There has been happened a lot of things during the one year I'm running this ZARD site,
and I think this is a good moment to review the passed year accompanied with some (nostalgic?) pictures.
It all started when I launched my first ZARD the BEST site, the one in the picture on the right.
It was quite a simple design, but it was enough to let it do what I had in mind: providing Zard news in
English. I remember I was searching for a good English fan site back then and I did find some, but none
of them were very up-to-date. So I thought, "Why not make one myself?". But what I didn't realize was that
how difficult that is, without knowing the Japanese language. So the first few months I really had a hard time
to post anything new at all. It slowly got better when I had visited enough fan sites to know which are the good
ones. With the aid of translation software and translational help of friends, especially Retsuya in June
with news on the Olympic theme song, I managed to keep track what ZARD was doing. And now, with over a
year of experience, I don't think I would miss any Zard news at all ^_^
One of the most memorable event of the passed year was probably the release of the Cruising & Live
album. Although I hadn't got the chance to buy it immediatly when the album was released, I was still
excited to know I had a chance to get it when I went to Hong Kong last summer. And I really found it, I would
never forget that day when I entered a CD shop in HK and saw the album lying there, complete in blue bag
and with video. I bought the album and walked home like in a trance and awoke only after the last song Makenaide.
Since then I have listened to this album hundreds of times, and I don't know how many more
times I will in the future. I'm still dreaming of attending a real ZARD concert though...
Of course ZARD also released singles, and to be exactly: three in total with the last one released
just a few weeks ago. The quality of those singles goes like this: good -> better -> best. And that's also
what ZARD has been doing the whole time, getting better and better each time. That's also the reason
why it feels so good to be a Zard fan: you won't be disappointed when they have a new song.
Another nice feature of the singles are the short promotional videos. It started with the release of Get U're Dream
when there was suddenly a PV available. They continued to have a PV with the release of Promised You. Needless
to say those videos are a real added value, especially when you have to do it with short TV CM's in the past.
Oh, already can't wait for a new single or even better, a new album! In the meantime I will keep listening
to these three singles and the Cruising & Live album.
Last, but not least, I want to mention ZARD2000 mailing list
here. That mailing list changed my whole life. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but it certainly feels good to
receive tons of mails a day and all about ZARD! The brilliant idea of a Zard mailing list was invented by the already
legendary Fong Yick Chee and started a few months back in September. In the beginning we had some problems to get enough
people joining the list , but now the list is like a real growing community and every member is starting to post like mads ^_^
But who cares when we are all Zard fans! So, if you consider yourself as a Zard fan and you aren't a member yet,
what are you waiting for?