Monday, September 30, 2013

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子): “Sakura, Futatabi no Kanako” DVD & Blu-ray

So after waiting for so long, the April movie “Sakura, Futatabi no Kanako” will be released as DVD and Blu-ray on November 20, 2013.

You can preorder it on Amazon Japan: DVD or Blu-ray

She will definitely be reborn---

With Sakura as the theme, a mother and daughter bond, a touching film about rebirth.



The sakura season, just before the entering elementary school ceremony, Yoko (Hirosue Ryoko) lost her daughter in an unforeseen accident. Blaming herself, the tormented Yoko suddenly started saying something strange one day. “Kanako is right here with me.”

Her husband, Nobuki (Inagaki Goro), want to free her from the situation, and at the same time, become irritated at Yoko’s inability to accept reality.

“Kanako is no longer here”, even if he tells her that, Yoko doesn’t change.

In the midst of that, Yoko meet the high school girl Masami (Fukuda Mayuko).

Though she’s still a high school student, decided to be a single mother and give birth is Masami.

While looking at Masami, Yoko has an intuition.

“Kanako will be reborn and come back”.

This earnest thought and a shocking fact, will eventually guide 2 people to meet….


Special Contents


- Sakura, Futatabi no Kanako Premiere Special

- Hirosue Ryoko & Inagaki Goro & Director Kurimura Minoru Scene Selection Commentary

- Making

- Stage Greetings and others

Enclosed: Original booklet (20 pages)



- Hirosue Ryoko

- Inagaki Goro

- Fukuda Mayuko

- Takada Sho (Johnny’s Jr.)

- Yoshioka Mayuko

- Tanaka Rie

- Nagai Hideki

- Kishi Kentaro

- Toda Minori

- Yokomizo Noa

- Yoshimitsu Ao

- Enami Kyoko


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) HTB Special Drama

Thanks to cie-chan, as always, for the head up!


From twitter:

- Around 19 hours ago from the time that I’m writing this entry, there are sightings of Fukuda Mayuko filming in Biei Station for a special drama.

- Takatoshi Kaneko was also part of the cast.


From Takatoshi Kaneko’s ameblo:

- The start of filming was on September 18.

- The filming site is surrounded by Hokkaido’s nature.

- He’s playing the main lead.

- From the pictures, the drama revolved around the hardship of farm works.

- He’s also acting along side with Ando Sei, whom he had worked with 10 years ago.

- It’s a HTB Special Drama

- It will be broadcast in December.



- HTB = Hokkaido Television Broadcasting Co.

- From the information we have so far, Mayuko started filming on the morning of September 21. The filming location is in Biei, Hokkaido. Mayuko is wearing a school uniform, on her way back home/going to school with her friend.

- So if I were to make a guess on the story, the drama is going to be slice-of-life. No matter how I think about it, it still seems like a drama to promote Hokkaido’s tourism.

- My guess is Takatoshi Kaneko will be playing someone who’s from city, and he’s going to be working at a farm even though he’s new at farm work (similar to Ushi no Negai wo). On the other hand, Mayuko will play a high school student, who is also the daughter of the farm he’s working at. Their first meeting is at Biei station, when he just came from the city, while she’s going home from school, and he’s asking her for directions (or something).

- Well, the drama will be out in December (wow that’s going to be a few months)! It’s going to be broadcast on HTB, I wondered if they will also be broadcast on the other national TV station as well. Like my conversation with cie-chan before, the whole setting seems like an NHK drama. And even on the HTB’s website, it said it’s an affiliated organization of NHK. So I wondered if they will also be shown on NHK as well.

- I think this is like the first normal drama where Mayuko didn’t have to play a mysterious girl, or death theme for a while. I hope she’s playing a cheerful-ish girl this time. Also a first in a while to see her in a slice-of-life genre.

- I thought she’s going to wait until next year to announce her work, but I’m glad she already has another one. Too bad it’s going to be shown in December. So… far… away… >_<

- Which reminded me, last week, her manager’s blog was updated, and it said that for her next work, Mayuko went to the beauty parlor. I’m guessing it’s also for this. Also:

“In order to established herself in this world, Fukuda Mayuko-chan has the greatest hope to fulfill herself.”

- I hope that means more good news will be coming!

- Also hope Takatoshi-san will spam his ameblo with Mayuko’s pictures soon! (;A;)

- Takatoshi Kaneko~ ♥ Waterboys memories ♥ I can’t believe he already married and has a son. Wow, time flies!

- Ando Sei was also together with Mayuko for the movie “Sakura, Futatabi no Kanako”. I have to say, I’ve never seen her before.

- Since it’s Waterboys, time for some Waterboys memories. (Movie version)


Saturday, September 14, 2013

JUNON April 2006: Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) Interview

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She played the younger version of Ayase Haruka's character in the drama "Byakuyako". Raised in a strict environment, she killed her mother in order to protect the boy she likes from being convicted of murder. That splendid acting was displayed by Fukuda Mayuko-chan.

"It was difficult. I wasn't able to feel sympathy for her. Rather than becoming a murderer, I'm unable to go to that extreme since I don't have anyone I like. ‘Is the feeling like this? Or rather, is it like this?’ I asked the director a lot of questions like this, and was able to act it out after hearing the various answers."

Just her words resembled that of an adult actress, she's very levelheaded.

"At school, I'm generally the peacemaker. Rather than like to study, I hate that I can't. I particularly like arithmetic, so to be able to answer the questions on the test make me happy. But I'm bad at physical education. I'm slow at running, but it's not that I'm bad at it, I just can't do it (laughs). I don't hate it."

Could it be, she hates losing?

"That's true. I would feel bitter for a game, for example. It's not even losing to another person, but when I'm by myself, I'll erase it and throw it away (laughs). But after that I picked it up again while feeling like I need to continue, and that bitterness returns once again (laughs)."

Her normal expression is cheerful and amusing... But the girl in "Byakuyako" is taciturn and reserved, as if a different person! Just that is the evidence of her acting ability.

"I started working pretty much when I was 4 years old and entered a theater troupe. Though I don't remember much of it, but while watching television, I like to sing and dance along. When I started taking lessons, I was told ‘Your dance and singing are good’. From then on, I learned both of them from the theater troupe at once."

As she began to attend school in March, on her first audition, she was chosen to be in a CM. After that, works started to pile up one by one.

"When I thought of a person's feeling, I turn completely into them. Acting is fun. But, if I'm unable to continue working, I want to be an owner of a cake shop. The reason? Because they are delicious (laughs)"

With her entertaining way of talking, you can feel her wittiness.

"I like talking (laughs). That's why I'm also good at making friends. The trick is how to start a conversation! For example, when you see someone's belonging, you can ask them ‘That's cute! Where did you get it?’"

Though we are looking forward to her growth to become an actress, as a girl, she is cheerful and amiable person, a fun Mayuko-chan. You can tell she'll become someone big.

(Interview: Ohno Naomi)



TBS "Byakuyako" Producer Ishimura Akihito's comment about Fukuda Mayuko

When I watched the drama "Last Present" with Fukuda-san, I thought her eye power is strong! And after meeting her, her acting is really good that it's overpowering. Fukuda-san's best appeal is her presence. Because it's not something that she has to exert her power for, so that will definitely her strongest assets as an actress. After this, I want to see her in a role that "only she can do because she's Fukuda Mayuko". I think she is an actress that can do it.


- Young Mayuko is just so cute. I think I need to learn from her way of making friends.

- I didn't know that she was chosen on her first audition. That's pretty impressive. I am curious on how many she failed though.

- Thanks to "3 Maime no Bodyguard", I didn't think she was good at singing (maybe also thanks to the acting). So I was surprised to hear that people complimented her in her singing and dancing. The other time we hear her singing is in "10 Promises to My Dog", but it doesn't make an impact to be honest. Okay, now we need to see this with our own eyes. I just wish she accepts a drama about music already. She even want one.

- According to a FLaMme’s manager, the date for “Flare” to be release will be delayed. But I have a feeling we will hear news about it soon.

- Also, Ootani-san (super loyal JPN fan) asked what’s going on with Mayuko recently (since there are no updates). The reply was that will soon go into a renewal.

- Mayuko’s manager also updated the blog on today, with the title of “Maintenance”, so we can guess that there are going to be a few changes soon. As for the content of the blog post? Well, I’ll write it in a different entry when I have time.

- Lastly, while we all are waiting for news about “Flare” and Mayuko’s life, let’s fill our time of waiting with a fan made video. :)

- This time, a shoujo ai story starting Mayuko/Honoka Miki and Shida Mirai/Kojima Fujiko by the talented cie-chan. :) Enjoy!

- The second is a story about the recent trendy love square, starting Kamiki Ryunosuke, Shida Mirai, Hongo Kanata, and Mayuko. Made by the equally talented nishoken. (This video almost slipped my mind. ^^;; Sorry)


Sunday, September 8, 2013

JUNON Dec 2005: Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) Interview

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Fukuda Mayuko appeared on the Q&A corner of this issue, concerning the drama "Jyoou no Kyoshitsu".

Q. Who played Shindo Hikaru in "Joou no Kyoshitsu"? (Miho 16 years old)

A. We have a lot of inquiries about the "beautiful girl" and "great acting" about Shindo Hikaru in "Joou no Kyoshitsu", but she is played by Fukuda Mayuko-chan.

"In 6th grade class 3, I am the youngest, so I was treated as everyone's younger sister, it was fun." Though she sounds like an adult when she talks, she's actually only 11 years old.

"The most difficult part will be from episode 7 onward, where I have to act as if I'm slowly open my heart and become more cheerful. It's not good if it's just being cheerful, I can't make it too much of a difference from episode 6... I also fell over during the fight scene in the school yard (laughs)." Mayuko-chan, who likes reading and dogs.

"I'm good at making friends. While doing the audition, I would talk to the girl with me and we became friends."



- Hahaha, Mayuko is everyone's imouto.

- Ah, I've watched the recent Korean drama's "The Queen Classrooom". Except for some of the story changes, I think it's pretty decent. However, I'm a bit disappoint that they messed up the best scenes for me by changing parts of the storyline... And the lack of story for Seohyun is disappointing. Why didn't they use Kim Sae Ron's acting ability to its utmost potential? I don't get it. Ah... My favorite scene in the Japanese version was shafted so much. That disappointed me. From episode 13 onward, the story seems to be too rushed. It's like they are trying to cram everything to the end. As a stand alone, I did enjoy it. But if I were to compare the Japanese version to the Korean version, I will have to choose the Japanese version, mainly due to story and pacing, as well as the general creepiness.

- I want a “Jyoou no Kyoshitsu” reunion drama SP where they call back most of the casts and like see how they grow up. Well, “Kinpachi Sensei” did it, it can happen! Either that or have them in a new drama together again.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Audition Nov 2007: Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) Interview

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Together with the season of the flowers, the "base" charms of teenage generation actresses can be tied together with [White+]. For the 7th edition, Fukuda Mayuko-san is someone who has the translucence and acting ability that can attract people who are watching. From the end of the year and hereafter, she will appears as the leading character in 3 movies. Just like a large flower, the bud of her talent is starting to blossom.


-- Do you remember your first work?

Fukuda: I don't really remember. I'm sorry (laughs). The first work day that I do remember is for "Last Present". When I went to the audition, director Iwamoto Hitoshi was there. Though I still like director Iwamoto even now, I first thought that this drama is going to be fun.... Perhaps (laughs).

-- Why did you liked director Iwamoto?

Fukuda: The shows that I thought "It's interesting" are pretty much by director Iwamoto. Like "Nurse no Oshigoto" or "Ashita Tenki ni Naare".

-- You're also working together with director Iwamoto for "Jyoou no Kyoshitsu" and "Enka no Jyoou".

Fukuda: Though he laughs as he talk to us about the scene, director Iwamoto doesn't explain it too long, and it's easy to understand. Even his speech, as he is laughing, even as you just get a little bit of it, it's as if it stays in your heart.

-- The drama "Jyoou no Kyoshitsu" became a very popular work.

Fukuda: I was surprised when my friends and everyone told me they all watched it. Because I worked since I was a child, it's natural for me to be surrounded by work, so I don't usually hear talks about my work at school. That's why I'm really grateful, or rather, I'm happy to be able to continue with it naturally. But for "Jyoou no Kyoshitsu", I was told "It was interesting!" by everyone. Rather just thinking the drama is interesting by myself, having everyone telling me that made me even more happy.

-- Do you think your character is difficult?

Fukuda: About this. Because Amami-san, the director, the staffs, as well as so many people working all together that it becomes easy to do. Also, being together regularly with the kids that acted as my classmates, I became close to them. With so many people around me, I think perhaps I was able to take a part in it. Even though it's a strong role individually, but because there are many people in this story, I think I was able to be Hikaru (character's name).

-- In the following drama "Byakuyakou", you acted as a girl with complicated circumstances.

Fukuda: Rather than a special turning point, I felt as if I'm slowly changing (myself) with each, but "Byakuyakou" is very impressive. For that, it's the one that give me the most sense of accomplishment. Even though I'm only in episode 1 (for 2 hours), I totally immense myself into Yukiho (character's name). There's really a sense of becoming her.

-- What does the sense of becoming her feel like?

Fukuda: There are times when we are filming and when we are not, so even if I'm not her when I hear "Yoi, start!", I was able to naturally becoming her.

-- When you became her, the role is heavy isn't it?

Fukuda: That's true. As I always become her, it became tiring (laughs), so I preferred to change back. That changing back is pretty quick as well.

-- After this, the movies you appeared in will be open in theaters one by one. The movie that will open at the end of the year is "Little DJ ~Chiisana Koi no Monogatari~", you will be acting as the heroine for the first time.

Fukuda: When I read the script, it's as if I can feel everyone's warm feelings. Every characters have someone they thought about, you can see it all completely, so it really warm my heart and I was deeply moved by it. It's a work that I really like.

-- Did you have any troubles?

Fukuda: There are scenes where I was wrapped in bandages. I don't really understand how it feels like to have a full body injury. But I must become that person, that was difficult. There are also scenes with crutches, but because Tamaki (character's name) is a girl that can work the crutches skillfully, I spent my free time practicing. Because I want my action to be natural, I pretty much walk together with the crutches.

-- It seems like you're filming a different movie now.

Fukuda: That's right. Even if I'm filming 1 work, it's still 1, kind of like that. This is the first time I feel this amount of nervousness at the filming location. My character is a girl who experienced something painful, and even though she doesn't cry over it, it's as if I will ended up crying after the filming end. I can't say it skillfully, but even though it's fun, it's painful, like that. But since it's a nice feeling of tension, different from laughing and having fun, I feel as if I can enjoy doing it.

-- Then, are you totally addicted to the world of movies now?

Fukuda: That's right. Movies are great. For movie, it's true that there's a specific release date, but it also has a strong atmosphere of "I need to watch this now before the movie stop showing" compared to that of television. Also, since we are able to see the story from the beginning to the end, it's easy to understand the feelings of the characters. I feel like it's easier to become the character in movie.

-- What is acting for Fukuda-san?

Fukuda: Hmm... Everyone asked me this. It's like this even from before, but I guess it's a part of living. I think myself as still being a student, so when people asked about my occupation, in order for me to answer "middle school student", I want to live like that. Like the people who want to be a professional ballerina, they will practice ballet, I want to do it just like that.

-- So you want to be an actress in the future?

Fukuda: Yes, that's right. At present (laughs). Though it's like I think it's better not to decide on it like that.

-- Do you have an actress that you look up to?

Fukuda: Yes. Shinohara Ryoko-san and Ohgo Suzuka-san. Both of them are good at their drama. Though Shinohara-san is able to naturally does her drama, when you look at her role "Eh~!!" it's totally different. Suzu-chan is... Ah, I just naturally called her "Suzu-chan" on my own (laughs), but her facial expressions is really lovely!"

-- It seems as if you may have a chance to do a magazine interview together with her!

Fukuda: Yes!! Please let me. I love "Sexy Voice and Robo", starting from the first broadcast, the images of Robo continuously stream in my room every day!

-- Please tell us about the Fukuda family who raised this reliable person.

Fukuda: My father, mother, and 2 dogs. A Chihuahua named Lulu, and a miniature dachshund named Melon. I got the Chihuahua because I wanted to keep a pet when I was in first grade. As for the dachshund, it doesn't look at me as the head of the household, but like a friend. They are not just "my dog", but I have to train and take care of them.

-- Were you able to train them?

Fukuda: Erm~ (wry smile). (Raising her hands) They are able to do like this, jump, and touch. Recently, they're able to crawl. I lay on my bed with my face down, and say "crawl!" then did it together with them (laughs).

-- Isn't it lonely when you have to be away from home for work a lot? Even if your mother went together with you before.

Fukuda: She can't anymore. Homesick? I don't really feel that, since I like to stay in the hotel. We don't really talk about work at home. They don't really ask me anything. "Don't you think tomorrow came fast?" just this much.

-- Please tell us about your life at school.

Fukuda: I'm a representative committee member. I do things like leading the class meetings, lining people up for the morning assembly, and giving warnings (laughs). It's not because I was influenced by the things from "Jyoou no Kyoshitsu"!

-- It's as if you're in a school drama in real life.

Fukuda: It's fun to see each and everyone's responsibility. During a class meeting, looking at each of their thinking faces, and gradually putting in their inputs, those things make me happy.

-- Isn't it difficult to both work and study?

Fukuda: I tried my best. I like studying. I'm good at science. You know there's a reason why the water that was dropped on the table is in the shape of a circle. Isn't it fun. Also, I really like reading the ingredients from the back of the juice pack.

-- Are you the type to be picky about food?

Fukuda: Not really... Perhaps I am. I basically like everything. But, even though it said 100% fruit juice, I won't permit it if it's practically have preservatives in it! My dad once bought fruit juice for me, but since it only has 2% fruit juice, "If it's not 100%, I don't want it!" I said and didn't drink it. 100% fruit juice is better (laughs)!

-- Perhaps you're very meticulous?

Fukuda: Sometimes I'm very stubborn. It's not that I'm always like this. When I talk with my friend, but if she wants to do something else, I'll think she just wants to do something fun. But occasionally, there are things that I can't forgive. At school, there's a book for committee members to write in, and even though the teacher will correct it, "My way is better!" and wrote it the way that I want it to be read. It's because if I don't agree with it, I wouldn't want to read it!

-- It seems like you're currently obsessed over music.

Fukuda: Since watching "Papa to Musume no Nanokakan", I'm having a YUKI-chan boom. Other than that, my number 1 are Porno Graffitti and Shiina Ringo.

-- The lyrics and the melodies are both a bit mature.

Fukuda: I like both and also their voices. Just like that, even though it's a bit high, it's not shrilly, I like that type of voice. Though I also really like the melody, but I definitely like the lyrics. It's like, both of them are not just glossing over things. Things like "if you try your best, your dream will come true", I really hate such things. Because if that was true, then everyone would have become professional baseball players. But, Porno Graffitti and Shiina Ringo wrote really nice lyrics. It really touched my heart. (Looking at her manager) Say, what are you laughing at!!

-- Do you sing both of them at karaoke?

Fukuda: I went to karaoke with my friends a lot. When that happened, everyone will know Porno Graffitti, but not many know Shiina Ringo. So since it's bad if I sing a song nobody know, it's mostly Porno. But when I go with my family, it's mostly Shiina Ringo. My dad also like her.

-- Do you hang out with your friends a lot when you're off?

Fukuda: No, it's pretty much homework. Whenever we hang out, it's after we are finished with our homework. Since my friend invited me, I went and hang out with my friends. Normally, we stroll around the station, and just take purikura, but just that is really fun! While chatting, seeing an outfit and say that's cute, then passed through, just doing that is fun.

-- This summer, what kind of memories did you made?

Fukuda: I wonder~, I finished my homework, and worked. Ah, since it's my birthday previously, even though it's summer break, my friends brought me presents. Though presents are also good, but like "You guys didn't forget!". I was happy.

-- Even though you just turned 13 years old, please tell me your ideal image of an adult woman.

Fukuda: A person with lovely character, no matter what you see, even the appearance, is lovely. That's why, how do I say it, I want to be a person who can love everyone. Because if I can't love myself, I can't love other people.


Fukuda Mayuko Survey! 51 Questions

01. Favorite flower? Lily

02. Favorite season? Autumn

03. Favorite color? Black, white, red

04. Favorite animal? Dog

05. Favorite movie? "Unfair the movie"

06. Favorite saying? If you try, there’s nothing you cannot accomplish. If you don’t try, there’s nothing you can accomplish. Anytime you loose your way, just try to do it.

07. Favorite food? Squid, melon

08. One thing you'll definitely bring if you're on a deserted island? iPod

09. Favorite body part? Eyebrows, fingers

10. Something you want to do when you turned 20 years old? I want to try going to a beauty-treatment clinic (a super beauty salon)

11. The food you want to eat on the final night of the earth? Squid

12. Do you cross the street if the light is blinking? I'll cross it.

13. First thing you do when you wake up in the early morning? Drink water

14. Do you believe in divination? I don't believe in it

15. If you were to compare yourself to an animal? Monkey

16. The thing you want the most now? CD

17. A place you want to live when you're old? Hokkaido, or a place with a lot of nature

18. How old were you when you learned that Santa Claus doesn't exist? 4th grade in elementary

19. How old do you want to live? 77 years old

20. The first CD you bought? Porno Graffitti "THUMP X"

21. Nickname? Mamayu~, Mamayuko

22. How many times you check your mail a day? There are days where I don't check it at all, but around 10 times.

23. Are you the type to confess to the person you like? I think I'll probably confess

24. Something you want to receive as a present from your sweetheart? Keychain or bracelet, matching things

25. Where do you want to go for a date? Aquarium

26. What age do you want to get marry? 27 years old. I want to give birth before I'm 30, because may turned out bad if I'm not young (laughs)

27. The person you respect? Shinohara Ryoko-san, Ohgo Suzuka-san

28. Out of everyone, who do you want to meet the most now? Ohgo Suzuka-san

29. The thing you're scared of the most in this world? Fire

30. What you bought recently? CD. Tokyo Jihen "OSAKA"

31. Favorite artist? Porno Graffitti, Shiina Ringo

32. How many CD do you own? Around 50

33. Dog or cat? Dog

34. A job you want to try other than being an actress? Someone working behind the scene for music

35. Current obsession? Music, particularly YUKI-chan

36. Optimistic or pessimistic? Basically optimistic, but I'm a realist. I don't try to have too much expectation.

37. Best subject? Science

38. Eyesight? Around 0.5

39. Your pace at a beauty parlor? I don't go at all. I cut my hair at work.

40. Your favorite rice ball ingredient? Walleye Pollock roe

41. Favorite book? Hata Takehiko "Detective Novel"

42. Keitai ringtone? Incoming is "Melissa", Mail is "Ageha Chou" (both from Porno Graffitti)

43. How many kids do you want to have after marriage? 2 kids

44. Favorite sport? Basketball

45. Your collection? CD

46. A country you want to try going to? Switzerland

47. Your favorite place in the metropolitan area? My hometown. A place that's more country than the city.

48. Can you touch insects and frogs? Definitely not!

49. What kind of jinx do you believe in? Nothing

50. How do you sleep? (Upside down? Face up?) Sideway

51. What kind of image do you have for the color white? Milk




- Wow, this translation took me forever to finished. I usually took me 1 hour for most of my translation, but this one took me at least 5 hours. It's so long!! I think the other Audition translations took me around the same time. Why are they so long? I don't even know. Anyways, I have a lot of mistakes since I didn't really get a lot of the difficult parts, conjugations and what not. My brain was probably fried at some point.

- Sorry, I don’t know the specific placements of the pictures, so I just kind of arranged it in no particular order.

- So much information in this interview.

- She was already thinking of living alone so early. And isn’t her parents really casual with her?

- I wondered why she’s scared of fire. I wondered if something happened. The closest thing to “fire” that I remembered her working with is for “Nihon Chinbotsu”.

- I like the 51 Q&A since it also said a lot about her personality as well. It made sense that she want to be part of her representative committee member. She is really the type of person who likes to do things her way, and definitely not like the rest.

- I wondered if Mayuko want to concentrate and get used to college life the first year before she accepts more works, similar to Ohgo Suzuka.