February 1st, 2012

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Ikuta Toma & Yoshitaka Yuriko attend pre-screening event for “Bokura ga Ita”

On January 30th, Ikuta Toma and Yoshitaka Yuriko attended a pre-screening event for their upcoming film, “Bokura ga Ita“, at the Roppongi Hills Arena.

Ikuta expressed, “I want people to remember their youth and watch this movie with a smirk.” Yoshitaka added, “It really does make you want to smile. It should ring the bell within your heart.”

“Bokura ga Ita” tells the love story of a couple who first met in high school; it continues to follow their lives over a period of 10 years. Ikuta plays the role of ‘Yano Motoharu’, a popular guy with a shadow in his heart while Yoshitaka plays ‘Takahashi Nanami’, who continues to love Yano wholeheartedly.

The movie is based on Obata Yuki’s popular manga of the same title, which has won “The 50th Shogakukan Manga Award“. It will be jointly distributed by Toho and Asmik Ace, and will be released as a two-part film.

The first part of the movie is set during the couple’s high school days. Ikuta commented, “We played our roles from high school to the ages of 24 or 25, so I want to show everyone Yano’s history and growth.” Mischievously, he commented, “Yoshitaka-san looked good in an uniform.”

Yoshitaka returned the compliment with, ”Ikuta-san in uniform was fresh, he looked handsome.” She continued, “I went to high school part-time, so I was able to fully experience student life [through this film].”

Director Miki Takahiro, who also attended the event, commented, “These two were the perfect pair, it’s as if they’re truly dating. Although they’re not dating, they were so close that I had to ask them, ‘Could you hold back a little?”

He also expressed satisfaction in the movie as he stated, “I talked things through with Obata-sensei to make sure the direction of the manga and movie were going in the same direction. I think it turned out to be a movie that will make you want to fall in love.”

“Bokura ga Ita Part 1″ will be released on March 17th, and “Bokura ga Ita Part 2″ will open in theaters on April 21st.

Source: 1 | 2 | More screening photos | Trailer with Mr. Children song "予告編" on the official page
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Can't find Toma's pic... JE policy.  (;一_一)
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akb48's enka princess prays for solo debut success



On January 31st, AKB48 member Iwasa Misaki prayed for the success of her solo debut single, “Mujin Eki“, at the Senjo-ji Temple in Tokyo. Reports say that she prayed for approximately 20 minutes in the main temple, wearing a red, elegant kimono.

Afterwards, Iwasa held a release event at the Shinbashi SL Hiroba, attracting a crowd of 3,000 fans. “I’m Iwasa Misaki, the first enka singer from AKB48,” she said. “Please treat me well!“ She then went on to perform both her debut song and its coupling track, “Heavy Rotation (Enka version)“, for the very first time.

During an interview before the event, Iwasa revealed that Akimoto Yasushi had composed the song for her. “Akimoto Yasushi-sensei told me that he wrote this song for the Iwasa of 30 years from now. In 30 years, I’ll be 47-years-old. That’s older than my mom right now. It’s hard to imagine…”

The idol received a delightful surprise when she was presented with a cake celebrating both her debut and her 17th birthday (January 30th). “I’m very happy!“, she beamed. “This year is my final year in high school, so I want to take the advantage and wear my uniform pointlessly before it becomes ‘cosplay’.”

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Details on capsule's upcoming album titled "STEREO WORXXX" + LIAR GAME -Reborn- Soundtrack



Electronic duo capsule will be releasing a new album titled "STEREO WORXXX" (cover above), and it's is set for release for March 7th. "Step on the floor" (which you can listen to here) was released digitally on iTunes on February 1st, and it'll be used for the new LIAR GAME -Reborn- film. Nakata Yasutaka will also release the new soundtrack for the film on March 2nd.


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Step on the floor is amazing, and better than anything on their previous album "WORLD OF FANTASY", so I have a little hope that this album will be good. Hopefully~~

U-KISS’ single “Forbidden Love” revealed on the radio

Recently labelled as the top Hallyu group to watch out for in Japan, Korean group U-KISS is gearing up for their next Japanese single, “Forbidden Love“! While KISS-ME’s will have to wait a little longer for the official release, the track got some radio airplay earlier today, and was recorded and uploaded online for listeners to preview.

“Forbidden Love” is a fast-tempo pop dance track full of catchy synthesized beats and harmonies. The track even features a dubstep break near the end of the preview to give the song an ever sharper edge.





Source: tokyohive

16-year-old Swedish boy to make his Visuel Kei debut in Japan



t’s just been confirmed that a 16-year-old Swedish “bishounen” will be making his debut in Japan this April with a mini-album titled “REACH the SKY“.

YOHIO will not only impress visual kei fans with his feminine beauty, but with his Japanese and guitar skills as well. YOHIO plays for a Swedish Visual Kei band called ‘Seremedy‘, and he led them on their first Japan tour last April. ‘Seremedy’ also attended the “V-ROCK FESTIVAL’11” as an opening act.

In February of 2009, YOHIO opened his official blog on popular Japanese social network site, ‘AMEBA‘. He revealed that his interest in Japan began when he was 10 years old after he got introduced to anime. He then started to read Japanese blogs, followed Japanese celebrities on Twitter, and took an active interest in learning the language.

Some of YOHIO’s favorite artists are MALICE MIZER (especially GACKT and Mana), Syu (Galneryus) and HIZAKI from Versailles, with whom he is now friends with.

YOHIO is signed to Universal Music Japan, and he will make his solo debut on February 9th at Takadanobaba ESP Music School’s showcase. His album will be released on April 25th.

Source: Oricon and tokyohive

“Gout Temps Nouveau” to end after 6 years



Fuji TV’s talk variety show “Gout Temps Nouveau” (Wednesdays 11:00pm) will end in March, it has been announced. The show began in April 2004 as “Gout Temps” and was revamped as “Sora Tobu Gout Temps” in April 2005, before being changed one more time to its current format in April 2006.

The show is currently hosted by Esumi Makiko, Yuka, Hasegawa Jun, and Matsushima Nahomi (on maternity leave). The show has been one of the more popular “girl’s talk” programs on television, averaging a 12.2% rating since April 2006 and reaching as high as 15.6%.

However, the show’s production team explained that after 6 years, the show has done all that it can do. Details about its replacement have not yet been revealed.

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Sankei Sports
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Weekly Oricon Chart: Albums/Singles/Music-DVDs



Popular singer, Koda Kumi has topped the albums chart with "JAPONESQUE," her 10th original studio album, making this her 6th consecutive no.1 studio album since "Black Cherry" (released in December 2006). Since 2005, Koda has also had no.1 album for 8 consecutive years. For female soloists, she is now tied at 3rd place with Matsuda Seiko (1981-88), Nakamori Akina (1982-89), and Watanabe Misato (1986-93). At 1st place is Matsutoya Yumi (18 years in a row from 1981-98), while Hamasaki Ayumi is at 2nd place (13 years in a row from 1999-2011). For female artists who debuted post-2000, Koda records the highest no.1 album in consecutive years surpassing BoA (7 years in a row from 2002-2008).

In the singles chart, AKB48's sister group from Sakae (Nagoya), SKE48 achieved their 4th no.1 single with their 8th single, "Kataomoi Finally." This is the first time they have reached the 400k mark since debuting in 2009. Excluding AKB48, this is the highest first week sales by a 48-related group/sub-unit/soloist to date. The first time they reached the no.1 spot was in March 2011 with "Banzai Venus."

Posting the top 30 albums/singles and the top 10 music-DVDs. The second column in the top 10 refers to sales in 2012. New release in bold.


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Congrats to Kuu and Sonar Pocket, and happy to see EXILE and BOC still doing well. And EXILE JAPAN's 5th week sales have yet again surpassed the 5th week of Negai no Tou! :)

Slow week for music-DVDs though...


Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Miyake Ken has a sleepover with Oya Kana



Tabloid magazine Josei Seven caught V6's Miyake Ken (32) out on a date with popular model Oya Kana (24) last Friday. A "reporter" from the magazine found Miyake walking proudly without any disguise when he met up with the model. Apparently the two have known each other for a while through mutual friends and bumping into each other at various club events, although they had only began dating last fall.

The couple was last seen walking together before heading back to Oya's home. It is assumed that they spent the entire night there.

Miyake has occasionally been reported to be seen on dates with female celebrities in the past but this is his first rumor of a relationship since his highly publicized relationship with popular singer Amuro Namie and prior to that, dating former Morning Musume member Ishikawa Rika.

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speaking of morning musume, will he pull a nacchi and say they were just playing video games? lol.

but ngl...as much as i love ken i'd be proud too if i were with oya kana too. she's gorgeeeeous.
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STUDIO APARTMENT releases Miss Universe feat. SU, ILMARI (from RIP SLYME), Kuroki Meisa




This song is lead track for Studio Apartment new album Nihon no Uta (02/29)st which will feature artist ranging from Miyavi,MiCHI,KG,AISHA,TRF and more!!!

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this song is hype

Meisa is looking gorgeous and untalented but luckily she is good on this track, also OMG CAN'T WAIT FOR THE ALBUM!

Kanjani8′s Maruyama Ryuhei stars in sci-fi miniseries “O-Parts”


Kanjani8 member Maruyama Ryuhei (28) will star in a sci-fi drama miniseries on Fuji TV later this month. This will be his first lead role in a television drama. The tentatively titled “O-PARTS” will be aired over four consecutive nights, from February 27 to March 1 at 11:00pm each night.

In the year 2141, Japan successfully builds a basic time machine that can send data to the past. However, an evil organization further develops the technology, making it possible to send objects back in time as well. The organization begins a plan to send 5 terrorists back to the year 2012 in order to assassinate the ancestor of an important person from their time. The future government, alerted to this fact, uses its time machine to notify the government of 2012 about the plot, telling them to recruit 5 people in order to seek out the terrorists.

The government in the present day (2012) decides to choose 5 ordinary youngsters, including the unemployed Kakizawa Yuichi (Maruyama). He suddenly finds himself teamed up with the Internet-addicted Asuka (Ito Ayumi), the hikikomori Yuma (Sometani Shota), a former university professor (Kawashima Junya), and a mysterious young woman named Yuki (Kutsuna Shiori).

Other cast members include Takanashi Rin, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, and Yoshida Kotaro.

The drama’s title is an abbreviation of the phrase “out-of-place artifacts,” referring to objects from the future brought to the present day that do not belong there.

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Fuji TV
Sankei Sports via tokyograph

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Maki Horikita for "Disney Mobile on docomo"



Japanese actress Maki Horikita introduces a mobile produced by NTT DoCoMo and Walt Disney Japan during a press preview to announce the company's new product brand "Disney Mobile on docomo" and its two hand set models in Tokyo on February 1, 2012.





NTT DoCoMo and Walt Disney Japan introduced 'Disney Mobile on docomo' and offered two models—"Disney Mobile on docomo P-05D" made by Panasonic and "Disney Mobile on docomo F-08D" made by Fujitsu.

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Sources: egathia, Yes! News, and Getty Images

I'd like to get a Disney phone too! I want the white one. Oh, and Maki's getting more and more fabulous by the minute! I also noticed that she's been with NTT docomo for almost six years now.
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NMB48 releases full PVs for Shirogumi and Akagumi B-sides.

NMB48 has released the full PVs for the B-sides of Type A and Type B.

Check out the PVs for Doryoku no Shizuku and Migi e Magare here!

1. Doryoku no Shizuku (Shirogumi)


2. Migi e Magare (Akagumi)


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I love both the girls from shiro and aka, but personally I prefer Akagumi's song, Migi e Magare <3
PV wise...both PVs weren't great to me. Pretty decent songs though xD

More details on Kisumai's upcoming single + album

Kisumai

More details on both the single and album have been revealed on their official site. According to the site, the single is titled “SHE! HER! HER!“, and scheduled to be released on March 21st. The album which is titled “Kis-My-1st“, is set to be released a week later on March 28th.

Check out the details below!

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SHE! HER! HER!” (to be released on March 21st)

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“Kis-My-1st” (to be released on March 28th)

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Source: Kis-My-Ft2 official site, TH


the album has 4 versions? oh Avex. i also don't know why those titles.
just happy that FIRE BEAT PV & all those pre-debut songs are gonna be here. was the Fire Beat PV out before in 2010, or was that just a CM?
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Emperor to undergo heart test on Feb 11



Emperor Akihito is to undergo another heart exam next week, a palace official said Wednesday, amid increasing worries about the monarch’s health.

The angiogram of his coronary arteries, scheduled for Feb 11, comes after Akihito’s electrocardiogram showed a restricted blood flow to his heart.

The 78-year-old emperor went through the same test a year ago at the University of Tokyo hospital, which found his arteries were narrowing, leading to his being placed on medication, according to the palace official.

In November, Akihito was hospitalized for 19 days for mild pneumonia.

Akihito, who ascended to the throne in 1989 following the death of his father Hirohito, underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 2003.

Doctors had also previously found traces of bleeding in the emperor’s stomach, partly due to stress.

The emperor’s second son Prince Akishino in November suggested there should be a discussion about setting a retirement age for the titular head of state.

Despite being stripped of much of its mystique and its quasi-divine status in the aftermath of World War II, the Japanese throne is held in deep respect by much of the public.

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