I just finished watching the latest Kanjani con, and I'm about to write my feelings about everything, not just Kanjani but concerning everything related to my current fandom life, because I need to sort this shit out
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Let me talk to you about Eightertainment. Just like the title suggests, it was full-on entertainment. It showed what kind of group Kanjani was. The first disc showcased all their latest singles and some con staples (I'm not sure about the staples one tho). It was the representation of them as an idol group, with all the dancing, sparkly outfits and catchy songs (except for the opening I guess? They used Noroshi there, I won't consider it sparkly LOL). Highlight of the first disc: The Light. Yamada unit delivered on that tbh. I just kind of wanted more dancing on that song tho
Here comes disc 2, where I become a mess. They pulled out their other side, the band side of Kanjani. The acoustic session was asdfghjkl. I cannot describe it with words. I'm not familiar with the songs they used, but in the end it was pleasing to listen to. (I need to listen to more of their songs tbh). They also performed more of their unit songs and tbh it's so damn good!! Hadaka (despite all the nakedness) was a good song, Steal your Love with all the Ryokura dancing was on point. Ohkura's dancing was exceptionally good! :) (But I'm biased so LMAO). Damn Black of Night was real, Maru was bringing it! and he served it hot man. (Idk what I'm saying). King of Otoko is my guilty pleasure LOL. AND MY FEELINGS TURNED ASDFGHJKL DURING THE BAND SESSION. I WAS IN TEARS, AND BY TEARS I MEAN LEGIT TEARS. They started with Tokyoholic, a song I'm not familiar with. They had a mini instrument adlib thing (pls I'm not a music person, idk) and damn EARGASM! Maru's bass was on point and Ohkura just had to join in, and shoutout to Yasu jumping up and down during Maru's part and Yokohina being proud parents af and Subaru joining in with a scream/yell. BUT THEN ZOU, ZOU WAS LIT I HAD GOOSEBUMPS. I don't have words to describe it okay? But the drumming was so fast, I can see Ohkura being tired and shit. And I think Yasu was on the brink of crying? And the bass was present and alive? I was a mess okay? I don't understand myself when I was watching it. And then Noroshi. TBH I like this Noroshi more than the intro Noroshi bc they performed it as a band, with instruments rather than walking LMAO.
And that was it, they had the usual encore and stuff. You know, and their credits were great.
That's it for the DVD~
My recent Kanjani boom got me thinking if I still like Arashi. Their latest single for JAL that sounds like Bittersweet didn't get me excited and the fact that I was hesistating on buying their DVD questioned my love for them. I still watch Kizoku Tantei and enjoy the latest single (especially Unknown, like damn those vocals and the stripped down sound), but I just don't have that much motivation on following their shows anymore. And I can't contribute that to RL because tbh, I don't have problems jugglng RL and Fandom life that much. For me, Arashi has lost their appeal visually I guess? Sometimes, I feel like I'm just forcing myself to watch them or comment on whatever they have going on. I can't get excited anymore about their projects and I feel guilty about it. People have been asking me if I will say goodbye to Arashi, and honestly, I've been thinking about that. But still Arashi is a safe place for me, where I have made friends.
Sometimes I think to myself, I wish Arashi wasn't put so high up in a pedestal. I don't know anything about them, all I hear are good things about them, like them being humble and all that but still, if you have that level of popularity, you're bound to get lax about yourself at some point (or maybe that's just me). I know they went through some shit and they know how it feels to be at the bottom, but recently, it feels like they don't put too much effort bc they are Arashi. Anything they do sells. It feels like they've been overexposed, they're everywhere and maybe they started feeling suffocated with their own presence. I feel like they want to lay-low, go down from no.1, find someone to compete with. They're losing the spirit. I feel bad for saying this but that's just how I feel.
(I'm probably gonna get bricked for this part)
I love them bc they have that gap that can swallow me whole and my whole house. LMAO. They act all goofy and shit, but when they hold their instruments, they are a brand new group. And they speak to my jrock self, a part of me I can't throw away. Their songs have something that cheers me up, whatever song it is. Take Love & King as an example. It's an irritating song tbh, but I smile at it when it randomly comes up on my shuffle. I also like the fact that they have their own songs. I like how they found a balance with their idol self and doing the things they love. I love the balance they created within themselves, like how they almost have two personas.
It's a mess, but that's me~