Starring Movie Release! Treasured Good Friends Shots of “Snow Man” are on Sale!
The most popular Japanese group of the moment, ‘Snow Man.’ On March 25, “Osomatsu-san,” a movie starring all the members of the group, was released, drawing 237,000 viewers and earning 330 million yen at the box office on its opening day alone. The number of people who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami is estimated to be about 1,000.
The secret to their popularity is the high quality of their performances and the close relationships within the group. Their close friendship can be glimpsed at various events.
Originally a six-member group, three members, Raoul (18), Ren Meguro (25), and Koji Mukai (27), joined the group just prior to its debut. The nine members, including three younger members than the original six, are now a lively group that is often featured in various TV programs.
Some of the old fans did not like the addition of the three members at first.
They had been rooting for the six members who had worked so hard together over the years, but when a young member just popped up, they didn’t feel good about it. I felt like the idols I was rooting for were being told, ‘You guys can’t sell on your own. But with the addition of the three younger members to the six members whose ages had been evenly matched, the group has become more like brothers than classmates, and I think the range of talk and variety in their behavior has expanded.
Mukai, who is also a member of the new group, originally gained experience in location shooting and variety shows mainly in the Kansai area as the organizer of Kansai Jr. He spent his childhood in Thailand and was scouted by Janie Kitagawa when he was attending Muay Thai classes. Today, Mukai and Fukazawa, who has supported the group in terms of talk since the six members were together, are the mainstay of the group’s laughter.
Recently, as the group has become more well known as a group, so has their individual visibility. Many members are maniacs of some sort, and their individual work is also increasing. Teru Iwamoto has become a regular on “SASUKE” (TBS) because of his physical beauty. He also writes a series of articles for Tarzan magazine. Daisuke Sakuma is an anime fan who even anime otaku recognize as “the real deal. Combined with his innocent character, he has been appearing in more and more corners related to manga and anime.
Raoul and Shota Watanabe appeared at the Mos Burger new product launch on March 14. The two are an unusual pairing among the group, but they drew laughter from the press as they challenged each other to a three-question quiz about Mos Burger, making fun of each other and making fun of each other.
The group has a large number of members (nine), but the production team appreciates the fact that they can work well with any of the members, no matter who they are. It makes it easier to match schedules, and it naturally increases the number of opportunities for them to perform. If they can enjoy a variety of combinations, it is easier for them to have their own programs that they can plan and produce on their own.
Many of their fans became fans not only because of their performances on music shows, but also because they bought their CDs after watching the official music videos uploaded on Youtube before their release. In addition, “Snow Man” is popular for its crown program “Sore Sono Snow Man ni Yasasemasu” (TBS), in which all the members wacha wacha and do location work together. Their close friendship and the teamwork they have cultivated over the years will surely lead them to further success.
Photo： Kazuhiko Nakamura