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Up on this bridge, I stared at the the direction of your house.
Even if there was nothing there, it made me happy and hurt and regretful
The future we imagined is changing just like the scenery of this town.

– KAT-TUN – Hodoukyou

Many fans revolted when Maakiii, the former female vocalist of HIGH AND MIGHTY COLOR, went to the other side of the music spectrum and returned solo to release an electro- single. I myself was aghast to hear her voice severely autotuned and see her awkwardly strut toward the camera in a poppish vibe. However, upon seeing her post that she attended the SUN OF A STARVE live (the new band of her co-vocalist Yusuke), seeing they even posed for a picture, and they had a short exchange expressing recollections of their band, it made me think change is important but amidst the drastic transformations, an element in each of them never left.

KAT-TUN became a four-member band, losing an element of rap in their core. Shigeaki Kato carried on releasing his fourth book of short stories; ARASHI’s Satoshi Ohno had his second art exhibit, Freestyle 2, in Shanghai. Subaru Shibutani of Kanjani 8 delved into acting and from what I have heard, he was awarded Best Actor for “Misono Universe”. His band steadily developed as musicians through associations with other bands on their collaborative TV show. Subaru continuously became adept on harmonica, Yoko on trumpet, and Hina even expressed interest on the accordion. My favorite people were indeed growing up, but they never lost their childish and fancy sides. Take for example Kanjani 8, who are still a bunch of crazy thirty-somethings for dressing up as high school girls and performing as Canjani 8 (Which definitely made me insecure of my femininity). Last but not the least, they made me really happy when I heard their “more matured, rock version” of Zukkoke Otokomichi. (My all-time fave!!) They changed at one point, but they just accepted updates on another.

Come to think of it, How did I update myself?

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Can’t Stop, My Heart Moving!

AAAAAAAAA, WHAT AM I DOING!!!!

I sat in front of the computer to work on my assignment. Three hours later, I STILL did not accomplish anything.

Instead, I am distracted by many, many things… by things I really adore. GOSH, THIS HAS TO STOOOOOOP! (T_T)

1. Shige’s pictures. I must admit I stare at them, zoomed in at his face at 12 MIDNIGHT. Then I end up making the pictures monochrome JUST BECAUSE Shige looks SO DAMN HANDSOME on black and white. WAAAAAAAAH.

2. My old blog entries that are written J-WEB style, full of icons and exclamation points. I was very amused on how detailed I describe my daily events I want to get back to that old habit…

3. ONE OK ROCK’S NICHE SYNDROME ALBUM. THE ENTIRE ALBUM RULES MY HEART. IT EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS! MOST ESPECIALLY THE LIAR PV. JUST… WOW! I AM INCOHERENT.

4. TROUBLE MAN. IT’S ABOUT TO END!

5. I watched The Karate Kid yesterday afternoon. HANDS DOWN, the film is great. Loaded with action, with a balance of drama, romance and comedy in each parts. Jaden Smith is a great actor, much like his dad, and Jackie Chan has always been the pioneer when it comes to kung-fu movies. I will definitely buy a DVD fo repeated watching!

6. KAT-TUN’S N.M.P (No More Pain) PV. Cinematography is awesome, though there is no actual plot involved. Everyone looks good (Especially Junno and Nakamaru!), their costumes are lovely, and UEDA…. THE TATSUYA UEDA…. GOSH MY BRAIN JUST EXPLODED. (O_O) Now I wonder how Jin is doing in his Los Angeles concerts…

7. NEWS, please have a group activity soon! A new single or album release, new dramas, new shows, ANYTHING NEW!

8. Pilipinas Got Talent GRAND FINALS WINNER IS JOVIT! It was announced tonight! I knew it! I have been rooting for him from the start! His talent is world-class, his performance at the Grand Finals Night was SO stellar. Watch his performance here!

9.  I’m going to meet up with my “NO BORDER” friends: Resha, Maia and Hydee later. It will be a grand reunion full of talks, laughter and pictures. Really excited!!!

… so, uhh, I totally forgot my assignment!
I should worry about this later… (ToT)

The sound you like

Aa~ it’s very hot. I’m melting. :/

I have just recovered from viral conjunctivitis, thanks to a day of absence from work. While I was resting at home, I spent the entire day with my family. We relaxed and talked, because I believe it’s been a long time we shared stories. Also, we watched a movie named  Babe I Love You. Lame, but I must say the story is okay. It has the lesson that every one of us has the opportunity to change. It also says that all chances are out there, but it has to come in the proper place and time. You decide which one fits.

Skipping to another topic, here are the things that keep me excited lately, mostly related to Japanese music:

1. Two days before Troubleman premiere! Judging from the CM, it looks like a very interesting drama. Plus Shige… Shige looks very cool in this! I hope his acting has improved. (I believe he did!) Also, NEWS sings the theme song, and Shigeaki has graduated. Hmm, everyone sure loves him lately…

2. SID’s new single rain. It is also the fifth opening theme song of Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. I have listened to the opening theme version and it sounds nice.

3. ONE OK ROCK has an upcoming new album named Niche Syndrome! No previews for now, but the tracklist is promising!

4. KAT-TUN will have an Asian tour without Jin Akanishi, because he will have a solo concert in the United States. Now I wonder, which I believe many others do as well, will Jin become a solo artist soon?

5. Kanjani 8 will also have a new single titled Wonderful World. I originally thought of the KAT-TUN song of the same title which they have been singing even before they have debuted.

6. Maria-sama ga Miteiru LIVE DRAMA! OH MY GOSH.

7. Meisa Kuroki’s comeback. This very pretty girl is really making it big.

In another news, I have dyed my hair to medium brown. Also, I am doing an overhaul of my closet.

Ahh, let’s try to be happy every day.

Third essay will come soon. I shall sleep in preparation for night duty. Bye bye~