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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

Fukada Kyoko added to “Kochikame” movie cast

Posted  March 3, 2011  by  tokyograph

Details about the upcoming “Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo” (“Kochikame”) movie were revealed on Thursday. Actress Fukada Kyoko (28) has joined the cast, and distributor Shochiku is aiming to turn the film into a successful series.

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Geek Culture

iStalk – 533

Posted  March 12, 2011  by  Elk

Today, Golgo is go, RPG to anime, and wave of the future: selecting the destiny of anime characters.

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Japanese

Hamasaki Ayumi – ayu-mi-x 7 -LIMITED COMPLETE BOX SET-

Posted  March 14, 2011  by  eXodius

Released 2011.03.30 “ayu-mi-x 7 -LIMITED COMPLETE BOX SET-” is a limited box containing all of Hamasaki Ayumi‘s “ayu-mi-x 7” albums series, along with a special non-stop megamix bonus disc made with selected remixes from the 4 different albums and 13 LP-Sized posters of her old ayu-mi-x covers. It contains ayu-mi-x 7 -version HOUSE- ayu-mi-x 7 -Acoustic Orchestra-, ayu-mi-x […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Voice acting group LISP to host their first TV show

Posted  April 3, 2011  by  tokyograph

Voice actress unit LISP will have their own television show this spring, it has been learned. The show is called “LIS★P” (read as “LIS Produce”) and will begin airing on April 16 on BS Fuji.

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Film and Video

Shirota Yu, Katase Nana, Abe Natsumi added to “Arakawa Under the Bridge”

Posted  April 29, 2011  by  tokyograph

Several more cast members have been revealed for the live-action “Arakawa Under the Bridge” project. Co-stars Hayashi Kento and Kiritani Mirei are being joined by Shirota Yu, Katase Nana, and Abe Natsumi, playing the parts of Sister, Maria, and P-ko, respectively. As previously announced, the comedy manga “Arakawa Under the Bridge” by Nakamura Hikaru is […]

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Film and Video

Matsumoto Hitoshi’s “Dai-Nipponjin” getting Hollywood remake

Posted  June 5, 2011  by  tokyograph

“Dai-Nipponjin,” the directorial debut of comedian and Downtown member Matsumoto Hitoshi (47), has a Hollywood remake in the works. Columbia Pictures has picked up the remake rights and attached producer Neil H. Moritz (“Prison Break”) and screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (“The Clash of the Titans”) to the project. The cast and release window […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Charts: Shoujo Jidai, B’z

Posted  June 9, 2011  by  tokyograph

This week’s music sales charts saw the rise of Korean girl group Shoujo Jidai, earning their first #1 on the album charts with their Japanese release, “GIRLS’ GENERATION.” The album sold 231,553 copies in its first week, surpassing BoA‘s 2002 album “Listen to My Heart” (230,590) for the record of “highest first-week sales for a […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Arashi becomes first artist to sell 5 million DVDs

Posted  June 21, 2011  by  tokyograph

Last week, Arashi released their latest DVD, ARASHI 10-11 TOUR “Scene” ~Kimi to Boku no Miteiru Fuukei~ DOME+. According to Oricon, the DVD sold 539,000 copies, putting it at the top of the sales charts for the week. That number also pushes their all-time DVD sales to 5.282 million, making them the first artist to sell […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Buono! stars in horror movie “Gomennasai”

Posted  July 9, 2011  by  tokyograph

Hello! Project trio Buono! will star together in a movie for the first time. The movie is titled “Gomennasai” and is an adaptation of a popular mobile phone novel. Asato Mari (“Ju-on: Kuroi Shoujo“) is directing. “Gomennasai” is a horror story set in a high school in the Kanagawa prefecture. The three main characters are […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Takaoka Sousuke resigns from agency over critical Twitter remarks

Posted  July 31, 2011  by  tokyograph

Actor Takaoka Sousuke (29) has been at the center of controversy over the past few days, stemming from some remarks he made on his Twitter account. The incident has led to his resignation from his management agency Stardust Promotion, and it may also result in his removal from a drama series scheduled to start this […]

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Film and Video

Walt Disney Pictures to adapt “Tuxedo Gin” manga

Posted  August 5, 2011  by  tokyograph

Walt Disney Pictures is adapting Matsuura Tokihiko‘s manga series “Tuxedo Gin” as a movie under the title “Tux,” it has been learned. It is not entirely clear whether the film will be live-action or animated, though reports so far seem to suggest the former. “Night at the Museum” co-writer Robert Ben Garant will be handling […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Nogizaka46 chooses first 36 members, concerts to begin this year

Posted  August 21, 2011  by  tokyograph

Nogizaka46, the “official rival group” to AKB48, has chosen its first 36 members. The final round of auditions were held over the weekend of August 20-21 at Sony Music Entertainment‘s Nogizaka Building, with 56 girls in the running for the 36 spots. Nogizaka46 was created by AKB48’s producer Akimoto Yasushi, in collaboration with Sony Music […]

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Artists & Celebrities

S/mileage’s Ogawa Saki to leave Hello! Project on August 27

Posted  August 23, 2011  by  tokyograph

The official website for idol group S/mileage announced today that member Ogawa Saki (14) is graduating from the group and from Hello! Project. Her last event with S/mileage will be their concert in Nagoya on August 27. S/mileage just announced the addition of 5 sub-members earlier this month. Producer Tsunku revealed in late May that […]

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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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Artists & Celebrities

AKB48 to launch Indonesian sister group JKT48

Posted  September 11, 2011  by  tokyograph

AKB48 has officially announced the creation of JKT48, a new sister group that will be based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Although plans for a Taiwan-based group were previously revealed, it appears that JKT48 will likely be AKB48’s first overseas sister group to officially launch. The news of JKT48 was announced at an AKB48 event at Makuhari Messe […]

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