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This is (not) an announcement

It seems pretty obvious that most people found my project update post distasteful. I apologize for that. After realizing that some of our project updates are buried in random threads with dozens, if not hundreds, of comments, it was obvious that we needed an actual post that provided people with updates on our projects. Please note that this post will (possibly?) be updated if things turn around. So for now, it’ll be marked as a sticky.

I want to make it very clear that with this post, no one should be commenting on the status of our projects in other posts anymore. This will result in your email and IP being marked as spam and you being banned indefinitely. I’m sure you understand where the frustration comes from, so I won’t bother to explain. Just know that, if UTW picks up projects for winter and we find comments asking about a project listed below, said person will be banned.

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Cinderella Girls – 07

What is wrong with you?What is wrong with you?

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While I’ve managed to stretch daily, I was only able to make good on the running twice in the last week because work is killing me. I need to find more time for idol training, but it’s hard when my boss is crawling up my ass with hardhat and flashlights looking for finished assignments a month earlier than they can even be digested. Maybe the first step I need to take to become an idol is to quit my job.

Anyway, in order to say that I’ve done something each day towards becoming an idol, on every day that I don’t or can’t run, I’m going to do crunches until I can’t move. It should help on the stamina end of things, and only take about a minute or two each time since I’m that out of shape.

Idols usually don’t look it, but they’ve got big, strong, tough muscle. If you listen to their interviews and radio programs, they like to complain about keeping their figure while developing tons of it. I was planning on starting a workout routine other than running this week, but I haven’t had time to read up on it—or anything else. May as well go with this since I’ll end up all muscly from being an idol anyway.

Now to get back to work.

This is an Announcement – RIP Seitokai Yakuindomo Bleep

So it’s been nearly a year plus 3 translators later, and this still isn’t finished, so consider this an obituary post. Sorry guys, but it wasn’t meant to be or something. しかたがありませんぞ~。

Cinderella Girls – 06


BEST RINI wish I could call this my before and after, but I’m still three inches off the ground from what would be the “after” image. Rin Hoshizora is the best Rin, though.

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Last week’s stretch routine wasn’t particularly difficult, but it definitely takes a lot of time. It’s taking a good half hour of every day, when I never had much time to spare in the first place. I need to cut down, so I’ll reduce to stretches 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 from the previous post, still holding for one minute and cycling three times. It should bring my stretching time down to about 20 minutes per day.

The main reason for cutting down is for the addition of this week’s training to my daily routine. It’s the first bit of training that will actually involve bodily strain: cardio. There are a few reasons to start cardio before much else, like stamina for dance practice, improved balance, stabilized singing voice―the voice changes as the rest of the body does. But for me, I mainly need to lose some weight.

In terms of weight, I’m about average for my height. But it’s about 20 pounds over idol weight, and my shape isn’t all that great. In my research, I’ve found that most nutritionists/anatomists/coaches recommend starting a workout routine before starting on a diet, so I’m going to add the workout first, and the diet later.

Also, it seems that 30 minutes of moderate running three or four times a week is a good goal for time-efficiency balance. Since I’m short on time and hope to improve faster, I can’t really go with this recommendation. Instead, I’ll go with running 3 miles every other day.

Unfortunately, I’m out of shape, so it won’t be possible to hit 3 miles from the get-go. I’ll need to work my way up from couch to 3 miles. I know I can run a mile in 8 minutes just fine―sometimes I have to when I’m late for work in the mornings―but any longer distances or shorter times, I don’t know. So I’ll start with 1 mile every other day and increase by 0.5 miles each week until I hit 3 miles. Assuming I can maintain 8 minutes per mile, this will take about 25 minutes every other day. Hopefully, I can drop the time lower, because I’m really short on time lately.

And of course, I’ll stretch before I run, since I don’t want to get hurt.

Cinderella Girls – 05

Shikaco time.

Shikaco time.

Shikaco time.

Shikaco time.

Shikaco time.

Shikaco time.

Shikaco time.At first, I wanted to get caps of Rhythmic, but there weren’t any good ones. Then I thought to get caps of Shikaco stuffing her face and getting totally wasted with Chanco, Seki, Aya, and Dad, but it’s freaking hard to get good caps of that. I was tempted to put in magazine scans, but our audience isn’t the most mature in the world. So finally, I pulled out some concert DVDs and capped what I could.

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Did you enjoy your first week of idol training? Probably wasn’t what you expected, right? Who knew that proper breathing technique would be so important?

I had a great time learning how to breathe properly. I feel better rested in the morning, even with the same amount of sleep each night. And I feel less fatigued and a lot more productive at work during the day. If you haven’t joined this idol training program, I highly recommend that you do.

Anyway, it’s going to be another fun week of low-strain training. But we’re still stuck at the basics―another something simple but necessary for both singing and dancing: balance and flexibility.

In both singing and dancing, a great amount of bodily control is necessary. In singing, a flexible and balanced body is a stabilized body, stabilizing the voice as well. And when dancing, they prevent injury and helps produce graceful, flowing movements. They also assist in making sounds and movements reproducible, so they are absolutely necessary for performance.

What’s more, we’ll be adding basic exercise to the training regimen in the near future, for which we’ll want to reach a certain level of balance and flexibility before we start. We don’t want anyone to get hurt.

Any stretch, like an exercise, targets specific joints and muscles. To stabilize the singing voice, we’ll want to target the hips, chest, and shoulders. And to improve in dance, we’ll want to target the shoulders, arms, and everything below the hips. I’ve gathered a few stretches that are supposed to be effective. But I’m not an expert in anatomy, so I can’t make any promises.

Holding stretches for much longer than one minute isn’t marginally effective, but anything less than half a minute isn’t particularly effective. And interspersing and repeating stretches is good for developing flexibility faster. So I’ll be holding each stretch for one minute, and cycling through the entire set three times, daily.

Remember, don’t strain yourself. If you can’t do the full stretch, go as far as you can without pain and hold it for a minute. You’ll slowly gain the flexibility to do the full stretch over time.

Oh, and remember to keep diaphragmatic breathing.

Stretch 1
Place a waist-high stable object such as a table or chair about half a body-length from the wall. Stand up straight with your back, butt, and heels against the wall, feet shoulder-width apart. Raise your arms flat against the wall. Keeping your back straight and your butt and heels against the wall, bend at the waist until your arms rest on the stable object. If you can, keep your butt and heels against the wall and your back straight while bending at the waist, placing your hands near your toes.

Stretch 2
Stand up straight in an open area, feet shoulder-width apart, arms down. Raise and bend your right leg, placing the soles of your foot on your left knee, toes toward the ground. Your right knee should be pointing outward to your right. Raise your arms straight, so your fingers point straight upwards.

Repeat with the other leg.

Stretch 3
Sit up straight in an open area with your legs straight forward and flat on the ground, knees touching. The backs of your knees should be on or near the ground. Raise your arms straight, so your fingers point straight upwards. Keeping your back and legs straight, gently bend at the waist to bring your arms down beyond your feet. If possible, grab the arches of your feet and pull gently, bringing your head down to your knees. Your back should be kept straight at all times.

Stretch 4
Sit up straight in an open area with your right leg out at a 45-degree angle from the direction you are facing. Bend your left knee so that your left foot is on your right inner-thigh and the outer side of your left leg is on the ground. Raise your arms straight, so your fingers point straight upwards. Bend on your right waist, feeling a slight tug in your left stomach and chest, and bring your left hand to the toes of your right foot. If possible, grab the toes with your left hand and bring your head down to your knees.

Repeat with the other leg.

Stretch 5
Sit up straight in an open area. Bend both knees so that the soles of both feet are touching completely like mirror images. Bring both heels as close as possible to your inner-thighs. Press down on your knees so that the knees and outer sides of both legs touch the ground. Bring your head straight down. If your feet are far from your inner thighs, bring your head down to your feet. If your feet are close to your inner thighs, bring your head down to the ground.

Stretch 6
Get on your hands and knees in an open area. Keep your back straight. Set your knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly forward of your shoulders. Lift your knees off the ground and place your feet flat on the ground. Keeping your arms and back straight, straighten your legs so that your legs form a right angle with your torso, butt raised high in the air.

Stretch 7
Sit up straight in an open area with your legs straight forward and flat on the ground, knees touching. Slide your left foot under your right knee until your left heel touches your right butt. Cross your right leg over your left and pull your right heel around until it touches your left butt. Keep your weight on your butt. Stretch your right arm out parallel to the ground, thumb pointing towards the ground and palm facing behind you. Stretch your left arm out parallel to the ground, thumb pointing upwards and palm facing ahead of you. Bend both arms at the elbows, bringing your right hand behind your back from below and your left hand behind your back from above. Try to bring your hands together, and if possible hook fingers.

Repeat with the other side.

Stretch 8
Kneel on the floor with your knees shoulder-width apart. Your back should form a single line with your thighs, perpendicular to the floor. The tops of your calves and tops of your feet should form a single line, all touching the ground. Place your palms on your heels. Keeping your thighs and lower back straight and supporting yourself on straight arms, bend backwards from your middle back until your arms are perpendicular to the ground and your head is over your feet. Make sure your pelvis is not thrusted out or your butt bent―your thighs and lower back should form a single line perpendicular to the ground.

Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] – 04-06


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SD is dropped because I don’t feel like wasting my time doing them anymore, and > 2015, even my Macbook Pro can play HD fine.
Also slow because of TLC, and my lack of enthusiasm for fansubbing these days. Thank Xythar for making these happen.

Cinderella Girls – 04

Sometimes, it can be hard to breathe.

Sometimes, it can be hard to breathe.

Sometimes, it can be hard to breathe.

Sometimes, it can be hard to breathe.I don’t have COPD.

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Episodes 1-3 were updated for dual subtitle tracks and minor fixes.

Welcome to the first week of idol training. It’s going to be tough, rough, and grueling for both me and everyone who’s joining me. But we’ll get through it and become idols.

What do idols do? Well, I see them singing and dancing in a lot of concerts. In fact, one of my favorite idol groups just had a concert this weekend. I wish I could have gone, but the ticket lottery is always rough.

We’ll start with the basics―something simple but necessary for both singing and dancing: proper breathing technique.

In both singing and dancing, it’s necessary to get the maximum amount of air into the lungs. In singing, this is clearly necessary when hitting long notes. And when dancing, or any kind of vigorous exercise, more air means more blood oxygenation, which means more cellular respiration and less lactic acid fermentation―more stamina and less muscle pains.

At the same time, because breathing time is limited when singing, the breathing technique needs to fill the lungs quickly and effectively, even from an empty state. And because bodily control is of utmost importance when dancing, it should not produce visible movment in the dancer’s limbs.

All these requirements lead us to a single breathing method: diaphragmatic breathing.

In diaphragmatic breathing, the diaphragm fully expands and contracts, making the belly expand, rather than the chest. This allows for quick, deep, high-volume inhalation and long, controlled, full-volume exhalation without significant visible movement. It also reduces stress. In other words, it’s the only way to breathe for an idol.

Diaphragmatic breathing is also useful for athletes. Because of the properties listed above, it keeps you going longer. If you compare your running times while diaphragmatic breathing and not diaphragmatic breathing, your times while diaphragmatic breathing will be lower, and you’ll feel less tired at the end.

Unfortunately, the body is prone to stray from diaphragmatic breathing as it gets tired or stressed. It takes a great deal of control to maintain diaphragmatic breathing, but it pays off―a lot.

How do we start diaphragmatic breathing? First, we should establish how you breathe normally.

Sit back in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Relax and place one hand on your upper chest and the other slightly above your belly button. Breathe normally. If your chest hand moves, then you are chest breathing. If your chest hand does not move, but your belly hand does move, you are diaphragmatic breathing.

Now we can start to control the way we breathe by developing a feel for diaphragmatic breathing. In the following instructions, do not inhale unless explicitly told to inhale.

Sit back in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Relax and place one hand on your upper chest and the other slightly above your belly button. Inhale. Hold the air in your lungs for a few seconds. Using your throat as a one-way valve, exhale. Exhale more. Exhale more. Exhale more. Exhale more. Exhale more. Exhale more. Your lungs should be completely empty, and you should feel strong pressure in your throat. Now relax your throat to let the air into your lungs, but do not control the breath―let the air flow in naturally. You should feel your chest hand remain stationary, while your belly hand moves.

How do we practice diaphragmatic breathing? There are two parts to the practice.

The first is doing it consciously throughout the day. Focus on your breathing. Exaggerate your belly movements while breathing. Feel your chest hand remain stationary while your belly hand moves. When inhaling, take in enough air to feel slight strain in your belly. When exhaling, exhale fully so that there is pressure to take air in for the next cycle.

The second is a dedicated exercise. Lie flat on your back with one hand on your upper chest and the other slightly above your belly button. Inhale through your nose, exaggerating your belly movements and feeling your chest hand remain stationary while your belly hand moves. Exhale fully through your mouth. As you inhale, count slowly to five. As you exhale, count slowly to ten. Your exhalation should be twice as long as your inhalation. Your inhalation should be deep enough to feel slight strain in your belly. Repeat this several times. If you do this before sleeping, you should have an easier time falling asleep and a more comfortable sleep.

Let’s start doing this as part of our daily routines. We’re gonna be idols!

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