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2017 = New SMAP!

Happy new year, minna~!! \^o^/    So busy with school, I had no time for fandom anymore, so sad T_T

It was a weird New Year for me, because when it turned 12 AM, SMAP's career as a group ended as well. No doubt 2016 was the hardest year for us, SMAP fans. So many lies and slanderous accussations toward SMAP members. But SMAP fans never give up in supporting SMAP members. We have achieved 3 million copies of sales for SekaHana single, 360,000 signs for petition, bought 8 pages of Asahi Shimbun worth of 40 million yen collected from 13,000 fans dedicated to SMAP, the international postcard campaign, consumer complaint report on JFC that made the government organization sent JFC warning of a lawsuit threat, and many more! We put up a good fight in 2016 and I'm proud of SMAP fans!!

SMAP also put up a good fight. Normally, Jimusho would've have just put them on hiatus status, slowly erase them from the public's memories, give them less and less jobs, drama and variety ratings drop to one digit little by little, till the members one by one get tired of being in the group and might leave the group one by one. I believe that was the Jimusho's plan. But SMAP refused to be dictated and arranged like puppets. They chose the option of disband because they did not want to be made into Jimusho's puppets, imho. They refused to hold 25th anniversary concert under the Jimusho's (probably unreasonable) conditions.

I do not want to hold a grudge toward the Jimusho. I thank Johnny and Mary for every little favor they gave to SMAP and Iijima. Thank you so much, so much to Johnny-san to put SMAP members together and gave them the chance of their fated encounter. Thank you so much, so much to Mary-san who decided to hire Iijima Michi as her secretary in the beginning. Without Iijima's presence, SMAP would never become this big.

But this would be the last time I thank Jimusho.

SMAP's career as a group has ended, but SMAP's bond as family will never end. I'm predicting that private outings between members will increase from now on. When they meet every week for work they won't feel like meeting in private. But now they are separated I'm sure they would want to see each other in private times more, haha~

SMAP had close its curtain, and there are rumors that Jimusho will restrict use of SMAP's name, images and videos starting today.

But the time of the curtain rise once again will come, in every other way. I believe that. If the Jimusho and general public think this is the end of it, then they have underestimate SMAP and SMAP fans. As long as this is not what SMAP wants, they will continue to fight. And SMAP fans knows that. We will do every way we can to keep SMAP fresh in the mind of general public.

Even if SMAP members themselves are confused and do not know what to do right now, I truly believe there's a light of hope. And that everything will turn out the way they want it, in the end.

I'm looking forward to the "new SMAP" in 2017! They are apart for onscreen time, but I'm sure there will be a lot of behind the scenes stories. But any way we still have Takuya's drama, Tsuyoshi's drama, Nakai's variety shows, not much change deshou? LOL. They had always focus a lot on solo activities anyway.

Before January 2016 happened, I did once imagine that if they'd want to leave the agency then disbandment would be inevitable. They would have to disband temporarily and regroup outside the agency. But now I realized regrouping is a hard thing to do. Not impossible but not easy, either. It might be difficult for them to fight for SMAP's name legal rights. So, at least, I imagine Nakai and Iijima would build a new talent agency, and all SMAP members will join there in individual names... might be difficult to regroup without SMAP's name, but who knows!

I see the Jimusho falling apart without Johnny and Mary, whom might not last in a couple of years. But I wish Julie and Kosugi all the best!

The battle has just begun! Madamada dayo!! There will be more slanderous accussations and lies about SMAP members this year.... but SMAP fans will never give up!

Ganbarimashou, 2017!

Meanwhile, I'll be looking for a permanent job too from now on. Yosh, ganbarouuu!



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 1st, 2017 07:18 am (UTC)
Good luck 🍀
hisashiburi yanie San ♡ thank you very much for everything ☆ i love your journal ♡ and i love you ♡ Good luck in your studing and ✨ Happy New year ✨✿♥~~ がんばってください。❀❥
Jan. 1st, 2017 09:00 am (UTC)
Yani, ganbatte on your study!
I'm very disappointed with Johnny's overall this year, and especially how they handle SMAP. Still bitter on SMAP not bowing out in Kouhaku, and looks like SMAP name is just shoved under the carpet like a bad memory by Johnny's.
But your post gives me hope on SMAP.
Look forward to Kimutaku drama and I may watch Tsuyoshi's as well (not a fan of his drama, but will try this time).
Jan. 1st, 2017 09:57 am (UTC)
Love everything you said! I really hope to see them together again some day. Good luck to them in there new future. Will always think of them as SMAP!!
Jan. 1st, 2017 09:57 am (UTC)
Hi yanie, thank you for such a positive entry. I believe with this age of internet, smart phones and digital media, even if J&A wants to erase SMAP so badly, they don't stand a chance to do so.

I don't want to hate, but for sure I would never be able to look at their idols with fondness or good feelings again, not after what they did to SMAP and people who support SMAP.

Good luck in your job finding. Thank you again for all of your writing, sharing, and guidance about SMAP.
Jan. 1st, 2017 03:20 pm (UTC)
A very interesting perspective from you as a SMAP fan, thanks for the insight! I have never been a huge fan of SMAP but I did enjoy watching their variety shows from time to time or see them perform on music programs. The announcement of the break up came as a shock to me as it did to anyone else as I saw them as a very important part of Johnny's and the Jimusho. Your posts gave me some insights into what happened behind the curtains so thank you for that! It will be interesting to see how things develop but I hope for you and all the other SMAP fans out there that there will be a 'new SMAP' in 2017 :)!!
Jan. 1st, 2017 04:16 pm (UTC)
i've been so depressed lately because of all this mess and specially after watching the last SmaSma (Nakai TT) but with all of your words i feel a bit better.Even if SMAP can't reunit as SMAP anymore, i trust Nakai Masahiro,Kimura Takuya,Inagaki Goro,Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Katori Shingo to fight in their own way for SMAP's legacy.
Again thanks for your words!
Jan. 1st, 2017 09:26 pm (UTC)
Best wishes to you in your job search!
Thank you so much for your wonderful blog!
I'll try to let your kind words towards J & A sink in.
It is so hard for me to understand how SMAP could be treated so badly by their agency.
I can't understand how SMAP can still be at J & A.
I don't understand SMAP's inability or unwillingness to explain anything.
It all seems wrong. Will we receive answers?
Thank you, again! :-)
Jan. 1st, 2017 11:33 pm (UTC)
If the Jimusho is really the enemy and the one who cornered and pressed them to finally disband, then it makes sense that they cannot explain anything. If they say anything against Jimusho, then it might also harm their kouhai-s. They have no choice but to swallow every accussation and bad press toward them to not cause any harm to the kouhai groups.
Jan. 2nd, 2017 01:32 am (UTC)

Hi Yanie! Happy new year!

I love this post so much. I felt the exact same way here in my place so far from Japan but we, SMAP fans were heartbroken with the disbanding new... all these months were really hard looking for a possible new saying that the disbanding was off but now I think it may be for the better.

I would always love SMAP and support them all the way, individually that is.

Thanks for all the sharing and I hope everything goes amazing for you. You deserve the best! 😘

Jan. 2nd, 2017 08:25 am (UTC)
Exactly! I still believe in SMAP's members! I didn't think about any future behind the scenes stories on the members meeting together, so thank you for that! I'd love to see SMAP shock the world again!

Good luck with your job search!! >:3
Jan. 4th, 2017 07:33 pm (UTC)
We Smappies must be strong and together, waiting for their retun. Mr.S. s.m.a.p. or whatever name they will use. Hope. Shinjite!!!
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