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  • Drama Prime Time Report 10/08~10/11

    October 13, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

    [caption id="attachment_271693" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report 10/08~10/11"][/caption] The fall season is here and this week already brought us a couple of new dramas, though real surprises failed to appear. 'Perfect Blue' (TBS), starring Takimoto Miori, premiered on Monday and managed to record a better start than last season's 'Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan' with a rating of 9.0%. It faced some really strong

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  • Additional cast for upcoming "Aibou" drama revealed

    September 1, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    The 11th season of popular detective drama "Aibou" starring Mizutani Yutaka will start airing on TV Asahi in October, and as tokyohive previously reported, Narimiya Hiroki has been picked as the new partner of the protagonist named "Kai Toru". On August 31st, it was announced that Takarazuka Revue's former top star, Matobu Sei, and actor Ishizaka Koji will be appearing on the drama as regular cast members. Matobu's role will be "Toru"s

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  • More details about Narimiya Hiroki's character in 'Aibou season 11' revealed

    August 13, 2012 @ 6:54 am

    In April it was announced that Narimiya Hiroki is going to become the new and third partner of Mizutani Yutaka in the upcoming eleventh season of the popular crime drama series 'Aibou'. Today they finally revealed the name and more details about his character. The new partner for inspector 'Sugishita Ukyo' (Mizutani) is called 'Kai Toru' (Narimiya) and he's an ambitious policeman who gradually climbed up the career ladder until becoming a

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  • Japan Box Office Report April 28th/29th

    May 2, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

    [caption id="attachment_236970" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Meitantei Conan" / "Thermae Romae" / "Kamen Rider x Super Sentai""][/caption] The box office results have been released a few days later than usual due to the Golden Week in Japan. Aside from the travel and tourism industry, the Golden Week is also a very important time for the movie industry. Last weekend marked the first half of said week

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  • Narimiya Hiroki to become the new partner of Mizutani Yutaka in 'Aibou'

    April 2, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    On April 3rd, TV Asahi officially announced that actor Narimiya Hiroki will become the next partner of Mizutani Yutaka on the popular 'Aibou' drama series after Oikawa Mitsuhiro's graduation that we reported earlier. Narimiya will be the third partner of Mizutani in the 'Aibou' series, which already spawned 10 successful TV seasons and two movies. He commented excitedly, "I can't wait to drink black tea with Mizutani." Meanwhile, Mizutani

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  • Five promising actors receive the '2012 Elan d'or Award'

    February 10, 2012 @ 3:02 am

    On February 9th, five Japanese actors with a promising future were honored at the '2012 Elan d'or Awards'. The five recipients were Hasegawa Hiroki, Anne, Inoue Mao, Kora Kengo, and Yoshitaka Yuriko. Hasegawa Hiroki experienced a sudden popularity boost thanks to his performance in the 2011 hit drama, 'Kaseifu no Mita'. The starring actress of that drama, Matsushima Nanako, also made a surprise appearance at the awards ceremony to congratu

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  • Oikawa Mitsuhiro to graduate from "Aibou" after Season 10

    February 8, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    [caption id="attachment_219600" align="aligncenter" width="317" caption="Left: Mizutani Yutaka, Right: Oikawa Mitsuhiro"][/caption] It's been announced that actor Oikawa Mitsuhiro will graduate from TV asahi's popular drama series, 'Aibou', after season 10 concludes in March. 'Aibou' is a detective series that began in 2000, centering around a genius inspector named "Sugishita Ukyo' (played by Mizutani Yutaka), who belongs to the "special m

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  • AKB48 receives a special award for "Japan Best Dressed Eyes Awards"

    October 12, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    On October 11th, idol group AKB48 received a special award for the"24th Japan Best Dressed Eyes Awards", which declared that AKB48 were the celebrities that people most wanted to see wearing eyeglasses. Eight members from the group were chosen as "Megane Senbatsu" (members who suit glasses the most), and they received the award on behalf of their group. The "Megane Senbatsu"members were Akimoto Sayaka, Itano Tomomi, Kasai Tomomi, Kitahar

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  • TV Asahi officially announces the 10th season of "Aibou"

    August 13, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    [caption id="attachment_181847" align="aligncenter" width="470" caption="Mizutani Yutaka (l.) and Oikawa Mitsuhiro are partners again for "Aibou Season 10""][/caption] TV Asahi finally made an official announcement regarding the 10th season of the popular crime drama "Aibou" which stars Mizutani Yutaka (59) as Japan's most popular TV detective, 'Sugishita Ukyo'. With the announcement, TV Asahi also denied all the preceding rumor

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  • Speculations about Mizutani Yutaka's new partner for "Aibou" season 10

    August 11, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    Most people already agree that we're going to see a 10th season of the popular "Aibou" drama series in the upcoming fall and winter season, but rumors about Oikawa Mitsuhiro (41) leaving the show still haven't died down. Many people are not expecting him to play Mizutani Yutaka's (59) partner in the 10th season and therefore there's much speculation about a possible successor. Three names are currently popping up in the talks and these thr

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