Are you ready for another Stalking Guide?! I hope you are because the crazy, passionate and sometimes creepy fan/stalker that I am will talk to you about the singer-turned-actor Kamenashi Kazuya! (or Kazu-chin as I like to call him)
When I started, I had no idea what to begin with, so I picked a drama with a familiar title, Kami no Shizuku. I’m a huge fan of the manga and I like wine, so I decided to watch it. Afterward, little by little, I began to “stalk” Kazu-chin. I watched random videos with him and collected pictures of him (something I hadn’t done since I was 10 years old). To this day, he’s the only actor with the honor of having a file named after him on my computer.
While watching his dramas, I realized that he was able to make a drama enjoyable even with a basic storyline. Frankly, I fell not only for his looks but also for his amazing acting skills, his charisma and especially for his piercing eyes. I’m telling you, it’s all about the eyes! His smile too, but really, the eyes first!
Just in case you were wondering, yes, I have watched almost all of his dramas where he is the main lead. I’ve only got one left to watch, but sadly, I can’t find it anywhere!!
Now that the fangirling’s somewhat over, allow me to introduce you to some of his dramas:
Kame really impressed me in Nobuta. I mean, this drama is the one with which my obsession began. Do I need to say anything else?
In this drama he plays the role of Kanzaki Shizuku, the son of a world-famous wine critic. Though, here’s the thing: as the son of a wine critic, you would expect him to have taken the same path as his father, no? Well actually, he didn’t at all. Kanzaki Shizuku has always been on bad terms with his father, whose sudden death leaves him with lots of grudges and unanswered questions. Nonetheless, he’ll eventually see his questions answered in the end, but how?
Luckily, his father left an inheritance, a vast and valuable wine collection, but there's a catch. In order to inherit the collection, he must identify 7 wines correctly and compete against another wine critic. It is through the resolution of the puzzles that, little by little, he begins to understand his father’s feelings towards him.
In this drama, Kame succeeded in portraying a complex character without difficulty. Plus, you’ll learn lots of stuff about wine, and see Kame wearing suits. Sadly, you don’t get to see that too often, but just so you know, he looks gorgeous in a suit!
This drama is a typical Japanese sports comedy, but heck who cares?! It’s funny, and so is Kamenashi! Just thinking about him stuffing his mouth with yakisoba and shouting, “She dumped me!” makes me laugh so hard. Moreover, his facial expressions are priceless.
Kanzaki Hiroto is a young man who's trying to pay back all the debts his father left after his death. He also has to take care of his sick little brother and mom who's also working very hard to pay off their debt. Since his father's death, he never had the occasion to really enjoy life as he wanted and isn't really an open person. Still, he is very protective towards his only 2 friends and little brother. He always thinks about them first. That is, until the day he meets a rich girl and falls in love with her.
As you can see, the story of this drama is not really exceptional, but I did enjoy every bit of it. Why? Kame's acting was really spot on!! I never felt any exaggeration in the acting during the whole drama, and in a subtle way, he really manages to show the evolution of his character. Wonder how he could still look handsome even with all this dirt on him?
Yuuki - Sanda Yuuki, the one who lived day by day
Yuuki is someone who lets his emotions guide him. He never thinks about tomorrow. Until one day, while traveling in Australia, he begins to feel pain at his teeth. Later on, he discovers that it’s not just a toothache, but that he has an incurable disease… But does he lose hope? No, not even once. From the beginning until the last second, he never does. Always smiling, thinking about others' pain first. I believe that this role is by far his best character interpretation. In this movie/drama, he literally becomes Yuuki. I really thought I was watching someone else. Also, it takes a lot to make me cry and he managed to do so in an instant!
I think that those 5 dramas sum up why I love Kamenashi Kazuya so much and why I think he is a great actor.
If you want to check out his other dramas, click on the links below:
Also, you might want to check out his upcoming movies:
Yokai Ningen Bem: The Movie (December 15, 2012)From what I've read, in this movie, Bem, Bella, and Belo will encounter a Youkai more powerful than them. That is all I know at the moment. I'm really looking forward to it since I really enjoyed the drama.
Well, that's all folks! I hope that this Stalker's Guide will make you appreciate him more, and I wish you good moments while watching his dramas. Bye Bye Bye Cycle ;D
PS: Did I mention that he is also a very talented singer? No? Well then, check this out!
This song was sung only once and it was live, therefore, you can hear the fangirls screaming too much. Still, every time I see that vid, I cannot help but chuckle and drool.
I'll Be With You
I discovered that song not so long ago and I'm liking it very much. I cannot stop listening to it. Also, you have to know that during that performance he was sick.
To this day, it remains one of my favorite Japanese songs ever. He wrote the lyrics and it was used as the insert song in Gokusen 2.
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