Why I Love Akina Reason 1

i’m going to start a Why I Love Akina series. to kick things off, here’s a classic Akina clip of her singing Wasurette in Yume Live concert in 1991. my heart bleeds whenever i watch this.

dannybunny

Akina fanboy since 14. Still undecided which are his top ten favourite Akina tracks as it's mission impossible. Digs "Everlasting Love" a whole lot more than the average Akina fan.

5 thoughts on “Why I Love Akina Reason 1

  1. i’m not feeling so strong for akina as i did before. i used to admire her a lot in the 90s (gensi, onna wa taiyou datta was the first akina single i bought). her music is superb in mca. now i think she’s getting a bit confused herself. given her declining popularity, and some of her words to the press, i suspect she doesnt even wanna go on as well. it’s like she doesn’t want to be here in the show business, but she has to do it for a living. that’s this attitude that she makes me feel that makes feels less for akina. i still like her though, but just not as much as i did. hope you guys understand my feelings. i’m not being offensive anyway, 🙂

  2. i can fully empathise, Ray. it’s a love-hate relationship between me and Akina, and i get bouts of disappointment (and sometimes anger) towards her certain decisions and lack of motivation… mainly cos i have such high expectations of her. but it’s all from our perspective as fans, as consumers. being in showbiz for a good 20 years isn’t something anyone can pull off easily. i can only think of a couple of names internationally capable of accomplishing this better than Akina. and if you pit her achievements and current works against those of her peers and then-competitors, you can’t help but realise what a stronghold she is.

    these days, i’m just glad she’s still releasing works. cos only her music can fill me up fully.

  3. Ray,

    I agree with Danny. It’s like being in the same job for 25 years. Even as much as you like the job, there are going to be "depressive periods". In an industry as fickle as the Japanese, there is a plenty of negativity towards older idols/singers who is pass their younger glory days. For Akina to achieve what she has is not easy, and we can only rejoice that she is still doing it because I believe she is someone who will only do something if she can put her attention and emotions towards.

    With the minimum budget that she is probably given, she can only do so much. If only she will accept new technology like blogs and internet and realise that her fans are willing to do incredible stuff for her for free, and that includes spelling and grammar check too. Ha! Ha!

  4. Hi Ray,

    I appreciate your honesty. I know what you mean and I believe many of us realized that her work is not in the same standard as before. Destination is not bad and a lot better than last few albums.

    In my opinion, it’s very understandable for her frustration and disappointment in her own career. However, that’s a pessimistic view. In my view, I’m thankful and cannot ask for more. After all, there are not many JPOP artists that we love and continue to stay with us for 20 years. That does not mean that I have to love every album and single of her. However, I do appreciate her not giving up and continue to fight on this. I guess all I can ask now is trying to do her best and don’t just treat her fan cheaply. Destination did bring my hope back.

    I do hope that Akina takes care of her voice. She needs a voice trainer to restore her voice back. I also hope that Akina stop try to become a mainstream artist again. I’m only guessing that many of her fans are similar to me. Mainstream pop is no longer my kind of music.

    Again, I appreciate Akina’s continue to be in spotlight. It’s my own selfishness that I don’t want to let her go just yet. She’s part of my youth memory that continue to bring smile to me today.

    Patrick

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