The only places where you see anything mentioned about this are on anon boards where you can basically say anything you want. Most of it was produced from this screencap of Kimutaku supposedly giving the stink eye to Arashi while on Music Station. I’m not sure whether these 2chan commentators watch Music Station as religiously as we do, but that’s how SMAP looks like every. time. they. go. on. Mste. Did you all see their recent appearance? They all looked like they were So Over It. Nakai basically hid in the back so he wouldn’t need to actually dance and/or sing. While it would be really delicious if SMAP hated Arashi, each member of SMAP still pull in almost 5x more than any member of Arashi and they could probably sell useless products to old ladies until they die. I think SMAP is mostly just over everything, not just Arashi specifically.
The biggest talk about the two groups is the fact that SMAP’s heyday might be over and that the next King of Johnnys will be Arashi. There have been reports of TV execs increasingly garnering the favor of Arashi (although sources also say that TV execs are simply using Arashi more because they “are cheaper” than SMAP) and ratings show that Arashi is now starting to pull more viewers into their variety shows than SMAP’s. I mean, I don’t blame the Japanese variety show watching public: Arashi is kinda the new hotness right now and they do a better job of pretending to like each other whereas cameras always seem to catch members of SMAP snapping out of their cold, apathetic stares a second too late.
Can someone please make a reality TV show where the members of SMAP are forced to share rooms in a tiny apartment in Tokyo and they “stop being polite…and start getting real”™?