Sunday, October 21, 2007

Featured Artist: melody.

Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1982
Birthplace: Hawaii

Quick Facts

  • She began her career in Japanese music in 2003
  • Her songs have been featured in many Japanese commercials ranging from videogames to automobiles
  • Her first single, Sincerely become a major hit, reaching third spot on the Oricon charts
  • One of her most successful singles "realize" was featured in the J-dorama Dragonzakura
  • She had her first solo music tour in 2006
Interesting Facts
  • She was raised by Japanese parent in Hawaii so she can speak English and Japanese fluently
  • She's the VJ for a new Japanese music show called J-MELO
  • J-MELO is recorded completely English and is about introducing J-music to the world
Discography ♥= My Favourites

  • [2004.01.21] Sincerely
  • [2006.04.12] Be as one
  • [2007.07.04] READY TO GO!
  • [2003.02.19] Dreamin' Away
  • [2003.06.18] Simple As That / Over The Rainbow
  • [2003.11.27] Crystal Love
  • [2004.06.09] Believe me
  • [2005.01.12] Next to You
  • [2005.08.17] realize / Take a Chance
  • [2006.02.15] see you...
  • [2006.11.08] Lovin' U
  • [2007.02.14] Finding My Road
  • [2007.05.30] Love Story
Now, sit back, look at some melody. pics and listen to her two previous albums, Be As One and READY TO GO!

Previous Featured Artists
Bonnie Pink
Kou Shibasaki

Friday, October 5, 2007

Review: NANA 2 (live-action movie)

Genre: Romance
Release Date: Dec. 9, 2006
Starring: Nakashima Mika as Osaki Nana, Ichikawa Yui as Nana "Hachi" Komatsu

NANA 2 takes place after the events of the first movie. Komatsu Nana meets her favourite member of the popular rock band TRAPNEST, Takumi. Takumi brings Nana to his hotel room and the next thing you know, he starts liking her. Meanwhile, Osaki Nana has her doubts about Takumi and is experiencing difficultly in her own life. Both girls must now keep their friendship from falling apart and deal with their issues in life.

Interesting Fact
Many of the actors and actresses in NANA did not reprise their role in NANA 2. The most notable change is that Miyazaki Aoi no longer plays Komatsu Nana. Other changes include the characters of Ren and Okazaki Shinichi.

Just like the First NANA movie, NANA 2 is flat-out boring to sit through. There are tons of moments where nothing is happening. Moments where one character is just starring at another character, no dialogue, no movement, no joke. I also noticed that many of these scenes are boring because there's a lack of background music. Background is important in any movie. In NANA 2, there's scenes where a lot of drama is going on, but absolutely no background music is present. Having more background music would have greatly reduced the boringness.

To makes things worse, NANA 2 ended without finishing the Takumi storyline. Close to the ending, you get to find out something about Takumi that's a bit shocking, but then the movie ends and the story feels a bit uncompleted.

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  • Real-life J-music artist, Yuna Ito does a nice short preformance
  • Story does get a bit more interesting halfway through...
  • ...but shortly after that, it gets boring again
  • just flat-out boring throughout
  • lack of background music (especially in very dramatic scenes)
  • minor cliffhanger at the end
  • it's more than 2 hours long
  • I thought Miyazaki Aoi played Komatsu Nana better
Unless you enjoy every aspect of the first NANA movie, I suggest you stay away from this one.

Rating: 6.5/10