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  • Nogizaka46's Ikuta Erika to temporarily suspend her activities

    April 20, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    Nogizaka46's Ikuta Erika has announced that she will not be participating in the group's new single, as well as activities accompanying the new release.This announcement was made by Ikuta herself on April 20th during a handshake event for Nogizaka46's 8th single "Kizuitara Kataomoi" at Pacifico Yokohama. She explained, "Until now, I have managed both Nogizaka46 and my high school life, but there are a lot of things I'm missing out on. If I go on

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 4/14~4/17

    April 19, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

    This is Tokyohive's regular Drama Prime Time Report that gives you a detailed look at the prime time ratings with a focus on the weekly dramas. Fuji TV's Monday drama 'Gokuaku Ganbo' starring Ono Machiko started with a relatively low rating of 13.6% for the time slot. The competition wasn't that strong this Monday either. 'White Lab' on TBS starring Kitamura Kazuki premiered at 8.3%. On Tuesday, Fuji TV aired the 1st episode of 'Bitter Bloo

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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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  • Kitagawa Keiko performs with Momoiro Clover Z

    April 17, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    On April 16th, Kitagawa Keiko and Momoiro Clover Z's special unit 'Kimoclo' performed at an event for 'Akumu-chan The Movie' (to be released May 3).   While 'Kimoclo' is a special unit for the NTV special drama 'Akumu-chan Special', they made a special appearance on this day. Kitagawa, whose image color is "black", wore the same uniform as the girls of Momoiro Clover Z. She introduced herself, "My role is wicked ♪ my costume

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  • Oshima Yuko makes surprise appearance at last day of Team K's stage performance

    April 17, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

    On April 16th, Oshima Yuko made a surprise appearance at the last day of Team K's stage performance 'Saishuu Bell ga Naru' at AKB48 Theater. This marked her first time on the stage since March 20th.  On this day, the performance was held as a farewell ceremony to Chikano Rina, whose transfer to JKT48 was announced during the big team shuffle in February. Oshima appeared towards the end of the performance, and reflected upon her days as captain o

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  • babyraids reveal PV for 'Bucchake Rock'n Hacchake Roll'

    April 17, 2014 @ 2:43 am

    babyraids have revealed the PV for their new song "Bucchake Rock'n Hacchake Roll". "Bucchake Rock'n Hacchake Roll" will be released together with "Baby Step" as babyraids' first double A-side single on May 14. The song was written by rock band Dohatsuten's Masuko Naozumi and composed by Kamiharako Tomoyasu.  The PV features babyraids energetically dancing to the rock'n'roll number. It follows a comical story li

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  • Kuraki Mai to hold 15th anniversary nationwide tour

    April 17, 2014 @ 2:40 am

    Kuraki Mai will be holding a live tour titled "15th Anniversary Mai Kuraki Live Project 2014 BEST 'Ikki Ikkai' ~FUN FUN FUN☆彡~".In December, Kuraki will celebrate her 15th anniversary. She will kick off her upcoming tour at live houses with the intention to return to the beginning of her career. Currently, 8 shows have been announced from June to August. Then she will hold concerts at hall venues as well as overseas. Additionally, Kuraki is

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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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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 4/9~4/15

    April 16, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of April 9th to April 15th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~ (Japanese)" - Matsu Takako 02 - "Let It Go" - Idina Menzel 03 - "Grotesque feat. Amuro Namie" - Hirai Ken 04 - "Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~ (Ending)" - May J. 05 - "Hidamari no Michi"

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  • NMB48's Akazawa Hono graduates from the group

    April 16, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

    It's been announced that NMB48 Team BII's Akazawa Hono has graduated from the group as of April 16.Akazawa explained, "Since a few months ago, I've been carrying out my activities with uneasiness in my health," continuing with, "The manager and staff suggested options such as taking a break or do my best while watching my condition. However, I didn't have the confidence to enrich every day while carrying this uneasiness of not knowing when I woul

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