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  • Nogizaka46 holds handshake event + celebrates a member's birthday in Nagoya

    May 19, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    On May 19th, Nogizaka46 held an event in Aichi, Nagoya at Ai-Chikyuu Haku Kinen Kouen as part of their nationwide handshake tour celebrating the release of their newest single, "Oide Shampoo". The event on the 19th was the first event from their nationwide handshake event tour to help promote this single. A crowd of approximately 2,000 fans came rushing into the venue, which was showered in the strong rays of early summer. With the excepti

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  • Listen to a preview of Mizuki Nana's new song, "METRO BAROQUE"

    May 19, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    A preview for Mizuki Nana's upcoming song "METRO BAROQUE" was recently revealed in a long-awaited trailer for the upcoming anime film, "BLOOD-C The Last Dark". The "BLOOD" series has drawn critical acclaim from famous Hollywood directors such as James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino, showing its huge impact around the world. The "BLOOD-C"  anime series was born out of a collaboration between the Production I.G (who is known for such hits as

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  • RIAJ reveals digital certifications for April 2012

    May 19, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ' for short), has just released the digital recording sales certifications that artists achieved during the month of April. To announce the certifications, the RIAJ works together with almost all of the digital and mobile download portals in Japan, including recochoku, dwango, music.jp, mu-mo (Avex), oricon ME, and many more. After compiling the data from all the major download portal

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  • Chiba Yudai holds release event for 2nd photo book

    May 19, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    On May 19th, actor Chiba Yudai held a release event for his 2nd photo book, 'Aojyashin' (blueprint). Chiba, who was asked about his own "blueprint", stated, "Right now, I'm in dramas, but I want to try various roles. Also, I like drawings, so I would like to draw a picture book. I also want to be a radio DJ." The pictures in 'Aojyashin' were taken in Yakushima Island and Tokyo. It features a handful of the actor's photos that show off h

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – May 14th~May 17th

    May 19, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    [caption id="attachment_240286" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – May 14th~May 17th"][/caption] The ratings continued to stabilize this week with no big gains or losses for most of the dramas compared to last week. On Monday, 'Hancho 5' (TBS) had to struggle a bit against 'Qsama!!' (TV Asahi) and lost 1.5%, but 'Kagi no Kakatta Heya' (Fuji TV) continued to stay above 15% (+0.1%) despite a very strong Beat T

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  • AKB48 reveals dance ver. of "Manatsu no Sounds good!" and full PV of the single track list

    May 19, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    Last month, AKB48 revealed the full PV of their upcoming single "Manatsu no Sounds good!", which is releasing on May 23rd. Now the group has revealed the dance version of the single. Furthermore, full PVs for the track list of the single "Mittsu no Namida", "Chodai, Darling!" and "Gugutasu no Sora" have also been released! Without further ado, check out all the PVs below! <Manatsu no Sounds good! dance ver.> <Mittsu

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  • Higashino Keigo's black humor series to be adapted into an online live-action series

    May 19, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    On May 19th, it was announced that three stories of Higashino Keigo's 'Warai' ('Laugh') novel series will be distributed as a new drama series through the online service "Drama JoKer" provided by KDDI and J:COM. The three stories are starring Mikami Hiroshi, Sasano Takashi, and Hamada Gaku, and will have Tortoise Matsumoto provide the theme song called "Warattemi". Higashino is a renowned writer of many great mystery novels such as 'Yogish

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  • S/mileage appears at a special event for 'GALAXY Note Studio'

    May 19, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    On May 19th, idol group S/mileage made an appearance at a special event for 'GALAXY Note Studio' at Shinjuku Station, where they cheerfully performed their new song, "Dot Bikini". Wearing a red dress with white polka dots, the girls called out, "We will sing 4 songs!", and held a mini live for the crowd. For the last song, the girls took off their tops, transforming into their bikini look. 'GALAXY Note Studio' is a promotional event for

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  • Nishino Kana to provide CM song for 'meiji Fruit Juice Gummies'

    May 19, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    Popular singer Nishino Kana recently posted an announcement on her official website, stating that her song "Happy Half Year!" from her upcoming single "Watashi-tachi" has been selected as the CM song for Meiji's "Fruit Juice Gummies"! According to her website, the CM featuring her new song will go on air with the launch of their new products on May 22nd, so make sure to check it out for a preview of "Happy Half Year!" prior to its release

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  • 'Hayami-san to Yobareru Hi' special episodes to replace 'Kazoku no Uta'

    May 19, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    Fuji TV seems to have pinned their hopes on Matsushita Nao to revive their Sunday drama time slot just in time for the upcoming summer season. On May 18th, they announced that they are going to bring back the drama 'Hayami-san to Yobareru Hi' starring Matsushita with two special episodes after cutting the disappointing 'Kazoku no Uta' down to just eight episodes. 'Hayami-san to Yobareru Hi' had just aired during the winter season with a de

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