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Time for a much needed update, correct? Is everyone wondering what’s going on? I, Aoi, would like to apologize for the lack of updates. I hit a brick wall awhile ago and only recently managed to pick myself up, little by little. Slowly I will be well again.
Alright, lets get down to it shall we?
[First] We all know the heated issues rising between SME and DBSK/TVXQ and we believe it might be a little difficult for us to pass our gifts to the boys in Korea right now. No worries, we made other arrangements! Since AVEX announced that their schedule will be un-changed in Japan, we decided to get in contact with a friend over there to pass along our gifts. Either way, they will receive these precious gifts from us. ~ We will placing the order for the rings this week.
[Second] Not so long ago, we posted a poll about what to do with the extra money we made. After leaving the poll up for the month of October and part of November , we finally decided to go with what the poll demands and purchase other gifts for each of our lovely boys. While taking a long time trying to figure out what to get each boy and researching (when I should be studying keke) we finally came up with the best gifts we thought they would enjoy.
For Junsu :
For Yoochun :
For Jaejoong :
For Changmin :
For Yunho :
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[Third] Here is our dilemma; in order for us to purchase these gifts ,we need to raise about another $200 (which include supplies and shipping of course.) You might be asking what about the previous extra money we made… well it only covered about half of the total calculated cost for these extra gifts. ><
SECOND GOAL : $200, which includes all supplies and shipping from USA.
Deadline : December 1, 2009 (if we reach our goal before that, we will order and send the gifts sooner)
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Every year, JpopAsia holds a music award ceremony for all music fans out there. Of course, it is solely based on Japanese mainstream..or is it? Let’s take a peek at the results for 2009, shall we?
Hanchou ~ Jinnansho Azumihan Season 3
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Mondays, 5 July 2010
Cast: Sasaki Kuranosuke, Nakamura Shunsuke, Tsukaji Muga, Kurotani Tomoka, Kashu Toshiki, Yamaguchi Shogo, Yasu Megumi, Hosokawa Shigeki, Tayama Ryosei
Related: Hanchou ~ Jinnansho Azumihan Season 2
Tenshi no Wakemae
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, July 2010
Cast: Mizuki Arisa
Synopsis: 35-year-old Kurumi (Mizuki Arisa) finds herself in a desperate situation when her fiance runs away with all her possessions, causing her to lose her family, job, house and money. He has only left her 15,000 yen and a lacquer box filled with handmade rice balls coated with red beans. While she is at her wits end, she comes upon a construction site. As she distributes the rice balls to the old construction workers, her feelings undergo a change, and she seizes the moment to get back on her feet.
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, July 2010
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Kamiji Yusuke, Yada Akiko, Ishihara Satomi
Synopsis: Narita Makoto (Kamiji Yusuke), a passionate lawyer with a strong sense of justice, has been framed for murder, arson as well as embezzlement, and become a wanted person in Japan. While on the run, he uses his knowledge of the law to solve the problems of the people he meets, and searches for the real criminal in order to clear his own name.
Shin Keishichou Sousa Ikka 9-Gakkari Season 2
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Wednesdays, July 2010
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Watase Tsunehiko, Inohara Yoshihiko, Tsuda Kanji, Hada Michiko, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Taguchi Hiromasa, Hara Sachie, Nakagoshi Noriko
Hotaru no Hikari Season 2
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, July 2010
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Naohito Fujiki
Synopsis: Amemiya Hotaru (Ayase Haruka), the jersey-wearing ‘dried up female’ who professed a preference “for sleeping at home over dating”, and enjoys an idle life, lying around and drinking beer, is finally considering marriage … What is marriage to her? And can she get married?
Kasouken no Onna Season 10
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Thursdays, July 2010
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Sawaguchi Yasuko
Date: From 12.45 a.m., Thursdays, 8 July 2010
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Nakamura Yuichi, Nishida Koji, Kato Natsuki, Chisun, Haneyuri, Kimura Akihiro, Kurosawa Toshio
Synopsis: Sawaki Souemon Tadayasu (Nakamura Yuichi) is the son of the owner of ‘Moyashimon’, a long-established business which makes the mold needed for the fermentation in sake brewing. Sawaki, who has possessed the special ability to communicate with bacteria since his childhood, goes to an agricultural university with his childhood friend, Yuki Kei, the son of a sake brewer. His campus life is filled with eccentric people such as Professor Itsuki Keigo (Kurosawa Toshio); the sexy postgraduate student Hasegawa Haruka (Kato Natsuki); Muto Aoi (Chisun), a former Miss Agriculture and Itsuki’s only student; and Oikawa Hazuki (Haneyuri), Sawaki’s classmate who is obsessed with cleanliness.
Date: From 7.56 p.m., Saturdays, July 2010
Cast: Mokomichi Hayami, Shida Mirai, Higa Manami, Sugita Kaoru, Musaka Naomasa, Kohinata Fumiyo, Ishiguro Hideo, Irie Jingi, Sano Kazuma, Takeuchi Toshi, Suda Masaki, Sakamoto Shogo, Ryusei Ryo, Nomura Shuhei, Nobuyama Toshihiro, Yamashita Rio, Aizawa Rina
Synopsis: Yu (Hayami Mokomichi), a genius con artist, escapes from a police vehicle. He becomes a teacher by the name of Hachisuka Goro at the school that he has taken refuge at, and makes use of every con artist technique to beat some character into the problem students at ‘hammer sessions’.
Tetsu no Hone
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 3 July 2010
Cast: Koike Teppei, Toyohara Kousuke, Usuda Asami, Cunning Takeyama, Nakamura Atsuo, Jinnai Takanori
Synopsis: Tomishima Heita (Koike Teppei) is in his third year at Ichimatsu-gumi, a medium-sized construction company, and has been transferred from the construction site to the First Sales Division. Heita participates in bid-rigging in order to prevent his company’s collapse even though he knows it is a crime. Before long, he gets completely absorbed in it. However, when he learns of the connection between the bid-rigging and his late father, he is at a loss and does not know if he should blow the whistle on the bid-rigging to prosecutors. Should he uphold justice, or should he protect his company …?
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, July 2010
Cast: Yoshitaka Yuriko, Hayashi Kento, Maya Miki
Synopsis: One day, Taichi (Hayashi Kento), a university student who leads an ordinary student life, encounters Mioka (Yoshitaka Yuriko), an unrestrained girl. She lives with wild abandon and never suppresses her instincts. Taichi is attracted to her and the two of them fall in love before they are aware of it. However, Kento is told a shattering fact by Mioka. She has a brain disease that no medical treatment and wonder drug can cure. Her illness gradually advances and she finds herself losing control of her body … losing cherished memories … She comes to fear that she will not be herself … She has little time left. Mioka focuses on the life she has remaining until the very end and makes her way through it with all she has got in spite of the cruel fate. Taichi thoroughly loves Mioka, and decides to be the witness to the fact that she had once lived on this earth …
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 28 August 2010
Cast: Fujiwara Norika, Ichikawa Kamejiro
Synopsis: “Go!” Sayako (Fujiwara Norika) yells. The Arima Kinen at the Nakayama racetrack on New Year’s eve is reaching its climax. Her horse ‘Chance’ unbelievably closes in as it rounds the fourth corner. Next to Sayako are her two friends, who had raised ‘Chance’ together and stood with her through hard times. Sayako, who had been a career woman with a securities company, has come this far from the depths of despair because of her encounter with this thoroughbred, ‘Chance’.
Date: From 12.00 a.m., Saturdays, 31 July 2010
Cast: Yoshitaka Yuriko, Tsukaji Muga, Tanaka Yoji, Muro Tsuyoshi, Miyazaki Miho, Kitaro
Synopsis: Three sisters live together as close friends in an apartment white like tofu. The eldest sister, Kinuyo (Yoshitaka Yuriko), a librarian, is a severe person. On the other hand, she is troubled by an affair with her boss, Ishida (Tanaka Yoji) and passes her days gloomily; the second sister, Momen (Yoshitaka Yuriko), is the number one female cabaret club employee because of her lively personality; and the third sister, Yuriko (Yoshitaka Yuriko), is a popular, young actress busy with movies and interviews. The morning breakfast scene is always the same. Kinuyo gets breakfast ready and Momen returns home from the cabaret club after Yuriko has just woken up. Then, Tanaka (Tsukaji Muga), a suspicious-looking man who has been secretly watching Kinuyo from the shadows, starts to bring about a change in her daily life …
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, July 2010
Cast: Higashiyama Noriyuki, Tabe Mikako, Okura Tadayoshi, Yoshizawa Hisashi, Koike Eiko, Yashima Norito, Owada Shinya
Synopsis: Goto Hideo (Higashiyama Noriyuki), an ace doctor in the general medical practice, has returned from America. He never fails to listen to the words of patients, and is the sleuth of the medical community, unlocking the mysteries of unexpected illnesses not only from his patients’ medical history and physical symptoms, but also their home and work environment.
Atami no Sousakan
Date: From 11.00 p.m., Sundays, July 2010
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Odagiri Joe
Synopsis: One day, a school bus with four pretty high school girls suddenly disappears. Then three years later, one of the four unexpectedly returns. A perceptive national investigator (Odagiri Joe) investigates this new twist in the missing case of the high school girls. This leads him to a seemingly peaceful town where the dark hearts of its residents are gradually revealed …
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DIR EN GREY
In January, DIR EN GREY had been holding their performance at Nippon Budokan, of which the footage was made into a “movie version DIR EN GREY-UROBOROS-“. The piece, which has been veiled in mystery, has now undergone a trial airing for friends and business relatives and the contents have been revealed.
The footage shows the backstage stories of the final performance of DIR EN GREY’s world tour which succeeded the album release of “URUBOROS”, leading the band through 15 different countries. The movie is a different edition of the DVD to be released in May, where as the lives from January 9th is titled “-09-” and the one from the 10th as “-10-“, with two separate airings.
The fans who have seen the movie as representatives for the fans’ side said: “The cameras that were following the band members’ motions are very close to what the fans saw. I didn’t think that any footage can really express the things you usually only see at the lives, but the intentions behind it have been brought to the screen. I think this movie is a culmination of the band right now.”
Then, what kind of DVD has the “Movie Version DIR EN GREY – UROBOROS-” become in the end? Please make sure to watch it!
Movie DIR EN GREY-UROBOROS-
Airing period: 5/15 – 5/28
Airing period: 5/29 – 6/11 Shinjuku Wald9 and others, Japan wide road show
Recently, SCANDAL member Rina updated her twitter page with small bits of information regarding the group’s upcoming single “Taiyou to Kimi ga Egaku Story“. Though she didn’t reveal too much information, but she was kind enough to answer several questions from fans, both regarding the new single and their new uniforms as well. The uniforms are the “trademark” of SCANDAL, so its no surprise that everyone is curious as to what they will look like… myself included.
Q: Can you describe the new single?
A: It’s an upbeat party tune for summer ♪ lol
Q: What about the coupling (B-side) song “SWITCH”?
A: Very real… a bit sentimental… pure… bittersweet (ya hoi: or touchy) song which I like so much.
Q: I like BEAUTeen!! uniform. How will the new uniforms look like?
A: Marine! Please look forward to it ♪
Q: What about “KOSHI-TANTAN”?
A: Super-party! Cool tune!
With an upbeat pop song for summer, it’s almost a guarantee that the single will be a big hit. Especially with the combination of Haruna’s cute and husky voice, along with the innocent voice of Tomomi. But of course, as with all artists in the music industry – there will be competition. And SCANDAL has their work cut out for them, as YUI and Sid will also be releasing new singles on the same day.
Scandal’s Official Twitter: http://twitter.com/scandal_band
Check out SCANDAL’s cover of Zone’s “Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~”
translate credit: ya hoi @ scandal-heaven
Another week and another weekly ranking from Oricon. Jrock band Bump of Chicken are still dominating the charts, followed closely by Aiko and DOES. Personally, I’m not surprised that Bump of Chicken is ranked no.1 again, mostly because their songs are actually really good. All the other songs and artists tend to get old after listening to them a few times, but that hasn’t happened with Bump of Chicken yet… I’m still waiting to see several other “on the rise” groups, like say Stereopony and a few others. Rankings: 01. Mahou no Ryouri ~Kimi Kara Kimi e~ – BUMP OF CHICKEN 02. Mukaiawase – aiko 03. Bakuchi Dancer – DOES 04. HAPPY – BUMP OF CHICKEN 05. Lie – no3b 06. Mata Kimi Ni Koi Shiteru / Asia No Kaizoku – Fuyumi Sakamoto 07. Crow Song – Girls Dead Monster 08. Zutto Suki Datta – Saito Kazuyoshi 09. Himawari ~Growing Sunflower~ – SPEED 10. Dear Friends -Tomo e- / Gakkou e Ikou – Friends, Maikeru & Hanaka 11. Fushizen na Girl / Natural ni Koishite – Perfume 12. REALOVE:REALIFE – Sphere 13. Tatakau Kimi yo – THE BACK HORN 14. Matsushima Kikou – Kaori Mizumori 15. Izayoi Namida – Yoshioka Aika 16. Idol Mitai ni Utawasete – Yazima Biyoushitsu feat. Princess Seiko 17. Taisetsu na Hito e – Marui Bunta 18. Omedetou – mihimaru GT 19. Yuuki 100% – NYC 20. Solanin – ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION 21. Kimi no Kioku – mao 22. Ichimai no Shashin – Akimoto Junko 23. NAMIDA ~Kokoro Abaite~ – ZEBRA QUEEN 24. All about the Girls ~Iijanka Party People~ / Together again – MiChi 25. Shamisen Tabigarasu – Hikawa Kiyoshi 26. Sakura Girl – NEWS 27. Troublemaker – Arashi 28. Nodame DEBUT! – Nodame 29. Kunisaki Miren – Mizuta Ryuko* 30. Kagayaku Hito – Angela Aki
Today, on May 12th VAMPS are releasing their 5th single “DEVIL SIDE”, which is the first of their 2-months consecutive releases. For that occasion they are without a doubt in media focus and they have been taking part in a radio program lately. The theme of that program was “A person to be grateful for.”
For hyde, the person he is most grateful for is a man, who he never met. During his time in middle school, hyde and a friend had been doing a bike race and suddenly he fell into some kind of pit. At that time, he lost his conscious in the dangerous state that his arm as well as his neck had been broken. According to hyde, an unknown man took him in his car until the ambulance arrived. He was taken to the hospital, where the surgery was done, but he only remembers things from after the surgery in the hospital bed.
However, on the mysterious man, he said “I didn’t really have the chance to look for him, so I always wonder about it”, still not knowing until now, who it was. The aftereffects of the accident has been taken on until now, hyde said. “There is still something wrong with the sensitive nerves around the eyes and lips. Even now I can’t put any strength into my left arm.”
Just announced: Avex stars, queen of hip hop, Namie Amuro and international wonder, BoA will be heading to Pusan festival in Korea. BoA has not been in the Korean scene since the Anyband days and has a total hiatus of over 4 years away from Korea. I’m sure her fans are excited to see her!
On Saturday (or in a few hours if you’re in Korea), these 2 mega pop stars will entertain for one of the largest crowds to come together. Pusan is simply the largest Asian festival, located in the heart of Korea.
Not only for music fans, but Pusan holds a great deal of entertainment for film lovers and makers a like, and this year PIFF has invited a record 355 films, with 144 world premieres.
It is welcome and open hearted to everyone, and attending will be Bryan Singer, director of X-men films and mega screen actor Josh Harnett. The great thing I love about Korea is their taste for music, film and celebration. What a great way to combine all of these into one spectacular event! BoA, X-men, Namie!! Going nuts now!