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Title: What the Green Door Hid
Chapter: Standalone
Author: Boots
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Slice of life AU, romance, drama
Warning: Male-male sex, exhibitionism/voyeurism
Pairing: Junji (Kiryu) x Gaku (Fest Vainqueur)
Disclaimer: Kiryu belongs to BP Records, Fest Vainqueur belongs to plug records WEST, I own the story only.
Summary: Former true crime reporter Junji thinks he's moved on to a new career in music reporting – until his boss begs him to do one more piece, investigating the rumors of kidnappings at a sex club. Unfortunately, he has to keep his assignment secret from everyone – including the gorgeous new neighbor who's proving a welcome distraction. Except the neighbor might have secrets of his own . . .
Comments: For the Behind Closed Doors September challenge at vkyaoi. The inspiration for this fic is Behind the Green Door, a film from the “Golden Age of Porn” which has a plot that closely parallels the rumors that Junji is investigating in this story. The main character of that film was named Gloria. (Further inspiration for the use of that name in this story came from this song).

After his life transition, he deserved this new apartment. )

Ryuuseigate

Sep. 9th, 2017 11:16 pm
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So it seems that Ryuusei, the guitarist of a band called Kyogetsu - who nobody seems to have heard of before this incident - made a long post on his blog about why small bands disband and basically accusing bangya of not spending enough money on band goods. He also talked about the economics of the business and how much smaller bands make as opposed to bigger ones, and he kind of called GazettE out by mentioning "bands who play in conifer forests" as the highest money-making groups. He concluded by telling students that they should keep studying so that they'd have money to spend on bands someday and women with jobs to spend money on bands instead of host clubs. This led to a complete shitstorm on Tanuki among bangya who resented being treated as ATM machines - there's a translation of the original post and discussion and analysis of the drama in this discussion on Monochrome Heaven. However, the entire thing would have probably escaped the notice of most western fans had Reita not weighed in with his opinion on Twitter. (Basically, he said that a band is something that someone should devote their whole self to, and if someone is not willing to give it their all, they shouldn't be in music.) The end result was that Ryuusei apologized for his post, then went back on his apology, while his bandmates tried to clean up the mess on social media. The group - who nobody, especially in the West, seems to have heard of before this incident - decided to disband.

On one hand, I can see Ryuusei's point in that a band that's not making money really can't continue, and visual kei is an incredibly competitive business - just looking through a copy of Cure yields a dizzying array of bands, and that's just the ones who have managed to end up with a fairly decent-sized label (i.e., Ains or BP Records or the like). And I also believe that fans should support bands when they can - I do try to buy one version of new releases from groups I like. (However, when it comes to things like the eight versions of Kiryu's Kyubi or nine versions of Alice Nine's Daybreak? Um, NO. That's overkill on the part of the record companies). But the flat-out demand that fans spend money? That's just a bit arrogant - fans, whether they're in Japan or overseas, have lives. They have expenses. They need food, clothing, shelter,medical care. If they're recent graduates, they have student loans. They have friends and family who have birthdays. They have to pay for the cell phones and Internet access that are necessary for fans to follow bands nowadays. And, yes, they even have other entertainment options. It's good to support your favorite bands - it's how they make their living. But to demand they make it their first priority? That's going a bit far.

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