Sakurai Sho to be NTV’s main caster for London Olympics

It’s been revealed that Arashi’s Sakurai Sho will be NTV’s main caster for the upcoming London Olympics.

This will be Sakurai’s third time to serve as the main caster for the Olympics. His first time was Beijing in 2008, then Vancouver in 2010. Sakurai is scheduled to report live from London from the opening day, July 27th.

He expressed, “After experiencing my first ‘Olympics’ in Beijing, I got to deliver reports with my feelings of a lot of emotion and excitement. To be able to deliver the Olympics once again as a main caster, I feel very honored.“

Sakurai has been gathering data to prepare himself for the Olympics, but he’s especially interested in swimmer Kitajima Kosuke. “4 years ago, Kitagawa eyes were glistening, and he looked like he was full of competitiveness. Right now, I feel his commitment to analyze himself by overlooking ‘his bad period’. As someone who’s born in the same year (1982) as him, I have high hopes for him,” he said.

From Toykohive

Congrats and ganbatte Sho-kun, you always make us Arashi fans so proud!! Hehe..I’m getting more excited of his casting than the actual games.

Sakurai Sho, Oshima Yuko to co-star in television drama, Blackboard

Arashi’s Sakurai Sho (30) and AKB48’s Oshima Yuko (23) will appear together in a television drama for the first time. In April, TBS plans to air a 3-episode miniseries, and Sakurai and Oshima have been cast in the first episode.

The miniseries, titled “Blackboard ~ Jidai to Tatakatta Kyoushitachi~,” revolves around teachers in different time periods having to deal with the problems of that era. For example, the first episode stars Sakurai as Shirahama, a junior high school teacher who taught his students about “dying for your country” during wartime. After later losing his right arm in the war, he returns to teaching but is burdened and conflicted by what he taught his students in the past.

Oshima will play one of Shirahama’s colleagues, an English teacher. She becomes an eventual love interest for him, though it seems to develop into a love triangle with his older brother’s wife (Miyazawa Rie).

This is the first time that an AKB48 member has appeared in a drama starring an Arashi member. Filming will take place between February and March, but it is said that initially their schedules were so busy there was only one day when they were both available. However, their schedules were later adjusted, and the production team gave up on filming on location (due to the time required just to travel) and instead constructed a nearly 2,000-square-meter set in Yokohama that reportedly cost 100 million yen.

The second episode of “Blackboard ~Jidai to Tatakatta Kyoushitachi~” will star Sato Koichi (51) as a teacher during the 1980s having to deal with school violence. Shida Mirai (18) will play a delinquent student, and Kanjiya Shihori (26) will play another teacher at the school.

The cast for the third episode has not yet been finalized.

TBS plans to broadcast “Blackboard ~Jidai to Tatakatta Kyoushitachi~” over three consecutive nights in April.

From Tokyography

Sakurai-sensei! This is so fitting for his image, so proper with a suit and tie, ne?! The plot sounds quite interesting enough, hopefully they do not compact excessively into one episode.