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14 July 2009 @ 05:37 pm
Coming out of the Japanese boyband closet! + [86] Arashi Candid Icons  
Okay well, I'm actually not so much closeted as I've just had nothing substantial to post! But the last month or so I've been plunged into the world of sparkles and rainbows that is Arashi.

Now, I tried to resist this love at first. Because companies forming a boyband and marketing them to the masses = uber creepy, right? I mean, I'm not new to loving a "boyband" as I'm am a card-carrying twelve year Hanson fan, but I always had the justification of them forming by themselves and y'know, being actually a band with instruments.

AND YET there is nothing about Arashi I don't love now! There was no way I could fight this whirlpool of affection! You see in Japan, celebrity figures are not just lobbed softball interviews and chased by hellish paparazzi. In Japan, you are given your own TV show where you fail miserably in ridiculous and fun games, get peer-pressured into eating a sparrow (Dead! Cooked! It's okay!), and have your worst sartorial missteps (SWEATPANTS PRINTED TO LOOK LIKE JEANS) trotted out in front of a national audience. Basically, this is just a group of five COMPLETE DORKS who have known each other for over ten years and are pretty much family. Annndd I'm completely charmed.

SO FLIST, expect a few posts on Arashi in the future! Though I'm not exactly a prodigious poster so you will not be inundated or anything. And now, naturally ICONS.

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With a little added icon commentary:
This icon batch started out (50 icons ago!) with a pretty tight focus for me! My favorite Arashi pictures are the ones that are self-documentary or at least look like candid photos if you happened to be friends with a really good photographer. Also, I wanted them to be vaguely '70s in color? Of course, since I'm me, the batch got out of control and departed from those ideas but I'm still pretty happy with the results.

Textless icons are not bases.
Credit topazera please!
Comments are held and cuddled and fawned over.
Enjoy! ♥
Current Mood: gigglygiggly
Current Music: ハダシの未来 - Arashi
Superfail!: MOVIE: Im a Sofaaliaspiral on July 14th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
.....I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. I dont even know what im taking, but im TAKING THEM.

and Arashi is pure love, no matter what! they're crazy and weird and around each other ALL THE TIME and they love each other and you can tell how by how much they torment each other!

Sho's fake jeans are my FAVORITE THING EVER EVER EVER. i need an icon of his fake jeans. I REALLY DO.
Top: 嵐: I've made a huge mistaketopazera on July 14th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
♥ ♥ ♥

YAY! I finally appreciate your wonderful header! I feel like I've joined a very loving, very organized family with years and years of history to catch up on. ARASHI!

Sho's fake jeans are my FAVORITE THING EVER EVER EVER. i need an icon of his fake jeans. I REALLY DO.
HAHAHA, I think Sho's fake jeans contributed substantially to my falling in love with Arashi! Also, you're totally psychic because the Arashi icons I already have for my next batch are 1) Ohno eating the sparrow and 2) Sho's fake jeans! Your wish is my command! :D
(no subject) - aliaspiral on July 15th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
Hannachudelya on July 14th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)

they are all so cute! thank you so much for the icons. Arashi is really the best boyband, I mean they can REALLY make you laugh and love them. Forget the awkward dance steps and blinding/out-of-this-world wardrobes and just love them.
Top: 嵐: Look at that magnificent plumage!topazera on July 18th, 2009 06:49 am (UTC)
Ah, thank you so much for your sweet comment! I agree, there's just something special about Arashi! From the outside the amazingly dorky dancing and rainbows and shiny pants may seem odd, but it's just so damn endearing when you know these guys. Arashi is definitely eating into my drama-time, they're so addictive.

♥ ♥ ♥
Tammynovemberbaby on July 14th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
Arashi <3 I am so happy I was sucked into this fandom. They never fail to make me laugh and they've got the best ideas for games. Seriously. Popping boobies? Pretending to be babies? All so good. <333

I love the icons! Will be saving some for future use! Thank you!
Top: 嵐: I've made a huge mistaketopazera on July 15th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Arashi seriously is unique in my fandomy life! There have been so many moments in the last month where I've said "OMG I can't believe they're doing this!" I'm so happy that there's seemingly endless TV shows where Arashi does ridiculous stuff on camera. ARASHI! ♥

You're welcome! Thanks so much for coming to comment! :D
(no subject) - novemberbaby on July 16th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
Morgan: Arashi- FOR DREAMmojotastic on July 14th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Your icons make my life a better place, true story. There are literally SO MANY that I love that I can't even remember all the ones that I thought were awesome. LOVEEE the Arashi= Joy one because OMG so true. Also the Jun-baited one was amazing. BUUUUTTTT I think my favorite has to be the Sho-EM-Gee. SO GREAT.

You are my hero. I'm snagging a bunch of these!
Top: 嵐: Look at that magnificent plumage!topazera on July 15th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Awwww, thank you! You know I haven't even really thought of posting these to comms yet, I've just been so excited at the idea of the people like you on my flist seeing them.

I thinking of just slapping that ARASHI = JOY over every Arashi picture I love because that's seriously my overriding thought whenever I see their dumb faces. ♥!

SHO EM GEE! That's totally one of my favorites. I want Sho to express all my shock/surprise for me, he does it so well. SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Thanks so much for the great comment, it really made me smile tonight. :)

(P.S.- I hope you don't mind that I posted the discussion for the Nodame special but I had a graphic for it. Because that's what I do~ *g*)
god damn these electric sex pantsnicefinalbeam on July 14th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)

:D :D

Thank youuuu. These are fantastic.
Top: 嵐: I've made a huge mistaketopazera on July 15th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
Yesss. Awesome, I love that one in particular! SHO WATCH OUT! THE ANGRY EYEBROWS ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND!

♥ ♥ ♥ Oh Arashi, you have eaten my life and I wouldn't have it any other way! Thanks for the comment dude!
Rinny: ohmiyarinalin on July 15th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
alianora sent me!

These are AWESOME. And I'm stealing bunches.

Top: 嵐: = 90% dorkiness / 10% peer pressuretopazera on July 18th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
Eeeee, I can't tell you how excited I am to be pimped out! AWESOME.

Also I'm so glad you liked the icons! I definitely spent a lot of time giggling over them myself. ;) ARASHI, YOU ARE ENDLESSLY ENTERTAINING.

Thank you! ♥
iceycuty03: coolredshadesiceycuty03 on July 15th, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)

I love them all! I'm actually 'on hunt' for this candid pictures of them. You're an angel!!!
*grabbing each of this 5 bakkakkoi*.. ^-^

Top: 嵐: Steal my Sunshinetopazera on July 18th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Awww, you're so sweet! Thank you, your comment really made me smile. If you want any of the original photos, I could definitely dig them up for you! I've been on an Arashi photo spree lately. :)

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bek: matsujun and aiba lolzbiases on July 15th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Okay, taking ALL OF THESE and I just wanted to lol at the fact that Matsujun apparently spends all his time lurking behind his bandmates, READY TO POUNCE.

Aiba called it, VERY VERY DANGER!
Top: 嵐: = 90% dorkiness / 10% peer pressuretopazera on July 18th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
I just wanted to lol at the fact that Matsujun apparently spends all his time lurking behind his bandmates, READY TO POUNCE.
You know, at first I thought that was just my own bias. But I just watched a performance of "Kaze no mukou e" where Matsujun hovering behind all the other memebers was PART OF THE CHOREOGRAPHY. So now I think I was sticking to the FACTS.

Aiba called it, VERY VERY DANGER!
Hee, ain't it the truth? It's like when Sho mentioned Matsujun's rings hurt in high-fives and Aiba was all "Yeah and he only hits your hand!!" AIBA! ♥ *desperately needs to pick an Aiba icon*

Thanks so much for the comment, dude! I'm so pleased that people liked them. :)
BAG OF COCKS: st → kirk/spockgiddytron on July 15th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
i kind of - i - i can't explain. how much i love. these icons. ontd_startrek never fails to provide me with shiny lovely pretty things.
Top: STXI: To boldly gotopazera on July 18th, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)
Hee, I was only too happy to hook you up, right? ;) I'm just on such an Arashi kick that I tend to jump on people and the fact that we were on ontd_startrek only made me more excited! Seriously, that place is made of lensflares and magic. ♥

Thanks for the comment dude!

Edited at 2009-07-18 07:07 am (UTC)
めっちゃ entertainment!!toinkydoink on August 3rd, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
*giggles* I have to say, I couldn't agree more on pretty much everything you said about getting into Arashi, a--oh yes, I dare say it--boyband. Thing is, though, Arashi pretty much scrapped my initial definition of boybands (which weren't all that bad, but it was still slightly embarrasing for me to admit to having been a fan back then) and changed it to...well, them (with happy, sparkly, dorky rainbows on top :D). But rambling aside, welcome to the fandom? (: ♥

These are all so gorgeous, btw. :D I snagged a few and will credit when I use them! Thank you so much for sharing! ♥

*cough* I'm sorry about that; I'm a dorkface and I apparantly don't proofread properly. ;___;
Top: 嵐: = 90% dorkiness / 10% peer pressuretopazera on August 3rd, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Oh good! I knew I couldn't be the only one! My Arashi friends from before I liked Arashi laugh because it really hasn't been that long since I was saying "But Johnny's is so creepy! And there's dancing, I don't get it?" Of course now I've joined the cult and spend my time downloading old performances to see the full choreography. Welcome to fandom, goodbye free time! ;)

(...I still try to avoid the word boyband when I'm describing my own obsession to people. I mean, now I have positive associations with the word but I can't trust their assumptions. I was once like them! XD)

Thank you so much for your lovely comment, your fandom welcome and your rambling! You may have noticed that I like to ramble back in reply? ;) Also, pffft, don't worry about the proofreading! I must not read properly because I didn't even notice something was amiss.
(no subject) - phrenk on August 4th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - toinkydoink on August 12th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
katmillia on August 3rd, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
WOW seriously these are AWESOME. Nothing beats Arashi icons with SNARKY THINGS ON THEM because that is like my ultimate OTP: Arashi + Snark.

snagging a ton, you rock soooo hard! <3
katmillia on August 3rd, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)

You are clever, funny, like Harry Potter, Veronica Mars, Gossip Girl and Firefly, and speak in complete sentences. Also, you know ferinrough.

(no subject) - topazera on August 3rd, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - katmillia on August 4th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
d0nkeykickd0nkeykick on August 3rd, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
hehe! they're cute. i took some of them and will credit when using them! thanks!
Top: 嵐: Look at that magnificent plumage!topazera on August 3rd, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks for commenting and I'm happy to hear you liked them! :)
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Top: 嵐: Aiba Masaki's face is stuck in :D!topazera on August 3rd, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
You're welcome and thank you for commenting! ♥
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(no subject) - topazera on August 4th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
Natcoolnat466 on August 3rd, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Lol XD XD XD I love all of themmmmmm *o*
Uwaaaa, so funny/cute XD

Thank youuuu *o*
Top: 嵐: Steal my Sunshinetopazera on August 3rd, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you!
Paula a.k.a.Tanky: [FNL] Landry and Tyra hugpamoreno on August 3rd, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
OMG! These are great! I like them a lot.:D

Thank you for sharing them. I'll be grabbing some.
Top: Roswell: I am the fast sinking anchortopazera on August 4th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
Happy to hear it! Thanks for stopping to comment! ♥