Gekidan Gekiharo 11 To Feature Berryz Koubou and C-ute

31 05 2011

The next Gekidan Gekiharo stage play titled Jikuu no Tobira (Eng: Door of Time) will feature Berryz Koubou and C-ute members.

Even though the title doesn’t reveal much about the content of the play (other than a door and time traveling) I am very excited about the idea of Berryz and C-ute acting together since it would give fans a chance to see both groups together in an interestingly titled play.

I usually don’t pay that much attention to the Gekidan Gekiharo plays (apart from the main story) but I am interested in finding out how the 12 members will do and what they will do in the play since having two groups in the same play seems like a hint that we can expect to see a pretty good story.

Hopefully more details are released soon since we don’t know much about the play itself.

The play will be at Ikebukuro Sunshine Theatre (Tokyo) from 9/16 ~ 25.

E-Plus Site For Gekidan Gekiharo’s Next Play

EDIT: According to a blog post by Captain the Berikyuu members will be mixed up and split up into two teams, so there will be two different plays:

  • Team 1 “Moonlight” – Shimizu Saki, Tsugunaga Momoko, Tokunaga Chinami, Suzuki Airi, Okai Chisato, Hagiwara Mai
  • Team 2 “Winds and Clouds”– Sudou Maasa, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Kumai Yurina, Sugaya Risako, Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki

There will also be performances in Osaka from 9/30 ~ 10/2, and each group will perform on a separate date (the schedule uses symbols to represent the teams, “★” means Team 1, “◎” means Team 2):

◎ 9/16 – 19:00
★ 9/17 – 15:30 / 18:30
◎ 9/18 – 12:00 / 15:30 / 18:30
★ 9/19 – 12:00 / 15:30 / 18:30
★ 9/20 – 19:00
◎ 9/21 – 19:00
★ 9/22 – 19:00
◎ 9/23 – 12:00 / 15:30 / 18:30
★ 9/24 – 12:00 / 15:30 / 18:30
◎ 9/25 – 12:00 / 15:30

★ 9/30 – 19:00
◎ 10/1 – 11:30 / 15:00 / 18:30
★ 10/2 – 11:30 / 15:00


It seems that each group will have a different director so we will probably see some differences in the plays, which is probably why Captain mentioned that there would be two different plays. I’m looking forward to finding more about the play so hopefully we get the story details soon.

Captain Blog Post About Play

Gekidan Page For The Play

Arihara Kanna’s 2nd Solo DVD Titled “Ano Toki”

31 05 2011

The title for Arihara Kanna’s 2nd Solo DVD has been revealed to be Ano Toki (Eng: Back then).

I’m happy to see that we finally get some more details about Kanna’s DVD since it was announced quite some time ago (back in mid-April), and while we haven’t seen a cover or any other kind of preview I am glad that at least the title was revealed a few weeks before the release.

The title is pretty interesting since it seems to hint that we will see a theme with some kind of a back story, although most likely we will just see Kanna posing in a bikini and casual outfits like her previous DVD, but we don’t know for sure since details are not available.

Hopefully we get some kind of preview before the release, otherwise we will probably have to wait until mid-June to find out more about the content.

The DVD will be released on 6/22.

E-Net Page For Kanna’s DVD

Takahashi Ai and Morning Musume Will Appear In A Movie Titled “Sharehouse”

31 05 2011

Takahashi Ai and Morning Musume will appear in a movie titled Sharehouse.

The story deals with 4 widows and each of them having their own story.

Even though Morning Musume won’t be the main characters of the movie (the main roles are for the 4 widows) I am glad to see that they will appear since it gives them a chance to show of their acting skills, and while I have no clear idea how they will be tied in to the story I am interested in finding out when a detailed summary of the movie is released.

For those that may be wondering why Takahashi is mentioned as not being part of Morning Musume it most likely has to do with the fact that she will probably graduate before the release, which is fair since Ai-chan will most likely have her acting career underway by the time the movie is released and she will need to be mentioned separately.

Apart from that it seems that this will be the first movie where the 9th generation will appear, so I am looking forward to finding out how well they act or if they have enough screentime or lines, but we will probably see for ourselves when a trailer is released.

Hopefully we get a trailer or a summary of the movie soon since I am excited to find out just what the movie will be about.

The movie will be released in theaters on 11/12.

Fujisan Site About The Movie

Konno Asami-Updated Profile On Tv Tokyo’s Page

31 05 2011

 Konno Asami’s profile has been updated on Tv Tokyo’s page and her blog.

I didn’t get a chance to check out her blog before the change so I’m not sure what exactly is different. On her profile page there’s a video of Konkon, it’s a short clip and I believe that she’s introducing herself to fans. Underneath that is some information about her, like her favorite food, music, books, hometown, etc.

I’m very interested in the video of her introduction. Like I said before I didn’t get a chance to check out the blog and I haven’t followed Konkon since the Elder Club’s graduation so seeing her video I was very intrigued. First she’s very different from her H!P days, she’s much more serious and I’m sure a tv announcer has to be while they report the news. Another thing I wanted to say regarding the video is she’s less quiet than she use to be. As an H!P member I always though of her as a very shy member. In this clip though she seems more confident but she still has a soft voice.

It’s been awhile since Konkon has had any activity so hopefully an updated profile hints that she’ll be doing something soon, even though it’s not a H!P related activity hopefully everyone can still support Konno!

Konno Asami Profile


Berryz Koubou – “Ai no Dangan” HQ Covers Released

31 05 2011

From left to right: Top: Regular, Limited A
Bottom: Limited B, Limited C 

HQ covers for Berryz Koubou’s 26th single titled Ai no Dangan have been released.

We already got some more HQ covers than the ones published on the H!P site before, but we finally get to see the full HQ covers which gives us a close look at the details in each cover and at the members expressions.

The regular edition cover is the only one with a blue background that contains some digital and technologic symbols on it, and seems to be the wall of a garage because of the pipes, and the girls are posing in various sexy poses (most notable Saki and Chinami) without anyone being center which is nice to see.

The Limited A cover features the girls against a similar background as in RE but in pink and red with elongated effects on it, and the girls are all posing around the motorbike used in the PV, and even though Miyabi is really taking over the cover, I still loke how each girl takes a different space in it and makes it special.

The Limited B cover consists of a montage that H!P can’t stop using recently, where the girls are posing next to black or white background that have digital effects on them in various poses with the title twisted to fit in the last available black box, and even though it is my least favorite, I still think it looks original.

The Limited C cover is quite unique since it’s divided in 3 spaces: 2 black spaces where the girls have their close-up taken against the same setting as in LA, and the middle part that is in red with the title of the song taking over the whole space, and I’m really impressed with how it looks since it fits the theme and Momoko, Yurina and Maasa are the center of attention for being on the top.

Overall, I really like how the covers look since they all have that special vibe to them that makes us relate with the theme, and hopefully everyone can support Berryz and reserve a copy.

The release date is set for 6/8.

Amazon page about Regular Edition CD

Amazon page about Limited Edition A CD

Amazon page about Limited Edition B CD

Amazon page about Limited Edition C CD

S/mileage Makes A Cameo In The New Movie “Ikedan”

31 05 2011

S/mileage will be making a brief cameo in the new movie titled “Ike! Danshi Koko Engekibu” (Ikedan for short.)

S/mileage will be playing themselves and from the trailer they have very minor roles. Even though they’re roles are very limited the movie itself seems pretty interesting and is a comedy type movie. The trailer doesn’t have any minutes on them but S/mileage makes 3 quick appearances.

The first (about 2/4 of the way) is a photobook. I’ve never seen their photobook before but the way the person holds the pictures seems like a book and S/mileage has only had 1 photobook so I’m assuming it’s the same. The photobook is S/mileage’s  “1st Live ~Devil Smile Angel Smile~

The second appearance (3/4 of the way) is a quick shot of S/mileage performing on a stage. We can’t hear what song they’re singing but it only lasts about 1 second so we wouldn’t have heard much.

The final appearance (beginning of 4/4) shows a clip of a man dancing to one of S/mileage’s songs. Although we can’t hear the song he’s dancing to I recognize the dance moves as one of S/mileage’s. Plus the dance he’s doing is not one guys do commonly so I’m sure it’s not an original of his. Also in this shot there’s a poster of Maeda Yuuka in the background and another member. I can’t tell whose the other member because of the angle of the scene but I think it could be Ogawa Saki.

Even though S/mileage makes only a small appearance in the trailer I suggest fans watch the entire thing since it seems really funny and you don’t need to know Japanese to understand what’s going on, the actions speak for itself.

Hopefully all fans can still support S/mileage regardless of their minor roles. The movies is set to release on 8/6.

Movie Trailer

Tsuji Nozomi- Talk Show Event & New Book Announced

31 05 2011

Tsuji Nozomi will be holding a talk show event and releasing another book titled “Non-chanpuru -mother-.”

It’s not too surprising that Tsuji is releasing another book, since that’s mostly what she’s being doing since she’s had children. This book’s title clearly hints at motherhood and I’m sure it’s based on her experiences as a mother.

I’m assuming that the talk show will be used as promotion for her book since it’s being held a day after her book releases. I also believe this is her first appearance after having Seia (her 2nd child) so she may talk about life with two children and maybe she’ll talk about how Seia is doing.

Tsuji has really grown since her H!P days so hopefully everyone, fans new and old can support her and reserve a copy of her book.

Her book releases on 6/17 and her talk show event is set for 6/18.

Tsuji’s Event & News Page