From the monthly archives:

January 2009

Nishino Kana – MAKE UP

by 1337rice on January 31, 2009 · 5 comments · AddThis

Nishino Kana promoting MAKE UP
Artist: Nishino Kana
Product Code: SECL-750
Release Date: 2009.01.28
Genre: Pop
Highest Ranking: #43
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Format: CD
First Press: Alternate CD jacket

MAKE UP is Nishino Kana’s 4th single. This single is a follow-up of her 3rd single Style., which was the 2nd ED of the popular anime series SOUL EATER. Kana isn’t really popular despite being her 4th single. It posted at rank #43 in JBOOK (not sure about ORICON) during the first day of release. 3 songs from this single are for the newly released animated movie and series Chocolate Underground (January 31st), which serves as a 20 minute extension to the 13 6-minute episodes on the internet.

Her presence is slowly rising as she performed a TV live on Music Japan last week. She also recently announced her first tour to celebrate her 20th birthday. Best of all, her MAKE UP -First Press- is sold out.

This single is produced by 12 different artists combined, including the well-known Ito Yuna and the recently retired artist, melody..

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Perfume – Dream Fighter

by 1337rice on January 12, 2009 · 11 comments · AddThis

Dream Fighter
Perfume promoting Dream Fighter
Artist: Perfume
Product Code: TKCA-73390/5
Release Date: 2008.11.19
Genre: Technopop
Highest Ranking: #2
Label: Tokuma Japan Communications
Format: CD, CD+DVD
Limited Edition: CD+DVD version

Dream Fighter concludes their successful 2008 run. It was a single that generated a lot of hype, from forums to blogs. When the 15 second preview came out, everyone became somewhat confused. “This doesn’t sound like Perfume” a fan says. Until the full radio preview came out, people expressed their opinions. Some say that it carried too much pop than techno, some say it sounds different from their previous works, but most people still like it anyways.

Despite the success that they had on Love the World and GAME, their ORICON single sales rank fell short to UVERworld’s new single: Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi, which is UVERworld’s first #1 single based on the highly popular mecha series Gundam 00 S2.

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Otsuka Ai Excite Interview – LOVE LETTER

by sljinu on January 10, 2009 · 8 comments · AddThis

LOVE LETTER Photoshoot

This article is translated from an interview done with Otsuka Ai by Excite.
Translation by sljinu

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Proposal Daisakusen

by Rinoa on January 7, 2009 · 15 comments · AddThis

Proposal Daisakusen
Proposal Daisakusen Promotional Photograph

Proposal Daisakusen“, otherwise known as “Operation Love”, is a Japanese television drama series. This series started being aired in April 2007, with the season finale at the end of June on Fuji TV. A total of eleven episodes were recorded, which is the standard in Japan. In March 2008, a special was aired to conclude the whole series.

This drama was extremely popular in Japan, with an average rating of 17.3%. Consequently it has won a fair amount of awards. At the 53rd Japanese Television Academy Awards, it won the award for Best Drama, Best Theme Song and the Special Award. Furthermore at the 11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix it won the award for Best Drama and Yamashita Tomohisa and Nagasawa Masami won the Best Actor and Best Actress respectively. Hamada Gaku and Eikura Nana also won the Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress awards.

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Arashi – truth/Kaze no Mukou e

by oroitsme on January 5, 2009 · 4 comments · AddThis

Arashi in Popolo, September 2008
Artist: Arashi
Product Code: JACA-5109/5111/5113
Release Date: 2008.08.20
Highest Ranking: #1
Label: J-STORM
Limited Edition: DVD, special cover and tracklist

In the summer of 2008, Arashi’s leader Ohno Satoshi was given the starring role in the summer TBS drama Maou. At the same time, member Sakurai Sho was given the honor of covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics for NTV. Arashi contributed “truth” as the theme song to Ohno’s drama and “Kaze no Mukou e” as the theme for NTV. The two songs were released as a special 3-version double-A side single. The B-side on the single was also used in CMs for Tongari Corn snacks, with Arashi as the spokesmen.

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