Actually I started zero on Jpop. The only artist or song to be precise that I know is ‘Mirai e’ by Kiroro (if you could imagine how old that song is) during the early 90s. Next is ‘First Love’ by Utada Hikaru. Admiring just the songs I didn’t take listening to Jpop so seriously.
But as far as I could remember, my sister and I can’t missed watching those Jdrama aired in the old days; Power Office Girls, Anchor Woman, GTO, With Love, Long Vacation, Narita Divorce.
When you’re small and started developing this innocent obsession, you really can’t help searching the OST lyrics to sing along everytime the drama started or ended. And that was what we did back then. OST I recalled the most was With Love’s ‘Destiny’ by My Little Lover.
I love the song and pretty much memorized the romaji lyrics (if you ask me, I was 8). But once the series was over and replaced with another, not to mention the Jdrama was later changed to Taiwanese dramas, Philiphines, Thailand, Latin, and even Korean. We (read: my sister and I) have forgotten about those songs we used to listen to, added by Backstreet Boys, Five, 98 Degrees, The Moffats etc American boyband fever overwhelmed.
I’d totally erased my memories of Jdramas and Jpop along my high school. The first Jmovie I watched after so many years was Death Note back in 2009 and I started to realize how I missed eastern masterpiece after getting sick of Hollywood products. Then in the same year only I joined in the craze of those who watched Hanakimi (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e), though actually hanakimi was aired in Japan since 2007.
Let’s be a lil bit melodramatic here
One day I was sitting by myself and suddenly the With Love OST rang my mind. I only could recalled first half of its chorus and its bridge as well as the main actor Yutaka Takenouchi (for argument’s sake, I’ve even forgotten the drama title). Actually that wasn’t the first time I tried to find what song, which drama does it belongs to. I’ve did the same when I was 17 but still I can’t find the answer.
I asked a bunch of friends who listened to Jpop but guessed I have to let it slipped since their replies were the same, never heard of it for it was an old song; way too old, and perhaps I was off pitch when I hummed it to them.
I was 19 when a friend of mine accidentally told me she likes Yutaka Takenouchi especially when he starred the drama With Love. Hoh! The title suddenly clicked! I Googled the drama and OST right away and downloaded it. OMG! I listened to it for the first time after 10 years; fated reunion huh!
And eversince, I collected drama OST. It’s not that bad, Jpop do have good musics and not just a mere childish Doraemon-like ending theme song.
Talking about Yutaka Takenouchi, can you believe he’s actually 39 and still selling well! His latest drama is of crime investigation genre, BOSS in 2009 acting as Shinjiro Notade.
Line of BOSS casts
Ps: Takuya Kimura is now 38 and is still selling well too. If I put Yutaka Takenouchi and Takuya Kimura side by side, which would you choose? For instance, back in 1996 they both starred in the drama Long Vacation. (Ok this is top-bottom not side by side).
Takuya KimuraPss: I’d say Takuya Kimura! He's so cool in his latest drama (2010) Moon Lovers! Btw Takuya Kimura is married with 2 daughters.