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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Preview of "Keiji Shichinin 4" - Summer 2018

Title: Keiji Shichinin 4 / 刑事7人 4 (7 Police Detectives)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 11 July 2018
Timeslot: Wednesdays 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Cast: Higashiyama Noriyuki, Tanabe Seiichi, Kurashina Kana, Shirasu Jin, Tsukamoto Takashi, Yoshida Kotaro, Kitaoji Kinya

Preview of "Iryu Sousa 5" - Summer 2018

Title: Iryu Sousa 5 遺留捜査 5 (Left-over items investigation)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 12 July 2018
Timeslot: Thursdays 8pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "Yasashii kaze ga fuitara" & "Chiisana Fuukei" by Oda Kazumasa
Cast: Kamikawa Takaya, Kuriyama Chiaki, Nagai Masaru, Miyazaki Karen, Kajiwara Zen, Komoto Masahiro, Toda Keiko

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 7th & 8th July 2018

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

1) Solo: A Star Wars Story (363)

2) Manbiki Kazoku (328)

3) Nijiiro Days (317)

4) Soratobu Taiya (330)

5) Sore ike! Anpanman Kagayake! Kurun to inochi no hoshi (208)

6) 50 Kaime no First Kiss (321)

7) Panku Samurai, Kirarete Soro (324)

8) Meitantei Conan Zero no shikkounin (360)

9) Wonder (247)

10) Deadpool 2 (363)

Source: Eiga.com

Friday, July 13, 2018

Preview of "Himomen" - Summer 2018

Title: Himomen ヒモメン (Gigolo Man)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 28 July 2018
Timeslot: Saturdays 11:15pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Original manga by: Konoike Tsuyoshi
Theme Song: "Jesus" by Choutokkyu (Bullet Train)
Cast: Kubota Masataka, Kawaguchi Haruna, Katsuji Ryo, Okada Yui, Sato Hitomi, YOU, Kaneda Akio, Tahara Kanako, Minamoto Maho, Oohata Shieri

Preview of "dele" - Summer 2018

Title: dele ディーリー
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 27 July 2018
Timeslot: Fridays 11.15pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Cast: Yamada Takayuki, Suda Masaki and Asou Kumiko
Guest Lineup (in alphabetical order): Asahina Hideki, Ishibashi Shizuka, Eguchi Noriko, Ootsuka Akio, Komuai (Suiyoubi no Campanella), Takahashi Genichiro, Tsukamoto Shinya, Noda Yojiro, Hannya, Matsumoto Wakana, Mummy-D, Maro Akaji, Yajima Kenichi, Yamada Aina, Yo Kimiko & Watanabe Daichi (Kuroneko Chelsea)

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 30th June & 1st July 2018

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

1) Solo: A Star Wars Story (363)

2) Manbiki Kazoku (328)

3) Soratobu Taiya (330)

4) Sore ike! Anpanman Kagayake! Kurun to inochi no hoshi (208)

5) Panku Samurai, Kirarete Soro (324)

6) 50 Kaime no First Kiss (321)

7) Meitantei Conan Zero no shikkounin (360)

8) Wonder (247)

9) Deadpool 2 (363)

10) Yakiniku Dragon (162)

Source: Eiga.com

Preview of "Hagetaka" - Summer 2018

Title: Hagetaka ハゲタカ (Vulture)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 19 July 2018
Timeslot: Thursdays 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Original novel by: Mayama Jin
Theme Song: "SINGLES" by Mr.Children
Cast: Ayano Go, Watabe Atsuro, Sawajiri Erika, Ikeuchi Hiroyuki, Kinami Haruka, Horiuchi Keiko, Sakura Emma, Sugimoto Tetta, Mitsuishi Ken, Kobayashi Kaoru

Preview of "Zero Ikkaku Senkin Game" - Summer 2018

Title: Zero Ikkaku Senkin Game ゼロ 一攫千金ゲーム (Zero Game of getting rich with a single stroke)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 15 July 2018
Timeslot: Sundays 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Original manga by: Fukumoto Nobuyuki
Theme Song: "Ikiro" by NEWS
Cast: Kato Shigeaki (NEWS), Mamiya Shotaro, Koseki Yuuta, Kato Ryo, Okayama Amane, Sugino Yosuke, Kendo Kobayashi, Umezawa Tomio & Koike Eiko

Top 10 actresses who made a breakthrough in the first half of 2018 (Oricon)

The following survey was done by Oricon Monitor Research on 1,000 respondents from their teens to 50s between 16 June and 22 June where they chose which actress they felt had made a breakthrough in the first half of 2018. Nagano was the favourite among respondents from their 20s to 40s while Aoi Wakana was preferred by the teenagers and Kawaei Rina was the pick among those in their 50s:

1) Nagano Mei

2) Kawaei Rina

3) Hirose Arisu

4) Sugisaki Hana

5) Aoi Wakana

6) Hamabe Minami

7) Hashimoto Kanna

8) Imada Mio

9) Takahashi Maryjun

10) Nakajo Ayami

Source: Oricon

Preview of "Kono sekai no katasumi ni" - Summer 2018

Title: Kono sekai no katasumi ni この世界の片隅に (At the corner of this world)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 15 July 2018
Timeslot: Sundays 9pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Original manga by: Kouno Fumiyo
Cast: Matsumoto Honoka, Matsuzaka Toori, Murakami Nijirou, Ito Sairi, Tsuchimura Kaho, Doronzu Ishimoto, Kubota Sayu, Arai Miu, Inagaki Kurumi, Nikaidou Fumi, Eikura Nana, Furutachi Yutaro, Ono Machiko, Kino Hana, Shiomi Sansei, Taguchi Tomorowo, Sendou Nobuko, Ito Ran & Miyamoto Nobuko

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Preview of "Chia Dan" - Summer 2018

Title: Chia Dan チア*ダン (Cheer Dance)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 13 July 2018
Timeslot: Fridays 10pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Original movie: Chia Dan Joshikousei ga chiadansu de zenbei seihashichatta honto no hanashi
Cast: Tsuchiya Tao, Ishii Anna, Sakuma Yui, Yamamoto Maika, Asahina Aya, Ootomo Karen, Yanai Yumena, Shida Sara, Shimizu Hiroya, Kizu Takumi, Honda Chikara, Moriya Kanna, Kihara Masatoshi, Takamura Kaito, Araki Yuuko, Takahashi Kazuya, Konno Mahiru, Matsumoto Wakana, Kinoshita Houka, Agawa Sawako, Odagiri Jo & Hirose Suzu (Guest appearance)


Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 23rd & 24th June 2018

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

1) Manbiki Kazoku (328)

2) Soratobu Taiya (330)

3) 50 Kaime no First Kiss (321)

4) Deadpool 2 (363)

5) Meitantei Conan Zero no shikkounin (360)

6) Wonder (247)

7) Yakiniku Dragon (162)

8) Owatta Hito (239)

9) Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori (318)

10) Maze Runner: The Death Cure (320)

Source: Eiga.com

Preview of "Fuhatsudan ~ Black money wo ayatsuru otoko ~" - Spring 2018

Title: Fuhatsudan Black money wo ayatsuru otoko 不発弾 ~ ブラックマネーを操る男 ~ (Blind Shell ~ The man who manipulates black money ~)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 10 June 2018
Timeslot: Sundays 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 6
Original novel by: Aiba Hideo
Cast: Shiina Kippei, Kuroki Meisa, Horibe Keisuke, Miura Takahiro, Iriyama Anna, Asaka Manato, David Ito, Yoshizawa Hisashi, Kasayama Shingo, Yamaguchi Miyako, Watanabe Tetsu, Tsukayama Masane, Takuma Shin, Harada Tomoyo & Okuda Eiji

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Preview of "Kenkou de Bunkateki na Saiteigendo no Seikatsu" - Summer 2018

Title: Kenkou de Bunkateki na Saiteigendo no Seikatsu 健康で文化的な最低限度の生活 (A healthy and cultured life of the bare minimum)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 17 July 2018
Timeslot: Tuesdays 9pm
Broadcast by: Kansai TV / FujiTV
Original manga by: Kashiwagi Haruko
Theme Song: "Tomorrow" by AAA
Opening Theme Song: "Sunny" by Yasuda Rei
Cast: Yoshioka Riho, Iura Arata, Kawaei Rina, Yamada Yuki, Kozono Ryo, Minakami Kyoka, Azama Mew, Tani Maria, Suzuki Ameri, Uchiba Katsunori, Tokunaga Eri, Tanaka Kei, Endo Kenichi

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 16th & 17th June 2018

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

1) Manbiki Kazoku (328)

2) Soratobu Taiya (330)

3) Deadpool 2 (363)

4) 50 Kaime no First Kiss (321)

5) Wonder (247)

6) Maze Runner: The Death Cure (320)

7) Meitantei Conan Zero no shikkounin (360)

8) Owatta Hito (239)

9) Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori (318)

10) Peter Rabbit (311)

Source: Eiga.com

Preview of "Double Fantasy" - Spring 2018

Title: Double Fantasy ダブル・ファンタジー
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 16 June 2018
Timeslot: Saturdays 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 5
Original novel by: Murayama Yuka
Cast: Mizukawa Asami, Tanaka Kei, Majima Hidekazu, Yanagi Shuntaro, Shinohara Yukiko, Takigawa Yumi, Murakami Hiroaki, Makita Sports, Okayama Hajime, Ikeda Ryo, Awashima Zuimaro, Nagano Satomi

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Preview of "Good Doctor" - Summer 2018

Title: Good Doctor グッドドクター
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 12 July 2018
Timeslot: Thursdays 10pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Original drama by: KBS
Cast: Yamazaki Kento, Ueno Juri, Fujiki Naohito, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Nakamura Yuri, Hamano Kenta, Itao Itsuji & Emoto Akira

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

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

1) Manbiki Kazoku (328)

2) Deadpool 2 (363)

3) 50 Kaime no First Kiss (321)

4) Owatta Hito (239)

5) Meitantei Conan Zero no shikkounin (360)

6) Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori (318)

7) Peter Rabbit (311)

8) OVER DRIVE (301)

9) Tsuma yo bara no you ni Kazoku wa tsurai yo III (336)

10) Koi wa ameagari no you ni (300)

Source: Eiga.com

Monday, July 09, 2018

Preview of "Zettai Reido ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa" - Summer 2018

Title: Zettai Reido ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa 絶対零度 ~ 未然犯罪潜入捜査 (Absolute Zero ~ Crime Prevention Infiltration Investigation)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 9 July 2018
Timeslot: Mondays 9pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Theme Song: "Moshi kimi wo yurusetara" by Ieiri Leo
Cast: Sawamura Ikki, Yokoyama Yu, Honda Tsubasa, Emoto Tokio, Magy, Tanaka Michiko, Nakamura Ikuji, Hirata Mitsuru, Ito Atsushi, Ueto Aya (special appearance)

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Preview of "Survival Wedding" - Summer 2018

Title: Survival Wedding サバイバルウェディング
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 14 July 2018
Timeslot: Saturdays 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Original novel by: Oohashi Kousuke
Theme Song: "Drama" by C&K
Cast: Haru, Yoshizawa Ryo, Takahashi Maryjun, Buruzon Chiemi, Maeno Tomoya, Ogoe Yuuki, Nao, Ishida Nicole, Tsuhiji Anna, Yamane Kazuma, Kazama Shunsuke, Sudo Risa, Nomaguchi Tooru, Namase Katsuhisa, Zaizen Naomi, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Iseya Yuusuke

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 2nd & 3rd June 2018

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

1) Deadpool 2 (363)

2) 50 Kaime no First Kiss (321)

3) Meitantei Conan Zero no shikkounin (360)

4) Tsuma yo bara no you ni Kazoku wa tsurai yo III (336)

5) Peter Rabbit (311)

6) OVER DRIVE (301)

7) Koi wa ameagari no you ni (300)

8) Saraba Seishun, Saredo Seishun (167)

9) Yuuzai (200)

10) Nomitori Zamurai (326)

Source: Eiga.com

Preview of "Takane no Hana" - Summer 2018

Title: Takane no Hana 高嶺の花 (A woman who is out of one's league)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 11 July 2018
Timeslot: Wednesdays 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Scriptwriter: Nojima Shinji
Theme Song: "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley
Cast: Ishihara Satomi, Mineta Kazunobu, Yoshine Kyoko, Chiba Yuudai, Miura Takahiro, Fueki Yuuko, Hakamada Yoshihiko, Yoshida Uronta, Takahashi Hikaru, Nishihara Aki, Shoji Terue, Shoji Hanae, Masu Takeshi, Toake Yukiyo, Toda Naho & Kohinata Fumiyo

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 26th & 27th May 2018

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

1) Meitantei Conan Zero no shikkounin (360)

2) Tsuma yo bara no you ni Kazoku wa tsurai yo III (336)

3) Peter Rabbit (311)

4) Koi wa ameagari no you ni (300)

5) Yuuzai (200)

6) Avengers: Infinity War (362)

7) Nomitori Zamurai (326)

8) Rampage (339)

9) Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion - Emperor (79)

10) Rapurasu no Majo (322)

Source: Eiga.com

Friday, July 06, 2018

Winners of Nikkansports Dorama Grand Prix (Spring 2018)

There were 4,021 valid votes for this round of voting between 19th and 26th June 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:

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Top 10 celebrities who you would like to go on an overseas holiday with (Oricon)

Oricon conducted a survey on 400 respondents of both genders in their teens to 50s where they chose the celebrity who they wished to go on an overseas holiday with. Sakurai Sho was the favourite among the teenagers and those in their 20s while Imoto Ayako, Ishihara Satomi and Yamashita Tomohisa were tops in the 30s, 40s and 50s categories respectively:

1) Sakurai Sho

2) Imoto Ayako

3) Ishihara Satomi

4) Yamashita Tomohisa

5) Aragaki Yui

6) Watanabe Naomi

7) Degawa Tetsuro

8) Akashiya Sanma

9) Matsumoto Jun

10) Aiba Masaki

Source: Oricon

Preview of "Hanzai no Kaisou" (Drama SP)

Title: Hanzai no Kaisou 犯罪の回送
Official website: here
O.A. Date: 2 July 2018 @ 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original novel by: Matsumoto Seicho
Cast: Murakami Hiroaki, Jinnai Takanori, Suzuki Honami, Hiraoka Yuta, Tanaka Michiko, Katsumura Masanobu, Omi Toshinori, Yada Akiko, Kawano Taro, Shibuki Jun

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Top 10 actors who made a breakthrough in the first half of 2018 (Oricon)

The following survey was done by Oricon Monitor Research on 1,000 respondents from their teens to 50s between 16 June and 22 June where they chose which actor they felt had made a breakthrough in the first half of 2018. Hirano Sho was the favourite among teenagers while Shison swept the No.1 title for the rest of the age groups:

1) Shison Jun

2) Arata Mackenyu

3) Tanaka Kei

4) Hirano Sho (King & Prince)

5) Nakamura Tomoya

6) Sakaguchi Kentaro

7) Iwata Takanori

8) Nakagawa Taishi

9) Yoshida Kotaro

10) Kitamura Takumi

Source: Oricon

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Preview of "Gibo to Musume no Blues" - Summer 2018

Title: Gibo to Musume no Blues 義母と娘のブルース (Stepmother's and Daughter's Blues)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 10 July 2018
Timeslot: Tuesdays 10pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Original manga by: Sakurazawa Rin
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Takenouchi Yutaka, Sato Takeru, Kamishiraishi Moka, Yokomizo Naho, Kawamura Yousuke, Hashimoto Mami, Marin, Muramoto Daisuke, Okuyama Yoshie, Asari Yousuke, Asano Kazuyuki and Asou Yumi

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 19th & 20th May 2018

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

1) Meitantei Conan Zero no shikkounin (360)

2) Peter Rabbit (311)

3) Nomitori Zamurai (326)

4) Rampage (339)

5) Avengers: Infinity War (362)

6) Korou no Chi (336)

7) Rapurasu no Majo (322)

8) GODZILLA Kessen Kido Zoushoku Toshi (158)

9) Saraba Seishun, Saredo Seishun (167)

10) Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori! Kungfu Boys Ramen Tairan (353)

Source: Eiga.com

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Preview of "Genkai Danchi" - Spring 2018

Title: Genkai Danchi 限界団地 (The Housing Complex At Its Limit)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 2 June 2018
Timeslot: Saturdays at 11.40pm
Broadcast by: Tokai TV / FujiTV
Theme Song: "Hibiwareta Sekai" by majiko
Cast: Sano Shiro, Adachi Rika, Sakoda Takaya, Yamazaki Shigenori, Watanabe Uta, Asaka Mayumi, Yamaya Hatsuo & Enami Kyoko

Storyline: The "danchi" (housing complex) used to be the desired new town in the past where people could interact freely with their neighbours and live together in a close-knit community that helped one another. However, as time passed, the danchi estates are a shadow of its glorious past where the connections between the residents are weakening and they lose interest in who their neighbours are.
Just then, an old man moves to this estate with his young granddaughter hoping to relive his happy days when he used to stay here during his youth. Although he looks like a kind old man on the surface, strange things start to happen with his arrival such as the serial deaths happening in strange circumstances and the bad things which happen to people who flout the estate's rules. Could this be something coincidental or more sinister than meets the eye? As the old man nears the end of his life, his abnormal love showered on his granddaughter and his overly-strong attachment to the good old days of the danchi will cause everyone around him to be embroiled in a strange and unpredictable series of events.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 12th & 13th May 2018

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

1) Meitantei Conan Zero no shikkounin (360)

2) Avengers: Infinity War (362)

3) Korou no Chi (336)

4) Rapurasu no Majo (322)

5) Saraba Seishun, Saredo Seishun (167)

6) Ready Player One (346)

7) Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori! Kungfu Boys Ramen Tairan (353)

8) Coco (371)

9) Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (286)

10) Kido Senshi Gundam THE ORIGIN Tanjou Akai Suisei (35)

Source: Eiga.com

Friday, June 15, 2018

Preview of "Aniimouto" (Drama SP)

Title: Aniimouto あにいもうと (Siblings)
Official website: here
O.A. Date: 25 June 2018 at 8pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Scriptwriter: Yamada Yoji
Original novel by: Murou Saisei
Cast: Ooizumi Yo, Miyazaki Aoi, Takimoto Miori, Taiga, Nishihara Aki, Shimekake Ryuuya,  Ichiro Maki, Charlotte Kate Fox, Sasano Takashi & Namino Kuriko

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Announcement: Some changes to the coverage on this blog

First of all, sorry for being MIA for about a month. Things have been rather hectic of late and my circumstances have changed in such a way that it has become almost impossible to keep up with my usual blogging pace. And inevitably, I have to consider what I need to do in order to keep this space going.

In the end, my conclusion is...to make some adjustments to the amount of content which I'm covering.

I know for sure that it's not possible for me to keep up with the news translation and coverage as per before. And yet, I don't want to give it up all together. The only way to get around this problem is to scale back on what I have been doing and make changes to the processing time needed for this task. As such, this is what I have to do.

- Most of the news will be "summarised" and posted exclusively on the Twitter and Facebook fan pages. If need be, please check the details on the original news stories. Google Translate will be there to help you if you can't understand Japanese.
As Twitter has a character limit, I can't write that much in a single tweet so it will most likely be a one-liner about the story. On the other hand, I can afford to write a bit more on Facebook but will keep it to three points max so that I can clear the news stories in a short time.
For major stories, I will probably spend a bit more time compiling various sources and doing a translated summary on the blog.

I have a rather huge backlog of stories so I will be posting them over the next week or so. Don't be surprised to see really old stories popping up here.

Please follow the blog's official Facebook and Twitter pages to continue getting the latest news. I'm not sure if there's any function on Twitter to help you see my tweets more easily among the sea of content you may be reading but I know that if you Like instead of Follow my Facebook page, it places the stories in a higher position within the hierarchy of posts. Otherwise, you have to keep coming back to the page to ensure that you do not miss anything.

- The second part to the change is the blog returning to its roots of focusing on reviews. This was initially set up for me to post reviews. However, I have been so caught up with posting translated news that I have totally neglected that aspect. With this change, I hope to use the time freed up to focus on writing reviews again and do more on my other blog Shoku / Shisou / Seikatsu which is on a more personal basis.

This decision is not an easy decision to make. However, rather than stress myself out over the things which I can't achieve now, I feel that these adjustments are necessary in order for me to continue with this blog. I hope that you can continue supporting this space as usual and look forward to interacting more with all of you.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Top 10 Spring 2018 dramas with the highest satisfaction rating for its first episode (Oricon)

Oricon conducted a survey on 690 of its members comprising of men and women from their teens to 50s living in 18 prefectures where they gave points according to the amount of satisfaction they felt about the first episodes of Spring 2018 dramas in 5 aspects i.e. the amount of minutes they had watched, the leading actor/actress, the supporting cast, content and how much the drama is being talked about. The full score is 100 points i.e. 20 points for each aspect.

Here are the top 10 dramas with the highest scores displayed in the brackets:

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 5th & 6th May 2018

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

1) Meitantei Conan Zero no shikkounin (360)

2) Avengers: Infinity War (362)

3) Rapurasu no Majo (322)

4) Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori! Kungfu Boys Ramen Tairan (353)

5) Ready Player One (346)

6) Coco (371)

7) Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (286)

8) The Boss Baby (322)

9) Kido Senshi Gundam THE ORIGIN Tanjou Akai Suisei (35)

10) Inuyashiki (305)

Source: Eiga.com

Aoi Wakana and Sano Hayato to star in new real-life adaptation movie "Ao-Natsu"

Aoi Wakana and Sano Hayato will be starring in the new real-life adaptation movie "Ao-Natsu" which is based on the same-titled manga by Nanba Atsuko. The two of them last worked together three years ago in the 2015 movie "Kuchibiru ni uta wo" starring Aragaki Yui.

The story describes how Rio (Aoi) who has been raised in the city, spends her summer holidays in the countryside and meets Ginzo (Sano), a handsome and cool guy where they fall in love with each other. Aoi praised her co-star for looking exactly like Ginzo in the manga and said that it was fun to work together again. Sano also echoed her view and said that filming in the beautiful nature made it easier for them to immerse themselves into the story.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 28th & 29th April 2018

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

1) Meitantei Conan Zero no shikkounin (360)

2) Avengers: Infinity War (362)

3) Ready Player One (346)

4) Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori! Kungfu Boys Ramen Tairan (353)

5) Coco (371)

6) Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (286)

7) Inuyashiki (305)

8) Marmalade Boy (292)

9) The Boss Baby (322)

10) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (351)

Source: Eiga.com

Thursday, May 03, 2018

The 96th Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2018) - Best Drama

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Unnatural (TBS)
2) 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II (TBS)
3) Warotenka (NHK)

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II (TBS)
2) Unnatural (TBS)
3) Momikeshite Fuyu ~ Wagaya no mondai nakatta koto ni ~ (NTV)
4) Kuragehime (FujiTV)
5) BG ~ Shinpen Keigonin ~ (TV Asahi)

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Unnatural (TBS)
2) 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II (TBS)
3) anone (NTV)
4) Warotenka (NHK)
5) Tonari no kazoku wa aoku mieru (FujiTV)

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Unnatural (TBS)
2) 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II (TBS)
3) Warotenka (NHK)
4) anone (NTV)
5) BG ~ Shinpen Keigonin ~ (TV Asahi)

Source: The Television

The 96th Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2018) - Best Leading Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Matsumoto Jun - 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II
2) Yamada Ryosuke - Momikeshite Fuyu ~ Wagaya no mondai nakatta koto ni ~
3) Kimura Takuya - BG ~ Shinpen Keigonin ~

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Matsumoto Jun - 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II
2) Yamada Ryosuke - Momikeshite Fuyu ~ Wagaya no mondai nakatta koto ni ~
3) Oosugi Ren - Byplayers 2
4) Yamazaki Kento - Todome no Kiss
5) Kimura Takuya - BG ~ Shinpen Keigonin ~

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Matsumoto Jun - 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II
2) Saito Takumi - MASKMEN
3) Yamada Ryosuke - Momikeshite Fuyu ~ Wagaya no mondai nakatta koto ni ~
4) Kimura Takuya - BG ~ Shinpen Keigonin ~
5) Oosugi Ren - Byplayers 2

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Matsumoto Jun - 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II
2) Kimura Takuya - BG ~ Shinpen Keigonin ~
3) Yamada Ryosuke - Momikeshite Fuyu ~ Wagaya no mondai nakatta koto ni ~ / Oosugi Ren - Byplayers 2
5) Yamazaki Kento - Todome no Kiss / Mizutani Yutaka - Aibou season 16

Source: The Televison

The 96th Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2018) - Best Leading Actress

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Ishihara Satomi - Unnatural
2) Hirose Suzu - anone
3) Fukada Kyoko - Tonari no kazoku wa aoku mieru

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Ishihara Satomi - Unnatural
2) Ayase Haruka - Seirei no Moribito ~ Saishusho ~
3) Fukada Kyoko - Tonari no kazoku wa aoku mieru
4) Yoshine Kyoko - Kuragehime
5) Aoi Wakana - Warotenka

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Ishihara Satomi - Unnatural
2) Hirose Suzu - anone
3) Fukada Kyoko - Tonari no kazoku wa aoku mieru
4) Yoshine Kyoko - Kuragehime / Yoshioka Riho - Kimi ga kokoro ni sumitsuita

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Ishihara Satomi - Unnatural
2) Aoi Wakana - Warotenka
3) Hirose Suzu - anone / Fukada Kyoko - Tonari no kazoku wa aoku mieru / Yoshine Kyoko - Kuragehime

Source: The Television

The 96th Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2018) - Best Supporting Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Iura Arata - Unnatural
2) Kagawa Teruyuki - 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II
3) Seto Koji - Kuragehime

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Kagawa Teruyuki - 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II
2) Iura Arata - Unnatural
3) Seto Koji - Kuragehime
4) Kubota Masataka - Unnatural
5) Kotaki Nozomu - Momikeshite Fuyu ~ Wagaya no mondai nakatta koto ni ~

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Iura Arata - Unnatural
2) Mukai Osamu - Kimi ga kokoro ni sumitsuita
3) Matsuyama Kenichi - Tonari no kazoku wa aoku mieru
4) Kubota Masataka - Unnatural / Kitamura Takumi - Tonari no kazoku wa aoku mieru

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Iura Arata - Unnatural
2) Takahashi Issei - Warotenka
3) Hamada Gaku - Warotenka
4) Seto Koji - Kuragehime
5) Kitamura Takumi - Tonari no kazoku wa aoku mieru

Source: The Televison

The 96th Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2018) - Best Supporting Actress

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Kimura Fumino - 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II
2) Tanaka Yuko - anone
3) Kadowaki Mugi - Todome no Kiss

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Kimura Fumino - 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II
2) Ichikawa Mikako - Unnatural
3) Haru - Momikeshite Fuyu ~ Wagaya no mondai nakatta koto ni ~
4) Kadowaki Mugi - Todome no Kiss
5) Babazono Azusa - 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Tanaka Yuko - anone
2) Ichikawa Mikako - Unnatural
3) Kadowaki Mugi - Todome no Kiss
4) Hirose Arisu - Warotenka
5) Haru - Momikeshite Fuyu ~ Wagaya no mondai nakatta koto ni ~

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Tanaka Yuko - anone
2) Kadowaki Mugi - Todome no Kiss
3) Hirose Arisu - Warotenka / Haru - Momikeshite Fuyu ~ Wagaya no mondai nakatta koto ni ~ / Kimura Fumino - 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II

Source: The Televison

The 96th Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2018) - Best Theme Song

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Lemon - Yonezu Kenshi (Unnatural)
2) Find The Answer - Arashi (99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II)
3) Ashita wa doko kara - Matsu Takako (Warotenka)

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Find The Answer - Arashi (99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II)
2) Lemon - Yonezu Kenshi (Unnatural)
3) Mae wo muke - Hey! Say! JUMP (Momikeshite Fuyu ~ Wagaya no mondai nakatta koto ni ~)
4) Sayonara Elegy - Suda Masaki (Todome no Kiss)
5) A New Day - Beverly (Kuragehime)

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Lemon - Yonezu Kenshi (Unnatural)
2) here comes my love - Mr.Children (Tonari no kazoku wa aoku mieru)
3) Sayonara Elegy - Suda Masaki (Todome no Kiss)
4) Find The Answer - Arashi (99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Season II)
5) Masquerade - Toshi (MASKMEN)

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Ashita wa doko kara - Matsu Takako (Warotenka)
2) Lemon - Yonezu Kenshi (Unnatural) / Sans toi, ma mie - Takimoto Miori (Koshiji Fubuki Monogatari)
4) Gomibako kara, Blues - Takehara Pistol (Byplayers 2)
5) Sayonara, Elegy - Suda Masaki (Todome no Kiss) / Ichikabachika - Re:versed (Kakegurui)

Source: The Televison

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Matsuda Shota and Akimoto Kozue announce their marriage

Matsuda Shota and Akimoto Kozue announced their marriage through a fax statement released by their agencies on 25 April. The couple were said to have started dating since November 2014 after being introduced by mutual acquaintances and news of their romance first surfaced in April the following year. Matsuda is the second son of the late famous actor Matsuda Yusaku and actress Matsuda Miyuki and his elder brother is Matsuda Ryuhei. On the other hand, Akimoto is a model who was chosen as Hermes Japan's model in 2011 before making her debut at the Paris Fashion Week in 2015. She is also the daughter of late yokozuna sumo wrestler Chiyonofuji who passed away in July 2016.

In their statement, the couple expressed their wish to build a family as strong and warm as what their parents had given them and pledged to work hard in their respective fields to meet everyone's expectations. They also asked for everyone's support going forward.

Sources: Sponichi Annex / Huffington Post Japan

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Winners of the 11th Confidence Award Drama Prize (Winter 2018)

Here are the winners of the 11th Confidence Award Drama Prize for the Winter 2018 season:

Best Drama: Unnatural

Best Leading Actor: Shison Jun (Joshiteki Seikatsu)

Best Leading Actress: Ishihara Satomi (Unnatural)

Best Supporting Actor: Iura Arata (Unnatural)

Best Supporting Actress: Tanaka Yuko (anone)

Best Script: Nogi Akiko (Unnatural)

Best Newcomer: Shimizu Hiroya (anone)

Source: Confidence Award Drama Prize

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 21st & 22nd April 2018

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

1) Meitantei Conan Zero no shikkounin (360)

2) Ready Player One (346)

3) Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori! Kungfu Boys Ramen Tairan (353)

4) Coco (371)

5) Inuyashiki (305)

6) The Boss Baby (322)

7) Pacific Rim Uprising (319)

8) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (351)

9) The Greatest Showman (374)

10) Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Takarajima (370)

Source: Eiga.com

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Preview of "Ossans Love" - Spring 2018

Title: Ossans Love おっさんずラブ (Middle-aged men's love)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 21 April 2018
Timeslot: Saturdays 11.15pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "Revival" by Sukima Switch
Cast: Tanaka Kei, Hayashi Kento, Uchida Rio, Kaneko Daichi, Ito Shuko, Kojima Kazuya, Mashima Hidekazu, Ootsuka Nene, Yoshida Kotaro

Supporting cast line-up of TV Asahi Spring 2018 drama "Ossans Love" announced

The supporting cast line-up of TV Asahi Spring 2018 drama "Ossans Love" starring Tanaka Kei, Yoshida Kotaro & Hayashi Kento had been announced. The drama which will begin its run from 21 April in the Saturdays 11.15pm timeslot, is the continuation of the SP shown at the end of 2016 which attracted a lot of attention for its hillarious yet heart-pounding romance.

Tanaka plays the lead character Haruta Souichi, a 33-year-old man who loves women especially those who are well-endowed and craves to get married one day even though he is not popular with girls. One day, he suddenly finds himself receiving confessions of love from his middle-aged boss Kurosawa Musashi (Yoshida) who is married and his handsome flatmate Maki Ryouta (Hayashi) who is also his junior at work. Although he had never considered the two of them in the romantic sense, he is still greatly disturbed by the revelations and doesn't know how to react because he has never experienced being fought over all this while. Kurosawa is a very serious guy at work and very much admired by his subordinates but has been hiding the fact that he is gay. For the sake of Haruta, he is even willing to divorce his beautiful wife of 30 years and goes all out to win Haruta's heart. As for Maki, he is well-liked by the female staff in the company for his good looks and great qualifications. He didn't actually have the intention of confessing his feelings to Haruta but goes ahead to do so when he gets wind of Kurosawa's advances towards Haruta.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 14th & 15th April 2018

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

1) Meitantei Conan Zero no shikkounin (360)

2) Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori! Kungfu Boys Ramen Tairan (352)

3) Coco (371)

4) Pacific Rim Uprising (319)

5) The Boss Baby (322)

6) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (351)

7) Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Takarajima (370)

8) The Greatest Showman (374)

9) The Post (281)

10) Kusoyaro to utsukushiki sekai (87)

Source: Eiga.com

Ikematsu Sousuke to star in new TV Tokyo Spring 2018 drama "Miyamoto kara kimi e"

Ikematsu Sousuke will be starring in the new TV Tokyo Spring 2018 drama "Miyamoto kara kimi e" (From Miyamoto To You) which will be shown from 6 April in the 12.52am timeslot. The drama is based on the same-titled manga by Arai Hideki serialised between 1990 and 1994 while the theme song "Easy Go" will be sung by Elephant Kashimashi. As Arai is a big fan of the band, the lead character's name was said to have originated from that of the band's vocalist Miyamoto Hiroji. The drama features Ikematsu as Miyamoto Hiroshi, a newbie salesman working for stationery maker Marukita, and how he stumbles in work and love.