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  • Sashihara Rino's final performance postponed until July

    June 17, 2012 @ 5:37 am

    It was previously announced that Sashihara Rino’s final performance as an AKB48 member would be on June 20th along with Matsubara Natsumi’s birthday party. However, after consideration AKB48 Theater manager Togasaki Tomonobu posted on his Google+ account that Sashihara’s final performance would be postponed until sometime in July. Togasaki explains, “The reason for this is it is not possible to hold both Sashihara’s last performance an

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  • AKB48's 'Waiting Girls' chosen by Japan's major magazines for gravure photoshoots

    June 17, 2012 @ 3:54 am

    After AKB48’s “27th Single Senbatsu General Election” 64 lucky girls were chosen by fans to participate in the single. But what about the 172 girls* who didn’t make the top 64 spots and what about their fans? Well, 34 of Japan’s biggest magazine companies came together in support of these girls and their fans. The 172 girls who didn’t make the election single are currently being dubbed the “Waiting Girls” and will get to participate in sol

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – June 11th~June 14th

    June 17, 2012 @ 2:07 am

    [caption id="attachment_246491" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – June 11th~June 14th"][/caption] We had to part ways with four dramas in the first half of this week. The Monday prime time dramas 'Hancho 5' (TBS) and 'Kagi no Kakatta Heya' (Fuji TV) were as strong as ever with 12.4% (+1.9%) and 16.0% (+0.6%) respectively. On Tuesday, it was time for Japan to play their next match in the '2014 FIFA World

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  • HKT48 shows their surprise toward their new member Sashihara Rino

    June 17, 2012 @ 1:45 am

    With the announcement of AKB48’s Sashihara Rino (19) moving to Fukuoka based group HKT48, even the girls of HKT48 couldn’t hold back their surprise. On June 16th, Team H member Wakatabe Haruka (13) threw the opening pitch at the Soft Bank vs. DeNA game at the Yahoo! Dome. Wakatabe gave her comment on the group’s new member, “We still have a ways to go when it comes to dancing and singing. We’re particularly bad at MCing. I hope we can lea

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu apologizes to Kanjani8 fans

    June 17, 2012 @ 12:02 am

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu recently apologized to Kanjani8 fans on Twitter. On the June 15th episode of ‘MUSIC STATION’, Kyary was about to perform and was sitting in the front row. However, her huge ribbon blocked the members of Kanjani8 who were sitting behind her. After the broadcast, a fan of Kanjani8 tweeted Kyary, “Isn’t your ribbon too big? I couldn’t see Kanjani8’s faces. It’s okay to stand out, but please think about the trouble you ma

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  • Sashihara Rino's last Team A performance to be on June 20th

    June 16, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    On June 20th, Sashihara Rino will be holding her final performance with AKB48’s Team A at the AKB48 Theater before her transfer to HKT48. The news was blogged by the AKB48 Theater manager Tagosaki Tomonobu. Tagosaki wrote, “On June 20th (Team A’s) ‘Mokugekisha’ stage will be held at the AKB48 Theater. The performance was scheduled before the announcement of Sashihara changing groups, so it will go on as planned with Sashihara performing o

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  • NICO Touches the Walls to release new live DVD, 'Ground of HUMANIA 2012.3.20 IN MAKUHARI'

    June 16, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    Rock band NICO Touches the Walls will be releasing a new live DVD, titled 'Ground of HUMANIA 2012.3.20 IN MAKUHARI', on July 25th! The live DVD will feature footage from NICO Touches the Walls' one-man live on March 20th at Makuhari Messe Event Hall. This concert was held as a part of the band's nationwide tour to commemorate the release of their latest album, "HUMANIA". Additionally, the first press edition of the DVD will come as a 12

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  • supercell to produce debut album for fictional artist, EGOIST

    June 16, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    It has just been revealed that supercell will completely produce the debut album of the fictional artist "EGOIST". EGOIST is an artist that appears in the television anime "Guilty Crown", and will be releasing a currently untitled first album on September 19th. The vocals are provided by chelly, a 17-year-old high school girl who was chosen by ryo out of 2,000 applicants to become one of the new vocalists for the group. chelly has been sin

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  • Full PV for Berryz Koubou x ℃-ute's "Cho HAPPY SONG" unveiled

    June 16, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    On April 28th, Hello! Project girl group Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute released the song, “Cho HAPPY SONG“, which was a combination of Berryz Koubou “Because happiness” and ℃-ute’s “Shiawase no Tochuu”. The song was released as a digital download and the physical copy will be released on June 20th. Ahead of the physical release, the girls have revealed the PV. This single will be the third single for Berryz Koubou x ℃-ute, and comes in 5 version

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  • MINMI to release best album for 10th anniversary

    June 16, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    MINMI has received continual support from her fans not only as a singer, but also as a lifestyle and fashion icon in the ten years she's been active in the entertainment industry. She has now announced that she will be releasing a new best-of album titled "MINMI BEST Ame Nochi Niji 2002-2012"! The two-disc best-of album will be released on August 22th, just one and a half months after her single "Lalala ~Ai no Uta~", which comes out on Jul

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