December 13th, 2013
|07:23 am - The official kanji of 2013 has been chosen!|
In Japan, every year is marked with a single kanji character as chosen by a national vote. The kanji is meant to represent situations and global or domestic events that took place during a given year and is announced on December 12 by the head monk at Kyoto’s famous Kiyomizu Temple.
Two years ago, 絆 (bonds) was chosen to represent 2010 due to the fraternal and familial bonds that were strengthened in the wake of natural disasters around the world, including the Great East Japan Earthquake and large-scale flooding in Thailand. Last year it was 金 (gold) for the numerous first place finishes Japan achieved in 2012, including winning the gold medal in women’s soccer and possessing the world’s tallest tower upon the completion of Tokyo Skytree.
The kanji for 2013 has just been chosen, but what what does it mean?
The kanji character chosen for 2013 is 輪, pronounced rin or wa in Japanese, and means “ring” or “circle.” The main reason it was chosen was because of Japan’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics, which is also referred to as 五輪, or “five rings” in Japanese. The successful registration of Mount Fuji as a World Heritage Site as well as Japan’s entrance into the World Cup also contributed to the kanji selection because they were events in which “all of the people throughout Japan came together in a circle of great joy.”
Over 172,000 votes were cast this year, with 輪 receiving 9,518 votes. Second place went to 楽 (raku, meaning “comfort” or “ease”), which is the first kanji character in the name of the Nippon Professional Baseball team, the Rakuten Eagles, the victors of the Japan Series.
|06:28 pm - Nikkei Ent. Yearly Single Ranking 2013 Top 10|
1 Arashi「Calling／Breathless」（Sales number：881,144：3 versions）
2 AKB48「Sayonara Crawl」（Sales number：799,352：6 versions）
3 AKB48「Koisuru Fortune Cookie」（Sales number：593,835：6 versions）
4 Arashi「Endless Game」（Sales number：572,922：2 versions）
5 AKB48「So long!」（Sales number：439,071：6 versions )
6 Kanjani8「Hesomagari / Kokonishikanai Keshiki 」（Sales number：347,186：3 versions）
7 AKB48「Heart Ereki」（Sales number：340,627：8 versions）
8 SMAP「Joy!!」（Salse number：328,930：5 versions）
9 Southern All Stars「Pīsu to hairaito」（Sales number：315,271：3 versions）
10 Kanjani8「Namida no Kotae」（Sales number：302,964：3 versions）
Nikkei uses Soundscan for their ranking so that's why it's different from Oricon. Soundscan doesn't count special versions like Avex's Mu-mo shop or AKB's theater editions. Still very idol dominated but at least Southern All Stars and Linked Horizon made it!!! Oh and feel free to translate the rest of the top 20 that you can see in the pic.
|07:33 am - Masaki Okada and Ryoko Hirosue attempts pole dancing for film, “Kanojo tono Jouzu na Wakarekata”|
On Thursday it was announced that Masaki Okada will star in Yuichiro Hirakawa’s upcoming comedy Kanojo tono Jouzu na Wakarekata. Actress Ryoko Hirosue will play the film’s heroine. Both actors will be required to attempt pole dancing for the first time.
The film is based on a novel by playwright Takaya Okamoto, who also adapted the screenplay. Okada will play an egocentric man named Gajirou Honda who only cares about money and women. When he’s involved in a car accident, he encounters the ghosts of the other car’s driver and three pole dancers. The four ghosts promise him a large sum of money in exchange for his help fulfilling their last wishes, thus allowing their spirits to pass over to the afterlife.
The tasks Gajirou is required to complete for the ghosts include pole dancing, wearing a white wedding dress, becoming a heroic firefighter, and making a passionate confession to a high school boy.
Hirosue will play one of the ghosts, a pole dancer and single mother named Yuko Kasahara who’s sorrowful over leaving her elementary school-aged son behind.
Both Okada and Hirosue have been going through intense pole dancing training for their respective roles. Although Okada isn’t actually portraying an experienced pole dancer, he felt the training was essential for him to be able to throw himself into the performance with the full force of a clumsy man.Filming of “Kanojo tono Jouzu na Wakarekata” began on the December 12th and is expected to wrap in mid-January. Production will be completed sometime in April 2014 with a release planned for early fall.
|08:13 am - Miki Fujimoto Shocked About Morning Musume ’14|
In a recent promotional appearance for Stainless Steel Kitchen [ステンレス システムキッチン「S.S」] Miki Fujimoto expressed shock about the Morning Musume re-branding.
Fujimoto shared “I think Tsunku♂ should consider a trial period for something like this, it could risk alienating fans.” she continues ”I was a member of Morning Musume, and I can understand the thought process behind the renaming. People had always asked me “When were you a member of Morning Musume?” and this would make it a little easier to express.” Fujimoto admits there is an advantage to being renamed however noted “It wasn’t nice how abruptly the change was made.”Miki Fujimoto joined Morning Musume on January 19th, 2003 and served as team leader until her graduation in June 2007
|07:58 am - Bravely Default Character Designer Explains Why He Left Square Enix |
After having worked 18 years with Square Enix, Akihiko Yoshida, known for his character design on titles such as Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, recently left the company. During an interview with Famitsu magazine, the artist explained his reason for resigning.
“Around the end of September, I had resigned from Square Enix, but for Bravely Second, I am working on it as a freelancer,” shares Yoshida, who is the character designer for both Bravely Default and its recently announced sequel.
“As for the reason I resigned—I had always wanted a job where I could do both, develop games and draw. However, in recent years, those responsible for making games have more duties that require much more time, and after thinking about my desire to be in an environment that allows me to challenge more subjects, it resulted in my decision to resign, so I would no longer be bound by a company.”
Yoshida reveals, “As for Bravely Second, [producer] Asano had spoken to me prior to my resignation, and it’s a title that I personally have been wanting to do, so I went ahead and agreed to work on it.”
He adds, “While I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished too much thus far, after Final Fantasy III’s remake and Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, this series [Bravely Default] gives me a great sense of fulfilment.”
Bravely Second is in development for Nintendo 3DS, and it is currently 30% complete.
|03:01 pm - The wolves are coming: MAN WITH A MISSION to go major in the US|
Announced on December 12, 2013 on their official news twitter, rock band MAN WITH A MISSION will be having their major debut in the United States in Fall 2014. Signed to epic records (the same label as Avril Lavigne, Ozzy Osbourne), they will be releasing an original album stateside later next year. Named "Beef Chicken Pork" after their favorite foods, the album will consist of their previously released songs, some of which will be rereleased with all-English lyrics. Tracklist below the cut.
MAN WITH A MISSION was just in the United States this past week for two shows--one in New York, and the other in Los Angeles. In addition to these shows, and (probably) finalizing this partnership with epic records, filming a music video in LA made their trip to the states a trip that took down three birds with one stone.
The wolves will return to the United States again in February, while still indies, before heading back to Japan to kick off their three-month long spring tour.
"Beef Chicken Pork" will be released in Japan on February 12, 2014.
( Tracklist!Collapse )
Sanspo (Japanese) - my translation
MWAM News Info Twitter (Japanese) - my translation
I saw these guys in LA last week and they were kind of more awesome in person??? I love basically everything they've ever put out, and they sound even better live!
Breaking into the US is going to difficult, but I wish them all the luck in the world.
I've seen a few posts with these guys already, could we get them a tag? (*U*)
|01:24 pm - Comedian and Talento Tanoshingo Charged with Assault Against Manager|
Popular comedian Tanoshingo, who is most known for his variety show and drama appearances, along with his catchphrase, "Labu chunyuu!" has been charged with assaulting his manager. According to Yahoo News Japan:
It has been learned from an interview with investigation officials on the 11th that Yotsuya Station police headquarters is fortifying a plan to file charges of assault against comedian Tanoshingo, whose real name is Shingo Sato (age 34), for hitting his private office manager (in his thirties), and causing the manager injuries. After the incident, the manager is also under investigation for charges of extorting 1,000,000 yen from Tanoshingo.
Tanoshingo also has charges of hitting his manager multiple times and inflicting minor injuries on the morning of July 21 at his personal condominium. The same day was the Election Day for the House of Councilors election. When Tanoshingo’s manager did not wake him at the requested time to go to the voting poll, Tanoshingo’s attitude changed and he became angry, according to the testimony.
The manager became acquainted with Tanoshingo in the May of last year took responsibility for Tanoshingo’s schedule. After the incident, he withdrew from his position. The manager threatened to expose the incident of violence if Tanoshingo did not pay him money. The manager then received the sum of 1,000,000 yen. After that, the manager returned the money and filed the above mentioned damage report.
Tanoshingo is a member of Yoshimoto Creative Engine. He became popular because of his feminine character and “Labu Chunyuu” gag.
Translator's Comment: It's always the cute ones that go bad...
|09:18 pm - very persuasive|
Current Music: 9lazy9 - train
|01:00 am - Hey! Say! JUMP "Ride With Me" Short PV Ver|
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HSJ in white, HSJ in suits, HSJ in leather jackets. RAWR
& I really dig that circle hand thingy choreo they do