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  • AKB48 member Nonaka Misato appears at early premiere of her first film

    August 30, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    On August 29th, AKB48 member Nonaka Misato (21) appeared at an early premiere of the film “Hitorikakurenbo Gekijouban – Shin Toshidensetsu –" (opens September 1, directed by Torii Yasutaka).  This is her first starring role in a film and she displayed a confident smile despite it being a weak horror film as she stated, “I don't like watching (horror movies), but acting in it was worthwhile.  I would like to bring all of you into the world

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  • Poster revealed for upcoming movie 'Yokomichi Yonosuke' starring Kora Kengo

    August 30, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    On August 29th, the official teaser poster for the upcoming movie 'Yokomichi Yonosuke' was revealed. 'Yokomichi Yonosuke' is based on an award-winning novel by author Yoshida Shuichi ('Akunin', 'Parade') and is starring actor Kora Kengo as well as actress Yoshitaka Yuriko. It's directed by Okita Shuichi ('Kitsutsuki to Ame') and the script written by playwright and novelist Maeda Shiro. The score will be provided by folk singer Takada Wata

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  • Maeda Atsuko graces the cover of 'VOGUE girl'

    August 30, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    Maeda Atsuko will grace the cover of fashion magazine 'VOGUE girl' for its upcoming issue. This is Maeda's first time to appear on the cover for the magazine. For this feature, she challenged herself to a mature mod fashion with the theme "makeover". Maeda shared that she was greatly inspired by photo sessions with photographer Ami Sioux. "After one cut, I felt a new world was opened to me," she commented. The magazine will also feat

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  • Yoshitaka Yuriko to make appearance on Korean drama "Vampire Prosecutor 2"

    August 30, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    On August 29th, it was revealed that actress Yoshitaka Yuriko will be making an appearance in the Korean drama "Vampire Prosecutor 2". Yoshitaka commented, "Recently I have been really interested in Asian dramas, and this drama that I encountered has the best timing. I'm currently in the middle of shooting, and I'm struggling with it, but it's for me to step up as an actress." "Vampire Prosecutor 2" is an investigative drama in which a pr

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  • Ayaka to release best-of ballad album

    August 30, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    Singer-songwriter Ayaka will be releasing her first best-of ballad album, "ayaka’s BEST -Ballad Collection-", on September 26th. The ballads that were selected for this album can be found in her albums "First Message" and "Sing to the Sky" as well as 10 of her previously released singles from Warner Music Japan. It will also contain her collaboration song with Kobukuro, "Anata to", and an English version of "Mikazuki", which was recorded

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  • Gouriki Ayame attends CM presentation event for 'Calbee'

    August 30, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    On August 29th, actress Gouriki Ayame attended a CM presentation event for 'Calbee SMILE Harvest Festival' in Tokyo. Gouriki, who just turned 20-years-old on the 27th, was presented with a special birthday cake. She expressed, "I still can't believe it, but I hope to become an adult little by little. In a good sense, I hope not to lose my childlike mind in both my work and private life. When it's fun, I want to be in high spirits like toda

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  • Fukuyama Masaharu announces new single "Beautiful life/GAME"

    August 30, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    Singer Fukuyama Masaharu has announced a new single!  Titled "Beautiful life/GAME", the new single is a double-A side, and is scheduled for release on September 26th. It will come in three versions with type A and type B containing music videos. All three versions will include six tracks, three of which are original karaoke tracks, and each will have different covers. "Beautiful life" is the CM song for SK-II and "GAME" was TV Asahi's O

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  • Ayaka provides a song for Kudo Shizuka

    August 30, 2012 @ 5:45 am

    To commemorate the 25th anniversary since her solo debut, singer Kudo Shizuka will be releasing a new single titled "Kimi ga Kureta Mono" on October 17th. "Kimi ga Kureta Mono" was written and composed by singer-songwriter Ayaka. This marks her first time providing a song for another artist. The song is described as a medium-tempo ballad that conveys the theme "to think about an important person". Ayaka commented, "Since this is my first t

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  • KARA to release solo collection album

    August 30, 2012 @ 3:41 am

    Korean girl group KARA will be releasing their new album, "KARA Collection", on September 5th. "KARA Collection" will be a special album featuring the members' solo songs and music videos. It will also include "GO GO Summer! 2012", which was the CM tie-up song for 'Live DAM Furi KARA'. The album will be released in 3 different versions: Limited Edition A (CD+DVD+A photobook), Limited Edition B (CD+DVD), and Regular Edition (CD-Only).

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  • Check out Oricon's comic chart for the week of September 3rd

    August 30, 2012 @ 1:44 am

    Oricon has revealed their comic chart for the week of September 3rd.  Though the 67th volume of "ONE PIECE" topped the chart the previous past two weeks, it has finally handed over the spot to "FAIRY TAIL". Check out this week's comic chart below! ----- 1. "FAIRY TAIL", Volume 34 - Mashima Hiro : (168,715) 2. "Aoharaido", Volume 5 - Sakisaka Io : (159,110) 3. "To LOVE-Ru Darkness”, Volume 5 – written by Hasemi Saki, illustr

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