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Favorite Arashi members’ solos

Crossing yet another long-overdue post off my evergrowing to-blog list. This idea has been on my mind since my favorite songs list in mid-2018, but like how my favorite PVs post only came to fruition following All the BEST!! CLIPS’ release in October 2019, this favorite solos could finally see the light of day thanks to Arashi’s open poll for their upcoming two-day Arafes 2020 concert. Continue reading “Favorite Arashi members’ solos”

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on the road to 5×20: favorite PVs

This was actually the next blog idea on my list after completing my first ‘on the road to 5×20’ post back in July last year. However, i realized that i didn’t have all of Arashi’s PVs that it might be quite unfair to sort my favorites just based on what i had in hand… But then, they release this 5×20 All the BEST!! CLIPS 1999-2019 containing 63 single PVs they’ve released so far except Brave, two of them are Natsu Hayate‘s (and 9 more clips from a tour, a b-side, and album lead tracks in the LE version), which seems to tell me that now i have no excuse not to work on this List. Continue reading “on the road to 5×20: favorite PVs”

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on the road to 5×20: favorite Arashi’s songs

I’ve actually planned to do this: listing my top-something Arashi-related things for their 5×20 celebration. And i thought i had a year more to sort and compile those lists. But Arashi isn’t Arashi without surprises; they for some inexplicable reasons decided to hold their 20th Anniversary Tour this year although the group won’t officially turn 20 until 15 September 2019. Continue reading “on the road to 5×20: favorite Arashi’s songs”

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J-actors I have soft spot for

Every time i read about Top 10 Favorite Something-something, somehow it always made me challenged to list my version, yet i decided against it every single time mainly because i feel like the rank or order may change every year. But then i figured it could also be the good chance for me to talk about them, so i decided to give it a go.

In this edition, i’m gonna cover my favorite Japanese actors. Continue reading “J-actors I have soft spot for”

Posted in Drama Series, List

Age of Youth: quotes

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This drama is one of those that nearly fell under my radar but in the end made me really glad i gave it a go. Judging from the title and summary alone, i guessed this would be the youth version of Dear My Friends. I have yet to resume and finish that one so i’m not sure how close they actually are, but i’m pleasantly surprised at what Age of Youth offers. Continue reading “Age of Youth: quotes”

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Oh, it’s you again!

How do you decide on which show to watch or check out? For me, there are times when i would start on a title randomly, but it is mostly down to these three factors: the story, cast, and/or rave reviews. Regardless of the factor that reels me in, it’s rare for me to be completely unaware of the main cast, even if i’ve never seen them in any other project before. The same thing cannot be said about the supporting actors, though. In that i rarely check the extended cast and am thus pleasantly surprised and excited upon spotting a familiar feature, even if i’d often go, “Ah, it’s him/her. But wait, where did i see him/her before?” Oopsie, LOL Continue reading “Oh, it’s you again!”

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When actors sing drama OSTs

…the feels are indescribable.

Music is part and parcel of a show. A drama, in this case. With it, mood is built, tension is raised, emotion is steered and eventually wreaked havoc. Without it, it is like food without garnish — still nice, but incomplete. Apt soundtracks make a show more pleasant and addictive to watch; great ones stay with you long after the show wraps up. Continue reading “When actors sing drama OSTs”

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One Hundred Blessings

This is one of the story titles in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive to which i am challenged to do the same as the author did. The opening paragraph read as follows:

“One day, while i was going through tough times, i read a book that challenged me to stop feeling sorry for myself and instead, list one hundred blessings in my life. Since i was wallowing in my dark mood it seemed like an impossible task. But as soon as i began to randomly write down the positive things in my life, i was amazed how quickly one hundred blessings spilled onto the page. Soon my furrowed brow disappeared and i began to smile.

Afterwards, when i read through my long list of blessings i realized… i could easily add a hundred more.

Life is good.” (By Miriam Hill, pg 172-5) Continue reading “One Hundred Blessings”