“The Laughing Salesman” is a black humor manga written by Fujiko Fujio A, known for works such as “Ninja Hattori-kun”, “The Monster Kid”, etc. This will be the first stage play adaption of “The Laughing Salesman”. The main character, Mogami Moguro will be played by Satou Ryuuji who is active in stage plays, dramas, movies, and so on.
The stage play is based on the black humor manga by Fujiko Fujio A. It started off as a one-shot called “The Black Salesman” and later was serialized. It began as a fairly minor series since Fujiko usually didn't write manga for young adults. However, when it became a TV anime as an omnibus completed each episode in 1989, it suddenly became popular.
In 2017, another TV anime series “The Laughing Salesman NEW” was broadcast, but this will be its first stage play adaption.
The stage play will be stared by the actor Satou Ryuuji who is known as Kashuu Kiyomitsu from the musical “Touken Ranbu” and Uchiha Sasuke from the “Naruto” live spectacle.
The staging will be handled by Kobayashi Kensaku who is highly praised for his unique sense of humor in the 2.5 dimension stage plays such as “Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High” gakuran musical and “Patalliro!” stage play series.
Satou Ryuuji will express the coolness, that hides under the creepy and weird Moguro dressed in solid black, stylishly to the music.
The stage play “The Laughing Salesman: THE STAGE” will be performed at Stellar Ball, Shinagawa Prince Hotel, Tokyo from Apr. 23 to May 3, 2020, and AiiA 2.5 Theater Kobe, Hyogo from May 7 to May 10, 2020.
(C)Fujiko Studio/The Laughing Salesman NEW Production Committee
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.
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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".
The character rap project "Hypnosis Mic-Division Rap Battle-"'s second play "Rule the Stage-track.2-" has released information about the main cast members. Sekoguchi Ryou is playing Amemura Ramuda, and Ayukawa Taiyou is playing Jinguuji Jakurai.
The first original goods for the "'Animage and Ghibli Exhibition': Ghibli Began with a Single Magazine”, which will be held at Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo from April 15, 2021, have been revealed. The line-up includes a tapestry designed by "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" and a plush toy of “blue” Teto.
"'Animage and Ghibli Exhibition': Ghibli Began with a Single Magazine” is an exhibition that looks back at the origins of Studio Ghibli by focusing on the "editorial" side of Suzuki Toshio, the producer of Studio Ghibli who has been involved in numerous hit works.
During the exhibition, about 150 original exhibition items will be available such as a plush toy that recreates the “blue” Teto from the November 1983 issue of Animage, a tapestry with the opening design of the movie "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind," items with the design of the castle of Laputa surrounded by the strange and beautiful rotting sea plants and greenery, and items that express iconic scenes from the film by silhouettes.
"'Animage and Ghibli Exhibition': Ghibli Began with a Single Magazine” will be held at Event Square on the 8th floor of Matsuya Ginza from April 15 to May 5. After that, the exhibition will tour around Japan, including Ishinomaki, Miyagi.
For more information, please visit the official website.
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From "Idolish7", Trigger's 2nd album 'VARIANT' will be released on June 23. To commemorate the album release, their online live performance 'Trigger Live Cross "VARIANT"' will be held in the summer of 2021. The live key visual is also available.
Trigger's 2nd album 'VARIANT' will be released on June 23, 2021. It is a conceptual original album thatwas made with a concept, and also includes a new songs.
First-run Limited Edition A and First-run Limited Edition B respectively includes a download card featuring a different part of original drama. The common original jacket visual for First-run Limited Edition A/B and Normal Edition is created by Tanemura Arina.
It was also announced that 'Trigger Live Cross "VARIANT"' will be held in the summer of 2021 to commemorate the album release.
Please look forward to further information to come.
Trigger's 2nd album 'VARIANT' will be released on June 23, 2021.
(C)Idolish7 (C)BNOI / Idolish7 Production Committee
"8th New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival" has been decided. It will be held onsite in New Chitose Airport Terminal, Hokkaido and online. For the onsite, it will be held for 4 days from November 5 to November 8, 2021.
"New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival" is a film festival that gathers all the latest animation work from all around the world in New Chitose Airport that is making rapid progress to become an entertainment airport as well as a gateway to connect Hokkaido to the world.
This is the world's first film festival held in the airport that started in 2014 with the objective of "The film festival transmitting throughout the airport and can only be held in an airport". In 2019, it has recorded the highest number of attendance, which is approximately 43,000 local and overseas attendances. Due to the coronavirus last year, this festival was held both onsite and online, and the total online view has exceeded 100,000.
This year, it will also be held in both onsite and online in New Chitose Airport Terminal just like last year and it will deliver the exciting experience of the animation that can only be felt "now",
It will be held in the airport for 4 days from November 5 to November 8, 2021, while the date for the online format will be announced in the future on the official website.
Also, the category of the competition, which is the main event of this film festival, are the short and long featured animation, open for students as well that is the same as last year. The application will start on April 19. For the short featured animation, other than the usual short animation move, GIF, VR, digital animated comic, and movie installation works are also applicable for this category.
Do check out the official website for more information on the application detail and method.
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.
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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 BD & DVD of the music recital "ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Regards," (held on November 8, 2020, in Maihama Amphitheater) featuring the voice actor Shimono Hiro and Tsuda Kenjirou, will be released on April 27, 2021. The photos of the footage novelty featuring the voice actors and the teaser PV have been released.
Music recital "ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Regards," is a one-night limited live recital and live performance of the epilogue of the TV anime that takes place 1 year afterward. While being a replay, it restructure contents that make use of the footage of the OVA "ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Regards".
The footage novelty that will be included in the BD & DVD is a 25 minutes interview of the performers before and after the performance. You will be able to hear the thoughts of Shimono Hiro, Tsuda Kenjirou, Suwabe Junichi, and others toward the music recital, the highlights of this work as well as the message to the fans.
The BD & DVD of the music recital "ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Regards," will be released on April 27, 2021. The price for Blu-ray is 7,700 JPY (tax included) while DVD is priced at 6,600 JPY (tax included).
（C）Ono, Natsume/SQUARE ENIX, Bandai Namco Arts
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.