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Berserk third movie installment “Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent (Berserk Ogon Jidai-Hen III: Korin) has revealed the first trailer video for the upcoming anime movie. This movie is the 3rd and final installment of the movie adaption of the Berserk Golden Age story arc that adapts volumes 3-13 of the 1990 manga by Kentaro Miura. Previously the third movie was tentatively scheduled for released this Fall but has been delayed until January 2013 according to the Official website of the movie. More details and trailer video follows…

~ new trailer revealed ~

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The idols of Nogizaka46 with their 3rd single “Hashire! Bicycle” give the rival of AKB48 their second #1 single – selling over 186,000 copies. The Korean boys of SUPER JUNIOR and their 4th Japanese single “Sexy, Free & Single” make a strong showing in the second spot with over 109,000 copies sold. The third spot on the charts goes to project ACE OF SPADES lead by TAKAHIRO of EXILE with their debut single “WILD TRIBE” selling a good 63,000 copies.

Rounding out the top ten on the singles charts is idol group StylipS and their 3rd single “Choose me Darling” featured as the opening theme for anime Nakaimo – My Sister is Among Them!

The album charts top spot is again AKB48 and their 4th album release “1830m” selling another 64,000 copies. The second spot is AAA and their 7th anniversary album “777 ~ TRIPLE SEVEN ~” selling 54,000 copies – more release details are here.

The complete top 10 single and album charts follow…

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chatmonchy has updated the the release information on their new single “Convenience Honeymoon” – cover jacket is offical. The new single which is their 5th of the year is produced by Okuda Tamio, comes in one Regular edition and is scheduled to hit stores September 12th. Updated details follow…

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Minori Chihara has announced a live event release on Blu-ray – “Live 2012 ULTRA-Formation” & “Live 2012 PARTY-Formation”. Two separate high-definition Blu-ray releases of her special live events at Messe Makuhara Event Hall, her first one-man live events at a major concert Hall. The Blu-ray releases are scheduled to hit stores November 14th. More early details including the event promotional CM video and pre-order link follow…

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Singer ChouCho has a new single announced, “Dream Riser” which will be featured as the opening theme for Fall anime GIRLS und PANZER. The single, her 6th is scheduled to come in two editions and set for release on October 24th. Read on for more details and preview video for the anime…

~ updated release details – here ~

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B1A4 announces first Japanese album, not yet titled, which will include their two Japanese singles “Beautiful Target” and the upcoming “Oyasumi Good Night” plus 7 additional songs for 9 total tracks. The album is offered in three editions including a Limited edition that adds bonus B1A4 figure (1 of 5). B1A4’s new album is scheduled to hit stores on October 24th – read on for more details and pre-order link…

~ album titled “1” – updated details here ~

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The WEATHER GIRLS have officially announced their Japanese debut single “Koi no Tenki Yoho” (Weather Forecast of Love). The single is produced by Jeff Miyahara and is said to be an up-beat pop tune full of moe moe kyun. “Koi no Tenki Yoho” is offered in two editions and scheduled to hit stores October 17th. Read on for more details and pre-order link…

~ updated release details reported ~

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UVERworld has updated the release information on their new single “THE OVER” – the cover jackets and full track is now official. The single has a tie-in as the theme song for TV series “Kuro no Onna Kyoshi” which airs on TBS TV in Japan beginning July 22nd. “THE OVER” is the band’s 22nd single and is offered in two editions. It will be in stores August 29th – updated release information follows…

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The Sketchbook has updated the release information for new single “Clear” – cover jackets and full track list have been revealed for the single featured now as the 6th opening theme for anime SKET DANCE. The band also updated release details for their second album, “Re:Action” scheduled for simultaneous release with the new single on September 26th. Updated details on single “Clear” follow…

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GRANRODEO has announced their 18th single “DARK SHAME” which will be featured as the opening theme for upcoming anime CODE:BREAKER. The single comes in two editions and is set for release on November 7th. GRANRODEO also has album “CRACK STAR FLASH” upcoming for release on October 10th (more details). Read on for details on new single “DARK SHAME”…

~ updated release details – here ~

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The Sketchbook has officially titled their 2nd album “Re:Action” and its scheduled for simultaneous release with their 5th single “Clear”, both on September 26th. In addition to announcing the title the band has revealed the cover jacket for the album. To celebrate the release of both “Re:Action” and single “Clear” the band will hold an event at AMAGASAKI Edionstudio on September 16th 2pm. Read on for more release details…

~ more updated release details posted ~

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