October 19th, 2011

Tohoshinki announces new single, “Winter”

Tohoshinki has announced that they will be releasing a new single, titled “Winter“, on November 30th!

The single will feature Tohoshinki’s very first Christmas song, “Winter Rose“, and a winter version of their song, “Duet“.

Stay tuned for more information on this upcoming release! In the mean time, check out the track list below!

<CD + DVD>

01. Winter Rose
02. Duet -winter ver.-
03. Winter Rose -Less Vocal-
04. Duet -winter ver.- -Less Vocal-

01. Duet -Video Clip-
02. Duet -Video Clip- (Member Version)
03. Off Shot Movie

First Press:
01. Christmas specifications
02. Jacket size card (1 out of 6)
03. DVD off-shot movie


01. Winter Rose
02. Duet -winter ver.-
03. Winter Rose -reversible ver.-
04. Winter Rose -Less Vocal-
05. Duet -winter ver.- -Less Vocal-
06. Duet -winter ver.- -Member Chorus ver.-

First Press:
01. Christmas specifications
02. Jacket size card (1 out of 6)
03. 12-page booklet

Source: Tohoshinki Official Website  & tokyohive


Breaking News: Masuwaka Tsubasa to divorce husband Umeda Naoki?

Rumors are swirling that model Masuwaka Tsubasa (26) will divorce her husband, actor Umeda Naoki (28), by the end of the year.

According to several sources, the reason for the divorce lies in the couple’s difference in their beliefs. A certain source states, “Ever since Masuwaka-san became popular, there’s been a big change in their values and sense of money.” Reportedly, the two have been living separately since late-February, and in August, Masuwaka suggested a divorce. The fact that Umeda was absent from Masuwaka’s birthday party on October 12th lends credence to the rumors.

Umeda has already hired an attorney, and plans to continue her divorce proceedings. Although they have no financial problems, it’s predicted that they will fight over custody of their 3-year old son. The divorce will be finalized by the end of the year, at the earliest.

Masuwaka and Umeda got married on Christmas day in 2007. In April of the following year, they welcomed their first son, and were supposedly leading a healthy family life.

Both of their agencies denied the reports saying, “They are not separated, and they will not be getting a divorce.” However, other sources say, “Mending the relationship is impossible.


Let’s SNL’s J-Pop America Fun Time Now!

If you watched this week’s episode of SNL, you’ll have seen this skit titled “J-Pop America Fun Time Now!” which is a fake Michigan State Campus TV college program. Basically, it makes fun of weaboos for five minutes. I’m going to break down all the hilarious stereotypes covered. It’s more hilarious, though, because it’s stereotypes of non-Japanese people trying to be Japanese thus creating new stereotypes of Japanese people. Awesome!

The Dancing Intro

One of my favorite Japanese stereotypes is the weird repetitive dancing that all Japanese people apparently do. This probably stems partially from para para dancing (popular in Japan starting from the 80′s, during the disco boom), and partially from how Japanese singers and such tend to dance even to this day. Anyone can do this – you just need more than one person (preferably) and you do the same kinds of things over and over again. And, of course, at the end of the video one of them does the peace sign to pose. You always pose at the end of a Japanese dance. C’mon. That’s standard dancing stereotype.

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Tofugu for more of the article, video

Weekly Oricon Chart: Albums/Singles/Music-DVDs

Popular rock band, L'Arc~en~Ciel achieved the no.1 spot this week with the second single release after their 20th anniversary, "XXX." Also this week, singer-songwriter Kimura Kaela reached the top spot with her sixth album, "8EIGHT8."

"XXX" is the band's 21st single to have reached the top spot in the singles chart. They have become only the third band to achieve this in 3 consecutive eras (1990s, 2000s, 2010s). Other bands who have achieved it are Southern All Stars (1980s, 1990s, 2000s) and B'z (1990s, 2000s, 2010s).

As for Kimura, the last time she achieved the no.1 position in the albums chart was 4 years and 8 months ago with her third album, "Scratch."

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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And since some people have been asking about this, here it is again:
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Poor chart performance as you can see. Top 2 singles did fine, but the albums chart looks averagely better than the singles chart this time.

And congrats L'Arc, Kaela, Superfly and FLOWER! XD

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Epic Tweet Fails: Comedian Miyagawa Daisuke accidentally tweets his phone number

On October 13th, comedian Miyagawa Daisuke caused a stir after accidentally exposing his phone number and email address onto Twitter.

The tweet was meant to be sent to one of his followers via DM (direct message). His contact information was left for the public to see for
quite some time, but Miyagawa immediately deleted it when he realized the commotion.

Miyagawa apologized saying, “I’m sorry. I did it. I thought I had replied through DM [direct message]… I was surprised to receive so many
phone calls. lol. I changed my phone number, and came home.
” He continued, “To those who were worried about me, thank you very much. I will be careful from now on.


Any other celebrities that you want to "accidentally" tweet his/her number? Gackt? Ayu? U? Jin? :P

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“ZETMAN” to be released as TV anime series in April 2012

It’s been announced that Katsura Masakazu’s manga “ZETMAN” will get anime adaptation starting in April 2012.

“ZETMAN” is a Science Fiction story centered the protagonists, a young boy Jin who has the ability to transform into a superhuman “ZET”, and Kouga who is a son of the large enterprise, and has a strong sense of justice.  The manga has been serialized on “Weekly Young JUMP.”

The director will be Nabeshima Osamu (“D.Gray-man”, “Saint Seiya THE LOST CANVAS Meiou Shinwa”), and the scenario writer will be Tomioka Atsuhiro (“Inazuma Eleven”, SAMURAI 7″).  It was also revealed that the caracter design will be taken by  Takaya Hirotoshi (“Karakuri no Kimi”, “PROJECT ARMS”), while  Gabriele Roberto (“SPEC”, “PACO and The Magical Book”) will be handling the music.

The production for the anime will be TMS Entertainment, Ltd.


The poster looks good. Wonder if the anime will be good too :P

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Japan & South Korea film world ties are getting stronger, thanks to these people :)

Mirroring changes in the television and pop music industries, ties between Japan and South Korea in the film world are becoming stronger every day, thanks in part to the efforts of globe-trotting producers such as Naoshi Yoda. The CEO of Tokyo-based T-Joy pictures attended the recent Busan International Film Festival to unveil his Japan-Korean co-production The Way: Man of White Porcelain (Michi: Hakuji-no-Hito). The film, which stars Hisashi Yoshizawa and Korean actor Bae Soo-bin, tells the true story of Takumi Asakawa, a Japanese forestry engineer who was dispatched to Korea in 1914 for a reforestation project but became fascinated with the country’s porcelain folk art and spent the rest of his life in the country. The film’s budget was partly paid for by Korean Film Council, despite it being set during the contentious period of Japan’s colonization of Korea. “Colonization was a sad time for Korea,” the producer said during the film festival. “But I hope the film can be a bridge between our two cultures. Cultural products have always had the ability to cross borders.” Posters and ads for the upcoming film are in both Korean and Japanese and the biopic will have a simultaneous release in both countries next summer.

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Hakuji no hito FB page


Arashi and Inoue Mao to host NHK's Kouhaku 2011

Inoue Mao, who starred in the NHK fictional series "Ohisama" this year, has been chosen as the MC for  NHK's Kouhaku Uta Gassen 2011, representing the Red Team. As her partner, Arashi has been chosen to represent the White Team.
"Ohisama" received quite a high rating, especially in the area stricken by disaster, such as Fukushima prefecture.

Longer details (thanks to aprillis):

NHK announced actress Mao Inoue (Ohisama, Youkame no Semi) hosting for the Red team and the five member idol group Arashi once again for the White team

This year’s 62nd Kouhaku Song Festival carries the theme “Ashita wo Utaou. (Let’s sing for tomorrow).” It is to make 2011/12/31 as “the day to take the first step like 123″, and make it a positive show in order to step forward to a bright tomorrow.Centering around the rebuilding after the Tohoku Earthquake

Therefore, American singer Lady Gaga, who had expressed support for the victims of the disaster, has been “unoffically confirmed” as attending Kouhaku and they also reported that there will be a “special programme surprise”. Although there has been no official announcement from NHK regarding the participants for Kouhaku, the netizens were greatly excited by this report.

This year’s “62nd Kohaku Uta Gassen” will air 15 minutes earlier than the usual, at 7:15 pm. With this earlier airing, this year’s Kohaku will be the longest broadcast in history,The station will consider increases in the number of participants and songs at a later date. The end time of the broadcast remains the same at 11:45 pm.

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The 1rst short article has been loosely translated by me and google teehee :P if there's any mistake, please forgive me and feel free to correct it. Well, congratz to both. Especially for Arashi 2nd time as MC! YAY! :D


Live-Action Akira Film Green-Lit

Live-Action Akira Film Green-Lit

Production to begin late February/early March from Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga

The Variety entertainment news source is reporting on Wednesday that Warner has green-lit the live-action film adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga. Production is set to begin in late February or early March.