Pop Analysis: Why I Like This Stuff.

I hope I never tire of this, the J-Pop Idol Genre. I hope I never out grow it. And I hope I’m never in a situation where I have to choose between two loves of my life. While I know part of this decision is in my own hands, there will always be outside factors. Who knows in five years, maybe I’ll have a family. My priorities may have to shift in order to be a responsible parent and at that time I might not care that I don’t have time for Idols.

But for now, I know it may seem odd why someone who is well past his teens is still interested in music sung by people in their teens. There are some logical conclusions I’ve come across over the course of my fandom. Here’s a quick rundown on a few.

The Potential of Youth
As we grow older, we begin to look back on our lives and realize that a lot of our youth was wasted. Either by not studying or hanging out with friends too much. It’s not really our fault as at the time, we were never able understand the severity of the situation. I’m fairly confident that this effect happens to most of us.

The fascinating thing about Idols is that their careers are based completely during the time of their youth. They have but a flicker to become something in hopes that it will carry on to their mid-twenties. There’s a maturity seen in these adolescents, sacrificing free time for practices, promotions, and performances. All hopes of becoming more popular and further loss of free time. There’s also a sacrificing of relationships. We’re all aware that Love is forbidden, and for those who actually abide by the rule, I can only feel bad that their missing out on a life experience.

Young Love
I don’t know about you guys, but I was a total spaz when I was a kid. I was kind of a shy kid and I never did confess to the girl I liked. I always had problems talking to her and eventually the time passed. I started seeing other people even though she and I were always in the same classes together. We were even on the tennis team together and went to the same college but I never asked her out. Is it a regret? Kinda. But that was the person I was back then. Had I not experienced that, I never would have become who I am now.

I think that’s another theme that always comes up. Your first crush. Your first break up. Your first rejection. And the time before all that, when there was someone you couldn’t stop thinking about.

You like cats? I like Idols.
I like cute things. Honest to god. I know that on the exterior I’m a 6′ 2″ 220 lb man. But inside, sometimes I feel like a 12-year-old kid. I don’t know why this is, but I’ve made it a point to never limit myself on the things I like. So in the same way people like small animals and babies, I feel the same way about Idols. You don’t see kids growing up and then thinking, cats are ugly. Barring some sort of traumatic event, they continue liking cats and cats doing cute things. I think that’s the reason I like Idols. I will always appreciate the youthful smile of someone starting their career and struggling to find their place in the world. It’s a universal feeling that I still experience to this day.

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