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Watanabe Mayu long interview in BRODY magazine

26 Apr

 

Excerpts from the BRODY interview…

Talk about acting projects

Q: How was your collaboration with Sawajiri Erika in “Ooku”?
From I first met her, she was already gentle and warm. I’m very shy and don’t initiate conversations but she spoke to me first. Basically all my scenes are with her, so as i waited for my parts i’d be with her. She’d show me photos of her dog. Because of her i was less nervous.

Q: Your kiss scenes with Sawajiri Erika are a hot topic..what was it like?
I think the audience also feels the same, for me it was quite shocking. When the first met, the first scene we filmed was the kiss scene.

Q: That’s a very shocking development!
When we just finished our greetings to each other, someone said “we’re getting ready to film!”, then it was the kiss scene…i was nervous till my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my throat.

Q: She was leading it?
Yes! Because character wise it’s also this kinda relationship,so i left everything to her. She portrayed the illicit affair very well. Although it sounds weird coming from my mouth, it felt very beautiful when i watched it on TV.

Q: Regarding genres like “Ooku”, which describe the complicated love between females…
I love it!

Q: Oh, you do?
Isn’t it very interesting? I’ve been watching it from young. My family also likes it. My sister is a huge fan of “Ooku” and was so happy when i was confirmed for the drama.

Q: Talking about relationships between the same sex, on ANN,you mentioned that you hated being called a “fujioshi”.
I think that’s because Otaku(s) are often likened to Fujioshi(s). Often people would say “Mayuyu likes anime so she is a fujioshi.” But i don’t watch BL….Maybe it’s cos everyone doesn’t understand the meaning of Fujioshi.

Q: In 48G the ones who like BL are Yamamoto Sayaka?
That’s right! Yamamoto san is a serious Fujioshi.

Q: Serious?
In the resting room, she’d watch these BL like it’s totally natural, it shocked me.

Q: The contents are very revealing?
Yes, it shocked me(laughs). She and Yuria chan would be laughing in the corner watching these. (laugh).


About being an idol

Q: I think that Watanabe san is very mysterious in the world of idols. We don’t get to see your private life..
I do try to keep that side a secret.

Q: Is it intentional so everyone can have room for imagination?
Not really. But it’s true that i intentionally try to keep it from everyone. I don’t like to show off my private life. Maybe that’s why it makes me seem mysterious?

Q: Do you value this aspect of yourself?
I think since i am lucky to be an idol, i should give everyone a dream. So i don’t show realistic parts of myself if it isn’t necessary.

Q: I noticed that in recent months you’re showing off the charms of a grown up woman. What has changed?
Recently, i’m growing more conscious of my fashion, hairstyles and makeup. In my teens, it was always pink and lace, and i’d be wearing youthful clothes in the style of “the idol”. But after passing the age of 20, i started to resist those clothes. Now that i’m over 20, i decided to change my style and wear more mature clothes. It’s totally different from my teenage years.

Q: Which actress do you lookup to?
I love Nikaido Fumi.Although she’s younger than me, her acting and lifestyle is very cool.

Q: She gives off a wild impression.
That too, she has a different side from me so i look up to her. From the female perspective, she’s an outstanding person. Her acting is also very good. Even though she’s younger, she has toughness and aura…i really respect her.

Q: Indeed, she also has a punk feel.
Yes. Her movies are good too.

-Skip chunk about movies and acting-


Talk about “Deai no Tsuzuki” single

Q: The coupling song “Magirashiteiru” was very cool.
Thanks for the compliments. There was a big reaction to this song. They said it was cool. Personally i also like it. Up till now, the songs i’ve sang are either ballads or idol. I’ve always wanted to try it. While discussing the tracklist of “Deai no Tsuzuki”, Akimoto san said i could pick my own coupling song.

Q: So there was a story behind it?
In the past, Akimoto san would decide everything, but at that time he let me decide. So the company sent me many tracks and i picked 4 after listening to them. However, “Magirashiteiru” wasn’t included in the initial list they sent. Later, the company told me there was something else which was pending Akimoto san’s approval. They probably thought it would be cut even if they sent it to Akimoto san because it wasn’t my style. After listening to it, i immediately thought “this is great!”

Q: You fell for it?
I definitely wanted it, so i told Akimoto san that no matter what i’d want to sing it. He said “isn’t it fine?”

Q: So because Akimoto san gave you the rights to decide your tracks, this song came about?
Yup. I love Ringo Sheena, so i often listen to her songs, thinking i’d want to challenge this style one day. But the songs that come to me are always idol style. It’s hard to get this kind of opportunity. In the end, because i was given the choice i can fulfill my wish. It’s great that my style has widened.

Q: I remember that you like THEE MICHELLE GUN ELEPHANT and similar? Do you still listen to rock?
Yes, i started listening to it from middle school. I’d want to try this style again someday.


Talk about AKB48

Q: On ANN, from time to time Sashihara will “attack” you, saying you don’t attend “gatherings” nor  “have juniors whom you care for”.
Recently i’ve tried to improve relationships with members. Because on TV, Nakai san also teased me for “not having a friend” in AKB. But it’s not that i don’t care about them(laugh).

Q:Is giving out your clothes during handshake events one of the ways to get closer with the juniors?
Yes. I don’t have anyone whom i’m specifically close to, so i want to understand them more. I gave out my clothes as a chance to interact with them.

Q: Previously while talking to Takamina you mentioned that you’re unable to give advice to the juniors, and feel like it’s not right? Has her graduation given you a sense of crisis/anxiety?
Of cos her graduation brings me some insecurities about the future of AKB48. Nowadays, members come in after AKB48 got famous, so i think only me who understands the past can relay things to the juniors. For the future of AKB48, i’d like to do something positive.

Q: Amongst the things that Takamina taught you, what is most impressionable?
It’s something minor, but during rehearsals, members would bring in their cellphones to play. Takamina san used to lecture about it. I also think that bringing a cellphone to rehearsals is not good, so i stopped doing so. But now everyone started bring in their cellphones again (bitter smile). Because alot of the kids don’t know about her lecture, there’s already a generation gap.

During “THE IDOL” stage rehearsal, something surprised me. While dancing to “Ponytail to Shushu”, isn’t there an action in the front part which resembles a horse-riding action? The teacher said this action is supposed to express a riding motion, and the kids were surprised! Things like that don’t get passed down the generations. I was abit surprised as the juniors don’t understand the meaning behind these dance steps. I think if they don’t understand these meanings, the message can’t be relayed to the audience. Have to start educating them from these areas.

Q: During changing times like these, what are the things you’ve yet to accomplish or plan to do from now?
I entered AKB48 when i was 12. April would be my 10th year. Time really flies, i have the feeling i’ve been in this for a long time (laugh).

With Takamina’s graduation, i think this year will be a new start for the group. Most of the seniors are no long around, so i hope the juniors can at least work with the feeling of starting a new group. I hope to win the Japan Record Awards again with the new AKB48. As one of the remaining members, i want everyone to acknowledge us again.


 

BRODY magazine comes with more pictures and reversible poster of AKB48 Watanabe Mayu/Nogizaka46 Hori Miona. Purchase it below:

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AKB48 Watanabe Mayu solo performance of “365nichi no Kami Hikouki”

10 Apr

On the 22nd March 2016, NHK Symphony Orchestra held a concert celebrating their 90th anniversary. The setlist consisted pop and classical music, and AKB48 Watanabe Mayu appeared for a special collaboration, singing “365nichi no Kamihikouki”.

Watanabe Mayu tweeted afterwards “I couldn’t sing at all…want to disappear. I really wanted to vanish. Goodbye.”

However, the conductor of NHK Symphony Orchestra Mogi Daisuke complimented “Eh? But it was great!? The difficult notes and lyrics were delivered well. You were great singing this infront of so many guests.”

Seems like her unhappiness was only a result of the high standards Watanabe placed on herself. On the Internet, fans commented “She’s really the type to aim high/Mayuyu is being strict on herself as usual/Without Takamina now, only Mayu can support the headquarters.”

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In another article, a idol magazine writer revealed some background story about the concert.

“The entrance tickets for this concert was based on balloting, and the ballot deadline was 3rd March. At that point in time, Watanabe’s name was not included in the performer’s list. There were quite a few people who came to know about her appearance after arriving. They were fans of Ringo Sheena and Hatsune Miku who were originally in the performer’s list. Both their fans were not possibly a fan of Watanabe, and it’s also said that virtual and real-life idols don’t mix. Her appearance was not welcomed initially.”

“When her crystal clear voice filled the hall, the atmosphere changed.  Those who came to watch Ringo Sheena and Hatsune Miku almost cried, and talked about having heard something valuable. The orchestra members also praised her dignified presence and smiles, noting the reasons why she is loved by many.”

“She tweeted about her unsatisfactory performance, but it was great that she remained dignified in a sea of fans who were not her own. Ringo Sheena and Hatsune Miku’s fans have talked about voting for her in the upcoming elections. That can be said to be the highest form of compliment.

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This was a flawless performance. 

 

Excerpts from 29th Feb episode of Momm!

2 Mar

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

March “anan” issue features the legends of AKB48

25 Feb

Some of the interviews in this feature.

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Maeda Atsuko on Sakura Miyawaki 

前田敦子「これが美少女の代表なんだな」と思った相手とは?
What are her charms when you saw her for the first time?
Maeda: She was really small and i was so touched thinking “she is the icon of pretty girls”. She grew day by day and I always said “you’ve grown taller again~!” when i met her(laugh). She grew by 20cm and is now taller than me.
When you see her activities elsewhere, what other charms did you discover?
Maeda: I like the Sakura in “Majisuka Gakuen”. Anyways, she’s cute! When i told her straight to the face, she got embarrassed and didn’t like it. But from this reaction, you can tell she takes acting seriously, and i remember thinking to myself that she’ll become a great actress.

What charms can she improve on?
Maeda: Like…dyeing her hair as she ages. I was like that too during a period when i wanted to look more mature. But i also want her to continue the orthodox style of being cute with black hair. Also, i hope she can become a solid center, as i feel like the “center” of AKB48 has not been decided yet. So i hope she can aim for “immovable center” with a positive mindset instead of questioning herself. If it’s Sakura, she can do it!


Sakura Miyawaki on Maeda Atsuko

Your thoughts on Maeda?
Sakura: Initially i was more of a fan than a member. After that, i remember tearing up when i listened to Maeda san singing “Yume no Kawa” on stage. At that time, even though we didn’t have much interaction, something welled up in my chest.

When you see her activities elsewhere, what other charms did you discover?
Sakura: Last year, i went to see her butai “Aoi Hitomi” alone. It was a play with very difficult and thought-inducing plot. To be able to appear in something like that is something only real actresses can do. Not only me, but all the members also want to become like her.

What else do you wish to see in her?
Sakura:I want to see her acting as an OL in dramas or movies(laugh). For the MV of “Kimi wa Melody” this time, both Maeda san and Oshima Yuko san supported me and made it more enjoyable that i could imagine. Even if they’ve graduated, i hope to work with them like this in future too!

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Watanabe Mayu x Itano Tomomi on Shinoda Mariko

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What are her charms when you first met her?
Itano:Mariko came slightly after the first generation members. Up till then, we were taking dance and singing lessons and worried over how many songs we could remember. But i remember that you were able to memorize all of them.

When you see her activities elsewhere, what other charms did you discover?
Mayu:It was really lonely after she graduated, but i always watch her on “PON!”. Indeed, her talking skills is really good.
Mariko: Eh, really?
Mayu: Yes! I can’t really talk, so your program helps me to learn.

What else do you wish to see in her?
Mayu: During AKB48, Mariko sama was always called the “Mariko from above”, but i always thought that she had the cute charm too. I want to see the mischievous Mariko sama from now too!
Mariko: Now that i think about it, Mayuyu used to do the Kancho(*Japanese prank)on me.
Mayu: That’s right. I did that to the Mariko sama i admire…i was really happy(laugh).


Shinoda Mariko x Itano Tomomi on Watanabe Mayu
What are her charms when you first met her?
Shinoda: It was an event to unveil Team B i think. There was a rumor about this girl who exudes an aura when she dances – that was Mayuyu.

Mayu: Ehh!

Shinoda: She was like the Acchan during her debut – simple at first glance, but somehow her presence draws attention. I remember thinking that she’s cute.

When you see her activities elsewhere, what other charms did you discover?
Itano: To me, Mayuyu of yester years and now is still the “orthodox idol”. She’s cute like a doll so i hope she remains like that.

Shinoda: But she’s surprisingly mature infront of her peers and juniors.

Itano: Yes. I also think it’s very fresh and charming when she pokes fun at her peers with a smile.

What are the charms that she can improve on?
Shinoda: On the contrary, i want to see a blank Mayuyu.
Itano: Blank Mayuyu!?
Shinoda: Yes. When people learn about her human side, maybe they’ll feel that they have more in common with her. I thought about this too when i first met her, but she seems to harbour alot of power.
Itano: Mmm….it may be good to break that shell.


Shinoda Mariko x Watanabe Mayu on Itano Tomomi

What are her charms when you first met her?
Shinoda: When was the first time you both talked?
Itano: We were always standing next to each other during filming.
Mayu: I was nervous and she said “Are you alright?”
Itano: Mayuyu was very quiet(laugh).
Mayu: Tomochin san had a very cool image but actually she took good care of the juniors. I think this gap in her image is very charming!

When you see her activities elsewhere, what other charms did you discover?
Mayu: I think it’s really cool now that she’s a solo artiste.
Shinoda: Indeed, it’s different from when we do group performances. It’s great.
Mayu: Yes. Her professionalism is different from when she was in AKB48. I feel the strength in her!

What else do you wish to see in her?
Mayu: Of cos her cool beauty, and personally, i also wish to see her “my pace” side and more of her real personality.
Shinoda: Something like “Mojimoji kun?” (*i have no idea who is mojimoji kun)
Itano: no~!!
Shinoda: Fufu, just joking(laugh)

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Watanabe Mayu to have a love affair with Sawajiri Erika in period drama “Ooku”

27 Dec

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AKB48 Watanabe Mayu(21) will be challenging love scenes for the first time in Fuji TV period drama “Ooku”(airs 22nd and 29th Jan 2016) with Sawajiri Erika, who plays the female lead.

Watanabe acts as a servant in the residence of the Shogun(General). The Shogun has multiple wives,who compete with each other for his attention. However, Watanabe turns a cold eye on the events around her. In the trailer, she says “I have no interest in men.” Sawajiri Erika, one of the Shogun’s wives, becomes attracted to her and they start a love affair.

 

Watanabe says “I was shocked when i was given the offer. I’ve been watching the series with my family from young. I can’t believe i can appear in it and feel worried, but i’m really happy.”

On collaborating with Sawajiri Erika, she said “When we first met, i was nervous and couldn’t initiate a conversation. However, Sawajiri san asked ‘Mayuyu how old are you?’ so my nerves went away.”

Sawajiri said “Watanabe san is cute and the person for this role. It was enjoyable working with her.”

Trailer

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AKB48 Watanabe Mayu hopes to win Japan Record Awards for Takamina

16 Dec

AKB48 Watanabe Mayu, Mukaichi Mion, HKT48 concurrent member Miyawaki Sakura appeared at a press conference for “57th Japan Record Award” (30th December on TBS) on the 15th December.

This year, their 40th single “Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai” has won the “Execellent Work Award” and the group will be up against strong contenders Sandaime J Soul Brothers for the “Japan Record Award”.

Watanabe Mayu talked about winning the award for exiting member Takahashi Minami. “It’s been 10 years since we were formed, she’s the one who thinks about the members most. I really respect her. This is her last Japan Records ceremony. For all her hard work so far, we want to gift the award to her.” She also said the winning the award would make it a memorable year for AKB48’s 10th anniversary.

AKB48 previously won the “Japan Record Award” in 2011 for “Flying Get” and 2012 for “Manatsu no Sounds Good!”. This year they will be up Sandaime J Soul Brothers, who won last year for their smash hit “R.Y.U.S.E.I”, as well as other artistes.

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[Updated]AKB48 Watanabe Mayu receives a love confession on UTAGE!

1 Sep

In this week’s UTAGE!, Pokota appeared as a surprise guest much to the shock of AKB48 Watanabe Mayu. Pokota has guested on UTAGE! in the past and his serenation of Mayuyu(and her aversion to him) is a running gag in the show.


At first, they were doing the opening talk. Pokota was hiding in the tent behind Mayu.


Pokota creeps up to Mayuyu without her knowledge.


Shocked at seeing Pokota next to her,Mayu ran away.


Pokota continues to torment her with his GACKT style serenades.

Pokota then tries to forge a bond with Mayu. “I was born in Saitama(Urawa) too,” he said.


Mayu was from Saitama Omiya and shudders to know that they actually lived close to each other.(On google map,it’s actually only 4 stations apart.)


Pokota: If it’s Saitama, then the distance between us makes us closer?


Mayu: It’s THE WORST!


Pokota attacks her with his serenades again and Mayu loses her shoe while running away.


After the trauma, she cleans her soiled feet. “I hate it. My life’s just been shortened by 5 years.”

During dinner, Sasshi reveals that Mayu actually seems excited whenever Pokota appears.
Sasshi: She’s been like that for a long time. Actually after meeting him for the 1st time, she’d send me videos of Pokota. When he’s scheduled to appear, she’d say ‘Sasshi, Pokota san is coming!’ like she’s very happy.

Mayu of course furiously denies.


Pokota is grinning from ear to ear and moves over to Mayu’s side.


He serenades Mayuyu again and gets his standard whack from Nakai.


After settling down again, Mayu comments “Definitely impossible, THAT”


Nakai: Can you guys (for the sake of UTAGE) get papp-ed for once?
Mayu: It’ll be easier for me to die.


Pokota: Actually i asked my agency if i could go directly to her handshake event.
Nakai: You already bought the CD?
Pokota:  Yes,  but they stopped me and said i’m already old enough so i shouldn’t make things difficult for her. On this occasion, let me express my thoughts.(He stands up and everyone goes into a state of disbelief.)


Mayu: This is my first time getting confessed to. I don’t want it to be him!

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Pokota: It was partially an act at first, but when i realised it, i’d started entering “Watanabe Mayu” into my TV record settings…..I LIKE YOU!

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Sasshi and Sayanee are either growing embarrassed or turning jelly.


Nakai: You love her?
Pokota: Well i’d have to know her better first.. (Everyone comments ‘he’s serious!’)


Mayu couldn’t believe what she’d heard.
Kisumai Senga: He’s probably serious.
Nakai to Mayu: If he’s not lying, are you happy?
Mayu: Ye….Ye…..s. Of cos to receive feelings like that, i’m happy.

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Nakai to Pokota: You’ll be happy just to hear that she’s happy?
Pokota: Ye……ye….s.(He seems to be at a loss for words.)


Nakai to Sashihara: What is Watanabe thinking?
Sashihara: I think she doesn’t really care about it.