jona: Jin, of KAT-TUN, joyful (JE - Jin joy)
Disclaimer: Personal con report, things get blurry, and I don't claim to be a disinterested reporter, so you'll get my personal impressions mixed in with the descriptions. I still can't read Jin's mind. (DAMN!)

Administrative note: I don't live in Japan, though I am currently on an extended stay there, and Jin helpfully planned his tour so that I will get to go to a number of concerts. If you'll see future reports from me, I feel the need to put the crazy into perspective and point out that I did not take months off work for Jin, much as I like the guy. I don't know if you needed this disclaimer, but I, um, wanted to put it out there...

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Saitama Concert Report )
jona: Jin, of KAT-TUN, joyful (JE - Jin joy)
OMG, three posts in one day, what will be next, volcanoes?

But! Some fannish linkage I meant to do, or get to do! :D

First off, [ profile] pt_pirates finished posting last Monday and will have their reveals tomorrow. I was the Assistant Mod to [ profile] nightinbird, and while we had the occasional hiccup and a bit of a learning curve on some issues, all in all I was extremely pleased with how our first year turned out, and very happy with the new Akame fic people produced! :D Whether you read before or after reveals, if you've been looking for some new Akame fic, I recommend checking it out!

[ profile] haikuesque participated too and got a lovely canon/future story that I enjoyed very very much. *___* It's here: Kintsugi


Secondly, [ profile] b_akakame launched a new sharing community for a certain rat bastard: [ profile] jindependence

As I'd love to have a place for both putting and getting Jin stuff that is a bit less ephemeral than Twitter (and a bit more structured), I'm very thrilled and I hope people will share stuff there. ([ profile] 6nin absolutely allows Jin stuff but is a bit too random to serve as a real archive.)

Posts are member-locked, but I'm told joining is easy! :D Check it out, yo!

(I'm hoping this might finally motivate me to scan those eleventy hundred Jin pictures I got in those surprise packs in Osaka...)
jona: Jin, of KAT-TUN, joyful (JE - Jin joy)
This post isn't actually related to Jin's teasing teaser the other day -- I had three quarters of it written two weeks ago, but then I didn't have the time fill in the gaps and edit the edges. In any case, it's been brewing for a while.

So, this is a post about Jin, and my feelings on Jin, the evolution of my feelings on Jin, and some Jin theory. As such it's a bit of a messy post with some back and forth, because these things are related but only to a certain degree. Also, if you've had the misfortune/luck of being my roommate on certain fannish sleepovers or locked inside my car on long drives lately, you've heard most of this before as it was brewing away. ^_^

Please be advised that any speculation about how Jin felt or what Jin was thinking is speculation, and just because I don't go 'I think he might have thought' all the time doesn't mean I'm claiming I can read his mind. Okay? (This should be obvious but you never know, sometimes this fandom takes mind-reading very seriously.)

Part 1: Me&Jin )

Part 2: The Jincident and Unfair Ultimatums (or 'Jin is really fucking angry') )

Part 3: Jin Theory )

This post is open for discussion and also disagreement, but note that I will shut down any hatefests, should any be started.

Footnotes )
jona: Jin, of KAT-TUN, joyful (JE - Jin joy)
So, Jin. JIN PUT OUT A TEASER FOR HIS COUNTDOWN TO JINDEPENDENCE. And it's making me very very optimistic that what's coming on July 4 is going to be AWESOME, rather than a sort of weird bzuh?, which I had been sekritly fretting about. I've had long convos with [ profile] b_akakame about the various possibilities for July 4 and everything that's come out since then has been pointing towards the AWESOME possibilities rather than the notsoawesome ones.

This is kind of a repeat from Twitter, but with more words because I'm me and also because I'm not ready to shut up about it yet.

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This is the closing image. And it's a STATEMENT. This guy still wants to go places and he's got a plan.

Seriously, I haven't been this fannishly happy in AGES. )
jona: (bunnies incognito)
Ladies and gentlemen, bunnies and cats,

After stalking the UPS delivery man like... a very obsessive stalker, I got my new rice cooker!

Completely unphotogenic and unnecessary pictures of a rice cooker under the cut. )

As for the bentoing itself, the main new recipe I tried out was making potato oyaki. I made a new batch of soboro as filling and then it's basically fried mashed potatoes. They're very tasty, though this was a case where 'making a big batch' didn't actually save me much time, and it kind of ate half a Saturday.

Pics and stuff. )

This week, the bentoing got a bit thrown for a loop due to a) one Akanishi Jin and b) my heating malfunctioning, and while I'm not terribly upset about the former and the latter thankfully got fixed within a few hours, it did sort of suck up my organisation energy for the day. I'll see what I can hustle up tomorrow, I do need one or two more vegetable staples for next week...

PS: I owe some comments and stuff. I'm not ignoring, just haven't had a lot of brain last week. Will catch up! (And also at some point post about something not bentos, I promise!)
jona: Jin, of KAT-TUN, joyful (JE - Jin joy)
I'm not a terribly good review writer, but here is what I thought about 47 Ronin after two three four viewings in various incarnations.

Relevant information #1: This is not another movie about a white guy saving Japan. It is really really not a movie about a white guy saving Japan.

Relevant information #2: You should go see this movie. Because it’s good. And also fun. And also, if movies about white guys saving Japan piss you off, you might wanna see this movie to see how it can be done. (See relevant information #1.)

Not so relevant but @___@ information #3: Do not believe the trailers. Like, watch the trailers for the pretty but there are apparently eleventy different trailers around and half of them have nothing to do with the movie. I don't know what the promo department has been smoking. The good thing is that you can't really get spoiled by watching trailers!

I watched the movie for the first time expecting it to be 'Last Samurai with monsters', meaning: I expected to hate it, and just watched it for Jin.

I watched it four times now and am actively itching for the DVD release, and here's a hint: I love Jin a lot but he is really not in the movie enough to make that happen.

This is a movie about 47 masterless samurai, who, after the death of their master, are looking to avenge their master and reclaim their honour. Keanu Reeves is also in it.

The not so good, because it’s there and to get it out of the way:

Not spoilery if you have read anything or watched anything about the movie. )

The really good, or Reasons To Watch This Movie:

The not very spoilery unless you count history. )

More spoilery from here, though I don't think it'll ruin the movie for you. )

On the different versions
I have now watched: original English audio, Japanese subs, 2D (twice); Japanese dub, 3D (once); modified English audio, European cut, 2D (once). I enjoyed listening to the Japanese dub to hear Jin and my new boyfriend speak Japanese, but I prefer the original English audio. I enjoyed the 3D version, but I didn't feel it added so much that I'd go to great lengths to see it again – the movie was just as pretty in 2D. It was a little funny when we watched the movie again in Scotland: this is an all-Japanese cast apart from Keanu Reeves, and everyone speaks with a Japanese accent, some more fluently than others. And I was literally just thinking, 'I wonder if that hurt it overseas because unless you're a bit used to Japanese accents, some of these guys might be hard to understand for English native speakers,' when I noticed that the European release had a re-dubbed voice track for Kikuchi Rinko. ^_^ (Making her sound a) slightly less insane and b) more comprehensible. I have a lot of practice listening to Japanese-accented English by now, and it was only in the European release that I figured out 'thousands of your father's men are dead' is really 'dozens of your father's men are dead', which cleared up a big math WTF I'd had in three previous showings.) Everyone else's voice stayed the same.

There were three cuts I noticed, one I thought was a good editing choice, and two that were very poor editing choices. To wit )

On pacing & other film type stuff
I watched it four times and I did not get bored once, or identified a part that was excellent for a toilet break. I also found the camera work really cool, the way scenes are cut into and out of, and how the camera moves. I am not a movie buff but this film looked good.

On Jin
I don't think it's a spoiler to say that Jin is in about six minutes of the movie, so he's really not the main reason anyone would go see it more than once. He does look very pretty, and while he's got a small role, it's also an important role, and he's got his own little mini-arc – he's the one with the coming of age plot here.

I also thought he did a decent job with the role. He's cast to type, not against type – Chikara felt in many ways like Jin was playing himself if he'd been born as a samurai's son minus any Bakanishi elements. And there's nothing wrong with that. He doesn't get that much to do for long stretches, either -- he mostly gets to say 'Father!' or scurry off after someone tells him to 'go get your father'. He did have a few moments where he looked to me more like a guy who had 'Must. Look. Intense' going through his head than a guy who actually was intense, but on the whole I found him believable and just right. (The scene where the ronin sign their declaration before going into battle in particular is very nice, subtle but intense.)

I do wish we'd gotten better footage of him fighting. He does fight, but in general the sword fights were not magnificent pieces of cinematography, they were just all right.

We do know from when he was filming that he had lots of scenes with Keanu, and you can actually see in the film that there was some sort of subplot involving Chikara and Kai that got cut – there are SO MANY SCENES that either end with Kai and Chikara somewhere together, or cut in when Chikara and Kai are somewhere together, that it really looks like there was a friendship plot that got filmed and then extremely truncated.

Now, please note that I'm not saying it was a bad decision to cut that; I would have loved to have more Jin, but for all I know, those would have been the scenes that would have tipped it over into 'white guy explains the way of the world to Japanese dude' or whatever. I really don't know. The development of this movie after it was shot is so disaster-ridden and weird that it's impossible to tell anymore who insisted on what and what sorts of politics went into the editing. But god, I hope we will get at least some of this as deleted scenes. (Also, honest to god, just from what was left in the movie, I'm almost certain that if that subplot – for better or worse – had stayed in, Kai/Chikara would so be a Yuletide pairing.)

And one final note:

Very spoilery. Do NOT read this if you haven't seen the movie and still plan on going. Trust me on this. )

The movie is not a masterpiece, but it is a very solid, well-paced, well-acted film with some silliness around a true emotional core, and some very excellent parts. It is well worth watching.

These were my thoughts and feels. What were yours?
jona: Yamapi of NEWS making a 'um, what?' face (JE - Yamapi knutschig)
My Jin tag has never been more accurate.

Cut for the benefit of anyone who really does not want to read about a relatively lucky person agonizing over her luck.

Jin concerts, Pi concerts, stuff. )
jona: Akame looking cute and telling me to cheer up, emo pornographer (JE - cheer up emo (cute))
Back in March, I was going nuts not knowing about the next KAT-TUN tour. I'd saved up like such a good little squirrel, and this is the last year where I have really predictable employment, and I was so ready to go for three or four weeks again and make the flight worth it, and all that.

By now I've reached a weird state of zen about it. Admittedly my state of zen is sometimes enforced by me going SHUDDUP at people when they're about to freak me out. (Put three fangirls in a room these days, and within fifteen minutes, the freak-out starts.) But on my own, I've stopped freaking out.

Much as I reached a weird state of zen about Jin. He's due for a comeback, for anything, but has been for so long that I have adjusted to this being a permanent state of affairs, where something is about to happen any minute but there will never be the real minute when it happens.

We continue to be about to hear something about concerts. We continue to be about to see Jin's comeback in whichever form. As long as we hear nothing from Jin, we won't hear that he's leaving the agency or retiring. As long as we don't hear anything about concerts, we won't learn that they're in September when I can't go, or in November when it'll be very hard to go.

Everything is eternally just around the corner.

On a less philosophical note, I've started to wonder if the continued state of uncertainty about both those issues is somehow connected; if there is some weird Johnny's policy involved about how either Jin and KAT-TUN can't be on at the same time or they can't be on at different times or there can't use the same venue without at least two other groups having performed in it in between, or whatever, some weird JE logic that is not 'logic' as we know it but is somehow still Very Important and somehow they're unable to sort it out.


jona: (Default)
Respecting Our Elders: Why We Should Work Hard to Pay Any Pension Insurance Contributions Needed, by Kamenashi Kazuya

This post is brought to you by a) my paper, which is not moving, b) my deadline, which is moving far too fast, c) my despair, and d) Solo.

Yesterday, as I was whining and despairing too, Solo kept sending me pretty pictures to cheer me up, and I went, at some point, 'Why can't Jin write my paper?' Solo then dared me to imagine, really imagine Jin writing my paper, and I admit it gave me a little gigglefit.

Then I amused myself even more by imagining Kame writing my paper, concluding that it would suck from an academic point of view and all the footnoting would be horrible, but it would also be the Most Determined Paper Ever and by god he will meet that deadline.

So while I continue to whine and despair, I ask YOU for more cheering up: stick your favourite characters in your job and tell me how they'd do.
jona: (JE - jin - long hair)
I finally set up my scanner this morning and tried to get the hang of it by scanning the bargain basement whore Jin pics I bought in Japan. The quick-and-dirty setting seems to be working for bright or colourful pics, but the darker pics with more black turned out somewhat greenish. I tried them again at a much higher resolution and that seems to have yielded results, only it's also much more fuss, and large file sizes. I'm not sure yet what the happy medium is between decent resolution and sensible file sizes.

Anyway, you've probably seen these here and there, but I'm still putting them up because I thought they were cute, apart from very cheap. >.<

Cut for SIZE. )
jona: (GKS - fight-oh!)
I don't often announce fic here because I assume the people who are interested know our regular avenues of posting for our regular kind of stuff, but I still wanted to squee a little about the ART we have for it here -- I bid on [ profile] deshisoraba in a fannish auction and it was the first time I bid & won in one of those in general. And I'm so glad I did, because she is just lovely and I'm so glad we met. And apart from discovering all her other gorgeous art, we had this awesome banner made for us and I wanted to show it off because we loved it so much we ended up writing fic for it.

Aren't they yummy?

The other thing that I found interesting was that this was the first time we wrote, well, a first time after Jin went and got hitched. One of my original fears when I was worrying about the potential of Jin getting married (ha!) was whether that would mean I couldn't enjoy stories set earlier anymore, or write them, or always feel some looming doom in the shape of a break-up even in the happy ending stories.

Well, turns out we just wrote a first time story set in 2007, and the marriage, as far as I could tell, was no problem at all. I consider that... a good sign. :DD

IN OTHER NEWS, I think I am finally HALF caught up. I should really get in the habit of bookmarking. ;___; LJ and DW are so slow these days that I usually get by with scroll-back but I know there were some posts I meant to read again in peace & quiet, and now I have to dig for them. And IDK how this long, long weekend is already almost over...

Also, I bought shoes.

I couldn't help it. I was just shopping for a few last groceries before the long weekend and then this shoe sale assaulted me, held me down, put frilly pink pumps on my feet and was all you know you want it, bitch, and, um, I did.

IDK when I started being able to fit frilly pink pumps into my self-image, but I couldn't resist them, they're real leather and feel like well-worn sneakers and were half-priced and will go great with my blue dress. :D

Proof. )
jona: (GKS - bigin)
On Friday I submitted my first ever paper to my first ever real I-am-a-presenter conference. It's not a very good paper, and my presentation will be more about 'these are all the problems I had with my data, anyone got good ideas how to fix them?', but it is submitted, and I'm hoping I can have a bit of a life again now.

Today is my first day off in two weeks. Before that, things weren't exactly slow going either. I've now worked through two public holidays, a whole weekend, and I basically left the house at seven thirty to stumble back in between eight and nine every day last week. I submitted my paper on 20.30 on Friday evening, with three and half hours to spare on the 'deadline'. Yesterday I zombiliciously tried to draft my presentation (I am presenting this paper to the department on Monday, for a trial run), but could not get my brain to engage, and did it this morning then.

And I was constantly wavering between being a little bit impressed with myself that I really could put in this much focused work for an extended period (and not just an emergency night shift!) and being all waaaah because the paper was still just not very good. It was an interesting lesson in how long it really takes to write a draft paper; on the other hand, I'm thinking I ought to maybe break myself of the habit of thinking that whenever work piles up like that, it's entirely my fault for being lazy and I suck at work, because occasionally it also has to do with shit like being on the fucking road all the time for work and doing stuff for my bosses for work.

So, anyway, on Monday I have the presentation before boss & colleagues, and next weekend, I will take a long weekend to make up for my missed public holidays, feeling that I am both entitled and that this will be healthy.

Dear Kame, Jin, KAT-TUN, and Johnny, I am very appreciative of the fact that none of you brought about any of the still outstanding fandom catastrophes I keep bracing myself for, i.e. that you did not get hit by a bus (Kame), officially quit the entertainment business (Jin), disband (KAT-TUN) or fire Jin (Johnny), during a time when I really did not need the distraction. I am now mentally preparing myself for you to return to your usual one-disaster-a-month schedule, but I do thank you for the well-timed break.

Dear Bomb Girls, thank you for being my catnip when I really needed some catnip. (Jonip?) I will post about you soon.

Dear conference organisers, thank you for letting me come to your conference and even paying my travel fees. I swear that I am taking your conference seriously, despite any appearances to the contrary my paper may create!

Oh, and, let it not be said that I don't get some mileage out of all my goddamn travelling -- because it made no difference money-wise, I'm not flying out to the conference via Frankfurt (take that, Frankfurt airport! HA!) but Düsseldorf, which means I get to see [personal profile] solo on the way back when she visits her folks!

PS: for EXTRA SPECIAL WOEZ, on Saturday morning, I pulled up the shutters, and what did I see on my balcony? A dead bird, with a little puddle of blood next to it. Thank you, village cats, for this thoughtful gift. I don't consider myself a squeamish person in general, but what I really wanted to do was stand on a chair and squeal until someone rescued me. SO. GROSS. I put tissues on it and attempted to lift it with an inside-out trash bag, but at the moment I would have felt the weight I totally balked and ran back inside. I, um. May have called my mother, to ask if she could come over and help. But the line was busy and eventually I told myself to get over it. But srsly. So. gross.
jona: (geänderte verkehrsführung)
1. You know what I really respect? When people like to dish it out about other fangirls, but get flouncy on you at the first sign of disagreement. So classy!

2. You know what I would genuinely respect? If people -- random people, not people under 1. -- just came out and said 'I'm upset that Jin got married because he's less sexy to me with a wife/as a dad/ruined my tinhatting/ruined my daydreams of one day hitting it off with him in LEX.' I would respect that, because it's honest. I've been reading a lot on various comms and forums and shit that got linked and comments and whatnot ever since Jin's punishment brought the Jinpocalypse to boiling point again, and, you know? 'Oh, no, I have no problem with the marriage, but how dare he go behind Johnny's back?', 'I am happy for Jin for getting married but I hate him because he didn't tell his fans first', 'Jin can marry whomever he likes but now he really fucked it up for the senpai and he needs to be punished!!', 'The marriage is fine with me but he violated his contract he really has it all coming.', 'I was fine with the marriage but TWSS really made me hate him', 'I don't begrudge him the marriage but I read so many con reports that say he didn't have a good show and that is SO EVIL' -- this stuff is all over the place.

And I am not. buying. it. I actually think a lot of those reasons why I'm really really upset and not because I'm upset about the marriage are legitimate complaints; I am unhappy about some of them myself, and I fully understand if people just... burn out on Jin. Trufax, I was at a point myself where I wasn't sure if I still wanted to care about him.

But the people who are going around in a rage hating on Jin all over the place... I just don't buy that the small potatoes are really the cause of all that vitriol, and long-term fans turning into haters.

And yes, you may judge me now for ascribing motivations to people on the internetz. But that's what it looks like to me from here.

(And, you know what? I think being upset that Jin got married is okay. It doesn't mean you'll instantly look like you're going to hunt Meisa down and poison her drink. 4rlz.)

3. And a word on the contract thing. I am not saying that Jin has won himself many laurels of professional conduct lately; I sincerely wish he'd done it differently, and I'm not wringing my hands about the punishment -- I don't like it but I assume he knew this would come with a price tag. But if 'getting married' and 'keeping a baby' (people! she got pregnant! there is an actually existing pregnancy! are we really debating whether she owed her employer an abortion?) is the same kind of 'breach of contract' as 'he didn't show up for a concert' or 'he keeps missing meetings' for you, then you and I don't live in the same moral universe.

3b. I do wish the flailing, fretting, worrying fangirls would tone it down a bit on the hyperbole. But the 'human rights' argument, as much as the tone of it all makes me cringe, is not actually as stupid as it sounds, in my opinion. What sort of work contracts are ethical and what you can legitimately ask someone to sign away ('Can an institution fire a divorcee who chooses to remarry?') is exactly stuff that gets decided before high courts on the grounds of human rights and personal liberties. Not in Japan, I suppose. But, I'm just saying. Cringe on execution, point on instinct.

4. I also genuinely wish we had some better information. Even on very, very basic questions ('Is Warner currently running a loss on Jin or is he earning his keep?' - 'Were these venues Jin has to pay for ever really booked?') that would help get a better grip on the bigger questions we have no idea, and everyone who seems to know -- and I count 'make an educated, logical guess because they have some background with this shit' as knowing in a crunch -- is speaking from a place of bias. It's making me a bit crazy.

5. This is a public post. I will not flounce on you if you disagree with me. (Though if you don't like Kame's fat arms, we may have a problem.)

Dreamwidth Edit for [personal profile] jae, who doesn't like it when people post inaccessible cryptic stuff! After Jin got married without informing his agency (they learned it from the press the same way we did), they still let him have his America tour in March, but now that that's over it's been announced that an upcoming Japan tour he was supposed to hold in April and May was cancelled as punishment, and he has to pay the cancellation fees for the venues (tickets had not gone on sale yet). Jin's been getting a lot of hate ever since the marriage news; a few small scale things happened afterwards that haven't helped him with his critics, but then it's probably fair to say that nothing much would have helped him with those. The announcement of the punishment has led to ~very strong feelings~ and occasionally dodgy grammar from people who still like him and people who hate him now, and I got my ass defriended this morning for questioning someone's idea of 'it's essentially a breach of contract'. *g*


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