I am not sure if I remember how to do this.
Let me just get warmed up a bit.
I know, I know, the absence has been... seemingly perpetual. It is, I am just taking a stroll down memory lane, catching up on the news and everything.
Reminiscing my younger, more carefree years. After all, this blog started a long, long time ago, when Arashi was not... what it is today and I was more exciting about the underrated. Now that they are like... I dunno, big? Now that I am older... (that's 23...) All these took a backseat to real life.
This was the second single released in 2010. 4 more were coming. Main theme to Ohno's "Kaibutsu-kun" drama. I watched, like, 3 episodes and then I had to quit all things Japan. Long story about moving to another city (my country's equivalent of Jou-Kyou?) and find a job, living on your own...
So sad stuff, let us not go into that. Arashi, Arashi, how have you grown since I left you behind? Going about setting all kinds of records, each member becoming leading men of their own rights. Things have truly changed since 2007. This song, upon first hearing it, was horrible. The verses were subpar and the chorus was mildly catchy. The video reminds me of a cheap version of "truth".
But I guess it is okay. Like any other Arashi songs, after a few more plays, it became bearable, then... it become.. okay. Not something that I would rave over.
The video became okay after a while too. I know they are trying to project the sort of gothic aura and be all vampir-y and cool. Well, after all the shyt they did in their weekly shows, do they really think they'll be taken seriously?
I think MatsuJun, Sho and Nino could look better. I never liked the hairstyles that look like there's a dead octopus attached to your skull. It just looks nasty. Ohno looked overworked and dried up, like a dried octopus.
The only pretty one in here is Aiba. This hair works, that is why he looks good here. The color on the clothes worked on him too. His features aren't deep and strong, thus, the hair and the color affects greatly.
The snapping was hard because the video was made grainy, probably intentionally to project the sort of dark goth Ed Wood sorta feel. Gawd that movie creeped me out, btw.
I like the video though. I mean, though the Arashi being all dark and twisty did not work for me (they are the epitome of wholesomeness) but it is a good effort to depart from their usual posing around in a pastel color background singing the ballad that encourages people to look forward to the bright future ahead.
Sounds familiar, well, trying looking at videos for their subsequent singles, four of them. "To Be Free", "Love Rainbow", "Dear Snow" and "Hatenai Sora". Upon first hearing the four of them, you would have thought they were the same song.
Somewhere up there is a snapshot of Sho doing his signature hand movements. Very lame. Is it me or is this getting old?
Maybe it is just me. I am neither fun nor fanatical anymore of this. But god I still love their variety shows. I amassed a large amount of Himitsu no Arashi-chan and am currently doing the same for VS Arashi, next will be Arashi no Shiyagare. I am trying so hard to find all the performances since I last bothered.
It is just like opening a time capsule, really.
I never bothered to revisit something I liked at such an epic proportion though.
This fandom defined my youth. Lol.