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Arashi to collaborate with Star Wars on Kouhaku

24 Dec

Arashi will put on a collaboration stage with movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” during “66th NHK Kouhaku Utagassen” on 31st December.

New characters in BB-8,R2-D2、C-3P as well as Darth Vader and Stormtrooper will also be making their appearances.

Ohno Satoshi says “We’ve been allowed to tag along Star Wars to perform onstage. We’re nervous since it’s a huge name we’re collaborating with but we’ll work hard and show you our courageous sides!”

NHK has also announced a disney stage with Ayase Haruka, Inohara Yoshihiko, Perfume and V6 collaborating with popular characters Mickey Mouse etc.

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I never watched Star Wars in my life but this is too cool. Maybe Nino will finally get to use his glow-in-the-dark suits from Arashi ni Shiyagare.

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!

 

 

 

 

Highlights from FNS Kayousai 2015(Part 1)

3 Dec

The 4hour show last night featured some nostalgic songs which brings us back to the days of classic Jpop. This is just Part 1 of the show, and Part 2 airs 2 weeks later on 16th December 2015.


 

Selected classics


Boa & Tomomi Kahala – Meri Kuri
It’s been quite awhile since Boa appeared on Japanese TV. In terms of vocals, no one is better than Boa! Some netizens thought Tomomi Kahala’s singing was better but i think her vocal style is too old school.


Motohiro Hata x AI – Story


EXILE Vocalists – Last Christmas


Yamamoto Sayaka x Leo Ieiri – Kimi ga kureta natsu


Nakayama Miho – Sekai chuu no dare yori kitto

Ayumi Hamasaki – Seasons


 

46/48 Group

Nogizaka46 – Ima, hanashitai dare ka ga iru

AKB48 – 365nichi no kami hikouki/Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby
I’m glad AKB48 is ending the year promoting 2 great songs. I didn’t like Kuchibiru as much as 365nichi earlier on. However, the cute choreography,costumes and perhaps the members’ enthusiasm for this song is making it shine. Takamina looks cute now with her slanted pigtails. Jurina looks gaunt in Love Crescendo but in this song she’s just 18 like she should be.


AKB48 x Shinji Tanimura- Rudolph the red nosed reindeer


 

Johnny’s Family

SMAP – Yuki ga Futte kita/Otherside

Kis-my-ft2 – Everybody Go/Saigo wa Yappari Kimi
It might be the stage setting or their glittering suits, but i think they look especially cool today on skates.

TOKIO – Tokyo Drive

Hey!Say!JUMP – Christmas Song

Hey!Say!JUMP – Ultra Music Power/Kimi Attraction

Arashi – Wish/GUTS!/Ai wo Sakebe
I’ve never seen collaborations of Arashi with girl groups so this is a first! Momoiro Clover Z did a great job dancing for Arashi.


 

Performances from Best Artist 2015 and KAT-TUN Taguchi’s shocking announcement

25 Nov

【実況・感想】ベストアーティスト2015

The biggest news of the night: Taguchi Junnosuke announces departure from KAT-TUN and Johnny’s Jimusho. Taguchi says he’s turning 30 soon and this decision was made for the sake of his future.


Taguchi’s announcement

I am just sad that this once-upon-million-selling-group is disintegrating in this manner. 


 

On to the performances…

Johnny’s Family


Hey!Say!JUMP – Kimi Attraction

Arashi – Sakura/Aozora no Shita, Kimi no tonari/ Ai wo Sakebe
Matsumoto is so dorky in this performance and as usual “Ai wo Sakebe” is a godly performance!


Kinki Kids – Yume wo mireba Kizutsuku koto mo aru

V6 – Wait for you/ 20th anniversary medley

Johnny’s Love Songs Medley Part 1
Kinki Kids 
– Ai no Katamari
Kanjani8 – Tsuyoku Tsuyoku Tsuyoku
Johnny’s WEST – All my love
Hey!Say!JUMP – AinoArika
Arashi – Love so sweet


Johnny’s Love Songs Medley Part 2
TOKIO – Love you only
KAT-TUN – Kiss Kiss Kiss
Tackey & Tsubasa – Ai ha Takaramono
NEWS – Ai Kotoba
V6 – Ai nanda
I saw Girlschannel users looking forward to NEWS’ “Ai Kotoba” and indeed it’s a GREAT song!


 

LDH Inc.

Sandaime J Soul Brothers – Summer Madness

E-girls – Dance dance dance


 

48/46 Group


AKB48 – 365nichi no Kami Hikouki / Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby
I prefer the Asa ga Kita song over Kuchibiru. Kuchibiru has a good tune, really colorful like what you’d find in a carnival but the lyrics are simpler than simple, and cutesy just doesn’t work for most members now. Quite honestly, i’m cringing whenever Takamina does the winks and pouts.

HKT48 – Shekarashika
NMB48 – Durian Shonen
SKE48 – Mae no Meri
AKB48 – Heavy Rotation


Nogizaka46 – Ima, Hanashitai dare ka ga iru

 

 

Arashi, Hey!Say!JUMP, Nogizaka46 perform on Music Station

23 Oct


Hey!Say!JUMP – Kimi Attraction


Arashi – Kokoro no Sora / Nihon Yoitoko Makafushigi (Shonentai cover)
So in the end, Matsujun and Sakurai bowed out of the backflips while the rest proved they’ve still got it. I loved it when Ohno and Nino did the combo flip during opening of the Shonentai song. They look so small and cute! But in the end they look like half the life was drained out of them lol.


Nogizaka46 – Ima, hanashitai dare ka ga iru
I love these costumes they look so pretty!

Arashi to perform first backturns in 14 years

23 Oct

Arashi are set to appear in Music Station later today to promote songs from their latest album “Japonism”. They will be performing “Kokoro no Sora” and a cover of Shounentai’s “Nihon Yoitoko Makafushigi”. The Shounentai song in particular will see all Arashi members challenging backturns for the first time in 14 years.

Amongst the Arashi members, Ohno, Aiba and Nino are known to have succeeded in backturns in other programs, but Sakurai Sho and Matsumoto Jun have openly declared that they are unable to do it.

Fans are now worried about how this will turn out.

“I’m excited about the backturns since its been a long time”
“Definitely going to watch it~”
“I’m more worried rather than happy”
“This sounds dangerous”
“Please don’t force it!”

Nino himself has said in a 2009 interview that he suffers from back pain problems, and fans are hoping he’d not pressure himself into performing it.

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Meanwhile the MV for their new song “Kokoro no Sora” from Japonism album.


The last time i saw them doing backturns was …Ohno in a UTABAN episode? Even then he was already complaining he’s too old for it. I hope they use the Juniors for this even though it’d be epic if they can still do it.

Arashi is chosen Most Liked Artiste in Oricon poll for the 6th time

22 Oct

Idol group Arashi has ranked first once again in Oricon’s magazine “Ori Star” poll, where 20,000 music fans are asked to choose the artistes they like best. This makes it their 6th straight win since 2010.

They ranked first in the General category. When it came down to popularity across different demographic groups, they ranked top amongst generations in their 10s, 20s and 10~40s females. Their popularity was evident as they won 8 out of 15 categories. Reasons like “my mum influenced me to like them” , “they are friendly with each other, are good in singing and dancing” were given.

Leader Ohno Satoshi commented “I’m happy because those who were born in our year of debut are also looking at us.”

The group will be starting on their 5-dome tour on 6th November.

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