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  • 37-year-old housewife is the winner of 'Otona AKB48 Audition'

    April 19, 2014 @ 1:54 am

    On April 17, the announcement for the results of the "Otona AKB48 Audition" was made, and it was revealed that 37-year-old Tsukamoto Mariko had been chosen as the Otona AKB48 member. "Otona AKB48 Audition" was a part of Ezaki Glico's "Papico 2014 Spring Campaign", and the audition was held to find a limited-time member who was over 30 years old. Reportedly, a total of 5,066 people applied for the audition which included former Morning Musume mem

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 4/12~4/13

    April 16, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – April 12/13 01 (01) Frozen (Weeks: 05) 02 (00) Crows Explode (Weeks: 01) 03 (02) Eiga Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyou (Weeks: 06) 04 (03) Heisei Riders vs. Showa Riders (Weeks: 03) 05 (00) L-DK (Weeks: 01) 06 (04) The Snow White Murder Case (Weeks: 03) 07 (05) Team Batista Final Kerberos no S

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  • Former Morning Musume member Ichii Sayaka applies for 'Otona AKB48 audition'

    April 3, 2014 @ 1:29 am

    Former Morning Musume member Ichii Sayaka (30) revealed on her official blog that she has applied for "Otona AKB48 Audition".  "Otona AKB48 Audition" is a part of Ezaki Glico's "Papico 2014 Spring Campaign" which AKB48 has been the image character for, and they are recruiting one limited-time member (during April 12 ~ August 31) who is over 30 years old. The qualification needed was that one had to be a woman over 30-years-old as

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  • Morning Musume '14 to recruit new members

    March 16, 2014 @ 12:57 am

    On March 15, it was announced that popular idol group Morning Musume '14 would hold "Morning Musume '14 Golden Audition!" to recruit new members.10~17 years old unmarried women of any nationality can apply for the audition. On the official site, the producer Tsunku♂ explains, "As our current members' skills are getting higher, the selection criteria is also getting higher, but I'm sure there are so many people with amazing talent

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  • DIR EN GREY announce live tour + release of live DVD/Blu-ray & album

    March 14, 2014 @ 2:12 am

    DIR EN GREY will be holding a live tour titled "TOUR14 PSYCHONNECT - mode of "GAUZE"?-" in August. They have also announced the DVD/Blu-ray release of their Nippon Budokan concert "DUM SPIRO SPERO", as well as a new album. This was announced during the end of the band's Nippon Budokan concert held on March 9th. "TOUR14 PSYCHONNECT - mode of "GAUZE"?-" is said to be a sequel to their tour "PSYCHONNECT -mode of "GAUZE"?-" which was held to commemor

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  • TRICERATOPS to kick off one-man tour in May

    February 3, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    TRICERATOPS will be kicking off their one-man tour 'TRICERATOPS TOUR 2014' in May. The tour will start on May 24th at Yokohama Bay Hall for a total of 17 shows. The finale will be held on July 21st at Zepp DiverCity TOKYO. In addition, TRICERATOPS will hold their event 'TRICERATOPS presents DINOSAUR ROCK 'N ROLL 6' on April 11th and 12th at SHIBUYA-AX. On the 11th, they will have a competitive performance with GRAPEVINE, and the 12

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  • NMB48's Yamauchi Tsubasa temporarily suspends her activities

    January 20, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

    It's been reported that NMB48 member Yamauchi Tsubasa will temporarily suspend her activities due to a leg injury.During the group's 3rd anniversary live at Osaka-jo Hall back in October, Yamauchi challenged herself to a difficult dance as a member of the dance senbatsu. NMB48's theater manager Kaneko Tsuyoshi explained, "Recently, there has been a pain in her leg. Upon discussion with the doctor, her parents, and Yamauchi herself, it has been de

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  • AKB48 score their 16th million-selling single

    December 16, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    AKB48's 34th single "Suzukake no Ki no Michi de 'Kimi no Hohoemi wo Yume ni Miru' to Itteshimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dou Kawatteshimaunoka, Bokunari ni Nannichi ka Kangaeta Ue deno Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no youna Mono" (released on December 11) sold 1,033,000 copies during the first week, and topped Oricon's latest weekly ranking.With this single, the group has scored their 15th consecutive (and 16th in total) million-selling single. 

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  • Rola, Horikita Maki & Hasegawa Jun receive the 'Best Beautist Awards'

    December 6, 2013 @ 3:17 am

    On December 5, the awards ceremony for the second 'Best Beautist Awards' was held in Tokyo. Rola received the award for the talento category, Horikita Maki for the actress category, and Hasegawa Jun for the model category. Rola, who appeared at the ceremony in a striped and checkered dress, called out to the crowd, "Thank you," without using a microphone. When asked about how her year went, she responded, "It was a very busy year, so I don't

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  • Check out the short PV for AKB48's 34th single

    November 22, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    The short PV for AKB48's 34th single "Suzukake no Ki no Michi de 'Kimi no Hohoemi wo Yume ni Miru' to Itteshimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dou Kawatteshimaunoka, Bokunari ni Nannichi ka Kangaeta Ue deno Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no youna Mono" has been revealed.  This song is sung by the 16 winners of this year's Janken Tournament with Matsui Jurina as the center position. It will be released on December 11.

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