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28 July 2012 @ 06:53 pm
[Trans] Kame Camera - Vol.20 SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS  
Maquia 2012.09 time! This is really an interesting piece and I'm sure you'll be eager to watch Ore Ore movie as soon as possible after reading it! :D

-Kame talking about Ore Ore filming: the routine, the character(s), the director.
-His strong will behind challenging Ore Ore movie.
-"Kame the show off" vs. "Kame the weird", fans' reactions and Kame's sad reflection ^^''
-His will to sometimes destroy the cool Kamenashi but the fears behind it.

Thanks a lot again to scorch66 for her English betaread <3

What's the scenery of the bottom of the heart that Kamenashi Kazuya's lens reflects?


「I am the ultimate show off, but also the ‘me’ that has destroyed that self-consciousness is the true me.」


This is “My Chair” that I’ve received as a present from the “Ore Ore” movie staff and I’ve used it throughout the entire filming. Every day was extremely hard but every time I went to the filming place I could naturally become in high tension. I think it was thanks to the director and all the staff. I’m grateful!

The daily routine during the filming of the “Ore Ore” movie that concluded last month was really incredibly fun and impossibly hard (laughs). It wasn’t rare that the filming went on for almost 20 hours in one day, and since I am acting 25 roles alone I was basically always on the scene. It’s a parade of weird faces and weird movements – completely showing the gums out or opening the nose holes – and many “me” appear, but the usual Kamenashi Kazuya doesn’t appear even for one millimeter. Yes, I think this movie is the movie that makes me disintegrate “Kamenashi Kazuya” for the first time. Until now when I was acting in dramas, while earnestly acting that role I also placed “KAT-TUN’s Kamenashi Kazuya” somewhere depending on the drama. Because I felt that the staff and the viewers were demanding me to do so. I was acting being conscious of showing myself too. But in this movie I’m not demanded to do so at all, therefore I completely throw away things like the image I had until now and the self-consciousness of ‘must charm and show myself in a cool way’ and challenged it.

Actually I’ve always wanted to try to do so, but it was a big adventure for me. ‘Cause I have been an “act cool man” since when I was a kid, to the point of applying hair mousse even for baseball practices (laughs). After joining Johnny’s I refined that self-consciousness even more. It’s not only me, I guess that upon joining my agency, anyone at first imagines to become a cool idol. While piling up experiences you get to know what your character is and change to many different roads, something like this (laughs).

I’ve appeared in front of people on stage or for filming since when I was young. I am always conscious of how I’m reflected by the camera. I understand on my skin what fans are requesting from me and express myself; this is my job. Before realizing you are dyed in deeply by the acting cool self-consciousness. Something I’m really grateful of, is that I suppose I’m required for a cool feeling like “Panasonic Beauty!”. You know, even at concerts, even if the other members do weird faces the fans enjoy it and scream “kyaa!”, but if it’s me doing weird faces it turns into a booing atmosphere, “Eeeh. Stop that!” (laughs) It happened during this year’s tour too. When I came out for the opening without wearing sunglasses, complaints saying “I wanted to see that gesture you did during last year’s tour, teasing and taking off the sunglasses” arrived to the fan club! I thought that, as expected, I am the type that’s asked to act cool. I act cool to begin with so I’m grateful though. (laughs)

What does everyone think of the no good relaxed Kamenashi Kazuya?

This time, what could destroy me for the first time is age and experience too, but director Miki’s power was huge. From the beginning I really liked the director’s products and the inhabitants of that world… for example, I also really like Fuse Eri-san or Matsuo Suzuki-san. For this reason I had decided that without hesitation I would do anything the director would ask me. “I’ll completely erase my self-consciousness, I want to devote myself solely to be the perfect player, I want to become part of this piece of work”. But you know, I wonder what people who liked the “Kamenashi Kazuya” as he’s been until now will think about the new me, the natural me or the no-good me. I’m a little worried about that but at the same time I’m highly anticipating it.

I won’t stop the “acting cool man” either. Because that’s the real me too. But also the me who demolished my self-consciousness is probably true (laughs). The desire of wanting to possess all the possible faces is strong to begin with, so I want to do both movies and dramas, KAT-TUN and stage plays, baseball and variety. I want to be virtuous while being an outlaw, and still being an “acting cool man” I want to try to destroy it. I guess it’s my will that unconsciously is drawing to me all my many jobs and busy days (laughs).


“In this movie I’m the player inside the director’s mind, so I’m not conscious of my own point of view. There are 'me' that I myself have never seen before.”

Kame’s fixed point of observation
Kamenashi-kun continues his super hard schedule. He says his average sleeping time is 3 hours. How does he keep his will power and body strength? “I try to have even just a little time for myself. Like, it doesn’t matter how late I come back home, I sip some alcoholic drink while listening to Clapton. Lately I wanted to build the hammock I’ve bought and I assembled it out of the blue in the middle of the night. It took 2 hours and at the end I couldn’t sleep! (laughs) Even so, when I reach the filming place I enjoy it so I get over it, I guess.”
By Maquia


Side note, the interviewer wrote on her twitter that they wanted a natural expression for Kame's photoshoot, therefore the pictures were taken during the interview itself, not having him posing. ^__^

Poor Kame, believe me, we like your dorky faces too and we won't bash you just because you weren't wearing sunglasses during the opening scene~ Don't mind those complaints ♥ Who joins me in this? XD And really how can you just say "I get over it"? SLEEP, Kame, SLEEP.
And I'm so really looking forward to Ore Ore movie now! >.< How can we wait all these months? You're rising our expectations! XD But it's clear that he gave all he has for this movie so I bow in front of him and his dedication! Really otsukaresama!

KKblahblah on July 28th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
[Trans] Kame Camera - Vol.20 SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS
Thank you very much for translating it <3
How it's possible to love and admire so much someone that I don't really know!?
No matter how much I love "fanservice-y" Kame, since I know that he does all to please us fans, I'll always prefer natural and down-to-earth Kazuya <3 I just fear for his health for throwing himself on so many projects! Please, take care of yourself, Kame-chan! 3 hours of sleep!? I'd die or murder someone if I had to survive like that for more than one week!
your friendly neighborhood Isi: Bandit!Kameiside89 on July 28th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: [Trans] Kame Camera - Vol.20 SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS
I'd die or murder someone if I had to survive like that for more than one week!
I totally agree XD In my case, probably both of them LOL.
ikr? I really hope he's going to show us more of the natural and no good Kame in the future! It's more "human" and refreshing than that cool one he wants/needs to build up for the fans! :)
abjc: pic#109128183abjc on July 28th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
"I won’t stop the “acting cool man” either. Because that’s the real me too. But also the me who demolished my self-consciousness is probably true (laughs). "
Kame, you're so complicated man! <33333

oh my... those fans... >.>

the pic of him smiling so naturally!!! *~* <333

"Poor Kame, believe me, we like your dorky faces too and we won't bash you just because you were wearing sunglasses during the opening scene~ Don't mind those complaints ♥ Who joins me in this? XD"
*rises hand* me me me!!! ^__^

Ore, Ore *_* how to stop myself from having big expectations?!??

thank you so much, Isi *hugsss*
your friendly neighborhood Isi: Chuu!Kokameiside89 on July 28th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
the pic of him smiling so naturally!!!
I want to hug whoever had the idea to take the photos during the interview and not making him posing as always. It's so rare to see Kame smiling naturally~

how to stop myself from having big expectations?!??
I don't know, LOL. I had already expectations just knowing that the novel is a dystopia, my expectations rose reading the plot, and Kame is making me look forward to the movie every day more! I'm not useful xDD

You're welcome ♥
Seelenlichtseelenlicht on July 28th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Oh I love him. I mean of course I do...but everytime I read your Maquia translations... there is this quiet minute after this, where I'm just sitting there, staring into the space and just thinking about what a freaking great man he is and how much I love him. How he manages to make his fans love him soo much that you just think that this feeling is so overwhelming that you couldn't handle it...

To be honest I was really pissed when I've read the piece with the sunglasses and the complains from the fans. Instead of complaining and wishing for something else they just should appreciate his decision NOT to wear glasses in this very moment.
And NOTHING is better than his dorky facial expressions...they are adorable. Just adorable and cute and awesome and so very much like him.

I just can't wait for the movie...
It's so sad that it comes out only in spring next year -.- Cause if it had been released a few moth earlier there would have been a possibility for me to watch it here in Hamburg at the yearly Japanese movie festival...
*sighs* (there is still a possibility for Bemu...but I'm afraid they won't show it here, cause it's based on the previous dorama :-/ *sobs*)
But anyway...I will order the movie on the very first day...so the only thing I need is patience...
(Patience...what the hell is patience...?!)

Thank you so much for the translation, it's just made my entire Saturday.

your friendly neighborhood Isi: Kame - Close your eyesiside89 on July 28th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Reading Maquia always makes my day too. It's always so heartwarming. And it gives me such a huge amount of feelings towards him... I always facepalm when he sounds "proud" of being a show off, but I'd also want to hug and comfort him when he has those emo moments when he talks about the complaints he receives from fans - the ones that are supposed to support him! T_T

How he manages to make his fans love him soo much that you just think that this feeling is so overwhelming that you couldn't handle it...
I totaly agree on this ♥

You're welcome!
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steph by steph: Kame  ( :(shiharipanda on July 28th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
there is no limit for complexity when the theme is Kame!!!!!!!! O_o
He really is M and likes to destroy himself o___o
Btw I admire him a lot of being so self conscious (and have conscience of his self destruction mode too XD)
There is really no limit for him :O

while earnestly acting that role I also placed “KAT-TUN’s Kamenashi Kazuya” somewhere depending on the drama.
yeah.. we all screamed CHO KAMENASHI even for Bem!!!! hauihiahiahihahiahiuhaiua

but if it’s me doing weird faces it turns into a booing atmosphere, “Eeeh. Stop that!” (laughs)
*pats* XDD I like your dorky moments, Kame xD

Reminding a previous interview from Miki Satoshi.... Kame is the perfect actor for him!!!! >XD

Isi.. come here!!!
*licks like a cow*
Thank you very much for one more holy moment <333333
your friendly neighborhood Isi: Kame XDDiside89 on July 28th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
I SPOT DORKY FACE ICON! ♥♥♥ *joins using one of her dorky icon too*

I like that he knows he's just showing off most of the time, but I also *LOVE* that he wants to try NOT being cool, that he wants to challenge himself to the point to destroy his cool façade and just fool around sometimes. Too bad his fans doesn't understand this! I want more dorky moments! T_T

Did I say that I admire actor!Kame to no limit? ♥ How many actors would completely throw their ideas and the image they have of themselves without even objecting once, and would willingfully become the perfect marionette of a director's mind? I can't express how much I was touched by his work ethic as actor for Miki! T____T ♥♥

*comes to you and dives in your love* Holy moment~
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emizumiemizumi on July 28th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the translations! :D

Until now when I was acting in dramas, while earnestly acting that role I also placed “KAT-TUN’s Kamenashi Kazuya” somewhere depending on the drama. Because I felt that the staff and the viewers were demanding me to do so. I was acting being conscious of showing myself too.

So that's why. At the risk of being flamed, I admit that I've always thought Kame was a mediocre actor, because in his roles, I never thought he was 100% the character - like he somehow can't let go of himself and just be the character. Like Bemu, I love Bemu to bits but the parts when I think it's Kame there on the screen too and not just fully Bemu were a bit disappointing.
Now it's kinda sad to know that it's not because he can't, but because he won't.

Looking forward to this movie even more now. :)
emizumiemizumi on July 28th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
err, now I kinda realize it's obnoxious of me to suddenly unload my opinions on your lj. Whoops. Apologies!

but really, thanks for always translating Maquia!
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r1onr1on on July 28th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
thank you (*^▽^*)
pinkporcapinkporca on July 28th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the translation. Reading the comments and pretty much most say what I would have said. Overall, Kazuya is an extremely talented man. Very much a lovable human being. Regardless of what he does, he will always be admired by me. Happy, Sad, Dorky, Funny, name it....He is adorable.
avalyavaly on July 28th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for taking your time to do translations! I appreciate it!

I can't even come close to imagining the true depth of the prison called "idol" is or even any other job that takes away your freedom not only to act as who you really are during working hours, but that technically there has no such thing as a non-working hour what with practice, press, fans, and all in all, no privacy. That is not a job I could ever do. I give him and so many others a lot of props for what they do.

I do like that it is at least in his personality to want to act cool, to show off, and to not embarrass himself so that part of him gets to shine through. I do wish we could see more of his dorky, down to earth side though (yes, I am glaring daggers at the stupid fans who complain about such dumb things as him not wearing glasses or who boo when he's being a dork). He really seems to be such a silly goof ball inside, which I really love. That paired with his maturity, responsibility, and common sense is what makes me so enamored with this man.

Dying to see this movie.

Sorry for the long comment. ^,^"
kazimplekazimple on July 28th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
thank you for the translation..
this will be my first proper comment to you..
now i understand his point of view as an actor!kame and why some of non KT fans said that Kame is fake..i dont know how to explain but i think actor!kame gives a familiar vibe of kame's himself if you followed along his character development.. from his gokusen-nobuta days, we can see a really good performance of actor!kame since he may not really understand an idol requirement which is to pull of their fans expectation at the beginning of his acting career ..he did the acting in totally actor/script writer point of view without conscious of fans' opinion about him..this is the best actor!kame period for me because i can witness a spectacular acting performance from kame..(what i mean is he still performed good nowadays but not better than gokusen-nobuta days..the expression in his face and eyes are still there..the new bem recognition proves it).. however after that, he started to nail his character based on our request time to time because he sense that as an idol, he need to do what the fans expect him to do..thats why he mix some of the current actor! kame with some of his 'cool' character in acting.. well is not a bad thing since he is an IDOL himself not an actor ;)

as about the fake thing, he sometimes overdid himself in pleasuring fans that make his picture/action is not natural..this is may due to his consciousness about giving a 'cool!kame' in front of the fans..i really hope that he can be himself in front of us..rather than the coolness i rather happy or appreciate to see this natural!kame (which i believe is not as social as he seems to be..hehe)

with this reason, i only love the ctkt!kame especially during season 1.. although it is scripted, we can see his genuine character towards his members, guest and environment..(like the skinship etc)
AND NOW I DEMAND A NEW BANGUMI LIKE CTKT..(oh being fans are so hard to please^^)

sorry if my comment too long or not make sense..it is my two percent only~ whatever it is, i still love kame and KT..
saharasnow82saharasnow82 on July 29th, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
I am really anxious to see Ore Ore now. I want to see how he has taken out “Kamenashi” from the roles he is playing. Not to mention the fact that he is playing so many roles. Almost 20 hours a day filming. Poor thing is going to keel over from exhaustion if he keeps up this crazy work pace. Please sleep Kame, we like having you fully functional and healthy.

This column makes me want to rewatch all of Kame’s dramas and watch for what aspects of the characters have “Kamenashi” in them. Will the knowledge that he has injected a little bit of Kame into each role change the way I view the performance?

Thinking about what he said in relation to an acting class I took in college I’m not sure I like that perspective on acting. The character is a separate person from you. I understand taking different experiences in your life to help you feel the emotions the character might be feeling at a certain instance but putting you into the character for the sake of having you in the character is kind of off putting to me. This really helps me understand why I would be taken out of the performance every so often noticing something Kame-like.

People can be so hard to please, really. I really have no problem with Kame making faces or him not wearing the sunglasses. And really, it’s a new tour let the man try new things. He’s human so he doesn’t have to be 100% cool 100% of the time.

I really appreciate the way he tries to accommodate his fans and make them all happy. But sometimes I think it gets in the way of him doing a great job rather than a good job.

Thanks for the translation.
♪KAT-TUN♥FOREVER♪: [KAT-TUN] Kame: bringin' sexy backnishya on July 29th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for the translation.

I love all Kame's sides, from diva to cool to dorky to normal person. I'm glad that he also realizes that the cool side isn't just a façade, but is also a part of his true self -- it would've been painful if it wasn't so.

I also got angry at people complaining about what he does or doesn't do -- they're actually saying that his choices as a professional aren't good, what is just hurtful when it isn't real constructive criticism.

And please, baby, sleep more. I love your attitude towards work, but please respect your body and yourself first. >_<
moonprincess7moonprincess7 on July 29th, 2012 02:42 am (UTC)
Thank you for taking the time to translate this <3
Yes I agree that he should be free to show himself as he is/wants to, without having to care so much about what his fans expect of him! xDD
Sometimes I wish he'd just sleep more and work less, but then again as fans we never really get enough of our idols... ><
Dy: kame red-blackabi_manyu on July 29th, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
thank you so much..
i really really really love him. more and more each day. :)
i really am curious too abt Ore Ore movie. i wanna see the proof of not-so-cool Kame XDDD
hope he can have proper rest now..
--tho i'm not sure bc he has DB and Bemu filming right?--
amm_akame_loveamm_akame_love on July 29th, 2012 05:42 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the translation XD
and yes, I would love Kame any way XDD and if it's natural Kame, what could be better?
Kame is amazing the way he is or whatever he is trying to be
about the movie, he has all my trust and respect, he is really something to pull up with so many characters, I knew he was amazing xD but now XD he is over that!
and Oh God! he so have to sleep! it's important! sleep and eating XD
thanks for sharing!
Isyya  和 仁 Yuuki k2jis_kazuchan on July 29th, 2012 06:16 am (UTC)
make me love him more and more... admire <3 <3 <3