Here’s a show I haven’t watched in a long time. So why did I watch it again?
Actually, I don’t know. Maybe because I’m realizing how horribly deficient my Japanese is, and how I need to catch up. Nevertheless, I decided to watch it.
This episode is about Shodou performances: drawing Japanese characters with brushes, combined with music and dancing and such.
So, about Shodou… the very first Japanese drama I decided to watch, without English subtitles, was this campy morning drama. I can’t even remember the title of it right now, but it taught some pretty interesting stuff about it. I’m also kinda confused on what to call it, as Shodou is commonly translated to calligraphy, but it’s specific to writing characters with a brush; penmanship is different.
I also watched the movie Shodo Girls on the way back from Japan once. It was a decent movie, and it made me kinda sad because of the general feeling of the Japanese recession that it gave out. Well, I wouldn’t really call it recession, but more like economic stagnation. It also featured Narumi Riko who is one of the great up-and-coming Japanese actresses… she also starred in the movie “How to Become Myself” across from some girl in a famous idol group… I think she was called Maeda Atsuko.
Now, I’m not sure, but I think Shodou performances are actually quite new to the Shodou world. In Shodou Girls it was a point of contingency, a clash of the old vs. new, as it’s not a traditional part of calligraphy. But in today’s modern society, people like it. And there’s dancing, and music, and people writing characters is a pretty rhythmical fashion. I can’t say I’m a big fan, but it is what it is.
In this episode, NMB visits a high school that does it, and then they participate in one of their own.
I’m no Shodou expert, but during the practice scenes it appeared that Kanchiru had the best writing. So underrated.
For the music and dance, they picked “Oh My God!” Of course. To be honest, that’s probably my second least favorite single of NMB, with “Virginity” below it. Compared to all their other singles, it’s not as daring or audacious or in your face, and except for the pyramid the dance does kind of look silly, especially the whole hopping on one leg thing.
Granted, they’re probably not Shodou experts anyway. Hell, they probably write 100 times better than I do. But you know what WAS great about this episode?
It’s funny, you always have me rallying about how I dislike gravure and swimsuit shoots, but then here I am writing about how cute they look in Shodou outfits. Well, it’s not like I hate gravure and swimsuits, but I think that seeing them so much like that, it kinda takes away from their attractiveness because that mysterious allure is kind of gone. It’s like… you already know what they look like, there’s nothing to anticipate.
Reminds me of when they said that if they didn’t get the #1 spot on Oricon for Zetsumetsu, they would perform in their bloomers. And I think they did anyway. I think they’ve come a long way since then.