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.
Dance production Burn the Floor will feature Tackey & Tsubasa’s Tsubasa Imai as their guest dancer on the Japan shows, it was announced on July 30, reports Sankei Sports.
It has been reported Tsubasa’s dancing talent has been recognized by many since he was a Johnny’s Jr. talent, and over the years the talent himself has taken the extra step to go to Spain and New York to learn more about the art. Tsubasa is currently starring in the Johnny’s stage production of PLAYZONE in Tokyo.
On the show’s website, Tsubasa has released his comment.
“I feel extremely happy and deeply grateful for the chance to jump into a worldwide production like Burn the Floor. I hope to give it everything I have so that I’ll not only live up to their expectations, but also use it as an opportunity to discover something new about myself.”
Burn the Floor will be performed at the Tokyu Theatre Orb in Shibuya, Tokyo, from December 5 to 9. Tickets go on sale from September 15.
Fans have been left shocked by a move to ban uchiwas from Hideaki Takizawa’s summer concerts, reports Cyzowoman.
A must-have item at Johnny’s concerts is an uchiwa. Fans can use uchiwa bought from a merchandise shop to show Johnny’s talents who they are a fan of, while homemade uchiwa give fans the chance to put in private messages such as “blow me a kiss” or “give me the peace sign”.
It has been reported fans going to Tackey’s SUMMER LOVE CONCERT 2012 show in Tokyo on July 26 got an email a week before, asking them to support Tackey with “only pompoms and penlights, please”. Some fans had called the ticket office to ask whether it meant uchiwa were banned, and were told an “uchiwa ban” had not been stated. But one fan painted a different picture.
“When I got to the concert venue, they were checking bags, and they asked anyone with an uchiwa to store it away. Some fans managed to get through the checkpoint with their uchiwa, but when they took them out inside the hall, a staff member told them off. There were arguments going on here and there, it was awkward at one point,” said one fan at the concert.
There are some Johnny’s groups who ask fans to keep uchiwas at a minimum, like TOKIO, because the group is considered to be more a band than a pop star group. Another Johnny’s talent who asks fans to refrain from bringing uchiwa and penlights is Tsuyoshi Domoto, whose concerts are less like a typical pop star’s concerts. But why would Tackey concerts, which fit into neither category, suddenly ban uchiwas?
“Apparently a lot of Johnny’s Jr. fans go to Tackey’s solo concerts or stage shows because he has talents like Snow Man dancing behind him. Some junior fans are really dedicated so sometimes it looks like the number of uchiwas for junior talents outnumbers those for Tackey… Maybe they’re banning uchiwa to avoid this kind of sad situation.
“There’s also talk that maybe the ban is a strategic move to get ready for Tackey’s 10th anniversary concert tour with Tsubasa Imai, which starts in September. The duo are going to perform in Tokyo Dome, but I don’t think the two have enough fans to fill up that huge venue. Other fan club fans have apparently been sent information on this concert because it’ll have guests like KAT-TUN and Hey! Say! JUMP. Unless they do something now, there’s risk the dome will be full of uchiwas for other talents,” one Johnny’s reporter said.
It has been reported a number of fans had published angry comments online, saying the reason was childish, and that fans had nothing if they were not allowed uchiwas.
However, others have become more creative. There have been ideas going back and forth about printing messages on pompoms, on bandanas, and even on T-shirts.
“Eightranger” started in cinemas in Japan over the weekend, and Kanjani8 appeared for the premiere in Tokyo dressed in yukata.
“To make it easier, each of our obi-belts are the same colour as our own image colour,” Subaru Shibutani said.
But then the group traveled to Osaka on the same day to take part in their hometown’s premiere of the movie in the evening, this time dressed in their Eightranger costumes. It has been reported it is the first time all seven members had been in Osaka to promote the movie. Ryuhei Maruyama was not scheduled to appear in the Osaka event, but managed to at the last minute.
It has been reported fans in Umeda, Osaka were screaming and crying.
The movie is based on a concert performance the group have been doing for a number of years.
“I feel so happy knowing that we’ve been able to make Eightranger into something that we could give to all of you,” Shingo Murakami said.
The group itself celebrates eight years together this year, after starting as a Johnny’s group filled with members from the Kansai region, who have now gained popularity both as a group and as soloists.
“I’m really happy to be here to celebrate the first day of our movie, a movie about Osaka’s Eightrangers, which will now be shown across the country,” Ryo Nishikido said.
The group’s co-star, 62-year-old Hiroshi Tachi, also wears an Eightranger suit in the movie, and Yu Yokoyama had said he looks very cool.
“I hope I can wear that outfit when I’m Tachi-san’s age,” he said.
The group made their professional debut last November. It has been reported Johnny’s youngest group had cameras taking pictures of them for 106 days this year, starting from their concert rehearsal days on February 8, all the way to May 24 when they had on location shoots in Tokyo. During this time, Marius Yo had grown seven centimetres in height.
“I was so excited when I saw the finished product,” Yo said.
The 116-page book is also full of photos on the beach, behind the scenes during concerts, and even baby photos.
“It’s our first photo book so I want it so badly. I think I’ll disguise myself and go buy it,” Shori Sato said.
A two-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time world champion wrestler said she would love to get a hug from Takahisa Masuda from NEWS / Tegomass if she wins again in London, and the Johnny’s talent said he would make it happen, reports MyNavi News.
Saori Yoshida had been a guest on the music show “1番ソングSHOW (Ichiban Song Show)” on July 25 and said she always listens to the song “ぼくらの空 (Bokura no Sora)” by Tegomass before a match. The athlete had said she listens to the song before going onto the wrestling platform alone, and it motivates her to think, “Yes! I can spread my wings and fly!”.
It has been reported a special video message was prepared for Yoshida by her favorite member, Massu.
In the video, Masuda had first off said he was happy Yoshida had chosen him over his Tegomass partner Yuya Tegoshi, and then wished her the best in London.
“I hope you can get that gold medal at the Olympics in London. Good luck.”
Then, when a staff member asked Masuda whether he would make any wish Yoshida had come true if she does win the gold medal, he answered the question with a definite yes.
“I’d love a hug. I’ll make sure I win,” Yoshida commented after watching the video.
While this might make a number of Tegomass fans jealous, hopefully they will be forgiving this time. An athlete who is representing her country is getting the support and motivation she needs to get ready for her medal match from Masuda’s singing. No musician could ask for anything better than that. So, hopefully Tegomass fans will welcome Yoshida back to Japan with a big smile.
Good luck Saori Yoshida!!! – Momo
By the way, it is only a wig. But the makeup team did such a good job, Maruyama had said it looks just as real.
“When I looked at myself in the mirror, it was unlike anything I’d ever seen!!”
It has been reported episode 4 of the talent’s drama shows Maruyama’s character in a showdown with his main competition, and in order to show how serious he is, he dons a Robert-De-Niro-in-the-1976-movie-Taxi-Driver mohican hairdo.
“I’m happy I got to do this. Because of the job I do, I’m not able to change my hairstyle this radically, and I’m not the type that tries out really different hairstyles either. I really like this look,” Maruyama said.
Fans too, can expect to be surprised too.
“All the staff were surprised so I think everyone watching the drama will be in for a shock too,” he said.
Episode 4 of “Boys On The Run” goes on air on August 3.