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  • Oricon manga chart for the week of August 20th

    August 16, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    Oricon has revealed their manga chart for the week of August 20th, and ONE PIECE is back on top at the #1 spot! Check out the top 5 after the jump! === 1. “ONE PIECE”, Volume 67 – Oda Eiichirou : (638,421) 2. “Shingeki no Kyojin”, Volume 8 – Isayama Hajime : (290,694) 3. “NARUTO”, Volume 61 – Kishimoto Masashi : (99,011) 4. “Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun”,Volume 10 – Robiko : (77,958) 5. “Beelzebub”, Volume 17,

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  • SHINee to release new Japanese single 'Dazzling Girl'!

    August 16, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    SHINee has just announced that they'll be releasing a brand new Japanese single, 'Dazzling Girl', later this year! The single includes two tracks, "Dazzling Girl" and "Run with Me", and will come in three versions: 'First Limited Edition A', 'First Limited Edition B', and 'Normal Edition'. 'Dazzling Girl' is set for a October 10th JST release. In the meantime, check out what comes with each edition below. ----------------------------

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  • Tanihara Shosuke to become homeless man in new mini drama, 'Tsugunai'

    August 16, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    On August 16th, it was announced that Tanihara Shosuke is going to star in a new mini drama called 'Tsugunai' on NHK BS Premium this fall. 'Tsugunai' is a human drama and mystery about a former elite doctor who lost everything and became homeless. It's not only Tanihara's first role as a homeless person, but also his first ever starring role in a serial drama in his 20-year-long career. The story, which is based on a best-selling novel

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  • Kanjani 8's Okura Tadayoshi & Kiritani Mirei to star in new movie

    August 16, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    On August 15th, it was announced that Kanjani 8 member Okura Tadayoshi (27) will be starring in the new movie "100-kai Naku Koto" (directed by Hiroki Ryuichi) with Kiritani Mirei (22). This will mark Okura's third movie after "Ooku" (2010) and "Eight Ranger" (now showing), which featured Kanjani 8 in the lead roles as a group. However, this will be the first time for Okura to play the lead role alone. "100-kai Naku Koto" is based on Nakamur

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  • Sashihara Rino to release her second solo single, "Ikuji Nashi Masquerade"

    August 16, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    It’s been reported that Sashihara Rino will be releasing her second solo single “Ikuji Nashi Masquerade” sometime in the fall. This song will be used as the theme for the movie “Muse no Kagami, My Pretty Doll” starring Sashihara. Her first solo single “Sore Demo Suki Dayo” was used as the theme song for the original “Muse no Kagami” drama series. Sashihara gave some comments about her new song, saying, “There are some speaking lines, so pl

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  • AKB48's Matsui Sakiko to make her solo debut as a pianist

    August 16, 2012 @ 5:03 am

    Matsui Sakiko from AKB48 will be making her solo debut as a pianist with the release of a classical album on October 3rd. Matsui is the only AKB48 member enrolled at a music college. She is currently a senior majoring in piano in the Department of Instrumental Music at Tokyo College of Music. She started playing the piano when she was four and has performed several times at AKB48’s concerts. AKB48 has produced 5 soloists so far and Matsui

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  • CROSSFAITH to hold their first Europe tour

    August 16, 2012 @ 3:29 am

    CROSSFAITH has announced that they will be holding their 1st Europe tour and 2nd UK tour this fall! The band successfully toured the UK earlier in April and May. Using this opportunity, they signed a contract with an overseas management company and will be appearing in the live event, 'VANS WARPED TOUR UK'. The UK tour will kick off in September for a total of 9 shows. They will then embark on their Europe tour, traveling to 13 countrie

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  • Naoto Inti Raymi reveals details on upcoming single, "Naitetatte"

    August 16, 2012 @ 1:21 am

    Singer-songwriter Naoto Inti Raymi has revealed the details on his upcoming single, "Naitetatte"! Naoto's 9th single is scheduled for a August 29th release. The track list will consist of the title number and a song called "BANANA" as well as its karaoke versions. The limited edition will include a DVD with the video clip and making-of for "Naitetatte" and a footage for "How many times?!" from his fan club live on July 10th at Shibuya Koka

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  • Nagasawa Masami to star in a drama series in Taiwan

    August 16, 2012 @ 12:17 am

    Actress Nagasawa Masami will be starring in a drama series in Taiwan. The series is based on popular Japanese manga “Chocolat” and will be broadcast in Taiwan during a golden time slot in the summer of next year. After that, the drama series will be shown in about 10 other Asian countries including Japan, Korea and China. Nagasawa will be speaking in Mandarin for the entire series. Filming starts at the end of September and will take place

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  • Uchida Kyoko announces her pregnancy with 2nd child

    August 15, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    It's been reported that announcer Uchida Kyoko (36) is pregnant with her 2nd child! Through her official website, she announced, "My son is going to be a big brother. I've been blessed with a new life inside me." According to her agency, Uchida is currently 5 months pregnant, and is not planning on taking a maternity leave anytime soon. "I've experienced it with my son, but it's a very mysterious and very precious thing. I'm filled with

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