Arashi become Lotus-Eaters

The PV for Arashi’s upcoming new single, Lotus, has just been released. In it what seems like a millennia to wait. Johnny’s loves to cut it close and make fans wait an unnecessarily long amount of time for the release of their PVs. Well it’s actually not that close to the release date. Since a lot of JE PVs are released with like 3 weeks until the release date. But when you take into consideration the first time you heard this song through a PV preview was over a month ago. That’s way too long to wait.

I didn’t really plan on reviewing this PV, because I don’t really have anything exciting or interesting to say about it. But I just realized, despite Arashi releasing 6 singles in 2010 I’ve only done like 2 Arashi reviews. 2/7 isn’t really a good statistic in my book. And not even that I’m thinking of doing a review of every idol PV that comes out from now on. Because if I’m not impressed with the song and/or PV I usually don’t review it, and that gives me a huge gap in between PV reviews. A couple of years back when this was just an H!P blog I used to review every single PV that came out whether I liked it or not, because I knew people would be interested in that. Lately I’ve been a little lazy when it comes to blogging. I haven’t been posting CMs, live performances, and still haven’t fixed up the appearance of my blog yet. Well, this has gone way off track. But I just wanted to let readers know what I intend to do from now on, now that I’m on the subject. XD

But anyway, back to the topic at hand: Arashi. The PV is nearly identical to the PV preview we saw nearly a month ago. Just like I feared would happened this PV has become nothing more than a giant dance shot. But Arashi only really has interesting PVs every once in a blue moon. That’s why I called them Lotus-eaters. Because apparently if you eat from the Lotus tree it causes drowsiness. And since they are drowsy, their PV sucks. Get it? Whatever, I just didn’t want my joke to be wasted because it’s a pretty obscure reference. XD
There are a couple of scenes that drift away from the dance scenes. Which makes it only 80% dance shot. But they aren’t really doing anything interesting in those scenes either. It’s just basically them standing in front of, what I’m going to assume is a lotus tree, and just standing in front of a wall. And despite this pretty average PV this single will probably sell a million copies. But the song is good, so I don’t mind too much.

If this was practically the only scene in the PV anyone was going to see, I don’t think I’d make the backdrop a giant half made wooden eagle. XD

Take a good look because this is basically the whole PV. Nice to see Aiba in the center of the dance though. But by the next single he’ll be on the side.

Oh my god, the whole PV is a dance shot and the dance isn’t even very good. O_O

Zombie move! But I’m sure the dance will eventually get better.

Or not. Lol.

I might be used to MatsuJun’s hair, but I still don’t like it.

For some reason I really like this random box dance move.

I literally cracked up during Nino’s ah~ line. It just sounded so girly and unexpected. How did I miss that during the radio rip?

Nino’s overall adorableness makes this PV a lot more watchable.

Arashi keeps doing all these overly girly female idol dance moves.

Nino is love.

Aiba looks less ugly in this PV for some reason.

Is this a lotus tree? They don’t look like the lotus flowers I’m familiar with.

Having a double of yourself in a PV, where have I seen this before?

Maybe it was a NEWS PV.

Or it could have been a Berryz Koubou PV.

Nino’s intense face is pretty hot.

See, Aiba almost looks attractive.

Obvious Nino bias is obvious.

Lol antler dance move.

I suggest you watch the PV before it gets taken down. :/

Arashi-Lotus radio preview

With less than a month until the release date, we finally have a full radio rip of Arashi’s new single Lotus. Well, actually the full radio rip came out a few days ago but this is my first time hearing it.

Hearing the whole songs just makes me think this song sounds like Truth and Monster even more. The music has this almost eerie tone to it that is extremely reminiscent of Monster. And the lyrics remind me a lot of Truth. After listening to it all the way through a few times I’m am really starting to like this song. But it doesn’t really move beyond ok or good for me. It doesn’t have that instant like ability that songs like Troublemaker, Beautiful Days and Kitto Daijoubu had.
And for a song being used as a theme to his drama you’d think you’d hear Aiba more. He only has one solo line and it’s just a tiny bit longer than Nino’s and Ohno’s solos. But at the very end of the song it does sound like Aiba has another solo line, but the annoying announcer is talking over that part. XD

If you do like what you hear, you can buy the single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Arashi – Lotus [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]

Arashi – Lotus [Regular Edition]

Arashi-Lotus PV preview

A PV preview of Arashi’s new single, Lotus, was just released. The single being released on February 23rd, is being used as the theme for Aiba Masaki’s new drama Bartender. I’m also pretty sure this is the first preview of the song as well because I can’t find a radio rip anywhere.

After releasing an insane amount of singles in 2010 Arashi jumps early on into the new year to release their first single of the year. It almost seems like they are going to keep up the same release pace as last year because this single is being released a month before their first single of 2010 was!

There isn’t really much going on in the PV. Pretty much all we see Arashi doing is dancing in white outfits. And MatsuJun still sporting the hair I used to despise, but is slowly growing on me. It kinda seems like this whole PV will be a giant dance shot. Which is absolutely boring. But Arashi has been releasing boring PVs lately, no doubt because they’ve been stretching their yearly budget thin with all these releases recently.

The absolutely beginning of the song reminds me of Truth mixed with Monster for some reason. Which doesn’t even make sense because both songs have extremely heavy music, and this song doesn’t really. XD The song is pretty much an Arashi standard. It’s extremely pleasant to listen too, but not overly amazing. The chorus does sound really great, but it’s the only part that really stand out. Kind of like how Hatenai Sora was. If though we only hear a tiny bit of the lyrics, I already think they are really awesome. And actually kinda have similar lyrics to Truth. Weird, huh?