Arashi is currently one of the biggest pop boy bands in Japan right now, and the group has been around since 1999. Its five members are not just singers: they’ve long had a presence in TV series, films and their own variety shows. While they’ve never had any of their songs attached to an anime series, all them have at some point been attached to anime or a Live Action version of a manga series.
This week, several mangaka banded together to produce “Arashi Meets Manga” – a feature section in the Asahi Newspaper that portrays each of the Arashi members in the art style of the series that they acted for. Below are each portrait, along with other manga series that they have been involved with.
Kazunari Ninomiya – by Tekkonkinkreet‘s Taiyo Matsumoto (In Series Character = Kuro)
Other Roles: Gantz LA Movie (Kei Kurono)
Sho Sakurai ❤ – by Honey and Clover‘s Chica Umino (Takemoto)
Other Roles: Yatterman LA (Gan Takada/Yatterman #1), Yatterman 2008 anime (Himself), Tokujo Kabachi (Tamura Katsuhiro)
Jun Matsumoto ❤ ❤ – by Hana Yori Dango‘s Yoko Kamio (THE FABULOUS DOMYOUJI)
Other Roles: Gokusen LA (Shin Sawada), Kimi wa Petto LA (Momo), Boku wa Imouto ni Koi wo Suru LA (Yori Yuuki)
[SEXY EVEN IN 2D FORM]
Masaki Aiba – by Bartender‘s Kenji Nagatomo (Ryuu Sasakura)
Satoshi Ohno – by Kaibutsu-kun‘s Fujiko Fujio A (Kaibutsu-kun)
[lol I know it’s the art style, but this is kind of unfortunate looking]