Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) to be in “Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae” and other news…

Taken from BS Nippon TV.


Koike Teppei – Endou Kenichi – “Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae” (Sabu and Ichi Detective’s Memoirs)


From BS Nippon Corporation, BS Nippon TV 15 years special project “Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae” has safely finished its crank up.

Starring as the hired detective, Sabu, is Koike Teppei, and his partner, “the master of the cane-sword – Ichi” is played by Endou Kenichi.

Other casts included Uchiyama Rina, Naitou Takashi, and Fukuda Mayuko.

Furthermore, playing the lead in the former “Choushirou Edo Nikko” is Satomi Koutarou, who will come back in this period drama after roughly 22 years.

“Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae” is an original work by Ishinomori Shoutarou.

It began serialized in 1966 in Shounen Sunday as “Nawa to Ishi Torimono Hikae”.

Afterward, the title was changed to “Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae”. It won the 13th (in 1967) Shougakukan Manga Award.

The script is by Terada Toshio, who created “Teppan” (NHK in 2010),  Hissatsu Shigotonin series (TVAsahi), “Doctor X” (TV Asahi 2013), and others popular works.

With a strange event happening in Edo, a hired detective, Sabu, and the Anma masseur and master of the cane-sword – Ichi, they will work together to find the truth to a difficult case. A story that give resolution of human nature.

Please look forward to their activities.


The drama SP will be broadcast on Dec 19, 2015 from 7:00pm to 8:54pm on BS NipponTV.


- The manga synopsis said Ichi is a blind master swordsman, but they didn’t say anything about being blind in the article. However in the picture, it is obvious that he’s blind.

- Mayuko collaborate with Endo Kenichi again after (one of my personal favorite) “Kiri no Hi”.

- Mayuko’s name is 4th on the list, so I hope it means she will be having a lot of scenes. I guess she’ll end up to be either the victim, the victim’s family, the assailant, or the key keeper… ( ̄~ ̄;) I guess that’s pretty much all the possible roles in a mystery detective story.



On to Sideline news, but not really…

According to Ootani-san, Mayuko has 2 scenes in the movie, on at the beginning and one in the middle.

For the beginning scene, she has line(s), where as in the middle, she is supporting the cheer team in her yukata.

Of course, the ending credits included her name.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) participates in “Kinou Kouen” SP with Arimura Kasumi.

Excerpt translations/summary taken from fujitv website.


“Yonimo Kimyou na Monogatari – 25th Aniversary! Fall 2 weeks serial SP ~ Revival Edition ~ Movie Director Version ~” will be on November 21 (Sat) and 28 (Sat), starting at 2100.


With the Fall broadcasting line up announcement, this topic will be about “Yonimo Kimyou na Monogatari”. From the survey “Your favorite ‘strange’ film”, 3 stories were chosen for the remake. The number one most popular  “Imakiyo-san” with Nomura Shuhei, a sad friendship story “Kinou Kouen” with Arimura Kasumi, and “Zundokoberoncho” with Fujiki Naohito.

“Kinou Kouen” that was broadcasted in 2006 is a story about 2 male friends. But this time, it will be about female friends. Miwa (Arimura Kasumi), who got in to Toudai, has become estranged from her best friend from childhood, Ryuko (Fukuda Mayuk0) since who know when. After meeting Ryuko again after a long time at her hometown, Miwa was shocked when she heard about Ryuko’s accidental death that night. While carrying these unbearable feelings, Miwa passed by a park and saw the same figure of Ryuko from yesterday, playing a flute. With that, Miwa tried to save Ryuko from her ill fate, however…

With such a painful and bitter setup, Arimura said after the shoot “After finally participating in ‘Yonimo Kimyou na Monogatari’, I think you will be able to feel the emotions of these two’s expressions in this impressive work. Because I also have a best friend, I acted with that sympathy.” When asked what she would do if she were Miwa, “I’ll pass the time together with her. And I’ll do it again and again. But because it would become painful for both of us, I think we must somehow come to a conclusion.” she said while describing the emotions of Miwa’s bitter decision.

On the other hand, Fukuda Mayuko said, “For the me who knew but playing the Ryuko who didn’t, and just living her life as usual, that was difficult.” talking about the difficulties in playing the unknowing Ryuko about her death. “To get into a petty arguments with each other, and to suddenly cut off the deep bonds with each other in a moment, such things are normal. But to say that there’s nothing we can do, that’s depressing.” Fukuda once again recalled her sympathy from the drama.

Because these two are acting (as Miwa and Ryuko), the girls from the same generation can definitely relate to the story. Ueda Yasushi, who is in charge of the production has talked about how he has always wanted to work on this story. And now that he got a chance to be in charge, he said it’s something he has never experienced with, a feeling as if he’s hitting a wall. How will this work climb over that wall and finish, please look forward to it.

When asked Arimura how was it, “Whether it’s something new or it’s something from their memory, I want people to enjoy it. Even though it’s a weird story, it’s also a strangely moving story. I want people to watch and together with Miwa, falling forward (I’m guessing the same meaning and looking forward to the future, falling head first, accepting reality, or something like that) .” She expressed about the work. Even for those that have already seen the original, we hope you will be able to feel a new emotion from it.



- Kinou Kouen = Yesterday park (literally)

- Hyun mention this at the beginning of October, they finally put out the news for it. I guess it’s when they were filming.

- My brain just said whatever at the ending… I don’t think I tried making sense of what I’m writing anymore.

- Funny how I was thinking that I want Mayuko to be in a female friendship story, and then this come out. But of course, knowing Mayuko, somebody need to die. It’s an unwritten rule for Mayuko to be in a dark drama.

- I’ll try writing the other “two” news later.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) Friend Cameo in “SIDELINE” Movie

Thanks MamayuLand for the news.

“SIDELINE” Official website.

“SIDELINE” Official Twitter.

News and pictures taken from natalie.

Choutokkyuu challenge cheerleading in their first starring movie “SIDELINE”! Picture from the filming is published to the public.

Choutokkyuu’s fist starring movie “SIDELINE” revealed its first summary and photo.

This story is about 7 youths who are childhood friends that have been scattered through out life, coming together for 1 girl to create a miracle through cheerleading. These 7 youths came from the same neighborhood association. Son of of shinto priest, Daigo played by Yuusuke. Daigo’s cousin, Kensho played by Kouichi. A child care worker that’s freeloading at the shrine, Hyuga played by Ryouga. Kai played an engineering college student that came back from studying abroad in American, Uchu. Takuya played Shinya, the son of a florist. Yuuki played Kisho, son of the greengrocer. Takashi is Hiromi, the son of the shopping mall owner.

In the recent interview, these 7 each talked about their thoughts on this work. When asked about their thought on the “first starring” work, Kouichi answered, “I am in charge of the back vocal in the group, so it felt like ‘I’m able to become ‘main’ through this!’” Before becoming a member of Choutokkyuum, Takuya, who has experience with acting, revealed, “Since becoming a member of Choutokkyuu, I had a small dream of acting together with the 7 members no matter what kind of form it is. So for this dream not only to come true, but included all 7 of us, I’m deeply moved.” His face is full of smile.

For the members that is challenging acting the first time all felt that it’s a hardship worth doing. “My role is a cool guy that doesn’t talk much, so it was difficult discovering the motive for me to be on screen. But even so, there were things that make it fun.” Kai commented. Once again, Yuuki, who received severe teaching on his acting on the first day of filming, shyly revealed, “Even though there were so much to learn, I was able to have fun by the time the crank up come. It makes me want to know more about acting.” He laughed. Takashi said “Because I was nervous, I was anxious about become in character for my role, but after trying, I was able to feel empathy for my character, and acting became fun.”

The climax of the story is the cheerleading performance by these 7. The performance that normally required 3 months of practice to master, they were able to complete it in 10 days of harsh training. “Challenging something new and able to achieved it, that happiness is amazing.” Kouchi reminiscent.  The greatest technique/stunts is standing at the topmost, that “top” position is carried by Takuya and Yuuki. Takuya said, “Since it’s so fun to be at the top, it can’t be helped! The ones that have to carry us have to use a lot of muscle strength, so every time I felt sorry, but… I was able to see a scenery that I wasn’t able to see up until now.” Yuuki also continued, “No matter how long it was, I also thought about the burden I’m putting on the base (the positions that raised the top).”

When the reporter asked “How many points would you give yourself on your acting?”, “99 points! I don’t think I should be satisfied, and I believe there will be more in the future!” Yuusuke exclaimed powerfully. “Because we are normally giving our everything like an idiot, to seriously challenge the severe acting world, there’s anxiousness, but… After trying it out, we discovered various fun things, we were able to enjoy working on it!” Ryouga said while showing his confidence. Summing up for the audience, the MC asked “What will you do if there’s another acting offer after this?”, 7 of them unanimously replied, “We’ll definitely do it! There’s no reason to reject it!”.

With Choutokkyuu as the lead, other casts for this work included Makoto Tsubasa, Yamazaki Ginnojou, Asami Reina, Tategata Hirokazu, Chad Mullane, Iwasaki Miku, and Fukuda Mayuko. Makoto played Yuuki’s Kisho’s mother. Tategata played Takashi’s Hiromi’s father. Also, the date of the movie release is already decided. The movie will be open in theaters across the nation from October 31.


Choutokkyuu members from left to right: Kouichi, Kai, Ryouga, Takuya, Yuuki, Yuusuke, and Takashi.


More picture can be seen on the movie’s twitter.

Theme song will be sung by Choutokkyuu, titled “HOPE STEP JUMP”.


Fukuda Mayuko is labeled as literally “friend cameo” (友情出演). Since I didn't know what’s the differences between cameo/guest star and “friend cameo”, I ended up looking it up. So in short, it was said that guest star has a guarantee to their appearance fee. On the other hand, “friend cameo” is a cameo in the film that’s due to the request of either the director or the lead actor/actress to their friend. The appearance fee is not fixed, and at times, also depending on people, it may be free of charged. My next thought was that who was the one that invited her to appear in this movie? Because of all the cast and the director, I can’t find a connection between them… However, I found it pretty interesting… I’m glad Mayuko has friends still that’s looking out for her because her agency is not doing a thing for her. *cough* Sorry, I’ll leave my own personal opinion to my own person journal.



- Character’s names were hard to translate. I got totally different names from Asian Wiki. But ended up using Asian Wiki’s names instead…

- Choutokkyuu, also known as Bullet Train, is a 7 members group consisting of 5 main dancers and 2 back vocals. The back vocals are literally standing in the back at all time, where as most of the limelight was put on the dancers. It’s managed by Stardust Promotion, the same company that managed Momoiro Clover Z.

- Surprisingly, half of the members are Mayuko’s age (1994).

- I spent last night checking out their MV. Their music isn’t to my age group so I can’t say I would listen to them on a regular basis. Some songs are catchy, some are cringe, however, their MV are pretty funny and silly. They reminded me of sentai to be honest. Do watch if you have a chance.






- Long time haven’t update. I’ve been working too hard, because I’m poor. So on my day off, I literally just lie there and zone out. I’m working and planning for my goal of going to Japan in August 2016 (nothing to do with fandom or Mayuko, it has just been my goal since I was a child). I’d said it. My first time mentioning it anywhere, not even my parents know.

- See you next time there’s anything news.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) “Watashi no Machi mo Senjou datta”

From TBS Facebook page.

“The worst train air raid was at Inohana tunnel at the foot of Mt. Takao, on the Chuo line. It divided the destiny of the two young sisters as they are evacuating. A drama based on a true event, the one playing the level-headed older sister that’s always worried about her younger sister is Fukuda Mayuko-san.

The staff interviews with the survivors of the air raid piled up many hours with clips, after watching everything, we came to face the filming of the drama.”



- Except for the picture, nothing’s new.

- They didn’t mention interview for Mayuko so probably no interview.

- What’s the abbreviation for the title? 「私戦場」? Or 「戦後」 from the 「戦後70年」part?


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子) to be in new Special drama “Watashi no Machi mo Senjou datta”

It was recently announced that Fukuda Mayuko will “resume” acting in the newest TBS special documentary drama “Watashi no Machi mo Senjou datta” (lit translation: My town was also a battle field). The drama is to celebrate 70 years after the second World War.

Excerpt from the website:

“As we were gathering our data, we once again thought about many people who became victims.

The images that reflected from the gun camera are images of ordinary trains and stations that was destroyed. Railroad is Japan’s most important method of transportation. So they were targeted by the Allies forces. Also, for these trains,  many people, with various goals have boarded them. With the air raids on the railroad, in an instant, the fates of these people changed.

The single most devastating train air raid was on Tokyo’s Chuo line, the entrance of “Inohana Tunnel” at the foot of Mount Takao. It split the destinies of two young sisters who are evacuating on the same train. The data collection was from the source of the family’s grief to create this drama. And by weaving together the evidences for the documentary, a documentary drama was created by combining the two.

Sato Koichi is in charge as the navigator for the entire documentary portion, listening to the bereaved families’ and witness’ stories. As for the drama, Sugisaki Hana and Fukuda Mayuko will be playing the two young sisters, while Iida Kisuke and Okunuki Kaoru will be playing the sisters’ parents. The ones that fall victims to war are always the townspeople.”


The special will air on March 9 (Monday), from 9:00-11:04 pm (JPN time) on TBS.

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Also, an excerpt from Facebook that mentioned about the characters of the two sisters:

“Just before the end of the war, in front of Inohana tunnel at the foot of Mt. Takao, Tokyo, on the Chuo Line, the train was struck by the machine gun from the US forces. The drama is about the story of the sisters who board this train. The younger sister is played by Sugisaki Hana. During the war, what will be the fate of the bright smiling younger sister that helped support her family during these gloomy times, and the calm and reliable older sister…? Interview with Sugisaki Hana will be upload in a few days.”



- Mayuko will once again playing a quiet, calm, and reliable character.

- Another war-time special.

- Mayuko’s playing the daughter of Okunuki Kaoru once again. They were parent and child in “Jyoou no Kyoshitsu”.