Instead, here are all the things that make today not suck:
-Plebefic. Specifically Extent of Denial, this amazing Hikago fic I spent all day reading yesterday. I meant to just take in a bit of the plebe and back off, but no. OOC characterization, fic cliches, Asshole!friends, Disowned!Touya, romantic uke Hikaru, OH MY GOD THIS FIC HAS EVERYTHING. Everything. Including fake boyfriends, homobic/sekritly flaming!Waya, Hikaru driving around Edo in a bright yellow "Spy-der", evil girlfriends, oh my god. Everything. it's so bad and wonderful and great, fuck I read it for hours, I'm still not recovered. I don't think I've enjoyed reading a fic so much since, like. I don't even know, IP or Just This. Oh Just This. The sublime horror. *__*
-Kat-Tun. Fuck. I love them so much. I listened to their new album on loop all day today like everyone else has been doing, until the headache I got on my way to what is clearly a life-threatening cold requested that I stop Jumping Up and give it a rest. They are seriously just. I put back up all my Akame icons today because I missed them so much, which was a very hard thing to do because, i'm sorry, 137 icon spaces are not enough. Not when you need room to express your love for Prince of Tennis, Hikago, Akame, Kat-Tun, Yamapi, Ueda (oh Ueda), Ryo/Ueda, Shirota, Yanagi, Shirota/Yanagi, Kimeru, Bump of Chicken, Asian Kung Fu Generation, Gackt, Art School, Rie Fu, Death Note, Porno Graffiti, Various DeviantArtists, and the Kitchen Sink. :(
- no seriously. KAT-TUN.
I like KAT-TUN for their music.
This album (both discs BOTH DISCS AHHH) is amazing. It's seriously so good. They sound like an actual rock band at various points, like, Flow or somebody. Just. Fabulous. And then they segue into these wonderful smooth harmonies and you're just like OH MY GOD AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING I love them. Fuck. downloads are at the usual comms and, uh, all over my friends list. I can upload the album(s) later if anybody wants. ETA: the lovely eames has graciously donated a link to both albums in comments. I really think every song on it - on BOTH OF THEM - is fantastic. missitar, if you haven't warmed up to KAT-TUN yet, you should go for this album because, like. I don't know, it's just wonderful and happy and surprisingly diverse, and the essence of KAT-TUN at their best and happiest, and JIN IS ON IT. God. I hope it stays on top of Oricon for like a year. :(
- I'm barely able to get beyond kat-tun, butShirota/Yanagi. I love them. The other day I was trying to tell Sam all about D-boys and Tenimyu in general, and how amazing their friendships are, and how Yanagi goes to Kimeru's house and falls asleep in his lap and Kimeru takes pictures and blogs about it just like Fuji would do (Kimeru is just like Fuji, oh, amazing, I love him so much so much), and how Yanagi's blog entries can always basically be summed up as 'here's a random picture of Shirota Yuu. Here's what I had to eat today! Everyone have fun today and don't catch cold! " I fucking love Yanagi so much. Shirota and Yanagi and Kimeru and Endo and Adachi and Araki, their friendships all make me so happy. :(
I don't know if I even ship Shirota/Yanagi so much as I just love the two of them together. Their dynamic is so wonderful to me. The height difference and how Shirota gives Yanagi piggy back rides and how Yanagi will just curl up beside him and put his head on his shouhlder, and how Shirota is so stupid and dorky and has a big nose (and even bigger hair at the moment) and a stupid laugh, but is so warm and personable and real and like this big teddy bear who still takes his career seriously enough to star in Sondheim musicals, fuck. I love how they both seem to just radiate love outward to everyone around them, like, I don't know, Tezuka Zone crossed with the Care Bear Stare.
And how Yanagi is just this warm radiant sunbeam of love. I can't even talk about how happy Yanagi makes me. Sometimes when I'm really feeling crappy I just scroll through all the pictures I have of him because there's something about his personality and his pure, effervescent happiness that invariably fills me with love and makes me feel better about the world and life in general.
God. I love talking about them and the only reason that I never do is because I would seriously never ever stop if I did.
So today I did what I have been saying I would do for at least six months and finally uploaded a bunch of happy Shirota/Yanagi icons, and like. I have no idea why they're the greatest thing ever but they are. There's this one where Yanagi's, like, pretending to be Luffy from One Piece. I love him so much I'm dizzy with it.
-J-pop. Lately J-pop is all I want to talk about. Like, every day. It's all so amazing. I'm still not over ART SCHOOL, which is its own post of joy and wonder, possibly combined with the joy and wonder that Bump of Chicken still is.
I made this playlist of, like, Art-School, AKFG, and BoC (please can we just all start calling it BAWK now), and like. If it were not for the fact that life without the umpteen million other bands I need to ingest like oxygen would be difficult to cope with, I really feel like I could just listen to those three bands forever and ever and ever on rotation and seriously never ever want to switch out.
How can this much happiness exist in one place. I don't understand it. I really don't, I keep waiting for the shine to wear off, but I'm beginning to think it never will.
- Ryo/Ueda.My love at this point can only be contained in expletives I have shipped this pairing since like literally the first day that Starla told me about KAT-TUN. I was like OH MY GOD THEY HATE EACH OTHER AND RYO MAKES UEDA CRY BUT THEN CHASES HIM AROUND ONSTAGE TRYING TO GET HIM TO SKIP AND HOLD HIS HAND, HOW IS THIS NOT LOVE?
i mean. just. anyway. i love them. I begged around for ryo/ueda recs a while back and MK sent me some ♥, and I read and then sort of pushed it to the back of my mind like i generally try to do with kat-tun because when i don't you get POSTS LIKE THIS, oh my god, and then somewhere in the last month I have realized that Sam and Starla have been pasting Ryo/Ueda fics at me for months, and it never clicked, and fuck, now I'm like YES, RYODA RUNS IN THE FAMILY *___* so i've been trying to catch up on these ryo/ueda fics in my to-read list. and fuck. there's this one called Zero Percent based on the Shounen Club Mr X ep where Ueda simultaneously calls Ryo kind and talks about how much he hates him and ahhh i'm. It's just so good and SO HAPPY I AM JUST SO HAPPY.
- J-fandom in general. I want there to be Prince of Tennis/JE crossover fics. Band of Princes. Imagine Fuji performing with Ryo, or, like, Momo hanging out with Koki. Ohmiya battling it out with the Golden Pair for gayest duet, Ueda and Kaidoh bonding in a corner, angsting quietly after someone hands Taka a mike and he storms off to LA to drag Jin back where he belongs. Kame and Tezuka exchanging longsuffering looks. Peaceful Days/We Love Seigaku! mashups. I want this so badly. God. TEZUKA WOULD MAKE KAT-TUN RUN LAPS.