Celebrating their 15th anniversary this year, V6 sat down with Oricon Star to talk about their new single “only dreaming/Catch” (to be released September 1) and Yoshihiko Inohara’s (34) upcoming drama “警視庁捜査一課９係 (Keishicho Sousa Ikka 9-gakari)”.
Oricon Star: You’re about to release your first single in a year. “only dreaming”, which is the theme song to “警視庁捜査一課９係 (Keishicho Sousa Ikka 9-gakari)”, has a sorrowful melody and I was thinking it was mirroring the emotions that arise at the end of a police drama when the criminal finally gets nabbed.
Nagano: Oh I see, that’s another way of thinking about it.
Oricon Star: When did you record the song?
Morita: Record it? It was a while ago.
Inohara: It was during our tour so around April?
Sakamoto: What, April? Was the tour that long ago?
Miyake: We started it on April 3 and finished on June 13, remember!
Oricon Star: When a group records a song, it’s normal for everyone to record their part individually and it’s not until the group appears on music shows that they sing the song together. Does this mean you haven’t sung the song as a group yet?
Inohara: No, we sung it at our last concert. When we all went for sushi the day before we were saying “tomorrow’s the last day so let’s do something. Maybe we should sing the new song?” Our Avex staff member brought along their laptop and we heard who was singing what for the first time. My falsetto made everyone laugh so much. They were like “kawaii~”.
Inohara: Then we contacted the (concert) staff and told them we’d be doing this tomorrow…
Nagano: We rehearsed it the next day. It was our first performance of a song that didn’t have any dance moves yet.
Inohara: The staff were really amazing with the lighting
Sakamoto: There was no information about it at the concert so the crowd looked confused. When we said “this is our new single” they all screamed. But it’s a medium-tempo song so even though we wanted to get the crowd going, we sort of couldn’t (laughs).
Nagano: It was like they were thinking “well, we’ve just got to listen to it” (laughs). It was before the drama had begun too.
Oricon Star: When you first heard this song, what was your first impression?
Morita: It was a break up song, and I thought it had girly lyrics (laughs). I thought men are so weak. It made me wonder what girls might make of it.
Sakamoto: To me, the lyrics stood out. None of our singles up to now had a straightforward break up message. But I kept thinking “what does breaking up have to do with Inohara’s drama?”
Nagano: The lyrics are sorrowful. It made me think “ohh, there’s no way to forget about…”
Inohara: You say it like you’ve experienced it Nagano-kun (laughs).
Miyake: (laughs) He is a popstar. But if you’re a man who has been in love, I think you would have experienced heartbreak like this at least once. To the point where the person you broke up with appears in your dreams every night…
Morita: I took it straightforward at first. I had heard it was a song for Inocchi’s drama, but it was a breakup song. “Huh, this is so 9pm drama…maybe Inocchi’s going to do a different drama where he goes through a breakup” (laughs).
Miyake: I thought that when we did “GUILTY”. I was wondering whether (Tsunehiko) Watase-san was having an affair (in the drama). “Is it going to spin off somewhere when I least expect it?” (laughs).
Inohara: I know what you mean. When you think of a 9pm drama series, you always picture Watase-san’s face (laughs).
Oricon Star: The drama is an investigator themed story but in the music video it shows each of you expressing the sadness of heartbreak through singing. When did you film it?
Sakamoto: Sometime in July…
Inohara: It was a really humid day.
Oricon Star: What did you think of the finished product?
Morita: We shot our individual scenes one by one so I had no idea what everyone else had done. When I saw the finished video I was surprised to see that some of members were crying (laughs). I couldn’t cry (laughs).
Oricon Star: Were you asked to cry as well, Morita-san?
Sakamoto and Inohara: Eh, were you asked to?
Miyake: I thought everyone was crying in their shot, but then I was like “hey, you’re not crying!”
Morita: It’s not my fault! I couldn’t get teary!! (laughs)
Inohara: I got asked to “suffer in agony” (laughs).
Miyake: Oh, so that’s why you looked like you were in agony! I thought they had made you take poison or something (laughs).
Inohara: But that was the shot they wanted. The director told me I did a good job afterwards.
Oricon Star: So who got asked to cry in their shot?
Morita, Miyake, Okada: (all raise their hands) Me.
Nagano: I got asked to “imagine that the woman I love had died, and be sad enough to be on the brink of crying”. I got told everyone was being asked the same thing so I just went “oh, okay then”.
Sakamoto: I didn’t get asked anything specific. Just “think about the person you care about” and…thought……….
Inohara: It came out! Because Sakamoto-kun carries around so much sorrow (laughs).
Kanjani8′s next concert tour will involve a New Year’s eve countdown live at Kyocera Dome in Osaka, reports Sponichi Annex and Sports Hochi.
The group’s tour will kick off on October 20, and go around 9 venues across Japan including Tokyo Dome on December 18 and 19, Hokkaido, Fukuoka, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Oita, and Nagoya. With 22 performances in total, the tour is expected to attract more than 360,000 fans.
The tour will end with concerts in their hometown Osaka on December 30, 31, and January 1.
Kanjani8 member Ryo Nishikido (25) said he was excited to throw another countdown concert.
“I hope people who have never seen Kanjani perform live can go home and say they saw something thrilling! Overcome any dislike for us please,” he said.
Ryuhei Maruyama (26) also added their concert was worth seeing.
“This is where Kanjani can spread their wings and fly! I hope you can enjoy this year’s complete Kanjani,” he said
Shingo Murakami (28) said the group would do their best to make sure 2010 would end with a bang and 2011 would begin with a star start.
Congratulations were also in order for the group whose latest single “LIFE ~目の前の向こうへ~” had just made its debut on the Japan single charts at No.1.
Tomohisa Yamashita’s sister Rina Yamashita (22) has left her post as a former minister’s secretary but denies it was because she was sexually harassed, Ms Yamashita wrote on her blog on August 27.
Ms Yamashita is a former gravure idol, also famous among Johnny’s fans as NEWS member Tomohisa Yamashita’s little sister. Although she had tried to pursue a career as a TV announcer during university, Ms Yamashita quit the entertainment industry after graduating. Recently she had gotten the attention of the media after becoming a secretary to former minister Kunio Hatoyama.
Last week, gossip magazine Friday and several sports newspapers had reported that Ms Yamashita had quit her job at the end of July after Mr Hatoyama’s son, Taro Hatoyama, had made sexual remarks about her.
On her blog, Ms Yamashita made the following entry:
(A number of you may already know from the various magazines and newspapers, but I have quit my office job!!)
(But it’s not because of some lame excuse like I wasn’t getting enough days off, I’ve watched my family work 24 hours a day without taking any days off)
(and it is certainly not because I was sexually harassed!)
(I have not read any of the stories so don’t know the details, but they are completely fabricated, and I cannot help but wonder why such stories have come out when they’ll only cause the office trouble)
(It is simply impossible to think that a candidate who is putting his life into an election would commit sexual harassment)
(Everyone was putting all of their effort into the election. I was supporting it all and I still do support them.)
(I feel deeply sorry to the representatives, Taro-san, and the staff at the office for this story. I didn’t want to cause any more trouble!!)”
If you would like to visit Ms Yamashita’s blog, here is the link: http://ameblo.jp/rina-maharo2/