May 5th, 2013


Japanese Woman Gets Plastic Surgery To Become A Living “French Doll”

Vanilla Chamu has said she intends to keep having surgeries until she has achieved her lifelong goal.

Photos of Vanilla Chamu prior to her first procedures reveal a rather mousy Japanese teenager whose facial features are virtually unrecognizable from the bizarre and undoubtedly more “western-looking” appearance that she now possesses.

Certain plastic surgery treatments, including double-eyelid surgery and nose jobs, are increasingly popular amongst Asian woman wishing to look more western.

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Episode (features Anastasiya and Valeria I believe):

source: 1, 2, 3, 4

Wanting to look like a French Doll =/= Lolita. I hope people watch the interview with her. I felt bad because it seems like she grew up with low self-esteem and her parents weren't really there for her, so she based her look on a doll she had as a kid. She also paid for the surgery by working as a hostess.

Nikkei Ent presents the top girl groups and idol ranking 2013

Who are the top female idol groups in the Japanese music industry right now?

According to Nikkei Entertainment magazine, who has just published the 2013 results to their annual “Talent Power Rankings” survey in its June issue (on newsstands May 2), these 14 acts are the most popular at the moment:

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source: 1, 2

Talent Power Ranking 2013 TOP 10


In Nikkei Entertainment’s latest issue, the results were revealed for “Talent Power Ranking 2013“. Conducted last February, the ranking was based on factors, such as name recognition and public’s level of interest to the said individual/group.

It was said that 1251 individual/groups were chosen ranging from actors, talent, musician, variety show hosts, and sports player.

Here are the result for “Talent Power Ranking 2013 TOP 10

2013 Ranking




Talent Score




Ayase Haruka










Fukuyama Masaharu





Abe Hiroshi





Akashiya Sanma










Ichiro Suzuki





Sakurai Sho





Kitano Takeshi





Mao Asada


Nikkei via jnewseng

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Name Talent Score Difference 2013 Talent Score 2012 Talent Score
Matsuzaka Tori 17.3 28.7 11.5
Fukuda Ayano 17.1 26.7 9.7
Momoiro Clover-Z 15.5 23.7 8.3
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 17.3 28.7 11.5
Kasumi Ishikawa 11.8 24.3 12.5
Masu Taichi 11.8 23.1 11.3
COWCOW 11.5 27.0 15.5
Rola 10.8 39.7 28.9
Ayano Go 10.3 14.5 4.2
Tamamori Yuta (Kis-My-Ft2) 10.2 20.0 9.8

So fierce of Ayase Haruka to oust my beloved Arashi from the top but I'm also happy to see Matsuzaka Tori's name, which means that he's getting popular.XD

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Fans Name the Most Attractive Male and Female Voice Actors in Their 30s

You'd think physical appearance wouldn't have any bearing on anime voicing, but there's so much multi-channel marketing, it's not surprising that fans take notice. Appropriate for a day in which Daisuke Ono is celebrating his birthday, Biglobe has posted the results of a pair of polls asking readers to name the men with the most handsome faces and the cutest ladies over age 30.

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HENNEKO Author: Anime's Foreign Product Placement to Be Removed

HENNEKO (Hentai Ōji to Warawanai Neko.) light novel author Sou Sagara commented on his Twitter feed on Thursday about the recent use of product placement in the anime adaptation of his novel series. These comments arose less than a week after the airing of the third episode of the anime last Saturday, which featured a product placement poster of Korean band INFINITE's “Be Mine” single that was released on April 18.

Sagara wrote on his Twitter:

I was told that the anime world is low on staff wherever you go, so it's quite normal for productions to insert product placement into their works. However, I really wish people wouldn't put something like a foreign band no one's ever heard of or seen, and something that wasn't even in the original novel, storyboards, or photo materials to boot.

It looks like it's going to be removed from the Blu-ray and DVD releases, but because of that, the staff who already have no time at all to even sleep will have their workload increased, and honestly, it makes me think, “Why?”

Well, on the other hand, it looks like this has made the anime very talked about, so I'm not going to touch upon this anymore!”

Sagara's original light novels center around a second-year high school boy named Yōto Yokodera (played by Yuuki Kaji). Yōto is always thinking about his "carnal desires," but no one acknowledges him as a pervert. He learns about a cat statue that supposedly grants wishes. The boy goes to pray that he will be able to express his lustful thoughts whenever and wherever he wants. At the statue, Yōto encounters Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi (Yui Ogura), a girl from his high school with her own wish — that she would not display her "real intentions" so readily.

The anime began airing in Japan last month, and Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime for release in North America. Digital Manga published the first volume of Okomeken's manga adaptation in North America last November

Source: Otakomu, ANN

OP Note: Not sure if my tags are right but close enough. And lol, this single came out ages ago.

AKB48 - Rinatin Hat
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Matsubara Natsumi to graduate AKB48

AKB48 team K member Matsubara Natsumi announced that she would be graduating from the group at the “‘Omoidaseru Kimitachi e’ ~AKB48 Group Zenkouen~” held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL on May 5th.

Matsubara also updated her official blog, and expressed her thoughts.

I announced this at the ‘Nounai Paradise Performance’ today. I, Matsubara Natsumi, will graduate from AKB48.
I’ve experienced many things this past 7 years since I joined AKB48. It was the 7 years I had both good and hard times.
The only reason why I was able to come this far in AKB48 until now is because of you fans who always support me, the staff members who make AKB48 together with us, and the members who always make me laugh, so I was very happy.
From now on, I will go on a different path.
My dream is to become an actress. I guess I got the opportunities to appear in stage play, drama, or movie, just because I was a member of AKB48. I’m sure only hardships are waiting for me after I leave the group.
I do feel uneasy, but I am now looking forward for my life after the graduation.
I can’t say that I’m not sad, but I will run through the rest of my time as AKB48, with my full effort so I would not let my tears to have a chance to shed!!!
I will make an announcement regarding my graduation date later!!!!
Please follow me!!!!!!
I love you all!!!!

Matsubara joined the group back in 2006 as a second generation member.

tokyohive, natalie, Nattsumii's blog

Another week, another graduation. ;-;