Added the video of the haircut and performance, AT LAST! I have a few emailing me asking me what's the significance of the haircut. Do read on as a fan translated that part! Remember all the news about some "assassination" on stage? That's the significance. But not to say his haircut is symbolising his "assassination" of his acting career, but rather an end of Ryoma which was a 1 year long commitment and back to being Masha so to speak. He still has long hair by the way.
The 4 hour show was like military precision. But I love this year's show, with a mix of old and new, young and old on the same stage. I believe most got to sing full songs, including Masha and the best is of course the stage itself. Young, colourful and vibrant for the younger stars, grand and opulent for the older stars. Even the older stars looked energetic and fun whilst the younger ones actually cheered on everybody. AKB48 was there throughout the whole show, acting as cheerleader and backup dancers. I thought that was great! I really enjoyed this year's show. Those who can sing, can definitely sing. Those who can't (*cough* SMAP *cough*) can definitely look good at posing. Masha appeared twice. First earlier on with the concert area dark and empty and he had a brief interview between his role as Ryoma and that of the new upcoming Taiga drama, I believe the title is Go? Anyway 2nd time was his performance. But briefly before that, as I have predicted, he had a hair cut, sort of. His guest introducer, Teruyuki Kagawa was there looking sharp and handsome and he basically cut Masha's one huge lock of hair with trembling hands (acting 100%) and then held on to that lock of hair. I was hoping he would throw it to the audience! Masha, all decked in white and handsome as ever then went on to sing Michishirube 2010 with Emiri Miyamoto playing the violin in the background. The vocal was perfection. The fans were fantastic, responding when they should, quiet in others. My only complain in Emiri Miyamoto deserved to stand next to Masha instead of being somewhere at the back, mostly unseen. She is after all the guest violinist and accomplished in her own right and so to chuck her at the back is to me a bad move. It would look great with her right behind Masha, playing the violin as she did. Anyhow, what a fantastic performance. I am very envious of the fans who got to then continue to watch him sing or those with WOWOW. Did I say Masha looked handsome? Fans noted he actually later came back to the stage with shorter hair. So here it is; the inevitable haircut. He may later have a proper haircut. Yukawa sensei is a very distant hope in sight eh?
Meanwhile, the haircut made national news, thanks to River for the translation ..
Ryomaden's Song Festival- A Haircut by 'Yataro'
On the 31st Dec, during the Kohaku Live Telecast from Yokohama Pacifico, an appearance from Ryomaden's actor was kept a secret. He turns out to be Kagawa Teruyuki, the actor who play Iwasaki Yataro. He has the honour of cutting Fukuyama's lock of hair, which was kept long due to Sakamoto Ryoma's role in Ryomaden. Fukuyama says that he feels slightly lonely after the haircut and proceed to sing Mischishirube for his performance.
As the appearance of assassination, the haircut signify his personal 'assassination' of his acting, and mark his return to music. Kagawa-san, who has his teeth dirtied for his role as Yataro, told Fukuyama back 'not to feel as lonely'. Unfortunately, they are not able to tell the insider's story due to schedule.
Lonely? Masha you have 12000 fans greeting the new year with you, and I have... ermmm... me. Don't feel lonely! Cheer up!
FIRST ACCOUNT OF BEHIND THE SCENES
Click here to read a super lucky's fan first hand account on what went on before and after the perfornance. Frankly I didn't think "Yataro" was really nervous. He is a rather good actor but I am sure he was overwhelmed by the number of screaming fans. I don't think any amount of practice could prepare someone for that.
Here at Tudou, Masha starts at 1:20 mark or alternatively, here at pann.nate.com with just his performance.
MASHA HAIRCUT & PERFORMANCE
Ripped from above youtube clip. Mp4, 179.74MB
ALL MASHA APPEARANCES
At 720X480 resolution which is good. Join contact list
Screencaps, ratings report and previous news all after Read More link.
Individual ratings thanks to River...
According to the screencap from Hiroubi (NHK shows that aired in the afternoon), Masha's rating is 43.7%. Higher than last year.
And Nagoya has aired it's ratings on their own afternoon show. From: Tokyograph forum.
1. SMAP 52.3%
2. Dreams Come True 51.8%
3. Fukuyama Masaharu 51.7%
4. Ikimonogatari 51%
5. Matsushita Nao & Kuwata Keisuke 50.8%
BLOGGED BEFORE 31.12.2010
First blogged about here, Masha will be performing Michishirube 2010 live from his concert hall at Yokohama Pacifico today 31.12.2010 and since his notice asked his fans to enter the hall by 10pm, safe to say he will appear in the program after 10pm Japan time, which is 9pm Malaysia time. So remember to tune in around that time. For overseas/viewers in Malaysia, you can watch this through Keyhole TV (password is same 3 alphabets as the channel) or if you have ASTRO, Channel 398. The show starts at 6.30pm Malaysia time and ends about 4 hours later. Masha is in the 2nd half. Watch out for the youtube video in this post. Someone will post it up for sure. A pity Masha is not singing Shounen. Would have loved to hear that live. Meanwhile WOWOW will be broadcasting the countdown concert tonight live and last year, not sure live or not, but someone did post the entire concert in youtube. Will we fans who missed out on this concert for a variety reasons get the same good luck? Do be on the lookout if you're lurking in youtube.
[ADD] I think the following is the time schedule. Since Kouhaku does operate with military precision, I think you can tune in around the time as indicated. All Japan time. For Malaysia just minus 1 hour.
19:33 浜崎あゆみ(12)「Virgin Road」
19:36 ＥＸＩＬＥ(６)「I Wish For You」
19:40 ＡＫＢ４８(３)「紅白2010 AKB48神曲SP」
20:38 西野カナ(初)「Best Friend」
20:42 FUNKY MONKEY BABYS(２)「ああひとつ」
21:08 水樹奈々(２)「PHANTOM MINDS」
21:53 倖田來未(６)「KODA KUMI 2010 Special Medley」
23:28 DREAMS COME TRUE(14)「生きてゆくのです(ハート)feat.ザ紅白スペシャルブラスバンド」
23:33 ＳＭＡＰ(18)「This is love'10 SPメドレー」