February 21st, 2012


Remember Kanon Wakeshima? she's gonna be in Seattle

The organizers of Sakura-Con announced that they will host anime director Yoshiaki Kawajiri and cellist/vocalist Kanon Wakeshima during the April 6-8 event in Seattle Washington.

Kawajiri first became known overseas for creating and directing the Ninja Scroll anime film. He also directed The Animatrix's "Program" short, the Birdy the Mighty video anime project, The Cockpit, Cyber City Oedo 808, Demon City Shinjuku, Goku: Midnight Eye, Highlander: The Search for Vengeance, Lensman, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Wicked City, and the X television series.

Wakeshima wrote and performed the ending themes to the television anime series Vampire Knight and Vampire Knight Guilty. Wakeshima has been playing the cello from a young age, and former Malice Mizer star MANA discovered her talent and produced her Japanese debut in 2008. She has since performed throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.


Online poll reveals most people against Marching J money being used for pandas

“If I knew it was for pandas, I would’t have donated money from the start,” one fan said, and they’re not alone.

 Mynavi reports that near the end of 2011, there was a lot of talk about Johnny’s senior talent Masahiko Kondo and Panda Protection Institute of Japan honorary chairman Tetsuko Kuroyanagi going to the Prime Minister’s office to show they strongly supported the idea of bringing pandas to Sendai’s Yagiyama Zoo.  However, since the beginning of the year fans have openly talked about their disappointment to the press.

 “Money for Pandas, do you support Masahiko Kondo’s idea?”, an online poll made by livedoor net research received 1432 responses.  The results were 5.3% for the idea, and 94.7% against.

 Comments from those supporting the idea included:

“Pandas have an enormous effect.”

“Look at Ueno Zoo (in Tokyo), no on used to go there but now there are huge queues (to see the new pandas).”

“It’ll be good for the local economy.”

 But some comments from the majority group painted a painful picture:

“They just used the earthquake as a chance to sell themselves to China so Johnny’s will be successful there!”

“That money could be used to rebuild houses or local businesses.”

“How does Earthquake Relief relate to Pandas?  If you want to get pandas there so much then use your own money.”

“If you want to contribute to the relief effort then try going around to the places that really need help.”

“Making children happy is definitely important, but children today know much more about reality than you think.”

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Source: momoedgewood

Spring 2012 Dramas – Rumors

Kagi no Kakatta Heya
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, April 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Ohno Satoshi

Shin Omiyasan Season 9
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Thursdays, April 2012
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Watase Tsunehiko, Kyono Kotomi, Toda Keiko, Nanase Natsumi

Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, April 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: -

Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, April 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Aiba Masaki, Takimoto Miori, Okura Tadayoshi, Katsumura Masanobu, Motai Masako, Kaga Takeshi



Kanjani8 to release a dome tour DVD in March

On February 19th, it was revealed that Kanjani8 will release a dome tour DVD titled, “KANJANI 8: Godai Dome TOUR EIGHTXEIGHTER” on the 21st of March.

This upcoming DVD will feature their five dome tour performances from last year including concert segments from Kyocera Dome. This DVD will also mark their first big project for their 8th anniversary as Kanjani8 as well. This DVD will be released in three versions: Regular Edition, First Press Limited Edition, and in Blu-ray as well. In addition to the concert DVD, the limited edition version will also enclose a special 60-page photo book and even a 3-hour behind-the-stage footage from their concert in a separate DVD.

Stayed tuned for more information this DVD as we get closer to its release date!

Source: Tokyohive
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YA-KYIM are releasing their first album in 2 years and half called here,includes an outro theme of the TV anime series "Bakuman.," "BAKUROCK - Mirai no Rinkaku sen -," "Tower!," "Hikari," a cover of Namie Amuro "Don't wanna cry," and more to be released February 29.

1. here
2. Secret Call
3. BAKUROCK 〜未来の輪郭線〜
4. Where is Love
5. One
6. STILL 〜you are the one〜
7.Don't wanna cry
8. Jumper! Jumper!
9. Power☆The Future
10. 光 HIKARI
11. [Bonus Track] Tower!

These are girls are so underrated,underexposed w/e like most j-urban acts, but their music has ngl gone to straight shit (not really being over dramatic) since they have been with Warner, still gonna check it out when it comes, I love their earlier stuff so much ;@; truly some j-urban

they maybe be too pop now but still check'em out a great non-idol,non-kpop girl group
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Six Female Group Records Hold by AKB48

AKB48′s Give Me Five! reaches 1,287,000 copies sales in its first week, topping the oricon weekly chart and is ranked 4th at all-time first week sales ranking. Also being the 7th single to reach a million, AKB48 renews their own records.

Six female group records that AKB48 currently hold:

-Total sales: 13,155,000 copies
    *Morning Musume: 11,808,000 copies
-★ First week total sales: 1,354,000 copies (Flying Get)
    *SPEED: 601,000 copies (All My True Love)
-☆ Works that reach ‘million’: 7
    *Pink Lady: 5
-☆ Works that reach ‘million’ consecutively: 6
    *Pink Lady: 5
-Total works charting at first rank: 12
    *Morning Musume: 11
-Total works charting at first rank consecutively: 12
    *Pink Lady: 9

★ is also an all-time record including male-female group and solo singers.
☆ is also an all-time record including female solo singers.
* is the previous record holder.

Source: Oricon, AKB48Journal
Hate them or love them, the numbers speak. 

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miwa 2nd album "guitarium" covers + some infos

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simple, and clean, and yet, fantastic.

Anyway, there's also a random prize for anyone who've bought guitarium album in Tower Records/Tsutaya Records~

You have to apply postcard that will be given if you buy guitarium on this shop. And you'll be invited to miwa special live that held by Tower Records if you're win the lucky draw.
Deadline of submission will be on March, 21st 2012, yet the live will be held in April, 1st 2012, somewhere in Tokyo (announced later).

Same with Tower's benefit, you have to apply postcard if you buy guitarium LIMITED EDITION on this shop, and will be getting SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT for the lucky draw present. Deadline of submission is April, 13th 2012. And it'll be sent to you in later May.

Too bad I'm not living in Japan to try to apply those limited privilege :p

Source : miwaddicts LJ

RAM RIDER to release two albums on 4/11, will be working with MEG, Shokotan, and more

After seven years since his last full-length album PORTABLE DISCO, DJ/producer/singer RAM RIDER will be releasing two albums on April 11th: AUDIO GALAXY -RAM RIDER vs. STARS!!!- (featuring collaborations with artists like ORANGE RANGE, MEG, Momoi Haruko, Nakagawa Shoko and Nomiya Maki) and the solo album AUDIO GALAXY -RAM RIDER STRIKES BACK!!!-. Best known as a dance/electronic producer and remixer in recent years, RAM RIDER has worked with artists like SPEED, V6, HALCALI, Suzuki Ami, SAWA and others.

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Source: RAM RIDER official site.

For people who are interested in J-electro like Perfume, etc., his music is really worth checking out! He's one of the top producers alongside people like Nakata Yasutaka.

aiko reveals cover jacket + track list for new video clip collection

Singer-songwriter aiko has unveiled the cover jacket and track list for her upcoming video clip collection, “Utau Inu 4“!

This will be aiko’s first video collection in about 5 and a half years, with her last being “Utau Inu 3” back in September of 2006. “Utau Inu 4″ will contain all 10 PVs from her singles “Kumo wa Shiro Ringo wa Aka” to “Mukai Awase“. It will also include the PV for “beat“, which is the lead track off of her latest album, “BABY“.

The cover jacket was illustrated by aiko herself. It’s cute design features a singing dog and a girl on a wood grain pattern.

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Source & Image: natalie & tokyohive


Ghibli's Arrietty Rises to #8 With $8.1 Million in 4 Days

The Box Office Mojo website reported that Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli's anime film The Secret World of Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty) earned an estimated US$8,102,000 over the four-day President's Day holiday weekend in the United States. With the fourth day's tally included, the film now rises to #8 for the extended weekend.

The film had earned an estimated US$6.4 million under the three-day, Friday-Sunday tally to initially land at #9. Even with just the three-day tally, the film earned the highest opening-weekend box office take of any Ghibli film in the United States.

Ghibli already celebrated the film's three-day opening weekend tally with a posting on its front page on Tuesday.

The Secret World of Arrietty opened in Japan in July of 2010 and eventually earned 9.2 billion yen (about US$115 million) as the number #1 film of 2010 in Japan.

In his directorial debut, Yonebayashi re-imagines Mary Norton's 1952 novel The Borrowers by moving the story to a Tokyo suburb. The story revolves around Arrietty, a member of the "little people" who live under the floorboards of a regular human family's home. Arrietty's family tries to remain hidden from the human "beans." Walt Disney Pictures is giving the film the widest opening (1,522 theaters) for a Studio Ghibli film in North America to date.


Sit! Stay! Wait! Down!

London Boots #1&2’s Tamura Atsushi is rumored to be dating Yano Mikiko. The two of them even went on a Hawaiian vacation together during the new years. But in actuality, it seems rumors have surfaced that the two of them has broken up and some people have even speculated that Atsushi has gotten back with Amuro Namie.

“Tamura and Yano won’t stop fighting. So Tamura started putting some distance between them.” Said a tv insider.

Atsushi has proclaimed that his goal for the year is not to break up with his girlfriend, it seems that he has already failed. 

“When Yano drinks, she ends up fighting with Atsushi. She’s the total opposite to Namie and it seems she herself doesn’t feel as strongly towards Atsushi as before.”

On the other hand, a music insider connected to Namie said that her recent single for Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyu might be about Tamura. It’s not that the two of them wanted to break up, but it was because the two of them were too busy to work on their relationship. 

“That’s why right now people have been saying they’re starting to talk again.”

(Source: purichou.blog66.fc2.com) & uso-ippai

"Shark in the Park" Conclusion

The shark that was found in Yoyogi Park was put there by a Tokyo office worker who wanted to photograph it.  He has come forward to the police and has since arranged for the shark's disposal.

The shark had been on display outside a sushi restaurant near the park.  The office worker, aged 25, approached the manager and apparently introduced himself as an artist saying he would like to photograph the shark.  The restaurant agreed that he could take the shark.

During police questioning, the man stated "I stored the shark at a friend's place and then took it to the park by taxi on the 18th.  I was taking photos but then it got too dark.  I planned to dispose of the shark the next day."  This was how the shark came to be left in the park, wrapped in a plastic sheet.  "I was going to collect the shark on the 19th but before I could it had caused a big disturbance," he explained.

Sources: 1, 2

He took a dead shark in a taxi...speechless...

AKB48′s Oshima Yuko joins cast of “Yamikin Ushijima-kun” movie

Some supporting cast details have finally been revealed for the “Yamikin Ushijima-kun” movie that was announced last August. AKB48’s Oshima Yuko (23) has been cast as the heroine of the story, playing a young woman who has to shoulder her mother’s debt.

Starring Yamada Takayuki (28), “Yamikin Ushijima-kun” was a 2010 television drama adaptation of a manga by Manabe Shohei. Yamada plays a ruthless loan shark named Ushijima, and the story depicts the unfortunate lives of the people he collects from.

Oshima plays Suzuki Mirai, who begins working part-time at a “dating cafe” in order to pay off part of her mother’s debt. Hayashi Kento (21) plays the greedy and ambitious Jun, a leader of an event group who will do anything to get ahead in life.

Actors Sakimoto Hiromi and Yabe Kyosuke will reprise their roles from the television series. Arai Hirofumi, Okada Yoshinori, Muro Tsuyoshi, and Kurokawa Asuka have also been cast.

The movie is set for an August 25 release date.

Eiga.com & tokyograph

Ayaka "The beginning" Interview Translation

Ayaka has finally returned. Although she’s taken a break from public acitivty for these past two years, that hasn’t extinguished the “fire of creativity.” Her self-produced album “The beginning” is a testament to that. With a title that predicts the opening of the second act of her career, it makes one wonder what emotions surround the music. We went to meet her immediately.

The words “The beginning” are meant to convey that I’m coming back to my starting point

--As expected, you catapulted to top artist status with your debut song “I believe.” You continued to advance steadily after that, and it was big news when you announced that you would cease activity. It’s been two years since then. It seems like perhaps you’ve taken that time to gather your strength for a take-off.

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Source: Tower

Translation Source: Jpopjrock.com

Our translator came back a few weeks ago but I kept forgetting to post these here like I used to. Sorry! >_<

HYDE "BUTTERFLY" Interview Translation

--It's been four years and three months since L'Arc's last original album. What were you thinking as you finally got to work on it?

hyde: I didn't really think anything except that it was just natural that we'd do an album. When we started work on it we'd already done a lot of singles, and it felt like we needed to get an album done soon. I mean, the song "BLESS" has been around since the "KISS" album, and when we did "DRINK IT DOWN" and "NEXUS 4" we were like, "Hey, these didn't ever make it onto an album, did they?" So we were finally able to pull them all together. To put it another way, it really moved us to have completed it. (laugh) But no more than half of the music is from the "current" L'Arc-en-Ciel, so the listener has a sense of our 20 years together.

--Although you of course want listeners to feel the "current" L'Arc-en-Ciel as well.

h: I think you can see our "hereafter" from our "here." You can see it more in our lyrics. Everyone's going on about us being together for 20 years, but personally I don't really think about it that much (laugh), because I feel like you can see where we're going by looking at where we've been. We're thankful to our fans, of course, but at the same time we want to see what's still to come. Even as we're creating music, we want our future music to be cool too, and we keep that in mind as we work.

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Source: Excite
Translation Source: JpopJrock.com


New info on the TOP rpg franchise

Famitsu reveals this week a June 14 release date for Persona 4 The Golden. The PlayStation Vita port/remake of Persona 4 will be priced ¥7,329 in its standard package.

Atlus and Enterbrain will also release a "Famitsu DX Pack" through Enterbrain's e-commerce site. Priced ¥10,290, this includes a set of 10 post cards, a pouch, and six A3 sized posters featuring illustrations from Shigenori Soejima, Shuji Sogabe, Mad House, Studio Hibari, and Hiroyuki Maeda.

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Ikimonogakari Celebrates Kiyoe Yoshioka' Birthday + Album Release

Popular group Ikimonogakari will be releasing their new album "NEWTRAL" on the 29th. The 29th is the same day as band member Kiyoe Yoshioka's birthday and so it has been announced that they will hold a commemorative event on that day to celebrate both birthday and album release.

The commemorative event called Ikimonogakari New Album "NEWTRAL" Release& Kiyoe Yoshioka Birthday Party is pretty rare as leap years only happen every 4 years and releasing an album on the same day is even more rare.

The new album "NEWTRAL" includes a total of 12 songs including hit singles "Waratteitanda/NEW WORLD MUSIC"(2011/7 release), "Aruiteikou"(last Nov. release), "Itsudatte Bokura wa"(1/18 release). The album will be released in two different formats those being the Limited Edition (2CD) version as well as the Regular Edition (CD) version.

Details for the Ikimonogakari New Album "NEWTRAL" Release& Kiyoe Yoshioka Birthday Party are below:
▽Held:February 29th(Wed)
▽Place: Tokyo・Roppongi Hills Arena
▽Time: Doors Open @17:00 
Event Start Time @ 18:00 
Event End Time @ 18:30
※Free Admission

BACK-ON Announces Tour Starting June

KENJI03, who is newly married Koda Kumi, is part of the band BACK-ON and they will go on tour in June. The BACK-ON LIVE TOUR 2012 will be held in Tokyo, Nagoya as well as in Osaka.

After the resignation of their drummer ICCHAN back in October, the now four man group decided to start off anew with a tour. The tour will start on June 16th at the Osaka Shinsaibashi AVENUE A continuing on the 17th at the Aichi ell.SIZE and ending on the 24th at the Tokyo Shibuya O-Crest holding their live in three places.

This year will be the 10th anniversairy for BACK-ON and KENJI03 said, "This year we will be down to only four members, but this will give us a wider range of possibilities. We still have what it takes to rock it and we want you to take a look with your own eyes at our live tour in June."

Just before the tour, a new single is set to be released.


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ClariS "Birthday" album information

When you watch enough anime, theme songs eventually become background noise that you may end up skipping each week. Every so often though, you hear something really cool and catchy and lo and behold, you’ve discovered a new artist to love. That’s how I was introduced to pop duo ClariS, a pair of junior high school girls who were discovered after posting covers of anime themes onto Nico Nico Douga. Having already released singles for OreImo and Madoka Magica, the pair are finally ready to step out and release their first full album!

Ready for the details? Alright, the album is titled 'Birthday’ and will be released on April 11th (CDJapan already has the regular and limited editions available for preorder). The contents will include three previously released singles and eight brand new songs that have never been heard before. Shell out for the limited edition and you also receive the nendoroid figure (ClariS Connect ver.) and a bonus CD with two bonus tracks that are themes of the nendoroid.

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