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Classes in all levels are suspended here in Manila because a storm has made land-fall, bringing in rain and strong winds. Meanwhile, in Japan, another storm is making headlines, making and breaking records, causing havoc around the world. And this is the one storm I've been wishing would land in the country.

Forgive my attempt at wit. I just wanted to make sure that I at least give a shout out to my major fandom. There are so many reasons why I love them and I honestly have to make a proper list one of these days, but yeah. I will get back to this post to make complete the list.

15 Things I love about Arashi
(in no particular order)
love )

bartender is <3

Friday, 24 June 2011 00:18
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I am currently watching Aiba's drama Bartender. And it is sooooo funny. spoilers galore )
I never realized how pretty Aiba's smiling eyes are. They are really pretty. Can't wait for more Aiba dramas!
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Since its only a few more weeks until Christmas comes, I wanted to start something Christmassy. Here in the Philippines, the Christmas season starts as early as September and ends at January or until we remember to finally put away our Christmas decorations. Seriously.

I don't believe in Santa Claus but that doesn't mean I can't come-up with a wish list. Some are more plausible than others, while most are just plain wishful thinking (but not completely impossible). 

wish I may, wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight... )
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 I am not Japanese, I don't understand Japanese. My Japanese vocabulary is only at the level of basic greetings, jikoshoukai, numbers (not even counters!), and one-word expressions like "kawaii! <3", "sugoi/kakkoi", "urusai", and other expressions one could easily pick up from watching anime.

That is why I am in such great debt to subbers and translators who expend tremendous time and effort, giving time to record, translate, typeset, time, and upload shows and pvs even when they have other important things to do (like study, work, eat, or sleep). They also put themselves at risk by doing this since the big companies, of course, own these shows.

Without their efforts I wouldn't be able to know how funny sho can be, how out of place ohno's comments sometimes are, how sharp nino's tongue can be, how silly aiba is, and how composed matsujun is. I wouldn't know that sho graduated from keio university, that aiba's family has a chinese restaurant, that ohno is a mama's boy, that nino went to hollywood, and that a girl once turned down matsujun, if there were no people to sub them. In short, I would never get to know Arashi.

I could understand why english dubbing companies complain about anime fansubbers since they would lose the market for their dubs. But shows like shukudai-kun or himitsu or shiyagare don't get dubbed. The only way I can be able to watch Arashi, to read about them, to understand each refrain they sing is through translations.

Given all that these groups are sacrificing and risking, is it too much for them to ask not to re-distribute these works? 
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I love Arashi. The JE unit composed of bishies who sing, dance, act, and host their way into the hearts of millions. I'm not Japanese and I don't understand Japanese, but through local TV's dubbed jdoramas and the dedicated and awesome subbers and translators out there who pour their hearts and souls into subbing/translating shows and songs of these 5 idols, I got hooked.

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