December 2nd, 2013

Parasyte manga to get a 2-part live-action movie adaptation


Hitoshi Iwaaki’s science fiction horror manga Parasyte (Kiseijuu), which has reached a total circulation of over 11 million copies, will get a 2-part live-action movie adaptation directed by Takashi Yamazaki (Always: Sunset on Third Street, Eien no Zero).

Because New Line Cinema secured the rights to a Hollywood film adaptation of Parasyte in 2005, nobody else could move forward with a film project. However, that contract expired earlier this year, allowing Toho to scoop up the rights after outbidding dozens of other film companies.

Iwaaki’s original manga was serialized in Kodansha’s “Afternoon” magazine from January 1990-February 1995. Almost 20 years after it ended, the series is still extremely popular with fans.

The story involves mysterious alien parasites which are able to crawl through people’s nose or ears to access their brain, where they can eventually take control of the body. The protagonist of the story, Shinichi Izumi, manages to escape this fate because he’s wearing headphones when a parasite attacks. The parasite, “Migi”, instead takes up residence in Shinichi’s right hand and the two form a symbiotic relationship with both of their personalities fully intact. Together, they fight against other parasites who devour humans as food.

Shinichi will be played by Shota Sometani, a young actor who’s become a hot property in the film industry over the past few years. Eri Fukatsu, winner of Best Actress at the 34th Montreal World Film Festival for her performance in Villain, will play a teacher at Shinichi’s school named Ryoko Tamiya whose mind gets taken over by a scientific-minded parasite. Ai Hashimoto (Confessions, The Kirishima Thing) will play the heroine, Shinichi’s longtime best friend and classmate Satomi Murano.

In addition to directing, Yamazaki will also handle all visual effects. Ryota Kosawa (Phone Call to the Bar) is writing the screenplays.

Parasyte - Part 1 will be released nationwide in 2014. Part 2 will follow in 2015. According to Toho, a TV anime project will go into production around the same time as the movies.


Angela Aki to Go on Indefinite Hiatus in 2014 to Study in U.S.


Singer and songwriter Angela Aki announced on Friday that she will be going on an indefinite hiatus starting next year. Aki plans to study at a music college in the United States starting in Fall 2014.

Before her hiatus, Aki will release the Tapestry of Songs - The Best of Angela Aki album in Japan on March 5, 2014, and will go on a countrywide tour between April 5 and August 4. Tapestry of Songs will be Aki's first "Best of" album. The album will include all of Aki's singles, from her first single "Home" to her latest single "Yume no Owari Ai no Hajimari." First limited editions will include a bonus disc and a DVD that will include video clips from all the songs included on the CD as well as other rare footage.

Aki said regarding the announcement, "I did not want put myself in a half-hearted state. In order to realize my dream, for several years I am going to concentrate on studying in a new environment, and I will contemplate how I should launch my musical activities. And so I will become a new student at 37 years old." Aki assured her fans that she will continue to compose, sing, and give music to her fans. She assured fans that she will definitely return after "powering up" in the United States.

Aki gave birth to her first son in February 2012, and her husband and son will be moving with her to America. She studied international politics at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has never attended a formal college for musical education.

Aki performed the theme song for Final Fantasy XII and has also preformed theme songs for Space Brothers and Blood+.


Thermae Romae II Film's English/Japanese Teaser Spoofs The Terminator

The official website for the second Thermae Romae live-action film began streaming a teaser trailer on Friday. The teaser has both English and Japanese narration voiced over the scenes.

Like the previously released poster, the teaser makes references to The Terminator films with a steel TII (Thermae Romae II or Terminator 2) logo. The poster's tagline reads, "I came back," a reference to Arnold Schwarzenegger's catchphrase "I'll be back" in The Terminator and other films.


The second Thermae Romae live-action film will open in theaters across Japan on April 26. The date coincides with "Yoi Furo no Hi" (Good Day to Bathe). Hiroshi Abe is returning as the time-travelling bath architect Lucius Modestus along with Masachika Ichimura as Hadrian, Kazuki Kitamura as Ceionius, Kai, Shishido as Antonius, and Aya Ueto as Mami Yamakoshi.


Katy Perry’s stylist says geisha-inspired outfit was because they love Japan


You would expect Lady Gaga to wear the most controversial outfits at any awards show. But at the American Music Awards, the costume that got everyone talking, and not in a positive way, was Katy Perry’s geisha-inspired outfit. But her stylist explains that it’s more about expressing their love for the Japanese culture than anything about gender and cultural stereotypes.

Most of the criticism comes from the gender angle, with the Western world’s view that the geisha culture is something that speaks of the servitude of women. But Perry’s stylist, Johnny Wujek, who is also the creative director of America’s Next Top Model, says that it was because both he and the singer love Japan. “Just walking around [in Japan], you feel something. We wanted to try and encompass that in the performance somehow, almost a tribute,” he says. In fact, it took them a lot of time and effort to prepare that costume and they even had a consultant from Kimono no Kobeya, a kimono store in Pasadena, California. The woman made sure that everything looked authentic, from the backup dancers’ original geisha dresses to Katy’s more modern take on the traditional outfit

But the critics cannot look beyond just the fashion sense of their choice. “…this was a full-barreled technicolor assault on a quarter-millennium-old set of traditions that would’ve given any self-respecting denizen of Kyoto’s Gion District a massive fatal heart attack,” said Jeff Yang of the Wall Street Journal. Katy does have her fans and one of them was the aforementioned Lady Gaga. The pop singer chose to see it as women empowerment, rather than going backwards to a time when the geishas were just living to serve and entertain. She also said people are generally too sensitive and should just let Katy be Katy, but added she wasn’t the person to ask about these sorts of things.

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Iconiq closes her Facebook account due to slander and threats

Singer/actress ICONIQ will be shutting down her Facebook account due to slanders and threats that she has been receiving.

ICONIQ comments: "This is really sad. I did not start Facebook for this purpose." She wrote on Facebook that: "I know that people hold varying opinions of me, and I am grateful and well aware that it is natural that I will also be receiving scolding and harsh words. But it really pains my heart to receive all these hurtful comments and threats, and even involving totally unrelated people in this". "It will be impossible for me to keep using FB."

She will be closing her account on the last night of her stage play Merrily we roll along on December 8.

ICONIQ comments: "I am truly grateful to the people who have supported me until this day. I hope you all understand this selfish decision that I have made. I am truly sorry".


go to the source if wanna read some of anti-Korean shit from netizens, its sad she is closing her account due all the racism which basically killed her career along with mismanagement

miss u iconiq ;__;