BUT. I've also tried to make more freetime for myself, mostly to be able to translate things, and have actually managed to do something! So except a translation bunch soon! :D
Before the ones I've been working on, I had to quickly translate this new Hokuto/Taiga crosstalk from January's Myojo. There was quite a commotion among the Japanese Bakaleya fans the other day when people read this, and after reading it myself, I decided to translate it because it's rather interesting.
They share their feelings and thoughts on this group of six called "Bakaleya".
EDIT: I noticed today that the photos of the text I used when translating had missed a small bit of the text, and I've added the missing part there now. I marked the missing bits with **.
Matsumura Hokuto x Kyomoto Taiga
Hokuto: A big thing for us was acting in ”Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou” two years ago, right. Together with Shintaro, Jesse, Juri and Kouchi...
Taiga: We were immediately able to create our own mood and got along very well. ”We want to debut as 6!”, we truly thought like that.
Hokuto: By all means, we wanted it to come true so we talked about it ourselves. The motive for that was when the president told we’d be doing SUMMARY as six.
Taiga: But it was hard from the very start! We met with the six of us and we were supposed to think up and write down the set list but we went home without having decided anything and stuff. All are good memories.
Hokuto: There were only three shows but it still felt lonely [when they ended]. We wanted to do more! But there were also scary things. Even though we had stood on bigger stages when backing our senpai, now we became the main... The pressure was big, we were overwhelmed.
Taiga: There certainly was this heavy kind of pressure of standing on the very front row on stage.
Hokuto: When I recall it even now, I’m a bit scared. And often we weren’t all gathered for the rehearsals and there was anxiety on everyone’s faces... Because of that, if we were to stand on the same stage as us six one more time, it’d be too scary. Impossible!
Taiga: If we were to do it again, something completely different would be good. We all have grown, so we would sure be able to make better performance.
Hokuto: Well that’s certainly how it would be! In last year’s “Johnny’s Ginza”, at first we were scheduled to do it as Bakaleya’s six members...
Taiga: It became so that Hokuto was with Jesse and us four were grouped with noon boyz.
Hokuto: I was happy that they entrusted it to only us two but, you know, in reality I would’ve wanted to compete as a part of the six. As six, while growing bit by bit, I wanted us to stand out more than anyone. Thinking back now, it’s ridiculous and I might be scolded but...
**Taiga: You know, I got to know about the member change from fan letters. The fact that you'd be able to do lives without us four, it was very frustrating... Even though we should've on the contrary been fired up like "let's do this!", we couldn't really get into it.
**Hokuto: At that time, we always rehearsed together with Jesse and it was lonely. Because until then, we'd always chit-chatted with the six of us. It was lonely to the point that I unintentionally said to our choreographer that "it's lonely because the four aren't here". He got really angry though.
Taiga: I can say this now, but at that time, I think we four felt down. Actually, we had a chat for just us four and if I remember correctly, the title of that was “leftovers (残り物)”... For some reason or the other, it was decided with the flow so there wasn’t any deep meaning to it though.
Hokuto: I see. I didn’t know...
Taiga: I think Jesse doesn't know either. In that chat, we were talking about things like “from now on”. Because everyone’s a good guy, we didn’t complain about Hokuto or Jesse.
Hokuto: I went to watch Kyomoto-tachi’s show. I was kinda jealous of the two of noon boyz, who were standing in the middle of you four. Even if it was the same six, how should I say it, it somehow wasn’t fitting. I thought, “I also want to stand on the stage together!”
Taiga: I didn’t really want you to see it. I had a butai, so I couldn’t come to the rehearsals even once… I didn’t have any confidence that we could surpass Hokuto and Jesse’s shows.
Hokuto: Surely, when I came to watch, you came there right after the butai had ended and appeared on stage in the middle of the show. Wasn’t it kind of commotion behind the scenes? There were many songs that us six from Bakaleya had done, so I thought, “if me and Jesse were there, we could maybe have a bit better interaction”.
Taiga: After that time, I was able to start improving myself more and more while thinking about the future, I think...
Hokuto: Once at “Gamushara J’s Party”, the six of us from Bakaleya were gathered together. When we did Shake It Up, the cheers of the audience were amazing. I was feeling a little embarrassed.
Taiga: All the fans, they were really happy. Even though it’s been relatively long time [since the drama etc], and our appearances have changed, they still accepted us. As for me however, thanks to that show, the lingering affection towards Bakaleya disappeared.
Hokuto: Even though we stood on the same stage, it somehow didn’t feel fitting...
Taiga: Yea. We all have grown so it was somehow different.
Hokuto: Because we all have changed, right.
Taiga: I thought that it'd be better if everyone built themselves a place where they can fit in. For example, I have this new aim to make songs that could heal everyone’s hearts.
Hokuto: I want become so that I’d be able to appear in many different kinds of places/projects.
Taiga: We don’t know at all what’s going to happen from now on. But let’s work with all our might!
Thanks for reading! Comments (and any discussion if you wish) are appreciated~
Ngl, it hurt a bit to read that, even though I know more than well that Bakaleya6's not a thing anymore, hasn't been for a long time. And just like Taiga & Hokuto said, they've all grown and changed, they aren't the same six they were back in 2012 anymore. But call me a sentimental wimp or whatever, but that bunch will still be very dear and idk natsukashii for me, and sometimes I still wonder how everything would've turned out if they had become a real group back then. :< I was a bit D: at how they talked about the Gamushara performance though. I remember I was super happy seeing them performing after so long but. Looks like fans' and their feelings didn't really match with that one. ^^;
It really feels like both of them were kind of like, letting the remnants of Bakaleya go with this interview. I wonder if we'll ever hear the other four's thoughts about it.