Feb 07 2018

Best J-Pop on Spotify: Masaharu Fukuyama – Saiai

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Feb 05 2018

Tomomi Itano – Just as I am (MV)


Tomomi Itano takes some chill time to herself in L.A. and the California desert in her introspective video for “Just as I am.”

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Feb 03 2018

FLOW announces 2018 Latin America Tour


FLOW (Naruto, Code Geass, Durarara, Eureka Seven) has announced “FLOW 15th Anniversary TOUR 2018 Anime-Shibari —Latin America Tour—”, which will feature all of the band’s 21 anime theme songs performing 9 shows in 5 countries: Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Brazil.

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Feb 03 2018

maidreamin celebrates Twin Tail Day in Japan


Japanese maid cafe chain maidreamin celebrated “Twin Tail Day” (February 2nd) with special events at its shops across Japan.

Each of maidreamin’s over 400 maids wore their hair in “twin tail” style and offered guests 2-for-1 photos with their favorite maids and “twin dessert” specials to commemorate the experience.

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Feb 02 2018

Charisma.com bids farewell at final Tokyo concert


Charisma.com performed their final live show together on January 27, 2018, at Zepp Tokyo.

MC Itsuka and DJ Gonchi emerged from white coffins to open the set with the new song “Ribbon”, which was included in the recently released Charisma Best album. The duo led the audience through 32 songs, ending with “HATE”, the music video hit which gained them worldwide popularity in 2013.

As they closed the concert, they implored fans to keep asking for Charisma.com to return, hinting that a future reunion might be possible.


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Feb 02 2018

Koda Kumi teases first 2018 album AND with hot new covers


Koda Kumi has revealed four hot poses for her new album AND, the first of two planned albums for 2018. No track list yet, but there will 10 songs total and bonus music videos for “LIT”, “Never Enough”, and “Party” when AND drops on February 28th.

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Feb 02 2018

Hello! Project’s ANGERME to make overseas performance debut in Paris


Hello! Project idol group ANGERME will make their overseas performance debut on June 3rd, 2018 at La Cigale in Paris, France. Tickets are on sale now: https://www.weezevent.com/angerme

Starting off as S/mileage in 2010, the group evolved into ANGERME in late 2014. Originally made up of four former Hello-pro Egg members (Hello! Project trainees), ANGERME has grown to 10 members. In 2015, their single “Taiki Bansei/Otome no Gyakushuu” peaked at number 1 on the Oricon Daily Chart.

“It’s been our dream to perform in other countries,” says Ayaka Wada, ANGERME’s leader. “Many overseas fans sent us messages inviting us to their countries, and we’re happy to announce that we’re going to see them! We’re all so excited and look forward to meeting all of our fans.”

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Feb 01 2018

BRATS is back with new music video Kimarigoto


Japanese girls rock band BRATS has released the music video for their new song “Kimarigoto”. Shot at remote locations including the Yamba Dam construction site and the abandoned Taishi station in Gunma prefecture, “Kimarigoto” features a new studio recording of the song previewed in last year’s “Ainikoiyo/Nounai Shoukyo Game” release.

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Jan 31 2018

maidreamin featured in Fuji TV show Kuragehime


The cast of the Fuji TV program Kuragehime (“Princess Jellyfish”) dropped by maidreamin’s Ekimae store for a short dose of sweets in the romantic comedy’s third episode, which aired January 29th in Japan.

Filmed in January during the restaurant’s off-hours, eagle-eyed viewers can spot famous maid Peace (this year’s “Moe Kawaii Queen”) in the background entertaining guests at the popular maid cafe chain. The episode was broadcast on the same day as the Ekimae store’s 8th Anniversary.


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Jan 27 2018

Tokyo Idols (Film Review)

Tokyo Idols
Film Review by David Cirone [originally published on Drama-MAX]


Tokyo Idols has an agenda, and that’s no spoiler. Starting with its slanted description on Netflix, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake uses the documentary platform to selectively focus on fringe, negative aspects of idol fandom. For the millions of Japanese and international fans who have actually seen or participated in an idol concert, it’s clear that the film stops way short of presenting the whole truth.

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