topazera: Aiba Masaki with his hands pressed to his lips in extreme excitement (Default)
People still need wallpapers, right? That's a thing we still post... somewhere? :D Well, I'm posting them here. XD Two Arashi wallpapers for the latest release of Sakura. I really dug the vibe of the PV but wanted something higher res than what straight screenshots could give me... so here's my take on dark and flowery. ♥




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topazera: Aiba Masaki with his hands pressed to his lips in extreme excitement (Default)
Hey lj! I've been wanting for a while to get back in the swing of posting something and I think the mail truck is going to beat out other potential posts... my Popcorn CD arrived! :D This may be a little late but my Popcorn boom was delayed a bit by a) waiting for my copy of the CD to listen and b) Hurricane Sandy, which struck almost exactly when my CD shipped, causing it to be redirected to Alaska while I woefully waited without power for four days. XD BUT I think that experience made it enjoy my first listen all the more soooo I'm going to count this one as a waiting success! :D

I have unleashed my excitement in two ways: thoughts about the album that got way too long and wallpapers that have way too many versions! Please feel free to skip either if you are interested in one. :)

Thoughts on the album... )

15 wallpapers + alternates )

And a quick life update, I'm going to visit my dear Val in Indiana tomorrow!! It's all very exciting, my visit to her kept getting pushed off and pushed off so I'm very gleeful the day is finally here. ♥ I expect my life to get a 1000% increase in Arashi and drama irl fangirling soon~
topazera: Aiba Masaki with his hands pressed to his lips in extreme excitement (∞: Crumpled with LOVE)
This is a project from last November, otherwise known forever as "that month Top stopped watching everything else and fell headlong into We Got Married". :D It's only really in the last half a year that I've really gotten into kpop and as a result, korean variety programming. I started off with Kiss and Cry (skating show of my heart), then Running Man (which is an excellently fun scaled-up version of hide-and-seek whether you know the celeb in it or not) and then the Heechul related Good Daddy (Heechul and Hongki Have Daughters). Yet I feel my true match came in We Got Married. Two idols pretend to be married and basically play one bit of domestic fluff after another? SIGN ME UP.

Anyway, the Adam Couple (Brown Eyed Girls' Ga-in and 2AM's Jokwon) are still my reigning favorite. ("Adam" means "small, petite, tiny" and became their couple name because they are both of a small stature. SO CUTE. :DD) They are just so unusual, I love how they completely switch up all these gender stereotypes. Basically, it's a "real-life" noona romance, one of my very favorite drama tropes. :DD Ga-in is such badass (Jokwon on Ga-in: "When and how can I protect my wife? After seeing my wife today, I realized that this woman can survive anywhere.") and Jokwon is so.. himself. (Ga-in on Jokwon: "I just wanted a normal man. Not like this man who seems like a variety show every day.") :D LMAO, actually in episodes 3 and 4, I got all nervous that I wouldn't like them after hearing so much about how everyone loves the Adam Couple. Jokwon was giving her such a hard time and I hadn't yet gotten used to how Jokwon he is all the time and I just thought it wasn't going to work for me! I'm so glad I pushed through that. The magic of the Adam Couple is that despite their differences, they mesh together amazingly well and turn the simplest of scenarios into something hilarious. The process is what makes them something special. ♥ Now I've totally been converted and, if you were to look in these flaily notes I have been writing to myself while I watch the episodes, they are full of all these affectionate sobriquets. Nothing but "Kwonnie" and "the tiny husband" and "our wife" now. THE ADAM COUPLE PROVED INESCAPABLE. :D

And so, I found myself in desperate need of some simple wallpapers. I had a lot of fun working on these. ♥


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(If anyone wants to talk We Got Married, I'm currently watching Adam Couple, Khuntoria, Woojung, Brave Couple and Teukso! :D)
topazera: Aiba Masaki with his hands pressed to his lips in extreme excitement (∞: Music is HOT)
Recently I've been moderately active over on tumblr so I thought I'd share something that tumblr inspired over here to spur on more lj posts! A couple days ago, neitaro started a Yasu Appreciation Day! I was a little slow on the draw on that actual day but it still made me think I wanted to make something special to show my Yasu appreciation. :) I settled on wallpapers of one of my favorite Yasu shoots, Wink Up 2008.02! Thanks for the inspiration, [livejournal.com profile] neitaro! :DD


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topazera: Aiba Masaki with his hands pressed to his lips in extreme excitement (∞: A man with a plan. Or at least a joke)
I almost forgot! I have something perfect for today's occasion! So, at the beginning of March, [livejournal.com profile] tika_veilan was very nice to me and I said I would make her something in return. She suggested a Yoko wallpaper and I had an idea for one that I put together quickly but due to the events of that month, I kind of forgot about it and it was sadly never posted. No longer!

Happy 30th Birthday, Yoko! ♥
Thank you for being the most hilarious, immature, determined, shy, relatable and loving super idol around. As soon as I "met" Yoko, I knew there was room in my heart for all of Eito and my life has been all the better for it. I hope there's lots of bbqs and Monhan hours and brother time in your week. Feel free to live your thirties however you'd like but please keep letting us see that heart of glass sometimes. ♥


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topazera: Aiba Masaki with his hands pressed to his lips in extreme excitement (嵐: = 90% dorkiness / 10% peer pressure)
More wallpapers! On my last Gantz wallpaper post I said that if people wanted to see some other H 2011.03 images as wallpapers, I'd give it a shot. I got some takers so you get some more wallpapers!


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topazera: Aiba Masaki with his hands pressed to his lips in extreme excitement (嵐: Fuck you Nino)
I have been on such a Nino/Gantz/Gantz-related PR kick recently. Nino on the airwaves 24/7? Nino on a movie screen? OMG SIGN ME UP, MORE NINO YES, BRING IT! So yeah, I personally needed a desktop switch for the season of Nino and I thought I'd share. :) Happy Gantz Release Day, everyone!


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topazera: Aiba Masaki with his hands pressed to his lips in extreme excitement (∞: Music is HOT)
WOOOOOOOO ∞UPPERS! The long awaited day finally came last week and, man, was it ever worth the wait! I'm so glad I did my previous wallpaper project when I did, 1) I could announce what a devotee I am to this project up front and 2) if I had this much pretty to choose from I would have never finished. XD

It's taken my a lot of time to just watch everything and start digesting it. Some random notes because I am too incoherent with glee right now:

more detailed spoilers for the album and solo cd, less detailed spoilers for the movie and making of/director's gift )


Four ∞UPPERS group wallpapers! )
topazera: Aiba Masaki with his hands pressed to his lips in extreme excitement (∞: Shibuyan)
I feel like my journal is currently doing a grave injustice to my interests and it's all because I've been waiting to post this post. What have you been missing? Why just how obsessed I am with Eito's latest project, Prologue of Patch and the upcoming ∞UPPERS. I already posted about the last single but the release of LIFE has only ramped up the excitement. UM, GUYS, THEY ARE SOME SORT OF VIGILANTE GROUP, MATCHING CRIME WITH CRIME. I maaaay have watched the 'trailer' for the movie about a million times already. I was honestly surprised and thrilled by how dark and gritty this project is... and by just now much money they spent on them. THIS LEGIT LOOKS AWESOME. The camera work! The typography! Allllll of the music associated so far. Just, I am making starryeyes all the time now when I think of this project. I'm totally getting the fanciest boxset, though I'm not quite crazy enough to get all three. Even though I want to. :D

As a small expression of my feelings, I decided to make character wallpapers. All caps come from somewhere in the footage we've been given and did my best to make an associated symbol central to the design for everyone, though I didn't always wind up going with the most common one. Some of these I like better than others and I wish they'd give us a few more pixels on the DVDs but overall I'm happy! This project was so much fun. :D


Rule #1 of 8: No betraying friends! )

Happy 6th National Debut Anniversary, guys! And a happy birthday to the ossan too! :D

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