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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Preview of Tokyo Nijuusanku Onna - Spring 2019

Title: Tokyo Nijuusanku Onna 東京二十三区女 (The women of Tokyo's 23 Wards)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 12 April 2019
Timeslot: Fridays 12 midnight
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 6
Original novel by: Nagae Toshikazu
Cast: Kurashina Kana, Adachi Yumi, Sakuraba Nanami, Dan Mitsu, Nakayama Miho, Shimazaki Haruka, Sano Shiro, Hasegawa Tomoharu, Suzuki Sawa, Kohinata Fumiyo, Takenaka Naoto, Ogi Shigemitsu, Shirasu Jin & Okayama Amane etc.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Preview of "Ukiyo no Gaka" (Drama SP)

Title: Ukiyo no Gakka 浮世の画家 (An Artist of the Floating World)
Official website: here
O.A. Date: 30 Mar 2019 at 9pm
Broadcast by: NHK
Original novel by: Kazuo Ishiguro
Cast: Watanabe Ken, Hirosue Ryoko, Maeda Aki, Terada Kokoro, Wada Masato, Hagiwara Masato, Watanabe Daichi, Takeda Kouhei, Sato Ryuta, Akiyama Natsuko, Nakamura Aoi, Daito Shunsuke, Okuda Eiji, Kohinata Fumiyo, Maeda Tomoya, Sano Shiro, Yo Kimiko, Ishiguro Hideo, Kohinata Seiichi, Saito Tomoko & Hasegawa Hatsunori

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 16th & 17th Mar 2019

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

1) Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki (370)

2) Captain Marvel (361)

3) Eiga Puri Kyua Miracle Universe (229)

4) Tonde Saitama (318)

5) Kimi wa tsukiyo ni hikarikagayaku (298)

6) Green Book (180)

7) Eiga no Osomatsu-san (126)

8) The Mule (238)

9) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (211)

10) Boku no kanojo wa mahoutsukai (205)

Source: Eiga.com

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 9th & 10th Mar 2019

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

1) Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki (370)

2) Tonde Saitama (318)

3) Green Book (180)

4) The Mule (238)

5) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (211)

6) Boku no kanojo wa mahoutsukai (205)

7) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

8) Fortuna no Hitomi (295)

9) Gekijouban Ultraman R/B Select! Kizuna no Crystal (105)

10) PSYCHO-PASS Sinners of the System Case 3 Onshuu no Kanata ni (86)

Source: Eiga.com

Monday, March 11, 2019

Preview of "Natsuzora" (NHK morning drama)

Title: Natsuzora なつぞら (Summer Sky)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Period: From 1 Apr 2019 to 28 Sep 2019
Timeslot: Mondays to Saturdays at 8am
Broadcast by: NHK
Total number of episodes: 156
Theme Song: "Yasashii ano ko" by Spitz
Cast: Hirose Suzu, Okada Masaki, Kusakari Masao, Matsushima Nanako, Fujiki Naohito, Kiyohara Sho, Fukuchi Momoko, Hirao Nanaka, Kobayashi Takashi, Otoo Takuma, Yasuda Ken, Takahata Atsuko, Sendo Nobuko, Yamada Yuuki, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Kobayashi Ayako, Yoshizawa Ryo, Inukai Atsuhiro, Kudo Asuka, Nakahara Takeo, Kitano Kii, Tomita Miu, Emoto Tasuku etc.


Saturday, March 09, 2019

Top 10 favourite comedic actors ranking (Oricon)

Oricon conducted a survey on 1,000 people from their teens to 50s where they were asked to choose their favourite comedic actors. Although Muro Tsuyoshi won the hearts of the teenagers, it was Ooizumi Yo who was the favourite for the rest of the age groups:

1) Ooizumi Yo

2) Muro Tsuyoshi

3) Abe Sadao

4) Sato Jiro

5) Takenaka Naoto

6) Yamada Takayuki

7) Namase Katsuhisa

8) Nishida Toshiyuki

9) Ohno Satoshi

10) Kaku Kento

Source: Oricon

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Preview of "Ooku Saishusho 2019" (Drama SP)

Title: Ooku Saishusho 2019 大奥最終章 2019 (Ooku Last Chapter 2019)
Official website: here
O.A. Date: 25 Mar 2019 at 8pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Cast: Kimura Fumino, Oosawa Takao, Koike Eiko, Hamabe Minami, Minamino Yoko, Kishii Yukino, Matsuzaka Keiko & Suzuki Honami

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Preview of "Dying Eye" - Winter 2019

Title: Dying Eye ダイイング・アイ
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 16 Mar 2019
Timeslot: Saturdays 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 6
Original novel by: Higashino Keigo
Cast: Miura Haruma, Takahashi Maryjun, Matsumoto Marika, Kakizawa Hayato, Onozuka Hayato, Fuchikami Yasushi, Kimura Yuichi, Horiuchi Keiko & Namase Katsuhisa

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Preview of "Kyou, kaerimasu" (Drama SP)

Title: Kyou, kaerimasu 今日、帰ります。(I'm going home today)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 10 Mar 2019 at 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Cast: Ito Atsushi, Kinami Haruka, Nishioka Tokuma, Natsuki Mari, Kobayashi Miki, Koono Usagi, Kasamatsu Sho & Toda Masahiro

Preview of "Zekkyou" - Winter 2019

Title: Zekkyou 絶叫 (Scream)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 24 Mar 2019
Timeslot: Sundays 10pm
Total number of episodes: 4
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Original novel by: Hamanaka Aki
Cast: Ono Machiko, Yasuda Ken, Konishi Manami, Katagiri Jin, Maekawa Yasuyuki, Koyanagi Yu, Sakai Wakana, Kaname Jun, Asou Yumi, Kaku Tomohiro, Rokkaku Shinji, Ikushima Sho, Sakiyama Tsubasa, Hamatsu Takayuki, Kobayashi Ryoko & Okunuki Kaoru

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 2nd & 3rd Mar 2019

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

1) Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki (370)

2) Tonde Saitama (318)

3) Green Book (180)

4) Boku no kanojo wa mahoutsukai (205)

5) Alita: Battle Angel (358)

6) Fortuna no Hitomi (295)

7) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

8) Masquerade Hotel (332)

9) Gekijouban City Hunter Shinjuku Private Eyes (251)

10) Aquaman (335)

Source: Eiga.com

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Winners of the Osaka Cinema Festival 2019

Top 10 Japanese movies
1) Korou no Chi
2) Manbiki Kazoku
3) Netemo Sametemo
4) Nichinichi kore koujitsu
5) Yakiniku Dragon
6) Kiku to Guillotine
7) Camera wo tomeruna!
8) Mori no iru basho
9) Itoshi no Irene / Kimi no tori wa utaeru

Best Leading Actor: Yakusho Koji (Korou no Chi)

Best Leading Actress: Shuri (Ikiterudakede, Ai)

Best Supporting Actor: Matsuzaka Toori (Korou no Chi)

Best Supporting Actress: Abe Junko (Korou no Chi)

Best Male Newcomer: Ootani Ryohei (Yakiniku Dragon)

Best Female Newcomer: Kiryu Mai (Kiku to Guillotine / Suzukike no Uso) & Hirao Nanaka (Gokko)

Best Director: Shiraishi Kazuya (Korou no Chi)

Best Script: Zeze Takahisa (Kiku to Guillotine / Yuuzai)

Best Cinematography: Tsukinaga Yuta (Mori no iru basho)

Best Music: tofubeats (Netemo sametemo)

Best New Director: Nojiri Katsumi (Suzukike no Uso)

Wild Bunch Award: Camera wo tomeruna!

Source: Osaka Cinema Festival

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Winners of the Confidence Award Drama Prize - Annual Awards 2018

Best Drama: Ossans Love

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

Best Leading Actress: Ishihara Satomi (Unnatural)

Best Supporting Actor: Sato Takeru (Hanbun, Aoi / Gibo to Musume no Blues)

Best Supporting Actress: Tanaka Yuko (anone)

Best Newcomer: Kiyohara Kaya (Toumei na Yurikago)

Best Script: Nogi Akiko (Unnatural)

Source: Oricon

Winners of the 42nd Japan Academy Prize

Best Movie: Manbiki Kazoku

Best Animation Movie: Mirai no Mirai

Best Director: Koreeda Hirokazu (Manbiki Kazoku)

Best Script: Koreeda Hirokazu (Manbiki Kazoku)

Best Leading Actor: Yakusho Koji (Korou no Chi)

Best Leading Actress: Ando Sakura (Manbiki Kazoku)

Best Supporting Actor: Matsuzaka Toori (Korou no Chi)

Best Supporting Actress: Kiki Kirin (Manbiki Kazoku)

Best Foreign Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody

Newcomer Awards
Kamishiraishi Moka (Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori)
Shuri (Ikiterudakede, Ai)
Hirate Yurina (Hibiki)
Yoshine Kyoko (Kasane / Chiri Tsubaki)
Ito Kentaro (Koohi ga samenai uchi ni)
Nakagawa Taishi (Sakamichi no Aporon / Kakugo wa ii ka soko no joshi)
Narita Ryo (Sumaho wo otoshitadake nanoni / Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou)
Yoshizawa Ryo (River's Edge)

Most Talked-About Movie: Camera wo tomeruna!

Most Talked-About Actor: Ito Kentaro (Koohi ga samenai uchi ni)

Source: Natalie

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 23rd & 24th Feb 2019

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

1) Tonde Saitama (318)

2) Alita: Battle Angel (358)

3) Boku no kanojo wa mahoutsukai (205)

4) Fortuna no Hitomi (295)

5) Masquerade Hotel (332)

6) Nanatsu no Kaigi (328)

7) Aquaman (335)

8) Gekijouban City Hunter Shinjuku Private Eyes (251)

9) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

10) Code Geass Fukkatsu no Lelouch (120)

Source: Eiga.com

Winners of the 33rd Japan Gold Disc Award 2019

Here is the list of winners for the 33rd Japan Gold Disc Award 2019:

Artist of the Year
(Japanese music) Amuro Namie
(Western music) Queen

Best Asian Artist
BTS

Best Enka Artist
Hikawa Kiyoshi

New Artist of the Year
(Japanese music) King & Prince
(Western music) Alan Walker
(Asian music) SEVENTEEN

Album of the Year
(Japanese music) "Umi no Oh, Yeah!!" - Southern All Stars
(Western music) "Bohemian Rhapsody Original Soundtrack" - Queen
(Asian music) "FACE YOURSELF" - BTS

Single of the Year
"Teacher  Teacher" - AKB48

Song of the Year
(Japanese music) "Lemon" - Yonezu Kenshi
(Western music) "The Middle" - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey
(Asian music) "Candy Pop" - TWICE

Best Music Video
(Japanese music) "namie amuro Final Tour 2018 ~ Finally ~" - Amuro Namie
(Japanese music) "ARASHI LIVE TOUR 2017-2018 untitled" - Arashi
(Japanese music) "Hey! Say! JUMP I/Oth Anniversary Tour 2017-2018" - Hey! Say! JUMP
(Western music) "From the Vault: No Security San Jose 1999" - The Rolling Stones
(Asian music) "2017 BTS LIVE TRILOGY EPISODE III THE WINGS TOURIN JAPAN ~ SPECIAL EDITION ~ at KYOCERA DO" - BTS

Special Award
"U.S.A." - DA PUMP

Source: Oricon

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Top 10 favourite comédiennes ranking (Oricon)

Oricon conducted a survey on 1,000 people from their teens to 50s where they were asked to choose their favourite comédiennes (actresses playing comedic roles). The overall winner Ayase Haruka swept across all age groups except for the teenagers who preferred Hashimoto Kanna:

1) Ayase Haruka

2) Hashimoto Kanna

3) Aragaki Yui

4) Katagiri Hairi

5) Ando Sakura

6) Ishihara Satomi

7) Takahata Mitsuki

8) Asou Kumiko

9) Nagasawa Masami

10) Kinami Haruka

Source: Oricon

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The 99th Drama Academy Awards (Autumn 2018) - Best Drama

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Chuugakusei Nikki
2) Kyou kara ore wa!!
3) Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to ~

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Chuugakusei Nikki
2) Kyou kara ore wa!!
3) Boku to shippo to Kagurazaka
4) Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to ~
5) Dorokei - Keishicho Sousa Sanka -

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Chuugakusei Nikki
2) Kyou kara ore wa!!
3) Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to ~
4) Kemono ni narenai watashitachi
5) Shitamachi Rocket 2

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
2) Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to ~
3) Kyou kara ore wa!!
Shitamachi Rocket 2
5) Segodon
Black Scandal

Source: The Television

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The 99th Drama Academy Awards (Autumn 2018) - Best Leading Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Kaku Kento - Kyou kara ore wa!!
2) Okada Masaki - Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
3) Suzuki Ryohei - Segodon

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Kaku Kento - Kyou kara ore wa!!
2) Aiba Masaki - Boku to shippo to Kagurazaka
3) Nakajima Kento - Dorokei - Keishicho Sousa Sanka -
4) Suzuki Ryohei - Segodon
5) Matsuda Ryuhei - Kemono ni narenai watashitachi

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Kaku Kento - Kyou kara ore wa!!
2) Suzuki Ryohei - Segodon
3) Abe Hiroshi - Shitamachi Rocket 2
4) Okada Masaki - Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Matsuda Ryuhei - Kemono ni narenai watashitachi

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Okada Masaki - Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
2) Suzuki Ryohei - Segodon
3) Kaku Kento - Kyou kara ore wa!!
Takahashi Issei - Bokura wa kiseki de dekiteiru
5) Abe Hiroshi - Shitamachi Rocket 2

Source: The Televison

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 16th & 17th Feb 2019

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

1) Fortuna no Hitomi (295)

2) Aquaman (335)

3) Nanatsu no Kaigi (328)

4) Masquerade Hotel (332)

5) Gekijouban City Hunter Shinjuku Private Eyes (251)

6) Code Geass Fukkatsu no Lelouch (120)

7) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

8) Mary Poppins Returns (368)

9) Juuninin no shinitai kodomotachi (341)

10) Yuki no Hana (324)

Source: Eiga.com

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The 99th Drama Academy Awards (Autumn 2018) - Best Leading Actress

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Toda Erika - Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to
2) Arimura Kasumi - Chuugakusei Nikki
3) Aragaki Yui - Kemono ni narenai watashitachi

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Arimura Kasumi - Chuugakusei Nikki
2) Toda Erika - Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to
3) Aragaki Yui - Kemono ni narenai watashitachi
4) Yonekura Ryoko - Legal V ~ Moto Bengoshi Takanashi Shouko ~
5) Takahata Mitsuki - Boukyaku no Sachiko

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Toda Erika - Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to
2) Arimura Kasumi - Chuugakusei Nikki
3) Aragaki Yui - Kemono ni narenai watashitachi
4) Yonekura Ryoko - Legal V ~ Moto Bengoshi Takanashi Shouko ~
5) Tanaka Rena - Nukemairu ~ Onna Sannin Isemairi ~

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Toda Erika - Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to
2) Yonekura Ryoko - Legal V ~ Moto Bengoshi Takanashi Shouko ~
3) Aragaki Yui - Kemono ni narenai watashitachi
4) Arimura Kasumi - Chuugakusei Nikki
5) Yamaguchi Sayaka - Black Scandal

Source: The Television

The 99th Drama Academy Awards (Autumn 2018) - Best Supporting Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Okada Kenshi - Chuugakusei Nikki
2) Muro Tsuyoshi - Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to ~
3) Ito Kentaro - Kyou kara ore wa!!

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Okada Kenshi - Chuugakusei Nikki
2) Muro Tsuyoshi - Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to ~
3) Ito Kentaro - Kyou kara ore wa!!
4) Kotaki Nozumi - Boku to shippo to Kagurazaka
5) Endo Kenichi - Dorokei - Keishicho Sousa Sanka -

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Okada Kenshi - Chuugakusei Nikki
2) Muro Tsuyoshi - Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to ~
3) Ito Kentaro - Kyou kara ore wa!!
Taiga - Kyou kara ore wa!!
5) Hayashi Kento - Legal V ~ Moto Bengoshi Takanashi Shouko ~

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Yamazaki Ikusaburo - Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Muro Tsuyoshi - Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to ~
Muro Tsuyoshi - Kyou kara ore wa!!
4) Ito Kentaro - Kyou kara ore wa!!
5) Eita - Segodon
Hayashi Kento - Legal V ~ Moto Bengoshi Takanashi Shouko ~

Source: The Televison

2019's Top 10 ranking of most desired male celebrities who you want as a boyfriend (Oricon)

Oricon conducted a survey on 500 female respondents in their teens to 50s where they selected the male celebrity who they wished to have as their boyfriend. It seems that women in different age groups have varying preferences as the eventual winner Tanaka Kei won the hearts of those in their 20s and 40s while Nakamura Tomoya was the No.1 for teenagers, Ikuta Toma for those in their 30s and Dean Fujioka the favourite among those in their 50s. Tanaka Kei also made history by being the first person to get the No.1 spot on his first entry into the top 10 and the first married celebrity to grab this title:

1) Tanaka Kei

2) Aiba Masaki

3) Nakamura Tomoya

4) Ooizumi Yo

5) Ikuta Toma

6) Saito Takumi

7) Muro Tsuyoshi

8) Ohno Satoshi

9) Kamenashi Kazuya

10) Takenouchi Yutaka

Source: Oricon

Friday, February 15, 2019

The 99th Drama Academy Awards (Autumn 2018) - Best Supporting Actress

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Yoshida Yo - Chuugakusei Nikki
2) Kuroki Haru - Kemono ni narenai watashitachi
3) Hashimoto Kanna - Kyou kara ore wa!!

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Yoshida Yo - Chuugakusei Nikki
2) Seino Nana - Kyou kara ore wa!!
3) Hirosue Ryoko - Boku to shippo to Kagurazaka
4) Hashimoto Kanna - Kyou kara ore wa!!
5) Natsukawa Yui - Chuugakusei Nikki

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Hashimoto Kanna - Kyou kara ore wa!!
2) Kuroki Haru - Kemono ni narenai watashitachi
3) Yoshida Yo - Chuugakusei Nikki
4) Seino Nana - Kyou kara ore wa!!
5) Ito Sairi - Kemono ni narenai watashitachi

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Kuroki Haru - Segodon
Kuroki Haru - Kemono ni narenai watashitachi
Hirose Arisu - Harassment Game
4) Seino Nana - Kyou kara ore wa!!
Nanao - Legal V ~ Moto Bengoshi Takanashi Shouko ~
Imoto Ayako - Shitamachi Rocket 2

Source: The Televison

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The 99th Drama Academy Awards (Autumn 2018) - Best Theme Song

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Prologue - Uru (Chuugakusei Nikki)
2) Otoko no Kunsho - Kyou Ore Band (Kyou kara ore wa!!)
3) Maboroshi - Yuzu (Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju)

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Prologue - Uru (Chuugakusei Nikki)
2) Otoko no Kunsho - Kyou Ore Band (Kyou kara ore wa!!)
3) Kimi no uta - Arashi (Boku to shippo to Kagurazaka)
4) Old Fashioned - back number (Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to)
5) Karakuri darake no Tenderness - Sexy Zone (Dorokei - Keishicho Sousa Sanka -)

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Prologue - Uru (Chuugakusei Nikki)
2) Otoko no Kunsho - Kyou Ore Band (Kyou kara ore wa!!)
3) Old Fashioned - back number (Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to)
4) Konya kono mama - Aimyon (Kemono ni narenai watashitachi)
5) Masshiro - Bikkeburanka (Kemono ni narenai watashitachi)

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Maboroshi - Yuzu (Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju)
2) Otoko no Kunsho - Kyou Ore Band (Kyou kara ore wa!!)
3) half of me - Hirai Ken (Tasogare Ryuuseigun)
4) Prologue - Uru (Chuugakusei Nikki)
5) Masshiro - Bikkeburanka (Kemono ni narenai watashitachi) /
Kimi no uta - Arashi (Boku to shippo to Kagurazaka) /
Old Fashioned - back number (Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to) /
Kaze wo mitsumete - Kobukuro (Harassment Game)

Source: The Televison

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 9th & 10th Feb 2019

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

1) Nanatsu no Kaigi (328)

2) Aquaman (335)

3) Masquerade Hotel (332)

4) Gekijouban City Hunter Shinjuku Private Eyes (251)

5) Code Geass Fukkatsu no Lelouch (120)

6) Mary Poppins Returns (368)

7) Juuninin no shinitai kodomotachi (341)

8) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

9) Yuki no Hana (324)

10) First Man (326)

Source: Eiga.com

Monday, February 11, 2019

Top 10 actresses in Next Break Ranking 2019 (Oricon)

Oricon conducted a survey on 1,000 respondents in their teens to 50s where they selected the actress who they felt would scale new heights in 2019. Just like Ito Kentaro, Imada Mio was the winner across all age groups thus making her the overall winner.

Here is the list of the top 10 actresses who received the most votes:

1) Imada Mio

2) Kamishiraishi Moka

3) Seino Nana

4) Ito Sairi

5) Shuri

6) Iitoyo Marie

7) Ikeda Elaiza

8) Kishii Yukino

9) Izumi Rika

10) Fukuhara Haruka

Source: Oricon

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Top 10 actors in Next Break Ranking 2019 (Oricon)

Oricon conducted a survey on 1,000 respondents in their teens to 50s where they selected the actor who they felt would scale new heights in 2019. The overall winner Ito Kentaro who swept through all the age categories as the top favourite, used to go by his first name Kentaro only when he was a model and made his acting debut in the drama version of "Hirugao" until he switched to using his full name in 2018.

Here is the list of the top 10 actors who received the most votes:

1) Ito Kentaro

2) Okada Kenshi

3) Taiga

4) Isomura Hayato

5) Yamoto Yuuma

6) Kote Shinya

7) Kotaki Nozomu

8) Machida Keita

9) Emoto Tokio

10) Ryuusei Ryo

Source: Oricon

Monday, February 04, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 2nd & 3rd Feb 2019

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

1) Nanatsu no Kaigi (328)

2) Masquerade Hotel (332)

3) Yuki no Hana (324)

4) Juuninin no shinitai kodomotachi (341)

5) Mary Poppins Returns (368)

6) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

7) Gekijouban Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly (131)

8) Eiga Toukenranbu (111)

9) Ralph breaks the Internet (374)

10) Love Life! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow (128)

Source: Eiga.com

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Winners of the 14th Confidence Award Drama Prize (Autumn 2018)

Best Drama: Kyou kara ore wa!! (NTV)

Best Leading Actor: Okada Masaki - Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (NHK)

Best Leading Actress: Toda Erika - Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to (TBS)

Best Supporting Actor: Yamazaki Ikusaburo - Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (NHK)

Best Supporting Actress: Kuroki Haru - Kemono ni narenai watashitachi (NTV)

Best Script: Oishi Shizuka - Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to (TBS)

Best Newcomer: Isomura Hayato - Kyou kara ore wa!! (NTV)

Source: Oricon

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Arai Hirofumi arrested for alleged rape committed in July 2018

Yet another promising actor in trouble for a sex scandal! Sometimes, you really wonder why these people don't think of the consequences and squander the careers which they built up so painstakingly over the years with just a single action. And why do they think they can get away with things and pretend as if nothing has happened all this while? Haven't he seen enough examples in the past about how such sex scandals can kill someone's career overnight?

According to reports, the victim had reported the case right after it happened in July last year so for as long as six months while investigations were ongoing, this guy had been living as usual i.e. doing his filming while still making lewd jokes and suggestive comments online. Well, to give him the benefit of the doubt, he might not have known that he was being investigated for this case but wouldn't he have the slight realisation that he actually did something wrong when it happened? Surely you can't blame the fact that you were intoxicated when you did that?

Much as I think that it is a pity for such talent to be wasted in this manner, if it is indeed proven that he did commit the rape, it's going to be near impossible for him to return to acting. I just pity the people who worked with or are working with him. They are going to be affected really badly because this guy is involved in various projects here and there. And every time something like this happens, innocent people have to bear the consequences one way or another just because of their association with him. Sigh!

Since there are so many articles out there about his case, I'll just extract the key points here so that you can understand what this is all about and who will be impacted by his arrest. Of course, the situation is going to develop over time so we'll probably hear more about it when Arai gets released from custody.

- The alleged rape supposedly took place on 1 July 2018 around 2am when the victim in her 30s who works as a dispatch massage therapist, was hired to provide massage services at Arai's apartment in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. She immediately went to the police for advice on the same day and filed an official police report in late August 2018. Police investigations went on for about 6 months and there were rumours that Arai was previously questioned by the police in December 2018.
According to the police, Arai allegedly used force against the victim such as pressing on her head when the offence took place. In addition, he had been given a document to sign before the massage service began where it was clearly stated that there would be no sexual services provided by the therapist and she had explained that to him as well before he signed it. Although Arai reportedly admitted to the allegation in general, he disagreed with some parts such as the use of force on the victim. He was said to be alone at home that day and was drinking alcohol when the victim visited his place.

- At 9am on 1 February 2019, the police went to Arai's apartment for investigations and got him to follow them to the HQ of Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Kasumigaseki for official questioning on a voluntary basis. He arrived there around 12.30pm and was said to have admitted to the key facts of the case. As such, the police got an arrest warrant issued around 5pm and officially arrested him at 7pm.

- When news of Arai's residence being raided and him being called up for questioning first surfaced, his agency Anore didn't know about it until they saw the news and revealed that they didn't manage to contact Arai at all. Subsequently, Anore issued a statement saying that they are still trying to find out more about the situation and regretted that a situation like this arose before apologising to the victim and all parties affected by Arai's arrest. They pledged to deal with the issue with the utmost sincerity once the situation becomes clearer and they find out all the details regarding his case.

- If found guilty, Arai is liable for imprisonment of more than 5 years.

- Arai has 2 movies lined up to be released this year:
1) "Taifuu Kazoku" was filmed in summer last year and post-production has been completed in time for the original release date in June. The movie company Kino Films has announced via its official Twitter that the release of this movie will be postponed until they wait and see how the case develops over time.
This movie features Kusanagi Tsuyoshi in the leading role and co-stars include MEGUMI, Nakamura Tomoya and Ono Machiko etc.
2) "Zenaku no Kuzu" which featured Arai and Hayashi Kento as double leads, wrapped up its filming in December last year and editing was completed in January this year. The movie company commented that they only heard of his arrest through the news and are trying to find out more about the situation before making a decision on the movie's fate.

- Arai has a variety show "Utsukushiki Sakenomitachi" on BS Fuji where he goes to seek out various drinking places in Japan based on feedback from Twitter users but the next episode featuring Fukui on 10 February will be replaced with another programme. Another episode featuring Okayama originally scheduled to be shown via FujiTV on 6 February will also be replaced with something else.The official website has been made inaccessible since the news broke.

- FujiTV is supposed to do a rerun of the drama "Pride" from 4th to 6th February and will be editing Arai out of the broadcast.

- The media has also "dug up" past instances of Arai making seemingly suggestive and lewd remarks on his Twitter account such as his open call for crude jokes on 29 October at10 minutes before midnight which was 4 months after the alleged rape took place or commenting that Yamamoto Mizuki's legs looked erotic to him in response to her online post on 27 November asking fans to choose their favourite among 4 potential cover pages for her new photobook. Of course, he might have been joking around with no malice intended but the timing of such comments after the alleged rape doesn't reflect too well on him.

- And no thanks to this case, Arai's past and current girlfriends are in the limelight again. He was caught dating Ikewaki Chizuru back in 2004 by a tabloid and her agency admitted then that they were an item. In 2007, he was romantically linked to singer Sakamoto Miu who is the daughter of Sakamoto Ryuichi. In March 2013, he was found to be dating Nikaidou Fumi who was only 18 years old at that time. The two of them reportedly started dating after working on the movie "Himizu" but they broke up in December 2014. In May 2016, he was said to be dating Kaho and she admitted that things were going well between them during a public appearance in August the same year.

- One of Arai's close friends i.e. Muro Tsuyoshi posted a message on his Twitter which was said to be in response to his friend's arrest. He began by saying that people would usually think that it is a bad idea to be posting on Twitter at such a time but he is prepared to give "someone" a dressing down if that person admits to him that he did something wrong. However, there are things which haven't been confirmed yet so for now, Muro will still drink with that person as usual when the latter is able and ready to do so.

Sources: Nikkansports 1 / Nikkansports 2 / Nikkansports 3 / Nikkansports 4Natalie 1 / Sanspo 1 / Sanspo 2Sponichi 1 / Sponichi 2 / Sponichi 3

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Winners of the 28th Tokyo Sports Eiga Taisho (2018)

Best Movie: Manbiki Kazoku

Best Director: Ueda Shinichiro (Camera wo tomeruna!)

Best Leading Actor: Lily Franky (Manbiki Kazoku)

Best Leading Actress: Ando Sakura (Manbiki Kazoku)

Best Supporting Actor: Matsuzaka Toori (Korou no Chi)

Best Supporting Actress: Matsuoka Mayu (Manbiki Kazoku)

Best Newcomer: Shuhama Harumi (Camera wo tomeruna!)

Best Foreign Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody

Source: Natalie

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Key statistics of the Japanese movie industry in 2018 & list of Japanese movies which crossed the 1 billion yen mark in box office takings

Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, Inc. announced key statistics of the Japanese movie industry in 2018 and the list of Japanese movies which crossed the 1 billion yen mark in box office takings during its New Year press conference on 29 Jan 2019:

- Total box office takings for 2018 was 97.3% of 2017's i.e. JPY 222.511 billion.

- "Gekijouban Code Blue Doctor Heli Kinkyuu Kyuumei" was the No.1 Japanese movie in the box office (JPY 9.3bn) but lost to "Bohemian Rhapsody" (JPY 10.46bn) in terms of the overall ranking. Note that the latter is still showing in cinemas as of now so the total takings are set to go even higher.

- 1,192 movies were released in Japan within 2018 of which 613 were domestic productions while there were 579 foreign movies.

- It has been 15 years since 2003's "Odoru Daisousasen THE MOVIE 2 / Rainbow Bridge wo fuusaseyo!" that there was any Japanese movie which achieved box office takings of more than JPY 9 billion. Other than "Code Blue", "Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkounin" was the other movie at No.2 which achieved this feat.

- There were 31 Japanese movies and 23 foreign movies which crossed the JPY 1 billion mark.

- Total cinema visits was at 97% of 2017's figure i.e. 169.21 million visits.

- 2018's figures were the 3rd best since 2000 even though there wasn't a super hit among the offerings last year.

- Average ticket price was JPY 1,315 which was 0.4% higher than 2017, thanks to more screenings at 4D, IMAX and Dolby Atmos theatres which usually charge higher prices.

Here is the list of Japanese movies which crossed the 1 billion yen mark in 2018 with their box office takings reflected within the brackets (Note that for some films which were shown towards the end of the year and are still being screened, the final total takings are subjected to change):

Gekijouban Code Blue Doctor Heli Kinkyuu Kyuumei (9.3bn)
Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkounin (9.18bn)
Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Takarajima (5.37bn)
Manbiki Kazoku (4.55bn)
Gintama 2 Okite wa yaburutame ni koso aru (3.7bn)
DESTINY Kamakura Monogatari (3.21bn)
Camera wo tomeruna! (3.12bn)
Gekijouban Pocket Monster Minna no Monogatari (3.09bn)
Kensatsugawa no Zainin (2.96bn)
Mirai no Mirai (2.88bn)
Hachinengoshi no Hanayome Kiseki no Jitsuwa (2.82bn)
Eiga Youkai Watch Shadow Side Oniou no Fukkatsu (2.04bn)
Sumaho wo otoshitadake nanoni (1.96bn)
Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakushou! Kungfu Boys ~ Ramen Dairan ~ (1.84bn)
Soratobu Taiya (1.74bn)
Chihayafuru - Musubi - (1.73bn)
Boku no Hero Academy THE MOVIE ~ Futari no Eiyuu ~ (1.72bn)
KU-KAI Utsukushiki Ouhi no Nazo (1.7bn)
Inori no maku ga orirutoki (1.59bn)
Koohii ga samenaiuchi ni (1.5bn)
Rapurasu no Majo (1.4bn)
Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Rider (1.28bn)
Nichinichi kore koujitsu (1.28bn)
Kita no Sakuramori (1.27bn)
50 Kaime no First Kiss (1.26bn)
Sensei Kunshu (1.23bn)
Eiga HUGtto! Puri Kyua Futari wa Puri Kyua All Stars Memories (1.15bn)
Hagane no Renkin Jutsushi (1.11bn)
Konya, Romance Gekijou de  / Gekijouban Kamen Rider Build Be The One / Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs. Keisatsu Sentai Patranger en Film (1.02bn)
Ningyo no nemuru ie (1bn)

Source: Natalie

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 26th & 27th Jan 2019

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

1) Masquerade Hotel (332)

2) Juuninin no shinitai kodomotachi (341)

3) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

4) Gekijouban Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly (131)

5) Ralph breaks the Internet (374)

6) Eiga Toukenranbu (111)

7) PSYCHO-PASS Sinners of the System Case.1 Tsumi to Batsu (87)

8) Love Life! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow (128)

9) Dragon Ball Super Broly (361)

10) Aiuta Yakusoku no nakuhito (181)

Source: Eiga.com

Monday, January 28, 2019

Arashi announces their decision to stop group activities after 31 Dec 2020 + their official statements + their press conference

As per my posts on Facebook and Twitter earlier, Arashi dropped a bombshell on everyone on Sunday when they announced their decision to stop group activities after 31 Dec 2020. To help you understand the situation and identify the facts from rumours, I have summarised the key information in the form of 5Ws as per below:

Who: Arashi
What: Stopping all group activities as Arashi
When: After 31 Dec 2020
Why: Ohno Satoshi initiated this decision by revealing his intention to take a break from his activities as a Arashi member back in June 2017. The group members collectively decided in June 2018 that they would stop group activities in his absence rather than disband because they can only be Arashi if the five of them are together.
Where: The impact of this decision will be largely felt in work projects involving the five of them together such as their variety shows "VS Arashi" and "Arashi ni shiyagare". Solo activities are expected to go on as usual except for Ohno who will also take a break from showbiz for his solo career.

In the video which they released to their fanclub members first, here are the translations of the official statements from the members:

Ohno Satoshi
We, Arashi, have something to tell our fans.
We, Arashi, have decided to stop our group activities with effect from 31 December 2020 after many discussions among ourselves.
We know that you will be shocked by this sudden announcement but we wanted to let our fans who have always supported us all the time to know about this first.

Around the middle of June 2017, I gathered the other four members and conveyed my feelings to them i.e. I wanted to end my activities in Arashi as of the year 2020.

As a cut-off point after Arashi's 20th anniversary and the year 2020, I wondered if it would be fine for us to "fold up and put away" Arashi for the time being and go on our respective paths. Although this may seem selfish, I wanted to live freely for once without any restrictions so I conveyed my thoughts to them.

I met each member numerous times to talk about this.
Later, the 5 of us had similar discussions many times as well before reaching the consensus that we would stop group activities as Arashi after 2020.

Every member has their respective views on this.
While bearing these in mind, I plan to continue working hard until the end of 2020.
As this is a sudden announcement, I am very apologetic to everyone who is working with us especially our many fans who have been supporting us all this while.

I am filled with gratitude towards everyone which I cannot express fully in words.
Thank you very much.
In the remaining period until the end of 2020, I will fulfill my mission and responsibilities to the best of my abilities.

Sakurai Sho
We had many 1-to-1 and group discussions before we reached this decision.

As Aiba mentioned it earlier, rather than going our separate ways, the Arashi of today is the 5 of us putting our arms around one another and facing one huge goal together. In other words, we are united unanimously in our decision.

We have had numerous dreams come true, thanks to everyone around us.
From now on, the 5 of us will continue to run towards the end just like sparklers which emit warmth until it culminates into one huge aerial fireworks while continuing to think about and explore various possibilities.

It would be great if you can continue to look on us favourably.
Thank you everyone for your support till now.

Aiba Masaki
I was also very shocked. I feel very strongly that Arashi is only Arashi if the 5 of us are together. If there is 1 or 2 of us who are missing, it would be difficult to continue group activities under this name.

I love Arashi very much and would do anything for Arashi. This result is not because our relationship has soured and we went to great lengths to talk about this over and over again. This is a decision which was reached by the 5 of us and our staff members.

In the time remaining, we will continue to work hard and bring the best entertainment to everyone as per before. We will continue to do our best as well in preparation for the likelihood that a day may come when the 5 of us are able to face the same direction and restart our activities as Arashi,

Thank you everyone for your support till now.

Ninomiya Kazunari
When I first heard it, I was very shocked. I have never thought of such a thing before so to be honest, I was just shocked.

However, as Leader (Ohno) said earlier, this is a result after extensive discussions between the 5 of us over time. As I always say, Arashi can only be made of these 5 people so this decision is a show of our respect towards Leader's feelings.

Nonetheless, the 5 of us will continue doing our best as Arashi until the end of 2020 and make happy memories with everyone. In addition, we hope to get the continued support of everyone who is working with us, be it now or in the future.

I also hope that the fans will never forget that we are always Arashi regardless of when it may be and ask for your continued support going forward.

Matsumoto Jun
I am very sorry for the sudden announcement which must have shocked many people.
This is a decision which was reached after repeated discussions among the 5 of us.

The 5 of us will continue to work hard until the end of 2020 and enjoy each and every day with the fans while creating happy memories together.
I think that we will be able to do this only if we live each day to the fullest and put in our best effort.

As to why we decided to announce this now, this is because it will take time for everyone to understand and accept our thoughts.
We also hope to continue living each day positively going forward.

This year is also our 20th anniversary and the 5 of us will do our best till the last day of 2020.
We hope that the fans will continue to follow us till then.

And following the release of the announcement video, Arashi held a press conference to talk more about this. I have picked the highlights here from various news articles:

- Apparently, Ohno picked 16 June 2017 i.e. the day before Ninomiya's birthday to meet the other members by sending a LINE message to their chat group. Ninomiya actually thought that it was a deliberate choice by Ohno to give him a birthday surprise so he was shocked to find out that the latter had a different agenda in mind. On the other hand, Sakurai had a hunch that Ohno had already decided on something which he didn't know though so Ohno's message of "wanting to talk about something" suggested that he wasn't calling for the meeting to ask for advice or discuss the issue. Meanwhile, Aiba was so stunned by the announcement that he fell backwards from his chair which Sakurai remembered quite well since Aiba was sitting on his right that day. Nonetheless, they still went to celebrate Ninomiya's birthday after Ohno revealed his thoughts and he apologised to Ninomiya for the timing of this revelation which sort of spoiled the mood for the celebration.

- Ohno actually felt that he would have to quit the agency in order to show how serious he was about this. However, the 4 of them dissuaded him from quitting and suggested that he should just take a break for the time being without the need to take such a drastic step for now. Ohno said that he actually entertained thoughts of this around 3 years ago although there was no specific trigger which led to this idea.

- Although Ohno will stop his solo activities as well from 2021, he has no idea nor plans as to what he wants to do. For now, he just wants to experience and see things which he had never been able to and lead an ordinary life when he leaves showbiz for the time being. However, he will still be under the management of Johnny's Jimusho. As such, he pledged to "maintain his appearance and figure" even during his break so that he doesn't look too different or old from now even after he stops appearing on TV. He joked that he might have to put in more effort to achieve this as compared to the other members.

- Matsumoto made it very clear at the beginning of the press conference that they are not disbanding. He explained that a group can only succeed if the members have the strong will to make things work. He also revealed that they actually did talk in the past about whether to end group activities while they were still in good shape although there were no concrete plans then. Matsumoto said that he wasn't surprised to hear about Leader's decision and respected his wishes.

- As Sakurai put it - "Just as it was difficult to decide Arashi's future based on one person's feelings, we also couldn't tie down another person's life because of how the others felt.", this was how tough it was for them to find a mutually acceptable decision and why it took them a long time to do so. However, this episode also strengthened their bond as a result even though it was a very painful decision.

- Aiba said that he needed a long time to come to terms with this decision especially since he was very much of the opinion that Arashi can only be the 5 of them. He discussed with Ohno on how to continue as Arashi but finally accepted that it was wrong to make Leader (Ohno) compromise if he didn't feel the same way as them and acknowledged that stopping group activities was the only way to go.

- When asked about why he insisted that the 5 of them made this decision not because they are on bad terms, Aiba explained that he didn't want them to be misunderstood and deliberately hoped that the media would mention this. In actual fact, their 20-year bond with one another actually became stronger after the repeated discussions.

- The media has suggested several reasons as to why Arashi is announcing this 2 years before the end of their group activities:
1) The numerous people who work with them, be it in TV, CMs, events etc. - it takes a long time for them to make adjustments and arrangements in relation to this decision.
2) Their fans - Arashi's fan club is said to have more than 2.3 million members. Even with the ongoing dome tour of 50 performances and a possible final concert tour next year, not everyone will get to attend their concerts.
By giving a 2-year advance notice, Arashi can probably come up with some new projects and events to meet the fans' requests after their announcement.
3) What went wrong with SMAP - Johnny's Jimusho seemed to have learned its lesson from the SMAP saga which ultimately was due to the members having different opinions on their futures and management problems. Even though Arashi members are on good terms with one another unlike SMAP, there is no guarantee that someone may revolt if they continue to work at such high intensity while facing various restrictions such as the freedom to get married. In order to avoid the worst scenario of disbanding, this was probably what led to the agency accepting their decision of stopping group activities.

- As to why Ohno had the idea of wanting to live freely, there are several possible theories which the media has come up with:
1) the stress of being a top star - being at the centre of attention everywhere and having no privacy now that your whereabouts can be easily exposed with everyone having smartphone cameras and the proliferation of social media
2) the tough work schedule - if you look at the amount of money they are making just from CD and DVD sales i.e. in 2017 (about JPY 10.8bn) and 2018 (about JPY 6.7bn) along with their TV appearances, dramas, movies, CMs and concerts, you can probably tell how busy they must have been over the years.

Now that we know that the end is coming in 2 years, does it make it easier for you to accept the decision as compared to a last-minute announcement? 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Winners of the 73rd Mainichi Film Awards (2018)

Grand Prize - Japanese Movie: Manbiki Kazoku

Excellence Award - Japanese Movie: Kiku to Guillotine

Best Foreign Movie: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director: Ueda Shinichiro (Camera wo tomeru na!)

Best Scriptwriter: Nojiri Katsumi (Suzukike no uso)

Best Leading Actor: Emoto Tasuku (Kimi no tori wa utaeru)

Best Leading Actress: Ando Sakura (Manbiki Kazoku)

Best Supporting Actor: Tsukamoto Shinya (Zan)

Best Supporting Actress: Kiki Kirin (Manbiki Kazoku)

Sponichi Male Newcomer Grand Prix: Tamaoki Reo (Kyoukaishi)

Sponichi Female Newcomer Grand Prix: Kiryuu Mai (Kiku to Guillotine)

TSUTAYA Premium Movie Fan Award - Japanese Movie: Gekijouban Code Blue Doctor Heli Kinkyuu Kyuumei

TSUTAYA Premium Movie Fan Award - Foreign Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody

Source: Natalie

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 19th & 20th Jan 2019

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

1) Masquerade Hotel (332)

2) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

3) Gekijouban Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly (131)

4) Ralph breaks the Internet (374)

5) Eiga Toukenranbu (111)

6) Dragon Ball Super Broly (361)

7) Love Life! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow (128)

8) TAXI Diamond Mission (173)

9) Konna yofuke ni banana kayo Itoshiki jitsuwa (330)

10) Heisei Kamen Rider 20 Saku Kinen Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER (332)

Source: Eiga.com

Winners of the 61st Blue Ribbon Award (2018)

Best Movie: Camera wo tomeru na!

Best Leading Actor: Tachi Hiroshi (Owatta Hito)

Best Leading Actress: Kadowaki Mugi (Tomerareruka, oretachi wo)

Best Supporting Actor: Matsuzaka Toori (Korou no Chi)

Best Supporting Actress: Matsuoka Mayu (Manbiki Kazoku / Chihayafuru - Musubi -)

Best Newcomer: Minami Sara (Shino-chan wa jibun no namae ga ienai)

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

Best Foreign Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody

Top 10 Japanese movies (in alphabetical order):
Camera wo tomeruna!
Kiku to Guillotine
Korou no Chi
SUNNY Tsuyoi kimochi tsuyoi ai
Soratobu Taiya
Tomerareruka, oretachi wo
Nichinichi kore koujitsu
Netemo Sametemo
Manbiki Kazoku
Yakiniku Dragon

Source: Natalie

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Top 10 most memorable Heisei Era Kamen Rider actors (Oricon)

Oricon conducted a survey involving 1,000 men and women from their teens to 50s where they chose the actor whose portrayal of Kamen Rider in the Heisei Era series was most memorable to them. Odagiri Jo who was the first generation Kamen Rider in this series, emerged as the overall winner thanks to support from those in their 30s and 50s while Sato Takeru was the No.1 for those in their teens, 20s and 40s.

Note that the number in the brackets indicate the year when the actor appeared in the Kamen Rider series:

1) Odagiri Jo (2000)

2) Sato Takeru (2007)

3) Fukushi Souta (2011)

4) Mizushima Hiro (2006)

5) Takeuchi Ryoma (2014)

6) Suda Masaki (2009)

7) Kaname Jun (2001)

8) Hosokawa Shigeki (2005)

9) Kashuu Toshiki (2001)

10) Handa Kento (2003)

Source: Oricon

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 12th & 13th Jan 2019

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

1) Gekijouban Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly (131)

2) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

3) Ralph breaks the Internet (374)

4) Dragon Ball Super Broly (361)

5) Konna yofuke ni banana kayo Itoshiki jitsuwa (330)

6) Creed II

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

8) Love Life! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow (128)

9) A Star is Born (340)

10) Heisei Kamen Rider 20 Saku Kinen Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER (332)

Source: Eiga.com

Monday, January 14, 2019

Top 10 most anticipated new adults of 2019 (Oricon)

This is a survey done by Oricon every year where respondents are asked who among the celebrities who have gone through the Coming-of-Age ceremony that year they expect to do well going forward. This year's survey had 1,000 respondents in various age groups from teens to 50s:

1) Hirose Suzu

2) Hashimoto Kanna

3) Nakagawa Taishi

4) Doan Ritsu (soccer player)

5) Saito Asuka - Nogizaka 46

6) Nagase Ren - King & Prince

7) Hirano Ayumu (snowboarder)

8) Aoi Wakana

9) Fukunaga Haruka

10) Nagahama Neru - Nogizaka 46

Source: Oricon

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Winners of Nikkansports Dorama Grand Prix (Autumn 2018)

There were 1,076 valid votes for this round of voting between 13th and 20th Dec where the top 5 for each category in each season would then be eligible as nominees for the annual awards.The numbers in brackets indicate the number of votes received for the drama and/or actor/actress.

Best Drama
1) Boku to shippo to Kagurazaka (209)
2) Shitamachi Rocket 2 (121)
3) Segodon (108)
4) Kyou kara ore wa!! / Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to (78)

Best Leading Actor
1) Aiba Masaki - Boku to shippo to Kagurazaka (225)
2) Suzuki Ryohei - Segodon (174)
3) Abe Hiroshi - Shitamachi Rocket 2 (149)
4) Mizutani Yutaka - Aibou season 17 (91)
5) Kaku Kento - Kyou kara ore wa!! (90)

Best Leading Actress
1) Ando Sakura - Manpuku (232)
2) Yonekura Ryoko - Legal V ~ Moto Bengoshi Takanashi Shouko ~ (198)
3) Toda Erika - Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to (157)
4) Arimura Kasumi - Chuugakusei Nikki (128)
5) Aragaki Yui - Kemono ni narenai watashitachi (121)

Best Supporting Actor
1) Muro Tsuyoshi - Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to (121)
2) Hasegawa Hiroki - Manpuku (85)
3) Eita - Segodon (77)
4) Issey Ogata - Boku to shippo to Kagurazaka (64)
5) Ito Kentaro - Kyou kara ore wa!! / Sorimachi Takashi - Aibou season 17 (52)

Best Supporting Actress
1) Hirosue Ryoko - Boku to shippo to Kagurazaka (150)
2) Matsuzaka Keiko - Manpuku (92)
3) Kuroki Haru - Segodon (88)
4) Imoto Ayako - Shitamachi Rocket 2 (67)
5) Shuri - Boku to shippo to Kagurazaka (66)

Source: Nikkansports

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 5th & 6th Jan 2019

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

1) Ralph breaks the Internet (374)

2) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

3) Dragon Ball Super Broly (361)

4) Konna yofuke ni banana kayo Itoshiki jitsuwa (330)

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

6) Heisei Kamen Rider 20 Saku Kinen Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER (332)

7) A Star is Born (340)

8) Love Life! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow (128)

9) Eiga Youkai Watch FOREVER FRIENDS (367)

10) The Grinch (365)

Source: Eiga.com

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 29th & 30th Dec 2018

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

1) Ralph breaks the Internet (374)

2) Bohemian Rhapsody (368)

3) Dragon Ball Super Broly (361)

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

5) Heisei Kamen Rider 20 Saku Kinen Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER (332)

6) Eiga Youkai Watch FOREVER FRIENDS (367)

7) Konna yofuke ni banana kayo Itoshiki jitsuwa (330)

8) The Grinch (365)

9) A Star is Born (340)

10) Nisekoi (294)

Source: Eiga.com

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Oricon's most anticipated Winter 2019 dramas ranking

Oricon conducted a survey on 1,364 people from their teens to 50s between 14 Dec and 20 Dec where they chose which Winter 2019 drama they are looking forward to watch. Dramas which were not announced by the TV stations before 13 Dec 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 late night 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:

Primetime Category
1) Ie uru onna no gyakushu (77)
2) Sannen A gumi - Ima kara minnasan wa, hitojichi desu - (63)
3) Maison de Police (61)
4) Good Wife (60)
5) Scandal Senmon Bengoshi QUEEN (59)
6) Hajimete koi wo shita hi ni yomu hanashi (56)
7) Innocence Enzai Bengoshi (52)
8) Gosaigyo (50)
9) Trace ~ Kasouken no otoko ~ (47)
10) Keiji Zero (46)
11) Kioku Sousa ~ Shinjuku Higashisho Jiken File ~ (44)
12) Mikazuki (41)
13) Haken uranaishi Ataru (39)
14) Yotsuba Ginkou Harashima Hiromi ga monomoosu! ~ Kono hito ni kakero ~ (23)
15) Tokusatsu Gagaga (19)

Late Night Category
1) Atarashii Ousama (45)
2) Sasurai Onsen Endo Kenichi (42)
3) Fruits Takuhaibin / Boku no hatsukoi wo kimi ni sasagu (36)
5) Zanbi (30)
6) Designer Shibui Naoto no Kyuujitsu (28)
7) Watashi no Ojisan ~ WATAOJI ~ (25)
8) Jinsei ga tanoshikunaru shiawase no housoku (22)
9) Setsuyaku Rock / Yuube wa otanoshimi deshita ne (16)
11) Perfect Climb (10)
12) Zombie ga kitakara jinsei mitsumenaoshita ken (7)

Source: Oricon

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Preview of "Miki Clinic de kanpai wo" - Winter 2019

Title: Miki Clinic de kanpai wo 神酒クリニックで乾杯を (A toast at Miki Clinic)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 12 Jan 2019
Timeslot: Saturdays 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original novel by: Chinen Mikito
Theme Song: "Hometown" by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Cast: Miura Takahiro, Ando Masanobu, Yamashita Mizuki, Matsumoto Marika, Yanagi Shuntaro, Itagaki Rihito, Usuda Asami, Takenaka Naoto, Shinagawa Hiroshi & Kobayashi Sachiko

Preview of "Wakakozake Season 4" - Winter 2019

Title: Wakakozake Season 4 ワカコ酒 Season 4 (Wakako's Alcohol Season 4)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 7 Jan 2019
Timeslot: Mondays 12 midnight
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original manga by: Shunkyu Chie
Opening theme song: "Sakebbaradaizake" by Bando janaimon! MAXX NAKAYOSHI
Ending theme song: "Hoshitachi no Moment" by Ueno Yuuka
Cast: Takeda Rina, Nozoe Yoshihiro, Kamakari Kenta, Yamada Kinuo, Watabe Mizuki, Shiotsuka Kouhei, Sakoi Takayuki, Hasegawa Shinya & Nagai Kyo

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

明けましておめでとうございます!And the 2019 Fukubukuro giveaway begins!

A very happy new year to everyone! 明けましておめでとうございます。

First of all, thank you very much for your support of this blog over the years! 2019 marks the 13th year since I moved from the forum to this blog. Frankly speaking, I'm actually surprised at how long I've lasted despite the fact that I took breaks during this period and was close to giving up. 2018 was tough for me in various aspects and I even had to scale back on the amount of work I did on this blog so as to keep going. Despite this sudden decision, I was moved by the encouragement and supportive comments received which made me realise that what I'm doing is of value to others.

A new year brings a fresh beginning and the opportunity to make new plans and set new goals. Rather than make elaborate plans, I would like to take things slow, one step at a time. Gradual progress, slowly but surely. And I hope that everything will turn out well for myself and everyone around me including all of you who have been following this blog and the official Facebook and Twitter pages.

As a small gesture of my appreciation, I would like to hold the 2019 Fukubukuro giveaway! For those who may not know what a fukubukuro is, it literally means a bag of fortune. At many departmental stores or shops, customers pay a fixed amount to get a fukubukuro which tends to contain items whose value exceeds the price paid. However, you won't be able to see the contents or pick a specific bag so this is like a test of your fortune to see if you will be lucky in the new year.

Similar to the concept of a fukubukuro, I will be giving away 15 fukubukuros for free! These fukubukuros contain official merchandise of dramas or movies. Simply send me a private message via the Twitter and Facebook pages of Dorama World with the following information and indicate the number of the fukubukuro which you wish to get. If there are multiple requests for the same number, I will pick one person by random. Entries are accepted until the end of this Sunday, 6 Jan by 11.59pm SG time. Note that for the favourites categories, only one answer is required. Any entries with multiple answers will be disqualified:

Your Name/Nickname:
Number of the fukubukuro requested:
No.1 favourite actor:
No.1 favourite actress:
No.1 drama for 2018:

Winners will be announced after 7 Jan 2019. I will then contact them via private message so as to get the mailing addresses to send the fukubukuros to.

Hope to receive your entries soon and good luck! 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Preview of "Boku no hatsukoi wo kimi ni sasagu" - Winter 2019

Title: Boku no hatsukoi wo kimi ni sasagu 僕の初恋をキミに捧ぐ (I offer my first love to you)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 19 Jan 2019
Timeslot: Saturdays 11.15pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Original manga by: Aoki Kotomi
Theme Song: "Maybe Tomorrow" by Dean Fujioka
Cast: Nomura Shuhei, Sakurai Hinako, Miyazawa Hio, Sato Kanta, Baba Fumika, Matsui Airi, Yahagi Honoka, Kizu Takumi, Tomita Kentaro, Fukumoto Riko, Korenaga Hitomi, Matobu Sei, Kojima Kazuya, Ishida Hikari & Namase Katsuhisa