Jun 17 2012
Japanese singer and actor Tomohisa Yamashita, also known as YamaP, will play himself in the June 24 episode of the Toriko television anime series. Yamashita commented that the recording process was difficult at first, but he quickly adapted during the session. The idol also said that he is looking forward to seeing his likeness in the anime.
Yamashita's ending theme song "Love Chase" has featured in the series since April. The song was Yamashita's first anime theme song that he contributed as a solo artist. The ending theme's single CD will ship in Japan on July 4.
The singer was once part of the band NEWS. In addtion to his solo musical career, he has starred in Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Kurosagi, and most recently the live-action adaptation of Asao Takamori and Tetsuya Chiba's classic boxing manga Ashita no Joe. He also has a recurring role as the adult Suneo in Toyota's live-action Doraemon commercials with French movie star Jean Reno. Yamashita's second album Ero will ship in Japan on July 25, and he will start a Japanese nationwide tour on July ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
CAPCOM's historical action game franchise Sengoku Basara is inspiring its first live-action television show next month, and actor/singer GACKT (Fûrin Kazan, New Fist of the North Star, Tono to Issho, Shiki) will star in it as Oda Nobunaga.
Sengoku Basara -Moonlight Party- will also star Kento Hayashi (Arakawa Under the Bridge) as Date Masamune (center) and Kōhei Takeda (Hana Zakari no Kimi-tachi e: Ikemen Paradise, Kamen Rider Kiva) as Sanada Yukimura (left). (Historical Japanese names are listed family name first, while modern names are listed family name last.)
Gackt will contribute the ending theme song "Hakuro."
The show will premiere on July 12 on MBS, and it will run every Thursday night at 1:25 a.m. (effectively early Friday morning).
On Monday it was announced that Toma Ikuta will be starring in a movie adaptation of Urio Shudo’s 2000 Edogawa Rampo Award-winning novel Nou Otoko (literally “Brain Man”).
In his first “dark hero” role, Ikuta will be playing a mysterious unfeeling killing machine named Ichiro Suzuki who commits murders in the name of justice.
His character possesses an unusually high intelligence and prodigious memory, but is also completely incapable of feeling human emotion.
The role will reportedly be physically demanding, involving intense action scenes. Ikuta has been training in various martial arts for about 6 months in preparation for filming, including the Filipino martial art Kali and Bruce Lee’s hybrid system, Jeet Kune Do.
The story is set in a suburban city in the wake of indiscriminate serial bombings. Yosuke Eguchi (44) will play Chaya, a police detective who discovers Suzuki in the hideout of the bomber, a salaryman named Midorikawa. Yasuko Matsuyuki (39) will play a neurosurgeon tasked with evaluating Suzuki.
“Nou Otoko” is slated for release on February 2013.
Jun 08 2012
Oshima Yuko regained her position as the most popular member in the mammoth girl group in this year's AKB48 elections
Photos: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters
After two weeks of furious campaigning and intensive voting, the annual AKB48 election campaign, which sees a member from the mammoth Japanese girl group being elected as the main lead (in performances and music videos), ended with Oshima Yuko making an emotional comeback into the much coveted No.1 spot on Wednesday.
Beating the other 236 girls from the "48 group", consisting of members and trainees from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48, AKB48 Team K Yuko came in top with 108,837 votes. Runner-up, Team B Watanabe Mayu, secured 72,574 votes while Team B's captain Kashiwagi Yuki, 20, came in third with 71,076 votes.
Yuko presented a teary speech to her fans after accepting her title as the new "center" of the group, expressing that "everyone in 48 group worked hard," and pleaded for their fans to "continue to shine on us." Echoing fellow member, fifth place Shinoda Mariko's words to her juniors, the 23-year-old then challenged her juniors to "come and beat us," and expressed her wish to "see what the younger power can do" to push the group forward.
AKB48's latest single, "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" which came with a voting ticket, sold a record-breaking amount of 1.62 million copies in its release week. Fans flocked to get the single, more often than not, buying more than one copy, to vote for their favorite member.
The higher-ranking members from this election will get to appear more on shows and magazines to promote the group's releases. The increase in exposure will aid in building their fanbases and gaining a stronger foothold for yet another cut-throat competition within the group ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Jun 08 2012
Compiled from: Oricon & Yomiuri
Translated by: sparkles_n15 @ asianfanatics.net
Rock band Mr. Children's new single will be the theme song to actress Inoue Mao's new drama, Tokkan Tokubetsu Kokuzei Choushuukan. The drama will air starting July 4 on Wednesday evenings at 10pm on NTV. While the title and the release date of the new single has not be determined, this will be the first drama theme from Mr. Children in two years since the release of Hanabi in 2010 for the Fuji TV drama Code Blue 2.
In Tokkan, Inoue will be playing a newbie tax collector named Suzumiya Miki, who works for the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau. Suzumiya continues to live her life positively while faced with hardships and difficulties. Inoue says, "It's been a dream of mine to have Mr. Children sing the theme song to my drama. I'm so thrilled." She adds, "The story in Tokkan will be a story of conflict and growth. From being in a hard place to finding hope. It's really something to look forward to. There's been great interaction with the entire team and everyone is committed to doing their best."
Playing the role of her cold-blooded and unrivaled boss Kagami Masachika, nicknamed 'The God of Death', will be actor Kitamura Yukiya, while the senior tax collector role of Nabeshima Yuko will be played by actress Suzuki Sawa.
There are a number of things that make Japan’s culture absurd yet lovable.
Whose eyes wouldn’t get caught by an anime-looking Japanese girl who, despite her out-of-this-world outfits and makeup, is simply irresistible?
Beautiful, isn’t she? And things can get even hotter if you see her rocking her guts out.
This stunning gal is Yohio, the “frontwoman” of Japanese pop band Seremedy.
However, this pasty girl is Swedish, which in itself is not entirely surprising since the Japanese love encountering foreigners speaking — and in this case, singing in — their language.
But here comes the twist: Yohio is in fact NOT a girl at all!
The Adam’s apple simply gave it away.
Seremedy is a “visual kei” band. For the unfamiliar, visual kei is a Japanese pop subculture, which, according to Wikipedia, is “characterized by the use of makeup, elaborate hairstyles and flamboyant costumes, often, but not always, coupled with androgynous aesthetics.”
This gives Serememdy the license to enlist the talent of this androgynous boy.
Yohio, 14, was born into a musical Swedish family. His profile reads that he exhibited interest in music at an early age and began writing songs when he was only six.
The band’s popularity in Japan began when they were invited to open at the V-Rock Fest II in October last year.
Serememdy is currently signed with Universal Music Japan.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Yohio was set to embark on a solo career, which proves how much androgynous beauty is appreciated in the country.
Weird Asia News
Big Bang announced its decision to release an album in celebration of 'Big Bang Alive Tour 2012 in Japan.’
According to Big Bang's official Japanese website, the special edition of 'Alive' will include 3 new songs including 'Monster' is to release on June 20. The album is a special edition that will include new videos.
New single 'Monster' recorded in Japanese is a song with sad piano melodies, painful lyrics, reminding listeners of Bing Bang’s hit songs like 'Lie' and 'Haru Haru.’ The new album also includes full version of 'Alive' intro and 'Bingle Bingle' in Korean written by G-Dragon as new tracks.
The DVD will include music videos of ‘Monster,’ ‘Fantastic Baby’s new version, and recording, jacket and making of ‘Alive-Monster Edition.’
i love you baby i'm not a monster...
yay! new Japanese song! i'm already excited to listen to the whole version of Monster, for more new Japanese songs, new MVs, esp full version of Alive (Intro)! hope it'll be a Monster hit can't wait for June!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Japan
Source: Oricon | allkpop
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Super Junior has topped Japan’s Oricon Daily Singles Chart! After placing #3 on the chart immediately after the release, they have continued their streak and have topped the charts!
The boys released their latest single, “Opera“, on May 9th, and ranked in the top 3 on the Oricon daily chart for five days straight. After reaching as high as second, “Opera” finally topped the chart on May 13th by selling 36,297 copies. Breakdown of the daily sales: day 1 sold 54,331 copies, day 2 sold 15,608 copies, day 3 sold 6,320, day 4 sold 4,036 copies, day 5 sold 39,367 copies and day 6 sold 36,227 copies. Altogether, “Opera” sold a total of 155,603 copies.
Super Junior also performed in front of 110,000 people at the Tokyo Dome for their ‘Super Show 4‘ world tour on May 12th and 13th.
Who are the ones boasting great popularity and high interest from the masses in the current entertainment industry? The fifth edition of the "Talent Power Ranking" is published in the "Nikkei Entertainment! June issue (Nikkei BP-sha)" that is now on sale.
This "Talent Power Ranking" is a ranking carried out by Architect Ltd., which involves surveying for "degrees of recognition (knowing both name and face)" and "degrees of interest (wanting to see, know, and hear more)", as well as compiling numerous data to calculate "Talent Power Scores". The subjects in question are actors, comedians, musicians, athletes, and announcers, totalling 1,196 names.
Within the top 1,000 in the rankings, the following list consists of the 10 highest names:
1) Arashi (2)
2) The Southern All-Stars (3)
3) Matsushima Nanako (42)
4) Beat Takeshi (8)
5) Ayase Haruka (11)
6) Fukuyama Masaharu (1)
7) Abe Hiroshi (22)
8) Akashiya Sanma (7)
9) SMAP (15)
10) Ichiro (5)
※ The numbers within the brackets are their rankings from the previous year.
Gracing the top spot is Arashi, who had previously occupied #2 for two consecutive years. In terms of Johnny's influence, #9 is SMAP, #15 is Sakurai Sho (Arashi), #28 is Aiba Masaki (Arashi), #30 is Ohno Satoshi (Arashi), #31 is Ninomiya Kazunari (Arashi), #41 is Matsumoto Jun (Arashi), #45 is Katori Shingo (SMAP), #49 is TOKIO, #66 is Kimura Takuya (SMAP), Kokubun Taichi (TOKIO) and Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (SMAP). In that order, even individually speaking, Arashi's momentum has quite clearly taken shape.
While Southern All Stars are currently on hiatus, they were still able to rise in ranking to #2. In regards to this phenomenon, the magazine analyses it as such: "Awareness of the group was heightened largely in part due to ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
May 14 2012
The audience figures for the Sunday night Fuji TV drama series "Kazoku no Uta" (Song of Family) continue to get worse.
The series has seen its ratings decline to what could be an all-time low for the most coveted primetime slot of 9pm. The first episode only managed a rating of 6.1%, and that has steadily declined to 3.1% rating for the fourth episode, all bad news for the powerful Fuji network and the star of the series, Odagiri Joe (36, photo top). The show's cast also includes Yusuke Santamaria (41), Kanjiya Shihori (26), Tortoise Matsumoto (45) and Ohtsuka Nene (43).
Part of the problem has been the competition from the other networks. Over on TBS, the rival drama series "Ataru" - which started its run with a strong 19.9% - managed to pull in 13.8%, while the NTV variety show "Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsusodanjo" got 14%, and TV Asahi had the strongest figure of 19.1% for its broadcast of the movie "Aibo 2." An NHK documentary about children living in the aftermath of last year's Tohoku disaster and a TV Tokyo family reality show also managed noticeably better figures than Fuji.
A Fuji spokesperson identified one possible cause of the bad ratings. "There have been claims that the show is very similar to the 1987 series "Papa wa Newscaster" and this led to criticism circulating on the internet." Fuji currently plan to broadcast the full 11 episodes of the series. So far they have not announced any plans for "tekoire," a word to describe adding new cast members, making dramatic shifts to the storyline, carrying out mass-media promotion, or other ways of boosting a flagging show.