March 8th, 2012

Akanishi Jin slays Oricon at #1

Singer Akanishi Jin's first solo album, "Japonicana" (released on the 7th) has snatched the top spot of the Oricon charts selling approximately 38,000 copies in its first day.

The single, "TEST DRIVE featuring JASON DERULO" and "Sun Burns Down," are included, a total of eight tracks on the album. The first press limited edition of the album features three bonus tracks and the regular edition has four. This is his second consecutive #1 release, with "TEST DRIVE" hitting the top spot in December 2011, selling 124,000 copies.

Source - Oricon
Translation - qummydino

I can not believe how amazing this album is. I love every track! Please pick up this album. It's a must buy album of the year.

Nishino Kana gets bangs, releases new single, slays Recochoku

Nishino Kana recently updated her ameblog on the day of the release of her new single, "SAKURA, I love you?" The singer showed off her blonde locks and said:

"SAKURA, I love you?" is released today! I've gotten a lot of messages with everyone's love and impressions on the single and that makes me so happy! Let me hear some more thoughts please 

The cover and booklet of the new single shows me in two different patterns, a pink Kanayan and a black Kanayan, and the hair, fashion and makeup are totally different. Check it out!

The new single debuted in the sixth spot on today's Oricon singles chart. "SAKURA, I love you?" was also #1 weekly for Recochoku's full download chart, and has been #1 on the daily version for nearly ten days.

Source - Kana's blog, Recochoku, Oricon


flys around Tokyo Sky Tree with flying magic carpet!?

Most ordinary Arashi CM I've ever watched XD
maybe if i knew what they were saying.........

In other news, : Wild At Heart is now there Best First Day Single!
so congrats, I only wanted it to outsell Meikyuu love song and it better than I thought XD

still shocked iI actually found 嵐 vid and a few with a million views O.o
how did that happened XD



Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Trailer 2

The ZIP! morning television program in Japan aired an exclusive new trailer for the live-action film adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga on Wednesday.

(Note: The 65-second trailer itself starts at 0:45 in the below video) 

Keishi Otomo is directing this samurai film starring 22-year-old actor Takeru Sato (Kamen Rider Den-O, Rookies, Beck, Ryomaden) as the titular character. 17-year-old actress Emi Takei plays the heroine Kaoru Kamiya. Yuu Aoi (Hana and Alice, Honey and Clover) plays Megumi Takani, Munetaka Aoki (The Last Message Umizaru, live-action The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) plays Sanosuke Sagara, and Taketo Tanaka plays Yahiko Myoujin. Kouji Kikkawa (Let's Dance With Papa) as Jine Udo, Yosuke Eguchi (Shonan Bakusozoku, Tokyo Love Story) as Hajime Saito, and Teruyuki Kagawa (From Up On Poppy Hill, 20th Century Boys) as Kanryuu Takeda round out the cast.

The film will open in Japan on August 25, 2012. Warner Brothers Japan streamed a previous teaser trailer for the film last December.

Update: According to one of the ZIP! hosts, production on four versions of this newest trailer with English, Chinese, French, and Spanish subtitles has been approved.

source: 1 | 2 | yt
I wasn't aware at first that this has been posted before... but the article had updates so I think its still relevant. ^^
English suuuuuubs!!!! <33333333
Jewel Julie

Flawless Matsuko Deluxe to Play The Cat in Aiba's Cat Detective Drama!

It’s been revealed that talento Matsuko Deluxe will be starring in Aiba Masaki’s upcoming drama, “Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri“.

Matsuko will play the incarnation of the mikeneko (three colors of fur) cat named ‘Holmes’. This cat becomes detective Katayama Yoshitaro’s (Aiba) partner and gives him hints to solve various mysteries.

Matsuko expressed, “When I first heard that I would be playing the role of a cat, I thought I would be forced to wear a strange ‘kigurumi’ (cartoon character costume). Anyhow, well, I’m thankful.”

Meanwhile, producer Ikeda Kenji commented, “I thought that the words spoken by the ‘cat’ had to be persuasive and spoken to one’s heart. The only person who can play this role is Matsuko-san.”

“Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri” will air every Saturday at 9:00 pm starting in April.

Source: 1 2

This is going to be amazing. Matsuko Deluxe + Arashi = Television Gold.

Ryuu-bb salute♥

Matsushita Nao to star in third episode of TBS special drama ‘Blackboard'

On March 8th, TBS revealed the cast and the story for the third episode of their three-night special drama ‘Blackboard ~Jidai to Tatakatta Kyoshi-tachi~‘, which will portray the struggles of three different teachers in three different eras.

As it was announced in January, the first episode (which will air on April 5th) is set during the early post war period. Arashi member Sakurai Sho will be playing a soldier who’s exchanging the real battlefield for a junior high school, where he’ll be working as social studies teacher. Aside from having to adjust to the post war life and the new democratic system, he also has to struggle with his new prosthetic arm after losing his arm in the war.

One of his colleagues, an English teacher, will be played by AKB48’s Oshima Yuko, making this the first time for members of Arashi and AKB48 to appear in a drama together. Also appearing in this episode are Miyazawa Rie and child actor Suzuki Fuku.

The next episode (April 6th) will feature Sato Koichi as a unique teacher during one of the most violent eras for schools in the 1980s. One of the “bad students”, who is making life and work difficult for the teachers, will be played by Shida Mirai. Also appearing in this episode are Kanjiya Shihori, Kimura Tae, Hayashi Kento, and Sometani Shota.
image credits to sakurabunny@weibo
Additionally, it was just revealed that the final episode (April 7th) will be actually set in modern-day Japan again, and will tackle the story of forbidden teacher-student relationships. Matsushita Nao will play a very devoted English teacher who’s offering personal lessons for a pupil (played by Kamiki Ryunosuke), who barely can read or write.

Out of jealousy, the other pupils start to spread a false rumor about an alleged love relationship between her and said pupil. Even though it’s a lie, the rumor soon spreads to her coworkers and parents of the pupils. She loves being a teacher, and therefore tries to endure it all, but things become more difficult when the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) files a complaint against her.

NEWS' Kato Shigeaki will play one of her colleagues, while SKE48’s Matsui Jurina will take on the role of a jealous pupil who starts the rumor.

All of the episodes are set at the same school in Tokyo, from just after World War II (Sakurai’s episode) to the period following Japan’s postwar economic boom (Sato’s episode) to just after the Tohoku earthquake (Matsushita’s episode) the three-episode drama SP will air at 9:00 pm on TBS.

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Becky♪♯ holds her first surprise graduation live


On March 5th, Becky♪♯ held a surprise live during a graduation ceremony at Tachibana Gakuen High School in Kanagawa.

Becky♪♯ has always dreamed of holding a graduation live because she wanted to congratulate the graduates in person by delivering her music to them. Until now, she wasn’t able to hold one due to her busy schedule. However this year, Becky♪♯ was able to hold a graduation live at her manager’s alma mater after making multiple requests.

After handing out the diploma to the students, the principal introduced Becky♪♯ saying, “I have a gift that I’ve kept a secret from everyone. I want you to spread your wings unto tomorrow by receiving energy from this person.” Becky♪♯ made an appearance to the intro of “Kaze no Shirabe“, and sang “Yaruki Switch” and “Toki no Naka ni” for the 252 high school graduates.

Becky♪♯ called out to the graduates, “Everyone, congratulations on graduating! I hope wonderful paths will open up to you.

Footage from this graduation live will be revealed through Becky♪♯’s official YouTube channel on March 17th. In the meantime, check out pictures from the live below!


Why can't i see her yt channel T_T


NICO Touches the Walls to release their first interview book

It’s been revealed that rock band NICO Touches the Walls will be releasing a collection of their interviews in a book entitled “NICO Touches the Walls Tabi no Kiseki -Interview and Photo Chronicle 2007-2012-“, on May 25th.

This book will be produced by the editorial department of the magazine, “MUSICA“. It will contain 5 years worth of interviews that were featured in magazines from their indies era up until now. The book will also include a documentary and interview from the band’s upcoming one-man live at Makuhari Messe on March 20th.

The price and other details of the book will be revealed at a later date.(Check for updates).

Source + Translations

2 new members joining E-Girls for their second single

No, it hasn't been posted on Arama yet, but earlier this week news on the second single for E-Girls leaked. Later, we were communicated that Sayaka would live DREAM and the mega-unit as well.

E-Girls second single will be released on April (exact date not confirmed yet), the title track's name will be One Two Three and for the occasion, 2 members from EGD (EXPG Girls Dancers) will join the group.

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Source: EXILE Contact Twitter | E-Girls Official Site | One Day One Life ameblog | LDH fan ameblog | CUTE TV ameblog

PS: about time E-Girls gets a tag...


GID inmates to get solo bathing time, choice of undergarments

The Justice Ministry has issued a new guideline for handling prisoners with gender identity disorder that allows them to bathe alone and wear the underwear of the gender they identify with, sources said Saturday.

The guideline was issued after some prisoners who were born male but identify themselves as female, filed complaints about their treatment, prompting local bar associations to lobby the ministry and prisons to show more respect in protecting GID prisoners' human rights.

The ministry used to treat GID inmates like any others on the grounds that meeting the requests of specific inmates would invite criticism or allegations of discrimination from other inmates. But the ministry said it decided to show more sensitivity to GID prisoners as the condition has become more widely recognized.

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T-ara to release their 1st Japanese album

T-ara announced that they will released their first Japanese album in June.

Also in the same month they will begin a national tour that include 11 performances in 6 cities. They are also prepared to appear at Nippon Budokan where there will be an audience of 40.000 people expecting them.

The album will contain some of the previously released singles plus new original Japanese songs.

On related news T-ara just released their newest single “Roly-Poly” that landed on 3rd spot on Oricon Weekly Charts by selling 41.285 copies.

Sho - Glasses &amp; Coffee

Nakajima Tomoko is free...?

I promise that I won’t update on Nakajima more than once a week because her story was getting ridiculous and I honestly didn’t like all the negative speculation. However, this is good news! Again, no source will be provided because it’s a compilation of the articles that came out about her since Saturday.
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I really hope this is true. Praying she's being taken care of and that she's still got a place to return to in the entertainment industry, even if it's not soon
cute @!

Erika Sawalegend is making her drama comeback

Sawajiri Erika (25) will star in a drama special on TBS titled “Akujo ni Tsuite,” it has been announced. This will be Sawajiri’s first time acting in a television drama (not counting mobile TV) since a special episode of “1 Litre no Namida” in 2007.

“Akujo ni Tsuite” is an adaptation of a 1978 novel by the late writer Ariyoshi Sawako. The novel was a masterpiece of its time, and it was also notable for having a television drama airing as it was being serialized in a magazine.

Sawajiri plays Kimiko, the main character of the story who has died. Although the title implies that it is a story of a “wicked woman,” the original novel was divided into 27 chapters, one for each “testimony” by someone who knew Kimiko at some point in her life, providing a range of perspectives on what kind of person Kimiko was.

Sawajiri’s supporting cast has not yet been revealed, but expectations are high given the novel’s reputation and history.

“Akujo ni Tsuite” is scheduled to air on April 30.


I hope she sings the theme, I hope her co-stars include my kween Kiritani, she is open for a spring drama and that it doesn't suck