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  • NIKIIE to digitally release new song, "Duty Friend"

    April 5, 2012 @ 2:32 am

    Singer-songwriter NIKIIE has revealed that she will be distributing her new song, "Duty Friend", beginning April 18th. "Duty Friend" is the ending theme song to NTV's upcoming anime, "LUPIN the Third ~Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna~", which will air starting April 4th. It's described as a stimulating number with heavy beats and unique lyrics. The song will be available in Chaku-Uta form on April 18th, while the Chaku-Uta full form and single ve

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  • Oricon releases comic chart for the week of April 9th

    April 4, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    Oricon has revealed their comic chart for the week of April 9th. Check out the results below to see if any of your favorites made it into the top 5! === 1. "Bokura ga Ita", Volume 16 - Obata Yuki: (370,166) 2. "Sukidesu Suzuki-kun", Volume 15 - Ikeyamada Go : (155,653) 3. "3gatsu no Lion", Volume 7 - Umino Chika : () 4. "Moyashimon", Volume 11 - Ishikawa Masayuki : (125,650) 5. "Saki", Volume 9 - Kobayashi

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  • SKE48's Matsui Jurina hospitalized for fatigue

    April 4, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    On April 4th, SKE48's official blog announced that member Matsui Jurina has been hospitalized to recover from overwork and fatigue. Matsui herself says she is fine, however, her doctor determined that she is experiencing "dizziness caused by anemia, and overwork". On March 25th, Matsui left during the middle of AKB48's concert at Saitama Super Arena after singing 1 song. She was also absent from the group's handshake events on March 31s

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  • 2012 Spring Drama Teaser Collection

    April 4, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    We are only 1~2 weeks away, until the spring TV season fills the void of dramas that was left with the end of the winter season. Now is the time for the networks and the cast to promote the upcoming dramas in order to achieve high ratings for their first episodes and hopefully throughout the season. One way to promote a drama are the short teasers that are slowly finding their way into the commercial breaks of each network and onto their o

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  • GLAY announces new single "Bible"

    April 4, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    Rock band GLAY has announced a new single for May. The new single titled, "Bible" will be officially released on May 23rd and is the theme song to their upcoming concert 'GLAY STADIUM LIVE 2012 THE SUITE ROOM in OSAKA NAGAI STADIUM' to be held on July 28th and July 29th. "Bible" will come with two coupling songs. The first is a new song "Ano Hi no Shounen" and the second will be "Thank you for your love", a digital single that was rele

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  • Haida Shoko gets married on her birthday

    April 4, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    On April 4th, talento and singer Haida Shoko (33) announced through her official blog that she got married on her birthday, March 25th. Haida revealed that her husband is a 35-year-old non-celebrity, and expressed her happiness saying, "From here on out, we will pull our powers together in order to keep on smiling." According to her agency, Haida is not pregnant at this time and plans to continue her career. She wrote, "I would like to

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  • Nogizaka46 reveals title & cover jackets for 2nd single

    April 4, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    AKB48's official rival group Nogizaka46 has revealed the title and cover jackets for their 2nd single! Nogizaka46's upcoming single will be titled "Oide Shampoo", and is slated for release on May 2nd. As we reported earlier, the single will contain a coupling track by the group's first original sub-unit, which consists of members Hashimoto Nanami, Matsumura Sayuri, Shiraishi Mai, and Takayama Kazumi. The single will be available in 4 di

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  • Former SDN48 member Serina releases her first swimsuit photo book

    April 4, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    Serina of former idol group SDN48 recently released her first swimsuit photo book, 'Serina Shirushi'. Since the theme of the photo book was "display all of Serina's charms", this 128-page photo book features Serina showing off her beautiful body with sexy poses and semi-nude shots. The photo book comes with a CD containing inside stories of Serina's photo shoot in Bali. It also includes her thoughts on SDN48's graduation and her plans f

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  • cali≠gari announces plans to cancel their hiatus

    April 4, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    [Note: Translation needs to be checked. Other source said the group is still going to be active despite hiatus. This article implies that they're now on a hiatus.] On April 4th, rock band cali≠gari updated their official website with the message, "Important information about our 'hiatus'". This year marks the 10 year anniversary of their major debut. In 2003, the band announced their hiatus and then years later in April 2009, they anno

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu holds handshake event with 500 fans despite storm

    April 4, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    On April 3rd, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu held a handshake event at Lazona Kawasaki to commemorate the release of her latest single, "CANDY CANDY". Along with the handshake event, Kyary was scheduled to hold a live on this day, however, it was canceled due to a storm. At one point, the staff thought about canceling the entire event altogether, but decided to carry on as they received many inquiries from the fans. Despite the strong rain and wind,

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