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Here ends my three-part list of favourites from each studio album. I am contemplating a favourite b-sides post but do I really want to put myself through that much pain having to decide on a mere few in number? Probably. I will consider it a little further.

I confess I've been putting off writing up this post for two reasons. Firstly, having to choose only two tracks and one single is going to be like a dentist visit. It will be the most horrendous and possibly painful experience and one I am not willingly putting myself through! Secondly, I'm losing the enthusiasm to blog because of so little in the way of feedback. I have been a writer/blogger for many years in a different forum (family history) and I guess after having done it for so long where I receive instant written feedback, I've been somewhat indulged and spoiled. With this LJ blog I've barely had any incentive to keep it up. But as somebody recently said to me, write for yourself first and foremost. Wise words indeed, and somewhat true for me (I still prefer feedback, it's just who I am).

ANYWAY.... moving on. Here is part three (I can put it off no longer, I will stop whinging):

Popcorn (2012)
Waiting For You
Cosmos

Face Down

Sore wa Yappari Kimi de Shita (Ninomiya Kazunari solo)

Love (2013)
P.A.R.A.D.O.X
Sayonara no Ato de

Calling

Yozora e no Tegami (Aiba Masaki solo)

The Digitalian (2014)
Wonderful
Hope in the Darkness

Bittersweet

Stay Gold (Matsumoto Jun solo)

Japonism (2015)
Miyabi Night
Japonesque

Sakura

Akatsuki (Ohno Satoshi solo)

Are You Happy? (2016)
Drive
Ups and Downs

Daylight

Mata kyo to onaji ashita ga kuru (Ninomiya Kazunari solo)

This was sooo hard! Please don't make me choose ever again!! The last three albums especially, as they are all so good and so precious and so amazing. All of their albums are in their own special way, but the last three are the most recent. Plus I became a fan when each one of them was released so I lived through all the up-to-the-minute hype with my Twitter friends and the Arashi fandom in general. It was really hard to choose but I went with the ones which make me the weakest when they come on my iPod shuffle. I tend not to skip them as many times and they have given me the widest smiles and inner pleasure.

Maybe I will try writing up a favourite b-sides post. If nothing else, it will be interesting for me to look back on in five years time hahaha


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This Valentine's Day I am alone in the real life sense, and have been for a few years now. I don't especially buy into the whole commercialism surrounding Feburary 14 because love should be honoured, cherished and celebrated every day regardless. That may be an unrealistic, old-fashioned viewpoint but that's me. I have always been a hopeless romantic and at my age that isn't going to change. So it stands to reason that I am thankful for Arashi in my life, and especially thankful for my ichiban Ninomiya Kazunari, and I try to spend at least some moments each day honouring their existence in my life. I even made six Instagram posts this morning (including the one for Nino, above); one for each member and a group one!

To mark this glorious day of celebrating love I am honouring my love for Arashi, and in so doing, I've come up with a quick list of my top 15 romantic/lovey dovey Arashi songs. These are songs that really make me squeal or swoon with love and I'm so glad to have them in my life.

Yasei wo Shiritai
Sketch
(I know it's not romantic but it's a song that celebrates their love for each other)
Dear My Friend
Itsumademo
Snowflake
Kimi ga Iinda
Te Tsunagoo
Kiss Kara Hajimeyou
Refrain
Tokei Jikake no Umbrella
Ai no Collection
Mr Lonely
Wonderful
Love Wonderland
Full of Love


And, not forgetting, these are my most favoured romantic solo songs:

A: Yozora e no Tegami
M: Naked
N: Sore wa yappari kimi de shita
O: two
S: sugar and salt


This is not my image; found on Yahoo! Japan
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Brace yourself for my ultimate fangirling squeal *kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa*

What an amazing/incredible/fabulous/sumptuous/eye-opening/orgasmic experience this was for me. I think I actually stopped breathing, Time definitely stood still. My mouth drooped open so far and for so long I was drooling and I didn't even notice. Arashi know how to entertain and they know how to deliver every fangirls (or boys) needs. From start to finish, I was mesmerized/captivated/wetting myself.

I still remember the day I watched this, or any, Arashi concert DVD for the first time. I remember thinking "yeah...blah...live in concert...blah...standing around with microphones singing...blah blah...maybe a dance routine here and there...abit of fanservice in the right places..." HOW WRONG I WAS!! And the thing is, at that stage I hadn't made any Arashi friends on social media so I wasn't forewarned at all. I went in completely cold turkey to the whole Arashian experience. It was my first time and I was totally unprepared in every sense of the word!!

It started with the opening video package "What is LOVE?" and from that second onwards, I was a dribbling mess of feels and squeals. I sat calmly on a seat which turned out to be a rollercoaster ride. I laughed, I cried, I screamed, I drooled, I cried again, and I seem to recall that I moaned out loud quite a lot. *blush* Arashi danced NON-STOP and sang like angels, and their costumes!! OH! MY!! GODDDDD!!! They performed without stopping to take a breath - a total of 34 songs?!?! Of course, I didn't know any of the songs at all. I only had The Digitalian album as a reference point so when I heard and watched the LOVE songs for the first time I was a puddle. No, a lake. A really large scale lake.

The solo songs: Ninomiya on guitar (who doesn't love a man who can play guitar ughhh) and Sakurai's performance left me totally speechless but Ohno's choreo for Hit the Floor was PURELY MAGICAL. It was just so fluid and so effortless. As a former dance student in my youth, I was beyond impressed. I'm not even going to go there with P-A-R-A-D-O-X ........ Okay I will - HELLOOOO! My ovaries exploded, reformed, only to explode again. (I really should stop with these references, I might attract the wrong crowd). *double blush* Thanks to sunblades for making this awesome gif below (http://sunblades.tumblr.com/post/93326648156).

There was no turning back after watching the LOVE con. I couldn't...wouldn't...ever turn away. No word of a lie, something inside of me changed that day. Arashi changed my entire outlook on music, dance, entertainment, and my daily life hasn't been the same since. I deleted my old boring Twitter account and opened up a new one to make friends with fellow Arashians. Without that, I may not be where I am today. I have made such wonderful friends from all over the world and I am truly blessed.

Next time I will blog about my experience with learning a whole new language, and some funny/embarrassing/frustrating moments it has created along the way.

Thank you for reading this far! :)

N.B. I am literally shaking whilst writing this post. THIS IS WHAT ARASHI DO TO MEEEE!
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Last time I mentioned my introduction to the world of Arashi, when my daughter and I discovered those hilarious Japanese rogues were actually famous idols. It opened the floodgates for me and I quickly became obsessed with finding out everything I possibly could about them. The first CD I bought was actually a Christmas present for my daughter (she was seriously into Ohno then) and it was Your Eyes. But the very first song I heard all the way through was Bittersweet. This song holds a very special place in my heart, as it was the very first Arashi promo video (pv) I watched and oh boy, I fell hard. As it would turn out, a hell of a lot harder than my daughter who quickly turned her attentions elsewhere.

Funny story though, while I was watching the Bittersweet pv the first few times I kept staring at this one particular guy but it was really beginning to bug me who he was. As I watched it a few more times I kept whispering, "Who is that guy? I know him from somewhere". My daughter did a quick Google search and when she showed me the list of Ninomiya Kazunari's movies and television dramas, I couldn't believe my eyes when they locked onto the word GANTZ. I was stupified to say the very least! But why didn't I recognise him from VS Arashi, you ask? Well, for one thing he is a completely different person on the game show. As I began to take more notice of the Arashi members on VSA, I thought they were all pretty darn cute but yes, Nino had always stood out for me. Once I realised he was Kurono Kei though, I was instantly and totally in love. And yes, I'm still in love.

Following on from my first single purchase, along came my very first album purchase:The Digitalian. I could wax lyrical about my feelings when this album came in the post for me, unwrapping it from its packaging and turning it over and over in my hands. I was as smitten as a kitten. That album is responsible for turning me from a daily genealogy researcher/writer into a crazy, fully-fledged fangirl. The songs I had on my iPod were all removed and The Digitalian took its place. I played it over and over again and I still couldn't get enough. Then a buying frenzy began and I ordered the Love, Popcorn and Beautiful World albums as well as Lotus, Monster, and Face Down, all in very quick sucession. I had the best Christmas presents ever that year I can tell you! ^^

In the New Year of 2015, I had already ordered some of their live concert DVDs: Love and Beautiful World. When they arrived, one by one, I had absolutely no idea what would happen to me next. But that will be a tale for my next posting.

Thanks for reading this far! :)

Favourite Digitalian songs: Hope in the Darkness : Wonderful : One Step : Trap

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