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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 04/08~04/14

    April 15, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    [caption id="attachment_294325" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'35 Sai no Koukousei' (NTV)"][/caption] More than a handful of spring dramas have premiered last week. Fuji TV unveiled both of their Tuesday prime time dramas on the same date and both of them began with a mediocre start. Neither 'Kamo, Kyoto e Iku.' - starring Matsushita Nao - nor 'Kasuka na Kanojo' - starring Katori Shingo, were able to impress with great ra

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  • Nagasawa Masami, Okada Masaki, & Sakashita Chiriko are the faces of U-CAN for 2013

    December 20, 2012 @ 12:33 am

    It was announced that Nagasawa Masami (25), Okada Masaki (23), and Sakashita Chiriko (36) have been chosen as the new CM characters for U-CAN's correspondence education, and will be starring in new CMs. In the CMs, Nagasawa will play a female office worker, Okada will play a businessman, and Sakashita will play a house wife. It will depict each of their lives in full bloom after they begin studying. The CM song will be provided by popul

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  • Horikita Maki, Okada Masaki and Shimazaki Haruka to appear in 'ATARU' special + more details

    November 29, 2012 @ 2:47 am

    On November 30th, TBS finally announced the exact broadcast date and more details for the upcoming special episode of the popular drama 'ATARU', which aired during the spring season of 2012. Aside from the fact that it won't be just one special episode but two with a total run time of four hours, they also revealed that three new key roles will be played by actress Horikita Maki, actor Okada Masaki, and AKB48 member Shimazaki Haruka. 'A

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  • Ikuemi Ryo's manga "Kiyoku Yawaku" to get movie adaptation starring Nagasawa Masami & Okada Masaki

    November 21, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    It was reported that Ikuemi Ryo's popular manga "Kiyoku Yawaku" would be getting a movie adaptation starring Nagasawa Masami and Okada Masaki. This will mark the first time that Nagasawa and Okada will co-star alongside each other. The original manga was serialized in "Cookie" from 2004 ~ 2010, and it received a Kodansha Manga Award in the Shojo category back in 2009. The story features the growth and romance of young people who try to ove

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  • Japan Box Office Report – September 1st/2nd

    September 4, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    [caption id="attachment_264173" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Marvel's The Avengers' / (01) 'Rurouni Kenshin' / (03) 'Anata e'"][/caption] 'Rurouni Kenshin' remains on top, 'Himitsu no Akko-chan' opens in at fifth and 'Intouchables' at eighth place. 'Rurouni Kenshin' also recorded a strong second weekend, already mobilizing more than 1,000,000 people since its opening day. Its goal of 3 billion Y

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  • Ayase Haruka has troubles keeping her balance at the stage greeting for 'Himitsu no Akko-chan'

    September 1, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    On September 1st, the opening day stage greeting for the movie 'Himitsu no Akko-chan' was held at the Shinjuku Piccadilly in Tokyo. The greeting was attended by Ayase Haruka, Okada Masaki, Fukiishi Kazue, Osugi Ren, Kagawa Teruyuki, Yoshida Riko, and director Kawamura Yasuhiro. Especially Ayase gained most of the attention and not just because of her typical silliness that people love about her. She was attending the event with 14 cm tall

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 08/17~08/19

    August 22, 2012 @ 2:18 am

    [caption id="attachment_261938" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 08/17~08/19"][/caption] All the networks finally recovered from the Olympics by the end of the last week and many of the regular and popular shows are now back in full swing. The same can be said for most of the dramas, although they weren't nearly as strong as the variety shows. The Friday golden prime time slot was suddenly filled with show

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  • Ayase Haruka attends 'Himitsu no Akko-chan' event

    July 25, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    On July 24th, actress Ayase Haruka attended a completion ceremony for the upcoming movie "Himitsu no Akko-chan". The main character Akko-chan, played by Ayase herself, transforms during the movie as a result of a spell cast on her. When asked what she would like to change into, the actress cheerfully answered, "I'd want to be a dinosaur. You can fly, and they've got nice long necks. Aren't they called pteradons? I'll look it up later," cau

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  • Full trailer for 'Himitsu no Akko-chan' released!

    July 7, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    The official website of the upcoming live-action adaptation of Akatsuka Fujio's manga and anime classic 'Himitsu no Akko-chan' was finally updated with a full-length trailer. 'Himitsu no Akko-chan' revolves around the the 10-year-old elementary school girl Kagami 'Akko-chan' Atsuko who transforms into a 22-year-old college student (Ayase Haruka) thanks to a magical compact mirror in order to watch over her first love (Okada Masaki) at a co

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  • Okada Masaki is moved to tears by Oguri Shun's letter

    May 16, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    On May 15th, actors Okada Masaki and Oguri Shun attended the final stage greeting for their hit film, 'Uchuu Kyodai'. During the event, Okada was moved to tears by Oguri's surprise letter. As a matter of fact, Okada had first planned to give Oguri a surprise letter on this day. However, upon hearing about the surprise, Oguri also wrote a letter to Okada. Okada and Oguri only share 5 scenes in the movie, but they've spent over a year tog

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