Kanjani8 and Guests Cover Ikimonogakari on KanJam Kanzennen SHOW for September 24

This week’s guests were Mizuno Yoshiki, Honma Akimitsu, Furukawa Masayoshi, Takegami Yoshinari, Asakura Shinji, Tomada Tom, Adachi Takashi, Okabe Machi, Chihara Junia, and Izumi Rika. The musical guests then joined Kanjani8 for a song.

Kanjani8 x Musical Guests – Kaze ga Fuiteiru (Ikimonogakari cover)

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Masaharu Fukuyama and DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi Top the Digital Singles Charts for the Week of 9/13 – 9/19

This week on Recochoku, Masaharu Fukuyama topped the chart with his new single “Seiiki.”

On iTunes, DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi topped the chart with “Uchiage Hanabi” for the fifth week in a row.

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Masaharu Fukuyama, Kuwata Keisuke, and Mr.Children Top the Oricon Charts for the Week of 9/11 – 9/17

This week, Masaharu Fukuyama topped the Oricon single chart with his new single “Seiiki”, selling 57,695 copies in its first week.

Kuwata Keisuke retook the top spot on the Oricon album chart with his album “Garakuta”, selling 13,340 copies in its fourth week.

Mr.Children remained in the top spot on the Oricon digital album chart for the third week in a row with their best album “Mr.Children 1992-2002 Thanksgiving 25”, selling 3,560 copies in its 19th week.

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Utada Hikaru to Perform Theme Song for New Yamazaki Takashi Film

Today it was revealed that Utada Hikaru has a new theme song on the way! She will sing the theme for the new Yamazaki Takashi movie, “DESTINY Kamakura Monogatari”, which stars Sakai Masato and Takahata Mitsuki.  The song is called “Anata”, and is Utada’s first movie theme since 2012’s “Sakura Nagashi”, the theme song for “Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.”

Yamazaki messaged Utada, asking her if she would like to do the movie’s theme song. She eagerly accepted, delving into the movie’s plot for inspiration. The resulting “Anata” was written and recorded this summer in London. Utada used Buddhist themes in the song to capture the movie’s mixture of the supernatural world and the everyday world.

“Anata” will be released on December 8, the day before “DESTINY Kamakura Monogatari” hits theaters.

Check out the cover and preview for “Anata” below!

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Wagakki Band, EXILE THE SECOND, and Denpa Shoujo Perform on CDTV for September 23

This week’s guests were Wagakki Band, EXILE THE SECOND, and Denpa Shoujo.

Wagakki Band – Ame Nochi Kanjouron

EXILE THE SECOND – Route 66

Denpa Shoujo – NO NAME.

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Last Idol to debut in December

Idol unit Last Idol, from Yasushi Akimoto produced TV reality of the same name, will make their major debut in December. Universal Music will release the single, titled ‘Bandwagon’. The announcement with the details of the group’s name and record label was made by the temporary Last Idol members on September 23rd.

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Eiko Koike and Ryo Yoshizawa to star in ‘Koi Suru Hong Kong’

The fall TV season is about to start, and details of new dramas are trickling in. One of the dramas soon to start airing is ‘Koi Suru Hong Kong’ starring Eiko Koike (‘Close-Knit’, ‘Haha ni Naru’) and Ryo Yoshizawa (‘Gintama’, ‘The Liar and His Lover’).

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Box Office Charts 9/16 – 9/17: Alien Covenant #1 Tamio Boy to Kuruwaseru Girl #6

In terms of admissions, which the Japanese box office chart is based upon, Alien: Covenant tops the latest box office weekend with 138,300 viewers (¥194 million). However, in terms of revenues, Dunkirk ranked first with 132,800 viewers and ¥205,261,600 earnings.

Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boy – Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Girl (The Boy Who Wished to Be Tamio Okuda – The Girl Who Drove All the Men She Met Crazy), a live-action film adaptation of Shibuya Chokkaku’s manga of the same name, starring Tsumabuki Satoshi and Mizuhara Kiko is at no. 6. The film attracted 52,000 viewers and earned ¥75 million on its opening weekend.

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