Ikemen

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J-Boys pole dancing: new heights of 'so wrong' eroticism


May 03
// Colette Bennett
There are no words to describe the level of "wtf" generated from watching this trailer of Japanese hotties learning to pole dance, so I'll let you just watch it and marvel at Japan's weirdness. [Thanks for the tip, Stella!]

Be my Valentine: I'm sweet for you, Hanazawa Rui

Feb 14 // Colette Bennett
Actor Oguri Shun is a pretty hot dude, and I've painted him with my saliva way back when we had Idol Day. Thing is though, most j-drama fans will tell you that when you really fall for an actor, it's usually because of a certain role they play in a show. Oguri Shun was some hot J-dude when I watched Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, but then, I saw a little show he did by the name of Hana Yori Dango (incidentally, we're currently watching and discussing it on my drama podcast, Dorama Club, if you want to check it out).  In Hana Yori Dango, Shun plays the role of Hanazawa Rui, one member of a very exclusive rich boys club called F4. Makes him sound like a total dbag, doesn't it? And yet somehow, he isn't at all. Instead, he's like, the hottest thing ever. He really knows how to dress, he's always stepping in and saying or doing the right things, he always seems to be reading a book (smart! ooh!) and best of all, he likes to sit in the windowsill at his house, gaze longingly out the window, and play the violin. PLAY THE VIOLIN. WHO IN REAL LIFE PLAYS THE VIOLIN, LOOKS HOT AND IS NICE? WHO? That's why I want to ask Rui to be my Valentine. He's way too good to be true, sure, but that's why we watch anime and j-drama -- to fantasize about impossibly awesome people that we wish really existed. So Rui, look. I want you to come over, pick me up in whatever sexy ass car you drive. Let's go out to a nice dinner, and then let's go back to your place, and I want to sit in the windowsill and I want you to play me some songs on your violin.And then I'm going to give you the valentine I got for you. I really hope you like it. Hanazawa Rui, will you be my Valentine?
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Since it's Valentine's Day, it's obviously a holiday where you have a special opportunity to do one thing: openly declare your love. We do that a lot in our Confessions series, but today at Japanator, we're going to give Vale...

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Arashi's Nintendo CM series continues with Nintendogs


Feb 10
// Colette Bennett
The peeps at Nintendo are very smart. For instance, they know that Nintendogs sells like hotcakes, and they also know anything with Arashi on it sells like hotcakes. What's the solution? Why, to combine the two things of cour...

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Mizushima Hiro writes an award-winning book, quits acting


Nov 11
// Colette Bennett
I heard sometime in October that one of my harem of husbandos, Mizushima Hiro, had decided to throw in the towel on acting. Considering that he has been cast in many popular dramas and was named in a lot of "ri...
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Final Fantasy 14 live action trailer stars TOMA!


Sep 15
// Colette Bennett
So this morning, my best friend sends me a link to this video and says, "Hey ... doesn't this guy look familiar?" Since I transformed said friend into a j-drama addict, of course he recognized j-actor Toma Ikuta, wh...
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Oguri Shun and Mao Inoue together again in new drama


Aug 23
// Colette Bennett
Ah, one of the most beloved almost-pairings in the J-drama world: Mao Inoue's Makino and Oguri Shun's Rui from Hana Yori Dango. Any fan of that show will quiver when you mention them, and the idea of seeing them together in a...
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Otakon '10: The Men of Kuroshitsuji


Aug 09
// Colette Bennett
Things that are relevant to my interests: boys, butlers, and boys dressed as butlers Actually, I'll happily take anyone, male or female, dressed as any of the characters from Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler in the States), which e...
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Shun Oguri to star in A Clockwork Orange!


Jul 27
// Colette Bennett
Sure, Shun Oguri is one of my original, number one j-drama crushes. That being said, he's really taken strides to step forward with his career rather than just start in romance drama after romance drama, starring in major fil...
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Akanishi Jin officially leaves KAT-TUN


Jul 20
// Colette Bennett
I might be a boy band fan, but no matter how much I tried, I could never bring myself to give a red f*ck about KAT-TUN. I'm sure they're similarly cheesy in all the ways that the bands that I love are, sure. Each to their own...
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JapanaTen: The Beginners Guide to J-drama


Jul 15
// Colette Bennett
You may have noticed that since I started writing more frequently at Japanator, our coverage of J-drama has gone significantly up. Along with semi-clothed Japanese boys, but you know, as much as that may seem like the reason ...
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Trailer for Love Shines in Rainbow Color leaves me pink


Jul 05
// Colette Bennett
I'm almost finished watching Tsuki no Koibito, and it's been such a great show that I knew that I would be a great big drama-shaped hole where it used to be if I didn't find a suitable replacement. Then I remembered that Fuji...
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The newest Wiiparty CM series stars all of Arashi!


Jun 30
// Colette Bennett
I was super excited to see just Nino and Aiba of Arashi in the last Nintendo commercial for Super Mario Galaxy 2, but apparently Nintendo had no plans to stop there when it comes to featuring my favorite boys in their promoti...
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Philosphers turned into bishounen? Yep, there's a book


Jun 28
// Colette Bennett
In Japan, somewhere, there are whole teams of people hard at work on art projects such as Nazis gone moe, so why should the idea of hot bishounen boys as great philosophers be any more surprising? Still, I was delighted to re...
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Weider's in Jelly promoted by Yamapi (instant buy)


Jun 28
// Colette Bennett
Easiest way to sell me a product? Have a boy I have a crush on do the selling. I assume it works not only on me, but on half the women in Japan (and maybe even some of the men, heh heh). My boyfriend Yamashita Tomahisa has a ...
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OMG FANGASM: Arashi announce their new album and tour


Jun 07
// Colette Bennett
For better or for worse, I love Japanese boy band Arashi. I like lots of respectable Japanese bands too, I swear. Anyway, whatever -- I'm not going to try to save my reputation by pretending I wasn't thrilled when I heard the...
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Does marriage threaten the careers of Japanese actors?


Jun 06
// Colette Bennett
Maybe not, if you aren't an ikemen. But if you are, apparently you need to watch out for falling in love in real life. A recent article on Gendai-Netto summarizes concern over that J-actor Eita (currently starring in airing d...
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Arashi's Ohno eats the hell out of some KFC


Jun 03
// Colette Bennett
I mean, I know Japanese commercials are super intense and all. I get it. That's their thing. I remember there was an Oguri Shun commercial for some Japanese cracker I saw last year and he was drinking beer with such relish th...
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Confessions 20: Matsumoto Jun


May 31
// Colette Bennett
It's been a little too long since we did a proper Confessions around here -- not since our April Fool's Americanator prank, in fact. Not acceptable, especially if you consider the amount of shared j-lust that the Japanator st...
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Oricon votes on hottest celeb lips, Matsujun and Aya win


May 21
// Colette Bennett
I've decided I want to work at Oricon. All these freaking people do is sit around surveying the Japanese on who's hot, who would be fun to kiss, who has the best ass, who would make the greatest boyfriend, who would perform c...
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Japanator Recommends: Junjo Romantica


May 10
// Colette Bennett
First off, let's get this out of the way: in case you're blind, this is a review about yaoi. Yes, Junjou Romantica is about men falling in love and having sex. If this turns you off, I'd advise you march away in the other dir...
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Yamapi doubles up in new Kirin Namacya CM


Apr 20
// Colette Bennett
Look, in my mind, there's only one thing better than Yamashita Tomahisa, or Yamapi as his fans call him: TWO of him. Um, thanks Kirin ad people -- you have just brought one of my major fantasies to life in commercial form. TH...
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Want to know what the top Johnny's boys make?


Mar 19
// Colette Bennett
Sure, there are some famous dudes employed by Johnny's Entertainment, and I admit I am a fan of several of them. I haven't spent too much time wondering how much money they make, but thanks to a recent broadcast on the Shukan...
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Let's all watch a Docomo CM with Mizushima Hiro


Mar 16
// Colette Bennett
Why is this new Docomo CM interesting? Well, simply put, it has Mizushima Hiro in it, and frankly, that's all I need know. Since a lot of you responded favorably to my Confessions piece on him, I thought you might enjoy reveling in my lust-a-thon. Also, it's kind of a good commercial.Hit the jump and check out the lusciousness.
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Live action Ashita no Joe coming in 2011!


Mar 08
// Colette Bennett
If you're an old manga nerd like me, you may remember a series that came out in the early seventies called Ashita no Joe. It follows the adventures of Joe Yabuki, an orphan who meets his future after running away and bumping ...
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Kimura Takuya, Gatsby and the best dog of all time


Mar 08
// Colette Bennett
You are not going to see a better commercial today.I promise. Hit the jump and try to disagree with me. Just ... TRY. [Via Alafista]
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TVXQ's Hero Haejoong will guest star in Twitter drama


Mar 05
// Colette Bennett
I've been excited about the "Twitter drama", as it's been called since we first heard about it, starring the delightful Ueno Juri. It sounds like something with a lot of potential, and since I haven't fallen madly i...
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Suntory's new Protein Water ads are ridiculous and sexy


Mar 05
// Colette Bennett
I'll watch absolutely anything than Matsuda Shota sets foot in. Anything. However, if you give these new Suntory Protein Water CMs a gander, you'll find that they are laugh out loud AND somehow hot at the same time. I mean, t...
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Jude Law and Toma Ikuta laugh it up over cheesecake


Mar 04
// Colette Bennett
One of my favorite hot j-drama actors and one of the handsomest men in American film on one show? Oh yeah, I'm all over this. Japanese TV show Tunnels no Minna-san no Okage deshita recently featured Law (via Japan Probe) to p...
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Ueno Juri and Eita starring in new drama about Twitter


Feb 23
// Colette Bennett
It was only a matter of time before social networking site Twitter made its way into television -- after all, you hear Facebook mentioned all the time in American TV now. Even Japanator has one (and you better be following it...
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Ooku live action film announces more cast members


Feb 16
// Colette Bennett
Imagine this scenario: a great disease called the Red Pox falls upon society and takes out 75 percent of the male population. Because the male numbers have decreased so dramatically, women are forced to take on societal roles...

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