Here is my first time entering a fan contest for Hanayo's Birthday! My biggest celebration I've ever made for Hanayo. Before I start, I apologize this is a bit of a long post, please take a look!
So much sweat, stress, and many tears went into making this celebration possible. I hosted a HanayoWeek tag on instagram and I was anxious the whole week to show everyone what I was setting up for hanayo. It was awesome to see other fans show appreciation for hanayo as well. It was a stressful week but I think it was worth it in the end for my precious gohan goddess.
Wearing my hanayo apron and waving my penlights to cheer Hanayo-chan on! A close up of the Birthday Girl with her crown and wand! Hanayo-chan with her alpacas that she takes care of! They're here to celebrate her special day! A closer look of our lovely idol, Hanayo in the flowers I bought for her!
I had to make the onigiris the day after the celebration. My rice fell apart when I was trying to assemble my onigiri. I cried so hard from all the stress and hard work from the day before and the day of Hanayo's birthday. Here I'm having an onigiri stuffed with fried vegan meat and avocado. With a side of vegan canh chua (Sour soup) Super tasty! All the ingredients I used to assemble the onigiris :D
I was originally going to make cupcakes, cakepops, chocolate covered strawberries, and have a side of fresh fruit but after my rice had broke on me when I was trying to assemble my onigiris.. I gave up. I also made the cakepops but the cakepop was too heavy after dipped in frosting and the stick didn't hold onto the ball D: Here was my work in progress photo of the cakepop.
[color=purple] ♡♡ Your most defining characteristic is how much you love rice and how much you love to eat rice to most people. People seem to think that you’re an ordinary girl but you are so much more than that in my eyes. You prove that even an ordinary girl who loves to eat can also be a super amazing idol on stage! To be able overcome an intense social anxiety, from being preserved and quiet, and not being able to speak up for yourself, to a shining idol on stage is definitely amazing. The spark in your eyes light up my world and the burning passion I can hear from your singing makes me adore you even more. I can’t express my gratitude and my love enough for you. I’m so sorry it took me almost 5 years of us knowing each other, for me to finally throw a big celebration for you. I strive to do more for you the next few years, I will continue to support you, my #1 idol. ♡♡ [/color]
Hanayo’s personality reflected mine a lot at the time when I started to get more invested into Love Live! Being quiet, reserved, and letting others make decisions for me. I struggled a lot with making friends and trying new things out because I was afraid to embarrass myself. My social anxiety used to be really bad when I was younger. Her enthusiasm when she’s talking about idols reminds me of how passionate I get when talking about interests of mine, I’m not afraid to show my enthusiasm for it. Her passion for something she loves like idols is amazing.
[color=red]The anime. [/color] In episode 3, Rin tries to convince Hanayo to try out the track club while she was grabbing a flyer of the 2nd year’s concert. Hanayo can’t bring herself to say no to Rin and ends up being dragged to the track club. I relate to this because I would let others make decisions for me because I was afraid of speaking up for myself. (https://youtu.be/SWf93eJp-BM) link to the scene
Episode 3 of LLSIP where the second years were handing out flyers to their first concert and Hanayo takes it and says she will show up to support them. Later on, The second years standing on the stage shocked in disbelief because the seats are empty. Hanayo running to the auditorium and asking “Am I too late?” Her being the first supporter to show up makes me so sob. She is so genuinely passionate about idols and wants to support others who also want to become an idol. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mscyUor2sQ0&feature=youtu.be) link to the scene
There are scenes in the anime where Hanayo talks about other school idol groups, and she’s super passionate when talking about these school idols. Despite the anime not being so in depth in terms of character development, there was character development for Hanayo. Throughout the anime she becomes more confident and happier in herself because she finally accomplishes her dream of becoming an idol. Many people will overlook that about Hanayo.