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Hello, I'm Sou and I'm a Jpop fangirl. I'm mainly into boy groups. I'm the mod of the G=AGE fan community g_age_of_future, the G=AGE fanpage G=AGE VN Fanpage, and the Tumblr Jpop boyband blog otokonoidol. I mainly post here about Jpop artists I like and Jpop-related things that I purchase. I sometimes do translations too but my Japanese is pretty basic so don't expect much. Other things I like that I may occasionally post about include anime, otome games, parapara and Jpop dancing and books.

All of my posts will be friends-locked apart from artists introductions, translations, and fanfictions. Feel free to add me as a friend though!

My favourite Jpop groups: Sexy Zone, G=AGE, M!LK, Da-iCE, MAG!CPRINCE, chotokkyu (Bullet Train), BOYS AND MEN, and B2takes!

My biases: Yamazaki Haruki, Nakamura Reia, Nishioka Kengo, Aoi Shouta (singer/seiyuu), Kazama Roi, Matsushima Sou, and Yasui Kentaro
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Updated: 2016/07/23
Posted: 2016/07/14

[Fanfiction] "Weird" Chapter 1 - Toy Story

Title:  Toy Story
Series:  Weird
Author:   xxotakuchiceexx SouChou
Fandom:  G=AGE
Pairing:  TajiVasa (Vasayegh Hikaru x Tajima Shogo)
Genre:  Romance ??
Rating: G
A/N:  This the first fanfic I've posted here in ages. Recently I've been posting my fics on AO3. But anyway, I have no idea what this even is, haha. The G=AGE fandom is pretty small at the minute so I doubt that there's anyone really interested in reading this but I just really wanted to write a fic about Shogo and Hikaru because they're adorable. For the sake of clarity, they're referred to as Taji and Vasa (the names they use in G=AGE) in this fic.



Taji is kind of...cute.

Vasa realizes this as he gives up pretending to watch Toy Story. He made the mistake of looking over at Taji during the movie and he discovers with a start that he’d much rather be watching him anyway. The two of them are sat around the kotatsu in Taji’s living room and they’re watching his DVD of Toy Story for the upteenth time.

Taji is glued to the screen. His eyes are wide and full of wonder as if this is the first time he’s seen the movie. Despite himself, Vasa can’t help but think the older boy is kind of cute. Only kind of. His reactions and facial expressions are more entertaining to Vasa than any movie. Taji has changed so much since the two of them left Johnny’s but deep down, he’s still the same adorable airhead. Unwillingly, Vasa lets out a chuckle.

Taji tears his eyes away from the screen to look at Vasa.

“What?” he says.

Vasa tries to play it cool. He smirks teasingly.

“Nothing,” he replies. “I was just thinking about how much of an airhead you are.”

Unfazed, Taji returns his gaze to his precious Toy Story. He takes a handful of chips from the bowl that’s currently sitting on the kotatsu and plops them into his mouth. His mouth still full, he asks,

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

Vasa looks down at his arms that are outstretched on the kotatsu as another giggle escapes his lips.

“See, even right now,” he says. “Swallow your food before you talk, idiot.”

Taji swallows and then looks at Vasa again. “You’re acting weird.”

“I’m not,” Vasa says simply, turning to the TV again.

“Yes, you are,” Taji argues, watching Vasa intently for any sign of him faltering. “You keep staring at me and smiling. It’s weird.”

“You’re imagining things,” Vasa murmurs, still avoiding the other boy’s gaze.

Taji goes quiet then and returns his attention to the screen so Vasa thinks he’s dropped it but after a while he speaks again.

“You’ve been acting weird for a while now,” he says matter-of-a-factly. “Like the other day with Fumito. You got all jealous because we bought matching bracelets. You don’t see me getting jealous when you and Roi go out on your dinner dates.”

“I wasn’t jealous,” Vasa mumbles, shuffling uncomfortably on the zabuton. “I just wondered why we never bought anything matching before. And Roi and I going to different restaurants just to see how much food we can shove down our faces in a short amount of time is not what I’d call a dinner date.”

Taji shrugs. “We can buy matching things if you want. It’s not that big a deal.”

“Right,” Vasa nods. “Of course not.”

Taji gives Vasa a look then continues to watch the film, his elbows resting on the kotatsu and his head propped up on his hands.

Vasa knows Taji is right; he is acting weird but he isn’t entirely sure why himself. Nothing has changed between the two of them recently yet Vasa often finds himself wanting to do things he can’t explain when they’re alone together like take Taji’s hand in his own or rest his head on Taji’s chest. Acting lovey-dovey in front of their fans is one thing but Vasa knows that if he tried any of those things while they were alone, Taji would never let him live it down.

For a moment, Vasa is too lost in thought to notice that Taji has moved closer to him. When he realizes it though, it hits him all too suddenly and his breath gets caught in his throat.

“Is everything okay?” Taji questions, his brow creased in worry. “If something’s wrong you can tell me. We are friends afterall.”

“I know,” Vasa says and he means it. Vasa doesn’t doubt that if he did have a problem, Taji would do everything he could to try and help. That was the kind of leader and friend Taji was. “I’m fine.”

“Are you sure?”

Vasa nods and smiles meekly. “Yeah, I’m sure.”

“Good. Now shh, this is the best part,” Taji says, pointing to the TV with a huge grin spread across his face.

Yes, I think Taji is cute, Vasa decides with a smile as he watches the older boy flail excitedly. And that is definitely bad.


A/N 2: Shogo is actually obsessed with Toy Story, I didn't make that up haha. Also, that part about Roi and Vasa going out together and eating loads of food is true as well. As far as I know, Taji and Fumito don't actually have matching bracelets but Fumito does have a watch that Taji gave him as a present back when they were still in Johnny's.

For those of you who don't know, a kotatsu is one of those tables that they have in Japanese family rooms and a zabuton is the name for the cushions you sit on at the kotatsu.

I do currently plan to continue this but meh, it depends on how I feel. Hopefully the other G=AGE members will appear in later chapters.

I actually started this post quite a while ago but I decided to delay it until G=AGE's first single was released so that I would have a little more information on them to go on. They were part of the reason that I started to get into boy groups outside of Johnny's anyway and I knew that they were probably going to become one of my favourites as soon as I discovered them. Anyway, I've been into Johnny's on-and-off for more-or-less 5 years, and Japanese music in general for about 8 years but before recently I'd never really taken an interest in Japanese boybands outside of Johnny's. In fact, for a while I thought that there weren't even any other boybands in Japan besides the ones affiliated with Johnny's, or at least no notably popular ones.

A while back though, I became curious and started to search for some online. They were difficult to find at first (as just searching "Japanese boybands" usually just gave me a load of Johnny's groups) and when I did find some it was difficult to find any information about them but I think it was worth the hassle. I've found some groups that I really like, some maybe even more than Johnny's. So here's a list of my top 5 favourites, not neccessarily the "best" groups but just some that appeal to me personally. If there's any that you like that aren't on the list feel free to leave a comment, I may not have heard of them.


5. chotokkyu

There are an awful lot of ways of spelling this group's name but the official romanized spelling (the one that they're listed under on iTunes) is the one I've used above. They're also known as Bullet Train among overseas fans. chotokkyu is a 7-member group under EBiDAN with each member being represented by a colour and a number from 1 to 7 (their age order). The interesting thing about chotokkyu is that the group has "front dancers"  and "back vocalists", meaning that the singers stand behind the dancers onstage. The group also doesn't just have one member in the center position but they all take turns to be in the center for each single. Ryoga Funatsu - the purple member and one of the main dancers - was apparently in Johnny's prior to joining chotokkyu.

chotokkyu was one of the first groups I discovered, as is apparently the case with a lot of people who seek out Jpop boy groups outside of Johnny's. A lot of their songs are really catchy and I really like how even though some of the members are dancers and some are singers, the members all get more-or-less equal attention and even take turns in the center position.

My Ichiban: Ogasawa Kai (dancer, blue)

My Favourite Song: Battaman

4. Da-iCE


Da-iCE (pronounced dice) is a 5-member group and like chotokkyu, some of the members are dancers and others are singers. They're called 'dice' because a dice has six sides and five of the sides represent each of the members and the 6th side represents their fans. The 'A' and 'I' in their name are written in lowercase because "ai" means "love" in Japanese.

Da-iCE was the first non-Johnny's group that I became interested in. Honestly, all of their songs are so catchy and I feel like their music can appeal to people who aren't even normally into Japanese music. I absolutely love Souta's voice because I'm totally a sucker for men with high-pitched melodic voices. I also love how willing Da-iCE are to communicate with their overseas fans; they've re-recorded several of their songs in English, their music is available on iTunes, and they've even done a concert outside of Japan (with hopefully more to come).

My Ichiban: Hanamura Souta (vocalist)

My Favourite Song: Watch Out

3. MAG!C☆PRINCE


MAG!C☆PRINCE is a 5-member group, all of the members being born and raised in Nagoya. The meaning of the group's name is:

M - Mie
A - Aichi
G - Gifu
! - To give you energy
C - To cheer you on
☆ - Mie, Aichi, and Gifu boys aim to be stars
PRINCE - Handsome boys you'd want to be your son

All of MagiPri's songs and PVs are super cute and upbeat. I also love how they have their own TV drama (Majidrama ~Spin The Sky~) and they actually play themselves in this drama, or rather characters who have the same names as them. I fell in with Kengo (pink) at first site; he's too adorable. Also it turns out that he's actually a huge Johnny's fanboy! Kengo became an idol himself because he loves male idols. His favourite group is Sexy Zone.

My Ichiban: Nishioka Kengo (pink)

My Favourite Song: Zettai☆Aishiteru!

2. M!LK


M!LK is another 5-member group. They're under EBiDAN (the same agency as chotokkyu) but they're part of EBiDAN 39 and KiDS (basically like EBiDAN's equivalent of Johnny's Jr.). The group was active since 2014 but they had their CD debut in March 2015 with the single, "Coffee ga Nomemasen" that was used as the ending song for the anime, Pankisu!.

I clicked on one of M!LK's videos on a whim and let me tell you, it was everything I like in a boy group. While I do like other types of groups too, I definitely have a soft spot for adorable groups like M!LK. All of the members are pretty young but their songs are so cute, upbeat, and innocent that I can't help but love them. All of their costumes and choreography are also adorable. I want all of the members to be my little brothers. Haruki (green) in particular melted my heart as soon as I saw him.

My Ichiban: Yamazaki Haruki (green/matcha milk)

My Favourite Song: Coffee ga Nomemasen

1. G=AGE


G=AGE is a 5-member group under G=AGE Promotion made up of 2 members of the group, G-EYE and 3 members of the group, NEW→AGE. The group gained a lot of initial attention due to the fact that 4 of the members were originally in Johnny's Jr. The group's story is that TASY and VASA are secret agents from the future whereas FUMITO and ROI are boys from the present time. They were all chosen to help android MAHIRO to understand the human mind for a top secret mission. More information about G=AGE can be found here.

When I first started this list, G=AGE were down at number 4 but since they're debut they've managed to surpass M!LK and even Sexy Zone to become my favourite group. I honestly love their debut song, "Age of Future" (and all of the other songs from that single) and just everything about them from their costumes, to their choreography, to the videography of their music video. I also love how this group (and all of the other groups under their agency) still have an air of mystery to them even now and you just never really know what to expect from them. I think it's pretty impressive that they do a lot of things themselves too like choreographing their dances, composing their music, and designing their CD cover artwork. And of course, I just love all of the members themselves.

My Ichiban: Kazama Roi

My Favourite Song: Age of Future

Thoughts on Age of Future by G=AGE

I finally got that one release I've been talking about for months now. Which one's that? Why of course, it's G=AGE's first single, Age of Future!


I actually preordered these a month or so before they were released but I made the mistake of using a pretty slow shipping service so it took a while for them to arrive. I ordered all three of the limited editions. The limited editions have different backs and covers to the regular editions, a special gold disc cover, and a different selection of photocards that you can get. They have the same B-side tracks as the regular editions though.

I got one of ROI's photocards and he's my ichiban so I'm happy. I also got the G-EYE and G-BOY'S one which I wanted and a FUMITO one. I didn't get the one that I really wanted though (a really cute one of ROI with him in his NEW→AGE costume) but I'll probably try to buy it and some others secondhand at a later date.

Now I'll talk about what I thought of the B-side tracks.

Type A: maybe maybe: I was inititally surprised as it was so different from Age of Future; a lot of more gentle. But it's a nice, relaxing song. I thought it was kind of unmemorable though.

Type B: Come on Now (by NEW→AGE): This song is more what I was expecting. A little more relaxed than Age of Future but still pretty upbeat. The electronic 'breakdown' parts were a nice touch.

Type C: Get the World (by G-EYE): This song is probably my favourite out of the three. The tune is pretty catchy and I wasn't expecting the 'rap' parts but I thought they were pretty nice too.

And now, since I've been meaning to do this since the music video was released on YouTube, here's my thoughts on the title track, "Age of Future" and its music video.

As I've surely mentioned before, I was so excited for this group that I probably would've liked just about anything they produced but I do honestly love this song. It's so upbeat and catchy - everytime I hear it I want to try and do the dance but then I realize I don't actually know the choreography and even if I did I probably couldn't do it as well as they do, haha. Everytime the chorus comes in it gives me chills. I also really love the electronic-sounding parts which I guess fits pretty well with the group's 'futuristic' concept.

And now, the music video. If you haven't seen it yet then here it is:


I've lost count of how many times I've watched this video since it was released on YouTube. I honestly love it so much. The costumes, the choreography, the videography - everything. I feel like it seems vaguely familiar in some ways - especially the part at the end where they're standing inside that thing (Is it supposed to be a time machine or something? I don't know.) and the camera is zooming out - but I can't seem to put my finger on what it reminds me of. Maybe something I saw in a movie once.

The member that left the most of an impression on me in this video is definitely ROI and not just because he's my ichiban. In fact, it's probably the other way around; I think he became my ichiban partly because of this video. ROI was the only member of the group who wasn't originally in Johnny's so up until recently he was kind of a mystery to the fans so I started watching this video, not really knowing what to expect from him. I was pleasantly surprised. ROI's dancing and performance-ability is pretty impressive. His English solo line in the second verse and the way he looks at the camera when he says it had me fangirling so much.

VASA also stood out to me quite a bit but I was expecting it from him. He's so handsome and charismatic; whenever he looks straight at the camera it makes me melt. I was also impressed by TASY's dancing, as expected from the leader! FUMITO and MAHIRO didn't really grab my attention in this video much  - I only really started to notice them after watching it a few times - but they're both pretty adorable and talented and hopefully they'll stand out more in future videos!

Finally, I just thought I should mention that G=AGE now have an official English Twitter account! This made me pretty happy as I really appreciate it when Japanese artists actually make a conscious effort to reach their fans outside of Japan. You can follow it here.

G=AGE's Kazama Roi!

As I've probably mentioned many times before, I've been looking forward to the group, G=AGE for quite some time. In particular one member of the group caught my attention; Kazama Roi. Not only because he's an adorable hafu, but also because he was the only member of the group who wasn't in Johnny's at some point, making him kind of a mystery. Not even the Japanese fans seemed to know a lot about him at first. When the Age of Future PV was released, that only increased my curiosity about him even more as he really made an impression on me in that video.

At last though, I've managed to find a Japanese article online that has some information about Roi and his background. So that mixed in with a few things I've picked up about him myself from his blog posts and such, here's a little introduction post about him for anyone else who might be curious.



Name:ROI
Age:14
Birthday:12/1
Height:167
Weight:48

Roi is American on his father's side and Japanese on his mother's. Initially I thought it was the other way around as he has a Japanese last name. Turns out though, that "Kazama Roi" is just his stage name. I wonder if he can actually speak English since his dad's American; I loved his English line in "Age of Future". It made me melt ;;

The first thing I thought when I saw Roi for the first time was that his foreign side is very evident - you can even see that his eyes are a kind of green-ish colour if you look closely in some photos.

He's 14, making him the youngest member of G=AGE (he's 2 months younger than MAHIRO who is also 14). Despite this, apparently he's in charge of the choreography within the group.

Roi has a younger brother named Kaiha (2008.09.05) and the two of them used to be child models. Roi modeled under a different name which is why nothing comes up even if you search "Kazama Roi" in Japanese. Here's some photos and videos of Roi when he was a model:















(Roi is the little cutie with the green thing on his head. I have no idea what it's supposed to be lol)





How cute! Apparently Roi likes to eat a lot and he and VASA often have eating competitions. He also loves football. He recently posted an entire blog post to try and get his fans interested in football. What a cutiepie, haha.


Look at that adorable smile! According to FUMITO, he makes a lot of bad jokes even when no-one is listening. His favourite food is rice with eggs.


Well, that's all for now. Hopefully we'll get to know more about this adorable boy as time goes on. I think he's quickly become my ichiban in this group; I'm currently resisting the urge to buy a bunch of his photocards. My niban is currently VASA but FUMITO has also caught my attention recently. This probably won't be my last G=AGE post so thanks for reading and stick around if you want to see more~

Introduction to G=AGE (J-pop group)



Anyone who's a fan of Johnny's Jr. may have already heard of G=AGE seeing as so many of the members are actually ex-Jrs. That was how I initially heard of them and was probably the only reason I was interested in them at first. Now though, I think the group seems pretty promising in a lot of ways and I've even preordered all three limited editions of their debut single. For anyone else who might be interested I scraped this post together just from things I've found around the internet and what I could understand from their website, Twitter etc. It might not all be completely accurate so if I find anything else out I'll probably come back and edit this post later. Anyway, onto the introductions~!

G=AGE is a 5-member boyband that will make its debut in June 2016 with the single "Age of Future". The group is a collaboration project between the groups, G-EYE and NEW→AGE and contains members from both groups. G=AGE aims to be a futuristic and stylish dance and vocal unit. The interesting thing about G=AGE is that the group actually has its own fictional backstory. I couldn't translate all of it but to sum it up; TASY and VASA are both secret agents sent from the future while FUMITO and ROI are ordinary boys from the present time who were all chosen to help android MAHIRO to understand the human mind for a top secret mission. The group's agency is called G=AGE Promotion and there is also a rumour that the group is produced by Iijima Michi, an ex-Johnny's Entertainment manager but I'm unsure if this has been confirmed.

Members

from G-EYE:



TASY (pronounced Taji, full name: Tajima Shogo)

Birthday: 1998/10/13

Birth place: Tokyo, Japan

Height: 176cm

Weight: 56kg

Blood type: A

Speciality: Dance

Other: Prior to joining the group he was a Johnny's Jr. He played baseball since third grade since his grandfather is the coach of a junior high school baseball team. He also has a younger sister. He wants G=AGE to eventually expand overseas.

VASA (full name: Vasayegh Hikaru)

Birthday: 2000/03/30

Birth place: Saitama, Japan

Height: 178cm

Weight: 57kg

Blood type: A

Speciality: Basketball, drums

Other: He is Iranian on his father's side and Japanese on his mother's. He has a younger brother named Vasayegh Wataru who is currently a Johnny's Jr. and a younger sister, Vasayegh Nagisa who is a model. Prior to joining the group he was a child actor and model and later became a member of Johnny's Jr.


Note: G-EYE was said to have 2 other members named HAU and ASAHI but they have since left the agency. Six more members are also set to be announced, thus the group will have a total of eight members though these members are not reported to be part of G=AGE as well.

from NEW→AGE:



FUMITO (full name: Tamamoto Fumito)

Birthday: 1999/09/22

Birth place: Kanagawa, Japan

Height: 168cm

Weight: 49kg

Blood type: O

Speciality: Soccer

Other: Like TASY and VASA, he was a member of Johnny's Jr. He acted in several dramas while he was in Johnny's such as Onii-chan Gacha and Saito-san 2. He belonged to a soccer club in school and has played soccer since kindergarten.



MAHIRO (full name: Morita Mahiro)

Birthday: 2001/10/04

Birth place: Tokyo, Japan

Height: 166cm

Weight: 46kg

Blood type: A

Speciality: Dance

Other: He was active as a member of Chibiko AAA from 2007 to 2009 and appeared in JUNON magazine and several AAA PVs during this time. He also entered Avex's contest in 2012 and gained a good result. He later joined Johnny's Jr.



ROI (full name: Kazama Roi)

Birthday: 2001/12/01

Birth place: Saitama, Japan

Height: 167cm

Weight: 48kg

Other: ROI is the only member of the group who wasn't initially a member of Johnny's Jr. He is American on his father's side and Japanese on his mother's. His foreign side is very evident - he even has green eyes! He has a younger brother named Kaiha and the two used to be child models. More info on ROI here.

Note: There is another unit under the agency called G-BOY'S but there isn't much information on them as of yet. By the looks of it I think they're actually trainees, like G=AGE's equivalent of Johnny's Jr. maybe but I'm not sure. G-BOY'S are still holding auditions with new members constantly being added and I'm guessing that 6 of the G-BOY's members will end up joining G-EYE in the future.

Links

So I tried my hand at translating a Japanese song into English for the first time. I discovered M!LK a few days ago and fell in love with them and since I found myself actually being able to understand most of this song by myself (probably cuz the lyrics are really simple and I'm a noob) and there wasn't a translation anywhere already, I thought my sucky translation would be better than nothing lol and it would be good practice. My Japanese isn't great so please forgive any mistakes and feel free to make any corrections.





I can’t drink coffee

(I Can’t Drink)

No matter what, I can’t drink it


Today is this guy’s first date

If I don’t show you a cool place

In the course of our date

The stylish cafe has also been checked off the list


Coffee has always been no good

Today I’ll absolutely drink it

I want to show you a cool place

A dependable boy? It’s not a dream


One for her

One latte

I’ll take an Americano


Ah, of course, it’s no use. I can’t drink something so bitter

Ah, of course, there’s no way I can say, “orange juice”

Even if I sneakily put milk in I can’t drink it

I don’t understand how anyone could find this delicious


I can’t drink coffee

(I Can’t Drink)

No matter what, I can’t drink it

(I Can’t Drink)

I can’t keep a poker face

(I Can’t Drink)

My story doesn’t last

(I Can’t Drink)

I can’t drink coffee


Today while my family are traveling

I’m alone in the house

This chance is pretty rare

I call her Ring! Ring! Ring!


No way! She also has a Day off

She immediately arrives at my house

By any chance, could this be our first kiss?!

My heart beats in anticipation


What do you want to drink?

“One coffee!”

Why do I keep doing things I’ll regret?!


Ah, of course, it’s no use. I can’t drink something so bitter

Ah, of course, there’s no way I can say, “I only want to drink Cola”

Even if you put sugar in before giving it to me I can’t drink it

Well, in this situation there’ll be no kiss or hechima*


I can’t drink coffee

(I Can’t Drink)

No matter what, I can’t drink it

(I Can’t Drink)

I can’t keep a poker face

(I Can’t Drink)

My story doesn’t last

(I Can’t Drink)

I can’t drink coffee


When I drink coffee I’ll become an adult before I know it

Can someone like me be your hero?!


But for the time being I can’t drink something so bitter

There’s probably no way I can say “espresso” in my lifetime

What if I also don’t really like coffee cake

Those dandy adults, I want to give up already


I can’t drink coffee

(I Can’t Drink)

No matter what, I can’t drink it

(I Can’t Drink)

I can’t keep a poker face

(I Can’t Drink)

My story doesn’t last

(I Can’t Drink)

I can’t drink coffee



*I really don't get this line at all so the translation probably isn't completely accurate.

[Fanfiction] The Little German Prince

Title:  The Little German Prince
Series:  ​Just Best Friends
Author:   xxotakuchiceexx  SOUrah
Fandom:  JE; Sexy Zone
Pairing:  MariSou
Genre:  Fluff, angst
Rating:  G
A/N:  So I said that this series was going to have three parts and the third part was going to be Christmas-themed but then I got lazy around Christmas changed my mind. Also I got this idea so I honestly have no idea how many parts it'll have anymore... Plus it now has a name, yay~ I also have an idea for a Sexy Zone AU that I may write on the side *evil laugh* Anyway, long AN. Please enjoy.

MariSou39

Previous part

“Sou-chan, are you asleep?”

Sou sat up and yawned. He was spending the weekend at Marius' house and although he would have been more than happy to sleep next to him like they had in the hotel room he had chosen to sleep at the foot of the bed. That had been a mistake. Every time Marius turned over he would kick him, jolting him awake whenever he came close to slumber.

“I can't sleep.” Marius said bashfully.

Sou rubbed his eyes then crawled across the bed to where Marius was sat. He climbed under the blanket and lay down, Marius doing the same so that they were facing one another.

“I'll tell you a bedtime story.”

“Nothing scary, okay?” 

Sou considered telling him about a zombie movie he'd watched last week just so he'd have an excuse to cuddle him again but decided against it.

“Nothing scary,” He swore. “This is the story of The Little German Prince.”

* * *

“Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom there lived a little German prince.” Sou began.

“If he's German then why does he live in a faraway kingdom?” Marius interrupted.

“He was handsome and kind and loved by all his people,” Sou went on, ignoring him. “All the girls in the village wanted to marry him-”

“I thought he lived in a kingdom, not a village.”

“But one day,” Sou said loudly, hinting at Marius to be quiet. “the little prince went out for a walk-”

“He went out for a walk without his royal guards?”

“Well, maybe his royal guards were sick that day. Now, shh. This is my story.” Sou snapped.

“Sorry,” Marius giggled.

“Anyway, the little prince went out for a walk and there he met a little servant boy,” Sou continued. “He and the little servant boy instantly became friends and they sneaked out everyday to play together. Then eventually they fell in love.”

Sou smiled. Marius was now looking at him with wide eyes and seemed to be hung on his every word.

“When the little prince's father found out he was outraged. He locked the little prince up in his bedroom at the very top of the palace and never let him leave. He then arranged for him to be married to a princess from another kingdom.”

Marius gasped aloud and Sou paused for a moment just to take in how cute his expression was.

“The little servant boy was miserable without the prince so he waited until nighttime and he climbed up to the top of the royal palace to the prince's bedroom. Overjoyed, the little prince let him inside and then a bunch of zombies showed up and ate them.”

Marius glared.

“That was a joke,” Sou laughed. “The little servant boy and the little German prince ran away together and got married and they lived happily ever after. The end.”

Marius seemed to like this conclusion better.

“That was a nice story, Sou-chan.” He smiled. “But I'm still not really sleepy.”

“Shall we sleep together again then?” Sou suggested.

“That was your plan all along, wasn't it?”

Sou pulled Marius closer to him without saying a word. He began to run his fingers through the younger boy's hair which seemed to be the answer to Marius' sleep problems. He fell asleep in less than a minute.

“Goodnight, Mari-chan.” Sou whispered, although he knew Marius was already dead to the world. 

For a while Sou just carried on combing his fingers through Marius' hair. He uttered things to him that he would never have been able to say to the German boy if he had been awake. He watched him sleep with a sad smile lingering on his face. Marius really was a little German prince. Just like the story. Except Sou didn't think their story would have a happy ending. He and Marius weren't going to share a magical kiss and then be together forever. He didn't want to “just give him time” like Shori said. Even if he did it wouldn't make any difference. He and Marius were just friends and that was all they'd ever be. Best friends, as Marius had said so many times.

[Fanfiction] Frohe Weihnachten

Title: Frohe Weihnachten
Author: SOUrah  xxotakuchiceexx
Fandom: JE; Sexy Zone
Pairing: Shorius
Genre: Fluff
Rating: G
A/N: This is a birthday gift for  candletoes~ I say this a lot but thankyou for commenting on all my fics and just being great. Also thankyou to my personal German translator for telling me how to say "Merry Christmas" in German, haha. On a totally unrelated note this was kind of inspired by when Jinguji said in one of the Sexy Boyz magazine articles that his ideal Christmas date would be to decorate a tree until it becomes weird-looking. I just thought that was cute ^w^

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On that morning, still in his pyjamas and only half awake, Shori opened the door to a very bubbly-looking Marius. He looked like an Eskimo in his large duffel coat, pink knitted scarf and matching gloves. He had a pair of reindeer antlers a top his head and was carrying a bag that was bigger than he was. Although Shori was still tired he couldn't help cracking a smile at the sight.

“Merry Christmas!” Marius announced.

“It's not Christmas yet,” Shori chuckled. “And what's with the outfit?”

“My mom caught me leaving the house this morning and didn't want me to get sick,” Marius admitted bashfully. “She knitted the scarf and gloves for me. And the antlers are cute, don't you think?”

Shori considered teasing his friend but decided against it. Instead he just smiled and waved him inside, pointing him in the direction of the living room then running upstairs to change his clothes. When he returned to the living room Marius was sitting on the couch and looking through his ginormous bag.

“What's in the bag?”

Marius jumped. He realized it was only Shori and relaxed. Shori laughed and went over to join him on the couch. The German boy then reached into his bag of mystery and pulled out a fluffy red and white Santa hat. He fitted it onto Shori's head and smiled.

“Is this for me?” Shori asked, looking amused.

“You don't have to wear it if you don't want to though...” Marius mumbled in response.

“No, it's okay,” Shori said, suddenly mumbling now too. “If you want me to wear it then I will.”

Marius giggled nervously then continued to search through his Santa Sack. This time he pulled out a clumsily wrapped present with a envelope taped to it. The envelope had “Shori” written on the front and had several little doodles on it.

“This is your real present,” When Shori reached for it eagerly Marius hid it behind his back. “As you said, it's not Christmas yet so you can't open it until tomorrow.”

“Fine,” Shori pouted. Marius then cautiously handed the present to him and he placed it under the small Christmas tree in the corner of the room with all the others.

“Anyway, I have plenty of other presents to deliver today so I'll be going now.” Marius declared, jumping up off the couch enthusiastically.

“Erm, actually, Mari, I don't think you can leave just yet,” Shori pointed to the window. “The snow is really coming down out there.”

Marius turned to look at where Shori was pointing to. When he'd arrived it hadn't been snowing at all but now in the few minutes he'd been there the snow was several inches deep on the ground and it was still falling at an unbelievable rate.

“No!” Marius cried, rushing over to the window as if that was somehow going to make it all go away. “I'll never get my presents delivered in time now!”

Shori couldn't help smirking a little. Although he felt sympathy for Marius, the reindeer antlers he had on his head made it kind of hard to take him seriously. 

“Don't worry, Mari,” He said. “Let's watch the weather forecast and see what they say. I'm sure the snow will stop soon.”

When they turned on the TV though, the weather lady didn't agree with him. She informed them that the snow was probably going to last for a while and that it wouldn't be safe to leave the house for a few days. Then the TV screen went completely black and Marius began to cry. Not really knowing what to do, Shori awkwardly put an arm around him and softly told him not to cry.

“But Christmas is tomorrow! What if I'm not able to make it home to spend time with my family?” Marius wailed.

Still clueless as to how to respond, Shori gave the brown-haired boy a half-hug. Marius wasn't satisfied with this so he pulled him into a proper embrace. They stayed like this for while until Marius calmed down. Well, more or less. He stopped crying but instead started waving his arms about like he was trying to fly.

“Calm down,” Shori laughed, grabbing his hands to stop him from flapping them. “We haven't finished decorating our tree yet. Why don't you help me?”

With those few words Marius seemed to forget about everything. He jumped three feet in the air then skipped over to the half-decorated Christmas tree. 

* * *

After decorating their “Sexy Tree” as they called it, Shori and Marius were back on the couch. Marius was fast asleep on Shori's lap and Shori was picking bits of tinsel out of the little prince's hair, his reindeer antlers now lost in all the mess. Both boys had gone a tad overboard with adding the decorations so in the end they'd taken some of the tinsel off and flicked it at each other. They'd called Marius' parents sometime before to let them know that he was safe and would be spending the night at Shori's. Shori's parents had also called to tell him that they were staying at a hotel as they weren't able to make it home due to the snow.

After their tinsel fight they'd played Hide and Seek, messed up Shori's bedroom and raided the kitchen for sweets and cake. Then they'd just sat on the couch and talked until Marius climbed into Shori's lap uninvited and fell fast asleep. Shori had tried to fall asleep too but for some reason he couldn't (although he had been tired earlier) so he'd just resorted to playing with the younger boy's hair.

Shori turned around to look at the clock on the wall above him. It was 12am and he still couldn't sleep. Hoping that Marius was a heavy sleeper, he gently moved the boy off his lap and got up. He groaned a little but he must've been having a nice dream because he just let out a small giggle and continued sleeping. Shori smiled.

Shori was going to go into the other room to play on his computer but discovered that the power was still out when he tried to turn the light on. At the corner of his eye he spotted his and Marius' unusual Christmas tree with all the tempting presents underneath. Realizing that it was 12am, therefore technically Christmas, he approached the tree and his eyes fell on Marius' present. He sat crossed-legged on the floor, facing the tree and grabbed the present without a second thought. He unwrapped it as gently as he could, as not to wake Marius.

Inside was a box. The teen opened the box to reveal a bracelet that could only be described a pink. Chuckling, he read the card.

To Shori-kun,

Buying presents for you is hard! I hope you like it though. I have a matching one. It's not too girly, is it?

Frohe Weihnachten (That means Merry Christmas in German!)

Marius


Biting his lip to keep himself from smiling too widely, Shori slipped the bracelet onto his wrist. Then, suddenly feeling tired again he went to join Marius on the couch. Lying down beside him, he put his arms around his friend and soon was dead to the world. Shori didn't notice at that the time, but for a second Marius awoke. He giggled cutely and whispered, “Merry Christmas, Shori-kun.” before letting sleep overcome him once more.

[Fanfiction] Happy Birthday Monkey Face

Title: Happy Birthday Monkey Face
Author: SOUrah xxotakuchiceexx
Fandom: JE; Sexy Zone
Pairing: MariSou
Rating: G
Genre: Fluff
Disclaimer: No money is being made.
A/N: Oh wow, another MariSou fic. Well, it was Sou's birthday yesterday and I really wanted to write something for his birthday, him being my bias in SZ so this was born. Also, if you're in the mood for some more MariSou candletoes as written the most adorable MariSou fic for me and asdfghjkl I love it sooo much.

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Did anybody remember?

Sou asked himself this as he arrived home from the supermarket. There had been no cards from his school friends, no presents from his Johnny's friends, no cake from his parents. Not even his best friend, Marius had wished him a happy birthday. He'd just said hi and asked him if they could go over a particular dance step he was finding difficult together. Just like any other normal day.

Sou didn't want everybody to make a big fuss over him, he would've been just fine with a card or two. It just hurt that not a single person remembered. His parents had even made him go food shopping after work.

He attempted to remove his keys from his pocket with the heavy grocery bags still in both hands but ended up dropping everything and crying out in frustration. Could this birthday get any worse? He picked up his keys and fumbled with them until he finally managed to unlock the door. He scooped the two plastic bags off the ground, hoping that nothing had been broken then made his way into the house.

“I'm ho-”

He stopped short when he saw that his entire front room was covered in party decorations. His parents plus all his friends from Johnny's and school were sat around the table in the centre of the room that had a bright blue birthday cake on top of it. There was also a pile of gifts in all sizes in the corner of the room. Sou beamed. Everything he could possibly want. Except-

Sou knew there was something missing but he didn't have time to think about it as all his friends began to pester him to open their present first, his mom suggested they cut the cake before unwrapping presents, his dad wanted to know what music to put on. Sou laughed, getting into the party mood and banishing whatever it was from his mind. He strode over to the table, deciding he would cut the cake first.

It was a personalized cake in his favourite colour, blue and it had his name written across it. He turned to all his friends and family, still beaming and said,

“Who's idea was this?”

“Marius'.” His mom told him.

It was then that he realized what was missing. He looked around the room to confirm. Yes, his best friend, Marius was absent from his surprise party.

“Where is he?” Sou asked.

Kento was about to explain that Marius had rushed off after rehearsal, not really saying anything but then, as if on queue, the front door opened and Marius trudged in, looking like a zombie.

“Mari?” Sou exclaimed. He rushed over to the younger boy and gave him a hug, slightly fearful that if he didn't give him something to lean on he would topple over.

“Happy birthday, Sou-chan.” Marius whispered.

Okay, Sou thought. Marius' sleepy voice is adorable.

Sou squeezed Marius for a little longer then pulled away from the embrace, hands still on his shoulders just in case.

“Where were you?” Sou interrogated.

“Shopping.”

Sou chuckled inwardly but tried his best to look serious. “That doesn't explain anything.”

“Right, sorry.” Marius yawned. “I was shopping for your present.”

“But why are you so tired?”

“I stayed up all night trying to think of a present for you and I haven't had a change to rest since then.” Marius yawned again.

“Oh, Mari,” Sou half-laughed. “You didn't have to do that. If you couldn't find a present for me then that's okay – this party is more than enough.”

Fuma and Shori were whistling on the other side of the room. Sou had almost forgotten they were there. He stuck a tongue out at them then turned back to Marius.

“Do you want to take a nap in my room?”

“No, it's your birthday and I want to spend it with you!” Marius said, trying to look more awake. “Anyway, I got you this. But don't open it until after the party, okay?” The German boy reached into  the bag he was carrying and handed Sou a pink envelope. Fuma and Shori started whistling again, Kento joining them this time. Sou and Marius both ignored them.

“It's nothing special, okay? So don't laugh when you open it.” Marius mumbled, not meeting Sou's gaze.

“I won't laugh,” Sou vowed. “I know whatever it is I'll love it because it's from you.”

Marius blushed and the three oldest (although they weren't acting like it) members of Sexy Zone's jeering got louder. Sou was about to take revenge on them (as best he could being younger and smaller than all of them) but then his mom announced it was high time they cut the cake so he changed tactics eagerly. The other members of Sexy Zone as well as everyone else joined him at the table and they all broke into a chorus of Happy Birthday that featured Kento repeatedly poking Sou beneath his nose and a hilarious impromptu rap by Fuma.

* * *

Sou laughed to himself, recalling the day's events as he entered his bedroom after brushing his teeth. He'd been so upset at the thought of no-one having remembered his birthday but when he'd come home to discover the party he'd been that much happier.

As he sat down on his bed, Sou's thoughts drifted to Marius. His best friend had left later than everyone else but even though it had just been the two of them he still hadn't let Sou open the envelope.

That's right, the envelope! Everyone was gone now so he could open it. He couldn't wait to see what was so important that only his eyes could see it.

Sou got up, grabbed the pink envelope up off the dresser where he had left it and opened it carefully. Inside was a card. He pulled the card out but something else fell out and sank to the floor. It was a piece of paper. He picked it up but studied the card first.

It was blue - his favourite colour, just like the cake but that wasn't the most striking thing about it. It also had a picture of a cartoon monkey on it. Sou smiled and opened the card.

To Sou-chan,

Happy birthday, Monkey Face!!! Sorry I couldn't get you something better.

Love Mari


Sou couldn't help smiling and he even felt the pace of his heart beat quicken a little. Marius was just so cute. Even the tsundere Fuma had often said so.

For a moment he got distracted, thinking about how he was going to tease Marius about the card the next day but then he remembered the neatly-folded piece of paper in his other hand. He put the card with all his others on his dressing table (but slightly in front to show how special it was) then gently unfolded the paper.

To Sou-chan,
This is what I really wanted to write in that card:

I saw a lot of things that you might like but I didn't think that any of them were good enough for my Sou-chan and in the end I ran out of time. I wanted to get you the best gift ever as a thank you for always looking out for me. No, that's not what I really want to say. This is even hard to say in written form! What I mean is I really like you. Like, really. Like, you know. You know what I mean, don't you? Oh, I suppose you don't. I mean my heart beats really fast when you're around and I get really excited when I know I'm going to see you. Being with you makes me really happy and I always want to be close to you. Do you understand what I mean now? I hope so! Sorry if this is long! Happy birthday, Monkey Face!!!

Love Mari


Sou's heart was now hammering against his chest and he wasn't sure what to do. He feels the same way! He screamed mentally. Marius feels the same way about me as I do about him!

Sou was full of so many emotions – excitement, fear, happiness, confusion. He snatched his phone up from where it was charging and was about to give Marius a call when he caught a glimpse of what time it was on the phone's screen and remembered how tired Marius had been earlier. Instead, Sou decided to shoot him a quick text.

Just read your note. Let's talk tomorrow. Love you.

He hesitated for a long while before hitting 'send'. How would Marius react to the last part? After a few minutes had pasted he ended up sending the message with his eyes closed. He got an instant reply.

Okay, see you then. Love you too.

Sou smirked as he sent another text back.

Were you waiting up for me?

The reply.

Yes. Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to sleep now. Goodnight, Monkey Face.

After responding with another 'goodnight' Sou shut his phone off, still smirking. Then he carefully placed Marius' letter down on the dresser next to the monkey card. After that, forever smiling, he climbed into bed and fell asleep almost as soon as his head hit the pillow, sweet dreams of Marius playing in his mind all night.