Saturday, August 18, 2007

TopChart: Top5 Most Boring PVs

These are the most boring PVs as chosen by me.
Note that I'm NOT judging the PVs by the actual song, melody, or lyrics. This list is only based on the visual content of the PV.

In my opinion, all of these PVs are really nice to listen to, but they're a drag to watch. Here's a definition of boring so that you'll know what these PVs represent.

- adjective
stimulating no interest or enthusiasm

5. Utada Hikari - Flavour of Life
One of my all-time favourite J-ballad songs, but the video just shows Utada singing in a music studio.

4. ayaka - Mikazuki
Another great J-ballad song. The PV is boring since it just shows ayaka sitting on a light.

3. Mr.Children - Shirushi
This PV is boring since it only shows the lead singer of Mr.Children (Sakurai Kazutoshi) on a chair through the whole video.

2. Shimatani Hitomi - Koimizu
This PV only shows Shimatani's face through the whole video.

1. Remioromen - Island
The most boring of them all...This PV doesn't even show the artists singing. It just shows one of the members of Remioromen struggling to swim in the ocean.

Previous TopCharts
Top9 Most Beautiful PVs
Top5 Weirdest PVs

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Review: My Boss My Hero

Alternative Title: マイ★ボス マイ★ヒーロー
Genre: Romance, school, comedy
Episodes: 10
Broadcast: Jul. - Sept. 2006
Starring: Nagase Tomoya as Sakaki Makio, Tegoshi Yuya as Sakurakouji Jun
Related: Nobuta wo Produce Review

Sakaki Makio is a 27 year-old that is part of a Japanese gang named Kantou Sharp Fang. His father, Skaki Kiichi is the boss of the gang. Makio is physically strong, but when it comes to academics, he is very dumb. He's a highschool drop-out and can't even write his name in Kanji. Sakaki Kiichi becomes worried about Makio's inabilities and wonders if Makio will be able to become the future boss of Kantou Sharp Fang. Kiichi forces Makio to attend highschool to earn a diploma and tells him that if he doesn't succeed, then Makio's younger brother will become the boss. To make things even more complicated, Makio must pose as a normal young 17 year-old highschool student.

Interesting Fact
- Three actors in My Boss My Hero are actually music artists who are part of a popular boy band
- Nagase Tomoya is from a group called TOKIO, Tegoshi Yuya is from NEWS, Tanaka Koki is from Kat-Tun

My Boss My Hero is my favourite school-related drama so far, beating the only other school drama that I've watched, Nobuta wo Produce. Before watching My Boss My Hero, I had the intention that gangs and schools was a strange combination of genres. However, after finishing the series, I thought that it did a perfect job mixing in gangs, romance, and humour into a school drama.

The strongest part of this drama would have to be the humour. Most people would get the wrong impession that My Boss My Hero isn't a funny drama because of the first scene. However, throughout all episodes, My Boss My Hero is filled with funny scenes and characters throughout. There's also the nice addition of some gang and romance scenes.

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  • Funny scenes and characters thorough whole series
  • Nagase Tomoyo (Makio) is one of the funniest drama characters ever
  • Good balance between gangs, school, and romance
  • (Female viewers will LOVE this) but I think three boy band members in one drama is too much
  • Ending was a cliffhanger (I want a sequel/special, anything to finish off the story!)
  • Romance subplot was left a bit unfinished
Watch My Boss My Hero if you enjoy Nobuta wo Produce or school dramas in general.

Rating: 9.4/10

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Review: NANA (live-action movie)

Alternative Title: ナナ
Genre: Romance
Release Date: Sept. 3, 2005 (Japan)
Starring: Miyazaki Aoi as Komatsu Nana, Nakashima Mika as Osaki Nana

NANA is based on the anime/manga of the same name. It's about two girls who coincidentally meet on a train ride to Tokyo. After arriving in Tokyo, they even find themselves living in the same room. Both girls share the same name and age but everything else is different between them. Komatsu Nana is a playful, obedient, talkative girl who is always has a smile on her face. Osaki Nana is part of an rock band. NANA follows the struggles that these two characters go through in life and how their friendship helps them to tackle their problems.

Interesting Fact
Nakashima Mika (Osaki Nana) is actually a popular and successful J-music artist. So far, she as starred in four films.

NANA is the typical romantic story with a love-triangle. It's something that you would see in a J-drama. Since that's the case, NANA doesn't have anything that makes it better than other movies. The only thing I thought was good about the movie was Miyazaki Aoi. She does a great job of playing a joyful and obedient girl. On the other hand, the acting from most of the other character were either average or just plain terrible.

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  • Miyazaki Aoi does a perfect job of portraying a joyful, obedient girl
  • Acting from all other characters is either average or terrible
  • Nakashima Mika should just stick to the J-music industry instead acting
  • Plot is very predictable early on
  • Flashbacks with Osaki Nana and her boyfriend were pointless and weird
Unless you're a huge fan of the anime or manga series, you should skip the live-action adaption.

Rating: 7.0/10

Stay tuned! I plan to review NANA2!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Featured Artist: Bonnie Pink

Real Name: Asada Kaori
Birthdate: Apr. 16, 1973
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
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  • She first appeared on the J-music scene on Sept. 1995 with her debut album: Blue Jam, but it failed to gain attention
  • Two years later, she released Heaven's Kitchen, an album with good sales
  • Rose in popularity and had her music featured in several anime
  • Has a talent for singing in English with reasonable skill
  • Her latest success comes from "A Perfect Sky", which was on oricon charts for 14 weeks, making it the most successful single in her career
♥= My Favourites
[1995.10.20] Orange
[1996.04.19] Surprise!
[1996.09.20] Do You Crash?
[1997.04.18] Heaven's Kitchen
[1997.06.18] It's Gonna Rain!
[1998.03.04] Forget Me Not
[1998.05.20] Kingyo
[1998.10.21] Inu to Tsuki
[1999.10.06] Daisy
[2000.03.01] You Are Blue, So Am I
[2000.06.07] Kako to Genjitsu
[2000.07.12] Sleeping Child
[2001.02.07] Take Me In
[2001.05.09] Thinking Of You
[2001.08.29] Nemurenai Yoru
[2003.01.22] Tonight, the Night
[2004.01.21] Private Laughter
[2004.04.07] Last Kiss
[2005.08.03] So Wonderful
[2006.05.10] LOVE IS BUBBLE
[2006.06.28] A Perfect Sky ♥ (one of my all-time favourite J-music singles)
[2007.03.28] Anything For You
[2007.06.06] Water Me

Why Bonnie is a featured artist: She just released her album, Thinking Out Loud, which features her best songs ever and a very cool classical take on my favourite Bonnie Pink Song, "A Perfect Sky".

Now, listen to her newest album, Thinking Out Loud (released Jul. 25, 07) and her newest "best of" called Every Single Day -Complete Bonnie Pink (1995-2006) (released Jul. 26, 06).

Previous Featured Artists
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