New York's Japan Day @ Central Park celebration of Japanese culture is set to welcome AKB48 members Saho Iwatate, Ryoka Oshima, Tomu Muto, Haruna Kojima, Rina Hirata, and Rena Nozawa for a 20 minute dance and vocal performance at the Sunday, May 10th, 2015 event. Check out their event greeting message after the jump.
AKB48 and Yo-Kai Watch have teamed up to form a collaboration band: NyaaKB with Tsuchinoko Panda. The band features 7 members of AKB48 and a cartoon panda-snake, and they're going to release their 1st single soon. Hit the jump to learn more.
An upcoming live-action horror film directed by Hideo Nakata, the director of the Ring films, stars Haruka Shimazaki of AKB48. Hit the jump to learn more.
Yuka Tano of AKB48 and Ayaka Umeda of NHB48 have both taken on the role of Dorothy in Japanese productions of The Wiz at the Tokyo International Forum. Hit the jump to learn more.
AKB48 and its sister groups are performing special concerts at their theaters on March 11, 2015, in their continuing efforts to raise money for relief in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Hit the jump to learn more.
The AKB48 Theater in Akihabara has been in business since 2005. They've just celebrated a milestone by admitting their one-millionth customer. Hit the jump to learn more.
It is officially announced today that a 19-year-old member of Japanese girls idol group Nogizaka46 and AKB48, Rina Ikoma will star in the upcoming live-action adaptation film of Team GrisGris' horror adventure game series Corpse Party, alongside Ryosuke Ikeoka and Nozomi Maeda. Hit the jump for more information.
The trials and tribulations of a pair of bookstore employees is the subject for a new Japanese TV drama coming in April. Hit the jump to learn more.
The latest promotional video for Super Smash Bros. 3DS has been released, and it features the girls of idol group AKB48 "joining the fight," as is the customary Smash Bros. battle cry. Hit the jump to see more!
An AKB48 fan event in northern Japan ended in a real scare on Sunday, when two of the pop group's members were attacked and injured by a man wielding a saw. Anna Iriyama (18) and Rina Kawaei (19) both suffered hand and head injuries, and one of the male staffers had cuts on his hand from trying to stop the attack. Full story after the jump.