Hello gorgeous people of the world!
It’s just one of those days. I’ve been feeling the blues lately and listening to sad, sappy songs just makes things even worse. So to keep myself distracted I decided to clean my CD stacks and computer music files. Then I found happiness.
With Arashi, that is.
I have always been a fan of Arashi, but busy schedules, work-drabs and my recent obssession with a particular Kpop group (which I will reveal in the next post), my love for these guys seemed to gather dust, in the same way as new CDs pile on top of theirs.
Sad, but true. Until I heard their song Happiness, which really brought my mood up. I don’t know what it is about their songs, they’re not exactly stand-offish or mindblowing, but the thing with Arashi is that they’re kind of comforting and they make you feel like everything’s gonna be okay as long as they’re around. Call me crazy or trivial, but for me, hearing Arashi is like eating a plate full of pancakes with strawberries and cream on top.
Anyhoodles. Enough about my cheesy life woes. Here’s the lowdown on their new song:
From asianfanatics.net: Arashi’s newest single, “Ashita no Kioku / Crazy Moon,” easily topped the charts this past week, selling more than 502,000 copies. This marks their 15th consecutive number-one single and 22nd overall. It is also their second single in a row to sell over 500,000 in the first week, a feat that has not been achieved since Keisuke Kuwata in 2001.
Arashi is definitely a JE power group and for a reason not just for their looks or gimmicks. They’re the most consistent performers out there, and they make the trademark cheesy JE dance steps look real damn good because they’re very precise and their bromance seems natural (unlike *cough* NEWS), minus the twirling and hip/pelvic thrusts (unlike *cough* KAT-TUN). Plus they’re looking really good lately with their street/semi-casual look. The less gimmicky stunts the better. The song Crazy Moon is not easily likeable at first listen, but once you get into it, it gets a bit addicting. It’s still the same pop goodness from the group — but a bit more mature. Like I said, Arashi is a pretty well-balanced group, not too cutesy, not too serious-emo, not too sexy — they are JUST RIGHT.
Now let’s talk about their songs! The ultimate moodlifter aside from Happiness would have to be Wish.
Not only because of HYD, but because it has this Christmasy feel to it. The MV concept was cute and it instantly makes you remember the fun days of Domyouji-Makino tandem!
Step and Go
Before SNSD and SHINee did the whole colored-tight pants thing (see my first Fashion Confessions post) Arashi so did it a long time ago. Nobody can beat Nino’s Yellow poncho-bib-blanket combo and Matsujun’s trademark tight skinnies which make you wonder how the hell did he get into them in the first place.
We can make it!
I swear, whenever I hear this song I almost feel like I can do anything. If played on repeat I think I can run 3 full hours on the threadmill, save a baby from a burning building or even dodge my mom’s bullet-speed flying slipper when she’s angry. ANYTHING! It’s the ultimage Gambatte! Fighting! anthem! The song kinda makes you happy-teary doesn’t it?
Love so sweet!
Okay, pretty much what I said about Wish, but their mv for this one is really cool. Especially the mannequin/shop window part.
Now I’m sure I’m leaving out a lot of realllly good Arashi songs but I’m glad that even if they’ve been in the industry for quite a while now, they’ve more than proved to everyone that they’re not just your typical, mediocre-talented idols.
More Arashi goodness:
The big brothers of JE all kouhais/trainees should emulate.
What I really like about these guys is that they’re not afraid of growing up. Matsujun has tried on very challenging, mature (Tokyo Tower) and controversial roles (the ever-incestual movie “I loved my sister”), Nino with his international feat in Clint Eastwood’s “Letters from Iwojima,” Sho’s modeling, Aiba’s hosting, leader Ohno showing his serious side in the drama remake of the Korean series “Mawang/ Devil.”
Yet they are still able to retain their trademark youthfulness and appeal.
They’re not perfect. Even if I’m a fan I can say that sometimes some of their ballads come off as boring. Johnny’s cheap ass production for some of their vids are of no help, either. Their vocal skills are not stellar. They may not be as sexy (?) or flashy as KAT-TUN, cute and cuddly as NEWS and other JE kiddie groups or as rockstar like as TOKIO— but being the performers that they are, you can see that they work real hard to entertain their fans. If you’ve seen one of their concerts you’ll know what I mean (just ignore the trashy outfits and Ohno/Nino’s excessive fanservice).
Okay! Poll Rattle Battle time! Which Arashi member would you like to date for a day (in your wildest dream)?
Suave debonair Matsujun
Dorky, sweet Nino
Funny, witty Aiba
Leader of phail Ohno?
In need of mood lifting?
Have a dose of Arashi.
They’re so full of crack.
P.S. My vote goes to Nino. *Die Masami Nagasawa diiiieeee!!* ROFLMAO.