SEKAI NO OWARI’s Saori announces pregnancy!

SEKAI NO OWARI member Saori has announced that she is pregnant via the bands official website!

In the short statement Saori shared that she has successfully entered the stability period of her pregnancy, the birth is scheduled to happen sometime early in the new year. Saori commented that she will continue to work while closely monitoring her body condition, thanking fans for their continued support. Saori also commented that in the near future it seems like a fun idea to have the family travel together while on tour.

Back in January, 2017, Saori shared that she had married actor Dai Ikeda. The two had previously been dating for five years. Ikeda released a statement on Twitter sharing that he was anxious, but very happy with the news. Watching Saori’s belly grow day by day has been lovely.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

(via Model press & sekainoowari.jp)

SEXY ZONE member Marius Yo to appear in an episode of American sitcom “Fuller House”

It has been announced that SEXY ZONE member Marius Yo will be appearing in an episode of the American sitcom “Fuller House

Fuller House” is a continuation of the successful sitcom “Full House” that ran from 1987 to 1995, the show series is exclusive to the streaming service Netflix. In December, 2016, the creator Jeff Franklin confirmed that the show had been renewed for a third season and 18 episodes were ordered. The first 9 episodes will be released on September 22nd, while episodes 10-18 are scheduled to be released in December. Marius will appear in one of the later episodes released in December, which takes place in Japan. Filming for the episode was completed on August 10th in Tokyo.

Marius commented that he’s a big fan of the show and regularly watches both the original and sequel on Netflix, stating that it was a big honor to be offered a role like that. Marius went on to unintentionally shade the Japanese entertainment industry by saying he’s glad his family living in Germany and other oversea countries will be able to easily view his work, and is excited to hear their response.

Fuller House” is set in the same house as the original series. The main character D.J Tanner is recently widowed, works full-time as a veterinarian, and is the mother to three boys. After the sudden death of her husband, D.J accepts the offer from her younger sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy to move in together and help take part in raising her three sons.

(via Natalie)

Watch UVERworld’s new MV for “SHOUT LOVE”

Rock band UVERworld has released a brand new MV for their song “SHOUT LOVE“. The track originally appeared on their 9th studio album “Tycoon“, released on August 2nd.

The MV is takes place in a bar where all the members are casually hanging out. It’s filmed vertically which makes it resemble a video from a mobile phone, this was done intentionally to evoke the feeling as if you were actually with the band in person. During some scenes it almost feels like TAKUYA∞, the vocalist for UVERworld, is actually singing to you. Near the end of the MV, TAKUYA∞ is seen driving in a car enjoying the beautiful city lights. Right when he leans in to kiss his mystery guest the MV ends!

The boys are currently on tour, titled “UVERworld IDEAL REALITY TOUR“it kicked off on August 4th in Nanyo. The tour will conclude on October 4th at Nippon Budokan. Shortly after they will embark on another tour titled “UVERworld TYCOON TOUR” beginning on November 2nd.

Watch the full MV for “SHOUT LOVE” below. Read More

Silent Siren’s 2017 tour “The New World” is heading overseas!

On June 29, 2017, Silent Siren announced via Facebook that they will be embarking on a second overseas tour at the end of the year for their 5th tour, “The New World.” The overseas leg will include shows in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Taipei, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The previous year, Silent Siren appeared at the J-Pop Summit 2016 in San Francisco, California, and also had an additional overseas leg of their concert tour to promote their 4th album, S.

Silent Siren has launched an official website with a detailed listing of the shows. Tickets and prices are available except for the shows in the US.

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[WATCH] Seiko Oomori’s haunting MV for “Watashimi”

Seiko Oomori this month drops her single “draw(A)drow“, a blistering rock number courtesy TK from Ling Tosite Sigure. It’s b-side however, is the polar opposite. Almost what fans would consider a ‘classic’ Seiko Oomori track, “Watashimi” is a quiet, pondering stroll with her trademark acoustic guitar taking full center on the instrumental.

Seiko here provides a pained vocal performance and indeed delivers one of her most achingly personal tracks in quite some time. While it may sound like it could belong on an early release like “Pink” or “Mahou ga Tsukaenai Nara Shinitai” it does benefit from some beautiful and warm “Avex” production values, with a sweet smidgen of electronic glitter sprinkled on top. The MV itself is suitably minimal, featuring Seiko taking a stroll along a pier, eventually ending with her and her sole acapella voice. Check it out below!

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#1 Song Review: Week of 8/2 – 8/8 (HKT48 v. Mr.Children v. Utada Hikaru)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Utada Hikaru defeat Mr.Children. They’re both back this week, facing off against a newcomer. Find out what various staff members thought of the songs that topped the physical and digital charts this week and share your thoughts on them too!

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What to Know About Japanese Street Fashion in 2017

The past few months have seen various reports about how Japanese street fashion, particularly the styles related to Harajuku, has died, due to the closure of various shops, brands, and magazines. So is the youth just walking around naked now? Obviously not!

A lot of ideas about Japanese pop culture internationally are quite stale. Just how people have moved on from listening to Avex’s stars of yore, street fashion has moved away from styles rooted in the 90s, like Decora, Visual Kei, and Gothic Lolita.

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“Kensatsugawa no Zainin” causing rivalry between fans of Takuya Kimura & Kazunari Ninomiya

When it was announced that Takuya Kimura and Kazunari Ninomiya would be starring in a film together, both Johnny’s fans and the general public were reveling in the news. While waiting for the film to be released, it seems that fans of the two main stars have started to clash. The argument seems to center around which actor truly is the “main star” of the film.

An entertainment official revealed that Kimura and Nino have been getting along very well on the set, but while this is going on it seems that the “battle” between their two groups of fans are only getting more intense. Since the 90s and early 00s Kimura has established himself not only as one of the top actors in Johnny’s, but one of the top actors in the entertainment industry as a whole. Some of Kimura’s fans argue that why should the movie have two main stars when Kimura has a much more impressive acting resume.

Meanwhile, Nino fans countered back saying that early in his acting acting career Nino established himself as a Hollywood actor with the successful film “Letters from Iwo Jima” taking him to the next level, and has had continued success both critically and commercially. They argue it’s painfully obvious who should be the “leader” in this film.  Read More