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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Japan Imposes 'Fine On Fat'

Looks like all those food shows are catching up with them.

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via Slashdot by timothy on 6/24/08
An anonymous reader writes "A recently-introduced law in Japan requires all businesses to have mandatory obesity checks (video link) for all their employees and employees' family members over the age of 40, CNN reports. If the employee or family member is deemed obese, and does not lose the extra fat soon, their employer faces large fines. The legislated upper limit for the waistline is 33.5" for men, and 35.5" for women. Should America adopt universal health insurance, could we live to see the same kind of individual health regulations imposed on us by the government? By comparison, the average waistline in America in 2005 was 39 inches for men, 37 inches for women."

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"Hana Yori Dango" special to air night before movie opens

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via Tokyograph on 6/23/08
A special press conference for the "Hana Yori Dango Final" movie was held at the Nippon Budokan on Monday. With anticipation running high for the film's opening this coming Saturday, it was announced that TBS is going to air a one-hour special on Friday night at 10:00pm.

The special will include a mini-episode that takes place just before the storyline of the movie. It was quickly filmed on Monday morning before the press conference. The show will also be partly broadcast live, with Arashi performing a theme song medley. Members of the group will even make an appearance as themselves in the mini-drama.

"Hana Yori Dango" has had two successful seasons as a drama series, and this movie will finally bring the story to a close.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

"Last Friends" Special

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via Tokyograph on 6/22/08
Fuji TV's drama series "Last Friends" aired its final episode on Thursday night. The show had been gaining in popularity throughout its run, and the ratings for the finale rose to 22.8%, its best for the season. The peak came in the final scene, with ratings reaching as high as 25.9%.

The show outperformed the week's episodes of "Gokusen 3" and "CHANGE," which had been the highest-rated dramas of the season. Both have been falling in the ratings in recent weeks.

Because of the show's success, it was also announced that a special episode will air this coming Thursday (June 26), titled "Mou Hitotsu no Last Friends."

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Last Friends - 11

The end of episode 10 was everything I could have wished for and more, sorry if that's mean spirited but that was one character I really hated.


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via Our Hour by bittersweet_bun on 6/19/08

Last Friends
Episode 11, with no subs yet.
11th week's rating: ??

Last Friends, Episode Eleven
use hjsplit to join them together.
total size: 951 MB

filebam: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10

- They said there would be 12 episodes, but apparently next week's will just be a special..

Comment if you're taking it. :D

click for caps - will start them soon


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Monkey Majik does music for "Ando Natsu"

Kimi Hannin Janai yo ne? star in another drama for the summer season, this was the first time I'd seen her and was really impressed look forward to her next drama, and a pastry chef maybe another Antique Bakery in the making?

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via Tokyograph on 6/18/08
The TBS drama series "Ando Natsu" is having its theme song done by Monkey Majik. The tune is called "Tada, Arigatou" and is scheduled for release on August 27. This is the band's second drama theme song, with the first being the hit "Around the World" that was used in Fuji TV's "Saiyuki."

"Ando Natsu" stars Shihori Kanjiya as a young woman aiming to be a pastry chef. The show premieres on July 7.

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Meisa Kuroki debuts as singer

Star of 1 Pound no Fukuin debuts


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via Tokyograph on 6/19/08

Rising young actress Meisa Kuroki has just made her singing debut in connection with the au Sportio/W62T mobile phones. Her first song is an R&B/dance number called "Like This." Kuroki will appear in commercials for both phones, and different arrangements of the song will be used for each.

"Like This" will see only limited distribution. It became available as a chaku-uta on the 18th, while the full version, the chaku-movie, and the video clip will start selling on the 21st.


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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Summer Time

The blog is going to be on summer hiatus for the next month and a half, both my jobs get very busy this time of the year and trying to blog on top of that makes it seem more like a job then a fun hobby. I'll still do the occasional post especially if I see something that I really like, and I'll do a few posts with just screen caps that I've already captured. I hope everybody has a great summer.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Change Ep.5 Screen Shots

Keita played by Kimura Takuya (Pride, Long Vacation) is introducing Nirasawa played by Abe Hiroshi (Antique, Hero) as his new aide to the four presidential aides. He’ll be taking care of public relations and communications, Hikari played by Kato Rosa (Tokkyu Tanaka San Go, Tsubasa No Oreta Tenshitachi 2) adds that he’ll be helping to serve tea also. After exiting the four aides start making comments about Nirasawa in front of Rika played by Fukatsu Eri (Space Travellers, Saiyuuki) saying that his inexperience in government matches that of the Prime Minster. Then on the TV screen there’s a shot of the American trade representative Harry Bingham, who in Japan to force the Japanese to increase food imports from the United States. Then the scene shifts to the conference where Bingham is pounding on the table making his demands. Kanbayashi Masaichi played by Terao Akira (Yasashii Jikan, Casshern) tells his aide that Keita doesn’t even know that Bingham came to Japan. Rika tells Keita that because a meeting has been cancelled for the following day, he’ll have a rare day off. Keita wants to go on a tour of Tokyo, and visit Beverly Hills Donuts, where the donuts are so good you have to stand in line for them. But Rika informs him that it’ll be too much trouble for security that has to follow him everywhere.

Keita gets better as the Prime Minister each week and it’s really getting to Kanbayashi who is showing his true colors more then ever in this episode, and looks even worse in the previews for next weeks episode. This was an excellent episode funny and smart. I love the scenes later in the episode between Keita and Bingham and I was laughing so hard when Hikari was serving Bingham tea.

Download the English hardsub bit torrent file from the tracker here. Screen caps of the first episode are here.

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