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  • Oricon Monthly Charts for May 2013

    June 10, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    Oricon revealed their monthly charts for May of 2013. Check out the results below. ===== [Single Monthly Ranking]  1. "Sayonara Crawl" - AKB48 : 5/22 (1,871,779)2. "Endless Game" - Arashi : 5/29 (477,869)3. "Preserved Roses" - T.M. Revolution × Mizuki Nana : 5/15 (146,829)4. "FACE to Face" - KAT-TUN : 5/15 (145,880)5. "GIVE ME LOVE" - 2PM : 5/29 (137,755)6. "Neko Chudoku" - Tegomass : 5/22 (102,131)7. "Love You More" - GE

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  • First look at the office ladies of the new drama 'Shomuni 2013'

    June 8, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    This summer Fuji TV is going to bring back the popular drama 'Shomuni' with a new season in 10 years. Speaking of 'Shomuni', the first thing that come to mind are actress Esumi Makiko (46) as the protagonist and the classic office lady (OL) outfits. Fortunately, none of those two are being changed in the fourth season.However, Esumi is being supported by a completely new cast this time. The other office ladies who are now working in the General A

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  • AKB48's Shinoda Mariko announces her graduation from the group next month

    June 8, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    During the event for the vote count results for AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election, AKB48 team A captain Shinoda Mariko, who ranked in 5th place in the election, announced that she would be graduating from the group. She made the surprise announcement during her speech. According to Shinoda, her graduation will be next month after the group's live concert at the Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome as she wanted to graduate in her hometown

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  • Oguri Shun to play a deceased husband in new drama 'Woman'

    June 7, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    Actor Oguri Shun will be appearing in the upcoming NTV drama 'Woman' starring Mitsushima Hikari.It's the first time for Mitsushima and Oguri to work together. She plays the single-mother 'Aoyagi Koharu' and he portrays her deceased husband named 'Shin'. The script is written by Sakamoto Yuji ('Mother', 'Saikou no Rikon') and follows the difficult life of Koharu after being left alone with their two children.Oguri's character, Shin, used to be a v

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  • KinKi Kids' Domoto Tsuyoshi to team up with Fukuda Yuichi once again for a new horror comedy drama

    June 7, 2013 @ 6:15 am

    KinKi Kids' Domoto Tsuyoshi will star in a new TBS drama "Tenma-san ga Yuku" that will begin airing in July. This will be the first time in about four years for Domoto to star in a drama, and he'll be teaming up with Fukuda Yuichi (Kodomo Keisatsu", "Ore wa Mada Honki Dashitenai dake") who has worked with Domoto previously in "33pun Tantei" series."Tenma-san ga Yuku" is a horror comedy written and directed by Fukuda himself. T

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  • Arashi's latest single tops Oricon weekly chart

    June 7, 2013 @ 5:14 am

    Popular group Arashi's 41st single "Endless Game" (released on May 29th) sold 478,000 copies in the first week of its release, topping Oricon's weekly ranking.This makes 30 consecutive chart-topping singles (37th single in total) for the group since "PIKA★★NCHI DOUBLE" (released in February 2004). Topping the chart for 30 consecutive singles has only been achieved by B'z, KinKi Kids, and Mr.Children, so Arashi is the

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  • Mitsushima Hikari to star as a single mother in the new drama 'Woman'

    June 7, 2013 @ 3:38 am

    On May 22, NTV announced a new summer drama about a single mother with two children, titled 'Woman' (tentative), starring actress Mitsushima Hikari.The drama is another original story written by Sakamoto Yuji, the creator of popular dramas such as 'Mother' and 'Saikou no Rikon'. 'Aoyagi Koharu' (Mitsushima) loses her husband in an unforeseen accident and is left with their two children and not much money. Her beloved children

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  • 'Kodoku no Gourmet' to return for a 3rd season

    June 7, 2013 @ 3:26 am

    TV Tokyo has announced that the food gourmet drama 'Kodoku no Gourmet', based on Kusumi Masayuki and Taniguchi Jiro's manga of the same name, is going to return for a third season this summer.Actor Matsushige Yutaka is once again going to play the protagonist 'Inogashira Goro'. The rest of the drama will continue in the exact same style as the previous two seasons and feature more sweets and light meals that mad

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  • 'DOCTORS' to return with a new season and a special drama

    June 7, 2013 @ 3:17 am

    It was recently announced that actor Sawamura Ikki is going to reprise his role as a super doctor in the second season and special of the hit drama 'DOCTORS ~Saikyou no Meii~' that aired on TV Asahi in 2011.The drama is written by Fukuda Yasushi ('Galileo', 'Ryomaden') and portrays the shocking current state of a medical system that has long abandoned its actual mission of saving people. It's set at the Dogami Genera

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  • AKB48's latest single is the best selling single for a female group

    June 7, 2013 @ 3:16 am

    Popular idol group AKB48's 31st single "Sayonara Crawl" (released on May 22nd) sold 109,000 copies in the second week, and the cumulative sales number for the single reached 1,872,000 copies. It exceeded the previous best record for a female group's single sales --1,845,000 copies-- which SPEED had kept for over 15 years with "WHITE LOVE" (released in October 1997).Until now, AKB48's best selling single was their 26th single "

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