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Death Note Light Up The New World Video Teaser

Remember just the other day I wrote about the teaser poster for the new sequel Death Note live action movie? Good things come to those that wait as today we’re graced with a video teaser trailer. It’s only 30 seconds long but it shows that there isn’t just one Death Note in the human world but six! Everyone’s favourite shinigami, Ryuk, also shows up in the trailer. Even more interesting is ex-AKB48 member, Rina Kawaei, stars as Sakura Aoi.

Rina Kawaei

She’s being described as being “a mass murderer with no ideological background.” Very interesting.

Advance tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 29th with a bonus “Sensu Death” (folding fan) ahead of the October 29th release of the movie in Japanese theatres.

AKB48 Helps To Promote Super Smash Bros In Japan

A new powerhouse from Japan has jumped into the fray to help promote the 3DS launch of Super Smash Bros. Japanese girl group AKB48 features in the new commercial screening on Japanese TV in a cute Mii style. The ad also serves to show exactly how the Miis can be used in the game and what kind of action you can expect from the game when it releases.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6ruJ3OGcKQ

Dance like AKB48 in Dance Evolution

Do you happen to love J-Pop super girl group, AKB48, and can’t get enough of them to the point when you even learn the dance routines? Not that much, never mind as now thanks to Konami, that reality is one step closer.

dance evolution cabinet

Konami had earlier on released the dancing game, Dance Evolution, which was Kinect enabled and now it’s making the transition to arcades with the release of a game cabinet. The game will also use the Kinect sensor from the Microsoft Xbox 360 platform and will feature the track, “The Fall In Love Fortune Cookie in Love”. The in game clip will also feature the identical choreography as seen in the clip and you’ll be able to dress your in game avatar with the same threads the girls wear.

AKB48 changes member lineup

April 28 marked the final day of “AKB48 Group Rinji Soukai ~Shiro Kuro Tsukeyoujanaika!~“, the 4 day concert event which saw AKB48 and their sister groups appear on stage to perform shows for their eager fans.

Close to the end of the show, Togasaki Tomonobu, the general manager of the AKB48 theater had some announcements to make or as he called it, “the personnel changes for spring.” The changes were pertaining to cancellations of a concurrent post for some members, the promotion of some Kenkyuusei (trainee idols) and the appointing of some members to different posts. HKT48 received a shake up with the news that member, Sashihara Rino,  would also be the general manger for HKT48 theater along with current manager, Ozaki Atsushi.

More excitingly, the news broke of AKB48’s upcoming dome tour which will kick off in July and finish up in August, this sent the crowd of 11,000 into raptures of happiness. The announcement was made by none other than Inose Naoki, the Governor of Tokyo. Below, you’ll be able to see the changes that have been made to the AKB48 stable.

【Promoted members】
Hirata Rina → Team K
Sasaki Yukari → Team A
Omori Miyuu → Team B

【Cancellation of concurrent posts】
Kitahara Rie → only in AKB team K
Yokoyama Yui → only in AKB team A
Ishida Anna → only in SKE team KII
Kotani Riho → only in NMB team N

【Appointment of concurrent posts】
Oba Mina → both in AKB team B and SKE team KII
Ichikawa Miori → both in AKB team B and NMB team N
Furuhata Nao → both in SKE team E and AKB team K
Yagura Fuuko → both in NMB team M and AKB team A
Kodama Haruka → both in HKT team H and AKB team A

Miyazawa Sae → both in SNH and AKB team K
Suzuki Mariya → both in SNH and AKB team A
Takajo Aki → both in JKT and AKB team B

Sashihara Rino → HKT team H and HKT48 theater manager

AKB48 Starlet About To Drop Debut Single

Kuramochi Asuka is one of the many idols that makes up the Japanese super girl group, AKB48, she’s also another one of the growing idols who’s about to release her debut solo single.

KuramochiAsuka

The single which is currently without a name is due to be released on May 29th. Her single is being released as part of the winnings for taking out the “AKB no Gachiuma 2 Revenge”, an event where she had to call the G1 horse race. The regular edition of the cd will also come with a DVD which contains the film clip to the track as well as making-of video. There will also be five unique “One Coin” editions which will retail for ¥500.

The “One Coin” edition covers were shot by 5 different magazines, being “Young Champion“, “FRIDAY“, “B.L.T.“, “Weekly Playboy“, and “Weekly Big Comic Spirits“. These edition are also part of a contest known as “Jacket 1 GP”, this will see the five magazines face off against each other to see who can attain the highest CD sales. Fans are also included with this as they can try and predict who will win. The ballot where they can vote will be included with the CD. The winner of this will have won the “right to go see the horse racing with Kuramochi Asuka”.

You can check out the different covers below. Which one do you like best?

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AKB48 Idol About To Release Solo Single

Watanabe Mayu, from Japanese super girl group AKB48, will be releasing her new solo single in July. Currently the song doesn’t have a title or a firm release date but this will mark her 4th solo release.

watanabe-mayu

She went so far as to hold a competition called “Anata no Illust ga Shinkyoku no Jacket ni Nari Mayuyu (lit. ‘Your illustration will be the cover jacket for the new song’)”. This incentive was run through the illustration sharing site, “pixiv“. The person lucky enough to be chosen as the winner will have their artwork displayed as the single cover for one of the many different flavours the single will come out with.

You can apply on “pixiv“ from April 26 through to May 16.

AKB48 Reveal 31st Single Details

Details around the 31st single release from Japanese super girl group, AKB48, are begging to emerge. First off, it releases on May 22nd and it will also include a ticket which can be used in the upcoming AKB48 general election which will be held on June 8th.

And the all important title of the song is, ‘Sayonara Crawl.’ The single will be shipping in 4 different flavours, A, K, B and Theatre editions. Details of what each edition will contain can be found below.

Type A
[Limited Edition]
• “Kami cover jacket”
• “AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election” voting serial number card
• Handshake event participating ticket
• 20P Photobook taken by Ninagawa Mika (Type A)
[Regular Edition]
• “AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election” voting serial number card
• 20P Photobook taken by Ninagawa Mika (Type A)
• Picture (1 out of 50 different kinds)

[CD]
1. Sayonara Crawl
2. Bara no Kajitsu (Under Girls)
3. Ikiru Koto (Team A)
4. Sayonara Crawl off vocal ver.
5. Bara no Kajitsu off vocal ver.
6. Ikiru Koto off vocal ver.
[DVD]
1. Sayonara Crawl Music Video
2. Sayonara Crawl Music Video ~Swimsuits ver.~
3. Bara no Kajitsu Music Video
4. Ikiru Koto Music Video
5. Making of Sayonara Crawl Music Video (First half)
6. Special Footage Type A

Type K
[Limited Edition]
• “Kami cover jacket”
• “AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election” voting serial number card
• Handshake event participating ticket
• 20P Photobook taken by Ninagawa Mika (Type K)
[Regular Edition]
• “AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election” voting serial number card
• 20P Photobook taken by Ninagawa Mika (Type K)
• Picture (1 out of 50 different kinds)

[CD]
1. Sayonara Crawl
2. Bara no Kajitsu (Under Girls)
3. How come? (Team K)
4. Sayonara Crawl off vocal ver.
5. Bara no Kajitsu off vocal ver.
6. How come? off vocal ver.
[DVD]
1. Sayonara Crawl Music Video
2. Sayonara Crawl Music Video ~Swimsuits ver.~
3. Bara no Kajitsu Music Video
4. How come? Music Video
5. Making of Sayonara Crawl Music Video (Second half)
6. Special Footage Type K

Type B
[Limited Edition]
• “Kami cover jacket”
• “AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election” voting serial number card
• Handshake event participating ticket
• 20P Photobook taken by Ninagawa Mika (Type B)
[Regular Edition]
• “AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election” voting serial number card
• 20P Photobook taken by Ninagawa Mika (Type B)
• Picture (1 out of 50 different kinds)

[CD]
1. Sayonara Crawl
2. Bara no Kajitsu (Under Girls)
3. Romance Kenjuu (Team B)
4. Sayonara Crawl off vocal ver.
5. Bara no Kajitsu off vocal ver.
6. Romance Kenjuu off vocal ver.
[DVD]
1. Sayonara Crawl Music Video
2. Sayonara Crawl Music Video ~Swimsuits ver.~
3. Bara no Kajitsu Music Video
4. Romance Kenjuu Music Video
5. Special Footage Type B

Theater Edition
[Version1]
• “Sayonara Crawl” theater edition handshake event participating ticket
• “Sayonara Crawl” theater edition a member’s photo (“32nd Single Senbatsu General Election” poster style) with the original credit
• “AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election” voting serial number card
[Version 2]
• “Sayonara Crawl” theater edition a member’s photo (“32nd Single Senbatsu General Election” poster style) with the original credit
• “AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election” voting serial number card

[CD]
1. Sayonara Crawl
2. Bara no Kajitsu (Under Girls)
3. Unknown track by AKB48 Kenkyuusei
4. Sayonara Crawl off vocal ver.
5. Bara no Kajitsu off vocal ver.
6. M-3 off vocal ver.

AKB48 Takeover Tokyo Auto Salon, Singapore

We recently ran a story about AKB48 being present for the opening of the event along with a performance to kick things off. Today, AFA posted pictures of the performance along with the setlist they used. By all accounts, it was a very fast show with one song after another over the course of an hour, performing 11 songs in all, taking the encore into account. The 500 strong crowd stormed the area around the stage to show their appreciation.

Setlist

M00 Overture
M01 Heavy Rotation
M02 Everyday, Katyusha
M03 Aitakatta
M04 Manatsu no Sounds Good
M05 So long!
MC Self intro
M06 Flying get
M07 RIVER
M08 Gingam Check
M09 First Rabbit
M10 Tenohira ga katarukoto
EN1 Heavy Rotation

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Another Member From AKB48 Set To Graduate

Sayaka Akimoto, AKB48′s 2nd generation member and Team K ex-team leader, has revealed that she intends on graduating from the AKB48 and will not be playing a part in the 5th AKB48 General Election. She states her reason for leaving as deciding she wishes to concentrate on her acting career.

sayaka akimoto

The following statement is from her blog and translated by Tokyohive.

The Senbatsu General Election. Today is the deadline to run as a candidate for the general election.

Until the very last minute, I was thinking in my own way if I would participate, and while I was thinking about it, it also led me to start thinking of when the timing for my graduation would be.

These past 8 years, I’ve learned and felt a lot of things, and enjoyed the joys of my youth. Because of Akimoto Sensei, staff members, fans, fellow members, family, and other innumerable supports, Akimoto Sayaka is here now. I’m truly grateful.

However, my thoughts that I wanted to step up to a new world while keeping things I learned and experienced from AKB48 in mind, and that I wanted to gain more experiences in order to pursue my future dream to be an actress, got stronger.

Thus, after thinking thoroughly, I’ve decided to make an announcement at this point of the general election.

I, Akimoto Sayaka, will graduate from AKB48 without participating in the upcoming Senbatsu general elections.

There are no further details on when her last theater performance will be or when she will formally graduate from AKB48. She did take part in the recent Tokyo Auto Salon in Singapore though.

AKB48 Appear At Tokyo Auto Salon Opening

This past weekend saw the Tokyo Auto Salon being run in Singapore, where car manufacturers show off what they’ve been working, what they’re going to release and the usual array or futuristic looking concept cars.

One of the first day of the Salon, a press conference was held for AKB48 to announce that they will be performing at the car show later that day – April 13. Also present at the show were the J-Girls, the Race Queens from Japan who were also at the event to meet and greet with fans as having photo ops. After the Salon opening cermony, AKB48 held a meet and greet with their fans. All 48 members weren’t in attendance however, only 16 girls were there.

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