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Nissin targeting the Wota?

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There is no doubt that idol music is the rage in Japan right now and what best to target them by the food they consume (afterall, wota needs to use their money on idol merch.).

Here is a recent Nissin Cup noodle commercial featuring the idol group Denpagumi, Inc.:

Will Nogizaka46’s Ikoma Rina take part in the general elections?

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After reading Yahoo! News about the excitement of Nogizaka46’s Ikoma Rina possibly being part of the general elections (as well as concerns from their fans), now Ikoma is not sure if she wants to be part of it and seems conflicted if she should or shouldn’t take part in it.

As the concurrency for Ikoma Rina as an AKB48 Team B member is a fascinating experience, there are fans who are supportive and not supportive of Nogizaka46 being mixed into the AKB48G, especially of how the group was supposed to be a rival of AKB48.

But the rivalry has wore thin as AKB48 members and Nogizaka46 members have appeared on each other’s variety show or had some interaction together, but I think the main worry for AKB48G fan is a Nogizaka46 member taking a position in Senbatsu over someone they love? Or worried that she may place high?

Whichever direction Ikoma Rina chooses, she’ll have her fans/followers supporting her regardless and as for the others?  As they say… “haters gonna hate”!

SKE48’s Matsui Rena talks “Aku no Hana” (Flowers of Evil) with mangaka Shuzu

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If there was one thing that Matsui Rena wanted in her upcoming photo book (“Hemeretto” – April 1, 2014 release), in terms of what she wanted to feature, it was a one-on-one with Shuzo, the mangaka of “Aku no Hana” (The Flowers of Evil), her favorite manga.

Album covers for Not Yet’s “already” album revealed

Album covers for Not Yet’s album “already” has been revealed. The album slated for an April 23rd release will feature four types. With Oshima Yuko graduating from AKB48, it is not known if Not Yet will continue as a three-member group or if a new member or members will be added.

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NMB48 has the #1 single and Kis-My-Ft2 has the #1 album for the week

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Congratulations to NMB48 for having another successful debut for a single.  Their single “Takane no Ringo” sold 368,719 copies followed by Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE which was #2 with “S.A.K.U.R.A.” with 94,162 copies sold and  Chottokyu was #3 for “ikki!!!!!!!i!!” with 24,512 copies sold.

For albums, Kis-My-Ft2 has the #1 album with “HIT! HIT! HIT!” with 107,457 copies sold, MYNAME in second place with “FIVE STARS” with 19,473 copies sold and the latest Unicorn album “Eager Jacquet Joro” was at #3 with 18,322 copies sold.

 

YOSHIKI’s hologram battle at SXSW 2014

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At SXSW, fans had a chance to see Japanese producer/X Japan member YOSHIKI live on March 14th as Yoshiki presented a classical SXSW2014 Hologram Piano Battle. You can watch this awesome trailer video here!

DREAMS COME TRUE to appear on “Waratte Iitomo!”

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As DREAMS COME TRUE will be releasing their single “AGAIN” on March 26th, the group will appear on “Waratte Iitomo!” (the final week of the long running show) on March 25th.

The group is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and are releasing a cover album titled “Watashi To Dreams Come – DREAMS COME TRUE 25th ANNIVERSARY BEST COVERS-“.

“Waratte Iitomo!” finale on March 31, 2014

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Since October 4, 1982, FUJI TV’s “Waratte Iitomo! has entertained viewers for 32 years.

It was revealed today that the long-running variety show which airs at noon will be having its grand finale on March 31st.

To celebrate the week-long festivity to celebrate the show before it’s final day, the host Tamori will appear on “SMAP x SMAP” on the 24th for “Bistro SMAP”.

Nakai Masahiro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Katori Shingo have appeared on the show in the last 20 years as regulars and the group will reminisce of their appearance being on “Waratte Iitomo!”.