Ota Yuuri to be CENTER of 14th single c/w Unit Song


NMB48 member Ota Yuuri (太田夢莉) will be CENTER of 14th single c/w Unit Song "Niji no Tsukurikata" (虹の作り方).  Other selection members are Shibuya Nagisa (渋谷凪咲), Sutou Ririka (須藤凜々花), Yabushita Shu (薮下柊) and Naiki Kokoro (内木志).

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Video  Ota_Yuuri  CD 

"French Kiss Live ~LAST KISS~" DVD/BD Promotional Video

AKB48 sub unit "French Kiss" final concert "French Kiss Live ~LAST KISS~" DVD & Blu-ray will be released on 20 April 2016. The promotional vidoe has been uploaded on Avex official Youtube channel on 24 March 2016.

Pre-order DVD on CDJapan:

French Kiss Live -Last Kiss- / French Kiss

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Kashiwagi_Yuki  DVD  Blu-ray 

Matsui Rena to release First Single "Shabon" after Graduation


Former SKE48 member Matsui Rena (松井玲奈) will release her first single "Shabon" (Japanese:シャボン, means: Soap), after her graduation from SKE48. She will team with unit Charan-Po-Rantan (チャラン・ポ・ランタン), the single will be released on 6 April 2016.

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CD  Video  Matsui_Rena 

Oshima Yuko New ads for Kao


Former AKB48 member Oshima Yuko (大島優子) has new ads for Deodorant Power of Japanese beaut care brand "Kao", details please visit Kao official web site.

Deodorant Power eliminates smell from clothes

Kao official web site

Video  Oshima_Yuko  ads 

Movie "Haunted Campus" Trailer


Japanese horror movie "Haunted Campus" (ホーンテッド・キャンパス) trailer has been revealed on 18 March 2016. The movie starring AKB48 member Shimazaki Haruka (島崎遥香). The movie will be released on 2 July 2016.

Movies "Haunted Campus" Trailer

Haunted Campus is adapted from same name horror fiction which won the Japan Horror Story Grand Prize Readers' Award by "Kushiki Riu" (櫛木理宇).

Yagami Shinji (cast by Nakayama Yuma) is a freshman at Setsuetsu University, he possesses an ability to see ghosts, but he would prefer to ignore them. However, the girl Nada Koyomi (cast by Shimazaki Haruka), whom he has a one-sided crush on since high school, has joined an occult research society "Occult Interest Group" (OIG), so he follows her into that society.

Note: Nakayama Yuma is former NMB48 member Yamada Nana's younger brother.

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Shimazaki_Haruka  Movie  Video 

Yamamoto Sayaka has new Web CM for JT


NMB48 member Yamamoto Sayaka has new Web CM "Hitoiki Tsukinagara -Graduation" for JT (Japan Tobacco Inc.), the CM has been uploaded on JT offical Youtube channel on 17 March 2016.

Yamamoto Sayaka has new Web CM for JT

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Yamamoto_Sayaka  Video 



SKE48 x A BATHING APE has a special collaboration project, and magazine OVERTURE (006 issue) will come with SKE48 members crossover BABY MILO's photo collection and sticker.

SKE48 x A BATHING APE BABY MILO's sticker sample

OVERTURE (006 issue) will be released on 19 March 2016. Pre-order on CDJapan:

OVERTURE / Tokumashoten

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Watanabe Mayu X NHK Symphony Orchestra


AKB48 Team B member Watanabe Mayu (渡辺麻友) will participate NHK Symphony Orchestra 90th anniversary special event "N Symphony CLASSICS × POPS with SPECIAL ARTISTS".

Watanabe Mayu will perform AKB48 42nd single c/w song "365 Nichi no Kamihikouki" in the music event. The event also features Shiina Ringo and Hatsune Miku.

N Symphony CLASSICS × POPS with SPECIAL ARTISTS will be  held in NHK Hall on 22 March 2016 and will be broadcasted on 9 April 2016 (22:30 JST).

Original sources: NHK official site

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Shiraishi Mai being Cover Girl of LARME


Nogizaka46 top member Shiraishi Mai (白石麻衣) being cover girl of fashion magazine "LARME" (May 2016 issue), the magazine has been released at 17 March 2016.

LARME (May 2016 issue) cover

Pre-order on CD Japan:

LARME / Tokuma Shoten

Shiraishi_Mai  Magazine 

Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki TV trailer


TV drama "Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki" (毒島ゆり子のせきらら日記) trailers have been revealed on TBS official Youtube channel on 16 March 2016. Former AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko (前田敦子) will be leading actress of "Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki", it will begin airing on 20 April 2016.

Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki TV trailer 1

Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki TV trailer 2

Busujima Yuriko (cast by Maeda Atsuko) is a political reporter who does not trust men due to her father's betrayal when she was a child. Therefore she makes herself a dating rule that she has to date two men at the same time. Just in case one of her boyfriends betrays her, she will still have the other one.

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Maeda_Atsuko  TV 

Azuma Rion to replace Shibata Aya in AKB49


SKE48 official web site has updated the cast of musical AKB49, member Azuma Rion (東李苑) will replace Shibata Aya (柴田阿弥) character "Urayama Minoru/Urakawa Minori" in the musical.

SKE48 official web site explains that Shibata Aya quits the cast because of her repeat-year in university, that is why Azuma Rion will cast Shibata Aya in the musical.

Original sources:
SKE48 official web site
Shibata Aya official blog

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AKB48 x Team 8 x McDonald's Recruitment ads


AKB48 + Team 8 + McDonald's Recruitment have a joint ads project, AKB48 member Yokoyama Yui (横山由依) and Team 8 member Okabe Rin (岡部麟) voice-cast the characters in McDonald's recruitment Anime ads.

McDonald's recruitment Anime ads "Future Staff"

The Anime ads is produced by studio Colorido

Tohoku version by Iwate representative Sato Nanami (佐藤七海)

The ads have different version in regional dialect for local region, another Team 8 representatives' ads is coming soon.

Reference: McDonald's Japan official site

Team8  Yokoyama_Yui 

Kawaei Rina to appear on KyuHyun's Music Video


Former AKB48 member Kawaei Rina (川栄李奈) will appear on MV "Celebration ~Kimi ni Kakeru Hashi~" (Celebration ~君に架ける橋~) by K-Pop artist KyuHyun (규현) of Super Junior, the MV has been revealed in TV on 17 March 2016.

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Video  Kawaei_Rina   

Kadowaki Kanako to be Leading Actress of Movie "Ai MY"


Former NMB48 Team BII member Kadowaki Kanako (門脇佳奈子) will be leading actress of movie "Ai MY" (愛MY), and NMB48 member Jonishi Kei (上西恵) will also appear in the movies. It was announced in 8th Okinawa International Movie Festival event on 15 March 2016.

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Kadowaki_Kanako  Jonishi_Kei  Movie