I got into Arashi so late but I still love to collect their older releases whenever I can find them at an affordable prices. First place to check of course would be Yahoo! Japan Auctions, however I couldn't believe it when I saw Arashi's debut single "A.RA.SHI" on eBay for only $8! And it's in really great shape considering it's been around since November of '99! I was so surprised when I first learned that Arashi actually announced their debut here right in Hawaii and it's really added a special kind of connection to them in a sense. And I wonder what Arashi will have in store for us late next year as their 10th anniversary approaches…I'm sure there'll be something special planned! I get a kick out of seeing how little they are here on this cover and I wonder if Riida will ever grow his hair out that long again. 🙂 In happiness of this recent find I've uploaded their debut promotional video clip for this single…wow the resolution got really fuzzy there didn't it! :O…
…what's amazing is how athletic Johnny's artists are and even at this initial stage of their debut as a group all five members are so nimble and acrobatic as this debut clip shows. JE seems to have a regimen for developing their members this way. Awhile back zdorama whom I'm thankful for introducing me to Arashi, sent me a clip of various Johnny's members performing acrobatic stunts on a t.v. show and Nino along with Tackey stood out as the better athletes back then while Matsujun….um needed a bit more practice as he fell on his butt a couple of times. 😛 He's great now of course! Also Arashi vocally was always great and Riida's vocals were just as pure, mesmerizing and powerful back then as they are today!
I've scanned the front and back covers here….
And here my Arashi obsession…I mean collection continues ^-^:
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