How to win your date’s affection with a Pokémon Koiking (Magikarp) bag…WHAT?

You have to love advertorials…especially Japanese advertorials (articles that are actually advertisements). BANPRESTO released an advertorial about how a guy won a date’s affection thanks to his Pokémon Koiking (Magikarp) bag…WHAT? It goes a little something like this (cue that swanky romance music)! On a Sunday, university student Miyuki is meeting […]

The cast of Fuji TV’s “Kuragehime” visits maidreamin’s Ekimae store

The cast of the Fuji TV program Kuragehime (“Princess Jellyfish”) dropped by maidreamin’s Ekimae store for a short dose of sweets in the romantic comedy’s third episode, which aired January 29th in Japan. Filmed in January during the restaurant’s off-hours, eagle-eyed viewers can spot famous maid Peace (this year’s “Moe Kawaii Queen”) […]

ET-KING leader/vocalist Itokin has passed away

ET-KING leader/vocalist Itokin passed away on January 31st at a hospital in Osaka due to stage 4 cancer (pericardial mesothelioma). It was posted by ET-KING’s management on their official website on February 1st. Itokin found out he had cancer during a regular check-up last June and it was diagnosed in […]

URBANGARDE announces 10th anniversary album “Shoujo Fiction”

URBANGARDE will release their 10th anniversary album Shoujo Fiction (“Girl Fiction”) on April 4, 2018. Since the 2008 release of Shoujo wa Nido Shinu (“Girls Only Live Twice”), which introduced vocalist Yoko Hamasaki as a bloody, sword-wielding schoolgirl in “Don’t Take Off Your Sailor Fuku“, URBANGARDE has built a dedicated international following for their […]