“From DD to TO”
As I prepare to trek through Akihabara, donning his datenshi Aikyan bag, my friend Maou asked me “Why are you hiding your bag? Are you ashamed of Mocho?” This hit me like a truck filled with shame and just answered “but it’s pink…” He then dismissed it and answered with a pfft…
Just who is Asakura Momo to me? It has always been a mystery to me how I fell for her. Is it because of her voice? Her cute look? Her personality? Frankly, if you would be asking a past me, I wouldn’t even bat an eye on her and place her as my least favorite Trysail. I believe, everything changed at that fateful December of 2016.
LisAni Live in Taiwan 2016
At this point in time, I was at my peak (in)famy as mango primus, a thirsty Aida Rikako fan. Originally planning to go to Aqours 1st Live, LisAni Taiwan was never in my plan. Playing with ticket wars for a friend Deric, I happened to get a decent seat. YOLOing as it is, I just bought it off and kept it. Who would have thought that this side trip would become one of the most magical days in my life.
I was originally a Nansu (Natsukawa Shiina) fan. Donning my three kingblades of pink, yellow, blue and later UOs, I was greeted with “Haifuri”. Watching them, slowly I look at this cute bubbly pink girl, twirling like a kid, being all lovely and all. As soon as they started with MC, I turned my attention to all three, being amazed at Tenchan’s (Amamiya Sora) mandarin proficiency, entertained by Nansu being bullied… and this cute Mocho, being amazingly funny with how she discovers Taiwan’s food, and enjoying mango iced tofu. I see myself unconsciously raising my pink more than I realized.
Throughout, I enjoyed LisAni Day 1, with my mind floating away how wonderful Mocho is. I have no basis of comparison what Love at first sight is, but this is probably it. However, my mind still rejects the idea.
TryAngle Harmony Special in Taiwan 2016
Of all the events I’ve been into, Torahamo is the most significant and the one that would change my life forever. To be honest, I don’t know what I should expect in this one, as my friend Zeroblade just happened to have spare tickets that can be shared to me and Deric (actually just Deric, and he made extra dealings to get one for me too).
On this talk, even with less sleep than before, my mind was alert, trying to follow their talk and it was worth it. The girls are very relaxed and at home, Tenchan being a bully that she is, and Nansu being adorably the straight man in the trio. What caught me off guard is how Mocho is being so honest with what’s in her mind. It struck me every single time when she talks, smiling when she talks of her favorite TW food, of her panics when she gets the wrong answer, of what she thinks Nansu’s fruit should be, and everything.
The voice acting session was fantastic. I believe it is a continuous story from their Age of Discovery tour. The three are sailing through the seas in search for their own treasures. On the part that Mocho eats xiaolongbao, is probably the final key that crumbled my whole perception of the past and decided that she is the one.
To a normal person, this is probably a simple talk with some performance but to me, this is the end of all my kimoi and pathetic notion of being THE BEST FAN (whom PH people fondly calls Primus), accepting the insults thrown at me. This is also the start of me being truly happy.
Million Live, Trysail and Beyond
Thinking it was just an infatuation, I decided to stop briefly my ideas and dug myself to work. However, no matter what I do, on everything I do, be it my work or my frustrations, Mocho always come to my life in the most unexpected of ways, cheering me at my lowest. I’ve gone to multiple lives thinking of her – Million Live Taiwan, Trysail Harbor x Arena, HOTCHPOTCH FESTIV@L – and everything is a fresh experience, filled with anxiety that will only be washed away with seeing her smile and hearing her talk or sing.
During what I can consider as one of my lowest points in life, there is just Mocho. Dejected by friends and family, bombarded with work, penniless and alone in Japan, I am in deep sadness. All I wanted was to disappear, walking aimlessly at Chiyoda. However, at the very point in time that I got drunk and lost in Tokyo, as if by amazing coincidence that I look at the Chu-hi and I see it as peach flavor. Tears run down my cheeks as I fell to my knees, remembering there is this one girl that made me smile, that gave me eventer friends who I can share my experiences with, that gave me so many fresh memories that I can cherish, that made me truly happy. That one girl is Asakura Momo. It gave me strength that I was able to take up courage to ask for help to friends whom I will forever be grateful to and to face all my problems.
It was the very moment that I am truly in love. She was there when no one was. She always finds her way back into my life, no matter how hard I try to redirect. She is and will always be the most precious girl in my life, saving me from the deep depression with her love for food and her bright smile. No matter what people might think of me – a delusional fan who gachikois to someone who never knew he existed – I can say with a straight face, I am at my happiest with Asakura Momo. Now, with head help up high, I can walk proudly with my life, facing my problems, improving myself and following my dreams, while keeping closest to my heart this cute peach that saved me.
So now, if you ask me who is Mocho to me? She is my sunshine and the love of my life.
I love you Asakura Momo.