar about was W.W.D and W.W.D II. So I was following the lead of the Japanese wota that were there as well. They didn’t sing W.W.D but I really enjoyed “Neo Japanism” and they also sang their latest single, “Otsukaresama~” or rather “Otsukare Summer”. Towel waving songs are always fun. (Yes, I waved a HKT48 towel. Sue me.)

JKT_DempaI waited around till JKT48 Team T appearances. I was risking it as I was actually late for my taxi to the airport. But they were singing “Wink wa Sankai” and a song or two wouldn’t hurt me, right? After bidding Mix farewell I left him and rushed to grab a taxi. Turns out I was wrong and the prospect of me missing my flight might be real. Good thing I had a taxi driver who drives like a madman when I told him the time of my flight. Although, in his defense, all taxi drivers in Jakarta are madmen.

JKT_TeamTI managed to grab my flight with 8 minutes to spare thanks to my taxi driver. It was a close call as I had work the very next morning. It was a rushed yet awesome 2 days.

I was glad to meet Mindmix, after chatting with him for almost 2 years. And was so happy to finally meet Anggy, who I couldn’t meet the last time I went to Jakarta. It was always a fun time to meet the crazies that is Ixa and Mocil as well. It’s fun to able to watch Sousenkyo with friends, even though by “watching” it was actually just reading the ranking through Twitter and us reacting to it. And of course, to be able to see Kamen Joshi again, not to mention Dempagumi and also watch Team T’s performance and a theater show by Team KIII? I thought I made really good use of my 2 days and there was no regret whatsoever.

I went home, tired but happy. It was crazy to think that I traveled to two different countries in a span of 1 week just to see idols. From Home > Tokyo > Home > Jakarta > Home. But Tokyo and Jakarta felt like home to me in some kind of a weird way. When you have online friends from all over the world, even though you’re traveling by yourself, you’re never alone. And that what makes it feel home to me.

20th Feb: AKB48 x JKT48 concert

January 1, 2016 by

When I heard about AKB48 coming to Jakarta to do a collaboration concert, I was hesitant on going. On one hand, I really wanted to go but on the other, I was also saving money to go to Japan in May. But, a few weeks before the concert, they release the names of the members that are going to the concert.

  • Team A: Matsui Sakiko, Morikawa Ayaka
  • Team K: Kitahara Rie, Shimada Haruka, Yokoyama Yui
  • Team B: Oshima Ryoka, Uchiyama Natsuki, Kawamoto Saya, Kuramochi Asuka, Takeuchi Miyu, Natori Wakana, Nozawa Rena, Hashimoto Hikari, Hirata Rina
  • Team 4: Okada Nana

The moment I saw Shimada Haruka it was a done deal. I bought the flight tickets instantly and quickly booked my place to stay. I know I’ll be seeing her again in May but May can’t come soon enough. I was determined. I’m going to this concert.

20th Feb was a Friday but I was lucky that 20th Feb is a public holiday in my country so I had the freedom to fly off on Friday morning itself. There were lots of things I had to do before the concert. Both of my colleagues (there’s only 3 in my department) are on leave for the week so I had to finish the whole week of work for 3 people before I fly on Friday. Busy was an understatement.

After finishing my work till late on Thursday, I had packed all I needed. I had my light sticks ready in my bag, 3 millions rupiah exchanged, putting 2 millions in my bag and bringing 1 million with me in my wallet. After double checking and triple checking my passport and my concert tickets, I was ready. That is when the first out of many obstacle hits me. My flight was delayed.

I was supposed to arrive in Jakarta at 11am, the morning of the concert. It was ample time for me to check in to my accommodation, then arrive at the concert hall around 2pm to meet up with people from Half48 chatroom & UKN48. Instead, my new delayed flight will make me arrive at 2.55pm. Once landed, I grabbed the first taxi service I could find to take me to my place of stay (I paid 320,000 rupiah which I now know was bloody expensive and I should have haggled the price). I was staying at Jalan Cockroaminoto which I somehow pronounced as CockroAminaSato, a mere 5km away from Kokas aka Kota Kasablanka (the concert place). I did think of going to Kokas straight away but I still have 3 hours till the concert starts and I thought I still have time. Boy, was I wrong. What I didn’t realize is 3pm on a Friday was when the traffic in Jakarta is at its worst. First 15 minutes after arriving in Jakarta and I was face to face with the infamous traffic jam a.k.a macet. The feeling of regret is starting to set in.

After paying 500,000 rupiah for my hotel deposit, I quickly threw my bags in the room and ran to the street to grab a taxi to Kokas. From my hotel to Kokas was only 20,000 rupiah, which was when the reality hit me that I paid an unreasonable amount for the taxi at the airport. After arriving at Kokas, I also realized few other things. I left my light sticks and the rest of my money in my bags at the hotel room. So there I was, in Kota Kasablanka, with 160,000 rupiah (Around 11USD) in my pocket, and 30 minutes till the door is open for the concert to start. The wifi connection in Kokas wasn’t very stable as well, so I couldn’t meet up with the other guys.

People were already queuing up. I tried looking around but there were too many people for me to find any Half48 chatroom or UKN48 people around.

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Tired, worried, and losing all the excitement I had for the concert, I head on inside the concert hall. I didn’t have enough money to buy merchandise (I could buy something but then I would have no money left for dinner and for the ride back to the hotel so I decided to be an adult and hold out on the merchandise temptation). Luckily, people were giving away free glow sticks so I at least had something in my hand. The seats were separated into left and right section and since nothing in my day seems to be going right so far, I headed to the left side of the seating area.

Jakarta_ConcertKage-ana started and it was Melody. Her Indonesian was clear and slow enough so I could understand most of it. (I basically can understand a bit but don’t ask me to speak Indonesian, I sound weird). Overture started and the whole concert hall, I’m not kidding, EVERYONE started to chant. The boys, the girls, the old uncles and aunties, even the 6 year old girl sitting in front of me. Although, the guy behind me was shouting “Tiger! Fire! Tiger! Fire! Jya! Jya!” on repeat but A+ for effort.

I won’t bother on posting the setlist but I’ll talk about the performance that sticks to my mind. “Kibouteki Refrain” started playing and the whole 16 AKB girls were in a straight line from one end of the stage to the other end singing the song. As the light shines on the girls, who did I see directly in front of me, singing on the left side of the stage? It was none other than my AKB oshi, Shimada Haruka. I’m probably exaggerating but my whole worry… that whole ordeal of obstacles and happenings and shitty stuff that happened to me before the concert started? It was washed away when I saw her. All the regrets I had for the concert vanished as I watch her dancing energetically with her twin-tails bouncing around.

Sitting on the edge of the hall means I get first hand view of the trolley that the AKB members climbed in on the side. I can’t remember who was the AKB member who got it on the right side, but Yui & Ryouka was on the left. And they were so close. Suddenly my choice of sitting on the left side didn’t seem so bad. I remember Mocchi got on the trolley for the left side on one song and she was breathtakingly beautiful. Just plain gorgeous. Rena was in the center position for most of the song, which was apt considering her history with JKT48. But Naachan got the most cheer whenever she is on screen.

The MC sessions were fun and easy to follow along even though they used a mix of Japanese and Indonesians. The girls were engaging and funny. And I swear I’m not being biased, but Shimada was hilarious. She was not afraid to make fun of herself and I love when the whole hall just burst into laughter every time she shouts the word “Kurus! (Skinny)”.

The concert started with AKB then a few songs mixes AKB members with JKT members. After a few songs, JKT48 starts to perform. My attention immediately went to Team T, the newly formed team when they sang “Wink wa Sankai“. The MC after the JKT48 performance was an AKB vs JKT game which was awesome. It felt like I was watching a variety show, except in a huge hall with all my friends.

After the little competition, it was a bit of a shuffle as they mix up a few AKB and JKT members to sing songs. Mocchi stands out so much in “Blue Rose” but Naomi from JKT wasn’t about to give in. She fit in quite well with Mocchi, Chikarina and Aaya because for a second there I was wondering which AKB member was the 4th girl before I realized that she is from JKT.

Rena, Ayana & Andela performed “Heart Gata Virus” and it was clear that this is Rena’s song. The special video at the beginning of the song focused on her. Here is a girl, who traveled here and there during her childhood but somehow ended up in Jakarta. She found a home in JKT48. And it shows. The reception of fellow JKT members and the fans towards her was so apparent, it was touching. I don’t think if Haruka or Chikarina goes back to Japan would they got this level of attention. Even through her performance I could feel that she is saying to her fans, “Tadaima” or “I’m back“. I even forgot the fact that this is a 3-person unit as all my eyes could focus was on Rena at the center. Only when the other fans started chanting, “A~yana! A~yana! Ayana! Ayana!” then I realized, “Oh yeah, my JKT Oshi is in this unit too. Haha.”

Ame no Doubutsuen” was the first song that some other girl stole my attention from Shimada. Kinal was playful and energetic, teasing JKT and AKB members alike. She truly captures the spirit of the song, and I find myself difficult to stop watching her. Yui & Melody sang “Temo Demo Namida” and Yui went up the left trolley. I hate to brag but she basically sang that song while looking at me. Well, not directly at me but towards my general area.

The concert goes back to AKB performing and then back to JKT performing, with MCs to keep us entertained in the middle. The highlight for me was the last song, “Sakura no Hanabiratachi”. During MCs, the fans constantly needed reminder to be silent. Members and other fans keep shushing and telling us to keep it quiet in order to hear what the other member is saying. But not for this song. As the spotlight hits Sakiko, without anyone telling us to, the whole concert hall fell silent. She plays the first few piano notes, perfectly playing the familiar sounds of bell chiming in the beginning of Sakura no Hanabiratachi, and captivating all of us with her fingers.

Once the song start, everyone in the hall altogether started singing the lyrics in Japanese (romaji lyrics on screen helped). Every time the camera focuses on the girls, there were looks of surprise and awe. All of us were swaying our glow sticks from left to right and singing along with the girls. In that moment, it felt like all of us were one. As the song ended, I can’t help but feel teary eyed. I don’t know whether it was the lyrics of the song, indicating graduation and end of a journey as if this concert is coming to an end, or the unity of the fans and the members.

The girls bid their farewell and for the first time in this concert, I checked the time. Almost clocking 2 hours plus and I didn’t even realized it. I really enjoyed the concert but the minute the concert ends and I had two thoughts:

  1. Damn, I wished they sang “First Rabbit”
  2. Man, Shimada didn’t even get to ride that trolley thing at all (left or right side)

I was waiting for someone to start an encore shout and was glad someone started just a few minutes after the concert ended. The curtains open back again with all of them singing “After rain” followed by “10 Nen Zakura”. Then, my miracle happened. The familiar first few beats of “First Rabbit” started and I immediately recognized it. But I look on my left to find out that Shimada was on the trolley and I just lost all my shit. I think I lost my voice that night after shouting her name so much. It was a bloody perfect encore.

I managed to get a proper wifi connection after the concert ended. I met up with Mocil, Ixarus, Ryan, Araishikeiwai (Or Rick as I call him) and a few friends of theirs. I met Ryan when he came to my country a few weeks prior so there was no mystery there. But meeting Ixa, Mocil and Rick was awesome as I’ve been chatting with Ixa & Mocil in our Half48 chatroom for almost 2 years and this was the first time for me meeting them. It was the first of many for me to actually go out and meet my online friends. Before, I always hide behind my online profiles but “Half” is my first one that makes me feel that I really made a connection with people. So, I decided to break out of my comfort shell and actually meet my online friends. They were just the lucky ones to meet me first, and more in the future was yet to come.

Jakarta_IdiotsThey took me to eat Sate Padang. Which was good, because I was starving. Lucky for them, the 160,000 rupiah I had was enough for the food and the ride back home. I really didn’t want to be the asshole who borrows money the first time we meet, haha.

Jakarta_SateThe next day, I met up with Ixa and Rick again to try to get into AnDare’s recording at JKT48’s theater.

Jakarta_Idiots2Jakarta_JKT48Too bad we couldn’t get in so we opted for Japanese food instead. I’ve watched JKT48 theater before back in 2013 and I can’t remember why I didn’t apply for theater tickets on this trip. Either there was no show or I felt like I didn’t have the time.

On Sunday, I was already in an early flight back home and my 3 days in Jakarta ended quickly. Looking back, the concert was the best 3 hours of my night. And to think my flight was delayed, I had 3 hours to get to the concert, 2 of those hours was stuck in traffic, with little money, and couldn’t find my friends, feeling down as hell but the girls were so energetic and funny and amazing and it just made me feel glad that I decided to come after all.

Jakarta_FlightBetween attending the concert and actually meeting other fans, I was so glad I came. And it got me proper excited for my Japan trip in May. I will be attending my first 2-shot event and making my first trip to Japan. Just thinking about it makes me nervous and excited.

Half Assed Unders center: Takajo Aki

June 16, 2013 by

For my Half Assed Unders center, Takajo Aki, here is her 3 minute video!

Seems like Akicha really has fate with being center for undergirls, huh? She even won in a half-assed election. XD

Anyway, this is a video of Akicha trying out durian ice cream in Jakarta. And it’s nice to see that both Akicha and Haruka is really popular in Jakarta… or are they?

Download: [Half Assed] 120928 SHUKAN AKB ep164 (Akichar)

Half Assed Senbatsu 2013 RESULTS!

June 8, 2013 by

Konnichiha everybody! It’s finally over and revealed! Yesterday after the real elections we also held our Half Assed Senbatsu event where we revealed our own senbatsu live from our Chat room! I am going to wrap everything up from our live event and give you the results and all. From the last place till the 21st place it will be boring but from there on it will get more and more interesting, believe me XD

Did not rank

#36. NMB48 Team N | Ogasawara Mayu | 9 Votes
#35. HKT48 Team H | Kodama Haruka | 10 Votes
#35. NMB48 Team M | Kinoshita Momoka | 10 Votes
#33. SKE48 Team KII | Suda Akari | 11 Votes
#32. HKT48 Team H | Nakanishi Chiyori | 12 Votes
#31. HKT48 Team H | Motomura Aoi | 13 Votes
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Half Asssed Senbatsu Results Event Announcement!

June 8, 2013 by

The results are in! After the real elections, it’s almost time to reveal the winners of our special event; Half Assed Senbatsu! We are going to reveal them on June 9 2013 on 05:00 JST (which is about 4 hours away form this post), one by one, on our #Half48 Chat! Make sure you’ll be there! It’s going to be as fun as the real elections XD

In case you forgot, here are the slots for Half Assed Senbatsu:

01-09: Half Assed Senbatsu (01-07: Half Assed 7)
10-15: Half Assed Unders
16-19: Half Assed Nexties
20-20: Half Assed Lastie

Also in case you forgot, here are the prizes for the Half Assed Senbatsu:

#1 Center for [Half Assed Senbatsu] – A subbed 5 minutes video
#10 Center for [Half Assed Unders] – A subbed 3 minutes video
#16 Center for [Half Assed Nexties] – A subbed 1 minute video
#20 [Half Assed Lastie] – A subbed 10 seconds video

Who will be the Half Assed Senbatsu? You probably already know but screw it XD Hope you will join our chat again and see who will be the Half Assed Senbatsu for 2013! See you later! 😀

In case you missed this in the article, here is a link to the #Half48 Chat, where the event is going to happen.

PS: If you need a decent timezone converter, please look here

Half48 AKB48 5th Elections Live stream event!

June 7, 2013 by

It’s finally done! Our Live Event Center should now work as it should and because the streaming links are already up on Youtube I could complete the page and launch it now 😀 As we have announced before we will have a (Offical) 5th AKB48 Election Live streaming event on June 8, 2013 18:30 ~ 23:10 JST

In case you don’t know yet, the Live Event Center is a page with a live stream, a chat and a relevant twitter stream in the sidebar. This way you don’t have to miss anything! 🙂 In case you have not noticed yet, here is a link to the event center

half48_event_center

For the 5th Elections tomorrow we will have 3 streams where you can choose from. The ‘official’ English and Japanese stream from Youtube and also Fuji TV where the event will also be aired. This way we also have a backup stream in case the Youtube ones get overloaded or something XD

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That’s all I have to say about it for now! Remember again, the event is on June 8, 2013 18:30 ~ 23:10 JST and in case you missed it, here is a link to the Live Event Center! See you tomorrow!~ 😀

PS: Of course me (Mai) and Half-San will be on the chat 😀
PS PS: If you go there now, Fuji TV will actually work with an actual live stream of Fuji TV 🙂

Half48 5th Elections Live (stream) event announcement

June 3, 2013 by

Heya you Half Assed fans! I have something nice to announce regarding to the (Offical) 5th AKB48 Election Live event on June 8, 2013 18:30 ~ 23:10 JST! We are going to hold a chat when the event airs and if everything goes as planned, we will also have a live stream of the event! 😀

At the moment I am working on a convinient page I made especially for this event. There will be the livestream, the chat and a twitter stream with tweets about the event all together conviniently on one page!

It still needs some work but this is a screenshot of how it’s looking like at the moment.

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I will reveal the page when it’s done. Probably the day before the event starts and all.

So yeah, I’m inviting you to join us watching the 5th Elections Live while you have a nice chat with us. I should mention the date and time again; June 8, 2013 18:30 ~ 23:10 JST. See you then! 😀

PS: If you need a good timezone converter, stop looking for it because here is the useful one for you.

Half Assed Senbatsu Sousenkyo 2013 Preliminary result

May 22, 2013 by

Here is the the preliminary result for the first Half Assed Senbatsu Sousenkyo!

If you want to download the subbed videos, everything is in this shared folder.

Ranking as of 22nd May 2013 23:59 JST

Half-Assed Senbatsu
#1. Kinoshita Yukiko – 1040 votes
#2. Kojima Haruna – 253 votes
#3. Takahashi Minami – 130 votes
#4. Matsui Jurina – 65 votes
#5. Minegishi Minami – 52 votes
#6. Murashige Anna – 51 votes
#7. Matsui Rena – 42 votes
#8. Oshima Yuko – 40 votes
#9. Shimazaki Haruka – 40 votes

Half-Assed Unders
#10. Hirata Rina – 39 votes
#11. Takajo Aki – 33 votes
#12. Tanaka Natsumi – 26 votes
#13. Sashihara Rino – 26 votes
#14. Kawaei Rina – 25 votes
#15. Yamamoto Sayaka – 24 votes

Half-Assed Nexties
#16. Ueki Nao – 22 votes
#17. Miyawaki Sakura – 21 votes
#18. Miyazawa Sae – 20 votes
#19. Shimada Haruka – 19 votes

Half-Assed Lastie
#20. Tomonaga Mio – 18 votes

Did not rank
#21. Motomura Aoi – 17 votes
#22. Itano Tomomi – 16 votes
#23. Yamauchi Suzuran – 14 votes
#24. Tashima Meru – 14 votes
#25. Nakanishi Chiyori – 14 votes
#26. Moriyasu Madoka – 13 votes
#27. Ohori Megumi – 13 votes
#28. Shinoda Mariko – 11 votes
#29. Kodama Haruka – 11 votes
#30. Tani Marika – 10 votes
#31. Kikuchi Ayaka – 9 votes
#32. Suda Akari – 9 votes
#33. Kinoshita Momoka – 9 votes
#34. Anai Chihiro – 9 votes
#35. Takayanagi Akane – 7 votes
#36. Ogasawara Mayu – 5 votes

I would also like to announce the prize for my Half-Assed Senbatsu.

#1 Center for [Half Assed Senbatsu] – A subbed 5 minutes video
#10 Center for [Half Assed Unders] – A subbed 3 minutes video
#16 Center for [Half Assed Nexties] – A subbed 1 minute video
#20 [Half Assed Lastie] – A subbed 10 seconds video

I will choose the video myself and whether the subs will be real or fake depends on me! 😉

This is not the final result, just the preliminary. If you’re not satisfied with your Oshimen’s ranking, then don’t forget to like, tweet, share, fav, or reblog your favorite member to vote!

If you want to know how to vote click here! You can click the names above to go to their page or go to my tumblr page for the list too!

Remember, voting ends on 8th June at 23:59 JST!

121209 HaKaTa Hyakkaten ep08

January 30, 2013 by

Not much fake sub this time. Either my Japanese is getting better or I’m too tired to come up with jokes. I did manage to slip in one subtle Sasshi scandal joke. (Take that, anon!)

I know that Akicha is an airhead but she was super airhead in this episode it’s glorious. Also, that background song they play when someone cries cracks me up.

Lastly, is it me or is the Hakata gourmet this time looks really unappealing and… raw?

I rate this sub 80% “Honmayan” and 20% “Zettai uso ya wa”.
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RAW Video: Hello! Online Tracker
Subtitles: 121209 HaKaTa Hyakkaten ep08

Brought to you by [Half Assed Subs], subs you can’t trust.

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