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Hiroki Nakadoi to take Lead in drama

They are conquering the drama world by storm.

This time Lead leader, Hiroki Nakadoi, has been chosen to play ace gymnast in a new drama, Tumbling. The drama starts in April on TBS.

The drama is a comedy about a boys gymnastics team. Also starring is Yusuke Yamamoto, Kouji Seto, Shouhei Miura, Takahiro Nishijima (AAA), Azusa Okamoto and introducing a new face, Rei Okamoto.

Hiroki was chosen for the role because in every drama that he has appeared in he has played a high school student.

Although I don’t have a lot of experience in doing dramas and I am really nervous about this one, I am thankful for this role that will let me use my athletic ability. I’ll give this my all,” said Hiroki with a lot of enthusiasm.

Lead will also be having their fan club event this summer, Leaders Party 7, starting 3/27.

If you didn’t know Hiroki is also a B-boy, so doing all those gymnastic moves should be easy. I’m happy that they chose him to play a lead role.

Lead Upturn 2009 Dance cut

source: natalie

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Shinya Taniuchi is Leading the Shinsengumi

Shinya Taniuchi of J-Pop group Lead is starring in the drama adaptation of Shisengumi Peace Maker. The comic was popularized a few years ago and is the prequel to “Peace Maker Kurogane.” This live action drama has a pretty amazing ikemen cast.

This is the story of a young boy, Tetsunosuke Ichimura (Suga Kenta), who wants to join the Shinsengumi after witnessing the death of his parents by Choshu rebels before the Meiji Restoration.

Shinya plays Toshizou Hijikata, the ‘demon’ of the Shinsengumi. He accepts Tetsunosuke’s acceptance into the Shinsengumi, but as his page. While he is a major player during those times, we have yet to see how the drama will play out the role. The story revolves around Tetsunosuke and thus far have not seen much of this character.

Also joining Shinya is fellow Takoyaki Boys member, Yusuke Izaki from FLAME. He plays Sanosuke Harada, one of three members who befriend and look after Testu. Yuuta Furukawa joins as Tatsunosuke Ichimura, accountant for the Shinsengumi and Tetsu’s older brother.

D-Boys members Tomo Yanigishita plays Souji Okita, the Shinsengumi’s #1 swordsman; Hirofumi Araki as Choshu rebel leader, Toshimaru Yoshida.

Yuuta Furukawa

Tomo Yanigishita

Hirofumi Araki

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Big Bang’s Electric Love Bus

Big Bang finally started their 2010 tour in Japan called “ELECTRIC LOVE TOUR.” To commemorate this wonderful occasion they guys designed their own tour bus. The group will be in Japan this month to do their tour and then head back home.

They kicked off their tour in Yokohama Arena yesterday (2/10) and will do another show tonight and will head to Kobe World Hall (13~14), Nippon Budokan (16~17), Osaka and Nagoya.

SeungRi stated, “I can’t wait to go back home [to Korea.]” While G-Dragon informs their fans that “all the preparations have been going smoothly, so please enjoy it to your hearts content.

If your attending the concert tour and have not been informed of the guidelines, you should take a look at their official Japanese website as they have instructions for conduct before, during and after the show; also information on how to give presents to the members, available in Japanese, Korean and English. You can view them here.

If you can’t make it to the concert, have no fear. TBS Channel will be airing a line up of Big Bang concerts for all their fans.

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w-inds. in “Another World”

w-inds. new album which will be released on 2010.3.10 is titled “Another World”.

This album will contain 15 songs including all singles plus a new version of “Rain is Fallin’” which was performed at their 2009 Fan Club event.

First press for the CD only will come with a w-inds. x USAVICH IC card sticker.

w-inds.
“Another World”
Release date: 2010.3.10
Cat# PCCA-3127 (CD Only); PCCA-3126 (CD+DVD)
Tracks: 15
Pre-order: CDJ [Regular Edition | Limited Edition]

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w-inds. new album after 19 months

It’s been a while since we updated… so we’re updating with some awesome news.

Dance vocal group (or as some like say “hip hop” group) w-inds., will release their new album (title TBA) on March 3, 2010. It’s been one year and seven months since the group released their last album “Seventh Ave.”  For the first time since their début in 2001, the group took a year off from releasing any album and last year was spent releasing singles. w-inds. is not typically known for releasing an album every year, but it seems that this time they are evolving and took their time with this new album.

The last thing w-inds. released was their single “Truth~Saigo no sinjitsu~” in December of 2009. So for some fans, this is an eagerly anticipating album, for others (like myself), I’m not that eager, but I am anticipating what kind of album this one will be. They’ve done some collaborations and their music seems geared with some Western arsenal. Not only that but they have finally gone back to their roots with the PV’s and show appearances. They have more dancing in them, which I missed dearly. For a while after Ageha, they stopped dancing a lot in their videos.

So far I only found 11 out of the 15 songs that will be on the new album. There will also be two versions of the album, a normal and 1st press which includes a DVD with all six single PV’s.

w-inds.
Title: TBA
Release date: 3.10.2010
Cat#:
PCCA-03126 (CD+DVD) 3,990yen
PCCA-03127 (CD Only) 2,940yen

Current track list (minus 4)
Everyday
CAN’T GET BACK
Rain Is Fallin’ X G-Dragon
HYBRID DREAM
New World
Truth ~saigo no shinjitsu~
Don’t Remind Me
In The Red
Somemore
Re-Vision
Spiral

<DVD>
Everyday
CAN’T GET BACK
Rain Is Fallin’ X G-Dragon
HYBRID DREAM
New World
Truth ~saigo no shinjitsu~
Rain Is fallin’ X G-Dragon (FCLT ver.)

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w-inds.’ Truth is the last

We posted before about w-inds.‘ new double A-side single, “New World” and “Truth~saigo no shinjitsu“. Well here the PV for “Truth“.

It’s a pretty good song, mellow, and the PV itself is interesting. It’s good to see Ryuichi back and not looking so fashionably challenged. Not sure if I’m digging Ryohei’s shaved sides, but as long as he keeps the hair down it doesn’t look so bad. Maybe it’s because he’s so pale and his hair is so dark, so the contrast is blinding to the eye. Keita, well what can I say. He doesn’t look that bad, although it doesn’t look like his dancing has improved from last time I saw it.

Don’t forget to buy the single.

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