January 4th, 2012


More details on Watanabe Mayu’s upcoming drama revealed

As reported previously, AKB48 member, Watanabe Mayu will star in a new drama series on TV Tokyo which will start on January 13th, and recently, more details on the upcoming drama have been revealed.  The title of the drama will be “Saba-dol“, and Watanabe will play a 38-year-old teacher who deflates her age, and works as a 17-year-old idol.

Watanabe’s role will be an unattractive  38-year-old woman, “Usa Shijimi”, who teaches classical literature at a industrial high school, and is treated unkindly by the students.  However she has different face as a popular 17-year-old idol “Watanabe Mayu” who the students yearn for.

To play the role, Watanabe commented, “It is really difficult how I should act as 38-year-old ‘Shijimi’, but I want to try my best.  Since the drama is a heart-warming comedy, I hope it could send out energy to the viewers.”

Watanabe will also sing the theme song “Synchro Tokimeki“ which will be her solo debut single (set to be released on February 29th).

Other cast members are Ando Tamae, Sakata Tadashi, Kaminaga Keisuke, and Takahashi Hitomi.


SCREW to release NEW ALBUM! "Gazerock" confirmed dead

Visual kei band SCREW will release a new album, titled Biran -BIRAN-, on February 15th.

The album will be available in a regular CD-only edition as well as a limited edition featuring a DVD of music videos. Biran -BIRAN- is currently set to contain eleven songs, with the regular edition including two bonus tracks. Both editions will also include an artist postcard. Further information regarding the album is expected closer to its release date.


so excited!!!! pre-order now cuz this is going to SELL OUT!!
open 4 bsnz

62nd Kohaku Uta Gassen (2011) performers ratings


1位 SMAP 48.1%
2位 EXILE 45.7%
3位 石川さゆり 44.7%
4位 嵐 44.6%
5位 Yumi Matsutoya 44.2%

Lady Gaga 43.6%
AKB48 38.9%
芦田愛 39.1%
KARA 38.4%
少女時代 39.9%
ゆず 43.1%

Credits and source: z3144228 at jpopcentral

Anybody found the full list? Please leave a comment and I'll add to the post. Thanks.

Votes result breakdown by reddertar at jpopcentral
"Well, the result was decided by votes and they just reported it in their official site.
Akai - Shiro
Half-time result 230,275-143,551
Final result 343,045-323,767

By source
Mobile judge(limited at 50,000 ppls who registered before the event)
Akai 17,821 - 28,711 Shiro
Seg judge (One of smart phone that can watch and vote for the event)
Akai 40,504 - 46,377 Shiro
Digital TV judge (Viewers can vote via options in their TV)
Akai 284,129 - 246,905 Shiro
Panel judge (Votes from people in the hall including guest judges at the end of the show)
Akai 591 - 1,774 Shiro"
cute @!

May J is releasing a new album

CD only                                                              CD+DVD                                                   Limited Edition

the name is Secret Diary and no track list is out yet but it includes 14 tracks,including the ones in this video and will be out January 25.

I like a handful of her songs,apparently according to her fans her music has gone to shit?

Seoul to take 'comfort women' issue to int’l trial

By Park Si-soo

Ambassador Choi Suk-inn has been tasked with resolving a dispute involving Japan’s wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women, which has remained unsettled since the end of World War II. The issue has often frayed diplomatic ties with Tokyo, yet the government has come nowhere near to a fundamental solution, largely due to Japan’s refusal to cooperate.

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Source: koreatimes

Oriental Radio’s Nakata Atsuhiko dating Fukuda Moe?

Nakata Atsuhiko (29), one half of the comedy duo Oriental Radio, is reportedly dating talento Fukuda Moe (26). The rumor has not been confirmed, but according to the Sports Nippon newspaper, a person close to the couple says they began dating after appearing on a variety show together last spring.

The source says that the relationship is a serious one, with both Nakata and Fukuda having marriage in mind for the future. It is said that the two have recently been visiting each other’s homes and going on trips together.

Fukuda is a former Miss Yokohama National University who has experience as a television weather announcer. Nakata, who graduated from Keio University, is the “boke” of the popular duo Oriental Radio along with “chara” character Fujimori Shingo.

Source: tokyograph
Sponichi Annex


2011 Top-Selling Cosplay Costumes from Cospa

Cospa has announced its top selling cosplay costumes for 2011, with the top three best seller being school uniforms from the anime series K-On! (けいおん!), To Aru Majutsu no Index (とある魔術の禁書目録(インデックス)), and Hanasaku Iroha (花咲くいろは).

Here’s the entire listing for those who are interested to find out:

  1. K-On! - Sakuragaoka Girls’ High School
  2. To Aru Majutsu no Index - Tokiwadai Middle School Girls’ Uniform
  3. Hanasaku Iroha – Kourin High School Girls’ Winter Uniform
  4. IS (Infinite Stratos) – IS Academy Girls’ Uniform
  5. Shuffle! – National Verbena Academy Girls’ Summer Uniform
  6. Yuruyuri – Nanamori Middle School’s Summer Uniform
  7. Rewrite – Kazamatsuri Academy High School Girls’ Uniform
  8. Mashiro-Iro Symphony – Yuihime Private Girls’ Academy Uniform
  9. Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa – Sheryl Nome’s Pink Nurse Costume
  10. Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai – Kuroneko’s Costume Set


Arashi, Lady Gaga fail to help KDDI in TV commercial rankings

KDDI says its TV commercial series has dropped from No. 2 to No. 4 in the commercial popularity ratings, despite employing such celebrities as all-male idol group Arashi and Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga endorsed an advertisement for KDDI’s Android lineup of phones, while Arashi appeared in a variety of commercials for KDDI.

Despite the aggressive campaign, NTT Docomo and Softbank Mobile – other cell phone mega-corporations – beat out KDDI’s commercials in overall popularity, according to polls.


Sexy Zone confirmed to hold their first concert

Recently around December, there were fliers going around of SexyZone having a concert. Two dates specified; Tokyo on the 11th and 12th of February and in Osaka on the 18th and 19th.

Now it's confirmed on Johnny's official site that their first concert will be held accordingly in Tokyo International Forum Hall A and Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall.

source: 1

it's really quite early for a concert imo but they will do fine considering how stable their debut was