August 9th, 2013

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Kasumi Arimura apologizes for her leaked FRIDAY pictures

Kasumi Arimura updated her blog on the 7th with the title: "To everyone".
"I would like to apologize for causing so much trouble this time."
"I felt like voicing out my own thoughts after reading everyone's comments."
"I have given thought once again as to what I wanted to do, and what I want the other people to recognize me for; and that is acting."
"Moving forward, I would like to give more than 100% in everything that I do and strive to leave behind results."
"1 year, 2 years, 3 years from now... I hope to show everyone my progress. I hope everyone can stand by me as I try to achieve my goals. Thank you everyone, and best regards."

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Jin's single Hey What's Up chosen as Tokyo Girls Collection's first ever theme song


The newest single of the singer Akanishi Jin (29) who resumed activity for the first time in one and a half year this summer, "HEY WHAT'S UP",  will be appointed as the official theme song for the greatest fashion show Autumn/Winter 2013 TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION (TGC) in Japan.  TGC will take place in Saitama Super Arena on August 31.

The song has been released since Aug 7 with good sales.   Since it is a pop dance number with peculiar words and a view of the world linked with the concept of TGC.  It was decided that it would be the first formal song in the history of TGC.   The music is due to be used as a promotion with outdoor activities, BGM of a stage, etc.

Jin commented that it's an honor for his song to be chosen and  "It's the best thing to have fashion girls all over Japan gathered in TGC to dance to this song".

Source: hochi.yomiuri

Watch the official TGC video at the source:

Hey What's Up PV

48 family will introduce a new event in idol world, the "Draft Conference"

The Kyocera Dome performances of AKB48 Group ended on the 8th, with the announcement of an audition event called “Draft Conference” at Grand Prince New Takanawa on November 10th.

According to the management, an open call for sign-ups will start in September. The pool of candidates will go through multiple evaluation rounds, and the final pool will be presented to all team captains of AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48. When a captain picks a candidate and the candidate agrees to the negotiation, then the candidate becomes a kenkyuusei of that particular team.

As for the status after being picked, at first it was announced that the candidate will become a regular member, but after the concert was over, the management issued a notice saying that was an error and the candidate will only become a kenkyuusei.

The management wants to make this event comparable to Senbatsu Sousenkyo as well as the Janken Tournament.
Just like the professional baseball draft, the candidates cannot pick where they want to go geographically. Even the venue is the same as the one used for professional baseball draft. Management is now working on rules/guidelines for the draft. 

Group-specific auditions will still be held regularly, just like how some baseball players were employed without going through the draft, or were employed as “test players”.
The captains are already meeting and discussing about what they are looking for in these candidates, such as “people that can really dance” or “people that are
really good at MC”.

AKB Draft will be for the public, not the member itself. It kinda works like normal audition for AKB. Like announced, the captains for each team will be able to pick their own 'new members' in their draft. These new members status will be different than the current Kenkyuusei, but they will join the Practices, Theatre performances, and such.

The Draft will go like this :
1. 12 August - 3 September -> Application Acceptance
7 - 13 September -> Candidates will be contacted
2. 14 - 16 September -> Candidates Interview
3. 21 - 23 September -> Dance and Vocal Audition
4. If the members pass the auditions, they will make their own introduction video, which will be uploaded into the Web (probably youtube)

The Draft itself will be on November 10th. This event will be open to public.

The Qualification for the applicants:
1. No Experience required
2. Girls between age 11 - 18, must not belong to any agency. Girls under 15 years old will need parents supervision.
3. Must follow all of the activities, such as daily performance on the Theatre.

Also, candidates will not be able to choose their own team. If 2 or more teams want the same candidates, it will be decided by lottery. Also, candidates will not be able to choose their own team. If 2 or more teams want the same candidates, it will be decided by lottery.



I personally think that the 48 family is now remodeling the whole fandom (maybe the whole idol world little by little) this time instead of management(which is common) the members will be the one who will select their desired trainee to train for their team. They were now seeking inborn talents and I hope they will pick talented girls instead of just cute but dull ones. Expect Matsui Rena to pick loli members
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Masaya Onosaka, "Crazy" Yu Kobayashi and "Dancing" Yukari Goto Star in "Anime Dance Music"

Members of ADM (Anime Dance Music): 2010 "Best Personality" Seiyu Award winner Masaya Onosaka (Vash the Stampede, Kinniku Mantarou) "Crazy" Yu Kobayashi (Attack on Titan's Sasha) and "Dancing" Yukari Goto (formerly of AAA)

Live events are scheduled for next Monday at Shinjuku BLAZE and later this month at Sapporo's Manga Anime Festival