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  • AKB48's Hirajima Natsumi & Yonezawa Rumi say goodbye to their fans

    February 5, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    On February 4th, AKB48's Hirajima Natsumi and Yonezawa Rumi greeted their fans for the last time during the group's handshake event at Tokyo Big Sight. As she stood in front of 15,000 fans, Hirajima commented, "I've been active for five years now, but I feel miserable for standing in the way of my fellow members. I'm also very sorry that I betrayed my fans." Bursting into tears, she continued, "I don't know what the future holds, but I

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  • Catch the first trailer for Nakamura Yoshihiro's "Potechi"

    February 5, 2012 @ 4:26 am

    The official website of the upcoming film "Potechi" was recently updated with a full-length trailer. Written by Isaka Kotaro, the story tells of two young men born in Sendai, in the same year, on the same day, in the same hospital. However, they are living completely different lifestyles, one is a professional baseball player and the other one a pretty ordinary man who struggles to make a living as a cat burglar. Despite the difference in

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – January 30th~February 2nd

    February 5, 2012 @ 12:56 am

    [caption id="attachment_219070" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – January 30th~February 2nd"][/caption] It looks like it wasn't just a third-episode itch last week, as the ratings for almost all dramas continued to drop, one by as much as 3.8%. The downward spiral began on Monday, when 'Lucky Seven' (Fuji TV) received a blow falling 1.7% and thus failing in its pursuit of the Tuesday drama 'Strawberry N

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  • Check out A.B.C-Z's PVs for "Za ABC ~5stars" and "Suna no Glass"!

    February 4, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    [caption id="attachment_218873" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="A.B.C-Z (from top left, clockwise): Tsukada Ryoichi, Hashimoto Ryosuke, Goseki Koichi, Kawai Fumito, and Totsuka Shota"][/caption] Johnny's Jimusho's 5-membered unit A.B.C-Z debuted on February 1st with the release of their DVD, "Za ABC ~5stars~". With this, the PV for the title track and the dance video clip for the song "Suna no Glass" were released. Check it out bel

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  • w-inds. reveal PV for "FLY HIGH"!

    February 4, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    Dance & vocal unit w-inds. has released the PV for their upcoming 31st single "FLY HIGH". In addition, it has been announced that the title track, "FLY HIGH", has been chosen as the February opening theme song for NTV's "Happy Music" and the February ending theme song for NTV's "Gamers TV Yoasobi Sanshimai". Check out the PV below and remember to support w-inds when the single is released on February 22nd: Thanks to Usagi for the

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  • Eikura Nana reveals a photo of her 14-year-old self

    February 4, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    On February 1st, actress Eikura Nana shared a photo of her 14-year-old self through her official blog. Eikura introduced her photo by saying, "Look at what I found when I was cleaning my room." She added, "It doesn't seem like I changed... but I did." Fans complimented the actress with comments like "Very cute!," and "Cuter than any teen idol today." Eikura stepped into the entertainment biz as a model for teen magazine, "Seventeen".

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  • Performances from February 3rd's 'Music Station'

    February 4, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    TV Asahi's weekly music program, 'Music Station', has returned with another episode full of  great performances! For its February 3rd broadcast, 'Music Station' invited new Johnny's Jr. group A.B.C-Z, talented soloist ayaka, and Canadian pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne. Yuki and Chatmonchy also appeared on the program to perform "Wonder Line" and "Mangetsu ni Hoero" respectively. Check out these exciting stages below: ----- Intro

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  • Saeko makes her first public appearance after divorcing Darvish Yu

    February 4, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    On February 3rd, talento Saeko attended the event, "Joshiryoku UP! Onna no Ko no Tame no Fuyu no Gakuensai". This marked Saeko's first public appearance after divorcing professional baseball player Darvish Yu. Saeko stood in front of 2,000 college girls and said, "I try to look for small joys. My recent happiness is watching my children grow. I'm glad I became a mother." Sponsored by Asahi Shimbun and women's fashion magazine, "JJ", "Jo

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  • AKB48's Kashiwagi Yuki & Miyazawa Sae to voice act for "Marimo no Hana" movie

    February 4, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    It's been revealed that AKB48 members Kashiwagi Yuki and Miyazawa Sae will be voice acting in the upcoming movie, "Marimo no Hana ~Saikyo Buto Shogakusei Densetsu~". Kashiwagi will provide the voice for the protagonist 'Marimo', while Miyazawa will portray Marimo's childhood friend, 'Masaru'. "Marimo no Hana" is based on the on-going manga by AKB48 producer Akimoto Yasushi and Kasumi Yuko. The story revolves around Marimo, a quiet girl

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  • SPYAIR reveals PV for "My World"

    February 4, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    Rock band SPYAIR has revealed the PV for their new song, "My World"! As reported previously, SPYAIR's first single of 2012 is also the ending theme song for anime series, 'Mobile Suit Gundam AGE'. The inspirational track delivered a great PV full of driving energy tempered by beautiful lightplay. Check it out below! Tip: Hidefumi

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