Well what I said earlier KAT-TUN can surivive with Jin. because this is the second time, but now this is will be difficult than before. Because Akanishi is officially out in the group, like what I said earlier too, the other members are totally talented and they can survive. But if you will read my comment again, Akanishi is the most bankable, and I agree with you that Kame is also bankable. But Akanishi got an oozing charisma and that charisma made his solo movie bandage successful, anego (if you will compare it with Kame's Sapuri with same genre) achieved higher ratings
Sadly Kame received low ratings in his dramas recently and I don't know why.
I have nothing against Kame (I respect him) and I admired his talent. It's just that, this is will be a harder for him to support KAT-TUN, for those people who don't like Akanishi after America. Maybe this is the time for him to grow up, to express himself and not as a "stupid" or "bakanishi.
Well as always I support Akanishi Jin and KAT-TUN in this new chapter of their lives
It does seem like Jin is the most profitable member..."arguably" at least...but considering how well KaT-TUN as 5 members are doing currently I'm not all worried because they prove they are still very much capable of moving on & doing well without Jin.
Kame's low ratings, don't account for much, even with his dramas in recent years having lower than expected ratings, his fans still love him. They still spend money & buy his merchandise, they still buy tickets to see him & the rest of the guys in concerts. Just drama ratings alone these days don't account for much profits.
Besides, there's many factors that contribute to drama ratings; the storyline, the actors, the timeslots etc...all these aspects can affect the ratings. Also, Japanese audiences are becoming VERY picky with their dramas in recent years, many J-dramas have not been doing very well in the ratings in recent years, not just Kame's dramas, many of them have only attracted low to decent ratings...while only some managed to attract very high ratings. J-dramas which tend to attract high ratings these days are mostly Medical, Crime or Periodic dramas...comedic romance dramas however have been doing quite poorly in recent years in Japan. And most of Kame's recent dramas have been in the comedy romance genre.
As for the drama 'Anego', even though that drama had high ratings, however, it was mainly because of the female lead Shinohara Ryoko. She was the hot favorite in the drama among the viewers, not Jin...of course he was a favorite with his fans, but it was Shinohara Ryoko who was the main attraction to the general audience. She was the cake, while Jin was more like the "icing" of the cake, although not everyone liked Jin in the drama.
For 'Suppli', even though it averaged slightly lower than 'Anego' in the ratings, but that drama only had Kame as the main attraction, and the storyline was not as good as 'Anego'. Plus, many people did not like Ito Misaki as the female lead...and while that drama had Eita as well, but he was not very popular back then. So 'Suppli' only had Kame as the main attraction at the time.
While 'Anego' had both Shinohara Ryoko and Jin (although mainly Shinohara Ryoko).
Ratings aside...these days, concert profits are what brings in the big bucks. KaT-TUN's recent arena tours were a big success, their upcoming Korean & Taiwan concerts for their world tour all sold out very quickly, and the rest of their world tour concerts in Japan are currently doing very well. All this much success without Jin, without the help of most Jin fans.
And the other members' popularity are also increasing, and Ueda will be having his own first solo national tour across Japan soon too, much to the delight of many fans.
So I'm not all too worried about Kame's popularity, or whether or not he'll be able to sustain the group "on his own", because the group are currently doing very well now without Jin.
Also, even when Jin came back from LA the first time in '07 & rejoined the group...he pretty much became rather "detached" a bit from the group...he didn't seem all that serious or "committed" to the group anymore...many people have noticed this for a long time...that's why alot of ppl, and fans alike, sort of expected this would happen sooner or later...that Jin would break away from the group.
BUT...at this point NOTHING is confirmed yet and Jin has not commented on this at all, therefore, nothing is concrete at the moment.
Let's just wait for Jin's response to all this.
Edited by kurisutaru♥KAT-TUN, 19 July 2010 - 03:17 PM.