January 11th, 2011


Tracklist for L'Arc~en~ciel's 20th Anniversary albums revealed!

Rock group L’arc~en~Ciel will be celebrating their 20th anniversary by releasing a trio of best albums called “TWENITY 1991-1996,” “TWENITY 1997-1999,” and “TWENITY 2000-2010,” on February 16th, followed by a box, “TWENITY BOX,” on March 9th. The albums will commemorate their 20th anniversary and cover everything from the indies formation of the group to their hit singles, and will be an all around best collection for the band.  “TWENITY 1991-1996″ will cover their indies work from their album “DUNE” until their album “True.”  “TWENITY 1997-1999″ will cover the releases from their single “Niji” to the single “LOVE FLIES.”  “TWENITY 2000-2010″ will cover their releases from the double A-side “NEO UNIVERSE/finale” to their CM song from last year “I Love Rock’n Roll.” The “TWENITY BOX” coming out on March 9th will compile all three of the albums into one release.  It will also come packaged with a special digest DVD that will cover the 20 year history of the band, a deluxe booklet, and a special music box that contains either  “flower,” “Anata,” “New World,” or “MY HEART DRAWS A DREAM” at random.

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I hope I did well for my first post :3. Though I'm slightly butthurt at the absence of Forbidden Lover in the tracklist ;_;, I hope the special music box will have either flower or My Heart Draws a Dream.
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Narimiya Hiroki to Return to the Stage after Four Years Hiatus!

After recently being revealed to star in the biographical drama about the late singer Yutaka Ozaki, Narimiya Hiroki will also star in Japan's first production of the stage play "Taiyou ni Yakarete"/"Burnt by the Sun." The story is a tragic human drama set around the time of Joseph Stalin's Great Purge. Narimiya plays the protagonist Mitya, a former pianist and White Army veteran seeking revenge against the Red Army officer Kotov, played by Takeshi Kaga (60). For Narimiya, the role will be his first requiring him to play the piano on stage.

Tamiya Kuriyama is directing the play, which will be performed at the Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9. Performances in other cities will follow. Narimiya's last stage role was four years ago, when he worked with Oguri Shun in William Shakespeare's "As You Like It."

Source: 1 and 2

Happiness!! I miss seeing Hiroki doing stage plays :D

The Tiger Mask Donations Continue

Was browsing some sites today and saw mentions of it, not quite sure what it was, I did a bit of research and was pleasantly surprised.

The "Tiger Mask" movement continued on Monday as eight cities reported new donations inspired by the manga/anime character Tiger Mask.

The movement began when a mysterious donor left 10 30,000-yen (about US$360) backpacks at a child guidance center in Gunma Prefecture on Christmas morning. The attached letter was signed "Naoto Date" — the alter ego of Tiger Mask, a manga/anime pro wrestler who fights for children in an orphanage. By Sunday, seven cities from the main island of Honshū to the southern island of Okinawa reported donations. On Monday, eight cities — for a total of 15 — reported the following donations.  

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Source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-01-10/tiger-mask-donors-strike-again-in-8-more-cities

"Tsubakiya Quartette" disbands

 Popular rock band Tsubakiya Shijuusou (Tsubakiya Quartette) announced today on their official site that after 10 years together, they're finally disbanding.

The site also posted messages from members. Vocalist and guitarist Nakada Yuuji commented " The decision came in last summer. There is no special reason for our disbandment, just the normal reason as our time has come. That's all." He also explained the reason for not announcing the news earlier is because they wanted to complete their final tour with the best they have as if the band will never break-up.

While Nakada and drummer Kodera Ryouta will continue on their musical career, bassist Nagata Takeshige announced that he will retire from the music scene entirely and will go on to find a new way in life. 

The sudden dissolution is a shame, but more is expected from the 3 in the future. 

Tsubakiya Shijuusou formed in the year 2000 by Nakada Yuuji. After many changes in the line-up, in 2002 the band settled with Nakada on vocal and guitar, Yasutaka Takurou  on guitar, Nagata Takashige on bass and Kodera Ryouta on drums. But later on, Yasutaka quited, leaving the 3 of them to continue on. 


This is such a shame. They were really good tbh :(

DBSK Give 1st 5,000 People A Present

The new drama “Utsukushii Rinjin” [Beautiful Neighbor] (Fuji TV 10:10pm~) airs today, the 11th. DBSK is doing the theme song for the drama, with their song “Why? (Keep Your Head Down)” (Release Date January 26th). The “Drama Special Edition” ChakuUta ® [ChakuUta is a ringtone] will be given as a free present to the first 5,000 people who subscribe for it.

This is the first time DBSK will be in charge of a theme song for a prime-time drama. Yunho and Changmin just announced last month that they would restart their activities. Their activities from here on out are also expected to have a great interest. The ringtone will take a part from the original song and this will be your only chance to get it. Futhermore, as soon as we reach the 5,000 limit, the free present opportunity will close. The details will immediately follow today’s broadcast.

Translated by: gator_yoong
Source: Oricon

Kiritani Mirei Shows Her SEXY Swimsuit In The Caribbean

Actress Kiritani Mirei (21) will release her 2nd photobook “Mirei-san no Seikatsu. Super!” on the 28th of this month. She shows off her SEXY swimsuit at the Caribbean Sea in this photobook. Kiritani shows her satisfaction for this book in comparison to her 1st book “Mirei-san no Seikatsu.” (released last summer), “I think this one is a bit more adult-like. I’m not a kid and I’m not an adult, so I wanted to show a more subtle mood.”

Translated by: gator_yoong
Source: Oricon

KARA's Drama Debut & New Song

On the 10th, 5 member Korean girl group “KARA” announced details about their work in the TV Tokyo drama “URAKARA” (Friday, 12am, Starts the 14th).

It’s their first drama performance through Japan & Korea. They will be doing missions in order to get men to fall for them. The 1st episode has Gyuri aiming for Nakamura Shunsuke (35) acting as a member of Japan’s Diet. [TL Note: The Diet is like Japan’s congress.]. Leader Gyuri (22) broadly grinned, “Next time, I want to work with Fukuyama Masaharu”. Also, the theme song is a new song scheduled for release in March titled “Ima, Okuritai “Arigatou”” [Now, I want to tell you “Thank You”].

Translated by: gator_yoong
Source: Mainichi

AKB48's New NTV Drama

All of popular idol group AKB48 will appear in a 17 episode short drama called “Sakura Kara no Tegami ~AKB48 Sorezore no Sotsugyou Monogatari~” (NTV). It will begin airing at the end of February until the beginning of March and will be at 9pm. The male homeroom teacher (Kamikawa Takaya) is diagnosed with cancer and has only 3 months left to live,the classmates are all ordinary 3rd years preparing for graduation and they all describe their troubles. The main cast is Oshima Yuko, Maeda Atsuko and the rest of the media Senbatsu Team, they will be performing as themselves.

Translated by: gator_yoong
Source: Oricon
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Which female celebs do women want to hold a “Joshi-kai” with?

Have you heard of the word “Joshi-kai (女子会)”? “Joshi-kai” is a word for a girls-only party in which women enjoy talking with other women about their love and work while eating or drinking together. ”Joshi-kai” was chosen as one of top 10 trend words in 2010, and it boomed particularly among business women.

Oricon Style has asked women the question, “Which celebrity would you want to have a ‘Joshi-kai’ with?”

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TOKYO — During the year-end period, various websites conducted all sorts of surveys on topics ranging from annoying habits of train commuters, to relationships, to the top trends for 2011. Here are some of the results

What will be the top trends of 2011?

1. Tokyo Sky Tree; 2. LED bulbs; 3. Electric vehicles; 4. Haneda Airport’s new international terminal; 5. Smartphones; 6. 3D; 7. Hybrid cars; 8. E-books; 9. Discount airfares; 10. Tablet PCs

Source: Dentsu Hit Products Report 2010 (www.dentsu.co.jp)

Guys, what’s your type?

1. Natural, subtle makeup (62%)
2. Slender body (44%)
3. Bangs, either straight or swept to the side (41%)
4. Shiny, brown hair (40%)
5. Cooks Japanese food (38%)
6. Long hair (36%)
7. Straight hair that hangs loose (31%)
8. Pink underwear (28%)
9. Low-heeled shoes, about 3cm (26%)
10. Polish-free nails (26%)

Survey of male readers of Zexy.net

Relationships that women would like to throw out with the trash

1. Boss
2. Coworkers
3. Friends/acquaintances
4. Boyfriend
5. Ex-boyfriend
6. Neighbors
7. Parents
8. Relatives
9. Subordinates
10. Siblings, husband

Survey of women age 20-30 by Nikkei Business


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Source: japantoday


Covers for Goddess Alan's Best Album released

Alan is set to release her first best album on 3.02.2011 featuring 14 songs, ranging from her debut to most recent single "Kanashimi wa Yuki ni Nemuru". The 2 CD+DVD edition comes with an additional cd with six songs containing new songs and "Ai wa Chikara" (subject to change) and a bonus DVD with 14 music videos.

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Oh, Avex........at least she looks cute

Sources: 1 & 2