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This is why I love Arashi...

 I was reading this article translated to English by clovert . It's a magazine article probably published in 2007 around the time of Kiiroi Namida's release (hence the theme "Tears").

You can read the article here at her blog.

Personally, reading this article I was so moved. This is why I love Arashi. They're so accepting and supportive of each other. They're such an odd mix of talents and personalities and yet, in any other group, they may not have found their true potential.

MatsuJun has such a cool persona and at first glance you'd peg him as being in a group like KAT-TUN. Yet he's an emotional guy with a unique sense of style and a heart for the fans.  Would he have felt comfortable showing those sides in any other group but Arashi?

Sho-kun is known as the "smart" one with his roles as MC and newscaster. And with his well-toned physique you'd think he'd be an ace at sports. He's certainly not someone you'd peg as being an idol or even "Johnny's boy". And yet he can't do flips, he's not so gifted at sports and spontaneity (he always thinks things through too much), and he loves to rap and show off his hip-hop side. He's the non-stereotypical Johnny's boy. Before Arashi he was considering dropping out. But because of him opportunities have opened for other Johnny's boys: Koki doing rap, Kame doing commentating for a sports show, Koyama doing some MC-ing gig, etc. 
Ohno, the Leader, has the most non-TV friendly personality I have ever seen. *gets bricked by Ohno fans.* No-no, keep listening!! It gets better. LOL! 
He doesn't speak on screen unless spoken to or it's about fishing. He calls EVERYTHING "umai" and angers the jimusho by going fishing for hours and getting all dark and tanned. And yet, Arashi stands by him, supports him and works in each episode to get him to talk and show the parts in him that they love. And, in turn, we have come to love him. In other groups he may have just ended up in the background but in Arashi he's just as much in front as the rest of them (even if he never speaks... :P )
Nino, the resident gamer, has the most cunning, fast-turning mind I have ever seen. His mind is constantly six steps ahead of the rest of us. He throws out amusing comments and remarks that make variety shows fun and can change personalities to fit an acting role in a matter of seconds. As pointed out on Jounetsu Tairiku (The Passionate Continent), he can be playing a video game and yet hear everything else the others are saying (including the director) and go out and dance a number PERFECTLY. I wouldn't be surprised if he's NEVER gotten an NG.
Aiba-chan, the resident "天然(tennen)", is the cutest of the bunch. It has taken me years to truly appreciate how awesome he really is. He is definitely the moodmaker of the group. If Aiba's around then happiness and smiles are sure to follow. He may not realize it when he fails - correction, he DEFINITELY  does not realize it - but it's those moments that make you love, loosen you up and make the show fun. He makes the banter fun. :)   But, in any other group, would Aiba have been as accepted? Or would he have lost his smile?
Because these 5 are together, they have become the people they are today. And that's why I love them.

In Aiba's words, 「嵐に出会えてよかった~」 



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 5th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting the link! I almost cried! waaaa.

I really love Arashi because of their family-like bond proven by the article. They're all so close and so dorky that I feel like they're not celebrities at all! :))
Jun. 6th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
My pleasure. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

Arashi really are a special group. :)
Jun. 6th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
*throws bricks at you* HDU!! ohno is flawless *___* LMAO XDDD i feel like he would be the perfect bf for me cuz i cant cook very well but he would still call everything UMAI HAHAHA

we will love them no matter what ne;) ARASHI SAIKOUUUU<33333 本当に出会ってよかった<3 and just like they say in 5x10 「5人でいるずっといる」
Jun. 6th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
*dodges bricks* I'm SORRRRYYYY!!!! I love Ohno too!! Please forgive meeeeee T_T

Lol. Arashi is so amazing!! <3 I hope they're together as long as SMAP.
Jun. 6th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
XDDDDD *glares at you*

haha yea theyre so awesome:D me too!! SMAP's 20th anni this year:D i only wish arashi could have a show that lasts as long as smasma is now XD smasma is gold tho so im sure it will last for a longggg time :D
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