Celebrating its 10th series “Rascal Does Not Dream of a Lost Singer”, “Seishun Buta Yaro” series released a new promotional video for its “College Arc” introducing the cast Ishikawa Kaito as Azusagawa Sakuta, Seto Asami as Sakurajima Mai, and Amemiya Sora as Hirokawa Uzuki. In the video, Sakuta and his friends are shown as now college students.
Since its first publishing on Apr. 2014 by Dengeki Bunko, the series “Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai” has been adapted into an anime on Oct. 2018 and a feature-length animated movie on Jun. 2019.
The long-awaited 10th series containing the “College Arc” is centered around Sakuta and his friends leading a college student life after finishing an unforgettable high-school journey.
The characters live a quiet life until during the beginning of the summer, when Uzuki, the leader of the idol group “Sweet Barrett”, starts acting weirdly. Oddly, Sakuta is the only one who notices her strange behavior. Is this a painful first encounter with puberty or…?
The newly released promotional video introduces the cast Ishikawa Kaito as Azusagawa Sakuta, Seto Asami as Sakurajima Mai, and Amemiya Sora as Hirokawa Uzuki, Touyama Nao as Koga Moe, Tanezaki Atsumi as Futaba Rio, Uchida Maaya as Toyohama Nodoka, Kubo Yurika as Azusagawa Kaede, and Minase Inori as Makinohara Shoko. The anime version cast colors the new adventures of newly turned college students.
The release date for “Rascal Does Not Dream of a Lost Singer” is Feb. 7, 2020.
Also, celebrating the release of the 10th series, special posters will be displayed at Itoen's vending machines in various Service Areas of the same name as the characters of the series, throughout Japan.
Service Areas that share the same name with characters
-Display places: Azusagawa SA, Sakurajima SA, Makinohara SA, Koga SA, Futaba SA, Toyohama SA, Hirokawa SA
-Display Date: From Feb. 7, 2020
*The display date may vary based on the region
*The poster will be displayed only on vending machines by Itoen
The 1st key visual of "World of Leadale", where the TV anime adaptation was just announced released, has been released. The key visual has depicted the high elf, Cayna and the daughter of the inn owner, Lytt.
"World of Leadale" is based on the same-name light novel written by Ceez and illustrated by Tenmaso.
Due to an accident, the young girl, "Kagami Keina" has to rely on the life-supporting system to stay alive and she is only able to move freely in the VRMMORPG "Leadale". One day, she lost her life due to the failure of the life-supporting system.
However, Keina found that she is in the 200 years after “Leadale” when she woke up. Then, she interacts with the residents in the world as the high elf "Cayna" with the lost skill and over-limit status. The "children" that she once created were among the residents.
This is the start of the relaxing adventure of the young girl that reincarnated in the game world with the unique companions.
In the first key visual, the relaxing appearance of the high elf, Cayna, who possessed the cheat level strength after being reincarnated in the game world, and the daughter of the inn owner, Lytt, who respect Cayna as an "elder sister", can be seen.
The broadcast date and the information on the cast members for the TV anime "World of Leadale" will be announced soon.
(C) 2021 Ceez, Tenmaso/ KADOKAWA/ Leadale Production Committee
"Night Head 2041" is scheduled to start in July 2021. Ahead of the anime broadcast, information about the project's development in various media has been announced.
"Night Head" is a TV drama from 1992, the shocking title fascinated many fans and earned a cult following. The title will be brought back after almost 30 years as an original anime "Night Head 2041", with Iida Jouji, the director of the TV drama, as the scriptwriter.
The new "Night Head" depicts the conflict between the Kirihara brothers, Naoto and Naoya, who suffer from being psychics and wander around to find a place they belong, and the Kuroki brothers, Takuya and Yuuya, who belong to the national security force and hunt down the Kirihara brothers.
Information about the "Night Head 2041" project's development in various media has been announced ahead of the anime broadcast.
The manga "Night Head 2041" will start its serialization on Yanmaga Web from April 28, drawn by the up-and-coming illustrator, Ogawa Kei. An illustration featuring the Kirihara nad Kuroki brothers was also released in advance.
Also, the novel "Night Head 2041" by the draft/story editor of the anime, Iida Jouji (cooperation: Azusa Kawato) has also been announced.
And a stageplay adaptation is also in process.
TV anime "Night Head 2041" will be broadcast on Fuji TV "+Ultra" and other channels from July 2021.
(C) Iida Jouji / Night Head 2041 Production Committee
“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.
"The Moon, Leika and the Vampire Princess (Nosferatu)", which is being published by "Gagaga Bunko", will receive a TV anime adaptation. At the same time, it has been announced that Hayashibara Megumi will play the main character, Irina, and Uchiyama Koki will play the young man, Lev, who trains her.
'Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Happy Birthday Sakurajima Mai! Online Lottery' , where you have a chance to win "Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai" original products, has been announced.
It will be on sale on an online lottery service 'Kujibikido' from 5:00 p.m. on December 2, 2020.
'Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Happy Birthday Sakurajima Mai! Online Lottery' is an online lottery project to celebrate the main heroine Sakurajima Mai's birthday. The prize includes products with original illustrations printed on and items that feature famous scenes.
Furthermore, as a Twitter campaign, 10 winners who follow and retweet the 'Kujibikido' account during the period, will receive 'Ting Badge Set'.
'Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Happy Birthday Sakurajima Mai! Online Lottery' is priced at 770 JPY / play (tax included / shipping and handling fee not included). The sales period will be from 5:00 p.m. on December 2 to 4:59 p.m. on December 25, 2020.
Please check out the sales page for details.
(C)2018 Kamoshida Hajime / Kadokawa ASCII Media Works / Aobuta Project
'Seishun Buta Yaro wa Halloween Party no Yume wo Miru in Marui (Rascal Dreams of Halloween Party in Marui)', a Halloween event featuring "Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai", will be held at Shinjuku Marui MEN and Shizuoka Marui.
At 'Rascal Dreams of Halloween Party in Marui', Sakurajima Mai, Futaba Rio, and Makinohara Shoko will appear in Halloween costumes.
Furthermore, goods with an original illustration printed on them will be on pre-sale, and you will receive a ticket on your purchase for 'Raffle Draw'.
'Rascal Dreams of Halloween Party in Marui' will be held on the 8th floor at Shinjuku Marui, and the 2nd floor at Shizuoka Marui from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3, 2020.
Please check out the special web page for more information.
(C)2018 Kamoshida Hajime / KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works / AOBUTA Project
From "Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai", "Sakurajima Mai" in the cute, wet t-shirt and swimsuit became a 1/7 scale figure. Pre-order is currently available at Kyaraani.com.
This product recreated the illustration of Sakurajima Mai in a swimsuit, which was revealed in "Dengeki Bunko Super Thank You Fair 2016". This item recreates the dating scene in the bay area with her in a wet t-shirt over a cute swimsuit. It is impressive that she enjoys the opportunity with a water gun in her hand.
Moreover, at Kyaraani.com, the interchangeable face parts come along as an exclusive gift. It allows the recreation of "Mai" senpai being shy.
"1/7-Scaled PVC Completed Figure Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Sakurajima Mai-senpai Water Gun Date ver." is priced for 13,500 JPY (tax included). Pre-order is currently available at Kyaraani.com, and sale is scheduled for Nov. 2020.
(C) 2018 Kamoshida Hajime/ K A D O K A W A Ascii Media Works/ Aobuta Project
The perfume based on Sakurajima Mai, and Makinohara Shoko from "Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai", "Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Adolescence Fantasy ode Perfume Sakurajima Mai/ Makinohara Shoko" is here. Pre-orders have started from Feb. 12, 2020 in the official online store, and Amazon.
This is a fragrance that expresses "Sakurajima Mai", and "Makinohara Shoko" via it aroma.
The aroma based on the two girls was made by the France perfumer and the setting of the works can be seen from the silhouette of the bottle, character motif charm, and the ribbon of the package.
"Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Adolescence Fantasy ode Perfume Sakurajima Mai" has an exotic and kind aroma from the floral fruity which has the image of the nationwide popular actress, Sakurajima Mai.
The top note consists of the strong aroma of the passion fruits, and Honeysuckle which represent Mai's strong will. The middle note has the calm aroma of jasmine, and roses which is based on Mai's kindness while the last note has the aroma of the refreshing amyris that will change to the kind musk. It is a whimsical aroma where "Mai-san" appears in front of you when you close your eyes.
"Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Adolescence Fantasy ode Perfume Makinohara Shoko" is based on the aroma from the floral rose.
The elegant and kind rose was used to express the aroma as Makinohara Shoko is Sakuta's first love and she taught Sakuta about "kindness" which is an unforgettable memory.
The top note has a fruity aroma from the blackcurrant and peach which remind you of the encounter of Shoko at Shichirigahama. The middle note has the ladylike and elegant aroma from the mixture of rose, lily of the valley, and jasmine which represent the adult Shoko while the last note has a wide range of aroma such as musk, amber, and Brazilian Rosewood which represent Shoko's kindness. It is an aroma which will remind you of "Shoko-san".
Moreover, as the novelty for purchasing the respective perfume, a key visual illustrated acrylic stand will be given. A background stand where you can arrange both of them together will be given if Sakurajima Mai, and Makinohara Shoko are both purchased at the same time.
"Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Adolescence Fantasy ode Perfume Sakurajima Mai/ Makinohara Shoko" is priced at 2,800 JPY (tax excluded) each. Pre-orders have started from Feb. 12, 2020 in the official online store, and Amazon. Shipping is scheduled to be on Feb. 18, 2020.
Moreover, it will be on sale at "GraffArt Shop MAGNET by SHIBUYA109 Shop" on Feb. 14, 2020 and fragrance testing can be done at the shop as well.
It will also be sold at the "Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai" event that will be held on Feb. 23, 2020.
(C) 2018 Kamoshida Hajime/KADOKAWA ASCII・Media Works/ AoButa Project
The ABEMA original program "Hikasa Iguchi no Onnakoe Gohan!" featuring Hikasa Youko and Iguchi Yuka as the MC was broadcast exclusively on May 21, 2021, on ABEMA "Anime Live Channel". Ogura Yui appeared as a guest and other than the various talk when the three of them are cooking, it also featured the ad-lib dubbing session "Korezo Seiyuu Narikiri Atereko", introduction of convenient kitchen goods "Otekaru Kantan! Benri Kitchen Goods", and other corners.
The broadcast will have the MCs cooking cuisine from three different countries with the theme of "Enjoys the traveling atmosphere from the worldwide cuisine" as we are unable to travel overseas in the current situation.
The first broadcast featured Hikasa, who uploaded cuisines on her blog, Ogura, who loves cooking and often cooked at home, and Iguchi, who didn't cook recently as she thinks it troublesome. The enthusiasm from Iguchi is "I want to try to love cooking today and want to provide a cuisine that even someone like me can cook".
After learning about their cooking experience, the menu for the broadcast was announced! It will be Italy's Acqua Pazza, Mexico's Tostadas Salad, and Korea's Yangneyom Chicken.
Despite Iguchi voiced out her astonished "Can we even cooked these?", she was able to show her cooking skill that she gained from attending the previous cooking class while facing difficulties in the process as she was not used to it. However, Hikasa and Ogura, who often cooked, were able to show out their skill splendidly. While showing off their magnificent cutting skill with the knife, they progressed in their cooking smoothly and also enjoyed cooking the worldwide cuisine that they hardly cooked by saying "It fun to cook cuisine that I've never seen before!" and "So, this is how the sauce is created~!”
Also, there is a talk session during the cooking. As the theme of the program is related to oversee travel, they had talked about various topics from their recent activities to their most confident cuisine. During the topic "Do you cooked according to the recipe? Or self-improvised?", Hikasa answered, "Of course, I cooked according to the recipe. My original dish is the fried rice with the leftovers ingredients only".
On the other hand, Ogura answered "I followed the recipe, but I usually arranged it in my own way afterward." Followed by "For example, I replaced sugar with honey as it seems that it would be fine if I mix mirin, soy sauce, and honey together" as Ogura explained about her own cooking method since she mostly cooked traditional Japanese cuisines.
Then, when asked about "What's the overseas cuisine that you want to eat", Ogura answered, "Pho is very delicious!", as she also revealed a failure during overseas, saying "I love Coriander, but I was served with the grass-like that comes with the stem at the local stores. So, I try to insert it in the soup for the time being, but when I looked at the locals, they are chewing the fresh leaf from the stem and they ate the whole stem in the end."
After they finished cooking, its time for them to try it. The three of them are enjoying the cuisines they cooked with the following comments "It has a strong flavor and is extremely delicious", "I can see the Mediterranean Sea!", and "Our cuisines are delicious~".
Then, it was the corner where they talked while enjoying the meal.
During the theme "What's the failure during work that you can laugh now?", toward Ogura's reply, "I once ad-libbed when I forgot the lyrics during the concert", Hikasa mentioned "Your recovery from the failure was excellent. Isn't this the technique that was obtained from the difference between the numbers of stage performance?"
When talking about the stage performance, the topic moved to the unit "RO-KYU-BU!", where the three of them are members of. Some of the conversations are "I was helped by Yui-chan", "During the break, Yui-chan keep practicing in front of the mirror, and in the end, everyone got drawn in by her and also started practicing during the break as well, which make me thought of the power of youth," and "That was a splendid effort".
After that, the three of them talked about the role they wanted to try out, their dreams, the failure during their debut, and other topics. Before the broadcast end, they reflected back by saying, "It was fun cooking with both of you, and I become energetic from this liveliness", "I want to have fun cooking with everyone again!", "I'm looking forward to meeting you again!", and they also hype up the expectation toward the next broadcast.
The film "ARIA The CREPUSCOLO" from the anime "ARIA" series will be releasing a Blu-ray on August 18, 2021. The commentary videos of Hirohashi Ryou (voice of Alice), Satou Rina (voice of Athena), and Kayano Ai (voice of Anya) have been released.
The anime "ARIA" series based on the futuristic soothing work by Amano Kozue. The TV anime season 1 "Aria The ANIMATION" was broadcast in 2005, TV anime season 2 "ARIA The NATURAL" was broadcast in 2006, the OVA "ARIA The OVA ~ARIETTA~" was broadcast in 2007, the TV anime season 3 "ARIA The ORIGINATION" was broadcast in 2008, while the original new animation "ARIA The AVVENIRE" was broadcast in 2015. The atmosphere from the original manga remains the same in the anime, and it has charmed various fans in the world and is a work that is loved by many even now.
The brand-new film "ARIA The CREPUSCOLO" focused on the members of the "Orange Planet".
During fall, Anya, who is undergoing her training at Orange Planet, noticed that her two seniors, Alice and Athena haven't seen each other for a while as both of them are busy.
Because of that, Athena is feeling a bit depressed, but somehow it seems that Alice is avoiding her. When she is coming up with a plan with the cooperation from her friend Ai and Azusa, to ensure both of them bump into each other, Anya realized that there is a "scenery" that she could only see now...
The Blu-ray version will have a cover illustration drawn by the original author Amano Kozue and an inner illustration drawn by the character designer and general art director, Itou Youko.
Not only will it includes the precious bonus footage, which is the completion stage greeting, release commemoration stage greeting, the recreation of the recording session, and other videos, but it also have an approximately 40 minutes drama CD that is a must-hear for fans.
The Blu-ray of "ARIA The CREPUSCOLO" is priced at 9,900 JPY (tax included) and it will be released on August 18, 2021.
(C) 2020 Amano Kozue/ Mag Garden, ARIA Company
The main trailer and key art of the Netflix original anime series "Eden" have been released. Information about additional cast members, including Shingaki Tarusuke, Kuwahara Yuuki, and Kaida Yuuko, along with comments from celebrities speaking high of the show have also been revealed.
“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 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.