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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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Artists & Celebrities

Kirin’s Tamura Hiroshi marries

Posted  July 7, 2011  by  tokyograph

Comedian Tamura Hiroshi (31), one half of the duo Kirin, has just tied the knot. He and his wife registered their marriage on July 7, the typical date of the Tanabata festival. Tamura’s wife is said to be a 23-year-old woman originally from Osaka. They were introduced to each other by a friend about two […]

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Geek Culture

iStalk – 586

Posted  May 26, 2011  by  Elk

Today, Microsoft releases its own manga, FanimeCon is STILL announcing guests, and piracy – it’ll make a hole in your wallet.

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Artists & Celebrities

Goto Maki, Ayanokoji Sho team up for new song

Posted  September 14, 2011  by  tokyograph

Before Goto Maki goes on hiatus next year, she is teaming up with Kishidan‘s Ayanokoji Sho (a.k.a. Show Ayanocozey) for a single titled “Non stop love Yoroshiku!!” (written as “Non stop love 夜露死苦!!”). They will release the single on October 19 under the duo name of “Ayanokoji Sho <Aiaigasa> Goto Maki.” Next year, Kishidan will […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Charts: AKB48, Akanishi Jin

Posted  December 14, 2011  by  tokyograph

AKB48‘s 24th single, “Ue Kara Mariko,” topped the sales charts with nearly 1.2 million copies sold in its debut week. As announced earlier this week, this gives AKB48 the new record for most million-selling singles by a female artist (6). AKB48 – Ue Kara Mariko – 1,198,864 Super Junior – Mr. Simple – 88,973 Amuro Namie […]

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Film and Video

Kora Kengo to star in drama series adaptation of “Crime and Punishment” manga

Posted  February 18, 2012  by  tokyograph

Details have been released regarding the planned live-action adaptation of Ochiai Naoyuki‘s manga “Tsumi to Batsu: A Falsified Romance.” Actor Kora Kengo (24) will star, with a supporting cast that includes actress Mizukawa Asami (28). “Tsumi to Batsu: A Falsified Romance” is a manga inspired by the literary classic “Crime and Punishment” (known as “Tsumi […]

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“Dango 3 Kyoudai” singer Hayami Kentaro causes fatal car accident

Posted  July 17, 2011  by  tokyograph

Singer Hayami Kentaro (49), best known for the 1999 hit song “Dango 3 Kyoudai,” recently caused a fatal accident while driving his car, it has been learned. The accident resulted in the death of a 78-year-old female pedestrian, who passed away about 12 hours later due to hemorrhagic shock. The accident occurred around 1:15pm on […]

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Film and Video

“Nintama Rantaro” being considered for Hollywood remake

Posted  August 29, 2011  by  tokyograph

The “Nintama Rantaro” live-action movie may be headed for a Hollywood remake. Director Miike Takashi revealed that a major U.S. production company has contacted him with a remake offer, though the company’s identity has not been named. The “Nintama Rantaro” movie is adapted from Soubee Amako‘s manga and anime series of the same name. The […]

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Film and Video

“Detective Conan” drama to return with special episode

Posted  February 29, 2012  by  tokyograph

The live-action “Detective Conan” television series is returning with a special episode this spring. Mizobata Junpei (22) will reprise his role as the protagonist Kudo Shinichi, and Kutsuna Shiori (19) will also return as Mori Ran. The new special is titled “Kudo Shinichi: Kyoto Shinsengumi Satsujin Jiken.” The story revolves around two locked room mysteries, […]

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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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Artists & Celebrities

Momoiro Clover Z stars in online drama

Posted  December 1, 2011  by  tokyograph

The members of idol group Momoiro Clover Z are starring in a drama for the first time. The project, dubbed “Momodora” (“momo + dra”), is being made available for free to watch on TV Asahi‘s online channel TV Asahi Douga. The drama consists of 5 episodes, ranging from 14 minutes to 18 minutes in length. […]

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Artists & Celebrities

“Maru Maru Mori Mori” tops Recochoku rankings for first half of 2011

Posted  July 4, 2011  by  tokyograph

Mobile download site Recochoku has released a partial ranking for the first half of 2011. The popular song “Maru Maru Mori Mori!,” which is the theme song of the hit drama series “Marumo no Okite,” achieved the unprecedented feat of taking #1 in seven different categories. “Maru Maru Mori Mori!” is sung by “Marumo no […]

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Charts: French Kiss, KARA

Posted  November 30, 2011  by  tokyograph

AKB48 sub-unit French Kiss claimed the top spot on the sales charts this week, selling almost 134,000 copies of their 4th single “Saisho no Mail.” This is their first #1, after ranking #2 with their last two singles. This also sets their new personal record for first week sales. French Kiss – Saisho no Mail […]

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Film and Video

Sato Koichi faces seven suspects in mystery drama “Saigo no Bansan”

Posted  April 29, 2011  by  tokyograph

Sato Koichi will star as a police detective in a TV Asahi drama special called “Saigo no Bansan” next month. Described as the “ultimate mystery/suspense story,” the cast features seven other well-known names playing the suspects in a difficult case: Narimiya Hiroki, Nishida Toshiyuki, Kuroki Hitomi, Adachi Yumi, Hongo Kanata, Ishiguro Ken, and Nakao Akira. […]

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Nakajima Megumi – I love you

Posted  April 6, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.06.09 I love you is the debut album released by Nakajima Megumi. It is described as a concept album with each song represents a “love letter” for each month, starting from April (“Shinning on“) to March (“Nostalgia“). The first press comes with a bonus 8cm CD single containing her character songs: “Lion Ranka ver” […]

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Wheesung – Gaseum Sirin Iyagi

Posted  March 14, 2011  by  eXodius

Released 2011.03.15 “Gaseum Sirin Iyagi” is Wheesung‘s second single.

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