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  • Maeda Atsuko to appear in Katori Shingo's new drama 'Kasuka na Kanojo'

    February 15, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

    On February 16th, Fuji TV announced that the former AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko will be appearing in their upcoming spring drama 'Kasuka na Kanojo' starring SMAP's Katori Shingo. This drama is going to mark Maeda's first participation in a drama since her graduation from AKB48 and her first role as a teacher. It's also her first time to appear in a Fuji TV 'Tuesday-10' drama. 'Kasuka na Kanojo' is a romantic comedy set at a junior high sc

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  • Katori Shingo & Anne to co-star in a new drama 'Kasuka na Kanojo'

    January 22, 2013 @ 6:00 am

    It was announced that SMAP's Katori Shingo will be starring in a new drama "Kasuka na Kanojo" (tentative title) that will start airing in April. In the drama, Katori will play a junior high school teacher "Koyama Akira" who has an ability to sense ghosts, and Anne will co-star with him as a ghost named "Akane" who used to be a teacher. It's a love comedy in which Akira faces several problems happening at the school together with Akane. -

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  • Katori Shingo & Yamashita Tomohisa's unit The MONSTERS tops Oricon weekly chart

    December 4, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    Katori Shingo (SMAP) and Yamashita Tomohisa's unit The MONSTERS' song "MONSTERS" (released on November 28th) sold 160,000 copies in its first week and grabbed the No.1 spot on Oricon weekly chart for the week of December 10th. "MONSTERS" is being used as the theme song for the ongoing TBS drama "MONSTERS" that Katori and Yamashita star in. It's been over 6 years for a drama-related unit to top the weekly chart since "Kisarazu Cat's Eye

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 10/19~10/21

    October 22, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

    [caption id="attachment_273253" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 10/19~10/21"][/caption] The second-episode itch has hit all weekend dramas of the new fall season again and 'MONSTERS' has proved itself against baseball. You better not expect any good news about the ratings when it comes to dramas and their second episodes. It's the time for many nosedives and only some occasional surprising surges. This we

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  • Katori Shingo & Yamashita Tomohisa's unit 'The MOSTERS' reveals single details

    October 14, 2012 @ 2:21 am

    As we reported previously, Katori Shingo (SMAP) and Yamashita Tomohisa have formed a new unit The MONSTERS, and will be singing the theme song for their upcoming drama series, ‘MONSTERS‘ (begins airing on October 21st on TBS). The theme song also titled "MONSTERS" that was written and composed by Katori and Yamashita together, and was produced by Jeff Miyahara, will be released in five different editions.  Though originally set for release

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  • Yanagihara Kanako to play Yamapi's girlfriend in upcoming drama 'MONSTER'

    September 25, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    It was revealed that comedic talent Yanagihara Kanako will play her first heroine role in TBS’ drama series “MONSTERS” (9PM on Sundays), which will begin airing on October 21. The series, a detective drama, has already become a hot topic as it stars SMAP’s Katori Shingo and Yamashita Tomohisa together for the first time ever. Yanagihara plays Takano Emi, the girlfriend of rookie detective Saionji Kosuke who is the son of a noble family, pl

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  • Katori Shingo & Yamashita Tomohisa form unit 'The MONSTERS' for their upcoming drama

    September 13, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    It's been revealed that Katori Shingo and Yamashita Tomohisa has formed a new unit called 'THE MONSTERS', and will be singing the theme song for their upcoming drama series, 'MONSTERS' (begins airing in October). The theme song, 'MONSTER', was written and composed by Katori and Yamashita themselves. Katori expressed, "We started making this song hoping that it could become the theme song. Our dream really came true!" He made a self-praise

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  • Takakura Ken wraps up 'SmaSTATION!!', his very first live broadcast

    August 19, 2012 @ 1:29 am

    On August 18th, actor Takakura Ken (81) appeared as a guest on the live news-variety program 'SmaSTATION!!' hosted by SMAP's Katori Shingo as the 'editor-in-chief' on TV Asahi. Although it's hard to believe, it actually was Takakura's first appearance on a live program in his entire career. However, he isn't a frequent guest on TV shows in general as well. His last recording for a TV show was for the 'BISTRO SMAP' corner in 'SMAPxSMAP' in

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  • SMAP's new album takes top spot on Oricon's weekly album chart

    August 14, 2012 @ 5:14 am

    SMAP’s 20th original album “GIFT of SMAP” was released on August 8th and sold 210,000 copies in its first week of sales, and has thus taken the top spot on the latest Oricon weekly album chart As reported previously, this album is comprised of 19 melodies, including "Sakasama no Sora", theme song for NHK drama “Ume-chan Sensei”, and "Angel Heart", answer song to their previous hit single "Lion Heart". "MONSTERS", a collaboration song betw

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  • SMAP reveals the details on their upcoming album

    July 14, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    SMAP will be releasing a new album "GIFT of SMAP" on August 8th. This new album will include "Angel Heart", the answer song to their 2000's big hit single "Lion Heart" which sold about 1.9 million copies. Playwright Nojima Shinji was the lyrcist for "Lion Heart" and will once again write the lyrics for "Angel Heart" . While "Lion Heart" is about the guy's feelings in a relationship, "Angel Heart" will be from the woman's perspective.  Also

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