Kamenashi, Hey! Say! JUMP’s Hikaru Yaotome, Kis-My-Ft2’s Yuta Tamamori, Toshiya Miyata and Kento Senga will spend most of September performing the stage show, which has been performed by Johnny’s talents since 2004. The coming of age story features songs, dance, flying acrobatics, and even boxing.
Afterwards, Kamenashi told reporters at the rehearsal he was happy there were not any problems during the rehearsal.
“It was my first time going through the whole show on stage. I was a little nervous.”
It has been reported Kamenashi was not the only person who was nervous. The production team have been double checking all safety measures for their lead man ever since Japanese kabuki performer Somegoro Ichikawa had broken some bones after falling during his own stage performance.
“You have no idea what could happen so we’re doing our best to keep an eye on things and I need to keep reminding myself that what I’m doing is dangerous. I hope Somegoro-san make it back on stage as soon as possible,” Kamenashi said.
This DREAM BOYS season will feature flying acrobatics for the first time since 2010. The stunt was taken out of last year’s season because frequent aftershocks from the March 11 Japan Earthquake had meant it was not safe enough to carry them out. It has been reported fans will get to see some new flying acrobatic sequences too, and Kamenashi said he can do them because his fans are there watching him.
“To be honest, today was the first time I’ve been able to pull off this stunt. It makes a huge difference when there are people in the seats, they give me confidence,” he said.
It has been reported one reporter at yesterday’s rehearsal noticed Kamenashi had the longest time in the air, and said to the Johnny’s talent that “you’re dropping ‘Kame-jiru (referring to his sweat)’. Are you concerned some of it might fall on your fans?”
“I know. But I take a shower at least four times a day so don’t worry,” Kamenashi said.
Kamenashi also said he was looking forward to how fans would react to his performance with Yaotome, Tamamori, Miyata, and Senga this season.
“The five of us made this stage to bring out the best in us, and I think you’ll be able to see different parts of it throughout the show.”
To see a video of the rehearsal on morning TV, click here.
KAT-TUNの世界一ダメな夜! (KAT-TUN Sekai-ichi dame na yoru!)
Following on the popular success of similar TV show specials broadcast at New Year’s and in April, the show where KAT-TUN learn from the ダメ (dame, no) things in life will now become a regular 30-minute TV show from August 24.
The first episode will be a one hour special.
No flashy website yet, but here’s the temporary one (or at least I hope it’s temporary): http://www.tbs.co.jp/kat-tun_dameyoru/
To go to the Facebook page, go to the TBS テレビ KAT-TUNの世界一ダメな夜!
Kis-My-Ft2 will have a go at their first variety special, which will air one hour specials on August 18 and September 1 on Fuji TV.
So why Busaiku? Because every since the group had made their debut in August last year, anti-fans and fans have been calling the group “busaiku (ugly)”.
But not to worry, the boys have been quick to get over it and are determined as ever to convince everyone that they can be cool. In the show, the members will show off their cool side.
Comments from members on the TV show’s website:
“Seeing the various personalities the members have was something very different to what we’ve done up to now. I think this is the first time Johnny’s have done something so embarrassing. I hope you’ll find a new side to Kis-My, and watch over us. Laugh all you want until it hurts!” (Hiromitsu Kitayama)
“This is a show where you’ll be able to see each Kis-My member’s personality and watch how they think. You’ll even be able to see things the other members never knew about each other too! Happy members, shocked members, a lot of real reactions! I’d be so happy if you watch it!” (Wataru Yokoo)
“First of all, this title has a lot of impact! Who’d have thought of it. The concept is that each of us want to become a better guy from within, and it’s a variety show where you watch us transform ourselves. There are so many embarrassing moments. I was even nervous while we were working on it. I hope you enjoy this new kind of variety show!” (Taisuke Fujigaya)
“When I first heard the title I was just like, ‘what?’. I never thought anyone would put the word ‘busaiku’ after our group name. In fact, my first reaction was to look at myself in the mirror (laughs). To be honest, the shoot was so embarrassing, but I thought to myself that this would be the only chance I would get to act cool, so I put more into my coolness than I would in a concert or music show. I’ve never acted as cool as I did on that day in my entire life (laughs). The show’s title and what actually goes on during the show are very different, and the one hour will be over in an instant. I hope you get to watch it.” (Toshiya Miyata)
“It’s a new kind of show, and all of us are being as serious as we can to get through a certain challenge. I think it’ll make some hearts pound so I hope you get to watch it. I think you’ll be able to enjoy a busaiku Kis-My and a not so busaiku Kis-my (laughs). None of us are laughing, we put everything into it, and I do what I think I should do, so it’s a chance to see a new side of Kis-My.” (Yuta Tamamori)
“This show has given me the chance to see what women notice about men, and what moves or lines women like men to say. I will do everything I can to become someone who women like, and of course someone who men admire.” (Takashi Nikaido)
“I’ve never seen myself do these things, and there were some things I did that were more embarrassing than words can express. I don’t think any other variety show has been able to show the real side of the people in it than this show. That is how real our reactions are, and I’m sure that everyone watching it will cringe just as much as us watching it in the studio. It’s something different and I hope you all watch it!” (Kento Senga)
Interview with Kis-My-Ft2’s Taisuke Fujigaya in Yomiuri Shimbun, published on July 30.
It must have been a long wait, but the 25-year-old Kis-My-Ft2 group member is in the middle of playing his first lead in a drama series. He was a late bloomer for a Johnny’s talent, but that has not changed his attitude.
“I always wanted to try a lead role. How different is it. There’s so much I want to learn,” Fujigaya said.
Fujigaya’s character in Beginners! wants become a police officer because his father was one. The Johnny’s talent said he brings things about his own relationship with his father into his character.
“My parents have done so much for me. My dad’s a quiet person, but when I was going through a tough time thinking about my future, he was there for me. I was so happy when he came to my concert.”
Q&A with questions sent in by fans:
Q: How do you remember you lines?
A: When I’m at home, usually in the bath. I’ll imagine the scene and take my time going over lines.
Q: What kind of character would you like to try?
A: Something like 10 episodes of the love story from the first episode. I want to try so many characters.
Q: What job would you be doing if you weren’t doing this one?
A: I love kids so I might’ve become a kindergarten teacher or a worker at Disneyland.
Q: What’s the best thing a fan has told you?
A: Things like, “you gave me support”, or, “you gave me motivation”. Knowing that what we do makes someone happy makes me happy too.