Repost from my previous LJ account: https://kamiya16.livejournal.com/3146.html
I wrote a lot there lol I remember typing away on my laptop while watching this on NHK world. I posted this after watching the documentary.
So as tribute to Johnny Kitagawa, I am reposting this and used new screenshots from the video I have now with some minor edits.
REPOST FROM 01.27.2013
Hi everyone! So I just watched Johnny's World: Top of the Jpops in NHK World. Actually this was the 2nd time as I watched it as well this morning at 7am. Initial reaction when I got the email from JE *fangirlscreamthenfaints*Johnny's World
Anyway below is what happened^^
SO~ Miki Sumiyoshi was the reporter who interviewed Johnny.Miki SumiyoshiJohnny Kitagawa
As we all know Johnny's Entertainment is very popular in Japan, but what made it so successful and so appealing to its audience? Miki Sumiyoshi interviewed Johnny Kitagawa but his face was not shown. We would all think that he would call all the shots on what project would a certain talent do. He said that he would only sit on the sidelines, he would only pay attention to the audience's reaction during a concert or a show without anyone noticing.
This was indeed a rare chance as they permitted them to shoot backstage while the talents would rehearse for Johnny's World.
Hey Say JUMP
Oh and btw NHK World...Hey! Say! JUMP has 9 members...not 7... @_@ anyhoo, during the rehearsals, Johnny would only watch, they are being trained to be independent even at such a young age.
Yamada Ryosuke: (my ichibaaaan!...yes i screamed so early in the morning lol had a slacklining act (aka tight rope) in which he was practicing for which will take place above the audience. He is scared of heights but he deliberately chose this act.
Yamada Ryosuke - practicing slackline
Yamada Ryosuke - NHK interview
(ain't he adorable?? ^3^ ~ )
*slaps self back to reality* @_@
Johnny also mentioned that he doesn't show his face because he is not a performer. The highlight should be on the talents themselves. Like mentioned before, he is present during the cons to see the fans' reactions and based on what he would hear, he would then make changes. Yup...so every concert showing would be different (should have bought two showings last HSJ Asia tour con in HK..lol) but the crew is used to it, as Johnny would like to try out different things.
During rehearsals, while the talents would rehearse their lines and of course some problems would arise like how should they go about a certain scene, a certain line etc, Johnny would just watch and listen to them. The talents are given challenges to work on themselves and perhaps to see their sense of maturity on how to deal with different problems and situations.
Yuya mentioned that sometimes, Johnny would go out and buy food for them since they're his boss and most boss wouldnt do that (awww :3)
Daiki shared that one time when Johnny called him, he was just acting casually, when his mom asked him who it was and he said it was Johnny, she got mad because he was just talking normally to his boss :P
Hideaki Takizawa aka Tackey is mentioned as one of the top stars and sometimes argues with Johnny when they disagree, its a chance to see what he's serious about and Johnny would encourage him to change his mind, sometimes he would contradict him but seeing Johnny like this, he thinks he is really serious.
A little background on Johnny Kitagawa. He was born in the US, Los Angeles, his family came to Japan after he was born but can't go back because of the war. It was only after the 2nd world war that they were able to go back to the US. His father managed a Buddhist Temple there. While he was in the US, he became fascinated with musicals and plays. On 1945, he made friends with the Japanese actors who were in the US that time. Then at 1960, he formed a baseball team called Johnnys.
And during this time, he came across a musical called West Side Story, and he was stunned and overwhelmed because of the songs and dancing so he took his team to watch it and they wanted to do the same. Thus the four member baseball fans became the first group called Johnnys.
Now, we all know that Johnny would spare no expense to provide the fans an extravagant show, it would be impossible to imagine the entertainment world today without Johnny's.
There are costumes/outfits for 180 performers and there are 3000 costumes in all, some with illuminations and sparkles!
The all male talents are described as the next door type celebrities ;P
All the cast would give and discuss the script and find the best dialogue. Again, Johnny was just watching them talk and sort out the problem.
As we all know, there is the Johnny's Jr, back up dancers for the main idols waiting for their own debut. But from what I saw, even at a young age, they were taught to be responsible, that yes they are treated differently because they are juniors but they should learn to be mature and to be able to think for themselves. The older idols would also help out their kohais like the saying that all talents in Johnny's are able to do back flip : (ehem Sho, ehem XP)
Yuto teaching the juniors to tap dance
Domoto Koichi shared that when he started in the agency, he couldn't dance at all! But they were trained to so since they were kids. In this process, you would learn gradually on your own to do all these things. Koichi was constantly told that he was the worst but he heard from the other talents that Johnny would compliment whoever deserves it. (lol, poor Koichi XP but he's one of the most well known talent now in JE ^^)
Miki mentioned that a lot of boys would love to be in Johnny's Jimusho and what would it take to be in it. He said, he wasn't looking for something in particular, enthusiasm is not enough of course but of course having a talent is a plus as well. He also mentioned that the talents are above him. What he does is to guide them to independence as they grow up since they are part of Johnnys at an early age. For example, a junior's grandfather died, his parents were divorced and he was living with his mom and grandparents, but now his grandfather is gone. But he was impressed with this junior as he didn't let this affect him. He said that each boy has a talent of life..meaning each boy has his own strength and maybe it is Johnny's talent to watch over every boy. This brought tears into the interviewer's eyes.. We can see here that Johnny is indeed very concerned for his talents.
Meanwhile, Ryosuke is practicing his slacklining for the show, he's nervous that he's still making mistakes and falls off.
Just about every cd shop in Japan, there is a section dedicated to Johnnys idols.
There is a constant stream of new groups and each one attracts a huge following. As each of the group grows up, so does their fans, thus the result is a loyal, multi generation of market aka the Johnnys strategy.
November 10, 2012 - start of a 3 month run of Johnnys world
(Hey! Say! JUMP arriving on the venue in their regular clothes ^^ ...and Yamachan's nervous for his slack-lining act o_o)
The cost of the tickets were 12,000yen...wow.
plus the goods!
Johnny's World screenshots.
Yamada fell while flying around.
Yabu saying that the show must go on!
After the time travel, the start was from January up to the mysterious 13th month, along the way the producer shows the boys the historical tragedies and bloodbaths and asks them if utopia exists on Earth.
Yamachan's slack lining act:
But in the end they realized that Utopia is in themselves.
a wild Inoo Kei appears! *this is for my friends who are Inoo ichibanners ;P *
kyaaa *covers eyes* xD
What is entertainment?
Johnny said you musnt let the audience get bored, even for a minute. Your basic position is that should think that you are making something that everyone can join. If you are bored even for 1 minute, I will refund your ticket, that is my basic thinking.
If you dont please the audience, then the whole thing is totally pointless.
JE talents in their casual clothes coming out to greet, receiveletters and have a little chit chat with their fans. There is a specific line for each talent too! WAHHHHHH @_______@
Demachi - waiting at the stage door.
As it was cold during the winter, Johnny arranges for the performers to come out through the lobby.
Yabu getting a gift from a fan (lucky fan!! :3 )
Yamachan greeting his fans and saying that she already saw one girl yesterday as well :P
When a fangirl asked Yuya of what does he think of them, he said "As girlfriend....its true!" (even i kyaa-d lol XD)
In the end, Johnny said that entertainment is for the audience and the audience should not get bored..even for one minute! It's the fans that he wants to please, not himself. People should get their money's worth. We can see here that they are really giving importance to their audience^^ Even after he's gone (edit 07.10.2019...he already is T_T), Johnny said that the agency will surely still continue as there are a lot of young talents, there had been a lot of experience for the agency already. Johnny just watches and looks over them, and he's sure that the talents will be fine. (....T___T)
From this documentary, Miki concluded that he can see that Johnny is really sincere for this agency and he really has this big love for his talents.
As for me, I'm thankful for Johnny as well for his passion in this business^^ I saw that the talents are also involved in their own career in a sense that...they are not being bossed around, they are in charge and given a chance of their own career and future. They are treated as equals, their voice matters and as we can see, they are all working very hard so let's all give them our undying support and love.
<3 Alla Yamada