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27 January 2011 @ 07:57 pm
"Good evening! I'm Kazunari Ninomiya."  
Okay, I needed a bit of time to collect myself but I want to make my WOOOOOO GANTZ post! For my experience, I met up with phrenk and saw this grand World Premiere Event in NYC! (I sadly did not sell my kidney to pay for last minute flight to LA. for a one night event but Nino makes me seriously contemplate doing these things. XD)

So, first of all, I'm a loser who gets really excited about dressing on a theme so I'd started planning my outfit for Gantz four days before Gantz. So I might as well show you my process because I'm secretly a sucker for outfit snaps and I'm always nosily interested in what my own lj friends wear. ♥

I first considering doing the fashionable version of Gantz-ppoi: black and shiny but with a cardigan, jeans and accessories. I actually really loved this outfit and thought it was cuter than my final result so don't be surprised if you see me wearing this if you know me irl. XD I really loved the watch and necklace here, I just thought it was very Gantz! I also really liked that robin's egg nail polish even though I'd planned to repaint my nails.

ALSO, right in the middle of when I was taking these photos, my amazing and undeserved present purchased for me by madisonfink on a recent mall trip arrived! AN ENTIRELY SEQUINED BERET THAT HAPPENED TO MATCH MY TANK TOP EXACTLY. If I had gone with my casual outfit, there is no doubt this would have been on my head... though I ended up needing a warmer hat so maybe it's best saved for next time. Anyway, it is adorable and I might also try to wear it as a snood because I used to loved snoods in high school. THANK YOU SO MUCH, BB! &hearts!!

Sorry the picture doesn't show it off well, I was quickly losing the sunlight!

However since I was dressing on a theme and for a sci-fi movie, I ultimately decided I could wear my cute outfit any time and I should go even more cosplay-ish! I happen to own a skintight, black, catsuit-ish top (...from my Smellerbee from AtlA costume, lol! My boots are also originally a cosplay item, from my River costume) and originally I was considering doing black leggings instead of jeans but those got nixed for a) not being pants and b) not being warm enough. Also the buttons on the vest were meant to resemble the glowy circles on the Gantz outfits. ;P I would definitely go crazier on the eye makeup next time! (What a difference good lighting makes, the first outfit's photos are much more exciting! :D)

So to warm you up, Val and I decided we had to be united for our first ARASHI IN AMERICA evening at the movies so she generously agree to meet me in not-at-all-in-the-middle NYC. XD While I packed my stuff (to go sleepover her house for the weekend) and took an hour bus ride into the city, she bravely faced bridges and construction and city driving with traffic to see Nino with me! I must applaud her! (We didn't actually meet at the parking garage I had a coupon for but when she arrived at one five blocks away, it was totally for the best to just PARK THERE NOW. :D Plus the people there were nice and let me put my stuff in her car after she had given it to them to park.)

We then when off for our first stop on our Arashi day of fun by going to Kinokuniya, the land of the boyband magazines and cds! It was pretty much as glorious as ever. We met up with her friend Kate and browsed for a good hour and half. XD Val wound up with a copy of Non-no (a 19 page spread on Arashi and a fluffy "dazzin" bag came included!) and a puppy calendar. I lost hold of my sense wallet and bought the parting Arashi Wink Up and Potato from January and two interesting books from the anthropology section that I'd looked at on previous trips (one about how wolves were hunted to extinction even though they had been previously revered and another on "women's language" (onna kotoba or joseigo) and its importance in the construction of gender. Dude, I miss my readings for anthro class. XD)

After delicious dinner at a diner, we took the subway from to Union Station for our entrance into the Regal Cinemas Stadium 14! After killing time at the Strand we were only 45 minutes early, ha, victory! Seeing the super big (I mean compared to a lot of cramped movie theaters in this area) screen that Nino's face was about to be projected on was SO EXCITING. I was actually happy to watch the same five trivia facts over and over again. Two were about "Arashi" (quotes theirs!) which was both thrilling and hahaha, they couldn't have googled a little more? Sho's face during Honey & Clover on the teaser reel of movies was also a highlight and then the GANTZ WORLD PREMIERE screen came up and before we could prepare ourselves, there was NINO: LIVE VIA SATELLITE. OMG THE PRETTY. OMG THE LEATHER PANTS. OMG HIS CUTE ENGLISH AISATSU. OMG HIS FACE WITH HIS STUPID CHARISMA. It was somehow different when I knew it was live!

I'm not going to write a real-person review of Gantz but a few NOTABLE POINTS.
1) I liked it a lot! Okay, going into it, I had doubts whether it would actually be too gratuitously violent/bleak/misogynistic for me. Especially the last one, as in my excited the day before the premiere, I made the mistake of googling and winding up on a page about Natsuna in the Gantz costume and, along with the people thinking she's hot, the goddamn anime/manga fanboys once again proved to have a hefty scoop of dudes I found completely appalling who were hoping to see all these hella degrading things happen to her. SO YEAH, I know there's probably a whole lot of people who wish it was closer to the manga but honestly, in my I-haven't-read-it opinion, I was quite happy with the distance from the manga in that respect. I thought the action was all excellent and the plot was solid enough, although maybe they could have gone deeper into the moral ambiguity. However I honestly can't tell how much I liked it (I MIGHT HAVE REALLY LOVED IT) because....

2) OH MY LORD, THE AWFUL DUBBING. I knew it would be bad. I started a half-assed writing campaign to petition against it right after it was announced. However even for a dub, this was a PRETTY TERRIBLE dub! The writing was super obvious and dull and movie of the vocal performance were one-note and that note was painfully unnatural. The voices when there were crowds of people were laughable, pretty much all the minor characters got horrible overdone caricature voices. Matsuken voice didn't match him but was halfway decent and I actually thought the voice for Natsuna was pretty good but it definitely helped that I didn't know her voice. XD WOW, did they ever murder Yoshitaka Yuriko's part! She has such a lovely, unique raspy voice... so of course that was replaced by a high, trilling voice that was totally doing a stereotypical "teenager girl with ~crush~" impression the whole time. I can't describe it but considering I thought the movie didn't give her enough to do anyway, it really exaggerated the STALKER aspect of her. But obviously nothing can compare to the CARDINAL SIN of wiping over Nino's ~smooth~ voice with someone who changed tone enough that was occasionally hard to even recognize to it was Not!Nino speaking. It was BAD, people. I was totally inspired to redouble my efforts to urge Viz Pictures to CUT THIS SHIT OUT if (fingers crossed!!!!) they bring over the next one.

3) We already knew this from stills but NINO WAS REALLY FUCKING HOT IN THE GANTZ SUIT. Hoooooooly shit, Nino. *_____* I'm already ridic attracted to him on a daily basis but the 30-foot screen really did make a difference. HE WAS PRETTY. THERE WERE LINGERING SHOTS OF HIS THIGHS. But beyond that, he really sold the hell out of his part. Alternately disaffected, smug, heroic, cocky, ~mackin' on ladies~ and generally better than you? This is something Nino can do. For all that the dubbing attempted to strangle all life out of the movie, I was actually super pleased that a lot of the laughs in our theater (which seemed to be a lot more anime/manga fans than Arashi fans XD) were actually just responding to Nino as they were laughing due to his reactions shots! He definitely got the most laughs, maybe second only to people laughing at the dub's poor choices. Ninoooooo~ He was also such an ~ACTION STAR~! I felt so proud that he was headlining such a big budget film and totally taking names. I absolutely cannot wait to see it again, this time with added Nino-voice! SO GOOOOOOOOOD.

AND THEN AND THEN AND THEN, came the real main event for me, the post movie Q & A! As a million people have happily uploaded fancams, I'll just say a few words about my reactions. Staring with SA;DFJAK;DFGAHDKFGHDGFJKDGH!!!

I think being a super idol has trained Nino for every possible situation because he just comes off super charming no matter what you throw at him. XD He was SO GOOD emoting through the language barrier and waiting for his interpreter (oh man, that one time when the interpreter laughed at what he said and he gave him a look like "LOL, you're supposed to be translating that, not reacting!" was adorbs) and smiling up a storm and laughing all the time. (I mean, I also enjoyed how Matsuken was adamant about not waiting for the interpreter and giving answers just as detailed as he would in Japan too! I especially liked how he brought up Memoirs of Geisha and The Last Samurai as a Western-gaze, othering sort of films about Japan.) I basically watched the whole interview with my heart in my throat and had a unchanging, ridiculous grin plastered on my face. Nino leaning in his leather pants and smiling and telling his homemade cake for Matsuken's birthday story live via satellite was almost too much. I was really touched too when I came home and watched the Q&A questions that were only done for L.A. when he talked about how "It's so fun just to come and hang out with you guys. Believe it or not, in Japan we hardly ever get this opportunity". Even though I couldn't be there and even though we miss out on so much by living overseas, it made me really happy both to have Nino say that and that he got to experience something special by coming here. ♥

And then poor Val had to drive home in the snow in a car without four-wheel drive. It was pretty bad, we were driving on a three lane highway but all the cars wound up forming one lane a lot of the time because no one could see the lines. And of course there were semis kicking up the show right onto her windshield. *pets* We spent a loooong time mentioning every little detail of the interview we had both just sat next to each other to watch and played a fic brainstorming game (Arashi centric, of course) to keep her mind occupied. Still, even with terrible drives each way, she agreed it was totally worth it. SUCH IS THE POWER OF NINO. ♥♥

Current Mood: highhigh
Current Music: Mou Ippo - Arashi
Yo.: cute & happyinsipid_paragon on January 28th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
There is too much awesome in this post. I cannot even.

alks;dfjieokdslfjalskdfj GAAAAAAAAANTZ.
Top: DW: brush me feel metopazera on January 28th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! While I was working on it I was like "omg stop editing fancam caps of Nino's face, omg stop writing the equivalent to aljdjhfgklajhg over and over again" so I'm glad there was something interesting in here! :D :D

GAAAAAAAAAAAANTZ! Did you get a chance to see it on its one night run? :)
(no subject) - insipid_paragon on January 28th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - topazera on January 28th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
lavender gooms: 30r: jury dutythe_spin on January 28th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
I have no idea who these people are but you look fierce! I love those boots and I miss your smiling face! <3
Top: Comics: [HQ & Ivy] Cheap and evil girlstopazera on January 28th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
AW! I'm glad I was vain and threw those pics in! I've been trying to use my lj more but I still primarily use it for my interest in pretty Asian boys, lmao. I figured ~outfits~ was a little more universal! :D

I miss you too! I was just thinking as I wrote this that real life has not been affording me frequent enough causes for theme parties. I was happiest when they would occur like every three weeks in college. ♥ Man, someday we must hang out again! ♥
madisonfinkmadisonfink on January 28th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
Is in class
BUT OMG GANTZ~!! I totally dressed up too, a black tank-top with a grey and black stripped top shir, a black cardigan, my MatsuJun pants (black tuxedo pants with sequined sides, also fake pants), and my kickass boots~!

I'm really sad the dub killed the movie, but OMG THE MOVIE IS AMAZING AND NINO IN THAT SUIT!! /needs a moment

Matchan and how he kept talking XD <3 he's so awesome and such a great actor /is also a fan of him

And I'm glad you got the gift~! it looks beautiful on you~

And omg your eyes are so pretty~
Top: 嵐: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?topazera on January 28th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Pay attention, young lady! ;P
I totally dressed up too, a black tank-top with a grey and black stripped top shir, a black cardigan, my MatsuJun pants (black tuxedo pants with sequined sides, also fake pants), and my kickass boots~!
HOT~, I WANT TO SEE! Seriously, your Matsujun pants sound amazing. We have picked such awesome fashion role models. Thank you, sparkly Japanese boys, for your inspiring sense of style! XD

I'm really sad the dub killed the movie, but OMG THE MOVIE IS AMAZING AND NINO IN THAT SUIT!! /needs a moment
I know! I wanted to say "I totally loved the movie!" but it was so hard to tell sometimes with the dub sucking the life out of it. At least I have seen people EVERYWHERE on the internet saying the dub sucked so hopefully Viz (VIZ! *shakes fist*) will actually listen to the people.

Matchan and how he kept talking XD <3 he's so awesome and such a great actor /is also a fan of him
Yeah, I actually hadn't seen him in much before this! I mean, I knew of him though. I've really respected all his answers in Gantz-related interviews so that's a good first step to liking. :)

Again, thank yooooou! I was amazed when it arrived and exactly matched what I wearing. How did you know.... XD Sorry for not illustrating its awesome with a better photo!

You're still too sweet! ♥
It's a lab XD And my instructor isn't present - madisonfink on January 28th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
...Oh, that's okay then. XD - topazera on January 28th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
XD and now class is over and I'm at home - madisonfink on January 28th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
katmillia on January 28th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
Um your outfit is AMAZING, you look AWESOME, and why are you so cute??? I love that you themed it!! ♥ ♥
Top: 嵐: matsufabtopazera on January 28th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Ahaha, oh man, thank you! I was thinking that since I hadn't posted a picture of myself in approximately forever, my flist probably has had no idea what I look like. XD ~GRAND REVEAL~

I love that you themed it!!&heart;♥
No lie, I wish I had a reason to wear a ~theme outfit~ every week. XD I have such trouble getting rid of the old, eccentric clothes I used collect during high school. I never wear them but I always think "What if I someday need to be a milkmaid and I've ditched my Bavarian dress??" XDD

Also I have been meaning but failing to comment on any of your real life posts but I totally have been reading them and finding them interesting! Your students seem so delightful and your department obviously loves you and I'm so happy to hear that this life development worked out for you. ♥ Someday I will succeed in saying this on your post, lol!
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Superfail!: ACTOR: Hiro - Bubblyaliaspiral on January 28th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
Top: 嵐: Look at that magnificent plumage!topazera on January 28th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
OMG, MAKING UP FOR MY LACK OF LINKING IMMEDIATELY! You can find the broadcasted-to-all-the-theaters interview a lot of places but I know the one here is complete and easy to find so I'll link that. XD And then, when the camera cut off and they did more questions for L.A., a lovely girl recorded and provided it here!

I really recommend both parts, it was just so exciting for Nino be to addressing me as part of his target audience! Those remarks were meant to make me laugh! Eeeee! ♥
peaches in the creases of a plastic bag: je: monsterphrenk on January 28th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
On lj but not chat, I see how it is. Ummm... faces! Ours and the neen's! Gantz! ... etc. I will probably link this since I didn't really post about our trip, and you conveniently included the whining for me. :D

Top: 嵐: Fuck you Ninotopazera on January 28th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)

you conveniently included the whining for me. :D
Of course, your whine is my whine. ♥

i lost to a hamburger...: a:nino's chest is also tiny.littlealex on January 28th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
GAAAAAAAAAANTZ INDEED! Sounds like you had an awesome time! And also, your outfit photos belong on lookbook.nu
THEY CALL ME THE HIPHOPOPOTAMUS.: perfume ❤ a~chanohmyghost on January 28th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
lol we replied to this post within 1 minute of each other

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THEY CALL ME THE HIPHOPOPOTAMUS.: like brushing your hair with a forkohmyghost on January 28th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
NICE OUTFIT *_* I love the sequined top! AND THAT VEST, I DIE. ♥_♥

also awww nino's face nino's face NINO'S FACE!!! you kill me far too often

also those books you mentioned sound REALLY awesome. whose book on gendered language was it? :o
Top: 美人: Kanno Miho: Lady of my ~heart~topazera on January 28th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
THANKS, YO! For someone who spends an impressive percentage of my time in pajamas, I really do enjoy putting together outfits! CLOTHES, you have such a allure! ♥

NINO'S FACE!!! you kill me far too often
Nino face, so DEADLY!! a;skjakfgj;

I bought Vicarious Language: Gender and Linguistic Modernity in Japan by Miyako Inoue! I liked that it was a study by a Japanese woman but it also just looked the most interesting to me in the gender section. Although I had several runners-up. Hee, gender and language and Japan, how could I go wrong? I haven't started it yet but I'm excited! :DD
Otaiotai on January 28th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
Now i know how do you look like xD

It's great you had fun :D
Top: 嵐: he shall be my squishytopazera on January 28th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Hee, the mystery is over! ;)

Thaaaaanks, I diiiiiid! I hope more Japanese movies start getting distribution around the world. ♥
animefreak42animefreak42 on January 28th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
You're pretty~~~! I love the outfit!

Wow, that shade of gray is so good on Nino. :D I love the pic you picked for the top of the page.

Off topic, but how do you get pics to come out with the rounded edges? Is it an html thing or do you have to edit the picture itself?

I'm glad you liked Gantz! I was considering seeing it live on premiere day but the nearest theatre was an hour away and the idea of someone dubbing over Nino's voice was saddening. Hopefully they'll get the hint for part 2 and let us have the real experience!
Top: 嵐: Steal my Sunshinetopazera on January 28th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Awwww, you're sweet! ♥!

It does~ He looked so pretty, he's always pretty, but that jacket and the leather pants looked really good on him. Ha, I liked that picture too, I now realize I should have credited whoever posted it on tumblr... but I got excited and stole it without thinking. So yes, thanks someone-on-tumblr!

I edit the pictures in Photoshop! It's pretty easy to do there but that's also the only way I know how to do it. I could give you instructions if you want them! :DD

Yeah, dubbing is such a critical (and poor) choice to make, I was honestly surprised they did it! Especially when they seemed to be selling to anime/manga fans in general, who have hated dubbing for the past ten years. XD Anyway, there is TENTATIVE good news in that the guy who MCed the interview with Nino at Gantz: Part 1 recently wrote in a blog comment "Anyway, the people at the top have definitely heard the sensible requests for non-dubbed versions of GANTZ 1 & 2, so stay tuned for developments!"" Fingers crossed!!
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スターゲイザー: juntoshi; OMGcuticlebeam on January 29th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)

I like both of your outfits! :D
Top: 嵐: = 90% dorkiness / 10% peer pressuretopazera on January 29th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
THANKS, MAN! :DD I'm glad this turned out to be entertaining, I thought of just writing alskdjhlkjghlkfgj GANTZ! ;D