“Seiyuu Awards” is an event where the most active, popular and skilled voice actor of the year will encounter each other. It was decided that the award ceremony for the 14th “Seiyuu Awards” will be held on Mar. 7, 2020 and a portion will of the award winner will be announced in advanced in Feb..
The “Seiyuu Awards” had a wide range of awards such as “Best Actor in leading role Award”, “Best Actress in leading role Award”, “Best Personality Award”, “Synergy Award”,”Influencer Award” “MVS” and others.
Furthermore, as a special program to liven up the “Seiyuu Awards”, “Super! A&G+ Special 'Mikami Shiori's Seiyuu Awards Introduction #1' ” will broadcast on Jan. 31. The program will be handled by the voice actress Mikami Shiori as she look back at the thirteen “Seiyuu Awards” that was held. Mikami Shiori is the qualified candidate of the newcomer audition of the “2nd Seiyuu Awards” and the Best Newcomer Actress for the “6th Seiyuu Awards”.
“14th Seiyuu AwardsAward Ceremony” will be held on Mar. 7, 2020 at Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, Inc, Media Plus Hall.
■14th “Seiyuu Awards” Award Ceremony
○Date: Mar. 7, 2020 (Saturday)
○Time: Starting 6:00 pm/ Ending 8:00 pm (estimate)
○Venue: Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, Inc, Media Plus Hall
“Shizuka the Panda" (originally titled "Stillwater"), animated by Polygon Pictures, one of the largest digital animation studios in Japan, has been nominated for the 80th George Foster Peabody Awards (The Peabody Awards) in the category of Children's & Youth, the highest honor in American broadcasting.
Founded in July 1983, Polygon Pictures is one of the largest digital animation studios in Japan. Its mission is to "send out to the world what no one else is doing with overwhelming quality," and it is involved in the production of cutting-edge entertainment videos.
Including “Silver Ant PPI Sdn. Bhd.,” their production base in Malaysia, they have over 300 creators. Its representative works include "GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters", "Knights of Sidonia", "Ajin: Demi-Human", "BLAME!", "Star Wars Resistance", and "Pingu in the City".
“Stillwater" is an animation based on the children's book "Zen Series" by John J. Muth, which is now available on “Apple TV+.”
This nomination follows the 48th Annie Awards this year, and marks the first time that a film produced by Polygon Pictures has been nominated for the Peabody Awards. The winner of the 80th "Peabody Awards" will be announced in June 2021.
'Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia', an Academy Awards accredited and the largest Asian international film festival, has revealed the names of the judges for its Computer Graphics Animation Competition Best Short Award. Tomoe Shinohara (designer/artist), Ken Ochiai (movie director/Digital Hollywood University associate professor), and Tomoyuki Sugiyama (president of Digital Hollywood University/Doctor of Engineering) will take the roles.
'SSFF & ASIA' and Digital Hollywood Inc. co-host the 2021 Computer Graphics Animation awards as well as the previous years.
This year, there have been applications from 773 films from 73 countries in the world for the Computer Graphics Animation awards. Shinohara, Ochiai, and Sugiyama will be in charge of choosing the winner for the CG Animation Competition Best Short Award.
'SSFF & ASIA 2021' will be held at several locations in Tokyo from June 11 to June 21 (the online event will be held from April 27 to June 30). The Computer Graphics Animation Program starting on June 11 will have the 28 nominee films, as well as the special screening of 'YES-PEOPLE', a 93rd Academy Award-nominated film, and 'ADARNIA: A sci-fi short film' an award-winning film of the Best CG Animation Award at Digital Frontier Grand-Prix.
Visit the 'SSFF & ASIA' official website for further details.
[Original Article from: animeanime.biz]
Japan's only anime x different industry collaboration award event "Animono Zukuri Award" announced co-sponsorship with "Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2021 (Kyo Mafu)" to be held in September 2021. In addition to the anime commercials, collaborations, and design departments, a new "regional revitalization department" has been established, and entry acceptance will begin on May 17.
The "Animono Zukuri Award", started in 2017 as an award to recognize these efforts, continues to be a hit with animated movies and TV anime series, and in recent years there has been an increasing number of collaboration cases between general companies and anime, manga, and characters being used for marketing.
More than 300 works have been submitted so far, and many excellent prize-winning works have been selected at the "Animono Zukuri Awards" held three times in the past.
The event was postponed last year due to the spreading of the novel coronavirus, but it will be held this year and co-sponsored with "Kyo Mafu" as the "1st Kyoto Animono Zukuri Award" at the "Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2021 (Kyo Mafu)", which will be held in Kyoto City in September. Furthermore, from this year, 7 categories, including 6 categories such as animation CM, content collaboration, craft design category, and a new "regional revitalization category" with the theme of "regional revitalization x anime" have been selected.
In addition, the selection committee chairman Natsuno Takeshi and other selection committee members who have a deep knowledge of anime, manga, characters, and games have been appointed.
Entries for the "1st Kyoto Animation Monozukuri Award" will be accepted from May 17 to June 30, and the Grand Prix and prize-winning works of each category will be announced and the award ceremony will be held at "Kyoto Mafu" held in mid-September. The schedule is under development.
For details, please check the official website.
Animono Zukuri Award Executive Committee
Due to the spreading of the novel coronavirus, we postponed the "4th Animono Zukuri Award" last year, but this year, we have obtained cooperation from the "Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2021", a comprehensive trade fair for content centered on manga and anime. With the cooperation of "Kyoto Mafu", the "Kyoto Animono Zukuri Award" will be held in September at the same place.
We apologize for the inconvenience caused to the companies and related parties who entered last year's "4th Ani Monozukuri Award", but we hope that you will continue to support this award. Thank you for your consideration.
In addition, the works that have already been submitted will be considered as entry works for the "Kyoto Animobi Zukuri Award". We will contact each company individually, but if you have any questions, please contact the secretariat.
[Anime! Anime! Biz / Article reprinted from animeanime.biz]
'Japan Sinks : 2020' directed by Yuasa Masaaki has been nominated for TV Films in the Competition "Annecy International Animation Film Festival"
"Japan Sinks : 2020" is the first-ever anime adaptation of "Japan Sinks", a big hit novel written by Komatsu Sakyo. The anime adaptation is directed by Yuasa Masaaki ("The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl" "Lu over the Wall"), a world- famous director, and a total of 10 episodes are available on Netflix since July 2020.
Episode 1 titled 'The Beginning of the End' is nominated for TV Films in the Competition 'Annecy International Animation Film Festival' .
Yuasa-director has four works nominated for Annecy International Animation Film Festival: one for Short Films, two for Feature Films, and one for TV Films. In 2017, he won the Crystal award for a Feature Film with "Lu over the Wall".
'Annecy International Animation Film Festival' 2021 will be held from June 14 to 19.
（C）"Japan Sinks : 2020" Project Partners
“Komi can’t communicate," will be adapted into an anime in October 2021. Koga Aoi will play the role of Komi Shouko, Kajiwara Gakuto will play the role of Tadano Hitohito, and Murakawa Rie will play the role of Osana Najimi.
The original story of "Komi can’t communicate" is a "communicative disease" comedy serialized in "Weekly Shonen Sunday" by Oda Tomohito, which has sold over 5 million copies in total.
The story is about a first year high school student, Komi Shouko, who is a beautiful girl who everyone looks up to, but her face freezes up when she tries to talk to other people because of her extreme communicable disease, and she struggles to achieve her goal of “making 100 friends”.
Along with the decision to make an anime adaptation, a teaser visual, a teaser PV, and information on the main cast and staff have been released.
Koga Aoi will be playing the role of Komi Shouko, Kajiwara Gakuto will be playing the role of Tadano Hitohito, and Murakawa Rie will be playing the role of Osana Najimi, Ayumi Watanabe of "Koi wa Ameagari no Yoni" will be the general director, Issei Kawagoe of "Bungo to Alchemist: Gears of Judgement" will be the director, and the series composition will be Akao Deko of "I shaved. And then I brought a high school girl home."; character design by Nakajima Atsuko of "Tokyo Ghoul: re"; and animation production by O.L.M.
"Komi can’t communicate” will start airing on TV Tokyo and other stations in October 2021.
In addition, a campaign is currently underway on the official Twitter page, where three winners will be chosen by lottery to receive a reproduction of the congratulatory illustration by the original author, Oda Tomohito.
Komi Shouko (CV. Koga Aoi)
Komi can’t communicate.
She looks like a beautiful girl that everyone turns to, but she finds it extremely difficult to communicate and when she tries to talk to others, her face freezes up with nervousness and she thinks about how to talk to them and what to do afterwards. But the truth is, she wants to talk to people. Her dream is to “make 100 friends”.
Q1: What was your impression of this work?
First of all, when I picked up the book, I saw the title and the cover picture and thought, "Oh, there's something about this girl." The cover alone had an impact that piqued my interest.
The title, ""Komi can’t communicate," I thought it was interesting that there was a catchphrase which made it easy to understand what kind of girl the character was. I could relate to the realism of the situations that many of us experienced during our school days, and I found myself reading on and on.
There are a lot of characters with strong "personalities" in this work, the parts that I tend to think negatively about, or that I don't want people to see or know about, are portrayed as positive.
I thought it was a work that made me think, "Maybe I can accept this kind of me..." and gave me the courage to push those who are troubled.
Q2: What is your impression of the character you play and how enthusiastic are you about the role?
From the side, she is a cool, beautiful woman who everyone admires. However, in reality, she is not very good at communicating, and when people talk to her, she scares them even though she never meant to. She was confused, and even though she really wanted to get along with them, she couldn't get the words out. The more I got to know her, the more I felt that way, and the more I fell in love with her. (laughs)
I will do my best to portray her moving forward slowly but firmly, step by step, and to convey her thoughts and warmth in a few words.
Tadano Hitohito (CV. Kajiwara Gakuto)
Tadano-kun is just a person.
His goal is to read the atmosphere around him so that his "normal" self doesn't stand out in the class, and to live his high school life without any disturbance. However, he seems to be very good at understanding people's feelings, and sees that Komi can’t communicate, so he becomes her "first friend.
Q1: What is your impression of this film?
Komi is really adorable... as I read the original story I'm always struck by how she gradually expresses her emotions even though she's clumsy! In addition to Komi, all the other characters have distinct personalities, which reminds me of my own high school days, and I can't help but fantasize about how happy my student life would be if I had such friends around me... (laughs) I especially like seeing them at seasonal school events, festivals, and other events, and I can't help but cry as I read them, thinking about my school days that I can't go back to...! And personally, the covers are always too beautiful! I'm so impressed! Thank you so much, Oda-sensei!
Q2: What is your impression of the character you are going to play and what is your enthusiasm for the role?
I think that Hitohito is a boy who has the goodness of being normal! He was a little naughty in junior high school, but once he sees it objectively, he becomes normal. It reminds me of my own school days. (laughs) I actually once tried to be a little naughty, but then I realized how naughty I was and went back to normal, so I felt sympathy for him while reading! But I'm very communicative myself, so I admire people who treat me like a normal person like Hitohito-kun.
Every time I read it, I fall in love with it, so I'll do my best to play it charmingly!
Osana Najimi (CV. Murakawa Rie)
Osana Najimi is familiar.
She is Tadano-kun's childhood friend. Or rather, she is a childhood friend to everyone. Her communication skills are so high that she can get along with anyone in a matter of minutes, but she seems to have a hard time with Komi because of their "past relationship". She usually wears a skirt and dresses as a "female student," but she used to wear a school run and dress as a "male student" until middle school. Her gender is no longer known.
Q1: What is your impression of this work?
As I was cackling and laughing at the funny gags, I felt that one of the appealing aspects of the film was that it depicted human relationships in such a way that tears of laughter turned into tears of emotion, and that these human relationships were carefully drawn. I think we all want to watch Komi achieve her dreams, but I also think there is a real pleasure in watching her grow up.
Q2: What is your impression of the character you are going to play and what is your enthusiasm for the role?
I will be playing the role of Osana Najimi, a strong character with special abilities who has a mysterious side but also possesses tremendous communication skills. Although she is such a strong character, she fits in so well with everyone that she is everyone's childhood friend, so I hope I can bring out the best of her. I haven't recorded yet, so I don't know how it will turn out, but I'm very happy to be involved in "Komi can’t communicate.” I'll do my best so that everyone can enjoy it!
(C) Oda Tomohito, Shogakukan/Itan Private High School
The broadcast date of the TV anime "The Duke of Death and His Maid" has been announced. It is scheduled to premiere on July 4, 2021. The additional cast members, including Otsuka Hochu and Minase Inori, and new key visual have also been revealed.
"The Duke of Death and His Maid " is a manga by Inoue, which has been serialized online via 'Sunday Webry'. It has over a million copies in circulation and keeps gathering attention on social media.
The romantic comedy features 'Duke of Death', who has been spending his life alone since he was cursed and rejected by other people, and 'Alice', the duke's personal maid, depicting a story where Duke of Death is subjected to sexual harassment by Alice, and Alice is always trying to flirt with him.
A total of 5 additional cast members have been announced. Otsuka Hochu will play the role of Rob, who has been taking care of Duke of Death in place of his parents after he was disowned, Minase Inori will play the role of Viola, the duke's younger sister who is interested in love and sweets.
Kuramochi Wakana will play the role of Caph, a half-demon girl. Kamiya Hiroshi will play the role of Zain, a wizard with bird features who always attempts to flirt with girls he encounters, and Uchida Yuma will play the role of Walter, the duke's younger brother who always attempts to surpass him.
The comments have arrived from the cast members.
A key visual featuring Duke of Death and Alice looking at each other while they're blushing, and PV have also been revealed. The PV previews the opening theme song "Mangetsu to Silhouette no Yoru (Full Moon and Silhouette's Night)" by Duke of Death (CV. Hanae Natsuki) and Alice (CV. Mano Ayumi), and the ending theme song "Nocturne" by Alice. These songs will be both A-side singles and released on July 28.
The TV anime "The Duke of Death and His Maid Production Committee" will be released on Sunday, July 4, 2021, on TOKYO MX and other stations.
■Let's introduce the cast members' comments.
Otsuka Hochu (Rob)
He is a gentleman.
He seems to be a man with a shady history in the past, but I guess that it isn't the case.
He may seem to be a suspicious man with a terrible scheme in his mind, but I guess it isn't the case.
He just loves protecting and taking care of the Duke of Death.
I like such a character. (laugh)
He is sexy and makes me impatient, but I would like to watch over the pure relationship between the duke and Alice from afar.
Minase Inori (Viola)
She loves him, but cannot reach him.
This work depicts a bittersweet love story.
I always get butterflies whenever I see the Duke and Alice trying to make sure the feeling each other although he is always tossed about by her.
Viola, who I play, is so daring a character that she never minds cutting in.
Please enjoy Viola making funny faces!
Kuramochi Wakana (Caph)
I am Kuramochi Wakan, and will play the role of Caph.
I felt "The Duke of Death and His Maid" features a lot of beautiful things such as being considerate of others, protecting loved ones, family, and friends, when I read the original comic.
I will try my best to play Caph-chan, who is honest and affectionate but sometimes cool. Thank you for your continued support!
Kamiya Hiroshi (Zain)
I was selected as a cast to play Zain, and I binge-read the original comic！
I felt refreshed to see the duke and Alice's pureness.
The original story by Inoue-sensei and image by Yamakawa perfectly match, clearly and obscurely reproducing the original world-view, which is dark but beautifully pure with digital technique.
Please look forward to the anime adaptation of "The Duke of Death and His Maid"!
Uchida Yuma (Walter)
I am Uchida Yuma, and will play the role of Walter. This work features a sentimental duke and funny maid. The story makes me laugh but makes me feel somewhat painful at the same time, which will be the charm of this work.
I am excited to see how the anime adaptation develops. Please watch "The Duke of Death and His Maid ".
(C)Inoue / Shogakukan, The Duke of Death and His Maid Production Committee
It was announced that the first original water polo anime "Re-main" will start on July 3, 2021, on TV Asahi's midnight anime slot "NUMAnimation". Along with this announcement, the key visual and the additional cast members, including Uchida Yuuma, have been revealed.
"Re-main" is an original anime that is being produced by the first partnership between Nishida Masafumi ("Tiger & Bunny"), where he will handle the episode's scripts, general director, series composition as well as the music director, and the animation production company, MAPPA ("Jujutsu Kaisen").
The main protagonist of the story, Kiyomizu Minato quit water polo due to a certain happening in the winter of his third year in middle school. After he started high school, due to a certain promise with someone, he started water polo with the friends he met there. However, there are various difficulties faced by this small water polo club.
It was announced that the main protagonist, Kiyomizu Shimizu will be voiced by Uemura Yuuto, and the other participating voice actors are Nishiyama Koutarou, Kimura Subaru, Saito Souma, Furukawa Makoto, Hatanaka Tasuku, Hirose Daisuke, and Lynn. Now, three additional cast member that will be voicing the teammates of Minato during his middle school years, were announced.
Momozaki Riku, the ace of the water polo of Shogakukan High School, will be voiced by Uchida Yuuma, Kakihana Keita, the "motherly" existence that watches over everyone, is voiced by Yashiro Taku, while the optimistic, smiling Toguchi Kouki is voiced by Miyazato Shun.
Also, the latest key visual has been revealed. It is an emotional scene of summer, where 7 members of the Yamanami High School's water polo, including Minato, are taking a commemoration picture while they are cleaning the pool.
TV anime "Re-main" will start on July 3, 2021, on TV Asahi's midnight anime slot "NUMAnimation".
(C) Re-main Project
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.
“Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation”, which had been announced to be animated, was decided to be broadcast as TV anime in 2020. In addition, the first visual depicting the four main characters and a PV by the new animation production company “Studio Bind” established for this work were released.