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  • Morning Musume's Takahashi Ai talks about her impending graduation and future plans

    September 3, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    On September 3rd, Morning Musume kicked off Takahashi Ai's final tour to commemorate her impending graduation. Takahashi Ai joined Morning Musume back in August 2001 as a 5th generation member, and became the group's 6th leader in June 2007. Sanspo snagged an interview with the much-loved idol, where she shared some of her thoughts on her upcoming graduation and her plans for the future. Takahashi began, "I don't want to cry. I want to

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – August 29th~September 1st

    September 3, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    [caption id="attachment_187334" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="You better not mess with 'Ran' (r.) and 'Kazuha'! ("Meitantei Conan" - NTV)"][/caption] The "Daegu Athletics World Championships 2011" in Korea begins to take over prime time, but unfortunately it's not easy to obtain official numbers from TBS. At least for Monday we have the ratings, and with a mark of 16.0%, the world championships are doing gr

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  • Motoki Masahiro, Matsu Takako & Maki Yoko team up for new drama, "Unmei no Hito"

    September 3, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    Actors Motoki Masahiro, Matsu Takako, and Maki Yoko will be starring in the upcoming TBS drama series, "Unmei no Hito", scheduled to air in January 2012. The story is based on a novel written by author Yamasaki Toyoko, who's known for her best-sellers, "Shiroi Kyoto" and "Shizumanu Taiyou". "Unmei no Hito" follows a case involving a secret pact about the Okinawa reversion that took place 40 years ago. Motoki will play an arrogant reporter

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  • Kato Natsuki advises on how to wear high heels during "VANITYmix" event

    September 3, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    On September 1st, actress/model Kato Natsuki (26) attended the launch event of a women's free trend fashion magazine called “VANITYmix”. Since she'll be appearing at “Kobe Collection” on the 4th, Kato explained the secret behind strutting in heels. “Weight training really trains your legs," she said. "[I think it’s necessary] because without proper muscles, high heels can be painful.” As for the key behind her impeccable style, Kato reveale

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  • Abe Hiroshi to be on the cover of Stereopony's upcoming single + star in their PV

    September 3, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    Actor Abe Hiroshi will be on the cover of Stereopony's upcoming single, "Arigato", and will also star in the music video. This new single was chosen as the theme song for Abe's upcoming movie, 'Tengoku kara no Yell', which will hit theaters on October 1st. This song was dedicated to Nakasone Hikaru, the real-life inspiration behind Abe's character in the film. "Tengoku kara no Yell" is based on the true story of Nakasone Hikaru, who founde

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  • Fuji TV to air 2-hour "Marumo no Okite" special in October

    September 3, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    "Marumo no Okite" enjoyed stellar success during the spring drama season, and it looks like it'll be making its return for the fall! Fuji TV recently announced that they will be airing a two-hour special for "Marumo no Okite" on October 9th! The story will take place during the children's summer vacation, when Marumo (Abe Sadawo) takes Kaoru (Ashida Mana) and Tomoki (Suzuki Fuku) to visit a vineyard managed by a college friend. Once there, the

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  • Chara reveals tracklist for upcoming album, "Utakata"

    September 3, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    Chara has just revealed the track list for her upcoming album, "Utakata"! As previously reported, Chara's latest album is her second for the year, and will be released on November 2nd. Since 2011 marks Chara's 20th anniversary in the industry, the singer decided to celebrate this special year by tackling new challenges in her work. "Utakata" will feature guitars, piano, synthesizers, and minimal arrangements for a delicately expressed album th

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  • Every Little Thing's "Ordinary" used in new 'Kracie' CM

    September 3, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    On September 2nd, Every Little Thing's vocalist Mochida Kaori revealed a new CM for "Kracie", which featured her group's new song, "ORDINARY", off of their upcoming album, "ORDINARY". The 15-second preview gives a sample of what's to come, as heard by Mochida's heartwarming vocals and a relaxing melody. Hear it out below! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGDLHjhlvIg

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  • HOME MADE Kazoku reveals jacket covers for "AKATSUKI"!

    September 3, 2011 @ 6:50 am

    HOME MADE Kazoku has just revealed the jacket covers for their upcoming album, "AKATSUKI"! "AKATSUKI" will be released on September 28th and comes in two different versions: a limited CD+DVD version and a regular CD-only version. The album features their single "FREEDOM", which was just released in June, and "Nukumori". Check out the covers and track lists below! - Limited Edition (CD+DVD) Regular Edition (CD-Only) < CD

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  • Matsuyama Kenichi & Koyuki announce they're expecting their first child

    September 3, 2011 @ 5:50 am

    It's just been revealed that Matsuyama Kenichi and Koyuki, who recently got married in April, are expecting their first child! The couple made their  announcement to the media through a fax sent by their agency. Koyuki, who is five months pregnant, wrote, "I am starting to feel the joy and responsibility of taking care of this new, tiny life within me. I hope to take care of myself and prepare myself for that day with the help of my hus

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