November 13th, 2011

smap | kimura sez o rly nao

SMAP announces new single, “Boku no Hanbun”

SMAP recently announced that they will be releasing their new single, "Boku no Hanbun", on December 21st!

SMAP’s 46th single will be written, composed, and arranged by Saito Kazuyoshi. It’s described as a slow tempo ballad of unrequited love.

This song was first presented during SMAP’s fan meeting event, "Shuku 20 Shuunen! SMAP Fan×FuN PARTY 2011", which was held on November 12th at Tokyo Dome. With Kimura Takuya on acoustic guitar, the boys sang in a lyrical manner to express the sorrow of the song.

The single will come in both limited and regular editions. The limited edition includes a DVD containing a live clip of "Boku no Hanbun". Additionally, the single will come with one coupling song.

Stay tuned to tokyohive for more information on this upcoming single!

Source: Tokyohive

I think I found an unavoidable Christmas gift to myself this year, omg so essited. What an unexpected treat. Also Kimura on acoustic guitar, be still my heart. Happy birthday to him!

Winter 2012 Dramas – Rumors

Stepfather Step
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Mondays, January 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Kamikawa Takaya

Renai Neet
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Fridays, January 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Nakama Yukie

Rinjo Season 3
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Fridays, January 2012
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Uchino Masaaki

Date: From 11.00 p.m., Fridays, January 2012
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Shida Mirai

Risou no Musuko
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, January 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Suzuki Kyoka, Yamada Ryunosuke

Source: jdramas


HIMEKA to release her 1st album, "Himekanvas"

It’s been revealed that anime singer HIMEKA will be releasing her 1st album, “Himekanvas“, on November 30th.

The album will include “Hatenaki Michi“, the ending theme song for “Tegamibachi“, and the ending theme song for “Senkou no Night Raid“.

HIMEKA came to Japan from Canada on a working holiday visa back in March of 2008. She then won the ‘Second Annual Animax Anison Grand Prix‘, which led her to make her debut in May 2009 with the single, “Ashita e no Kizuna“. This past summer, she held a live concert at the anime convention, “OTAKUTHON“, in Canada.

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Becky wins Kodansha's 'Best Character Award'

“Talent” Becky, 27, is this year’s winner of publisher Kodansha’s “Best Character Award.” Part of the Kodansha Advertising Awards, it goes to the celebrity voted most popular by readers during the year and who contributed to the progress of magazine advertising.

Becky said that she often reads women’s fashion magazines and health magazines and is inspired by magazine ads and gets ideas for music promotion videos from them.


Dragon Ball and One Piece Dominating for Toei Animation

Dragon Ball and One Piece are doing some major damage (in a good way) for Toei Animation. Just this week the giant Japanese animation house released it’s earning for the first half of their 2011 fiscal year.

From April 2011 to September 2011, 6 months, Toei made $46.74 million United States Dollars (USD) from just One Piece and Dragon Ball Z licensing and video releases! In all of 2010 they made $81.57 million USD from those two franchises in licensing and video releases. At the rate they are currently going, Toei is on pace to make almost $94 million from just two franchises!

If the numbers are correct, from all of their franchises and endevours combined in 2010, Toei Animation made a total of $342 million USD (26 billion yen). They project to make $381 million USD (29 billion yen) this year when it’s all said and done! Congrats Toei, keep up the awesome work!


Dragon Ball doing the damn thang since 1986 , I love how these two titles are snatching wigs.

Nichkhun to make his Jpn movie debut in ‘Ouran High School Host Club’ as Shinoda Mariko’s brother

On November 13th, Korean group 2PM’s Nichkhun (23) announced that he will make his Japanese movie debut in the upcoming movie version of popular drama, ‘Ouran High School Host Club‘.

This movie is based on a manga of the same name.  It is a romantic comedy centered around a popular host club at ‘Ouran High School’, where the female student Haruhi (Kawaguchi Haruna) has to disguise herself as a male host to repay a huge debt.  Nichkhun will play the older brother of Michelle, an international student AKB48’s Shinoda Mariko (25).

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