Kano Sisters showcase their natural beauty in new CM for Comic Toranoana

Elegant connoisseurs Kano Sisters have been selected to appear in the new CM for Comic Toranoana. Founded in 1996, Comic Toranoana has 15 locations all over Japan. It’s a dojin store which specializes in selling manga related goods, along with amateur self-published works which include manga, novels, fan guides, art collections, music, anime and video games.

Over the years the majority of Kano Sisters “fanbase” mainly consisted of older women, attaining much success publishing various beauty and exercise books/DVDs. However, they have strangely started to get a rather large following within the Otaku community. Over the weekend the sisters attended Comiket, an iconic dojinshi fair which promotes a very DIY approach to selling your own self-published works.

It was met with a bit of controversy when the following day the sisters attended a press conference for the CM. Some netizens accused the sisters of attending Comiket solely to promote their upcoming CM, which clashes with the “grassroots” culture of the fair. The duo responded on their blog where they swiftly dismissed the allegations. Furthermore other netizens pointed out that they had already previously attended the last Comiket event held in December 2016, showing a natural interest in the fair.

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Wagakki Band releases short MV for new single “Ame Nochi Kanjouron”

Wagakki Band has released the MV for their highly anticipated single Ame Nochi Kanjouron“. Signed to avex trax, the band has become renowned for mixing traditional Japanese instruments with a modern rock sound.

Despite being active since 2013, this is actually the bands first standard psychical single. A few of Wagakki Band’s previous digital singles received psychical versions, however they are classified as “DVD + CD” or “Blu-ray + CD” instead of “CD +___”. “Ame Nochi Kanjouron” will be released in four different versions:  CD only, two CD+DVD versions, and a CD+VR (Virtual Reality) exclusive to avex’s online shop mu-mo. The exact details for the virtual reality content has yet to be revealed.

Every version of the single comes with the b-side “Tsuki ni Sakebu Yoru“, while fans that purchase the CD only receive the exclusive b-side “Soko ni Aru Kamo Shiranai…”. The two DVDs are split into “MV” and “LIVE” versions. The MV version comes with the full video and making-of footage, while the live comes with two performance from their “Tokyo Kokusai Forum Live Eizou” concert.

Ame Nochi Kanjouron” will be released on September 6th, 2017. The short MV and covers can be found below the jump.

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Tetsuya Komuro Shares Recent Vocals From Wife Keiko; Said to Be “Getting Better”

Music producer Testuya Komuro has updated his Instagram account with song featuring vocals his wife KEIKO, the first time we’ve heard the GLOBE vocalist since 2011 when she was hospitalized and diagnosed with a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Following her diagnosis, she subsequently underwent a five-hour surgery to repair the condition, and as of December 2011, she is currently in rehabilitation therapy and recuperating with no serious damage to her brain…but we haven’t heard much from her since.

In the video titled “2016~2017 KEIKO” against the image of a beachside sunset, Tetsuya Komuro writes, “After she got sick, I made a song for her to try to sing. It’s Keiko’s voice. I think she’s getting better now.
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HKT48 and NMB48 Top the Billboard Japan Charts for the Week of 7/31 – 8/6

This week, HKT48 topped the Hot 100 chart with their new single “Kiss wa Matsu Shikanai no Deshou ka?”

NMB48 topped the Hot Albums chart their new album “Namba Ai ~Ima, Omou Koto~.”

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Awesome City Club, Ueda Marie, and CIVILIAN Perform on Premium MelodiX! for August 14

This week’s guests were Ueda Marie, CIVILIAN, and Awesome City Club.

Ueda Marie – REVOLVER

CIVILIAN – Kao

Awesome City Club – ASAYAKE

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Goodbye Original Kami 7, Mayu Watanabe to Hold AKB48 Graduation Concert in October

The graduation schedule for AKB48 member Mayu Watanabe has been revealed. The announcement was shared at a joint live concert between HKT48’s Himawarigumi and AKB48’s Team B.

Mayu’s graduation concert will take place during Halloween on October 31st at the Saitama Super Arena, prior to that her last national handshake event will take place at Nagoya on October 28th. After the concert she will participate in one more final handshake event in Yokohama on November 18th. Mayu’s graduation was initially announced during the 9th Senbatsu Sousenkyo back in June, but no further details were given at that time.

Mayu got her start as a 3rd generation member, her inclusion in AKB48 was announced in December 2006.  She instantly became one of the most popular members, having been at the forefront of the group for the last 10 years. In 2009 Mayu was selected to be a member in the sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai. She would go on to participate in two more sub-units, Team Dragon from AKB48 and NO NAME. Addtionaly, Mayu released 5 successful solo singles during her tenure in the group.

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Nogizaka46 and YugiriShigure Top the Streaming Charts for the Week of 8/2 – 8/8

This week on LINE MUSIC, Nogizaka46 topped the chart with their new single “Nigemizu.”

On YouTube, YugiriShigure topped the chart with “Kutsurogi Time” for the second week in a row.

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RIZE, KICK THE CAN CREW, Anly, and More Perform on Love music for August 13

This week’s episode featured performances from Love music FES.2017 DAY2. The performers were Kyuso Nekokami, yonige, KEYTALK, Anly, 04 Limited Sazabys, Mrs. GREEN APPLE, KICK THE CAN CREW, and RIZE.

Kyuso Nekokami – NO MORE Rekka Jisshaka

yonige – Sayonara Prisoner

KEYTALK – Setsuna Yumemishi

Anly – Hokutoshichisei

04 Limited Sazabys – monolith

Mrs. GREEN APPLE – WanteD! WanteD!

KICK THE CAN CREW – 1000%

RIZE – GOOD DAY

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