Archives for : January2014

What I’m Listening to: globe – “Wanna be a dreammaker”, “Sa Yo Na Ra”, “Sweet Heart” and “Perfume of Love”


Back in 1998, avex was experimenting with weekly releases and in this case, a release of four consecutive singles from Sept-October 1998:  “Wanna be a dreammaker”, “Sa Yo Na Ra”, “Sweet Heart” and “Perfume of Love”.  If you purchased “Wanna be a dreammaker”, it came with a cardboard case that can hold all four singles.

Rino Sashihara – VOCE Magazine’s “Best Beauty of the Year”


There is no doubt that 2013 was a fantastic year for Sashihara Rino.  The AKB48/HKT48 member took #1 in the General Elections by surprise and became a fan favorite.  And now, her run for #1 for the 2014 General Election may be quite positive as Rino Sashihara has won VOCE Magazine’s “Best Beauty of the Year”.

The last time an AKB48 member won the award was Maeda Atsuko back in 2011.

Congratulations Rino!

Burger King has Apple Burgers…


When we are all children, there were times we come up with interesting food concoctions.  And some grow up to be awesome fusion chefs, others would find interesting ways to put pineapple on pizza, so why not Burger King Japan explore their love of apples on a burger.

My first introduction of apples being used in food was a friend who said he uses apples in curry.  You know, I would probably be up for it, as I had no hesitation of trying pineapple on pizza, here in the U.S., let alone corn and broccoli and even seafood on pizza in Japan.

But for those in Japan, you get to try the NY Whopper or BK Ringo.  How good is it?

Starmarie to perform at SXSW and Japan Nite 2014


You don’t really get idol acts performing at SXSW and Japan Nite, so when Starmarie made the announcement that they would be performing at both events in the United States, it sure made idol fans worldwide quite happy!

Here is a video featuring the girls with a message to their American fans:

AKB48: How to give new life to a song? Haruna Kojima does it the sexy way!



Former AKB48 member Sayaka Akimoto is best known for her ballad “Mushi no Ballad”.  But with the AKB48 Request Hour Best Hit 200 taking place in Japan, AKB48 member Haruna Kojima (25) gave her own sexy spin to the song.

Her performance was so sexy that even graduating AKB48 member, Oshima Yuko wanted to get into the action after the performance by feeling her good friend up.

UPDATE: “Shingeki no Kyojin” (Attack on Titan) Subaru Commercial

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UPDATE:  The full Subaru commercial can be viewed here:

For “Attack on Titan” (Shingeki no Kyojin) fans, you will definitely want to see this upcoming commercial for Subaru!  To see the commercial, click on :58.

Magi vol. 20 by Shinobu Ohtaka is the best selling manga in Japan for the week (January 27, 2014)


Shinobu Ohtaka’s “Magi” vol. 20 is currently the best selling manga in Japan selling 269,671 copies. Coming in second place is “Meitantei Conan” (Detective Conan) vol. 82 by Gosho Aoyama which sold 237,459 copies. At #3 is “Aoha Ride” by Io Sakisaka vol. 9 which sold 197,213 copies.

The Top 10 selling manga of the week are as follows:

  1. Magi Vol. 20
  2. Meitantei Conan Vol. 82
  3. Ao Ha Ride Vol. 9
  4. Kuroshitsuji Vol. 18
  5. Kingdom Vol. 33
  6. Otoyomegatari Vol. 6
  7. Gin no Saji Silver Spoon Vol. 10
  8. Magi Sinbad no Bouken vol. 2
  9. Mix Vol. 4
  10. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun vol. 13

One Piece Tony Chopper Stop-Motion Animation

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What happens when animators use the Banpresto UFO “One Piece” figures in a stop-motion animated video? Magic!