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  • Otake Kazuki & Nakamura Hitomi become parents

    March 28, 2012 @ 6:26 am

    It's been reported that comedian Otake Kazuki (Summers) and announcer Nakamura Hitomi have welcomed their first child! This was reported by Otake himself on the March 27th episode of the variety program, 'Waratte Iitomo!'. According to the announcement, Nakamura gave birth to a healthy baby boy weighing at 2,580 grams (5lb 11oz). To kick off the show, Summers' Mimura Masakazu said, "We have a small announcement to make," and Otake proud

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

    March 28, 2012 @ 5:25 am

    [caption id="attachment_229267" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Bokura ga Ita" / "Doraemon" / "Sherlock Holmes""][/caption] "Ultraman Saga" featuring AKB48 fights its way into the top 10, while "Doraemon" remains an unbeatable force. The anime "Doraemon" unlocked the achievement for topping the box office chart for the fourth consecutive weekend. Its weekend revenue only dropped by 17.7% compared to t

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  • Acid Black Cherry ranks #1 on Oricon for the first time

    March 28, 2012 @ 3:59 am

    Taking a hiatus from his rock band Janne Da Arc, vocalist yasu has released his 3rd album “2012” under his solo act, Acid Black Cherry. The album sold 118,000 copies, a personal best for him, and ranked in at number one on Oricon’s 4/2 Weekly Album Ranking - a first time for yasu. Yasu has been having major activities for 13 years, and this will be his first ever first place. His previous singles and albums have been able to reach the num

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  • Ebisu Muscats reveals short PVs for "Honey Trap ♪" and "Okaasan"

    March 28, 2012 @ 2:32 am

    Sexy idol group Ebisu Muscats have revealed the short PVs for their songs "Honey Trap ♪" and "Okaasan"! "Honey Trap ♪" is Ebisu Muscats' upcoming single, which will be released on March 28th. This will be the girls' first single after transferring to Pony Canyon from NAYUTAWAVE RECORDS. "Okaasan" can also be found in this single as its coupling track. Check out the short PVs below! === <Honey Trap ♪> <Okaasan&g

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  • Check out the details on STEREOPONY's 1st mini U.S. tour!

    March 28, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    As announced earlier, Japanese all-girl rock band, STEREOPONY will be attending this year's Sakura-Con as the Guest of Honor.  In addition to their appearance on the anime convention, they will also be holding their first mini U.S. tour in April. They have confirmed three different locations so far for the tour, in addition to an in-store show at Amoeba in San Francisco. Check out the details below! ----- ● STEREOPONY 1st US tour

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  • Okamura Takashi 'captures' Shoujo Jidai for a 3hour long "Mecha×2 Iketeru!" special

    March 27, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    On March 28th, it was officially announced that comedian Okamura Takashi will collaborate with South Korean girl group Shoujo Jidai for a 3-hour long special of the Fuji TV variety show "Mecha×2 Iketeru!" Okamura has long been known for being an avid fan of Shoujo Jidai and already went to many of their concerts. In order to realize a collaboration with his beloved K-Pop group, which also is going to mark Shoujo Jidai's first appearance on

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  • Kis-My-Ft2's latest single tops Oricon weekly single chart

    March 27, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    On March 21st, Kis-My-Ft2 released their 3rd single, "SHE! HER! HER!". This single has sold 193,000 copies in its first week, topping the Oricon Weekly Single Ranking for the week of April 2nd! Kis-My-Ft2 has topped the Oricon charts three consecutive times since releasing their debut single, "Everybody Go", last August. The last time a male artist has achieved this was about 3 years and 8 months ago by Hey! Say! JUMP with "Your Seed / Bou

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  • AKB48 visits Thomson Elementary School in Washington DC

    March 27, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    [caption id="attachment_229088" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="L to R: Hirata Rina, Miyazawa Sae, Takajo Aki"][/caption] On March 26th, various members of AKB48 arrived in Washington DC and paid a visit to Thomson Elementary School participating in a cultural exchange with the school children. The group is visiting to show their gratitude for all the support received after the Tohoku Earthquake. AKB48 displayed various “energetic” p

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – March 23rd~March 25th

    March 27, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    [caption id="attachment_229219" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – March 23rd~March 25th"][/caption] Not many dramas are left to report on and the few that are left aren't exactly collecting positive numbers. The last prime time drama of the winter season ended with 'Renai Neet' (TBS) on Friday. It's one of the many mediocre dramas in terms of ratings this season, which fell below the 10% mark right after it

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  • AKB48's Maeda Atsuko speaks out about her upcoming graduation

    March 27, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    After the sudden announcement of her graduation from AKB48, Maeda Atsuko took to her blog while in Hong Kong on March 27th. The blog entry was titled “Feelings” and she expressed her feelings regarding her upcoming graduation. Check out the translation of her entry below. Good morning everyone I’m in Hong Kong right now These days sure are going by fast I’ve been thinking about a lot of things and my report to all of you is comin

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