just watched this video
and had to comment because it was so profound. Sho is pretty much saying how it might be that Arashi deliberately acts normally (in the sense that they act like anybody else, doesn't give off airs of being "singers" or "stars" or "celebrities") because they want people who don't have confidence in themselves to think "hey, what the hell, i could do this stuff that these 5 do" and by that feel more confident in themselves.
There we have it ladies - another reason to fall helplessly in love with these guys. And note that Sho says "maybe" - he doesn't mean they had some big staff meeting and decided this as a strategy. Somehow, this feeling of "normal is good", "let's be a group that people can relate to, feel good to be with, walk together with" developed organically between the 5 of them without any of them ever saying anything. And what is SO awesome is that they have in their midst some very, very talented people who COULD act all proud and better-than-thou-ish and nobody could object because they actually ARE that good. But they choose, as a group, to shrug off the praises and just plod on like before - chill, down-to-earth, but at times freakishly talented and awesomely enthralling. And they do this partly because they want everyone - their fans and society as a whole - to feel better about themselves when they watch Arashi, instead of feeling envious or inferior.
god i love these guys.
Sho goes on to talk about marriage in another clip from the same conversation and made another brilliant insight. he talks about how generally speaking, 27 is a ripe age to get married, as evidenced by all of his friends marrying. but people look at him, Sakurai Sho, and if he were to marry, people would think it's way too early. He talks about how there is this gap between who he is in reality (a 27 year old guy who has marriage ambitions just like anyone else) and who he is in the eyes of the public (an idol from a group that only recently estabished itself in the entertainment industy and who relies on female fan support). He didn't say this, but what I think is that to him, he has existed for 27 years, but to the public, he may have only existed for 10 years, 5 years, 1 year, maybe even one month. So that may be why it would feel very premature for him to get married now. Sho admits that he feels the same way about other celebrities, and his tone wasn't accusatory or indignant at all. He did admit it was a dilemma though.
On another note, I think it is a really good sign that Arashi are talking more openly about love and relationships. They of course are not saying "I am dating someone now" but they have admitted to past relationships and they talk more openly about marriage. I think it's a good sign because it means that the powers that be think they can afford to lose the rabid adolescent girl fanbase because they have solidly established themselves with an older and saner fanbase in addition to the traditional teenager fanbase. If I were to meet a 26 year old who insisted he never had a relationship or even sex, it wouldn't make me any more attracted to him (although it won't necessarily detract). Yes, I will admit that when Ohno admitted in some talk (can't remember which magazine) that he had told Matsujun about the relationship he was in at the time, my heart imploded a bit, but I shall fight back the tears and continue to declare that this is a good thing. (I hear the cries of "hypocrite!" loud and clear, so don't you worry XD)
I guess what is happening is that the management realize that Arashi is approaching their thirties (egads!!!!) and will inevitably start to marry. Even if the senior groups are mostly single, something tells me that Arashi will revolutionize things again by all marrying relatively young, one right after the other. Arashi's charm point is that they are normal, and marriage is a normal thing to do, hence it won't ruin their image by marrying. Plus married people and fathers are infinitely more trustworthy and likable, which is Arashi's thing, and I think it is possible for them to remain sexy and desirable even after marriage. (Hey, they might attract a new crowd of people turned on by the idea of adultery. *is shot*) What do you bet that they will have some sort of show on child rearing... or at least talk about it openly and willingly, unlike Kimura who NEVER mentions his family life (for their sake or for the fans?) If Arashi marry non-celebs, they can talk about their families generally without invading their family's privacy rights and I am sure the fanbase of 30 something and 40 something men and women will love to see that Arashi understand what they are going through.
Hmmmm this is starting to sound like Lydia's A Great Big Family... haha. Realy, all it is is that I am DYING to see Arashi safely and happily married. I guess a part of me wants more proof that you can be normal and decent even if you practically grew up in the entertainment industry. But really, I just want to see that these guys are happy and are able to have some of the pleasures of normal life that is so often barred to them, just because they are idols.
I personally think that the first to marry will be.... Aiba or Sho???? This really was process of elimination. Ohno just seems too into himself to be married anytime soon (and I don't mean conceited - he just has stuff he wants to accomplish but knows that once he has a family, he will want to devote himself to that - I understand, Oh-chan! I do!
Hence, we should marry.) Nino -> I just can't picture him married to someone. Simple as that. Jun is also very focused on his work, and he IS the sex kitten stud muffin of Arashi, so management will probably raise hell about him getting married. He may be in a long-term relationship, but I can't see him coming out with it anytime soon. So that leaves Aiba and Sho. I can see Aiba and Sho both marrying but for very different reasons. Aiba either because 1) he got the girl pregnant (Aiba fans don't kill me - I love Aiba-chan for many reasons but if anybody were to make this mistake, it's him) 2) he just really wanted to marry his girl, end of story. Sho would marry much more deliberately I think, not even for his family's sake but just because he seems like a very deliberate guy.
Oooh,this marriage discussion is fun. I'm on a roll here! Okay, what do you guys think about this? Who in Arashi will marry who? Either a normal person or another celeb - if a celeb, who?
Sho will marry a normal person. Same age or younger.
Jun.... will marry another celeb. (I know this is so cliche, but he and Inoue Mao have great chemistry. I don't even mean when acting, but they seem to like each other a lot - perhaps platonically, but perhaps not. If anything, they get along well). Him I could see older, same age or younger.
Aiba will marry... a normal person. He seems like an old-fashioned type deep down (don't really know why I think this) and probably yearns for a normal, low-key love life. Same age.
Nino... again, no clue... can't envision him with anyone.
Ohno will marry a normal person. Same reason as Aiba. Same age or older.
Haha only Jun will marry a celeb. and I guess i think Nino is incapable of love
other than for his Oh-chanOookay, now that I have spent like an hour fantasizing over the personal lives of people I don't know and will never meet (dies a bit inside), I guess I will go to sleep.