|Aiba being bashful on VS Arashi.|
But of course, it would be terribly remiss of me to glide into the next section without bringing your attention to the well-oiled sexiness that is the non-manchild Aiba. Here are a few pics for reference.
As fans with normally functioning brains, we do realize that Aiba's bubbly personality is not something that is on 24/7. I mean, you'd need the energy of a supernova next to the door to power bubbly Aiba 24/7. He has another side that we are familiar with, Aiba the grown-up, thoughtful to his bandmates, reflective on his own actions, and cool. Yes, that dorky guy who suggested all his bandmates wear balloons under their shirts as breasts can actually attenuate his bouncy frivolity to whistle-worthy levels of suaveness.
So without further ado, let me present: Arashi no Aiba Masaki!
Born Dec. 24, 1982 (Third-oldest in Arashi) in Chiba Prefecture, Japan to owners of a Chinese restaurant. He (and other Arashi members) often bring up the Chinese restaurant in their shows. He is also the only one in Arashi to be born outside of Tokyo, another fact that comes up in bangumis (he's very proud of being from Chiba). Has a younger brother. Is the only one in Arashi to have AB type blood. Joined Johnny's in 1996. Nicknames: he usually is simply called "Aiba" by his bandmates, though Nino likes to throw in an "Aiba-shi" when he's making fun of him, and all members except Jun also frequently call him "Aiba-chan."
Aiba is the tallest in Arashi at 176 cm, and he was pretty tall even in the chibi stage, as we can all see from photos of MAIN where Aiba easily dwarfs both MatsuJun and Nino. I worship his legs, which are lovely and long and slender, and very very sensual in any sort of tight pants (watch the performance of Rock This and always in the BW Concert DVD). He's got a birthmark on his left shoulder that kind of looks like a splash of wine. It's pretty noticeable when he wears tank tops, but sometimes gets photoshopped out to make his skin look nice and pristine. Aiba is fond of the birthmark, though, saying that it's how his family can recognize him if he gets lost.
Aiba has a happy slender face, with sharply slanting brows that characteristic of Asian pretty-boys. He loves to smile, and you can see the lines of his face softened by the constant smiling. He's got crows feet around his eyes now, but somehow it doesn't diminish his cuteness at all. He's often seen with soft brown hair (though all of Arashi change their hairstyles every now and then) with long-ish bangs. Is he sexy, despite his "tennen" nature? Uh, hell yeah! The reason we love Aiba is because he is both of the following:
|Always down for fun and games.|
|But ready to bring it when it gets serious.|
Aiba is sunshine. He's fond of peace signs, mapo tofu, referring to his brain as Masaki dottu commu (Masaki.com) and inventing games that make seem to serve no purpose other than to make people die laughing, like all those Ailand games, where he makes all the members sing weird lines in weird styles, tread in icky white liquid with force-dependent stiffness, and pop balloon breasts they stuff in their shirts. And I haven't even mentioned the genius scenes from Aiba's Sugoroku game back in G no Arashi, where the enduring concepts of nipple-exposing shirts and stockings over the face were born. And there're still all those A no Arashi experiments that we haven't even touched on! Can we breathe underwater by sucking air from peppers? How many balloons does it take to lift a man into the air (he actually did this in one of Arashi's concerts, with a whole dome cheering him on)? What would happen if you were dressed entirely in mirrors? He tried every one of those experiments, to the great merriment of his bandmates and all late-night Japanese TV viewers. He really takes the term "for shits and giggles" to a whole new level! Aiba is the fun in Arashi, that hyperactive child who just can't sit still and let the adults talk like normal people. Oh no, with Aiba there, sparks will fly.
He gets along with everyone, and is often dubbed the "mood-maker" in Arashi by fans because he is really a presence you feel when the five are together. He loves to laugh, and has a really characteristic thin high-pitched giggle that I'm sure you'll come across in most episodes of any one of Arashi's variety shows. And when he laughs, he sometimes likes to cover his mouth with a bashful hand. It is so adorable it'll make you melt. He is the designated "nickname-giver" in Arashi, and for a while on Shukudai-kun, they would take a moment in each episode to let Aiba give their guest a suitable nickname. Another term you'll hear used on Aiba is "tennen" or "天然" and it basically means "natural" or "naive," which fits his onscreen image pretty well, as he frequently misinterprets things (like when he said he would wait for Sho to wipe his ass in VSA) or asks inappropriate questions. I guess our Aiba-chan is a bit baka sometimes, ne? He seems to embrace this image with good humour, though, and even picked himself as the Arashi member who is most likely to fall prey to women's lies on a Music Station episode. At any rate, uchi no Aiba is an adorable puppy, which may be why he gets bullied by his bandmates (especially Nino!) who like to take advantage of his defenselessness and clumsiness. Remember that time when Nino had to rank the Arashi members in popularity with girls? He dragged the chair for the last place far far away from the other four to indicate that the difference in popularity there was really really huge, and then he made Aiba sit in fifth place. Poor Aiba just sat with his head down, blinking, as Nino gave his reasons to the MC's. But we all know that the Aimiya relationship is the one that goes back the longest in Arashi, as they had been friends since the very beginning of their junior days, when they would be commuting buddies and were inseparable in the jimusho, so Aiba's probably used to Nino stepping all over him.
|Aiba wiping away his tears after |
reading the letter on 24 Hour TV
|Aiba getting molested by a tiger. Bet Nino's |
skinship doesn't seem half bad now, huh?
Aiba is athletic, and likes to play basketball. He purportedly applied to Johnny's because he saw SMAP playing basketball on TV and thought that he would be able to play with them if he was accepted. He didn't even know that Johnny's was an agency for idols that sang and danced when he went to the audition, and felt like a fool when he arrived in his sports clothes. He is also acknowledged by Arashi as their fastest runner and generally pretty good at the Cliff Climb game on VSA, showing a sexy litheness in his movements as he scales the wall (though he has also had his fail moments in the past, too). Recently, he's taken a shine to golf as well, and has even managed to drag Jun to go golfing with him on at least one occasion. Wooo! Now that's an image I'd give anything to see: the steam rising from the green as two of Japan's hottest idols, barely in their thirties, casually saunter around with golf clubs over their shoulders. I love me some Junba (or as they are aptly dubbed in Japan, the "model combi"), and there's just not enough of it!
In Arashi songs, Aiba's voice is easily recognizable as the soft teddy-bear like voice that blends with the music in an organic, velvety way. Despite having a high-pitched giggle, his vocal range is not particularly known for being high (that's Ohno and Nino domain) and he generally sings in the middle range. He is an excellent harmonizer, and I love his voice in combination with any of the others (especially with a low/sexy Sho or Ohno). Aiba has been seen to play the guitar amateurishly, and can perform on the harmonica (as he did for the 2013 ARAFES). He used to be able to play the saxophone as well, but we all know how pneumothorax put an end to that particular endeavour... At the elaborate affairs that Arashi concerts have evolved into, Aiba's dancing is always a bright spot to watch out for. He just puts so much heart into every little movement in the choreography and stands out among the five. He is also quite flexible, and likes to do backflips, cartwheels and the like. Of course, he is now 30, and I can't remember when the last time he did a backflip was, but his flexibility shows in the choreos of any Arashi performance. Double squeals for when he's in tight pants and dancing, because his long legs and the way he moves them are just aaaaaahhhhhhhhh~
|A snippet from the Beautiful World Live Tour. Aiba-chan isfront and center |
and showing off some serious legs and booty 8-P
|A random sample of the outfits Aiba chose for the Mannequin Five segment in HnA. From a feather in his cap to low-crotch pants to denim overalls, Aiba sure isn't afraid to push the limits!|
|Aiba being gorgeous in My Girl|
|The beloved Masamune-kun and Koharu-chan (wipes away tear)|
Lastly, a picture of sexy serious Aiba to end this post! You know you want him ^^