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Naze? no Arashi

Naze? no arashi – Yoshizawa Akie

“Even when the night has hidden the streets in its black shadows, i can’t go home, like a stray child. The hand of the clock urges me. I am a lonely girl. Why can’t i fall asleep in his arms? I am not a child. Truthfully. Do not stop my blooming passion! On the curb alone, i was looking for love in the faraway lights. The droplets of my wet hair stain my heart. I am a lonely girl.”

Now those are some lyrics.

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Yesterday: Kagami no naka no watashi – Yoshizawa Akie

Today: Royals – Lorde

Which teenage popstar carries with her the more affecting, less affected semblance? The openly manufactured, inadequately talented 1980’s Japanese girl, or the covertly manufactured modern day New Zealand equivalent?

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Kisetsu hazure no koi – Yoshizawa Akie

I think every time a Yoshizawa Akie song comes around i always mention that she wasn’t the best singer. Flat and grating. This is especially so in carrying these more intense Sukeban Deka songs, but i guess despite her talent in both singing and acting she had to be propelled into a solo career because of her position in the show. And i think that lack actually adds something. Sure, it would be great to have these songs filtered through someone impeccable, but there’s a fragility and honesty here; the girl pushed despite her unready into singing akin to the girl pushed into undercover detective danger despite that unready. Maybe. I’m sure she was a stage kid who thought she was all too ready to be where she was.

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Friday, June 7th:
Naze? no arashi – Yoshizawa Akie

Saturday, June 8th:
Song for a future generation – The B-52’s

Sunday, June 9th:
Boys in town – The Divinyls

Monday, June 10th:
Jock gestapo – Born Against

Tuesday, June 11th:
Lucky star – Madonna

Thus ends another semester of treading water and pushing the where i want to be (or where i should already be at this pathetic stage of my life) to even further unreachable unknowns. It’s my girlfriend’s birthday today. She’s a babe.

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Naze? no arashi – Yoshizawa Akie

I watched this video of an Onyanko Club reunion last night. I think it was their first, in 2002. It was them in the studio recording their single and i’m not sure if it was the raw recorded version and more tweaking needed to be done, but oh my it sounded bad. There were sparks of brilliance back in the day e.g. Sonoko, Sanae, Shizuka, Kazuko, Mamiko, but as a whole they weren’t relying on singing talent, rather a spirit. Anyway, getting this group back together after fifteen years apart, after fifteen years of no practice, after most of them moved away from show business into quieter, non-singing lives, it was not a pleasurable listening experience.

Akie was not part of this reunion, but she was one of the worst singers in the Onyanko Club (yet one of the most popular) and i half would have liked to have seen her there and half dread how further worse it would have been. I’m sure no one who had waited for an Onyanko Club reunion was that critical about it.

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Naze? no arashi – Yoshizawa Akie

Storm of Why?. I must have said this before, but Akie had a starring role in the second season of Sukeban Deka as bo-staff twirling, starched scarf-throwing, fingernail scratching martial arts expert Yajima Yukino. This great song of hers was used as the closing theme. Of course no video of it exists on youtube, so have a scene in which Akie has nothing to do with. A fight scene between Saki and Kyoko, the other two sukebans. Their meeting, of sorts. The greatest television show ever made. Way better than The Wire.

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Kagami no naka no watashi – Yoshizawa Akie

Onyanko Club member #25 and also Yukino in the second series of Sukeban Deka – both roles she won near simultaneously. That must have been a nice time for her. It also meant that the Onyanko Club could guest star in two episodes of her show, and what fun episodes they were. Kawai Sonoko guested in the first series, and Fukunaga Satomi had a supporting role in the third, but never the whole group. It made no difference to the show. If anything they were distracting weeks where things seemed less at stake, but still it’s exciting. For me.

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