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I like TIF, but I’m not an expert. Well, maybe I’m an expert.       Ok, I’m an expert.

31 May

Since TIF is only 83 days away I’m going to start sharing some TIF advice. And you’re welcome.

It’s either that or write about how Runapon has so much inner and outer beauty that sometimes I can’t even look at her. It’s like, “OMG, I’m blinded by inner beauty!” And then a second later, “OMG, too much outer beauty!”

Anyway, when planning the perfect TIF schedule pay attention to the shows with names like “Osaka Something Something Party” and “Chubby Idol Jamboree”
Most of the stages at TIF are set up to allow fans to enter and exit whenever they want. This makes it easy to follow your favorite groups and watch predia from the front row–if that’s your thing. However, there are a few “special” stages that are treated differently and in order to watch you’ll have to actually get in a queue and at the conclusion of the performance leave the stage. [Stephanie Tanner: How rude!] This is easier explained by the timetable:

If you want to watch one of the shows that are highlighted in yellow (like TIF 2014 x Idol Jam Z Special Stage), you would have to arrive at the stage prior to the start and get in a queue that is specifically set up for that show. For some of these, pretty much anything with Idoling, you would have to arrive 30-60 minutes early. Total waste of time obviously, but this unintentionally happened to me last year because I wanted to see a group called READY TO KISS. My plan was to arrive at Enjoy Stadium early in order to check out TIF x Idol Jam Z since Street-sei was participating and by arriving super early I’d eventually have front row for READY TO KISS. Unfortunately, when I arrived there was a massive queue outside the venue and getting in was impossible. And yes, I tried to force my way through, but it didn’t work! So I ended up waiting an hour for the Idol Jam show to finish and for TIF staff to clear out the venue before it was reopened to resume normal performances. If none of this makes sense, just nod and pretend it does. The main problem with these special stages is having to leave at the conclusion of the show, which prevents you from watching the group performing immediately afterward. If both shows involve your favorite group, you’d have to choose one or the other, or watch the first, leave as fast as possible by pushing people out of your way, and then re-enter the stage at which point you would be in the back row–unless you force your way to the front, which trust me, is much harder than it seems. After you’ve pushed 10 people, you’re going to get pretty tired. After pushing 20 people, you’ll probably collapse and be forced to take a nap right then and there. So pay attention to these shows when planning your schedule!

Also try to organize your TIF schedule so it doesn’t look like this:

And everyone, please stop talking about Secret Court!!
It’s because everyone keeps talking about Secret Court for no reason whatsoever that Secret Court now looks like this
instead of this If we could just stop talking about Secret Court, Secret Court would be like, *rumble rumble–crashes through the roof of Fuji Studio* “It’s me Secret Court! I’m baaack. And don’t worry it’s ok to talk about me now!” 

So everyone, please stop talking about Secret Court, ok?

Hey, let’s start a global campaign to bring back Secret Court!
To the twitterverse! They must hear our demands: the Return of Secret Court, a 100% increase in bikini stages, and um… free ice cream for everyone!  [I thought we weren’t supposed to talk about Secret Court] Oh yeah, nevermind.

Can we talk about IDOL NATION now?
IDOL NATION is on August 3, the day after TIF, and SUPER☆GiRLS, Doll☆Elements, Idoling, and World Standard will be performing. Although I’m surprised Doll☆Elements is in the lineup, this means I’m halfway towards my goal of seeing them 10 times this trip. That’s so GEM!™ Speaking of GEM, hopefully they’ll be there also, although they already have something booked that day. I’ll enter the ticket lottery tomorrow, but I grow bored of this topic, next!

Something something Anime Expo
Anime Expo (AX) is a yearly anime/ Japanese pop culture convention in Los Angeles that usually features at least one J-pop group or solo artist. In the past six years, this has included groups like Morning Musume, AKB48, Kalafina, and soloist Erina Mano. This year Momoiro Clover Z will be performing *golf clap*. I don’t actively follow them, but I was briefly a fan in 2010 when Momoka joined and Akari was still in the group. That’s when I discovered PASSPO and it was literally game over for every other idol group for two years. The concert should be fun though, and I’ll purchase my AX ticket this week. Well, that’s about it… wait a sec, OMG I just had a crazy idea!

Doll☆Elements should perform at Secret Court!