Back when I was an active fandomer, I was most known for being one of the most informed/updated followers of Hamao Kyousuke. Since he first stepped onto the Japanese entertainment scene in 2007, he's been one of my most favourite guys. Heck, my current username is because of him.
Mao has given us six wonderful years of his infectious smile, innocent charm, developing talent, and -- as he grew out of his fresh-from-high-school self into the young adult he is today -- adorable-turned-sexy good looks.
(I lament the "developing talent" part the most: admittedly, he was not naturally talented from the beginning like most of his colleagues, but in the past couple of years you could clearly see how fast he had been improving. I look forward to eventually seeing Messiah
In an emergency broadcast via Amesuta on Oct24, he announced that he is retiring from show business. The entry posted by his staff can be found here
(which I will no longer translate, as all it contains is announcements on his retirement and upcoming events). No reasons were given in the post. As of the time I made this post, I haven't yet seen the broadcast
, so right now I don't know if he said anything. Apparently, he had cried a lot and had thought long and hard about his decision to retire from acting.
He will still be appearing in publicity events for his current projects up until February.
Thank you for six years of entertainment, Hamao. Thanks for choosing to share your passion for acting and for life with your fans. Whatever you choose to do with this next chapter of your life (rumours have reached my
eyes, in the half hour since my friend drkparadise
alerted me to the news, that he intends to study law? Huh, interesting thought), we wish you all the best!! [~hibimaosuki
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is a post from Kobayashi Yutaka, one of his kouhai at Fortune Entertainment, and who co-starred with him in the fourth Takumi-kun Series movie (as Yoshizawa Michio). You may also recognise him as Mizuki Hajime in the TeniMyu reboot, and as the main man in the currently running Kamen Rider Gaim.
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