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  • Kusanagi Tsuyoshi's drama "Ninkyo Helper" to get a movie adaptation

    February 10, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    It's been announced that Fuji TV's popular drama, "Ninkyo Helper", will get a movie adaptation! "Ninkyo Helper" revolves around a Yakuza member named 'Tsubasa Hikoichi' (SMAP's Kusanagi Tsuyoshi), who suddenly gets ordered by his boss to work as a caretaker in a senior citizens' home. The drama grabbed viewers' attention immediately, since Kusanagi, who's known to have a "good person character", was cast as a cruel Yakuza. In the Kanto reg

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  • AFTER SCHOOL reveals track list + jacket covers for "PLAYGIRLZ"

    February 10, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    Korean girl group AFTER SCHOOL will be releasing their first full-length Japanese album entitled "PLAYGIRLZ" in March. The album will include their debut single "Bang!", as well as their second and third singles, "Diva" and "Rambling girls/Because of you". Also included are the Japanese version of their popular Korean hit, "Shampoo", in addition to a new song called, "Just in time", the CM song for accessories brand Samantha Thavasa. 'P

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  • 9nine reveals jacket cover + track list info for new self-titled album

    February 10, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    Girl group 9nine has released new information on their upcoming album, '9nine'. '9nine' will be released on March 7th and it marks the girls' first full-length album. It will include the songs "Cross Over", "SHINING☆STAR", "Natsu wanna say love U", "TICKTOCK☆2NITE", and "Shoujo Traveler". The first press of the limited and regular edition of the album will feature a bonus track in addition to  member introductions.  Limited Edition A w

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  • TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE member Konishi Ayano fractures her right leg

    February 10, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    It's been announced that TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE member Konishi Ayano will be putting a halt to her activities due to a bone fracture in her right leg. Konishi revealed that she had fractured her leg during the event, "TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE 2nd Album Press Conference with Vanilla Beans", which was held on February 4th at Tower Records Shinjuku. On this day, she participated in the group's performances while sitting on a chair. In order to focus o

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  • Nishino Kana announces new single, "SAKURA, I love you?"

    February 10, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    Pop singer Nishino Kana has announced that she will be releasing her new single, "SAKURA, I love you?", on March 7th! The new song is described to be a sakura song produced by Jeff Miyahara, with lyrics written by Nishino herself. It expresses the mixed feelings a girl has for her ex-boyfriend. The single will be available in both limited and regular editions. The limited edition will come with a DVD featuring a video digest of Nishino's

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  • Oricon reveals the monthly charts for January

    February 10, 2012 @ 4:21 am

    Oricon has finally unveiled their monthly charts for January 2012! Check out the top 10 singles and albums below. ---- <Single Monthly Ranking> 1. "Kataomoi Finally" - SKE48 : 1/25 2. "GOOD LUCK" - BUMP OF CHICKEN : 1/18 3. "Kawatta Katachi no Ishi" - KinKi Kids : 1/11 4. "KISS KISS/Lucky Guy" - Kim Hyun Joong : 1/25 5. "Synchrogazer" - Mizuki Nana : 1/11 6. "Wonderful Cupid/Glass no Mahou" - NYC/Nakayama

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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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