June 19th, 2012

KAT-TUN "To The Limit" PV Short Version



Roles Accdg to QLAP 2012
Kame →Elite Salaryman
Junno- →Venture Business Firm CEO
Koki →Security
Ueda →NEET (Not in Education, Employment of Training; but Ueda said he’s just a youngster)
NakaMaru→Banker

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Well, this was totally unexpected, new and awesome at the same time.
The actual song is >4 mins long. Can't wait to see how this ends, and kungfu Maru's move.


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Young Japanese men's trend: Trying to look pretty



Young Japanese men are starting to resemble their female counterparts when it comes to the pursuit of beauty, with the nation awash in salons dedicated to male grooming and products such as hair removal creams, electric nose-hair trimmers and face-firming masks targeting the image-conscious man.

Men in their 20s and 30s today were teenagers when the now-common expression "ikemen" — meaning a good-looking man — was a new buzzword. The advent of the term and a social phenomenon lionizing ikemen have given males of this particular age group a belief that looking pretty is pretty cool. At the same time, gaining a more attractive look is a way to compensate for a lack of self-confidence.

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SOURCE: The Japan Times

Former Morning Musume member Nakazawa Yuko announces her pregnancy


Former Morning Musume member Nakazawa Yuko (39) announced that she is currently 5-months pregnant at her 39th birthday live.

She also reported this news on her official blog: “Finally, I am 5-months pregnancy, and it is a stable period, so the day I could announce it to everyone is here. This is my first experience, and I am anxious and feeling uneasy everyday, but at same time, I’m feeling joyful to become a mother.”

She continued, “From now on, delivering a healthy baby will be my first priority. I will keep working as I carefully consider my condition.”

In addition to the news, she also announced that she held her wedding ceremony in Hawaii at the beginning of June. She commented, “It was a really happy day with our close friends and family, who watched over us warmly.”

Congratulations!

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I'm so happy for her!

Upcoming Summer 2012 Dramas

Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Mondays, 2 July 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Tabe Mikako, Koike Teppei, Yamamoto Koji, Kimura Fumino, Maeda Koki, Hamada Tatsuomi, Yagi Yuki, Izawa Masaki, Yoshii Hajime, Ninomiya Akari, Hamabe Minami, Takahashi Akira, Maeda Oshiro, Saito Yuki, Nukumizu Yoichi, Kimura Yuichi (guest star), Hisamoto Masami (guest star), Rokkaku Seiji (guest star), Tomita Yasuko (guest star), Danta Yasunori, Kohinata Fumiyo, Matsuzaka Keiko
Synopsis: Takeuchi Shinobu (Tabe Mikako), who has elementary school teaching qualifications, is assigned to be a temporary teacher of Class 6/2 at Ooji Elementary School in Osaka City’s old town. As inquisitive and energetic as her young charges (Maeda Koki, Hamada Tatsuomi, Takahashi Akira, Yagi Yuki, Hamabe Minami, Ninomiya Akari, Maeda Oshiro), Shinobu would poke her nose into strange incidents that happen among people and be up to her neck in it. She loves mystery novels and detests dishonesty. Together with her students, she solves difficult cases that baffle even the police detectives, using her sensitivity and unmatched powers of deduction.

Rich Man, Poor Woman
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, July 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Oguri Shun, Ishihara Satomi, Aibu Saki, ARATA
Synopsis: 29-year-old Hyuga Toru (Oguri Shun) is the president of an IT company. He has a very flawed personality, but through a combination of chance and luck he has become a billionaire rich and appeared on Forbes. On the other hand, Sawaki Chihiro (Ishihara Satomi), a Tokyo University student, devoted herself to studying and getting qualifications to ease her way in life, but still has not been able to find employment. Chihiro and Toru meet through a strange turn of events and fall in love. They frequently have conflicts, but grow as they get to know each other … …

Soumato Kabushikigaisha
Date: From 12.20 a.m., Mondays, 16 July 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Kashii Yu, Yokoyama Megumi, Bota Masataka (guest star)
Synopsis: Soumato Corporation is intriguing place where recorded images of one’s life can be viewed on DVD. A person who happen sto stray into Soumato Corporation, will be handed DVDs equivalent in number to his age by Kaminuma (Kashii Yu), the company’s mysterious guide. She will tell him to go back and watch his life to his heart’s content. What he will see on these DVDs is his own life through the eyes of other people. He will learn startling facts that are better left unsaid. What will he think after watching everything?


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viewers to decide Aiba Masaki’s drama “Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri” ending through voting




On June 19th, it was announced that Arashi’s Aiba Masaki’s (29) ongoing drama, “Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri” will open an online voting poll for its viewers to choose the outcome of their final episode (to air on the 23rd)! This will be the first drama that will allow its viewers to make the decisive ending for its story and this eleventh episode will air with an additional 15 minutes of airtime.

This unique plan, titled “W (Double) Ending Voting Poll”, features two voting options for its audience: ‘Okaeri Holmes (Welcome back, Holmes)’ and ‘Sayonara Holmes… (Goodbye, Holmes)’. The fate of Aiba Masaki’s character ‘Katayama Yoshitaro’ and Matsuko Deluxe (39)’s character ‘Holmes’ (a calico cat) will be determined depending on which option gathers the most votes. The two scenarios for this final episode have already been filmed.

In addition to holding this voting on its official website, the voting will also be available through this drama’s mobile site and through NTV as well. The polls will open on the same day as the final broadcast (the 23rd) from 3:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. JST.

‘Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri’ is based on a popular mystery novel series written by Akagawa Jiro. It tells the story of Katayama Yoshitaro (Aiba), an incompetent detective who is bad with blood, heights, women, and ghosts. One day, he meets Holmes – a cat that can understand humans and possesses brilliant reasoning skills – who helps solve various mystery cases. The first episode of this drama recorded high ratings of 15.9% and currently the drama has 12.7% average viewer rating – including the ratings for its most recent episode.

For Aiba, this NTV drama is his first starring drama during the Golden Time slot and is also his first drama to co-star with Matsuko Deluxe. Other co-actors include Fujiki Naohito, Omasa Aya, Okura Tadayoshi (Kanjani 8), and Ishizaka Koji.

Source: Sponichi via tokyohive

Jero to release new cover album, “Covers 5″




Jero has revealed that will be releasing his new cover album, “Covers 5“, on July 4th!

For this album, Jero covered theme songs from historical dramas such as the ‘Hissatsu‘ series, ‘Toyama no Kinsan‘, and ‘Zatoichi‘. It will feature a total of 7 tracks including “Kouya no Hate ni“, which was included in his recent single, “Yoake no Kaze“.

Along with the album, Jero will simultaneously re-release his single, “Yoake no Kaze”, in a CD+DVD version. The DVD will come with the video clips for both “Yoake no Kaze” and “Kouya no Hate ni”.


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Source & Photos: natalie and tokyohive

AKB48 Murder Mystery CM for Glicos

AKB48 will star in a series of “Murder Mystery” commercials for Glico’s “Ice no Mi” candy campaign. The story is a collaboration of Detective Conan’s creator Gosho Aoyama and AKB48’s founder Akimoto Yasushi.

The “AKB48 Murder Cases File 1” starts upon the death of fellow idol- Rena Kato. Atsuko Maeda arrives at the murder scene and takes notes of the only clues left by Kato: “N” and “23K.24AB”. All the members present at the scene are suspects.

The first out of five CM premiers on June 25th . The campaign's manga with 9 chapters will debut in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine on July 4th.

Check-out the CM here:






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BIGBANG’s ambitions as the first Korean group in All-Night Nippon




It has been revealed that BIGBANG is the first Korean group to be chosen as personalities to be in charge of ‘All-Night Nippon’. On the 19th of June in Tokyo, members V.I and D-LITE appeared at the press conference in the Nippon Broadcasting System Imagine Studios.


Basking under the loud cheers of fans, the roughly-styled two members entered the stage. Starting the press conference that was open to the public, V.I who is the most fluent in Japanese among all the members of BIGBANG actively answered in the Q&A with the media. He confessed that the first time he watched the Japanese film ROOKIES, it helped him in striving to do better in Japanese. “It’s my first time doing a radio show such as this one, I hope to show the side and charms that I have that isn’t seen when I’m on stage,” he enthusiastically answered regarding the challenge of being a personality of All-Night Nippon.


“The other members will be coming back home to Korea however, I’ll remain alone here in Japan from July to September, hoping to do various work. I’ll appear in a couple of programs,” V.I added, declaring his intent on exposing himself alone in the media. With this announcement, even louder cheers were heard from the fans. D-LITE, who is set to return to Korea next week, commented further, “This week will be the last, that’s why we’ll do everything that we can!”


BIGBANG’S All-Night Nippon will start to go on air on July 16 at 25:00. Fans are invited to tune in and listen to the episodes.



Source: Natalie.mu
Translated by: @arcobaleno/kenkajoutou@tumblr

NEWS’s 1st best of album tops Oricon weekly chart




Popular Johnny’s group NEWS released their 1st best of albumNEWS BEST‘ on June 13th, and it topped Oricon’s Weekly Album Ranking for the week of June 25th. The album sold 109,000 copies for its first week of sales. With this achievement, all five of their studio albums dating back to 2005 have topped the weekly ranking. They are the 4th male artist to achieve this accomplishment, three male artists, KinKi Kids, CHEMISTRY, KAT-TUN also achieved this record.

NEWS made their come back with 4 members, Koyama Keiichiro, Masuda Takahisa, Kato Shigeaki and Tegoshi Yuya. To commemorate their return, they released their first best of album ‘NEWS BEST’ which includes their debut single ‘NEWS NIPPON’ to the latest single ‘Fighting Man’. Also, the group will release their new singleChankapana” on July 18th, it will be their first single release in a year and eight months.

Source : Oricon via tokyohive

Arashi’s Waku Waku Gakkou 2012 report



This is a mashup of several fan reports found while surfing the web.


Stage

360 degree screen, circular stage in centre set up like a class room with one podium and four desks (one Arashi member as teacher and the other four as students)



Before the opening
A message came up on the screen from all Waku Waku Gakkou teachers other than Ninomiya Sensei saying they want to throw a surprise party for him so please refrain from wishing Ninomiya a happy birthday until they say so.



Opening
The opening video showed the five members doing their own thing, and then after seeing the Arashi school seal would transform into their white lab coat outfits.

  • Jun Matsumoto: Running on a treadmill in the gym and sees the school seal on a T-shirt on a guy in the same room
  • Masaki Aiba: At a shoot for his drama “Mike-neko no Holmes”, opens up his lunch box and sees the school seal
  • Sho Sakurai: Giving the weather report during News Zero and sees the school seal as he points to the screen
  • Kazunari Ninomiya: Inside a bus playing on his Nintendo DS when a message flashes on the screen to look outside, he sees the school seal on a building’s TV monitor
  • Satoshi Ohno: While reading through his script for the drama “Kagi no Kakatta Heya”, pours some sugar into his cafe au lait, and the coffee art turns into the school seal

After the transformation, the five appear from the staff room and onto the Tokyo Dome stage.



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this is like the 3rd waku waku related post i know.. but it's got more details esp the things that happened on Nino's bday celebration, so i hope it's ok xD


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Oricon reveals first half rankings for 2012!

Oricon has revealed the results / rankings for the first half year of 2012!  Check out the Top 10 in the various categories below.

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<Singles>


1. “Manatsu no Sounds good!” – AKB48 : (1,780,949)
2. “GIVE ME FIVE!” – AKB48 : (1,434,398)
3. “Wild At Heart” – Arashi : (644,899)
4. “Face Down” - Arashi : (601,467)
5. “Kataomoi Finally” – SKE48 : (592,681)
6. “Ai Shite Love Ru!” – SKE48 : (544,000)
7. “Your Eyes” – Arashi : (477,820)
8. “Nagiichi” – NMB48 : (433,421)
9. “Junjo U-19” – NMB48 : (376,302)
10. “We never give up!” – Kis-My-Ft2 : (309,103)

(Check out the rest of the single ranking chart here!)

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<Albums>


1. “Mr.Children 2005-2010 <macro>” – Mr.Children : (1,056,404)
2. “Mr.Children 2001-2005 <micro>” – Mr.Children : (1,014,597)
3. “EXILE JAPAN / Solo” – EXILE / EXILE ATSUSHI : (751,273)
4. “NEWTRAL” – Ikimonogakari : (397,821)
5. “YUZU YOU [2006-2011]” – Yuzu : (332,332)
6. “Kis-My-1st” – Kis-My-Ft2 : (304,936)
7. “Super Girl” - KARA : (282,657)
8. “FUNKY MONKEY BABYS 4” – FUNKY MONKEY BABYS : (259,146)
9. “BUTTERFLY” – L’Arc~en~Ciel : (237,424)
10. “1969” – Yuki Saori & Pink Martini : (213,648)

(Check out the rest of the album ranking chart here!)


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Source: Oricon via tokyohive

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Oreimo Artist Warned About Putting His Own Art, Music on Niconico



Illustrator, animator, and composer Hiro Kanzaki reported on his Twitter account last month that he received copyright warnings from the Niconico video streaming service after using the recently-implemented NicoSound service to make his own music available for download. Kanzaki reported receiving warnings for songs including his Hatsune Miku song "Plug Out" and his remix of "LightSong" by kz, whose permission he states he received prior to posting the remix.

During the process of settling the warnings, Kanzaki also received a message asking him to clarify the copyright status of the images used in these videos, all of which were drawn by Kanzaki himself. While the issue was eventually clarified and settled, Kanzaki stated that he would cease using the NicoSound service to provide downloads of the songs he uploads to the service, though he would continue to offer downloads through links to his own site.

Kanzaki, also known as Hiroyuki Oda, is the original illustrator for the Oreimo series of novels, as well as a character designer, animation director, and animator for anime titles including Eureka 7: AO, Heroman, and Oreimo. He also produces music under the name HanasoumenP.

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