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  • Movie 'Uchuu Kyodai' collaborates with 'Ajinomoto' for new CM

    April 6, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    Actor Oguri Shun will be starring in the new CM for Ajinomoto as 'Mutta' from his upcoming film, 'Uchuu Kyodai'. The CM starts with two brothers, who dream of going to space one day, eating tamago kake gohan (rice with raw egg usually seasoned with soy sauce). Although they promise to become astronauts, the CM shows the brothers 20 years later as the comedy duo Total Tenboss. Out of nowhere, Mutta (Oguri) appears on screen shouting, "Nooo!

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  • Oshima Yuko to voice protagonist for Japanese version of Disney Pixar's 'Brave'

    April 6, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    AKB48's Oshima Yuko will be the voice behind animated protagonist 'Merida' in the upcoming Disney Pixar film, 'Merida to Osoroshi no Mori' ('Brave')! This will be Oshima's first time voice acting for a Hollywood film. She commented, "[I'm wondering] how I'm going to play this role. I'm already excited yet nervous at the same time." Set in Scotland, the movie follows the story of a princess named Merida, who is determined to live her lif

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  • Arashi's upcoming single chosen as theme song for drama 'Kagi no Kakatta Heya'

    April 6, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    On April 5th,the new Fuji TV drama 'Kagi no Kakatta Heya' held a press conference in Tokyo, where they announced that Arashi's upcoming single "Face Down" has been chosen as the drama's theme song. The protagonist of the drama, Ohno Satoshi, attended this conference with co-stars Toda Erika and Sato Koichi. With "Face Down", Arashi set a new record by providing the theme songs for a 'Getsu9' drama for two seasons in a row. Last drama seaso

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  • Check out the details on Mr.Children's upcoming best-of albums

    April 6, 2012 @ 5:04 am

    As we reported back in January, Mr.Children will release two best-of albums: 'Mr.Children 2001-2005<micro>' and 'Mr.Children 2005-2010<macro>' on May 10th. To follow up, they've recently revealed the jacket cover and track list. 'Mr.Children 2001-2005<micro>' will contain their singles which have been released over the years from 2001 to 2005, and the singles from 2006 to 2008 will be in 'Mr.Children 2005-2010<macro>'. Also, both albums

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  • May'n to hold two performances in California for 'Rock Your Beats World Tour'

    April 6, 2012 @ 3:04 am

    J-Pop superstar May'n will be making her return to the U.S. for two live performances in California this June. As part of the 'ROCK YOUR BEATS World Tour', May'n will perform live with her band and dancers in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The event will also be followed by a special autograph session for VIP ticket holders. After being discovered through HoriPro's Talent Scout Caravan and becoming known to anime fans all over the world a

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  • THE BACK HORN to release new album in June

    April 6, 2012 @ 12:43 am

    Rock group THE BACK HORN has announced that they will be releasing their 9th album, "Liv Squall", on June 6th! This will be the group's first album in a year and 9 months with their last being, "Asylum" back in September of 2010. Aside from their charity song, "Sekaiju ni Hanataba wo", and their latest single, "Sirius", the album will contain 11 brand new songs written by the members themselves. Check out the jacket cover and track list

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  • STEREOPONY to live broadcast their concert at "Sakura-Con"

    April 5, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    On April 6th, female rock band STEREOPONY will be holding a live concert at the anime festival, "Sakura-Con", in Seattle, Washington. It's been revealed that this concert will be broadcasted live via niconico.com and Nico Nico Namahousou! The concert will air on April 6th at 6:30 pm local time (PDT), which equates to April 7th at 10:30 am in Japan. After their appearance at "Sakura-Con", the girls are scheduled to hold their first U.S.

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  • Kobukuro resumes their music activities

    April 5, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

    On April 5th, popular duo Kobukuro announced through their official website that they have officially resumed their activities! Sakata Minosuke, who is CEO of Office Kobukuro wrote, "We resumed our activities as Kokukuro in April. We are still to decide on any concrete details regarding our appearances in front of everyone." Last August, Kokukuro announced that they would be going on hiatus due to member Kobuchi Kentaro's poor health. H

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  • [Blu-ray Review] May'n Special Concert BD 2011 'RHYTHM TANK!!' at Budokan

    April 5, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    An artist who can definitely stay apart from her associations, May’n has proven she can stand on her own. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a J-Pop concert, and one of the main things I look for in a good concert is the artist's ability to catch my attention with vocals. I say live concerts are a way to prove to people you’re not just about looks but talent as well. Here's my review on the May'n Special Concert BD 2011 'RHYTHM TANK!!' at

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  • Track list for AKB48's 26th single, "Manatsu no Sounds good!", revealed!

    April 5, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    King Records has revealed the track list for AKB48’s 26th single, “Manatsu no Sounds good!”! On April 5th, it was announced that this upcoming single will be available in three versions: Type A (CD+DVD,limited/ regular edition), Type B (CD+DVD, limited/ regular edition), and Theater Edition (CD only). Check out the full set list below! === <Type A> [CD] 1. Manatsu no Sounds good! 2. Mittsu no Namida 3. Chodai, Darling!

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