Sunday, August 4, 2013

2012-2013: 19 Years Old Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) No Longer A Child, But Not Yet An Adult (in Japan).

My title is getting redundant. I running out of ideas. ( ̄ω ̄;)

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) Part 1: Life and Personality

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) Part 2: Work.

2010 - 2011: The 16 Years Old Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子)

2011 - 2012: Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) After 18 Years of Life


Fukuda Mayuko turned 19 years old today. It’s going to be her last year before she turns hatachi (20) and joins the adult world.

Happy 19th Birthday Fukuda Mayuko!!!

誕生日━(★´・x・ノノ '`゚チ'`゚チ ┌iii┐ ε-(・ε・´) フゥ-━ォメデトゥ♪

I think this year is mostly a private-life filled year for Mayuko. Sure, she has participated in various works, but the major part of the year was focused on her private life as it is her last year as a high school student and her first step as a college student. So many changes for Mayuko, but not much work-wise…

As 2012 ended and 2013 begins, Mayuko spent most of the time trying to enjoyed her last year as a high school student as she can. On March 1st, she graduated from high school. After enjoying a short break, she entered college at the beginning of April. True to her words, she moved out to live alone. She's currently going to Rikkyo University and is part of the Literature department. She's also part of the band circle of her school. Thanks to this, Mayuko decided to picked up practicing bass/guitar. As her personal experiences broaden, she also participated in a few works as well.




SUBARU Dramatic Cinema

If you weren’t aware already, SUBARU Dramatic Cinema’s host/image person is Kichise Michiko, who is in the same agency as Mayuko. Perhaps it’s thanks to that that she was asked for an interview, even though she didn’t have any work to promote at the time.

- The theme is a movie that changed your life. Mayuko’s choice is “Josee, the Tiger and the Fish”. To which, she mentioned liking Chizuru Ikewaki’s acting in the drama. It’s interesting because Mayuko has a lot of dramas/movies together with her, with the most notable is the taiga “Fuurin Kazan”, where they played mother and daughter for an episode.

- In the report on Facebook, they mentioned that Mayuko is quite health conscious as she’s currently interested in making juices. Her personal recommendation is banana, yogurt, and lemon juice mixed.




Sakura, Futatabi no Kanako Movie + SP Narration

In October, news were out about Mayuko’s new movie “Sakura, Futatabi no Kanaki”. Even though she is not the main protagonist, she still played a major part to the story as the high school mother. Other casts include Hirosue Ryoko, Inagaki Goro, Takada Sho, and Enami Kyoko.

The movie started showing in April 6th and concluded its run in early June. I’m not really sure how well it done in theater (number-wise), and to be quite honest, I don’t really care much about it. However, based on what had been said on twitter and reviews, people seems to think it was a good movie about death, rebirth, and motherhood.

- Utilizing Mayuko’s awesome voice to its maximum potential, she became the narrator for the SP of the movie.

- It’s the first time Mayuko becomes a mother. Not only that, a high school mother! In one interview, she said that it’s surprising that she became a mother before she even wear a wedding dress.

- Since it’s her first ever role as a mother, she has to do some researches through maternity books and her own mom. The rest is based on her imagination. However, thanks to the child actress, she was able to portrayed the role of a mother.

- Possible kiss scene(?) with Takada Sho. Her last kiss scene was with Nagase Tomoya for “Heaven’s Door”. Yes, it’s on the cheek there, but it still counts.

I wish I can write more about this, but since I haven’t watch the movie, I don’t really know what else to say. Let’s continue this next year… ♪(´ε` )




Shoujo to Tetsudou 2013 Spring Documentary

Before her graduation, Mayuko participated on a documentary about train. Its first showing is on February 27, and was rebroadcasted later. The filming took place from Feb 6 to Feb 11, with a total of 6 days. The documentary showed Mayuko’s last trip as a high school student through the Chugoku region. It displayed her interactions with the town and the people. This show is probably as private life as you can get, so I definitely recommend watching it.

- Mayuko discussed her decision to live alone after she graduated from high school. She also talked about her future plans of going to college for the first time here.

- Mayuko has no interest in herself, particularly taking self portrait, as we learned from this documentary.

- She is afraid of height. If you watch the making of for “Heaven’s Door”, you would already know this, but once again, she’s afraid of height.

- Her interactions with other people is one of the highlight of this documentary. I particularly like the conversations she had with the high school students. Because they are the same age, and facing the same kind of experiences (graduations), you can really feel the differences when they were talking compared with when she was talking to other adults. She’s able to talk so naturally with them.

- Mayuko likes kids. At some point, she even try playing rock-paper-scissor with a child at the adjacent car. There’s a part where she watches two girls taking pictures of incoming train, and exclaimed “how cute~”.

- Mayuko doesn’t want to grow up. Which is interesting, because when she was younger, she always said she wanted to grow up quickly.

- She doesn't usually order inari-zushi.

- After traveling on the train for a while and seeing the different trains, Mayuko also started to master the differences between them.

This is getting random. Those points are just from the top of my head. I don’t know if I covered all of them, so if you have time, watch it!  ( ̄ω ̄;)




Iya Mushiro Wasurete Gusa Stage Play + Comment

In March, right after her graduation, there was news that Mayuko will participates in a stage play called “Iya Mushiro Wasurete Gusa”. It has been 7 years since her last stage play, and even though she has always mentioned of wanting to participate in a stage play, it’s not until after she graduated from high school that she challenges stage play again. The play was shown from May 16 to may 26, a period of 10 days (including breaks), with a total of 15 performances. It’s a story about the relationships and bonds of 4 sisters. Beside from Mayuko, the other casts include Mitsushima Hikari, Ito Ayumi, and Kikuchi Akiko, with Mitsushima Hikari as the lead.

- Mayuko played the youngest, Haruna. Unlike her usual roles, Haruna is energetic.

- Based on the interviews and the comment, the casts seems really close. The four of them mentioned that it really feel like they are sisters. Even though they aren’t related by blood, they have a lot of similarities with each other. They also mentioned that they get together and have nabe after the practice sessions, and at times, almost missing the last train.

- The cast members ate mame daifuku every single day. Since Kikuchi Akiko love it so much, everyone brought them to the practice sessions. Even the audiences brought them as presents for the casts.

- The theater is a round stage type of theater, so 360 degree of audiences. As casts entered the stage, it seems as if they will also have to pass through the audiences. Because of that, the casts mentioned that it was difficult to project their voice so everyone can hear.

- In one interview, they asked what’s her motivator and Mayuko said it’s music. Even Mitsushima Hikari confirmed it by adding that she and a staff saw her before entering the practice building, Mayuko was smiling while listening to her music.

- Before the stage play started, Mayuko seems to be slightly anxious about it as one of the FLaMme Relay question to Yamaguchi Sayaka was about some advices about the stage play.





In February, there was news out she’s going to be in the Japan-France collaboration movie named “Flare”. Mayuko will be the protagonist named Flare, and her romantic interest is a 40 years old Frenchman named Jan, played by Valentin Bonhomme. Other casts include Hirose Alice, Tanimura Mitsuki, Yamaguchi Sayaka, etc… The movie will start screening in France in August, and in the winter for Japan.

- The movie is planned to be shown in Cannes. But apparently, it’s not shown this year… Perhaps it’s next year, I really don’t know. Either that or the movie was so boring that it’s not good enough to talk about. 【・ヘ・?】

- Since it’s a collaboration between Japan and France, the filming place has a lot of English, Japanese, and French spoken.

- The movie was filmed in January 2013, and its setting is mainly in Tokyo.

- A fan went to FLaMme Girls Party event, and on one of the paper about the recent going on, Yamaguchi Sayaka wrote about “Flare”, as well as her character’s connection to Mayuko’s role.

“With complex feelings, Flare developed a mental condition, and in the end, stabbed the woman that Jan is having a relationship with…”

“Yamaguchi plays the psychiatrist that is in charge of Flare at the rehabilitation institution.”

- So, yes, this movie is going to be something! First psycho role for Mayuko. Oh my, I just realized Mayuko is going to be a yandere in this one! Yandere Mayuko! Σ(゜ロ゜;)

Even though it’s supposed to be shown in August, there has been no other news so far. There’s not even a website up. I hope it will be up soon. By then, we’ll be able to get more information about the story.



Murakami Haruki Interviews

It seems as if Mayuko has more interviews about books this year. Of course, she never fail to mention her favorite author Murakami Haruki. Thanks to such obsessions, she was invited to participated on the mook (magazine book) about Murakami Haruki called “Murakami Haruki wo Shiritai”, which I’m guessing the English translation is “Haruki on My Mind”.

- Mayuko first discovered Murakami Haruki because she was hospitalized for 2 weeks when she was 14 years old.

- Her favorite book and the first book she read from him is “Kafka on the Shore”. Even now, she still reread it. The cat and the rock cover gave her a big impression/interest. Her father bought her books to pass the time and one of them was “Kafka on the Shore”. She read it in a single night.

- Because she was around the same age as the protagonist for “Kafka on the Shore” at the time, it really caught her attention.

- Mayuko credited his book as it broaden her views of the world.




FLaMme Mobile: "Otona ni Naru Mae ni..." and "Shiritai desu ka?"

After entering college, Mayuko stop writing in her mobile blog. Her last entry (45th) was in February 13, 2013.

- 2012 was an Olympics year, so Mayuko's excitement was very evident in one of her journal entry. She likes the athletes Uchimura Kohei (gymnastics) and Yoshida Maya (soccer). She's also mentioned that she's a soccer fan since watching World Cup in 2010.

- After a long period of no updates, as fans started to complain, Mayuko put out another entry. During the summer break, she and 18 of her classmates did a barbecue. Since it's their last year, as well as the last time they can enjoy themselves before the testing period, they wanted to do a lot of summer-like things. Mayuko ended up getting  a suntan.

- Since her graduation started to get nearer, Mayuko continues to talk about her feelings before she graduate for the series of entries after that. She always seems to be having a fun school life.

- In the midst of January, Mayuko's manager blog update with a picture of Mayuko, in the middle of filming her newest movie "Flare". Mayuko’s manager blog also recently updated with the talk about “Iya Mushiro Wasurete Gusa” interviews.

- In order to promote the stage play, also posted the special edition video interviews for “Otona ni Naru Mae ni…”. The first episode was posted on youtube. The rests are on the mobile website. In it, she introduced the play as well as talk about her views on failures and other subjects.

- Recently, updated with Mayuko’s “Stage Play Q&A” Interview. At the end she said:

“Perhaps I’ll just stroll through life. I want to live like that.

I’m going forward freely in my own pace.

Until someone get angry.”

So I guess I can’t complain about her lacks of work anymore. (_ _|||)



Wow, I didn’t realized that I was able to write so much, even though she didn’t have that much works this year. (゜◇゜) My ability to BS something from nothing sometime amazed me.

Anyways, tomorrow (August 5) will be Ohgo Suzuka’s birthday, so… Happy Birthday!!! She’s 20!! HATACHIIII~ °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

Since she changed her agency earlier this year, Suzuka has been receiving quite a bit of works. It’s great to see her active, even if they are side roles. Hope to see her gradually getting more and more important roles the coming years as well.

I also hope Mayuko will get a drama soon. All this waiting is killing me.


On another note, Troublemaker: the Otome Game!!! キタ━━━(゜∀゜)━━━!!!!!

I’m so excited! Can’t wait!





  1. hello! do you have the link to watch shoujo to tetsudou documentary? thanks heh :D

    1. Hi, try this:

    2. omg thankyou!!!! hahahaha have been finding this fr very long ><

    3. No problem. XD Glad I could help!