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Monday, December 18, 2017

Completion screening event of new movie "Itou-kun A to E"

The completion screening event of new movie "Itou-kun A to E" was held at Starrise Tower on 21 November which was attended by the director Hiroki Ryuuichi and cast members Okada Masaki, Kimura Fumino, Sasaki Nozomi, Shida Mirai, Ikeda Elaiza, Kaho, Tanaka Kei and Nakamura Tomoya. The movie will be shown in cinemas from 12 January 2018.

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 16th & 17th Dec 2017

Numbers in brackets indicate the number of cinemas showing the movie:

1) Star Wars: The Last Jedi (377)

2) Eiga Yokai Watch Shadowside Oni Ou no Fukkatsu (364)

3) Hachinengoshi no Hanayome Kiseki no Jitsuwa (320)

Winners of Instagram Japan Awards 2017

#MVI Most Valuable Instagrammer in Japan 2017 - Followers Category: Watanabe Naomi (for having the most followers on Instagram)

#MVI Most Valuable Instagrammer in Japan 2017 - Trend Category: Katori Shingo (for having the largest growth in followers within the year)

#MVI Most Valuable Instagrammer in Japan 2017 - Engagement Category: Kinoshita Yukina (for having the highest engagement ratio i.e. likes, comments and video views on her posts)

Most "liked" photo of 2017 - Sasaki Nozomi & Watabe Ken's marriage announcement photo

Most "liked" video of 2017 - Watanabe Naomi's video of her playing with the child actor who played her son in TBS Summer 2017 drama "Kanna-san!"

Top 10 instagrammers in Japan with the most followers (account names in brackets):
1) Watanabe Naomi (@watanabenaomi703)
2) Mizuhara Kiko (@i_am_kiko)
3) Rola (@rolaofficial)
4) Kinoshita Yukina (@yuukiinaaa)
5) Sasaki Nozomi (@nozomisasaki_official)
6) Marutarou (@marutaro)
7) Toda Erika (@toda_erika.official)
8) Kiritani Mirei (@mirei_kiritani_)
9) Nagasawa Masami (@masami_nagasawa)
10) Nanao (@nanao_official)

Sources: Oricon / MSN Japan

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Hirose Suzu to be the heroine of NHK's 100th morning drama "Natsuzora"' in 2019

Hirose Suzu was announced to be the heroine of NHK's 100th morning drama "Natsuzora" (Summer Sky) which is due to be shown in the first half of 2019 during a press conference held on 20 November. This announcement was unprecedented because the heroine for "Manpuku", the 99th morning drama, had not been announced yet and the 100th morning drama is only due to be shown 1 year and 5 months later. NHK explained that due to the extended filming period for this drama partly due to the reforms by the TV station to improve working conditions and prevent overwork, it was decided that the announcement would be brought forward earlier than usual. At the time when the drama is shown from April 2019, Hirose will be 20 years old so this will be her first drama after she becomes an adult.

Yokohama Ryuusei to appear in new Amazon drama "Shiro to Kiiro Hawaii to Watashi no Pankeeki Monogatari"

Yokohama Ryuusei will be appearing in the new Amazon drama "Shiro to Kiiro Hawaii to Watashi no Pankeeki Monogatari" starring Kawaguchi Haruna which will be released via Amazon Prime Video in early spring 2018. The drama consists of 25 episodes lasting 15 minutes each and the script is written by Okada Yoshikazu. Compared to an usual drama, Amazon has decided to make each episode of this drama shorter so that viewers can watch an episode during a short break e.g. during their commute on trains, lunch breaks or while waiting for someone.

Supporting cast line-up of new WOWOW drama "Kansayaku Nozaki Shuuhei" announced

The supporting cast line-up of new WOWOW drama "Kansayaku Nozaki Shuuhei" had been announced. The drama which will begin its run from 14 January in the Sundays 10pm timeslot, is based on the same-titled manga by Shuu Ryouka and Noda Shigeru and set in the late 1990s when the bubble economy had collapsed, the economic environment was characterised by negative news of banks hiding bad debts, politicians using their power to get involved in corruption and professional sokaiya i.e. individuals who were hijacking shareholder meetings and blackmailing companies. Amid such tough circumstances, Nozaki Shuuhei (Oda Yuji) who used to be the branch manager of Aozora Bank and is promoted to become an auditor and has to assess whether the directors are discharging their duties in a fair manner. He comes to find out about some misdeeds within the bank and must deal with the evil with his sense of justice and compassionate ways when dealing with people. Co-stars include Furuya Ikkou who play the head of the bank Kyogoku and has deep ties with the politicians and Kishitani Goro who plays Takeda, the managing director in the bank known for his pushy ways of doing things. Matsushima Nanako plays Tachikawa Shoko who is the first branch manager in Aozora Bank's history and aspires to rise up the corporate ladder while making use of her superiors in order to get ahead of her competitors.

First-day-screening event of new movie "Dorobo Yakusha"

The first-day-screening event of new movie "Dorobo Yakusha" was held at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills on 18 November which was attended by the director Nishida Masafumi and cast members Maruyama Ryuhei, Ichimura Masachika, Yusuke Santa Maria, Ishibashi Anna, Takahata Mitsuki and Miyagawa Daisuke. Maruyama plays the role of Onuki Hajime, a welder who used to be a thief and is living a happy life with his girlfriend now. One day, he happens to meet his former partner in crime Hatakeyama Norio and is forced to break into the residence of a picture book author to steal. Although he makes it successfully into the house, he gets discovered by various people and has to assume different identities such as the houseowner, picture book author and editor in order to prevent being exposed and arrested by the police.

Completion screening event of new movie "Hachinengoshi no Hanayome Kiseki no Jitsuwa"

The completion screening event of new movie "Hachinengoshi no Hanayome Kiseki no Jitsuwa" was held at Yurakucho Mullion on 16 November which was attended by the director Zeze Takahisa and cast members Sato Takeru, Tsuchiya Tao, Yakushimaru Hiroko, Sugimoto Tetta, Kitamura Kazuki, Hamano Kenta and Nakamura Yuri. The movie will be shown in cinemas from 16 December.

Completion screening event of new movie "Vigilante"

The completion screening event of new movie "Vigilante" was held at Theatre Shinjuku on 17 November which was attended by the director Irie Yu and cast members Oomori Nao, Suzuki Kosuke and Kiritani Kenta. The movie will be released in cinemas from 9 December.

First-day-screening event of new movie "Zenin Shikei"

The first-day-screening event of new movie "Zenin Shikei" was held on 18 November which was attended by the director Kobayashi Yuuki and cast members Mamiya Shotaro, Maiguma Katsuya, Musaka Naomasa, Irie Kanako and Shimizu Hazuki. The movie is based on the book "Wagaikka Zenin Shikei" written by Suzuki Tomohiko about the mass killing of a family of 4 in Omuta City, Fukuoka Prefecture in September 2004 by another 4-member family living in the same neighbourhood for the sake of money. As a result, the culprits were all given the death sentence for their roles in this case.

Sawamura Ikki & Takashima Masanobu to return in New Year's SP of "DOCTORS ~ Saikyou no Meii ~"

Sawamura Ikki and Takashima Masanobu will be returning in the New Year's SP of TV Asahi drama "DOCTORS ~ Saikyou no Meii ~" which will be shown at 9pm on 4 January 2018. This is the first installment in the series for the first time in three years. Although Nogiwa Yoko who played Dogami Tamaki, the director of Dogami General Hospital, had passed away in June, she will "remain" in the series as the story setting mentions that she has gone to Bhutan to open a new hospital. With regard to this, Sawamura said that for as long as this series continues, they will let her character stay alive which they hope that the viewers will feel the same way about this.

Naka Riisa to star in new TV Asahi Winter 2018 drama "Holiday Love"

Naka Riisa will be starring in the new TV Asahi Winter 2018 drama "Holiday Love: which will begin its run from January in the Fridays 11.15pm timeslot. In this drama based on the manga "Holiday Love ~ Fuufukan Renai" by Koyama Yukari and Kusakabe Eliza, Naka will play a wife who is confronted with the truth of her husband's infidelity and tries to mend ties between them.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Kamenashi Kazuya to star in new Kansai TV / FujiTV Winter 2018 drama "FINAL CUT"

Kamenashi Kazuya will be starring in the new Kansai TV / FujiTV Winter 2018 drama "FINAL CUT" which will begin its run from January in the Tuesdays 9pm timeslot. The story describes how a man seeks revenge for his late mother who was driven to suicide when she was treated as the criminal for a murder case.

Supporting cast line-up of new TV Tokyo Winter 2018 drama "Denei Shoujo - VIDEO GIRL AI 2018 -" announced

The supporting cast line-up of new TV Tokyo Winter 2018 drama "Denei Shoujo - VIDEO GIRL AI 2018 -" starring Nomura Shuhei and Nogizaka46's Nishino Nanase had been announced. The drama is based on the manga "Denei Shoujo" by Katsura Masakazu serialised between 1989 and 1992 in "Shuukan Shounen Jump" which has sold more than 14 million copies to date but will have an amended setting different from the manga. It will begin its run from 13 January in the Saturdays 12.20am timeslot.

Preview of "Inochi Urimasu" - Winter 2018

Title: Inochi Urimasu 命売ります (I sell my life)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 13 Jan 2018
Timeslot: Saturdays 9pm
Broadcast by: BS Japan
Original novel by: Mishima Yukio
Cast: Nakamura Aoi, Maeda Oushiro, Taguchi Hiromasa, YOU, Tanaka Min

Nakamura Aoi to star in new BS Japan Winter 2018 drama "Inochi Urimasu"

Nakamura Aoi will be starring in the new BS Japan Winter 2018 drama "Inochi Urimasu" (I sell my life) which will begin its run from January in the Saturdays 9pm timeslot. The story is based on the same-titled novel by the late Mishima Yukio which was republished again last year, achieved sales of 260,000 copies and is very popular among those from their 30s to 50s.

Friday, December 15, 2017

"Gintama" to have a sequel movie in summer 2018

During the DVD and Blu-Ray release event of movie "Gintama" at Akihabara UDX Theatre on 16 November, the director Fukuda Yuichi and lead actor Oguri Shun announced that the sequel to the movie will be released in summer 2018. The first movie achieved box office takings of 3.84 billion yen this summer and the DVD and Blu-Ray versions were released on 22 November. The movie was also shown at 16,000 cinemas in China thus making it the top Japanese real-life adaptation movie to be shown there. As a result of the movie's popularity in China, Oguri revealed that he got a lot of offers from there which made Fukuda comment that it will be interesting to see Oguri in a Chinese movie.

Completion screening event of new movie "Uso wo aisuru onna"

The completion screening event of new movie "Uso wo aisuru onna" was held at Tokyo International Forum on 27 November which was attended by the director Nakae Kazuhito and cast members Nagasawa Masami, Takahashi Issei, DAIGO, Kawaei Rina and Yoshida Kotaro. The movie will be screened in cinemas from 20 January 2018.

Arata Mackenyu to appear in NTV Winter 2018 drama "Todome no Kiss"

Arata Mackenyu will be appearing in the upcoming NTV Winter 2018 drama "Todome no Kiss" starring Yamazaki Kento and Kadowaki Mugi which will begin its run from January 2018 in the Sundays 10.30pm timeslot. The original story features Yamazaki as Doujima Outarou, the No.1 host in a host club who doesn't believe in love after an incident which happened to him 12 years ago. Since then, he only has eyes for money and power while manipulating women with his good looks and gentle pretense. When he tries to approach a rich man's daughter Namiki Mikoto with ulterior motives, he is stopped by a mysterious woman (Kadowaki) looking pale but with bright red lips who offers a kiss to Outarou. Unexpectedly, this causes Outarou to have breathing difficulties and he dies after experiencing convulsions. When Outarou comes to later, he realises that he has been sent back to 7 days ago and goes through the same period repeatedly due to the mysterious woman who keeps appearing in front of him. The supporting characters include Namiki Takauji who is the elder brother of Mikoto and from a top-notch hotel group and Hasebe Hiroyuki who is the heir of a big name cruise company and in love with Mikoto.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Supporting cast line-up of new movie "Yuuzai" announced

The supporting cast line-up of new movie "Yuuzai" starring Ikuta Toma and Eita had been announced. The movie is based on the same-titled novel by Yakumaru Gaku which features Ikuta as Masuda who used to dream of being a journalist but had his hopes dashed and Eita as Suzuki who works at a small factory but doesn't talk about his past. The two of them who are of the same age, become friends when they happen to work at the same factory but when Masuda accidentally finds out that Suzuki may be the culprit behind a series of murders involving children 17 years ago when he was still a teenager, their friendship changes due to the complex mix of emotions such as doubt and regret.

Preview of "Heyachou" (Drama SP)

Title: Heyachou ヘヤチョウ
Official website: here
O.A. Date: 17 December 2017 @ 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Original novels by: Iida Hirohisa
Scriptwriter: Yamamoto Mutsumi
Cast: Uchino Seiyo, Takeda Rina, Hirata Mitsuru, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Okunuki Kaoru, Ishibashi Renji

Uchino Seiyo to star in new TV Asahi drama SP "Heyachou"

Uchino Seiyo will be starring in the new TV Asahi drama SP "Heyachou" which will be shown at 9pm on 17 December. This drama was the result of Uchino's self-initiated project which took 7 years to materialise so each and every scene was handled with great care as a reflection of the effort dedicated to producing this drama.

Preview of "Sanbiki no Ossan New Year SP" (Drama SP)

Title: Sanbiki no Ossan 三匹のおっさん (3 Middle-Aged Men)
Official website: here
Official Facebook: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Date: 2 January 2018 @ 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original novel by: Arikawa Hiro
Cast: Kitaoji Kinya, Izumiya Shigeru, Shiga Kotaro, Nakada Yoshiko, Komoto Masahiro, Nishida Naomi, Ono Takuro, Fujita Yumiko,  Tsumura Noriyoshi, Suzuki Maika, Mine Azusa,
Guests: Dan Rei, Ito Shiro, Nishimura Kazuhiko, Kinoshita Houka

Kitaoji Kinya, Izumiya Shigeru & Shiga Kotaro to return in New Year SP of "Sanbiki no Ossan"

Kitaoji Kinya, Izumiya Shigeru and Shiga Kotaro will be back in the New Year SP of TV Tokyo drama "Sanbiki no Ossan" (3 middle-aged men) which will be shown at 9pm on 2 January. For this time, the cast and crew headed to their first filming outside Tokyo at famous tourist spot Nikko. The drama series had three seasons to date i.e Winter 2014, Spring 2015 and Winter 2017 and features the trio as former delinquents who come together to form a private security team and protect their town from evil.

Top 10 favourite CM brands for 2017 (CM Databank)

The following is the list of top 10 favourite CM brands as surveyed by CM Databank for the period of November 2016 to October 2017. The No.1 CM brand i.e. KDDI / au's Santaro series has won the title thrice in a row featuring characters played by Matsuda Shota, Kiritani Kenta, Hamada Gaku, Arimura Kasumi, Nanao and Suda Masaki while other telcos like NTT DOCOMO and Softbank took the No.2 and No.3 spots respectively.

The numbers in the brackets indicate the ranking held by the company/brand in the previous year's ranking while the names of the CM personalities are those who play main roles or are featured prominently in the CM series concerned. As such, not all those who appear in the CM series may be mentioned here. Nonetheless, this type of ranking is often seen as a barometer of the celebrities' popularity and exposure.

The 9th Most Desired Male Faces Ranking (Oricon)

This is an annual survey conducted by Oricon on 500 men from their teens to 50s where they select the male celebrities who they feel have the faces that they desire to have. Fukuyama Masaharu who had won the No.1 title for 5 years in a row, entered the hall of fame in 2013 so is no longer included in this ranking. Past winners of the title include Mukai Osamu, Kimura Takuya and Dean Fujioka.

Numbers in brackets indicate the position held by the celebrity in the previous year's ranking. If the person had not been part of the top 10, a dash is indicated instead.

Takeuchi Ryoma was the clear favourite among the teens and those in their 20s and perhaps more surprisingly, those in their 50s. On the other hand, Takenouchi Yutaka was the top choice for men in their 30s and 40s:

Supporting cast line-up of NTV Winter 2018 drama "anone" announced

The supporting cast line-up of NTV Winter 2018 drama "anone" starring Hirose Suzu and Tanaka Yuko was announced. In this drama written by Sakamoto Yuji, Hirose plays the role of a 19-year-old girl Tsujisawa Harikawhose family members had died and is living in solitude without being noticed by everyone after she is isolated from her parents due to a past incident. Being in financial difficulty, she can only move around with her skateboard and stays overnight at an Internet cafe. She then bumps into an elderly woman named Hayashida Anone played by Tanaka Yuko who works at a law firm and invites her to live together at her house. The two of them who have lost faith in people, then hatch a plan to deceive the world. In order to prepare for the filming, Hirose has already started learning how to ride on the skateboard. and cut her hair by more than 10cm on the following day after she was announced to be the heroine for the 2019 drama "Natsuzora" on 21 November.

"Nigeru wa haji daga yaku ni tatsu" to be re-broadcast during the upcoming New Year holidays

TBS Autumn 2016 drama "Nigeru wa haji daga yaku ni tatsu" starring Aragaki Yui and Hoshino Gen will be re-broadcast at one go during the upcoming New Year holidays. The 11 episodes will be shown on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day via TBS. Episodes 1 to 3 will be shown from 8.55am to 11.45am on 31st December while episodes 4 to 8 will be shown from 11.55am to 4.30pm on the same day. Episodes 9 to 11 will be shown on the following day from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Despite the show being a production from one year ago, TBS decided to proceed with the re-broadcast due to overwhelming requests from viewers.

The drama started off with a rating of 10.2% but gradually gained popularity thus leading to a high of 20.8% for its finale. To date, it has won 37 awards such as from the Tokyo Drama Award, Galaxy Award and My Best TV Award Grand Prix.

Source: Sponichi

Supporting cast line-up of new movie "Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun" announced

The supporting cast line-up of new movie "Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun" starring Suda Masaki and Tsuchiya Tao was announced. The movie is based on the same-titled manga by Robico which was serialised in "Gekkan Dessert" between 2008 and 2014 and has sold more than 5 million copies to date.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Takahata Mitsuki to star in TV Tokyo drama SP "Boukyaku no Sachiko"

Takahata Mitsuki will be starring in the upcoming TV Tokyo drama SP "Boukyaku no Sachiko" (A meal makes her forget) which will be shown at 11.15pm on 2 January. The drama is based on the same-titled manga by Abe Jun which is currently serialised in "Shuukan Big Comics Spirits" and will be a gourmet drama meant to whet the viewers' appetite during the New Year holidays.

First-day-screening event of new movie "Kabocha to Mayonnaise"

The first-day-screening event of new movie "Kabocha to Mayonnaise" was held at Shinjuku Musashinokan on 11 November which was attended by the director Tominaga Masanori and cast members Usuda Asami, Taiga and Odagiri Jo. The story which is based on the manga by Nananan Kiriko, features Usuda as the lead character Tsuchida who works at a cabaret in order to support her live-in boyfriend Seiichi (Taiga) who aspires to be a musician. As a result, Seiichi resolves to change himself and starts working. Just then, Tsuchida reunites with her ex-boyfriend Hagio (Odagiri) who she has yet to forget as she grapples with her old and current feelings for the two men in her life.

Top 10 actors who made a breakthrough in 2017 (Oricon)

The following survey was done by Oricon Monitor Research involving 1,000 respondents from their teens to 50s where they chose which actor they felt had made a breakthrough in 2017. Takeuchi Ryoma was the hot favourite for those in their teens, 20s and 30s while Takahashi Issei won the hearts of those in their 40s and 50s:

1) Takeuchi Ryoma

2) Takahashi Issei

3) Yamazaki Kento

Komatsu Nana & Ooizumi Yo to star in real-life adaptation movie "Koi wa ameagari no you ni"

Komatsu Nana and Ooizumi Yo will be joint leads in the new real-life adaptation movie "Koi wa ameagari no you ni" (Love is like after the rain stops) which is based on the same-titled manga by Mayuzuki Jun and directed by Nagai Akira. Filming began from 15 November and is expected to wrap up at the end of December. The movie will be shown in cinemas from May 2018. The anime version will be shown via FujiTV's Noitamina timeslot from January 2018.

Premiere event of new movie "Hikari"

The premiere event of new movie "Hikari" was held at United Cinema Toyosu on 9 November which was attended y the director Oomori Tatsushi and cast members Iura Arata, Eita, Hasegawa Kyoko and Hashimoto Manami. The movie will be shown in cinemas from 25 November.

Nakayama Miho, Takaoka Saki, Ito Ayumi & Nakamura Yuri to play sisters in new NHK drama "Heisei Sasameyuki"

Nakayama Miho, Takaoka Saki, Ito Ayumi and Nakamura Yuri will be playing sisters in the new NHK drama series "Heisei Sasameyuki" (Light snowfall of the Heisei era) which is based on the novel "Sasameyuki" by Tanizaki Junichiro. The drama which consists of 4 episodes, will begin its run from 7 January 2018 in the Sundays 10pm timeslot.  To date, the story has been made into many movies, dramas and stage plays and the last movie was made 35 years ago starring Kishi Keiko, Sakuma Yoshiko, Yoshinaga Sayuri and Kotegawa Yuko. In this latest adaptation, the time setting has been changed from the 10th year in the Showa era to the Heisei era after the collapse of the bubble economy.

Completion screening event of new movie "Hibana"

The completion screening event of new movie "Hibana" was held at Tokyo International Forum on 8 November which was attended by the director Itao Itsuji and cast members Suda Masaki, Kiritani Kenta, Kimura Fumino, Kawatani Shuuji and Miura Masaki. The movie will be screened in cinemas from 23 November 2017.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kuroki Haru & Nomura Shuhei to star in real-life movie version of "Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou"

Kuroki Haru and Nomura Shuhei will be joint leads in the upcoming real-life movie version of popular mystery novel "Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou" by Mikami En which will be released in cinemas next year. Filming began in early October and was wrapped up in early November. Plans for the movie were first made in autumn 2014 before it took 3 years for the project to materialise.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 9th & 10th Dec 2017

Numbers in brackets indicate the number of cinemas showing the movie:

1) Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Final: Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Rider (330)

2) DESTINY Kamakura Monogatari (363)

3) Murder on the Orient Express (355)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

"Otona Koukou" to have spin-off drama SP showing exclusively on AbemaTV

TV Asahi Autumn 2017 drama "Otona Koukou" which ended its run on 9 December, will have a spin-off drama SP shown exclusively on AbemaTV for free from 10pm on 17 December. The drama SP titled "Otona Koukou Spin-off ~ Enjou no Cherry Christmas ~"will feature the original cast of Miura Haruma, Takahashi Katsumi, Ryuusei Ryo, Matsui Airi, Yamada Maho, Yuuki Jutta and Kuroki Meisa who will be caught in an adventure spectacle on Christmas Eve.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Japan premiere of new movie "Hagane no Renkin Jutsushi"

The Japan premiere of new movie "Hagane no Renkin Jutsushi" was held at TOKYO DOME CITY on 15 November which was attended by the director Sori Fumihiko and cast members Yamada Ryosuke, Honda Tsubasa, Dean Fujioka, Renbutsu Misako, Hongo Kanata, Uchiyama Shinji, Natsuna, Sato Ryuta and Matsuyuki Yasuko. The movie is due to be released in Japan from 1 December.

Details of new movie "Kusoyaro to utsukushiki sekai" announced

Details of the new movie "Kusoyaro to utsukushiki sekai" starring Inagaki Goro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Katori Shingo have been announced. The movie is set to be released in 86 cinemas nationwide from 6 April for a limited two-week period. As for the story, it will be made up of four short episodes directed by 4 different directors. However, the details about the storylines and directors will only be made known later. Filming of the movie has not begun as the script is not completed yet but production is expected to start in the beginning of next year.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Preview of "Konya, Romance Gekijou de"

Title: Konya, Romance Gekijou de 今夜、ロマンス劇場で (Tonight, at the romance theatre)
Official website: here
Distributed by: Warner Bros
Release Date: 10 February 2018
Director: Takeuchi Hideki
Theme Song: "Kiseki" by Che'Nelle
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Sakaguchi Kentaro, Honda Tsubasa, Kitamura Kazuki, Nakao Akiyoshi, Ishibashi Anna, Nishioka Tokuma, Emoto Akira & Kato Gou

Kadowaki Mugi to be the heroine in NTV Winter 2018 drama "Todome no Kiss"


Kadowaki Mugi will be the heroine in the new NTV Winter 2018 drama "Todome no Kiss" starring Yamazaki Kento which will begin its run from January 2018 in the Sundays 10.30pm timeslot. The original story features Yamazaki as Doujima Outarou, the No.1 host in a host club who doesn't believe in love after an incident which happened to him 12 years ago. Since then, he only has eyes for money and power while manipulating women with his good looks and gentle pretense. When he tries to approach a rich man's daughter Namiki Mikoto with ulterior motives, he is stopped by a mysterious woman looking pale but with bright red lips who offers a kiss to Outarou. Unexpectedly, this causes Outarou to have breathing difficulties and he dies after experiencing convulsions. When Outarou comes to later, he realises that he has been sent back to 7 days ago and goes through the same period repeatedly due to the mysterious woman who keeps appearing in front of him. The actress who plays this mysterious woman will be announced at a later date followed by the supporting cast announcements which will be revealed every Thursday. The supporting characters include Namiki Takauji who is the elder brother of Mikoto and from a top-notch hotel group and Hasebe Hiroyuki who is the heir of a big name cruise company and in love with Mikoto.

Production press conference of FujiTV Autumn 2017 drama "Orphan Black ~ Nanatsu no idenshi ~"

The production press conference of FujiTV Autumn 2017 drama "Orphan Black ~ Nanatsu no Idenshi ~" was held on 29 November which was attended by cast members Jiyoung, Takenaka Naoto and Nishime Shun. The drama began its run from 2 December in the Saturdays 11.40pm timeslot.

Matsushige Yutaka to star in new TV Asahi drama SP "Naikaku Tokumei Sousakan Hato"

Matsushige Yutaka will be starring in the new TV Asahi drama SP "Naikaku Tokumei Sousakan Hato" (The cabinet's special investigator Pigeon) which will be shown at 10am on 10 December. The story is about a special investigator of the Japanese Cabinet who tries to find out the truth behind a serial murder case which is related to a female politician's past.

Kubota Masataka & Mizukawa Asami reportedly dating since autumn 2017

Kubota Masataka and Mizukawa Asami are said to be dating and have been living together since autumn this year according to FRIDAY's 8th December issue. When asked about the report, the couple's agencies simply commented that they will leave this to their artistes to handle since they are already adults thus indirectly admitting to the fact that the two of them are an item.

USEN's Top 30 Hit J-pop Ranking for 2017

The following ranking compiles the number of times which a song is played on commercial music broadcasting channels under USEN and requests from listeners between the period of 6 January 2017 and 30 November 2017. USEN released the rankings for 8 categories i.e. J-pop, Western music, Enka, Indies, K-POP, Anime, JPOP + Western music and Classic Rock so if you are interested to see the results for the other categories, please visit here.

Without further ado, here is the top 30 for this year in USEN's ranking. Titles in bold indicate songs which are used in dramas as theme or insert songs and the title of the dramas are indicated within the brackets. Please let me know if I have missed anything or made an error:

NHK announces measures to tackle overworking during the production of its dramas

NHK announced measures to tackle the issue of overworking during the production of its dramas following the revelation earlier this year that one of its reporters had died due to overwork in 2013. The first drama to be affected by this latest movie will be the new 2018 Taiga drama "Segodon" which has its total number of episodes reduced from the initially-announced 50 to 47. To fill up the vacated timeslots, special programmes related to the drama will be produced to be aired on those days. Following this change, the 2019 Taiga drama "Idaten ~ Tokyo Olympic Hanashi ~" will also have 47 episodes.

The 14th Oricon Favourite Artist Ranking 2017

Oricon conducted a survey on 20,000 people who chose their favourite music artists for 2017. The numbers in brackets indicate the positions held by the artists in the 2016 ranking.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Tamayama Tetsuji to take over Koide Keisuke's role as Akashiya Sanma in new Netflix drama "Jimmy ~ Aho mitai na honma no hanashi ~"

Tamayama Tetsuji will be taking over Koide Keisuke's role as Akashiya Sanma in the new Netflix drama "Jimmy ~ Aho mitai na honma no hanashi ~" after the latter had his career suspended due to his sex scandal with an underage girl. As a result, the broadcast date will be further delayed from its original release in July this year due to the re-filming of the drama in early January 2018. This will mean that the cast members will be re-assembled for the filming but there will be no major changes to the drama's content. The release date will be announced once it has been decided.