June 20th, 2012

Jin is to switch to Meisa's agency after 47 ronin

“Kuroki’s agency, Sweet Power is apparently going to launch a male actor’s department and the word on the street is that Akanishi might be switching to it.  Filming for his Hollywood movie ’47RONIN’ has finished, and it’s due to come out in December* so he’ll probably stay in Johnny’s for the remainder of the year.  But he’s thinking positively about switching agencies for the sake of his baby.  However, apparently Kuroki’s agency would have to pay a huge breakup fee to Johnny’s in order to get Akanishi,” said one source.

* update: as of June 20, 47RONIN has been re-scheduled to be released in February 2013.

The June 7 edition of the weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun has reported Kuroki’s career has not been badly affected as previously feared.  The actress will begin filming for NHK’s taiga drama “八重の桜 (Yae no Sakura)” in February, four months after her baby is due.

“Kuroki belongs to Sweet Power Agency, which looks after popular beauties like Rina Uchiyama and Maki Horikita.  Ignoring the rules of the showbiz industry and reporting about her marriage afterwards infuriated the agency.  Of course, one would usually need to make a formal apology to commercial clients and pay for damages, but Akanishi and Kuroki let is pass with a ‘what’s wrong with what we did’ attitude.  It’s only expected that they would be sidelined,” said one source belonging to a major advertising agency.

However, now we are beginning to see some differences.

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Source: momoedgewood1

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Kanjani8’s New Single to be Use for “Boys on the Run” Drama

It has been earlier reported that Kanjani8’s Maruyama Ryuhei will have his first lead role for the upcoming drama, “Boys on the Run”. The drama is based from Kengo Hanazawa’s manga that talks about a 27 year-old man named Toshiyuki Tanishi who has never dated, a lousy salaryman, still lives with his parents, and watches a lot of porn. However, he aims to change his current situation upon meeting a woman who doesn’t seem to be put-off with his situation and flaws.

In lieu to Ryuhei’s drama, Kanjani8 next single “Aoppana” will be used as the theme song for the drama. No further details have been released yet.

“Boys on the Run” will start airing on July 6th at TV-Asahi.

Source: jpopasia

Takei Emi wears short hair for the first time since 6th grade

On June 19th, actress Takei Emi attended the opening event for Shiseido Maquillage’s store, “Studio Maquillage“.

Takei, who appeared at the event in a short brown wig, commented, “I challenged [myself to] short hair for the first time since 6th grade. I’m excited to know what kind of impression I will leave on everyone.

When the host praised the actress saying, “You look mature and wonderful,” Takei responded, “Short hair gives a cheerful and lively image, but that image differs from person to person. I’m happy to hear that I have transformed maturely.

“Studio Maquillage” is a store that will open for a limited time only, allowing women to test Maquillage’s new summer line for free. The concept is “the real me”, and it will feature a makeup simulator. Users will be able to freely try different patterns of makeup in the mirror, and there will also be a makeup artist available. At the end of the event, those who participate will have the chance to get their pictures taken by a professional photographer. “Studio Maquillage” will run until June 24th at Marunouchi Building in Tokyo.

The makeup simulator also features random messages by Takei. “People don’t decide to change on their own accord. It would make me happy if this comment makes people want to challenge themselves,” she said.

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Source & Photos: Mantan Web and tokyohive

Rola gets a gift from SMAP’s Nakai Masahiro

Popular model Rola recently blogged that she received a present from SMAP’s Nakai Masahiro.

In an entry titled “Chuu Chuu (o^u^o)”, Rola wrote, “Look look~! I got this mouse present from SMAP’s Nakai-kun~! It’s so cute~ I’m giving this to my dog as his toy~.

The mouse that Rola received as a gift was in reference to Nakai’s drama “ATARU” in which the main character always carries around a mouse. Rola and Nakai are both regulars on Tuesday’s “Waratte Iitomo!”, and it seems they’ve bonded.

Fans tweeted Rola: “Aah! I saw that~ (^O^) How nice~ I want one too~ lol,” “Why would you give it to your dog…?! You’re so odd! (hehe),” “No no, it will be worn to rags after getting chewed by your dog!! lol,” and “Eeeh? You are giving it away to your dog?

Source: Model Press and tokyohive

Weekly Oricon Chart: Albums/Singles/Music-DVDs

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For albums article, go HERE.

For singles article, go HERE.

Meanwhile, popular idol group, AKB48 have topped the music-DVD and overall DVD charts simultaneously with "AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2012", their 5th no.1 music-DVD so far. This DVD is a collection of top 100 AKB48 and their sister groups' songs voted by fans. The event was held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL, and it's the 5th event they have held so far. In addition, this DVD is ranked 4th in the first week among girl groups this year after their own "Seibu Dome Special BOX" (71k), Shoujo Jidai's "JAPAN FIRST TOUR GIRL'S GENERATION" (69k), and also AKB48's "Kouhaku Taikou Utagassen" (68k). At 5th place is KARA's "KARA BEST CLIPS II & Shows" (54k), completing the top 5 in girl groups ranking.

In the Blu-Ray chart, Tokyo Jihen who disbanded on February 29th this year have reached the no.1 spot with "Bon Voyage", which includes their final performance at Nippon Budokan. The BD has sold 20k in the first week, totalling to 49k of DVD+BD. Their previous live BD, "Discovery" (February 2012) held the highest cumulative sales with 18k, but has now been surpassed with "Bon Voyage." This is their 2nd time to have topped the overall BD chart since "Ultra C" (September 2010).

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 all especially Kanjani8! XD

And woot Mr.Children's albums still in the top 5 for 6th week in a row! What a feat! And Yuzu's album is consistent too! :)

Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Ayaka Hirahara new single "Smile Smile"


Ayaka Hirahara will be releasing her first single of 2012 (29th single overall)  titled Smile Smile.
Smile Smile will be released July 4 and used as the theme song for Darwin ga Kita!


1. Smile Smile
p v   p r e v i e w

2. Boy, I Wish You Were Here
3. Smile Smile ( vocaless track)


  song is nice<3
     cover *-* beautiful!!

Jin Akanishi on Yokai Ningen Bem movie??

Jin Akanishi might be making a come back in Kazuya Kamenashi’s upcoming movie “妖怪人間ベム (Yokai Ningen Bem)”, reports Tokyo Sports.

It has been reported Akanishi would be making a guest appearance in the movie playing a monster.

“I’ve heard that he’ll be playing Kamenashi’s enemy, a retired pop star coming back from the US who turned into a monster because he didn’t make it in showbiz.  They’re waiting for a response from Akanishi now,” said one source.

Surprisingly though, it was Kamenashi’s idea to offer Akanishi the part.

“During their KAT-TUN years they would be constantly arguing.  If something came up, the two of them would begin arguing, but they recognized the other as their own rival.  I heard that when Akanishi and Kuroki got married, Kamenashi sent him an email congratulating them.  But then Akanishi got all of his jobs taken away from him, and then his fan club was closed down, so I guess Kamenashi couldn’t sit still and watch Akanishi go through this,” said the same source as above.

Filming for ”妖怪人間ベム (Yokai Ningen Bem)” will take place in July and August in both a studio in Tokyo and on location in Hokkaido.

We will have to wait and see whether Akanishi takes this offer or not.


Aya Ueto and EXILE’s Hiro to Announced Their Marriage This July?

Earlier this year, it was revealed that singer-actress Aya Ueto and EXILE’s Hiro are getting married in spring 2012. Both parties have denied any marriage plans.

However, recent news have surfaced that the couple are getting close in announcing their marriage after EXILE’s Tour. There are more speculations that Aya Ueto might appear in EXILE’s Sapporo Dome concert on July 1st.

TV station officials are very interested with this impending marriage announcement, in case a wedding will happen, some TV stations are willing to pay JPY 500,000 million to a billion Yen for exclusive coverage. After all, Ueto is one of the top and highest-paid endorsers in Japan.

Furthermore, Ueto and Hiro's agencies have been meeting recently, as well as with their talents' advertisers/sponsors to make sure that everything would go smoothly. It has also been reported that Ueto has been attending cooking lessons for would-be wives.

Lastly, even though this marriage announcement is not 100% sure, as the old saying goes, “When there’s smoke, there’s fire,” let’s wait and see if this “smoke” is indeed from a “fire”.

azashi.seesaa.net and Gendai via


Kusakari Tamiyo & Seto Koji to star in new NHK drama

It was announced that Kusakari Tamiyo will star in NHK’s new drama “Nemureru Mori no Jukujo“, which will begin airing in September.  After retiring as a ballerina in 2009, Kusakari started a new career path as an actress. She made her drama debut in NHK’s Taiga drama “Ryomaden” (2010), and this will be the first time for her to take a lead role in a drama.

This drama will be a love comedy between the heroine Aizawa Chinami (Kusakari), 46-year-old housewife, who is under divorce mediation, and Takaoka Yusuke, a son of the owner of a global hotel chain. The role of Takaoka will be played by Seto Koji who is over 20 years younger than the heroine.

One day, Chinami is given divorce papers by her husband (Haba Yuichi) as he wants to re-marry with his old classmate and first love from junior high school (Moriguchi Yoko). In order to keep the parental custody over her son, she starts working at a luxury hotel, and meets Yusuke who is commonly called as ‘prince’ because of his perfect appearance in public, however, behind closed doors he has a very terrible and mean personality.

On her role, Kusakari commented, “I never thought I would be able to play this kind of role, so I am truly happy, and it feels rewarding. I think this story has the message of ‘you can overcome difficulties’ brightly and positively, but I can’t even imagine a love with a young man with big age gap like Seto-kun.” On the other hand, Seto said, “Although I’ve never thought of being in love with someone with such a huge age gap, I still remember the feeling of getting swayed by the sexiness and atmosphere from a mature woman who has been through both good and bad things in life (Recalling his first meeting with Kusakari).”  He also commented about his role, “I would like to cherish the negative image, carefully exercising human traits of beastliness and craftiness while acting in this role. Since this will be a new challenge for me, I want to prepare for the role sincerely.

“Nemureru Mori no Jukujo” will air from September 4th to October 30th with a total 9 episodes.

Source: Tokyohive

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Big Bang’s Seungri to pursue solo activities in Japan

Big Bang‘s Seungri
has revealed that he will be pursuing solo activities in Japan until September.

On June 19th, Seungri and Daesung made an appearance on the popular Japanese radio program “All Night Nippon” addressing the group’s future activities in Japan. Seungri stated, “The other Big Bang members will be participating in their own solo activities in Korea, while I will remain in Japan from July to September to work on a variety of activities. I look forward to appearing on many programs“.
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Source : Allkpop, Newsen + tokyohive

TVXQ’s “Android” PV making-of released

Making-of footage for TVXQ’s ”Android” PV has been released!

“Android” is set for a July 11th release in Japan, and it’s already claimed the #1 spot for pre-orders on charts like Tower RecordsAmazonTsutaya, and more. The single is the first dance song TVXQ will be releasing in Japan after “Superstar”.

The ‘Android’ single will include two new tracks titled “Android” and “Blink“, and will be sold in three versions: a CD-only version, a CD+DVD version, and a Bigeast (official fanclub) CD version with special footage from the group’s ‘Tone Live Tour 2012‘.

Check out the making-of clip below.


How J-Pop Stars Gain From the West's Obsession With 'Weird' Japan

The crowd last month at Laforet Harajuku, an upscale shopping complex in Tokyo's most fashionable area, looked like it'd stepped out of Barbie's very messy dream house. Its members wore oversized bows, eyeball-shaped pinky rings, spiky neck collars, and pink—lots and lots of pink. They'd assembled to watch Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, a new face in J-Pop whose debut album Pamyu Pamyu Revolution was arriving in stores that day. She emerged dressed like her fans, with a giant bow on her head and in a dress designed like a Rubik's cube. For 30 minutes she performed her brand of cheery pop in front of a stage featuring building blocks, rotating teddy bear heads, and purple tentacles.

This mish-mash of imagery—cute meets creepy meets colorful—has helped turn Kyary (real name Kiriko Takemura) into one of the hottest young pop stars in Japan today and an Internet curio abroad. Powered by her surreal music videos and fashion sense, her first album debuted at the No. 2 spot on Japan's Oricon Charts, and her face has become inescapable (one could walk into a convenience store in May and see her on five magazine covers). She's also selling in America, recently topping the iTunes electronic charts, and her videos have gone viral abroad, sparking comment sections across the web loaded with one-liners like "who needs acid when we have this" and "Japan is weird."

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Yuya Tegoshi wants to be the best

NEWS member Yuya Tegoshi loves his friends but also sees them as his biggest rivals, reports Yomiuri Shimbun on June 19.

“I started playing soccer when I was at kindergarten and loved it, even now it’s a part of my life.

I practice with my team as captain, and we enter competitions. No matter how busy I am at work, I have to move my body. I love playing and being with my friends. It gets me ready for the next day.

I constantly train my body. Even if we have two concerts in one day, I can cool down properly and don’t get tired the next day. Compared to soccer, singing and dancing at the same time is a piece of cake.

Soccer has made me an incredibly competitive person. I made my debut with NEWS at fifteen, I was the youngest member in the group and had only joined Johnny’s 10 months before. I had no dance experience. I was literally the worst in the group and it really annoyed me.

Up to then I was always a leader. The anchor in the relay team, the captain of the cheering squad, the team leader in school trips. So for the first time I felt out of place, and I didn’t like going to work.

That competitiveness in me started coming out. I’d take dance lessons in secret. I wanted to be a better singer so I hired a voice trainer and practiced the songs over and over again at karaoke.

The NEWS members are my friends, but they’re also my biggest rivals. I want to be the best that I can. I feel a lot of gratitude towards soccer for teaching me to push myself further.”

credits here

I love his confidence. LOL. and soccer is his life.
I feel Tesshi's gonna be the face/voice/center/whatever it is of 4nin NEWS, w/c I really find ironic coz he was the youngest, once nobody member of NEWS when they debuted.