「"there is only a sense of discomfort"」Circumstances behind PSY's indefinite postponement of Japanese debut
Oct 12 2012
I remember showing “Gangnam Style” to my Japanese friends and coworkers only a few weeks after it was uploaded to YouTube in July. While, like millions of other viewers, I thought the video was best thing to come out of YouTube since Charlie the Unicorn, I was surprised to find that most Japanese people I showed it to would just stare at the screen and mumble a disinterested “hmmmm.”
Were they seeing the same video I was? Did they not notice the horse-riding dance and the rhythmic pelvic thrusting in the elevator? Were they deaf to the addictive melody and blind to the tongue-in-cheek sexual innuendos? I mean, come on people: he’s screaming at her butt.
At the time, I thought maybe I just had dull friends. But after over 400,000,000 views, numerous international media appearances, an American record deal and still only minimal sign of interest from Japan, I’m compelled to think that
But what could that “something” be? It’s not like Japan has traditionally rejected K-pop—just the opposite, actually: Korean artists like TVXQ and Girls’ Generation have ranked high in Japanese music charts numerous times over the past few years, and many Japanese websites and magazines have even been following PSY during his international rise to fame. It would seem strange, then, that PSY has yet to debut in the Japanese market.
As it turns out, he tried.
It has been announced that V6‘s Junichi Okada will star in NHK‘s Taiga drama slated to air on 2014. The said drama is titled, “Gunshi Kanbee” (Kanbee strategist), where Okada will play the role of Kanbee Kuroda (Kanbei Kuroda or Yoshitaka Kuroda), a legendary strategist for Hideyoshi Toyotomi during the turbulent days of Warring State Period. Kanbee is known to be ambitious and have plans in taking the country for himself from the “three heroes”- Oda Nobunaga, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Ieyasu Tokugawa. Furthermore, Kanbee is known as a Christian-convert, loyal to his wife, loves poems, and tea ceremonies.
“Gunshi Kanbee” is Okada’s debut in Taiga drama. “I want to play a multi-faceted role like Kanbee that is rich in humanity. As the strongest no.2, he [Kanbee] has an image that makes Hideyoshi scared of him because he can do too much. [Kanbee] is an uncanny and attractive person who plays the roles of a military commander and schemer, ” Okada commented regarding the huge role that he has to play.
Nevertheless, Okada also shared that he had always loved history and have dreamed of becoming a history teacher.
“Gunshi Kanbee” will start shooting on Aug 2013 and is slated for broadcast on Jan 2014.
Domoto Koichi (33), who is currently touring solo after 2 years, announced during his October 8th concert in Yokohama Arena that KinKi Kids will be holding their annual New year concert at Tokyo Dome.
This is their 15th consecutive year performing there since 1998. After performing in December 30th and 31st, they will collect a total of 46 performances in Tokyo Dome, holding the record of largest number of performances in Tokyo Dome by any artist.
Usually not aware of numbers, Koichi, expressed his feelings towards their 15th Anniversary, “In order to fulfill such a big responsibility we will continue to give back to fans and create a concert worth remembering”, he shout full of fighting spirit.
Michael Jackson’s choreographer, Travis Payne, was responsible for the choreography of this tour which included latest song, “Danger Zone” and others, creating setlist with a total of 21 songs. This concert showcased a sharp dance, making full use of the most advanced stage equipment, such as a 100m runway hanging from the ceiling to the delight of 30,000 people total.
Last Oct 8th to 11th, an international TV program exhibition, “MIPCOM“, was held in Cannes, France wherein Fuji TV drama “Kagi no Kakatta Heya” won “MIPCOM BUYERS’ AWARD for Japanese Drama“. The said drama stars Arashi‘s Satoshi Ohno, Erika Toda, and Sato Koichi.
MIPCOM is an annual entertainment conference wherein the entertainment content heavy hitters converge in Cannes to create a new world of entertainment
Satoshi Kubota of Fuji TV Development Department accepted the award last Oct 8th.
In addition, here are this year’s nominees:
1) NHK’s “Chouchou-san”
2) NTV’s “Mita the Housekeeper”
3) TV Asahi’s “Iryu”
4) TBS “Saikou no Jinsei” / “Ending Planner”
5) TV Tokyo’s “Yuusha Yoshihiko to Akuryo no Kagi”
6) Fuji TV’s “Kage no Kakatta Heya”
7) WOWOW’s “Shokuzai”
Oct 11 2012
One SMAP fan in late 30s has expressed her dissatisfaction over the continuous “barter appearance” (exchange appearances) that Kis-My-Ft2 is getting this last few months from SMAP. This dissatisfaction is not limited to Kisumai, it is also extended to Yamashita Tomohisa, and have reportedly reached its climax.
It is something unavoidable since SMAP’s “foster parent“, Ms. Iijima, was also given the role to manage Kis-My-Ft2 and YamaPi. Starting with SMAPxSMAP where Kisumai and YamaPi have had their appearances to promote their own single, these two were also given the chance to act along SMAP members. Examples are: Kimura Takuya‘s PRICELESS with Kis-my-Ft2′s Fujigaya Taisuke, Katori Shingo’s MONSTERS with Yamashita Tomohisa, and recently-finished Nakai Masahiro‘s ATARU with Kis-my-Ft2′s Tamamori Yuta.
“Although we know that is inevitable to see them act with SMAP in dramas in TV shows, it would be unforgivable if we will see them guests in SMAP’s concerts. After all, we went there to see SMAP perform, not them. We know that SMAP treats their juniors (kouhai’s) kindly, and even though we want to support them too, sometimes it can have the opposite effect and lead to loathing,” according to one fan.
Furthermore, as Kis-my-Ft2′s popularity rises and so does their notoriety. The group has been rumored to have a bad reputation that sparked some unfavorable criticisms from SMAP fans.
Apparently, Kis-my-Ft2′s Fujigaya Taisuke is said to be respectful to senior officials, but when it comes to staff, he has a bad attitude and would scold them openly or treats them like a fool. “I don’t know why he is so popular, but I’m more surprised what a two-faced person he is,” according to a production staff.
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The award presentation ceremony for the 29th Best Jeanist Award 2012 was held on 4 October where Arashi's Aiba Masaki and Kuroki Meisa were crowned Best Jeanist for the second year in a row in the public voting category. Aiba commented that he was very happy to win this again and hoped to achieve a third award next year so that he could enter the list of legendary jeanists. As for Kuroki, she was unable to attend the event as she had just given birth to her daughter on 23 September but she expressed her happiness at receiving the award through the organisers. As for the judges choice, talent Rola, actress Natsuki Mari, actor Iura Arata and Olympic fencing gold medalist Murata Ryota were chosen to receive the award.
Oct 03 2012
The members of the Japanese pop rock band Stereopony announced on Tuesday that they are disbanding. The band was already on a one-month "recharging" break due to vocalist Aimi's throat polyp surgery. During that time, drummer Shiho and bassist Nohana went abroad to study music. After the break, the three discussed the paths they wanted to take next and decided to disband.
The individual members will still continue working in music. Shiho and Nohana are releasing a new single on October 24 with musician Evan Taubenfeld under the name "Evanpony." Aimi will also continue making music in some form. The members of the band will hold a concert on October 6 at Tokyo's Shibuya Club Quattro and interact with their fans about their breakup.
Stereopony performed theme songs for the Bleach, Gundam 00, Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor, EUREKA SEVEN AO, and Letter Bee Reverse anime. The group was also put into anime themselves to promote "Sumairaifu," the theme song to the 2009 anime film Yatterman: Shin Yatter Mecha Daishūgō! Omocha no Kuni de Daikessen da Koron!
It was reported on 2 October that TBS has to re-shoot some scenes in the first episode of its upcoming autumn drama "MONSTERS" due to the loss of one tape which contained already-completed scenes. According to TBS, they only discovered the loss in late September when they were about to begin editing work for the first episode. As a result, the TV station had to explain the situation to the cast and re-shoot the scenes which were affected by this incident.
After the cheering teams for this years
Horikita Maki’s likeliness of being Red Team’s MC stems from her NHK drama “
Another candidate as White team’s MC is SMAP. It could be recalled that SMAP provided the theme song for Maki’s drama which is “
Pop diva Ayumi Hamasaki, 33, is declaring the 8th of each month “Ayu Day.” Starting from November, she will release new songs on the 8th day of each month until next April, which marks the 15th anniversary of her showbiz debut.
For Nov 8, Hamasaki is planning to release a deluxe mini album, “LOVE,” which includes 12 new songs, such as “Song 4 u,” “Melody” and “Missing.”
“I am planning to release many new songs, as well as to launch more projects. This is how I thank my fans and their unflagging support,” Hamasaki said on her blog. “Please look forward to it.”
On Aug 28, Hamasaki finished a nationwide tour titled “HOTEL Love songs.” She gave 28 performances in 12 cities.