December 18th, 2013

First look at live action Rurouni Kenshin's Shishio


More live action Rurouni Kenshin news has rolled in, this time revealing Tatsuya Fujiwara's version of the fan favorite villain, Makoto Shishio. Much to my personal surprise, the production team clearly didn't stray too far from the source material in terms of designing the character for the real world.

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If anything, his skin actually looks more messed up than his manga incarnation. Hopefully we'll be getting a bigger, full body image of Shishio sometime in the future. In the meantime, I continue to be impressed by how Keishi Otomo and his team have been adapting this franchise.


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Music Station Super Live participants

TV Asahi's year-end music special MUSIC STATION Super Live 2013 (12/27 19:00~23:10) announced its 32 participants this year, where the highlight will be the one night reunion special of GLAY×EXILE. GLAY×EXILE released the single SCREAM in 2005 (highest chart position of 1st, total sales of 550,000). They performed together last September at TV Asahi's Dream Festival, but this will be their only performance on TV. This will also be EXILE's HIRO's final appearance on Music Station.

Other artists who will be making their first appearance on Super Live are wolf band MAN WITH A MISSION, L'arc~en~Ciel's hyde and Oblivion Dust guitarist K.A.Z.'s rock unit VAMPS, E-Girls, miwa, 3rd Gen. J Soul Brothers, and Golden Bomber.

Number in ( ) indicates the number of appearances on Super Live
aiko (15), Arashi (15), Ikimonogakari (8), E-Girls (1), AKB48 (5), EXILE (10), KAT-TUN (9), Kanjani8 (7), Kis-My-Ft2 (3), KinKi Kids (13), Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (2), GLAY (9), GLAY×EXILE (1), Kobukuro (8), Golden Bomber (1), Kazuyoshi Saito (3) 3rd gen. J Soul Brothers (1), JUJU (5), SMAP (18), SEKAI NO OWARI (2) TOKIO (20), Kana Nishino (5), Ayumi Hamasaki (13), Perfume (6), VAMPS (1), Hey!Say!JUMP (7), Porno Graffitti (14), Atsuko Maeda (2), MAN WITH A MISSION (1), miwa (1), Momoiro Clover Z (2), Yuzu (5).

* Participants are subject to change without prior notice.
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Misono Retires From Entertainment in 2014


29-year-old singer misono announced on the NTV program Konya Kurabete Mimashita on Tuesday that she will be retiring from the entertainment industry next year. She said that she had planned from the start to work in the industry until she was 30. She remarked that she "wanted to be number one," but could not accomplish this in entertainment. She added that she now "wants to work at a hostess club," an area where she might be able to become "number one."

The singer performed theme songs for multiple game, anime, and live-action projects, including Tales of the Tempest, Tales of Symphonia the Animation: The United World Episode and Love*Com the Movie.


Oricon president: "Arashi have this image that each one of their fans genuinely buys their releases"

Oricon's president Kou Koike:

"There are a lot of methods now, like adding tickets to CDs or handshake passes but Arashi is taking on the conventional and empirical method. They have this image that each one of their fans genuinely buys their releases. With that in mind, I want you to  understand how amazing this record is."



AKB48 announced new concerts

2014/03/29 AKB48 Solo Concert in National Stadium
2014/03/30 AKB48 Group Cocnert in National Stadium
2014/04/04 SKE48 Solo Concert in SSA
2014/04/05 HKT48 Solo Concert in SSA
2014/04/05 NMB48 Solo Concert in SSA

BTW AKB is the FIRST FEMALE GROUP who will do a concert at the National Stadium and the 5th artists other artists are Dreams Come True, SMAP, Arashi, and L'Arc-en-Ciel'