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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

Preview of "Kemono ni narenai watashitachi" - Autumn 2018

Title: Kemono ni narenai watashitachi 獣になれない私たち (We are not able to become beasts)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 10 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Wednesdays 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Theme Song: "Konya kono mama" by Aimyon
Insert Song: "Masshiro" by Bikkeburanka
Cast: Aragaki Yui, Matsuda Ryuuhei, Tanaka Kei, Kuroki Haru, Inukai Atsuhiro, Ito Sairi, Kondo Koen, Ichinose Wataru, Kikuchi Rinko, Matsuo Takashi, Yamauchi Takaya & Tanaka Misako

Preview of "Black Scandal" - Autumn 2018

Title: Black Scandal ブラックスキャンダル
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 4 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Thursdays 11.59pm
Broadcast by: YTV / NTV
Theme Song: "Dogman" by Gesu no Kiwami Otome
Cast: Yamaguchi Sayaka, Ando Masanobu, Matsui Rena, Wakaba Ryuya, Morita Kanro, Ogawa Sara, Nomura Masumi, Tanigawa Shoichiro, Namioka Kazuki, Emma Jasmine, Matsumoto Marika, Katagiri Jin, Hiraiwa Kami & Kataoka Tsurutaro

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Preview of "Shitamachi Rocket 2" - Autumn 2018

Title: Shitamachi Rocket 2 下町ロッケト2 (Downtown Rocket)
Official website: here
Official Facebook: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 14 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Sundays 9pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Original novel by: Ikeido Jun
Cast: Abe Hiroshi, Tsuchiya Tao, Takeuchi Ryoma, Yasuda Ken, Tokushige Satoshi, Wada Toshihiro, Konno Hiroki, Nakamoto Ken, Tanida Ayumi, Tsubokura Yoshiyuki, Baba Tooru, Asakura Aki, Tateishi Ryoko, Yamamoto Keisuke, Yamada Yuusuke, Matsukawa Naruki, Sugaya Tetsuya, Kanno Rio, Hara Anna, Bokumoto Sakiko, Imoto Ayako, Maya Miki, Uchiba Katsunori, Rokkaku Seiji, Okada Kouki, Megumi Toshiaki, Ikehata Shinnosuke, Furutachi Ichiro, Kinoshita Houka, Yamamoto Gaku, Nakamura Baijaku, Baisho Mitsuko, Onoe Kikunosuke, Tatekawa Danshun, Kanda Masaki, Kikkawa Koji & Sugi Ryoutarou

Preview of "Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to ~" - Autumn 2018

Title: Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to ~ 大恋愛 ~ 僕を忘れる君と (Big Romance ~ With you who forgets me)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 12 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Fridays 10pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Theme Song: "Old Fashioned" by back number
Cast: Toda Erika, Muro Tsuyoshi, Tomizawa Takeshi, Sugino Yousuke, Kurokawa Tomoka, Natsuki Youko, Kusakari Tamiyo & Matsuoka Masahiro

Monday, October 01, 2018

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

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

1) Gekijouban Natsume Yuujincho Utsusemi ni musubu (136)

2) Christopher Robin (362)

3) Chiri Tsubaki (341)

4) Koohii ga samenai uchi ni (305)

5) A Quiet Place (194)

6) The Meg (284)

7) Camera wo tomeruna! (2)

8) Gintama 2 Okite wa yaburu tame ni koso aru (345)

9) DTC Yukemuri Junjohen from HIGH&LOW (155)

10) Kensatsugawa no Zainin (334)

Source: Eiga.com

Preview of "Chuugakusei Nikki" - Autumn 2018

Title: Chuugakusei Nikki 中学聖日記
Official website: here
Official Facebook: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 9 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Tuesdays 10pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Original manga by: Kawakami Junko
Theme Song: "Prologue" by Uru
Cast: Arimura Kasumi, Okada Kenshi, Machida Keita, Ono Rina, Makita Sports, Natsuki Mari, Tomochika, Yoshida Yo & Natsukawa Yui


Preview of "tourist" - Autumn 2018

Title: tourist ツーリスト
Official website: here
O.A. Dates: 28 Sep (TBS), 1 Oct (TV Tokyo) & 7 Oct (WOWOW)
Broadcast by: Paravi, TBS, TV Tokyo and WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 3
Theme Song by: HYUKOH
Cast: Mizukawa Asami, Ikeda Elaiza, Ono Machiko, Miura Haruma, Makita Sports, Nimura Sawa, Ishibashi Natsumi, Baka Rhythm & Narumi Riko

Preview of "Bokura wa kiseki de dekiteiru" - Autumn 2018

Title: Bokura wa kiseki de dekiteiru 僕らは奇跡でできている (We are made of miracles)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 9 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Tuesdays 9pm
Broadcast by: Kansai TV / FujiTV
Theme Song: "Yokan" by SUPER BEAVER
Opening Theme Song: "Pure na soldier" by Shiggy Jr.
Cast: Takahashi Issei, Eikura Nana, Kaname Jun, Kojima Kazuya, Nishihata Daigo (Kansai Johnny's Jr), Yahagi Honoka, Kita Kana, Hirota Ryohei, Tanaka Min, Triendl Reina, Anan Kenji, Toda Keiko & Kobayashi Kaoru

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Winning at the starting line doesn't guarantee success?

Came across this article from Oricon which discussed the interesting phenomenon of how celebrities who did not win in TV programme contests or audition competitions ended up becoming more successful than the eventual winners then. The writer seems to be suggesting a theory that winning at the starting line doesn't always guarantee success and that the "losers" may turn the tables later in their careers because they actually have unique traits unlike the "winners" who were selected because they were safe bets. There were a number of examples cited so I'm just going to translate some highlights rather than the entire article:

- Many of the actresses and artistes these days actually came from TV programme contests such as the 90s' audition programme ASAYAN where Morning Musume was born even though they were not the winners or beauty and audition competitions like the Japan Bishojo Contest organised by Oscar Promotion.

- In Oscar Promotion which boasts of many actresses such as Yonekura Ryoko, Takei Emi, Ueto Aya and Gouriki Ayame, they had all taken part in the Japan Bishojo Contest. In the 1992 edition, the winner was Sato Aiko who is well-known for her breakthrough role in "Itazura Na Kiss" but actually in that same year, Yonekura got the judges' special award. Likewise for Ueto who got the same award as Yonekura in the following year, the winner in 1993 was Sudo Atsuko who is doing largely supporting roles these days. Gouriki did not even make the finals in 2002 edition as she failed in the second round of selection.

- Likewise, in ASAYAN, the eventual winner was Heike Michiyo but those who did not win formed the group Morning Musume and became a huge sensation back then in the 90s and early 2000s.

- Ishihara Promotion also conducted an audition contest in 2000 to find the next Ishihara Yujiro, a famous actor and singer who passed away in 1987. Among 52,000 applicants, Tokushige Satoshi won the title and even got his poster hung up at Shibuya 109. Although he is still working as an actor, his career is still far from matching up to his predecessor as he certainly has big shoes to fill.

- In large audition programmes or contests, there is a tendency to choose a winner who is "all-rounded" i.e. with an "average" face without standing out too much. As such, those with really unusual traits or characters tend to get the smaller awards rather than the title itself. Besides, organisers tend to want to avoid the scenario of not being able to find a suitable winner so they lean towards selecting a "safe choice" which is unlikely to be criticised. In some cases, the winner is said to be a shoo-in as the judges seem to be geared towards selecting a specific candidate.

- However, because those who did not win usually have some stand-out traits, they tend to have the potential of achieving a breakthrough in their careers later on. In addition, there is the mistaken notion that winning the title represents reaching a goal rather than marking the start of a long career ahead. As such, there were people who might have been contented with what they got e.g. the star treatment or special arrangements or felt the pressure of being thrust into stardom right from the start thus making it difficult for them to develop and grow as an artiste.

- On the other hand, those who did not make the cut or just won small awards would have the need to establish themselves through their hard work and find out what works for them. Heike Michiyo admitted during a TV appearance in 2015 that she lost her hunger for success once she passed the audition as compared to Morning Musume members who were determined to make it big.

- There are also many actresses who went through tough times to get to where they are today. For example, Kitagawa Keiko and Arimura Kasumi failed many auditions for dramas and movies but they still persisted in going for the auditions. Kitagawa said before in an interview that the most scary thing during this stage of her career was the loss of desire to continue challenging because of the fear of failure while Arimura recalled how she was told that there was nothing special about her when she kept failing auditions. This actually made her think a lot about how she could develop her strengths within her limitations.

- Nonetheless, there are actresses who still made it big after winning the titles e.g. Ishihara Satomi who won the Horipro Scout Caravan and Nagasawa Masami who won the Toho Cinderella Audition. As such, it still depends very much on the individual as to whether they will end up being a success or falter after the competition, regardless of whether they are winners or losers.

Source: Oricon

Winners of Nikkansports Dorama Grand Prix (Summer 2018)

There were 894 valid votes for this round of voting between 13th and 20th Sep 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.

Note: This season's voting numbers were much lower than usual which could probably be due to the fact that Japan was hit with a number of natural disasters this summer:

Best Drama
1) Hanbun, Aoi (133)
2) Gibo to Musume no Blues (132)
3) Segodon (111)
4) Good Doctor (79)
5) Hagetaka (56)

Best Leading Actor
1) Suzuki Ryohei - Segodon (178)
2) Yamazaki Kento - Good Doctor / Sawamura Ikki - Zettai Reido 3 ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa ~ (145)
4) Ayano Go - Hagetaka (86)
5) Yamada Takayuki - dele (58)

Best Leading Actress
1) Ayase Haruka - Gibo to Musume no Blues (247)
2) Nagano Mei - Hanbun, Aoi (217)
3) Tsuchiya Tao - Chia Dan (102)
4) Ishihara Satomi - Takane no Hana (91)
5) Yoshioka Riho - Kenkou de bunkateki na saiteigendo no seikatsu (58)

Best Supporting Actor
1) Sato Takeru - Hanbun, Aoi (164)
2) Eita - Segodon (68)
3) Sato Takeru - Gibo to Musume no Blues (58)
4) Takenouchi Yutaka - Gibo to Musume no Blues (48)
5) Mineta Kazunobu - Takane no Hana (39)

Best Supporting Actress
1) Matsuyuki Yasuko - Hanbun, Aoi (111)
2) Kuroki Haru - Segodon (84)
3) Ueno Juri - Good Doctor (68)
4) Kamishiraishi Moka - Gibo to Musume no Blues / Honda Tsubasa - Zettai Reido 3 ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa ~ (55)

Source: Nikkansports

Preview of "SUITS" - Autumn 2018

Title: SUITS スーツ
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 8 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Mondays 9pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Original drama by: NBC Universal
Cast: Oda Yuji, Nakajima Yuuto, Araki Yuuko, Nakamura An, Isomura Hayato, Imada Mio, Kunimura Jun, Tajima Reiko, Kote Shinya & Suzuki Honami

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Preview of "Manpuku" (NHK morning drama)

Title: Manpuku まんぷく
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 1 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Mondays to Saturdays 8am
Total number of episodes: 151
Scriptwriter: Fukuda Yasushi
Music: Kawai Kenji
Theme Song: "Anata to turattatta" by DREAMS COME TRUE
Narrator: Ashida Mana
Cast: Ando Sakura, Hasegawa Hiroki, Matsuzaka Keiko, Uchida Yuki, Ootani Ryohei, Matsushita Nao, Kaname Jun, Kishii Yukino, Kiritani Kenta, Seto Koji, Nakao Akiyoshi, Kataoka Ainosuke, Hashizume Isao, Hashimoto Manami, Fujiyama Senjiro, Narumi, Soganoya Kantaro, Hamano Kenta, Matsui Rena, Kureshiro Kumi etc.

Preview of "Kekkon aite wa chuusen de" - Autumn 2018

Title: Kekkon aite wa chuusen de 結婚相手は抽選で (Get your marriage partner through a lottery)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
O.A. Start Date: 6 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Saturdays 11.40pm
Broadcast by: Tokai TV & FujiTV
Original novel by: Kakiya Miu
Theme song: "aquarium" by Takahashi Yu
Cast: Nomura Shuhei, Takanashi Rin, Ootani Ryohei, Satsukawa Aimi, Ohnishi Ayaka, Matsumoto Ukyo, Kato Masato, Yamaguchi Miyako, Tomita Keiko, Kugasawa Tooru, Hirayama Yuusuke & Wakamura Mayumi

Preview of "Cold Case 2 - Shinjitsu no Tobira -" - Autumn 2018

Title: Cold Case 2 - Shinjitsu no Tobira - コールドケース2 - 真実の扉- (Cold Case 2 - The Door of Truth -)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 13 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Saturdays 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 10
Cast: Yoshida Yo, Nagayama Kento, Takito Kenichi, Mitsuishi Ken & Miura Tomokazu
Guest Line-up: Hashizume Isao, Yoshimura Kaito, Kudo Kankuro, Hagiwara Masato, Yada Akiko, Wakaba Ryuya, Sato Koichi, Yoshioka Hidetaka, Hiraiwa Kami, Tanaka Kei, Okuda Eiji, Inoue Yoshio, Iitoyo Marie, Kitamura Yukiya, Yamada Anna, Bandou Ryota, Narumi Riko, Saotome Taichi & Matsumoto Honoka

Friday, September 28, 2018

Why is there a need to mention whether the wife is pregnant when Japanese celebrities make marriage announcements?

Have you ever wondered about this: why do Japanese celebrities have to indicate whether their wives or they themselves are pregnant when making marriage announcements?

Recently, this topic has come up for discussion again following Shida Mirai's marriage announcement. This article from J-CAST News takes a look at this phenomenon with some research into the past so as to explain why and how this started to become the norm.

I am not translating the entire article but will just highlight the key points so that it's easier to read and understand. Do share your comments here or via the Facebook or Twitter posts:

- When Shida announced her marriage on 14 Sep, the similarity among various publications was that they all reported the fact that she is not pregnant yet, albeit in slightly different ways:
Daily Sports: 志田は妊娠しておらず、今後も仕事を続ける (Shida is not pregnant and will continue working)
Sanspo: 挙式・披露宴は未定で、妊娠はしておらず、仕事は続ける (There are no plans yet for a wedding, she is not pregnant and will continue working)
Yomiuri Hochi: 妊娠はしておらず、仕事は続けていく (She is not working and will continue working)
Nikkansports: 志田は妊娠はしておらず、仕事は続けるという (It is said that Shida is not pregnant and will continue working)
Sponichi: 志田は妊娠しておらず、仕事は続けるという (It is said that Shida is not pregnant and will continue working)
This has sort of become a standard phrase for marriage announcements unless the couple in question is actually having a shotgun marriage.

- Although many readers would be keen to know whether the couple is getting married because a baby is on the way, there are some people who have expressed a different view. For example, Wada Akiko said on her show "Akko ni omakase!" on 29 July that she didn't see why it was necessary for this to be mentioned with reference to Miura Shohei and Kiritani Mirei's marriage announcement. She also said that Shida having to say this seemed to be like a form of sexual harassment towards the latter.

- The writer of this article went to search for articles in the past to see who "started" this trend. The oldest article which mentioned this standard phrase was back in 1998 when actress Suzuki Anju got married to a doctor who was more than 10 years older than her. At that time, nobody in the media had ever reported that Suzuki was seeing someone so there were some reports claiming that this was a shotgun marriage due to the "sudden nature" of the marriage announcement. However, a report in Nikkansports dated 7 June 1998 clearly indicated that Suzuki was not pregnant then so this statement was probably meant to quash rumours at that time.

- As it got to the early 2000s, this phrase became the norm when female TV announcers got married. It was common for them to leave their jobs and TV programmes then if they were pregnant unlike now so there was probably a need to say it if they were going to quit soon.

- However, the situation started to change again from around 2003 when this phrase became common among celebrities again, starting with Esumi Makiko who got married in 2003. It was indicated in a Nikkansports article on 28 Jan 2003 that Esumi was not pregnant, scheduled to appear in a spring drama that year and her wedding was supposed to be held in autumn.

- By the time it was 2005, the dailies joined the sports/entertainment newspapers in using this phrase. When it was 2007, this became a standard for all types of newspapers.

- The changing social trends from the 2000s probably contributed to this being specifically mentioned in the media reports as well. In the past, idols dating one another was considered scandalous and any suggestion of them engaging in sexual activities was a taboo which could kill off their careers. As such, reporters were keen to jump on anyone who was having a shotgun marriage.

- However, the last 20 years have seen a change especially with anti-social behaviour such as extramarital affairs and drug scandals being very common in showbiz. This has somehow led to people being more accepting about celebrities dating and getting pregnant before marriage because this is comparatively "milder" than those who get caught for criminal behaviour. As such, a shotgun marriage may have been scandalous in the past but now, stating the opposite has become the trend to specify that there is no baby on the way. The phrase used to indicate a shotgun marriage has also changed from できちゃった婚 (dekichatta-kon) to 授かり婚 (sazukari-kon) which sounds more positive. In fact, statistics show that about one quarter of the marriages in Japan since 2000 were shotgun ones so this probably brought about the people's change in mindset as well.

- However, there are concerns that this phrase is not suitable to be used in this era especially since there are many types of relationships where marriage is not the only option for couples. Besides, there are suggestions that this may come across as offensive to those who actually want children but cannot e.g. LGBT couples and those who are having trouble conceiving. Last but not least, even celebrities deserve to have their privacy so they should not be required to state this if they don't wish to.

What do you think about this? Does it really matter whether you know if a married couple is having a baby on the way? Will it affect your perception of them if you know this information?

Preview of "Tasogare Ryuuseigun" - Autumn 2018

Title: Tasogare Ryuuseigun 黄昏流星群 (Twilight Meteoric Shower)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 11 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Thursdays 10pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Original manga by: Hirokane Kenshi
Theme Song: "half of me" by Hirai Ken
Cast: Sasaki Kuranosuke, Nakayama Miho, Fujii Ryuusei, Ishikawa Ren, Reiji, Asou Yumi, Yagi Akiko, Ono Takehiko and Kuroki Hitomi

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 22nd & 23rd September 2018

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

1) Christopher Robin (362)

2) Koohii ga samenai uchi ni (305)

3) The Meg (284)

4) Gintama 2 Okite wa yaburu tame ni koso aru (345)

5) Kensatsugawa no Zainin (334)

6) The Predator (319)

7) Camera wo tomeruna! (2)

8) Skyscraper (182)

9) Hibiki (296)

10) Ant-Man and the Wasp (356)

Source: Eiga.com

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Top 10 actors & actresses who you would still like to see wearing school uniforms (Oricon)

Oricon conducted a survey on 1,000 respondents between 20 August and 28 August who chose which actor/actress they would still like to see continue wearing school uniforms even though their actual ages may be far from that of students. Their current ages are indicated within the brackets behind their names:

Top 10 actors
1) Kamiki Ryuunosuke (25)

2) Chiba Yuudai (29)

3) Yamazaki Kento (24)

4) Sato Takeru (29)

5) Nakagawa Taishi (20)

6) Suda Masaki (25)

7) Takeuchi Ryoma (25)

8) Kitamura Takumi (20)

9) Hirano Sho (21)

10) Okada Masaki (29)

Top 10 actresses
1) Hirose Suzu (20)

2) Non (25)

3) Arimura Kasumi (25)

4) Sugisaki Hana (20)

5) Takahata Mitsuki (26)

6) Kawaei Rina (23)

7) Tsuchiya Tao (23)

8) Aoi Wakana (20)

9) Matsuoka Mayu (23)

10) Komatsu Nana (22)

Source: Oricon

Preview of "Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju" - Autumn 2018

Title: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 昭和元禄落語心中 (Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 12 Oct 2018
Timeslot: Fridays 10pm
Broadcast by: NHK
Total number of episodes: 10
Original manga by: Kumota Haruko
Theme Song: "Maboroshi" by Yuzu
Cast: Okada Masaki, Ryuusei Ryo, Narumi Riko, Oomasa Aya, Sasai Eisuke, Hirata Mitsuru & Yamazaki Ikusaburo

Friday, September 21, 2018

Preview of "Kahogo no Kahoko 2018 Love & Dream" (Drama SP)

Title: Kahogo no Kahoko 2018 Love & Dream 過保護のカホコ 2018 ラブ& ドリーム (The Over-Protected Kahoko 2018 Love & Dream)
Official website: here
O.A. Date: 9pm on 19 Sep 2018
Broadcast by: NTV
Theme Song: " Family Song" by Hoshino Gen
Cast: Takahata Mitsuki, Takeuchi Ryoma, Kuroki Hitomi, Tokito Saburo, Nakajima Hiroko, Sato Jiro, Nishio Mari, Shukugawa Atomu, Kubota Sayu, Umezawa Masayo, Hamada Mari, Hiraizumi Sei, Mita Yoshiko, Nishioka Tokuma, Emi Kurara, Yokoyama Ayumu

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Romaji lyrics of "Moshi kimi wo yurusetara" by Ieiri Leo (Theme song of FujiTV Summer 2018 drama "Zettai Reido 3 ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa")

Title: Moshi kimi wo yurusetara
Artist: Ieiri Leo
Lyrics: Sugiyama Katsuhiko
Melody: Kubota Shingo & Kurihara Satoru (Jazzin'park)
Theme song of FujiTV Summer 2018 drama "Zettai Reido 3 ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa"

moshi kimi wo yurusetara
mata dareka wo aiseru kana?
tozashitahazu no kokoro nanoni
doushite mada yumemirun darou?
ikitekun darou?

totsuzen no ame ni nureta karada
sofa ni uzume me wo tsumutta
mujou ni tokei no hari wa susumu
boku wo okizari ni shite

kimi ni ubawareta modoranai jikan
wasureru koto sae dekinai nante

moshi kimi wo yurusetara
mata dareka wo aiseru kana?
kanashii kao wa mitakunakute
boku wa koe wo agenai kedo
omoi wa kesenai

usuakari no naka nemuttafuri no
boku wo tsumetai hitomi de mita
ano hi kara boku ga miru keshiki wa
iro wo ushinatta mama

kimi ni ubawareta yakusoku shita mirai
kono te de mamoru kara to tsutaeta no ni

moshi kimi wo yurusetara
boku wa boku wo  yuruseru kana?
tadashii koto ga nannano kamo
wakaranakute doku e mukaou?

doushite nikumu hodo ni
aishiteru koto ni kizuku no?
boku wa hito wo aisuru kimochi ga
kowaku natta yo

moshi kimi wo yurusetara
mata dareka wo aiseru kana?
tozashitahazu no kokoro nanoni
doushite mada yumemirun darou?
ikitekun darou?

Preview of "Itsuka kono ame ga yamu hi made" - Summer 2018

Title: Itsuka kono ame ga yamu hi made いつかこの雨がやむ日まで (Someday until this rain ends - Juliet In The Rain)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 4 Aug 2018
Timeslot: Saturdays 11.40pm
Broadcast by: Tokai TV
Total number of episodes: 8
Theme Song: "Jungle" by Tohoshinki
Cast: Watanabe Mayu, Horii Arata, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Kakei Miwako, Miyazawa Ema, Hoshino Mari, Mikura Mana, Konno Mahiru, Saito Shinji, Kiriyama Ren, Kimura Yuichi & Saito Yuki

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 15th & 16th September 2018

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

1) Christopher Robin (362)

2) The Meg (284)

3) The Predator (318)

4) Kensatsugawa no Zainin (334)

5) Gintama 2 Okite wa yaburu tame ni koso aru (345)

6) Hibiki (295)

7) Ant-Man and the Wasp (356)

8) Camera wo tomeruna! (2)

9) Gekijouban Code Blue Doctor Heli Kinkyuu Kyuumei (345)

10) SUNNY Tsuyoi kimochi Tsuyoi Ai (317)

Source: Eiga.com

Monday, September 17, 2018

Review of "Confidence Man JP" - Spring 2018

Without Waku Waku Japan, I probably would have given this drama a miss.

That's not to say that I dislike comedic dramas in general but it was more of this: I did think that this might be really silly and a waste of time to watch. As the story was by the scriptwriter Kosawa Ryota who also wrote "Legal High" and the trailer suggested that there was a huge amount of exaggeration (even more than what "Legal High" had), I was wary even though the three leads were quite an interesting and refreshing combination. The biggest bugbear I have about dramas like "Legal High" is, it was enjoyable while it lasted but often, the aftertaste or rather satisfaction level after watching it was almost non-existent.

Luckily, Waku Waku Japan decided to show it and I went ahead to watch it. Although I wouldn't say that it was extremely good, it definitely exceeded my expectations, if there were any to begin with. ^__^


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Top 10 ideal "grandfathers" & "grandmothers" ranking 2018 (Oricon)

Oricon conducted a survey on 1,000 members in their teens to 50s who were asked which actor/actress they felt was the ideal grandfather or grandmother. Note that the numbers in brackets indicates the current age of the actor/actress:

Top 10 ideal grandfathers
1) Tachi Hiroshi (68)

2) Miura Tomokazu (66)

3) Takada Junji (71)

4) Mizutani Yutaka (66)

5) Kusakari Masao (65)

6) Takenaka Naoto (62)

7) Nakamura Masatoshi (67)

8) Yakusho Koji (62)

9) Shofukutei Tsurube (66)

10) Watari Tetsuya (76) / Ichimura Masachika (69)

Top 10 ideal grandmothers
1) Yoshinaga Sayuri (73)

2) Toda Keiko (60)

3) Daichi Mao (62)

4) Katase Rino (61)

5) Momoi Kaori (67)

6) Fubuki Jun (66)

7) Kaga Mariko (74)

8) Asada Miyoko (62)

9) Akiyoshi Kumiko (64)

10) Koyanagi Rumiko (66) / Matsuzaka Keiko (66)

Source: Oricon

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

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

1) The Meg (284)

2) Kensatsugawa no Zainin (334)

3) Gintama 2 Okite wa yaburu tame ni koso aru (345)

4) Ant-Man and the Wasp (356)

5) Gekijouban Code Blue Doctor Heli Kinkyuu Kyuumei (345)

6) Camera wo tomeruna! (2)

7) SUNNY Tsuyoi kimochi Tsuyoi Ai (317)

8) Incredibles 2 (364)

9) Kasane (292)

10) Mission: Impossible Fallout (366)

Source: Eiga.com

Friday, September 07, 2018

Romaji lyrics of "Lemon" by Yonezu Kenshi (Theme song of Winter 2018 drama "Unnatural")

Title: Lemon
Artist: Yonezu Kenshi
Lyrics & Melody: Yonezu Kenshi
Theme song of Winter 2018 drama "Unnatural"

yume naraba dorehodo yokatta deshou
imada ni anata no koto wo yume miteru
wasureta mono wo tori ni kaeru you ni
furubita omoide no hokori wo harau

modoranai shiawase ga aru koto wo
saigo ni anata ga oshietekureta
iezuni kakushiteta kurai kako mo
anata ga inakya eien ni kuraimama

kitto mou kore ijou kizutsuku koto nado
ari wa shinai to wakatteiru

ano hi no kanashimi sae ano hi no kurushimi sae
sono subete wo aishiteta anata to tomo ni
mune ni nokori hanarenai nigai lemon no nioi
ame ga furiyamu made wa kaerenai
ima demo anata wa watashi no hikari

kurayami de anata no se wo nazotta
sono rinkaku wo senmei ni oboeteiru
uketomekirenai mono to deau tabi
afurete yamanai no wa namida dake

nani wo shiteita no nani wo miteitano
watashi no shiranai yokogao de

doko ka de anata ga ima watashi to onaji you na
namida ni kure sabishisa no naka ni iru nara
watashi no koto nado douka wasurete kudasai
sonna koto wo kokoro kara negau hodo ni
ima demo anata wa watashi no hikari

jibun ga omou yori
koi wo shiteita anata ni
arekara omou you ni
iki ga dekinai

anna ni soba ni ita no ni
marude uso mitai
totemo wasurerarenai
sore dake ga tashika

ano hi no kanashimi sae ano hi no kurushimi sae
sono subete wo aishiteta anata to tomo ni
mune ni nokori hanarenai nigai lemon no nioi
ame ga furiyamu made wa kaerenai
kiriwaketa kajitsu no katahou no you ni
ima demo anata wa watashi no hikari

Monday, September 03, 2018

Top 10 heartthrobs from the Summer 2018 drama season (Modelpress)

Modelpress conducted a survey with its readers between 16 August and 23 August to find out who they regarded as their favourite heartthrob from the Summer 2018 drama season. There were 33,865 responses received and the top 10 list is as follows with the number of votes indicated in brackets:

1) Yoshizawa Ryo - Survival Wedding (6,781)

2) Kato Shigeaki - Zero Ikkaku Senkin Game (3,175)

3) Yamazaki Kento - Good Doctor (3,034)

4) Yokoyama Yu - Zettai Reido 3 ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa (2,821)

5) Tanaka Kei - Kenkou de Bunkateki na Saiteigendo no Seikatsu (2,655)

6) Sato Takeru - Gibo to Musume no Blues (2,503)

7) Kubota Masataka - Himomen (2,216)

8) Matsuzaka Toori - Kono sekai no katasumi ni (2,108)

9) Takenouchi Yutaka - Gibo to Musume no Blues (2,067)

10) Ogoe Yuuki - Survival Wedding (2,009)

Source: Modelpress

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

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

1) Kensatsugawa no Zainin (334)

2) Gintama 2 Okite wa yaburu tame ni koso aru (345)

3) Ant-Man and the Wasp (356)

4) Gekijouban Code Blue Doctor Heli Kinkyuu Kyuumei (345)

5) Incredibles 2 (364)

6) Camera wo tomeruna! (2)

7) SUNNY Tsuyoi kimochi Tsuyoi Ai (317)

8) Mission: Impossible Fallout (366)

9) Mamma Mia! Here we go again (336)

10) Kimi no suizou wo tabetai (169)

Source: Eiga.com