fascinates: (unknown | violin)
It's been a while since I blogged or wrote about myself in length. My 2013 was spent in an entirely different way compared to the previous years, with changes so drastic even I don't know anymore how I survived through the changes I went through.

2013 is the year I actually got into liking Kpop, if you can call liking only SHINee liking Kpop in general. The onslaught of new information, new people, new things to try made me take a step back from my original fandoms so I can accommodate it properly. For most of the year I was out of touch with things I'm familiar with and tried out new things--a double-edged sword on my part. It's then that I realized how important fandoms are in my life. Like, there are only very few people I can consider friends outside fandoms. My Internet life is deeply associated with the fandoms I join. It's both sad and enlightening, to be honest.

It is bad that I failed to take care of my Vocaloid comm and responsibilities and right now I'm trying to pick up the pieces. But if there's a good thing I got from joining a Kpop fandom, it's that I finally got an opportunity to write again. In my other interests, the fanfic community isn't very active so it's hard getting leverage on writing. I've been on a dry writing spell for years. But since I joined a new fandom, the muses started talking again and ideas and creative juice flowed once more. If anything, I think I got my writing jive back and it helped me a lot even irl (at work).

As for irl things, this year for me is a long year of sickness and depression and overworking. I've been promoted twice but never got compensation. The management in our company are making drastic changes that we can hardly keep up. Once or twice, I've pondered on resigning (again) but to be honest, I feel bad for leaving something I really want to do all my life. It's not the job, but the policies that I'm having problems with. I know I wouldn't be able to find work like this anywhere else so I'm still trying to suck it all up and tolerate.

I've gotten sick almost every other month, with the last months from October to December being the worst because I've begun to have anxiety attacks and extreme sadness about the littlest things. I've gotten better recently, maybe the break from work helped, but I don't know what's in store for me in 2014. I'm wishing for better overall health and maybe I should get some help regarding my disposition.

This 2014, I'm trying out different things and do activities I don't usually do. One of them is to continue blogging. I realize that maybe one of the reasons for my heartaches is that I never talk about my problems anymore. Bottling them all up definitely made them heavier, so I'm trying to go back to airing my thoughts somewhere. I've also began chronicling my life in two ways, in a photo-a-day project in Instagram and in a small notebook. I'm trying to concentrate on just the nice things that happen. I've done well today and I hope I'll be able to continue it :).

My online presence is a mess and I'm still trying to organize my activities slowly. I'll definitely go back to [community profile] ofurotaimu and clean up, but I'm undecided as to whether I should still actively post there or take a step back. I'll have to check with the others to decide on it :D. I want to continue writing for SHINee, too, but on a lesser degree and with less pressure. It's a really stubborn community, their fandom, so I'm having a hard time following them. But it's therapeutic in a way and it's something I need at the moment.

But mostly for this year, I want to rekindle bonds with everyone, fandom-related or not. I want to meet up with people, have lingering conversations, talk about the most mundane things. If there's anything I deeply missed in 2013, it's the joy of talking to friends who are familiar with my quirks and habits. Meeting other people is nice, but nothing beats the casual conversations between old friends. So I want to somehow reconnect with people.

I'll definitely write more here (and probably lock it because it'll be more of a personal blog than anything) . I hope you wouldn't mind. It feels awesome to be back. Happy new year, guys! Let's work hard to make 2014 a better year for all of us.
fascinates: (abstract | red)
These two issues are both pretty old, but has a striking effect on Vocaloid/utattemita non-Japanese, particularly to those active in YT and/or Tumblr. I don't know enough of either issue to meddle personally or to give my two cents to the people involved, so you get to read my tl;dr thoughts here. I just feel it's unfair that Amatsuki or ORYO can't explain their sentiments to their non-Japanese fans. This is just to get them off my chest, so feel free to ignore or do whatever you want after reading this.

Please remember that I am not pointing fingers nor blaming anyone. I am stating the facts regarding the issues and my thoughts on the behavior of fans after that.

super tl;dr taimu! )
fascinates: (eden of the east | not happy)
I've posted the 2011 Annual Utattemita Ranking in [community profile] ofurotaimu but I must say I didn't feel happy with the ranking. Of course this is primarily because I like unpopular covers of songs and I'm not fond of most of the utaite in the rankings. It can't be denied that they're all very, very popular, but my own tastes are entirely different from what was reflected in the ranking to be the general consensus.

So I decided to compile my own list ; A ; . I'm not as epic as Utaran-san so I only included the 50 covers of 2011 that I really like. Really like means listening to them over and over! Most of them are not in the ranking in the comm. Also, I tried my best to limit my choices, like I only chose one cover for one song (except for Karakuri Pierrot, which is really a song I love and I cannot choose one cover I like). There are some repetitions of utaite names here, too coughclearcough but I tried minimizing that XD;.

IDK how interesting this list will be to you but I hope you discover a singer or two! I assure you all of the people/songs in this list are awesome :3.

50 songs, not arranged in order )

Well, I also wanted to do a Vocaloid version but I actually have a LOT of favorite Vocaloid songs this year that 50 might not cut it and 100 is just O_O. I'll die! So I guess I'll let it slide this time XD.
fascinates: (code geass | euphie wondering)
I know some of you have already subscribed to me but it took me eons to add people back and I'm sorry.

Actually, this is the first time I'm using this journal after almost a year. LOL. Personally, I am not very long-winded when it comes to daily stuff (which mostly consists of DIE WORK and MY NET IS SO SLOW) so I mostly use Plurk and Twitter for those things. But since it came to my attention that I have over 20 people adding me here, I guess I should go back to using this thing for real. I just don't know what.

Before, in LJ, I used to document my life on a daily basis, including RL, fandom, and miscellaneous thoughts that enter my head while I was editing some person's manuscript. But when I changed fandoms (I was in Tenimyu before) and changed blogging sites, it became a bit of a chore to write about everything that happens in my life in detail. I know I would want to do it because it'll be nice to go back and see how stupid I was a few years ago, but I guess I'm just too occupied with a lot of things to offer time for things like this. By this I mean reflective and/or fangirly personal posts.

But when I saw people actually posting here and adding me, I'm encouraged to pick up blogging again and at least try to update people with my life so they don't go panicky over my sudden disappearances or something XD. It will also be therapeutic for me to type out my thoughts, I guess, instead of just keeping them bottled or just rambling them off to Stephie.

So, while I probably won't take up translation again any time soon (my community duties increase as the year ends/starts), I'll try my best to update with interesting stuff, or...just update. We'll see how we go from here. I hope you guys (especially those new to DW) post a lot, too, since it's a bit disheartening when I just see my own community posts in my friends list.

Anyway, welcome and I don't bite like most of my friends say. I just drag people into fandoms and corrupt them a little, but really, I'm nice :) (I think).

For more info about me, I made a random intro post sometime ago! If you have other questions, lemme at 'em!

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fascinates: (unknown | know-it-all mode)
I got this cute link from [personal profile] ohaesthetics and the results were too funny not to share XD. This was my result.

You are Orange Sheep, who is quiet sort, and is a touchable person. But you possess feminine attraction as well. This may seem like flirting to fellow women, and may be misunderstood by men. You are a sociable, but tend to keep a distance from people, and will not show your real emotions and feelings easily. Although you are modest, you are a proud person as well. You don't apologize or yield to things. You have great tactics to make others take in your demand, without them realizing that they are doing so. You are extremely good at negotiating and bargaining. You tend to feel isolated, and in order to overcome that loneliness, you have lots of interests. You have sharp eyes, and can make your ideals come true by effectively adopting other people's expectations. Although you lack leadership sort of action, you have perseverance to take up any challenge. You can also use money efficiently, and therefore you are a shrewd shopper. You are good at catching the heart of men. You will be liked by different type of people. But this may give them false idea, and cause misunderstanding. Although you may take men lightly, once married, you will become a devoted wife and a mother.

- "quiet and touchable" wat XD
- feminine attraction is kind of a lie. i don't even know how to flirt orz
- the next two statements are kind of true
- "You have great tactics to make others take in your demand, without them realizing that they are doing so." <-- hahahahahaha*chokecoughchoke*
- the next two statements are so true, especially the second one.
- "You have sharp eyes, and can make your ideals come true by effectively adopting other people's expectations." <-- not really orz
- "You can also use money efficiently, and therefore you are a shrewd shopper." <-- NOT ANYMORE
- "You are good at catching the heart of men." <-- This is why I'm still single.
- "But this may give them false idea, and cause misunderstanding." <-- I'm scared, what does this mean lol.
- "Although you may take men lightly, once married, you will become a devoted wife and a mother." <-- ......o, okay ._.

What are your results, guys? XD
fascinates: (moyashimon | it's a trap)
I can't find the rest of my recordings for this. This is supposed to be a 2-part nama but I can only find the first part. Anyway, this is nero's first namahousou with Clear. Net lingo + namahousou tutorials + reliving the past abound.

i guess it's necessary to say that they were in the same room during this nama, since Nero doesn't know how a namahousou works then )
fascinates: (unknown | know-it-all mode)
Because I keep talking about UTATTEMITA and UTAITE and NICO NICO DOUGA in my LJ/DW, I figured I should write what it's about and give a wide view on what to expect from it. Also, since Noey-san said she wanted samples. So here?

My current fandom is about utaite (singers) or to be more specific, amateur singers who upload covers of their songs in the Youtube-like Japanese site Nico Nico Douga. What makes this fandom interesting is the tons of genre, people, meme and other fandoms that you can encounter in it. This fandom has no bounds, is continuously growing, has lots of stories and projects and will be forever adding new people each day for you to discover. While this fandom is mostly Japanese, there are non-Japanese people who are also considered "utaite". To avoid confusion, I only refer to singers as utaite when they upload covers in Nico Nico Douga.

At present, amateur singers in Nico Nico Douga, which we prefer calling utaite, mostly cover Vocaloid songs. Vocaloid is another story in itself, so for now you may read Wiki's boring explanation of it. Basically, people (producers) make songs (either covers of existing songs or originals) using Vocaloid and upload it in Nico Nico Douga. Then, utaite take those songs and make covers of them, just like what they do with anime, game and mainstream songs.

Anway, here is my personal list of people and songs you should check out as a newbie to the utattemita fandom. I actually made one like this a year ago, but I guess it's time to mix new songs with classic ones so here I go again XD. All the people and songs here are my personal preferences. Some people have their own. Who knows, you might discover someone else along the way and get hooked on him/her XD. Please consider this just as a guide or as a sample list, not as a representative of the whole utattemita fandom.

This is just the list + group dl link for those who just want to download and go off on their own. More explanation + individual links under the cut.

Download Folder
(4 zip files)

Note: I got a little carried away. There are 50 songs in this post.

the nitty gritty details under the cut )

And those are literally my favorite songs in Nico Nico Douga---not really XD. Sorry for the length but I tried covering all possible genre and voice types. I really took it easy on the crack songs because I don't want to break new people's brains so early.

If the file is too big for you to download, I suggest reading the list and listen to the songs that pique your interest. Then you can move on from there :).

Also, on a personal note to Noey-san, since I wrote this with her in mind, here are some of our peers' favorite singers:
Nikki : Clear, Tourai, Choucho, Seriyu
Len: Asamaru, Wotamin
Lyn: Nodoame, Tourai
Luna: Gero (specifically XD)
Yama: Valshe (I didn't know! XD)

Despite the length of this primer, I hope it helps? ;w; If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I would write more, but there are tons I have already written in [community profile] ofurotaimu. Just look at the first post in the comm and the tags.
fascinates: (vocaloid | len O_O)
So, because a discussion about "Shinkirou no Janna" has been opened in Twitter, I had to post this. Remember, Dasoku's overly sexy singing of the song? Or Panyo's panty-grabbing cover? How about Mi-chan's sexy with amazing Engrish included cover?

When I first listened to Mi-chan's cover, I didn't understand it one bit. Well, I did, but apparently what I understood wasn't what he was saying. Anyway, here's my (fake) transcription of the serifu in the song. It is recommended that you listen to his cover so you'll understand why I heard the words as such.

embed yay!

please don't take this seriously )

Thanks to Xeti, we have the REAL transcription of Mi-chan's lines here. I did a translation of the song a long time ago here.
fascinates: (harvest moon | ilu too cliff)
Breaking my continuous utaite spam with this.

/shat bricks turned them into puzzles etc.


I...I need to go home and roll on my bed like a giggly highschooler right now!!
Okay maybe not. I'll just die here in the office.
fascinates: (harvest moon | ilu too cliff)
Lately, a lot of people have been asking for access/subscribing. I hope I didn't miss any when I granted access to people! Anyway, welcome! My journal is a bit empty at the moment because I'm busy to death with work so I hope you'll forgive me for that. I will have new translations up sometime next week as soon as I am finished with revamping Kaichou and [community profile] ofurotaimu. Lately, Japanese people visiting both sites and tweeting about them/telling me about them have been stressing me out. So I wanted to make both more organized at least ^^ (and less scary--- wait, I'm not scary D:).

As usual, I'd like to remind people that my livejournal and my dreamwidth have identical content so feel free to friend either. Although, as I stated in my post sometime ago, I frequent DW much more hence I reply here faster if you have any questions ^^;.

Okay, I have to get back to work, I just want to greet everyone who friended me before they think I'm a snob ;_;. Thank you for adding and hopefully, you'll find useful stuff or something :D.


A bit of a trivium: Aki Akane has always viewed Clear as a "megane", even before her PointFive artwork for their album. After all, she's the one who drew the art for Clear and Dasoku's magnet which recently just reached 2 million views ^^.
fascinates: (hetalia | hungary is not pleased)
Surprisingly, this is not an utattemita-related post w, but it's still Nicovideo-related. Anyway, last night some people might have noticed I was a bit upset in Skype, Plurk and Twitter and I kind of got just a little sleep then, too. Thanks to those who asked, but the one who has a problem wasn't me ^^;;;. I'm just being a busybody being worried about people.

more under the cut )

So, I apologize if people worried about my tweets and Skype stuff last night. I try not to get affected but I guess when you've had conversations with a person even if you don't know each other for real, it's hard to ignore.

But I'm fine now and hopefully, he is too. Sorry guys ^^;. It wasn't as grave as you think, don't worry :). Thank you to everyone who asked BTW. It was hard to explain so I had to write a post LOL.
fascinates: (vocaloid | len O_O)
I took the personality test [personal profile] southerncross posted in Plurk a while ago. It is this one. I took this a while back and remembered the results even if I don't remember what I answered. Surprisingly, the results changed drastically for me :|. Does this mean I've evolved? ^^;

results )

→ I don't know how accurate it seems to other people, but there are some I agree with. However, I find the education part and the seriousness of love a bit O_O. LOL. I don't really see myself as that but IDK...

Anyway, I clicked the "give me more" link and it led me to another test, which is this. This is the result...

result! )

→ Aren't 2 and 3 a little...clashing? ^^;

The rest of the tests were all about love, love, love and I'm like Y_Y;;;. So it stops here XD;.
fascinates: (unknown | pink and meh)
Just a short notice.

Tinypic has closed its doors on non-North American uploaders and had killed image links of those who aren't registered and aren't in North America. All my pictures are uploaded in tinypic, so that means all the image links in this journal, in my communities and forums are down, unless you're from North America and then you can see them.

Apparently, Tinypic allows you to check your folders for your previous uploads but you cannot link to them anymore (well, for me). I have hundreds of images in Tinypic, and IDK how the hell I'm going to fix all the links for those.

So anyway, expect to see a lot of image errors here and in my communities. Sorry about that. They should've given a notice seriously. I don't even know how to start reorganizing. OTL.

ETA: Okay, now it's back up? I can see my images again? I don't really know what's happening ffff.
fascinates: (gundam 00 | feldt grace blind)
This has been bugging me the moment I opened clear's fansite but I haven't really dealt with it because I am so busy. Despite my 'busy mode', I'd like to hear the thoughts of clear's fans in my flist :).

Inevitably, Clear will notice the fansite. Either people will tell him or I have to eventually tell him through e-mail, to receive his confidence and permission for the website. I haven't gotten to the part of worrying how to e-mail him and tell him to scold me/us when I/we do something offensive in the site, but anyway...

Would you like to have a Clear message page or something for the site? Basically it's where fans can put their thoughts/dedications/show of support to Clear. The messages can be written in both English and Japanese and I'll link to it at the front page. Anyone can post (although I have to approve first time commenters). Of course there'd be a notice to write in very simple English so the messages will be understood easily. There'll also be certain rules like no flooding, no marriage proposals, no sex offers, etc /shot.

That page, I will link to Clear when it gets enough messages. It's more of "you have tons of fans outside Japan but they cannot speak Japanese well and are shy to contact you; here are their thoughts and messages that they would like to to tell you". Maybe I'll leave it open for three months and then give the link to him as a Christmas gift or something LOL, I don't know yet. But I would like to know if people would want that sort of thing. I know we cannot send him stuff easily so this is the next best thing I can think of.

TBH, I've only written to three utaite/producers in my entire fandom lifetime and I'm not very confident with this project thingy, but since so many people are visiting the site and being happy for Clear, I thought he needs to witness how much people support him, not only in Japan but all over the world. IDK if he has xenophobia and he might shun me or make me close the site lmfao, but it might be worth a try?

Please tell me what you think and if you have any suggestions, feel free to share! Thank you very much! <3
fascinates: (golden sun | mia what did i do)
I had a great update last night with pictures, but I kind of forgot to do it because of brain-breakage. So, you will get a placeholder here.

Have you ever encountered a favorite male seiyuu in a hentai anime role?

It's different from hearing them in those adult otome games, really (crap, there was one with Yonaga Tsubasa, "Royals?" and I kind of fell off my chair in his H-scene OTL). IDK maybe it's because I don't really watch hentai things unless it's really needed.

When I was still reviewing anime for some site, hentai included, I had the opportunity to watch (even if they're all kinda boring) hentai stuff with uh...Sakurai Takahiro (he was a bokke prince thingy) and if I'm not mistaken Nakai Kazuya and Nojima Kenji (I THINK? Or was it someone else?!). But since they're not really favorites, not to mention Nakai Kazuya's voice passes off as a perv in all his works /shot, I wasn't that O_O at them.

But last night, I had the curiosity to check someone's link in twitter to some boring, same-old hentai scene which source I do not know (IDK the title). It was pretty meh until I realized that the guy in the scene was Ishida Akira.



Sadistic Ishida Akira?!


Is it obvious that I'm used to seeing him in gentle/weirdly quiet roles? I'm kind of bothered now ;;
Even in BL I never saw his characters as dominating, forceful, scheming characters (okay, scheming maybe).

Okay don't mind me I'm just all @_@ at this LOL.

Nothing beats Sakurai Takahiro as Edward Cullen though. That beats all the brainbreakage material out there okay i'll shut up now
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