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Mop Girl

by Aprilis on May 6, 2008 · 5 comments · AddThis

Mop Girl Logo

Mop Girl is based on the novel written by Kato Miaki, which is also entitled Mop Girl. This dorama starred the uprising young actress Kitagawa Keiko as a girl who has the ability to travel back in time when she touches a recent deceased person’s item. The dorama began airing on October 12, 2007 and spanned over 10 episodes. The opening theme entitled ‘Destination Nowhere’ is performed by ERIKA.

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LOVE COOK Tour 2006

by Aprilis on April 1, 2007 · 7 comments · AddThis

LOVE [99] COOK
Screencap of Ai-chin from the concert.

Exactly one year ago, Ai Otsuka’s second national tour LOVE[99]COOK began in Fukuoka on April 1st 2006. After a month, the tour came to an end on May 9th 2006 in Ai’s hometown Osaka. Although this tour only had 11 tour dates (3 less than her debut tour, JAM PUNCH), the concert halls are a lot bigger. And in a sense, this is like an “upgrade” from the previous tour. A DVD from the May 9 concert filmed at Osakajo Hall was released on July 26, 2007. Not only did the DVD debut at the #1 spot on Oricon, it was also the 12th best selling DVD of 2006. The oversea version DVD and VCD were released on August 16, 2007.

At first glance, the tour title ‘LOVE[99]COOK Tour 2006 ~Mascara Mainichi Tsukete Masukara~’ might seem very weird, but there’s actually a special meaning behind it and it can be broken down to 3 parts. The first and most obvious part is LOVE COOK, which is the name of Ai’s third album. In Japanese the word ‘Ai’ means love, which is why all of Ai’s album thus far has the word ‘love’. On an episode of Music Fighter, Ai explained that the word ‘cook’ represents her birthday, which is September 9th. In Japanese this is pronounced as Kukku (クック) and if you say this fast enough, it sounds like ‘cook’. The second part of the title is [99], which also represents Ai’s birthday. Celsius translated Ai’s July 18, 2006 dairy entry from her official site, which explained the meaning behind the phrase ‘Mascara Mainichi Tsukete Masukara’ which roughly translated to ‘I wear mascara everyday’. In that dairy entry, Ai wrote:

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Tsuki ni Shizumu

by Aprilis on December 19, 2006 · 4 comments · AddThis

Tsuki ni Shizumu Tsuki ni Shizumu
Release Date: 2002.11.13
Product Code: AVBD-91117; AVJVC52030
Label: avex trax
Starring: Isao Yukisada, Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi Hamasaki , better known as Ayu by her fans, is one of the top selling artists in Japan. But before Ayu appear in the music industry, did you know she started out in the acting world? When she was young, she starred in a number of low-budget dorama and movies like Miseinen and Nagisa no Shindobaddo. Unfortunately, she never made it big in the acting industry and soon gave up. Shortly after, she was discovered by Max Matsuura and the rest was history. When Ayu released her 28th single, “Voyage”, she resumed her role as an actress by staring in the short movie, Tsuki ni Shizumu.

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Mini Moni ja Movie Okashi na Daibouken!

by Aprilis on August 25, 2006 · 6 comments · AddThis

Mini Moni

Mini Moni ja Movie Okashi na Daibouken! (also known as “Mini Moni The Movie The Great Cake Adventure”) is Mini Moni’s debut movie. As the title suggest, the movie is about cakes and adventure. As cheesy as that story line sound, there are more to this movie than cakes and adventure. The movie was used to explain why Mari Yaguchi was leaving Mini Moni, how Ai Takahashi joined the group and how Mika became the new leader.

The movie stars all five members of Mini Moni: Mari Yaguchi (the then leader), Nozomi Tsuji, Ai Kago, Mika Todd, and its new member Ai Takahashi. It also feature the voice and songs of Yuko Nakazawa (former member of Morning Musume) and 4 girls from Hello! Project Kids: Risako Sugaya, Mai Hagiwara, Airi Suzuki and Maasa Sudou. And of course, any Mini Moni movie wouldn’t be complete without their beloved mascot, Minimo.

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Tokyo Friends

by Aprilis on August 4, 2006 · 123 comments · AddThis

Tokyo Friends

Tokyo Friends was released on June 8, 2005. Unlike many other Dorama, it was never aired on TV. Instead it was released as DVD; 3 DVDs to be exact. Volume one and two contained the first 4 episodes while volume three contained the last episode. Each episode is approximately 70 minutes long. A Tokyo Friends Premium Box was also released, which includes all 5 episodes, a bonus DVD and 12 postcards. Although this is a very typical Tokyo-story and was never aired on TV, it was quite successful, most probably because it was Otsuka Ai’s debut as an actress.

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