Last year's award winning forensic mystery drama18 April, 2013 by Chad
There’s really nothing particularly wrong with Kagi no Kakatta Heya. Last year’s take on what must seem like the necessary yearly forensics crime mystery offering, the show features an all-star cast and an even more spectacular list of guests. But somehow manages to leave the viewer feeling somewhat, empty.
The city of Nagoya is home to one of Japan's best aquariums12 April, 2013 by Chad
The Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium is one of Japan’s largest aquariums. It is both more expansive and holds a larger wider variety of sea creatures than even Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan which is popularly regarded as the second best aquarium in Japan, after Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium. We found Nagoya Aquarium to be competitive with Osaka Aquarium, if not better, but take a look inside and decide for yourself.
The Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 has announced the lineup of visiting AKB48 members. The following 16 members will be performing next Saturday on 13th April at the Tokyo Auto Salon in the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center and meeting fans on both the 12th and 13th.
AKB48's second singing competition is a resounding success05 April, 2013 by Mus
The Kouhaku Utagassen should be familiar to most people interested in Japan. A yearly occurrence, it is a singing contest where red and white teams battle it out on the last day of the year. The AKB48 Kouhaku is AKB48′s version of this famous competition. Occurring near the end of the year as well, the Kouhaku is a glorified shuffle concert with an extra bit of competition mixed in. AKB48′s second try of this format however, turns out very well.
One of the best dramas in recent years31 March, 2013 by Chad
There was a time when drama reviews made up a significant portion of this site’s content. It’s not that I’ve stopped watching dramas, but rather, there just hasn’t been that many dramas really worth introducing. Rich Man, Poor Woman has intrigued me enough to take the reviews out of hiatus.
In an announcement on the blog earlier today, it’s known now that the AKB48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo will be held this year, but with a slight change. In the voting for the new single (slated for an August release), members will have to register to be in the Senbatsu Sousenkyo. Eligible candidates include current AKB48 and its Japanese sister group members, the ex-AKB48 transferees (Miyazawa Sae, Takajo Aki, Suzuki Mariya and Nakagawa Haruka) and as a surprise, ex-members who have had a part in AKB48 for at least a length of 4 years as well. Members will have a week-long period to register their interest, and voting will commence on May 21st. In a first, the results will be announced at the AKB48 Super Festival held in Nissan Stadium.
Osaka's AKB48 shop is better than even Akiba's26 March, 2013 by Chad
Last year, we stumbled upon the AKB48 Cafe and Shop in Namba, Osaka. The shop occupies an impressive space right across the NMB48 Theater in the recently renovated NGK Building, and thus easily accessible to visiting fans of the 48 groups.
Bringing idol rap to the forefront17 March, 2013 by Mus
Much like the other group that uses the tagline ’3MCs, 1DJ’, Rhymeberry couldn’t be farther away from a group you expect to be doing rap. A group of 4 girls, all under the age of 15, they definitely don’t look like they fit anywhere near the vicinity of a dope rhyme. But nevertheless, these girls put on a great show and are fast gaining traction in a ruthless industry full of cutesy pop and frilly dresses.
After more than a year of absence, the largest Japanese pop idol girl group AKB48 will be making an appearance back in Singapore next month. The group’s local agency contacted us a while ago to let us know that some exciting news was looming and today they’ve confirmed that AKB48 will be performing at the Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013.
The motorshow will take place from 12-14 April Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. More details will be made available soon. But from what we received, AKB48 will be appearing on multiple days within the convention area, so you will just need a entry ticket to view the show. Additionally online ticket holders can redeem limited priority tickets on a first come first serve basis on the days of the event itself. Tickets are available online.
Fairies go full idol15 March, 2013 by Chad
I should had suspected something was amiss when the members of Fairies had started to introduce themselves with idol-y catchphrases the last time I had seen them. Last month, avex’s edgy R&B and hip hop dance group Fairies surprised us with the announcement of a new idol themed sub-unit, the group’s first.
Gems hidden in TGS releases02 March, 2013 by Mus
TGS AR.TV is Tokyo Girls’ Style’s attempt at using augmented reality applications to engage their fanbase. Using triggers from inside their goods, it also acts as extra incentive for fans to buy goods without making it seem like a total gimmick. I had no idea that there was a new installment of AR.TV that was going on with the Yakusoku release; there are still quite a few episodes to go however, and since it’s not particularly publicized, here’s a guide on how to access it!