A Stalker's Guide to Kamenashi Kazuya

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)

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Actually, it wasn’t love at first sight. When I saw Kazu-chin for the first time in Gokusen 2, the first thing I thought was, "Wait, what’s with his eyebrows?! They’re better sculpted than mine!" Who would even think that, even once?! (Please tell me I'm not alone) Anyways, by the end of episode 1, I had completely forgotten about that little detail and thought, "He’s not a bad actor. Maybe I should check out some of his dramas." In the end, however, I didn’t and to be honest, I kind of forgot about him. It wasn't until I watched Nobuta wo Produce that I really became interested in his other dramas.

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. Afterwards, 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 introduce you to some of his dramas:

Nobuta wo Produce - Kiritani Shūji, the faithful friendhttps://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6U0vr0J7_zA/UL4hOdFjEFI/AAAAAAAAEHc/7018cL9PcZU/s800/nobuta.jpg
The role of Shūji is one of his most famous roles in Dramaland. Here he plays the role of a high school student that, at first, would probably look superficial. However, this part of his personality is only a façade that he shows at school to avoid getting hurt. In reality, Shūji is a very sensitive person and cares more for the feelings of others than his own. Shūji shows his true self only to the people he considers his true friends: Akira and Nobuta. As the story progresses, he begins to lose that habit of putting on a façade, and begins to show more and more of his true self.

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?

Kami no Shizuku - Kanzaki Shizuku, the tortured sonhttps://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-y1zF7oxSyHI/UL0nZCOOTTI/AAAAAAAAEFc/NJzsCepnBQc/s663/kami no Shizuku_modifié-1.jpg
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 that 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!

One Pound no Fukuin - Hatanaka Kousaku, the innocent guyhttps://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-fOAlYeQGLfo/UL0nY6XqvPI/AAAAAAAAEF8/EJbmUsWIVwM/s700/one.jpg
Kamenashi plays the role of an airhead, whining and gluttonous 19-year-old pro-boxer. He’s a very talented boxer, and could reach the top if his voracious appetite were more controllable. Unfortunately, not so much. Most of the time he has to go on drastic diets before a fight to fit the authorized weight. These repeated diets are putting him in bad dispositions for his fights and ultimately he tends lose them. One day he meets Sister Angela, and of course, falls in love with her. In fact, he’ll try to make her give up on being a nun by all means necessary.

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.

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Tatta Hitotsu no Koi - Kanzaki Hiroto, the lover
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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
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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 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:

I personally cannot wait to see it. It's his first solo movie, can you believe it?! He'll impersonate over 20 different characters. That's something that must be seen!

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 Stalking Guide will make you appreciate him more, and I wish you good moments while watching his dramas. Bye Buy Cycle;D
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PS: Did I mention that he is also a very talented singer? No? Well then, check this out!
Plastic Tears
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 buch 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.
Kizuna
To this day, it remains one of my favorite Japanese songs ever. He wrote the lyrics and it was used as insert song in Gokusen 2.

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If there is an actor or an actress that is worthy of a Stalker's Guide in your opinion, and you have watched enough of his/her dramas to prove it, then please contact Elisabetta about it.


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    my1kazuya May 30, 2014

    Omg we are both the same we should be best friends Kazuya Kamenashi was the first Japanese actor I ever saw and until now I'm still hooked oh and I love KAT-TUN 2 contact me we should fangirl and stalk Kazu-chan together *\^o^/*

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    Meli Dec 27, 2013

    Love him!

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    Zeppen Nov 8, 2013

    He's very multi-talented! One of the best Japanese actors. <3

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    ChaosLove Oct 16, 2013

    I love him! Everything about him is just masterful and just gives me shivers. I can't wait to see more of him!

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    crazyayu Aug 7, 2013

    eyebrow.. the first thing i noticed in him too! I just couldn't help but stare at his eyebrows, but after seeing him i started to notice him more and more.. and with every drama he was in my heart was slowly snatched: nobuta wo produse- he was cute... yamato nadeshiko shichi henge- i guess he's more than just cute, gokusen- my heart goes ba-thump, kami no shizuku- kyaaaa... And as you can imagine now i'm soooo inlove with that cute, hot guy with eyebrows, better sculpted than mine xD Hope he has more dramas in the future :)

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    EJ_101 Aug 3, 2013

    im lost for words.. so u knew exactly what i want to say its all in the eyebrow and he got me instantly.. good job twinkle...i know i read this last time but i just didnt comment...

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    aeowina May 27, 2013

    I swear I've read this article before... Anyway, you forgot to mention how Yuuki actually looked like he was blind! Kame's acting was so impressive >-< Oh, and Kazu-chin is a cute name to call Kame-chan haha

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    aidachan Mar 18, 2013

    Thanks a million for this great guide! I have to admit that I wasn't such a Kame fangirl in the beginning. My feels for him has its on and off days. Nonetheless, I did watch quite a lot of shows with him as lead and yes, I bawled my eyeballs out when watching 'Yuuki' and 'Yokai Ningen Bem'.

    I feel that Kame-chan's eyebrows define who he is. He's not Kame without that arch. *winks*

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    Meg1014 Jan 8, 2013

    Your stalker guide on Kame really got me out of my JDrama slump. I hadn't watched many bc I just wasn't loving them like I was Korean or Taiwanese dramas but I read this, ended up watching Tatta Hitotsu no Koi and fell in love with it! I've now seen Yuuki, Nobuta wo Produce, Sapuri, Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge and I've started Yokai Ningen Bem. So THANK YOU!!! Now I know JDramas are actually really great :-)

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      twinklelie Jan 14, 2013

      wow, well you are most welcome :D
      I'm really happy that this stalker guide got you out from your Jdrama slump :D

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    bellnavy Dec 19, 2012

    When I saw this at the home page I was so happy! I love finding Kame fans ;u; Are you a hyphen too????

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      twinklelie Dec 21, 2012

      he he and yes I consider myself as an hyphen as well :D

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    jennelyn1904 Dec 18, 2012

    Bye bye-cycle!

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    darkangel662008 Dec 17, 2012

    Nice article Twink:p

    And it's also the first thing I notice when I saw him...His eyebrow!!! I though..what the heck???

    But I agree he became likable as you watch him...I like him best in Tatta Hitotsu no Koi...want to know why? it's a secret..kekeke!!!

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      twinklelie Dec 17, 2012

      thanks eonnie, glad you like it :)
      and tell me why in Tatta, please :D I won't tell, I swear :)

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      darkangel662008 Dec 17, 2012

      I'll just message it to you..kekeke!!!

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      twinklelie Dec 17, 2012

      yay!!

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    marianat Dec 16, 2012

    I think I'm a professional stalker. I didn't like Tatta Hitotsu no koi. It's the only drama of his I never finished. But I shall watch Kami no Shizuku next. Yuuki made me cry dammit.

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      twinklelie Dec 17, 2012

      I think everyone cried while watching it. It's impossible not to...
      I was even sobbing a little while thinking about what to write about it for the article.

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    harumasgirl Dec 16, 2012

    Yay!! He is worth stalking LOL no really i love Kamenashi Kazuya!!

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    shallamar Dec 16, 2012

    great guide. I love watching him!

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