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Hello Arama! It’s Friday so that means it’s Open Post time. Feel free to chat with your fellow readers about whatever you like. Enjoy!

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  • Annon

    First Post! Woooooooooooooooooooooo

    • Curel

      It’s been pretty quiet so far, haha.

      • MomoHirai

        THIRD POST. Im so lame lmao.

  • surfboardt

    /slips Ronald mask on
    Question of the Week: Who do you think directed Ken Hirai’s latest album cover, Leslie Kee or JUJU?

    https://i0.wp.com/cdn2.natalie.mu/media/1706/0621/extra/news_xlarge_hiraiken_jkt201707_limited_A.jpg

  • Skai

    5th post!
    By the way, I LOVE the Ayumi GIF for this xD
    Out of curiosity, has anyone seen this video?
    https://youtu.be/Rl-CsITWRtE
    It’s a few years old but I happened to come across it earlier and I couldn’t stop laughing.
    (I’m a Namie Amuro fan but I don’t have anything against Ayumi Hamasaki btw)

  • zephyr

    Any Summer 2017 anime you’ve been anticipating? For me it’s BnHA S2, Re:creators, Ballroom e Youkoso, Fate/Apocrypha, Saiyuuki Reload Blast and Vatican Kiseki Chousakan. I was gonna watch Kakegurui too but I got curious and read the manga so I’m prob not gonna bother the anime lol

    • Curel

      I took a look at an article that previewed quite a bit of this season’s offerings, but nothing has really caught my eye as of yet, although I usually end up waiting at least a couple of years to try out a new series after the “hype” has gone down a bit. :)

      • zephyr

        It’s unusually quiet for a summer season, imo. Waiting until the hype’s gone down might be a good idea too since fans always exaggerate their favourites.

    • nothingsover

      I’m watching Katsugeki Touken Ranbu and Fate/Apocrypha, but I don’t really recommend the former for anyone who isn’t already familiar with the game. I wanna check out Kakegurui and Saiyuuki too.

      • zephyr

        If you can get over fanservices, Kakegurui is pretty fun! I only watched the first episode, Hayami Saori did a really good job. For Saiyuuki, if you’re not familiar with the series, I recommend reading the manga first since it might be a bit confusing (but probably not as much as Katsugeki Touken Ranbu is).

        • nothingsover

          I used to be a Saiyuuki fan so it should be alright but I need to brush up because I forgot a lot haha.

          Ooo love Hayami Saori and I’m definitely not opposed to fanservice so it’s all good XD

    • PigeonPop

      I know the core Fate fans aren’t as fond of Apocrypha, but it’s a nice change of pace in the franchise (for me, at least) after the very self-important air given in the ufotable adaptations. Karna is a lot more interesting to me out of the roster of overpowered servants compared to the likes of Gilgamesh, which is a plus.

      Also: Made in Abyss and Shoukoku no Altair for the wonderful art direction, and Jigoku Shoujo just for the heck of it. If anyone out there gets a kick out of bad voice acting, there’s Nanamaru Sanbatsu…

      • zephyr

        I actually think Apocrypha is interesting! It’s a bit different from the usual Fate series and the pacing is a lot better than Katsugeki Touken Ranbu, imo.

        Shoukoku no Altair looks interesting! Didn’t know Flower is doing an ED theme too, I”ll check it out. Also just checked the cast on Nanamaru Sanbatsu, most names are still familiar to me so I guess it’s some of the new faces that isn’t…quite skillful yet?

        • PigeonPop

          Umika Kawashima is causing a bit of an uproar at the moment. It’s a shame, since I think her voice in its natural state when she does her MC gigs and dramas is not that bad. Unfortunately in the anime, she (and the sound director) has decided to go for a deeper voice which sounds awkward, and the wooden delivery really sticks out from the rest of the seiyu cast.

    • Maknae

      A friend recommended me Made in Abyss and I think it’s gonna be my favorite this season. I’m watching Katsugeki too (prob gonna drop it) and Jigoku Shoujo. Waiting for Fate to get on Netflix to continue.

      • zephyr

        I’m gonna admit I wasn’t interested in Made in Abyss until I read your comment and PigeonPop’s tbh. Gonna give it a try tonight! Also I might do the same for Katsugeki Touken Ranbu if it keeps being confusing like this. :/

    • circe154

      I want to watch the new Jigoku Shojo but I’m still on the first season. Can I watch them both at the same time or are the later seasons not stand alone?
      I’ve been watching Yokai Apartment, Vatican Kiseki Chousakan and the new Yami Shibai. Yami Shibai is a lot better than the last couple of seasons but I think its running on fumes.

      • zephyr

        No idea on Jigoku Shoujo either since I haven’t watched any season of it. :o

        I watch Vatican Kiseki Chousankan solely because Thores Shibamoto is the character designer lol. The pacing was quite fast in the first episode imo but it looks interesting enough (plus the soundtrack is nice) so I’ll probably stick with it. I’m too scared to watch Yami Shibai tbh, only watched like a couple episodes of S1 and nope out of it.

        • circe154

          I need to watch the second episode, I’m hoping the pacing issues will be resolved now that they’ve set up the story because its interesting otherwise.

        • circe154

          Second episode went by pretty quick too. I think they may be trying to cram too much into one season.

          • zephyr

            Yep exactly, I’m surprised I made it to the ending tbh. So much had happened yet it still managed to be so boring. I think I’ll give it a try one more episode before I drop it :/

      • PigeonPop

        There is a bit of an overarching side narrative from season two onwards (flashbacks and snippets of character development amongst the main cast) but it remains mostly self-contained within each season, if that makes sense. Skipping to Season 4 after watching Season 1 or watching the two together shouldn’t be much of a problem unless you are interested in the backstories and whatnot of the main cast.

        • circe154

          Guess I’ll wait then.

      • yamakita

        Thx for the tip! DVD now though the format is repetitive, I do like this series. It’s funny most of the times.

  • Ennie

    I watched Gomen, Aishiteru… I didn’t really enjoy it. I watched the original when it aired. I don’t think the show will do well ratings wise. Maybe Hello Harinezumi will be good.

    • Awalia Hanifah

      Why? Is it because the Japanese version kinda stray away from the original? I personally think it already has a melodrama vibe in it and the casts did a good job.

      • ennie

        I don’t mind it straying away from the original, but the story loses its messaging with the way it is presented…..already the sister character is shown, etc. It’s hard to make a full judgement on one episode so I might watch episode 2.

        • Not Polka Dot

          Japanese drama has 10 episodes in general compared to a Korean drama, which makes sense they introduced the characters earlier. You can’t really compare Japanese dramas with Korean dramas because they have different format in terms of storytelling.

          The best way to enjoy dramas whether it’s a remake or not is to watch it as it is. For me, I prefer Japanese dramas because it’s compact and they don’t drag on for too long.

          • ennie

            I’m sorry to make you upset, I’ve been watching Japanese drama since 2000 so I know the format. What I meant is (to me) the original story was stronger because many South Korean children were adopted out of the country, and some may make effort to try and locate their birth families.

            • Not Polka Dot

              Well in Gomen Aishiteru, Ritsu was thrown away by his own mother and not even adopted by families. It is a big problem at least in my country that babies are being thrown away by their own parents. In Gomen, he was lucky that a child care worker found him when he was still in one piece. In most cases, most babies would not even survive because they were thrown away in the trash cans or in the woods, left to die and sometimes eaten by animals.

              • I would suggest you not to read the reply for this comment as it will most likely contain spoiler for the drama.

    • yamakita

      I’m watching it. I never saw the original so I think I will like it okay. I’m impressed that the setting is in Korea.

  • AkaneHaga

    I just playing spirit of sanada and watch sanada maru [right now ep17] why there is diff between them, which 1 is true?
    is Taiga drama not following the real history/what?
    Now I wonder is furinkazan is a lie too?

  • neko

    Kinki kids news is so sad :(

    • DomotoKT0721

      About Tsuyoshi not being able to perform in the Anniversary concerts?
      Yeah it’s quite sad but I don’t think you need to worry much, I am sure everyone around him including Koichi are peppering him with plenty of love & care.
      & please don’t be too sad I bet Tsuyoshi will feel sadder if you worry about him too much.
      If you think & send positive thoughts, I bet Tsuyoshi will gain the energy to heal faster & not worry about disappointing fans for not being able to be there.

      • neko

        you are right, I hope he can recovers soon , I would be wating to watch them thogether again singing beutiful songs as always

  • yamakita

    Any Johnny expert out there: Is HiHi Jet now a three-member group?? What happened to the 4th one? He appeared briefly during the July 2 live special, but most performances have been only three of them.

    • dmitri

      idk anything about hihi jet and if this is anything to rely on, but the summer station goods came out today and i saw that hihi jet’s goods feature 4 members

  • HyperMoot .

    frequent listen

    • yamakita

      I don’t care for indigo La End, but I love this video. Is this a drum cover? I love watching drummers play. Wish I could do the same.

      • HyperMoot .

        it’s some sort of parody or rather the original video from another angle. I’m not a big fan but I do like them, more often than not

      • HyperMoot .

        and btw if you like drums covers, here’s one, Tokyo Jihen, the drums sound is a tad too high but the guy is good

        I prefer guitar covers

        • yamakita

          I like the other guy better cuz you can see what he is doing with his feet, which is a lot! The song here is pretty good, but I keep thinking it can’t be healthy to breathe in that mask!

  • HyperMoot .

    Watch of the week, actually a rewatch as I’m on a Tadanobu Asano’s filmography marathon. Based on Kazuki Sakuraba’s novel, ‘My Man’ (2014), great perf from Fumi Nikaido

    • yamakita

      For once I’ve seen the movie already and this is a disturbing one.

      Asano is great. What did u recommend recently that has him in it?

      • HyperMoot .

        Actually I’ve missed some of his latest’s, he’s very active, lol, but from the few I’ve seen, I really appreciated Kurosawa’s Journey to the shore, a very touching and odd tale, and Harmonium by Koji Fukada, a movie which is both a thriller and a twisted family drama

        • yamakita

          Yes, Harmonium was the one I was thinking of. Can’t wait!

        • yamakita

          Explain the ending please!! This movie is going to haunt me. I thought the most despicable character was the dad, and he never washed his hands, if u know what I mean!! But he kinda redeemed himself in the end. What a sad, sad movie.

          Was that Yamaguchi Momoe’s son or just someone who looks like one with the same surname?

          • HyperMoot .

            I need to watch it again, I don’t think he is but there’s room for doubt, quite a shock, ne?

            • yamakita

              The one I was thinking of is Taiga, but Momoe’s son is in the movie briefly as well. I’m going to find Kinki with Taiga cuz it’s plenty disturbing !!

        • yamakita

          The Journey one looks like a standard sob story. I guess I prefer disturbing because it’s usually such a depth into the Japanese psyche.

          • HyperMoot .

            maybe the trailer makes it look like that but it’s not your average sob story. I found it touching cause the husband (Asano) is a ghost looking for redemption and the wife embraces the illusion to survive sorrow, I think it’s a very Japanese movie and a typical Kiyoshi Kurosawa one

            I promise I will post about very disturbing ones ;)

    • nothingsover

      I actually saw this last year (I think?) in San Francisco at the Japan Film Festival with Asano Tadanobu as a guest speaker. It’s an incredible film, clearly designed to make the viewer uncomfortable. I have always liked Asano but I was particularly impressed by Nikaido Fumi. She’s really talented and can clearly handle very complex and mature roles so I’m glad she’s mainly moved away from the school girl rom-coms.

      • HyperMoot .

        I couldn’t agree more. Actually if you look at Fumi Nikaido’s filmography you’ll find more films that belong either to the arthouse category or stuff with renown directors (Sono Sion for instance) than teen comedies. I like her a lot, definitely one of the most powerful actresses in her generation, together with Chizuru Ikewaki. Did you watch Hotori no Sakuko (Koji Fukada), that was an odd yet beautiful one.

        • yamakita

          I just realized she is your avatar. Aww :) Did you watch her in Mondai no Aru Restaurant? That drama had a profound impact on me. Suda blew up after that, but I always see him as “that jerk.” And the actor who played the Okama–amazing transformation. I think it was the last truly greater drama I had watched, along with Saiko no Rikon. The dramas lately have just been weird and lame.

          Please continue with your recommendations, especially on movies.

          • HyperMoot .

            I change avatars quite often ;) no, I haven’t watched the drama, odd as it seems I seldom watch dramas or series. I know I’m missing many of my faves but I don’t know why, never got into the format :(. As to movies, yes I will use the Open Post as often as possible.

            • I’m the opposite tbh. I find Jdramas in general are very excellent in quality as compared to many other dramas in the world. Jdramas’ plot are more tight, didnt beat around the bush and excellently written and directed.

              But I found most Jmovies are boring, slow and are not that engaging in term of storylines unfortunately. :( I tried many but I fell asleep or stop in the middle of it even if I like the actors lol. The only truly amazing masterpiece Jmovie I have seen is Confession and thats it. :( And if we bring most anime adaptation that made into movies, then it is much worst OTL

              • yamakita

                I agree to a degree. A lot of Japanese movies do take its time to build up the story so I skip a lot. But when it’s good, it’s really good.

                I also agree with your take on J-dora, but lately it’s hard to find a good one that sticks. Like many I went thru my Korean drama phase. What starts out as a hilarious story always ends up a sob story with birth secrets. And I always worried about the cast and crew’s health knowing their shoot system. I went back to J-dora since it’s more succinct, as you’ve pointed out. But lately it seems like they are running out of stories. I watched My Son and Reverse, some of them, cuz TV Japan showed them, but man, they were boring cuz stories were weak. I hope the writing improves soon.

                • Then can you recommend me your Top 5 Jmovies then? Since when you said ‘when it’s good, it’s really good’ really make me want to watch them! :)

                  Oh yes, I love Kdramas as well particularly sageuk since it is usually very well written and acted. But Kdramas imo (esp romcom) always started out good but going downhill in the middle. Like when you watch the earlier episodes, you are like, I’m going to give this drama a 7/10 but as it is approaching the ending, you end up giving it a 4 or 5 instead. :( While for Jdramas, you start at giving it a 7 but by the time it reaches the ending, it is usually be an 8 or 8.5 or 9. But I also kind of agree on the quality of Jdramas as of late. I cant watch all of them (of course) but it wasn’t as diverse or well-written as it was in the past. I did enjoy plenty of them tbh (since it is still funny and entertaining), but it wasn’t as good as it was in the past but still good and enjoyable if I compared them to other dramas from other countries (lol). I think the last truly impressed Jdramas in term of script that I have watched in recent year would be Nojima Shinji’s Flowers for Algernon.

                  • yamakita

                    Spot on assessment! I just started watching Gomen, Aishiteru since it’s readily available on TV. It actually looks pretty good to me since I never watched the original. We’ll see if I get bored.

                    I haven’t kept a running list of my favorite J-movies and I tend to follow the actors more than the filmmakers. I’ll just mention a few I’ve watched recently and how I liked them. Among the ones already mentioned in this thread: I liked Confessions, World of Kanako, Harmonium, My Man, and Snow White Murder Case.

                    – The Long Excuse (Hyper’s recommendation from last week)–it was okay; glad I watched it.
                    – My Tomorrow Your Yesterday (from the idol genre)–slow in the beginning; loved the twist and thought Shota did a decent job

                    – Bride of Rip Van Winkle–I love the lead actress so I try to watch her work; 3 hours long so I skipped a lot; it seems like two different stories and the first story might have produced more drama and a very bad trip
                    – Gravity’s Clown–one of my all-time favorites; made me a fan of the two lead actors; I even bought the photobook

                    • HyperMoot .

                      Gravity’s Clown, that’s a good one, thanks for the reminder => rewatch list

                  • WD79

                    As for Jdramas, I don’t know if it has something to do with quality over quantity, but these past few years have seen Japan churning out 30-40 dramas per season, making it around 140-150 dramas per year. And only a small percentage are subbed, but that’s considering recent times. Compared with yesteryears that would’ve been a bigger percentage of course since Jdramas used to be much smaller in numbers. I don’t know if you only watch subbed dramas, but there are actually quite a lot of good Jdramas that are left unsubbed, unfortunately.

              • HyperMoot .

                if you want I can suggest a list of films, for instance, from the same director (Confessions, Tetsuya Nakashima) have you tried Memories of Matsuko or The world of Kanako? With the latter you can hardly find time to breathe, it’s such a storm !!

                • Please do!

                  Will try the first 2 movies you mention above first at the moment! :)

                  BTW, some Jmovies are really hard to get. Where do you usually seen yours?

                  • HyperMoot .

                    FilmKu, Avistaz, various Spanish and French forums, Hong Kong versions from eBay and a little shopping when I’m in Japan :). I’ll make a short list asap

                    • yamakita

                      I don’t really do these sites. Do they come with subs, and in English?

                      I watched Play in Hell. The styling is very Gintama, but I wish it were as funny, though Gintama has also lost its touch. I kept wishing for a different ending. I loved the cast’s devotion though and it’s fun to see Hoshino Gen getting all whacked up.

                    • HyperMoot .

                      I haven’t checked FilmKu for ages, they had quite a lot of Asian movies with subs. For Avistaz (a torrent site that opens registrations from time to time) it depends, you find some with subs in English or Chinese -some other languages too- sometimes not. If you google a bit, you might easily find several sites and forums based in Spain, France or the UK which have Jmovies for download, many of those are tied with sub teams, teams that are still active even if there aren’t as many as there used to be a few years ago.

                  • HyperMoot .

                    Ok, here it is, from my personal collection, not necessarily my faves (some are though) but I’ve selected them according to 4 criteria : faster pace, graphics, interesting plot, action, all have at least of one those

                    – Why don’t you play in hell (Sono Sion): some sort of Romeo and Juliet in the world of Yakuza. Bloody (very much) and hilarious

                    – Key of life (Kenji Uchida): a guy grabs the keys (house, car) of another dude who happens to be a hitman, ouch, hilarious comedy

                    – Greatful Dead (Eiji Uchida): a girl cant’ stand old people and targets them. A bit gorey with a comedy feel

                    – Japanese girls never die (Daijo Matsui): an odd tale packed with male assholes and girls with a fighting spirit

                    – The Snow White murder case (Yoshihiro Nakamura): awesome and very original plot plus a great perf from Mao Inoue

                    – Helter Skelter (Mika Ninagawa): the world of fashion and entertainment through the tragic destiny of one model. A feast in terms of graphics and a phenomenal perf from Erika Sawajiri

                    – Make up room (Kei Morikawa): conversations and incidents during a porn shoot. Not a single hot scene but real good humor.

                    – 9 souls (Toshiaki Toyoda): almost a classic now (2003). 9 escapees, 9 destinies; both tragic and hilarious.

                    – Swallow Tail Butterfly: a cult movie from cult director Shunji Iwai. Some sort of metaphor about immigrants and minorities in Japan and it’s also a thriller and a comedy. Goofy and beautiful. (his latest “a bride for Rip van Winkle” is also a must but maybe a tad too slow for your taste)

                    – Monday: another cult movie from a cult director (Sabu, 2000). A salary man’s descent into hell and crime. A real blast, a mega comedy/parody, one of the craziest thing I’ve ever watched.

                    There are many more, I’ll make another list if you get hooked by some of those.

                    • yamakita

                      The first two sound great. On my watch list now. Just watched Japanese Girls–since it was without subs a lot of the story was lost so I skipped a lot. I found it okay. Snow White was excellent. I liked/have the Helter Skelter manga.

                      The World of Kanako was very disturbing so of course I loved it. Every time I watch that girl in something, I think to myself, but she was in that very disturbing movie!

                    • HyperMoot .

                      “I liked/have the Helter Skelter manga.” I might make a longer ‘watch or rewatch of the week’ on this for the next open post. Here’s a cool MV teaser to give you an idea. Orgy of colours, disturbing scenes, Sawajiri doesn’t steal the show, she IS the show. Awesome, my, my, feels like another rewatch and days are too short, lol

          • Everyone seemed to enjoy Saiko no Rikon but I somehow really hate it and stopped at the 2nd episode (?) years years ago. Can you tell me what’s so great about it? I found the drama very uncomfortable to watch and I basically hate all the 4 main characters. :(

            • yamakita

              I think the uncomfortableness is what makes it good. I felt it was kinda daring and straight forward, which contrasted greatly with the Japanese social norms. I don’t particularly care for Eita, but I enjoyed the story nonetheless. If you hated it, it was just not your style. Nothing wrong with that.

              • Is the story has some redeeming qualities for the characters unlike what is implied in the first few episodes? Or a great twist at the end?

                • yamakita

                  This may be a spoiler, but I recall somewhat of a happy ending.

        • nothingsover

          I haven’t! I’ll have to check that one out!

  • Taima-kun

    never have i thought that Ken Watanabe would cheat on his wife
    i’m disappointed

    • yamakita

      Why not? Infidelity is aplenty in Asia. I’m more shocked to learn about a faithful Asian man.

      • gudetamadeservesbetter

        Nah.
        I’m asian and there are just about as many faithful asian as unfaithful ones.
        Another thing, don’t talk as if westerners or other non-asian people are soooo great. You are annoying. Most of your comments here on arama scream houlier than thou.

        • yamakita

          If you are going to criticize, at least learn how to spell. What the hell is “houlier”?

          I’m not here to impress you. And based on your comment, you know nothing. Peace, dumbass.

          • Curel

            I thought it was pretty clear that he meant, “Holier Than Thou” despite the typo. Let’s not be pedantic when someone has an issue with you generalizing a group of people on an open post. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

            • yamakita

              I’d have more care if I were preparing for a master thesis. This is anything but. I’m sure there is ignore or block button somewhere. I recommend people not liking what I type to use it.

              • Nikki ok

                funny how you love to talk shit about whole races and then get your panties in a twist when someone calls you out on your bullshit, if you can’t take it then shut the fuck up :)

                • yamakita

                  Because I can, dude. Deal with it.

                  • Nikki ok

                    lol k but next time get your panties untwisted before whining boo boo :D

                    • yamakita

                      You are very boring.

                    • Nikki ok

                      Seems your panties are still in a twist :/
                      Or do you mean I’m boring because I don’t talk shit about whole races then start whining the moment I get called out on it, well you’re right for once, I don’t do ignorant stuff like this. But you do, so yay to you for being ignorant and dumb :)

                    • yamakita

                      Panties in a Twist is my new band name. Thanks for the suggestion.

                    • Nikki ok

                      You’re welcome!

                    • yamakita

                      You win the medal for the day. Good job!

                    • Nikki ok

                      Thanks, I always win :)

                    • yamakita

                      You are very special, indeed.

                    • Nikki ok

                      I am :D

      • Rising Sun
        • yamakita

          This is billed as a gossip site. Do I need them?

    • maybe his original woman doesn’t want to have sex anymore.
      from this point it’s not cheating.

      • hasawa

        I thought that cheating meant engaging in a romantic/sexual relationship with another person than your partner without his/her consent…weird.
        Not wanting to have sex with your partner is one thing, but it doesn’t necessarily mean accepting him sleeping around. If this guy wanted to have sex so bad, why just break up with his wife and then do hookup with whoever he want?

        • she gave her consent when she decided not having sex with him. this equals to “i don’t care about your natural desires anymore, go somewhere else”.

          why would they divorce? sex is not everything. other things might work in their life.

          • hasawa

            Not wanting to have sex with someone doesn’t mean consenting to cheat!? lmao
            If such, anyone could have an excuse at the slightest insatisfaction (didn’t make dinner, don’t go out enough, etc). A bunch of couple have difficulties having sex, this is not necessarily intentional… It doesn’t mean it’s a free pass for the most frustrated one to get it elsewhere.
            Also if sex is not everything why cheat to get it from someone else??

          • yacchaitai

            “if you don’t fuck me you’re worthless to me and I’ll cheat on you, I don’t care how you feel only my desires matter” yikes

  • Mika

    Out of all the aired dramas so far, Hello Hari Nezumi knocked it out of the park. Stylish, well written, hilarious first episode. Not unexpected considering the director, Ohne Hitoshi, worked on TRICK, Akihabara@DEEP and Moteki.

    • ennie

      Now I’m excited to watch it!

  • Dom

    I’m warming up to the idea of new Hanadan. Don’t even mind if it’s another Johnny’s as Domyouji. If it’s a Johnny my nominess will be
    – Kotaki from j-west
    – Kento from SZ
    – Yuto from Jump

    • yamakita

      My vote is for Yuto! I think he is the true star in HS Jump, but most emphasis is on Yamada because he fits certain archetype that Johnny loves (triangular face).

      But your other suggestions can easily be part of the gang, too.

    • WD79

      I can imagine all of the them in the drama tbh, from the last 3 recent Johnny’s debuts (minus ABC-Z, though they could use Hashimoto as part of the gang too since he’s still young) and they could capitalize on that.

  • Question of the week: What Japanese star do you think can make it in the West? This is based off of that Naomi Watanabe post I did the other day.

    • yamakita

      None.

    • HyperMoot .

      Agree with Yamakita, none. For instance, Utada Hikaru or to a certain extent Baby Metal had a minor impact on charts in the US but thus far both haven’t had a lasting influence on the entertainment sphere and the general public. Quite a lot have significant fan bases in Europe (Hikki, Namie, Ayu, Arashi, One O Rock, Kiko Mizuhara… even Shiina…) but they’re not big enough for the artists or celebs to become really visible. I’m firmly convinced the cultural gap is too big, race is also an issue. Europeans, especially the French will lecture you for hours about racism and the virtues of diversity but when it comes to Asians they’re just your average nutball. My two yens :)

      • hasawa

        “French will lecture you for hours about racism and the virtues of
        diversity but when it comes to Asians they’re just your average nutball.”
        ..?
        France is probably one of the less racist European country….

        • yamakita

          I used to watch a lot of French art films, and quite a few on the Muslim slums in France. I think a lot of countries in the world, and European ones tend to be more so since they like to look down on the US, are very racist in their own ways. Then again, I tend to believe that those are eager to call out racism are often times equally racist themselves. I’ve never been called oriental except by a black person. I’ve experienced more racism in one of the most liberal cities in the world. I myself have my own prejudice as a result. I think it’s human nature to discriminate. This is to not excuse it, but to be aware that maybe we should all be a little less hyper sensitive.

          • hasawa

            I can definitely tell you there’s an infinity of reasons for Europeans to look down on America and they definitely have nothing to do with the racial question though, haha! Overall we Europeans tend to be more cool/less obsessed with race than Americans anyway.
            Other than that, I agree with everything you said!

        • Bunny

          I disagree, Eastern European countries are probably the most asian friendly western countries out there!

      • hasawa

        I definitively agree that the cultural is the main obstacle for any japanese artist to make it in the West. We don’ t expcet the same thing from celebrities here in the West than in Japan. I feel like OOR is making is it big in the West mostly theyir music and appearance is heavily inspired by Western culture so the ‘mingling’ is easier. As for Namie and Ayu, we already have bold charimastic superstar in the West and they weren’t original or charismatic(?) enough, so maybe hat’s why they never worked out here.
        I walsy feel like Hikaru Utada, as talented she is, was maybe too “””dull””” (in appearance) for the american music industry ; but something tells me she could easily work in France since we already have this kind of “Artistes” here, haha!

        • circe154

          Utada never made it here because her voice isn’t anything special in the West. BoA might have made it if her agency knew how to market outside of Japan/Korea and her first single wasn’t so cringy. Utada’s English debut was also kinda cringy. Devil Inside would have been a better choice.

          • HyperMoot .

            “Utada’s English debut was also kinda cringy. Devil Inside would have been a better choice.” You mean the Cubic U thing or her English? and I doubt she could have written something like Devil Inside -and most tracks from Exodus btw- when she was barely 15. “Utada never made it here because her voice isn’t anything special in the West.” sources please, I know tons of people from Spain to Sweden who think otherwise.

          • PigeonPop

            Easy Breezy was definitely not the right choice for Utada’s debut, but let’s not pretend like having a “special voice” or having live performance ability (which I think BoA does have) is really what matters to be successful in the West.

            • HyperMoot .

              maybe I got it wrong but wasn’t he referring to the Cubic U thing? if we’re talking about Exodus, Easy Breezy wasn’t a good choice for any market, it’s probably the worst piece she’s ever written -though Dirty Desire and Poppin’ are also serious candidates- however I doubt any track from Exodus -including the good ones- would have made it.

              • circe154

                No, I was referring to Exodus. I’m not sure if Cubic U ever got a wide release.

                • HyperMoot .

                  it was re released after First Love and sold more than half a million copies in Japan, which wasn’t that big at a time when the CD market was strong but significant enough, they were banking on her Japanese debut impact

            • HyperMoot .

              “let’s not pretend like having a “special voice” or having live performance ability” absolutely correct, if it were the case Shiina Ringo would be ruling every home from Lisboa to Moscow

            • circe154

              Its more her unimpressive voice combined with her lack of charisma. You can have one or the other and still succeed, but not both.

              • PigeonPop

                Again, completely disagree. Both the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 are littered with artists that have neither of what you claim.

      • Bunny

        Kiko is half white and she clearly has very caucasian looking face with features which appeal to westerners! She’s pretty famous here, specially appearing in the Weeknd MV.

      • shiryukun

        I think Utada might have a new chance if she releases a new English album now, but more similar to her Japanese stuff. I don’t mind if she works with more famous pop/R&B producers again for a couple of tracks. Also, I think Kingdom Hearts 3 might help her to have some buzz in the west, if she does the theme song.

        One Ok Rock is slowing getting bigger in the west, they aren’t a big name yet but they’re slowing building a solid career performing in festivals and as opening acts for famous bands. I don’t think they’ll make it ig, but they’re finding his place in the rock scene as a minor act.

        I can see acts like Suiyoubi no Campanella and Charisma.com doing it well in the alternative scene.

        But I still think the main problem for Japanese acts to get more known in the west is that their promotion tactics suck. Take a look at Kpop, full videos on Youtube, songs available for streaming, they’re pretty active in social media and posting in English.

    • Moa

      Define make it.

      But these are those that I think can go far enough if they try to:
      Anne
      Juju
      Charisma. com

    • circe154

      I think it would have to be a woman capitalizing on sex appeal, and have a very Westernized look to stick around. Someone like Koda Kumi 10 years ago.
      Otherwise their best hope is a viral hit that’s forgotten in a year, like Gangam Style or PPAP.

      • yamakita

        i don’t think Koda Kumi would’ve been anything more than the butt of a joke with song titles like “Lick Me.” I think that’s why most imported Asian artists can’t make it here because of the language barrier. Those who truly grasp the English language, Asian Americans, get that working against them on the other end because now they are not “Asian enough.”

        I can’t think of that woman’s name at the moment, but she starred in Big Bang’s Tonight video. She didn’t do so well when she used her real last name. But became known after she changed it to something more Western sounding and she benefitted from being mixed so it’s hard to tell that her dad was Asian. It says a lot about the US market readiness for our kind.

        But in a decade or so, maybe longer, the US market won’t as much influence as it once did. Everyone will be busy trying to impress the Chinese. They already are doing that. They might still look to the Western market as some sort of validation since that’s really what the Japanese craves. We shall see.

        • circe154

          Not Koda Kumi herself, I was just using her as an example of someone with an image the West would like.
          You’re right though, it won’t be long before Hollywood doesn’t matter.

    • What

      Whenever I see these questions I always immediately think of the Japanese-American artists who tried to make it in the West (Utada, Crystal Kay etc) but we all know how that turned out. So my conclusion is: no one. Nobody is really looking for an Asian artist in the West tbh, and if an Asian artist does pop up in the West it’s usually a fad like: Psy and Piko Taro. However, Asian artists can build fan bases in the West, I just don’t think they’ll be mainstream anytime soon. However, this is just commenting on musicians. I feel like Asian actors/actresses would have better success in the West.

      • yamakita

        I think most fail to register here because they lack originality. Psy fit a certain profile, or stereotype, that the market here had the appetite for one summer then people moved on.

        • What

          Yeah! Who wants another artist singing another pop song all the way from Japan when there are plenty of pop artists in the West. If they aren’t that weird Asian novelty act they will get no attention in the mainstream

        • HyperMoot .

          this is quite questionable, if you refer to Utada, I’d agree for an album like This is the one that was deliberately formatted for the US market but did not offer anything better than what could be done by US acts. Exodus was a different story, if you take away some complete bags of turnips like Wonder ’bout, Hotel Lobby or Easy Breezy, it was bold and adventurous, I think tracks like Kremlin Dusk or Exodus 04 were ahead of their time in the world of pop.

          • yamakita

            When you say Exodus, I think of the metal band. I honestly don’t know any of these acts you mentioned. I think someone else said it. Even a big European act often fails here. If you have originality, you still prolly end up a novelty act in a niche market instead of mainstream appeal.

            This is a bit off track, but Fresh Off The Boat was seriously funny in its first season, even if to the dismay of its creator Eddie Huang. The subsequent seasons were unwatchable and I don’t even know if it’s still on. If this is what it takes to be mainstream, maybe it’s better not to have it

            • HyperMoot .

              :-0 don’t know if you’re kidding me or what but Exodus was a record Utada Hikaru released in the US and all the titles mentioned in my post were songs from this album which failed to garner anything else than pretty good reviews in the US but was extremely successful in Japan

              here’s two tracks from this album (live)

              • yamakita

                Oh lol. I’m not a Utada fan as you’ve prolly figured out.

      • maguro part deux

        Realistically, international pop music stardom is limited to native English speakers, more or less. I mean, who is your favorite German, French or Italian pop star? The artists from continental Europe who do break through intetnationally are generally from countries like Sweden, where English is almost a first language.

        • What

          This is true, English is crucial for success but Utada and Crystal Kay are both native english speakers and still failed

          • maguro part deux

            Yeah, obviously being able to sing and speak English well are necessary but not sufficient to achieve international pop stardom. Once you clear those two hurdles, then you get to compete with thousands of other women who can do the same thing to be the next Adele or Beyonce.

            • What

              Yeah this is the point I wanted to make, if Japanese artist wanted to make it in the West then they need to speak English then have something to set them apart

          • deebosco

            The thing is, western market have plenty of artists who sing the same genre like Utada and Crystal Kay. They both tend to adjust their production to a more American style when they release English albums, but why would the western market need an Asian to sing the same songs that all the American artists are singing? But Asians are doing better in indie pop though. I have seen a few of them.

            • HyperMoot .

              “The thing is, western market have plenty of artists who sing the same genre like Utada and Crystal Kay” :-O don’t know about Crystal Kay but I’m interested in Utada clones or the Western Artists from whom she was cloned: list?

            • What

              Yeah, I actually mentioned this below

        • HyperMoot .

          there was a time when you actually had a few names from Germany for instance like Nina Hagen but those days are definitely gone

          • maguro part deux

            The Scorpions were very successful commercially back in the day. But yeah, that was a long time ago!

    • Roti

      What Japanese star can make it in the West? Actors like Ken Watanabe and Tadanobu Asano. Some actresses too. Eye-catching comedians like Naomi and PikoTaro might do ok as well.

      Most people in this thread having tunnel vision that this question was mainly for jmusic. Was it? Because Naomi ain’t no singer. I hope her video has more views and blew up. People were literally going – who dat girl? 😍❤️

      • HyperMoot .

        Ken Watanabe is known by people who are movie lovers, for the general public he is a nobody, they might recognize his face at best (ah, that Asian dude who played in what was that thing with a big lizard, Batman return?) and it’s even worse for Asano. And I can’t think of any Japanese actress that could fill the standards of sexiness, charisma etc in the West. Naomi might indeed have some impact if she thrives on the fun trail. PikoTaro? I doubt the United Nations tie up will make him last.

    • Ash

      Boris.

    • ProllyWild

      due to some very fundamental differences between japanese and american culture, as well as certain racial conflicts in american culture and media, its very difficult to predict any japanese artist will make a hit in america in particular.

      this is the same for both sides. Just because artists are big around the world does not mean they do incredibly well in japan by comparison. For both markets their are language barriers, visual appeal, talent, style, cultural differences as well as differences in how songs are made and what those songs value content-wise. If there was to be a japanese hit, it’d likely be from an american born japanese artist who would then likely not be very popular in japan by comparison.

  • Riza

    Any thoughts on Gomen, Aishiteru drama? Since it’s a remake from Korean drama, I can’t help but comparing it to the original version.
    Here’s my thoughts:
    1. The mother role still lacks chemistry with Sakaguchi Kentaro (pianist son).
    2. Yoshioka Riho still got homework to do on how to appear as a broken-hearted girl as Im Soo-jung did.
    3. Nagase apparently is not as thug as how Ji-sub portray Moo-hyuk. I hope he will be more rude, psychotic, and vengeful as the drama goes on.

    • Polka Dot

      I for one glad that I haven’t watched the Korean version yet to draw any comparison. I see Gomen, Aishiteru as a stand alone drama rather than a remake. Like Nagase said in an interview, the drama is more like a tribute or homage to the original version hence they started the drama in Korea. I read on Twitter that the opening scene in Gomen was the last scene in the original version.

      So everything the characters did in the episode one set the mood for the drama which is melancholic. Here, Nagase acts as a bouncer in a casino which I think maybe that’s why he wouldn’t be as thugish as how Ji-Sub portrayed the character.

      I think it’s too early to make a judgement, but we’ll see how the drama progresses.

      • The Korean drama is sooo good. So do watch it once you finished Gomen, Aishiteru. :)

    • ennie

      I don’t feel this was a good idea of a show to make a remake for. To me the core part of the story was Moo-hyuk trying to find a place to fit in society before he died. I would be interested in seeing a Korean drama remake, since there are probably a few bilingual actors to choose from, and maybe a different spin on the origin of Moo-hyuk going to find his mother… (being shot in the head is too much).

      I don’t think actors will match what you are hoping for; I will watch episode 2 but don’t expect much.

  • hasawa

    Guys, I’m heading to Africa in 3 days for a 3 months volonteering vacation in Tanzania and Kenya!
    Since, I’m not sure whether I’ll have a solid internet connection and come here as frequently as usually, I’d like to tell you goodbye and wish you a wonderful summer!!
    I’m far from being the most active Arama contributor but I hope you enjoyed my articles!
    @Arama team & @Kyle : thank you for having me! I’ll do my best to submit even more (original) articles!
    @Ronald : haters gonna hate, keep doing you sis!

    I’d like to come back from Africa (in Autumn) with plenty of new article ieas! (why not ask the Masai what they think about j-music? haha)
    Anways, take care yall!
    See you very soon!!

    • hizurisama

      Wow, that sounds fun, take care Hasawa!

    • yamakita

      Did u just tell Ronald to keep doing sis? Lol.

      Have a safe trip, dudette. And wear sunscreen.

    • zephyr

      Wish you a wonderful summer too and take care!

    • Have fun! And I’m going to be me!

  • Matcha
  • HyperMoot .

    for those who like postrock, dark ambient and neo classical, the people at Ricco Label have recently rebuilt their YouTube page with a playlist: Anoice, Films, Cru and other side projects.

    playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCE91266DB45FB1B6

  • yamakita

    I can’t get enough of this Career Woman, especially the With B part.

    https://youtu.be/rXOUYK3Qkmo

  • this is the only cover on youtube that didn’t feel amateurish.
    Perfume – Tokyo Girl cover

    • yamakita

      Heard of Goose House? I like most of their covers. And sometimes they are better than the original.

      • yeah
        i like their instrumental for the song, i love that they used xylophone for it. even their singing feels ok (they sometimes overdone it), little too loud at some parts but ok.

        but the right girl with that tambourine completely ruins it. it’s too loud and overwhelms all the other instruments and it hurts my ears. they should re-balance it in a proper recording environment.

    • Maknae

      Loved these! Thanks for sharing.

  • Oi Naoyuki,
    “English a little, no problem, only so!”
    Happy

    Sad

    xD

    • yamakita

      Awkward and a bit horrifying. I don’t find it funny… I think Oi is being kinda rude to be honest.

      • definitely awkward. i had many “wtf, dude” moments while i was watching it. x)
        i guess, he has an entertainer status in that environment so he exaggerates it. it is expected from him. lol

        • yamakita

          He is playing the “crazy Japanese” a bit too well.

    • Is he putting on a character? lol he acts like he’s on one of those segments on variety shows where they speak bad English on purpose

  • Midna

    Stay classy, Arama users.

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  • Nasukwa

    I’ve only been lurking around and haven’t really been posting anything on Arama since the livejournal days.

    A lot of changed for me. I went back to school for a different career path, but still kept my current job as a back up plan. I have finished the school portion, but had a really shit year doing unpaid internships.

    I attempted writing the national certification for my new career choice, but failed it. I just did my second attempt, but I don’t see myself passing that as well. I only have one more chance at writing the certification, but my motivation is slowly depleting. I don’t have the mental support that I did when I achieved my previous career goal (Many deaths in the family, lots of drama at school, friends leaving the city or country for their own career paths).

    It seems like I’m the only one left behind from the pack.

    I don’t really see myself doing my current job (aka the back up plan) forever.
    Deep down, I really do enjoy this new career path, but crazily enough, I seem to be hesitant and scared of change or I guess you could say success.
    I need and am trying to get over this fear, but I guess these baby steps aren’t enough.

    Any advice for someone is mentally strained like myself?