Monday, April 30, 2007

[Yao] WATATATATATATATATATA


Apparently Ayu and Nagase are getting married because half of the internet is already buying them toasters and gift cards to Pier 1 Imports or some shit.
This whole thing was started by this quote from a "Music Industry Related Person" aka the president of the Morning Musume club in college:

"Johnnys and Avex are going to team together to create a film production subsidiary. So you could say that the two companies would have a lot to gain if they accepted the marriage."
"It's been leaked that Johnnys and Avex are talking about it. They'll register themselves in december." - Another music industry related person.

So the more legit Yahoo headlines has some guy saying that you could probably perhaps say that they will maybe get married. Probably. Who am I kidding she's probably been knocked up and they're getting married before she shows a bump and so that JE and Avex can make lots of movies about like, Dots and Koda Kumi trying to pass off as high school students in Osaka solving food mysteries. Wait, I actually would watch that shit.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

{VERONICA} and you thought we only knew about Johnny's!


OH SHIT!



Shazna is back! After seven years, the classic visual band led by charismatic (and overly-contrasted) frontmanthing Izam has reunited in Tokyo. The band (a spanish website labels them as "los padres de oshare", whatever the fuck that's supposed to mean) performed their new single Kokoro at an event yesterday. You know, the majority of our readers are probably in middle school, so they may not remember, but when I was twelve, Shazna was the shit. No, wait, even when I was twelve I knew these clowns were ridiculous. Melty Love? Can we talk please?

Sometimes I miss being a visual kei fan. Drinking helps that, though.

Speaking of awkwardness and visual kei, I just want to make a public statement about how creepy Yoshiki's Myspace is getting. I only found out it was legit a couple of weeks ago and I've been reading the back issues of his blog....whoa. That February 24 entry just made me uncomfortable, and this is coming from a person who ten years ago used to worship the ground he walked on . Celebrity or not, the last place I want to read about your deep grief for Hide is on your Myspace profile. I don't want to say anything more though because what if he reads this and totally hates me, omg. I love you Yoshiki. :(

It's going to be very interesting though, to see how the Coachella of visual kei, JRock Revolution, does. I'm expecting many fat girls, many creepy "meetups", and many creepy "I LOVE YAOI" messenger bags. Hey, JRock Revolution! Give me a press pass and a plane ticket and I'll write whatever you want me to say! Especially since the 4th member of the OMG SUPERGROUP (so far consisting of Yoshiki, Gackt and Sugizo) is going to be announced there. Everyone seems to think it's going to be Miyavi, but I'm holding out for O-Jiro of Penicillin! How can you resist a roly-poly face like that?

Lastly on the the vis kei front, Bou, guitarist of popular band Ancafe, announced his departure from the group this week. Apparently this is really bad. The group insists they will continue on without Bou as guitarist, but judging by the 8 million angsty livejournal posts I saw about it ("current mood: melancholy"), I'm predicting Bou has successfully ruined any chance of his former bandmates making a living. Especially given the band's really tragic "Candy Raver Preschool" look. So shiny! So garish! So 1996! To be honest, I have no idea what all these new baby Jrock fans listen to; I am firmly planted in the old school. All I know about this "Bou" is that his favorite band is Luna Sea (good choice!) and his species is "Cheese". Yeah, happy trails, buddy.

That's all I've got for y'all today. unless you care that Fukada Kyoko may be dating some Red Ranger Dude. But you don't, right? Yeahhhhhhhhh.







Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Drama Prospectus Spring 2007

Next season is going to be a Johnny parade. They seriously gave every Tom, Dick and Yamapi a drama. W/e, they knew they could somewhat counteract the fgtry with Kuitan 2 at least. This time, I've (Yao) brought you pictures from TV Life as well.

SPRING 2007


Kuitan2

Synopsis: The food-addict detective returns
Translation: Yes plz.
Notable Actors: Higashiyama Noriyuki, Morita Go, Kindaichi
Yao:There is a very good reason why they're on the cover and not some Kat-tun/News member. Also, omg mattemashita.
Veronica: I like Cha Siu Bao.

Propose Daisakusen (Propos(al) Plan) ~Operation Love~

Synopsis: Yamashita Tomohisa and Nagasawa Masami play a young man and woman who have been friends for seven years. Yamashita's character, Iwase Ken, is obstinate and unskilled in love, but he has fallen for the lively and cheerful woman, Yoshida Rei, played by Nagasawa, who is about to get married. While attending the wedding ceremony, a sudden time slip sends the man back in time, giving him a second chance to make her his girlfriend.
Translation: Let's put Yamapi in a heartwarming family oriented drama so everyone will buy NewS's single.
Notable Actors: Yamashita Tomohisa, Nagasawa Masami, Fujiki Naohito, Eikura Nana.
Yao: Have you noticed how the leading girl in all these BS love comedy dramas is always 'lively and cheerful'? When are they going to make the heroine a frigid bitch? Whatever, all y'all people are going to now start buying ~*~Nagasawa Masami photobooks~*~ and make her yr new pretend Japanese bff.
Veronica: I like weddings, but I don't like Yamapi.

Hanayome to Papa (Father and the Bride)


Synopsis: Ishihara plays a new 20-year-old OL working in the apparel company of her dreams. Her father, played by Tokito, loves his daughter excessively to the point that he compels her to follow his house rules: 6.00pm curfew, no socialising with the opposite sex. Nevertheless, she falls in love with her colleague, played by Taguchi, and marries him.
Translation: The tl;dr Japanese version of Father of the Bride, with less hilarious antics and no Steve Martin.
Notable Actors: Satomi Ishihara, Taguchi Junnosuke, Koizumi Koutaro
Yao: Ugh, I have this horrible gut feeling that I'm probably going to watch and like this despite the fact that this is basically Erai Tokoro for a younger audience. W/e though, I'm still going to cry at the wedding.
Veronica: I still like weddings, but I don't like Junno's nose.

Joudan Ja Nai! (I'm Not Kidding!)


Synopsis: A home comedy in which Oda Yuji will play a 40-year-old man who marries the 20-year-old woman, Ueno Juri. He will find out that his wife's mother(Ohtake Shinobu) is his former lover.
Translation: Aaaawkward.
Notable Actors: Oda Yuji, Ueno Juri, the adorable little girl from Chibi Maruko-chan
Yao: Why is everybody getting married when they're like, 15 this season?
Veronica: I like weddings a little less now.

LIAR GAME

Synopsis: Based on the manga series of the same name, Toda Erika plays an honest college student, Kanzaki Nao, who receives a million dollars one day, along with a card saying she has been chosen to take part in the "Liar Game". The aim of the game is to trick the other players out of their one million dollars. At the end, the winner gets one million dollars and the loser is one million dollars in debt. Horrified, Nao tries to contact the game organizers to give them their money back. Her old high school teacher offers to help, but it turns out he actually is her opponent in the game, and easily tricks her out of her million dollars. Coincedentally, Nao notices a newspaper article one day regarding an ex-swindler named Akiyama Shinichi. Desperate, she contacts him for help.
Translation: If done well, it should be less obnoxious than Kurosagi, but if done badly, it will smack of 'We wanted to do Kurosagi2 but didn't have enough money for Yamapi :((((((((((('
Notable Actors: Toda Erika, Matsuda Shota
Yao: I love Matsuda Shohei and I also love how he's going to be mad stylish in this drama.
Veronica: I like trickery. And the Matsuda Family.

Kaetekita Jikou Keisatsu (The Statue of Limitations Police Are Back)

Synopsis: The cold case cops are back.
Translation: O helo Odagiri Joe
Notable Actors: Odagiri Joe...
Yao: Totally unrelated but the Japanese version of COPS is totally not as funny/eventful as the American one. More drunk crimes plz.
Veronica: I like how that lady looks like a corpse.

Tokkyu Tanaka 3 Go (Express Tanaka #3)

Synopsis: Tanaka Koki plays his first lead role in a drama series in this romantic comedy. He stars as Ichiro Tanaka, a newly matriculated student at Sangyo Ryutsu Daigaku, abbreviated as "Sanryudai" (third-rate university). His dream is to meet his own "personal heroine," and he thinks that Terumi Meguro (Kuriyama Chiaki) may be the one. But in his pursuit of love, a series of events leads him into the world of "tetsu," otherwise known as railroads. With no knowledge of the subject, he ends up involved in a railroad club with data maniac Kei Hanagata (Tsukamoto Takashi) and the eighth-year student Seishi Momoyama.
Translation: Lots of over-acting on Koki's part
Notable Actors: Tanaka Koki, Kuriyama Chiaki, Tsukamoto Takashi, Kato Rosa
Yao: Oh my god, I'm probably going to end up liking this. If I were Chiaki Kuriyama I would not bang Koki.
Veronica: I like Koki (but I can't believe I'm admitting it!)

Seito Shokun! (Students!)

Synopsis: Based on the manga sequel Seito Shokun! Kyoshi Hen by Yoko Shoji, Rina plays a female teacher who will take on current education problems such as bullying, suicide, and declining student performance.
Translation: GTO except with a lot more 'please's and 'thank you's.
Notable Actors: Uchiyamada Rina, Horikita Maki, Shirota Yuu
Yao: Annnd Horikita Maki gets downgraded to a UchiRina drama. This is going to be like Gokusen except with less fighting and more hugging or something gay like that.
Veronica: I really don't like UchiRina, and i really don't like school dramas. I hate Horitaka Maki.

Kodoku no Kake (Wager of Solitude)

Synopsis: Based on the novel by Junpei Gomikawa, the story is about a young businessman (Ito) who encounters a designer (Hasegawa) that will ask him for a 20 million yen loan. She will use her own body as the collateral.
Translation: Please let this be just a show about incredibly corrupt yet hot people doing it.
Notable Actors: Ito Hideaki, Hasegawa Kyoko
Yao: Hott. Who else was mad that Kimutaku didn't even have one sex scene with HaseKyo in Karei? Well now it's Hideaki Ito's turn.
Veronica: I like sex.

Watashitachi no Kyokasho (Our Textbook)

Synopsis: Kanno Miho stars as a lawyer, Tamako, who investigates the truth and the dark side of the school where various ulterior motives swirl when one of its junior high school student falls to death. Tanihara Shosuke also plays a lawyer who is Tamako's lover, while Ito Atsushi plays a teacher.
Translation: "Tell me where he touched you."
Notable Actors: Goro's GF, Tanihara Shosuke, Shida Mirai
Yao: Two lawyers married together is like a traffic accident waiting to happen.
Veronica: This bitch will probably die at the end. I like that.

Hotelier

Synopsis: Ueto Aya plays Odagiri Ryoko who is a manager of a hotel, which a businessman (Oikawa Mitsuhiro) is trying to take over.
Translation: Wahgnnnnt
Notable Actors: Ueto Aya, Saeco, YON-SAMA!!!!!!!1
Yao: So that's where Saeco went. Also, Yon-sama's screen name is going to be Shin Dong Hyuk. That name will get you beaten up in the South.
Veronica: I like the fact that Ueto Aya has the most busted mouth ever, look at it. AHAHAHHASdasdjasd I can't even take it. I don't really like business dramas though, what is the point.

Bambino!

Synopsis: A drama adaptation of a popular comic written by Sekiya Tetsuji. Matsumoto Jun plays the overenthusiastic protagonist from Fukuoka who comes to Tokyo with the desire to become a chef. The drama will display cooking skills and the Italian language.
Translation: MJ speaking Itarien while also having motor nerve problems.
Notable Actors: Matsumoto Jun, Karina
Yao: "Also, he is going to speak Italian."
Why. Just, why.

Veronica: I am going to like laughing at this.

Sexy Voice and Robo

Synopsis: A girl that has an ability to alter her voice to manipulate men and a geek with an obsession with toy robots team up in solving various cases.
Translation: Nnnnnnnnnerds!
Notable Actors: Nakamura Shido and he only appears for one episode.
Yao: I don't blame you guys for having -5 star power because all the A-listers have pretty much been picked by all the other teams but jesus, they're letting anyone solve mysteries now. Just give us a drama next year where we solve mysteries kthnxplz.
Veronica: I loooove robots, so this will probably be the only one I watch. This, and the Corpse Lady one.

Even the drama specials are good this season. You have a remake of Hissatsu Shigotonin with Higashiyama Noriyuki, Matsuoka Masahiro and Ohkura Tadayoshi (y helo there :*) and a heist drama starring my bb Tamayama Tetsuji. There is also some BS remake of Romeo and Juliet starring Takizawa Hideaki and Nagasawa Masami but I'm not watching it unless he's wearing his face brace the entire time.

There is also some crime drama starring Inohara from V6 but I am too lazy to research it.


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