This appearance was so adorable! Maybe because the gymnast, Shirai Kenzou, had the best reactions, and he’s no slouch either. I heard Gold Medals are hard to win. The only one I have is flour that I use to make baked goods.
Last year, I think he got medal at some big event (maybe Worlds) and the coach was trolling him to confess his love for his favorite idol, which happens to be Yamamoto Sayaka. This year, they decided to prank him by having Sayaka surprise him.
Sayaka dresses up as this stuffed animal, and Shirai will do his patented twist flip and introduce the special show. Little does he know that his beloved idol is trolling him in the costume.
Then boom, here comes the surprise.
The reactions between the two were so adorable. It was like a real life J-Drama, as both of our protagonists were blushing at each other while telling each other how awesome they were. Sayaka even brought a surprise for him.
Shirai is ecstatic and follows up perfectly to all of Sayaka’s comments. For example, Sayaka tried to twist the donuts four times, since the move that Shirai is known for is a quad-twist. As you can tell by the picture, it didn’t come out that way. Shirai just casually says “It’s okay. There are two twists in each donut, so 2+2 = 4 for the quad twist.
This kid is smooth!
And here comes an incoming side rant:
It’s weird, I used to be a huge Sayaka fan. In fact, I won my trip to the election based on my message to her on Google+. But I have to admit, when you get really popular, and you earn the attention of all the fans, you do have to feel left out. It’s not like I’m trying to be hipster or anything, like “Oh, I liked her before she was popular,” but there’s only so many people you can really pay attention to in life that you can’t expect to get the same treatment you did before.
I still am a fan, but she seems to be walking the path of so many other girls that exploded in popularity… or with AKB, when the whole group exploded in popularity, that I just respect them more as celebrities and less as “idols you can meet.” They may not have graduated from the group, but they have in my mind, and now I put her on a level where I put all the other Japanese celebrities I like, like Ueto Aya and Ishihara Satomi.
One thing I really don’t want to do is identify myself as “that” fan, like when you go to a handshake and you do something silly in hopes of being remembered, like have a goofy haircut or dress up in a ridiculous outfit. You see things like this and it makes me feel good knowing that she has such a well-respected fan.
This probably explains why BII became my favorite team. They’re talented and underappreciated, and it makes me feel good knowing that I’m one who does appreciate them, that I can make a difference, that I won’t be some random guy that wears a silly hat but because they aren’t popular, they can build up a more robust fan relationship.
Ah, but who am I kidding… I haven’t even been to a handshake event yet. Just waiting for my one time where I buy like 20 tickets and go all out for my trip. =)