Wednesday, March 11, 2009
more news about toma's new drama!! it's called Majo Saiban (Witch Trial) / BUY THE HANA KIMI SP DVD!!! onegaishimasu!
wow, a lot of new info/news just keeps coming about his new drama!!
i'll try to keep u all updated! remember, u can just go to the toma LJ if i'm not updating fast enough. but this time, AF has got news that i haven't even seen at LJ, thanks to meoinkie!!
[thanks to strawberry_gemm! read news about the drama here and also VOTE AT THE POLL: Are you a fan of Toma Ikuta?]
didn't know toma would get the lead role!!!
yes yes yes~ so excited about this new drama. finally, a real leading role 4 our toma!!!! sugoi!! his regular, part-timer character has a girlfriend too, really a special, breakthrough role 4 toma, i hope! really excited about this!! and the plot sounds good/suspenseful! that's a really cool idea to make a drama about the jury system be4 the govt starts using it again. i just hope they don't get any pressure f/the govt cuz of this...actually, i was on a jury be4 but just 4 a civil case in the usa. it is pretty interesting to see how the legal system works, ne. and to be able to take part in the decision-making process that determines the outcome of the case...u feel the responsibility weighing on you... anyway, I'M TOTALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS DRAMA!! go go toma!! ^_^
but it's airing so late at night, 11:10pm!! but i guess ppl in japan sleep late? in the usa, 11:00 is already news time and 11:35pm is already when the late night shows start... (edit: oh, 11:10pm on saturdays! but won't ppl be out late on the weekend?? hmm...wouldn't 11:10pm on sunday be better, cuz probably more ppl R home then...) and i'm annoyed when they say it's his first leading role, cuz he already got his 1st leading role in honey & clover! but i guess that didn't count cuz it was an ensemble cast.
HURRAY FOR TOMA, GETTING ROLES IN DRAMAS CONTINUOUSLY!!!
he's really getting more and more popular. i'm really happy for him!!! and really proud of him, and proud to be his fan!
toma-kun, gambatte ne~! ♥
(gomen ne, going off topic for a little bit~)
like me, toma has been posting messages more often these days! ~_~
his 3rd consecutive entry (me too! lol.), march 10, he didn't mention his new drama, but he said he just got his copy of the hana kimi SP dvd and reminds every1 to buy it~ make your home an ikemen paradise!! lol. though i can't/don't really wanna buy it, i thought i'd at least help him out by plugging it here. (well, if the price ever goes down, i'd buy it! but with toma's popularity soaring higher and higher, i don't see that happening anytime soon. in fact, probably the price will keep going up as he gets more popular. lol. seen this happen w/other toma stuff, like the hana kimi dvd set, photobook, and the H&C dvd set too!)
SO~ PLEASE BUY IT IF U CAN, IT WOULD REALLY MAKE TOMA HAPPY, AND U CAN WATCH SOME BEHIND-THE-SCENES EXTRAS AND GET A PHOTOBOOK!! BUY IT NOW, BEFORE TOMA (surely!) GETS MORE POPULAR & SUCCESSFUL AND THE PRICE GOES UP!! AND IF U COULD SO KINDLY SHARE SOME PICS/DVD EXTRAS WITH THE REST OF US, WE WOULD BE FOREVER GRATEFUL!!! Yoroshiku~ (was that convincing enough?)
u can pre-order the SP DVD at yesasia or cdJapan. this is the premium edition. first press version has a bonus DVD and photo booklet. wait, probably only first press has the booklet, but all of them have the bonus DVD. or else what'd be the difference between premium and regular editions??
http://www.yesasia.com/us/hanazakari-no-kimitachi-e-ikemen-paradise-graduation-7-to-1-2-special/1014320424-0-0-0-en/info.html [release date: March 18, 2009, price: US$72.75]
[it also comes w/sano, nakatsu, mizuki's school ID cards?? *ONLY 3 FIRST PRESS VERSION LEFT!!*]
(now, back to our topic~)
saw this news at AF, thanks to meoinkie for re-posting it!!
ah, toma must be excited to get the leading role for this drama! i hope everything goes well for him, being the lead. high ratings and all! he's already started preparing for this role...wah. it's cool that they air it before the jury system starts again in may. maybe this will help boost the ratings. =) but like toma said, there will be pressure f/the public cuz of this...don't worry, toma-kun, u always put 110% effort into your roles, and we support you 110%! *_*
a more detailed report..
translations credits to unleashthegeek
It was revealed on the 10th that Ikuta Toma (24) will play the lead role in Fuji TV's Majo Saiban (Witch Trial) which starts on 25th April (Saturdays at 11:10). This is his first lead role in a drama. The drama's theme centers around the lay judge system which will take effect in May. Ikuta said enthusiastically,"This production will get people interested in the system."
With the introduction of a new justice system where ordinary citizens participate in trials as lay judges in May, ikemen actor Ikuta Toma who has been showing remarkable progress, is playing the role of a lay judge.
Ikuta has been a part of the Johnny's agency for more than 10 years. In 2007, he had his break in Fuji TV's Hanazakari no Kimitachi e Ikemen Paradise. Last summer, he played one of the two lead roles in TBS's Maou with Arashi's Ohno Satoshi.
Currently, he is a regular in Fuji TV's Voice. Commenting on his first lead role in a drama, he said,"Honestly I'm surprised, while at the same time I feel a sense of responsibility. I feel many emotions jumbled together."
He plays the role of a job-hopping part-timer who has little interest in social matters, just an ordinary young man. The setting of the drama revolves around him being chosen by chance to be a lay judge.
For his role, he attended trials. "I felt, time and again, the austerity of the place. From May onwards, this isn't just going to be somebody else's problem, you feel its complexity. There is going to be a big social response to the drama and I feel the pressure," he said, looking to filming, shouldering the responsibility.
The trial involves a murder and inheritance of a large sum of money in the prosecution of a woman referred to as a 'witch'. But the lay judges who are going to judge her innocent or guilty are being secretly bribed and maneuvered by a mysterious group. Baffling incidents starts to surround the young man in this suspense drama. This drama anticipates of the problems that might arise once the new legal system is enforced.
Producer Seki Takuya said,"When the lay judge system becomes a part of life, how would our lives and our way of thinking change? Look forward to the drama, and I hope it makes people think." The new system will be enforced from 21st May and in the summer, lay judges will start participating in courts. Naturally then, this is the drama that cannot be said to be of other people's problems!
Similarly chosen, Kato Ai (26) plays a housewife who has her happy family life threatened by the mysterious group. This is her first time playing a housewife role. Higa Manami (22), who is currently in NHK's Tenchijin, plays the role of Ikuta's newspaper reporter girlfriend. The defendant, who is being called the 'witch' is played by Ishida Yuriko (39). It will be noted how Ishida, who leaves a strong impression of being neat tackles the role of the 'witch'.