Since no one has posted in staff blog until now, I nominate myself to be the first! I’ll do a staff introduction and hope that other staffs will do the same too. We’re “a subbing group that you can reach” (taken from the site’s header), so you guys should be able to reach us staffs too 😉
I go by the alias araishikeiwai, but since it’s too long to call me by that name, just call me Rick (my real name). I joined UKN48 a couple months ago, in 16th June 2014 to be exact. That time, our Assistant Manager EroJiJi69 (a.k.a Zodiart88) opened a recruitment in the Unko group page and I applied as QC (had to send him my TOEFL score sheet since English is not my first language). I got accepted and was looking forward to my first QC job!
Then some times later, I took my first job. It was translating AKBINGO! 295. EH?! Translating?! Didn’t you say you applied as QC? Yeah I was surprised myself. In that instant I was “transferred to the Translation Division”. That makes me a Translator for UKN48. That job was done by several new guys, that’s me, Darthbaker, and Pervies. Ixarus (who’s an old staff of UKN48) and KudoShinichi of AIDOL also helped too. I think it was a pretty successful release since it was a new episode and a good one too.
Now let’s get to know me better. I’m pretty new in the 48 group fandom. I started to like AKB48 in mid-2013. At that time, my band was having a jam session and my bassist (who likes AKB48 so much) played the guitar opening of Heavy Rotation. After that session, I opened Heavy Rotation MV on YouTube and fell in love at the first sight with an angel with two little canines popping out when she smiles. Oshima Yuko. After that, I started to find out more about AKB48 and its families. I also discussed 48-related things with my friends who like them too. We have this WhatsApp group called MKR48 (MKR stands for Makara, an identity of the university I attended, so if you’re from the same university as me, contact me to join the WhatsApp group), along with fellow UKN48 translator KimKim.
As I mentioned above, my oshimen was and is and will still be Oshima Yuko. She brought me to this world. Now that she’s graduated, I’m still enjoying the group by liking many members at once. I consider myself as DD now. But even for a DD with so many entry in his list of favorite members, there must be someone on top of that list. That is Kimoto Kanon. After Kanon, my other favorites are Mukaichi Mion, Kojima Mako, Kawaei Rina, Iwatate Saho, Murayama Yuiri, Tomonaga Mio, Murashige Anna, Sashihara Rino, Nagao Mariya, Aigasa Moe, Okabe Rin, Tomiyoshi Asuka, Tano Yuka, Kawakami Chihiro, Yabushita Shu, Anai Chihiro, Yagura Fuuko, Jonishi Kei, Iriyama Anna, Takayanagi Akane, Furukawa Airi, Kinoshita Yukiko, Kondo Rina, Yamada Mizuho, Azuma Rion, Shibata Aya, Watanabe Miyuki, Yokoyama Yui, Kato Rena, Oshima Ryoka, Alicia Chanzia, Dena Siti Rohyati, Sinka Juliani. Oh damn that’s too many. I said I’m a DD anyway. Until Mio, it’s sorted by my favorite order, after that it’s in pretty random order (I just put names that came out of my head).
Liking many members, of course there are some members that I don’t like. But I don’t think I should put their names here, it’s not good to be hating :p (but if you stalk me well, you can find those names)
My favorite song is Heavy Rotation of course. There are also many other songs I listen to very much. My current top 4 play count of all time of each Japanese group are GIVE ME FIVE!, Tsugi no Season, Heavy Rotation, First Rabbit (AKB48), 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku, Gomen ne, SUMMER, Utsukushii Inazuma, Oki Doki (SKE48), Jungle Gym, Nagiichi, Warukii, Oh My God! (NMB48), Hatsukoi Butterfly, Melon Juice, Onegai Valentine, Suki! Suki! Skip! (HKT48). But that doesn’t really tell my favorite songs, since recently I’m listening to Douki, RESET, Bukiyou Taiyou, Sore wo Seishun to Yobu Hi, and Kyou Made no Melody a lot.
I’m currently 21 years old, and 21 is my favorite number. I’m an Indonesian. I’ve been to JKT48 stage three times, a Dareka no Tame ni stage performance, a Boku no Taiyou stage performance (on my birthday), and a Seishun Girls stage performance (on my brother’s birthday). I’ve also been to JKT48 handshake event twice, the Manatsu no Sounds Good! one and Flying Get one. I had handshake with Nakagawa Haruka, Dena Siti Rohyati, Della Delila, Jessica Vania Widjaja, and Alicia Chanzia. I’m going to Kokoro no Placard handshake event in Pacifico Yokohama in 7th February next year. I got tickets for Kanon (4), Mion (4), Mako (1), Saho (3), and Yuiri (2). I’m really looking forward to it >.,<
My idoling activity includes managing two idoling Twitter accounts, @Kanon_FC and @MionFansINA, translating my favorite members’ Google+ and blog posts, spending my hard-earned money on CDs, photos, and magazines, lurking and discussing in Stage48, translating for UKN48, leeching and seeding in Hello! Online, watching what I’ve leeched, and so many others.
Well, I think that’s it for now as I don’t know what else to write. I hope you know me better now. I’d better go back to translating since everyone’s been ‘craving’ for AKBINGO!! See you in the next release!
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