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Acid Black Cherry to Release His First Work Since "Shangri-la" Project

J-pop Asia - 3 hours 27 min ago
Acid Black Cherry's new single, currently untitled, will be released on October 22nd. this will be his first work since the one-year project "Shangri-la", concluded last June with the live at Sekisui Heim Super Arena.
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WIN’s Team B & Three Trainees to Challenge in New Survival Show “MIX & MATCH”

J-pop Asia - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 01:17
Team B, renowned by participating in a reality show “WIN: Who Is Next,” and three trainees will challenge themselves in a new survival show “MIX & MATCH.”
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TVXQ to Release Japanese Single on November 5th

J-pop Asia - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:45
TVXQ has announced the release of A-side single “Time Works Wonders” in Japan slated on November 5th.
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B.A.P to Release First Japanese DVD This October

J-pop Asia - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:00
Hip-hop boy group B.A.P has announced the release of its first Japanese DVD on October 8th.
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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 7

Japan News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:00

Yikes. I never expected to be concerned about Sword Art Online II’s well-being. While there was a bit of hope for A-1 to get back on track, things are taking a slight turn for the worse with the way how they followed up on the show’s latest conflict. From the looks of it, the SAO II might be in a grim state until things pick up again.

 Sword Art Online II episode 7 screenshot

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Idol of the Week: Sayumi Michishige

Japan News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:00

Name: Sayumi Michishige  
Birthdate: March 4, 1987 
Hometown: Miyazaki, Japan   
Measurements: 87/58/86 cm  

This week get our visit from our favorite member of Japan's hit sensation Morning Musume, Sayumi Michishige. She's had quite a run since joining the band in 2003, as she's announced that her graduation from the group will take place this fall. We wish her well in her music career, and hope that she continues releasing awesome photo books, and popping up in magazines from time-to-time.

 Sayumi Michishige screenshot

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WTF Fridays: Good taste

Japan News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:00

It's amazing, how unsophisticated some palates can be...

 Good taste screenshot

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Ten ‘Cowboys’ from Super Junior to Comeback This August: Check out Teaser Photos

J-pop Asia - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:15
Ten-member K-pop act Super Junior will comeback with its 7th full-length album “MAMACITA” on August 29th.
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A Daily Dose of Music: Eir Aoi

Japan News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:00

The always exquisite Hokkaido native, Eir Aoi is back with a highly energetic new single, fully cement herself as one of J-Pop's most promising new artists. When she burst on the scene in 2011, her quick rise to fame from the pages of Nico Nico Douga was so quick, that I wasn't sure she would have much staying power. It's three years later now, and her newest single, IGNITE continues her collaboration with the popular series, Sword Art Online.

The new song is bigger than a lot of her previous efforts, representing her in a way more confident, and forward manner. The track is perfect for the summer, with all the drama you need for a hit anime theme song. I'm looking forward to seeing where she goes from here, but would love to hear some soft ballads from her soon!

 Eir Aoi screenshot

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Ghibli Film "When Marnie Was There" and Why It Failed

J-pop Asia - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:08
The Former president of Studio Ghibli, 66 year old Toshio Suzuki explains to the press why he thinks the film isn't preforming well in the box office.
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AA= Reveal Details on Upcoming Live DVD "TOUR #4+MV"

J-pop Asia - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:13
AA= will be releasing a new live DVD titled "TOUR #4+MV" on the 24th of September (Wednesday).
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"Hunter X Hunter" Manga to go on Hiatus

J-pop Asia - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:35
Health issues with Hunter X Hunter author has prompted the hiatus for the manga in Shonen Jump.
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Louis Vuitton to Invest $80 Million in YG Entertainment

J-pop Asia - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:07
LVMH has announced this Wednesday to make investments in YG Entertainment. Louis Vuitton will invest $80 million in K-pop business.
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GOT7 Revealed 3rd Episode of 'REAL GOT7' Season 2: Watch

J-pop Asia - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:28
Have you already started to watch the 2nd Season of “REAL GOT7?” If still not, it is time to kick off, because, today, seven members of GOT7 have revealed the 3rd episode!
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A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Japan News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:00

Back in 2006, I was going through a major case of anime fatigue. It seemed like as anime was gaining popularity here in the west, I was slowly not finding any television shows to my liking. There was definitely a shift in palette, and unfortunately every show just wasn't catching my eye. That was all until a friend of mine had asked if I had seen the ending theme to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, a show that relit my love anime.

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Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 6-7

Japan News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:00

When Hanayamata first introduced Yaya, she played with a band. If we logically assume the story is about the formation of a yosakoi club, then the band probably has to go. How does it happen? More importantly, how does Yaya's identity, which is wrapped up a lot around both her reputation and perception at school along with the band, resolve in such a way to further that club story?

I'm not sure if I like the way the plot resolves, but in the process there were some pretty heartful character development. Maybe it's okay for Hanayamata to keep things really simple. Let's see.

 Hanayamata episodes 6-7 screenshot

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Get robots drunk in VA-11 HALL-A's cyberpunk bar

Japan News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:00

OK, I'll admit it right now: The main reason I'm posting about VA-11 HALL-A, a indie bartending game, is because of its website, located at a domain called (and I'm not kidding) Waifubartending.com. These people know what's up.

It also helps that the game itself looks like a cute, retro-futuristic visual novel with a fun "Cyberpunk Bartending Action" hook, and some hot synth music to go with the trailer. The prologue is available now for just the right side of "impulse buy" prices.

Get robots drunk in VA-11 HALL-A's cyberpunk bar screenshot

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KAMIJO Bares "Heart's" Contents

J-pop Asia - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:52
KAMIJO's first full album will be released on September 24th featuring 12 tracks.
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PG Lego Version of Wicked Panty Shot at Comiket Released

J-pop Asia - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:48
Netizens in Japan has been awed and wowed by the infamous panty shot at Comiket, the world's largest doujinshi fair with an attendance of over 550,000 visitors this year over a three-day period.
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Sink Your Teeth into VAMPS' Latest Single "VAMPIRE LOVE"

J-pop Asia - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:02
VAMPS' next release is a ballad written for the upcoming Hollywood film, "DRACULA ZERO". The single "VAMPIRE LOVE" hits shelves October 8th.
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