Abnormal Weather Cause for the High Ratings?

22 04 2010

The spring season of TV doramas has arrived and across-the-board there have been ratings higher than usual these days. Usually there is only one maybe two big doramas with ratings above 15% each season, but this time we have “Shinzanmono” (TBS) that even broke the 20% mark, “Zettai Reido” (Fuji TV) with 18% and “Keibutsu-kun” (NTV) with 17.5%. Other doramas that started one week earlier such as “Rinjo 2” and “Team Batista 2” also were able to gain higher ratings during their second week , a rare sight among doramas in general.

What’s the cause for all this? Are the doramas really that much better this season or is it something else? J-Cast thinks that the unseasonable and cold weather that is currently hanging over Japan might be the actual reason for the above average ratings. It’s not just the signs of rain that make people want to stay at home and watch TV, on the 17th it even has been snowing in Tokyo again. The city hasn’t seen snow flakes in April since 1969.

A producer from one of the five key stations in Japan on the matter: “I’m afraid to say that the abnormal weather is going to continue until Golden Week. The number of people who can’t travel to Europe because of the volcanic ash is increasing as well. On the other hand we are registering some record high ratings for most of our TV programs these days.”

The producer is optimistic that the high ratings are going to continue until at least early May. It will be interesting to watch the trend of the dorama ratings over the next couple of weeks. Yesterday the third episode of “Team Batista 2” aired and was able to improve its rating once again. Unfortunately “Zettai Reido” lost some ground this week, but it’s still close to the 15% mark.

Credits: asianfanatics

News: Mikako Tabe, Haruma Miura to Star in “Kimi ni Todoke”

2 04 2010

The “Kimi ni Todoke” live-action film now has a cast: actress Mikako Tabe (21) and actor Haruma Miura (19) will take on the starring roles. The movie was first revealed in January, though no details were known at the time.

The original manga by Karuho Shiina has sold more than 10 million copies over 10 volumes so far, and an animated version just finished airing on NTV. The story revolves around a shy and misunderstood high school girl named Sawako Kuronuma (Tabe), whose appearance resembles the character Sadako from the horror movie “Ringu.” When Shota Kazehaya (Miura), one of the most popular boys in school, begins talking to her, her life completely changes.

Although the manga is still ongoing, the movie version is said to have an original ending. Shooting starts in late April, and the film is set to open in theaters on September 25. Naoto Kumazawa (“Rainbow Song,” “DIVE!!”) is directing.

News: GReeeeN’s SOH Obtains Dental License

1 04 2010

The members of the popular band GReeeeN have finally achieved their goal. SOH (29) announced in his blog on Tuesday that he has passed the national dental licensing exam, becoming the last member of the group to do so.
The four members of GReeeeN were all dentistry students at the same university in Fukushima when they made their music debut. Two of the members, HIDE and 92, passed the dentistry exam in 2008, and navi passed in 2009.

The members’ identities are still unknown, as their faces have never been made public. At first, the group stated that they would wait until all of the members passed the exam before revealing their faces, but last year they indicated that they will still keep their identities secret to avoid any interference with their careers as dentists.

Credits: asianfanatics

Source: Tokyograph

News: BIG BANG and Other Asian Artists in MTV Live

1 04 2010

Peoples! It’s time to tune your TVs!

Many top-notch Asian artists will gather in “MTV LIVE 05.30.10” on May 30,2010 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo.

“MTV LIVE” is the most popular live event that has been held by MTV JAPAN since 2008.

The event theme this year is “Through Live. Connecting Asia” and features four acts from Japan along side with the leading Asian acts in the music scene.

Starting with the most popular dance vocal group that sweeps all 2009 best newcomer awards, BIGBANG. Soul and R&B singer, JAY’ED, Vanness from F4 on his solo career and most popular group both in Japan and Asia, w-inds.

The ticket will go on pre-sale for the artists’ Fan Club members only on Thursday April 1 and to the public on Thursday April 8.

The program will air on MTV JAPAN, MTV ASIA and its international channels to 200,000,000 households worldwide.

I’m so excited! These are all top-notch celebrities! Now who’s excited with me?

Credits: asianfanatics

Source: MTV Japan

Translator: Team.BIGBANG

News: UVERworld’s 3D MV

1 04 2010

Sony Music Entertainment is now riding the 3D boom. The company has started producing Japan’s first 3D music video, for a song titled “GOLD” by rock band UVERworld.

“GOLD” is being released as the band’s 15th single on March 31. The music video, which mainly depicts the band performing, was shot over a two-day period in late March. Utilizing cutting-edge 3D techniques, “GOLD” is estimated to cost at least 10 million yen more than a typical video.

As a special promotion for UVERworld’s upcoming album “LAST” (on sale April 14), Sony plans to hold a screening of the music video on April 17, with about 1,000 tickets expected to be given out by lottery to fans who purchase the album. Sony is also considering having the band’s members in attendance at the event.

Credits: asianfanatics

Source: Tokyograph

News: TVXQ Achieves Oricon Feat

31 03 2010

Popular male group TVXQ, also known as Tohoshinki and DBSK, has achieved a new feat in Japan’s Oricon Charts, Yonhap News reported.

TVXQ released its 30th single, “Toki Wo Tomete” (Please Stop Time), and a new remix album, “TVXQ Nonstop-MIX VOL. 2”, last week. “Toki Wo Tomete” topped the weekly singles charts with 195,000 copies sold, while the album was number 3 in the album charts, selling 380,000 copies.

It was the first time in 15 years that an international artist had an album and single in the Top 3 of both the Oricon singles and album charts in the same week.

The last time it happened was when American pop superstar Mariah Carey’s single “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and album “Merry Christmas” were both ranked #3 in the weekly singles and album charts in December 1995.

The last international male artist to achieve the feat was Read the rest of this entry »

News: 4minute… Meet Japan

29 03 2010

The Japanese audience will get to know more about the girls than through a mini concert in the SHIBUYA-AX and a 「Konnichiwa, 4minute desu」.

While waiting the beginning of their promotions on May 1st, several Japanese magazines will – or have already done so – release interviews and, in some cases, pictorials shot for the occasion. Here goes the current list :

Magazine title – Release date
ODINA – April 5th
Nikkei Entertainment – April 3rd
Pia Hanryu – March 26th
WPK 2010 SPRING – March 25th
TV Guide – March 24th
KEJ (Special Vol. 13) – ? (already released)

Besides, the Japanese branch of Korean cable channel Mnet will air several footage of the girls. Between March 16th and March 30th, a special corner will be dedicated to 4minute via the show Mnet「k-girl project」. The broadcasting date and hour are Read the rest of this entry »