AKB48 – Seishun to Kizukanai Mama PV

31 08 2011

For those still lamenting the end of Majisuka Gakuen 2, here the full PV for the beautiful ED theme song Seishun to Kizukanai Mama. I love this song so much more than Yankee Soul. The PV features clips from the drama plus some behind the scenes footage.

Majisuka Gakuen 2 was an improvement over the 1st series but I absolutely hated the anti climatic ending. The series was building up for an epic finale and I really did enjoy the first half of the final episode but then everybody finally realise that they shouldn’t be fighting and they become friends with each other. It was a huge disappointment for me. I wanted it to end on a cliffhanger of sorts with perhaps just a hint that there could be a 3rd series but that lookly unlikely now. I would like to see more though. I’m sure there’s one more storyline waiting to be told at Maji High.

In the meantime, enjoy the PV and relive the memories of the drama.

Request Hour Best 100 2012 Details

31 08 2011

The annual 4 day Request Hour Best 100 concert dates for next year has been announced with some changes to the event. No longer will it be held at Shibuya AX but to it’s new home at Tokyo Dome City. The dates for the 2012 event is 19 – 22nd January. The other big announcement is that you will not be able to vote for any unit songs anymore – only AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and SDN48 songs will be available for you to choose. To compensate for any disappointment this may give fans,  there’ll be a special ‘Units Festival’ held on the following day after the final Request Hour concert night which is the 23rd January. It’s looking likely that a voting ticket will come with the next single (23rd) which is released on the 26th October as the voting period will be from the 25th October to the 30th November.

Yuko To Star In New Drama

30 08 2011

Yuko Oshima has been given a prominent role in the new ‘Getsu9’ drama called “Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu” (Reasons Why I Can’t Fall In Love) which is due to start airing in October. Touted by some as the Japanese equivalent of Sex And The City, Yuko will star alongside model and actress Karina and Yuriko Yoshitaka.

The plot will revolve around the 3 women who have problems with their love lives. Yuko plays a character called Mako Hanzawa who annoys the men she dates with her clingy and serious personality so she ends up alone most of the time. She starts sharing a house with the other 2 women and together they strive to help one another as they tackle the problems of love.

No definite date has been given yet but it will air on Fuji TV on a Monday night at 9pm. I don’t think this drama will be anything like Sex And The City. If there’s one thing that would put me off from watching this would be seeing Yuko writhing naked with a man. I can’t see it happening though. It would horrify her male fanbase. Also no offence to Acchan or her fans but Yuko acts a whole lot better than her.

AKB48 – Flying Get 6th Day Sales – New Weekly Record

29 08 2011

AKB48 broke through their own record today as they surged past Everyday Kachuusha’s 1st week sales which stood at 1,333,969. There was a dip of around 8k in sales which saw 39,418 copies sold. The 1st week total for Flying Get and the new weekly record stands at 1.354 million – 20k copies ahead of Everyday Kachuusha. I expected the gap to be a lot bigger – more like 100k if I’m being honest.

All that needs to be done is congratulate AKB48 once more on an outstanding achievement. Let’s hope the momentum can carry on during the 2nd week and there’ll be strong sales. I’m hoping for 150k+ to boost the grand total to over 1.5 million.

AKB48 are also the first group to have 3 consecutive million selling singles since Pink Lady achieved it 33 years ago. They also tie with Pink Lady for having 9 no.1 consecutive singles.

AKB48 – Flying Get 5th Day Sales

28 08 2011

Today saw AKB48 close in on breaking their own weekly record as 47,208 copies of Flying Get was sold. The grand total stands at 1,307,117. Only 26,852 copies need to be sold tomorrow to equal Everyday Kachuusha’s 1st week total but I’m  hoping that it’ll be a lot more than that. It seems that King Records have been caught out by the unprecedented demand for this single as some people are having trouble buying it. Perhaps that’s the reason we’re not seeing a bigger gap in sales between this single and Everyday Kachuusha. We could have seen maybe 1.5 million sold otherwise?

AKB48 – Flying Get 4th Day Sales

27 08 2011

The 4th day of sales for Flying Get saw 54,518 copies fly off the shelves to bump the grand total up to 1,259,909. It’s possible but highly unlikely that they will beat their own weekly record tomorrow for Everyday Kachuusha which sold 1,333,969 in the first week. As for comparison with that single at the same stage, Flying Get is 59,885 copies ahead.

AKB48 – Flying Get 3rd Day Sales

26 08 2011

There was a significant drop in sales yesterday (90%) but would sales hold up today or would there be another big drop? Well there was nearly a 58% drop with 65,783 copies sold. This brings the grand total up to 1,205,391 so far. Flying Get is still 62,738 copies ahead of Everyday Kachuusha at this stage. Unless there will be an increase over the weekend, I doubt the 1.5 million barrier will be reached by the end of the 1st week.