TV Drama Specials, a Movie & Maruyama

Hey guys! Not much news today, the Johnny’s world is a little bit slow today… but there are a few rumors floating around the web… and I’m looking for time to get through them, but there’s just no time yet, so for now, just some TV drama, a movie and Maruyama.

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Sekai Ichi Muzakashii Koi Cast Update!

Right after after March 5th’s broadcast of “Arashi Ni Shiyagare“, the drama’s chart on the website has been updated.

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We now have the complete cast, and just as the fans on twitter had imagined, it was Johnny’s West‘s Kotaki Nozumu.

We’ll be seeing these two cuties soon! Sekai Ichi Muzukashii Koi will be starting in next month! (April 2016)

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via tumblr & Arashi ni Shiyagare

Arashi and Johnny’s WEST Big Win at The 29th Japan Gold Disc Award

Congratulations to Arashi and Johnny’s WEST for their first-ever win!

Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) announced the winners for the “29th Japan Gold Disc Award” (GD Award) last Mar 2nd.

Taking home Artist of the Year” for the first time in four years is Arashi. In the Western category, British boyband One Direction take home the crown for second consecutive year. AKB48‘s “Labrador Retriever” wins Single of Year and it’s their 5th consecutive win.

According to RIAJ’s statistics from Jan 1st to Dec 31st, 2014, Arashi sold 935,504 albums (THE DIGITALIAN), 1,964,292 singles, and  1,442,527 music videos (DVDs of Arafes 2013 and Arashi Live Tour 2013 “LOVE”). The said figures made Arashi the Artist of the Year after four years.

Aside from Arashi, Johnny’s WEST won New Artist of the Year and their western counterpart winner is Ariana Grande. It’s Johnny’s WEST first award.

The rest of the winners, are:

> Best Asian artist – DBSK/ TVXQ

> Best enka artist – Nakamori Akina

> New Artist of the Year (Asia) – BTS/Bangtan Boys

>Album of the Year (Japan) – Tsugi no Ashiato by AKB48

> Album of the Year (Western) – 1989 by Taylor Swift

> Album of the Year (Asia) – Tree by TVXQ

> Song of the Year – Let it Go (Japanese version) by Matsu Takako

> Song of the Year (Western/World) – Let it Go by Idina Menzel

> Song of the Year (Asia) – Indestructible (Girl’s Generation)

> Special award – Anna and the Snowqueen Original Soundtrack

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Kiriyama and Kamiyama Play Twins Separated at Birth in “Blood Brothers”

More Johnny’s are playing younger roles in stage plays…can’t they adapt something else that would fit their age?

Johnny’s WEST‘s Kiriyama Akito and Kamiyama Tomohiro are starring in the musical, “Blood Brothers“. The said musical is an adaptation of Willy Russell’s original that premiered at London’s West End in 1983. As the title suggest, Kiriyama and Kamiyama play as fraternal twins who grew-up from different families; one was brought up from a poor family while the other grew up rich.

Kiriyama plays the role of Mickey, the poor one, and when the musical was announced last December, he decided to lose some belly fat with a diet of soup and he successfully got thinner.  Moreover, both are in their 20’s and they are playing 7-year-old characters so they have to remove their shin hair since they’ll be wearing shorts. The two showed-off their shiny legs like girls during the press conference . Kiriyama shared that when he went to the supermarket to buy some hair removal cream, he unexpectedly bump to Kami-chan (Kamiyama) and it was very embarrassing.

Blood Brothers” will run from Feb 14th to 28th at Shinbashi Theater, Tokyo.

via jnews1, Nikkan Sports, and Hochi

Johnny’s WEST Announces 2015 Tour

The 7-member group started this year with their first concert tour since their  debut and now the group is back for more.

Johnny’s WEST announces that they will be having “Johnny’s WEST Concert Tour 2015” that will start this May 4th-6th at Yokohama Arena. The rest of the tour schedules, are: (a) Congress Center Century Hall, Nagoya on May 8th-9th; (b) Osaka Castle Hall on May 13th-14th; (c) Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen HBG Hall on May 28th; (d) Fukuoka Sun Palace on June 1st-2nd; and (e) Kobe World Memorial Hall on June 6th-7th.

On a side note, Johnny’s WEST will be guesting on “VS Arashi” this Feb 19th. This is the first time that Johnny’s WEST will appear at Arashi’s variety show.

via jnews1

Johnny’s WEST Celebrates First Concert with 15,000 Fans

A big leap for the group of seven who are yet to celebrate their first year anniversary since debut.

Last Jan 3rd, Johnny’s WEST celebrated the last day for the Yokohama leg of their tour, titled: “ichi hatsu Me~e~e~e~e~e~e~e!“.

The members wear their kimono as they greet the New Year and sang 19 songs in total including their debut song, “Ee ja nai ka?” and their upcoming single, “Zundoko Paradise”.

Johnny’s WEST were formed last February and they debuted April of last year. Their live tour will continue for another two days at Osaka Castle Hall on Jan 5th and 6th (2 performances) and is expected to mobilized 105,000 people.

via Yahoo!Japan

Johnny’s WEST Revives a Legendary Play

Legendary as it was, let’s see if they can emulate the success of The Dangoro Party.

As reported,

Last Nov 28th, a production announcement was made as Johnny’s WEST will be starring in the stage play, “Naniwa Zamurai dangorō ichiza“.

The said stage play is revival of 1960’s hit stage play, “Kumo no Ue dangoichiza” (The Dangoro party in the sky), that starred Showa era’s comedians, Kenichi Enomoto and Norihei Miki that was directed by Kikuta Kazuo. “Naniwa Zamurai dangorō ichiza” will modeled after Dangoro and  will be arranged to fit the modern times. This will be the first time in 40 years that the legendary play gets a revival.

The comedy-packed stage play will tell the story of the troupe alternately with a play within a play with a “chushingura” story. Back in those days, the legendary play is said to be worth of 1 year’s laughter and Kotaki Nozomu commented that their version will be “1 year and half worth of laughter”.

Also, the play is known to used lots of improvisations (ad lib) and Kiriyama Akito and Tomohiro Kamiyama commented that they want to challenge in doing sharp ad lib’s for the play.

Naniwa Zamurai dangorō ichiza” will run from Jan 10th to 31st, 2015 at Nissay Theater Tokyo.

via jnews1 and Daily Sports

Johnny’s WEST to Welcome 2015 with Concerts

Great news for all Johnny’s WEST fans!

As reported,

It was announced that Johnny’s WEST will be having concerts  by the start of 2015. The “Johnny’s WEST Ohogatsu 2015” will have five performances from two venues.

Tour dates are as follows:

Jan. 2, 2015 – Yokohama Arena
January 3      –  Yokohama Arena
January 5      –  Osaka Castle Hall
January 6      – Osaka Castle Hall (2 perfomances)

via jnews1

Hey!Say!JUMP and Johnny’s WEST Teams-Up for “Little Tokyo Live!”

While their senpais host “Tokyo Live 22 Hr“, the kouhais gets to host their own mini-show. October will surely make every Johnny’s fan sleepless.

As reported,

It was announced that Hey!Say!JUMP and Johnny’s WEST will serve as MCs for TV Tokyo’s “Little Tokyo Live (tentative title)” this October.  “Tokyo Live 22 Hr” that will be hosted by NEWS’ Koyama Keiichiro, TOKIO’s Matsuoka Masahiro, KinKi Kids’ Domoto Tsuyoshi, Arashi‘s Aiba Masaki, and Kanjani8‘s Yasuda Shota. For in “Little Tokyo Live”, three members from Hey!Say!JUMP and Johnny’s WEST will take turns in hosting the show each week.

The program will be in similar format as “Tokyo Live” where audience can interact, real-time, using LINE and data broadcasting. The viewers can also post what they want to see on the program to bring-out the best among the members from Hey!Say!JUMP and Johnny’s WEST.

Hey!Say!JUMP feels honored to appear in the “brother” show of their senpais. They also added that since it will live broadcasting, they don’t know what will happen and hopes that “accidents” won’t occur. For Johnny’s WEST, they are all fired-up that since Kansai-born group will be doing a Tokyo show  and hopes that they will be able to show the real qualities of Johnny’s WEST.

Little Tokyo Live” will air every Wednesday of October at 23:45 (JST)

via jnews1 and Yahoo!Japan