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BANANA FISH has closed down!

I can't believe this. One of my favorite Japanese street brand labels, BANANA FISH, has shut down operations!

The Official Site is down for "maintenance." The Independent (UK) even wrote a blurb about it HERE.

This sucks because BF was a really cool Japanese street fashion brand. They had clothing for men and women and their pieces were vibrant and a lot of fun to wear. You could pair their stuff with lolita (sweet and EGL), along with decora, etc, etc. Some of my favorite pieces are by this brand ;_;

What makes this worse is the fact that their store staff apparently had no idea that the company was closing. I was just looking at the blog of one of their staff members at their Shimokitazawa location (下北沢店). In her last entry, she mentioned that Banana Fish was having it's 10th anniversary soon and to celebrate the event, they were giving customers 30% off all their merchandise at the store. I know I should upload these pics myself, but if girlfriend is out of a job now, I doubt she'll care about me stealing the bandwidth of a blog for a store that no longer exists. These are some examples of BF's latest collection and coordinate examples. まかさん、makiさん, 本当にすみません。

* Ironic that they released a "Decade Thanks" tee to commemorate their 10th year in operation O___O

It looks like their CEO is MIA. Maybe the company is in Chapter 11 behind the scenes? The announcement was quite sudden and both the staff and the stores' customers were taken by surprise. Point cards are no longer valid, items that were ordered can't be shipped and money needs to be refunded. The whole thing sounds sketchy as hell. I feel the most sorry for the store staff, the desginers, etc that didn't know that their company was in trouble. Being a shop staff member is SRS BSNS in Japan, so I can imagine how devastating this must be for them. Shop staff are featured in magazines, tv shows, etc.

Damn. I really liked this brand ;A; I was thinking about selling my BF items... I think I'll hang on to them now.
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Elementary-school aged Junhyung *___*

cr: 요섭이이로와봐

So cute!! I believe this is his elementary school graduation photo. He totally looks the same :D And the HAIR!!! OMG. That's one hot haircut. lol. I'm pretty sure that I saw one of the BEG girls rocking that cut when they were promoting Sign and Abacadabra. Was it Narsha? Anyway, looks like Junhyunf has always been really fashion forward with his image... Well, that is, until this...

cr: capped by me

The "Before" and "After" captions...lololololol XD I knew guys that looked like that in school. I turned down and or ignored them. I wonder if any of them now look like this?

Oh god, I hope not!! Is it possible that I turned down a BAMF in the making? T__T Seriously though, Junhyung...DAMN. He is super fine, for real.
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[100218] BEAST for High Cut (Issue No. 23) now w/ English translations!

BEAST for High Cut: Take a look inside their bags

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The interviews are so cute! A lot of their stuff is from (rich) fans. lol. I'm impressed with whoever gave Junhyung that Creed perfume (it's $250 at Neiman Marcus!!). And I wonder who gave out Doojoon's number?? Oh snap...the interviewer described Hyunseung as having a "pint" sized head. Yoseob's a sweetheart for thanking his fans. And Dongwoon, as always, is so adorable by asking the reporter to take care of his/her health ♥♥

CREDITS: HIGHCUT.CO.KR (SOURCE), kiwiannabear@B2ST Rising (TRANS), I upped the images :)
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It took such a long time for the HD Bad Girl Beast (b2st) video to load. It kept starting and stopping. I took a few screenshots and this was one of the more humorous ones.

[On the right] Ki Kwang (formerly AJ) and Hyun Seung (formerly SO-1) are particulary funny in this shot. Oh, and since when am I interested in KPop and boy bands?! ♥

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Megane Moe

I've come to the realization that I have a serious megane moe. I think it started with Sumoto Ayu's excellent series, "Watashi no Megane-kun." OMG, Megane-kun is damn fine. Sure he's obsessive, psychotic, and little violent...but he's also considerate, caring, and he'll be damned if anything comes between him and Chouko. I got a hold of all the raws and I am in love with the series! Probably one of the best I've ever read. Very emotionally draining and enthralling.

Kawamaru Shin's "Maruhi Megane danshi club," pretty much solidified my megane moe by showcasing magane wearing guys via four of the sweetest yomikiri chapters I've ever read. The premise for the manga is that the photography club at Shirogane Koukou is really a front for a club dedcicated to photographing and fangirling over hot guys that wear glasses. The caveat here is that only guys who actually need the glasses to see are eligible to be fawned over. lol

Recently purchased a volume of yomikiri entitled "Megane (Hazushite mo ii desu ka?)." It contains eight free-standing stories that have male megane characters. Unfortunately, many of the characters don't wear their glasses for the duration of their story. The first story is pretty funny, but my favorite is 究極彼氏にやミツキ彼女 by Shiraishi Yuki. It's about a girl (Chisako) who used to be a yankee. After a chance encounter with a guy (Akimomi-kun), she gives up her former life and studies her ass off to follow him to his high school. They become a couple, but will the details of Chisako's former life threaten to destroy their relationship?! It's not as serious as it sounds. This yomikiri is super funny and Chisako isn't the typcial female lead I see in most shoujo manga.

Other megane characters worthy of moe:

Munechika from Gakuen Ouji

Tounomine Hajime from Otomen

Probably all megane wearing guys in yaoi manga
That guy from Ouran High School Host club...
That guy from Yamada Tarou Monogatari...
Those guys from CLAMP...

There are more...will have to edit and update.

Maybe I'll try to translate some of the manga I've been reading... It's mostly yomikiri, but it'll be good practice.