Happy almost-new year everyone and thanks for continuing to keep an eye on this community, even though I've been somewhat failing with my mod duties as of late One of my new year resolutions is to update this place more often again, instead of just keeping all my stuff about him in my head, because I spent a lot of time getting all this information and remembered how much I loved hunting it all out. I thought the best way to start before it gets to the new year, would be to give a recap on some things I may have missed, announcements about his projects for the new year. So here goes~ Movies:
The new year has only just started, but Kei already has four
movies announced (it's not unusual for him to have a lot going on at once, but I think this is the most he's had all at once in a while).
The first to be released will be Minasan, Sayonara
which has a release date of January 26th. There's actually not a lot of information around about this movie (although there is a trailer on the official site, which I've linked above), but his character's name will be Horita. As far as I'm aware, he's not a very big character in this movie.
On 23rd March, X Day
will be released. Out of all of the movies, this will be the biggest for him as he has one of the two starring roles. This movie is based on the Aibou
series. Kei's character is called Iwatsuki Akira.
Then on 27th April, Library Wars
will be released. This movie is based on the anime of the same name, although I'm not sure if it is a direct translation of the movie or a different story (I'm waiting on information on the characters to see if they match). Information about the anime version can be found here
The final one doesn't have a release date or much other information yet, but is called The Sango Ranger
and will be released some time in the summer. From vaguely translating a very short plot summary, I have gathered that the movie is about a group of people (rangers!!) trying to stop construction of a bridge that will destroy a coral reef. TV:
Kei will be appearing in the drama Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou
which will air on Mondays at 9pm, beginning on January 14th. It is a drama based on the manga of the same name
and will star Gouriki Ayame and AKIRA. Kei's character will be called Kasai (the full name is 笠井菊哉 but I can't work out what the first name is).
And as far as other shows go, Kei will be appearing on Oh my God
on January 1st and TOKIO Kakeru
on January 9th.Other rumours/notes/etc:
Actually, I heard about this a while back but nothing since, so I'm really hoping it's still going ahead. It was mentioned on his mobile site a while back that he was going to be reuniting with the rest of the cast from Kosodate Play
(Ohkuchi Kengo, Fujushi Seiji and Hiromasa Taguchi) for a new stage play. Rumours are it's to be performed in May, with tickets going on sale in March. The storyline is said to be a comedy about a group of people hiding away in an Italian restaurant during a zombie invasion. I hope some more will be announced about this soon.
Kei will be appearing in various magazines in January for movie promotion, including +act and +act mini.
I'm going to get on with scanning all the recent magazines I haven't scanned, once I return to Japan after the new year, so look out for them. I'm also hoping to try and start translating Kei's blog and staff blog. I'm looking for some help for this
, so if anyone is interested in a nice translating project, let me know? I want to translate his past ones and future ones as well.