2012 Resolutions

Seems like its been quite a while since i last posted something here.

1. I think i should make a little more effort and add more news and updates.

2. Continue on with my anime craze! Its been quite a while since i found some good animes that i have been quite addicted with. Finished watching Natsume Yuujincho Season 1-3. Just started on Season 4 but it is still ongoing in Japan. Also finished watching Cardcaptor Sakura (70 episodes OMG!) and xxxHolic!

3. Try my super damn best to try to get Arashi concert tickets! haha

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How cool is this… oh OHNO kun u really rock man!!

Source: momoedgewood

Arashi’s Satoshi Ohno (29) drama “怪物くん (Kaibutsu-kun)” DVD box set has beaten US drama “24″ to be the best-selling drama DVD of 2010, figures released from Oricon today have revealed, reports Mainichi Shinbum Digital.

In its first week, the Arashi leader’s drama has sold more than 22,000 copies, 300 more than the “24 season seven” box set, making it the current No.1 in Japan.

”怪物くん(Kaibutsu-kun)” is a story about 怪物ランド(Monster Land) prince 怪物くん(Kaibutsu-kun), played by Ohno, who gets sent to the human world by his father along with his monster companions Dracula, Wolfman, and Franken for training.  It is based on the manga series of the same name, created by Fujiko Fujio in the 1960s, and has already been transformed into an anime series in 1968 and 1980.

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This is pretty amazing! I didnt know B’z were that big in Japan! Seems like Arashi and Exile are new entry into the charts too!!! YATTA! It’s based on much cds they have sold. I think it’s super cool that Kinki Kids are in too!

Source: Jpop Music

CD総売上【2010/09/10 Mステスペシャル】

今回(前回) 売上(単位:万枚)
*1位(*1位) 7938 B’z
*2位(*2位) 5420 Mr.Children
*3位(*4位) 4901 浜崎あゆみ  (Ayumi Hamasaki)
*4位(*3位) 4783 サザンオールスターズ  (Southern All Stars)
*5位(*5位) 4301 DREAMS COME TRUE
*6位(*6位) 3830 松任谷由実   (Yumi Matsutoya)
*7位(*7位) 3749 GLAY
*8位(*8位) 3745 ZARD
*9位(*9位) 3572 宇多田ヒカル (Utada Hikaru)
10位(11位)  3178 SMAP
11位(10位)  3140 CHAGE&ASKA
12位(14位)  2974 安室奈美恵  (Namie Amuro)
13位(12位)  2951 松田聖子  (Matsuda Seiko)
14位(13位)  2870 globe
15位(15位)  2849 L’Arc~en~Ciel
16位(16位)  2534 中森明菜   (Nakamori Akina)
17位(18位)  2467 KinKi Kids
18位(17位)  2441 TUBE
19位(19位)  2259 大黒摩季   (Ohguro Maki)
20位(20位)  2258 Every Little Thing
21位(22位)  2178 中島みゆき  (Nakajima Miyuki)
22位(21位)  2169 TRF
23位(23位)  2112 長渕剛   (Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi)
24位(24位)  2070 槙原敬之  (Noriyuki Makihara)
25位(25位)  2038 スピッツ   (Spitz)
26位(27位)  2018 福山雅治  (Fukuyama Masaharu)
27位(26位)  1950 SPEED
28位(29位)  1865 米米CLUB  (Koma Kome Club)
29位(–位) 1786 EXILE
30位(30位) 1777 Misia
31位(32位) 1664 モーニング娘。 (Morning Musume)
32位(31位) 1621 山口百恵  (Yamaguchi Momoe)
33位(–位) 1619 (Arashi)
34位(33位) 1611 氷室京介   (Himuro Kyosuke)
35位(34位) 1579 井上陽水  (Yosui Inoue)
36位(36位) 1576 郷ひろみ   (Go Hiromi)
37位(35位) 1570 沢田研二  (Sawada Kenji)
38位(42位) 1553 倉木麻衣  (Mai Kuraki)
39位(38位) 1538 チェッカーズ   (CHECKERS)
40位(39位) 1527 今井美樹  (Imai Miki)

Sho’s really pretty amazing.. Cannot wait to watch this when it airs..

Source: MomoEdgewood’s Mediawatch

Arashi’s Sho Sakurai (28) traveled to Moscow to meet a former head of state and to the Berlin wall as part of his special report for Nippon TV’s 24Hr TV, reports Sports Hochi.

Sho Sakurai will appear on this year’s 24Hr TV, hosted by TOKIO

Sakurai’s special, titled “嵐・櫻井翔が緊急リポート! 世界の貧困と格差社会の現実~マンホールで暮らす人々とは~ (Arashi –  Sho Sakurai’s Breaking News!  The reality of global poverty and social disparity ~people who live in manholes~ )” sent him to Moscow to interview Nobel Peace Prize winning former head of state Mikhail Gorbachev (79).

Mr Gorbachev is widely known as the man whose actions lead to the end of the Cold War around the late 1980s, early 1990s.  After Mr Gorbachev heard Sakurai had been interviewing a wide range of people in different places for his “NEWS ZERO” series “世界平和への祈り (Sekai Heiwa heno Inori, A Prayer for World Peace)” over the past year, the nobel prize winner applauded Sakurai for his efforts.

“I am very happy to meet a responsible person like you.

“I hope more and more people will be able to think not only about themselves, but also about the suffering the people around them are going through, and want to help them,” he said.

After Sakurai had introduced himself in Russian, Mr Gorbachev pushed aside Sakurai’s prepared notes.

“I want to hear about your opinions,” he told a confused Sakurai.

The interview went on for more than 30 minutes, during which the two talked about poverty, economic instability, and peace operations.

It has been reported Sakurai was still shaking after his interview.

“It was an incredible priviledge to have met a person I watched on the news as a young boy,” he said.

His latest adventure had sent him reporting from Moscow to the Berlin wall, and to Romania.

“It’s been 20 years since the Cold War ended.   How has the world changed.  I hope I can make people in Japan think about how one person’s situation can affect others,” he said.

“嵐・櫻井翔が緊急リポート! 世界の貧困と格差社会の現実~マンホールで暮らす人々とは~ (Arashi –  Sho Sakurai’s Breaking News!  The reality of global poverty and social disparity ~people who live in manholes~ )” will air on “24時間テレビ33「愛は地球を救う」(24Hr TV 33 ‘Love Saves the Earth’)” on August 29 in Japan.

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Ahhh its true, Arashi’s Happiness does always make me happy!! Also glad Troublemaker is in it.. haha i love that song too.

It’s pretty amazing that Arashi has 3 songs in the ranking!

Source: Unleashthegeek

Recochoku held a survey asking its users to pick a song that can chase the May blues away and lift their spirits. 1223 users responded through their mobile phones between 27th April and 18th May.

Songs to chase the May blues away
1. Happiness by Arashi
2. Joyful by Ikimonogakari
3. Troublemaker by Arashi
4. Kibun Joujou↑↑ by mihimaru GT
5. Guts Da Ze!! by ulfuls
6. Suirenka by Shonan no Kaze
7. Ogon Soul by Shonan no Kaze
8. Kitto Daijoubu by Arashi
9. weeeek by NEWS
10. GOLD by UVERworld

Survey by : Recochoku Music Data (imode/EZweb/Y!Keitai)
Survey Period : 27 April 2010 to 18 May 2010
Users surveyed : 1223

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How amazing can Arashi get.. its not possible anymore.. Just when they surprised u with sth, they surprised u again!!! haha..It’s amazing Arashi no Shukudai-kun is there… i really really miss that baka show.. miss it to death.. Also cannot wait for another Oodoroki no Arashi.. Also Matsujun’s drama Smile is there too.. Glad that its recognised too as it does deal with reality. Something that people tend to avoid.

Source of Results: Galac


第1位 日曜劇場「JIN -仁-」(TBS) 74票
第2位 嵐の宿題くん(日本テレビ) 44票
第3位 驚きの嵐!世紀の大実験!! 学者も予測不可能SP&奇跡呼ぶ実験的生ライブ!!(日本テレビ) 30票
第3位 MR.BRAIN(TBS) 30票
第5位 金曜ドラマ「スマイル」(TBS) 29票
第6位 アメトーーク!(テレビ朝日) 24票
第6位 スペシャルドラマ「坂の上の雲」(NHK) 24票
第8位 ドラマスペシャル「白洲次郎」(NHK) 21票
第9位 大河ドラマ「龍馬伝」(NHK) 18票
第9位 タモリ倶楽部(テレビ朝日) 18票

The results – (Best 10)
1. Sunday TBS Drama: JIN (TBS)
2. Arashi no Shukudai-kun (NTV)
3. Odoroki no Arashi! Experiments of the Century: Impossible for Scholars to Predict Special and Miracle Experiments Live Special (NTV)

3. Mr. Brain (TBS)
5. Friday drama: Smile (TBS)
6. Ame Talk (TV Asahi)
6. Special Drama: Saka no Ue no Kumo (NHK)
8. Drama Special: Shirasu Jiro (NHK)
9. Taiga Drama: Ryoma den (NHK)
9. Tamori Club (TV Asahi)

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WOOOO!!! I just love these senior+junior kinda thing.. haha.. seeing Nagase + TOMA in a drama together.. cannot wait for that..Just another month to go before it airs!!! Hope it’ll be a nice show to watch.

Source: Tokyograph

Wed, May 19, 2010 (7:10pm EDT)
TOKIO’s Tomoya Nagase (31) is once again teaming up with screenwriter Kankuro Kudo (39) for a new drama series this summer. This will be their third one together, after “Ikebukuro West Gate Park” (2000) and “Tiger & Dragon” (2005).

Titled “Unubore Deka” (“Conceited Detective”), the show is an original comedy about an unusual detective (Nagase) who has a habit of falling in love with every female suspect, and his conceit leads him to believe that they are also in love with him. When he finds evidence of their crimes, he confronts them with an arrest warrant and a marriage proposal at the same time, giving them a choice between the two. Although his actual name will apparently not be mentioned during the show, he is known to everyone as “Unubore” for his conceit.

TBS says that they are lining up big-name actresses to play the guest role of the suspect for each episode. The network also hinted that there’s even a case where the guest will be a male actor.

The regular supporting cast features Toma Ikuta (25) as an actor who is Unubore’s friend, Mika Nakashima (27) as Unubore’s ex-girlfriend, and Toshiyuki Nishida (62) as Unubore’s father. The detective frequents a bar where he and a group of acquaintances are known as the “Unubore 5,” consisting of Nagase, Ikuta, Jun Kaname (29), Ken Yahagi (38), and Mitsugoro Bando (54).

“Unubore Deka” will air on Friday nights at 10:00pm, starting in July.

Source: Sankei Sports

It’s been a while since i last updated.. kinda got some push from my cousin.. so here i am writing again. haha

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Anyway i watched Arashi’s 5×10 Anniversary Concert 2009.. OMG i must SAY! It’s just getting better and better each other.. super cool..

AND i’m completely in love with the rap Sho did in Typhoon Generation… So smooth, soft and sexy! haha.. Kinda different from alot of his recent raps where the rap is more powerful and fast.. So it’s a nice change.. i hope he does more of this kind of slow rap.. really suits him.

ahhh i cant find it now, but i’ll try to upload that part!

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I went to watch with Jensy on sunday!!! I was just dying to watch the movie soooo much after watching the drama! I love ittttttttttttt soooo much!!! I love how Ueno Juri potrays her character Nodame and as well as a very hot Tamaki Hiroshi as Chiaki Shinichi! I’ll talk about the drama next time! ahah..

OHHH i just cannot wait AND I MEAN CANNOT WAIT for the 2nd part of the movie to come out.. i’m already dying here… If its being released in Japan on April 17 2010 WHICH MEANS it’ll be a few more mths b4 it comes out here in Singapore.. moooooooooooo yadddaaaaa yo!!!!

Here’s a trailer for the 1st movie and 2nd movie!

2nd Movie trailer

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sooo cute!! cant wait when the full PV comes out.. Sho’s clothes is the most STRIKING ONE.. haha in RED.. aiya..

But i’m still hoping that they do a PV for “Yurase, Ima O”.. i really love that song too.. Wonder when will “Sora Taku” be released.. ahhhh.. haha

Ohno+Sho.. nice DANCE!

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haha i love their little dance on Arashi no Shukudai-kun!!! haha sooo cute!

Take a look at this!

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I’m depressed.. really depressed.. Arashi no shukudai-kun will stop broadcasting at the end of march onwards. Although its because they’ll have a new program on Saturdays 10pm i think starting April. *sigh* I still really love shukudai-kun alot.. It was the 1st variety program that got me hooked on forever.. The silly Ai-Land, all the silly and stupid games that made Arashi look like a fool but made us all laugh so much.. *sigh* Just feel like its a waste.. So many classic moments have come out from this show.. *SIGH* really sad man…. i wonder what other programs will let them do extreme silly things.

Anyway here’s the official announcement:

Source: Tokyograph

“Arashi no Shukudai-kun” to end in March
Sat, February 6, 2010 (5:56pm EST)
With the popular boy band Arashi getting another prime time show this spring, NTV has decided to end the group’s late night show “Arashi no Shukudai-kun.” The network announced that the final episode will air on March 22.

“Arashi no Shukudai-kun” has been on the air since October 2006, and has received high ratings despite its time slot.

Source: NTV

Source: Tokyograph

Another prime time show for Arashi
Fri, January 29, 2010 (6:45am EST)
NTV has confirmed that popular group Arashi will have a new prime time show starting this spring. Tentatively titled “Arashi ni Shiyagare,” the show will occupy the Saturday 10:00pm time slot left open by “Enta no Kamisama,” which is ending in March.

The program is described as an improvised entertainment variety show. Each episode will feature a guest celebrity, but the members of Arashi will not be told in advance who the guest is nor what the guest will be doing on the show.

It appears that the main segment of the show will have a different guest each week to teach the Arashi members an entertainment skill in various fields, including comedy, rakugo, and kabuki. Called “The Set,” this segment will take place on various “sets,” such as a theater or kabuki stage.

“Arashi ni Shiyagare” premieres in April. Arashi already hosts two other shows during prime time.

Source: NTV

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I’m sure pretty much everybody has seen this HOT photo shoot already! haha..I went to Kinokuniya AND got my Anan Copy!!! haha… This is probably the naughtiest magazine i own? ahha!!! The man is just tooo hot for words.. Although he didn’t really show very much or pose with a girl.. I think it’s really nice.. Very sho! haha

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OMGGGG hahaha i really could not stop laughing at this short clip from VS Arashi!!! Aiba’s funny jump at the end reminds me of Sho when he did his little butt attack at the camera! haha.. Sho’s jump here was also very funny!!!

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Found this video on youtube.. very cool! haha u get to see so many ppl snapping pictures away at the Drama SP Poster of Arashi! ahhh i wish i was there! haha

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I cant believe it was just Arashi’s 1st time on this huge music show in Japan. I must say it was worth the wait then! haha.. Arashi’s performance was just so powerful and just so much fun watching! Took some screencaps! Ok took LOTS of screencaps. haha

Oh i loved how Matsujun went to shake hands with the judges.. clever huh! haha.. Also LOVE their 2SEC changing of red to white costume.. i am still flabbergasted  at how they did it.. honestly HOW??? haha.. Oh yeah, Arashi was on the White team.. and guess what.. the White Team won! haha YOSH!

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This will probably my favourite year to keep looking at this chart! haha.. Of coz u’ll never see such wonderful charts.. Arashi top 3 plus no 5 single of the year. Top Album.. ahhhh wonderful wonderful.. It also impressive how Johnnys have take the charts.. i mean most of the top 20 are held by Johnnys.

Source: Oricon

Top 50 Singles
01. Believe/曇りのち、快晴 – 嵐/矢野健太 starring Satoshi Ohno
02. 明日の記憶/Crazy Moon ~キミ・ハ・ムテキ~ – 嵐
03. マイガール – 嵐
04. 愛のままで… – 秋元順子
05. Everything – 嵐
06. イチブトゼンブ/DIVE – B’z
08. ひまわり – 遊助
10. 急☆上☆Show!! – 関ジャニ∞
11. 恋のABO – NEWS
13. 悪魔な恋/NYC – 中山優馬 w/B.I.Shadow/NYC boys
14. THE MONSTER ~Someday~ – EXILE
16. Loveless – 山下智久
17 . たんぽぽ/海賊船 – 遊助
19. 弱虫サンタ – 羞恥心
21. Stand by U – 東方神起
22. RIVER – AKB48
23. 約束 – KinKi Kids
24. 化身 – 福山雅治
25. 浪曲一代 – 氷川きよし
26. Days/GREEN – 浜崎あゆみ
27. ときめきのルンバ – 氷川きよし
28. スワンソング – KinKi Kids
29. R.I.P./Merry Christmas – BUMP OF CHICKEN
30. Share The World/ウィーアー! – 東方神起
31. 妖 ~あやかし~ – 堂本光一
32. COLORS~Melody and Harmony~/Shelter – JEJUNG & YUCHUN (from 東方神起)
33. Don’t say “lazy” – 桜高軽音部 (平沢唯(豊崎愛生),秋山澪(日笠陽子),田井中律(佐藤聡美),琴吹紬(寿美菜子)

34. again – YUI
35. Cagayake!GIRLS – 桜高軽音部 (平沢唯(豊崎愛生),秋山澪(日笠陽子),田井中律(佐藤聡美),琴吹紬(寿美菜子))
36. 今宵、月が見えずとも – ポルノグラフィティ
37. いちょう – 遊助
38. 明日がくるなら – JUJU with JAY’ED
39. 涙サプライズ! – AKB48
40. 遥か – GReeeeN
41. そっと きゅっと/スーパースター★ – SMAP
42. 安芸の宮島 – 水森かおり
43. Rule/Sparkle – 浜崎あゆみ
44. 歩み – GReeeeN
45. WILD/Dr. – 安室奈美恵
46. 泣いてもいいですか – フレンズ&ヘキサゴンオールスターズ
47. 言い訳Maybe – AKB48
48. 鏡花水月 – The SHIGOTONIN
49. Bolero/Kiss The Baby Sky/忘れないで – 東方神起
50. Sunrise/Sunset ~LOVE is ALL – 浜崎あゆみ

Top 50 Albums
01. All the BEST! 1999-2009 – 嵐
03. 塩、コショウ – GReeeeN
04. 愛すべき未来へ – EXILE
06. ayaka’s History 2006-2009 – 絢香
08. レミオベスト – レミオロメン
09. Box Emotions – Superfly
10. CALLING – コブクロ
11. 残響 – 福山雅治
12. キング・オブ・ポップ ジャパン・エディション – マイケル・ジャクソン
13. MAGIC – B’z
14. My song Your song – いきものがかり
15. TRICK – 倖田來未
16. NEXT LEVEL – 浜崎あゆみ
17. いままでのA面、B面ですと!? – GReeeeN
18. Ring – 加藤ミリヤ
19. アルトコロニーの定理 – RADWIMPS
20. ⊿ – Perfume
21. マイケル・ジャクソン THIS IS IT – マイケル・ジャクソン
22. The Secret Code – 東方神起
23. What’s Love? – JUJU
24. シャンブル – ユニコーン
25. ALL MY BEST – 倉木麻衣
26. PUZZLE – 関ジャニ∞
27. Break the Records -by you & for you- – KAT-TUN
28. つるのうた – つるの剛士
29. This Is The One – Utada
30. 湘南乃風 ~JOKER~ – 湘南乃風
31. ディス・イズ・アス – バックストリート・ボーイズ
32. BEST A.I. – AI
33. The E.N.D. – ブラック・アイド・ピーズ
34. 21世紀のブレイクダウン – グリーン・デイ
36. アイのうた2 – Various Artists
37. HOCUS POCUS – 木村カエラ
38. FURUSATO – ゆず
39. 三文ゴシップ – 椎名林檎
40. Ne-Yo:ザ・コレクション – Ne-Yo(ニーヨ)
42. ザ・フェイム – レディー・ガガ
43. 銀魂BEST – Various Artists
44. LOVE LETTER – 大塚 愛
46. debut – 辻井伸行
47. セレブレイション~マドンナ・オールタイム・ベスト – マドンナ
48. ファンキーモンキーベイビーズ3 – FUNKY MONKEY BABYS
49. J album – KinKi Kids
50. AwakEVE – UVERworld

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WOWOWOOWOWOOWOWOOW!!! What an amazing and wonderful year for Arashi!!! I mean what a SUPER WONDERFUL YEAR for them! They’ve just got it all.. they’ve got.. Being number 1 in everything is the first ever in history in the oricon charts.. superb man.. just superb! I mean who else has got top 3 singles of the year.. OH and also top 5th single too.. AND top album of the year OH AND top Music DVD of the year.. OH and not just top but also 2nd Music DVD of the year.. no one.. no one.. BUT ARASHI of coz!

Source: Tokyograph

Fri, December 18, 2009 (2:27am EST)
Oricon’s year-end sales rankings for 2009 are out, and the results confirm that Arashi is the top selling artist of the year. They had the #1 single, the #1 album, the #1 music DVD, and were #1 for the first time in artist total sales. In the 42 years of Oricon’s history, no one else has topped all four categories in the same year.

Counting sales of singles, albums, music DVDs, and music Blu-ray Discs, Arashi grossed a total of more than 14.46 billion yen. At #2 this year was EXILE, who topped the list in 2008 with 19.58 billion yen in total sales.

In single sales, Arashi had the #1, #2, #3, and #5 releases, with “Believe / Kumori Nochi, Kaisei” in front at nearly 657,000 units sold. The only other artists to occupy the top three spots were Pink Lady in 1978 and Hikaru Genji in 1988. Arashi are the first to have four of the top five, as well as the first to hold the top two spots in back-to-back years.

Their “All the BEST! 1999-2009” album sold over 1.43 million copies. In DVD sales, they were #1 and #2 with “5×10 All the BEST! CLIPS 1999-2009” (591,000) and “ARASHI AROUND ASIA 2008 in TOKYO” (428,000).

More complete ranking lists are available on the Oricon website.

Source: Oricon

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Ahhh it’s really been a good year for Sakurai ne!!! It’s great that it was Matsujun last year and now its Sho this yr!!! Next yr will be just as good right! (*fingers crossed*)…

Source: Tokyograph

Wed, December 16, 2009 (2:37am EST)
GQ Japan presented its Men of the Year 2009 awards on Wednesday, marking the magazine’s fourth time to hold the awards. This time, the honorees included Sho Sakurai (27) of the popular group Arashi, which has experienced a very strong year in terms of sales and popularity. Last year, fellow member Jun Matsumoto (26) was also one of the winners.

Besides Sakurai, the winners were rakugo artist and actor Tsurube Shofukutei (57), who has received multiple Best Actor awards for the movie “Dear Doctor”; Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (28); playwright and director Koki Mitani (48); and McDonald’s Japan CEO Eiko Harada (61).

Source: Oricon

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Ahhhh i must say that the drama that did interest me the most this year were BOSS, Mei-chan no Shiysuji, JIN, Mr Brain & Tokyo Dogs. But my fav is probably BOSS. I wasn’t intending to watch this at all, but since i got it, so i went to watch it AND got addicted to it completely! Fun and interesting at the same time. Here’s the oricon survey results.

Source: Tokyograph

Tue, December 22, 2009 (4:51am EST)
Earlier this month, Oricon conducted several special year-end surveys. Two questions related to television dramas were included: “What was the most interesting drama?” and “Which drama do you want to be made into a movie?” 1,000 men and women between the ages of 10 and 49 participated, and answers were limited to series aired this year on a commercial network.

Most Interesting Drama:

  1. Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji
  2. JIN
  3. BOSS
  4. Buzzer Beat
  6. Tokyo DOGS
  7. Mei-chan no Shitsuji
  8. Ninkyo Helper
  9. The Quiz Show

Most Desired To Be Made Into A Movie:

  1. BOSS
  2. JIN
  4. Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji
  5. Aibou Season 8
  6. Tokyo DOGS
  7. LIAR GAME Season 2
  8. Buzzer Beat
  9. Voice
  10. Tokumei Kakarichou Tadano Hitoshi

“Aibou” and “Tokumei Kakarichou Tadano Hitoshi” have already been adapted to the big screen. A “LIAR GAME” movie is scheduled to open on March 6.

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This is soo cool.. of coz only in Japan u’ll have such wonderful things. haha. Take a look at this:

Source: Telegraph

Branded barcodes cheer Japanese shoppers

A pioneering Japanese design firm is making a name for itself by creating unique barcodes to enliven packaging.

By Compiled by Matthew Moore
Published: 8:38AM GMT 12 Nov 2009

Branded barcodes

While most Western manufacturers focus their marketing on the front of a product, a growing number of Japanese firms are branding the barcodes on the reverse as well.

The black and white etchings contain sufficient detail to be recognised by scanners, while also incorporating the firm’s logo or an image associated with the product.

Among the companies to employ the services of Design Barcode Inc are the car manufacturer Ford and major Japanese tea and noodle brands. More of the firm’s creations are below.

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Source: asianfanatic & japan_now

Currently celebrating their 10th anniversary, Johnny’s Entertainment group Arashi has seen their popularity skyrocket in the past year. It seems they have no intention of slowing down as they have been added to the lineup for NHK’s Red and White Singing Contest.

Their newest single ‘My Girl’ has also become a hit, successfully earning them the top 4 spots on this year’s Oricon singles chart with the highest first week sales. ‘My Girl’ has reached number 3 on the charts, just after ‘Ashita no Kioku / Crazy Moon’ and ‘Believe / Kumorinochi Kaisei’. The fourth spot also belongs to them with their previous single ‘Everything’. They seem to have effortlessly dominated the sales in the singles chart for 2009.

In addition, fans from all over the world were thrilled when they announced their appearance on NHK’s Red and White Singing Contest. It is the first time that Johnny’s Entertainment will be having four groups perform on the show. Arashi’s popularity has continued to rise within this year, especially riding on the success of individual projects from all five members. To be invited to perform at the 60th Red and White Singing Contest during their 10th year seems very appropriate.

Source: udn
Translated by: sparkles_n15 @ asianfanatics.net


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Credit : Tokyo Graph

Wed, November 4, 2009 (4:03am EST)
The latest KinKi Kids single, “Swan Song,” ranked #1 on the charts this past week with more than 160,000 in sales. This is their 29th consecutive number-one single, starting with their debut in 1997.

UVERworld‘s newest song was #2 on the charts, followed by Nana Mizuki and Morning Musume. BoA also made the top ten with her new single at #8.

On the albums chart, Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” was #1, selling close to 74,000 copies. Also in the top ten were The Gospellers (#2), The Cro-Magnons (#5), JAY’ED (#6), Junichi Inagaki (#9), and Chihiro Onitsuka (#10).

Meanwhile, Arashi‘s new DVD “5×10 All the BEST! CLIPS 1999-2009” took the top spot on the overall DVD charts. At 428,000 copies sold, it set the record for highest first-week sales of a music DVD, surpassing the 374,000 of KAT-TUN‘s “Real Face Film” in 2006.

Source: Oricon

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This is really amazing.. i must say Arashi is amazing!! Take a look at the article below.

Website credit: Japan_Now

Japanese idol group Arashi held a three hour live special yesterday to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The special, which began at 7pm, was titled ‘Odoroki no Arashi! The Century’s Biggest Experiments! Impossible Feats SP and Miracle Experiments Live Broadcast!’ (from NTV). According to numbers from video research, the average ratings from the Kanto region was at 23.5%, peaking at a record of 29.8%. Airing at the same time was the Japan Series baseball game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Nippon Ham Fighters, which had average ratings of 16.4% on Fuji TV.

The three-hour live broadcast wrapped up Arashi CHALLENGE★week (from October 25th to November 1st), in which Arashi took over NTV studios for more than 50 hours of broadcast to mark their 10th anniversary. They specially prepared a flying stage and introduced 3D effects to their performance by using enhanced glasses.

In the Japan Series, Nippon Ham pitcher Darvish made his return to the mound after battling injuries. In addition, the drama ‘JIN’ airing on TBS at 9pm, maintained the same ratings from the previous week at 17.2%

Source: Yahoo! News | Translated by: sparkles_n15 @ asianfanatics.net

source: asianfanatic

Japanese drama: BOSS

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What an interesting drama!!! I must say very interesting as well as clever. I was never bored at all!!! From the character introduction to the cases, by each episode, i was getting more and more intrigued by the story and plot. I finished watching the drama in less than 2 days. haha.. i even sacrificed sleep just to watch this. haha.

This drama Boss has 11 episodes. I really like the main character Osawa Eriko played by Amami Yuki. Her character is very clever and smart. And she’s hilarious! haha. Also she brings together her separated team into one great team. This is like a detective/police story.

The last part of the story will probably surprise u. It surprised me. When you think its this way, its actually THAT way.. haha.. u’ll get it when u watch it. If u like cool detective/police stories, then you’ll like this. This is abit more with some humour.


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How cool is Arashi really!!! haha! This is really amazing!!! Hopefully with their new single “My Girl”, they would be able to take top 3!!!

Single Top 150
*1 *,655,498 ***,*** Believe/曇りのち、快晴 / 嵐、矢野健太 starring Satoshi Ohno 09/03/04
*2 *,620,237 ***,*** 明日の記憶/Crazy Moon~キミ・ハ・ムテキ~ / 嵐 09/05/27
*4 *,418,623 ***,523 Everything / 嵐 09/07/01

Album Top 150
*1 1,307,760 *12,338 All the BEST! 1999-2009 / 嵐 09/08/19

Credits: Oricon

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Source: Music Japan


On September 15th 2009, Arashi celebrated their 10th anniversary!
Even after 10 years, they continue to have an avid fan base, and there are no signs of their popularity diminishing.
Along with their careers as singers, they’re riding high on their successes as actors and newscasters as well.
10 years ago on September 15th the members had marked their debut with a press conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. To commemorate the special day, goo [a Japanese search engine and web portal] conducted a survey in which they asked fans their favorite Arashi song. Let’s take a look at the ‘Favorite Arashi Singles Ranking’!
The No.1 song was ‘Love so sweet’, and ‘One Love’ came in at No.2. ‘Love so sweet’ was the main theme song for the TBS Friday Night drama ‘花より男子2 (リターンズ) / Boys over Flowers 2 (Returns)’, and ‘One Love’ was the title theme song for the movie ‘花より男子ファイナル / Boys over Flowers F (Final)’. Matsumoto Jun appeared in both the drama and the movie. Needless to say, these two singles were immensely popular. Their debut single ‘A・RA・SHI’ took the No.3 spot. Arashi became the special supporters of the 1999 FIVB Men’s World Cup (Volleyball Championship), and ‘A・RA・SHI’ was the main theme song for Fuji TV’s live coverage of the tournament. In just a week after its release, ‘A・RA・SHI’ sold nearly 560,000 copies. At that time that was a new record for a debut single. The song is undoubtedly the cornerstone of Arashi. ‘One Love’ and ‘truth/風の向こうへ (truth/Kaze no Muko e)’ (ranked in at No.4) were the No.1 and No.2 singles of the 2008 Oricon Ranking. The singles epitomized the group’s ever-growing popularity.
How many of your favorite Arashi songs ranked in? Check below for the whole list!
As was mentioned before, in addition to their music the Arashi members’ have thrived in an assortment of different fields. Fans must have high hopes for Arashi as a group, and also for the individual members. It will be interesting to see how much they will continue to evolve and further their careers!

1.Love so sweet
2.One Love
4.truth/風の向こうへ (truth/Kaze no Muko e)
5.Beautiful days
6.明日への記憶/Crazy Moon~キミ・ハ・ムテキ~ (Asu eno Kioku/Crazy Moon~Kimi wa Muteki~)
9.きっと大丈夫 / Kitto Daijobu

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hahah found this video on youtube! Super cute!! haha Ohno really just says “Umai” all the time!

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YEAH!!! Arashi’s amazing really!! Check out this news.

Source: Tokyograph

Charts: Arashi, Kiyoshi Hikawa set records
Wed, August 26, 2009 (2:46am EDT)
As expected, the boy band Arashi dominated the charts this past week with their collection “All the BEST! 1999-2009.” The album sold 753,000 copies, setting their own personal record for first-week sales.

The album also sets the record for opening week sales during the 2009 period. The previous highest was Mr.Children’s “SUPERMARKET FANTASY,” which sold 708,000 copies when it was released this past December. That album has already become a million seller, suggesting that Arashi’s album will likely achieve that milestone as well. If it does, it will be their first million seller.

Aside from Arashi, the week’s top ten included new releases from Big Bang (#3), MINMI (#5), Denki Groove (#6), and Hi-Fi CAMP (#8).

On the singles chart, Kiyoshi Hikawa also set a record. His “Tokimeki no Rumba” sold 68,000 copies to become his third chart-topper, which is the most for a solo enka artist.

TOKIO (#3), Yuko Hara (#5), The Gospellers (#7), Tatsuro Yamashita (#8), and Ayabie (#10) also entered the top ten.

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wow!!! Arashi sugei na! I cant believe VS Arashi is going golden as well as instead of 30mins, it’ll be an hour long!!! This is super cool!

Source: Tokyograph

“VS Arashi” goes golden
Sat, July 25, 2009 (7:21pm EDT)
Fans of popular boy band Arashi will now be able to watch the group every week during golden time. Their show “VS Arashi” on Fuji TV is moving from its Saturday afternoon time slot (12:59pm-1:30pm) to an hour-long time slot on Thursday nights at 7:00pm. This will be Arashi’s first show during golden time hours.

“VS Arashi” has been on the air since April 2008. Each episode features Arashi competing against different guest celebrities in a variety of games, such as “Falling Pipe” and “Cliff Climb.”

The show will air in its new time slot starting this October.