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Anan was my favorite magazine that featured Tackey content in Dec/Jan, so I'll translate the pages containing the messages from other Johnnys. He looks pretty good in all the photos for this one, so I'd highly recommend getting it. They still had most of them on the shelves last week, but for those overseas, CD Japan has them in stock.

Before that, they had some exhibits of Takizawa Kabuki 2018 outfits in Shibuya (among other places) so I went and took some pics~ You can find them on sites like twitter too, though, because photos were allowed!

Nezumi Kozou

With Love

Messages to Tackey (Anan 12/2018):

1. "He taught me how to perform like my life depended on it." Yabu Kota (Hey! Say! JUMP)
Tackey is a senpai and a big star, but he's really normal when he's off work. Even though he entered this industry to stand on the stage, Takizawa-kun isn't interested in 'himself' at all. The fashion he wears is the same all the time, and his meals are random to the point that Kitayama and I worry about him. I truly believe he isn't interested in anything besides work. Even for work, he prioritizes what the audience will be happy to see over what he wants to do. When he creates a stage production, he makes sure everyone has a turn on stage or a speaking line... He's such a capable person. Actually, when I was a junior appearing in 'Takizawa Enbujo,' I had 15mins of down-time inbetween so I rested in the room and fell asleep, completely missing my part. When the curtains went down for the first part, I was nowhere to be found, so the staff went all red-eyed looking for me thinking I might've fallen into the trap door or something. I woke up when I heard them. I was in the first year of high school then. All pale-faced, I went to apologize to Takizawa-kun, and he grinned saying just one line, "I'm glad you're alive." The fact that he didn't get angry made it scarier. I was desperate the next day onwards and seriously reflected. I might've been given more independence afterwards because of that.
When we were called for the '10th anniversay Takizawa Kabuki,' and he told me we were on equal ground because we weren't juniors anymore, both Kitayama and I gave it our all. More than anything, going through the process of creating a stage show from scratch with him, and rediscovering the joy of creating something, made me feel like I'd returned to my roots. We all want to continue to repay our thanks to Takizawa-kun, so I'd like to ask him to eat proper meals. -Yabu Kota

2. "He's like a big brother who exchanges selfies with me." Yaotome Hikaru (Hey! Say! JUMP)
Now that I think about it, it's crazy that as soon as I entered Johnnys, I went up to Tackey myself and said, "Hey, tell me your number." Moreover, on my way home from school, I'd say, "I'm bored," and call him every so often. We talked about things like the manga I was reading and really stupid things. Despite that, Takizawa-kun never got angry. He reported things like, "I'm going to the countryside now," and exchanged selfies with me. He was like a big brother in Tokyo to me at the time. Although chances to do those things decreased after we debuted, when we had work at the same TV studio, I'd go talk to him on purpose (lol). I was happy to just meet him and chat. Kamenashi (Kazuya) also said something like this, but juniors back then all had the same feelings towards Tackey.
I was able to appear in 'Takizawa Enbujo' from the first show. It was a high level show from start to finish, but since Tackey was the lead, we were all put at ease because it'd be fine with him. While he taught us thoroughly on what to do if we didn't make the quick-change before flying, there were also times when he let us do whatever we wanted. What's amazing is the line he gives us telling us that if we always work hard at pracitse, we can do it. That's why, it's so valuable everytime I get to appear. It's impossible to co-star anymore in the future, but I hope he can produce a corner or a video for a JUMP concert, or at least work with us in some form going forward as well. -Yaotome Hikaru

3. "Someone who changes boys to reliable men." Kitayama Hiromitsu (Kis-My-Ft2)
Takizawa-kun has always been teaching and helping juniors grow even when he's the lead of the stage show. I'm one of the ones he has raised. I go see 'Takizawa Kabuki' every year, and each time I follow a junior, I can see his face and expressions are changing. It's like a helpless boy turning into a reliable man. I think it's because Takizawa-kun often says, "Everybody is the star of the show," and they have the awareness to complete the responsibility of the tasks he gives them. It's because he says it in a non-condescending way that everyone naturally wants to work hard for him, including me. Boys in puberty have a lot of energy, but if they don't find an outlet, they can become naughty kids. Takizawa-kun clearly directs them to an outlet and guides them to the right direction. I learnt a lot from being with him that they didn't teach in school.
When I was a junior appearing in 'Takizawa Enbujo,' he brought me out to eat almost every day. In the time between the noon and evening shows, he'd call me over to his dressing room to play. He didnt' say anything about it, but I looked kinda like a bad boy back then, so thinking back on it, he might've been trying to help me turn out properly. -Kitayama Hiromitsu

4. "He gave me the chance that made me like acting." Fujigaya Taisuke (Kis-My-Ft-2)
He's cool, handsome, has a mischievous side... more than anything, manly and true. He's the model of a perfect man. I don't think there's anyone who can hate Takizawa-kun. For me right now, acting and stage shows are very important, and the one who created the trigger for that was him in the '07 Takizawa Enbujo.' My first big role was the one I played then, Musashibo Benkei. Before, I had zero to one line maybe, but then it suddenly increased by 80, so I was feeling a bit hopeless. I asked him what I should do if I forgot my lines or it doesn't get conveyed to the audience properly. He replied with one line, "There's no time to worry about it, you can only move forward." I was completely taken by his manliness. That year, I couldn't get a handle on the movements or the sword-fighting, and trying not to pull him down was all I could manage. However, just before the last show during my second year, I naturally got sad and cried during the parting scene with Yoshitsune. That time, Takizawa-kun also sobbed and I could hear snifling from the audience... That was the moment when I was first able to move people with my acting. I only heard this from the grapevine, but Takizawa-kun apparently said, "You have to act as passionately as Fujigaya," during practise. Even so, it was only because of the Yoshitsune that Takizawa acted out that my ability was pulled out. He taught me improv and trained me in a lot of things, but it's always been one-sided. I haven't repayed anything to him yet. If he ever needs a hand, I'll run over at full speed, so I'd like for him to call out to me. -Fujigaya Taisuke.

Part 2 will feature messages from Kawai, Totsuka, Ken and Kazama!


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 4th, 2019 11:09 am (UTC)
This made me cry!😭 looking forward to the next parts. Im glad i bought this issue (i’ll have them in my hands by tomorrow)😭 thank you for sharing!!

Edited at 2019-01-04 11:10 am (UTC)
Jan. 4th, 2019 03:02 pm (UTC)

Thank you 😊

Jan. 4th, 2019 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing your pics and translation! The messages were touching and so interesting. :-)
Jan. 5th, 2019 12:41 am (UTC)
Tq so much for translating & sharing~~~~
Apr. 19th, 2019 12:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you for translating this T^T even I am inspired by Takki stories by his jrs
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