Bits & Pieces 36

Hello~ I have regrouped a lot of articles that was kinda left out in my list of articles to translate just to get them off the list, so they are a little bit out of date…?  I hope you don’t mind but I’m updating the list with recent ones. So this might feel a little bit half-assed, but I needed a bit of time sorting out what to translate and what to skip. I still have a hard time figuring it out…

Without further ado, there’s the 36th Edition of Bits & Pieces. Involved parties are: Ikuta Toma, NEWS‘s Tegoshi Yuya & Masuda Takahisa, Arashi‘s Aiba Masaki, KAT-TUN‘s Nakamaru Yuichi, Kis-My-Ft2‘s Miyata Toshiya.

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Bits & Pieces 34

Another Bits & Pieces! I seriously need to think about how to configure things out here. And I get the feeling that I might be doing a lot of this category. I just cannot filter out the articles, they all seem interesting to me… Anyways, it’s March now, April is right close, and that means Ohno & MatsuJun drama are close so I am very happy. Who else is happy about that?

Involced parties in this edition are: Ikuta Toma, SMAP‘s Katori Shingo, Arashi‘s Ohno Satoshi, Sakurai Sho‘s TV Show, Yamashita Tomohisa, Hey! Say! Jump‘s Inoo Kei.

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Ikuta Toma talks about not being in Arashi and how Sakurai rescued him

It really doesn’t matter because Toma is doing well and it’s just goes to show that when a door closes, a window will open. I get that right, right? Aside from that,  “Sakurai-Ariyoshi abunai yakai” is getting a lot of news lately.

Last Jan 15th, Ikuta Toma appeared in  “Sakurai-Ariyoshi abunai yakai” to promote his drama, “Ouroboros“. Arashi‘s Sakurai Sho is one of the show’s MC and Ikuta talks about how Sakurai  rescued him, which made Sakurai tear-up.

Before Arashi was formed, Ikuta was one of the most active in Johnny’s Jrs. together with his peers, Aiba Masaki, Ninomiya Kazunari, and Matsumoto Jun. So when the three got chosen and Ikuta did not, he got frustrated. Furthermore, Arashi became popular and Ikuta was one of backdancers during their first concert. Ikuta felt like a gap was built between him and Arashi and he was thinking that he’s defeated.

Nevertheless, during the first concert, Sakurai faced the fans and thanked everyone including Johnny’s Jrs. After the concert, Sakurai directly went to Ikuta and he said, “thank you, Toma”. Ikuta was touched by Sakurai’s word of thanks and he was very happy.

Back at the show, Sakurai smiled with embarrassment as he covers his face to wipe his tears.

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Ueno Juri Joins Ikuta Toma in Ouroboros

Ouroboros is getting more exciting with an addition of one of my favorite Japanese actress.

As reported,

It was announced that actress Ueno Juri will join the cast of “Ouroboros” that stars Ikuta Toma and Oguri Shun.

“Ouroboros” is a live adaptation from the manga of the same title by Kanzaki Yuuya. It tells the story of two orphaned friends where one grows up as a police detective (Ikuta) while the other is yakuza (Oguri). Together, the two will extract revenge for their foster parent. Ueno plays the role of Hibino Mizuki, an elite police officer who graduated from Tokyo University and will be Ikuo’s (Ikuta) police buddy.

This is the first time that the Ikuta and Ueno will be working together and their characters will be having a love story; however, Ikuta regrets that it’ll be a sad one. Ikuta is also full of enthusiasm after learning the names of the amazing actors who will be working with them.

Rounding-up the cast, are: Yoshida KotaroKenichi Takito, Yoshida Yō, Mitsuishi Ken, and Seino Nana.

Ouroboros” will air on TBS every Friday at 10:00 PM (JST) starting on Jan 31st.

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“MIRACLE” Movie to be shown in 27th Tokyo International Film Festival

Aiba and Ikuta together with gorgeous ladies, what’s not to like? After all, it’s not everyday that JE do a romance movie.

As reported,

It has been determined that the movie “MIRACLE: Devil Claus’ Love and Magic” will be shown in the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival. The movie’s gorgeous cast, which includes Arashi‘s Aiba Masaki, Eikura Nana, Ikuta Toma, and Han Hyo-Joo are also expected to attend the movie’s world premier as well as the stage greeting.

“MIRACLE” tells the story of unrequited love among four people starting with Hikaru (Aiba) who have found his soulmate, Anna (Eikura) who is in love with her childhood friend, So-Yeon (Han) who can’t forget her ex-boyfriend, and Kitayama (Ikuta) who can’t be serious in love. It’s all up to Devil Claus, a sidekick who is only visible to Hikaru, to spruce some miracle for these four to find love on Christmas.

Also, Yamashita Tatsuro will supervised the movie’s OST with his hit song “Christmas Eve“. Read More »