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So how does a fangirl deal with being stuck indoors thanks to a damn hurricane?

She preorders Kra's and GazettE's upcoming albums from CD Japan. (She preordered Heart of Gold - all three versions - a long time ago). She then goes on iTunes hunting for J-rock and ends up downloading three GazettE albums and two Nightmare ones.

Good thing the fangirl in question has a ton of CD Japan points saved up, and some iTunes gift cards from Christmas, or this would be one expensive hurricane.

Also going through the Kra Tumblr, which fortunately costs nothing.http://fyeahmeruhenrock.tumblr.com There's some Tokyo High Black stuff in there, too, including a chibi fanart. (They're from before Saga became an Official Member, so he's not in the pictures). Keiyuu is just too freaking adorable for words. (I've had some thoughts about writing Taizo X Keiyuu, but I don't think the fandom has a fic community - and besides, given the anti-Taizo sentiment of a lot of the Kra fangirls, I'd probably get flamed).

Followed the Twitter liveblogging of Alice Nine Channel - so they didn't announce the new album (come on, why else are they spending so much time in the studio?) on the show?


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Aug. 29th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
man, stupid hurricane, I hope you guys are okay. where are you? (I don't mean to sound creeper-ish, you can just give me your state. 99% of my dad's family is conneticiut). and how rude of all the anti-Taizo fangirls! I think he's cute and he and Keiyuu would make a very adorable pairing :) I love your writing style, so please keep writing!

P.S. all of the THB chibi fanarts are freakin' adorable!!
Sep. 2nd, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
I'm in New Jersey. The area I'm in got off fairly easy - we had a two-hour power outage and some flooding in low-lying areas (plus, the boardwalk I like to walk on while listening to music got smashed all to hell). But nothing like some of the stuff I've heard about in other regions - a friend of mine lives in upstate New York, near Vermont, and they really, really got flooded out.

Thank you for the comments on my writing - hopefully, I'll be doing more soon (kind of got derailed for a bit after my last fic because of being sick, followed by the hurricane). And, yes, I am thinking of going ahead with that fic idea, anti-Taizo fanthings be damned. (Nobody said that Matchmaker!Saga had to confine his meddling to his Alice Nine bandmates. He could expand that to Tokyo High Black as well. ~_^)
Aug. 31st, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
Hello, I came across this out of boredom...
This is actually the person (one of the people rather) that runs the Kra tumblr. ^^

Even though Kra fics seem few and far between, it's always nice to see someone write them. (As much as I was against fanfiction before, it is, after all... A way of showing appreciation/admiration.)

Mind if I follow you here? ^^
Sep. 2nd, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
Re: Hello, I came across this out of boredom...
Oh, by all means, go ahead and follow! I don't post in the journal itself all that much (I use it mainly to post my Alice Nine fic series, Stargazer - chapters are listed here: http://puss-nd-boots.livejournal.com/2368.html ). But I'm glad to have people read what I do post!

And I LOVE that Tumblr! Love it love it LOVE it! I was able to find so little stuff on LiveJournal (I got into the Kra fandom only very recently), so you can imagine how happy I was to come across such a big gallery of pictures and videos (Even fanart! Chibi Japanese fanart!)

And I am definitely considering going ahead with that fanfic, anti-Taizo faction be damned. Honestly, the way some fanbrats have treated him pisses me off. It's upsetting to see them say things like "They should have folded the band" and "They're traitors for keeping it going," not to mention calling Taizo ugly and untalented. The band wanted to keep going, and went out and found someone who fits in well. Why can't the fans respect that?

And believe it or not, I used to be anti-Jrock fanfic as well . . . until I got heavily into the Alice Nine fandom and found myself writing it. (I've written anime fanfic in the past). It really is just another way to show your appreciation - plus, it's fun taking the material in Twitter feeds and blog posts and turning it into a fanfic.

Where would people in the Kra fandom post their fics, BTW? On the general Jrock Yaoi community?
Sep. 2nd, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello, I came across this out of boredom...
The one place that has quite a bit of activity on LJ is Kuukra
http://kuukra.livejournal.com/ other than that is Kra_fans (inactive for the most part)http://kra-fans.livejournal.com/

There were also some communities dedicated to each member also, as well as a Kra_daily account (all are inactive...)



The old Kra diary translations:

The new one:

It's friends-only, and she's a little particular where her translations show up; if you plan on using any, give credit.

haha, just a heads up!

Thank you! ^^ It's my own little creation, been at it since last year in October, I think..?

Ah, the band disbanding... *sighs* The whole month of December all the way up to Keiyuu's birthday live was nerve-wracking... I thought it would happen any time in between =__=

I love Taizo. I was a bit of a ZORO fan before, though I've been following Kra since 2007~ (Listened to them in 2006, but was turned away by the vocals... Gave another chance in 2007, loved Jounetsu more ever, bought my first few CDs in 2008, reserved Kizuna, limited edition as my very first overseas CD purchase. xD )

GOODNESS, PLEASE BY ALL MEANS!!(I have half a mind to write a fic about TaizoxKeiyuu just because of Taizo's Rilakkuma fascination... xD could be cute, but I'm no good with anything but het...)

I would say that Kra fiction (Especially of the yaoi/shounen-ai variety) would be best posted on http://jrockyaoi.livejournal.com/
or http://jrock-fanfic.livejournal.com/ if not just on your own journal.
Sep. 3rd, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
Re: Hello, I came across this out of boredom...
Thank you for all the links! I should at least be able to see the archives of the old communities, even though it seems I missed their heyday. I'm fairly new to J-rock fandoms, period - I was strictly animanga, and the only Japanese music I had on my iPod was songs associated with my favorite shows - until one of my best friends dragged me into the Alice Nine fandom a year ago. (At which point it was, "OMG, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?") And then another friend started introducing me to other bands - the fatal collision with Kra came a few months ago when she discovered the band, fell madly in love and started sending me YouTube links. (I think the first one I saw was Artman, then Bird, then Fushigi).

I will definitely put the fic on my agenda, then. I need to find some more translated interviews first, though, to get a sense of the personalities and band dynamics. (It's very easy for me to write Alice Nine because there's so much translated material available - interviews, blog posts, Twitter feeds, their NicoNico show . . .) I do like the idea of Taizo and Keiyuu having quietly liked each other for awhile before Taizo joined the band!

And I'm impressed with how long you've been in the fandom - now, that's devotion! (Unlike some people I know who fandom-hop as often as they change their socks).
Sep. 3rd, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
Re: Hello, I came across this out of boredom...
You're welcome~

I started out, very oddly enough, through Miyavi (2003?), then went off to Kagrra, , then ended up with the GazettE. :'D I'm rather annoyed with myself because I was a fandom brat/elitist back then. Kra helped me kick that bad habit, and I became a happier, much nicer person, in my opinion, because of it.

It's going to be hard to find anything translated of Kra's, I barely can understand their comments myself... But! There are some subs out there, if not, sometimes you can ask requests of something like that to be translated... I like that idea also, but my favorite pairing was always KeiyuuxYuura. Those two are Monhan (Monster Hunter) gamer dorks. xD

^^; Don't be impressed, there are some Krakko that have been in the fandom long before I have...
Sep. 3rd, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Re: Hello, I came across this out of boredom...
Ha, it seems that people cycle through the PSC bands, doesn't it? After Alice Nine, my second band was Kagrra, and I just recently started on GazettE. (My friend who got me into Kra seriously dislikes GazettE, but I became curious about them since they seem to be THE PSC band). Not too familiar with the newer bands (Screw, SuG, Born, etc.)

I'll keep an eye out for the translated videos. I figured they might be hard to track down. And I LOVE the Monster Hunter gamer dork thing. Ha, bet you anything they corrupted Tora - he was talking about that game on Alice Nine Channel not too long ago. (They'd make an adorable pairing, too!)
Sep. 3rd, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)
Re: Hello, I came across this out of boredom...
I suppose so. I had a pretty brief affair with Alice Nine also, and I consider them my second favorite after Kra. xD I don't mind SuG, but I seriously think that Takeru will be the next Miyavi, as in terms of being a jack-of-all-trades (Actor, vocalist, model...)

It's a lot easier to find translations in Spanish than any other language, for some reason for Kra.

I think there are a lot of people in their circle that play Monhan xD I know that Natsuki from DuelJewel is also pretty into it. ^^
Sep. 3rd, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello, I came across this out of boredom...
I saw Takeru in a video they did for Tribal Arrival where they had assembled a "fans' dream session band" - I guess they'd polled people in advance of the festival. Tora, Takeru and Yasuno all got picked to be members. They didn't actually perform, but they were interviewed as a group, and Takeru and Yasuno stole the show. I remember thinking at the time that someone should give the two of them a TV show to co-host. (It's not very often you see something where Tora is the QUIET one!)

Damn, the thing with the Spanish translations makes me wish I'd kept up my high school Spanish. Now, if only we could get someone to translate the Spanish stuff into English, we'd have it made. (It would be a double translation, so it wouldn't be as accurate as direct Japanese-to-English, but it would be something).

Now I'm wondering if Tora and Saga managed to draw Keiyuu into their Winning Eleven madness during Seven Days. I know they've been trying to get all their friends as hooked as they are.

(BTW, do you know if anyone has managed to turn up the full-length MP3 of the Tokyo High Black song? Because the Alice Nine fandom has had zero luck - which is very unusual for them.)
Sep. 3rd, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello, I came across this out of boredom...
I think that Takeru and Yasuno could be a dynamic hosting duo! :3 Oh, yes, that was Keios Fusion, I believe~

Heh, I should have learned some Spanish while I was living in Texas, but I couldn't be bothered with it, I suppose -__- kicking my own butt for it, now.

I don't think that Keiyuu follows soccer at all, so it would be a failed attempt.. xD

The closest to full-length is:


at around 3 minutes. I'm sure that's probably the closest we'll get to the full song, unless they feel that there is a market overseas, and actually put out a CD single. D:

Sep. 4th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello, I came across this out of boredom...
And I saw on Alice Nine's Twitter feed that Saga has been playing Monster Hunter since the first game came out. Well, now we know how Tokyo High Black came together. It's obvious that Tora, Saga and Keiyuu bonded from their mutual love of the game. Truly a story of geek friendship. (Which means that Kagrra-Nao must be a player as well - and if he wasn't originally, I'm sure he is now).

Oh, by the way, I watched that series of parody videos on your Tumblr and laughed my butt off - the ones where Keiyuu is kidnapped by Miyavi and the others refuse to rescue him. The funniest part was Yura's lament that he doesn't have as many fangirls as GazettE's Reita - "but at least I still have my nose!" I nearly fell on the floor at that point.
Sep. 4th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello, I came across this out of boredom...
Ah! That was a drunken idea, no wonder they always seem like they are drunk/high xD;

That is redchopsticks (from tumblr) doing, I believe.. she started the series, and planned on making more of the videos but school got in the way, as well as her own obligations. At some point, I think she plans on starting the series once more. They tried to take down her account because of copyrights.. bleh...
Sep. 5th, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello, I came across this out of boredom...
Copyrights? I can't understand that. It's not as if she uploaded the whole thing - she just used bits and pieces of things in the creation of something new. It falls under the same "fair use" as fanfiction.

I do hope she does continue, because they were funny as hell. (And they did point out some sad truths - that Kra isn't as loved as they should be, especially when compared to GazettE). Ha, she should bring Keiyuu's Tokyo High Black bandmates into the fray, I can point her toward sources of Alice Nine Channel episodes.

And if they came up with Tokyo High Black while drunk . . . that explains a lot.
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