In Japan, being an idol is serious business. Getting caught in anything that has the potential of crushing a fan’s dreams could easily result in the idol getting fired. Simple things that common people partake in without as much as a blink of an eye, such as dating, smoking, or even putting on weight, are huge tabo …
I’m not sure how I feel about this.
On one hand I think it’s kinda great, a group that is embellishing weight as being something cute and acceptable.
But at the same time these are basically “non-anorexic” girls of pretty healthy weight. None of them would actually be described as “chubby”
Then again simply having girls as an idol group who are healthy weight and saying it’s cute too is nice, but at the same time calling girls this side “chubby” and saying that they’re “marshmallow girls” is kinda… Well…
What is that saying to girls who are even bigger but just as damn cute?
Ah well at least it’s a step in the right direction and these kinds of bands might help curb the epidemic of eating disorders here.
Unagi Travel is a Japanese travel agency for stuffed animals. For a small tour fee and the cost of shipping your fluffy friends to Japan, they will show them the sights of Tokyo and post adorable photo updates of the entire journey on Facebook.
As some of you might already have guessed, I’m a fan of Japanese girl idols. One of the many, many idol groups in existence today in Japan is NMB48, a Osaka-based spin-off group of the (in)famous AKB48. NMB has a weekly show that’s surprisingly entertaining as well as educational called NMB to Manabu-kun, in which the members of NMB and a few comedians listen to guest lectures by experts in various fields.
Back on May 15th, the theme of the episode was pataphysics/the science of sci-fi. One of the topics of the lecture held by university professor Yanagita Rikao was the age-old question of "WHY ARE MAGICAL GIRLS NEVER ATTACKED WHILE TRANSFORMING???"
This was his answer, based on the magical girl series Futari wa Pretty Cure.
Question: The transformation scenes in Pretty Cure are very long, so why don’t the bad guys attack the girls in the meantime?
"Even when I was little, I was thinking ‘Hey! Attack them now!’"
"I found this odd as well, so I watched the transformation scene many times. And what I noticed is, when the Pretty Cures yell ‘Dual Aurora Wave!’ and transform, a rainbow-colored column of light shoots up from the ground, going BOOM!"
"And then the Pretty Cures levitate, and go up into the air. Based on this, I believe the protagonists of Pretty Cure are being held up in the air by the power of light.”
"When we think of light, we usually think it heats up things or lights up things. But in reality, light has the power to hold up things as well."
"When the sun is beating down on us in the summer, the human body is being pressed downwards by the sun beams with a force of 2/100,000g.”
"But this is only about a one-hundred of the weight of a mosquito, so no matter how hot it is, we don’t feel that sunlight is heavy."
"So that means the light holding them up must be extremely strong. If we assume that the two Pretty Cures each weigh about 45kg and do some calculations…”
"It means the light during the transformation must have the energy of 2,100,000,000kW per 1m2.”
"While the entirety of power that Japan is capable of generating is only 100,000,000kW.”
"So they’re using 21 TIMES the amount of energy the whole of Japan can generate.”
"So what would happen if a bad guy jumped in to try to sabotage their transformation?"
"He would EVAPORATE INSTANTLY.”
“DEATH AWAITS ANYONE WHO DARES TO DISRUPT A PRETTY CURE TRANSFORMATION.”
"So this means the best thing to do would be to transform close to any bad guys."
"Yes. They are the strongest while they transform, and are practically invincible.”
Overall was a pretty good visit back home, but I’m sad to be going back to Japan, I guess that’s the downside of coming to Canada in the summer, the weather is nice and everyone tends to have a spot of free time so I can go around and do a bunch of stuff, but then I have to go home and am sad because boo work.
Had it been winter I would have been itching to get out of here, but now I’m sad to go…
With the rainy season over and done, we’ve been seeing day after day of scorching sunshine here in the Tokyo area. If you’re spending much time outdoors, whether sightseeing or just commuting to and from work or school, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids, since it’s the best way to ward off dehydration. Than …
There are few things that suck about working on the weekend.
The first thing is that your family assumes you’re just being lazy shut-in that does nothing but sleep the entire weekend. That’s only true when I don’t have any work! …..
Another thing that sucks is that I don’t have much time to draw for myself, but…that’s my life’s theme, I guess.
Damn, I was taking a nap to take a break away from my work, right? And then I get woken up by a nightmare about myself, struggling with the same work.
Agh. What is this, a cartoon?
Aww I’m sorry to hear that but Obon is coming soon right! Are you going to do anything fun then? You should get a Yukata (if you don’t have one yet) ((Maruetsu stores have them for ¥4000~¥6000, the cheater ones where you don’t need to tie the obi)) ((they have some that are hella cute this year too)) and go out to see some fireworks.