It's been an exciting few weeks in my corner of Jpop-/Kpop-/Jdrama-/Kdrama-land.
(Seriously, everything is happening all at once to artistes I care about.
My heart ;__;)
OKAY. BLOW-BY-BLOW OF THE WILD AT HEART PV:
--00:15: Sho posing, like a boss.
--00:18: Sho adjusting his suit, like a boss.
--00:21: Sho adjusting his tie... like a boss.
(Sho trying to win at life is somehow hilarious/hot at the same time.)
--00:24: Aiba... jerking his body back and forth. Hmm.
--00:32: Ohno, fist-pumping frantically for no particular reason.
--00:33: Nino, lip-syncing very emotionally. While having perfect hair.
Some things are just unfair, idek.
--00:39: Sho manages to be super-gorgeous at this particular moment.
It took me so long to pause the PV at the correct point,
I got too distracted by the hot (and ~shiny eyes~) the first three tries.
--00:44: First appearance of the elusive!Ohno!snaggletooth. <3
--00:53: Shaky camera, two narrow walls. This bodes well.
--00:56-01:00: THIS MIGHT BE MY TOP MOMENT IN THIS PV OKAY.
I LOVE THAT IT'S SO SUBTLY HILARIOUS.
Ohno contorting himself into a ridiculous position
AND SHIFTING TO ANOTHER EQUALLY-RIDICULOUS POSITION VERY DELIBERATELY
(not forgetting to emote dramatically throughout!)
will never get old.
--01:04: Nino looks so good here.
And d'aww at the fact that he's pointing to Jun
(something I find Nino does very often?
I mean, directing the attention to the person that's the main for the song/occasion,
e.g. Aiba during MSSLs since his birthday always coincides with that.
I love Nino for it.).
--01:05: Jun, attempting to crawl out of the narrow space with an A+ facial expression.
I haven't been mentioning Jun much, but rest assured he's his normal exciting self -
just overdosing on glee and rainbows, like all of Arashi seem to be.
--01:08: Ohno is still in that position. It looks uncomfortable, to say the least.
--01:10: The Snaggletooth Reappears.
--01:13: Beautiful Jun! There you go. <3
--01:18: Aiba is back to jerking his body around. ...WAIT.
You know, maybe that's a body wave...? O.O
--01:23: Sho. OH, SHO. Never change.
--01:29-02:02: YAY SHINY SUITS AND SPARKLES. This set is too pretty, I can't.
And that choreo is adorable and makes me laugh so freaking hard. <33
You can tell Jun is totally in his element!
They should definitely give Arashi more 1980s' disco to sing.
--02:05: The much-anticipated Box.
I don't actually like these scenes a lot, mostly because there's not much going on
aside from compromising poses, lol.
And it's terribly headachy to try to figure out which limbs belong to whom.
Best bits: Nino SHIFTING HIS WHOLE BODY TO LIE ON THE FLOOR,
THEREBY TAKING UP MORE SPACE;
Aiba and Sho's obvious closeness (aww <3).
--02:19: Aiba flicking dirt off his shoulder is actually kind of hot.
...OKAY. SOMEONE KILL ME NOW.
--02:25: More Sakuraiba BFF-ery!
--02:28: I have no idea what Nino, Aiba and Sho are doing at this point
but I DON'T EVEN CARE.
--02:31: Sho singing with the rest of them just walking past, lol.
--02:34: Aiba, pretending to swim.
--02:41: Aiba being overenthusiastic makes me happy.
Also, sunglasses are off and gorgeous boys are gorgeous.
--02:46: AIBA'S HEAD IS ON SHO'S CROTCH. Both look remarkably unconcerned about the fact.
--02:52: I find Jun's happiness at this moment is awfully endearing.
--02:57: I love how Jun missed the 'act panicky!' memo
and just sort of casually leans on one wall
while doing cool MJ hand gestures
and coolly-lodging his other hand in his pocket.
--02:59: AIBA hahahaha.
--03:03: The heel of Ohno's shoe is... pushing against Nino's crotch. O.o
I'm willing to bet that the disappearance of Nino's foot between Ohno's legs
means essentially the same thing.
--03:07: Aiba takes off his suit(?!).
Aiba in this PV is quite-evidently a bundle of incomprehensible decisions.
--03:24/03:55: Nino, why so attractive!
--03:44: Ohno, from an unflattering ('but adorable', trucksized bias nudges) angle.
--04:11: JUN, in a glorious return to his awkward teenage days. ILUSM, Matsumoto.
asdfliqwnv' Shun and Yamada Yu were married on 14 March.
So, so glad for them -
I wish them all happiness. <3
Eek and Jun's congratulatory message was terribly aww-inducing. xD
ALSO: I LEARNT THAT THE YUZU GUYS GOT HITCHED A FEW MONTHS BACK?
(NO NOT TO EACH OTHER HAHAHA)
WITHIN A MONTH OF EACH OTHER?
That is just so cute.
I literally squee-ed for a few seconds when I found out.
CONGRATS, YUJIN. CONGRATS, KOJI. <3333
Looking forward to more awesome music, as always.
I had thought that my interest would dissipate with Eita's departure,
but I'm hanging on(!).
They've sort of managed to fill the gap with more Oizumi Yo and Naka Riisa,
which is always good.
The show is still most alive during Jun's buttkicking sequences
(I AM LEGIT AWED BY JUN'S MOVES, did he actually go for lessons?),
but I've sort of settled into a rhythm with it.
It's really just a matter of adjusting expectations, I think -
whatever you do, don't watch thinking you'll get intelligent crimes.
It's more investigation-lite + dusting of frivolous banter. xD
IS MINDBLOWING (EPISODE TENNNN WHY ARE YOUR SUBS TAKING SO LONGGGGG?
Edit: EPISODE ELEVEN COULD NOT COME SOON ENOUGH ;___;).
The SP was a bit iffy for me
but. Let me just say.
If you want a strong-female-cop drama,
this is so, so much better than Boss.
SO, SO MUCH BETTER, OKAY.
The characters aren't kooky for the sake of being kooky
(apart from Ioka, who is totally hilarious and thus excusable);
it isn't afraid to stray to slightly-darker territory;
the cases are complex, well-structured and not completely predictable.
And the requisite ~opposition~ from male colleagues is far from two-dimensional -
I like that more than the standard you-are-a-female-why-are-you-here stuff
(though there definitely is still some of that),
the friction is played as tension between opposing styles of investigation,
and that it is made clear that all said styles have their advantages/drawbacks.
Oh, AND. That barely-there hint of UST between Himekawa and Kikuta is hot, negl. B)
Before this, I'd never have expected myself to enjoy - AND ACTUALLY COMPLETE -
a 50+ episode Kdrama.
Yet this was exactly what I found myself doing.
OB is GOOD. Very good.
Okay, so standard drama plot devices abound
(at last count, non-biological parents, an illegitimate son,
star-crossed lovers, age gap romance and a shotgun wedding),
and the script sags at points,
but the beauty here lies in the sensitivity
with which the Ojakgyo family members/their relationships are rendered.
You can feel the scriptwriters' love for the characters:
they remain immmensely likeable despite their foibles and mistakes,
and it's an utter pleasure to watch their tangents of growth -
and journeys to redemption, for some -
And although one of the best parts of the drama is that
you end up caring about ALL the relationships
(in particular, the dynamic amongst the four brothers, and Ga Eun X Mum),
not just the two main characters' romance,
it doesn't hurt that Joo Won and Uee are all sorts of adorbs together. xD
I am so in love with this mini-album.
I don't get the people who say that
'hardly any song going above mid-tempo range' --> 'boring'. :((
The songs are so incredibly beautiful, both as individual pieces and as a whole.
Favourites: I Love You I Love You, You Were Mine and I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me.
And the MV must have set a record for the highest-ever 2AM MV budget, haha.
CNBLUE's third mini-album is set to drop on 27 March,
and they've already released the MV for Yonghwa's self-composed song ('Still In Love').
I LOVE IT.
It's simple - just them chilling/recording -
but Minhyuk is growing up SO nicely(!!) and Yonghwa's voice is awesome.
Jungshin's hair remains enviably-smooth and Jonghyun remains hot.
The Sherlock MV teaser is out -
the choreo looks great and the colours (+ Key's nail polish, lol) are gorgeous.
Not a huge fan of the song itself
but moderately certain that the performances (leapfrogging! yay!)/sheer pretty
will make up for it.
The mini has also been released,
and though overall it's not as catchy/excellent as I would have expected
(and Jjong's voice - as much as I adore the boy -
gets rather grating after a while)
I absolutely love The Reason and Honesty (and Alarm Clock is fast growing on me).
I've got a soft spot the size of China for ballads/bare-bones arrangements,
so there you go.
(EDIT: Jjong's lyricsssss <333)
The most unexpected consequence of SHINee's album release for me, lol.
There was this humongous (and hilarious) fanwar going on
regarding tumblr tags (fangirling is srs!bsns!),
and amidst walls of penises (idek) and Key
and WHAT ARE THESE TOPLESS KOREAN GIRLS DOING IN OUR TAG posts
I decided to give in to the hype and try it out.
DID NOT REGRET IT.
My favourite thing about it:
the way the creators managed to transplant the stories
into a modern setting
without losing what made Sherlock so good -
the self-destructive antihero-cum-genius,
the reliance on out-of-this-world deduction
(as opposed to techno-gimmicks, like most crime procedurals),
the Watson-Sherlock BFF-ery (in fact, this is far more obvious here) -
AND managing to avoid (mostly) the whole shebang looking awkward/anachronistic.
I also liked those small intricacies that scream 'WE'RE HAVING FUN WITH THIS':
the titles/the basing of the crimes off actual Sherlock crimes,
stupid things like how Sherlock came to be associated with that detective cap
(which he hates, in case you didn't know).
Favourite episode by far = The Reichenbach Fall.
Pure nailbiting tension -
watching the noose close round Sherlock's neck,
Moriarty's gleeful insanity/utter genius
(btw, I ALWAYS thought it was pronounced Mo-RYE-arty!
MY LIFE HAS BEEN A LIE.).
Can't wait for installment #4.