[WATCH] New Megumi Hayashibara/Shiina Ringo collaboration song MV

As reported earlier, Megumi Hayashibara and Shiina Ringo were once again collaborating on a song (and single) together, for the second season of MBS anime “Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju“. The opening theme song, “Imawa no Shinigami” has now gotten its own stylish, gorgeous video clip that fits the tone of both the show and the track perfectly. Filmed in double speed and slowed down, Megumi Hayashibara is seen drifting through a foggy street in gorgeous traditional attire. The song itself is 100% ‘Shiina Ringo’ with a truly wonderful instrumental bridge and finale. Another very ‘Ringo’ feature- it runs for exactly 3 minutes. Watch the fantastic full video below!
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[Exclusive] Interview with the stars of Tokyo Tarareba Girls: Yuriko Yoshitaka, Yuko Oshima, and Nana Eikura

Adapted from popular manga series of the same name, Tokyo Tarareba Girls is being described as Japan’s answer to the iconic series Sex and the City. Dazzling, sassy and funny, this highly-promising drama is headlined by some of the most stunning and successful actresses of this generation: Yuriko Yoshitaka, Yuko Oshima and Nana Eikura. Tokyo Taraeba Girls is one of the most anticipated dramas of the reason, airing on both NTV & GEM TV.

The drama follows struggling scriptwriter Rinko Kamata (Yuriko Yoshitaka) who is in her thirties but still single, although she still constantly holds out hope for finding “the one” meant for her. Along with her girlfriends Kaori (Nana Eikura) and Koyuki (Yuko Oshima), the trio of single ladies spend their nights drinking and commiserating with each other through imagining endless what-ifs and fantasies of themselves finally meeting Mr. Right. Determined to find a partner, Rinko pledges that she will get married before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Will she be able to achieve her goal?

Check out what the actresses have to say about their characters, and highlights of working on the set under the jump!
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New details on the Godzilla anime movie

After another successful addition to the Godzilla franchise with last year’s box office hit Shin Godzilla (Godzilla: Resurgence), there will be a Godzilla anime movie to be released later this year.  This will be the first anime movie of the massively popular Godzilla franchise.

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The Recording Industry Association of Japan Releases Its Digital Certifications for December

One song from 2016 was certified Double Platinum for selling 500,000 copies: Hoshino Gen’s “Koi.”

Two songs from 2016 were certified Platinum for selling 250,000 copies: Namie Amuro’s “Mint” and Keyakizaka46’s “Silent Majority.”

Four songs from 2016 were certified Gold for selling 100,000 copies: EXILE ATSUSHI’s “Ito”, Yasutaka Nakata’s “NANIMONO”, Nogizaka46’s “Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru” and back number’s “Happy End.”

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Visuals for Tokyo Ghoul Live Action Released

Visuals for the live action movie adaptation of the popular manga and anime series Tokyo Ghoul has been released.  Kubota Masataka will be portraying the role of Ken Kaneki and a character and logo visual was released in December of 2016 featuring the iconic ghoul mask.  Furthermore, a character visual for Touka Kirishima, to be portrayed by Fumika Shimizu, has also just been released. Read more

Mr.Children and ONE OK ROCK Top the Oricon Charts for the Week of 1/9 – 1/15

This week, Mr.Children topped the Oricon single chart with their new single “Hikari no Atelier”, selling 100,170 copies in its first week.

ONE OK ROCK topped the Oricon album chart with their new album “Ambitions”, selling 232,710 copies in its first week.

ONE OK ROCK’s “Ambitions” also topped the Oricon digital album chart, selling 34,287 copies in its first week.

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