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  • SKE48 to get their own regular show on NTV

    September 27, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    Starting this October, idol group SKE48 will finally have their own regular TV show on NTV after AKB48 and NMB48. The new late-night show is called "SKE48 no Magical Radio" and will further strengthen NTV's position as being the best place for idol shows. After all, they're already hosting two regular AKB48 shows, "Naruhodo! High School" and "AKBINGO", as well as one regular NMB48 show called "Naniwa Nadeshiko". It was only a matter of tim

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  • Ishihara Satomi reads '2ch'!? Takes criticism to heart!

    September 27, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

    Actress Ishihara Satomi recently disguised herself as a female detective for her role in the drama "Bull Doctor". It was a new challenge for her and a big honor to act alongside Esumi Makiko, but early comments posted on the anonymous Japanese Internet community board '2ch' were filled with severe criticism regarding her performance. Many people left comments such as, "I have never seen a detective like that!" or "The way she talks is rea

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  • Anime Festival Asia announces musical guests

    September 27, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    This year's Anime Festival Asia is bringing out some of the top names in music this year. The three day convention will be held at the SUNTEC Convention & Exhibition Hall in Singapore from November 11th to 13th. For three days fans will be able to watch their favorite nine Japanese artists perform popular anime songs. The "Rock Your Soul 'Super Anisong Concert'" opening night will be 3D idol sensation Hatsune Miku. Day 2 acts are FLOW,

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  • Fuji TV announcer and Ikuta Toma's younger brother, Ikuta Ryusei to appear on his first regular show

    September 27, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    [caption id="attachment_192886" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Tsuruno Takeshi (left) and Ikura Ryusei (right)"][/caption] On September 26th, it was made public that actor Ikuta Toma (26)’s younger brother and Fuji TV announcer Ikuta Ryusei (23) will be a regular for a TV program for the first time! He will be the new partner of talento Tsuruno Takeshi (36), who is the navigator for the CG anime program, “Chugginton Sunday”, a pr

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  • Sakamoto Maaya reveals short PVs for her two singles!

    September 27, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

    Singer/voice actress Sakamoto Maaya will be releasing two new singles in October, and she has just revealed a short PV for both songs! The first single, "Buddy", is a collaboration song with the band School Food Punishment, and is slated for release on October 19th. It has been picked up as the opening theme for the upcoming anime, "Last Exile -Ginyoku no Fam-". The second single, "Okaerinasai", was written by Matsutoya Yumi (Yuming),

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  • MUCC collaborates with DAISHI DANCE for new single

    September 27, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

    It's been four months since rock band MUCC announced that they switched labels, and since then fans have been patiently waiting for them. Well the wait is finally over.  MUCC has announced that they are releasing a new single on November 23rd, "ARCADIA featuring DAISHI DANCE", not only that but they've come out with a brand new image concept to match this upcoming single.  This the band's first single under their new label 'Sony Music Asso

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  • Hey! Say! JUMP tops Oricon weekly chart with "Magic Power"

    September 27, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    Today, it was revealed that popular group Hey! Say! JUMP’s 8th single “Magic Power” (released on the September 21st) sold 218,000 copies in its first week and topped Oricon’s Weekly Single Ranking for the week of October 3rd. This is their eight consecutive single to top the Oricon Charts since their debut song, “Ultra Music Power” (released back in November 2007). This is also their second consecutive single to sell over 200,000 copies f

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  • Performances from HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ's Idol Special!

    September 27, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    On September 26th, Fuji TV's music program HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ held an "Idol Festival Special" for this episode. As the name suggests, this broadcast featured performances from various idol groups such as SKE48, Idoling!!!, Fairies, Momoiro Clover Z, NMB48, bump.y, 9nine, SUPER☆GiRLS and SDN48. Check out some of the performances from this exciting episode below! <"Pareo wa Emerald" - SKE48> (Performance starts at 5:0

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  • Japan Box Office Report – September 24th/25th

    September 27, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    [caption id="attachment_193028" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Moteki" / "Unfair: The Answer" / "Tantei wa BAR ni Iru""][/caption] It was the second long weekend in a row for the Japanese and the first fall weekend of 2011. Distributor Toho were the ones who led the first fall box office chart by claiming the top two spots. You might think that this would be the norm, but the last time they were able

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  • Nine idol groups perform "YMCA" with Saijo Hideki on 'HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ'

    September 27, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    On the September 26th broadcast of 'HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ', nine idol groups (SKE48, Idoling!!!, Fairies, Momoiro Clover Z, NMB48, bump.y, 9nine, SUPER☆GiRLS and SDN48) took the stage with Saijo Hideaki to perform "Y.M.C.A."! Check out this unbelievable large performance below!

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