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  Takahashi Ai's "Q.E.D" press conference  
  Hello!Project Written by Ronin & Kuno , updated: 7:26, 15-Nov 2008  
  Takahashi Ai: Playing the role of a high school student at the age of 22 - Proving those wrong who say "Will you be alright?", "You're already a middle-aged woman!" - Announcement of the drama "Q.E.D. Shoumei Shuuryou"

The announcement of the drama "Q.E.D. Shoumei Shuuryou" (NHK production), with Takahashi Ai from the idol group "Morning Musume" in the leading role, took place in the Tokyo-Shibuya NHK broadcast center on the 14th. Takahashi and her co-actor Nakamurai Aoi gave interviews, and Takahashi promoted the drama as "A drama with a comprehensive story that everyone can enjoy."

"Q.E.D. Shoumei Shuuryou" is based upon Katou Motohiro's manga with the same title, which is being serialized in "Magazine GREAT" (Koudansha Ltd.). "Q.E.D." means "that which was to be demonstrated" in Latin, and is written at the end of a mathematical proof. The story is about high school student Mizuhara Kana (Takahashi), who isn't good at mathematics, but can't help but meddle when someone's in trouble, and genius boy Touma Sou (Nakamura), who graduated from an American university at the age of 15, solving difficult cases in a logical manner.

In the interviews, Takahashi said this about her enthusiasm: "The manga was so interesting that I read all of it in one go, even though I'm slow at reading. So, I think we have to make the drama equally interesting." Nakamura added, "There's the pressure of playing the role of a genius like him, but it feels good to act out the scenes where he presents his proof." Both actors seemed to have completely settled into their roles. Also, Nakamura said this about the scene of Kana, played by Takahashi, singing a song: "I was amazed, and thought that it was just as one would expect from a Morning Musume. Now, I ask Takahashi-san to sing this and that on the film set, too," which made everyone laugh.

They both came to the interviews wearing the uniforms from the drama. Takahashi, who plays the role of a 17 year old at the age of 22, said, "The (Morning Musume) members asked me, 'Will you be alright?' and told me, 'You're already a middle-aged woman,' but I'll be alright, won't I?", showing off her youthfulness.

The drama will be aired on NHK on Thursdays at 8pm, starting January 8th, 2009.

November 14th, 2008
Mainichi News


She looks like a 17 year old? Takahashi Ai in the leading role of a high school student

The leader of "Morning Musume", Takahashi Ai (22), will play her first leading role in a drama in NHK Drama8 "Q.E.D. Shoumei Shuuryou" (Thursdays at 8pm), which will start airing on January 8th next year. Takahashi said this about the main protagonist Mizuhara Kana in the Tokyo-Shibuya NHK building on 14th: "She's 17 years old, which is five years younger than me, but everyone says I look like a 17 year old. I've never been at a murder scene before, that's why it was difficult to act in such a setting. I think it'll turn into quite the masterpiece, in my opinion."

The original work is a mystery manga of the same title. "Q.E.D." means "that which was to be demonstrated" in Latin and is written at the end of a mathematical proof. The high school student, played by Takahashi, and genius boy Touma Sou, played by Nakamura Aoi (17), solve difficult cases in a mathematical way of thinking. The drama will have 10 stand-alone episodes in total.

[November 15th, 2008]
Sponichi Annex


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