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Korea’s newest K-pop girl group, made up of three Japanese adult film stars, debuts next month

Posted: 03 Mar 2018 03:30 PM PST

There’s no doubt as to which gender the group is trying to attract.

Adult videos actresses are sometimes stigmatized by Japanese society, a complication which has led to new guidelines being pushed out to protect them after leaving the trade.

But not for newest K-pop group Honey Popcorn which unabashedly proclaims that all three members are Japanese adult video (JAV) stars. The news blazed through the Internet when Yua Mikami, former member of the mega girl-group SKE48, announced recently on her Instagram that her idol group will be debuting very soon.

▼ As soon as 14 March in South Korea, as a matter of fact
(translation below).

Instagram Photo

"It's been decided that Miko Matsuda, Sakura Moko and I will be debuting! I'm glad I could finally announce this, and though it'll be a harsh industry, we'll give it all our best. There will be a showcase in South Korea on 14 March, something like a debut commemoration event of sorts. It might be difficult for Japanese fans, but I hope to see as many of you as possible.

We'll have a performance, as well as lottery-based CD signing and photography sessions, so let's have a wonderful time together. Our group's name is Honey Popcorn.

Sorry for surprising you guys with this announcement, but we really want to make all of you who have cheered us on happy, so we'd be happy if you could join us."

Joining Yua are Okada Risako and Ito Yuu, who are former members of NMB48 and Bakusute Sotokanda Icchome respectively.

▼ Yua and her two well-rounded partners
will be a force to be reckoned with.

Instagram Photo

▼ Ito will inject some sisterly cuteness…

▼ …while Okada charms the audience
with schoolgirl-like innocence.

Even though their announcement drew some flak from a vocal minority of fans, most hope for their debut success. They are returning to their idol group roots after all, and if a fellow JAV actress can steamroll her way back to competitive snowboarding, Honey Popcorn sure can succeed too.

Source: Instagram/yua_mikami via NextShark
Featured image: Instagram/yua_mikami

Japanese elementary school students discovering “channel of the dead” on their TVs

Posted: 03 Mar 2018 05:00 AM PST

Kids are spreading the word that a “magic button” on some remotes opens a gateway between the living and the dead.

Kids coming into this technologically advanced world are sure impressive. My one-year-old, despite still being amused by peek-a-boo, can open up YouTube on my phone and already knows how to skip ads.

And yet, sometimes the simplest things can mystify them, as evidenced by writer Kujiradake Chonosuke (@chou_nosuke on Twitter).

Kujiradake explains that his seven-year-old daughter told him about a rumor that was going around school that certain TVs were able to tune in to the “world after death.” The daughter chillingly added “Our TV does too!”

She demonstrated by pressing the button that switched the television to pick up an analog signal. However, since Japan completely switched to digital many years ago, nothing appeared but static (commonly refered to as “suna arashi” or “sandstorm” in Japanese), much like what can be seen in the video below.

Children Kujiradake’s daughter’s age are growing up in a purely digital era of broadcasting and never encountered that random noise that infuriated old farts like myself because it usually meant that lightning hit something or someone didn’t pay the cable bill.

At least, they’ve never seen it first hand, but it could still easily be seen in old movies. So, what’s the most infamous use of a TV showing noise in cinematic history?

It’s hardly a Sherlock-caliber mystery, but as Kujiradake pointed out, it is interesting to see what may become the next generation’s “Bloody Mary” or “Mr. Kokkuri” in its infancy. Some comments even got a little philosophical about it.

“I heard that the sound of noise on TVs makes babies relax because its sounds just like inside the womb. So, the picture is showing the world after death and the sound is from the world before birth!”

“So, maybe…the world after death is the world before birth…whoa.”

“Well, analog broadcasting died after digital came out, so it’s kind of true.”

It also led some to reflect back on their own encounters with the random flickering of dots.

“A long time ago I woke up in the middle of the night and went to the living room. My father was there wearing earphones and staring at the static on the TV. I didn’t understand what it meant back then, but now I finally do…
…He was watching a dirty movie and changed the channel in a panic as soon as he heard me coming.”

Also, the noise once seen on TVs is simply a mishmash of various waves of energy affecting the television’s antenna and producing a random pattern of sounds and images. So, if you were to espouse the theory that the world after death does exist but in parallel with ours and on a different wavelength, then you could argue that it is being seen on these screens to some degree.

But that’s neither here nor there. What’s truly import is that I now have a great tool with which to discipline my children through fear: “What’s that? You don’t want to go to bed? Alright, let’s watch some death TV then!” I might tell them or “Watch your language young lady, or next time you’ll be sitting a time-out in front of the abyss of ruination again!”

Source: Twitter/@chou_nosuke, Hachima Kiko
Top image ©SoraNews24

Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai of the Future anime film shows new characters in video

Posted: 02 Mar 2018 09:00 PM PST

Film from Summer Wars, Boy and the Beast director opens in July

Srudio Chizu began streaming a new teaser trailer for Mamoru Hosoda’s new Mirai no Mirai (Mirai of the Future) anime film on Friday. The video, which has English subtitles, reintroduces the main characters Kun-chan and Mirai, and also reveals new characters.

The film will open in Japan on July 20, after previously being announced with a May release date. The movie has a 100-minute runtime.

International sales banner Charades represented the film at Cannes and has sold distribution rights to GKIDS in the United States, MK2 Mile End in Canada, Anime Limited in the United Kingdom, and Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand. The film is already slated to open in 57 countries. Producer Yuichiro Saito previously stated that the deals for distribution include a requirement to screen the film in theaters first, in addition to broadcast and streaming rights.

The film’s story centers around a family living in a small house in an obscure corner of a certain city — in particular, the family’s spoiled four-year-old boy Kun-chan. When Kun-chan gets a little sister named Mirai, he feels that his new sister stole his parents’ love from him, and is overwhelmed by many experiences he undergoes for the first time in his life. In the midst of it all, he meets an older version of Mirai, who has come from the future.

Hosoda revealed that the film’s actual setting is Yokohama, “somewhere uptown, near Isago and Kanazawa wards.” He did not specify whether the setting will be important to the specific plot events in the movie, but the location is part of an important past event for the family in the story.

Hosoda is directing the film at his Studio Chizu, and is also credited as scriptwriter and for the original story. Hiroyuki Aoyama (animation director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and The Boy and The Beast) and Ayako Hata (key animator on the same films) are returning for this new film as animation directors. Yohei Takamatsu and Takashi Omori, who Hosoda had previously worked with on The Boy and The Beast, are also returning as art directors for the film. Producer Yuichiro Saito is also returning from Hosoda’s earlier films.

Hosoda previously stated that the new film is inspired by his own experience as a father, noting that “Mirai” (which can be translated as “future”) is the name of both the sister character in the film, as well as his own daughter. He stated that the conflict in the film echoes his real-life experience of his eldest child feeling that his new sibling “stole her parents, which made her ferociously jealous.” He acknowledged that the new film is closer to the human drama of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Wolf Children than the action stories of Summer Wars and The Boy and The Beast.

Top image: YouTube/スタジオ地図 / STUDIO CHIZU

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