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  1. Risa added a post in a topic Jvloggers general discussion thread   

    She lost quite some weight and I think she learned her angles a bit. I also think she did something with her lashes, but I don't think she had permanent work done. (I remember she made a video about getting heavier treatment for her skin, but nothing about actual surgery)
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  2. Risa added a post in a topic Sharla in Japan   

    I get where you are coming from, but  as someone from Middle Europe I find this generalized view on multicultural relationships kinda funny. Not saying it doesn't happen that people marry to get a foot in their favorite country here (it definitely does). And some couples definitely can't get over their cultural differences! I also think some marry earlier than usual to be able to live with their SO, but I know plenty of multicultural relationships where people just met and liked each other and eventually married (just like any other couple). Many of them meet through work or university. (I agree though that depending on the cultural background it can be more or less difficult)
    As for the three couples you mentioned... I'm not sure if these three are the best examples to compare each other.
    I doubt Taylor is ever going to divorce her sleazy, gross husband and leave her wealthy lifestyle. But even if she does, it's because of his work, not because they are from different cultural backgrounds.
    Venus likes girl.
    The only one of these three I could see separating from her husband because of cultural differences is Sharla. But even here, we don't know.
    Back to topic: I feel so sorry for Sharla. Her video was so emotional and it's so rare to see he her so openly sad. I hope things will turn to the better for her soon. And I'm glad she made the decision to move back to Japan and live somewhere close to her friends and in a country she loves. I just find it so sad that she had to leave her cats behind.
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  3. Risa added a post in a topic Eugene Lee Yang   

    I'm so so about him. I do think he looks good. It's kind of... I don't know... the strong cheekbones, the body, the hair etc. He is very fotogenic and looks good on camera in general. I do find his attitude laidback and cool sometimes, but he is going overboard recently and sometimes he comes off as way too arrogant. However, I do believe that he is deeply insecure inside. When I watched that plastic surgery video, he really looked shocked when the doctor told him he wouldn't change anything about his face. I don't think he only pretended to be in disbelief.
    One thing I have to commend him for though is the latest episode of the Try Guys. The dog-swap video. It was incredibly awkward to watch in general, I think. I mean, Zach seems to dislike dogs except for his own. Keith doesn't seem to like dogs at all, and didn't even participate in the dog-choosing process, until it was quiet Emma's turn. And Ned wasn't too excited either and he kept complaining throughout the whole day (I mean, what kind of complaint is: Oh no, Pesto eats Bean's food.!?) Also I am absolutely with Maggie on Zach: Bean sensed Zach's energy. At the end of the day most of them did work their way towards their new dogs, but it was a bit painful to watch until that moment *lol*
    Eugene was the only one who put effort into bonding with "his" dog from the first moment on and making the best out of the day, even considering the dog's actual lifestyle needs. (also kudos to him for having rescued his dog Emma, despite her having several emotional issues. He also didn't seem too comfortable to handing her over to someone else)
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  4. Risa added a post in a topic Sharla in Japan   

    I have the feeling she felt a bit bored with Japan - she lived there for years after all, and I guess the initial excitement wore off and she wanted to see something new. So accompanying her husband to Korea probably felt exactly like the change she wanted. But once there she probably realized that Japan feels much more home for her and that she truly likes it. She seems to cherish every travel to Japan at the moment and enjoys her time there. Her Japanese content hasn't been that interesting for years.
    If she and her husband broke up, I feel sorry. No matter what and how, it has to be quite hard then. Leaving such a long relationship is never easy.
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  5. Risa added a post in a topic Kim Dao   

    Please tell me that I'm not the only one who thinks this has nothing to do with Marie Kondo's style of tidying up? I just watched one or two episodes of her show, so I don't know for sure, but that's not what she is trying to teach? To me it seems more like Kim is just going through her clothes and tidying up a bit.
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  6. Risa added a post in a topic mikan.mandarin   

    I've just watched her newest video where she talks about what kind of college she goes to and although we can discuss now if it's a good college or not, I think it's good that she is doing it. I mean, at lesat she is doing something. And she seems to be very passionate and happy about getting into her college.
    A brief summary of the video:
    She says she had to take the N2 exam at entrance exam. She also mentions that her class is going to be entirely in Japanese and that she deliberately didn't go for an English college, because she wants to say in Japan for longer and be able to properly communicate. She also talks about how she doesn't want to live in a European/English bubble, but integrate into society.
    She also talks about colleges in Japan in general, and it pretty much matches up with what you guys said on this thread. How there are universities which are considered as a waste and others which are considered as so good that it doesn't even matter what you study there. She says her college is known as being good. (I'm very curious which college she will attend. Does any of you have ideas?)
    The entrance exam she did, was the N2 exam, something to write (she said it was fairly easy, but she tried hard to use as many kanji as possible) and a group interview (groups with three), where they asked her questions about why she chose the outfit she is wearing, what she finds easy and difficult about living in Japan etc.
    She also says she hired a tutor.
    As for the money, she says, she got promoted in her job, and saved a lot of money (apparently she saved half of her paycheck every month), the rest of the money she needed she lent from her mother.
    I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm beginning to... kinda like her. I did call her out for her attitude a lot, but there are things about her I kinda like. Also I appreciate that she isn't salty towards her 'haters' (unlike the original jvlog clique, and I'm not even talking about only Taylor. Just look at Micaela...) but rather tries to prove us wrong by actions.
    I just wish she would stop to shoop her images in such a ridiculous way.
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  7. Risa added a post in a topic Jvloggers general discussion thread   

    Taylor B posted a video about how she lost weight during the last year. Good for her btw. She looks so happy.
    Also I'm really like the new little clique Kelly has surrounded around her. Marianna makes decent videos imo and I am also enjoying Kelly's content a lot recently. I do think she tends to romantice Japan and living there sometimes, but I still enjoy watching her videos. She seems to put a lot of effort into her videos and into her life in general.
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  8. Risa added a post in a topic Safiya Nygaard   

    No, I literally said to like a tweet is something different, because you often just scroll your feed, see something and can put yourself in that position. But to comment on it and show your support is a different issue. Saf has a huge following, she is not new to this, she seems to follow Taylor. There is also a difference to showing support on a random tweet and something which is related to a controversy.
    And btw, I don't think we are required to do homework, we are not a youtuber with millions of followers, youtube and being an influencer is not our job. But Saf should be smarter than that. It's her image and her credibility.
    And before someone calls me a hater, on page 2 of this thread I posted a comment in which I stated how much I like Safiya and her content.
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  9. Risa added a post in a topic Safiya Nygaard   

    The thing is: If she just liked Taylor's tweet... okay, fine. I mean, a lot of people scroll through their social media feeds and randomly like all kind of stuff, without reading all of the details. But responding to it and showing support to Taylor means she read it properly and identifies with it. Which leads to the point: Did she not wonder what this is about? Wasn't she wondering what happened that Taylor receives such a backlash? Did she not at least try to understand what's going on? That's a few minutes of online search, and normally people with such a big audience do that.
    So either Saf knew what's going on and didn't care or she is stupid af.
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  10. Risa added a post in a topic Taylor R - videos #2   

    What a mess.
    She went from someone who some of us thought maybe looked away from the problem, couldn't face it, was a victim herself, to someone who excuses, enables and supports the whole controversy.
    I also find it very appalling that her followers don't see anything wrong with what's going on. Also I had to chuckle slightly at the comments from them how karma will hit her haters. Karma? What about Taylor's karma then? She is the trophy of a creepy man, who is older, more powerful than her, sketchy and who she is 100% dependent on. Sure, her youtube career will probably be going for a few more years. But imagine Taylor in 20 years... it's a sad image.
    A lot of youtubers seem to think they are actual stars, while in reality only a specific audience knows them. They don't get hired for highly paying acting jobs, they don't win a Grammy or an Academy Award or even the Razzie, they don't have their songs played in radio. Sure, vidcon is a thing and some big youtubers do have fans and are popualar, but with a lot of them it's nothing of substance. Only a very very few of them are very popular beyond youtube and the audience that watches them. But most of them are just as much nobodies as everyone else. And even if they are popular, their popularity is only short-lived. I've realized that the more followers a youtuber has, the worse their content and personality gets. I had to laugh when one person reacted to Safiya's twitter comment with "two legends". I like Safiya. But she definitely isn't a legend. Sophia Loren is a legend, Meryl Streep, but Safiya and Taylor? *lol*
    On another note, in case you want to make an extra thread about MC, I found some of Ew-san's responses and screens from MC.
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  11. Risa added a post in a topic Safiya Nygaard   

    I really like her, but now I'm like... >> She had to defend Taylor out of all after the whole controversy. It's such a downer.
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  12. Risa added a post in a topic Kim Dao   

    Her content is extremely stale at the moment, even for her standards. I mean, I am actually even confused about the "timeline". Is she still in Japan or are these videos from around Christmas or from fall? All her videos are the same right now, so I can't even tell them apart anymore or check from which trip they are. She just posted another Universal Studios video...again.
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  13. Risa added a post in a topic Yumi King Videos   

    You know, despite all the criticism, I have to say: In a weird twisted way it seems that Yumi is trying to shape her content and channel (hanfu, China, conventions, married life etc.) She is just not very good at it. Also the thing she lacks most is: She definitely needs to work on her online persona. When you think Yumi King you think cheap, taobao, tacky, married to old dude, walking ad for tacky stuf (she did however get rid of the ddlg image, I think). She definitely needs to work on how she presents herself and what you associate with her.
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  14. Risa added a post in a topic mikan.mandarin   

    I surprisingly liked the video. I mean, I'm not into the kawaii style, but I can see how her viewers would find this video helpful. Some outfits were actually nice (some however were combined awfully). The only issue I have is that it would have been cool if she showed more variety. She says pants can't really be "kawaii" (and she only showed one outfit with pants), but it would have been interesting to see her try. Or see her try outfits with longer skirts. She is very thin, but not everyone is going to feel comfortable wearing such short skirts.
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  15. Risa added a post in a topic Oshare Girl   

    I'm not sure if I get it... What's cringy about this? Her typos? Or the photo? It's a pretty normal question...
    I agree with rootbranch by the way. She is a normal girl doing normal things in Japan and just living her life there. Why should she stop doing vlogs? I mean, this is starting to get ridiculous! Sure, her content can get repetitive, especially since she participated in vlogmas and vlogtober, and she obviously doesn't have enough interesting stuff to show for two months of daily vlogging. But which vlogger, who also has a normal job, actually has 24 interesting vlogs for vlogmas? (I followed some jvloggers for vlogmas but didn't watch all of their videos out of that reason) By that logic 70% of vloggers should stop vlogging.
    I get how some are annoyed at her for using Japanese husband in her title. But other than that I think some of you are just reaching.
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  16. Risa added a post in a topic Oshare Girl   

    I don't get why she did it now, becaue up to now she never used the term Japanese husband before. Most of her videos featuring her husband (he isn't in her videos often anyways) say "Surprise date with my husband" or "Buying a gift for my husband". I hope this is not going to be her new thing though - I have no problem when people add Japanese or Korean or whatever in their titles when it's about food, locations etc, but not when it fetishizes their partners or relationships.
    As for the clickbait accusation I have to defend her though!  I can't remember her doing clickbait in general. Granted that I might have missed something, but none of the videos I watched had a clickbait title. I think we are reaching if we accuses her of clickbaiting in general.
    I just hope she isn't jumping on the "my [nationality] husband" bandwagon. She doesn't need it. Her content is good and her viewers like her for being straight-forward and real. I get that her channel is really growing now and she feels she needs to push it, but imo it's not necessary. Her channel will probably grow naturally.
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  17. Risa added a post in a topic SUNNYDAHYE   

    I don't buy it. Seriously, I just don't by it. She gets tons of positive feedback on her channel. People didn't even care that she got plastic surgery. So, now she is saying she didn't upload because of a few comments about her lisp? I call bullshit on that.
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  18. Risa added a post in a topic Jvloggers general discussion thread   

    Wait Lululemon  is problematic? I didn't know that!
    And yes, Taylor lost quite some weight during the last year. Good for her, honestly, also from what I saw she did it in a healthy way: work out and proper nutrition.
    I like osharegirl for something very simple: I like her. She seems to be pretty real and not fake. And after the whole Talyor R-Kim-Mimei-Sharla jvlogger yawn fake fest I was kinda surprised to find normal people vlogging there. I can understand that for some it's boring, but these two and also Loretta basically vlog their lives their. Osharegirl works after all and is married to a Japanese man. Loretta makes content about university. Here and there they travel and go out. I can see how this is boring, but I like watching it, because it feels genuine. And with all three of them I have the feeling they do target an audience 20+ (not teens unlike Taylor or Kim)
    Of course for someone looking for a different kind of content (like cars and bikers like pineappleVera said, or even travel vlogs, I would definitely watch someone else. Taylor and osharegirl are mostly about daily life, cooking, working out, hanging out, fashion. ^^
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  19. Risa added a post in a topic Sharla in Japan   

    Though to be fair it has been months since we saw Sharla acting like a teen or obsessing over a fandom, right? Granted I haven't seen her last video yet.
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  20. Risa added a post in a topic Jvloggers general discussion thread   

    I would instantly watch Sasaki Asahi if she had subtitles on her vlog. But as it is... I just don't undertsand a word. She is so sweet though.
    As for the fukubukuro videos: I think the worst this year are Kim's videos. She got a bunch of bags, but doesn't seem to be excited about any of them. It wasn't even fun to watch her.
    Osharegirl at least got two bags from brands that fit her overall style. And Taylor B chose a sports brand she loves (and liked all the items)
    @Nonamesan: Do all brands tell you what's inside the lucky bags beforehand? I thought some things were kept a secret?
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  21. Risa added a post in a topic Rachel and Jun   

    I don't like the outcome of her lip injections at all (I low-key hoped that it's from the braces she got or just some weird lip plumper she used) But, I mean, honestly, Micaela's insecurities are Micaela's problem not Rachel's and it's not Rachel's job to do or not do something with her body because of Micaela. It's not like she is rubbing it under her nose. If anything - when we consider Micaela's issues - it would probably be more difficult for her that Rachel is skinny, has long silky hair and gets compared to an elf all the time. Her lips are probably the lesser problem.
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  22. Risa added a post in a topic Yumi King's Instagram   

    I bet in case anyone ever even considered comparing her to Mulan, it's because they know no other Chinese person.
    Or more likely: She made it up. Tehehe, I look like Mulan~
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  23. Risa added a post in a topic Jvloggers general discussion thread   

    At this point I would really make a respectful callout towards Micaela. She and Tatsu adopted an old poodle-lady. I just watched their video where they welcomed the new family member. It seems they talked about adopting for a while already (Tatsu was a bit uncertain about getting a second dog, because he would have to leave for work a lot and didn't want to load all the work on Micaela), wanting to adopt older dogs form now on, instead of one young puppy. I found their approach very mature.
    As for Taylor B: I think her vegan lifechoice is genuine. I've watched a lot of her videos, and she really seems to be invested in the vegan community in Japan and try to make things as correct as possible. Which is why I was so surprised she shopped a puppy - from a petstore on top of that. If at least she would have driven to the countryside and visited an actual breeder who just has a few dogs (don't know how all of this works in Japan, but I mean... not a puppymill) Her puppy didn't even come vaccinated...she had to wait for her appointment at the vet before she could even take the puppy outside.
    Japan's pet industry really doesn't sit well with me :-/
    Edit: Something completely unrelated: Have you watched a few fukubukuro videos? Is it just me or are the lucky bags this year pretty mediocre? I watched a lot of them because lots of youtubers I follow got a few, and it's just not really overwhelming... Everyone always says that lucky bags are a good deal. But imo they cost around 100USD and in it there are items one would have never bought for themselves. And the item choice isn't really great either. I think the only lucky bag I liked was the one osharegirl got. But the W♡C and Secret Honey ones were pretty bland. I just honestly don't think it's that good of a deal (or maybe I personally just grew out of them)
    Admittedly the lululemon one Taylor B got wasn't bad. And the Cecil McBee one from Kim was pretty decent too (although she got an item she already received two years ago...)
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  24. Risa added a post in a topic mikan.mandarin   

    I think a mix between a cute style and a more mature, elegant one would suit her well, but... whatever floats her boat I guess.
    However I think her lucky bag was pretty crappy. I mean, some items were sweet, but quite some of the items were mediocre. So to her defence I have to say that she did carry herself well in the video. It's obvious that she wasn't overly excited over the items, but she still gave very careful judgements about the stuff in the back. Because one thing i have noticed about this kind of videos is: WOW, people get butthurt so easily! I'm literally speechless at how the comment sections on some videos are full of people moping around how unthankful this youtuber is etc. Also the amount of dislikes on some videos is huge. Jeez, people, this person paid $100 for a bag in hope of cute/cool/elegant - depending on the brand - stuff, but got a bag full of crappy leftovers no one wanted.
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  25. Risa added a post in a topic Taylor R - videos #2   

    I'm not sure who you are, but when new users are on this board and the first thing they do is to wk two snowflakes people here feel suspicious of them immediately. It has happened way too often that snowflakes come to this place with sockpuppet accounts.
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