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crazy moon

so i didn't realize this single was coming out so soon. is there a tie up? it's not for jun's drama. is it for sho's? or is it *gasp* without a tie up? I know it's a commercial song, but alas it is not arashi who is advertising a new compact. (god how crackalific would it be if it were Arashi? I mean a lot of people think they are complete tarts anyway. lol)

anyway, just watched the Utaban performance.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2267JB2zTFo

Here are my thoughts.

1. Not too keen on the song. It sounds very 90s.  It also doesn't sound very Arashi to me. It reminds me of Smap.  It has the kind of self-conscious aren't-i-being-hot? quality that i really don't like.  I am not saying that self-consciousness is bad. Truth was very self-conscious, but they took it to the kind of level that you could almost call it artistic, and art is the most self-interested and self-conscious enterprises of them all. this didn't quite get to that level but it also doesn't have the easy, casual feeling of songs like Kaze no mukou e.  And the lyrics are rather inane too. Arashi had released a spate of songs with good lyrics so a bit disappointed there. I think Kaze no mukou e, Boku ga boku no subete and Beautiful Days all had nice lyrics and I was hoping it would be a longer lasting trend.  But "kiss crazy. i don't know. don't stop baby. i can't stop." Yawn.  

2. The dancing. The dancing isn't bad but again it's very self-conscious. It's like "Oh oh oh! Let's prove yet again we are a group that can sing AND dance!" We get it Arashi. You can sing and dance well enough for people who don't know better to think you are actually talented. (wow I am in a really harsh mood tonight aren't I?) Like I said before I think Arashi as a group isn't exceptionally good at dancing or singing.  They can do both, but I mean, they're trained to do that, it would be more surprising if they couldn't do it.  I did think the part in the musical interlude where Sho starts off and then Matsujun, Nino and then Aiba and Ohno join is pretty cool to look at. But that's just because we as humans are trained to like repetition and symmetry.  The corps de ballet in ballet are based on this notion.  Which single in the past did that move that they do in this section? It's like a super deformed pas de chat. Was it Sunrise Nippon? Looks better now. i tried doing this move and i couldn't pick it up. why??? i got the other moves... i think i have a mind block because I keep on thinking it's a pas de chat and I keep on trying to do it with my center of gravity in one place. but i think for this move, you have to shift your center of gravity and i can't seem to get my mind wrapped around that since I keep on thinking I am just doing a pas de chat. also, the left leg goes in-out, not out-in, and that's throwing me off. argh. frustrating.

3. But enough about my own deteriorating dance skills. Now, let's take a look at what the individual members are doing. 

Ohno.  Very good and by the book as usual. Not much to complain about.  He displays his typical boredom/lack of enthusiasm that he displays when dancing with the rest of Arashi.   He just tosses off the right step at the exact right tempo like it's nothing while around him, the members try their hardest to look good. It's kind of a funny dynamic.  A couple of notes.  At around 1:19, he does a dance with Aiba and they do a little attitude (http://www.abt.org/education/dictionary/index.html), but it doesn't look like he is pointing his foot.  Shame, Ohno!  On the other hand, the knee pops at 1:12 are beautifully on the beat.  The other members either look like they are spasming (Sho - it's not a pelvic thrust), convulsing (Aiba - woow there calm down boy) or orgasming (knees giving out on you there, Nino?) or in their effort to not look like they are having involuntary muscle tremors, got too stiff and hence didn't have the momentum/looseness in their joints to actually pop out that second pop (Jun - I saw your knees lock there. But it's okay love, I would have probably done the same thing).  But of course master Ohno is right on both beats AND he looks controlled. some people. sheesh.

Jun: this piece was a collection of gay jun hand movements, starting from the very beginning. this guys has flexible wrists.   I don't know if I have ever seen so man pinkies or wrist flaps in my life. He needs to work on controlling those beasts before they eat him alive. too bad he got cut off at 1:18 and you can't really see his break dance move.  Oh and at 1:40 why is he holding his arms differently than anyone else? He has them spread out and his right hand is all splayed out whereas others have the right arm bent at a right angle and have their hands in a loose fist.  But at 1:34, nice choice to cock your head to the left when you bring your right arm down. it takes the move from boring to hot. excellent choice that Sho and Nino failed to make.  Jun has the advantage of height and relatively good proportions so he as a default looks good when he is dancing (aw, same here Jun! I was always told I had an elegance that I am sure did not come from my (relatively speaking) abysmal technique.  But we will never have the kind of precision and control that midgets like Ohno do. They have less limb to control, of course they're not going to flail around like we do sometimes. It's okay, we get to be the noble main characters while midgets like them play the gifted yet comedic sidekick.)

Nino: It was refreshing to see Nino dance and look like he meant it. Koodos to him for that. He did a pretty good job too, not too much flailing.  But he does tend to get ahead of the beat, like he does in most fast songs (Love Situation comes to mind). At 0:20, I won't comment on the hand moves since I am not trained in that kind of dance (whatever that is), but nice, tight 4th position! (although it could be the angle). You look stately, hun.  At 0:50, you didn't quite get around in that turn, did you? And your move at 1:21 sorta scared me. Must that right hand be so claw like? You would have looked 120% gay, but a nice, soft ballet hand would have been so much nicer. Or if you must do the jazz hand, do it with the palm facing behind you so we don't feel the urge to run away.  But at 1:38, when you come forward from behind Sho and Jun, it was ALL about you, hun.  You looked great. Sure your dance looked spazzy.  But it was just so cute and dorky and I loved it. Go you. But at 1:45, you do that move again (you know right hand at right temple, snap hand up and bring it down) and I wish you would come up with a new move. this one's nice and all but you do it all the time. Like Jun's diva hand snaking up into the air only to snap down with tremendous force. Or Sho's "I am number one" move or leaning forward with one shoulder while he looks diagonally and sings intently at someone off to the side. Boys, you gotta come up with some new moves, or just not have any (like Aiba and Ohno). Then I will have one less reason to pick on you.

Aiba: mmm not really much to say. My biggest thing was the overly turned out and too large knee popping moves, but i already talked about that. Oh, and at 2:21, the two backward steps you take are too big and look sorta awkward.  and the very end, don't let your body (especially your right arm!) swing like that. the music ends and you are still moving when everyone is still. destroys the impact of the ending. oh and your hip swaying move at 0:30 is so gay and totally something a 17 year old girl (or Jun) would do, so stop. you can do the cute version of it but don't try to make it look sexy.

Sho: your strut up to the camera at 0:32 is channeling too much kimura takuya (he is still alive, you know. at least wait until he's dead to start channeling him). we already have matsujun imitating kimu taku 90% of the time, we don't need TWO kimu taku wannabes in Arashi, kthnx.  Also, why must you always point up when we talk about night skies? You did it in kitto, you are doing it here at 0:40. the night sky is up there, we get it hun.  And you also almost didn't get fully around in that turn at 0:50, did you? I saw you stumble, don't think I didn't catch it.  At 1:40, something is not right about your arms. your wrists are going above your shoulders, and you look cutesy instead of hot. Notice Jun and Ohno's stay below their shoulder line. Nino's right hand goes above his shoulders a bit, but he's Nino. He's supposed to look dorky cute when dancing. But man, scrutinizing this move, I am amazed their mikes don't go flying out of their hands.

oy. i need to go to sleep. i just spent like 2 hours on this post. god.


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Apr. 27th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
i know NOTHING about dance AT ALL, NOT AT ALL but your post made me laaaaaugh. your little comments like you were speaking to them? precious. brilliant. HAHA.

i have learnt something today. some things i have noticed, sho's pointing to sky, for instance, and jun's pinky, but your very trained eye obviously picked out many other (funny) クセ that i thought were tickling. XDDD

thank you yukopon, for that very educational experience. heh.
May. 1st, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
lydiaaaaaaa. we do need to chat like woah. i just dunno whennnn. boo different time zones AND finals. I am just never home anymore, i have to go someplace where there isn't internet so i won't be tempted to bum around online when i should be studying.

summer will be here sooner than expected.
Apr. 27th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
Hi! I'm new to lj but not to Arashi (I've been a fan for about 2 years but too busy and reluctant/shy about joining the fandom). I stumbled upon your lj in a hunt to find out more about Arashi about a year ago. Not to sound stalker-like but I love to check your journal for your insights on Arashi, they are very well written and give me new insight to the boys and the group as a whole. I especially like your analysis of their performances, when I watch them after reading your analysis I gain a new understanding (my cousins danced ballet, then jazz when we were younger so I have some idea of what you are talking about; I also had a cousin who sang so I understand a bit when you talk about their singing. Me, I did the typical piano lessons, but that's not really relevant). Sorry for the long comment, all I really wanted to say was that this entry made me laugh because I had some of the same thoughts about Nino's spastic dance part running through my mind when I saw the Utaban performance, but I didn't want to come out from obscurity without at least semi-introducing myself!
Apr. 27th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
thanks so much for your comment! It's very nice to meet you. Each time someone tells me they like reading my journal, I am very surprised and flattered since I don't really post anything other than my own sily thoughts.
i can only post erratically since I am very busy with school, but I hope you will drop in once in a while. Thanks again for reading and commenting!
Apr. 28th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Do you mind if I add you as a friend so I can see when you've posted something new? I like reading your journal because you write about Arashi in an analytical manner, and I like reading analysis (nerd that I am) because it gives me something new to look for when I watch them perform/act/interact with each other.
Apr. 29th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
of course i won't mind! i will add you back. glad to make your acquaintance <3
Apr. 27th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
I love your thinly vieled sarcasm as you pick their performance apart, piece by piece. It's nice to read a technical POV (as I'm sure I've told you before ^^). I only caught the very end on TV last night so I'll have to watch it today. Everyone is going mental over this song... it's nothing special. The chorus is catchy enough for me to like it but the lyrics are so lame. I wonder who wrote this one? Someone credited as "Soluna". Never heard of them before. I hope they won't get any more business. I don't know why they are performing this song... isn't it the B-side to 明日の記憶? Or is it another double A-side single? What the fuck?

AHHH I watched it again. Nino looks like a chicken when he flaps his arms like that. XDDD

Edited at 2009-04-27 08:15 am (UTC)
May. 1st, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
people are goign mental over this song? like as in "omg this is so good"???? really? that's... unexpected. oh wait by people do you mean the lj community or people in japan? because at this point, arashi will sneeze and people will go batshit insane. i mean people need to get a grip on themselves. the arashi mania that seems to be gripping japan right now scares me. a lot.

and it is weird they performed this, not ashita no kioku. i just watched the first two eps last night. kind of a weird drama, but i like it more than smile. mattsun just... irritates me. more and more. i like him with the rest of arashi, but solo, it's like watching myself and it's SO boring. and i just realized that Smile is the same staff as Hanadan. It does use similar cuts and scene compositions.

wow sorry to just mind vomit in my reply to you. i just took a final today, please excuse lack of coherency.
May. 1st, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
I meant all the 12-year-old fangirls on LJ. Mmm... I can't really gauge Arashi-mania in Japan. They are popular and everyone knows their names but there's no more buzz over them than say News or Kat-tun. It depends what subset you're talking about too though; there's much more News-mania at work for me because of all the 13-16 year old girls. LOL

Yes, but I guess it would be more exciting to do a dance song than ballad? I haven't heard Kioku in entirety yet. I like Smile's theme~ Actually, I enjoy Matsujun's acting. It's refreshing to see him do something else. Although the weepy scene from episode 1 was pretty bad. I didn't believe it at all. O_o

Wee I love random comments. Otsukaresamadeshita!
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