HAPPY, HAPPY - AND VERY BELATED - BIRTHDAY, OHNO:
you awesome person with truckloads of talent
and an utter lack of the attitude/initiative to match.
It seems as if, every time I start drawing away from Arashi,
you're always the one to bring me back. <3
Never stop painting. Or fishing. Or dancing.
So the 11.11.11 Meikyuu Music Station appearance
was essentially a bunch of amazing.
Sho's impromptu attempt at Sexy Zone's choreo, for one
(and Jun's/Nino's not-so-secret LOL-ing,
and Sho's self-important thumbs-up, and. Ohno's FACE).
And: the Mini Sta.
- Ohno's totally random peace signs. And FACES. (Seriously, Ohno, seriously.)
- Aiba's hilarious karaoke episodes!
- And, can I just say,
I adore the way they lovingly prod Sho/poke fun at him/adjust his clothing
when he's asked to introduce the song. xD
And how Sho is clearly happy with all the ~attention~ from his bandmates.
But the highlight - the talky bits.
- Oh, Ohno. 'And after 12 years, even the nostril hairs will grow, yes?'
Hahaha THE SPECTRUM OF REACTIONS FROM ARASHI ARE SO CHARACTERISTIC.
Sho jumps in to explain away the weirdness, Jun looks vaguely scandalised,
Nino throws a sarcastic comment or two,
and Aiba is half a beat behind everyone else
but cracks up heartily when he does get it.
- Sho. Burning candles in his green room.
Burning CANDLES in his green room, like NISHINO KANA does.
And Nino, labelling it an 'urban legend'.
I love this already.
- Tamori putting Sexy Zone on the spot
by asking them if they'd want to emulate Sho's candle-burning ways.
(Lol, poor Shiori.
You could tell he wasn't quite sure how to
avoid offending Sho and give an honest answer at the same time.
ANDAND OT, but Shiori is qt. You can tell he's taking it upon himself -
as a centre -
to lead/speak up, even though he doesn't always know what to say. xD)
- AIBA SUGGESTING THAT THEY LOAN THE A.RA.SHI OUTFITS
(YES, THOSE ABOMINATIONS) TO SEXY ZONE.
*Sexy Zone look vaguely horrified*
Aiba: 'It's for Sexy Zone's sake! So they can be sexier.' (WHAT, AIBA.)
Sho: 'Right, the sexy part.' (?!!)
Jun: 'But that outfit is not sexy!' (THANK YOU, Jun.)
Aiba: 'No, no, no! There were many sexy spots on it!' (This was where I truly cracked up.)
- Aiba and the woodcraft dolls -
WHICH HE BOUGHT BECAUSE THEY REMINDED HIM OF MATSUJUN.
AND ACCIDENTALLY BROKE BEFORE HE GAVE THEM TO THE MEMBERS.
And Matsujun, being annoyed while being... happy.
Aww these guys will forever be adorable, even if they're nearly 30.
-Sho placing a fatherly arm over Marius' shoulders. xD
(I really, really want to see this guy with kids of his own.)
-OHNO - RATHER CONVINCINGLY, I MIGHT ADD -
IMITATING A CHICKEN DURING THE ENDING CREDITS.
WHAT IS WITH THIS GUY, I CAN'T EVEN. <33
Recently watched various Shiyagare eps,
and ack when this show is good, IT'S GOOD.
I love it when (a) guests come and ACTUALLY teach Arashi a new, useful skill
(because Arashi is more interested, and I get to learn something too)
and/or (b) the guests are familiar with Arashi (HIJINKS.).
Notable episodes this round:
20 (Ayanokoji Kimimaro), 23 (Yashima Norito), 25 (Miyane Seiji) (THIS EPISODE. BEST EVER.),
30 (Neptune), 31 (Higashiyama).
A little K8-ish (i.e. v. boisterous; the ad-libbed shouts.
Btw, I love how ad-libbing in Arashi-speak
means adding the strangest things to the track,
whereas in Kpop it refers to variations on the melody?
Haha, the differences in priorities. xD),
but the contents are well and truly Arashi,
and - believe me - what you see on the label is exactly what you get.
HEARTS, as always.
Stuck on In Time With You.
I am such a sucker for BFFs-turned-lovers stories.
It reminds me of 9 End 2 Outs, actually -
maybe not exactly on the same level
(less-believable male lead/less-realistic inter-character relationships,
a script which leans dangerously to this side of pretentious),
but nevertheless a step up from most other dramas.