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24 November 2012 @ 05:29 pm

So my birthday came and went (November 18...easy to remember, it's the same as Okada Junichi :P) and it was actually tons of fun! I had a great time seeing my friends and I'm starting to realize I'm really fortunate to know a lot of the people I know out here.

Today, however, I received a box from Japan which arrived a little bit late. It's contents were pretty...well, lets just say I didn't know these were even a thing? xD let's have a look:

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08 August 2012 @ 02:47 pm

would someone like to explain what Mabo is doing at the Olympics?

...and why he seems to have changed nationalities?
Current Mood: amusedamused
25 July 2012 @ 04:44 am
So I've decided, once and for all, that the best way to combat this thing is to hit it head on. I realized that in all my mopey-ness that I have been neglecting the things I really love in life. That being said, I've decided two things: Number one is that I'm going to quit my job. This is a pretty big decision but I've decided this for a number of reasons, mainly because I'm just not happy there. This of course does not mean I will not still be applying other places, but in the mean time I feel like I need to take some time to better myself...and I mean actually do it. As guilty as I feel having to be fully dependent on my parents' income to supplement my rent (and I mean, like, really incredibly guilty even though they insist I should not) the reality is that I'm gaining very little from my job and realize that I need to focus on doing me.

The problem with THAT is that I have no motivation to do so :( that brings me to point two. The best way for me to stay busy and productive while keeping up with what I love is for me to work on a song a week. Every week, I should be responsible for one song. Either this will be an original piece (belonging to one of my two ongoing projects, a song for my band or just a solo song) or it will be a cover. With that in mind, I am taking suggestions for covers! I feel like I could definitely be even more motivated if people were involved in the process, after all :) oh, and it goes without saying that I will post any work done here to mark my progress. This will also help me improve as a musician and feel more confident in my own voice and abilities.

for anyone wondering what the two ongoing projects are, something many of you may not know about me is that I was a huge gaming nerd growing up! A huge part of what inspired me to be a musician professionally was my indulgence in game music and what made it tick. I was a programmer for a good part of my middle and high school days, and eventually came to a crossroads where I decided music was the greatest of my loves. That being said, the two projects are in fact related to this other passion of mine--they are video games! One game I am helping develop is being worked as independent developers between myself and two friends. It is a very unique platform style game for iPhone and iPad which uses the camera to display the game's background...this gives the appearance as though your game screen is transparent, or like you are playing on a piece of glass! I provided concept art and music for this project, and we hope to put it out on the app store for people to enjoy very soon!! The second project is still in pre-production right now and has barely started. It is an arcade style beat 'em up parodying the tokusatsu genre. I will be providing music as well as various facets of design work for this project as well! I'm very excited about these, and hope I can continue to be motivated to push forward.

Well...that's that. I'm making a really big decision here but it feels like it's the right thing to do. My only worry is that I'll continue to be mopey and not actually accomplish anything. It's high time I get off my butt and just force myself to do it though! Four years is long enough.
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
20 July 2012 @ 06:22 pm
So it's been a while, definitely neglected this blog a bit. For those of you wondering, I haven't forgot, I just...didn't have much to write about. I guess for those who were wondering, the long and short is that I recently came to terms with and admitted with myself that I've been dealing with a sort of depression since around 2008. It's more or less killed my motivation to do anything at all that I enjoy any more, and it's been even more difficult to admit to those closest to me. That also being said, a huge step for me was finally admitting this, which came about after a (really, really stupid) emotional moment I had about a week ago involving a certain bicycle-who-shal-not-be-named >:( the point is, I realize that for way too long I've been completely incapable of providing my own happiness. I am entirely dependent on the company and acceptance of others to provide me with any satisfaction, and it has me worried that my motives for anything may be misguided. I find that I put on an act of perpetual positiveness because my biggest fear is that if people see me sad and mopey that they won't want to be around me and I'll be all alone. It's really had me take a long look at my life and where I stand, for certain. Why am I writing all this? I guess it's nice to get it off my chest. A bit dark for a converted fanboy blog, huh? xD

My only request is this, of course. to my irl friend: please just...spend time with me. I know that my issue is that I depend too much on others, but if you don't go and force me out of my slump, I promise you that I'm just going to stay locked up at home and never get better. I'm trying...I really, really am, but I need a little push...

to my community friends: On a slightly more positive note...well, no, it's not positive at all, it's actually really frustrating. Do you know how difficult it is to find downloads of Shonentai's Playzone CD'S? I'll tell you! It's...well, really difficult.


where was I going with this. oh yeah. I was trying to keep sane by watching clips from Emotion Shinseki (it has a singing Mabo. I don't need to explain myself further.) and wanted to check out all the other PZ tracks since well...they're fun, and I could use some cheer-up music! In fact, the only year I hunted down was '09...which had like one cool track (am I the only one who thinks FiVe is over-rated...?) girls, come to my rescue here...surely there is some mass Shonentai resource I am blissfully unaware of? To be more specific, 2001 (because Mabo), 2005 and 1996 (because Andalucia >_>) are the only ones I'm terribly interested in, but I'll take whatever's there for curiosity's sake.

I guess where I'm going with this is I'm back! My posts may be kind of sad sounding at first but I'd like this to stand as a testament of me getting better...something I can look back at and show myself how much I've been improving over time. I am really, really determined to get better...I want to be happy for real and not think so little of myself. Let this be the post be the one that starts my road to self-improvement from here on out!
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: PLAYZONE'09 - ケータイ天国
11 April 2011 @ 12:45 am
I decided to give one of these "30 Day [whatever]" things a try on FaceBook and figured I would carry it over here as well. Here's a list of all the things it goes through, which I guess I'll update as I do each one (which also will get their own individual entry)

day 01 - your favorite song (TOKIO - Cm)
day 02 - your least favorite song (Limp Bizkit - Nookie)
day 03 - a song that makes you happy (KinKi Kids - Jet Coaster Romance)
day 04 - a song that makes you sad (B*Witched - Blame it on the Weatherman)
day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone (The Kanmuri - Kizudarake no Heavy Metal)
day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere (TOKIO - HUMMINGBIRD)
day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event (V6 - Haresugita Sorta)
day 08 - a song that you know all the words to (The Beach Boys - Sloop John B.)
day 09 - a song that you can dance to (Lee Jung Hyun - Tell Me)
day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep (Jigglypuff - Jigglypuff)
day 11 - a song from your favorite band (V6 - Jougen no Tsuki)
day 12 - a song from a band you hate
day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 - a song that describes you
day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 - a song from your favorite album
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 - a song from your childhood
day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year
10 April 2011 @ 02:01 am

TOKIO band score...okay, breathe Tony. seriously though. How did I not know of the existence of this? I can find very little information on it, so I don't even know what songs are there, yet...I still need thiiiis. But its so expensive...D: there was also a TOKIO "piano collection" which sounds cool, and is only 16 dollars, but...this. THIS...D:
Current Mood: dorky
Current Music: PLUS
06 April 2011 @ 03:30 am
This place is really unfriendly. My neighbors, with the exception of the only one who bothered to give me the time of day, are extremely un-neighborly in every manner imaginable. Take tonight for example.

I have plans today, so I wanted to sleep early. I got home from class and put a load of laundry in so I would have clean clothes for later. I thought this would only take 2 hours. I go down to get them after they are done drying, only to find all my clothes thrown on top of the dryer with somebody else's load in the dryer. Okay, so you are impatient, but I don't appreciate strangers touching my underwear. You couldn't have waited like, two minutes? My clothes are still really wet because our laundry facilities are super top-notch after all, so I wait another damn hour for guy's load to be done. Okay, finally, it is done--what is this? Guy is walking out of the laundry room...what is that sound--oh HELL no, you did not just put yours in for a second cycle. You saw me walking there. With my basket of WET CLOTHES. You should recognize these clothes, you manhandled them not even one hour prior. It is now 3:27 am, I have plans at noon. So much for not being completely tired.

I feel like all I ever do is use this blog as a channel for complaining these days ~_~ how totally lame for all of you to have to see that. Maybe something really good will happen soon...lol.
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
04 April 2011 @ 04:42 pm

new account is right here. GDI, YouTube.
Current Mood: infuriatedinfuriated
31 March 2011 @ 05:04 am
This is the second time you have removed one of my YouTube videos due to copyright claims! This time it was my Kanjani8 drum cover of Osaka Rainy Blues.

There are a million videos of people playing covers of songs with the original piece playing in the background, so this seems really random to me. Despite my disclaimer that the song was just for my performance, for some reason they feel my harmless video is causing problems. Art Bank, this copyright stuff is getting just a little bit ridiculous.

Being as YouTube apparently has a vendetta against me (this is my second copyright-claimed video on this account, the first being ANOTHER drum video), I'm going to be making an alternate account on the very likely chance mine gets obliterated A SECOND TIME If that happens, I will be moving shop over to there permanently. In fact, I may just do that any way, so I can have an account that's actually in good standing. I don't know. I'll keep you all posted.

UPDATE: I have filed a counter-claim to YouTube regarding the video, even though it's probably going to do no good. I've created an alternate account that I will start uploading my stuff to, on the very likely occasion my current one gets blown to bits. Subscribe to me here!

I have a feeling they might target the KAT-TUN video next as they also use J-STORM as a label...should I really just remove all videos of me performing to original tracks? :\ I think it doesn't make a lot of sense...and if people want to see them, I could use other ways of distribution...the drum videos seemed really popular too. They won't be featured on my kanpaifighto account, so if this one gets destroyed so will those videos.
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Current Music: Kanjani8
I'm really bad at this, aren't I. I haven't updated this challenge thing since the 19th, therefor, this entry will be huge >_> please do read through it though (I mean, if you want to. if you've read through the others, anyway. I DON'T KNOW.) ... I'll try to make the stories interesting so its not like oh, huge wall of embeds lololol

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