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Not Again! And The Rest Of My Weekend

Dear GazettE Fandom:

You CAN ship Kai with people outside the band other than Miyavi, you know. Geez louise, in the last seven days, I think I've seen six or seven Kaiyavi fics. He's not going to explode upon intimate contact with someone else.

In other news, I didn't mention the OTHER thing I did last weekend, which was go see Shakespeare in the Park's production of As You Like It in New York City. It was freaking excellent. The whole cast was fantastic, and they did an imaginative staging where they reset the play in the Old West and had a bluegrass band on stage for almost the whole show. (The play's text contains several songs that are supposed to be performed by a minstrel. You'd be surprised at how well Shakespearean speech and bluegrass music go together).

Plus, it was a gorgeous day to be in Central Park, clear and not-too-warm. We had time to hang out on the Great Lawn before the show and people-watch. (We were also sitting dangerously close to a Belgian waffle truck, spewing its heavenly aromas across the entire park. I was good and resisted, since I'd already had dinner and a Tasti D Lite for dessert.)

We came home on the train with a bunch of people who had been attending the Subway Series, which is the annual series of games between the Mets and Yankees and is pretty much considered OMG ARMAGEDDON in the New York City area. So there was this army in blue and pinstriped shirts, half of them looking happy, the other grumbling and sulking. Once again, these are the people that consider us weird, folks!

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misumaru
Jun. 25th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
*holds up hand* I just want to say that I can't stand Kai with Miyavi. No offense to people that do like it and genuinely ship it, but in a lot of cases it's struck me as a bit of a "pair the spares" ship, where Kai is an afterthought because everyone else in the band is paired up. Poor Kai... ;_;
puss_nd_boots
Jun. 25th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
That is precisely my problem with Kaiyavi - and its equivalent that was in vogue in the Alice Nine fandom for awhile, Kai/Nao. Nine times out of ten, it's not done out of any genuine love for the participants, or the perception that they have any genuine chemistry, or a gut instict that they'd be good for each other. It's, "Okay, I've paired my two OTPs, Reituki and Aoiha. Now, what do I do with Kai over there? Well, he had that scene with Miyavi in the 2005 Peace and Smile Carnival, right? Okay, I'll pair him with Miyavi!" Heck, I think that in some cases, they don't even put that much thought into it - it's, "Everyone else pairs him with Miyavi, so I will, too!"

It's treating the boy like the mismatched sock at the bottom of the dryer. He deserves better. (Oh, and then there's also the fics that proclaim "I'm not even bothering to ship Kai," like the recent one labeled "Aoi X Uruha, Reita X Ruki, Kai X Cooking." My head X the desk.)

Edited at 2012-06-25 04:44 pm (UTC)
ldybastet
Jun. 25th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
... I loathe Kai/Miyavi. And yeah, sorry to all the people who love it, but I can't stand it. And I think you've pretty much written all the different reasons people pair them up here, and all of them are bad reasons.

Kai X Cooking? Someone did that? Damn, that's really kicking Kai fans in the face, a statement like that in the headers. Count me out on reading anything labelled like that. Grrr! Kai is awesome!!! But if a writer feels nothing for Kai, then bloody leave him alone and single! Don't touch him!!! Leave him be, instead of smearing indifference all over him! Double-grrr!
misumaru
Jun. 25th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Leave him be, instead of smearing indifference all over him!

*nodnodnodnodnod* This!
puss_nd_boots
Jun. 25th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
YES. Thank you. Heck, if their story is an AU, they don't have to put Kai in there at all if they don't want to. The "Kai X cooking" thing really sounds like the person saying "Kai is icky-poo!" Um, Kai fans do exist. Contrary to what you may think, fanbrat, we're not a legend like the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot. And we're going to run, not walk away from your fanfic.

(I have my own response to the "Kai X Cooking" thing planned. It may have to wait until after the next chapter of Shou-chan in Wonderland, though. XD)
misumaru
Jun. 25th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
*nods* I get the feeling that it's because drummers never get any love? (Something I've been guilty of in the past. ...although I still don't like Nao. XD) They're stuck at the back and ignored, even if they happen to be, oh, band leader? -_-; My other problem with Kaiyavi is that I actually thought Kai looked really uncomfortable during the PSC 2005 incident ... Then again, I thought they all did when Miyavi was hassling them. I'm biased. XD

Kai x Cooking. Right. My head might join yours on that desk...
puss_nd_boots
Jun. 26th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
"Drummers get no love" is definitely a truism in J-rock (with the exception of Kra, the only band I've ever seen where the drummer has the lion's share of the fangirls). I've seen people on J-rock confession communities on Tumblr saying that Kai is flat-out unattractive, or "not as attractive as the others." (My very biased reaction: "O RLY. So, a killer smile and a hot body aren't considered signs of attractiveness anymore? Good to know!")

Nao's case is a bit different than most drummers, though. He's very much loved by the Alice Nine fandom - as evidenced by the wanky meltdown when he stepped down as bandleader. (People were accusing Shou of forcing Nao out of leadership. >.<) The thing is, there's not that many fans who, well, love him in "that way." IMHO, it's because his public persona is very childlike - talking to plants, obsessively blogging about his pet hedgehog, screaming like a little girl when he has to put his hand in a box of something unknown on Alice Nine Channel. One fan said on the Alice Nine community, "Nao is actually the most photogenic of all of them - and then, he has to open his mouth and ruin it." Therefore, Nao gets very little shipping action in fanfic.

Kai most definitely seemed uncomfortable during the Miyavi incident. All the more reason that "all Kaiyavi, all the time" is baffling. (My friend aleksiina_26 says that the fact Kai hasn't been photographed with a lot of people from other bands just makes him all the more shippable, because you can pair him with anyone. Ha, maybe someone should have a challenge or contest to see how many people you can pair Kai with.)
misumaru
Jun. 26th, 2012 07:26 am (UTC)
...Ok, I'll admit that he can suffer from that unfortunate phenomena I have termed "drummer face" at times during lives, but seriously? Have they seen that R&R shoot? Or noticed the incredibly sexy way he throws his head back the end of a song/live? Or his muscles???? Gah, I can understand if he's not their type, but saying he's unattractive? O_o

Indeed, Nao shouldn't open his mouth. XD

(Oh really? It would certainly get the boy some more love, but I don't think I'd be able to take part. XD)
puss_nd_boots
Jun. 26th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, the throwing-back-his-head thing. I like to call it the "drumgasm." That's freaking hot as hell. I see that, and my mind descends immediately to the gutter. And stays there.

Ha, I've noticed the "drummer face" phenomenon, too. Though the other instrumentalists have their moments of grimaces, too. Pause a DVD at the wrong moment, and boy, will you see it.
misumaru
Jun. 26th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
Heh, I think my favourite instance of the drumgasm (good word!) is at the end of Omega, just before Tomorrow Never Dies starts up, where he's sitting with his head thrown back and kind bouncing in his seat as he keeps the bass drums going... Mmm. :3

OMG yes! Not everyone can look perfect all the time, right? XD
puss_nd_boots
Jun. 28th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
And there's also the laughgasm, of course. When our boy throws his head waaay back when he's laughing. He seems to do an awful lot orgasmically. (Especially around Uruha.)
aleksiina_26
Jun. 26th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
Lol I think that you will definitely be enjoying the Kai x Everyone in my upcoming fic...ahem, the one I keep delaying on and hopefully will be posting tomorrow >_< Actually I gave Kai quite a bit more attention than even I expected, you will be pleased ;)

Agree 100% with what was said above by y'all lovely ladies. I never understood why Kai never got any love, holy shit, what's not to like about him? Not only is he gorgeous (those dimples, unf, that tight, muscular body, uuunf, his big manhands, *Q*), but he's an extremely skilled musician (one of the best drummers imho), and without his constant, careful and wise leadership, the gazette wouldn't be where it is today. Yes Ruki is pulling from the front, but its definitely Kai that pushes at the back, ensuring that Ruki's vision takes shape. He deserves all the fucking awards.

I think it sucks that Nao barely gets any love either. Yeah, he's quirky, a little odd and childlike, but that's all the more reason to write sugary sweet fluff about him! Who better to write sweet stuff with? I think people overreact about his image and neglect to see the man behind the wacky clothes and the nerdy-ness. If anyone saw the battle royale, I think that we got to see a side of Nao that we usually don't notice all that much, how he's sweet and encouraging and so good natured. He was smiling, laughing, hugging everyone and being an all around sweetheart, I think he deserves love too tbh. And he's gorgeous. Like, seriously. Shou has often mentioned he envies his muscular figure and overall fitness, and I think that some of his photoshoots are fashion model worthy, especially those from the senkou era. He looks flat out gorgeous in all of them. Lets give Nao some love too ok? XD

I stand by my statement. The fact that we hardly see him hanging out with other j-rockers makes it so that its a lot easier for me to pair him with various people, because I'm not supplied with other pairings already. I can easily picture him with anyone in the roster, and have it sound super hot. Kai x Manabu anyone? I don't know but it sounds pretty hot to me...I'm so writing that ToraKai, lord, it will melt your brain.

xoxo
puss_nd_boots
Jun. 26th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
You know, you brought up one point these fangirls seem to forget: Without Kai, there probably wouldn't be GazettE as they know it. He took over band leadership almost as soon as he arrived, and he "pushed them from behind" all the way to Tokyo Dome. Seriously, how many other bands have played the DOME? X-Japan, yes, L'arc-en-Ciel maybe, but it's a rare prize. Not only that, but he "pushed" them into Budokan a mere four years after they were formed - back when that would have meant something. (Nope, not going to go into the "PSC rushed ViViD into Budokan and thus cheapened it for everyone else" rant. Damn you yet again, PSC). Yes, Ruki is the one with the artistic vision, but if Yune had stayed, would it have come to life and developed as it did?

(You KNOW I'm going to encourage the Tora X Kai, BTW.)
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