Flash forward to present day and nothing had really changed. Until recently. I’ve been listening to Johnny’s for almost 2 years now, and I’ve still been avoiding Arashi like the plague. I guess even now I couldn’t really get past the ultra flamboyance of Arashi. But I was never completely cut off from them. I liked about 3 songs, give or take, by them. But that was it. It wasn’t until recently that I was in the mood to hear Love So Sweet that I heard their other songs. I’d been meaning to watch the A.RA.SHI. PV since I heard the song for the first time at the Johnny’s countdown. So on a whim I decided to look it up, and I became immediately addicted to the song. Then I decided to listen to the rest of their songs. Basically long story short I’m now pretty much addicted to half of Arashi’s singles. (There a few I wasn’t initially in love with.) I’ve been especially addicted to their new song, Troublemaker. I’ve probably listened to it like 50 times in the past 3 days. Which is really unexpected. I never would have guessed in a hundred years that I’d be in love with Arashi. It’s really weird. I think my former self would slap me in the face for this. Well actually back in the day it was never my intension to move away from Jrock at all. But look how things have turned out.
On the surface the Arashi fandom seems like a lot of fun. But much like every JE fandom they probably take themselves way too seriously. But that doesn’t really bother me much. The main thing that’s in the way is Arashi themselves. As shallow as it seems I only aggressively follow idols/bands that I find visually appealing, which Arashi isn’t. I mean MatsuJun and Nino, the best looking Arashi members, are 5’s on a good day. Perhaps eventually I get over that. But it doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon.