The radio program “Today is a day of Gundam Zanmai”, which focused on the “music” of the “Mobile Suit Gundam” series and was broadcast in May last year, will be broadcast again on NHK-FM on May 6, 2020, as the second installment, “Today is a day of 'Gundam' Zanmai Z”.
“Mobile Suit Gundam” is a long-broadcast anime series that has produced nearly 50 works such as theatrical version, and OVA since the start of TV broadcast in April 1979. But new Gundams are still being created, such as the Hathaway of Flash (released Jul. 23, 2020) in the Reiwa era.
This program features music that colors the 50 Gundam works for eight and a half hours based on the received requests during the broadcast. This time, not only theme songs but also the background music that appeared in the works also will be covered.
“Today is the day of 'Gundam' Zanmai Z” will be broadcast on NHK-FM on May 6, 2020, from 12:15 to 21:15 (with news interruption).
2 encyclopedias of music looking back on 40 years of the "Gundam Series" from a musical perspective, Lis Ani! "Gundam Series", have been released. The magazine contains special talk sessions by Tomino Yoshiyuki x Moriguchi Hiroko and SUGIZO x Sawano Hiroyuki.
The "Gundam Series" reached its 40th anniversary in 2019. The series began with the TV anime "Mobile Suit Gundam" and it kept hammering out innovation with the times, leaving its marks in anime music history.
The musical attractions of all anime works from the "Gundam Series" will be completely covered and thoroughly analyzed in the special edition of the anime music magazine "Lis Ani!" under the "Encyclopedia of Music Series".
The series's music will be introduced through 2 magazines, one is Vol. 40.1 "-Universal Century-", which includes the "Universal Century" animes from "Mobile Suit Gundam" and "Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam" to "Mobile Suit Gundam NT", and the other is Vol. 40.2 "-Other Centuries-", which includes the works from other universes such as "Mobile Fighter G Gundam" and "Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans".
The contents of the magazines are; interviews with the creators who colored the works from the music side, comments from celebrities, and reviews of the main themes, BGMs, and inserted songs. "Lis Ani!" unravels the 40 years of "Gundam and music" from their unique perspective.
There are also special talk sessions by, Tomino Yoshiyuki x Moriguchi Hiroko, SUGIZO x Sawano Hiroyuki, Fukuda Mitsuo x Nishikawa Takanori, and Mizushima Seiji x Suganami Eijun (THE BACK HORN). Videos of their comments are released at the special website.
Check out the official website for further details such as special gifts at each retail store and for buying both magazines together.
The theme songs and insert songs of the "Gundam" series have been released on the flat-rate music distribution service "AWA" from Feb. 2, 2020.
In addition, to commemorate the start of the distribution, Gundam-related songs playlists "'Gundam Series' Oretachi no Omoi wo Tsunagu Rekidai Medoree (The historical medley that connect our thoughts) -Theme songs-" and "'Gundam series' Oretachi no Omoi wo Tsunagu Rekidai Medoree (The historical medley that connect our thoughts) -Insert Songs -" have been released on "AWA" official website.
The music distribution service "AWA" is a flat-rate music streaming service.
The service was launched in May 2015, with 62 million songs distributed and approximately 11 million playlists created by celebrities and users.
The songs distributed this time include a total of 143 songs, such as; the opening theme song "Tobe! Gundam" (from TV anime "Mobile Suit Gundam"), the theme song "Soldiers of Sorrow" (from the movie "Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow"), the theme song "Eternal Wind ~ Smile in the Shining Wind" by Moriguchi Hiroko (from the movie "Mobile Suit Gundam F91"), the theme song "Dashed Tear" by Yamazaki Masayoshi (from the OVA "Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin VI: Rise Of The Red"), and the opening theme song "Reach Out to the Sky Someday" by Shiina Megumi (from the OVA "Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket").
Furthermore, to commemorate the start of this distribution, the playlists "'Gundam Series' The historical medley that connect our thoughts -Theme songs-" and "'Gundam series' The historical medley that connect our thoughts -Insert Songs -" have been released on the "AWA" Anime Official Account, "AWA Anime". Fans should check it out!
A total of 143 songs related to "Gundam" are distributed together on the flat-rate music streaming service "AWA" from Feb. 2, 2020.
(C) Sotsu, Sunrise (C) Sotsu, Sunrise, MBS
Two books to look back on the 40 years of the "Gundam Series" from a musical perspective titled "Lis Ani! 'Gundam Series' Encyclopedia of Music" will be released simultaneously on Mar. 26, 2020.
The "Gundam Series" began with the TV anime "Mobile Suit Gundam". The series has kept pace with the times and has been innovative for 40 years by 2019, making it a very important topic of the history of anime music.
The two "Lis Ani! 'Gundam Series' Encyclopedia of Music" completely covers and thoroughly analyzes the music from all anime works of the "Gundam Series".
"-Universal Century-" features the works from the "Universal Century", and "-Other Centuries-" features works from other universes.
Both contain interviews with the creators of the musical side of the works, a special talk session of greate talents, comments from celebrities, and reviews of theme songs, inserted songs, and background music. The books unravel the 40 years of "Gundam and Music" through a "Lis Ani!" point of view.
"Lis Ani! Vol. 40.1 'Gundam Series' Encyclopedia of Music -Universal Century-" and "Lis Ani! Vol. 40.2 'Gundam Series' Encyclopedia of Music -Other Centuries-" are priced at 1,500JPY each (tax excluded), and will be released simultaneously on Mar. 26, 2020.
A video with comments from director Mizushima Seiji and Suganami Eijun from THE BACK HORN, who had a talk session, is now showing at the special website.
"LED Unit for PG 1/60 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam" that reproducing the luminescence of Gundam Unicorn from "Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn" will be released. By attaching it to the target plastic model, it reproduces the luminescence of Psycho-Frame.
The "LED Unit for PG 1/60 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam" is a set of LED units that emit light at 32 points throughout the body of the "PG 1/60 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam" series, which is selling separately, by attaching the LED unit to it. Gundam Unicorn luminescence is reproduced by the Psycho-Frame parts of the series product molded with a special resin that reacts to the LED lighting.
Recommended plastic models, such as "PG 1/60 RX-0 [N] Unicorn Gundam Unit 2 Banshee Norn (Final Battle Ver.)", "PG 1/60 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam Unit 3 Phenex", "PG 1/60 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam (Final Battle Ver.)", and many other, are the items that can be enjoyed by reproducing the scenes from the work.. It is priced at 13,200 JPY (tax included). Delivery is scheduled for Sep. 2020.
LED Unit for PG 1/60 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam [for RX-0 series] [Delivery on Sep. 2020]
Sales price: 13,200 JPY (tax included)
Acquisition points: 132P
Delivery date: Sep. 2020
From "Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt" comes a figure of the protagonist mobile suit of the Zeon Armed Forces, High Mobility Type Zaku a.k.a. "Psycho Zaku". Pre-orders are currently available at Premium Bandai.
This is the 32nd product in the "FW GUNDAM CONVERGE" EX series. The protagonist mobile suit of the Zeon Armed Forces, High Mobility Type Zaku a.k.a. "Psycho Zaku" has become a 3D model.
The large backpack is equipped with 3 rocket boosters, and the figure also comes with the various weapons such as the Beam Bazooka, Giant Bazooka, and the Zaku Machinegun, giving it a massive silhouette.
"FW GUNDAM CONVERGE EX32 High Mobility Type Zaku 'Psycho Zaku'" is priced at 3,960 JPY (tax included), and shipping is scheduled for Nov. 2020.
FW GUNDAM CONVERGE EX32 High Mobility Type Zaku "Psycho Zaku"
Sales Price: 3,960 JPY (tax included)
From "After War Gundam X" comes Gundam Airmaster Burst released as an HG series Gunpla. Pre-orders are now available at Premium Bandai.
This is an HG series kit of Gundam Airmaster Burst from "After War Gundam X". It reproduces the backpack and armor that has been greatly improved from Gundam Airmaster. The amazing blue coloring was recreated in the molding color.
Also, the Booster Beam Cannon has unfolding gimmicks, and it can be transformed to the Fighter Mode with the unique Nose Beam Cannon on the front tip.
HG 1/144 Gundam Airmaster Burst is priced at 2,420 JPY (tax included). Pre-orders are currently available at Premium Bandai, and shipping is scheduled for Oct. 2020.
From "Mobile Suit Gundam" comes "G.M.G." series, a colored action figure series featuring the common soldiers on the battlefields. Vol. 1 will have "Zeon Armed Forces Common Soldiers" (3 types in total), and pre-orders will be available at "Premium Bandai" and other shops from Jul. 2.
"G.M.G. (Gundam Military Generation)" is an action figure series that features the common soldiers fighting on the battlefield in the world of "Mobile Suit Gundam".
The roughly 10cm-tall soldiers have mobile joints to give it various poses to display them in. They have been colored and their facial expressions are recreated with realistic modeling and coloring. The products are both enjoyable on display and fun to play with.
A variety of weapons, such as handguns, and other items necessary for the missions on the battlefields are included with the figure.
Vol. 1 has 3 common soldiers of the Zeon Armed Forces.
The lineup is rich in variety with a platoon leader-like male soldier, a bearded veteran male soldier with a beer gut, and the sole female soldier with a strong spirit.
Their uniforms and accessories with the emblem of the Zeon Armed Forces are recreated with great detail, giving life to the "nameless soldiers" who were not depicted in the story of "Mobile Suit Gundam".
By displaying them not only within their own "G.M.G" series, but also with the Gunpla series, you can further enjoy the world of Gundam with a stronger sense of realism.
"G.M.G Zeon Armed Forces / Common Soldier A, Common Soldier B, Common Soldier C" are each priced at 3,980 JPY (tax included). Pre-orders will be available at "Premium Bandai" and other shops from Jul. 2, and shipping is scheduled for late Dec.
The AR dance vocal group "ARP" has announced the live broadcast of their concert, streaming of a new song, and a special episode of the anime "ARP Backstage Pass".
"ARP" sing their determination toward a new stage in their new song "Neo World", which depicts their new normal. The lyrics and composition were by the hitmaker duo, Kurihara Satoru (Jazzin' park) and Maeda Tasuku. The song opens up a new side of ARP. The streaming will start on Aug. 5.
The "Anime ARB Backstage Pass Closing Festival Celebrate Good Time -EXTEND-" will be held online on Aug. 15 and 16. An audience participation song battle is scheduled to be held on the world's first multiplayer real-time game app "Fure Fure". The live feed will be using the "Multi Eyes Live Camera" linked to the Alice System for the first time in the world, letting you enjoy the intense live stream from various camera angles. We received a comment on the new song and live from the member Shinji.
Also, a special episode of the anime "ARP Backstage Pass", which has ended in March with good reviews, titled "Paradise" will be streamed.
The special episode depicts the after stories of the characters leading to the fan-familiar "KiCK A'LIVE" series. It will be streamed on d Anime Store and dTV from 11:00 p.m. Jul. 13 ahead of others and on other channels from 11:00 p.m. Jul. 20 sequentially.
In addition, a terrestrial TV re-run of the anime "ARB Backstage Pass" started on Jul. 6 along with "ARP REMIND on the WEB" in which you can watch the past live performances of ARP.
As the entertainment business resumes, we can look forward to the latest entertainment by ARP, the AR artist that brings together the cutting-edge technology.
Comment from Shinji of ARP
We were sad not to be able to meet our fans during the self-restraint, but we got a chance to have a good discussion with each other about what we can and should do the next time we meet you all.
Our new song "Neo World" literally means "a new world". With the airing of the anime finished, it's time for us to take on a new stage as well. The song expresses us challenging the new future with our dreams and hopes.
And for the concert, I want to make it a show where we express everything we can. We'd really like to meet you in person, but that's not possible yet. But we will do our best by making the best of the streaming and connect with our fans. Please look forward to it.
Set in the near future of Japan, "ParaHos", a music entertainment which has customer service sweeter than kiss and Para Para (synchronized group dance) hotter than summer, begins. The key visuals and Taniyama Kishou, Morikubo Shoutarou, etc. 's characters have been revealed.
"ParaHos" is an enjoyable music entertainment created by Pony Canyon x Hifumi Inc. by combining tags such as "Music", "Dance" and "Voice Drama" together.
It is set in the near future of Japan, in a competitive world where hosts with the title of "Hospitality Artist" pair up in a buddy system for Para Para dance battles and to entertain customers. The story is about the journey toward riches fames, all the while participating in global "ParaHos" battles and the aim for the top spot.
This time, information on the 6 characters and their cast members from "DREAM LOVE", an orthodox but prince vibe club as well as "JEALOUS", a new gangster-style club participating in "ParaHos" have been revealed.
The owner of "DREAM LOVE" will be played by Taniyama Kishou, and the owner of "JEALOUS" will be played by Morikubo Shoutarou, followed by Hozumi Yuya, Seike Kousuke, Sumiya Tetsuei, Kobayashi Satoshi, etc. by appointment. There is also a still of the 6 members depicting the appearance of the world within the work.
In the first trailer uploaded to YouTube, it begins with the hosts talking to each other, followed by a eurobeat cover arrange of "NIGHT OF FIRE", "READY STEADY GO" as well as the introduction of two original songs.
During the songs, CG characters perform catchy Para Para dances and even the cast members' dances, etc. are shown. It is a video that relays passion.
The release of 2 CDs containing the songs have been set for Oct. 7, 2020. In addition to the songs, there are also 3 recorded drama parts within the CD. One of the three parts is a "customer service drama" that utilizes a dummy head microphone.
The staff for this work comprises of Amane Tou, who is in charge of the original work ("Tenka Souryuu -TENKASOUL-", etc), Oyo for character design (Collaborative Illustrations for "Fate/Grand Order") and Akitsuki Yumi for the script ("Pleasure Phrase CLIMAX", etc). Hikota Genki will be in charge of the music, ANIMA Inc. for the 3DCG work and Balus Inc. for the motion capture to produce fiery Para Para battles and sweet customer service.
"ParaHos" is certainly one to watch out for as it emerges hot from Reiwa's summer.
The "School Life × Schemes × Suspense" manga, "Talentless Nana", is serialized on "Monthly Shonen Gangan". Its TV anime adaption has been decided to start in Oct. 2020. The anime visual and 1st promotional video was revealed along with the cast members including Ookubo Rumi, Shimono Hiro, and Nakamura Yuuichi.
"Talentless Nana" is set in a school on an isolated island in the middle of the ocean. The suspense with plots of justice and evil depicts a group of young individuals with supernatural abilities, who have the burden of "Destroying the 'Enemies of Humanity'".
Written by Looseboy, the scenario writer known for the games "Sharin no Kuni: The Girl Among the Sunflowers" and "The Devil on G-String", and illustrated by Furuya Iori, the manga has been serialized in "Monthly Shonen Gangan" from 2016.
The 3 main cast members were also announced.
Ookubo Rumi will be playing Hiiragi Nana, the self-proclaimed "I can read minds but can't read between lines!" girl, who was transferred to the school. Shimono Hiro will be playing Nakajima Nanao, the boy with a supernatural ability, who has a strong sense of justice and wants to become a hero. And Nakamura Yuuichi will be playing Onodera Kyouya, the unfriendly boy with a supernatural ability, who was transferred to the school on the same day as Hiiragi Nana.
In addition, it has been decided that Takanashi Yasuharu (Team-MAX) will be joining the music staff, Tomita Miyu will be singing the opening theme song, and Fujikawa Chiai will be singing the ending theme song.
The TV anime "Talentless Nana" will be broadcast from October.
<Comments are as below>
Ookubo Rumi as Hiiragi Nana
I'm Ookubo Rumi and I'll be playing Hiiragi Nana.
From the moment I read the original work at the audition, I was hooked by the story, and I was so glad to get the role of Nana.
The isolated training school, the children with mystical abilities, the mysterious "Enemies of Humanity", etc. I want to stand by Nana and portray her fighting against the "Enemies of Humanity" and growing up.
I'm nervous since this is the lead role, but I'm also fired up!
I hope you will enjoy the TV anime "Talentless Nana".
Shimono Hiro as Nakajima Nanao
I'm Shimono Hiro and I'll be playing Nakjima Nanao.
I love this type of story, and I hope you will enjoy what the shy, reclusive Nanao brings to the table!
Nakamura Yuuichi as Onodera Kyouya
I read the original work for the first time when I auditioned, and I was surprised by the unpredictable development of the story and was fascinated by the charms of the characters.
It's hard to get rid of the unfriendly image of Kyouya, but he is actually quite reasonable.
I want to well balance the two sides of him.
Takanashi Yasuharu (Team-MAX)
I'm Takanashi and I'll be in charge of the music on "Talentless Nana".
When I was given the offer, I read the 1st volume and I was surprised by the development of the story!! It goes beyond my speculations and though the illustrations are cute, the plot twist is amazing!!
I was drawn into the world of "Talentless Nana" before I knew it, and was absorbed in reading it.
Music-wise, it's been a long time since I last composed suspenseful music.
I was excited to take on the various new challenges.
When the unexpected happens, when somebody's identity is revealed, subtle psychological descriptions, etc.!
I'm sure this is going to be a great piece of work.
Please look forward to the show.
Tomita Miyu as the opening theme artist
I'm Tomita Miyu and I'll be singing the opening theme song of "Talentless Nana".
The other day, I was shown the opening video with powerful images linked to the song, and I'm already looking forward to the broadcast!
The song is a serious, edgy, dark song to match the story. I put my soul into the song and gave it my all to sing it.
I hope you will enjoy the theme song "Broken Sky" along with the anime.
Fujikawa Chiai as the ending theme artist
I'm Fujikawa Chiai and I'll be singing the ending theme song of "Talentless Nana".
It feels good to get outwitted no matter how much you keep your eyes open for plot twists! The story goes beyond my imagination, and I was deceived right from the beginning. This was my first experience to face a protagonist with this mixed feeling of being tricked and bewildered. I should've hated her, but I somehow found myself sympathizing with her. Before I knew it I was completely drawn into the story.
I wrote this song called "Bakemono to Yobarete" (Being called a monster) while looking forward to the development of the story.
The song is about the conflict of those with supernatural abilities and those with none. What will the conflict bring about? I've struggled to get this song finished, and I hope it will reach the hearts of the fans.
(C)Looseboy, Furuya Iori / SQUARE ENIX, "Talentless Nana" Production Committee
Commemorating the re-run of the "BanG Dream! FILM LIVE", "'BanG Dream! FILM LIVE' Re-run Celebration Talk Show" was held at Aeon Cinema Itabashi on Jul. 5. The CEO of Bushiroad Kitani Takaaki, the CEO of Sanjigen Matsuura Hiroaki, and the computer graphic supervisor Mimura Atsushi appeared on the stage and revealed the background stories for the movie.
This talk show continued as the guests answering the question had been collected on Twitter in advance.
For "A trigger for starting 'BanG Dream! FILM LIVE' project", the CEO Kitani answered, "There was a proposal from the president Matsuura that he wants to make the film like during the production of 'BanG Dream! 2nd Season', and I accepted it. We only took a few days to turn the proposal into a project". It was a rare case with no proposal documents.
For favorite scenes, Mimura answered, "Because we could produce the concert scenes in full length, compared to the TV series, we were able to depict character's charms which could not be shown in the anime".
CEO Kitani mentioned the stage background as his favorite scene. He praised it that it was "made with a quality equal to recreating the actual background of 'BanG Dream!" concerts", and continued by saying, "The actors with a nice relationship make the project successful, and I believe this live could be successful because the actors in 'BanG Dream! FILM LIVE' had a wonderful relationship, too".
The talk show also revealed that president Matsuura asked to make the scene of the background, where the requests of "encore" from the audience echo.
The added the scene because they believed "Since the release was after the broadcast of 'BanG Dream! 2nd Season', I thought that the fans could feel something only with graphics without words".
Lastly, new information on the "BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage" was announced. The director Umezu commented, "We are planning to increase the volume of the movie by doing things like increasing the volume of the movie and taking much longer time, therefore, we asked the guest looking forward to the "BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage' to stay healthy through daily exercises".
"#Everywhere Suzu-san" (Achikochi Suzu-san), the campaign to connect people like the protagonist Suzu from "In This Corner of the World" did during the war, is still ongoing in 2020. The special program titled "Everywhere Suzu-san: Wars Told by Young People" (temporary title) has been decided for Aug. 13.
"#Everywhere Suzu-san" is the keyword created when the NHK program "Close-up Gendai+” in Aug. 2018 gathered episodes on SNS. It attempts to keep the memory of war to the future generations by cooperating with newspapers and internet media, who want to discuss about a slice-of-life during the war.
The special program "Everywhere Suzu-san: The Wars Told by Young People" (temporary title) will be broadcast on Aug. 13. The episodes of war, including "food", "fashion", and "romance", collected by young generations of teens to '30s, will be made into anime.
The director is Katabuchi Sunao following the previous year, and the actors include Yaotome Hikaru and Inoo Kei from Hey! Say! JUMP, the comedian Chihara Junior. The narrator is the announcer of Etomo Rie.
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【Director Katabuchi Sunao】
This year marks the 75th year after the war.
Only 25 more years for the 100th year.
It is our turn to answer to "tell me about war" as "grandpa and grandma".
What can we teach them when the time comes?
There are stories that the Japanese should know, and the episodes in "#Everywhere Suzu-san" are the most important ones.
The stories even make me that I should live to my best after learning that such lifestyles had existed, so please watch the program.
Studio Ghibli revealed teaser images for their new CGI feature film "Aya to Majo", directed by Miyazaki Goro and supervised by Miyazaki Hayao. Alongside, the director also commented briefly on the film.
"Aya to Majo" is based on a novel by the children's book author Diana Wynne Jones, who also wrote "Howl's Moving Castle".
The story centers around a girl, Aya, who doesn't that her true identity is a witch, until one day she is brought in to a mysterious household and ends up living under the same roof as another mean-spirited witch.
The film is under direction by Miyazaki Goro, who also won an Emmy award for his adaptation of "Ronja Rövardotter". "Aya to Majo" was also one of the 56 movies chosen for Cannes Festival's "2020 Official Selection".
"Aya to Majo" will broadcast on 2020 Winter at NHK.
Director - Miyazaki Goro
There are way too many adults and fewer children presently here in our country (Japan).
It must be really tough for these children to be surrounded by so many grown-ups and having to deal with them on a daily basis.
There was this light bulb moment while I thinking about this matter, which allowed me to come up with ideas for the protagonist Aya.
Please do look forward to seeing in the movie her way of dealing with cumbersome grown-ups.
Although rebellious, the lovely Aya will give courage to the kids, and cheer up the adults watching.
（C）2020 NHK, NEP, Studio Ghibli
From the anime"Landlady and Me" based on Yabe Tarou's (from comedy duo "Karateka") manga, episodes from 6 to 10 will be broadcast on NHK General. It will be be broadcastfor five consecutive nights from Jun. 8, 2020.
"Landlady and Me" is a short story created by entertainer Tarou Yabe that depicts an "unusual life for two" both with laughter and cry, 39-years old "I" and 87 years-old "Landlady" living together in the single house in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
The series sales, including the sequel "Landlady and me from now on", has exceeded 1.2 million copies in total and won the 22nd Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award Short Film Award.
The long-awaited TV animation was played on NHK in March 2020, but the sequel was decided momentarily.
In addition, Yano Akiko will be in charge of the theme song as she did in episode 1 to 5, and the animation production will be handled by Fanworks, the animation studio known for "Movie Sumicco Gurashi Tobisu Picture Book and Secrets" and "Aggressive Reiko".
Episodes from 6 to 11 of the anime series "Landlady and Me" will be broadcast for 5 nights in a row from Jun. 8to Jun. 12.
（C） NHK（Japan Broadcasting Corporation）.All rights reserved.
Studio Ghibli, known for the movies "Spirited Away" and "Howl's Moving Castle", was announced to be releasing a new animation film, supervised by Miyazaki Hayao and directed by his son, Goro. Titled "Aya to Majo", the movie is set to broadcast on NHK channels in winter 2020.
"Aya to Majo" is an adaptation of the children's novel "Earwig and the Witch" by Diana Wynne Jones, who also wrote the book that served as the base for "Howl's Moving Castle", deemed by Miyazaki himself as a "special creation".
Fond of the novel, Miyazaki Hayao decided to make it into a film, taking on the supervising role in the planning of the production, while his son Miyazaki Goro assumed the direction.
The story follows Aya, a girl who grows up without knowing that her true identity is a witch. The plot starts unfolding when one day, she is adopted by a mysterious household, where she meets another witch who is mean to her.
It will be the first time that Studio Ghibli will be producing a CGI feature-length animation. The producer Suzuki Toshio released a brief comment in light of the announcement. "Aya to Majo" is set to be broadcast on NHK channels in winter 2020.
[Suzuki Toshio, Producer]
As of right now, the single biggest worry in many people's minds is what will happen to the world after Corona. It is a thing that will for sure affect the television and cinema industry.
During the production, while looking at the storyboard I wondered to myself countless times if "Aya" will be able to withstand its repercussions.
I found a sense of relief however, by realizing that one of Aya's defining traits is her cleverness. And by being clever, one can overcome anything no matter what. If "Pippi Longstocking" is the strongest girl in the world, then this story is about Aya, who’s the smartest girl in the world.
Although hateful, Aya has an adorable side too. And I'm hoping that the audience will fall in love with her.
By the way, her personality is very much alike that of Goro. When someone points that out, he gets a little embarrassed.
（C）2020 NHK, NEP, Studio Ghibli
The Air Band, MASOCHISTIC ONO BAND from the radio program "Kamiya Hiroshi・Ono Daisuke's Dear Girl~Stories~" will have a free no-audience talk live in YouTube and Nico Nico Video. It will start at 6:00 PM Jul. 5.
"MASOCHISTIC ONO BAND" (known as MOB hereafter) is a 6 people airband that is created from the radio program "Kamiya Hiroshi・Ono Daisuke's Dear Girl~Stories~" (known as "DGS" hereafter) that Kamiya Hiroshi and Ono Daisuke is working as the personality. The members are ONO-D (Vo), HIRO-C (Vo), 3M (Gt), DO-S (Ba), YAGI84 (Key), and CHANKO (Dr). On Nov. 2019, they had welcomed their 6.9 anniversary (6 years and 9 months) since their debut and they will be releasing their mini-album "6.9" with 6.9 songs of their 6.9 annivesary on Jun. 9, 2020 (Rock Day).
The title for the live is "MASOCHISTIC ONO BAND LIVE TOUR 2020 6.9～Rock Arigatou！～STAY HOME! STAY ROCK!" and it the replacement online event due to the cancellation of "MASOCHISTIC ONO BAND LIVE TOUR 2020 6.9～Rock Arigatou！～STAY HOME! STAY ROCK!" Yokohama Performance, that was planned to be held on Pia Arena MM on Jul. 4 and Jul. 5.
The main part of the talk live can be viewed for free and YouTube's Super Chat and Nico Nico Live Broadcasting's Nico Nico Gift are available during the broadcast.
After the main part had ended, a talk show at the dressing room featuring the MOB's member will be available at Nico Nico Live Broadcasting only and the purchase of the ticket is required to view it.
"MASOCHISTIC ONO BAND LIVE TOUR 2020 6.9～Rock Arigatou！～STAY HOME! STAY ROCK!" will be broadcast from 6:00 PM, Jul. 5, 2020 on YouTube and Nico Nico Video.
（C）Nipon Cultural Broadcasting Extend Inc.
The WEB radio program "ANIPLEX NEXT RADIO", which delivered the latest information of Aniplex, with the voice actors Kayano Ai and Maeno Tomoaki as the MC has started.
At the same time, it was decided that the guests for #1-2 ~#1-4 for this radio program are Koga Aoi and Kohara Konomi as Shinomiya Kaguya and Fujiwara Chika respectively from "Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2".
Along with the voice actors Kayano Ai and Maeno Tomoaki as the MC, "ANIPLEX NEXT RADIO" is a WEB radio program that focused on inviting guests from current ongoing anime.
The first broadcast will feature the reason why two MCs become voice actors and also conversation about the Aniplex's anime that they are fond of.
Koga Aoi and Kohara Konomi will appear as guests from #1-2 that will be released on May 29, 2020.
The voice actor Aoi Shouta will appear at "Takahashi Minami's 'Kore Kara, Nani Suru?'" popular corner called "Yo・Mi・Ki・Ka・Se" (Read-a-loud) on TOKYO FM from Apr. 20 until Apr. 23, 2020.
This corner contains Aoi Shouta's first read-a-loud that was recorded at homein his life. Regarding this matter, he commented, "This is my first time doing a recording at my home. Due to that, I bought the machines and microphone and encountered problems when connecting them together. Then, I received an OK after the recording. I now feel confident because I experienced connecting complex machines for the first time in my life"."
Moreover, regarding the appearance in this program, he said, "Even in these times, there are still things that I can do, and still in demand, which make me really happy... Because of that feeling, I am willing to challenge my weak point (machine) straight on, so that it can make everyone feel a bit happy. If there is any requests in the future, do let me read it!"
The picture book read-a-loud by Aoi Shouta are "Tana Kara Botamochi (a botamochi falls down from a shelf)", and "Dekiru Koto Otetsudai (I help you with what I can do)".
"Takahashi Minami's 'Kore Kara, Nani wo Suru?'" is broadcast at TOKYO FM at 1 PM from Monday to Thursday every week. Aoi Shouta will appear from the Apr. 20 broadcast.
“ONE MORNING”, which is currently being broadcasted on TOKYO FM and JFN's 38 stations nationwide, featuring voice actor Suzumura Kenichi, will be conducting a special project of the anime “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” for 4 days from Feb. 17 to 20, 2020. There will be a talk between Suzumura and Takahashi Yuuma, the producer of Aniplex who produced it, and a project where a big fan of the work, Suzuki Airi, will talk about its charm. Also, on the 24th of the week following the special project, voice actor Shimono Hiro, who played as Agatsuma Zenitsu, will be performing as a substitute radio personality.
“ONE MORNING” features the anime “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”, which was broadcasted for 2 consecutive terms in Apr. to Sep. 2019, for 4 days from Feb. 17 to 20.
They will look back at how the production site was and have a talk about the interaction of the work, with Takahashi, the producer of Aniplex, who produced “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”.
You can hear how the famous marketing producer of Aniplex gave his attention to this work and the thoughts to the anime from the producer's point of view. In addition, each of those topics will be in the form of interview with the program personality Suzumura, who played as Iguro Obanai in the work.
Also, Suzuki, an artist who is a big fan of the work and has become an anime lover because of this work, will join it and talk about what she likes about the work from a fan's perspective. In addition, on the 24th of the week following the special project, voice actor Shimono Hiro, who played as Agatsuma Zenitsu, will be performing as a substitute radio personality.
The feature of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" by "ONE MORNING" will be broadcasted for 4 days from Feb. 17 to 20, 2020.
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
"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.
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.