It turned out that the live-action movie “Monster Hunter” would be released simultaneously in Japan and the United States on Sep. 4. The scene picture was revealed worldwide for the first time, showing Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa in hunting outfits.
Monster Hunter is based on a popular action game recording its series has sold a total of 61 million copies since its first release in 2004.
For the live-action movie by Hollywood, Director Paul W. S. Anderson from “Resident Evil” series and the star Milla Jovovich worked together a second time.
The movie will be released simultaneously in Japan and the United States, with the premiere scheduled on Sep. 24.
At the same time, the scene picture was also shown worldwide for the first time. It makes Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa look sturdy. The appearance of the two standing on a desolate earth with a sunset on their back and covered with wounds and soil makes us get a feeling that severe survival is going to happen.
A video to be released for the first time will also be prepared to be screened during the interlude at the nationwide TOHO Cinemas. It reproduced the world view of the game as well as familiar monsters that have annoyed many gamers.
In “Monster Hunter”, Milla Jovovich plays a female leader, Artemis. Her elite troops on reconnaissance in the desert get stricken by a sudden and huge sandstorm.
After losing consciousness, Artemis wakes up in a completely different world.
Director Anderson commented that he was a big fan of the “Monster Hunter” series and fell in love with the world depicted in it. He talked about his enthusiasm for the movie, “It will be a special work. I’m looking forward to seeing it in the theater.”
How would the director, who led the “Resident Evil” series into a blockbuster, draw “Monster Hunter” this time?
“Obey Me!", a mobile game for women that has been downloaded over 3 million times, will be adapted into an anime this summer. In addition, a special anime and key visual were released.
“Obey Me!" is based on a mobile game for women that is gaining ardent fans all over the world, with the overseas version released in 2019 and the Japanese version in 2020. A heart-wrenching romantic drama unfolds with the handsome demon brothers.
Ahead of the anime adaptation this summer, a surprise event was held on April Fool's Day, April 1, 2021, where a special anime "Great Adventure into the Underworld" was distributed in the game, surprising many players. Also, at the end of the animation, the words "Obey Me!", "The Anime", and "Coming This Summer!” became a big topic of conversation on SNS, wondering if it was an April Fool's lie or the truth.
After April Fool's Day, on April 2, 2021, it was announced that the anime version of the game would be released in the summer of 2021. In the anime, the lively daily life of the brothers will be depicted, which is not told in the main game. The animation production will be handled by Colored Pencil Animation Japan, which has been involved in the production of the game's opening animation and skill animation and has also produced the special animation "Great Adventure into the Underworld".
In addition, the cast from the game version will continue in the anime. We have received some comments on the anime adaptation.
Yamashita Kazuya as Lucifer
This is the anime adaptation I've been dreaming of!
Thanks to all the international students around the world who've been supporting us!
I hope you'll enjoy seeing these characters that are so different from the main game! (≧▽≦)
Kobayashi Hirotaka as Mammon
This is the most pleasant surprise I've ever had.
I'm so grateful to be able to continue playing Mammon, this time in the form of an anime.
As Mammon's sidekick, I'll be putting my heart and soul into the recording, so please look forward to it!
Kada Satoshi as Leviathan
Anime adaptation! Congratulations! I never thought this moment would come so soon! How far will it go? And I can continue to do the anime as well? I think it's a dream. Thanks to all of you who are supporting us! I'm looking forward to enjoying the Obey Me! anime with you and Levi!
Sumi Shinya as Satan
When I first got involved with "Obey Me!", I never imagined it would turn out like this.
I'll try my best to understand Satan better so that everyone can enjoy him.
Miura Aime as Asmodeus
As someone who watches anime all the time, I'm thrilled to hear about the dream-like development of "Obey Me!
I'm going to put on my horns and wings and spend my days partying (delusionally) and working hard on my role!
Yamaguchi Kyohei as Belzebub
I want this to be an anime that even people who haven't played the game can enjoy and can't help but install it! That's what I want this anime to be about!
Onishi Satoshi as Belphegor
Thank you for all your support!
Thanks to all of you, we're getting an anime! It feels like a dream! I'm going to keep working hard!
From March 25, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., the smartphone game of "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?" (abbreviated as DanMachi) known as "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? - MEMORIA FREESE" is running a collaboration with "Strike the Blood Fourth".
In this collaboration, you can enjoy the fully voiced scenario "Beasts of the Otherworld and the Cursed Demon Sword" written by Oomori Fujino, the author of "DanMachi", and Mikumo Taketo, the author of "Strikes the Blood".
In addition, the "Beasts of the Otherworld and the Cursed Demon Sword: Encounter Arc Capsule Toy" will be held at the same time, featuring Himeragi Yukina (CV: Taneda Risa), La Folia Rihavein (CV: Onishi Saori), and Hikari Sayaka (CV: Hayama Ikumi) as collaboration characters from "Strike the Blood Fourth". And from "DanMachi", Lefiya (CV: Kimura Tamari), Ais (CV: Onishi Saori Onishi), and Naaza (CV: Hayama Ikumi) in their collaboration costumes will each appear as new ★4 limited-time characters.
The game "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? - MEMORIA FREESE" is currently available for download..
(C)Oomori Fujino Omori/SB Creative/DunMachi 3 Production Committee
From the TV anime "Girls' Frontline" (known as Dolls' Frontline in Japan) that is scheduled to be released in 2021 comes the teaser visual and teaser PV. It was also announced that Tomatsu Haruka, Yamane Nozomi, Katou Emiri, and Tamura Yukari will continue their role from the original game.
"Girls' Frontline" is based on the mobile war tactic stimulation game that takes place after "World War III", where the player is the "commander" that fights together with the "T-Dolls" which is a personification of the guns. The game has expanded to Japan, Mainland China, Taiwan, Korea, and English server with a total of 18 million nationwide downloads.
The teaser visual and teaser PV of the TV anime were revealed during the official broadcast of the original game "Shattered Connexion SP" on March 25, 2021.
The trailer starts off with the phrase "Youkoso, Shouen Tachikomeru 'Shoujo'-tachi no Zensen e (Welcome to the frontline of the girls that is filled with gunpoweder smoke", and the 4 T-Dolls, M4A1, M16A1, ST AR-15, and M4 SPOMOD II can be seen. At the end of the trailer, the 'Sangvis Ferri"-like dolls that bear a grudge on humanity, can be seen.
It was also announced that the four voice actress, which are Tomatsu Haruka as M4A1, Yamane Nozomi as M16A1, Katou Emiri as ST AR-15, and Tamura Yukari as M4 SOPMOD II, will continue their roles from the original game in the teaser PV.
"Girls' Frontline" will be released in 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 main trailer for "Rurouni Kenshin: The Final" (will be released on April 23, 2021) has been released.
"Rurouni Kenshin: Final Chapter" is based on the final episode of the original work "Jinchu Arc", which depicts the ultimate climax with Enishi, and "The Beginning" that depicts Kenshin's past that closes in on the based on the "Remembrance arc".
"The Final" started off with a situation, where several Tokyo's residents were attacked by someone. After several dearest people were attacked, the one that appeared in front of Kenshin is the mysterious guy with the cross-wound on the cheek, Yukishiro Enishi. The objective of that guy is to destroy everything that Kenshin holds dears of as well as the new era that was created by him.
After finding out the mastermind, Kenshin confessed about his past that "he killed his own wife" to his comrades...
ONE OK ROCK, who had handled all the theme songs of “Rurouni Kenshin" series, wrote an original song "Renegades" for this film.
The vocalist Taka commented, "ONE OK ROCK has advanced together with the film 'Rurouni Kenshin'. That's why we have gone all out for in the production of the theme song this time. We had done that with the purpose of having this film to continue down the Japanese film world as well as striving for a new level as ONE OK ROCK. Please look forward to 'Rurouni Kenshin: The Final' along with the theme song 'Renegades'.".
"Rurouni Kenshin: The Final" will be released on April 23, 2021, while "Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning" will be released on June 4.
Also, to thank the continuous support from the fans for 10 years, the release commemoration online event "With gratitude, the Online Event 'Rurouni Kenshin' Global Fan Session" will be held on March 24.
The appearance of the cast members and staff undergoing the various project will be live-streamed on various platforms, including YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and LINE. Detailed information can be found on the official website.
(C) Watsuki Nobuhiro / Shueisha (C) 2020 Movie "Rurouni Kenshin: The Final / The Beginning" Production Committee
Hello Kitty's first ever Hollywood movie (title yet to be announced) will be a hybrid of anime and live action. Two promising names in the North American animation industry, Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda, were announced to be directing the movie.
Hello Kitty's first Hollywood feature length film, which title is yet to be officially announced, will be produced through a collaboration between New Line Cinema (Warner Brother's Entertainment Group) and Beau Flynn's company, FlynnPictureCo..
It was announced that Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda will together be in charge of the direction.
Coyle has been involved in titles such as HBO Max's animation "Harley Quinn" as a supervisor, and the 6 seasons of "Bob's Burgers" as a director.
Matsuda, whose career took off at Walt Disney Animations, is known for directing the short "Inner Workings", which premiered along "Moana" and made to the final selection under Animated Short Film category of the 89th Academy Awards. For both Coyle and Matsuda, this is their first time to direct a major feature length film. They have been chosen from a large pool of candidates, so how Hello Kitty will be developed by them is something worth looking forward to.
I'm really happy for this opportunity to work along side Matsuda. This is not only a rare chance to bring a beloved character to life, but also to spread the message of love, friendship and inclusivity that Hello Kitty stands for. The world so needs her brand of joy and happiness. I see it as an important mission to spread big smiles through this work, but it's also a huge honor for me to be able to work with New Line Cinema and FlynnPictureCo..
Growing up in Brazil with a Japanese family, I was surrounded by the whimsy of Hello Kitty and it served as a reminder that it’s okay to be different. Along with Jen, FlynnPictureCo. and New Line, I am delighted by this incredible opportunity to work with one of the most universally beloved characters and expand their relatable Sanrio stories even further.
New Line Cinema president/chief creative officer:
We are extremely lucky to have found in Jennifer and Leo, two directors who not only share a profound connection to the unforgettable characters Shintaro Tsuji and Sanrio have created over the past 40-plus years with Hello Kitty and her friends, but also have the imagination, talent and heart to bring this iconic world to life on the big screen.
（C）2021 SANRIO CO.,LTD.
Additional cast members have been announced for "Rurouni Kenshin: The Last Chapter, The Beginning", which will premiere on June 4, 2021. Takahashi Issei will play Katsura Kogorou, Murakami Nijiro will play Okita Soji, and Andou Masanobu will play Takasugi Shinsaku.
"Rurouni Kenshin: The Last Chapter" will be developed in two parts: "The Final," which is based on the last episode of the original story, "Real Crime Story," and will depict the climax of Kenshin's battle with Enishi, and "The Beginning," which is based on "Remembrance Story" in which Kenshin recounts his past and approaches the mystery of the cross-shaped scar.
The role of Enishi, the head of the Shanghai Mafia who knows the mystery of Kenshin's "cross-shaped scar," NItta Kensuke has already been decided to play the role, and the role of Tomoe Yukiyo, the for the former wife of Kenshin, who holds the mystery of the "cross-shaped scar,", Arimura KasumiAimura Jun has been decided upon by . This time, three important characters who fought for their lives at the end of the turbulent Edo period in "The Beginning" were also newly announced.
Takahashi Issei will play Katsura Kogoro, a Choshu clan member who becomes the catalyst for the birth of "Hitokiri Swordsman", Andou Masanobu will play Takasugi Shinsaku, another Choshu clan member, and Murakami Nijiro will play Okita Soji, the leader of the Shinsengumi's first squad.
The visuals of Katsura-san and Takasugi-san that were unveiled at the same time show a scene where Kenshin's fate changes drastically as he is discovered by both of them. The visual of Okita-san shows a scene where they exchange swords while he glares at Kenshin with piercing eyes.
"Rurouni Kenshin: The Final" will be released on April 23, 2021, and "Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning" will be released on June 4, 2021.
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Takahashi Issei (Katsura Kogoro)
This is the third film I've worked on with director Otomo-san, and I was grateful and fascinated to be able to act in the Otomo group again.
When I played Katsura-san, I tried to observe Kenshin's mind, but Sato-san was always there as Kenshin, so I could act without worry.
Murakami Nijiro (as Okita Soji)
I feel extremely happy to be able to play the role of Okita Soji.
I tried my best to keep the originality of the character, while at the same time working hard on the action.
This time "Kenshin" is different from the previous ones because he is the "Hitokiri Swordsman", so the air he wears as Kenshin and what Ken-kun looks at in his eyes are different and impressive.
Andou Masanobu (as Shinsaku Takasugi)
I had an image of Otomo-san as a unique, energetic, and vigorous director.
I wanted to have a session with such a person, so I was honestly happy to receive the offer.
Otomo Keishi (Director/Screenplay)
The end of the Tokugawa shogunate was a time of ephemeral moments, a time when a murderous glamour was appropriate. Issei is able to find the one and only way to express this. Moreover, his depth is unbelievable. The way he plays Katsura-san, you can feel his detailed feelings for Kenshin, and at the same time, I think he will definitely be a strong accent for the film.
The image of Okita-san naturally overlapped with Nijiro's sharp image of small stature. I think he did a wonderful job of portraying this fascinating character with a unique mood, including the dream confrontation with Kenshin.
I really felt that Andou Masanobu has a unique charisma that captivates people's hearts in an instant. The extras were instantly uplifted and taken in by his charm. I think that Takasugi-san's boldness and delicacy, his presence that cannot be summed up in one word, were more than adequately embodied.
(C) Watsuki Nobuhiro Watsuki/Shueisha (C) 2020 "Rurouni Kenshin: The Last Chapter The Final/The Beginning" Production Committee
The movie of the "Manga artist father X daughter" story that is filled with laughter, affection, and a bit emotional scenes, called "Kakushigoto Movie" has been decided. The released date was announced to be on July 9, 2021, and the teaser visual & teaser video were released as well.
"Kakushigoto Movie" is a work to commemorate Kumeda Kouji in the manga industry for 30 years. This movie is a compilation of the TV anime "Kakushigoto" with additional scenes and it will depict another ending that was not shown in the TV anime.
The teaser visual is a cut-scene of the 18 years old Hime taken from the teaser video.
"Kakushigoto Movie" will be released in July 2021 in Japan's nationwide theatres.
(C) Kumeda Kouji, Kodansha/ Kakushigoto Movie Production Committee
The "Mobile Suit Z Gundam" trilogy, "Mobile Suit Z Gundam: Heir to the Stars," "Mobile Suit Z Gundam II: Lovers," and "Mobile Suit Z Gundam III: Love is the Pulse of the Stars," will be broadcast on BS12's "Sunday Anime Theater" for three consecutive weeks starting April 11.
Mobile Suit Z Gundam: A New Translation" is a trilogy of 50 episodes of "Mobile Suit Z Gundam" broadcasted on TV from 1985 to 1986, which were re-edited and reconstructed in three parts with new cuts. They were released in theaters one after another from 2005 to 2006.
BS12 (TUV), a nationwide free-to-air broadcasting station, will broadcast "Mobile Suit Z Gundam: Heir to the Stars" on April 11, "Mobile Suit Z Gundam II: Lovers" on April 18, and "Mobile Suit Z Gundam III: Love is the Pulse of the Stars" on April 25, for three consecutive weeks.
The "Mobile Suit Z Gundam" trilogy will start airing on BS12 (TV) "Sunday Anime Theater" from 7:00 p.m. on April 11.
(C) Sotsu, Sunrise
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.