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30 June 2012 @ 11:18 am
Yanagishita Tomo joined D☆DATE  
Yanagishita Tomo joined D☆DATE! Together they will aim for "Tokyo Dome"
by Oricon

D-BOYS' Yanagishita Tomo (24) joined the the unit D☆DATE of the same agency as a new member. It was announced at the last performance of the live tour in Tokyo Dome City Hall on June 29th. At the encore Yanagishita came on the stage as well and together with 5 members they sang "JOKER" and "ato 1 cm no mirai". "I'm really happy but at the same time I feel a little tense. I will work hard so that D☆DATE will get even better than now," Yanagishita shared.

Yanagishita was focusing on acting in the musical "Prince of Tennis", the stage play "Atami Satsujin Jiken NEXT" and many more. At the press conference he said that he always had liked singing and dancing and, deeply moved, "When I heard about the joining, I was really happy". He already knows the 4 other members for a long time so he said "I saw how they worked hard to be like this now and their performance became really good now, so I feel the pressure of joining", knowing about his responsibility, but he also wants to add some freshness "Cheerfulness, brightness and smiles. I want to make my eyelashes, which are the longest of all members, as my appealing point."
Seto Koji who is the same age as Yanagishita said, "I think he will be a great strength and a plus (for us). The potential becomes larger and it will be great chance that D☆DATE will be known by many more people," being happy about the new power, Igarashi Shunji (25) said expecting, "Since we had been together in D-BOYS for long, I trust him in singing and dancing. It's relieving that he will join (us) and I'm looking forward what kind of spice it will become." The oldest of them, Araki Hirofumi (29), said "When someone like Tomo joins, there will be even more possibilities for activities," and talked about their big goal "Our goal with 5 members is, to go to the place next to this (=Tokyo Dome)."

This performance was the last of their 2nd tour "D☆DATE TOUR 2012 ~DATE A LIVE~" in which they performed in 4 cities. Singing "DAY BY DAY" and "Love Heaven" and more, altogether 16 songs, they performed in front of their largest audience so far, 2500 fans.
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hiromitchyy2817: D-dateakameshun28 on June 30th, 2012 09:25 am (UTC)
aww tomo's comment. Eyelashes as you appealing point huh. I KNOW BOY, I WAS CHARMED BY IT. <33
I know you'll make it guys to Tokyo Dome. I will be one of the happy fangirls ever if that happens.

GANBATTE 5人 D-DATE. I'll support you No matter what. <3
TiewCester: Horii<3kawaii_ayuka on June 30th, 2012 09:34 am (UTC)
I dont know how to react. when I knew about this news, I was very shocked. I dont know whether I should be happy or not. but I was comfortable with the formation of 4 members, andeven if there should be a new member, I really wish that he was Channaka.
I really dont know. everyone is very happy, but honestly...I'm not sure with my feelings rigth now (;_;) /sigh

I'm still waiting for Channaka to comeback (;_____:)

but I no matter what happens, I still support for D-Date and hope they will be better and better with tomo-kun... <3 (^^)/

Edited at 2012-06-30 09:39 am (UTC)
Misa kawado_n on June 30th, 2012 09:37 am (UTC)
Thanks beccy <3

"I want to make my eyelashes, which are the longest of all members, as my appealing point." LOL TOMO xD
jeni_jenz: arayanprofilejeni_jenz on June 30th, 2012 09:47 am (UTC)
Somehow, I was also comfortable with 4 members. I mean, an even number :D. But I think it'll be OK and people just have to get used to it. And adding a member is better than one leaving the group, right? . Let's see how D☆DATE will change with these 5 members.
I just hope that Arata will be fine ;_; I'm not very worried about the others (Shunji and Arayan were his senpais even before D☆DATE, but as a group Tomo would actually have to start from below first and had to respect Arata, wouldn't he?

Edited at 2012-06-30 10:53 am (UTC)
~HannaH~arashilovezs on June 30th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
In terms of being a part of the business, Tomo-kun is his senpai, and even in age so I doubt there'd be much confusion there..
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damnziedamnzie on June 30th, 2012 10:00 am (UTC)
I think we should give him a chance neh? You never can tell what his potential may be.
leiyahimeleiyahime on June 30th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
That's cool news ^^ I can't wait for the 5 of them perform together ^^
Yuka: shunjiyuka on June 30th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
Basically I'm really happy about these news. I like Tomo a lot and I think he fits in well.

The only things I fear now is that Shunji and Arata will get even less parts in the songs.
I know they might not be as good singers as Seto is, but still, I was hoping that, as a vocal unit, it was more equally divided.

Nonetheless, I'm happy for Tomo.
It must have been his choice and so I will support him as a member of DDATE, too! :D
~HannaH~arashilovezs on June 30th, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
Yay! More reasons to love~ I've always been partial to the number 5 and the dance formations I think are kinda cooler so I hope we can see them make use of that.

I love Tomo-kun as an actor but I'll wait to see how he is as a part of the group.

Thanks for the news beccy! ^-^
YuukiSanyuukisan on June 30th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, when I first heard about this I was really upset. I felt that if there was a fifth member joining it should be Channaka. I knew that was a really slim chance, but it felt that with another fifth member it was making it official that Channaka was never coming back.

The more I thought about it the more curious and excited I got. Tomo is an amazing singer and dancer so now I can't wait to see what he can bring to the group. Am I worried that poor Horii will get even more shoved into the background? Yes I am. Igarashi seems to be breaking into more lines and stuff lately but now Horii has to compete with three people that have been in Myus and stuff.

Okay enough of this rant here... the rest will have to go on my own journal. All I have left to say for here is I can't wait to see what these five can do!!
gogoranger: sogogoranger on June 30th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
Well, Yanagishita is actually a bad singer and average dancer. Yeah, he was in Tumbling, but very smooth were his moves not. Have you heard him sing lately? You can find a video in the D-Boys comm. It was quite embarrassing to be honest. XDDDD
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pclnsnpclnsn on June 30th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
I like Tomo, however, I really wonder what happened to Channaka. He is not even on the D-boys site anymore.
Misa kawado_n on June 30th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
he left both groups. Although he is in hiatus, he is still under WE. ;(
arashipiparashipip on July 1st, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
hate it when there is ppl saying tomo is an average dancer._. Tomo's dancing is one of the best out of everyone else from D-BOYS! And about singing, well he didn't really sound too good in the variety show he showed up lately with the other D-BOYS and D2 but he did sound okay(in my opinion)when he sang ETERNAL by EXILE in another show(only heard a few lines though) but if Tomo doesnt have the potential I am sure the managers and stuff won't even let him join!! It might take all of us time to get used to D☆DATE having five members, but anyway they are all part of D-BOYS so I will love them just as much as I used to. Hope Tomo can really do well in the upcoming D☆DATE events:P
ismara: arayanismara86 on July 1st, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
First, thank you for tranlsating! ^^

I was used to to only 4 members. Didn't expect they will add another one and now I wonder why. I like Tomo, and it'll be definitely easier for him to adapt as they know each other for so long. I'm sure he will do great with dancing but never heard him singing. I don't expect too much, but none of them is professional singer, so... I'm really curious how it'll turn out.

Aiming for Tokyo Dome? Mhm.

And that comment about eyelashes, LOL.
Lieselantares_15 on July 13th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
Having 5 members instead 4 just make the group stronger than ever. I think the quality in their performances and songs will be better with Yanagishita as part of the group. I can't wait to listen to the new songs and obviously to watch the performances with Tomo (^^)