Kanjani8′s Ryuhei Maruyama and his drama co-stars started punching sand bags in front of the press on June 28 to see which of them was a better boxer, reports Daily Sports Online and Walker plus news.
Maruyama plays a virgin learning to box in his upcoming drama series “Boys On The Run“, which is based on the manga series of the same name. Other cast members include KAT-TUN’s Tatsuya Ueda, Akina Minami, Eriko Sato, and Takanori Jinnai.
“We’re working on a drama during a particularly tough time (with the Olympics starting in July), but I think this story is just as entertaining. I just watched through the first episode and it’s like watching something that has so many things packed into it. Try watching even the first episode please,” Maruyama said.
It has been reported during their promotional press conference in Tokyo on Thursday, a punching machine was brought out to see how good the actors were at boxing. Special guest and former WBC bantamweight boxing champion Yasuei Yakushiji set the first record, throwing 195 punches in 30 seconds. KAT-TUN’s Ueda scored 172 punches, while Maruyama scored 269 punches.
“I’m sorry, while watching you guys I got an idea about what works best,” he said.
Another question thrown at the cast was about which actress they found most attractive.
“I’d choose Shiho-san (played by Sato). She has a kind of older-woman seductiveness, she’s open-minded. She’s the best female character who says the right thing and it sticks in your mind, so I think that makes her a very amazing lady,” Maruyama said.
“The one lady who I can really trust as a trainer is Hana-san (played by Airi Taira), but then the ladies next to me (Minami and Sato) are really pretty too… They’re all too beautiful that I couldn’t choose,” Ueda said.
“What are you, some pure-hearted teen idol!” Maruyama said in response to Ueda’s comment.
“Boys On The Run” begins on July 6.