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  • Check out the PV for 9nine's new song "Chikutaku☆2NITE"

    December 14, 2011 @ 1:10 am

    Five-member girls' unit 9nine will be releasing their 8th single titled "Chikutaku☆2NITE" on December 21st.  As reported previously, the song was used as the theme song for live-action drama "Ranma 1/2" which was aired on the 9th. Recently, the full PV to the upcoming song was revealed.  Check it out below! Thanks to Foreverstorm90 for the tip

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  • Check out the first teaser for "Thermae Romae", starring Abe Hiroshi & Ueto Aya

    December 13, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

    After the first announcement and teaser in the form of still pictures, the official site of the upcoming live-action adaption of "Thermae Romae" was recently updated with a 30 second video teaser. The movie is based on a popular manga by Yamazaki Mari and stars Abe Hiroshi and Ueto Aya. The term 'thermae romae' actually means 'Rome's bath' and the comedic movie will depict the story of Lucius (Abe), a bath design engineer who slips thr

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  • AI announces new album + nationwide tour

    December 13, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

    R&B artist AI has announced that she will be releasing her new album, "INDEPENDENT", on February 22nd! This will be AI's first album after transferring to EMI Music Japan. It will feature a total of 10 songs including her latest single, "Happiness / Letter In The Sky feat. The Jacksons", and "Utsukushi Kimono", the ending theme song for the movie, "Berserk Ougon Jidaihen I: Haou no Tamago". Additionally, AI has announced that she will b

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – December 9th~11th

    December 13, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    [caption id="attachment_209810" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Fighting against the other networks... Abe Hiroshi in 'Saka no Ue no Kumo' (NHK)"][/caption] Here is the Friday and weekend edition of the the Drama Prime Time Report, highlighted by the drama specials, 'Ranma 1/2' and 'Akujotachi no Mes', a new season-low for 'Yokai Ningen Bem', and a gradually improving 'Nankyoku Tairiku'. Friday's prime time began with two s

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  • THE BAWDIES to sing for Mukai Osamu's upcoming drama

    December 13, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    It's been revealed that rock band THE BAWDIES will be providing the theme song for Mukai Osamu's upcoming drama, "Hungry!". "Hungry!" is already attracting the attention of many people as it features a gorgeous cast of actors including Mukai, Takimoto Miori, Kuninaka Ryoko, Tsukamoto Takashi, Miura Shohei, Kawabata Kaname (CHEMISTRY), and Inagaki Goro (SMAP). The theme song is currently untitled, however, it's been revealed that it will be

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  • Takei Emi signs a contract with Gucci

    December 13, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    Actress Takei Emi has signed a contract with Italian fashion brand Gucci, and attended the product launch event for their 2012 Spring-Summer Collection. Takei is the very first Japanese celebrity to sign a contract with Gucci. Wearing a vivid orange dress, she expressed, "When I first heard about it, I was surprised. I'm very happy. This is a rare opportunity, so I'm honored." Gucci was attracted to Takei's promising future and wealth o

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  • AKB48's Maeda Atsuko likes to wear shorts in the winter as well!

    December 13, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    AKB48’s Maeda Atsuko is the current cover girl for the December 12th edition of “CUTiE” magazine and she exclaimed that even though it's the winter, she still likes to display her legs. Maeda Atsuko has started climbing the stairs to adulthood this year, as she has just turned 20 years old. She showed off a more mature style in the latest issue of the magazine. On one page she wears lace shorts and a fluffy sweater for a “fluffy cute” look

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  • Kikkawa Yu to release 1st album in January

    December 13, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    On December 13th, Kikkawa Yu revealed that she'll be releasing her first full-length album in January 2012! Titled "One For You!", the album will be available in two versions: 'Regular' and 'Limited Edition'. The DVD in the limited edition comes with PVs like “Konna Watashi de Yokattara“ and "Hapirapi~Sunrise~", as well as making-of clips. Additionally, the limited edition will include a lottery ticket to an event. Check out the tracklist

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  • Cast of 9 members announced for AKB48's anime, 'AKB0048'

    December 13, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    Last week, we reported that 30 members from the AKB48 family passed the initial round of auditions for the upcoming anime, 'AKB0048'. Out of those 30, nine would go on to become the show's voice actresses through a public final audition. On December 13th, the 30 girls gave their all in front of a judging panel comprised of Akimoto Yasushi, Kawamori Shoji, Otsuki Toshimichi, and sound director Aketagawa Jin. Kawamori Shoji, who's famous for

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  • Nogizaka46 holds handshake event at the Tokyo Motor Show

    December 13, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    AKB48’s rival group Nogizaka46 held a handshake event on December 11th at the Tokyo Motor Show, where they shook hands with approximately 1,000 people. Eldest member Iwase Yumiko (21) commented, “We’re so happy to be able to hold an event at a venue as big as this. We’ll continue working hard in the future!!” Iwase also challenged youngest member, Hoshino Minami (13), to a race in the car game, 'Gran Turismo 5'. Iwase is a self-proclai

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