I liked this interview Ori-Suta put online – Momo.
Q: Kanjani8 have tried a variety of music genres, but to get here the group went through a number of transitions musically. First there was your enka era. Your debut song “浪花いろは節 (Naniwa Iroha Bushi)” stood out with its mix of enka and rap. Were you worried at all at the time?
Murakami: I wasn’t. I was willing to sing anything if it meant we’d make our debut. The only thing I remember was being happy.
Shibutani: Me too. It was enka, but I thought that song could cut it. No one else had made a song like that, and I thought we could use that to our advantage.
A best album, more concert dates added to their tour, and an Eightrangers comeback, Kanjani8 fans were treated to a lot during the group’s concert in Tokyo on September 16, reports Nikkan Sports.
One of the bigger announcements from the group was extra concerts had been added to their tour, including concerts at Tokyo Dome on November 10 and 11, and concerts at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome on December 30, 31, and January 1. It means the total number fans expected to attend Kanjani8 concerts and events this year will top 880,000, a number worthy of a national pop star group.
“Eight years ago we weren’t able to fill a hall with even 1000 fans. But now I do believe that what we did wasn’t a mistake,” Ryo Nishikido said.
“We’ve been making the number 8 our things so I’m so happy,” Yu Yokoyama said.
Kanjani8 also announced their Best Album “8EST” will be released on October 17.
The group had been performing their first outdoors stadium concert at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo since September 15. This tour, the group revived their Eightrangers performance for the first time in two years, and even made it something bigger with stunts like dropping down 25 metres using ropes.
“Performing in natural light was kind of embarrassing,” Subaru Shibutani said.
Finally, to finish off the surprises, the group and the 55,000 fans in the stadium celebrated Shota Yasuda’s 28th birthday.
Rumour has it Johnny’s is not happy about Leo Akanishi uploading a photo of him hanging out with Kanjani8’s Ryo Nishikido and ex-Johnny’s talent Hironori Kusano, reports Johnny’s Watcher.
Gekiura! Geino Japan reports the Twitter photo uploaded on September 4 shows Leo with his friends, two of who look very much like Nishikido and Kusano.
“I’ve heard that the executives at Johnny’s are really mad, and that they’ve asked Akanishi to tell his brother to delete the photo. But Nishikido’s photo is still on the internet because Leo thinks he doesn’t have to delete it if it’s on his own personal account. With his movie in trouble, a shotgun wedding, and this, Jin Akanishi’s Johnny’s career might be over now,” one popstar magazine editor said.
Johnny’s have a strict rule against publishing any unofficial photos of their talents. But it has been reported the photo might have been uploaded deliberately to help ex-NEWS member and former Johnny’s talent Kusano. A few days ago, Kusano had launched his website, and he also belongs to an agency set up by people with connections to Akanishi. It could be possible the photo was a publicity stunt.
But either way, it is very possible Jin Akanishi will get punished in some way. Even if the agency does not fire him, is it too much to say Akanishi might start thinking about leaving the agency himself?