Yufu Terashima goes enka in “Shuuten, Watashi” MV

On March 22, ex-BiS member Yufu Terashima will release a new single, “Tenshi no Telepathy”. A music video for one of the b-sides,  “Shuuten, Watashi”, has dropped and it marks marks a major genre shift for her. However, it is too early to tell if Yufu is going to follow in the footsteps of Morning Musume’s Yuko Nakazawa and AKB48’s Misaki Iwasa as the other two songs are produced and written by the same group of people who contributed to the idol’s debut album “Watashi ni Naru” that was released last year.

Sample the music video and have a look at the single covers under the cut.


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HKT48, Big Bang, and back number Top the Oricon Charts for the Week of 2/13 – 2/19

This week, HKT48 topped the Oricon single chart with their new single “Bugtte Iijan”, selling 210,070 copies in its first week.

Big Bang topped the Oricon album chart their new album “MADE”, selling 101,364 copies in its first week.

back number topped the Oricon digital album chart for the third non-consecutive week with their best album “Encore”, selling 3,038 copies in its eighth week.

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#1 Song Review: Week of 2/8 – 2/14 (NEWS v. Doughnuts Hole)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Hoshino Gen defeat A.B.C-Z. This week, we have two newcomers facing off. 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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Creephyp to Release “Work Collection” “Mosugu Tsuku kara Mattetene”

On February 22, Creephyp will release their new “work collection” (not single or album or mini album), “Mosugu Tsuku kara Mattetene.” The “work collection” includes five songs. One of the songs is “Yo”, a Kobayashi Takeshi production that features KANA-BOON’s Taguchi Maguro. “Yo” serves as the CM song for Tokyo Metro’s “Find my Tokyo.” campaign. In addition to the original version of the song, “Mosugu Tsuku kara Mattetene.” also includes a Creephyp-only version of it. This release also includes the ending theme for the second season of the anime “Ajin”, “Kotei no Sumi ni Futari, Kaze ga Fuite Ima Nara Ieru ka na.” Check out more information on Creephyp’s new release below!

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“Fullmetal Alchemist” live action update: new still for Alphonse Elric revealed

The official website for the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live action movie announced its premiere date as December 1 2017.  Also, a still featuring the CG Alphonse Elric, younger brother to main protagonist Edward Elric, has been revealed.  Innovative techniques that are new to the Japanese film industry has been employed in order to create the final look for this fully CG character.  Click the Read More to see Alphonse!!

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Gen Hoshino and ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION to feature in upcoming animated film “Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome”

In just over a month’s time director Masaaki Yuasa’s interpretation of Tomihiko Morimi’s award-winning romance novel “Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome” will open in Japanese theaters.  The film tells the story of an upperclassman, known simply as ‘Senpai”, and the lengths to which he will go to get the target of his affections, a younger girl whose antics he has difficulty keeping up with, to notice his feelings.  The role of Senpai will be voiced by popular singer and actor Gen Hoshino, while the female lead ‘Girl With Black Hair’ will be voiced by Kana Hanazawa.

The movie’s theme song will be performed by rock band ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, whom also provided music for the adaptation of Morimi’s “The Tatami Galaxy”.  A preview of the track, titled “Kouya wo Aruke”, can be found in the trailer recently published by the film’s distributor TOHO.

Read on below to find not only this trailer, but also a look at the voice-acting process for the movie.  Look forward to the film’s official release on April 7th.

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