I spent both Season 1 and Season 2 of the wonderfully touching (Under One Roof) hoping he’d get the girl (the once young and darling Noriko Sakai), which he ended up doing at the very end. My favorite Masa dorama remains could turn a girl into a woman just like that.I will always remember him as Hata-san (and perhaps dreaming I was his Teruteru-Bozu).He’s always great, even if I don’t always like his projects. department head) in (Season 1 and 2, with a movie on the way next Spring) with Ayase Haruka. I adore him as an actor, but would never think about bringing him home to meet the parents.Tamaki Hiroshi He’s probably best known for his role as the prickly genius conductor in Nodame Cantabile, but I actually loved him in more. But he’s been acting for ages and has quite a prolific resume. He is such a scene stealer onscreen, always making any role memorable and unique.It’s really not very cookie cutter over there, and I appreciate that.Kimura Takuya The Crown Prince of Japanese entertainment, with a twenty-year career spanning idol pop and serious acting.Nevertheless, I suddenly got the urge to run down a list of the leading men of Japanese entertainment and giving my two cents on them.This list is by no means complete, and skews heavily towards the good looking actors rather than the acclaimed thespians.
I last watched him in the rom-com with Takeuchi Yuko, which was really sweet and interesting, but for some reason I have yet to finish it. If I heard he was in town, I would literally take a sabbatical and go stalk him.I vividly recall swooning over him and falling asleep to the fervent prayers that I’d meet the perfect chaebol prince like him to sweep me off my feet.Toshiaki is an actor’s actor, with his early fluffy doramas (like Imouto wo) happening because he’s so damn good looking the man has to fan service us all.Aside from Imouto wo, my favorite Toshiaki dorama is (The Man Who Can’t Get Married).He’s what I would call a man’s man, with a commanding screen presence. It’s hard to separate Naohito from his performance as Buchou (i.e. Osamu gives off such bad boy vibes that should you meet him at a bar and he decides to turn on his megawatt charm, you’ll wonder thirty minutes later where your panties went.