“Kuroki’s agency, Sweet Power is apparently going to launch a male actor’s department and the word on the street is that Akanishi might be switching to it. Filming for his Hollywood movie ’47RONIN’ has finished, and it’s due to come out in December* so he’ll probably stay in Johnny’s for the remainder of the year. But he’s thinking positively about switching agencies for the sake of his baby. However, apparently Kuroki’s agency would have to pay a huge breakup fee to Johnny’s in order to get Akanishi,” said one source.
* update: as of June 20, 47RONIN has been re-scheduled to be released in February 2013.
The June 7 edition of the weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun has reported Kuroki’s career has not been badly affected as previously feared. The actress will begin filming for NHK’s taiga drama “八重の桜 (Yae no Sakura)” in February, four months after her baby is due.
“Kuroki belongs to Sweet Power Agency, which looks after popular beauties like Rina Uchiyama and Maki Horikita. Ignoring the rules of the showbiz industry and reporting about her marriage afterwards infuriated the agency. Of course, one would usually need to make a formal apology to commercial clients and pay for damages, but Akanishi and Kuroki let is pass with a ‘what’s wrong with what we did’ attitude. It’s only expected that they would be sidelined,” said one source belonging to a major advertising agency.
However, now we are beginning to see some differences.
It has been reported there were fears Subaru might drop Kuroki from their sports car line since their main target audience was not pregnant women, but as a matter in fact the reaction has been positive.
“She’s been getting commercial offers even after getting pregnant. Kuroki gets at least 20 million yen (about US$200,000) per commercial contract. She’s exceptional in that she brings an exotic and ‘it factor’ presence, so she would not have a problem earning an income in showbiz,” said the same source.
On the other hand Akanishi has got a lot of problems to overcome before he can move forward. While he had been causing trouble since leaving KAT-TUN, under the watchful eye of Johnny Kitagawa he had made it to his solo debut and was preparing to make it in the US. However, it has been reported Mr Kitagawa has turned his back on Akanishi following his marriage.
“Johnny’s have put him aside. At the moment Akanishi is in LA doing some recording. But that isn’t a job for Johnny’s, he’s there for his own interest. But if something bad comes out of it, there’s a chance Johnny’s might fire him,” said one source.
Akanishi relies on his wife, Meisa. He’ll go with her to her home in Okinawa, go to izakaya with her, listen to her complaints. He joins her when she goes baby goods shopping. He even goes to the hairdresser’s with her and showers her with compliments like, ‘that look looks good on you’. It’s something unimaginable when you think back to his bad boy days,” said one acquaintance.