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  • Drama Prime Time Report – June 27th~30th

    July 1, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    [caption id="attachment_168779" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Takei Emi (r.) as a guest on "Tunnels no Minasan""][/caption] The majority of dramas are coming to an end with the beginning of July and the two Monday dramas are no exception. "Hancho 4" pulled off a nice finale with 13.2%, the best rating for the drama this season, and this means a season-average of 11.7%. Fuji TV's 'Getsu 9' drama "Shiawase ni Narou yo" only

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  • AKB48's Sato Natsuki celebrates her 21st birthday!

    July 1, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    On July 1st, AKB48 Team B member Sato Natsuki celebrated her 21st birthday! The adorable star wrote on her official blog, "I've safely made it to my 21st birthday! 20 was a year where I grew up all at once, but after turning 21, I'd like to keep improving seriously, little by little." She reaffirmed her desire to keep working hard, saying, "From now on, I'll face myself steadily, I'll treasure myself, and treasure everything around me to t

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  • Kuroki Meisa to star in new "Morinaga Aloe Yogurt" CM

    July 1, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    Actress Kuroki Meisa has been promoted as the image character for "Morinaga Aloe Yogurt", and she will be appearing in a new CM entitled, "Onnaji". In the  first half of this CM, Kuroki appears sharp and wild, but later shows a relaxed smile with children. Her two very different expressions are the highlight of this CM. Kuroki, who commented, "I have nieces and nephews, so I like kids," played with the five children to calm their nerves.

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  • Galileo Galilei to sing theme song for upcoming drama, "Arakawa Under the Bridge"

    July 1, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    Rock band Galileo Galilei's new song, "Sayonara Frontier", has been chosen as the theme song for the upcoming drama, "Arakawa Under the Bridge". "Arakawa Under the Bridge" is a live-action adaptation of the romantic comedy manga by Nakamura Hikaru, first serialized in the Young Gangan magazine. Vocalist Ozaki Yuki, who says he's a fan of Nakamura Hikaru's works commented, "I've read all of his published works, even 'Arakawa Under the Br

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  • What is your favorite single by Amuro Namie?

    July 1, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    Japanese portal site goo recently held a poll asking fans which single from Amuro Namie was their favorite. Amuro has continued to release hit songs throughout the years, and on July 27th, she will release her triple A-side single, "NAKED/Fight Together/Tempest". Here are the songs that made it into the ranking, so check it out to see if your favorite made it! === 1. CAN YOU CELEBRATE? 2. Don't wanna cry 3. Baby Don't Cry 4

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  • ONE OK ROCK's "Re:make/NO SCARED" jacket cover + PV preview revealed!

    July 1, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    Back in May, tokyohive reported that ONE OK ROCK will be releasing their double A-side single, "Re:make/NO SCARED", on July 20th. Now a PV preview for "Re:make" and a jacket cover have been revealed! Check it out below! === === Additionally, ONE OK ROCK announced that they will be holding a live tour later this year! November 4,5 - Zepp Nagoya in Aichi November 8,9 - Zepp Tokyo November 15,16 - Zepp Osaka November 2

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  • aiko reveals jacket cover for live DVD, "Pop to Rock"!

    July 1, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    [caption id="attachment_168564" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Kid on the left is going into Beast Mode!"][/caption] Singer-songwriter aiko will be releasing a new live DVD on July 27th, titled "Pop to Rock", and now the jacket cover has been revealed! The jacket is illustrated by aiko herself, with a vivid yellow background and three children merrily dancing in the center. The limited edition DVD will come housed in a special box wit

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  • Kato Kazuki returns as an artist under avex trax

    July 1, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    On June 30th, it was announced that actor and singer Kato Kazuki will change his label from Pony Canyon to avex trax. Making his debut in 2005 for the “Prince of Tennis” musicals and working his way up the entertainment industry with his roles in “Hotaru no Hikari” and “Kamen Rider Kabuto”, Kato not only grew popularity as an actor and as a rock musician as well. As an anniversary commemoration for his 6th year since his debut, he decided to

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  • Tsumabuki Satoshi & Takei Emi to star in "Ai to Makoto 201X"

    July 1, 2011 @ 6:07 am

    It's been announced that Tsumabuki Satoshi and Takei Emi will star in a movie, called "Ai to Makoto 201X", which is scheduled to be released in 2012, and Miike Takashi will direct the film. "Ai to Makoto" is originally a manga series written by Kajiwara Ikki, illustrated by Nagayasu Takumi, and it was serialized on "Weekly Shonen Magazine" from 1973 ~ 1976. It's a youth story featuring a strong love  between Taiga Makoto (Tsumabuki), wh

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  • AKB48's Uchida Mayumi tries out the official "Oshimen Maker"!

    July 1, 2011 @ 5:14 am

    AKB48's 'Oshimen Maker', created as part of their campaign with Glico's Ice no Mi, has attracted plenty of attention from fans, and now Team K member Uchida Mayumi has tried it out as well! Uchida wrote on her blog, "Everyone's comments got me really interested, so I tried out the 'Oshimen Maker'! ...Even though I feel like I'm pretty late to the party." She showed off her creation, 'Masuhara Aiko', and also tried using her own face parts

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