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Girls Generation (SNSD) has announced a new Japanese album which isn’t yet titled. It’s the girls second Japanese album and includes their singles “PAPARAZZI”, “Oh!”, and just announced new single “FLOWER POWER” plus more for a total of 12 tracks. Girls Generation’s new Japanese album comes in three editions and hits stores November 28th – read on for more details…

~ Titled: GIRLS GENERATION II ~Girls & Peace~ updated details here ~

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The final Hellsing anime OVA Hellsing X is getting prepared for release on November 28th. The OVA series started in 2006 and has been animated by studios Satelight, Madhouse, and for the final 3 releases by Graphinica / Kelmadick. This final release is available in four editions, Limited and Regular on both Blu-ray and DVD. Read on for more release details and preview video…

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AKB48 idol Mayu Watanabe has a double A-side single “Hikarumonotachi” announced for release. The coupling song “Sayonara no Hashi” has tie-in as theme song for anime movie Nerawareta Gakuen in which Mayu also voices one of the lead characters Natsuki. Her new solo single “Hikarumonotachi” comes in five editions and is scheduled to be in stores November 21st. Read on for more details…

~ Updated details posted – here ~

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Tomoko Kawase (Tommy february6 & Tommy heavenly6) has exposed a pair of preview music videos that are part of her upcoming mini-album “HALLOWEEN ADDICTION”. The extending length song “Never Ending Party Night” contains two major refrains reflecting her two alter egos Tommy february6 and Tommy heavenly6. A pair of music videos for each are part of the new mini-album’s Limited edition DVD. “HALLOWEEN ADDICTION” hits stores October 17th – read on for more details and the preview music videos…

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Sonar Pocket has a new single “Kimi Kinenbi ~ Umarete Kitekurete Arigato ~” set for release on November 7th. Their new single celebrates the group’s anniversary date of their first single with record label Tokuma Japan. The single has a simultaneous release with live DVDx2 “SONAPOKEIZM Special – Natsu no Jin – in Nippon Budokan” that captures their August 3rd performance at Nippon Budokan. The single is set to come in two editions and the live release in a single two DVD package. Special lottery bonus is tired to purchasers of both releases – read on for more details…

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Band supercell lead by composer ryo has announced a new single “Giniro Kamihikoki” which is featured as opening theme song for anime movie Nerawareta Gakuen. Its will be over 8 months since their last single “Kokuhaku / Bokura no Ashiato” released but leader ryo has been very busy producing music for unit EGOIST and himself. supercell’s new single comes in three editions and scheduled to hit stores on December 19th. Read on for more early release details and trailer for Nerawareta Gakuen

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Stereopony just announced they are going to breakup and purse their music careers separately. It’s a bit sudden following the recent new single announcement “Just rock with me” by their EVANPONY unit collaboration with Evan Taubenfeld. During August the band took a step back from their music together while AIMI (vocals, guitar) was recovering from vocal-cord polyp surgery. SHIHO (drums) and NOHANA (bass) spent the time abroad for some short-term music study. When the girls got back together they discussed their future plans which ultimately lead to the decision to dissolve the band. They haven’t yet set a specific date the band will cease activities. Read on for some more details…

~ BEST ALBUM announced – details ~

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May’n announced she will deliver her new song “Aozora” digitally only starting October 11th. The song will be featured as the ending theme for Fall anime BTOOM! which airs starting October 4th. May’n also announced release another song “Mr. Super Future Star” on November 22nd via digital outlets. This song has tie-in as theme for Capcom game E.X. TROOPERS. Read on for more details…

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Sea☆A has updated the release details for their 4th single “Entry!” – full track list is revealed and the girls have exposed a preview music video for the title track. Their new single will be featured as the next ending theme for ongoing anime Cardfight!! Vanguard Asia Circuit Hen. “Entry!” comes in two editions and hits stores on November 14th. Read on for updated release details and preview music video…

~ updated release details – here ~

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nano is getting her second single “No pain, No game” ready for release and has exposed a preview music video and making-of footage. The single written by Kemu Tsukamoto (kemu) is featured as theme song for Fall anime BTOOM!. “No pain, No game” comes in two editions and hits stores on October 10th – read on for more details and videos…

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T-ARA has revealed a video message for their upcoming 5th Japanese single “Sexy Love” and their live event “K-POP JOINT LIVE 2012 Vol. 1 ~ T.T.L.(Time to Love) ~ ”. The live event with T-ARA and Choshinsei (Supernova) is scheduled for October 19th at Tokyo International Forum Hall with performances at 2:00pm and 6:00pm. T-ARA’s new single “Sexy Love” hits stores November 14th. Video message follows…

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