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  • Sato Sumire announces graduation from SKE48 + retirement from showbiz

    November 7, 2017 @ 5:16 am

    On November 6, SKE48 member Sato Sumire announced her graduation and retirement from showbiz during Team E's performance at SKE48 Theater. After the show, Sato updated her official blog saying, "During today's performance, I announced my graduation from SKE48 as well as my resignation from Horipro. I think I've surprised my fans and persons concerned with the sudden announcement. I'm sorry. I thought about it for a long time in my own way." Sato,

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  • Koizumi Kyoko, Ueto Aya, Kiritani Mirei, and more appear in Kose's 70th anniversary CM

    March 31, 2016 @ 10:26 am

    To celebrate 70 years since its establishment, cosmetic brand Kose revealed a CM starring their ten image characters. The ten women in this CM are Aragaki Yui, Ueto Aya, Kitagawa Keiko, Kiritani Mirei, Koizumi Kyoko, Sumire, Fujii Karen, Fujii Shuka, Moritaka Chisato, and Rola.Source: Oricon YouTube Channel

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  • Kiritani Mirei to play 65-year-old woman in drama 'Sumika Sumire'

    November 23, 2015 @ 7:49 am

    Actress Kiritani Mirei will star in TV Asahi's Friday night drama "Sumika Sumire" starting in January.The drama is based on Takanashi Mitsuba's popular manga series of the same title. Kiritani will play the role of a 65-year-old woman named 'Sumi' who has never experienced love in her life. One day, she turns back into a 20-year-old college student. She relives her youth going by the name 'Sumire'.Kiritani commented, "I've never imagined myself

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  • Sumire holds press conference for new song with Sergio Mendes

    May 4, 2013 @ 1:23 am

    On May 2, talent and singer Sumire (22) appeared at a press conference at the Billboard Live Tokyo in Roppongi to commemorate the completion of her new song Tasogare no Begin (goes on sale May 22). The song has been done in collaboration with internationally renowned Brazilian musicianSergio Mendes (72), and the song will also be included in his album Rendezvous (goes on sale July 24), which commemorates his 50th anniversary since he

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  • New unit from AKB48 'NO NAME' to make their debut

    April 27, 2012 @ 12:35 am

    It has been revealed a new unit from AKB48 called NO NAME will be making their debut! They will be providing the theme songs for AKB48's animation 'AKB0048' (scheduled to start airing April 29th). NO NAME includesWatanabe Mayu and the voice actresses of 'AKB0048', for a total of nine members. New unit will sing the opening song "Kibou ni Tsuite" and ending song "Yume ha Nandomo Umare Kawaru" (both of the release dates have not yet been

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  • Cast of 9 members announced for AKB48's anime, 'AKB0048'

    December 13, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    Last week, we reported that 30 members from the AKB48 family passed the initial round of auditions for the upcoming anime, 'AKB0048'. Out of those 30, nine would go on to become the show's voice actresses through a public final audition. On December 13th, the 30 girls gave their all in front of a judging panel comprised of Akimoto Yasushi, Kawamori Shoji, Otsuki Toshimichi, and sound director Aketagawa Jin. Kawamori Shoji, who's famous for

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  • Seven AKB48 members to appear in new Ultraman movie

    November 22, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    It's been revealed that seven members of AKB48 will be making an appearance in the upcoming 'Ultraman' movie, "Ultraman Saga". MembersAkimoto Sayaka, Miyazawa Sae, Umeda Ayaka, Masuda Yuka, Kobayashi Kana, Sato Sumire, and Shimada Haruka will form a Earth Defense Force called "Team U", who'll be working with the Ultraman heroes. This will be the first time that the Earth Defense Force will appear in the series. "Ultraman Saga" tells t

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  • AKB48 and SDN48 take an adventure to Neverland!

    July 21, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    [caption id="attachment_175104" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="L to R: Ishida Haruka, Sato Sumire, Miyazaki Miho, Nito Moeno, Ohori Megumi"][/caption] On the 20th AKB48 members Ishida Haruka, Sato Sumire, Miyazaki Miho, Nito Moeno and SDN48 member Ohori Megumi got together to attend a dress rehearsal performance of the musical Peter Pan,which was held at the Tokyo International Forum. The girls came together to watch Takahata

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  • Ameba holds their own AKB48 General Election!

    June 3, 2011 @ 4:01 am

    While the official "3rd AKB48 General Election" is underway, blogging portal Ameba has decided to have a little General Election themselves. This is an unofficial General Election that doesn't effect the real results, but is something fun for Ameba users to do. Check out the results for Ameba's "AKB48 General Election Battle Now!". The following results were recorded as of June 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM JST. === 1. Shimazaki Haruka (AKB48)

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  • Who gave AKB48's Takahashi Minami a big kiss?

    May 21, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    On May 19th an embarrassing incident happened to AKB48s leader Takahashi Minami. Someone gave her a big kiss after she finished filming her scene for AKB48s current drama, Majisuka Gakuen 2. Takahashi realized she needed to wipe off the lipstick stain, but before she had the chance, she ran into fellow AKB member Sato Sumire who noticed the odd mark immediately. It sparked an awkward conversation which went as follows: Sumire:

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