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Sanada/Yagyuu image colored in Photoshop by me.
I fell in love with the art these two drawings.
(If you're the artist and would like me to either credit you or remove it, please let me know)

I love making friends and meeting people so feel free to friend me. It would be nice if you left me a comment on why you would like me to be your friend so I can greet you appropriately. :) I enjoy sharing my life with others - all of my joys, accomplishments, mistakes, downfalls, and inspirations as well as reading about the lives of others.

My goal is to inspire others positively whether it is from me being a great example, through my writing and the other things I make, or from supporting them with strong advice. I believe in honesty, fairness, and respect, and that is something you can always count on me on. And yes, humor is a big part of my life and I enjoy telling stories that are often infused with humor :)

Links to other websites I'm on and projects I'm currently working on are on the left of my journal page.

Profile last updated: January 13, 2015


AbsoluteHYMN007 is a combination of a lot of my loves. The 'HYMN' part stands for 'Hiroshi Yagyuu Masaharu Niou' and also reflects my passion for music. The 'Absolute' part is for Tenimyu Absolute King Rikkai. And the '007' part is my favorite number with some uniqueness. It is also my Yahoo Instant Messenger username.

FlameAlchemist007. This is my username for my fanfiction.net account, myfigurecollection.net, and quite a few other places that I don't regularly visit anymore. It's just for my all-time favorite character Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist.

KeigoAtobe007 - my username on myanimelist.net and on tumblr. He's my second all-time favorite character and he was my newest obsession at the time I made an account on that website.

KarasunoCaptain - My username for my archiveofourown account. My all-time third favorite character and the character that I just absolutely love for many reasons. He's inspired me in so many ways and I am quite obsessed with him.

KiseMidorima - cosplay.com using my two favorite Kuroko no Basuke characters.

DRECKTN. This was just an acronym of a few people that I respected. Pronounced aloud, it sounds a bit like "directing", which is what I plan to do with my life as a band director. My last.fm account uses this name.

David Snape007 is my AIM name. My first obsession was Harry Potter and my favorite character was Snape. Back then, his father was still unknown and on my first attempt of fanfiction, I named his father 'David'.

General Information and Music Background

I am currently 26 years old and I live in Michigan. This is my third year as an assistant middle school band director, working with the 7th and 8th grade bands, teaching the 6th grade brass, and helping out with the HS marching band. This is also my second year back at my university working as an administrative assistant for the athletic bands program. My eventual goal is to be either a high school and/or middle school band director with a competitive high school marching band, but a foot in the door is real good for public education right now (and I'm very happy that I get to work with the band director that I am 'cause he's my best friend). My hometown is an hour and a half away from my university and two hours away from where I teach.

My primary instrument is the bass trombone and I love it. I started playing the trombone in 5th grade and had attempted a number of times to convince my directors to let me switch to another instrument (trumpet, euphonium, and french horn), but they refused because I was one of the best players. In 12th grade, I made the Symphonic Band and was put on the bass trombone, in which I immediately enjoyed (the difference between the two is that the bass trombone has a much richer sound in the lower register, is bigger and has two triggers, and can play an additional note that the other trombone physically can't). In my second year of college, the School of Music purchased a brand new bass trombone and my professor chose me to play it. I found much more success as a performer on the bass trombone than on the normal trombone, which really helped me handle all of my other music school stresses in a positive way.

My other instrumental passion is for the french horn, which I played in the campus band for two years (an ensemble of non-music majors or music majors playing on a secondary instrument that shares a love for music). I've also developed a skill for the oboe, which I also played in the campus band for the other two years.

As a music educator, I had to take classes on how to teach all of the instruments. I have a knack for picking up instruments and playing them well quickly. My other musical talents include the art of conducting and being able to transpose music quickly. I'm really good with music history, okay at music theory, and quite horrible at aural comprehension/ear training and composition.

List of instruments from strongest to weakest...

Bass Trombone - +++++
Euphonium - +++++ (same as trombone, but with valves)
French Horn - +++++
Tuba - ++++ (note response sometimes isn't very quick)
Oboe - ++++ (great tone, but my technique is not strong enough to play very technically passages)
Saxophone - ++++
Mallet Percussion - +++ (marimba, xylophone, etc.)
Clarinet - +++
Piano - ++
Flute - ++
Bassoon - ++ (only because I can't remember how to play it right now because I haven't played it in so long. Otherwise, I sound good on the instrument)
Trumpet - ++ (can't go very high on the instrument, but I know how to play it well)
Viola - ++ (I have a better ear for it than violin)
Violin - + (it's hard for me to accurately press one string and not two)
Battery Percussion - + (snare drum especially... I'm rhythmically impaired)

I have a cello in the house, but I need to find time to sit down with it and learn it.

Tennis Background

I have been playing tennis for almost seven years now and I wished I started much earlier. It's something that I picked up very quickly and I have a natural feel for. I  picked it up when my favorite band director challenged me, and a few months later, we played a few games with my best friend and another close friend of mine who worked in the School of Music. We call ourselves the "Fantastic Four" and try to play tennis once or twice a year and go out for lunch once a month. Some of my best memories are with them.

It's hard to find friends and time now to play because everyone has graduated or there is too much going on :( but it's so nice to hit the courts once in a while!

Tennis Stats

Speed - +++++
Power - ++++
Placement - ++++
Spin - +
Serve - ++

Forehand - ++++
Backhand - +++++
Drop Shot - ++
Lob - ++++
Smash - ++
Cross Shot - +++
Straight Shot - +++++
Returns/Defending - ++++
Winners - +++
Net Game - +
Baseline - +++++
Volley - +++
Rising Shot - ++++

My playstyle is a combination of counterpuncher and aggressive baseliner. Like a combination of Fuji + Sanada + Yagyuu + Kenya.

Volleyball Background

I started practicing basic volleyball skills (especially serves because I was terrible at them) on my own last fall in the racquetball for a few weeks (two times a week because I teach instrumental lessons the other three nights). I went out onto the court one evening to see if the serves were able to go over the net, and this girl stopped by and asked if she could give me some tips. She has been playing forever and plays with members of the men's volleyball club, and by meeting her and practicing hard, I've ended up in quite a few pick-up games with the guys and also their female team managers and other people at the Rec wanting to play too. It's really tough because the club players are so darn good and incredibly experienced, but I have been told I have a lot of natural ability and with more games, I'll catch on and hold my own. It's been an experience practicing when I can to perfect technique, to observe diligently and try to replicate their skills and moves, and to have the feeling of accomplishment (even if it's a few small accomplishments each time). I have wanted to play since middle school so I'm thankful for this opportunity to be able to play with these people :)

Volleyball Stats

Speed - ++++ (always been fast)
Power - +++ (average)
Placement - +++ (average)
Reaction Time - ++ (lack of experience means lack of predicting where the ball will be)
Serve - ++++ (consistent in going over the net - could use some more power)
Spike - + (low jumping ability and terrible timing due to lack of experience)
Setting - ++ (is getting better with the timing to get the ball higher into the air)
Receiving - +++ (defensive abilities carried over from tennis and basketball… bad with receiving with a push instead of a bump)
Passing - ++ (sometimes it doesn't go high enough or exactly in the right direction)

I'm sure I'll be a solid defensive receiver once I get the timing down. My forte is definitely not in being a setter.


Anime: Prince of Tennis, Fullmetal Alchemist, Kuroko no Basuke, Haikyuu!!, Free!, Kyou Kara Maou, La Corda d'Oro, Hetalia Axis Powers, Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Kuroshitsuji, Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 1000% and 2000%, 07-Ghost, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, Special A, Junjou Romantica, Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, Tales of Symphonia, Brothers Conflict, Uragiri wa Boku wa Namae wo Shitteiru, Trinity Blood, Vampire Knight, Gakuen Heaven

Manga: Prince of Tennis, Fullmetal Alchemist, Haikyuu!!, La Corda d'Oro, Kuroko no Basuke, GodChild, Hetalia Axis Powers, Yami no Matsuei, 07-Ghost, Kuroshitsuji, Uragiri wa Boku Namae wo Shitteiru, Pandora Hearts, Death Note, Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Absolute Boyfriend, Yurara, Rasetsu, Vampire Knight

Actor (Tenimyu): Baba Toru, Kanesaki Kentarou, Shirota Yuu, Kato Kazuki, Takiguchi Yukihiro, Ogawasara Ken, Masuda Toshiki, Watanabe Daisuke, Nakagauchi Masataka, Yagami Ren, Watanabe Daisuke, Ono Kento, Mizuta Kouki, Irei Kanata, Kamakari Kenta, Saitou Takumi, Aoki Tsunenori, Furukawa Yuuta, Aiba Hiroki, Yamaoki Yuuki

Famous People: Alan Rickman (actor), Anderson Cooper (news anchor), Jonathan Roberts (dancer), Travis Willingham (voice actor), Tristan MacManus (dancer), Steven Reineke (composer), Tony Dovolani (dancer), Derek Hough (dancer), James Spader (actor), Zachary Quinto (actor), Clinton Kelly (TV personality), Brendan Frasier (actor), Peter Facinelli (actor), Neil Patrick Harris (TV actor)

Seiyuu: Junichi Suwabe, Taniyama Kishou, Suzumura Ken, Maeno Tomoaki, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Ono Daisuke, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Fukuyama Jun, Kazuhiko Inoue, Ryotaro Okiayu, Hidenobu Kiuchi, Mamoru Miyano, Kishio Daisuke, Tsuda Eisuke, Shimono Hiro

Book: Harry Potter series, Artemis Fowl series, Game of Thrones series, Percy Jackson series

Singers/Bands (Japanese): GRANRODEO, Starish, Quartet Night, Abingdon Boys School, Feromen, Yoshida Jungo, Furukawa Yuuta, FictionJunction, SID, FLOW, UVERworld, Satoshi Hino

Singers/Bands (English): Breaking Benjamin, Skillet, Josh Groban, Jimmy Eat World, Angels and Airwaves, Lady Gaga, 98 Degrees, Backstreet Boys, Paramore, Evanescence, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance

Flower: Lily, Rose, Hyacinth, Daffodil

Color: Blue, Silver, Black, Hunter Green

Movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Stardust, Star Trek, Die Hard, Inception, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Galaxy Quest, Muppet Treasure Island, Love Actually, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Constantine, Beauty and the Beast, Moulin Rouge, Face/Off, Van Helsing, Pink Panther, Jingle All the Way, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Television: Boston Legal, Dancing with the Stars, Chopped, Game of Thrones, The Mole 2: The Next Betreyal, Anderson Cooper Live, Heroes, Tensou Goseiger, Kaizoku Gokaiger, Iron Chef America, The Chew, Hardcore Pawn, The Blacklist

Musical: Tenimyu, Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll and Hyde, Les Miserables, Wicked, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Avenue Q

Musical Actor: Philip Quast, John Owen Jones, Ramin Karimloo, Anthony Warlow, Michael Maguire, Colm Wilkinson, Michael Ball, Robert Cuccioli

Sport: Tennis, Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, Racquetball

Athlete: Novak Djokovic, Martin Brodeur, Nathan Adrian, Rafael Nadal

Videogame: Fire Emblem (Radiant Dawn, Path of Radiance, Blazing Sword, Awakening), Tales of Symphonia, Super Smash Bros., Legend of Zelda (Wind Waker, Ocarina of Time, A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening), Mario Tennis, Mario Kart, Kirby series, Pokemon, Wii Bowling

Character Favorites

Prince of Tennis - Hyotei: Atobe Keigo, Oshitari Yuushi, Ootori Choutarou, Sakaki Tarou, Shishido Ryou
Prince of Tennis - Rikkaidai: Yagyuu Hiroshi, Yanagi Renji, Sanada Genichirou, Niou Masaharu, Yukimura Seiichi
Prince of Tennis - Seigaku: Fuji Syuusuke, Tezuka Kunimitsu, Kaidou Kaoru
Prince of Tennis - Shitenhouji: Shiraishi Kuranosuke, Oshitari Kenya
Prince of Tennis - St. Rudolph: Mizuki Hajime
Prince of Tennis - Rokkaku: Saeki Kojirou
Fullmetal Alchemist: Roy Mustang, Maes Hughes, Riza Hawkeye, Jean Havoc, Vato Falman, Olivier Armstrong
Kuroko no Basuke: Kise Ryouta, Midorima Shintarou, Imayoshi Shouichi, Kiyoshi Tippei, Izuki Shun, Aomine Daiki, Himuro Tatsuya, Takao Kazunari, Hyuuga Junpei,  Kasamatsu Yukio, Moriyama Yoshitaka, Momoi Satsuki, Mitobe Rinnosuke, Miyaji Kiyoshi
Haikyuu!!: Sawamura Daichi, Sugawara Koushi, Nishinoya Yuu, Kuroo Tetsurou
Free!: Tachibana Makoto, Nanase Haruka, Ryuugazaki Rei, Mikoshiba Seijuurou
Hetalia Axis Powers: England, Austria, America, Prussia, Sweden
La Corda D'Oro: Len Tsukimori, Ryoutarou Tsuchiura, Aoi Kaji
Kyou Kara Maou: Conrad Weller, Gwendal von Voltaire
Yami no Matsuei: Seiichirou Tatsumi, Asato Tsuzuki, Kazutaka Muraki
07-Ghost: Frau, Castor, Hyuuga, Krom, Konatsu, Hakuran Oak, Fea Kruez
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun: Hori Masayuki, Nozaki Umetarou
Brothers Conflict: Natsume, Ukyuu, Kaname, Asuza, Subaru
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou: Tabata Hidenori, President, Karasawa Toshiyuki, Tadakuni, Motoharu
Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru: Usui Shuusei, Renjou Hotsuma, Murasame Tsukomo, Furuori Senshirou, Hourai Kuroto, Crosszeria Luka
Junjou Romantica/Sekaiichi Hatsukoi: Kamijou Hiroki, Hatori Yoshiyuki, Yukina Kou, Miyagi You
Uta no Prince-sama: Jinguuji Ren, Hijirikawa Masato, Ryuuya
GodChild: Riffael Raffit, Cain Hargreaves
Other Favorites: Usui Takumi (Kaichou wa Maid-sama), Takishima Kei (Special A), Tsuji Ryuu (Special A), Sebastian Michaelis (Kuroshitsuji), Kratos Aurion (Tales of Symphonia), Yuan Ka-Fai (Tales of Symphonia), Niwa Tetsuya (Gakuen Heaven), Nakajima Hideaki (Gakuen Heaven), Ichijou Takuma (Vampire Knight), Akutsu Kain (Vampire Knight), Friagne (Shakugan no Shana), Elliot Nightray (Pandora Hearts), Tres Iquus (Trinity Blood), Cain Nightroad (Trinity Blood), Dietrich von Lohengrin (Trinity Blood)



( 30 Admirers — Katsu no wa Hyotei )
Mar. 6th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
o.o You like Sweden from Hetalia? That's awesome! I cosplay him at the moment. ^-^
Mar. 6th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
I liked Sweden from the very first season (even though he was only in like two seconds of the first episode). I dunno - there was something intriguing about him initially :)

How cool! I hope you're having fun with that ^^ If I cosplayed Hetalia, I would do England. I love my tea-drinking annoyed at everything Brit. But first I must cosplay PoT... I'd be Yagyuu although I was considering Sanada for a bit.
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Mar. 6th, 2011 07:12 am (UTC)
What a detailed intro post. :D I didn't know what the HYMN stood for. I thought it was entirely because of music. So fascinating to find out that initials had something to do with it too. :3

You and I share quite a lot of favorites! :3 Like Tenipuri, FE, La Corda d'Oro, and such. :D
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
^^ I'm glad we share a lot of favorites :) It's always exciting to meet someone who has a lot of your same interests so we always have something to talk about.

I just bought Vol. 13 of La Corda and it's been a while since I've read it. I. love. Len. Probably because he's very similar to me in music (except I'm not very cold to other people... just very serious about how I practice). Your favorite is?
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Mar. 8th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Wow, long intro! :3
I added you to my friends list because I'd like to have more friends... what a great reasoning. XD

Beside PoT, I also adore Alan Rickman, I see half of your fav movies are connected to him! :3
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
Hehe yeah, I got a bit carried away I think. I figured that, since I was taking the time to that, I'd go all out. Sanada would approve.

^^ Yay. I added you back. It will be fun getting to know you. :)

That man's voice is the sexiest thing I have ever heard. Ever. And he is such a spectacular actor so I did go and watch a whole bunch of his movies and picked my favorites out of those. He is the perfect villain and romanticist and he has to have one of the best senses of humor I've ever heard. *rambling done*
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Mar. 18th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
I spot a lot of things in common 8DDD
But it's so long that I can't include everything what I want to say :DD
Aren't you a musical genius? 8DD I used to play to keybord, piano, flute, violin and guitar, but I quitted 8DD Now I play the flute at school and to piano when I'm bored at home :D (Trying japanese songs and such 8DD)

I don't watch anime too much these days (because firstly, I got stuck at Prince of Tennis, second, ecause of TeniMyu I got interested in doramas and such 8DD), but occasionally I watch something and I like Kuroshitsuji, FMA and Hetalia too 8D ("Roy Mustang, Maes Hughes" Yes, those two are just the best 8DDD)

You are into Artemis Fowl series? 8DDD Me too xDD Even I think it's for younger, but it's genious 8DD Artemis reminds me Ciel from Kuroshitsuji :D I wasn't keeping my eye on it, they released a new book? 8DDD (Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex...uh xDD A bit late but still, they haven't translated into Czech yet I guess, so I'll stalk for English version somewhere :D)

I spot Baba lover here 8DD
Mar. 19th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
I am a music education major so it comes with the territory to know how to play all of the instruments I have to teach (or at least at the basic level). But I happen to be very good at picking up instruments, which was helpful since I am a bit slow at music theory and I'm awful at aural comprehension/ear training (I needed to pass four semester of it in college). I'm happy to hear that you still play even though you quit. :)

I haven't finished Prince of Tennis yet x.x I really want to, but i just need a large space of time in the summer where I'm not worried about taking care of a bunch of things. I haven't watched too many doramas, but I might look into some someday.

Ahh... how I miss watching/reading Fullmetal. I love that series so much and it was one of the first series I started following.

Artemis Fowl is intriguing and creative and quite adventurous. Hmm, I guess in ways he does remind me of Ciel (since he has a loyal bodyguard of epicness) and is just a mastermind at what he does. But he does have more variety in his emotions than Ciel does and he doesn't quite close himself off to others. Yup - I read The Atlantis Complex when it first came out. I don't remember exact details, but I thought it was pretty decent although quite a bit confusing for a bit. I need to re-read that again.

Hehe - I'm totally into Baba. He's still my no.1 although Kane-chan's been climbing up the charts quite rapidly.
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Jun. 22nd, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
Well I do spot a lot of things that we like, with TeniPuri topping of course. :D

1) Kane-chan, I love him to the max.
2) Rikkai, you don't even need a reason to NOT like them. ;D
3) Hetalia~ :DDD
4) Alpha pair, a huge sucker for them.
5) Silver pair, second to Alpha.
6) Harry Potter series

Etc. :D
And I'm also YukiKitsune103 from fanfiction.net. :D

So is that enough reason to ask for a friend request? xD
Jun. 22nd, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
I saw your icon the other day and thought "That's one of my favorite parts of my favorite song... with my favorite actor." Not sure where I was at when I saw it though... Scratch that, I just hopped onto the PoT Doujinshi selling post to check a comment and saw that you were also on the same page. Small world, yeah?

Well, you've come to the right place. My journal has hordes of Kane-chan right now (although most of it is making fun of him in some way or another). Lots of Rikkai... still working on that 30 days of Hetalia thing. It's funny that the layout reflects Atobe and his awesomeness, yet most of the content is related to Rikkai. Lol!

Friend request accepted!! ^^ Thank you for finding me :)

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Jan. 8th, 2012 11:08 am (UTC)
Did I friend a musician? Did I? Ommmo, I should listen to your play~
Your name, HYMN, is a genius and gorgeous name.
Nice to meet you~
Jan. 30th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Silly me - I never got a chance to reply to this. Yes, I am a musician and I do play pretty well, but I'm not anything spectacular. You know, I don't actually have a single recording of myself playing anything (which, looking back, is a pity because I should have gotten a recording of my senior hearing at least).

Thank you for liking the idea of HYMN. It encompasses a lot of things.

Nice to meet you as well!
Jan. 15th, 2012 05:42 am (UTC)
Your banner artist can be found here on pixiv. ^_^
Feb. 12th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)

lots of anime you had i love too!

friends? :D
Feb. 12th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)

^^ Yay for sharing anime loves.

Of course :) I hope that we grow to become very good friends!
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Sep. 19th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, your favorite number is the same as mine? Oh, and I love Niou too (happens to be my favorite Tenipuri character). XD In the manga/anime, I don't really pay that much attention to Yagyuu. I love him in Tenimyu, though. EH? Your favorite colors are the same as mine, too?!

Huh? Wow, you like Trinity Blood? I love that series - though more in manga form since the characters are much closer to their original novel counterparts (anime Tres scares me, even though I love his voice - I prefer the cute version from the manga). Teehee. Though I guess when it comes to handsome guys, I will always like Saint Seiya the most (oh god, Aiolos and Shura...). XD

Dude. I need to make a list like this now.
Sep. 23rd, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Hi there!

It seems like we have lots in common! I read every single one of the comments you left me on all of my public entries - sorry I haven't had any chance to reply to them, but I do appreciate all of your thoughts and hearing things about other actors and such that I don't regularly follow.

Have a fun time making the list! :D
( 30 Admirers — Katsu no wa Hyotei )

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