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  • Straightener reveal short PV for 'Sea Glass'

    April 7, 2016 @ 10:18 am

    Straightener have revealed the short PV for their new single "Sea Glass" that will drop in stores on April 20. For this PV, the band teamed up with Okubo Takuro, who has previously worked with RADWIMPS, [Alexandros], Yoshii Kazuya, and NMB48. It features the members performing "Sea Glass" in a magical atmosphere. Source: natalie

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  • Kawashima Umika to graduate from 9nine in July

    April 7, 2016 @ 10:16 am

    9nine's Kawashima Umika have announced her graduation from the group. This announcement was made on April 6 during 9nine's one-man live "9nine LIVE 2016 Sakura Cloud9" at Zepp DiverCity TOKYO. Kawashima explained, "After our live at Nippon Budokan two years ago, I gained a sense of accomplishment and seriously started thinking about my future. Even if I continue both my individual activities and my activities in 9nine, the fact is

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  • [Alexandros]'s PV for 'NEW WALL' shot at a quarry

    April 6, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    [Alexandros] have uploaded the short PV for their new song "NEW WALL" onto their official YouTube channel. Directed by Ohkita Masaki, the PV portrays young people who try to climb walls that obstruct their way. The scenes that feature the members performing was shot in February at a quarry in Tochigi. During the daytime, the quarry only reached a temperature of 4℃ (39.2°F), and at night, the temperature dropped to 2℃ (35.6°F). It took the ba

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 3/28 ~ 4/3

    April 6, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    Oricon has revealed its weekly ranking for March 28 to April 3. Take a look at the results below the cut!  [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Chicken LINE" - SKE48 : 3/30 (257,095)2. "Harujion ga Saku Koro" - Nogizaka46 : 3/23 (22,238)3. "THE IDOLMaSTER CINDERELLA GIRLS STRAIGHT MASTER 01 Snow Wings" - Shimamura Uzuki (CV: Ohashi Hayaka), Shibuya Rin (CV: Fukuhara Ayaka), Honda Mio (CV: Hara Sayuri), Ootsuki Yui (CV: Yamashita N

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  • Budo Grape Celebrates Drummer in 5th Set of Digital Singles, Announces 3rd UK Tour

    April 6, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    Japanese new wave band Budo Grape have released their 5th set of digital singles worldwide on iTunes, featuring a contrast of melancholy ("Jikansaryouomoi") and insanely upbeat ("Go! Go! Taichi!", named for the band's manic, forever-smiling drummer).The current releases mark the achievement of 10 new songs over the course of a year, the result of the band's desire to keep connected to their fans in Japan and abroad."After creating the album Amste

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  • Drama Prime Time Report - 3/29~4/4

    April 6, 2016 @ 10:18 am

    This is Tokyohive's regular Drama Prime Time Report that gives you a detailed look at the prime time ratings with a focus on the weekly dramas. You can check out more of the most recent ratings from March 29th to April 4th and an overview of the episode and average ratings of the current winter dramas below! Screencaps: Sanada Maru (previous week's 12th episode) === 3/29 – Tuesday ??.?%(?.?%) – 19:00-21:00 – Tuesday Surprise ?

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 4/2~4/3

    April 5, 2016 @ 4:32 pm

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – April 2nd/3rd 01 (01) Assassination Classroom: Graduation (Weeks: 02) 02 (02) Doraemon Movie 36: Shin Nobita no Nippon Tanjou (Weeks: 05) 03 (03) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Weeks: 02) 04 (07) Chihayafuru: Kaminoku (Weeks: 03) 05 (06) The Good Dinosaur (Weeks: 04) 06 (04) Kamen Rider 1 (Wee

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  • Hannya's Kawashima Akiyoshi reveals he had surgery for kidney cancer

    April 5, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    On April 4, comedian duo Hannya made an appearance on TV Asahi's "Shikujiri Sensei Ore Mitai ni Naruna!! 2-jikan Special". During this program, Kawashima Akiyoshi revealed that he was diagnosed with kidney cancer back in November of 2014. Kawashima received surgery for kidney cancer at the end of 2014. The surgery was a success, and he returned to work the next month. Kanada Satoshi commented on his feelings when his partner returned to work

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  • BUMP OF CHICKEN's song picked up for 'Calpis Water' CM

    April 5, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    BUMP OF CHICKEN's song "Houseki ni Natta Hi" has been picked up as the CM song for "Calpis Water". "Houseki ni Natta Hi" was included in the band's latest album "Butterflies" released on February 10. In the CM, new image character Nagano Mei runs along the coast as "Houseki ni Natta Hi" plays in the background. You can check out the 15-second CM below.Source & Image: natalie

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  • NIGHTMARE to go on temporary hiatus at the end of the year

    April 5, 2016 @ 10:17 am

    NIGHTMARE have announced that they will be taking a temporary hiatus at the end of the year. This was announced on April 2 during the opening day of their tour "NIGHTMARE TOUR 2016 Awakening of Clowns" at Sendai PIT in Miyagi. On the reason of their hiatus, YOMI (Vo) explained, "In preparation for our 20th anniversary, we thought about how we want to spend it with our fans and decided to take a temporary break." He continued, "It's not

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