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Kochikame to receive a live stage adaptation


Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo (Kochikame) to receive a live stage version.

Akimoto Osamu’s popular manga series was published in “Weekly Shonen Jump” since 1976 (issue 42) and will be celebrating its 40th year anniversary with its final serialization in 2016 (issue 42) which will be released on September 17th and the 200th volume of the graphic novel will also be released.

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


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.


Music Video for “Matsuo Basho”

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

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


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.

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.

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


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.

Takajo Aki leaves Watanabe Entertainment


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.

Godzilla vs. Evangelion



In Japan, the are reboots that many look forward to.

The Evangelion films feature an alternate tale that have captivated many.  And then there is the new Godzilla film that tries to keep to a Japanese style unlike the two Hollywood action films.

But what one never expected is to see a collaboration between the two:  Godzilla vs. Evangelion.

While many feel it’s an April Fool’s Joke.  There is artwork and merchandise available.

So, sure, it’s more of a marketing gimmick, but it’s a gimmick that comes with slick merchandise which you can check out here!

Takamina Minami expects Sashihara Rino to come in first place for the AKB48 General Election


Newly graduated from AKB48, Takahashi Minami (24) was appointed the new MC of the DAM CHANNEL.

When asked who she thinks will win this year’s AKB48 General Election, Takahashi said she expects Sashihara Rino.