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"Hana Kimi" cast members celebrate Maeda Atsuko's 20th birthday

July 10, 2011 @ 4:52 am
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On July 9th, Maeda Atsuko (who'll turn 20 years old on the 10th) was surprised by the cast and staff members of “Hanazakari no Kimitachi e~ Ikemen Paradise~ 2011” with an impromptu party! As the 10th is also the date for drama’s first broadcast, she expressed, “This is truly a wonderful 20th birthday. I am happy that we were able to have a good start!

In this new drama, Maeda will play 'Ashiya Mizuki' who, of her own volition, decides to cross-dress in order to attend the all-boys Osaka Academy. On this day, the cast was at Gunma Prefecture filming an athletic event, despite the 95°F heat wave.

While she was in the midst of acting, actor Miura Shohei (23) suddenly shouted, “Atsuko! Atsuko!”, and soon Maeda was presented with a birthday cake topped with twenty candles. Afterwards, Atsuko happily expressed, “Thank you! I am happy that we were able to get off to a good start, as this is my final drama as a teenager.” She also added, “Also, I want to try alcohol!

When another AKB48 member, Itano Tomomi, turned 20, she was given a wine bottle of the same year of her birth (1991) at her July 8th special live event. But since Maeda was still 19 years old on the 9th, her alcohol experience was “postponed”.

Nevertheless, co-star Nakamura Aoi (20) invited the girl out for a fun party, saying, “If you’d like, please  participate in a drinking party with the guys as well.”

Maeda then expressed her goals as a 20 year old with, “Since I am told sometimes that I'm such a baby, I want to be an independent adult woman one day.”

Maeda will be singing this drama’s theme song, “Flying Get”, as the center of her idol group, AKB48.  The song will premiere on air during the first episode the drama.  July 10th was truly in many ways, ‘Acchan’s Day’.

Check out the photos from the event below!

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Source & Images: Sanspo

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