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Arashi - Ninomiya and Sakurai acting in a dorama together for the first time

May 16th, 2007 (02:38 pm)

current mood: some pple r born irritating

Ninomiya Kazunari (23) and Sakurai Sho (25) from the popular group Arashi, will be acting together in a special drama. The dorama will start in July under TBS, and is titled “Yamada Taro Monogatari” (Friday night 10pm).  This is a manga story that appeared in the Shojyou Comics “Gekkan Asuka” and is based on the original manga by Morinaga Ai. It was made into a dorama in 2001 in Taiwan.
Ninomiya, who plays the lead, is Yamada Taro, who is a handsome, smart and able sportsman who is in Year 3 of high school. He is idolized by all the girls in the school, but in reality, he is really poor. The story is an upbeat comedy in which he mistaken by the people around him as a “Rich Boy” . Sakurai plays the important role as the real high school celebrity, who really understands Ninomiya. The chief producer says, “The setting is rather outrageous, but the theme of this dorama is about family and friends and it is a warm and heartfelt dorama.”
According to Johnny’s Jimusho, there has, in the past, been instances where up and coming groups have acted together in a dorama, but something like this, where top idols like Arashi act together is an exception. Ninomiya says “If Shokun is together with me, I will be able to push myself on.” Sakurai says enthusiastically “ The important thing is that the audience should feel a distance from Yamada Taro. If we can draw out that difference it would be good.”

Great news to wake up to this morning. My favourite pair in a dorama together! I knew Ninochan was going to do it but Shokun too was a nice surprise. And I was thinking this would be a quiet Arashi week.

Now that I have calmed down (after thinking about it over my anago tenpura don lunch), I can be objective.

Haven't read the manga nor seen the 2001 Taiwan version, what I would like to know is : who is this character that Sho is playing? Is his character like what Rui is to Doumyouji? I mean does he appear reasonably alot in the manga or is his role just a 5 sec hit-and-go wonder? I know sometimes the news is sensationalised. Look at Aibachan and his 5 sec appearance in Kuitan SP last year. I hope for this one, there is no disjoint in the glamour that the news reports and the actual screen time accorded. 

(I guess this means ninochan and shokun will not be appearing very much for Mago mago in Summer, I hope we see more of them now...)

Well, I am guessing again, but I think Arashi would be singing the theme song for this dorama again (that would be their third dorama theme song this year), on top of their usual album that they will dish out before the summer cons, so maybe the timing of release would be like Arashic and Aozora Pedal last year. Plus all those mags that will come out... Man, I am going to be so broke in summer. Ninochan was certainly not joking when he said over the new year cons that this would be a massive arashi year.
*sob* (bye bye Prada bag)


Posted by: piNk drAgON (baka_power)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)

omg~ my heart can't take anymore surprises!
first, the semi=naked pix.. and now.. this?
i also know that nino would be in it.. and i thought the 2nd guy was kame.. but now.. it's SHO??????????????????????
omg!!!!!!!!!! fantastic! and they both fit the roles they're gonna play!
this has got to be a first~ 2 members from the same group in a drama.. if this drama doesn't break any rating record, i donna what will! 2 superstars in a drama! kya! so excited!!!!!!!
yeah yeah yeah! XDD

Posted by: jihunny (jihunny)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)

Let there be a DVD boxset with English subtitles...

Somehow I think their roles are quite fitting! ^^ This is going to be so much fun~~~

Considering this is a shoujo, who is/are the love interests? There have to be romance somewhere...

And thanks for translating sumoboy. ^^V

Posted by: aishoni (aishoni)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
he is MINE...

from what I read here : http://www.doushi-sumeragi.net/review/yamada.htm , if Sho is the ultra bishounen Mimura guy then the newscaster will be the kakkoi buddy who will save Taro's ass whenever he's in a tight spot. Just make you feel all warm & fuzzy thinking about it ne~
Looks as though the father is a guy who is as gorgeous as the son.. wonder who will play Taro's irresponsible father..

Posted by: sumoboy (sumoboy)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)

OH..... the more i think of it, the more their roles fit their true roots.... Nino as the bimbo person (well he was not bimbo but was brought up in a working class neighbourhood) whom no one really believes when he is speaking the truth, and sho as mimrura who is the real 'bo-chan' or rich kid, true to his Keio rich boy background.

I can't wait!!!!

Posted by: aida69 (aida69)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)

this just warms my heart to no end --> "....where top idols like Arashi act together...."

did u hear that?? they are TOP IDOLS, our boys! <33333333333

Posted by: luckypurple (luckypurple)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 09:07 am (UTC)

thanks for translating the news!
i thought that Kame and Shige also nominated for the Taro role

i watch the taiwan drama but i kinda forgot about Sho's role!
*wahck self*

Posted by: オレンジ (smapxorenji)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 09:49 am (UTC)

OMG! Nino as Taro? Omoshiroi~~~~

Posted by: 'xin (heixin)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
arashi: ohno ♥

I haven't watched the TW drama, but I did read a few volumes of the manga. I just remember it being really of the shoujo genre. XD
Can't wait for it to come out! But I think Nino has to stand up straight...hee...

Posted by: MY LOVE IS NOT SHALLOW!! *SADFACE* (ayisse)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)

Hmmm I actually think this is a perfect role for SHo!! I can't stop giggling everytime I think of the character play and combination that will be Sho and Nino XDDD

Really really interesting how Nino will play "gorgeous popular rich boy" ~_~ But he has so much super confidence outside of his role already hahaha

Kyaa..I want to be in Japan so badly this summer (but of course the Filipino school year is different so I will probably have class in Japan summer =< )

Posted by: c o l o r s c r e e c h h. (murasaki_five)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
sho // upside down

TBS site has the comments of the boys on this drama!

Posted by: sumoboy (sumoboy)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)

thank u for the link!

Does that mean Sho will loose his curls and go back to looking like Takemoto-kun??

TAkemoto-kun daisuki...

Posted by: rin_kuro (rin_kuro)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)

Sumo-chan! I think you should look forward to Sho's style... coz in the manga, Mimura (Sho) should be kakkoii, cool, calm, smart and a kinda cold character... meaning, very cool. Probably no curls and a super cool Sho. Hopefully. XD

Posted by: marielle (m_elle09)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)

wow i cant wait! i've practically been jumping inside and out for the past 10 minutes! :D lol

this'll probably be an awesome dorama...and arashi will probably sing the theme song so now i really cant wait!

wow...this really is a big year for arashi! ^_^

if two of the five acting in a dorama together make so many people go crazy, then imagine all five of them being in a dorama together. i would love that...but im not sure if that'll happen anytime soon, they're all so busy! im waiting though lol :D

Posted by: yoyokimono (yoyokimono)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)


Posted by: sironimo (sironimo)
Posted at: May 16th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)

Nyyaaaaaa this is such a good news!! Those 2 together...I can't wait for seeing that!!
"theme of this dorama is about family and friends and it is a warm and heartfelt dorama." Ahhh that's seems good!!!

3 droama theme song... this is def the Arashi's year~

thanks for sharing the news ^__^!

Posted by: anni ~ chan (anhknee)
Posted at: May 17th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Arashi // Sho-chan

Hi I've been reading your journal for a long time, is it ok if I friend you?

I'm looking forwards to this because I can't wait to see Nino dressed as a maid in Sho's house lol (>v<)

Posted by: nanami72 (nanami72)
Posted at: May 21st, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)

thanks sumo-chan for all the news!! sho-chan and nino acting togehter! *sugoi* nino is in great demand!
now i'll try to get some scans of this drama ^-^

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