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Kei Kusunoki May 26, 2009

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Kei Kusunoki (楠 桂, Kusunoki Kei, born March 24, 1966), real name Mayumi Ōhashi (大橋真弓, Ōhashi Mayumi), is a Japanese manga artist best known for her horror and comedy manga series. She debuted in 1982 in Ribon Original with Nanika ga Kanojo Tōri Tsuita?. Her twin-sister Kaoru Ōhashi also works as a manga artist. Their styles are quite similar.

Works

Kusunoki focused most of her career on anime production. Just recently she returned to manga, drawing Bitter Virgin. Most of her works have not been officially translated and published in English.

* Yagami-kun’s Family Affairs (1986)
* Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma (1989)
* Ogre Slayer (1994)
* Dokkan Love (unknown)
* Donmai Princess (2000)
* D no Fuuin (2000)
* Girls Saurus DX (2003-2008)
* 100 Ways of an Exorcist (2005-ongoing)
* Bitter Virgin (2006-2008)
* Diabolo (manga) (2005)
* Innocent W (2006-ongoing)
* Sengoku Nights (2006)
* Vampire (manga) (or Kessaku Tanpenshuu Vampire)
* Koi Tomurai

Mochiru Hoshisato May 26, 2009

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Mochiru Hoshisato (星里もちる, Hoshisato Mochiru, born January 1, 1961) is a Japanese manga artist. His simple drawing style reflects the gentle nature of his often romantic tales of modern young Japanese salary-men. While Living Game has been favorably compared to Rumiko Takahashi’s Maison Ikkoku, Hoshisato’s Yume-ka mo Shinnai and Honki no Shirushi contain fewer superfluous side-plots than Living Game, but may be just too depressing for some readers to enjoy.

Works

Listed chronologically, with the oldest at the top.

Manga

The Danger Is Walking (危険がウォーキング, Kiken ga Uōkingu)
1986-1989, Tokuma Shoten, 4 volumes, originally published in Petit Apple Pie anthology.
About a girl who “sweats” nitroglycerin, and therefore must constantly be eating and drinking things to cool her down.
Strained Spouse Rumble (いきばた主夫ランブル, Ikibata Shufu Ranburu)
1989, Tokuma Shotem, 1 volume.
Cocktail – Ponytail (かくてる・ポニーテール, Kakuteru Ponītēru)
1990, Tokuma Shoten, 1 volume.
Wazuka Is Right Before You (わずかいっちょまえ, Wazu ka Iccho Mae)
1991, Tokuma Shoten, 1 volume.
Only Half (ハーフな分だけ, Hāfu na Bundake)
1991, Shogakukan, 2 volumes.
A couple is drawn together despite mutual dislike.
Living Game
1991-1993, Shogakukan, 10 volumes.
A salaryman’s apartment is turned into temporary office following a disaster at the new office.
Let’s Get Married (結婚しようよ, Kekkon Shiyō yo)
1994-1995, Shogakukan, 6 volumes.
A marriage agency composed of marryable people.
It Might Be a Dream (夢かもしんない, Yume Kamoshinnai)
1996-1997, Shogakukan, 5 volumes.
Rice Omelet (オムライス, Omuraisu)
1998-2000, Shogakukan, 5 volumes.
The Mark of Truth (本気のしるし, Honki no Shirushi)
2000-2003, Shogakukan, 6 volumes.
Need and obligations trump complacency.
Worried Yome-san (気になるヨメさん, Ki ni Naru Yome-san)
2002, Shogakukan, 2 volumes.
Luna Heights (ルナハイツ, Runa Haitsu)
2003-2004, Shogakukan, 4 volumes.
More salaryman apartment social complications.
Monster House (怪獣の家, Kaijū no Ie)
2004-2005, Shogakukan, 2 volumes.

Manga essay

Mochi Is a Mochi Seller (モチはモチ屋, Mochi wa Mochiya)
(2000, Mainichi Communications, 1 volume)

Illustration

Romancia (ロマンシア, Romanshia)
(1987-08-01, JICC Shuppankyoku, 1 volume)

References

1. ^ “星里もちる先生とは”. http://homepage1.nifty.com/nagoyan/mochiru/mochiru.htm#profile. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.
2. ^ Van Huffel, Peter (2004-01-17). “Hoshisato Mochiru 星里もちる”. http://users.skynet.be/mangaguide/au450.html. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.
3. ^ “星里もちる先生作品データベース”. http://homepage1.nifty.com/nagoyan/mochiru/mochiru_sakuhin.htm. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.
4. ^ “Hoshisato Mochiru Bibliography”. http://www.geocities.com/livinggame/LivingGame/bliblio.htm. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.

Han Ji hye April 24, 2009

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Han Ji-hye (born June 29, 1984) is a South Korean actress and model. She made her debut in 2001 in dramas before taking up a lead role in Sweet 18. Born Lee Ji-hye, she used the stagename “Han Ji-hye” upon learning that her real name would cause confusion among fans with an older actress, Lena Lee, who has the same Korean name as Han.

Together with Song Seung-hun and Son Ye-jin, Han is noted for her role in the well-known KBS drama Summer Scent.

There has been speculation among fans that Han is Lee Dong-Gun’s girlfriend, mostly based on the fact that they are frequently seen together in publicity photographs. Both of them vehemently deny this alleged relationship, but the couple was later confirmed when they announced it individually on their websites.

TV drama

* SBS: 한선교 정은아의 좋은아침 (2001)
* SBS: 좋은 친구들 (2001)
* SBS: Go! Go! (2002)
* KBS: Summer Scent (2003)
* 남자의 향기 (2003)
* 내 인생의 콩깍지 (2003)
* KBS: Sweet 18 (2004)
* MBC: 전파견문록 (2004)
* KBS: 이홍렬,박주미의 여유만만 (2004)
* MBC: 비밀남녀 (2004)
* KBS: Stairway of Clouds (2006)
* KBS: 미우나고우나 (2007)
* MBC: 에덴의 동쪽 (East of Eden) (2008-2009)

Film

* Saving My Hubby (2002)
* Singles (2003)
* My Boyfriend Is Type B (2005)
* Humming (2008)

Music videos

* 리즈 – 그댄 행복에 살텐데
* 리즈 – 잊을 수 있을까요
* Lee Soo Young (이수영) – Hwilili (휠릴리)
* Lee Soo Young (이수영) – 광화문 연가

Awards

* 2001: 한국슈퍼모델 선발대회 “특별상” 수상 (도도메이크업상)
* 2003: KBS 연기대상 “신인상” 수상
* 2004: 백상예술대상 TV연기부문 “신인상” 수상

Song Hye-kyo April 24, 2009

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Song Hye Kyo (born February 26, 1982) is a South Korean model and actress. Song made her debut by winning the Grand Prize in model search in SunKyung Smart and starring in a Sunday morning drama called Happy Morning (KBS, 1996). She starred in number of hit dramas including All In, Autumn Fairy Tale, and Full House. Due to her popularity she can be seen frequently on advertisements when she is not acting. She is currently signed to Eden 9 talent agency.

Career

Song debuted in the entertainment industry when she won the Grand Prize in SunKyung Smart, a school uniform company in 1996 when she was finishing her third year in junior high school. It was not long until she starred in her first drama, Happy Morning. Since then, she would continued to star in a string of various dramas and sitcoms but it wasn’t until the KBS drama Autumn Fairy Tale in 2000 with Song Seung-hun and Won Bin that Song rose to fame throughout Asia. The show quickly became popular as it depicted a tragic love story between three people.

Song’s popularity continued to climb when she played a leading role in the poker drama All In, alongside Lee Byung-Hun. The drama was so popular that the title of the show itself entered everyday vocabulary in Korea.

Song then played as a supporting role in the drama Sunlight Pours Down, and later in the popular TV comedy series Full House, in which she co-starred with pop figure Rain. Full House became one of the highest rating drama during its year. After the successful Full House, Song starred in the movie, My Girl And I, which was critically panned by audience and critics alike. Song went on a 2-year hiatus afterward, returning to acting to star in her second film, the movie-version of Hwang Jin-i, which was released in South Korea on June 6, 2007, as the kisaeng Hwang Jin-i. Though promoted heavily, it fared poorly at the box office.

She is planning to release a video album, produced by StarM Planning entertainment company because she has been pursuing her dream of becoming a “hallyu queen” in Japan. However, while the shooting is already completed, the release date is still unconfirmed. She also became known in computer graphics circles when Indonesian 3D artist Max Edwin Wahyudi created a remarkable quality 3D picture of her. Not only does she act, she models for several big name clothing companies such as Levi, Laneige, etc. In late 2008, Song starred in KBS2 Miniseries The World They Live In, together with fellow Korean actor Hyun Bin. At the 2008 Cannes Festival, Director John Woo announced Song will be starring in his next work 1949, joining Taiwanese actor Chang Chen. 1949 started filming at the end of 2008 and aims to release sometime in 2010.

Television Show
Year Title Role Network Channel
2009 Full House (Season 2) Jessie Han KBS2 Miniseries
2008 The World That They Live In (그들이 사는 세상) TBA KBS2 Miniseries
2004 Full House (Season 1) (풀하우스) Jessie Han KBS Miniseries
2004 Sunlight Pours Down (Sunshine of Love]’) (햇빛 쏟아지다) TBA SBS Miniseries
2003 All In (올인) TBA SBS Miniseries
2001 Hotelier(호텔리어) TBA MBC Miniseries
2001 Guardian Angel (수호천사) TBA SBS Miniseries
2000 Music Bank Host KBS
2000 Endless Love I: Autumn in My Heart (가을동화) TBA KBS Miniseries
1999 Comedy: Soonpoong Clinic (순풍 산부인과) TBA SBS Miniseries
1999 Sunday Morning Drama: Sweet Bride TBA SBS Miniseries
1999 Angels in LoveLetter Skit TBA
1998 Situation Comedy: Who am I? (나 어때?) TBA SBS
1998 Special Drama: ‘A White Night 3.98 (백야 3.98) TBA SBS
1998 Gippeun Toyoil (Happy Saturday) Host SBS
1998 Situation Comedy: Marching TBA SBS
1998 Special Summer Evening Drama: Lively Eyes TBA
1998 Week Drama: Five Siblings TBA MBC
1997 Dalkomhan Sinbu TBA KBS
1997 Jack (Couple match) TBA MBC
1997 Wedding Dress TBA KBS
1996 Weekend Drama: First love (첫사랑) TBA KBS
1996 Sunday Morning Drama: Merry Morning TBA KBS

Movies

* 2009: 1949
* 2008 Hollywood Indie Film: Make Yourself at Home
* 2007 Sidus: Hwang Jin-i (황진이)
* 2005 Sidus: My Girl and I (파랑주의보)

Awards

* 2008 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple (with Hyeon Bin Won)
* 2004 KBS Drama Awards: Best Actress (Full House)
* 2004 KBS Drama Awards: Most Popular Actress in Asia
* 2004 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple (with Rain)
* 2003 SBS Drama Awards: Best Actress (Full House)
* 2003 SBS Drama Awards: Top 5 Star
* 2002 CE (China Entertainment) TV Awards: Top 10 Asian Entertainer
* 2001 SBS TV Awards: SBS Top 10 Star
* 2001 37th Baeksang Art Awards: Most Popular Award (TV category)
* 2001 Gold Song Awards (Hong Kong): Top Korean Star
* 2000 KBS Drama Awards: Photogenic Award (Endless Love I)
* 2000 KBS Drama Awards: Most Popular Actress (Endless Love I)
* 1998 SBS TV Awards: Best Newcomer Award (Soonpoong Clinic)
* 1996 First Prize for MTM (Model Talent Management)

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Mitsuru Adachi April 23, 2009

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Mitsuru Adachi (あだち充 or 安達 充 ,Adachi Mitsuru?) is a mangaka born February 9, 1951 in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.[1] After graduating from Gunma Prefectural Maebashi Commercial High School in 1969, Adachi worked as an assistant for Isami Ishii.[2] He made his manga debut in 1970 with Kieta Bakuon, based on a manga originally created by Satoru Ozawa. Kieta was published in Deluxe Shōnen Sunday (a manga magazine published by Shogakukan) .

Adachi is well known for romantic comedy and sports manga (especially baseball) such as Touch, H2, Slow Step, and Miyuki. He has been described as a writer of “delightful dialogue”, a genius at portraying everyday life,[3] “the greatest pure storyteller”,[4] and “a master mangaka”.[5] He is one of the few mangaka to write for both shōnen manga and shōjo manga magazines, and be popular in both. His works have been carried in Shōnen Sunday, Ciao, Shōjo Comic, and Petit Comic, and most of his works are published through Shogakukan and Gakken. Only two short story collections, Short Program and Short Program 2 (both by Viz Media), have been released in North America.

He modelled his use of あだち rather than 安達 after the example of his older brother Tsutomu Adachi. In addition, it has been suggested that the accurate portrayal of sibling rivalry in Touch may come from Adachi’s experiences while growing up with his older brother. Adachi did the character designs for the OVA anime series Nozomi Witches, so he is sometimes incorrectly given credit for creating the original series.

Brief history

* Prior to 1969: Adachi began submitting to the manga magazine COM
* 1969: Following his older brother’s lead, Adachi moves to Tokyo and begins work as an assistant to mangaka Isami Ishii[1]
* 1970: Adachi makes his debut with Kieta Bakuon
* 1981: Touch begins
* 1982: Hiatari Ryōkō! is made into a live action TV drama series
* 1983: Adachi wins 28th Annual Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen/shōjo manga his two series Touch and Miyuki[6]
* 1983: Miyuki anime begins, and a live-action film of Miyuki is released as well
* 1985: Touch anime begins
* 1995: H2 anime begins
* 2005: H2 is made into a TBS drama
* 2005: Touch is made into a live action movie
* 2006: Rough released as a live action movie
* 2008: Shōnen Sunday 2008 issue 26 devoted to Adachi as a celebration of his combined manga sales reaching 200 million.
* 2009: Adachi wins the 54th Annual Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga for Cross Game[7]
* 2009: Cross Game anime begins

Works

In chronological order.

* Rainbowman (1972-1973, originally created by Kōhan Kawauchi)
* Little Boy (1974, originally created by Mamoru Sasaki)
* Heart no A (1975, originally created by Akira Saiga)
* Hirahira-kun Seishun Jingi (1975-1976, originally created by Mamoru Sasaki)
* Gamushara (1976, originally created by Jūzō Yamasaki)
* Hatsukoi Kōshien (1976, originally created by Jūzō Yamasaki)
* Hirahira-kun Seishun Ondo (1976-1977, originally created by Mamoru Sasaki)
* Nakimushi Kōshien (1977, originally created by Jūzō Yamasaki)
* Hirahira-kun Seishun Taiko (1977-1978, originally created by Mamoru Sasaki)
* Nine (1978-1980)
* Sekiyō yo Nobore!! (1979, originally created by Jūzō Yamasaki)
* Oira Hōkago Wakadaishō (1979-1980)
* Hiatari Ryōkō! (1979-1981)
* Miyuki (1980-1984)
* Touch (1981-1986)
* Short Program (1985-1995 and 2007, collection of short works)
* Slow Step (1986-1991)
* Rough (1987-1989)
* Niji Iro Tōgarashi (1990-1992)
* H2 (1992-1999)
* Jinbē (1992-1997)
* Bōken Shōnen (1998-2006)
* Itsumo Misora (2000-2001)
* Katsu! (2001-2005)
* Idol Ace (2005- ? )
* Cross Game (2005-current)

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Lee Yeon Hee April 21, 2009

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Lee Yeon-hee (born January 9, 1988) is a South Korean actress and model under record label and talent agency, SM Entertainment. She made her first appearance in Moon Heejun’s music video, “ALONE” in 2001 and officially debuted in the Korean television drama, Sea God as young Junghwa in 2004.

Early life

Lee was born in the Bundang district of Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. In the summer of 2001, thirteen-year-old Lee successfully signed a contract with SM Entertainment after she won the category of “Best Feature” in the SM Entertainment Best Youth contest. For the contest, she acted out a monologue, singing to Dana The Grace’s “Until the End of the World”, and also did freestyle modeling poses. After she joined the company, she began intense training lessons on acting, singing, and dancing.

Career

Soon after she joined SM Entertainment she began to star in music videos for SM artists, such as those for Moon Heejun, Kangta, Shinhwa, and Fly to the Sky, achieving over SM artist Kim Bomi (of M.I.L.K.) as “The SM music video girl”. In the span of one year, she already starred in eight music videos versus Bomi’s five in two years. Though Lee had relatively steady work between modeling in magazines, commercial ads, and appearing in music videos, she did not officially debut until late 2004. In November, she had a role in the popular historical drama Sea God. A few months later, she landed a role in the latter episodes of the daily drama My Precious Child. A role in Rebirth brought the number of dramas under her belt to three. Lee kept busy throughout the rest of 2005 by filming many commercials and modeling for various magazines.

Lee’s big break came in the form of the movie Millionaire’s First Love playing the lead opposite popular actor Hyun Bin. Lee resolves to “act as hard as she can with all that she’s learned” for her movie debut. Through the movie, she also makes her singing debut, singing “Do Re Mi” from The Sound of Music in the movie and “Insa” on the original sound track.

Lee’s name as “music video girl” became more apparent after labelmate Zhang Liyin’s 2006 “Timeless” music video, where she starred alongside Super Junior’s Han Geng and Choi Siwon. Two years later, the trio reunited for Zhang’s “I WILL” and “The Left Shore of Happiness”, which were released in early 2008 in China and weeks later, Korea. Together, netizens commonly termed the trio as “The Timeless Cast”.

In 2007, soon after the debut of labelmates Girls’ Generation, she revealed that if she had not decided to continue her career as an actress, she would become a member of Girls’ Generation as they have trained together when they were still trainees.

Film
Year Title Role
2006 A Millionaire’s First Love – Eun-whan
2007 M
2007 My Love
2008 Hello Schoolgirl – Soo-yeong

Television series
Year Network Title Role
2004 KBS Sea God (해신) young Jung-hwa
2005 KBS Resurrection (부활) Kang Shin-young
2006 MBC One Fine Day (어느 멋진 날) Goo Hyo-ju
2008 KBS My Precious Child (내사랑 금지옥엽)
OCN U-Turn
MBC East of Eden (에덴의 동쪽) Gook Young-ran

Music video appearances

* 2001: “ALONE” – Moon Hee Jun
* 2001: “Our Story” – Moon Heejun (Ft. Oh Sang Eun)
* 2002: “Pine Tree” – Kangta
* 2002: “Thanks God” – Kangta
* 2002: “Love Vs. Memories” – Kangta
* 2002: “Condition of My Heart” – Fly to the Sky
* 2002: “HERO” – Shinhwa
* 2002: “Proposing” – Kangta
* 2003: “Habit” – Fly to the Sky
* 2004: “My Little Princess” – TVXQ
* 2004: “The Way U Are” – TVXQ
* 2005: “Persona” – Kangta
* 2006: “Timeless – Zhang Liyin (Ft. Xiah of TVXQ)
* 2008: “Star Wish (I Will)” – Zhang Liyin
* 2008: “The Left Shore of Happiness” – Zhang Liyin

Featurings

* 2009: “Club No.1” in Sorry, Sorry – Super Junior

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