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29 October 2014 @ 02:13 am
There has been news of Tamamori being spotted filming around the city for the past week or so, but we finally have an official announcement!

Tamamori will be starring in his first lead role of a movie which will be released next year. The title of the movie is "Raintree no Kuni", based on the novel of the same title. The novel is written by Arikawa Hiro, whose other works include Toshokan Sensou (Library Wars), Freeter, Ie wo Kau, Hankyuu Densha, and more.

The movie will be a pure romance story between Sakisaka Nobuyuki (Tamamori), a company/office worker, and Hitomi (Nishiuchi Mariya), the owner of a blog called "Raintree no Kuni". The story starts when the two start to exchange emails with each other.

Without more information being released, it's unknown as to what viewpoint they chose to take with the movie and how much they will reveal in the summary, but I have read the novel before, so just a bit of background information from me.

"Raintree no Kuni" is actually a book within in a book, having first appeared in "Toshokan Sensou". A character who works in the library recommends the book to a library user, and we only get a hint of what the book is about, but it piqued people's interest and Arikawa Hiro wanted to write the story as well, so eventually, this book-within-in-a-book became an actual story that got published.

The reason why the two characters started to exchange emails was because Nobuyuki was looking for reviews of a light novel he liked and he wanted to see if anyone shared his opinion of it because he wasn't satisfied with the ending. He stumbled upon Hitomi's blog during his search and emailed her for a more detailed version of her opinion, and they start to write each other more and such.

Nobuyuki is actually a Kansai person in the original book, but it's likely they will change some of the character details and setting, so who knows how much will be true to the novel.

We'll just have to wait for more details to be announced.

Source: Early release of today (10/29)'s newspaper
10 October 2014 @ 09:11 pm

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06 October 2014 @ 01:02 am
It has been announced that Busaiku members will be playing leading roles together in NTV's upcoming drama, "Heisei Busaiku Salaryman", scheduled to start 10/18. It is probably the same time slot as the currently airing "Kinkyori Renai".

The four members will be using their own names in the drama, but acting as salarymen/businessmen. The drama will be about realistic, common episodes within the daily life of a salaryman that anyone with the experience can relate to.

Nikaido will be playing a passionate company worker. Senga plays a worker who is strict towards women, but easy towards men (in terms of work, etc). Miyata is someone who is unable to read the atmosphere/act per situation. Yokoo plays someone who is senpai to the other three, but can't work very well/isn't good at his job.

They each made a comment. Nikaido said, "We were called by the manager, saying, 'I have something to tell you,' and to be honest, I thought we were going to be told, 'Busaiku is over.' Since it was about being leads in a drama though, I was very happy."

Senga said, "It's just like Busaiku to be able to do our first leads in a drama together, the four of us."

Miyata commented, "(My character) is too much like me that it's hard to act."

Yokoo appealed to viewers. "I'd be happy if even people who are presently working as salarymen would watch and see how we act our roles with everything we got."

Other members in the cast include Maiko, Minamisawa Nao, Nomaguchi Tooru, and Shiga Koutarou.

Source: Early release of Monday's newspaper
30 September 2014 @ 12:29 am
Schedule - Kis-My-Ft2 - October 2014
(airing dates, releases dates, etc)

The first episode of Nobunaga Concerto is included in the schedule for completion, but note that Fujigaya will not appear until the second episode.

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29 September 2014 @ 12:36 pm
We got early release of information from SMAP x SMAP when they showed a preview of Nobunaga Concerto cast members at Bistro last week and being surprised at Taisuke being there, but today, we got an official announcement about him being in the drama!

Taisuke will be playing Maeda Toshiie, one of the warriors fighting under Nobunaga. Toshiie is his name he received at an older age though, so he may start off in the drama with his childhood name, Inuchiyo.

He is currently expected to appear in the drama starting in the second episode, to be aired October 20th at 21:00. In the beginning of the third episode, he will be practising sumo, so we may get to half-naked Taisuke!?

The producer had worked with Taisuke before in PRICELESS, and when he was thinking about who should play Toshiie, Taisuke's face popped up in his mind. According to the producer, Toshiie admires Nobunaga/Saburou and is like a kouhai to Saburou, and he was reminded of how Taisuke was like on PRICELESS' set in front of Kimura Takuya. It sounds like Taisuke was chosen thanks to all the effort he put in his previous works!

Source: FujiTV
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09 September 2014 @ 05:21 pm
I'm sure many people may have heard through other sources, but I'm going to post the details and such here.

KisuHama TV is coming to an end, and to replace it, KisuMai will be having their first completely solo TV show on TV Asahi. (Previous shows were all with Hamaguchi Masaru and was shown in shows' titles as well. Whether Hamaguchi-senpai will be part of the show in a smaller role is unknown. No articles mentioned it, I believe.)

The new show is called "Kis-My-Ft2 presents Office Learning Variety OL Club". It is based on a show that was hosted by SMAP's Nakai Masahiro and Kusanagi Tsuyoshi 17 years ago on the same channel. As people who don't have the normal experience and knowledge of the society and office work setting, KisuMai will play interns in a fictional office setting with ladies working there. They will receive tasks and instructions from their strict superior, who will be played by Toda Keiko (voice only, the actress who played the vice principal in Misaki No.1!!). They're going to learn various skills that's necessary for one to work in an office setting because the concept of the show is "So that they will be fine, even if they get fired as idols".

Other than that, in a mini corner of the show, they will be showing short dramas, reenacting power harassment and sexual harassment situations that women working in an office have experienced. Senga will be crossdressing and playing the role of the woman. Whether this corner will happen every episode is unknown.

It will start on September 30th, in the same timeslot that KisuHama TV is in now.

Source: Oricon and other newspaper articles
31 August 2014 @ 12:47 am
Schedule - Kis-My-Ft2 - September 2014
(airing dates, releases dates, etc)

Nobunaga no Chef and Kazokugari are ending on 9/3 and 9/5 respectively. The drama Nikaido will be appearing in, airing on 9/12, is a one-shot special drama.

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