It’s almost the end of 2017, and that means that one year ago, I was introduced to an amazing person named Yasui Kazuma. I actually set my anniversary a few weeks ago the first time I mentioned his name on Twitter, but me becoming his fan was a somewhat gradual process that took place from then until the beginning of January, so I’m choosing to write about it now.
A few months after I became his fan I actually wrote a blog post about why, so I’m not going to go over that again. However, in 2017 I was able to meet Kazuma for the first time, and had many other great experiences with him, so that’s what I’ll write this post about, starting with the first.
- Ensemble Stars
The first time I saw Kazuma live on stage was in his first Ensemble Stars stage back in January. I was so grateful to be able to watch the show twice and seeing him like that really confirmed to me that I was his fan. I was also lucky enough to be able to see his second Ensemble Stars stage later in the year. Although I don’t think I’ll be able to see his third one this coming January, I feel so lucky to have been able to see the previous ones that I can’t complain too much.
- First meeting
The first time I met Kazuma was during the Mannequin Life stage when I took a cheki with him. I was so nervous. As I hadn’t met him before I didn’t really know what to expect and I thought I was going to die as I was waiting there in line. My turn finally came, I walked onto the stage and approached him and his face lit up and he called me by name and smiled and thanked me, and I was immediately able to relax. I still maintain now that Kazuma is the easiest actor to speak to out of the ones I’ve met.
- Singing Happy Birthday
The evening before my birthday, Kazuma did a livestream. It wasn’t uncommon for him to do them, but it had been a while since his last one. I’d seen a couple of times before that he’d sung the Happy Birthday song to people who had mentioned it was their birthday in comments, and although my birthday wasn’t until the next day, I mentioned it. Kazuma immediately stopped what he was doing and started searching for something on his computer. I wasn’t entirely sure what he was doing but just in case I started filming with my camera. Then he said “I’m going to sing a birthday song for Josie.” And then he sang an entire song for me. Somehow I managed to keep the camera straight despite that I was crying. The stream lagged a little toward the end, but I will always treasure this video.
In October, I went to a Bancho Boys Live and was caught in that terrible situation where I was picked randomly to answer a question to which I had no idea what the answer was. The MC said no hints were allowed and Kazuma just decided to ignore that and talked so much that the MC didn’t have the chance to move on. He gave me so many hints that I managed to get the answer right and then it was him that presented me with the prize. He really did not have to work that hard for my sake but I was so happy that he wanted me to get that prize so much, every time I look at the sign board I won I remember him prancing around the stage trying to get me to say higher numbers.
- Trying his best
The next time I met Kazuma after the above event was when Dress_No. came to Nagoya to take part in a boyband festival. My original plan was to only watch them on the free outdoor stage, but when that was cancelled due to the rain, I went ahead and bought a ticket for the paid live in the evening. After the live, I bought goods which allowed me to get a handshake with each member. When I got to Kazuma, he thanked me for coming and then he thanked me for going to the Bancho Boys Live. When I thanked him he said to me, “I really tried my best for you.” I was amazed enough that he had done it to begin with, but to hear him acknowledge and mention it like that made me so grateful to be his fan.
- Crows Zero
At the end of November, I had the privilege of being able to meet Kazuma four days in a row when he was in Bancho Boys Crows Zero stage. I went to all five shows, and after each I got a picture taken with Kazuma. You can see the details of it in my post about the stage, but it was so amazing to be able to see him so much in such a short time, and I was really sad after the last time, knowing I wouldn’t be able to see him again the next day.
So that was my one year with Yasui Kazuma. I’m looking forward to seeing what great experiences I can have with him in 2018!