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I really should have done this ages ago, but always knew that it would be A LOT OF WORK. And it has been. It's been 323 pictures uploaded (I didn't even post them all -- these are the ones I weeded out to use), 11 Youtube videos, and 18 fic recommendations, and so with no further delay, I present to you:

the TAGUCHI JUNNOSUKE quasi-pimp post -- part uno


First, I call it a 'quasi' pimp post because, well, I'm not an expert on what Junno is like, just on what I think he might be like, so I really have no right to say, "this is how he is," etc. Second, I mean, I'm only talking about him (well, sort of kind of), so I really don't think it's necessary to include singles and all of that stuff, so we're just touching on the basics, his Junior days, and whatever sort of solo career he's managed for himself since debut. Good? Good. Start-o!

In 6th grade of elementary school, Junno saw the ad for Johnny's auditions in the newspaper, and a new SMAP TV show was to debut on air that day, so these two things in conjunction left a really big impact on him (even now, the senpai he respects/idolizes most is Goro. They're text buddies! The other is Koichi. I don't know.). He watched the show that night and thought that this might be something he wanted to do, or at least try, and so he asked his parents to send in his application. He's one of the rare one's who wanted to join himself! His callback wasn't until his second year into junior high, however, and only found out pretty recently that his parents had called the agency themselves because they thought it was taking way too long to get a response. So, Taguchi-mama, you are GOOD JOB. Otherwise, there probably would have been no Junno in JE, and I wouldn't know what love feels like. (I'm kidding. ...or am I?)

The audition was pretty standard fare; the only thing that stuck out to him was that while Johnny was scoping out the fresh meat (ew), he told Junno, "If YOU give up now, it's over," and since this was in the middle of their 400 dance squats and other auditioners were dropping like flies, Junno thought he should give it his all, because he's already made it so far. He passed and officially became a Junior in 1999.

In the time between his joining the agency and the formation of KAT-TUN (1999 - 2001), Junno was put into another sub-unit called BAD with Akanishi Jin and Jimmy Mackey. There's not much information on them, just that they were ridiculously dorky all the time, and this marks Junno's first interaction of any kind with a future KAT-TUN member and has considered Jin one of his best friends since joining JE -- he's said so himself! (I'm apologizing in advance -- Jin/Junno is pretty much my OTP within KAT-TUN.)

(this isn't even related to chibi!kat-tun days, i just absolutely adore this picture of them all. moving on.)

And so KAT-TUN was formed, in 2001, for the sole usage of Koichi's benefit! I've always wondered why they all fought so much when they officially debuted because they've been grouped together for 5 years already at that point (even Junno admitted to disliking Kame at first, because he thought Kame was a conceited little brat lolol), but my guess is that they all thought the group was a temporary thing (even though how permanent could you get, having tons of concerts and eleven shows in one day). And teenage rebellion. Ah, youth.

In 2003, during a rehearsal for Dream Boys, Junno landed a backflip wrong and ended up sustaining a pretty serious knee injury and minor back ones. He was in the hospital for roughly four, five months undergoing physical therapy post-surgery, but didn't make much progress in the beginning because the other members didn't visit him all that much, and so he thought he wasn't needed, was a burden, and that they simply didn't like him. But then, the other members came and brought him gifts and (I'm guessing) were able to visit him a lot more, and soon Junno was recovering well, and he's back to catapulting himself into the air via backflips again!

Two years later, in 2005, Junno was cast in the drama Ganbatte Ikimasshoi! as a supporting role, and leads were played by Nishikido Ryo and Uchi Hiroki, but due to Uchi's drinking suspension, Junno was bumped up starting in episode 4. This drama is awful. Ryo is emo throughout the whole thing, Junno is supposed to be mean but it's just funny because he's...not, and Junno's Kansai-ben is SO AWKWARD SOUNDING that it makes me cringe (not like I'm an expert on what Kansai-ben should sound like, but he doesn't sound like Hina. Just sayin'.). The only good things that came out of it were these promotional shots that are kind of precious (and make a certain someone very happy) and Junno snarking and sniping at Ryo. Parallel universe!

In 2006, he was in two drama specials, Happy! and its sequel, Happy! 2, as some rich zaibatsu kid who ditches the family business and tries to go pro in tennis. It's also pretty awful, and I hate Aibu Saki, so I'm skipping it. The only good thing to come out of it, really, was that (1) Junno was starting to make a name for himself since this was during Jin's hiatus, and (2) if he ever wanted to, he could...actually go pro in the tennis circuit, according to his tennis trainer. Damn athletic man.

Anyway, 2007 marked two dramas for Junno. The first was Hanayome to Papa, where he plays Ishihara Satomi's love interest, and has a knack of jumping head first into love and gets dumped a lot for being 'too heavy'. I honestly wasn't expecting all that much from it because of his track record with Ganbatte Ikimasshoi and the Happy! specials, but I actually love this drama a lot. His character is so retardedly earnest and charming, clueless, doesn't even know what he's doing half the time but tries so hard for everyone around him. He also yells and gets pissed off in this one scene and it blew my mind. It's not an Oscar-worthy performance, but it just makes me feel that there really was no one else who fit the part quite like he did. (Also? Lots of amazing facial expressions!)

Yukan Club, however, was completely Oscar-worthy (and he did win Best Supporting Actor for that season!). WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN WITH THIS DRAMA. Honestly, when in the first six minutes, there is that shot of Junno in the bathtub, admiring his own beauty, you basically know it's going to be a winner right then and there. This sparked my "Keep Junno Blonde FOREVER!" campaign, because I love the blonde, and I know I'm in the vast minority (but I tend to love all the hairstyles that everyone else hates, so whatever, I'm sticking to my own side) but the blonde with the blue contacts were seriously. Seriously. Plus, this lead to a series of great haircuts post-drama. Imagine my absolute glee when he went back! He's already darkened it for "Going!", though. ):

All's been quiet on the drama front since then, except in 2009, where he guest starred in an episode of Kochi Kame starring Katori Shingo. He played a ghost who, in his lifetime, was betrayed and attacked by his town (for some reason, idk I watched it without subs) and was soon exiled from society, and he died of...loneliness? I don't know, it was something like that. He haunts this abandoned house in the police station's jurisdiction, and then...all is solved? No one's subbed it as far as I know, so I'm really going on my super limited Japanese skills, but hey! He was looking hella good in his traditional wear! :D;;; There's even a picspam dedicated to him in this episode! (It's only 12 caps, but whatever, it still counts.)

I think the most important point to focus on is that I have come to realize that Junno is the perfect bridge to all other groups within JE (except maybe Tackey & Tsubasa), not because of prior ties or anything, but just because he's so darn friendly. He hangs out with Kanjani8 often (and not to mention, he and Ohkura are best friends; also, I found this photoshoot of him and Uchi and I'm actually baffled by it? When WAS it?), he's always been supportive of his juniors (bonding with Hikaru over their mutual billiards interest), jamming out with Aiba, ninjaing into Nino and Aiba screentime, enjoying good cross-dressing sessions with Yoko, getting flustered when he went out to eat with Goro, regular day-to-day conversations with Massu, losing to Yamapi in Wii Boxing, and this recent long-throw challenge talk with Ohno. There's not many others that have this going for them, or at least none that I really know of, so let's just pretend Junno's special, okay? He is, know what I mean.

Has everyone gotten sick of reading blocks of text? This is a pimp post, right? Pictures are only mandatory, really. We'll start with Junno + (KAT-TUN member here) pictures! (I was going to thumbnail everything, but by the time I thought of it, I had gotten through to Ueda, and at that point I was just too friggin' lazy to go back and change everything. Sorry if this kills anyone's eyes.)

(junno, doing is his best captain morgan impersonation. A+ job.)

(this just looks like a movie poster for some awful romance.)

(remember when i said i shipped jin/junno? i'm not lying.)

(i love junno's hair in this. ♥)

(koki time! idk what's going on in this. i'm between amused and horrified, tbh.)

(the yakuza boss and the wannabe! i wonder if it's a drug deal.)

(i don't really have much to say about maru and junno. they're just adorable. :3)

(so apparently, back in the fighting days, ueda would try to roundhouse kick junno, but junno always just caught his leg instead. this is the demonstration. i kind of love them two, though.)

But onto Junno himself! There are a few categories of Junno pictures, really. The first is what I call "Animalistic", because...well, you'll see.

And then, there's the "Dork / Smile of Great Justice" spread...

...and then there's just your generic, "Holy God, Junno, why are you so fine?!" kind of pictures, which MAY just be any picture that doesn't fit in any of the above categories, including "Chibi". Then again, I'm horrendously biased, aren't I?

(re: the second gif; i think it's kind of sad that junno doesn't notice the friendly man-hug the guy was going for. ): way to leave him hanging.)

I REALLY DIDN'T EXPECT TO HAVE TO MAKE THIS INTO TWO PARTS, but there's no way anyone would sit through THIS ENTIRE POST if I tacked videos and fic recs in this one. So check out part two!

[Credits/sources: [ profile] boys_paper, [ profile] trivialaffair (KochiKame post), [ profile] xbleedingkansas, [ profile] junnoaday, fuckyeahjunno @ tumblr, tumblr, Japanese Wiki, various translations throughout the past two years that I can't even BEGIN to remember where they are. Sorry. :3]

Date: 2010-05-06 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL your cut. ♥

And I can't wait to read this! :D

Date: 2010-05-07 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol I WISH I could take credit for it, but I saw it on a macro on tumblr.

Yayyy, thanks for checking it out! :D

Date: 2010-05-07 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was on a, "WHY ARE YOU THIS AWESOME, WHY ARE YOU THIS AWESOME..." mantra when I saw that tiny pic of chibi Junno and at first I thought it was toothy MatsuJun during his prepubescent phase. Now I cannot unsee. :(

Date: 2010-05-07 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2010-05-07 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]


Date: 2010-05-07 07:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I JUST LOOKED AND AM GLAD BECAUSE I DON'T THINK IT LOOKS LIKE MATSUJUN AT ALL. i like matsujun and all, but he will never have this sort of effect on me, so i think i'm safe.


Date: 2010-05-07 06:00 am (UTC)
ext_198889: ([dbz] gohan ~ eee)
From: [identity profile]
This is the cutest thing ever. Will be moving onto part two shortly.


Date: 2010-05-07 07:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(I SPY GOHAN. ♥ Saiyaman would be my anime boyfriend, if that didn't sound at all creepy and...horrible.)

I KNOW I'M RIDICULOUS, but this is all clearly his fault for being the cutest thing ever and deserving of love from the entire world.

Or at least all the crazy KAT-TUN fans who thinks no one likes him and should just gtfo. If I can sway even ONE of them, I would feel as accomplished as...someone who has done something amazing, idk who.

Date: 2010-05-07 06:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
YOU MA'AM HAVE MADE ME FALL HARD FOR JUNNO I admit it was very hard to convince me... :P


Date: 2010-05-07 07:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I AM SO GLAD THAT I HAVE SUCCEEDED!!! :D :D :D But why was it very hard? I mean, what did you think about him before?

(Sorry, I'm just REALLY curious, because I could never understand why people hated him so much.)

Date: 2010-05-07 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
o_0 holy crap my dyslexia really sucks balls right now i meant to write it WASN'T very hard. no really, plz believe me! X3 i'm finding it hard to find love for jin thou, idgi. :(

honestly he reminds me of aiba, all sunshine and smileyness and dorkiness and life, and I totally hearts people like that. His smile is a beautiful thing too, and i totally love his lame jokes and puns, even if most people don't! another thing he shares with aiba! XP and if i'm totally honest, he's the only thing that really interests me at all kat-tun. and it sucks that he doesn't get to shine as often as the rest. a damn shame. ;AAAAAAAA;

From: [identity profile]
AHAHAHA oh god I WAS SO EXCITED. i'm still excited that you like him a lot (yayyyy!) but you would've met my quota for "TURN ANTI IN FAN!" statistic.

first, please, DO NOT get me started on junno and aiba and how much i ship them. it's just. it's downright embarrassing how much i can rave about them two and why they'd fit together so well and etc, etc.

secondly -- i completely understand where you're coming from with jin, and even the rest of kat-tun. it's just that kat-tun isn't like the other groups, like NEWS or arashi or kanjani8, in that their personalities don't come together and create this one harmonious group; kat-tun -- the identity, the name, the group in its essence -- was formed and eventually grew and molded to fit them. kat-tun doesn't have a leader because they're all too individualistic and each of them have really, really strong personalities. it's not surprising they fought, and it's not surprising they're viewed as the dysfunctional group because everyone loves to compare everything too much; underneath the sex-and-rock-and-roll image they've adopted, they're just like any other johnny's group, and for me, personally, the more i learned about each of them individually, the more i felt like i could relate to them the most, more than any of the other groups. even jin, who i absolutely detested with every fiber of my being, became this charming, often misunderstood nerdball. (it took a year and a half, though.)

omg i would keep going and tell you about all the other members and why i love them to bits, but this comment is so long and I'M AFRAID OF THE POSSIBILITY OF WRITING A RIDICULOUS KAT-TUN PIMP POST. it would never end, oh god.
From: [identity profile]


oh i totally get what you mean, they are all strong and unique and yeah wouldn't gel as one as well as the other bands, totally see that. thou i am finding that i too am slowing falling for them one by one. koki is closely coming in second there, my god he's just so adorable!!! XD ueda and nakamaru and kame after and then jin coming in the rear. Jin... man it feels like it's gonna take forever for me to get him, let alone like him. i mean it fucking took me 2 YEARS TO LIKE JUN!!! i just don't get the popular pretty sexy ones. lol.

I'll keep on watching and enjoy and maybe fall in love with all of them, but know that I most definately love on junno forever should i not get the rest of the band! XDDDDDDDDDbb

and OMG PLEASE DO IT!!! DO IT DO IT DOOOOOOOOO~~~~ IT!!! x3ImageImageImage
From: [identity profile]
ALL RIGHT, I'M SORRY THIS TOOK SO LONG, BUT i don't know, i don't even have a good excuse.

aiba and junno are just...precious! it's why i never understood why many arashi fans are anti kat-tun (or just junno, i don't know) because they're both such dorks, and their minds work in special ways, and they're so endearing! junno's an unfailingly nice guy, which is so rare in the entertainment industry, i think; i mean, of course, there's sides of him that we don't get to see, but i'm positive that if he was actually a pretty mean kind of guy, it would've slipped by now somewhere down the line. and aiba. they're both tall, they're both built to be models, they both love their groups, they're both the ones who get made fun of and abused most. commonalities across the board!

KOKI IS SO ADORABLE, OH GOD. he's so protective of his little brother that's in the agency now, and it's just. oh god it made me absolutely adore him so much. and i can totally relate to jin (and jun)! it took me about two years to get over my hatred of him, too, and it still hasn't even fully gone away yet. but i'm just convinced there's something worth it in there if junno considers him one of his bffs within the agency. eventually, he worms into your heart, though. whenever he talks about how badly he wants to get married and have a family (especially a daughter), i melt a little. it's a bit awful. ):

A KAT-TUN PIMP POST WOULD TAKE ME FOREVER, AND THIS JUNNO ONE TOOK ME LIKE, 16 HOURS SPREAD OVER TWO DAYS. but i'll consider it because omg i love them so much. ;;

Date: 2010-05-07 06:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i love this. <3
i've watched Ganbatte Ikimasshoi, hanayome and yukan..and junno is always my favorite character.he's just so adorable~

Date: 2010-05-07 07:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thank you!! :D

i think in all three of those dramas where he's had a rather large role, it's SO EASY to like him because they're all very distinct parts of his greater whole, and you add them up and he's this amazing, amazing creature. ♥

Date: 2010-05-07 09:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]


ILY ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Date: 2010-05-07 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks so much and sorry to butt in i found your posts trough Lj search and i totally Love them and you´ve done a wonderfull work <333
Very glad that you love Junno that much, he derserves much much more LoVe than he gets. Yesterday i saw a fancam of the Going PV and during Junnos Part no one didnt scream, that made me really sad. Idk why so many KT-Fans can be so unfair. I mean that guy really works his ass of for all KT-Fans. In my optinion he is the most loveliest Person in the world and the most pretiest and nicest in KT. I can´t understand why so many ppl. acting that way and cut him from KT-Group pics and concert reports and what not else. :(
You really made my day with your Posts and i absolutely apriciate your
work. XD

Want to ad you if its oK ^^

Date: 2010-05-07 10:22 pm (UTC)
ext_3245: (Junno weird and blond)
From: [identity profile]
I love you. That's all. :-)

Date: 2010-05-07 10:26 pm (UTC)
ext_3245: (Junno xxx)
From: [identity profile]
The cuteness! The dorkness! The sexiness! The sweetness and total adorableness! You have captured them all. For which: thank you. :-)

Date: 2010-05-08 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, my, lord. I think I've fallen in love with him all over again ♥_________♥ Augh now I have to go through my Junno folder and rewatch things again. Thank you for this!

Date: 2010-05-10 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
m(_ _)m Thank you so much for this Junno spam! I'm saving the pictures like whoa~~~~!!!!

And I'm really glad to find yet another Jinno lover~~~~!

Date: 2010-06-11 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you for sharing ! I saved every picture that's in this post !

Date: 2010-06-14 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hello! I love this post a lot X) I was wondering, would you be okay with me adding a link back to this post on my own Ueda pimp post which is due for a re-do, so that there are links to the other members of KAT-TUN too? More people need exposure to Junno love +_+

Date: 2010-06-14 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not a problem, link away! :D Can I get the link to the Ueda post, btw? I don't know how I've never seen it, but I could always go for some more Ueda lovin'!

Date: 2010-06-14 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! And sure thing - my Ueda post is here but has gone from being an intro-for-a-friend to an Actual Pimp Post, so it's a little in need of bringing up to scratch XD;

Date: 2010-06-14 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
omggggg it's GLORIOUS. *___* Ueda's my second favorite, and it's just. omg. Ueda. ♥

Date: 2010-06-14 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
........./internalspazzflaildie dsljkghldskfugh;sodfhgkdfhg

Can I steal you for my own? I... see that you love Massu too and that can only be a good thing ilovehimsomuch - nanyakanya/Zoë's fault, actually and. :x

Date: 2010-06-14 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
omggggg I blame half of my fic writing woes on Zoe. She inspires SO MUCH in me but. ;; Massu is just. My absolute favorite, omg. omg I was thinking of making a Massu pimp post, also, but I would NEVER finish it. I would babble on and on and ON about him. D:

lol if that means if you can friend me, THEN ABSOLUTELY. I ALWAYS welcome more Junno/Massu/NEWS fans FOR ALWAYS.

Date: 2010-06-14 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Zoe is a terrible, terrible person omg 8| It's wholly her fault that I love Massu so much and also her fault that my Ueda post even exists in the first place because she wanted to learn more about my ~ichiban~ and I could not contain myself to a sensible-length email XDDD;;

YAY! Friended 8D

Date: 2010-06-14 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]



Date: 2010-06-14 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
hahaha no problem! ♥ maintaining his fy tumblr just made me HAVE to do this -- I will never understand his lack of popularity, honestly. I'm glad you enjoyed this!!

Date: 2010-06-14 06:05 pm (UTC)
ext_439488: Jaejoong~ (KKLOL)
From: [identity profile]
Hi! /was linked via twitter

OMG. Wow~ this is epic. I love you for this post. ♥ Junno = love~

/saved almost all pics and added to memories ^^

Date: 2010-06-14 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi! omg I had no idea that this was linked...anywhere, hahaha. Awesome!

Junno NEVER gets enough love, so hopefully, this'll improve his standing with the fans. ♥

Date: 2010-06-14 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol, Zoë linked Da (track_04) who linked me because I asked for a Junno post, and I told other friends including Aya (above) (because she is a massive Junno fan). Sorry for the random influx of comments :x

Date: 2010-06-14 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol omg i had no idea! don't be sorry, i was just surprised because i didn't really pimp this out to any communities, and i see [ profile] turtle_aya's name all the time on fuckyeahjunno's dashboard all the time, haha.

on a different note, your icon is AMAZING.

Date: 2010-08-03 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There are not enough words to describe the overwhelming love I'm feeling right now! For you! For this amazing post! For Junno~~~ 8D

I devoured this post so quickly - I love what you had to say about Junno and all the pics you chose were gold (love the sections w/ him and -insert KA-TUN member-). :D

I've said my #1 is a tie with Kame and Junno, but I've been suspecting more and more that Junno has overtaken Kame. O.O! Ack. -internal dilemma!-

Anyways - sorry for that tangent! XD;; - your posts totally make me want to start working on my own Junno pimp post that I've toying with for awhile. -excited-

Again, awesome job~~~ Off to devour the second part! -runs-


Date: 2010-08-07 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My cheeks hurt from grinning so much at the Junno prettiness! :D

I love this! I'm glad to see the effective spreading of Junno love. It was interesting to find out the pre-JE stuff about him.

He needs more love. Who can resist that adorable smile, backflip ability, and silly puns? His supposedly "cold jokes" make me laugh every time. Iriguchi, deguchi never gets old! He's the most adorable thing in the world, but when he turns the sexy on, it's ON! And our senses go into overdrive.

Don't worry, you're not the only one who loves blond Junno (Hello! Keep the Faith!! Love Yourself!) But then again, I love him in any hairstyle. Really.

Gambatte Ikimasshoi was terrible, Hanayome to Papa was adorable (made me want to purchase a Miura Seiji for myself), and Yukan Club was hilarious. He suits Bidou perfectly. Junno desperately needs another acting gig. Now.

Only Taguchi Junnosuke makes me act like this, flailing around and squealing like an incoherent mess. Anyway, thanks for making my day...(night...morning? Whatever time it is here). :)

(apologies for the long-windedness!)

Date: 2010-10-29 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Omg.. Junno.. Thank you so much! Junno's a favorite of mine. Along with Ueda and Jin.

I love him! He's so adorably sexy!! And that smile.. Also.. He really should have stayed blonde. It lookd so good on him.

Date: 2011-04-09 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Also, hello Junno/Ryo, possibly my new favorite pairing.

Date: 2011-04-09 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
omg COME TO THE DARK SIDE. we have excellent fic and A NEW DRAMA TO GO WITH IT Y/Y?!

Date: 2011-04-09 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL, I'm on the lookout for it. I'm easily tempted. >.>


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