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Okay, so I'm back!
Well, technically speaking I was never away- I just couldn't find the time to write something anymore as of lately, so...

However!
I'm not here to rant about that.. I'm here to listed out my opinions around things that has happened on fandom as of lately..
It's not critics, just a review on what I've seen of our idols these past few, weeks..

SO!
Let's just get to the point.

1. Zeus 2
It has to be Zeus first because it was the most recent out of all and I want to speak what's on my mind while it's still fresh. I just have to.
So, for you guys who have watched the recent episode of Zeus might have known, that our Johnny's army has yet to lose a battle. But despite everything, I have to say that they fare better than they did the last time.. They did an awesome job for Rolling Zeus, had a very close call during Endless Jump (In which I say that they actually won, because they aced two of the three chances, but oh well), Inoo-chan certainly did better than I expected him to for Zeus Archery (I mean, the last JUMParty still kinda left an effect and we all KNOW how Inoo were being a fail yet adorable at the same time back then), Zeus Wrestling was a must watch game, Zeus PK was a little disappointing but spectacular still, and we know just how much of efforts the boys had to give for Brave Road..
I'm a little bothered by the end result though. No, it's not the fact that Johnny's has lost, again. It's more of the point difference. As far as the games went on, I think both armies played quite equally, with each two wins, two losses, and two draws.. I understand if the score difference were about 10-30 something, but for them to differ by 140 pts?! I sure smell something fishy there. I don't know, perhaps it was just me, but I think the scoring were a little unfair. I even thought that it was just a scheme the staffs did to show us that Johnny's aren't perfect (in which we already know, thank you very much). But again, perhaps it was just me, and they actually has set and agreed on certain rules I have yet to know about. So either way, despite being on the losing end, I applauded Johnny's army for having given their best. And of course, the Geinin army deserve an equally -if not more- loud applauses for being the winner again.
Now, onto a more personal note, I've heard some rumours about Chinen and Yama-chan who hurt themselves during (or before) the recording of Zeus and thus were restricted to play more than planned to. But after seeing the whole show, I can't stop myself from admiring them more for their professionalism. Not once did they try to show their discomfort, especially when the cameras are on. I'm proud of you guys. Some even says that Yama-chan was actually feeling under the weather that day, yet, he still took the challenge to play on one of the most stamina-consuming game. And eventhough I was disappointed that Yama-chan didn't get much airing time, I somehow relieved that he's using the times in between to rest (hopefully), he really needed it (And plus, because of that, we don't get to see his figure dogeza-ing by the end LOL).
About the wrestling, I heard that Inoue-Yamada wrestle actually went on for 15-20 mins instead of the 5 mins rule. It showed how dedicated they are on winning the battle. Inoue-san to prove his worth, and Yamada to prove that he's more than just a pretty face. And since I'm biased, I have to say that Yama-chan really overdid himself. Heard that he bled but refused to stop the battle. It must have been frustating that he couldn't win, but they had shown an amazing battle so I couldn't complaint. As for Inoue-san, I feel bad for him. Not only he was bad-mouthed for winning against Yama-chan on the first serie of Zeus, he also received hurtful words again because people accused him for Yama-chan's injury. Come on, people! Get real! It's not even Inoue-san's fault Yama-chan got hurt. It was a fierce battle between to men in stake of their pride! Both of them got hurt! To think that he has to apologize for something which is not his fault- but that showed me, us, how big of a heart Inoue-san has. You've got my respect, Inoue-san. That's for sure. Poor Yama-baby must have felt guilty as well when he found out.
Next! Dai-chan surely was remarkable during the show! He participated in four games! And he left quite a record too. And he surely did his best as a pinch-hitter for Brave Road, despite the fact that he couldn't pass it (But hey, no one did, so..)
I've got some other bits I'd like to talk about, but mostly it was about how awed I got watching both teams giving them all to win. I've got one thing though: I really wish they would invite the other Arashi members for the next Zeus (if there will be any, that is). I don't know, I just want to see how Sho-chan would lead the team with his fellow member around. At the very least, they could be an emotional support for Sho? (And for Chinen as well if that additional member were to be Oh-chan)
All in all, good work guys! Both teams did awesome! And I wonder how the news will get for this outcome. After all, it was kinda big when Johnny's army lost the first time LOL

2. JUMPing Carnival Concert
I have to admit that I didn't quite enjoyed the album. I don't know, s3art was all spectacular so I kinda put my hopes up, but c4rnival turned out to be a little too, plain, to my liking. Oh, I love some of their numbers, but for some others, like Puppy Boo or Yowamushi Pedal, but it was just not enough. Perhaps I was a little tired of Johnny who insisted on keeping JUMP's image a fresh and cute one, eventhough they could absolutely ace a cooler and darker image. But then again, Carnival concert was awesome on it's own way! I certainly love the whole theme, and I was kinda smitten with the live version of Puppy Boo and a little than more amazed for Ai Wo Michibiite performance. They should do more songs like that instead of the cutie-pie Chau# and Kira Kira Hikare. No offense though. I enjoyed all their songs, but I think that each person has their own preferances on which type of songs they like more. It was a little dissapointing because I can't watch some of Kimi Attraction's coupling songs, because damn I love them more than the cover song itself LOL
I heard they did Ignition for the Countdown concert though, I could only hope they will release the DVD as well so I could watch it too XD
My favorite performance from Carnival Concert: 314 No Tokei, because Yamada was stunningly pretty he looked more like a doll than a human. And man, it was the most beautiful voice I've ever heard in my life (An overexagerration in my part, of course. Because I'm biased as it is. I love UNION as well though, because just as I had expected, it was sooo much better watching it performed live. And of course, Ai Wo Michibiite and Boy's Don't Stop.

3. Tidbits about Arashi
I've been waiting, since New Year, for Oh-chan's corner in which he created a gift for Aiba-chan's birthday at Arashi Ni Shiyagare. And at long last, it will be aired tonight! Granted, it is long overdue, but hey, who am I to complaint? *grins*
And VS Arashi! Again, I've been waiting since New Year, for Aiba-chan to try on the new Cliff Climb because I'm just excited to see the two over-achiever of the previous Cliff Climb to actually try the new one! And since Oh-chan has done his part well, it's Aiba-chan's turn next! And he most certainly did not disappoint! Well done guys! (Sho-chan, as per usual, is with his infamous fail scene)
Their new single, Fukkatsu Love. Love it! Especially since Toma is finally making his appearance as Arashi's unofficial sixth member! XD
Can't wait to see the full version (with the lovely making and many expected teasing toward Toma)

That's it for now I guess. I won't be able to stop otherwise, and I'm kinda running short on time.
Lastly, I can't wait for Assassination Classroom 2! And the VS Arashi episode which would cover them as guests (if there will be one, that is). This time, Nino would surely be on the opposite team! XD
And is looking forward to Grasshopper DVD too! I've been dying to watch it since last November! XD

Thank you to all of you who have read this stupid rant up 'till the end! Please drop by and tell me your opinions on things too~ I'd be delighter to listen to others' thought! XD

Date: 2016-02-13 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsubasa-quill.livejournal.com
I haven't seen all of Zeus yet, just a few clips and a surprisingly few amount of reports including the message Yamada sent to his fans on Twitter.

He apparently told everyone how nice Inoue is and how Inoue went to watch Grasshopper so his fans shouldn't blow up on twitter like last year. Inoue even commented on how nice Yamada is.

It seems to me like a fun VS Variety show... but an obvious something is taking the enjoyment out of everything.

Why do the losers have to do that dozega thing? It's a game show and yes the scoring seemed weird. Both groups appeal to a different fanbase and the first Zeus seemed fine, funny even. The second seemed to have had a very negative effect on the participants and as a result on some of us viewers.

I for one do not like to see my favourite Idols bowing down again and again for the sake of some weird self-satisfaction.

Sakurai Sho is a wonderful person, a great leader and well-loved by his juniors. Even if the Johhnys keep losing consecutively for future games I would still consider him as the only one who can lead these boys with the same amount of patience and humility as he has exhibited so far.

I'm so proud of everyone! Every single one of them! The reports about Chi's injury and Yamada getting so beat up he could not perform further were so sad. But I'm proud of Yamada for holding up so far and leaving Inoue beat up too. I mean who you calling delicate? 15 minutes of push and shove and pain and bruises and blood. Not Yamada Ryosuke! He's a boss XD

If the scoring did not feel so suspicious, I would have been more lighthearted about the way it ended.

I was a bit upset about not being able to get the limited edition but the shipping cost more than my DVD. I will need to be more clever next time cause Johnnys are pretty heavy on the wallet XD

You already know we both have similar opinions about the JC album vs S3art so no point of me furthering the rant, just hoping the con will become a beloved part of my DVD collection. (They are all old jdramas I picked up over the years)

I can't wait till Grasshopper is finally out... it's so far away though... I mean April come on. But I'm glad it did as well as it did and I hope that means more badass roles for baby Yama <3

Have you heard about Yuto's new movie? I love him as an actor ever since he was a baby in Primadam and that 24hour special and Nobuta but I hate some of the projects he has been getting lately. SOME. The roles suit him very well of course but they are so typical! Salaryman/Banker/Third Wheel/Guy whose GF cheats on him because he is too naive etc. I mean I heard Pink and Gray was complicated and dramatic and he did very well so I was like this is going to be interesting but this new movie is a love story chronicling the couples' 7 years together before finally tying the knot. It's so generic. Most people will probably like it I guess... I don't. I mean I get the Salaryman thing because he got lots of recognition for Hanzawa Naoki but... bleh. So I'm back to focusing on Yama's fascinating career lol. It's just been fate that he has been in genre's I actually watch.

I watched the Fukkatsu Love preview... Toma's dream come true. So happy for them lol. OH and you got me there! If Ansatsu team does show up I wonder where Nino's loyalties will lie haha XD I also hope they have Yamamoto Maika this time instead of Hashimoto Kanna. She's a cutie but Kayano is like the main female lead... I wanna get to know the actress more. OH and I'm hoping desperately for the KISS SCENE XD

Edited Date: 2016-02-13 05:57 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-02-15 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeon-avalanthe.livejournal.com
Right! I forgot about that part.. Perhaps it was Yama-chan's way to warn the fans not to bully Inoue-san anymore.. And really, despite his annoying persona on TV, I believe Inoue-san is actually good at heart..

Well, I think the basic of this whole Zeus thing is the rivalry between Johnnys and Geinins, and of how both armies kept on venturing to the opposite team's field of work (Johnny's onto funny variety shows, and Geinin onto dramas) that's why the loser has to admit losing by saying sorry to the opposite team..
The first time was kinda funny actually, though I couldn't stop cringing at the image of my idols face-planting on the floor.. As for the second one, I think it was a little bit- forced.. I could even see the clear discomfort upon the Geinin team when the Johnny's army were bowing before them.. And as I've mentioned in my post, the scoring was too fishy to be beliavable..

And yepp, I don't think there would be any other person who could lead the team better than Sho has done.. Despite his imperfectness, only Sho who could pull the show the way he did..

Me is proud of my boys too! They rocked! XD

Yeah, the scoring was the only thing which bothered me (beside the dogeza-thing, which is a given btw)

While JC can't beat the awesomeness of smart, it was spectacular enough to have that spot on your collection LOL

Yeah, but there's nothing else for us to do now.. Except waiting impatiently for April to come soon.. And yepp~ We all are anticipating more badass role for our Yama-chan soon.. Perhaps he could play the villain for once? I'm sure baby could pull any kind of role~ XD

Yeah, I have.. I kinda like the plot of Pink and Grey (No, I haven't watched it nor read the book) and when I heard that he will be playing a role of a normal man with normal love life, I was honestly disappointed.. That movie is most certainly not my plate.. I was never a huge fan of romance anyway, so yeah.. Yuto is soooo talented it's a little waste of his, well, talent..
But again, I think it was somehow a tactic of the agency.. You know, by assigning a certain member to focus on a certain genres.. I mean, it happened in Arashi as well.. And while I'm not sure whether it was planned or simply coincidence, I can't help but notice the same pattern.. Ohno almost always got a weird, and magical roles.. Sho with the mysterious, and melancholic characters.. Aiba with the naive and too-kind-to-be-real roles.. Nino aced the dramatic and emotional roles.. While Jun, well he's mostly this cool guy with romance thingy characters..
Now take a look at JUMP.. Yamada has his identic roles of playing the smart-ass with mystery as his trademark genre.. And Yuto with the plain, yet somehow hot-blooded characters.. Don't make me start on the others, or else I won't be able to stop.. But yeah, while it is true that Yamada is my ichiban, it just so happens that his dramas/movies are actually the genres I could watch.. My obsession now is for Yama-chan to play a medical drama (with him as the doctor, of course) Please forgive me.. I just have this soft spot for medical drama and I just couldn't resist! XD

Yepp.. Toma's dream has finally come true~
Well, not with Arashi this time, or so I predict LOL
Agreed with you.. While Kanna-chan might be a cutie, I'd prefer Yamamoto Maika to be on it..
My thought exactly! I'm very desperate to see that KISS SCENE! XD (I wonder why Yamada never had any kiss scenes up until now.. Does the agency has something against him kissing someone that much? LOL)

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