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  1. Arashi – Wish

    March 17, 2009 by Cassandra Morgan

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    I have been lacking in the music department lately. I apologize. Hopefully, a little boy band music will make you feel better.

    Wish is popularly known as the theme song for the first season of the Hana Yori Dango jdorama. Of course, both Arashi and HYD feature Matsumoto Jun. Not only is the song cute on its own but the video for it is also adorable. It features a little puppet man trying to win the heart of a little puppet girl. I think, thanks to the HYD connection, that this was my first introduction into the world of Arashi. Let the cuteness wash over you!


  2. Jdorama review: Hana Yori Dango Final

    January 6, 2009 by Cassandra Morgan

    Title: Hana Yori Dango Final
    Release date: June 28, 2008
    Genre: romantic comedy
    Cast: Inoue Mao, Matsumoto Jun, Oguri Shun, Matsuda Shota, Abe Tsuyoshi
    Plot: After Domyouji Tsukasa (Matsumoto) publicly announces his engagement to Tsukushi Makino (Inoue), his mother gives the couple a rare tiara called “The Smile of Venus.” Unfortunately, it is stolen from the Tsukushi hotel room that night! Tsukasa and Makino set off on a worldwide trip to retrieve the tiara. With the help of F4, will they be able to save their impending marriage?
    What is good: The on-screen chemistry between Matsumoto and Inoue is amazing. You’d think they were a real couple!
    What is bad: There are a couple of things that aren’t fully explained, though it doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of the movie very much.
    Letter rating: A
    Overall: Much like the two television seasons before the movie, the Japanese version of Hana Yori Dango has been amazing. All of the actors are immensely talented and, while the plot is a little wacky, it fits the show. It was interesting to see the rich boys actually traveling around the world and acting like adults. (Well, for the most part anyway.) I would have liked to have a little more closure with one of the F4 members but I suppose that mysterious aura is what made him so likeable in the first place. Also, I would have liked to have the head “bad guy” explained a little more explicitly. Though, perhaps if you have an intimate understanding of Japanese relationships, it doesn’t need to be said. (It still would have been nice if they did say it.) Overall, this was an amazing series and an awesome ending to it. I even found myself crying toward the end of the movie. I’m not ready for it to end!


  3. Music review: Arashi – A*RA*SHI

    March 25, 2008 by Cassandra Morgan

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    Artist: Arashi
    Members: Ninomiya Kazunari (Nino), Ohno Satoshi (Leader), Matsumoto Jun (MatsuJun), Aiba Masaki, Sakurai Sho
    Album: Arashi No.1 Ichigou
    Release date: 11/24/01
    Video link: Performed on the One Tour
    (Surprise additional video! A music video directed by Hideaki Takizawa of Tackey and Tsubasa)

    English translation:

    Pop it yeah! Honesty good!
    The heaviness from that boo!
    That’s all right!
    Yet we will shape the world
    yes we are super boy!
    We are cool
    Even if something unpleasant happened, we show it off
    We’ll do what we can, can’t we?
    It’s all right to have a dream, right?

    You are my soul! Soul!
    You always are here with me
    I can’t give it away. No one can get in our way.
    Congregate the wind and wind it all over my body
    storm storm for dream

    Today again, they are saying in TV
    They are saying how miserable the world has become.
    I am always looking for
    looking for a gigantic love and ambition
    Everyday! Everybody!
    The world hasn’t end yet
    Why don’t we start from here?
    Let’s get on! Let’s get on yea!

    Step by step instead of bursting, go for it naked
    Day by day I want stimulation rather than boredom
    Let’s open our huge wings up

    You are my soul! Soul!
    You always are here with me
    I can’t give it away. No one can get in our way.
    Congregate the wind and wind it all over my body
    storm storm for dream

    Catching the harsh storm with your both hands
    Be brave, let’s fly
    Aim the heaven and unbeatable cloud
    Fly away

    Step by step instead of bursting, go for it naked
    Day by day I want stimulation rather than boredom
    Let’s open our huge wings up

    You are my soul! Soul!
    You make me strong
    Tears are tommorrow’s energy
    Aim the future, let’s go for it.
    Storm storm oh yea!

    You are my soul! Soul!
    You always are here with me
    I can’t give it away. No one can get in our way.
    Congregate the wind and wind it all over my body
    storm storm for dream

    Today again, they are saying in TV
    They are saying how miserable the world has become.
    I am always looking for
    looking for a gigantic love and ambition
    Everyday! Everybody!
    The world hasn’t end yet
    Why don’t we start from here?
    Let’s get on! Let’s get on yea!

    You are my soul! Soul!
    You always are here with me
    I can’t give it away. No one can get in our way.
    Congregate the wind and wind it all over my body
    storm storm for dream

    About the song: As should be fairly obvious, this was the first single released by Arashi. The word ‘arashi’ means storm, which is why it sounds a bit weird in the translation. I think the lyrics intended to reference the band and not a weather pattern.

    This was the perfect song to use for the debut. It not only highlights Ohno’s amazing voice but it also has some really good raps for Sho and the boys can show off a bit of their dancing skills too. It’s easy to see why it’s still one of their most popular songs.


  4. J-actor mini-bio: Matsumoto Jun

    November 8, 2007 by Cassandra Morgan

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    Name: Matusmoto Jun
    Nicknames: MatsuJun, Junji
    Birthday: 8/30/83
    Height: 5’6″ (173cm)
    Weight: 127 lbs (58kg)

    Where do I know him from? Gokusen, Kimi wa Petto, Hana Yori Dango, Bambino

    Tell me some more! MatsuJun is also a member of the singing group Arashi. They debuted in 1999 and are still going strong.

    What is your opinion of him? I’ve seen a couple of his shows with some variety in characters. He plays a bad boy very well. I’m hoping to catch Bambino at some point to see how he handles that role. On the singing side, he doesn’t have the best voice in Arashi but he definitely has the charisma to make up for it.


  5. Jmovie review: Boku wa Imouto ni Koi wo Suru

    October 13, 2007 by Cassandra Morgan

    Title: Boku wa Imouto ni Koi wo Suru
    Also known as: I’m in love with my little sister
    Release date: 1/20/07
    Genre: Romantic Drama
    Cast: Matsumoto Jun, Eikura Nana, Yuuta Hiraoka, Komatsu Ayaka
    Plot: Yori (Matsumoto Jun) is in love with his twin sister, Iku (Eikura Nana). He tries to forget Iku by sleeping with his classmate Tomoka. Now the twins need to choose between their forbidden love and a normal life.
    What is good: The dialog isn’t too bad.
    What is bad: The extraordinarily long dramatic pauses.
    Overall rating: C-
    Overall: I knew little about this movie when I turned it on. I knew it was about incest between twins and that it starred MatsuJun and Komatsu Ayaka so I expected a decent dramatic movie. Sadly, I was mistaken. This movie is filled with extremely long dramatic pauses. All of the characters take a good 5 – 7 minutes to spit out one line of what they want to say to each other. Eikura wasn’t very interesting as Iku but that may be a problem with the character and not the actress. I suppose if you are a fan of MatsuJun, you’ll want to watch this movie. Just don’t expect anything wonderful from it.



  6. Jdorama review: Kimi wa Petto

    August 20, 2007 by Cassandra Morgan

    Title: Kimi wa Petto
    Also known as: You’re My Pet
    Broadcast date: 4/9/03 – 6/18/03
    Number of episodes: 10
    Genre: Romantic Comedy
    Cast: Koyuki, Matsumoto Jun, Tanabe Seiichi
    Plot: Journalist Iwaya Sumire (Koyuki) has had a terrible day – her longtime boyfriend broke up with her and she got a demotion at work. On the way home, she finds an injured boy (Matsumoto Jun) in a cardboard box. After nursing him back to health, the boy claims that he will do anything in order to stay with her. So Iwaya takes him in as a pet and names him Momo, after the dog she owned when she was a child.
    What is good: MatsuJun is pretty cute as Momo.
    What is bad: The “ideal” man that all the girls want (Tanabe Seiichi) is a huge dork, whereas everyone calls him “cool.”
    Letter rating: B
    Overall: Kimi wa Petto is a very cute show. However, there isn’t a whole lot of depth to it. While you like the characters, there isn’t anything to make you really feel for them. Iwaya seems to be stuck in this sadness, even when she’s supposed to be happy. Takeshi shines when he takes on the Momo personality but is fairly dull as himself. This is something that you’d watch when you have nothing else to watch and you don’t want to turn on your brain.



  7. Music review: Arashi – Right Back To You

    August 15, 2007 by Cassandra Morgan


    Artist: Arashi
    Members: Ninomiya Kazunari (Nino), Ohno Satoshi (Leader), Matsumoto Jun (MatsuJun), Aiba Masaki, Sakurai Sho
    Album: Iza, Now!
    Release date: 7/21/04
    Video link: http://www.veoh.com/videos/e131869t4WaDnxG

    English translation:

    At this wall that forbids time to flow back
    A lightning flashed through my heart
    Those days I’m used to, they’re still engrossed in my body
    Un~ frozen
    An amazing balance that gradually leaves
    A mask that shows
    Cannot hide my actions
    No no no~

    Unable to tell anyone
    A secretive past
    The both of us in a tight embrace

    Coming right back to you
    (those words are repeating, hiding the scars on the wings)
    Right back to you
    If only I were an angel
    Right back to you
    (chasing after love, to survive the cold nights)
    Right back to you
    Only one person, you, shall I believe in

    Drowning badly in this prove of my non-existence
    Enjoying this easy game of one-man-show
    Don’t mind it (right about time)
    In the letter

    Unsure of where it landed
    The key to the memory belonging to us
    (I will recall)

    Coming right back to you
    (those words are repeating, hiding the scars on the wings)
    Right back to you
    If only I were an angel
    Right back to you
    (chasing after love, to survive the cold nights)
    Right back to you
    Only one person, you, shall I believe in

    The four seasons starts to bounce again, baby
    Freaky, freaky, freaky night, dance baby
    When we touch, the temperature of our palms rise, mayday
    From the lightened oceans, thanks baby

    Tomorrow night shall still be clutched
    But understand that we must run when there’s a chance
    Leading the crowd, unbolt the galaxy
    I’m coming right back to you

    Coming right back to you
    (those words are repeating, hiding the scars on the wings)
    Right back to you
    If only I were an angel
    Right back to you
    (chasing after love, to survive the cold nights)
    Right back to you
    Only one person, you, shall I believe in
    Right back to you
    (chasing after love, to survive the cold nights)
    Right back to you
    Only one person, you, shall I believe in

    About the song: I, like many other fans, found Arashi through MatsuJun’s jdorama work. He played Domyouji Tsukasa in Hana Yori Dango, which is one of my favorite shows. The band calls this ‘Jun-bait’ ^_^ When I first started listening to the group, I looked for videos of them. This was one of the first videos I found and I got hooked instantly. Even now, I don’t even bother to read the translation for it. I simply let myself get taken away with the feeling of the song. Though I will admit that I immediately associate the song with the dance they did in the Iza, Now! concert. (This is the video that is linked above.) In my opinion, this is the type of song that really defines Arashi as a group. It’s ‘pop’ enough to keep their fanbase happy, still has their typical rap in the middle and is very danceable. I could listen to it on repeat for hours without getting tired of it.



  8. JDorama review: Bambino

    August 9, 2007 by Cassandra Morgan


    Title: Bambino
    Broadcast date: 4/18/07 – 6/27/07
    Number of episodes: 11
    Genre: Cooking drama
    Cast: Matsumoto Jun, Fukiishi Kazue, Karina, Sato Ryuta, Uchida Yuki, Kitamura Kazuki, Sasaki Kuranosuke
    Plot: Shogo Ban is a college student with dreams of becoming a professional cook. After working at an Italian restaurant in his hometown, he is sent to Tokyo in order to learn more. Once there, he learns that realizing your dream is not always as easy as one might think.
    What is good: Kitamura Kazuki steals the spotlight as the head of the dining room at Trattoria Baccanale
    What is bad: It would be nice if Ban (Matsumoto Jun) had more than two emotions.
    Letter rating: B-
    Overall: A lot of MatsuJun’s roles revolve around his prettiness. This isn’t an exception. The show is filled with close-up shots of him licking his lips or being contemplative. Once in awhile, we’re treated to a genuine smile. The role of Ban (aka Bambinp/Bambi) doesn’t require a lot of work on his part. He is either really excited or really depressed with little to nothing in between. While the older characters in the show chalk it up to being young, it gets old after awhile.

    Yet it’s still easy to get swept up in the magic of the restaurant. Yonamine Tsukasa (Kitamura Kazuki) spends his time dazzling the ladies in the dining room while the kitchen workers manage to get through a long busy day without even getting a spot of sauce on their white shirts. Adding to that magical feeling is the lack of time progression. There is only one point in the show where the audience is filled in on how much time has passed. The rest of the time we are left to assume this is a daily grind for the characters.

    I found Bambino to be a decent show that is mostly carried by the secondary characters. There is little reason to care about Ban beyond “you’re supposed to.” It’s definitely more fun to watch the interactions between the eccentric dessert chef and everyone else or the three managers of the restaurant. Even though I know the main theme of the show was “work hard to follow your dreams,” I felt somewhat unfulfilled at the end. I would have liked to see Ban grow a bit more, not only as a person but also as a professional chef. Hopefully there will be a special showing that Ban can really transform into a master chef.



  9. JDorama review: Hana Yori Dango 2 Returns

    August 2, 2007 by Cassandra Morgan

    Title (romanji): Hana Yori Dango 2 Returns
    Title (english): Boys Over Flowers 2 Returns
    Broadcast date: 1/5/07 – 3/16/07
    Number of episodes: 11
    Genre: romantic comedy
    Cast: Inoue Mao, Matsumoto Jun, Oguri Shun, Matsuda Shota, Abe Tsuyoshi, Kato Natsuki
    Plot: One year has passed since we last saw Makino Tsukushi (Inoue Mao). She still keeps in contact with most of F4, even though they have graduated.However, Domyouji Tsukasa (Matsumoto Jun), now going to business school in New York, has been distancing himself from F4 as well as Makino. When he returns to Japan, his mother announces his engagement to Okawahara Shigeru (Kato Natsuki). Then Hanazawa Rui (Oguri Shun) finds himself falling in love with Makino! Love shouldn’t be this complicated!
    What is good: Domyouji maturing as a man
    What is bad: Mimasaka Akira gets the shaft this season.
    Letter rating: A+
    Overall: Another good season from everyone involved with the Hana Yori Dango drama. Matsumoto Jun does an amazing job bringing Domyouji’s personal growth to the screen. The character has has such a drastic change from the beginning of the first season to the end of the second that I really believe a lesser actor would have screwed it up. Let’s not forget Inoue Mao either! While Makino doesn’t have the huge change that Domyouji does, she gets tossed around emotionally through the entire show. My heart broke every time Makino shed tears. Unfortunately, there isn’t too much going on with the other characters. Hanazawa Rui is the same as ever. There is one episode dedicated to a past relationship of Nishikado Shojirou’s (Matsuda Shota) and you get a tiny glimpse into the homelife of Mimasaka Akira (Abe Tsuyoshi) but that is it. Again, Nishikado and Mamasaka aren’t the main characters in the series but it would be nice to know why they stick around Domyouji, especially with his major attitude problem. This is still my very favorite show. I’m sad that this will most likely be the end for it. At least it had a perfect ending.



  10. JDorama review: Hana Yori Dango

    July 31, 2007 by Cassandra Morgan

    Title (romanji): Hana Yori Dango
    Title (english): Boys Over Flowers
    Broadcast date: 10/21/05 – 12/16/05
    Number of episodes: 9
    Genre: romantic comedy
    Cast: Inoue Mao, Matsumoto Jun, Oguri Shun, Matsuda Shota, Abe Tsuyoshi, Kaga Mariko
    Plot: Makino Tsukushi (Inoue Mao) is a poor girl attending Eitoku Gakuen, the elite high school of the rich and famous. The school is ruled by F4 (aka Flower Four), four boys from extremely powerful families. Their leader is Domyouji Tsukasa (Matsumoto Jun), heir to the Domyouji World Finance Group. Hanazawa Rui (Oguri Shun), Nishikado Soujiro (Matsuda Shota) and Mimasaka Akira (Abe Tsuyoshi) round out the group. Makino hoped to pass through school unnoticed. However, one day stands up against Domyouji’s bullying of her friend. As a result, she gets a dreaded red notice, which pits the entire school against her. Instead of giving up, Makino declares war on F4. Doing this not only attracts the attention of her crush, Hanazawa Rui, but it also begins to rouse romantic feelings between Makino and Domyouji.
    What is good: The tension between Makino, Domyouji and Hanazawa.
    What is bad: Poor Nishikado and Mimasaka get relegated to secondary characters so you don’t learn very much about them.
    Letter rating: A+
    Overall: I’m amazed that this season is only 9 episodes long. So much happens from beginning to end that you barely notice that an entire episode has passed. Before you know it, it’s all over. Luckily, there’s another season to keep you hooked. Both the acting and the writing in this are very good. Throughout the entire series you are rooting for Makino and Domyouji, even though there are huge differences between them. The only bad thing I can say about the series is that it is way too short. I would have loved to have seen some background into Nishikado and Mimasaka’s lives. A “filler” episode or even taking some of the scenes into their houses would have been nice. Though I will admit that you get so wrapped up in the main plot that you completely forget they exist until they pop up for one reason or another. This is definitely a series that I would recommend to anyone. I think there’s a little something for everyone here.