I recently came across a lovely compendium of all the AnAn Magazine covers that KimuTaku (Kimura Takuya) has ever graced. It perfectly encapsulates the Crown Prince of J-ent and his evolution from free love hippie boy toy to serious thespian goofy SMAP member. It’s incredible to consider his legacy and longevity in an industry that typically values the next-big-thing. Currently KimuTaku is filming the TBS anniversary tent-pole drama Nankyoku Monogatari.
Based on the true story of Japan’s First Cross-Winter Expedition in Anarctica, the drama focuses on the 11 members of the team and their relationship with the 19 Sakhalin Huskies. Terrible weather conditions made the team leave all of the dogs behind at the Shouwa Base. One year later Kuramochi (KimuTaku) and a few others returned to the base with the Third Cross-Winter Expedition to surprisingly find that two of the dogs, Taro and Jiro, were able to survive despite the harsh conditions. Can’t wait to see KimuTaku in Anarctica now that he’s already been to space. The AnAn cover above is his latest from 2010.
[Credit: all pictures from Baidu Kimura Takuya bar]