October 12th, 2011


Shida Mirai, Kawaguchi Haruna star in horror film “POV”

Actresses Shida Mirai (18) and Kawaguchi Haruna (16) will co-star in a new horror film titled “POV ~Norowareta Film~,” directed by Tsuruta Norio (“Ring 0: Birthday,” “Orochi”). This is Kawaguchi’s first time playing a lead role in a movie.
Shida and Kawaguchi will play themselves. The story begins to unfold during a taping for a TV show about spiritual phenomena, when an unplanned video begins playing on the monitors. Settings for the movie include the actual junior high school that Kawaguchi graduated from.

The movie is scheduled for release in Japan on February 18, 2012. However, it has already been decided that the film will be screened in film festivals in Argentina and South Africa, and several offers have also come in from countries in southeast Asia.

Source: Tokyograph & Hollywood-ch
Sounds interesting as they are playing themselves. XD

UPDATE: The trailer is out on the official site: http://pov-film.com/

AKB48 receives a special award for “Japan Best Dressed Eyes Awards”

On October 11th, idol group AKB48 received a special award for the ”24th Japan Best Dressed Eyes Awards“, which declared that AKB48 were the celebrities that people most wanted to see wearing eyeglasses.

Eight members from the group were chosen as “Megane Senbatsu” (members who suit glasses the most), and they received the award on behalf of their group.  The “Megane Senbatsu”members were Akimoto Sayaka, Itano Tomomi, Kasai Tomomi, Kitahara Rie, Fujie Rena, Miyazawa Sae, Yokoyama Yui, and Watanabe Mayu. Kasai was absent from the event due to poor health.

As the representative of AKB48, Miyazawa expressed her joy saying, “In the past, Akimoto Yasushi-sensei has  been awarded best dresser. When we think of Akimoto-sensei, we think of ‘glasses’. So we want to aim to be an idol group that when people think of glasses, they can associate it with AKB48.

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Kiritani Mirei, Kasahara Hideyuki rumored to be dating

The Sports Hochi newspaper reported yesterday that model and actress Kiritani Mirei (21) and actor Kasahara Hideyuki (28) seem to be in a romantic relationship. Sources say that they became close during the summer of last year when they both appeared in the drama series “Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku,” and that they have been dating for about a year now.

Another person close to the couple says that this past summer was tough for the couple, because their filming schedules left them little time together, but they overcame that and actually strengthened their relationship.

When asked about the rumor, both Kiritani’s and Kasahara’s agencies simply declined to comment on their private lives, neither confirming nor denying the relationship.


17-year-old Tadokoro Azusa wins 36th Horipro Talent Scout Caravan

The 36th Horipro Talent Scout Caravan was held in Shinagawa, Tokyo, on Monday. This year was the first time in the competition’s history that the focus was on voice actresses, and the number of applicants totaled an unprecedented 12,000 people. Preliminary auditions were held in 14 cities, including Los Angeles, and the field was narrowed down to 10 finalists for the final showdown.

The Grand Prix winner was 17-year-old Tadokoro Azusa, hailing from the Ibaraki prefecture. During the singing portion of the competition, she delivered a rendition of Hirano Aya’s “Lost my music,” from the anime series “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” (“Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu”).

In the past, the Horipro Talento Scout Caravan launched the careers of many well-known actresses, including Fukada Kyoko and Ayase Haruka.


Sho Sakurai and Keiko Kitagawa on life on set of their upcoming drama

A press conference on a luxury ship was enough to unnerve Arashi’s Sho Sakurai yesterday in Tokyo Bay, reports Sponichi Annex and Chunichi Sports.

The Johnny’s talent was promoting his upcoming drama “謎解きなディナーのあとで (Nazo-toki wa Dinner no atode)” with co-star Keiko Kitagawa and other cast members.
“I’m nervous because this is the first time I’ve had a press conference on a luxury liner in 12 years since my Arashi debut press conference,” he said.

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Best dressed eyes

Winners of the The 24th Japan Best Dressed Eyes Awards:
  • Anna Tsuchiya for sunglasses (model/artist category)
  • Tetrastar CEO Yukio Fujimaki (business)
  • actor Yutaka Mizutani (entertainment)
  • TV announcer Aya Takashima (cultural)
  • Agriculture Minister Michihiko Kano (politics)
  • soccer star Kazuyoshi Miura (sports)
  • members ofall-girl idol group AKB48 (special category)
The awards are given annually to those who look “cool” in glasses.


Best Jeanist Awards Rigged?

As you all probably know, Aiba Masaki et.al. won Best Jeanist earlier last week. The entire concept of Best Jeanist is probably best summarized by this CNNgo article calling it a prize for Japanese ‘talent’ (their snarky use of punctuation, not mine) for wearing clothes. Seems about right. 

So it wouldn’t really be that big of a surprise if one of the most useless awards in the world was actually rigged, would it?

Since its inception in ‘84, Best Jeanist has just been essentially a popularity contest as to who the most popular celebrities are at any given moment. The winner are decided by a vote open to the public, however there’s been a pattern that over half of the top placing celebs just happen to be either Avex or Johnnys affiliated. 

Says an entertainment writer, “The jimusho probably already decided last year to make Aiba the winner this year. Aiba was #2 last year to Kamenashi, and everyone from #1-#4 are in the same exact order as last year. Also, the intense difference between Aiba’s 11942 votes and JYJ’s 3,052 votes is unnatural.” 

Compare the male and female rankings, by votes:


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A.N.JELL with TBS Drama Ikemen Desu Ne Music Collection topped Oricon’s Weekly Ranking!

Oricon weekly rankings were announced for October 17, by which A.N.JELL and YUI got the top spot for single and album category respectively.

“Ikemen Desu Ne’s” A.N. JELL band formed by Kis-My-Ft2′s Yuta Tamamori and Taisuke Fujigaya together with Hey! Say! JUMP!’s Hikaru Yaotome and Miori Takimoto just recently released their debut album for the popular drama.

A.N.JELL with TBS Drama “Ikemen Desu Ne” MUSIC COLLECTION sold  150,000 copies in its first week of sale, won the top spot for the Oricon weekly chart, album category.

This is the first time that a drama soundtrack ever achieved in history beating the TV drama sound track “Long vacation’s” highest record to 2nd place.

Meanwhile, YUI ranked first in the single category with “Green. a.live” which sold 56,000 copies in its first week of sale.

Source: Kisumai International Fansite

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Mangaka Kei Aoyama Commits Suicide – “I Have No Regrets”

Mangaka Kei Aoyama has killed himself, announcing the fact by Twitter.

According to reports, the 32-year-old mangaka was found dead in the bathroom of his Tokyo apartment, having hanged himself. Police are treating the investigation as that of a suicide.
In the spirit of the times, he left his last words to the world by way of Twitter:
“Well, there’s a lot left undone and many dreams left unfulfilled, but I don’t really have any regrets. I’m quite satisfied with the 32 years I lived.”

As a relatively minor mangaka, most will likely have never heard of him – most of his manga was published in seinen manga magazines such as Ikki and Evening (Yoi Kono Mokushiroku was still being serialised at the time of his death).

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Weekly Oricon Chart: Albums/Singles/Music-DVDs

Fictional group, A.N.JELL from the TBS drama, "Ikemen desu ne" debuted at number one in the albums chart this week with the soundtrack collection album, "A.N.JELL WITH TBS Kei Kinyou Dorama 「Ikemen desu ne」 MUSIC COLLECTION". The album became the first TV series soundtrack album to have reached the top in the history of Oricon. A.N.JELL consists of the drama's main actors, Takimoto Miori, Tamamori Yuta (Kis-My-Ft2), Fujigaya Taisuke (Kis-My-Ft2), and Yaotome Hikaru (Hey!Say!JUMP). The drama "Ikemen desu ne" is also a remake of the Korean drama, "You're Beautiful" starring popular Korean actor, Jang Geun Suk.

TV Series Soundtrack ranking:

1. A.N.JELL WITH TBS Kei Kinyou Dorama 「Ikemen desu ne」 MUSIC COLLECTION, 2011/10/05, TBS (Ikemen desu ne), position 1
2. Long Vacation, 1996/05/29, FujiTV (Long Vacation), position 2
3. 101 Kaime no Propose, 1991//08/07, FujiTV (101 Kaime no Propose), position 3
4. Fuyu no Koi Uta Original Soundtrack Kanzen Ban -Kokunai Ban-, 2003/09/10, NHK (Fuyu no Sonata), position 3

Meanwhile, popular singer-songwriter, YUI (24) reached the top spot in the singles chart with her 20th single, "Green a.live". The last time her single reached no.1 was in June last year with "to Mother." This is her 8th number single overall. This song was performed in acoustic live while visiting the town Minamisanriku, Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture back in July. The song was the first song she wrote after the Tohoku earthquake, and she has been holding acoustic lives at schools in the affected areas, as well as doing charity work through these lives.

In the music-DVD chart, SID reached no.1 with their live DVD, "SIDNAD Vol.7~dead stock TOUR 2011~", while Mizuki Nana grabbed the top spot in the overall Blu-Ray Disc chart with "NANA MIZUKI LIVE GRACE -ORCHESTRA-", selling 18,166 copies.

Posting the top 30 albums/singles and the top 10 music-DVDs. The second column in the top 10 refers to sales in 2011. New release in bold.

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So happy for OOR! Also congrats to YUI and DEEP! :)

Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Akanishi website now LIVE + teaser video show interaction with justin beiber, jason derulo, etc

Jin Akanishi has finally launched his official website just a few minutes ago! For several months, the website had a “Coming soon…” sign, but is now live.

It was reported earlier that he will be making his U.S. debut this coming November. In anticipation for this debut, the website will
provide the latest and up-to-date information regarding news, events, videos, and official photos. Akanishi’s official Youtube channel also updated with a teaser for his web series titled, “Takeover.”

In the video, Akanishi is seen interacting with various American artists including Justin Beiber and Jason Derulo – the later being featured in his U.S. debut single.


Flawless GazettE to hold a live concert at Yokohama Arena

Visual kei band the GazettE will be holding a live at Yokohama Arena on January 14th as the finale for their nationwide tour, “the GazettE TOUR11 VENOMOUS CELL“.

The band kicked off their tour on October 10th to coincide with the release of their latest album, “TOXIC“. Fans are looking forward to how the GazettE will end the tour in Yokohama after performing in various stops across Japan.

Tickets will be available for purchase starting December 10th. Pre-order ticket applications will be available to members of their fanclub.

Source: natalie, tokyohive
Flawless five, they've come so far