August 22nd, 2013

Yosuke Kubozuka and Shinnosuke Ikehata join “Sanbun no Ichi” cast

Today it was revealed that Shinnosuke Ikehata and Yosuke Kubozuka will appear in Hiroshi Shinagawa’s Sanbun no Ichi (lit. One Third).

Kubozuka will play a man named Hamasho who is described as having demon-like ferociousness while Ikehata will play an underworld big-wig moneylender named Tamiko Shibugaki.

The film is based on a 2012 novel by Hanta Kinoshita and will mark the first time Shinagawa has adapted someone else’s work. His previous two films, Drop and Slapstick Brothers, were based on his own original stories.

Back in February it was announced that Tatsuya Fujiwara will play the lead character, Shu, and his supporting cast will include KAT-TUN’s Koki Tanaka, comedian Ryuichi Kosugi, and singer/actress Mika Nakashima (Nana).

The story revolves around a bank robbery pulled off by “Honey Bunny” hostess club manager Shu, a club waiter named Koji (Tanaka), and a club regular named Ken-san (Kosugi). They’re supposed to split the money three ways, but greed soon takes over as they attempt to scam each other out of their respective shares.

Soon, Kubozuka’s character Hamasho steps into the fray with the intention of taking the money away from all three partners.

“Sanbun no Ichi” will get a nationwide release in Japan in 2014.


Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII PS3 Game's 'The Savior' Trailer Streamed

The official PlayStation YouTube channel began streaming a trailer titled "The Savior" on Wednesday for the upcoming PlayStation 3 game Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released in Japan on November 21. It will arrive in the United States on February 11, 2014, and then in Europe on February 14, 2014.

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Recochoku's weekly download charts for 08/14~08/20

< Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking >

01 - "Koisuru Fortune Cookie" - AKB48
02 - "Kimi to no Kiseki" - Kis-My-Ft2
03 - "SCREAM" - Tohoshinki
04 - "Peace to Hi-lite" - Southern All Stars
05 - "Amachan Opening Theme (Long Version)" - Otomo Yoshihide
06 - "Shiosai no Memory" - Amano Haruko (Koizumi Kyoko)*
07 - "Namidairo" - Nishino Kana
09 - "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO
10 - "Itoshi Kimi e" - GReeeeN
*From the morning drama 'Amachan'!

# "Chaku-Uta" are short versions (30~40 seconds) of full songs that often become available before the actual release. They are cheaper and perfect for ringtones.

< Digital Single - Weekly Ranking >

01 - "Koisuru Fortune Cookie" - AKB48
02 - "Peace to Hi-lite" - Southern All Stars
03 - "Eikou no Otoko" - Southern All Stars
04 - "Shiosai no Memory" - Amano Haruko (Koizumi Kyoko)*
05 - "Fight For Liberty" - UVERworld
06 - "Namidairo" - Nishino Kana
07 - "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO
08 - "Itoshi Kimi e" - GReeeeN
10 - "Hotaru" - Southern All Stars
*From the morning drama 'Amachan'!

< Music Video - Weekly Ranking >

02 - "Tomodachi Yori Daiji na Hito" - Goriki Ayame
03 - "Sayonara Crawl" - AKB48
04 - "Follow Me" - E-Girls
05 - "Utsukushii Inazuma" - SKE48
06 - "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO
07 - "Bokura no Eureka" - NMB48
08 - "Love Story" - Amuro Namie
09 - "Heavy Rotation" - AKB48
10 - "Ninjari Banban" - Kyary Pamyu Pamyu


Heavy Rotation AKB48's immortal song and it seems like KFC was really popular in Japan topping RCHD for two weeks straight

Cast members of 'Sadako 3D 2' attend the pre-screening event

On August 20, the cast of upcoming horror movie "Sadako 3D 2" attended the pre-screening event.

Takimoto Miori revealed that she was not good with horror at all. She commented, "I told my manager in secret that, 'I can't do this. Please ask them to find somebody else if possible,' but it was already decided. So I had to prepare myself before attending the filming. Even during the pre-screening, I had to take my 3D glasses off since I knew when Sadako would come out."

On the other hand, Seto Koji, who also starred in the previous film, talked about a terrifying experience he had. He said, "When I was watching the previous film on DVD, it kept pausing at the same part multiple times. There was also a time somebody blew on my ear when I was watching scary video." However, he said with a smile that, "It was not that scary, but I felt more like 'Yes,' because I could brag about this in front of you guys.

At the event, Tohoshinki, who sing the theme song, also made a surprise appearance. Since Sadako appeared at the event as an assistant MC as well, Changmin seemed to become nervous as he said "I'm scared..." Yunho pleased Sadako by telling her, "You are well-known in Korea as well." Seeing Sadako livening up the event by running right and left on the stage, the director of the movie Hanabusa Tsutomu complained "Horror is supposed to be something mysterious... She thinks she is one of those 'Yuru-Chara' ("loose" mascot characters) or something, and I'm irritated about it (lol)," which brought laughter to the venue.

Yamamoto Yusuke and child actress Hirasawa Kokoro also attended the event.

Sadako 3D 2" is set for release on August 30


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Takanori Nishikawa criticizes Reina Tanaka's LoVendoЯ and Hello! Pro, offers advice

T.M.Revolution's Takanori Nishikawa gave harsh words of advice to Reina Tanaka, formerly of Morning Musume, now with LoVendoЯ, when she guested on his show Nishikawa Takanori no Ienomi!! on NicoNico Live Broadcast.

LoVendoЯ is a "twin vocalist-twin guitarist" band consisting of members Reina Tanaka and Marina Okada on vocals, and Yuki Uozumi and Marin Miyazawa on guitars.

Tanaka was part of the unit since its formation in June of 2012 and balanced it with Morning Musume. She officially concentrated on the band after graduating from Morning Musume last May 21. (Related post HERE)

When asked about the reason for the formation of the band, Tanaka answered: "Because Tsunku-san said so".
When Tanaka told Tsunku that she wanted to graduate but still keep on singing, Tsunku offered her the position in the band.

While they were showing a live performance VTR of the band singing Takuro Yoshida's "Kyou made soshite ashita kara", Nishikawa asked:
"Uhmmm... who's the one who decides what kind of music you play?"

When Tanaka said: "The higher-ups of the company", Nishikawa replied: "Aw c'mon, let's do things properly. I don't think this is the type of music people want to hear from LoVendoЯ"

Nishikawa also gave comments to Uozumi who declared that she's a fan of Extreme's guitarist Nuno Bettencourt: "I'm sure you want to play more seriously, like powerful riffs, right?" to which Uozumi replied: "Well... Yes". But Tanaka immediately rebutted: "But things are still good the way they are now, right? We can't go against the decisions made by the agency".

Nishikawa then said to Tanaka:
"No, I don't think so! Why? What's the matter with you?"
Nishikawa said that he thought of her as a person who had strong determination, as she was able to quit Morning Musume so she can focus on the band.

Nishikawa could not understand why Tanaka needs to keep following what her agency says.
He followed up with: "People over 50 are the only ones who would think of turning folk music into rock music. I just thought to myself that no one will dig that sort of thing and was really wondering why your agency is trying to make you do that".

Tanaka answered that she's not just following what her agency tells her to do. "I did that for 10 years and failed, and that's why I'm here now after learning from all my mistakes".

Nishikawa still can't accept this and insisted that they stray away from the path the agency wants them to take: "You should officially look for a bassist and a drummer, and form a real band. I think you guys should honestly consider doing what you think is cool..."

Similar conversations continued throughout the program, and after all the arguments, Tanaka declared with a smile: "Alright! Nishikawa-san will be producing LoVendoЯ!", to which Nishikawa suddenly said: "No, don't go making declarations like that! We still can't get past the boundaries set up by your agency! But yes, if your agency will tell you to go explore possible collaborations with outsiders then..."
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AKB48's Yuko Oshima Joins Osamu Tezuka Biography Show Cast


Additional cast for Fuji TV's live-action adaptation of the Kami-sama no Beret Bō ~Tezuka Osamu no Black Jack Sōsaku Hiwa (God's Beret: The Untold Story of How Osamu Tezuka Created His Black Jack) manga were revealed on Thursday. AKB48 idol Yuko Oshima (Ushijima the Loan Shark) is joining the cast as original character Sakura Odamachi. Sakura is a modern-day novice editor who is uninterested in manga. However, she travels back in time to the lifetime of manga and anime pioneer Osamu Tezuka.

Additional supporting class include Naoki Matayoshi of the comedy duo Piece as manga creator Fujio Akatsuka, Kei Tanaka as Sakura's superior and senior editor, Yoshinori Okada as Showa-era editor Akagi, Hidekazu Mashima as Tezuka's manager, model Maggie as Tezuka Production's chief assistant, Yosuke Asari as a college student and part-timer at Tezuka Productions, Yasuhi Nakamura as aspiring manga creator Hazama, Kōichi Otake and Satoru Matsuo as other company editors, Yumi Asou as a owner of Taizō Kabemura's favorite bar, and Fumiyo Kohinata as the mysterious man who sends Sakura into the past.

SMAP band member Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (Ballad: Namonaki Koi no Uta, The Diary of Anne Frank, Yume o Kanaeru Zō) will play Tezuka himself in the fall series. Kōichi Satō (Sukiyaki Western Django, Kamui Gaiden) will play Taizō Kabemura, Tezuka's acclaimed editor-in-chief at Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine.

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In the original nonfiction manga, Masaru Miyazaki and Kōji Yoshimoto recount the true story of how Tezuka (Astro Boy/Mighty Atom, Kimba the White Lion/Jungle Emperor, Phoenix) created Black Jack, his classic tale of a brilliant maverick doctor. Miyazaki and Yoshimoto used firsthand accounts from people who were actually at Tezuka's studio to give their behind-the-scenes account.

Black Jack Sōsaku Hiwa ranked #1 among the "Top 10 Manga for Male Readers" in the 2012 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook. The manga ran in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion (the very same magazine that serialized the original Black Jack manga from 1973 to 1978) and Bessatsu Shōnen Champion.

Kami-sama no Beret Bō ~Tezuka Osamu no Black Jack Sōsaku Hiwa will premiere on Fuji TV on September 24.


is this y Oshima and Kusanagi were dragged unto those marriage rumors? xD

Hikaru Utada’s mother found dead in Shinjuku, suicide suspected


The mother of singer Hikaru Utada died early Thursday morning in Shinjuku Ward in what police are ruling a suicide, reports Nikkan Sports (Aug. 22).

At around 7:00 a.m., the body of Keiko Fuji, whose real name is Junko Utada, was found on the street below a 60-story building in Nishi Shinjuku. Fuji, who is believed to have leaped from the building, was confirmed dead at a nearby hospital. She was 62.

Fuji was said to have visited the apartment of a male friend in his 30s which was on the 13th floor and one of her slippers was found on the balcony. The police believed that Fuji could have committed suicide but no suicide note had been found so far. Fuji was found lying on the floor by passers-by who called the police and her ex-husband. The male friend was said to be sleeping when the police called on him and he had not realized that Fuji was missing from his apartment until then.

Fuji was an accomplished actress and enka singer. Her debut album “Woman in Shinjuku,” which was released in 1970, spent 20 straight weeks at the top of Oricon chart.

Her only daughter, Hikaru, 30, rose to fame in pop music in the late 1990s after the debut of her “First Love,” which spawned the hits “Automatic/Time Will Tell” and “Movin’ on Without You.”

In 2006, the elder Utada had $400,000 confiscated from her luggage at JFK Airport in New York by drug enforcement officials just prior to boarding a plane for Las Vegas. She was not charged.

tokyoreporter , doramaworld

Hayao Miyazaki : "If there would be a Nausicaa sequel, Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) should do it"


For all of Studio Ghibli’s acclaim, the famed House That Miyazaki Built has never once put out a direct sequel to one of its works. While various thematic threads run through all of Miyazaki’s films, the man, for all his genius, apparently lacks the attention span to stretch a concept into two films. That or he just really hates the idea of tacking numbers to his movies’ titles.

However that may change soon if comments Hayao Miyazaki made at a recent interview promoting his latest film and ode to tobacco smoke, The Wind Rises, are to be believed.

While appearing for a one-on-one interview during the Japanese morning talk show, Oosama no Brunch, Miyazaki indicated that he’s open to the idea of a sequel to his 1984 film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – his sophomore film as a director and one of his most cherished by fans. The only catch is he wouldn’t be doing the film himself.

That honor would apparently go to acclaimed Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno.

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Anno and Miyazaki’s relationship goes back a surprisingly long way: Anno originally met the director when he was selected to help animate the original Nausicaa. Reportedly, Miyazaki was so impressed with Anno’s drawing talents, he gave the man animating duties for some of the film’s most complicated climax scenes. That, in turn, opened the door for Anno to helm the original Evangelion series.

Since then, Anno had long expressed an interest to Miyazaki in creating a sequel to Nausicaa, which makes sense as the film is actually an adaptation of just the first third of an epic manga series.

Apparently, Anno’s constant Andy Dufresne-esque nagging is finally paying off:

“I have no interest in doing a sequel to Nausicaa,” Miyazaki said on Osama no Brunch. “But these days I think if Anno really wants to do it, he should.”

So, fellow Nausicaa fans, now it’s up to us to send Anno letters, day in and day out, Shawshank Redemption-style until the man actually takes the plunge and puts pen to paper on this fabled sequel.


Yamapi Announces New Album and Concert Tour

Yamashita Tomohisa will be releasing his new album "A NUDE" on September 11. He'll also be holding a nationwide tour called 'TOMOHISA YAMASHITA LIVE TOUR 2013 -A NUDE-' from October to the end of the year.

"A NUDE" is Yamashita's first album since releasing "Ero" about a year and 2 months ago. A variety of artists will be involved with the album, including AI, corin., STY, Jeff Miyahara, ☆Taku Takahashi (m-flo), Nakajin (SEKAI NO OWARI), Passpied, Maeyamada Kenichi, MIYAVI, Mori Daisuke, MONKEY MAJIK, RYOJI (Ketsumeishi), Rake, and THE LOWBROWS.

The album's lead song "Genshiteki Janai to ~Analog Love~" is composed by Kubota Toshinobu, written by Wada Makoto (TRICERATOPS), and arranged by Osawa Shinichi. It will also contain "NEXTACTION feat. Fujigaya Taisuke (Kis-My-Ft2)" and "PAri-PArA" written and composed by his unit with SMAP's Katori Shingo, The MONSTERS.

The theme of the album is "Autumn=Autumn's Nude". The "A" in the title stands for 3 things: A for Autumn, "ee" in Kansai dialect, and A for Analog. On the jacket cover, Yamashita lies atop fallen leaves, showing a different kind of "nude" from his single "SUMMER NUDE'13".

The album will be released in 3 different types: Limited Edition A, Limited Edition B, and Regular Edition. Limited Edition A will come with a DVD featuring the PV and making of "Genshiteki Janai to ~Analog Love~", Limited Edition B will come with a see-through bag, and the Regular Edition will come with "Natsu no Orion", a song written and composed by Yamashita himself.

Furthermore, Yamashita will be kicking off his nationwide tour on October 5 at Nagasaki Brick Hall for a total of 29 shows at 20 locations.

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Woah Pi, this album is LOADED, with MIYAVI, SEKAI NO OWARI and all the rest

'Braindead' Tomomi Kahala high on METH, completely NUDE... DEBAUCHERY for DRUG ADDICTED Matsuura Max

In the new issue of Shukan Bunshun, a scathing piece has been published bashing Avex's head, Max Matsuura (48). The article reveals the details of his relationship with Ayumi Hamasaki (34) and how he forced her stardom, as well as his alleged antics involving bringing multiple women home for sex, marijuana and cocaine. It also includes information about his actions with Tomomi Kahala (39), who recently made a comeback, during her dark days, in possibly the most shocking part of the article.

An eye witness gave testimony about his behavior on night at a small private club called Namikimichi in Shibuya which was holding an event full of celebrities of all areas of entertainment and numerous beautiful women dancing to loud music.

The witness, a regular at the club, said, "Tomomi Kahala was completely naked wandering around the dance floor, not even wearing panties. I couldn't believe it but she was totally nude. She was definitely high on some drugs and it was like she was sleepwalking. Her eyes were half shut and her mouth was hanging open."

Her then-lover, Tetsuya Komuro, had recently dumped her, possibly causing her to turn to drugs. This alone would be shocking but Matsuura's behavior after this is even worse. He and Avex vice-president Chiba started taunting her and then pointed at her and proudly announced "I fucked Komuro's girl" so all could hear.

While she recently had been on TV announcing her complete recovery and comeback, it seemed that she's been struggling with an addiction to men and drugs.

"When she was really bad, she would hide on the roof of her apartment tower from her assigned caretakers while cackling like a crazy person," said one source. "She'd get naked without warning, it seems like she has no common sense any more. At first out of curiosity men would flock to her, but she was so strange that the men would have sex with her once and then never contact her again. Finally one everyone abandoned her she had to check in to get help."

The article also reports that Matsuura enjoys marijuana as well as MDMA (ecstasy), supplied by his yakuza connections. Erika Sawajiri, about whom there were also marijuana rumors, said that Matsuura always had drugs prepared, although Avex vehemently denied the accusations. However suspicions about drugs remain strong.

In the 90s, Avex had the top two performers, hitomi and Ayumi Hamasaki, with hitomi being vice president Chiba's lover, and Hamasaki being involved with Matsuura. Since then the company has been walking a fine line between business and pleasure.

Also, the article reveals that Matsuura allegedly had received plastic surgery. Though he seems powerful now, Matsuura is known to be a cowardly man with insecurity complexes, and got a silicone implant to make up for his lack of chin.

From working at a record rental shop to the head of a corporation that last year saw 138 billion yen revenue and 14 billion yen profits, Matsuura has certainly grown into a successful man. But his addiction to sex, drugs and money continue to plague him. And if Kahala really has recovered from drug-fueled public nudity and sex addiction, that really is a miracle.

Source: infoseek
Translation: devilsatin (me)