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  • Abe Mao's short PV for 'Believe in yourself' revealed

    April 6, 2014 @ 8:22 pm

    The short PV for Abe Mao's new song "Believe in yourself" is out."Believe in yourself" is the opening theme for NHK E-tele's new anime 'Baby Steps' which premiered on April 6th. The PV expresses the song's theme "challenge towards your dream", and it features the singer challenging herself to 6 sports including American football, tennis, boxing, cheerleading, table tennis, and archery.Abe will release "Believe in yourself" as her new single on Ma

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  • AKB48 to release 4th documentary film

    April 6, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

    AKB48's new documentary film titled 'DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 The time has come Shoujotachi wa, Ima, Sono Senaka ni Nani Omou?' will open in theaters nationwide on July 4th.  AKB48's 4th documentary film will feature the group's big team shuffle, Oshima Yuko's graduation, and the 'AKB48 37th Single Senbatsu General Election' (to be held in June). It will be produced by Akimoto Yasushi and directed by Takahashi Eiki who was also the director for 'DOC

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  • Kimaguren to release new single in June

    April 6, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    It's been revealed that Kimaguren will be releasing their new single "Saigo no Natsu" on June 4th.  "Saigo no Natsu" will be Kimaguren's first single since releasing their 10th single "Baton" about 2 years ago. The title track is described as a cheerful and refreshing summer tune.This year marks the 10 year anniversary of Kimaguren, as well as their summer event 'OTODAMA SEA STUDIO'. As such, fans can expect exciting things from Kimaguren this y

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  • MUSIC STATION artist line up for April 11th

    April 5, 2014 @ 9:55 pm

    TV Asahi's popular music program 'MUSIC STATION' has revealed the artist line up for its April 11th broadcast.Next week's episode will feature performances from SEKAI NO OWARI, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, SMAP, Angela Aki, and Nakayama Yuma. Check out the full line up below.==="Tegami ~Haikei Juugo no Kimi e~" - Angela Aki"Family Party" - Kyary Pamyu Pamyu"Yes we are" - SMAP"Honoo to Mori no Carnival" - SEKAI NO OWARI"High Five" - Nakayama Yuma===Source:

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  • Yuki Maomi gives birth to her first child

    April 5, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    It's been announced that talento Yuki Maomi (34) gave birth to her first child. She gave birth to a 2426 gram (5 lbs 5 oz) baby girl on April 4th at 2:28 pm.   Through her agency, Yuki reported, "It was a little earlier than planned, but we are both healthy." After taking a 3 to 4 month break, Yuki till return to work while considering her physical condition. Yuki expressed, "When I held our newborn baby in my arms, I was very happy and I adored

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  • Oshima Yuko's re-scheduled graduation ceremony to be on June 8 at Ajinomoto Stadium

    April 4, 2014 @ 12:29 am

    Oshima Yuko's graduation ceremony, which was scheduled to take place on March 30th at National Olympic Stadium, was canceled due to the weather. This has been re-scheduled for June 8th at Ajinomoto Stadium.  The announcement was made on AKB48's official website, first reflecting on the cancellation of the event, "Although we came to this conclusion while thinking about everyone's safety as top priority, we are terribly sorry to those who ha

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 3/24 ~ 3/30

    April 3, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

    Oricon has revealed its weekly charts for March 24th to the 30th. Check out the results below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Takane no Ringo" - NMB48 : 3/26 (406,579)2. "S.A.K.U.R.A." - Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE : 3/26 (109,554)3. "Mirai to wa?" - SKE48 : 3/19 (55,911)4. "ikki!!!!! i!!" - Chotokkyu : 3/26 (32,157)5. "Yuuki Super Ball" - THE Possible : 3/26 (25,790)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "HIT! H

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  • Honda Tsubasa & Higashide Masahiro to star in 'Ao Haru Ride' live-action film adaptation

    April 3, 2014 @ 2:58 am

    It was announced that Sakisaka Io's popular manga "Ao Haru Ride", which is currently being serialized on Bessatsu Margaret, would get a live-action film adaptation starring Honda Tsubasa and Higashide Masahiro.   "Ao Haru Ride" depicts a high school girl Yoshioka Futaba's (played by Honda) youth and romance with her first love in her junior high school days Mabuchi Kou (Higashide), who Futaba has a reunion at the high school.This film

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  • Miura Haruma to star in 'Shingeki no Kyojin' live-action film adaptation

    April 3, 2014 @ 1:32 am

    It was revealed that popular actor Miura Haruma will star in upcoming film "Shingeki no Kyojin ( "Attack on Titan")".It's a live-action film adaptation of Isayama Hajime's popular manga of the same name, and it will be directed by Higuchi Shinji. "Shingeki no Kyojin" is currently being serialized on Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. It sets in a world dominated by gigantic humanoid monsters where mankind live inside the huge protective walls. It de

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  • Former Morning Musume member Ichii Sayaka applies for 'Otona AKB48 audition'

    April 3, 2014 @ 1:29 am

    Former Morning Musume member Ichii Sayaka (30) revealed on her official blog that she has applied for "Otona AKB48 Audition".  "Otona AKB48 Audition" is a part of Ezaki Glico's "Papico 2014 Spring Campaign" which AKB48 has been the image character for, and they are recruiting one limited-time member (during April 12 ~ August 31) who is over 30 years old. The qualification needed was that one had to be a woman over 30-years-old as

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