“Steins; Gate” is a scientific adventure that reached the 10th anniversary, now becomes a Hollywood movie. News were announced at “Science ADV Live S;G 10th Anniversary”, a live event held at ZeppDiverCity[TOKYO] on Jan. 26, 2020.
The original game of “Steins;Gate” was the 2nd scientific adventure series released on Xbox 360 in 2009 as a next game to “Chaos Head”. An Akihabara invention circle “Future Gadget Laboratory” accidentally finds a time machine, and will be involved in a mystery that decides the world's fate.
The series was also released on the games other than Xbox 360, became TV anime, a movie, a play, etc, and had several opportunities in different forms, and now it becomes a live-action Hollywood TV series drama.
The studio “Skydance Television”, the studio known for “CIA Inspector Jack Ryan”, “Altered Carbon”, and “Grace & Frankie” will be in charge of the production and will be aired worldwide.
The cast members and the release date of the Hollywood live-action drama “Steins;Gate” have not been announced at this moment. Look forward to further news!
The latest "Fate" series, "Fate/Grand Order: Camelot" had collaborated with the family restaurant "Coco's". The starting date of the collaboration date is on May 13, 2021, and various developments, including the collaboration menu, will be available.
The collaboration "Coco's X Fate/Grand Order: Camelot Saihate no Bishoku Monogatari Campaign ("Coco's X Fate/Grand Order: Camelot The Tales of the Furthest Ends' Gourmet Food Campaign" will have collaboration menus inspired by the three factions that can be seen in the work.
Upon every single order from the selected menu, including the collaboration menu, a Coco's limited original A4 clear file will be given, and it is also applicable for take-out orders as well.
Other than a life-sized panel being installed on 92 Coco's stores, Coco's limited original acrylic standing panel will also be on sale in the store.
Also, to hype up the campaign during the campaign period, original in-store announcements by Bedivere (voiced by Miyano Mamoru), Fujimaru Ritsuka (voiced by Shimazaki Nobunaga), and Mash Kyrielight (voiced by Takahashi Rie) could be heard, and a special in-store decoration can be seen only at the Nakano stores.
The orders and sales for the limited goods, including the standing flag and tapestry, are available on the online store Zensho Net Store.
The starting date of "Coco's X Fate/Grand Order: Camelot Saihate no Bishoku Monogatari Campaign" is on May 13, 2021. Detailed information can be found on the special webpage.
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'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]
'GUNDAM docks', a collaboration event in which 'Mobile Suit Gundam' collaborates with large-scale shopping malls, is held at Canal City Hakata. The event is titled 'GUNDAM docks at FUKUOKA', in commemoration of Canal City FUKUOKA's 25th anniversary on April 20. The event starts on April 24 and runs until May 30.
'GUNDAM docks' is an event started overseas with Hong Kong Times Square in 2013 and has been held in Singapore and Taiwan as well. 'GUNDAM docks at FUKUOKA' is the 2nd location in Japan following 'GUNDAM docks at TOKYO JAPAN' in 2017.
There will be fun exhibits all around the mall that allow visitors to enjoy the world of GUNDAM such as 'GUNDAM SCRAMBLE in FUKUOKA', which is the 12th show of 'Canal Aqua Panorama', a collaborative show of projection mapping and water fountain. There will also be '1/10 Perfectibility' statues.
'GUNDAM docks at FUKUOKA' runs from April 24th to May 30th at Canal City Hakata. Check out the special web page for more details.
The live-action film of the "Mobile Suit Gundam" series will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. It was also announced that it will be streamed on Netflix.
"Mobile Suit Gundam" was first released as a TV anime in Japan in 1979. Since then, the franchise has developed for over 40 years and has a broad fan base regardless of age or gender.
The live-action film was announced during the "Anime Expo 2018" in Los Angeles, USA. Sunrise, which has been handling the animation of the series, and Legendary, well known for the "Pacific Rim", "Jurassic World", and "Godzilla" series, will be working together on this film.
The conflicts, love, and the human drama, depicted through the battles of the "Mobile Suit" pilots, from the past titles of the "Mobile Suit Gundam" franchise will be inherited in the live-action film.
Brian K. Vaughan will be in charge of the script, and Jordan Vogt-Roberts whose first feature film was "Kong: Skull Island" (2017 / Production by Legendary), will be the director.
The live-action film of the "Mobile Suit Gundam" series will be streamed on Netflix. Netflix will release the film to the whole world (except China) and Legendary will distribute it to China to promote the new fascination of Gundam.
(C) Sotsu, Sunrise
‘MANKAI STAGE "A3!"’, a stage adaptation of the handsome actor training game "A3!", will be adapted into two consecutive live-action films. "~SPRING & SUMMER~" will be released in December 2021, and "~AUTUMN & WINTER~" will be released in 2022.
This film is an adaptation of a stage production based on the handsome actor training game "A3!", which has been downloaded over 7 million times. The story is about a ragtag theater company that has lost its former glory, and how they train actors in order to rebuild it by holding successfully stage performances.
The cast of the film adaptation continues to consist of actors from "MANKAI STAGE 'A3!'", and we have received comments from Yokota Ryugi, Jinnai Shou, Mizue Kenta, and Aramaki Yoshihiko, who are the leaders of the "Spring Group", "Summer Group", "Autumn Group", and "Winter Group".
In addition to the announcement of the live-action film adaptation, a teaser video was also released.
‘MANKAI MOVIE "A3!" ~SPRING & SUMMER~’ will be released in December 2021, and ‘MANKAI MOVIE "A3!" ~AUTUMN & WINTER~’ will be released in 2022.
Yokota Ryugi as Sakuma Sakuya, leader of Spring Group
There is going to be a movie version of ‘MANKAI STAGE "A3!”’ so I'm so happy! I couldn't believe it when I first heard it was going to be made into a movie. I'm so excited to think that this work, which I've created with everyone and with the Director, is going to be shown in a new way on the big screen of a movie theater. It's a different kind of play from the stage! I'm not sure if I'll be able to do it well, but with everyone, I'm sure it will go well! I'd be happy if you could support us! The show never ends, no matter what happens. The show must go on, and we'll continue the play together in the movie! I'm looking forward to working with the Director again!
Jinnai Shou as Tenma Sumeragi, leader of the Summer Group
I'm Jinnai Shou, one of the people who was surprised by the film adaptation of the MANKAI STAGE "A3!
When I was asked to play the role of Tenma Sumeragi, the leader of the Summer Group, in the stage adaptation of the incredibly popular game app, I remember being so happy that I was almost overwhelmed by the pressure that exceeded my happiness.
However, as if to push away my anxiety, the director pushed me forward and continued to support me, and thanks to him, I have been living every day to deliver the best play with all my strength in the Summer Group's solo performance, the Autumn Group's solo performance, and the live performance. Of course, I watched from the same seats as the director as the baton was passed to the performances that I did not perform in, with a burning desire in my eyes.
I'm happy to be able to announce the film adaptation at this time, and to be involved in the work as Tenma.
I'm excited to be able to express myself in this film in a way that only Tenma, who has stepped into the field of film, can!
Kenta Mizue as Banri Settsu, leader of the Autumn Group
I was really surprised when I first found out that the story of “A3!” was going to be made into a movie!
I wondered how it would be filmed and what kind of form it would take.
I've always been excited about this, especially since it will be my first time in a movie!
I hope I can deliver the charm of "A3!", the Autumn Group, and Banri in a new way.
Please come and see it!
Aramaki Yoshihiko: Tsumugi Tsukioka, leader of Winter Group
This is a movie of MANKAI STAGE "A3!
I will be able to perform the flagship performance of each season again.
I want to film holding the nostalgic memories and fresh feelings, and deliver many thoughts to the people who will watch the film.
As the leader of the Winter Group, I feel a lot of pressure to close the flag-raising performance, but I hope I can make it bloom in full bloom as the Winter Group.
Please look forward to it.
(C) 2021 MANKAI MOVIE "A3!" Production Committee (C) 2022 MANKAI MOVIE "A3!" Production Committee
The main trailer for "Rurouni Kenshin: The Final" (will be released on April 23, 2021) has been released.
"Rurouni Kenshin: Final Chapter" is based on the final episode of the original work "Jinchu Arc", which depicts the ultimate climax with Enishi, and "The Beginning" that depicts Kenshin's past that closes in on the based on the "Remembrance arc".
"The Final" started off with a situation, where several Tokyo's residents were attacked by someone. After several dearest people were attacked, the one that appeared in front of Kenshin is the mysterious guy with the cross-wound on the cheek, Yukishiro Enishi. The objective of that guy is to destroy everything that Kenshin holds dears of as well as the new era that was created by him.
After finding out the mastermind, Kenshin confessed about his past that "he killed his own wife" to his comrades...
ONE OK ROCK, who had handled all the theme songs of “Rurouni Kenshin" series, wrote an original song "Renegades" for this film.
The vocalist Taka commented, "ONE OK ROCK has advanced together with the film 'Rurouni Kenshin'. That's why we have gone all out for in the production of the theme song this time. We had done that with the purpose of having this film to continue down the Japanese film world as well as striving for a new level as ONE OK ROCK. Please look forward to 'Rurouni Kenshin: The Final' along with the theme song 'Renegades'.".
"Rurouni Kenshin: The Final" will be released on April 23, 2021, while "Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning" will be released on June 4.
Also, to thank the continuous support from the fans for 10 years, the release commemoration online event "With gratitude, the Online Event 'Rurouni Kenshin' Global Fan Session" will be held on March 24.
The appearance of the cast members and staff undergoing the various project will be live-streamed on various platforms, including YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and LINE. Detailed information can be found on the official website.
(C) Watsuki Nobuhiro / Shueisha (C) 2020 Movie "Rurouni Kenshin: The Final / The Beginning" Production Committee
Hello Kitty's first ever Hollywood movie (title yet to be announced) will be a hybrid of anime and live action. Two promising names in the North American animation industry, Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda, were announced to be directing the movie.
Hello Kitty's first Hollywood feature length film, which title is yet to be officially announced, will be produced through a collaboration between New Line Cinema (Warner Brother's Entertainment Group) and Beau Flynn's company, FlynnPictureCo..
It was announced that Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda will together be in charge of the direction.
Coyle has been involved in titles such as HBO Max's animation "Harley Quinn" as a supervisor, and the 6 seasons of "Bob's Burgers" as a director.
Matsuda, whose career took off at Walt Disney Animations, is known for directing the short "Inner Workings", which premiered along "Moana" and made to the final selection under Animated Short Film category of the 89th Academy Awards. For both Coyle and Matsuda, this is their first time to direct a major feature length film. They have been chosen from a large pool of candidates, so how Hello Kitty will be developed by them is something worth looking forward to.
I'm really happy for this opportunity to work along side Matsuda. This is not only a rare chance to bring a beloved character to life, but also to spread the message of love, friendship and inclusivity that Hello Kitty stands for. The world so needs her brand of joy and happiness. I see it as an important mission to spread big smiles through this work, but it's also a huge honor for me to be able to work with New Line Cinema and FlynnPictureCo..
Growing up in Brazil with a Japanese family, I was surrounded by the whimsy of Hello Kitty and it served as a reminder that it’s okay to be different. Along with Jen, FlynnPictureCo. and New Line, I am delighted by this incredible opportunity to work with one of the most universally beloved characters and expand their relatable Sanrio stories even further.
New Line Cinema president/chief creative officer:
We are extremely lucky to have found in Jennifer and Leo, two directors who not only share a profound connection to the unforgettable characters Shintaro Tsuji and Sanrio have created over the past 40-plus years with Hello Kitty and her friends, but also have the imagination, talent and heart to bring this iconic world to life on the big screen.
（C）2021 SANRIO CO.,LTD.
'The 1st Global ONE PIECE Character Popularity Contest', a global popularity vote commemorating the publication of "One Piece" 1000th chapter, was held from January 4 to February 28, 2021. The final result has been announced on the "One Piece" official YouTube channel.
'The 1st Global ONE PIECE Character Popularity Contest' is an online voting project to see who stands at the top of all 1174 characters, and it has received more than 12 million votes from all over the world.
On May 5, 'ONE PIECE TIMES - WT 100 Final Results Special -' was streamed on "One Piece" official YouTube channel, and the final results have been announced as 1st half and 2nd half.
The ranking has changed a lot from the mid-term report: 1st place went to Luffy, 2nd to Roronoa Zoro, and 3rd to Nami. Following them, 4th place went to Sanji, 5th to Trafalgar Law, 6th to Nico Robin, 7th to Boa Hancock. Luffy is blessed with solid popularity, and many female characters have advanced to higher positions.
'ONE PIECE TIMES - WT 100 Final Results Special -' is available on the "One Piece" Official YouTube channel.
For the characters that were ranked in the top 50th and some other characters, newly-drawn illustrations by Oda Eiichiro will be revealed.
A trailer for Saudi Arabia’s first-ever feature anime film ‘The Journey’, co-produced by Saudi Toei Animation and Arabia’s Manga Productions, has been released.
Set in ancient Arabian Peninsula, ‘The Journey’ tells the story of the people of Mecca including the protagonist Aws fight against the invader Abraha. It is a film filled with action and drama that depicts the characters believing in themselves and making a way to their future.
The trailer shows the scene where the people of Mecca and Abraha’s invading army, who offers ruthless conditions, get into a furious fight. Fighting against the absolute force of the invaders, Aws, a boy with dark past, decides to get his hand onto his sword to protect his loved one and their future.
Sakuji Yoshimura, an archeologist who has watched the film on step ahead of the public, gives comment “This film tells us what we should not forget in our lives”, and Ryota Fujitsu, an anime critic, says “This film gives us implications that are critical when we think about the future relationship inbetween ‘ANIME’ and the world”.
The trailer shows us the essence of Arabian entertainment and raises our expectations towards the film.
‘The Journey’ will be released on June 25, limitedly at Shinjuku Wald 9 and Umeda Burg 7.
Promotion: Toei Agency
（C）2021 Manga Productions
Amazia Co., Ltd. has released the manga app "Manga Flip" for overseas fans as the second service. The English translation version of the original manga will be distributed for free on this app.
Amazia Co., Ltd. started the manga app business in October 2012 and has grown rapidly since the launch of the "Manga BANG!" service in November 2014.
Furthermore, in October 2020, they released "Tokyo Anime News," an English news website about anime and manga, as the first service aimed at acquiring overseas users who like Japanese manga and anime.
Through both "Tokyo Anime News" and the newly released "Manga Flip" , they aim to create an environment for reading Japanese manga in the regular version and make it a habit, and conduct marketing to explore the possibilities of manga services in the United States and English-speaking countries. While tries and errors of the monetization method will continue, the company aims to develop a billing revenue model such as subscriptions in the future.
[App name] "Manga Flip"
[Details] Free distribution app for the English translation of the original manga
[Revenue model] Advertising revenue
* For users in the US and English-speaking countries.
Areas other than China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong are set.
(Download from the above country and region app stores is not possible)
[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
The glasses worn by Makise Kurisu from "STEINS;GATE" will be released as "Headphone Glasses" that ease the pressure on your head even while wearing them with headphones or a mask. The product will be sold at "Gamers" shops all over Japan, and on the "Gamers" online shop from June 2021.
"STEINS;GATE Makise Kurisu Headphone Glasses" is a "Gamers" exclusive item with an original frame, created just for this product, decorated with the lab member mark, lab member number, and the familiar emoticon printed.
The inside of the frame has cushion flaps that ease the pressure on your head even while wearing it with headphones or masks, making the product very comfortable to wear.
The lens cut blue light, so they're a good choice not only for regular use and cosplays but also as protection when looking at screens.
(C) Mages. / Nitroplus
"Steins;Gate" has collaborated with Sanrio to release the key visuals for "The Chance Meeting of the Goldig Party". In this visual huke (lead character designer for "Steins;Gate) has depicted Kitty standing in the world of Steins;Gate.
The "The Chance Meeting of the Goldig Party" collaboration is one of the projects for the 10th anniversary of "Steins;Gate", also known as the "Science ADV Live"S; G 1010th ANNIVERSARY", which was held on Jan. 26, 2020.
You can now read all four episodes of the prologue describing the encounter between Okabe and Kitty on the collaboration website. How did they meet, and what will this encounter bring about... please check it out for yourself.
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Ornate hairpins based on Makise Kurisu and Shiina Mayuri from **STEINS;GATE** have been announced. The hairpins are scheduled to be released in May 2020.
The hairpin is made with brass. The product isn't just great for wearing in your hair, it is also a perfect fit for any collection.
The Kurisu model uses overlapping gears as a motif, with an inner gear that's actually able to rotate. The attached lab member pin badge can be removed and attached to something else if you'd like.
The Mayuri model features a pocket watch and star charm, following the main motif of "Handshake with stardust (Stardust Shake hand)". The attached Upa charm is also removable.
The "STEINS;GATE" Image Hairpins will be released around May 2020. The price is 8900JPY each (tax excluded). （C）2009-2013 MAGES./5pb./Nitroplus
As one of its 10th anniversary project, [STEINS;GATE] has allowed [Anique], an artwork selling platform using blockchain technology, to handle the sales. From 22:00 on Nov. 5, digital ownership for each of the11 artworks will be sold through lottery.
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.