In November KARA released their 2nd single “Jumping” as well as their 1st original album “Girls Talk”. On November 27th KARA appeared on the variety show “MERENGE no Kimochi” with the host Hisamoto Masami, guest Mitz Mangrove and announcer Hatori Shinichi.
Everyone had a fun talk from beginning to end. During the program, KARA let everyone know that their chief manager is a big fan of AKB48.
While KARA was at their company doing a photo shoot, their manager was watching an AKB48 program.
After they revealed he was an AKB48 fan, they shared that he awkwardly says “(Aishiteru…) I love you…” to them in Japanese. KARA’s members then expressed their feelings towards Japan’s top idol group AKB48. Nicole answered, “We want to become friends with them. We want to go out to eat and have a good time with them”.
AKB48 and KARA have had a meeting together on a program before, but it seems they look forward to a private sort of interaction.
Hisamoto asked KARA, “Is there a Japanese performer that you think is cool?” Seungyeon responded, “Abe Hiroshi” and Gyuri answered, “Mukai Osamu”.
They seem to know quite a great deal about male Japanese performers. Furthermore, the girls stated that one way they study Japanese is by watching Japanese dramas. They’re currently into “Hotaru no Hikari 2”.
In that same drama Usuda Asami plays the role of Sakuraki Mika, who KARA was also able to meet.And Nicole said her favorite performer was “Kimura Takuya”.
Then Hisamoto Masami talked about her experience previously on SMAP’s variety program “Kimura Takuya kara NORI KISS Sareta”. She joked around and said, “We had an imaginary pregnancy!”. Which caused all of the KARA members to go “EEEEEEEEEH!?”, with surprised expressions. The girls had a seriously surprised reaction, but they didn’t know the nuance behind Hisamoto’s story.
Also Jiyoung is an Arashi fan. She was asked, “Which member do you like?” and she became embarrassed and answered, “Matsumoto Jun”.
As expected, it seems Johnny’s is popular in Korea too. Also Mitz Mangrove derailed the conversation and asked KARA, “I want to meet Wonbin, do you know his phone number?”. We unfortunately didn’t get to hear who Hara’s favorite performer is. We hope that she lets us know at the next opportunity.
Translated by: gator_yoong