Bokura Ga Ita LIVE ACTION!!!!!


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Famous manga gets a live movie version!


OKAY TOTALLY SPAZZING. One of my fave manga-turned animes just confirmed that it’s going to film a movie version! Bokura Ga Ita “We were There” is an ongoing, widely read romance manga that started in a high school setting. Nana, an ordinary girl falls in love with Yano, Mr. popular ikemen who’s cool, collected and well, has fangirls fawning all over him. While this seems like a totally normal scenario for all high school mangas, you know, the random, clumsy school girl who nabs the prince, Bokura sets itself apart as it combines the usual comedy and quirkiness with dark, intriguing circumstances. Eventually Nana and Yano get together as a couple, but soon insecurities arise as Nana discovers that Yano still hasn’t moved on from his ex-girlfriend who died. And get this, she and the girl have the same name! What are the odds, eh? But wait! There’s more! Apparently, to stab more daggers into Yano’s broken heart, the ex died while she was out with some guy. And after a year, Yamamoto, the ex-girlfriend’s younger sister (and also Nana’s friend), will be an emerging character as someone who is keeping a secret that may ruin Nana and Yano’s relationship. What started out as an innocent relationship turns to one that’s on the brink of betrayal, haunted by loss and insecurities. DUN DUN DUN DUN!!! It seems like a pretty convoluted plot for a manga, but trust me, it’s really addicting. It’s like Koizora (Sky of Love cell phone series) without a terminally ill character, lol.  I think it’s still ongoing now, as it’s pegged to be a ten-year story, and I’ve only latched on until their high school years end. Lo, and behold, it’s getting its own movie version, starring a pretty interesting cast:

Yano will be played by Ikuta Toma, while Nana will be played by Yoshitaka Yuriko

Okay. Toma Ikuta makes sense as Yano, but Yuriko, while she’s a good actress and a refreshing one at that, seems kinda off. Nana is supposed to be a little ordinary, yet charming. She may not exactly be the prettiest girl in class, but she’s smart, nice and cheerful. That’s where the insecurity lies. What makes Nana interesting is that she doesn’t have confidence whether it’s against a dead ex-gf or in real life—but Yano still sees something in her and feels an incredible attraction.

Yoshitaka Yuriko

Girl is fierce! She played the leading role (her breakthrough in Jdom) in Snakes and Earrings, a daring and sexual character that highlighted her acting skills and courage to take on such a challenge. She’s also played alongside Shun Oguri and Mizushima Hiro in Tokyo Dogs. It’s gonna be interesting how she interacts with Toma and how she’s gonna downplay her “it girl” image to be the typical high school girl Nana.

Toma Ikuta

I wasn’t surprised that Toma got this role, as he’s always the obvious guy of choice for popular shojo mangas turned to live action. He’s played roles in Hana Kimi, Honey and Clover, and the villain in Hana Yori Dango. But he’s always pulled through with his strong acting and I’m sure he’ll do well as the emotastic brooding Yano. Meanwhile, Takaoka Sosuke will play the role of Yano’s best friend, ‘Takeuchi Masafumi’, and Nanami’s classmate will be played by Motokariya Yuika.

OKAY. Like the KPOP mating season, Japan seems to be milking its manga fame and manga writers’ ideas for movies and dramas. It’s not a new phenomenon or anything, it’s just that it’s prevalent lately. What with Paradise Kiss movie coming up and having watched Kimi ni Todoke, Samurai High and Yamato Nadeshiko. It’s a good year for us manga/anime otakus!

Hope this will be epic!

cr: Floatingstars

Upcoming Winter 2013 Dramas…..


Itsuka Hi no Ataru Basho de
Date: Tuesdays, 10.00 p.m. 8 January 2013
Station: NHK
Cast: Ueto Aya, Iijima Naoko, Saito Takumi, Daito Shunsuke, Fukutoku Shusuke, Fujita Tomoko, Matsukane Yoneko, Ryu Raita, Asano Atsuko
Synopsis: One (Ueto Aya) did it for the man she loved, the other (Iijima Naoko) to protect the life of her son. Two women stumbled in life because they committed crimes. After they are released from prison, they stay together and begin new lives in the old district of Yanaka in Tokyo while carrying pasts that no one must not know.
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Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi
Date: January 2013
Station: TV Tokyo
Cast: Matsuda Ryuhei, Eita
Synopsis: In the fictional town of Mahoro on the outskirts of Tokyo is Tada Benriken, a small business which does odd jobs. Its owner is the solemn and level-headed Tada Keisuke (Matsuda Ryuhei), and his unexpected guest, the easygoing but vague Gyoten Haruhiko (Eita), a former junior high school classmate who showed up one day and started to sponge on him. The two of them get on like oil and water, and yet are somehow inseparable. They receive queer, dubious incoming odd job requests which they accept, and what comes into view are the friendship between them as well as the backgrounds of their clients.

Yae no Sakura*NEW*
Date: Sundays, 8.00 p.m. January 2013
Station: NHK
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Hasegawa Hiroki, Goriki Ayame, Kuroki Meisa, Matsushige Yutaka, Fubuki Jun, Hasegawa Kyoko, Kudo Asuka, Ayano Go, Inamori Izumi, Tamayama Tetsuji, Ikeuchi Hiroyuki, Saito Takumi, Kitamura Yukiya, Nakamura Shido, Nishida Toshiyuki, Kanjiya Shihori, Ashina Sei, Ichikawa Mikako, Shirahane Yuri, Akiyoshi Kumiko, Koizumi Kotaro, Murakami Hiroaki, Furuya Kenji, Namase Katsuhisa, Ichikawa Somegoro, Kosakai Kazuki, Sorimachi Takashi, Kato Masaya, Kikkawa Koji
Synopsis: Niijima Yae (Ayase Haruka), who grew up in the Aizu domain, was a spunky girl despite her mother’s wishes that she be feminine. Because of anecdotes of how she barricaded herself with 500 women in Tsuruga Castle while being beseiged during the Boshin War, and fought with guns, she was acclaimed as the “Joan of Arc of the late Edo period”. After the Meiji Restoration, she became the wife of Niijima Jo, who had returned from America. She soon joined the Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War together with her Aizu comrades as Japan’s first volunteer nurses, going from warrior woman to Japan’s Nightingale.

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[MARU] [UNCONFIRMED] New drama for Nakamaru in July 2012


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Nakamaru will take on a lead role in the upcoming drama “主に泣いてます” (“Mostly Crying”), a manga-based drama about Konno Izumi (played by Nanao), a “beautiful life drawing model tormented with the unrelenting curse of her excessive beauty.”
Nakamaru’s role will be Akamatsu Keisuke, a 4th year attending Tokyo University of Fine Arts who becomes an part-time instructor at the studio called “Atelier Jin”.

In order for others – including Keisuke – to keep from falling for Izumi, she does various strange cosplays. Though aware of her beauty, to keep order in the class, Keisuke lies and says he’s gay.

The drama will air every Saturday around 23h00, starting in July 2012.

info from: kt-newsinfo@LJ –

original sources: (Manga Site)
Manga Wiki

Credit to:





[TO THE LIMIT] single

(2012.06.27 release)

Birth / KAT-TUN


[CHAIN] album


[BIRTH] single

Birth / KAT-TUN

BUY @ CDJAPAN: RE | LE A (w/ DVD) | LE B (w/ DVD)
: RE | LE A (w/ DVD) | LE B (w/ DVD)

[RUN FOR YOU] single

RE | LE (w/ DVD) | FPRE



RE = Regular Edition
LE = Limited Edition
FPRE = First Press Regular Edition




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06/03 Shuuichi (シューイチ) | 8:00 – 9:55@NTV [Maru]
06/03 Bakushou! Dainippon Akan Keisatsu (爆笑!大日本アカン警察) | 19:58 – 20:54@FujiTV [Koki]
06/03 Going!Sports&News | 23:55 – 24:50@NTV [Kame]
06/05 Kyoukasho ni Nosetai! (教科書にのせたい!) | 19:56 – 20:54@TBS [Ueda]
06/05 Legal High (リーガル・ハイ) | 21:00 – 21:54@FujiTV [Junno] [DRAMA]
06/06 Shounen Club Special Issue (ザ少年倶楽部 増刊号) | 20:44 – 20:59@NHK-BS Premium [Maru]
06/10 Shuuichi (シューイチ) | 8:00 – 9:55@NTV [Maru]
06/10 Bakushou! Dainippon Akan Keisatsu (爆笑!大日本アカン警察) | 19:58 – 20:54@FujiTV [Koki]
06/10 “Hayami-san to Yobareru Hi Special” Before & After compilation (「早海さんと呼ばれる日スペシャル」前後編) | 21:00~@ FujiTV [Maru] [DRAMA SP]
06/10 Going!Sports&News | 23:55 – 24:50@NTV [Kame]
06/12 Kyoukasho ni Nosetai! (教科書にのせたい!) | 19:56 – 20:54@TBS [Ueda]
06/12 Legal High (リーガル・ハイ) | 21:00 – 21:54@FujiTV [Junno] [DRAMA]
06/17 Shuuichi (シューイチ) | 8:00 – 9:55@NTV [Maru]
06/17 Bakushou! Dainippon Akan Keisatsu (爆笑!大日本アカン警察) | 19:58 – 20:54@FujiTV [Koki]
06/17 “Hayami-san to Yobareru Hi Special” Before & After compilation (「早海さんと呼ばれる日スペシャル」前後編) | 21:00~@ FujiTV [Maru] [DRAMA SP]
06/17 Going!Sports&News | 23:55 – 24:50@NTV [Kame]
06/19 Kyoukasho ni Nosetai! (教科書にのせたい!) | 19:56 – 20:54@TBS [Ueda]
06/19 Legal High (リーガル・ハイ) | 21:00 – 21:54@FujiTV [Junno] [DRAMA]
06/24 Shuuichi (シューイチ) | 8:00 – 9:55@NTV [Maru]
06/24 Bakushou! Dainippon Akan Keisatsu (爆笑!大日本アカン警察) | 19:58 – 20:54@FujiTV [Koki]
06/24 Going!Sports&News | 23:55 – 24:50@NTV [Kame]
06/26 Kyoukasho ni Nosetai! (教科書にのせたい!) | 19:56 – 20:54@TBS [Ueda]

06/26 Legal High (リーガル・ハイ) | 21:00 – 21:54@FujiTV [Junno] [DRAMA]


KAT-TUN Announces 18th Single “TO THE LIMIT”


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KAT-TUN Announces 18th Single "TO THE LIMIT"

KAT-TUN has announced that they will be releasing their 18th single, “TO THE LIMIT“, on June 27th. The single is about bravely going after your dreams and not being scared of the difficulties that lay ahead.

The single will come in a limited edition and regular edition version. Both version will have its own unique content. The limited edition version will include a DVD contain the music video and making of video for the single. The regular edition will include an extra track, “SPIRIT“, which is used as the theme music for NTV‘s live baseball coverage.

Both versions will include a unique b-side track.

Check out the tracklisting below:

Regular Edition

2. Unknown title A
4. TO THE LIMIT (Karaoke Version)
5. Unknown title A (Karaoke Version)
6. SPIRIT (Karaoke Version)

Limited Edition

2. Unknown title B
3. Unknown title B (Karaoke Version)

cr: Tower Records + + Aysohmay

Ninomiya Kazunari Goes Blond for New Drama


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Ninomiya Kazunari Goes Blond for New Drama

Arashi‘s Ninomiya Kazunari is in for a big change as he dyed his hair blond for his upcoming drama in 24-hour TV. The special drama is titled, “Kuruma Isu de Boku Na Sora wo Tobu” (I will fly to the sky on a wheelchair!).

The 28 year-old Johnny’s talent will be playing a guy from a broken family who became a delinquent due to lack of proper guidance. After he got crippled at 15-year old, he decided to mend his wrong ways by becoming a counselor and helps to reform those in similar situation as him.

It has been 10 years since Ninomiya have dyed his hair blonde; Ninomiya said in a TV interview that the rest of Arashi members were dumbfounded with his new hair color.

“Kuruma Isu de Boku Na Sora wo Tobu” will air on 24-hour TV starting Aug 25th.


cr: via

Yui Horie Announces New Single “Natsu no Yakusoku”


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Yui Horie Announces New Single "Natsu no Yakusoku"

Yui Horie will release a new single titled “Natsu no Yakusoku” on July 25th. The single will be the singer’s first summer tune.

The new song will be used as the end theme song for the anime series “DOG DAYS” starting in July. The anime’s opening theme song will be sung by Nana Mizuki.

The single will come in a regular edition and a limited edition version. the limited edition version will come with a bonus DVD containing the single’s PV.


cr: Natalie