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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 4/20~4/26

    May 2, 2016 @ 5:22 pm

    Recochoku have updated their weekly charts for the week of April 20th to April 26th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Hanataba wo Kimi ni" - Utada Hikaru 02 - "Anata no Suki na Tokoro" - Nishino Kana 03 - "FLASH" - Perfume 04 - "Tomo yo ~ Kono Saki mo Zutto..." - Ketsumeishi 05 - "Share The Love" - THE Sharehappi 06 - "Try Ever

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  • Spitz combine performance scenes and anime in PV for 'Minato'

    April 14, 2016 @ 10:26 am

    Spitz have revealed the PV for their new song "Minato" via their official YouTube channel. The black and white PV combines scenes of the band performing as well as clips of animation. Kitayama Daisuke, who served as director of the PV, commented, "What came to my mind when I first heard the song was 'a shadow of a person standing alone' at the 'minato' (harbor) and 'a big bird circling above'."  "Minato" will be released as the band's

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  • Spitz to release first single since 2013

    March 15, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    Spitz will release a new single, titled "Minato", on April 27. This will be their first single since "Sara Sara / Boku wa Kitto Tabi ni Deru" was released in May of 2013. The title track is being used as the CM song for NTT Higashinihon. In addition, it will include another song called "Garakuta". The jacket cover and track list for "Minato" can be seen below.  [Spitz]01. Minato02. GarakutaSource & Image(s): natalie

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  • Japan Box Office Report November 3rd/4th

    November 7, 2012 @ 2:51 am

    [caption id="attachment_275381" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Kita no Canariatachi' / (01) 'Nobou no Shiro' / (03) 'Eiga Smile Precure!'"][/caption] Plenty of the new movies made it to the top ten - including 'Nobou no Shiro' in first, 'Kita no Canariatachi' in second, and 'Ougon wo Daite Tobe' in fourth place. It was shuffle time for the box office chart and five new cards made it into the top deck.

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  • Suzuki Kyoka to play an abused mother in the upcoming drama 'Yako Kanransha'

    November 2, 2012 @ 2:44 am

    On November 2nd, TBS announced that they will adapt the novel 'Yako Kanransha' (lit. 'Ferris Wheel at Night') of best-selling author Minato Kanae ('Kokuhaku', 'Shokuzai') into a drama series for the upcoming winter season. Actress Suzuki Kyoka will play the protagonist, a housewife, and mother,who is being driven towards a mental breakdown by her abusive daughter and other things. It's Minato's first suspense-packed novel that focuses on f

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  • back number to provide the theme song for Nagasawa Masami's new drama

    September 24, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    On September 22, it was announced that 3-man rock band back number, which is climbing in popularity, will provide the theme song for Nagasawa Masami's new Fuji TV drama series Koukou Nyushi (High School Entrance Exam) (Saturdays at 11:10 PM). The series will begin airing on October 6. The band wrote a new rock number, Aoi Haru (to be released for sale on November 7), for the drama; the song adds to the education mystery for the drama

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  • Toei reveals full trailer for 'Kita no Kanariatachi'

    August 19, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

    On August 18th, distributor Toei revealed the full trailer for the upcoming movie 'Kita no Canariatachi' (English title: 'A Chorus of Angels') starring actress Yoshinaga Sayuri. 'Kita no Kanariatachi' commemorates the 60th anniversary of Toei and features a great ensemble actors additional to Yoshinaga, such as Shibata Kyohei, Nakamura Toru, Satomi Kotaro, Moriyama Mirai, Mitsushima Hikari, Katsuji Ryo, Miyazaki Aoi, Koike Eiko, and Matsud

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  • Nagasawa Masami to star in a new drama as a high school teacher

    August 1, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    Actress Nagasawa Masami will be starring in Fuji TV's drama series Koukou Nyushi (High School Entrance Exam) as a high school teacher. The drama will start in October, and will be showing every Saturday from 11:10pm onwards. The screenplay is an original script written by bestselling author Minato Kanae, whose works include Kokuhaku (Confession), Shojo (Young Lady), and Shokuzai (Atonement). The story will focus on the day before a

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  • Koizumi Kyoko to star in new WOWOW drama series "Shokuzai"

    October 2, 2011 @ 3:06 am

    Actress Koizumi Kyoko will be star in her first drama in a decade, WOWOW's new drama series 'Shokuzai'. The drama begins airing in January 2012. Based on the novel by Minato Kanae, whose best selling novel "Kokuhaku" was made into movie with starring Matsu Takako in2010, the story has a dark revenge theme. Koizumi took a role of a mother(Masako)whose elementary school daughter(Emiri) has been killed. Koizumialso played a role as a po

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  • Minato Kanae's "Shokuzai" to get live-action drama adaptation

    September 1, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

    The third work of Minato Kanae, 'Shokuzai'will be brought to life with a live-action drama. Minato Kanae is best known for writing the novel 'Kokuhaku'which was brought to life on the silver screen and starred Matsu Takako. The live action drama will be directed by Kurosawa Kiyoshi, who has a history of producing films that have been sent to the Cannes International Film Festival. The drama is slated to air next January on WOWOW. After m

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