June 18th, 2013


Canadian Idol Duo Ally&Sally Appear On Japanese Idol Showcase “Future IDOL”!

On June 8th, a Canadian female duo Ally&Sally appeared on “Future IDOL” and put on a performance that put Japanese idol groups to shame. “Future IDOL” is an event held periodically at “FutureSEVEN”, a showroom to introduce Japanese entertainment to the world with the theme “made in Japan, again”.

The earnest stage presence of an orthodox duo from overseas aiming to debut as idols in Japan gave the feeling of the start of a new movement.

Ally&Sally are to reappear on “FutureIDOL” on June 30th, and will be more active in Japan hereafter!

Related Links

Ally&Sally official website : http://moetwinstyle.com/
Ally&Sally official blog : http://ameblo.jp/moetwinstyle/
Ally&Sally twitter : https://twitter.com/moe_twinstyle
FutureSEVEN : http://future7.jp/index.html


Leaving Beckii's idol group was the best thing for them. They were in the group, graduated, and now they're performing in Japan.

IOC sources say Tokyo leads race for hosting 2020 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), whose members will vote in around 3 months to choose the venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics, appear to be favoring Tokyo’s bid to host the quadrennial sports showcase, this revealed by several committee members. Despite the recent gaffes of the Tokyo bid, the Japanese capital’s emphasis on safety and security appears to be winning over IOC members, pitting Tokyo’s “clean and orderly” image against recent turmoil and instability in Istanbul and Madrid.

A long-time IOC member from Europe, speaking only on condition of anonymity, revealed that hosting the 2020 Summer Games seems to be within Tokyo’s reach. Another high-profile member who has served on the IOC Executive Board believes Tokyo should clinch the bid, as long as it doesn’t make any more major mistakes before the vote. Istanbul, on its fifth Olympic bid, was recently favored for the novel claim and aim of becoming the first Islamic city to host the games. Recent actions of the Turkish authorities against anti-government protests, though, have pushed Tokyo’s stock sharply upwards. Instanbul’s police are now being held responsible for attacking peaceful demonstrators in Taksim Square, which was a “big blow” to Istanbul’s bid, said an IOC member from Asia who would only speak anonymously. Madrid, on the other hand, is plagued by a long-running economic crisis that has spoken of the country’s instability.

Tokyo’s bid is suffering from lack of a clear concept for the games, and this has been viewed as a weakness by the IOC. But the issue of security is gathering steam, especially after the some high-profile security threats in sporting activities early this year. The three candidate cities recently made presentations to more than 800 national Olympic committee representatives during the Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Saturday. This followed the first such presentation to the IOC at the SportsAccord conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, in May. The race enters the final stretch in the next three months, and it should be a comfort for those who are behind the Tokyo bid to know that the high-profile gaffe by Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose, published by the New York Times no less – a mistake that almost half of the city believed was fatal to its bid – has been somewhat saved by outside circumstances plaguing the other bid cities.


What you need to do now is to not fuck it up Japan.

Japan poised to become the world’s biggest music market

2013 may just be the year that Japan will overtake the United States to become the world’s biggest music market. What’s even more remarkable is that the growth in Japan’s market has been driven by physical sales, an “anomaly” in this supposedly digital age.

The year-end 2012 table from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) showed that the U.S. and Japan combined accounts for more than half of the global recording industry, with the American market just 1.3% ahead. Japan is one of the very few markets that had a positive showing in 2012, gaining 4% from its 2011 showing. Japanese trade group Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) said that the digital sales during the first quarter of 2013 were 70% higher than in 2012. Single track sales and ring-tones were the biggest contributors to the digital sales for this year.

But the real story is the resurgence of physical sales in Japanese music. Someone had the brilliant idea to reinvest in the physical packaging of CDs and DVDs of popular J-pop and K-pop artists (and even other genres as well) and lo and behold, sales started booming in 2012. And lest you think it was just last year’s fad, figures from the RIAJ show that CD sales almost doubled in the first quarter this year and CD-based revenues rose 92%. In fact, 80% of the revenue of the Japanese market comes from physical CD sales. This is also partly because of the government’s law criminalizing illegal downloading, which led to a drop in digital revenues. This trend in the Japanese market should serve as a learning point for music industries that are looking at revitalizing sales of their physical CDs and DVDs.


Ohno Satoshi to star in NTV 24 Jikan Terebi 36's drama SP "Kyou no hi wa sayonara"


Arashi's leader Ohno Satoshi will be starring in NTV 24 Jikan Terebi 36's drama SP "Kyou no hi wa sayonara" which will be shown during the annual charity programme between 24 and 25 August. This is the first time Ohno is acting in a lead role of the programme's drama SP and features him as a 29-year-old man named Kota who is told one day that he is suffering from cancer and on the verge of dying. The drama SP will feature the journey of this man's preparation for his impending death and is based on the novel "Oozora e no tabidachi Gan to tatakai nagara mo yume miteita mirai" by Miyuki Kazuya. The script is written by Hashibe Atsuko who was responsible for the 2010 drama "Freeter, Ie wo Kau".

Ohno is the 3rd Arashi member who has appeared in the 24 Jikan Terebi drama SP following Matsumoto Jun's "Myu no Anyo Papa ni Ageru" in 2008 and Ninomiya Kazunari's "Kuruma isu de boku wa sora wo tobu" in 2012. The producer in charge of the programme Kawano Hidehiro commented that Ohno would not be expected to act in an exaggerated manner but rather portray the character's gradual preparation for death in a peaceful way.

Besides his involvement with the drama SP, Ohno has also designed the programme's T-shirt for this year which makes it twice in a row.


PERFUME - New Album「LEVEL3」and Dome Tour Announcement!


Whilst wrapping up their Perfume FES!! tour, both the audience and P.T.A. fans viewing P.T.A. TV were left with a bombshell announcement: a brand new album and a two special dome lives! So far only the new album’s title,LEVEL 3 was announced but it appears that it is set for an Autumn 2013 release.


As for the dome lives, it’ll be held at the following two places:

★ Kyocera Dome Osaka - December 7 and 8 2013

★ Tokyo Dome - December 24 and 25 2013

More details will be made available as soon as possible.

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New trailer released for CG-animated "Harlock: Space Pirate"

A new full trailer was released for Shinji Aramaki’s upcoming CG-animated movie Harlock: Space Pirate (known simply as “Captain Harlock” in Japan).

The film is a $30 million reboot of Leiji Matsumoto’s classic sci-fi manga and anime franchise which first gained popularity in the 1970s.

The new trailer begins with a quote from “Avatar” director James Cameron, who got an early screening and praised the unprecedented quality of the project.

The story’s titular character, Captain Harlock (voiced by Shun Oguri), gained fame as the captain of the Arcadia, the last of four Death Shadow Class starships which were built as the ultimate weapon against an oppressive invading force of aliens. However, Harlock vanished near the end of the war. In the year 2977, the vilified Harlock returns with a huge skull carved on the bow of the Arcadia, ready to fight for mankind and challenge Earth’s government.

“Harlock: Space Pirate” will be released in Japan on September 7, 2013.


hearing "Be the Light" surprised me in a giddy way xD

Kou Shibasaki to co-star in Takashi Miike’s new “Yotsuya Kaidan” film


Film company Toei has revealed that Kou Shibasaki will co-star in Takashi Miike’s Shin-Yotsuya Kaidan, a new theatrical spin on the classic horror tale of betrayal and ghostly vengeance.

Back in May, it was announced that the film would have a “play within a play” theme, with Ebizo Ichikawa starring as both a stage actor named Kosuke Hasegawa and his “Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan” character, Iemon.

Shibasaki will play Kosuke’s lover, actress Miyuki Goto, as well as Oiwa in the stage play.

In the film, the themes the two co-stars depict in the stage play bleed over into their real-life relationship until the line between fantasy and reality is completely blurred.

The role reunites Shibasaki with director Miike for the first time since she starred in his 2003 horror film, One Missed Call.

The new film will be released by Toei in Japan sometime in 2014. Celluloid Dreams and UConnect have secured international distribution rights.


Square Enix: High Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Sales Could Pave Way for More


Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster producer Yoshinori Kitase stated in an interview with RPG Site's Erren Van Duine that Square Enix may consider more high-definition ports from the Final Fantasy series if X|X-2 sells well enough.

[if we had to single out one of the vast number of Final Fantasy titles which we could make in HD, it would have to be.....]

We'll have to wait and see if these remasters are going to be successful, first. If they do well, I think this will pave the way for more of the previous games to remade in an HD sort of quality. I mean, if we had to single out one of the vast number of Final Fantasy titles which we could make in HD, it would have to be Final Fantasy XII.

Final Fantasy XII was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2006.

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita are slated for release in Japan, the United States and Europe this year.


Live-Action Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo Show's Cast Revealed


On Sunday, Fuji TV announced the lead cast for the live-action adaptation of Miki Yoshikawa's school romantic comedy manga Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo. Mariya Nishiuchi (new live-action GTO, One Piece Film Z's Marin) and Yūsuke Yamamoto (Kamen Rider Kabuto, live-action Ouran High School Host Club, GTO) will star as Urara Shiraishi and Ryū Yamada, respectively.

The story begins when Yamada, the high school's worst problem child, bumps into the beautiful honor student Shiraishi on the stairs, and their lips touch as they fall. When they regain their wits, they realize that they have swapped bodies. As time progresses, the two realize that this is not the only mysterious happening in the school.

Yoshikawa launched her Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo manga last February, and the series is currently running in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine. Kodansha published the seventh volume of the manga on Monday.

The live-action series is scheduled to premiere on the Fuji TV channel on August 10 at 11:10 p.m., and will air every Saturday.


Final Fantasy XV main characters detailed

Jump revealed the first character descriptions for the newly revealed Final Fantasy XV. Detailed below are Noctis, Prompto, Ignis, Gladiolus, and Cole.

[Spoiler (click to open)]
Noctis Lucis Caelum
JP: ノクティス・ルシス・チェラム
CV: Tatsuhisa Suzuki

The Prince of the Lucis Kingdom with eyes that can sense people’s death. Noctis is a free-spirited guy whose friends call him “Noct.”

Gladiolus Amicitia
JP: グラディオラス・アミシティア
CV: Kenta Miyake

The first-born child of a distinguished family protecting the royal family for generations. He is Noctis’ best friend and like a brother to him.

Ignis Stupeo Scientia
JP: イグニス・ストゥペオ・スキエンティア
CV: Mamoru Miyano

Noctis’ childhood friend and a staff officer raised with a gifted education. He understands Noctis and acts as his adviser.

Prompto Argentum
JP: プロンプト・アージェンタム
CV: Tetsuya Kakihara

A bad influence and friend from Noctis’ student days. He tends to push his luck, but does wants to help his friends? He boasts a courageous exterior.

Cole Leones
JP: コル・リオニス
CV: Hiroki Touchi

One of the top three commanding officers of the elite imperial guards. He is strict with Noctis and his friends, but is an honorable and righteous man who has sworn his allegiance to the king and country.

Note: The official English surnames of Prompto, Ignis, and Gladiolus, and the given and surnames of Cole are not confirmed. Published above are romanizations based on the Latin words that sound closest to their reading.


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JKT48's Nozawa Rena to hold concurrent position in AKB48


On June 18, it was announced that JKT48 member Nozawa Rena (15) would be holding a concurrent position in AKB48.

This surprise announcement was made during the group's performance at JKT48 Theater. She is the first member from any overseas sister group to become a member of AKB48.

Nozawa, who has Japanese parents and a Japanese citizenship, currently resides in Jakarta due to her father's work. She passed JKT48's first generation auditions in November of 2011 as the only Japanese member of the group. She has been an active member of Team J alongside Takajo Aki (21) and Nakagawa Haruka (21) who transferred from AKB48 last November.

Although Nozawa will be returning to Japan, she will belong to both AKB48 and JKT48 Team J. No details on her upcoming activities have been revealed at this time.


It's pretty obvious why she was chosen for a concurrent position lol, but I wish her the best of luck~