Saturday, October 31, 2009

Fukuda Mayuko conveys the charms of Yamaguchi.

Taken from 3 different sources, since they almost say the same thing. :P

From eiga.com, sanspo.com, and goo. Not direct translation as it's probably not correct.

Fukuda MayukoFrom Sanspo.
Fukuda Mayuko conveys the charms of Yamaguchi.

On October 22, actress, Fukuda Mayuko (15), attend a Yamaguchi prefecture PR event at Haneda airport (Tokyo). This even is to promote the charms of Yamaguchi prefecture to the world.

Because the protagonist, Shinko, in the anime "Maimai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou" was nominated to be "Yamaguchi prefecture special ambassador", serving as the voice to Shinko, Fukuda Mayuko was presented for the special inauguration. "Because my grandfather live in Shunan city (of Yamaguchi prefecture), I usually visit twice a year. Yamaguchi is like my home town." said Fukuda Mayuko, who was born in Tokyo, with a smile.

Yamaguchi is famous for its fugu and goosefish, "By the way, kamaboko is also delicious." 'Fukuda Genzen' recommened. "I will do my best to present the charms of Yamaguchi to Japan and the world with high spirits!" she expressed with overflowing love for her hometown.

The movie, set in 1955 with the rural landscape of Yamaguchi Houfu city, is a story about an elementary girl Shinko and her friends and how they grow. "Shinko's harmonious era is give a warm feeling in this movie." She also said during the PR.

From goo.
Fukuda Mayuko Attending the "Yamaguchi Hometown Special Ambassador" Designation Ceremony.

Protagonist of "Maimai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou" was elected to be "Yamaguchi hometown special ambassador". Shinko's voice actress, Fukuda Mayuko, was at Haneda airport's departure lobby for the setting up. There's an exhibition at the Yamaguchi prefecture sightseeing booth for the inauguration ceremony.

Fukuda Mayuko-san's grandfather is also a Yamaguchi prefecture resident! "Even now, around 2 times each year, I visit Yamaguchi. Using the advantage of this movie, I also hope others will become interested in Yamaguchi. Because kamaboko is delicious, please definitely buy it as a souvenir!"

Then, a letter from Shinko-chan was read by Fukuda-san. "To be a 'Yamaguchi hometown special ambassador' is an especially important job, I'm extremely happy. My heart is beating fast! With this movie, I hope to convey Yamaguchi's beauty to every one in Japan and everyone in the world! Aoki Shinko."

So far, Yamaguchi prefecture's "Hometown Yamaguchi ambassador" are actor Harada Daijirou, talent Matsumura Kunihiro, mangaka for the popular manga "Section Chief Shima Kousaku" (Kachou Shima Kousaku), and various famous people. This year, "Hometown Yamaguchi ambassador" goes to Akutagawa award winning novelist, Takagi Nobuku-san, who's the original writer for the movie "Maimai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou". Being the first anime character to become a special hometown ambassador for a prefecture is a great achievement.


From eiga.com.
At Haneda Airport, Fukuda Mayuko Passionate Yamaguchi PR Event.
Fukuda Mayuko
The protagonist of the anime (Maimai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou) that depicting Yamaguchi prefecture, Maimai Shinko, was appointed "Yamaguchi hometown special ambassador". On October 22nd, the voice actress of Maimai Shinko, Fukuda Mayuko, attended an event at Haneda airport in Tokyo for this nomination announcement.

Akutagawa award writer, Takagi Nobuko's "Maimai Shinko" is an autobiography-like original story, depicting Yamaguchi's spontaneously rich era of showa 30. With a hair stick up showing her forehead (note: where her nickname maimai come from), 3rd grader Shinko and her friend shows their growth into adulthood. Other than Fukuda, Mizusawa Nako, Morisako Ei, and Honjo Manami also lend their voices for this movie.

Regarding Maimai Shinko, who's the exception of an anime character to became "special hometown ambassador", Fukuda said, "Shinko is someone who's very frank when she talk, she's a girl who can get to everyone's heart. She's someone that people will get attracted by."

When Fukuda was recieving the award for Shinko, she immediately say "My grandfather live in Yamaguchi, so I always visit him twice every year. Yamaguchi is also my hometown, and it is a intimate place. Hakugin's kamaboko is delicious, whenever you visit Yamaguchi, definitely try it." Furthermore, she personally handout the movie's special goods to the audiences presented at the entrance in Haneda airport as expected of an ambassador.

Friday, October 16, 2009

"LIAR GAME" Spin Off Distribution.

From Sanpo. Not really a direct translation.

Actress, Toda Erika (21), and actor, Matsuda Shota (24), will be appearing together again for "LIAR GAME Season 2" on FujiTerebi starting on November 11 (every Tuesday evening at 9). But before this, the same company's motion picture distribution service, Fuji Terebi On Demand, it's learned that on the 14th, there will be a showing of a spin off drama.

This spin off drama will be called, "LIAR GAME Episode ZERO". In episode ZERO, the story is about the characters 7 years before the start of the tournament. The actress for the protagonist, Nao (Toda) will be play by Fukuda Mayuko (15), and Akiyama's (Matsuda) role will be play by Furukawa Yuuta (22). There will be 12 episodes shown, and will be distributed on to cellphones on the 27th.

Next year, on Febuary 6th, the "LIAR GAME The Final Stage" movie will begin showing. "From the spin off, drama, to the movie, please look forward to how it all tie together." said the full of expectation Fukuda Mayuko.

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Mayuko's new work. :D

Not a surprise that she was choosen as the younger version of Nao. She's an amazing actress, and Toda Erika and Fukuda Mayuko are both from the same company (Flamme). Funny that Kichise Michiko is also from Flamme, and she also stars in LIAR GAME as well.

In order to watch shows on Fuji Terebi On Demand, you need to pay an amount. I'm not sure how it works, but it's probably going to be hard to watch this spin off if you don't live in Japan, which I don't. D:

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hidarime Tantei EYE (左目探偵EYE)

First of all, I want to say that Ishihara Satomi is indeed a POCKY girl, along side with Nakama Yukie, Matsura Aya, and Shibasaki Kou. I am quite surprised when someone (perhaps a fan?) said she wasn't. Rather, I was shocked. o___o;;


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Anyways, I got a chance to watch Hidarime Tantei EYE (左目探偵EYE) this morning with Ishihara Satomi, Yamada Ryosuke (Hey! Say! JUMP) and Yokoyama Yu (Kanijani8).

!!!POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!


From TokyoGraph, the story about Tanaka Ainosuke (Yamada Ryosuke), after recieving a left eye transplant from his brother, Tanaka Yumehito (Yokoyama Yu), found his brother dead from an explosion. Because of the transplant, he begins to noticed visions, possibly concerning his brother's death. And thus, Ainosuke, along with his school nurse, Sayama Hitomi (Ishihara Satomi) try to solve the mystery.

And of course, there's a big twist at the end, but it's not that shocking, especially when you have Yokoyama Yu as the brother. I mean really, with a Johnny's big fan base, and they let Yokoyama Yu died the first 20-30 minutes? Impossible. -___-;;

Ainosuke is really a normal kid, but after circumstances (his brother), he ended up searching for the mystery behind his death, and thus also spiralled into a criminal case that's tied to his brother. But Ainosuke being a good artist is a great help to the investigation, especially with the addition of the left eye. I also laugh at the fact that Ainosuke's left eye is such a masochist. Seriously, for his special eye vision to be able to work, someone must hit him. Masochist! lol Well, actually, the eye came from his brother, so should I say his brother is the masochist one? XD;;

As for Yumehito, okay, I laugh when I learned that his name is Yumehito (dream person). XD;; I thought the name Ainosuke was strange, but Yumehito really took the cake. I think his character is too cool, so at first, I thought it was strange that he actually gave Ainosuke the eye. It's like, whenever I see Ainosuke and Yumehito together, there are no brotherly love. I know every siblings are different, but it was strange that Yumehito seems to put a wall around him (perhaps it's also because of the acting?). If you considered his whole character, I could kind of understand. But there are really little brother chemistry between Ainosuke and Yumehito. Yokoyama Yu's role in here is a bit like his role in The Quiz Show 2.

In one of Yokoyama Yu's entry, it mentions him meeting with Ishihara Satomi for the special (and how much a of beauty she is), but they actually don't have any scenes together. :/

Ishihara Satomi is perhaps the only comic relief for this show (if you don't count some of the reactions from the crowds and stuffs). She's played the extremely curious and "touchy" school nurse that's like a side-kick to Ainosuke's detective. Not really touchy-feely per se, but like when you are curious and you like to touch things (lame explaination). When Hitomi see a " Wet paint, do not touch!" sign, she would touch it. When she see a "Broken water fountain, do not touch!" sign, she will be unable to control herself, and touch it. lol. When she saw a fraying sticker/tape, she would want to pull it out. When she see a "Secret room, staff only", she would want to open it. Sometimes, it took Ainosuke his all to stop her from her curiousity, which made for some humorous moment. I really enjoys these humerous moments between them. They are quite funny. My favorite scene is where they were communicating silently in the bank. When they were mouthing words to each others, there are katakana subtitles, and their facial expressions. I laugh so hard.

Sayama Hitomi is also in debt. At the begining of the show, we sees her calculating her debt, and then later, the loan company also called her asking for money. But it's weird that they never really finish that storyline, rather it was forgotten. It's funny, her calculator and laptop are both pink with decoratives on it, causing Ainosuke to look at her funny. XD;; It's her curious nature that somehow helped Ainosuke out in his investigation. Ishihara Satomi's character is a mix between her character in Puzzle and Hanayome to Papa. But there are less pantings. lol. It's a comedy-ish role so, of course her Hanayome to Papa's acting is going to come out somewhat, but not as exagerated.

I noticed that Ishihara Satomi and Yamada Ryosuke are both the same height. o___o;; My my my, Yamada grew already. Well, Ishihara Satomi is kind of short so....

I laughed when the bad guy dropped the fake vial that was thought to contains some sort of virus, and everyone was running for their lives. I don't know, virus stories always reminded me of 20th Century Boys, perhaps that's where this story sort of stem from since the 3rd installment of 20th Century Boys movie is out (and taking 1st place on the ranking). Anyways, I don't know why people are so scared of it when the villians just walk around, talk, breath the same things they do without a mask. It can't be, everyone is that gullible... =___=;; I know they brought out the professor the first time to scare people, but when you see the villians just standing there as if it were nothing, I would think twice before running for my life. :/

The ending for the special leaves a lot to be desired. Did the cop ever found out about that lady spy in their office? Both Yokoyama Yu and his boss never got caught (as Ainosuke didn't want to tell the anyone about his brother). You can tell that, depending on the ratings for this, they will want to continue with the storyline. But because the story is original (as in, it has nothing to be backed up like Tantei Gakuen Q, which has the manga), the producers and directors are playing it safe. But I'll bet there will be a continuation for it.

But, all in all, I really do hope that there will be a continuation, hopefully with the same casts. Because I want to see Satomi in a drama again. Guest appearances and specials do not count! >___<;; They set up a decent back story, if the writer try hard, I think it could work. Well, if they want to do a Special 2, I guess I wouldn't mind as well.