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  • Former Takarazuka top star, Matobu Sei, to debut as an actress in new drama

    March 27, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    On March 26th, it was announced that former Takarazuka Revue top star, Matobu Sei (35), will be debuting as an actress in the upcoming Fuji TV drama '37-sai de Isha ni Natta Boku', starring SMAP's Kusanagi Tsuyoshi. The drama is inspired by a true story and portrays the hard struggles of the 37-year-old 'Konno Yuta', who decided to quit his job as a salaryman at a food company and now works as a medical intern at a university hospital. Ma

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  • BiS celebrates their 1st anniversary + loses their manager

    March 26, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

    The girls of the unique idol group BiS ('Brand-new idol Society') have celebrated their 1st anniversary since their CD debut with an extra-long concert at LOFT/PLUS ONE in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Since their CD debut in March 2011, the girls have provided us with a rather different concept for an idol group as well as some great tracks, which even earned them invitations to various rock festivals. They also already went through many shaping event

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  • L'Arc~en~Ciel performs at world famous Madison Square Garden

    March 26, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    On March 25th, rock group L’Arc~en~Ciel performed at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York City. MSG is a world renowned venue and L’Arc became the first Japanese act to perform a solo concert there. Tons of fans packed the venue. MSG is located in central Manhattan and it is a venue Western artists take much pride in performing in, MSG has the nickname of The World's Most Famous Arena. L’Arc was first scheduled to hold their concert at

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  • DIR EN GREY to release tour documentary Blu-ray & DVD

    March 26, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    DIR EN GREY has announced that they will be releasing their tour documentary on Blu-ray and DVD in June and July. On June 20th, they'll be releasing "TOUR2011 AGE QUOD AGIS Vol.1 [Europe & Japan]", and on July 18th, they will release "TOUR2011 AGE QUOD AGIS Vol.2 [U.S. & Japan]". These new releases will feature a documentary of the band's concert tour, "TOUR 2011 AGE QUOD AGIS", and their special live, "UROBOROS -that's where the t

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  • NARUTO's 9th anime film to be released in July

    March 26, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

    It's been revealed that Kishimoto Masashi's popular manga, "NARUTO", will be getting it's 9th anime film on July 28th. Titled "ROAD TO NINJA -NARUTO THE MOVIE-", the film will be Kishimoto's first original story to celebrate the anime's 10th anniversary. "NARUTO" is a ninja action manga that started its serialization in "Weekly Shounen Jump" back in 1999. With 59 volumes, it's sold a total of over 110 million copies. In 2002, the manga

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  • AKB48 chosen as the CM character for Nissin's 'Cup Noodle'

    March 26, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    Popular idol group AKB48 has been chosen as the newest CM character for Nissin's 'Cup Noodle'! On March 27th, footage from the CM shoot will be available for viewing via Nissin's official Facebook page and Google+ account. The CM's theme is "REAL", and it will focus on AKB48's day-to-day life. It will feature off-shots from the group's recording sessions and concerts, scenes of the members' at home, and footage of the girls in different

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  • SKE48 to release their 9th single in May

    March 26, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    SKE48 has announced that they will be releasing their new single (currently untitled) on May 16th! This was announced on March 26th during the group's performance, "Seifuku no Me", at SKE48 Theater in Aichi. After making this announcement, member Yagami Kumi commented, "We don't know what this song will be like, but it's a surprise every time, so please look forward to our new song." This day also marked member Ono Haruka's graduation c

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  • Trailer released for upcoming movie "Black Dawn"

    March 26, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    On March 26th, the official site of the upcoming movie "Black Dawn" ("Gaiji Keisatsu"), starring Watabe Atsuro, was updated with a full-length trailer and the movie's poster. "Black Dawn" follows up on the NHK drama which aired in 2009 and was the first drama to focus on the Japanese special anti-terrorism division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. The story is about Sumimoto (Watabe) and his team, who have to track down the ter

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  • Ueto Aya shows that she can be more than just cute in 'Numero TOKYO'

    March 26, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    Popular actress Ueto Aya is making a sexy appearance in the fashion magazine 'Numero TOKYO' for its May edition (on sale March 28th). Ueto is known for her rather innocent image and beautiful smile, which earned her the title of the 'CM Queen' more than just once over the recent years. However, in the magazine she's going to swap that image of hers for a more mature and bewitching image. In the one picture released as a preview, she can be

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  • Sonar Pocket announces first Nippon Budokan concert + book

    March 26, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    Pop group Sonar Pocket has announced that they will be holding their first Nippon Budokan concert, "Sona Poke Ism SPECIAL ~Natsu no Jin~ in Nippon Budokan", on August 3rd. The news was announced during the Nagoya Century Hall performance of Sonar Pocket nationwide tour, "Sona Poke Ism vol.3", on March 24th. Pre-reservation tickets will be available through Sonar Pocket's official fan club site, "Sona Poke Supporters Club (SSC)", startin

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