After that, I just went on a "oh well, I'll just wait and see" mode. Figured I wouldn't think about the album anymore until there're leaks, at least. But then the jacket cover came out, and the tracklist, and I'm just happy to say that ARASHI STILL MAKES ME VERY HAPPY.
I was having an awful day, because it's that time of the year when I'm overwhelmed with work and every day was like non-stop juggling with more balls being added every hour, and I've been sick, with dizzy spells and feeling sluggish at work which really doesn't help with all the juggling, and I was thisclose to turning into an ogre or something, when I happened upon twitter and saw the words, "jacket covers are out!"
SMILES ALL OVER.
If Kit was around she'd ask me if I won the ballot or something. (Which I don't know yet, which is torture, even though I know that it's unlikely to happen)
Anyway. THE COVERS ARE OUT! I know a lot of people will prefer the RE because Arashi's on it, but I kind of really like the LE cover. Makes me appreciate the title a little bit more. (And every little bit helps, with a title like THE DIGITALIAN.) I like that it's different from their usual covers.
I am not going to expect or presume anything about the tracks before I hear them, but I like that there will be a Making Of vid because I miss those. And I like that MatsuJun's solo title is "STAY GOLD". Makes me think of "Kono Mama Motto". Which makes my Sho/Jun-shipping heart go kyun.
The covers above, and the tracklist below, are from J-net, of course.
03 Tell me why
05 Imaging Crazy (Ohno solo)
07 Disco Star (Aiba solo)
08 Dare mo shiranai
10 STAY GOLD (MatsuJun solo)
12 Merry Christmas (Nino solo)
13 Kimi no Yume wo Miteita
14 One Step
15 Hey Yeah! (Sakurai solo)
16 Hope in the darkness
17 Take Off!!!!! [bonus track]