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Artists & Celebrities

63rd Kouhaku Uta Gassen artists revealed

Posted  November 26, 2012  by  tokyograph

NHK has announced the artist lineup for the 63rd Kouhaku Uta Gassen. This year will have a total of 50 artists performing, 25 for each of the Red and White Teams. 12 artists are making their first appearances – 6 from the Red Team and 6 from the White Team. The artists, in Japanese alphabetical […]

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Film and Video

Goriki Ayame to star in Getsu 9 drama “Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou”

Posted  November 21, 2012  by  tokyograph

Goriki Ayame (20) will star in Fuji TV‘s Monday night drama series this winter, titled “Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou.” This will be her first lead role during golden time, not to mention a “Getsu 9” series, though it will also mark her 7th consecutive season appearing in a drama series on a commercial network. […]

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Film and Video

Mizukawa Asami lands starring role in prime time drama series

Posted  November 20, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actress Mizukawa Asami (29) has been chosen to star in an NTV drama series next season, tentatively titled “Share House no Koibito.” Since the series will air on Wednesday nights at 10:00pm, this marks her first lead role during the prime time hours (7:00pm-11:00pm). As the title suggests, the series is a romance story is […]

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Film and Video

Nagasawa Masami, Okada Masaki to co-star in “Kiyoku Yawaku” movie adaptation

Posted  November 20, 2012  by  tokyograph

Ikeumi Ryo‘s award-winning shojo manga “Kiyoku Yawaku” is getting a live-action movie adaptation, starring Nagasawa Masami (25) and Okada Masaki (23). This will be their first time acting together. Shinjo Takehiko, who previously handled the “Paradise Kiss” and “Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu” adaptations, will serve as director. “Kiyoku Yawaku” was originally serialized […]

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Artists & Celebrities

YUI announces another temporary hiatus

Posted  November 19, 2012  by  tokyograph

Singer-songwriter YUI (25) announced through her official website on Monday that she will be putting her activities on hold at the end of this year. This is the second time in her 8-year career that she has decided to go on hiatus, as she also took a break at the end of 2008 until mid-2009. […]

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Film and Video

“Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu” manga gets live-action movie

Posted  November 20, 2011  by  tokyograph

Minami Kanan‘s popular shoujo manga series “Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu” will be turned into a live-action movie. The news was announced on Saturday in this year’s 24th issue of Sho-Comi (Shogakukan), which also contained the manga’s final chapter. The manga follows the romance between a serious female student named Tsubaki and her playboy classmate named […]

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SKE48 – 1, 2, 3, 4, Yoroshiku!

Posted  November 3, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.11.17 “1, 2, 3, 4, Yoroshiku!” is the fourth single release from SKE48. It was released in 3 versions, Type A and B CD+DVD Editions and a CD Only Theater Edition. This is the first 16 person Senbatsu for SKE48.

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General News and Gossip

Komukai Minako arrested at Narita Airport

Posted  February 27, 2011  by  tokyograph

Talento Komukai Minako (25) was arrested on drug charges on Friday night. Police issued the warrant for her arrest last month, but she left the country for the Philippines the next day (January 21). Even after the warrant was publicly reported in the news this month, she continued her stay until Friday evening, when she returned […]

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Film and Video

Ito Atsushi, Kiritani Mirei in airport drama “Apoyan”

Posted  November 15, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actor Ito Atsushi has been chosen to lead a TBS drama series called “Apoyan ~ Hashiru Kokusai Kuukou.” The show will also feature Kiritani Mirei as the heroine (her first in a prime-time drama series), along with supporting performances by Kanjiya Shihori and Yanagiba Toshiro. “Apoyan” is based on the novel “Koisuru Kuukou” by Shinno […]

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Film and Video

Toda Erika, Kase Ryo return for “SPEC” movie, special

Posted  July 7, 2011  by  tokyograph

The hit drama series “SPEC ~Keishichou Kouanbu Kouan Daigoka Mishou Jiken Tokubetsu Taisakugakari Jikenbo~” from last year is going to continue in the form of a special episode and a theatrical movie. Toda Erika (22) and Kase Ryo (36) will return as co-stars. Originally broadcast during the fall of 2010, “SPEC” was the spiritual successor […]

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Film and Video

Kasai Tomomi from AKB48 to voice in Digimon

Posted  August 12, 2010  by  eXodius

Kasai Tomomi from AKB48‘s Team B will be voicing a character in an upcoming episode of Digimon Xross Wars. The episode, which airs on September 14th at 7, has Tomomi has a character named “Bastemon”, a feline Digimon. She appeared at the press costume wearing an outfit similar to that which her character will be […]

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Film and Video

Suzuki Fuku to star as detective in drama series “Kodomo Keisatsu”

Posted  March 17, 2012  by  tokyograph

Child actor Suzuki Fuku (7) has been given his first starring role in a drama series. He will take on the challenging role of a middle-aged detective who looks like a child in “Kodomo Keisatsu” on TBS this spring. Suzuki plays a veteran detective who is the head of a special investigation unit with the […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Shinohara Ryoko, Ichimura Masachika celebrate second child

Posted  February 22, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actress Shinohara Ryoko (38) gave birth to her second child on Wednesday. Both Shinohara and her newborn son are said to be healthy. Shinohara has been married to actor Ichimura Masachika (63) since December 2005. The couple first became parents in May 2008 when Shinohara gave birth to their eldest son. It was revealed last […]

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Film and Video

Indomina Group, Samuel L. Jackson announce plans for “Afro Samurai” live-action movie

Posted  July 21, 2011  by  tokyograph

Actor Samuel L. Jackson has long been talking about a live-action film adaptation of the 2007 hit anime series “Afro Samurai,” but it now appears that the project is finally coming to fruition. The Indomina Group, a production company based in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic, announced on Thursday that it is working with […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Idol group S/mileage adds 5 sub-members

Posted  August 14, 2011  by  tokyograph

The Hello! Project idol group S/mileage has announced the results of its recent audition for new members. Five new girls have been added, but they will start out as “sub” members rather than as official members. The auditions started in June and roughly 2,000 people entered in the initial round. The field was narrowed down […]

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Artists & Celebrities

HKT48’s first members revealed

Posted  October 23, 2011  by  tokyograph

HKT48, the Fukuoka-based sister group of AKB48, was revealed on Sunday at AKB48’s handshake event at Seibu Dome in Saitama. The group’s first 21 members have an average age of 13.8 years old, making them the youngest of all of the AKB48-related groups. At the event, HKT48 performed AKB48’s “Skirt, Hirari” in front of the […]

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Geek Culture

iStalk – 659

Posted  September 23, 2011  by  Elk

Today, Crunchyroll munches on some Pirates, The World Ends with You gets a sequel, and more news on Angela Aki.

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Film and Video

Aragaki Yui joins “Shinzanmono” movie cast

Posted  June 29, 2011  by  tokyograph

Actress Aragaki Yui (23) has been added to the cast of the upcoming film “Kirin no Tsubasa: Gekijoban Shinzanmono.” This will be her first time appearing in a mystery movie. The “Kirin no Tsubasa” movie was initially revealed in May. It is a continuation of the popular “Shinzanmono” drama series, which is based on Higashino […]

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mini – GiRLS SPiRiT

Posted  August 31, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.09.01 “GiRLS SPiRiT” is mini‘s second single. The title track was used as Häagen-Dazs, as Fujifilm Finepix Z800EXR and as Recochoku CM song.

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May'n – Shinjitemiru

Posted  September 28, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.10.13 “Shinjitemiru” is the sixth single released by May’n. The title track will be used as the theme song for the movie Injitemiru 7-nichikan no Death Game.

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