December 14th, 2013


Arashi to Perform Medley of 15 Songs on New Year's Day

Welcoming their 15 years anniversary in 2014 since formation and debut, popular group Arashi will perform a special medley live consisting of 15 songs on Arashi ni Shiyagare broadcasted on 2014 New Year's Day (21:00 NTV). Leader Ohno Satoshi commented enthusiastically 「This time we are given the opportunity to perform a medley consisting of 15 songs. It is the first time that we are able to perform so many songs on television, we will give all our might to make it a high-spirited performance

In addition, on the New Year's Day special program members will challenge several projects from NTV's past “Monster Variety” shows. Sakurai Sho in 『Owarai Ultra Quiz』, Ninomiya Kazunari in 『Susume!Denpa Shounen』, Matsumoto Jun in 『Ganzo!Candid Camera』 will cross-dress as a female and challenge customer service, Aiba Masaki in 『Thursday Special』 project and Ohno Satoshi in 『Sunday Special』 will set out by boat in attempt to catch the phantom gigantic fish.

■ Song List of 『15 Years Share of Arashi Medley』

1999年(01)  「A・RA・SHI」(1999年11月3日)
2000年(02)  「SUNRISE Nippon」(2000年4月5日)
2001年(03)  「Kimi no Tame Ni Boku ga Iru」(2001年4月18日)
2002年(04)  「a Day in Our Life」(2002年2月6日)
2003年(05)  「Hadashi no Mirai」(2003年9月3日)
2004年(06)  「PIKA★★NCHI DOUBLE」(2004年2月18日)
2005年(07)  「Sakura Sake」(2005年3月23日)
2006年(08)  「Kitto Daijoubu」(2006年5月17日)
2007年(09)  「Love so sweet」(2007年2月21日)
2008年(10)  「truth」(2008年8月20日)
2009年(11)  「Believe」(2009年3月4日)
2010年(12)  「Hatenai Sora」(2010年11月10日)
2011年(13)  「Meikyuu Love Song」(2011年11月2日)
2012年(14)  「Wild At Heart」(2012年3月7日)
2013年(15)  「Breathless」(2013年3月6日)

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Death Note Manga Gets Stage Musical by Japanese/U.S. Team

Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's hit manga Death Note is being adapted into a stage musical that will run in Japan and South Korea in 2015. The musical will play in Tokyo's Nissay Theatre in April of 2015, before heading over to Seoul's LG Art Center in July and August.

Frank Wildhorn, an American composer known for songs sung by Whitney Houston ("Where Do Broken Hearts Go?") and Natalie Cole, is scoring the Death Note musical. He previously wrote the music for the Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War, Carmen, and The Count of Monte Cristo musicals. Tamiya Kuriyama, a recipient of the Japanese government's Medal with Purple Ribbon, is directing. Jack Murphy (Wonderland, The Civil War, Rudolf, Carmen, The Count of Monte Cristo) is writing the lyrics, and Ivan Menchell (The Cemetery Club, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bonnie and Clyde) is writing the script. The cast has yet to be announced.
In the supernatural suspense manga, a teenager finds a notebook with which he can put people to death by writing their names. He begins a self-anointed crusade against the criminals of the world, and a cat-and-mouse game begins with the authorities and one idiosyncratic genius detective. The 12-volume manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 2003 to 2006.

The manga has already been adapted into three live-action films and one television anime series in Japan. Viz Media released the Death Note manga, the anime series, and a spinoff novel, while its Viz Pictures affiliate released the three Japanese live-action films in American theaters.

Warner Bros. acquired the live-action film adaptation rights to the series from the previous rights-owner Vertigo Entertainment in 2009. At the time, screenwriter brothers Vlas and Charles Parlapanides were attached to the project. Warner Brothers then hired Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; writer of the Lethal Weapon film series) to direct Death Note, shortly before Marvel Studios revealed that Black would also direct Iron Man 3. Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry were slated to write the Death Note project's script.