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KOM_I of Wednesday Campanella and Toyota’s “TRY!PRIUS” Collaboration

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Several weeks ago, J!-ENT’s Dennis A. Amith interviewed KOM_I of Wednesday Campanella (Suiyobi no Campanella).  While the interview will be featured in the upcoming J!-ENT annual issue, Dennis A. Amith posted the following on social media:

I want to to plug KOM_I and Wednesday Campanella’s new music video “Matsuo Basho” in collaboration with the Try!Prius campaign with Toyota which started today in Japan.

TRY!PRIUS:

Music Video for “Matsuo Basho”

Photo: KOM_I of Wednesday Campanella by Dennis A. Amith, J!-ENT

McDonald’s Tsukimi Burger (Moon Viewing Burger) 25th Anniversary

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Back in 1991, McDonald’s began a tradition of creating the Tsukimi Burger (Moon Viewing Burger) and is released only in the fall in Japan.

Featuring an egg, beef patty, smoky bacon and special sauce (mayo and ketchup), the Tsukimi burger returns for the 25th anniversary of the popular sandwich.

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The sandwich goes on sale on August 31st through the first week of October and costs 340 yen for the Tsukimi Burger, 37 yen for the Cheese Tsukimi and for the 25th anniversary, the new 390 yen Mangetsu Cheese Tsukimi.

After 18 years on TV Asahi, “Ikinari! Kogane Densetsu” is coming to an end

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On September 25th, TV Asahi’s “Ikinari! Kodane Densetsu” is coming to an end.

When it launched back in 1998 as “Kokoriko! Kodane Densetsu!”, the variety show is known for popularizing many careers of comedians and talents.

Haruka Terui’s Twitter account deleted?

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Fans of voice actress Haruka Terui are shocked that her Twitter account has been deleted.

On May 20, 2016, Haruka announced that she will be taking a break from Twitter and asked fans to not worry and she apologized for the sudden announcement.

Haruka recently did the voice of Georgette Lemare for “Brave Witches” and Shihoru for “Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash”.

She is best known for her voice of Yuko on “Haikyu!!” and Yuna Yuki for “Yuki Yuna is a Hero”.

J!-ENT interviewed Haruka Terui in 2015 for their J!-ENT Annual (December 2015).


Photo by Michelle Tymon, J!-ENT

KONAMI reveals Jikkyou Powerful Soccer

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KONAMI’s Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu baseball games are well-known.

And their Pro Evolution Soccer games are even more popular worldwide.

And this time, KONAMI will be releasing a Jikkyou soccer game titled “Jikkyou Powerful Soccer“.  Here is a trailer for the upcoming game:

NENDOROID META KNIGHT FROM POPULAR GAME SERIES KIRBY NOW ON PRE-ORDER!

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TOKYO, August 25, 2016 – Good Smile Company Inc., the leader in Japanese hobby products, announced today that pre-orders have begun for Nendoroid Meta Knight from the popular game series Kirby.

Meta Knight makes use of magnets for posing, making his movements smooth and easy to place in all sorts of different positions, just like the previously released Nendoroid Kirby. He also comes with a selection of optional parts including his sword together with large effect parts to display him slashing with the sword. You can also display him wearing his cape as well as transformed into his flying version with interchangeable wing parts. He even comes with parts that allow you to change the direction he is looking allowing for all sorts of awesome Meta Knight poses.

Product Details

Product Name Nendoroid Meta Knight
Series Name Kirby
Specifications Painted ABS&PVC non-scale articulated figure with stand included.
Approximately 60mm in height.
SRP $50.99 USD
Preorder Start Date August 25, 2016
Preorder End Date September 21, 2016
Release Month March 2017
Planning/Production Good Smile Company
Copyright © Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.

 

Nendoroid Meta Knight is now available for preorder for at the GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP (http://goodsmileshop.com/en/p/GSC_NEN_WD_00669) and at participating retailers worldwide.

About Good Smile Company, Inc.

Established in 2001, Good Smile Company is the worldwide leader in Japanese hobby products and services including the design, manufacturing and marketing of collectible figurines. Known for creating highly detailed collectibles, Good Smile Company’s quality of production, sculpting, and manufacturing are known industry wide as the new standard for Japanese anime/manga/video game characters. The company is actively involved in other new areas such as animation production/development and the motor sports business. More information about Good Smile Company can be found at www.goodsmile.com.

SMAP to disband (UPDATED)

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Earlier in the year, when news hit that SMAP were on the verge of breaking up, many fans were relieved that they weren’t.

But Johnny’s Agency has now confirmed that the group will be breaking up with their final day on New Year’s Eve. According to the statement from their agency, “Some members have expressed their wish to disband, rather than to suspend activities as SMAP.  It was a very difficult decision, but we have judged it would be difficult for (SMAP) to continue their activities as a group, although it was not a unanimous choice by the members.”

There are no details if there will be a farewell concert or farewell “SMAP x SMAP” episode.  But judging by the comments by each of the members, the group are not on the same page and have no choice but to break up.

Kimura Takuya has released the statement, “In regards to us breaking up, I honestly have nothing but regret. But a 25th anniversary live and group activities just can’t happen if all of us are not on the same page, so I have no choice but to accept this situation. Despite all of the support from all of our fans and staff, we’ve come to a pathetic resolution like “disbanding.” I can’t really find the right words to say right now.”

Nakai Masahiro released the following statement, “Dear fans and everyone involved with SMAP, I am informing you that SMAP will be disbanding. We’ve caused a lot of trouble, we’ve made you all worry, and you’ve supported us for so long. Please forgive us for ending up with this result. We are truly… Very sorry.”

Inagaki Goro released the following statement, “To all of our fans and all of our staff, I apologize for making you all worry. We thought it would be hard for the five of us to continue together in this situation, so we’ve come to the very painful decision to disband. We ask you to please understand our decision. Thank you very much for the last 28 years.”

Kusanagi Tsuyoshi released the following statement, “SMAP has chosen the path to disband. To all of the fans who cheered us on and all of the staff who have supported us the last 28 years, thank you. We’re still going to diligently continue on, so if you could continue to kindly look over us, it would make me very happy.”

Katori Shingo released the following statement, “To all of our fans and all of our staff, we, SMAP, are going to disband. I thank all of those who have supported us from the bottom of my heart. And I am deeply sorry for the very sudden announcement.”

Translation by Michelle Tymon, J!-ENT

AKB48’s “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” music video surpasses 100,000,000 views

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AKB48’s 2013 hit single “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” has achieved many milestones for the idol pop group.  And now, it has reached another milestone of surpassing 100,000,000 views on YouTube.

The single is the second AKB48 single (after “Heavy Rotation”) to surpass that number of views on YouTube.