The Universe’s Most precious Glance
Remember Yukirin’s Bridal Dress in Shortcake?
It had a pair!
That pair is Mayuyu’s!
A set of Bridal Dresses!!!!
Fear not, the madness fit is over. I am okay now. But from Sunday Night (After watching RH) and then seeing the SKE extras from Choko no Dorei, I completely lost it like jiyeon over there.
2012 Jan just got royally screwed over!
But first things first….MAYUKI.
To those who have heard of Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, can you please tell me if there is a hidden level beyond self fulfilment and actualization?
Because after this RH, I have lost all need for anything else!
I feel…to put it in simplest of terms, PERFECT – in mind, body and soul!
Can you believe it that all this time, I have not even wished at any moment to have a Mayuki Temo Demo? Can you believe that? Can you imagine my everything when it actually happened?
At that moment I believe I reached the point that raised the great Buddha to God status.
Only of course I ain’t so pure so god-status = denied!
It was like my heart was touched by the one true Almighty and made me realise I had this wish deep down, the truest of wishes that came straight from within my soul that I only realised was there after it had been granted!
A Mayuki Temo Demo no Namida!
As for the performance itself,
Yukirin said it best on her G+ post…
Whenever I sing with Mayu, I think I have the strong feeling that it is different than usual!
Truest words I’ve ever read!
I had originally planned to write over 10000 words about this Temo Demo but I figured even the most royal of readers would not be able to handle the fan-girling mode that post represented so I am sorry to say that if you find this post cheesy, you have absolutely no idea how I am feeling right now. In fact best not even think about it.
I just cut down my excitement about 80% to bring the post down to normal levels!
When these two made their way on that stage, I swear I almost had the first ever black-out due to a heart attack in my life!
Family asleep? Fuck them!
Shared-wall house with neighbours? I hope you have nightmares!
By the time these longest 2 or so minute were over, my throat was worse than a tuberculosis patient!
All you dear followers on tumblr who were lucky enough to not have me during the live stream due to me working that morning, give a prayer to your gods because you were very lucky to not have had me with you there.
This Temo Demo was so…special to me that I don’t even want to share my true feelings of it because I will feel…emptied of my happiness somehow.
So I will keep this short.
I have never before, and I have seen them all, seen Yukirin display so many emotions in an version of Temo Demo no Namida up to date and in fact I doubt i will ever will again.
Even if it is with Mayuyu the next time, it will be different!
Remember the TomoYuki song that was almost perfect to their relationship?
Forget it because it just got de-throned!
Temo Demo has a unique teme to it that had never quite fit Yukirin with anyone before, let alone all the other version.
Until now that is.
I had to whip out the English translations of the song, re-watch the Mayuki version while I read the lyrics until I didn’t need the translations anymore.
By then, If I was put in an EVA, my sync ratio would have made the angels assplode from my mere presence!
I kid you not!
What Yukirin said in her blog post about this performance was true and as clear as day and night.
This was the song that finally made Mayuki confess their true feelings right in front of everybody and yet…
I feel almost ashamed to see how everyone simply missed this fact.
Everyone was just awed by the simple fact of Mayuki performing it and others didn’t find it even near the best of versions. Some even pick three others over this one!
I can not even begin to comprehend that.
I admit that before Sunday, I was a great fan of the original because of how perfect it was when performed by the original two.
But the meaning behind the song never really was one with Yukirin and Mikachii’s relationship.
This goes for all the others.
I loved the other versions but for different reasons, like the YukiRena one was out of pure Oshi and KamiPairing love.
When Mayuki happened, all other versions were completely flooded into submission.
It was like AkiP was waiting for the right moment for Mayuyu to reach that maturity level before allowing them to take the song on and it was perfect.
Mayuki’s relationship from their meeting at that train station where fate wrote the title to their life’s story all the way back in 2006 to now, all these feelings were the missing ingredient to give us the most perfect version of Temo Demo no Namida.
I admit during the first few watches, I too was on the slitly un-impressed side because I felt – At first, only at first, that the true Mayuki was not being represented.
This was because of Mayuyu….
Look at those caps above.
Then compare them to Yukirin’s before them.
Mayuyu had this expression on most of the time which led me to the FALSE conclusion that she was not relaying her true feelings while Yukirin on the other hand was baring her very Mayuyu-filled part of her soul.
This is where the feeling of disappointment arose from – Even though very small and a simply a shadow from the revelation that this was Mayuki actually performing Temo Demo.
But this was normal fan’s take on what was before their eyes to face value.
But I am no normal Mayuki fan.
I did not watch Mayuki no Namida (calling it that from now on) just once, twice, four times.
I watched it 39 times!
And that was all I could remember. Zoomplayer (My no.1 choice of watching videos but not my default) gave me a play count of 25.
I have this video on my Nexus 7. I have no idea how much I watched Mayuki no Namida on it before bed.
Then there is the default video player MPCHC as well.
Indeed in fact I cut down a lot of views but 32 delivers the point.
And so after so much critical watching, things were bared to me that rendered me in the state I am still trying to recover from.
Let me share some…
Somewhere at the beginning
Study Mayuyu’s look in that lover cap and Yukirin’s. What does it tell you? Now, please do apply Mayuki to that train of thought.
After you’ve gotten your answer, then scroll back up to the first one and think about Yukirin.
Not making sense yet? Don’t panic hang in there.
Let’s move onto the next level.
Perhaps the first level was too hard. So how about this one?
This is the part where the two bro-fist each other (It looks like that in every other Namida).
It sure doesn’t look like a bro-fist here, does it? Actually it loks completely different and it is not the camera angle.
TIP: Concentrate on the top one more. Study their positions carefully.
Next, study the other members.
No matter what version is may be, have you ever seen the girls with such a reaction? (Or lack of?) This is either the shitiest Namida they’ve ever seen or they are completely aboard the sailing Mayuki.
On other Namida, members are always dancing to the moves doing what the singers are doing, with their arms for instance.
It was like something was stolen from them.
I know that feeling so well!
I got more for you…This one is the KILLER!
I implore you to study each cap carefully please.
Dai hiinto: EXPRESSSIONS!
Pause…spend a few more seconds on Mayuyu please!
STAP! STAP I SAY!
This time, Yukirin is the subject
Re-think back a few caps.
I have never seen Yukirin so shy with Mayuyu before, no, in Temo Demo before.
All Yuki Temo Demo that was happened before, she was like how Mayuyu was here. Always serious to the point of me second guessing the meaning behind Temo Demo. Too serious.
That seriousness was no where to be seen here. If it was, it was shifted, brilliantly I might add, into Yukirin displaying those emotions through out Mayuki no Namida.
The part where they cross each other to change positions, Yukirin couldn’t meet Mayuyu’s gaze.
I didn’t put up the cap for that but it happened before the above when Mayuyu went to the right to Yukirin’s position. That moment Yukirin looked off to the side to avoid Mayuyu’s gaze like someone in pure love.
Actually, let me whip out that cap quickly…
There we go
The second time the crossed to get back to their position, Yukirin finally caves and catches Mayuyu’s eye.
Take note of the intensity of Mayuyu’s gaze right before that. The feelings within! No wonder Yukirin couldn’t handle it!
The moment Yukirin caught her gaze, Mayuyu let slip the first and only smile in the performance. It felt like the most priceless thing in the world at that moment.
That moment lasted as long as it takes one to blink.
Thank God I am an internet-whore and we don’t blink, in like minutes. But I am sure that even if I missed it, I would have caught it eventually in the many times I watched this.
Just a milli second and Mayuyu was back to her serious self and Yukirin to her shy shy self looking towards the ground like a…Oh, I said that already, didn’t I?
That moment there was what let my ill feeling leave my heart.
It was soon completely rased from my mind sooner than later when Mayuyu showed let the curtains fall.
Please go back up and re-see these caps if you didn’t notice anything…
I don’t know if it was planned or God’s will or what but there was this moment,
Mayuki are kept in a long crossfade/transition where are both on the screen. It is so long that I almost think it a side-by-side effect but it is not.
Then Yukirin’s scene finally begins to fade into Mayuyu’s and it looks, here is a thing,
It looks like Yukirin is disappearing
From Mayuyu’s side!
At this moment I feel my breathing hitch.
THEN THE NAIL IS DRIVEN HOME
Mayuyu who has been serious face all this time finally breaks that farce
As Yukirin disappears, so does Mayuyu’s expression change,
Slowly as if in slow motion,
The confident and hard Mayuyu transforms into this weak Mayuyu that,
By the end of that scene cut, she is almost into tears!!!
My heart is struggling again people, give me a moment…
Okay, I am okay…
Please tell me you are getting the points I am trying to put across.
Goddess, Mayuki T.T)
FAVOURITE COUPLE EVER!
Mayuki no Namida is the best Namida!
Sore ga Watashi no Hatsukoi – That’s my First Love
Forget Yasusu. If he thinks Yukirin needs to learn about love, he really doesn’t know anything about her!
I best stop here, my heart is getting screwy again…
The Presence, Goddess the Mayuki Presence on that Stage!