Do I feel weird when I listen to this song? Yes.
Should I feel weird for listening and liking this song? Yes. Wait, no. Uh, I don't... know.
Those were the 2 questions that went around my mind as "Love So Sweet" by the mega-popular Arashi (嵐) played through my earpieces. Technically, I shouldn't feel strange for doing so as I still am within the aidoru quintet's target audience, but I cannot help but feel that way. I'm guessing this is due in part to a couple of reasons: 1) As you all know, I always stick to the senior performers, most with receding hairlines, of the genre the older crowd listen to, so the sudden switch, albeit for less than 5 minutes, to something people of my age may listen to was a shock. 2) Apologies to Arashi fans but Arashi is one of the many aidoru groups I tend to diss/ignore/roll my eyes at; having taken a liking one of their works was like eating a big scoop of irony with crumbs of humble pie sprinkled on top.
*Sigh* But a nice song is a nice song... ... There, I said it.
As to how I came about knowing "Love So Sweet", I'd like to take you back to when I still watched and was able to watch "Music Station" - the channel showing this pop music version of "Kayo Concert" got cancelled after a couple of years... Honestly I'm not surprised. If my memory serves it was during a Christmas Special and of course Arashi was one of the guests as they're always in Oricon's top 10. I think Keisuke Kuwata (桑田佳祐) was on too, which was why I tuned in. But moving on, Arashi did a medley of some of their past hits and though I was zoning out, one song managed to capture my waning attention for a brief moment. I never took note of its title so for the longest time since that "Music Station" episode, I knew it as "The only Arashi tune I don't mind". It was only until a few months back when J-Canuck had written his article for "Love So Sweet" did I finally solve this not-particularly-dire mystery. I had a feeling that that was what I was (sort of) looking for, and lo and behold I was right.
Listening to "Love So Sweet" once again, I'd describe it as your typical sweet (no pun intended) aidoru song with its jaunty and oh-so catchy melody and the boys going "Yeah, yeah, yeah". The piano part that greets you at the beginning was pleasant too. No wonder it was a hit. But the clincher was the chorus that made me wave my white flag... I suppose it was bound to happen some day. If I were to ever like Arashi, I think my favourite would have to be Kazunari Ninomiya (二宮和也). I mean, he has that innocent little smirk that is, let's be honest, cute.
Also in J-Canuck's article as well as Marcos's comments was the topic of the quintet's choreography as they sang "Love So Sweet". They weren't a fan of it and neither am I. I find it rather cheesy - trying to be smooth and cool with varying degrees of success. However, if I were to view it from the perspective of a fan or just a normal teenage girl for that matter, I'd probably see their dancing as what I just mentioned, smooth and cool, and maybe cute too.
To end off, I guess I'll share this tidbit of personal information with you guys. One of my ultimate music fantasies, as odd as it may be, would be to see the enka-yo singers Mae-Kiyo, Hosokawa, George, Yoshi and Itsuki tackle "Love So Sweet". I think it'd be hilarious, especially when they try their hands at the choreography. Itsuki would do a fine job at that, the rest on the other hand...