MAX to release new single on July 22

MAX, reunited with the return of MINA in October of last year, will be releasing a new single called “Rough Cut Diamond” on July 22nd. The single, the group’s 30th, will be their first in three years and will have a tie-up with the TV Tokyo drama “Kariyushi Sensei Chibaru! (かりゆし先生 ちばる!).” The afternoon drama …

“Gokusen” goes to the big screen – Tokyograph

The popular drama series ‘Gokusen’ is getting a movie version this summer. After three highly-rated seasons, the film will be the last time that lead actress Yukie Nakama plays the role of the teacher Yankumi. The third season of ‘Gokusen’ aired last spring and ended with a successful 22.8% average rating. The movie takes place …

MatsuJun, Gakky pair up for “Smile” – Tokyograph

Jun Matsumoto and Yui Aragaki will co-star in a new TBS drama series titled ‘Smile.’ Takayuki Takuma (‘Hana Yori Dango’) is handling the script, though he is using his real name rather than his usual pen name of Mikio Satake. Matsumoto plays a half-Filipino whose father has died and mother has disappeared. Despite his misfortune …

Ryoko Kuninaka to be in “Zettai Kareshi” special

Fuji TV’s live-action ‘Zettai Kareshi’ series is coming back for a special episode. Based on the manga by Yuu Watase, the series originally aired from April to June 2008. The special, titled ‘Zettai Kareshi ~Kanzen Muketsu no Koibito Robot~,’ is set after the end of the series. Mocomichi Hayami will reprise his role as the …

Wallpaper: Namie Amuro makes you want to try Coca-Cola zero

We called it, and it happened! (We love it when we’re right. 😀 ) Available as of today, three wallpapers to lovely adorn your Mac/PC with from the Coca-Cola zero website featuring Namie Amuro. Also available on the site is the new CM (15 and 30-second spots) and a making of which clocks in at …

Namie Amuro to star in Coca-Cola Zero CM

Namie Amuro has her second CM appearance set for 2009. Like the Vidal Sassoon spot, the upcoming CM (set to air on the 11th of this month) for Coca-Cola zero will feature Amuro in the ad as well as her upcoming single, “WILD,” which will be released on March 18, 2009. The single will be …

Meisa Kuroki to star in a Fuji TV special in March

Young actress Maki Horikita will star in a two-part drama special on Fuji TV titled ‘Chance! Kanojo ga Seikou Shita Riyuu,’ described as a comical success story. The show will also feature Hitori Gekidan and Meisa Kuroki. Horikita plays a 22-year-old who struggles to find a job, finally landing one at a travel company. Kuroki …

“Gokusen” gets another special episode – Tokyograph

NTV has announced another special episode for the ‘Gokusen’ drama franchise. The show’s third season aired this past spring, and the upcoming episode will be a ‘graduation special’ featuring the same characters. Yukie Nakama will of course star in the show, with Yuya Takaki, Haruma Miura, and Hideo Ishiguro among the returning cast. The two …

College student chosen to play Kamiji in documentary drama – Tokyograph

Fuji TV revealed in October that it is producing a special documentary drama titled ‘Kamiji Yusuke Monogatari,’ based on the life of rising male idol Yusuke Kamiji. The lead actor playing Kamiji has now been decided. 19-year-old Yuki Yoshida, a second-year student at a university in the Shiga prefecture, was chosen by audition for the …