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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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s/mileage – Warugaki ①

Posted  December 17, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.12.08 Warugaki 1 is the first album released by S/mileage.

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Hundred Percent Free – Rock Climber

Posted  September 10, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.09.22 “ROCK CLIMBER” is Hundred Percent Free‘s third major single. The title track was used as the September 2010 ending theme for the Chiba TV / SKY PerfecTV show MUSIC FOCUS and for the broadcast of theSBS Cup 2010 Kokusai Youth Cup.

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Watarirouka Hashiritai – Gyu

Posted  August 27, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.09.01 “Gyu” is the sixth single released by Watarirouka Hashiritai. The single will be released into four editions. The limited edition C version contains a 20 page photobook and each edition includes a randomly selected photo card.

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Artists & Celebrities

Kanno Yoko composes Kouhaku Uta Gassen opening theme song

Posted  December 26, 2011  by  tokyograph

Famous composer Kanno Yoko has written the opening theme song for this year’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen, it has been announced. Kanno is best known for various anime scores, including “Macross Frontier,” “The Vision of Escaflowne,” and “Cowboy Bebop.” Kanno wrote the opening song to fit the theme of this year’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen, which is […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Aso Kumiko to become a mother

Posted  November 28, 2011  by  tokyograph

The management agency of actress Aso Kumiko (33) announced that she is expecting her first child. She is now in her fifth month of pregnancy, which means that she is expected to give birth next spring. Aso has been married to stylist Iga Daisuke since December 2007. Aso’s agency confirmed that she plans to continue […]

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62nd Kouhaku Uta Gassen performance order announced (Updated)

Posted  December 25, 2011  by  tokyograph

On Christmas Day, NHK announced the official performance order for this year’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen. For the second year in a row, SMAP will serve as the “ootori” (the final performance of the show). Ishikawa Sayuri will go on stage right before them as the final performer for the Red Team. Hamasaki Ayumi will be […]

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Geek Culture

iStalk – 672

Posted  October 21, 2011  by  Elk

Today, NMB48 travels to Singapore for the first time, Lupin gets new voice actors, and the Vanship from Last Exile is displayed at Kichijoji anime Wonderland 2011 event.

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Artists & Celebrities

Actress Kagami Saki retires from show business

Posted  July 31, 2011  by  tokyograph

Actress Kagami Saki (26) announced today on her blog that she is retiring from show business. She was already taking a break since June due to poor health, but she decided to end her career completely due to worries about her work. In her blog entry, Kagami revealed that there was a time when she […]

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Film and Video

Nagasawa Masami to star in “Okujo no Aru Apato”

Posted  February 15, 2011  by  eXodius

TBS plans to broadcast a drama special titled “Okujo no Aru Apato” (“apartment with a rooftop”) on March 21, starring actress Nagasawa Masami (23). The story was originally a novel by Agawa Sawako, modeled after her experiences while she was living in an apartment in the United States. For the drama, the novel was adapted by screenwriter […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Eikura Nana, Maeda Atsuko, Sorimachi Takashi, Chinen Yuri join Yamapi’s new drama

Posted  November 23, 2011  by  tokyograph

More cast members have been revealed for Yamashita Tomohisa‘s next drama series “Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata ~Ending Planner~.” Eikura Nana will play the heroine of the story, while Yamashita’s siblings will be played by Sorimachi Takashi, Maeda Atsuko (AKB48), model Ono Ito, and Chinen Yuri (Hey! Say! JUMP). “Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata” stars […]

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Film and Video

Matsuzaka Tori to star in movie “Tsunagu”

Posted  March 31, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actor Matsuzaka Tori (23) will be the sole star of a movie for the first time. He will lead the stellar cast of “Tsunagu,” directed by Hirakawa Yuichiro (“ROOKIES“). The film is an adaptation of Tsujimura Mizuki‘s 2010 novel of the same name, which won the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers. “Tsunagu” (which means […]

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THE BACK HORN – Asylum

Posted  August 30, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.09.15 Asylum is the ninth studio album released by THE BACK HORN.

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Artists & Celebrities

Oriental Radio’s Fujimori Shingo dating announcer Tanaka Minami

Posted  November 4, 2012  by  tokyograph

This week’s issue of FRIDAY reported that 29-year-old comedian Fujimori Shingo (of the duo Oriental Radio) is confirmed to be in a serious relationship with 25-year-old TBS announcer Tanaka Minami. It seems that the two started dating this past spring, after appearing together on the TBS show “Sunday Japon.” FRIDAY managed to get a photograph […]

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DOUBLE – Ballad Collection Mellow

Posted  April 4, 2010  by  eXodius

Released 2010.04.14 Ballad Collection Mellow is DOUBLE third consecutive best album. It recollects all of her best ballads, including her singles “Let it go” and “Oyasumi no Kiss wo ~Good Night My Love~” and also the radio-single “Stranger”. Both editions comes with a limited special good depending on the store where it is bought: HMV […]

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Breaking News

“Phoenix Wright” movie confirmed, starring Narimiya Hiroki, Kiritani Mirei, Saito Takumi

Posted  May 26, 2011  by  tokyograph

The rumored live-action “Gyakuten Saiban” (“Ace Attorney”) movie is now confirmed. As initially believed, Miike Takashi will direct the film, with Narimiya Hiroki starring as the protagonist Naruhodo Ryuichi (known as Phoenix Wright in the English version of the games). Narimiya’s supporting cast includes Kiritani Mirei as Ayasato Mayoi (Maya Fey) and Saito Takumi as […]

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