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  • 16 members of 'Baito AKB' to attend their first event

    October 31, 2014 @ 2:38 am

    It's been revealed that 16 members of 'Baito AKB' will participate in the release event for AKB48's DVD / Blu-ray on November 3 at SHIBUYA TSUTAYA. While the members of 'Baito AKB' recently made their CM debut, this will mark their first time appearing live in front of fans. The 16 members who will be participating in the event are Saeki Mika, Ogino Yuka, Kataigi Madoka, Ebisawa Megumi, Kamitani Saya, Kawaguchi Mami, Nishigata Marina, K

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  • Kis-My-Ft2's Tamamori Yuta lands first lead movie role in 'Raintree no Kuni'

    October 30, 2014 @ 2:33 am

    Kis-My-Ft2's Tamamori Yuta has landed his first lead movie role in the film adaptation of Arikawa Hiro's novel 'Raintree no Kuni'. Tamamori will play the role of 'Sakisaka Nobuyuki', a salaryman who falls in love with the heroine 'Hitomi Rika'. The role of 'Hitomi' will be played by model Nishiuchi Mariya. On his first time playing the lead in a movie, Tamamori expressed, "I was honestly very happy. It's my first time being in charge of a le

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  • AKB48 unleash short PV for 'Kibouteki Refrain'

    October 29, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

    AKB48 have unleashed the short PV for their new single "Kibouteki Refrain".  Set for release on November 26, the centers for AKB48's 38th single are members Watanabe Mayu and Miyawaki Sakura. In the PV, the members run away from a group of mysterious men who are in pursuit of Watanabe and Miyawaki's golden microphones. It features appearances by former members Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko, and Itano Tomomi.

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  • Nakagawa Shoko, Akai Kouen, and more to cover Aikawa Nanase for her tribute album

    October 29, 2014 @ 1:58 am

    Aikawa Nanase's tribute album "A-Rock Nation -NANASE AIKAWA TRIBUTE-" will be released on December 3.Various artists will be covering Aikawa for her tribute album including Nakagawa Shoko, Akai Kouen, TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE, Silent Siren, and Jennifer Ellison. As a bonus track, it will contain a cover of "Koigokoro" by Oda Tetsuro who has produced many of Aikawa's songs. On the same day, Aikawa will release her live DVD 'NANASE'S DAY 2014'. The DVD w

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  • AKB48 reveal jacket covers + teaser for 38th single

    October 29, 2014 @ 1:53 am

    AKB48 have revealed the jacket covers and teaser for their 38th single "Kibouteki Refrain". Since their 20th single "Sakura no Ki ni Narou" (released February 2011), AKB48 have released 18 million-seller singles consecutively. In the PV for their upcoming single, former AKB48 members Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko, and Itano Tomomi, who were all centers for the these million-selling singles, make appearances. The PV feat

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 10/25~10/26

    October 28, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – October 25th/26th 01 (01) Kinkyori Renai (Weeks: 03) 02 (00) Hercules (Weeks: 01) 03 (00) The Equalizer (Weeks: 01) 04 (02) Cape Nostalgia (Weeks: 03) 05 (05) Eiga Happiness Charge Precure! (Weeks: 03) 06 (03) Grace of Monaco (Weeks: 02) 07 (04) Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Weeks: 07) 08

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  • Members of 'Baito AKB' to make their CM debut

    October 28, 2014 @ 1:33 am

    The 53 members of 'Baito AKB' will be making their CM debut. They will co-star with AKB48's Watanabe Mayu, HKT48's Sashihara Rino, and other AKB members in the new CM for part-time job information website 'Baitoru'. 'Baito AKB' is a collaboration project between AKB48 and 'Baitoru'. Out of 13,246 applicants, 53 of them were chosen to work part time for 1,000 yen an hour. Besides Watanabe and Sashihara, AKB48's Kojima Haruna, Oshima

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  • Ando Yuko & Oizumi Yo sing a duet to 'Natsu no Owari no Harmony'

    October 27, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

    A video of Ando Yuko and Oizumi Yo singing a duet to "Natsu no Owari no Harmony" has been uploaded onto YouTube. The duet took place on September 27 during the music and arts festival 'Sora wo Shiru: Nagatsuki-sai' on an outdoors stage at Yamazaki Winery in Hokkaido. Oizumi, who co-stars with Ando in the movie 'Budou no Namida', made a surprise guest appearance on her stage and sang along to Inoue Yosui and Tamaki Koji's famous number "Natsu no O

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  • Matsuda Seiko & Matsu Takako sing 'Akai Sweet Pea' together for a CM

    October 25, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

    Singer Matsuda Seiko and actress Matsu Takako sing along to Matsuda's song "Akai Sweet Pea" together in a new CM for Total Aging Care Brand's 'Astalift'.  After shooting the CM, Matsuda expressed her joy of collaborating with Matsu, "I am so happy to sing 'Akai Sweet Pea' together with Matsu-san. I was able to sing it with a 'happy feeling'." Meanwhile, Matsu revealed, "I feel honored that my singing with Seiko-san will be used [in the CM], but

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 10/18~10/19

    October 25, 2014 @ 2:11 am

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – October 18th/19th 01 (02) Kinkyori Renai (Weeks: 02) 02 (01) Cape Nostalgia (Weeks: 02) 03 (00) Grace of Monaco (Weeks: 01) 04 (03) Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Weeks: 06) 05 (05) Eiga Happiness Charge Precure! (Weeks: 02) 06 (04) A Samurai Chronicle (Weeks: 03) 07 (00) Disconcerto (Weeks:

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