Philippines is the second country that visit this website the most, just behind indonesia. Llyod share with us his burning enthusiasm toward Keyakizaka46.
First, introduce yourself : your name (or nickname), age, status (job, student, etc)
- Lloyd, 23, I’m currently jobless (NEET for the moment)
Do your acquaintances know that you have idols as your hobby? What do they think of it?
- They do know. I am proactive as well in sharing my fandom in social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even wrote a blog for it (2 entries at the moment). I’m not exactly sure how they feel about it. Some even tease me for like being a gay because of my fandom for this idol group but I just ignore it. I always play keyakizaka46’s songs and when they heard it, they kind of laugh at me cause it’s like a girl-only thing to do. I just don’t care. Some maybe feel disgusted.
How did you got to know Keyakizaka? Were you into other idols beforehand?
- I got to know of Keyakizaka because of Neru’s pic from the first photobook. It was posted by a certain fan account in Instagram. I find her cute so I quickly searched about her and found out that she’s a member of keyakizaka46. I was not into idols before. I just know about AKB48 because some of them visit in PH for the establishment of MNL48 (PH). I also encountered Nogizaka46 through Youtube but that’s casual viewing only.
Who is your oshimen, and why? What do you think is her main appeal? (Or are you a DD)
- My oshimen is Watanabe Risa. Her being “cool tsundere” like character is what made me like her. I’m not too sure but she just came out of nowhere with her unique aura. From the first time I saw her introduction video, that’s when I’ve decided to have her as my oshimen. Well, I personally like women who has a tsundere character. I like the idea of me being treated cold – in a good way. I think that’s her main appeal as well. Her being kind and considerate to other members despite of having a cold approach is also a plus point to me. Also, the way she presented herself is different from others including her aura. She has that reserved self which makes me getting interested on her. With her aura, she’s kind of intimidating but lovely. They way she speaks and reacted is just so cool and looking her makes me think like I’m the happiest man on Earth. She has that lovely smile complimented by her glittering eyes.
- Although I do like other members such as Yuichanzu, Miyu, Techi, Manaka, Sugai, Akanen but Risa is who I like most. There’s still a big gap of my likeness for Risa than the others.
Have you been to concerts before? Or handshake? If yes, what was your impressions?
- Unfortunately, no. I would like to go to but is still hard for me to travel Japan.
Do you collect goods, like towel, glowstick, or cards? How much do you spend for your idol hobby in average?
- I haven’t collected any goods yet like the ones mentioned. In my situation right now, it’s still hard for me to do it. Probably when I manage to go to Japan, I’ll be able to do so. For the expenses, as of now, I only have the subscription for Risa in mobame. Also, for the Keyaki no Kiseki app. But for other idol hobbies, I collected some keyakizaka related videos, like their Live performances, variety, off cam scenes, PVs, MVs and I’m planning to compile all in DVD.
What’s your favourite A-side? And why?
- My favorite A-Side are Silent Majority and Fukyouwaon.
- First of all, Silent Majority was the first MV I’ve watched. The tune is also catchy for me. If you look at properly seems like the song targets teenagers but it was actually directed to the audience, the listeners – to break free from the kind of world view that the adults/others had establish. The first part of the song reminds me to the kind of society I’m currently around. Everyone often tells to keep in line but they themselves were not sure if that’s really the thing to do – like being a robot programmed to do what’s been input. It talks about not forgetting the freedom that each one of us have. The song tells me to break free from the chain which binds me from walking the path unto my “own” future.
- Fukyouwaon is like a sequel of Silent Majority. It’s also dark and fierce. Both of them has to do with an individual versus the group but this 4th single is much stronger than the first. It’s different from the usual idol-like songs. This is much like getting more aggressive and more firm in disagreeing to something you think is not right. “Boku wa iya da” says it all. Silent Majority was like let your NO be heard and walk unto your own path. However, in Fukyouwaon, you really need to fight for your right and destroy the wall blocking your path to your own freedom/future. Pure harmony is good but it’s also dangerous in some sense and I can personally relate from these songs. I kind of like have others hear me, let me speak my ideas but, I am just a minority. I am with myself versus a group who are like “let’s just say yes for this to make it fast then we’ll just have to cover it up”. With this song, it started a little fire in me to fight and struggle my way to my own justice. Discord is like a new framework to somehow destroy an established order. With the discord, those who has joined the majority, those who were afraid to let themselves speak would have to think twice. “Shouldn’t we stay like this and be pet to them or should we fight for it?” Although there might be a discord/dissonance, in the end, all we’ll be able to unite to counter and break the box built by the undignified other.
Where do you get your information? Social network, video platform, magazine, others?
- I get information through social network, online articles, from the official website and other keyakizaka related pages.
What do you think of the Japanese fandom? Have you interacted with them in real life or just Social network?
- I find it more interesting and fun especially that I like the Japanese culture. I am only able to interact through social network.
What do you think of the foreign fandom? People being fans of a Japanese group, completely different of their culture? Do you think Management should show interest going more global?
- I think it’s a good thing for the idols who were aiming to have a name globally. It’s kind of interesting as well having foreigners with different culture expressing fandom to Japanese idol group. This would allow the different parties to interact more, perhaps be able to introduce the various culture they have which might give interest to others. For me, it would be better if the management would be able to show interest in going global. In business aspects, they might be able to sell more especially to those hardcore fans. Also, there are chances of performance invitation to other countries. This would also allow the world to know more that Japanese has this kind of idol group. As we can see, there are a lot of foreigners who proactively express their fandom for Japanese idol group. And I think the management would be not selfish enough to keep the group into their own. Of course, each member wishes to have a name globally but due to the management they can’t just simply do it.
Recently Hiragana and Kanji are doing more and more activities separately. What do you think of it?
- I think it’s a kind of good move from the management. This would also allow each of member especially in Hiragana to think that they can stand on their own, that they have the capability to make a name of their own hard work. And as we can see, little by little, Hiragana continuous to stride while breaking free from the Kanji – this is in terms of popularity. Before, Kanji was known because they were still borrowing the name of Nogizaka46 before. But right now, they have managed to carve their name on their own to Japanese entertainment and music industry. This can be proved with their recent 2nd Debut Anniversary live.
Recently hiragana 2nd gen has debuted their activities. What are your expectation for them?
- I’ll expect more of their upcoming performances. As we can see, there are a lot of talented individuals from the Hiragana party. Like the Kanji, they would be able to make a name of their own. With skills and talents, they might be able to stand still with the Kanji in the future. There are a lot of potentials from each member of the party and I think it’s best to initiate activities that would bring out more of their abilities.
Recently we’ve seen Yuichanzu Wcenter for Glass o ware. What are your thoughts on changing center?
- Seeing Yuichanzu as w-center for their 6th single is like seeing the song in a different perspective. The individuality of the center(s) makes the story of the song be viewed differently from the other. With Techi as the current center, she’s known for her dark, fierce, intimidating, god-like persona in each song she has been centered. And it suits her well especially on how intense the songs (e.g. Silent Majority, Fukyouwaon, Getsuyoubi no asa, skirt wo kirareta, etc) are. Mostly, she’s the concentration of the group when performing those songs. However, with the Yuichanzu, as w-center, it brings like a kind of balance and proper distribution of the burden as w-center. Personally, I don’t disagree in changing the center. It’s a good thing as well to do it so Techi would be able to rest from the burden of the intensity of the songs over the 6 singles. This is also an opportunity to see the group in a different way without Techi as the lightning bulb in every performance. It’ll make also the group grow more and be aware of the other world view that other possible center(s) can give for the song.
Japanese and Foreign culture diverge on some topic, like love ban rule. What is your opinion on this?
- As for the love ban, I’m kinda torn between it’s okay and it’s not. It’s okay for me in a sense that this would allow the member to have their freedom to get into relationship, to be together with someone they like or love. However, I’m afraid that this will affect their career. This might cause some circumstances which would have a domino effect to their work. Also, I think the management would like them to have the focus and full commitment to their career/job. This is also to have them avoid the division of their attention. I’m pretty sure that the management has let them know about it beforehand or they have known this from the previous idols. Since they have chosen this kind of path, I’m sure they are ready to sacrifice and commit themselves into it.
Overall, What do you think makes Keyakizaka different? What do you think of the current Keyakizaka? Doing well or points to improve?
- As far as I’m concerned, since I’m not into idol groups before I knew Keyakizaka, I can’t really pinpoint the exact difference or shall we call the detailed difference between them and the other idol groups. However, in my general observation, their unique character as an idol is what makes them truly different. They have this kind of intimidating, dark, fierce, unpredictible, dynamic characteristics. They don’t usually smile and somehow whenever I look at them perform, they kinda carry this intense aura which allows them to fully pull out the essence of the song. It allows them to convey its message not just to any specific generation but to all. Their uniqe kind of approach of being an idol is what makes them different. With every song they’ve performed, I can say that each of them embodies it. It seems that the song were specially made for them. The way how they put themselves into the song, the performance, embodies the real essence of Keyakizaka46.
- For the current Keyakizaka, I can say that they have really grown up to the point that truly and continue to embody HUMILITY, KINDNESS and BOND. From their younger days, they have been first introduced to Silent Majority which somehow shocked other people either in Japan or other countries. The song has made a big impact to its audience/listeners. With them so young at that time, performing that kind of song, is already a steppingstone for the success that they have right now. Despite all of the criticisms, they continue to climb up the slope, all of them, holding each other’s hand.
- They did pretty well as a group right now. With the kind of determination and cooperation as a group that they’ve shown during their 2nd Anniversary, that moved everyone even us internation fans. They do the very best they can to deliver a very spectacular performance even if two of their pillars were absent – Techi and Manaka. The two also played an a big role in the group so with them not able to attend the live is very concerning. However, with Captain Sugai leading the group with the support of Vice Captain Moriya and cooperation of all members, they managed to pull off one of the unforgettable event of their lives and for us Keyakizaka fans. I guess the points to improve is they need to continue to be strong and never lose hope even if the group is injured. There’s a healing every success and if there’s a chance that the members would be able to see what I’m telling right now, I know they would pretty understand what I mean.
Thank you for your time. If you have a shoutout to do, please go ahead.
“Upon writing the answers, I cannot help to be emotional as I recall the early days of the group. Every struggle they’ve encountered either personally or as a group, they continue to stand and walk forward. With all of those, it has been paid off one by one. My love for Keyakizaka is getting deeper every single day. If there’s a chance that I would be able to talk to them or see what I’m writing right now, I won’t hesistate to say I LOVE YOU! Thank you for the music, the inspiration, the kind of performance you always show. Continue to love, believe and trust each other. Keeping climbing the slope hand in hand. I know one day all of you together would be able to see the bright sun and beautiful blue sky from the peak of the hill. I will continue to support Keyakizaka!”