Saturday, July 10, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

久しぶり!元気?

Hello~! Yes, I'm still alive~ :D Well, the reason for my drawn-out absence here... it's just that... ... I've been cheating on Blogger. Yes, I've been (not so)secretly going out with LJ for months.

I'll still be back here once in a while, but I'll mainly be hanging there for now~

Got nostalgic here just now, and spent hours reading some of the blogs I follow(I missed you, but you wouldn't know). If you're so inclined to, visit me once in a while there too. I'll bake you some (chocolate chip)cookies and serve them up warm and chewy~

Point-form updates:

1) The heater at home has been spoiled for awhile. Can't use hot water, or the pipes start to leak from the ceiling of the master bedroom toilet, through where the ceiling light is.

2) PG's 'Trigger' album was a little disappointing. Tama, please come back?

3) I hope when Mayday next come back here for a concert, it's going to be at the newly built National Stadium. And that time they will have everything going as they have planned~ ((:

That's all for now, seeya when I do!!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

私の一番好きな日本のバンドです

" ...Japan's most uncategorisable band."

The first time I heard them was when they performed on Music Station, they were playing Agehachou (and then Voice) and I was memerised by the music as well as the frontman. They may lean towards rock, yet their music is varied, delicious pop tossed with ripping rock guitars riffs, mixed with strings and trumpets, and ballads drizzled with orchestral dressing. Pop, rock, latin, jazz, ballads, funk, electronica, and what-have-you is pretty much par for the course.

The performance that sealed my PG-fan fate long ago
(28 secs shaved off by PB -_-'")


From Wikipedia:
Porno Graffitti (ポルノグラフィティ, Poruno Gurafiti), also known as Porno (ポルノ, Poruno) is a Japanese male rock band from Innoshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The band got their name from the album Pornograffitti by the band Extreme. They currently record under the Sony Music Entertainment Japan Records (SME Records) label.

Haruichi Shindō originally formed the band with his cousin during high school and named it "No Score." After the band started, Haruichi asked Akihito Okano and Masami "Tama" Shiratama to join. The band was so named because none of them could actually read a score when they first started. When they first started the band, Haruichi was the vocalist, but found out that Akihito could sing better, so he gave the vocalist position to Akihito and took over as guitarist instead. This was the foundation of Porno Graffitti.

They debuted with the song Apollo in 1999. Their two subsequent CD singles, Saudade and Agehachō, both sold over a million copies in Japan. They are also well known for the song Melissa, which was used as the opening theme of the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist in 2003. They also created the song Hitori no Yoru, used as the second opening theme of the anime series GTO in 2000, and Winding Road, used as the ending theme of the anime series Ayakashi Ayashi in 2006. A cover of their 2000 single Music Hour was featured in a stage of the Nintendo DS rhythm game Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2. Their song Koyoi, Tsuki ga, Miezu Tomo was featured in the third Bleach film, and their latest single Anima Rossa is featured as the eleventh opening to Bleach.

From Sony Music Online Japan:
The band, with its shocking name, is drawing attention from J-pop listeners, not simply because of the name, but of their super-pop tunes, in-depth meaning of lyrics, and powerful live performances. The members first met in high-school festival, formed the band, and covered some Japanese rock bands like ZIGGY and BOOWY. After the graduation, they were separated. One year later,they met again in Osaka, and started the band all over again. While making their demo, they performed at venues, and on the streets aggressively. After winning couple of awards at audition, they finally signed with Amuse (management), and SME Japan.

Porno Graffitti is:

岡野昭仁 Okano Akihito (vocal, chorus, acoustic guitar)
Akihito's voice is so expressive, strong and powerful, so effortlessly fluid and feral that it draws you into the depths of it like a whirlpool. An incredibly charismatic singer. I'll probably be able to pick his voice out from a voice-lineup, it's that unique. Such is Akihito's magnetism, cherubic of face, yet his voice... simply explosive.

新藤晴一 Shindo Haruichi (electric/ acoustic guitar, chorus)
Haruichi is to Porno Graffitti as Ashin is to Mayday, in that he writes most of their lyrics, and some of their music. He has written lyrics for other artists, and is well-known for his lyrical-depth. One of his favourite authors is Haruki Murakami, whose affect on him can be seen in his slightly dark/ left-of-centre lyrics.

白玉雅己 Shiratama(Tama) Masami (bass, chorus)
Tama is a music composer and multi-instrumentalist. He left the band in 2004, and released his first solo album, Great Pleasure, on the 21st of December 2005. One of the PG songs he wrote the music for, which stood out for me, is 'Teki wa doko da?' off their third album, the arrangement is SO good.

Other Members (session musicians):

AK.Homma - piano, organ, arrangement
Morio - bass (following Tama's depature)
Noriyoshi "Nang-Chang" Minamisawa - manipulate, other instruments
Naoto - violin
Tadasuke - keyboards
Takihiko "Pump" Obata - drums
PonSuke - Pump & Tadasuke team-up
Hideki "Lambsy" Sakai - percussion

P.S. Yes, I pimp PG... again~ :)

Thursday, November 05, 2009

M & N

Matsuyama Kenichi / Ninomiya Kazunari


Remember what I said in the previous post about how Matsuken and Kazuchan have rather similar features/expressions? Take a look above and see if you agree with me. Even if you don't really think so... they both do the droll/ intense/ bored look so very well. (and I love that look~ gaahhh, can hardly wait for the Gantz movie...)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Nino+Matsuken = I can die happy now(AGAIN)

EPIC news of EPIC proportions has happened. (well... to me anyway~)

From Tokyograph today...

Ninomiya Kazunari & Kenichi Matsuyama will be collaborating in two movies!!!!!!!


*catches breath*

Nino, MatsuKen star in live-action "Gantz" movies

Hiroya Oku
's sci-fi action manga "GANTZ" is being adapted into two live-action films planned to be released in 2011. The movies will star Arashi's Kazunari Ninomiya (26) and actor Kenichi Matsuyama (24).

Shinsuke Sato is directing the films, which have reportedly been given a budget of 4 billion yen, with lots of CG involved. It is said that producers are aiming to make the film suitable for general audiences, which means that it may likely lack the violence of the original manga.

"GANTZ" has been serialized in Young Jump since 2000. Kei Kurono (Ninomiya) and Masaru Kato (Matsuyama) are two young man who should be dead after a train accident, but they are summoned back to life by an entity known as GANTZ. Under GANTZ's orders, the two are repeatedly sent on missions to fight against alien beings. So far, 26 volumes of the manga have been released in Japan, selling more than 10 million copies combined.

Although Kei and Masaru are high school students in the manga, their characters will be older in the movie. Kei has been turned into a college student looking for work, while Masaru is already working and taking care of his younger brother. The two childhood friends happen to meet again on a subway platform.

Oku's manga is still being serialized, but the two movies will tell a complete story with an original ending.

Filming is scheduled to start next month. The first movie is expected to hit theaters in winter 2011, while the second is slated for spring 2011.

~ Tokyograph

I AM FLOORED BY THIS NEWS~!!! Back in May we had news of Norwegian Wood(one of my fave novels) being made into a movie starring Matsuken, now news of Matsuken AND Nino, two of my FAVOURITES TOGETHER~!?!?!?!?!?!?! *Shinjirarenai!!!* Just read through the wiki page about 'Gantz', and I'm beginning to see how well they will fit, these two actors who portray flawed characters(Matsuken with 'Zeni Geba', and Nino with 'Ryusei no Kizuna')so well. Nino must be psyched to play this dark/conflicted character(he's also a fan of the manga), as he's always been rather clear in his reluctance to be merely an idol, and being able to cross paths in acting with another talented actor like Matsuken will be an opportunity to improve his acting chops.

After reading another fan's comment about how their eyes/expressions are very alike, I looked through some of the pictures I have of them... and the verdict is...
Yes, both Nino and Matsuken are very similar indeed(why I didn't get the connection before is a mystery to me as well, but as I love them both so much, that should have said something, right? :p ). They have this air of naivete(almost child-like) at first glance, yet when you probe deeper(through their behaviour, when they are acting out their roles, and in their interviews), there's a hidden depth, which to me is highly interesting and intrigues me no end.

Okay, that ends my analysis for today. (I have much more to say, but to type out everything will be torture... -_-'")

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

El Niño

Ever since watching Nino on V6's 'Josou Paradise' segment in Gakkou e Ikou MAX!, I'm been following a bit of Arashi on Arashi no Shukudaikun, Himitsu no Arashi chan, Vs Arashi, etc. I think it means this adds another JE group to the groups I like, namely SMAP, V6 and occasional Kinki Kids. It's the variety shows that draw me in for the kill, I tell you. (Darn you, Johnny's Jimusho, I hate to love my love-hate relationship with you...)

My favourite member, I think, would be Nino, even though I really like them all, they have really good group dynamics. Just that I have a thing for sensitive-cute-snarky-kind-of-mysterious(even if he's doing it on purpose, he seems like the sort who is very aware of what he's doing)~ And reading in Arashi interviews about his parents... well, maybe I'm drawn to the similarity with my own, it's a cliche, but still... I also tend to lean more towards the actor-types(but strangely, not really Matsujun, who coincidentally almost shares a birthday with me, his is 30th August, one day ahead of mine), apparently, Nino debuted on stage rather than TV, in a production of "Stand by Me" at age 14, in the River Phoenix role, as well as playing the James Dean role of Jim Stark in a two-month run of "Rebel Without a Cause" in 2005.

Love this (fan-cam)video of him performing 'Gimmick Game'(self-composed and written) in one of the 'Arashi Marks 2008 Dream-A-Live' Dome Tour concerts! If only they would release it on dvd.

Gimmick Game
Vocals, composed and lyrics by: Kazunari Ninomiya
Arrangement: ISB and Kazunari Ninomiya




"きみの首筋、ほら、唾をつけた。" ;)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Japanese Film Festival 2009 - 恐怖(Kyoufu)

Japanese Film Festival descends upon us again, and NO, I will NOT be accidentally missing it like last year due to the change of the month it's normally held in! *grrr*

This year's theme is '恐怖'(horror, mystery and the supernatural), and the films' schedule looks interesting enough even though 恐怖 is not exactly up my alley... I generally prefer eclectic comedy/fantasy/surrealism, any mixtures of these. However, I'm susceptible to interesting plots and premises regardless of violence/gore, so yes, I do watch some provoking pieces from time to time(especially if it features one Matsuda Ryuhei~).

The highlight for me this year will have to be 'Rampo Noir'(aka Rampo Jigoku), a compilation of four short films by four up-and-coming Japanese directors released in 2005, starring Asano Tadanobu, Matsuda Ryuhei(did I mention how he's growing on me? He's growing on me. A lot.), and Narimiya Hiroki, amongst others.



From SFS:

"This is an eclectic compilation of four stylistically different films, based on the masterpieces of great Japanese mystery writer, Edogawa Rampo (a pseudonym based on Edgar Allan Poe). These dark narratives, entitled Mars Canal, Mirror Hell, Caterpillar and Crawling Bugs, are mysterious forays into grotesque and erotic fantasy worlds. The film features a talented line-up, including popular art house actor, Asano Tadanobu and Matsuda Ryuhei. This is decadent and ambitious art film is definitely not for the squeamish or faint-hearted.

Mars Canal (Kasei no Unga) directed by Suguru Takeuchi
Within absolute silence, a naked man wanders through a dark and depressing landscape recalling the excruciating details of his last encounter with his former lover.

Mirror Hell (Kagami Jigoku) by Akio Jissoji
When a series of women are found dead with their faces burned and skulls charred, a young detective investigates, discovering that a unique hand mirror is always located at each of the scenes.

Caterpillar (Imomushi) by Hisayasu Sato
An amputee war hero returns home with no limbs and only his eyesight remaining. His beautiful wife, tired of taking care of him, turns to torturing her crippled husband for sadistic amusement.

Crawling Bugs (Mushi) by Atsushi Kaneko
A sexy actress is returning home from a successful night on stage, when her limo driver decides that she should be coming home with him."

~~~
And a detailed 'Rampo Noir' review:

More on the film festival as it goes full swing from tomorrow. Soreja mata~ :)

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Me and Mayday

When I don't particularly feel like talking about my life(and it's crossroads), I like to turn attention to the movies and music I love. And the actors and bands I love.

Speaking of which... if you know me or have been observant, you'll have sensed my drifting-away from probably my favourite Taiwanese band, Mayday. I've seen it happen with other ex-fellowfans... and didn't really understand it then. Now I know. I've always felt it's like a relationship, with any band, that you like them and their music because they connect with you, their music says something to you. However, sometimes, after awhile, the same words/music no longer have the same meaning, or the same gravity, or you yourself have changed(~now, Ashin has written about this in his songs, so he surely shares the same sentiments).

I've changed. Bit by bit, here and there. And just when you thought the change was over, you get another bout of it. Amazing, isn't it? In other words, I think we are in different seasons now. And since the connectivity became less strong, drifting apart seems almost natural. Perhaps, it's also that their music brings back memories, some good, some I'll rather leave behind(~again, words that Ashin has written in some song). What I do know is that one day, I'll once again dust off a Mayday CD and pop it in the CD player.

Or perhaps, it's just that... my music tastes have once again migrated language, to Japanese. It's my Japanese season now.(~to explain, I've always listened to music by language, when I first started it was mostly English, then Japanese, then Spanish, then Chinese, and then now back to Japanese. Instrumentals like jazz/classical/bossa nova, etc, are permanent residents.)

Dearest Mayday,
I'm so sorry.
It's not you.
It's me.
But we'll always be good friends.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

This place looks a little familiar...

Hisashiburi~! :)

In random irrelevant-ness, the white-elephant-of-a-cupboard in the room has been taken apart by the sister and I(...yeah, we are reverse-carpenters). Cousin E is engaged. Brother has good news in regards to his air pistol-ling. Cousin J is back from Japan on holiday and will be traipsing in Europe for a while. As for myself... well, as it is the project has ended and this freelancer is once again drifting about looking out for the next sight of shore.

...

And~ I've been thinking about deleting this blog for awhile. Not just upping and disappearing, of course, but rather, starting afresh, as in doing away with the old posts. Why? I'm not exactly sure. I guess it's probably the same reason why people want to move blogs. But I'm not decided on whether I ought to just move. Or raze everything and start from zero. Ah well. While I'm still deciding, I'll just share the latest promo picture of PG (the background kind of reminds me of the Neomelodramatic single). They are positively glowing from (recently entering)fatherhood. Gorgeous~

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

And it's in the house

From Channel News Asia:
Singapore has confirmed its first case of Influenza A (H1N1).

The patient, a 22—year—old Singapore Management University student, is currently being treated at the Communicable Disease Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and is in stable condition.

The Singaporean woman was in New York from May 14—24. She arrived back in Singapore from New York on SQ25 on 26 May at 6.30am. She was seated at Row 55.

She began to develop a cough while onboard. She passed the thermal scanner uneventfully as she did not have fever then.

Later in the morning, she consulted a GP who decided to send her to TTSH via a 993 ambulance, given her travel history.

She was immediately admitted for testing. Laboratory confirmation of her infection was made by midnight of 26 May.

The patient has been vigilant in monitoring her own condition and had sought immediate medical attention once she realized that she was unwell.

Her attending GP, through his quick response in activating the 993 ambulance for the patient, had also helped to minimize the spread of infection from this case.

The Health Ministry says it has initiated contact tracing of her close contacts. They will be quarantined and provided with antiviral prophylaxis.

Passengers who had travelled in the same flight and were seated in rows 52 to 58 are urged to call the hotline at 1800—333 9999 to enable the MOH to check on their health condition.

The MOH adds that all medical practitioners and healthcare institutions should continue to be vigilant to suspect cases.

Singapore will continue with temperature screening for passengers entering Singapore at all checkpoints (land, sea and air).

All passengers passing through or entering Singapore are given Health Alert Notices on board their flights, advising them to monitor their own health if they have been to affected areas and to seek medical attention immediately if they are not well.

Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan said: "We know that sooner or later we will have our first case (of H1N1 flu) and now we do. I suppose we have been lucky —— we have now five weeks since the alert to prepare ourselves, as well as Singaporeans for this eventuality. So there should really be no cause for alarm.

“Especially in this case the patient has been most responsible and the GP is highly commendable. (The GP) made the right judgement —— calling 993 so that within six hours of (the patient’s) touchdown in Singapore, she was isolated in the hospital, so the risk of her causing a spread in Singapore should be very low."

Speaking at a labour event on Wednesday, NTUC Chief Mr Lim Swee Say said Singapore is prepared for its first case of the H1N1 virus.

He said: "All of us are psychologically prepared for this but the issue here is not so much on when, now that it has happened. I think what we have to focus on is the speed of spreading. What we have to do is ensure that the entire community plays their part."

Singaporeans are reminded to maintain high standards of personal hygiene. This means covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, and washing your hand frequently with soap and water, especially after contact with respiratory secretions, for example, after sneezing and coughing.

Everyone also needs to be socially responsible. This means staying home and avoiding crowded places (including trains, buses, offices), putting on a surgical mask and seeing a doctor if you have flu symptoms.

MOH advises those who travelled to affected areas to closely monitor their health and seek treatment as soon as possible should they develop symptoms.

Members of the public are also advised to exercise caution over travel to affected areas.

In the event that travel is unavoidable, the public is advised to take precautionary measures such as avoiding crowded areas and maintaining high standards of personal hygiene at all times.

However, if you are unwell with fever and cough but have no travel history to affected areas, you are also advised to see a doctor and stay at home.

MOH is monitoring the situation closely and will update the public should there be any new developments.

For more information on Influenza A (H1N1—2009), you can access
MOH’s website, call MOH’s hotline at 1800—333 9999, or get more news and facts.

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Looks like the upcoming GSS might be slightly affected by this. I'm kind of looking forward to shopping with less people crowding me(hopefully) though...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

All play and no work & all work and no play

This past week has been an all-out relax week, slacking/gaming at home mainly. Even managed to put in a session of KTV with E yesterday at my favourite KTV chain Partyworld(I love their mock-sleazy layout...). We sang(or rather, mumbled)our way through various Ayu/Namie/Utada/SMAP/PG/Ken Hirai/etc songs, and some miscellaneous Chinese songs thrown in for good measure. Three hours is not enough for KTV. I still mantain that KTV should be at least 8 hours, as at the 4th-hour mark one has only just warmed up, with the remaining 4 hours for actual belting out.

A funny little sidenote of this ad-hoc outing was this particular male staff serving our room. He was really polite, and I mean really, really polite. Like so polite he was doing these little bows, just like a Japanese would. I was a little amused, because staff there have been generally quite pleasant, but this was probably the first time I've had one doing this tiny, polite little bows. After much 'critical analysing', I came up with a few possible reasons:

1) He thinks we are Japanese.

This is probably helped by the fact that E(much more so than I) is a hardcore japanophile when it comes to wardrobe/hair/make-up, meaning she usually looks like she just stepped out of a copy of CanCam/S-Cawaii/etc. I was helping her just a tiny bit by being rather 'jappy' in my tastefully co-ordinated layers. *cough*

Another thing is I think we sound a bit weird when we speak Mandarin? E does anyway, maybe cause she tends not to use it, or it's just her unique voice(so she doesn't sound very local when she speaks Mandarin... or so I feel). And my pronunciation varies depending on if I'm making an effort... or not.

Plus we were singing/mumbling mainly Japanese songs, so I guess he might have assumed we were. Also, when the bill came, I was hao4 lian4 and tried using my UOB JCB card(points!), so maybe that kind of cinched it. (In the end, they didn't accept JCB so I had to use Masters instead.)

2) He is studying Japanese

I remembered when I first started at my current language school, how all the staff(both local as well as the native Japanese staff)would greet the students in Japanese and make these tiny little bows, a bit like an extended nod. After a period, I found myself mirroring them, and also unconsciously brought it out to my world at large, in small doses.

3) He is new at the job

And perhaps a bit eager to prove himself.

4) He is none of the above, just a very very polite person

All in all, I don't really mind KTV staff like that. Especially when they're easy on the eye. I'll just doing some return bowing of my own then ^^ After all the playing though, tonight I'll be working again, and Thurs-night to Sun-night as well. Which means I'll technically be working 65 hours in total(fortunately not 91 hours like I previously thought, phew~) from tonight till the morning of the next Monday after tomorrow. *shudder* Time to load up on truckloads of tea to stay awake.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mugen

It's 'PG Weekend' over here at this blog, in light of them announcing the release of their PVs on DVD~!!! So if you're already bored, click on the 'Next blog' button already!

If I had to choose just one PV I'm most looking forward to watch on DVD, it's probably 'Mugen'. Why? Well, it's PG meets jazz(... I do have an extremely soft spot for jazz...), and I absolutely love this one. Haruichi's dark lyrics meets Tama's gorgeous, exuberant jazz melody, perfect combination I say~ Not to mention PG with all the musicians look like they're having the time of their lives(albeit seemingly in slightly drunken fashion). Haruichi looks really punk/cute/cool with that hair style, Tama's so cool he's almost glacial, and Akihito's looking smexy and doing his little dance. And I believe that I've said this before... I wish I were that tenor sax player(for more than one reason... okay, make that three reasons...)

*cough*

Enjoy!



Mugen
作詞: 新藤晴一 作曲: Tama

僕が暗闇を恐れてるのは
いつか そのまま溶けていきそうだから
ほんの小さな灯りでもいいさ
僕は輪郭を取り戻す

冷えた指先を温めようと
自分の両手を合わせてみても
僕の悲しみが行き交うだけで
それは祈りの姿に似ていた

※幻想とじゃれ合って 時に傷つくのを
あなたは無駄だと笑いますか?
元より この世こそが夢幻だとしたら
空架ける虹を行こう※

僕が「永遠」を好まないのは
今日の次にある明日を求めるから
過ぎた時間を重ねた上に乗って
やっと届く明日がいい

一人きりで生きられないほどは
弱くもないのは確かだけれど
誰かの瞳の中 映る僕はどうだ
影を抱いてはいないかなぁ?

現実がじゃれて来て いたずらにため息
小さな灯りを吹き消そうと
僕は駆け出していた 惜しみなく輝く
太陽の光のもとへ

(※くり返し)

むせかえるほど熱を帯びて吹く風は
あなたの髪も揺らしてますか?
限り無くは無限 夢幻が無限
遙かなる想いを吼える

Thursday, May 21, 2009

ポルノの日決定!

PG have announced that 09/09/2009 will be the release date of their new, yet-to-be-named single. But, MOST importantly, they have FINALLY decided to release the rest of their PVs on DVD!

*cue PG fans everywhere celebrating/ doing the monkey dance*

I'm pretty psyched that we'll soon get to watch 'Voice', 'Mugen', 'Uzu', 'Oto no nai Mori', 'Melissa', 'Ai ga yobu hou e', 'Lack', 'Agehachou', etc in DVD quality. (basically all of「2nd LAP」and some in「3rd LAP」... the more recent ones are of more decent quality, but I won't say no to watching those on DVD either...) After years of squinting at those videos in 320 x 240...

*wipes single tear from left eye with slightly trembling hand*

I translated a bit of the news from the PG official site , condensed below:

New single & video clips DVD release!
2009 September 9, ポルノの日('Poruno Day':p)!


New single release! ! !
4 DVDs of video-clips release! ! !
DVD box-set of 4 DVDs of video-clips(with bonus) ! !

8th September 2009 will mark 10 years of PG since their major debut, and the release of a new single has been chosen to be on 09/09/2009 to signify the first new day after 10 years of being in the music business. Also, the decision for the video-clips DVD release is partly to thank the fans for their support, as ever since the release of 「OPENING LAP」in 2001, PG have been flooded with requests for the release of the rest of their PVs.

Porno Graffitti Visual Works 「OPENING LAP」- First released in 2001
アポロ (Apollo)
② ヒトリノ夜 (A Lonely Night)
③ ミュージック・アワー (Music Hour)
サウダージ (Saudade)
⑤ サボテン (Cactus)
⑥ diary 00/08/26 (a making-of-the-PVs video)


「PG CLIPS 2nd LAP」- Features video clips from 2001 - 2003
①ヴォイス (Voice)
②幸せについて本気出して考えてみた(I Tried to Think Seriously about Happiness)
Mugen (this has 2 meanings 'Infinity' and also 'Fantasy')
④渦 (Whirlpool)
⑤音のない森 (Soundless Forest)
⑥メリッサ (Melissa)
⑦愛が呼ぶほうへ (To The Place where Love is Calling)
⑧ラック (Lack)
[bonus material] アゲハ蝶 (Swallowtail)–short ver.-

「PG CLIPS 3rd LAP」- Features video clips from 2004 - 2006
①シスター (Sister)
②黄昏ロマンス (Twilight Romance)
③ネオメロドラマティック (Neomelodramatic)
④ROLL
⑤NaNaNaサマーガール (NaNaNa Summer Girl)
⑥ジョバイロ (I Dance)
⑦DON’T CALL ME CRAZY
⑧ハネウマライダー (literally 'Winged-Horse Rider', but I think there could be a better translation...)
⑨Winding Road

「PG CLIPS 4th LAP」- Features video clips from 2007 - 2008
①リンク (Link)
ベアーズ (Bears)
③あなたがここにいたら (If You Were Here)
痛い立ち位置 ('Painful Position' or rather, 'situation'...)
⑤ギフト (Gift)
Love,too Death,too
⑦約束の朝 (Morning of Promise)
⑧A New Day

【DVD BOX SET】「COMPLETE CLIPS 1999-2008」
①「OPENING LAP」
②「PG CLIPS 2nd LAP」
③「PG CLIPS 3rd LAP」
④「PG CLIPS 4th LAP」
[with bonus material]

※ Reservation at various stores starts 21/05/2009.

最高~!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Choose the robot, Riiko! CHOOSE THE ROBOT!!!

This post is strictly non-intellectual(if ever there was any here anyway... no, wait... there is none). I first noticed Mokomichi Hayami as Tenjo Night in the J-dorama 'Zettai Kareshi' (the manga of which I read, and yeah, I'm an idiot for taking so long to notice him), but seriously, both males and females alike, who won't? His acting is pretty decent, though my guess is that people will first notice him for a different reason.

"What may that reason be?", you ask. Well.

Basically, Mokomichi is 186cm worth of smexy bronzed Greek-god goodness. (though I must admit the hair styling makes him look even better) After studying(and I use this word in all seriousness) his physique as compared to the normal humans around him, I have arrived at a conclusion: he must have been born of the Final Fantasy universe. Have you seen his head/neck to body proportion? It's so unreal, the guy is practically a living, breathing, male version of Barbie!!! (I don't use Ken as comparison as... he's rather lame, isn't he?) Really. If they make a live version FF movie they should definitely cast him, though some people may mistaken his 完璧FF-ness as CG...

*鼻血出る* 


** On an unrelated side note, I think I'm losing weight(partly thanks to the weird timing of my night shifts affecting sleep/eat cycles), so got to keep the metabolism up with jogging, before it stagnates~

"We should treat all trivial things very seriously, & all serious things of life with sincere & studied triviality." ~Oscar Wilde

And no, I don't think swineflu is funnny funny. Who would? But neither do I view it with doomsday gloom like some people. You have to put things in perspective. SARS was far, far worse, and many more people died. Now what we are doing is to try and keep H1N1 out of the country, but that doesn't mean we have to keep a solemn doomsday-gloom face/heart/perspective while we are at it. If we did, all healthcare people would have died long ago, not from any disease, but from seeing doom & gloom every time they stepped in for work. It's partly the ability to see above and beyond that that kept us alive and going at it :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Murakami+Matsuken = I can die happy now

I haven't blogged for the longest time, but here I am, again. Work wise, things have taken a different turn from what I had previously anticipated. Instead of returning to Ex-company 2(and that's another long story altogether), I'm freelancing at the moment and making pretty good dough, for the next few months too, probably. Who knew swineflu could make a positive impact in regards to my pocket? Now I can safely say I'll be able to save enough for a Japan trip later this year or early next year. Anyway, I digress. The purpose of this post isn't to talk about my life at the moment, or rant about some infuriating gaki who made one of my night-shifts crap(I pretty much hope they grow up and encounter scores of people like their now-selves, so much so that they'll be cursing and swearing) *shakes a fist*

As I was saying. The purpose of this post.

Kenichi Matsuyama has been cast in Anh Hung Tran’s upcoming adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s internationally best-selling 1987 novel “Norwegian Wood”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, okay, if you didn't know already, I'm a huge fan of Matsuyama Kenichi. 'Nana', 'Death Note', 'Sexy Voice & Robo', 'Zeni Geba', 'Detroit Metal City' and small parts like in 'One Litre of Tears', etc. There's an offbeat, yet genuine way about the guy that attracts me like Magneto attracts metal(okay, I understand, very, very lame comparison. Did you know I love X-men?). But I like offbeat weird. In a cute way. Like how I love Johnny Depp so much that even in 'Sweeney Todd' when I'm cringing at the bloodbath, I'm still thinking what a wonderful actor he is(and how, simply put, hot he is). And then I'm a huge Murakami fan. I feel him, to put it in a cliched way. He's my kind of literary illegal-substance, just like he explained.

So I was just pottering about on the internet as usual when I came across the news. My adrenaline went up, no kidding, and goosebumps started coming out, I started feeling a bit euphoric from the blood rush. Seriously. I guess I must be a bit mad, but I never imagined one of my favourite actors will soon be starring in a film adaptation of one of my favourite novels from my favourite author. Of course, I'll be looking forward to Rinko Kikuchi(better known as the Japanese actress who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars in 2006 for portraying a deaf-mute teenage girl in Babel)as Naoko, and Reika Kirishima as, my guess, Reiko? And newcomer/model Kiko Mizuhara as Midori. Although I'm not familiar with the works of the more veteran actresses, just imagining their faces as the characters' makes me a bit woozy. In a good way, of course~ I'm also wondering who will be portraying Kizuki, Nagasawa, Hatsumi, etc

Not familiar with the director Tran Anh Hung's works either, but having seen the trailer for 'I Come With The Rain', I think Norwegian Wood will be pretty interesting in his hands, and after all, Murakami himself(who was always very concerned about how his books were adapted) approved of him. Speaking of 'I Come With The Rain', I'm kind of looking forward to seeing Kimura in it, he's looks good(as usual) and he speaks English! Sort of...

End post: You know, you just read this relatively calm post of me stating the casting news, the actors, the director, etc and etc. But words will fail to adequately describe the screaming-and-jumping-up-and-down-with-joy on the inside, the hyperventilating, as well as the stupid blissful smile on my face when I imagine Matsuken as Toru~ X)

The music that starts playing in my head when I think of Matsuken