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Johnny’s Countdown 2015~2016: Shuji & Akira comeback, dream units and more!

1 Jan


This year’s Johnny’s Countdown was held in Tokyo Dome and the hosts were the adorkable Arashi. Hey!Say!JUMP and V6 had a concert and Kouhaku commitments respectively so they were filmed separately. Nevertheless, this year was really interesting as fans could choose what they want to see and hear.

Segments and notable moments from the show are summarized below:

  • Songs you want to hear from each group(Fan Request)
    Kanjani8 had a very nice song chosen for them, “Osaka Romanesque”.
  • Collaboration special
    Noriyuki Higashiyama sings Kondo Masahiko’s “Andalucia Ni Akogarete” with the Johnny’s Dancing Kings.
    Ex-NEWS & Kanjani8 member Uchi Hiroki also makes a brief appearance back-dancing.
  • Song exchange medley
    Kanjani8 sings Sexy Zone’s “Cha Cha Cha Champion” in hilarious cosplay.
    Kis-my-ft2 Yokoo breaks a note while singing Chinen Yuri’s solo in Hey!Say!JUMP’s “Ultra Music Power”.
    Arashi performs NEWS debut song “NEWS Nippon”. Unlike Yokoo, Ohno sings Tegoshi’s high note flawlessly.
  • KAT-TUN 10th year anniversary
    In celebration of their 10th anniversary, they started off with “Bokura no Machi de” from 2006. This was the only song i like out of their 3 songs. They also sang “In Fact” and “Kiss Kiss Kiss” from these years. This is also the last countdown for 4-member KAT-TUN.
  • Kinki Kids 20th year anniversary
    This pair stopped dancing many years ago but this time they danced to “Yamedaide, Pure” from 1999. This is a rare song in Kinki’s playlist so it’s a must-watch!
  • Dream units you want to see, Top 5 (Fan Request)


No.5: Sakurai Sho & Kikuchi Fuma
Song: Arashi
Sakurai Sho is Fuma’s senior from Keio University and apparently Fuma’s father wrote the lyrics to Arashi’s debut song. Fuma looks so enthusiastic next to Sho but i heard he’s actually a Akanishi shipper?


No.4: Noriyuki Higashiyama & Ohno Satoshi
Song: Nihon Yoitoko Makafushigi
Higashiyama took great care of Ohno before his debut. The song they performed is covered in Arashi’s latest album “Japonism”. Ohno shows some fear before attempting a dangerous backflip which 50-year old Higashiyama did without hesitating.

[Surprise: Yamashita Tomohisa & Kamenashi Kazuya]
[Song: Seishun Amigo]
According to a GirlsChannel report, Yamapi was originally not scheduled for Johnny’s Countdown as he had MV filming overseas. Fans had no option to nominate the duo but they still insisted on sending in requests. The overwhelming response must have resulted in Yamapi’s appearance. Aside from it being the biggest surprise of the night, it was also Kame and Yamapi’s reunion after 6 years so the fans in Tokyo Dome exploded in joy. Kame thanked the fans in the end by giving us a flashback of the Shuji-Akira bromance 10 years ago – a backhug for Yamapi.

Shuji to Akira
Those smiles…I think it would not be exaggerating to say that this scene is worth watching 100 times over!

matsujun kawai

No.3:Matsumoto Jun & Kawai Fumito
Song: Wish
Kawai is well-known for his dance impersonations of Matsujun and despite Matsujun’s resistance, his impersonations delight everyone.

Kitayama Okura

No.2: Kitayama Hiromitsu & Okura Tadayoshi
Song: (Each other’s songs)
They are apparently good friends!


No.1: Shibutani Subaru & Takizawa Hideaki
Song: Ashita ni Mukatte
These 2 were known as “Takizawa of the East” and “Subaru of the West” during Johnny’s Junior’s Golden Age. I do not know much about this era as it was 17 years ago, but judging from the fan votes here, this pair was huge and still is! “Ashita ni Mukatte” is actually an Arashi song which they often performed in their junior days.

If you want to watch the whole show:

Alternative Link

To conclude, this year’s Johnny’s Countdown is a memory worth keeping! Wishing all a Happy New Year!


Performances from Best Artist 2015 and KAT-TUN Taguchi’s shocking announcement

25 Nov


The biggest news of the night: Taguchi Junnosuke announces departure from KAT-TUN and Johnny’s Jimusho. Taguchi says he’s turning 30 soon and this decision was made for the sake of his future.

Taguchi’s announcement

I am just sad that this once-upon-million-selling-group is disintegrating in this manner. 


On to the performances…

Johnny’s Family

Hey!Say!JUMP – Kimi Attraction

Arashi – Sakura/Aozora no Shita, Kimi no tonari/ Ai wo Sakebe
Matsumoto is so dorky in this performance and as usual “Ai wo Sakebe” is a godly performance!

Kinki Kids – Yume wo mireba Kizutsuku koto mo aru

V6 – Wait for you/ 20th anniversary medley

Johnny’s Love Songs Medley Part 1
Kinki Kids 
– Ai no Katamari
Kanjani8 – Tsuyoku Tsuyoku Tsuyoku
Johnny’s WEST – All my love
Hey!Say!JUMP – AinoArika
Arashi – Love so sweet

Johnny’s Love Songs Medley Part 2
TOKIO – Love you only
KAT-TUN – Kiss Kiss Kiss
Tackey & Tsubasa – Ai ha Takaramono
NEWS – Ai Kotoba
V6 – Ai nanda
I saw Girlschannel users looking forward to NEWS’ “Ai Kotoba” and indeed it’s a GREAT song!


LDH Inc.

Sandaime J Soul Brothers – Summer Madness

E-girls – Dance dance dance


48/46 Group

AKB48 – 365nichi no Kami Hikouki / Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby
I prefer the Asa ga Kita song over Kuchibiru. Kuchibiru has a good tune, really colorful like what you’d find in a carnival but the lyrics are simpler than simple, and cutesy just doesn’t work for most members now. Quite honestly, i’m cringing whenever Takamina does the winks and pouts.

HKT48 – Shekarashika
NMB48 – Durian Shonen
SKE48 – Mae no Meri
AKB48 – Heavy Rotation

Nogizaka46 – Ima, Hanashitai dare ka ga iru



[Updated]Performances from Music Station Ultra Fes 2015

24 Sep

Update: Most 48 videos gone but i’ve found alternative sources. Check them out quickly if you haven’t..

This is a special episode to celebrate Music Station’s 30th anniversary. Show was 10hours long and featured many major acts including X Japan, Ayumi Hamasaki, EXILE, 48Group, Johnny’s Family etc.

48/46 Group

Nogizaka46 – Nandome no Aozora ka
Ikuta Erika wows with her piano solo and opera voice. What a talent wasted as an idol!

HKT48 – Melon Juice
SKE48 – Pareo wa Emerald
NMB48 – Nagiichi

AKB48 – Ponytail to Shushu/ Everyday, Kachuusha / Koisuru Fortune Cookie (Kimutaku center)
The biggest winner from this performance is SMAP’s Kimutaku, who was forced into the KFC performance by Sashihara. Despite the annoyance on his face, he performed the full choreography perfectly, impressing netizens with his professionalism.In the end Kimutaku said “Music Station does things like this?”

Other members who attracted most attention tonight…

Many comments from GirlsChannel on Mayuyu’s growing beauty and how she’s shaken off the idol look.

Within 48 fandom, many gushed over cute Paruru’s healthy return to senbatsu. I have to say Paruru’s signature twintails are really cute! Many are calling Payuyu the strongest combi in AKB48.

Johnny’s Family

Johnny’s performances are quite fun this time around as we have live video footage of Arashi from their Miyagi concert, and medleys where the idols are grouped according to their generation. It is quite interesting to see for example, Nishikido Ryo standing next to NEWS, and KAT-TUN performing Real Face with just 4 members. *Heart pinch*

Which Johnny’s generation do you belong to? Mine is Ikemen Generation.

Masahiko Kondo – Gin Gira Gin ni Sarigenaku

Arashi – Hadashi no Mirai/Carnival Night part2/GUTS!

SMAP – Yozora no Mukou /Dear WOMAN / Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana

Boys Generation
Johnny’s WEST – Eejyanaika
A.B.C-Z – Za ABC~5stars~
Sexy Zone – Sexy Zone
Hey!Say!JUMP – Come on a my house

Ikemen Generation
KAT-TUN – Real Face
Kanjank8 –  Zukkoke Otokomichi
NEWS – Chankapana
Tackey & Tsubasa – Venus

Ojisan Generation
Kinki Kids –  Glass no Shounen
V6 – WA ni Natte Odorou
TOKIO – Love you only

LDH Inc.

GENERATIONS – Brave it out
E-girls – Follow me

EXILE – Choo Choo Train/Rising Sun

Sandaime J Soul Brothers – R.Y.U.S.E.I.

Other acts

Fukuyama Masaharu – HELLO / Sakurazaka

Nishino Kana – Darling

Morning Musume ’15 – Love Machine

X Japan – Kurenai / Forever Love
Beautiful performance though i’m not a fan..

L’Arc~en~Ciel – HONEY

Ayumi Hamasaki – A song is born

Performances from The Music Day Ongaku wa Taiyou da

14 Jul

Yet another music festival! This was broadcasted on 4th July 2015 and lasted around 7 hours. My favourites this time gotta be Kanjani8’s “Wahaha” and Tackey & Tsubasa’s summer medley.


Johnny’s Family

Arashi – Love Rainbow/Monster/Ao sora no shita, kimi no tonari

Arashi – Troublemaker

Kinki Kids – Zenbu Dakishimete/Speak Low

KAT-TUN – Keep the faith/Kiss Kiss Kiss

Tackey & Tsubasa – Daki Natsu/Ho! Summer

V6 – Wa ni natte odorou/Music for the people/Darling/Ai nanda/Take me higher/Wait for you

NEWS – Kibou~Yell~/Chumu Chumu

Hey!Say!JUMP – Ride with me/Kira Kira Hikare

Johnny’s WEST – Very Happy

TOKIO – Ririkku/Sorafune

Kanjani8 – Mae Muki Scream/Wahaha

Johnny’s Family Medley


48/46 Group 

NMB48 – Durian Shonen
SKE48 – Coquettish Jyuutaichu
HKT48 – 12Byou
AKB48 – Koisuru Fortune Cookie

AKB48 – Halloween Night/Heavy Rotation/Aitakatta

Nogizaka46 – Taiyou Knock



J Soul Brothers – Summer Madness/R.Y.U.S.E.I

EXILE – 24karats GOLD SOUL

EXILE – Rising Sun

E-Girls – Anniversary!!/Gomenasai no Kissing You

Crystal Kay & Flower – Koi ni ochitara



Yuzu – Owaranai Uta

Mr Children – Starting Over



Performances from TV Tokyo Music Festival 2015

28 Jun


This is another music festival aired a few days ago on June 24, via TV Tokyo. It was about 4hrs long and notable acts are below.

48/46 Group

AKB48 – Heavy Rotation
NMB48 – Durian Shonen
SKE48 – Coquettish Juutai chuu
HKT48 – 12 Byou
AKB48 – Bokutachi wa Tatakawai/Koisuru Fortune Cookie
I find Riripo and her wink very cute!  

Nogizaka46 – Taiyou Knock

Johnny’s Family

Kanjani8 – Tsuyoku  Tsuyoku  Tsuyoku/Musekinin Hero

NEWS – weeeek/Chumu Chumu

TOKIO – Love,Holiday/Ambitious Japan!

TOKIO – Love you only

Kinki Kids – Garasu no Shonen/Ai sareru yori Ai shitai/Flower/Hakka Candy
When i saw Koichi, it feels like i’m seeing a Prince!

Hey!Say!JUMP – Seniors’ Medley/Ultra Music Power/Kira Kira Hikare
Liking their new song~

Johnny’s West – Ee ja nai ka/Very Happy/

Hello Project Group

Morning Musume OG – Hold on me!/Love Machine/Koi no Dance Site/Happy Summer Wedding

Morning Musume ’15 – Seishun Kozou ga Naiteru


Golden Bomber – Memeshikute

Golden Bomber – Shin da Tsuma ni Niteiru

Sekai no Owari – Starlight Parade/Moonlight Station

Superfly – Tamashii Revolution/Beautiful

Performances from FNS Music Festival 2014

4 Dec

Selected performances below….

Che’nelle – Happiness(with Matsushita Nao on the piano)
FINALLY this song has been performed! I can never get enough of it. Beautiful voice and lyrics, all self-penned by the singer herself!


Johnny’s Family

A full blown Johnny’s artistes collaboration to celebrate Kondo Masahiro’s 35th year of debut.
This is practically a miracle cause Johnny’s artistes are split into 2 factions and they have never collaborated in this manner. The inclusion of SMAP really means alot for the fans as well as for the agency. Erm wait, where’s Yamapi?

In order of appearance:
1. Johnny’s WEST – Ee jya nai ka
2. A.B.C.-Z – Crazy Accel
3. Sexy Zone – Sexy Zone
4. Kis-My-ft2 – Everybody Go
5. Hey! Say! JUMP – Ultra Music Power/Ashita e no YELL
6. KAT-TUN – Real Face/ In Fact
7. Kanjani8 – Musekinin Hero
8. NEWS – Kibou ~Yell~
9. Tackey & Tsubasa – Venus (Tsubasa absent as he’s sick)
10. Arashi – A.RA.SHI
11. V6 – Ai Nanda/Sky’s the Limit
12. Kinki Kids – Garasu no Shonen
13. Tokio – Love you only
14. SMAP – Shake
15. Kondo Masahiro (with backdancing from above people)


Kis-my-ft2 – Thank you Jyan!

Kinki Kids – Kagi no nai Hako

NEWS – ONE ~for the win~

Arashi – Bittersweet

Kanjani8 – King of Otoko

Sexy Zone  – Hitomebore


AKB48 Family

The rules for live singing must have been changed cos these girls are sounding as good as their CD. Just take a look at the past years’ FNS performances and you’ll know what I mean. What to lookout for, the Mayuki combo with their Christmas jingle!

In order of videos:
1. Mayuki – Awatenbo no Santa Claus
AKB48 – Koisuru Fortune Cookie
2. HKT48 – Melon Juice(with famous mascot Funasshi)
3. Nogizaka46 – Nandome no Aozora ka
4. SKE48 – 12gatsu no Kangaroo
5. NMB48 – Teppen Tottande!
6. AKB48 – Kibouteki Refrain

LDH Family

E-girls – Mr Snowman / Follow me(with mascot Funasshi)

Exile – 24World

Sandaime J Soul Brothers – R.Y.U.S.E.I

Collaboration Performances

Dream5/48group/Nogizaka/Golden Bomber/T.M Revolution/The Alfee – Youkai Taisou Daichi

Hiromi Go/May J – Let it Go

Exile Takahiro/Gospellers – Mimosa (with Nogizaka Ikuta Erika on piano)

NMB48, Johnny’s WEST and Ayame Gouriki on Music Station

2 Nov

This week there is some hilarious interactions between NMB48 and Johnny’s WEST, as they talked about recommended ways of making Takoyaki. Maybe it was because of their Kansai roots, both groups (over)reacted to whatever that was being said. Enjoy their hilarious pre-show talk below.

Song performances:

Johnny’s WEST – Special Medley

NMB48 – Rashikunai

Ayama Gouriki