"People may see this as a power struggle between Julie's camp vs. Iijima's camp, but the general consensus among the media is that Julie's camp is much stronger. Of course there's Arashi, and the groups who can handle main shows such as TOKIO and Kanjani8 have fully developed. Iijima-san has SMAP, but despite bartering Kis-My together with them for 2 years now, they haven't quite soared yet to meet their expectations. Her camp also has Tomohisa Yamashita and Jin Akanishi, but they're not "variety show-friendly" talents, which is the specialty of Iijima-san" - (TV station staff)
These 2 factions are also split among the programs where they make their appearances, and seeing the members from each camp together on one show has become a rarity -- to the point that it might not even happen within the same year for other members. So what has made things as complicated as it currently is?
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They held their concert at the Kokuritsu, following SMAP's example. They even broke into the Kouhaku Uta Gassen (NHK) in 2009 which was dominated by SMAP and TOKIO until that point, and even made history by hosting the event as a group the following year. Arashi made surprising leaps and bounds up to the top, but who would've thought that their emergence has ironically broken the harmony within the agency.
Julie's camp may currently be the force to be reckoned with, but it seems that Iijima's side is showing new activity as well.
"Akanishi has now sided with the Iijima camp, but this was apparently a calculated move by Iijima herself. This is because of the various connections Akanishi has established within the industry as he befriended other talents outside the restraints of their respective agencies during his days of partying with his troop members. Burning Productions-affiliated talents such as Kyoko Koizumi have also taken a liking to him. Turns out that Iijima wanted this network that Akanishi possessed for herself. In other words, Iijima has turned to Burning Productions in her quest to overturn Julie's current advantage... and the key person she pinpointed was Akanishi. And that is why there are Burning talents in the dramas that have SMAP members as the lead." - (showbiz pro staff)
It may be hard to believe this, but the power struggle within Johnny's has turned into Julie vs. Iijima with Burning. It seems that the battleground has now inevitably spread out from the confines of the agency and is about to involve the entire entertainment industry with it. Will we ever see the day when all of these Johnny's talents come together in one event?
... And so,
if they pit them against one another, the fans will passionately draw comparisons.
And by comparing, you will get to know more about the enemy, and things will get more heated up
...is probably what they're thinking.
Because KimuTaku couldn't even get the ratings anymore...
Their CD sales are even less than half of Arashi's.
Iijima will probably become more desperate to push for Kis-My.
Kis-My is always shoved into SMAP's dramas.
They should stop doing that.
It's just irritating.
I seriously don't give a damn about internal power struggles.
I just want Johnny's to disappear from the industry.
They're cancers of the entertainment industry.
SMAP used to be in Team Johnny's, and now in Team Iijima.
NEWS used to be in Team Mary, then before you know it they're in Team Julie.
These tabloids are so inconsistent in writing things so I don't know the score here.
Hurry up and define the groupings of these 5 camps.
They're making too many small fry debut these days.
It's similar to a ramen joint that's about to go bankrupt; they seem to keep on releasing all these crappy menu entries one after another.
I get the feeling that once Johnny and Mary kick the bucket, the crevice between these 2 will just get bigger and will eventually spell the fall of the Johnny's empire. And then Burning will reunite the entire industry.
So it's an article that confirms that Akanishi's still alive, huh
KinKi are taking the back alley
Are KinKi Kids being shoved aside?
Well, this story is pretty well-known
Arashi may be top within Johnny's when it comes to CD and box office sales, but I think their abilities are pretty low.
Not a single individual can even host the Kouhaku alone.
They're also relying on the comedians for their variety shows.
Arashi alone were good on late night, but I don't think they're suited for prime time TV.
They might be doing well now with their die-hard wotas, but once they go on the decline in 10 years like how SMAP has, then Arashi who originally have no abilities might disappear from TV altogether.
So things like this happen even within Johnny's?
I thought they just apply pressure to the other male groups.
It's pretty tough and complicated, huh.
> Kis-My-Ft2, A.B.C-Z, Sexy Zone
The naming sense is just horrible ww You couldn't even sell something that's supposed to sell with this w
Arashi surprisingly sold well?
They were just pushed forward so much, it felt so gross.
Was it last year? They had main shows on each station, but are these still getting good ratings?
And they're idols so they should just sing, dance, and twirl only in front of their fans.
Stop showing up on varieties and in dramas.
Even Shibugakitai and Shounentai didn't appear alongside one another that much.
Isn't this something normal?
>Iijima-san of course has SMAP, and despite bartering Kis-My together with them for 2 years now, they haven't quite soared yet to meet their expectations.
But Iijima doesn't have good eyes if all she can choose are those ugly guys.
飯島派 SMAP キスマイ セクシーゾーン ABC-Z 山下 赤西
ジャニー派 キンキ タッキー&翼 生田 ジャニーズJr
Team Julie: Arashi, TOKIO, V6, Kanjani, NEWS, KAT-TUN, Hey!Say!JUMP
Team Iijima: SMAP, Kis-My, Sexy Zone, ABC-Z, Yamashita, Akanishi
Team Johnny: KinKi, Tackey & Tsubasa, Ikuta, Johnny's Jr.
Something like this?
SMAP and Arashi were fun on Utaban, but they're only seen together these days during the Kouhaku
Busumai will never sell no matter how hard they try
SMAP's on a different level.
Even grandpas and grandmas know them.
SMAP's stealth marketing was horrible so it seems that there are still a lot of people who haven't gotten over that brainwashing yet
How come Arashi's rise to popularity is a miscalculation for the agency?
The heir of Johnny's is Mr. Johnny's niece, the daughter of Mary, Julie-Keiko Fujishima.
And Julie's beloved Arashi became popular, so there's no way this is a minus for the agency.
SMAP's manager is just an employee, and she may become an executive, but she will never be the president.
Miscalculations? Battle for succession? This stupid article just wants to criticize SMAP's manager.
The way SMAP ignores Sakurai is so blatant, especially Nakai.
When they do come together on Music Station, he'll never talk to Sakurai.
There are so many long responses, this thread is grossing me out
Who's more amazing? Matchy or Higashiyama?
Aren't they stronger with Arashi because of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications executive* that comes together with them?
* (Related post HERE)
It feels that SMAP are now being regarded as incombustible garbage. Arashi's still fun, but that man-child Ninomiya's slanted personality? I lose the will to watch because of him.
I think TOKIO's the group whose likability doesn't drop, right? Kokubun seems fishy these days, though.
The moment chinpira Akanishi was designated as the keyman, it was all over ww
* (chinpira = thug)
There's this image that SMAP is even liked by the people who aren't really into idols, while Arashi is just popular with people who see them as idols.
I really don't know what the deal is, though. It does seem like Arashi's songs are selling well.
My image is that Johnny's is just making Arashi walk along the passage that SMAP opened up
SMAP's national popularity was genuine, but Arashi's popularity was just forced by the agency's homo-old geezer and granny, right? (LOL)
They were treated excellently, it's no wonder they'd get popular with all that pushing for them. Even someone like Hey!Say!JUMP would get popular with a method like that. w
Johnny's ended with Shonen Ninja
I wonder how they're planning to pull the curtains down on SMAP's career
I never imagined that Arashi would become popular like this. The only names I knew a few years ago were MatsuJun and Ninomiya, but the moment I realized it, I know all their full names.
Arashi only has this image of "major sellers".
They lip-sync, their dancing isn't exceptionally good, and they don't play instruments. They're bad at talking, their acting is just plain, and they're boring unless they're being made fun of by someone else. I think only their fans think they're cool. Even with bias, their looks are just ordinary.
I don't really like Arashi, but they do have a lot of good songs. SMAP was also good at the height of their career.
But all the other agencies push hard for their talents too. Arashi also had to endure a miserable spell wherein they weren't selling at all, like their contract termination from the record company. I can commend them for not giving up at that time, but it would have been better if they at least took some voice lessons during that lull. They'll just be humiliated again in public on FNS next month and it'll lead to another broadcasting accident.
And everyone has just totally forgotten about V6 who are still open for business, but are on a long sabbatical.
Please don't forget NEWS as well...
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