Jin to make his Hollywood debut

It was just announced that former KAT-TUN member Akanishi Jin will be making his Hollywood debut through the Hollywood remake of the Japanese movie 47 Ronin. Jin will star alongside Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves and Japanese actors Sanada Hiroyuki, Tadanobu Asano, Kikuchi Rinko, and singer Shibasaki Kou. And as of right now it’s set to be released on November 21, 2012. But that’s obviously not set in stone. Movies get pushed back and release dates get changed all the time.

This is extremely exciting news for a couple of reasons. Obviously the first one being that Jin will grace theaters worldwide and will get worldwide exposure from this movie. The second reason is this is a Hollywood movie in English. I’m sure most Jin fans, or anyone who reads his twitter, know that his English isn’t the best. But since this is a Hollywood movie probably with a big budget, I bet there will be someone on set to help him with his English a bit. Granted it doesn’t seem like anyone has been helping Ken Watanabe with his English all that much. But that hasn’t hurt his American career in the least bit. And of course the third reason this is great is because of the exposure this will give Jin’s American career. Everyone knows that Jin is going to release his first American album. But so far a release date hasn’t been announced which means the album is no where near ready. So, that makes me assume that his album will be released late 2011, like November or December, or early 2102, like January or February. Now, a movie being released that late won’t give Jin that much promotion for the actual release of his album but it will probably pimp Jin enough to get people interested in his music. Depending how popular the movie is and how well Jin comes off to American audiences. Since Jin is going to be in the movie he will probably be doing some of the promotions. Especially on semi-big late night shows. Since a lot of shows have to settle for secondary actors in the film if they can’t book the big names. Like Jimmy Fallon or George Lopez will never get a huge actor who’s movie is currently in theaters. But they might get Jin. Also, Jin could possibly get a tie in song. Since he’s an American singer, or will be soon, they might pimp his music. Movies always love to feature the actor’s music in movies. So, if we’re lucky one of his songs will be playing while the credits play.
You also gotta love how the Japanese tabloids were almost right. Back when Jin first decided to take a break from KAT-TUN to do his solo concerts a Japanese tabloid said he was doing so to audition for Pirates of the Caribbean 4. And he would be unable to do KAT-TUN’s concert and audition for the movie. Well, it seems that they were half right. They just got the movies mixed up. It also seems like Jin really did leave to audition because it was also said that Jin went and auditioned for the movie on his own. So, to me it seems like he did just that with JE’s permission. And once he actually got the role Johnny thought it would be an absolutely perfect idea to have him also debut in the US as a singer. Which is why they didn’t announce he would be debuting in America until after his concerts were over, when he was supposed to come back. And not before then, in case he didn’t get the part. And if he didn’t get the part there would be no reason to have him try to debut in the US. That’s just my two sense though. Perhaps I’m just overanalyzing the situation like I always do. XD
Good luck to Jin though. I hope this movie becomes a success. Even though Jin will probably end up getting like 10 lines. XD

Jin’s PV feels like an eternity

The PV for Akanishi Jin’s first solo single, Eternal, has been out for a while now. And I’m sorry that it’s taken me this long to write about it.

I actually didn’t intend to wait this long to do the review. I mean, today is the release date (technically yesterday in Japan) and I never wait that long to do a PV review. And if I do, it’s probably because I’m not reviewing it. But I said in a previous post about how I want to start reviewing all the idol PVs that come out no matter what.
And that’s the problem we have here. I’m supposed to review this PV, but there’s literally nothing to review. The PV is so boring and uneventful that I am left completely uninspired and unsure of what to even say. The PV is literally nearly 6 minutes of Jin doing absolutely nothing else but standing in a white hoodie singing. And I am completely bored by the whole PV. Yes, it’s a beautiful song, but the PV takes the song down a notch a bit. Now, I’m pretty sure people are going to say, “Jin is super busy. He’s trying to have both a career in the US and Japan. It’s not his fault he doesn’t have time to make a decent PV.” And I totally accept that, that’s most likely why his PV is so boring. Even though I accept that it doesn’t mean I have to like it because I don’t. And when a PV is that long and that boring you kind of want to bash your head on your desk. I’m not exactly sure how I managed to sit through it.

This is basically what the entire PV looks like.

Of course with some dynamic close up shots.

And that one frame where he almost writes something.

But let’s also not forget the inpressive layering effects.

Ok, so maybe he does write. But come on, only one sentence. Seriously?

Oh come on, you can’t just add this at the end, as if he actually wrote all that during the PV. By the way, Jin writes like chicken-scratch. That’s in English and I can barely read it.

Akanishi Jin-Eternal PV preview

With just 8 days until the release of Akanishi Jin’s first solo single, Eternal, we finally have a preview of the PV.

Under whelmed isn’t a strong enough word to describe this PV preview. There is nothing, absolutely nothing going on in this PV. It feels like Ultimate Wheels all over again. The PV preview consists of nothing but Jin standing with his hood up singing in front of a sepia colored clouded backdrop. I know the song is a ballad, but that’s not really an excuse for how boring this PV is. This is a beautiful love song, they could have done something with the PV. Where’s Jin pretending to play the piano while singing it? Where’s Jin laying in bed with the girl he wants to be with forever? Where’s any form of a storyline? And we can’t even blame JE for this one, as he’s signed to Warner and they take care of the PV budget now. But I’m sure the PV is only this simple because he must be incredibly busy working on his American album, while at the same time promoting a single in Japan. That might be the case, but it doesn’t make me less disappointed by the simplicity of the PV.

Maybe Jin might not fail in the US after all

During an interview before his concert at the Budokan Akanishi Jin announced that his debut US single will be a collaboration with popular American singer Jason Derulo. In case you’re not familiar with Jason Derulo, last year he had the insanely popular songs Whatcha Say? and In My Head.

This is probably the most exciting Jin news I have come across in months. This means Jin might actually have a chance at becoming popular in the US. Just yesterday I was thinking for Jin to be popular in the US he has to not make music like Justin Timberlake. Because Jin totally wants to be the Japanese Justin Timberlake. Justin hasn’t made music in years, that music direction would be an absolute train wreck. To be popular in America Jin has to make music like Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Trey Songz, Taio Cruz, or Jason Derulo. And wouldn’t you know it, his debut single is going to be with Jason Derulo. And since the song itself was made by Jason Derulo that just adds to the chance of it becoming a hit. Even if the song isn’t that amazing just having Jason Derulo in it will automatically get the song some air play. I mean, because of this I’ll probably even get to see the music video on TV. Which is mucho exciting.
There have been a lot of Asian artists that failed in the US and I think a main problem with that is they are trying to do it on their own. They don’t realize to really get their name out there, they need to have their name attached to someone already popular in the US. Yes, BoA did collaborate with American artist Sean Garrett. But the problem with that was is Sean Garrett isn’t really popular at all. I mean, the first time I ever heard of him was in her song. Who ever is producing Jin or is handling his career in the US seriously knows what they are doing. I mean, I think Jin might actually be the first Asian artist to really make it here. I went from being extremely skeptical and had absolutely no faith in him, to actually being a little optimistic about his career now.

Let’s just hope the actual lyrics of the song are A LOT better than Yellow Gold. XD

Akanishi Jin-Eternal preview

Akanishi Jin’s first Japanese solo single is being released on March 2nd. And of course there’s a preview of the song.

I know I’ve already make a post about Eternal, but I finally found an official version of the song. And it’s absolutely clear sounding and amazing. I really do love Eternal. I think the lyrics are incredibly beautiful and Jin sounds super hot amazing when he sings softly. However, this will probably be the only single he ever releases like this. It is a little sad because this song is so pretty. But as long as he releases songs similar to Wonder I’ll be happy.

I’m really excited to see him perform this song on Music Station in a couple of days. I’m even more excited to hear his US album in July. It’s pretty obvious which one is going to be a bigger hit. XD

Anyway, here’s the official version of the song for anyone who wants to hear it.

Click  here to listen to it.

And there’s still time to buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Akanishi Jin – Eternal [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]

Akanishi Jin – Eternal [Limited Edition / Type B]

Akanishi Jin – Eternal [Regular Edition]

Akanishi Jin signed to Warner Music

In the past I’ve been a few overanalyzed posts about Akanishi Jin’s future and singing career in the United States. You can click here to read about how I was skeptical about him debuting in the US at all. Or click here when I thought he might be leaving KAT-TUN.
Or click here when I overanalyzed that he HAD to be leaving KAT-TUN. Or here where I said Jin will never make it because he’s Asian and America is pretty much racist. Yes, that’s a lot of overanalyzing about Jin.
But it seems now we have an extremely large chunk of the Jin puzzle finally coming into place. In my post that I was skeptical about him debuting, I made the argument that fans didn’t even realize he didn’t have a record deal in the US. Well, Jin must personally be reading my blog because it was announced that Jin is now singed to Waner Music. The President of Warner Music Asia Pacific and Chairman & CEO of Warner Music Japan, Lachie Rutherford, announced that Akanishi Jin will be signing on with the company, as they will be handling his singing career in both English and Japanese.

So, there you have it. Jin finally has a snazzy record company that will be releasing his solo single Eternal, both in Japan and the United States. It seems my overanalyzing was just that. It seems that I was completely off track with everything. It both feels great to be wrong, but it hurts my ego at the same time.

You’d think this whole situation would make me stop over thinking and overanalyzing situations. But of course it won’t. I’m already thinking, “Ok, this was just announced recently, but that doesn’t mean he was signed today. He could have been signed months ago. If he was signed months ago he could be recording his English album now, it could be half done! That means we could see his English album in April or May!.” Don’t you just love my train of though?

I’m incredibly skeptic that Jin is debuting in the US at all!

I originally wanted to make this post part of my pervious post about Jin’s debut single. But this became so long on it’s own I simply couldn’t do that.
I want to now talk about the other important aspect of Jin’s new Japanese single. The first thing I thought of after hearing about this news was, “Why is the new single being released in Japan, and not the US? Wasn’t the whole point of leaving KAT-TUN to focus on the US?” And then it hit me. This was the plan all along, and it’s so perfect I can’t believe it took me this long to piece together.

There’s no doubt in my mind the whole Jin debuting in the US was just an excuse for him to leave KAT-TUN. Yes, I think Jin wanted to have concerts in the US. And maybe he really does want to make it in the US. But I don’t think that’s likely. I think what he waned most of all was out of KAT-TUN. Any KAT-TUN fan saw that. Or anyone who happens upon a KAT-TUN show/interview of KAT-TUN when Jin was still a member will see that. He seemed cold, distant, and uninterested. How about during his solo interviews or interviews for Bandage? He seemed lively, happy, and he even joked around. It was apparent he wasn’t happy in KAT-TUN. I mean come on, he didn’t even try to hide it.

Here’s what I think happened though. Jin tells Johnny he wants out of KAT-TUN, Johnny has a mini heart attack, then Johnny thinks of a win-win solution. He uses  Jin’s obvious love for the US as a perfect cover. Have him debut in the US, a market so brutal that it would surely chew him up and spit him out. Then have Johnny make an emphasis that he CANNOT return to KAT-TUN if he fails. And then when he returns to Japan defeated after the preplanned failure, and unable to rejoin KAT-TUN, you have him go solo. And of course no one will ever question that he doesn’t want to rejoin. Then the whole blame for the fans beloved Jin staying out of KAT-TUN is now the US’s fault. The US, who wasn’t ready for or didn’t want Jin.

Think that seems too farfetched or I’m over thinking things? Looking at it from a business perspective it’s the smart thing to do. Instead of making an insane amount of money from 1 thing, JE will now make it from 2. KAT-TUN will still make a lot of money because of long time KAT-TUN fans sticking by the group, not to mention the fangirls of the other 5 members. Jin will of course make bookoo bucks. Him being the most popular member of KAT-TUN and having a legion of fangirls. It’s the exact same reason NEWS is still together. JE makes money from 4/6 of the members outside of NEWS, so NEWS really doesn’t even need to exist anymore. But they stay together just to squeeze even more money out of people. Sad, but true. It’s also the reason why JE subgroups exist, and why Ryo was put in Kanjani8, and Chinen and Ryosuke became a part of NYC. Popular members in subgroups equals double support, which ultimately equals double the money. Sorry to say it but Idol companies don’t care about you personally, they only care about your money. Just like all large companies. Idol music is a business, and a very lucrative one.

To anyone still skeptical about this not being planned from the begining, that brings me to my next point. If Jin is really debuting in the US, where are his preparations? Yes, Jin recently announced a new tour in the US in November. But don’t confuse concerts with actual preparations. In the US an artist or band spends anywhere from 3 months, to 6 months, and sometimes an entire year recording an album alone. Western music markets aren’t anything like Eastern ones. Especially Idol music markets. Idol groups in Japan usually take about 3 months to record or less. Case and point, Hey! Say! JUMP. They announced their debut album in May and it was released in July. Only 2 months to record. Artists in the US don’t even announce or talk about their new albums unless it’s halfway until their release dates.

So let’s say Jin needs 6 months to record. Let’s now talk about his other preparations such as song picking songs/writing. To be successful in the US Jin needs to start penning more songs and better songs. Also making all the music for such songs. Then he needs people to produce it and to promote it. Heck he doesn’t even have a record contract in the US! Do people not even realize that? He’s with JE and JStorm in JAPAN, there’s no JE USA. Which means he needs to land a record deal. I’m sure Johnny flashing some money of course would have some influence. But not much. JE doesn’t have any real music connections in the US. Jin’s solo concerts in the US don’t prove that they do. PLENTY of Japanese artists have small club tours, like Jin’s, with zero American connections. Also, Jin needs to continue to practice dancing, singing, and English. So adding all of that, that adds let’s say another 4-6 months. Which is roughly 10-12 months Jin needs to spend in the US doing nothing but working on his album.

And what is Jin doing to prepare for such a US debut? He’s continuing to tour the US. But more importantly he’s now going to tour Japan, and release a single in Japan. Which means he needs to be in Japan to record the single, do the tour, and also promote the single on TV. Which makes nearly the first 6 months of 2011 a loss for anything to do with the US. Not really a smart move.

Now there’s also the argument that Jin could be recording now, or he could record in Japan, or even on the rode. Which is an absolute possibility. American band Cobra Starship wrote their 2nd album, Viva La Cobra, entirely during their tour. From backstage footage from Patrick Stump he said he was working on mixing the album while on tour. Which means Cobra Starship recorded songs, or at least music, during their joint tour. Which means yes, it can be done. But Jin is recording an album in English, for the American market. The most brutal unforgiving market on the planet. Where his songs and English need to be top notch. And he REALLY needs to take 6 months- a year to work on the album, if he wants any kind of success in the US. I know Cobra Starship would never record a Japanese album on tour. XD

So there you have it. Now can you see why I’m so skeptical? Jin either doesn’t truly realize just how hard it is to break into the US market, or he’s just not trying to. He could also just be arrogant and thinks he’s Akanishi Jin, who wouldn’t love him. And honestly it could be any of those 3.

Akanishi Jin’s first solo single Eternal

Akanishi Jin announced at his The U.S tour fan club send-off party that he will be starting a Japanese tour and will release a new single entitled Eternal. Jin said he couldn’t say the exct release date, but it will be in the beginning of 2011.

Now to anyone that keeps up to date with all things Jin, you will automatically recognize that this isn’t a new song. Jin performed this song at his You&Jin concerts. He also performed it with Yamapi during Yamapi’s Short But Sweet solo concerts.
Now, this is actually my first time hearing this song. Since I’m not really a big KAT-TUN fan, so by default I’m not really a big Jin fan. I mostly follow him for aesthetic purposes. Yeah, that might sound shallow, but at least I’m being honest.
The song is honestly to slow for my taste. And it just doesn’t seem like a type of song Jin would since. I know he wrote it so it’s obviously a Jin song. But I like his songs with strong background music. Like LoveJuice and Wonder.

The only thing I do like about this song is the lyrics. They are actually quite sweet and meaningful. Which is surprising.

Here’s the song, in concert rip quality.

Bandage movie review

Recently I watched Akanishi Jin’s moive Bandage. Well actually now it wasn’t as recently as I would have liked it to have been. But personal things have pushed this post back by a lot. Anyway, while I was watching the movie I decided to make a post about the movie. Since I never review movies or dramas, I thought it would be fun to do a movie review. And this review will contain spoilers, not like there is much to spoil anyway.

Let me start this review off by saying the sole purpose I watched this movie was for Jin. Much like a lot of people did. And I guess that really wasn’t a very smart thing to do, because I didn’t really care for the movie very much. Yes, of course I enjoyed looking at Jin for roughly an hour and a half. (Who wouldn’t?) But beyond that the movie was extremely bland. The movie lacked substance, and it didn’t really have a story line.

Let’s start off with the main thing about the movie that irked me. The whole Natsu and Asako relationship. Oh wait, I can’t talk about that because they didn’t have one. The trailer said it was a coming of age story, that alluded to a romance. And I’m a sucker for a good romance, especially when the male lead is hot. The movie starts out with Asako going to see LANDS live with a friend. The friend, who I might add, she ditches and sees once every 3 years. XD And Asako starts off being a little bit under Natsu’s spell, but that wear off in 5 minutes. So the whole movie is Natsu loving Asako from a far, and Asako keeping him at arms length and being all angsty and selfish. The movie jumps like 8 months in the future and I though, “Oh man, we’re finally going to get some Natsu Asako action!” But of course not. Natsu might love her from a far, but you never really see that he has any real interest in her until like the middleish of the movie. Throughout it Natsu just seems to be a little flirty. And it’s completely frustrating that this movie is completely not the love story I was hoping for!

Another thing I hated was the lack of a storyline. The movie was the somewhat rise of the band. And that is it! And absolutely nothing else happened! No addiction to drugs, no huge groupie orgy, no alcohol induced car crash, no suicide attempts, and no angsting against fame. What kind of rock star is he? I don’t know what the writers of this movie have heard, but this is what real bands are up to. Even Japanese bands from the 90’s. Anything like this would have made the movie miles more intense. But instead we got to see the ever interesting recording process, the lyric witting process, getting signed, arranging music, and being a manager. How exciting! The movie pretty much seemed liked a CD making of and behind the scenes footage of the concert. If I wanted to see that I’d watch the tour documentary of NEWS’S Live Diamond again. Which was much more entertaining. It was a very mundane version of being in a band. Granted this is what it’s REALLY like to be in a band. But I’m watching a movie here, the last thing I want from a movie is realism. I want fantasy, I want adventure, I want entertainment. In all honesty NANA was a better band movie then Bandage was. And I would recommend watching NANA over Bandage any day. At least exciting things happened in NANA. And if you want a hot guy, Hiraoka Yuta is in NANA. Sure he may not be Jin’s level of hottness, but he’s still pretty hot.

The last thing I disliked about Bandage was the ending. First off it flashed forward 2 years into the future. In that time Asako hadn’t spoken to Natsu. She goes up in the recording area, see’s Natsu is recording and starts to cry. Then the credits roll! I hate movies that do that. Where they don’t completely end the story. I want to know what happens next. Do they finally become a couple? Does Natsu still hate her? Is Asako done being so whiney? We will never know. And I hate that.

Since this is a movie review I couldn’t help but taking a few screencaps of the movie. 😀

This part made a lol. No, literally lol. I giggled like an idiot at this part. Mostly because it was unexpected, kinda funny, and I thought the movie would be awesome. Obviously I was wrong. XD And that just seems like something Jin would say in real life.

Engrish it’s everywhere. If you can’t read it, it say’s: No smoke no future, and do a rat. Personally I would have preferred smorke over smoke, but this was still pretty random.

LOLZ! Gotta love the movie foreshadowing KAT-TUN’s future.

I hate that this magazine is called Japanese. When it’s pretty obvious it’s supposed to be Oricon Style. Japanese is stupid. They should have called it magazine over that.

I really hate that the No Names stopped making music. Just when they were so close to reaching number 1 on the Oricom charts.

WTF is up with this dude? He’s so emo!

I’d kill to have Jin that close to me. How could anyone ever turn him down?

I might not have enjoyed Bandage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. XD For anyone who wants to watch the movie you can watch the stream here. The here is clickable incase that’s not clear to some people. XD

Akanish Jin leaves KAT-TUN!

During KAT-TUN’s concert at the Tokyo Dome on Friday night, Johnny’s Entertainment president Johnny Kitagawa, attended the concert and spoke about Jin. Jin will perform in the US as a solo artist next year, so there is no plan for him to return to KAT-TUN for now. Kitagawa explained that right now, the focus is only on Jin becoming successful in the U.S. He said that it would be too soft on Jin to let him return to KAT-TUN as a fallback if he doesn’t succeed. Johnny said that the final decision will be made after Jin’s U.S. tour this fall, but at this point it appears to already be guaranteed. And fear not, KAT-TUN will remain a group. There’s no chance of them breaking up as Johnny also said that KAT-TUN doesn’t need to be a 6 member group. In the same way that NEWS doesn’t need to be an 8 member group.

That’s right Akanishi Jin will officially be leaving KAT-TUN. Or should I say KT-TUN now? Because Kame having the KA is just lame in my opinion. Yeah, he’s leaving and you heard it here first! Well kinda, but not really. XD But all I can say now really is: I knew it! I completely called this! I knew as soon as he had no plans with KAT-TUN after his US concerts in October, that he wouldn’t come back. Right now I’m in such a euphoric state because of the slight adrenaline rush of calling this right off the bat. I’m so weird/creepy. XD
As I said in pervious posts when this news first broke Jin’s US cocnerts didn’t set right with me. Though I did look at it from a completely skeptical side, I knew his potential for the US market was to good to pass up.

It’s obvious that Jin has an extremely large American feel to his music. But when you have a near carbon copy of Justine Timberlake’s music, why wouldn’t you? There no way all you biased Jin fans out there don’t hear that LoveJuice sounds like an amped up version of Justin Timberlake’s My Love. It’s so obvious! On an episode of Cartoon KAT-TUN he even proposed to Leah Dizon, in English, using the lyrics to My Love. So he’s obviously heard the song at least once. But that’s a whole different situation entirely.

Now that it’s official that Jin is trying to make it in the US, I am completely excited! For the past year all I’ve been hearing is Korean singers/actors trying to make it in the US. And I’m just completely sick of hearing about them. I do like Kpop, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that I love Jpop about 2 thousand times more. And all this Korean guys you tried to make it here weren’t half as good looking as Jin. Bring CN BLUE over here! XD The chance to see Jin on TV in the US is just mind blowing. I nearly had a heart attack 4 years ago when I saw Dir en grey on US TV for the first time. And I literally fell off my couch when I saw Tokio Hotel on MTV. I sincerely hope that Jin doesn’t crash and burn. That American doesn’t eat him up and spit him out. Cause you know once you make it here you can make it anywhere.

And if Jin wants to be successful in the US he has to improve his English MASSIVLY. America is extremely racist when it comes to Asian voices, if they hear his less than perfect English they will immediately be turned off, no matter how good the song is. Dir en grey and Tokio Hotel became semi famous here because they already had a following in the US. But Tokio Hotel was way more commercially popular in the US then Diru. Mostly because of the fangirls. Of course I’m a total Bill fangirl. XD And the fact that Diru didn’t sing in English. And probably a little because they were German and not Japanese.

So KAT-TUN fans rejoice or cry, either way the decision is (mostly) done. So I guess this means Akme is officially dead. And it also means KAT-TUN fans will never stop crying over KAT-TUN being 6 forever, and bring Jin back. Much like NEWS fans cry over NEWS being 8. But I’m guilty of that myself. Well I’d be fine with NEWS being 7. 😀

And I’m sure Jin is beyond happy about this because he wishes he was American so bad. It’s a little sad. I don’t wish I was Japanese. I don’t even wish I lived in Japan. Of course there are times I do so it’s easier to get merch or see a concert. But I’m quite content with where I’m from.