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  • Tezuka Osamu's "Ningen Konchuuki" to be released as a drama on WOWOW

    May 29, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    It has just been announced that Tezuka Osamu's famous manga, "Ningen Konchuuki" (The Book of Human Insects), will get its first screen adaptation in a drama starring actress Minami, and the show will be broadcast on WOWOW beginning on July 30th! --- The original work was serialized in "Play Comic" from 1970-1971, and it's an ironic work centering on the wicked Tomura Toshiko. The manga compares her preying on the lifestyles of the men, an

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  • "Rock Musical BLEACH" to have completely new cast members!

    May 28, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    In July, for the 10th year anniversary of the manga “BLEACH”, the super popular musical “Rock Musical BLEACH” will be held with a completely new cast. Since its creation in 2005, the musical has been seen by 130,000 people. Kida Tsuyoshi is in charge of the script and production. Out of 4,500 auditions, Norizuki Kouhei has been chosen as the lead role of Kurosaki Ichigo. Fresh actors like Sato Miki and Kujirai Kousuke will be working along

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  • "Yarisugi Companion to Atashi Monogatari" to get live-action adaptation

    May 27, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    It's been decided that Hiramoto Akira's manga "Yarisugi Companion to Atashi Monogatari" will be getting a live-action film adaptation. "Yarisugi Companion to Atashi Monogatari" is a "sexy gag" manga that features rookie companions working in hot springs as the main characters. The protagonist Yarisu uses her special powers to solve problems that happen at parties in the hot springs establishment. Four gravure idols have been cast as the m

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  • Ultraman becomes record breaking hit in China with its all-star cast!

    May 26, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    In China this month, the movie “Daikaigyu Batoru Urutora Ginga Densetsu” (“Huge Monster Ultra Battle of Galactic Legend”) premiered and it became an instant hit, recording historic domestic numbers. In the first week of its opening, the movie was seen by 14,200,000 people, grossing 1,704,000,000 yen, debuting at fourth in the weekly ranking. This news was also reported to media by the movie producer Okabe Junya on his Twitter. --- Alt

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  • Which manga do women want to see get a live-action film?

    May 26, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    Escala Cafe recently conducted a poll, asking women in their twenties about which manga they'd like to see turned into a live-action film. Topping the list with 17.4% of the votes was Nakamura Hikaru's "Saint☆Oniisan", also known as "Saint Young Men". The gag manga revolves around two characters depicting Jesus Christ and Buddha, who go on vacation and live together in an apartment in Tokyo. Popular "ONE PIECE" came in second place. Check

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  • Check out the Oricon weekly comic chart for May 30th!

    May 26, 2011 @ 2:19 am

    tokyohive has got the results for the Oricon weekly comic chart for the week of May 30th. Check it out below! ----- 1. "Kekkaishi", the 34th volume - Tanabe Yellow : (158,524) 2. "Mahou Sensei Negima!", the 34th volume - Akamatsu Ken : (148,762) 3. "STEEL BALL RUN", the 23rd volume - Araki Hirohiko : (141,415) 4. "Daiya no A", the 26th volume - Terajima Yuji : (138,481) 5. "Hayate no Gotoku! (Limited Edition", the

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  • Over 100 people lined up for the latest issue of "Suzumiya Haruhi" series

    May 25, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    The newest books in the light novel series "Suzumiya Haruhi" was released on May 25th, and many fans lined up to purchase the books. The series has sold over 8 million copies in Japan and spawned a hit anime series as well as an animated film. "Suzumiya Haruhi no Kyougaku" (translation: The Dismay of Suzumiya Haruhi) is the first new release in 4 years and is being sold in a 2-volume set (first and second parts), the volumes will be sold s

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  • Rookie band "HOW MERRY MARRY" chosen to sing opening theme song for "Natsume Yuujinchou San"

    May 25, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    Starting on July 4th, four member rookie band HOW MERRY MARRY’s new song, “Boku ni Dekiru Koto”, will be used as the opening theme for the TV Tokyo anime, “Natsume Yuujinchou San”. The four members of HOW MERRY MARRY are: Kudo Keiichi (vocals & guitar), Ito Kentarou (guitar), Akiyama Osamu (bass), and Kawazoe Masashi (drums). The band had their major debut on March 2nd of this year with their mini album, “Bye My Town”. Source: Or

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  • Live action of "Detective Conan" starring Mizobata Junpei to be a drama series!

    May 25, 2011 @ 4:35 am

    It's been announced that popular manga "Detective Conan", written/illustrated by Aoyama Gosho, will be aired as a drama series starring Mizobata Junpei and Kutsuna Shiori, who previously starred in "Detective Conan" special drama. Although "Detective Conan" has been adapted to live-action special dramas three times in the past  (two special dramas starring Oguri Shun and one starring Mizobata Junpei), this will be the first time it is set

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  • Tokyo Tower will light up like a Lotus Flower for "Tezuka Osamu no Buddha"

    May 23, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    On May 27th and 28th, from 19:00 to 22:00, Tokyo's symbol, Tokyo Tower, will light up and display an image of a lotus flower. This is to celebrate the release of the animated film, "Tezuka Osamu no Buddha -Akai Sabakyo! Utsukushiku-". The film is part of a trilogy dedicated to the last Tezuka Osamu's "Buddha" manga, and it will open that weekend on May 28th. Originally the light display was supposed to run last March on the 30th and 31s

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