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Shimazaki Haruka gets backlash for Ghibli ambitions then retracts her statement

6 Oct

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Shimazaki Haruka who announced her dreams of being a seiyuu for Ghibli Studios during her graduation announcement has provoked criticisms from anime fans and antis.

This was due to her talking about not having the abilities to become an actress yet, then following it up with her dreams of being a seiyuu for Ghibli. This made it seem she could easily become a seiyuu even if acting doesn’t work out.

“Paruru please don’t become a seiyuu for Ghibli.”
“Is she dumb? Looking down on the seiyuus?”
“I liked her but i hope she didn’t speak of it so casually…this isn’t what anyone can do.”

On the 4th October, Shimazaki tweeted “I don’t remember talking about wanting to become a seiyuu. Also, it isn’t easy to become one if i say i will.”

She later deleted these tweets.

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Shimazaki Haruka meets ideal type Ayabe Yuji,reveals Akimoto Yasushi’s threat

24 Dec


On the 22nd December episode of “Atsushi x Paruru no Maru Maru Baito!”, AKB48 Shimazaki Haruka(Paruru) meets actor/comedian Ayabe Yuji, whom she has described as her ideal type.

Ayabe Yuji commented “It can be a demerit to the party who confesses to liking me. So the celebrity friends around me are saying Paruru is a good girl!”

When host Atsushi asked Paruru if she’s happy to be sitting next to Ayabe, she replied “Yes! Ever since his drama ended i’ve lost my daily entertainment.”

On this day, Ayabe came decked out in Paruru’s favorite fashion –  a v-neck white sweater. The 2 strolled around the studio pretending to be on a date. However, their awkward attempt at conversation forced Paruru to run back to Atsushi, saying “I can’t continue anymore. Atsushi san has to be around. I can’t take charge of the situation.”

Akimoto Yasushi’s threat “You can’t exchange contacts!”


In another segment, Ayabe sat on the sofa using Paruru’s favorite pose. With Paruru next to him, he asked “What shall we do from now?” Paruru divulged details of a conversation with 48Group producer Akimoto Yasushi. “He told me i shouldn’t exchange LINE contacts with you, he’d cut his tongue and die!”

Ayabe became very sad.

He asked “I have no intentions of breaking the rule, but does that mean i just need to wait it out(till you graduate)?” Paruru nodded and Ayabe doubled up in pain “What is this?!I can’t stand it…”


Paruru asks in the end “Will you wait for me?” Ayabe’s head sinks.


Full episode below:

Paruru is so giggly in this episode i can tell she really likes him.
This also reminds me the the loveline between Mayuy x Pokota in UTAGE!

AllThingsJpop Top 10 headlines of the year

23 Dec

Since 2015 is coming to an end, i might as well conclude with the Top 10 headlines of the year. These articles are ranked according to their viewership. Articles from 2014 and earlier have been left out.

1. Bunshun leaks pictures of AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki and NEWS Tegoshi Yuya..a Hakone date?
This scandal was published in June 2015 and i guess the huge picture of Yukirin and Tegoshi, arms wrapped around each other, was a huge shock. No proper news sources would report it (for Yahoo it took a few days before article was posted) but the story was already all over the Internet. Though both parties remained largely silent, to this date, we’re still getting epilogues on the mysterious relationship between Yukirin and Tegoshi.

2. AKB48 2015 Senbatsu Sousenkyo ~Unpredictable Rankings, The Tumultuous Night~: Final Results

3. Back Number sings OST theme for drama “5-ji kara 9-ji made”
This comes in as a surprise because i had no idea “5-ji kara 9-ji made” would be so successful internationally. I’ve had readers asking me for titles of tracks which i had no idea of. But no worries, CDJapan now has the OST for sale!

4.  Kisumai Fujigaya Taisuke revealed to be dating Miori Takimoto for years
I seldom post about Kisumai let alone Fujigaya so the spike in numbers for this was quite surprising. I guess Kisumai is really huge, or there could be much more shippers of the couple from “Ikemen Desu Ne” that i’m aware of.

5. AKB48 General Elections 2015: Final look at China fans’ campaigns
This article ended up being published in a Japanese matome kinda site for 48 fans, and for some reason they’d misquoted the facts. So if you read the matome sites, please be aware that not all info passed around there is TRUE.

6. Horikita Maki gets married to Koji Yamamoto after 3 months of dating!
Title is enough to let everyone’s jaws drop in shock. Their love story is even juicier.

7. Tanaki Koki sends Taguchi message of support and talks about life after KAT-TUN
I would actually rank this way higher because it was just published. Surprised that people are still interested in Koki.

Thanks to everyone for supporting my site this year! There are busier days ahead and i won’t be posting regularly but i’ll be here when there’s important news! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!





Shimazaki Haruka will release 1st photo book “ParU”

27 Oct

AKB48’s Shimazaki Haruka will release her fashion photo book “Paruru no Subete” on 20th November.

The 20-pager will include snaps of her private fashion, advice about makeup and beauty tips. It will also include scenes of her in a bathtub and bareback shots.

A females-only event will be organised for fans who buy the photo book.

島崎遥香 ファッションフォトブック「ぱるるのすべて(仮)」より (C)主婦と生活社



Purchase her photobook below:

Shimazaki Haruka Photobook


Akimoto Yasushi touches on AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki’s recent scandal

16 Jun

On the 13th June 2015, Akimoto Yasushi appeared on a radio show and talked about AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki’s scandal with NEWS Tegoshi Yuya.

The MC first showed some care by commenting “It has been tough for you.”

Akimoto then opens up,”Yes, various things have happened. What should be done about it…everytime it happens, the members of AKB are of course living things, so somehow when I create a format for everyone to follow, not all can accept it. You can’t predict it can you?”

When asked what will happen to Kashiwagi, Akimoto said “What will happen? I also don’t know. I am asking the same to my staff.”

With several scandals having happened to the other members so far, Akimoto san has always managed to twist the situation around and turned it into a plus. “It was interesting,but the days when i can do this and that is over. Up till now, there has been smart(or stylish?) ways to extend the careers of underground idols when negative things occur. But increasingly, whatever you do it doesn’t seem that way anymore. It’s difficult to make it interesting now,” he said.

On the string of scandals that have occurred – “It is tough but when people get together and work towards the same goal, different things will happen. Some(fans) will cheer you on whilst some will fault you, “said Akimoto, indicating that he has no choice but to let fans decide how they want to receive the scandal.


Edited the last sentence becos apparently some are taking the word “judgement” too literally. 

In the radio show, Akimoto san also talked a little about Sashihara and Shimazaki Haruka. I could not catch everything but he said Sashihara’s successful stint in HKT may or may not be a good thing. Several years ago, he thought Shimazaki Haruka was promising but one day a magazine described Paruru as “salty” on their cover and he learnt from the theater managers that she had no enthusiasm so she went through a pitiful period.

AKB48 40th single revealed to be a dance number headed by Shimazaki Haruka

26 Mar

Updated with live performance from their concert..

AKB48’s 40th single has been performed during today’s concert in Saitama Super Arena and it seems to be the dance number that all fans have been waiting for since “UZA”.

Titled “Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai” (“We won’t fight”), it will be released on the 20th May 2015.

The all-important center position goes to AKB48’s Shimazaki Haruka(20). Shimazaki was once the center for 29th single in 2012, after winning that year’s Janken tournament(an event where the senbatsu members are chosen based on the game of scissors-paper-stone). This will be her 2nd time fronting the group.

Commenting on her role in what seems like the toughest dance song in AKB’s history, Shimazaki said “It was the extent that my shoes were almost torn off my feet. Maybe it was fate that i should be chosen for dance senbatsus.”

32 Senbatsu Members below:

Shimazaki Haruka(Center)
Kato Rena
Matsui Jurina
Miyawaki Sakura
Takahashi Minami
Yokoyama Yui
Watanabe Mayu
Sashihara Rino
Kojima Haruna
Kashiwagi Yuki
Matsui Rena
Yamamoto Sayaka
Kizaki Yuria
Owada Nana
Tano Yuka
Kawamoto Saya
Kawaei Rina
Ikoma Rina
Mukaichi Mion
Suda Akari
Miyazawa Sae
Minegishi Minami
Kojima Mako
Watanabe Miyuki
Muto Tomu
Kitagawa Ryoha
Takahashi Juri
Oshima Ryoka
Sakaguchi Nagisa
Kodama Haruka
Nakano Ikumi
Okada Nana


“I might be the dance representative?” says Paruru

The upcoming song “Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai” is said to have the most difficult dance in the history of AKB releases. But the center went to Shimazaki Haruka, who together with Kojima Haruna ditched the dance songs during last year’s Tokyo Dome concert for the less demanding float rides. She seemed to sigh a relief when the performance of this song was over.

Takahashi Minami commented “It’s so tough i’m going to die…Paruru is the center of a dance number. You’ve practised hard right?”

Fellow member Yokoyama Yui added “I know that Paruru can’t dance, when i see her trying her hardest..” She couldn’t finish as Shimazaki Haruka cut her off with a “Thank You” ,sensing a long-winded talk ahead.

Shimazaki displayed her usual unique brand of humor, saying “Actually I might be the dance representative of this group!”

Takahashi Minami suggested that she do a backturn in that case, and Shimazaki declared “I can do it!”


I cannot wait for this performance! A Paruru who can dance?!

Foreigners vote on their favourite faces from AKB48 group

5 Sep

A writer from Rocketnews24 goes interviewing in Harajuku to find out which 48-group faces are well-liked by foreigners.

50 foreigners in Harajuku were shown official pictures of several 48group members and asked to pick 1 whom they liked. Amongst the choices are the top girls from this year’s general elections, namely Watanabe Mayu, Sashihara Rino, Kashiwagi Yuki, Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena, Yamamoto Sayaka, Shimazaki Haruka, Kojima Haruna and the writer’s oshimen Yamada Nana.

What’s interesting here is, Kojima Haruna, often known the beauty in AKB48 ranked bottom, alongside Kashiwagi Yuki and Matsui Rena. Perhaps their colored hair was a put-off? When the foreigners were asked whether they think Kojima Haruna is cute, they replied with “somehow i don’t like her..”

First place went surprisingly went to Yamamoto Sayaka, who placed 6th in this year’s general elections. “Her black hair, compact nose, mesmerizing eyes, and pitiful look makes her look cute,” said one voter. Another person complimented her for her smile.

Sashihara Rino received her fair share of compliments and critiques. “She looks kind,” says one. However, another commented that she looked “unhappy about something”.

Ranking as follows:

1st:Yamamoto Sayaka(19 votes)
2nd:Watanabe Mayu(9 votes)
3rd:Yamada Nana(7 votes)
4th:Shimazaki Haruka(6 votes)
5th:Sashihara Rino(4 votes)
6th:Matsui Jurina(2 votes)
7th:Kashiwagi Yuki/Matsui Rena/Kojima Haruna(1 vote)