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Vanilla Beans Switches Labels To avex, Announces New Single

J-pop Asia - 12 hours 16 sec ago
Vanilla Beans has announced that it has switched labels and is now signed with avex.
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TRIGGER and Rikka's latest short is a great love letter to classic movies

Japan News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:00

For a good while, I had this idea in my head about how the world would analyze fiction in the next one thousand or million years. One of my ideas was that archeologists and historians would use them as the basis for new mythological stories. Flash forward to today, the latest short in the Japan Animator Expo project covers one possibility that can come from this outcome.

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Ai Kago Nearly Tricked Into S&M Porn Film By Ex-Husband

J-pop Asia - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:26
In one of the more shocking revelations made by Ai Kago about her relationship with her former husband, the idol revealed that he had tried trick her into filming a pornographic film.
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Chiaki Kuriyama Fractures Right Leg In Slip And Fall Accident

J-pop Asia - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 19:16
Chiaki Kuriyama has undergone surgery after an accidental slip and fall left her right leg fractured.
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ANGERME Announces New Single, Last One Before Kanon Fukuda"s Graduation

J-pop Asia - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 15:44
ANGERME has announced that it will be releasing a new single in November ahead of Kanon Fukuda's graduation.
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G-Dragon & Kiko Mizuhara Break Up For Good

J-pop Asia - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:08
G-Dragon and Kiko Mizuhara have reportedly broken up, this time for good.
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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 706

Japan News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 13:00

I don't think I've seen such a good episode of One Piece in recent memory. It's not just good, it's great! It's better than the whole Rebecca storyline, Dressrosa stuff, and anything that was done  after the time-skip. It ultimately delivers on why Corazon is such a big part to the Dressrosa story and the origins of Doflamingo-Law connection/ feud. 

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Girls' Generation Involved In Car Accident

J-pop Asia - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:46
On August 27, Girls' Generation was involved in a minor car accident.
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R. Mika butt bounces her way into Street Fighter V

Japan News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:00

We've all wanted it and finally Capcom delivers. The blonde show boating pro wrestler Rainbow Mika finally makes her return to the cast of World Warriors since her debut in 1998 with Street Fighter Alpha 3. R. Mika is also the first grappler character to be announced for Street Fighter V and her move set has grown since her anime-inspired first appearance. 

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NMB48's Sayaka Yamamoto Receives Vocal Chord Surgery

J-pop Asia - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:41
NMB48 member Sayaka Yamamoto announced that she had received vocal chord surgery and is currently in the recovery process.
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Annotated Anime: MY Love STORY!! episodes 15-18

Japan News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:00

I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. But it's been such a long time since I've been drawn to a romantic anime since they've all pretty much become the same thing. It's either an inappropriate relationship, an appropriate but boring relationship, or a single guy (or girl) is surrounded by several members of the opposite sex vying for attention. It's always a toss up with these shows, so I like to base my choices off of interesting concepts. 

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Gold Storm Soar episodes 17-19

Japan News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 04:00

Once again, Garo: Gold Storm Soar is treading into climatic territories that make us think that we’re in for a final clash. Obviously, these moments are only meant to set the stage for the true finale, but the climatic goodness behind each scene continues to toy with our expectations.

At this rate, the show’s rising action segments are only going to get higher right now. Perhaps that peak has been reached right about now.

Once again, Garo: Gold Storm Soar is threading into territory that makes us believe that we’re in for a final clash. Obviously, these moments are only meant to set the stage for the true finale, but the climatic goodness behind each scene continues to toy with our expectations.

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[Giveaway] Free Passes To MTV's World Stage In Malaysia Featuring Apink & SEKAI NO OWARI

J-pop Asia - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 23:17
JpopAsia has teamed up with MTV Asia to bring you the exclusive opportunity to win free passes to the concert event "MTV World Stage Malaysia 2015"!
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Ai Kago Discusses Past Scandals And Tumultuous Life In First Interview Since Divorce

J-pop Asia - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 15:36
Fuji TV will be broadcasting a tell-all interview with Ai Kago on August 28. This will mark the idol's first interview since her divorce in June.
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Annotated Anime: Himouto! Umaru Chan episode 7

Japan News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:00

I love when anime directly references stuff in real life and Himouto! Umaru-chan is one of the better titles to do it. They don't go for the subtle nod or the direct reference with the name bleeped out. Nope, this show goes all in with no subtlety in referencing Capcom (Gapcom) and Street Fighter (Space Stream Fighter). They even copy the logo, font and color scheme allowing no mistaken identity possible. This is great as Himouto! Umaru-chan references a lot of geeky stuff throughout the episodes.

 

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Annotated Anime: Bikini Warriors episodes 4-8

Japan News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 11:00

Boobs, crotch shot, potions, bra, string bikini, hero's journey, slime monster, tentacles, grinding, objectification, RPG trope, and nudity. 

If you disagree with three or more of the above words then Bikini Warriors is sadly not for you. If you agree with all of the words above then Bikini Warriors was made for you.

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EXO To Enter Japanese Market Later This Year

J-pop Asia - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:24
Preparations are currently underway for EXO's Japanese debut.
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Yakuza 5 is a big package of a small slice of Japan

Japan News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:00



If you've ever wanted to experience a small slice of urban Japan from the comfort of your own home, the Yakuza video game series has always been known to be the best game for the job. I find myself excited for big AAA games like Metal Gear Solid but surprisingly enough, I am also excited for Yakuza 5, which an older game on the PS3 that is only coming out this year.

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OP Up! Mobster Edition

Japan News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 09:00

Japanese mobsters, whom we call in the west as "The Yakuza" is referred to in Japan as 'violence groups' by normal people and are not seen in a favorable manner. Though that hasn't stopped Japanese entertainment in portraying them as other than just criminals, some even to show them that they have honor and principle despite... you know, the illegal crimes they are involved in.

This week's selection features Mobsters, those who are in organized crime gangs but usually the ones in anime are most often portrayed as anti-heroes so we'll be seeing a bunch of them below. So it's time for crime! (Please don't arrest me for that joke).

Did I not post about your favorite mobster-related anime opening? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

OP Up! Mobster Edition screenshot

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We need more anime based on table games, Japan!

Japan News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 06:00

Japan's anime artists have a knack for turning ordinary, everyday things into a hit. You see, cartoons in the U.S. are all about superheroes trying to save the world. But in Japan? There are so many creative genres that enjoyed instant success among anime fans (read: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya).

Apart from the super successful superhero types like Naruto and Bleach, there are Akagi and Saki – anime that revolve around popular table games in the country and not heroes battling evil.

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