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  • Japan Box Office Report & Trailer Park – March 16th/17th

    March 20, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    [caption id="attachment_292102" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Platina Data' / (01) 'Doraemon' / (03) 'Precure All Stars New Stage 2'"][/caption] After the recent influx of somewhat intriguing Western movies that dominated the Japanese box office charts, it's finally the first time this year that the top 3 of the box office chart is made up of Japanese movies only. The top 3 is led by 'Doraemon' which

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  • Fukuyama Masaharu to star in "Galileo" sequel drama

    January 24, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    Singer/actor Fukuyama Masaharu is starring in a new 'Getsu 9' drama (currently untitled). The drama will be a sequel to the hit series from 2007, "Galileo",  in which Fukuyama played the genius physicist "Yukawa Manabu." Fukuyama commented, "It would have been great if it happened earlier, but I had a schedule for another drama for a whole year (referring to NHK Taiga drama "Ryomaden"), so it's little late. I'm sorry to have kept you waiti

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  • 'Platinum Data' movie adaptation reveals supporting cast

    November 8, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    On November 8, the supporting cast of the upcoming movie adaptation of Higashino Keigo's novel 'Platinum Data' was revealed. 'Platinum Data', starring Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari and actor Toyokawa Etsushi, is set in 2017 and tells the story of a young brilliant scientist named Kagura Ryuhei (Ninomiya), who works as a DNA specialist for the National Police Agency in the newly created underwater DNA data center. One day, he suddenly becomes

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  • Fukuyama Masaharu to star in new 'Galileo' movie 'Manatsu no Houteishiki'

    September 24, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    On September 24th, it was announced that a new live-action movie will be released based on Higashino Keigo's popular novel series 'Tantei Galileo' titled 'Manatsu no Houteishiki' (lit. 'Midsummer Formula'). The story for the movie will be based on the series' sixth and latest installment of the same name, which was serialized in the 'Shukan Bunshun' in 2010 and released as a separate volume in June 2011. The protagonist, 'Yukawa Manabu' will

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 09/18~09/20

    September 23, 2012 @ 1:36 am

    [caption id="attachment_268232" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 09/18~09/20"][/caption] It's never good to come in last and the same can be said about the dramas that haven't yet aired their final episode, because it definitely won't become easier with all those mid-season variety specials touting for viewers. The Tuesday drama 'Iki mo Dekinai Natsu' (Fuji TV) was able to gain some viewers compared to las

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 09/10~09/13

    September 16, 2012 @ 1:24 am

    [caption id="attachment_266905" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 09/10~09/13"][/caption] There is almost only one week left for most of the summer dramas and some dramas are able to pick up pace on their the final sprint. The Monday drama 'Rich Man, Poor Woman' (Fuji TV) truly seems to be on a roll right now with. Over the last four weeks it continuously gained viewers and this week endowed itself with the

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  • Higashino Keigo's online drama 'Warai' releases special PV

    September 11, 2012 @ 12:21 am

    On September 10th, Asmik Ace released a special PV for the online drama 'Higashino Keigo Series – Warai' (available on Drama JoKer). The drama features three short stories from Higashino Keigo’s ‘Warai’ (laugh) collections, in which the famed author explored his comedic side by writing stories full of black humor. The three stories are 'Motemote Spray' (starring Hamada Gaku, Kurashina Kana, and Tsugawa Masahiko), 'Aru Ji-san ni Senkou wo'

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 09/03~09/06

    September 9, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    [caption id="attachment_265282" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 09/03~09/06"][/caption] The summer season is gradually coming to an end and the first three dramas have already aired their last episodes earlier this week. On Monday, 'Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan' (TBS) is still doing doing pretty bad and reached a new personal low of 5.4% (minus 0.3%). You can't say the same about 'Rich Man, Poor Woman' (Fuji T

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 08/27~08/30

    September 1, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    [caption id="attachment_263851" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 08/27~08/30"][/caption] This week the Tuesday dramas had some trouble attracting viewers and on Thursday it was the U-20 women's soccer match between Japan and South Korea that stole the show. As for Monday, there is nothing special to report about the dramas. 'Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan' (TBS) didn't change at all (rating: 5.7%), while 'Rich Ma

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 08/20~08/23

    August 26, 2012 @ 1:13 am

    [caption id="attachment_262579" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 08/20~08/23"][/caption] It was another positive week for some of the more popular dramas, but the rest also didn't lose all too many viewers. On Monday, 'Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan' (TBS) continued to stay around its current season average with a rating of 5.7% (minus 0.9%), but 'Rich Man, Poor Woman' (Fuji TV) finally escaped from its Olympic s

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