Saturday, November 14, 2009

CM Updates

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Horikita Maki: MSIG

Aragaki Yui: NTT East

Kanjiya Shihori: Biore

Kawashima Umika: NTT East

Mizukawa Asami: Sharp

Kimura Takuya: Fujitsu

Kusanagi Tsuyoshi: Yamasa

Mokomichi Hayami: Ito Ham

Tamaki Hiroshi: Clorets

Oguri Shun - Sony Ericsson Bravia Phone U1

Mizushima Hiro - Right-On X-WASH

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Mizobata Junpei and Aibu Saki to star in NECK

13th November 2009

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Aibu Saki and Mizobata Junpei will play the lead roles in 'NECK' which opens in summer 2010. Kuriyama Chiaki and Hiraoka Yuuta are also part of the cast. The original work by Maijou Outarou is of a new 'kyun' horror genre. Playing the part of an eccentric girl is Aibu Saki, "My hairstyle has gone for an image change. I'm not a fan of horror, but let's have fun together!"

The movie version differs from the stage version which starts in February 12 2010 in Tokyo's Aoyama amphitheatre. Mizobata's character in the movie version is unlike his stage one. While the movie and stage play share the same motif, their storylines are not the same.

And just because it's Junpei, grumpy forced me to pitch in and do a longer article. ~unleash

Aibu Saki and Mizobata Junpei star in 'kyun horror' movie!
13th November 2009

Aibu Saki and Mizobata Junpei will star in horror movie 'NECK' that will open next summer. It is based on novelist Maijou Outarou's original work. Maijou has written two works, one for the movie and another for a stage play, both with the same motif but completely different stories.

In the movie, university student Shuto (Mizobata) is called by the classmate he has a crush on Suginara (Aibu) to her laboratory. For some reason, there is a big wooden box there that if you climb into, will cause only the head to reappear. The story begins there. Others in the story include Suginara's childhood friend, popular novelist writer Matarou (Hiraoka Yuuta) and Matarou's editor played by Kuriyama Chiaki.

This is the first time that both Aibu and Mizobata will appear in a horror movie. Aibu who plays the eccentric girl involved in the research of making ghosts said,"I have a feeling that this is going to be an eerie movie but there will be 'kyun' moments too so it won't just be straight-up horror. There are many components to it. I hope to make a Suginara that the audience will laugh with and be afraid together with." Mizobata describes his character as 'a love-sick puppy being led around by Suginara'. "It's not just a simple horror movie, as the audience laughs and feels refreshed by this movie, I also want them to shiver in fear," Mizobata said.

Filming started on 3rd November and will end later this month. The stage play will start its run on 12th February at Aoyama Theatre. Mizobata will appear in the theater production as well but with a different role. Others in the cast are Itao Itsuji, and TEAM NACS's Suzuki Kousuke and Morisaki Hiroyuki.

Thanks unleash! I got confused reading the articles.
Neck, ghost, box, lab...
2 movies out for for Junpei (aka Face of the Year and Rookie of the Year) in 2010!!


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Horikita Maki Staff Diary
13th November 2009

Nichiyou Gekijou ・ Lead Role Drama Announcement!!

The drama 'Tokujou Kabachi!!' that starts in January has been announced.

Actually we've already cranked in and filming has started!
Maki plays a public notary who works hard.
She permed her hair for the role too, so that she looks mature!

Expect a Horikita Maki different from one you have seen so far.
Look forward to it☆

'Tokujou Kabachi!!' officially announced
Maki and Sho in new drama?
DramaWiki Tokujo Kabachi!!

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'Tokujou Kabachi!!' officially announced

Sakurai Sho rescues the weak in TBS drama 'Tokujou Kabachi!!'
13th November 2009

On 12th November, TBS announced that Arashi's Sakurai Sho (27) will play the lead role in TBS drama 'Tokujou Kabachi!!' (starts 17th January 2010, Sundays at 9). The drama follows the struggles of administrative scriveners who use the law as a weapon to fight for the weak. Horikita Maki (21) will also star in their first work together. With the same broadcast time as NTV's 'Gyouretsu no Dekiru Houritsu Soudansho', it will be a showdown between two law-themed programs.

Sakurai plays the main character Tamura Katsuhiro, a meddlesome character with a burning sense of justice. After his mother was given help, Tamura longs to enter into the world of public notary. In reality he thinks "Law my ass, this isn't right at all!" as he complains and uses the law to help out the weak. The drama with its comical and serious aspects will make viewers think about questions like 'What is justice?' and 'How should people lead their lives?'

On the other hand, Horikita plays the shrewd administrative scrivener Sumiyoshi Misuzu, a former delinquent who hates to lose so much that she has been known to sever ties after losing a game of rock-paper-scissors. Confrontations arise at every opportunity between the complete opposites, the herbivorous Tamura and carnivorous Misuzu, but as time goes by they begin to understand each other.

"'Being a daredevil is not a bad thing'. And 'It's cool to work with all one's might'. I want to reaffirm those ideas as I portray Tamura," commented Sakurai. Others in the cast include Nakamura Masatoshi, Endo Kenichi, Takahashi Katsumi and Asano Yuko.

In the works is also a quiz aired during the program itself. Viewers will send in their answers during the broadcast time. The winner will then receive a call from Sakurai or other cast members, in a first of its kind trial project.

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Maki and Sho in new drama?
J Wiki Kabachitare!
DramaWiki Tokujo Kabachi!!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

21st Fuji TV Young Scenario Award

The awards ceremony for the '21st Fuji TV Young Scenario Award' was held at Fuji TV on 11th November. Kuwamura Sayaka (27) won the Grand Prize from among 1450 entries. Yamamoto Yusuke and Seto Koji who will star in the dramatization of her script 'Rinne no Ame' (Rain of Samsara) were at the assembly hall to present her with a bouquet of flowers.

'Rinne no Ame' centers around two brothers. Their mother has passed away and their father has abandoned them. When the elder brother (Yamamoto) learns that his mentally challenged brother (Seto) is regularly abused by the manager at the factory he works, he ends up killing the manager.

The two actors commented on what they thought of sensitively portraying the characters in this script dealing with a difficult issue.

Yamamoto Yusuke
"The script is deep and it would fail if emotions are not shown with care. I played my role with the hope that viewers could somehow feel some of the feelings of the mentally disabled."

Seto Koji
"Before filming began, we rehearsed countless times and also read the script repeatedly. We also prepared by watching various related footage beforehand. I think it's wonderful that this difficult theme is allowed to be handled by the young. I would be happy if this drama leaves an impression on viewers."

The drama will air this winter although a broadcast date has not been decided. Others in the cast include Kanjiya Shihori, Aoki Munetaka, Tezuka Satomi and Nagai Masaru.


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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hiro upholding his promise to protect Ayaka

Mizushima Hiro and Ayaka, holding hands as they commute to hospital
4th November 2009

"I want to protect her."

Having faith in each other, they hold on to each others hand steadily. Even as their secret leaked out, the two of them faced up to the public squarely and now they are getting over the hurdle of her illness together with determination.

In April this year, Mizushima Hiro (25) and Ayaka (21) held a press conference to reveal their marriage. In tears, Ayaka revealed that she had the autoimmune disorder Basedow's Disease. Hiro stated this as the reason for their speedy marriage after less than a year of dating.

Half a year has passed by since then. The two of them are often seen together at a hospital in Tokyo specializing in thyroid gland disorder. Ayaka, who is planning a break in her career by the end of the year to concentrate on medical treatment, visits the hospital at fixed intervals. Even with his busy schedule filming for Fuji TV's drama 'Tokyo DOGS', Hiro makes time for her. After every treatment session that lasts for about an hour, he will grasp his wife's hand tightly as they leave the hospital together, just as he had promised to 'protect' her.


Hiro & Ayaka getting married at the height of their popularity
Hiro & Ayaka Press Conference
Hiro & Ayaka - Message to everyone

Asian Fashion

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Celebrities Who Would Probably Look Better Than Women If They Dressed As Women

goo ranking released the survey results to a similar one tsutaya did a few weeks back. Once again, Teppei reigns.

Celebrities Who Would Probably Look Better Than Women If They Dressed As Women

1. Koike Teppei 100
2. Wentz Eiji 38.9
3. Yamashita Tomohisa 35.4
4. Sugiura Taiyo 30.3
5. Takizawa Hideaki 27.4
6. Mizushima Hiro 26.8
7. Miura Haruma 25.9
8. Sato Takeru 18.7
8. Mizobata Junpei 18.7
10. Tegoshi Yuya 16.7

11. Ikuta Toma 15.9
12. Sakurai Sho 14.4
13. Oguri Shun 13.5
14. Kamenashi Kazuya 12.7
15. DAIGO 11.5
15. Fujiwara Tatsuya 11.5
15. Mukai Osamu 10.7
17. Okada Masaki 10.7
19. Akanishi Jin 10.4
20. Yamamoto Yusuke 10.1
21. Matsumoto Jun 9.5
22. Yamada Ryosuke 9.5
23. Tamayama Tetsuji 8.6
24. Yaotome Hikaru 7.8
24. Shirota Yuu 7.8
24. Fujimori Shingo 7.8
27. Hongo Kanata 7.5
28. Chinen Yuri 7.2
28. Tamaki Hiroshi 7.2
30. Nishijima Takahiro 6.9

Survey Period : 18 September 2009 to 24 September 2009



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Oguri Shun, Dripping Wet

11th November

Actor Oguri Shun (26) attended the CM presentation for Sony Ericsson's 'Bravia Phone U1' waterproof mobile phone on the 11th.

During the product presentation at the assembly hall, Oguri, who was wearing a suit, was doused in a large amount of water. The CM needed 13 takes during filming. At every take, a huge amount of water was splashed on him. "There were about 5 or 6 pairs of suits that I wore. By the time I changed, the last suit would have dried already. It's the first time I've had to change my briefs so many times in a day. I was prepared with 10 pairs," he looked back with a smile.

The CM airs from the 12th onwards.


Paris Story

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Horikita Maki for NTT DoCoMo

What Horikita Maki longs for under the winter sky
11th November 2009

On 10th November, actress Horikita Maki (21), actor Matsuyama Kenichi (24) and comedian Gekidan Hitori (32) attended the presentation of commercials from NTT DoCoMo for the launch of its new 2009 Winter/2010 Spring handset models.

For the 'STYLE Illumination' series, Horikita Maki waits for her date under the winter sky. She gives a peek at the feelings of a young girl when she said,"I long for that situation. Next year, I will brush up on my charms as a woman and become a lovelier lady."

The CM will start airing on the 18th.



Maki's waiting for the Snow Express.


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Inoue Mao Staff Diary
7th November 2009

New Year Card
7th November 2009 13:18

Every year, the agency has a custom of sending out New Year Cards to various people who have assisted us.
Yesterday was the shooting day for that!
This is the 2009 card.

Made me realize that there's only a little left of the year...
Mao-san looked like she was enjoying talking to her senpais
in the agency after not seeing them for a long while♪

Mao-san who came to the studio drinking banana juice from the cafe☆

Then she did gel nails on her own♪
The base was gold with gradation.
The design includes holographic stars☆ at the tip!


I don't know a thing about nail art. I think ゴールドのラメグラデ means gold gradation like the third nail on the first row here. The holographic stars probably look like this or this.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Narimiya Hiroki lights up the Banana Republic Wreath

9th November 2009

Actor Narimiya Hiroki (27) attended the Christmas Wreath (Happy Wreath) light-up ceremony at Banana Republic's Roppongi boutique.

Regarding last year's Christmas, Narimiya said," I really like Morisanchu's Kurosawa-san, and it was really the best present when she turned up for a TV program just to sing a song for me. As a return favour, I gave her a pair of lovely panties with a checked and strawberry design as a present." When asked about the size, he revealed, "XL. That size would fit on Kurosawa-san's cute figure."

Narimiya lit up Japan's biggest wreath which has a diameter of 3 meters. The 'Happy Wreath' is high enough so that people can walk under it. There's legend which says that a man and a woman who kiss under a mistletoe will bind together in happiness. "Mistletoes are sold at the flower shop, so you can go in there and kiss anyone," Narimiya said. What about a present for the sweetheart? "In that case, a bra with a mistletoe attached to it."

During the talk 'Raising the Happiness of Women - Full of Style' before the light-up ceremony, Narimiya shared his thoughts, "It's great to have individuality, but overdoing it might have you end up being anxious instead. A style of composed elegance is good." The wreath will be on display until 25 December, lit up from 5 - 11pm.

Video of the event, here.

Panties? Bra? Here's Narimiya taking his favourite items off a girl:



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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Inoue Mao
Mayu Blog

8th November 2009

Surprise Stage Greeting

[Entry by Mao's Manager]

There was a big-hit gratitude stage greeting for 'Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu' yesterday!

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Thanks to the crowds that have watched the movie, we were able to put together a big-hit stage greeting. Thank you very much!!

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The audience became excited as it was a surprise stage greeting

Besides Mao-san and Okada-kun, Hirai Ken-san also made an appearance!

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Mao-san too, was really shocked!! She was very moved.

The other day, the three of them were in an interview for NTV's 'Sukkiri!!'!

It will be on-air tomorrow

Everyone, please watch it ne

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Hiroki Narimiya Blog

10th November 2009

Good morning

I have a week off
I'm going overseas for a trip

Where am I going?
I'll let you know once I return

This blog will also be taking a rest
Don't worry ne

Well then
Off I go

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This has been Narimiya.

He deserves a break :)
Have a safe trip!


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Monday, November 09, 2009

Maki and Sho in new drama?

Ohara Masako of comedy duo Kuwabata Ohara wrote an entry titled 'Tokujou Kabachi!!' in her official blog today (9th November). She wrote that she will be making a guest appearance in the first episode. The entry was written after the actors met up for an introduction meeting. "Beginning with the main characters Sakurai Sho and Horikita Maki, the rest of the cast members which includes Nakamura Masatoshi and Asano Yuko were all gathered in full force." She also wrote about seeing Maki without make-up. "She still looks the same!! Too cute!!"

'Tokujou Kabachi!!', a manga that has been published in weekly magazine 'Morning' since 1999 was made into a drama 'Kabachitare' by Fuji TV in 2001. The popular series averaged 19.3% in ratings over 11 episodes. 'Tokujou Kabachi!!' is a continuation of 'Kabachitare' but this sequel is handled by a different station and a completely different cast so it remains to be seen if it would prove to be a hit for TBS as well.

The entry has been deleted and replaced with one about a fabric softener (゚o゚;) All that's left it a cached screenshot of when she first made the entry.

Btw, Yamapi was in the 2001 version (><)

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Hiroki Narimiya Blog
Girl Power

8th November 2009

Good evening

Yesterday I was at Jissen Women's University
Today it's Showa and Keisen Women's University
I attended their school festivals

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All three, full of girl power
I was a little bit overwhelmed

Today travelling between Showa and Keisen
The was a road congestion
And at times it got noisy

Sleeping in the car
I'm abruptly woken up

"Change of clothes, please!"
"Please set the hair!"

Like that [laugh]

Me, who was rushed around

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Am now at the gym

This has been Narimiya.


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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Hiroki Narimiya x Hello Kitty

Using his great sense of taste, fashion leader Narimiya Hiroki has collaborated with everyone's idol, HELLO KITTY, for a new range of products.

Produced from a man's point of view who likes KITTY...
With that concept, unique designs have been created ★

★ENLIGHTEND™ - Swarovski Elements ……‥‥‥………★

These must-have items are made to last, lavished with genuine Swarovski elements.
The glittering radiance will not fade with time.
They will always be treasured items.

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KITTY Figurine Type Black Pendant (Necklace)

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KITTY Figurine Type Pink Pendant (Necklace)

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KITTY Figurine Type Champagne Pendant (Necklace)

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KITTY Big Face Black Pendant (Necklace)

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KITTY Face Black Pendant (Necklace)

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KITTY Initials Type Black Pendant (Necklace)

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KITTY Initials Type Pink Pendant (Necklace)

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KITTY Initials Type Champagne Pendant (Necklace)

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KITTY Face Earrings


More details on his website, click on the images if you're interested.
The figurine type pendants... apparently those Kitty's legs can move. Probably that made it 20,000 yen more expensive?


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