Ryo-chan, Pi-chan : Whyyyyyyyyyy? T___T
For those who haven’t heard, Yamapi and Ryo have decided to leave NEWS to pursue other activities.
On October 7th, Johnny & Associates Inc. announced that two NEWS members, Yamashita Tomohisa and Nishikido Ryo, withdrew from the group on the same day. Yamashita will pursue his solo activities, and Nishikido will focus on his activities in Kanjani∞. Consequently, NEWS will continue their activities with four members: Koyama Keiichiro, Kato Shigeaki, Masuda Takahisa, and Tegoshi Yuya.
(source : tokyohive.com)
My sister and I are both very sad to hear this. I mean, it’s true that we’ve been a bit out of touch from the Jpop world ever since our favorite subber (newshfan) decided to shut down her site, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped being fans. NEWS was the very first jpop band that my sister and I obsessed over. They were the start of our jpop/j-drama madness (which soon expanded to kpop/kdramas and cpop/taiwanese dramas as well).
To be more specific, it was Yamapi who got us hooked. My sister introduced his dramas to me (it’s a long story how she discovered him – it actually started with anime, which we loved at the time), and ever since then I’ve been obsessed. And believe it or not, my sister and I have Yamapi to thank for the super close bond that we share nowadays. I actually wrote a journal entry about this on my deviantart waaaaaaaaaaay back in 2008, for Yamapi’s birthday. I suppose I’ll just paste what I wrote back then:
I first heard about him from my sister about 6 to 7 months ago. At first I didn’t pay attention to her whenever she told me that I should watch some of his series. I didn’t really enjoy watching Asian dramas back then.
Then one day we were stuck in campus with nothing to do. (We were waiting for her professor to release the exemption list for the finals :D) Luckily I had my laptop with me which contained the first few episodes of Kurosagi. (She somehow managed to get me to save them on my laptop back then. I think it was because she told me that the plot is similar to Deathnote … which was my obsession at the time) So I agreed to watch the first episode with her, and instantly got hooked.
That was the start of my JE boys obsession
I think the reason I enjoy watching Yamapi (and other JE boys) so much is not just because they’re extremely talented (and not to mention easy on the eyes) … but probably because it’s one thing that brings my sister and me closer together. We don’t really have a lot of things in common. We enjoy some of the same stuff, and we look very much alike (we’re often mistaken for twins) but our friends can definitely say that we have a very different taste about practically everything: food, clothes, boys … so I’m glad that we managed to find something that we both enjoy very much.
I’m the past, we usually stay locked up in our own rooms whenever we’re at home. But ever since we found this common interest, we don’t lock our doors anymore since we’re always invading each other’s rooms to talk about what’s new with these boys. If someone in the past told me that one day I would enjoy having my sister around me all the time, I’d probably think they’re nuts. But now, her room is one of the first places I go to when I come home.
So anyway, I want to wish Yamapi a very happy birthday. Please continue making albums, series and movies in the future, so that my sister and I never run out of things to talk about ^_____^
Now isn’t that sweet? LOL~ No, but seriously, before we started watching Asian dramas and listening to jpop/kpop, we didn’t really have that much in common. We’d watch different shows, had different hobbies, different friends, etc. We didn’t spend that much time together because we didn’t really have that much to talk about. But these days, you’d be begging us to shut up when we’re together because we’re so chatty with each other. But before you think that we’ve turned into obsessed girls who let fandom rule our life, I’d like to point out that we don’t just talk about fangirl stuff. True, it was what brought us closer, but we didn’t stop there. Over the years we’ve learned that we’re not so different after all.
Anyway, back to Ryo and Pi. I’ve been digging around online and discovered that a lot of fans are not only unhappy with this development, but some are actually angry. A lot of people have been unliking/unfollowing Yamapi’s facebook page. I’ve even read a few negative comments from fans on some discussions, mostly attacking his singing abilities.
“I’ve been waiting for so long for their comeback, and what i see now is withdrawal. this is unfair.”
“Well it’s hardy surprising, but I seriously doubt Yamapi’s talent when it comes to solo”
“yamapi.. no way, he wants a solo career?? sorry but i dont think he is talented enough for a solo career”
“SCREW YOU YAMAPI. SCREW YOU AND YOUR AUTOTUNED SOLO SHIT.”
I do have to agree that Yamapi doesn’t exactly have the best singing voice, but some of these comments are pretty harsh. I mean it’s his life, so he should be able to decide on his own path, right? Some fans are more understanding and have decided to support Ryo’s and Pi’s decision to leave:
“Their withdrawal was expected but nonetheless disappointing!”
“NEWS was the first group I fangirled over. I can help but feel that I grew up with this group. I feel betrayed. >_> But I also hope for development for all four of them.”
“It’s a shame but I will continue to listen to their music, new and old, with fondness.”
Surprisingly, Ryo doesn’t seem to be taking that much heat compared to Yamapi. I suppose it’s because they think his reason for leaving (difficulty in juggling two bands at once) is more valid than Yamapi’s decision to go solo. Also, some fans feel that Yamapi, being the leader of NEWS, committed the bigger act of betrayal. Ahh, drama~
Like some fans, I do feel a bit hurt that they had to leave, but I still wish them luck in their careers. Only time can tell us if they’re made the right decision or not. In the meantime, I’ll wrap this entry up with a mini picspam of NEWS:
We’ll miss you, Ryo-chan and Pi-chan!!! NEWS won’t be the same without you T__T