In a recent promotional event for Shinoda Mariko’s latest movie role, a news report recounts his interactions with Mariko-sama as he was interview her about the movie’s details.
The movie in question is Real Oni Gokko, which had a promotional event last week. A sports newspaper writer reports that Shinoda specifically ordered media outlets to not put “former AKB48” after Shinoda’s name.
The writer suspects this may be because she is trying to change her activities as a celebrity; another writer also notes that other former members like Maeda Atsuko and and Oshima Yuko are more-or-less no longer labeled “former AKB48” as much as they used to.
What does Mariko-sama want written next to her name? “Actress”.
It seems as if this kind of “order” was see as rude by many workers in the mass media, who believe that the title of “actress” is not 100% accurate for Shinoda.
One writer notes that, while Shinoda has a regular appearance on the TV show “PON!” (and a troubled fashion brand), she’s never been the main star in any TV drama series or movies (unlike Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko). She’s had many one-time acting roles, but even with Onigokko, she shares the main role with two others.
Reactions to the news from a recent 2ch thread seem to concur, though mention her terrible voice acting work:
- “Oh, okay”
- “Maeda and Oshima are perfectly fine being called ‘former AKB’, aren’t they?”
- “She’s a voice actress”
- “I love Mariko-sama, but her voice acting was absolutely terrible…”
- “Her voice-over of Koyuki was really bad, so…. she has some prospect as an actress!”
- “They’ll probably just start using it (former AKB48) a lot now”
- “Actress? Haven’t heard the before, haha. Not the designer with one failed brand?”
Don’t worry, Mariko-sama, Jurina still loves you!
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