Maison book girl shows their most intimate side in “Juurokusai” MV

After recently releasing the MV for their third single release, “Cotoeri”, alternative idol group Maison book girl has released yet another music video for one of its two B-Sides, “Juurokusai”. For this single, the group is delving into somewhat different musical territories with great success, something that fans from the group have been requesting for long time already. On the other hand, the music video features the four members quite close to each other in a dreamlike scenario creating a sweet and intimate atmosphere. Several clips of them hanging out are also shown, adding a melancholic touch to the track. Check the MV just after the jump!

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Seiho to Release “Purple Smoke”

On December 15, Seiho will have a new release titled “Purple Smoke.” This release will include three new songs. The title track is heavily influenced by 90s hard techno and trance. Seiho has recruited KID FRESNO to feature on the song “Cherry Pie.” Check out more information on this release below!

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Kato Miliyah, DEAN FUJIOKA, and More Perform on Buzz Rhythm 02 for December 15

This week’s guests were DEAN FUJIOKA, Kato Miliyah, A.B.C-Z and Cellchrome.

DEAN FUJIOKA – Let it snow!

Kato Miliyah – Shinyaku Dear Lonely Girl feat. ECD

A.B.C-Z – Shuden no Koete ~ Christmas Night

Cellchrome – Do not Let Me Down

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Fumi Nikaido & Ryo Yoshizawa’s “River’s Edge” to debut at Berlin Film Festival

The prestigious Berlin Film Festival has announced it’s first set of films that will be shown at the festival, among the 11 films listed was River’s Edge starring Fumi Nikaido and Ryo Yoshizawa.

Based off of the 1993 manga series by Kyoko Okazaki, the film follows the friendship between two high school students Haruna Wakagusa (Fumi Nikaido) and  Ichiro Yamada (Ryo Yoshizawa). Wakagusa lives with her mother and has the typical gripes of a high school student her age. Yamada is openly gay and is constantly bullied and physically assaulted by one of his classmates. Wakagusa stands up to the bully, and the two form a very close bond.

As the two get closer Yamada shares one of his closest secrets with Wakagusa, he found a dead body by the riverside. Not long after another body is found. Just like the original manga series, the film hopes to encapsulate all the desires, anxiety, and frustration high school students faced living in the city during the 90s.

River’s Edge will make it’s debut at the Berlin Film Festival on February 15th, 2018. It will be screened at select theaters the following day in Japan. Watch the trailer below!   Read More

Japanese Men vote for the most desired celebrity face

Oricon has conducted their annual servery where they ask men to vote on which celebrity has the face they would most want for themselves.  500 men were selected for the ranking ranging in age from men in their teens to men in their 50s.

Singer Masaharu Fukuyama was exempt from the survey due to winning 5 years in a row, he is now in the contests’ hall of fame! Previous winners of the contest include Takuya Kimura, Dean Fujioka, and Osamu Mukai.

Did any of your favorites make the cut? Find out below! The numbers in the bracket indicate their rank last year.

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Open Post

It’s Friday, so it’s Open Post time! Feel free to chat with your fellow readers about whatever you like! Enjoy!

Shoma Uno Places 2nd at Grand Prix Final

From December 7 – 10, this year’s Grand Prix Final took place in Nagoya. This was the final event in the International Skating Union’s 2017 – 2018 Grand Prix Series. Japan sent 3 skaters to this competition, with Shoma Uno placing second in the men’s competition.

Shoma finished second with a total score of 286.01, 0.50 points behind American Nathan Chen. Shoma’s short program received a score of 101.51, putting him in second place, 1.81 points behind Nathan. Shoma completed a triple axel cleanly, but then weirdly fell at the very end of the landing, costing him a point. “I made a ‘new type of mistake’ today,” Shoma said. “The triple axel is a jump I know I can land. I felt I didn’t take off in the way I usually do. So I tightened myself hard in the air and I don’t know what happened. Maybe over-rotation.” He lost another point for finishing his program after the allotted time. After the Internationaux de France, Shoma made small changes which requires more time for his step sequence.“I changed the music a bit and started today’s program slightly earlier. I was not surprised by the 101 points, but I was more surprised by the two-point deduction.”

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NEWS releases new single “LPS” song preview and details

NEWS rings in the new year with a new single “LPS”! The title stands for ‘Love, Peace, Smile’.  The mic relay making good use of the four members’ singing voices is the group’s latest sound for 2018. This winter, NEWS is bringing you a warm and life-sized fight song.

Included in the single is the goup’s first musical work “NEWSICAL” in recorded form! 4-nin recordings of older songs such as Cherish and Mafuyu no Nagareboshi will also be included. LPS will be released on January 17!

Check out the song radio preview, covers and tracklist below!

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