Boys cross-dressing as girls is nothing new in the world of J-drama entertainment but I never thought the day would come when even Daito would get on board the gender-bending wagon. He’s always sported a very masculine image, one that’s been reinforced in part by the testosterone-charged roles he tends to play, so you can imagine my surprise when I found out that he’ll be wearing falsies in his upcoming Fall drama special.
Oh Daito, if not for this picture, I’d never have imagined you’d look so cute in a blond wig and pink dress XDDDDD
The drama is called School Kagekidan – Otokogumi (you can get more details here, courtesy of Maido Ari and Ichigo Kurimu) and it’s based on the Kazurakata Revue, an all-male student theatre troupe based in Nagoya’s Tokai High School. (You can get an idea of what they look like here.)
I mentioned in one of my earlier tweets that I was hoping he’d move away from playing high school roles — dude is 26 this year and most of his major roles so far have been in school dramas, which isn’t exactly ideal if you’re an actor trying to hone your craft and work on your range. That said, on the upside, I’m glad this isn’t one of those typical high-school manga romances and that it requires him to get out of his comfort zone, even if only for a short while.
Daito’s been having a really quiet year on the drama front. I’m not sure whether it’s because he hasn’t had much luck getting picked for projects or if he’s been really picky about the roles he’s getting (I doubt it though — exactly how much say does he even get in choosing his own projects?) Anyway, I was hoping he’d be cast in a drama with established veteran actors such as Abe Hiroshi, Nakatani Miki or Natsukawa Yui so that he could pick up a couple of things from them. You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with and there’s a limit to how far he can stretch himself if he keeps getting cast in the same kind of dramas. As I mentioned in my review last year, what’s really important is for him to be cast in a good project. Being able to play a well-written supporting character is preferable to playing the lead in a crappy drama, and let’s just say Daito has acted in his fair share of dreck.
In his interviews, he comes across as someone who’s willing to experiment and push his boundaries so it’s frustrating to see him frittering away whatever promise he has doing so little, especially when he’s fast approaching his late 20s. I don’t know what this drama special is going to be like but here’s hoping he’ll shine in it.