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1 Litre of Tears

by Jason on January 1, 2006 · 1,126 comments · AddThis

1 Litre of Tears
Sometimes I feel like my body doesn't belong to me. What's happening to me?

This dorama is about a girl who was diagnosed with a disease called “Spinocerebellar Degeneration” when she was 15 years old, and was able to continue her life until her death at the age of 25 years old.

The plot is based on the true story of a Japanese girl named Kito Aya, who had the same disease. She kept writing in her diary to remember her experiences until she could no longer hold a pen. Aya simply wished to live until the end of her life, and the purpose of writing in the diary was to remind herself to not give up. She shed tears many times, at the same time encompassed by the rich love and support from her family, friends, and boyfriend. Her diary “1 Litre of Tears” was published after her death, because of its inspiring and courageous message of

“Just being alive is such a lovely and wonderful thing.”

So far, over 18,000,000 copies of her diary have been sold.

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Be My Last

by Jason on October 9, 2005 · 10 comments · AddThis

Hikki Be My Last
Released Date: 2005/09/28
Debut Ranking: #1
Label: Toshiba-EMI
Product Code: TOCT-5002
Official Site

Utada Hikaru’s 14th single, “Be My Last”, was released on the 28th of September 2005. This single debuted at the top position on the daily Oricon charts on its release day. “Be My Last” also managed to achieve the first position on the weekly chart, selling about 80,043 copies to date. By taking a look at the sales amount of Hikki’s earlier releases, one can notice that, compared to Hikki’s standards this single didn’t fare well, at all.

The reason why this single is selling so poorly, is mainly because there is only one song included in this single. This single doesn’t even include the instrumental version of “Be My Last”. The cover design also is not really attractive and rather plain. So it is not surprising that many J-Pop fans do doubt the worthiness of this single.

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Do As Infinity

by Jason on September 23, 2005 · 49 comments · AddThis

Do As Infinity
Do As Infinity, one of the greatest rock bands in Japan that will never fade from our memories.

Before DAI formed, there was only Nagao Dai. Dai was already an experienced composer at that time because he had been composing songs for an amateur band before it disbanded. After that, Dai decided that he wanted to continue to achieve his dream, so he sent demos of his songs to about 50 record companies in Japan. avex was one of the companies that received Dai’s songs and they decided to hire him as a composer. He was given the task to compose music for Ayumi Hamasaki and Hitomi.

Not long after, avex gave Dai the opportunity to make his dreams come true by forming a band, so auditions were held and Van Tomiko and Ryo Owatari were chosen as the lead singer and guitarist, respectively. Together, they formed Do As Infinity (DAI). On the 29th of September, 1999, DAI’s first single Tangerine Dream was released and they held a live concert in Shibuya not long after.

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negaigoto

by Jason on September 6, 2005 · 2 comments · AddThis

Rie fu Rie fu
Birthday: 1st of January, 1985
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Rie fu’s Official Site

Rie fu, one the talented singer in Japan who influenced by 70’s American Pops during the 3 years life in Maryland,US. These 3 years also took away her Japanese-slang English, maybe this is one of the reasons she tends to mix the Japanese and English lyrics on her songs. Some of the J-Pop fans may took a lots of attention on her songs because of a anime Bleach.

Rie fu 4th single negaigoto was released at 31st of August 2005. This is the first time she wrote the lyrics with pure Japanese. This ballad remains Rie fu’s typical style, don’t have too much interference of instrumental. This song may brings you some bore at the beginning, try to ruminate the song few more time and you will see the magic of this song. The b-side 2cm is the song from her debut album Rie fu, but this is the live unplugged version from MTV which sounds even better than the original.

negaigoto

  1. negaigoto
  2. negaigoto (Piano Version)
  3. 2cm (Live Version)

Shared Time

by Jason on August 29, 2005 · 1 comment · AddThis

Locofrank Locofrank is one of the rock band which formed by three young guys from Osaka – 木下 正行(Vo/Ba)、森 勇介(Gt/Vo) and 笹原 達也(Ds/Cho).

I will call Locofrank as Japanese Greenday, but I am sure they not gonna release any song like Japanese Idiot. Those who love Greenday should give Locofrank a try, I know you will love their songs. Now I only found Japan having lotsa “not that famous” rock bands are really good, just like the doa I introduced to all earlier on. I think they are even better than L’Arc~en~Ciel. Anyway, it’s just my 2 cents and I truly hope this won’t offence any L’Arc~en~Ciel fans.

Shared Time is their new single which released on 25th of August 2005. The official site entitled this as mini album because there included 5 songs. The first song Recall is kinda noisy if you rarely get involve with rock, but this is the song I love most in this mini album. For the second song Share, I hope you guys can concentrate on the vocal because I found Kinoshita san (木下 正行) was trying to play with his vocal and that’s really funny. Besides, I love the melody of guitar. The next song will be Put Feeling Into the Shadow, compare to other songs this song is not that noisy but more likely to be american rock song. If you don’t listen to the lyrics, you may think that’s a song which sang by any US rock band. The 4th song The Ones who Seek is basically similar with the previous songs, so I will not elaborate too much on this and you guys should find this out by your own. The last song OVERJOYED, obviously this song is softer than other songs which means the vocal is fully exposed. From this song, you will see how funny his vocal is but definately I am saying the vocal sucks. You really should try this out in order find out why I think the vocal is funny.

Shared Time

  1. Recall
  2. Share
  3. Put Feeling into the Shadow
  4. The Ones who Seek
  5. OVERJOYED
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