The movie “Twittering Birds Never Fly: The clouds gather” (premiering on Feb. 15) revealed its latest promotional cutscenes. In anticipation to the opening of the movie, the author of the series, Yoneda Kou and director of the movie Makita Kaori publicly commented on the release.
“Twittering Birds Never Fly: The clouds gather” is originally a yaoi manga by Yoneda Kou and serialized on “ihr HertZ”(Taiyou Tosho), having printed a total of 1.5 million copies total. It will the first work produced by the label “BLUE LYNX” from Fuji TV.
The story revolves around Yashiro a young mafia high-rank leader, who is secretly a masochist, and his bodyguard Domeki. The plot unfolds as the self-contradictory Yashiro and the submissive Domeki get close. What destiny awaits the characters that seek to fill each other's empty spaces?
“Twittering Birds Never Fly: The clouds gather” will release on Feb. 15, 2020.
Author: Yoneda Kou
I actually cried after I finished watching it. It stems from the helplessness and desolation of the story itself, and from the fact that I'm the author too. I'm very grateful for having my work turned into images and sounds.
Director: Makita Kaori
There's only a few days left until the release of the movie. And for some reason, it doesn't really feel real somehow.
All the staff, cast, and artists have worked really hard in order to bring the atmosphere and mood of the original manga to life. For the fans of the series, and for the people watching the movie for the first time, please do watch over Yashiro and Domeki throughout their trajectory.
Script: Seko Hiroshi
The pain that Yashiro is holding inside him is something unspeakable of. It something painful and complicated that can't be easily explained in words.
At the same time, it is something that we all have that inside us (whether we are aware of it or not). That's why I think many people will be able to relate to Yashiro and this movie somehow. I find it hard to argue against the fact that Domeki felt this way as well.
（C）Yoneda Kou-Taiyou Tosho/”Twittering Birds Never Fly” Production Committee
Vol. 1 and 2 of the Japanese version of the Chinese BL Fantasy novel "Mo Dao Zu Shi" was released on May 27, 2021.
"Mo Dao Zu Shi" is originally a BL novel by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, serialized on a Chinese website from 2015. A Japanese dubbed version of the TV anime was broadcast from January 2021.
Wei Wuxian, who was once feared by the people as having fallen into the path of evil, lost everything and died a violent death. 13 years later, he was summoned into another person's body and unexpectedly returns to this world. He hides his true identity and wants to leave his past behind, but is reunited with his rival Lan Wangji, who he competed against in both sports and studies.
The free-spirited Wei Wuxian and the well-mannered, silent Lan Wangji. Wei Wuxian remembers constantly clashing with Lan Wangji in their past lives, but for some reason, he doesn't level his side...
A special first-edition version of the Japanese version of "Mo Dao Zu Shi" vol. 1 was also released. It comes with a collection of illustrations, acrylic panels, and other items.
"Mo Dao Zu Shi" Japanese version has the first two volumes released. The regular version is priced at 1,600 JPY (tax excluded) and the special first-edition version is priced at 7,200 JP (tax included).
(C) Mo Xiang Tong Xiu / Qian Er Bai / Beijing Jinjiang Original Network Technology Co., Ltd. / Frontier Works Inc.
A new anime "Given: Uragawa no Sonzai", which depicts the story of Mafuyu and Ritsuka behind the scenes in "Given" (movie), has been announced along with a live-action drama adaptation.
"Given" is a BL manga by Kizu Natsuki serialized in Shinshokan's "Chéri+" since the 2013 Spring Issue. Centering on the four members of a rock band, the popular series depicts their love lives and their growth. It was initially broadcast in Fuji TV's "Noitamina" slot from July to September 2019, and "Given" (film) was released in August 2020.
The new anime "Given: Uragawa no Sonzai" depicts the high school student members Mafuyu and Ritsuka facing their own problems and supporting each other, behind the conflicts between Haruki, Akihiko, and Ugetsu.
The key visual featuring the two of them playing music on the school's stairs with a gentle light cast on them symbolizes the relationship between them.
It was also announced that a live-action drama will be created for the video streaming service FOD. Uenoyama Ritsuka will be played by Suzuki Jin, Satou Mafuyu by Sanari, Kaji Akihiko by Inowaki Kai, and Nakayama Haruki by Yanagi Shuntarou. The show is scheduled to be released on FOD at 12:00 a.m. on July 17 (JST).
The new anime "Given: Uragawa no Sonzai" will be included in the bonus DVD of the limited edition of the"Given" manga vol. 7, which will be released on December 1, 2021.
(C) Kizu Natsuki, Shinshokan / Given Production Committee
(C) Kizu Natsuki, Shinshokan / Fuji Television
The manga "Umibe no Étranger" (by Kii Kanna and published by Shodensha), which takes place on the island off the coast of Okinawa and depicts the innocent love story between a greenhorn novelist and a young boy, had captured the hearts of many people and the theatrical anime is handled by the BL anime Label "BLUE LYNX". Since this movie was released on Sep. 11, 2020, let's reviews the work beforehand.
The greenhorn novelist, Shun unexpectedly called out to the young boy, Mio at the beachside.
---"Hey, you there!"
Because of that Mio had also started to be conscious of Shun, but he has to leave the island no matter what. Mio left after saying "I want to become an adult as soon as possible".
After three years, Mio returns to Shun. He had become slightly mature. With an innocent bright smile. When the unrequited thoughts were responded, the stopped time starts to run again...
The work is based on the manga "Umibe no Étranger" (published by Shodensha) by Kii Kanna.
This anime adaptation is supervised by the author Kii Kanna, who is also an ex-animator, and she is also in charge of the character design.
The animation production was created with a mixture of 2D and 3D animation and is handled by the long-established studio "Studio Hibari", who is known for "Major", and "Monster Strike". The director is Oohashi Akiyo, who had shown her superb skill such as "Danganronpa The Animation" as well as the animation PV for the sales commemoration of "Houseki no Kuni" Vol 1.
The drama between the characters, the beautiful nature of Okinawa, the lights, coloring, and the audio are all drawn carefully with fixation.
This work is the third work of the BL specialized anime Label "BLUE LYNX" after "Twittering Birds Never Fly: The clouds gather" and "Given the Movie".
■Original Work's Arts Exhibition
The movie "Umibe no Étranger"'s Anime Art Exhibition was held on PARCO GALLERY X, Shibuya, Tokyo. (Duration: Sep. 4, 2020 ~ Sep. 14, 2020)
The exhibition has exhibited over 30 illustrations, including the setting arts, rough drawing, and 5 original illustrations drawn for this movie along with the messages from the casts & staff, the signed scripts, the storyboard drawn by the director Oohashi Akiyo, and others.
Moreover, the art exhibition's original goods with the illustration by Kii Kanna-sensei were on sale.
The main casts will be handled by the same voice actors as the drama CD. Hashimoto Shun is voice by Murata Taishi (known for his role as Norba Shino from "Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans" and Magee from "Gundam Build Divers") while Tachibana Mio is voice by Matsuoka Yoshitsugu (known for his role as Kirito from "Sword Art Online" and Hashibira Inosuke from "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba").
Murata Taishi (voice of Hashimoto Shun)
--Can you share your feelings when the theatrical anime adaptation of "Umibe no Étranger" was decided, as well as when your role was decided and when you were reading the script?
Various thoughts appear in my mind. My appreciation of continues this role from the drama CD and the expectation toward the movie. Above all, I am glad that I am able to perform the encountering scene of Mio. Both of their fates were greatly affected, while Mio is slowly becoming more mature, Shun, on the other hand, is struggling like a loser. At the very beginning when I was voicing the drama CD, this scene was impressive and made my heart throb. Even the scripts are filled with the "Étranger" of the production staff, especially the stage direction as well as the lines...! So, I wanted to respond it with all I have along with the burning obsession that is gradually growing as I wanted everyone to see it right away (haha).
--This works is supervised by Kii Kanna-sensei, who is also the character designer, and she was also greatly involved with the production. Can you tell us any highlights?
I personally like the comical expression that was illustrated by Kii Kanna sensei, so I hope it can calm everyone down. During the recording, I remember that it was quite easy in voicing the character as the transition of the character expression from serious to comical was exactly as the manga.
Above everything, the combination between Okinawa and the cat is the best. It a fusion of the spaciousness scenery of the southern island with cuteness. This is the ideal retirement life. Please watch it while thinking about Okinawa and cat.
--Please share your message to the fans who are looking forward to "Umibe no Étranger"
I would like to thank everyone who is looking forward to the movie!
This movie has a more detailed depiction of the romance between Mio and Shun. People always think about their beloved. That is common sense but I found out that.... it actually harder than I thought. Please enjoy watching the movie while letting your emotions run wild and being immersed in the gentle setting of Étranger. I believed there are surely parts were first-timers of Étranger can understand mutually. Please look forward to "Umibe no Étranger"!
Matsuoka Yoshitsugu (voice of Tachibana Mio)
--Can you share your feelings when the theatrical anime adaptation of "Umibe no Étranger" was decided, as well as when your role was decided and when you were reading the script?
Even though it had been a while since the first drama CD, I still remember Murata-san mentioning that he wanted to see the animation adaptation during the talk part in the drama CD.
At first, I thought it was a joke but I believed that Murata-san is quite glad that the theatrical adaption was decided.
I am genuinely happy when I heard about my role.
However, I am actually scared since this is my first time voicing a BL role in animation.
When I was reading the script, I thought that it had ended splendidly from the start till the end. Then, my memory during the recording of the drama cd resurfaced, which helps me to enter my role easily!
--As this works is supervised by Kii Kanna-sensei, who is also the character designer, and she was also greatly involved with the production. Can you tell us any highlights?
I was thinking about how to express the sadness of the Mio as the story contains the emotional period of the lonely Mio, but the art has helped me to express it without being too immersed in it. It as if I was drawn in by the beautiful art!
Feeling such as "I want to go to this world at least once!", "I want to travel to there!", “I want to go to the beach!", and "Mugii!” appears inside of me (haha).
I think everyone will get immersed in it as well, so do enjoy the world of Étranger.
--Please share your message to the fans who are looking forward to "Umibe no Étranger"
I had done my best already. I hope that it will leave an impression inside everyone's heart.
Actually, this is a work that will cause various thoughts to appear, such as it was great after it had ended, it was beautiful, and it was quite sad.
Please enjoy it while experience various feelings as it will make you think. Please do look forward to it.
Main Theme Song's Anime PV
The theme song for the movie "Umibe no Étranger", called "Zokkon" is written by MONO NO AWARE. Theirs sense of words is the finishing touch to the sentimental youth rock song.
The main trailer make use of the anime PV and it a fusion between the colorful scenes and the emotional song. It consists of various scene, including the blue sky with the blue sea, the expression of the two cute cats, the delicious foods, the troubled Shun, and Mio with a bright smile.
(C)Kii Kanna/Shodensha, Umibe no Étranger Production Committee
(C)Kii Kanna/Shodensha on BLUE comics
The special video and new scene cuts for the movie anime "Umibe no Etranger" (release date: Sept. 11, 2020) were released. Along with this announcement, the sale of the first art book of the original work's author, Kii Kanna, called queue-Kanna Kii artbook", has been decided.
"Umibe no Etranger" will be released from the anime label specialized in boys-love called "BLUE LYNX". The story is set in the remote island in Okinawa and depicts the innocent romance of the young novelist and the boy.
The special video and the scene cut released this time depicts Shun meeting Mio sitting on the bench near the beach at night.
Mio's fragile profile, colorful flowers, and a friendly cat that stands by his leg...the important scenes from the movie is delicately taken out, and the voice of Murata Taishi, who plays Shun, and Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, who plays Mio, can be heard as well.
In addition to the video and the scene cuts, the sales of the 4th volume of "Harukaze no Etranger", which is the sequence of the original manga, and the Kii Kanna's first art book called "queue-Kanna Kii artbook" had been announced. The released date for both products is Aug. 25, 2020.
"Umibe no Etranger" will be released in the theaters nationwide from Sept. 11, 2020.
(C) Kii Kanna/Shodensha・Umibe no Etranger Production Committee (C) Kii Kanna/Shodensha on BLUE comics
The release date for “Given Movie” will be on May. 16, 2020, and the key visual which depicts the four character of “Given” and Ugetsu was revealed together. It was also announved that the theme song will be handled by Centimillimental who previously handled the theme song for the TV series.
"Given Movie" is the movie adaptation of the TV Anime "Given" that was broadcast from Jul. 2019 to Sep. 2019 and this is the second work for the BL Anime Label "BLUE LYNX".
After gettering attracted to Satou Mafuyu’s voice, Uenoyama Ritsuka, the high school student, invites Mafuyu to join his band that he formed together with Nakayama Haruki and Kaji Akihiko as a vocal. After their first concert, which was success, Ritsuka had realized his feeling toward Mafuyu and both of them started to date in the midst of the "Given" band activities.
On the other hand, Haruki had liked Akihiko for a long time but Akihiko is in a relationship with his roommate and violinist, Murata Ugetsu ...
In the key visual, Ugetsu is standing in between Haruki and Akihiko which signifies the relationship between these three characters. With the catch-copy "The dawn, had come.", it is a visual that shows the street changing from night to morning.
"Given Movie" will be in theaters from May 16, 2020.
(C) Kizu Natsuki・Shinshokan/ Given Production Committee
The animated film "Saezuru Tori ha Habatakanai The clouds gather" will be released on Feb. 15, 2020. The key visual was also revealed.
"Saezuru Tori ha Habatakanai The clouds gather" is an animated film and the first work to be released by "Blue Lynx", a BL anime label started by Fuji Television.
It is based on the BL manga by Yoneda Kou serialized in "ihr HertZ" . It's a story about Yashiro, the wakagashira (a young leading subordinate in a yakuza group) of yakuza group Shinseikai who likes to be dominated and has a lewd side, and Doumeki who appears before him, and depicts how they're tossed around by fate while complementing each other's weaknesses.
The key visual depicts the wakagashira of Shinseikai Yashiro and his attendant Doumeki as they stand in the bustle and the shining neon lights of Shinjuku. The visual gives a sense of loneliness from the two whose weaknesses complement each other.
In addition, from Dec. 27, 2019, Mubichike (movie ticket bought in advance) with the design of the key visual will be sold at theaters nationwide. The freebie that comes with the advance ticket is an A5 clear file folder illustrated by the author and illustrator of the original work Yoneda Kou, and one can choose between two types, the Yashiro version or Doumeki version.
The movie "Saezuru Tori ha Habatakanai The clouds gather" will be released on Feb. 15, 2020 at Shinjuku Balt 9 and other theaters nationwide.
(C) Yoneda Kou・Taiyou Tosho/ "Saezuru Tori ha Habatakanai" Production Committee
Voice actor Furuya Toru, known for his roles of Amuro Ray from "Mobile Suit Gundam" and Amuro Toru from "Detective Conan", for the first time appeared on the variety show "Super Adversity Quiz Battle!! 99 People's Wall" on the Fuji TV. The broadcast on June 12, in which Furuya will appear, is titled "Kill 99 Professionals in the Music Industry SP" and plenty of quizzes related to the four genres of "Heisei / Reiwa hit song", "drama songs", "boys band", and "anime song" will be held for 2 hours.
Furuya, who participated for the first time, fires up the studio with the improvisation of 7 voice changes of Ray Amuro and Amuro Toru, Yamcha from "Dragon Ball", Pegasus Seiya from "Saint Seiya", Sabo from "One Piece", Tuxedo Mask from "Sailor Moon", and Hoshi Ittetsu from "Kyojin no Hoshi".
However, he commented, "I'm really bad at quizzes and always want to go home early (laughs). I'm still nervous today."
This time, with Nakagawa Shoko and Inagaki Sakura, he formed the "Strongest anime corps in the entertainment world" and fought a fierce battle against the "Animesong record company corps".
"Super Adversity Quiz Battle !! 99 People's Wall Anime & Hit Songs... Defeat 99 Professionals in the Music Industry SP" featuring Furuya will be broadcast on Fuji TV from 07:00 P.M. to 09:00 P.M. on June 12.
In addition to Furuya, Kawai Ikuto from A.B.C-Z and TV commentator Kimura Takashi, and others will also appear on the same broadcast to challenge the "wall".
The 2nd 4-hours live broadcast "ALLNIGHT SAY YOU FUJI" by the young voice actors has been announced. It is titled "ALLNIGHT SAY YOU 2nd Night" and will start at 12:00 AM, June 27, 2021, on FUJI TV's TWO Drama/ Anime and Fuji TV TWOsmart. Comments from the cast members, including the MC, Morikubo Showtaro, have arrived.
The previous broadcast has recorded a total of 50 thousand tweets and the hashtag "#ALLNIGHT SAY YOU FUJI" was ranked at the 2nd place for Japan on Twitter, which shows the popularity of the program. This 2nd program will have the young voice actors that took part in various popular anime, including "Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle-", "Idolmaster SideM", and "Ensemble Stars!!", challenge various projects.
The MC will be the voice actor Morikubo Showtaro, who is perfect at handling the situation that involves many performers and also a person whom the young voice actors trust.
The members of "SAY YOU ALLNIGHTERS", are performers that have appeared in the previous program, first appearing performers as well as the veteran voice actors, who are not young at all. The program will feature a battle royal fighting for the position of "Morikubo Approval Voice Actor", who Morikubo will promote to the voice actor industry.
This time, the program will be 4 hours long without any commercial breaks that will surely hype up your midnight, so do support your "favourite voice actor" that is trying his best.
The 4-hours broadcast of "ALLNIGHT SAY YOU 2nd Night" is on June 27, 2021, from 12:00 AM to 4:00 AM, on Fuji TV's TWO Drama/ Anime and Fuji TV's TWOsmart.
MC: Morikubo Showtaro
To think that the 2nd program was announced this fast!? I'm so glad! Thank you so much! So, let's show them our best! We will aim for a team that can all make a hit! Do look forward to that moment.
Huh? Young? Am I still considered a young voice actor?! I'm convinced that my mental age is still at 20.
I will do my best as the CEO of BLACKSHIP Co., Ltd. / young voice actor!!
As I was certified without doing anything, what would happen if I take action?!?! I will accept the challenge from the young voice actors of the same generation!!
From the TV anime "Bakuten!!", the outline and scenes from episode 3 "Gasshuku Shitai!" (I want to Go to Training Camp!), broadcast on Thursday, April 23, 2021, have been released.
"Bakuten!!" is a "sports ensemble cast" depicting Futaba Shoutarou, who encounters "men's rhythmic gymnastics" in the last summer of junior high, entering the men's rhythmic gymnastics club in Soushukan High School and devoting his youth to gymnastics with his teammates.
Episode 3 is titled "Gasshuku Shitai!"
After a week of intensive training, Shoutarou passes the test to participate in the team competition.
Finally, his career as a rhythmic gymnast begins, and in no time, the joint training camp with Ao High's rival, Hakumei University Affiliated High School (Shiro High) is planned.
As a rookie, Shoutarou tries to keep up with the other members and practices at the park when a mysterious boy appears in front of him.
"Bakuten!!" Episode 3 "Gasshuku Shitai!" was broadcast on Fuji TV in the "Noitamina" slot on Thursday, April 23, 2021.
(C) Bakuten Production Committee
The "Fragrance" based on Yashiro & Momoki from "Twittering Birds Never Fly: The clouds gather" are here. It will be on sale from May. 22, 2020 at every "primaniacs" store.
This item is released under the brand "primaniacs" that is famous for the collaboration fragrance with anime and comic.
For the handsome "Yashiro" with a polish existence had a stimulus of anise hidden within the citrus is based on the soft must which stands out in the strong presence and brings heat toward the skin. However, there is a sad past hidden deep within the chest together with the hazardous. It filled with refined smell such as the suspicious expression with an unknown background and the alluring sight that causes the heart to throb.
For the quiet and unsophisticated "Momoki" had a smell of the plain leaf green smell based on boorish Sandalwood and Pogostemon cablin together with the warmness of the amber lit silently. The unknown emotion that is pulsating in the body had produced a will that will not waver until one becomes crazy. This youthful yet calm smell is similar to the warmth of that strong extended palm.
"Twittering Birds Never Fly: The clouds gather Fragrance" is priced at 5,417 JPY (tax excluded). Sales will start in May. 22, 2020 in every "primaniacs" stores. Moreover, fragrance testing will be available at "primaniacs Ginza Main Store" from Apr. 9 onward.
(C) Yoneda Kou・Taiyou Kosho／"Twittering Birds Never Fly: The clouds gather" Production Committee
Animation movie "Twittering Birds Never Fly The clouds gather" will hold its 1st-day stage greetings. It will be held on Feb. 15, 2020 at Shinjuku Balt 9.
The original boys-love manga "Twittering Birds Never Fly" has over 1.5 million copies published. It will be released on Feb. 15 as the 1st work by "BLUE LYNX", a new anime label created by Fuji TV.
The stage greetings are made of 2 sections. In the 1st section, Yashiro and Todomeki, the characters from "Twittering Birds Never Fly", will hold a talk session. The questions and concerns can be sent via the application form until Feb. 6, 2020 at 11:00 am. The casts will only appear as voices, and it has not been announced that they will come to the greetings.
In the 2nd section, the original manga author Yoneda Kou and the director Makita Kaori will appear on the stage. They are likely to talk about the hidden stories of production.
The stage greetings is planned twice; first greeting will be held at 2:00 pm, and another will be held at 3:00 pm. MC is the TV personality Yoshiki Risa. The ticket price is 2,000 JPY (tax included).
(C) Yoneda Kou・Taiyo Tosho/"Twittering Birds Never Fly" Production Committee
Anime movie "Twittering Birds Never Fly – The Clouds Gather", set to premiere on Feb. 15, 2020, released a 2nd Promotional Video outlining Yashiro and Domeki's sad relationship. Additionally, Omoinotake was announced as the theme song artist and the theme song "Moratorium"is also featured in the video.
"Twittering Birds Never Fly – The Clouds Gather" is based on BL manga series "Twittering Birds Never Fly" by author Yoneda Kou that recorded a total of 1.5 million copies in sales.
The plot follows the high-rank mafia boss protagonist Yashiro who is a sexual masochist, and his newly employed bodyguard Domeki, who discovers about his boss secret facet. As their relationship progresses and secrets are unveiled, what kind of fate awaits both of them?
The new PV features the theme song "Moratorium" by Omoinotake and outlines the heartrending relationship between the main characters.
Movie "Twittering Birds Never Fly– The Clouds Gather" will premiere on Feb. 15, 2020
（C）Yoneda Kou - Taiyou Tosho/ "Twittering Birds Never Fly – The Clouds Gather" Production Committee
"Twittering Birds Never Fly: The Clouds Gather" and "Given: The Movie" from the BL anime label, "BLUE LYNX" will have a joint-popup store at two of the LOFT stores.
They will be open at Umeda LOFT, Osaka (Feb.1 to Feb. 25) and Kichijouji LOFT, Tokyo (Feb. 8 to Feb. 26).
There will be new illustrations of the characters of "Twittering Birds Never Fly: The Clouds Gather" and "Given: The Movie" dressed in fashionable formal wear under the theme of "THE PARTY" following suit with the "BLUE LYNX 'THE PARTY' POP UP STORE in LOFT".
The joint-popup store will be selling many limited and pre-sale goods along with a special illustration card as a present to those who buy a total of over 2,000 JPY (tax included) worth of goods.
At the display area, there are a photo spot and scene photo panel of a copyright illustration, character panels with autographs of the cast, posters, etc. They also are planning a special surprise for those who come to the store.
"BLUE LYNX 'THE PARTY' POP UP STORE in LOFT" is scheduled to be held at Umeda LOFT, Osaka (Feb.1 to Feb. 25) and Kichijouji LOFT, Tokyo (Feb. 8 to Feb. 26).
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.