September 6th, 2012

NEWS’ Shigeaki Kato Shows Culinary Skills in New Drama

On Sept 5th, it has been announced that NEWSShigeaki Kato will star in the new TBS/MBS late night drama titled “Hana no Zubora-meshi” (Hana’s sloppy meals) starting this Oct. 23rd.

Nominated from last year’s Manga Taisho Awards, this cooking manga follows the everyday life of a cute yet lonely housewife named Hana, who spends her time cooking sloppy meals while her  husband is away on an assignment. Despite the food’s appearance, Hana loves to eat them and each episode will feature a “sloppy meal” cooked by Hana. The female lead will be played by Kurashina Kana.

Shigeaki Kato’s will play the head of the sloppiness research center named Osonoi. Kato will do commentaries, research, and explanations regarding Hana’s sloppiness. The said role wasn’t included in the manga, and Kato hopes that even though his character is not in the manga, he hopes that he can spice things in making the drama more interesting. “There will be a cooking corner at the end of the show and I hope that [viewers] will treat the drama as a midnight snack enough to satisfy them when they are hungry,” Kato added.

Furthermore, viewers are invited to send their own “sloppy” recipes that Osonoi (Kato’s character) will cooked for the cooking corner.

Aside from being an author with his “Pink to Gray” novel, Kato will now show his versatility in the cooking field.

Hana no Zubora-meshi will air on TBS this Oct. 23rd at 12:05am (JST) and on MBS this Oct 25th, 12:05am (JST).

Source: jnews1 and Oricon Style via jnewseng

Matsuyama Kenichi and Koyuki are expecting their 2nd baby!

It’s been reported that Matsuyama Kenichi (27) and Koyuki (35) are expecting their 2nd baby!

Through her agency, Koyuki commented, “We will be welcoming a new family member in the winter. I’ve now entered my 5th month of pregnancy, and together with my husband, we are looking forward to the day we meet this new life.

Matsuyama and Koyuki started dating in April of 2009 after co-starring in the film, ‘Kamui Gaiden‘. They tied the knot in April of last year, and welcomed the birth of their 1st son earlier this January.


Source & Image: Oricon and tokyohive

[CM] Nino gets married and has family

On Sept.5th, Arashi’s Ninomiya Kazunari attended the press conference for his latest CM for Nissan- Nissan NOTE.

The said CM was aired last Sept 3rd, which features Ninomiya in a futuristic drive from bachelorhood, marriage, to starting a family.

In a matter of two days, Nissan NOTE has posted increase in orders up to 12,000 units after the CM was aired.

“NOTE is very easy to drive, spacious enough, and it’s very economical,” Ninomiya said when ask about his impression of the car.

Furthermore, Ninomiya shared his future take on the other members of Arashi, “I would like to tour around the world with them,” he shared.

credits here and here

oh Nino, is this a foreboding already?


Released 8/22. GUYZ is currently in the middle of touring. Their next stop include:

◇ Heaven's Rock Kumagai September 06
◇ Heaven's Rock Utsunomiya September 07
◇ VANVAN V4 Kanazawa September 09
◇ RIVERST Niigata, September 14
◇ O-EAST Shibuya, September 17
◇ club MAIRO Toyama, September 21

★ PALOOZA Kashiwa, September 27
★ BAYSIS Yokohama, September 28

◇ O-CREST Shibuya October 4


i can't stop replaying this<3
might just become my 2nd fav. korean group XD
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Aya Ueto confirms relationship with HIRO... or does she? See for yourself!

On September 5, Aya Ueto attended a press conference for the upcoming movie "Circle du Soleil: Worlds Away" for which she was appointed official navigator. It was later largely reported by the press that at the event Ueto commented on her relationship with EXILE's HIRO.

Here is the video where she supposedly "confirms" the relationship (@2:10):

Looks like the same thing that happened at the NEXCO PR event where the press mistook her greetings for a response.

What do you think Arama?

And some pics of the event because she looked bangin' <3

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"Thermae Romae" -- first Japanese film in 6 years to top Taipei box office

Japanese time travel fantasy "Thermae Romae" is the number one film at the Taipei box office.

Over the three-day weekend, Takeuchi Hideki's comedy starring Abe Hiroshi and Aya Ueto made NT$5.76 million (US$193,000). By Tuesday night it had taken NT$7.53 million (US$252,000) on 31,000 admissions.

Based on a comic book, it's the story of a bathhouse architect in ancient Rome who finds himself transported back-and-forth to contemporary Japan where he finds creative influences in modern plumbing.

According to some local media reports, it is the first Japanese film to top the Taipei box office since One Missed Call: Final (2006), which opened in Taiwan through UIP on 1 Sep 2006.

Thermae Romae is distributed in Taiwan by iFilm Co Ltd. MD Jeffrey Chen told Film Business Asia that he was first introduced to the title during last year's TIFFCOM and finalised the deal after this year's Berlin.

Chen decided to buy the title because the original manga it is based on is popular in Taiwan, which also has a hot springs culture. And the concept of time-travel is easy to promote. The casting of Abe Hiroshi also helped locally.

There were two other new releases from Japan on Friday Sadako 3D and Rainbow Fireflies. They took NT$2.34 million (US$78,400) and NT$53,500 (US$1,800) respectively over the weekend.

Thermae Romae is the second highest grossing film at the Japan box office this year with ¥5.94 billion (US$75.7 million). It next opens in Hong Kong on 25 Oct 2012.


Chara is releasing a new single & album


Chara will be releasing her new single, “Chouchou Musubi“, on October 17th, as well as her new album, “Cocoon“, on October 31st.

“Chouchou Musubi” is a ballad number that was written for the anime film, ‘Fuse: Teppo Musume no Torimonocho‘. For its coupling track, the single will include the live version of “Tiny Tiny Tiny“. In addition, the limited edition will come with a DVD containing the PV and making-of video for her previous single, “Planet“.

Meanwhile, “Cocoon” will be Chara’s first album after transferring to Ki/oon Music and will include her singles “Alterna Girlfriend“, “Planet”, and “Chouchou Musubi”.

Stay tuned for more details on Chara’s upcoming releases! In the meantime, you can check out the jacket cover and track list for “Chouchou Musubi” below!

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really can't wait for the album also her cover game is always on point!

Weekly Oricon Chart: Albums/Singles/Music-DVDs

Popular idol group, AKB48's election single this year, also their 27th single, "Gingham Check," has topped the singles chart. This is their 8th consecutive million-selling single (9th overall) since "Sakura no Ki ni Narou" (February last year). For an Oshima Yuko-centered song, this is the first time. The A-side is their first single without Maeda Atsuko who recently graduated from the group. They are off to a good start with a single breaking the 1 million mark, with Oshima taking over as center for only the 2nd time. Since "Everyday, Kachuusha" (May last year), this is the group's 7th consecutive single to break 1 million mark in the first week. This year, this single follows "GIVE ME FIVE" (February) and "Manatsu no Sounds good!" (May) to achieve 1 million. This is the first time in history for an act to achieve at least 3 million-selling singles in 2 consecutive years. "Gingham Check" is their 14th consecutive no.1 single since "RIVER" (October 2009), updating the record set for female groups in 1st place. It has been 16 years and 3 months for an act to achieve 8 consecutive million-selling singles since B'z (with 13), and tied at 2nd place with Mr.Children.

In the albums chart, South Korea's 4-piece band, CNBLUE released their 1st major Japanese album last week, "CODE NAME BLUE" and it has reached no.1. This is the band's first time on top of the albums chart. This is also the 2nd time for them to reach no.1 in either singles or albums chart, with the first one being their single released in February this year, "Where you are," which was also the first time in 41 years for a foreign band to top the singles chart. The band's previous album released in their indie days, "392" (September last year) peaked at 6th. With the exception of sub-units, this is the 3rd time for foreign male artists to reach no.1 with their 1st major album since FTISLAND's "FIVE TREASURE ISLAND" (May last year), and Jang Geun Suk's "JUST CRAZY" (June this year).

Meanwhile, 5-member band, Tokyo Jihen, who ended their 7 and a half years career at Nihon Budoukan on February 29th this year, have topped the music-DVD chart with their 2nd disbandment video, "Chin Play Kou Play." Their 1st disbandment video, "Bon Voyage" also entered the weekly chart at 3rd place, making it their 2nd consecutive times in the top 3 for both videos. This work includes their history from formation to disbandment, demonstrating Tokyo Jihen. Packed with footage of their tour in digest format, as well as festivals and events, this is not to be missed by fans. The Blu-Ray version of this video also reached no.2 in the music-BD chart, selling 12,818 copies, for a total DVD+BD of 31,162 copies.

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 especially to UVERworld's good performance and Sakanaction's best first week single sales so far! XD

Also, pretty slow album week, but pleased to see that although Tokyo Jihen missed out the no.1 album, they managed to top the DVD chart. :)

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

GACKT's secrets (baby mama and child), unveiled by tax evasion investigation

In the past twelve or so hours, GACKT has been all over the tabloid news due to the secrets revealed when being investigated by the tax bureau.
The following is a translation of the article found on Shukan Bunshun.

A Compulsory National Tax Investigation Finds GACKT’s Lover and Illegitimate Child!

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Personally that's kind of douchey to not claim the child as yours (on the legal papers). Though this also isn't the first time this has happened in Japan with male celebs: . Another source said he's not only being investigated for tax evasion but charity fraud and ties to the yakuza.


Yui Horie to release first Best Album

Limited Edition Cover

Best Album will be released September 20


1.Love Destiny
2.Kirari takaramono
4.Kokoro Harete Yoru mo akete


6. Hikari
8.Koisuru Tenkizu
9.Vanilla Salt
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10.silky heart

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15.Natsu no Yakusoku

2.Kono Yubi Tomare
4.Okiniri no Jitensha
6.Romantic Flight
7.It's my style
8.A Girl in Love
9.Egao no Rensa
10.Mushroom March
11.Say cheese!
★Bonus Track

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Regular Edition Cover
Tracklist Same as Disc1


one of the best covers i've seen all year *_*
don't know why i luv it so much
cute @!

May J is dropping a new single and will be visiting Indonesia

May J will be releasing her fifth single ( she releases way more digital ones) Rewind on October 10, the song has been chosen for a tie-in with the anime video game Toki to Towa. Also May J who is the host of NHK's J-Melo will be visiting as a part of J-Melo's Jpop fanmeeting in Menteng, Jakarta, in Indonesia on Saturday September 29. More info here

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she is such a plain Jane, but my favorite plain Jane to ever grace Jpop <3

Kingdom Hearts Riku voice actor to pose NUDE

There's an assumption that only women appearing in revealing magazine spreads in Japan. That's incorrect! Hunky dudes do, too. Hunky dudes like video game voice actor Mamoru Miyano.

The 29-year old has done a lot of voice work. He debuted as the voice of Riku in Kingdom Hearts, before moving on to the character of Light in Death Note and the lead in Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Impressive! He's also done voice work for Tales of Vesperia, Inazuma Eleven, Steins; Gate, and one of the Pokémon feature films. Miyano is slated to voice the character of Ignis in Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

He's also slated to do a layout in a special issue of Junon, a monthly fashion mag aimed at young women. The special issue is titled "Beautiful NUDE Young Men Unbanned". It will feature an interview with the actor as well as photos. The photos will probably show Miyano with his shirt off or in revealing, yet tastefully covered poses. It's unlikely that he'll be showing the world, you know, his keyblade.

source kotaku
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Live-Action Tokusatsu: Ultraman and Godzilla

This is a four-part series on film and TV dramas featuring live-action "tokusatsu" special effects and superheroes.

Part 1: In the Realm of Ultra-cool, Ultraman Reigns Supreme

Just about anything goes in Tokyo's high energy and fashionable Shibuya district. Even so, pedestrians on the main Koen-dori thoroughfare did a double-take.

There, sauntering down the street were bug-eyed superhero Ultraman, decked out from head to toe in his trademark rubber suit, and his archenemy Alien Baltan, looking for all the world like an overgrown cockroach striding upright on two legs.

These characters from the ubiquitous "Ultraman" superhero franchise--Japan's 1960s answer to Superman--were on their way to a live broadcast from a studio run by satellite broadcaster Wowow Inc.

(op note: here's a nice, english dubbed compilation of some ultraman highlights for those unfamiliar with this classic show)

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Sources: ajw [1] [2] [3] [4] and funbob62

so, ultraman vs. godzilla- who would win??? op is a super ultrman fangirl, so imma say ultraman... he's got awesome laser beams~!

Experts warn Mount Fuji is dangerously close to erupting

Japanese scientists are warning that the country's famed Mount Fuji could be on the verge of a catastrophic eruption.

Volcanologists have discovered that the pressure in the volcano's magma chamber is higher than it was the last time Fuji erupted in 1707. The pressure is measured in megapascals, and researchers say recent readings show the chamber hitting a level of 1.6; pressure readings of 0.1 megapascals are enough to trigger an eruption. Scientists say the March 2011 earthquake that caused a massive tsunami has been one factor in putting increased pressure on the chamber. Government estimates say an eruption could result in more than 300,000 deaths as well as cause up to $30 billion in damage.

Source: msn


Actress Aso Kumiko makes her first public appearance since birth of daughter

On September 5th, actress Aso Kumiko (34) and actor Oizumi Yo (39) appeared at a press conference in Tokyo to mark the completion of their film “‘GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!’” (directed by Yamamoto Toru, opens December 15th.)

As this was her first public appearance since the birth of her daughter on May 7th, Aso smiled as she said, “This was the only film I made while I was pregnant, so it is special.”

She also reflected on the live scene with the rock band and stated, “When I was rehearsing for the live performance (for the rock band in the movie), I had morning sickness and I felt terrible.”