After watching the drama, and also falling in love with the theme song “Prisoner Of Love”, I felt really closer to Japanese mainstream pop culture. At the time, it felt like I was renewing my interest in the country’s culture, as, before, I only watched anime and listened to anime-related songs. In other words, I was giving a step forward.
Hikaru Utada, but also rising Technopop unit Perfume, became my two new favorite artists during 2009. Also, the word aidoru, even though very present in discussions thanks to Hello! Project and the still rising AKB48, sounded like an odd thing that was better to keep some distance from. In the end, Hikki was mature and cool, while Perfume was fun, over-the-top and innovative. Everything blessed and backed by my love for Megumi Hayashibara, of course.