Don’t get me wrong. I love KAT-TUN and they are, in fact, the reason why I am a fangirl in the first place. But before I share with you my sentiments on why I think it’s good that the group’s original ‘A’ went solo, let me give you a wordy overview on how my journey with these men started.
It was members Kamenashi Kazuya and Akanishi Jin that led us to knowing KAT-TUN. My sister and I first saw them in the 2005 Japanese drama Gokusen 2 as Odagiri Ryu and Yabuki Hayato (respectively) and we fell for them from then on. The drama, by the way, was aired in the Philippines in the first quarter of 2007. But after watching the drama, we didn’t instantly search for extra information about them.
Then about four months after Gokusen 2 finished airing in the country, we’re talking about July 2007 now, we came across this Japanese music show called ‘Music Station’ on Animax and there we saw familiar faces, faces—which I think—we went cray over a few months back. They were in a group, the group’s name is KAT-TUN and the song they were promoting then was Yorokobi no Uta (Song of Happiness).
Odagiri’s face was, supposedly, easier to remember because of its distinct structure. But surprisingly, despite the fact that Yabuki gained weight, I still recognized him first because of his
oh-so-well-defined jawline, which I really love.
We then learned the basics: KAT-TUN is composed of K-amenashi Kazuya, A-kanishi Jin, T-aguchi Junnosuke, T-anaka Koki, U-eda Tatsuya, and N-akamaru Yuichi; they are talents trained and managed by one of the biggest entertainment agencies in Japan, Johnny’s Entertainment (JE); and they’ve been very popular since 2002.
But fast forward to eight years later, a lot of things happened, Jin (the very first man I loved as a fangirl) decided to leave the group and start a career as a solo artist in 2010.
Many fans were, of course, not amused by Jin’s decision. Some were even seriously hurt. But since my sister and I already encountered a devastating “group split” with TVXQ! in 2009, we didn’t make a big deal out of KAT-TUN losing its original ‘A’ anymore.
KAmenashi then became the ‘KA’ of KAT-TUN.
Then three years later, KAT-TUN faced another controversy when member Tanaka Koki was suddenly removed from the group by JE. Since then KAT-TUN has become a four-member band.
Jin Akanishi, the solo artist
To be honest I haven’t been actively following his trail since he went solo. But I still do know a few of his works and these include:
Disclaimer: Clearly I am not in the position to be technical about this, but good thing I also don’t intend to be. My opinion is purely based on sentiments that I acquired after seeing and hearing some of the fruits of his labor. But anyway…
Jin really did us proud with ‘Hey What’s Up’.
The man was obviously trying his hands on a ragged-looking fashion and style (see image below), but the music he produced, it was summer sunshine.
Up until this day, Bakanishi still never fails to amuse me because, as like the usual, no matter how much he tries to be badass, it’s still his rainbow-like, adorable nature that shows in his works.
Now how did these factors convince me that it was a “good thing” that Jin went solo?
Simple. These factors made me realize that going solo allowed him to spread his wings and share more of what he has to offer. And my best reference for this would be ‘Hey What’s Up’ because it displayed not only Jin’s awe-inspiring sound, but it also helped the world see that there is this side to Japan, particularly to Tokyo. The Japanese people know how to have this kind of fun and they’re quite good at it.
And as a music lover myself, with biases aside, I thank Jin for writing and composing this song and for producing the music video exactly the way he did. Because whenever I feel like listening to some really ‘feel good’ songs, or watching something that can make me feel infinite, I have ‘Hey What’s Up’ to turn to.
All in all, I guess what I’ve been trying to say is, I love the artist he has become and he wouldn’t have reached this far if he wasn’t brave enough to defy the current back then. For me, it was really a good thing that he did, went solo that is.
A/N: None of the images used in this post are mine. Also, you might agree or disagree with me about this post, but please know that I do not intend to push this opinion down anyone’s throat. Every thought in here is purely mine and mine alone, and it’s totally fine if no one will agree with it or even appreciate it. But if you reached this far on the post, thanks for reading. 🙂
Love and peace to you,