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21 November 2005 @ 23:59
 
Have you ever found yourself on your knees in a broom cupboard in Harajuku watching Japanese animated boy/boy porn in the dark with eighty women and thought... "hey, my life's a bit odd, really"?

As I mentioned last entry, I pre-ordered the PAPA TO KISS IN THE DARK 2 DVD and received a ticket to a special seiyuu event on Sunday in Harajuku.

I only had instructions written in Japanese on how to get there, but they were surprisingly easy to follow. However, because I wasn't entirely sure of myself, I arrived rather early. Still, a queue was already forming on the street just off Takeshita Doori, so I lined up anyway.

About forty-five minutes before the event, one of the staff came out and shouted instructions, which I could barely hear, let alone understand. Many of the women at the very front of the queue who were able to hear rushed over to the the other side of the street, while I stood confused. Eventually, I plucked up the courage and just turned to the person next to me and ask why everyone had suddenly rushed over there. She said they were queuing up for the CD. I didn't go at first, since I didn't want to lose my place in the queue. Eventually, I joined them over on the other side of the road and I'm SO glad I did! When I bought the character song CD, I also got a ticket for a second event just after the first! I didn't really pay much attention, although I was excited about the extra event. I just wanted to go in and see Midorikawa Hikaru-san!

(A little before this, incidentally, I suddenly heard cries of 'cute~!' and 'doggy~!' around me. I turned to where the sound was coming from and saw a woman pushing a pram with a small dog in it dressed up as one might a small toddler. For those blissfully unaware of this fact, Harajuku is not just the fashion capital for people, but dogs too. If you're looking for a Santa outfit for Lassie, this is just the place.)

Eventually, we all filed into the RUIDO building. The stage and the entire venue were tiny! Seriously, my apartment is only slightly smaller! Generally, it felt pretty intimate. On the stage were four stools, each with a microphone on it. I'd be within a few metres of whoever was sitting on the end seat.

The MC came out and thanked us for coming; I think he said that the event was being recorded, but in any case there was a TV screen that showed what was going on on stage.

But first, the BL screening. :)

A screen descended from the ceiling and those of us in the front few rows droped down to the ground to the others behind us could see. In all honesty, I've no idea whether it was the first DVD or the second because I haven't bought the first. It seemed to start in the middle of the story and finish before the end. What I did see was incredibly funny, made more so by the applause and laughter of everyone around me. For what it's worth, we really liked Shun's guitar! In fact, this character got applause simply by appearing on screen. (Actually, after being there and seeing the reactions of those around me, it seems that Japanese women find yaoi as over the top as we frequently do. I wonder why I'm referring to it as 'porn' really, since no one was having the reaction you'd expect from such a thing. It was mostly squee and giggling. :))

Next, the talkshow. Midorikawa-san was on the stool furthest from me. He had dyed(?) black hair, black gloves that had 'junk' written on them and a strange grey jacket with odd shapes on it. He was often mock-embarrassed quite a bit and would close his eyes and grin. He seems like a really down-to-earth kind of guy. :)

Chiba-san was slightly nearer to me. He seemed older than other three and was really enthusiastic about selling BL to us! He knew all the right terms ('seme', 'uke', 'catcher', 'pitcher') and could use them in just the right way to make the audience smile knowingly. Super-professional who really knows his audience. :)

Next was SHUN-san, from Fanatic<>Crisis. He was quite quiet really and easily teased! Everyone seemed to like him and he got a lot of fun made of his because of his character's guitar.

Nearest to me was Terashima-san who's SUPER PRETTY!! And he managed this while wearing a yellow and purple tracksuit top and tattered jeans with pink writing on them. He had these lovely black-framed glasses and trademark two-tone hair.

Did I mention he was pretty?

Next, after a raffle, there was a brief break and "it's" (SOTA-san, KEIICHI-san and Takuma-san) came out wearing matching white jackets with sparkly seams, just as they are wearing on the character song booklet. They sang 'close to you' complete with synchronised hand movements. I look forward to hearing it on the CD I just bought. You know, when I actually buy a CD player here. :P

The MC came on and introduced the it's boys. They all said 'I love you' into the microphone as huskily as possible, each trying to outdo each other. :P And then the MC made them do it a second time, then all at once!

Next was the second event. I gradually got myself into a queue very near the front. It was only then I really looked at my ticket and stared at the event type.

A handshake event!?!? With all the members of "it's" and SHUN-san!?

Soon it was my turn to walk across the stage and shake Takuma-san's hand! I was so nervous! I said hello to him. And started talking, a very bad thing for me to do indeed! I started very quietly so he leaned forward and I said he was really cute! :P He was really flattered and smiled! He said thank you to me! ^^

I shook the hands of both SOTA-san and KEIICHI-san, then SHUN-san, who seemed to notice I was the only foreigner in this room of eighty Japanese women. I explained to him that I was really nervous and it was my first event. His face lit up and said 'in that case, thank you for coming' and bowed! Awww... he seemed sweet! He handed me a poster (everyone got one, pre-signed by all four!) and I thanked him again.

Soon, I was back outside in the fresh Harajuku air feeling very slightly dazed, clutching my poster!

(Another review (Japanese). Particularly good if you want quotes from the seiyuu.)
 
 
 
nekojitanekojita on 21st November 2005 15:17 (UTC)
*hugs* I don't think it's odd at all, just rather fun!
Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd November 2005 13:08 (UTC)
*hugs* It certainly was fun! :) Thanks! :)
A Fandom Butterfly: OP - hearts - by odrade42chinawolf on 21st November 2005 15:54 (UTC)
I have found myself paying enourmous amounts of money for trading cards and thought the same, but I guess it is not *quite* the same feeling as giggling along with other fan(atics).

I have no idea who those people you are speaking of are, but it sounds like it was a lot of fun! If only the language barrier didn't keep me from doing such stuff in China! (I always get so frustrated when I don't understand enough that it takes all the joy out of it.)
Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd November 2005 13:31 (UTC)
Giggling with lots of other fans was so much fun! I totally recommend it!

Well, Midorikawa Hikaru was Schuldig in WK, while Takuma-san is better known as Apollo in Sousei no Aquarion. Chiba Susumu is in every BL game/CD/anime EVER. :)
ex_semishade366 on 21st November 2005 15:57 (UTC)
You are really cute. And I'm totally picturing you doing this!
Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd November 2005 13:32 (UTC)
Hehheh. Me? ^^ You should definitely visit sometime -- we could have a lot of fun! :)
brelyna on 21st November 2005 16:23 (UTC)
Wow...sounds like a fun adventure! Really right there in person, I can't help but squee.
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd November 2005 12:19 (UTC)
I know! It was so much fun! ^_^
Mewgokumew2 on 21st November 2005 16:53 (UTC)
Wah! Sounded like fun!!! =.D As I am now, I don't think I would have the courage to go to an event by myself.
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd November 2005 12:22 (UTC)
It was! And while quite a few women there had friends with them, many were on their own. The side effect of having to buy a full-price Japanese DVD to get there, I guess. If you see something you want to go to while you're there, I suggest you give it a go! It's so much fun! :)
Ariss Tenohariss_tenoh on 21st November 2005 16:54 (UTC)
*grins*
Sounds like the sort of thing only the truly devoted would do^^
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd November 2005 12:23 (UTC)
I just really like Midorikawa Hikaru-san. And now, Terashima Takuma-san and SHUN-san. I'm definitely watching out for them from now on! :)
h_whungry_worm on 21st November 2005 19:00 (UTC)
^______^ Sounds great! I'm glad you went and could meet these guys. I think I've never seen or heard of Terashima-san, so I can't make a picture of what he looks like, but nbow I'm curious. ;D

I just wanted to go in and see Midorikawa Hikaru-san!
That is absolutely enough reason! XD And you didn't only survive the event, you got a signed poster, too. Sweet.
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd November 2005 12:36 (UTC)
Go here:

http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/aquarion/news_01.html

Terashima-san is the one with black/blond hair in the front row. He really grabs your attention. :)
(no subject) - hungry_worm on 23rd November 2005 18:03 (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - genkischuldich on 26th November 2005 13:03 (UTC) (Expand)
amelia cavendish: enriana loveyami_tai on 21st November 2005 19:08 (UTC)
Wow, it sounds like you had fun ^_^! I feel sorry for the poor dog being dressed up like a doll... still, at least we know he is well loved, lol!
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd November 2005 12:39 (UTC)
My boss was actually telling me today about a cafe he accidentally walked into which turned out to be almost exclusively for dogs. They were all dressed up and sitting up at table eating. He walked straight out...
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某Asaasaphira_sachi on 21st November 2005 19:41 (UTC)
Wow... you are seriously lucky *so envious* What an honor na! ^_^
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd November 2005 12:39 (UTC)
Thanks! ^_^
Dhieta - D18 is the path I follow.....: Cafe Kichijouji de//Voodooarisuesei on 21st November 2005 23:21 (UTC)
You're so LUCKY got a chance to meet Midorin and Chiba ! Congrats ! And thanks for fan-repo. :D
Would you mind to scan the signed poster ? :)
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd November 2005 12:41 (UTC)
I didn't actually meet Midorikawa-san and Chiba-san, just the members of it's and SHUN-san. Which was enough!

Unfortunately, I can scan the poster -- it's very big and I haven't either a scanner or a computer! But I might be able to take a picture and upload it once I do get a comp?
yoinkmyspleen on 21st November 2005 23:32 (UTC)
*laughs himself off computer chair*

If I have half as much of an amusing time when I'm over there next month, I'll be very thankful ^^
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd November 2005 12:47 (UTC)
Just look on the top floor of Animate and see if you see anything interesting!
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ai-chanai_chama on 22nd November 2005 11:41 (UTC)
Uwaa, it seemed really fun XDD You're so lucky ^__^ I hope one day I could go to Japan and attend a seiyuu event ^^ Thank you for the report, I really enjoy reading it :)
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd November 2005 12:50 (UTC)
It was! :) But thank you for reading! ^_^
Generic Mikogmiko on 22nd November 2005 15:28 (UTC)
*evil grin* Be careful with seiyuu events, they're totally addictive!
Williamgenkischuldich on 23rd November 2005 13:00 (UTC)
I know! I'm constantly on the look out for them now! Sadly, so many of them occur when I'm working...!

If I may ask, are you currently in Japan/Toukyou...? It's okay if you don't want to answer! ^^