Southern All Stars to return after 5 years

Widely popular Japanese rock band Southern All Stars marked its 35th anniversary on Tuesday with an announcement that it will reunite after a five-year break.

In August, the five-member band will release a new single, its 54th, and kick off an outdoor concert tour.
Southern All Stars is one of the best-selling music groups in Japan and known for such blockbuster hits as “Itoshi no Ellie” (Ellie My Love) and “TSUNAMI.”

The band indefinitely suspended touring after a 30th anniversary concert in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, in August 2008.

PLASTICZOOMS Release “Fritillaria Camtschatcensis -Three”

PLASTICZOOMS have announced the release of a third installment of "Fritillaria Camtschatcensis" an experimental project of frontman Sho Asakawa, It’s titled "Three", and themed as "Sleepy in the Deep Sea". This release will hit stores on July 2nd, 2013. It contains a 30 page book by Nao Takeda and three songs on CD that have not been announced.

Fritillaria Camtschatcensis, "One" was released in late 2012 and sold out immediately. There were two songs on CD, "talk" and "Ga.Su" on DVD, "Botanical Garden" and "End".

Fritillaria Camtschatcensis, "Two" was released March 30th, 2013 which contained a CD with songs "Gloom" and "ONE EYE" on DVD, "Flow" and "Aquarium".

To describe PLASTICZOOMS style of music is difficult to put into one catagory. They are goth, experimental, noise, an alternative type of band.

The Members are:
Keyboards and Guitar: SHINPEI MORISHIGE
Guitar and Synthesizer: TAIYO IKEDA

CM for Fritillaria Camtschatcensis “Three”…

Signal Announces Their Disbandment

Visual Kei band Signal has announced to disband in September.

In April the band’s drummer Raychel announced his departure from the band after their live at Ikebukuro EDGE on June 28th. The members have decided they don’t want to continue as Signal if it’s not the five of them.

Their final show will be on September 14th at Meguro Live Station – the same place they had held their very first live.

They are very sorry for such a sudden announcement and apologize for not being able to keep their promise to continue making music as Signal.

Raychel didn’t comment on the disbanding yet but check out the other comments below:


We’ve just announced that Signal will disband after the live on September 14th.

I wanted to see a wider scenery and I wanted to take you along. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it come true.

We have been really selfish but even in the end we betrayed the people who supported us and make them sad. I’m really really sorry for that.

This is something we’ve decided by ourselves but I really didn’t sort my feelings yet.

I love all the fans that are supporting our band Signal. I’m really proud of that and that will never change. And because of that this result makes my heart hurt.

The remaining time is limited but during that time we will give our very best. I want to look back and be proud of being able to have an effect on your feelings until the very end.

There’s a lot more I want to say but I didn’t sort my words yet, sorry.


This should have been a weekday like every day but due to our announcement this morning we made you upset. I’m really sorry.

On September 14th Signal will disband.

We’ve betrayed you so often and even in the end… . I’m really sorry.

We’ve discussed this so many times and it’s really hard that we came to the result that “disbanding” is the answer.

Because we love Signal.

There are a lot of our fans who said that their wounds won’t heal after we’ve announced Raychel’s departure. My heart hurts.

In 3 months Signal will end.

As of that moment Signal will be only a memory and CDs for us and everyone else.

But until the remaining live span ends we want to create as much memories and leave as much traces as we can. Together with everyone. As the band “Signal” we want to leave as much traces in you as we can.

The final stage is Meguru Live Station. It’s the memorable live house we’ve held our very first live as Signal two years ago. As Singal’s SHION, as bassist, I will make noise and let you hear my voice and blow with my fist in the air with all of our fans at the live until the very end. I want to think back to this time.

I don’t like those serious words but in the remaining time we want to show our loyalty to all of you.

Sorry for not being able to write a proper entry.


I’m sorry for that really sudden announcement.

It’s really hard, also for us, and we can’t change that.

Signal was my reason to live. An important thing.

It was my life.

It’s so hard that it won’t be there anymore. And I’m scared.

But it’s the result we came to all together after thinking about it.

All we can do is to look ahead and move forward.

Until the very last day.


I’m really sorry for such a sudden announcement that makes us betray our fans.

The shape breaks and the thing that should live will surely die.

Sooner or later the end comes.

But… We will disband and that’s really hard. Even if it’s something we’ve decided by ourselves.

To not fall… to not break… We have to act happy but as soon as I’m not with the members I start to think of many things.

For me there’s no band that can replace Signal.

And so it’s really hard. To be honest, I still can’t believe it. I’m selfish.

Andit must be hard for you, too. It’s irresponsible.

But I want you to believe just that: Even though we disband Signal won’t die at the core. I will keep the love you all gave us and the time and memories in my heart and it will last for a lifetime.

Which way I’ll ever go after the disbanding, I promise you to live with my heartbeat made out of the experiences I’ve gained while playing for Signal. And I hope that you will keep us in our hearts as well.

There are only a few lives left but I hope for more power than we had until now, so please stay with us until the very and.

Let’s create a living “evidence”!

Meguru Live Station on September 14th. It’s the first stage on that we were standing as Signal. Close the curtain in this memorable live house together with us!

V[NEU] New Maxi-Single out July 31st

At their one-man live at Shinjuku BLAZE, V[NEU] announced that their new maxi single will be released on July 31st. Full details, however, have not yet been announced and neither has the band decided on a title for the release.

V[neu]s most recent single "The 25th Century Love" was released on February 27th!

Jackman Injured in Car Accident

Visual Kei band Jackman was involved in a car accident last Saturday, on February 23rd.

The band was on the way to Urawa when the accident happened. Fortunately it seems like the band and staff members are safe and have only minor injuries.

Due to the accident they had to cancel their show at Urawa Narciss that evening. The members also announced that they won’t cancel the performance in Shinjuku today but it seems like bassist Yu-ta won’t be able to perform.

Taito, New Member Joins AYABIE

Two months ago AYABIE announced the end of their hiatus. Now they have more interesting news for their fans: They revealed that they won’t be a 4 member band when they’ll come back on March 19th but a 5 member band! A new member joined AYABIE. His name is Taito and he plays the keyboard.

Intetsu pointed out that they were searching for a new member since their ANSWER-tour last year. After some rehearsals with Taito the members decided that he will be AYABIE’s new member.

They hope their fans accept him and continue to support the band.

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.

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.

Minegishi Minami Apologizes by Shaving Her Head and Posting a Video on YouTube

I am very sorry for worrying the members, you fans, staff members, my family, and many people for the article about me on a weekly magazine that will be released today.

As the first generation member of AKB48 that was formed back in 2005, I was supposed to be in the position where I always had to act as a role model for the junior members. However, what I have done was such a thoughtless and a lack of self-awareness behavior.

Since my mind is still in blank, I did not know what to do or what I can do, but as I just saw the magazine, I could not sit still, so I decided all by myself to shave my head without even telling the members or my agency.

I do not expect that I would be forgiven by doing this, but what I first thought was that I did not want to quit AKB48.

I was unable to think of leaving AKB48 now where the members I love and spent my youth together, and you warm fans are. I know this is being over‐optimistic, but I want to stay as Minegishi Minami of AKB48 if possible.

It was all my fault about this. I am very sorry.

I will leave everything to Akimoto-sensei’s and the management’s judgement. Though I haven’t been able to sort out my feelings, I just wanted to tell you how I was feeling right now.

Thank you.