Animated movie “Batman Ninja” will be the first of the Batman series to be turned into stage performance titled “BATMAN NINJA-THE SHOW”. The stage will be held at Theather Moliere Shinjuku in Tokyo from Oct. 10, 2020, over 172 performances.
“Batman Ninja” was produced in Japan borrowing the characters from the DC Comics “Batman”. The production was led by the studio behind the opening movies of the anime “JoJo's Bizarre Adventures”, Kamikaze Douga. The movie takes place in ancient Japan as Batman and Joker get teleported there through a time slip. The movie was highly praised among audiences not only in the USA and Japan, but also the entire world.
The stage play will be directed and produced by Office ENDLESS, also responsible for other big titles such as “Yu Yu Hakusho” and “Mobile Suit Gundam 00”.
The play promises to deliver “Super Tri-Dimendionsal Extreme Experience” by making the best use of the physical location “Shinjuku Theather Moliere”, which is set up in a way that provides a sense of closeness between the stage and the audience seats.
“BATMAN NINJA-THE SHOW” will happen over 172 times from Oct. 10 to Dec. 31, 2020. The performing cast will be announced soon.
（C）& TM DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s20)
A musical version of "Ace of Diamond" titled "Ace of Diamond The MUSICAL", will be staged in Tokyo on Jun. 2020, and in Osaka on Jul. 2020. In addition, the first visual, cast & staff, and stage period have been announced.
"Ace of Diamond The MUSICAL" is originally a high school baseball manga series titled "Ace of Diamond" by Terajima Yuuji, which offers a variety of contents such as anime and stages.
The main cast includes Itokawa Youjirou as the protagonist Sawamura Eijun, Kashizawa Yuta in the role of Furuya Satoru, and Kohatsu Aren as Miyuki Kazuya. In addition, the first main visual, which shows the three characters in a lively motion appearance, and the character visuals were unveiled.
The staff members include Yamazaki Akira, representative of the theater company "warui-shibai" (Bad Theatre) in the role of director and scriptwriter, GARNiDELiA alias Toku (known for the activities of the musical band "GARNiDELiA") in charge of the music, and Shiono Takuya of the dance entertainment group "Umeboshi", responsible for the choreography. Every remarkable person from its own field, will create the world of "Ace of Diamond" with a new interpretation.
"Ace of Diamond The MUSICAL" will be performed in Tokyo at "THEATRE1010" from Jun. 25 to Jun. 30, 2020, and in Osaka at "Mielparque Hall Osaka" from Jul. 3 to Jul. 5.
(C) Terajima Yuuji, Kodansha / "Ace of Diamond" The MUSICAL Production Committee
A sequel of the "Mobile Suit Gundam 00" stage play, "Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Hakai ni yoru Saisei Re:Build" (Regeneration by Destruction), will be titled "Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Hakai ni yoru Kakusei Re:(in)novation" (Awakening by Destruction) and be performed from Jul. 17 to 26, 2020. The new stage play will depict a story with new cast members.
"Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Hakai ni yoru Saisei Re:Build" is a stage adaption of "Mobile Suit Gundam 00", which was broadcast from Oct. 2007, and was performed in Feb. 2019. They fascinated their fans through dramatic interpretations and original elements that only a stage play can depict.
The new play, "Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Hakai ni yoru Kakusei Re:(in)novation" will have new cast members to develop a spectacular story.
The visuals show the main characters; Setsuna F Seiei played by Hashimoto Shouhei, Lockon Stratos played by Imari Yuu, Allelujah Haptism played by Ayukawa Taiyou, Tieria Erde played by Nagata Seiichirou, Saji Crossroad played by Maekawa Yuuki, and Louise Halevy played by Motonishi Sakiho (from the theatrical company 4 dollars 50 cents).
Mr. Bushidou, who is voiced by the voice actor Nakamura Yuuichi (中村悠一) in the anime will be played by the actor with the same name Nakamura Yuuichi (中村優一). The actor Nakamura Yuuichi (中村優一) posted on Twitter, "I will be playing Mr. Bushidou. Nakamura Yuuichi (中村優一) will be playing the character by Nakamura Yuuichi (中村悠一)". The voice actor Nakamura Yuuichi (中村悠一) retweeted the post and this exchange has gone viral on the internet.
"Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Hakai ni yoru Kakusei Re:(in)novation" will be performed at the middle theater of New National Theatre from Jul. 17 to 26, 2020.
Also, they will stream "Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Hakai ni yoru Saisei Re:Build" with the audio commentary of the cast on the official "Gundam" YouTube channel, "Gundam Channel".
Spider-Man (Spider Armor - MK IV Suit ver.) from the game "Marvel's Spider-Man", based on "Spider-Man", gets a figure under Hot Toys'"Video Game/Masterpiece" series. The release is scheduled for Sep. 2021.
The product is a 1 /6 scale high-end figure with over 30 moveable parts and an overall height of 30 cm of Spider-Man in the Spider Armor - MK IV Suit.
The head parts with the mask on is newly created and the unique expressions from the game can be recreated by using the 3 different exchangeable eye parts.
The suits has a built-in special light- up gimmick and the pattern of the damage absorption defensive shield can be seen as well. As a specialized body was used, it was available to recreate the musclier slender body.
The accessories that come with it, are the spider drone, the various form of the spider web and the effect parts to recreate the web sticking on something.
The pedestal has a special specification where it is decorated with the logo of this work and the spider mark from the suits. As the pedestal comes with the adjustable pillars, it allows you to freely change the posture of the figure. So that you can enjoy the action scene of Spider-Man such as the web-swinging scene.
" 'Video Game/ Masterpiece' 'Marvel's Spider-Man' 1/6 Scale Figure Spider-Man (Spider Armor - MK IV Suit ver.)" is priced at 38,000 JPY (tax included). If the pre-orders are made at Hot Toys' flagship shop "Toysapien", the price will be 32,300 JPY (tax included). The release is scheduled for Sep. 2021.
The cover illustrations of the Marvel comic "THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN", which is the first collaboration between "Tsuburaya Productions" (known for "Ultraman") and "Marvel Entertainment" (known for "Spider-Man", "Iron Man", and others), have been revealed. In addition, comments by Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom, who are the writers of this work, were received.
"THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN" is Ultraman's first American comic under the collaboration of "Tsuburaya Productions" and "Marvel Entertainment". At Tokyo Comic Con 2020, it was announced that a new story of Ultraman would be serialized as a comic.
The first volume was written by Kyle Higgins (known for his works in "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" and "Winter Soldier") and Mat Groom (known for "Self/Made"), while the art illustrations were made by Francesco Manna (known for his works in "Avengers" by Jason Aaron and "Fantastic Four" by Dan Slott). The trio is a big fan of the "Ultraman" series.
The cover illustrations of "THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN" were revealed for the first time at the convention "Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo/C2E2" held in Chicago, United States on Feb. 29. The familiar pose of "Ultraman" was freshly recreated by adding the typical style of painting of Marvel.
Furthermore, the contents of the comic go back to the 1st season of "Ultraman" series.
"THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN" is scheduled to be published in the United States in the second half of 2020.
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A few years ago, thanks to my time on Power Rangers, I was able to discover and learn more about Tokusatsu. With its wildly different conventions and inspirations, Tokusatsu — and Ultraman in particular — has been a huge source of joy for me. It’s a genre so "ripe with possibilities", even down to what we conceive of in the structure of Super Hero storytelling. It’s both an honor and a privilege to bring Ultraman to Marvel.
Monsters in fiction have been embodying all that is dark and scary in our world for as long as we’ve been telling stories. But I don’t think anybody understood the immense scale of our most pressing problems quite like Tsuburaya Eiji.
He imagined the darkness looming overhead as tall as skyscrapers— alien and unknowable and ANGRY.
But he also imagined us being able to stand up to those monsters, by rising above our worst impulses and embracing a nobler way of being. He imagined "Ultraman". What does that mean in this complex, contradictory world of lies? We’re going to find out..
（C）TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Co., Ltd.
"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
The stage adaptation of the popular work from the creator group CLAMP that has over 13 million copies in circulation, "xxxHOLiC" has been decided. The visual has been released together with the announcement of the cast members.
"xxxHOLiC" is a popular work that is serialized on Young Magazine and has gotten various media mix developments, including a TV animation, animation film, and live-action drama. The stage play of the theatrical style "xxxHOLiC" will deliver the beautiful and aesthetic world using only males.
Also, it was decided that the cast members are Ota Motohiro and Sakamoto Shougo. Ota will be playing as the bewitching female that runs a wish granting shop, Ichihara Yuuko while Sakamoto will be playing as the high school boy that has a trait liked by "Ayakashi", Watanuki Kimihiro.
This dark fantasy depicting an abnormal life will be directed by Matsuzaki Fumiya (MANKAI STAGE "A3!" Series, "Tekkon Kinkreet", and "Mouryou no Hako"), and the script is written by Hata Masafumi ("Tekkon Kinkreet", and "Mouryou no Hako").
Theatrical style "xxxHOLiC" will start in fall 2021.
(C)CLAMP, ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD./ Kodansha
‘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 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.