This is an editorial by Nara Yurie.
There was a period of time when Japanese media splashed news reports of Tohoshinki turning into a duo onto their publications. Following that, there was another period of time where they did not relay any news of Tohoshinki at all. If that was the case, it makes one wonder about the reactions that the Japanese media would have in response to news that Tohoshinki was making a comeback in the summer. To cut a long story short, they retained the feeling that they had given off in the past, that they are a talented Hallyu group which has the capability to gather all attention to be on them. From their comeback this time around, they appeared on numerous TV programs. Their presence was no longer only limited to being visible to their fans, they have also influenced ordinary Japanese people to shower much attention on them.
There are several reasons why Tohoshinki has become like that. First, commercials and CFs. They appeared on the card CFs of Sogo Departmental Store and Sebu Departmental Store amidst dancing, and that CF was broadcast many times in the summer. The looks of U-Know Yunho and Choikang Changmin, who have become increasingly mature, also left deep impressions on the minds of the public.
Furthermore, in Japan, there are not many programs where singers can sing their songs. There are many situations where, even if one was a singer, he/she would have to appear on variety programs to promote their new songs. When Tohoshinki’s new song was revealed this time around, they appeared on so many programs that once one switched on their TVs, there were almost no programs where Tohoshinki did not take part in. Every now and then, they would play table tennis while accepting interviews, and they even did arm wrestling with SMAP (a popular group in Japan). Through other activities such as imitating a puppy’s voice, they also showed off their various charms.
Compared to anything else, U-Know Yunho and Choikang Changmin captivated Japanese people with their “beast-like sexiness”. Although it is unsure if that was because of the concept for their song this time around, or if it was because they had matured, the fact remains that, not only did they capture young women’s hearts through their sexiness on stage, even male viewers commented that they were cool and handsome. Being able to not just appeal to a specific group of fans, but also being able to capture the attention of ordinary viewers, the significance of that extent is that they have truly become first-class, top-rate celebrities. Tohoshinki has become celebrities who carry with them attention from all Japanese, regardless of men or women, or the old or the young, causing them to ask when and on which program Tohoshinki will appear in.
From November, “Paradise Ranch”, the drama led by Choikang Changmin, is scheduled to be broadcast on a nation-wide terrestrial network. This will allow him to show off yet another charm by infiltrating TVs in Japanese homes.
Tohoshinki, through their official album, “TONE”, which was revealed last week, has taken over the #1 position on the Oricon charts. This is the first time that Tohoshinki’s album has wholly taken over the #1 spot. Just looking at this achievement, one can tell the kind of appraisal that the Japanese people credit to Tohoshinki.
Stars connected with Tohoshinki’s popularity have even appeared. T-ara, who debuted last week in Japan, saw their song “Bo Peep Bo Peep” take over the #1 position on the Oricon Singles Album Chart. Their kitty fashion surprised the Japanese. Although in the past, the Korean girl groups who have amassed popularity in Japan were brimming with charisma, T-ara showed off their cute kitty get-up, complete with a dance routine where they clasp their hands together.
It is truly an amazing feat for Japan’s Oricon Singles and Albums Charts to be all swept by Korean singers. That has once again proven the high standards of the Korean music industry.
Source: sports khan
Translated by: CTVXQstaff_mug_ping @ ContinueTVXQ.com
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