As promised, this week’s music spotlight belongs to none other than the amazing F.T. Island. Debuting in 2007, the five-member band has met with incredible success across Asia, with their single, “Theory of Happiness” grabbing the #1 spot on Japan’s Oricon Daily chart earlier this year. If chart ranking mean nothing to you, have no fear because listening to just one of F.T. Island’s songs is enough to impress you. Their pop/rock sound is taken to a whole new level with the vocals of Lee Hong Ki. Seriously, every time Lee Hong Ki starts to sing I feel like I’m going to melt, his voice is just. that. good. *sigh*
If, after downloading all of F.T. Island’s albums and singles, you still can’t get enough of Lee Hong Ki, you can watch him in We Got Married-Global Edition or you can check out his book of nail art, which was released earlier this year…if you can get your hands on a copy. The pre-sales alone caused Nail Book to take the top slots on the Tower Record’s book and magazine charts and it’s been a bestseller since its release. The fact that it’s sold out on Amazon, with no indication of if or when it will be available again, should give you some of idea of just how popular Lee Hong Ki is. If anyone out there knows where I can find a copy of this book, please let me know! o_O
As much as I’d like to go on and on about Lee Hong Ki and the rest of F.T. Island, I should move on to this week’s drama, Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo, which just happens to be the most recent adaptation of one of my all-time favorite manga, Itazura na Kiss. Starring Honoka Miki and Furukawa Yuki, MK:LIT follows the story of Aihara Kotoko, an ordinary high school girl with a severe crush on an extraordinary boy, Irie Naoki, who turns her down flat seconds after she confesses to him. If that weren’t bad enough, Kotoko’s house is soon after destroyed by a meteorite and she and her father are forced to move in with her father’s childhood friend who just happens to be Naoki’s father. Things only better from there as Kotoko and Naoki find their lives intertwining in ways they could have never imagined.
So that pretty much does it for this week…enjoy and I’ll see you next week for another edition Fantastically Foreign Friday!