December 14th, 2011

Jun Doumyouji: How to eat an apple
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Dream Morning Musume to release 1st single?

I was just browsing around on yesasia today, I typed in Morning Musume in the search bar and discovered a new up-and-coming release from Dream Morning Musume. I checked their official website and I didn't see any info or any news announcing this info so I'm not 100% sure if its official, but the single is already up for pre-order:

The single is titled 'Shining Butterfly' and will be released February 15th 2012. Sounds interesting, although I wasn't too impressed with their album 'Dreams 1'. With the way things are going over at UFA my expectations are not very high... Thoughts?

Weekly Oricon Chart: Albums/Singles/Music-DVDs

For single article, go HERE.

For album article, go HERE.

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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Congrats, SMAP! Would have loved to see Namie at second spot but oh well...At least the songs are no.1s on RIAJ digital weekly chart. Also happy to see JSB and Kana doing well. :)

Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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Why Bleach and Naruto wouldn’t exist without Yoshihiro Togashi

Bleach and Naruto are without a doubt two of the most popular shonen anime and manga series of the past decade. However it’s a little known fact that both series are heavily indebted to Yoshihiro Togashi, the man behind Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter x Hunter. It may come as a surprise to fans of both Bleach and Naruto that they each in fact feature many of the same elements seen in Togashi’s works.
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Silly Kurama gif for your time :3

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NICO Touches the Walls will release Live DVD "PASSENGER" on 2012.01.11

NICO Touches the Walls TOUR 2011 PASSENGER ~We are Passionate Messenger~

3rd Live DVD
2012.1.11 Release
KSBL-5963 ¥4,515(tax in)
Preorder at:
CD Japan - HMV - Yesasia - - Playasia

Recording of their Zepp Tokyo live on June 10, 2011.

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Emi Takei becomes Gucci's first Japanese 'campaign girl'

Actress Emi Takei, 17, has been appointed a “campaign girl” for luxury Italian fashion brand Gucci—the first Japanese celebrity to do so.

As part of her role, Takei will endorse Gucci’s clothes and bags in Japan and attend Gucci events in other countries.

The Gucci deal brings Takei’s total number of commercial contracts to 15 this year. She was only offered one TV commercial contract in 2010.

On Wednesday, Takei launched her foray into the world of music with the release of her debut single “Koisurukimochi” (The feeling of falling in love). She told media, “It’s like a dream. I feel like crying because I am so happy.”


Koda Kumi’s friend claims that the singer is pregnant

Recently, singer Koda Kumi surprised everyone with the sudden announcement that she’s getting married to KENJI03, the vocalist and guitarist of BACK-ON. However, according to tabloid ‘Josei Seven‘, that might not be the only surprising announcement.

The tabloid was able to talk with a friend of the singer who claims to know the whole truth about the marriage announcement. That person stated, “To tell you the truth, Koda is having a baby inside her stomach. She’s still in a very early stage, but he’s already all worried about Koda’s health and doesn’t want to stay away from her for even a second.

It’s said that both of their families were just as surprised as Koda’s fans, when they heard the news just before the public announcement. The fact that it’s indeed a shotgun wedding has yet to be officially confirmed, but according to Koda’s friend, she has already began preparing herself for becoming a mother, like visiting her dentist in the evening of December 10th.

Her friend explained, “When she found out about her pregnancy, she was recommended to get her teeth examined as soon as possible. After the birth she will be busy caring for her child, therefore she wouldn’t find the time to see a dentist in case of dental caries and so on. There have been women whose teeth suffered some series damage due to this reason.

‘Josei Seven’ also spotted the singer and her fiancé a few days prior to the announcement. Upon hearing the scoop from Koda’s friend, they looked at the pictures again and noticed that she was wearing flat shoes instead of her usual high heels. Moreover she was wearing several layers of outer garments in order to protect her stomach from the cold. She also was wearing big sunglasses at that time, but all that didn’t hide her radiant smile. Proof of her complete happiness?

This rumor quickly spread to several major news agencies in Japan, who immediately tried to get a statement from Koda’s agency, Avex Entertainment. However, they denied the rumor and replied, “We haven’t heard anything about this.

Sources: Post Seven, Yomiuri & tokyohive

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New Angela Aki album to be released!

Singer and songwriter Angela Aki will release a new album on January 11th, 2012. The album consists on a compilation of her best cover songs, plus two new covers. Album artwork and tracklist under the cut!

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All the songs have been re-recorded, except "We're All Alone", "Creep" and "Still Fighting It". "Honesty" this time is in Japanese.

Source: My Keys International

(I need her version of True Colors NOW!)


Akimoto Sayaka to run for charity in Tokyo Marathon 2012

On December 14th, AKB48’s Akimoto Sayaka attended a press conference for the release of the “Tokyo Marathon 2012 Official Guidebook”. Akimoto announced that she would be participating in the “Tokyo Marathon 2012” on February 26th, which will be her second consecutive year to run in the marathon.

Last time Akimoto ran the marathon as a ‘restart’ to her life after being caught up in a scandal. This year Akimoto plans to be a charity runner, “I want to show my thanks through running. Last year I was at the back of the pack, this time I want to finish in under 6 hours.

The Tokyo Marathon began back in 2007 this year charities can run under the broad “connection” theme. Under the main theme they set up a cooperative group for five smaller themes: Family, Future, Life, Dreams, and Livelihood. When someone donates 100,000 yen (~1,280 USD) they will be able to participate as a “charity runner”.

Akimoto whose mother is from the Philippines, has decided to send her donations to the “Charity to Connect Lives” which is to support the poor villages that are in need of medical services. Akimoto explained her decision for running again after her success last year, “The members and fans have been asking me ‘Aren’t you going to run this year?’ and I honestly was thinking about it until the last minute. I was able to have a complete restart thanks to the Tokyo Marathon last year, so I want to return the favor this year.

She spoke about which members she would like to run together with, “I think I could run better if I had Oshima Yuko-chan spanking my butt.” Though AKB48’s activities will get extremely busy during the year-end and New Year season, Akimoto said with sparkling eyes, “You can always find the time to do things. This time I will get a load on it and change my eating habits.”

Akimoto also got 5th place during AKB48’s “Janken Tournament” this past September. She innocently commented on being a Senbatsu Member for their new single ‘Ue Kara MARIKO’, “Coming in 5th was quite nice. Maybe I’ll get center next time?