After two movies, “Pika☆nchi LIFE IS HARD Dakedo HAPPY” in 2002 and “Pika☆☆nchi LIFE IS HARD Dakara HAPPY” in 2004, it was announced that Arashi will star in “Pika☆nchi” latest installment with “Pika☆★☆nchi LIFE IS HARD Tabun HAPPY (version 2.5)“.

In the said movie, Shun (Aiba Masaki), Bon (Matsumoto Jun), Takuma (Ninomiya Kazunari), Haru (Satoshi Ohno), and Chu (Sakurai Sho), will again meet after 10 years due to a certain incident. The five of them will talked about their life during those 10 years that they were separated.

As for doing this movie, Matsumoto commented that they want to do something foolish again for their 15th anniversary since debut while Ninomiya said that the movie was done on a whim so expect it was put on loosely.

V6‘s Inohara Yoshihiko also provided the movie’s draft with Kawahara Masahiko (Pika☆ nchi series, Hachimitsu to Clover) in script, and Kimura Hisashi (Kindaichi Shounen no jikenbo, ATARU) will direct the movie.

The movie will be screened exclusively at Tokyo Dome City Hall for four times a day starting on Aug 1st to 31st. 250,000 audiences are expected to be mobilized.


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A Chinese newspaper reported: "ASKA of Japanese unit CHAGE & ASKA was arrested for drug abuse. The police's next targets are visual-kei singer GACKT and singer Miki Imai.

GACKT (40) updated his blog on the 7th and wrote, "What's going on with the international media? The Internet is scary. Anything from useless things to lies are written, as if they were all the truth. And then these make their way across the seas and just get blown out of proportion. I'm already getting sick of it all. Really, gimme a break. So are you telling me that writing groundless shi+ like this is freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press? Rubbish. It's all so stupid, it just makes me sad."


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A large amount of potato chips were disposed of in Kobe City and Akashi-shi of Hyogo prefecture, as the Hyogo Police arrested Ikki Fukumoto (25), an office worker who resides in Hyogo prefecture's Uozumicho Shimizu, for illegal dumping.

The suspect disposed 89 boxes, totaling to about 1,000 bags of potato chips (total weight of 208 kilos) between May 4 and May 23 in 6 areas within Kobe City and Akashi City, such as in the woods and in empty lots. The suspect comments: "I did buy a lot of these, but I didn't know what to do with them so I just dumped them".

According to the police, the potato chips came with entry stubs for a chance to win seiyuu Nana Mizuki's concert tickets, as Mr. Fukumoto only cut the stubs out and did not eat the contents. Entries were only valid until the end of May.


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Actress Inoue Mao attended a press conference on the 11th in Shibuya, Tokyo to announce the newly added cast to the 2015 NHK Taiga drama Hana Moyu. Actor Iseya Yusuke will play the role of Yoshida Shoin, the elder brother to Inoue's lead character Fumi. Kora Kengo has been cast as Takasugi Shinsaku, while Higashide Masahiro will play the role of Kusaka Genzui, Fumi's first husband. All three actors joined Inoue on stage for the press conference. Inoue expressed that she feels reassured having three ikemen acting alongside her. Smiling, she adds, "I think a lot of ladies will be jealous again."

Acting with Inoue for the first time, Iseya says that, "Today was the first time we met. I find her forehead very cute." Inoue laughs and agrees it's very wide. Kora expressed that he has admired Inoue since filming the morning drama Ohisama together. "When she's there, everyone feels reassured knowing we can rely on her." Kora was full of praises for Inoue, saying she is one of a kind. Inoue in turn says that Kora himself is one of a kind.

Hana Moyu is an original production following the life of Yoshida Shoin's sister Fumi. Yoshida was a feudal retainer from the Choshu domain who lived during the Bakumatsu period. Filming begins in August and the drama will air in January 2015. As previously announced, Osawa Takao will play Fumi's second husband, Katori Motohiko. The music for the series will be composed by Kawai Kenji, who previously worked on the drama Umechan Sensei.

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For the first time, there will be a public viewing for Arashi‘s “Wakuwaku Gakkou 2014“. Titled as, “ARASHI no Wakuwaku Gakko 2014 Deepening the Bonds of Friendship, Live Viewing in Shanghai” will be held at Shanghai Shallow Water Bay Culture Center on June 29th.

The said public viewing is a simulcast from Arashi’s “Wakuwaku Gakkou 2014″ event live in Tokyo Dome.

This is the fourth time that Arashi will be doing “Wakuwaku Gakkou” since the great earthquake back in 2011. The event will be held in two venues, at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome on June 7th to 8th and at Tokyo Dome on June 28th to 29th.

Ticket application period for the Shanghai screening will run from June 7th to 9th and participants will be chosen via lottery.


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Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga sold 8,342,268 copies to rank #1 among comic series in Oricon's sales chart for the first half of 2014. In doing so, it ended One Piece's five-year reign (2009-2013) as the top-selling comic series in the same period. One Piece sold 4,936,855 copies at #2.

Isayama commented that he only imagined being #1 on Oricon as a once-in-a-lifetime dream. He thanked all his readers for making Attack on Titan #1.

Oricon's book ranking charts cover sales from November 18, 2013 to May 18, 2014 in Japan.

Attack on Titan ranked #4 in the first halves of 2011 and 2013, but this year is Attack on Titan's first at #1. In the first half of 2014, Attack on Titan nearly doubled its sales from the same period last year (4,292,208 copies).

The rest of the Top 5 comic series were Kuroko's Basketball at #3 with 4,616,040, Naruto at #4 with 3,247,920, and Magi at #5 with 3,085,177.

One Piece volume 73 was the top-selling single volume with 2,825,339 copies. (The volume debuted in March.) It was the only volume to top two million copies in the first half of 2014. In doing so, it maintained One Piece's six-year streak at #1 among single volumes.
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Oguri Shun and Yamada Yu are expecting their first child who will be due in September this year, as announced by the latter's agency on 29th May. Yamada is currently six months' pregnant.

The couple got married in March 2012 where Yamada had declared during their marriage press conference that she hopes to have at least three kids. She is also expected to announce her pregnancy officially on the TBS programme "Pittanko Kan Kan" showing on 30 May at 7.56pm and will start her maternity leave soon after her fashion book "FASHION ADDICT" is released on her 30th birthday i.e. 5 July.

Yamada had been reported to be pregnant back in April by a female magazine but did not confirm the rumours then when asked by the media. It was said that she wanted to wait for her condition to stabilise before announcing her pregnancy.


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Lee Soo-man, the founder and CEO of Korea's largest talent management agency SM Entertainment, has been named among the top ten producers by Japan's Oricon charts for a third straight year.

The rankings are compiled based on sales of the songs listed in the top 200 of Oricon's singles chart each year by producers.

They were first compiled in 2008.

Chosun Ilbo

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Not that we didn’t see it coming, but it was announced on Monday that Disney’s Frozen has officially surpassed 19.8 billion yen (US$194.6 million) in total box office revenue in Japan. Released on March 14 in Japan as アナと雪の女王 (“Ana and the Snow Queen”), months behind its original stateside premiere, the film has held onto its number one position for 11 consecutive weeks.
So how does that stack up with other successful films in Japanese box office history?

As of May 25th, 15,580,545 moviegoers have gone to see Frozen in Japan,pulling in a staggering 19.8 billion yen ($194.6 million) profit. The movie has finally beaten out a popular Studio Ghibli film to land the spot for the fourth highest-grossing film in Japanese box office history. It has also earned $1.2 billion in global ticket sales thanks in large part to its massive Japanese revenue, which is enough to make it the fifth highest-grossing film in global cinematic history, overtaking last year’s Iron Man 3.
And that’s not all, because Frozen is expected to surpass the 20 billion yen ($195.8 million) mark this week. Up until now, there are only three films in Japan that have ever achieved that distinct honor.

Let’s take a look at the Japanese box office’s top ten highest-grossing films of all time:

1. Spirited Away (2001): 30.4 billion yen ($297.6 million)
2. Titanic (1997): 26.2 billion yen ($256.5 million)
3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s [Sorcerer's] Stone (2001): 20.3 billion yen ($198.7 million)
4. Frozen (2014 [Japan]): 19.8 billion yen ($193.8 million)
5. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004): 19.6 billion yen ($191.8 million)
6. Princess Mononoke (1997): 19.3 billion yen ($188.95 million)
7. Bayside Shakedown [Odoru Daisousasen] 2 (2003): 17.35 billion yen ($169.86 million)
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Two members of the Japanese girl group were attacked by a saw-wielding fan at a fan meet

Two members of popular Japanese girl group AKB48 and a staff member were injured by a saw-wielding fan, yesterday afternoon at a fan meet held in Iwata prefecture. The members injured are Anna Iriyama and Rina Kawaei.

When the attacker shook hands with Anna and Rina, who were in the same cubicle, he whipped out a saw and lounged at them. A crew member who attempted to stop him was injured in the process. The two girls were also injured: Rina suffered from a fracture on her right thumb while Anna had a fracture on her right pinky, for which they have to undergo a hand surgery; both girls also sustained head injuries.

Police officers and an ambulance rushed to the scene after being contacted by the organisers, and the culprit was arrested on the spot. Anna, Rina and the injured crew member were sent to the hospital immediately.

Their management announced on its webpage that the girls are now out of danger, though they are still not discharged from the hospital yet.

The suspect was identified as a 24-year-old unemployed man named Satoru Umeta who resides in Towada, Aomori Prefecture. Although his motives are still not clear, he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

One netizen had identified himself as the man's father, and commented online that he will take responsibility for his son's actions and apologise.

A media source revealed that past AKB events have had tight security, and would check the belongings of entrees thoroughly, a measure which unfortunately the organisers did not take this time.

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