February 22nd, 2012


Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku to make their major debut through DefSTAR Records

Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku (also known as Ebichu) is going to make their major debut with Kari Keiyaku no Cinderella (仮契約のシンデレラ) on May 5th 2012!


1. Kari Keiyaku no Cinderella (仮契約のシンデレラ)
2. Houkago Getabako Rock n Roll MIX (放課後ゲタ箱ロッケンロールMIX)
3. TBA
4.~6. Less Vocal ver.

Sadly none of the CDs come with DVDs. 
Each Type (A, B or Subculture) comes with 1 of 9 trading cards.

source, source, source
IchigOhchan 1

The new Arashi tradition: to become tv detectives XD

Aiba Masaki to unite with a crime solving cat for new drama on NTV

pic credit: mary-san

pic credit: weiboo

Novel cover:

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As mentioned in the previous article, two networks announced new dramas starring a member from Arashi. The other network is NTV, who announced a new drama called ‘Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri‘, starring Aiba Masaki as the protagonist.

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Tokyohive 1, Tokyohive 2,
Sanspo 1, Sanspo 2

It is confirmed now. Now, we only have Nino who hasn't become a tv detective...oh wait, he have that movie coming, doesn't he?
And Aiba + cat...all those years in TSD finally become handy, eh? XDDD

Warning: Major Awesomeness Ahead- KAT-TUN New SOLOS and CHAIN Tracks Out

Ueda's Solo: He'll sing different songs in Arena & Tokyo Dome concerts. The lyrics of the arena song will be of his current world's perspective. I suspect this is the rock song he wrote last year with Masami, for the Open Air concert. The Tokyo Dome song is inspired by Runaway, it'll be a dancey song and he's thinking of dancing with handcuffs. ~again seems to also be a song he wrote last year with Masami, a song from the a broken heart girl's perspective. Ueda said cos his current look does not suit singing ~again, he will not be singing this song during concert.
Conclusion: 3 new Ueda solos this year for now!

KAME's Solo: "When the CD process wasn't started, we talked whether we'd do Plastic Tears. If it was that one, probably a lot of people would be happy but I didn't pick that one now. "This time isn't about "movement". I'd rather take the risk to do "calm" song. If I did Plastic Tears live, then it wouldn't be out of people's expectations.

Hodoukyou: Kame insisted that this be included in the album, also the favorite song of Kame, Koki and Ueda


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credits: 1, 2
iris_yui& ueda tatsuya and faries, kattunthailand

I don't know where to start: gush over Maru's oh so smooth voice, demand for Ueda's solo album, hail Junno's SEXY LADEEHHHHH or repeatedly loop Kame & Koki's One Day intro.
Hodoukyou is yet another different sounding track a bit Kanjani8 and ugh, I love this song.

this album. ALL THE FEELINGS.


AKB48 allegedly used tax money to promote themselves overseas.

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry’s program, Cool Japan, is under fire by netizens because AKB48 allegedly used tax money to promote themselves overseas.

The problem started when a picture of an AKB48 decorated bus in Singapore surfaced on the internet. A netizen on a message board said, “This can’t be anything else but promotion for AKB48. Instead of calling this program Cool Japan, they should just say that AKB48 is using tax money to promote themselves overseas.” Many heated complaints followed.

Last year, a financial magazine wrote that Cool Japan is a program designed to promote Japanese merchandise and contents overseas and that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is forecasting a 700 million yen budget for the program.

Netizens are mad because AKB is using tax money to pay for promotion overseas in the guise of a government sponsored program.

“They keep telling us they’re not getting enough in taxes and then they go and spend it on this.”

“Are they kidding me? They’re raising the sales tax because of this?”

“However, whether AKB is using tax money to promote themselves is still unconfirmed. If they are, this will surely become a scandal.”

“The government often used famous people in overseas campaigns anyway.”

As long as the Ministry doesn’t explain itself, people will continue to feel they’ve been jibbed.

(Source: urageinou2.blog134.fc2.com) translated by uso-ippai

Ashida Mana is becoming hard to handle?

Ashida Mana is probably the biggest child star in Japan right now (with 16 CMs on air) but, allegedly, her fee has increased so much that it has become hard to use her. Perhaps this is the beginning of her downfall?

“Ever since the end of last year, she seems to be miffed when she gets called Mana-chan. So the staff has been calling her Ashida-san. She even said herself that she’s an actress, and probably prides herself in that. When someone from a tv station called her for a phone conference, they accidentally called her Mana-chan and she spat back, ‘Please call me Ashida-san!’”

Koike Masaharu, a tv journalist, said that “Mana is a huge star in the TV world right now, especially in CMs. She is loved by people in the F2 consumer tier (females ranging from age 35-49) because they are the same generation as her mom. So sponsors love using Mana-chan to hawk various products. But she is in too many CMs, and that makes it almost impossible for her to go on location for variety shows. Sponsors pay a lot of attention on location shoots, if she is seen with another company’s products, that’s probably bad for their image. Since Mana is the spokesperson for the 7Eleven group in Japan, and that company has many different products, she can’t be seen on TV in another company’s convenience store or supermarket.”

Even when Mana does go on location, she can’t really be seen holding anything because of her contracts, and that has created problems for the television staff.

Before she got insanely popular because of Marumo no Okite, her fee for one hour of appearance ranged from 30,000yen to 50,000yen. Right now, it has increased to 700,000yen to 800,000yen. There are even stations who are willing to pay more than that depending on the circumstances. But her ratings peaked at Nov-Dec of last year, and recently, she has not been drawing in the high numbers she used to. Some people are even blaming the fact that it’s because her appearance fee is too high.”

In contrast, child star, Honda Miyu (from Kaseifu no Mita) is getting popular and can pull in the ratings. “So now people have been asking Miyu-chan to go on their shows instead of Mana. Her schedule is filled all the way up until the end of March!”

Child stars usually have short careers, and with Mana being so busy, people have been voicing concerns about whether she can have a normal childhood because of her schedule. Many people are wondering if Mana will still be relevant come next year.

(Source: entameblog.seesaa.net) translated by uso-ippai

Jin pisses off important producer

With the news of Akanishi Jin’s marriage, rumors have been flying saying that its possible Akanishi could be let go from the agency, according to a well-informed insider, and now one more obstacle has appeared.

Akanishi has apparently had a huge fight with a big-shot Japanese producer. Supposedly, the producer was ticked off by Akanishi’s terrible manners. ”Even though Akanishi bowed in apology, the producer didn’t forgive him”, according to an insider. “He’s never thought good of Akanishi and doesn’t have good feelings about his advancement in America either.”

The producer is said to be a singer and has powerful influence in the American music industry. Whether or not Akanishi’s tour across all of America succeeds or not is in the hands of reconciling with this producer.


AKB48’s Maeda Atsuko to release new photobook, “Bukiyou”

AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko will be releasing a new photo book called “Bukiyou” on March 16th.

“Bukiyou” is Maeda’s fifth photo book, and it was shot in Paris. It features photos of Maeda riding the Metro, talking a walk beside the Seine, relaxing at a cafe, and enjoying a night at the Champs-Élysées.

Since this is her first photo book since turning 20 years old, Maeda will show off her adult charm with sexy photos.

Maeda expressed, “It’s filled with my 20-year-old self. The concept is ‘if I went to Paris with Maeda Atsuko’ and there are photos where I take walks on the streets of Paris. So I will be happy if it makes people feel they’re in the same room as me. I think both men and women will be able to enjoy it.

anime desu ♥ kyary pamyu pamyu

Warner Develops Live-Action Film of Tite Kubo's Bleach Manga

Warner Develops Live-Action Film of Tite Kubo's Bleach MangaWarner Develops Live-Action Film of Tite Kubo's Bleach Manga

Wrath of the Titans writer Dan Mazeau, Get Smart's Peter Segal, actor/producer Masi Oka attached

The Variety entertainment trade news source is reporting on Wednesday that American film studio Warner Brothers licensed the live-action feature rights to Tite Kubo's supernatural action manga and anime Bleach. Warner is now developing the project and has assigned Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans remake) to write a script. Peter Segal (Get Smart remake, The Longest Yard, Anger Management) is attached as a producer with a possibility of being the director as well.

The other producers include Segal's Callahan Filmworks partner Michael Ewing, actor Masi Oka (Heroes, Get Smart), and Jason Hoffs (The Terminal) at Viz Productions (a subsidiary of Bleach's North American publisher Viz Media). Branon Coluccio will be an executive producer.

The manga follows a 15-year-old boy named Ichigo Kurosaki who becomes a Soul Reaper — a "Shinigami" or "God of Death" who protects humans from the "Hollow" spirits that prey on them. The manga has sold over 75 million copies in Japan.

Shueisha publishes the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan, and Studio Pierrot has been adapting the manga on television and in movie theaters since 2004. The Adult Swim programming block of America's Cartoon Network and Canada's YTV channel ran the anime on television.

Segal told Variety, "I've always been a huge fan of Bleach and have great respect for its creator Kubo-sensei and the truly original and amazing world he has created in this manga."

Oka, who acted in Heroes and Segal's Get Smart film, is a well-known manga fan. He drew inspiration from Dragon Ball for his Heroes character Hiro Nakamura, and he describes himself as a Naoki Urasawa and Shonen Jump "geek." He brought the project to Callahan Filmworks.

The Hollywood Reporter newspaper's Heat Vision blog reported in 2010 that Warner Brothers was "in the process of securing the movie rights to" Bleach. Heat Vision had reported then that Segal was lining himself up to produce, but not direct.

Warner Brothers has already acquired the rights to adapt Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note supernatural suspense manga, which — like Bleach — is published by Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan and by Viz Media in North America. Along with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company, Warner Brothers is also developing adaptations of Yoshiaki Kawajiri and Mad House's Ninja Scroll action anime film and Katsuhiro Otomo and Kodansha's Akira science-fiction manga. Viz set up an office in Hollywood in 2008 to promote Viz's properties to Hollywood interests.


here we go again.

idk man ♥ tentacruel sprite

Fox Commentator Decries Arrietty for Anti-One-Percent Agenda

Fox Commentator Decries Arrietty for Anti-One-Percent Agenda

Host Lou Dobbs: film is "demonizing the so-called 1 percent"

During a segment of his Lou Dobbs Tonight program on Monday, Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs decried both The Secret World of Arrietty film and the upcoming film adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.

Dobbs started the segment by saying that with both films, "Hollywood is once again trying to indoctrinate our children." Dobbs added, "two new films out this year, plainly with an agenda, plainly demonizing the so-called 1 percent and espousing the virtue of green-energy policies, come what may." Dobbs then described the plot of both films and showed a clip from each.

After discussing the "Occupy Wall Street" movement and showing clips of speeches from U.S. President Barack Obama, Dobbs said, "The president's liberal friends in Hollywood [are] targeting a younger demographic using animated movies to sell their agenda to children." Dobbs' segment ends with a roundtable discussion of the films with three radio talk show hosts. The entire segment can be viewed below.

[link because i don't trust lj's embed]

Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli's anime film The Secret World of Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty) 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." The film opened in North America on Friday, and earned US$8.68 million in four days. The Lorax will open in North America on March 2. (source)

stay pressed, lou. :3

Covers for BREAKERZ's WISH03 & GO concert DVDs released + launch of special site

From left to right : BREAKERZ LIVE 2011“WISH 03” in Nippon Budokan , BREAKERZ LIVE 2011“WISH 03”+“GO”PREMIUM BOX & BREAKERZ LIVE TOUR 2011 “GO” .

A special site also has been launched to concide with the release of both DVDs where the tracklist , movie digest footages (to be uploaded on a weekly Wed basis prior to the release date on 28th March) can be viewed on there .


Kim Tae-hee’s Japan event canceled

Actress Kim Tae-hee has been forced to pull out of a press conference for a new cosmetics commercial in Japan.

Kim was supposed to attend the event Tuesday for her new advertisement for the Japanese cosmetic brand of pharmaceutical company, Rohto. However, she cancelled just one day before the event,.

The event was going to feature a preview of the new television commercial for a skin-care line starring the Korean actress.

According to Japanese sports newspaper Nikkan Sports, the event was cancelled because of hateful comments on Internet community boards and various blogs in light of Japan’s “Takeshima Day” on Wednesday. Her agency eventually decided to withdraw her from the scheduled event because of safety concerns.

The actress, who has appeared in Japanese TV drama, "Me and My Star’s 99 Days," began to receive criticism from anti-Korean Japanese protestors in October 2011, after she publicly advocated the Dokdo islets as Korean territory.

Korea and Japan are in a long dispute over the islets’ sovereignty.


Ikimonogakari to sing for new “Meitantei Conan” movie

It’s been revealed that Ikimonogakari will be singing the theme song for Detective Conan’s 16th animated film, “Meitantei Conan 11-ninme no Striker“.

In this new film, ‘Edogawa Conan’ tackles a case that takes place within the J-League (Japan Professional Football League).

Five well-known J-League players, Endo Yasuhito (Gamba Osaka), Konno Yasuyuki (Gamba Osaka), Nakamura Kengo (Kawasaki Frontale), Narazaki Seigo (Nagoya Grampus), and Miura Kazuyoshi (Yokohama FC), will be making special appearances, and will also lend their voices for the film.

The theme song, entitled “Haru Uta“, was written by the group’s guitarist Yamashita Hotaka. Vocalist Yoshioka Kiyoe showed confidence in the song by saying, “I think it turned out to be a strong song with transience.

Meanwhile, producer Suwa Michihiko commented, “The 16th film of ‘Meitantei Conan’ had many first challenges. This made me want to use Yoshioka-san straightforward vocals.

Source: natalie & tokyohive

Weekly Oricon Chart: Albums/Singles/Music-DVDs

For singles article, go HERE.

In the albums chart, popular band, Tokyo Jihen (led by singer-songwriter, Shiina Ringo) achieved the top spot with their live album, "Tokyo Collection." The last time the band reached no.1 was with "Daihakken" (released in June last year). It is also rare for a live album to top the chart either by a group or soloist. 11 years and 5 months ago, Shiina has also reached no.1 in the album chart with a live album, "Zecchoushuu" (released in September 2000).

Meanwhile, Tokyo Jihen also reached the top spot in the music-DVD chart with "Discovery." The DVD is completely recorded from "Tokyo Jihen Live Tour 2011 Discovery" at Tokyo Kokusai Forum held in December last year. The band will disband after their last performance at Nihon Budokan on the 29th this month.

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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Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Ninomiya Kazunari and Sasaki Nozomi have broken up

Are they or aren’t they? Actually, it’s pretty much confirmed that Ninomiya Kazunari and Sasaki Nozomi have broken up (good luck trying to get an official statement out of their agencies since they’re just “good friends.”)

Can their breakup be blamed on anyone? Well, how about Hannya’s Kawashima Akiyoshi (umm… he’s the fatter one.) Nino’s been prioritizing his time with Kawashima instead of Nozomi. But the root of their breakup can probably be blamed on his management. 

Ever since their relationship was brought to light last May, fans and management have been incensed by such rumors. (Remember the crazies that sent that petition to his management demanding he break up with her?) Well, Nino is pretty compliant when it comes to his agency’s demands, unlike a certain Akanishi. So after they’ve warned him not to meet up with her, he’s been putting distance between the two.

Nozomi felt very insecure because Nino wasn’t doing much to maintain their relationship. Everytime she texted or called him about meeting up, he’d tell her that he’s too busy hanging out with Kawashima. Apparently Kawashima makes friends easily, unlike his partner, Kanada Satoshi (the one with the mole.) 

Nino and Kawashima became good friends through the Fuji television show, VS Arashi. They’re so closed that Kawashima even talked about hanging out with Nino on his internet show. Nozomi is set to cohost a new show with Hannya’s seniors, Ame-agari Kesshitai, starting April. If Kawashima goes on the show, how will she react? 

Rumors of the couple’s breakup has been floating around since the end of last year. Nino loves hanging around comedians, and he is often seen at their shows and gatherings. Nozomi, on the other hand, loathes comedians. So it seems his fans can rest assured knowing that Nozomi is no longer part of his life.

Source: azashi.seesaa.net via uso-ippai


Nanjing halts official ties with Nagoya

An article published in the Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shimbun. The headline reads, "'Incredible Record' (in the Contest to Cut Down 100 People) —Mukai 106 – 105 Noda—Both 2nd Lieutenants Go Into Extra Innings"

Nanjing, a city in east China's Jiangsu Province, will suspend official contact with Japanese city Nagoya after Nagoya's mayor Takashi Kawamura told a delegation from Nanjing that he thought the Nanjing Massacre "probably never happened".
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Kuroki Meisa "UNLOCKED" Excite Interview Translation


--Congratulations on the completion of your album. How are you feeling?

Meisa: I’m happy that I’ve gotten two albums done; 2011 was really busy. (bitter laugh)  “MAGAZINE” was released at the beginning of the year, and right after that I went to Spain for filming [of “Andalucia Megami no Houfuku”], but before filming was completed I did photos for a drama [“Shiawase ni Narou Yo”], and I also went into another drama [“Jiu: Keishichou Tokushuhan Soukakei”]. Because of all that activity, I put everything I had into my shoots during first half of the year. But in the second half of the year, starting with my solo live preparation in about September, I focused solely on music and didn’t do anything with movies or dramas; I really concentrated on creating music.

--The world “unlock” means to release or open a lock. What were your thoughts when you chose this title?

M: I’m always thinking that I want to do something new. I think that I have to continually change and evolve. And I think that, rather than opening a door to myself or breaking out of my shell, it should be an explosion. I say explosion, but it has nothing to do with anger.

--More like bursting out?

M: Yes, like bursting out. Like, BAM! (spreads fingers to motion explosion) The color of the CD jacket is like that, like it’s bursting open.

--As you were creating this album, did you have any personal rules about what you would and would not do?

M: There’s nothing that I specifically decided on, but looking back on it now, I consciously wanted to try singing even the songs that I wouldn’t have chosen for myself. There are songs I liked that I was hesitant about, so I chose songs that I got caught up in or that tugged at my heart strings.

--I see.

M: For example, “Flash Light” shows a new aspect of me, and “S.O.S.-Watashi Sagasanai de Kudasai-” shows a new state of mind for me too, but in a different way. I feel like this is the first time that I’ve done that kind of beat.

--”Flash Light” is a very poppy melody, even considering your history. The lyrics express a new state of mind, but the sarcasm of the lyrics also suit the song.

M: Look, I gave it a try and... I dont’ know. (laugh)

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Source: Excite

Full Interview Translation: JpopJrock


Handsome Manga Artist Injured Himself During Masturbation

As far as male manga artists go, Pikupikun is considered a dreamboat. Pikupikun, who draws erotic manga, plays up his looks, frequently uploading photos of himself in the shower, in revealing outfits, or just cosplaying in dresses.

No wonder he's developed a sizable following with female readers. But sorry ladies, Pikupikun's work won't appear in the April issue of Pinky magazine. It seems Pikupikun has injured himself. While pleasuring himself.

The magazine's publisher, Bunkasha, passed along an apology via Twitter, stating that Pikupikun was stricken with laceration on penis during "furious masturbation".

Because of this misfortune, Pikupikun missed his deadline, and his work won't be in print for the April Pinky. The manga artist has not updated his blog since Feb. 8.

"We do expect him to return for the next issue," tweeted the publisher. "From here on, masturbation is prohibited before deadlines." Noted!


HANDsome indeed! /shot