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  • Chatmonchy becomes a two-member band

    October 1, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    As of September 29th, rock band Chatmonchy became a 2-person band after the withdrawal of drummer Takahashi Kumiko. To reflect the change, Chatmonchy took a new profile photo and shared it with their fans. In the photo, both Fukuoka Akiko (bass) and Hashimoto Eriko (guitar, vocal) are seen with blonde hair. It's an impulsive visual that marks the start of their new path. Additionally, the band's official website shared a goodbye messag

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  • Arashi releases new CMs for 'au'

    October 1, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    Arashi is out to steal hearts again with their unstoppable 'au' CMs, and this time, they're endorsing three new services! The commercials see Arashi rocking out and striking dramatic poses to the music of "My Way" by Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols. The members are advertising "Tomokomi" (where au users get to talk to each other for free), "Wi MAX" (a speedy internet system), and a smartphone service that boasts strong signals, wherever yo

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  • Takahashi Ai graduates from Morning Musume and Hello! Project

    October 1, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    On September 30th, Morning Musume wrapped up their live tour, "Morning Musume Concert Tour Fall 2011 Ai BELIEVE ~Takahashi Ai Graduation Special~", at the Nippon Budokan. This particular concert marked leader Takahashi Ai's official graduation from both Morning Musume and Hello! Project. The day before, the concert introduced the four members of the 10th generation, and hosted surprise appearances by 5th generation members Ogawa Makoto and K

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  • Akimoto Yasushi announces AKB48 sister group, "TPE48"!

    October 1, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Many of you will know Akimoto Yasushi as the mastermind behind idol groups AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, SDN48, and HKT48. He's recently branched out his idol franchise to create AKB48's first overseas sister group, 'JKT48' from Jakarta, Indonesia, and it looks like he'll continue to establish new '48' groups in other countries. AKB48's official blog has just announced that Akimoto will be forming 'TPE48' with girls from Taipei, Taiwan! The post as

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  • WEAVER's "Egao no Aizu" becomes theme song for TBS's new program

    October 1, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    Rock band WEAVER's new song, "Egao no Aizu", has been chosen to be the ending theme for TBS's new program, "Asian Ace", starting October 1st. "Asian Ace" is a program that selects experts in dance, music, film, food, and fashion from various Asian countries to battle against a Japanese representative team. WEAVER, who've been singing about dreams and hope since their debut, will support the entertainers through this song. In related new

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  • CLAMP's "BLOOD-C" to be released as an anime film

    October 1, 2011 @ 3:58 am

    It's been revealed that the TV anime, "BLOOD-C", will be released as a film on June 2nd, 2012. "BLOOD-C" was largely produced by popular manga artist group CLAMP. It tells the story about 'Kisaragi Saya', a second year high school student who battles mysterious monsters called 'Furukimonos'. For the film, Mizuki Nana will be in charge of the voice of 'Kisaragi Saya', and Nojima Kenji will provide the voice for 'Nanahara Fumito'. Sour

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  • NHK Taiga drama "Gou" completes filming for the series

    October 1, 2011 @ 3:13 am

    Popular NHK Taiga drama, "Gou", wrapped up filming for the series on September 30th, and to celebrate, the cast held a crank up ceremony at a studio in Shibuya. "Gou" started filming from August 19th of last year and wrapped up more than a year later in Nagano. Lead actress Ueno Juri (who played the role of 'Gou'), as well as Mukai Osamu ('Tokugawa Hidetaka') and Mizukawa Asami ('Hatsu') expressed their joy as the customary ornament ball d

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  • Rookie singer Ito Shohei to sing for anime "Bakuman"

    October 1, 2011 @ 1:05 am

    Rookie singer Ito Shohei's debut song, "Dream of Life", has been chosen as the opening theme song for the popular anime, "Bakuman". Ito is a 22 year old singer-songwriter from Fukuoka who started songwriting when he was 14 years old. Inspired by the blues, soul, jazz, and R&B music, Ito began playing the guitar at the age of 10. He uses self-taught techniques to express the themes of the importance of having dreams, irreplaceable frien

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  • Check out Matsumoto Jun's 20 CMs for 'Hot Pepper Beauty'

    September 30, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

    Arashi's Matsumoto Jun is the new image character for hair/aesthetics salon, "Hot Pepper Beauty". Jun filmed 20 different commercials for his endorsement, where he looks straight into the camera as if he were talking to 'you' directly, and complimenting you on your hair and nails. Check out some of the CMs below! -- - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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  • Sone Yukie announces new single, "Kimi no Tonari ni"

    September 30, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

    Singer Sone Yukie has announced that she will release a new single on November 9th titled, "Kimi no Tonari ni". The song will be the ending theme song to TV Tokyo drama "Koko ga Uwasa no Elpalacio". The song is said to be about persuading a woman's mentality on love, a painful love song that women can understand. Sone said that if listening to a love song can develop a bond between girls then she'll be happy, even if it's only one person t

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