Naginata Club ~Ray’s Original Story~ (Ray October 2017 Issue)

If Maiyan and Nogizaka46 members were in “Naginata Club”…
Being an awe-inspiring and lovely ‘Asahinagu’; mix-matching clothes in 30 days!

As a commemoration of movie “Asahinagu” release, Maiyan became a main role in this mix-match and 3 members of Nogizaka46 also appeared as special guests! We put some essences of the movie into this Ray’s original story. Pay attention to Maiyan who wears stylish clothes in cute-adult way❤

Starring:

  • マイ Mai (Shiraishi Mai)
  • エリカ Erika (Ikuta Erika)
  • マリカ Marika (Ito Marika)
  • レイカ Reika (Sakurai Reika)

Day 1
Naginata club’s practice today has ended! What should we do after this~?

Right after the practice ended, I asked them, “Let’s go to a cafe!” but Erika and Reika wanted to go for a karaoke and Marika wanted to eat beef bowl! This happens a lot. Our ideas are never matched. It’s the usual pattern (lol)

Day 2
I ate taiyaki with Reika at cafeteria after school.
When the class ended, I bumped to Reika in front of classroom. “Senpaaa~i, treat me some taiyakis please?” she begged using a cute expression on her face. Oh, geez, it can’t be helped~!
Reika: “Are you a type who eat it from its head first?”
Mai: “Yeah, I think I’ll eat from its head first.”

Day 3
Using bicycle to commute. For the sake of bodybuilding as Naginata member.
I have a rule to myself; not to let my commuting time wasted for nothing! 30 minutes bicycling for a one-way to university since I was a freshmen. The wind feels refreshing!

Day 4
“You look more matured!” said a former senior of mine in Naginata club

Day 5
Woke up early today to do some groceries at morning market along with my little brother.

Day 6
Putting my hard work as part-timer the whole day!

Day 7
Having class in first period… I’m in a living hell!

Day 8
At the library with Marika!
Ugh, I’m really not good studying…
I got failing mark in exam, again. So I’m borrowing Marika’s note to study for a remedial. It would be great if I got credits from Naginata…can I, Prof?
Mai: “I don’t want to study~”
Marika: “You must study properly. Or else you’ll repeat those classes!”

Day 9
Today’s study group is canceled! I’ll go for a shopping to release my stress.
I supposed to study at the library again with Marika, but I can’t take it anymore… As a prize for doing my best yesterday, I think I’ll buy some clothes.
Mai: “I’m sorry, Marika!”

Day 10
I guess I’ll cook something. It’s been a while~

Day 11
Let’s go for a karaoke with my club juniors!

Day 12
I was being in high spirits yesterday, so today will be my chill day.

Day 13
A fateful encounter happened…❤
I’ll tell everyone about my ‘love at the first sight’!
At a train, I encountered an ideal type of a hunk❤ Since he was holding a naginata, I hope I can see him again in a tournament~ For now, I’ll contact three of them♪

[The Squad❤Naginata Club (4)]

Mai: “I think I fell in love
Marika: “Really? What kind of guy?”
Reika: “A hunk? Is he from our uni?”
Mai: “Nope! But he was holding a naginata!”
Marika: “Wooow~❤ It could be a fate, don’t you think?”
Reika: “I envy you~!!!”
Erika: “Senpai fell in love to someone… NO WAY!!!

Day 14
Is it because I’m in love??? My stomach keeps growling❤
I just ate ramen, but I’m still hungry. Is it because it’s autumn already? Or, because I’m in love? Nah❤ I’ll buy some dango and go home.

Day 15
Walking for an hour as a diet program!

Day 16
I can’t stop thinking of him even when I’m working part-time!

Day 17
Heading to Shibuya to watch a romance movie with Reika❤

Day 18
Going to cosmetic counter to buy new lipstick♪

Day 19
Going to hair salon to prepare myself in case I’ll meet him again next time❤
No school today, so I’ll go to a hair salon in Omotesando. I didn’t know that I could be this happy everyday when I’m falling in love!

Day 20
Oh, no! I was dreaming of him that made me overslept…
I have a morning practice in club activity and yet I overslept. I’ve never done this before! I have to tell the others right away. I feel like neglecting naginata lately.

[The Squad❤Naginata Club (4)]

Mai: “Sorry, I’ll be late for the practice!”
Reika: “That’s unusual of you.”
Mai: “I…overslept…”
Erika: “Are you even trying to focus on practice, senpai?”
Marika: “She’s right. Are you neglecting the club lately?”
Mai: “I’m so sorry. I’ll treat you girls ice cream later!”

Day 21
Unexpectedly I met again with him!❤ I asked him his LINE ID❤

Day 22
I can’t put my back into naginata!

Day 23
It’s hard to concurrent club activity and love! 

Day 24
I bumped into Erika at library! But she is kinda…weird?

Day 25
When I said hi to Erika in front of classroom, she ignored me…
She was kind of weird yesterday so I tried to call her out but she ignored me! I greeted her on LINE, but she just read my chat. What makes her mad at me like that??
Erika: “Mai-senpai is stupid!”
Mai: “Meanie! Why is she ignoring me?!”

[Mai, Marika, Reika (3)]

Mai: “Erika ignored me today! Don’t you think that’s mean?”
Marika: “Tbh, it’s a matter-of-course that she’s mad at you judging from what you’re doing lately”
Reika: “I think so too!”
Mai: “Eeeeh… No way…. 😦 ”
Marika: “Mai, you’re her senpai, go apologize to her!
Reika: “I’ll bring Erika!”

Day 26
I’m not really good to apologize to people!

Day 27
I consulted with Marika on the way home! Somehow I feel relieved❤

Day 28
Reika gave me some advice too… I have to be honest!

Day 29
Alright, I’ll tell my true feelings to Erika tomorrow!

Day 30
Reika: “Just be honest, okay?❤”
Erika: “Yeah, I will!”

Marika: “Go on, apologize to her”
Mai: “Uuuh…”

With everyone’s supports, I can finally being honest❤ We’ll be friends from now and forever!
I was speaking honestly to Erika, and she forgave me. There’s no love ban rule in university, so I do want to fall in love (lol). But now, these three are my everything

[The Squad❤Naginata Club (4)]

Mai: “To me, I prefer naginata than romance!”
Marika: “Oh really~??”
Reika: “Agree~ lol”
Mai: “You girls are such a tease (lol)”
Marika: “You can do both, right?”
Erika: “I will cheer for senpai’s love life from now on
Mai: “Thank you

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BEST. RAY’S. ISSUE…. SO FAR!!!!

Thanks to this story, I’ve got an idea to write a one-shot of fanfiction. Currently writing the story line so I won’t forget the idea that may lead me to another writer’s block. Yes, I don’t want to redo my mistakes.

Anyway, sorry for the poor quality of images. I’ve tried to find the scans but I couldn’t find anywhere 😦

 

Thanks for reading! 

Nogizaka46 – Nigemizu MV Review

Okay, *coughs*

I can’t stop coughing since I finished watching this music video.

Well, I’m taking a sick leave from work today because, yeah, I’m sick.
I’ve been not feeling well since 2 days ago. And now I’m on my bed, writing this post.

Let’s get rid of my sickly self at a moment.

So, they finally released the MV for 18th single; Nigemizu (lit: Mirage)

I won’t write much, so I’ll skip my thoughts regarding the song. I’ll just write my thoughts of the MV just as the title of this post said.

1. So it’s about two girls (Momochan and Yoda) who’re about to work in a ‘weird’ mansion. I was hoping the story is audible like “Taiyou Knock”. But it turns out as a no. Too bad…

“Itami Household is an inexplicable mansion. I hope you won’t be surprised looking around here.”

or so the lady said.

2. PAIRINGS ON PARADE!!! *coughs*

The moments I see Naachan and Reika in this scene, I have a gut feeling that Waka will be next to Reika

BINGO!
By the way, the calligraphy behind them says “Morning is bread”

And in front of WakaNanaRei, there are Karaage Sisters

And at the back of them, a calligraphy says “Absolutely Rice”

So they’re fighting what’s best for breakfast lol

BLACK ERIKA-SAMA!!! <333 PLEASE SCOLD ME!! <333

BOY! I really want to know what do the say in the dialogue! But from their situation, I think Karaage Sisters are mocking those who prefer bread in the morning.

Waka-sama is triggered but Sakurai was calmly said,

“Waka…”

AIJDAHUHRHJT

HAKUMAI-SAMA, KARAAGE SISTERS’ SAVIOR HAS ARRIVED!!

(Hakumai= 白(haku) 米 (mai) is similar to Maiyan’s name 白(shira)石(ishi)麻(ma)衣(i) without ‘ishi’ and ‘shira’ can be read as ‘haku’ so 白 (haku) 麻衣 (mai))

She brings a jar of rice for three of them ❤ 

The Muhyoujou sisters show their perfect smile…for Rice and Maiyan =))

Absolutely rice, huh? :3

Let’s move to the next pairing, IkoMina (I’m not sure if it’s the official pair name for Ikoma and Minami-chan… Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong)

Feel the deja vu?

Shakiism references?

3. Sadistic Nishino Nanase

Naachan was spreading a jam onto her toast. And the Karaage Sisters look at it with “wow…that looks yummy” eyes. 

Naachan noticed it and asked, “Wanna have some?”

Karaage sisters noticed that their gazes to the toast are noticed so,

They’re quickly looking away! SO MUCH TSUNDERE FOR A TOAST! LOL!

And looks like Naachan is having fun teasing them. What are you? an S?

They’re still looking at the toast anyway, until Hakumai-sama came.

 

4. MEMBERS’ SOULS ARE TAKEN OVER BY…SOMETHING!

5. Some turned into zombies at night

6. Kazumin…? What are you? The Queen?

I burst into laugh when I saw her patting a dog print =))))

 

6. The cast

Maid Trainee: Oozono Momoko, Yoda Yuuki
Pro Rice: Itami Mai (Shiraishi Mai)
Pro Bread: Itami Nanase (Nishino Nanase)
Senior Maid: Itami Asuka (Saito Asuka)
Delinquent China Girl: Itami Miona (Hori Miona)
Pro Rice: Itami Iku (Ikuta Erika) ‘Iku’ lol =))
The Real Chinese: Itami Manatsu (Akimoto Manatsu)
Pro Rice: Itami Matsu (Matsumura Sayuri)
Tired Office Lady: Itami Sa (Eto Misa) Sa? SA? Really? Just SA?! =)))))

Pure straight-laced person: Itami Minami (Hoshino Minami)
Hikikomori (Shut-in): Itami Kazu (Takayama Kazumi)
Pure straight-laced person: Itami Koma (Ikoma Rina)
Pro Bread: Itami Sakura (Sakurai Reika)
Way too tired Office Lady: Itami Shin’uchi (Shin’uchi Mai)
Pro Bread: Itami Waka (Wakatsuki Yumi)
Delinquent NEET Girl: Itami Marika (Itou Marika)
Delinquent NEET Girl: Itami Sayuri (Inoue Sayuri)
Maid Leader: Ogawa Tamaki

7. TABEISHI-SAN!!

8. The last dance scene reminds me of AKB’s Kimi wa Melody. Maybe because the colorful props.

9. The last, obligatory screenshots!

Just two… Too bad but, better than none ❤

That’s all. Thanks for coming m(_ _)m

FYI, I collaborated with someone to create a Nogizaka46 fansub. You can visit our blog here!

Once again, thank you!

Now, it’s time to take some cold pills 😡

[SUB] Ikuta Erika & Shiraishi Mai’s Speech in 18th Single Senbatsu Announcement

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5t0n2o_18-speech_tv

 

First of all, congratulations to Momochan and Master Yoda for being the new (double) centers!

Phew…

So here goes my thoughts.

1. Actually I’m a bit relieved the moment I knew that it would be another wCenter again. So the possibility of someone’s “last single” is getting lower.

2. I had a feeling that some of 3rd gen members would be chosen as senbatsu. But I didn’t expect they would be in center position.

3. I was scared that Minami will be dropped again to under member. The announcer didn’t say her name until 3rd row fully filled by other members. But I’m glad that she is in the 2nd row.

4. Ikuchan in 2nd row. Again. Well, I guess it can’t be helped. The management can’t give her another hard time to coexist in Nogizaka and being a solo career. Being front member means that they have to attend most of the single promotion in most medias.

5. I laughed hard when Manatsu tripped over the podium. Well done :))

6. Seeing Maiyan’s smile in this senbatsu announcement is somehow reassuring. Please don’t graduate before I see you in person

7. Momochan’s face emotion is…kind of scary. I mean, it’s different with the ones back then. It’s like, “Oh, no. Why me? Is it okay for me to be here? I can feel the Senpais’ weird tensions behind me…”

I think the management is pushing the 3rd gen a little bit too much. Like holding their solo concert, and even let NOGIBINGO!8 as their own TV show. Do they (management) even think about 2nd gen members feelings? Especially those members who never gets into senbatsu. So many wrath voices of 2nd gen fans out there. And I think it’s getting worse with this 18th single senbatsu announcement.
Well, I understand that the management is planning to draw some new fans or let the current fans to like these 3rd gen members so when their (fans’) oshimen graduates, they still have another favorite members from 3rd gen and stay support Nogizaka.
Am I right?
Indeed the 3rd gen members have so many potentials and as for their looks, they’re above average. But I’m not sure they will be the replacements when the time of Ikuchan/Maiyan’s graduation comes.

8. TBH, I was hoping that Mizuki will be a senbatsu member. But I knew it would be Yoda who stands alongside Momochan.

The management has to fulfill fans’ demands out there. Yes. Yoda already has a LOT of fans. It can’t be helped. Please do your best even if you’re not a senbatsu.

 

I think that’s all. I apologize if I said too much. I knew I shouldn’t say such things because I’m still new in Nogizaka fandom. But… I have the rights to speak out my thoughts, right? 🙂

Last but not least,

 

HAPPY 26TH BIRTHDAY, ACCHAN!! (Maeda Atsuko)

I still love you :*