Archive for 14:57 JST July 24, 2012

Koichi Domoto to host new science TV show on NHK

14:57 JST July 24, 2012 3 comments

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堂本光一のNEWS LABO (Koichi Domoto’s NEWS LAB)” will feature Koichi and scientists bringing you the latest scientific breakthroughs, reports NHK.


The show will start on August 17 on NHK General TV, and will focus on science news and the latest in health breakthroughs, all brought to you by Koichi and his scientist co-stars.


Koichi’s comment has been uploaded to the show’s website:

“I hope to use the show as a way to make people aware of the interesting and funny things behind what most of us take for granted, or what we see as normal.  Once you watch this, you’ll see the things around you in an entirely different way!”

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NEWS get 14th No.1 single

14:14 JST July 24, 2012 Leave a comment

The latest NEWS single “チャンカパーナ (Chankapana)” is the No.1 single of the week, selling more than 245,000 records, reports Oricon.


It is the first single the group has released since Tomohisa Yamashita and Ryo Nishikido had left the group in 2011.  The last single the six-member group had released was “Fighting Man” in November 2011, which sold 150,000 records.  This means the new single has sold almost 100k more records than the last.  It is also the group’s first single in three years to exceed sales of 200k in the first week since “恋のABO (Koi no ABO)” in April 2009.


NEWS have had 14 straight No.1 singles since their debut with “希望〜Yell〜 (Kibou ~Yell~)”.  They are third behind KinKi Kids and KAT-TUN, who hold the records for most consecutive No.1 singles since debut, with 32 and 18 No.1 singles respectively.


It has been reported NEWS leader Keiichiro Koyama said this No.1 had more meaning than some others.

“‘Chankapana’ is the result of what we have felt, and what all of our fans who have waited all this time for us have felt.  This is the greatest start.  I couldn’t help but cry when I heard the numbers.  I promise to return my thanks in my work.  I hope you will have a ‘美しい恋しましょう!(beautiful love)’ with us,” he said.


The four member NEWS are due to start their summer concert tour on August 14 in Tokyo before going around Kobe, Fukuoka, Niigata, Sendai, Hiroshima, and Sapporo.  It is their first national tour in three-and-a-half years.

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Hey! Say! JUMP’s Ryosuke Yamada gets lead in detective drama, heading to Hong Kong

13:56 JST July 24, 2012 2 comments

Producers and writers have been waiting years for Ryosuke Yamada to get old enough to play the lead in popular detective series “金田一少年の事件簿 (Kindaichi Shonen Jinkenbo)”, which will air on TV this winter as a special drama, reports Yomiuri Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, and Sponichi Annex on July 24.


It has been reported Yamada is the fourth Johnny’s talent to play the lead role of high school detective Hajime Kindaichi, following in the footsteps of Tsuyoshi Domoto (KinKi Kids) who starred in the first special drama in 1995, then Jun Matsumoto (Arashi), and Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN).  The series was also made into a movie in 1997.


The drama is based on the manga series of the same name, which has been running for 20 years.


The upcoming show will be based on the manga’s current story, “金田一少年の事件簿 香港九龍財宝殺人事件 (Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo – Hong Kong Kowloon Zaihou Satsujin-jiken, The Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Mystery)”, which started being published in weekly manga magazine Weekly Shonen Magazine on July 11 this year.  It has been reported the manga’s co-creator Shin Kibayashi (also known under the alias Seimaru Amagi) will be writing the script for the drama.


The story will take place in Hong Kong, where Kindaichi accompanies his friend Miyuki who is getting ready for an international fashion show.  One day, Miyuki is kidnapped.  As he tries to get a grip on the situation, he meets Yang Lan, another model who looks identical to Miyuki.  As the two try to find Miyuki, someone is murdered the night before the fashion show.

“I’m extremely happy to be able to play a character who many of my seniors have played in the past.  I think this will be a huge production, with the story being set in Hong Kong, so I promise to work as hard as I can.  I want to bring out a Kindaichi Hajime that only I can produce,” Yamada said.


Drama producer Hiroko Hazeyama had said at least half of the drama will be shot in Hong Kong, and will involve an international cast and crew.  It has been reported a Kindaichi drama starring Yamada had been planned five years ago, but production was postponed because Yamada looked too young at the time.

“The manga’s writer had wanted him (Yamada) to play the part for years, and that’s how this project came along.  He has that cheeky boy personality Kindaichi Shonen needs,” she said.


It has been reported the drama will be filmed in Hong Kong from mid-September, and take about two weeks.  Yamada had started to train for the action sequences, as well as learning some Chinese.



If you’re interested in checking out the manga’s website of the same story, click here.  I can’t say for sure the manga will be the same as the movie, but it’s better than nothing!

Screenshot of the Hong Kong murder mystery manga story (thanks to Kindaichi Shonen manga website)

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