Back again with our main MC, Kisora, and her partner this time is Kishimoto Yumeno, who already seems like an old pro at radio. She actually gets the show moving, after the usual opening by Kisora, by saying that she’s listened to all of the show so far (which isn’t a huge feat; it’s maybe 12 minutes of actual content, but we’ll let her have it) and it sounded like so much fun. As a result, she was very eager to come and do her recording for the show, but once she actually got to the studio and went into the recording room, she got very nervous. Kisora sympathizes, as this is her fourth show and she still hasn’t settled in to the process yet. Still, Yumeno is excited to get talking because she and Kisora are rarely paired up for anything within Tsubaki Factory, so she hopes to have some interesting conversation.
I imagine their relationship being a lot like this.
Fan Letter #1 – The first letter is from Yabako. They have a story to tell about going to yakiniku with their younger siblings who are both in middle school. To their surprise, their younger siblings grilled the meat for them for the first time, even though Yabako had been grilling the meat for them their whole lives. It was a strange but heartwarming experience knowing that her siblings were growing up and becoming responsible. For some context, yakiniku is meat prepared over an open grill at the table, and generally 1 or 2 people are expected to be responsible for cooking the food for the the rest of the table. Children generally don’t do much grilling, for reasons that should be obvious, so it’s a sign that Yabako’s siblings are maturing and becoming capable people for them to now do the grilling for her instead of the other way around. It warms the soul.
(This is an actual photo edited and posted by Yumeno. Yeah.)
Ami Ami Ami, Oy Oy Oy
Kisora is back at it in week 3, although now I’m starting to suspect she’s messing with us when she tells us to listen until the end. She’s done this too many times now to not know how short the show is. That seems like something she’d do. Anyway, tonight’s guest is Tsubaki Factory’s own child of mystery, Tanimoto Ami. You can’t miss her, because she is speaking very loudly. While Kisora actually has a very pleasant voice for radio, very calm and soothing, Ami’s voice… is not that. There is something to be said for her unbridled enthusiasm, however, as she interrupts Kisora to say just how much she has been looking forward to doing this. Kisora regains control because she knows they’re on a schedule, and we go straight into fan letters.
It’s going to be a long show for you today.
Fan Letter #1 – Dokoroma writes the first letter as a comment of encouragement. They say that Ami always makes such funny jokes and comments about everything, it always makes them laugh out loud. They say that the hurdle must be getting pretty high now that she’s established herself as being this funny (which tickles Kisora to bits), so they hope she’ll continue doing her best to be entertaining. This seems to stress Ami out more than anything, as she interrupts Kisora reading the letter, but Kisora assures her that she’s funny so she shouldn’t worry.
And we’re back with week two of Tsubaki Factory’s limited engagement radio show. Kisora starts the show up as such, and asks that we please try to listen to the end. It’s a heavy request, to listen fully to their 10 minute radio show, but I shall soldier on.
I shall heed your request.
Sub-leader Ogata Risa is the special guest Tsubaki for today, and Kisora thinks that perhaps because this is the second show, she’ll be able to relax a bit more. However, this is a zippy program, so it’s on to the fan letters!
Fan Letter #1 – Our first letter comes from Kazukun, although Maiamia asks the same thing, and they want to know what the Tsubakis are going to call their fans on their radio show. As you may have noticed, if you’ve read any of this site at all, a lot of people who write in to these shows do not use their real names. This phenomenon, known as “radio name,” is the result of both protection of personal privacy and wanting to be better identified if their letters are read on the air. In this case, the fans want to call their radio names something special for this show. Kazukun suggests camellia name, keeping in theme with the show title and group name. Ogata thinks that’s just fine, since it is topical, and they decide to move on while keeping in mind that everyone is now using a camellia name and not just a radio name.
10 minutes of weekly Tsubaki Factory goodness.
I didn’t intend for this to be a surprise revival of this website, but here I am. When I started doing translations here, I was just starting grad school, and then eventually life caught up and I took a step back. Nowadays, life is still very much happening, but I have decided to divert some of my attention away from translating for Japan’s favorite orcas (shameless plug but I actually have no shame) to give the people what they want:
No, not Saori’s elbow… well, maybe.
This is a limited-time engagement, scheduled to run for 3 months, but knowing H!P’s history with regular radio engagements, it may turn into a more permanent show. Time will tell. In any case, I will be around to summarize the goings-on of those three months, starting now!