What did I say?! In my post here about how I longed for the old KAT-TUN, I explained how my “husband” Taguchi “Junno” Junnosuke (田口 淳之介) had talent that was not utilized enough and that I hoped he would be happy in his career and earn the recognition that I think he deserves.
Well, my man just busted out with a solo single and it is unlike any of the past solo KAT-TUN singles that I’ve seen.
Taguchi has come out with, “Flash”, a dance track that displays sharp dance technique and a healthy serving of confidence. This is not the Taguchi that was used to getting kicked by his group mate Koki or the jokester who would always do lame dajare jokes. Oh, no, this is the confident Junno that you see dancing in the background, doing acrobatic flips or performing a rare tap number during a variety show bit. Except this time, the floor is all his and he’s the only one you’re watching. I started cheering the moment he turned the corner and gazed at the camera, oozing confidence. THIS is the Taguchi that I enjoy.
This Taguchi pops, locks and glides across the screen with his gaze affixed to yours, daring you to try and look away. I accepted his challenge but was happily defeated. I’m sure his poise was partly due to the liberating feeling of finally being out of the shadow of KAT-TUN lead singer Kamenashi “Kame” Kazuya (亀梨和也).
And was he singing? I didn’t pay as much attention to his vocals as I did his command of the dance floor.
The song for me is good but I enjoyed the choreography more and I felt it had a strong Miura Daichi feel to it. For a moment, I was expecting Daichi to just pop out and do a one-on-one dance battle with Taguchi – it would have fit right in.
And I LUV the hair! If you’re a KAT-TUN fan, you know that Taguchi has made some questionable hair choices over the years (if they were even his choices) but with this look, he hit it out of the park. This hairstyle is great and a perfect compliment to his threads. Kudos to the designer.
The only thing I did not appreciate was the Kame cameo. Kame makes a 10-second appearance in which he bumps into Taguchi, turns around, looks at him for a while and then smiles as if to say, “Hey, fans – I’ve given Taguchi’s single my stamp of approval, so it’s ok for you to like it, too.” I mean, come on Johnny-san, can’t Taguchi have the complete spotlight once without reminding everyone that Kame is the “star” of KAT-TUN? He couldn’t have the whole video to himself? He’s more than capable of carrying the stage. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Kame fan, too. After all, he’s my boyfriend, remember? I just think if it’s a Taguchi solo, make it a true Taguchi solo.
All in all, I’m super duper proud of my hubby. It would be great if this were the start of a very successful solo career – if such a thing would be allowed outside of KAT-TUN. Nonetheless, there’s no question that Taguchi is capable of being a successful solo act exclusive of his beloved JPOP ensemble, and this single is the proof.