The production of the 4th anime of the “Date A Live” series, known as “Date A Live IV” has been decided. To commemorate the anime adaptation, we have received the comments from the original author, Tachibana Koushi, and the original illustrator, Tsunako.
The original of “Date A Live” is a light novel that is serialized in “Dragon Magazine” (Fantasy Bunkokan). It is a popular work that had exceed 6 millions copies issue and the final volume of the original light novel, titled “Date A Live Touka Good End Part 2” will be released on Mar. 19, 2020.
The popular story arc of the light novel, “Natsumi Arc” and “Origami Arc” was the hottest topic for “Date A Live III”, that was broadcast from Jan. 2019 until Mar. 2019. However, as the plot for “Date A Live IV” was not announced, do look forward to the future news.
Moreover, in order to commemorate the anime adaptation, we have received the comments from the original author, Tachibana Koushi and the original illustrator, Tsunako.
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Original Author of the series, Tachibana Koushi
The production of “Date A Live IV” was decided! Congratulation! And thank you!
By including the movie and “Bullet”, this will be the 6th anime adaptation for this series and it is quite a long series for an anime. What type of spirits will come after “III”? So, do look forward to Shidou and the others new adventure!
Original Illustrator, Tsunako
Thank to everyone support, the production for the season 4 of the anime “Date A Live” was decided! I hope that everyone can still enjoy the world of “Date”! If you are not aware of this works, I hope you can give it a try as there are various media which are the original light novels, anime, manga, games, and others.
To commemorate the anime adaptation of 『Date A Bullet』, a special preview video looking back at the 『Date A Live』 series was released. The video shows a clip from the 『Date A Bullet』 anime with visuals of the main protagonist, Tokisaki Kurumi.
The TV anime "The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!" was announced to start on July 31. The show will be broadcast in ABC TV's anime slot "ANiMAZiNG!!!" for 2 cours. Information about cast members including Oozoara Naomi and Kayano Ai was also released.
"The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!" is originally a manga by Konbu Wakame serialized in "Monthly Gangan Joker".
Jahy was the second-in-command of the Demon Realm and was looked up to by everyone in the Demon Realm. One day, she was raided by a magical girl and was blown off to the human world. With her mystic gem, which was the source of her magical power, destroyed, her power and beauty have all gone away. Now she's become a tiny and cute girl living a poor life in a small room with no bath. The cute "Demon Realm Revival Comedy" will surely put tears in your eyes.
A key visual drawn by character designer/general art director Nakajiki Saori has been released. The visual depicts the cute and cheerful life of Jahy and the unique characters surrounding her.
Information about the cast members was also released. Oozora Naomi as Jahy, Kayano Ai as the Store Manager, Hikasa Youko as the Landlord, Hanazawa Kana as Druj, Komatsu Mikako as Salwa, Uesaka Sumire as the Magical Girl, and Ogura Yui as Kokoro.
The TV anime "The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!", will be broadcast in the "ANiMAZiNG!!" slot of ABC TV and other TV Asahi related channels (24 channels) from Saturday, July 31, 2021.
(C) Wakame Konbu / SQUARE ENIX
(C) Konbu Wakame / SQUARE ENIX, "The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!" Production Committee
“Komi can’t communicate," will be adapted into an anime in October 2021. Koga Aoi will play the role of Komi Shouko, Kajiwara Gakuto will play the role of Tadano Hitohito, and Murakawa Rie will play the role of Osana Najimi.
The original story of "Komi can’t communicate" is a "communicative disease" comedy serialized in "Weekly Shonen Sunday" by Oda Tomohito, which has sold over 5 million copies in total.
The story is about a first year high school student, Komi Shouko, who is a beautiful girl who everyone looks up to, but her face freezes up when she tries to talk to other people because of her extreme communicable disease, and she struggles to achieve her goal of “making 100 friends”.
Along with the decision to make an anime adaptation, a teaser visual, a teaser PV, and information on the main cast and staff have been released.
Koga Aoi will be playing the role of Komi Shouko, Kajiwara Gakuto will be playing the role of Tadano Hitohito, and Murakawa Rie will be playing the role of Osana Najimi, Ayumi Watanabe of "Koi wa Ameagari no Yoni" will be the general director, Issei Kawagoe of "Bungo to Alchemist: Gears of Judgement" will be the director, and the series composition will be Akao Deko of "I shaved. And then I brought a high school girl home."; character design by Nakajima Atsuko of "Tokyo Ghoul: re"; and animation production by O.L.M.
"Komi can’t communicate” will start airing on TV Tokyo and other stations in October 2021.
In addition, a campaign is currently underway on the official Twitter page, where three winners will be chosen by lottery to receive a reproduction of the congratulatory illustration by the original author, Oda Tomohito.
Komi Shouko (CV. Koga Aoi)
Komi can’t communicate.
She looks like a beautiful girl that everyone turns to, but she finds it extremely difficult to communicate and when she tries to talk to others, her face freezes up with nervousness and she thinks about how to talk to them and what to do afterwards. But the truth is, she wants to talk to people. Her dream is to “make 100 friends”.
Q1: What was your impression of this work?
First of all, when I picked up the book, I saw the title and the cover picture and thought, "Oh, there's something about this girl." The cover alone had an impact that piqued my interest.
The title, ""Komi can’t communicate," I thought it was interesting that there was a catchphrase which made it easy to understand what kind of girl the character was. I could relate to the realism of the situations that many of us experienced during our school days, and I found myself reading on and on.
There are a lot of characters with strong "personalities" in this work, the parts that I tend to think negatively about, or that I don't want people to see or know about, are portrayed as positive.
I thought it was a work that made me think, "Maybe I can accept this kind of me..." and gave me the courage to push those who are troubled.
Q2: What is your impression of the character you play and how enthusiastic are you about the role?
From the side, she is a cool, beautiful woman who everyone admires. However, in reality, she is not very good at communicating, and when people talk to her, she scares them even though she never meant to. She was confused, and even though she really wanted to get along with them, she couldn't get the words out. The more I got to know her, the more I felt that way, and the more I fell in love with her. (laughs)
I will do my best to portray her moving forward slowly but firmly, step by step, and to convey her thoughts and warmth in a few words.
Tadano Hitohito (CV. Kajiwara Gakuto)
Tadano-kun is just a person.
His goal is to read the atmosphere around him so that his "normal" self doesn't stand out in the class, and to live his high school life without any disturbance. However, he seems to be very good at understanding people's feelings, and sees that Komi can’t communicate, so he becomes her "first friend.
Q1: What is your impression of this film?
Komi is really adorable... as I read the original story I'm always struck by how she gradually expresses her emotions even though she's clumsy! In addition to Komi, all the other characters have distinct personalities, which reminds me of my own high school days, and I can't help but fantasize about how happy my student life would be if I had such friends around me... (laughs) I especially like seeing them at seasonal school events, festivals, and other events, and I can't help but cry as I read them, thinking about my school days that I can't go back to...! And personally, the covers are always too beautiful! I'm so impressed! Thank you so much, Oda-sensei!
Q2: What is your impression of the character you are going to play and what is your enthusiasm for the role?
I think that Hitohito is a boy who has the goodness of being normal! He was a little naughty in junior high school, but once he sees it objectively, he becomes normal. It reminds me of my own school days. (laughs) I actually once tried to be a little naughty, but then I realized how naughty I was and went back to normal, so I felt sympathy for him while reading! But I'm very communicative myself, so I admire people who treat me like a normal person like Hitohito-kun.
Every time I read it, I fall in love with it, so I'll do my best to play it charmingly!
Osana Najimi (CV. Murakawa Rie)
Osana Najimi is familiar.
She is Tadano-kun's childhood friend. Or rather, she is a childhood friend to everyone. Her communication skills are so high that she can get along with anyone in a matter of minutes, but she seems to have a hard time with Komi because of their "past relationship". She usually wears a skirt and dresses as a "female student," but she used to wear a school run and dress as a "male student" until middle school. Her gender is no longer known.
Q1: What is your impression of this work?
As I was cackling and laughing at the funny gags, I felt that one of the appealing aspects of the film was that it depicted human relationships in such a way that tears of laughter turned into tears of emotion, and that these human relationships were carefully drawn. I think we all want to watch Komi achieve her dreams, but I also think there is a real pleasure in watching her grow up.
Q2: What is your impression of the character you are going to play and what is your enthusiasm for the role?
I will be playing the role of Osana Najimi, a strong character with special abilities who has a mysterious side but also possesses tremendous communication skills. Although she is such a strong character, she fits in so well with everyone that she is everyone's childhood friend, so I hope I can bring out the best of her. I haven't recorded yet, so I don't know how it will turn out, but I'm very happy to be involved in "Komi can’t communicate.” I'll do my best so that everyone can enjoy it!
(C) Oda Tomohito, Shogakukan/Itan Private High School
'Arcane', the first animated series from 'League of Legends', an online game for PC, will be released on Netflix in the fall of 2021.
"League of Legends" is a PC game released by Riot Games in 2009. It has been a driver of the growth of the esports industry, and 'League of Legends 2020 World Championship' set an unprecedented record.
'Arcane', the first animated series produced by Riat Games, recreates the world-view of "League of Legends". The story is set in Piltover, a leading utopian city, and Zaun, a suppressed undercity, and retells the origin stories of two popular champions of "League of Legends", and the power that tears them apart.
Dominique Bazay, director of Netflix original animation division. and Shauna Spenley, entertainment global president of Riat Games, have left some comments.
'Arcane', the first animated series from 'League of Legends' will be released on Netflix in the fall of 2021.
■Director of Netflix Original Animation Division
"League of Legends" is a game that enthuses fans all over the world, and I am so excited that the first TV series "Arcane" based on the world-view will be released on Netflix.
This spectacular, thrilling work will make a pretty big impact on the fans.
■Riat Games Entertainment Global President
The fans have been longing for some spin-offs that dig into the world-view of "League of Legends" and the champions, so this work was produced to respond to such a demand. Netflix is globally famous and aims to offer high-quality content like Riat Games, and I consider Netflix to be the perfect partner to deliver "Arcane" to players all over the world.
From "Date A Live" comes a figure of Tokisaki Kurumi, available for pre-order from April 6, 2021.
This item is a 1/7 scale figure (height: approx. 23.5cm). Kurumi's graceful skirt is sculpted with great attention to detail, even down to the wrinkles, and the stand makes her look as if she floats.
The twin-tails are sculpted and the expression on her face is also carefully crafted to give her a bewitching look while she smiles. The cogwheel clock, which is richly adorned with a massive gold color that resembles the ticking emperor Zafkiel, has been boldly placed to fully accentuate Kurumi's presence.
The casually visible garter belt is another point. Get your hands on this cute, yet glamorous Kurumi.
"Date A Live: Tokisaki Kurumi" is priced at 22,000 JPY (tax included). Pre-orders are currently available.
(C) Tachibana Koshi, Tsunako
From the spinoff of "Date A Live", "Date A Bullet", comes Tokisaki Kurumi in her "Idol Costume". Pre-orders are available on the "AmiAmi" official website.
"Date A Bullet Kurumi Tokisaki (Idol Ver.) 1/7 Complete Figure" is a 3D model of Kurumi in a new mold made from scratch.
The idol costume Kurumi wears in the show has been faithfully recreated. The skirt was given different colors with a pearl coating for each pleat.
"Date A Bullet Kurumi Tokisaki (Idol Ver.) 1/7 Complete Figure" is priced at 15,180 JPY (tax included). Pre-orders are currently available on the "AmiAmi" official website, and shipping is scheduled for May 2021. Also, a "B2-size Tapestry" will be given as an "AmiAmi" exclusive bonus..
(C) 2020 Higashide Yuuichirou, Tachibana Koushi, NOCO / Kadokawa / "Date A Bullet" Production Committtee
From "Date A Live III", Yatogami Toka becomes a scale figure in a Chinese dress. Pre-orders are now available on "Chara-ani.com".
This product is a figure of YatogamiToka in a Chinese dress and in a surprising pose during the dynamic movements. Check out the carefully shaped soaring hair.
Enjoy the world view with "Yatogami Toka" wrapped in new charm and the 1/7 scale "Tokizaki Kurumi China Dress ver." (* Sold separately) sold earlier.
Moreover, Chara-Ani.com will also sell a special edition set of canvas art using the newly drawn illustrations that became the model for this figure.
The "1/7 scale painted finished figure 'Date A Live III' Toka Yatogami" is priced at 14,000 JPY (excluding tax) for the regular version / 16,500 yen (excluding tax) for the special edition of Chara-ani.com. Pre-orders are available now on "Chara-ani.com", and release is scheduled for March 2021.
(C) 2019 Tachibana Koshi / Tsunako / KADOKAWA / "Date A Live III" Production Committee
Tokisaki Kurumi from "Date A Live" has become a figure in a maid outfit! Pre-orders are currently available on "Union Creative".
This is a figure of Kurumi in a cute maid outfit, which gives out a different impression than her usual red dress. The sexy design has her cleavage being exposed and a red ribbon decorated on her thighs.
A garter belt can be seen from her behind. Do enjoy the "absolute territory" between the sock and skirt that gives off a different impression while looking from the front.
"'Date A Live' Tokisaki Kurumi" is priced at 15,500 JPY (tax excluded). Pre-orders are currently available on "Union Creative" and the release is scheduled on Jan. 2021.
(C) Tachibana Koushi, Tsunako
The 1st key visual of "World of Leadale", where the TV anime adaptation was just announced released, has been released. The key visual has depicted the high elf, Cayna and the daughter of the inn owner, Lytt.
"World of Leadale" is based on the same-name light novel written by Ceez and illustrated by Tenmaso.
Due to an accident, the young girl, "Kagami Keina" has to rely on the life-supporting system to stay alive and she is only able to move freely in the VRMMORPG "Leadale". One day, she lost her life due to the failure of the life-supporting system.
However, Keina found that she is in the 200 years after “Leadale” when she woke up. Then, she interacts with the residents in the world as the high elf "Cayna" with the lost skill and over-limit status. The "children" that she once created were among the residents.
This is the start of the relaxing adventure of the young girl that reincarnated in the game world with the unique companions.
In the first key visual, the relaxing appearance of the high elf, Cayna, who possessed the cheat level strength after being reincarnated in the game world, and the daughter of the inn owner, Lytt, who respect Cayna as an "elder sister", can be seen.
The broadcast date and the information on the cast members for the TV anime "World of Leadale" will be announced soon.
(C) 2021 Ceez, Tenmaso/ KADOKAWA/ Leadale Production Committee
"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
“ONE PIECE novel HEROINES”, a collection of short stories featuring Nami, Robin, Vivi and Perona from "ONE PIECE" as main characters and depicting their "identities", has been decided to be released on June 4, 2021.
The collection of short stories is a book adaptation of “ONE PIECE novel HEROINES” series which was serialized in 'ONE PIECE magazine'. It contains episodes that can't be seen in the main story, such as Nami appearing in a fashion show, Robin helping to decipher the stone tablet with Koala and Sabo, Vivi who is the subject of rumors about her love letters, and Perona competing with Mihawk for wine. It also includes newly written stories that are a must-read for fans.
Also, the fashionable illustrations by illustrator Suwa Sayaka, which depict the heroines' charms to the fullest, are a must-see.
“ONE PIECE novel HEROINES” will be released on June 4, 2021. It is priced at 814 JPY (tax included). It will be released at the same time as JUMP COMICS “ONE PIECE” volume 99.
"The Moon, Leika and the Vampire Princess (Nosferatu)", which is being published by "Gagaga Bunko", will receive a TV anime adaptation. At the same time, it has been announced that Hayashibara Megumi will play the main character, Irina, and Uchiyama Koki will play the young man, Lev, who trains her.
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.