Nishiuchi Mariya looked to be on her way to the A-list. At the age of 13, she became an exclusive model for the magazine Nicola. After three years in that role, she went on to become an exclusive model for Seventeen magazine for the next five. She debuted as a singer in 2014, winning the Best New Artist Award at the Japan Record Awards later that year. This past January, she starred as the female lead in the Fuji TV’s Getsu9 drama “Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu.” Her song “Motion” served as the drama’s theme song. However, since the drama’s end, she’s been missing in action.
This disappearance of Mariya from the entertainment scene, just as her career was hitting a new level, became a topic of discussion on the internet. It also led to an incident between Mariya and her management in early October. According to sources at her management company, Rising Pro, Mariya slapped the president of the company.
“I can’t take it anymore!” is what Mariya allegedly yelled in Rising Pro’s reception area, before having to be treated for her exasperated state. The company’s president was in a worse state, resulting him having to receive medical treatment for the next month.
Company staff is worried about Mariya’s sudden change in nature. But this change is expected, seeing as how Mariya’s contract with Rising Pro was supposedly not going to be renewed.
Mariya has been in a questionable physical state for about a year. Shooting was often postponed on the set of “Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu.” After the drama’s end, Rising Pro decided not to give her any new work, instead sending her to the US this summer to study. It was during this time abroad that she began to distrust her company.
According to acquaintances, Mariya was dissatisfied being handled by such a bad company. One particular thing that got to her was the direction of her music career.
Representatives for Mariya and Rising Pro both deny that the attack happened.
So what will become of Mariya, who was once called the new Namie Amuro, after Namie severed ties with Rising Pro in 2015, after 23 years?
Metal idol wrestler duo DEADLIFT LOLITA (combination of famous icon Ladybeard and idol Reika Saiki) shocked the net when they formed early this year, but they are far from satisfied! Today they have just released the new music video for their newest single, “No More Tears”. In this song they take a luxurious image, quite different from what they are used to, showing their most mature side. The lyrics for this song, almost completely in English, are about the typical dream-chasing theme with a small twist, giving a brand new perspective. In other news, they are right now in America and will perform this weekend at Daisho Con (WI). Check the Music Video for No More Tears just after the jump!
Earlier today, Yomiuri TV aired this year’s edition of its annual year end music special, Best Hits Kayousai 2017. The show featured performances by Seiko Matsuda, Daichi Miura, Kanjani8, Sandaime J Soul Brothers, Keyakizaka46, and many more. Check it out below!
Yuzu – Aikoso
Nishino Kana – Te wo Tsunagu Riyuu
Johnny’s WEST – Kangaeruna, Moero
E-girls – Love☆Queen
Seiko Matsuda – Anata ni Aitakute ~Missing You~ / Bara no You ni Saite Sakura no You ni Chitte
Daichi Miura – EXCITE
Kis-My-Ft2 – Akai Kajitsu
Nogizaka46 – Influencer
NMB48 – Warota People
Keyakizak46 – Kaze ni Fukarete mo
From November 10 – 12, this year’s edition of NHK Trophy took place in Osaka. This was the fourth event in the International Skating Union’s 2017 – 2018 Grand Prix Series. Out of Japan’s nine entries in the competition, none medalled.
Trouble reared its head on November 9 when Yuzuru Hanyu injured his right ankle during practice, forcing him to withdraw from the competition. He will be off the ice for the next three to four weeks, missing this season’s Grand Prix Final, an event that he has won for the past four seasons. He hopes to be back on the ice for the Japan Figure Skating Championships on December 20 – 24. The Japanese Olympic team will be announced at the end of that competition.
With Yuzuru out of the competition, the focus shifted to Satoko Miyahara, the reigning national champion. This was her first event since that championship, since she injured her hip 11 months ago. Satoko finished in fifth place with a total score of 191.80. Satoko’s short program received a score of 65.05, putting her in sixth place. Satoko’s planned opening jump, a triple lutz / triple toe, didn’t go as planned. The first jump was underrotated, while the second was doubled. Her spins received level fours, but her step sequence was only given a level three. “While on the ice I didn’t feel that I was doing well, so I was worried,” Satoko said. “But I didn’t have any major mistakes like falls, so I felt relieved.” Seeing as how she hasn’t competed in nearly a year, Satoko thought that she’d be nervous, but that wasn’t the case. “I was worried beforehand that I would be nervous and my legs might be shaking, but I was fine.”
Satoko’s free skate received a score of 126.75, placing her in sixth for that portion of the event. Satoko underrotated the second part of her planned triple lutz / triple toe loop combination as well as a double axel. She also a doubled a planned triple salchow. This poor showing means that Satoko will not qualify for the Grand Prix Final, an event where she has placed second for the past two seasons. But even more importantly, her bid for the Olympic team is in jeopardy. Her injury and time off the ice has definitely affected her. “I was happy to execute the triple / triple. It has been a long time since I did it,” she said. “I was able to skate as I practiced.” Satoko is having stamina issues though. “The problem is that I don’t have enough energy now. I need more power to improve my condition.”
Rika Hongo finished in seventh place, with a total score of 187.83. Rika’s short program was ranked fourth, with a score of 65.83, 4.21 points behind Russia’s Polina Tsurskaya. Rika’s error-filled free skate was given a score of 122.00, putting her in seventh for that portion of the event.
Yuna Shiraiwa, making her senior Grand Prix debut, finished in eighth place with a total score of 171.94. Her short program was ranked eighth, with score of 57.34. Her free skate also ranked eighth, with a score of 114.60. Her free skate started off well, but then didn’t end that way. She opened with a triple lutz / triple toe combination, but when she did that combination again, she two-footed the landing on the second part. Later in the skate, she messed up her three jump combination by only doing double axel. This was followed by her doubling a planned triple loop.
Last season’s Japanese junior champion, Kazuki Tomono, finished in seventh place at his first senior Grand Prix event, with a total score of 231.93.
Hiroaki Sato finished in last place (11th) with a total score of 199.20.
Due to these dismal results, this is the first time that Japan has not won a medal in the men’s or women’s competition at NHK Trophy since 2000.
The pairs of Sumire Suto & Francis Boudreau-Audet and Miu Suzaki & Ryuichi Kihara were in the bottom two (seventh and eighth, respectively), with total scores of 156.52 and 139.98, respectively.
The ice dancing teams of Kana Muramoto & Chris Reed and Misato Komatsubara & Timothy Koleto were also in the bottom two (ninth and tenth, respectively), with total scores of 156.41 and 132.41, respectively.
This coming weekend sees Shoma Uno, Mai Mihara, and
Yuna Shiraiwa taking the ice at Internationaux de France in Grenoble.
On November 14th, it was announced that four members of the idol group Nijiiro Fanfarre were opening a lawsuit against their management company D-topia (owned by former XL member Oonishi Terukado). The seven-member group was formed in July 2015, and members were promised in their contracts a monthly wage of 38,000 yen each (roughly $350). As of September 2017, each member is owed two years’ worth of unpaid wages totaling around 1 million yen (~$9000).
Additionally, when one member expressed her desire to leave the group and move to another management agency, she was allegedly told by the manager “If you try to get back into show business, we will do everything it takes to destroy you.” The five-year contracts contain a clause that forbids former members from activities outside of the label for an additional two years.
D-topia, which is best known for its former artists Aira Mitsuki, Saori@destiny, and Harenchi☆Punch, states in its contract that expenses for dance and vocal lessons would be deducted from the members’ salaries, while one former member told NTV’s News24“I asked the manager how hard I would have to work to actually get my salary, but he couldn’t answer properly, and was always deliberately vague about it.”
The idols are seeking the full payment of 4.1 million yen and to have their unfair contracts cancelled through the Tokyo District Court, doing so on the basis that the company was unable to keep their side of the agreement by failing to pay them for two years.
One member, who is still in her teens, expressed her fear over the contract, telling a news conference “Even though I quit being an idol, if I can’t cancel the contract I’m worried about how my own freedom is going to be restricted”.
This is not the first time accusations of improper conduct have been made about the company, although it is the first time an official complaint has been made. Rumors have been spread that D-topia laid off a number of its in-house music composers some time in 2010, and fans immediately noticed that a number of Aira Mitsuki and Saori@destiny’s songs released after this were directly plagiarized from Western artists.
After its most notable performers left the agency, D-topia rebranded itself several times and now operates its music label under the name STAR inc., which still lists many of its disbanded or retired acts on its company site. The majority of the label’s acts never gave any announcement of retirement, instead simply disappearing while the agency does not publicly acknowledge their departure. Company president Oonishi Terukado no longer participates in the label’s music production and is currently head of the freemium mobile game developer Ganapati Apps.