Writing the Pages: Character Designs

Raven by Sukizuki Izuna

For a long time, I had been thinking about writing my own book.  Well, I have decided to stop dreaming and actually begin working on writing it.

At first, I had really no idea where to start.  There were so many factors that worried me.  What genre it should it be?  What would be my target audience?  Where the setting should be?  Am I really good enough?  The list goes on.

Fortunately, I am not alone.  I have a lot of friends willing to help me.

For a long time, I have been collaborating with a friend of mine who is also an incredible and creative artist.  She goes by the name Sukizuki, and if you think her art is familiar you might have seen that she did the winning art piece for a small contest I had a while ago.

We worked so well together that I asked if she would like to collaborate on my writing project, and to my pleasure, she agreed!

We began with character designs

Seriously Cute: MNL48 ... Finally!

Finally, it has been done.

It has been more or less two years since I first made my first post on the group.  To be honest, I have no idea how I feel about this now.  The group has been plagued with more controversies than I care to remember from the time the auditions first started.

Some easy to let go, others not.  However, I find that it is more of the management's fault that the girls themselves.

Am I the only one bothered that the final uniforms look nothing like the winning piece made in the competition?  These are cute as well, but it must be disappointing to the winner who was probably expecting to see the girls wear it.  I hope they at least use it for a future video.

Another thing that bothers me is what they said about indie groups.  They basically said that groups outside the 48G or indie/alternative groups are "Class A" or fake groups.  This was after the establishment of a handful of indie idol groups which have a boatload of potential.  As a big fan of indie groups and groups outside of the 48G, my first thought was that the management had no idea what they were saying or doing.  I might not be as knowledgeable as many people, but I know an insult when I see one and this was quite unnecessary.

I can't fault some of the girls who probably didn't understand what they were getting themselves into.  Anyway, I am still happy for those who made it though.

For now, I would like to talk about the girls themselves ... or at least a few of the stand-outs for the management ... and for myself.

Seriously Cute: MNL48 From Top 200 to Top 75 (01.27.2018)

MNL48 Top 200 Reveal
Two years ago, I wrote an entry about my worries for this group.  However, it seems I was worried about the wrong things. 

I won't lie, there has been a lot of negativity going on in the MNL48 "Fandom".  With allegations of cheating (i.e. Boyfriend in MNL48 staff, vote-buying, like-for-like), allegations of management's manipulation of votes, and rule-breaking (i.e. Love Ban in particular), the group hasn't even debuted yet and the controversies are piling up.    

It doesn't help that some "fans" of the group have resorted to bullying by making fun of contestants' appearances, English and inexperience.   I have no desire at all to contribute to that.  I think there is enough of that in Facebook.    

That is why this post will focus on potential because there are girls that got in that I have my eye on and are why I can't say I completely give up on the group.  

Of course, they have a long way to go with so many of them unable to dance or understand teamwork as  many seem to be trying to out-do each other.  With so many girls, I can't really blame them.  However, it hasn't escaped my notice that their first performance was only the beginning, which is probably why I am going to try to be less critical.  I will talk about my favourites among the Top 200 but I also talk about who among my picks made it to the Top 75.

This is a list of my personal choices, if you have an Oshi I didn't include here I encourage you to make up your own list because these girls need all the love and support they can get in these grueling auditions.  

Seriously Cute: AKB48 Team 8 in Manila (12.04.2016)

Better late than never!

December 4, 2016, AKB48's Team 8 visited the Manila, Philippines in Market Market, Taguig.  The visit is in honour of the 60th Philippine-Japan Friendship Anniversary. 

Not one to miss an opportunity like this, I of course went.  

60th Philippine-Japan Friendship Anniversary
AKB48 and MNL48
As I have said on this post, MNL48 is coming.  However, I can't say at what its exact date is.  The latest piece of news released though is that they are now partnered with local television station, ABS-CBN.  So, we might actually get some kind of reality television show out of this. I suspect that they might televise the audition.  

Going back to the event, this event is not only to promote the friendship between two countries.  This is more MNL48 promotion.  

Beyond the Trailer: La La Land (2016)

La La Land Poster (2017)
In honour of Valentines being just around the corner, I decided to blog about the first romance movie I have seen for the year 2017.

The moment I saw the trailer, I knew this was something I couldn't miss as I am a fan of old Fred Astaire movies.  This movie didn't at all disappoint.   

For those unfamiliar with Fred Astaire, you can start by watching "The Band Wagon" or if you are an Audrey Hepburn fan, you can watch "Funny Face." While not an Astaire film, I also recommend Gene Kelly's "Singing in the Rain."

Writing this review will probably just parrot what a lot of people have already said about it, but I can't help but want to pursue it anyway to show my appreciation for the writing and work done.

Before going to the theatre, I basically already knew what to expect.  I knew there would be singing and random dancing  but with a story that made those old movies survive the test of time.

After watching it, it is probably safe to say that this is probably one of the best romance movies that I have seen in a very long while.  It was lighthearted at the right time but it also knew when to take itself seriously.

Seriously Cute: YANAKIKU in Manila

Yanakiku at Pop Life FanXperience, Manila
Prior to watching them perform at the ToyCon/Pop Life FanXperience, Manila, I had never heard of this group before.  I chose to watch them perform out of pure curiosity, it was one of the highlights of an otherwise terrible day --- my wallet got stolen at this event (Reminders: Please be careful with your wallets and bags in these big crowds)


Megumi Yanagi and Shoko Kikui, aka Yana and Kiku are members of Japanese pop duo, Yanakiku.  The group has been active since 2012 and their mission is to share the wonders of Japan to the world --- oh and rule the world.

What makes this group especially interesting is their combination of contemporary Japanese pop culture, such as kawaii and decora culture --- with traditional Japanese.  This shows in their costumes and music videos.  Also, their image makes them look like they leaped out from an anime.

Another thing that makes them different different from other performers I have seen are their amazing voices.  Individually, they are great singers and together they are dynamite.  Their songs aren't high-pitched nor idol-ly which I admit is what I usually associate in Japanese pop.  These girls can really sing. 

Write A Dream: Create Your Fairy Tale Contest Results!

Welcome Home, Ivy
Art by: Sukizuki Izuna
This is certainly late, but you can't rush perfection.

A few months ago, I announced that I was having a small short story competition with a fairytale/fantasy motif.  It wasn't very hard to choose a winner.

The winner is Chiima Takui's Ivy's Home.

There was a short debate between Izuna and I about the two stories we had tied for first place.  In the end, it was Ivy who takes the prize home.

I loved the second place for the main character but we enjoyed Ivy for its well-thought storytelling.  The style of writing is also very fluid, which I envy a lot.

Due to her needing it for her dissertation, I can't post it just yet but I will once she gives me the green light.

Without further ado,  I present to you, Ivy of Ivy's Home...  

For more information about the author, Chiima Takui, see the links below:-

Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/chiima.musume
Blogspot:     http://okaymusumetime.blogspot.com/
Twitter:        https://twitter.com/ChiimaMusume

For more information about the artist, Sukizuki Izuna, see the links below:-

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/eiaakarasama?fref=ts
Deviantart:  http://sukizukiizuna.deviantart.com/


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