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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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Breaking News

Final “Arakawa Under the Bridge” cast announcement adds Oguri Shun, Yamada Takayuki

Posted  June 7, 2011  by  tokyograph

The live-action adaptations of “Arakawa Under the Bridge” have had their cast gradually revealed over the last few weeks, and the final announcement was delivered today. Oguri Shun (28) and Yamada Takayuki (27) have been chosen to play the Village Chief (Soncho) and Hoshi, respectively. The Village Chief and Hoshi are two major characters in […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Tomosaka Rie remarries to Suneohair

Posted  June 27, 2011  by  tokyograph

Actress Tomosaka Rie (31) is married again, this time to musician Watanabe Kenji (40), better known by his performance name Suneohair. They each announced the good news on their official blogs on Monday. No further details were revealed, such as the date of their marriage. In August 2010, the Sports Hochi newspaper reported that they […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Yamashita Tomohisa to star in drama series “Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata”

Posted  November 8, 2011  by  tokyograph

Former NEWS member Yamashita Tomohisa (26) will star in a TBS drama series this winter. This is his first work since he and Nishikido Ryo (27) left the group last month. The drama, titled “Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata ~Ending Planner~,” has Yamashita playing the head of a funeral service shop that deals with bodies […]

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SKE48 gets first regular TV show in Tokyo with “Magical Radio”

Posted  September 27, 2011  by  tokyograph

AKB48 sister group SKE48 will finally host their first regular television show in the Tokyo area. Starting in October, NTV will begin broadcasting “SKE48 no Magical Radio” in a late-night time slot. The show is described as a drama-like variety show, with Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena, and Takayanagi Akane as the three main members. The […]

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Actress Takei Emi to debut as singer

Posted  October 25, 2011  by  tokyograph

Actress Takei Emi (17) will debut as a singer this December, it has been learned. Her debut single, “Koisuru Kimochi,” is described as a balled perfect for winter, written by GLAY‘s TAKURO. Because Takei has long been a fan of GLAY, she requested through her management agency to have TAKURO write a song for her. […]

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WEAVER – Hard to say I love you ~Iidase Nakute~

Posted  May 12, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.06.02 “Hard to say I love you ~Iidase Nakute~” is the first single released by WEAVER. The title track was used as the theme song for the drama Sunao ni Narenakute.

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Artists & Celebrities

S/mileage sub-member Kosuga Fuyuka drops out due to health

Posted  September 9, 2011  by  tokyograph

Less than a month after the Hello! Project idol group S/mileage added 5 new “sub-members” to its lineup, one of them is dropping out of the group. 13-year-old Kosuga Fuyuka was suffering from poor health during rehearsals for the group’s tour, and a medical examination revealed that she has severe anemia. She will need several […]

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Matsuura Aya – Click You Link Me

Posted  November 14, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.11.24 Click You Link Me is Matsuura Aya‘s seventh album.

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Geek Culture

iStalk – 640

Posted  August 27, 2011  by  Elk

Today, V-Rock Fest has tickets for overseas guests, Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolfman, oh my, and Gargoyle’s Quest returns.

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Film and Video

New “Futari Ecchi” live-action project in the works

Posted  May 8, 2011  by  tokyograph

The manga “Futari Ecchi” by Katsu Aki is getting another live-action adaptation this summer, it has been announced. Details about the format and the cast will be revealed in this year’s 10th issue of Young Animal (Hakusensha), which goes on sale on May 13. “Futari Ecchi,” also known by various other names such as “Manga […]

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Breaking News

Some details confirmed for “Detective Conan” drama series

Posted  May 24, 2011  by  tokyograph

Word spread last week that the “Detective Conan” live-action special that aired in April would be turned into a full-length drama series, and today the project was officially announced. The main cast from the special will return, including lead actor Mizobata Junpei, Kutsuna Shiori, Akimoto Sayaka (AKB48), Otsuka Nene, and Jinnai Takanori. “Detective Conan” was […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Actor Tanaka Minoru dies at 44

Posted  April 29, 2011  by  tokyograph

44-year-old actor Tanaka Minoru passed away on Monday afternoon, after being found hanged in his apartment in Ota, Tokyo. Police are investigating the matter, but they say that the likelihood of suicide is high. At some time after 3:00pm on April 25, he was discovered in his apartment, and a family member called 119. Tanaka […]

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ikimono-gakari – Kimi ga Iru

Posted  July 27, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.08.04 “Kimi ga Iru” is the nineteenth single released by ikimono-gakari. The title track was used as the theme song for the second season of the drama Hotaru no Hikari, which, coincidentally, shares the same name as the band’s fourteenth single. It is also their first A-side not written by leader Mizuno Yoshiki, but […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Oguri Shun, Moriyama Mirai headline new production of “Dokurojo no Shichinin”

Posted  June 23, 2011  by  tokyograph

Oguri Shun (28) and Moriyama Mirai (26) are co-starring in a new stage production of the play “Dokurojo no Shichinin,” also known by the English title “Seven Souls in the Skull Castle.” The play has been performed four times since its premiere in 1990, though this will be the first time that the two main […]

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Geek Culture

iStalk – 551

Posted  April 7, 2011  by  Elk

Today, some Crunchy news, some Funi news, and some possibly hacky news.

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