In advance of the broadcast of the eighth and final episode of the TV anime "Psyco-Pass 3", a special illustration by character designer Amano Akira has been revealed. The illustration features Shindou Arata and Kei Michael Ignatov looking straight ahead along with Azusawa Koichi.
"Psyco-Pass" began in 2012 as an original TV animation series followed with its second season in 2014 and the movie in 2015. In 2019, "Psyco-Pass: Sinners of the System" trilogy debuted in theaters. The latest installment, "Psyco-Pass 3" is the story of two rookie inspectors, Shindou Arata and Kei Michael Ignatov, developing a new age of the "Psyco-Pass" series.
The eighth episode of TV anime "Psyco-Pass 3" will be broadcast in "Noitamina", Fuji TV on Dec. 12, 2019.
Official comments from Sakura Aya as Shimotsuki Mika, the chief of the Bureau's Criminal Investigation Division from "Psyco-Pass 3", have arrived. She talks about her passion for the character and explains what makes the "Psyco-Pass" series so great.
A round-table talk between the writers of the TV Anime 『PSYCHO-PASS 3』 Ubukata Tow, Fukami Makoto and Yoshigami Ryou was released. Behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the script right from the first episode of the series were revealed by the three main writers.
An aggregation of the downloads of only TV anime tie-up songs from the season of October 2019 titled "mora Supreme Anime Song Ranking of 2019 Autumn Anime" was announced by the music download service, "mora -WALKMAN (R) Official Music Store-".
From the TV anime "Fire Force" comes a trailer for "The Nether" series ahead of the 20th episode "Burst with Pride". The trailer shows Shinra and the "Special Fire Force Company 8" fighting against Sho and the "White Clad" in the nether.
"Fire Force" is a blazing dark battle fantasy with Ookubo Atsushi (the author of "Soul Eater") as the author and the production done by david production (known for their work on "JoJo's bizarre adventure".
The story is set in a world where "spontaneous human combustions" turn people into living infernos called "Infernals". The Special Fire Force was established to solve this mystery and save the human race. The new recruit Shinra Kusakabe, who is called "the devil", fights against the "Infernals" together with the members of the Special Fire Force.
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The 20th episode of TV anime "Fire Force", "Burst with Pride" will be broadcast on "Super Animeism" of MBS・TBS and other channels from 1:25 am on Dec. 6.
(C)Ookubo Atsushi・Kodansha/Special Fire Force Public Relations Department
It was announced that the TV anime "Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Club" will be aired from Jan. 7, 2021. The main PV and 4th connect visual have also been revealed. Also, Ishikawa Kaito and Amasaki Kohei will join the cast. We received comments from them.
"Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Club" is based on a novel written by Kabei Yukako. The story is set in Fukui surrounded by mountains and blue sky, and follows a weak boys volleyball club aiming to participate in the national tournament.
The PV released features Fukuho Technical High School, a rival team, and yama, a mysterious singer, will sing its opening theme 'Mahi (lit. Paralysis)'.
'Charm', the 4th version of the connect visuals that have been released for consecutive four weeks, has been revealed, featuring Mimura Subaru, an ace player of 'Fukuho Technical High School' that is one of the most powerful teams in Fukui, and Ochi Mitsuomi, the manager.
Also, the cast to play them has been revealed. Ishikawa Kaito will play Mimura Subaru, and Amasaki Kohei will play Ochi Mitsuomi.
TV anime "Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Club" will be aired from Jan. 7, 2021 on Fuji TV "noitaminA" and other channels.
Ishikawa Kaito as Mimura Subaru
Q1. What is your impression of the work?
This story carefully depicts how the members commit to volleyball, and how they are related to each other. Each high school has its own character, and you will be really excited to see their journey to get here.
Q2. What is your impression of the character you play? And what is your resolution?
Mimura is an ace that everyone relies on.
I don't fully understand his feelings so far, so I'm looking forward to the development.
Amasaki Kohei as Ochi Mitsuomi
Q1. What is your impression of the work?
Pure, honest, I thought this is what youth story should be.
I like this kind of story as we only have a limited time to play sports in school days, which is transient but has a drama.
Also, the story is set in Fukui, so the characters speak with the Fukui dialect throughout the series.
I am from Osaka, so I studied it hard.
Please watch Mitsuomi, Subaru, and Fukuho are playing active roles!
Thank you for supporting us!
Q2. What is your impression of the character you play? And what is your resolution?
He significantly changed how to commit to volleyball.
I quit the club that I belonged to in high school as I hurt my back, but I could not make a decision to be a manager, probably because I was not determined enough to support other members, and I was not passionate enough to be involved in the sport in a different position and to find another dream there. I don't regret the decision, but still I admire Mitsuomi's decision.
Opening theme: yama
To commit to something with support from friends. I thought this was what youth days should be. The lyrics of 'Mahi' describe those who face difficulties while dealing with themselves, which will remind you of the main story. Please listen to the song, and feel their persistence.
(C)Kabei Yukako / Shueisha, Anime '2.43' Production Committee
It has been announced that TV anime "Osama Ranking", which has recently been made into an anime, will be broadcast on Fuji TV's "noitaminA" from October 2021. The teaser visual has been released.
"Ousama Ranking" is based on the comic of the same name by Tooka Sousuke, which is currently being released by KADOKAWA Beam Comics.
The protagonist, Boggi, is despised by his subjects and the people alike for being deaf and unable to wield a sword, as he is so powerless that he is "not fit to be king". The story is set in motion when he meets his first friend, Kage.
The animation is produced by WIT STUDIO, which has produced "Attack on Titan", "After the Rain", and "Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress". This work marks the 10th anniversary of the studio's founding.
"Osama Ranking" is scheduled to begin airing in October 2021 on Fuji TV's "noitaminA" and other channels. The cast and other information will be announced later.
(C) Tooka Sousuke, published by KADOKAWA/anime "Osama Ranking" Production Committee
The first episode of the second season of the TV anime "The Promised Neverland" will be broadcast on Fuji TV's "noitaminA" from 25:25 on January 7, 2021. At the same time, the latest commercial including the video of the second season has been released.
"The Promised Neverland" is a dark fantasy serialized in "Weekly Shonen Jump" from 2016 to 2020 by original writer: Shirai Kaiu and animator: Demizu Posuka.
It depicts children raised in an orphanage, including the protagonist Emma, and other children who are raised in an orphanage, as they struggle against a harsh fate and work towards hope, and the first season of the TV anime was broadcast on Fuji TV's "noitaminA" in 2019.
The second season of the TV anime "The Promised Neverland" will start at 01:25 A. M. on January 7, 2021, on Fuji TV's "noitaminA" and other stations.
In addition, a rebroadcast of the first season, which is currently being broadcast, includes voice actors such as Uchida Maaya and Kaida Yuko, and the cast of the live-action film version including Watanabe Naomi and Kitagawa Keiko, who are providing supplementary voice commentary.
(C) Shirai Kaiu, Demizu Posuka / Shueisha (C) Shirai Kaiu, Posuka Demizu / Shueisha, The Promised Neverland Production Committee
"Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi", the manga currently serialized in "Young Animal" (from Hakusensha), will be produced by MAPPA of "Jujutsu Kaisen" and "Athletic Samurai" and broadcast from Jul. 2021 at "Noitamina". The promotion video and a teaser visual have been released this time.
"Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi" is originally "Idaten versus Demons versus Humans" battle deathmatch by Amahara of "Interspecies Reviewers", which had been serialized on the website called "Shintosha", where ONE of "One Punch Man", Ishida Sui of "Tokyo Ghoul", Fujimoto Tatsuki of "Chainsaw Man", and other authors have posted their works before their debut.
The update at "Shintosha" had stopped in 2016, and many fans wished to continue the release of the new episode. The serialization of the new episode started at "Young Animal" in 2018 with the design by "Cool Kyou Shinja", a manga artist known for "Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid" who originally from "Shintosha".
The teaser visual released this time illustrated yawning Hayato, Irisy, and Paula on the tongue of demon Miku, who has a terrific observing power and thinking ability.
The promotion video abundantly uses the animation cutscenes which will be released for the first time, and the expectation rises toward the release on next summer.
"Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi" will be released from Jul. 2021 on Noitamina.
Amahara, the original author
I look forward to see how those action scenes become anime as one of the fans.
Cool Kyou Shinja, the character design
I want to seeing moving and shaking animations so much.
Producer Matsuo Taku from Fuji TV
On the first night when I read this work, which goes beyond my expectations on every part, I remember that I walked around my town while whispering something all the time.
I thought that I have to pair up with the best team in order to make the genius's ideas into animations, since it is not easy from the beginning.
Our team, from the producer, MAPPA team, and staff, will do our best.
Please watch "Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi"!
(C) Amahara, Cool-kyou Shinja, Hakusensha/ "Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi" Production Committee
New products of the apparel brand "Noitamina Apparel", from Fuji TV's late-night anime slot "Noitamina", including "'PYSCHO-PASS' Wristwatches" have been announced.
As a celebration for the 10th anniversary of the brand, the online shop got a renewal, and visuals that exceed the common sense of anime goods, have been revealed.
"Noitamina Apparel" is an apparel brand that started together with the broadcast of the TV anime "Guilty Crown" in 2011.
Regarding the TV anime "PSYCHO-PASS" that was broadcasted in 2013, various products that are not limited to anime-related goods, including the "characters’ perfume voting project" where fans will vote for the fragrances of the character's perfume to be created, were conducted.
A total of 5 new products were announced along with the 10th anniversary of "Noitamina Apparel".
For the "'PYSCHO-PASS' Wristwatches", it comes in "Public Safety Bureau's Model" with the color of the raid jacket that only Inspector can wear as the base's color and the silver carving of the public safety's mark, and "Ministry of Foreign Affairs Operations’ Model" with shining black as the base's color and the carving of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Operations Department "SAD's mark that gives off a luxurious aura.
Other products from "PSYCHO-PASS" series are the "Bottled Aroma Gel Candle" (7 types) inspired by Shindo Arata, Kei Mikhail Ignatov, Hinakawa Sho, Kogami Shinya, Ginoza Nobuchika, Makishima Shingo, and Tsunemori Akane, and the "Graphic Art Canvas" featuring the illustration of Kogami Shinya, Makishima Shingo, and Ginoza Nobuchika.
Do also check out "Big Silhouette Hoodies" with the cute Noitamina official characters, Mina & Noitan, which is illustrated by Umino Chika, known for "Honey & Clover" and "Eden of the East".
The price for the latest product of "Noitamina Apparel" are as follows:
"PSYCHO-PASS 3" Wristwatch Public Safety Bureau's Model (First Press Limited Specification): 32,780 JPY (tax included)
"PSYCHO-PASS 3" Wristwatch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Model (First Press Limited Specification): 36,080 JPY
"PSYCHO-PASS 3" Bottled Aroma Gel Candle (7 types): 4,950 JPY (tax included) each
"PSYCHO-PASS 3" Graphic Art Canvas (3 types with 2 sizes): 4,840 JPY (tax included) each for small and 13,200 JPY (tax included) each for big
"'Mina & Noitan' Big Silhouette Hoodies": 6,380 JPY (tax included)
Further details can be found on each product webpage of "Noitamina Apparel" Online Shop.
（C）Psycho Pass Production Committee
As a new project in the "Psycho-Pass" series, 3 movies had been released continuously from Jan. 2019.
The first movie "Case.1 Crime and Punishment", was released on Jan. 25. Then, on Feb. 15 was released "Case.2 First Guardian", and on Mar. 8 the third movie "Case.3 On the Other Side of Love and Hate" was released, and each movie focused on the story of different characters.
"Psycho-Pass" is an SF original anime broadcasted on Fuji TV's "Noitamina" slot, produced by Production I.G, and it involve many famous creators , including Motohiro Katsuyuki, known for "Bayside Shakedown", as main director and Urobuchi Gen, who is known for his dark stories such as "Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica", as a scenarist.
The TV anime series started in 2012, and many related works have been released since then, including manga, novels, and games.
In 2015, the completely new work "Psycho-Pass: The Movie" was released and became a big hit.
The long-awaited new trilogy features major characters such as Shimotsuki Mika x Ginoza Nobuchika (Case.1), Sugo Teppei x Masaoka Tomomi (Case.2), and Kogami Shinya (Case.3).
Currently, a preview video with the "keywords" from the three stories is released, and it is an exciting preview that unraveling the missing points of "Pycho-Pass" that has not been revealed so far.
This time, we will reveal more information about Ginoza and Shimotsuki, who are the main characters of "Case.1 Crime and Punishment" that was released on Jan. 25. Those who said, "I watched 'Pycho-Pass', but I forgot the story and characters," or "I didn't see the work in the first place, but I want to see now", please read this article .
■"Pycho-Pass"'s world concept
The story is set in Japan in 2112 AD, which is controlled by the "Sibyl System" that has the function of quantifying people's psychological state.
This qualification is called "Psycho-Pass", and everyone is living using it as an index in order to lead an "ideal life" free from harmful stress.
Among it, "crime coefficient" is a measured value related to crime, and even if a person who has not committed a crime will be judged as a "potential offender" if it exceeds the specified value.
To suppress crimes that happen even in such a surveillance society, inspectors (= enforcers) of the police organization "Public Security Bureau" under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Welfare use a special pistol "dominator" that is organically connected to the Sibyl System and carry out security maintenance activities.
Moreover, even if the Crime Coefficient exceeds the specified value, a potential criminal (= executive officer), who is evaluated as having the ability to understand, predict, and resolve the crime, also joins in as an enforcer.
The first season, broadcast from Oct. 2012 to Mar. 2013, is dedicated to the member of the Public Security Bureau who suffered from Shougo Makishima, a thug but because he has a peculiar constitution called exemption constitution, in which the criminal coefficient corresponding to the criminal trend is not measured by Sibyl, his Crime Coefficient can not be measured.
Tsunemori Akane, a new inspector is struggling with the threat but decided to confront and eventually find a new way that did not require the Sibyl System.
The second season, which had been broadcast from Oct. to Dec. 2014, is set one and a half years after the end of the first season.
Ginoza, who became an executive officer after a series of incidents, and a new member of the Public Security Bureau with a new inspector Shimotsuki will fight against a person named Kasumi Kirito who can lower the crime coefficient by medication and psychological guidance.
Kasumi was a human from a multi-body transplant operation from 184 people who died in a plane crash, and the Sibyl System, which can only measure individual crime coefficients, could not find him.
Like Makishima in the first season, members of the Public Security Bureau will suffer because of the Sibyl System.
"Case 1.Crime and Punishment" will focus on Ginoza, who had helped Akane, the main protagonist in season 1 and 2, and also Shimozuka, who was troubled by Akane. It take place on winter 2117, when a runaway car crash into the Public Security building. The driver of that car is Yasaka Izumi, a counselor at a potential criminal isolation facility (sanctuary) in Aomori.
However, immediately before the interrogation, Yasaka was immediately sent home.
Shimotsuki goes to Aomori with Ginoza to repatriate Yasaka. They found what can be called a "false paradise"...
■Ginoza, who becomes popular by his appearances in the 2nd season, is also a reason for the success of the new work!
Ginoza, who is the main protagonist in "Case.1 Crime and Punishment," is a character that has been appearing in this work since the 1st season. At that time, he wore a suit and had slightly long bangs but a nervous expression and glasses, expressing the so-called "elite inspector" with his body.
However, at the end of the 1st season, when his Crime Coefficient exceeded the specified value, he becomes an executive officer, and his appearance greatly changed! First, he cut his hair, stopped wearing glasses, and even showed off his tank top, which he never showed in the first season.
There is no women who can't resist this drastic gap, "Hiding such a great body under the suit..."
Also, although he was only preaching to Akane, he stopped talking around, and on the contrary, he started talking with the newbie Shimotsuki.
Furthermore, it was even more surprising that in the movie released in 2015, his hair was stretched into a ponytail.
Since in the trailer, he appeared again with a ponytail, to find an answer to your expectations, "How Ginoza will change in new work?", you should check out his development on the cinema's big screen.
It's impossible to talk about Ginoza's past without tears...
Ginoza hates people with a high Crime Coefficient. Because of that and to keep his mental state clean, he believe that he inspectors and enforcers shouldn't interact deeply, so he didn't talk much with Kogami, his former partner and colleague inspector that he knew from high school, and also his father Masaoka as both of them become potential criminals.
After being betrayed and losing everything, he becomes a close person, and the psycho-pass of Ginoza gradually deteriorates after Kogami was not a potential criminal. He also attended counseling.
In addition, while searching for Makishima's whereabouts, he was caught in a trap and suffered from a serious injury, which destroyed his left arm. At that time, Masaoka protected Ginoza but gets fatally injured and eventually dies.
They had a parent-child conversation just before death, and Ginoza regretted that he pushed him away until now.
After that, his Crime Coefficient exceeded the specified value, and he became a potential offender, he chose to live as an executive officer. His left arm was replaced by an artificial limb, and he took off his fake glasses that he wore because he hated his eyes, which resemble him of his father, and his tense posture had become calm.
In the second season, as was said before, Ginoza impressed us with his muscular body. He has done many things since 1st season, such as sending advice to Akane and destroying the drone with his artificial hand.
→ Next page: Cheeky and extra moves... Is Shimotsuki growing in the new work?
■Cheeky and extra moves... Is Shimotsuki growing in the new work?
Shimotsuki, who appeared in the 2nd season, was defined as a proper person by the Sibyl System even though he was a minor, and became an inspector at an unusually young age, at 18. Since he sincerely believes in the Sibyl System and thinks that people with a high Crime Coefficient should be eliminated promptly, he is rebellious toward Akane who in her turn tries to confront it.
As a result, they often act in a way that interferes. Also, although he basically looks down on executive officers and potential criminals as an inspector, he seems to be longing for Kunizuka Yayoi. He also smelled like "Lilly".
Shimotsuki seems to be quite "cheeky" in the anime. Even in the promo video, he confidently said, "This time it's my case," so even in the new work, Shimotsuki's actions along with his personality are likely to interfere the story.
While awaiting Blu-ray and DVD for the latest series "PSYCHO-PASS 3 FIRST INSPECTOR" on Jul. 15, 2020, the interviews will be released 3 consecutive weeks.
Miyano Mamoru, who played Homura Shizuka, talked about his impression of playing a mysterious character and his opinion about the society controlled fully by "the Sibyl System" through the 3rd volume of the official interview.
<Full comments are listed below>
---Please tell us your impression about playing the character from the 3rd season "PSYCHO-PASS 3" (rephrased as "PP3") to "PSYCHO-PASS 3 FIRST INSPECTOR" (rephrased as "PP3FI").
Miyano Mamoru (rephrased as "Miyano"): I felt "PP3" became a hard-liner mystery because 60 minutes were given per episode. When I played Homura Shizuka, I asked the director (Shiotani Naoyoshi) about his impression of the character, like "why would he take such action?" or "what is his goal?". Every time I received an answer, I was always surprised by it.
There are many hidden features in "PP3", and I feel love for delicate designs. I wondered how many things does he want to do through the anime. I think the biggest appeals of this work are the abundant settings and neat structures.
---How did you understand Homura Shizuka?
Miyano: You cannot understand what is he thinking only by looking at his actions. Being mysterious is one of his appealing points.
But I thought that I cannot keep Homura as a mysterious character through my acting, therefore, I asked the director to update Homura's settings, and I always had Homura's believes and sense of justice in my mind. There are not many expressions of his belief and sense of justice in the anime, but I tried to voice him according his thoughts.
---So there was a movement in his feelings behind the scene.
Miyano: There is just one scene in "PP3FI" that Homura kindly talks to others, and how he talked was much different from how he usually behaves. It slightly shows his spirituality and belief toward his goals. It is the first moment when he showed his emotions openly to others. I am sure that scene makes him look mysterious.
---What did you think about the inspectors Shindou Arata and Kei Mikhail Ignatov, who oppose to the mysterious organization "Bifrost", where Homura belongs to?
Miyano: I believe that one of the appealing points of this series is the characteristics of two characters (Arata and Kei). I believe many of you had surprised from the appearances of a new type of partnership and new abilities, and there were changes to the flow of the story after the interactions between the characters were made. I like how the relationship between the two gradually changes and the story of each inspector gets depicted as well.
---In episode 8 of "PP3", Shizuka meets Kei and invites him as the 13th inspector. What impression did you get from Kei in episode 8?
Miyano: Kei is an honest man with a strong sense of justice and a clear weak point. (His wife, Maiko Maya Stronskaya) I think Kei was an easy man to handle for Shizuka. I think a tricky part of Shizuka became evident with it.
---At the same time, Shizuka confronts "Bifrost"'s congressman,
Shirogane Haruki and Saionji Eiko in "PP3" and "PP3FI". How did he understand the environment of "Bifrost"?
Miyano: I was stunned when I talked to the congressmen in "Bifrost". I did not want to lose to them (Shirogane and Saionji). I always rely on the actors playing them (Shirogane is played by Naka Hiroshi and Saionji is played by Tanaka Atsuko), since they are more experienced than I am, but I feel like confronting them as Shizuka. I exchanged words carefully while being nervous.
---The secret of "Bifrost" is revealed n "PP3FI". What's your thought on the society controlled by "Sibyl System"?
Miyano: I know, I know that "Sibyl System" is right...but is it acceptable? I think the interesting point of this series is that you always have "but" in your mind. A decrease in the number of criminals can be expected (by arresting the possible future criminals), and the safety can be intensified.
I think having your career chosen is an efficient way of living your life, but following the right and efficient paths may not be the only interesting way. I think I am allowed to work in multiple fields because I had experienced many things in my life.
I believe having many experiences is the method to foster your life with more choices. For example, when choosing a career, I like to look for things which suit me well.
That is why the theme of "'Sybl System' and humans" is interesting. You never get any mistake when you rely fully on the system and there is a possibility of believing in the wrong form of justice. That is why system needs humans, and it is depicted in "PP3FI" as well.
---How do you want the fans to enjoy "PP3FI"?
Miyano: I think many fans so far thought that Shizuka is a quiet character, and I think many people also believed that he is the last enemy. How he behaves in episode 8 toward Kei is clearly hiding something. (laugh)
But if you take a look at "PP3FI", you will quickly realize that Shizuka is one of the main characters. I am relieved to hear that by knowing the story plot for "PP3FI". Please enjoy the progression by watching the series.
(C) PSYCHO-PASS Production Committee
As the release of the Blu-ray & DVD of "Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector", the latest title of the series, on Jul. 15, 2020 is getting close, a 3-week interview has been conducted.
This is the 2nd part in which Horiuchi Kenyuu as Azusawa Kouichi talks about what difficulty he felt in playing the lunatic character, his impression of the character, and his thoughts on his role.
<Full comments are as below>
Horiuchi Kenyuu as Azusawa Kouichi
――What was your impression on the TV series "Psycho-Pass 3" (hereinafter PP3)?
Horiuchi Kenyuu(hereinafter Horiuchi): I was told that the "Psycho-Pass" series was very popular, so it was a pleasure as an actor to be part of it.
――How did you interpret the role of Azusawa Kouichi, the First Inspector who does the dirty work for the mysterious <Bifrost>?
Horiuchi: I've been informed that he was a "villain", but when I saw the line "I'm happy" in the 1st episode and was told to "Portray him as an elusive character," it made me confused since there were so many patterns to play him in.
But after a few takes, I got a kind of "Not knowing if he is good or bad" feeling, and as the story developed I could grasp his past. The relationship between Azusawa and (Shindou) Arata's father (Shindou Atsushi) made me think he must have a scar in his heart. It was quite a challenge to figure out the elusive character little by little, but at the same time, was very interesting.
――Azusawa's character got revealed episode by episode. In episode 4 we found out that he was good at martial arts.
Horiuchi: He was so strong that the Audio Director told me not to use too much breath, haha. He even says "Ack-chooww!" Anyway, he was an interesting character. Oh, and he gives Enomiya Haruki a "choice" yet drives him to his death. He doesn't directly kill him, he lets him choose (death)... Azusawa is really crafty, haha.
――Azusawa, the First Inspector of <Bifrost> was one of the smartest criminals of the series.
Horiuchi: I've seen many villains in various series, but he may be the sharpest of them all. He dodges through the <Sibyl System> and kills people without staining his hue. How he gives his victims a "choice" was so scary, I would even call it lunacy.
But to him, this is just life. Everything that happens is within his expectations, so it doesn't mean much to him. In a way, he's a genius. Still, he has a hole in his heart, and his ambition comes from his desire to fill in that hole.
I felt that sorrow of his in Azusawa's lines when I played his role.
――Azusawa's partner, Obata (Chiyo)-chan, is a tough female that denounces him. But Azusawa doesn't mind, and even adores her. What do you think of their relationship?
Horiuchi: She was quite the partner. Exchanging lines with Obata-chan (Yahagi Sayuri) came naturally to me. I still wondered why Azusawa, as a superior as an Inspector, let Obata-chan be so harsh on him, haha.
But Azusawa has a lot of trust in Obata-chan. He never gets mad at her for making a mistake, and tells her it's okay. I once asked the director (Shiotani Naoyoshi) about their relationship, and he told me that Obata used to be an apparel designer, and she accidentally reached <Bifrost> when she was hacking in her spare time. Azusawa headhunted her to become an Inspector.
(Shindou) Arata and Kei (Mikhail Ignatov) are called climbing partners, but I believe Azusawa and Obata-chan have the same kind of relationship.
――So, they're the counterpart of Arata and Kei.
Horiuchi: In the scene where Azusawa tells Obata-chan about the story of "The Nutcracker (and the Mouse King)" (in episode 8), he is indirectly telling her about his plans. But since their conversation is so comical, the story sounds casual. I thought it was a beautiful scene.
――What did you think of the detectives of the Public Safety Bureau?
Horiuchi: I believe this is a series with many complex words. However, the actors play their roles so well that you can understand their lines, thanks to their skills. Personally speaking, I liked Todoroki (Tenma). He is a member of an elite family, yet he's a tough-looking Enforcer. It's amazing how carefully the past is depicted in the story.
The scene where Todoroki is delighted of getting a Dominator was so cute, haha. Also, when I saw the scene where Irie (Kazumichi) fiddles with the music box, I was like "Yeah, there are people like that." Oh, I just remembered, Irie used to be a delinquent too... It was fascinating to watch the detectives being themselves, but pulling up their socks when they need to.
――In "PP3FI", Azusawa takes over the Public Safety Bureau building. What was your impression on "PP3FI"?
Horiuchi: Even Obata-chan being taken in custody in the Public Safety Bureau building was within his expectations. I was purely impressed by his actions. There were also scenes where Obata-chan showed her skills, and seeing the relationship between the two was interesting.
――Azusawa finally confronts Shindou Atsushi's son, Shindou Arata.
Horiuchi: I would like everyone who watched the show to imagine what happened to Shindou Arata and Azusawa. Azusawa climbed the ladder from Enforcer to First Inspector, and wanted more. His expression when he talked about what his goals were was so intense.
It was terrifying, but at the same time, he seemed like he was in ecstasy. He had calculated way through so far, but just twice, he gets it wrong. The ending was quite sad. Obata-chan's last scene left a strong image on me.
――<Bifrost> gets unveiled in "PP3FI". How do you feel about a society controlled by the <Sibyl System>?
Horiuchi: There may really be a society controlled by an AI in the near future. But I think there will be people who try to take advantage of the system.
<Bifrost> does exactly that. They're playing a game by taking advantage of the <Sibyl System>, so probably the same thing will happen in the near future. However, I also thought that maybe the people of <Bifrost> were trying to create a better system than the <Sibyl System>.
――What are your thoughts on playing the role of Azusawa.
Horiuchi: It wasn't difficult to take on the role of Azusawa, but I can't say I could fully grasp what kind of person he was, he was quite complex. To be honest it was hard work. However, it was a great opportunity to take on such an interesting role.
What's amazing about this series is that you can enjoy it from various perspectives. Each of the main characters or even different from them. The story doesn't conclude that Azusawa is "evil". This gives the series the depth it has.
――How would you like the fans to enjoy "PP3FI"?
Horiuchi: Many elements from the former series appear in the show, so I believe all the "Psycho-Pass" fans can enjoy it.
However, we need more explanation from Azusawa. I was talking with Kaji (Yuuki)-kun (as Shindou Arata) the other day, and I said "Maybe Azusawa will come back as an Enforcer." He told me Azusawa has too strong of a character, haha.
I wish that someday, he will tell us more about himself.
(C)Psycho-Pass Production Committee
It has been one month since the fall 2020 anime season started.
Not only the main story of TV anime but also the theme songs that show the world of the title in 1 minute 30 seconds attract a lot of attention. Since many anime titles have been released during the fall of 2020, we have a wider variety of songs than usual. Which theme song among that variety caught the hearts of fans?
Here, at Anime! Anime!, we conducted a reader survey entitled "Which song among the theme songs of the fall 2020 anime titles do you like the most?" We received responses from 253 people during the survey period from November 3 to November 10.
The male-female ratio is about 40% for males and about 60% for females. About 50% of the age group were minors, and about 25% were in their 20s.
This time, we will announce the results for ED.
■ "Jujutsu Kaisen" is topping the list of OP and ED!
1st place goes to "LOST IN PARADISE feat. AKLO" by AKI from "Jujutsu Kaisen" with an approval rating of about 10%.
Many readers explained the reason behind their votes as a good matching of song and anime, "The pop-song fits well with the main characters resting on their day off", "I like the touch of characters' everyday life pictures. It is so cool, I could watch anime just for ED", and "The characters' dance matches to the song really well! I can watch it forever!"
2nd place goes to "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle - Rhyme Anima" with an approval rating of about 9%.
Readers seem to enjoy the differences of each of the versions, "Passionate lyrics make you feel deep bonds between members of the division", "It is interesting how each division has its own individuality", and "They are all way too cool."
Some readers pointed out often appearances of the band, "You can't talk about 'Haikyu!!' without SPYAIR. It was their first ED, although before the band was in charge of three OPs, and I think they are essential music for this title. Great lyrics, inspired by the story, and music that makes you dance are the best combination!". Many readers liked ED's performance, "The highlights of this week are the best. I also like the moments from previous matches."
Moreover, in the men vote only, 1st place went to "Is the Order a Rabbit?", 2nd place to "Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club", 3rd place is shared between "Mr. Osomatsu (season 3), and "Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear", and for women votes only 1st place goes to "Jujutsu Kaisen" and 2nd to "Haikyu!! To the Top 2nd Cool", and 3rd place to "Hypnosis-Mic".
About "Nakayoshi! ○! Nakayoshi!" by Chimame-tai from "Is the order a rabbit?", "Chimame-tai cute as always at BLOOM", and "I can feel the growth of the Chimame-tai trio, and now it seems more like parents view".
About "NEO SKY, NEO MAP!" by Nijigasaki High School Idol Club from "Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club", "I think this song is the best, because the nine idols sing the best song that makes me cry.", and "The ED animation with a gentle hand-painted touch is wonderful."
About "Max Charm Faces ~ She is the best !!!!!! ~" by Shuta Sueyoshi with Totoko Nya & Matsuno family 6 brothers from "Mr. Osomatsu", "Totoko and Meow are very cute! It's fun to watch! "
About "Anone" by Yuna (CV: Kawase Maki) from "Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear", "The moment of" Ane, Ane " is so cute, I can't stop repeating it."
■Let's introduce other comments!!
About "WOW WAR TONIGHT ~ Occasionally wake up movement ~" by Amano Airi (CV: Mizuki Nana) and Himekamiv (CV: Raychell) from "D4DJ First Mix", "I was surprised to hear the cover of a classic song from the 90s", and "Maho-chan, who is dancing alone in the ED anime, was cute!"
About "Beside you" by Kito Akari from "Adachi and Shimamura", "This song conveys Adachi's feelings for Shimamura played by Kito", and "OP is also sung under the name of "Adachi and Shimamura", but you can see the different charm of Kito-san."
About "ALPHA" by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION from "Moriarty the Patriot", "You can enjoy various aspects such as the smiley moments when the three young Moriarty brothers are painting and being covered with paint, and the cool place where their figures are wet with water. I like the intro more than anything else!"
■ Ranking Top 20
"What song theme song of fall of 2020 anime titles do you like the most? [ED Ver.]"
1st place "Jujutsu Kaisen"
2nd place "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle - Rhyme Anima"
3rd place "Haikyu!! To the Top 2nd Cool"
4th place "Mr. Osomatsu (season 3)"
5th place "Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club"
6th place "IDOLiSH7: Second Beat!"
7th place "Is the Order a Rabbit?"
8th place "Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina"
9th place "Assault Lily"
10th place "Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear"
10th place "D4DJ First Mix"
10th place "Adachi and Shimamura"
10th place "Moriarty the Patriot"
14th place "The Day I Became God"
15th place "Fly Me to the Moon"
15th place "Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon "
15th place "Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle"
18th place "Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World"
18th place "Golden Kamuy (season 3)"
18th place "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III"
18th place "Warlords of Sigrdrifa"
(Survey period: November 3, 2020 to November 10, 2020)
The novel "Banished from the brave man's group, I decided to lead a slow life in the back country", which is currently being published by Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko, will be adapted into a TV anime and PC game. Comments from the original writer Zappon and others have also arrived.
This work is based on a novel written by Zappon and illustrated by Yasumo, which has been published on the novel submission site "Shosetsuka ni Narou" (Let's Become a Novelist) and is currently being published in book form by Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko.
Red, a hero who was kicked out of a party of heroes after his comrades wise men told him to leave the force, starts an apothecary in a remote place with a tomboy princess, Rit, and begins his second life in this slow life fantasy.
In addition, a PC game that lets players enjoy the world of the works was announced. Under the supervision of the original author Zappon, spirited creators such as Bihei, Tatsutori and Kurogashi have come together and are now working on it. An Early Access version of the game will be released in spring 2021 on the game download platform 'STEAM'.
Details on the airing date, cast and other details of "Banished from the brave man's group, I decided to lead a slow life in the back country" will be announced in the future. Do look forward to the follow-up report.
Original Author: Zappon's Comments
I never thought the day would come when I'd be able to write an author's comment on the anime adaptation! From the time it was decided to make into an anime until today, I was desperately trying to hold back my desire to report "The anime adaptation has been decided" on Twitter
. That's no longer the case. The anime adaptation has been decided !!!!!!!!! I've been allowed to participate in weekly script meetings for anime production, and I've been helping with the scenario to a small degree. I was so happy when the script became a storyboard that I read it over and over again. I've been blessed with a wonderful staff and I can't wait to see the sensibilities of the anime. I also wrote a supplementary story "Shin no Nakama Episode 0" which will be the prologue to the anime in conjunction with today's announcement. I think you'll enjoy the anime even more if you read this episode 0 before it airs, so I'd be happy if you could check it out too! Thanks to your support, the "Shin no Nakama" series is expanding into novels, manga, anime, and games, so please continue to support us!
Original Illustrator: Yasumo's Comment
Congratulations on the animation! I'm looking forward to seeing how Gideon, Rit, and the others move and talk in the anime with the addition of various expressions and direction that couldn't be expressed in the illustrations. Thank you for your continued support!
Comicization: Ikeno Masahiro's Comment
Congratulations to Zappon on the anime adaptation of "Shin no Nakama"! I feel very fortunate to have been able to work on this series. I, too, can't wait to see Rit, Red and the rest of them move on screen! I'll do my best to keep up with the comics!
(C) Zappon and Yasumo / Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
It's been one month since the fall 2020 anime season has been started.
Not only the main story of TV anime but also the theme songs that shows the world of the title in 1 minute 30 seconds attract a lot of attention. Since many anime titles have been released during the fall of 2020, we have a wider variety of songs than usual. Which theme song among that variety caught the hearts of fans?
Here, at Anime! Anime!, we conducted a reader survey entitled "Which song among the theme songs of the fall 2020 anime titles you like the most?" We received responses from 253 people during the survey period from November 3 to November 10.
The male-female ratio is about 40% for males and about 60% for females. About 50% of the age group were minors, and about 25% were in their 20s.
First announced results will be about OP themes.
■ A collection of theme songs that match the title's world view!
1st place goes to "Kaikai Kitan" by Eve from "Jujutsu Kaisen". The approval rating is about 11%.
Readers commented, "The song and lyrics are refreshing and dark, and it suits to 'Jujutsu Kaisen'", and "The lyrics and content match, and so I started to like it even more."
There are also were explanations why OP becomes so popular. There were comments like, "The anime and the song matched, and it is so cool", "The most fashionable opening of this season!", and "I watch it all every time."
2nd place is shared between "Hypnosis Mi - Rhyme Anima-" by All Stars from "Hypnosis Mic-Divison Rap Battle - Rhyme Anima" and "Kaimin! Anmin! Syalist Seikatsu" by Princess Syalis (CV: Minase Inori) from "Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle". The approval rating is about 8%.
About "Hypnosis Mic", many fans pointed out captivating rap, "Fast rap of 12 people is incredible! Such great singing... Voice actors are just amazing!", and "I was impressed when I saw it in the introductory video. There is a sense of speed, and it is a cool gathering of gorgeous voice actors! I listen it so many times." Video fulfilled with a sense of speed is also popular, "Running feeling is comfortable, and all characters gathered together is the best!"
Many comments about "Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle" said, "Minase Inori as Princess Syalis sounds very cute."
Especially, there are many comments about how highly addictive the song is, "The interlude of "non-REM sleep" is very addictive, it sticks in your brain every day", and some readers even said, "I could listen to it infinitely".
Moreover, "Assault Lily" and "Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle" ate topping the list with the same number of men votes only. 3rd place is shared among 4 titles, "Mr. Osomatsu (3rd season)", "Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club", "Jujutsu Kaisen", and "Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina".
For women votes only, "Jujutsu Kaisen" is topping the list, while "Hypnosis Mic" goes 2nd. 3rd place is shared between "Haikyu!! To the Top 2nd Cool" and "Moriarty the Patriot" with the same number of votes.
About "Sacred world" by RAISE A SUILEN from "Assault Lily", "It is "insanely cool, and it matches the OP video in the best possible way", and "I love the good nostalgic sense of anime songs".
About "nice to NEET you!" by AOP from "Mr. Oomatsu", "I like the lyrics that express my exact feelings about unwilling go to work," and "There is a strong feeling of useless people."
About "Niijiro Passions" by Nijigasaki High School Idol Club from "Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club", "A bright song that fits for school idola. It's nice to start feeling joy before the anime starts."
About "Literature" by Ueda Reina from "Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina", "It's so sad that I cry whenever I listen to fully, but I thought it was the best song, this somehow warm song is the best one", and "Ueda-san's clear voice matches the lyrics and the atmosphere of the witch's journey, and I really like it."
About "Toppako" by SUPER BEAVERs from "Haikyuu!!", "Not only it fits the world of "Haikyu !!", but it also inspires and supports you while you listening.", and "It rises tensions before the game starts."
About "DYING WISH" by Hatanaka Tasuku from "Moriarty the Patriot" we received comments like, "It's a little off for the original, but you can feel the sexy atmosphere", and "Fast and stylish! I'm also wondering if Hatanaka Tasuku, who is singing it, will appear in the work!"
■ Ranking Top 20
"Which song among the theme songs of the fall 2020 anime titles you like the most? OP Ver."
1st place "Jujutsu Kaisen"
2nd place "Hypnosis Mic-Divison Rap Battle - Rhyme Anima"
2nd place "Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle"
4th place "Mr. Osomatsu (3rd season)"
5th place "Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club"
6th place "Haikyuu!! To the Top 2nd Cool"
7th place "Moriarty the Patriot"
8th place "IDOLiSH7: Second Beat! "
8th place "Assault Lily"
8th place "Is the Order a Rabbit?"
8th place "The Day I Became a God"
8th place "Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina"
13th place "Fly Me to the Moon"
14th place "Adachi and Shimamura"
15th place "Warlords of Sigrdrifa"
16th place "Golden Kamuy (3rd season)"
16th place "The Gymnastics Samurai"
16th place "Munou na Nana"
19th place "Akudama Drive"
19th place "Fire Force 2nd Cool"
19th place "Tsukiuta. The Animation 2 ”
19th place "D4DJ First Mix"
19th place "The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc"
(Survey period: November 3, 2020 to November 10, 2020)
Voice actor Hanazawa Kanaa, known for her role as Kanrouji Mitsuri, the love interest in "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", and voice actor Miyano Mamoru, widely known for his role as the Financial Services Agency and Furuya in the drama "Hanzawa Naoki", will appear on the November 16, 2020 episode of Nippon Television's variety program "Shabekuri 007".
On this day, "Shabekuri 007" will be titled "Popular No. 1 Voice Actor & Hanzawa Voice Actor, Image Collapse!?" Hanazawa-san and Miyano-san, who have worked together in numerous anime films including the Chinese anime film "The Legend of Hei", "Steins Gate", and "Inu x Boku SS", will appear in the variety show at the same time.
They talk about their hobbies, dubbing fest, and Miyano-san's sexy voice "ASMR", among many other things.
After the appearance of Hanazawa-san and Miyano-san on "Shabekuri 007", people on the Internet said, "I have a feeling it will be fun! 'Oh...it's definitely a funny one...you just have to watch it! A number of people are looking forward to the broadcast, such as "I have a feeling it's going to be a broadcast incident"
Shabekuri 007" is aired on Mondays from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Nippon Television Network.
Hanazawa-san and Miyano-san appear in the episode aired on November 16.
The 2nd PV for TV anime Ahiru no Sora has been released and features the passionate plays of a freakishly tall basketball club member. Broadcasting information was released at the same time. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo’s channel 6 starting on October 2nd.
「BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!」 and its 4th tie-up with Lawson as of September the 3rd, has been revealed. The campaign is to give out a limited quantity of originals goods which will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis
From TV anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind" comes blazers and pants (slacks) which can be worn together as business suits inspired by Giorno Giovanna and Bruno Bucciarati. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" until Dec. 26, 2019.
"Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger VS Lupinranger VS Patranger the Movie", the newest work in the "Super Sentai VS Film Series", is scheduled to be released on Feb. 8, 2020. The newest footage andscene photos have also been revealed.