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?
It has been reported Nishikido came out wearing a white tuxedo, and his drama co-star Yuka in a white wedding dress. The press conference venue was inside the chapel at Tokyo’s Shinagawa Prince Hotel.
“I’ve seen other people’s weddings before, but my first reaction was that [the aisle] is shorter than I had imagined,” Nishikido said.
In the drama, Nishikido plays a fictional version of himself, pop star “Ryo Nishikido”, who falls in love with a single mother with three children and gets married to her.
“I think pop stars deserve some kind of congratulations when they get married. I’m a coward in real life so I think ‘me’ in this drama is so cool to be able to take that risk,” he said.
When asked whether he was confident he could hide a secret marriage in real life, Nishikido said it was not up to him.
“It depends whether you the press can find out.”
It was difficult not to think of Nishikido’s fellow Johnny’s talent, Jin Akanishi, who had announced his sudden marriage to actress Meisa Kuroki in February, and is now paying the price with a cancelled tour and being dropped by a drama series.
TOKIO leader Shigeru Joshima, who plays a retired pop star, and Naomi Zaizen, who plays Kanjani8’s manager in the drama, both had simple advice for Nishikido.
“Let Johnny-san know,” Joshima said.
“I think you should let your manager know first,” Zaizen said.
“パパはアイドル！ (Papa wa Idol!)” is a male version of the 1987 drama series “ママはアイドル！ (Mama wa Idol!)”. The comedy follows pop star Ryo Nishikido, who gets married to a single mother with three kids, and he goes to all lengths to win their acceptance. However, his talent agency Johnny’s orders that he either must divorce or retire within three months, and if words gets out he is married then he will be asked to retire immediately.
It has been reported Nishikido had said playing himself would be a new experience.
“I feel nervous about it, but I think there’s a lot I can learn. It’ll be fun shoot it and see the difference between how people see me and how I see myself.”
The Kanjani8 star said he hoped the other members would be themselves, but not too much.
“The other members are coming on as themselves too. I hope us losers won’t put off the people watching the show… But I just think it would be best if they all acted as themselves,” he said.
According to some sources at TV company TBS, who are making the drama, the drama will be as true as it can be to Nishikido’s and other pop stars’ real-life schedule.
Other real-life appearances will include actors, talents, and musicians.
Some of the people who will not be making real-life appearances include Kanjani8’s managers.
Finally, with the drama beginning with Ryo Nishikido’s sudden marriage, what are the chances of it happening in real life?
“Honestly, I can’t see it happening. But when we wrap up the series, I might have something to say about it,” Nishikido said.
Comments from newly-departed and remaining NEWS members, reports TV Asahi.
“One of my biggest achievements has been to be able to work in a group called NEWS, and to have had so many fans support us. Going solo will be a challenge. I know that it’ll feel different and I’ll go through hard times unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, but I want to use the skills that I’ve learned in NEWS to each and every job I do from now on. I’ll do my best and stay focused so I hope I can stay good rivals with the other five guys.”
“It has been an amazing experience to have been given the chance to work in both NEWS and Kanjani8, and I want to say a huge thank you to all of my fans who supported the Nishikido in NEWS. Being part of two groups, there were scheduling conflicts that couldn’t be resolved no matter how hard I tried. I felt bad because it was getting very difficult to plan CD releases and concert tours on both sides, which ultimately lead to this decision. I wish Koyama, Kato, Masuda, and Tegoshi all the best in delivering a new NEWS.”
“We talked over and over again until we reached this decision. We might be working separately now, but the four of us will carry on what we have all done for the past 8 years. We promise to work harder than we ever have, and we will move forward. I hope you will continue to support us.”
“I want to take this decision in up front, and work as hard as I can to build a new NEWS. I hope that you will continue to support the two and four of us from now on like you always have.”
“I love the NEWS we have built together, and all these guys will still be my best friends. And to all of the fans who have supported the group that I love, you’re still my best friends too. These two will be working separately from us now, but I promise to work as hard as I can so that you’ll continue to support us.”
“I want to say I’m sorry to all of the NEWS fans who have waited so long for us to get together again. But I want to think positively about this move, and work hard to be able to make great music because it’s for you, the fans who I love, and who have always supported us. We’ll be different, but I hope we can still love one another. I hope you will continue to support us.”
It has been reported Yamashita will become a solo artist, while Nishikido will focus on his Kanjani8 work. The remaining four members, Keiichiro Koyama, Shigeaki Kato, Takahisa Masuda, and Yuya Tegoshi will continue on as NEWS.
“Going solo will be a challenge. I know that it’ll feel different and I’ll go through hard times unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, but I want to use the skills that I’ve learned in NEWS to each and every job I do from now on. I hope I can stay good rivals with the other five guys,” Yamashita said.
“We might be working separately now, but the four of us will carry on what we have all done for the past 8 years,” Koyama said.
It has been reported Nishikido’s retirement from the group comes after an amounting number of scheduling conflicts between his work in Kanjani8 and NEWS.
“Being part of two groups, I felt bad because it was getting very difficult to plan concert tours,” he said.
The talent wished the remaining four members the best of luck for the future.
A good-looking shop attendant played by Kanjani8’s Shingo Murakami will appear in the final of Ryo Nishikido’s drama, it was revealed on May 9, reports Oricon.
Nishikido’s drama “犬を飼うということ〜スカイと我が家の180日〜 (Inu wo kau to iukoto ~Sky to wagaya no 180-nichi~)” will air its final episode tonight, but not before fans get to see Sachiko’s (Nishikido’s character’s wife) attractive supermarket co-worker from where she used to work.
“(When I read the script,) it said, ‘good-looking shop attendant’, and I thought, ‘is someone going to be a guest’,” Nishikido said.
“I felt like I was intruding by coming in at the last scene of this long drama, but I hope I can add something to the story,” Murakami said.
It has been reported Murakami told Nishikido the night before shooting, he was worried whether he would be allowed to use his Kansai accent. Nishikido immediately called the producers, who gave Murakami the thumbs down, meaning fans will see both talents speaking textbook style Japanese.
On the day of the shoot, however, Murakami was not the only one who was nervous.
“I was embarrassed. I was worried the staff would think, ‘so that’s how he acts in front of Kanjani8’. That and I was worried about how I looked working here from Murakami’s perspective. I was embarrassed to be in front of both parties,” Nishikido said.
“The moment I saw him (Nishikido) on set, I was like, ‘why is the main character acting so nervous!?’ But then once we started, he looked like he was having a lot of fun,” Murakami said.
The love-comedy “全開ガール (Zenkai Girl)” follows a career-focussed newcomer lawyer Wakaba Ayukawa (Aragaki) who gets ordered to look after her boss’s daughter. At the kindergarten, Ayukawa meets someone she loathes – softly spoken Souta Yamada (Nishikido), who in her eyes has no brains, no money, and no career promises. Nevertheless, she starts to learn about child-raising and love.
It has been reported producers of the new drama had said they wanted to create something reflecting today’s society of more softly-spoken men and strong women. By creating characters almost at the extreme of each side, the producers hope to show the relationship between men and women today, and what it means to fall in love. The producers had added watching how the characters interact with kids was another highlight of the show.
Nishikido is still working on his drama “犬を飼うということ (Inu wo kau to iu koto)” where he plays a father. It has been reported his new role will be a change, and he will be a polite cook and divorced man.
“I’m nervous because this is my first Monday night drama and love story. I want to do my best to make this a drama one where people can’t wait until Monday night comes around again,” he said.
“Zenkai Girl” will go on air in Japan in July.