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  • Drama Prime Time Report 01/11~01/17

    January 19, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    [caption id="attachment_286500" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report 01/11~01/17"][/caption] The winter season is settling in nicely with many new dramas that premiered over the past seven days. 'Nobunaga no Chef' (TV Asahi) - starring Kis-My-Ft2's Tamamori Yuta - premiered on Friday and achieved a good double-digit rating (11.6%) during its 11:00 pm time slot. Many dramas have started with such high ratings i

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  • 'GTO' to air two-hour special episode in October

    September 12, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    On September 11th, it was announced that the remake of 'GTO' (Fuji TV) is going to return with a two-hour special episode in October. The 'GTO' remake starsEXILE's AKIRA as 'Onizuka Eikichi' and just aired its final episode on the 11th. In the upcoming special, he will have to face corrupt politicians and use all of his energy in order to protect the children of an orphanage that's on the verge of getting closed. AKIRA expressed, "I k

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  • Upcoming documentary to use streaming revenue as budget for simultaneous fireworks in Tohoku

    July 5, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    A documentary called 'LIGHT UP NIPPON ~Nihon wo Terashita, Kiseki no Hanabi~' is soon going to be screened in cinemas and streamed online. Parts of its proceedings will be used to repeat the same fireworks project this year. The documentary follows a single man and his desire to offer a great fireworks spectacle to as many people as possible in the Tohoku region five months after the Great Tohoku Earthquake. In the end, he succeeded in hav

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  • EXILE AKIRA attends press conference for upcoming drama 'GTO'

    June 23, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    On June 22nd, EXILE's AKIRA attended a press conference for the upcoming Fuji TV drama 'GTO', which will be airing every Tuesday at 10:00pm starting from July 3rd. This drama is based on the popular manga series of the same name by Fujisawa Toru that was serialized from 1997 to 2002 in 'Weekly Shounen Magazine'. The drama adaptation in 1998 starring Sorimachi Takashi became one of the popular drama series. This new drama series will includ

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  • More cast members revealed for upcoming drama 'GTO'

    May 23, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    As reported previously, Fuji TV will be making aremake of popular drama "GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka)" starring EXILE's performer AKIRA. Recently, more cast members for the upcoming drama have been revealed. Revealed cast members includeTakimoto Miori as the heroine "Fuyutsuki Azusa", Shirota Yu as "Danma Ryuji" (Onizuka's friend and manager of a cafe), Yamamoto Yusuke as "Saejima Toshiyuki" (Onizuka's friend and police officer), Tayama R

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  • Aiba Masaki, Gori, Kuroki Hitomi and Nagasawa Masaki announces completion of "Nihon Retto Ikimono Tachi no Monogatari"

    January 24, 2012 @ 4:26 am

    On January 23rd, Arashis Aiba Masaki (29), Garage Sales Gori (39), actresses Nagasawa Masaki (24), and Kuroki Hitomi (51) attended a completed filming announcement for documentary film, Nihon Retto Ikimono Tachi no Monogatari (directed by Ideta Keizo). This documentary tells the life of animals living in Japans Archipelago such as the brown bear, Japanese monkey, and the wild boar in which Aiba, Gori, Nagasawa, and Kuroki were appointe

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  • Friends and colleagues bid their last farewell to Morita Yoshimitsu on Christmas Day

    December 25, 2011 @ 2:53 am

    [caption id="attachment_212248" align="aligncenter" width="423" caption="Kitagawa Keiko in tears at the funeral service of Morita Yoshimitsu"][/caption] On December 21st, it was reported that famed movie director Morita Yoshimitsu passed away due to liver failure on the night of the 20th. His funeral service was held at the Aoyama Funeral Home in Tokyo on December 24th. Around 400 of Morita's friends and colleagues attended the11:00 amfun

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  • Drama Prime Time Report May 30th~June 2nd

    June 4, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    [caption id="attachment_157877" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Off to some drama ratings with Kitagawa Keiko and TOKIO!"][/caption] The ratings for the Monday dramas stabilized to normalcy this week. Tuesday started off with a positive note as "Namae wo Nakushita Megami" achieved a new season-best with a 13.1% viewer rating. The other two ongoing dramas that day haven't changed much compared to last week. Meanwhile NHK premiered t

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  • Possible live-action of "Himitsu no Akko-chan", many casting rumors abound

    January 13, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    One of the first "magical girl" manga and anime in Japan, "Himitsu no Akko-chan", is in the process of being turned into a live-action movie this fall, and the tabloid "Shukan Jitsuwa" claims to know who is going to star in it. According to the tabloid, we are going to see actress Ayase Haruka (25) as the heroine "Akko", and Fukada Kyoko (28), aka Fukakyon, as the villain, a princess of the underworld. "Akko-chan has become a senior high

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