The Hollywood live-action adaptation of “One Piece” will be a 10 episode long series distributed worldwide exclusively on Netflix. It has also been announced that the creator, Oda Eiichiro, will be participating as an executive producer. We have included his comments on the project at the end of the article below.
The live-action series had been announced at the “ONE PIECE” 20th Anniversary Press Conference held in Jul. 2017. The project has been in progress since then.
The series will be produced through a partnership between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, who are also known for producing the live-action adaptation of “Cowboy Bebop,” as well as Shueisha, the publisher of the original manga which the series will be based on. All 10 episodes of the Netflix original series “ONE PIECE” will be exclusively distributed worldwide through its video streaming service.
Additionally, a new addition to the production team has been revealed, with Oda Eiichiro serving as an executive producer on the show.
In the past, there had been a lot of offers for a live-action adaptation of “One Piece”, and this project had only been greenlit after Oda and the editorial department at “Weekly Shonen Jump” had been convinced that it'd be able to overcome various hurdles in production. This follow-up report is sure to draw together the enthusiasm and expectations of fans from all over the world.
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【Oda Eiichiro (Original Author, Executive Producer)】
We announced the production back in 2017, but things take time! Preparations have been slowly progressing behind the scenes aaall along. And I think we can now announce this. Netflix, the world's number one video distribution service, will be lending its great strength to us! I feel good about this!! I wonder how far in the story can 10 episodes get? And what about the casting!? Please just wait a little bit more. And please stay tuned!!
"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 live-action film adaption of "Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou", a comedy manga serialized in "Shonen Jump＋", will be released on Jun. 19, 2020. Along with the announcement, a "special original illustration" by the manga illustrator Koyama Yujirou, inspired by the young talented actor who will be playing the role of Agetarou, was released.
"Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou" is originally a web manga serialized in "Shonen Jump＋" from 2014 to 2017, written by Iipyao, illustrated by Koyama Yuujirou. It became an anime in Apr. 2016, and it was announced to have the first live-action film adaption from "Shonen Jump＋" in 2017.
The story is set at an old Tonkatsu shop in Shibuya, Tokyo. The protagonist, Katsumata Agetarou, is the heir of the family business and was living a cabbage-shredding life under the supervision of his father, Agesaku.
One day, Agetarou delivers Bentos to a nightclub in Shibuya. The vibes and music of the dance floor gave him an uprising boost he had never felt before. Agetarou, being the impulsive person he is, decides to become "Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou", and raise the heat of both the fryer and the dance floor.
However, having never touched any pork nor DJ equipment, he has a long way to achieve his goals. Can he get through all the troubles of misunderstandings and predestined encounters with his vigor to become the "Tonkatsu DJ"?
The production is by Fuji TV, known for its works on hit comedy movies such as; "Tonde Saitama" (Fly me to Saitama), "The Confidence Man JP: The Movie", and "Hit Me Anyone One More Time", and the distribution will be by Warner Bros., that lead many movies from "Weekly Shonen Jump" to a hit such as; "Rurouni Kenshin" series, "Gintama" series.
A "special original illustration" by the manga illustrator, Koyama, to express his joy of the live-action film adaption was also revealed. The illustration is inspired by the young talented actor who will be playing the role of Agetarou in the movie.
The other cast and the director are scheduled to be announced on Jan. 29, the day of Niku (meat).
The live-action film "Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou" will be in theaters nationwide from Jun. 19, 2020.
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【Comments from Iipyao (author) and Koyama Yuujirou (illustrator)】
The "Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou" live-action film project was proceeding slowly but carefully under the surface... of oil!!
What happens when the original work puts on a crust?! I bet it will be "crisp"! Let's look forward to the release!
【Comments from Ohara Kazutaka (producer)】
The impossible live-action "Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou" will finally be released after being cured for over 3 years. We have our reasons for the long wait.
I really wanted to bring together the best team of cast, director, and staff, but the popular ones are always busy. I almost gave up. It was a miracle that everyone's schedules matched perfectly! I felt it was fate that the release became 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics, with so much attention gathered from the world.
The main lead is that person from the recent hit movie. It will be his first challenge in a comedy film.
The other cast joining him are; the young actress with over a million followers on social media, the young actor who is rising in popularity from the popular TV series, and that person from the hit comedy film from last year.
The actors and directors that bear the future of the Japanese film industry come together!
I can't wait to announce the staff members, but I have to ask you to wait a bit longer. (The announcement will be on Jan. 29)
(C)Iipyao・Koyama Yuujirou/Shueisha・Movie "Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou" Production Committee
"Whisper of the Heart", coming of age manga that also was adapted into animated movie version by Studio Ghibli, will become a live-action movie, premiering on Sep. 18, 2020. In addition to the romantic plot between Seiji and Shizuku, an additional original plot set 10 years after was added to the movie. Seino Nana was cast as the 10-year older Tsukishima Shizuku, and Matsuzaka Toori was cast as the 10-year Amasawa Seiji.
"Whisper of the Heart", is a romantic coming of age manga serialized on the "Ribbon" magazine by author Hiragii Aoi. The manga was adapted into a feature-length anime film by animation Studio Ghibli, becoming a huge hit.
The story begins when the book-loving protagonist, a third year middle-school student Tsukishima Shizuku meets Amasawa Seiji. The two don't get along very well at first but end up falling in love with each other eventually after Seiji finds out that Shizuku dreams of becoming a novel writer.
Ten years later, a now 24 years old Shizuku works at a publishing company as a children's book editor, and leads a hectic life of selling books after abandoned her original dream. On the other hand, Seiji who's still pursuing his dreams is currently living overseas. A gap between their relationship starts to open.
The actress playing the grown-up Shizuku, Seino Nana was the female lead on "Shiro demo Kuro demonai Sekai de, Panda wa Warau", etc.. Matsuzaka Toori, who plays the grown-up Seiji, is well known for his roles on "Impossibility Defense" and "Call Boy". The director behind the movie is Hirakawa Yuichiro, responsible for "ROOKIES Graduation", "Until the Break of Dawn", "The Memory Eraser" and other dramatic feature-length films.
Live-action movie "Whisper of the Heart" will premiere on Sep. 18, 2020.
[10-year older Tsukishima Shizuku: Seino Nana]
I feel honored and happy to be acting as Shizuku in the live-action movie version of this widespread title "Whisper of the Heart".
I will do my best to interpret the adult version of Shizuku and act accordingly to her pure heart.
[10-year older Amasawa Seiji: Matsuzaka Toori]
I've watched the animated movie of "Whisper of the Heart" countless times. I feel like the movie does a splendid job of conveying the bitter-sweetness and eagerness of being young. Including me, I bet a lot of people wondered what would have happened after the events of the animated movie. I feel very happy to be part of the movie that tells the after story. I've worked before with director Hirakawa in the movie "Until the Break of Dawn" and I still remember to this day how nervous I was, since it was my first ever performance with him. I hope to bring that same sense of joy and nervousness to the movie this time.
[Director Hirakawa Yuichiro]
It's a huge pressure to be directing the 10-year later continuation of such a celebrated movie, "Whisper of the Heart". I'll do my best to deliver a heartwarming movie by bringing together the staff and the main cast in this project.
[Producer: Nishi Mami]
I'm a huge fan of the movie "Whisper of the Heart", myself. So when I got involved with the project, it was hard to decide which direction to take the plot to. Among the various ideas, the one that stood out the most was a plotline that illustrated what would happen 10 years later after the conclusion of the original story.
I felt very certain that we could turn this movie into a masterpiece when the main cast, Seino Nana as Shizuku, and Matsuzaka Tori as Seiji were decided. Do look forward to seeing this tale about childhood and adulthood on the theater.
（C）Hiragii Aoi/Shueisha （C）2020"Whisper of the Heart" Production Committee
The guests for the drama "Seiyuu Detectives" for 4 consecutive weeks starting from March 5, 2021, such as Ono Yuuki and Masuda Toshiki, have been announced. Also, it was decided that Uchida Yuuma will be performing the theme song.
After retiring as a voice actor due to unforeseen reasons, Furei Osamu (Sawashiro Chiharu) becomes a detective and solves various incidents with his special ability "Absolute Voice". It is a comedy mystery work, where he solves the incidents by using the victim's dying voice together with newcomer detective Sukitaga Kaoru (Takeda Rena) and Furei's partner "Smart Mic" Binaural-kun (Hanae Natsuki).
The voice actors, who are the victims in the incident and acting as themselves, have been announced. Don't miss the murder scene and the "Reenactment VTR" of the detective’s deduction.
Ono Yuuki, voice of Higashikata Josuke from "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable", will appear in episode 1. This episode started with Ono dying from blood loss. Can the incident be solved with the wound on his forehead and the dying voice of Ono before his death as the clues?
Masuda Toshiki, known for the anime "Touken Ranbu", "Attack on Titan The Final Season", "My Hero Academia", and others, will appear as a guest in episode 2. Masuda got involved in an incident when he was recording for his songs...
Kaneda Tomoko, who has a high-pitched voice, an unimaginable wording, and also actively participating in variety shows, will appear in episode 3. After Kaneda become a hit as the voice of the "Bottom Biting Bug", she got involved in various incidents...
Namikawa Daisuke, who appeared in "One Piece", "Lupin the Third", and others, will appear in episode 4. He encountered a mysterious incident in the hotel room.
In each episode, the story will progress and the truth about the "black voice" that the protagonist is searching for, will be revealed.
Also, the theme song will be handled by Uchida Yuuma. Thus, the cast members, narration and even the theme song are all mostly handled by voice actors. Comments from Uchida Yuuma and the producer Sobu Erina have been released.
Drama "Seiyuu Detective" will start broadcasting at 1:53 AM, on March 6, 2021, on TV Tokyo.
Comments from Uchida Yuuma (Theme Song Singer)
I am very glad that "Spin a Roulette" was chosen as the theme song for "Seiyuu Detective"!
I believe that this song is perfect for a drama setting that is filled with mysteries.
Moreover, as the cast members will also dance along with the songs, it make me very happy as I hardly had any chance to see others dance to my song!
So, please enjoy the drama together with the song!
Comments from the producer Sobu Erina
Producer Ooshima from Tohokushinsha Film Corporation said, "Voice actors are actually good at acting!" passionately when he first proposed this project. Since he is from a popular company that has a long history in dubbing movies, so I believe that he has confidence in the acting skill of the voice actors. Thus, this is a drama that was started from that enthusiasm and it also featured a gathering of amazing voice actors. Do look forward to it as secret guests, who are close to the victim, will also appear!
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"Laid-Back Camp△" aired on TV Tokyo in January 2020 with Fukuhara Haruka in the lead role. The special will be aired on March 29, 2021 at 23:06. "Laid-Back Camp△2", which follows on from Season 1 and the special, will start airing on April 1.
The original story of "Laid-Back Camp△" is a comic by Afro that is being serialized on the manga app "COMIC FUZ".
It has been well received by viewers as "the relaxed camping life of the girls is soothing" and by fans of the original work for "faithfulness to the original work", and it has been announced that the cast will continue into the second season.
The "Laid-Back Camp△ Special" to be aired on March 29 will depict how Rin (Fukuhara Haruka), Nadeshiko (Oohara Yuno) and the others will spend their New Year's holidays after their Christmas camping trip in Season 1.
The theme song will be sung by LONGMAN, the same as in the first season. The title of the song is "Hello Youth" and it is a bright pop song that will make you want to go camping.
LONGMAN's Ba/Vo Sawa also commented on the song. "Laid-Back Camp△ Special" will be aired on March 29 at 23:06 on TV Tokyo.
LONGMAN Ba/Vo Sawa Comment
We are so happy that our song "Hello Youth" has been chosen for "Laid-Back Camp△2" and that we will be in charge of the second season following the first season! I think this song is not only fun but also heartbreaking, and I think it will be a good match for "Laid-Back Camp△". I hope you'll enjoy LONGMAN's "Hello Youth" along with this drama!
As in season 1, we will be filming this drama as faithfully as possible to the original comic, with special attention paid to the locations. Watching the drama will make you want to go camping. Even if you don't go, you will feel like you have. The spectacular scenery depicted in the original comic will be delivered to you in the form of actual footage. It is a new kind of relaxed camping drama that depicts the charm of camping and the relaxed daily lives of high school girls who enjoy camping. Please enjoy the changes in the relationship between Rin and the four girls over the course of Season 1, the unchanging relaxed camping at the new campsite, and the dusty daily lives of the five girls.
(C) Drama "Laid-Back Camp△" Production Committee
"Kushagara" included in the novel "Rohan Kishibe Does Not Shout: Short Story Collection" derived from Araki Hirohiko's manga "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure" will be made into a live-action drama. It will be broadcast on NHK General TV under the title of the special drama "Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan" from December 28, 2020 for three consecutive nights. At the same time, cast members information including Takahashi Issei, who will play as Rohan Kishibe, was announced.
The original of "Rohan Kishibe Does Not Shout: Short Story Collection" is a novelized work based on the short manga "Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan" series that depicts the bizarre events where Kishibe Rohan encounters during his research in a horror-like manner..
5 original stories by 4 writers are included, and this time, one volume "Kushagara" written by Kitaguni Ballad will be made into a live-action drama.
In addition to Takahashi Issei playing as the main character, Kishibe Rohan, it was announced that Iitoyo Marie will be Izumi Kyouka, Shibazaki Fuga as Ikkyu, Moriyama Mirai as Shishi Jugo, Takiuchi Kumi as Katahira Mai and Nakamura Tomoya as Hirai Taro in the drama.
The special drama "Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan" will be broadcast on NHK General TV from 10:00 pm to 10:49 pm on Dec. 28, 29, and 30 for three consecutive nights.
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.
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‘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.
'Arcane', the first animated series from 'League of Legends', an online game for PC, will be released on Netflix in the fall of 2021.
"League of Legends" is a PC game released by Riot Games in 2009. It has been a driver of the growth of the esports industry, and 'League of Legends 2020 World Championship' set an unprecedented record.
'Arcane', the first animated series produced by Riat Games, recreates the world-view of "League of Legends". The story is set in Piltover, a leading utopian city, and Zaun, a suppressed undercity, and retells the origin stories of two popular champions of "League of Legends", and the power that tears them apart.
Dominique Bazay, director of Netflix original animation division. and Shauna Spenley, entertainment global president of Riat Games, have left some comments.
'Arcane', the first animated series from 'League of Legends' will be released on Netflix in the fall of 2021.
■Director of Netflix Original Animation Division
"League of Legends" is a game that enthuses fans all over the world, and I am so excited that the first TV series "Arcane" based on the world-view will be released on Netflix.
This spectacular, thrilling work will make a pretty big impact on the fans.
■Riat Games Entertainment Global President
The fans have been longing for some spin-offs that dig into the world-view of "League of Legends" and the champions, so this work was produced to respond to such a demand. Netflix is globally famous and aims to offer high-quality content like Riat Games, and I consider Netflix to be the perfect partner to deliver "Arcane" to players all over the world.
The manga version of Netflix's anime "Eden", which will be streamed worldwide from May 27, 2021, has been specially published in the "Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic June Issue Miracoro Grand Prix Spring" (released on April 30).
"Eden" is a science fiction adventure that brings together talented creators from around the world, including director Irie Yasuhiro, known for "FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST", and Justin Leach producer of "Innocence".
Eden is set in a world rich in nature led by the leader Robot Zero (CV: Yamadera Koichi) where only robots live.
In this world where "humans are evil", E92 (CV: Itou Kentaro) and A37 (CV: Hikami Kyoko) who are agricultural robots, one day happen to discover a capsule containing a "human baby" named Sarah (CV: Kouno Marika) and decided to hide and raise her.
Two robots and one person grow up a "bond" like real parents and child...
This time, prior to the worldwide exclusive streaming on Netflix, following the serialization in "Young King Hours GH" by Isomoto Tsuyoshi, the manga version by Yamada Kazuyoshi has been published in "Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic June issue Miracoro Grand Prix Spring". At the same time, a character cut depicting child Sarah was also unveiled.
"Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic June issue Miracoro Grand Prix Spring" has been released on April 30.
Draft / Producer Justin Leach
■ About the manga version serialization in 2 magazines
I'm really happy to see Eden's story turned into a manga. In this anime, my goal was to create a story that would appeal to viewers around the world, regardless of age or gender. In Hollywood, we use the term "Four quadrants" to describe a story that appeals to a wide range of people.
To achieve this goal, we partnered with two prominent comic publishers to help connect the story between children and adults.
■ About manga adaptation in the Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic
It was a great honor for me to publish the manga in the "Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic". Shogakukan is a brand with a very long history, so I am very grateful for this opportunity. The story of Eden is designed to be familiar to children, with pastel colors and cute character designs. It is drawn from the perspective of a child growing up in an unfamiliar world. Yamada-sensei made a really cute and attractive version of the character. I hope that the children will grow up with Sarah and feel positive about nature and their obligation to protect it.
■ About the manga serialized in Young King Hours GH
This was something I hadn't imagined. I enjoy working with Isomoto-sensei and the team of Shonen Gahosha. They further expanded the world of Eden and made the background of the story more magnificent. Isomoto-sensei is also an expert on motorcycles, so he was particular about the details and was able to strengthen the world view of the original. I hope many adults will travel this world with their characters.
It was announced that Netflix original anime series "Yasuke" will be released worldwide exclusively on Netflix on April 29. Ahead of the release date, the main trailer and key art have been released.
"Yasuke" is a fantasy historical work in the Sengoku period, featuring Yasuke, the first African samurai and the strongest ronin, as the main protagonist.
The ronin Yasuke was leading a quiet life, but he took up his swords again to protect the young girl with mysterious power, Saki from the evil forces, and this story will be depicted in 6 episodes.
In the main trailer, the main protagonist, Yasuke, his serving lord Oda Nobunaga, and the young girl with mysterious power Saki can be seen and a portion of the story can be enjoyed from it as well.
Other unique characters, such as the evil warlord that has dreadful power, Natsumaru the subordinate of Oda Nobunaga, the priest Abraham that is aiming for Saki, Morisuke the warrior that survived the Sengoku period, the member of the mercenary troop that was hired by Abraham (Ishikawa, Achouja Haruto, and Nikita), and Saki's mother Ichika.
The key art depicts Yasuke protecting Saki and a bold gaze staring at them. As the whole picture was revealed, this will surely hype up the expectation toward Yasuke's battle
Netflix original anime series "Yasuke" will be released worldwide exclusively on Netflix on April 29.
The Netflix original anime “Biohazard: Infinite Darkness” is based on the monumental work of the survival horror series called “Biohazard”, and it was announced that Hasumi Eiichirou will be the director and Kanno Yuugo will be in charge of music. Moreover, Leon and Claire’s character promotion movie were revealed as well.
“Biohazard: Infinite Darkness” is horror action CG animation that revolves around Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield from “Biohazard” series, which marked 25th anniversary this year.
Leon and Claire accidentally reencounter at the White House and go onto another adventure.
Hasumi Eiichirou, who have produced various live-action movies of “Umizaru”, “MOZU”, and “The Sun Does Not Move”, will be the director. Moreover, Kanno Yuuma, a music composer active in various fields other than animation music will be producing music for the series. He is well-known composer for producing music for “PSYCHO-PASS”, “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure”, and “Mobile Suit Gundam: Reconguista in G”.
Their passionate comments toward producing the CG anime to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series, have arrived.
“Biohazard: Infinite Darkness” will be released from July, 2021 on Netflix.
Q. I believe you have built up your career through various live-action, or even simple action movies, and this time is your first animation movie production that is 3DCG and is based on popular “Biohazard” series. Please tell me your thoughts and passion toward the production.
I am honestly honored to participate in the series with long history and many fans than feel anxious. Since this the first challenge for me to create full-CG animation, therefore, I still feel that the wonderful staff carried me to the completion, and I am thankful of their work and support.
I produced this full-CG anime to make is more live than making it closer to the camera work and writing that I usually do. While depicting the characters in the way it does not betray the fans, since they are loved so much, it makes me so assured that actors of motion captures and voice actors were the same from original Biohazard series.
Q. Leon and Claire are the characters of “Biohazard” popular around the world. Which uniqueness of them that you want to express strongly?
I received an advice from the executive producer Kobayashi-san to depict Leon in 2006, which stands in between of brave and young Leon and Leon who is exhausted from continuous fight in 2014. This makes him stand in gray zone, that is neither white nor black, to create a contrast in between Claire in square stance. Leon in a suit is very important key visual as a symbol, and I was glad to see a suit fit nicely on him.
Q. This anime will be streamed to more than 190 countries through Netflix. Whom do you prefer to watch the series? Do you have any thought for your work being streamed around the world?
English translation done for English-speaking region, including culture and traditions, were checked by the assistant director Alex, and he also helped me with motion captures. When I received an offer from the producer Shinohara-san, I was told that an atmosphere of suspense was requested, therefore I tried to unfold the story as the card faced down in front of you gets flipped one-by-one, starting with one mystery-“What happened in the warzone of Penamstan 6 years ago?”.
I hope both Biohazard fans and non-Biohazard fans watch the show.
Q. I believe you composed music from various genre. Please tell me your thought when making music for this show and what was your point to make your music more like “Biohazard” series?
Since this popular series worldwide, I watched many “Biohazard” series, inherited spirits hidden in them, and challenged so that I can also create the new world view this time. Also, I produced it to be a large scale like Hollywood, since it will be streamed around the world.
Q. Please tell me if you have anything to notice because you formed the team with the director Hasumi or because it is animation movie.
I received a request from the director Hasumi that he wants to show small details and movies. Nothing much have changed from producing music for live-action movies and dramas, so I did not much due to the reason that this is the animation movie. It is more like, “Oh, I forgot this was the animation movie”.
Q. In the process of producing music, what was theme and image that you shared with the director Hasumi? Please tell me if you have an impressive episode when exchanging ideas with the director Hasumi.
When I exchanged demo music with the director Hasumi, I realized that making the audience scared with music is not “Biohazard”, although this is a zombie story. At the same time, being not too scary is also a problem, so the director Hasumi and I talked about a lot to make a better music.
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From "One Piece", a luxurious version of Ichiban Kuji called "Ichiban Kuji One Piece EX: Those who house the demons" is now available. The first edition includes "the ultimate living" Kaido in the dragon form and Marco the Phoenix in human-beast mixture form in the line-up.
The sale begins from May 15, 2021 in book stores, hobby shops, and convenience stores.
"Ichiban Kuji One Piece EX: Those who house the demons" is the first luxurious version of "One Piece" Ichiban Kuji (anime goods lottery). New figure series "Kongo Jizo", the face towels, the colored paper, and the plates with original design are all included in the line-up.
New figure series "Kongo Jizo" has the concept of "Strong passion similar to chaos and spirit described with the technology by the professional will even shake the spirit of those who watch". The first edition includes "the ultimate spirit" Kaido in the dragon form and Marco the Phoenix in the human-beast hybrid form.
Other than the figures, face towels with designs that can be chosen, colored paper designed by the popular Japanese ink artist called Outa Gashira, and the plates designed with casual taste.
Moreover, the last one prize given for the last purchase is "Marco-Kongo Jizo- Last One Color ver." that is colored with a pearl color. This is color-different version of Prize B.
"Ichiban Kuji One Piece EX: Those who house the demons" is priced at 850 JPY (tax included) per purchase. The sale begins at May 15, 2021 at book stores, hobby shops, Animate, and convenience stores. This will be available at Ichiban Kuji ONLINE from 11 AM of May 17, 2021.
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'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.
“ONE PIECE novel HEROINES”, a collection of short stories featuring Nami, Robin, Vivi and Perona from "ONE PIECE" as main characters and depicting their "identities", has been decided to be released on June 4, 2021.
The collection of short stories is a book adaptation of “ONE PIECE novel HEROINES” series which was serialized in 'ONE PIECE magazine'. It contains episodes that can't be seen in the main story, such as Nami appearing in a fashion show, Robin helping to decipher the stone tablet with Koala and Sabo, Vivi who is the subject of rumors about her love letters, and Perona competing with Mihawk for wine. It also includes newly written stories that are a must-read for fans.
Also, the fashionable illustrations by illustrator Suwa Sayaka, which depict the heroines' charms to the fullest, are a must-see.
“ONE PIECE novel HEROINES” will be released on June 4, 2021. It is priced at 814 JPY (tax included). It will be released at the same time as JUMP COMICS “ONE PIECE” volume 99.
As the fifth release of the 'One Piece Log Collection,' Sanji from the TV anime "One Piece" becomes a figure. It is available for pre-order on 'Premium Bandai.'
Reaching 52cm in the height, "One Piece Log Collection Big-Size Statue Series Sanji," is an enormous figure that is packed with energy.
With plenty of luxurious decorations used to draw the atmosphere, the cape is also colored in gradation to express the dynamic atmosphere of the flame.
Matching with its included clear stand, this is a magnificent figure that hangs with a solid and imposing atmosphere.
"One Piece Log Collection Big-Size Statue Series Sanji" is priced at 99,000 JPY (Tax Incl.). It is available for pre-order on 'Hobby Stock.' Shipping is scheduled for Jun. 2021.
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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.