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For some reason, looking at Seto here, I'm getting flashbacks to Happy Boys.
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The older D☆DATE members talk about their current and soon-coming projects.

(Araki seems in need of a strong cup of coffee.)
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[livejournal.com profile] puricoffee was so kind as to order and send the GLORY FIVE DVD to me. Amazingly, it came Thursday, just a little over 24 hours from when she told me she sent it! I know it was EMS, but that's still gotta be some kind of record!

I've watched it on my DVD player (I have a region-free player), and haven't had time to make gifs or anything. When I do, I can give a better a report. I'm thinking having a viewing session next weekend, if anyone is interested, so we can watch together.

Impressions:

The DVD and its case and booklet not as high quality as the first time around. I don't know if that's a function of being with Avex or using 7net as the distributor. It's sort of strange, because the concert itself, to judge from the recording, was more lavishly produced than their previous ones. That aside, it's still a please to watch and the photobooklet is nice to look through.

Igarashi: IG was the real focus of this DVD. It's a very loving tribute and parting. The camera didn't miss any opportunities to focus on him, and this is completely OK. We will never again get to see him perform, or see him at all, probably, unless we can make it to his restaurant, Shabu 8. He had warm and supportive words for each member. and you can get a real sense of his influence within the group. And, as always, he showed a comfort and familiarity with the audience, an ability to really work the crowd, that no one else has. He really will be missed.

Yanagishita: Tomo has a lot of energy! He fills his part of the stage with improvised movement. Fortunately, he's toned down the musical improvisation when singing and did a lot better functioning as part of the group than he did right after he first joined. He is definitely quite the clown, which is good since someone needs to fill that space now that Shunji has left. He and Koji sang Zutto together, which worked really well as a duet.

Araki: He's gorgeous, in a very intentional way, and more so on this DVD than before. And he has a lot more vocal control, which was a pleasure to hear. I'll never understand how someone who is obviously as strong as Arayan is has such an air of delicacy. I guess this is why he works well when singing with Koji, since the Seto-side is opposite: someone who appears so delicate but has an air of strength. It's almost as if there had been a childhood Freaky Friday incident. (I was flashing back to his previous duet with Koji. I guess I must have liked it or something!)

Arata: Horii continues to be the sweetest babby ever! You'd think after his 3rd concert tour that he wouldn't reduce to tears. But you'd be wrong! When Shunji started telling them each his goodbyes and his thoughts, Horii just came apart. He even nearly got Koji crying. Once again, the crowd was urging him on, shouting their support. Awwww. Horii has come so far, and made such amazing improvement in every way. He can actually sing fairly well now, and displays a remarkable degree of confidence. Sweet babby, I'm so proud of you!

Seto: He's still leading off and closing most of the songs, which makes me happy. He has always had a strong voice, and if anything, it had become even stronger by the time of the Glory Five concert. He's beautiful any time, but when he's singing, he positively glows. If he has had any weakness as a member of D☆DATE, it's his bashfulness. Here, he finally seemed to have achieved ease in interacting with the crowd. I'm going to attribute this to Shunji's example.

Overall, GLORY FIVE is very much a farewell tribute to Shunji. The editing, the focus, the song sets themselves all highlighted him. I can't imagine that any D☆DATE fans are going to be bothered by that. It was so refreshing to see an entertainer leaving the business obviously being sent off with all the well-wishes his comrades and his company could muster. But I still can't help wishing that, sometime, somehow, they'll reunite.
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Just finished watching the third episode of Tumbling. I am liking this show sooooooooo much. There's so much character development, which is the main thing I like in a drama. It looks like everyone is going to have some story about them revealed.

(Sorry--no lj-cut. It's being a poop.)

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Looks like Tomo's character is hiding something! And he's not the only one. Does everyone on the team have secrets?

And next week...how will the team deal with being targeted by yanki punks out to settle scores with Wataru? And a health crisis threatens the team!

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Just finished watching the third episode of Tumbling. I am liking this show sooooooooo much. There's so much character development, which is the main thing I like in a drama. It looks like everyone is going to have some story about them revealed.

(Sorry--no lj-cut. It's being a poop.)

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Looks like Tomo's character is hiding something! And he's not the only one. Does everyone on the team have secrets?

And next week...how will the team deal with being targeted by yanki punks out to settle scores with Wataru? And a health crisis threatens the team!

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 There is a Twitter feed for Tumbling!

And it appears that Tomo sprained his hand:  一昨日の新体操シーンのロケで、手を捻挫したトモは、昨日も手を冷やしながら撮影に参加してくれました。大事にはいたらなかったようで少し安心です… タンブリング #tumbling
about 15 hours ago via Keitai Web

Speedy healing, Tomo!
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 There is a Twitter feed for Tumbling!

And it appears that Tomo sprained his hand:  一昨日の新体操シーンのロケで、手を捻挫したトモは、昨日も手を冷やしながら撮影に参加してくれました。大事にはいたらなかったようで少し安心です… タンブリング #tumbling
about 15 hours ago via Keitai Web

Speedy healing, Tomo!
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At last! The work week was hell, then yesterday I hosted the family Thanksgiving, so, it should be obvious, I have been beat! Not having the energy to do anything else, though, freed me up to waste my day googling Japanese sites for Stuff I Haven't Seen. Here is what I found interesting:

Ikemen Zakkaten has a interview with Koji from May 2009.

A blogger who calls herself Mocchi shares the excitement as she unwraps her Tomo dvd and checks out the goods. There are pictures. (Or is she sharing this from Tomo's mobile blog? Hard for me to tell. Either way---pictures!)

Oh, and this is something I saw a couple weeks ago, but if you don't comb Japanese sites for gossip, you may have missed it. If I understand right, Britney Hamada has/had a thing for Koji Seto. (She was with Chisato's bodyguards in Atadan.) He doesn't return the feeling. Also, she's not actually homeless, as if anyone could have thought she was.
tilmon: (relax)
At last! The work week was hell, then yesterday I hosted the family Thanksgiving, so, it should be obvious, I have been beat! Not having the energy to do anything else, though, freed me up to waste my day googling Japanese sites for Stuff I Haven't Seen. Here is what I found interesting:

Ikemen Zakkaten has a interview with Koji from May 2009.

A blogger who calls herself Mocchi shares the excitement as she unwraps her Tomo dvd and checks out the goods. There are pictures. (Or is she sharing this from Tomo's mobile blog? Hard for me to tell. Either way---pictures!)

Oh, and this is something I saw a couple weeks ago, but if you don't comb Japanese sites for gossip, you may have missed it. If I understand right, Britney Hamada has/had a thing for Koji Seto. (She was with Chisato's bodyguards in Atadan.) He doesn't return the feeling. Also, she's not actually homeless, as if anyone could have thought she was.

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