Monthly Archives: May 2013

Movie Review: Tada Kimi wo Aishiteru

Last week, I blogged about how I am loving Ai Otsuka’s song here. The source of this love is because I watched the movie Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru. 

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Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru (Just loving You/Heavenly Forest) is a 2006 movie. Originally it was a manga (very short; highly recommend it!), but it was turned into a movie. 

I love the casting of this movie. Tamaki Hiroshi (Nodame Cantabile) played Makoto, an introvert. Shiruzu was played by Miyazaki Aoi (Nana). They played the parts so well, especially Aoi-chan!

The movie tells the story of how Makoto and Shizuru became friends. Shizuru was extremely childish but interesting. She was short and only ate doughnut biscuits. She’s like an elementary school kid. She kind of forced Makoto to become her friend. They discover a beautiful forest. Makoto, who loved photography, decided to practice taking pictures. Shizuru becomes interested in photography too and asks Makoto to teach her.

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Makoto realizes he likes Miyuki (Kuroki Meisa). Realizing this, Shizuru helps Makoto get closer to her, even though she loves Makoto too. One day, Shizuru decides to enter a photography contest and asks for Makoto’s help. The shot she wanted to create was a kiss in the Heavenly Forest. Makoto agrees to do it. After they got the shot, Shizuru disappears.

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After two years, Makoto was contacted by Shizuru who was now working as a photographer in New York City. Makoto comes, but finds out that Shizuru has already died. She died of a genetic disease that develops as her body matures. Shizuru, wanting to be a lady Makoto acknowledges, did her best to be a beautiful lady. The scene ended with Makoto witnessing Shizuru’s exhibition, where he finds a lot of his stolen photos, the kissing scene photo and a big picture of Shizuru all grown-up and beautiful. 

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WARNING: This story is a tear-jerker!

I love the actor’s acting, especially since I have seen both actors in movie roles completely different from this one. Tamaki-kun was so cute as a clueless guy here and Aoi-san is just so cute, I want to bring her home and pet her!

The movie pretty much adhered to the manga, with a few added scenes. It’s pretty much the kind of romantic movie the Japanese creates – emotional and powerful.

Have you guys seen this movie? You are seriously missing out if you haven’t! 

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2 KPOP Songs I’m Loving This Week: Come Back.. & You are..

For some reason, the songs I am loving this week have really long names.

Before I get to them, let me review the releases I listened to this week apart from the ones I love. Queen Bee Lee Hyori released a one-track album last week with Miss Korea. I love Hyori to death, but this song disappointed me like hell. I was so anticipating it because I love her teasers. I’m hoping the rest of the songs (to be released on May 2..1 i think?). I still love her retro look in the video though.

I also listened to UV’s album. I have no knowledge of all UV songs, but I love some of their songs (which I don’t remember the names – my Korean is so bad). I liked it. The song Because of You is sooo… dreamy. (hoo,hoo.. haa,haa)

I also anticipated Nine Muse’s Wild, but it did not really live up to my expectation. I like the rap parts though. I was also anticipating the LC9 (Nega Network) debut, but the video’s too violent, I cannot focus on the music. When I listened to the music, it was good, but not great.

 I also grew to like 4Minute’s What’s Your Name? this week. For some reason, it is stuck in my head.

2PM – Come Back When You Hear This Song (이 노래를 듣고 돌아와)

Many people criticized this song. I dunno if it’s because 2PM has not really appeared in the KPOP song for a long time, or simply because it is different from the music they usually produce. When I listen to 2PM songs, they are catchy, but they never have a light beat, as light as it is in this song. Plus, I think the video’s really creative. Great use of symbolism!

I haven’t seen the new song they released last weekend, but I am hoping that I would like this one!

Davichi – You are My Everything

This song is part of the Mystic Ballad Part 2. Although it is not a new release (released like a few months ago), I am singing this everyday. I even went as far as searching for the lyrics.

I listened to this a few weeks back. One night, I suddenly was singing the song in my head. I forgot about the song and the singer, but when I listened to the album again, I found it!

These are my top picks for the week! Hope you guys enjoyed!

I am looking forward to some Orange Caramel this week. I’ll also listen to the other 2PM song.

Andy :3

Currently Listening – Boyfriend [Hitomi no Melody]

I have been flooding this blog with music posts lately, neh? Sorry about that. As I said in earlier posts, I have been freelancing and I need music to soothe my mind.

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I feel like I dug gold with the latest album. I know Boyfriend is a KPOP group from Starship Entertainment (same company as k.Will and Sistar), but nothing else. I don’t listen to their KPOP albums.

I randomly downloaded this song just because it is in Japanese. I had a great time with Orange Caramel’s Japanese album so I thought another Japanese album from a Kpop group would not be so bad. I was right.

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The melody is so great. This is so Japanese. Feels so much like spring actually!

Listen to it here! Check out the MV below.

I am listening to a whole lot of music now. I might have some Jrock for you guys tomorrow!

Andy :3

Currently Listening: Ai Otsuka’s Renai Shashin

So, this is a really, really, really old song, like 2005 old.

This is a live version because I cannot find a PV for this (or I’m just too lazy), but this version is better than the song itself. Ai Otsuka really is a great singer! She is one of my favorite JPOP singers. My favorite song of Ai is Sakuranbo and Planetarium (Hana Yori Dango OST).

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Lyrics

aoao to shita yozora no shita de
anata ga miteta ushiro koi sugata

tokiori miseru mujaki na negao
atashi ga miteta koishii sugata

donna hitotoki mo subete
wasurenai you ni
muchuu de shattaa kiru atashi no kokoro wa
setsunai shiawase datta

tada kimi wo aishiteru
tada kimi wo aishiteru
tada kimi wo aishiteru
tada sore dake de yokatta noni

ame furu toki no kawashi ta kisu wa
tsunagarete yuku futari no sugata

isshou ni mou nai kono kimochi
umaku ienai kedo
anata ni deatte atashi no mainichi wa
kirakira to kagayaita yo

tada kimi wo aishiteru
tada kimi wo aishiteru
tada kimi wo aishiteru
anata ga kureta shiawase yo

tada kimi wo aishiteru
tada kimi wo aishiteru
tada kimi wo aishiteru
tada sore dake de yokatta no ni

chiisana heya ni kazararete iru
futari no egao renai shashin

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I knew the song way back in 2008, but I did not know she sang this for the movie Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru. I recently watched the movie (review coming up), and I was bawling at the end. Real tear-jerker, man.

Going back to work! Shigoto! ╭(๑¯д¯๑)╮

Andy :3

2 KPOP Songs I’m Loving This Week: Dreamer & Jeon Won Diary

Although I have been rocking out to Orange Caramel’s Japanese Album all week (see mini-review here), I have been listening to other stuff too. This week, 2 particular songs stood out: History’s Dreamer and T-ara N4’s Jeon Won Diary.

There are a lot of KPOP releases this week. We have U-Kiss Sub-unit uBeat with Should Have Treated You Better, Secret with Yoohoo, 4Minute with What’s My Name, Hello Venus with Do You Want Some Tea, etc. I listened to all of these but did not particularly like them (sorry to fans).

I was really disappointed most especially with 4Minute because I have been waiting for a long time for them to release a better song. The last album was not so great to me, so I was hoping for something better. While the song was not particularly good, the video is like “What the hell is this?” It was so funny.

I also was disappointed with Secret and Hello Venus. Secret’s songs were always catchy to me, but I just did not feel great with Yoohoo. Hello Venus’ song was really bad considering the last two album title songs were really catchy and fun.

History is a new rookie group. I did not research about them much, but I totally love the song. This song reminds me of FUN’s songs or the ones they sing at GLEE. The blending of the voices is so amazing. Plus, Son Dambi is looking so hot in this video.

The 2nd song I was really addicted to this week was T-ARA N4’s Jeon Won Diary. This is a totally addictive song! I had it on repeat for hours and hours. It was so catchy and the video is totally awesome. The video is so funny. My favorite part is when MinKyung of Davichi makes an appearance at the talent show. It was so shocking because she’s always stiff and beautiful when she sings ballad. I did not know Minkyung had a funny side!

The other parts of the video were equally funny too. Hyomin fell in love with a wood chopper guy. Jiyeon gets the steps wrong all the time. She also stepped on Eunjung’s stomach. Ahreum tries modeling while carrying some farm goods. This vid is totally funny! The dance version, on the other hand, was cool.

That’s it for this week’s top KPOP songs! Let me know what you guys thought about the song releases this week in the comments section below! :3

Andy (〜 ̄▽ ̄)〜

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