SKE48 21st single's Individual Handshake Event 08/05 at Intex Osaka This is my first HS event and tbh I was nervous as hell. Actually I could not clear the schedule till the day of the sign-up deadline so it was a rush to arrange everything and wait for the tickets to arrive. SKE is my hako-oshi group so I signed up for more than I planned. I could only stay from slot A1 to slot A3 since there was a big firework event that day in Osaka as well and I did not wanna miss it either. When I arrived it was about 20 mins prior to the 1st slot and only Jurina's queue and the goods queue (lol) looked long. Especially the goods queue. I decided to use all my slot 1 tickets first then see if I had time for the goods. Slot A1 Takayanagi Akane x3 Churi is my ni-oshi and I have a lot of things to tell her. I also heard that her HS was really on-and-off but she was raising too many grad flags for me to care. Who knows when is SKE's next release and I don't want to buy AKB singles so I ended up buying more tickets for her than anyone else. Spoiler I pre-queued and was the 4th in line. Churi was in lane 6 and next to her were Nao, who looked really gorgeous, and Sally, whose line was starting to get quite long. While waiting I chatted a bit with the oji-san standing in front of me, he said he was gonna loop Churi's lane a few times, what I was planning too. Even though I has everything planned out when it was my turn I freaked out and could not say things properly. Churi was wearing the kind of top people wear when performing yosakoi and imo she looks best in those traditional clothes, so I was instantly killed. When the staff started counting the time I was still unsure what to do so she held out her hand to beckon me close. Her hand was really soft so I sort of died for the 2nd time and could only stutter that last year's Zero Position concert and the recent concerts at Nagoya and Tokyo were really wonderful. Churi's fans probably know those are the 2 concerts she had a hand in producing. She could not hear the last part so she asked me again "Zepp Nagoya what ?", her voice sounding so much better in real life than in recording, and she has a really nice voice to begin with. When I repeated she smiled and said thank you and it was really cute. The mentioned oji-san looped Churi's line and I did too. This time I used the remaining 2 tickets for more time, which is a bad decision. Her line was pretty short so it was instantly our turns. I did not fare much better this time and said things too fast. I told her I wanted to go to Churi camera's exhibition but it was too far (it was in Tokyo while I live in Kansai), and it would be nice to have events in Kansai as well. I think she could not quite catch it so she asked again to confirm then tell me to try to come next time. The part I asked her for events in Osaka was lost but overall Churi is so much cuter in real life so it kinda makes up. And her voice, she should try solo-singing some times !!! Kimoto Kanon x1 Non-chan was totally an impulsive decision. I did not have much personal feelings for her but she was becoming good in performances as well as her looks, a much more mature style than before. It suits her better than the loli style imo. The new Non-chan really interests me so I want to meet her to find out why she does not rank in the last SSK. Spoiler Non's line was short, as in you didn't even have to queue. As I was rehearsing what to say there was a guy who constantly looped her line, each time using one or two tickets. When I was waiting behind that guy I could see that Non was wearing glasses and she looked so much cuter than in pictures. Her reactions with him were also really good. Anw, the original plan was to comment on Non's newly acquired mature looks but in the end I decided to use a generic sentence to test her reactions. So I told her this was my first HS events and I was really nervous. She asked me where I came from and the way she said it in Japanese was really cute imo. I answered that I lived there (Osaka) but I was not a local. The time was up and she said goodbye and overall it was a nice experience so I honestly could not understand why she could not rank. On the other hand, now I can get why her HS sales are good. Non-chan has that laid-back and easy-going aura that makes for a good chat. Goods The queue was really long, I expected it before hand but it was longer than I thought. I actually typed the above part of this report when I was waiting in that queue. When it was near my turn Naruu and Oshirin came out and started chatting with the fans who were buying the goods. Both of them seemed to be having fun. Naruu kept laughing and Oshirin were wearing a yukata, looking much cuter than in pictures and videos. Slot A2 Kumazaki Haruka x1 Spoiler Kuma-chan clicks with me because she has that SKE-aura, the energetic girl-next-door type. So I was not prepared for the fact that she looked really beautiful. Her outfit was really nice too. I mean, when I saw her and Non-chan walked by while I was waiting in Churi's lane I thought they looked really good today but they both exceeded my expectation. Kuma-chan in HS was more laid-back than in perf and MC. Which was a nice experience since I had always associated her with an overly-genki image. After the usual greeting I told her I really liked her energetic performance and I wanted to go to Team E stage someday. She thanked me then said something I could not quite catch because I was too busy processing her cuteness/beauty and her reactions lol. Overall it was a nice experience, better than expected like with Non-chan. Kuma-chan's fans should go for her HS if you can because I like said, it is different from her stage self, giving a new perspective that makes you like her even more. Like a real girl-next-door. Furuhata Nao x2 My hands were still shaking when I typed this when lining up for the special mango soap. Nao-chan is that good. She totally gave me a kami experience and I definitely recommend everyone to try her HS. Actually I was not planning to get her tickets for this event but since I could not get Harutamu's last HS tickets I wanted to express my sadness over 5th gen members graduating to someone. So, voila, Nao is the obvious choice because Harutamu's grad has just promoted her to be my san-oshi lol. Spoiler From the experiences with Churi I decided to split my two tickets instead of going all at once as planned. When I stepped in I hold her hands like with other girls but Nao-chan did not only lean forward but also pulled both of my hands over the banner so that both our elbows rest on the table separating us. I swore my heart almost stopped when she did that. Then it went like this, minusing my stuttering. Me: "I love 5th gen." Nao: "Thank you." Me: "But most everyone had graduated." Nao: "Bye bye, right." Me: "I'm sad." Nao: "It's sad." Okay so conversation wise it was not much. I was usually much more fluent but HS with the girls made my brain short-circuit, not to mention with an expert fisher like Nao. Better short than long sentences but cannot get my points across. Anw, with Nao it was not only conversation but also eye-contact, hand-holding and everything. She also kept tapping my hands, she did that with other fans too and that really worked wonder. The 2nd time was even better in many aspects. I waited until the time for the slot was almost up before going in again. Partly because my brain was still busy processing the 1st time. I thought she would not pull my hands close to her again because it seemed to be a first-time only thing and she did not do it with the boy in front of me. She did actually not pull my hands over the banner but did gave them a light tug. Me: "Congrats on getting in (AKB) senbatsu." Nao: "Thank you." Me: "But, I want Nao-chan to become SKE's center." Nao: *touch the Jurina ticket holder I was wearing around my neck* "Is that okay ?" Me: "It's okay!" The 2nd time I turned the side with Jurina's picture inside so she could only saw the tickets but she must have seen it from the 1st time or when I was fumbling with my bag and accidentally turned the picture outside. It showed how much she paid attention to the fans. And I really meant it because as much as I love Jurina, now it is high time someone with both experiences and rising trajectory like Nao-chan center SKE. She made a really great center from what I saw in concerts and she is also very serious about SKE. So, Nao-chan is no doubt, the MVP of the day, and when I typed this I still had 2 more girls to go !!! Noon slot I have no ticket in this slot so I lined up for the special mango soap. It sold out before my turn so I wandered the trading corner and birthday message corner a bit. Kuma-chan and Non-chan both have birthday in the next week but I totally forgot to wish them happy birthday directly lol. Interestingly enough, the ones manning Nao-chan's section were two girls, and I also noticed there seemed to be a lot of girls going in Nao-chan's lane. But what can I say, I am a girl and I was instantly fished too. On a side note, in SKE's HS there is a section where girls can try on member's performing costumes. It started in Kakumei no Oka's events and was successful so they brought it back. Even though I didn't go for it, it was a really nice idea. In this slot I mostly wandered around and watched the lanes. Sakipon's committee shouted goodbye really loud, daisuki and all that when she ended the previous slot. Hatagon's lane was busy since she missed an earlier slot. I stood near Kocchan's fan committee to wait for her to end her slot then wave goodbye. They were a bunch of oji-san with full set panda accessories and even lightsticks lol. Another highlight was when Naruu and Chika-chan, whose lanes were next to each other, ended at the same time and they lingered together, laughing and waving at the fans who were apparently trying to make them stay a little more. All in all going around the hall and seeing the goodbye scenes was really fun. For example, when Mikotti finally turned around to enter backstage everyone got a glimpse of the low dip at the back of her shirt and the two onee-chan standing next to me were the ones that squealed the loudest lol. Slot A3 Hidaka Yuzuki x1 Yuzuki is like Kuma-chan, I clicked with her because she was really SKE-ish, in her dancing and MC. I had plenty of time to watch her interact with fans because her lane were next to Nao's and Renapyon, who used the same lane but in previous slot, had a female fan who talked with her for so long it lapsed 10 mins into Yuzuki's slot, making quite a long line. Spoiler Yuzuki was one of those who follow the fans till they take their bag and walk away. She seemed a fun and reactive girl so I decided to use the classic "I came from _my country_" to test her reaction. As expected it was top-notch with the usual "Ureshii" and Yuzuki-esque face expressions. Tbh I just want her to know that even from such a country there was someone who supported her too. Even though things were not really smooth at least I could support her somewhat after her not ranking in SSK. We ended things with a "Yuzuki daisuki" and "I love you". Her English pronunciation seemed not bad at all. On another note, the lane next to Yuzuki is Ego-chan's, who wore a yukata with twintails and looked every bit the adorable little sister everyone love. She also seemed to have really good reactions too. Matsumura Kaori x2 I saved these for the last since I heard Kao-tan was really good and I wanted to end the day in a high note. I respect her as an idol much more than I like her. And same as Churi, I don't know when will she graduate so it's better to go meet her when I still can. Spoiler With the first ticket I thanked her for taking care of 6th gen. Then I told her I'd just met Kuma and Yuzuki and they were amazing. She said no like a stern senpai would lol. Then the staff said the time was up but she followed me to the exit and asked me if I was from Thai. (She saw my bracelets with my high school's name in English). I corrected her and got quite a similar reaction to Yuzuki's lol. My 2nd Kaotan's ticket was also my last for the day so I told her that. I said I respected her because she always try her best and never give up. Then because there wad still time I told her "Kao-tan kawaii" to which she replied that I was lying lol. We said goodbye with her telling me that she would continue to try her best. The staff did not try to pull me away both time because Kao-tan just blatantly ignored him and I ended up with much more times than 10 seconds. Like Yuzuki and Kuma-chan, she could take initiative in conversation instead of just replying, making the experience really good even for casual fans. Also, next to Kao-tan's lane is Masana's and Sato Kaho's. The kenkyuusei seemed to have really good interactions with fans. Masana was quite aloof as expected and she only used one hand, a real handshake lol. Except for when a fan brought his son along. They had a box for him to stand on. We all know Masana loved children so it was no surprise that she followed the boy till the exit, ignoring the staff and the fans waiting for her. She kept waving even though the boy was a few metres away already and made Kao-tan come over when she saw the fuss. I could hear Masana exclaiming "kawaii" to Kao-tan too lol. So all in all, this HS event is a success. There were some roughness but meeting the girls is enough to make me happy. Nao-chan was the MVP even though Kao-tan managed to come really close. Even though I didn't have tickets for Jurina (she sold out like hot cake in SKE events) it was a pity she missed the first 2 slots due to bad physical conditions. I read later on twitter that she had to be hospitalized but gladly things are fine now. I really looked forward to the next Osaka event since I have more tickets than this. It's been a long time since SKE last had a single so I'm glad that there seemed to be quite many fans coming this time.