What’s up, my Tangy Toyboxers? Ready for another weekly mega-cast of Japanese live-action comedies, pretty lead actresses, and former gravure idols? Ready for another massive 100-plus photo onslaught? If not, better get back to sleep. But if you are, then lean back, turn on the frequency, pump up the volume, and plug in your otaku-lobes, haha. Okay, let the mega-cast attack begin…
Part 1 of 3 > Gokusen, Gangsters & Graduates
Haha, oh wow. If you thought I raved about “Nodame Cantabile” and Juri Ueno last week (Blog 207), think again. Even more than “Nodame”, I truly love the “Gokusen” live-action drama starring the captivating Yukie Nakama! All three seasons! Plus their specials! Wow, it all began in November 2006, when I first watched the anime version. Here’s my anime speed-review back then.
Gokusen (1-13) . Finished 25 November 2006. WHOA! Hilarious high-school-meets-yakuza hijinks! Maximum 4 of 5 stars for a half-season!
Here are a couple of large wallpapers to give you a tiny taste of the anime style.
Now, since the “Gokusen” anime download was already packaged together with Season 1 of the “Gokusen” live-action drama, I couldn’t help but watch the comedic drama immediately, lol. And with the first episode, I was hooked! Yup, Yukie Nakama‘s performance as the double-edged Yankumi is captivating and mesmerizing. But not only her, the rest of the cast of gangsters, teachers and delinquents are laughingly colorful and unforgettable as well, lol. So much so that I’ve followed their five-star antics from Season 1 (2002) to Season 2 (2005) to Season 3 (2008).
Here are a couple of Season-1 wallpapers.
And here are several Season-3 images of Yankumi’s family, colleagues and students.
So earlier this year, when I learned of the existence of a “Gokusen 3 – Graduation Special” (2009), I just had to look for the download! Although I found an unsubbed version a few months ago, I finally located an English-subbed version a couple weeks ago. And finally watched the 90-minute special yesterday on 27 June 2009! It’s simply incredible how after its 3 seasons and 7 years, the series can still take me from out-loud laughter to sniffling eye-blurring tears. Incredible. Yup, no doubt, another 5 of 5 stars!
To celebrate, here are 81 screencaps from the 90-minute special. How many times can you spot the infamous Aki Hoshino? Here’s the first screencap.
Here’s the second screencap. Let the fake captions begin!
“Mmmm, what hentai should I buy today?”
“Mmmm, what hentai store should I try first?”
“Hmmm, traditional hentai?”
“Let’s ask Aki Hoshino. Aki-chan, what’s your favorite hentai?”
“Ohhh, nice ecchi sketch!”
“What!!! Ecchi sketch of Yukie-chan?”
“Hahaha, nice ecchi sketch of Aki-chan!”
“Umm, okay, we’re ecchi dorks.”
“Don’t give up hope! Think of hentai!”
“Umm, okay, we’re dead ecchi dorks.”
“Fear not! I am the Ecchi Rider!”
“Oops, wait, Ecchi Rider? No-no-no, I’m not the Ecchi Rider!”
“Ecchi! Ecchi! Ecchi!”
“Heyyy, stop crowding my hentai!”
“Awww, I look good in this hentai!”
“Fight-oh! Ohhh! More ecchi!”
“Yo, that’s my bread. Like my Pops used to say, ‘No bread, no hentai’.”
“No bread, no hentai? Huh? What the frak is that?”
“Bad news. Someone found Aki-chan’s hentai.”
“Heyyy, let go! No food, no hentai!”
“Ahh, I miss the good old days of ecchi.”
“More bad news. I admit it. I found Aki-chan’s hentai. But I enjoyed it.”
“No, I don’t like gay hentai. Not anymore.”
“But I spent my allowance to get the gay hentai for your birthday!”
“Dammit. Why didn’t we get any gay hentai too?”
“Hmmm, not sure. He might’ve spent his entire hentai allowance.”
“Sigh. Ecchi is so expensive nowadays.”
“Hey bastards! Give our gay hentai back!”
“Sorry. We couldn’t help it. They stole our gay hentai!”
“I am so disappointed in you boys. I’m supposed to take the first peek!”
“Forget it! No hentai, no friendship!”
“What am I supposed to do, Gramps? They took my ecchi sketch.”
“The only thing you can do. Draw yourself a new ecchi sketch.”
“Yo bastard. If we return your bread, will you return our gay hentai?”
“Too late. The gay hentai is ours now.”
“Yours? Since when?”
“Since we’re the ones who actually created that gay hentai.”
“If I spend less on food, I can spend more on ecchi.”
“Ah, boys, here you are. Why so serious?”
“Us? Oh, we don’t have any money to buy gay hentai.”
“Watch out. If you don’t watch out, the Ecchi Rider will beat you down.”
“Hey boys! What’s up? Why so satisfied?”
“They bought what? Hetero ecchi?”
“So they gave back Aki-chan’s hentai? Awww.”
“Impressive! The gay hentai they created is exquisite!”
“I’ve finally decided. I want to become a gay-hentai artist!”
“Are you serious? A gay-hentai artist? What will your sister say?”
“Funny you should ask. She wants to become a lesbian-hentai artist!”
“That’s right! We’re heading there now! We found the hentai thieves!”
“No hentai, no friendship! No hentai, no friendship!”
“Boys! Boys! Where are you?”
“Whoa! Look at them go! Such ecchi friendship!”
“Huh? Want a piece of me? Want a piece of my hentai?”
“No ecchi, no friendship! No ecchi, no friendship!”
“Aki-chan? You want to become a lesbian-hentai artist too?”
“Hmm, now that you put it that way, a gay-hentai artist doesn’t sound so bad!”
“Freeze! Don’t move! Where’s my ecchi sketch?!?”
“I’ll ask one more time. Where’s my precious ecchi sketch?”
“Don’t you realize how precious ecchi is?”
“Please. We’re so sorry. We needed to take back our ecchi!”
“Please believe us. No ecchi, no friendship!”
“Very well. You may enter. After all, I used to be a lesbian-hentai artist myself.”
“Aki-chan, I never told anyone before. But your lesbian hentai is the best!”
“Like Ecchi Rider always says, ‘Ecchi is sooo precious’.”
“Ecchi is as precious as friendship. No ecchi, no friendship.”
“Yeah, I’ve finally decided. I want to become a gay-hentai artist!”
“Yeah! Let’s do it! Let’s all become gay-hentai artists!”
“Hooray! They did it! They’re gonna become gay-hentai artists!”
“Hey boys. What’s up?”
“Oh my god! You didn’t have to!”
“Awww! Thank you sooo much!”
“Your very first gay-hentai production!”
“Fight-oh! Ohhh! No ecchi, no friendship! No hentai, no friendship!”
“Ahhh, another class of ecchi haters.”
“Fight-oh! Ohhh! More ecchi!”
“Hey boys. Do any of you know just how precious ecchi is?”
“Like my Pops used to say, ‘No bread, no hentai’.”
“No-no-no, I think he meant to say, ‘No ecchi, no friendship’. Right?”
Hahaha, so how’d you like my fake captions? Didn’t you learn something new about life, friendship, brotherhood, hentai and ecchi? No? Well, then, you didn’t let go of reality and sanity long enough, lol.
Part 2 of 3 > Yukie Nakama the Gravure Idol
Haha, speaking of ecchi, more gravure idols? Sure, why not? Repeating my search pattern with Juri Ueno last week (Blog 207), here’s Yukie Nakama from her “Pastel” (1997) photo book. And just like Juri-chan’s 18-year-old photo-book debut, this also appears to be Yukie-chan’s photo-book debut at the tender age of about 17-18-years-old. A full 5 years before her smashing success in “Gokusen”!
Here are 21 photos from the 70-80-page book. Feel free to enlarge the pics, lol.
Well, that’s all for now. Like I wondered last week, “maybe I’ll trickle a few more photoshoots in the near future”. Not only featuring Juri-chan, but Yukie-chan too, lol. Who knows? Maybe even Aki Hoshino? I mean, Aki-chan was in “Gokusen 3” after all!
Part 3 of 3 > You People, ProWerks & Possibilities – Part 2
Heyyy, my Tangerine Toyboxers! Remember my previous “You People” post back in May? Back in my Blog 202, Part 5? Well, to those who’ve forgotten, here’s a friendly reminder. And to those who’ve never known, here’s a tiny taste from Friday, 08 May.
Well, more than a month later, on Wednesday, 17 June, when I thought I no longer had any more scenes to play, I returned to play the silent-and-stoic “Asian businessman” once more, hehe. It was a pain to throw the constricting tie-and-jacket back on. But it was a pleasure once more to see Kelly the bespectacled director, Charisma his production guru (and wife), Will the leading man, Jon the boom operator, and Denise the script writer. And once more, it was a blast! Funny how 5 takes to film 5 seconds can feel so draining! Like a compression chamber! Compressing 5 hours of energy and pressure into 0.5 hours of time and focus.
Here’s Charisma, Jon and Kelly. Photos taken by Will.
Here’s me, the goofy Charisma, Jon and the baffled Kelly. I hardly recognize myself!
Awww, the goofy couple, lol.
A-ha! Denise joins the scene as I fill out some paperwork.
A closer view.
That’s it! As far as I know that’s my final scene for “You People” (2010). Who knows? But one thing’s for sure. I can’t wait to see how the final cut turns out! Can you?
Well, that’s all, folks! Another weekly mega-cast of Japanese live-action comedies, pretty lead actresses, and former gravure idols has come and gone! As always, let’s thank the gracious guest-starring gravure girls who graced my broadcast! Thank you, Yukie-chan, Aki-chan, Juri-chan and Charisma! Okay, maybe Charisma wasn’t a gravure girl. At least, I don’t think so, lol. In any case, time to give my elbows, forearms, wrists, hands and fingers some time to rest.
Till next broadcast. Peace. Out.
“Oops, wait, Ecchi Rider? No-no-no, I’m not the Ecchi Rider!”