J-Everything Archive

Japanese Variety Shows, Dramas, and Pop Music


Hi and welcome to J-Everything.

I created this blog to give voice to my thoughts about Japanese entertainment – everything from jpop to dramas to variety shows. I was an anime fan when I was a kid, and started getting into the other stuff as I got older. Now, pushing thirty, I think I can make some cogent observations.

I tend to like dramas and variety shows that feature people from Johnny’s Entertainment because there’s always a lot of action and humor, and I can put myself in their shoes. Also, I can often find subtitles for the dramas from the JE fan communities. Do not, however, expect me to start flailing or to refrain from criticism when I see something not working out. I’m not that kind of fan. The groups I follow, in decreasing order of frequency, are Arashi, Hey! Say! Jump, Kis-My-Ft2, SZ, the Juniors, Kanjani8, NEWS, SMAP, KAT-TUN, TOKIO, and V6. In other words, I’m not too picky.

I like too many things to list, but at the top are the Hiyao Miyazaki movies that really got me started – especially Castle in the Sky. I never tire of watching the following : Cowboy Bebop, Horikita Maki dramas, Arashi variety shows, Kimura Takuya dramas, Music Station, Shounen Club, Matsumoto Hitoshi, and Tokyo Friend Park 2. For music, I like Mr. Children and Bump of Chicken (though I can’t say their names aloud without laughing), Hikawa Kiyoshi, Arashi, and the music Hisaishi Joe composed for Miyazaki’s movies. I’m up for anything with a catchy tune and/or good vocals, though.

I’m a science-fiction writer, composer, graphic artist, and I generally like making stuff. Nothing I do sells particularly well (yet), but I’m frugal and get by. I will try to post to this blog regularly, but if I get caught up in a project . . . .

My goal is to introduce people to stuff they might like – entertainment opportunities that the English-speaking world is largely unaware of. Along the way, I will practice my Japanese (which I have been learning very, very slowly over the course of a decade) and hopefully getting myself to the point where I can translate. For now, with my limited knowledge of the language, I’m confined to watching either shows that are already subbed, or shows that are easy to understand without a firm grasp of the language (and, actually, a lot of the variety shows and music shows are self-explanatory – the dramas are a bit more difficult). I would appreciate any explanations readers can provide.

By the way, I know the title is a bit . . . yeah.

Suggestions are welcome.

That’s it! I hope you enjoy reading!

10 Responses

  1. hab says:

    Hi! I stumbled upon your blog while googling for kis-my-ft2’s shows and just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading your reviews! It helps a lot especially since not all episodes are subbed so any explanation is useful… Thank you for writing! =)

  2. Bumped here (?) because of your 24HR TV review, and I realized that you also did review for some Arashi’s variety show. Happy that you wrote review for Momoclo’s HnA appearance, it really helpful for me to understand :)

    Thank you for your hardwork! I really enjoy your writing. 😀

  3. tormipoisid says:

    Since I’m in a state of needing a good laugh (or distraction) I thought about sharing it with you. Like a follow-up to our discussion about using incorrect English in lyrics:


    Didn’t find a better place to post it :)


    • tylerraiz says:

      Enjoyed! Wow, what a collection! I had tears from the laughter by the end. There’s so much, but I especially like the sign that said “We have Engrish menu” because it was probably right. I’m going to forgo any analysis because it’d ruin the humor.

      Anyway, it was hilarious, and thank you so much for posting it. Wish I had a better place for it (if I could put in a forum here, it’d be a lot easier).

  4. Kimberly says:

    Hi n.n I just love your blog here. Honestly, I came to see other photos of “Miyabi chan” in GTO and your blog came up! thanks

  5. Angelica says:

    Hello! I stumbled upon your blog while looking for interviews/behind-the-scenes things about Miss Pilot. This looks like a great place to find new dramas to watch. Keep it up! :)

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