August 22nd, 2010

New Girl Group : Nanairo Fantasy

Newly formed idol group, Nanairo Fantasy, made their debut last weekend at the GIRLs-RockPop event at Harajuku Astro Hall in Tokyo.

The group just opened their website on August 11th, and they are slowly gaining fans.

The group itself consists of seven seiyuu (voice actress) idols and are split into two groups.

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cant wait for this group actually!

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  • ruggio

L’Arc~en~Ciel to hold live concert on New Year’s Day

Popular rock band L’Arc~en~Ciel will hold live concert titled “L’A HAPPY NEW YEAR!” on the New Year’s Day 2011.

Next year will be their 20th anniversary, and they are expected to pull about 20,000 people to Makuhari Messe.

L’Arc has not had any live concerts since 2008, and they have made their comeback in 2011 as they had previously promised to fans.

It seems like they will be extremely active in 2011, as they will release new song, and also plan to hold a live tour which may be as big as their world tour in 2008.

We will report more details as they are revealed, so keep your eyes on Tokyohive!

Source: Sports Hochi source
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4minute to attend Japan's Girls Award 2010 AUTUMN/WINTER!

As part of the group's overseas promotion, 4Minute will be attending Japan's Girls Award 2010 AUTUMN/WINTER on 18th September 2010 (Saturday) at Yoyogi First National Stadium, Shibuya, Tokyo. 4Minute will showcase a cool side of themselves by performing a few songs at the event.

Girls Award is the biggest fashion show in Japan, well-liked by many teenagers and young adults. It is also a fusion with music, thus attended by many famous models and artists. The purpose of this event is to spread Japanese pop culture to Asia, then make an impact on the world. Artists attending the event this year include ISSA×SoulJa, W-inds, Kumi Koda and many more. Fashion brands like Forever21 and Armani Exchange will also be present.

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Nobel prize winner praises Arashi’s Sho Sakurai

Arashi’s Sho Sakurai (28) traveled to Moscow to meet a former head of state and to the Berlin wall as part of his special report for Nippon TV’s 24Hr TV, reports Sports Hochi.

Sakurai’s special, titled “嵐・櫻井翔が緊急リポート! 世界の貧困と格差社会の現実~マンホールで暮らす人々とは~ (Arashi -  Sho Sakurai’s Breaking News!  The reality of global poverty and social disparity ~people who live in manholes~ )” sent him to Moscow to interview Nobel Peace Prize winning former head of state Mikhail Gorbachev (79).

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Kato Miliyah promotes fashion designer KAWI JAMELE

Yesterday, the fashion designer KAWI JAMELE opened her first store in the Laforet building in Harajuku with a special guest, Kato Miliyah. The popular R&B singer showed up to help greet the new customers.

By 11 AM, there was a line outside the store just to get inside, and they were averaging about 500 guests in each hour. Kato Miliyah made her appearance behind the counter, which stirred some fans to emotional tears. Those who bought some of the western style clothes got to talk to the singer and have their clothes handed to them by her. The fans who saw the singer were quite happy that they had some western style clothing designed by her to take home and enjoy.

KAWI JAMELE said of her clothes, “I wanted to have a powerful brand for strength and beauty.” As a result, she decided to start a brand with Kato Miliyah.

Right now, the designer has the store collection and expanded online options, but she is planning on opening another store on August 27th in Shinjuku, and a Shinsaibashi store on September 10th.

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The article is a little confusing, but Miliyah is the desinger/owner of KAWI JAMELE.

Black Lagoon, Hellsing Creators Discuss Illegal Uploads

Rei Hiroe, the manga creator best known for Black Lagoon, wrote in his Twitter account on Saturday about discovering that someone "smugly" posted all of his manga in a compressed ZIP file. He then, apparently tongue-in-cheek, said that he wishes that this person would contract pancreatic cancer or something similar.

Upon reading this, a fellow manga creator named Kazuki Kotobuki replied that he wished that the unauthorized uploader would step outside and get struck by lightning, hit by a meteorite, or some other "constructive" form of death.

Hellsing manga creator Kouta Hirano then chipped in by writing that the uploader should contract a bizarre, previously unknown disease — therefore, the disease would be named after the uploader in medical journals, and that would be how the uploader would be remembered for posterity. Hiroe retweeted both comments with his own comments of approval.

Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) manga creator Yana Toboso posted a blog entry criticizing unauthorized videos and downloads last Sunday, and that triggered long discussions on multiples forums in multiple languages. Other creators, such as Abnormal Physiology Seminar creator TAGRO, expressed their support for Toboso, while users debated her stance and the legal issues involved.

lol...the piracy laws will just keep getting more and more strict in japan T________T
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  • baboona

Takenouchi/Ueto drama confirmed

It's Monday and another rumored fall drama has finally been confirmed, but they are still deciding on suitable a title.

Actor Takenouchi Yutaka (39) will return to the small screen after more than 9 years without a drama role. In Fuji TV's prestigious Monday 9pm timeslot he is going to play a desperate man who ends up in a contract marriage with a woman working in the sex industry who seems to be just as desperate as him played by Ueto Aya (24). What starts out as a mere contract marriage eventually turns into a true and pure love.

Takenouchi plays Kengo, a man who enjoys spending his time at the aquarium. He seems to be a pretty ordinary person, but he actually has a huge secret that he would protect even if it means to sacrifice everything else in his life. Out of interest he ends up in a contract marriage with a prostitute called Risa who tried to commit suicide. Soon they develop real feelings for each other, but harsh reality turns out to be a rather high obstacle for the couple.

The producers are confident that they've found the perfect actor for this difficult role. "We wanted to portray a story about deep and genuine love and Takenouchi was the best choice that came to mind for such a difficult role. He will be great playing that man troubled by false love that suddenly turns into true love," the producer said with high expectations.

Ueto is going to play the female lead and it will be her first time working together with Takenouchi. In the past she already played a woman who would act as the lover of man in return for money, but it's the first time she's actually portraying the role of a prostitute. Her role, Risa, ends up selling her body in order to repay a huge debt of her older brother. Her only way out seems to be death as displayed via various remarks such as, "I just want to dissolve like a jellyfish."

In September they will start the filming and Takenouchi can't wait to meet the team. "I'm looking forward to meet Ueto as well as the rest of the cast and the whole staff. I'd like to work hard with everyone in the team in order to create something that will stay in your memories forever," Takenouchi made clear that he is aiming for one of those masterpiece dramas that have become rare in Fuji TV's main drama slot.

Ueto promised to work hard as well, "Risa is a young woman hungry for love who ends up rediscovering the importance of being alive thanks to a relationship that started out as a mere contract marriage. I'd like to try my best conveying the development of that love."

Young actor Matsuda Shota (24) will also appear as a doctor while actress Kitano Kie (19) will play the protagonist's younger sister who is suffering from a serious disease.

An official title has yet to be announced. Filming will start in September while the first episode is planned to air in October.


China overtakes Japan in 2nd quarter as world's No. 2 economy


Japan lost its place to China as the world’s No. 2 economy in the second quarter as receding global growth sapped momentum and stunted a shaky recovery.
Gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of just 0.4%, the government said Monday, far below expectations of 2.3% growth in a Kyodo news agency survey.
The figures underscore China’s emergence as an economic power that is changing everything from the global balance of military and financial power to how cars are designed. It is already the biggest exporter, auto buyer and steel producer, and its worldwide influence is growing.
China has surpassed Japan in quarterly GDP figures before but its passing of Japan in the second quarter is likely to mark the period in which the lead became insurmountable.
China’s economy will almost certainly be bigger than Japan’s at the end of 2010 because of the big difference in each country’s growth rates. China is growing at about 10 percent a year while Japan’s economy is forecast to grow 3 percent this year.
Japan’s nominal GDP, which isn’t adjusted for price and seasonal variations, was worth $1.286 trillion in the April-to-June quarter compared with $1.335 trillion for China. The figures are converted into dollars based on an average exchange rate for the quarter.
Japan has held the No. 2 spot after the U.S. since 1968, when it overtook West Germany. From the ashes of World War II, the country rose to become a global manufacturing and financial powerhouse. But its so-called “economic miracle” turned into a massive real estate bubble in the 1980s before imploding in 1991.
What followed next was a decade of stagnant growth and economic malaise from which the country never really recovered. Prime Minister Naoto Kan now faces a long list of daunting problems: a rapidly aging and shrinking population, persistently weak domestic demand, deflation, a strong yen and slowing growth in key export markets.
In contrast, China’s growth has been spectacular, its voracious appetite fueling demand for resources, machinery and products from the developing world as well as rich economies like Japan and Australia. China is Japan’s top trading partner and has been key in Japan’s recovery from the global recession.

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No End to X Japan's Money Problems

Financial troubles never seem to be too far from Japan's biggest rock band. Japan Music Agency, who manage X Japan leader Yoshiki, revealed to the media yesterday that they are being asked to pay ¥2 billion for the use of images of the band's late guitarist Hide. JMA have said that, depending on how things play out, they may take the matter to court. The wrangling over money is just the latest of many that have plagued the group since it achieved commercial success.

Headworks Organization is the company that represents the estate of Hide, who died under controversial circumstances in 1998. The firm is run by his brother Matsumoto Hiroshi (42), who seemed to be on good terms with the rest of the band during a memorial service for Hide held in May. During last week's two concerts in Yokohama, Hide's image was used on stage as it has been at all the band's shows since their reunion in 2008. But the money problems began some time ago.

When X Japan reunited in 2008, they signed a ¥600 million contract with music production company Nexstar Corporation, who put on the band's concerts. The deal included the use of some recordings, advance royalties and contract money. Nexstar reportedly made some ¥2.5 billion from concert ticket and merchandise sales over the following two years. But JMA never saw the money, and Yoshiki filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against Nexstar back in March seeking ¥375 million in damages. Headworks has reportedly received ¥300 million from Nexstar, and they have now instructed JMA to pay ¥2 billion to Nexstar or no longer be allowed to use Hide's image.

The tangled financial web will hopefully not hinder the band's upcoming assault on North America, with a concert tour due to start in September. As Yoshiki said, "I think the one who is suffering most in this is Hide. But with or without his image, we are still spreading our wings together."


Tackey & Tsubasa announce concert dates

The last single that the duo released was in June of 2008 with “Koiuta/Progress”, that sold over 100K copies. While fans worried that the duo might not be coming back, Tackey mentioned earlier to not worry and that they will be back… together.

Tackey & Tsubasa have announced six concert dates, two per month starting in October in Nagoya and ending in December in Yokohama.

Concert dates
10/10~11 Nagoya Gaishi Hall
11/2~3 Kobe World Memorial Hall
12/18~19 Yokohama Arena


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Keiko Kitagawa to star in "Paradise Kiss" movie adaptation

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Anime News Network reports that Ai Yazawa's popular "Paradise Kiss" manga series will be turned into a live-action film, starring Keiko Kitagawa and Osamu Mukai. The project will be announced in the next issue of the fashion magazine Zipper.

"Paradise Kiss" tells the story of a high school girl named Yukari (Kitagawa) who meets a group of fashion school students. After they transform her into a model, she gains a passion for fashion and meets a romantic interest.

The supporting cast is said to include Natsuki Kato, Aya Omasa, Kento Kaku, Shunji Igarashi, and Yusuke Yamamoto.

The release date for the film is not yet known.
Source: Tokyograph

My first thought, who'll play Isabella? XD
Second thought; Kaku Kento is sure getting big!