July 16th, 2013

  • fma245

Nanao draws the ire of Kis-My-Ft2's fans after guesting on "Kis-My Busaiku?"

Nanao was invited over as a guest on Kis-My-Ft2's show Kis-My Busaiku? (FUJI) and received a lot of heat on Twitter from fans.

There was a VTR segment where the members were showing "How to choose swimsuits for your girlfriend". Nanao was instructed by the program staff to "make a lot of comments", and did so by saying comments like, "Yeah, yeah, that one is nice!", "The girl would be touched if she knew that the boyfriend showed that much concern", "It's nice that you're thinking about it that much", "Smart!", "That's pretty nice!", while watching the VTR. These comments didn't even drown the original audio from the VTR.

Apparently, some fans were quick to voice their feelings on Twitter:

"Shut up."
"All the other guests on this show have always been silent, but Nanao's too noisy."
"I can't stand Nanao. She's too noisy. Please shut up."
"I'll be honest, sorry Nanao-san. I can't stand you. I get irritated just by watching. What are you trying to do by talking like that while the VTR is playing? Okubo-san just kept silent, you know?"

Some fans went to the extent to attack her Twitter account and say:
"I think it would be better if you stayed silent while the VTR was playing. Honestly speaking, I had a hard time watching this episode"

Nanao reacted to this and tweeted:
"The show staff instructed me to "make a lot of comments", so I just did my job. I cannot ignore the instructions of the program's staff."

"I'm not mad at the fact that you were talking during the VTR, but what I meant was your voice was so loud, I wasn't even able to hear the audio of the VTR anymore. How about learning to control the volume of your voice?"

"I'm going to look up to Kayoko Okubo-san! I won't raise my voice and remove my pin microphone next time!"

"Never ever come back. You're getting ahead of yourself. Keep your hands off Kis-My, got it?"

"Don't worry! I won't lay a finger on them!"

Some fans though expressed their support:
"I really respect (you) Nanao-san for responding properly to the crticism aimed towards you. I understand your difficulty. I really came to like you a lot more after seeing how you dealt with the situation!!! I'll keep on rooting for you!"

"I'm a Kis-My fan, but I enjoyed this episode, and it didn't feel unpleasant at all! It was fresh since the guest was Nanao-san who's the same age as the group! Please keep up the good work!"

"Nanao-san, I was surprised that you received this amount of heat. I got surprised after searching for it. But you were just doing your job. Now I'm the one who feels sorry for you. Sorry about that (´・_・`)"

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  • myharu

Live-Action Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji Film Footage Aired

NTV's Zip! television program aired the first exclusive footage from the live-action film based on Yana Toboso's Black Butler manga on Tuesday morning. Zip! revealed that the film will open on January 18, 2014.

While the original manga is set in 19th century England, this new film is set more than 130 years later in 2020, in an Asian city where Western and Asian cultures freely intermingle. Since only males can take the reins of the Phantomhive family, a young woman named Shiori dons male clothes and the name Kiyoharu to lead the massive Phantom Corporation.

The film stars Hiro Mizushima (Zettai Kareshi - Kanzen Muketsu no Koibito Robot) as Sebastian, a demonic "super butler" with impeccable knowledge, manners, grace, cooking skills, martial arts, looks, and more.

Ayame Gōriki plays Sebastian's new master Shiori. Like the master Ciel in the original manga, Shiori has a seal in her right eye as a symbol of her contract with Sebastian. Sebastian watches over and protects Shiori, but at a price — he consumes her soul.

Rounding out the cast are Mizuki Yamamoto as the maid Lin, Yuka as Shiori's aunt Hanae, and fashion model Louis Kurihara as the undertaker Jay. This will be the first time since Beck three years ago that Mizushima is starring in a film. Mizushima previously played another eminently capable butler inspired by a manga series, Mei-chan no Shitsuji.

Kentaro Otani (NANA) and Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny, Karas, Asura) are co-directing the film, which began shooting in April.

The manga debuted in Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine in 2006, and its 16 volumes thus far have 15 million copies in print, including those published in 42 countries and territories. The manga already inspired a television anime series in 2008, a television anime sequel in 2010, and a stage play in 2009. (Junichi Suwabe played the similar Undertaker role in the anime.)

The manga received the top prize in the shōnen manga category of France's Japan Expo Awards in 2010 and the Best International Manga Award in Germany's Animagic in 2011. Yen Press will release the 14th volume in the series in North America this month.


I've been meaning to watch the anime, but ngl this clip turned me off lol. I know it's pretty much two different things, but I just lost all will to see it now

Hugh Jackman unintentionally offends locals by walking around nude in spa

When Hugh Jackman was filming for his latest movie The Wolverine in Japan a few months ago, he unintentionally caused a minor incident at a Japanese spa when he walked around nude, not knowing he was supposed to cover his privates.

While visiting a traditional spa at the foot of Mount Fuji, the Australian actor was unaware that the small towel he was handed when he entered was actually meant to be worn around the waist to cover up. Instead, he used it as a washcloth to wipe his face with cold water when he was already getting hot (pun not intended). He noticed a lot of people were staring at him, but he thought it was because he was the only white person in the whole spa (and it never occurred to him that people were staring because he’s a big Hollywood star!). It wasn’t until a fellow customer pointed at his own towel and his private parts, miming what he was supposed to do with the cloth, that he realized his cultural blunder. “I’d spent about an hour just waltzing around this place with this thing in one hand and a beer in my other!” the 44 year old actor exclaimed.

The Wolverine is set to open in the US and UK on July 26, but has no release date yet in Japan. Several Japanese actors co-star in the movie, including Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee and Rila Fukushima. A number of Japanese locations also figure prominently in the story and in the production, particularly Omishima Island, Tomonura and Tokyo.