Just as Ang Lee thanked the movie god for his Oscar win, I want to thank the pop god for Arashi. No day passes without Arashi making me laugh… or cry, but all for good reason. And this fan-made video encapsulates most of the reasons why:
I have extensively discussed why I love Arashi in previous posts, but it bears repeating again: they inspire and bring happiness. And through them I understand the role of entertainers in this world. They’re not there to look good while the rest of us feel like shit, or
rob us of our hard- earn -ed money that we will never earn in this lifetime. Neither are they there to parade on social media sites their fabulous lives while we can only sigh in envy and wishful thinking. When I hear Arashi saying they want to be an oasis and make people feel good when they watch them (yes, I’m looking at you Sho-kun), I know that it’s not just empty words, but that is the precious truth.
I think this photo below fits the video’s message:
Arashi do not have Twitter, Facebook or Weibo–at least, what the public knows. They do have their “blogs”, where they write about their work (behind-the-scene) and post photos they themselves took, but managed by their agency, and they occasionally send mail to members of the fan club (now topping 1.5 million members!).
I don’t know much about their personal lives except the “scandals” that surface every now and then (yes, you, Cyzo, which exists to bring Arashi down) and I don’t even hear them addressing these scandals personally except through official statements from their company. The thing is, I do not need to know. Not that I don’t care about their personal lives because I do. I want them to be happy individuals because if they are, then they will be inspired with their work. And that is what I care for most: their music, films, dramas and TV shows. Whoever they date, I respect that it’s their right and freedom to do so. I may have my opinion but I’d always trust that they know what they’re doing in the same way they know what they’re doing with their work.
However, some celebrities attract comments (mostly negative) on their personal lives precisely because they invite such attention. They parade their lives on social media and then cry foul when they feel their privacy has been violated. Please. Then stop parading yourself on the Internet or in public. And more importantly, if you can’t be honest, then better to just shut your mouth instead of saying things that you think your fans want to hear. Celebrities who legitimize their lies by selling them to their public in order to save their rice bowls and careers are the lowest form in the entertainment business. They don’t deserve an iota of success. Unfortunately, there are lots of them out there.
But then I watch Arashi and my faith in entertainers is revived. They are not perfect but do they pretend they are? No. They don’t live holy lives but they try their best to be good role models because they have a good grasp of the responsibilities of a public figure. There are times they fail (Cyzo won’t allow them to succeed, for one) and there are painful decisions they have to make and challenges they have to face. But at the end of the day, they meet all these with the same dedication and enthusiasm they did as five teenagers in 1999, embracing whatever life throws them. And that’s why they’re inspiring because they teach us that… okay, here goes some Arashi cliche but it’s true… LIFE IS HARD DAKARA (because) HAPPY. Or it can also be LIFE IS HARD DAKEDO (however) HAPPY.
So what does Arashi mean?
For Nino, it’s four people and he’s the No. 1 fan. For Sho-kun, he wants Arashi to be an oasis to their fans. For Aiba, he wants them to create a storm around the world.
I Googled and found someone asking “Why is Arashi so popular in Japan and outside?” and the answers were all very interesting and amusing (I mean, compare them to Exile?). But then this question was posted four years ago when the boys were just on the brink of reaping the seeds of the hard work they have planted all these years.
For me, Arashi gives me faith that entertainment is not an overpaid, overrated, pointless industry. But more than that, these dorks make me laugh… then they make me cry because I’m glad that it’s not a total waste of time being a fangirl.
The five bakas are having their Kirin green label, I’d like to have one too.
Rating for this post is WHITE. More about the tea ranking here.
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