Friday, February 8, 2013

Voice actress Hikasa Yoko to release her solo debut single in May




Popular voice actress Hikasa Yoko who is known for the voice of “Akiyama Mio” from the big hit anime “K-ON!“, will be making a solo debut with her first single “Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai.” Not only is she voicing many popular characters in anime, Hikasa has also participated in many big hit character songs, such as in “Houkago Tea Time” (the 5-piece band consisting of the “K-ON!” characters). Her solo debut single “Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai” has already been chosen as the ending theme song for anime “Shingeki no Kyojin“. The anime is set to start airing in April and scheduled for release on May 8th. It was also announced that she would release her second single titled “Owaranai Uta” that will be the theme song for anime film “Haru” on June 5th, as well as a collaboration album (currently untitled) on July 17th.

℃-ute hold a release event for their 20th single “Kono Machi”


On February 6th, idol group ℃-ute held a release event for their 20th single “Kono Machi“ at Sunshine City Funsui Hiroba. As announced previously, “Kono Machi” is a cover of a song by Moritaka Chisato who belongs to the same agency as them. The leader Yajima Maimi revealed that they received a cheer from Moritaka, and said, “I was nervous when she said ‘good luck’ directly to us, but it made us feel that we need to do our best.” She also mentioned Morning Musume, who recently topped Oricon weekly chart with their latest single, saying, “Seeing Morning Musume-san grabbed no.1 made us motivated to not lose to them. I hope many people listen to this song, and we can top the Oricon chart as well.” 


 At the event, they performed some songs, including their new song, and livened up the audience of 2,000. Member Nakajima Saki said, “I’m happy to see many people here today even to the upper floors, but we can’t fill up the Budokan yet, so we need to work hard.” Hagiwara Mai also said, “I hope we gain more popularity, so we can be like, ‘We have no choice but to hold a live concert at the Budokan.’” One day before the event on the 5th, Nakajima turned 19 years old. She talked about her ambition, “Since this is my last year as a teen, I just have to enjoy it to the best of my power. I want to go many places and become an outdoor person.” Also, the 7th will be Hagiwara’s 17th birthday. 

She commented, “Many people told me how their 17th year shone, so I also want to shine.” Yajima, who will be 21 years old on the 7th, said, “I hope ‘Kono Machi’ will become a hit and leave a good result.”



Karasawa Toshiaki to star as a legendary thief in new TBS drama ‘TAKE FIVE’




On February 8th, it was announced that actor Karasawa Toshiaki will be starring in the upcoming TBSspring drama ‘TAKE FIVE‘, which the Japanese media has already dubbed as the Japanese version of ‘Ocean’s Eleven‘.
‘TAKE FIVE’ follows a group of five individuals from different backgrounds, age groups, and occupation who work together as thieves in order to steal money from all types of rich scoundrels. The drama is said to feature an entertaining and thrilling mixture of comedy, suspense, action, love, friendship, and humanity.
Karasawa plays the leader and is the most talented thief of the group. In his normal life he works as an ordinary university professor, but the truth is that there has never been a more legendary thief in the history of Japan than him. Other main characters are played by Matsuyuki YasukoMatsuzaka Tori,Baisho Mitsuko, and SMAP’s Inagaki Goro.
Matsuzaka plays a young thief who likes to think of himself as a better thief than their leader. He actually works for a security company and therefore is of much help when it comes to obtaining access to protected areas. Inagaki depicts a policeman who joins the group of thieves after being demoted / reduced in rank for certain reasons.
Actress Matsuyuki plays a female detective who is chasing this group of thieves while still feeling traumatized by her father’s suicide. Veteran actress Baisho portrays a mysterious homeless woman who makes the protagonist become a thief again 20 years after he stopped robbing rich people.
The drama is going to include wire action sequences featuring Karasawa and Matsuzaka. Both of their characters are also going to court the female detective played by Matsuyuki, resulting in an almost obligatory love triangle.
The remaining two members of the group of thieves are made up of a mechanic and inventor played byRokkaku Seiji and a young driver and newest member of the group played Irie Jingi. Additional characters include Chiba Yudai as a rookie detective and Fukuda Ayano as a graduate student at the university where the protagonist works.
TBS is going to air ‘TAKE FIVE’ every Friday at 10:00 pm starting in April.

Sakanaction adds 2 new dates to their upcoming nationwide tour




Sakanaction has added two new dates to their upcoming nationwide tour, ‘SAKANAQUARIUM 2013‘.
This tour will coincide with the Sakanaction’s new album (currently untitled) that’s due out on March 13th. At this time, the band has added March 27th at Kawasaki CLUB CITTA and June 1st at Okinawa Oto Ichiba.
With this, Sakanaction will be performing a total of 18 shows at 12 venues. Tickets for Kawasaki CLUB CITTA will be limited to members of ‘SAKANAQUARIUM(A)‘.
Source: natalie


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Toriko, One Piece, and Dragon Ball Z to collaborate for one-hour special

       On February 5, it was announced that in April, Fuji TV’s ongoing anime “Toriko” will collaborate with the animes “One Piece” and “Dragon Ball Z” for a special one-hour program titled “Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Chou Collab Special” to commemorate the Toriko’s third year.
        The special will air on April 7 at 9 AM. Last April, “Toriko” and “One Piece” collaborated to create a special and received a favorable response. This year, they hope to receive the same reception with the addition of “Dragon Ball Z”. Heroes Toriko, Luffy, and Goku will all appear together on the same screen for the first time. 
      The special will feature a race titled “Tenkaichi Kuoukai” sponsored by IGO (International Gourmet Organization) where Toriko and gourmet hunters belong. The grand prize of the race is a luxury ingredient, and Toriko and his fellows as well as the Straw Hat Pirates from One Piece enter to obtain the ingredient. Goku and his Dragon Ball members also enter the race, and a fierce battle ensues to determine the winner.



Oricon Weekly Charts for 1/28 ~ 2/3


Oricon has revealed its weekly charts for January 28th to February 3rd.
Check out the results below!
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<Single Weekly Ranking>
1. “Choco no Dorei” – SKE48 : 1/30 (538,914)
2. “ANIMAL” – GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE : 1/30 (72,226)
3. “Kimi ni 100 Percent / Furisodeshon” – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu : 1/30 (21,195)
4. “BLOODY STREAM” – Coda : 1/30 (20,980)
5. “CHIKU-TAKU / Going My Way!” – LinQ : 1/30 (16,873)
(Check out the full ranking here.)
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<Album Weekly Ranking>
1. “REAL” – Nakashima Mika : 1/30 (49,098)
2. “Take Me Home” – One Direction : 11/14 (22,388)
3. “Signed POP” – Hata Motohiro : 1/30 (21,510)
4. “BLAU” – Aoi Eir : 1/30 (19,967)
5. “Unorthodox Jukebox” – Bruno Mars : 12/12 (18,156)
(Check out the full ranking here.)
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<Music DVD Weekly Ranking>
1. “NEWS LIVE TOUR 2012 ~Utsukushii Koi ni Suru yo~” – NEWS : 1/30
2. “B’z LIVE -GYM 2008 -ACTION-” – B’z : 1/30
3. “UVERworld Yokohama Arena” – UVERworld : 1/30
4. “ARASHI ARAFES” - Arashi : 12/26
5. “Yoshida Takuro LIVE 2012″ – Yoshida Takuro : 1/30

Main cast members for the movie adaptation of “Oshin” revealed





The legendary NHK morning drama “Oshin” will be getting a movie adaptation which will be directed byTogashi Shin, and the main cast members have been revealed at the public presentation held on February 5th.
“Oshin” was written by a scriptwriter Hashida Sugako, and it was aired during 1983 ~ 1984 with a total of 297 episodes. The drama received a peak rating of 62.9%, and average rating of 52.6% (in Kanto region, according to Video Research) which are the highest rating number in the TV drama history in Japan. Set about 100 years ago, the drama depicts the life of “Oshin”, a woman who was born in a poor village in Yamagata, and lives strongly without losing to hardships. It was also broadcast in 86 countries and regions all over the world.
The movie adaptation will mainly feature “Oshin”s girlhood. It will depict “Oshin” growing up earnestly and charmingly in the severe, yet magnificent nature in Yamagata, while thinking of her family regardless of many hardships. It will be based on the script written by Hashida for the TV drama 30 years ago, but will be adding some new stories.
The main cast members announced on this day include Hamada Kokone as the protagonist “Oshin”,Ueto Aya as “Fuji” (Oshin’s mother), Kishimoto Kayoko as “Tsune” (a servant at a timber store under Oshin’s first employer), Kobayashi Ayako as “Mino” (the young mistress at Kaga-ya, Ohin’s second employer), Nogi Ryosuke as “Seitaro” (the master of Kaga-ya), Yoshimura Jitsuko as “Naka” (Oshin’s grandmother), Mitsushima Shinnosuke as “Shunsaku” (a deserter), Guts Ishimatsu as “Matsuzou” (a charcoal-burner), and Izumi Pinko as “Kuni” (the mistress of Kaga-ya).
At the public presentation, Ueto, Izumi, Hamada, Hashida, and the director Togashi made appearances
Ueto commented, “I’m thankful to people who chose me over many actresses, but I feel pressured at the same time. I know there will be those that voice that it’s still too early for me to play the role, or I do not look like a mother, but Pinko-san gave me great advice: ‘It’ll be fine as long as you put your all into the role. I know you can do it.’ so I will play this role putting my all into it!” Izumi who played as Oshin’s mother in the previous TV drama, whom Ueto will be playing in the movie, said, “I’m glad that Aya-chan will be playing the role. I’m sure it will be a great movie if we work hard.” The rookie child actress Hamada who was chosen among 2,500 people in audition, appeared in costume for the role, and said, “I will try my best in playing the role of Oshin,” while turning red in the cheeks.
The whole filming will be held in Yamagata, and it is said to start in the middle of February. The movie will be open in theaters in October.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Tokyo Jihen To Disband In February


Tokyo Jihen To Disband In February
After being together for nearly 8 years, Tokyo Jihen will be disbanding at the end of February.
The band made the announcement on January 11th on their official website, leaving messages to their fans before disbanding.
"I want to thank everyone who enjoyed this band...Tokyo Jihen will disband this leap year, but out music will forever be immortal," frontwoman Ringo Shiina stated.
Tokyo Jihen was formed in May 2004 around the vocals of Ringo Shiina. After 7 years and 9 months, 7 singles and 5 albums together as a band, Tokyo Jihen will conclude their activities together with a tour titled "Tokyo Jihen live tour 2012 Domestique Bon Voyage" in February.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mukai Osamu gives Kitagawa Keiko 100 blue roses at “Paradise Kiss” stage appearance


On June 4th , the stars of “Paradise Kiss” (directed by Shinjo Takehiko) took the stage at theMarunouchi Louvre movie theater in Tokyo to greet their fans at the first public screening at the movie.
Actress Kitagawa Keiko (24) wore a white dress with a single silver lamé strap. During the event, her co-star Mukai Osamu disappeared from the stage, and reappeared with 100 blue roses for Kitagawa, exciting the audience with the “surprise” scene.
It was a hot summer (during filming), and we had a lot of promotional events, but you got through it. Good job, Yukari,” Mukai said, touching Kitagawa’s hair. Seeing this, Igarashi Shunji, who plays the cross-dressing character of Isabella, playfully bit his handkerchief. For the fans, it was like seeing their favorite movie come to life.
“Paradise Kiss” is a story about a high school girl who, under the influence of some new friends, dreams about becoming a model. When asked about her dreams as a student, Kitagawa said, “Since I liked going to the doctor, I always admired the people working there. I wanted to become a doctor or an astronaut”.
We spent August to October of last year, slightly longer than normal, taking our time to film this movie. I have been waiting for this day, when we can finally bring the movie to you all”, Kitagawa said, full of emotion.
Attending the first public screening alongside Kitagawa, Mukai and Igarashi were Kato NatsukiOmasa AyaKaku Kento, and Director Shinjo. The movie is now open in theaters nationwide.
Source + Photos: Mantan Web

Monday, May 30, 2011

Who are the highest-paid actresses for dramas?


Japanese tabloid “Shukan Jitsuwa” was able to gather some info on Japanese actresses during Golden Week and recently published a detailed list of the current market situation.
The list ranks the actresses in relation to the minimum fee they get paid for appearing in a drama series per episode. In addition to the fee, reporters also managed find out the potential ratings that are expected from them by TV stations. Of course, the market value changes depending on the actress’ popularity and her recent success, but right now Yoshitaka Yuriko seems to be the most expensive actress one can cast for a drama.
Check out the list below for more details!
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Current (Minimum) Fees per Drama Episode and Potential TV Ratings of Japanese Actresses
01 – 28,444 USD – 12.1% – Yoshitaka Yuriko
02 – 25,970 USD – 12.5% – Ayase Haruka
03 – 24,734 USD – 12.0% – Ueno Juri
04 – 24,734 USD – 11.4% – Matsushita Nao
05 – 22,260 USD – 11.3% – Kanno Miho
06 – 19,787 USD – 11.2% – Ueto Aya
07 – 19,787 USD – 10.0% – Fukada Kyoko
08 – 19,787 USD – 09.8% – Fukatsu Eri
09 – 19,787 USD – 09.7% – Amami Yuki
10 – 19,787 USD – 04.7% – Shinohara Ryoko
11 – 18,550 USD – 11.5% – Kitagawa Keiko
12 – 18,550 USD – 06.9% – Nakama Yukie
13 – 18,550 USD – 06.6% – Yonekura Ryoko
14 – 18,550 USD – 00.1% – Fujiwara Norika
15 – 18,550 USD – 00.1% – Matsushima Nanako
16 – 17,313 USD – 10.9% – Toda Erika
17 – 17,313 USD – 10.3% – Shibasaki Kou
18 – 17,313 USD – 10.1% – Maki Yoko
19 – 17,313 USD – 09.6% – Aibu Saki
20 – 17,313 USD – 09.4% – Suzuki Kyoka

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The list clearly shows that a high fee doesn’t equal high potential ratings. For example, Shinohara Ryoko gets paid a lot but still has to prove her profitability after a longer break from acting and a bad decision to make her comeback via a Kimura Takuya drama. On the other hand, women like Fujiwara Norika and Matsushima Nanako simply get paid a lot just because they’re worth it, not because they’re outstanding actresses that can attract a high number of people.
It should also be taken into consideration that sheer success doesn’t determine one’s market value. The relationships between the agencies and TV stations are a highly influential factor as well. TV stations can’t try lowering the fee if the popularity of an actresses suddenly decreases; it would hurt their relationship with her agency and future collaborations.
Looking at Yoshitaka’s current value, it’s interesting to know that by the beginning of the year, she started out with a minimum fee of $18,550 USD. However, her recent exposure in the “GANTZ” movies and her extremely popular CM for Suntory’s whiskey brand, “Torys Highball“, boosted her potential rating as well as her market value. Only Ayase Haruka has a higher potential rating.
Other young and popular actresses that didn’t make it into the top 20:
23 – 16,077 USD – 11.6% – Sasaki Nozomi
24 – 16,077 USD – 03.2% – Miyazaki Aoi
26 – 14,840 USD – 10.4% – Inoue Mao
27 – 14,840 USD – 10.2% – Maeda Atsuko (AKB48)

Unfortunately, Nagasawa Masami, once high up on that list, didn’t manage to make it into the top 50 with her fee of at least 12,367 USD, but a potential rating of only 0.01%.
Of course, all figures published by a tabloid magazine should be taken with a grain of salt.
Source: Shukan Jitsuwa via Entame-Scoop

Friday, May 27, 2011

Aragaki Yui and Nishikido Ryo to star in next “Getsu9″ drama


Actress Aragaki Yui will be playing the lead role of an international lawyer in the upcoming July drama, “Zenkai Girl” (translation: “All Out Girl”). NEWS/Kanjani8’s Nishikido Ryo will play her love interest in the Fuji TV’s “Getsu9” slot (Monday 9  PM) drama.

Despite playing the lead in hit movies like “Koizora” and “Hanamizuki“, Aragaki has surprisingly never played the lead role in a drama series. However, she’s acted in the coveted “Getsu9″ slot in the past, when she played a young doctor in “Code Blue” .

This time, Aragaki will play Ayukawa Wakaba, a young international lawyer and a “career woman”. When the story starts, she is told to take care of the daughter of her boss (played by Yakushimaru Hiroko). Nishikido plays a divorced dad with a son who meets Wakaba on the way to the kids’ kindergarten. Although the two fight each other at first, eventually they begin to like each other.

The drama’s producer commented, “Aragaki-san’s unquestionable cuteness and oozing clean image was absolutely needed for Wakana’s intense character.”

Filming will be starting in early June, and Aragaki remarked, “(Wakaba is) an ambitious career woman who is fixated on success, and a type that I haven’t played much in the past. (She’s) a very strong-willed character, but I want to act while having fun.”

Source + Photo: Sanspo

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cast For Ouran High School Host Club Announced


Cast For Ouran High School Host Club Announced
After revealing plans for a live action version of the hit anime series "Ouran High School Host Club", the main cast for the show has been revealed.
Fans of the popular anime series "Ouran High School Host Club" were treated to exciting news last week when plans for a live action version of the show were announced. More information about the show has now been revealed.
The main cast list was unveiled. The following is a list of the cast:
Yamamoto Yusuke - Tamaki
Kawaguchi Haruna - Haruhi
Nakamura Masaya – Mori
Daito Shunsuke – Kyoya
Takagi Shinpei - Hikaru
Takagi Manpei – Kaoru
Chiba Yudai – Honey
Ryusei Ryo – Umehito
"Ouran High School Host Club" will be broadcast Fridays on TBS starting in July.

Yamashita Tomohisa causes his fans to faint on his Asia Tour in Taiwan



On May 22nd, NEWS member Yamashita Tomohisa finished up his solo tour in Taiwan. He was welcomed by legions of  fans when he entered Taiwan, and he left them swooning and fainting when he announced his “Proposal” on stage.


The concert was three days long and sold out almost immediately after tickets went on sale, and total revenue for the stop totaled over 1 billion yen. During his second day, Yamashita waved, shook hands, threw kisses, and provided other forms of fan service to the 5,000 screaming fangirls.

During the talk portion of the concert, a fan asked him how he would propose to his future bride. He replied by saying “I want you” in English, causing fans to scream.


Yamashita started his Asia solo tour in January, where he made stops in Hong Kong, Seoul, and Thailand.
His Taiwan show was originally supposed to be in March, but was postponed because of the earthquake. The May 22nd live was the last stop before he returned to Japan to finish up his tour on the 29th.

Source: Searchina