And I am one happy fangirl.
From Tokyograph, jyoyu.blogspot:
On Friday was the official PR/Interview-Event for Fuji TV’s summer getsu9 dorama “Buzzer Beat” with Yamashita Tomohisa and Kitagawa Keiko in the starring roles. The special thing about the two is that they both graduated from the same university and so the reporters would like to know their impressions of each other. “I met her at the university. She was very adult-like during her graduation,” Yamashita revealed while Kitagawa shyly explained the big gap between the naturally stoic Yamashita and the pathetic young man he’s playing in the dorama. “The biggest surprise is to see him playing such a pitiful kind of young man. He was so busy during his time in university, yet he was still so strict on himself and attended all the classes, he seemed like a person who could pull through anything.”
Co-stars Itou Hideaki (who co-starred with Inoue Mao in First Kiss) and Aibu Saki (who can forget her in Absolute Boyfriend?)
They’ve got a pretty impressive line-up: Shihori Kanjiya plays Kitagawa’s friend, while Hideaki Ito serves as Yamashita’s rival in love. Junpei Mizobata, Nobuaki Kaneko, Miki Maya (woot woot! love her!) , and Masaru Nagai are also part of the supporting cast.
The love story has Yamashita playing a salaryman who belongs to his company’s basketball team. Despite his appearance, he is completely weak under pressure when it comes to work and romance. Although he has a girlfriend, Saki Aibu, he falls in love with a spirited and cheerful woman who is unable to be straightforward (Kitagawa).
Yamashita’s only experience with basketball so far is in classes at school, so he is undergoing special training for two weeks.
MORE YAMAPI GOODNESS:
Okay, I have yet to see the light of day when Yamapi actually smiled or at least give a hint of an expression in photos. Wonder why. Though he did express in a show (the documentary-type one where they followed him around for months) that he’s an “idol who can’t smile” — it’s just that he can’t, no matter how he tried. But I don’t think that means he doesn’t any fun or outgoing personality. There are some people who looks real good or too perfect but can’t really put them to good use (okay random logic there). Kinda like how Jaejoong (bringing him up again, so biased!) tends to be all pretty but has this stone-cold expression on his face, don’t you think so? Anyways, enough rambling, bask in some Yamapi lovin!
Why the sad face, pretty boy?
Pi’s signature chuuuu~ pose! The pic aboive was taken from Nobuta Wo Produce, my fave Yamapi phase ever. Where did that happy tralala konkon boy go?
And of course, we can’t have Pi without mentioning his…
…trademark manboobs. ROFL.
THE REAL LOWDOWN: The premise of Buzzer Beater sounds pretty interesting, though the descriptions of the characters can be a bit… bipolar? Aibu Saki plays an office lady who’s ALSO a cheerleader, Pi plays a salary man who’s ALSO a basketball player. Okay, him belonging to the company basketball team may explain things and I’m not saying people can’t do both. But it could be a challenge as to how they’re going to make one cohesive story that blends in an office environment and basketball, plus throw in the music sidestory of Keiko (who’s going to play the violin). It COULD work, though.
What concerns me a little is Pi’s acting (even real Pi fangirls know and admit) that often comes off as not intense enough or sometimes lacks that quality where you can get attached to him. Nobuta was an exception because the character is adorable in itself. I watched a couple of Code Blue episodes and I couldn’t get past the rest! Kurosagi had a good plotline, but… something’s just missing. Keiko is fierce and Saki has a tendency to be overly cutesy, but I’m sure they’ll do well. But I wonder how Hideaki will fit in to this young cast?
Goodness. I love this girl. It’s okay to fangirl a girl even when you’re a girly girl, right? LOL. I remember watching the horrible Tokyo Drift in the theaters just because she had a bit role there. I was eagerly waiting for her scenes but got disappointed when she barely got to say, like, 3 or 4 lines!! I swear, Tokyo Drift should be thrown off into outer space. Bowow in the cast, seriously? It’s just not the same without Paul Walker and Vinn Diesel. Anyhoodles, that’s another story.
Keiko looking good in specs! Major gorgeous in the third pic!
Has anyone here watched the movie “Dear Friends”? Keiko played a beautiful and popular student who’s narcissistic, stuckup and manipulative. Deep inside she has problems and she will realize everything once she gets sick and meets this girl who will treat her as a real friend. In other words, I cried. Not the best film out there, but it’s a must watch for fans who loved stories like One Litre of Tears because it was so touching.
Keiko working it in a beauty ad with my other fave, Erika Sawajiri (who I also fangirl, and cried for when she got married. lol I’m weird like that)
THE RUMOR MILL:
Pi was reported to have dated Aibu Saki and it was also rumored that she would visit him on the set of Byakkotai (Pi’s period film with KAT-TUN’s Koki). Some people from the staff of “Waratte ii to mo” saw them leave a karaoke box together in Shinjuku, and they have also been seen together getting on a rowing boat together in a park in Kichijôji. YES. KARAOKE MEANS DATING. But we all know Aibu is dating TOKIO’s Nagase Tomoya now.
Well, Pi was also linked with other stars like Maki Goto and Suzuki Emi (Yukan Club, who probably dated half of JE) and of course who can forget Pi and gravure idol Abiru Yuu?
BUT WAIT! There’s more!
The purikura that started it all.
Allegedly a rather intimate pic of Keiko and Pi that got people talking. Back then the media was abuzz about the two because them dating is not really far off. Both study in Meiji University back then (that’s where Inoue Mao also graduated!) and they pretty much hang around the same celeb friends circle—Keiko is also friends with Shirota Yuu who’s part of Pi’s gang.
THE REAL LOVE SQUARE?
But Keiko was once linked to Matsujun (who knew he was dating girls??) and recently Ryo Kimura (the one who played the gay guy in Hana Kimi).
Ryo Kimura. Flash magazine reported that he and Keiko were seen at a karaoke box (see? karaokes are dead giveaways!! lol) and afterwards they went to a video store and to Keiko’s apartment.
As much as I don’t care, the Japanese entertainment rumor mill is just hilarious as it is amusing. And if these were true, I wonder how it will be like once Pi, Aibu and Keiko were put in one place together?
Can I say, awkward?
QUESTION TIME! Which girl artist have you or do fangirl (if you’re a girl)?
P.S. In KPOP I uber fangirl Lee Hyori.