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  • Sakai Masato & Ueto Aya to co-star in new TBS drama 'Hanzawa Naoki'

    May 15, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    On May 15, TBS announced that for the upcoming season they will be adapting Ikeido Jun's much-discussed novels about the economic bubble into a TV drama titled 'Hanzawa Naoki' (tentative), starring actor Sakai Masato as the protagonist. The drama is based on Ikeido's novels 'Oretachi Bubble Nyuukou-gumi' and 'Oretachi Hana no Bubble-gumi'. Sakai plays an unconventional and charming banker named 'Hanzawa Naoki' who gets employed by a major

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  • Ishihara Satomi imitates LINE's stickers in new CM

    March 24, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    The free mobile chat and mail application LINE released a new set of CMs starring their new main image character, Ishihara Satomi. In the new CM, 'Satomi' and the rest of the 'LINE Theater Troupe' have to work on their facial expressions and do so by imitating various of the popular LINE stickers from the application. The rest of the troupe is made up of Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Nagayama Kento, and Kinami Haruka. Nakanomori Ayako is providing

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  • Kashii Yu to appear on TV Asahi's upcoming drama "Nobunaga no Chef"

    December 7, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

    It was announced that actress Kashii Yu will be making an appearance on the upcoming TV Asahi drama "Nobubaga no Chef." Kis-My-Ft2 member Tamamori Yuta will also star in the drama and it tells a story about a French chef named "Ken" (Tamamori) who time slips back to the Sengoku period. Ken is faced with some difficult problems as the chef of Oda Nobubaga. Ken loses all his memories except his knowledge about cooking and Japanese history when

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  • Fuji TV drama 'Lucky Seven' to air a drama special in spring

    October 15, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    On October 16th, Fuji TV announced that they are going to air a special episode of their 2012 winter drama 'Lucky Seven' starring Arashi's Matsumoto Jun in spring 2013. The drama followed a team of seven private detectives that struggled with various difficult cases. Matsumoto was supported by an ensemble of great actors such as Eita, Matsushima Nanako, Oizumi Yo, and Naka Riisa. One highlight of 'Lucky Seven' were the actions scenes featu

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  • Who should become Mizutani's next partner in 'Aibou'?

    February 17, 2012 @ 5:48 am

    It recently was announced that actor Oikawa Mitsuhiro would graduate from his role as Kanbe Takeru in TV Asahi's popular crime series, 'Aibou'. Oikawa has been playing the role of Sugishita Ukyo's (Mizutani Yutaka)'s partner since season 8, which began in October 2009. He will graduate from that position after the end of the currently airing season 10. Of course, this doesn't mean the end of the series, and therefore everyone is curious to

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  • Five promising actors receive the '2012 Elan d'or Award'

    February 10, 2012 @ 3:02 am

    On February 9th, five Japanese actors with a promising future were honored at the '2012 Elan d'or Awards'. The five recipients were Hasegawa Hiroki, Anne, Inoue Mao, Kora Kengo, and Yoshitaka Yuriko. Hasegawa Hiroki experienced a sudden popularity boost thanks to his performance in the 2011 hit drama, 'Kaseifu no Mita'. The starring actress of that drama, Matsushima Nanako, also made a surprise appearance at the awards ceremony to congratu

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  • Oikawa Mitsuhiro to graduate from "Aibou" after Season 10

    February 8, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    [caption id="attachment_219600" align="aligncenter" width="317" caption="Left: Mizutani Yutaka, Right: Oikawa Mitsuhiro"][/caption] It's been announced that actor Oikawa Mitsuhiro will graduate from TV asahi's popular drama series, 'Aibou', after season 10 concludes in March. 'Aibou' is a detective series that began in 2000, centering around a genius inspector named "Sugishita Ukyo' (played by Mizutani Yutaka), who belongs to the "special m

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  • Oikawa Mitsuhiro to release a new album in March

    January 3, 2012 @ 3:05 am

    Oikawa Mitsuhiro has announced that he'll be releasing a new original album titled "Ginga Densetsu"! on March 21st. This is his first album in two years since February 2010's "Utsukushiki Bokura no Sekai". Scheduled to hit stores on March 21st, the album will be released under the name, "Oikawa Mitsuhiro&THE FANTASTIX". To promote the album, a special site called "Ginga Densetsu Tokusetsu site" was launched on January 1st.  On the spe

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  • TV Asahi officially announces the 10th season of "Aibou"

    August 13, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    [caption id="attachment_181847" align="aligncenter" width="470" caption="Mizutani Yutaka (l.) and Oikawa Mitsuhiro are partners again for  "Aibou Season 10""][/caption] TV Asahi finally made an official announcement regarding the 10th season of the popular crime drama "Aibou" which stars Mizutani Yutaka (59) as Japan's most popular TV detective, 'Sugishita Ukyo'. With the announcement, TV Asahi also denied all the preceding rumors

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  • Speculations about Mizutani Yutaka's new partner for "Aibou" season 10

    August 11, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    Most people already agree that we're going to see a 10th season of the popular "Aibou" drama series in the upcoming fall and winter season, but rumors about Oikawa Mitsuhiro (41) leaving the show still haven't died down. Many people are not expecting him to play Mizutani Yutaka's (59) partner in the 10th season and therefore there's much speculation about a possible successor. Three names are currently popping up in the talks and these thr

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