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  • Kishidan jokingly threatens to date Goto Maki if his album doesn't sell a million copies

    October 13, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    On October 11th, singer Goto Maki made a surprise appearance at rock band Kishidan's live concert, where she performed her duet single with Ayanokoji Sho, "Non stop love Yoroshiku!!", for the very first time. Ayanokoji, who has been suspended from appearing in NHK's Kohaku Uta Gassen since 2006, commented, "If I compare myself to Maki-chan's achievements, that thing [the suspension] would be lifted. If I can't enter the venue, than I won't

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  • Proceeds from Kuwata Keisuke's Miyagi live DVD to be donated to charity

    October 13, 2011 @ 4:56 am

    It's been revealed that Kuwata Keisuke's September live, "Miyagi Live ~Ashita e no March!!~", will be released on DVD and Blu-ray! The DVD will be released on November 16th, and the Blu-ray will follow on the 23rd. A total of 16,000 fans attended the Miyagi live on September 10th and 11th at Sekisui Heim Arena. The DVD/Blu-ray will feature 27 songs, a documentary clip, and an exclusive interview. The limited edition of the DVD will come

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  • Oricon comic chart reveals results for the week of October 17th

    October 13, 2011 @ 3:24 am

    Oricon has just revealed their comic chart ranking for the week of October 17th! This week features new top charters, as well as big-name favorites. Check out the results below! === 1. BLEACH, Volume 52 - Kubo Tite : 400,253 2. BAKUMAN., Volume 15 - Tsugumi Ohba / Takeshi Obata : 333,319 3. Katekyoshi HITMAN REBORN!, Volume 36 - Amano Akira : 239665 4. Kuroko no Basuke, Volume 14 - Fujimaki Tadatoshi : 132,511

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  • French Kiss announces new single, "Saisho no Mail"

    October 13, 2011 @ 1:47 am

    AKB48 sub-unit French Kiss has announced today that they will be releasing their 4th single, "Saisho no Mail", on November 22nd! "Saisho no Mail" describes one's feelings when they send that first (e-)mail to the person they like. Kashiwagi Yuki commented, "We thought of what a girl with a global point of view would long for, and mail seems to be the subject of that." Member Takajo Aki stated that at first they were thinking of a song that

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  • NIGHTMARE announces new album + cover jackets and tracks

    October 12, 2011 @ 11:50 pm

    Rock band NIGHTMARE has announced through their official website that they'll be releasing a new self-titled album on November 23rd. The album will include their singles, "VERMILION." and "SLEEPER", which were released earlier this year. "NIGHTMARE" will come in three editions: two limited editions will come with a DVD (each containing a different PV), while the regular edition will come with an extra track not available on the limited

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  • Ayanokoji Sho < Ai Ai Gasa > & Goto Maki release "Non stop love Yoroshiku!!" PV

    October 12, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    In September, Ayanokoji Sho of Kishidan announced that he will be releasing a new single with singer, Goto Maki. The single is titled, "Non stop love Yoroshiku!!" and will be released this month on October 19th under the name 'Ayanokoji Sho < Ai Ai Gasa >  Goto Maki'. The song has been described as a "suitable song for a year-end party". Now fans of both artists can check out the new song in their newly released PV. Check it o

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  • Morning Musume releases "12, Smart" on iTunes + previews

    October 12, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    For the past two months, tokyohive has been giving you updates on Morning Musume.'s new album "12, Smart". The group's new album changed it's name back in August, and then in September the group revealed the album covers and track lists. Now for fans who may not been aware but their management Up Front Agency, has released the album on 12,スマ–ト - モーニング娘。U.S. iTunes for a fraction of the price (of a Japanese album) at just $0.99 per song an

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  • DREAMS COME TRUE wraps up their North American tour

    October 12, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    On October 10th, popular unit DREAMS COME TRUE wrapped up their North American tour, "Dorikamu no Yuube in USA", in New York City. Back when DREAMS COME TRUE held a North American tour in 2002, vocalist Yoshida Miwa sang all the songs in English. This time, she sang every song in Japanese, including their major hit songs, "Nando Demo", "Ureshii! Tanoshii! Daisuki!", and "LOVE LOVE LOVE". DREAMS COME TRUE kicked off their tour in Los Ang

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  • Japan Box Office Report – October 8th/9th

    October 12, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

    [caption id="attachment_196414" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Moteki" / "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" / "Fast Five""][/caption] The apes of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" rose to the top of the Japanese box office chart this past weekend and kicked "Fast Five" down to third place, while "Moteki" continued to hang on in second place. It was another opening weekend of a Hollywood blockbuster with

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  • Manga-ka Aoyama Kei found dead in apartment

    October 12, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    It's been reported that Manga-ka, Aoyama Kei (32) was found dead by hanging himself at his apartment in Komae-city, Tokyo.  Aoyama's manga "Yoiko no Mokushiroku" was currently being serialized on Evening (manga magazine published by Kodansha). According to the Metropolitan Police Department's Chofu police station, they did not find any suicide note, but on October 6th, Aoyama hinted at suicide on his Twitter saying "There are many unfinish

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