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Minggu, 10 Februari 2013

Full PV of Tomomi Kasai's Debut Single “Masaka” Revealed

Here is the full music video for idol group AKB48 member Tomomi Kasai's upcoming solo debut single “Masaka”. It will be slated for December 26th release.

Tracklist and other details can be found here.

Tomomi Kasai's “Masaka” will be available in three types: CD+DVD Type A and B, and CD Only Type C, for 1600 yen and 1000 yen respectively.Pre-order your copies now at CDJapan and get exciting bonuses!

Tomomi Kasai Reveals Cover Arts, Short PV for Debut Single “Masaka”

Tomomi Kasai - Masaka [CD+DVD TYPE A]

Nippon Crown had revealed the latest details, and the cover jackets foridol group AKB48 member Tomomi Kasai's upcoming solo debut singleMasaka”.

Tomomi Kasai's “Masaka” will be available in three types: CD+DVD Type A and B, and CD Only Type C, for 1600 yen and 1000 yen respectively.Pre-order your copies now at CDJapan and get exciting bonuses!

1. Masaka
2. Watashi no Hikari
3. Dakishimeraretara (Team K 5th)
4. Masaka off vocal
5. Watashi no Hikari off vocal
6. Dakishimeraretara off vocal
• Masaka Music Video
• Kasai Tomomi solo debut special live
• Making-of 1st solo photobook

Tomomi Kasai - Masaka [CD+DVD TYPE B]

1. Masaka
2. Watashi no Hikari
3. Candy (Team B 5th)
4. Masaka off vocal
5. Watashi no Hikari off vocal
6. Candy off vocal
• Masaka Music Video
• Traces of Kasai Tomomi
• “Masaka” Music Video making-of

Tomomi Kasai - Masaka [CD TYPE C]

1. Masaka
2. Watashi no Hikari
3. Dakishimeraretara
4. Candy
5. Masaka off vocal
6. Watashi no Hikari off vocal
7. Dakishimeraretara off vocal
8. Candy off vocal

And lastly, here's the PV preview:

Furthermore, a solo photobook will also be released in late January 2013.

Tomomi Kasai, known as "Chiyuu~" and "Tomo~mi-chan" to fans, is a 2nd generation AKB48 member. She starred in AKB48's own drama series Majisuka Gakuen, as Ookabuki (half of the Kabuki Sisters duo), and in Kamen Rider W as Elizabeth.

Shiho Releases Her First Photobook [Updated with Video]

Shiho Releases her First Photobook
Actress Shiho, best known as Tomoko Nozama of the recently concluded Kamen Rider Fourze, have released her first photobook “SHIHO” last August 27th. The photobook features her in swimsuits and semi-nude shots!

Turning 20 this October, her role as Tomoko, where she was a goth girl, is very much different in real life. She had already taken minor roles in JDramas prior to Kamen Rider Fourze.

In her first photo book you can enjoy her real beauty to the fullest, along with rare swimsuit pictures and even some more daring shots as proven by cover seen above. Shiho sommented,
“The water in the river was cold and it had also already become cold during the evening shoots, but it was a lot of fun. The pictures when I’m smiling, those are my favorites. The pictures with me having fun while wearing the red swimsuit or while I’m touching my butt are great as well. The latter was done completely unconsciously… One of my habits.”

And when asked about her 20th birthday, she expressed,
“I want to further expand my acting and my range of roles. It’s not about looking good on screen, but about being able to fascinate the viewers. That’s what I want people to say about me, that’s the kind of actress I want to become.”
Shiho's “SHIHO” photobook is already available, and costs 3000 yen.Order your own copies now at CDJapan and get exciting bonuses!

Source: Cinema Today via tokyohive

Tomomi Kasai Graduates from AKB48

Before the release of her solo debut single this January, idol groupAKB48 member Tomomi Kasai has announced her graduation from the group during “The 2nd AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen” event held at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL last December 17th.

Kasai appeared alone in front of her fans, and first thanked them for being able to make a solo debut with her single “Masaka” on the 26th. She then announced, “There is one more shocking announcement to make. I, Tomomi Kasai, will graduate from AKB48.

She explained tearfully, “I joined AKB48 when I was 14, and have been in the group for 6 and a half years. It made me learn a lot of things. Now that I received a chance for a solo debut, I would like to send songs with my own ability from now on.

The details on Kasai's graduation are yet to be announced.

Source: tokyohive

Erina Mano Graduates from Hello! Project

Erina Mano to Graduate from Hello! Project
In front of her fans during Hello! Project’s 15th anniversary live at Orix Theatre, solo artist Erina Mano (Kamen Rider Movie Wars MEGAMAX) will be graduating from the idol group next year.

She announced, “It’s been decided that I will be graduating from Hello! Project after the Hello! Project concert on New Year’s of 2013, and my solo concert on February 23rd at Nakano Sun Plaza.” Meanwhile, in the group's official website, she stated, “From now on, I want to pursue my opportunities, and do my best in order to broaden my singing and acting abilities.

According to Hello! Project's producer Tsunku, Erina Mano will be graduating after Hello!’s New Year’s live and her live solo. She was a member of the group for 3 years and 4 months since she made her major debut in March of 2009.

Erina Mano recently released her latest single, “Song for the DATE” which comes in three different editions: Limited Edition A CD+DVD version, Limited Edition B with an application for an upcoming event, and a regular CD-only version. Order now at CDJapan and get exciting bonuses

Source: Oricon via tokyohive

Erina Mano's “Song for the DATE” PV Released

Erina Mano “Song for the DATE” PV Released
Here is the full music video of Erina Mano's latest single “Song for the DATE” to be released this June 27th. The PV was directed by Iizuka Ken, who is famous for directing movies ‘Arakawa Under the Bridge.’


Erina Mano's “Song for the DATE” will have a June 27 release and will come in three different editions: Limited Edition A CD+DVD version, Limited Edition B with an application for an upcoming event, and a regular CD-only version. Pre-order now at CDJapan and get exciting bonuses

A More Detailed “Super Hero Taisen Z” Plot

An advertising pamphlet reveals a more detailed plot for this year's crossover film, “Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z”. As revealed in earlier information, they will fight the Space Shocker who uses magic, and the Space Sheriffs thought that Kamen Rider Wizard is their leader!

Calling themselves Space Shocker, the evil organization returns with the power of magic to cause a certain phenomenon, and attacks Earth. Thinking that Kamen Rider Wizard is their leader, the Galactic Union Police sends Geki Jumonji/Space Sheriff Gavan to arrest Haruto.

Haruto and Geki later forms a bond, after realizing that Wizard might not be evil after all. Soon they find out that Space Shocker, led by Space IkaDevil, is behind this. Geki pursuits after Space Shocker, but appearing before him the Space Mafia Mado, Space Sheriff Sharivan's archenemy whom he previously defeated.

Meanwhile, while on a camping trip, Yoko, after being left behind by Hiromu and Ryuuji, end up finding a mysterious golden robot called Saikoron, who seems to hold a secret. With Earth on the verge of getting destroyed by the magic phenomenon caused by Space Shocker, the Galactic Union Police decides to use the Super Dimensional Cannon to destroy Space Shocker and the Space Mafia Mado! Will they succeed?

Directed by Osamu Kaneda (kamen Rider Fourze) with screenplay byShoji Yonemura (KR Kabuto, Smile! Precure) , and produced byShinichiro Shirakura, “Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z” premieres this April 27th.

via Henshin Justice

Sentai Parody “EA's Rock” Gets Film this November

GAINAX's first live action television series EA's Rock will have a compilation film that will premiere in two Japanese theaters this November 3rd. Viewers will receive an original manga drawn by Hiroyuki Ōhashi.

EA's Rock is of ennui genre, a genre of comedy that depicts the listless minutiae of everyday life.

EA's Rock, A Sentai Parody by GAINAXThe story centers around the “Kankaku Senshi Gokan Five”, a team of heroes who once protected the Earth’s peace. However, the need for their hero work has been rapidly decreasing, the members now goes about their daily lives in other occupations.

The only one left as a hero is the 45-year-old Akai / GokanRed (played by Hiroshi Yamamoto), who has had a hero career of 25 years. While working as a bartender at the bar run by the former GokanBlue, he continues his task of protecting the Earth’s peace, albeit in minor ways. In addition, the 17-year-old Momoka (Shiina Kotone), the former GokanPeach, begins working part-time at the bar as a waitress.

Nobuhiro Yamashita (Linda Linda Linda, Cream Lemon) wrote the script alongside Rikiya Imaizumi and manga artist Hiroyuki Ōhashi (City Lights, Ongaku to Manga). Ōhashi is also acting as character designer.Hiroyuki Yamaga and Yoshinori Asao for project planning, and Shōji Ikenaga as the music director.

Source: Comic Natalie via Anime News Network

Sabtu, 09 Februari 2013

GTO 2012 Live Action to Have a New Years TV Special

It has been announced that the GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka 2012 Jdrama series will be having its second television special this January! Entitled “GTO New Year Special” will follow the show's characters during a "troubled" week between Christmas and New Year's Eve. 

Guest starring in the special are EXILE member, Matsu as a mysterious cabaret club manager who is observing Onizuka, Yuta Hiraoka (Mirai Nikki: Another World) as a cram school teacher, AAA band memberMisako Uno, gravure idol Mitsu Dan, and actor Ren Osugi (The Twilight Samurai).

In “GTO New Year Special”, Onizuka throws a Christmas party for his students before the winter break, but Miki seems to be depressed. Additionally, Miki and her classmates attend a short cram school session during winter break. Meanwhile, Saejima Toshiyuki rescues a mysterious woman named Maria while on patrol, who is taking care if three abandoned infants at his apartment.

“GTO New Year Special” will air on January 2nd at 9:30 p.m.

Source: Mantan Web via Anime News Network

Remembering Japan's Great Tohoku Earthquake

Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoV
March 11th 2011, Japan was hit by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake which then resulted to a 10-meter tall tsunami that hit the northeast of Japan, dubbed as the “2011 Tōhoku earthquake.” Thousands of lives have been lost in just one swoop. Help came from various parts of the world.

Just hours after that, various TV stations had cancelled their regular programming including TV-Asahi's then Super Hero Time, Kamen Rider OOO and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger that we regularly watch, as they focus on relief and giving up-to-date news to the said event.

Worried fans of various Japanese celebrities breathe freely as various sites listed compilations of those who are "checked in safe" after the quake. A hoax circulating about the death Pokemon creator Satoshi Tajiriwas later pronounced fake.

Riders Rangers and Rambles, or RRR, with CS-Toys Japan, along with other tokusatsu blogs, forums and websites joined forces to do our best to help the country, the home of tokusatsu, that we all love. Dubbed as the "Super Hero Time" Donation Drive, it collected a total of US$8,255 which was donated to Red Cross Japan.

Dragon Ball's Akira Toriyama Raises Funds for Quake, Tsunami  Victims
Many artists had given their best to cheer-up Japan in those times of crisis. Former and current tokusatsu actors cheer children with encouraging words via Teruaki Ogawa's @TokusatsuHero Twitter page.

T.M. Revolution and Gackt organizes charity concerts. Akira Toriyama andKunio Okawara posted their own artworks online. Original Fullmetal Alchemist and Rurouni Kenshin artworks were auctioned to raise fundsfor Japan relief.

Kamen Rider Statue Miyagi
Amidst of the disaster, a Kamen Rider statue was seen standing undefeated in Ishinomaki in Miyagi, a city hit by the tsunami, and considered as the hometown to Kamen Rider. Buildings around the city are left in shambles, but the statue stands tall and gives courage and hope to those who fell victim to the terrifying events.

After a year had passed, the effects of the disaster were still visible.Although much of the debris has been cleared, survivors from the devastated north-east have complained about slow recovery efforts.

Remembering Japan's Great Tohoku Earthquake
One day before national commemorations, the families and loved ones of victims began to pay their respects at the graves of those they have lost. In Iwaki City in Fukushima, thousands of candles were lit, ceremonial bells were rung and monks chanted.

Anti-nuclear protests are also scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Fukushima and other parts of the country to coincide with the anniversary.

Why Japanese Entertainment is Great

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Yoko Littner
The Japanese have a well-established entertainment industry, which is also one of the largest and most innovative in the world. There are plenty of attractions when it comes to Japanese entertainment, some of which are outlined below. This may come as a surprise, given the culture and language barrier.
  • Amusement and Theme Parks – Japan has numerous amusement parks. The Tokyo Disney Resort is the most popular. It is just 15 minutes away from Tokyo station, by train. You’ll find lots of activities here to keep the entire family well entertained during your visit. A trip to the Tokyo Disney Resort is a great opportunity to appreciate Japanese talent in product design. The buildings, facilities and Disney features here are simply spectacular.
One Piece New World
  • Comics and Cartoons – Japanese comics and cartoons are very entertaining. The comics are known as manga while the cartoons are referred to as anime. A remarkable diversity is represented by Japanese manga and anime. Topics include culture, food, science fiction, and travel guides. They also cater to various ages and interest groups. Sailor Moon and Pokemon are two types of anime that have become popular in many other countries, besides Japan.
Kamen Rider Den-O Double Action Axe Form
  • Enka – If you appreciate Japanese culture, you’ll love enka music. This was popular before and shortly after the Second World War. Enka is still popular with the older generation in Japan as it allows them to relive the past. Enka performances dwell on various topics, including unlucky love and family cohesion. Women singers usually wear kimonos when performing and display an amazing diversity of kimono fashion.
AKB48 Heavy Rotation
  • Karaoke – When you accompany the instrumental version of a song by singing the lyrics, this is referred to as karaoke. As you sing, the lyrics are displayed on a screen. Karaoke is a great way to entertain others, have fun and be entertained. It also allows you to explore your musical and artistic talents. Karaoke shops and bars are highly popular and are found all over Japan. Karaoke players also perform in homes.

    Although this form of entertainment has its origins in Japan, it has rapidly become popular in many countries across the world. If you’d like to enjoy karaoke at home, you can download karaoke players and sound files from the internet. Karaoke entertainment has actually become a major business opportunity for many people.
SCANDAL Wallpaper
  • Japanese Pop Music (J-Pop) – This is an interesting reflection of Western and Japanese music. Most of the lyrics in J-Pop are in Japanese although many songs have an English title or contain English expressions. The mingling of Japanese and Western culture in J-Pop creates a unique blend of music that is loved both in Japan and Western countries.
japan-guide.com (2012)
AsiaRooms.com (2012)
Tokyo Disney Resort (2012)

Tomomi Kasai's Photobook Cover Changed

After the issues it faced in the past week, the cover of idol group AKB48member Tomomi Kasai's upcoming photobook, “Tomo no Koto, Suki?” was revised. The new cover can be seen above.

Additionally, Kodansha, the publisher of Young Magazine and Kasai photobook, had posted a new announcement to explain the delays of the magazine. The editors stated, “Due to an inappropriate depiction in Young Magazine issue 7, we are delaying its January 12 release. After part of the content has been revised, all serialized works that were scheduled to be published in issue 7 will instead be published in issue 8 on January 21.

Furthermore, the publisher stated last Saturday that the photobook's release will be put on hold until further notice. Kasai's “Tomo no Koto, Suki?” was first scheduled for February 4th release. [PRE-ORDER HERE]

The photobook's past cover is said to feature Kasai nude from the waist up with a child standing behind and reaching around her chest. The legal issue is over a male minor touching a female's nipples. According to a lawyer, the photograph would have been "safe" if the minor was touching her breasts, but not her nipples. If that were the case, he said that it would not be legally considered child pornography in Japan — even if the nipples were exposed.

Last December, Tomomi Kasai released her debut single “Masaka”. But during “The 2nd AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen” event last December 17th, she announced her graduation from the group. Details are yet to be announced.

via Anime News Network

Space Sheriff Gavan Tasks to Execute Wizards in “Super Hero Taisen Z”

Additional information from the Kamen Rider Winter Magazine was revealed for this year's crossover film, “Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z”. In the film, Space Sheriff Gavanwas tasked to execute two wizards, thus attacking Kamen Rider Wizardand Beast!

The Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters decided on going to a camping trip. But Hiromu and Ryuji both canceled the plan, leaving Yoko alone in the forest, waiting. All of a sudden, a mysterious golden robot falls down from the sky. Called Saikoron, the Space Shocker, led by Space IkaDevil and Space SpiderMan, is trying to get their hands on it. But for what reason?

As reported in the past, Kenta Suga, who played Saburo Kazeta/Sannagiman/Inazuman in the recent Kamen Rider crossover film, “Kamen Rider Movie War Ultimatum”, will be in the film. In “Super Hero Taisen Z”, due to unknown reasons, he appeared before Gentaro, calling him his teacher. The present Gentaro, who is still a student, has no idea what’s going on.

Calling themselves Space Shocker, the evil organization returns with the power of magic, claiming that they want to destroy the universe. Kamen Rider WizardSpace Sheriff GavanTokumei Sentai Go-Busters and eventually Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger join the fight against the evil organization. All your favorite heroes will be back, turning despair into hope, in an all new, and never seen before hero epic!

Directed by Osamu Kaneda (kamen Rider Fourze) with screenplay byShoji Yonemura (KR Kabuto, Smile! Precure) , and produced byShinichiro Shirakura, “Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z” premieres this April 27th.

Additional information via Henshin Justice