Hazuki Himari and Kagami Karin were recently added to the roster for 4th LIVE, so we’re now able to send them another flower stand!
All the D4DJ units unveiled their new stagecostumes at D4 FES, and we’ll be using these costumes for the illustrations. We’ll also be putting headshot illustrations on the message board this time as a reference to their newly released Dig Delight! single.
Happy Around! 1st LIVE was announced at D4DJ D4 FES! The event will take place at Shimokitazawa GARDEN, the live house which served as the birthplace for Poppin’Party, RAISE A SUILEN, and Argonavis!
Although the venue is too small to send a full size flower stand, we’d still like show our support for the seiyuu with backstage flowers! Here is an example of backstage flowers done by our florist for Kato Rihona and Otsuka Sae from Rondo!
These are often sent by individuals or small groups of people, but I’d like everyone to be able to chip in at least a small amount to show their support! We cannot fit a large number of names on the message card, so we will be addressing the flowers from overseas Digglers instead!
We used pink and blue flowers as the focal point to celebrate their new Dig Delight! single. Orange flowers were added because the color is shared by both Happy Around! and Merm4id. The flowers at the top were chosen to match the flowers on Merm4id’s costumes! Our florist also added a little ikebana flair and balloons to create a gorgeous arrangement!
The goal of this flower stand is to make Reochi feel a connection with all of her fans, fellow members, and everyone supporting her. I want all of us to come together to make Reo feel loved, and to make her laugh! れおちゃんにみんなが繋がってる気持ちをさせたいです。最大の笑顔は目指せ！ #チームRASと一緒にできたら何より嬉しいです！よろしくお願いします！
I’m aiming to keep the flower stand itself relatively simple and instead pack the illustrations and overall composition full of references. Reo is always talking about the little details and unseen effort (esp. from staff) that goes into lives. I want every part of the flower stand to include a little detail for her to unwind, like a flowery, illustrated advent calendar of delightful references. For example, the stand will be 152.5 cm tall, Reo’s exact height (the .5 cm is important!). れおちゃんは細かいことをよく話しますのでフラスタの見た目は「シンプル」ですがしっかり観ると色々繋がりと愛を表す形で作りたいです。
Three chibi characters (6.9cm x 4.6cm) will be surrounding Reo to present her flowers: • PAREO (RAISE A SUILEN, Bandori!) (shirt) • Shimizu Esora (Peaky P-Key, D4DJ) • Yumeoji Fumi (Rinmeikan Girls School, Starlight Re:LIVE)
PAREO will be on Reo’s head, throwing confetti (pink and teal PasuPare-like flowers) like she does for CHU²! Message: “Congratulations!” (日本語)
Esora will be on her right doing the Peaky P-Key pose with a big bang (dark green and orange flowers with pointy edges)! Message: “ピキ！” (Peaky!) (日本語)
Fumi will be atop a pool of light blue, lime green, red flowers and holding a bottle of her beloved (yuzu) ponzu with a tag that reads “栞より” (from Shiori). Message: “レッツポン酢！” (Let’s ponzu!) (日本語)
The message board will be a 27.5cm radius circle designed after Agematsu’s macarons (also CHU²’s macarons), representing all the circles of people around her. Contributor names will be placed in a ring around the inner edge, with Reo’s name in the center. The idea is to “surround” Reo with all her supporters!
The macarons will omit her colors and instead be colored after her fellow members!
Upright Macarons • RAS: Red (LAYER), Yellow (MASKING), Lime Green (LOCK), Light Blue (CHU²), Dark Blue (HANAZONO) • Rinmeikan: Light Purple (Tamao), Light Pink (Ichie), Light Green (Rui), Red (Yuyuko) • Peaky P-Key: Red (Kyouko), Violet (Shinobu), Gold (Jennifer)
Flat Macarons • Flag macarons for the contributors’ countries • Cream-colored macarons with”スタッフさん” (Staff) written on them, as Reo never fails to thank all the staff involved. One of these will also have（仮）written on it.
We will be using direct quote from her blog for a small message on the board: この繋がりが私達の宝です！ (This connection is our treasure!) 大好きです！！！ (We love you!!!) byチームRAS (by Team RAS. a reference to her old Twitter post signatures)
Reo will be wearing this dress, which was given to her by Raychell.
Her hair will be black & white twintails (PAREO/Esora), and she’ll be wearing the hat Raychell picked out for her, Pacabou! There will be small white ribbons (Esora), pink + teal hair ties (PAREO) and a star (Shiho) attached to Pacabou. Her earrings will be these ones picked out by her high school friend.
Reo will have her keytar on her back with three charms hanging off it! • The original heart pendant for the necklace with the “S” from her agency logo inside (the president of her agency, Satou Hiromi, picked it up by chance when she lost it) • The wind chime that Reo copied Meguchii’s pose with • The ornament from Fumi’s sash
This blog post will compile all the progress for the 3 Agency Joint Audition Crew 2nd Live Flower Stand! All updates will also be posted on my Twitter with the hashtag #OyuHimaringoKagamin2ndFlowers! → Flower Stand Tweet
Though only two of the three seiyuu ended up in the same D4DJ unit, I would like to continue supporting these three together for as long as they hold onto their bond as the joint audition crew! From here on out, they’ll be forming ties with many other seiyuu through their work and, hopefully, receiving lots of love and support regardless of where they go or who they end up with.
The concept for this flower stand is to theme the flowers/illustrations after their new D4DJ characters! As with the previous stand, the idea would be to divide the flower stand into three sections with an illustrated cutout for each seiyuu. The cutouts will have the seiyuu in their costumes, along with a small chibi of their characters.
We may play around the idea of using Oyu as the “Rinku” (link) between these three, though in practice this mostly just means having her in the center. The Happy Around! characters are also named after bridges, so this also ties into this concept.
Hazuki Himari → Merm4id (Hidaka Saori)
Nishio Yuka → Happy Around! (Aimoto Rinku)
Kagami Karin → Happy Around! (Akashi Maho)
These conveniently fall into Autumn-like colors, so we can play around this theme because the live is in October (Autumn)! It’s also vaguely in rainbow order with this arrangement, so that’s another idea.
Outfits for the illustrations are their stage outfits!
I wanted to compile the process for the 3 Agency Joint Audition Crew D4DJ 1st Live flower stand somewhere more collected than Twitter, so here we go!
The goal was to make Oyu, Himaringo, and Kagamin feel as much love and support as possible, from as many overseas fans as possible! Their audition results were only announced about three months prior so I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to gather enough support but I was amazed to actually receive a surplus of funds! I was also surprised and happy that someone from Japan personally reached out and asked if they could participate! I’ll definitely be more mindful of this in the future.
Thank you so much to everyone who participated. ^^ Special thanks to Tsukiyo for many things, @Witeria for illustrations, and @pastelprecure for graphic design! This was the first flower stand I’d ever organized and I couldn’t be happier with it! Thank youuu!
It all started with this poll. The goal was for the flowers to be more personal so the original idea was to do backstage flowers for each seiyuu, basically small bouquets that are sent backstage rather than a full flower stand. However, it later turned out that the venue didn’t allow backstage flowers so we went for a full stand instead!
From the start, the ideas for the colors were: Nishio Yuka: 2/3 black, 1/3 white—2/3rds of her clothes are black! Hazuki Himari: 1/2 choco brown, 1/2 mint green—she loves chocolate mint! Kagami Karin: red, white, blue—she was born in America!
It was way prettier when I got it from the illustrator but I had to make the colors and labels more specific for the florist and so it ended up like this. ^^;
We were approaching full funding far ahead of schedule and so I created a poll (the first of many) to decide what to do with excess funds. We settled on something “Decorative”, though it was closely tied with “Functional”. (I couldn’t actually think of something functional so this was a huge relief…)
We decided on teddy bears after a 15-0 vote! And their names? Nishio Yuka: DJ サプライズ/Surprise (from STAY TUNE #2, she loves surprises) Hazuki Himari: DJ Himaringo (Otsuka Sae’s nickname for her) Kagami Karin: DJ Sierra (from STAY TUNE #2, her middle name)
I went shopping shortly after and chose these three cuties and headphones for them!
DJ サプライズ looked way too smug and I just had to grab it for Oyu! DJ Himaringo was based on thin mints (i.e. chocolate mint)… what are the chances? DJ Sierra was super precious and gave me the same vibes I got from Kagamin on the one and only stream she had been on at the time (STAY TUNE #2).
Also bought ribbons!
At this point, the names for DJ Surprise and DJ Sierra were good to go but DJ Himaringo didn’t feel quite right so I created another poll (but not before messing the previous poll up first, oops)! DJ りんご (ringo, apple) – based on Himaringo DJ しょくま (shokuma, shoku/food + kuma/bear) – Himari loves food DJ 配布 (haifu, distribution) – Himari distributes anime character goods among her friends DJ チョコミント (chocomint) – Himari loves chocolate mint
After they were stuffed, the staff informed me that we could add scents! I spent too much time sniffing every single scent (this was like hunting for aromatherapy oils for Rikopin all over again…). I’m so sorry, kind staff lady! D=
Oyu: Popcorn (she has this thing about cheese and this was as close as I could get) Himaringo: Thin Mints (you know the drill by now) Kagamin: Strawberry (I honestly didn’t know enough about her so I played it safe)
Thanks to the magic of 100 yen stores, I found bags and little decorative flowers as soon as I arrived in Japan!
I’d like to thank @Witeria once again, both for the incredible illustrations and also for putting up with my constant requests to add in details. ><
I went shopping at Kiddy Land (for Rimirin, actually) and found a Disney bag for Himaringo! On a radio show she was on a few days prior, Himaringo mentioned liking Disneyland so much that she goes at least each month. She didn’t name any favorite character and so her bag has ALL THE CHARACTERS~!
This was my first time making ribbons so it took… a fair amount of time.
And final pictures of the plushies in their bags! Had a little too much fun with Kagamin’s.
Finally, the day of the event!
Seiyuu Tweets: Oyu • Himaringo • Kagamin Oyu’s natsumi burger (without tartar sauce) comment still cracks me up to this day!
And that’s it for this flower stand!
More than anything else, I’m truly happy and grateful that 21 people from around the world came together to send their love and support to these three who are just beginning their journeys as seiyuu! Showing someone that you care for them and want to make them happy, regardless of the response… I think that’s one of the most important things in life. Putting everything you have into something for someone, praying it’ll make them even the slightest bit happy—aren’t gifts wonderful?