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  • Sakai Noriko reveals her thoughts on remarriage

    January 26, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

    On January 26th, actress Sakai Noriko (42) held a release event for her mini-album "Namida Hitotsubu" at Tower Records Shibuya, where she revealed her thoughts on remarriage.  The title track of the album is Sakai's first new song in about 9 years, and it's a ballad to sing for loved ones. After sharing that her son's face came to her mind while singing the song, she said, "Other than my son? I want to do my best [for someone else's face to come

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  • Sakai Noriko to release new mini-album, first new song in 9 years

    November 19, 2013 @ 4:15 am

    Actress Sakai Noriko (42) will release a new mini-album titled "Namida Hitotsubu" on January 22, 2014. The title track is Sakai's first original song in about 9 years with "Tenka Muteki no Ai" being her last in June of 2004. The album will also include another new song called "Traveler" as well as covers of Teresa Teng's "Toki no Nagare ni Mi wo Makase" and Imai Miki's "PRIDE".  In the DVD, there will be music videos of the title track

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  • Japan Box Office Report & Trailer Park – March 30th/31st

    April 2, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

    [caption id="attachment_293235" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Wreck-It Ralph' / (01) 'Dragon Ball Z: Kami to Kami' / (03) 'Doraemon'"][/caption] The new 'Dragon Ball' movie 'Dragon Ball Z: Kami to Kami' which was written by the legendary Toriyama Akira himself fought its way to the top of the weekend box office chart with a splendid first weekend. It didn't even open on all that many screens - "only"

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  • Japan Box Office Report & Trailer Park – March 23rd/24th

    March 28, 2013 @ 1:15 am

    [caption id="attachment_292641" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Doraemon' / (01) 'Wreck-It Ralph' / (03) 'Platina Data'"][/caption] The most popular movie of the weekend was 'Wreck-It Ralph'. It pushed 'Doraemon' and 'Platina Data' down to the second and third place. In fourth place opened 'Aibou Series: X DAY' starring Kawahara Kazuhisa and Tanaka Kei. It did quite well at the box office and recorded

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  • Aoyama Yuki's 'School Girl Complex' photo book to be turned into a feature-length film

    February 7, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    On February 7th, it was announced that photographer Aoyama Yuki's popular photo book 'School Girl Complex' is going to be turned into a feature-length film starring the two young actresses Morikawa Aoi and Kadowaki Mugi. Aoyama has worked on many photo books for actresses and idols alike. He also did the cover shooting for the most recent issue of the beauty magazine 'anan' featuring AKB48's Kashiwagi Yuki. In 2010, he released a unique ph

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  • "Ghost in the Shell" series' new anime project "ARISE" announced

    January 16, 2013 @ 5:40 am

    The production of popular anime "Ghost in the Shell" series' new project "Ghost in the Shell ARISE" has been announced. This "Ghost in the shell" series is a cyberpunk based on Shirow Masamune's popular manga which was released in Young Magazine Kaizokuban in 1989. Setting in the near future in Japan where technology has been advanced drastically, it tells a story about the members of "Public Security Section 9", which was organized to opp

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  • Details on RADWIMPS member Noda Yojiro's solo project album revealed + "BRAIN DRAIN" PV

    December 24, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    Previously we reported that RADWIMPS vocalist Noda Yojiro would be launching his solo project illion next year. Now, he has revealed the details on his first album, 'UBU'. 'UBU' will first be released in England on February 25th, then the Japanese version will be released under Warner Music Japan on March 6th. Later, the album is scheduled for release in Germany and France on March 29th. The music video for his new song, "BRAIN DRAIN",

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  • RADWIMPS vocalist Noda Yojiro's solo project to release 1st album

    November 25, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    RADWIMPS vocalist Noda Yojiro will be releasing his 1st album, "UBU", under his solo project illion. "UBU" is set for release in England on February 25th, 2013, and will also be released in other countries around the world. The release dates for other countries are currently being coordinated. Shortly after the album's release, Yojiro will hold a live concert on March 16th, 2013 at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. He will also parti

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  • YUKI and TOKIO collaborate for movie 'Daijoubu 3 Kumi' theme song

    November 6, 2012 @ 6:07 am

    It's been revealed that TOKIO will be providing the song "Tegami" as the theme for the upcoming movie, 'Daijoubu 3 Kumi'. 'Daijoubu 3 Kumi' is a film adaptation of Ototake Hirotada's novel of the same title. The story is based on Ototake's own experience as an elementary school teacher. It portrays the school life of a new teacher named 'Akao Shinnosuke' who was born without arms or legs due to a genetic disorder. Ototake will play Akao an

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  • Kobukuro tops the latest Oricon Weekly Albums Chart

    September 11, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

    Popular duo Kobukuro’s comeback album, “ALL SINGLES BEST 2” (released for sale on September 5), made a chart-topping first place debut with sales of 395,000 copies in their first week of sales for the September 17th Oricon Weekly Album Ranking Chart.  In August of last year, Kobuchi Kentaro (35) stopped his activities in Kobukuro to seek medical treatment for his vocal cords.  This marks their first top placement in two years for a single or

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