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  • 'Otona AKB48' Tsukamoto Mariko's graduation to be held on September 1

    August 26, 2014 @ 6:41 pm

    On August 26, it was announced on AKB48's official blog that 'Otona AKB48' Tsukamoto Mariko's (38) graduation will be held on September 1 at AKB48 Theater.  Tsukamoto was chosen out of 5,066 applicants for AKB48 and Ezaki Glico's collaboration campaign 'Otona AKB48 Audition'. She was first introduced to the public on April 17 at a studio in Kanagawa, then made her handshake event debut in May. After appearing in various song programs and informa

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  • MAX dance the Zumba for their new song

    August 22, 2014 @ 2:04 am

    Female vocal group MAX will be releasing their new single "Jounetsu no ZUMBA" on September 10. It's been about a year since the group released their last single "Tacata'". "Jounetsu no ZUMBA" is a summer dance tune that uses the fitness dance Zumba as its motif. The choreography was done by dancer ENDo who claims to be a long-time fan of MAX.  [CD+DVD][CD-Only][Track List]CD:01. Jounetsu no ZUMBA02. Sweet Sweet Honey03. BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!04. Joun

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  • Akimoto Yasushi and Watanabe Mayu take on the ice bucket challenge

    August 21, 2014 @ 1:22 am

    A video of Akimoto Yasushi taking on the ALS ice bucket challenge was uploaded onto AKB48's YouTube channel on August 20.Akimoto, who was nominated by Gentosha Inc. president Kenjou Toru, boldly accepted the challenge. It took place after the group's 3-day concert at Tokyo Dome. Members Takahashi Minami and Sashihara Rino assisted in dumping a bucket of ice water over his head. "I support the ALS ice bucket challenge," he stated. Shortly after, 

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  • Ikimonogakari to sing opening theme for anime 'Nanatsu no Taizai'

    August 19, 2014 @ 2:59 am

    Ikimonogakari will be singing the opening theme for the MBS/TBS anime 'Nanatsu no Taizai' ('The Seven Deadly Sins'), which premieres on October 5. 'Nanatsu no Taizai' is a popular manga by Suzuki Nakaba that's currently being serialized in 'Weekly Shounen Magazine'. The song Ikimonogakari will be singing, "Netsujou no Spectrum", is written and composed by Mizuno Yoshiki and arranged by Kondo Takashi and Tanaka Yusuke. As for the anime'

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 8/9~8/10

    August 12, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – August 9th/10th 01 (00) Stand by Me Doraemon (Weeks: 01) 02 (01) Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Weeks: 02) 03 (00) Transformers: Age of Extinction (Weeks: 01) 04 (03) Maleficent (Weeks: 05) 05 (05) When Marnie Was There (Weeks: 04) 06 (04) Pokémon the Movie 17 (Weeks: 04) 07 (02) Godzilla (Week

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 8/2~8/3

    August 5, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – August 2nd/3rd 01 (00) Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Weeks: 01) 02 (01) Godzilla (Weeks: 02) 03 (02) Maleficent (Weeks: 04) 04 (03) Pokémon the Movie 17 (Weeks: 03) 05 (04) When Marnie Was There (Weeks: 03) 06 (06) Kamen Rider Gaim (Weeks: 03) 07 (07) Sukitte Iinayo (Weeks: 04) 08 (05) Eigh

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  • Olympic Gold Medalist Hanyu Yuzuru to participate in this year's 24 Hour TV

    August 4, 2014 @ 6:34 am

    Olympic figure skating gold medalist Hanyu Yuzuru will be participating in NTV's annual telethon "24 Hour TV 37 Ai wa Chikyuu wo Sukuu" and performing some of his routines via live broadcast. Hanyu will perform his program "Romeo and Juliet" which took home 3rd place at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships after he suffered through the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake disaster. Hanyu will bring tears to the audience again with this beautiful and str

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 7/26~7/27

    July 31, 2014 @ 3:18 am

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – July 26th/27th 01 (00) Godzilla (Weeks: 01) 02 (02) Maleficent (Weeks: 04) 03 (01) Pokémon the Movie 17 (Weeks: 02) 04 (03) When Marnie Was There (Weeks: 02) 05 (00) Eight Ranger 2 (Weeks: 01) 06 (04) Kamen Rider Gaim (Weeks: 02) 07 (06) Sukitte Iinayo (Weeks: 03) 08 (07) Planes: Fire & R

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 7/16~7/22

    July 25, 2014 @ 5:45 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of July 16th to July 22nd. 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 - "Love Song wa Tomaranai yo" - Ikimonogakari 03 - "Puzzle" - Shonan no Kaze 04 - "R.Y.U.S.E.I." - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 05 - "Precious Love" - EXILE

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  • flumpool's Yamamura Ryuta & Sakai Kazuki, Kameda Seiji, and more form a unit

    July 23, 2014 @ 1:33 am

    It's been revealed that Kameda Seiji, Yamamura Ryuta (Vo / flumpool), Sakai Kazuki (G/ flumpool), Sugimoto Yuji (Vo, Piano / WEAVER), and Tamada Tom (Dr / 100s) have formed an unit called 'THE TURTLES JAPAN' for a limited time. The idea of this new unit began when flumpool's Yamamura and Sakai, who celebrated the 5th anniversary of their debut, sought after new inspirations. The two suggested they form a unit to Kameda, who agreed willingly. In a

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