[blog] what?! it’s a remake?!

So Korea’s NODAME CANTABILE finally got its dream Noda Megumi after what seemed to be a complicated courtship that played out like a drama itself. I haven’t watched any of Shim Eun-kyung’s work but I have read glowing reviews about her from my blogger friends who watch more films and dramas than me. And when…

[blog] of Arashi, ichibans and the power of five

A new Arashi fan recently asked me if there are fanwars and shippers in the Arashi fandom, just like in others. The Arashi fandom, as much as it’s a land of rainbow-colored dreams, does have its share of fanwars and antis, and yes, shippers too. And every fandom has its rotten tomatoes but I’d like…

[blog] an Uncle Johnny appreciation post

Since it was Father’s Day yesterday, I reckon it’s as good a reason to write an appreciation post for the man behind some of Japan’s top male idols, in particular, Arashi. Who else but the man we love to hate, Johnny Kitagawa. How do we hate love Uncle J, let me count the ways. Or…

[blog] Arashi’s saikou no lady

It’s tricky to be linked with Arashi or to even appear on one of their shows or act alongside them. Arashi fans, and particularly Arashi wotas, will have eagle eyes on you. Did you behave appropriately? And by behaving appropriately, did you keep a one-meter distance between you and the Arashi member? Did you address…