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  • SDN48's Serina reveals her post-graduation plans

    January 18, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    On January 18th, SDN48’s Serina (26) made an appearance at the DVD release event for the movie, “The Speak”. This thriller tells the story of six people who get trapped in a hotel and must find a way to escape. Consequently, reporters were inspired to ask Serina if she had experienced a ‘thrilling’ event of her own. In response, the idol referred to her upcoming graduation from SDN48. “For me, to be in SDN48 and not knowing what will happ

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  • SKE48 to release 'Ramune no Nomikata' as a single

    January 18, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    It's been announced that SKE48's Team KII will release "Ramune no Nomikata (How to Drink Ramune)" as a CD single! “Ramune no Nomikata” is a song from TEAM KII's third stage, which they began performing in October of last year. It's also ranked second for ‘SKE48 Request Hour Set List Best 50 2011 ~ Fan Sorezore no Kamikyokutachi~’ as part of their “Omatase Set List". The popularity of both the song and the third stage (also named 'Ramun

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  • Nagasawa Masami and Takei Emi star in Lotte's Valentine's Day CM

    January 18, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    Actresses Nagasawa Masami (24) and Takei Emi (18) have been chosen to once again star in Lotte's Valentine's Day commercial for "Ghana Milk Chocolate"! The 2012 edition of the CM will see Nagasawa and Takei helping Watanabe Konomi (5) make her very own chocolate hearts. (In Japan, Valentine's Day is an opportunity for a girl to express her feelings for a boy by giving him chocolates.) After the shoot, Takei reflected on a past Valentine

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  • the pillows release short PV for "TRIAL"

    January 18, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    On January 17th, rock band the pillows revealed  their short PV for "TRIAL" through avex's official YouTube channel! The song is included in their recently released single, "Energia". This 2-minute preview features the band in a winter garage setting, with snow falling down around them. Check out this short PV below!

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  • Oricon reveals weekly charts for January 23rd

    January 18, 2012 @ 5:43 am

    Oricon has just revealed their weekly charts for January 23rd. Check it out below! ----- <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. "Kawatta Katachi no Ishi" - KinKi Kids : 1/11 (123,475) 2. "Synchrogazer" - Mizuki Nana : 1/11 (51,017) 3. "Never let you go ~Shindemo Hanasanai~" - 2AM : 1/11 (25,836) 4. "message" - ViViD : 1/11 (19,014) 5. "Wonderful Cupid/ Glass no Mahou" - NYC/Nakayama Yuma : 1/4 (15,265) (Check out the f

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  • AKB48 stars in a 7-ELEVEN CM in Taiwan

    January 18, 2012 @ 3:35 am

    It was revealed that idol group AKB48 is starring in a TV CM in Taiwan which just started airing on January 17th.  This is the first time for AKB48 to star in a TV CM overseas. The CM the girls are starring in is for 7-ELEVEN Taiwan, and is titled "Dragon year fashion show version."  In the CM, eight members of AKB48 (Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko, Kashiwagi Yuki, Sashihara Rino, Takajo Aki, Takahashi Minami, Miyazawa Sae, and Yokoyama Yui) sh

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  • Japan Box Office Report – January 14th/15th

    January 18, 2012 @ 2:31 am

    [caption id="attachment_215700" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" / "Robo-G" / "My Way""][/caption] "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" was dethroned by a charming human robot, "Robo-G". Following on third place, the South Korean production "My Way" knew to impress the moviegoers with its stunning visuals and great Asian cast. The new chart topper, "Robo-G" is di

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  • Narimiya Hiroki attends pre-screening event for "Gyakuten Saiban"

    January 18, 2012 @ 12:01 am

    On January 16th, Narimiya Hiroki attended the pre-screening event for his upcoming movie "Gyakuten Saiban (= Ace Attorney)."  As reported previously, this is a live-action movie adaptation of Capcom's popular game, and Narimiya plays rookie lawyer "Naruhodo Ryuichi." The movie is directed by Miike Takashi who is known as the director of "Crows ZERO" and "13 Assassins", and will be the first time for Narimiya to work with the director.  Nar

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  • Gouriki Ayame, Igawa Haruka, and Iseya Yusuke to become au's new image characters!

    January 17, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

    On January 16th, actresses Igawa Haruka (35), Gouriki Ayame (19), and actor Iseya Yusuke (35) attended an announcement event representing au as new image characters. Their CM is set to broadcast starting on the 21st and will feature the three as protagonists for a popular manga “Kyojin no Hoshi (Star of the Giants)” alongside with Hoshi Hyuuma, the main character of this series. This fictional character participated in this event through a

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  • Performances from January 16th's 'Coming Soon!!!'

    January 17, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    On January 16th, TBS aired a new episode of its weekly music program, 'Coming Soon!!'. This week, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu came on to perform her new song, "Tsukema Tsukeru". She was joined by Kuraki Mai, Mizuki Nana, and Sonar Pocket. Check out their performances below! ----- < Kyary Pamyu Pamyu > - < Kuraki Mai, "Your Best Friend" + "Strong Heart" > - < Mizuki Nana, "Synchrogazer" > (**Song star

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