“The city that continues anime production”, Nerima City in Tokyo will hold “Anime Culture Talk Salon Spring 2020” on Mar. 14, 2020 as part of the public recording project of the website “Nerima Animation Website”.
“Anime Culture Talk Salon Spring 2020” will feature a public recording of the 2 talk projects; “Anime giants in Nerima! LIVE” and “Talk Session: Thoughts on anime events”.
“Anime giants in Nerima! LIVE” will feature the anime researchers, Hikawa Ryuusuke and Haraguchi Masahiro and they will talk about one of the pioneers of animation culture, Tezuka Osamu in term of the “animation creators”.
“Talk Session: Thoughts on anime events” will feature the guests; producer Noguchi Kouichi from Toei Animation, the voice actress/actress Shintani Mayumi, and Mori Yasuyuki from Hakuhodo which is familiar with the anime markets, and they will talk about the possibility of anime events from their respective point of views.
“Anime Culture Talk Salon Spring 2020” will be held on Mar. 14, 2020 in the 702 Meeting room of Nerima City's Administration building and the participation is free of charge. The registration form can be obtained from the “Nerima Animation Website”.
From the "14th Seiyu Awards", some of the winner were announced in advanceof the award ceremony on Mar. 7, 2020. The "Merit Award" goes to Yada Minoru and Kousaka Makoto, "Tomiyama Kei Memorial Award" goes to Mizushima Yuu, and "Takahashi Kazue Memorial Award" goes to Fukami Rika.
"Seiyu Awards" is the largest event in the voice actor industry where the most active, most popular, most talented voice actors of the year, and the veteran voice actors that have been active for many years gathere together.
This year is the 14th awarding,and the "Merit Awards" that is given to the voice actor who has contributed to various genres including behind the scene for many years goes to Yada Minori ( Professor Shikishima from "Tetsujin 28-go") and Kousaka Makoto (Oka Hiromi from "Aim for the Ace!").
The "Tomiyama Kei Memorial Award" (Voice actor active in various categories including appearance in works) goes to Mizushima Yuu (Myoujin Takeru/ Mars from "Six God Combination Godmars"), and "Takahashi Kazue Memorial Award" (Voice actress active in various categories including appearance in works) goes to Fukami Rika (Aino Minako/ Sailor Venus from "Sailer Moon").
The "Special Achievement Award" is given to the voice actor that has passed away during the year.
The award ceremony for the "14th Seiyu Awards" will be held in Media Plus Hall, Nippon Culture Broadcasting, Tokyo on Mar. 7, 2020.
Furthermore, the second "Seiyu Awards" introduction program "Chou! A&G+ Special 'Mikami Shiori's Seiyu Award Introduction #2'" featuring Mikami Shiroi, will be broadcast in "Chou! A&G+" on Feb. 28.
14th Seiyu Awards Advanced Announcement-List of winners
Merit Award: Yada Minoru, Kousaka Makoto
Tomiyama Kei Memorial Award: Mizushima Yuu
Takahashi Kazue Memorial Award: Fukami Rika
From the international animation film festival "Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2020 (TAAF2020)" (held from Mar. 13 to 16, 2020), they announced the details of the programs such as "Oyako Movie Theater", "YOUNG POWER 2020", and "Inter College Animation Festival 2019 Selection" and "Symposium" that you can enjoy for free.
"Oyako Movie Theater" is a free screening of animation works in Japan and overseas that you want to show children.
The lineup will include “Bannou Yasai Ninninman”, “Puka Puka Juju (Juju the Weightless Dugong)”, “Genba no Jou”, “Little Maraba”, “Captain Bal”, “Bureizen”, “Hello WeGo!” and "Aki no Kanade". The venue “Kumin Hiroba Minami Ikebukuro” is a space where you can take off your shoes, watch movies and chat, so parents and children can relax and enjoy the animation.
"YOUNG POWER 2020" will feature anime by students from Tama Art University, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo Polytechnic University, and Tokyo Zokei University, as the young creators who take on responsibility for the next-generation animation industry.
Guest instructors for this year are Raul Garcia, an animator for Genie of Disney animation "Aladdin", and Inamura Takeshi who has worked for numerous works at Studio Ghibli as key frame and key animation supervisor.
"Inter College Animation Festival 2019 Selection'' is a program that collected works the executive committee recommended from those participated in 2019 in the first full-scale animation film festival in Japan "ICA'' which gathered recommended works from schools that is specialized in animation.
The screenings include “Aru Jikan”, “USUAL DAY”, “world.execute (me);”, “Boku wo Matteru”, “I SEE YOU”, “to bee continued Umeboshi Patrol”, “Kujira no Yu”, “LOCOMOTOR”, “April” "SPACE" and "Asparagus Ningen ni Natta hi. Hobo Kanzenni Kudo ni Natta Toshi".
In the “Symposium”, they had prepared several projects such as "Future animation -The possibility of stop motion-", "To see a bright future. The future insight of the animation industry 1-What will we try to change with digitalization?" and "To see the bright future. The future insight of the animation industry 2-Change of job site environment and working environment with digitalization" to explore the “current” animation, by reconsidering the actual situation, and discuss how “future” of animation, animators, staff, industries, organizations, and so on should be.
Each creator and producer who has been active on the front lines in Japan and abroad will be on stage and have heart-to-heart communication with passion.
"TAAF2020" will be held from Mar. 13 to 16, 2020 at Ikebukuro Cinema Rosa in Ikebukuro, Tokyo and other locations. Go to the official website to apply to participate in each program.
"Pokémon Illumination" will consist of various events, including "Pikachu Pika Pika Illumination Show" and it will be held in Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest from November 14, 2020.
"Pokémon Illumination" will recreate colorfully the world of the various wild Pokémon’s on the resourceful mountain area of "Sagamiko Resort", including the forest, grassland, and lake.
It will consist of many areas, such as "Pikachu's Forest of Light", which is the forest of light that Pikachu lived in, "Pokémon Street" where photography of Charmander who is staying warm from the campfire while sleeping and the Pokémon who are eating the curry while enjoying the camp.
In the amusement event, "Pikachu Pika Pika Illumination Show", Pikachus will perform a special illumination show and you will be given the precious opportunity to take photos with them in the forest of light during the photography session.
Also, a novelty will be given upon purchase from the foods and drinks of the limited menu in the restaurant.
"Pokémon Illumination" will be held at the illumination event of "Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest", called "Sagamiko Illumination" from November 14.
（C）2020 Pokémon. （C）1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc. /GAME FREAK inc.
A new PV of "SHOW BY ROCK!! STARS!!", a TV anime that will be aired from Jan. 2021, has been released. Girls' & boys' band festivals will also be held, and everything is getting hot for the new series.
"SHOW BY ROCK!!" is Sanrio's first-ever franchise project aimed for anime and game fans. It was launched in 2012. The latest anime "SHOW BY ROCK!!STARS!!" will be aired from Jan. 2021.
On Nov. 1, 'Mashumairesh!! ONLINE EVENT "Mashu Fes!!"' was held. The release of the new PV was announced in the event. The video features 'Do Re Mi Fa STARS!!' as an opening theme song, and depicts the life of Mashumairesh!! and Plasmagica members in MIDICITY, the setting of the story. You will be excited to see what is happening to the bands, and how other bands get involved.
Furthermore, 'Mashumairesh!! Minna Atsumare! Let's! Fresh! New Face! in UNZ' that has been postponed, has decided to be held on Jan. 10, 2021. The venue will be Shinjuku Bunka Center, the application for the tickets will be accepted until Nov. 30.
**Minna Atsumare! = lit. Everyone, come over here!
Girls' & boys' band festivals will also be held. The cast of "Girls' Band Festival 2021 (provisional title)" that will be held on Oct. 3, 2021 include Inagawa Eri, Tono Hikaru, Natsuyoshi Yuko, Watada Misaki, Yamane Aya, Lynn, Hidaka Rina, Hayami Saori, Noguchi Ruriko, and others. The cast of "Boys' Band Festival 2021 (provisional title)" that will be held on Dec. 312, 2021 include Taniyama Kisho, Ito Kento, Kobayashi Yusuke, Furukawa Makoto, and others.
The ticket for advance booking is included in Blu-ray version of "SHOW BY ROCK!!STARS!!". 1st and 3rd volume feature the girls' band festival, and 2nd and 4th volume feature the boys' band festival.
Blu-ray version also includes a characters' songs CD by a brand-new special unit characters. The unit was formed only for the privilege.
Also, other CDs will be released. 'Do Re Mi Fa STARS!! / Hoshizsora Light Story' as OP & ED theme song, will be released on Jan. 20, 2021, 'Original Sound Track' will be on Mar. 17, 2021, 'Inserted Songs Mini Album Vol. 1' will be on Feb. 17, and 'Inserted Songs Mini Album Vol. 2' will be on Apr. 7, 2021.
TV anime "SHOW BY ROCK!!STARS!!" will be aired at TOKYO MX, BS Fuji, Hokkaido Cultural Broadcasting, and other channels from Jan. 2021.
（C）2012, 2020 SANRIO CO.,LTD. SHOWBYROCK!! Production Committee M
TV anime "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" is doing a collaboration with the "Onishi", the craftsmen of "Sanshu Onigawara Crafts" that is recognized as the country's traditional craft. It will be held from Oct. 30 at Takahama City, Aichi Prefecture.
This collaboration will have sales of a limited original roof tile created by the onishi as well as a digital stamp rally. A roof tile "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" monument featuring the carving of Tanjirou and others will be created delicately by the onishi and it will be set up in front of the Administrative Building of Takahama City.
Also, a workshop to experience being an onishi will be held and you can also challenge doing the clay embossing on the tile. An original tin badge and clear file will be given to the participants.
The "Oni Collaboration" between TV anime "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" and "Onishi" will be held from Oct. 30 at Takahama City, Aichi Prefecture.
(c)Gotouge Koyoharu／Shueisha, Aniplex, ufotable
The event "Gegege Anniversary 2020 Anime Special Release Event" has been decided. This event will show "Gegege no Kitarou" and "Akuma-kun" and there will be a talk show with the cast and staff. The event will be held from Nov. 21 to 30.
"Gegege Anniversary 2020" is the event held from Nov. 21 to 30 at Chofu, Tokyo, where the original author of "Gegege no Kitarou", Mizuki Shigeru, is closely related with. The anime play event will be held for 6 days, from Nov. 21 to 23, and from Nov. 28 to 30.
This event also contains a talk show . The film will be live-viewed and streamed live from an audience-free venue at Theatas Chofu.
The first day, Nov. 21 will start from 6 PM and will show 4 selected episodes from the TV series "Akuma-kun". Guests include Furukawa Toshio (playing Mefist II), the series director Satou Junichi, and the music composer Satou Kyouno.
On the second day, Nov. 22, from 6 PM, Season 4 of "Gegege no Kitarou" will be shown. The guests on the stage are: Chiba Shigeru (Rat Man), Nishimura Chinami (Cat Girl), the series director Nishio Daisuke, and the producer Shimizu Shinji.
The event on Nov. 23 from 6 PM will show "Gegege no Kitarou" Season 5. The event welcomes Takayama Minami (Kitarou), Takaga Wataru (Rat Man), Konno Hiromi (Cat Girl), Ikezawa Haruna (Amaebi), the story produer Sanjou Riku , and the producer Sakurada Hiroyuki.
The event from 6 PM of Nov. 28 will show the latest "Gegege no Kitaro" Season 6. The guest members are: Shouji Umeka (Cat Girl) and Fujii Yukiyo (Inuyama Mana). "Gegege no Kitarou" Season 6 will also be shown on Nov. 29 at 6 PM as "Tottori Collaboration Day". On this day Sawashiro Miyuki (Kitarou), and Nozawa Masako (Medama Oyaji) have been invited.
The last day of Nov. 30 "Gegege no Kitarou" Season 6 will also shown from 7 PM. The guests include Furukawa Toshio (Rat Man), Shouji Umeka (Cat Girl) and Yamaguchi Kappei (Ittan-momen).
All talk shows will be run by Nagatomi Daichi, the producer of "Gegege no Kitarou" Season 6. The character shows are also planned at noon of Nov. 21 and 29.
Ticket lottery is currently available at e-plus from 10 AM of Oct. 17. Regular sales will be held from Nov. 17 at 10 AM.
The main visual of the event has been released as well. Amaebi from "Gegege no Kitarou" Season 5 and Amaebi drawn by Mizuki Shigeru collaborated on the poster, and this wishes all the wonderful health conditions. This visual will also be used for original event goods.
(C) Mizuki Production (C) Mizuki Production, Toei Animation (C) Mizuki Production, Fuji TV, Toei Animation
The contents and the guests that will join “Nerima Anime Carnival 2019” (scheduled to be held on Nov. 16) have been announced. There are lineup of **SSSS.GRIDMAN**, the movie **Kono Sekai no (Sara ni Ikutsumono) Katasumi ni**, works by Director Dezaki Osamu, **Mobile Police PATLABOR**, **Seikai** series, the drama **Natsuzora** and so on.
PG-TRADING Co., Ltd. (PG), a consolidated subsidiary of PIALA Co., Ltd., has set up an IP floor in "Shanghai Takashimaya" for the purpose of introducing Japanese culture in the Gubei area, where many wealthy people and foreigners live in Shanghai. As the first project, a cafe and goods sale of the Japanese anime "Inuyasha" have been held for a limited time until January 27, 2021.
The popularity of Japanese anime and manga has not declined around the world, and in May 2019, a cafe and retail store of "Detective Conan", which is very popular in China, opened for a limited time. The IP business using Japanese anime and manga is now attracting a lot of attention, such as making a long line waiting for 3 hours on weekends.
Currently, in China, not only local department stores and commercial malls, but also many Asian commercial malls from South Korea and Japan have been expanding, and competition has been intensifying more than ever. For this context, PG has planned an event that utilizes Japan's popular IP and proposed a floor construction to Shanghai Takashimaya, and will open a place to introduce Japanese culture by taking advantage of its strengths as a Japanese department store.
This time, as the first step, a cafe and character goods sales event inspired by "Inuyasha", which is also popular in China will be held around the corner on the 7th floor of "Shanghai Takashimaya". It is expected to attract 5,500 to 6,000 customers a month.
There are more than 30 types of meals, sweets and drinks, including menus inspired by the characters, and you can also purchase original goods such as charms and clothing inspired by the characters.
Not only because of the cafe and products, but also because of the perfection of the atmosphere of the entire event area, Chinese influencers have come to the store and post on social media that they use, and it has become viral throughout China.
PG has been proceeding with such IP-related projects not only at Shanghai Takashimaya but also at other Japanese department stores and commercial malls.
PG says that they will contribute to the development of any company by establishing a place where Japanese culture can be introduced, setting the Japanese IP business in China as the new lynchpin in the future.
The big game/anime event "Animate Girls Festival Aozora Marche" (hereinafter, this is called AGF Aozora Marche), was held at an outdoor venue in Ikebukuro on November 7 and 8, 2020, with measures to control the spread of COVID-19. The total number of visitors was 14,974.
As an effort to control the spread of COVID-19, "AGF Aozora Marche" limited the number of people entering " Exhibit Venue in Ikebukuro Sunshine City", had marks with numbers on the floor in the queue control area, and marks on the floor of each booth to keep social distancing.
Also, at the " Aozora Merchandise Shop in Whitehouse Building", they started sales at the booths and online sales on the same day, so the visitors could safely enjoy the event.
In addition, they conducted outdoor events: "Digimon Adventure:" only shop & Animate cafe kitchen car, "VR Boyfriend" illumination & VR experience, and acosta! ~AGF Aozora Marche Special~. And as an online event, they had a live broadcast celebrating the 6th anniversary of "AniKan", including "AniBako" Ep.2 ~AGF Aozora Marche Special~.
The number of visitors at Sunshine City, Ikebukuro, was 4,818, and the total number of visitors to the whole event was 14,974.
(C) AGF Aozora Marche
(C) Hongou Akiyoshi, Fuji TV, Toei Animation
Studio Live, an old-established anime production studio known for ”Mashin Hero Wataru"'s design, marked 1st anniversary on cloud funding started to create an original animation.
Studio Live started the cloud funding called "Studio Live☆Fun Club" in Nov. 2019. They provided a postcard and original autograph board based on the imageboard following the original anime's plot as an every-month gift, and they continue to increase the applicants every month.
They created character design, setting, the construction of the world's view, and basic scenario together with the participants.
Moreover, as the collaboration with music providing service "with+m", the studio received the theme song, and they seem to progress step by step toward the completion of the project.
They decided to provide the original illustration collection written by CEO Kamishina Hiroshi and other studio members as the commemoration for 1st anniversary to the participants in order to appreciate and ask for continuing support for the project.
In addition, the live painting of the 1st-anniversary illustration will be held at official YouTube Live, which is held every month. This 1st-anniversary illustration will be used as the returned product for November's postcard, and this postcard will have a foil stamping on the logo as a special feature.
The start of Animate Ltd.'s crowdfunding service "Sore Osu" was announced in November 5, 2020.
"Sore Osu" is a crowdfunding service that is produced by the anime news website "Animate Times".
Animate, which has a profound knowledge of anime business and marketing will fully support each project in reaching theirs goals.
Not only will Animate Times promote the project through various media, including the publishing article, banner advertisements, social media, and email, but animate group will also support the goods sale and event as well.
Currently, the first project of "Sore Osu", a project featuring the voice actor Tanaka Yuuya, is being held.
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.
"Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger VS Lupinranger VS Patranger the Movie", the newest work in the "Super Sentai VS Film Series", is scheduled to be released on Feb. 8, 2020. The newest footage andscene photos have also been revealed.