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  • Asano Tadanobu & Naka Riisa spotted dating and sharing a kiss?

    February 2, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    This week's major scoop of the infamous weekly pictorial magazine 'FRIDAY' eventually made it into the newspapers again, unlike last week's controversial story. This week they are claiming that actor Asano Tadanobu (38) and actress Naka Riisa (22) have been spotted dating quite openly in Osaka. The tabloid backed up their story with pictures of the two embracing each other tightly in a taxi and enjoying a date in broad daylight. They even

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  • POLYSICS to open for Foo Fighters' Japanese concert

    February 2, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    It's been revealed that electro-rock band POLYSICS will be the opening act for the Foo Fighters concert in Yokohama! This concert is a part of Foo Fighters' Japanese tour, which is being held to coincide with the release of their latest album, "Wasting Light". POLYSICS will take the stage on the first day to enliven the crowd with their energetic performance. Tickets are currently available for purchase through PlayGuide. After their

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  • Nogizaka46's debut single to come with a short movie digest

    February 2, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    AKB48's official rival group Nogizaka46 has revealed that their debut single, "Guru Guru Curtain", will come with a short movie digest! "Guru Guru Curtain" will come in 4 different versions: Limited Edition A, Limited Edition B, Limited Edition C, and a Regular Edition. The limited editions will come with a DVD containing music videos, along with short movies featuring each member. These short movies were taken by famous film directors suc

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  • Hello Kitty to collaborate with Evangelion

    February 2, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

    It's been revealed that Sanrio's Hello Kitty will be collaborating with popular anime, "Evangelion", for a new line of products called "EVANGELION × HELLO KITTY"! This new collaboration project is to commemorate Evangelion's upcoming film, "Evangelion Shin Gekijouban: Q". Hello Kitty will be seen dressed up as 'Ayanami Rei' and 'Soryu Asuka Langley' from the anime. Starting in May, ten companies will gradually release a wide variety of

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  • Aimer to cover Nakashima Mika for new single

    February 2, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    On February 22nd, singer Aimer will be releasing her 3rd single, "Yuki no Furu Machi / Fuyu no Diamond", which includes a cover of Nakashima Mika's "ORION". Previously, Aimer covered Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" for her single, "Re:pray / Sabishikute Nerenai Yoru wa". Both these songs were already featured in the singer's cover album, "Your Favorite Things", which was released during her indies period. For those of you who aren't familiar w

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  • Hotei Tomoyasu celebrates his 50th birthday with a live performance

    February 2, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    On February 1st, guitarist Hotei Tomoyasu celebrated his 50th birthday with a performance at the Saitama Super Arena. Hotei greeted his mid-century birthday with open arms, as he shouted, “Welcome to the universe’s number one rock and roll show – my birthday party. I am 50 years old!”  This stage marked the end of his 30th anniversary year as an artist. T The guitarist enthusiastically performed 27 songs, including his hit songs “Thrill

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  • Hirakawa Tetsuhiro's manga "Clover" to get a drama adaptation

    February 2, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Hirakawa Tetsuhiro's popular manga, "Clover", will soon be released as a drama series through TV Tokyo! Details for the drama adaptation, such as the cast members and plot, have yet to be revealed. However, TV Tokyo has promised to announce more in the middle of February. At this time, the production is expected to air in April. "Clover" is a  youth story centering around the friendships of delinquent high school students. Stay tuned

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  • AKB48 reveals cast list for their anime, 'AKB0048'

    February 2, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    AKB48 has finally revealed the cast list for their upcoming anime, "AKB0048"! After holding a public audition late last year, it was decided that Ishida Haruka, Iwata Karen, Sato Amina, Sato Sumire, Nagaya Sayaka, and Watanabe Mayu from AKB48, Hata Sawako and Yagami Kumi from SKE48, and Mita Mao from NMB48 would provide the voices for the nine main characters. General director Kawamori Shoji commented, "Before the casting auditions, I h

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  • Kanjani 8's Maruyama Ryuhei to star in Fuji TV drama, 'O-PARTS'

    February 2, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    It's been announced that Kanjani 8 member, Maruyama Ryuhei, will star in Fuji TV's special four-night drama called "O-PARTS" (title pending). This will be Maruyama's first leading role in a drama. "O-PARTS" is a science fiction story centering around five "ordinary people" who get selected by the government to confront terrorists who come from the year 2141 in order to kill the ancestors of important people in their present time. Maruyama w

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  • Sawajiri Erika to debut as fashion producer

    February 2, 2012 @ 6:40 am

    Actress Sawajiri Erika will be making her debut as a fashion director. As a collaboration project with her mobile drama, "L et M Watashi ga Anata wo Aisuru Riyuu, Sono Hoka no Monogatari", Sawajiri will produce outfits for popular brands "Samantha Thavasa" and "Mercury Duo". These collaboration products are already available for purchase through online shop sites, "Stylife" and "Runway Channel". The shops will also carry 35 outfits and acc

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