( ^ sorry for the all caps wahahahaha. Did you know that I have fever while typing this? But let's get this posted, for the love of Tego!)
Squeal-inducing fanservice, calling us his girlfriends, doing his best in everything, and calling himself a perfect idol, plus the fact that he's extremely good looking and a pro at singing, are the reasons why we just can't get enough of Tegoshi. But life with him as our bias isn't only about boldness when he blasts on the stage or pride when he accomplishes a project in ItteQ. It's nerve-wrecking too, worrisome, and definitely hard at times. Common reasons?
He's quite different from all the other Johnnys talents. He almost never experienced the Junior status. He admits that he has no Johnnys friends (except NEWS, of course!). In a world where it is somehow obligatory to love one and love the rest, being a Tego fan, you either 1) can't love the rest 2) Love the rest but feel an occasional oddity because you realize the other idols talk about friends from the same company while Tego talks about soccer friends... soccer people... soccer buddies... And oh, right, some private friends, and many more. >_<
Actually, this was never a problem for most fans but I think it's easy to see where I'm coming from. Personally, 90% of my fan friends have multiple fandoms, and although I have more than one fandom too, I sometimes feel out-of-Johnny's-world because of my distant ichiban. Or is it just me? xD Tego, you should interact with your senpais and kouhais more!He has changed and is constantly changing. I might've crossed out the changing hairstyles if not for the fans who still
It amazes and amuses me reading the fans' comments and rants when Tegoshi started to be/act like the person he is today. "What's happening to Tego?", "What about his wholesome image?", "Why is he becoming gay?", etc. He also became more straightforward, daring, fearless. Must be the effect of experience--specifically in the years he has spent in ItteQ. And don't forget that NEWS has gone through a lot, too. But I don't think experience changed him. Rather, experience brought his true self out. 'Change' is just the easiest word to use.
And that's the hard, mindblowing part. He 'changes' drastically, you will never be calm when it comes to Tegoshi.
He's the gender bender. Crossdressing princess, that's our bias! Everyone embraces Yuuko. We don't have troubles loving her; she's a nice girl who just wants everyone to be happy. She is cute, confident, catches the attention of men and women alike, can run over models, can sing notes higher than a chipmunk, is pretty with or without a wig, is beautiful with or without make-up.
So, what is the problem? Actually, there's a handful. 1) They don't understand. They don't understand that Yuuko is the same as that guy in the "NEWS" band. 2.) They don't understand that Yuuko is the same as that guy who religiously talks about soccer--and can be seen anywhere playing the sport.
Oh, the clothes that reveals his yummy muscular thighs! 3) They don't understand that he crossdresses because he can, and 4) We don't understand HOW THE HELL TEGOSHI IS PRETTIER THAN ALL OF US. Tegoshi's parents, thank you. Tegoshi, darn you.
Scandals/issues. I'm gonna be biased here. Little do I know about the other idols' issues, so theirs are probably worst than Tegoshi's. But even so, his rumors are ridiculously disturbing. Stealing somebody's girlfriend, devouring a group (think 48. And just to clarify, "devour" didn't come from me. I read it somewhere, probably from a hater to use such a word!), planning to take J&A in his own sinful hands (that's the conclusion drawn from the Tego-Julie affair :p), having a foreigner girlfriend (intl paanas, we have hope!), and other minor issues, that, even if these aren't as explosive as the Akanishi Troop's bombs *okay I do know a little about the Kings of Arama*, these are enough to make our scalps hurt from scratching our heads. We ask Tego: What.Have.You.Done.Again.
It is true that any issue involving a fandom makes impact to its fans. But the rumors that involve NEWS members, in my opinion, make a greater impact than supposed, because the group is still trying to give us the best--to please us, to not betray us. Then suddenly there's news, not of releases, but of ridiculous stuff and useless rumors which is very frustrating on both sides. NEWS isn't an activity-stable group, so we want to see that at least the members are doing fine by themselves. NEWS, in return, doesn't want us to worry. The good thing about Tegoshi is he assures us from time to time. But issues also follow him from time to time and I can't anymore. asdfghjklgk.
He is "shippable" to anyone... And to anything? Because Yuuko is a flirt and Yuya is a slut (forgive me for the use of the first name. I promise this will be the last I will shame my ichiban in a public post--or it depends on my Tego-caused jet coaster mood. HAHAHAHA!!)
Basically, he's someone who looks good with everyone. Experiences from around the world shaped him this way. In NEWS, all the Tegoshi OTPs have a considerable number of supporters. He can be paired with someone like Becky, to someone like Imouto, to unexpected people like Johnny Kitagawa's niece, to some divorced actress (there was a rumor 'bout this, in case you don't know). You can ship him with his ikemen best friend soccer player Atsuto Uchida, to some of Johnny's talents (Hi TegoKame!) or non-Johnny's celebrities like Hyde. To take it further, look at the chemistry he has with the various people he has met in his ItteQ adventures. The insects he has fought with. The objects he has touched. (Don't say I am exaggerating because isn't it legit to ship a person with inanimate objects, for example: Koyama x eclairs, Shige x cameras, Massu x clothes? Speaking of which, don't we ship Tego to soccer itself? ^o^)
These and more, there are soooooo many contenders for Tegoshi's attention, love and affection. No, this isn't a deadly competition; just an everyday struggle with the "feels" we feel when we see Tego petting pups, or being mobbed by drag queens, or showing his obsession of skulls to declaring his love for the fans. By the way, I ship myself with Tegoshi too. Tehee~ ^^
His competitiveness. He's the most competitive person I know, more competitive than some full-time athletes. To others he appears harsh. To others, brash. To us, he's the perfect manifestation of the lyrics we hear in JPop songs which usually speaks of courage and strength. He is strong like that. Hell yeah~~
And it makes us proud. But sometimes, exhausted. He's got so much fire in him; when he dives into the heart of things he pours all of his passion, and as fans, we can't be lax too! He might be the easygoing type in NEWS but he's also the one who does not accept defeat so easily. His flamboyant hates-to-lose attitude makes everyone not just notice it, but feel it. Be swayed with it. So when Tego does this and that we know he isn't running a friggin' substandard show. Way to go, Tego.
He says unrealistic things. Admit it, "koneko-chan" is so aesthetic. We continue to buy it though. Be like fools. Ah, the diamond-glazed idoldom and the starry-eyed fandom. *sighs* "So what?" we claim.
Do you ever have those emo moments when you think why can't you just have your ichiban all by yourself? When you think it's actually possible not because anything is possible--gaaaah that's so cliché--but because he says his words so sure, so confident, we can't help but believe (Tegoshi: "BERIIV~"). Well, every famous person would show how much he/she loves his/her fans. But Tegoshi's way of "loving" us is shown in the most exaggerated way possible. (We know he wants to be the best at it, and so he goes!) While it's very gratifying, it could also be the most depressing. It's either of these two: Too good to be true or too true to be good. Sometimes I just wanna punch him in the face. Don't play with our feels, baby.
His fans are the craziest--emotion wise, fangirling wise. I've read that many times, even when NEWS still has 6 members. In fact, this is where I got the idea for this post. 8D I wanted to blog my answer for this matter, but I couldn't organize my thoughts until this birthday tribute (really, "tribute?" LMAO) just popped out. Why not make an entry not about how Tegoshi makes me happy, but how he makes me miserable instead? And so, ta-da! This might be my favorite post so far. :3
Excluding myself. Why do I think Tegoshi fans are the craziest? I have a friend who liked Tego; a potential fangirl. When she learned he's the Crossdressing Princess, the Ero Prince, and all those nicknames and labels he's known for, she backed down. Turned off? I thought so. As her friend, I was saddened. Almost there!! I asked her why, and was astonished at her reply.
"I can't understand him. He's extraordinary."
She's right. Come to think of it. There are people whom you'd immediately read from the first time. The badassed people are actually badassed. The good guys, good. But our ichiban, surprisingly, is unreadable. Conned by the face. Wondered by the personality. Confused by the gender play. Shocked by the words and actions. What remains consistent is how we deal with it. We've all gone crazy and we continue to be. As far as I know we're not violent though, thanks to the wonderful idol-fan relationship led by the leader of NEWS! But that's another story. With Tego, whether we love cats or not, we are all his dazed kittens.