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Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Future Tone to be released on June 23rd for the PS4

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It was announced by Sega that “Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Future Tone” for the PS4 will be released on June 23rd.

The game will allow up to 220 songs.

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Hulu Japan with Execution Style Entertainment announces CROW’S BLOOD, a Japan-U.S coproduction horror/suspense TV drama

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Darren Lynn Bousman, the director and writer known for Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006) and Saw IV(2007), found a congenial spirit in Yasushi Akimoto, one of the most iconic Japanese producers, and will Executive Produce an original horror/suspense drama “CROW’S BLOOD” to be filmed in and around Tokyo.

Producer Sean E DeMott and Bousman, who are also known for ‘The Devils Carnival’ franchise, are excited to be working with super group music celebrities AKB 48‘s Mayu Watanabe and Sakura Miyawaki. AKB 48 are currently the top idol J-POP group in the world.

This drama with a total of six stories will be released as a Hulu Japan original series and premieres at the end of July, 2016 in Japan. Japanese director Ryo Nishimura has taken on directing duties, with the opening first two episodes and final episode being ‘co directed’ by Ryo and American Director of Photography, Joseph White. The series was originally created by Yasushi Akimoto and additionally written by Clint Sears.

About CROW’S BLOOD
20 years have passed since the first clone sheep Dolly was born. With regenerative medical techniques evolutionally advancing over those years, regeneration of human organs, which was thought to be impossible, has become a reality.

While regeneration offers a broad range of possibilities, human beings are now trying to play God, to “re-create life.”

When we lose someone we love, are we allowed to regenerate their life or even bodies?

CROW’S BLOOD is an entertainment drama which aims to tackle this controversial subject.
It will be an ultimate horror/suspense drama with a mixture of love, blood and mystery taking place in modern Japanese society.

About Hulu Japan
Hulu Japan is an online SVOD (Subscription Video on Demand) service, operated by HJ Holdings, LLC., a
fully owned subsidiary of Nippon Network Corporation (Nippon TV), Japan’s first and leading
commercial broadcaster. Hulu Japan provides audiences in Japan with unlimited access to broad
selections of premium content when, and how, they want it. Hulu Japan’s extensive content catalogue
varies from global-hit feature films to popular international and Japanese shows, including TV series,
animation, documentaries, and reality shows, which can be viewed on a wide range of internetconnected
devices including TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones, STBs, and gaming consoles. Originally
a subsidiary of Hulu, LLC, which launched its Japan service in September 2011, Hulu Japan’s
business was fully acquired by Nippon TV in April 2014.

*Please note: Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. represents Mr. Yasushi Akimoto as his overseas agent and releasing this information as such.

Yowamushi Pedal Season 3 to begin airing on January 1st, 2017

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The airing date of the third season of “Yowamushi Pedal” was announced on the main website.

The first episode of the third season will begin airing on January 1st, 2017.

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Meanwhile, NAMCO will have a grand opening of the Yowamushi Pedal cafe titled “Cyclist Cafe & Bar: Sideroad” (as part of CHARACRO) in Akihabara on May 27th.

2016 World Champion figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva is a Sailor Moon fan

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Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva is currently the 2016 World Champion and also the 2016 European Champion.

And she happens to be a big fan of “Sailor Moon” and loves Japan!

Evgenia was interviewed by Japanese television and she literally recited the lyrics to the “Sailor Moon” theme song.

Becky and Enon come clean about the scandal

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Becky was one of Japan’s most popular talents on television. One of the most visible faces in magazines, TV commercials…she built her career and in an instant, after a scandal came out with LINE messages between her and singer Enon of the band, Gesu no Kiwami Otome that the two were together.  Problem was that Enon was a married man.

To make matters worse, after Becky and Enon denied the Shukan Bunsun article that they were lovers and were just friends, another LINE message came out with the two allegedly joking around about the situation.

With public opinion of Becky at an all time low and losing all her commercial contracts, the TV talent/singer took an indefinite hiatus from the entertainment industry.

But on May 2nd, Becky appeared on “Nakai Masahiro no Kinyoubi no Sma-tachi e” to confess that she was having an affair with Enon, that she was in love with him but no longer.  She also met with Enon’s now ex-wife earlier this month to apologize.

And afterward, Enon then took to his blog to post a statement not through his agency but on his own.  Enon confessed to the romantic relationship and admitted why he lied but was apologetic to his ex-wife and Becky.

Meanwhile, the episode of “Nakai Masahiro no Kinyoubi no Sma-tachi e” received incredible ratings of 24%.

SMAP’s Nakai Masahiro, comedian Okamura Takashi and Shofukutei Tsurube

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SMAP’s Nakai Masahiro, 99’s Okamura Takashi and actor Shofukutei Tsurube were in Kumamoto to visit people at shelters, who lost their homes during the earthquake. The trio visited the shelters in secret, working in the soup kitchens and also donating Nintendo 3DS to the children.

Did NMB48’s Kinoshita Haruna break the no date rule?

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Did NMB48’s Kinoshita Haruna break the no date rule?

Shukan Bunshun featured a report on their live program that Kinoshita Haruna (17) and a company president spent the night at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Kinoshita has not commented on the Bunshun report as of this time.

Takajo Aki leaves Watanabe Entertainment

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Former AKB48 member Takajo Aki (24) postd on her blog that she has left Watanabe Entertainment agency.

Takajo explained that after graduating from AKB48, she wants to grow to see the world as an adult.

So, beginning on May 1st, she wanted to go on her on pace and devote her time, moving forward to her dream.