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  • Shinoda Mariko is afraid she might go broke because of all the birthdays in July

    July 3, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    On July 2nd, when AKB48's Itano Tomomi was getting ready to celebrate her 21st birthday on the following day, the group's oldest member Shinoda Mariko suddenly became afraid of going broke this month. This whole incident happened on Twitter, after she noticed one of Itano's tweets saying "I soon won't be 20 anymore". Shinoda was surprised and confessed, "Oh no... I can never tell  (Itano) that I forgot Tomochin's birthday!" She continue

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  • Yazawa Shin gives birth to her first child

    June 23, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    The wife of former martial artist Masato, actress Yazawa Shin(31) has announced through her blog that she has given birth to her first child, a baby girl. In an entry titled 'Happy news' on June 23rd, she stated "Last night, my baby was born in this world!", and continued "After two days from the new moon (June 20th), I felt the early stages of labor and went to the hospital." She displayed her happiness and commented about her baby, "Toda

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  • Hatsune Miku to celebrate her 5th 'birthday' with two best-of albums

    June 17, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    To celebrate the fifth anniversary of her creation, Vocaloid Hatsune Miku will be releasing two best-of albums simultaneously. Since making her debut in Japan on August 31st, 2007, Miku has garnered a huge amount of attention and fans. To mark this huge occasion for the pop culture icon, two best-of albums titled "Hatsune Miku 5th Birthday Best ~memories~" and "Hatsune Miku 5th Birthday Best ~impacts~" have been confirmed for a release on

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  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY to sing ending theme to upcoming anime "Binbougami ga!"

    June 7, 2012 @ 4:01 am

    It has just been revealed that HAPPY BIRTHDAY will be lending their new song "Koi Boudou" to the upcoming anime "Binbougami ga!" as the ending theme song! The anime will begin airing through TV Tokyo, MBS, and TV Aichi this July, and is based on the Sukeno Yoshiaki manga currently serializing in "Jump Square". The opening theme song will be "Make My Day!" by Pico. Stay tuned for more on HAPPY BIRTHDAY and their new single! Source + Pho

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  • The Birthday announces new album + live tour

    June 1, 2012 @ 3:02 am

    Rock band The Birthday has announced that they will be releasing their new album, "VISION", on July 18th! To coincide this album's release, the band will kick off their nationwide tour, "The Birthday TOUR 2012 'VISION'", in September. 'VISION' is The Birthday's 6th original album, and it's also their first since releasing "I'M JUST A DOG" in June of 2011. The DVD that comes with the Limited Edition will contain video clips of "ROKA" and "S

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  • Artists to come together for PUFFY cover album, 'PUFFY COVERS'

    May 19, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    A cover compilation album of PUFFY's greatest hits will be released on July 4th. The album is titled 'PUFFY COVERS', and will contain covers by 16 different artists, such as Yoshii Kazuya, Saito Kazuyoshi, OKAMOTO'S, The Birthday, Spitz, and more. In addition to the demo-like cover of "Oriental Diamond" provided by Okuda Tamio, the album will also include new recordings of covers these artists have done in the past to give it a fresh feel.

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and 38+ other artists to perform at "JOIN ALIVE"

    April 30, 2012 @ 2:06 am

    "JOIN ALIVE" has announced that model/singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will be performing at this years event on July 21st and July 22nd at the open air park in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido. This is Kyary's first appearance at the 2-day event. Also expected to appear on the same day as Kyary is Hoshino Gen, Yoshii Kazuya, Hitotoyou, and other artists. According to the official website they will start tickets sales on May 6th starting at 23:59. For a full

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  • Kishio Daisuke to hold his first one-man live in June

    March 24, 2012 @ 2:09 am

    Voice actor Kishio Daisuke has announced that he will be holding his first one-man live, "GalaxyTourFirst. Tokyo in Japan of the earth ... Yes, Jukuhara!!!", on June 10th at Harajuku Astro Hall. As we previously reported, Kishio will be making his official singing debut with the album, "Birthday", on March 28th, which also marks his 38th birthday. Tickets for the concert will go on sale on May 12th. Prior to this, Kishio's official webs

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  • Winners revealed for the '21st Japan Movie Critics Award'

    March 16, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

    On April 13th the '21st Japan Movie Critics Award' ceremony will be held in Choufu, and the critics have already selected the winners for this year’s ceremony. In addition to the actual ceremony, the winning films will be broadcast at Kusunoki Hall from April 16th to 20th. Check out the winners below! == Best Film ‘Ooshikamura Soudouki’ Best Director Narushima Izuru – ‘Youkame no Semi’ Best Actor Miura Tomokazu – ‘R

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  • Voice actor Kishio Daisuke to release his first solo album

    February 1, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    It's been revealed that voice actor Kishio Daisuke will be making his official singing debut! He will release his first solo album, "Birthday", on March 28th, which also marks his 38th birthday. Kishio is known for his contributions in anime, games, radio, narration, and voice dubbing for Western films. Recently, he has gained popularity as 'Noel Kriess' in the popular RPG, "FINAL FANTASY XIII-2". The album will feature a total of 7 tra

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