In the latest article from 『オリ★スタ』Only Star magazine titled “GO!GO!My Declaration of Challenge“, Only Star get up close with members of Arashi, Kanjani8, Koichi Domoto (KinKi Kids), and Takuya Kimura (SMAP) as they continue to challenge on new things. These men were featured as they continue to fight without setting limits, which make them beautiful.
Only recently, Arashi had their first music festival in Kokuritsu wherein their concert setlist was solely based on fan voting. Arashi challenged themselves by carrying-out the concert with just the five of them for the 1st time. Sakurai Sho looks back at the fan song selection by commenting, “theoretically, we should have been able to make a concert that everyone can enjoy.”
Moreover, Kanjani8 had their 1st stadium concert in celebration of their 8th year anniversary. In addition, they also did a fan thanksgiving for 2 days called “8sai” (∞祭) wherein they mobilized 85,000 fans. Nishikido Ryo felt joyous with the fruits of their labor, “we have come so far when we can”t even fill 1,000 seats 8 years ago,” he commented.
On the other hand, Yamashita Tomohisa and Katori Shingo have formed a unit called “The MONSTERS” where they also released a cover of Pink Lady‘s “monster” as a coupling song. The two were dressed in drag for their video and although Yamashita felt uncomfortable with his “shemale” outfit, he said that it became pleasant while dancing. “I have to be careful so it [dressing as a woman] won’t became a habit,” he joked.
This year, Koichi Domoto had his longest “Endless SHOCK” stage play with 139 performances in the span of four months reaching a total of 938 performances onstage. “They are the result of all the members’ continues hardwork and having overcome all the hardship is close to a miracle,” Domoto commented. Koichi will continue “Endless SHOCK” next year where he will reach his 1000th performance.
Furthermore, Takuya Kimura who have played various “hero” type roles for Getsu9 dramas in the past is currently playing a poor man in “PRICELESS“. “Calling it impossible makes me want to pursue it more because it will certainly result to a win,” Takuya said.
Seeing these challengers continuing positively, each of us will surely be recharged.