December 17th, 2012

AnCafe - Bou Nyaa
  • hina

Kasai Tomomi to graduate AKB48

2nd-gen AKB48 member Kasai Tomomi (21) announced her graduation today at AKB's Kouhaku Taikou Uta Gassen event.
She later updated her blog with the following message:

I, Kasai Tomomi, will graduate from AKB48

Since 14 years old, over the past 6.5 years,
I experienced a lot,
Met very important friends,
And, the fans,
The love from everyone,
I’ve come so far.

AKB has a very important place in my heart.

Therefore in the future too,
It will not change!

The Kasai Tomomi who’s still immature.
Slowly in the future,
I’ll grow.
I think like this.

Still, the graduation day
Is undecided!!

When it’s decided,
I’ll tell everyone.

Because it’s a sudden announcement
Every of the fans
that’s shocked,

In the little time left,
As AKB48’s Kasai Tomomi,
Please look after me.

And the path ahead of me after that,
Please look after Kasai Tomomi.

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omfg this has been a bad month for 2nd gen. I guess this makes sense tho, Chiyuu isn't getting back into senbatsu, she's not going to get higher in AKB, she should move on and work on her solo career while she's still popular.

TBS Himitsu no Arashi-chan to end in 2013

Summary of Sponichi:

TBS variety show "Himitsu no Arashi-chan", which started back in April 2008, will be ending in March 2013. In place of its slot starting April is a talk variety show called "FACE TV" (temporary name). Comedian talent Ariyoshi Hiroiki (38) and Arashi member Sakurai Sho (30).

The show will have talks from various guests ranging from the entertainment world, to sports, to science, and more. First time seeing Sakurai co-hosting with Ariyoshi, who is known for his sharp questions and tsukkomi, the show is hoping to dive deeply into those subjects.

Source: 1, 2

:'( Will miss the show. Thought all 5's schedules would free up though...

Edit: From TBS, seems like other Arashi members may appear in the future. (switch out with Sho as host? not sure.)

'ONE PIECE FILM Z’ records best opening weekend of the past 10 years

On December 17th, it was announced that the anime ‘ONE PIECE FILM Z‘ has recorded the most successful opening weekend for a Japanese movie over the past decade.

‘ONE PIECE FILM Z’ is the twelfth movie adaptation of Oda Eiichiro’s hit manga ‘One Piece‘. It opened on the 16th and has attracted more than 1,140,000 viewers and earned 1,372,050,000 Yen ($16,390,509 USD) in just two days. Other movies that opened on the same weekend – such as ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ and ‘Yokai Ningen Bem‘ – had no chance against this long-running franchise.

Moreover there has never been a more successful opening weekend for a Japanese movie since 2001. It beat this year’s strong competition made up of ‘BRAVE HEARTS: UMIZARU‘ and ‘Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.‘, its own prequel ‘ONE PIECE FILM STRONG WORLD‘ and even the 2004 Studio Ghibli masterpiece ‘Howl’s Moving Castle‘. It’s most likely to become the most successful Japanese movie of 2012 as well.

Similar to its prequel, the distributor prepared 2 million “pirate treasure bags” including a copy of the special “1,000th Volume” Oda had drawn exclusively for the moviegoers of ‘ONE PIECE FILM Z’. However, the opening weekend exceeded all of their expectations and so they already decided to print another 2 million copies in order to keep up with the number of viewers.

Source: Mantan-Web, Cinema Today, tokyohive

  • aibada

Kween UA to release an album


...but it is not a new album
Reissue of UA's album '11' released in 1996 and will be available on 19.12.2012. 11 is the debut album released by UA. This album reached #3 on the Oricon charts and charted for 33 weeks, selling 814,890 copies in total.

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source : 1 , 2

um wut? new album plz, don't need the reissue of this flawless album.