It’s being reported by various news outlets that PON! will be ending at the end of September and will be replaced by a new show. Though there’s various rumors about the new show, there’s no official word yet on the program’s name or who will appear in it. (Source 1 2)
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NEWSRING (Jul 26)
It was Tegoshi’s turn to update
He asked it everyone was doing ok in the heat, and warned everyone to drink lots of water and take care of themselves.
He talked about the outdoors concert for 15th anniversary and how they’ve always wanted to do it again, and how they’re busy preparing. He added that as he’s writing now, he’s on his way to FNS after finishing a different job. He also said he watched fireworks the day before and that they were really pretty.
He also talked about the flooding from heavy rains and how the area his family is from is also being affected so he’s worried. He talked about visiting Hiroshima recently for Inochi no Uta with Shige, and visited the town his grandparents are from, so it hurts his heart to see the damage happening there now.
He said he can’t do much, but he hopes to reach them with his songs and tv appearances and that he’s with them in spirit. He apologized for his powerlessness and said he hoped he could provide some small amount of emotional support to people and encouraged everyone.
Cloud (Jul 27)
He asked if everyone watched the second episode and posted yet another photo with the chicken head, this time while juggling.
He explained the jweb quiz for the second episode, saying it’s not as if he liked juggling, he just wanted to do something using “rings”.
*TL notes: there isn’t much difference between the “l” and “r” sounds in Japanese, so “juggLING” = “ring”.
Only You updates
Toda Keiko, who acted with Massu in “Dance Drill”, went to watch the play on Jul 25. She wrote a very warm entry saying how they first met 12 years ago. While Massu’s talent has always been recognised, she saw clearly, from that day’s performance how he’s grown to be even better. He’s grown to become a man who can properly take on the role of Romeo, and she’d like to see him play Romeo proper one day. He can sing, can dance, can act. While a lot has happened, she feels the journey for Massu, who’s worked his way here bit by bit, has only just started. She feels that from her heart.
She ended the entry by saying how he’s someone whom she feels good about each time they met, and that she’ll be supporting him. (Source)
Kamijo Shun tweeted on Jul 25 to say he went to watch the play and commented how Massu had to sing a lot. Despite that, he sang with all his soul and that was the best part of the play. (Source)
Takahashi Masa, who works with Massu on “Sore Dame”, went to watch the play on Jul 26. She wrote in her blog that she’s always heard how Massu’s good at singing, dancing and acting, but she realised all over again how good he really is when she watched him live. It’s such a huge gap from the “Kasu! Masu!” gag he does with Audrey’s Kasuga in “Sore Dame”. She also mentioned how the Johnny’s songs were weaven really well into the story, and that the concept and production were awesome. (Source)
Takahashi Kaito (King & Prince) went to watch the play on Jul 28 (Source)
Shige went to watch the afternoon show on Jul 29 (Source)
TV Shizu’s (Fuji TV network) official account tweeted a few NEWS related tweets during FNS, including “Massu!!!” during his Chim Chim Cheree performance, the “Shige!!!” at the ending bit. They then said how Shige must have gotten the chance to make the ending comment because they shouted Shige’s name. And that they understand this behaviour isn’t appropriate for an official account. (Source 1 2 3 4)
Only You cast members:
Yushin tweeted “Chim Chimney~” (Source)
Shunichiro, now in “Only You”, also appeared in the version of “Mary Poppins” this year, and tweeted to say he was excited to see their duet, felt like dancing to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"
and that he really wanted to dance “Step in Time” after seeing Massu the chimney sweep. (Source)
Shuhei tweeted that Massu’s Chim Chimney Chim Chimney Chim Chim Cheree was amazing (Source)
Hirahara Ayaka, who collaborated with Massu for “Chim Chim Cheree”, mentioned him in her blog entry on FNS. She said how she heard Massu researched on Bert in the midst of his tight schedule, and said he felt very much the part when he gave her his hand to help her with the stairs. He apparently also said that this was the first time they sang something together since they became friends. (Source)
Dainoji’s Otani Nobuhiko tweeted about NEWS’ song ‘Jump Around, saying that it was a really cool song that had a ‘N.E.R.D’ like sound to it. He also said that it would be nice to hear it blasted loud like at Fuji Rock. He noted how NEWS seems to be trying a new approach and evolving. (Source)
The goods list for the Strawberry Anniversary concert was announced on August 1st, the full list is available on Johnny’s Net. There is also a goods app you can use when purchasing goods at the venue to help make the process go smoother.
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