Arigatou – Fan-mon’s latest and last single will star Akashiya Sanma

FUNKY MONKEY BABYS (aka Fan-mon) will disband after their live concert at Tokyo Dome on June 1st and 2nd, and they are releasing their last single titled “Arigatou” on February 27th. It’s not all bad, though. The jacket cover and music video for the last single has a little extra surprise…It features famous comedian Akashiya Sanma.

Sanma’s appearance on the cover was made possible when Fan-mon first appeared on Sanma’s talk show “Sanma no Manma” back in December of 2011. On the show, Sanma told Fan-mon how he wanted to be on their cover, and how he was envious when he saw Ueda Shinya (of comedian duo “Cream Stew”) featured on the cover of their single “Soredemo Shinjiteru/Love Letter“. Sanma then negotiated with the members to let him appear on the cover on the show. 2 years later, Fan-mon offered Sanma a chance to do so.

Sanma who met again with Fan-mon at the shooting, said, “I regret it now. You don’t take anything serious if I say ‘Let me be the cover jacket’ on the shoot, unless I say it behind the scenes. So I was surprised when I got an offer, since I had little dream that they would take it seriously.” To respond the comment, Funky Kato said, “We completely took it seriously! In a sense, we appeared on the show to make a verbal promise with you.” Then Sanma said, “I was like ‘Oh no~, but I guess it’s fine since it would be finished after taking couple of photos,’ but a staff member came over for a meeting, and said, ‘we will leave Tokyo at 8 am, and the shooting will end at 7 pm.’ So I was thinking, ‘Why would it take that long to take pictures? How slow do they have to press the shutter button!’, but I did not think there would be a filming for PV…”

Funky Kato also explained about the last single “Arigatou” saying, “We put so much of our gratitude toward the fans who have supported us until now, as well as the staff members.” Sanma agreed him, and said, “I’m sure they just wanted to tell how thankful they are to people, and I guess only the word ‘Arigatou’ comes to their minds, no matter how much they want to express other messages. It’s all about their ‘Arigatou’ feeling after all. It sure is a great word that hits the hearts of us Japanese.”

The PV, which Sanma stars in, is scheduled to be released next week.

Kitagawa Keiko & Nishikido Ryo together in “Dakishimetai”

Kitagawa Keiko and Nishikido Ryo will be working together for the first time in the new movie “Dakishimetai” which is based on a true story set in Hokkaido’s Abashiri City.

The movie will be out next year. Kitagawa plays the role of Yamamoto Tsukasa who suffers serious injuries during a traffic accident in senior high school. She’s left paralysed on the left side of her body and has difficulty remembering things.

Nishikido plays a taxi driver Koyanagi Masami who falls for Tsukasa and subsequently marries her after overcoming many difficulties. However, Tsukasa’s death after she gives birth to their child marks a tragic end to their love story.

Crying, yet?

The story of Tsukasa was first featured in the TBS documentary “Kioku Shougai no Hanayome Saiki no Hohoemi” aired in July of 2011. It showed how the real Hagida Tsukasa battled her physical problems and gave birth.

In preparation for the role, Kitagawa has learned how to operate a wheelchair–with her right hand only. She’s also learned how to shoot in below freezing weather.

Filming will begin this month for two weeks at Abashiri.

Nishikido hopes that he can work well with Kitagawa, who’s also from the Kansai region, and they can deliver a truly great love story.

Crazy★shampoo Announces New Single for May

Crazy★shampoo has announced another single, “The Answer,” which will come out after “Chouchou”.

“The Answer” will hit stores May 8th in 2 Types. Each Type includes 3 songs:

Track list Type A

01.The Answer


03.The Answer〜Remix〜

Track list Type B

01.The Answer



Look for Crazy★shampoo’s upcoming single “Chouchou” on February 6th.

Meanwhile…check out this commentary video from the band with song previews…

baroque has a New Album and Best Album coming in April

Once Bansaku disappeared baroque decided to continue without their bassist and release a new album. Titled “non-fiction” it’s going to be out April 3rd.

The Limited Edition Type A includes a CD, DVD and deluxe booklet for 4500 Yen, the Limited Edition Type B will only set you back 3800 Yen and includes the CD and DVD only, and the Regular Edition CD is only 3150 Yen.

But wait! There’s more! The same day you can buy their best of album, “Complete Collection 2001-2004.” It includes two CDs and one DVD.

CD track list – Disc 1
01.anakuro film
02.M to tsumiki asobi
07.toushindai(2002.03.01 LIVE)
09.shagare boogie
10.aimai drastic number
11.caramel drops (2002.11.29 LIVE)
12.Cherry King

CD track list – Disc 2
02.road of the myanmar
03.shashara cadet
09.Nutty a hermit.
11.hito no iro
13.sound of respire
14.Caramel drops
15.Graphic Noise

DVD track list
01.anakuro film
03.Cherry King
08.Nutty a hermit.

Royz New Album “Tears” and a New Live DVD

Visual Kei band Royz announced the track list of their new album “Tears” and a brand spanking new live DVD!

“Tears” will issue forth awesomeness on February 27th and comes in three versions.

Royz has also uploaded the PV preview for “Tear drop” and here it is:

01.Tear drop
02.Starry HEAVEN
11.koihanabi-Re Arrange-
12.Aerial cord (Regular Edition TYPE C)

V6 Upcoming Album, “Oh! My! Goodness!”

V6’s new album “Oh! My! Goodness!” is set to be in stores February 20th on Go-kun’s birthday!!.

This will be the group’s first album in 3 years, and it will come with three different editions.

Limited A Edition [CD+DVD]

CD Tracklist:
・only dreaming
・kEEP oN.
・親愛なる君へ (Shinai naru Kimi e)
・大人 Guyz (Otona Guyz)
・エキゾチック・トリップ (Exotic Trip)
・線香花火 (Senkou Hanabi)

DVD Tracklist:
・Supernova<MUSIC VIDEO>
・Supernova<the making>
・大人 Guyz<the making>

Limited A Edition [CD+DVD]

DVD Tracklist:
・Prologue of V6 LIVE TOUR 2013
・Interview nationwide tour after one and half years
・Album’s launch party!

Regular Edition [CD only]

SUPERRRRBBBBBBBBB~~~!!!!! ヾ(@>▽<@)ノ♡ Supernova + MV → MOST WANTED!!

Guitar Wolf Comes Out of Hiding

Guitar Wolf has come out of hiding after 2 and half years. They are back on the scene with a new new album titled “yashuu vibrator.” Does it go to 11? Let’s hope so, it’s the band’s 11th album and they’ve cranked out 11 songs. Look for it March 6th and crank it up!

Track list:

01. yashuu vibrator
02. Mesapotamia ronri
03. Gasoline komoriuta
04. Yuurei yuu
05. Robot maria
06. Batting center
07. The fire CITY
08. Magma Nobunaga
09. Gero night
10. Chikyuu VS alien
11. Onna machinegun

The Regular Edition is CD-only, the Limited Edition comes with a DVD.

For “Banisuta”, T-ara split into 3 sub units

For “Banisuta”, T-ara split into three sub units. So what is “Banisuta”? It’s the latest single from the group and will be released on March 20th.

The single will be the group’s 6th Japanese single and features 10 different versions of the song.

Seven regular editions of the single will be released as well as a unique solo single from one of the group’s members.

The songs are as follows:

Ai no Shi – Soyeon
Two As On – Eunjung
Maybe Maybe – Boram
For You – Jiyeon
Do We Do We – Qri
Love Suggestion – Hyomin
Happy Rain – Areum

Three limited edition versions of the single will also be released, each containing the single’s title track, as well as one of the following songs from the 3 sub units formed for the single:

Signs – Soyeon & Areum
Shabon Dama no Yukue – Boram & Qri
Dangerou Love – Eunjung, Jiyeon & Hyomin