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  • Five promising actors receive the '2012 Elan d'or Award'

    February 10, 2012 @ 3:02 am

    On February 9th, five Japanese actors with a promising future were honored at the '2012 Elan d'or Awards'. The five recipients were Hasegawa Hiroki, Anne, Inoue Mao, Kora Kengo, and Yoshitaka Yuriko. Hasegawa Hiroki experienced a sudden popularity boost thanks to his performance in the 2011 hit drama, 'Kaseifu no Mita'. The starring actress of that drama, Matsushima Nanako, also made a surprise appearance at the awards ceremony to congratu

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  • LM.C to perform at 2012 Anime Central in April

    February 10, 2012 @ 12:52 am

    It's been announced that rock band LM.C will return to the U.S. for another concert! This time, the band will be performing at  Anime Central in Rosemont, Illinois. The anime convention will take place at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel from April 27th to April 29th. Anime Central is said to be the largest anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention in the U.S. Midwest area. LM.C will not only be performing at the show, but members m

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  • STEREOPONY is coming to Sakura Con this April!

    February 9, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

    For the fourth year in a row, female rock band STEREOPONY will be coming back to the U.S. and this time to the anime convention Sakura Con in Seattle, WA. The convention will be held from April 6th to April 8th at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Downtown Seattle. The girls' previous shows in the U.S. include performances at SXSW (2009), AnimeNEXT (2010), and Anime Boston (2011). So coming here in 2012 will mark a rec

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  • AAA to release second "Best-of" album!

    February 9, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    With preparations well under way for the release of their first single of 2012, super entertainment group AAA has announced that they will also be releasing a new "Best-of" album titled, "Another side of #AAABEST" on March 21st. AAA previously released their first "best-of" album nine months ago "#AAABEST". This new "best-of" album will be all the side songs from the group's previous singles making this a "Ura Best" (Reverse Best). The

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  • KAT-TUN reveals the PV preview to "LOCK ON"

    February 9, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    KAT-TUN has revealed the PV preview to their new song "LOCK ON" on Mezamashi TV.  "LOCK ON" is the lead track of their upcoming album "CHAIN" which is set to be released on February 22nd. The setting of the PV is quite unique with the members falling in love with a female robot in a water tank. Check out the preview below! (You can check the track list of the album in our previous post here.)

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  • AKB48's Kojima Haruna chosen as the CM character for 'Schick Hydro Silk'

    February 9, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    It's been revealed that AKB48 member Kojima Haruna has been chosen as the CM character for 'Schick Hydro Silk'! 'Hydro Silk' is Schick's first 5-blade razor for women, with water-activated moisturizing serum for smooth and silky skin. In the CM, Kojima promotes the product's special features alongside the moisture character, 'Moise-chan'. At the end, Kojima shows off her legs while striking a pose with a contagious smile. Kojima comment

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  • First teaser predicts the return of 'Sadako' in "Sadako 3D"

    February 9, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    Kadokawa Pictures released their first 40-second teaser for the upcoming return of the iconic horror film figure, 'Sadako', from the popular 'Ring' series. In 'Sadako 3D', Ishihara Satomi plays a teacher at a girls' high school. At the school, a rumor about a video clip in which a man commits suicide is spreading among the students and teachers. Furthermore, it's rumored that you will commit suicide after watching the said clip. A similar

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  • Sato Takeru to appear in NHK's documentary special program

    February 9, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    It’s been announced that actor Sato Takeru (22) will be featured on the March 31st broadcast of NHKBS Premium for their documentary special titled, “Hadaka ni Shitai Otoko ‘Sato Takeru’.” This documentary will mark Sato’s first time as a documentary character and will feature his trip to Verona and Venice, Italy for his upcoming stage debut for “Romeo and Juliet". This stage play will open their curtains in Tokyo on April 29th at Akasaka

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  • Akanishi Jin's Management company confirms marriage to Kuroki Meisa but not pregnancy

    February 9, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    Yesterday, we reported about popular actress Kuroki Meisa and singer Akanishi Jin getting married and it has been confirmed. Akanishi's Management company sent out a fax to the Japanese media confirming the reports of marriage. The fax stated that the couple officially filed paperwork for marriage on the 2nd, however, there was no mention of a pregnancy. In the fax, Akanishi also stated that he was still immature but he will work as hard a

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  • AKB48's Shinoda Mariko attends "In Time" Japanese premiere wearing $4.5 million worth of Jewelry

    February 9, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    On February 8th, AKB48’s Shinoda Mariko (25) attended the Japanese premium event for the Hollywood movie “In Time", directed by Andrew Niccol. The movie is set to premiere in Japan on the 17th and Shinoda wore extravagant jewelries worth 350,000,000 yen (approximately USD $4,550,000) to this event. Shinoda attended this event as a guest and also as a voice actress who dubbed the voice of the main female protagonist in this movie. With wea

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