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Let's give this a try....

So I am going to be crazy and try some new technology! *applause* I just saw this performance of Pikanchi for the first time and I wanted to share it since I think it is a great example of how Ohno dances circles around the rest of Arashi. Pikanchi has some pretty hard choreography - hard not in the sense of it being technically all that difficult, but hard in the sense that it is hard to make it look good. You can do the movements and look ridiculous, or you can dance the movements and look amazing. The rest of Arashi are unfortunately in the first category and Ohno is in the latter.

I think the video speaks for itself so I won't do my usual minute by minute analysis (I also have finals starting next week and as much as I would love to do my usual analysis, those take hours (literally) to do and i can't justify that right now T-T). Plus the editing kinda stinks (each shot is SO short that it's choppy and a lot of the frames are sort of meaningless in the sense that they don't really show anything either because it's too close up or it's blurry or something)

What doesn't work for MJ is not really the dance per se. He pulls it off ok, better than Nino, Sho and Aiba at least. This is not surprising, since I think he is the second best dancer in Arashi out of a combination of sheer determination and a natural elegance and presence. But he unfortunately seems to confuse attitude with gay posturing and diva hands. On any other song, it wouldn't be so much of an issue, but this is Pikanchi, the most "hard-core" Arashi song in existence, so the result is even more grimace-inducing than usual.

Nino also doesn't seem to get that he is supposed to be hard-core here. He does moves that remind me of Himitsu, which is a song of a rather different taste.

Sho understands that he needs to be hard-core but can't quite pull it off. there is one part where he tries the Ohno move (you won't miss it, it's a rather long solo shot of him) of sort of rolling/sliding across the floor using your ankles and he TOTALLY FAILS. HAHAHAHAHA Sho fail. Too bad he's not failing on purpose like he usually is.

And Aiba... he's just Aiba as usual, not that great a dancer technically, not really good at pulling off super dark, intense looks, doing things right but somehow not being very memorable.

There are some golden moments where Ohno looks amazing and the others look POSITIVELY HILARIOUS. Man, i need to go back and do a blow-by-blow analysis of this. OR BETTER YET - screencaps. ha as if i will ever have that kind of tech savvy.

Okay, so here is me trying to embed this video here.


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Dec. 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Mais de quelle performance tu parles? ^^ Ils en ont fait plusieurs je crois.

Oh as tu entendu parler du dernier scandale d'Ohno?? :p J'aimerais bien avoir ton point de vue dessus. Pour ma part je suis assez d'accord avec ce que dit theproudpenguin :
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
quel scandale???? AHHH!!! je n'ai rien entendu! sandy n'a pas vraiment explique ce qui s'est passe. je veux savoir en plus!

Dec. 4th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
Aaaaah c'est mieux avec la vidéo ^^ Merci il ne me semble pas avoir vu cette performance.

En lisant ton post, je m'attendais à pire xD Mais oui Ohno déchire tout ♥♥♥ Je ne vois pas où il est hilarant. Tu peux me dire??
Ca se voit que Riida a travaillé durant longtemps ses pas de danse. Il y a une telle aisance qui émane de ses mouvements.
Je me demande ce qu'il pense du niveau des 4 autres...

Et pourquoi Jun est si efféminé?????????? ;___;
Dec. 4th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
meh? j'ai ecrit qu'il a ete hilarant? je voulais dire que tout les 5 SAUF Ohno m'a fait rire. (pardon si c'etait du sarcasme et j'ai mal compris)

Pourquoi Jun est si effemine... c'est la question que tout le monde se pose. Il est capable d'etre tres masculin mais il me semble que son defaut est d'etre effemine. ce qui est interessant est que on n'entend jamais les fans japonais supposer qu'il est homosexuel, mais les fans internationaux (ou peut etre c'est seulement les americains) croient pour la plupart qu'il est homo. XD

Dec. 6th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Non c'est moi qui a du lire trop vite (comme d'habitude :p).

Moi non plus, je ne comprends pas pourquoi Jun est parfois si efféminé. Il n'a pas besoin de ça franchement.
Je ne pense pas qu'il soit homo mais des fois, c'est à se demander s'il ne veut pas se donner un petit côté "précieux" (tu comprends ce que je veux dire?). Car il fait ça en règle générale lorsqu'il chante, et pas particulièrement sur les photoshoots ou durant les interviews.
Jun est un grand mystère o_O
Dec. 4th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
looking forward to the rest ^^
Dec. 4th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
lol so while i was waiting, i found this and thought nino didn't look hardcore enough.

good luck with finals, they are totally coming up too quickly!
Dec. 4th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
oh nino. if he were born in the states, i could totally see him being from someplace like brooklyn (which I cannot say for any of the other arashi members) and yet he just cannot manage to look hardcore.
Dec. 4th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
lol omg Arashi dancing "cool"... well I really give them points for putting so much energy into it! They just really don't have the style for it, or the talent (like Ohno). Well, it's JE, right, not a dance/singing company. :\ Anyway I still enjoyed that video, haha. ♥

Good luck on your finals bb! Hope school is treating you well. :)
Dec. 4th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
haha i know i shouldn't rip them apart so much but it's out of love! i just thought the juxtaposition was hilarious.

thanks for the well wishes! i better get cracking on that studying....
Dec. 4th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
Hee, I like it, all of it. (Although it makes me nostalgic for the days when Nino scowled through every performance of Pikanchi. <3<3)
Dec. 4th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
haha yeah. Do you know this site? \http://ore-sama.ca/weissthursday/pv4.htm

if you haven't seen it yet - check it out, it's awesome. I think the creator of this site (who i have not reached out to yet. shame!) and I should team up. We can be the snarkiest, bitchiest, useless commentary-spewing Arashi fans EVER. lol

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