Acchan – Hana no Kimi CM

30 06 2011

A 1 minute trailer for Acchan’s new drama Hana no Kimi has been uploaded on Youtube. There’s only a brief glimpse of Yukirin in the CM. I’ll probably watch it if only to see if it lives up to the previous drama version that was screened in 2007. Check out the CM below.





NMB48 – Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo PV

30 06 2011

NMB48 have just unveiled the PV for their debut single “Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo”. It features the girls in school uniform, traditional Japanese clothing and black stomach revealing outfits. The link for the PV is below.

What does everybody think of the PV? I think it’s great.

http://vimeo.com/25792200





SKE48 – PV Previews of 2 B-Side Tracks

29 06 2011

Previews of 2 b-side tracks from SKE48’s new single Pareo wa Emerald have been uploaded on their official Youtube channel.

The first by the “White Group” is “Tokimeki no Ashiato”.

The 2nd track is by the “Red Group” which is called “Papa wa Kirai”.

Although I like both tracks, I prefer the Red Group song as it’s led by Rena and it has a bit more tempo to it than the White Group’s song.





Nogizaka46 – New Information Revealed

29 06 2011

Although I still have suspicions about this new “official rival idol group” to challenge AKB48, yesterday saw news that Nogizaka46 has now been confirmed as true. Open auditions for the idol group will start on July 20th. The auditions are open to any female in the 12-24 age range and even overseas people can apply.

Aki-P and Sony will hand pick the members of the group’s 1st generation. An explanation about the group’s name has also been revealed. Nogizaka comes from the location where the last auditions will take place – the “SME Nogizaka Building” and the 46 idea is “although there are less members than AKB48, they will not lose”! A rather lame explanation for the 46 part of the name I think.

The first auditions take place on July 20th with the second auditions taking place in 7 cities across Japan (Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Okinawa) on August 6th and 7th. The final round of auditions will occur on August 20th and 21st. The 1st generation of Nogizaka46 will have 20 members and Sony hope they’ll be starting in October. Those that succesfully pass the auditions can look forward to appearing on various variety shows and have a CD debut through Sony Records.

Nogizaka46 even have a website of their own: http://www.nogizaka46.com/

What do you guys think about all this? What is the reasoning behind Aki-P’s decision to create a rival group? Has he given up now on HKT48 or are they still going ahead? Is this a new trick to fool the fans once more? I’m sure we’ll find out in the coming weeks.





Nogizaka46 – Aki-P’s Supposed Rival Group For AKB48

28 06 2011

There are various rumours floating about that Aki-P is going to unleash yet another idol group but this time not under the AKB family. The press have latched on that Aki-P is masterminding a rival group to challenge AKB48 for Sony Music which has been called Nogizaka46. Apparently there will be auditions over the Summer for the idol group. Nogizaka46′ name is a reference to Sony’s headquarters which is in Nogizaka, Minato Ward in Tokyo.

There’s no confirmation or anything yet about this new group but this week’s new Weekly Playboy magazine is supposed to shed new light on the information. It could well be another publicity stunt by Aki-P just like the Aimi Eguchi one. Could it be a CG idol group? I’ll have more on this when news comes out.





SKE48 – Pareo wa Emerald Covers & Tracklisting

28 06 2011

SKE48’s new single Pareo wa Emerald drops in the shops on July 27th and the covers/tracklisting has been revealed for the 4 versions of the single.

TYPE A

CD

01. Pareo wa Emerald
02. Tokimeki no Ashiato (White Team)
03. Tsumiki no Jikan
04. Pareo wa Emerald off vocal
05. Tokimeki no Ashiato off vocal
06. Tsumiki no Jikan off vocal

DVD

01. Pareo wa Emerald music video
02. Tokimeki no Ashiato (White Team) music video
03. Bonus Footage “Matsui Jurina no Kiseki” documentary movie

First Press Limited Edition comes with a 12 page booklet, a handshake event ticket and one random trading card out of 16 possible.

TYPE B

CD

01. Pareo wa Emerald
02. PAPA wa Kirai (Red Team)
03. Tsumiki no Jikan
04. Pareo wa Emerald off vocal
05. PAPA wa Kirai off vocal
06. Tsumiki no Jikan off vocal

DVD

01. Pareo wa Emerald music video
02. PAPA wa Kirai (Red Team) music video
03. Bonus Footage “Matsui Rena no Kiseki” documentary movie

First Press Limited Edition comes with a 12 page booklet, a handshake event ticket and one random trading card out of 16 possible.

TYPE C

CD

01. Pareo wa Emerald
02. Hanabi wa Owaranai (Selection 8)
03. Tsumiki no Jikan
04. Pareo wa Emerald off vocal
05. Hanabi wa Owaranai off vocal
06. Tsumiki no Jikan off vocal

DVD

01. Pareo wa Emerald music video
02. Bonus Footage “SKE48 Kouhaku Taikou Suieitaikai” special movie

First Press Limited Edition comes with a 12 page booklet, a handshake event ticket and one random trading card out of 16 possible.

THEATER VERSION

01. Pareo wa Emerald
02. Tokimeki no Ashiato (White Team)
03. PAPA wa Kirai (Red Team)
04. SKE48 6th single medley
05. Pareo wa Emerald off vocal
06. Tokimeki no Ashiato off vocal
07. PAPA wa Kirai off vocal

And here’s a small preview of the PV for Pareo wa Emerald which was filmed on location in Hawaii.





AKB48 PSP Dating Simulation Game Gets A Sequel

28 06 2011

Last December, AKB48 released their dating simulation game AKB 1/48 Idol to Koishitara… which proved to be a big seller. Now there’s going to be a sequel released on October 4th called AKB 1/48 Idol to Guam de Koishitara…and yesterday saw Yuko, Sasshi, Yui, Takamina, Mayuyu, Chiyuu and Moeno meeting the press to discuss the upcoming game.

There’ll be 3 versions of the game released: a regular edition, a limited edition with bonus footage and a First Press edition with some goodies and bonus footage. If I recall correctly, there was a bit of a ruckus in stores when the first game was released in December with fans fighting each other to get a hold of the First Press editions. Let’s hope that kind of stupidity never happens again but it probably will.

The objective of the new game won’t change but the location will as you’ll try to gain the affection of your favorite AKB48 member not in Tokyo but in Guam where they recorded scenes for the game. There’ll be plenty of swimsuit footage to please the fans.

Will you buy the game when it comes out?