Gouriki Ayame to star in next Fuji TV "Getsu 9" drama
On November 21st, Fuji TV announced that they have selected young actress Gouriki Ayame for the leading role in their upcoming 'Getsu 9' (Monday 9:00pm) winter drama titled 'Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou'.
Though Gouriki has been appearing in all kind of dramas for seven seasons in a row without rest, this is going to mark her first starring role in a prime time drama let alone a getsu-9 drama. She is really rising rapidly up the career ladder and was really surprised about the offer herself. "I thought this was a hidden camera prank," she commented.
Gouriki continued, "Of course it came as a huge surprise when I was asked to star in a getsu-9 drama. To be honest, my feelings are still all over the place." She revealed that after graduating from junior high school, she wrote a letter to her mother in which she fantasized about coming out in a getsu-9 in her future. Now that her fantasy has become reality, she expressed, "I definitely want to live up to everyone's expectation."
'Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou' is based on a popular mystery novel series of the same name by author Mikami En. Three volumes have already been released so far and together they have sold more than 3,100,000 copies to date. The story follows a girl named Shinokawa Shioriko (Gouriki) who is the shopkeeper of a deserted secondhand book store called 'Biblia Koshodou' in Kamakura. Shioriko possesses a great knowledge about ancient books, which helps her to unravel various mysteries and secrets about old books that are being brought to the store by various visitors.
Shioriko is a very introverted girl with an extreme fear of strangers, but as soon as a conversation is about an ancient book, she suddenly becomes really eloquent. It's a unique character and a good challenge for Gouriki, who commented, "It feels like she's the exactly opposite of me, but in the past I had been very shy as well. Maybe I should try to become my old self again (for this role)."
The toughest challenge is going to be the fact that she was already told that she won't be allowed to smile for her role, which is one of Gouriki's biggest trademarks. She said, "So far I've been playing a lot of girls who were always smiling brightly, so this is going to be a new challenge for me."
The producers also revealed that there will be some kind of love story for those who still associate the getsu-9 time slot with romantic dramas. They stated, "People who crave for a love story will enjoy this drama as much as people who like to solve mysteries."
Gouriki added, "I hope that everyone will get immersed into the world of ancient books."
'Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou' is scheduled to begin airing in January 2013.
Sources: Sanspo (1,2)
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