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  • Hatsune Miku performs her 1st U.S. live at Anime Expo

    May 14, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

    First they gave you Kalafina as musical guest this summer, now the anime convention, Anime Expo is giving you another hot hit in Japan as it's been announced Hatsune Miku as the second musical Guest of Honor. While the virtual star recently made her debut in America by appearing in Toyota's CM, the digital character will come to stage as well. The digital diva will perform live in 3D, at the Nokia Theater on July 2nd. The Anime Expo con

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  • Nagasawa Masami and Okada Junichi to star in Studio Ghibli's "Kokuriko-zaka Kara"

    May 13, 2011 @ 5:42 am

    It was revealed on May 12th that actress Nagasawa Masami and V6's Okada Junichi have been cast in Studio Ghibli's upcoming feature, "Kokuriko-zaka Kara". Set in post-WWII Yokohama, "Kokuriko-zaka Kara" is the story of two high school students who bond over the conflict surrounding an old, historical building. Nagasawa will play the protagonist, 16-year old Matsuzaki Umi, while Okada will play her love interest, 17-year old Kazama Shun. Th

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  • Voice actress Kitamura Eri to make her debut as an artist

    May 12, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    Voice actress Kitamura Eri, who is known for her wide range of voice acting abilities, will make her debut as a solo artist under Starchild Records. Her debut single, "Be Starters!", will be used as the opening theme song for upcoming anime "Mayo Chiki!", which will start broadcasting in July on TBS (and BS-TBS). Kitamura will also play the voice of  Suzutsuki Kanade, who is one of the main characters in the anime. Kitamura's artist site

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  • 62nd volume of ONE PIECE sold over 2.36 million copies!

    May 12, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    The latest volume of Oda Eiichiro's popular manga, ONE PIECE, which is in its 62nd volume, sold 1,789,000 copies during the week of May 16th, and now the total sales for the volume have reached to 2,368,000 copies! Ever since Oricon's Comic Ranking started in April 2008 (with ONE PIECE's 50th volume ,which was released on June 2008), it  has been selling over 2 million copies for 13 volumes in a row, and has also been toping Oricon Weekly

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  • Sissy to make their major label debut with "Ready Go!"

    May 11, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    Pop band Sissy will be making their major label debut this summer! The band will be debuting with their single "Ready Go!", the theme to the popular anime "Bakugan Battle Brawlers". The title track is said to be a pop tune with a positive message in the lyrics. The cover jackets and promotional pictures taken for the single also set out to capture the key words "pop", "smile", and "jump" with fresh smiles and a bright image. The single w

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  • French Kiss video comments on their upcoming single, "Kakko Warui I Love You!"

    May 9, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    It has recently been revealed that AKB48 sub-unit French Kiss is releasing their newest single, "Kakko Warui I Love You!", on the 11th of May! The single has three versions, and the Type-B coupling song, "Kimi nara Daijoubu", will be used to support victims of the Tohoku earthquake.  Additionally, the title song is the theme song to anime, "Sket Dance". Check out their comments on the single below! In the video, the girls explain t

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  • 7!! to sing new opening theme song for "NARUTO -Shippuuden-"

    May 7, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    Pop-rock band 7!! debuted back in March 30th with the single, "Falling Love", which was the theme song for the movie, "Koukou Debut". The group's second major single was picked up once again as a theme song, only this time, it'll be for the popular anime, "NARUTO -Shippuuden-". Titled "Lovers", the single will be released on June 29th. The coupling song "Primitive Power" will be the 8th opening theme song to "NARUTO ~Shounen hen" - a re-ru

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  • Nakamura Tamao & Anne to appear in live-action movie "Nintama Rantaro"

    May 5, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    Nakamura Tamao and Anne will appear in the upcoming live-action movie "Nintama Rantaro" which is slated to be released on July 23rd.  They're both playing the role of "Yamamoto Shina," a female Ninja and a teacher at Ninja school.  "Shina-sensei" shows her special Ninja skill of transforming from the young version (Anne) and old version (Nakamura). This is the first time for both actresses to play the role of a Ninja, and they both enjoyed

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  • Oricon reveals Weekly Comic Chart for May 9th

    May 5, 2011 @ 2:49 am

    It’s that time of the week again! We’ve got the results for the Oricon Weekly Comic Chart for May 9th. Check it out below! —– 1. “ONE PIECE”, the 62nd volume – Oda Eiichiro : (579,127) 2. “NARUTO”, the 55th volume – Kishimoto Masashi : (198,016) 3. “Thermae Romae”, the 3rd volume – Yamazaki Mari : (194,612) 4. “BLEACH”, the 49th volume – Tite Kubo : (130,501) 5. “GIANT KILLING”, the 19th volume – Tsujitomo/

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  • "Bokura ga Ita" to get film adaptation starring Ikuta Toma & Yoshitaka Yuriko

    May 1, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

    It's been announced that Ikuta Toma and Yoshitaka Yuriko will star in "Bokura ga Ita", which is a film adaptation of the popular manga. This will be the first time for Ikuta and Yoshitaka to co-star alongside each other. "Bokura ga Ita" is Obata Yuki's ongoing manga on "Betsucomi", and it tells of a pure love story between a couple who met in high school. It tracks their growth over 10 years, following their time during high school, colleg

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