July 4th, 2010

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Domoto Koichi’s stage performance opens

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The opening of Domoto Koichi’s(KinKi Kids) stage performance, “Endless SHOCK“, was held at the Imperial Theater in Tokyo on July 4th.

“Endless SHOCK” has been performed every year since 2000. Usually the stage performance goes on during February and March, however, this year they added a summer performance schedule.

Koichi said, “I was expecting to perform comfortably due to the air-conditioning, but it is still very hot. I noticed that the summer performance will requires a lot more strength than usual (February and March).”

Uchi Hiroki has also joined the main cast for the first time, as replacement for Yara Tomoyuki. Promo poster can be seen here

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D-BOYS become "AMBITIOUS" with new show

A special sub-unit of acting group D-BOYS will launch a new television show tonight, titled "D-BOYS BE AMBITIOUS." The show is scheduled for late on Sunday nights (12:35am) on TV Tokyo.

The sub-unit, announced in March, currently consists of Yuichi Nakamura (22), Shunji Igarashi (23), Hirofumi Araki (27), and Koji Seto (22). They are currently auditioning for a fifth member, and the final selection is expected to happen in September.

"D-BOYS BE AMBITIOUS" will be a blend of documentary and variety show, with a theme of making their viewers' dreams come true. In addition, the show will report on the progress of the ongoing audition and its participants, and the unit's official name will finally be revealed. It is also being reported that the first episode will include a surprise announcement about their stage production "LAST GAME" and its theme song "Omoi."

In conjunction with the TV Tokyo broadcast, there will be a regular radio show with the same name on InterFM (Monday nights at 12:32am, starting on July 5) and another related project on the popular virtual world Ameba Pigg.


BENI disappoints fans at Anime Expo AX 2010 in LA

Fan report:
First of all, her management is made up of Nazis which I guess I should have expected.
No common people pictures (though I did manage to sneak in two crappy ones), no asking questions before they "approve" them, no physical contact with BENI, etc etc etc. I had planned to ask BENI to sing something on the spot but I was told no.

Anyways, as for BENI herself, she did seem kind of stuck up. When asked what her favorite anime was, she answered "I knew I was going to be asked that" in a very irritated, exasperated way.
She didn't seem too happy to be there and especially seemed disdainful of the silent crowd (more on that later). I definitely saw a lot of the "bitchy" mannerisms a friend pointed out: head tilts, dismissive glances, and pursed lips abound. Then again, I couldn't exactly blame her for being pissed off. If some sweaty fat nerd asked me what my favorite fruit was, I wouldn't give him a very nice answer either.

Now for the crowd...It was clear that more than 90% of the near-empty room had no clue who BENI was. There seemed to be more press, who were confused at the lack of attention of an "A-list Japanese pop star", than actual attendees. Most of the actual attendees seemed to be there because they:
1). Wanted to reserve a seat for AKB48 (the next panel),
2). Sheer curiosity/boredom, or
3). Had fallen asleep in the room the night before like a homeless bum and had just woken up. The atmosphere of the panel was silent, dead, and awkward. I can't count the amount of times the host had to step in to ask something just to fill the silence.

Highlights of the panel:
-BENI decided to cut her hair after she was playing on some iPhone app and thought it looked cute.
-Wikipedia is wrong. She's a sociology major.
-No one on her staff knows English. If she wants to make an English version of her website, she'd have to translate it herself.
-The "Call Me Beep Me" Kim Possible music video is emberassing for her to watch. Can't blame her.
-Her favorite fruit is mango.
.....The rest of the questions seemed to be pretty basic. I'm sure a full transcript/video is out there somewhere.

Autograph Signing:
Not very long and I'm sure after 10 minutes it was deserted (leaving poor BENI looking bored for 50min). I talked around and most of them seemed to be newly converted sheep. Only one guy actually knew who she was before the Con.

When I finally got to meet her, I told her that I loved "Kiss Kiss Kiss". This actually got her to stop and look up (with a pleasantly surprised expression) because "Kiss Kiss Kiss" was one of the songs not mentioned on the booklet. She thanked me in return and asked me if I was going to attend her the concert. I told her I wasn't (to a sad look that was clearly mourning the loss of $30) and she told me "maybe next time" and then that was pretty much it.

Throughout our brief but pleasant conversation, BENI seemed to be perfectly polite and friendly. She even seemed kind of happy when talking to maybe but that may have been just because she could tell I actually knew shit about her.

Or maybe I was the only one who was outgoing enough to actually talk to her *shrugs*.

Source: kisekigurl@jpopforum

OP: Why is there no BENI tag in this comm?
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misono makes waffles for people!

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In collaboration with the waffle store "Heavenly Compote Waffle", misono presents her very own original waffles. From her childhood on, she had been admiring the patisserie and wanted to own her own store in the future. Saying that she has put a lot of feeling into the creation, misono presents her five different waffles.

On the day of the presentation, misono also became the store manager for one day, selling the waffles herself. The store was quickly lined with 200 guests even before the opening. For this store this meant a record day in sales. As misono had just released her new album "Me" on June 30th there were five special CD and waffle sets limited to this event. This special set consisted of a box including a handwritten signature by misono and made a real must for any fan. On the official homepage under "misonoFan Club Junbi Shitsu (lit. Preparation Room) (Provisional name)" the exact conditions of the event can be found in a detailed report soon.

kinda ot question but did sanspo recently change their search function at the top of the website? i tried finding pictures from the waffle event but when i search her name only like a bio comes up