Shimazaki Haruka gets backlash for Ghibli ambitions then retracts her statement

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Shimazaki Haruka who announced her dreams of being a seiyuu for Ghibli Studios during her graduation announcement has provoked criticisms from anime fans and antis.

This was due to her talking about not having the abilities to become an actress yet, then following it up with her dreams of being a seiyuu for Ghibli. This made it seem she could easily become a seiyuu even if acting doesn’t work out.

“Paruru please don’t become a seiyuu for Ghibli.”
“Is she dumb? Looking down on the seiyuus?”
“I liked her but i hope she didn’t speak of it so casually…this isn’t what anyone can do.”

On the 4th October, Shimazaki tweeted “I don’t remember talking about wanting to become a seiyuu. Also, it isn’t easy to become one if i say i will.”

She later deleted these tweets.

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AKB48 Shimazaki Haruka announces graduation through CM

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Shimazaki Haruka announced her graduation from AKB48 through a new advertisement for “Baitoru”, a job seeking website.

“I will be ending my activities with AKB within the year,” she reported. Her last handshake will be Christmas Eve, and last stage performance will be 2 days after.

Regarding her future she said “I can’t say i’m going to be an actress with my abilities now, but there’s the meaning of being positive about it. It has always been my dream to become a seiyuu for Ghibli.”

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Even tho i could see it coming, i expected some news about Kojiharu to come around first. Anyway this tie-in with Baitoru is such a untrendy way of graduating.

Excerpts from 29th Feb episode of Momm!

In this week’s Momm!, the new generation of AKB48 makes a guest appearance to promote “Kimi wa Melody”. Below are interesting excepts from the show.


Paruru and her surprisingly warm attitude towards Nakai

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Translated this segment as Paruru used to shy away from her interviews with Nakai. I remember in last year’s UTAGE, she actually told Nakai to refrain from talking to her.

Paruru: Nakai san, how are you?
Nakai: Yes, how are you? Did you lose weight?
Paruru: Yes! You noticed!
Nakai: What did you do?
Paruru: It was stress. *very bright smile*
Nakai falls over and says: But everyone has stress!
Nakai then notices Mayu/Sasshi/Minegishi serving drinks.
Nakai: What..so the seniors are doing work while the juniors sit?
He points at Mayu and says: Just now you put on a scary face!
Mayu:No! It was just a good face.
Nakai to Paruru: This is stressful too? The stress from the higher ups being enthusiastic.
Paruru: No….but today i came because i was curious if Nakai is fine.
Nakai: You came because of that? Isn’t it because of the new single?


Payuyu relationship during New Generation Introduction corner

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*Skip Yuria,Kojimako,Juri*
Nakai to Sakura: I haven’t met you?
Sakura: Yes, i came here before. With HKT48…
Nakai: Oh i have a deep impression from that time.
Sakura: What do you remember?
Nakai: Um…i don’t know…(*everyone laughs) Sashihara, who are you closest with?
Sasshi: Sakura
Nakai to Mayu: What about you?
Mayu: Eh…..everyone! (*laughs sheepishly)
Sasshi: She’s really bad at this! (*referring to interacting with members)
Mayu: But we’re all friendly!
Nakai: Tell us the charm of the members.
Mayu: Eh……(*tries hard to say something)
Nakai: Do you know who is who? Have you girls talked to her before?
Minegishi: Do you have someone whom you promised to have a meal with?
Nakai: Ah…Shimazaki and you definitely don’t have a relationship?
Mayu: Not really. Our hometowns are the same, Saitama. We’re also the same age.
Nakai: But don’t you go out for meals?
Paruru: She’s my senior, so no.
Sasshi: Paruru entered AKB because she looked up to Mayuyu.
Paruru: Yes. I can’t call her ‘Mayuyu’. It’s ‘Mayuyu san’.
Nakai: But you’re the same age. You’re scary, Watanabe!
Mayu: It’s not because i’m scary.
Nakai to Paruru: Ah, you fell sick because of Watanabe!
Mayu: That’s not true right? Please let me off!
Nakai to Mayu: If you don’t get closer to them, you won’t have any friends!
Mayu: I do have friends!


Members and their cleanliness habits

Minegishi: I placed a bottle of vegetable juice on the side table. It expired after a short while and it was difficult to find a timing to throw it out. I thought i’d do it later, but one day when i was in the bedroom, there was a sound of something exploding. I was so scared thinking there was someone in the house that i creeped out only to see my sofa turning green. It was troublesome to clean it so i just draped a cloth over it.

Minegishi: There was a time when i wanted to cook nabe,so i took the pot out but it dropped. Then the leftovers from a previous nabe spilled out.

Nakai: No wonder, i always thought that you smell!
Minegishi: But i do clean myself properly.
Nakai: What about Sashihara’s house?
Minegishi: She has a room which she told me not to enter. When i opened the door to it, it was so dirty inside!
Sasshi: I put everything inside.
Nakai: Do you live alone? What about the rest?
Paruru: It’s a secret. (*Nakai is shocked.)
Nakai: Please ask me the same question! (*He mimics Paruru’s expression when she answered his question.)


Watanabe Mayu and her love for cosplay

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Minegishi: Mayuyu just said that she doesn’t play with the members, but i got attracted to danso cafes previously. It’s a place often seen in Akihabara where girls will dress as guys and serve customers.When i told her, for the first time Mayuyu said she wanted to come along.

Mayu: I love things about the neutral gender.
Minegishi: She also does it herself. I think she loves cosplay.
Nakai looks at a photo of Mayu cosplaying as Anna from movie “Frozen”
Mayu: During this Halloween event in Disneyland, customers can cosplay to enter, so that’s what i did in my private time. I stayed in a hotel close to Disneyland the night before, woke up early to do my makeup. That’s all my personal clothes.
Nakai: If your boyfriend knows about it, he’d be so shocked.


Paruru talks about getting recognized in the streets

Nakai: Shimazaki don’t you get recognised when you go shopping?
Paruru: At this time, i’d pretend not to hear anything. When they touch me and ask if I’m Paruru, i’d say no.
Nakai: But they’d insist you’re Paruru?
Paruru: When i say no, they’d just clear off.


Performance below

Shimazaki Haruka meets ideal type Ayabe Yuji,reveals Akimoto Yasushi’s threat

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On the 22nd December episode of “Atsushi x Paruru no Maru Maru Baito!”, AKB48 Shimazaki Haruka(Paruru) meets actor/comedian Ayabe Yuji, whom she has described as her ideal type.

Ayabe Yuji commented “It can be a demerit to the party who confesses to liking me. So the celebrity friends around me are saying Paruru is a good girl!”

When host Atsushi asked Paruru if she’s happy to be sitting next to Ayabe, she replied “Yes! Ever since his drama ended i’ve lost my daily entertainment.”

On this day, Ayabe came decked out in Paruru’s favorite fashion –  a v-neck white sweater. The 2 strolled around the studio pretending to be on a date. However, their awkward attempt at conversation forced Paruru to run back to Atsushi, saying “I can’t continue anymore. Atsushi san has to be around. I can’t take charge of the situation.”

Akimoto Yasushi’s threat “You can’t exchange contacts!”

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In another segment, Ayabe sat on the sofa using Paruru’s favorite pose. With Paruru next to him, he asked “What shall we do from now?” Paruru divulged details of a conversation with 48Group producer Akimoto Yasushi. “He told me i shouldn’t exchange LINE contacts with you, he’d cut his tongue and die!”

Ayabe became very sad.

He asked “I have no intentions of breaking the rule, but does that mean i just need to wait it out(till you graduate)?” Paruru nodded and Ayabe doubled up in pain “What is this?!I can’t stand it…”

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Paruru asks in the end “Will you wait for me?” Ayabe’s head sinks.

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Full episode below:

Paruru is so giggly in this episode i can tell she really likes him.
This also reminds me the the loveline between Mayuy x Pokota in UTAGE!

AllThingsJpop Top 10 headlines of the year

Since 2015 is coming to an end, i might as well conclude with the Top 10 headlines of the year. These articles are ranked according to their viewership. Articles from 2014 and earlier have been left out.

1. Bunshun leaks pictures of AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki and NEWS Tegoshi Yuya..a Hakone date?
This scandal was published in June 2015 and i guess the huge picture of Yukirin and Tegoshi, arms wrapped around each other, was a huge shock. No proper news sources would report it (for Yahoo it took a few days before article was posted) but the story was already all over the Internet. Though both parties remained largely silent, to this date, we’re still getting epilogues on the mysterious relationship between Yukirin and Tegoshi.

2. AKB48 2015 Senbatsu Sousenkyo ~Unpredictable Rankings, The Tumultuous Night~: Final Results

3. Back Number sings OST theme for drama “5-ji kara 9-ji made”
This comes in as a surprise because i had no idea “5-ji kara 9-ji made” would be so successful internationally. I’ve had readers asking me for titles of tracks which i had no idea of. But no worries, CDJapan now has the OST for sale!

4.  Kisumai Fujigaya Taisuke revealed to be dating Miori Takimoto for years
I seldom post about Kisumai let alone Fujigaya so the spike in numbers for this was quite surprising. I guess Kisumai is really huge, or there could be much more shippers of the couple from “Ikemen Desu Ne” that i’m aware of.

5. AKB48 General Elections 2015: Final look at China fans’ campaigns
This article ended up being published in a Japanese matome kinda site for 48 fans, and for some reason they’d misquoted the facts. So if you read the matome sites, please be aware that not all info passed around there is TRUE.

6. Horikita Maki gets married to Koji Yamamoto after 3 months of dating!
Title is enough to let everyone’s jaws drop in shock. Their love story is even juicier.

7. Tanaki Koki sends Taguchi message of support and talks about life after KAT-TUN
I would actually rank this way higher because it was just published. Surprised that people are still interested in Koki.


Thanks to everyone for supporting my site this year! There are busier days ahead and i won’t be posting regularly but i’ll be here when there’s important news! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

Shimazaki Haruka will release 1st photo book “ParU”

AKB48’s Shimazaki Haruka will release her fashion photo book “Paruru no Subete” on 20th November.

The 20-pager will include snaps of her private fashion, advice about makeup and beauty tips. It will also include scenes of her in a bathtub and bareback shots.

A females-only event will be organised for fans who buy the photo book.

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Purchase her photobook below:


Shimazaki Haruka Photobook

 

Kintaro moves on from Maeda Atsuko to mimic Shimazaki Haruka

Kintaro is a comedian who used to impersonate Maeda Atsuko, particularly her famous line “Even if you hate me, don’t hate AKB”. She seems to have moved on to impersonating Shimazaki Haruka now. Below is a funny excerpt from a variety show last night.

Scenario: Shimazaki Haruka in Sousenkyo – A very salty speech

MC: In 9th place, is Team A’s Shimazaki Haruka!
(Kintaro appears as Paruru, complete with troubled-looking eyebrows and hangover makeup.)
Paruru: I’m happy to receive this ranking. That’s all! *pout*
MC: That’s a fabulous speech, thank you.But don’t you have more to say to your fans?

Paruru to Takamina
Paruru: Mm…..mm…then please let me say more. Takamina san, you’re graduating soon. You always say hard work will always be rewarded, but i was rewarded without having to work hard! Shimazaki Haruka desu *waves*

Paruru to Sasshi
Paruru: Sashihara san! Thanks for taking on the role to push me!

Paruru to Mariko
Paruru: Shinoda san, it seems like i’ve easily crushed you! Lucky! (Shinoda is like WTH?!)

Paruru to Akip
Paruru: Akimoto san, for my increase in ranking, do increase my salary accordingly!