I've seen the good fellows from Arashi（嵐）so often on the variety show circuit and in the dramas that at times, I've gone "Oh, yeah, these guys also sing and dance, too". Yup, they do and they've got the legions of fans and regular concerts to prove that. And a number of my students have also gotten together to compare which Arashi member they prefer....is it the sober-sided Ono-kun? MatsuJun? Nino? For some reason, I cannot recall such fevered talk among my young Padawan when previous Johnny's Entertainment kingpins, SMAP, were at the top of the heap.
As I mentioned in my only other article on the current Johnny's leaders, "A-RA-SHI", I'm not such a huge fan of Arashi's musical output aside from a couple of songs. "A-RA-SHI" is one and the other is the target of this article, "Love So Sweet". Not being familiar with the group's discography and history, I was surprised that their 18th single was released in February 2007, some 8 years after their debut. The other surprise was that Arashi wrote their own lyrics to the song and that Kazunari "Nino" Ninomiya came up with the music. And the cherry on top was that I really have liked the song.