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  • AKB48's starring "WONDA" coffee CM series to become a short drama

    June 21, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    On June 20, it was announced that popular idol group AKB48's CM series for coffee brand "WONDA" (from Asahi Beverages) will be made into a one-night only short drama series that will air on July 7.  The members star and appear in the CM in relay-style format as office ladies.The drama, entitled "AKB48 Short Stories" (temporary name) will be broadcast from 12:25 AM to 1:25 AM on Fuji TV.  The drama is comprised of a o

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  • Watanabe Mayu holds a release event for her latest photo book

    May 6, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    On May 4th, AKB48's Watanabe Mayu held a release event for her latest photo book, 'Watanabe Mayu Seifuku Zukan: Saigo no Seifuku'. Watanabe, who graduated high school last year, commented, "I was thinking about releasing a photo book while I was still 19-years-old, so it came true," and declared, "Next, I want to hold a solo live in uniform before I'm 20!" When asked about her solo activities, Watanabe said, "It gets lonely backstage, b

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  • AKB48's Watanabe Mayu to release her 4th solo single

    April 19, 2013 @ 4:44 am

    Popular idol group AKB48's Watanabe Mayu will release her 4th solo single (currently untitled) in July. For the upcoming single, Watanabe will hold a contest titled "Anata no Illust ga Shinkyoku no Jacket ni Nari Mayuyu (lit. 'Your illustration will be the cover jacket for the new song')" through the illustration sharing site "pixiv". The winner's work will be used as the jacket cover for one of the several types of the single. Applicat

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  • AKB48's 'The 2nd AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen' to be released on March 27

    February 1, 2013 @ 1:00 am

    On January 31, it was announced that the 2-disk DVD of the December 17 AKB48 concert, “The 2nd AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen”, will go on sale March 27 (4980 Yen, Avex.). During the concert, the members separated into red and white teams and performed AKB48 songs. In addition, the White Team’s Watanabe Mayu (18) performed former AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko’s (21) solo song, while the Red Team’s Shimazaki Haruka (18) performed HKT48 member

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  • 7 AKB48 members create new menu for the AKB48 Cafe

    December 17, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    On December 16, an event for the new menu at the “AKB48 Café & Shop” which was collaboratively created by 7 of AKB48 members including Oshima Yuko (24) and Watanabe Mayu (18), was held in Akihabara, Tokyo. 100 fans taste-tested two items - Mayu’s “Kinoko tappuri Tonjiru Udon,” which combined her favorite foods mushroom and pork miso soup along with Shinoda Mariko’s (26) “Curry Panda Plate,” which combined her favorite food curry and he

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 11/19 ~ 11/25

    November 28, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    Oricon has revealed their weekly charts from November 19th to the 25th. Check out the results below! === <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. "Hikaru Monotachi" - Watanabe Mayu : 11/21 (91,907) 2. "Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo" - Momoiro Clover Z : 11/21 (73,745) 3. "BRAVE IT OUT" - GENERATIONS : 11/21 (71,932) 4. "V.I.P" - SID : 11/21 (34,128) 5. "FLOWER POWER" - Shoujo Jidai : 11/21 (29,065) (Check out the

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  • Watanabe Mayu's solo single tops the Oricon weekly chart for the first time

    November 27, 2012 @ 5:34 am

    AKB48 member Watanabe Mayu's 3rd solo single, "Hikaru Monotachi" (released November 21st), has sold 92,000 copies in its first week and has topped the Oricon weekly chart for the week of December 3rd. This is her first time topping the charts after making her solo debut in February. Watanabe is said to be one of the candidates for the next ace after claiming 2nd place in the recent 'AKB48 General Elections'. Her previous singles, "Synchro

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  • Check out the performances from the November 23rd episode of Music Station

    November 23, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    On the November 23rd broadcast of Music Station, Watanabe Mayu, EXILE ATSUSHI, FUNKY MONKEY BABYS, Momoiro Clover Z, Yui, and Kondo Masahiro took to the stage to put on exciting performances. "Hikaru Monotachi" - Watanabe Mayu "MELROSE ~Aisanai Yakusoku~" - EXILE ATSUSHI "Good-bye days" - YUI "Sayonara Janai" - FUNKY MONKEY BABYS "Let's Go!" - Kondo Masahiro "Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo" - Momoiro Clover Z

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  • AKB48 and NINETY-NINE's Okamura Takashi form OKL48

    November 23, 2012 @ 2:55 am

    AKB48 has formed "OKL48" with comedic duo NINETY-NINE’s Okamura Takashi (42). Okamura, dressed up as "OKALEMON", a popular character from Fuji TV's popular variety show "Mecha-Mecha Iketeru!". He will serve as the center and 15 AKB48 members including Oshima Yuko (24) and Watanabe Mayu (18) will also dress up as lemons.  OKL48's original song will be included as a coupling song in AKB48's upcoming single “Eien Pressure”, which goes on sal

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  • Watanabe Mayu appears at a event for 'Nerawareta Gakuen' with short hair

    November 20, 2012 @ 12:56 am

    On November 18th, AKB48's Watanabe Mayu appeared at a big event for the animated film, 'Nerawareta Gakuen', cosplaying as the film's protagonist Natsuki. Wearing a short hair wig, Watanabe said, "I copied everything," and showed off a star mark on her right shoulder. In great delight, she continued, "I'm having fun because I feel like I've transformed into Natsuki-chan." This anime film is based on Mayumura Taku’s popular Sci-Fi novel

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