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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 8th & 9th Dec 2018

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

1) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (358)

2) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

3) Kuru (330)

4) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (271)

5) Kido Senshi Gundam NT (91)

6) Sumaho wo otoshitadake nanoni (314)

7) Ningyo no nemuru ie (327)

8) Uirabu (215)

9) Venom (352)

10) Kazokuiro RAILWAYS Watashitachi no shuppatsu (209)

Source: Eiga.com

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Winners of the Yahoo! Japan Search Awards 2018

Yahoo! Japan Search Awards is an annual event which lists the people and things that experienced a surge in online searches via Yahoo! Japan as compared to the previous year. This is a barometer of the amount of attention which the person or thing has enjoyed in the past year. The measurement period is from 1 January to 1 November of the current year.

As the list of winners is very long, I will only feature winners in the people and culture categories which are more related to J-ent in general:

Grand Prix: King & Prince

Actor: Nakamura Tomoya

Actress: Imada Mio

Comedian: Hyokkorihan

Athlete: Hanyuu Yuzuru

Model: Koki

Musician: Amuro Namie

Idol: King & Prince

Voice Actor: Kobayashi Yumiko

Writer: Yabe Taro

Anime: Pop Team Epic

Movie: The Greatest Showman

Game: Monster Hunter: World

Novel: Otto no chinpo ga hairanai

Drama: Hanbun, Aoi

* Interestingly, "Segodon" was the most-searched keyword in Kagoshima Prefecture probably because it was the lead character Saigo Takamori's hometown. Meanwhile in Okinawa Prefecture, the locals were the most interested in Amuro Namie, their homegrown diva who retired this year.

Source: Yahoo! Japan

Preview of "Kokou no Mesu" - Winter 2019

Title: Kokou no Mesu 孤高のメス (A Lone Scalpel)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 13 Jan 2019
Timeslot: Sundays 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 8
Original novel by: Ohgane Toshihiko
Cast: Takizawa Hideaki, Nakamura Tooru, Kudo Asuka, Yamamoto Mizuki, Ishimaru Kanji, Nagatsuka Kyozo, Miyakawa Ichirota, Riju Go, Miura Masaki, Kondo Koen, Musaka Naomasa, Honda Hirotaro & Kimura Midoriko

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Winners of the 31st Nikkansports Movie Awards & Ishihara Yujiro Award (2018)

Best Movie: Manbiki Kazoku

Best Director: Shiraishi Kazuya (Sunny 32 / Korou no Chi / Tomerareruka, oretachi wo)

Best Leading Actor: Matsuzaka Toori (Funouhan / Shounen)

Best Leading Actress: Ando Sakura (Manbiki Kazoku)

Best Supporting Actor: Takahashi Issei (Uso wo aisuru onna / Soratobu Taiya / Oku Otoko)

Best Supporting Actress: Kiki Kirin (Manbiki Kazoku / Mori no iru basho / Nichinichi kore koujitsu)

Best Newcomer: Hirate Yurina (HIBIKI)

Best Foreign Movie: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Ishihara Yujiro Award: Camera wo tomeru na!

Ishihara Yujiro Newcomer Award: Iwata Takanori (Kyounen no fuyu, kimi to wakare / Vision / Perfect World Kimi to iru kiseki)

Source: Natalie

Preview of "Kono koi wa tsumi nanoka!?" - Autumn 2018

Title: Kono koi wa tsumi nanoka!? この恋はツミなのか!? (Is this love a sin!?)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 2 Dec 2018 (MBS) / 4 Dec 2018 (TBS)
Timeslot: Sundays 12.50am (MBS) / Tuesdays 1.28am (TBS)
Broadcast by: MBS & TBS
Original manga by: Torishima Hyte
Opening Theme Song: "Sokkenai kimi" by Kashiwagi Yuki
Ending Theme Song: "Moshimo boku ga sekai wo kaeretara" by MAG!C☆PRINCE
Cast: Kashiwagi Yuki, Ito Kentaro, Yamoto Yuuma, Mao, Katou Shinsuke, Tanaka Makoto, Abe Shuuhei, Kuroda Daisuke, Saito Takumi &  Murakami Jun

Monday, December 03, 2018

Preview of "Sakura no Oyakodon 2" - Autumn 2018

Title: Sakura no Oyakodon 2 さくらの親子丼2 (Sakura's Oyakodon 2)
Official website: here 
O.A. Start Date: 1 Dec 2018
Timeslot: Saturdays 11.40pm
Broadcast by: Tokai TV
Theme Song: "Hikari" by RINA
Cast: Maya Miki, Emoto Tokio, Igashira Manami, Okamoto Natsumi, Shibata Kyoka, Osaki Ichika, Inori Kirara, Hibi Mikoto, Uragami Seishuu, Shiono Akihisa, Aijima Kazuyuki & Natori Yuko

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 1st & 2nd Dec 2018

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

1) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (358)

2) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

3) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (271)

4) Kido Senshi Gundam NT (91)

5) Sumaho wo otoshitadake nanoni (314)

6) Ningyo no nemuru ie (327)

7) Venom (352)

8) Uirabu (215)

9) Kazokuiro RAILWAYS Watashitachi no shuppatsu (209)

10) Burn the Stage the Movie (95)

Source: Eiga.com

Winners of the 40th Yokohama Film Festival (2018)

Best Ten Movies
1) Netemo Sametemo
2) Korou no Chi
3) Manbiki Kazoku
4) HANAGATAMI
5) Camera wo tomeruna!
6) Kiku to Guillotine
7) Tomerareruka, oretachi wo
8) Suzukike no Uso
10) Mori no iru basho / Nichinichi kore koujitsu

Best Movie: Netemo Sametemo

Best Director: Hamaguchi Ryusuke (Netemo Sametemo) / Zeze Takahisa (Kiku to Guillotine / Yuuzai / Hachinengoshi no Hanayome Kiseki no Jitsuwa)

Morita Yoshimitsu Memorial New Director: Nojiri Katsumi (Suzukike no Uso)

Best Scriptwriter: Okita Shuichi (Mori no iru basho)

Best Cinematography: Sasaki Yasuyuki (Netemo Sametemo / Taisou shiyouyo)

Best Leading Actor: Higashide Masahiro (Netemo Sametemo) / Yakusho Koji (Korou no Chi)

Best Leading Actress: Ando Sakura (Manbiki Kazoku)

Best Supporting Actor: Matsuzaka Toori (Korou no Chi)

Best Supporting Actress: Matsuoka Mayu (Manbiki Kazoku / blank13 / Chihayafuru - Musubi -) / Ito Sairi (Netemo Sametemo / Enokida Bouekidou)

Best Newcomer: Karata Erika (Netemo Sametemo) / Yoshizawa Ryo (River's Edge, Gintama 2 Okite wa yaburutame ni koso aru / Marmalade Boy) / Kiryuu Mai (Kiku to Guillotine / Suzukike no Uso)

Judges' Special Award: Camera wo tomeruna!

Special Award: Yamazaki Tsutomu

Source: Natalie

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Winners of the 43rd Hochi Movie Awards (2018)

Best Japanese Movie: Korou no Chi

Best Director: Omori Tatsushi - Nichinichi Kore Koujitsu

Best Leading Actor: Yakusho Koji - Korou no Chi

Best Leading Actress: Shinohara Ryoko - Ningyo no nemuru ie / SUNNY Tsuyoi kimochi tsuyoi ai

Best Supporting Actor: Ninomiya Kazunari - Kensatsugawa no Zainin

Best Supporting Actress: Kiki Kirin - Mori no iru basho / Manbiki Kazoku / Nichinichi Kore Koujitsu

Best Newcomer:
Minami Sara - Shino-chan wa jibun no namae ga ienai
Makita Aju - Shino-chan wa jibun no namae ga ienai

Best Foreign Movie: Wonder

Best Animation Movie: Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkounin

Special Award: Camera wo tomeruna!

Source: Natalie

Monday, November 26, 2018

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 24th & 25th Nov 2018

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

1) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (358)

2) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

3) Sumaho wo otoshitadake nanoni (314)

4) Ningyo no nemuru ie (327)

5) Venom (352)

6) Uirabu (215)

7) Eiga Hugtto! Precure Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories (229)

8) Burn the Stage the Movie (95)

9) Nichinichi Kore Koujitsu (160)

10) souvenir the movie Mariya Takeuchi Theater Live (34)

Source: Eiga.com

Saturday, November 24, 2018

The 3rd top 10 ideal otona-joshi celebrities ranking 2018 (Oricon)

This survey is conducted annually by Oricon where women in their teens to 50s chose the female celebrity who they admire and hope to emulate as they become adults. Numbers in brackets indicate the ranking which the celebrity held in last year's ranking and those who did not get into the top 10 last year have a dash in the brackets.

Interestingly, Ishida Yuriko was the top choice for women in their 20s to 40s while Amami Yuki was the preferred choice for the teenagers and those in their 50s.

1) Ishida Yuriko (1)

2) Amami Yuki (2)

3) Kichise Michiko (3)

4) Igawa Haruka (4)

5) Yoshida Yo (8)

6) Matsushima Nanako (9)

7) Amuro Namie (7)

8) Shinohara Ryoko (5)

9) Maya Miki (-)

10) Yonekura Ryoko (6)

Source: Oricon

Friday, November 23, 2018

Preview of "Nusumareta Kao ~ Miatari Sousahan ~" - Winter 2019

Title: Nusumareta Kao ~ Miatari Sousahan ~ 盗まれた顔 ~ ミアタリ捜査班 ~ (Stolen Face ~ Fugitive Investigation Unit ~)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 5 Jan 2019
Timeslot: Saturdays 10pm
Total number of episodes: 5
Original novel by: Hada Keisuke
Cast: Tamaki Hiroshi, Uchida Rio, Machida Keita, Shibukawa Kiyohiko, Ito Ayumi, Maruyama Tomomi, Yamazaki Shigenori, Sakou Yoshi, Tomochika, Nakamura Yuri & Mashima Hidekazu

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Preview of "Endo Kenichi to Kudo Kankuro no Benkyou sasateitadakimasu" - Autumn 2018

Title: Endo Kenichi to Kudo Kankuro no Benkyou sasateitadakimasu 遠藤憲一と宮藤宮九郎の勉強させていただきます (Endo Kenichi and Kudo Kankuro's Please allow me to have the privilege of learning from you)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 12 November 2018
Timeslot: Mondays 12 midnight
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 7
Scriptwriter: Kudo Kankuro
Cast: Endo Kenichi, Kudo Kankuro, Kasahara Hideyuki, Yoshii Akiko, Noda Teppei, Aitsuki Akiko, Mochizuki Ayumu, Kamo Mihoko, Arai Keita, Ho-chanmi, Sakata Tadashi, Tanaka Sougen & Hayashi Maya
Guest Lineup: Oguri Shun, Naka Riisa, Kato Ryo, Takahata Atsuko, Nomura Shuhei, Mizuno Miki, Takashima Masanobu and Momoi Kaori

Preview of "Pandora IV - AI Sensou -" - Autumn 2018

Title: Pandora IV - AI Sensou - パンドラIV - AI戦争 - (Pandora IV - AI War -)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 11 Nov 2018
Timeslot: Sundays 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 6
Cast: Mukai Osamu, Kuroki Hitomi, Mimura Rie, Miura Takahiro, Yamamoto Koji, Harada Taizo & Watabe Atsuro

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Vivi's Top 10 handsome men ranking for the second half of 2018

Fashion magazine Vivi released the results of their top 10 handsome men ranking for the second half of 2018 which was derived from a poll conducted via the Internet and their smartphone app where they chose 5 male celebrities who were considered handsome and ranked them accordingly. Points were then assigned to their choices where 5 points were given to No.1 and 1 point was given to No.5.

Note that the numbers in brackets indicate the number of points received by the celebrities:

1) Yoshizawa Ryo (8,928)

2) Hirano Sho (8,192)

3) Nagase Ren (6,328)

4) Arata Mackenyu (5,542)

5) Sato Shori (4,727)

6) Nakajima Kento (4,083)

7) Yamashita Tomohisa (3,681)

8) Katayose Ryota (2,935)

9) Hayashi Kento (2,250)

10) Tanaka Kei (2,011)

Source: Vivi

Monday, November 19, 2018

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 17th & 18th Nov 2018

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

1) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

2) Venom (352)

3) Ningyo no nemuru ie (327)

4) Sumaho wo otoshitadake nanoni (314)

5) Uirabu (215)

6) Eiga Hugtto! Precure Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories (229)

7) Burn the Stage the Movie (95)

8) GODZILLA Hoshi wo kuu mono (158)

9) Tabineko Report (321)

10) Sicario: Day of the Soldado (57)

Source: Eiga.com

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The 98th Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2018) - Best Drama

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Gibo to Musume no Blues
2) Hanbun, Aoi
3) dele

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Good Doctor
2) Zero - Ikkaku Senkin Game
3) Tokyo Alien Brothers
4) Gibo to Musume no Blues
5) dele

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Gibo to Musume no Blues
2) Hanbun, Aoi
3) dele
4) Good Doctor
5) Takane no Hana

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Hanbun, Aoi
2) Gibo to Musume no Blues
3) Kono sekai no katasumi ni
4) dele
5) Toumei na Yurikago

Source: The Television

The 98th Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2018) - Best Leading Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Yamazaki Kento - Good Doctor
2) Yamada Takayuki - dele
3) Suda Masaki - dele

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Yamazaki Kento - Good Doctor
2) Inoo Kei - Tokyo Alien Brothers
3) Kato Shigeaki - Zero - Ikkaku Senkin Game -
4) Ayano Go - Hagetaka
5) Yamada Takayuki - dele

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Yamazaki Kento - Good Doctor
2) Yamada Takayuki - dele
3) Kubota Masataka - Himomen
4) Matsuzaka Toori - Kono sekai no katasumi ni
5) Suda Masaki - dele / Sawamura Ikki - Zettai Reido ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa ~

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Yamazaki Kento - Good Doctor
2) Suda Masaki - dele
3) Yamada Takayuki - dele
4) Sano Shiro - Genkai Danchi
5) Ayano Go - Hagetaka

Source: The Televison

The 98th Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2018) - Best Leading Actress

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Nagano Mei - Hanbun, Aoi
2) Ayase Haruka - Gibo to Musume no Blues
3) Ishihara Satomi - Takane no Hana

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Ayase Haruka - Gibo to Musume no Blues
2) Nagano Mei - Hanbun, Aoi
3) Ishihara Satomi - Takane no Hana
4) Haru - Survival Wedding
5) Matsumoto Honoka - Kono sekai no katasumi ni

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Ayase Haruka - Gibo to Musume no Blues
2) Nagano Mei - Hanbun, Aoi
3) Ishihara Satomi - Takane no Hana
4) Matsumoto Honoka - Kono sekai no katasumi ni
5) Haru - Survival Wedding

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Nagano Mei - Hanbun, Aoi
2) Ayase Haruka - Gibo to Musume no Blues
3) Matsumoto Honoka - Kono sekai no katasumi ni
4) Ishihara Satomi - Takane no Hana
5) Kiyohara Kaya - Toumei na Yurikago

Source: The Television

The 98th Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2018) - Best Supporting Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Sato Takeru - Hanbun, Aoi
2) Toyokawa Etsushi - Hanbun, Aoi
3) Takenouchi Yutaka - Gibo to Musume no Blues

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Sato Takeru - Hanbun, Aoi
2) Totsuka Shota - Tokyo Alien Brothers
3) Fujiki Naohito - Good Doctor
4) Mamiya Shotaro - Zero - Ikkaku Senkin Game -
5) Sato Ryuga - Zero - Ikkaku Senkin Game -

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Sato Takeru - Hanbun, Aoi
2) Takenouchi Yutaka - Gibo to Musume no Blues
3) Toyokawa Etsushi - Hanbun, Aoi
4) Seto Koji - Toumei na Yurikago / Mineta Kazunobu - Takane no Hana / Katsuji Ryo - Himomen / Sato Takeru - Gibo to Musume no Blues

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Toyokawa Etsushi - Hanbun, Aoi
2) Sato Takeru - Hanbun, Aoi
3) Mineta Kazunobu - Takane no Hana
4) Yoshida Kotaro - Keiji Shichinin / Takenouchi Yutaka - Gibo to Musume no Blues / Iura Arata - Kenkou de bunkateki na saiteigendo no seikatsu

Source: The Televison

The 98th Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2018) - Best Supporting Actress

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Ueno Juri - Good Doctor
2) Yokomizo Naho - Gibo to Musume no Blues
3) Kamishiraishi Moka - Gibo to Musume no Blues

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Ueno Juri - Good Doctor
2) Koike Eiko - Zero - Ikkaku Senkin Game -
3) Sawajiri Erika - Hagetaka / Yoshine Kyoko - Takane no Hana
5) Matsuyuki Yasuko - Hanbun, Aoi

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Kamishiraishi Moka - Gibo to Musume no Blues
2) Seino Nana - Hanbun, Aoi
3) Yokomizo Naho - Gibo to Musume no Blues / Ueno Juri - Good Doctor
5) Asou Kumiko - dele

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Matsuyuki Yasuko - Hanbun, Aoi / Harada Tomoyo - Hanbun, Aoi
3) Yokomizo Naho - Gibo to Musume no Blues / Ueno Juri - Good Doctor
5) Sawajiri Erika - Hagetaka

Source: The Televison

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The 10th 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, Dean Fujioka and Takeuchi Ryoma.

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.

Although Takeuchi was the top favourite among the teenagers and those in their 20s, Takenouchi Yutaka swept the No.1 title for the 30s, 40s and 50s categories.

1) Takenouchi Yutaka (2)

2) Takeuchi Ryoma (1)

3) Tsumabuki Satoshi (4)

4) Dean Fujioka (3)

5) Inaba Koji (-)

6) Fukushi Souta (8)

7) Nishijima Hidetoshi (-)

8) Sato Takeru (9)

9) Kimura Takuya (6)

10) Yamazaki Kento (-)

Source: Oricon

Friday, November 16, 2018

The 98th Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2018) - Best Theme Song

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Idea - Hoshino Gen (Hanbun, Aoi)
2) Ai no katachi feat. HIDE (GReeeeN) - MISIA (Gibo to Musume no Blues)
3) Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley (Takane no Hana)

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) COSMIC HUMAN - Hey! Say! Jump (Tokyo Alien Brothers)
2) Ikiro - NEWS (Zero - Ikkaku Senkin Game -)
3) Idea - Hoshino Gen (Hanbun, Aoi)
4) Hibiwareta sekai - majiko (Genkai Danchi)
5) Ai no katachi feat. HIDE (GReeeeN) - MISIA (Gibo to Musume no Blues)

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Ai no katachi feat. HIDE (GReeeeN) - MISIA (Gibo to Musume no Blues)
2) Idea - Hoshino Gen (Hanbun, Aoi)
3) Hikari - androp (Good Doctor)
4) Moshi kimi wo yurusetara - Ieiri Leo (Zettai Reido ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa ~)
5) Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley (Takane no Hana)

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Idea - Hoshino Gen (Hanbun, Aoi)
2) Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley (Takane no Hana)
3) SINGLES - Mr.Children (Hagetaka)
4) Ikiro - NEWS (Zero - Ikkaku Senkin Game -)
5) Hibiwareta sekai - majiko (Genkai Danchi)

Source: The Televison

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 10th & 11th Nov 2018

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

1) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

2) Venom (352)

3) Uirabu (215)

4) Sumaho wo otoshitadake nanoni (314)

5) Eiga Hugtto! Precure Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories (229)

6) GODZILLA Hoshi wo kuu mono (158)

7) Zoku Warimonogatari (30)

8) Tabineko Report (321)

9) ANEMONE Psalm of Planets Eureka Seven: Hi-Evolution (107)

10) Johnny English Strikes Again (111)

Source: Eiga.com

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The 12th Most Desired Female Faces Ranking (Oricon)

This is an annual survey conducted by Oricon on 500 women from their teens to 50s where they select the female celebrities who they feel have the faces that they desire to have.

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.

Looking at the results in age brackets, women in their teens and 20s chose Aragaki Yui as their No.1 while those in their 30s to 50s chose Kitagawa Keiko:

1) Aragaki Yui (1)

2) Kitagawa Keiko (2)

3) Ishihara Satomi (3)

4) Igawa Haruka (7)

5) Fukada Kyoko (5)

6) Sasaki Nozomi (4)

7) Ishida Yuriko (9)

8) Shibasaki Kou (6)

9) Ayase Haruka (10)

10) Kichise Michiko (-)

Source: Oricon

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 3rd & 4th Nov 2018

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

1) Venom (352)

2) Sumaho wo otoshitadake nanoni (314)

3) Eiga Hugtto! Precure Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories (229)

4) Uchuu no Hou Reimeihen (206)

5) Tabineko Report (321)

6) Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou (253)

7) Oku Otoko (298)

8) Nichinichi Kore Koujitsu (153)

9) Hashire! T Kou Basukebu (252)

10) Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202 Ai no senshitachi Dairokusho [Kaiseihen] (35)

Source: Eiga.com

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 27th & 28th October 2018

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

1) Eiga Hugtto! Precure Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories (229)

2) Tabineko Report (321)

3) Uchuu no Hou Reimeihen (206)

4) Oku Otoko (298)

5) Nichinichi Kore Koujitsu (153)

6) Christopher Robin (362)

7) The House with a Clock in Its Walls (230)


8) A Quiet Place (194)

9) Ozuland Eigao no Mahou Oshiemasu (239)

10) search (60)

Source: Eiga.com

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Winners of the 13th Confidence Award Drama Prize (Summer 2018)

Here are the winners of the 13th Confidence Award Drama Prize for the Summer 2018 season:

Best Drama: Gibo to Musume no Blues

Best Leading Actor: Yamada Takayuki & Suda Masaki (dele)

Best Leading Actress: Nagano Mei (Hanbun, Aoi)

Best Supporting Actor: Sato Takeru (Hanbun, Aoi)

Best Supporting Actress: Yoshine Kyoko (Takane no Hana)

Best Script: Adachi Naoko (Toumei na Yurikago)

Best Newcomer: Kiyohara Kaya (Toumei na Yurikago)

Source: Confidence Award Drama Prize

Friday, October 26, 2018

Winners of the Tokyo Drama Award 2018

Drama Series Category
Grand Prix: Ossans Love (TV Asahi)

Excellence Awards:
Hiyokko (NHK)
Kahogo no Kahoko (NTV)
Unnatural (TBS)
Confidence Man JP (FujiTV)
Ishitsubute ~ Gaimusho kimitsuhi wo abaita sousa nika no otokotachi ~ (WOWOW)

Drama SP Category
Grand Prix: Kurara ~ Hokusai no Musume ~ (NHK)

Excellence Awards:
Aniimouto (TBS)
Kohaku (TV Tokyo)
Kuroidogoroshi (FujiTV)

Satellite / Streaming Drama Category
Excellence Awards:
Chiisana hashi de (Sky Perfect JSAT)
Miss Sherlock (Hulu)

Local Drama Category
You May Dream (NHK Fukuoka)
Mothers 2017 Nojuku no Ninpu (Chukyo TV)

Individual Awards
Best Leading Actor: Tanaka Kei - Ossans Love

Best Leading Actress: Ishihara Satomi - Unnatural

Best Supporting Actor: Yoshida Kotaro - Ossans Love

Best Supporting Actress: Agawa Sawako - Rikuou

Best Scriptwriter: Nogi Akiko - Unnatural

Best Director: Tsukahara Ayuko - Unnatural

Special Award: The production team of "Unnatural"

Best Theme Song: "Lemon" by Yonezu Kenshi (Unnatural)

Source: Natalie

Monday, October 22, 2018

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 20th & 21st October 2018

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

1) Uchuu no Hou Reimeihen (206)

2) Oku Otoko (298)

3) Nichinichi Kore Koujitsu (153)

4) The House with a Clock in Its Walls (230)

5) Christopher Robin (362)

6) Mahou Shoujo Ririkaru nanowa Detonation (90)

7) A Quiet Place (194)

8) Gekijouban Natsume Yuujincho Utsusemi ni musubu (136)

9) Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkounin (360)

10) Perfect World Kimi to iru kiseki (323)

Source: Eiga.com

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Top 10 ranking of female celebrities with the ideal body as voted by women - 2018 (Oricon)

Oricon conducted a survey on 500 women in their teens to 50s where they chose the female celebrity who they felt had the most ideal body. Nanao who has won this title 3 years in a row, was a favourite of those in their 20s and 50s while the teenagers chose Rola and those in their 30s and 40s chose Fukada Kyoko.

The numbers in the brackets indicate the position held by the celebrity in last year's ranking while a dash means that the person did not get into the top 10 last year:

1) Nanao (1)

2) Fukada Kyoko (4)

3) Nagasawa Masami (3)

4) Yonekura Ryoko (5)

5) Rola (2)

6) Amuro Namie (-)

7) Ayase Haruka (9)

8) Nakamura An (10)

9) Eikura Nana (-)

10) Kojima Haruna (7)

Source: Oricon

Monday, October 15, 2018

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 13th & 14th October 2018

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

1) Uchuu no Hou Reimeihen (206)

2) Nichinichi Kore Koujitsu (153)

3) The House with a Clock in Its Walls (230)

4) Christopher Robin (362)

5) Gekijouban Natsume Yuujincho Utsusemi ni musubu (136)

6)  A Quiet Place (194)

7) Koohii ga samenai uchi ni (305)

8) Perfect World Kimi to iru kiseki (323)

9) Monster Strike THE MOVIE Sora no Kanata (336)

10) Camera wo tomeruna! (2)

Source: Eiga.com

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Top 10 celebrities viewed to have the best cooking skills (Oricon)

In recent years, there are more celebrities appearing on cooking shows, proclaiming their love for food or showcasing their home-cooked meals on social media. Oricon conducted a survey on 1,000 people in their teens to 50s between 25 September and 1 October 2018 where they chose the celebrity who they felt had the best cooking skills. Hayami Mokomichi swept across the teens, 20s and 30s categories while Tamori reigned in the 40s and 50s categories:

1) Hayami Mokomichi

2) Tamori

3) Gal Sone

4) Gutch Yuzo

5) Baba Hiroyuki (Robert)

6) Kimura Fumino

7) Satoda Mai

8) Hokuto Akira

9) Rola

10) Ogura Yuko

Source: Oricon

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Preview of "Mangan" - Summer 2018

Title: Mangan 満願 (Fulfillment of a Vow)
Official website: here
O.A. Dates: 14 Aug, 15 Aug & 16 Aug at 10pm
Broadcast by: NHK
Total number of episodes: 3
Original novel by: Yonezawa Honobu
Cast: Nishijima Hidetoshi, Kondo Koen (Ep 1), Yasuda Ken, Baba Tooru, Yoshizawa Hisashi (Ep 2), Koura Kengo, Ichikawa Mikako, Terajima Susumu (Ep 3)

Preview of "Chuuzai Keiji" - Autumn 2018

Title: Chuuzai Keiji 駐在刑事 (Police post detective)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 19 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Fridays 8pm
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Cast: Terajima Susumu, Kitamura Yukiya, Fueki Yuko, Sato Kanta, Suzunosuke, Yamaguchi Mayu, Mashima Hidekazu, Hasegawa Tomoharu, Ito Shiro, Ichige Yoshie & Kuroki Hitomi

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 6th & 7th October 2018

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

1) Monster Strike THE MOVIE Sora no Kanata (336)

2) Christopher Robin (362)

3) Gekijouban Natsume Yuujincho Utsusemi ni musubu (136)

4) Perfect World Kimi to iru kiseki (323)

5) Koohii ga samenai uchi ni (305)

6) A Quiet Place (194)

7) Chiri Tsubaki (341)

8) Re: Zero kara hajimeru isekai seikatsu Memory Snow (77)

9) The Equalizer 2 (183)

10) Camera wo tomeruna! (2)

Source: Eiga.com

Monday, October 08, 2018

Preview of "Fujiwara Tatsuya no Sekandou" - Autumn 2018

Title: Fujiwara Tatsuya no Sekandou 藤原竜也の二回道 (Fujiwara Tatsuya's second road)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 18 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Thursdays 1am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Cast: Fujiwara Tatsuya

Preview of "Harassment Game" - Autumn 2018

Title: Harassment Game ハラスメントゲーム
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 15 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Mondays 10pm
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original novel by: Inoue Yumiko
Theme Song: "Kaze wo mitsumete" by Kobukuro
Cast: Karasawa Toshiaki, Hirose Arisu, Furukawa Yuuki, Ichikawa Yui, Ishino Mako, Takito Kenichi, Sano Shiro, Takashima Masahiro, Kita Noa, Ogura Ichiro, Satoi Kenta & Ito Masayuki

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Preview of "Boukyaku no Sachiko" - Autumn 2018

Title: Boukyaku no Sachiko 忘却のサチコ (A meal makes her forget)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 12 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Fridays 12.12am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original manga by: Abe Jun
Opening theme song: "Boukyaku no Sachiko" by Skirt
Ending theme song: "Loop" by edda
Cast: Takahata Mitsuki, Saotome Taichi, Hayama Shono, Aizawa Rina, Shigeoka Hiroshi, Uechi Haruna, Fuse Eri & Fukikoshi Mitsuru

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Oricon's most anticipated Autumn 2018 dramas ranking

Oricon conducted a survey on 1,364 people from their teens to 50s between 11 Sep and 18 Sep where they chose which Autumn 2018 drama they are looking forward to watch. Dramas which were not announced by the TV stations before 10 Sep were not included in this survey and only dramas from the private networks and NHK were considered as candidates in this list.

There are two rankings here i.e. the primetime (7pm to 10pm) and midnight categories (shown after 11pm). Numbers in brackets indicate the overall weighted score in terms of anticipated ratings, leading actor/actress, supporting cast and content which account for 20 marks each. As such, the maximum score a drama can get is 80. The asterisk indicates dramas which are based on novels/manga.

Primetime Category
1) Shitamachi Rocket 2* (79)
2) Legal V ~ Moto Bengoshi Takanashi Shouko ~ (73)
3) Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to ~ (70)
4) Aibou season 17 (69)
5) Kasouken no Onna season 18 (65)
6) Harassment Game* (64)
7) Kemono ni narenai watashitachi (63)
8) Bokura wa kiseki de dekiteiru (62)
9) SUITS* (56)
10) Kyou kara ore wa!!* (51)
11) Tasogare Ryuuseigun* (47)
12) Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju* / Chuugakusei Nikki* (41)
14) Dorokei - Keishicho Sousa Sanka - */ Chuuzai Keiji* (38)
16) Nukemairu ~ Onna Sannin Ise Mairi* (23)

Midnight Category
1) Boku to shippo to Kagurazka* (60)
2) Anata niwa watasanai* (55)
3) Boukyaku no Sachiko* (48)
4) Fujiwara Tatsuya no Nikaidou (44)
5) Black Scandal (39)
6) Kono manga ga sugoi!! (36)
7) Ten Tenhoudoori no Kaidanji* (34)
8) Pretty ga oosugiru* (31)
9) Kekkon aite wa chuusen de* (28)
10) Bukatsu, sukijanakya dame desuka?* (10)

Source: Oricon

Preview of "Kono manga ga sugoi!" - Autumn 2018

Title: Kono manga ga sugoi! このマンガがすごい (This manga is great!)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 5 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Fridays 12.52am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Navigator: Aoi Yui
Guest Stars (in alphabetical order): Arai Hirofumi & Yamamoto Koji, Kanno Misuzu, Tsukamoto Shinya, Denden, Nakagawa Taishi, Higashide Masahiro, Hiraiwa Kami, Morikawa Aoi, Moriyama Mirai & Yamamoto Mizuki

Preview of "Ten Tenhoudoori no Kaidanji" - Autumn 2018

Title: Ten Tenhoudoori no Kaidanji 天 天和通りの快男児 (Ten The Fine Guy of Tenhou Street)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 3 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Wednesdays 1.35am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original manga by: Fukumoto Nobuyuki
Cast: Kishitani Goro, Furukawa Yuuki, Yoshida Eisaku, Matoba Koji, Denden, Okayama Hajime, Aijima Kazuyuki, Takubo Issei, Yamaguchi Yoshiyuki, Tanaka Yoji, Hoshida Hidetoshi, Kaneko Noboru & Nagaoka Takuya

Friday, October 05, 2018

Preview of "Boku to shippo to Kagurazaka" - Autumn 2018

Title: Boku to shippo to Kagurazaka 僕とシッポと神楽坂 (Me, Shippo and Kagurazaka)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 12 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Fridays 11.15pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Original manga by: Tarasawa Michi
Theme Song: "Kimi no Uta" by Arashi
Cast: Aiba Masaki, Hirosue Ryoko, Shuri, Kotaki Nozomu, Nagisa, Yashiba Toshihiro, Yamura Hiroki, Atomu, Mii-chan, Ookura Koji, Murakami Jun, Katou Kazuko & Issey Ogata

Preview of "Aibou season 17" - Autumn 2018

Title: Aibou season 17 相棒17
Official website: here
Official Facebook: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 17 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Wednesdays 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Cast: Mizutani Yutaka, Sorimachi Takashi, Suzuki Anju, Kawahara Kazuhisa, Yamanaka Takashi, Yamanishi Atsushi, Asari Yousuke, Tanaka Ryuuzou, Jinbo Satoshi, Ono Ryo, Katagiri Ryuji, Enoki Takaaki, Sugimoto Tetta, Nakama Yukie & Ishizaka Koji

Preview of "Legal V ~ Moto Bengoshi Takanashi Shouko ~" - Autumn 2018

Title: Legal V ~ Moto Bengoshi Takanashi Shouko ~ リーガルV ~ 元弁護士・小鳥遊翔子 ~ (Legal V ~ Former Lawyer Takanashi Shouko)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 11 October 2018
Timeslot: Thursdays 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "Illumination" by SEKAI NO OWARI
Cast: Yonekura Ryoko, Mukai Osamu, Hayashi Kento, Nanao, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Naitou Risa, Miyamoto Mayu, Adachi Yumi, Miura Shohei, Katsumura Masanobu, Kohinata Fumiyo & Takahashi Hideki

Preview of "Pretty ga oosugiru" - Autumn 2018

Title: Pretty ga oosugiru プリティが多すぎる (There is too much prettiness)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 18 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Thursdays 12.59am
Broadcast by: NTV / Hulu
Original manga by: Oosaki Kozue
Theme Song: "COLOR" by Kimura Kaela
Cast: Chiba Yuudai, Satsukawa Aimi, Kobayashi Kinako, Yajima Maimi, Ikehata Reina, Kuroba Mario, Nagai Mijika, Moriyama Asuka, Nakao Akiyoshi, Horiuchi Keiko & Sugimoto Tetta

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Winners of the 10th TAMA Movie Awards (2018)

Best Movie
Manbiki Kazoku
Netemo Sametemo

Special Award
Mori no iru basho
Camera wo tomeruna!

Best Actor
Higashide Masahiro (Netemo sametemo / Kiku to Guillotine / Panku Samurai, Kirarete Soro / OVER DRIVE / Yochou Sanposuru Shinryakusha)
Matsuzaka Toori (Korou no Chi / Shounen / Funouhan / Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi)

Best Actress
Ando Sakura (Manbiki Kazoku / DESTINY Kamakura Monogatari)
Matsuoka Mayu (Katte ni furuetero / Manbiki Kazoku / Chihayafuru - Musubi - / blank13)

Best New Director
Imaizumi Rikiya (Pan to bus to nidome no hatsukoi)
Miyake Sho (Kimi no tori wa utaeru)

Best Newcomer Actor
Yoshimura Kaito (Mori no iru basho / Akuma / Saraba Seijaku / Vigilante)
Yoshizawa Ryo (River's Edge / Neko wa dakumono / Gintama 2 Okite wa yaburu tame ni koso aru / Marmalade Boy / Aku to kame no ruuru / Leon / Saiki Kusuo no Sainan)

Best Newcomer Actress
Fukagawa Mai (Pan to bus to nidome no hatsukoi)
Ito Sairi (Enokida Bouekidou / Pan to bus to nidome no hatsukoi / Netemo sametemo / blank13)

Source: Natalie

Preview of "Kyou kara ore wa!" - Autumn 2018

Title: Kyou kara ore wa!! 今日から俺は!! (From today, it's my turn)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 14 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Sundays 10.30pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Original manga by: Nishimori Hiroyuki
Theme Song: "Otoko no Kunshou" by Kyou Ore Band
Cast: Kaku Kento, Ito Kentaro, Seino Nana, Hashimoto Kanna, Taiga, Yamoto Yuuma, Wakatsuki Yumi, Masaki Reiya, Jirou (SISSONE), Hasegawa Shinobu (SISSONE), Izuka Kenta, Aihara Mika, Suzuki Nobuyuki, Isomura Hayato, Muro Tsuyoshi, Sena Jun, Sato Jiro & Yoshida Kotaro

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Preview of "Dorokei - Keishicho Sousa Sanka -" - Autumn 2018

Title: Dorokei - Keishicho Sousa Sanka ドロ刑 - 警視庁捜査三課 - (Thief Police Detective - Metropolitan Police Department 3rd Investigation Unit -)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 13 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Saturdays 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Original manga by: Fukuda Shu
Theme Song: "Karakuri darake no Tenderness" by Sexy Zone
Cast: Nakajima Kento, Endo Kenichi, Ishibashi Anna, Nakamura Tomoya, Eguchi Noriko, Nomaguchi Tooru, Tanaka Michiko, Ikushima Sho, Maruyama Tomomi, Itao Itsuji & Inamori Izumi