Walt Disney Japan has announced that they will postpone the release of the movies, “Onward'' that was supposed to be released on Mar. 13, 2020 and the live-action movie “Mulan” that was supposed to be released in Apr. 17 due to the ongoing issues with the new form of coronavirus.
“Onward” is the latest Disney / Pixar movie. It is a story of a brother's adventure based in a world that WAS once full of magic.
“Mulan”, on the other hand, is one of the latest Disney's live-action movies such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”. It depicts the days of the battle of the main character Mulan, the “strongest heroine in Disney history”.
Disney said the following regarding this postponement, “We have decided that we should postpone the release for the sake of making the health and safety of visitors and their families our top priority as a preventive measure to consider how infectious the new coronavirus is “, and also commented, “We're sorry for the inconvenience to those who have been looking forward to the movies. We would appreciate your understanding.”
The rescheduled release date for “Onward” will be released sometime soon.While “Mulan” is rescheduled for May. 22, 2020.Further details will be announced on the official website.
Please note that tickets that were already pre-ordered can still be used for the rescheduled screenings..
"BUSTERCALL = ONE PIECE Exhibition" is a "One Piece" art project joined by 200 artists from all over the world. Due to the new coronavirus, the event has been postponed and the new opening date is yet to be decided.
The "BUSTERCALL Project", which started on Oct. 4, 2019, on "Instagram", is an art project based on "One Piece".
The purpose of the project was to completely recreate the 20 plus years of story, messages, and contents sent out to the world by "One Piece".
The exhibition was originally scheduled to be held at "ASOBUILD, Yokohama" from Mar. 29 to Apr. 12.
The host of the event commented about the delay, "We apologize for the many inconveniences this may cause to the people who were looking forward to visiting the exhibition, who put great effort into supporting this event, and all the artists who put their heart and soul into their pieces of artwork.
He then continued with the plans for the future, "We are prepared to reschedule the display of the many fabulous art pieces and the ambitious merchandise we have prepared. Our main market has always been the internet. We hope to show the world how great "One Piece" is in a more interesting, ambitious, cool, and new context through our Instagram account and will to obtain freedom.
He said the new opening date is yet to be decided, but ended with, "We'll meet again in (a lot less than) 2 years!! At the Sabaody Archipelago!!!".
(C)Oda Eiichiro/Shueisha・Fuji TV・Toei Animation
A special video of "Cruella", which will be released in theaters and through Disney Plus Premier Access on May 28, 2021, has been released. Voice actor Itou Kenta is the narrator of the video.
"Cruella" is live-action, punk rock entertainment, which depicts the birth story of the most infamous villain of Disney, Cruella from "One Hundred and One Dalmatians".
The video is set in 70s London, depicting various classy and stylish scenes and Cruella filled with madness.
Itou Kento, who narrated the video, plays characters in various titles popular among a wide range of generations, including Divus Crewel from the smartphone game "Disney: Twisted Wonderland", Kannonzaka Doppo from "Hypnosis Mic", and Nifuji Hirotaka from "Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku".
Itou-san commented about this film, "When talking about Cruella, fashion and classic cars come to mind. I'm looking forward to how she will be depicted in live-action, including the historical background!"
"Cruella" will be released in theaters and through Disney Plus Premier Access on May 28, 2021.
(C) 2021 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
It was revealed that the character designer of "Frozen", Jin Kim will handle the design of the songstress Belle in the latest work of director Hosoda Mamoru, known for "Summer War" and "Mirai", "Belle". Also, the latest trailer is revealed and the voice of Belle could be heard from it.
Jin Kim is a character designer that handled various character designs of Walt Disney Animation Studio, such as "Frozen", "Tangled", and "Moana". It was revealed that he will handle the character design of the songstress Belle.
Also, the concept art of the internet space that housed more than 5 billion users from around the world, is handled by Eric Wong, a British architect/ designer that is living in London.
Other than that, the director Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart from Ireland's animation studio "Cartoon Saloon" will also participate in this work. Thus, making this work to be participated by various elite creators from around the world.
Also, in the trailer, the appearance of the songstress Belle by Jin Kim can be seen while the translucent and firm singing voice could be heard.
As the information on the cast members still remains unknown, do look forward to the future announcements.
The film "Belle" will be released in nationwide Toho affiliated theatres in July 2021.
(C) 2021 Studio Chizu
The nominations for the "93rd Academy Awards" have been announced on March 15, 2021 (US time). The nominated works for the Best Animated Feature Film are "Onward", "Over the Moon", "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon", "Soul", and "WolfWalkers".
"Onward" is a Disney work depicting the adventures and bond of a pessimistic boy with his optimistic older brother. "Over the Moon" is the first film by the director Glen Keane, the animator of "Beauty and the Beast" and other Disney works. "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon" is the latest work of Aardman Animations Ltd.
"Soul" is a Disney work that focuses on the music and it was nominated under Best Original Score and Best Sound for the "93rd Academy Awards" as well. "WolfWalkers" is the latest work of Ireland's Cartoon Saloon that has 4 nominated work in the past "Academy Awards".
Do look forward to the work that will obtain the Oscar honors. "93rd Academy Awards" will be held on April 26 (Japan time).
（C）2019 Aardman Animations Ltd and Studiocanal SAS. All Rights Reserved.
To commemorate the release of "Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet", the 18th film "Detective Conan: The Sniper from Another Dimension" will be broadcast on "Kinyoubi Road Show (Friday's Road Show)" on April 16, 2021. Let's review the highlights of this film!
The sniping accidents by an unknown sniper are occurring continuously!
The film "Detective Conan: The Sniper from Another Dimension" is the 18th film under the "Detective Conan" film series and was created to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the original work. This film will feature the key person of the latest film, Akai Shuuichi's younger sister, Sera Masumi, and the mysterious university student, Okiya Subaru, who is freeloading at Kudou's house.
The female high school girl detective, Sera, who is chasing after a guy that might be connected to the continuous sniping accident by a skilled sniper, is approaching the truth of this case together with Conan. However, behind-the-scene, the FBI was also secretly involved in this huge conspiracy...
This is the first appearance of the key person of the latest film, "Akai Shuuichi's" younger sister, Sera Masumi, and the mysterious university student, Okiya Subaru.
"Detective Conan: The Sniper from Another Dimension" will feature the first appearance of the key person of the original work, such as the female high school girl detective Sera Masumi and Okiya Subaru. This work will feature the achievements of Sera Masumi and it will also reveal the identity of the mysterious Okiya Subaru. Don't miss out his final statement.
Also, the guest voice actors are the actor Fukushi Souta-san and Patrick Harlan-san from the comedy duo, Pack'n Mack'n. Both of them will be voicing the former American military officers, who appear in front of Conan and others that are investigating this case. On top of their acting skill, they will also need to speak in English, and this is also one of the highlights of this film.
Conan (voiced by Takayama Minami), Ran (voiced by Yamazaki Wakana), and others participated in the opening ceremony of Tokyo's Bell Tree Tower that was just completed. On that day, the suspicious guy, Fujinami was sniped when he was pushing some inferior property to foreign couples on the observation deck. Conan suspected that the "Black Organization" was involved due to the accuracy from the long distance and started to chase after the sniper. He was then helped by Sera Masumi (voiced by Hidaka Noriko) and the FBI Investigator Jodie (voiced by Ichijou Miyuki) during a pinch, but the culprit has managed to escape.
Based on the various evidence, such as the dice, that was left on the sniping location, the FBI concluded that the culprit is Timothy Hunter (voiced by Nakai Kazuya), an ex-Navy SEALS and a talented sniper. After he got prosecuted and got all his badges confiscated as he shot a civilian in the battlefield, he got injured on a battlefield and begin to experience a harsh life.
After they found out the next 3 targets of Hunter are in Japan, the police started to cooperate with the FBI in the investigation.
Kevin Yoshino (voiced by Fukui Souta), who managed a military shop in Fussa claims that the sniper, who prosecuted Hunter, Waltz (voiced by Patrick Harlan), was framed by Hunter's...
Then, Sera and Conan hurried to the house of Moriyama, one of Hunter's targets, after they got ahold of his location. However, a new case happened when Moriyama was sniped in front of them, this caused the news to report the case as a "random spree sniping incident" and it has caused the public to panic. After that, another sniping incident happened, and the culprit ofto all this incident, Hunter was killed...!?
The broadcast date of "Detective Conan: The Sniper from Another Dimension" on Nippon TV affiliated "Kinyoubi Road Show" is at 9:00 PM, on April 16, 2021.
The nationwide released date for "Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet" is on April 16, 2021, on Toho affiliated theatres.
(C) 2014 Aoyama Gosho/ Detective Conan Production Committee
The cast members for the Japanese dub of "Godzilla vs. Kong" (Released Date: May 14, 2021) have been announced. The cast members, include Tsuda Kenjirou, Sakamoto Maaya, Ashida Mana, and Tanaka Kei.
"Godzilla vs. Kong" is the latest "Monster Versus" series, which features the crossover the massive world setting of the Hollywood "Godzilla" series and "Kong: Skull Island".
This dream matchup was once again realized since the Japanese "King Kong vs. Godzilla" in 1962.
Also, in this work, Oguri Shun will play a key role, which is Serizawa Ren, the son of professor Serizawa Ishirou, who was acted by Watanabe Ken in the previous two Hollywood's "Godzilla" series.
Then, it was announced that Ashida Mana, Tanaka Kei, Tanaka Yuuji, Onoue Matsuya, Tanaka Minami, Tsuda Kenjirou, and Sakamoto Maaya are the cast members for the Japanese dub.
Also, the theme song for the Japanese ver. "Into the Deep", the latest song by MAN WITH A MISSION, was used in the teaser for the Japanese dub, which will hype up the expectation of this movie.
"Godzilla vs. Kong" will be released on May 14.
Tsuda Kenjirou (49), Voice of Nathan Lind (Played by Alexander Skarsgård)
A former Monarch geologist
I'm happy to be able to participate in the dubbing of such a grand work. This is a tremendous film that is filled with surprises. The recording was done carefully and smoothly, so do enjoy this film in the theatre.
Sakamoto Maaya (41), Voice of Dr. Ilene Andrews (Played by Rebecca Hall)
A Monarch anthropological linguist
I have many friends, who are looking forward to the release of "Godzilla vs. Kong", so I wanted to brag that my voice will appear in the film and I am finally able to do it now!
There are some scenes that I want to watch in the theatre, so I am also looking forward to watch it in the theatre.
（C） 2021WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. &LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC.
The book "Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures", with the sales over 4.2 million copies will become an animation movie titled "Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures the Movie". The teaser visual was released together with the announcement, and was revealed that it is planned to be released on Roadshow in the summer of 2022.
The "Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures" series (published by Takahashi Shoten) is the popular series by Imaizumi Tadaaki, which contains interesting facts of animals that "makes you want tell it to someone else". Throughout the series, with humorous words they introduce "pitiful facts" about the evolution of animals that makes you feel "what happened to the process itself?" . In the past, TV anime adoption and live-action mini drama have been created related to the book.
In the movie, the original stories will be shown in 3 locations on the Earth; the South Pole, Australia, and Japan (Azumino, Nagano).
The movie will be directed by Fun Works, the studio known for TV anime "Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures" and "Sumikko Gurashi the Movie".
Comments from the original author Imaizumi Tadaaki and the producer Takayama Akira have arrived.
"Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures the Movie" will be on Roadshow in the summer of 2022.
In charge of the original work: Imaizumi Tadaaki
"Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures" now becomes an anime. I was surprised when I heard about it. The editorial office staff seemed to enjoy creating the book by learning about the pitiful reality of the creatures...
Wow, now it is becoming an animation movie!? I want to know how "pitifulness" is depicted in the movie.
Pitiful creatures will make you smile. Everyone is living up to their fullest although they could not evolve well or being wired...
I hope we can deliver such a message to children, parents, and everyone else through those kind of animals...
I cannot wait for the completion. Please look forward for the roadshow.
Producer Takayama Akira (Fun Works)
"Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures" is now becoming a movie after becoming an anime adoption in 2018.
We are currently producing the movie with the best members to create the world where the pitiful creatures gain full attention!
See you at the theaters in 2022!
Takayama Akira (Fun Works)
(C) 2022 "Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures the Movie" Production Committee (C) TAKAHASHI SHOTEN
Hanae Natsuki and Shimono Hiro will be appearing in the film version of the anime " Gyokou no Nikuko-chan (literally Nikuko-chan from the Fishing Port)" planned and produced by Akashiya Sanma, and this trailer has been released.
The film is based on the best-selling novel by Nishi Kanako, which won the 152nd Naoki Prize and has sold over 350,000 copies. The film depicts the trajectory and growth of Nikuko and Kikuko, a mother and daughter living alone on a boat in a fishing port.
The film will be directed by Watanabe Ayumu, who took the megaphone for "Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur 2006" and "Children of the Sea", with character design and chief animation director Konishi Kenichi, a first-year Studio Ghibli student who worked as animation director for "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" and "Children of the Sea", script by Oshima Satomi of "Nagi's Long Vacation", and animation production by STUDIO4°C, known for “Tekkonkinkreet”, "Children of the Sea", and “Poupelle of Chimney Town”.
This time, along with the trailer, it was also announced that "Image no Uta", a cover of Yoshida Takuro's famous song which Akashiya Sanma says is his "life textbook", will be the theme song, and "Taketen", a newly written song by GReeeeN, will be the ending theme. Both songs are included in the trailer along with a new video.
"Gyokou no Nikuko-chan"will open nationwide on June 11, 2021.
Planning and production: Akashiya Sanma
▼About " Image no Uta”
When I was working on the TV drama "Jimmy: The True Story of a True Idiot", I realized that even a song that is ingrained in my body can be conveyed to the people of today, and I wanted to perform "Image no Uta" in some way. So, I contacted Yoshida Takuro and he gave me the OK.
I told him that I wanted the song to be sung by a woman, so I would like to change the lyrics, and he said, "Sure, sure, whatever you want.” He said.
I realized that this song needed to have these lyrics. I wanted to have a woman sing it, but it was difficult to change the lyrics, so I thought it would be better to have a little girl sing the adult lyrics. This time, I asked a 10-year-old girl, Inagaki Kurumi, to sing it, and she understood it incredibly well. I told her the story of how Quincy Jones told Bob Dylan to sing like he was talking, and when I asked her to do it like that, she said, "Yes, Bob Dylan.” And wrote his name down on the lyric sheet (lol). I'm glad that this song will be released to the world again.
▼About the ending theme song "Taketen”
I had been in contact with HIDE of GReeeeN for a long time, and when I was having dinner with a good friend of mine, I jokingly asked HIDE to write a song for the movie, but it was passed on the spot. After a while, HIDE asked me, "Can I write a song for the movie?” He wrote this song by gathering information about me from TV and magazines when I was young, and he did a lot of research about me. I was bowled over. I sent HIDE about five ideas for the song's name.
HIDE understood that I was obsessed with "laughter" and said, "I appreciate other title ideas, but 'Taketen' is what I want. That's how we decided on "Taketen".
Theme song sound production, ending theme: GReeeeN
By chance, Sanma-san came across a wonderful book called "Gyokou no Nikuko-chan". We, GReeeeN, read the book and enjoyed writing the song! Before we started writing the song, we talked with Sanma-san many times and imagined the scene of the movie, and we came up with the ending theme song "Taketen". I'm sure that's what you're thinking. The title of the song, "Taketen", was given to me by Sanma-san!!
In your mind, write the word "Ten" for tempura under "Takekanmuri". A certain character may have come to your mind. (It's not exactly "heaven", but...) There is someone who wants to make you laugh, there is someone who wants you to laugh. And there is someone who wants you to be happy. That's how I feel! I was also involved in the sound production of the theme song, "Image no Uta". With respect for Yoshida Takuro, the original composer of the song, I received an idea from Sanma-san that he wanted a little girl to sing the song, and after discussing it with Takebe-san, the arranger, the song was completed. I was touched by the wonderful straightness of Inagaki Raizumi, who sang the song! Please watch the movie in theaters and pay attention to the music as well. ！！！！
Theme song sung by Inagaki Kurumi
I like to sing, but I'm not a good singer, and I was very nervous. During the recording session, HIDE and the staff made it very easy for me to understand the song by saying, "Sing this part as if you were singing at the end of fourth period gym class. So, it was very easy and interesting to sing. Sanma-san praised me very much. I was confident that Mr. Sanma had chosen me for my voice, and I sang the song. Sanma-san and all the staff nodded their heads, so I think it turned out to be a very good song.
(C) 2021 “Gyokou no Nikuko-chan" Production Committee
The movie "Shin Ultraman," planned and written by Anno Hideaki of "Evangelion" fame and scheduled to be released in early summer of 2021, has decided to adjust its release date. The reason is explained as "due to the impact of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) on the production schedule.
"Shin Ultraman" is a special effects film planned and written by Anno Hideaki, directed by Higuchi Shinji, and was scheduled to be released in early summer of 2021.
On March 26, 2021, an announcement was made on the official website under the joint names of Tsuburaya Productions, Toho, and Khara, saying, "Due to the impact of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) on the production schedule, we will not be releasing the film in early summer of 2021 as planned, but will adjust the release date to a new date.
As for the future schedule of the film's release, they said, "The entire staff is working diligently on the film. We hope you will look forward to it. As for the future release schedule, it will be announced on the official website and SNS as soon as it is decided. Please wait for further information.
On March 8, 2021, Comic Market Preparation Committee has announced that "Comic Market 99" that was to be held on May 2 to May 4, 2021 in Tokyo Big Sight will be postponed. The reason is due to the "the extension of the state of emergency and the government guidelines".
"Comic Market 99" had gone through various studies, adjustments, and preparations for the realization of the on May 2 to May 4, 2021 as the event followed Tokyo Big Sight's "Guidelines for Preventing Coronavirus Infection at Exhibitions, etc." as well as judging from the situation at that time, "By following the various restrictions, Comic Market 99 can only have at most ten of thousand visitors instead of the previously daily 200 thousand visitor".
However, due to the coronavirus infection, the second state of emergency was announced on January 7, 2021, and it was decided that it will be extend for another 1 month from February 7.
On February 26, according to the guideline from the Cabinet Secretariat's Coronavirus Infectious Diseases Control Promotion Office, it was deemed that "Comic Market 99" would be difficult to be held, thus resulting in the announcement of postponement.
Also, "Comic Market 99" will strive to be held in winter 2021, but they are unsure on how the usage of Tokyo Big Sight as the venue, will be. Furthermore, announcements will be made again as they need to consider the future situation regarding the coronavirus infection.
Please wait for the future announcements.
（Photo of Tokyo Big Sight）Japan, Honshu, Tokyo, Tokyo Waterfront City, Odaiba, Tokyo Big Sight Convention Center Building, 30076412. (Photo by: Dukas/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
An encyclopedia in which you can learn about infections, including "COVID-19", with characters from the anime "Cells at Work!" will be on sale from January 21, 2021.
"Kansenshou wo Tadashiku Manaberu! Cells at Work! Virus & Bacteria Encyclopedia" (Learn about infections properly) explains the difference between viruses and bacteria that cause infectious diseases. The book teaches you the characteristics and how to deal with each of the viruses and bacterias with illustrations of the enemy characters from the anime "Cells at Work!".
The featured viruses are COVID-19, Rhinovirus, Influenza virus, Mumps virus, and Dengue virus.
The featured bacteria include Streptococcus pneumonia, Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Cutibacterium acnes, Streptococcus mutans, Bacillus cereus, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Helicobacter pylori, and Gut flora.
"Kansenshou wo Tadashiku Manaberu! Cells at Work! Virus & Bacteria Encyclopedia" is priced at 1,400 JPY (tax excluded) and will be on sale from January 21.
(C) Shimizu Akane / Kodansha, Aniplex, davidproduction
"Nico Nico Chokaigi 2021", which was scheduled to be held in April 2021 as a huge "Nico Nico" event, will will not be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba and will be held instead online as "Nico Nico Net Chokaigi 2021".
At the same time, it was announced that the schedule will be changed from the original "From April 18 to April 25" to "From April 24 to May 1".
"Nico Nico Chokaigi" is an event held every year dedicated to the "fusion of the real world theand internet" that has been held since 2012
"Nico Nico Chokaigi 2020" in April 2020 was moved online for the first time due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, and in August of the same year, a summer online super conference was also held. During the eight-day session, the number of online visitors was 16.38 million in April and 17.73 million in August, and more than 100 user-initiated projects were successfully gathered.
This year, which marks the 10th anniversary of the event, "Nico Nico Chokaigi" was planned to be held in a new form to further promote the event, with the first 6 days being held online and the last 2 days being held at Makuhari Messe.
However, considering the uncertain situation with the spread of the novel coronavirus, it was announced that the event will be moved to online format as soon as possible. Dwango, the organizer, said, "Utilizing the experience of the past two times, we will proceed with preparations with related companies so that users can enjoy it as a more advanced online superconference."
"Nico Nico Net Chokaigi 2021" will be held online from April 24 to May 1. Details of the event will be announced later on the "Nico Nico Live Broadcasting" website.
[Natsuno Takeshi / President of Dwango]
The "Nico Nico Ultra Conference" has been growing as a real event since 2012, and has evolved into a stronger and more passionate event by holding it online even last year when the Corona disaster struck. With no end in sight for the new coronavirus, and with online communication becoming more and more widespread, we would like to make the most of the strength of NicoNico, which allows us to feel the warmth and enthusiasm of people, and create a super conference that is worthy of this 10th anniversary year.
Please look forward to "Nico Nico Net Chokaigi 2021", which has taken a new step.
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.