Old Fart Who Loves Japanese Pop Culture 日本の大衆文化を愛する中年

Japanese Dramas, Manga, Anime and Japanese Movies, Jpop, and anything else about Japanese pop culture that I find interesting.

日本のドラマ、マンガ、アニメ、J-POP、その他私がおもしろいと思った日本の大衆文化について

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Monday, September 29, 2008

The Cat Cafe Boom in Akiba

Thanks to Aaron at WARP for sharing this. BTW he's released a new episode this week

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via Akibanana - by KイKイ on 9/29/08

Earlier in February this year, a cat cafe called Nekojalala opened in Akiba. We're not talking about Toranoana's Cafe With Cat where waitresses cosplay as cats, we do mean real cats!

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Japanese Girl Sensation: Virtual Boyfriends (Webkare)

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via www.techcrunch.com on 9/20/08
by Serkan Toto on September 20, 2008

In Japan, girls are crazy over virtual boyfriends. Webkare (Web Boyfriend in Japanese), a mix between a social network and dating simulation site, is Nippon's newest web sensation. Geared exclusively towards girls, the site attracted over 10,000 members just 5 days after its release on September 10, racking up 3.5 million page views in the same time frame.

The site is a huge hit over here. Girls sign up and become members of a social network but also users of a dating simulation in cartoon style. They have to try to hook up with one of four male Anime characters (who are the "stars" of the site) through "conversations" and must collaborate with other Webkare members in order to move on in the game. Eventually they conquer the heart of the chosen cartoon boy.

It's pretty weird but clever. Dating simulations have been popular in Japan for quite a while now, but Webkare marks the first time the concept has been brought online and combined with social networking functionality.


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Saturday, September 13, 2008

"Code Blue" to get New Year's special

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via Tokyograph on 9/12/08
Fuji TV's medical drama series "Code Blue" ended its run on Thursday, but the network has announced that a special two-hour episode will air during the New Year's period at the start of 2009.

According to Video Research Ltd.'s viewership data, the last episode had ratings of 19.5%, putting the entire series average at 15.9%. With the rest of this season's dramas almost over as well, it appears that "Code Blue" will have the highest ratings of the summer.

The special episode is set to take place after the events of the final episode. The main cast has been confirmed as returning, including Tomohisa Yamashita, Yui Aragaki, Erika Toda, Manami Higa, and Yosuke Asari.

Fuji TV has not yet scheduled an exact date for the special.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tommy heavenly6 returns with "Soul Eater" song

I absolutely love Heavy Starry Heavenly what a great autumn PV.

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via Tokyograph on 9/10/08
the brilliant green's Tomoko Kawase is back in action as her solo project Tommy heavenly6. The project has been inactive since her second album, "Heavy Starry Heavenly," was released in March 2007. Her new tune, whose name has not yet been revealed, will be the next opening theme of the "Soul Eater" anime series. The show currently airs on TV Tokyo.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Polysics to tour Europe, North America

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via Tokyograph on 9/6/08
POLYSICS recently announced a Europe tour that kicked off on Saturday in Portugal. They will play at least a dozen more shows in Europe throughout September.

The group will follow that up with a long U.S. tour in October and November, organized by the social networking site MySpace. That tour starts in Los Angeles on October 18 and returns to southern California for the final show in Pomona on November 14.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Ayaka Hirahara to make acting debut in "Kaze no Garden"

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via Tokyograph on 9/2/08
Singer Ayaka Hirahara is set to make her full-fledged acting debut with a role in the upcoming Fuji TV drama series "Kaze no Garden," penned by popular screenwriter Sou Kuramoto.

Announced back in April, the drama stars Kiichi Nakai as a doctor who lost his wife to suicide. After learning that he has terminal cancer, he returns home to Hokkaido to live with his aging father (Ken Ogata), bringing his two children with him (Meisa Kuroki, Ryunosuke Kamiki). Hirahara plays a young woman who meets the doctor through a medical examination, and the two become lovers.

In addition to appearing throughout the whole series, Hirahara has been given the task of providing the show's theme song and an insert song. In 2005, Hirahara sang the theme song for Sou Kuramoto's "Yasashii Jikan."

"Kaze no Garden" airs on Thursday nights at 10:00pm, starting on October 9.

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Hiro Mizushima, Anne Suzuki star in roommate comedy

I've appreciated Anne Suzuki since I first saw in Aoi tori, a drama I didn't like but the 10 year old actress was great and only to get better in Hana to Alice and Stand Up!.

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via Tokyograph on 8/31/08
Hiro Mizushima and Anne Suzuki will co-star in a Fuji TV drama series titled "ROOM OF KING," airing this fall. The show is an unusual comedy scripted by director/screenwriter Ellie Omiya.

The story revolves around a group of housemates sharing a high-class apartment in Tokyo's Aoyama district. Mizushima plays a part-timer while Suzuki plays an OL. They begin living with a venereologist (Haruka Igawa) and a popular stylist (Atsuro Watabe), but after a series of events, they find themselves all competing in a game to win ownership of the apartment.

Fuji TV will broadcast "ROOM OF KING" on Saturday nights at 11:10pm, starting on October 4.

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