January 24th, 2013

Nintendo Reveals New Yarn Game Featuring Yoshi for Wii U

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed during the live Nintendo Direct stream on Wednesday that the team behind Kirby's Epic Yarn is developing a new game starring Yoshi for the Nintendo Wii U. Takashi Tezuka (Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Story) is supervising the title's development. Iwata presented some gameplay footage during the presentation.

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Nintendo Unveils New Zelda Wii U Title in Development

Eiji Aonuma, from Nintendo's Software Development Department, announced two new games for The Legend of Zelda franchise during the Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday. Aonuma first revealed that Nintendo is developing a new Zelda title for the Wii U, and then revealed that Nintendo is creating a The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD remake for the Wii U.

Aonuma could not expand upon the details for the new title, but he did mention that the driving theme behind the development of the game is to "rethink the conventions of Zelda." In particular, Nintendo is rethinking ideas such as players having to complete dungeons in a certain order or that players have to play by themselves.

Aonuma also showed some screenshots from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake. Nintendo originally released the game on the Gamecube 10 years ago.

Aonuma noted that the new Zelda title may take a while, so he hopes that fans can enjoy The Wind Waker remake in the meantime.


Kusanagi Tsuyoshi & Horikita Maki in stage play "Nito Monogatari"


SMAP's Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Horikita Maki will be working together in the stage play "Nito Monogatari which will be performed at Tokyu Theatre Orb between 3 April and 30 April. The story is based on the novel "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens set in London and Paris during the French Revolution and will be adapted to showcase the tragic love story between Kusanagi and Horikita's characters. Co-stars include Ozawa Yukiyoshi, Takahashi Keiko and Oosugi Ren.


Fukuyama Masaharu & Yoshitaka Yuriko back in "Galileo" this spring


Fukuyama Masaharu will be back to reprise his role as Yukawa Manabu in the latest installment of the Galileo series since the first drama series in 2007. The title of the new drama hasn't been decided yet but will be shown in the Gekku slot from April 2013. This time, Yukawa's partner will be changed from Shibasaki Kou to Yoshitaka Yuriko who also appears in the new Galileo movie "Manatsu no Houteishiki" (Midsummer's Formula) which will be released in cinemas on 29 June. Nonetheless, Shibasaki is still set to appear in Episode 1 where it's explained that her character Utsumi Kaoru introduces her junior Kishitani Misa (Yoshitaka) to Yukawa. Kishitani is an original character in the drama who doesn't appear in the novels unlike Utsumi. FujiTV stressed that Utsumi is still part of the Galileo family and may appear in other episodes beside the first.

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Meisa's first public appearance since childbirth promoting Bradley Cooper's movie


On January 24, Meisa Kuroki (24) appeared in public for the first time since childbirth at the world premiere event for the movie "Silver Linings Playbook" starring Bradley Cooper held at TOHO Cinemas in Roppongi Hills.

Meisa who gave birth to her first child, a baby girl, with Jin Akanishi (28) last September appeared in a tight, black mini dress showing off her legs and slender body.  She handed a red bouquet to Bradley Cooper with a smile and said "Welcome to Japan".   The movie "Silver Linings Playbook" was nominated for 8 Oscars at the 85th Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and has attracted a lot of attention.   It's a tale of modern love story between a man and a woman who lost everything dear to them but somehow finding their way back from the bottom.  Meisa already watched the movie commented that although it's a story about the love between two very damaged people who found each other,  the love of the family who supported them is also great.  She was also impressed with Bradley's last dance scene in the movie.

Bradley Cooper was chosen People magazine "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2011 and had dated popular Hollywood actresses like Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz..  Meisa was also ranked as one of  TC Candler's "100 most beautiful faces in the world" announced at the end of last year.   "Silver Linings Playbook" will open in Japan on February 22.

Edit:  from another source, when Bradley Cooper first saw Meisa, he said "You're beautiful" and she smiled shyly "Thank you".

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Source: model press translated by me
cute @!

Kuu updates and upgrades a rock classic for her cover album, PINK SPIDER RADIO RIP!~

medium quality radio rip from JWAVE, her cover album called COLOR THE COVER will drop February 27.

covers were never posted so press the spoiler to see them and the official tracklist


CD Tracklist

Pink Spider (ピンク スパイダー) (original: hide with Spread Beaver)
Lovely (ラブリー) (original: Ozawa Kenji)
Shake Hip! (original: Kome Kome CLUB)
Dou ni mo Tomaranai (どうにもとまらない; I Can't Just Stop It) (original: Yamamoto Linda)
Jounetsu (情热; Passion) (original: UA)
Blue Velvet (original: Kudou Shizuka)
"Otoko" (「男」; "Man") (original: Kubou Ruriko)
Koyoi no Tsuki no You ni (今宵の月のように; As of This Evening of the Month) (original: Elephant Kashimashi)
One more time, One more chance (original: Yamazaki Masayoshi)
Alone (original: Okamoto Mayo)
Uta wa Waga Inochi (歌は我が命; The Song is My Life) (original: Misora Hibari) (Bonus Track)

DVD Tracklist
Hatsu no Documentary Eizou (初のドキュメンタリー映像; The First Documentary Footage) (CD+DVD+Photobooklet Only)
Pink Spider (ピンク スパイダー) (MUSIC VIDEO ~Album Version~)
Lovely (ラブリー) (MUSIC VIDEO)
Shake Hip! (MUSIC VIDEO)
Lovely (ラブリー) (MAKING VIDEO)


only Kuu could upgrade a dusty 90s Vkei track and make it a electro pop JAM!

Aya Ueto to star in “Bushi no Kondate”, Kengo Kora co-stars


Aya Ueto is set to star in a film called Bushi no Kondate (lit. Samurai’s Menu), marking her first role since marrying HIRO of EXILE last year and her first starring film role since Azumi 2 in 2005.

The film is set during the Edo period in the powerful Kaga Domain, where a good palate and the ability to cook are highly valued. Ueto will play O-haru, a woman who marries into the Funaki house which has been known for its cooking for generations.

Kengo Kora will play her husband, heir of Funaki house. Toshiyuki Nishida and Kimiko Yo will play her new in-laws.

Directed by Yuzo Asahara, the film will be the second installment of Shochiku’s “Kaga Domain series” which began with Yoshimitsu Morita’s 2010 film Abacus and Sword.

The first film focused on the family of a Kaga accountant forced to frugally manage his family funds with the support of his wife. This one revolves around the main characters’ cooking and will convey the theme of hospitality and caring for loved ones.

Ueto’s character, O-haru, married a chef at 19, but got divorced after two years and ended up becoming a lady in waiting. Although she marries into a house known for its innovative cooking, it’s actually O-haru who ends up helping her new husband Yasunobu (Kora) become a better cook.

Filming of “Bushi no Kondate” will take place on location in Kyoto and Kanazawa from March-April and production should be finished around June. The film is slated for release in December.