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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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  • Matsuzaka Tori to play blind lawyer in TBS' special drama

    October 29, 2014 @ 2:51 am

    Actor Matsuzaka Tori will star in TBS' Monday golden special drama 'Zenmo no Boku ga Bengoshi ni Natta Riyuu ~Jitsuwa ni Motozuku Kandou Suspense!~' scheduled to air on December 1.The drama is based on an autobiographical novel titled "Zenmo no Boku ga Bengoshi ni Natta Riyuu" by Ogoda Makoto. It's a human mystery that tells the story of a blind lawyer named 'Okochi Kensuke' (Matsuzaka) who searches for the truth of cases by using his other

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  • Aiba Masaki's starring film 'MIRACLE Debikuro-kun no Koi to Mahou' to be released in Asia

    October 29, 2014 @ 2:29 am

    On October 27, the world premiere of Arashi member Aiba Masaki's starring film 'MIRACLE Debikuro-kun no Koi to Mahou' (to open in theaters on November 22) was held at 'The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival'. The film was directed by Inudo Isshin, who Aiba and the members of Arashi previously worked with in the 2007 movie 'Kiiroi Namida'. It's a love story based on Nakamura Ko's novel 'Debikuro-kun no Koi to Mahou', which

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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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  • Tackey & Tsubasa add a new show to their winter tour + reveal jacket covers for new album

    October 29, 2014 @ 1:57 am

    Tackey & Tsubasa have added a new show to their upcoming tour 'Tackey & Tsubasa Concert 2014'.The tour will be held to coincide their new album "Two Tops Treasure" which will drop in stores on December 3. At this time, the duo have announced a noon show for December 14 at Yokohama Arena. With this, there will be a total of 5 shows held in Osaka and Kanagawa. Additionally, Tackey & Tsubasa have revealed the jacket covers for the n

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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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