Until I joined Hiragana Keyaki,
I hardly ever went out to eat or anything with anyone but my family.
So now, when members invite me to go out to eat with them,
Or when everyone goes out after work or after lessons, I am extremely happy.
And when I'm there, I never want to come back.
I enjoy that space, and that time, so much
That somehow I almost want to cry.
It's so much fun ~
I'd like this time to continue forever.
Since I entered Hiragana Keyaki
These kinds of ordinary things that I never did before, I do a lot.
I think I may have changed.
Just now, I went out with Memi and Mii-pan to a vegetarian all-you-can-eat.
But I didn't understand the set-up at all, and was in such a tizzy that they laughed at me a lot (-ω-;)
What era are you from? Are you really 18? (lol)
But it was really delicious, and really fun.
When I go out with everyone
We talk a lot, and laugh a lot.
It's so much fun.
I'm usually bad at talking with people,
But with everyone around me I can talk and talk
And my tension goes away.
From りさすりーぷ @gapaoudon on Twitter, this mini-manga showing his/her encounter with Neru at the weekend handshake event (click to enlarge):
Neru was wearing a sailor-fuku uniform. Of course, what the fan intended
to say just flew from their mind as soon as they saw it.
"That's a sailor-fuku!" "Yes, it is (grin)."
"Can you do the line from Sailor-fuku and Machine Gun?" "?"
"Do you know 'That felt good!'" "No, I don't."
She seemed a bit languid.
EDIT: It turns out there are more pages to this little manga. You can see them in the artist's Twitter feed (sorry, no translation).
From Buzz Plus News, reported by "marie." Translated and adapted. There's no proof this is a real interview, but it makes sense to me. Maybe some idols just enjoy handshake events, but I think many may feel like the supposed interviewee. ________________________________________
Pretty well all guys would like to shake hands with a cute girl. Fans pay hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars to buy CDs, etc., so they can get tickets to meet the idols they like. But what do the girls feel? Do they really enjoy handshake events?
We were able to speak with Miss S, an idol in her twenties, a member of a well-known multi-member idol group. She agreed to tell us what she really felt, as long as we did not reveal her name or identity.
reporter -- Are handshake events enjoyable for idols?
Idol -- Before the event starts, we peek out at the crowd without being seen. We think: so many people have come! Wonderful! So many are still coming! I'm so happy!!
reporter -- How do you feel during the handshake event itself?
Idol -- "Gross." Generally, they all seem gross. (laughs) I really feel grateful when all the fans are gathering, but when I'm face-to-face with them, it's no good. They're all sick-making. It's a comfort when an occasional handsome guy comes, but when you talk to him, he's gross, or he smells gross. In the end, everyone seems gross!
reporter -- That must be very hard emotionally -- shaking hands with them over such a long period of time.
Idol -- So you play little mental games with yourself. Like when you look at their faces, it's "gross, gross, handsome, gross, gross, gross, handsome, gross..." Like that. "Three handsome ones in a row and I'll have sushi tonight." (laughs)