Sunday, May 30, 2010
Arashi's Matsumoto Jun will play the lead role in Fuji TV's Getsu 9, 'Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku' (Summer's Love Glitters Iridescent) this July. It has already attracted the attention of fans, as it's the first time an Arashi member will lead a Getsu 9 drama and it's a love story that many have been looking forward to.
Takeuchi Yuko is the drama's heroine. Matsumoto plays a second-generation actor who is riding on the coattails of his illustrious actor father. As an actor himself though, he fails miserably and appears more often in variety shows than scoring acting roles. He also has an argumentative nature and even nitpicks on the way girls he dates hold their chopsticks. Skydiving with a friend one day as a distraction to his problems, he loses control of his parachute and lands on a large tree near the beach. As he is stuck hanging, a beautiful older lady with a cheerful disposition played by Takeuchi happens to pass by and their love story begins.
According to the producer, the highlight of the series will be confrontations of "tsundere young man vs. genki lady", appropriate for a Getsu 9 romance time-slot. Matsumoto's last appearance in a romantic role was in 2007's Hana Yori Dango 2 (TBS).
MatsuJun won over many female fans through his character in Hana Yori Dango. However they were not drawn to his more recent dramas 'Smile' (TBS) and 'Bambino!' (NTV). This time too, his character is not the regular cool guy, but for now it's a warm welcome as it's a love story. Ever since 'Kimi wa Petto' (TBS), fans have been anticipating another drama where he falls in love with an older woman. A fan commented, "I'm really looking forward to it." A more ardent one said, "Right now it's already making me go dokidoki, next it'll be a nosebleed."
There are worries though, as even KimuTaku is having a hard time with current viewership ratings. While the first episode of 'Tsuki no Koibito' was an impressive 22%, it has gradually decreased, 19% for the second episode and 15% for the third. The storyline isn't fresh, and the appeal of the characters are diminishing - these are a few opinions that have arisen regarding the drama. Now it's not just about the cast anymore.
The general TV audience has become more selective about what they watch. No matter how popular the leading actor or actress is, if the story and premise aren't appealing, the series will not be successful. Based on this are reactions to MatsuJun's upcoming drama:
"He falls from a parachute and a beautiful lady happens to pass by??"
"It's a ridiculous title. Isn't it too long?"
It's this early and there are already voices of concern. The screenwriter is Omori Mika, who has worked with Fuji TV before (Fukigen na Jiin, Buzzer Beat). Even before its first broadcast, there are already obstacles she must overcome. Will Matsumoto be able to carry this drama through? It seems quite certain that much attention will be devoted to this series in July.
I just wanted to post a MaoxJun picture and gif :)
Just pair Mao and Jun up, ratings will definitely be high!!
- On Monday, May 31, 2010 4:42:00 AM, luraaa wrote...
I second that unleash! As much as I like Takeuchi Yuko, there should be another MaoxJun dorama. Heck, writers should be coming up with a million plots about them since HanaDan.
- On Monday, May 31, 2010 8:28:00 AM, wrote...
The current rumours involving Jun and older ladies are getting public's attention. But whether the story itself will attract viewers, we will see. I wish Mao will have a drama as well. Maybe Fall Season.
Yes, Maotsujun drama.I am so looking forward for that to happen again. I wish we can petition it. Junmao, Junmao,Junmao.
- On Tuesday, June 01, 2010 10:49:00 AM, wrote...
One word: Cyzo. Enough said, enough to ignore that garbage of a media site. Although I agree with grumpy, just put Mao and Jun together and the ratings will go up. I saw a survey of couples most people want to see work together again, and Maotsujun made the top 3, so ahem, Matsujun, Mao-chan, get a clue and work together again, please! :)
- On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 3:56:00 PM, wrote...
Aside from all that, I think it's great that people in Japan are paying attention to quality over casting fame and whatnot, I've seen some Idol dramas that I will not mention because I'm ashamed I saw them XD XD XD.
If the story and production is good, jun-kun will be fine.
Heck, even francis ford coppola's Dracula (I refuse to call it bram stoker's XD) managed to survive keanu reeves' horrible acting (poor baby ♥).
Meanwhile, MAOTSUJUN FOR THE WIN.
I don't harbor hope that they'll be pared up anytime soon, but it will happen some day, mark my word, it's a winning combo, everyone KNOWS that.
LOL! Once again, thank you for keeping us posted with your translations, girls!